Sunday, January 30, 2011

1 more pound for January….

That’s what I loss this week. Not a huge number but added up to my total for January it’s 9 lbs. I can handle that, I will take that and start February at 185 lbs.

This month is my health club Winter Melt Down, the more I lose the less next months dues will be. Since life isn’t easy in the money parts here I better get to work losing a bit more. Even if it’s another 9 lbs and with my insurance kick in I should be able to afford March and maybe even April. I’d like to stay at the gym until the snow melts.

My migraine is finally gone. Saturday I thought I had the touch of the flu but think it was my new multi vitamin. I’m going to try taking them before bed so they don’t upset my stomach.

It’s a new week. Tuesday is weigh in at the gym and then starts the mini triathlon. I need to swim a total of 90 laps, walk 26.2 miles and bike 112 miles. I’m not worried about the walking or even the biking but the swimming the laps, I’m not to sure about that one. I can do two before I’m tired, I don’t know. I’m going to try my best. For the mini triathlon I have 6 weeks but out of those 6 weeks I only have 11 days I can work out for more then a couple of hours, the other days will be limited to either 5:30 am and hurrying home by 7:30 for daycare (got travel time too) or after 6:30 pm and the gym closes at 9:00. It’ll be hard but I will give it my all.

So there you have it, 185 and I’m feeling fine and really am becoming very happy with all the work I’ve done. Less then 3 months to go to be at my goal weight of 165, to wear my wedding dress on my 31st anniversary. I can do this, with your help that is. Allan’s challenge, your support, you all holding me to my word. It’s making this all possible.

For my miles towards my 400 for the year, it was 31. Pam at Empty Nest has joined me on this quest. If anyone else is interested you can link up and join us. I said that at years end there will be a prize lottery for anyone that succeeds.

Take care everyone and have a great week. God Bless you all!!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Personal best…

At least that’s what Lance Armstrong said on my iTouch today. I walked/jogged 5.58km in 40:08. Then I rode the exercise bike for 3 miles for 11 minutes. This is the first time I was on that bike so not sure if that’s good, bad or indifferent but I know when I was done, I was done. My blood sugar drop so bad I just about blacked out and felt like throwing up. It was my fault, I know better. I always eat before I go and exercise, though this morning I left 6:00 so a bit earlier then sometimes and mama was taking me out for brunch and didn’t want to use up my calories for breakfast. Yep, I know stupid. I’ll learn. I did manage to work out a bit longer but not nearly as long as I wanted to but there’s another workout happening on Saturday.

I have a huge NSV to tell you about today. Today I saw my chiropractor (I went cuz I can’t shake this migraine and thought just maybe something else might of been wrong, it was … an nerve pinched in my neck) he hasn’t seen me since last September and boy you’d of thought I had won the lottery the way he treated me. He was so happy, impressed, wow’d and more that I looked so good. He made me feel like a princess. It was awesome for a doctor to make me feel like that.

My migraine is easing up, not totally gone yet but hopefully very soon. I hate the feelings, not just the hurt but it makes me feel weird too. I think this is one of the longest I have in years.

So it’s onward and upwards on Allan's Challenge. How are you doing? Winter getting to you? Food looking yummy? Exercise boring? Well it’s that time of year but you have the choice to sit there and hate the rest of winter or get up and get moving. Next week is the beginning of my Winter Melt Down Challenge at my health club. I have to weigh in on their scale which of course isn’t going to be the same as mine but it’s a number and as long as that number goes down, that’s all that matters. I am afraid to join the Mini Triathlon because I’m not a bike rider or a swimmer but it’s a challenge and what better month then boring old February to be challenged. All I can do is give it my all and see where it takes me.

Take care my friends and have a blessed evening and a terrific Friday.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I am bored out of my mind…

What little mind I have right now. My migraine is going to kill me off. I am not interested in exercising, dieting or anything, though I’m doing all of it, just not with any zest at all. If this migraine doesn’t go away soon I’m going to curl up and croak. I know I will, or at least wish I would.

I took my migraine stuff, Excedrin, caffine, no sugar, little sugar, no eating, over eating, lots of water, Tums for the tummy, everything I can think of. It can’t last forever, it better not.

