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"Do, or do not…there is no try" – Yoda.

265andfalling has a quote on his blog: "Do, or do not…there is no try" – Yoda. Thought that was appropriate for a checking in on resolutions post. Plus, then I get to use my jedi squirrel pic. hee hee.

I jumped on the bandwagon this year and made resolutions (goals) for 2010. January is now done, where did the month go? I thought this would be a good time to check in and see how I'm doing with them. I didn't make them intending for them to be resolutions that go by the wayside in a week. I made them as goals I want to make happen this year.

I. Lose 40 lbs Was 185, Now 179.5

     A. I will consistently track calories consumed
     I was doing very well with this until I started low carb,   
     may be altering this a bit. I tend to stick right around
     1300-1400 calories on low carb and don't see the need
     to be as dilligent tracking, maybe will change to once
     a week just to stay on top of things.

     B. I will workout 5 or 6 days every week
     Did well with this most of the month. This week I slacked
     more than I should have. Will know I need to watch this.

     C. I will keep blogging for accountability
     Ya, doing this! A lot, he he.
II. Improve my 5k time My intended race may have been  moved to September, grrr.

     A. I will incorporate more speed workouts in my routine
     Anytime I run now, I run fast (relative term). No more slow
     runs for me. If I want to up my pace, I have to up my
     pace. After a warm up I never set the treadmill lower than
     5 mph and work my up to 6 and 7 mph (although I can't
     do 7 very long yet). I think 7.8 is the fastest I've tried.

     B. I will run 2 or 3 times every week
     Have not done well with this. Need to reflect if it is a
     reasonable goal. If I want to do so many other types of
     workouts it's hard to fit in that many runs. Something
     needs to shift here.

III. FINISH a writing project (eep, did I really say that out loud???)

     A. I will try working from an outline :p(have not done)

     B. I will write at least 3 days per week(have not done)
     I have however begun networking with writers, and
     through that realize I need to set some goals of what I am
     going to get done and make myself stick to them.
     Possibly an accountability partner even. I have three
     projects I'm looking at and trying to decide which to pick
     as the finish no matter what! Just finishing any of them
     would be progress for me; even if the final product stinks.

IV. Improve my Japanese

     A. I will continue taking Japanese with my oldest son

     B. I will practice, practice, practice.
     Not so much. Have gotten busy and let this go. Need to
     be more aware for myself and my son.

V. Get rid of the rest of my packrat tendencies

     A. I will continue giving away ANYTHING we don't truly    
    USE, truly NEED, or truly LOVE. Took more to goodwill.

     B. I will be more consistant in throwing away magazines; 
     I will let subscriptions lapse that I don't faithfully read
     Most of my subscriptions lapsed this month, and I have
     not renewed any. But, still have a pile 'to read'. Gotta
     read and/or throw away!

     C. I will re-do my filing system  
          Haven't done :(

I know that a lot of people set their gung ho New Year's Resolutions, then by February it's eh, not so much. That is not what I want, so I choose to keep on truckin'. Did you make goals for this year? How are you doing?

Don't Let the Door Hit you in the Butt on the Way Out aka Weigh In

Wow, really slept in this morning. Got up and then fell asleep on the couch. Finally got up to weigh in at 6:45. That is hugely sleeping in for me. Normally I'm up at 4:30 or 5. But, not...oh, the weigh in?? That's what you want to hear about?  It was pretty surprising to me.

Got on the scale, and it said: 179.5. Bye bye 180's, it's been real, and it's been fun, but not real fun. Can't say I'll miss ya, and, just being honest, I hope I never see you again. Don't let the door hit ya in the butt on the way out. Hee hee. Had to do that. So, that is 4.5 pounds lost this week. After hanging around 185 for so long, blasting through in one week feels like victory.

Pretty happy about a loss, finally. But mostly, I feel thinner. I feel like I've lost. My pants are getting baggy too. I was walking around Target yesterday thinking, hmmm I feel thinner. Strange thought for me. It's a great thing to notice what my body is doing. After years of not noticing until I was at an extreme, this is progress.

I'll post about what I'm doing to lose finally. now. Have a great Sunday!

Guest Post: MizFit & The Ellen Show

MizFit & The Ellen Show.
By MizFit

Because we can't let MARTHA have all the fun.

Ok, People.
If you've been reading MizFit for more than a week or so you've already discovered that I like for my life to be filled with levity.

I adored our Blogger Virtual Talent Show for that very reason (keep yer eyes peeled. more is coming!).
Yet I longed for more.

I salivated for some silliness.


As a result I've launched (mainly on Twitter) the crusade below.

A blatant ripoff spoof of the creative tatics Ellen employed to get on the cover of O Magazine.

