Thursday, December 31, 2009

Fasting & 10 Things

Today I am doing a liquid fast, and I have to say I feel pretty awesome. This is something I'm going to start doing twice a week. I have read a lot of things about fasting, for weight loss and health. There are lots of benefits, and I encourage anyone who is skeptical to research it. I'm not 'starving' myself, so no worries there. I want to lose this weight permanently, and I know that has to be through a sustainable life style..that means I have to know how to eat in a healthy way..but even when I reach my goal weight I want to fast periodically. Mainly because fasting reduces acidity in the body, and therefore helps to prevent cancer, etc.
**Warning, the following may be Too Much Info**
One time I fasted for four days, and can you believe it? I still had to go #2 after four days of not eating. That means poo just hangs out for in your body for at least 4 days! crazy and gross! I'm fasting and I am finding it EXTREMELY easy. I was trying to figure out why, why I've always thought it was easier to just not eat at all...and I think I've narrowed it down to two reasons:

1. There is only 1 choice; not to eat. You don't have to choose to eat just one piece of pizza...or one and a half...or what the heck just eat the whole, you just don't eat.

2. The expectation is to be hungry. Usually when I am eating, I can't help but expect to be full by the end. I don't just mean satisfied, I mean FULL...a bloated feeling almost. But when I'm fasting, I expect to be hungry, so it doesn't really bother me. Sure my stomach grumbles, but I've never felt faint. Did you know that the feeling of hunger is not always an indication that you need to eat? Your brain sends signals to your stomach to start growling a couple of hours after you eat...even if you really don't need any nourishment. Just something to think on.

I've seen where some other people have been posting 10 Things that Make them Happy! I think I'm gonna do the same.

1. My Boxer Rex :)

2. A good book..preferrably some Fantasy, or Twilight, or Jane Austin!

3. Hugging :)

4. Hanging out w/my best friend, Candice.

5. Listening to good music!







6. Kayaking!

7. Good movies! Like LOTR, Wall-E, and Pride&Prejudice

8. Daydreaming about the future...and planning for it.

9. Driving the :)

10. The Beach...

I hope that everyone has the most wonderful New Years!


"Don't pursue happiness -- create it"

"Your future is whatever you make of it, so make it a good one."

"Do not let great ambitions overshadow small success."

We can do this people.
We are the only ones with the power to change anything.
One life, one choice.

Sassy & Thin in 2010!!
Yeah baby!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Perfect 10

Let me rehash yesterday and my plan for today before I get into the Perfect 10 Challenge.

Yesterday I did really well, I think. My calories were just at 1500, because I got REALLY hungry when I got home. I worked out for 15 minutes on the Elliptical (180 calories), 10 minutes run/walking (50 calories) and 10 minutes biking (50 calories). That puts my caloric deficit at 1130. I really want to get it up to 1600, but I'm happy with anything about 1000. 1000 calorie a day deficit would mean about a 2 lb loss per week, and 1600 calories a day deficit would be about a 3 lb loss.

Today I'm going to go to the gym and lift weights for a good 30 minutes, then run...I really need to run at LEAST 2 miles. I know I can do this. Then I really want to push myself to do another 30 minutes on the elliptical. Even if it is a lite workout, that is fine. If I do that I will burn ~700 calories through exercise. Food wise I have had a V8 Splash, a banana, and an orange ((240 cals))...for lunch I brought a microwave dinner that is 280 cals, and for dinner tonight I will have another microwave dinner that will be no more than 300ish cals. I will probably also have some sugar free hot coco in a min, so 60 cals. If I stuck with that plan I would have a 2000 cal deficit today, woot! I'm gonna shoot for that!

Okay, now for something exciting! The Perfect 10 Challenge! You can see the challenge here if you are interested.

So, what are my goals?

1. Have at least a 1000 calorie deficit every day.
2. Run, no matter how short a distance, 5 days a week.
3. Weight train 3 days a week.
4. Drink 6 bottles of water per day.
5. Fast for 24 hours, twice a week (these will be my off days for exercise.)
6. Post my progress every day on my blog.
7. Weigh in every Friday.
8. Do 100 crunches after waking up, and 100 crunches before going to bed at least 5 days a week.
9. Eat a serving of fruits and a serving of vegetables every day.
10. Get 8 hours of sleep every night.

