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Thursday, January 31, 2008

SNOW!!!

It is snowing here in Arkansas as we speak. They say we could get 3-5 inches but who really knows, the weather folks say a lot of things that don't turn out to be true. The roads are just slushy right now but as the temp drops that could change. I might head out of work here soon just to be safe.

I had a GREAT run last night. I ran at a park and it had some small hills and inclines on it. It felt so good. It was tough at times. It is .9 miles around it so I went 3.6 miles total. I kept my pace up pretty good and I was proud of that considering it was not flat terrain like I am used to. I am doing a 5K in a couple of weeks that is going to be hilly then the first half marathon I am doing will have several hills so I want to try to get used to it a little bit at least.

I plan to do my 5.5 or 6 mile run on Sunday. Since I have 3 days in between now and Sunday lets see if I can get in a strength training workout. Surely I can. I mean..YES, I CAN and I WILL!! Just one. That is not too much to ask.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Spinning review

First, let me say that I liked it and I will do it again. But, probably not until I get done with training for my half marathon. I am just a huge fan of running and not much can take its place. The only thing so far that I enjoy as much as running is a tough step aerobics class. I did realize after the fact, well this morning actually that I should have pushed myself harder b/c I could have handled it. I really didn't know what to expect and how it worked and I wanted to make sure I made it through the class but now I realize I could have upped the intensity and been fine. I could feel my legs burning while I was doing it and so I felt like I was working hard but then when I was done after 40 minutes I had just burned 300 calories and then today my legs aren't sore at all. HAHA which is kind of disappointing to me. Of course since I run I have pretty good leg muscles but I thought I was working other muscles and surely they would be sore today but they aren't. Hmmm, that is kind of a mystery to me. So next time I will push myself harder and I will keep up with the instructor the entire time b/c I think I could do it. It was a good workout though and I am glad I did it and I will do it again in the future.

My next venture out will be my first yoga class next Tuesday. I am looking forward to giving it a try b/c I have heard how good it is for you.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Today is the day...

That I will do my very first SPINNING CLASS!!!


I met the teacher last night at the gym and she was very friendly. Not that being friendly means anything but I guess it can't hurt. I have ridden a stationary bike several times and I never really thought it was that tough but I know this will be tough. I am just anxious to see what it is like in comparison to running 3 miles. I can do 3 miles with relative ease (not that it is easy by any means but it is not difficult either anymore) and I feel like my legs are in decent shape. I have a feeling though that this is going to be tougher than I think it is going to be. In fact I know it is going to be. I brought my handy dandy heart rate monitor along so that I can see exactly how many calories I burn. I can't wait to post my feedback about it tomorrow. This will be such a great way to spice up my running cardio only routines that I have been doing. BURN BABY BURN!!!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Running and Spinning

Half marathon training is off to a good start. For the last 2 weeks I have gotten in 3 runs each week. I did 4.5 miles this past Saturday and it went really well. It was a great day to run outside and I just felt so good. I am running tonight also at the gym probably. It is warm out but it is SO WINDY!!! Which is good b/c it is another resistance against you but then again that is the problem. I think I might do the treadmill and do some intervals.

I am doing my very first spinning class (stationary bike) tomorrow night after work. I am really looking forward to it. I have heard what a great workout it is. I just can't wait to try it and see how many calories I burn too. I will be sure to wear my HRM.

Strength traning has been non existent. Which is not a good thing. I have a workout to do I just haven't done it. So here is my plan for the week:

monday - run on treadmill, 3 miles
tuesday - spinning
wednesday - run on treadmill most likely or outside, either way 3.5 miles
thursday - strength training at home
friday or saturday - run 5.5 miles

I am going to track my food the entire week and really try to watch it. I have been kind of lax on my food and I have been doing o.k. and maintaining which has been nice but I want to work hard over the next 4 weeks and lose a few pounds to under 150. Then I will maintain that for a few week until after my half marathon probably then I will be in fat burning mode until my beach vacation in late June. So that is my plan, I will let you know how it goes as it goes along.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Runnin' for the weekend

It is going to warm up outside this weekend and I am doing my longer run outside!! I can't wait. I plan to do 4.5 - 5 miles. Just depends on when I get the 4.5 done if I feel like going that extra 1/2 mile.

