Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Winter Wonderland Warriors Challenge

        Hello all,
Life's Journey with a Smile

I just signed up for a winter challenge over at http://www.lifesjourneywithasmile.com! It's called Winter Wonderland Warriors. It runs from January 3rd to March 28th. I am very excited about this challenge because you get to set your own 10 goals about anything you want, like losing weight, saving money, etc. Whatever you want to work on for 2011 you can put in there. I am going to sit down tonight and write out my 10 goals and post them up tomorrow. Some will be weight loss related some will be money related and who knows what else might show up in them...lol!!! Well anyway off to re-arrange my office area so I have a better work space.
Ta Ta For Now.

Monday, December 27, 2010

My AWESOME Christmas LOOT!!!

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My Christmas was amazing this year. We had a blast visiting family and seeing everyone. My mother in law and aunt in law went-in on my gift together this year. They got me the Nike gym bag, the jump rope, the kettle-ball set and the pedometer from the picture above. My dad and step mom gave us each some money and that enabled me to buy the new running shoes and headphones. My husband bought me the black and pink workout jacket, its a susan g komen "Cure for Breast Cancer" one. I love it all!!! I am very excited to get all these things.
So onto how the eating went for Christmas. I will say I did "ok". I did pretty good with sitting down and only eating a small plate of food. What got me was when I helping cook in the kitchen, all the little bits and bites that found their way into my mouth... oops! Will do better next year. I had a lot of fun relaxing and enjoying the holiday back to the gym tomorrow!!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

As Promised!!!

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This is my size 14 Goal dress!!!! I am absolutely ecstatic that I am wearing it!!! It felt great to put it on and have it fit!!! I know I still have a ways to go on this journey, however, right now I feel freakin' AH-MAZING!!! Oh and I dyed my hair red... YAY!!! I can't believe I'm in a 14.... WOW!
Ok, goodnight!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

WOW!!! And a question?

I have made Monday my new rest day. Today I finally made it to the gym this evening around 6pm. Somehow I decided to try out the exercise bike. And I loved it!!! According to the calorie counter on the bike I burned 1900 calories, IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE??? 10.05 miles. I am so shocked. Now I'm wondering how accurate the machines counters are? And my intake of calories is 1815 Calories for today so a little high. I would like to be around 1500 to 1800 calories a day. So I was only 15 Cals over for today. I can attribute that to the 3 sodas I drank today. 450 calories from soda... MUST CUT THEM OUT!!!
I really am wondering if the calories burned are accurate or the distance?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Found this Survey!

I thought this would be a fun interesting post. So here are 75 questions about me since I'm bored. Enjoy.

1. First thing you wash in the shower?
My Hair

2. What color is your favorite hoodie?
White and gray

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?

4.Do you plan outfits?

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now?

6. Whats the closest thing to you thats red?
Ozarka water bottle

7. Do you say aim or a-i-m?

8. Tell me about the last dream you remember having?
dont know

9. Did you meet anybody new today?
um no

10. What are you craving right now?

11. Do you floss?

12. What comes to mind when I say cabbage?
no thanks

13. When was the last time you talked on aim?

14. Are you emotional?
Most definetly

15. Would you dance to the taco song?
Dont know it so no

16. Have you ever counted to 1,000?

17. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?
mmm mostly bite but occasionally lick

18. Do you like your hair?
some days

19. Do you like yourself?

20. Have you ever met a celebrity?
yes. Avery Johnson

21. Do you like cottage cheese?

22. What are you listening to right now?
It's Complicated

23. How many countries have you visited?
only the one I live in U.S.

24. Are your parents strict?
my mom is/was when i was younger

25. Would you go sky diving?

26. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush?

27. Would you throw potatoes at him?

28. Is there anything sparkly in the room you’re in?
yes my glitter pens

29. Have you ever been in a castle?

30. Do you rent movies often?

31. Who sits in behind you in your math class?
dont have a math class to go to

32. Have you made a prank phone call?

33. Do you own a gun?
no but someday i will

34. Can you count backwards from 74?

35. Who are you going to be with tonight?
my husband

36. Brown or white eggs?
dont care

37. Do you own something from Hot Topic?
a bag given to me by a friend

38. Ever been on a train?

39. Ever been in love?

40. Do you have a cell-phone?
of course

41. Are you too forgiving?

42. Do you use chap stick?
yes faithfully

43. What is your best friend doing tomorrow?
going to work

44. Can you use chop sticks?

45. Ever have cream puffs?

46. Have you ever seen The Butterfly Effect?

47. What was the last question you asked?
"is there anything red in here?"

48. What was the last CD you bought?
The Band Perry

49. Boys or girls?

50. What is your bus number for school?
in 6th grade i rode bus #51 route 2

51. Is your hair curly?

52. Last time you cried?
yesterday....thought my dog was lost

53. Ever walked into a wall?
many times over

54. Do looks matter?

55. Have you ever bought anything from Pac Sun?

56. Have you ever slapped someone?

57. Favorite time of the year?
Spring and Christmas

58. Favorite color?

59. Are you sarcastic?
I don't know you tell me (said with certain sarcasm)

60. Do you have any tattoos?

61. The last person you held hands with?
my husband

62. Do you sleep with the TV on?
no tv in the bedroom so NO

63. Where was your default picture taken at?
In my car

64. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people?