So, there it is! While these goals officially start Friday, I'm trying to implement them now. Wish me luck everybody. I'll be keeping you posted :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Name and Inspiration

So, I needed a new name for my blog for 2010. Candy suggested, "Sassy & Thin in 2010" I like it, so I stole it! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha! But really, it is fun. Also stole the calendar idea from Deliberate Life, Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

In case you didn't understand, that is my evil laugh, lol.

Yesterday I stayed within 1500 calories, but I only ran 1/2 a mile as exercise. I'm still happy.

Today I am actually going to come in pretty low on my calories after dinner. Gonna hit around 1100 cals. Candice and I took a 30 minute walk earlier, and in an hour or so I'm gonna go to the gym for a good hard workout of some running and elliptical work. I'm pretty excited. Also going to weigh myself, which is really scary, but whatever.

So, I found the dress I'm aiming for, the dress I'm gonna wear that is gonna knock everyone socks off!

Drum roll please..................................

Here are a couple of websites that have really inspired me to work out today...oh, and they've inspired me to try and save up some money, lol:

Have a great day everyone!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

More from yesterday..

Okay, so I wanted to type a lot more last night, but my husband was literally staring over my shoulder. Don't get me wrong, he can read anything I write here...but, when I'm writing I get into cheesy Olivia mode, and I would be embarrassed if someone actually watched while I wrote. I asked him if he was gonna read it...he said no, but shortly after he was like, "you drank coffee??" Okay, so yeh...this is kind of an extension of yesterday...

Yesterday I felt so victorious! What a difference one little day can make. I managed to eat well through out the day, and then when I got home I got out of the car, didn't even go inside my house, and went for a run. (It was sunny outside so I didn't want to go on the treadmill, and am avoiding the path at work because I'm scared of the deer, hehe.) I ran 1.95ish miles (sorry, I'm rounding it up to 2 miles)...and on the last 1/8 of a mile I sprinted. I just pushed and pushed and pushed. Was a very good workout!

Why after such a good feeling would I go back to my slovenly ways? It makes no sense, but I know that temptation is always there, so I have to be aware of it.

That brings me to a point I've been meaning to discuss...

A few days ago, when I got to work, a friend of mine left a comment on my instant messanger. He had left it the day before after reading some of my blog, especially the stuff about the 12 step stuff. Hopefully he doesn't mind me posting his comment here.
I just noticed your blog and read some. You are brave for putting that all out there. Yes, men are emotioanl eaters too, I sure am. I also do think that the addiction model works when emotional eating is involved as it does for alcohol. Both are ingested to change the way one feels - a sure indicator of addiction. AA tells new people not to get too wrapped up in the why (emotions), they tell you to just accept it and focus on what Jung called a rearrangement of the mind. Basically, you just need change everything and become something new. Here is a pretty good explanation:
The link he sent me was to an article. The most import part of which, in my mind, was the following;

"When Roland reportedly asked Jung if there was any sure way for an alcoholic to recover — truly recover, Jung is quoted as saying, “Yes, there is. Exceptions to cases such as yours have been occurring since early times. Here and there, once in a while, alcoholics have had what are called vital spiritual experiences. To me these are phenomena. They appear to be in the nature of huge emotional displacements and rearrangements. Ideas, emotions, and attitudes which were once the guiding forces of the lives of these men are suddenly cast to one side, and a completely new set of conceptions and motives begin to dominate them. In fact, I have been trying to produce some such emotional rearrangement within you. With many individuals the methods which I employed are successful, but I have never been successful with an alcoholic of your description.”

It seems that Jung’s pronouncement that the only hope for Roland was a “spiritual experience” was the final straw in Roland’s treatment. He was deflated to the point of “giving up.” As a result he had the 'rearrangement'..."
A few things stand out to me here...
  • AA tells new people not to get too wrapped up in the why (emotions), they tell you to just accept it and focus on what Jung called a rearrangement of the mind.
  • They appear to be in the nature of huge emotional displacements and rearrangements. Ideas, emotions, and attitudes which were once the guiding forces of the lives of these men are suddenly cast to one side, and a completely new set of conceptions and motives begin to dominate them.
I wish there was a recipe that would prompt this 'rearrangement', that would change my 'motives'. I read the wiki on Analytical Psychology, Jungian Archetypes and Individuation...and let me tell you, my head is hurting. I need to explore myself.

