Friday, February 29, 2008

Guess who is in a size 7?

That would be me!!! Yay! I don't know exactly what that means though. I went to the store looking for an 8. But the jeans I found and really liked came in a size 7. I haven't worn odd sizes in a long time. But they fit so... on w/ the 7's!!! Also- here is a picture of the kiddos and me. They are feeling better.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Still Stuggling!

I added up all my calories today. I am so hungry anymore that I figured I must be forgetting some calories somewhere. So I wrote down everything I ate and how many calories each item has. And the jury is in.... I CANNOT EAT ANYMORE! I am eating 1200 calories. That is it. That is all there is. I am eating all I can eat. This sparse diet is now my existence. I am trying to deal w/ it now. I know that eventually my stomach will adjust to it but... ummm... when the hell will that be?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New to me....

Tonight I worked out on an elliptical machine. I was hesitant to do this. I've always stayed away from ellipticals. I feel like I am a runner. I run. I don't do fancy things like ellipticals or "fake running". I have never been on one. But my IT Band has hurt so bad that I haven't run in a week. So- I figured that an elliptical workout was better than no workout and went to the gym. My opinion of elliptical machines has changed now. It took a while to get the hang of it and I don't think I looked that cool BUT-- it was a good workout. In fact.... I think I will go back tomorrow!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Salt of the Earth

Things are going good here at my parent's house. My Mom and Dad are such a big help w/ the children. One thing that is not a big help is my Mother's need for salt to be at hand at all times!

Fritos layered in salt.

Almonds dripping in salt.

Popcorn rolled in salt.

As a recovering salt addict I feel I need to head back to rehab! I am keeping my calories reasonable but I don't think that matters when I am consuming salt like the Dead Sea. Geesh!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Hanging in there

I am still here.... barely! I haven't been blogging much lately b/c my two children have been so sick. Baby Jack has two ear infections. Lisa has bronchitis, RSV, and pneumonia... all made worse b/c she has asthma. I am giving her breathing treatments every 4 hours, around the clock. So I am pretty tired. I was unable to make it to my last 2 boot camp classes and I haven't run since Tuesday! (My IT band it bothering me-- but that is another post all together!) I am staying at my parent's house so they can help me out w/ the kiddos. Keep us in your prayers.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Awful Truth

Do you know what a person on 1200 calories a day eats? Next to nothing.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Less to lose=Less to eat

I have to eat less now. I am a lower weight. I fall into a lower bracket. I am hungry. The Jenny Craig computer system say I now need to eat 1200 calories a day to lose weight. I was eating 1500. That is a big difference. That is 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and an apple. I am hungry. I knew this was coming. I am adjusting. My consultant and I believe that I still have some wiggle-room b/c of my high exercise level. Like maybe I could eat up to 1400 and still lose weight. But probably not more than that. My favorite website,, says I can eat 1500 as long as I am exercise 3 to 5 days a week. Five days a week is usually my minimum but... I don't always lose just like the calculator says I should. I am going to be trying different things out over the next few weeks as I adjust to this decreased intake level. I don't like to be so clinical but at this point I don't want to go backwards. So anyway- I need to get back to chewing gum and drinking water. Peace!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

A Happy Birthday for a Happy Boy

Today my baby boy turned 1 year-old! Wow, the year has gone so fast. Baby Jack is getting so big. He has 2 teeth and weighs 25 pounds! Oh, where has the time gone? His party was a lot of fun. The cake was not on the Jenny Craig nutrition plan but I did save up some calories so I could have a little piece. Here is a picture of Baby Jack and me while everyone sang "Happy Birthday" to him. He was not sure what was going on. He just smiled, laid his head on my shoulder, and hugged me for the whole song. It was my favorite part of the day.And last but not least the eating of the cake. We don't let our kids have any cake before they are one so this first piece is such a riot. Jack had no idea what to think about it and was a little upset at first. He got over his concern quickly.

Happy birthday Baby Jack! Mommy and Daddy are so glad that God gave you to us. We love you!

