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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.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Weigh in today tells me I am below 170, which is fantastic.
But I have no reason to gloat mercilessly. My committment is to go beyond mediocre, and in terms of exercise I have been 100% mediocre lately. My fat loss is not where it should be, in relationship to my weight loss.
While my eating habits are not perfect, I do not foresee changing them much. My protein is way up, and my sugar is way down, but I am not going to be pushing them even further.
I need to stop screwing around with working out with weights, and just do it. The thought of weights is always incredibly boring to me, unlike going to the track, which I look forward to. I need to just do it anyway. We have plenty of space in the basement, lots of weights, a mat, a balance ball, a punching bag, and a stereo, so I have no excuse not to.
I will report back next Friday on how I do this coming week.

Another goal: cut back on coffee after noon. I sleep, but I have these crazy ass dreams that make me feel exhausted. I think less caffeine will help.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Yes, I saw a number beginning with 16 on the scale just now. I admit, I ate less than usual today because my stomach is bothering me. Still, I declare it valid!
169.5 -- I have not been under 170 since before I got pregnant with my first son, in 1998.
My goal is to reach 159 ("normal") by June 30. That would be 56 pounds lost in a year. I am also participating in Colleen's #SBRChallenge on Twitter, where my 16 week goal is to lose 15 lbs (taking me to 155). These are very reasonable goals, dependent on losing weight at a rate of 1 lb per week. However, meeting them will require a consistent approach. I am feeling up for it!

Monday, April 18, 2011


I finally got to Kohl's to buy new jeans/pants. And not a moment too soon. Losing weight and having your clothes get looser is cool. Having pants so baggy you constantly look like pooped your pants? Not so much.

I am a solid size 12, which is great. Every pair of 12's I tried on fit. Some looked good and some looked crappy but they all fit. Last summer I was busting out of my size 16, and just could not face the thought of buying 18. For the first time in a long time I am looking forward to buying some new clothes for the summer.
Who knows? Maybe next fall I will be buying 10's ....

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Yes, today is the day I saw it on the scale. 170.0. Nice, but not as thrilling as at the beginning ... I guess because it has sunk in that I really mean it this time, and this is for life. So 45 pounds lost and next week I should see "16_" on the scale. It does amaze me, since I have not seen that since 1998. I am 11 pounds away from a "normal" weight, a place I have not been in 20 () years.

If you are struggling to lose weight, I can assure you I have no more motivation nor willpower than you. Just a plan, and I'm stickin' to it. My plan is more rigorous than some, but less rigorous than many. I drink alcohol on weekends, and regularly exceed my ideal calorie limit by a "little", but sugar is pretty much in my past and I don't have "cheat days". You can find a plan that works for you!

Weather in western PA is beyond shitty and I would like to immerse myself in wine and food, but I will not. They claim the sun will shine tomorrow, but I am not holding my breath.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


I received my green belt at karate yesterday. When I get my uniform with green trim, I will post a picture.

Friday, April 8, 2011


My plan is to get back on track with Friday weigh in's.
Today I weighed 172.5, which is a bit higher than my low a few weeks ago (171), but 3 lbs lower than my Sunday weigh in.

I have eaten well and exercised this week. I don't think there was tremendous room for improvement, although I am never perfect!

I am going to leave my myfitnesspal loss at 44 lbs because I think I can get back there by next Friday. Ideally I would like to be at 45 lbs lost by then.

Enjoy the weekend my friends!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


I have never been a runner. Even as a kid, I could barely run. I have been walking / running on the treadmill, waiting for there to be a little more light in the evenings so I can run at the track. I had been counting minutes : walking vs jogging, but that gets confusing and tedious.

So now my goal is to be able to do 3.1 miles in 35 - 40 minutes, whichever way I can get there. Currently I walk at 4 mph, and then bump it up just a tad to jog every few minutes. Even at that I am pretty damn sweaty at the end.

I am looking forward to the day that the kid who could never run participates in a 5K.

Monday, April 4, 2011


After 3 weeks of upheaval, I am back to "normal" life, and routine, and really it could not come a minute too soon.

I am up a few pounds, but I will wait to see how things settle out this week before I consider it a setback. My guess is after a few on track days I will back where I was a few weeks ago, which was .5 lbs off from 45 lbs lost.

I know that part of weight loss is to have the flexibility to deal with unexpected circumstances, but the truth is I am a very introspective person, and when I have more "human activity" than I am accustomed to I have a difficult time pushing myself into the weight loss zone. I am confident though that I can achieve maintenance in a variety of circumstances, and that in itself is valuable.

My goals for the week are 1) log food daily to myfitnesspal, 2) workout 6 days and 3) blog daily even though I may have little to say.

To finish here is a picture of my son on his 8th birthday. So adorable I could eat him up!