Will it serve to get me on her show?

Will I ever dance my way across her stage whilst simultaneously getting my PLAYout on doing lunges?
Only time will tell.

Most importantly, however, I'm enjoying the PROCESS.
(oooh is she linking this all back to fitness? can she pull this one off??)

Sure the end destination (be it weight loss, marathon completion, or career goal) is important, but it’s equally important, in my strong opinion, to enjoy at least *some* facet of the journey to get there.

Now, without further rambling adieu, I share with you Ellen, my house guest.

First I invited her to breakfast. Ellen adored my protein pancakes. I mean really though–whats not to love?

Then we worked out. I was kind enough to lend her my skates & I used the Tornado’s pink Barbie ones.

Since she was a *celebrity* house-guest she got to use the best blanket in the domicile.

The first morning we went out to Starbucks for coffee. Who knew Ellen liked iced coffee on a cold morning just as I do!

After coffee it was time for a run. Even though I love having visitors I can not deviate from my running routine.

The next morning we decided to just stay home and drink MizFitMade java.

I was happy to see Ellen was an early riser just like I am!

And yes.

I know you're wondering if I dragged The Ellen into my wacky ways & compelled her to eat healthy while she was visiting.

The answer? Below.

Ellen didn't love the goo’ness of the Chia, but after I gave her some tips she seemed to think she and Portia might actually use it!

I was secretly thrilled that, since Ellen was in town, I had an excuse to skip a day of running outside for some indoor treadmill work.

I don't think she was as excited.
The rest of our day was spent shopping, getting mani/pedis and just hanging out.

Morning came quickly & it was time to get up again and prepare my visitor some breakfast which I must say she ADORED.

At least I said she did.

Then it was back to the gym, again, since it’s peak training season up in herre.

(We can't forget the obligatory BLOOPER REEL either. That’s what I get for grabbing a total stranger and asking her to film me. Duly noted. Need an assistant. Any takers?)

And that, oh faithful readers, is what Ellen & I have done together thus far.

(and YES. I do still have some tricks up my lackofsleeve which shall be coming your way soon. *cough* MizFit dancing *cough*)

Have any thoughts on how I might best entertain my houseguest?

Wanna link this post on your blog?

Entirely cut & paste & steal it in hopes someone at the show might take a glance?

Have the tiniest of contacts at The Ellen Show you wanna send my way?

Please to hit us all up in the comments {on Miz's blog}

Hey, guys. Hope you enjoyed the Guest Post! Comment on Miz's Blog, link above. (tell her Katdoesdiets sent ya, wink) If you tweet to: @theellenshow about miz, add #getmizonellen
Thanks! Hope your Friday is fantabulous!!

Grade Me Please!

I had an epiphany last night on Twitter. I know, right, but yes, on Twitter. I was so close to 200 followers I could taste it, so I was on a quest to get up to 200 followers. It was all in good fun, but I started to reflect. Hmm, why do I care if it's 185 or 200, what is the difference really?

I started thinking it had something to do with my little ms. overachiever tendencies. Then I hopped over to my blog, I've topped 40 followers, yippeee! (and welcome new followers) But, why does that number excite me so?

Back over to Twitter where I'm discussing a site I found called sitemeter. It basically tracks how many people visit your blog, what states, countries they're from, etc. My inner geek is loving this! It could be very addicting for me. Apparantly no more bacon says google analytics is better. But for now my inner tech geek is satisfied with sitemeter. Back to my story...

I am thrilled watching the sitemeter numbers go up. I even requested my Twitter friends go to my site to make it go up! Not sure who exactly played along, except I know TJ did, and I thank her ;)  All in good fun, but why did I care if that number went up?

Epiphany! I want graded! Ever watch Phineas and Ferb? The episode where Baljeet finds out he's not getting a grade for music camp? Ya, that's me.

That's why I care how many followers I have on Twitter and my Blog. That's why sitemeter is so thrilling to me. That explains a lot actually! It might not make sense to some, but it was a huge light bulb moment for me.

All my life I wanted an A. That was my goal. I wanted the best grade in the class, that's what mattered to me. All through Elementary School, Jr High, slight break in High School whilest I went through my rebel phase, then finishing off with college.

But, I'm a mom now. I homeschool my kids. I blog. I clean house. I love my husband. I cook. I try to lose weight. No grades.

I have moved on to a new stage in life that I don't have to take tests (which I am confident I could do professionaly if there was such a job!). No papers to write to get that percentage stamped at the top. None of that.

Second epiphany! That is why I care so ding dang darned much what that stinking scale says. It's my grade for weight loss!

