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I have been asking myself lately: What is different about 'this time around' with getting healthy and losing weight? Why am I having success? Why do I see myself at a size 6 now when before I never even thought it was possible for me? I am even digging into the deeper issues. Issues I never even saw for what they were before. Facing my fears. Making permanent changes. It feels awesome. But why? What is the difference this time?

The answer I came up with was hope. Not just wishy washy I sure wish I could, but deep down to my toes I have hope. They're entirely different things, wishing and hoping. Wishing doesn't even get you off the couch. Ditch the wishing, choose the hope. Hope is so much deeper, so much more far reaching, it means so much more to me than wishing. I see myself accomplishing my goals, I believe I can. Obstacles aren't walls, and heck, if they are I'm going around them or climbing over. I won't be stopped. I have hope. I am getting there. I w…

The Denim Diet by Kami Gray: Review 4 1/2 Stars

I am giving Kami Gray's The Denim Diet 4 and a half stars as an amazing, no-nonsense, humorous, all in one approach to healthier, thinner, greener lifestyle choices.
Don't let the fact that this book has the word 'diet' in the name fool you. This is no run of the mill fad diet book. Kami's attitude about the word diet reminded me of mine concerning diet being in my blog title: "I know it's in the title to this book, but I think the word diet sucks. It implies that for a temporary period of time, your eating habits will need to change dramatically in order for you to achieve weight loss. Instead of dictating a diet, I'm going to introduce you to sixteen simple habits to...I call these sixteen simple habits 'the List'." 
I could not agree more. Diet to me simply implies what we eat. We might have a healthy diet or a not so healthy one. In order to live healthy and stay that way we have to make permanent changes, not temporary drastic fad diets…

March Kick Some Asphalt Challenge Week 4 Recap

I really enjoyed this challenge! How did everyone do?
My week in running went really well. I hoped to have another vlog about it, but my weekend was busy with a capital b. 
Wednesday I did speed intervals on the treadmill, not as fast as usual just up to 6 and 6.5 mph for 30 minutes. I was feeling tired and sore and want to avoid over-training, been there done that. 
I switched my Friday run to Saturday for the same reason (30 Day Shred Level 3 really kicked my butt!). Saturday I did speed intervals on the treadmill again at  6-8mph. Felt good. I was glad I rested Friday. It was absolutely what my body needed. 
Then Sunday I ran a 5k distance again. We had mass snow Friday and Saturday and I was really hoping the sun would come out so I could run outside. I struggle getting much over 2 miles in on the treadmill, just can't stand it. The sun did come out. Which left lots of mud! So I went out to my parents' house and ran their driveway, mud and all. Their driveway is mostly one big…

03.28.2010 Weigh In

Weighed in this morning. Weigh 175.5 again. Same as last week. I know exactly why too. At least 3 days this week I was too 'busy' to track my calories on Sparkpeople. I tracked them loosely in my head, but obviously that didn't work out so well! That's OK, this is a lifetime journey. Maintaining my weight for a week is nothing to get depressed about.

My 5k is coming up in 3 weeks! Yay! I have decided to kick things in gear a little bit for the next 3 weeks. I am going to push a little harder in my weight loss efforts. Generally a pound a week or so is great, but less weight on me means faster running! I have huge goals for that 5k and I want to do everything I can to reach them. 

My workouts will be more intense and my calorie counting more diligent. I will pay closer attention to my nutrition and water intake. Just a little push in my efforts. I really feel up to it and am excited. 

I have learned so much 'this time around'. I no longer feel the need to be crazy …

100 push-ups and 200 sit-ups...again

I totally slacked off on these challenge workouts and am not pleased with myself about it. I completed the 200 squats (in the initial test), woot! But the push-ups and sit-ups I just slacked off. Not OK.
So, I am restarting the one hundred pushups challenge and the two hundred situps challenge. Anyone want to join me?!
I am going to get over myself and do push-ups on my knees. I was trying so hard to do this challenge with push-ups on my feet, but it's why I quit! I just am not that strong yet. I can do a few, but not enough to get through this challenge. These challenges are about increasing strength, so I'm sucking it up and shooting for 100 push-ups on my knees aka girl push-ups ;)  Then maybe I'll shoot for the 100 on my feet...someday. 
The sit-ups are actually crunches, no good reason for not finishing this one, just punked out. Restarting that challenge .
I will be taking the initial tests for both this weekend and then adding the appropriate workouts to my workout c…

Oikos Giveaway WINNER!

