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Here's me, jumping on the bandwagon...

As I've said before, I don't usually do New Year's Resolutions because it seems like they don't mean much. You make a resolution, make a big deal of it, then completely break it a week later. But this year, what the heck! I am however structuring them as doable, workable goals, with actions I will take to achieve them. Here goes, my 2010 Resolutions in true geek style they are in outline form:
I. Lose 40 lbs
  A. I will consistently track calories consumed
  B. I will workout 5 or 6 days every week
  C. I will keep blogging for accountability
II. Improve my 5k time
  A. I will incorporate more speed workouts in my routine
  B. I will run 2 or 3 times every week
III. FINISH a writing project
  A. I will try working from an outline :p
  B. I will write at least 3 days per week
IV. Improve my Japanese
  A. I will continue taking Japanese with my oldest son
  B. I will practice, practice, practice.
V. Get rid of the rest of my packrat tendencies
  A. I will continue giving away ANYTHIN…

2010 Here We Come...

I hope everyone has fun plans for New Year's Eve. My 6 year old has announced he is going to stay up 'til midnight! So we are having a mini New Year's Eve party with our little boys and taking bets when they crash, lol. Most likely will be me and hubby ringing in the New Year, but that's just fine with me.
Just a note: One of my primary goals of this blog is to tell you about the products out there to help you avoid flushing money down the diet toilet. So, as this time of year is often people's new beginning with their weight loss/healthy lifestyle goals I will be bumping up the review postings for about a week. I hope you enjoy and find them helpful.
I'll be back later with my resolutions for 2010. I don't generally make those, but what the heck.

It begins...

I was sitting watching TV last night and realized, it has begun...the whole New Years Resolution, Weight Loss/Fitness Products Media BONANZA.

This time of year always makes me smile. We all get inundated with commercials for Special K, Weight Watchers, diet pills that claim you can sit on your butt and take this pill and the fat will melt away, and the fitness gadget of the moment. You name it, it's got an infomercial, TV commercial, newspaper ad, or store display. TV shows begin showing special segments on fitness, weight loss, living healthy, etc. even the news will jump on the bandwagon.

It makes me smile because it is funny to me that everyone will spend a short time uber focused on things I work hard to focus on all year round. The media gives this huge push, to sell products I'm sure, to get everyone going on this whole emotional high. "let's all do this!" But that wears off. And the media attention fades. And the commercials become sparse. The prices of Sp…


Got up at 5 am to try a new workout I'll be reviewing on here. Jari Love's Get Ripped 1000. Now, I always try workouts through Netflix before I buy them. Been burned a couple times and even if it's $10 I hate feeling like I just threw it out the window. The only drawback to this system is that sometimes the DVDs are scratched. Which was the case this morning. About halfway through the workout my DVD player began spitting out the DVD. No matter what I tried I could not get it to play the rest. I'm not so much frustrated that my workout got cut short as I am that I don't know how I'm going to review the workout. It's $12.49 on Amazon I think. Maybe I'll bite the bullet and buy it. It does look like a workout I'm going to like. Sort of rambling here, lol. So my workout log will reflect half a Jari Love workout ;) and I will figure the rest out later. Have a great day!

Don't you ever let 'em tell you you can't!

Because you can!
Just because you are overweight does not mean you can't. I am so tired of hearing that! Let me tell you, for one thing, you can work out. Hard too. I know there are health considerations, etc. And, yes always check with your doctor. But if you are basically healthy don't hold yourself back or let someone else hold you back! Be careful, get educated on how best to do things: strength training, exercises, race training, etc. But let me tell you, I ran a marathon last May. Yes, chubby me RAN a marathon. That's 26.2 miles baby! I trained for months and I did it. I only lost 10 lbs during training, but so what?! I ran a marathon. That is something I will always be proud of. I will probably try to run another one sometime for a better time :) My point being that dangit, you can do anything you set your mind to! You might get there quickly or gradually, but set your goals and let's go!
I don't say any of this to brag, or say I'm so great, but as an exa…

Like a Battlefield

You know that Jordin Sparks song Battlefield? I was listenning to that this morning thinking, weight loss is like a battlefield.
Watch out for those cookie mines...look out for that chocolate...sneak past the caramel macchiato to get the skinny latte...take cover, it's mom's cooking...uh-oh the holidays...bring in reinforcements...pms time, retreat!
There are times it feels like less of a battle, but those times always seem to go and the battle returns. I had a relatively easy time through the holidays, but then pms hit and I needed chocolate to soothe that beast, lol. I got up early this morning to workout and didn't. So now I need to battle myself to the treadmill. I've skipped too many days around Christmas not to. I ate too much last night and again this morning. Gotta battle myself to start logging those calories to keep me in line.
It is a battle worth fighting, and a battle I will win, but a battle nonetheless. I've been reading a few blogs on people in main…

UGH...when will I learn?!

Just ate past full. I have not done that in a while, but ugh it feels terrible! I ate two burritos because I'm USED to eating two burritos. Not because I was that hungry, or even really wanted them. And now I have that yucky, bloated, uncomfortably full feeling. ICK. OK, deep breath. Live and learn. Icky stuffed full feeling, bad. Pleasantly satisfied full feeling, good. Will work on that.

The Biggest Loser: The Workout - Last Chance Workout Review

This DVD gets 4 stars from me. It is a great workout! Definitely a workout I'll be doing for a while.

For this workout you will need:
A set of handweights (beginners use lighter weights, more advanced exercisers can use heavier weights)
A mat if you're working out on a hard floor.

This latest installment from The Biggest Loser: The Workout series is lead by Jillian Michaels. The Last Chance Workout section of the DVD is 'HIIT' or high intensity interval training. In circuits you will move from a strength move (such as hammer curls standing on one leg) for about 30 seconds to a cardio move (like jumping rope) for about 30 seconds. It is a tough workout, it moves quickly from one move to the next with little lag time. You will sweat and burn those calories. There are no ab only exercises such a crunches, Jillian seems to prefer engaging the core throughout the workout; utilizing plank type moves, etc. 

The Upper Body Sculpt and Lower Body Tone sections are mostly strength mov…

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!!
My holiday strategy since Thanksgiving has been this: I work out more often and at a higher intensity the 2 weeks prior to a holiday. I also try to watch my nutrition carefully. I work out as much as I can through the holidays. But I also allow myself what I want at special occassions. Not a pigout fest here, but I pick the things I really want and that I really enjoy and skip the rest. If I really want waffles with whipped cream at the family breakfast, that's what I have. But I skip the sugary juices and bacon, etc that isn't that big a deal to me.
Usually I can get through without a gain. Feeling deprived is the beginning of the end to me, and this avoids that completely. Hope this is helpful. review * * * * as well as Sparkpeople mobile gets four stars from me. LOVES this site. The best part? It's completely free! No dollars flushed down the diet toilet here.
Basically, you can go to and sign up ( for free, lol) and they will customize a weight loss plan for you. They focus on gradual, healthy weight loss, no crash diets here. You enter your weight and weight loss goals, how much you want to work out, etc and they spit out all the numbers for you.
The nutrition tracking is very thorough. You can have them suggest a menu for you, or you can set up your own menu staying in the calorie range they suggest. I go with my own food plan and enter the complete nutritional information on the foods I eat and save them to my Favorites for easy access later. One of the reasons for a missing star in my rating is that I have noticed some of the nutrition info is a bit off.  If you just want a rough estimate of your calories that is great, but I want to kno…