Friday, December 31, 2010

A New Year

Wow.  The holiday's were hard on me.  I didn't even bake a single cookie...and I still managed to gain 5.6 pounds.  I'm happy to say that I lost 1.6 pounds this week!!

YAY ME!

So my weight in for this last day of 2010 is 205.


I'll be weighing in on Fridays and making goals on a monthly basis. 
Here is my plan for January 2011.


Work out at the gym Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Weights at home Wednesday and Friday
One cocktail a week...on Sunday
No Fast Food
No Soda (not even diet)
Water, water, water
Cut out sugar
Lose 5 pounds


What are your goals for the month?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Update...kind of.

I don't even know what to say. 

I hate December with it's candy, cookies and booze. 

I haven't been to the gym in a couple weeks because of illnesses in my house and children that can't sleep.

I need my own apartment.

I'm making a plan for 2011.  And I can't stop thinking about how a year ago I started the hCG diet and lost almost 30 pounds and now I"m almost right back where I started.

I'm so mad at myself. 

I'm pissed off at the clothes in my closet that no longer fit. 

I'm 40 and I can't do this anymore.

The good news is that I'm still drinking less coffee and wine and I'm not drinking soda at all. I'm maintaining my weight.  TOM gave me one pound instead of four.  That's something I guess.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Let's Make a Deal

It's been a tough week.  I managed to get to the gym one time last week and then illness struck my home.  First my daughter, then me....and then my son and husband.  We are all finally on the mend and I'm fulling expecting to get my butt back in gear tomorrow.

I was reading a blog the other day (can't remember which one...darn it) and it gave me a great idea!  If I want to use my computer....then I have to exercise.  If not at the gym...then a yoga routine or lifting weights.  Sounds like a good deal right?

I have to do something!

Caffeine/Wine Update:

I'm doing sooo well with this.  Last week...I cut back to 16 ounces of coffee and half a soda.  All last week I had one beer (when we went out to dinner) and a martini (while watching Grey's).

My coffee pot has been on about to break and I had been asking for a Keurig for Christmas.  Sunday, my husband bought me a Cuisinart Single Brew System so now I can cut back to 8 ounces of coffee a day!  I can't afford to drink more than that because those little K-Cups are expensive!

More Good News:

I lost 1.2 pounds last week!

YAY!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Coffee...I Can't Quit You.

I should know better.

I've tried many times before to quit drinking coffee and I can't do it. 

Yesterday was HELL!  I had a headache, I was cranky, I ate two pop tarts and I burned dinner.  I woke up this morning feeling like I had the flu and I waited until the last possible moment to get out of bed because I had nothing to live for look forward to. 

I just brewed a pot of coffee.

Several people (thanks Barb) have expressed concern that I was going cold Turkey and stopping everything at once.  That's probably not the best idea...especially during the holidays.

What i AM going to do....is:

COFFEE ~ Cut back on the amount of coffee I drink.  I normally drink 6 cups.  I'm going to cut back to 3 cups over the next month.

DIET COKE ~ Cut back on the amount of Diet Coke I drink.  I normally drink one-two a day.  I'm going to pour half a can in my glass and throw the rest away.  NO MORE $1 GIANT CUPS from Mc Donalds.

WINE~ Cut back on the amount of WINE I drink.  Ideally, I'd like to drink wine one day a week.  Perhaps on Friday or Saturday.  Right now, I have a couple glasses of red wine a couple times a week and sometimes a martini too.  This has increased significantly since moving back to Denver....and seeing my in laws frequently.  They are moving at the end of next month.

Monday, November 29, 2010

This Is Why I Have A Headache

I read Jackie Warner's book This Is Why You're Fat (and How to Get Thin Forever) over the weekend and because of it....I'm going to try out her program.  The first thing I need to do is....get rid of the coffee, diet coke and wine.

Kill me!

For the next 14 days...or until I lose my mind....I'm not going to drink coffee, wine or diet coke.  Instead...I will drink 3 liters of water and visit the bathroom 55 times. 

She also wants me to add into my diet 2 eggs, 1 cup of oatmeal and 3 cups of veggies per day. Awesome.

So far today....because of the lack of caffeine, I've added in 2 pop tarts.

I can't focus so I've been sitting here like a lump waiting for the hours to click by until I can go to bed.

And I have a raging headache. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

One of These Things is not Like the Other

The gym was kind of empty this morning. I'm not sure if it was the 20 degree weather or the impending holiday but I was also the only woman in the gym. I thought the reason that everyone was looking at me was because I was bringing sexy back but turns out that one of these things was not like the other.


I got home from the gym (20 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes bike) and everything went to shit! I hit the water handle with my elbow and burned half my body in the shower. It hurt so badly that I cried! And then I came out to see that I'd forgotten to put the caraffe into the coffee pot and it was brewing onto the counter.

I'm now afraid to leave the house.

I'd like to talk about how irritating TOM is. First of all...I'm not happy about how he snuck up on me this month. What is that all about? And every month, I have a 3 pound weight gain and it takes me more than a week to get back to were I started. This is so irritating to me!

I need to figure out a way around this water gain...if that's what it is.

I think Friday's are going to be my weigh/measure days.  What day usually works for you?

Food Log for Nov 23.

Breakfast:

Coffee with half and half
.5 cup greek yogurt with .25 cup of Bear Naked Granola
1 Bagel Thin with a light smear of cream cheese

Saturday, November 20, 2010

How Does Dominos Know?

"The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn't like to do.” ~Thomas Jefferson

I was on a roll!  Two days of working out...I was feeling good and I had more energy!

Then Wednesday happened.  TOM showed up 5 days early without warning!  I'm worried about what this means because I've been really hot and moody lately.

Anyway...I've been out of commission for three days.  The good thing is that because of the sneak attack by TOM...I didn't have any pop tarts (or wine) in the house so I didn't go crazy, but I did order a pizza.

How does Dominos know?  They always send me an email right before TOM arrives, telling me about the wonderful deal that they have.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hello 5am

I got 7.5 full wonderful hours of sleep last night so when I woke up at 5am I decided to get up and head to the gym.

I had a much better workout this time!

I did 25 minutes on the elliptical and 15 on the bike.  I've decided not to start weight training yet....and ease into it like Fran suggested!

I think I really don't like the treadmill....plus I can get more bang for my buck on the elliptical.

I did great with my eating yesterday...I thought I'd be starving from working out but I wasn't.  And when I felt like mindlessly snacking, I talked myself out of it.

And I went to Starbucks this morning with my husband and I didn't even want a latte or a treat...I kept thinking about how hard I'm working at 5am!

I took my measurement this morning too.  Sometimes I see more difference in this than the scale and I'm going to need all the motivation I can get to keep this up.

How are you doing today?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Gym...Day One

Murphy's Law was in play again this morning.  You know, I have plans to workout....so something happens during the night that keeps me from sleeping.

This time it was my son.  He had a cold last week and he woke up at 3am with a cough....hubby took care of him last time so it was my turn.  I went back to bed for one more hour...I don't know if I slept or not but the alarm went off and I decided my new motto is:

No Excuses!

Dang it's cold at 5:30am.

I haven't belonged to a gym since 2002 and I always went with a friend. I have this little issue with walking into places alone but I'm working on it. Baby steps! Felt like everyone was looking at me but I'm sure they have better things to do.

I walked fast....a mile and then rode the bike for 5 miles. At least I think it was 5 miles....dang thing stopped tracking my time, miles and calories after 10 minutes.

I was pretty tired and I figured since I only got 4 hours of sleep that was good enough for the first day.

Now I need some breakfast and a nap!

