My Thoughts and Motivation

getting healthy the right way

Gym all to myself! July 6, 2009

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I had the gym all to myself for most of my 45 minutes ARC trainer session….that  was great!

We had a great 4th of July weekend! We got together with friends on Friday to go to the Festa del Formaggio here in my little village. I ate pretty healthy, all but for the frico…..its a slab of delicious fried cheese, but hey its a delicacy here!!

I split one with the husband, so thats not too bad!
The next night we got together with some more friends for the 4th of July celebration at the base. We had a great time and enjoyed the fireworks.

Today I got my workout in, and am feeling pretty great about it. I took the week off for my cycle. It is so heavy and painful….it just makes almost everything unmanageable!

I am back at it this week!


Weigh in Day! June 24, 2009

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I really, really did not want to step on the scale today….I just felt heavy and I knew it would not be good. Well I stepped on and what do you know I lost 3 pounds! I am so excited, finally a drop! 152!
I worked out yesterday but for the most part I just really watched what I ate this week and this past weekend. I picked lighter options and really had some self control when I was surrounded with things to over eat.

I finally get to pull some numbers for my team, Go Team Coral~


Weigh in! June 10, 2009

Today is the weigh in for the sisterhood and I have not budged…..bummer!

I am not too stressed about it, b/c other people have noticed a difference and I got a few comments this week. I think I can even see a small difference. I also know my body and how it reacts to weights, I put on muscle faster than I lose fat. At some point tho, the weight will just suddenly start dropping off. I just hope it will drop during this challenge so I can pull in some big numbers for the team…Go Team Coral!

My leg in improving slightly, no workout yesterday, but I did walk around the block a couple times. No workout today but I ate very moderately. I have a busy day tomorrow so I am skipping the shred and will throw in a walk for sure. I figure I will give my leg one more day and then ease back into the shredding and hope for the best…..

hopefully the scale will budge a little next week….or a lot!


barbecue weight gain May 24, 2009

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I will have it, if I keep eating at barbecues like I did last night.
Damn the guacamole for being so good!!
I am just going to insure a good workout today. I wanted to hit up the gym, but the child friendly gym is closed on weekends…so a workout at home.
I am thinking a total body workout then some cardio to really kick yesterdays guacfest goodbye.
I have the tools here so I will use them!
Have a great memorial weekend!


A happy surprise! May 5, 2009

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I posted my starting weight at 160, b/c that is where I had originally started a few months ago.
I had gotten to 155 before I was interrupted by my dental maladies.
I had not worked out and I had just been feeling heavier. I really had thought I was probably back to 160 if not heavier.
I was too chicken to step on the scale……but I did this morning, I couldn’t resist it.
I could hardly believe my eyes. Not only did I manage to maintain, but I had actually lost a pound!
So official blog start weight




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DOMS….It sounds so ominous, and it sort of is. Delayed onset muscle soreness, and I have it right now.

I am sore……so very sore.
It sucks when you start working out and you get past that initial soreness, and then something forces you to stop.
I had an infected wisdom tooth so I got all four of my wisdom teeth out. I thought no problem, I will be out of commission for a week. Well then on top of that I got a jawbone infection that made me sick as well and had to have more surgery.
I was out for more like a month.

So yesterday I kicked back into the swing of things but I am now have to relive the initial crazy painful first time soreness.
The kinda sore that tells you, Its ok to let that dollar blow away into the wind b/c it hurts to much to bend over for it…..hmmm one dollar….acceptable loss (true story)
It will soon pass.
On another note, I really really wanted seconds last night of the Delicious ziti I made last night but after I typed out that blog I just went to bed 🙂


I don’t need seconds or thirds! May 4, 2009

Portion control and slowing down my speed of intake need to be some of my first goals…..
I am not hungry so why do I keep going back? I think it is ingrained somewhere deep inside of me, on a genetic level maybe, b/c my 2 girls are the same way. They eat and eat and eat like they have not just eaten 30 minutes before. If they are around an endless supply of food, they never stop. Yet they are beanpoles….yes skinny minny’s!

I was the same way once. I used to quickly eat firsts, then seconds and sometimes thirds and my dad would say to me “someday those second helpings are going to catch up to you.”
I laughed it off. At 5’5 and 100 pounds at 15 years old, being fat never enters your brain. Some of my classmates were on the heftier side, and already worried about what they ate. I NEVER had to give what I put in my mouth a second thought. I ate whatever whenever and was not particularly athletic, I never competed in anything physical in my life.

Just good genes I would think to myself and maybe that thought would have stuck if I would have never had babies….

Wow, as soon as I got pregnant the seconds and thirds caught up fast and with a vengeance. I put on an ungodly amount of weight during my first pregnancy. With some hard work and exercise I took it off. I thought that was it, and I could just go back to the way things always were…..NOPE! My body and metabolism was permanently altered.

A second baby and I did pretty well this pregnancy and was only 10 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight a week after birth.
However my metabolism was jolted again and I actually put on weight after the birth of my dear daughter number 2.

I weigh as much today as I did the day I delivered her and there is NO fetus involved this time. I cant exactly call this baby weight either, as that baby is turning three this month.

Depression about ones body is difficult. Even though I was never fat in high school I still was not really thrilled with the body God gave me. I thought my hips looked oddly connected to the rest of me….Child-birthing hips, everyone called them.
At 100 pounds I was not wearing the size 0’s and 1’s as my counterparts wore b/c of those bony child-birthing hips. I was stuck in a 5. Skinny enough for me, I had flat abs and no pudge to be found.
I just did not like the look of my naked body, the way it was shaped together seemed wrong to me. Not sexy curvaceous, but not sexy skinny either. Now it is a problem magnified with weight settled on those already big hips. A problem that can be helped with some muscle building underneath in the right places, and fat loss from the top.

No more excuses, I have the knowledge about how to get my metabolism on track and I numerous free resources (gym included) I need to get back to a healthy weight, I need to get my portions in control and let go of the life of gluttoney I got away with for so long. I am not and cannot get away with it any longer!

I am putting my starting weight here at 160 give or take a few.
I need motivation, accountability and encouragement. I will post about my daily attempts at resetting my lifestyle and metabolism. I will also try and help others and share knowledge.
This is not a diet, this is a  life. A new one, I need to get.