Thursday, February 28, 2013

Virtual Run scheduled for April

Hey guys,

I'm going to be signing up for a virtual run next month!  If you have a facebook account and would like to check it out, click here for Running Over Battens - A Virtual Run for Olivia . 

I was browsing my blogger reading list and came across the post about it from Hello Fitness...We Meet Again .  This looks like a great cause and I'm looking forward to participating!  I'm thinking that I will run a 5K sometime the first week in April for Olivia. 

This will be my first official "Virtual 5K".  I was originially going to do one at the end of January but had to go to a funeral instead the specific day that it was on.  Since this one can be done any day in April it may work better with the ole schedule!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Weighed in at 212.2 today!  I totally needed a victory on the scale and thankfully it did cooperate today!  I'm seeing a pattern with my weight.  I have a whoosh, then the next one to two weeks it seems the scale doesn't move much, but then another whoosh.  It's crazy but whatever!   My totally weird weigh ins are here!

I have a mini goal set of getting under 200 by the time my next physical comes up (on April 24th).  I'd love to be at least 15 down by then.  I have a little less than 2 months to make this happen!
Showing a little River Tam love today.  I totally miss Firefly.
 So this is a quickie post.  Not much else to report at the moment and work is, well, work.  Happy Wednesday everyone!

How has everyone done on the scale this week?  Have you achieved your goals for the week?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


I heard that song yesterday on the way home from bowling last night.  It seemed quite fitting in several different ways.  "I can't get to sleep.."  Sleep has been intermittant if at all lately.  My poor hubby has been sick and when he is sick his snoring is amplified.  He started feeling bad Saturday and starting Saturday night I think I might have gotten 5 hours of good sleep.  Sunday night was the worst though.  I stayed up late to watch the Oscars and the Walking Dead but by the time I went and got in bed (and put my earplugs in ...) I could still hear him through the earplugs.  It was also storming really bad outside that night too.  So I ended up going to sleep on the couch by the time I actually fell asleep until my phone alarm woke me, I think that may have been a total of 2 and a half hours of slumber.  And last night was finally a bit better.  I was all keyed up (as usual) after bowling so I think I fell asleep around 11 on the couch again.  Chris woke me up because I slept though my alarm and I was still so wrung out that I just wanted to sleep more.  I texted my boss and said I'd be in but late so I packed my pillow up and moved back to the bed.  I think I got an extra hour in but I think it really made a world of difference.  I feel much, much better now.  I am still tired, and I think it will be an early night but at least I don't feel completely drained.

Totally showing my age there.  I googled what Colin Hay meant when he wrote this song and this is what I found:  
When we spoke with Colin Hay, he explained that this song could relate to a relationship with a person or a relationship with a place. He was living in St. Kilda, which is part of Melbourne, and felt he was going to leave there soon. Says Colin, "It's about leaving somewhere and leaving your comfort zone. You spend a lot of years trying to get something - fame or recognition or getting to a certain point, and then when you actually achieve it, there's always a certain amount of fear that comes with that, a sense of loss of control, because all of the sudden you're not in control of a situation any more, there's other people involved, it gets bigger and bigger with much more stress."

That makes alot of sense to me.  Change is scary and especially getting out of your comfort zone. 

This weekend was mostly un-eventful.  We don't do a big Oscar party anymore like we used too.  It's really hard when people have to go to work the next morning.  We did have our friend John over and Chris's brother David.  Our usual Sunday night gang for whatever is on tv that night.  (Currently we watch The Walking Dead and next up will be Game of Thrones!)  And of course, I thought about almost quitting on Saturday but I'm glad I'm back together with my head on *relatively* straight.

Food wise, I've been really on point this weekend with the exception for Friday night when we went to a Mexican restaurant, but I still was within my calorie range albiet the high end... Hoping that I can get a run in this afternoon or a little gym time in before we have to go pick up Devyn's car.  It's FINALLY ready from the auto repair shop.   So thankful that is finally finished and tired of taxi-ing her around again.  Send some good vibes that maybe it won't be as expensive as we are fearing. 

Oh! I did also have a couple of NSV's to celebrate!  I can cross a thing off my goal list.  Saturday I went to an LSU basketball game and an LSU baseball game.  I sat comfortably in the seats without the armrests digging into my sides!  At the basketball game I did feel squished though but only when getting up and down.  Once I was actually in the seat, I was fine.  So I am going to ceremoniously cross that off in just a few.  Also, I did notice today when I was getting ready for work that my thighs aren't rubbing together when I walk around un-clothed.  TMI I'm sure, but hey, it's a victory in my opinion! 

The games were awesome too.  Basketball one in triple overtime!  And even though baseball lost, it was a gorgeous night.

