Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Back to the Drawing Board.

Ok, I realize that my last post was in June & since it's been so long, no one other than me is probably going to be reading this blog, but I'm going to use it anyway. If nothing else, it will serve as an online journal for me. It's back to the drawing board for me. I've let life get in the way of me trying to healthy & have done what I've always done & gained back the losses that I had made & am once again in the position that I need to start over.

After much thought, I've realized that I've tried nearly everything. I've done the low carb, no carb, grapefruit, Nutrisystem, LA Weight Loss, & Weight Watchers diets (just to name a few). I've purchased oodles of workout videos & equipment that promised amazing results in no time. I've even tried to just eat healthy on my own & get some regular workouts in. It's not that none of these things work, it's that I haven't made them work for me. The common factor is that I don't stick to anything on my own. I make some good losses - 20lbs or so, then I gradually, for no good reason, quit & go right back to where I was (or worse).

So, as I sat here thinking about the fact that I can't go on certain rides at an amusement park with my kids because I know I won't fit, or that the seatbelt in my friends' cars are a tight fit & worry about how much longer it's going to be before I can't get them around me anymore. I thought about the fact that I have to think about what direction I'm going to walk around my classroom to check my students' progress because I can't fit between some of the computer stations and how I'm constantly waiting on one of them to get mad at me and drop the F bomb in the middle of class (and I mean calling me fat). Although my husband has never been anything but supportive, I worry that he's going to get sick of being married to someone who is so different looking than the girl he first fell in love with.

Then it hit me. The one thing that I've never tried is a personal trainer. In the past, I couldn't have afforded it, but since I've gone back to work, I think I will be able to swing it now. I've contacted a girl who is amazing. She has set and exceeded so many goals for herself & I just know that she can help me now. If you are a Biggest Loser fan, I would describe her as a mixture between Bob & Jillian and exactly what I need. She's agreed to train me & now I'm just waiting on her to get herself organized & tell me when we are starting. I'm so excited that I just don't know what to do with myself. Once we get started I'll be posting my progress, until then I hope you all get another chance to do whatever it is that you didn't accomplish the first time (or 2nd or 3rd, etc if you're like me). Have a great evening!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Finding My Way.

Well, I haven't progressed as quickly as I had hoped at diving back into the exercise, but some progress has been made. I did go to Zumba last week, but was too sore to go on Thursday. On Monday morning, I had my interview with Coffee County & then we went out on the boat for the rest of the day. I'm not sure why I didn't think to put on sunscreen, but I didn't & I got absolutely blistered. Today is the first day that I can actually move my arms a little without being in a lot of pain. Needless to say, I haven't made Zumba this week either. Anyway, I have started a lower carb diet, this usually serves as a decent kick off for me & I am down a couple of pounds. I'm not going to get too excited until I have my weekly weigh in because we all know that I fluctuate a lot when it comes to the scale. I also ordered an Ipod Shuffle. The el cheapo MP3 I had was kinda difficult to carry around & I wanted something that I could just clip on & go. My brother-in-law has recently started running & has built up to running a little over 3 miles regularly & has lost a lot of weight. I really want to be runner - I'm not sure I'm made to be a runner, but I want to be one. I thought that if maybe I could get lost in some good music, I could teach myself to love running. At this point, I don't even walk that fast. Anyway, I found a different starter training program that looks like it could be a little more up my ally. Walking 5 minutes & jogging 30 seconds during the first week. When I've tried the 1 minute to 30 seconds intervals, I just about give out because just as I'm catching my breath, I have to jog again. Maybe I'm just lazy. Oh well, I'm going to give it a try. Well I'm off - the Bonnaroonies that are continually walking down my street have managed to break my mailbox & we're trying to fix it. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Monday, May 25, 2009

One More Week.