65. Do you like your life right now?

66. How often do you talk on the phone?

67. What is your favorite animal?

68. What was the most recent thing you bought?
soup, onion, celery, dr. peppers, cookies, potatoes, hash, rotel, velveeta.
side note: not all was for me.

69. Do you have good vision?
eh... i wear glasses for driving and reading but i can see ok

70. Can you hula hoop?

71. Could you ever forgive a cheater?

72. Do you have a job?
currently stay home mom

73. Can you handle the truth?

74. What are you wearing?
jeans and a blue t-shirt

75. Have you ever crawled through a window?

Ok now that is over. That was fun, some my answers surprised even me. Well today I calorie counted for the first time total calories for today is 1771. I was very shocked at how quickly the calories add up and I need to stop drinking calories. I drink about 2 to 3 12oz sodas and a day and at 150 cals a piece that adds up quick. Today while writing down my food and cal counts I only had one soda all day long. So hopefully I can keep going with the cal counting.
Exercise tomorrow. I think Monday will become a rest day for me and Sunday will be a long walk for exercise. So I will be exercising Tuesday thru Sunday. Well anyway I'm off to bed.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Week 10 Weigh In

Do Not Wait For The Ship To Come In, Swim To It

-2lbs this week. I am almost back under 250lbs, where I was before Thanksgiving. I can't wait to get there again. I would really like to be in the 230s by the 1st of 2011. My formal dress that I wore for our Christmas pictures was a bit snug. Not surprising considering the week I bought it I had been in the gym everyday and a 16 fit me well. Now I have to be careful with how I sit and its hard to breathe while wearing it. Hopefully by Christmas I will be back to comfortable in it.
Anyway this week I am hoping to do cardio everyday. I really need to start training for my 5K in February.
Any motivational tips or quotes would be appreciated.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

WOW!!!! Confidence booster!!!! AAAHHHHHH!

Ok I just got a major confidence boost from one of my best friends Mary!!!
We were texting back and forth about weight loss and she said I think you weigh 190-195lbs. And then she said she thought I probably wear a smaller size than her, and I asked her what she meant. She thinks I wear a size 14 pants and large shirt. OMG!!!! I was like wow girl thanks. I actually weigh 252 and wear size 18Womans pants and XL or XXL shirts. She was floored! And I was shocked to find out that I look so much smaller than I think I do. Major confidence boost!!!
I also bought an extra copy of Shape magazine with Kelly Osbourne on the cover and I cut out pictures of my face and taped them over her face for an image goal! I love it and I am really excited about the motivation my friend just gave me. I mean if I currently look like a 14 and I'm actually an 18W what will I LOOK like at an ACTUAL 14????? Ok so stoked!!!
This weeks plan is CARDIO CARDIO CARDIO and some strength training!!! Last weeks fail and disappointment is over and gone. Tomorrow starts a new week and a new opportunity to SUCCEED! ok woo hoo! I'm on a life high right now!!!
Thank you Mary so much! I love you girly!!! We will both be successful on this journey!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

This Week=FAIL!!!

November 29-December 5 Workout Plan
Monday- Zumba, Run 1 Mile, and ABS
Tuesday- Strength Training Upper Body and Run 1 Mile
Wednesday- Zumba, Run 1 Mile, and ABS
Thursday- Strength Training Lower Body and Run 1 Mile
Friday- Zumba, Run 1 Mile, and ABS
Saturday- Strength Training Upper Body and Run 1 Mile
Sunday- REST!

Monday- Missed Zumba, found out I can't run longer than 0.15mile. So I wound up walking most of a mile and jogging the last 0.15mile. I did finish the mile 23.03 minutes, 1.09miles, avg speed of 2.84mph, avg pace 21.05 and avg heartrate of 149.
Tuesday thru Friday- I did absolutely nothing!!! None of my plan except water and eating more fruit/veggies.
My weigh in for week 10 is +1.5lbs.
So i feel like a total loser this week who's pants are getting tight again. Hopefully I can pull myself out of this funk and get back on track.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Time to get SERIOUS!!!

Hello all, Thanksgiving is over and I am ready to get back on track with working out and losing weight. I am also ready to begin training for the 5K in February. I am still very excited about everything I am planning to accomplish. I have drawn up my loss/reward page I am working on the Poster Board. Once I finish the poster board I will take a pic and post it on here for all too see. I am looking forward to my rewards. I am also compiling a list of non scale goals that I will be posting on here as well. I am getting ready to post up some very scary, honest "before" pictures of me. I have to work up the courage to post them. Now I will post my plan for this week and on Sunday I will repost it and somehow mark if I accomplished it or not. I am starting my week with the best intentions and hope of accomplishing everything on this weeks plan.

