Weigh in Wednesday...Cafeteria Style

Pretty Strong Medicine

Also all good things must come to an end not really but sort of kind of...

I have been on a great losing streak the last month, (total loss -7.6) especially since being stuck in the 180's for like EVER!!  

So I really wasn't that shocked to see a small gain on the scale today,  bummed yes... surprised no.
I am up  + 0.6lbs just a tad over a half pound so that puts me at 176.4.  I am actually ok with it and am not going to beat myself up about it too much.  Also I'm sure it has a tiny bit to do with the fact that TOM is just around the corner,  or the fact that I may or may not have eaten a tiny army of fish sticks yesterday....

come on I can't be the only one who loves a good fish stick.

Totally brings back the memories of that crappy cafeteria in 6th grade listening to Salt-n-Pepa's Push It

 on my totally rad walkman

eating fish sticks and taco boats...ummm taco boats.


So Many Bubbles So Little Time

Happy Memorial Day peeps!

Hope you are all enjoying the three day weekend if you were lucky enough to have one.
It was pretty quiet around here.  We decided to just stay home and be low key.  But that doesn't mean we didn't have any fun. 

On Saturday we did this

We did the Bubble Run 5k!!!  It was so much fun and so well put together.  We signed up for this about a month ago when I saw it on Living Social (kinda like a knock off Groupon) for $24 then I saw a $5 off any Living Social deal of $15 or more so we scored and did the run for a grand total of $19  see I'm a freaking math wizard.  Talk about a deal! Normally these types of runs are anywhere from $35-$60.  I know right, but they are so much fun and I will pony up the money if it looks really good.   Luckily this time I didn't have too.

Like I said it was so much fun, I would totally do it again and maybe even pay full price.   The race started at 9AM a little late for some races but it was being held on the UCI campus and thee was a no noise rule until 9am so that meant no loud speakers or music until then.  Damn collage kids what, they actually want to sleep in on a Saturday pffftt.  I kid.... anyway once it started the bubbles where in full force.  I was a little worried that it was going to be really slippery, but actually it wasn't at all which was good as this course was REALLY hilly,

 and the bubbles where just as BIG.

 Everyone had a great time and we made it a girls day with TaTa, DQ, my mom, and of course CareBear.

But as with all race there is always some EPIC FAIL!!!  


PS.  I have no clue who that is if I did, I would not have let her wear white pants and a thong when there is water involved (isn't that like an unwritten rule or something).  


Weigh-In Wedensday (on Thursday)


I'm late again...and I was doing so good...

I'll get right to it I'm down -1.7 pounds.  I am now 175.8  yay!!!  I guess I didn't jinx myself  though I did barely make it.  I can't believe it.  I'm so excited and I now wear a steady size 14 and can even wear a few more 12's.  I can't wait to get into a steady size 12 next.

This week is Teacher Appreciation at my school.  I was just looking at last years post at this time and how scared I was.  I was so worried about how I was going to get through the week with out stuffing my face full of crap like this
Yes they really are yummy and I know this from past experience but not this week.  I can totally say with all honesty that I didn't even bat an eyelash this week.  Don't get me wrong I WAS tempted, but I have worked to hard to get where I'm at.  I know I could have had some of the cookies, danish, cakes, and whatever else was there but I was just as happy with this

 HOLY SHIT I can't believe I just said that, and it's true!!!  My plan of action was to stay out of the break room and if I did go back there and see something I wanted I would wait and if in a few hours I still REALLY wanted it I would go back and get a small piece.  I never went back.  I'm so damn proud of myself I better be careful not to break my arm patting myself on the back there. 

Oh and then this happened today

I didn't get Biggest Loser this week...but I'm still the overall Biggest Loser.  KS is right on my tail though I'm only ahead 0.2% so I really got to work it this week.
Oh and speaking of tail getta look at mine
Yes this is what I do all day  #lovemyjob


Tea and Hiking and Growing Up

Summer is in the air, and you can totally tell by all the "end of school" activities.  Friday DQ had her Kindergarten's Author's Tea.  It was so cute to listen to all the kids read their stories and they are all so proud that the can read it by themselves though I'm pretty sure DQ ad libbed a few things in hers.

Saturday was beautiful so it was time to hike.  TaTa and I had a great time, we did a 5 mile loop that is pretty much 2.5 miles  uphill then 2.5 down.  My quads were sure feeling it later that day.  

Turns out that hiking is actually some pretty good bonding and burned some major calories (823).  TaTa and I talked about boys  her not me and life.  I really enjoyed it and am now kind of sad.  About a month or two ago TaTa told me she was planning on moving out.  Not far just up to her grandmas about an hour away.  My mom has a big house all to herself, and as TaTa explained it, its her baby step of getting out on her own. I'm super proud of her taking the initiative to get out and find her way, but like I said a bit sad.  My baby is growing up.


