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Re-Focusing on my Running aka Kicking Excuses to the Curb

I was going through my blog updating things today when I noticed that I have not updated my workout log since I started ChaLEAN Extreme. Oops! Sorry about that, I'll fix that soon. 

While perusing my workout calendar to make sure I'd logged everything so that I can update my workout log I realized something...I haven't been running. What the?

I have been sticking faithfully to my ChaLEAN at 5am, but my runs...I have let them slide. Many, many runs are crossed out on my workout calendar. I planned them and simply didn't do them. Dangit.

I am a runner. A runner however must run! Two things have been my excuses lately. 1. time. I am struggling to fit in the ChaLEAN workouts and runs. 2. childcare. Of which I have none, lol. I AM the childcare.

Pondering these issues I realize they are really just excuses. Things I need to fix so that I can RUN. I am missing it terribly. There are many times I have wished I could go for a run to clear out the junk in my head! Plus, eep, I have a 5k June 20th!

First, time. Well, it's summer now and homeschool things are wrapping up, so that shouldn't be such a problem anymore. I can either add a run onto my workout or fit it in later in the day. Running is important to me, well worth making the time. I might have to get creative, but I can make the time. That excuse gone.

Second, my kids. This became a problem because I now hate my treadmill. I just can't stand to run on it anymore. It's downright uncomfortable. Outside is SO my choice now. That puts a huge kink in things. Running on my treadmill=easy. Pop a movie in or set some legos out to occupy the kids while I run, easy. Outside running...not so easy. I really don't want to run while hubby watches the kids because he has been working so much lately I barely get to see him. 

After much deliberation on this I have come up with 2 solutions. First, I can add an early morning run on top of my ChaLEAN workout before everyone gets up in the morning. There is a track a block from my house perfect for this (yes, I count myself lucky there). ChaLEAN workouts are relatively short, so I will be able to do this some days. There are however times I struggle getting up early enough to do this, so that leads me to solution 2. My dad. My awesomesauce dad retired early...and loves his grandkids. Score. They have a farm about 4 miles from me. I can take the kids our there to play with him, while I run around his property. Woo! That excuse is now toast.

Excuses often get in the way of our 'me time'. Especially our workouts. But sometimes we need to look at them for what they are. Excuses. A little thought or planning can often knock them down one by one. If being fit and healthy is important to us, we need to make time for it. Sometimes it takes creativity, but usually we can find that time to fit it in!

Do you struggle with fitting your workouts in? How have you gotten creative to make it work?


Please enjoy this guest post from Danielle of She is a Twitter friend and she totally rocks. I am so proud of her. Danielle inspires and amazes me! She's going to do great watch.

Boot camp – a love story

I have struggled with my weight for what feels like forever. From being enrolled in weight watchers at a young age to going to a nutritionist in college while my friends were scarfing down pizza and going to keggers.
But one thing I never fully enjoyed has been working out, until now.
A little over a year ago a friend and I started walking at a local track and eventually joined a 24 hour gym. It’s been great, but I needed something more hands on, more intense.  
My older sis kept “hinting” to me about a local boot camp class that meets in Springfield. Annoyed that she would drop not so subtle hints I joined just to spite her… yea my reasoning doesn’t make sense to me either.
The boot camp I attend is taught by a former contest of The Biggest Loser, season 4 David Griffin. The first day in class I was scared and nervous and running late, something that I hate to do. But my favorite twin sis and I went in and completed our first assessment. I could only do 1 push up and 13 sit-ups and a 23 minute mile. That was it. I kinda felt defeated walking away that first day and that I was in the wrong place. But I had already paid my money, which for me is a huge motivating factor and I was going to do this.
Our class meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for about an hour. It’s a 6 week course and it’s intense. The assessment this round was on a Wednesday and then Friday was our first full class.
I died that first time. We all start out a few minutes early doing 3 laps around the inside of the school and running up and down a set of stairs. Then class starts out on “the line” in the gym. I felt as though I was in a twilight zone. Burpees? What? Mountain climber? No thank you… but with each odd look David would explain what he was looking for or show (me mainly) a modified way to do things. I was behind everyone every step of the way. I had sweat pouring down and I knew I looked neither pretty nor cute (I’m from the south, these things count). But at the end of the class as we all stood there in a circle we each had a moment to say one good thing or tough thing about our week and our weight loss trials. All I could come up with “well I didn’t throw up” everyone laughed and clapped and I knew that I was home.
Boot camp has honestly not gotten easier; I don’t think it’s supposed to. I’m the last person a majority of the time, but I’m not as far behind. I think as you get stronger you do more and challenge yourself more and I LOVE that. I get bored easily, but here I don’t.
It’s an encouraging environment, the first time I jogged a lap everyone was encouraging me and I knew that they meant it. We celebrate our achievements and as a group we help push through our shortcomings.

It’s not perfect, cause people aren’t perfect. But class by class I get to be a little better than I was. I get to try a little more… 


I have always been insecure. Many people in my life are shocked to hear that, but it's true. 

