"I've found that when life's brush obscures my view with gloomy strokes that seem to mar the scene, God's hand appears and gives to sunless hue and dreary skies a more majestic sheen." Gustafson

19 May 2010

This week

I met at friend at the mall Monday morning and this morning at 5AM for a good 50 minute walk/jog. I'm really missing the insane D-1 workouts but so thankful for the 4 months I had there. I learned a lot and hope to continue incorporating some of the workouts into my routine.
Eating wise it's been a roller coaster ride again this week. Trying to take it one day at a time.
I'm really into posting on my other blog now and honestly don't have the energy right now to keep posting my food journals, especially since I haven't been as consistent lately. So, if you don't see any posts for awhile, don't worry. My goal is still finding ways to eat healthier and continue exercising. You can always catch me on Facebook or http://frugaladee.blogspot.com.

So grateful for your love, support and encouragement!

16 May 2010


Thanks Allison for prompting me to finally give an honest update. I've had a hard time sticking with WW this past week. I'm not really sure why I've struggled so much since Thursday but it's always more challenging to eat "good" on the weekends. Chris and I had an awesome date night Friday. We ate at Chili's and despite WANTING to eat bad I chose the guiltless grilled chicken platter and sides. However, I killed it at the movies with a box of raisinettes! And I'm finding that it's SO hard finding Weight Watchers dinner recipes that my family will like and eat. ARGH! I'm really stuck right now and it's super maddening because I desperately want to lose at least 15+ pounds. Honesty is the best policy so here it is. Not sure what tomorrow will bring. Thankful for a space to share in humility.

11 May 2010

WW Journal 5/11

Another GREAT, kick-butt workout at D-1 boot camp this morning! Thursday marks the end of my journey there...I'm a bit sad. Unfortunately, I pulled a groin muscle so I'm in pain tonight. Hoping rest will help it recover so I can meet my friend to walk tomorrow morning at 5AM.

Fun day but I'm exhausted. Sorry for the short post...off to bed.

WW Journal 5/11
Pre-workout: 1 TBSP peanut butter-2.5pts
Breakfast: 2 whole wheat zucchini choc chip muffins-4pts
Snack: peanut butter granola bar-4pts
Lunch: Popcorn-2pts, apple-1pt, cheese stick-2pts
Snack: whole wheat zucchini choc chip muffin-2pts
Dinner: Weight Watchers Taco Soup with cheese-8pts, grapes-1pt, fat free chocolate pudding-2pts, 1 red. fat oreo-3pts

Workout: 45 minute boot camp workout
Total Points: 31.5
Activity Points Earned: 6pts
Goal Points: 22pts
Points including Flex Points: 25.5points (3.5 flex points)
Water: 4 cups

10 May 2010

WW Journal 5/10

I met my friend Melissa at the Cool Springs Mall at 5AM and we briskly walked 3 miles. It was a great start to the day

The kids and I were out running errands and didn't plan on eating at Moe's but thankfully, Chris got of on time tonight so we met him there for dinner. I wanted to eat the WHOLE basket of chips and queso but I only had ONE!

WW Journal 5/10:
Pre-workout: strawberry nutrigrain bar-3pts
Breakfast: 2 zucchini chocolate chip muffins-4pts
Snack: none
Lunch: apple-1pt, 2 pieces of whole wheat toast w/2 TBSP peanut butter-7pts
Snack: zucchini chocolate chip muffin-2pts
Dinner: 2 Moe's Funkmeister chicken soft tacos-12pts, sweet tea-2pts, 1 chip w/queso-2pts

Workout: 50 minute walk (3 miles)

09 May 2010

Taking a mini-break

As you've noticed, I haven't blogged for a few days. It's been an incredibly busy and FUN weekend! I'll be back on Weight Watchers wholeheartedly again tomorrow. I haven't been tracking my points well this weekend so I'm excited about the new week ahead.

Happy Mother's Day!

07 May 2010

WW Journal 5/7

Today has been incredibly fun (see my other blog) BUT it didn't start off that way! I had my alarm set for 4:25AM so I could get to boot camp but sadly, I didn't hear my alarm go off and slept in until 8AM! The kids and Chris were still asleep as well so we scrambled like crazy to get out the door. I scarfed down two organic poptarts (because it was quick and easy) and thought I was only having about 6 points max - sadly I had an 11 point breakfast! Then, I kissed little man goodbye and told him to sleep well! Ha! I was fifteen minutes late to work and from there, my whole day was off. I helped a family clean out their basement from the flood and when I got home, stepped in the shower with my bra on! CRAZY! My points have been off all day. I did get to walk for about 30 minutes with a friend this afternoon so I got a little movement in. Thankful this day is ending.