Peeked at the scale and it said 212.6 this morning.  Hopefully it will remain there or a bit lower.  Hoping for a "whoosh" this week.  I could really use a scale victory now. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Throwing in the towel and then picking it back up again

Ever have days where you just want to give up and not work hard anymore.  Tired of the fight and not seeing enough results? That was the pissy attitude that I woke up with this morning.  And then it turned even worse when I got on the scale.  216.6.  Up ANOTHER pound since Wednesday's official weigh in.  I got up told Chris that I was just going to skip it and that I didn't feel like doing anything anymore.  (After I told him last night that I wanted to try to eek out a 5K this morning).  I feel like all this effort has been just going down the drain.

I got up and went to the computer and vented about it to MFP, then decided to head out the door.  The run wasn't spectacular and I probably should have worked a little harder and pushed a little further.  I only did 1.85 miles in 28 minutes.  But I suppose considering that I was initially not going to do anything at all but sit on my tush, that it was better than nothing.  I came in and realized that sweat was pouring off of me and how good I felt afterwards.

Excuse the messy bathroom and the cat...
Trust me, I was sweating.  And I felt good.  Better than I did before.  Apparently I had chose the right tshirt today too.

So this post is a huge lesson to me that now matter how discouraging things seem, just never, ever give up.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Better day, plus cats & a dog and a brief comic con musing

Yesterday was much better than Tuesday's fiasco!

I got a quick 20 minute run in yesterday morning before work then after work went to the gym and did an hour on the elliptical.  I got through an episode of Doctor Who and overall just ate better and within my range.  Now I just need to get the scale back to cooperating!

Today's plan is to do some weights and maybe 45 minutes or so at the gym.  We are expecting to get some pretty nasty weather in so I'm hoping that I can make it there and back before the bad stuff hits. 

Otherwise nothing much new to report so I will leave you with a picture of my "zoo".  I've been playing around with a new app on my phone that makes collage pics. :)

Top left and going clockwise: Loki, Oz, Buzz T. Dog and then there is Doyle. *Yes, he really sits like that* LOL
OH! I did realize that I have a little less than a year before the next New Orleans Comic Con.  I really want to be at goal by then.  I'm not sure if I'd cosplay but that is really my target goal date.  Now if they get some good celebrities this year so I will actually consider taking my pic with someone!  *I'm talking to you Jensen Ackles (aka Dean Winchester)!!!!  I would also love to get a pic with Norman Reedus and his crossbow /sigh

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wackadoodle Wednesday or Chinese food is my nemisis...

I was really pumped up on Sunday morning for this weeks weigh in.  As of Sunday I was down to 213.0 and I was THRILLED!  So what has happened since Sunday to make it all fall apart?  I ate within my calories on Sunday and Monday.  Ran 2 miles Monday but exercise was non-existant yesterday due to me having to go help my dad with his new cell phone.  And then of course, I didn't get home until around 6:30 last night and the last thing I wanted to do was cook.  Chris also had to work late so he was sorta in the same boat.  We threw in the towel and ordered Chinese take out.  I do believe that one meal sunk me.  I weighed in at 215.6.  I am still down a tiny bit from last week but it's not quite where I was hoping that I'd be.

This week there are a lot of temptations on the horizon.  Today at work we have a birthday lunch and the birthday boy wanted to order from a local burger place.  I stayed on the safe side and ordered a grilled chicken breast but the dessert will usually be what kills me.  I hope it's something that I hate like German Chocolate cake so it's easy to pass it up.  Then on Friday we have a Retirement at our agency.  It's usually pot-luck style so that actually will not be as bad.  There is usually a ton of veggies and fruit at least.

I woke up later than normal for my run this morning too so I only got a little over a mile in but I will hit the elliptical tonight at the gym as well.  Hoping I can get a good solid hour on it and also try to do some weight traning.  (I haven't done that since last Friday, I really need to be more consisitant with that). 

SO this week was a wash with the weight but next week will be better.  I'm starting to get really antsy about being so close to ONEderland that I can taste it!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Day 100 or 101... because I'm math stupid

I set a reminder on my calendar to remind me that today officially Day 100 of trying to be healthier, losing weight and exercising but in going back and redo-ing the math, apparently Day 100 was yesterday.  Have I mentioned before that I suck at math?

Either way, it's been 100 or 101 days of making changes and sacrifices but also seeing progress.

Some of the accomplishments that I am proud of in these 100/101 days are:
  • 28 pounds gone! 
  • I have started and finished the Couch to 5K program
  • I have completed an actual 5K
  • I have lost 15 inches total in the areas that I am measuring (Bust, Waist, Hips and Left Calf)
  • Soda Free since November 7th
  • I have not felt depressed in quite some time
So there you have it!   What are you proud of today?