The part about, "
AA tells new people not to get too wrapped up in the why (emotions)," Maybe there is something to this, and I plan to really investigate this thought. It is hard for me to conceive the idea that I can accept the way something is, and still That means you never really get rid of the temptation...something else just takes priority.

Again, something I just need to think on...I think there is something here. Acceptance and what not. I did find this poem, and somehow it made something click...somehow it helped me understand the kind of acceptance I need in order to choose to give priority to what I want in life...

The Guest House - By Rimi

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

So, today I'm gonna try to do it again! I will be victorious! :) So far I had my Omelet Thinger (a bunch of veggies over egg beaters and some cheese). The good thing is I made it even healthier than usual by using very light butter (25 calories), and fat free cheese (35 calories) brought the whole thing to a total of about 150 calories.

Okay, think I'm gonna sneak back into bed for a bit and hug my hubby. I hope you all have a great day.

OH! almost forgot. I really wanted to thank everyone who has been commenting. I feel very flattered and motivated that people I respect, and read their blog almost every day, actually take their time to stop by and comment. Kinda feels like meeting a celebrity or something, hehe.

Friday, December 18, 2009


That is right, I feel victorious over one single day....and it feels GREAT!

Food for today:
Cheese Stick - 60 Calories
Coffee w/Creamer - 125 Calories
Salad - 150 Calories
Chips - 130 Calories
Hot Chocolate - 50 Calories
Dinner - 500 Calories
Peanut Butter/Celery - 200 Calories

Total - 1215 Calories

And, I ran 2 miles. :)

So yeh, feel pretty awesome...but very sleepy. Will write more tomorrow.

Waking UP

Have you ever had one of those days where you just wake up? Where you say, 'WTF have I been DOING!?" It is like you were under a fog or something, or even under the influence of drugs. I have a week every month (ladies, you know what I'm talking about) where I seem to get lost, and the day I finally wake up feels soooooo good! It also makes me feel ashamed, but I'm not gonna waist my time dwelling on that.

Talked to Candice today, and she told me it has been 60 days since she binged or overate. Holy COW! SIXTY DAYS! That is such a HUGE accomplishment. She just keeps going, and she is seeing those results. I have to admit I'm jealousy, but here's a little secret...jealousy is great fuel for a fat person like myself :) It really makes me get my butt in gear.

I will write more later today, I PROMISE! But, I just wanted to get that out there.

Don't give up on me world,
but even if you do,
I'm not going to give up on myself.

Monday, December 14, 2009

What should I title this?

Titles are overrated anyway!

Oh Mondays, how I love them! Fresh starts! A new week! Yay!

This week I need to run 2 miles...and I'm setting the bar higher...EVERY DAY!
This week I am going to stay under 1500 calories...EVERY DAY!
This week I am going to take breaks at work and take 30 min walks...EVERYDAY!
This week I am going to do my ab workout...EVERYDAY!
This week I am going to do weight training FOUR times instead of three.
This week I am going to take a 30 min walk in the evening...EVERYDAY!
This week I am going to type a blog entry before bed...EVERYDAY!

That's right people, this week I'm going to push it!!!
I WILL NOT start 2010 weighing more than 200 pounds.
In fact, I'd really like to be closer to 195 by the beginning of the year.

Yesterday we went to Galveston, to the strand, and had lunch. Then we walked around to all the shops. I had so much fun! More fun than I have EVER had walking around the strand...and I realized why! Because whenever I used to walk around the strand I would get tired! And grumpy! I always just thought I hated shopping, lol. But no, I just hated moving at all, because I was too big. These last 15-20 pounds really have made a big difference. :)

Okay, hopefully knowing I have to post later tonight will keep me honest through the day :)

Have a good one!

Friday, December 11, 2009

12 Steps...

As we all know from yesterday's post, I was not doing too good on food. But, on the way home I went to the grocery store and picked up all sorts of healthy stuff. When I got home I made my husband a bowl of Chili and me and omelet. I also made a big fruit salad and some pumpkin smoothies for this morning ((which I had, and they were delicious!)).

