Sunday, April 22, 2012

I am a half-marathoner now :) I have the shirt and the medal to prove it!


The half-marathon is now in the books!
It was a crazy beautiful experience.
I am planning on doing it next year!
And, I may in two years "walk" a marathon!! Just thinking about that for now.

I walked/jogged the half-marathon in 3 hours and 42 seconds. I WAS SO CLOSE TO UNDER 3 HOURS!!! So, for sure next year, my goal will be under 3 hours!

My pace was 13:48 a mile, which given the longevity of the race for me, I will take it! I did get all hyped up on adrenaline at the beginning and my first mile was 10 minutes, my second mile was 11 minutes. And, I ran those two miles without stopping! Then I did stop at the first water break for quick drink, and off I went.

I learned a lot of things about myself and about running a half-marathon! I know that I am physically strong, and I have a good set of lungs on me, and I have created some super healthy habits that equal a cardio stamina that I am proud of!! I know that I can do hard things and push myself. I REALLY am proud of how well I did considering I had not trained running (just cardio), at least not a serious program. And, remembering back last summer, when I was 50 pounds heavier, and I struggled to jog one minute!! WOW--how far have I come???!!

I "ran" into lots of people I know, either from my days in Cashmere and Leavenworth or even some people from here! It was a lot of fun, and tons of positive energy.

I loved all the people, who cheer everyone on :) I had friends there and strangers, who made me want to just keep going!!

For next year:
I have the goal to weigh 50 pounds less than I do right now, which will put me to my goal weight! Jogging will be SOOOO much easier then :)

I want to run a 12 minute mile average next year! I know I can do that!

I will definitely wear sunscreen, and I will have something that will keep the sweat from getting into my eyes. It was so salty that it totally burned!!

I am going to work on my playlist for running long distances. There were a few times that a slow song came on, when I didn't expect it! Actually I am thinking about getting an i-phone for my birthday this year, and getting the NIKE run application AND having all of my music and playlists available. My friend let me listen to how it talked to her and told her what her exact pace was...COOL!

Also, I plan on eating a different breakfast that will include at least 2 bananas to keep the cramps away! At mile 11, I did get a cramp in my left calve, and I stretched, and then basically just ran with it. But, I know that if I wouldn't have had that darn cramp, I woulda easily made it under 3 hours.

I will wear mole skin on the one place that I got a blister on both feet (thankfully, just a small one on each side!).

Overall, it was a super positive experience and I learned a lot :) I originally thouhght before I got started that I wouldn't ever want to do it again, but for now, I know that I at least want to do that exact race one more time.

P.S. I plan on wearing my medal tomorrow to school!! I am sooooo proud of myself :)

Friday, April 20, 2012


I won't blog tonight, but I will record and keep track of all my eating and whatnot!

I did go to my spinning class this morning, even though I didn't have to get up early today, since I finished my conferences yesterday! I seriouly contemplated working out later, but I LOVE MY SPINNING CLASS, so I lugged myself out of bed at 5:10 this morning! And, I am glad for it!

I also treat myself on Fridays to a low calorie, fat burning smoothie! My favorite flavor is PB & J!! Love it!

So, tomorrow is my big day-- I will be checking half-marathon off my bucket list! I don't know t hat I will everdo one again. I will let you know that tomorrow!!! So, my original goal was under 4 hours (still my goal) which is 18:32 a mile. I feel like I should be able to do at least an average of a 15-minute pace, which would be 3 hours and 16.5 minute pace on average. YUP, one ginormous paradox!!! Tee hee :) It's my first one, and I keep reminding myself this is my PR race!!

Well, we are headed to Wenatchee early to play and relax and have some quality girl time, me and our little one :) Then Ricky will be down and we will have some family time this evening, and then tomorrow...THINK OF ME and send me some EXTRA energy, ok?!


Thursday was not THE best for health, but it was a SUPER good day for all sorts of other reasons :)It was just one of those days where I had all of these positive things happen, an unexpected things, on top of that!! Don't you love surprises?? I do :)

So for the health report!!

I didn't drink enough water. I don't know what's the deal with that. I NEED to refocus on this and make my effort to do this! I KNOW what and how to do it...
I didn't take my vitamins either. SHEESH--I fell asleep on the couch.
I did go to my Group Power class, which is weightlifting and cardio mixed together. AND, I love this class! I am going to do everything in my power to do this twice a week every week. It's such a great way to get my weightlifting in, and it's fun!! BOY, I am feeling it!!

Calories out - 425
Calories in - 1080
Net calories - 655
I skipped meals, and snacked on icky stuff :( NOT SURE what's up with that!

I didn't eat breakfast, mostly because I wasn't hungry. BUT, I know better.
coffee- 110

nothing for lunch--
vanilla ice cream- one scoop, 1 small cone - 200
pop tart - 200
cheese its - 150

turkey meatloaf- I tried a new recipe and it includes Idaho Spuds potato flakes instead of bread crumbs--YUMMY!!! 220
brown rice - 200

There ya have it, not so pretty.
But, I am super proud of my continued commitment to EXERCISE - thank goodness for that!! Just gotta find the balance, and return to my clean eating!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wonderful Wednesday :)

Today was awesome! And, you know what? I love the rain, and at my school we have skylights, so it sounds so AMAZING!!

I started my morning off with playing racquetball! I am so excited that I have a new partner to play with, and she can play early in the morning!! And, having all of that fun, I burn big time calories! It goes by so fast!!!! I also went for a walk when there was a break in the downpour and a break in conferences! It was so refreshing to be outside, and the air felt clean and fresh!! LOVELY, and some extra calories, GONESO!

I did have my vitamins :) I feel like I am on a roll!
I drank 75 ounces of water, and it was a struggle to do that.

Calories IN = 1398
Calories OUT = 610
Net Calories = 788

What went in...
2 poached eggs – 156
Green salsa- 10
Coffee- 110

Boca chicken patty - 160
LC Cheese (I melted this on the chicken patty)- 35

celery - 20
LC Cheese - 35
2 oranges - 130

butterfinger candybar - 280 --mid-afternoon CHOCOLATE craving!!

potato- 160
cheese - 110
blue cheese dressing - 40
bbq sauce - 40
orange juice - 112

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Today was a better day!

I love my crockpot! I made a yummy sausage and bean soup :)) It was waiting for us when we got home from the softball game. It was such a WARM treat!!!

This is a crazy week--no normal schedules at all! Tomorrow is an early release day, and then conferences! Then Thursday more conferences, and then I am off!!!

I have my exercise planned out for the entire week! I am definitely feeling my muscles this evening from my Group Power class!

SO, workouts--
Mon- Jog and Group Power in the evening- WOWSER
Tues- Racquetball
Wed - Racquetball, JOG in the afternoon/evening
Thurs - Group Power in the morning
Fri- Spinning class - swimming at the hotel!!
Sun- FREE day! Maybe a mellow walk...

Today I drank my water!! 112 ounces :)
EXERCISE--I love playing racquetball! LOVE IT :)
45 minutes of racquetball - 504 calories (on HRM)
Vitamins, yes!
Calories in = 1216
Calories out = 504
NET = 712

2 poached eggs - 156
jalapeƱo Tabasco sauce - 5
coffee - 110

Boca chicken patty - 160
carrots - 20
celery - 20
LC Cheese - 35
orange - 65

cheese its- 150
homemade ground pork taco soup in the crockpot! - 250
croutons - 45
cheese - 100
milk - 100
TOTAL - 1216

Fresh start Monday.

First things first! WEIGH-IN...
I weigh 199.
I was up to 204 (on the vacay).
Then down to 201 in just three days home.
And, now down 2 more. SO, I am definitely back on track and out of the nasty 200s. BUT, in reality, I had a blast! I wasn't worried about what ate, when I ate it, or what kind of movement I had going on in my life, and I think that's EXACTLY the way vacation should be :) NOW BACK TO THE REAL WORLD!

I drank 75 ounces of water, but it felt like a struggle!
I did take my vitamins.
I went crazy on chocolate during my yearbook celebration.
And, then I had a snack attack this afternoon.
I didn't get up in the morning to exercise...but, I made up for it in the evening! I did my first Group Power class, which is a weight lifting and cardio class! And, it ROCKED! Plus I walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes before the class. EXERCISE this evening was DEFINITELY the highlight of my HEALTH for the day!

CALORIES IN= 1771 (UGH! My trainer did tell me I should be shooting for 1600, but it feels so much more than 1200! And, I did let my afternoon snack attack get the best of me, but I WROTE IT ALL DOWN!)
CALORIES OUT = 725(yeah, for my heart rate monitor!)

Whole wheat English muffin -130
Poached egg – 78
1 tsp of Miracle Whip, 1 tsp o f honey mustard – 30
1 ½ teaspoon of cherry preserve- 25
Coffee – sf/ff- 110

M&Ms-1/4cup of peanut M&Ms- 220
2 mini-packages of M&M – 140 (70 each)
Zucchini - 20
LC cheese- 35

½ egg salad sandwich – (70 for bread, 45 for egg salad) – 115
English muffin – 130
Cherry preserves- 50
Thin mint cookie x 4-160 (THANK goodness these are almost gone!)
Cheese-its- 150

Pork loin-178
Salad -60 (with dressing and veggies)

Definitely this writing it down again makes me think about it!!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012


My goodness it has been FAR too long! I haven't blogged since March 19th! ZOIKS! What has happened? I missed you, dear readers!

Well, as I had previously blogged, March was MADNESS :) Good, though! HAPPY and busy and full of lots of fun!! April and May are looking much the same, of course, right?! But, then it will be SUMMER!!!!

OK, so a couple of observations:
1) I don't eat as healthy when I am not blogging. It's all in the accountability factor, I think. Really I did pretty good for the month of March minus GS cookies. Then I ENJOYED my vacay, and really this past week home feels like I am on a slippery slope of not eating healthy.
2) I did go on vacation to Vegas, which I gained 4 pounds on vacay, and lost it in the next week I was home!
3) I have fallen off the water wagon. I just have not been drinking even close to enough water.
4) I AM SUPER proud of how well I have been keeping up with my exercise. I have been doing my cardio religiously! I get up and go early in the morning! And, many weeks I have been double cardio-ing it, by also doing it in the afternoon.
5) I will log my weight in tomorrow. I know that I have gained some since Mid-March. BUT, I know it would have been lots more, if I had not been keeping up with the exercise!
6)It is so easy to slide back into bad habits :(

GOALS for this week:
1) BLOG each day! Gonna blog my calories and exercise and whatnot.
2) DRINK MY WATER! Goal of 75 ounces a day.
3) Continue my cardio every morning, but add in the Cardio Power class, which includes weights! I want to go to the class twice this week.
4) FINISH my half-marathon in less than 4 hours on Saturday!
5) Take my vitamins! I haven't taken them since the night before we headed out to Vegas!