Insecure about my looks, my weight, my writing, my mothering, and most of all how others view me. Lately I have felt like I am really overcoming all that, kicking butt, becoming comfortable in my own skin...but then it sneaks up on me out of nowhere. Someone unfollows me on Twitter, or someone gives me a weird look at the store, or a blog post doesn't get many comments...and I'm that insecure high school girl again. They don't like me, why don't they like me, did I say something, did I do something??? Yikes, it hits my like a sucker punch in the stomach. 

And I hate it! 

I feel like that insecure girl in those moments, but I am a 33 year old woman who has done and will do much in my life. I have a great life. I have huge goals. I have an awesomely supportive husband, great friends, great kids, a passion for writing, yada yada. The list goes on. So why is it that these little seemingly insignificant things still reduce me to an insecure puddle?

I had one of those moments just now (Tuesday night as I write this)...I then announced on Twitter that I rock. More of a positive affirmation than anything, LOL. 

I think we should all remind ourselves of that daily. We are the one and only us, and we rock. 

I'm not perfect, but I am pretty great. I obviously don't mean that in a prideful way. I just mean that I try my best in life and shouldn't let someone else's opinions and actions trigger that less-than feeling in myself! 

I guess it's still a battle. One thing is certain. Just losing weight doesn't cure it all. Darn.

What makes you feel insecure? How do you deal with that feeling when it comes up?

Working Out...A Spectator Sport?

I used to work out alone. Only. Either in my room with the door shut or in the living room before everyone got up. I never wanted people to SEE me working out. Yeesh. That would have been tragic. I ran my hubby and kids off if they wandered in. I was way too uncomfortable to have a workout buddy.

I am not sure when this changed. I think it happened little by little. This morning, my hubby and 7 year old got up before I had finished my workout. It was a tough, sweat pouring workout. And they proceeded to watch me finish it.

I said jokingly...This isn't a spectator sport, but it didn't bother me. This sort of thing happens a lot these days. But I no longer feel embarrassed and chase them out. My little boys will even be next to me trying to copy the 'moves' of the workout sometimes.

My kids are always watching. Just by seeing my consistently working out they are learning that being active, working out, is just a part of life. I love that.

Tomorrow morning I will be at Vonda's...she works out at 5:15 with her neighbor...never met this neighbor, but I'll be right there with them working out. Crazy. I would have been way too uncomfortable for something like that, I'm looking forward to it.

Funny how my perspective has changed.

How do you feel about working out in front of other people?

Rambling Weekly Recap

Well, how was your week? Mine was busy. Workouts, food tracking, daily life, plus getting ready for a double birthday party this weekend (My youngest boys' b-days are a little over a week apart so we have their party together). Busy.

I changed my weigh ins to Thursday because my rest day on ChaLEAN is moving to Thursday. I had a guest post yesterday, so I didn't do a weigh in post. My weight was 172.5. So, I lost the 1.5 I had gained and am moving back in the right direction. Relieved. 

I didn't do so well posting my food every day. I posted several, but not all. Just didn't get it done. Kind of time consuming taking pics of everything I eat, then tracking in Sparkpeople, then doing a post. I have however tracked every day in Sparkpeople. I will keep that up and probably do food accountability posts a few times a week now. Every day is just a lot. We'll see.

I have been wearing my heart rate monitor all day the last two days. Interesting. Yesterday was my rest day, but I was still cleaning house, went shopping, etc. Fairly active. My heart rate monitor said I only burned 1292 calories all day. Wow. If that is correct that would explain why I can't eat as many calories. Wearing it again today. Information is always good.

I finished up the Burn Phase of ChaLEAN Extreme. I will try to get a proper review post on it up soon. Lost 1.5 pounds in that month. I know I would have lost more if my eating hadn't been out of control the first couple of weeks of it. Live and learn. Upped my protein and now not so famished. I have however gotten into a pair of jeans I haven't been able to wear in YEARS, so must be losing inches. My body fat percentage is now 31.3%. It was 32.4% at the end of March. I started Phase 2 of ChaLEAN, the Push Phase today. Loving it. Bought some 15 pound weights for it. Woo. They are all huge and manly looking. But weights are for girls! (still tweeting #weightsareforgirls often, spreading the love). I felt all awesome buying them. I crack myself up often.
 This is the 5s I used for most of my workouts (I used 8s some too) before ChaLEAN Extreme, next to my new 15s.

Something I have realized this week is that I have become a little overwhelmed with the last bit of weight I have to lose. It seems daunting. I have decided that I need to break down my bigger goal into bite sized smaller goals. So that I can feel that sense of accomplishment and focus on smaller more immediate goals. 

I have 27.5 pounds left to lose. Which might seem like a lot, but after losing 53.5 it seems like the downhill portion to me. Instead of focusing on that number I will break it down into goals of how much I want to try to lose each month. Mentally it just seems better for me that way.

For the remainder of May my goal is to lose 3 more pounds. That will get me under 170. A barrier I have struggled with for a while. It is also my goal to get my hair done. Can't wait. I am finding it so much easier to focus on that 3 pounds than just some airy goal of 'losing weight'.

How was your week? Learn anything new? Any victories you want to share?

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

Guest Post--Emotional Eating

Please enjoy this guest post from Al of I think a lot of us can relate.

