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Friday, December 28, 2007

What a great CHRISTMAS!

Well our family had such a wonderful Christmas. We were able to have a special Christmas Eve with some friends (young boys) that don't have any family and they spent C Eve with our family. With the help of some friends and family we were able to buy them some clothes and it was so fun to watch them open their gifts.

Christmas morning was a blast with our girls and then we had Christmas with J's family and then later in the day with my family. Just so much fun all around I hated for the day to end.

I have exercised a little but not as much as I should but I have eaten well. I am proud of my eating. I indulged in a few treats but only those that were worth it.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE...I am down 1 pound this week!!! Yes, I said I LOST 1 POUND the week of CHRISTMAS!! I just don't let the food get in the way of getting to my goal. WATCH OUT 140's HERE COMES DAWN!!!

I was watching the Today show last Saturday morning and it talked about eating through the holidays and how to cut your calories and that you really should not try to lose weight but just maintain. Well, I DON'T LISTEN TO THEM!! I have a goal and I am going to get there, I don't care what holiday it is or how much food is around. Nothing is stopping me and you shouldn't let it stop you either. Decide where you want to be and make your plan to get there. As I always say, the only reason you will not get to your goal is if you quit and there is NO QUITING AROUND HERE!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Week 3 - Much better

As a reminder I am trying my dardnest to get in 5 strength training workouts for 6 weeks in a row. The first week I got in all 5. The 2nd week I got in only 1 and the 3rd week (this week) I did 4 so I am proud of that but I still should have done the other one. I left off the leg workout and considering I do some lunges and pop squats and hop squats in some of the other workouts and I do work my legs some I guess that is not too bad but I didn't devote one full workout too it like I should have. Overall, I am pleased with my week though. My food was SO much better than it was the week before.

Christmas Eve will be a challenge for me b/c we have a great dinner planned with our families. Chicken and beef enchiladas, with rotel and guacamole dip. I am in charge of dessert. I thought I might make banana pudding that is so yummy but I just couldn't eat any b/c I don't think I would be able to control myself with it. I do plan on getting some soy chips so that I feel a little better about eating the rotel and guacamole dips. I will just eat small portions of the enchiladas.

Then of course I have Christmas Day the next day. B-fast will be fine, the usual, eggs, turkey bacon and one waffle most likely then I will just eat some foods that I want but very small portions. It will be exactly like Thanksgiving and I did great then so I know I can do it.

I plan to exercise tomorrow but take off on Tuesday.

Does everyone have their plan??? If you don't you better get it b/c Christmas is almost here. YEAH!!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I passed it up...

YES I DID!! I passed up my favorite dessert, cheesecake. Cheesecake is almost always my it is WORTH IT dessert. If there is cheesecake then I am going to eat it and enjoy every minute of it. Well, Tuesday night we went to J's work Christmas party and before I went I told myself I was not going to eat dessert. Well, what do you know, it is cheesecake. It was just plain cheesecake which is actually one of my favorites, they had topping but I would have eaten it without that is if I was going to eat it but I did tell myself that I wasn't going to but I had no idea it would be CHEESECAKE! What was I thinking. This is where having a PLAN comes into play. I told myself I wasn't going to have any so by gosh I am not going to eat it and I didn't. I watched all of the other 8 people at my table eat some and the whole time I was thinking about how many football fields they would need to walk to burn off the calories from that cheesecake. I will share the football fields story later. Anyway, I did not partake. I snubbed that cheesecake like there was no tomorrow and I felt so darn proud of myself. I mean it is just cheesecake right, the world will keep turning if I don't eat it. It was not like I am never going to eat cheesecake again, just not that night. So, see, if you have a plan and stick to it you too can be proud of yourself. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

And the winner is...BILL

Biggest Loser was AWESOME!! They all looked fabulous. I was so impressed with how many of them lost over 100 pounds. What are the chances that the first ever twins on the show would win both of the contest. Bill and Jim obviously deserved it but that doesn't mean a lot of the other ones didn't. Isabeau is a trainer now, how awesome is that!! Hollie looked so lean and toned and I loved her haircut. Then there was Julie...my favorite. She was SMOKIN HOT! She weighed 121 pounds. OH MY GOSH, she is so little. Gosh, I just absolutely love this show. This has to be my favorite show of all time next to the Dukes of Hazzard. HAHA A new one starts on January 1st with couples and I can't wait.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Biggest Loser Finale TONIGHT!!

I am a HUGE fan of Biggest Loser and the finale is tonight. Make sure you watch! OH, I so can't wait to watch it and see how awesome they all look.

Week 2 = BAD

o.k. I have to fess up. I only got in ONE strenght training workout this past week. I know, I told myself I was going to do 2 workouts on Saturday and 2 workouts on Sunday but I didn't get it done. I have learned a few things about myself over the past few weeks:

First) I will not exercise on the weekends. I tell myself I will and on very few occasions I will but it is a very slim chance that I actually will.

Second) At this current time I am not a morning exerciser. The bad thing is that I really want to be and in the past I have been. I am not sure if it is having two kids now and more things to do and to get ready and to prepare for or what but in the morning I just want to sleep as long as I possibly can. Therefore, after finally realizing that right now in my life that morning exercising is not for me I need to exercise at night after the girls go to bed. That would be anytime in between 8:30 - 10:00 pm. If I do this I can go to bed around 10 or 10:30 and no later than 11. I just need several hours of sleep to function very well.

o.k. I have realized these two things about myself so now I must put them into action and exercise at night and just not plan to exercise on the weekends.

Tonight is Biggest Loser finale and I can't wait!!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Week 2 - slow start

I am off to a slow start this week with the exercise. I finally got up this morning (Wednesday) and got in my chest strength workout. I plan to get up in the morning and do shoulders. I have to kick it in gear. I need to adjust my mindset for these last 5 weeks of this challenge I am doing and FINISH STRONG. I have worked too hard to quit now but for some reason I find my motivation lacking with the exercise. No excuses though, isn't that my mantra. I need to practice what I preach. I WILL DO IT!!!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Week 1 - SUCCESS

I told myself that for the next 6 weeks that I was going to do 5 strength training workouts and I almost didn't follow through. I needed to get in 2 of them this weekend and things were not working out well for me. I was either busy or lazy. Well, I knew I would be so mad at myself if I didn't do them so last night (Sunday) at 9:10pm I got on my workout clothes and got my water and went to the living room and finished both of them. I was SO GLAD I did it. J was in the living room watching the end of the national finals rodeo and he cheered me on and encouraged me as I did it and as I got tired towards the end. So I can proudly say I did 5 ST days in one week. Now I just have 5 more weeks of that. I can do it though. I am determined.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Still doing well...

I finished day 3 on Wednesday and then I did not exercise on Thursday and I haven't yet today. I will either do a workout tonight or I will do one on Sat. and one on Sun. I will get the last two in though. They just take about 30 minutes so I really have no excuses not to get them in. I should have time for that.

I had a food victory on Wednesday at a Christmas luncheon I went to. It was buffet and I had no idea what they would have so I just figured I would make the best choices possible. I walked up to the buffet and what did I see but a green salad, green beans and chicken. YES!!! My staple foods. This was perfect. I passed up the pasta that you could put under your chicken and I passed up the dessert that just didn't look worth it and then I passed up the dinner rolls. It was a success!! Then last night I went to another Christmas gathering with some friends and I made it my cheat meal for the week. I didn't go overboard but I ate a few snacky foods that I don't normally eat so I will consider it my cheat meal.

This weekend I plan to do some Christmas shopping and cleaning house tonight so I get that over with. J and I are going on a "date" Saturday night so I am really looking forward to that.

Have a great weekend everyone. Oh and as always, eat healthy and EXERCISE!!! Dawn

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Day 2 = DONE

I just had to post b/c I was so proud of myself that I got out of bed at 5am this morning and did my chest workout. WOOT WOOT!! So 2 days down and 3 to go. I will get up early tomorrow morning too and get it done. Of course all of this depends on how my kiddos sleep. Last night was a good night so I was able to get out of bed with a friendly nudge from my hubby. I ask him to do this so I appreciate it when he does. Tonight is Biggest Loser. I just can't wait. I am obsessed with that show! I look so forward to it every week.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Day 1 = DONE

I just wanted to post before I went to bed that I did day #1 of my ST. It was leg day and I finished it. I started at 9:15 and ended at 9:45ish. Whew, it was tough but it is over with. Thank goodness. Tomorrow is chest day so I will either do it in the morning depending on how baby sleeps or I will do it tomorrow night while I watch Biggest Loser. OH YEA, can't wait until Biggest Loser tomorrow night. I will post tomorrow or tomorrow night and let you know how day 2 went.

Day #1

Today is day 1 of my 5 days a week of strength training (ST). I had intended on getting out of bed at 6 am and getting in my leg workout but Lizzie did not sleep well, I think she is teething, I was up off and on most of the night so 6am didn't come for me. This just means that I have to get it in tonight. NO EXCUSES, b/c as I say, EXCUSES DON'T BURN CALORIES, right, RIGHT! I cannot go to bed until my leg exercise is done. Here is my plan, go home, cook dinner, eat dinner, girls take a bath, girls to bed, LEG WORKOUT, then to bed myself. I can do this, I will do this. I will report tomorrow on how it went.

I had a great weekend. We got up our Christmas tree, I will take some pics and post them soon of it. It is very pretty I think. I hope the lights stay lit on it though. They all went out yesterday after it was decorated and everything. A tree isn't the same if the lights don't work. Just pray that they stay lit for about 4 more weeks. I also made my very first homemade lasagna. It just sounded good and we had J's brother and girlfriend down to watch the best show ever, Desperate Houswives and we ate dinner. The lasagna turned out SO GOOD! I was very proud of myself. Now I realize that it is not calorie friendly but I only ate one serving and it was a small serving so I am o.k. with it. It is actually rather nutritional with the lean ground beef, tomato sauce, cottage cheese, riccotta cheese, and eggs. It has a lot of protein so that is good.

o.k. gotta get some work done. Have a great Monday.
Dawn

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

T-day was a SUCCESS!

