Friday, April 30, 2010

Another Very Long Day

This was another one of those days that just kept going on and on. I had to be at the office all day, which is a rare occurrence a little Spring Fling action and then ballgames ballgames ballgames. We had a great time and my butt is pooped.

Now I have to get on to you guys a little bit...I knew there were readers out there cause I have a blog counter, but you guys never comment. I get text messages, Facebook messages, phone calls and everything else but tonight, I finally realized tonight how many of y'all are actually reading. At spring fling I had so many people stop me and tell me about friends and family member that had this surgery, or people asking how I was feeling, I actually had someone tell me that they swallow their gum(haha.) So I know your out there now....and no you don't really have to comment, I'm really just glad your reading.

This has probably been the longest day so far. I was hungry all day long, and not just a little hungry but every time I moved all I could do is think about food. I wanted to go to the gas station and get food if that tells you how hungry I was. Don't worry I didn't give in but I really wanted to today. The only thing that kept me going was the fact that I know food is coming soon.

I hope you all are ready for tomorrow. I'm prepared for big rain with movies and a couch. I might even try to fit a few miles in on the treadmill tomorrow but I'm not really stressed about it. I did all my household chores tonight so I don't have to do anything tomorrow. And YES, I finally vacuumed!

Good night to you all for now...I have to get this ballpark funk off me now, then off to Dream Land. Hope you have a wonderful night.

Sweet Dreams.

Day 13

One more full day until I get to eat a little more food. I know its not much but I am so looking forward to it. I keep thinking in a day I get to eat, but really its like 4 more weeks till I get to eat. On Sunday for lunch I get to have mashed potatoes, and other things that are of the same consistency. That is almost like chewing!

I have been making a mental list of all the things I'm eating in 4 weeks and I'm pretty sure I could not possibly eat them all in one day. I would have to get a pizza on the way to the Mexican restaurant and get some FF with Italian food. I'm going to do my best to fit it all into one day so I don't go too crazy and can keep some of this weight off.

Some times the only thing that keeps me going is the thought of week 6 day one, when food will be abundant. Not only am I not sure that I can get it all eaten in one day but I'm pretty sure I cant afford everything I want, but baby you better believe I'm gonna try.

Keep checking back....

Technology Again


I know technology keeps improving to make our lives easier but sometimes its more of a headache than a convenience.

My computer went down again today, but I updated some things and I think things are working fine now. I think, but just give it a few days and it messes up again. It makes life so much more interesting when everything breaks.

I'm going to try to figure out how to blog from my phone, I just got a new one of those so maybe it will work for a while.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Finally Home!

I have been going since about 8 this morning and I'm just now settling in. I am actually blogging in bed tonight.

I have to say, day 12 has been tough but Ive gotten to the point now where I am not counting the days Ive been doing this but now counting down the days until I get pureed food. I never knew I would be so excited to eat pureed chicken casserole, but I am so excited for anything that is not liquid. I cannot think of any more ways to make liquid interesting. I have frozen it, put it over ice, and well basically that's it. There is not much more you can do.

I am enjoying the weight loss so far but I can tell this is starting to take a tole on my body. I find myself getting tired after the simplest tasks and doing Zumba tonight nearly killed me. I cant spin cause when my body stops spinning my head still does, and I can bend over and stand up real quick without feeling a little light headed. This only happens when workout, not all the time.

I'm ready for another good nights sleep and day 13, we are soooooo close to semi food.

Keep checking in....I should have some stuff for you tomorrow...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Step Away

I know you all are probably getting a little tired of all the updates coming through for the gastric bypass experiment so tonight after I was dragged out of bed by my sisters, literally, I thought I would go ahead and blog about another interesting read.


This is what I look like after being in bed for an hour.

So we all know that I have an overwhelming obsession for the Biggest Loser and Jillian Michaels. Well I have found out over the past few weeks that I'm not the only one in my family with a problem. I know some of you may read her but if you don't you really need to check it out. http://www.thepioneerwoman.com/. My sister is extremely obsessed with her. She already has the cook book and I'm told that we are pulling a Day after Thanksgiving and camping out for tickets for the movie. It has really gone way to far.


Don't worry though, she is not the only one with issues. My other sister is the reason I'm out of bed at 11:00pm and blogging. She got online tonight and sent my blog to every news source in the country. I would be surprised but anyone who has over 300 blogs saved in their favorites has issues.

Both of them believe that these people's blogs that they read are their friends...Really?!?!



This was the scene when I arrived.
Now that I have officially shared, so late at night I might add, I am going to bed for the second time tonight.
Keep checking back for more updates on the challenge and my other random thoughts.