Biggest Loser

Thursday marked the 6 week mark for our Biggest Loser competition at work.  It's been going pretty good.  Most everyone is doing well and we are all trying to support one another. We all had big losses the first weeek or two then it kinda leveled off.  I have been losing steadily and have not had to "pay the pot" yet.  But I have also not been the Biggest Loser either.  It is actually pretty close between three of us. K and Erin were the the BL last week at 4.9% overall loss and I was right behind them at 4.5% .

That is until this week!!!  I had a great loss 2.6 pounds seems I lost a few ounces between WIW on Thursday BL weigh-in, but I only "count Wednesday here (I guess doing all that extra exercise for my trainer challenge really helped) and I have been spot on with my eating.  So after everyone weighed in I went into the back room and saw this!!

How awesome is that!! So excited, but I'm not can't get a big head about it since KS and Erin are right on my heels.

Weigh-In Wednesday

So another WIW and happy to say another loss.   -2.1 pounds YAY!!! I think I can safely say buh-bye to the 180's.  Now at 177.5 I'm suppa close to my mini goal of 175 next week maybe?? Yeah I may have just totally jinxed that but oh well.  

The challenge that I so spanked really helped me to keep moving so I'm going to try and keep it up.  I'll tell ya though reaching 3500 calories just exercising was tough.  That is 500 calories a day 7 days a week with no rest day . I did take one day then had to make it up  later in the week.  Ugg that day I had to keep at it for almost 2 hrs.  So to keep it attainable and not burn my self out I'm shooting for 2500-3500 a week.  That gives me at least one rest day and if I'm running short on time (cause DQ B-Day is around the corner and this mama is in  party planning mode) I won't feel bad only doing a quick 1/2 hour work out!~

Sorry about the crappy quality but you get the idea. TaTa and I starting off our week right!


Sweet Girls

Hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day!!

Mine was very low key and just about perfect.  I started off the day with my final Mama BootCamp which nabbed me a 635 calorie burn and got me to my goal of burning 3500 in a week and was even over by 10 cals cause I'm an overachiever like that.  Yay Me!

Then I came home to this...

TaTa surprised me with all of that and even made me a healthy breakfast that was waiting for my (still hot mind you) when I got out of the shower!! 

Then this was her totally cute card for me, I love that she sees me as strong and fit.  It makes me feel like I am doing something right, and being a good example of health especially for my teenager.  

Next up was the Hubs and DQ who are so much the same person it's scary!  and of course they are nuts so they slid my card under the bathroom door.  You know your a mom when you can't have a moments peace even in the bathroom.  It's ok I'll forgive them this time since it was a $50 Amazon card!!  HOLLA!

Finally to finish the day off it was a very warm 100 degrees here so we spent the day in the backyard lounging in the pool that still feels like ice cubes.


3500 Challenge

So this week my trainer Soben gave me a challenge, to burn 3500 calories exercising.  To keep track I had to take a picture of my heart rate monitor or my garmin and send it to her.  I was totally siked and was all "challenge accepted".  I figured not a problem it brakes down to 500 calories a day, I can swing that.... yeah until life gets in the way.   I started the week off strong.

Here are my burns from Monday running with TaTa (482 cals)  and Tuesdays Mama Bootcamp (427 cals).

Then Wednesday TaTa and I decided to try HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)  to break it down it pretty much means we ran like a bat out of hell  for 1 minute then brisk walk/jog for two minutes and repeated that 10 times (we also did a warm up/cool down jog for 5-10 minutes).  Holy Hell it was hard I thought my legs where going to fall off and my lungs felt like they where going to jump out of my chest and burst into flames!!  But it burned 504 cals so yeah it was worth the pain :)  

After our HIIT run
After our run I had DQ's soccer pizza party to go to UGGG pizza is my favorite.  I had all the best intentions going in but in the back of my mind I was actually scared I wasn't going to stick with my plan.  Luckily the kids pizza was taken care of and the Hubs couldn't make it so I only had myself to worry about. So I ordered a small salad and that was that.  There was a ton of leftover pizza and the coach offered it to us.  I'd love to say I didn't have a single bite but I would be lying and that aint cool so truth be told I did have a piece but only one and even though I really wanted to eat another six. I kept it at the one and was pretty damn proud of myself.  