I really don't know what to do with this epiphany, but in the search of discovering why I do what I do I feel a bit farther down the path.

The Low Carb Diet vs The Helpful Hubby

Today I was having a rough day. A bad day even. Completely PMSing. Letting my attitude take over. Very cranky with my poor hubby before he left for work and once on the he came home for lunch and brought in this:

Not the Skinny Vanilla Latte I usually get, but a Skinny Caramel Macchiato. I'm assuming that means it has caramel sauce. Hello sugar. He usually has it in his phone what I drink, but apparantly accidentally erased it. How he came up with this, I'm not sure. But it was meant in love, so I will appreciate that.

Then, he went back to his car and:

TWO Dove dark chocolate bars. Now, this man knows the only thing that tames the PMS beast around here is really dark chocolate. I usually go for the good, high percentage choc, low sugar stuff. But again, he doesn't always notice the little details, and it was meant in love.

My wonderful husband in his sweet heart brought me coffee and chocolates to help with my PMS.

After the guilt subsided and he left I sat here for quite some time trying to decide what to do!! I thought, crap. This is so not low carb. What do I do? What do I do?

I don't think I could physically waste a Starbucks, that's beyond my capabilities. So, I'm drinking it, and yes, yum. I am however going to forego the chocolates, take a deep breath, feel hubby's love, and try to improve my attitude sans the Dove Bars.

Normally those Dove bars wouldn't last an hour, but I am seeing progress this week. I put them in the freezer, and will only pull them out if Ms. PMS Raging B!@#* appears. Medicinally of course.

Weight Loss Friendly Pizza Recipes

I have two pizza recipes for you today, the first is my low carb crustless pizza (I know, weird) and the second a lower fat/lower calorie (compared to normal pizza) recipe from my sister.  You can plug either of these recipes into and enter the number of slices you'll cut it into and get complete nutritional info. Let me know if you do, I'd be interested how they come out!

Low Carb Crustless Pizza
Now, this is my recipe, and I've told you before how I cook, so, here goes:
In a skillet I drizzle a miniscule amount of olive oil, then add half an onion (or a whole onion, if I'm feelin the onion that day) chopped and 2 cloves of garlic minced, and saute a minute. Then I add 2 lbs lean ground beef or ground turkey (just cut recipe down if that's too much for your family). Cook until done, then season with an italian seasoning blend I have and a little salt and pepper. Next I dump in a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes/drained. Cook a bit, then I stop stirring the mixture and sprinkle some mozarella or pizza blend shredded cheese on top and let sit on lower heat until melted. Cut into pizza triangles, and ya, sounds weird, but my family kinda likes it and very few carbs. You can add in any type of veggies with the canned tomatoes: peppers, mushrooms, etc will up carb count a little.

Lower Fat/Lower Calorie Pizza
I like this crust recipe because, there's no oil. You can brush the edges with a touch of olive oil before baking if you'd like. This recipe will make 2 fairly large pizzas, the thinner the crust, the less calories per slice ;)
2 cups very warm water, but not hot
2 packages yeast
3 T Flour
In a large bowl combine the water, yeast, and 2 T of the flour. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1 T flour and let it sit until all of the top flour is absorbed, then add:
5 cups flour (you can use white, or whole wheat, or half of each)
3 T sugar (I am going to experiment with truvia here)
1 t salt
Cornmeal or extra flour to dust bottom
Knead the mixture by hand for 6-8 minutes or until very smooth and elastic, yet not stiff. Divide it into two and roll out in the cornmeal or flour. Place in pan or on pizza stone, prick with fork, and prebake without toppings at 475 for 5 to 8 minutes (sis said 500, all this depends on your oven, so you may have to watch and adjust temps accordingly). Add toppings and bake another 10-15 minutes.
You can also mix in a little basil or italian seasoning mix for a little kick.

Sauce: you can look for a healthier premade pizza sauce, or just use a little lowfat spaghetti sauce. I usually use a little plain tomato sauce sprinkled heavily with my italian seasoning blend and  little salt and pepper. My sister said a little olive oil and seasoning is good too, but will add fat and calories, which is OK with her ;)

Get creative with veggies here. Pile it high with things like: onions, fresh garlic, peppers, mushrooms, or artichokes. Heck, I've even tried brocolli and spinach on pizza and loved it! My favorite: just slice some fresh tomato all over the top, a little sprinkle of green onion, mmm. I also like chicken breast on my pizza, or turkey pepperoni.  Last, just sprinkle a little mozarella or low fat pizza blend cheese. (unless you prefer cheese first, then toppings). You really can go light on the cheese here, it's very yummy without a ton of ooey gooey cheese, and you'll save calories.