So, I am backed, and now I have some REFOCUS, so here we go! See-ya tomorrow :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

I love MONDAYS :)))

192.8 last week
190.8 this week
Loss of 2 pounds (which I had gained last week)

Goals for this week...
Drink 100 ounces of water! I have been slacking on this goal. I did this today!!! YEAH 125 ounces :)

Lose two pounds. I want to be concrete in this to find a more serious focus this week. I have bought some super cute clothes to wear in Vegas, and I am even thinking about buying a new swimsuit!!!

I am also going to eat VERY low carbs/high protein this week at least, and maybe next week, too. I planned out all of our meals this week! I have everything prepped and in snack packs. I am READY!! I might do ONE day of allowing for carbs, and for me that would be this Sunday because I am making lasagna for my son's girlfriend's birthday :) It's her favorite dinner!

OK, so my carbs for today were much higher than expected. I am shocked at how many carbs are in FRUIT!!

I also plan to exercise at least an hour a day, but it looks like my schedule is going to allow for twice a day!!! I hope so :) I DID EXERCISE TWICE TODAY :))

I am feeling way better. The 2000mg of antibiotics a day is truly helping in that. I want to run outside so badly, but the doctor said I need to wait until I am completely cleared up. No burning lungs, she said!

I feel like I have two weeks to work hard, because I am going to have fun on my vacation!! I do plan to exercise, but I also plan to eat and drink WHATEVER I want :)) I do believe I hear a fried Twinkie calling my name!!!! Then when I come back, it's all business for my half-marathon in April!!

So, here is the link to my tracker from My Fitness Pal. If you are interested in looking at what I eat (for ideas or whatever) just contact me, and I will give you my special code :)

Today was a good day! I did eat some GS cookies, but I also worked really hard today. I like how the MFP tracker tells me that if every day is like today, I will weigh 171.3 in 5 weeks! THAT is totally inspiring :))

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Stuff rolling around in my head

Today, when I wasn't sleeping in a fever-induced coma, I thought about all sorts of things.

1) I read my most recent Women's Health magazine, and I LOVE IT!! Some great exercise ideas. I also thought the article on adult eating disorders was fascinating. This is the only magazine I subscribe to, and I'm really glad I do! I love everything from the layout to the info to the recipes to the products highlighted :))

2) I observed some people's daily food journals to look for some inspiration regarding new healthy foods to try or meals to plan, and I was surprised to see that there are people out there who LIE in their food journals. Who eat things that they don't journal. WHAT THE HECK is that? SAD, I say. Shoot--if you can't be honest with yourself, you will NEVER lose the weight, and if you can't be honest with yourself, then who are you honest with??

3) I decided since the weather is improving, that I wanted to think about exercise that I want to do outside! I am seriously considering purchasing some roller skates!!!! I love roller skating :) It's one of my favorite things to do. I think I could skate well at Eastside Park, or at least I think the surface is mostly smooth. So, that's a maybe. I also DEFINITELY want to hike more, lots more this summer!!! I love being in the mountains, and since hikes are usually longer, it means more calories overall. AND, since I love to take pictures, it gives an excellent opportunity to do two things I love!!!

4) Just a little over a month to my half-marathon! HOLY smokes! Exciting :))

5) Tomorrow I have to get my occlusal filling to finish my root canal. I am happy that the root canal (and, antibiotics) cured that nasty little infection. And, I look forward to finally finishing the process.

There ya have it...some ramblings :)

Not-so-terrific Tuesday, but I survived!

Today was a bizarre-o day. I woke up at 3 a.m. totally sick :(( SO, in the end, I stayed home (which just about NEVER happens!!)!!!

I slept a lot. BUT, I also ate more than I would have, if I would have been at school. Part of that was boredom, I think. And, not feeling well.

Vitamins- YES!
Water - NO :( I only drank 50 ounces of water today. NEEDED MORE FOR SURE!
Exercise- NOPE
Fruits/Veggies - YES!
Calories-- Over by 60 calories, which in the end definitely could have been worse!

CALORIES OUT = 0--though I did sweat a ton, with my lovely fever off and on all day.

4 mint oreos - 280- YES for breakfast at 10 a.m. this morning.
Coffee with creamer - 50
Milk - 75

2 pop tarts – 400 - I ate them before I looked at the calories. SHEESH.
Slice of cheese – 90
Bean soup – small bowl - 200
Orange juice – 120

Tatertot casserole- 250
Salad- 25
Dressing- 40
Strawberries – 30

Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday - A FRESH start!

Last week 190.8
This week 192.8
Gain of 2 pounds :(
And, if you are keeping track it's a total of 2.8 in two weeks.

But, I'm not going to sweat it. WELL, actually I am going to sweat it, as far as amping up my exercise and refocusing!

I did get up earlier today and did more cardio than I normally do! It felt SOOOOO good :) I burned 467 calories this morning :)

I did take my vitamins last night!!
I drank enough water today!
Fruits and Veggies, YUP!!
Calories - between 1200 and 1500, YUP!

Calories IN = 1477
Calories OUT = 467
Net calories = 1010

Here is what I ate today:
protein shake with frozen banana, 1 tsp peanut butter 390 (190 for protein shake mix, 100 frozen banana, 100 pb)
coffee - sf/ff milk - 90

veggie burger - 110
celery - 20
LC Cheese - 35
almonds - 163

Nature Bar - 190
strawberries - 49 - 1 cup

bacon and bean soup - MY HONEY made such a yummy batch! I LOVE it!! It's one of my favorite things he cooks :) - 300
cheese - 100
croutons - 30

It was a good day food and exercise-wise! And, I feel MUCH better, so my sickness was short-lived, thank goodness. I used some of my Pa's homemade remedies, and it looks like they worked!! Today was a good day, indeed. Fresh start :)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Catching up

Feels like lately I have been catching up a lot. I have been busy! And, then to add onto things, I got sick on Friday :(

The last blog was on Thursday. Friday I started getting sick :( I did still get up in the morning and do my Spinning class, which rocked, but as the day went on I felt horrible. So, I didn't exercise in the afternoon. So, for my weekend--I worked out Friday morning, and then I didn't work out Saturday or Sunday. That's the longest I have gone with not exercising, but boy I feel cruddy. I'm going back to working out tomorrow, and I am feeling a little better this afternoon.

Food--I ate really good Thursday. I ate pizza on Friday night, and prime rib (two helpings), but no oysters on Saturday. Today I have been eating OK. I just haven't eaten much today because I don't feel so swell. Fruits and veggies have been right on. But, I have also eaten some sweets since Friday, including a medium Blizzard last night!

Water--I have been doing better, and making my 100 ounces Friday-Sunday, and quite frankly, I think that's part of why this sickness isn't going to last!!! I feel like I am kicking it quickly (hope so, at least).

Vitamins - UGH. I forgot to take them Friday and Saturday :( But, I will take them tonight :))) I WILL. I WILL. I WILL.

I feel like I have been in a bit of a holding pattern (nothing wrong with holding, but it doesn't feel like it is getting me closer to my goal, though it's not taking me farther away either) the past two weeks, so I plan on changing up some things this week! I am going to be REALLY strict on my eating for the week. No more than 1200 calories, writing AND blogging everything, making sure that I am back on track. In the exercise world, I am going to start light weights this week, and I am going to do something I saw on The Biggest Loser regarding plateaus. I am going to do some of my stuff backwards. For instance, I am going to do my cardio in reverse. So, like on the elliptical, but backwards. I am also going to start light weight training, which is another trick to trick your body :)

I am headed to Vegas in three weeks, and my goal is to lose 10 pounds by then!!! I know I can do it :) It's exactly the snap I need to get out of my in-a-rut pattern holding!!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Miss me??
So much has been happening the last week. I can’t believe how long it has been since I blogged!!! ZOIKS!!! It has almost been a week L I am sooo sorry to my faithful readers who I have neglected. I beg your forgiveness.

First let’s talk about the weigh-in. I did gain .8 this week, but I am OK with that, because we did eat out and have some celebrations. Plus I am pretty sure that TOM is dawning soon.

Last week’s weigh - 190
This week – 190.8
Gain of .8

More maddening to me is the ever elusive 180s!!! The 190s seem to be holding on for dear life! SIGH—Patience middle aged grasshopper.

Rather than do some crazy day-by-day rerun of events, I will instead summarize the past week as regarding my health goals.

Vitamins – hit and miss if I take them every night. Sometimes I forgot or fell asleep before taking them.

Water – I seem to be struggling with this. Some days I barely got over the 100 ounces threshold, and a couple of days, I only drank 75 ounces. I need to DEFINITELY refocus this effort.

Exercise – I am absolutely happy with my efforts in this arena! I have worked out every day for at least 45 minutes (and, 500+ calories), and most days have included double workouts (700+ calories burned). I have ZERO problems rolling out of bed at 5 a.m., and today was the first day in a month that I thought about not going in the morning because I was so exhausted, but I knew I would regret exchanging the extra hour of sleep for no morning exercise. SO, the NEW Trisha won out, and I did head to the gym!

Calories – I have easily eaten my 1000 calories, and most days I have been in the 1500 range.

Fruits and Veggies – I continue to eat enough of these, and I continue to use my snack bags and have the veggies all prepped, so that I do ensure eating enough. This has become a life change and part of my healthy habits and routine.


I exercise better with gum!I have said this before. I now feel like a gum hoarder, as I have packs of gum everywhere…in my: gym bag, gym locker, car, desk drawer, house, purse. You name it! If you need gum, you know where to find me :)

I tried some of those prepared hard-boiled eggs from Eggland’s Best. I did this because they were half-off in the clearance items, so I got six of them for $1.25, which is close to the price of regular eggs, that aren’t already conveniently cooked and peeled. I WAS VERY SKEPTICAL—as many people must also be, given that there were several of these bags in the clearance section. BUT, I was pleasantly pleased!! They were tasty (once I added my spices), convenient , easy, and fast. I won’t probably buy them again, unless they are sitting all lonely in the clearance section!!

I love my Kindle Fire! I listen to the both Pandora and I HEART Radio while I am working out, and I can read on several of the cardio machines I do, so I have just finished a book this week!! I swear, I end up in a zone, where I am absorbed by the music and the book, and the next thing I know my 45 minutes is up! It goes by so fast!! I might be triple-tasking, but it is nice when I am all done. I feel like I have nurtured my body, my mind, and my soul!!

I feel really lucky because I have obviously have this positive energy thing going right now. I am all amped up by what the universe has been bringing to me this past couple of weeks. LOVE IT!