Now this is where the challenge got rough.  You guys probably know by now that Thursdays are my girls night gym date with CareBear, but this week I forgot I had promised my mom that I would meet her for dinner, since she was at a conference down the street from my house.  Anyway that meant no exercise (even though I truly tried to think of every way possible to squeeze it in) and a "not so healthy hotel dinner"  I got the chicken and rice pilaf (only ate half) but I did have dessert (chocolate mousse cake).  So that means 
I'm gonna have to amp it up the next three days to make up for yesterday.


Weigh-In Wednesday


I DID IT!!! just barely  but so what I did it!

I finally eekked my way into the 170's, and about freaking time too.  I've been bouncing around the 180's since January that's like 4 months yeah I'm cool I can do math.

But I'll have to admit with these little buggers around it's been hard!

Really it's my own fault I made the dumb things and I know they are my weakness.  But DQ has a mad obsession with Oreo's and I really didn't feel like buying them and I knew I had all the stuff to make a batch of these so I did.  Like I said probably not the smartest thing to do, but I had a plan and so far it's working ok.  Here's what I did after baking and letting the cookies cool ok I did have one (really only one) cause I put the recipe into myfitnesspal and one of those tiny suckers is 140 cals.  they may be good but not that good geesh... I threw them in a ziplock and put them in the freezer.  That way I can just take one or two out for DQ's lunch and they have time to thaw.  The great thing about this plan is I don't like hard cookies so if they are in the freezer I won't eat them and also I'm not patient enough to wait for them to defrost :)  and the bonus is I'm forgetful (so much so that DQ always says "mommy your a forgetter, yeah kids got my number) so outta sight outta mind. See good plan :)

So now that I'm in the 170's the NEW PLAN is to not venture back into the 180's...like EVER<--- (thanks Taylor).


Smurf Shoes, Ice Cream and Crossfit

Happy Monday....wait isn't that an oxymoron?? 

Anyway, how was your weekend?  Mine was pretty cool :)  Here let me show you....

Well I guess this wasn't technically the weekend but you know what they say Thursday is the new Friday right?  Well this is what this weeks "girls night" consisted of

Ya total fun, Kindergarten style.  After gym and dinner DQ put a bunch of pillows on the floor and started jumping over them, so of course we all wanted to try it! Hmmm does this count as crossfit??

Saturday morning I dusted off my magic smurf shoes and busted out a 5k.  It's actually been about 3 weeks since I last laced up these bad boys and went running.  It was starting to feel like a chore and it took all I had to get out the door for a run.  So I decided to take a break and do other things like Body Pump, swimming, Zumba just to change it up a bit.  Saturday I woke up and actually "felt" like going for a quick run.  It felt good.  I felt good.  I ENJOYED it.  

What better way to celebrate a nice little 5k that to have ice cream!  That and it was my niece's 15th  birthday.

Then the Hubs and I enjoyed a date night.  We went to see one of our favorite bands Face to Face and Death on Wednesday.  (love that punk music) (and this picture)

and of course I finished off the weekend with a little stock up for the week.  Pretty healthy huh?
ok totally ignore that BAO I couldn't help it, it looked so yummy and TaTa & I  had come straight from the gym and mama boot camp, I was starving!



Weigh-In Wednesday..a New Year Begins


Happy WIW.  I'm on the down side of the Yo-Yo this week 182.0 so that's -1.4 pounds lost this week.  I really was hoping to start May off in the 170's but alas that is not the case yet again this month.  It is driving me crazy that I can't seem to break this 180 mark ugh!   So I'm going to come up with a plan and set some goals for this month and break through that effing wall.

On another but similar note,

I can't believe I've been doing this for a whole freaking YEAR!!

In this last year I've only lost 40 pounds.  I say only because when I started my "new life"  I figured I would almost be at goal by now or hell at least close.  But I'm about half way there and even though I tend to bitch about how slowly the scale is moving, it is moving.  Maybe not every week but at least it's been pretty consistent and I don't feel as I have been starving myself, or been on a crazy crash diet that I can't maintain for the long haul.  It's been slow sooo slooww  and steady and it is something I have come to realize I CAN do for the rest of my life cause that folks is what it is. This IS the rest of my life.

In a year I may not have reached my "goal" weight but here are some awesome things that HAVE happened:

1. I went from a size 20 at 221lbs to a size 14 at 180ish

2. I couldn't even run a mile a year ago and in Feb of this year I ran my first Half Marathon

3. I actually have MUSCLES!!   I can do bicep curls with 17.5lb  weights and leg press 110lbs!

4.  I am HAPPIER and more CONFIDANT!!!

So even though I'm not yet where I want to be,  I am so far from where I was.

I can totally handle that!

Oh and totally go check out Erin and Alex and link up with their awesome Weigh-In Wednesday Par-TAy!  There are some cool peeps hanging out over there :)

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