06 May 2010

WW Journal 5/6

Today has been much better, in regards to having self-control and eating healthy. I started my day at 5AM boot camp and it was another kick-butt 50-minute session. I literally felt like I was gonna puke - we worked extra hard today! I can tell I'm building strength because I'm able to do the exercises and running a little longer each time.

I met a sweet new friend (Melissa) at boot camp a few months ago and we decided today that we are going to be accountability partners and our goal is to both lose 30 lbs by August 1st. 60 pounds TOTAL! It's CRAZY, but I know it can be done or at least we can strive and work our hardest to get there. Chris and I celebrate our 10th anniversary August 5th so I'd LOVE to be back down to my pre-marriage weight. Mostly, I just want to be fit and healthy and get back into my "normal" clothes. I'm sick of big girl pants! My membership at boot camp ends at the end of next week but her contract isn't up until July. We've decided to meet at least 2-3 times a week around 5 or 5:30AM and walk/run around the Cool Springs Mall! So happy to finally have a workout partner.

WW Journal 5/6:
Pre-workout: Nutrigrain strawberry bard-3pts
Breakfast: Pure protein bar-4pts
Snack: Peanut butter granola bar-4pts
Lunch: cheese stick-2pts, apple-1pt, grapes-1pt, fruit snacks-2pts, fat free choc pudding-2pts
Snack: whole wheat goldfish-6pts
Dinner: 2 cheese & salsa quesadillas-8pts, grapes-1pt, baby carrots-.5pts, 1/2 TBSP queso-.5pts, 1 1/2 TBSP choc chips-3pts
TOTAL: 38 points
TARGET: 22 points
WATER: 10 cups
Workout: 50 mins at boot camp
Crunches: 100 Russian twists

05 May 2010

WW Journal 5/5

Sabotage, no self-control, bombed! Today was a wash. And I'm not quite sure why I bombed. I kept track of my points up until late this afternoon and then the hunger and temptation overwhelmed me and I let it get the best of me. Right before dinnertime is always the hardest time for me because I want to snack, and I'm used to snacking.

It's super late and my goal is to still get up for boot camp at 4:25AM tomorrow so I'll end for now. I at least wanted to keep my commitment of posting even though I'd rather hide! Praying for strength tomorrow.

04 May 2010

WW 5/4

I had a great start to the day at boot camp. It was SUPER HARD but so worth it! Then we got a sweet surprise at work when one of our friends in CA ordered pizzas for us and had them delivered around lunch. Thankfully, I counted points and didn't go overboard. I brought the rest of the pizza home for family dinner with Chris' parents and have had to make myself NOT have any! I'm CRAVING another piece!

WW Journal 5/4:
Breakfast: pure protein bar-4pts
Snack:4 krispie cheese crackers-4pts
Lunch: 2 slices Papa John's pizza-14pts, fat free chocolate pudding-2pts
Snack: 1 krispie cheese cracker-1pt
Dinner: Weight Watchers hamburger pie-5pts, Weight Watchers macaroni salad-3pts, strawberries-1pt, 2 TBSP chocolate chips-4pts
TOTAL: 38 points
TARGET: 22 points
WATER: 12 cups
WORKOUT: 50 min @ boot camp
CRUNCHES: 50 Russian twists, crunches at boot camp

03 May 2010

WW Journal 5/3

Well, considering I over-ate and totally killed my points yesterday, I still managed to lose 3 lbs since last Monday. I'm guessing if I hadn't overdosed on food yesterday, I might've dropped a few more. I'll take it though! Encouraged to see 3 lbs slip away!!

Today was sweet with the kids. We were able to get out of the house for a little bit and managed to find a gas station that still had gas available and get a few things at the grocery store. Then we ventured out again for dinner to Chick-fil-a and met Chris there after he got off. 'Twas a great day off!

I just got of the treadmill after a fast-paced 30-min walk and 100 crunches on the exercise ball. And I'm gearing up for bootcamp tomorrow at 5AM.