March Madness has begun for sure!
Girl Scouts = meetings, cookie delivery and sales, World Thinking Day, serving dinner at Hot Meals Ministry, special Sunday celebration in Oroville--March is a busy month for us in Girl Scouting!
NHS = We had our applications, Faculty Council, and tonight our Induction Ceremony.
Cheer= We have tryouts this month, so that includes an orientation meeting, practices, and actual tryouts!
Softball = We had sign-ups this week.
School = Holocaust survivor and then Read Across America Day in the same week.
Violin = our little one has started lessons again.
YEARBOOK = My yearbook class is selling concessions at MORP this Friday. And, then we have an alumni bball tourney- this is quite a bit of organization, but a decent fundraiser.
Union = We had a meeting, I am organizing t-shirts with our newly designed logo, and we are having a family bowling day, too this month!
Oyster feed at the Elks- YUMMY!!

FFA Auction next Saturday - our little one made an incredible bird house (also completed in March) that we are hoping to bid on and WIN at the auction.
Hair appointments.
Dentist appointment to finish up my root canal with the filling.

Then add in working out at least once a day, but trying for twice a day. And, normal life things like grocery shopping, laundry, cooking, and cleaning. PHEW!

But, I will be ending the NUTSO month with a trip to VEGAS :)))

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Is it Friday yet? LOL

Today was another busy day--and, tomorrow will be the same. MY LIFE. I know.

vitamins - yes
water - yes
calories - YES
exercise- YES
fruits and veggies - yes

A good day. A busy day. HAPPY ;) Tired.

chocolate, peanut butter, pineapple protein shake-280
Americano - 0

cutie - 45

ff mocha small - 70
1/2 turkey caprese wrap -?
veggie straws -130

cutie - 45

El Portal - steak enchilida, appetizers, margarita, chips - ??

Guessing my calories were in the 2000 calorie range? I had a fabulous dinner :)

Working out today = 40 minutes (and many intense pages of my book) - 400 calories

Calories IN = 2000
Calories out = 400
Net calories - 1600

Glad today is almost over :)) Tomorrow will be fun and BUSY! And, it will end with quality time with some of our good friends!!!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wednesday already????

Been a quick and BUSY week!

Today I headed to the gym a little bit before 5 a.m. I got up earlier because I noticed it was snowing last night, and I figured it would take more time to get there and back. I am READY for the snow to all be gone!!!!

Today was a bit of a whirlwind, starting from this morning and going straight through to now!

So to recap:
water - yes
calories - yes
vitamins - yes
exercise - yes

banana -110
Americano -0

cutie - 45

cutie -45
shrimp- 77
Open Nature bar -200

biscuit -170
potatoes - 110
beef roast - 200
smoothie -100

Exercise - arc trainer -350

Calories in = 1057
Calories out = 350
Net calories = 707

Wednesday is in the books!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Today was a good day! I hope your day was, too!!

vitamins - yes
water - yes
exercise - double workout day!
calories - no- today was a hectic day, and a tad bit emotional, but it was good. I just didn't feel hungry, and I was busy, so not lots of time to eat.
fruits/veggies - yes

What went in...
Open Nature bar - 200
coffee - SF/FF milk -90

zucchinni - 20
celery - 20
LC Cheese -35
Turkey veggie burger - 90

salad- croutons, homemade honey mustard - 60
shrimp - 140

And, the sweat equity...
30 minutes on the Arc Trainer at the gym--while reading an OUTSTANDING book-- 300 calories
45 minutes of Zumba after school!! LOVE ZUMBA :) 440 calories!

Calories IN = 655
Calories OUT = 740
Net calories = WHOA -85...that IS a negative 85 calories for the day. HONESTLY not on purpose, but I did notice I had tons left in my lunch bag when we got home tonight.

We had a Holocaust survivor come to my class today. She came last year, too, and it was pretty cool because she shared new things this time. I cried. I laughed. What an incredibly inspiring woman. WOW. I feel so honored.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Crashed out early! --MY MONDAY

191.4 last week
190 this week
loss of 1.4

GRRRRrrrr so close to being out of the 190s!! Next week :) But, it is an even 54 pounds!!!!

Today was a good day. I was still sore today! DANG Healthy Heart event :)

water- yes
calories - yes
fruits/veggies - yes
exercise - yes
vitamins - nope :( crashed out too early...

I exercised in the morning, riding the recumbent bike and reading my book--it's soooo good! That was 280 calories burned. I did not get back to the gym after school because we had Girl Scouts. That's the first time in a long time that I did not have a double workout day!

I was TOTALLY exhausted last night :(( So tired that I took a nap after dinner--feel asleep on the couch. And, then I got up to read with our little one, and when we were done with that bedtime routine, I just stayed in bed for the night. ZOIKS!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

2 Crazy GOOD days :)

Tomorrow it will be my third week at the gym. I was figuring out that my gym membership at the rate I am working out is only $2.33 a day. And, if I consider the fact that I have been going TWICE a day, well, that makes it $1.16 a visit!!! I am able to take classes, which so far I have only taken the Spinning class (and, I have gone to 3 weeks in a row now!). I do plan on trying out the Group Power, Group Kick, Yoga Fitness and the Zumba classes there (I do ZUMBA at my school on Tuesdays with an awesome instructor). I am really happy with the motivation joining the gym has given me!!!

I did try on two pairs of pants that I couldn't wear when I started the gym three weeks ago, and they fit! I asked Rick if they were public worthy or too tight, and he said I can totally wear them in public!!! I also packed away all of my size 18 pants (I had already packed up the 20s). Now, all I have in my armoire are size 14 and size 16 pants :))) LOVE it :)


fruits/veggies- yes
water - yes
vitamins - yes
calories - yes
exercise - ABSOLUTELY YES!

Zucchini - 20
Cauliflower - 20
Carrots - 20
Cutie - 45
Apple slice -5

Protein shake – frozen strawberries, Adam’s PB, APEX mix – 320

Pizza Hut wings- HOLY calories, Bat Man! I didn't know before I bought them.
Mild traditional buffalo wings 180- for 2 I had 5 - 450
Garlic Parmesan traditional wings -110 – for 2- I had 5 - 275

1155 calories in
1340 calories out
Net calories - 185

My exercise:
1000 calories – 2 ½ hours at Healthy Heart - WOW!!! I had so much fun :) I ran this, and I worked out hard!!!
340 – 30 minutes on Arc Trainer - YES, I did go to the gym, even after working out at the Healthy Heart Event!!!


fruits/veggies- NOPE :( only 3 servings
water - yes
vitamins - yes
calories - NO :(
exercise - yes

Coffee with creamer - 40
Zucchini - 20
Protein shake – 310

Salad – 25
Dressing -40

Chuck eye steak – one site says 43 calories per ounce, the other says 50- so I am going with 46.5 per ounce. I ate 7 ounces. 325.50

Net calories = 245

I had a killer workout! I was stressed, and honestly I found myself wanting to snack. So, I just headed out to the gym instead. I ran/jogged for 45 minutes. I changed my speed and incline often. I had my incline on 1.0 for when I was recovering, but I even had it up to the max of 15 incline and 3.5 mph! I even ran at 7 mph for 2 minutes. I just kept going and going and changing, and in the end, I burned 515 calories!!!! I was so sweaty--even the back of my shirt.

I was SUPER sore from yesterday, which was all about working out with our bodies--lots of lunges, squats, wall sits, etc. I am SO SORE today, and The Old Trisha would have used that as an excuse to not workout, but I still went. I am really feeling it right now, but OH IT FEELS SO GOOD :)))

This was an awesome week of working out!!! I am looking forward to this next week. I have already scheduled all my exercise, and the meals are all planned and prepped. READY SET GO!

Friday, February 24, 2012


I started my morning off with a KILLER spinning class. I normally burn just at 300 calories, but today's workout was much more intense, and I burned 380!! Felt so good :)))

Then after school I went and did the arc trainer for 30 minutes (345 calories), and then racquetball with my little one (guessing another 50 calories).

Water- yes
Vitamins - yes
Exercise - YES YES
Calories - yes
Fruits and veggies - YES

What went in:
Protein shake at the gym - 240
Americano - 0

banana -110

cukes- 20
carrots - 20
apple chicken sausage - 180
pudding - 60

swordfish- 132 (4 ounces)---YUMMY!!! So delish! And, filling. I felt like I was going to pop!
ahi tuna - 75 (2 ounces)
salad with cukes and mushrooms- 50
dressing - 40
sweet potato fries- 140

Calories in = 1067
Calories out = 775
Net calories = 292

Another GOOD DAY!!!
I am excited to go to our Healthy Heart event tomorrow!! I am going to wear my HRM and see how many calories I burn!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Good two days!!

Yesterday I didn't blog because I fell asleep last night on the couch!! Tee hee...guess I was tired.

I have been working out twice a day!! EVERY DAY :) I love the Cybex Arc Trainer! I LOVE IT! I get such an intense workout on it!! I am just beyond sweaty, like I could wring out my shirt sweaty!!! And, this morning I was in a particularly intense part of my workout, with my heart rate monitor kicking in pretty high, and then the book I was reading was in an intense part, so I felt like my heart might explode! WHOA! GREAT BOOK :)) GREAT WORKOUT :)) I love how I can go REALLY hard but still read!!!

I had a conversation with a friend of mine today about nutrition and health. He is VERY knowledgeable in this area. He is a coach of many sports, and he works with kids in wrestling, who need to gain or lose weight, so he has tried everything that his kids want to do, so he knows what is healthy and what works. He is in incredible shape and has always been. He is no-nonsense kind of guy, who just tells ya like it is. He is very supportive of my health journey, and I SO appreciate having him as a resource.

I am going to start focusing on my carbs, as I know that I probably eat too many of those. I don't really know what my numbers are, so I am going to pay attention to that. My friend--Dean--also told me that I probably need to eat more than 1200 calories because of how much I am exercising. He also talked about mixing up my exercise (which I already do), and making sure that I do some weights each day to help with the metabolic burn. All stuff that I know :)He did say that I could up my calories for a week or two, and then go back down to 1200. Mix it up. He also told me that he has gone with 3 days of no carbs, 2 days of carbs, etc. Kind of a shock to the system. I think for now, I want to just see how many carbs I consume, so that I have a clear picture about it.

Dean also mentioned that I could have ONE day of freebie eating. He works out really hard on that day, extra hard, and his day is Sunday. He talked about how that confuses the body, so it doesn't get into a pattern or think that it knows what you are doing and then adjusts to whatever that is. Instead, you should keep it wondering.

We did also talk about eating five times a day, which I kind of do, but not always. So I am going to make sure that I don't skip my snacks. He also said it was good that I eat a protein shake in the morning, and that I should eat something after I work out, but that it doesn't have to be protein necessarily.