There you have it, pizza for whatever your plan, hold the guilt!

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Lessons Learned From My Husband's T-Shirt

This morning I got up and put on my workout clothes. Something I do most mornings because I am less likely to punk out on my workout if I am already dressed for it. This morning however I had forgotten to lay out a shirt with my workout clothes. Ugh, I did not want to go upstairs to get one and chance waking up my boys. (Quiet time in the morning is a much loved thing to me!) Dug around the laundry room and could only find shirts belonging to my hubby. So I pulled out a white hanes pocket T that I had worn sometimes right after I had my third son.

Have you ever had to do that? Wear your husband's clothes because all of yours were too small? I hated it. I have this thing in my head that I just should not fit into my husband's clothes for any reason...I'm the girl...I'm the wife! I want to look all hot chick like they show in the movies when I wear hubby's shirts; not all, gee, did this come out of my closet or yours? It was really hard and when I lost enough to fit into some of my own clothes I was ecstatic.

Back to my story. So I put this shirt on fully expecting it to more or less fit. And lo and behold, what do I find??? It's huge. I mean wear-me-for-a-nightshirt-swimming-in-it HUGE! I was amazed. The sleeve reaches down to my elbow and the hem almost covered my short workout shorts. I think you could seriously fit two of me in here!

I stood there in my sweet hubby's shirt and inspected myself in the mirror a little closer. I'm starting to get those little nobby things, you know, bumps on your shoulders? From the weights. Gotta say, I kinda like 'em. And I am definitely getting downright thin in 3 areas: my ankles, wrists, and around my rib cage. Hoping for that to spread to my boobs, butt, and gut, but I'll take it!

I have decided: enough of the scale freaking; I have slipped back into that more than I should allow lately. I'm not a number. The scale is just a measurement of how much fat I've beaten from my body. It's not a measure of my worth! It's not who I am. Heck, it doesn't even account for the muscle that I have obviously gained. So, I gotta say: Bite me scale, I'll take my hubby's t-shirt over you any day!

Moral of the story, changes are happening. I am making progress. And I am happy about it. Loving myself a little more this morning all thanks to my husband's T-Shirt.

I'm Going to Do It...

Low carb that is. I am committing to do my modified version of low carb for the next week and then go from there. I am also reading a couple of books, including The Brown Fat Revolution that I will probably switch to once I get things rolling again. Maybe even a giveaway there (waiting to hear).

I know what makes me feel good and what my body does well with, so that is what I'll do. I just don't particularly enjoy ditching the carbs. I tend to miss my special k, kashi, and wheat thins!! But, I want this weight off more, so here we go.

I am going to include things like: berries, greek yogurt, lots of veggies, lean meats, nuts, etc. I also plan to still track my calories on sparkepeople to see where I end up eating this way more than anything. So far today I'm at about 30 grams of carbs and 1099 calories, with dinner yet to go.

As an aside, if you witnessed my twitterfit this afternoon whilest trying to drum up some followers, sorry, I'm not always that nuts (wink, wink).

Working on several reviews, should have them up this week.

Living Healthy on a Budget...Yes, it Can Be Done!

I spoke in a previous post about our tight budget. I thought I would talk a little bit about how I manage to make healthy choices while still staying within that budget. It's not an easy task, but getting to stay at home with my kiddos makes pinching those pennies so worth it.

The first thing I did was go to a written budget. Seeing where everything is actually going is the first step to telling it where it should go!

Next, I began to batten down the hatches. Nothing was safe in my quest for extra dollars. Our home land line was the first thing to get the ax. We all already have cell phones, so why spend $50 MORE a month on a phone we never wanted to answer because it was a salesperson? Out that went. Our satellite plan went down to the bare bones (don't tell my fam, but I've considered cancelling that altogether). We don't buy DVDs very often now, we got Netflix. I only buy books I really want and utilize the library tons. I stopped magazine subscriptions I wasn't really reading. We cut out everything extra.

Next, I did everything possible to get our utility costs down. Energy saving light bulbs went in. They are more expensive, but they last forever and cut down our electric bill quite a bit. I just bought a few at a time each week; I found them cheapest at Home Depot (although this week there is a good deal at Target on them). I turn lights off when we're not in a room, unplug things not in use and shut computers down when they're being used. Made sure air wasn't getting out doors. You can search online for lots of ideas on energy savings. We also went to all wood heat and stopped buying propane. That was a little extreme for most people, but it works for us because hubby can cut wood at his family's ranch.