WW Journal 5/3:
B: bran muffin 2pts, banana 1.5pt
Snack: none
Lunch: 2.5 cups Mallow Oats cereal w/skim milk 7pts, homemade rice krispie crackers 7pts, fruit snacks 2pts
Snack: none
Dinner: Chickfila chicken salad sandwich 7.5pts, sweet tea 2pts, fruit cup 1pt, 2 TBSP choc chips 5pts
WORKOUT: 30 minutes on treadmill (fast paced)
CRUNCHES: 100 on exercise ball

02 May 2010

WW Journal 5/2

Confession day! I blew it today. Yep. I promised Chris I'd make him some Starbucks-like blueberry scones and I couldn't resist the temptation to chow down when they came out of the oven. I was just gonna take a nibble to see how they turned out but they were soooo good. Then, I finished off a bag of chocolate chips....I had about 5 TBSPs which equals about 10 points. Sigh. Thankfully, I didn't blow it the rest of the day. I used self-control at dinner but to top it off, I haven't worked out either. Dang. Can you tell what I do when I'm stressed? EAT! Stressed because I was worried about Chris being out in the floods and storms. So thankful he's safe at home tonight when so many aren't.

Praying I won't let the guilt and shame from today carry over into tomorrow. My boss closed the office tomorrow so I get to spend the day with the kids again. YAY!!!

Blew my day....thank goodness for God's grace tomorrow!

01 May 2010

WW Journal 5/1

Today has seriously been an insane weather day for Middle TN! It has rained almost non-stop all day and it's still pouring like crazy. So many areas around us are flooded and friends are having to evacuate their homes. And tomorrow is supposed to be worse. REALLY sad for Chris who has to work out in it all day tomorrow. Please pray for his safety.

I used too many flex points today and didn't get a workout in. As long as I get a workout in tomorrow (which I'm planning on), I'll be on track with my goal of exercising 5 days a week. Need to really watch my points more carefully tomorrow.

Breakfast: 1 Whole Wheat Zucchini Choc Chip muffins - 2 pts, 1 cup of Mallow Oats cereal - 3 pts
Snack: fruit snacks - 2 pts
Lunch: Turkey Queso Tortilla roll-up - 4.5 pts, grapes - 2 pts, goldfish - 4.5 pts, 1 TBSP chocolate chips - 2 pts
Snack: fruit snacks - 2 pts
Dinner: Lenny's Deli Ham & Swiss sandwich - 7.5 pts, 1/4 chocolate chip cookie - 2pts
TOTAL: 34.5 points
TARGET: 22 points
TOTAL POINTS USED: 34.5 (12.5 flex points)
WATER: 6 cups

30 April 2010

WW Journal 4/30

So thankful it's Friday! It's been a fun family day. We registered Brit for Kindergarten this afternoon and then had a nice family dinner at Jason's Deli and of course, ended up at Sweet Cece's again!

I got in about 15 minutes of strength training doing Dustin's Fit Moms for Life DVD (that you can get for FREE!) and then walked for 20 minutes on the treadmill.

It was such a gorgeous day here in Middle TN but the storms are coming! It's supposed to be nasty the rest of the weekend. Really hoping to get to the Farmer's Market tomorrow morning if it isn't pouring.

Hope you all had a great start to your weekend!

WW Journal 4/30:
Breakfast: 2 Whole Wheat Zucchini Choc Chip muffins - 4 pts
Snack: Peanut granola bar - 4 pts
Lunch: 1 Whole Wheat Zucchini Choc Chip muffin - 2 pts
Snack: pack of Fruit Snacks - 2 pts
Dinner: Jason's Deli Club Lite sandwich - 11.5 pts, strawberries - 1 pt, 4 wheat crackers - 2 pts, water, Sweet Cece's vanilla yogurt w/strawberries - 4 pts
TOTAL:30.5 points
TARGET: 22 points
WATER: 10 cups
WORKOUT: 15 min strength, 20 min treadmill
CRUNCHES: 50 on the exercise ball

29 April 2010

WW Journal 4/29

Little man (aka Thunder) woke up in the middle of the night with a bloody nose...poor baby gets them once or twice a month. I settled him back down after a few minutes and then overslept and didn't make it to boot camp. I did, however, just come in from a 30 minute walk/jog around our hilly neighborhood. Whew! It was super windy but the cool breeze felt so good.

My other blog FRUGALadee is finally up! It's really fun sharing stories, recipes, coupons, store deals, etc.!

I'm on day 4 back on WW and feel pretty good. Now that I'm eating less, I'm feeling hunger pains I haven't felt in years! :) It's good pain and so worth.