Looking in the Mirror

So there I was last night sitting on the couch watching biggest loser. On this weeks episode the final four contestants were returning from a 30 day home visit.  They showed footage of how each of the contestants handled being at home but one story hit home with me. Daris from Oklahoma was struggling with finding ways to deal with his stress. He found himself raiding the kitchen in the middle of the night eating away his emotions. Watching that I instantly felt like I was looking in a mirror.  I have spent many nights wandering through the kitchen and digging through the pantry in search of food to ease my emotions. It’s something that I deal with everyday, and yes most days I am in control but every now and then it will get the best of me. I haven’t always been in control of it though, it took me eating my way into a 480 lb body for me to realize it was time to take control of my life and health and redesign my lifestyle.

I really want people to know that emotional eating is REAL. I know it’s hard to understand unless you have been through it, but it does exist. I have a very supportive family, but they haven’t always been like that. A lot of my family members would shun the idea that the reason I was overweight was because I ate my emotions. They just figured I was lazy and didn’t know when to stop. It was really frustrating at times when I would try to justify why I ate, just that phrase “justify why I ate” really bothers me.  I finally stopped justifying and started modifying my habits.

So I have made great progress, I have lost almost 80lbs since September 2009. I still have a lot of weight to lose but I am up for the challenge. But with this small victory sometimes my family forgets that I still battle with my urges to eat every day, they seem to think that since I lost some weight that the urges magically disappeared. About a month ago I had a serious conversation with my mother. More than anyone I wanted her to understand what goes on in my head. So we sat down and she asked me what’s going on? I told her I wanted to talk to her about my emotional eating and before the words even left my tongue tears were streaming down my face. I mean that’s how painful and sensitive this subject is for me. I asked her to not speak and just listen to me until I was done.
I told her,
  “I want you to understand that my emotional eating is an extremely serious problem. I know that I have lost some weight but the urges are still there. This is a problem I will deal with for the rest of my life, I am not going to lose 250 pounds and magically have my urges just disappear. It’s something I will have to control for the rest of my life and I have accepted that, and sometimes I don’t feel like you guys take it seriously. I sometimes feel like you guys think I am selfish. If I don’t put myself first who will? Nobody will.  When I decline offers to eat out with the family or skip family time to hit the gym for a workout you guys sometimes give me a hard time about it. I have to be somewhat selfish in this battle; nobody is going to do the work except for me. I want you to know that I can win this fight but I will not let anyone or anything get in my way and I don’t want anyone to take it personally.”

My mother completely agreed with me, and I want everyone to know that my mother is my biggest supporter. The things I said weren’t necessarily directed at her, I just wanted to make sure she knew how I felt and what was going on in my head. My mother did ask me one question, “if you knew why you were eating then why did it take you so long to take control of it?”  I told her it’s one of the easiest things in this world to be honest with someone else, but it’s one of the hardest things in this world to be honest with yourself, and it took me a very long time to realize that. I sincerely believe that the first step of taking control of this problem is being honest with yourself. You are going to have good and bad days, but the most important thing is not letting a bad day turn into a bad week, month, or years. I often say, “failure is not the act of giving up, it the act of not bouncing back”. 

My heart goes out to anybody who is dealing with this problem. If you need someone to talk to, need advice, or even have questions, please feel free to contact me. I also invite you all to check out my blog and follow me on twitter.
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Puma Complete Vectana I Review

I have wanted yellow running shoes since I started running. Not sure why, I just like bright colors like yellow and orange, especially for my running shoes. However, I have never been able to find yellow in shoes that fit my feet well. 

I did a post about my dream running gear a little while back as part of the runapalooza week I did leading up to my fastest 5k.

Well, Puma saw that post, contacted me, and sent me the exact YELLOW shoes from that post! Thank you Puma. (Yep, that's my disclaimer, the shoes were free, the opinions however are 100% my own)

A little info about them from

Looking for a little stability?

This shoe won't help you find your dream home, job or partner, but it will keep you steady on your feet. And that's a start. This tech'd out little number comes equipped with full-length idCELL cushioning and a long-lasting duoCELL crash pad in the heel. Maximum cushioning + maximum guidance = a difference your feet will appreciate.
  • Extremely lightweight, breathable upper for built-in air conditioning
  • Fast Forward design for a fast, effortless toe-off
  • PUMA Evertrack rubber outsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Built on an extra-wide platform for outstanding support

Product info on them from

Women's PUMA® Complete Vectana :: The first generation update to the flagship stability shoe in the Range offers exceptional fit and comfort while still being very stable due to the wider platform it is built on. This all new daily workhorse is for runners with a low to high arch who are searching for a stable companion. Enhanced midsole technologies provide a plush road feel and very smooth transition with the newly developed toe off. The first instep comfort is top of its class due to the choice of highest quality materials like OrthoLite sockliner, Memory foam lining and EverFoam in the heel.

Now, I've been very faithful to my normal shoe since I started running. I found something I liked, that worked well for me, and I stuck with it. Each spring when the new version comes out, I buy it.  Needless to say I was a little apprehensive to willy nilly switch running shoes. Change is hard for me, but these were just too cute to pass up. I figured, what the heck, I'll give 'em a try. 