I had a great Thanksgiving. So much fun with my family and with J's family and I didn't stuff myself. This is the first time EVER that I have not been absolutely miserable after eating Thanksgiving lunch or dinner. I did eat and I did eat some things that I do not normally eat on regular occasions but I didn't eat a lot of it. AND I did have some pie, 1 piece of the best coconut cream pie ever compliments of Melinda. It was SO GOOD! Plus, I had a small piece of chocolate cake and that is it. It was just enough to satisfy me but not enough to make me feel sick. In fact...drum roll please... I LOST 1.4 pounds last week over Thanksgiving. I think I did it b/c I just had a few small treats on Thursday and that was it. I was on track for the 3 days before and on track for the 3 days after. I didn't make Thanksgiving a week long celebration. I took home no leftovers and I got back to my regular eating routine on Friday morning. Wow, that makes me feel good.

You know the statistics say that the average person gains 7-10 pounds over the holiday season. Then they never get it off so over the course of several years that is a lot of weight. Well my goal is to lose about 5 pounds and I am actually off to a great start. YEA!!!!

Next week I start the end of an exercise challenge that I am doing and the schedule has me lifting weights and doing short cardio segments 5 days a week. I am a little nervous about it but I am determined to do it. I really think it will shape my body in ways that I have never seen it before. I can't wait to see the results. I will keep you posted on how it goes and this will be my check in place so you can all make sure I am following up with my commitment.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Almost thanksgiving...

2 days until the big T-day! I am determined to not make it about the food. I will eat a few small portions of the food I really like the cheesey potatoes or the poppyseed chicken. I am going to fill myself up on turkey and green beans and some brocc and cauli that my MIL makes and then I will eat small spoon fulls a few higher calorie foods that I like. For dessert I plan on eating a small portion of my MIL's german chocolate cake. At my families we have the basics and nothing too spectacular so I can eat mainly turkey and veggies. I am making my own low cal pumpkin pie so I will eat that there. It is a combination of a couple of pies I found so if it is good I will post it. I just want to end Thursday knowing that I ate sensibly and I did not gorge myself. I also plan on wearing my NEW SIZE 8 JEANS so that I won't have much room to stuff myself. They fit just right but have no wiggle room. I am exercising Thursday morning too so that will help me stay on track more. I can do this. Food DOES NOT RULE ME!!!

What is your T-day plan? If you don't have one you better get one or else you will eat everything in site and feel guilty about it the next day. Only eat the foods that are WORTH IT TO YOU!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

TGIF!!

Shoot, I wrote a message and then when I went to upload it something happened and it didn't work. I don't have time right now to re-write it.

Anyway, have a great weekend and exercise and eat healthy!
Dawn

Monday, November 12, 2007

Weekend preview

I did get up early on Friday morning and exercise. It wasn't very energized b/c I was so tired but I did get up. I exercised briefly on Saturday but not much you can do when 2 kids are climbing all over your step you are trying to step on. Then when they were taking a nap I decided to take on as well. I love weekend naps!!

I ate at the new shogun restaurant here in town on Saturday night. It was SO GOOD!! I had shrimp, veggies and a california roll. Friday night I went to a recption type thing for a couple that I work with that got married a few weeks ago out of town. I did splurge on 2 lemon bars and a brownie type thing. It was really good to eat some sweets b/c I have not had any in a while. The dinner was actually pretty healthy so I did o.k. with that.

Not much going on this week really. I can't believe Thanksgiving is in less than 2 weeks. I am looking forward to our family get togethers.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Quick check in.

I just wanted to post that I did get up at 5 this morning and do my back / chest workout. So that is 3/4. I am determined to get up in the morning and meet my goal this week of getting up at least 4 days a week in the mornings to do my workout. Friday AM is cardio, probaly a FIRM dvd with the steps. Wish me luck!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Biggest Loser!!!

I absolutely love this show. In fact, I must watch 2 shows each week and this is one of them, the other is desperate housewives. Anyway, this show makes me laugh, cry and stand up out of my chair and cheer. Since I know what a struggle it is to loose weight and exercise and make your self healthy I just so relate to this show. I love it when they have great big successes or when I see them working out so hard. I wish I could have 6 weeks with one of those trainers. Oh man, I think I could transform my body. It would be SO GREAT!! Oh well, I don't so I must do it on my own. I love it at the end when the person gets voted off and you are so anxiously awaiting to see how they did when they got home. So far this season all 9 that have been voted off have been SO SUCCESSFUL!! It is just so neat to see. Of course, they have a long road for the rest of their lives but they are off to a great start. It just brings a smile to my face to see them do so well on this long tough journey.

I am doing well this week. Great on the food front and I have actually gotten up early 2 days in a row to exercise in the AM. My goal is to get up on Thursday and Friday morning too. Stay tuned to see if I actually do it.

Monday, November 5, 2007

GO HOGS GO!!!

WOW!! What a great football game we played on Saturday against South Carolina. We have some talent on our team and it is so fun to watch. Darren McFadden and Felix Jones are just machines!! They really are amazing football players. They are so fun to watch.

We had a good weekend. We got our yard mowed and the flower bed weeded for the last time before the cold weather gets here. It feels good to get that done. We relaxed some and went to the football game of course. Did some laundry and cleaning, you know the usual weekend things.

I am still going strong with my food choices. This healthy way of eating is becoming second nature to me now almost. I still have struggles that I will always have but the food is becoming easier. As for the exercise, I love to exercise and I love how I feel afterwards but it is staying consistent and making myself do it that is a struggle for me. Like last week I just did 2 days of strenght training. The week before that I did 4 then the week before that I did 6. So this week maybe it will be 6 again. I will have to do it tonight in order to get my week started off good. I hope to get up in the morning and do my 2nd day. I know I can do it, I just have to put those two feet on the ground at 5 am in the morning and get started.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

GO RAMAY INDIANS!!! WOO WOO!!!

THEY WON!!! WOOT WOOT!!! SO EXCITING. It was a GREAT game. They won 13-7. Towards the end there were a few turnovers and my heart was beating fast. I was thinking to myself if they end up losing this game 14-13 I don't know what I will do. They lost to this team the first game in the season (the first game is not conference but this last game is) by 1 point and that just makes you sick. I didn't want it to happen again BUT IT DIDN'T so everything is o.k. Boy, it was exciting. Nothing like beating your rival team from across town. The funny thing is that when I was in Jr. High I went to that rival school from across town. I always say we will root for whichever team pays our bills and for now that is the RAMAY INDIANS!! And we are proud. As they say RAMAY PRIDE RUNS DEEP!!!!!

I am getting ready to hit the sack. Game days are always long days. I probably won't have time to post tomorrow b/c I am busy at work. This weekend we are mowing the yard, cleaning the garage and watching the HOGS play against South Carolina. Let's hope and pray for a win there too. Have a great weekend!!

For the FIRST time ever in my life...

I did not eat one single piece of Halloween candy. I cannot believe that I did it. It feels so good that I was in control and the food DID NOT CONTROL ME!! This really is just such an accomplishment for me as it would be for anyone. It was only really tough for me last night when all of the candy was around and the kit kats and m&m's were staring me in the face but somehow I just dug deep down and found that inner strength and resisted. I challenge everyone to do something like this that you have never done before. It is very rewarding.

Exercise front - This has not been my best exercise week actually but not too bad. I did two strenght workouts this week so far, one on Monday and one on Tuesday then I did not exercise yesterday and I am not going to be able to today. I must make myself do it on Friday, Saturday and Sunday now so that I can at least get in 5 days this week. I typically like to get in 4 days on Monday through Thursday then I will need just one or two more days the rest of the week in order to get in 5 or 6 depending on what I am shooting for that particular week. Seeing as I am doing a challenge with my on-line training team and trying to do at least 6 days a week of exercise it would be really good if I could get in at least 5 this week.

Halloween was fun. We went to a bonfire at J's school and then I took Chloe trick or treating down our street. She really enjoyed it.

Tonight is J's last football game. I can't believe the season is over already. These past 2 months have flown by. We are praying for a WIN!! It is against the across town rival and it would be a great way to end a decent season.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A quick "HELLO"

I have been really busy at work and this will continue for about 5 more months. From October through May is my busy time at my job then it slacks off during the summer. I don't mind it too much though b/c I am expecting it and as prepared as I can be. The bad thing is that the days fly by and I have mentioned before that I do not enjoy time going by so fast. Oh well, what is a girl to do.

I don't really have much to talk about. Tomorrow is Haloween and I am doing great on my challenge to myself to not eat any halloween candy. I haven't touched one single little bitty piece. Tomorrow will be the hardest b/c I will go to my house where my MIL and FIL will have 5 bags to hand out to the kids that come to our house. I can do it though. I WILL HAVE NONE!!! I am determined and committed to this challenge. I have come to far to eat any now.

I worked out 4 days last week which is my goal each week, my minimum at least but I am shooting for 6 days. This week I plan on getting 6 days!! WOO HOO!!

Eating is going GREAT! I am staying on track and having food victories every day. The eating part is getting much easier as time goes on.

Friday, October 26, 2007

TGIF

It is Friday, this week has really gone by fast for me. I went to J's game last night and THEY WON!! 33-0 in fact. They stomped em'. That was fun to watch for a change. They have been playing well, we just hope they can keep it up as they play their last game next Thursday which is the across town rival and they are undefeated. Should be tough but we can do it.

This weekend we are going to the Razorback game and taking Miss Chloe. She is really looking forward to it. Then Sat. night we have a wedding reception for a friend of mine that got married about 1 month ago in a private ceremony. A bunch of my friends will be in town and I can't wait!!!