Day 11, It Feels like Day 45

After the 3rd day with no sleep and no food I must be completely honest in saying, I am starving. I am so excited to get a full nights sleep tonight. It always makes me feel a little better. While at work last night my entire abdomen hurt, I was pretty sure that I had appendicitis, gall bladder disease, kidney failure and that my stomach was eating its self. All in hopes of convincing myself that I should get to eat. Don't worry, I didn't but I was pretty sure that was what I needed to do.

As far a work goes I have to throw a shout out to my girl from work who told me she reads my blog last night, What up, Zada!!!!!!

As soon as I got off work I felt sooooo much better so I figured all of my symptoms of my diseases were as fake as my surgery.

Today marks the first day that I get to transition into solid food. I don't get to eat solid foods, but I do get to have cream soups, yogurt, milk, and others with a little more oomph! (That's more of a sound than a word but that's how I describe it.)

I am still looking so forward to next week where I get to have some pureed foods. I hope that will be a little more filling than all this liquid. I have found that one thing that may be better with actually having the surgery, I haven't felt full at all since starting this. At least when they cut out half your stomach you feel full after you half cup of chicken broth. But, I'm still no a fan of the surgery. I would rather be empty inside with the knowledge that I can be full again than have my stomach reduced to the side of a golf ball.

Keep checking back for more....

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Guidelines for the Diet


One of the things on the gastric bypass diet that I never really considered to be an issue and really didn't care about was the no chewing gum.

"Avoid chewing gum; it could block the stomach outlet if swallowed"

Most people don't swallow gum, most adults anyway so what difference does it make. Well today I slipped a piece of gum in my mouth because I was out of water and dying of thirst so I thought it would help.

I understand now. When you haven't eaten in days, chewing gum is torture. All I want to do is swallow this gum, then I want to eat another and another piece. By the way, I just spit it out!

My 10 Random Thoughts for the Day

I have had lots and lots or weird ideas and thoughts today but none of them are really post worthy so I thought I would put them all in one.

10. Do you think the contestants on Dancing with the Stars talk to each other during the dances?

9. Why do they call it permanent marker when it will eventually wear off?

8. Jello? Nothing should be this color.

7. I miss that commercial on the radio where the girl says, "Nothing can stop a trAAAAAin" in the most southern accent.

6. Why do the cell phone insurance companies want the broken phones back? It obviously doesn't work or I wouldn't have needed a new one.

5. I wish this guy would call me back. (No not a date a customer, but I want to go home)

4. When did the electric wheel chair become a form of transportation. People around here are driving these things to Wal-Mart. ?????????????

3. Ive been looking out the window for the last 4 hours and have witnessed all of the following...beautiful sunshine, tornado like winds, light rain, horizontal rain downfall, and a hail storm. Really!

2. I wish I could find a desk chair that felt like a lazy boy recliner. The edge of my desk kinda digs into my leg when I put my feet up.

1. BIGGEST LOSER TONIGHT!

Weight Loss


You know when I started this project it was to prove a point. I was so determine to prove my point that I didn't realize that I was the one who got to reap the reward.

As of yesterday I hit my all time low since writing my blog. I will tell you that is one heck of a feeling. I'm still not at 100lbs. lost but I'm heading in the right direction.

I know this may not be the way to lose the weight but someone gets to benefit from the experiment, and I'm glad it gets to be me!

Do You Remember When I Used to Eat?

Yesterday was pretty easy, not too hungry and I even got in a pretty good workout. Zumba kicked my butt last night. I felt pretty good all day. Then I had to work last night and I didn't get any sleep before hand. Well lets just say it was the worst night since I have started this. I know I say that every night I have to work and every night it is true. Its harder every time.

Well the good thing is I got off early this morning Woo Hoo. But to be honest...If KFC had been open this morning, well any restaurant, I would have eaten (and been happy about it.) Now that I have gotten some solid sleep I feel strong again. Who needs solid food?

Anyway, I'm looking forward to next week already. If I could sleep til Sunday I would that way when I woke up I would get to eat. AHHHHHH!

Have no fears guys, now that Ive got some sleep in me I'm feeling strong again.

Keep checking...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Week 1 is Officially in the Books

I'm so happy you guys have followed along all week, just get ready there are 5 weeks to go. Week one was possibly one of the hardest things I have ever done. I am pleased with the first weeks results and I am looking forward to continuing on for even better results.

What we have coming up this week is pretty much the same as week one with the addition of milk and yogurt. Doesn't that sound so appetizing, I know you all want to come to my house for dinner.

This next week is going to start off pretty tough lots of days to work which is always the most tempting, but then towards the end of the week I get a break from the night job and get to sleep a little bit. That always makes it easier. Then next week...semi solid food. Ohhhhhhh Yeah!!!!

Keep checking back for updates.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Results are In!!!!

Well I had my first official weigh in this morning and I think you will all be pleased. The results were even better than I could have hoped for. Drum roll please......

