Monday, February 28, 2011

Losing weight and feeling great!

I am heading in the right direction!  This week I decided to step up and show you all a picture progress report.  I am not nearly where I want to be yet, but I can feel the progress so I want to show it!  The first two pictures are from Christmas Eve.  I am in the black and white striped sweater holding the handsome little man.  Yuck yuck yuck!!  The second two were from yesterday.  This is officially 13.2 lbs lighter!!

I can mainly see a difference in my face, the upper body on the other hand needs more work...or maybe a different shirt!

So here are the stats:
Starting weight: 200.8 lbs
Last week: 189.8 lbs
This week: 187.6 lbs
Loss (gain) this week: 2.2 lbs
Total loss:  13.2 lbs

This week is going to be my biggest challenge though.  On Saturday my family and I are going to Morton's Steakhouse.  We go twice a year and you can't really leave there without eating too much!  So I am trying to plan ahead!  I figure I can do the broiled crab cakes, salad, asparagus and broccoli.  At dessert I told Dave he will have to share something...but he can have most of it!  And then I will also be sure to workout both Saturday and Sunday!

I pray I get out of there not too much fatter!  Dave usually gains about 5 lbs in a trip!  But this will be the true test.  I know the rest of the weekend my eating will be fine because my mom is doing Weight Watchers and my dad lost like 40 lbs this past year so he only eats healthy. 

Goals for this week:
  1. Keep up water intake.
  2. Work out 4 to 5 days this week.
  3. Don't eat out at all until Saturday evening.
  4. Finish week 3 and start week 4 of Couch to 5k.
  5. Do not gain!
If I don't lose I will be fine...but I do not want to gain!  I will be honest next week and not cheat like I did last week weighing in early!

I mentioned in a previous post that I finished week 2 of the C25k.  I did week 3 day 1 yesterday and I am happy to say I survived it!  I actually ran two intervals of three minutes each!  I have never been able to do that!  I am very excited about that!

Well, that is it!  I hope everyone else did well this week!  Post about it in the comments!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Weird evening...

So I just got a Facebook message from my old boss asking if I was interested in coming back to work for them...

This is strange and here is why.  They FIRED me!  Yep...that is correct.  I have been fired.  Not because I am a bad worker, but for a dumb reason.  Small back story.  I worked for this company for two years.  They loved me and said I was their best manager.  I loved it up until the final 6 months.  The economy was tough, sales were tough, and we were getting threats that if we did not turn it around in 2 weeks then they would find our replacements.  So I took that seriously and began searching for new employment.  Then I opened my stupid mouth...I talk too much.  They found out and let me go. 

For my current job the previous manager gave a glowing reference and said I was not eligible for rehire.  Two years later this changes! 

Now I hate to say it...but I am kind of interested in what they have to say.  Here is why...I work on a really bad street and have to go to court to testify against a drug addict and his prostitute girlfriend.  The place kind of scares me!  So we will see what she has to say tomorrow.  Especially because I loved the people I worked with before...things just got really sucky.  But like I said...I was awesome in that job!  Or did I say that??  Oh is true. 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Week two complete!

Hello friends!

I am excited to say I finished week two of the Couch to 5k program!  On to week three now!  If you haven't tried it I completely recommend it!  I can already tell the change in my body after two weeks.  After my work out on day one I went to Kohl's and got a new work out jacket.  It was a XL so I thought no problem, it should be loose, no need to try it on.  I get home and try it on over a t-shirt and it is tight and I look fat!

So I decide to set it aside and wait a little while before I use it in public.  Well today I started at my new gym.  I pack my clothing and gear, and I decided what the heck, I will bring it along.  I go to change into my gym clothes before I go to the gym, throw on the jacket over my t-shirt, and zip it right up!!  No rolls in sight!

It was the first sign that this plan is really working.  I am eating right, running/walking three days per week with the C25k, and feeling great!  I do not feel deprived by doing portion control, that is the main reason why I always quit before.  I would feel sick because I never felt like I ate enough.