I will exercise twice this weekend. I really hope to do it tonight and on Sunday and take tomorrow off so we shall see what happens. I desperately need to jog.

I hope all of you have a fabulous weekend.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

FINALLY!

I have been struggling to get up in the mornings to work out even though this is the time I like to do it. I like to get it done and overwith and I just haven't been able to get up. No one's fault but my own. I just need to put my two feet on the ground and get to it. When I don't I have to work out at night and I have been but I just so much prefer to do it in the AM. Finally, this morning I did it. 5:10 AM my feet were on the ground and I got an "Atta Girl" from J. that made me feel tood. I went to the living room and got busy with my strength training back and chest day. This is my toughest workout. My chest consists of my weakest muslces and the chest presses, dumbell flyes and push ups just really push me to my limits. I finished all reps of everything but it wasn't easy. I was so happy when it was over b/c now I don't have to do that one again for a week. I think tomorrow might be my day of rest (DOR). I would really like to exercise on Friday then take my DOR on Saturday b/c I have a busy day planned but I am just not sure what will work out best yet. I am getting kind of tired b/c I have worked out 6 days in a row now and I think I need my DOR.

So what is your plan? Have you already exercised today? Will you do it at lunch or after work or at 9pm? It doesn't matter when you do it just GET IT IN!! Get that body moving so you can make some muscle and then burn more calories at rest.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

6 days last week and 2 days in a row this week...

Yes, I exercised 6 days last week. WOO HOO!! SO PROUD!!! I have gotten in 2 days so far this week too. I actually went and exercised with J today at his school so that was a nice change from exercising by myself. I think it might have made me push myself a little harder. I did shoulders and arms yesterday and then today I did a leg workout. Tomorrow I will do some cardio either running or a step aerobics tape.

Not really much going on with us. Just exercising and eating good. J has been hunting on the weekends when he can. I have just been hanging out and playing with the girls.

Oh, yes I do have news. Lizzie can crawl she is the crawling fool and she can even pull herself up to her feet. It is amazing. She is 6 1/2 months old and is on the move. It is so cute to watch her. She will be in the living room and the next thing you know she is in the kitchen with you tugging on your pant leg and either chewing on it or pulling on it so she can stand up. She is still a little wobbly when she stands so she has to have a sturdy base to be grabbing. Shoot, she might walk before Chloe did and that was at 9 months. What is it with my kids, I don't mind if they stayed put a few months more. No need to be on the move so soon. Obviously, I am excited and it is so fun to watch them grow up and develop and learn new things, I just can't imagine why they do it so soon. So funny the difference in kids.

We call Lizzie, "Lizzie Lizer" sometimes. The Lizer is a funny story with our insurance company and kind of hard to write out so anyway just know we call her that sometimes. So Lizzie does this growling thing, that is the noise she makes. This morning on the way to take them to my parents house I heard Lizzie making her noise. So I told Chloe, "Do you hear Lizzie growling at you". Chloe said "She is growling like a lion, grrrrrr" Then she said "Our little Lion Lizer". I said did you say "Lion Lizer" and she said "Yes, she is our little Lion Lizer" HAHA. SO FUNNY!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

10K pics

Finally, I am getting around to posting some pics from my 10K I ran this past Saturday, October 13. I did it with my friend Jessica so all of the shots are of both of us except one is of me and my fam. They were waiting on me and cheering me on at the finish line. The last picture is of Jess and I before the Hog game all fixed up and not sweaty and smelly. We had a great time at the race and we were so proud of ourselves. We can't wait to do it again next year.














Monday, October 15, 2007

10K - COMPLETE

Well, I set my sights on it last March or so and as of 9:09 am on Saturday, October 13th I reached my goal of finishing a 10K. My friend Jessica and I finished in a little over 68 minutes. We were SO PROUD!! We had perfect weather and everything went just great. Could not have gone any better. I do have some pictures and I will have to try to post those tomorrow if I can.

I started a new challenge today that my on-line personal trainer started. It is the SLIM NEW YOU 12 week challenge. It requires 3 days of strenght training and 3 days of cardio and by the last 6 weeks you are doing 5 days of strength training (with some cardio on those days too) then 1 extra day of cardio. It is going to be tough but I am going to work my hardest to get it done. I really think it will get me at my goal or really close if I just concentrate and work hard on it. I am hoping by doing it that I can just cruise through the holidays and all of the food that comes along with it. I am really taking it one day at a time and trying to get through the halloween candy right now. I have not eaten one piece of candy so far and I plan on keeping it that way.

How are you doing with the halloween candy? Are you giving in or are standing strong? It really isn't that worth it, I mean it is not that good!!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Tomorrow is the BIG day!

Race day tomorrow, October 13th, my very first 10K. I have in fact not gone 6.2 miles before. The longest I have ran is 5 miles and that was last Friday so this will be an all time high for me and I can't wait. My friend Jess is coming up from Conway to run it with me. I will post some pictures of us on Monday.

Food VICTORY! - yesterday I went to a halloween carnival with Chloe and of course there was tons of halloween candy and then they had other food on top of that. I did eat 5 meatballs but that is all. I passed up all of the candy and the chips and cheese dip, fried cheese sticks, egg rolls, wings, fried mini corn dogs and numerous other fried foods that you could dip in the huge container of ranch dressing. I ate none of it!! WOO HOO! I was so proud and the big thing is that I didnt' even want to eat it. I was not tempted at all. I must have had my mind set right b/c that typically doesn't happen.

Do you have a plan for your weekend? If not, then get one. What are you going to eat? Are you going to exercise. I will be doing the race then going to tailgate for the Hog football game then the game is that evening. I plan on drinking my water, eating my carrots, apple, beef jerky and protein bar. Sunday, will be a lazy day with some cleaning I am sure and just getting ready for the week as usual.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Geez! I do so good then bam!

Well, I was lazy this morning and I did not get out of bed to do my arm workout. I am trying not to worry about it. I will either do it late tonight after J's football game or I will do it in the morning. It can still be done and the week is not over yet. It will actually only take me about 30 minutes to do it. I will get it done I juts can't mark it off the list for today.

J's team plays an undefeated football team tonight. We have played great the past 2 weeks so I just hope we continue. Even if we don't win I just hope we play well. We shall see, I will report tomorrow on how they do.

Velvet - Sorry I missed your call the other day, I did get the message you left me at work. I will have my cell on me tonight if you want to call or I will be around tomorrow night so maybe I can chat with you then. Love you! Send up good vibes for me on my run on Saturday morning. I am doing 6.2 miles...can you believe that!!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

AM workout - nothing like getting it OVER WITH!

Yes, the past two mornings I have gotten my bootie out of bed and out to exercise. Yesterday morning I did urban rebounder (a small trampoline borrowed from a friend). I liked it and it was a nice change but I think I might get bored with it so I don't want it for myself but I was glad to try it out. This morning I got up and jogged 3 miles. I laid in my bed and debated for about 20 minutes on if I was going to get up or not. Genius aren't I, I mean if I was going to go back to bed I should have done it as soon as the alarm went off but I didn't. I thought I don't want to get up but I don't want to have to run tonight. Which one do I not want to do worse and jogging tonight won so I made the leap of faith and put my feet on the ground and the rest was history. Out the door I went and jogged 3 whole miles. I was so glad when I was done and my exercise was done for the day. YAHOO!! I am getting up in the morning early to do my upper body workout then I will rest on Friday then it is 10K here I come on Saturday morning.

Last night I had my cheat meal at bunko with some girlfriends. It was good and worth it. I had taco salad with some really great light and crispy tortilla chips and ROTEL and for dessert a few good classic chocolate chip cookies. It was all so good and I enjoyed every last bite of it. I love doing this cheat meal thing and I love it especially when it is good and worth it. I just indulge for one meal once a week and that is it then I get back on track and I still lose weight this way and this is something that I can live with and that is what I love about it. This week I have resisted chips at lunch, oreos and other chocolate things in the office kitchen, cheese doritos in the office kitchen, and grasshoppers (the mint cookies) at my parents house, all of these things just since Monday. It feels so good, you should try it sometime. If you ever doubt yourself on this weight loss journey or need a confidence boost then resist a temptation and see how good it makes you feel about yourself. SO EMPOWERING!!!

I will post tomorrow as to how my upper body workout went. I am increasing my reps this week so it will be a tad bit harder and I can't wait for that. Bring it on!

Monday, October 8, 2007

5 miles - DONE

I ran 5 miles on Friday night. WOO HOO!! I have never ever in my life gone that far at one time. I can't believe I did it. I have my 10K race this Saturday and I think I am ready, as ready as I will ever be. Now I have not actually gone that distance before but I know I can do it.
I just looked it up and confirmed that 10K is 6.21 miles. I wasn't exactly sure how long it was. Now I know. OH, I can SO DO THAT!! Can't wait to accomplish that goal. Before I had Lizzie on April 1st I had told myself that I was going to do that race on October 13th and I have stuck to it and I AM DOING IT!! I just can't wait to cross that finish line. My friend Jess is doing it with me and I am looking forward to that. Tara had to back out b/c she broke her toe. Next time though she will be right along with us.

I had a great weekend. I didn't exercise any actually but I did get in my 4 days during the week so that is fine. My goal is 4 days and I do try for five but if I can't do it then I don't stress about it. Food wise the weekend went well. We even went to a pizza buffet on Sunday and I did great. I ate some pizza but not too much and I didn't even touch the dessert pizza. It just didn't look worth it to me so I just snubbed it. Man, I love snubbing food. Such an empowering feeling. Try it sometimes. You will be so glad you did.