I’ll be back later this week with something inspiring or at least happy. Right now, just surviving.

Hope you’re all have a great week. Take care my friends and God Bless!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

4% of me….

That is what I’ve lost this month on Allan's phase 4 challenge.

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He’s award myself and 8 others this award we are to wear it with pride. 4% of me in 20 days, not bad….not bad at all. And to the other 8 challengers that are rocking this challenge, congratulations. But there’s something else….see this list…there’s 62 people on this list and between all of use, in 20 days we’ve lost 359 pounds. I think we all rock!!!

It’s a new week, some new exercises, 1200 calories and Sunday a new amount of us missing. Good luck everyone. Thank you Allan!!!

Take care and God Bless you all!!

Saturday, January 22, 2011


I am so glad the weekend is here. It wasn’t a terrible week but not the greatest either. We got power back after 3 hours and then the day just got more interesting. My little wee one ended up with the flu. Thank goodness it was after the power came back on cuz cleaning up throw up without running water wouldn’t of been fun.

I did get to go workout last night and go swimming. We had my nephew with us so Mike and Scott got to swim for a long time while I worked out. Which by the way, I went 3 miles in 42:30. It’s just a little over a 14 minute mile. I’ll take it. I then went swimming too. I’ve been trying to swim laps, I can only do 4 laps on my back with a back stroke.

Today is my weigh in…. 186, down 2 lbs. Not the best but I’ll take it, especially with the week I had. Just my period but one from hell with cravings and hungry I haven’t had in a very long time. I wrote Allan at least twice asking for help. His post yesterday was interesting, all about mental will power. I’m lacking in that at times. Not that I’m heading for the chocolate, or the breads or the not so good for you stuff. Just heading for the food. Could be an apples, banana, glass of V-8, nothing bad but something that would fill the hole. Last year this time, well it wouldn’t of been the good stuff. Next week I’m going to work on my mental will power along with my everything else.

I hope that you have a great weekend. Jim is on his way home to take me out for lunch. Nothing fantastic but time out with just Jim, I love it. Take care my friends and have a blessed weekend.

Friday, January 21, 2011

So how’s your morning?

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It’s a bit chilly here and our power is out. So what’s a good northern Minnesota girl to do? Take pictures to share and start up the generator. Really Jim started it up before he left for works so it’s up to me now to keep it running until the power comes back on. The main reason we have a generator is because we use wood heat that pushes hot water through pipes to heat the house, garage, shop and hot water and if that water is not circulating it over heats and busts the pipes and it’s a mess. Our power is out, so is up the road two miles, across the lakes 2 miles and down the road 2 miles so I’m betting the electric company is out working their tails off to get it up and going again. At this temp there is only few hours of time before a house starts to freeze up so if it’s not back soon I’m heading to my parents to drain the pipes and they can come here, the same with our best friends down the road. My grandma lives with my uncle who is just as well set up as we are so I’m not worried about them. And if worse comes to worse my sister and family can come here too until things are working. BUT….our electricity will be back soon, I don’t think it’s ever been out  more then a few hours. Just long enough for us to know about melted pipes from no power.

How’s your day going?

God bless you all. Take care my friends. TGIF!!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I found, but I can’t remember where so if it’s yours please tell me and I’ll put your name on it, a recipe for muffins. They are called Anything Goes. And it’s right, anything goes. They are amazing and maybe it’s the recipe or the combination I used or what but they are yummy. I made from this recipe 12 regular size muffins, 16 mini muffins and a mini loaf of bread. I figured for a normal size muffin, 3 mini muffins or a slice of bread it should be about 75 calories (with my recipe) Not bad for a snack or something sweet and good for you. Anyways, here’s the recipe and a picture.

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Wet Stuff first:

1 cup of wet white stuff (cottage cheese, tofu, yogurt, mashed potatoes, milk, ect)…….I used raspberry low fat yogurt

1/4 cup butter or oil or squashed avocado – I used homemade butter

1 cup sugar or similar – I used sugar substitute

2 beaten eggs or egg substitutes – I used mine from our chickens

1 tsp vanilla or lemon juice – I used lemon juice

pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups wet stuff (pineapple, applesauce, grated carrots, zucchini, bananas, ect) …I used 2 really dead banana’s and my homemade apple/cranberry/raspberry sauce

mix this up…..