November 29-December 5 Workout Plan
Monday- Zumba, Run 1 Mile, and ABS
Tuesday- Strength Training Upper Body and Run 1 Mile
Wednesday- Zumba, Run 1 Mile, and ABS
Thursday- Strength Training Lower Body and Run 1 Mile
Friday- Zumba, Run 1 Mile, and ABS
Saturday- Strength Training Upper Body and Run 1 Mile
Sunday- REST!
Best wishes to all my fellow weight loss journey walkers, runners and Zumba-ers!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Weigh in Week 9!

I am up 0.5lb this week. Not surprising since it was Thanksgiving. However I did very well with not overeating at dinner. It was a nice meal with great family and fun. We went for a walk after lunch and we saw some alpacas. They were fun and cute. I named the brown one Brownie for the 10 minutes we were there...lol!
I was going to put a picture of
the alpacas here but I don't
know how to get them from
my Blackberry to here. Sorry

Well anyway off to a bday party!!! Ttyl!!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Everyday is a NEW day...every week is a NEW week!!!

I have come to the realization that no matter how hard I try at something there will be times when I fail. And when those failures come I must remind myself that tomorrow is a new day and I can try again to be successful at changing my lifestyle. And if, like last week, I fail the entire week, then I must also remind myself that next week is a new week to start over.
This weekend was fun and I went out dancing with friends for my girl Kelly's birthday. It was a lot of fun, it was also a total fail at calories and food. This week is Thanksgiving and I am determined to have a loss on the scale this Friday. If this happens it will be a first. I usually gain during Thanksgiving so hopefully I can get my booty into the gym everyday this week and kick holiday poundage out the window!
My plan is to go to Zumba class MWF and do Jillian Michaels on TR. I also will be attempting to run a mile on the days I attend Zumba. I will let ya'll know how that works out tomorrow...we shall see. Well its off to bed early for me so I can get up early cus everybody knows the early bird gets the worm so maybe the early chubby becomes the early healthy skinny chic?? Yes I know that was corny but hopefully somebody gets a laugh out of it.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Weigh In Week 8!

I am up 1.5lbs which is not too bad since its TOM this week! I have not done very good on exercising this week. I have to find a way to motivate myself to get up in the morning and go to the gym. I really want to start training for the 5K run I want to do in February of next year. I need to get this going. I am making a poster board to put on my wall for my progress and rewards. When I get it finished I will post a picture of it. I am ready for success! Last night before bed I wrote down my to do list for today and at the bottom I wrote "Focus on your goals and what you want to accomplish! Accept yourself and love who you are no matter what!"
I really do need to take my own advice and FOCUS on my long-term goals!
That's all for now,

Friday, November 12, 2010

Week 7 Weigh In!!!

I am so happy with this weeks weigh in!!! I am down 3.5lbs!!!!!! WOO HOO! This weeks exercise has been up. Tuesday I did 30 minutes on the treadmill. I chose the Weight-loss workout option. It took the incline from flat all the way to 8 and I had the speed at 2.5 to 2.7 walking speed. I burned 278 calories that day. Wednesday I did an hour Zumba class, which was so much fun!!! Thursday I walked the mall for 1 hour.
I am also happy to announce that I will be RUNNING my first 5K on February 12Th, 2011. It is the Cupid's Chase 5K Race for People with Disabilities. I am planning to unofficially start training now by running 1 mile a day until December. In December I will start an 8 week training program. I am very excited!
From this point on I am planning to do my already scheduled workout plus 1 mile running everyday except Sundays. Sundays will be my official rest day. I have also purchased a new spiral notebook to use as my food journal. I am very excited about all of this! Mostly excited about being under 250lbs!!!! Plan on keeping it that way!
Truly Ecstatic,

Monday, November 8, 2010

weigh on

weighed in this morning +1.5lbs. i expected this with my weekend and last weeks fail at working out.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rejuvenating Weekend

