My Progress

October 18, 2009

I have been doing great on my new eating plan. I am actually having fun logging my food and watching my Protein, Carbs and Fat. At the end of the day, I have to make choices of what to eat so I do not go over my numbers. Looking at my log, I craved Potato chips and cottage cheese. I continue to crave those Potato chips and Cottage Cheese. I typically am not into snack foods so I am not sure why all of a sudden I crave chips. Maybe it is the crunch, which usually is missing in my diet. I do not think it is the salt. I feel I am getting enough salt just in the foods themselves. Funny, the days I eat the potato chips and cottage cheese I lose weight. The days I gain weight or stay stable, I am eating very very clean.

As I sit here, I am thinking I should go to the grocery store today. I need food, but my car is not being nice to me. I have a doctor appointment on Tuesday that I cannot miss and I am afraid to drive my car.

Well here is my update. In 17 days, I have lost 6.2 pounds. This is the most I have been able to lose in a long, long, long, long, long time. This is the lowest weight I have been for two years. I still cannot get into that smaller pair of jeans. Sad, but I promised to do this program for 30 days no matter what. I will continue and finish. This is a great goal.

As far as my workouts, I have physical therapy two days a week and I do RT and CT while there. The Therapist has a great machine. I now have Thera-Band, putty and lightweights to work with. I can sit and watch TV and get a great forearm, wrist and shoulder workout. I have finally figured out how to program my Treadmill to do hills automatically. I have started out with a low program but it was really easy. I will go up to phase 2 and see how that works. I am only doing 20 minutes, but hey, 20 minutes is better than nothing.

I no longer walk with my cousin. It was time to call it quits. Long story and now worth the time to write. I will miss our long hikes. I cannot find anyone to do these hikes with me. Most people are just flat out lazy. I found one woman but she ONLY wants to walk flat surfaces. Not as enjoyable as going into the backcountry. Winter is upon us and I plan to find someone next year. For now, I will walk the lake and the treadmill. There is a new section around the lake that has a few upgrades and lots and lots of wild critters. It is beautiful. It is about one mile around or taking a long way it is two miles around the lake area. I can get a good 2 3 mile workup and work on my speed.

I really believe drinking the Meal Replacement and Protein drinks are what are helping to keep me on track. It seems I was not eating enough protein. Logging my numbers, I can make sure at the end of the day I get enough protein. If I am low, I can have a protein drink which are 35 grams of protein and only 2 carbs. It is delicious also.

I am buried in work and have not been highly motivated so I am forced to work this weekend. I need to get more productive so I have more time to do me things.

This week will be very busy. I have a Doctor appointment and my last two Physical therapy appointments. After that, I can get back onto my schedule.

This is some of what I will miss…I hope you enjoy it.

Okay, everyone, have a great week.

Fall 52DC – Day 50 – Thursday, October 8, 2009

October 9, 2009

CE: 94/100/104
RT: 27/22
CT: 17/14
PG1: Walk/Hike outside one day a week minimum 9/7
PG2: Lose one Jean size
PG3: Read One Book (The Bible Sculpting Book for Women) 54/381 and 100 pages of other reading. 200/100 (Reading James Patterson, easy to read only a page or two at a time. 125/400) Ipod, the Missing Manual 30/284.
PG4: Continue unpacking and going through paperwork. Spend at least 15 minutes a day or at least two hours a week. 15 hour 30 min/14 hours

QOTD: Share something funny, share something new, a thought, or a congrats. Gee, you could even tell us what you’ve learned today.

AOTD: I spoke with the Nutritionist today again. Amazing. I had it all wrong. I have lost 4.5 pounds in six days. We will see what happens next week. Wish me luck.


September 11, 2009

I went to the Physical therapist again today. Man, that woman is mean. She really knows how to hurt a person, but… I AM GETTING BETTER! This is truly “no pain, no gain” type of therapy. I am getting stronger and I am learning things to do at home to keep my injuries in check.

My schedule is so busy right now, puppy sitting, dentist, PT, work and not much time to do the things I need to do. I will get to them in time. It is like; let us just get it done already. At the end of the day, I am so tired.

The scale is still moving down. I guess what I am doing is better than what I was doing. We will make more comments once I get back to where I started and see if the scale moves beyond that. It has not in the past, but I am more edumacated now.

This weekend I have to get the Bowflex manual out to see if I can mimic the things I am doing at the PT. Their machine is awesome and so easy to work. Much easier than the Bowflex. If I had only known.

Okay, it is late and I must get to work. Have a great weekend everyone. I plan to get a lot done and will not be on the computer much. I will catch up at the beginning of the week. Until then…Keep it clean.