I am so counting down this last week of school (& next Monday). I am so looking forward to returning to Zumba classes again next week. My eating was all over the place last week. I just find it so much easier to make good choices when I'm getting some exercise in - which I did not. I guess trying to improve my diet wasn't that easy during Alyssa's recital week. LOL. Oh well, it was worth all the hussle & bussle, she did great & looked absolutely adorable on stage. I had so many people come up & tell me that she was the star of the show. I guess that's because she is the baby of the dance company & you can't help but notice the little ones.

On tap for this week, trying to get that nasty water in. Trying to locate some great, healthy recipes for my family (anyone who has some suggestions, please chime in here) & still trying to find some extra time to hit the road a few times this week. Hope each of you have a wonderful week!!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Failure? Don't Count Me Out Yet!

I've been out of sight basically since I took the interim teaching position. I've also been out of the gym & off the charts with consumption of junk. So, have I failed? After thinking about it, I'm going to say NO! I can only fail if I give up & quit trying. So here I am once again, starting over. I've gained back most of what I had lost - like so many of us do. I've also re-evaluated where I really want to be ultimately & have done a new weight loss ticker. My new goal consists of me dropping 80.5 lbs. I realize that this is no small task, but it is doable. I will admit, I even thought about trying to get in on a casting call for Biggest Loser (one of my favorite shows), but they are looking for family member each needing to lose 100lbs or more. Two problems with this request, 1) I don't think that any doctor would say that I needed to lose 100lbs - they would actually get me back to a weight that I haven't been since I was beginning my sophomore year in high school & as I recall, I didn't look that healthy then; 2) I don't have any family members that need to lose 100lbs either. So, looking at things from my glass 1/2 full perspective - that's an upside, I'm not big enough to qualify for the Biggest Loser. LOL.

I also want to apologize to you wonderful people who have been so willing to give me support in the past. I know I've let you down. Not only have I not been successfully trying to make the gym or watch my diet, but I haven't even included you on what's going on with me and for that I'm sorry! You all probably have no idea how much your support has helped & I hope you will all forgive me for the hiatus & lend me that support again - as I NEED it, DESPERATELY!!!

I have two more weeks & 1 day left of school. Start over plan is as follows. For the next two weeks, control my diet as much as possible. Try to wean myself off of the diet soda (I know the calories aren't bad, but I've been reading that these really aren't a healthy option either), try to consume the recommended 8 glasses of water daily (this one is tough for me - I hate the stuff), try not to eat foods that have no nutritional value, and try to at least get outside & get in a brisk walk a few times a week until I can get back to my morning Zumba classes. Once I'm out of school, I'm planning to rejoin my wonderful friends at Zumba on Tues/Thurs & seek out some other classes that get me out of my comfort zone - I find that I work harder in a class environment where I feel like others will notice if I don't. So, here I am again, putting myself out there for all the world to see. Admitting that I've screwed up (AGAIN) & trying to right my wrongs - so don't count me out yet.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Hello Again!

Ok, so I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, but I have totally fallen off the bandwagon & been run over SEVERAL times. I knew going back to work would serve as a real challenge for me and it has. I have slowly but surely, gotten out of the habit of going to the rec center regularly and have begun eating crap constantly. I haven't weighed myself in a week or two, but the last time I weighed, I hadn't gained more than a pound of so, but like I said, that's been a week or two & I'm sure it is up now. I've let life get in the way of my goals. It started with a little stomach bug, then came my sprained ankle, then the girls got strep & the conclusion to my chaos came with Alyssa falling off a swingset & breaking her arm.

The good news is that I'm on Spring Break for this week & next. I had hoped to attend my normal morning Zumba classes during the break, but this week is a no go because of the arm. She broke it high enough that they can't cast & and she is in a sling. The doctor recommended that we not have her in preschool or other places around lots of kids for at least another week, since they tend to run around & act crazy and the chance of her causing re-injury is pretty high. Hopefully, we will get the A-OK next week & all will not be lost. In the mean time, I am going to try to buckle down and get to class tonight & find some time to do something at home if I have to. I have 9 weeks left of the position when we return from break and I'm counting down every day. Besides leaving my children, falling into this habit of all work and no time for myself (and exercise) was one of the things that I was most fearful of when I took the position. Oh well, lesson learned - and as they say, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again! Hope you all have a great March!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Crazy Week.