Friday, November 12, 2010

A New Plan

Vega. 

Hurt me real bad.

I can't walk and it's been TWO days! 

I guess this is a good time to talk about my goals starting NEXT week.  I have to be in better shape by then right?



Gym:

Monday - Friday

Cardio (Treadmill, Bike, Elliptical) 40 minutes

Tuesday & Thursday

Weights (arms, back, shoulders)

Monday & Wednesday

Weights (gluteus, legs)


Diet:

Water 100 oz a day
Limit Sugar
No white carbs
No fast food
Cheat day meal  on Saturday
Wine on Friday Night

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I Hate Jumping Jacks

This morning was my first visit to the gym.  They gave me one free appointment with a personal trainer that we'll call Vega.  We sat down and he asked me about my fitness history, my goals, my nutrition and my lifestyle.

I told him the truth.  That I've been overweight for 20 years (but I've lost weight a couple times), I'm an emotional eater, a stay at home mom to 2 small children, that I can do well during the week but eat and drink too much on the weekends, that I love wine and chocolate and I want to lose 51 pounds.

I explained what I did with the hCG Diet and he'd never heard of it but was concerned that I might have damaged my metabolism.  Great.

Then...he said that he was going to have me work out for 15 minutes to test my abilities.  I told him that I did NOT want a last chance workout and he assured me it wasn't going to be like that.

He lied.

First...he had me stand in front of a mirror and he talked to me like a drill sergeant while he paced the floor behind me. Then had me run in place, do some squats and then he had me to jumping jacks and I peed my pants. CRAP!  I hate when that happens!

Next were lunges with 10 pound dumb bells in each hand....these, kicked my ass.  I could no longer feel the tops of my legs.  Then we did arm exercises, push ups and sit-ups. 

And he was right...it only took 15 minutes.

He took me back to the office and told me for the low, low price of $1600 he would kick my ass twice a week for 3 months.  After I got done laughing....I declined his kind offer.  I'm guessing that sometimes people are so delirious that they agree to this torture.

I thanked him for his time and headed for the door and that's when I noticed the elevator. (Bally's is on the second floor in the Belmar Shopping Center) I thought to myself....why is there an ELEVATOR in a GYM? 

I started down the stairs and that's when I figured out why there is an elevator in the gym.  My legs where jello and I just about went tumbling down like a rag doll! I was almost half way down...gripping the railing for dear life when it occured to me to go back up and take the elevator.  But going up the stairs was worse than going down so I just sucked it up and continued on...one step at a time.

Also...do you know what happens when you go out into 28 degree temps with wet pants.  Yeah...thank goodness my truck has heated seats.

Now...my arms have turned to jello and I'm typing this with my nose.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Outside

God Bless my Husband.  I asked for a gym membership yesterday morning...just minutes after I woke him up to go to work and by 7:30p last night....I had one.  And then he bought me a Miraculous Push Up Bra from Victoria Secret. Something for me...something for him.  LOL! 


I signed up for inspirational quotes from Oprah a few weeks ago and most of them have been very nice but the one that showed up in my in box this morning didn't set well with me.


“I'm not going to remodel my outside to correspond with how I feel inside. Because, bottom line, I don't really want to pass for anything but what I am.”
—  Val Monroe



I know it's a quote about being beautiful on the inside but sometimes our outside is a reflection of something that isn't going right on the inside. I'm ready for my inside and outside to match up!

My outside says that I'm too busy taking care of other people to take care of myself.  

My outside says that I'm likely going to die early and of some horrible disease because I eat too much junk food.
My outside says that I need help.

What does your outside say about you?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Red Shoes or White?

We're going to tour the gym tonight!

They offer a 7 day free trial so I'll be going tomorrow even if my husband decides not to get a membership because I just found out today that I've got a party to attend on Saturday Night and it's going to require a dress and for me to act like a lady.

This dress fits....barely. I think I need spanxs!

Dress is black/grey/white

So....Red or White Shoes?

Carb Free

I gave up sugar last week.


And then I gained 2 pounds.   *connie throws a temper tandrum*

I'm using a new app for my iPad (can also be used on iPhone and iPod touch) that also tracks resting calorie burn and has the ability to put food in by bar code so that my calories are more accurate.  It's called Calorie Counter by FatSecret and I like it! If you get this app...let's be buddies! My name is connieaw.



I'm not getting very much exercise even though the temperatures have been pretty nice here. My sleep paterns have been all screwed up and now I suppose they're going to get worse with Day Light Savings Time.

Example: I was wide awake at 4:45am.

Since I was up....I turned on You Tube and did a pretty good yoga routine, but it ended abruptly and it left me stuck in a twisted pile on the floor. It was kind of funny because it took me a minute to realize that the show was over.  I guess I was in the zone!

Namaste.

My friend Annie joined a gym and I'm thinking I might need to do the same.  We both live in states that get pretty cold and snowy in the winter and it makes walking outside nearly impossible.  Especially since i need to get my workouts done early in the morning before my family wakes up.

I just need to convince my husband.  

So...since cutting back on sugar didn't help me last week....I'm going to pick on carbs this week!  Low, low carbs.  As in no bread, cereal, rice or tortillas.

I think as I get older...my body can't handle the truth carbs as well.  We'll see how my little experiment goes.

UPDATE:

I told iKeith that I want to join a gym and he said.....HE DOES TOO!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sugar Free

It's been 2 weeks since my last confession.

I've been avoiding you because when TOM showed up a little over a week ago...he brought 3 pounds with him and he left them here.

I thought they would leave after a few days...going on to the next person that TOM would tourment....but no.  They are still here. 

Last week, I even tried eating better...and drinking more water.  But they won't budge.

I stopped running.  It is just too cold here in the mornings now and because my lungs are permanently damaged from when I had Pneumonia  a few years ago....they hurt really bad.

I've still been doing yoga and I love it!  But I'm noticing that it's so relaxing...that I've become a little lazy.  My husband says it's not the yoga.....

Part of my plan was to do some kind of cardio a couple mornings a week and since I have access to You Tube on my TV I watched a couple little videos, did a bunch of squat type exercises and then I couldn't walk for two days. 

WOW!  Squats kick my ass!

Starting today....I'm going to give up sugar for the week.  Just for 5 days....as a little experiment.  I know I eat too much and I need to seriously cut back.  I probably picked a bad week for this...since Halloween was yesterday. 

I'm a glutton for punishment.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Goals for Week of October 18th

I had a pretty good week....but I didn't get all my miles in.  My husband is an Apple App Developer and he was on deadline last week....working very late nights and I can't sleep until that man is home.  I also had children waking up in the middle of the night because they peed the bed, needed the fan on, needed a blanket, needed a glass of water or needed to SEE me.

The one really good run I did get in was GREAT!  I ran the longest (and fastest according to my Nike+ App) and I felt great when I got home.

A revelation: When I get my run/walk in....I have more energy and get more stuff done.  This week...no matter what amount of sleep I get...I'm going for my walk.  We'll see if it works on little sleep as well.

I've never really done Yoga before....but i'm feeling some things...that I could really get used to.  Energy, calm and peace.  I need more of all these things in my life!


It's going to be cooler this week.....and rain tomorrow but it's not supposed to rain until 8am.  I should be able to get my walk in.

Goals for the week:

Walk/Run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Yoga on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
No Fast Food (this is going to be tough)
Water....drink more water!
Use my Lose It App everyday


What are your goals for this week?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Inspiration

I want to be bendy!


My friend Amanda at Family of Shorts....wants to know what my inspiration for fitness is. I want to be strong and bendy. I want to run and hike and do yoga.