Exercise plan for the week:
Monday - run 30 - 40 minutes
Tuesday - urban rebounder (borrowed from my friend or step aerobics)
Wednesday - run 30 minutes
Thursday - arm workout
Friday - DOR (day of rest)
Saturday - 10K run
Sunday - DOR

Food plan:
Tuesday night I have bunko so that will be my cheat meal but I will try to have some control as well.
Other than that I will be on track!!!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Food VICTORIES!!

I thought I would share a few victories over food that I have had this week:

1) Chloe wanted some ice cream on Wednesday. So as we were visiting my Granny I was thinking to myself we could go to Braums and I could get her a junior cone b/c I know she won't eat much. Well, of course I was debating if I should get one. As my on-line trainer always says to own your decision and if you truly want something that is off plan then eat it and enjoy it and don't feel guilty about it but if you are not going to like yourself and feel guilty then do not eat it. Well, I decided that I wanted one so I got a jr. chocolate in a cone and it was SO GOOD. I ate it and soaked up every minute of it. Chloe's ice cream is where the victory comes in. She of course took like 5 licks off hers and barely ate around the top of the cone and said she didn't want it. So she handed it to me. I stared at it for a minute and thought I could so just down this ice cream, but instead I took two licks and then threw it out the window!! Whew, that felt good!!

2) I went to a mexican restaurant that I go to every Thursday with some friends. Well I typically I get a chicken fajita salad that is really good and healthy and in my guidelines for how I like to eat. Of course they give you a basket of chips with it and then the others with me get things that have a basket of chips too. Last week I actually ate an entire basket of chips. I felt awful after I did that. I was just so mad at myself for letting myself do that. So this time, I was not going to eat any chips. I asked for them to not give me my basket, we just didn't need 3-4 basket of chips at our table, 2 are plenty. I ate my salad and enjoyed every last bite of it and just snubbed those chips! I ate NO CHIPS. WOO WOO!!!

3) Last night the girls and I went to Chic-fil-a for dinner. I got my fav, the chargrilled chicken sandwich and a side salad with rasberry vinag. dressing. I got Chloe the 4 nugget meal with fries. Next time I will get a fruit cup instead of the fries. Anyway, she ate all 4 nuggets and did not even touch the fries. I kept looking at them thinking how I really wanted them. My trainer, Corinne and another girl Lorie kept going through my mind, Corinne just recently posted a blog about this http://phitnphat.wordpress.com/2007/10/02/defining-your-diet-success/ and then Lorie was talking about "Is it worth it". These words were running through my mind as I was looking at those french fries and you know what? I snubbed those french fries too. I did not even eat one of them. I threw those things in the trash along with the other trash. It felt SO GOOD!!

My challenge to you is to have VICTORY over your food this weekend and turn your nose up at that not good for you food. It is these little victories that will get you to where you want to be.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Busy busy

Just when you think your life can't get any busier it does. But I am loving it every step of the way.

Can't chat long here today b/c I have to do a few things before I wrap up my day.

I did turbo jam on Tuesday and I liked it. It was a nice change of pace and I would like to do it occasionally to take a break from the running and lifting weights. I did get a good workout from it and I am a tad sore in a few areas that I am not normally sore in.

I had planned on running last night but things didn't work out for me too. I did vacuum and dust my bathrooms so that was a major plus.

I did get up this morning early and do my arm workout so that felt great to get it out of the way. So that makes 3 days of exercise for me. I plan on doing a long run on Friday or Saturday and then I hope to do urban rebounder on Saturday and Sunday. A friend of mine let me borrow it so I have to give it a shot and see how I like it. Again it will be a nice change. I do like the home DVD's if they are good ones. I am very partial to the FIRM.

My eating has been great. I have a few victory's to share but I have to go for now so maybe I can post those tomorrow.

Hey Velvet, I am sure you are reading these. I hope you are enjoying yourself working in Jacksonville!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Monday nights are my night!

After dinner last night I went out right before dark and did my run. The sun was down and it was kind of cool, in the 70's. I started running around my 1/2 mile loop and I did that 3 times so I got in 1 1/2 then I went to my street to jog since it was getting darker. I jogged up and down it several times to make another 1 1/2 miles. When I looked at my clock, I realized that I had done it in 30 minute!!!!!! Oh my gosh, I haven't run that pace in over 1 year since I did my first 5K in June of 2006. I was so proud. I could not believe it. I don't typically strive for a certain time but of course it is nice to have it.

Tonight I am going to a friends house to do Turbo Jam. You might have seen an infomercial on it. I have heard good things about it and that it is fun and a good workout so I am really anxious to try it out.

I have a new snack that I found on someone else's blog.

1 tortilla (I use la tortilla factory whole what / low carb)
1 wedge of light laughing cow cheese
10 turkey pepperoni's or you could use turkey
some lettuce or spinach leaves whatever you have

spread the laughing cow cheese on the tort then put the turkey pepperoni over that then the lettuce or spinach leaves then roll it up and you could either just eat it like that or cut it in slices and it is like pinwheels. I dipped mine in a little bit of mustard or you could you some other kind of low cal dipping sauce or just eat it plain. It was so easy and really good. I calculated it at approximately 160 calories and 14.5 grams of protein. That is including the mustard. A great snack!

Have a great Tuesday and get out there and EXERCISE and make your FOOD PLAN!!

Monday, October 1, 2007

I did it, 5 days of exercise last week.

I did my long run of 4 miles on Saturday. It was a struggle but I did finish. I almost threw in the towel at 1 1/2 miles, I actually started walking home b/c I just didn't have a lot of energy and my run was not going well but I turned around and decided that I was finishing and I did. It was tough though. My time was hurendous at 1 hour actually. That is a 15 minute mile. The times that I was running was good and at a good pace but when I was walking it was really slow. I was just mopping along b/c my energy level was dragging. Not sure if I was tired or the food I ate before my run wasn't helping, not sure what it was. Oh well, all I want to do is start and finish and that I did so YEAH!!! I was so proud of my exercise week.

My eating went well. I did not eat any chips at the tailgate! I was so proud. I did eat 10 triscuits with spinach dip but only 10 and I did not just stuff my face like I typically do. This was a major accomplishment for me. As I was eating I kept thinking about how hard I had worked on my run that morning and I didn't want to blow it.

This week will be busy for me b/c my parents are out of town so I will be shuttling kids to school and to a friend that is keeping them for me. It will be fun though b/c I will get to spend the afternoon with them a few days. I am off to the grocery store with them this afternoon and I am the spoiled one that never has to take her kids to the grocery store b/c I do it on my way home from work and they are at my parents so this will be a fun outing with both kids at the grocery store. I don't have to get much and I am not in a huge hurry so it will be fine. Then I am going home and hopefully going to do a little cleaning, we will see how that goes. I will just do what I can and the rest of the time I will just hang out and hold Lizzie and play with Chloe. FUN TIMES FUN TIMES!!!

I plan on doing a 30 or 40 minute run tonight at some point. I will report in tomorrow on how that goes. Have a great Monday and EXERCISE!!!

Friday, September 28, 2007

GO RAMAY INDIANS!!

YES, J's team had a WIN!!! SO EXCITING!! They actually had a really good win 41-7! Which means that J's defense did what they were supposed to do and the offense, well they just kicked bootie too. A win makes for a happy husband and a good well played win makes for an extremely happy husband. The girls and I love it when they win.

On another note, YES, I EXERCISED THIS MORNING. I got up 30 mintues early and did my arm workout. Feels good to have it over with. I am 4/5 for this week. I did exercise on Sunday but my weeks are from Monday too Sunday so I did Mon, Tues, Wed and Friday and then I plan on doing my 4 mile run in the morning. Then I will be 5/5. It has been a while since I have had a week like that. Gosh it feels good.

As for the weekend, I think we might go to a high school football game tonight, you know we can't get enough of football around our house so we need to go to a Friday game too. Then tomorrow I will run and then hang out with the girls and J will have to work in the morning and then he will go to the game early to tailgate and I will come later. Sunday the girls and I might go visit some friends and J is helping his Dad build fence. Somewhere in there the house will get vacuumed and the laundry will get done and I might dust if I am really ambitious.

Have a great weekend. GO HOGS GO!!!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

4 days in a row

I am happy to post that I have exercised 4 days in a row. That is Sunday through Wednesday and today is my day of rest. Tomorrow I will do arms and then on Saturday I will do my long run of 4 miles. I have gone 4 miles once before but that was a few weeks ago. I know I can do it I just hope I have a good day and Saturday I have lots of energy. You know some days you can just run or exercise better than other. I just always hope on my long run days that I have a good one.

My eating is going pretty good. I think I need to cut out some of the snacky type food like the popcorn 100 cal packs or the fiber one bars. Although, they are not bad for you they are still just snacky and have sugars in them and such. I need to keep those to just 2 or 3 times a week instead of every day I think. I will just replace those with fruits and veggies instead.

J has a football game tonight. The team they are playing is pretty tough so I just don't know how it will go. J's team hasn't been doing too good but maybe they will have a good week this week. We shall wait and see.

It is almost time to get off work YEAH!!! Have a nice evening.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I EXERCISED AGAIN!

I am back on track, finally. I am determined to make this a good eating and exercising week. It has been a while since I have had a complete solid week. I am off to a great start. I jogged/walked Sunday morning 2 miles and ate pretty good this weekend. Could of done better a few times but could of done worse also. Monday, was a great day for me. I stayed on track with my food and just made some great choices and then I jog/walked last night for 3 miles. I am on track to do my 10K on October 13th, I just have to keep going. My plan today is to go at lunch and do my leg workout at the gym. Tonight I have bunko so that will be a challenge but I can handle it. Not sure yet if I will be able to eat before I go or just take some snacks with me or just have control of myself of the food they will have there. I have no idea what they are having so that isn't always good. I can't prepare myself as well if I don't know what is on the menu.

I also walked the stairs 3 times at work yesterday. I feel my quads and calves burning when I do that, it feels great.