“Leisure is an essential part of life so remember to treat yourself right!”
~Ana Osborne, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

One More Day

April 14, 2009

I am so excited for the 52DC to start tomorrow. I will be getting my circa book on Thursday which is fantastic. I have menus in place and food chopped and I am ready. I pigged out last night and got it all out of my system and feel like throwing up today. Why or why did I feel the need to eat crap? Geez. You think I would know better. Clean eating is my lifestyle and why deviate.

I have been wearing my pedometer the last couple of days and was surprised to see I walk a mile a day just working and running an errand or two. Amazing. I always park at the end of the parking lot. I find it hilarious when you see people fighting over that front-parking place. So may people going to the gym WANT that front spot. These I do not understand as they are there to work out so warm up your legs, park at the end of the parking lot, and walk in. Why fight over the front spot.

Even though my house is not done, I am going to not let it stand in my way. I will just push things aside and move on. My daughter came over and fixed the Bowflex so I can do the lower half. I am not sure what the boys did to it but it was not right and I could not get it to work. Now it is fine. Not right, but fine.

One of my goals if to take the performance ball out of the box and use it once a week. The box is out of the closet and in the workout room. Tonight I will go clean up the room and take it out of the box. I will let it stare at me so I make sure I use it. Once the house if done I might think of buying a DVD player, so I can use the performance ball in the workout room versus the living room.

Therefore, I am rambling here. I have to work but wanted to pop in before the first day. I have a lot on my plate and need to start with a bang. Logging and weighing my food will be time consuming and I want to get it right. If I do not lose inches and weight this 52DC, I will just explode.

Here is to eating clean and having a good workout!

Farmers Market

April 12, 2009

I procrastinated and did not get my order in so I will not get my circa notebook in time for the 52DC so I have designed my pages and will just add them in once it comes. Wonderful thing about the circa. I have the option of punching and cutting my own paper, but hey, I want to start this on time.

I went to the Farmers market today and got some beautiful Blackberries. Yummy. Of course my usual. I bought these cute little star squash and tiny carrots and tiny zucchini I am going to try to cook on the BBQ. My herbs are growing pretty good right now and I need to start snipping away.

I again prepared my food. I chopped and chopped and got them all ready. It is a shame the 52DC does not start until Wednesday. I am going to McDonald’s… Yikes tonight for an ice cream and fish fillet. Monday I am back on track again. I do not need a 52DC to eat clean. The 52DC does help me stay clean and helps me tremendously with my weight training and my personal goals. The support you get from the group is unbelievable. A small family for sure.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and are gearing up for the next challenge. Keep it clean!

Hiking and Updating

April 10, 2009

We went hiking again on Thursday and tried the trail that man told us about. Wowzer. The country was amazing. So many trails from which to choose. We have two more trails we want to try another day. Beautiful country. What a great find. I am so glad that man was so nice. It gets boring walking the same trails all the time. Yes, you can see how far you progress. Was funny coming in the back side of the trail we usually go on and see exactly how steep this trail was. Amazing. Did a bit of geocaching too. I will have to find more as it breaks up the hike and gives us a bit of a breather. Hint: never turn around when hiking. Yikes. Especially when you do not know how high up you are going. Those steep grades can sneak up on ya.

Therefore, we are back on track for hiking. My cousin is feeling much better and is ready to meet a man so she is in full gear to lose some weight, particularly her stomach.

I went with my daughter today to Penzeys Spices and got some great spices and herbs. I also bought some bigger jars to prepare my food in as this system is working out great. The canning jars are great but harder to get the lids off. These jars just screw on which I think will be easier for me. Dicing and chopping makes it so easy to eat clean. I recommend it for anyone, especially for those who work.

I am gearing up for this next challenge and want to work hard. I wanted to make a goal of reading x amount of pages but I cannot find my book. They are all still packed in the garage and I do not see my house being done in the next few months (Grrr). I was going to add pages for one book and then articles I read online and magazines but I may have to change it up some.

I cannot get Siscoe’s spreadsheet to work. Last time I used a different one but it is more difficult. I get this #DIV/o! instead of blanks. I cannot put my weight in the first week, only the second week. Strange very strange. I will have to sit down and see if I can figure it out. It might be some setting I have on my computer.

This weekend I have to work and then I want to get some paperwork in order and continue working on my menus. I will be busy. Next weekend I am having family over for a BBQ. They are going to be surprised when they see all the BBQ’d veggies.

Have a great weekend everyone!


April 8, 2009

I went hiking this morning and had a great time. We went up the mountain road and found several other trails we will try another day. We finally found the trail that goes over the valley to the wildlife crossing.

When two girls hike alone, you never know whom you can trust. Today we met this really nice man with two vicious dogs (very well trained and turned out to be the sweetest dogs around) and he told us about another trail down the road. It is nicer and connects back to everything.