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Running, Yoga and Chakras...Oh My

Another week....another 12 mile challenge! Heather is already kicking my butt because she ran 5 miles last night! And we have a new challenger this week....Danielle! She's also kicking my butt...with her 3 mile run a few days ago.  We're competing for a Starbucks Gift Card!




Have I told you how much I love my Nike+ App? Everything time you do better...be it faster, farther or whatever...a celebrity's voice comes on a the end of your workout and congratulates you! I love it!

I'm also still working on my Yoga Challenge with Joanna, Heather, Nicole and Lynda.  I wanted this to a mind-body experience so I bought an app for my iPhone to assist me.   The Chakra Deck and it helps you focus on your different Chakra's and bring them back into alignment.  There is also a *card* for meditation with each Chakra.  I haven't been using it as much as I'd hoped so I'm going to set an alarm on my phone to remind me to do it.

This week...The Root Chakra!

The Root Chakra deals with our basic survival skills.  Food, shelter, health and security.  This Chakra is at the base of the spine.

Signs of unbalanced 1st Chakra:

Emotional or mental issues: feelings of fear, anxiety, worry, depression, disconnection and low self esteem.

Physical Issues: lower back pain, constipation, obesity

Common Addictions: food and alcohol

A balanced 1st chakra brings feelings of safety, belonging and connection with others. A feeling of being at home in one's body.

Activities that support a balanced Root Chakra are yoga, running and gardening.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Walking Challenge & Just Say No

I have a friend named Heather and she has lost almost 50 pounds! Over the summer she'd walk in her rural neighborhood and she's been eating good things and the weight is coming off.

We are both freaking out about winter coming. She lives in Upstate New York and from what I've heard from her it is is already chilly there. The girl is wearing argyle socks to work!

Heather's friend Joanna challenged us both to a Yoga challenge for the month of October and I was so excited because I've been wanting to do yoga. More about this challenge in another post...I promise. Here's our challenge blog.

I also issued Heather a walking challenge. 12 miles by Sunday. Here's how I'm doing.




I woke up at 5am this morning....like I've been doing lately because there is a dog that keeps barking.  I was on a mission to find him....and I did.  Here is video of me finding the dog....it contains profanity...just letting you know.

I also struggled because I had a donut stuck in my gut.  That's right...I had a donut last night and it's the Food Nazi's fault.



I'm taking a stand! No more donuts!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Comfort Food Recipe Redo

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My friend Amanda asked her readers to come up with a healthy version of their favorite comfort food.  This has been on my list of things to do so I was excited to join in....and hopefully find someone else's comfort food recipe too.

I was trying to think of my favorite comfort food....and I kept coming up with Pizza and M&M's.  So I thought a little harder and I decided my ultimate comfort food has to be Bread Pudding!  I love it....so creamy and bready and rich.  And you can put chocolate in it.

Here is a healthy bread pudding recipe that I'm going to try as soon as it's not 90 freakin degrees in Denver.



Bread Pudding

6 slices whole wheat bread, cut into 1/2" cubes
1 cup chopped apple or pear
1 tablespoon trans-free margarine
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup 1% milk
1/4 cup three-fruit spread
1/4 cup unsweetened orange juice
1 large egg, beaten
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon rum extract or 1 tablespoon dark rum
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Directions

1.Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 6-cup baking dish with cooking spray. Place the bread and apple or pear in the dish. Set aside.

2.In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the margarine. Stir in the flour. Add the milk, stirring constantly, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens slightly. In a small bowl, stir together the three-fruit spread, orange juice, egg, egg white, sugar, rum extract or rum, and allspice. Add to the milk mixture and stir until well blended. Pour over the reserved bread cubes and apple or pear. Stir just until the bread is coated.

3.Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the pudding is golden and set

Monday, September 27, 2010

THINtervention: Week 4

Week 4!

Jeana and Kara are getting pedi's and gang gets a text to meet for a workout....in the rain.

Find their inner warrior.  Push through the pain and weakness.

Run the track 9 times to equal a mine, quick kettle bells....repeat two more times.

Mandy is having a hard time and so is Jeana.  Jackie tells her to slow down but do not stop.  Nikki can't run.  Jackie wants Nikki to lose weight more than Nikki does.

Bryan is going great!  Joe is having ankle pain is can't run any further.  

Now they are running in the rain and mud.   Nikki refuses to run in the rain because she thinks she's going to get sick.  She quits.

Jackie says Nikki is like a child that needs attention.  Why does Jeana look like a truck driver?

Nikki takes her umbrella and tries to jog.  Every time Jackie turns her back Jeana mall walks.

YAY!  The sun is out again and every one is struggling to finish.

Focus more on eating this week.  Jackie will take everyone to the grocery store tomorrow.

Make loving choices for themselves.

Bryan and Nikki go to get couples massages.  

(commercial break!  The New Balance Toning Shoe commercial cracks me up...with the girl with the ugly shape up shoe.)

Homework Day:  

Bryan is doing situps and says he wants to eat.  Joe says they have to take pictures of every thing they eat and send it to Jackie.

Jeana says the grocery store is an alien place for her.    

Right and Wrong about eating:

  • No cereal.  Snacks should be protein based.
  • No precut fruit in syrup.
  • Fresh Fruit for a sweet tooth.
  • No fig cookies
  • No rice pasta.

Jeana is complaining about having to eat clean and she decides to go meet her friends for champagne at sunset.

Guess who's going to sneak up on her?

Jackie catches Jeana cheating!  And she's pissed! 

Jackie tells Jeana she has no excuses...she has a chef and 7 gym memberships. Jeana says she's not happy with her life right now and she doesn't like herself.  Jackie tells her she needs to find who she is.  Jackie wants to see her inner warrior. 

Commercial break...drinking 8 oz of water! 

Jeana is worried about the extreme workout!  They arrive to find a fire and firemen.  Bryan makes jokes about wanting the firemen and it makes them uncomfortable.

Everyone puts on a 20 pound suit and the pants don't fit Stacey.  They have to get her a bigger size.

They have to do a ridiculously hard routine that includes running up stairs, ringing a bell, playing with a medicine ball and hitting something with a sledge hammer, and drag a 160 dummy (not Joe).  All while wearing the suit.  Bryan busts a nut and has to have the firemen work on him.  

Shay hurt her knee but I think she just really wants to talk to the firemen.  Stacey's down now too.  

Nikki is hiding on the back of a truck and applying lip gloss.  Jackie gives her a lecture about  pulling away from the group all the time.  She needs to be a part of the team and committed.  Yes....she does need to be committed.

Sprints!!  First two to get back get to help the firefighters put out a fire!  Mandy and Jeana win!!

Bryan is made that he didn't get to finish that day even though he pulled a muscle.  He decides to go workout on his own.

Commercial break...I'm doing squats! 

Back at Jeana's...she's trying to meditate.  But she can't sit still very long.  She needs to be medicated to meditate.

Stacy is out walking and talking about how being heavy is holding her back.

Mandy is weighing her clothing that she's wearing for the weigh in.

Jackie shows up at Nikki's house...walks right in her front door and scares the heck out of her.  She informs Nikki that they're going for a little hike.   She takes her up a big hill....because it's all about cardio this week!  Jackie wants Nikki to cut out the alchol for a week.

Group Therapy and Weigh In

The Dr told Shay to keep her knee levitated.  Levitated?  

Jackie threw Jeana under the bus and told everyone that she was drinking and eating coconut shrimp.

Joe confronts Jackie about giving all her attention and energy to Nikki.  Jackie tells Nikki that she can't keep focusing on her and in any other situation she'd have pulled her from the group.  