Do you have your eating plan for the day? Your exercise planned for the day? You have to have a plan or you won't get it done. I had told myself last night that I was going to jog and after going to the grocery store and then to pick up the girls and then home and then doing this and doing that and making dinner I was thinking I wasn't going to get it in and I hated that. Finally at 9 I was done with everything so I just decided to get on my clothes and get out there and I DID!! I just went back in forth in front of my house since it was dark but it worked out just fine. So glad I did it.

o.k. I am off to get my work done. Have a great Tuesday.

Friday, September 21, 2007

I finally got off my bootie

o.k. it wasn't much but I actually got off my bootie at work and decided I was going to do something so I walked the stairs 3 times. I work on the 8th floor so I went down and actually back up to the 9th floor THREE times! Whew, my heart was beating fast by the end and I am sweating. I think I need to start doing this twice a day. It didn't take me too long really, I actually walk at a decent pace. I am not lolly gaggin' on those stairs by any means. Gosh, it is amazing how good it feels to just do that. WHEW! I am still sweatin' drinking my water. o.k., isn't it amazing the little things that you can do that make you proud of yourself. Crazy.

Tonight we have a family birthday to celebrate for my cousin then tomorrow afternoon we will be going to a football game. So tomorrow I am going to have to get my exercise in sometime. If I am really ambitious I might get up in the morning and walk/jog before J leaves to go to work. If I decide to sleep in then I will have to do a FIRM tape while the girls are asleep. Best case scenario I get up and go in the morning then I could always take a nap when the girls nap. That sounds like a better idea actually b/c it is not as if I would be able to slepe that late anyway. Stay tuned on Monday to find out what I did.

Plus, I need to exercise on Sunday. Maybe my friend Tara and I will go for a run. I will check into that as a possibility.

o.k., I am off here. Time to wrap up today and get out of here in 30 minutes.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I'm back finally!

I am still mending from my sickness but I am feeling a little bit better each day. Still having a little bit of problems with my ear so I think I need to get that checked out but since I don't have fever or an infection of any kind then I can deal with a little fluid on my ear. Geez, you would have thought the antibiotic shot and pills and steroid shot would just have cleaned anything bad out of my system. I guess not.

Anyway, my eating this week hasn't been so hot. Not really bad but I have been eating a few things that I DO NOT normally eat such as a bowl of ice cream, chocolate, fried chicken, several pieces of pizza and cookies. I think that since I did not feel well last week and I hardly ate anything now that my apetite is back I am just stuffing my face on random occasions. I mean on the average I am eating well but there have been a few times that I have had no control and just started eating. This will pass though and I will get back on my track where I like to be with only 1 cheat meal per week. Just got a little side tracked there for a bit.

As for exercise, NONE, NADA, ZIPPO!! I have been struggling for a few weeks with getting it in but have been doing it here and there and then I got sick and haven't exercised in 11 days. Of course, I haven't felt like it and I don't need to push my body too much so the last 11 days is fine with not exercising. I need to start walking though at least even if it is for 15 minutes. You know I had a goal of completing a 10K on October 13th. Well, although that is still within reach I am not feeling good about it. OK, I can't believe I just said that. I am going to do this and that is it. I just looked at the calendar and I have 22 days not counting today and not counting the day of the race to get ready for this. I mean at this point even though the last time I ran was 11 days ago (the Sunday before the Monday that I got sick) I ran 1.5 miles. So I know that in 22 days if I really wanted to I could run 6.5 miles. I actually plan on doing this system where I jog for 4 minutes and walk for 1 minute. The on-line crew that I exercise and eat healthy with do this system and it works great. It is good for your body and you can actually go further. So this is what I am going to do. This means I have to get out there this weekend and get going. 22 days and counting!! I made this goal actually before I even had Lizzie. I had told myself that I was going to do this race and by gosh I am going to stick to it. I would be so mad at myself if I didn't do it. So look to me to post over the next 22 days of my progress on my running. I CAN DO THIS! I WILL DO THIS! This race is GOING TO HAPPEN on OCTOBER 13th with me there running in it!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I'm on the mend

I am improving and getting a little bit better everyday. I will try to post later today. I am back at work but now I am kind of busy getting caught up with my work.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

I'm sick

I haven't posted in a while b/c I have been pretty sick. As soon as I get to feeling better I will post.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Hmmm, I never know what to title my posts

It is Friday again. It seems like it was just a Friday like yesterday. I think I am one of the only ones that does not look forward to the weekends b/c that means that the days, weeks, months and years just keep going by WAY TOO FAST!! There are many times that I wish that time would just stand still. You just simply don't get to enjoy the things you love the most like spending time with my girls or my hubby or my family or friends. You know they say as you get older time just goes by faster and faster and I simply dread that. I just wish we all had a few more hours in the day and a few more days in the week and so on. Oh well, what do we do, I guess just make the most of the time that we do have.

Good news to share....J's football team won their game last night WOOT WOOT!!! 28-14. THEY NEEDED THAT WIN!! They really struggled last year and they lost last weeks game by one point so it was great to really dominate and play good and win a game.

Bad news....I had to leave the game early and did not get to bask in the glory b/c Chloe got sick. Bless her heart she has not felt good for a week now. She had fever for 4 days and then was a little better and then last night said her ear hurt and that was it she went down hill and cried the 45 minutes it took for us to get home. She kept saying "Mom, I don't feel good". I just kept driving and trying to get home as fast as I could. On top of that Lizzie was crying the whole way home too. Man, my nerves were on edge but I just remained calm and just drove. My lovely mother met me at home so that she could take one of the girls and I could get the other one. It worked out fine and I took Chloe to the Dr. this morning and she does have an ear infection but nothing that some antibiotics and ear drops won't fix. Hopefully, she is on the mend.

Let's talk about eating and exercising for a minute. This has not been one of my best weeks. I have eaten several things that I don't normally eat but at the same time I have not gone crazy or on a binge or anything. So I am still maintaining some control which is what I shoot for. Like last night at the game I got a diet dr. pepper and I could have gotten peanut m&m's which I love but instead I ate my protein bar that I brought with me. YEA on that decision. This weekend will be a little tough on Saturday b/c we are going to a birthday party for a 1 year old with pizza and cake and ice cream and then Sat. night we have a couples wedding shower for a friend I work with. I can't imagine the great snacky foods that will be there. Like I always say CONTROL CONTROL CONTROL. I will let myself eat a few things and feel good about it as long as I have control and don't stuff my face.

Exercise - what is that I am starting to wonder. It has been non-existent for 9 days now. This is so unlike me. I typically am a pretty dedicated exerciser at least 3 days a week. Things just seem to be getting in the way and I just don't seem to be making time for it. I am not going to push it, let's say for the weekend my goal is to exercise at least once either on Saturday or Sunday whichever works out best. Of course both would be great but I want to have a reasonable goal and once seems like a more achievable goal for me. So expect me to post back here on Monday that I exercised at least one of those days. This will be a major accomplishment for me. I CAN DO IT!!

o.k. I have rambled enough. Have a great weekend. ---Dawn

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

It's Tuesday already. YEAH!!

I had a nice weekend. Pretty uneventful for the most part but really nice. Went to the hog game on Saturday. I took my mom and my bil's girlfriend Jordan (didn't get a picture with her and I should have). I also met up with my friend Jess to chat for a bit. Here are a few pics from the game, isn't my mom so cute? My mom enjoyed it. She thought the atmosphere was FUN!!!






Not much goin going on really. I am really sleepy. Daughters haven't been sleeping well so that has me kind of running on fumes recently. This too shall pass.

As for exercise it is pretty non-existent for the past several days. I have been doing pretty well with my eating though so I am feeling good about that. Hopefully one of these days I will post again that I exercised.

Friday, August 31, 2007

A long weekend...I need it.

J's team lost last night by one measly poing. 13-12. BUMMER!! I actually didn't get to see the end but maybe that is a good thing. I had to leave at half time b/c Chloe was sick. She had a fever yesterday morning and then it got better then it came back then it got better then at the game she got sick and threw up in the bleachers (poor thing) then I felt of her and she was burning up so we went home early and she went to bed and seems to be a better this morning I just hope it lasts. Lizzie is also suffering from a major cold and tons of snot. Poor thing she can't breathe very good. I slept holding her in the recliner most of the night. I hope they get better before tomorrow when I will be leaving them with J's parents so I can go to the football game. We shall see.

I am looking forward to the long weekend though and having Monday off. It will be NICE. I don't have any major plans so that is nice too. I of course need to do laundry, vacuum and dust and such so maybe I will get that done.

As for eating I decided to do my cheat meal last night b/c my mom made my fave!! Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and gravy. IT WAS SO GOOD! I will be on track the rest of the weekend though. I don't have any major plans or events so I should be able to stay on track. I just need to schedule some exercise in there somewhere though. I have been slacking on the exercise front. I have been running some but not lifting weights. That is a good goal for me for the weekend to lift weights at least one of the day. I can do it!!

ok. I have to get off here and get to work. Have a great weekend if I don't make it back here to check in.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

FINALLY FOOTBALL!!!

It is THURSDAY and it is the begining of J's football season!! WOO HOO! GO RAMAY INDIANS! Tonight they play their rival Woodland so we will see how it goes. Me and the girls will be there cheering them on. Then on Saturday we have the first RAZORBACK game. Can't wait to see that either. GO HOGS GO!!! WOO PIG SOOIE!!!

I am not sure that I have mentioned that I am running in a race. A 10K which is 6.5 miles I think. It will be on October 13th. I am in the process for training for it. My friend and I ran on Tuesday night 2 miles. I probably won't be able to run again until Sunday though b/c of other commitments but that is o.k. I am just going to prepare as much as I can and do the best I can and if I need to walk a few minutes here and there then that is perfectly fine. I will cross the finish line one way or the other I don't guess it matters how I get there. I am very excited about it though. After I had Lizzie that was my goal to do this 10K and then I kind of backed away from it but now I AM DOING IT!! So glad I decided too, I just love running.