Hello Readers,
I spent the weekend in Comfort and Fredicksburg Texas. My Daddy lives up there. I went for a visit with my son. It was a wonderful, busy, but somehow relaxing weekend. Friday evening I got there and they (my dad and step mom) had made us a special dinner of fried venison steak, creamed peas, fresh green beans, and mashed potatoes. It was a delicious dinner and I enjoyed every bite. You can't find food like that in the city. We woke up Saturday morning about 9 am and traveled from Comfort to Fredicksburg where my great Aunt and Uncle live on beautiful Texas Hill Country land. I can't find silence like and beauty like that anywhere else. My Aunt made lunch and it was delicious. We had baked Goulash with tater-tots on top with green beans and corn bread and chocolate pudding or ice cream for dessert. I indulged in a little ice cream with chocolate syrup. This weekend was the first weekend of hunting season which in our family means campfires in the evening. We went to the shooting range where the campfires take place. I am very happy to say that my son loved it just like I did as a kid. I will say that calorie wise I probably over indulged considering the beer, pork loin, potato salad and french fries that were served but oh well it was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all. My poor baby got all tuckered out and fell asleep on me, which was wonderful for me because he has not done that since he was 6 months old. I absolutely love the country! Someday I hope to move there and have horses, cows, chickens, goats, sheep and any other farm animal available lol! The peace and quiet that one finds there is....amazing, almost indescribable!
I missed the weigh in on Friday. I am planning on weighing in Monday morning. Hopefully it will still count, I am not sure.
Also I went shopping on Friday before I left town and I am excited to announce that I am officially a size 16W/18w depending on store/style! I was a 22W so I am very happy with this victory. Very soon I will no longer be shopping at plus size stores. I am having a love/hate relationship with this idea. I have been shopping at Lane Bryant (my main plus size store) for a few years now. I absolutely love the fashion and clothes that they offer, I hope I can find the same type of fashion elsewhere. Part of it is that once I am smaller than the size that they offer which is a 14W, I am nervous of shopping in other stores because I have become so used to going to one store! For this week I am hoping to make it to Zumba on Monday and Friday, possibly Wednesday. On Tuesday and Thursday I am planning on doing Jillian's 30 day shred. My focus for the week is re-hydrating, because I did not drink *any* water this weekend. I actually drank maybe 12 oz of water but that is pretty much nothing when you should be drinking 125oz of water a day.
Anyway it was a very quiet relaxing weekend. I loved it and I can't wait to do it again.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

ugh weigh in tomorrow...

so this week was a total fail for me. i am not looking forward to the weigh in tomorrow morning.
this week has been a roller coaster of emotions.
but alas the weigh in must come round. so ill see ya in the morning.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Annoyed & other things

I am so annoyed with life right now. I am just so frustrated with this journey called life right now. And when I get stressed out like this I eat crappy food and drink a lot of soda its bad and it doesnt help my goal of losing weight. and i know that working out would help very much with my frustration but for some reason im not doing it. Im not getting off my big booty and just doing it. I just want to cry because I dont know what to do. I am going to my dads this weekend in the texas hill country to clear my head. Hopefully ill come back with some answers and a clear mind.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Monthly Weigh In

It is time for my first monthly weigh in since I did my official weigh in on Oct 1.
My weight Nov 1, 2010 is 250.5lbs so I have lost 2.5lbs in one month. I am happy it is a loss however I am ready to move forward and lose more this month. AND yes I do realize that Thanksgiving is coming up this month but thats ok. I have never been a big overeater on holidays.
Hopefully I can enjoy the food and keep up with exercise throughout the month and holidays. I am really hoping I can be in a size 14 by Christmas. I only have two sizes to go to get there. I am constantly keeping tabs on what I am putting in my mouth, even if I am putting something "bad" or unhealthy in my mouth I think about what it will do to my body and how it will fuel me. Just like today I was eating M&Ms and thinking I know this is sugar and fat and has no nutritional value to my health. So I am beginning to see if I change the way I think about the way the things I am eating affects my body and how efficiently it runs I will begin to choose healthy options like strawberries or apples with peanut butter! Oh and I found a cranberry granola that I actually like. Have to get some soon! Ok thats all for now.

Friday, October 29, 2010

15 in 15 weigh in

yeah Jillian's 30 day shred kicked my butt on monday!!! I was so sore Tuesday and Wednesday that I could barely move. I have to admit that I have not done the dvd again since Monday. I have just been focusing on still recovering from this horrible cold I have had and now given to my husband. I even went to the dr on wednesday and she prescribed a antibiotic to kick it in the butt. I feel so much better. So anyway thats all for now.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Weigh in post and OMG!

That Which Is Bitter To Endure, Is Sweet To Remember

Last Friday I had a loss of 0.5lb. Not great but its good because I was sick all week and I did not do anything for exercise.
Now onto the OMG part of my title. I just finished doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred day 1 level 1 and OMG!!!!! What a workout! I had no idea I could get that good of a workout at home! I am so happy I decided to do it today. I took the opportunity to do it while my son took his nap. I am planning on doing this during his nap everyday this week. I am very excited and happy that I have the 30 day shred!
Oh and I put this dress on layaway as a goal outfit. Its a size 14 and I am very excited for this dress because I have a pair of Zebra print heels that will look HOTT with it.
Satin Sheath with Ruffle Detail
LOVE THIS DRESS!!!! anyway thats all for today.
Jillian day 2 tomorrow very interested to see if I am sore from today!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

15 in 15

That Which Is Bitter To Endure, Is Sweet To Remember

So I am down 2lbs for this weeks weigh in! Which means I have successfully lost 1 pound in the three weeks we have been going!
I am excited for week 4! My plan for week 4 for exercise is go for a 20 to 30 min walk everyday with my son in the stroller. That way he gets to be outside and there is a park not to far from my house so he will get some exercise too!
After having such an extravagant plan last week and failing miserably since I didn't go at all I have decided to take an easier approach to the exercise portion. I am doing pretty good with the diet. I am doing my best to stay away from bread and pastas and sweets. The soda is the most difficult thing to stop drinking!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mid Week Update