We went and had breakfast at this quaint little restaurant. W sat outside and enjoyed the view. We then went and checked out the new trail. The man said it was only 1/2 to 3/4 mile around to the other side. Wrong. We went in about 1/2 mile and the trail went on and on. Beautiful trail. We are going to go back on Thursday.

It felt good to go back up into the mountains. I think I really need that. Just walking is just not cutting it.

We walked 2.77 miles, 7636 steps, 5476 aerobic steps, burned 422 calories in 57 minutes. Not to bad for our first outing in a long, long time. I thought I was out of shape but come to find out I did great. I never stopped on any of those grades. My heart was going to burst out of my chest on the roughest and tallest grade but I did it.

It is now noon and I have a huge day of work ahead of me. It is going to be a long night but I wanted to post what a great outing I had.

Have a great day everyone!!


January 31, 2009

Do nothing is the most
Tiresome job in the world
Because you cannot quit and rest.


December 12, 2008

Yahoo, I splurged and bought a digital scale.  This one monitors weight, body fat and visceral fat.  It also monitors skeletal muscle and resting metabolism.  With all the discounts applied, it only cost me 15 bucks.

My pedometer is an Omron and I love it so I figured the scale would have to be pretty good.  My daughter has a Tanita and it does not measure accurately.  I figure, I will start with the 52DC and work up from there.  I will use the scale as a base.  Right or wrong, a base.  That should make it accurate in a sense.

I should be able to figure out how many calories I need with this scale.  I think this might be part of my problem, calories and timing.  I will be hardcore and consistent in logging for 52 days.   If I do not see acceptable results I will take my log and have someone evaluate it.  (Not a Doctor, I have spent enough money on them so they can PRACTICE medicine and not help me.)

My nephew told me they are coming back Wednesday to finish my cottage cheese, carpeting and fish tank.  Whelp, I do not see that happening as his baby is due the 16th.  It is going to be an interesting Christmas with a house all torn up.  But hey, family and friends should understand right?

So, I am feeling pretty good.  Went to the market today and I will hit the farmers market on Sunday.  I will get back on my meal plan that I was on the beginning of the 52 DC. It would be nice if I could drop at least those 5 pounds I wanted to lose during the 52DC.   It sure would  be nice.

I will be packing up the two closets (the hardwood floor goes into the closet) and doing a bit of yard work.  That will give me a great workout.  I have a book sale to go to on Saturday with my daughter and mom.  This time, NO FAST FOOD.  I will say no.   I need to get ahead on my goal because the boys will be doing the ceiling on Wednesday and I do not want to fall behind.

For some reason I am so excited and eager to go, which is a good thing.

Have a great weekend everyone!

“Get excited and enthusiastic about your own dream.  This excitement is like a forest fire – you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.”

~Denis Waitley


November 21, 2008

Today we walked around the lake with the specific reason of NO MOUNTAINS!!  We wanted to walk faster and improve our time, which sucks as everyone walks past us.  Therefore, I would walk fast and my cousin would lag behind. I would slow down to walk with her and she would slow down.  I pushed her so hard after realizing that.  No dittel dallying.  We did 1.3 miles in 28 minutes without stopping.  I think last time we were there it took us over an hour.  We even had to stop twice to rest.  This is a huge testament on far we have come in such a short time.  I know I could have walked faster without her.  I think because I am eating clean and she messes up bunches that it makes a huge difference.  I am trying to teach her but she does not seem to hear.  We burned 500 calories on our total walk and she said that would be her breakfast…NOT.  She had a breakfast bowl from a fast food restaurant and I think they are like 1000 calories and a huge amount of fat.  Her answer was I would just not eat dinner.  Mind you, we had lunch at 1:00 p.m.


We then headed over to the wildlife preserve to do some geocaching.  We found both caches and headed further back into the preserve.  Nice beautiful walk.  Lots of those horrid Great Egrets and baby Great Egrets (They cleaned out my pond this year.)  We walked 2 miles.  I think we might go back and check out the back part of the preserve.  We did not want to get to far back that we could not make it out.  The stream was beautiful and we even saw a turtle swimming along.


I really feel good.  I feel like my side is slimmer and my shoulders seem to be not as wide.  The stomach is still there!!!!  I will weigh myself on Wednesday and see what the scale looks like now that I have been off that medication for a bit.  (Dr. refilled it so I might have to go back on it for one more month.)  I definitely have more energy and do not get tired on our walks, except last Wednesday. 


It is now 2:00 p.m. and I must get to work.  It is going to be a long night trying to get this work done. 


Have a great week‑end everyone.


“To feel ‘fit as a fiddle’, you must tone down your middle.”
~Author Unknown