OK, everyone chose entry #23 which was chelsea.

Chelsea email me your mailing address at and I'll forward it on to Stonyfield.

Thanks everyone for entering!

FTC Disclaimer: provided this giveaway and I receive no monetary compensation for it.

Fabulous Friends Friday Open Mic

I haven't had a Fabulous Friends Friday in March and thought it would be fun to do another open mic!

I have lots of new followers and friends to get to know.
So, everyone who reads this post and has a blog, please give yourself a shout out in the comments. Tell us about yourself and your blog. Leave us a link.
Heck, if you don't have a blog, tell us a little about you.
Everyone be sure to read the comments with this post, that's what it's all about!
Also, you have until 4pm mountain time 03/26/2010 to enter my fabulous Oikos giveaway, PLEASE DO!

OIKOS Giveaway!

You have probably heard me rave about Oikos Greek Yogurt from Stonyfield Farms on Twitter before. I LOVE this yogurt. It is my favorite snack. If I get a little hungry between meals, one of these and I'm set! I personally feel better when I keep my protein consumption up, I don't get mad hungry when I get enough protein.
Why all the fuss over Greek yogurt? From

Why is Greek all the rage?
Greek yogurt has an incredibly rich and creamy texture, about twice the protein of regular yogurt, less lactose, and fewer carbs. So it’s no wonder Greek is flying off the shelves.
Our Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt has 0% fat and just 80 calories per serving.* Because it’s organic, Oikos is also better for the earth. And we think it's better for you too.

I contacted Stonyfield and they agreed to sponsor a giveaway! One of my fabulous readers will win: An Oikos tote bag, 4 free 5.3 oz coupons and 1 free 16 oz coupon.
US Residents only, 5 different ways to enter this giveaway: Visit St…

Hoodies aka My Blankie

My uniform practically every day is: jeans, t-shirt, hoodie. In the fall and spring the jeans change to capri pants. When it gets really hot in the summer the capri pants change to shorts. Only when it's absolutely hot out do I ditch the hoodie. 
Is it because I am cold? No. 
Hoodies have become my security blanket, my blankie. I feel very self conscious if I'm not wearing one. It started out that I felt like they hid my mommy tummy well. But my mommy tummy isn't near so obvious and I panicked the other day when I was behind on laundry and thought there were no clean hoodies! Gasp! I had to dig out my white one, and I am not good with white, rather than go sans hoodie.
I realized that day that I am hiding behind hoodies. The pics you see on my blog are all taken to give a good view of my progress, so I strip off the hoodie for those. Immediately once the pics are taken back on goes the hoodie.
I remember last summer wearing shorts, tank tops, and thinner hoodies. I was hot, bu…

And the winner is.....

Danielle with comment # 5: I tried this the other day! I'm a sucker for honey greek yogurt it's my hands down fav. I'm in tn and have used yogurt coupons before... that's gonna make me sad... just sayin. Email me at with your mailing info!
PS if you've used coupons before maybe they'll be OK?! Just the disclaimer they gave me!
Thanks My Blog Spark and Yoplait for this giveaway.

March Kick Some Asphalt Week 3 Recap Vlog

So what did you think of my first vlog?! I think I have a lot to figure out, LOL! The picture quality is kind of bad from just using my Blackberry, and the audio is off somehow and doesn't exactly line up with the video...kinda bugs me, but oh well! There it is! I promise I'll improve with practice ;p

If you are part of the Kick Some Asphalt challenge be sure to leave us your running recap from last week in the comments. If you missed the first two weekly recaps be sure to go back and comment on those also so you can be in the running for the Defeet running socks!

03.21.2010 Weigh In

OK, so I was hoping this would be a vlog, but I am struggling with all things video! I set up a You Tube channel, dug out an old web cam, the picture on it stinks, so currently I'm trying to see if I can get it figured out on my Blackberry.

