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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

We WON!!!!

J and I won the Back to School couples challenge at Phit-N-Phat. We are SO EXCITED!!! We won $135 cash. Not sure what we are going to do with it but we know we will NOT be going out to eat. We have learned to NOT celebrate with food.

I am MIA some this week b/c my babysitters are out of town and I am taking off some to stay with my girls. We are having a good time and I am enjoying my time off.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Friday, September 25, 2009


Here are the pictures before and after of my 8 week challenge that I did at Phit-N-Phat. I didn't exercise as much as I wanted but I did start off great and had 3 weeks of 5 day a week exercise then it was scattered here and there through the rest of the 8 weeks. Although I got in at least 3 days a week which is obviously better than none. I lost 4.2 pounds of FAT!!! Went from 153.2 to 149. Considering I just lost 4.2 pounds which doesn't seem like much I am proud of my after pictures and pleased with my progress. I am motivated to keep going and working towards my goal of 140 by December 1st.

I was trying to make them bigger but I can't withough distorting them. I hope you can see the changes a little bit. It is most noticeable on the side view. I will post the individual pictures below so that they are bigger and then you can go here to see the "before" photos. http://excusesdontburncalories.blogspot.com/2009/08/mission-fat-drop-befores.html

Oh the even better news, Jeremy lost 20 pounds doing this challenge with me. I don't think he will let me post his pictures just yet but maybe he will down the road. It is AMAZING what 20 pounds did for him. He looks GREAT and feels GREAT!! I am SO PROUD OF HIM!! It isn't easy as we all know. He resisted a ton of good food over the course of 8 weeks but I am 99% certain he would say it was worth it.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I am still here.

Sorry, I have been MIA. I have been very busy with work and life as always. I have my "after" pictures from my challenge to share with you at some point when I have time to post them. There are some slight changes that I am happy with. As always I wish it were more but I will take it and run with it for now and keep going.

I am doing well, still trying to tweak my food to make even better choices here and there. Exercise has been decent. The good news is that my knee is better since I have cut out the lunges and squats and I have been doing other things to strengthen it. The bad news is that my upper back lower neck area is having some major discomfort from what seems to be a sore trepezius muscle. UGH! I can't do much upper body stuff now except for biceps and a few triceps. I SWEAR! If I could just get this body going all at once I would be so much beter.
I am hanging in there though and consistently getting out of bed and doing something even it if it is fast treadmill walking with a few bicep curls thrown in there.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Quick check in

Just a quick check in to let you know I am doing pretty well. We had a GREAT weekend. We have a new boat...a bass boat that is which equals an extremely happy husband. We had fun the Razorback game even though we scored 41 points and still didn't win. We have a baby girl that just turned 5 on Sunday and we had an AWESOME party for her and she and her friends had a blast. We are also still working on the Love Dare and we are on day 6 and that is going well and we are enjoying it.

As soon as I can find some time to catch up and post pictures I promise to do so.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Accepting the DARE!

A few weeks ago my husband and I watched the movie Fireproof. If you haven't seen it is a religious based movie about marriage. The acting isn't swell but Kirk Cameron is in it and he is still as cute as he was on growing pains. You watch the movie in order to get the message about fighting for your marriage since you made a commitment to God to stick to it through thick and then basically.

So in the movie they talk about a book called "The Love Dare". The basics of it is that Kirk Cameron sees his marriage failing so he gets advice from his Dad to follow this book and it is 40 days of different things to make your marriage last if it is on the rocks or make it even better it is already good.

After some thought J and I decided that we wanted to do it. So you purchase the book, one for each of you and you read each days lesson and you do what it says and then you make notes in the book about how your spouse responded to what you did/or didn't do.

We are starting TODAY, Thursday, September 17, 2009. Today's lesson is about patience. I wish I would have brought the book with me so I could quote some things in it. It was very good and eye opening. Anyway, the thing you have to do today is so nothing negative to your spouse. So that is what J and I plan to do...NO NEGATIVITY! Here we go with day 1.