My husband and I were getting ready to crawl in bed and he was heating up some french bread I'd gotten him ((that boy LOVES bread!)) Well, I started talking to him about how I really need help to be better on my calories. I told him I need to stop eating what he eats...just because he is eating. He was like, 'Okay.' THEN, can you believe it? I tried to go eat some french bread, and this stuff was not just carborific, but it was COATED in butter! My husband stood in the door to the bedroom, not letting me pass and said, "Sorry, you don't get to eat that." And, can you believe this, I got angry! I mean, REALLY angry! I threw a little tantrum and tried to convince him I could eat the french bread..I remember clearly thinking about telling him "Oh sweetie, let's start being strict tomorrow..."

Did I mention I love my husband? he stopped me from eating the french bread, and instead I had a little bowl of fruit :) Just as satisfying, and I didn't feel like a failure afterwards.

The crazy thing is how angry I got. Why did I get angry? He did exactly what I'd asked him too! It is almost like when you are a teenager, and you don't really want something but your parents tell you no, so you automatically rebel and want that thing like crazy!! These episodes (and yes, they've happened before) make me realize what a food addict I am. I am like an alcoholic who hasn't really confronted their problem...I think I can have 'just one little drink' and then go back to being sober. But it really doesn't work that way.

**Wow, writing that just made me really understand myself!**

This sounds weird...but perhaps I should consider doing a '12 step program'. I'll have to modify the steps a little for my beliefs, but I wonder if it would help me. I don't want to be addicted to food, I just want to use it for sustenance. Imagine the FREEDOM that would give me? Seriously, sometimes it feels like food enslaves me! And it is all my choice, I go to it, arms outstretched and say, "okay, put on the shackles."

No more people! No more addictions! I demand my freedom!

(okay, yeh, I feel great!!)

But seriously...I think I should go through the 12 steps...let's see what they are...

These are the original Twelve Steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous adapted for food addiction and my personal religious beliefs:

1. We admitted we were powerless over food—that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a return to the natural order of things will restore my life to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the nature's standards.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to remove all these defects of character.

7. Understand, meditate on, and work to remove my shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through meditation to improve our conscious awareness of the natural state of things, knowledge of how my body should be naturally, and the self control to get myself to that point.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to help other over eaters, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

So, today, I'll start with step 1, but I'm gonna modify it a little bit...

I admit that I am powerless over food if I choose to be. I admit that when I allow myself to be powerless that my life in completely unmanageable. Not just my weight, but all aspects of my life. Overeating hurts my marriage, my career, and anything else I am involved in.

So, what is my emotion for today?

I feel liberated!

Why?: Because I have taken some time to explore my feelings, to reflect on what I've done, and I've realized that food has control over me when I allow it too. I've realized it is all a choice. I also feel great because I have eaten healthy so far today, and last night. This morning I not only went to Candice's house to walk the horses, I ran a little bit with Woodrow while I did it!

How can I recreate this emotion in the future? Well, I need to take sometime every day to really think about myself. Perhaps I should take up meditation. Of course, this blog seems to be helping.

Oh, btw, I didn't exercise yesterday :(...but that is okay because I am gonna exercise like crazy this weekend! Saturday AND Sunday! If the weather is nice I might go run at the beach :)

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Emotions & 'Oh Deer!'

I don't know if it is like this for men, because my husband never seems to be affected...but emotions play a huge role in my weight loss. In fact, if it wasn't for emotions and moods I know that I would be to my weight loss goal already. But, I'll get into a mood where I feel hopeless, sad, or the worst...apathetic...then I'll settle for a calorie range that is just maintenance, or I will put no resistance on the machine I work out on.

I want to control these emotions. I want to have enough control to confront why I'm feeling the way I'm feeling, and then be able to change it. I am going to try. I am really going to try and zero in on my emotion every day...even when I'm feeling that I can learn the secrets to why I feel the way I feel. Maybe if I know that then I can change it.