My run on Wednesday at the gym was my best run in a long time. I did 3 miles in 31:30 which is at a 10:30 mile pace. I only try for a good time when I do my shorter runs b/c I try to push myself just a little harder on those runs. When I do my longer runs I go at a much slower pace so I can make it the entire time. I was running for about a 1/2 mile then stopping and walking for a minute but I didn't have any order to it really just run for a bit then walk for a bit well Wednesday night on the treadmill I did the 4:1 intervall training where I run for 4 minutes then walk for 1 minute. It did so well for me. Several of my Phit-n-Phat friends run this way and I have done a race like that also. I have realized that this is the best thing to do for me. It helps me go at a faster pace during those 4 minutes b/c I know I get to walk for 1 minute and then it is said to help prevent injury also b/c you are just not as hard on your body. I by no means sprint during the 4 minutes but I just jog a tad faster then I would if I had to jog the entire time. So I did the 4:1 on Wednesday and I still finished the 3 miles in 31:30. I need to get over the fact (and I am pretty much there) that there is nothing wrong with walking. You are still crossing the finish line no matter what you do and in a lot of cases as in the 10K that I did in October you cross the finish line sooner than some of those that run at a slower steady pace. Not that anything is wrong with slow and steady and not that anything is wrong with crossing the finish line last. Anyway, you get what I am saying. It works for me and is better for my body so that is what I am going to do.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

NO BAKE COOKIES!! AACCCKKKK!!

My favorite cookies are the no bake, peanut butter - oatmeal - chocolate ones ya know. Well, my daughter calls me yesterday from my parents house and says "Momma I have a surprise for you". I said "GREAT, I LOVE SURPRISES". Then she says "Cookies, me and Nana made cookies". I was like "GREAT!!". "I am sure they are the no bake ones, right" she says "Yes, no bake". WONDERFUL!! I got my mom on the phone and I said "you put 3 of those in a baggy and when I get there I will eat one off the cookie sheet and then take the 3 home and give 2 to J and I will eat the other 1". Well thank goodness I stuck to my plan and that is what I did. Thankfully they didn't make many so there was only 2 left on the cookie sheet and I in fact ate 1 of them then ate another from my baggie when I got home. So see, I do indulge in things that I love from time to time but I do try as much as I can to have control. I feel good about it and I had control with my cookies. Hopefully my mom and Chloe won't be making those for another 3-4 months.

I didn't do well with my goals yesterday. I did get the water in but the workouts, nada! I am having a tough time getting in the groove at home and working out. It is just so cold and I am lazy. I am going to the gym today to run on the treadmill b/c it is so darn cold outside and while I am there I am going to do my ab/core workout.

Today's goal is 3.5 miles on the treadmill.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I must confess...

the treadmill isn't that bad. I could actually get used to it b/c it is WARM in the gym and I can set my speed at a steady pace. I have been doing the incline to 1 or 2 to account for the un even pavement that you face when you run outside. I have been running at 5, 6 and sometimes 7 mph. I really tried to push myself at times. It was tough. I ran Friday night and then on Monday on the treadmill also. I don't want to get too used to it though since all my races will obviously be outside. If I just ran for cardio purposes and not to prepare for a race I don't guess it would be a big deal but in my opinion it is tougher to run outside so I must stick to that at least 75% of the time. The thing I don't like about the treadmill is the fact that the distance and timer are staring you in the face and it seems like the time and distance just creeps along. I really tried to look straight ahead or at the TV a lot to get my mind off the time. It helped some. I did have my IPOD which helps tremendously. My goal this week is to get back into my exercise groove. I did do 3 days of running last week but I need to get back to my strength training. Tonight I am going to do some before bed and then do some ab/core work. I am desperately trying to get under 150 and then maintain there for a few weeks while I increase my endurance and distance with my running. Typically when you are training for a longer running event you don't lose much weight. B/c you need more food to sustain your exercise and a lot of other factors go into it so I am not going to be a scale nazi for several weeks. But my immediate goal is to try to lose a few more pounds of fat and get under 150.