So, did I buy my regular running shoes this spring? NOPE. Didn't do it. Not gonna do it. I LOVE these Pumas. I am now a Puma convert. They even cost the same as my old shoes, bonus.

I have ran with them on the treadmill for speed intervals, outside on roads/trails for 3-4 mile runs, and on the track for intervals. I have even done some of my other DVD workouts in them (I don't always enjoy running shoes for this, but these were great). They are so comfy. I love the feel when I run; they are light, stable, and just the right amount of cushion for me...and the best part...they are so freakin cute. 

Yes, I care what my running shoes look like. These Puma Complete Vectanas are by far cuter than any running shoes I've ever had.

I love the little Puma details on them.

Hands down I give these shoes 5 stars (and I don't give that rating lightly). I'll be running another 5k June 20th. Trying to cut my time again. Shooting for less than 32 minutes. I will absolutely be wearing these shoes!

Yesterday's Food Accountability Project Post

I didn't do food accountability posts for the weekend. I took pics Saturday, but never got them posted, then Sunday I went shopping with hubby and just didn't do anything. My food was good for the weekend though. So, here's yesterday's (Monday's).


2 cups coffee with Half and Half. 5 a Day smoothie, with lots of fresh spinach and strawberries (and whey protein, finally bought some, woo, I was going into withdrawals, although SuperTarget didn't have my Designer Whey, I know, gasp, so I bought some other brand, not sure I love.) recipe under my recipe tab.

Peanut butter smoothie. With almond milk, whey protein, 1 tblsp peanut butter, ice.

Strawberry smoothie with almond milk, whey protein, and frozen strawberries, and an Ezekiel pita with 1 Tblsp Peanut Butter on top (yes, I was a bit smoothie obsessed yesterday, I blame it on too long without whey protein).

Honey Almond Flax Kashi bar, yum.
Snack 2 (I am always hungrier on days I lift heavy, so I go with it):
Another Peanut Butter Smoothie with 1.5 Tblsp Peanut Butter this time, sorry it's sideways.

Turkey Taco Salad with Spinach because I was out of lettuce. It was really yummy.

Sort of a weird day. Lots of peanut butter, spinach, and smoothies. Yep, that's what I love! Calorie total was 1523. Although, I have this nagging feeling I forgot to track and take a pic of something. That's what I get for waiting until the day after to do the post, LOL. I am guessing my calories may have been more like 1700.

Yay for Shopping!

I have not enjoyed shopping for clothes for a very long time. Nothing ever fit right. Nothing ever looked right. I was convinced that dressing rooms made me sweat. And don't even get me started on all those criticizing mirrors in there.

I hated it, dreaded it. Everything cute was too small. Everything trendy might fit one thigh.

I would go. Try on lots. Hate how I looked in everything and rarely come home with anything.

I pretty much settled for jeans and hoodies, jeans and hoodies, jeans and hoodies.

Today I went shopping. I just wanted one summer outfit because most of my clothes are getting baggy.

It rocked.

I just went to SuperTarget. No need spending big bucks on clothes I hope to be too small for soon.

I timidly went to the juniors sizes. I have not fit into these in a long, long time.

I found a really cute pair of dark wash jean capris with cuffs that hit about at the knees. I looked at the size 15. Hmmm, they looked big. I remembered the last time I'd tried junior sizes. Only a few months ago. The 15's were too small.

I tentatively picked up a size 13. Would they fit? I had in the back of my mind that defeating feeling of past trips where I'd have to come out again for the bigger size (and sometimes it was still too small). I took them and the shirts I liked into the dressing room.

EVERYTHING was too big. It took me several trips to find what sizes I needed! So much more fun than having to go back for a larger size.

The 11's in the capris were just a tiny bit big, but I think they'll be great when I wash them. I found a cute black tank top on clearance and a black light short sleeve sweater (because I still don't love my arms). I love, love my new outfit.

I feel cute in it. Wow, how long has it been since I've said that?

I tried on many things. Knowing I would only buy one outfit, but loving that I felt like I looked nice in clothes again! I tried on things I never would have before. I apologize to the fitting room attendant that had to put them back. But it was such a boost.

I had fun shopping for clothes.

I told hubby he'd better look out, LOL. I like shopping again!!

Friday's Food Accountability Project Post

It's kind of funny, I am loving reading everyone's comments on yesterday's food post. Now, I may or may not take every single person's advice, but I just love hearing everyone's opinions. So, feel free, to tell me what you think!

Someone asked about Oikos. Yes, love Oikos, also like Chobani and Fage.

Several commented maybe I didn't eat enough. I am seriously considering that. Right now I do weigh and measure my food and track on Sparkpeople, so I know how many calories I am eating, and the nutrient content. When I go to those online calculators it says I should eat more calories, but when I do, I don't lose weight. I stay the same. Yesterday I wore my heart rate monitor all day and it says I burn less calories than those calculators suggest too. My resting heart rate is much lower since I'm more fit now. Maybe that is part of it? I am very confused about all this right now. Hrmmm. Would love to hear thoughts on that.