Jeana...lost 2 pounds. She thinks it's muscle weight. Jackie says it's behavioural changes.
Bryan...lost 3 pounds.
Nikki...lost 2 pounds.
Shay...lost 1 pound.
Mandy...lost 3 pounds.
Joe...lost NOTHING.  His ankle is still hurt.
Stacey...lost NOTHING!

1300-1500 calorie a day plus 1000 calories burned.....so they should be losing 5 pounds a week.

Next on THINtervention....They Are Cheating!!





Move of the Week from Tone It Up

I was reading blogs today and somehow I found these super cute gals from Tone It UP.com that are fitness trainers and I've spent a good amount of time watching their videos and reading their blog and I've decided these are my moves of the week!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bad Habits

It's Sunday Night and I'm disgusted with myself.

I have not cooked ONE meal since Wednesday.  Thursday night I was happily eating some hummus and veggies because my husband was very late coming home from work and when I told him his choices for what to eat when he arrived...he stopped at Taco Bell on the way.

He brought me a soft taco and a thing of beans.

I felt sick after I ate it because I had eaten already.  Why did I eat that?  UGH!

Friday night, I had to pick him up from work...driving in downtown traffic and he decided we'd go out. 

We went to Burrito King (next to Taco Bell).

I only ate until I was full...which was good but I should have been home eating chicken and salad.

Saturday....we drank beer on the patio, snacking on peanuts and then we were really hungry for chinese. 

Dang places here deliver.

I didn't eat very much but....gosh!  I haven't eat one good thing all weekend!

Sunday....Octoberfest.

Beer and a brat...all before Noon.

I think it's time for an intervention.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

When Tom Sneaks Up on You

I had a horrible walk/run this morning. 

I didn't even want to get out of bed....I just wanted to go back to sleep but I checked my phone and my friend Jen emailed me and said she was going for a run, so I got up.

I decided to check out the park by my house because it has a short path that goes through some woods and it's lit.  I thought it could be an alternative for when it's snowy and wet outside since my favorite path is part dirt and I don't do mud.

It's not going to work out.  My knees hated the concrete and I just couldn't get going.  My pace was so slow and I just couldn't run.  I came home after only a mile....

I couldn't figure out what my problem was because I've been eating pretty well (here's a slow carb recipe for you) and drinking some water (not as much as I should be....bad Connie).

Then my husband asked me a very important question.

He wanted to know if TOM was here. 

I checked my iPhone app and all be a monkey's uncle.  TOM is coming.

No wonder I feel like crap.

Monday, September 20, 2010

THINtervention: Week 3

Another week of being inspired by THINtervention!  You're homework for this week is to come up with a healthier version of your favorite comfort food!  And...find your inner athlete!

Stacey is shooting for 11 pounds after only losing 2 pounds last week.  Good luck with that....

Joe wants to lose 5 pounds.

Jackie and Craig..think their not getting a mind/body connection.  So they are going to be so in their face that they will have to confront it.  They are bringing the pain!

Today... Jackie is going to kick their asses.  It's time to confront the pain!

Nikki is AWOL.  They are working out very hard while waiting for Nikki to show up.  The real workout hasn't started until Nikki arrives.

Nikki says she is not well.  She hasn't eaten or slept and Jackie wants her to do push ups....on the dirty floor.  She claims to have food poisoning.

Nikki is going for lipgloss and Bryan is ragging on Stacy about not working hard.

Jackie wants them to run forward and backward.  And learn every machine in the room.

Craig is yelling at Shay.  They are supposed to be pushing through pain.   Stacy says she's worked out every single day and Jackie says something must be wrong with her diet.

Everyone is complaining and saying that they can't do things and it's making Jackie madder.  Now Stacy is crying but Jackie wants to know why.  Nikki did a bunch of pull ups!!  Who knew she could do it?  I guess her Martini curls are really working for her.

Everyone is fighting and Jackie makes them circle around and discuss what's going on.  They need to act like a group.  Shay has a princess attitude and Shay explains that she's a Diva not a Princess.

HOMEWORK:  Pain is difficult and she wants everyone to have a healthy comfort food party and Mandy offers to have it at her house.

(commercial break....a pop tart commercial is on.  Seems wrong.)

They all brought some great things and Jeana brought her chef to make her food.  Joe made faux cheese burgers that looked pretty great.  Joe and Shay are getting into it because Shay doesn't feel comfortable around him.  Joe said that they only have so much time with Jackie and she doesn't try as hard and that's not fair.

Stacy feels like people won't look her in the eye and she decides to have a pity party for herself right there at the table.  Nikki is smirking about Stacy crying again.  Bryan tells her that her faux panic attacks are driving him crazy.

OMG...Stacy thinks that Nikki is fabulous.

(commercial break....i did 15 squats!)

The team is at The Rose Bowl and today they are going to find their inner athletes!  NIkki says they are Fatletes not athletes.

Stacy is going to change her attitude and think of the workouts as fun and not pain.

They are running drills and Stacy and Shay are doing great!  Craig has to smack Jeana on the ass and call her pretty girl to keep her going.  All of a sudden Bryan has turrets.

Last drill....run 100 yards!  Shay and Stacy are towards the front of the pack.  Shay is remembering her track days. Jackie is very proud of them and rewards them with doing the stairs.

Nikki is struggling but the boys are doing great!  It's about surpassing your limits!

It's down to Joe and Shay....and Joe is the winner!

Nikki, Stacy, Joe and Bryan go out for dinner after the workout and Nikki is ordering drinks for everyone.  They are all making fun of Stacy because she has a blind date coming up.

(commercial break...I want to do sit ups but my husband is sitting here looking at me.)


Now they are talking shit about Jeana and they say she's a wine bag.  Everyone is taking photo's of their food just in case Jackie requests one!

Jackie sends Stacy a text and has her meet her at a secret location.  She finds her at a set of stairs where she's going to show her how to get the most from doing the stairs.

Jackie tells her to think about what she's going to look like after she loses weight.

GROUP THERAPY and WEIGH IN

They were asked to bring pictures of themselves as a child.  You would never speak to a child like they talk to themselves.

Bryan's little boy says he's gay and he'd like that little boy to know he is loved.

Jeana's little girl....she wants to tell her to make good choices and surround herself with positive people.  Jeana is detached.  What is she running away from?  She's lonely and used to being alone.

Mandy's little girl....she tells her that she's sorry that she made food so important and that's how she showed love.

Stacy's little girl just wants to be loved by her Grandmother and she told her that she was never going to be successful because she was fat.   She wants to tell her that love isn't conditional.

Shay's little girl...she's tell her that she has fat thighs.  Jackie says she can't help her if she doesn't let her in.

Nikki's little girl...she tells her she's ugly, fat, little brat.  Jackie says she needs to stop telling her little girl that she's ugly.

Joe's little boy....was poor, and his parents divorced when he was little. Cheeseburgers are part of his past with his dad.

Mandy... lost2 pounds.
Nikki...lost 2 pounds.
Stacy...lost 3 pounds.
Joe...lost 5 pounds.
Shay...lost 2 pounds.
Bryan...lost 3 pounds.
Jeana...lost 1 pound.

Jackie says something is wrong because the numbers are too small.  She's crying and says that she will not fail them.

Rock and Run


"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day."

I bought a new iPhone app last week and I finally got to use it this morning!

It's wonderful!

I'm so excited to tell you about it because it's the best thing that's happened to working out since The Biggest Loser! 

It's the Nike+ app.

From my phone....
Your app syncs with the website where you are able to analyze your workouts and see where you are going faster and slower.  The peaks of my workout are where the raccoons live.