My eating has been really good. So even though I have not been able to exercise as much as I want I am still making progress b/c of my eating. Remember that even though exercises is SO IMPORTANT and you NEED TO DO IT, eating clean and healthy is 80% of the battle and exercise is 20%. Eating good clean healthy foods is what will widdle our waist line, it makes a huge difference over eating processed foods. I can not say that LOUD ENOUGH!!

o.k., well I have to go for now and get some work done. Have a great Thursday and hopefully I will be back with a winning report from the game tomorrow. --Dawn

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I AM LEAVING MY HUSBAND...

for DIERKS BENTLEY! Seriously, he better be on his best behavior or that is it, I am moving to TN and kicking out Dierks beautiful wife and then you can just call me DAWN BENTLEY... sounds good doesn't it. He is my new favorite. I am and will always be a huge Kenny Chesney fan but there is something about that Dierks that just draws me in. I actually saw him at the end of April here in town and I had very close seats, they actually called it "the pit" and I was literally right next to the stage. This time around this past Friday I was much much further away so I just enjoyed the music instead of the scenery. I will share some of the pics from the April concert for your viewing pleasure.






Those are the best ones. I might have a few others to bless my blog with at a later time.
As for my eating and exercising. I am doing really good with the eating. In fact, I might need to post another menu since I haven't done that in a while. I will try to get to that tomorrow. I have not been getting up in the morning to exercise and my excuse is my darling daughter is no longer sleeping well. I really just need to get up and do it anyway even if if it is 30 minutes. Surely, I need the exercise more than I need just 30 minutes of sleep. I need to try to go to bed just 30 minutes early then that will take care of that. I am planning on jogging tonight again with my friend Tara. We jogged on Sunday around this trail that was 2 miles and we did it 2 times. We jogged / walked and had a pretty good time of 50 minutes so we were proud of that. Plus, it has some hills so our booties and backs of our legs were feeling it as we walked up those hills.
I did have a proud eating experience last night at a work event that I went to. You know those things they always have the good fattening junky food at them. Well, I decided I was going to eat something so I had 5 cocktail shrimps (w/ no cocktail sauce), 5 pieces of sushi and 2 strawberries. No dessert and no dips or crackers or chips. YEAH!!! I was so proud of myself. Those events are so hard for me b/c I really like that junky crap they feed you. But, I made some good choices and left there feeling great about myself.







Monday, August 27, 2007

Good evening

This is going to be quick. I realized the day has almost gone by and I hadn't posted. I will have to fill you on the details of my weekend and especially my visit to see Dierks Bentley tomorrow but I wanted to just post quickly that DIERKS BENTLEY IS ONE SEXY MAN!!

Anyway, my sister called me this morning at 7:00 to tell me that she had gotten up at 6:30 and walked on the treadmill. WOOT WOOT GO VELVET GO!!! So proud of her. So proud of you making it a priority and getting it done for the day then you don't have to worry about it the rest of the day. Plus, I think when you are able to exercise in the AM it really helps you through the day make good food choices b/c you think about what you eat before you put it in your mouth. You don't want to blow your hard work of getting up early and exercising. At least that is how I feel about it. I mean you could have been in bed but instead you were doing your body good and burning some fat! Great job Velvet, do it again tomorrow!!!

Well, I have to go in and make some dinner. I had an event after work then had to go get groceries now I am home putting them up and I have a hungry hubby and daughter waiting on some food. Luckily, I bought one of those already made rotisserie chickens at wal-mart so I just need to steam some broccoli and make a salad and we will be good to go.

Bye for now, until tomorrow. EXERCISE AND EAT CLEAN!
Dawn

Friday, August 24, 2007

DIERKS BENTLEY HERE I COME!!!

Well of course J had to spend our anniversary at a football game but tonight we are making up for it and going to see Dierks Bentley and Cross Canadian Ragweed in concert. WOOT WOOT!! I can't wait!!!

I finally was able to jog last night. My good friend Tara and her husband came over around 7:15 and Tara and I each grabbed a stroller and headed out. Steve ran ahead of us and then lapped us but I think it was b/c he wasn't pusing a stroller. HAHA Tara and I went 2 miles jogging 1.25 of it and walking .75. It felt GREAT! I just love the feeling of accomplishment that I get after a run is over.

My darling Lizzie slept all night last night. YEAH! Maybe she just didn't feel good the 2 nights before. I am not sure what it was but I am hoping it is over for a little while and she will be back on her angel sleeping schedule. She has me spoiled.

I have a plan for food for today, b-fast was fiber one, banana and milk and then some prot. powder in the leftover milk for a little more protein. Lunch will be south beach diet pizza, cucumber, avocado and tomato. Dinner will be on the road but I can get a decent salad or grilled chicken sand. at most places. So today should be good. I will take my cooler with me for our road trip and some water so that if I get hungry I don't have to eat convenient store food. As for Sat. and Sun. we don't have any major plans except a birthday party for Chloe's friend on Saturday morning but I will eat before I go so that I won't be tempted to pass up the cake. I hope to exercise on Saturday and do another run with Tara on Sunday.

It is Friday, make sure you have YOUR weekend planned with your food and exercise.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

OUR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!!

4 years today we have been married. Wow, I told J that sometimes it feels like it was yesterday and sometimes it feels like it was 10 years ago...he agreed with a smile. For a celebration we are going to near Springfield, MO to see Dierks Bentley and Cross Canadian Ragweed (a band from OK that plays in Fay at George's sometimes). Anyway, we can't wait. We have been wanting to see this concert ever since they have been touring we just couldn't find it close enough during a time that we could go.

As far as the luncheon went yesterday, I did pretty good. I ate several different things but not too much of the bad stuff. I got right back on track though with watermelon for my afternoon snack and then I had a good dinner.

I have not exercised since Monday of this week. Darling Lizzie has taken a turn for the worse in the sleeping department and has kept me up a lot the past two nights. Then during the evenings I have had other obligations and have not been able to get it in. Tonight I have plans to run with a friend and push the girls so hopefully that will work out.

I am gearing up for the weekend and trying to figure out my plan for eating and exercising. Do you have a plan? If not get to thinking about it so you have no excuses for not eating well or exercising.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Hump day AGAIN!

Can't believe it is already Wednesday. I had big plans to get up and go to the gym at 5:30 this am. But my sweet little Lizzie just didn't cooperate. She had her 4 month shots on Monday and she did not feel good all day yesterday or last night. I had to hold her all night long either in the recliner or in bed where I was able to lay for the majority of the night. I have said before she is an angel sleeper 90% of the time so when she doesn't it really affects me. She woke up and wanted to eat at midnight and at 3:30 so there was no way I could get up when my alarm went off at 5. That is o.k. though, I just might get in a quick jog after our financial class tonight (www.daveramsey.com) or I will get up and do it in the morning. I am just taking this one day at a time and trying not to put too much pressure on myself. Obviously, it is out of my control when my baby wakes up and I have to have my sleep to function.

As for my eating I have been doing really good with that and I am so proud. Today at work I have a potluck for lunch so I will just have CONTROL and eat what we have. As long as I don't scarf things down as if I am never going to eat again then I will be fine. I will try to fill up my plate with as many veggies and fruits as I can and have just a little bit of the other stuff. I CAN DO IT!! CONTORL CONTROL CONTROL!!

o.k., I have to go for now and get some work done. Maybe I will post later and let you know how the lunch went.

Monday, August 20, 2007

First day of school!

Well today was the first day of school for Chloe. She just be-bobbed in with her big ol' back pack and sat right down in class and told me "bye" without a second thought. She was just the cutest thing. On another note, Lizzie had her 4 month check up today and she was 13 pounds 8 oz. and 24 1/4 inches long. The Dr. said she was "perfect" but of course we already knew that. Also, we got her ears pierced yesterday, she looks so sweet and girly. We did that with Chloe as well and it went really well so we are hoping the same for Lizzie.

As far as my weekend goes, I had a GREAT one. The yard sale went well and then I had a wedding shower and a bachlorette party for a friend and we had an AWESOME time. I did so great with my eating, I was just so proud. I ate nuts and fruit at the shower and then I had one helping of potato salad, baked beans and bbq brisket with no bread at the b-party. I had major control which is something that I am working on and I succeeded.

As you might remember I took last week off from exercise b/c of my busy schedule. I got right back to it this morning. It felt so good, I was shocked really b/c I typically don't workout on Mondays just b/c it is Mondays and I usually can't get going. Well, I did it anyway. I got up at 5:45 and went out to the garage and did my leg workout. My hamstrings are burning as we speak. Tomorrow my plan is to jog.

I better get off here so I can do a few things and hit the sack. Have a good night ---Dawn

Friday, August 17, 2007

ONIF!!! OH NO, IT'S FRIDAY!

This is my new saying instead of TGIF. A girl that uses the same on-line trainer that I use used that phrase this morning and I though it was so fitting. Because if you are like me then eating on weekends is almost torture compared to during the week when you are on a regular schedule. It is just harder to get in your workouts, water, and make sure you eat regularly and eat your snacks as well. Usually there is so much going on and so many special events to attend. One of the best ways to battle this is to have "A PLAN". For example here is mine for my weekend:

Friday night - not hard b/c I will be at home and everything will be normal. I am thinking about eating my flatout bread pizza that I make. I must share this with you later, it is so good. And of course I have to eat some veggies so probably some steamed broccoli and a cucumber.