For those of you who cant do fast math, that is 13.2 lbs. IN ONE WEEK! It has made this entire week worth it, kinda. I'm looking forward to giving you the next update.
Another think I have discovered from this is that I need a pedicure. Not many people take pictures of there feet on a regular basis. Ill work on that for next week.
Keep checking in....




Saturday, April 24, 2010

Birthday Party

For starters I want to let you all know, I knew about this party before I started this plan and still intentionally started last week. When you choose to have surgery life still happens, I doubt many people are going to tell their surgeon, "oh I cant have surgery that day, I have a party to go to that I want to eat junk food and pizza and chips, lets put it off another week." Really? So I knew this party was coming and knew I would have to be strong.
Well coming off the worst night of this experiment, my willpower needed to be tested. And I was successful, I didn't cheat. Even though I wanted to really bad. You have to see what I passed up. This is what I like to call "The Temptation Table." I actually worked at this table by choice cause I got to smell the yummy yummy deliciousness.

You see that piece of pizza in the middle, it was just calling my name. You might have heard it where you are. It was loud.
Oh and the candy and chips, I didn't even eat one M&M and I just wanted to stick my fingers in there and grab a few.

Basically, this is just a little reminder of why I'm so glad I didn't actually have this surgery. Maybe by the next birthday party I will be able to have a piece of cake, or 2. I didn't get this weight by having one piece of cake.

Day 5-6

Hello all,

Sorry its taken me so long to get a post to you today, but Ive been doing my best. Well that is not exactly true. I slept this morning and then went to a birthday party (we will cover that in a minute)

I wanted to be completely honest with you all tonight. Last night was the first time I have truly truly struggled doing this. Before I just wanted something to eat, last night I felt like I needed something to eat. My stomach hurt all night long. I was almost nauseous but heaven knows there was nothing to puke. I was also a little light headed. Nothing bad but when I would bend over and then stand up quick I would spin for a second. And finally, there was the heartburn. I dont normally get hearburn when I eat healty or when Im eating poorly, but not eating aparently gives me heartburn. Who knows? My body was weak, I just needed food. It was truly the hardest time I've had since I started this.

Today I have felt so much better, I guess this was just the next hump to get over.

Make sure you check in tomorrow for the first update....weight and all.

Friday, April 23, 2010

I Had a Dream

I have only really had one side effect from this whole thing, Ive been hungry, DUH! But I have not really been able to sleep all that well. This is the second night in a row I wasn't able to get a great nights sleep. And this afternoon I was napping and I had a dream....

I dreamed that someone left a plate of French Fries on the table, and if you are from here you will soon understand. They were Ken's French Fries. Anyway (in the dream), I ate a few and they were soooo good that I actually poured some Ketchup on the plate and rolled the FF in the ketchup just perfectly. As I ate the Ketchup covered wonder of a Fry I realized that I was still on this plan. Then one of the Charlies Angels girls showed up and gave me a cookie, then I woke up.

I woke up terrified that I had cheated, when I realized I didn't I could relax a bit.

As I mentioned, it was a dream and I didn't really cheat but I really want a good night sleep with no dreams about food!

Day 5 Finally, Really It's Just Getting Started

Evening Folks.

This day has been relatively uneventful, I wasn't struggling to bad with the hunger and for the first time I got to eat at dinner without having to just sit and watch. Well lets be honest, I ate the liquid out of soup and a cube of jello. It kinda tasted like yuck, but it was just great not to be the only one not eating.

Now I have to head off to work and we know how well it has been thus far at work but I'm feeling stronger in the willpower department so hopefully I wont get to annoyed by others getting to eat tonight. I'm actually thinking of not even going in the break room instead just walking around the store. That might help.

Well I can wait for the first week to be over, I'm ready to give an update, look for it on Sunday. I'm going to be weighing on Sunday mornings and giving you all update some time that afternoon. I may just send the update that morning, just depends on how good it is.

Keep checking for more....

Day 5 Still in Progress

I am having so many technical malfunctions today this is the first time I have been able to post. My goodness when one thing goes out, they all seem to mess up. New phone will be here Monday and the Internet is working again. Woo Hoo.

Alright on to the updates.

I am still feeling pretty great, not too hungry, not too irritable, I think all is pretty good. I went to bed last night with my back hurting and this morning it is still in a little bit of pain. I have no idea what I did and I am hesitant to take anything on an empty stomach so I just have to deal with it. Not exactly what I had in mind but Ill just deal with it.

I am getting excited about the first weigh in...the result are good so far and I hope they are just going to get better over the next few days. I am also looking forward to next week when I get to add more foods to the diet. Next week we are looking to yogurt. Hello, that is almost solid food. I am ready to have to chew something. But that's a few weeks away.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Internet Issues


Sorry if you all went to read the post and there was nothing there. I had a little bit of trouble with my Internet for a moment but I'm back up and running. Sorry for any confusion.