OK, so now for a recap of the last two days:
Water - yes. I do want to increase this, as I find that I am just at 100 ounces a day.
Vitamins - yes.
Fruits/veggies - yes.
Calories - yes.
EXERCISE - yes, twice a day!! I have been averaging at least 700 calories burned a day! I can really feel the toning that is happening :)

I did write everything down everything that I ate the past two days, and I will start blogging that again tomorrow! I did eat between 1200-1400 calories both yesterday and today.

There ya have it! I am headed to bed :))) Going to spinning class tomorrow morning!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bad to better!

Today was an OK day. I was SUPER tired. All of that up all night because of the sore tooth :( I didn't want to get up when the alarm went off. BUT, I did get up and head to the gym. SO, I did my jog, and it quite frankly was one of my least favorite jogs ever. I did do it. I only did 2 miles. I did add incline. But, it all felt like a struggle :( I seriously was sweating like crazy, beat red, and even had a bit of a headache when I was done. I burned calories, and I just wanted to go home and take a shower. (380 calories)

The rest of the day went ok. It felt like a DOUBLE Monday or something. Then ZUMBA was cancelled at my school because the instructor was sick :( The Old Trisha would've just gone home and probably taken a much needed nap, but instead I headed directly to the gym! I did 15 minutes (125 calories) on the row machine. BOY OH BOY my shoulders, and triceps were BURNING! It felt so good!! I will definitely be including the row machine in my weekly workout schedule.

Then I tried out a machine I have never used before. It is the Cybex Arc Trainer. I like it a lot, once I got the hang of it! THAT was a good workout, boy I was sweating!! I did 20 minutes and burned 260 calories!!! AND, no pressure on my knees!

SO, if you are keeping track, that's a nice little 505 in calories burned! And, I felt much better after working this afternoon!! I imagine it helps that the antibiotics are kicking in, and my tooth is much better!

I did squeeze in a nap this evening, too :)

Quick checklist summary:
Vitamins- Yes.
Water- Yes.
Exercise- YES!!!
Calories- Yes.
Fruits/Veggies- Yes.

What went in...
Protein Shake - 250
Americano - 0

Garden Burger - 120
Pear - 96
Celery - 20
LC Cheese - 35
Tangerine -45
Almonds - 160

Banana - 110

Meatloaf - 207 (6 ounces)
Cornbread muffin - 150
cukes/tomatoes salad with honey mustard - 50

Net calories = 738

Monday, February 20, 2012

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Last week: 192.6
This week: 191.4
Loss of 1.2 pounds

I am good with this loss! I want to lose a pound a week, so that's a tiny bit more than my goal :) And, I did have two meals of whatever I wanted...Saturday night at the Breadline (though I chose Ahi Tuna, which is a healthier choice) and chocolate b-day cake. Then last night, dinner was relatively healthy, and I was smart about portion sizes, but I DID have one piece of Cheesecake Factory delish!

Today's workout was a GREAT one!
First I did the elliptical for 30 minutes on the weight loss program. I burned 370 calories, and BOY I was sweating!

Then I rode the stationary bike--not the recumbent--for 30 minutes, and I did the alpine hill program with the setting on 10, burning 190 calories.

And, I ended my workout with lifting weights.
I did the following
seated row - 50 pounds x 20 reps, 30 pounds x 20 reps
lat pulldown- 50 pounds x 20 reps, 30 pounds x 20 reps
shoulder press - 10 pound dumbbells x 40 reps
lateral raise - 5 pound dumbbells x 20 reps
front dumbbell raise - 5 pound dumbbells x 20 reps
weight-assisted dips - 100 pounds - x 5 (yeah did 2 more!!)
weight-assited chin-ups - 100 pounds - x 5 (yeah did 2 more of these, too!!)
vertical knee raise machine- 20

Tomorrow I need to remember to wear my HRM, so I can see how many calories I burn while doing the weightlifting. I do feel GREAT--my muscles are just the right sore :)) I LOVE IT!

My tooth is out of control--what a story it has had. First, it was a filling from back in my elementary days (had a total of 4), then because it's "OLD SCHOOL METAL" quote from my dentist, which I really heard, "Since you are old..."!!! Anyhow, old school metal that expanded and contracted and then CRACKED my teeth :( Then a crown, and now a root canal, but it sounds like all the infection was not extracted, so now I am on MAJOR antibiotics, with the hope that we will kick this nasty bit, or else, I might have to go back for oral surgery :((( SO, mind you--this means pain. They did give me a pain medication prescription, which I highly doubt I will fill. BUT, it would be easy to use this as an excuse. Shoot, my mouth is even swollen. I guess I am working on the chipmunk look. HOWEVER, I will not let it be an excuse! NOT happening!!

As far as food...I really wasn't hungry today.

I didn't eat enough fruits/veggies :(
I didn't eat enough calories :(

I did drink my water!
I did have vitamins!
I did AWESOME exercise.

What I did eat:
Well, first I tried a super yummy carbonated coffee at Grandma's Attic. YUMMY!!!! I went with sugar free vanilla and just a tiny bit of half and half. It tasted just like a White Russian. HOLY YUMMY!!
It is 100 calories. It was a little too sweet for me, since I have been drinking Americanos, but it was a nice little treat!!!

I had some homemade tortellini pasta salad that I made for last night's dinner - 350 calories.

Then tonight I had a foot-long Subway veggie on whole wheat sandwich. 460 calories

I was going to cook dinner, but in the end, I just didn't feel too swell.

That puts me at...
Calories IN = 910
Calories OUT = 560 (not counting weight lifting calories)
NET calories = 350

Meals and exercise planned for the week :) I am ready!!! Bring it on :)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sizzzzzzzzzzzling Sunday :)

Great workout today! I feel like I am on FIRE!!!
Boy, what a difference my i-pod and gum makes for my run!

So, I ran 3 miles today :) I warmed up and cooled down at 4.0, but I ran at 6 and 7 the whole time!!! That's the best I have ever done!! I FELT SO ALIVE!!! Who woulda thought I would ever dig running?!?!

I was able to run at 7 which is 8:34 minute miles for half a mile! Though it does say on the converter that since I am running at 0% incline, that it is less than running outside because a) it's never totally level, and b) there is always some sort of wind. So, it says that it was 8:56 a mile. If I put it on 1% incline, then it would be 8:32 a mile! I am going to start running with a 1% incline from now on!!

I still cannot believe the incredible difference and improvement in my running!! It make me excited for my half-marathon in April :)))

And, today I decided to do some weights, as I want to incorporate some weights into EVERY workout. Nothing major or hard core, as I am looking to tone up! Here is what I did today...
I used 8 pound dumbbells, and I did 2 sets of 20, unless otherwise noted :)

Tree huggers (laying on a bench)
Bench press (laying on a bench)
Alternating Bicep curls (sitting on a bench)
Bicep curls at the same time--not alternating--8 pounds -1 set of 20
Tricep kickbacks, but I call them ski arms, since I am standing, and I feel like I am moving ski poles – back to 8 pounds - 2 sets of 20
Tricep overhead extension
With weight assistance-100 pounds, means I am lifting 92 pounds
5 chin-ups
5 dips

I am excited because tonight we are going to hang out with our friends :) We decided that we would bring items based on our the first initial of our first names. They are in charge of the main dish and drinks, and we had side dish and dessert. So, I made a triple cheese tortellini salad, and triple cheese garlic bread sticks for my "T" and raspberry cheesecake for my honey's "R":))) FUN, right?!? I have done this before with my students, and they love it, so I knew this would be a good time!! We are going to have fun tonight!!!!!!!

A new vibe!!!!!!!!!

I am so glad I joined the gym! It's so worth it! I feel completely recharged!!! I was able to play some racquetball this past week :) I LOVE IT! What a crazy good workout. I NEED to find a partner to play on a daily basis, which I would love to do!

I am going to try Yoga this week,too! I am excited for that :) I am glad that I will have an instructor talking me through it. I have tried yoga at home with a dvd, but I don't feel like I really know what I am doing, and I don't have a person there helping, so I am excited to have the support of an instructor!

I have a total shift in thinking. It's awesome! I am working out during the week TWICE a day!! It will be two weeks tomorrow since I joined the gym, so I am looking forward to seeing how things are going. I do know that I feel a definite difference in my clothes from this past two weeks--read my NSV blog!!

I just want to workout and want to eat healthy, and I don't feel like I have to make myself do it. Does that make sense? It feels like a second nature kicking in. I realize that I have been on this journey for eight months, which is quite honestly the LONGEST I have ever stayed on the journey!! And, I feel like I have even more motivation right now to keep it going!!

I have planned out my exercise calendar for all of February, and so far I have stuck with it!!!! I have been doing monthly meal planning for months now, and so this jus added another level which is making everything click! And, I have long-term goals, too!!

I think the key is that I have taken small steps, made short-term goals, and also have added extra goals as I go. I am feeling REALLY strong right now :)) And, trying new things, keeping everything fresh!!!

Friday and Saturday

So, Friday...
I did exercise twice! I did the spinning class, which I LOVE! I love the group of people, and it's good exercise. I burned 345 calories in 45 minutes. Then, I worked otu after school, which was a half-day. I wasn't feeling so swell--with my tooth. SO, The Old Trisha would have easily skipped the afternoon workout, and probably would have just gone home for a nap. INSTEAD...I went and worked out!! I rode the recumbent bike, and I logged 375 calories on my HRM. So, that made for over 700 calories of exercise for the day.

Saturday's exercise--again, I wasn't feeling too hot, but I powered through and spent an hour on the recumbent bike--450 calories.

I am having no problems drinking at least 100 ounces a day!! I drink more!
I am taking my vitamins :) Yes, I am remembering!!

Food on Friday was limited--I didn't eat enough because I just didn't feel good :( I only had 3 servings of fruits/veggies.

Saturday, I saved up my calories for dinner! And, I know I got enough calories for the day. 4 servings of fruits/veggies

protein shake- 235
salsa - 40
pretzel thins- 220
dinner at the Breadline...
Ahi tuna steak--I love this stuff!! Wasabi butter
stir-fry veggies
3 pieces of bread with garlic butter
sweet potato fries
salad with blue cheese on the side
3 mojitos! (200 calories each!)
1 skinny slice of birthday cake

Dinner was fabulously yummy!! I love that I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want, by my choice! I love my friends and family :)) We had such a fun time together!!!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012


On Monday, it will be two weeks since I have started working out at the gym, and signe up for the Physique Challenge. I was feeling a tad discouraged on the scale numbers because even though I lost three pounds this last week and it was TOM, I had gained 2.4 the week before. Bottom line is that on December 11th I went under 200, and marked in at 199.8. This last week I weighed in at 192.6,which is only 7.2 pounds in 2 months. But, really I know that is good, as it's over 3 pounds a month. I know that's good. BUT...I really want it to go faster!