Grocery shopping can be a big expense for a family of 5 trying to make healthy choices. My system allows me to do that fairly cheaply. My grocery budget is $300 to $400 a month. That has to include all cleaning supplies, dog food, cat food, etc. What I do is clip coupons for things my family uses. I also look online for coupons and print them out. I have a little file that I then file them alphabetically in so I don't have coupon messes all over the house. Then, I watch the sales at Target, Safeway, and King Soopers. You can easily do this online; most sites let you make your grocery list and print it out. King Soopers you can even email it to yourself. When something we use goes on sale, I use my coupons and stock up. King Soopers and Safeway in my area even double coupons up to a $1. I never shop at Sam's, Costco, or Walmart anymore. I can do far better with my system. You may have a lot of one item one week and another the next when you first start out, but it will all even out and you'll have a full pantry of everything.

Check with your store, some have limits of 3 like coupons, etc. Most stores will allow you to use a store coupon and a manufacturer's coupon together (combine with a sale and you get stuff dang cheap). I actually buy more than 1 paper if there's good coupons in it. I might be spending $1.50, but the coupons inside can be worth way more. If I want to stock up on something we use a lot, I'll go back more than once, or have hubby or someone else go too. Yes, I'm shameless at getting around limits. You'll find you will get things free sometimes too. For example if Crest toothpaste is 10 for $10 at King Soopers and you have a coupon for 50 cents off (that they will double to $1 off) you just got free toothpaste.

Now, you will find a lot of GREAT deals on junk food this way. That's why I only clip the coupons for healthy things that I want to buy for my family. That way I'm not even tempted when I can get Pop Tarts dirt cheap ;)

For fruits and veggies I stalk the good sales and load up. Now, these are perishable, so I can't go too crazy. If spinach is super cheap, I'll buy a couple packages and work it into a lot of meals that week. You can freeze some things. For instance, berries. When strawberries were $1 a pkg last year I bought tons and froze them. Search on the internet about freezing things (hopefully my sis will read and post the name of that book she has). It's a great way to extend the lifetime of sale things.
I always take cash shopping. It keeps me on my toes. If I know I have exactly $100 to spend I am way more mindful than if I'm just putting it on my debit card. We don't use credit cards at all.

Working out on the cheap is easier than I thought. I already have a treadmill and exercise bike from the days we weren't so careful with money. I bought a cheap set of hand weights and some workout DVDs. I always check a DVD out from Netflix first to be sure I'll like it. They even have ones you can watch instantly online. I also never spend more than $10 on a fitness DVD. I usually stalk the deals on Amazon for these. I always use the free super saver shipping.  I'll even wait a bit until I have $25 worth of things I need to order. Plus, with no sales tax, can't beat Amazon.

If you search a bit you can find lots of helpful websites on couponing and saving money. There's also lots of helpful peeps on Twitter. Two of my favorites: @DealSeekingMom (her website is awesome) and @SpringsBargains (more of a local thing I think). You will find sites you can pay for them to tell you all the deals, where to spend your coupons, etc. I skip these, think it's a waste.

Helpful books I've read: Shop, Save, and Share by Ellie Kay. I don't use her exact system, but it's a good place to start if you're new to all this. Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey. Love me some Dave! He changed our lives. We cut up our credit cards and only have our mortage and second mortgage left to pay off thanks to him. If you have no payments that sure frees up a lot of cash! My bro in law says Total Money Makeover is good too.

Sorry, this is so long, I guess I can get windy when I'm up on my soap box! I'll add in the comment section if I think of things I left out.

Weigh In

OK, so I am going to take my own advice for once (isn't that hard sometimes?) and stop obsessing so much about the square contraption in my bathroom!

I weighed this morning, and>>>drumroll>>>184, ba dum bum. Seriously?? Yep. I was 183.5 yesterday when I posted. Had a bad food day, ended up at 1900 (which by all the math shouldn't equate a gain for me)calories yesterday.  So, I am now where I started last week.

Moving on. Thanks so much everyone for weighing in (he he) on the low carb thing, keep the comments coming! It helps to see what others think. Going to try and make a decision today and start my new, whatever, plan tomorrow. I am feeling good, and not down about any of this. I'm mostly in my problem solver mode, like, OK what plan can I make to fix this? Ooh, could their be lists and math and excel sheets involved too?? Yes, my inner geek would adore that!

I will get pictures on as soon as hubby wakes up to take them ;)

Hubby says he sees a difference, I however see none.

But I Don't WANNA Do Low Carb!!

I say that with my best bratty look on my face and stamping my little Nike clad feet. I don't WANNA do low carb! I don't wanna, I don't wanna, I don't wanna!!