Just a note: our marriage is not failing. We have a pretty good one on most accounts and probably better than most but we want it to be even better so we thought it couldn't hurt to give this a whirl. I will keep you updated on our progress.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A MUST read - "Judgements"

My trainer, Corinne at Phit-N-Phat wrote this blog yesterday and it really struck a cord with me and it is now moved up to one of my all time favorite blogs that she has done. I wanted to share it with you and get your thoughts. I cannot get over how TRUE this is. It is long but I encourage you to take the time to read it when you can.


"It always amazes me to think that every house on every street is full of so many stories; so many triumphs and tragedies, and all we see are yards and driveways.”

My heart is aching today for a few people in this world today and they don't know who they are or that someone is thinking of them.

I ache for people who look at others and make assumptions about their health. I ache for people who think they "know" what someone else goes through to be what the outward appearance presents. And, when these same people lose out on a valuable lesson because of their own judgmental thoughts.

Never, EVER look at someone and think you "know" what they go through to be in the shape they are today.

Last week, I got extensions and changed my hair. I have recently went through lots of plastic surgery to fix loose skin and look like someone who may have always had it "together" with eating and exercising.

At the same time, I had SEVERAL people tell me that I have no idea what it feels like to be FAT. Literally, I have business cards with a before/after picture because some people get so caught up with how I look now that they can't believe I lost 110lbs and was ALWAYS overweight. Seriously, 20 years of being overweight and 5 years of being fit.

It doesn't bother me personally. I like looking like I have always taken care of myself! What DOES BOTHER ME is that all my knowledge and advice is poop until they figured out I had lost weight.

My personal experience IS IMPORTANT, but I don't always have time to go into all that makes Corinne. Are you going to be the girl who listens with a deaf ear to someone like me because of WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW? You never know when an opportunity presents itself, people. Always be listening and thinking how you can better yourself.

Have you thought this or felt this way?
I see a woman obviously 60 or so lbs overweight walking slowly on a trail with another girl. She better pick up the pace if she's going to lose some weight.
Yes, that could be me and Mammy yesterday. We walk slow because we are training for a half-marathon and will be there for three or more hours. You wouldn't know that by watching us, though.

I see a girl who needs to "tone up a little" just putting in time on the stationary bike.
That could be a friend of mine who recently had a knee injury and is doing the only thing she can until the doctor clears her. Did you realize keeping a healthy habit is what she's doing?

I notice that girl eating fries, burgers, and a dessert. Must be nice to eat like that all the time.
Maybe you didn't see all the healthy food she ate all week to EARN a burger and dessert.

That girl is crazy if she thinks three slices of thin crust pizza will help her lose weight.
Oh...you didn't know last week she was eating a whole medium by herself and this week she's trying to make better choices.

You will never help yourself if you are judging what others do. What you can do is look at what YOU are doing and make it the BEST it can be.

Like I tell Logan, my son, you have control over YOU. When you are busy watching what others do - you are focusing on something you have NO CONTROL over.

I find people who always notice what others do can't tell you much about their own behaviors. Often it's a defense tactic because they don't want to look at what they are doing until it's out of control. I've done it myself many times and catch myself getting caught up in it even now. What I also know about me is that often I need to pay more attention to my own decisions, clean up my act, and then suddenly I don't notice what others are doing so much.

The last part of this is simple. Today, be the best you can be. Hope that others see your actions and make a judgement that whatever you are doing is making you radiate happiness. Regardless of your shape or your size - you are so positive and focused on being a better person they want to be just like you.Today I am going to be that person: smile on my face, outstanding attitude, and kindness in my actions. You never know when someone will silently judge you to be an inspiration.

Monday, September 14, 2009


I still cannot get over the positive feedback I have gotten from "blog land". You all are wonderful. Thank you again.

I am ready to do this. First goal is 140 by December 1st. That is 11 weeks from now and I have 9 pounds to go. At 149 now. WOOT!

Some people might think this is crazy timing to do this through Halloween and Thanksgiving and such but to me I think it is the best time only b/c I have done it before and therefore I know I can do it again. 2 years ago I was in a challenge with Phit-N-Phat and I lost 9 pounds in this almost exact time frame through Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was VERY EMPOWERING to know that the food didn't rule me and I had total control through all of the 3 major holiday events. Since I did it before I KNOW I can do it again and I WILL!

