Monday, June 30, 2008

Two New Years

I think there should be two New Years. Every January I decide that it's time to lose weight. And I do good for several months and then I get bored a stop.....I think it would be great to have two New Year's....double the motivation. Today, I'm back in the drivers seat. I weighed in - down 1.2. Measured myself....I'm up in most places....especially my legs but that's probably from riding....and I started using Fitday's been the only thing that's really helped. I spent all day cooking yesterday and brought breakfast and lunch and then came home and cooked dinner...tomorrow will be the same but I'll have company. We'll be having boneless ribs or chicken - barbeque...a huge salad and a homemade pasta salad made with some seasonings and italian dressing...I am ready to give this another serious this battle, it's never too late to try again...and lots of other people's blogs seem to echo the same here's to starting over for the second half of the year!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

I've been tagged

My friend Heather tagged me to do this thing...she called is a meme....I've never been tagged, but here it is:

Eight Things I Have a Passion For:
social work - my job
altruistic causes - my bike ride is my current event
relationships with friends and family

Eight Things I Would Like to do Before I Die:
have a baby
go on a cruise
lose 100 lbs
make a difference in someone's life
buy a house
get another tattoo
be a transplant social worker
hit the lotto and start a gymnastics club

Eight Things I Say a Lot:
how are you feeling
it wasn't me
I didn't do it
where are my keys?

Eight Books I Have Read Recently:
Something Borrowed
Something Blue
Baby Proof
The Manning Sisters
Susanna's Garden
The Note
Dakota Born
The Waterfall

Eight Movies I Have Seen Eight Times:
A Walk to Remember
Center Stage
Circle of Friends
Patch Adams
Men in Black
That Night

I'm supposed to tag eight people....but I feel guilty obligating someone to do if you do it - let me know so I can check it out!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I'm back from Philly....had a great a job offer, my dream job, so lots to ponder....I'm down about a pound from TOM...waiting for all the sodium bloat to leave my body. Planning on starting anew next's time to get serious...thinking of trying Weight Watchers - not sure....probably just going to start using FitDay faithfully and being the gym bunny....when I used FitDay in the beginning, I lost 20lbs...then got lazy....still lazy...I'll post more later this week!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I'm up two more pounds....I can't seem to get this right. I'm pretty sure it's all TOM because today's weight is the first lower weight in a few days. But I'm pretty much not doing anything right right now...I'm going to Philly today to visit friends and do a little shopping....when I come back, it's game has to be. This is frustrating and I keep seeing everyone else but me lose and I want to be in that group! And I need to train for my have a great last day of the weekend and beginning of the week!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Gym Bunnies

I like working out. I like being physically active. I do not like going to the gym. I do not like forcing myself to work out. I'm having a tough time getting "formal" exercise in. I coach competitve women's gymnastics and I'm in the gym 7 hours a week. Some of that time, I'm sweating my butt off throwing kids through the air, lifting kids, stretching kids, chasing kids....other times I'm sitting there watching routines....but it's 7 hours of the week I'm not eating....I also work full time and I live 35 miles away from work so I have quite the commute. I find it so difficult to go home and then go back out to the gym.....once I get home, I'm done. Because I'm working 12 hours a day, the thought of waking up at 4 to go the gym doesn't appeal to me. We have an elliptical but I can't use it in the morning because it's noisy and at night, I hardly have energy to take a shower and fall asleep. Days that I'm not working the second job, I try to go bike riding or walking or swimming...and it's easier now...but I envy gym bunnies...people who've made exercise such a priority that it's as normal for them to go to the gym as it is to go to the bathroom. I want to be that person. So how does everyone motivate themselves to exercise?

On another note, I rode for 6 miles yesterday on my bike. I got a bike rack for my car and went to the was tough but great!! And I think I realized why my weight was going the wrong way.... TOM this week. DUH!

Monday, June 16, 2008

I'm up

So sadly, I'm up...254.8....I don't get it...or maybe I do get it...I need to start using my Fitday again...maybe i'm underestimating how much I'm eating...I know yesterday I ate an entire bag of Quakes Rice Cakes and those aren't exactly bad, but they're not good in that quantity....I'm slowly pulling it together....I just want to kick this thing in the butt once and for all. My goals this week are to start using FitDay again and to keep trying to be physically active...I have no time....I'm working full time during the day and working my second job Tuesday night, Wednesday night and Friday night...and today it's sort of rainy but I'm hoping it stops enough for me to squeeze in a bike ride...I'm hoping to go strawberry picking too today...hope everyone had a good weekend~!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

What gives.....