So, weigh in is tomorrow. I snuck a peek this morning, and, ya, ugh. Won't 'spoil' it, but ugh. I'm at a sticky point. I've gotten stuck around 185 every time I've lost weight. (sad it's been so many, but that's another tangent) My body really wants to hang out here! My pants are a little loser and I may go ahead and do pics tomorrow even though the scale hasn't budged much, but come on. I am working my tail off here! I'm used to losing 3 lbs a week with this kind of effort.

I have always had the most success in weight loss through low carb plans. Dropped it like it was hot on Atkins, rocked South Beach, and many times did well on my own made up plan that kept me under 25-30 grams of carbs a day. But eventually always fell off the low carb wagon (usually because of pregnancy) and regained.

Only once can I think of that I did well at something other than low carb. That was during a 'biggest loser' contest I was part of. I really wanted to win the money! I came in second (behind a boy), I think I lost around 12% of my body weight in...3 months. But, it was insane, I was working out 1-2.5 hours a day and eating 1000-1300 calories per day. I don't think I can live like that! Pretty sure my husband wouldn't like it either. (He lost 9 pounds in the last 2 weeks! again, another tangent)

This week my calories were close to 1200 (my goal) most days, and never over 1500. I worked out hard, and, blech. So, am I doomed to go back to low carb? I know, nice sunny attitude I have about it! I have been enjoying being off low carb. However, I want the weight off. I feel so done with the losing weight process; I want the maintaining weight process to begin. Yet, my wheat thins would miss me so, and my kashi cereal, and, and, oh crum.

I don't tend to be as hungry when I am low carbin' it. Once in a while during pms I will go nuts and eat 5 bagels or something because I feel deprived, but overall I tend to do pretty well. I would have to make room for fruit, I think I would miss my apples too much. And, maybe I could allow a day off to enjoy carbs once in you see me trying to talk myself into it???

My other option is going on some sort of plan. I'm reading several books right now and thinking maybe just something different, with structure, could knock me out of this slump. Something that says, eat x, y, and z. I'm feeling pretty indecisive. I know my personality, and I know if I don't get some results soon I will be hugely tempted to say f-this.

What do you guys think?

I'm a Plant Killer

Tiny confession: I killed another plant. I know, I know, how horrible. You see, I'm the kind of person that tends to get really focused and passionate about things. Tunnel vision is my strong suit. Balance is something that takes work for me. I'm getting better at it, but as the picture glaringly displays, not great yet. This poor little thing used to have lots of big green leaves! But my pants are fitting looser!

Right now I'm obviously very focused on weight loss and all the time consuming things that it entails: counting calories, planning healthy food, workouts, workouts, workouts. Oh, and of course this wonderful blog of mine. I also have all my other daily things to keep up with: my house, homeschooling my kids, etc, etc. So I reckon of all the things to slip through the cracks, this plant wasn't the worst. Forgive me little plant, I loved you while you lasted, we've had some great times, but alas, it wasn't to be.

Surely the Broken Wheat Thins Don't Count??

One of my regular lunches is a can of Campbell's Select Harvest Light Soups with 16 reduced fat Wheat Thins and a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Cheese. Yummy and filling. Well, yesterday I was counting out my 16 wheat thins, and it went like this:

1, 2, oooh broken one (into mouth it went), 3, 4, 5, broken one (into mouth it went), 6, 7, broken one (U guessed it, into mouth it went) 8, 9, 10, broken one WAIT what the heck am I doing?? Epiphany. Figured out part of my plateau problem.

One of my plateau busting goals this week was to be absolutely dilligent in my calorie counting. What I've discovered is this weird game I play in my head. One bite of the kids mac n cheese--don't count that, 3 or 4 broken wheat thins--surely THOSE don't count, a taste of hubby's breakfast...You get the picture. There is a lot getting into my mouth that somehow doesn't count to me. Whole Wheat Thins are the only ones that contain calories? The broken ones are free? Uh, no. Yes, all of this does count, and over a week's time can add up to plenty of uncounted calories!

Since counting calories is my big weight loss strategy here I have to count everything. Or what's the point? Not sure how I have talked myself into things like...surely the broken wheat things don't count...but I'm talking myself out of them right quick!

Mindfulness is a big part of weight loss. It's the not paying attention that got me here in the first place. Just being mindful of what I eat, when I eat, how much I eat makes a huge difference. Even being mindful while I eat is important. I am trying to focus on my food while I eat it lately. I tend to get distracted on my Blackberry and I've heard you aren't paying attention when you're actually full that way.

So, my lesson from yesterday, it's amazing what jumps into my mouth when I'm not paying attention, or er counting... a salad?? Recipe.