This shows my fast and slow pace.


You can also set goals on the website and they will keep track for you.


Pretty cool right?

My calorie goal


My workout goal



And you can make a Mini You to act irritated and put out that you are sitting at the computer doing nothing.

I call her...Crabby Connie

Friday, September 17, 2010

Reset

I've decided to re-start this Slow Carb diet on Sunday.

I'm really struggling with mindless snacking and I've got to clear out (in the trash not my mouth) some of the snack foods in the house.

We've also had a lot of activities come up this week that made doing this plan difficult.  My husband turned late 40 something, I tried to go to a movie premiere screening with my BIL (i drank a soda), tonight we're going to Octoberfest (beer baby) and then tomorrow we have tickets to a comedy show and we're supposed to go to dinner with one of my best friends that will be in town with her family.

Whew.  I'm tired now and need a nap.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Slow Carb Diet

Before I tell you about my new diet plan....I have to tell you about what I did yesterday!

I RAN!!

After watching Jackie Warner on THINtervention...I was motivated to push myself and I also just read that doing intervals is very helpful for fat loss.  So....I walked/ran/walked/ran and I was doing 14.33 minute miles!!   I felt so great when I got home!

Last week, my friend Jen at Harried Mom of Four told me about a diet that she was getting ready to try.  It sounded very interesting and worth trying out.  I found more info about it on FitnessMagazine.com and I really thought it could work for me.

Basically....it's a low-glycemic diet, high in good carbs like vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Foods with a GI (glycemic index) lower than 55 raise blood sugar in small amounts and are digested slowly.   Eating low GI foods can also lower insulin production and keep you from experiencing low blood sugar.  I'm forcing my husband on this plan also because he's a type 2 diabetic and I'm interested to see what this does to his blood sugar levels.

My version of this plan is.... with each meal eat:

1 serving of legumes (black, kidney, pinto or chick pea beans)
1 serving of protein (chicken, pork, beef, eggs or fish)
1 serving of vegetables (salad, carrots, celery, tomato, radish or avocado)

Lots of water with lemon
One glass of wine a day! 


One cheat day a week!

I've been on this plan for 1.5 days and I've already lost half a pound.  I'm not hungry and I love what I'm eating.  I am going through a little bit of sugar

You can also have bread and cereal and rice on this plan....you just need to know which ones to eat.  Here is a list of foods and their glycemic number.

Here is what I ate yesterday

Breakfast:
2 eggs w/ fresh roasted hatch green chilies.
1/2 cup black beans
1 small tomato
Coffee with half and half

Lunch:
3 tbsp of Red Pepper Hummus
3/4 cup of baby carrots
10 whole wheat crackers
Sprite Zero

Snack:
Almonds
Peanut M&M's

Dinner:

3 oz of taco meat
1/2 cup refried beans
Fresh Roasted Hatch Green Chilies
1 tbsp cheddar cheese
2 tbsp light sour cream
1 Bud Light with Lime

Monday, September 13, 2010

THINtervention: Week 2

I'm loving THINtervention!  I've thrown out all the soda and I'm starting a new weight loss plan tomorrow.  Stay tuned for details!

**THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS!!**

Everyone arrives for training....Nikki says she fell into a party and just napped a little bit before coming to training.

High Intensity Workout....Don't Stop Until You Drop!

Nikki says she's hungover...likely still drunk.   Jackie tells them they have to push through the pain.  Stacy got her period and she has cramps and she tells Craig she can't do it.

Squats with weights...trying to get hot cheerleader legs.

Stacy is wheezing and can't breathe.  Bryan is irritated because he's giving 100% and she isn't.

Nikki needs to vomit.

Time to power burn!!  All you've got for one minute! Jackie thinks Bryan is doing great.  Shay has the shakies.

Taste testing in the kitchen...Kombucha fermented tea or something.  And then Amino Acids.  She says to hide it in a shake.  Protein power Glutamine, BCAA Powder, veggies, fruit.

1 scoop protein powder (low carb/sugar)
1 tsp Glutamine Powder
1 tsp BCAA Powder
1 tbsp L Carnitine
1/2 tbsp Flax Seed Oil
1 cup Frozen Spinach
1 cub Frozen Berries

Learn about each other and help each other.  They are going to buddy up.

Jeana and Mandy
Shay and Stacey
Bryan and Kim
Joe and Nikki

They are supposed to plan a workout together.

Poor Joe has to work out with Nikki and she he's taking her boxing.   They start off with jumping rope and Nikki can't do it.  Joe's jealous of all Nikki's cocktails and says she looks like Chris Farley.  Afterward they are cleaned up and talking about goals.

Jeana shows up to Mandy's house and meets her family.  They are taking martial arts classes....punching and kicking, jumping jacks and sit ups.  Jeana is lusting after the instructor.  They talk about motivation and Mandy is worried about her health.  Jeana wants to wear a bikini.

Kim and Bryan go for a jog together.  Afterward they eat and gossip about everyone. They get a message from Jackie and she wants a photo.  They send a photo of their food.

Shay and Stacy are laying on yoga mats in the back yard...but fist they jump rope...kind of.  Then they decide to lay in the grass and pretend to lift weights and talk about lobster.  They are talking about getting something to eat and Jackie is sneaking up on them.  They are busted!  Jackie leads them in a workout.

They are on the beach and they are going to do a series of exercises with bags of sand strapped to their chest and tethered to each other. The winner gets to go eat and drink at Jackie's house.

Jeana and Mandy finish the first part first and then Bryan and Kim.  Stacy and Shay are pulling up the rear.  Bryan calls Mandy...Menopause Mandy. LOL! I need to get one of these band things.....

Joe and Nikki are cheating and it's make Bryan mad.  Joe is dragging Nikki up the hill.  Jackie's ripped stomach is kind of....too much.  Seriously, I think it looks icky.

Bryan and Kim WIN!  Stacy and Shay are last and Craig has to help them up the hill.   Jackie tells them they need a protein shake.

Bryan arrives for his reward dinner.  She says he can either have Vodka Soda or Tequila on the rocks. Then she talks to him about sex.

Group Therapy.....

Kim wants to talk to Jackie about her hand injury.  She's decided to leave the program and Jackie tells her she can still work out and eat well.  They are proud of her.

How are you feeling about losing Kim.  They ask Shay how she feels without her mom.  Bryan is very sad that she's gone.  Talk about people around them have contributed to their weight gain.

Nikki's mother died when she was 11 years old and her Dad was a jerk.  Her Dad spend food money on booze and she had to parent herself.  She replaced the need to interact with food.

Bryan blames his parents and he was sexually abused when he was 3 and his mom never did anything about it.  His father was an alcoholic.  Fended for himself a lot growing up.  Per Jackie cycle of abuse never stopped because he turned himself.

Weigh In Time!

Bryan lost 7 pounds

Nikki lost 3 pounds

Mandy lost 5 pounds

Shay lost 2 pounds

Jeana lost 1 pound

Stacy lost 2 pounds

Joe gained 1 pound

Jackie says they are also building muscle.  Next week should be much better.  Also...Jackie says she's going to be a hard core bitch next week.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

If The Pants Don't Fit....

You must NOT quit!

The pants do not fit....I only lost .8 pounds this week.