After I posted on Sunday, I went to bed and woke up Monday sick. I am finally feeling better this evening. I have not made it to the gym this week yet because I was running a fever with my cold or whatever it was. After being in the hill country for the wedding this past weekend it probably started as allergies and progressed into a bit of a cold. The one thing that I love about my body is that I get better quickly as long as I take vitamin C and drink a lot of orange juice.
I hope to make it to the gym Thursday before my dentist appointment. So I know its not much of an update but oh well its something. And I have not started my diet yet. Hopefully I can start that by next Monday.
That is all for now.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Really LLLOOONNNGGG update!

I apologize in advance for the length of this post, it is long!!!
I tried out Zumba last week. It is so much fun. I was lost at first but I caught on pretty quickly. It was definitely a workout for me considering how sedentary my life is. Wednesday when I went for Zumba class in the evening there were no Zumba instructors available. The substitute instructor was the Cardio Variety class teacher. Oh my goodness that was such a workout! I was almost crying halfway through. I was ready to give up but then I looked in the mirror...and what I saw looking back at me was a girl who had given up so many times before and I knew that if I walked out of that class it would mean another 3, 6, 9 months or a year before I picked up this journey again.
I STAYED!!! That is such a hurdle for me to have overcome. Finally realizing that I deserve to be healthy and fit and live a long happy life is so wonderful. I am worth it!!!
I did not make it to the gym on Tuesday. I just didn't go. However after my realization on Wednesday I think I will be more determined to make it to the gym or find a way to exercise at home EVERY day.
A special thank you shout out the Beth, the instructor, of the cardio variety class for making me feel comfortable in your class.
I binged on Friday...UGH! And I didn't work out on Thursday or Friday! Darn. I really wish I had more discipline.
My brothers wedding was beautiful on Saturday. We had a blast!!! I did pretty good on eating over the weekend. We danced a lot at the reception so I got in some cardio. I am so happy for Jason and Erin!!!
Now onto this weeks plan:

Monday: Zumba and ABS

Tuesday: Upper body strength training

Wednesday: Zumba and ABS

Thursday: Lower body strength training

Friday: Zumba and ABS

Saturday: Upper body strength training

Sunday: Rest Day.
Along with this workout plan I am going to begin the diet I did for my wedding back in 2007. I will be cutting out all soda, white bread and pastas, and sweets. When I did this the last time I lost 45lbs and 5 dress sizes in 2 months. The longest I will do this diet is 3 months. After 3 months I will allow myself these foods again in a healthy moderate ways.
I am very excited and hoping to see a loss on the scale at the end of this week!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Bad Weigh In

At a +3lbs for this weeks weigh in. :( So i was just thinking that if i lost 2lbs last week and gained 3lbs this week, that technically means only a gain of 1lb. So I'm not feeling as bad about it now as I was this morning. However I feel like crap for *binging* on McDonald's for dinner! I mean seriously it didn't even taste that good and I just kept eating it! I couldn't stop. So now I'm watching "Super Size Me" a film by Morgan Spurlock. I'm hoping it will cause me to stay away from McDonald's as much as possible.
Must work on what I eat.
Going to my brothers wedding this weekend! Very excited about the wedding not very happy that I did not lose the 25lbs that I wanted to by this event. However, life goes on, and I will push on and keep trying. I need to change my nutrition. I need to add a lot more of fruits and vegetables. I need to kick cheese and red meat out almost 100%. I will attempt to cut white breads and pastas out of my diet again. Not forever just for a month to start. I MUST CHANGE MYSELF to give my son a healthy outlook on food and a healthy happy life and the hope that he will never have to deal with being overweight. I never want my son to have to deal with the emotional aspects of being overweight or having to overcome his habits (influenced by me) as an adult. I also do not want him to have to deal with the teasing that I had to deal with in school.
Tomorrow is a new day, I will make healthier choices. Tomorrow will be a better day!
I will be posting again on Sunday to talk about how I liked Zumba and too post my planned workout schedule for next week.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bonus Challenge for 15 in 15!!!!!

I am posting my planned workouts for this upcoming week. I am very excited to have this written down!!!! This is the first time in a LLLOOOOOONNNGGG time that I have actually written out what I plan to do as far as exercise. This is tentative because I am trying some classes at my gym for the first time, if i don't like a class I will substitute something else for that day!!! Anyway here goes:

Monday--Zumba Class 1hr. and Abs

Tuesday--Boot Camp Class 1hr.