OK, onto the food.

It was a 2 cup morning. Each with 2 Tblsp Half and Half. Eep, I know.
3/4 cup(pre-cooked measure) Oatmeal with a sprinkle of Cinnamon.

Midmorning while grocery shopping:
Mmmm, Skinny Caramel Macchiato.

1 stalk of Celery cut in half with 1 Tblsp Peanut Butter with Flax.
I found this natural peanut butter with flaxseed while shopping today...and was a little obsessed with it, hence, Lunch:

Peanut Butter Sandwich on Earthgrains Thin Bun with a Gala Apple.

My 5 a Day Smoothie (made without whey protein because I didn't get any when I went shopping, yeesh). Has Frozen Strawberries and lots of Fresh Spinach. Recipe under my recipe tab.


3/4 cup All Whites with 1 Roma Tomato and 1/4 Cup Mozarella.

1/2 cup Sliced Strawberries with Vanilla Chobani. YUM.

My total calories for the day 1363.

Because I Just Know You Want to Know What I Ate Today

After reading through the comments on my post yesterday I decided I would do a nightly post of everything I eat. I will take pics of absolutely anything that I consume except water. I am going to do it for a week, and then decide if I want to keep doing it.

I have to say, it's helping already! I really think about what I choose to eat knowing I have to take a picture and put it all together in a post on here. I am so much more mindful. I know I won't do this forever, but it's good accountability for me for right now. I have to learn to make good choices for life, this is simply a crutch for now.

It's a little humorous because I feel like I need to explain what I eat. Like, yes, I like strong coffee with lots of cream and am totally OK spending that many calories on it, or...this isn't a typical day, sure need to go grocery shopping, usually there are a few smoothies in there. Weird.

Anyway, day 1 of my food post accountability project.

Coffee with 2 Tblsp Half and Half

3 Egg Spinach Omelet with 2 Tblsp Salsa


Bad pic, that's an Egg Salad Sandwich on Earthgrains ThinBun


More coffee with 2 Tblsp Half and Half
Cameo Apple and a Light String Cheese

Refried Beans with 1/2 cup Cheese and 1 Tblsp each Sour Cream and Salsa

So that was my day in food. 1311 calories total.
Comments? Questions? Concerns? Do you think this is a good idea? Do I eat weird? OK, don't answer that one.

Consistently Inconsistent

Looking back just now I've noticed an interesting pattern in my weight loss. 

I get very serious, intense, and lose 3, 4, even 5 pounds fairly quickly. Then, I sort of hang out at that weight a while, then I do it again, then hang out there for a while, and on and on.

How strange. While I guess it's good I maintain between these 'bursts' of weight loss this is not a pattern I want to continue. I have noticed myself 'slacking' again lately. Instead of getting super crazy intense like I would normally do, I want to focus on becoming more consistent. Consistency is key. I thought I had it, but looking back, not so much. I have been consistently inconsistent. 

I want to consistently lose a pound or two a week, not 4 one week and 0 the next three. 

I have been consistent with my exercise, especially since starting ChaLEAN Extreme, but not with my eating. I obviously haven't gone crazy since I have maintained my weight, but I am not reaching the goals I have set. 170 lbs is my goal to get my hair done! I need to quit messing around and get there.

So, I am trying to focus on consistently making good eating choices. In a sustainable, I can do this forever, way. I thought I had been doing that, but looking back I haven't. I have been letting my calories inch back up to the level where I maintain and don't lose. Which would be fine if I was at my goal, but I am not. Time to get consistent!

Blogging is one of the main ways I stay accountable. I love that. I am trying to come up with a way to be accountable about being consistent with my eating. Maybe a nightly post with my calories? A nightly tweet? Would love any suggestions.

The No-Weigh-In Weigh In Post

 Yes, it's Wednesday. Yes, this should be a weigh in post. But no, no it's not.

I am not weighing today.


Because I know it will tell me I am exactly the same. I didn't track my calories several days, but was awesome with my workouts. That equals no weight loss, and since I already know that, and can feel that on my body...

...I choose not to step on the scale, I just don't want to see it at the moment.

On to the next week...working out hard, better tracking, and feeling fanfriggintastic!!

Take that scale, you don't own me.

Designer Whey Protein-2GO Review

Thank you to Designer Whey for sending me a box of their new Pomegranate Fruit Protein-2GO for review.

A little info on it from 

Always on the go? Join the club. That's why we filled our Designer Whey Pomegranate Fruit Protein•2Go with what you need to stay energetic all day. High-quality whey protein gives you sustained energy, and vitamin C enhances your immune system. Added dairy calcium not only builds your bone health, it also helps you lose more fat from a smart diet and exercise program. And -- best of all -- it's only 50 calories.

Keep going (and going and going) with energizing protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Pomegranate Fruit Protein 2GO

Nutritional Snapshot
  • Vitamin C to support your immune system.
  • 10 g of whey protein for healthy energy.
  • Calcium, magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins to boost your health.
  • Just 50 refreshing calories.
  • Juicy pomegranate fruit flavor

This is basically protein you can just dump in your water bottle, shake up, and go. I was very curious about this product and glad I got to try it. I wondered how it would mix and how it would taste. It mixed very well just shaken up in my water bottle and it also tasted great that way. I think the instructions say to use less water, but I have a 17 oz water bottle and liked the taste best with that much water. I was pleasantly surprised by this product.