Peace!

Day 4 is O-V-E-R

I made it one more day!

This day was actually easier than day 3. I was really struggling yesterday but today was much easier. I wasn’t really hungry today at all, that is until I got to dinner. I don’t care who you are, it is hard to watch people around you eat knowing you cannot have any.

But like I said today was so so much better. I am finally home and settled and having some jello while blogging. Does it get much better than this?

I did have a great point brought up to me tonight, How many times a day does I think how great is this that it is not permanent? If I decided today that I wanted to eat, guess what, I can eat. But if I had actually had this surgery, even if I wanted too I would not be able to eat like I use to without getting incredibly sick and risking stretching out the stomach again. That being said I have no intensions in quitting today or tomorrow but if this was permanent...whew!

I thought that was a great point! Keep checking back, you know the post are coming like crazy!

Jaime Oliver's Food Revolution


I posted about this show coming on a few weeks ago and I just wanted to say that I am loving it. If you are not watching you should be. I dont catch it every time but I can catch up on it online when I miss. This show is kinda amazing but it is marketing genius for him cause I really want his books now. He makes cooking look so easy and soooooo good.

Since this show came on I have noticed on the news more and more cities are getting involved in the school lunches and making them healthier, so congrats Jaime looks like your show is working.

Good Morning on Day 4

Hello all and GOOD MORNING!!!

Just going to give you an early update... I have a long day today but woke up feeling pretty good. Not too hungry, but I could definitely eat. My sleep last night was not great and for those of you who know me, I ALWAYS sleep good. When I finally get to a bed or sofa or still I can go fast asleep (like coma asleep.) I found myself a little restless last night and finally this morning I just quit fighting it got up and drank my 3 oz. and got ready for work.

I am hoping that a day full of stuff will take my mind off of the project today, but I find myself having to be mindful of it all the time. I never realized how many times a day I just pick something up and snack on it. Like grabbing a handful of nuts or like yesterday when I wanted to pick up one french fry and eating on it. I don't want to cheat because I wasn't paying attention.

I also have to say....and you will all probably be annoyed by this but I did weigh this morning, and the results are good so far, but I'm going to make all of you wait till Monday before you can know the results. Ha Ha!!!

Keep checking back, the updates are just rolling in now.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

End of Day 3

This morning started off pretty rough. I was struggling early and really couldn't get the idea of food off my mind. I actually had to leave the office during lunch cause I just couldn't stand to watch them eat.

Well I am feeling much better now...

I just keep thinking of things that I am missing and not getting to eat and then I think of the point that I am trying to prove and it makes it a little easier. I made it another day without cheating although I really wanted a French Fry off my niece's plate tonight.

I did get the chance to workout tonight and I can definitely tell that my body is needing fuel. "Food is Fuel"-whoever said that was not lying. My workout was exhausting from the very beginning but I really think that helped me get over the hump. Once I left the gym I felt tons better.

So day 3 is over and I am feeling much better. I am surely ready for bed and cant wait for tomorrow...it's just getting exciting now.

Keep coming back...Ill post again!

I Feel the Need to Clairify

OK, I have heard going around town and actually got a call today asking if I had Gastric Bypass Surgery. I DID NOT HAVE SURGERY! I think people were surprised because I have been a loud voice speaking out against it for years. I am simply following the post op Gastric Bypass diet, trying to prove that you can lose a considerable amount of weight by following the plan and not actually having more than half of your stomach cut out.

The idea is people who are successful at this operation are the ones who follow the plan without cheating, and if they had the willpower to do that after surgery they could have done it without surgery. If they are not willing to follow the plan they end up with horrible side effects and a life of malnourishment and possible weight gain.

I will be following the plan and keep you updated along the way.

J-E-L-L-O

Last night while eating my 4 ounces of jello I realized that I don't like jello. Actually I already knew this but I was just thinking. I think the biggest problem is I don't understand jello. You know you put water in the freezer and it turns to a solid but when you take it out it melts back into a liquid. Well why does jello not do the same thing? Once jello becomes a solid it cannot go back to liquid form unless you put it in your mouth and squish it back and forth between your teeth and then it is still not completely a liquid. And that whole wiggly thing, it just freaks me out.

Now that I have expressed my weirdness with jello, last night I have never enjoyed something so much. It was nice and fruity but still really awkward to eat, you know cause of all the squishy jelloness.

Day 2 Moved into Day 3

OK well last night I was successful at work even though it was possibly the hardest thing I have ever done. Most nights we don't have food served to us but we can buy something in the store. Well last night Target did such a nice thing by feeding us lunch. It just so happens that I couldn't eat it but I had to sit in the break room with 30 other people enjoying food. It was so freaking hard to watch them eat and enjoy the food so much. I just sat there and drank my water with my mouth watering.