Goal today: ST tonight, Ab/core tonight and drink 96 oz. of water.

Friday, January 18, 2008

I'm suckin it up...

and I am going to run on a treadmill tonight in the gym. UGH!!! 2 reasons I am doing this - 1) my family worries about me running alone 2) it is pretty cold outside. To be honest I don't mind the cold too much b/c I really bundle up. I guess if it didn't get dark so early my family wouldn't worry about me as much but they still probably would. I mean people get kidnapped in the broad day light these day. I need to find someone that can run with me on my schedule. That doesn't seem to much to ask now does it. I need to find someone that will run at my pace and run when I can run but also not mind if we don't talk b/c I am enjoying listening to my ipod, now that I actually have one. Hmmm, I will be on the look out for someone that will meet all of my crazy criteria. For today at least I will run on the treadmill, hopefully it won't be as miserable as I am thinking it is going to be. I am going to try to have a good attitude about it. I am going to do 4 miles. I figure it will take me about 50 minutes or so. I know I will be glad when I am done and proud that I did it so I am just going to focus on that. Maybe there will be a cute guy at the gym that I can look at to make the time go by faster. HAHA, nope that won't happen b/c my hubby will already be gone from the gym going to pick up the girls. OH WELL!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Oh the weather!

I am not sure why I picked this time of the year to train for a half marathon not that there is ever a perfect time of the year to do it. I guess I would rather it be cold than hot. I know I could not do it in 90 degree weather and as long as it is above 30 then I am usually pretty o.k. In the 20's gets a little cold but bearable I suppose. Last night I had intended to do 3 miles but it started raining at 1 1/2 miles. BUMMER! I was going along really good though and I hated it that it start raining. What do you do though? Can't help the rain. I plan to do a 4 mile run on Friday or Saturday I haven't decided yet. Maybe I should look at the weather and see what looks like the best day. I would prefer to do it on Friday and get it out of the way. We shall see. I am going to look at the weather forecast now.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

AND THE WINNER IS....

ME!!!!

Slim New You Winner Announced!

Drumroll please. We have the http://www.phit-n-phat.com/ first ever challenge winner. Dawn Mabry took down the prize with losing 9lbs and 10.25 inches from October to December 31. She did it through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!!!!
Read her story and leave a comment here congratulating her on her success. That's twelve short weeks during the busiest holiday season of the year!!!! She's got two half marathons and a 6-mile relay race with some of the other PNP girls planned all before April 30. Looks like the next twelve weeks will be busy and slimming as well.
We're all proud and I can't wait to see our next challenge winner!

Before and After:









Monday, January 14, 2008

1st day of 1/2 marathon training. Here I go...

Today is the day that I am starting to run with a half marathon in my future. I really can't believe I am going to do it. But I DO BELIEVE THAT I CAN DO IT and that is all that matters. My first big race coming up is in 7 weeks and that is 6.5 miles. I feel like by that time I will be beyond the 6.5 miles b/c the first half marathon I want to do is in 12 weeks from now on April 6th. WOW!! It seems like far off but then it doesn't b/c we all know how fast the weeks go by.

Today I will run 2.5 miles!!!!!

It will be good to get back into it. I am looking forward to running again. I have enjoyed the break from it but I do enjoy it. I just love the feeling I get when I am done.

o.k. have to go but I will let you know tomorrow how my run went. RUN DAWN RUN!

Friday, January 11, 2008

The healthiest thing I ate today...