Then dry stuff:

2 tsp of spice – mix them up! – I used cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

2 cups flour (cut with oats/brand/anything dried up) … I/2 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup white and 1/2 oat bran

1 cup dry stuff that you have on hand (nuts, chocolate, cranberries, ect) ….I used a cranberry/raisin mix

mix this up together with wet stuff….

Bake for 20 minutes at 375*.  I’m betting if you’re really good you could cut these down to even a lesser calorie.

I love these kind of recipes that let you add what you have on hand. Thank you for whomever I got this from I am sorry I didn’t copy your blog down cuz I’m betting there were other recipes I could use too.

Now I also made up a hot dish today. I’m good for just throwing whatever I have left over into it. This one has left over chicken, left over spaghetti sauce, home made spaghetti sauce, onions, green/red peppers, green chilies, wheat and sprout grain tortillas, shredded cheese and when it’s served some sour cream. Daycare had it for lunch today and then tomorrow a casserole dish of it is going to my husbands work for lunch along with the mini loaf.

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The kids helped me do the mixing, adding and clean up and of course eating up.

I hope you all are doing wonderful. Take care and have a blessed day.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


That’s was my 2 miles walk/run yesterday. The times are getting better. 3 weeks ago in the 40 minutes, last week in the 30’s, this week in the 20’s. I’m not going for distant right now, I want to see just how fast I can get my 2 miles in. I did the C25K last night (as part of the 2 miles) and I’m on week 5 day 2 and it was easy. I skipped the last week doing it just for something different. I can’t help it guys, this walking/running is great. I can’t believe it but it is. I also tried some new gym equipment. I haven’t a clue as to what it’s called but it’s a really tall thing that the younger guys use for chin ups and it has these pulleys that you put handles on and add weights and you can pull down, side ways and up. With my right arm I did 30 lbs but with my left I can’t do 10 lbs. I am really getting to hate my shoulder. So I worked them together and that helped. I don’t want a right arm that’s toned and a left that jiggly so I try to still make that arm work, just not alone.

Since I’ve gotten a pair of my own (borrowed from a daycare parent that doesn’t really want them back so I can wear them out if I want too) pair of cross country ski’s, I’ve been on them daily. Did you know it’s a lot of work staying up? The core muscle I’m using, well I’m finding all kinds of them. I’m not only doing the cross country skiing thing either, check this out.


Mike’s been pulling me behind the snowmobile. He’s having great fun seeing just what I can or can’t do. Like standing up going down hill at 10 mph or more. Nope, not standing up. We’ve been having fun this winter. Mike is enjoying I am out and about with him. The kids are enjoying I’m out and about with them, see….

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You know what else I’m enjoying. Wearing a snowsuit and being able to move in it. Unlike last year when I felt stuffed into it like a sausage. The same for my winter coat, I can fit me and Mike in there.

I still look in the mirror each day and only see a minor change here and there, until I look at old pictures. I wish I had taken those before shots. Anyone starting this life style journey, no matter how bad you hate your body, take a picture or two. You’re really going to want it.

Hey, back to that picture right there, can you see there’s three of us on that snowmobile? Abby said, last year there wasn’t room for two and now there’s three and the kids are a year older, a year bigger. So cool. I’m not bragging though but I am really enjoying.

I have noticed that with all this extra working and playing I am starved. I am doing my best to follow Allan’s plan to the letter but, yep there’s a but, I have had to add a banana’s at 5:00 am and one at 8:00 at night because I am starved. I can’t help it and though banana’s have plenty of sugar in them and that makes my sugar count for the day a bit higher they are filling. I tried the apple, orange, carrots, broccoli and nothing seems to fill that whole like a banana so that’s an extra 200 calories to my list. I do try to lessen something else during the day so not 200 calories everyday but sometimes yep. Don’t scream to much Allan. I’m still trying.