It's been a crazy busy week. We had FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Regional competition this week & I had to go to script practice Monday night (6-9pm) & then was at conference all day Tuesday (7am-5pm), by the time I got home, I didn't feel like doing anything. I did make Zumba on Wednesday & my other SIL came with me this time. I think she felt out of place, but we all do when we first start coming - I really hope she will try it a few times before she makes up her mind if it's for her or not. I didn't get any other activity in until Saturday, but I did go to the 2-hour mixed instructor class Saturday morning. It was a special class that they were offering to kinda give us a taste of all the different instructors & the type of classes that they offer. I made it through the entire two hours, but I did have to modify some. The kickboxing part really kicked my butt. I was considering trying this class, but I'm not sure I could hang with them for a full hour. I may try anyway & just see what happens. I met my SIL at the rec center this afternoon & we did a ten minute warm up on the elipticals & then headed over to the weight machines. We did several different machines & then walked the track for a bit. We were there for just over an hour. It was all I could do to even walk today - my legs were so sore from the class yesterday. I forgot to mention that in addition to doing some of the basics of the step class (without a step), kickboxing, & zumba that were led by the squat & abs queen at the end & so my legs & stomach is so sore today!!! I guess it's time to work on those areas more. Well, I'm outta here - I've got a bunch to get done tonight. Our students get the holiday tomorrow, but not the teachers - I've got inservice.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Well, I'm adjusting to working FT again & trying to manage getting in some time to work out. I forgot how easy it is to let that stuff slide by when you are working. I did manage to make Zumba on Tues morning (my last day at home) & again on Wednesday night. The rec center was closed from noon Thursday until Saturday morning & then Friday night the girls came down with what appears to be a stomach virus - so I haven't been to work out since Wednesday night. The girls appear to be on the mend today, still not quite back to normal, but better. I've got to get some laundry done & the house cleaned back up from all the sickness, so today is probably out as well. My goal is to go Monday night & at least walk the track, do Zumba on Wednesday, & try to walk again on Thursday & play Friday by ear. This Saturday morning is normally the week we have Zumba again, but this week they are doing a 2-hr class with all the instructors to let us see what all they offer. I think I'm going to try it, I might not make it all the way through the full 2-hours, but I'll try. Then hopefully, I'll get to walk with my SIL again next Sunday. Hope you all have a great week!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Blah Week.

Well, last week was kinda blah for me. I didn't get out there & get much done at all. I've been feeling a little under the weather lately & trying to get a lot of things done before I go back to work. Thanks go out to my SIL who met me at the rec to walk the track yesterday. We didn't keep up with how many laps we walked, but we jogged 9 (that's 3/4 mile). Granted, we didn't do it all at once, but the fact that I did any jogging in a public place is a big accomplishment for me. I'm kinda stalling out on my weight loss lately. For the last two weeks, I've only lost 1/2 lb per week. I'll take anything, but it would be nice if I could get past this plateau. I know I'm going to have to get my eating under control. I'm hoping that might actually be easier for me once I'm in school with a set routine again. Well, I'm outta here - I only have a couple of days left to be home with my girls. Have a great week!!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Trying To Plan

Well, I've been in the regular grind lately. Getting lots of Zumba in, but not so much of my C25K training. It's difficult to find time to be out on the road & it's been pretty cold. I know, I'm a wimp with excuses (LOL). Anyway, for now, I'm prepping for the transition of working for the remainder of the year. I'm trying to look at the rec center schedule & determine if there are any classes that I'm willing to try. If all else fails, I know I can always walk the indoor track. I know this is the part where you all are saying, "An indoor track?? Get your booty out there & do your C25K training!!!" Of course, I know that I should, but I'm afraid that they might call the paramedics to help me when they all heard my asthmatic sounding breathing when I try to jog. Oh well, I guess I need to learn to get over all my self conscience worries & just get out there. Have a great week!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009