My Phit-N-Phat friends over at http://www.sisterskinny.com/ do this thing called "Healthiest thing I ate today". Well last night J made the best most healthy meal so I had to share a picture of it with you. It was olive oil seared mahi mahi w/ squash and mushrooms sauted in olive oil, steamed in the microwave cauliflower and lettuce w/ vinegar and oil dressing. It was SO YUMMY!!! Chloe even liked it, of course she dipped her fish in ketchup just b/c she is a "dipper" but it absolutely did not need ketchup.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

When I just don't want to...

get on my clothes and exercise and make myself not sit in the recliner and watch TV I am always so glad. BUT that first step of getting those workout clothes on is just a drag sometimes. I actually on the average really like to exercise but most recently this has not been the case for me. I do it anyway but I am just having to make myself do it. Possibly the good news is that I am going to get back into running effective Monday, January 14th. I really enjoy running so maybe that is what I need. I will continue to do the weights though b/c I see such a change in the shape of my body b/c of them. I am already dreading though running in the cold weather. I picked a crazy time to start training for a half marathon I will tell you that. But, I want to do it and I am doing it. I have several races planned for the first half of the year already. I thought I would make a list of them so I can hold myself accountable and mark it off after I complete it.

February 16th - Freezing 5K (this one is actually just a posibility depending on how FREEZING it is going to be)

March 2nd - Little Rock Arkansas marathon relay with 3 other friends. 6.5 miles each

April 6th - Hogeye half marathon. (Not certain I will do this one, if I am ready by then I will)

April 19th - Race for the Cure 5K. My sweet hubby is doing this one with me. He has already commited. I am very excited about that.

April 26th - Nashville half marathon.

WOW, what a great calendar I have. I want to propose a challenge to everyone out there to set a goal for yourself in the next few months and do whatever you need to do to meet it. It doesn't have to be running but you might enjoy it if you give it a shot. You can even walk a 5K if you want. I think races are great b/c you signup for them and you are committed then you work hard to make it happen then you get the glory of crossing the finish line and it does feel SO GOOD. But anyway, it does not have to be a race. You could make a goal to be exercising consistently at least 4 days a week, get into a certain size pair of jeans no matter what your scale says b/c the scale lies sometimes, maybe build up to do an entire step aerobics class if it is hard for you to do now or something of the sort. So set a goal and write it down and then see how AWESOME it feels when you accomplish it.

Stay tuned next week for my running training to start. I will keep you all informed on how it is going for me.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I can't believe it is WEDNESDAY already!

My how the week goes by, it is already almost half over. I am going out to dinner tonight with some friends but it is at a place that has a really great chef salad and my spulrge will be their homemade ranch dressing that is the BOMB!! This is the same place that has the best onion rings of anywhere and I salivate when ever I see them take them to another table. I mean those onion rings dipped in the homemade ranch, just a little bit of heaven on earth right there. I actually need to quit talking about it. I am going in with a plan and I will stick to it. Luckily the people I am going with are in weight loss mode also so they will most likely get the chef salad also. I try to focus on the conversation.

Food yesterday was right on target too. Last night we had fish again and J tried to spice it up with some taco seasoning and I ate mine like a taco in a low carb tortilla and we had lettuce with homemade guacamole on it. It was a great dinner.

Last night I did a few ab/core things while I watched biggest loser. Did you catch biggest loser? I was glad that Jillian got on to the white team guy, he is a slacker. Maybe he has it together now. I liked the brown team a lot and I was sad that they went home but the yellow team was NOT ready so it worked out for the best.

Tonight after my dinner I am going home and exercising. I told J to not let me go to bed until I had exercised even if he has to get mean with me. B/c I know I want to do it sometimes it just takes a little push to get me there though and he can do that for me.

I actually had a few comments on my blog. YEAH, people do read this.

A shout out to my sister, Velvet, who is cruising along and eating healthy!!!

Leslie - YES, J will eat the way I eat. We only have rather healthy things at home so that really is our only option. He won't make my buy separate things for him or anything he never has. Plus, he is on the weight loss wagon right now so that always helps.