I found it very useful in helping meet my daily protein needs as someone very active and doing weights three times a week. Some ways I am using it are: in my water bottle during my strength workouts, in between snacks and meals to take the edge off hunger, and even in smoothies. My new favorite afternoon snack or post workout smoothie recipe is:

Kat's Easy 110 Calorie Strawberry Pomegranate Smoothie:
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 packet Designer Whey Protein-2GO in Pomegranate
  • 1 cup Frozen Strawberries

That's it, blend well in your blender. Very tasty and awesomely low in calories. If you want it a little more substantial you can add a cup of almond milk instead of a half cup and add ice and other berries, like raspberries.

I have enjoyed this product and will be continuing to use it. I liked the taste and I love that it's only 50 calories. I also love that it has Vitamin C and Calcium.

I am just a blogger, not a doctor or any sort of professional. What you read here are my personal experiences and opinions.

Happy Tuesday

Just wanted to do a quick post. I am still feeling behind from the weekend (I left for the weekend behind and am trying to catch up), so unfortunately the blog gets put on the back burner while I catch up on real life!

We had a great weekend, a great Mother's Day at Vonda's. The kids ran their first race of the kid race series they are doing for the summer. Lots of fun.

I hope all is well with everyone. I am working on several reviews and some video posts. I will be back with something more coherent soon!

Have a great day.

Funky Friends Friday

I was perusing the blogs last night and noticed that several of my friends are in 'funks'. Also, on Twitter a few have said things about being in a funk, and one friend just hasn't been around and I suspect he's in a funk. The crazy thing was my browser or internet was being weird and I couldn't leave comments on blogs or send DM's on Twitter last night. I could go to a page, but as soon as I tried to do one of those things I got an error page.

Well, ha ha Google Chrome, you shall not thwart me! I am dedicating an entire blog post to my funky friends. Take that.

I have been intimately acquainted with that up and down emotional roller coaster. I know how it can be. Many of you are frustrated with your life in general, or frustrated that you are making poor eating choices, not working out enough, not seeing the results you want, whatever. I know how you feel, I've been there.

I think that many of us think the battle we are fighting is completely physical, meaning we just need to move more, eat less, problem solved. While that is a huge part of it, it's not the whole picture for most of us. The mental/emotional aspect is a huge part of our struggles.

I would have to say that the mental/emotional side of things is 80% of the problem, and has to be addressed or none of our changes will mean a flying fig. Negative self talk, depression, and a negative attitude are some of the underlying problems we have to focus on to truly win this battle.

Are you talking down to yourself? Does your mind tell you you're: fat, ugly, stupid, not worth it, nothing? The negative adjectives can be endless. I know, I've flung them all at myself many times. But, I want you to hear me here: YOU ARE GREAT. Seriously. Take that in. You are. Stop the negative self talk. Do whatever you have to. When these thoughts creep in, talk back to yourself. I know, sounds weird. But tell yourself you are pretty awesome and have so much to offer! Because you DO. This negative self talk is only holding you back from the amazing person you are meant to be. Trust me.

Are you beating yourself up for the bad choices you've made lately? For not getting the physical results you want? Stop that. Just do. It doesn't help. It only hurts you. Stop hurting my friend. Please.

A negative attitude is another huge thing that will always defeat you. It takes work to change it, but it can be done. You don't have to be that Debbie Downer, that Negative Nelly forever. I used to be the most negative, critical person. Oh ya, that was me. But I have worked hard to become more positive and encouraging. I feel so much better now. You will too. When you notice yourself going down that negative, complaining road, just stop. Look at the positive things and people in your life. Focus on the good. 

One thing I do when I'm feeling down, or negative, is to do something nice for someone else. Often, I just cruise around the blogs and leave encouraging comments. It helps. When we shift the focus off ourselves for a while, and onto doing something nice for someone else, we get an automatic lift.

Many of us think that the source of our problems are outside of ourselves. While that may or may not be true, we can't change the people or even some of the situations in our lives. But we can change ourselves. We can choose to be the best us we can be. Believe me, once you are doing that the other things will seem less burdensome. You may even come to see that you can make different choices to affect those people and situations too. But, if you can't, you still deserve to be the best you possible, and you know what? The rest of the world deserves the best you too. Don't hold that back from us.

I don't want to pretend that I know it all, I don't. But I know that funks suck. I know that they try to grab hold and keep us down. Please, don't let them. You rock. You have a purpose, you have meaning, and these funks and negative thoughts/attitudes are keeping you from that!

If you are in a funk, I am asking you to do two things for me: write a blog post and tell me 5 things that make you pretty awesome and then go do something active, even if it is only for 10 minutes.

You are pretty great...believe it.

Hiding From the Camera

I decided I wanted to post more before pics. The before pics I've posted thus far are from when I started this blog. I was already well on my way in the weight loss process by then though. 