But, in the meantime, couldn't wait to share: Weigh in this morning was 175.5...that is 50.5 pounds down! Woohoo! Passed the 50 lbs lost mark. I had hoped for more than a pound this week, but eh, I'm happy! Mr. Scale has been amazingly cooperative since I cussed him out. Or perhaps it's merely my attitude shift? 

Hopefully I figure out my video issue and there will be vlogs coming soon!

Don't forget to enter my Yoplait Nourish Your Inner Goddess Giveaway.

Have an awesome Sunday!

Yoplait Greek Yogurt Nourish Your Inner Goddess Giveaway

Did you know Yoplait is now making Greek Yogurt? I had no idea. I LOVE me some greek yogurt. I was so excited when My Blog Spark and Yoplait contacted me about trying it out! They sent me two coupons to try it free. I tried the Plain (I'm more a plain yogurt kinda girl) and the Honey Vanilla. Very yummy!
Yoplait Greek has 12 g of protein and comes in: Strawberry, Blueberry, Honey Vanilla, and Plain. 
To celebrate its new Greek yogurt and to encourage women to nourish their inner goddess, Yoplait has teamed up with actress Izabella Miko, who plays Greek Goddess Athena in the new Warner Bros. Pictures´ and Legendary Pictures´ film "Clash of the Titans," in theatres April 2 in 3D.

In the spirit of encouraging us to nourish our inner goddess they sent me this really cool  Nourish Your Inner Goddess Pack:
It didn't include actual yogurt, lol, but two coupons to go get the yogurt...and they are going to give a Nourish Your Inner Goddess pack with coupons to one of you too!

To en…

Fear of Greatness

I have talked some on my blog about my fear of failure. I struggle hugely with fearing failure in everything from weight loss to writing. In the past it has kept me from even trying. I really feel I'm getting a handle on this fear. I've stared that fear down and not let it beat me. I have began those tasks head on that I was afraid to start in the past out of fear of failing them.
Prior to starting my blog I had no idea fear had such a hold on my life. But it did and still does in some ways. Upon much soul searching lately I have realized I have a fear of being great. A fear of greatness?! Say what?
I have been doing a lot of thinking about this and had a long conversation with my sister about it. I am afraid to be great. To be anything special. To stand out. To be better than someone else. This may sound absurd to some and I will do my best to explain. This post and how to best put into words what I feel has been swimming around my head for days.
My entire life I have had people…

Blogger Awards

OK, guys. I stink with blogger awards. Sorry about that. I know I've been given several lately, and I hope I thanked you each for them, I really do appreciate them and feel so special when someone thinks of me for one. I do however stink about posting about them. It's just hard for me to single out a few great bloggers to pass awards on to when I love so many. If you've given me an award in the past and I didn't post about it: sorry! I am going to try and do better from now on. I love our blogger community and awards are a fun part of that. So....
Keri over at Life Lesson A Day has given me this sweet (pun intended) award!
Thanks girl!
For this award you do three things. First, thank the person that gave it to you (check). Second, give the award to 5 other Rockin' bloggers (this is the hardest part of award posts for me...only 5?? There's so many I love) and say why they are getting it. Here's my 5 for this award (If you've already gotten it, I guess you&#…

All Things Vitalicious Review * * * * * 5 Stars

FTC Disclaimer: The oh so wonderful people over at sent me this awesome product sampler to review. The reactions and opinions are my own and I received no monetary compensation for this.
Take everything you've ever known about 100 calorie snacks. What they taste like. Their nutritional content (or lack thereof). The way they don't fill you up. Their ingredients. Preservatives. Everything. Wad it up in a little ball and toss it out.