SO, I did try on pants that I bought back in October from Rawson's. They are size 13/14 Wranglers, and super cute pair. I am wearing them today!!! They are not too tight, and TOTALLY cute. I did try them on two weeks ago, when I started the Physique Challenge, and I could pull them up and button them, but they were EXTREMELY uncomfortable. So, definitely that's a change!!

I have a tub in my closet of smaller clothes, so I got them out today. I am able to wear two super cute dresses I have had for a long time. As a matter of fact, one of the dresses I wore on my interview to get my job here!!! I was soooo excited :) I can't wait for nicer weather, as I will definitley wear these two dresses! One is a size 16, and it's actually loose in places!! I have another tub at storage with size 12 and some size 14 clothes.

I am definitely wearing size 16 and size 14 clothes now. I love it!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hello there!

What a day!
Today started off with a 3-mile run/jog on the treadmill. I am just so happy with my cardio!! I am starting to get excited about the half-marathon in April!! I gotta pinch myself :) So, I have 6 miles logged so far in jogging/running, and I plan at least 5 miles on either Sunday or Monday!

OK, so as I came out of the club, what do I see??? SNOW?!?!?! Nooooo...I want SPRING! Though I must admit it was purty :)

Then to home and ready to head down to Wenatchee for a root canal. SO, the roads were fine!! And, the snow magically stopped once I made it to Brewster. I wasn't excited about the whole root canal bit. I have been really lucky in my lifetime in the teeth department, but I have had a few things lately, and I am a tough lady, but UGH, roots and nerves are NO fun. I survived! They gave me so many extra novacaine shots--I have had one time when I ended up feeling stuff I shouldn't. SO, my face was numb from my eyebrow to my ear, to below my chin! I felt so weird!

On a plus note, I did do some shopping--when in Wenatchee...

Then I headed home, and by the time I was pulling in to pick up my step-daughter, I was DEFINITLEY feeling everything, and honestly what really was hurting is where I think they gave me the shots. It's a crazy process, this root canal business. They end up putting plastic fake roots back in there.

I cooked dinner--more on that later--and, I had a racquetball date. The Old Trisha would have NOT gone to play. BUT, we know that The Old Trisha is missing in action!! So, I popped some tylenol and advil, and headed down to the gym! There were four of us playing(partners against partners), and we played for two hours, and I burned 819 calories!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE racquetball, and it feels so good getting back into it! When it was all over, I did hurt in my mouth :( But, I did have a killer workout. HOLY sweaty buckets! And, what else I love...when I play racquetball, it feels like twenty minutes as opposed to two hours!!!

CALORIES- Yes! And, I had a lovely Chocolate PB milkshake--so yummy! What a treat.
WATER- 128 (a gallon)
FRUITS/VEGGIES- 4 servings- I did pack lots, but I wasn't hungry, and then I couldn't eat because of my numb face!
EXERCISE - TURBO!!! Double duty, yes sir!

Calories In=
Protein shake - 235
Americano - 0

almonds - 160

chocolate PB milkshake from Dusty's- not sure. I looked up Sonic's, and I don't know but I am going with - 700- ZOIKS, right?!? Good thing I had me some racquetball time tonight!

taco bakes-396 for two--see here for the recipe!
sour cream - 40
strawberries - 50
cukes- 20

Total Calories IN = 1621
Calories OUT = 1249
NET calories = 372

RB- 819
Run/Jog- 430

I LIKE IT! I LIKE IT A LOT! I feel like I am on FIRE! I am so proud of myself for working my butt off, and LOVING it! Tomorrow I am going to my cycling clas in the morning :) I can't wait!

For now, I am going to bed--on my lovely new fleece sheets that I got for a steal on clearance today!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Already Wednesday!

I can't believe I lost three pounds this last week, considering I started TOM this morning!

I did work out again TWICE! This morning I did an alpine hill recumbent bike workout for 30 minutes, and then today after school, I worked out on the elliptical trainer for 30 minutes. It was one of the most intense cardio workouts I have had! I was sweating BIG TIME!!!

OK, so an observation. The Old Trisha would have skipped the afternoon workout because of TOM and the cramps and it being the first day--you understand my woman woes--but, instead I went, and I ended up with a crazy intense workout! And, I am acting like I am trying to get a cold. I have had that going on for two days now, but I am trying VERY hard to fight it. SO, again, The Old Trisha would have been content with skipping the afternoon workout to go home and lounge on the couch. But, I didn't. AND, let us not forget my psycho tooth pain! I have had it since last June, when I had a crown put on it, and then in October it started hurting again, and finally in December I even had to have medicine--antibiotics to try and combat the likely infection--and had to schedule my root canal, with nothing available in December, and no time for me in January, so now I am finally going tomorrow. It has been especially ugly in the pain department these past two weeks--so, how easy would it have been to be The Old Trisha and use that as an excuse to not workout?!?! But, I think you are starting to get the pattern.

BOY OH was SUGAR hangover for my students! And, I think I might have had a tad bit of it, but I am not sure how much of it was that or the TOM. Needless to say, mid-morning I had a KILLER headache that I was sure was going to grow into a migraine--even saw the precursor spots--but, with the help of Excedrin Migraine I managed to dissolve that bugger and carry on!

Water - 100 ounces
fruits and veggies- 5.5 servings
calories - YES!
exercise - YES, YES! I deserve that double affirmation :)
vitamins - Yes, indeedy!

Calories IN = 1249
Protein Shake-235- Apex Fit Lite Meal Replacement- Chocolate - 1/2 scoop 95 calories, frozen strawberries - 40, Adam's PB 1 tbsp- 100, water and ice.
Americano = 0 :) I don't know what got me started on this...but, I do love Americanos, and I love coffee, and I love that it has NOTHING in it, and that it is zero calories!

Garden Burger- 120
tuna- 70
almonds - 160
strawberries - 50
carrots - 20

jerky - 70

lasagna - 454
salad- 50 (cukes, lettuce, tomatoes)
homemade honey mustard dressing - 20

Calories OUT= 972
recumbent bike - I rode the ALPINE Hill course, and I average 16 miles per hour!! My HRM said 456.
elliptical trainer- 516

WHOA...not many net calories. That's something I need to ask my friends--my nutrition experts :)

This week is just flying by. I didn't go to work on Monday, since I had a meeting in Chelan. Tuesday was a sugar-high tornado that stormed by in a blur. Today was normal day. Tomorrow is a quick dental trip to Wenatchee, and Friday is half-day. SO, wowser!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Random ramblings...

So, I have made some observations lately.

What's the deal with people exercising and either texting or even worse yell talking on their cell phones at the gym? Weird to me. I am cool with using my Kindle Fire to read a novel while I am riding the recumbent bike, but in my book, that's just not the same.

Humans are complete creatures of habit. Some people are NUTS about things being a certain way--I really notice this anal-retentive issue at the gym. I have not been directly affected, but I have watched others...NOT PRETTY. I would love to record these people, and then show them how badly they act. I kinda feel like they don't really know.

The other big notice I have had at the gym...people are so gossipy! And, don't even think this is a gender issue. This morning I heard women talking about other people, and then this afternoon these two guys were going off about other guys! WHOA! The big takeaway for me...I was very surprised that these people were trashing other people when a stranger was around. How did they know for certain I didn't know the people they were talking about? Turns out I did know some of the guys the two guys were ripping on. I'm not going to say anything, but I definitely know people from whom I will steer clear in the future! And, it just sounded so UGLY. I don't want to be that person.

BUT, it's not all like that...I have made some NEW friends, who are super positive and inspirational! And, I have reconnected with some friends from the past, which is a fun part of rejoining the gym!

Got a new blender for V-Day :) I have an awesome smoothie maker that I LOVE! But, it's good for frozen fruit, and really not ice. SO, now that I have a new blender that I can use ice!

I think every woman should own at least one TUTU and wear it!! I wore one today, and it just makes life FUN :)) My students loved it, my step-daughter loved it, I loved it, and people at Wal*Mart loved it. I even had Wal*Mart-ians clap for me--tee hee!

I noticed that the subtitles on the tv are not perfect...they have tons of grammar errors! OH the woes of an English teacher, teehee.

I intensely dislike auto-correct on my phone. MAN, some of the things it changes words, too. SHEESH! I read a funny email a co-worker sent me that had some HYSTERICAL auto-correct texts!!

Sweet things our little one has said lately:

"I love my sticky socks." These are those socks with little plastic hearts on the bottom of them.

"I am so glad to spend Valentine's Eve with you!" TOO CUTE...I had never thought of it as Valentine's Eve before :))) We had quite the little process of fully preparing for the big day of love!

"WHOA! I didn't know your hair could be THAT big!" This said to me at the end of our 80s Day!

"You make the best lunches ever, and I especially love your surprises!" That means a lot to me because I scour ideas all over the internet :)) I love being creative in the lunch department!! Well, in the cooking department all together.

I love being a MAMA :)

A day of love :)

I worked out twice today! YAHOO...
That's right, up at 4:55 a.m. and off to run 3 miles! I ran 10:30 minute miles!! I felt like I could keep running, but I had to go home and get ready for work.

Then after school I went back and did the elliptical for 30 minutes, registering 320 calories.

I am drinking all of my water--135 ounces today.

Vitamins -YES!
Fruits and Veggies - 4 servings

Eating...well, it wasn't all healthy today. I did eat a handful of treats--a couple of sugar cookies! But, I also worked out hard, so I felt like I deserved it! We had a yummy dinner of steak, lobster, shrimp, and our little one made chocolate covered strawberries, but I didn't have one, just because of the sugar I had eaten today made it not seem like even a remote temptation!

Protein Shake - 120
coffee- Americano - NO calories :))

2 sugar cookies - 320
2 tiny meringue cookies - 50?

strawberries - 50
Mandarin orange -45
cukes - 20

steak- chuck eye - 6 ounces - 272
lobster - 4 ounces - 101
shrimp - 77
garlic roll - 130
1/2 potato- 80
sour cream - 40
BBQ sauce - 40

1 sugar cookie - 160

Calories IN= 1505
Calories OUT = 781
Running - 456
Elliptical = 325
OH! And, we played Wii tonight after dinner :)))))) I didn't even count those calories.
Net = 724!

IN THE END...I survived!! And, I LOVE Valentine's DAY, and it loved me!!


I am so thankful for all the love today! I had a blast :) I wore my tutu!! I didn't go out of control in the sweets department! I love my honey and my children so much!!