Happy Birthday to ME!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Food Log: September 9th

Dieter's Log: September 9th, 2010
Weight: 198.8 (- .2)
Exercise: 30 minute hike in the raccoon infested wilderness
                  5 minutes squats and lunges while coffee brews
                15 minutes squats during Young and Restless
                28 minute walk with the kids
Water: 12 oz
 



Breakfast: 237 Calories

 2 large free-range eggs
1 organic tomato
1/8 avocado
Coffee with half and half

Lunch: 161 calories

2 cups romaine
1 ounce blue cheese
small handful dried cranberries

Snacks: 342 calories

3 tbsp red pepper hummus
1/4 baby carrots
17 Crispy Wheat Crackers
Mountain Dew

Dinner: 386 calories

6 inch Turkey Breast Sub from Subway
1/2 cup light potato chips

Dessert: 120 calories

Hot Apple Cider

Notes:  I was thinking about walking somewhere else....but the lake is so beautiful.  I decided to just take my chances and this time I hiked through the woods first, then the rat crossing....then I'd be home free on the paved path.

At first I decided that going through the woods would encourage me to run.  And I did...for about a minute and then I realized if I did encounter a dangerous animal that I would now be too out of breath to run from it.  Also...it's much more difficult to avoid animal poopy on the path when you are running.

As I approached the area where I saw the Raccoons...I was doing a continuous scan of the woods, trees and path....and I about died when I saw movement and thought it was a mountain lion but it was just a tabby cat.  Now...this cat is chasing me through the woods.  Great.  And hey...guy who lives on the edge of the woods with the BEAR CROSSING sign on your gate.  Very funny.

I made it through without seeing any wild animals!  And then on the paved path I decided to job and my iPhone popped out of my pocket and then my headphones fell out and the little rubby things that sit in your ears when flying into the weeds.  It took me 5 minutes to find them.

I need to find my iPhone holder thing.

I exercised like crazy today...took my walk and then went with a walk with the kids.  I did squats while my coffee was brewing and during Young and the Restless.  By 3pm...I was exhausted!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Food Log: September 8th

Dieter's Log: September 8th 2010
Weight: 199 (+ .6) WTF???
Exercise: None


Breakfast:

2 eggs with 1/8 of an avocado
Coffee with half and half

Lunch:
Tuna and Cottage cheese
5 Grisinni Breadsticks

Snack:
1/4 cup Coffee Ice Cream
18 Almonds
1/2 Pepsi

Dinner:
4 oz Grilled Chicken Breast
1/2 yellow heirloom tomato
1.5 cups baby romaine w/ crumbled blue cheese and dried cranberries

Dessert:
Nothing

Water:
56 ounces with lemon juice

Notes:  Why does the scale keep going up?  This is ridiculous! I have to throw the soda out and drink more water.

I did drink much more water and I ate really well....and I'll tell you that the scale is really mad at me.

I went to Whole Foods yesterday and bought some healthy snacks and organic veggies.  I wish I could shop there more often but man are they expensive!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Food Log: Sept 7th

Dieter's Log: September 7th 2010
Weight: 198.4 (+ .2)
Exercise: 1.84 mile walk/run in 30.30 minutes

Breakfast:

Coffee with half and half
1 egg white, 1 egg scrambled with 1/8 avocado on whole wheat english muffin

Lunch:


Turkey and Swiss on Sandwich Thin
20 mini pretzel twists

Snack:

15 almonds
Pepsi

Dinner:

Pork Loin with BBQ sauce

Dessert:
Nothing

Water:

only 2 glasses

Notes:  It was only 45 degrees....which would normally keep me cuddled up in my bed but now I'm all pissed off and want to get to 180 pounds so that my husband is forced to buy me a cabin in Canada.

It was actually kind of nice to walk in the cold air.  Only problem was that there was a massive fire in Boulder yesterday and the air was really smokey and it was hard for me to breath.  I got my heart rate up a couple times because I had to walk past the RAT CROSSING and then I encountered a Mama Raccoon and her baby and she chased me a little ways.  I think I need to find a new place to walk....

I'm getting really frustrated because every day that I step on the scale...it keeps going UP!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Food Log: Sept 6th

Dieter's Log: Monday September 6, 2010
Weight: 198.2 (+ .6)
Exercise: None



Breakfast:

Whole Wheat English Muffin with butter

Lunch:



Boneless Wings, Celery and Beer at Hooters

Snack:
Pepsi
Handful of candy corn

Dinner:

Hamburger
Corn on the Cob
Beer

Dessert:

Small Piece of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Notes:  My husband is screwing me up.  I told him that I wasn't going to eat fast food for the month of September but now he keeps taking me to restaurants.  We ate out three times this weekend! 

We went to Hooters, because he wanted wings and then I told him I wanted to be a Hooters Girl for Halloween and he said...Yeah...a 40 year old Hooters Girl.  It made me really mad!

Then I asked him if he'd buy me a Hooters outfit if I got down to 180 pounds and he said he'd buy me a cabin in Canada if I did that.  As if I couldn't do it so he came up with the most outlandish and stupid thing he could reward me with.

To add insult to injury...I then had to eat dinner with his family.  You know...the people that eat enough food for a hundred people.  Of course, my plate came to me with a burger AND a brat on it and I can't eat both so I only ate the burger.  They served my children each two hot dogs.  I took one of their plates because they don't NEED two hot dogs.  They are 3 and 4.

After my husband gorged himself...he told his Mother that he can't eat at her house anymore because he stuffs himself.  And she said, ' THAT'S WONDERFUL!'  I gave her the dirtiest look I could muster and told her that it is NOT wonderful because eating that much food kills people.

Needless to say...Yesterday wasn't a very good day.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Thintervention: Week 1

I'm really excited about the new Bravo show called Thintervention with Jackie Warner! I decided to take notes while I'm watching in case something important happens that I want to remember.


Jeana, 54  , Unhappy with her weight and her family disapproves of her.

Stacy 23, Comedian....loves food and has PCOS.

Nikki, 39, is a Life Advisor, loves cocktails and smoking.

Bryan, 36, runs a film company...and he's gay. A chubby gay.  Hides food all over the house.

Joe, 35, loves cheeseburgers and banging hot girls. Likes to flirt but doesn't have sex because of how he looks.

Shannon, 22,  a college student and is unable to resist food.

Kim, 47, used to be an athlete and fitness model.

Mandy, 48, loves to take baths with her husband and is a stay at home mom.   Loves food and finishes her kids food.  Kids call her a scavenger.


Homework: Clear all sugar from the house.  Brain is addicted.  Cranky for a few days and then you won't want it anymore.

Anything with over 5g of sugar has to go.  And No alcohol for the alkie.

They each get a blackberry so that they can log their food and Jackie can get ahold of them at any time.

Alkie loves her drinks to death.

They get text message from Jackie that they have to walk, run or crawl 2 miles in the morning.

(commercial break...I go to the pantry and my kids cereal both has more than 5g of sugar per serving and my favorite Quaker Chewy Granola Bars have 7g.  I'm afraid to look any further.)

Jackie is on Jeana's doorstep....and she's about to find out that she has a chef that is making her  food.

2 eggs
Cottage Cheese
Oatmeal
Free Range Chicken

Meals should contain a meat and a veggie.

2 giant things of water with a dash of lemon juice in it to help burn fat and detoxify liver!.

Jackie goes to Mandy's house to check on her and finds that she has baked a bunch of treats.  Claims that she's going to give it away.  Purpose was to change how she thinks about sugar.

SUGAR=Garbage

Needs to give kids berries or apples to show love instead of treats.

Makes Mandy do sprints and push ups and jumping jacks for her workout.  She's about to die after 10 minutes.

Jackie goes to Bryan's house to check on his cupboards and we find out he ate two cookies.  He had to kiss the sugar goodbye.  She brought him two cookies and shows him it's 140 calories and she's going to make him carry the cookies while he runs up and down the stairs.