I have hunted and hunted. I am having a heck of a time finding ANY. I found these really fuzzy ones. Me at 204.5 on the left and 200 on the right. The only reason I had these is because I took them for Sparkpeople. 

Crazy how much I have always hidden from the camera!

No more hiding from the camera. I want to be in pics with my kids. I don't want to look back at family albums and NOT be in them.

I know some of me at my highest weight, about 226, exist. I will keep hunting!

Do you hide from the camera?

05.05.2010 Weigh In--Extreme Chronicles Update

I am struggling with writing lately. I just feel sort of ho hum. Like I have nothing important to say. I think part of it is that I am behind on my blog reading. I just haven't had time lately to visit blogs. I miss that. Hoping to find make time soon. When I am not connecting I lose interest in my blog. Weird.

Just wanted to put that out there, it's what I'm feeling this morning.

On with the weigh in post. I weighed in this morning at 173. Happy with that. I've lost a pound of the pound and a half I had gained the previous 3 weeks. I'll take it.

Since sitting down and getting real about why I was so freaking hungry lately I have started tracking on Sparkpeople again. For about a month I had been just jotting calories down on a tablet in the kitchen. By logging on Sparkpeople I can look at what I am eating and my nutrient balance. Well, I had let my protein slip. I was only getting 70-80 grams a day. Which might be fine for some, but for me, especially with doing ChaLEAN Extreme, it doesn't cut it. I played around for a few days and finally settled that I need 120-125 grams of protein to feel satisfied and back to my normal self. That is simply what works for me right now, not a recommendation for someone else.

I've consumed that amount of protein for the past few days and feel awesome, back to normal. I no longer want to eat everything in the kitchen. Phew, problem solved. Now back to the downward trend!

Two weeks down and I am loving ChaLEAN Extreme. I have never done a workout like it. The focus on lifting heavy and slow lifting is incredible. I still need to buy heavier weights. I really want to fail in 10-12 reps like Chalene recommends and the weights I have now don't do that for many of the exercises. If I am going to invest this much time and money in a workout I want to do it right and reap the full benefits. I've read some reviews where people have done this workout and not been content with the results, but then you look deeper and see they didn't watch what they ate, or they didn't lift heavy enough. Hmmm.

One surprise I had with this workout is the cardio. It is tough! I am sucking wind. I can do Jillian Michaels and Jackie Warner workouts, no prob. Jillian's Banish Fat Boost Metabolism is a hard workout, but I can definitely get through it. With this cardio I find myself skipping the last couple moves in some of the exercises because I just can't do it. I find this a good thing. A challenge, love it.

I have added the ab workout to two extra days. Chalene says in the ab DVD that abs recover quickly and you can do it more, so I plan to. I have also managed 2 to 3 runs a week on top of the program. Because I love to run and plan to race this summer. Other than that I am doing the workout as the calendar in the guide book suggests so far. There is a free workout included that is a little Turbo Jam-ish. I may add that in some too at some point.

I have to say that I tried Turbo Jam before and didn't like it, and wasn't exactly in love with Chalene Johnson. She was just a bit too much for me. But I love ChaLEAN Extreme and am just about a Chalene groupie now. She is not so over the top in this workout. I love her inspirational CD included with this set too. If she drove you nuts in Turbo Jam I can honestly say I think you'll like her in this workout.

I have high hopes for reaching goal by the end of this workout program! (the links lead to my sister's BeachBody Coach site if you click on shop on her site you can check out this workout, and even buy Beach Body products. I purchased this program and I receive no compensation for writing about any of this or referrals, only my honest opinions are given...just wanted to make that clear!)

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Have a great Wednesday!

Handling Setbacks

I believe that how we handle setbacks is a huge predictor of our success. This holds true in many if not all areas of our lives. In particular I am talking about weight loss, healthy living, and fitness. How we handle setbacks in these areas predicts whether we will succeed, or not.

In the past if I had a setback, I handled it in a few very non-productive ways. If I ate way too much (of what was undoubtedly junk) I might:

  1. Say, oh well, messed up, might as well keep eating for the rest of the day...or the rest of the weekend...or why not the rest of the week. However this often lead to never getting back to making good food choices in proper portions.
  2. Freak out and decide to not eat for the rest of the day. While it might balance out the calories it is definitely not the healthy way to handle things.
  3. Make excuses for myself. Oh, I'm tired, I've had a bad day, it's that time of the month, blah blah blah. This also isn't productive. Being honest with myself is so important. While these may be the reasons I feel hungrier, they are no excuse for a double cheeseburger with fries!
  4. Beat myself up. Yes, being honest with myself is very important, but then beating myself up over that mis-step, that bad choice does nothing but hurt me in the long run.
  5. Over-exercising to 'make up'. Now, I am talking about eating half a pizza and a brownie and then hopping on the treadmill for 2 hours. This isn't healthy. I believe we need to balance out our little splurges with workouts, but the attitude of punishing myself with exercise to beat off that binge is not productive.
Now, when I make bad choices (because that is what we are doing when we eat too much, don't workout, scarf a greasy heart attack in a sack, we are making that choice) I stop, look at the choice I made, and try to look at my feelings and why I made that choice. Then I simply refocus, make a plan of attack to kick it back in gear, and keep going.