Wednesday--Zumba Class 1hr. and Abs

Thursday--Cycle Class 45min. and 15min ABS class(really interested in this class)

Friday--Boot Camp Class 1hr. or Zumba Class 1hr. and Abs

Saturday--Kickboxing 1hr (may not happen, my brothers wedding is this saturday)

Sunday--Rest Day

I am so excited for this week. I will update as much as possible this week to let you know how it's going for me and if I like the classes. From what I've heard about Zumba I will love it. And I know I will like the Boot Camp classes, I have always loved these type of classes or workshops!
I am worried about the Cycling Class, I have never tried it and am not a fan of cycling.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Week 1 Done

Week 1 of 15 in 15 is done. I lost 2 pounds, I am happy with it, I was just hoping for more of a loss. The bonus challenge for this week is to post my planned workouts on here for the next week. I will have them planned out and will post them by Sunday night. Excited for week 2. I am going to push harder and monitor my food even harder this week. I am hoping for a 3lb loss in week 2.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Joining a Challenge

I am joining Ms Haneefa in her 15 in 15 challenge. If u want to join click this link
I am very excited to join this challenge because it is the first challenge I am doing.
The challenge is to lose 15 lbs in the last 15 weeks of the year!!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010


At the risk of sounding like a total FAILURE, I will admit that I have not worked out since my last post. I have had the best intentions of doing so, just never actually got off my lazy buttocks and did it. I have been monitoring what I am eating and drinking, especially after reviewing our last bank statement. We spent a whopping $355.78 eating out and that's not counting any cash purchases, ( and i know there were some). Now we are striving to eat out less to save money and calories.
I think about working out everyday. I want to do it everyday, I am just having issues applying what I want. Every night I go to bed regretting the fact that time slipped away and yet another day is done with out so much as a push up or a sit up done on my part?!?!?! I have to find a way to make it happen or I will never be the healthy, happier, more fit person I know I can be.
Any suggestions to get me to the gym?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Well I finally made it to the gym to workout.
It was oddly easy and I didn't feel like giving up as much as I thought I would want to.
I did 40 minutes on the treadmill at 2.5 incline 2.8 mph i wound up walking 1.87 miles and burning 314 calories. If felt good to sweat again. I can't wait to do it again tomorrow!!!
Really happy and excited with this new life style I am beginning to accomplish!

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Next Phase...

I am now a Team Member at Lifetime Fitness!!!! I am so excited! I really do think that working there will encourage the healthy lifestyle I am trying to achieve. I am very anxious, I should be starting there next week sometime. I believe that getting this job is the next phase in my weight loss journey. They encourage healthy nutrition, exercise and they help you learn about all of it too.
On a less happy note, my grandmother is in the hospital. We don't know what is going on yet. All we know is that she has been acting strange for the past couple of weeks and we finally convinced her to go to the hospital. I will keep updating on her condition as I know things.
Something else I am learning right now, fast food really isn't satisfying to me at all anymore. I used to love taco bell, mcdonalds, etc etc. Now when I eat it I don't feel satisfied, I don't feel full, I'm beginning to want more from my food. I want to eat food and feel fueled not just full. I find myself craving fruits and grilled foods and salads. Its almost time for a trip to the grocery store to get these things into my house. Another thing not satisfying me that used to, soda Dr. Pepper specifically, I am no longer liking the taste of it. I am beginning to really love water especially with a little lemon juice added in it. I am even beginning to forgo the soda when I'm out to eat, which is a huge step towards healthy! I am very excited about this new phase in my life.
That is all for tonight,

Sunday, August 15, 2010


I am not proud of this post but here goes,
I finally got my blood tests results and my cholesterol is super high. My total is 287, my bad is 187, my good is 50, my triglycerides are 278. Of course my Dr. is recommending weight loss as the solution, she is giving me 6 months to lower my total and bad cholesterol. Then she also said that my vitamin D level is too low. But on a good note I am no longer pre-diabetic which I have been since I was a teenager, so Im doing something right.
Now im just focused on losing the weight and lowering my cholesterol.
And I might have a job at an awesome Fitness club.
Will update on the job when I find out (hopefully tomorrow)!!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

62 Days...

I have been gone for a long time. It is August and my last post was in June. Sorry it has been so long.
As you can see from the title I have 62 days from Monday August 9th until my brothers wedding.
I am hoping to lose 25lbs by this time. I have also decided that I want to become a runner. I have been reading so many blogs about running and the runners seem to be so happy no matter what. I think I am going to try the Couch to 5K plan to get started. I have yet to try Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I think I am going to combine 30 day shred with couch to 5k and hope for the best results possible. I am still waiting for my blood test results to come back from my dr. I went for a general physical and had her do the normal blood test, diabetes, thyroid, cholesterol, etc etc. I am looking forward to finding out where I am starting out and being able to see how much I can do in 6 months. I believe that 25lbs is a good goal for 62 days from now. I am very excited to see if I can accomplish my short term goal of 25lbs for my brothers wedding. I have a friend who is pregnant and due in late September, when she is ready to start working out she wants to do Zumba with me. I've never done Zumba, I am excited to try it. I think I am going to try it out at my gym this month to see if I enjoy it as much as I have heard other people do.
My last weigh in was about 3 days ago I am 248.5. My weight goal is 223.5lbs. I have never been that low on the scale in my adult life and I can't honestly remember a time when I was in the 220s. Anyway, I am very excited and I absolutely love the blog Endurance Isn't Only Physical by Tricia, she inspires me with her "one day at a time approach" I am adopting this approach and using it for my own weight loss journey and eventual success.
Thats all for now,