Today's Emotion: So, today I started out feeling defeated and I thought trying to lose weight was pointless.
Why?: I made a high fat dinner for my husband last night, and I let myself give in and eat it all with him. I also didn't go to Candice's this morning and walk the dogs because I wasn't feeling well. I know there may be nothing I can do about that, but I still have to be honest that it is part of the reason I didn't feel good.
How can I fix it?: Taking a walk with Candice today was a start. I feel much more motivated after seeing her, always do. I am going to the store after work and picking up some more healthy food. I'm going to make a big fruit salad that I can eat on for the next 4-5 days in the morning, plus I'll pick out what I'm going to eat for lunch and dinner.
How can I avoid it in the future?: Don't give in to those silly temptations. Being thin and healthy will taste far better than anything I cook at least :)

Maybe if I confront these moods I will be able to get out of them faster. As many of you know, it often becomes a downward spiral where you simply can't get out of a funk. But today I'm gonna go to the gym and then for dinner I'm having a healthy omelet. Even if my hubby wants something else, I am the only one responsible for myself.

So....funny story...
yesterday I decided to run along the trail at work. It was cold, but sunny, so I wanted to take advantage of the ability to run outdoors. Well, we have a lot of deer where I work, and did you k now it is mating season? So anytime you see a doe you are pretty sure to see a buck. Usually this doesn't bother me...but, the other day a coworker sent me these pictures in an email of two bucks fighting. It was pretty sad, graphic, and scary.

So, I'm running along, feeling good...have gone about .75 miles...when I see this big group of deer kinda running away from me. This is completely normal...except one deer isn't moving. As I jog closer I see the beg antlers on this sucker and he looks like he is in a defensive pose about 8 or 10 feet from the trail. I kinda start to slow down at this point, visions flash through my mind of the two bucks fighting, and I realize "holy crap, that thing could kill me if it wanted too!" so at that point I stop all together and think to myself,

"It could run me down and kill me...and it wouldn't be a quick death either...i mean, it would stab me and stomp on me to death! and I haven't even reached my goal weight yet...I mean, maybe if I was thin and hot and someone found me slaughtered by a deer, well that would at least be something...but the head lines would probably read 'fat a** couldn't run fast enough and was attacked by angry buck'...not to mention all the deer at work would probably be killed off because I was stupid and ran by a big angry buck."

At that point I turned around, checking every so often to make sure he wasn't following me, haha. The good thing is it was still 1.5 miles! My goal! Yay! But, for now, until mating season is over, I think I'll stick to the treadmill. It is cold outside anyway.

Food today? Well (and brace yourself, this is bad..)

3 sausage balls (~150 cals)
1 cup hot chocolate (~50 cals)
2 Snickerdoodle Cookies (~320 cals)
Indian Food, 2 plates (~1200 cals)
Energy Drink (~180 cals)

Subtotal - 1900

Yikes..for dinner I'll be having an omelet, maybe some fruit for desert, so that will be another 300 calories. Maintenance basically. But, any exercise I do will be a deficit.

Tonight at the gym I don't have to lift weights. Therefore I need to run my 1.5 miles and do 30 minutes on the elliptical. That should burn 5-600 calories. Not too bad really, for such a big binge day.

What is my mood now? Optimistic! Hey maybe this worked!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Biggest Loser

So, as many of us know, the road to being healthy...especially one as long as dotted with many revelations. I've had this one before, in a way, but it is always good to reflect.

Last night my husband and I watched the Biggest Loser Finale. I knew it would be some good motivation and was happy I got to see it. It had occured to me a year or so ago, as I sat watching the finale of that season that I could literally be a contestant on the Biggest Loser. I weighed as much as many of the women on the show, sometimes a little more than some of the contestants. That was my revelation then..."Oh crap, I'm a fat a**" basically, haha.

But last night I realized something different. When I'm done with this...heck even now...I have lost as much, and I will probably lose more, than many of the contestants on the show. It reminded me of how far I've come. 70 pounds is a lot of weight. In fact it is 25% of my body weight. When I finally reach my weightloss goal I will have lost 40% of my body weight. 40 PERCENT!

Realizing this made me want to get it done. I can easily finish this by May, so what am I waiting for??