So it’s onward and upwards to a busy day. Kids here at 5am, Jon fed and on the bus at 7, Jim and Mike fed and out the door at 7:20, Hannah and Justin breakfast at 8:30, out the door and house sitting at 10:30 and before that chores with the fire and chickens. Exercising after work at 3:30, home at 6:30 and dinner done by 7:30. A shower, some blogging time and bed by 10:30. To start it over tomorrow except daycare until 6:30 tomorrow night and no gym, just the Wii Fit at nap time. Never a dull moment here.

Take care my friends and have the most blessed day.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Starting February….

At my health club there is a challenge happening in February and I’m signing up. Really there’s two of them, I’m signing up for both. Here’s what they are…

The Winter Melt Down. I can hand that and the best part, it’s all free. No extra charges or anything. And you can earn Hallett Dollars to either buy stuff or pay the month fee. WOW, a chance to help pay the dues or maybe a personal trainer for a day. Cool, huh?!

Does your health club have anything going on? Check it out, it just might and like I said, it’s the best way to make winter move along. At least here in Minnesota where winter is here for another 3 months at least.

Take care everyone and enjoy your Sunday. God Bless you all!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Skiing, 2010 and 2011…

January 14th, 2010…Mike and I went Skiing.


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January 15th, 2011. Skiing with Mike.

We had a blast and last year I fell once, this year twice. We did try the moderate loop, after finishing up our normal loop, so that means lots more hills up and down. I do fine up and on straight and level but coming down, well not that great. The weather was perfect and yes I did say moonlight skiing in my last post but I had the wrong month that’s next month but look here, it is sorta like moonlight skiing.

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I so love skiing with Mike. I love that he has so much to say when it’s just us. The life questions, the what if’s, the what now’s. And then lots of quiet too.

Here’s a couple just great pictures of the trails.

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Cross country skiing is sure a calorie burner. We went for better then 2 hours and according to myfitnesspal I worked off 1299 calories. I hadn’t eaten that many but that’s okay.

I have to tell you about my rescuer though. The first time I fell I could of probably gotten up on my own when I got back on the trail but here comes Mike and bends down and picks me up, like a sack of feed. I smiled and just went on. The next time I fell it was into a hole where a tree was blown over. I was going down the hill praying I wouldn’t fall on my left shoulder and up ahead was the hole, right on a corner and we met. I was on my right side, thank God, a limb stuck in my snowsuit with me, and upside down and backwards in the hole. My skis were going the opposite way I was but I got turned over, sorta, before here comes Mike. He takes his ski’s off, climbs down in my hole and proceeds to pick me up again. It’s so cool to have your son be able to pick you up. I’m not a feather weight by any means but I know last year he couldn’t of done that.

Like I said almost one year ago, if you have kids, go and do something with them. You will never regret it, ever!!!

Take care my friends. Have a terrific family Sunday. One day a week we make sure it’s always a family day. Jim and I go out to breakfast while Mike sleeps in. Then we get home and do something that all three of us want to do. Sometimes it’s just to watch a movie. Sometimes it’s working together, other times it a building project. Tomorrow is going to be snowmobiling. Mike wants to pull me behind his sled on my skis. Jim wants to watch and laugh. We’ll see how that goes. I love my guys.

God bless you all

The new scale and I are happy….

It doesn’t say tilt like it did last Sunday. It still screams when I stand on it but not like the Wii that makes that gasping sound.

Last Sunday the new scaled said 194.4. I hated that, but have come to terms with it and refused to let that scale stay in the 190’s, heck I worked to hard to get the Wii in the 180’s so I worked even harder this week. I followed Allan's Challenge meal by meal, exercise by exercise except for the push-ups (with my shoulder the way it is I can only do counter top push-ups but one day it’ll heal and I’ll get back on the ground for them) plus my own exercises and wood carrying.

So without making you wait any longer………….

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That’s a 6 lb loss this week. I will take that and run. I even took a picture of the scale. It’s a bit blurry but the scales numbers disappear so fast I had to hurry.

So now it’s onwards and upwards to a new week. Next week I work all week so getting to the gym will take some planning but I’m going to be there with bells on.