WW Journal 4/29:
Breakfast: 2 Whole Wheat Zucchini Choc Chip muffins - 4 pts
Snack: Cascadian Vanilla Chip granola bar - 3 pts
Lunch: WW Sloppy Joes - 6 pts, hamburger bun - 2 pts
Snack: none
Dinner: 2 soft tacos (cheese, queso, salsa, lettuce) - 9 pts, grapes - 1pt, 1 cup of Sweet Cece's no sugar vanilla yogurt & strawberry slices - 4 pts
TOTAL: 29 points
TARGET: 22 points
WATER: 9 cups
WORKOUT: 30 minute walk/jog

28 April 2010

WW Journal 4/28

It's amazing how productive you can be when you get up early! I had a sweet quiet time, hit Harris Teeter at 6AM for their triple coupon deals, came back home and folded laundry and packed lunches all before 8AM. Even though I went to bed with a headache and it was still going strong when I woke up, I'm so thankful I didn't let it hold me back from getting up early! Normally, I would've used that as an excuse to stay in bed. Grateful for God's provisions and His timely healing.

I've really been tapping into my Flex points since I started back on WW Monday because I'm used to eating so much more during the day. Portion sizes are my struggle! Baby steps....

Off to work on my new blog...more details to come tomorrow!

WW Journal 4/28:
Breakfast: 2 Whole Wheat Zucchini Choc Chip muffins - 4 pts
Snack: Cascadian Vanilla Chip granola bar - 3 pts
Lunch: Pure protein bar - 4pts
Snack: Banana - 1.5 pts, cheese stick - 2pts, Dr. Pepper - 3 pts (still nursing a headache; I've cut out sodas and have only had 2 in the last month since the caffeine seems to help my migraines, otherwise I stay away from them!)
Dinner: Trader Joe's Blueberry Waffles (2) - 5 pts, syrup - 1pt, 3 slices of turkey bacon - 3 pts, 3 apple slices - 0 pts, Zucchini Choc Chip muffin (for dessert!) - 2 pts
TOTAL: 28.5 points
TARGET: 22 points
WATER: 8 cups

27 April 2010

WW Journal 4/27

It was an extra EARLY morning because Brit crawled into bed with us at 3:45AM!!! Which NEVER happens!! Then my alarm when off shortly after at 4:20AM. I could've made excuses and stayed in bed, but I chose to get my booty going! On my drive home, I heard a Tobymac song with this lyric, "If you gotta start somewhere, why not here? If you gotta start sometime, why not now?" I feel like this TOTALLY applies to where I am right now spiritually and physically. Love it!

And I read these verses a few weeks ago and they hit me hard! Proverbs 13:4 "the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied."
Vs. 18 "He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame." Very convicting and motivating.

WW Journal 4/27:

Pre-workout food at 4:30AM: Banana - 1.5 pts
Breakfast: 2 Whole Wheat Zucchini Choc Chip muffins - 4 pts
Snack: Fruit & nut trail mix bar - 3pts
Lunch: String cheese - 2pts; strawberries & grapes - 1 pts; salad w/almonds & oil & balsalmic vinegar - 6pts
Snack: Peanut Gran Bar - 4pts and Starbucks Coffee Lite Frap - 2pts (Migraine!)
Dinner: WW Sloppy Joes - 6pts; Strawberries & grapes - 2pts; Hamb bun - 2pts; WW Roasted Potatoes - 1pt; 2 TBSP Ketchup - 1pt; Whole Wheat Zucchini Choc Chip muffin - 2pt
TOTAL: 37.5 points
TARGET: 22 points
WATER: 10 cups
WORKOUT: 50 min @ boot camp
CRUNCHES: 50 Russian twists

*SIDE NOTE: I'm still floored that I earned 7 activity points today. I thought it was TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE but according to the WW method, this is correct. SO EXCITED!

Here are the two WW recipes I used tonight for dinner (Sloppy Joes & Roasted Potatoes).

Gonna hit Harris Teeter at 6AM tomorrow for triples!

Sweet dreams!

Sloppy Joes

Makes 5 servings


1 1/2 lbs ground turkey breast (I used 1 lb lean all natural beef)
Cooking spray
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
8 oz can, no salt added, tomato sauce
1 cup ketchup
1 1/2 tsp low-salt Worcestire sauce
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp yellow mustard
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp dark brown sugar

Coat a non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Place over medium high heat
until hot. Add turkey breast, onion, and bell pepper. Cook until turkey is
browned, stirring to crumble. Drain in a colander and set aside. Wipe drippings
from skillet with a paper towel. Return turkey to skillet, add tomato sauce
and the rest of the ingredients. Cook over medium heat 10 minutes or until slightly thick.


Roasted Potatoes with Garlic

**I omitted the garlic!

Makes 8 servings.

1 pound tiny red potatoes, halved
1 head garlic, cloves separated but not peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Arrange potatoes and garlic cloves in a 9 x 13-inch pan. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and garlic is soft. Squeeze the roasted garlic from the peels onto the potatoes. Mix together.