Today, I can tell I'm a little more on edge than I have been the last 2 days but I'm trying hard to fight it. When I feel myself needing to snap I just simply remove myself from the room and gather my thoughts and then I feel better. Hopefully the 3 days hump will be over sooner than later.

Also, this is the first day that I truly have to be awake for a lot of hours so just say a little prayer for me. It seems that if I get to get some sleep I feel a little better.

All this said I'm still going strong and have no intentions to quit this journey anytime soon. Keep checking back for updates.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Day 2

I'm still holding in pretty good. Not overly hungry as I assumed I would be during the second day of the liquid diet. I'm a little nervous about tonight, this will be the first night that I work since I started this and we all know I like to eat while I'm at work.

There is just something about a bag of chips at 3:30 in the morning that makes me feel so good.

Anyway, tonight I get to take my mind off of this project for 2 hours tonight during the Biggest Loser...and yes I will be watching from the treadmill tonight.

Keep checking back for more updates!

The Yard Work

I finally got all my landscaping done. Yea Rah. I actually finished it on Saturday but just got some pictures for you. Cause I'm so proud of it.

Before, I pulled up everything in front of these windows and this is what it looked like for almost 2 years.

This is after....I'm so happy with my little flower bed. It is all still new flowers so they are small and I am excited for them to grow bigger and fuller.

Monday, April 19, 2010

End of Day 1


Day one of the liquid diet portion of the experiment is over.
I am aware that I have posted twice on the first day of a 42 day experiment but its still new and I have been getting some questions.

For starters, most of my info on this post surgery diet is from the Internet. I used many different sources but I found most of the information from http://www.mayoclinic.com/. Like I said I used lots of sources but that one was the most informative.

Well, at the end of the day I am hungry, but not too crazy hungry. I can already tell you I want a Diet Coke and something crunchy, I know that is crazy but I didn't realize that I ate so much crunchy stuff in a day. I also have a little bit of a headache because I didn't get any caffeine until late in the day. I can drink coffee but in small amounts, no sugar or cream. I just waited too long, but I assure you it will come sooner tomorrow. But overall today I still feel pretty good, so good that I was able to get a good workout in tonight.

I'm going to head off to bed now, cause if I can't have my late little snack I think it might be easier to sleep. I just hope I don't dream about food. Ahhhhh food!!

Day 1 Post "Pseudo" Surgery


Ok today is day 1 of the fake Gastric Bypass surgery, and so far I'm feeling pretty good. I spent quite a bit of time yesterday cleaning out all of my cabinets of food I know I cannot eat, just to reduce the risk of cheating. I spent the rest of the day yesterday eating. I actually ate enough to make me a little sick but it was so worth it knowing that I would not have anything good or filling to eat for the next 6 weeks.

I have taken some before photos for you but have to get them uploaded but they should be up today for you. I am hoping to take pictures throughout the process but as you all know I am not the best at taking pictures.

And by the way I think this is the first time I have ever posted my weight on here. It is actually my feet on the scale this morning. I know the picture is not great but this morning I weighted in at 265.6. I will try to figure out how to make that picture turn out better. I was up a few pounds this morning but that's alright with me, just more pounds to lose!!!

I have really high hopes for this experiment.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The New Experiment


This morning I started a post about Gastric Bypass surgery and how I have had to defend my stance on the surgery 3 times in the last month. For those that don't know I'm totally against it. I know there are plenty of people who have had success with this and I am really happy they made that choice and that it worked out well for them. I also researched it for myself a few years back and decided it was not for me. The diet was really strict and I felt that if I just did the diet without having the surgery that I too could drop the weight. So......

Its time to put my money where my mouth is. I don't really like doing experiments where I can prove my wrong but if I do then so be it. I have preached against Gastric for years now. I think Gastric is successful for people who are willing to work at it, otherwise you end up with harsh side effects. Well if you were willing to follow the plan and make the commitment you could have lost weight without the surgery.

So here is the plan. For the next 6 weeks, starting Monday morning (cause you cant have surgery on Sunday) I will follow the diet plan for Gastric Patients. I will allow 2 weeks per stage on the diet. In real patients these stages last as long as they need too but I have to put a time limit on it.

This is just a rough example of the plan, it is really detailed and I don't really want to type all of that. This is the very basic version.

Week 1-2: A liquid diet 3-4 ounces 6 times a day.
Week 3-4: Pureed foods 3-4 ounces 5-6 times a day.
Week 5-6: Solid food not to exceed a cup of food per sitting. 5-6 times a day.

The objective of this is to prove with the same effort as a Gastric Patient (assuming that they follow all the guidelines) that I can receive the same results.