Now, meet Vitalicious Foods Inc.  They make individually wrapped 100 calorie VitaTops, VitaBrownies, VitaMuffins, and more! Most amazing about these snacks is their stats:

100 calories     No artificial ingredientsNo preservativesWhole grains5g - 6g of fiber0g - 1.5g of fat3g - 4g protein15 vitamins and minerals
Amazing. Portion control. Nutrition. How about taste? If you've been listening to my Twitter chatter lately you are well aware I haven't yet met a Vitalicious product I didn't like. They were all delicious. I did …

Kick Some Asphalt Challenge Week 2 Recap

How was your week? Did you run? Did you walk? Did you walk/run? Don't forget to give us the break down in the comments. If you are part of this challenge, don't forget you need to check in each weekly post in the comments to be eligible for the socks. Doesn't matter how your running week went, only that you check in about it! If you missed commenting last week, go back and do it now:

I had an AWESOME running week! I really feel progress is being made. 

I made the decision to toss out hill runs until I can do them outside. I really just hate them on the treadmill. Getting myself to run and workout is hard enough without trying to make myself do something I hate. So, I will be doing speed intervals twice a week and adding hills back in when I am able to get outside for them.

Wednesday I did 30 minutes of speed intervals. I walked one minute at 3 mph then ran 1 minute at 6 to 7.5 mph. Felt great. 

My wor…

03.14.2010 Weigh In

This morning's weigh in was 176.5. I'm pretty happy with that. 2 lbs down from last week. My body fat monitor said 32.4% and 28.5 BMI.

Slow and steady making progress. I like it!

Have a great Sunday!

WOW! Had to come back and edit this post after updating my weight loss ticker. Since having my third son I am down 49.5 pounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is almost the 50 pound lost mark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING. My little ticker girl is inching ever closer to her goal. LOVE IT. Looking forward to busting the 50 pound milestone next week. Woo Hoooooo!!!

Are You...Followin' ME?!

TGIF! I am having a crazy Friday and don't have time for a 'real' post. Whatever that is!

But I want to mention something that has been on my mind lately. I had a couple of giveaways and some new peeps find my blog. First, HI! Second, I have been too busy to go through my follower list and follow back all your wonderful blogs. I don't like this! If you are following me and have a blog, please leave me a comment with a link so I can go check it out this weekend. Sorry if I'm being lazy, but a moms gotta do what a moms gotta do! 

Also, if you've added me to your blogroll and I don't have you on mine, leave me a comment so I can fix that! 

AND....I'm much better at my follow back on Twitter, but if I've missed you tweet at me or leave me a comment for that too. If you're on Twitter and not following me, well, what are you waiting for?! LOL, @katdoesdiets on Twitter ;)

I love the community of blogging and don't want to get so busy that I'm not c…

Letter to My Jeans

OK, so I'm into letters to inanimate objects lately!

Dear Ms. Cute Jeans,

First I want to thank you. Thank you Ms. Cute Jeans for making me feel like I looked cute on Thanksgiving and again on Christmas. Thank you for fitting me and not giving me a muffin top, and thank you for not making me feel self conscious. Most of all thank you for showing the progress of my hard work better than Mr. Scale. I have enjoyed you thoroughly in our short time together.

I realize that I have always treated you rather tenderly. Washing you carefully and never putting you in the dryer for fear of shrinkage. Please do not be alarmed if I now wash you in hot water and put you through the dryer in an effort to keep you around a little longer. Think of it as a spa. You must understand that the budget doesn't allow for new jeans right now and plus, you're just so stinkin cute. But you know that already. 

I genuinely enjoy feeling skinny when I put you on now. However, you are positively falling off …

Thank You

Here it 100th Post! Woot Woot! I tossed around all kinds of ideas of what it should be. I am really proud of my little blog and excited about this milestone. I decided my 100th post would be a Thank You! When I think about my blog and all the wonderful people I encounter through it I am thankful. So I'm going to make like an Oscar winner, get all sappy, and thank some people!

First, I want to thank two people and a company who really brightened my week last week. As I blogged about last week, we are having money troubles right now. I haven't had grocery money for almost 3 weeks now (don't worry, we'll be fine). I was feeling a bit down about this last week and within a day span I received three things in the mail. I've heard of pennies from Heaven, but this was like presents from Heaven!  

I want to thank Kami Gray who recently sent me a copy of her book The Denim Diet.

I want to thank Vitalicious who sent me  huge sampler of VitaTops and VitaBrownies

I want…