Points: 1 - Serving size: 1 cup - Per serving: 64 Calories, 3.4 g Fat, 0.7 g Fiber, 7.8 g Carbohydrates, 0.9 g Protein, 136 mg Sodium

26 April 2010

It's been a great day! My sis gave me a beautiful black & white flowered journal on vacation last week so it's now officially my WW journal so I can keep track of my points, workouts, and water intake. Brit and I made a batch of delicious Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip muffins (2 pts per muffin). So yummy! And dinner was especially yummy tonight and I didn't go overboard! For my weight & height, my target points per day is 22. Plus, 35 flex points per week to use whenever I want!

Sadly, I let the kids play with my WW calculator so much that it's broken now! URGH! No worries, I found an online website that calculates points for me. I'll just have to be extra prepared ahead of time before eating out so I can calculate the points before hand. I also love Dottis Weight Loss Zone website. She has tons of WW recipes and restaurants with points values.

A friend just told me about the Women's Half Marathon coming up on September 25th and I've already started thinking about training for the Country Music Half Marathon next April. I said I'd NEVER run another Half but I might just change my mind!

Chris had another looooonnnnnggg day at work so I didn't get on the treadmill until 9:45. Just now wrapping up my workout. I'm off to bed so I can get up at 4:25AM and scoot over to D-1 for 5AM boot camp.

Thankful for an encouraging start back on Weight Watchers!

WW Journal 4/26:
Breakfast: Pure Protein Bar (20 grams of protein) - 4 pts
Snack: Banana - 1.5 pts
Lunch: 2 mini bags of popcorn - 2 pts; cheese stick - 2pts; apple - 1 pt
Snack: Trader Joe's all natural strawberry nutrigrain bar - 3 pts
Dinner: Turkey sausage - 7.5 pts; 1/3 c. Trader Joe's Mac & Cheese - 2 pts; 1/4 cup Trader Joe's organic baked beans - 1 pt; strawberry & grape slices - 2pts; 1 TBSP Trader Joe's organic ketchup - 1 pt; Whole Wheat Zucc Choc Chip muffin - 2 pts
TOTAL: 28.5 points
TARGET: 22 points
TOTAL POINTS USED: 27.5 (5.5 pts are Flex Pts)
WATER: 10 cups
WORKOUT: 40 min brisk walking on treadmill
CRUNCHES: 100 on the exercise ball

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

1/3 c sugar
1 c whole wheat flour
1 c quick oats
1 TBSP baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 c shredded zucchini
2 TBSP oil
1 egg, beaten (I used a FF Egg Substitute)
3/4 c skim milk
1/2 c chocolate chips

*Preheat over to 400 degrees. Line muffin tin with cups or spray with cooking spray.
*In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients.
*In a medium bowl, combine zucchini, oil, egg and milk.
*Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until moist.
*Add chocolate chips.
*Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes.
*Cool on cooling rack and serve.

Calories: 78 cal
Protein: 2 grams
Carbs: 12 grams
Fat: 3 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Cholesterol: 8 grams
Sodium: 40 mg
Potassium: 95 mg

25 April 2010

New journey

I'm quite sure most of my friends and faithful readers have given up on my blogging journals. I've really struggled the past few months with my journey spiritually and physically. Disney was AMAZING and our recent trip to the lake was incredible!

You'll probably roll your eyes when you read this (because it's only the trillionth time I've started over on my weight loss journey) but tomorrow is a NEW day! Thank God His mercies are NEW every day!

I'm recommitting to Weight Watchers starting April 26th. I don't want to bore you but most of my daily blogs will consist of my food journal for that day (God knows I need the accountability!), I'll list WW recipes, give updates on my spiritual journey in addition to my workouts. The numbers on the scale keep rising and it's getting out of control! I desperately need God's strength to stay committed.

When I did WW and walked 4-5 times a week back in 2007, I lost 30 lbs in 3 months. I'm praying for the same commitment and dedication to shed the pounds so I can be healthier and happier with who God is creating me to be.

Thank you for standing by me on my roller coaster rides!

16 March 2010

T-12 and counting!