A few notes to make. The only thing about this diet that I will probably change is the water intake. I do not want to get dehydrated over the course of the 6 weeks, especially the first 2 so I will probably be drinking a little more water than the patients would, but that is the only exception. And if at anytime I think I cannot continue on with this because it is compromising my health, I will stop, but as long as I feel good and maintain enough energy, I will go on.

I hope you will all follow as this goes on, you might have to hear me complain at first because I'm pretty sure I will be hungry for a few days, or weeks, but my hope is to give you daily updates as well as weekly weigh ins.

Wish me luck!

More and More Yard Work


Sorry for not posting yesterday, I was outside again all day working in my yard. I have about 1 more day of yard work and then it will finally be finished. Yeah!

I do have to tell you about yesterday though. I started working about 2 o'clock just after lunch. I worked on my beds for about an hour and a half. I had already decided that if I was not done I would just skip Zumba. Well turns out I got done at 3:30 I went to Zumba.

After Zumba I started working in the yard again. At about 8 o'clock I finally gave up and quit. I have so little left to do and hopefully that will all get done tomorrow and I will be done. Then for the rest of the year all I will have to do is mow, which I also don't love, but its better than all the mulching and trimming.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Devil Shoes Back On

I finally got the devil shoes back on my feet, and worked out with them on today. And I did all of this with very little pain

I had a very good, actually 2 very good workouts tonight. I went to class tonight and we got to do kickboxing, Ah, WOO HOO!!!!! This is my favorite workout and I think it is the best exercise for me.

Well then after Praise Band practice I got home and felt like I needed a little more tonight so I ran some on the treadmill. I would just like to say I ran the belt off that stupid treadmill. I did sprints at a speed that I have not been able to do before and just kept pushing it until I actually did sprints 2mph faster than I have ever done. I got off feeling great, tired and sweaty!

And I did all of these things with the devil shoes on....I am so hoping I don't end up having to throw them out. But I'm thinking that the rain issue is what hurt my feet so bad not the shoes. I HOPE!

Now if I can cool off a little bit I am going to retire for the night.

Biggest Loser


I have to share my joy and also a little bit of jealousy.

I found out this morning that one of my friends is getting closer and closer to being a contestant on the next season of Biggest Loser. I am so happy for her and I want her to make it so bad, but I also wish (just a little bit) that it was me. I know its awful to say that but that's how I feel.

So now I'm taking a different approach, I hope she makes it and when she comes home maybe I can have a new workout buddy with new workouts for me.

That would be great!!!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Busy Busy Day

I got off work early this morning so I slept in this morning. You know how it goes, sleep when you can...

Well today I skipped my gym workout to work in my yard. I'm trying to get my yard landscaped, I pulled all my shrubbery about 2 years ago and still haven't planted any new ones. Well I worked in my yard for about 2 hours, mowing, picking up sticks, and preparing a flower bed. I was content with my workout.

I went to dinner just before it was time for Biggest Loser. Well on my way home I ran into a friend that had just ran so many miles and I guess the competitor in me just wasn't going to be out done, so when I got home I watched Biggest Loser from the treadmill (again!) So even though I skipped out on the gym I still got my calorie burn for the day.

I'm thinking maybe that for the season finale of Biggest Loser I will watch it sitting on the couch...MAYBE?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Happy Monday My Wonderful Readers

For starters I want to thank all of you who came out and had pancakes with us on Saturday. We had a great turn out and raised a lot of money for the American Cancer Society. Don't worry if you were not able to come we have one more event for you. We are having a 5k race next month, you can come out and walk or run bring a friend a get a t shirt with your entry fee. It's only $15 so you better come out...its for a great cause.

I really have nothing for you today. I had to work last night so I slept most of the morning away. And I have full intentions of going home and sleeping again before I head off again. I am still determined to prove that you can work two jobs with no sleep and still lose weight but so far I am unsuccessful at that. But I have a plan. Most of my Target 20 is gone, just a few more and Ill be back at the mark I was in October. Like I said I didn't quite gain 20 but it sounds so much more dramatic.

I will have to share with you though how I have been trying to cut the calories. I have started taking my lunch on days that I have to work and basically cutting it in half. I eat have during the day then take the other half with me at night and eat it on my lunch break. If I do this I still have the same number of calories just spread out over the day. This little trick has helped me lose what I gained working nights and hopefully it will keep working for a while so I can start seeing results again.

I have been within the same 10 lbs for the last few months, I guess its good that I'm holding steady but I'm ready for the results again. I want to see the 100 mark really really bad, and I think I can do it. It would be the first time ever, and hopefully the last. When I was in high school I lost about 75 lbs only to gain every single one back and a few of their friends came along for the ride. So here goes again.