My style of cooking is, I throw in a little of this and a little of that and see how it comes out. That being said, I'm giving ingredients, but not exact measurements.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad:
A bag of Dole Spring Mix Salad (or your fav)
About a half bag (or whole bag if you love) Baby Spinach
English Cucumber Slices
Lots of Strawberry Slices
Top with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing (I use Maple Grove Farms)

This is my fav easy salad. SO low cal and very good for you. This and a grilled chicken breast and I'm good to go for a meal.

Happy 101

Natalia at gave me this:

Because I inspire/motivate here. THANK YOU!
I am supposed to tell you 10 things that make me happy and then hand it on to 10 people who inspire/motivate me.

First, I believe it is a choice to be 'happy', so I am going to list 10 things I really enjoy/make me smile:

  • My Husband

  • My 3 Boys

  • My Sister

  • My Animals: Dog, Cats, Chickens

  • My New Blogger Friends

  • Running

  • Quiet Time Early in the Morning

  • Coffee, Esspresso, Starbucks, mmmm

  • Reading, Writing, Books

  • My Blackberry

Now, 10 people who inspire/motivate me that I'm sending this on to:

The Fruit and Veggie Project Part 1: The Ugli Fruit

I've started a new project with my family. We are calling it The Fruit and Veggie Project. (cue mission impossible music) The mission, and we've already chosen to accept it: Try new fruits and vegetables.

Every time I go shopping I am going to select one, or more, fruits or vegetables we've never had. I figure this will broaden our nutritional horizons and make my weight loss process not so mundane.

First fruit of the project: The Ugli Fruit. We had already devoured it when I remembered I wanted to take pics for this. So, I added pics of the peels; I'll do better next time I promise.

The Ugli Fruit is a very ugly citrus fruit. It's big like a grapefruit and green and all funky looking. I was thinking it was going to taste like a grapefruit and hence not looking forward to said Ugli Fruit. I was pleasantly surprised however. It is a little grapefruit tasting, but sweet like an orange. It has seeds, bummer, but it was extremely juicy.
Water was squirting out of this thing and all over my 6 year old. The whole family gave it a thumbs up...well, except the 4 year old. Probably shouldn't have told him it's name first, we absolutely could not get him to partake of an ugly fruit!

Plateau Busting

Julie V.'s comment about a plateau really got me thinking. In the past I  thought plateaus were, sorta, bunk. That people had probably just not tracked their calories in as well, or hadn't burned as many calories in their workouts as they thought, or whatever. But, one day of too high calories simply can't explain gaining a pound this week. The weight training MIGHT explain the last two weeks, but I really don't think it's that either. Surely last week I didn't gain EXACTLY the same weight in muscle as I lost in fat?

So, I did a little research on weight loss plateaus. It seems they are fairly common. Thoughts and recommendations seem to vary widely on them, but from what I've read I think I may have actually hit a plateau. Whether or not that's true, it makes me feel better. Like I can be proactive, make a game plan, and fix this. For whatever reason my body likes it at this weight and seems to be hanging on for dear life!

Recommendations I found that I am going to try:
  • Up your protein and decrease your carbs a little. This was something I was considering already, I have always done better on lower carb diets. So, I will be cutting out most bread (it makes me feel kinda bloaty anyway) and trying to get in more protein. My focus will be on eating fruits, vegetables, beans, and meat.

  • Track your calories religiously. I have been pretty dilligent about tracking my calories, but for the next week I am going to be extra careful. This could cause a major problem even if I were off only a hundred calories a day. To be certain I'm burning what I think I'm burning when I workout I'm going to wear my heart rate monitor more consistently.

  • Change things up. This was a recurring theme I found. Change up your calorie intake, workouts, everything. To mix things up I am going to try to keep my calories as close to 1200 for the next week as I can. Previously I floated between 1200 and 1600. To mix up my workouts I am going to throw in workouts I haven't done in a while and do 2 a days whenever I can.  Last, I'm going to be better about my water intake.

  • Another recommendation I found several times was to re-do your math. After you've been losing weight for a while your body weight goes down, as does your calorie requirements. So, while I was losing weight at a certain calorie intake before, now that I'm a bit smaller it may be too much. Also, I may not burn as many calories working out as I did when I was heavier. So, I need to recalculate my BMR, etc to check my plan and may need to permanently adjust things such as my daily calories and workouts.
I am hoping that if I shake things up this week and kick things in the pants a little I can break through this lull and get on with the losing!

I am just a blogger, not a doctor or any sort of professional. What you read here are my personal experiences and opinions. Of course, always consult your doctor before trying a diet, diet pill, or new workout program.

This is my scale...this is my scale in mid-air...aka weigh in

OK, didn't really try the whole scale with hang time thing, but was a tiny bit tempted this morning. So, today's weigh in...184. A little stumped. Looked back over my week, had one bad day with calories. The rest were flawless as well as the workouts. While I can't really see an explanation for that pound, I can choose not to let it ruin my mood.