Monday, February 13, 2012


195.6 last week!
192.6 this week!!
LOSS OF 3 pounds this week...since I gained 2.8 last week, that's only a net loss really of .2, but I am TOTALLY good with it :)))


Today was a great Monday! I hope your Monday was as wonderful as mine :))

It started off a little rocky...first, the alarm did not go off. SO, I woke up 30 minutes late. THE OLD TRISHA would have just not gone in and worked out...but, I did go, and I got a 30-minute intense bike workout :)) I was sweating!!! For the first 15 minutes, I read this INTENSE book on my Kindle Fire, and for the second 15 minutes, I just went all hard out! I'm proud that I went to the gym, and it reminds me of Saturday when I showed up at the gym at 11:30, thinking that Zumba was at noon, when, in fact, it was at 10 a.m., and the gym closes at noon. SO, THE OLD TRISHA would have left...but, instead I ran on the elliptical trainer--and, I do mean RAN--for 30 solid minutes!!! I love my shift in thinking, and just how natural it is, and how I can't stop thinking about working out and how much I want to and what I'm going to do and when :)))

I had to go to a meeting in Chelan today. It was lots of fun, even though it was work, too! I don't see this group but three times a year, so the other people there were all excited about my weight loss!!! YEAH :))) OH MY GOODNESS, was it not gorgeous today?!?!?!! I am soooo ready for spring, and even more summer!

Then the really great thing...I rode with a good friend and fellow teacher to Chelan, and he's in THE most incredible shape. He's an athlete/coach, and he knows training and nutrition. So, we chatted about that, and it was so educational!!! I am really excited to learn more about nutrition! He's going to bring me some things to read!! We talked a lot about working out and using weights, too.

OK, so goals today:
Water- YES! 120 ounces
Calories - NO...not enough.
Exercise- YES!
Vitamins- YES!
Fruits/Veggies- 4 servings...the least I have had in a long time. But, I packed a bunch; I just wasn't hungry today.

coffee- 70

tangerine - 35

Ahi blackened tuna salad-no dressing from Campbell's. MY FAVORITE :))) I love LOVE LOVE love Ahi tuna!!! It's amazing. lettuce, peppers, kalamata olives (230--184 for the tuna)

1 piece of Papa Murphy's pepperoni pizza- WE bought a heart-shaped pizza tonight for Valentine's Eve! - 279
1 piece of cheesy bread - 109.50

strawberries - 1 cup - 49

carrots - 20

Net Calories = 474.50

It was a good day--even though I didn't eat enough. I will do better tomorrow! I have a harder time, when I am not on my normal schedule!!

I am getting up early tomorrow to head to the gym and run on the treadmill--training for my half-marathon. I might workout tomorrow afternoon, too, before we head home, after school! We are going to have a dinner of steak (honey is going to BBQ for us), shrimp and lobster! YEAH!!

All in all...I feel a shift. A change. I see how I have a different focus now. AND, I love it!!! Even just my conversation with my friend today was great! And, we have driven to this meeting for four years, three times a year, but never talked about health before!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012


I did go see the Journey 2: Mystery Island tonight. It was OK. I personally see it as a Netflix kind of movie. I have to say that THE ROCK is soooo hot! And, he sings in the movie, SIGH :)

I have all sorts of movies I wanna see right now!

I missed One for the Money! UGH. Gonna maybe go see it in Wenatchee.

This Means War looks ADORABLE, I love Reese, and what a fun idea for a movie!

THE VOW, hello..who wouldn't want to see it? I love Rachel and Channing, and WHAT a storyline. Awwww.

I REALLY really REALLY want to see Chimpanzee (Disney Nature)!! OH MY looks so good, and it's so amazing that they filmed it. I would LOVE to see it on the I-MAX! I feel a Seattle trip in the works! I love that it shows the love of a parent, who is not the biological parent.

HUNGER GAMES --It will be out March 23rd! YAHOO, such a GREAT trilogy :) Can't wait to see the movie!!!

So, I knew Wenatchee had the new movie theater where the old K-Mart was, and I had heard it was big. WHAT I DIDN'T know is that it has an option to eat dinner and watch a movie at the same time!!! COOL :) We might have a trip to Wenatchee happening this next LONG weekend!


Lots of time has gone by since my last post. SHEESH.

Well, it has been busy! What else is new right? I am going to give you the highlights!!!

1) I worked out twice a day Monday - Thursday last week!!
2) I did my first cycling class on Friday morning. OH MY GAWSH!!! It was a BLAST! It was a good workout!!! I didn't have my HRM on, so I am not sure how many calories I burned, but another gal said that her HRM registered 325 calories, so I am guessing I am right in that ballpark, but I will know for sure next Friday!
3) It was a busy week, with TWO nights of concessions--part of the reason I didn't blog...that and working out both in the morning and the afternoon/evening.
4) We had Chinese food Friday night. Why am I telling you this?? Two reasons. First, AGAIN, I am not on a diet...HERE IS MY MANTRA--

So, sharing my Chinese food for Friday dinner definitely demonstrates this. And, the second reason I am sharing is because I just had one plate, and the old Trisha would have had three or four. SO, that feels good that I can eat what I want, and do so with some control. Actually, it wasn't hard at all. That was simply all I wanted.
5) We went to a crab feed yesterday. I was good with that. I ate TONS of crab, which really isn't bad for you. And, I did gorge. I didn't have any butter, because I don't like melted butter. I think it's gross. I did have a couple adult beverages, and it was just a relaxing night without worrying about food, and just being focused on spending time with my honey and our best friends!
6) Today I had THE best workout!!! I ran on the treadmill at 10:30 a mile for three miles!!! I also played a tiny bit of racquetball--about 15 minutes, and then I did another 15 minutes on the elliptical. It was an AWESOME cardio workout day :)
7) I have been eating enough calories, enough fruits/veggies, drinking enough water, exercising--duh!, and taking my vitamins each day.
8) I have a racquetball date set for Thursday evening! I am TOTALLY stoked!
9) Today I had TWO people comment on my weight loss. One was super sweet! He is a former student of mine, he said, "WOW, Ms. Bradley you look AWESOME!!!!!" Awwww :)
10)I ended up working out EVERY day this last week!! I am all about it right now. I just want to EXERCISE!! I have filled out my calendar for the month of February with exactly what I want to do each day :) YES! It's such an awesome shift of thinking. I don't think, "I need to workout." NOPE, instead I think, "I can't wait to workout!!"
11) FOOD...I am eating for real. But, I am still eating healthy, too, and watching calories. Today for dinner I was craving tuna fish! Even though I made Rick hot wings and cheese stuffed poppers, I ate tuna fish on rice cakes--because I wanted that!! And, we had tons of veggies and fruits with dinner! Our little one was so cute. She said, "I love how colorful my plate is!" She had chicken nuggets, celery with peanut butter, strawberries--THEY ARE SCRUMPTIOUS, just bought two batches from Safeway--, cucumbers with ranch dressing.

This next week is not too bad in the busy department. I guess just the normal :)
Mon = trip to Chelan for a union meeting--I am going to have the Ahi Tuna, my favorite. 4-H and Girl Scouts after school when I get back.
Tues = Valentines Day, which will be nutso at school! Lots of surprises in store :) And, we are having a family V-Day dinner of steak, shrimp (two of our little one's favorites), lobster, and chocolate covered strawberries (we make our own with almond bark).
Wed = NOTHING but normal school!
Thurs = trip to Wenatchee for my root canal. And, racquetball, hope I feel up to it!
Fri = only a half-day of work because of the Legislative Cut Day, and then it's a three day weekend! I might be going to visit my BEST friend in Leavenworth!!! And, she is a personal trainer, and incredibly knowledgeable about nutrition. I am going to pick her brain about a few things I have been wondering.

I am soooo excited for my trip to VEGAS on Spring Break. I plan on buying a new swimsuit this year--first time in like 10 years! I even looked at a few today!! I bought some new panties this weekend, finally. I NEEDED them because my other ones were ridiculous--kind of like parachutes, LOL. I tossed them out! I am feeling really motivated about losing more weight between now and then! I have six weeks from next Friday (or 7 weeks from last Friday). We've been making tons of fun plans! We are going to watch ROLLER DERBY!!! And, we are going to the Academy of Country Awards FAN JAM!!! I am soooo stoked about that :) I have a super cute pair of jeans that I am hoping I will be able to wear for that night! That's my goal :)))

I am totally stoked for my weigh-in tomorrow because I know it's going to be good!!

Well, there ya have it. LIFE is good! Hope it is for you, too!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Today a friend gave me an interesting article :) It was about the effects of stress and its correlation to belly fat. It also had a big emphasis on spiritual or religious beliefs and how they have a positive impact on decreasing stress. Really interesting studies and info. SO, it also mentioned that people who do some sort of daily thinking--whether it be praying, meditating, writing, and it even SPECIFICALLY mentioned a thankful journal. YEAH! It made me think of exactly how I feel and have felt since I started my thankful blog back in November--just that difference in outlook and positive energy. COOL.

Today was another GOOD DAY :)

water – 120 ounces
6 servings of fruits and veggies
EXERCISE – ROCKED another double day! (The Firm – 340 AND elliptical - 320)
Calories –Yup!
Vitamins – YES!

The Firm – 350 – HRM registered more today than yesterday. I did feel like it was harder for some reason…boy, I love starting my day off with exercising :) Then this afternoon I went up to the club, and I worked for 30 minutes on the weight management cycle of the elliptical machine. That felt REALLY GOOD! I burned 320 calories doing that!!!

Calories IN -- 1472
smoothie – blueberry/raspberry – 150
coffee – 90

Open Nature bar – 190
banana – 90

carrots – 20
celery – 20
LC cheese – 35
soup – 200 – Progresso Chicken and Rice soup

Cutie - 45

tomato basil tortilla -68
hamburger meat - 164
salsa - 50
cheese - 50
sour cream -40
lettuce -10
beans- 50
chips - 200

Net calories - 802

Totally stoked about working out!! What's interesting is that I just WANT to work out!!!! I filled out my calendar for February writing down all the exercise I plan on doing. There are SOOOOO many classes at the club I joined!!! So, I for sure want to do some of those!! I can't wait to try yoga :) I bough ta new racquet to play racquetball!! I can't wait to play!!!!!!!!!!!!



water – 132 ounces
5 servings of fruits and veggies
EXERCISE – ROCKED another double day! (The Firm – 340 AND Zumba – 400)
Calories – Ate more than I have in a LONG time! I had a bit of a sweet tooth during the afternoon.
Vitamins – YES!