I am officially on the mission for 100. That might be more exciting than finishing the half, but it would have to be great to top that feeling. Ill keep you updated.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

So Sad I Missed It...So Happy to See Her Go

Last night I went and worked out, nothing too crazy just a good solid Zumba class. Well I got home, sat on the couch, drank a bottle of water just all in preparation for Biggest Loser. This was the first time all season I was going to get to sit on my couch and watch the show, not have to run on the treadmill or anything. So I sat relaxing on the couch, thinking about what I was going to have for dinner.

Next thing I know, my phone is ringing, TV is on LOUD. When I picked up the phone, it was 9:20pm. I fell asleep on the couch and slept through the entire episode of Biggest Loser. I was soooo mad! I had been looking forward to watching it all day...hell, I even blogged about it.

Anyway, my dad so wonderfully had recorded it for me (I didn't set the recorder cause I was going to be home) and I got to watch it today. I was going to blog about this last night, but I was afraid someone would tell me the ending and I didn't want to ruin it so I saved it for today.

And what do you know....They kicker her off. My day started off pretty good, I had a short trip, where I found some crazy good deals on clothes ($10 sports bra, and 97c shirt) and then Red Team girl-BOOM-kicked off. It made me so happy.

Hope your day is a good as mine!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

GUESS WHAT I GOT!!!!!!

Hello that's my sticker on my car....and its pink....WOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!

Thanks girls, I love my sticker.

Biggest Loser


The Biggest Loser doesn't want me but I still LOVE them.

New episode tonight and I'm so excited. I hope they kick off the Red Team girl one week after she comes back. That would make me one happy Super Fan.

FYI: is there a Super Fan club? If not I might start one so I could be the President of the Biggest Loser Super Fan Club. Ill ponder that one for a while and let you know.

Thank You Thank You Thank You

HOLY CRAP THAT IS A BIG NUMBER!!!!!!!

I just have to tell you all, I have heard over the past few weeks when I was out and about in town, even from people that I have not seen in years, "I am reading your blog" or asking about the Biggest Loser Audition or the run.

Let me just say, I am so happy you are all out there reading. I'm happy that you put up with my misspellings and incorrect grammar and who knows what else.

I remembered starting this blog over 2 years ago and I was almost embarrassed to tell people about it because I didn't want them to read and know things about me, know my ups and downs and all of my business...

Man has that changed. Once I decided to not only become accountable to myself but to all of you out there it really changed the way I was thinking about the blog and diet and weight loss.

So for all of you out there, please keep reading, tell your friends and family. As of today I have just topped the 15,000 readers mark and cant wait to see that number go up from here.

I hope that it inspires, teaches, and if nothing else entertains you!

Workout

Yesterday I was able to get my shoes on and do a partial workout. It was not as intense as I like but I got out there and moved my body. By the cool down I had lost the shoes and finished in sock feet.

My workouts will change a little bit, I will not be running as much so I will not be burning as many calories so I have to cut my calories back to make up for the lack of calorie burn. And let me just tell you it kinda hurts my feeling to have to cut my calories. Once I get back in the swing of things I will get to eat a little more again.

My focus over the last few weeks changed from weight loss to running and now we are back on the weight loss train with running added in. I had gotten so involved in making sure I was running so many days a week that I was no longer enjoying it, but now I just cant wait to get back out there.

So hopefully I can get my butt in gear and see some weight loss again.

Oh! the Sticker is Plaguing Me like the Blueberry Muffins

First Off let me go ahead and apologize to my family. I know y'all are so tired of hearing about this stupid sticker, but I must vent to the world.

I have been talking about the sticker that goes on the back of your car (see the picture) since I signed up for my half-marathon. I had chances to buy it before the race but I was to superstitious to purchase it before I had completed the race. I just knew if I bought it I would not finish and would just have to look at the sticker sitting on my counter without being able to celebrate putting it on my car.

So last night I had to work, and I tried to sleep, just a few hours before I had to leave for work but I had already decided I was going to leave early so I could go by the Sporting Goods Store to buy the sticker. I was so excited about this that I couldn't sleep. I even took window cleaner so I could clean the window and put it on as soon as I had it.

Well I got to the store, and guess what...STILL NO FREAKIN STICKER!!!

One of my sisters is looking today and hopefully she will find it but if not I will be ordering online.

I have to have it and will have it. I don't have fatigued sore muscles and scraped up feet for nothing.

Hopefully, I will get tired of the 13.1 and go for the 26.2 one day...one day far away.

By the way the Title of this post goes way back, you'll have to back read to figure it out!

Monday, April 5, 2010

PANCAKES!!!


I hope you all can join us this weekend for our Pancake Breakfast for our Relay for Life team. You can purchase tickets before hand or buy them the morning of. Please come out and help us raise money.

Send any questions you may have.