I even snuck in a weigh in this morning for good measure...188.6 lbs!  Down 12.2 lbs!  I am super excited about that!  Hopefully I am still that low come Monday for my real weigh in!  I decided to weigh in today to see my progress from day one at the gym.  I want to see the improvement.

I think starting next week my work outs will go up to four days per week, three during the week and one on the weekend.  I need to up my game!  Cute bathing suit and dress for Florida here I come!!

How is everyone else doing?  I hope you are doing well!  Post progress in the comments!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Well I stepped up...

I decided since I have been keeping up with my three runs a week I would step up and join a gym!  I found a nice place two minutes from work so I can go during the day!  I was beginning to realize Dave's workload was increasing leading up to the baseball season (he is a groundskeeper), and my evening runs are getting pushed later.

After a conversation with the maintenance man at work I realized that I can go at lunch, eat at my desk when I get back (I work in an office alone), and just be smelly for the day.  Most of my residents don't shower for days at a time, so they will not know if it is me or them!

So starting tomorrow I will be going to the gym!  I did a three month membership just so if I don't go I am not held to a year!  It was only $4.00 more a month so totally worth it!  I am very excited!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

McFatty Monday-One day early

Yes I am cheating.  But who is my own program so I can do what I want!  This week was ok and good.  Ok because my eating had good and not so good points.  I stuck to my plan for the most part, but I ate out four times.  I stuck to salads and soup for the most part, but I had a crab cake sandwich and macaroni and cheese this afternoon!  So that is the reason why I am weighing in as of this morning.  If I wake up tomorrow and I do better than today then I will post an update.  But I am expecting to break even as of tomorrow.  The past four days I came in at another loss, so I want to post that!

As far as the good for this week I completed week one of Couch to 5k and did week two day one today!  I probably shouldn't have because of my sinus infection, but I didn't want to fall behind.  So far I am really enjoying it!  Thank goodness for podcasts with good music, they get me through!

I have to say the only really bad thing this week was my water intake.  Not good at all, which may be the reason why I had very little loss.  So here are the stats!

Starting weight: 200.8 lbs
Last week: 190.4 lbs
This week: 189.8 lbs
Loss (gain) this week: -0.6 lbs
Total loss: 11 lbs

I wanted to post this because I am back to the 180's!  This makes me really happy, and tomorrow I will most likely see 190.4 again so I will not allow it!!  I am happy for 189.8 because I have not been there in more than two years.  I was 190 when I got pregnant so it was awhile ago!

Goals for this week:
  1. Increase water intake back to at least 50 oz (this will always be my hardest goal!)
  2. Finish week two and do week three day one by Sunday in Couch to 5k
  3. Do not eat out more than one time 
  4. Lose at least one pound
  5. Try to do some form of activity on the running rest days
So that is it for this week!  I will update tomorrow if there is a loss, but definitely not if I break even!  I am feeling good today and I want to stay that way!  I hope everyone else is doing well!  Post your results in the comments!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thank you for the gift Nathan...

I would like to thank my loving son for the gift of a sinus infection this week.  As I mentioned a few days ago Nate has not been feeling well.  Over the past few days I have also started feeling crappy.  I finally take him to the pediatrician today and find out it is a nasty sinus infection!  And then the doctor goes on to say "sounds like he gave it to you too!"  So I would like to thank my loving son for the sickness he gave me!

But I didn't let that get in the way of my work outs this week!  I finished week one of the C25k tonight!  On to week two on Saturday hopefully!  If not then definitely Sunday!  How is everyone else doing on the plan?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fruit...but the chocolate covered kind

I would like to thank my wonderful husband David for the Edible Arrangement with chocolate covered strawberries and apples he brought home yesterday evening!  I is beautiful and smelled yummy!  But David...are you trying to keep me fat!!??  While I love the thought, and the taste...I can only have one a day...if that!  So I think this is more for you than me...but it doesn't matter.  It was a wonderful gift and I am happy you did something even though you didn't need to!