I realize from the anonymous comment that was made, that I wasn't clear in my previous post. I am not trying in any way to decrease my water consumption - I realize that I should be drinking more water in order to get healthier & lose weight. I was simply pointing out that I had failed & doing this. I guess that I just wasn't that thirsty & didn't think about making myself drink anyway. I think this happens to people a lot in the winter time. We don't get as hot, unless we've just completed a workout, & we just don't think about consuming as much water. Anyway, since it was taken that I actually decreased my water intake in order to lose weight, I thought that I would point out that I am a little smarter than that. By the way, Zumba class was great today!

Crazy Weigh Ins

Ok, I made Zumba on Tues morning & last night & am getting ready to head out in a little bit for this morning's class. My husband has had a 6 day weekend due to cold temps & snow & we have done nothing but eat (or at least if feels that way). My weigh-in this week was officially only down 1/2 lb from last weeks, but I've been hitting the scale nearly every morning & I'm fluctuating between a pound less than my official to a pound more - it's driving me nuts. Now, I've always fluctuated a lot & that's why I try not to let curiosity get the best of me & get on the scale more than once a week, but I just can't help myself. My water consumption is down - heck, my liquid consumption is down. Could it be that my body is a little dehydrated & holding onto any water weight it can? I don't know, but I can't stand for it to be up. I guess I'll try to up the water & make sure I get my cardio in & let next week be whatever it is. Have a great week!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Got It Done!

Finally I'm back on track with the C25K training. I got out there in the snow today. Granted, there wasn't a lot of snow, but it was spitting on me the whole jog/walk so it still counts. Hmm, does this make me hard core? LOL Probably not yet, but I'll get there. Hope you all have a great week!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Zumba & Changes Coming!

Well, what have I been up to the last couple of days? Zumba last night & again this morning - have I told you all how much I love this class. I still haven't gotten any jog/walks in - I'll do my best to make up the time this weekend. It is CRAZY cold outside & will be hard, but I'll do my best to get it done. Now, changes are getting ready to hit. I've taken an interim position for the rest of the school year - so my workout schedule is getting ready to flip flop completely. I still have a couple of weeks left to get the morning classes in & then I will have to rely on evening classes & other things, but once June hits - I'll be right back in my morning Zumba classes. Well, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Not much to post.

Well, I haven't gotten a workout in since Sunday :(. I'm really going to have to work on that. Taking Monday off is really no big deal, but on Tuesday I usually Zumba & I wasn't feel too well. I'm still feeling a little sick this morning, I'm thinking that maybe I have a mild stomach bug. I know there's a lot of stuff going around right now. I'm hoping that I feel better this afternoon & can get a jog/walk in when Brock comes home from work. Then, if I am up to it, I'm heading to the rec center for Zumba tonight. On a good note, on my weigh-in on Monday, I was down 3 pounds. This means that I've lost that pesky 2.5 lbs I gained over the holidays + another 1/2. Also, although it's not official & I know that I fluctuate a great deal, I was down another 1.5 lbs this morning. Well, I'm out - have a great week!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Feeling Good!

Woo Hoo - I'm feeling good today! I took a little extra time last night to lay out the girls clothes for church & pack their bag of games/books/snacks to take & we managed to get up & ready ON TIME WITHOUT ANY YELLING!! In my house, this a really big deal since Sunday mornings tend to be chaotic, angry & we're ALWAYS late. After church, we went out to eat with our extended family - I didn't do too bad, I had some tex mex chicken with rice & a greek salad & a couple of breadsticks (probably should have left them off - lol). After we came home, I changed clothes & hit the road for another 25 minutes of jog/walk training as per my C25K training program. I came in & rested for about 15 minutes & then took off to meet my SIL at the indoor track at the rec center & we walked for another hour. I have no idea how much we walked - I didn't keep track of how many laps, but she's tall & I'm short, so I got a good walk in. Now I'm sitting back & taking a little rest time & feeling pretty good. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I'm Pooped!