Saturday, February 16, 2008


OH MY GOSH!!!!! I AM IN THE 130'S!!!!!!!! I cannot believe this! I lost 2.6 pounds today at my weigh in, dropping me into the 130's! I am so estatic. I BARELY got there, as I had to remove my watch and socks to tip the scale. But- who cares- I am there! What a great feeling this is. I've lost a total of 55.6 pounds and I have 14.8 left. Today that does not seem to terribly far to go. Oh, I am just so happy. I've been waiting to get to this decade forever. The only thing better will be the 120's! But I am not stressing about getting there b/c I just feel so great right now. I am going to be working extremely hard this week to make sure I don't slip back up. Goodness knows... I can't remove any more clothing during my next weigh in!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Feeling better

I had a surprising Non-Scale Victory today. I was in the kitchen making dinner for my children- mixed veggies, turkey sausage, and pancakes... odd, I know. That is what was quick and available!! Anyway, I was making dinner and guess what happened... my wedding ring fell off! Yes, it just fell right off my finger! This made me very happy. A visible sign of my progress! But then it made me very nervous. I don't want to lose my ring! I could just see it ending up in someone's pancakes! I think I will be taking it off until I reach my goal weight. I'll get it resized then.
In exercise news- I am feeling much better. I got a fartlek run in today. One mile warm-up. Two mile fartlek. One mile cool-down. It was really late but needed to happen. I also got a weight routine in. So I guess I am over the head cold stuff. Thank goodness! Now I can get back to work!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sick and tired of....

being sick and tired. I've been trying to think of something witty and insightful to say but I just don't have any mojo right now. I am still a little under the weather today. I DID make it to boot camp class but only b/c I had to get out and exercise b/c I was becoming a mean person. It felt good to get out but I am really tired now. I am headed to bed. I promise to have some really funny things to say soon. How long can a head cold really last anyway?

Sunday, February 10, 2008

A plan

I had a super-long run planned today. Then I woke up w/ a head cold. No fun. I just want to lay around and sleep. I did just manage to squeak out 3 miles. I just ran for the sake of running. I started to panic about getting sick. I was getting so nervous about the weight I might not lose if I am sick and not working out as much. And then I thought-- "Okay, I need to lighten up!" So I decided rather than stress about getting sick, I would make a plan for the week. And this is what I came up w/.
1. Stick to Jenny Craig 100%.

2. Make all my workouts. Even if they have to be shortened. (This may be tricky as Lisa is coughing and the nursery might not take her. But if I can't go to the YMCA for boot camp I'll do Billy Blanks boot camp at home.)

3. Sleep as much as possible.

I think if I follow these rules I should still lose weight this week and not feel too terrible. Oh yeah- last week I lost .8 of a pound. I'll take it! Wish me luck w/ this week's plan!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Last Chance Workout

On The Biggest Loser they call the last workout before their weigh in the "last chance workout". That is what I did tonight. I had a busy day and missed boot camp due to a dentist appointment. I knew all day that I needed to workout. My weigh in is in the morning. But I kept putting it off. I finally stumbled onto the treadmill at 9:30 pm. (Yes. You read that correctly.) I don't care to workout at night, but it had to be done. It truly was my last chance. I did full abs and legs toning afterwards. I am just finishing now. Both today and yesterday I have have kept my runs pretty short. Yesterday- 2.15 and today- 2.50. My IT band is bothering me again. I can't even think about it right now b/c it makes me crazy! I'll think about that tomorrow. Anyway, my workouts have been short but decent. I met w/ my trainer yesterday and she showed me how to use a few machines in the fitness center. She gave me a routine I can do in about 10 minutes if I have time after boot camp some days. I am exhausted and am off to bed now. BTW- Here is a picture of what comes up if you google "last chance". I think I would have rather been there tonight.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Late-Night Cravings

I am going to bed tonight craving Chipotle. I am not proud of this. Sometimes I feel like Chipotle should be one of the food groups. Wouldn't that be nice? Then you would feel like you were supposed to eat it. I have my friends from UD to thank for my Chipotle obsession. When I was working there they introduced it to me one day on lunch. I was pregnant and had been eating Mexican like it was going out of style. (Which it never will.) Anyway, it was love at first bite. I have never looked back. I ate it weekly, sometimes daily, during both my pregnancies. There is one located extremely close to my OB's office. (Put there for obvious sales reasons.) Even though I have not eaten it in over 9 months, my tastebuds have remained faithful. They bring Chipotle to my mind everyday. Good night!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Biggest Loser Shocker!