Erin - so glad you made your way to my blog. I appreciate your comments.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Food for today:

I have not posted my menu in a while so I thought I would do that. I actually had a GREAT food day. I typically do not have a problem with the food and I stay on plan almost everyday. Although there are certain days that I feel like I eat healthier than other days and today was one of those days.

B - whey chocolate protein shake w/ 2 tbsp of flaxseed mill (this was post workout b/c I did biceps and tricep workout this morning at 6) then after I got ready I ate a 1 egg, 1 egg white omelet w/ 1/2 oz. of cheese

S - apple and banana muscle muffin that I made on Sunday

L - 1 cup of taco soup w/ lean ground beef, 1/2 of avocado smashed up to put on 1/2 cup of cauliflower and 10 baby carrots

S - 20 almonds @ 2:00 and then a pure protein bar at 4:15

D - 6 oz. of catfish grilled on george forman and 1 cup of steamed broccoli w/ a little bit of parmesan cheese and some sunflower seeds on it. I know this sounds like a weird combo but when you eat as much brocoli as I do you try to spice it up a little on occasion.

Total cals = 1503, 89 carbs, 66 fat and 136 grams of protein.

I use sparkpeople.com to log my food. I really like it. It is easy to use and shows me the cals, carbs, fat and protein so I can make sure I am getting the right amounts.

My week is started off great. Let me see if I can keep it up.

By the way, don't miss Biggest Loser Couples tomorrow night at 7.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

ENOUGH SAID!

This link says everything that I want to say today. Please read and don't forget it. Refer back to it whenever needed. Bookmark it on your computer. I can do it and you can do it too and don't ever forget it. I don't have anything that any of you don't have. I am just your average Joe who made up her mind that she wanted to live a healthy and fit lifestyle and that is what I am doing. It is as simple as that. Please do not sell yourself short and have a little faith in yourself and you too can live the life you have always wanted to live!

I was trying to paste the link but I could not get it to work right so here it is copy/pasted.
This is from www.phit-n-phat.com

Can I Really Lose Weight in 2008???

Published 03 January 08 04:28 PM | Corinne

"I can't do it."

"I'm so tired in the a.m./p.m. that I'm just going to watch TV."

"I was destined to be bigger."

"I am busier than most people."

"I can't believe I ate that."

Be honest. These thoughts cross your mind and maybe they have in the past few minutes!

My story: I was fat ALL MY LIFE. I ballooned up at nine years old. At 14 I had a fighting weight of 210. Twice I weighed in at 250 during my 20's. The smallest I had ever gotten was 175 and was utterly convinced that was the weight my body was "happy" at. Well, it wasn't easy, I fell down plenty of times, still have thoughts that it will all come back one day, still have days I just want to eat like there is no tomorrow, and what I wouldn't give if nachos were a clean food. Now I'm at goal and loving every minute of my healthy life.

I spent so many years of my life not believing in myself and ashamed of me...ashamed of the choices I made, how I looked, how fat I was, and mostly just ashamed that I couldn't once feel like all my skinny friends did. It didn't happen overnight but at some point I plugged away at my diet and exercise enough to start feeling like this was MY time. I had to just keep going in the face of shameful feelings, slip-ups, weigh-ins gone bad, and moments when the alarm was going off too early.

Everyone of you, from my girls with 5lbs to 100lbs to lose CAN DO THIS! The only thing that holds you back is you. It's not your husband, your kids, your job, your genes, what your mom said to you at eight years old, or your past eating habits. You are the one who decides to sit on the couch or do the Rump Buster. You are the one who takes the easy way out at McDonald's versus packing your cooler. You are the one who hits snooze versus getting that upper body routine done.

It ain't science. There is no magic. Unfortunately, there's no pill. It's called choices and hard work. That's how all dreams come true and especially the ones that involve a size 8! You have to defy what your old beliefs say and focus on what you want to be.