Cookies are pain!!

(commercial break...I'm going to throw away my granola bars....and the rest of the pop tarts)

Laguna...on the beach for today's workout in surf and sand.  Jackie says that Nikki isn't taking this seriously.  50 crunches on the fitness beach ball....but first they have to blow them up.  Something tells me Nikki won't be able to blow because of her smoking problem.

Feel the burn!  Belly crawl in the sand, Wedgie in the front is a Veggie.  Flipping tires across the beach.  Nikki's kicking ass!  Oops...now Nikki is laying in her tire.

Nikki wants to do something hideously unladylike and smack Jackie.  She's tells them they are saving their own lives.

Jeana invites Joe, Bryan and Nikki back to her house to eat food prepared by her chef.

Bryan is jealous of Jeana's house and money.  Joe is afraid that Jeana wants to date him and they make fun of Nikki for being a Life Advisor that works for free.  Jeana says that Nikki is pretty well fed for being underemployed and she finds her mysterious.

(commercial...I'm going to get a glass of water and think about throwing away all of my soda. Lord Help ME!)

Jackie sneaks into Nikki's house and starts going through her fridge.  It's full of alcohol.  She tells Nikki that she has to take care of herself.

Group therapy and Weigh In Time!

Dr. Ramini wants to know why they think they are overweight.  The reasons range from having cancer to emotional holes in their souls.

(commercial break...thinking about going for a walk in the morning and what I'm going to wear.)


Stacy...starting weight 224... lost  7 pounds...or a small puppy.

Bryan...starting weight 259, lost 7 pounds

Jeana...starting weight 174....lost 4 pounds.

Joe...starting weight  230....lost 10 pounds.

Mandy....starting weight 167 ... lost 5 pounds.

Shay...starting weight  204...lost 5

Kim...starting weigh 180...lost 9 pounds.

Nikki....starting weight  223....lost 6 pounds.

Food Log: Sept 5th

I've decided the only way to get a handle on my eating is to record my food.  It's worked for me before.

I feel like I did great yesterday...I even had a little ice cream.

Food Log Sunday September 5th
Weight: 197.6
Exercise: Hiked Red Rocks


Breakfast:

Mini Bagel with Cream Cheese
Coffee with half and half

Snack after hike:

Iced Coffee from Starbucks

Lunch:

Turkey and Avocado Sandwich on Sandwich Thins
1/2 cup 4% Fat Cottage Cheese

Snack:
handful of pretzels
Mountain Dew

Dinner:

Wild Salmon
Green Beans
Glass of Red Wine

Dessert:
Small Ice Cream Drumstick

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Hiking Red Rocks

On my 39th birthday almost a year ago I made a list of things that I wanted to do before my 40th birthday.  One of these things was to hike Red Rocks. I originally thought I would RUN Red Rocks but I changed my mind. Because I'm not as crazy as I look.

I was so happy when my friend Denise offered to go with me.  She's a true Colorado Girl and loves to hike and go on adventures.  She also likes donuts and we decided to bring some with us next time as a reward for walking up all of the steps.

Plus it would be fun to eat them while watching the boot camp folks.



My lungs were screaming at me to stop and go home...but I kept going! 


I made it to the top!  It looks like that guy is falling down the stairs...and that I'm flipping someone off....


This right here is why I will never do a boot camp.  I don't know what the heck these people were doing.

When I got back to my car...I was conveniently parked at Target, and I was feeling so good and healthy that I bought fresh Wild Salmon for dinner and couldn't wait to go home and make a turkey and avocado sandwich on the Sandwich Thins that I bought the other day.

I feel so good right now that I think I want to do this every single Sunday.  And I learned a new exercise watching a cute little gal.  I'm going to do this every day so that I can have a nice butt like she has.  The boobs will probably cost me a little cash though.





Some interesting facts about Red Rocks....

there are 23 flights of stairs from the road to the stage.
there are 23 flights of stairs from the stage to the top.
there are 46 flights of stairs in the from the road to the top.
there are 196 stairs from the road to the stage.
there are 192 stairs from the stage to the top.
there are 388 stairs total from lower parking to the top.
there are 21 planter boxes total – 9 to the concession stand,12 to the top.
there are 69 rows of seats.
there are 138 steps from the stage to the top on the stairs ( next to the seats ).
if you do add-ons, from the stage to the top, 23 flights of stairs with 8 stairs per flight you will run 4416 steps.
it is a 5K to run all of the wooden bleachers to the top

I found this list on the boot camp instructor's website.  I like the list...except for the fat free stuff.  YUCK!

Top super foods:

1. black beans
2. yams
3. avocado
4. dark vegetables
5. red and black/dark fruits
6. salmon, tuna
7. turkey breast
8. fat free milk
9. fat free cottage cheese
10. almonds, walnuts
11. egg whites
12. water

Worst foods:

1. french fries and chips
2. refined sugar / high fructose
3. white flour / rice / pasta
4. beer
5. soda regular and diet
6. cheese
7. pizza
8. canned soup
9. butter / margarine / dressings     
10. Chinese food
11. sweets and baked deserts

Friday, September 3, 2010

5 Foods to Leave at the Store

I tried on my white pants today....it's not good.  I think I'm going to have to get drastic next week and forgo all carbs.  

I was watching Dr. Oz yesterday and I took some notes because he was talking about the 5 foods to keep out of your grocery cart.


1. Simple Sugars, Carbs and Unhealthy Fats....cookies, pie, ice cream.

2. Nitrates and Saturated Fats...processed meats

3. Ingredients you can't pronounce.

4. Fake Healthy Foods...low fat items

5. Canned Foods High in Sodium...soup.



Things I'm going to add to our diet.

  • Ground Flax Seed

  • Sweet Potatoes

  • Millet

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Best Made Plans...

I haven't been on my walk at all this week.  I'm so frustrated!

The first couple nights...either I couldn't sleep or one of my children couldn't sleep and you know when you're a parent...you sleep when you can when you've been up for hours during the night.

I'm not good at being sleep deprived. 

Last night I finally remembered to take my sleeping pill and I woke up in time for my walk...and so did my daughter. 

I know my husband worked until the wee hours this morning so I can't ask him to get up. 

Oh well.

I guess the answer is that I need to get up much earlier...like 5:30am.

How are  you doing with you goals this week?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fast Food Has to Go

I'm sure glad that my official weigh in day isn't until Saturday. 

I'm up a couple pounds and feeling gross and I know exactly why.

Last week was a tough week.  Hubby working late, TOM and a killer migraine.

I ate a lot of fast food...Qdoba (but without the tortilla), Pizza (but I threw up all day first), Taco Bell and two Danish Pastries from an awesome bakery.

I know that fast food has lots of chemicals and sodium in it.  I know it's bad for me.  I need to stop eating it.


Who wants to join me in a Fast Food Fast for the month of September?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Goals...Aug 30-Sept 5

I have 13 days...until my 40th birthday.

40. Forty. Four Oh.  Oh NO!

Every time I say that word...I feel like someone just kicked me in the stomach and I want to cry.

On September 11th...I'm going out with my husband to celebrate and I HAVE TO fit into my white jeans. (yes..I'm aware it will be after Labor Day...I'm a rebel)  Last time I wore them I weighed 190 pounds.

I HAVE TO WEAR THESE PANTS.

I haven't tried them on yet....I'm waiting for TOM to leave.  I do have a back up dress from when I weighed more but I don't want to wear it.  I want to wear my white pants.

