So it’s the first week in January. That means we’re all blogging about trying to lose weight right? Yep, me too. If you were bored with all of my “exercise this” and “diet that” posts last year you might as well just go away now, because I’m starting it all over again.

Yeah, wicked boring, I know. But truly, writing about it helped me stay on track, accountable.

So my goal this year is not a particular number. Just for the number to be less than it is now. The goal is to eat right, and exercise as often as possible. That’s it. No tricks. That’s how I did it before and that’s what I will do again.

I started by going to the gym this morning. I also picked my food diary back up, and, you know, actually wrote in it.

ps. The Loser Moms are starting a second round of their online Biggest Loser contest if anyone wants to join us!

let’s try this again

I haven’t talked much about trying to lose weight for a while, mostly because I haven’t lost any, for pretty obvious reasons! However, It’s been 8 weeks since I had my gallbladder surgery, and it’s time to get back at it. I’m healed and cleared to work out now.

My appetite is (unfortunately) normal, and I really do feel pretty good overall. Except. My stomach muscles feel so weak. And the weirdest thing is the numbness on the skin where the nerves were cut. Poke me in the belly pooch and I don’t feel a darn thing. I can feel the muscles deep down when I work out though, just not on the surface. It’s so strange!

Anyway, The last couple of times I went for a walk I got tired very quickly and my abs really felt it. And that was just walking. I haven’t even tried anything else. I haven’t really felt like doing it – like so many other times in my life. It’s too hot. I have too much work to do. It’s too hard to find time when I have Josh at home. I’m too tired.

I need my motivation back! I need to get that feeling back that I had in February and March. I was writing down every bite of food, drinking lots of water, exercising almost every day! I need to start all over again. (This time 34 pounds lighter though!) I know I can, I just have to begin.

My local biggest loser club has its final summer weigh in on Sunday, and hopefully we’re starting over again for the fall months. I don’t think there’s much chance I won for the last few months, but I know I have a shot at the fall. Any local peeps want to join us? Let me know!

I know what you’re thinking, darn I wish I lived there so I can do it too! Right? Right! Well, in a way you can! The Loser Moms Sarah and Devra are doing their own Biggest Loser online competition which I am also joining! Crazy? Yes. Motivated? Also yes! So. Ten bucks, six weeks, starting Sept. 1st! Money motivator! WHO’S IN????

I know a lot of you were on a weight loss journey in the spring too. How are you all doing? Did the summer stall you out like me or are you still going strong? What’s your motivation?

alone and running, in a good way!

I’ve had a crazy, busy, but mostly good week, and the weekend is about to get even better.

I get to be alone! I feel terrible saying that, but seriously, I know you all get it. Sometimes you just need to be alone.

In about an hour I’m heading out to bring Josh to my MIL for the long weekend. She loves to take him and do lots of stuff with him. I imagine the beach will be involved, as will something to do with horses, as always. We get him back on Monday. That means I get to sleep, completely soundlessly, for three whole nights. Don’t hate me!

So I did go running again yesterday, and it was hard but it still felt great. My calves were burning, but my lungs weren’t. I think that’s progress! I’m going every other day right now, just until my body gets more used to it.

I’m going to do my first 5k on July 4!! My friend Nicole and I are going to do it as a practice one. We’ll walk as needed – for both of us! She broke her toes a few weeks ago so it will slow her down enough for me to keep up. 😉 Heh.

Here’s the best thing – the running has helped me break through my plateau – I lost about 4 more pounds! Woo-freaking-hoo!!! The combination of that and going back to writing in my food journal and watching my calories again has made a huge difference. I really need to remember that the next time I hit a wall.

So my plans for the weekend are to run/walk, clean the house, nap, garden, shop (alone! OMG I can try things on!), watch whatever I want to on TV, maybe hit some yard sales, and go see Star Trek.