I was inspired to write this because the new year is a tough time. Everyone wants to lose weight and get in shape. You probably started a diet a couple of days ago and already you are off plan. You feel like a failure. You aren't...you are normal. You are going to keep having moments of weakness. You are going to get a gut check each time you exercise for the next month that you are a little more out of shape than you thought. But, it will come.

Today I did an hour of HORRIBLE cardio training. Horrible in the sense that I kicked my own ass around the fitness center. Someone stopped me and said, "I am tired just watching what you did on that elliptical." I laughed and said, "You should have seen me 30 minutes ago...that was the last half of the workout." Then I realized how selfish of me. I've been doing this for three years and if I couldn't put in a workout like that by now then I haven't been working hard enough. So I went back to the nice lady and said, "there isn't anything I just did you CAN'T do with some determination and two months under your belt." She looked stunned but said, "really?" I said absolutely and told her my story.

I don't tell this story to impress you but rather instill the belief that the fit woman you desire to be is down there. Let her out and don't for a minute think you can't. I know you can. I have too many people who started the journey with me saying they can't and now they HAVE!

This is YOUR YEAR to SUCCEED! Don't accept a darn thing less.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Resolutions...GOT ANY????

I CANNOT BELIEVE it is January 2nd 2008. I am back at work today and back on my regular schedule. I loved loved loved being off for a week and a half. It made it very hard to get up and actually get ready by 7 this morning. I am used to staying in my pajamas until at least 10 or noon and then showering and putting on clean pajamas. Oh well, such is life and I must get back to work so I can buy my kids milk (as my Dad always says when I leave the girls with him and my mom and head to work every morning).

The best thing about this year that I have NEVER EVER been able to say is that I don't have to resolve this year to be healthy and exercise. I am doing that now and I am very close to what I think my first goal is. I do want to lose a few more pounds but mostly just tone up and run my very first ever half marathon. I challenge all of you to get off your couch and make a food plan and get TO IT NOW!! I promise come December 31st 2008 you will not regret it and you too will not have to resolve for 2009 to do something about your health. For 14 years I have made a resolution every January 1st to lose weight and I never did it until 2 years ago which is when I took action and got in shape. The next year at Jan 1 2007 I was pregnant so that doesn't count. I knew after I had the baby I would get back to it and I did.

GREAT NEWS TO SHARE...My sister, Velvet, has QUIT SMOKING!! o.k. Velvet, I called you out here on my blog so you must follow through with your commitment. I know you can do it and you know you can do it. I am so proud of you for doing that. I promise your body will thank you for it and all of the people that love you will thank you for it too b/c you will be around to spend a lot more years with them. Plus, you are eating healthy and going to exercise so next Christmas there will be TWO SMOKIN HOT "HOLMES", the family won't be able to stand us. HAHA

Since I don't have to have "lose weight" as one of my resolutions this year I don't really have any. I think I will change it from resolutions to goals for this year b/c I just like the sound of that better. So here are my goals for 2008:

1) run marathon relay in Little Rock on March 2nd with 3 other friends from my wonderful on-line health and fitness site. www.phit-n-phat.com

2) run my first ever half marathon in either Fayetteville or Nashville in April. Not sure which one yet and possibly both.

3) continue lifting weights to change the shape of my body

4) lose about 10 - 15 more pounds of fat

5) here is my biggest goal and aspirtation actually: to wear a 2-piece bathing suit while in Florida on my vacation June. I am not sure if this will be possible b/c of my loose skin and stretch marks from being overweight for so long and having 2 babies but I am sure going to give it my best try and see. If not a 2 piece then at least look REALLY good in a 1 piece.

5 goals for the year, that is all I can think of at this moment. Actually part of them will be over by the first half of the year so I might have to have some new goals for the 2nd half of the year.

NOW is the time to get the body and life you have always wanted. I promise that if I can do it you can too. Don't wait another day, start eating healthy and exercising. You will NOT REGRET IT!