Take care my friends and I too wish your scale likes you this week. Have a blessed weekend.

Friday, January 14, 2011

I added ….

A Mcklinky to my goal for 400 miles for year 2011. If you’d care to join me just add your blog to the link there and we’ll work together to make this goal. You can either post weekly, monthly or whatever tickles you pink. I’m going to do it monthly and if I can figure out how to add it to the picture I will.

I’ve been thinking too, if you join me and make your goal I will have a drawing New Years Day for something. It’ll be worth the effort of walking 400 miles this year. Worked out it’s just under 8 miles a week.

Care to join me? Just add your blog if you’d like too.

Have a great weekend. Take care and God Bless!!!

1 month at the gym…

From the 9th of December to today, the 14th of January I changed my size by 5” over all. Mostly my lower parts, the tummy, hips, thighs and calves and just a tiny from my bust. I also lost 7.6 lbs. So it’s working. Things are moving right along. It’ll be interesting to see what happens from now to February.

Today was another great work out. 2 1/2 hours at the gym. I did 2 miles in 29:20. I wanted to do a 15 minute mile so I’m happy.

I also worked on the last of the 3 cords of wood we had delivered. It’s taken me 5 days to get it all stacked but 3 cords of wood is 12’ by 4’ by 8’ tall when you figure it out. That’s a lot of wood. It’s a lot of heat, twice….once piling it up and the second time to keep us warm.

So this weekend I am hoping Mike and I can go Moonlight Skiing at Kathio State Park. We go each year and it’s such a blast. Maybe this year I can handle the full 10K and not wimp out at the 5K. We’ll see though, just depends on how cold and how much snow we get today. 4” already and more to come. It’s suppose to be 4 below but that’s not bad when skiing.

Take care my friends and have the most blessed weekend possible. Rejuvenate, enjoy the family and just relax. God Bless you all!!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Someone was right…

I don’t know who said it but they were right. And all along I thought someone had their head up their butt, that no way would that ever happen but it did, it does and I am surprise and willing to admit I was wrong.

You want to know what it is? That exercise is addicting. That jogging is fun and that working out makes you feel good. Now I still have to complain about the crunches, I HATE THEM!!! But if I can learn to love the rest maybe that will happen someday.

Tonight I went and worked out, I had to miss yesterday and I felt terrible missing that day. I usually try and get in 3-4 times a week in at the gym. Heck I’m paying the big bucks to go so I might as well use them. So tonight I picked up my best bud and we went and worked hard. I jogged (I’d like to call it running but I’m sure 4.6 isn’t fast enough for running), I started out with 3 minutes warm up and then I jogged 13 minutes straight, rested 2 and then did another 10, rested 2 (resting means for me walking at 3.4 or so) and then another 10 minutes to finish my 5K. I did this in 40:11. Not my greatest time but my best jogging. I am happy. I worked with the weight machines and then Brenda and I went to the private workout room and did some major floor exercises. YUCK!!! I do not like floor exercises but I did them along with some jumping rope and exercise ball workout. I’m getting there guys, I’m learning.

I’ve been eating right, sleeping at least 6-7 hours a night, drinking 150 or more ounces of water and working out. Plus….yep for this week there’s a plus. We had 3 cords of wood delivered on Monday and I’ve been working on getting that carried and stacked in the wood shed. I think one more day and I’ll have it all done. I only do it for 30-45 minutes each day because like crunches, carrying wood isn’t my favorite thing to do but it’s necessary.

I am excited to see what my weigh in brings this weekend. I have been sneaking a lot of peeks because, well with the new scale right by the toilet I see it a lot during the day. Did you know your body really fluxes a lot during the day in weight. Mine is anywhere from 3-6 lbs different, depending on if I had just eaten, if I hadn’t pooped, it’s 5am or 10pm. I’m having fun with the scale even though it still pisses me off it is 5 lbs different then the Wii. Oh well, can’t change that part so might as well give that bone away.

So it’s onward and upwards. I am off tomorrow, in fact I don’t work now until Monday. 3 days off, 2 of them I’m going to go to the gym but one to work out and one to swim unless Mike and I decided to go moonlight skiing, then I think I’ll skip Saturdays swimming. Don’t want to be too tired to enjoy skiing.