Tonight on The Biggest Loser the tables were turned on one of my favorite players. Jackie was thrown under the bus and voted off. I was so bummed for her until I saw the pictures of her today.... She has lost 70 pounds to date!! Way to go Jackie! I can't wait to see her at the finale.
In other news. I had 2 great work outs today. I ran a 3 mile tempo run this morning around 8 am. And then this evening I had a tough weight lifting session. I am feeling good... better than I have in a few weeks. I am off to bed. I have boot camp in the morning. Night-night.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Having a ball

I am really getting so much out of my boot camp class. It is difficult but so fantastic. Today we did our entire class holding an exercise ball. So we ran 5 laps around the track and then exercised w/ the balls. We did squats, jumps, lunges, jumping jacks, high knees, etc. All while holding the ball and moving it up and down, over, and around. It gives your shoulders, arms, and core a great workout. In between the ball work we did intervals of running on the track and sprints in the gym. We finished up w/ weights and light ab work (b/c the ball works your abs so much.) I've also started running before my boot camp class. I used to stretch in the hall for 10 minutes before class. Then I would wait for the other class to exit and by the time we began our warm up on the track we are already 5 minutes into class. Now I am just going up to the track and warming up while I wait for the class to come up. Then I stretch afterwards. I am able to get a least a mile in sometimes a mile and a half. And my legs actually feel better during boot camp! But I am still exhausted afterwards! Peace and good night.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Fun Weekend!

What a great weekend! Yesterday at my weigh in I was down -1.4 pounds! Yay me! I am so glad. Then I got to go to my sister's house. My parents took the kids and me to visit and we all had a great time. My niece turned 3 and she is the most DARLING child. Everything she says makes me laugh. She had me cracking up the whole visit! Then, today I was able to run in my sister's neighborhood which is so pretty. And it is always fun to run in a new area. My Dad logged the route for me and it looks like it was just over 6.5 miles. I was so exhausted by the end but it was a wonderful run. I had not run outside in a while. Finally, once I was back home and had the children in bed I was able to lift weights. That needed to happen one day this weekend and I am glad I was able to follow through and get the session in. (Totally 11th hour-- but who cares!) I am feeling great and I know the fun weekend had a lot to do w/ that. Also, I can't believe that I had 2 good weeks of weight loss in a row! I am hopeful for my upcoming week of exercise. Think of all the miles there are to run! Think of all the calories there are to burn! Think of all the pounds there are to lose! This week is going to be great! Peace out!
P.S. For some reason the spell check option is not working!! Yikes! Please let me know if you see an error so I can correct it.

Friday, February 1, 2008


I'll admit it. I am ignoring my blog. I haven't done housework in days. My children just got their first baths in I don't know how long. I am pretending to be Scarlett O'Hara. And I can think about those things tomorrow. I got the above book this week and I CANNOT PUT IT DOWN!! Rhett Butler's People is an authorized novel based on Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind. You can read more about it here on it's website. I know that some people don't care for GWTW spinoffs... but I read them shamelessly. I love the characters and I love reading about their lives. And I particuarly love Rhett Butler. (I actually used to carry a purse w/ his picture on it. Bad. I know.) So anyway- I am still working out like crazy and sticking to Jenny Craig. I have a weigh in tomorrow morning. But I haven't been getting much else done in my spare time b/c of the need for constant reading while the children are asleep. I am managing to get 2 to 3 hours of reading a night but it is often interrupted w/ phone calls, sick children, etc. I'll get back to blogging reguraly as soon as this chapter of my life is finished. I really do give a damn.