Going on my second week of bad weigh-ins I am thinking I need to get proactive with this. Something needs shaken up, changed, kick-started here. I will keep you posted on what changes I will try.

Any suggestions??

Follower Envy

Ever go to someone's blog, or twitter home page, or facebook page and they have like a bazillion followers? OK, maybe not a bazillion, maybe just a 100 or 200 or 300 or so. And you think wow, good for them, they are so great, of course they have tons of people following them?

Well, I don't. I think gee, I'm jealous.

Ridiculous, I know, but I have follower envy. I am jealous of all of you super wonderful people that have bazillions of people following you. No idea why, really. Possibly a topic to bring up with therapist? Oh, ya, I don't have one. Will do some soul searching on that one for sure. Or not, probably not actually, more pressing issues to search the soul over! Like why I still have a deep, burning desire for peanut butter cup ice cream.

All kidding aside, just thought I'd confess that deep dark secret to all my blogger friends. Do you think less of me now?

Please don't tell me if I'm the only one that's ever had follower envy.

Recovering From a Binge

Normally I wouldn't post again this soon, but after my last post I had a mini melt-down. CRAZY. I got that bingey feeling. If you've ever struggled with this you know exactly what I mean. I cannot remember the last time I felt that way. Honestly, I thought I was through all that. But, apparantly no, and I have 900 calories consumed by 7:30 am to show for it. I am not feeling particularly stressed out, or emotional in any way. I'm a little tired, got up early because I was wide awake in bed at 4 am. Really nothing to explain this, sorta random. I am beginning to wonder if I am honestly trying to sabotage myself?!

UGH, so stuffed. Stupid. Looking for silver lining: No junk food in the house, so everything I scarfed was healthy by default and I went straight to Twitter and then here for accountability. HUGE thanks to for her humor. She really helped talk me down off the ledge. I have tracked EVERYTHING consumed. No more hiding and lying to myself. The feeling, urge, has passed. Although I didn't ride it out as well as I would have hoped, in the past it would have lasted all day or several days. Choosing to be thankful I am feeling past it already.

I feel a little wind taken out of my sales for regressing. It's almost like if there was some 'trigger' to explain it I'd feel better. But, I'm OK and I'm on my way!

So, how do you recover from a binge? Well, apparantly you blog about it, lol. Then, I am going to continue to track my calories for the rest of the day no matter what. I am going to focus on getting my water in. I am going to make better choices for the rest of the day. Most importantly, I am going to forgive myself and try to learn from it.

I Want to Run FAST

I want to run fast. I do, I admit it. I've been running for about 3 years now and I want to run fast. Hi, I'm Kat..and I WANT TO RUN FAST. Well, fast for me anyway. The fastest mile I've run was just under 11 minutes. My fastest 5k time is 39 minutes. One of my goals for this year is to shave that down. The bigget obstacle: fat. Yep, extra fat is heavy, who knew right?

When you run, being overweight is like having extra weights strapped to your person. It makes everything harder, and hence, slower. So, in order to run fast, I have to...lose weight. Well, that's handy, I'm already working on that!

A shift in focus is always helpful for me. Just focusing on weight loss, weight loss, weight loss for months and months gets old. I find setting another goal for myself, like...running faster, gives me fresh passion and drive. Obviously the two go hand in hand, but the shift in focus helps my mental game. And weight loss is a huge mental game! 

So, I have a 5k coming up in April and I want to make leaps and bounds improvements on my time. My game plan is to do more speed work than I've ever done and...knock off some serious poundage before April!

Wish me luck!

Beautiful Blogger Award

Thanks to Bee at for thinking of me here. So, I've been given this Beautiful Blogger Award, and now I'm supposed to tell you 7 things you may not know about me and pass it to 7 more beautiful bloggers.

7 Things You Might Not Know About Me:

  1. I am a stay at home mom with 3 boys that I homeschool.
  2. I really, really love my husband and think he is the best man on earth (Yes, sorry, already found him ladies, you'll have to look for the 2nd best if you're single, LOL).
  3. I am a country girl, live in the boonies, husband's family has a cattle ranch, horses, the whole deal.
  4. I have chickens for my own eggs.
  5. I ran a marathon last May (OK, so if you've read much of my blog you might know that, but I'm proud of it).
  6. Writing is my passion.
  7. I don't believe in debt or credit cards.
OK, now who I want this award to go to:

Now you guys get to tell us your 7 things and pass it to 7 more bloggers. IF any of you have already gotten this please let me know, and I'll edit my list!