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Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Six years ago I decided (age) 42 would be my magic number. I stepped on the scale for the first time in a LONG time. It was a BIG number, it was a SCARY number, but mostly I knew I had to own that number. I lost 40 pounds, leaving the obese category behind. In 2014 I committed myself to working out HARD and a low sugar diet, losing more weight and gaining nice definition. Then life happened, and I lost momentum, gaining some weight back. My goals now are different, and include completing my first ever marathon at age 48. GULP! You can read about the next part of my journey here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I lost my pants!

Not really.
But do have a NSV of having my jeans sliding off me.
I was too sick to workout this weekend, and no way in hell was I going to go shopping (a much-hated activity - even when I was thin).
But I got my 30% coupon at Kohl's to burn, so it looks like a good shopping weekend.
Also need to kick it up a notch if I want to reach my next goal in my timeframe ... lots of exercise coming my way. I can accept one week of maintenance after reaching a goal, but anything more than that is a recipe for giving up.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Post workout

Said ass was kicked.

woohoo it's Monday!

And I feel *almost* normal
We are getting some much needed rain in Western PA
My trainer will kick my ass tonight

What 3 things are good for you today?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Eating when you are sick

I found it really challenging to eat "clean" with a cold/sinus infection/drippy throat. The thought of protein and veggies was sickening. The thought of fruit and white bread was nice. I definitely did not overeat calories, or eat junk. I had no cookies, cake , candy, ice cream, chips. But I did not balance my carbs and protein.

Today I am back on plan, even though I do not feel 100%. After over a week of being sick, you start to believe you will never feel normal again!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Hot 100

Joining in the Hot 100.

Here are my 3 goals for 2010.

1. Achieve total loss of 40 lbs, to reach 175 by December 31st.

2. Eat Clean 90% of the time.

3. Work out with trainer to go from 41% body fat to 33% body fat (I don't know if this reasonable).

Check out Hot 100 !

Cold Season is Here

Last week was freakin' awesome in two respects
1. I met my 2nd mini goal, 20 lbs lost!
2. Went to Open House at my older son's new school. It is a school for kids with language learning disabilities, he is 11. After a horrendous experience in the school in the local district, this school is working out SO well. The teachers love him, he loves it. He works hard, and has responsibilities. He is being the kid I always knew he was. Relief does not even begin to cover how I feel. It is like I have been carrying a huge weight (maybe 80 lbs, LOL) for the past 6 years, and now I have hope that it will lift.

On the down side, I had a phlegmy cough all week, finally went to the doctor because I have a history of pneumonia. My lungs are fine, it may be a sinus infection. Now I caught my son's cold on top of it. Yuck. It has put a damper on my exercise for sure.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Rock Star Dreams

I reached my 2nd goal, one day early! I am at 195, 20.5 lbs lost. My reward is guitar lessons. Yes, I have rock star aspirations :). My next goal is a small one in pounds, but big in meaning. At 191 lbs I will be under BMI 30. Now, don't tell me the BMI measurement is a crock. I really don't care. Most categories have arbitrary cutoffs. I can accept that at 191 I will be merely "overweight", and it will be a nice place to visit, but not for long!
My reward for that will be new perfume. I believe in treating myself well.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I have already given up on Allan's challenge to post twice per day. It just isn't me, and I am too old to do stuff that isn't me. I am glad other people do it though, because it gives me reading material.
On the plus side, I am now 1 lb away from my next goal, which will be 20 lbs lost.
And I want to give myself special credit for resisting the "healthy" biscotti at my favorite Italian store. I stopped there for olive oil and nuts, super cheap in bulk.
Some people can't resist ice cream, potato chips, whatever.
For me is it biscotti. Oh those dry crumbly pieces of heaven with coffee or wine.
But alas, not on my plan, no matter how much oatmeal or dried cranberries are in them.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Complain : Being sore after working out is expected but this is ridiculous. Sitting to use the bathroom is a real challenge, and that is seriously inconvenient.

Proclaim : 197.5 on the scale today, and I expect to never see 200 again.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Post #2

Well earlier I said I was very sore.
I am almost non functioning at this point, plus battling itchy, drippy throat. Bedtime is looking pretty good.


Taking Allan's challenge to post twice a day.
I am always browsing around blogland multiple times per day, but don't post much since I rarely have anything much to say.
Today I am supersore from working out. To the point that squatting to pick something up is a real task.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Hate, is what I feel

When working out with my personal trainer. But hey! At least I have the money for a personal trainer. I started this week, and it is so way different than working out by yourself.

I am 198 lbs today, 1.5 down from last Friday, although not the lowest weight this week. Still striving for 195.5 next Friday, which will bring me to 20 lbs lost.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Eat Clean

Just read through Tosca Reno's Eat-Clean Diet Recharged, and loved it. I know a lot of you are familiar with "Eating Clean", and I am too, but I always hated the literature out there on it. Most books make it sound like a punishment, hers make it sound like a wonderful opportunity. Most books give lots of numbers about body composition etc, which frankly I don't give a rat's ass about.

I ate (mostly) "clean" yesterday... it was not much of a stretch, since a lot of the really bad stuff I had mostly given up anyway in the interest of counting calories.
I have not given up on counting calories. Never give up what works! But I will do the two in conjunction. While I have been losing weight at exactly my goal pace, I still don't feel as "good" as I would like.

After one day of eating according to this plan I feel more energetic, and I am two pounds away from my goal weight for Sept 24. 197.5, for a total of 18 lbs lost. My jeans are starting to slide off me, and I will be ready for size 14 soon. I had been heading straight for size 18.

I am doing this!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Getting on my high horse

On this anniversary, here is some food for thought.

9-11 Widows

If these women can respond to tragedy in this way, can't we respond to stress in a way that does not involve inhaling food?

That is all.

Friday, September 10, 2010

200, behind me

Woke up today to 199.5 on the scale. So cool! I will see 200 again I sure, because I always have slight rise before further loss, but still a great way to start a Friday.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

On the Right Track

Woke up today to 200 lb, so I am on track for 195 by Sept 25. I need new jeans and would sincerely love to be able to buy a smaller size.
I have been sticking to my plan the past two days very closely. I have no intention of stopping.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


But I don't eat that much! How many times have you heard/said that? Well the truth is that at 42 years old, I don't need to eat that much to stay at 202 lbs. The BMR calculator says 1646 calories for my height/weight/age.
I know the BMR calculator is not 100% accurate, and does not take into account exercise. That is not the point. Especially as we age, it does not take many calories to stay overweight. It is pretty easy to eat 1700 calories, approx, without eating junk food, and without gorging.
That is just the facts. Facts that are conveniently forgotten.

More numbers : my waist is 41 inches, my hips are 45 inches.

I had a good eating and exercise day yesterday. The scale says 202, still, but I plan to see 200 by end of the week.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Slippery Slope

No net gain or loss this week. Although I did not have extraordinary slipups this past week, I did not adhere to my plan as I should have. Although I did not gain weight, I feel that I am poised on that slippery slope where I just throw in the towel. Not with lots of drama ... just quietly going back to old habits.
So I have to focus on the question : Do I really want to be fat? Do I want to live, and eventually die, this way?
If I don't do what I need to do to lose weight, then the answer is "yes".

It was an unusually stressful week ... kids going back to school, including older son starting a new school for kids with disabilities. He now has a 10 hour day, including 1 hour commute each way. He is a trooper about it, and upbeat.

That week is now in the past. This week is new, and I am starting off strong today. 320 calories so far, including some veggies.

Also, I joined a 10,000 step a day challenge at work. Yesterday I had approx 10 K steps, including my typical workout at the track.