I don't know if the dances were a little harder this morning, or if the room was just hotter, but I'm pooped. Zumba was fun, but I sweated my butt off. I need to try to get a jog/walk in today, but it's raining, so I may put it off till tomorrow. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Biggest Loser - Blog Edition!

Woo Hoo - I'm part of the Biggest Loser - Blog Edition. I can't wait to get started. Go Team Lynn!! Time to kick some Team Angie booty (LOL).
Today was Zumba & I sweated through the hour. Tomorrow is probably going to be a rest day - my body is talking to me. Then Zumba again Saturday morning & Saturday afternoon another jog/walk as prescribed by the C25K training plan. Have a great day!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Another Day Down.

Well, I didn't make Joyce's class this morning as I had hoped. I had a playdate scheduled for the kids & I still had some things to finish up before they came, so I couldn't get done & still make class. That's ok, I'll just make sure I get there next week - who knows, maybe I'll try to make her Friday class. I did manage to get in my C25K training this afternoon, so the day is not a total loss. Well, I've got to shower & get ready to take the girls to bible class. Zumba tomorrow! Have a great evening.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

It's Like Riding a Bicycle.

It all comes back to you. I haven't been to Zumba in 3 weeks & was a little worried that I might not remember some of the steps. But for the most part, it all came right back to me. It took a little more out of me again since I haven't had much in terms of cardio in the last 3 weeks. In addition, I went upstairs to the weight room & worked my legs & back a little. I decided not to do arms since I'm planning on going to Joyce's scult & abs class tomorrow & I didn't think they could take it two days in a row - lol. Well I hope you all have a wonderful afternoon! Oh, & yes Tonya, I promise I'll be there on Saturday.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Thank You Brock!!

Well, I can thank my husband that I got my running training in today. I really didn't feel like it. I felt sluggish & it was quite cold outside. Aliza had fallen asleep in my arms & I had a million other excuses why I could've skipped the jog/walk training. But, my wonderful husband gave me a little push without being too pushy - he simply said that he would watch the kids while I did my run first & then he'd do his second since I took top priority. By the way, he ran with me the other day too & we're kinda hoping that this turns into something we enjoy doing together. Brock & I neither one have a whole lot of hobbies, so this would be a great healthy hobby for us to have together & eventually include our kids in. Anyway, the jog/run was a little easier today & I feel so much better after doing it. Tomorrow is Zumba - yipee, I've missed this. I'm on my way to a great year!! Hope you all have a wonderful evening!

Friday, January 2, 2009

I Did It!

Well, I've started on my to learn how to run. I'm using's training plan "Couch to 5K." For most people, the initial plan is probably a piece of cake. You start out with a brisk 5 minute walk & then alternate between 60 seconds of jogging & 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes. Sounds easy enough, right? Well let me tell you, I'm not most people - it completely kicked my butt. That's ok, because I finished & I did all of it - just as it called for. Yes, I did it panting heavily & thinking that I might just drop dead right then, but I did it. I'm happy! It's a good start to a new year with lots of new goals.

I may regret putting this out there, but Runningmom suggested I might want to try running in the Murfreesboro Half Marathon in October this year & I've decided that's a great goal. According to I should be able to run 3 miles in 9 weeks, so surely I can train enough to make a half marathon by October. Any of you who want to do it with me please feel free to let me know. If I know I have others counting on me, I tend to do better. Typically, I will let myself down before I let down others. Well, I'm outta here - have a great weekend!!