Tennis Shoes Back On

I have finally recovered from my weekend, mostly. I will be attempting to put my tennis shoes back on for Zumba today. I got them good and clean, going to buy new socks and really just hope for the best.

I have to work tonight and I am just hoping that they will let me wear backless shoes so I don't have to wear tennis shoes all night long. That may be too much for me. So here's hoping for the best.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Injury and Soreness Update



I feel it is only fair to update you guys but just so you know, I am not going to keep on with these, cause I know this gets annoying to just hear me complain.

I have started getting sore, well that is not completely true, I am sore, very sore. My legs feel like they have thousands of knives stabbing my quads. The quads are causing a little limping but most of the limping is caused by the feet. I have a blister on the bottom of my foot that you cannot cover with a quarter.

My feet are so disgusting today that I'm not even going to put pictures on here cause they are nasty. I don't want people to stop reading cause of the nasty pictures.

With all this said, I still would like to do this again. That feeling of crossing the finish line makes the feet and soreness seem like nothing. I don't know what's next but I cant wait to find out. Maybe next time I will have better socks and no rain, I think that will help.

Ha ha, after I posted this I got tickled at my side table. The only thing that I did was move it around so you could see everything...

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Half Marathon....What's Up With That

Well today was the day...13.1 miles!!!! I wish you all could just see the grin that is just plastered all over my face. Well this was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had and I'm afraid this feeling may be addictive. I am thrilled that I finished it, and did so close to my goal time. I set a goal of 14 minute miles, which would have been 3 hours total, and I finished in 3:15. And I was not disappointed in that at all. I took my phone to get some pictures and got a few before the race started but then the rain, ALL THE RAIN, cut my phone off (still not working) but thankfully my niece was there for the first part and got some great pictures.




This was before the race...

This was also before the race...I didn't think anyone was going to get to come except my mom at the end and what do you know, just before the start of the race I see 2 of my sisters and 2 of my nieces there to send me off. I think they came cause it could have been the last time they would ever see me.

Both of these were about mile 1. Man that was early in the race. I think subconsciously I was preparing for the worst in all black.



Is this the cutest support group in their matching jackets or what?....Thanks for coming guys.


Ok now if you are squeamish at all I would suggest you stop reading right here. THIS IS WHERE WE TALK ABOUT INJURIES.


As you can see in the pictures I wore my knee brace and when I finished my knee felt great.
About mile 8 I felt my calf cramping and kinda got scared, then about the last half a mile I started cramping again. I just couldn't stop and walk at that point and scared off that cramp, but when I got to the finish line I jumped across and as soon as I landed my calf just seized up...BUT WHO CARES AT THAT POINT!!!!!


My feet took the most of the damage throughout the race. I got to about mile 4 I thought I had a rock in my shoe. I finally bent over to get it out and when I pulled my shoe away I could see that I had a blister forming. Well, it got worse and you know I got pictures.


Ok I know you are thinking...that doesn't look so bad, don't be a baby, the next two are where it gets good.

Yes that is blood, it is all over my socks and shoes. I also have a blister on the bottom of my foot.

Ok, that's all with the injuries cause they are gross, but I had to share the shoes. And I'm too excited to talk about my feet hurting.
Just one more picture for your viewing pleasure. There was a guy that ran the entire race barefoot. I don't know him and hope you don't mind that you are on my blog but he was entertaining and my niece was fascinated.
Hope you all come and do it next year. Four of the girls in my workout class did this race, two are frequent runners and two of us are not but baby we all finished. GOOD JOB GIRLS...see you in class Monday, but I don't think I will be in tennis shoes. Ha Ha!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

5k Race


My church's Relay for Life Team has some great events coming up and well this is the best way I have to tell you all about them. On April 10 we are having a Pancake Breakfast. You can purchase a ticket for $5 from anyone on the Relay Team or at the First Baptist Church. Or you can just show up at the church on Saturday morning and EAT.

Then in May we are having a 5k Race here in Fayetteville. This is open to the first 100 people and cost is a $15 donation to the Relay For Life. You have to go by the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville and fill out the form there due to the certain number of runners. Hope you all will come out and run with us to help us raise some money.

Happy Easter



Wishing you all a Wonderful and Happy Easter.

2 Days Away


As the time gets closer I have discovered that I am a little less nervous and more excited. I have just decided that I am going to do this as best I can, I cannot train anymore than I have at this point. I have set some goals for myself and I am just going to do the best I can do.

As soon as my race is done, I use the term race loosely, I will be headed off to a wonderful Easter Egg hunt. Hello does a Saturday get any better than that.

I also had it brought to my attention that since this is Easter Weekend that for every mile I run then I get to celebrate with Peanut M&M's. I think it is only fair. I hope to get some picture from the run, but no promises, I don't quite know where I will put my phone or water or food or anything else for that matter.
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