I hope you all are having amazing weeks. Not just in the weight loss part, more in the life style journey part. It is exciting learning all these new things, noticing different things on your body you haven’t seen in ages, or was sagging, or was just to big. I found my rib cage this week, it’s cool. I can feel the ribs…all of them and I don’t have to dig deep to find them. I can flex my arms and see muscles. Oh I still have bat wings, a tummy that will take forever to tone up and some chub in the back but it’s shrinking. It’s exciting and I am falling in love with my new body. It’s been forever since I would even think something like that. I can’t remember a time that I’ve excepted myself like I am now. Maybe it’s the age, maybe it’s just the fact I’m giving it my all to become a better me, a healthier me. I don’t know but I’ll take it. I hope you will too.

Take care my friend and have a blessed night sleep. Remember we are truly blessed in thousands of ways. Start counting them tonight but don’t stay awake too long. You will sleep so much better with those thoughts. God bless you all!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I’m excited….

Well I am cuz you know why? Today I went and exercised…….no that’s not it at all because if I had my way I would of stayed in bed and slept the morning away. But I didn’t, I went and worked out. I have to share, I just have to because 9 months ago I couldn’t of even did 1/100th of what I did today. I have to tell you guys, it’s because of you that this is possible. I know, it’s me too but if it wasn’t for Allan’s challenge, Steve’s hotties, Charlie’s train to onderland I would of just been fumbling around on my own doing what I could and sorta just leaving the rest alone.

Anyway, my sharing. I ran 3 minutes, 11 minutes and a 6 minute out of 30 today. That’s 20 full minutes of running, I know not in a row but I’m not counting that yet. I ran a 25:45 2 miles. I found a pace I can do, 4.6mph at a 1% grade. 9 months ago I couldn’t go pole to pole, or down my driveway without huffing and puffing and feeling like I was going to pass out. I’m learning to breath too. They say it will come but I really had my doubts.

I also snuck a peek on that new scale, yes I hated the fact I had to go from the 180’s back into the 190’s with the new scale but it won’t last more then a couple of weeks and I’m not going to say it’s a set back, just another challenge. On Sunday the scale said 194.4, today it says 192.4. If this keeps up I’ll at least have a minus this week in the numbers. We’ll find out for sure on Sunday for Allan’s weigh in.

Okay I am off to take my parents for a drive, a breakfast out (yes Allan I’ll stay on course) and to an old school house that is full off good things to look at and wish for.

Take care my friends and have a blessed day today. I’m going to do my best.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

I bought a scale today…

And no it’s not the same as the Wii or my old scale. Hummm, what do I do. I wanted to have a scale that I can step on more often then hooking up the Wii all the time. According to the scale it said 194.4 the Wii 189. Ideas? Do I adjust my self to the new scale or return it? I really wanted one so I could check more often. I don’t like the new numbers on that scale. Decisions, decisions!!

I picked up all the groceries I need for this weeks menu. I even found fat free, sugar free ice-cream. I didn’t even know they made that.

So a new day, a new week and all the information to do what is important to become the more healthier, sexier me.

Take care my friends and God Bless!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Word by word, meal by meal, exercise by exercise…

It’s a no brainer. When someone takes the time to help you lose weight. Does all the leg work, the paper work, the research, does the plan and has the results why is it I think I can do better? Why is it just not easier to follow a piece of paper then think I can think better?

For 11 weeks I have been following, working with and seeing results with Allan's Challenges. I have lost 13 lbs with Allan’s challenges. He has taken the time to teach me things, show me how do do stuff, answer my questions and more. And this week, well I gained…yes gained… 2 lbs. Why did I do this, because my brain thought it could do better. It thought I could make something with a few less calories, I could work out just a tad better or differently. It thought it knew more then the man that has already lost more weight then a whole person. STUPID ME!!!!

So what am I doing right now? Well other then writing this post? I am writing up a grocery list, something that goes with the menus that Allan has offered. I am looking at my calendar and planning the days to do the exercise and more than he has listed. I am planning on losing the 2 lbs I gained and another 1 or 2 that I need to, to catch up to where I should of been if I had followed the plan.