Only 12 days left until we reach the most magical place on earth! Ha! I got off my rump and dragged myself to D-1 for bootcamp this morn. It's always SO hard to get motivated to go but after, I always feel so much stronger and energized. The pounds still aren't shedding BUT I know I'm toning up, I can tell by the way my clothes are fitting these days.
This past weekend, I ate like a QUEEN! I didn't go overboard or anything but we did have dinner out with some great friends at a Japanese steakhouse and then went to an amazing yogurt shop after. In between dinner and yogurt, we played a round of laser tag so I probably burned a few calories! And then Saturday, I went to a baby shower at a wonderful tea room at an old plantation manor with some friends. Again, I ate some nice treats (little sandwiches, small scones, hot tea and a few treats). BUT, the cool thing is, even though I did have some sweets over the weekend, I HAVEN'T used that as an excuse to fall off the wagon. So grateful I'm continuing on a healthy path.
This week I need to up the water as I haven't been getting in a full gallon since the weekend.
Here's to a healthy and fit week ahead!

11 March 2010

"Get off your but!"

Alarm beeped at 4:25AM and I laid in bed for 5 minutes making excuses about why I couldn't get my buns out of bed. Thankfully, I made the best decision and got to bootcamp just in time for another kick butt session! Lots of running up and down stairs, burpies, sprinting and team exercises. Somewhere in between the huffing and puffing, I heard Coach Carter say, "You have to get off your but!" Not your backside, BUT the excuses we make. "But I can't workout because...." or "But I'm too tired..." This really slapped me in the face because I'm the QUEEN of using "but" statements! By the end of the session, we had one lap to go around the field and out of nowhere I was overcome with energy and sprinted like I've never done before! It felt so good...I can tell I'm building stamina and strength. Maybe I won't quit after all!

Still killing the water and laying off sugary/white flour foods. I can tell I'm toning up a little but not like I had hoped for. So, it's time to start counting calories again. I've been slacking in that department and obviously that's the key to getting the fat to melt off. I feel like I'm making good choices all around EXCEPT for keeping track of my caloric intake. Off to write in my journal....

09 March 2010

18 days to go....

Disney here we come! Dang, we're excited! I was back at D-1 this morn at 5AM. It was a TOUGH one....but most of them are. I'm still trying to get a gallon of water in everyday and haven't had any sugary foods or white flour foods until today when I chose to get a Starbucks coffee lite frap. I was in need of a little energy and it definitely helped. I passed up the cookies and angel food cake so I'm proud to say that just because I had a sugary drink (12 grams of sugar), I didn't fall off the wagon! Seriously, chocolate chip cookies have been in the house since Sunday and I haven't had any nor have I been tempted! It's incredible how the craving for sweets has gone since I cut them out. Again, I'm not making any commitments as to how long I'll go without sweets BUT I'm continuing to choose not to for now.
It's a little discouraging because I feel like the weight show be melting off since I'm not eating sweets, drinking tons of water AND doing boot camp 3-4 times a week. BUT, it's not. Trying to stay focused and not concentrate on the number on the scale.
So appreciate the encouragement and support!

04 March 2010

Only 23 more days!

Let's give it up for Disney in 23 days!! Woohoo! And to add to the excitement, I just finished my 3rd day this week at boot camp! I've met a few more people who have been so encouraging. This morning my new partner is the Director for an adoption agency here in town...so it was fun chatting with her. She told me to come back in the morning...which would make 4 times this week and my 3rd day in a row. I will say it HELPS to have people rooting for you and holding you accountable.

I'm on day 4 of the gallon challenge and haven't had any trouble getting my gallon in every day. I just feel like I'm floating all the time (or in the bathroom!). And today marks 1 week since I cut out sugary foods and white flour. I feel GREAT! My skin feels better, no migraines and I have more energy. I weighed myself last weekend and had dropped 2 lbs and have decided not to weigh myself again until Saturday. I don't want to get obsessed about the number on the scale. The most important thing is that I'm eating healthier (I'm CRAVING fruit for my sweets) and taking better care of my body. I even sat down with a small bowl of grapes while we watched American Idol last night. I've NEVER done that in my life! :)

Feeling strong...Lord, help me stay the course.

28 February 2010

1 month from today....

We'll be finishing up our day at Magic Kingdom! It's hard to believe Brit will be 5 one month from today!!
I've been MIA again friends (as you've noticed) but I'm back tonight. One day at a time! The past few weeks have been stressful and when I'm stressed, I eat like mad and don't have any motivation to work out. I did make it to D-1 this past Thurs night and today I got on the treadmill for 30 mins here at home. It felt good!