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Turning Over a New Leaf

It has been a long time since I have posted anything, I sorta dropped out of the weight loss race for a while. I have been really slacking on exercise and diet the past month. I need to get back on track. I am searching my house for my Jillian Michels 30 Day Shred Dvd. I can't find it anywhere. When I find it I am going to be doing that to get back in the swing of things. The diet thing is pretty simple to get back on track, just need to stop eating out again. I really want to lose about 50 pounds by October of this year. I am so tired of this yo yo act of getting on track for a few weeks and then just dropping right off again. I need to make a real commitment to changing my habits and my life for the better so that I can take care of my son the right way and so he won't have a distorted relationship with food. I am ready to do this again, and this time i will succeed. I am going to find a 5k that is happening in october or november and make that my goal. And even if i finish last, i will have at least FINISHED and completed a goal of mine!
sorry for any rambling, just had a lot to get off my chest today.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Doing Good!

So update time. I have started going to Results Personal Training a couple times a week. I started going on 5/19/10. I love it!!! They do a lot of circuit training with weights and cardio combined. I can't believe how fast my muscles are developing. I have already lost 7 lbs!!!! This week I have been limiting my soda intake and my sugar intake. I have been trying to keep tabs on what, when and why I'm eating. I am still having trouble drinking enough water everyday. Working on that this week. I have been so sore from the workouts too. After the first day my abs were on fire for 2 days. I am going on Friday, excited to see how it goes. I am starting my food journal tomorrow. I need to do the food journal to see exactly what I am eating before I can truly change my eating habits. I already know that the Dr. Pepper has got to go. I am doing better with not eating fast food. Well thats it for now. Current weight 245lbs. Current goal is 20 lbs by June 15th.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Feels good to be on track!!!

So I am very excited to report that I did make it to the gym last Thursday morning! It was amazing!!! I forgot how much of a high it gives me when I workout in the morning. I was also in disbelief at how long that high lasted! My hubby and I left the gym at about 10am and I was still riding high well into the 5pm hour!!! The weekend kind of got away from me with the exercise, I still did pretty well with the eating and drinking water. Saturday my church had its 18th annual mother daughter banquet. It was awesome! I have officially made Sundays my day off from working out so I did not make it to the gym. Monday, my hubby and I did go to the gym after he got of work around 10pm. We did upper body weights. (I'd rather do cardio!) Today we did not go to the gym but we still got a work out. We rearranged our office/living room. We moved desks, a couch, tv all the normal office/living room stuff. My arms are so sore. So tomorrow we plan on hitting the gym in the morning for some intense cardio! I am just still ecstatic that I am still so pumped about exercise and going to the gym! Now all I need is to start working on my TAN! Oh and something else NEW: I'm eating eggs! Until recently I hated the taste of eggs, but needed protein for breakfast so I have been eating them and I am beginning to become fond of them. It will take time and discipline but I am COMMITTED to this new lifestyle of eating healthy and exercising!!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Making Progress!!

So to update from my last post. I made it to the gym last Thursday and this Monday. I know its not everyday... yet. I did however go out dancing with my Hubby last Friday for my 23rd birthday, that was a blast! I have every intention of going to the gym tomorrow morning. When I used to workout, I loved doing it in the morning before my day really got busy that way it is out of the way, no excuse to not go later in the day. I am just so excited that I have been drinking water and monitoring what I have been eating. By the way my current weight is 252 lbs.
Short-term Goal : 20 Lbs in May
Long-term Goal : 70 Lbs total by October (my brothers wedding 10/9) this goal would put under 200 lbs that would be amazing!
My son took his first few steps this past Sunday, YAY!!! So the chasing is soon to follow.
This is all I have for today!

Monday, April 26, 2010


I have not been on in quite awhile. So I think I may have finally figured out why I can not get this weight loss journey started: I AM SCARED!!! I have always been a big girl. I have no clue what being healthy and thin will be like?!?! I am also afraid of my personality changing. I don't want to become one of those skinny stuck up people, i want to always remain the big girl at heart, mostly because i have so much heart (not to brag). I just want this weight off of me so badly. I have figured up that the least I need to lose is 122 lbs. and the most is 145 lbs. I would be elated with just 50 lbs or 20 even. I just need to get active. GRRR... now I am just mad at myself for not just doing it already. I want to be active so i can chase my son around when he starts walking and running, which will also be happening soon. He is growing so fast, I need to be able to keep up with him. I want to be healthy so that when my husband and I are ready for another child I will get to experience a healthy pregnancy, hopefully gestational diabetes free. I want to truly live and not get winded just from a flight of stairs or being completely soaked in sweat from helping someone move.
So my new plan will be to go for walk with my son in the stroller right after I have fed him breakfast, I will be aiming for 30 minutes each walk. If I have the car I WILL go to the gym and do a cardio or aerobic class for an hour. I will drink at least 60 ounces of water a day. I will find the time everyday to be active. I will make time to think about my food choices and how they will affect me in the long run of life.
Thank you to my few readers for dealing with me and my rantings,

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tomorrow is a New Day!!