Saturday - busy busy day - this will be my carry my cooler day - yard sale in the morning at a friends house. I won't eat before I go b/c I have to be there at 5:30 so I will take a banana and and a protein bar to eat around 8 or so. Then I will take an apple for a snack and then I will take some carrots along just in case I need another snack. I will be sure to keep my water cup filled up so that I am drinking my water throughout the morning. I should be home just after lunch hopefully so I will eat a turkey wrap most likely and some strawberries and some cucs. Sat. afternoon I have a wedding shower at 4:30 so I will have already eaten my afternoon snack and I will take some carrots along with me in case I feel that I need to snack on something. I will go into the shower with a "no cake" and " no sweets" policy for me. I can choose from other things in moderation. I think we are going out to dinner so I can just make a healthy choice at that time.

Sunday - this day should not be too hard b/c I will be at home most of the day. I just have to make myself drink my water and also eat my 3 meals and my 2 snacks!

I can do this, I have a plan and I am going to stick to it. My cooler will be my saving grace for Saturday. I just have to pack it with some healthy snacks so I have NO EXCUSES.

As for bunco, it went really well. We had a great time, there were 8 of us and I did great on the food. The food was a hit and I did not over do it. I maintained control and that is such a great feeling. See, I know I can do it when I really want too.

You can do it too, get a good attitude and a controlled mindset and head into the weekend. Oh, and make sure you get in some exercise!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

BUNKO DAY!!

It is finally Thursday and I have bunko at my house tonight with some girlfriends, I am really looking forward to it. The house is clean, the flowers are weeded and the yard is NOT mowed but I hope to do that really quick this afternoon.
On the menu tonight is:

1) veggie tray w/ sour cream and ranch dip (light sour cream so not too many calories per serving)
2) cheese ball w/ cream cheese, ham and green onion (the cream ch. is half fat free and half light so not too bad on calories there either) - of course the crackers that go with it are not great, they are 13 for 130 calories but their nutritional value is lacking.
3) chocolate chip cheese ball -this is not at all healthy or low in calorie, it is so good though and served with graham crackers.
4) phyllo dough crab cups - these aren't too bad actually b/c it just has phyllo dough cups, with crab meat and cream cheese and green onions in them. they are SO YUMMY!
5) lemon cake made w/ diet sprite and fat free cool whip icing - all you do with this is buy a lemon cake mix and add 2 cups of diet sprite and mix and bake according to directions. Then ice with fat free cool whip. You do not use any of the eggs or oil in it and plus you don't use icing so this cuts back on calories dramatically. I am going to calculate the calories tonight so I will let you know exactly. you can also do it with chocolate cake and diet coke or diet dr. pepper. so if you use a light colored cake then use diet sprite or 7-up and if you do a dark cake use the dark diet drinks.

So that is it. Those 5 things. A few healthy or somewhat healthy things and then a couple not so good for you things but they will ALL BE GOOD!! This is a time where I really have to have some control and just not eat my weight in the chocolate chip cheese ball. I love this thing. I am thinking that I might not eat any of it. If I think I can limit myself to a small serving then I will have it but if I am afraid that I will just eat and eat and eat then I am just going to pass it up completely. I mean I would live without it, RIGHT? It is not as if I am never ever going to eat it again and my body won't quit on me just b/c I don't have it, in fact my body would be better off if I didn't have it, that is what I have to keep telling myself.

o.k., I am off to eat my lunch, south beach diet pizza, cucumber, avocado and a tomato.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

It's HUMP DAY!!

Happy Wednesday to all of you. I can't chat long b/c I am busy at work. I just wanted to say that I have marked another thing off my to do list for the week. I actually got up at 5:20 and weeded my flower beds. My darling mom came out to help me (she is a gardner so she loves this stuff). Anyway, I had to get it ready for my bunco game on Thursday. I was out side in the dark with my front porch light on weeding. It looks good though. It is not perfect but perfect enough for me. It had kind of gotten away from me.

Last night I loaded up the truck with my yard sale stuff and I am headed to my friends house tonight to unload it all and price it. We are having a major yard sale pricing party with the 5 people that are participating in the yard sale tonight. Then after I get home my dad is coming with me to watch the girls while I mow. I have to do this b/c my darling husband is working late every night this week and you can't really mow the yard at 9:30 at night. I guess you could but it wouldn't look very good. So I will do it this week, I don't mind though. Then after I get the kids to bed I have to make the 2 cheese balls for bunco.

I am still eating good, I had grilled chicken last night and some squash on the grill and 1/2 a cucumber. It was really good. I love good for you food thank goodness.

o.k. I am off to get my work done. Until tomorrow --- Dawn

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Good Morning Velvet!

Hi Velvet (my sister), she reads my blog daily and she told me last night on the phone that she is disappointed when I don't post b/c she doesn't know what is going on with me or she needs some inspiration to eat good and exercise so I thought I would just start off by telling her "HELLO and I LOVE YOU".

Exercise - lets talk about it for a minute. This week is such a busy one for me, I mean WAY more busy than usual. Like I have said before the only time I can exercise is in the mornings and when I am busy busy in the evenings and then I don't get to bed until 10:30 or after I am simply not able to get up at 5:00 to exercise. I require at least 6-7 hours of good sleep to function and falling asleep around 11 and getting up at 5 anything just doesn't cut it for me. Yes, it might seem like I am making excuses but I am not, the facts are the facts and when you are busier than usual than you just have to make adjustments. So, I have decided to take this week off of exercising and I am not going to feel guilty about it. I am continuing to eat good though and logging my food so I am not falling off the wagon by any means, I am just realizing that exercise is not fitting into my schedule this week and it is o.k. I am already working really hard cleaning my house to get ready for bunco (I mean it needs to be cleaned anyway, this is just a good excuse to get it really clean) and preparing for a yard sale and then my outing with friends on Saturday afternoon. It is not like I am sitting at home on the couch or something. Anyway, my point is that you have to do what is best for you in your life on any given day and if you are honestly able to exercise everyday or 5-6 days a week or even 1 or 2 then you need to get out there and do it. If you are honestly too busy one week then just accept it and move on and don't feel bad about it. I will get back to it next week for sure I am already planning my workout schedule for then.

Bye Velvet, have a good day!

Monday, August 13, 2007

It's Monday and the beginning of a busy week!

What a great productive weekend. J powerwashed the house 3/4 of it anyway. Only one side left to do, of course it the toughtest side. The north side with the most mildew and mold on it. This stuff just sticks to the siding. UGH. You should see the rest of the house though. It looks good! I spent yesterday doing laundry (never ending) and dusting and just putting things away. I also went through the girls things to get the final items for my yardsale that I am participating in this weekend. Tonight my plan is to vacuum and clean the bathrooms, tomorrow night I have to price things for the yard sale and then on Wednesday I have my Dave Ramsey class and I will deliver items to the yard sale location and then Thursday night is Bunco at my house and then Friday I will finish up yard sale pricing then Saturday morning I have to leave my house around 4:45 AM to get set up for the yard sale then Saturday afternoon I have a wedding shower and that night I have a bachlorette party. It just wears me out thinking about all of this. In between all of that I have kids to take care of, a husband to fend for, and exercise to do and and sleep. I am sure the week will go by fast as it always does so it will be over soon.

As for this past weekend with exercise and eating. I got up and exercised (did weights) in the garage at 7 on Saturday morning, YEAH!! So that was a great start to my day. I had a good b-fast and lunch was a chef salad with ranch on the side. I often eat vinegar and oil but occasionaly I will indulge in ranch. I dip my fork in it and then put it in the salad so I don't use as much. That really cuts down on the amount. I did share a dessert with some friends but I did'nt eat much and it was a controlled portion so that was nice. Dinner was good with steak, potatoes and veggies on the grill. Sunday went well, no exercise, b-fast was good, lunch was good and then dinner was my cheat meal with creamy tacos and cake at my parents house. So all in all I was really proud of my weekend.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

2 days in a row!

That is 2 days in a row getting up early before work to exercise. As you saw from my Tuesday blog things didn't go as planned for Tuesday morning but all was well Weds. and Thurs. morning. I did my strength workout in my garage with weights and a step bench and mat on Wednesday morning then this morning I did jog/walk intervals outside. I will tell you this if you didn't know that IT IS HOT! Even in the mornings at 5:30 it is hot, but I do it anyway, it is obviuosly cooler at 5:30 am than it is at 5:30 pm. It just feels so good to get the workouts over with for the day then I just don't have to worry about it. I always recommend to people to get up and get it over with so nothing gets in the way of your exercise time. Of course, you have to do what works for you.

Eating is going so well this week. I have stayed on program all week with no straying. I have been so proud. Now, I am going into the weekend with a good solid plan. I have to have my weekends planned out b/c it is so easy to get of course when you are not on a regular schedule like I am during the weeks. It is easy to not eat every 2-3 hours or to not get in all of the water or to over indulge at a family get together or out to eat or an outing with friends. I will be straying a little on Sunday at my parents house by eating creamy tacos but I plan to just eat them in moderation. I can do it!

It is Thursday afternoon so get your plan together for the weekend so you don't stray off your path. Make a plan, write it down and stick to it and you will be so glad you did come Monday morning when you feel great about yourself and the scale is down.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Just b/c it is in "the plan" doesn't mean it always works out

I have realized that I am not always able or always want to workout on the weekends and I am not a good Monday exerciser. So I realized that I need to workout Tuesday through Friday in the mornings before work and then if I am able to exercise on Saturday or Sunday then great and if not then it is o.k. too. Anyway, I had planned to get up this morning to start my week off right and of course Lizzie did not cooperate. My angel sleeper is not 100% the angel sleeper as no one is. Apparently, she slept a lot yesterday so she stared at me and grinned until after 11 last night then she woke up at 4 bright eyed and I had to feed her. Therefore, there is no way I was able to get up at 5:15. So no harm no foul...I will either workout tonight or that means that I will just have to work out on Saturday and Sunday if I want to get in my goal of 5 days. The best thing about it though is that I don't feel bad or guilty, that is just life. Although, you do have to make time for exercise I have to remember that for me my family comes first and if things don't workout how I planned them then it IS O.K.!!!