Calories IN...
cottage cheese – 100
coffee – 90

celery – 20
LC cheese – 35

apple - 90

Boca Spicy Chicken patty – 130
cukes – 20
carrots – 20
Jello – 10

Open Nature bar – 190
coffee – 75
chicken thai wrap - ?? 500
pink cookie from the Breadline - 200
Hawaiian chips – 210

PB M&Ms – 240

1240 without the wrap and cookie -
1940 with my guesstimate

CALORIES in = 1940
CALORIES out = 740
Net calories = 1200

There ya have it!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy Monday! BIG day for me :))

192.8 last week
195.6 this week
SO, that's a gain of 2.8 pounds :( BUT, I am OK with that!

Today I worked out TWICE.
Today I joined the fitness club.
Today I started my Physique Challenge.
LOOK OUT WORLD! TODAY was a good day :)

I have decided that I am going to track my calories, but not my calcium and protein anymore, as I can see that I have eaten enough of both on a daily basis! And, until I am at a place where I need to be focused on those things then I will.

Calories - YUP!
Veggies/fruits - YUP!
Vitamins - YUP!
Exercise - YUP YUP!

Calories out = 450
Calories in = 1148
Net calories = 698

What went in...
Poached egg -78
coffee - 90

banana -110
string cheese - 80

rice cakes - 60
all natural lunch meat -60
LC cheese - 35
pudding - 60
Open Nature - 190

cheese - 60
bun -150
shredded BBQ pork-150 -- so nice that I had it all ready in the freezer, since I worked out this evening. And, it is SOOOO tender!
carrots - 20
cukes - 25
celery - 20

What went out...
I did The Firm this morning! YEAH! It was Day 27. I also did ride the bicycle at the club, when I went to sign up for the Physique Challenge :) YEAH me! Working out twice!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Monday = FRESH start with some new goals!

I am excited for tomorrow for a whole bunch of reasons!
1) I am going to get up in the morning and do THE FIRM!
2) I am going to get back into my normal blogging mode--the past two weeks have been busy and crazy between being sick, the play, and going out of town several times!
3) I am going for a massage :) YES!
4) I am going to sign-up and join the local fitness club and their Physique Challenge. I am a little nervous for my pre-pictures, and I have to just keep reminding myself that I have lost over 50 pounds, and that I am half-way to my goal, so I still have quite a bit more to go! This is just a mid-progress check for me. I will also have a body compensation appointment. SIGH. I am going to workout at the club, too, so I will be working out twice tomorrow!

I am VERY excited to get started! I have some huge physical goals for the next three months!
1) My half-marathon training for the race at the end of April.
2) I want to start weight training!!
3) I would like to lose 25 pounds in the next three months--that seems a bit high, but I truly believe I can do it!!!
4) I want to do two classes a week--I am going to being Zumba at my school on Tuesday afternoons, and I want to do at least one class a week at the club.
5) I want to play racquetball with a partner at least one time a week--optimally I would like to play 3 times a week, but I don't know if I will have RB partners or not right away.

Then, once these goals are accomplished, and my three months is up at the club and the physique challenge is over, I plan to then try P90X. My son is giving me a copy when I go visit at the end of March :)) It will be an early Mother's Day gift! And, I feel that starting it in May--right near Mother's Day--will be AWESOME timing for a several reasons!
1) I want to focus on my half-marathon right now, and that is the training I need to devote my time for working out.
2) I feel that once I lose a little more weight, it will be easier for me. I know several people who have started and NOT finished the program because it is HARD!!! I truly believe that people start it before they are physically ready for it, and can't handle it, and stop doing it :( I know people who are in FABULOUS shape, who have really struggled with it. My son, who was a MARINE, told me it's some of the hardest physical training he has ever done! I am tough, and I can take a challenge, but I also know that I want to be READY for it, so I will do my 90 days!
3) It will be perfect timing...I can do it for May, June, and July!! That will be perfect for my summer focus.

I look forward to becoming STRONGER!!!

It's been a SUPER DUPER week :))

I know I haven't blogged in days!!! SHEESH.

So, Wednesday we headed down to Wenatchee in the evening to go and watch Styx play! They were fabulous :))) I loved the local opening band, Linus and Lucy! Good times, but we didn't get home until close to midnight.

Then Thursday I didn't get home until late because I got my hair done late in the evening, came home and did homework with our little one, and then crashed out after we were done snuggling and reading.

SO, Friday rolled around, and I had a funeral to go to after school. It was bittersweet indeed. I am so glad my friend Marge is not suffering anymore, but it was sad to say good-bye. I headed home--after grabbing some yummy tamales for dinner--and, then I had to pack for the trip to Everett and Seattle. Once all that was done, I just wanted to hang with my honey and decompress. I seriously felt so TIRED--physically and emotionally.

Saturday morning I headed out with some of my cheerleaders to go over to STATE cheer! One of my girls performed with the All-Americans, so that was an awesome and proud moment :) We loved watching the high school squads who were competing to be the best in our state!!! I feel so inspired for my cheer team!! It was also fun to watch the U of W cheer time perform, WOW!

Then we headed down to Seattle--I LOVE SEATTLE! The weather was INCREDIBLE. No wind, completely clear skies, and high 50s/low 60s. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!! We visited the Seattle Center, and WOWSER the Space Needle was so pretty on such a clear night. SIGH. Then we checked out all of the amazing stuff around there. After that we headed to Pike Place Market, and that was fun, too. We decided to finish our night out with a visit down to the waterfront--oh and all of this was on foot, of course! We happened upon the gum wall in Post Alley!!!! OMGAWSH that was super cool, GROSS, but cool. And, I have been to Pike's Place probably 20+ times, and I have never found it, only heard of it, and then we did find ON ACCIDENT. So fun. Then, down at the waterfront, we all rode on the carousel :)) THAT was fun, too! We had a nice dinner on the waterfront, did a little shopping, and even found a little toy that we left in a new place--quite the adventure!!! It was just so nice to have a girls getaway :)))

We drove home today, early in the beautiful sunshine. Then got ready and headed over to our best friends' home to watch the Super Bowl, which we do every year! Good times :)

SO...let's recap this week for my goals.
Well, I did not work out--other than LOTS of walking in Seattle, and lots of stairs. It was just one of those weeks, and guess what??? I AM OK with it. It's life.

I did eat well. All my fruits and veggies. I did write everything down. I didn't keep track of anything but calories. So, I don't really know the status of my protein and calcium. BUT, I did eat a hamburger AND fries at Red Robin last night, and AGAIN, I am good with that! It was such a special occasion, and I was good with it! Today I did eat some Super Bowl goodies, but again--it's part of my life!

I have been drinking enough water, but some days, it has just been so hard to get 100 ounces!!!

Vitamins--not every day, but I did take them 5 of 6 days.

Not sure how the weigh-in will go tomorrow...might have a gain. But, oh well!

Tomorrow is a new day and a new week!! I will start over blogging like I do again tomorrow!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

HAPPY day!

OK, a few happy things today :)

1) I realized that my weight on my driver's license is MORE than what I actually weigh!!! HOW COOL IS THAT?!?!? And, boy the picture looks so different!!! It was taken last May, which was before I started my healthy journey!!!

2) I am wearing a pair of pants today that I wore only when I first moved here so long ago! YEAH :)

Today was just a day full of accomplishments, and I love it when things get done! I think the sunshine was making all the kiddos have positive energy, as it was just a fun day!

Water - 100 ounces
Tea - nope
Exercise--nope, decided I needed the extra hour of sleep again today. I am going to exercise tomorrow morning though:)
Protein - 77.6 grams of protein
Calcium- 113.5% from my food.
Vitamins - YES!
fruit/veggies - 7 servings
Calories -YUP!

I definitely feel like I am feeding my body well. I am eating quite healthy, and I like that I am focusing on the fruits, veggies, calcium, and protein.


1/2 cup cottage cheese -100- protein 15 grams, calcium 10%
coffee- SF FF- 16 ounces - 105- 12 protein, calcium 46.5%

celery - 20 - .8 grams of protein, 5% calcium
Laughing Cow Cheese- 35 - 2.5 grams of protein – calcium 6%
Gardenburger 120 – 6 grams of protein and 8% calcium
cukes – 20 - .8 protein, 2% calcium
Jello pudding - 60 - 2 protein, 10% calcium
Carrots – 20 - .5 protein, calcium 3%
Open Nature bar - 180 calories, 5 grams of protein, 2% calcium

tatertot casserole- 250 - 24 grams, 1% calcium (meat), 2 grams of protein (tatertots), 5%calcium, 1 gram of protein (cream of mushroom soup), 7% calcium,
salad- 20
croutons - 30
raspberry lite vinaigrette - 50
cheesy bread - 150- 5 grams protein, 6% calcium
strawberries - 49 - 1 cup - 1 gram of protein, 2% calcium

Monday, January 30, 2012

Good Monday :)

Today was a GREAT day :)
I didn't feel too shabby when I woke up, and I was a bit worried that I was going to be sicky icky today :( I decided to not workout, which was hard for me, since that has been two days in a row--didn't work out yesterday either. I am DEFINITELY going to workout in the morning tomorrow!! So, tomorrow will be day 26 of my aerobics!!

Water - 100 ounces
Tea - 1 cup of tea!
Exercise--nope, decided I needed the extra hour of sleep, and I am VERY glad that I did that because I feel so much better right now :)
Protein - 84.9 grams of protein
Calcium- 112.46% from my food.
Vitamins - YES!
fruit/veggies - 5 servings
Calories -YUP!


1/2 cup cottage cheese -100- protein 15 grams, calcium 10%
coffee- SF FF- 16 ounces - 105- 12 protein, calcium 46.5%

apple - 95- .5grams of protein, 1%

232 calories -2 of my yummy homemade Mexican egg rolls that I baked last night for dinner!
113 for 2 egg roll wraps--4.6 grams of protein, 1.3% calcium
109 for 2 ounces lean ground beef--16.5 grams of protein, .66% calcium
10 for cabbage

celery - 20 - .8 grams of protein, 5% calcium
Laughing Cow Cheese- 35 - 2.5 grams of protein – calcium 6%
jello- 10 calories

cukes – 20 - .8 protein, 2% calcium

french dip - all natural roast beef- 60 calories (4 slices)- 11 grams of protein
bun - 230 calories, 7grams of protein, 8% calcium
1 slice mozzarella - 50 calories - 4 grams of protein, 10% calcium
au jus sauce - 5

sweet potato fries - 28 fries--280 calories--4grams of protein, 4% calcium

smoothie - 150 calories - 7 grams of protein, 20%calcium

Today started off rough, but it definitely got better!!! WAY better :) I am feeling sooooooo much better!!!!!!! YEAH :)


Another pound, buh bye!!!
Last week: 193.8
This week: 192.8


Sunday, January 29, 2012


Okey dokey, artichokey!