I made it to the gym this morning for legs. They are modified and not as hard as I wish they were b/c of my knee injury BUT I was still able to do them and my legs were shaking a tad when I was done so I worked them as hard as I could without doing the typical squat, lunges and leg press that most leg exercises incorporate.

Tomorrow is shoulder workout at home actualy b/c I can do all of the exercises at home. Just me and my garage and my ipod.

Food today:
B - protein shake, 2 eggs, 3 egg whites and slice of 2% cheese
S - 1 oz. of almonds
L - protein shake (kind of tired of meat but I need the protein), spinach w/ balsm ving dressing, 1 cup of green beans
S - 1/2 oz. of almonds and a protein shake
D - not sure yet but it will be protein and veggies, probably chicken and asparagus

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I am in AWE!!!

If I ever had any doubt I can achieve this I no longer do. I cannot get over the support I have recieved from the FABULOUS comments on my blog and others who have read my blog and sent me an e-mail. Simply AMAZED!!!

As I have heard from others who have or are in the process of doing an event like this that there will be those dream stealers out there but I won't let them ruin my "can do attitude".

I seriously cannot get over the positive comments I have gotten so far and I haven't even told that many people. Actually, very few at this point. I will have to let the word get out slowly as I make more progress probably. Tears came to my eyes as I was reading my blog comments last night, really they did. I couldn't get over it. The majority of the comments came from people that I don't even know personally but they believe even me anyway. WOW!!!

By the way, a side note. I am still in my back to school challenge with Phit-N-Phat. I am down 3 pounds so far and hope to be down a couple more by the end of the challenge next Saturday, Sept. 19th. Even though it isn't many pounds I can see the changes in the mirror. I hope they will be noticeable in the pictures. The best news of all is that J is down 16 pounds so far. YEA!! He is ROCKIN'!

Thanks again for the comments. I appreciate them more than you know.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

BIG announcement (as of now anyway).

After MUCH thought and consideration I decided go ahead and throw this out there. I think they say if you have a goal and you want to meet it then you have to tell people about it so here goes.

I am STRONGLY considering doing a figure or bikini competition in June 2010. I am not 100% committed just yet but I am going to go about my way with food and exercise as if I am. I am at about 90% committed at the moment. I have been thinking about this since I completed the marathon. I thought to myself "what can I do next, how can I challenge myself again?". Then of course I came up with this.

I have realized I have to only think of this in stages just as I did the marathon training. When I first thought of doing the marathon, the thought of running 26 miles was just un realistic and overwhelming to me so I finally figured out that I couldn't think of it in that way and I had to take it week by week, long run by long run but the whole time keeping the marathon in the back of my mind as the main goal but NOT keep it in the forefront.

That is what I will do for the figure comp. My first goal is to to get to 140 pounds by December 1st which is exactly 12 weeks from yesterday. I can do that! I know what I have to do to get there I just have to put my plans in action. The next goal will be 130 by February and then on down from there. But first thing is first with 140 pounds by December 1st. The goal is to not get overwhelmed at the big picture but to take it one day and one week at a time.

I am starting this journey at about 150 pounds and about 33% body fat. Corinne says for a figure comp for me I would need to be around 115-125 with a body fat of (drum roll please)....16% WHOA!! That is half the body fat that I am now.

I have to be honest, part of me is like NO WAY will that ever happen and part of me is like I WILL TOTALLY GET THERE! Let's hope the 2nd thought is what sticks with me the majority of the time.

This is the time that the "How bad do you want it?" phrase really comes into play. If you want something bad enough for yourself you will make it happen and that is the bottom line.

The food will be my strength and the consistent exercise will be my weakness. Time will tell if I can make it a strength. I need prayers and lots of them that I can achieve this HUGE overwhelming goal that I am setting for myself.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Busy Long Weekend - update on my knee

I am so glad to have Monday off. I love long weekends. We have such a busy one coming up but it will be a lot of fun. I have been stressed over my knee and just tired and I am going to move on from that and just have fun and enjoy my time with friends and family.