I met a wonderful lady last week who chooses not to eat sweets because of the way it makes her feel. She's thin and extremely health concise. Her commitment to not eat sugary foods/drinks, really inspired me. So last Wed, I decided to give it a try. It's Sunday night and I'm here to say I haven't had any sweets or white flour items or sugary drinks since Tuesday night. I've been consuming tons of juicy fruits - strawberries, grapes and pineapple to satisfy my sweet tooth. And the real shocker is, I've even had unsweet tea twice and really enjoyed it! Who would've thought this Southern gal could give up sweet tea! I'm not going to make an unrealistic commitment about my sugar detox but I will say I'm taking it one day at a time and I haven't even missed sweets. No Starbucks, no sodas, no cookies....it's been so freeing and it hasn't been hard!
Another fun thing...Chris and I are starting the gallon challenge tomorrow for the month of March. His trainer drank a gallon of water a day for a month and lost 30 lbs and didn't change any of his eating habits. Seems doable so we're going to start in the morning! Guess I'll be in the bathroom most of the month if you're looking for me. :)

I just read this article about water vs. coke and it was VERY enlightening and shocking! Thought I'd share....http://dustinmaherfitness.com/2010/02/28/water-or-soda/


12 February 2010

44 days and counting....

EXCITED about my 2nd morning in a row at boot camp! It was a great upper and lower body workout combined with running the field and up & down stairs (torture!). I'm definitely feeling the burn! Yesterday I did great on keeping track of everything I ate and even though I just started counting points 3 days ago, I'm feeling lighter already....it's been a long time since I've felt this way!
If the stars align, I'll be back at boot camp tomorrow at 6AM!
Happy weekend!

11 February 2010

45 days til DW!

So thankful I got my booty out of bed at 4:25AM! I always dread boot camp but today I was really thankful I went. It was a smaller group and the session was just what I needed to get back into it - intense but not brutal! I've already spent some time in the Word and in prayer and I'm ready for the new day ahead! Thank you Lord!
Praying for focus and determination to count all my points today. It's nice that I earned some activity points for the day! :)

10 February 2010

46 days and counting...

Sorry I've been MIA! Thanks Ally for encouraging me to get back to blogging! I've been exhausted every night this week so I've been trying to get in bed early. I haven't made it to D-1 since last Saturday morning because of ice and sleeping in! BUT, tomorrow's a new day and my plan is to go the next 3 mornings in a row. I haven't tried 3 sessions back to back so I'm sure my body will be screaming come Saturday afternoon!
Another update to share....I started counting points again yesterday. I realized that the weight's not coming off just by doing boot camp 3 days a week. Weight Watchers is the ticket! So I'm trying to get back to tracking points. It's always a battle for me but I'm praying for focus this go round.
Disney is getting oh so close! SUPER EXCITED!

03 February 2010

53 days to DW!

Thankfully a little neck pain earlier today didn't keep me from going to boot camp tonight. Seriously, it was the toughest workout yet! And it was a LADY COACH! My boss, who's also going to D-1, said she's the most intense and now I know! She's amazing and such an encourager, just really a stickler for multiple reps and we went a FULL hour. Usually, we end after 50 minutes. So, I'm feeling the burn all over tonight. My body's starting to feel tighter so I know it's working! Really need to keep focused on my food portions and choices. Thanks for everyone's encouragement and support!

02 February 2010

54 days and counting....

Sorry for being MIA the past few days! I had every intention of getting to D-1 on Saturday morning but the snow kept everyone inside. I did, however, make it last night to the 6PM class and because I hadn't been since last Thursday, I was whooped! It was a grueling, intense session but I enjoyed the new coach. Sadly, I'm struggling to overcome neck pain so I don't know if I'll make to the 5AM session in the morning. If not, I WILL go to the 6PM class. Thankfully, Chris has training all month so he's home every night this month around dinner time...we're loving his new schedule and don't want it to end! Thus, it gives me the option of going in the evening IF I need to.
Disney is quickly approaching and we're ALL getting SO excited!

28 January 2010

60 days left til DISNEY!

I'm WIPED after another 5AM boot camp session this AM! I'm so glad I went because the group was smaller and we were in teams so we had fun cheering each other on. Today was my 2nd boot camp this week so I need to figure out one more time to fit it in this week....hopefully Saturday at 6AM if we're not snowed in.
Sweet time with friends at Chilis tonight! Now off for some much needed rest...

25 January 2010

DAY 63 and counting....

Only 63 days left til Disney!!! We're all getting more and more excited! Chris and I are signed-up for a volunteer day in the next few weeks so we can get free admission. What a sweet deal!

4:30AM came EARLY this morning...it's so stinkin hard getting up and motivated when it's cold. But, alas, I was at D-1 ready for my first workout of the week. We had 5 lb weights in each hand the entire 50 minutes and really focused on working our legs and core. My legs were BURNING up and down the field!

Excited to return Wednesday AM!

22 January 2010

DAY 65....