It’s my fault, no one else’s. There’s no point in saying anything else. I made a pinky promise to Allan I will do this. I will stay the course, I will do what I know needs to be done so that I can be at my goal weight by my 31st anniversary. So I can put on my wedding dress (or by the way, when I say wedding dress…I don’t mean a white flowing gown, I eloped when I got married and it’s a pretty bluish lacy dress I made when I was 17) and give my hubby a hug with out bat wings.

That’s it folks. I am sad I didn’t do things right this week but there’s today, the start of my new week to do what I know I can, I will.

Take care my friends and God Bless!!!

Friday, January 7, 2011


I made the most greatest supper but….but….the chicken was a bit dry. Since I didn’t coat it with anything and I wanted to bake it with my veggies it got a bit dry. Not terrible mind you but enough that Mike used ketchup on it. It looked so yummy, tasted so good …but dry. Any ideas? Here’s what it looked like.

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First I grilled it in my cast iron grill pan for about 8 minutes and I did use some water to steam it a bit. Then I added the green pepper, onion, 2 small red potatoes and tomatoes and baked it at 450* for 30 minutes. The veggies were perfect. Just the meat. I can handle it, in fact it’s what’s for lunch today.

It’s January and of course money is tight, I am thinking about eating these guys…

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They are good for you, very low fat and when roasted on the dinner spinner are amazing. What do you think? Like squirrel? There isn’t a meat I haven’t eaten in my life growing up on a farm but now that I’m older these guys get to live, I’m just kidding but they do taste like rabbit a bit and that is what I’m fixing tomorrow. Remember this..Best Dinner Ever! Terri gave me 2 rabbits that are dressed for cooking so I am going to be baking them up.

Gotta have my meat so that means finding the best way to cook them. I know, meat isn’t for everyone and meat with faces isn’t for Allan at all. I’m just not an ocean animal eater, the shrimp is good but otherwise that’s about it. So I’m learning to fix the old traditional stuff better.

So there you have it, a question if you have the time to answer it. A well wish for a great and blessed Friday. And take care my friends, the weekend is just about here. YEAH!!!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011


That is my personal best for a 5K. I did that today. I know it’s not a record breaker but for me it was. I haven’t been able to exercise for 9 days so today I went and kicked butt. I worked hard, I sweated hard and when I was done was ready to take the world by it’s tail. I am proud of me. Now to keep this pace up and get better each week. I can do this.

The weather is cold (-10 when I left) and everything is ice covered. No matter I went today but here’s what our roads are looking like.


This is my road heading to the highway.


This is the road heading from the gym.

I am drinking my water, 1.5 gallons a day, eating really close to the 1200 calories a day and back to working out. I don’t expect the scale to move much this week since I’m just getting back into the groove but next week I should see some big changes. Or at least I’ll be giving it my best no matter what.

I hope you all are doing excellent with your new year resolutions, ideas, thoughts and challenges. It’s a new year, a new month, a new day to do what you know you should to become the more healthier you.

Good luck, take care and God Bless you all my friends!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Kick in the butt….or incentive…

See this…

That’s my name there, right there on the bottom. In 10 weeks I lost 13 lbs. I didn’t keep track, I am amazed…I am shocked. I didn’t know. Dumb really because it’s exciting to lose weight.

I earned this from Allan

WOW!!! It’s all I can say.

Well really there’s more to say. I am so sick of being sick and not getting to exercise. I’ve been doing the exercise Allan has assigned us but nothing extra, I can’t, I am so tired, so worn out and so sick of being sick. I have to admit I am feeling better today, maybe finally turning the bend to health. I am going to go work out on Thursday, I can’t wait any longer. I need it, my body needs it, my mind needs it. I don’t get bad sick, even with taking care of kids I don’t get sick. It’s been 3 years since I’ve had anything longer then a day illness. OH well, it just better be on it’s way away.

I hope you all are feeling tip top and doing all that you need to do to make this your healthy, get your life on track, feeling your best year ever.

Take care and God Bless.