Monday, February 14, 2011

McFatty Monday-One month down!

Today is a great day.  Besides my child still being sick and a mess, my husband being angry because he is the one who needs to stay home with him from daycare, it is still a great day.  As you may remember on Tuesday I weighed myself again and I came in at 192.8 lbs, which was much better than the 194 from Monday.  I knew Monday would be off because of the weekend.  My body recovered and I got back to work!

Well this week I was very good.  I ate proper meals and snacks, even had the opportunity to eat out once where I had the chili and salad, good choices!  I allowed myself a red velvet cupcake on Saturday and Sunday because I made them for Dave for Valentines Day.  (Made with applesauce instead of oil and egg whites instead of eggs!  Yummy!)

I worked out on Saturday and Sunday, ok not the full three days I wanted, but I walked a lot on the property this week.  I started the Couch to 5k program and didn't pass out!

So like I said today is a great day and you know why?  Because I am officially down 10.4 lbs!!!  I woke up to the scale telling me this morning I am 190.4 lbs!  I am super excited!  My clothes fit better and I am officially down one pant size, from a 14 to a 12!

Here are the stats:
Starting weight: 200.8 lbs
Last week: 194 lbs
This week:190.4 lbs!!!
Loss (gain) this week: -3.6 lbs
Total loss: 10.4 lbs!!

This means I have officially reached my first goal!  When I get to work today I am going to call and schedule my spa pedicure!  And now I have 9.4 lbs to go until my massage!

10 lbs (1st goal) - spa pedicure (reached 2/14/2011)
20 lbs (2nd goal) - massage
30 lbs (3rd goal) - bathing suit and dress for a friend's wedding in Florida
40 lbs (Final goal) - I don't know yet!  It needs to be a good one!

Small goals for the week:
  1. Keep up the water intake at 45 to 60 oz a day. (I was floating last week!)
  2. Complete week one of Couch to 5k and start week two day one by Sunday.
  3. Keep eating well.
  4. Lose at least one lb this week.
I am really happy with how this process is going and I want to thank all of you that come to read my progress and BA or "Blair" over at The Heir to Blair for posting my link and reading each week! You all keep me from quitting, which is too easy!  Now on to the next 9.4 lbs...because I really want that massage!

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Today I did day one week one of the Couch to 5k program.  Boy does my body feel like jello!  But in a great way!  I was surprised I didn't keel over and hyperventilate as I was doing it from the lack of running skills and cold air.  I do need to invest in a pair of ear warmers or something because that started to hurt after awhile. 

It was a bit of a pain trying to keep time and listen to my music while running, but I did it!  I know there are podcasts of the program, but I need to find one that has music I like. 

I hope to keep this up 3 days a week, but we will see.  I told Dave I wanted to run a 5k in September and he was all for it.  Everyone else I told decided to bring me down by telling me how bad running was for my feet, knees, and legs.  I understand that...but it is better than sitting around!  I want to accomplish something, and I am totally into getting a finishers ribbon (I know I am lame)! 

So wish me luck on ANOTHER new journey.  But this journey I can connect to my weight loss journey so it doesn't add too much!  So how are everyone else's workouts going?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Always sick...

Why is it that when I finally feel like we are over the sick baby thing Nathan decides to get sick again?  Does he have an internal clock that goes off after a few weeks telling him to lick another child that has a runny nose?  That must be it.

This time it was from going to my parent's house to visit.  My niece had a cold...I kissed her...didn't think about it and then I kissed my child.  It figures it is mommy's fault this time! 

My poor baby started a cough as soon as we returned home.  Then it was the sneezing and runny nose, which finally led to the dreaded 102.6 fever yesterday afternoon.  And wouldn't you know it was the day when I was at a meeting 40 minutes away instead of 5 minutes from daycare like I normally am!  So the kid had to rough it out for almost an hour while I packed up and drove to get him. 