What are you doing with your long holiday weekend?

even the downhills hurt

Yesterday wasn’t a fluke. I managed the run/walk in 45 minutes again just now. I actually ran a bit more than yesterday, but I was a bit ~ahem~ sore so going fast was impossible. Heh. It was more of light jog. But still, I did it.

I can’t even tell you how much I appreciated all of your comments yesterday. The support and encouragement I get from you all means everything to me.

I think I need to go throw up now.


I probably just need a tylenol. Oy.

run walk intervals

Okay, I’m going to tell you all something that isn’t going to seem like a bit deal to most, but is a very big deal to me.

I went for my usual 2.5 mile walk this morning and somehow I was motivated to do a few running intervals. (Okay, this might have motivated me a bit – go read it!) I do that once in a while but frankly running has never ever been my thing. Today it didn’t seem quite so…hard. I ended up running a bit more than I walked.

That loop typically takes me 65 minutes when I walk it. Today it took me exactly 45 minutes. I took 20 minutes off my time!

Here’s another good thing, I took 5700 steps so far today, and of those it counted 5550 of them as aerobic. Woot! So my whole “walk” today was fast enough to be aerobic – not easy to do!

BTW, I finally got my pedometer to count closer to correct. Last time I took the same route it counted 3800 steps and only 850 were aerobic! (Generally 1 mile = 2000 steps, but my legs are short so I think I take a few more per mile.)

I may be a sweaty mess, and I’m not sure which is going to explode first – my heart or my lungs (!), but I’m happy. Like I said, it may not seem like much to some, especially if you’re already a runner, but it’s a milestone for me.

Do you know what thoughts were in my head when I was running? I actually considered training to run a 5k. I can’t stop thinking about it even now. Huh. Imagine that.

life’s little irritations #11

I haven’t written one of these in awhile but it’s time I did. Because I am quite irritated. By my workout pants.

Since it’s been getting warmer I’ve been wearing a jacket on my walks less and less, and without a jacket – guess what? I have no pockets! Why, why, why, oh why, do exercise clothes not have any pockets?!

I have keys and a cell phone that I bring on my walks everyday. I have to lock my house, and sorry but I’m not going 2 miles away on foot without my cell. It’s just a girl-walking-alone safety issue. I can’t be the only one who has to carry something when I workout. It was the same thing when I used to go to the gym. I don’t want to carry a purse, or have to use a locker. I just want to carry my dang phone and keys!

So I stick my keyring in the waistband of my pants and hope they don’t fall out, and I carry my cell in my hands. I just know I’m going to trip and drop it down a drain one of these days!

I want workout pants with just one cute little pocket. Preferably with zipper or some other way to keep things from falling out. And I don’t want them to cost a fortune. Humph.


Okay, so I was terrible and didn’t really complete any of the Hot by BlogHer challenges this week. It’s not them it’s me.

I definitely wasn’t feeling the diet this week. Diet = meh. Yeah, yeah, I know you’re not supposed to call it a diet but let’s not kid ourselves, when you’re severely cutting your calories as I am – it’s a diet.

Anyway, I was feeling food deprived so I upped my calories to 1500/day for this week but I also upped my workouts.

Now that it’s slightly warmer in the mornings (like 40 instead of 20!) I’ve been getting outside more. As soon as I get Josh on the bus I’ve been setting off for a 2 mile walk – Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday so far! I’ve also continued my stair stepping, mini-trampoline, and hand weights every evening.

Rather than worrying about losing weight this week I concentrated on building muscle. I did stay level on the scale, but I feel stronger. The killer hill on my walk isn’t feeling so killer anymore.

I don’t want to get bored with this. I don’t want to lose my motivation. I don’t want to stop. I just needed to change things up a bit, and I see that I’ll probably need to do that on a regular basis.

I appreciate the feedback I get here – more than you might imagine. I feel like, not only am I accountable to myself, to my family, and to my local friends, but to all of you too. I know you’re all cheering me on and it makes a world of difference to me. Accountability is my fallback motivation, when my will power temporarily fails me. Thank you for that.

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