I blogged yesterday about my NSVs :) YEAH! That was awesome!! I didn't blog about, but realized another NSV last night at the performance. There were several people during the play run that I had not seen in months and months, and what was super cool, is that they all commented about how good I look!! YEAH :)) That rocks!

So the last real blog was on Monday. Let me tell you about my week...

It was our play week, which included three dress rehearsals (one with an audience of 150+), and four performances, and a cast party to celebrate!!!!

Plus, you gotta add on the following:
1) End of first semester, which includes final second quarter projects, and of course GRADES!!!
2) I picked up a nasty bug :( I blogged about a tickle in my throat on Monday, and it was full blown sicky icky by Wednesday, and TERRIBLE on Thursday! A little better on Friday, and I seem to be on the upswing today!
3) A friend and former co-worker passed away on Wednesday evening :(((( It is a really sad story for this family...they have had a ROUGH year and a half. My heart is with them!

I didn't blog because when I got home, I seriously just went to bed. I was taking lots of Emergen-C, Airborne, drinking tea, and Nyquil and hitting bed early to try and beat this nasty cold, which many of our students have been down with it for WEEKS.

OK, so I am not going to catch up on the day-to-day bit, but I will just sum things up for ya, and we are back to normal blogging :)

Eating--I ate well, I ate enough veggies and fruits, and I did have some treats. On Friday after school my little one and I went to Dairy Queen. I had my first Blizzard in I don't even know how many months, maybe six? I had a small, and let me tell you, it made my poor little sore throat feel so much better! Ad, it was a nice treat :) As well, I ate veggie pizza at our cast party, though I just ate the toppings. I ENJOYED food this week, though I didn't worry about it, and I just paid attention to portion sizes!

I drank enough water and tea! I did take my vitamins every day, and PLUS!!!

I did not keep track of calories, calcium, or protein, though I did write everything down! I will get back to that today :)

OK, now for exercise...I did get up in the morning to do my aerobics. THOUGH...I did not on Thursday, which actually made me sad. BUT, I knew I needed to take it easy, and I needed the extra sleep. When I woke up with the alarm on Thursday morning, I had a fever, and I just knew, even though I really wanted to that I needed to skip it. I was on such a roll...23 days in a row through Thursday. I skipped Thursday, but then back on Friday. I did workout out on Saturday, and I am going to do it again today! SO, that puts me at 26 today. So, even though I didn't do The Firm 30 days in a row, almost, but instead I will do it 30 days (with one day off in there). I also did not do my sit-ups this week, mostly because I just felt so crappy.

There ya have it...what a week!! I survived, and I am looking forward to my weigh-in tomorrow!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

NEVER fear, I am still here!!!

SO, this week has been NUTSO! I will blog ALL about it tomorrow and catch up!!!

This is just short and sweet to:
1) Tell you I will update tomorrow!
2) Share some NSVs with you :)

Non-Scale Victory #1
I had lost a shirt that I love, and another staff member had the same shirt, and it was too big for her, so she sold it to me! It is a size large, so I figured I wouldn't be able to wear it for a bit. BUT, I wore it last night, and I actually had tons of comments about how slim I am looking :)

Non-Scale Victory #2
I bought two pairs of black size 14 jeans that I have worn this week! It's so hard for me to realize that I am in a SIZE 14!!! At the beginning of summer, I was in TIGHT size 20s, and really unwilling to purchase any 22s, so I would not even wear jeans or shorts that were a size 20, and instead wear athletic shorts...

Non-Scale Victory #3
I am still wearing the same bra size--at least the cup--which is nice that I am not losing it there :) But, the around part has gone down!!! First it was one hook, then another, and now an entirely different number :)

Non-Scale Victory #4
I haven't bought any new ones yet, BUT OH MY GOODNESS...I need to, and will do so this week, but my undies are like bloomers at this point, so dang big that they roll down or bunch up, LOL...too much extra material.

So, there ya have it. Still feeling motivated :) Still doing GREAT!! Still seeing progress. YUP, I'm definitely STILL HERE!

Monday, January 23, 2012


195.8 last week
193.8 this week!!
That's a loss of 2 pounds :)
And, a total of 50.2 pounds!! WOOT WOOOOOO!
At this rate, in two weeks, I should be into the 180s!!!!!

Slow and steady. Slow and steady! And, that's with eating nachos and whatever else my heart desires! Just writing it all down, being ACCOUNTABLE AND HONEST!!!

I am keeping the same goals as last week! I will look at changing them next week, after the play is over!!

Water - at least 100 ounces
Tea - at least 1 cup
Exercise - The Firm every day, and 200 sit-ups a day starting Tuesday-100 each in the morning and the afternoon.
Protein - Keeping track of grams of protein again.
Calcium- Keeping track of the calcium I get from my food.
Vitamins - Taking a multi-vitamin, B super complex, and a fish oil.
fruit/veggies - At least 4 servings
Calories - At least 1000 calories.

So, how about today?

Water - 100 ounces
Tea - 1 cup of tea!
Exercise - Day 21 of The Firm, and 95 sit-ups in the morning and 95 sit-ups in the evening.
Protein - 85 grams of protein
Calcium- 122.5% from my food.
Vitamins - YES!
fruit/veggies - 5.5 servings
Calories -YUP!


Cereal- Frosted Cinnamon Toast Crunch- 160 calories -1.5 grams (p) 15%(c)
Milk-Not sure how to count this because I don't drink it when it's had cereal in it. So, I do know that I consume some of it, but it's very little.
coffee- SF FF- 16 ounces - 105- 12 protein, calcium 46.5%

celery - 20 - .8 grams of protein, 5% calcium
Laughing Cow Cheese- 35 - 2.5 grams of protein – calcium 6%
Gardenburger 120 – 6 grams of protein and 8% calcium
cukes – 20 - .8 protein, 2% calcium
Jello pudding - 60 - 2 protein, 10% calcium
carrots - 20- Carrots – 20 - .5 protein, calcium 3%
Open Nature bar - 180 calories, 5 grams of protein, 2% calcium
LC Cheese - 35 - 2.5 grams of protein – calcium 6%

cod fish - 189 calories - 41.1 grams of protein -3% calcium
salad - 20- 1 gram protein, 2% calcium
cukes – 20 - .8 protein, 2% calcium
honey mustard - 20
croutons - 30
1/8 cup of cheese - 55 calories - 3.5 grams of protein, 10% calcium

sweet and salty granola bar-160 calories, 3 grams of protein, 2% calcium
orange juice - 110- 2 grams of protein- shocked no calcium?!?

It was a long day. Up and down. UP and down. uP and dOwN!! But, overall it was good, and it ended with a massage, and my honey had dinner ready :) SIGH.

P.S. I think I am trying to get sick. I have a tickle in my throat :( I have been taking Airborne and EmergenC, and I am trying to keep it at bay!! I don't have time to be sick! I haven't been sick in so long...SO, I am hoping I can kick this before it becomes anything. I will keep ya posted.

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Let's see...I did get to sleep in today :) YEAH! Then I did some reading...into anew series right now. I am reading James Dashner's The Maze Runner series. It's fantabulous!! Totally. If you like the Hunger Games, you will like this trilogy, too.

I did get up, and since I forgot to take my vitamins last night, and I had a tiny headache, I decided to take them this morning with some Excedrin, and THAT was not a good idea :( I ended up puking about 15 minutes later. NOT FUN. But, I know better than to do that!! That's why I take the stinking things at bed time in the first place, DUH!! So, I am going to write a note and put in by my bed to remind myself!!

I am getting so excited for this upcoming week of the play!! I am also so proud of myself for keeping my health goals WITHOUT any excuses!!! Normally I would be eating fast food because it's easy and fast, and I wouldn't be exercising. Instead I am prepping, planning, cooking healthy, and getting my butt out of bed in the morning to exercise! This just shows me that if I can do this during THE busiest month of the year for me, it is a part of my life now. That's exactly it...I have changed my life :)

Another MAJOR difference in my life now...I plan out all of our meals at least one week, sometimes two or three weeks at a time. I plan out my exercise for the week, and I write EVERYTHING down that I eat, keeping track of my calories. All of that planning is HUGE for me. I also am doing tons of prepping of all my veggies for the week.

Water - YUP! 125 today!
Teas - nope
Exercise - YES! Great day of exercise!!!
Protein - 57 grams of protein
Calcium-104.6% from my food.
Vitamins - Tried to make-up yesterday, and that DIDN'T happen. But, did take them tonight!!
fruit/veggies - Just barely made 4 servings!
Calories - Yes...wasn't sure it was going to happen since I didn't feel like I could eat anything until late afternoon. I definitely ate more chili than I would have if I would've eaten normal calories for the day!

CALORIES IN = 1070.4
CALORIES OUT = 702!!! Not too shabby :D

IN =
Today was a really tough day. I started the morning out throwing up because of the vitamins ordeal. ANYHOOT...then I just didn't feel like eating anything at all :(

almonds - 1 ounce - 170 calories, 6 grams (p), 8% (c)

2 cups of white chili soup - 314.40 - 24.4 grams of protein, 5.6% calcium- Very yummy and easy, and even more easy with the shredded chicken I had already prepped and had in the freezer! I have the recipe posted on the recipe page!
milk 2%- 8 ounces - 130 calories - 8 grams of protein, 30% of calcium
cheese - 1/4 cup - 110 calories - 7 g (p), 20% (c)
sour cream- 2 tbsps - 40 calories - 1 g (p), 6% (c)
croutons -12- 60 calories - 1 g (p)
pear - 96- .6 grams of protein, 1% calcium

smoothie -
frozen peaches- 50 - 1 gram of protein, 4% calcium
milk- 100 - 8 grams of protein, 30% calcium

The Firm DAY 20!!! And, it's consecutive!! I didn't think I would get all 30 days of mine in a row, but now I am starting to think it might be possible. I am not going to beat myself up about it, if I don't make it 30 in a row, but I am doing it 30 days!! I can feel the difference in the muscles in my arms and legs, and I can SEE the difference in my triceps!! I did 90 sit-ups in the morning, and 90 sit-ups in the evening. That's 380 calories burned. WHICH BTW, was in our little house sauna...83 degrees, MY GOODNESS!

Then this afternoon I decided to go out and make my own cross-country ski track in our field, which I did, and it was a BLAST!! I LOVE cross-country skiing!!!! And, I was thinking that our little one, who wears the same size of shoe I do, could totally do this next weekend, depending on the weather. Today I was out there for 35 minutes and my HRM recorded 322 calories!! WAHOOOIE!

I have my meals planned, snacks prepped, and I'm ready for the week!!!