Goals for this week:

  • Walk in the morning Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
  • NO FAST FOOD starting Tuesday! 
  • Drink 5 (40oz) glasses of water each day (working up to 8)
  • Only ONE soda a day
  • Lose 2.5 5 pounds 
What are your goals for the week?

UPDATES:

Tuesday AM....weighed this morning and I'm UP to 198 because of all the crap I ate last week.  So glad my official weigh in isn't until Saturday.  Need to drink more water to flush all this crap out.  Also...slept until 7am and didn't get my walk in.  I guess I need to set my alarm.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Oh PMS...I hate you

I was all ready to go for my walk this morning.  I stepped out of my nice warm bed and stepped on something warm and squishy!

My daughter.

She was laying on the floor with her pillow and blanket and now I've woken her up.  She had a bad dream and I was sleep so well that I couldn't hear her when she came in.

Poor baby.

TOM was also around and he debilitates me.  I hate this.  I wish I knew a way to make his visits less uncomfortable and devastating to my diet and the number on the scale.  I suppose I should be careful what I wish for because I fear MENopause is right around the corner here.

How do you handle PMS and all the crap that comes with it?  Is there a magic pill I can take?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Puddles, Runners and Rats...Oh MY!

I walked in the rain this morning.  I got up, put on my shoes and didn't realize it was raining.  Luckily...I wear a hoodie when I walk so I could cover my head and stash my phone in my pocket.

I was all alone except for this runner guy who was milling about over by Starbucks where the dirt part of the path begins....I walked a short way dodging puddles when he came running past me like a Cullen chasing Victoria and scared the sh*t out of me.  Now I understand why Bella always has that look on her face...it's because the Cullen's scare the poo out of her and she's standing there with dodee pants.



Anyway...I decided that I could not walk in the mud so I turned around and went pack to the paved part of the path and right in front of Starbucks....

A giant black RAT ran across the path!  It scared the crap out of me and I was frozen....and being gawked at by folks in the Starbucks drive thru...so this is when I decided to RUN!!!

I just looked up what it means when a RAT crosses your path and this is what it says.

A rat running in front of you means treacherous servants and losses through enemies.
Thank goodness I just moved into a 990 sq ft apartment and cut all my servants and enemies loose! What the heck does that mean anyway?

So...I ended up walking 1.85 miles and looking a little bit like a drowned rat...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bad Habits

I didn't go for my walk today...because I hardly sleep last night.  The night time temp barely got down to 70 degrees and my little air conditioner in my room just didn't make any difference.

Tomorrow the temps start to get even cooler...fall is coming!

I have great news to report!  I lost 2 pounds this week and I'm back out of the Obese category on the BMI chart!

Now...I just need to keep the TOM weight away.  I've done it before (no carbs) and I'm prepared with lots of grilled chicken and salad.

I know I said I wasn't going to weigh my self every day but I think it helps keep me on track.  How often do you weigh yourself?

My in laws and one of my brother in laws are out of town on a cruise to Alaska.  Can you imagine how much they are eating?  It makes me sick just thinking about it.

We went over to their house yesterday to grill a bunch of chicken and to have brats with my brother in law.  I bought one package of brats (6) for the 3 of us.  I thought it would be plenty!  My husband told me that was NOT enough and asked my BIL to bring more brats and some hot dogs.  I was irritated because I didn't want my husband pigging out.

We cooked 12 brats and 6 hot dogs.  For 3 adults and 2 children!

INSANE!

I don't even know how many my husband and his brother ate.  I didn't want to watch.

I told my husband that we're going to have to stop eating at their house because he overeats when he's there...almost out of habit!  We also drink too much when we're there...it's so bizarre.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Live Well...Colorado!

This commercial came on during the Bronco Game last night! I laughed my *ss off! The commercial is for LiveWell Colorado...a non-profit organization that is committed to reducing obesity in Colorado and promoting healthy eating and active living.

I love it!

This summer they hosted School Lunch Boot Camps in communities across the state so that they could learn to prepare fresh healthy food for students!  Gosh I love Colorado!





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Saturday, August 21, 2010

No Excuses Today!


The other day when I went for my walk....I slept horribly the night before and I think it's because I was anxious about going for the walk. I have a little bit of agoraphobia and the thought of leaving my house frightens me. Especially if I'm in a new place.

But I did it!

Last night I told myself that if I woke up around 6am...I would go. I woke up at 6:20. Perfect.

I even ran a little bit but any time I made up doing that, I lost stopping to take pictures. LOL!

See....there really is a Starbucks on my trail.

I'm thinking by next week...I'll be ready to go around the lake twice and then I can stop in for a cup of joe on my way home.  The smell was...heavenly!

Also...I decided to weight myself this morning because TOM is coming.  I lost a pound!
I am now switching my weigh in days to SATURDAY.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Excuse #415

It rained last night...a lot.  And the trail is dirt/mud.

Tomorrow....

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I Did It!

I Did It!

I got up and walked the trail by my apartment. I knew there was a lake there...but I didn't know it was this beautiful! I think I want to walk here every day!  I almost forgot to mention...there's a STARBUCKS on the trail.  I'm a lucky girl....

Sunrise in Lakewood August 18


If you look over on the right...you'll see that I went 1.62 miles, in 25 minutes and according to Lose It, I burned 157 calories.  Not too bad.

The great news is that I feel amazing!  I like this feeling....

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I'm Gonna Do It. For Real.

Okay. I'm really, really, really going to do it. Tomorrow.

I'm going to WEIGH myself...that will be my starting weight.

I'm going to WALK...on the trail right outside my door.

And I'm going to eat better, drink more water and lose this weight!

I'm in a really bad habit of weighing myself every day....because of my time as an hCG dieter...and I think it messes me up. So...looks like my weigh in day will be WEDNESDAY.

I've re-set my Lose It App, my iMap My Run App and my profile on Daily Mile.

Starting Over...again

Hey there!

So I'm sure you are dying to hear about my dinner at the in-laws house on Sunday.  My husband smoked a prime rib and it was amazing!  I love everything he's made on the smoker and he also made a sauce to go over it with mushrooms and lump crab meat in it.

I went to see Eat, Pray, Love with my friend while hubby was cooking at my in laws house.  There were two reasons for this.  I can't spend that much time with them without a.) pulling my hair out and b.) getting drunk.

I bought fresh colorado sweet corn...and bags of salad, organic grape tomatoes and english cucumbers as side dishes. I used my mother in law's crystal bowl to make a beautiful salad.

iKeith and I were the only one's who ate the salad.  I knew this was going to happen and told hubby I should just bring the corn but he insisted.  We'll now be eating salad every night this week.

My Brother in Law who I've nicknamed *Groceries* brought a giant bag of peanut M&M's for dessert and they devoured the bag within about 5 minutes.  I passed on them (even though I love them) because I wasn't sure if everyone had washed their hands and...ummm....yeah.  Gross!

I've decided that I can't eat more than one meal a week with these people.  I gained another pound over the weekend!  I can't keep going on this way.

I need to get back on track.  I know I'm eating and drinking more and I know it's because I'm bored and still unsettled in our new apartment.

The good news is that I'm unpacking the last box today and I pretty much have the living/office/dining room the way I want it.  I feel good about that room now and don't mind spending time there.

Now...I just need to venture out beyond my comfort zone (apartment) and take the kids to the park.  I bet you didn't know I have a phobia about leaving my house did you?

Here is what I'm committing to doing:

  • Drink 3 glasses of water a day
  • Stop drinking soda (again)
  • Only drink alcohol on Wednesday and Saturday night.
  • NO MORE POPTARTS 
  • Walk 3 mornings a week 
  • Use Lost It App to track my calories