As for my past weekend I was really proud. I did not have any crazy cheat meal but I did have 2 controlled splurges I like to call them. I went to a wedding shower and I had control, it was a great thing. I ate a plate full of fruit and 2 phyllo dough crab stuffed things and 2 small lemon tarts. That is it, no more. I typically just stuff my face in these situations but I did not do that this time. Then Saturday night we went to noodles and I had the side salad and then chicken and mushrooms with no pasta and only 2 small pieces of bread. That is it, not 2 loaves of bread or a huge pasta dish. I was very proud of myself. I was completely satisfied at both places and I proved to myself that I CAN BE IN CONTROL OF MY EATING! What a great feeling!

Friday, August 3, 2007

It is FRIDAY!

As happy as I am that it is Friday I am disappointed at how fast the weeks go by. Of course, I always look forward to the weekends b/c I can spend time with my family but the time is just going by entirely too fast. Lizzie turned 4 months on August 1st and Chloe will be 3 in about 1 1/2 months. I simply can't believe it and I wonder where the time has gone. SLOW DOWN TIME!

Anyway, I had a great week, I exercised early at 5:30 3 mornings this week. YEAH!! I plan to exercise, on Saturday and Sunday. I am going to do jogging intervals, like I jog really fast for 1-3 minutes then walk a good steady pace for 1-3 minutes and then repeat. My trainer said that is better for FAT BURNING and since my goal is to burn fat that is what I am going to do. I did this last Saturday b/c I was having a hard time going at a steady pace but this ended up being harder actually. I got A LOT more winded.

I have had a pretty good eating week. The only problem I had was on Tuesday night with the chips and dip at my bunko game. Besides that, I have been right on target.

I don't have anything thoughtful to say today or a problem to discuss. I am just so dang proud that I got in my exercise 3 days this week in the morning. It was a STRUGGLE to get out of bed I tell you. My hubby has to give me a nudge but it is a nice nudge and plus, I ask him too help me and he does. It works and I put my feet on the floor so that is all that matters.

When you are eating this weekend and making your choices just think about how you want to look and feel and make sure it is worth it. If not then just pass it by and don't give it a second thought. Also, get out there and sweat in this heat and humidity, it won't be very hard. Get that heart rate pumping and burn those calories.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Just when you think you get it...

o.k. here is my story...last Friday I went to lunch w/ some friends at a mexican place. I had decided before I went that I was not going to eat at all, especially the chips. I ate a snack before I went then I had a nice lunch in the fridge waiting on me for when I got back to work. I had the perfect mind set and I succeded. I did not eat anything not even one little chip. I sat there and drank my water with the basket of chips in front of me and didn't even touch them at all. You say "WOW, Dawn that is so GREAT" I was so proud of myself when I left there. So comes last night with girls night out at a friends house to play bunko and I was not sure what type of food they would have but I had told myself to be strong and either eat a minimal amount of whatever they had or to not eat at all. I did have an apple and a nectarine in the car and that actually stayed in the car (mistake #1). Anyway, I went in and of course they had chips and 3-4 different dips and I dove in like I had never eaten before. I just couldn't step away. WHY OH WHY could I not step away? I DO NOT KNOW! I did not just eat my weight in them, I think I actually had 25 chips. I did count them but I should have had none. I am sure people think well you can have a treat every now and then it is o.k. Well, in my world it is not o.k., yes I allow myself treats but I also have to learn to maintain control and I did not do that. I am one of these all of nothing kind of people. If I can't eat all the chips I want then usually I would prefer to have none. I even passed up the oreos (on the platter right next to where I sat at one point) and brownies AND ice cream cake (and I love ice cream). So how did I pass those yummy things up but eat the chip and dip? The actual meal was fine, I had taco salad w/ no chips, lettuce, meat, a little cheese, a little sour cream, and tomatoes. So that was o.k. and within my guidelines but the chips and dip are not. So as long as I learn from my mistake and I do not do this again then I consider myself o.k. I would have been completely satisfied with myself if I would have not had the chips and dip and just eaten the taco salad, that would have been perfect. I can usually do o.k. with the meal portions it is the snacking before hand that gets me.

Here is what I will do next time:

1) eat a snack before I go
2) take in a bag of carrots so that I can have those in my hand and in my mouth, take in an apple and a nectarine and beef jerky or almonds or anything if I have to keep my hands and my mouth busy.
3) sit in the living room if I have to and DO NOT hover in the kitchen (this is key)
4) find out exactly what they are having ahead of time so I can say I will not eat XXX and XXX. I do better this way for some reason.

I will start with these tips, see I know them I just didn't follow through with them. UGH!!

This month the gathering is at my house so I will have control over what we have there. I plan to have mostly healthy choices but some of the people specifically request fattening things, I will just keep them to a minnimum. I can triumph over this. I WILL I WILL!!

Friday, July 27, 2007

What I ate, Thursday

Here is another sample of what I ate on Thursday:

B - 1/2 cup fiber one cereal, 1 cup of skim milk, 1 banana
S - apple and a protein drink
L - Smart ones three cheese ziti, 1/2 sliced cucumber, 1/2 avocado (I love to put the smashed avodado on the cucumber slices)
S - south beach diet chocolate mint protein bar, 100 cal pack of kettle popcorn
D - lean cuisine deep dish pizza, 1/2 cup cooked carrots, 1/2 cup steamed broccoli

Total calories = 1418

Exercise - ab/core workout and 30 minute FIRM step dvd

I don't really recommend eating two frozen dinners in one day mainly b/c of the sodium content and it is just better to eat "real" food. But, in a pinch it is better than eating something that you shouldn't.

Exercise - I am making time for it!

I have really been struggling in the making time for exercise department. I am still adjusting to life with two young kids along with all of the other household chores and other commitments that come along. I have realized that I MUST get the exercise in early in the morning or it simply WILL NOT get done. My goal for this week was to do 2 weight lifting days and 3 cardio days. I was off to a slow start with only 1 weight day on Tuesday and Mon. and Weds. off. I made myself do my ab/core workout last night after the girls went to bed and I also did a 30 minutes FIRM step tape. I did get up early this morning and headed to the gym to do my 2nd weights day. So I am 3/5 now. I am going to jog in the morning and then either jog or do step aerobics on Sunday. I love exercising once I get started it is just getting started that is the hard part and scheduling or taking time out of your day to do it when you either want to just sit or to do something else. It is worth it though and I know it is a critical part to this healthy and fit journey that I am on.

Get off the couch or out of bed and exercise this weekend. Even if it for 15 minutes. Anything is better than nothing. You will be so glad you did.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Cute little Lizzie

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what i eat

I said that I would post a menu of what I eat on an average day. Here is what I am eating today. I stay between 1450 and 1650 calories depending on if I exercise or not.

8:15 B - 6 whole strawberries = 22
9:00 B - 1 cup cooked quick oats = 138
10:30 S - 5 baby carrots = 19
12:15 L - smart ones angel hair marinara = 240
deli turkey = 60
avocado = 289
1/2 cup iceburg lettuce = 4
10 cherry tomatoes = 36
for lunch I ate the smart ones plus I put mashed avocado in the deli turkey and sliced it in pin wheel type things and cut the cherry tomatoes in half and put this over the lettuce. Then I just ate it like a salad w/ no dressing. I had some leftover avocado and I just ate that plain. My lunch was very good and very filling.

3:00 S - south beach diet protein snack bar, chocolate mint flavor = 100
(these taste an awful lot like thin mint cookies with some nutritional value. 5 g of protein and 5 grams of fiber)

4:00 S - 1oo calorie kettle popcorn = 100

6:00 D - 2 slices wheat bread = 130
1 serving deli turkey = 60
1 slice of cheese = 114
1/2 slice cucumbers = 8
1 cup watermelon = 49
3 slices of tomato = 13
(tonight I will eat a sandwich at my financial class. they have chips and cookies but I just pass those up and eat the sliced cucs and watermelon which I love both of those so that is easy.)

9:00 S - protein shake = 141
1 tbsp of jif simply peanut butter = 95
1 la tortilla factory low carb tort = 50
(I will eat this after my run and ab/core workout)

For a grand total calories for the day of 1666

When you eat a lot of fruits and veggies then you really get to eat a lot b/c they are so low in calorie. I also space my food out so that I am eating every 2-3 hours. This keeps my metabolism working, also doing this I don't every really get hungry b/c I am keeping my body fueled. I do eat like this most days with a few variations. I will post another menu another day.

Hmmm, not sure what to title this. Just a little bit of everything.

Let's see what is going on in the Mabry Mayhem today. J and I have our financial class tonigh, which we are loving. We totally recommend this class, Financial Piece University. It is information from Dave Ramsey, www.daveramsey.com he teaches you how to get out of debt and stay out of debt and invest your money so that you can have a lot of money down the road. He believes in cash only and NO CREDIT CARDS!! It is just such a great program on how to budget your money. We recommend it if you are single, just married or married for 30 years. I promise you will learn something. Anyway, that class is tonight so my dear friend, Tara, is going to do the swim lessons with Chloe. Chloe is excited to get to do them with her. They will have so much fun I am sure. Last night her 2nd swim lesson went great. She would not go down the slide though but I am thinking by the time this is over with she will ge the courage. We also went to ride horses last night at our friends arena. Chloe always loves that and mom and dad love it too. Just nothing like being back in the saddle. It had been over a year for me. Kind of like riding a bike though, you never really forget how to do it you are just a little rusty or off balance at first.

I did not get up to exercise this morning. I don't know why I didn't. I woke up at 5:30 so I should have just gotten my bootie up out of bed. Instead, I thought I needed to sleep until 6:30. Oh well, I will just do my quick run tonight and do my ab/core workout afterwards. I will do this late in the evening after our class so it should be nice and maybe a little cooler. Maybe my new running buddy that I found in my neighborhood will be out then.