Today was my 5th time at D-1 boot camp! Hallelujah! Something clicked mentally today and I'm really anxious to go back. My body's aching, especially my legs from today's workout, but I can feel my body toning. This is really the best thing I've ever committed to. I'll be back Monday AM!

20 January 2010

DAY 67

D-1 boot camp is down right the HARDEST thing I've EVER done! Worse than a half marathon and 50 billion times harder than giving birth & recovery. I got my bod out of bed at 4:25AM this morning and did my time at boot camp. We pushed 25 lb disks down and back up the field for 40 minutes straight including push-ups and burpies in between. TORTURE! It was doing sideways bear crawls with 15 lb weights in each hand that I felt the deepest burn in my legs. My body is so stinkin sore BUT I feel really good because I know I'm gaining strength and toning up. I'm using muscles I never knew existed! :)

18 January 2010

DAY 69

My body is in turmoil! I pulled a muscle in my lower stomach/side this afternoon playing cars (of all things!) with Thunder and it totally effected my time at boot camp tonight. Thankfully, Chris had the day off so we had a fun family day together. And since I didn't make it to 5AM boot camp this morning, the fam dropped me off at D-1 for an hour while they went to the play area at the mall.
The inner tube of fat around my tummy was flapping like crazy tonight! This coach might even be harder than my 5AM coach! It was ROUGH! BUT, I'm so thankful I'm doing this. The hard work and pain WILL pay off! I'm eating healthier and drinking lots of H20. Disney, here I come!

17 January 2010

DAY 70

Due to an AWFUL migraine that caused me to throw-up, I didn't get my home workout in today and I doubt I'll make it to boot camp at 5AM because it's still lingering. I hate that migraines are so debilatating. A dear friend whom I haven't seen in a few months, came over today and instead of getting to hang with her much, she graciously watched the kids while I napped. I couldn't function and I'm still moving pretty slow. I did keep track of my calories and went over some because I drank a lot of Coke....caffeine usually helps.
I'm hoping to make it to the 5PM or 6PM boot camp tomorrow.
Off to bed soon...

16 January 2010

DAY 71

No boot camp today but I did do a 20 minute fast-paced cardio workout. I'm actually not as sore as I thought I'd be today. I wanted to try the Saturday boot camp class but it's at 6:30AM and it just doesn't work out with the kids wake-up schedule. Plus, I don't want to over do it my first week. I'm watching what I eat and allowing myself some treats (within reason). Starting tomorrow, I'm going to start keeping track of my calories again, which will be a big help.

15 January 2010

Day 72....

I can proudly say that on this day, Day 72 of our Disney countdown, I joined D-1 Sports boot camp for 1 year! I have up to 3 months to cancel if I don't want to continue. As I was signing-up, I found out that my 5AM Coach is a former Navy Seal, I'm doomed! I went to bed really late last night and was so tempted to skip my 2nd day of boot camp but I'm SO glad I went! It was TOUGH and I was heaving and gasping for breath during a few of the exercises, but I feel really good (and sore!).
Thank goodness for a little Christmas money to help with my new commitment. That and I'm fasting from Starbucks until after Disney so I'll be saving at least $8-10/week and as always, I'm trying to cut down our grocery expenses.
I even bought a few exercise pants and tops (on sale, of course!) for my new endeavor. Saturdays and Sundays, I plan on working out at home and then it's boot camp Mon, Wed & Fri. Here's to getting healthy again!

13 January 2010

I did it....Day 74!

I actually did it....I got my booty out of bed at 4:25AM and got myself to D-1 for my first morning of boot camp!! I can't believe it!! It was BRUTAL on this bod but I've felt so much better all day long! I've been eating well and drinking lots of water. I'm going again in the morning (at 5AM) and if it doesn't kill me, I might just sign a contract on Friday! :)
Disney in 74 and counting...

12 January 2010

Twas the night before D-1 Boot Camp!

I'm back friends....I didn't just FALL off the wagon over the holidays, I TANKED and have been at the bottom of the ocean! I overindulged (as is my nature) and HAVE HAD IT! We've been making our Disney plans for Brit's 5th at the end of March which has been inspiring me to get going on my weight loss. My goal is still to lose 20 lbs by March 27th. One blogger coins it "Minniemizing for the Mouse!" 75 days and counting!
As you all know, I can never seem to stay consistent with eating healthy or exercising. So, I'm going to do a trial run at D-1 Boot Camp starting tomorrow morning at 5AM! YIKES! I REALLY need the accountability and encouragement that I don't have on my own.
Here's to getting skinnier in 2010! I've been drooling over my brand new black skinny pants that have been hanging in my closet for 2 years unworn. I'm ready!