So I'm really trying again. I spent $300 on groceries last week ( Don't worry, that's not just for one week, it'll last many weeks) and I only ate out once during the week, and last night with my dad for Father's Day. For the most part, I've been eating so healthy, I brought my meals to work...and the biggest thing, I've been exercising like mad this week. I worked out with my gymnastics team for 7 hours this week. I completed my first bike ride for my training for my tour and I've been swimming at my parents house nearly every day. Hoping this doesn't sound cocky, but once I start working out, I put on muscle like's always been the case and I've never been I wonder if this is from all the exercise or if something is off. I feel better, I think I'm looking better, but why isn't the scale participating?

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wouldn't it be nice

I was just on Pasta Queen's website and she has this awesome video showing the 192lbs that she lost. I hope that at some point, I'll be able to post a similar video. Here's her video:

Click on her name to see her original post. She's having a contest too!!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Go for the Gold

So I'm hoping to make this month super productive. I am back in the weight loss spirit and I guess in some respects, this has been my most successful attempt yet. And while I may have faultered, I'm still trying and it's still coming my official weight this morning was 252, which is what I was at last week, but my weight climbed pretty high last week after all the crap I ate. I updated my goals and my weight loss progress and I'm participating in two challenges this summer while training for my charity bike ride. I've raised over $500 for my ride so I'm half way there. It's not too late to donate: Sorry for the plug - it's just really important to me. All of my patients are someone's parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors. They're normal people who have kidney disease and kidney disease is horrible. The whole purpose of this ride is to raise funds to provide education and possibly treatment to prevent thanks to everyone who's supporting me. Finally, please leave me your totals for the first week of walking so I can post who's in the lead....thanks!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I can't vs I don't want to

I don't know what's wrong with me. I'm in my typical pattern. I get bored with playing it safe diet wise and I get discouraged and I just give up. All I want to do lately is eat whatever I want, and it's always carbs. I want to do this. I am sick of this body. I want to be attractive, I do. But why is it such a struggle? And I'm reading other people's blogs and they're dropping a few pounds a week. And I know they're putting in way more effort than me and I totally applaud their efforts. But why can't I be motived? What about them is different? There is no secret and each person is different. I'm not searching for answers. But I've decided to do this bike race. And they expect me to wear a spandex shirt. And this is not - my goal for June is to lose 5 pounds, starting with Friday's weigh in. And next week, I'm going to bike one day, go to the gym one day, go walking one day and use my elliptical one day. And I'm going grocery shopping on Sunday and I'm working on my list now. My husband and I are trying to save up for a house so we decided that we're only going to go out to eat once a week, so that means lots of meal prep. I may need to cut carbs again. I love crackers and bread and ultimate goal is to lose 15 pounds by September but depending on how this month goes, I may step it up. I need to stop putting other people first and just make this commitment to myself. I always have something to do after work so I never make it to the gym or to do anything, that needs to stop and I just need to spend more time at home. I'm feeling really fried. I need to do housework more regularly, I need to blog more regularly and I need to relax. I have such a difficult career that I need to protect in lieu of that, I'm going to bed and tomorrow will be another day and I'll spend this weekend preparing for my summer kick off....and I want to win the biggest loser contest!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Clearing up some confusion

I just wanted to let everyone know that's doing my summer challenge about the step total that shows on the group page. I'm still new to using America on the Move. I just completed my first challenge at the end of May so when I started the walking group, it added all of my steps to that challenge as well. But that's not to take away from anyone else's hard work!! I'm so glad to have so many participants! I just wanted to say welcome to Gayla who joined today and let those who signed up but didn't let me know who they are, please say hi, leave me a comment! Thanks! Keep walking!

Monday, June 2, 2008


Hi everyone, I'm back from my trip to DC for our anniversary. Had a good time, I'll post more about it later. I just logged yesterdays steps in on As group admin, it tells me that 15 people are participating. I only have 9 including myself so who am I missing? Here's who I have:
Big Girl
The Marlatts
Thinking Thin

Please let me know if you're participating!

(I just used some of the admin features and now they work!!! I'm excited...but still, only 9 have told me who they are...will the others please step forward?!) Good luck to everyone!