Hello Readers,

I have been having some problems with motivation. I was reading Skinnyhollies blog post earlier and it motivated me very much. Yesterday was supposed to be my start day and I procrastinated alot and the whole day went by with out a drop of exercise or thought on nutrition. Well I am excited to tell you that my new idea is, tomorrow is a new day and a new opportunity for success.
If you have a bad day just right it off and start anew the next day. That is my new plan, to take everyday as it comes and if I don't succeed I will start over the next day. I hope that you are inspired by this post. My new goal for this year is not a number of pounds or size. My new goal is to run a 5k by the end of this year.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Still going kinda strong

Hello all. I am sorry it has been a while since I have written. I am doing good. I have been doing great with drinking water since I found that Crystal Light drink mixes are really good. I love the lemonade flavor. The scale hasn't moved in either direction since I last wrote. Although I have noticed that my body feels smaller and my clothes feel looser. I think it is probably time to add exercise into my routine. I am not going to start exercise until April 1st since my last day on the job is March 31st. I am going to be a stay home mommy for my son. I am very excited to start this new lifestyle of healthy mommy. Also, I will start with cardiovascular training 3 days a week for a few weeks just to get started and then add in 3 days of strength training. My so called diet is not one of strictness or denying myself. If I want something that is not good for me I will have a little and fulfill my craving for that item. I have been eating more healthy foods since my son is eating more table food items. I have been having veggies and fruits just about everyday since I have to give them to him as well. I am very excited to continue my journey and I hope that you will join me in your own quest to be fit in any aspect of your life, whether it is physically, mentally, spiritual, or financially. I encourage you to reach high to accomplish your dreams.
Truly excited,

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

More Difficult Than I Thought It Would Be

So I have kinda fallen off the wagon this week. I haven't been very good with water and so much for working on portion control. Not to mention a lot out to eat this week. I really need to work on the food portions and the type of food I am eating. Also I need to refocus on my water drinking. And I really want to add exercise in to my routine slowly. And even though this week has been rough the scale went down 2lbs. Its not a major loss but it is nice to see the number go down.
Just a side note if you have really dry cracked feet, try HeelTastic, as seen on TV, it is awesome!!!

Well I certainly hope that I can refocus and reignite my passion to become healthy and fit!
Thank you,

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Not Crazy

Hello Readers,
Well I have decided to not go completely crazy over my new plan. Instead of starting everything at once, I have decided to make small weekly changes. This first week is to increase my water intake which I have been doing pretty well on. I try to drink my beloved Dr. Pepper with my lunch and dinner, milk with breakfast and water any other time I am thirsty. I have noticed an increase in my energy level and ability to do more things in the day directly related to the amount of water I take in everyday. I have not yet begun to count the ounces or count bottles or glasses however I know for sure that I am drinking more water and less soda. This week something that has started to happen naturally for is that I am going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. Most days so far this week I have been in bed by 11pm except one night when I went to be at almost 2am. I hope that this cycle of sleep will continue and soon I hope to be going to bed by 10pm on most nights. I am thinking that next weeks change I will continue with water, sleep, and add on portion control in my meals. I know that my idea of a serving size is not the correct size. This week is a little emotional for me my son is turning ONE on Thursday March 4th. I am excited for his growth yet Im not really ready for him to grow up so fast. It feels like yesterday that I found out I was pregnant with him and now he is ONE. Well to all my readers and fellow Healthy Lifestyle seekers, I send you encouragement and I BELIEVE in you.
~Rusti Ann

Friday, February 26, 2010


My name is Rusti. I live in San Antonio, Texas. I was born and raised here. I love Texas. I am 23 years old, my husband, Steven and I will be married 3 years this coming July 7th. We have a beautiful 1 year old son, David. I am starting this blog as a type of accountability to those who read it. I am starting a weight loss plan on March 1st. I hope to lose at least 100lbs. I will hopefully blog at least 3 times a week about my journey. In 2007 I did sucessfully lose 45 lbs for my wedding, which I gained back with my pregnancy. My highest weight was in 2006 of 262 lbs. I absolutely refuse to hit that number again on the scale. Currently I weigh 250lbs. I am only 12 lbs from my highest weight. I am hoping to accomplish my goal by my sons 2nd Christmas, in 9 months. I will greatly appreciate any encouragement and will give positive feedback to anyone needing encouragement.
Thank you for reading,