He woke up this morning at 7:00 am with no fever and happy.  I figure "yay he is getting over it!"  Wrong thought to have just jinxed yourself!  I come downstairs two hours later after taking my final exam to find the poor boy with another high fever. 

Now he is sleeping off the fever with some Ibuprofen.  I really hope he gets better soon...especially because it is going to be in the 50's to 60's this week!  I can't have us miss an opportunity to go out walking after work those days!

I hope everyone else and their children are having better luck than us this winter!  Only a few more weeks to go!  Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Well what do you know...

I decided to weigh myself this morning to see if my body regulated myself after a fat filled weekend.  And what do you know I am down to 192.8!  I think I just needed to not weigh in on Monday this week because of my sucky weekend!  That would put me down 8 lbs total!  Only 2 more to reach my first goal!  Cross your fingers that I get there this week or next!

Monday, February 7, 2011

And I am back to McFatty...but just for one week only!

I will start off with the bad news...I gained 0.4 lbs.  Actually that may be starting with good news too...I ONLY gained 0.4 lbs!  It could have been a lot worse!

I knew completely what I was doing as I was doing it so I knew what I would find this morning.  As I mentioned last week I went to my parent's house this weekend for my cousin's twin daughters' birthday party.  My mom was great making the food I needed, nothing out of control, good portion control, nothing bad for you.

But then came the party.  And I decided to let loose on the food department.  I did it because I wanted to and there were really no other options.  I told myself it would be OK and I would make up for it big time starting today.  Let me just tell you...I think the chocolate marshmallow ice cream was worth it.

Here are my Stats:

Starting weight: 200.8 lbs
Last week: 193.6 lbs
This week:194 lbs
Loss (gain) this week: +0.4 lbs
Total loss: 6.8 lbs

Goals for this week:
  1. Increase water intake to 60 oz
  2. Exercise 30 minutes a day 4 days this week
  3. Stay on eating plan
  4. Lose at least what I gained last week!
I did exercise one day (woohoo)...but that is obviously not enough.  So I will exercise much more this week.  Good news is my dad offered to give us his elliptical that he doesn't use for free!  We just need to get it home!  I am so going to make that happen because I love the elliptical!

So that is it for my sucky week (scratch that...just the sucky weekend).  So how did everyone do?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Superbowl Sunday...

While most are warming up their TVs and bellies for the big game what am I doing?  Catching up on some good marathons.  Over the past 10 years I realized on Superbowl Sunday some of the best shows have marathons during the game.

So while everyone cheers on their favorite team...I will be cheering on the BAU this year while they track down the next sick serial killer.

Picture courtesy of

I love me some Criminal Minds!  Enjoy the game or marathon of your choice this year!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Rental court

One of the great duties I have as a property manager is going to rental court.  I spend two hours a month sitting in a court room wishing my property to be called to sit in front of a judge and tell him how many of my residents don't pay rent.  Lucky for me I usually only have about five, most of which pay it before court even happens.

I love those two hours because I get to learn a lot about the population I am surrounded by.  After going to court monthly for the past five years you tend to see the same people and then wonder...what the heck is their problem?  It is literally the same people every month!  Why are they still being rented to?

I also love eavesdropping on the conversations going on from the tenants sitting around me.  You will usually hear something like "I ain't paying nothing to that lady!"  "I am going to give them a piece of my mind!"  Then they get in front of the judge and you begin to realize that most of these people spend less time working to make money to pay the rent and spend more time watching Judge Judy by the way they want to fight the case!

Unfortunately for these people our judge is like a male version of Judge Judy and he will spend most of his time yelling at the people for wasting his time!  It is a great sight!

At least my residents are smart enough to not skip a day of work to come fight at court.  They try to make their payments and avoid it all together.  Most are too embarrassed to show up, I would be too! 

I was happy when I finished up and went back to work though.  No more court for another month!  I am free to get away from the crazies!  I get to my office and find 3 subpoenas for my property trespassers to go to court in a few weeks...I love court!