Of course, all this happened yesterday after I didn't run my 1.5 miles and I kinda binged on dinner...well, didn't really binge, but my calories were probably close to 2500 total yesterday. But, my attitude is much healthier than it used to be. Like I've said before...We human's have a long life span, so we get a lot of new beginnings. Every day is a new beginning, every moment...I'm not going to waist those opportunities grieving over a Mexican casserole! That would be really dumb! Just enjoy the food I ate, and realize that I would enjoy being skinny more! I had a delicious breakfast burrito. It was basically my omelet I make wrapped up in a tortilla. So, breakfast was about 250 calories. I had a Sugar Free Rockstar, 20 calories. For lunch my hubby wants to go to a mexican food place we like. I will get something there very healthy, and will try to keep lunch under 600 calories. Then, for dinner tonight...I'm going to have a turkey breast and lots of veggies. I will need to keep it under 350 calories. If I have enough calories left I'll have some hot chocolate. I will run my 1.5 miles today, and I will also run it on Saturday since I missed yesterday. Also gonna do my weights, and if I have time I really want to push it and do some time on the elliptical or maybe walk a while. I really need to drink some water, lol, all I've had is this energy drink.

On another note, I love going over to Candice's house in the morning. It really starts me off on the right foot and gets me motivated for the rest of the day. I really liked walking Woodrow today. He is such a good puppy :) Makes me feel like I have an extra, I mean dog that I don't have to take care of all the time, lol.

Thank for reading!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Yesterday I did 1.5 miles! yay! I also did 45ish minutes of weight training. The weights were SO much easier than last week. Seriously, I thought the machine was broken when I got on it, because the weight I was using last week felt like air. The gym was crowded so I didn't get to do the warm up on the elliptical like I wanted. Instead I got on the treadmill, walked for .5 of a mile, and then started running. Then I cooled down for a few minutes until my heart rate got down to a normal range (when I was running it got up to 175 bpm!)

I can't believe I feel comfortable running in front of people. I mean, my face does get really red and the sweat is dripping off...but I just don't feel like I look completely OBESE anymore. It felt kind of cool to be running on the treadmills with all these other people, it was like I was one of them! A runner...too cool! :)

This morning I went to Candice's and we walked her dogs for about 30 minutes. It was a pretty good workout because she has two HUGE Rhodesian Ridge-backs. Keeping hold of them certainly got my heart rate up! It was good to get up early and get going. Plus it was nice to see my best friend. I wish I knew her sooner in life, because I bet we would have been awesome room mates! In trouble all the time, but awesome!

Work is really irritating me today. People are b*tchy because we are having a bunch of moves. I want to be helpful but nobody is communicating, and that always pisses me off. I don't want to go to Best Buy tonight, and I might not. I like the idea of working there, because I know the money is eventually going to allow me to buy things I want. I just wish the work was less....demeaning. I mean, retail at 26? Really? I guess I should be thankful I have two jobs. Still, I think I might call in today and watch the biggest loser finale instead.

Calorie count is a bit high...but I think it will even out...
Cheese Its (for breakfast, hehe) - 150 calories
Grapes - 50 calories
THREE bags nuts - 300 calories
Energy Drink - 180 calories

subtotal - 680 calories

For lunch I plan on having a big healthy salad (150 calories tops)...
Dinner I'm going to have my 'omelet' since I didn't get it this morning. But, I think I'll make it pretty big, like twice the usual size...just figured it to be around 300 calories. So, I think I will also be getting a Pumpkin Patch Smoothie at lunch, as a treat :). It is 380 calories for the small one, but it is soooooooooooooooooooooo good! That will put me at 1510 calories for the day. Not bad.

At the gym today I am not doing weights...So, I think I'll do 10 min Elliptical to warm up (~100 calories), run 1.5 miles (~300 calories), then another 15 or so minutes on the Elliptical (~150) calories, and then my ab workout (~100 calories).

I'm super nervous about running 1.5 miles today. I don't know why I think I won't be able to do it. I mean, I did it once. I just have to push. If I want to be able to run 3 miles in January, I if I want to be able to do a Triathlon in May...well then 1.5 miles should be the LEAST of my worries. (These are samples of some of the random thoughts I use to keep myself motivated.)

Okay, I think I'm going to take a quick walk. Thanks for reading! :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Addicted to nuts...

The food, you perv! But really, I can't stop eating them. I get them in these 100 calorie packs, especially the ones that are cocoa flavored...omg, must stop buying them because I can't stop eating them.