Knee bones - nsv!

I can feel and see my knee bones!  I know that is weird but hey, I'll take all the nsv's I can get!  :)

Happy Friday y'all!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  Hoping you all spend some time with the ones you love today whether you are in a realtionship or not!  We aren't doing anything big tonight more than likely.  Chris probably has to work just a few hours of overtime today anyway so I will go for a run after work.  We will go do something on Friday or Saturday. I want to see the new Die Hard movie and that's romatic enough for me ;)

Yesterday was fairly uneventful.  Chris had a dental procedure done so I dropped him off for that, then went to the gym.  Just as I finished up with ole Seymour (70 minutes.. personal record for me on the elliptical!), the dentist office called and said I could come and pick him up.  He was so woozy and it was so funny.  As soon as I got there he said, "I can see time".  Oh boy I was going to be in for a very entertaining afternoon.

Needless to say, there were no more drug induced exclamations.  I got him home and he pretty much spent the whole afternoon/evening sleeping.  I got a lot of stuff cleared off the dvr at least.  It was a really good day. :)

Seymour and Doctor Who.  A perfect workout combination!
Oh and I finally had a non-scale victory according to MFP app.  After I entered my food yesterday, I finally saw a number that started with a 1 rather than a 2!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hopefully not so "Fat Tuesday"

Last weekend's eating wasn't so great for me.  I stayed within my calorie range but the food itself, well, I just know I could have done better so I got back on track yesterday and hopefully will continue that pattern today.  I actually have the day off today since it's Mardi Gras down here and I'm actually taking tomorrow off as well to go with hubby to his dentist appointment.  He is having a procedure done so they will have to put him under anesthesia for a bit.  So my thought process was that I could really get a killer work out in today and tomorrow at the gym until I remembered that our local YMCA is closed on Mardi Gras. 

How frustrating is that when you really look forward to something and it isn't open?  It's like taking a trip in the family truckster all the way to Walley World just to find it closed.  :(

So despite Walley World the YMCA being closed, I needed to do something and knew we are expecting heavy rains today.  So I laced up my shoes and headed out the door in the misty grossness that is the South when it is overcast.  Despite the drizzle, my times are definitely improving ever so slowly!

So that is done at least, and now I'm about to do a little cleaning around here, shower and then get caught up on some tv shows off the dvr! 

How are you spending your Tuesday?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mardi Gras!

Living in Louisiana does have a few benefits... the abundance of seafood,  living close to the Gulf Coast, LSU football, basketball and baseball, and then of course, there is Mardi Gras.   In fact, the best thing about it is that we have some days off from work.  Typically only Fat Tuesday for us State Employees, whereas the kids usually have about 2-3 days off from school.  In fact, there are a lot of us Louisianians who take the whole week off and plan a mass exodus to Walt Disney World this week.  Unfortunately, I am not one of those this time.  :(

So my plan for Mardi Gras usually consists of staying in my jammies, safe and off the streets and far far away from New Orleans and the parades.  It's not that I don't like going or participating, its just really not my cup of tea, so to speak.  In my early 20s, then yes, I was an avid party-going Louisianian.  Now that I'm graciously approaching 40, I'd really just rather stay at home.  But this year, my lovely mother, got to cross an item off her bucket list.   She was invited (at the last minute) to ride in the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade.  The parade is the biggest one in Baton Rouge and oh so full of color and excitement!

My plan for yesterday was to get up, go get my run in, home and shower then meet mom to help her carry the beads from her car to the float. Those suckers can get really, really heavy.  Well about 6 am she calls and throws and audible, wants to know if she can come to my house so we can ride together then I can drop her off with the beads then head off to pick up my aunt then get back to the parade route and pick our spot.  So my long run turned into only a 22 minute one, then I had to rush around, shower and get ready.

So I got my mom dropped off then went to pick up my aunt.  We ended up having to park a good ways away at a local casino, then walked all the way to the parade route.  I wish I would have turned on my endomondo app to see just how much we did.  I estimated that we walked about an hour total, which isn't too bad.  I'm actually a little sore this morning and my back hurts a little bit.  I think it's from the yelling, stretching and grabbing for beads!

I didn't take too many pictures since I'm so short and they mostly would have been looking at the backs of peoples heads!  But here are just a few:

A few floats going by

Me and my aunt

"Throw me something, Mommy"

Bead neck - apparently it is a thing.  Neck is also a little sore today!
I am a little surprised at how sore I am today.  My upper back, neck and legs.  Oh!  And yes, I actually got sunburned also. 

