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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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Getting enough water in is still my biggest challenge. Yes it makes me feel lazy. Yes it makes me feel dumb. But I keep trying. Here is my new water infusion pitcher, which makes water drinking nice .... with no added sugar or fake sugar.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Looking Back

In November, I reached a low of 167.5, then gained a bit over the holidays, and am now struggling somewhat to get those extra 5 lbs off. So I went back and looked at myfitnesspal for November.

What I did NOT do:
1. Keep my calories super low.
2. Eat "perfect" on weekends.

What I DID do:
1. Had a few lower calorie days during the week (around 1300 calories)
2. Avoided wine on weekdays.
3. Exercised almost every day.

It is really useful to have the data!

Sunday, January 29, 2012


I give the Brazil Butt workout a big thumbs up! Yes some parts you might feel a bit silly ... but as I was alone in my basement, why should I care?
The workout is very fast paced, and fun. There is a countdown timer on the screen which I love, since I am all about "How much more do I have to go?" I am an uncoordinated person, yet the moves are not crazy hard to learn.

Leandro, the dude who leads the video, has a strong Brazilian accent, and is always saying "Niiiiice", and "Boom Boom!" and "Poooooosh" and "Seeeeeexy"

Love it!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Advice from an 8 Year old

My younger son was watching an infomercial and said "Mom, mom come see this!" It was for the Brazil Butt workout and he suggested it was something I should try. Well, I found this hilarious, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought, "why not!" So tonight, I have a date with Leandro.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday 01.27.12

Hanging out at 172.5. I had a good week with exercies, and an ok week with food. If I want to lose more weight I have to be more vigilant at tracking and keeping my calories a bit lower.

Next week I am moving on to level 2 of Jiliian Michael's shred, and that is a challenge I am looking forward to.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday 01.20.12

Not a great week. I am 1.5 lbs up from last Friday. Certainly I did not overeat to any great extent this week, but I did eat too much sugar. Exercise was better than last week, but not stellar. The winter weather is a drag, but I got to push through it!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday Stats

I have lost 6.5 lbs of the 9.5 lbs I gained between Thanksgiving and New Years. Not a great exercise week, but I was dead tired. This was not my normal everyday tired, but tired to the bone. I don't mind giving myself a rest. Next week will be better.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I think I lied

I got a new laptop at work and now it is easier to post, so I might post now and then. The posts will still be tweet-like. It is funny because I really love to write in general ... I wrote a dissertation, for the love of Pete! But I do not like writing long introspective posts.
In a nutshell, I am still recovering from the holidays. My all time low was 48 lbs lost, and now I am at 43. I am getting back into the swing of working out, and still pushing for 50 lbs lost. At that point I will still be a few pounds overweight, but not by much.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

How Tweet It Is

I think the blog has pretty much served its purpose for me, so I have been, and will be, rarely blogging. I continue to read my favorite blogs, and am tweeting alot @HealthyBirch. If you use Twitter I hope you will follow me.
I am still not at that elusive goal of 50 lbs lost, but may get there in January. I continue to strive for clean eating and fitness, and feel better than I have in years.
Happy 2012!