First, I will update you on the football game last night. We lost BUT we played good. The score was 27-20 and at one point we were down 20 - 0 and we came back and scored 20 points so that is AWESOME!! They never gave up and they played hard. They made some silly mistakes that they can work on over time. I think they might get a few wins this season. J was pleased and a pleased hubby on the field makes for a happy hubby at home.

Tonight we are having friends over for dinner, then we are headed to a high school football game then we are headed out on the town to see a guy in concert that we like. Saturday we are going to some friends house to watch the first RAZORBACK game of the year. GO HOGS!!! Sunday we will go to church and then I have family coming in town from Michigan and we will be having get togethers with them on both Sunday and Monday. Can't wait!

I had an appt. with an orthopedic Dr. in regards to my knee issues in a nut shell he said that I have cartilage under my knee cap and it is affecting the tracking of my knee cap as it goes up into the femur where it should go when you bend it. It gets slightly off track sometimes which is what causes the discomfort that I feel. The creaking and cracking is just from the cartilage and the rough surfce in the knee cap area as it moves. The only thing you can do for it is rehab and to not do exercises that irritate it such as running or squats or lunges. I will have to get my muscles strong in my legs with other methods. He gave me some exercises to do to strenthen the muscles b/c that can help over time with my problem. You can imagine how frustrating this is especially since I love to run and do squats and lunges and such. He isn't saying I can never do them but it might be a while and there is the chance that I won't be able to do them. Those types of exercises are hard on the knees obviously. I am doing my best to keep a good attitude about it b/c it is not as if I can't ever exercise again or anything like that. I just have to modify how I work out. I can do any and all upper body stuff and I can do the eliptical and walk all I want but stay away from the incline b/c that is hard on the knees and I can do a bike but I have to watch my resistence on it. I had went to see another chiropractor and I might go back to him for some rehab. I need to go visit with him some more to ask a few more questions. We shall see. Time will tell on this.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Tonight is my husbands first game of the year (he is the coach) and he is ready. He loves this and he is really good at it. The kids love him and work hard for him most of the time. He coaches 8th grade so it isn't all about winning (well to the school, not to him), it is more about teaching them the fundamentals that they need to be better when they get on the 9th grade team b/c that is when the wins count more. Of course that is not how my husband works at all. It is PLAY TO WIN and no other way. He can only work with what he has got. He says he feels better about this year than he did last year so that is good so we shall see how it goes. All he asks of them is that they give it 200% and leave it on the field and if you do that then a lot of times a win comes with it and if it doesn't then so be it and you can feel good about how you played at least.

Last night was the county fair in our town. We looked at the animals and let the girls ride a couple of rides. I took along my protein shake, almonds and cauliflower and happily ate it all and felt great about my choices and the fact that I passed up all of the fair food tempations.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Still plugging along...

I am still doing well on my challenge. My exercise has faded off a bit so I have to reign it in and get going consistently again. I am exercising but not the 5 days a week that I need to be doing and had been doing. Food is GREAT!! Better than ever really.

J is still going strong and is very committed as of now. It is a day to day process though so we just take it one day at a time. He has lost 12 pounds and I am down 3.2 pounds so far and still eating consistently well which is paying off.

We did both enjoy a WORTH IT splurge meal this past Saturday night. I had chicken strips w/ honey mustard, a baked potato w/ butter, 7 hush puppies and some cole slaw. Along with a piece of cookie cake from the Great American Cookie Factory. SO GOOD! Then afterwards we had a scooop of ice cream from Braum's. I had rocky road. YUMMO!! Then Sunday morning we were back on track. Having control over the food and being able to get back to the good eating is the game we are trying to win and so far we are being victorious!!

This week is busy with the County Fair going on that we will go to one night and then J's first football game is this Thursday. Then Friday night we have an outing with the two of us at a concert at a local bar and then Saturday night is the first RAZORBACK football game that we will watch on TV at some friends house. WOOT WOOT!! FUN TIMES all around! Oh, then Sunday we have family coming into town from Michigan. They are some cousins that we love dearly and I can't wait to see them. The husband of my girl cousin married J and I and they both sang at our wedding along with another guy cousin from MI too. Can't wait for them to get here. Then we will get together with them on Monday also. Shew, wearing me out thinking about it all but it really will be fun and I can't wait for the adventures to start tomorrow night by going to the fair.