My favorite protein shake

I haven been implementing a few different shakes in my weekend rotation especially after a nice long workout.  They also can be used as a meal replacement.  I got several of these from and also Runs for Cookies Recipes

My hands down absolute favorite is the Cake Batter Protein Shake.  In my former "fat" life, I would think nothing of going to Cold Stone Creamery and getting a pint of their cake batter ice cream and mixing white chocolate chips, whipped cream and strawberries in it.  It was my absolute favorite guilty pleasure indulgence.  It was a weekly treat for Chris and I to go watch a movie then stop by Cold Stone on the way home.  The "Gotta Have It" size, is what I would normally get and that alone without the strawberries and White Chocolate and whipped cream is 1,120 calories!   I can't believe I would eat that... weekly!

So in lieu of that, I've discovered these shakes and trust me when I say, they are every bit just as filling as that ice cream used to be.  Keying the recipe into My Fitness Pal, it is approximately 208 calories (using Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk).

Anyway, here's the recipe:

Cake Batter Protein Shake

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 serving vanilla protein powder
1 Tbsp. Torani sugar-free french vanilla syrup
1 Tbsp. cheesecake pudding mix
1 Tbsp. white chocolate pudding mix
1/4 tsp. each guar gum and xanthan gum (optional - I don't use these)
1 cup ice cubes (I use 10 cubes)

If you have any of these you like, please let me know!  I'm always willing to try more.  I have a few "go to" ones that I adore and let me know if you want me to post those as well. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

3 Month Update!

Watch out ONEderland...

Measurements:  (Starting is listed first, then current)
Waist -        49.5     45.5
Hips -          55.5     52.5
Bust -          49.0     45.5
Left Calf -   17      16

So after looking at these I can definitely see a difference now.  My shirt is a 2XL and since I have only lost 3 inches in my hips, my pants size hasn't quite change enough to move on yet but there are actually a few pairs in my closet that I can wear now (mostly size 20 & 22).  So progress has been made!  I can't wait to see what the next 3 months have in store!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Non-Scale Victory!

So I was looking through my closet yesterday while hanging up some clothes.  I'm a tad bit OCD so all my clothes face one way and go in decending order of what I can wear to what doesn't fit anymore.  So if you are looking at my pants, they go from Size 14s (I havent worn those in, um, 12+ years...) all the way to size 24s.  The 24s are getting a bit loose but most of the 22s still fit.  I basically only have 3 pairs of work pants that I usually rotate within the week (we can wear jeans on Friday) On a whim, I decided to try on a pair of grey slacks that were a size 20.  They Freaking Fit!  I am so happy!  I have another pair that I can work into the rotation!

Pants - FTW!!!!
Hmm that is a good angle for me and you can't see my face either...

Anyways, needless to say I'm kinda excited to take my measurements on Wednesdsay. 

Oh!  And I might be on a mini-whoosh on the scale.  I have been peeking at it the last few days and it says I'm at 217.2 for the last 2 days now and that is with me being on the heaviest part of my monthly visitor.  So as long as I hold steady until Wednesday, I will be offically the lowest that I have been in 5 years!   Watch out ONEderland. I'm coming after you!!!!!!!

Friday, February 1, 2013

6 Days post 5K and still no running

So I posted this question on My Fitness Pal yesterday to my friends.  I went out and tried to run again yesterday after work.  Like Tuesday, it just wasn't happening.  My legs felt wobbly and I felt like I was getting winded really easily so I switched to walking.  A few minutes later, I felt fine so I really wanted to try to run again.  Same thing happened and I couldn't do it.   I made the lap back and headed home and opted to go to the gym to finish something at least.  So after a few minutes people started responding and that gave me some encouragement.  I wasn't going crazy and apparently this has happened to others.  So until I get my running legs back under me I'm just going to keep going to the gym.  I have also thought about doing a lower C25K day (maybe even week 1) just to keep in the habit of running until I can get back to my 30 minutes or more consistantly. 

So yay!  I'm not crazy!  I was starting to feel like with all that struggle and I had completed the C25K program and then now all of a sudden, I can't run!  It was extremely discouraging.  But I do feel better about it knowing that it was just me.  And I'm glad that this time around I'm really listening to my body and stopping when it is necessary!

And even though I may not be running I'm still giving Seymour a good work out.  I've been to the gym 3 days in a row!  But alas, today may not happen, Chris and I both had a lot of trouble sleeping last night.  We are talking maybe 2 hours max.. so I think when I hit that wall, I'm really gonna hit that wall, know what I mean?  If I can swing something, I may just try to walk for 20 minutes.  Better, than nothing, right?