So, today I'm feeling pretty awesome :)

Thus far I have eaten -

Egg whites, w/sauteed veggies, & cheddar cheese - 180 calories
3 100 calorie packs of nuts (told ya so) - 300 calories
Freebirds Steak Salad - 550 calories
And I'm drinking an energy drink right now - 180 calories
subtotal - 1210

Honestly, a little high for so early in the day. BUT, tonight all I'm gonna have is a grilled turkey filet thinger and some sauteed squash/zuchini/potato/sweet potato mix thinger. That should be 300 calories, very close to 1500 calories today.

I can do this...

A couple of weeks ago I got this fortune cookie that said
"Don't pursue happiness - create it."

I think that applies to a lot of things, like:
"Don't pursue success - create it."
"Don't pursue weight loss - create it."
"Don't pursue great food - create it."
"Don't pursue anything really....just create it."

Because we honestly have the power to create whatever it is we want. In truth creating something often times involves pursuing it...but, when you realize you are actually creating it, then you realize YOU have the POWER to get something done. You can't just sit around waiting for it to happen.

Very excited about my workout today. I'm gonna lift weights for a good 45 minutes (at least), then I plan on getting on the Elliptical for 10 minutes, get my heart rate up, and then run for 1.5 miles! My first day of a mile and a half! I'm super excited to meet this goal! Then I'm going to cool down either walking for 10 minutes or getting back on the Elliptical for a bit.

Candice said something really neat today. (Hope she doesn't mind me stealing this), but she said, "Imagine if someone said 'You MUST gain 2 pounds this week!'" How many of us would have a problem doing that? I know I wouldn't. I mean, if someone told me I must gain 15 pounds this week I could probably do it. So reverse that, "You MUST lose 2 pounds this week!" Why does that sound so much harder? It shouldn't really. 2 pounds is 2 pounds, no matter what direction you are going.

All we have to do is exercise and watch what we eat, eventually the weight will come off.

I have also been thinking about my last post with the questions. It has really been helping me to think of things long term, like "How is this effecting where I want to be in five years?," etc. It is helping me to not sweat the small stuff and to really reconsider stupid decisions. It is funny that not sweating the small stuff is really preventing me from giving up. It is all such a mental game, with such physical results.

Oh, and BTW...apparently, I want to be an elephant in five years because I can't put down the nuts! Ah!

Friday, December 4, 2009


Soooo tempted this morning to stop off at some fast food restaurant and get a hot breakfast...but I didn't, and I'm now enjoying a 60 calorie cup of hot chocolate. After this I'll have a bowl of instant oatmeal, if I'm hungry.

Last night I dyed my hair very dark brown, and this morning I love it! It looks much more natural and I think it looks elegant. This sounds very cheesy, but I've always wanted to have very dark hair in the winter...and now I do! :) Plus, it might snow today!! In Houston, Texas that is a BIG deal.

Last night I bought a new workout outfit. I refused to buy anything XL, and instead got a large pair of pants and shirt. They are both 'snug', but they do fit and aren't completely unflattering. I'm excited to watch them get baggier over the next couple of months. Also excited to wear them at my workout today...gonna do all my weights, 30 minutes on the elliptical, and then I'm going to run a mile. I want to get really warm before I run, because it is SOO freaking cold outside. Plus I want to push myself.

Last night I got a call from my part time job and they cut all my hours this weekend...which sucks, but is also awesome. That means I have plenty of time to workout like crazy and read and go to book club...and do laundry (yuck!). Might also hang out with Candy if she is feeling better (yay!).

So I saw this on a blog yesterday, and I kind of wanted to do it too....

What do you want to accomplish today?
Today I want to stay under 1500 calories, do all my weight training, do 30 minutes on the elliptical, and run 1 mile.

What would you like to have done by next week at this time?
By this time next week I want to find it easy to stay at 1500 calories a day, I'd also like to be able to run 1.5 mile w/out stopping comfortably.

What do you think will be the same/different in one month?
In a month I think I will be able to run 3 miles without stopping, I will begin swimming at a local pool, and I will start to save money for a road bike. I'm also going to start school!

What would you like to have done/changed one year from now?
One year from now I want to be at my healthy weight. I want to have finished everything on my goal list for this year. I want to start paying more towards my debts. I want to start dressing nicer.

What would you like your life to look like in five years? Really think about it. Five years from now, how old will you be? What will your relationships look like? Your job? Your body? Your home? In five years, describe yourself and your life... what you WANT it to be.
In 5 years...I want to have graduated from college, I want a job that I enjoy, I want to move to Austin, Texas and either purchase a new home or town home, I want to own an RV and a nice truck, I want to have good credit, I want to be working on my masters, I want to be in good enough shape to start training for the Iron Man Triathlon.

And then, when you have done that, go back to question #1 and tell me how what you are doing today is leading you to what you want to see in your life in five years.
I think that is pretty obvious :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A bit stressed but good...

Yesterday I know I went over my calorie limit. I probably hit 2500 calories...but, I also ran a mile and did weights. I really don't feel bad about it. I just care about that mile right now...I gotta push it up to 3 miles.

Still, today I'm going to try to keep my calories in check. It feels good not to beat myself up about splurging yesterday, but I also feel like it is a waist of time not to eat right if I'm going to the trouble of running a mile. I can't explain what a HUGE change of mindset that is. To not feel soooo guilty about going over my goal calorie range that I go into a free fall of binging. Instead, I don't want to waist my time eating crappy food? What a wonderful way to think of it! Not even waist my time, but I don't want to waist my effort.

On an irritating note, the VW sprung an oil leak today. Rg. I have a feeling it is an easy fix, but I really don't like losing my newly found independence even for a day.

But, my husband did promise me he'd take me to the gym today whenever I wanted. My boss has a meeting at 1, so I will probably go then. I want to Run a mile, duh :) or at least go as long as I can...then walk the rest of the big trail at work. Depending on how long that takes me I may also jump on the elliptical for a bit. Of course I need to do my ab work.

Right now I'm going to go take a walk out side. I got a scarf and some gloves yesterday since it has been pretty chilly outside.

Oh...almost forgot...

(in order to run 5K by 1/9/09)

12/2/09-12/6/09 : Run 1 Mile 5 days per week
12/7/09-12/13/09 : Run 1.5 Miles 5 days per week
12/14/09 - 12/20/09 : Run 2 Miles 5 days per week
12/21/09 - 12/27/09 : Run 2.5 Miles 5 days per week
12/28/09 - 1/3/09 : Run 3 Miles 5 days per week
1/4/09 - 1/8/09 : Run 3.5 Miles 5 days per week

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Good but full...

Feeling good today...I woke up feeling pretty and thin, which is always nice. I think it is because I slept in my makeup, so I didn't have to see my face without it, haha :)

I did eat way too much indian food at lunch today...but I'm going to try and get in a really good workout this afternoon. Probably won't have much for dinner...maybe a salad and that's it.

A girl at work has invited me to do a Triathlon with her in May...I really want to. I'm afraid that I won't be able to be ready for it...but that kind of attitude is going to get me no where! I found a local pool I can train at so I think I'm going to shoot for running a 5K on 1/9/2010...and if I can finish that I will start training at that pool 2-3 times a week in the morning. I might need to take a swimming lesson, because while I can swim, I'm worried my form may be lacking. I also want to buy a road bike in January or February at the latest and start training on that then. This year is going to be sooo fun and busy! I can't wait. It just so happens that 1/9 falls on the first meeting of the scrap booking club I'm going to start going to. I am so going to take a picture of me at the end of the 5K and put it in the scrapbook!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Yesterday I did good...I at within my calorie limit of 1500 calories, I went for two 20 min walks at work, I lifted weights for an hour, I ran half a mile...I still feel fat :( Just gotta keep going.

It will come off, it will come off, it will!

So, last night at my part time job I was talking to this guy and he was like, "How come all the girls are either really pretty and stupid...or they're smart and ugly? Isn't there some median?"

I laughed and said, "Duh, me!"

He just looked at me and didn't say anything. I know I'm not completely stupid, so that must mean I'm ugly. I would rather be stupid honestly...

Fat = Ugly :(

I really cannot wait for the day I get hit on. Knowing me I probably won't realize it is happening...sigh.