I don't always do it as quickly as I'd like. The last 3 weeks I've eaten more calories than I should. Now, it has been good, healthy food, but too many calories of good healthy food still equals no weight loss. I know that I am hungrier from the new workout I've started so I've allowed it, I've made the choice. The consequence however is no weight loss. But I still have goals and hanging out at this weight forever isn't one of them. So, now I have stepped back and looked at where I can tweak things to nourish my body better and not feel so ravenous while still doing this awesome new workout. Things like upping my protein that I'd let slip a bit and making sure I'm drinking my water something else I've let slip. I've made a plan and moved on towards success.

I think that being honest with ourselves and proactive is the best remedy for a setback. Don't beat yourself up, that is the WORST thing to do, but also, don't just say, meh, oh well. Look honestly at the choices you've made. Look at your feelings and emotions surrounding the choice, try to figure out WHY you made that choice. Then dust yourself off, make a plan of attack, and move on to better choices.

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The Weekend of Unpluggedness Part 2

Another Replay in Dietland. Hope you enjoy one of my favorite posts! This one really meant a lot to me. See ya Monday.

Adult Onset Athlete and a Writer? Yep, That's Me!

My sis called last night just to chat. Things have been hectic for both of us lately and she was apologizing for 'falling off the Earth'. Which made me laugh because usually I'm the one that does that. We talked about my blog, her art, our lives, our kids, all the news, the usual. During the conversation she said I sounded good, happy. My response was that I am. I feel good, I feel happy, and am in a really good head space right now. 

I had a strange moment a few days ago. I was commenting on someone's blog and I realized that something was different about this 'time' of losing weight and getting healthy. I've set goals just like I always do, but this time I believe I can do it. I deep down to my toes believe I will reach that size 6 jeans, and my goal weight, and all these crazy physical challenges I've made for myself. I believe I can do it. Wow, that felt weird.

Where in the world did that belief, that confidence in myself come from? Never had it before, huh. Since then I've been reflecting a lot on where I'm at this time around. What I've realized is I've had a huge shift in my self image

I have never really liked myself, and at times bordered on hating myself. I've never believed I was capable of things. It goes deeper than just me. It's my family, my town even.

I grew up in a place that most teenagers fled upon turning 18 flinging things over their shoulder like: "I am outta here and never coming back." Now, it's not a bad place, just a small, small town that most teenagers don't appreciate. A few stick around and work their family ranches, farms, etc. Most leave. A few, like me, realize the beauty of this place and come back to raise their kids here.

Now, my town is changing, but when I was growing up most of us really weren't expected to do much. There were a few kids people thought were super smart or athletic and they were going places. The rest of us, eh, not so much. It was a very strange small town mindset. Looking back that saddens me. It took reaching adulthood and going through a lot of junk to realize that I CAN. I can accomplish so much. I ran a marathon. You should have seen and heard people around here while I was training. I think they suspected I'd 'lost my damned mind'! Twenty miles up and down our little road, yes please. 'Crazy girl say what?' A lot of people had this notion that people from here just don't DO things like that. But I did.

I heard the other day about someone from high school taking up running and training for a race even. Now if my sis and I and our crazy runner ways can help people break out of their 'I can't' boxes, how cool is that?!

As my adult self I can look back at my teenage self and realize that there was a lot that could have been seen in me, should have been seen in me, but wasn't. Now, I love my life and don't regret whatever it took to get me here. But as an adult I see things in myself that I didn't know were there in high school. 

First, I realize that I gain muscle easy and have an athletic body type. In high school, I had no clue that was true. I played sports just to get out of the house, but half-heartedly. The track coach never told me I could run. He never pushed me to be a runner. I did shotput and discus because no one else wanted to. But when we did windsprints I was always one of the first few done. Yet that coach never told me I should do a running event. I didn't think I could. I wasn't one of them. Same thing happened with any other sport I played. 

Second, I see that I am smart. Yes, I got awesome grades in school and blew all those silly placement tests out of the water. But no one saw anything in that. In me. I wasn't one of them.

I also see that I can write. That's something I've wanted to do since the 6th grade but was afraid I was no good. I wasn't one of them. I did have a teacher in high school that read my paper out loud in class once. She read it anonymously, but I was still a bit mortified. I could tell by the inflection in her voice that she liked it. I was dumbfounded. She was the first person that ever made me think I could write and maybe, just might be, a little good at it?! I was stunned. I wasn't from this family, or that. I wasn't one of them. Luckily, she wasn't from these parts. She didn't know any better. And she cared about what she did. Now, I was beginning my rebellious snot phase at that point. But wherever you are Mrs. S. Thanks.

I also run into a lot of the I can't, or we don't, in my family. They tend to have the 'I can't' mindset about a lot of things. They were in shock when I decided to run a marathon, because 'we don't do things like that.'  Well, we do now. My G-ma kept telling me I was going to hurt myself, that much running wasn't good for me. She meant well

Growing up I bought into all of that. I wasn't one of them, I just couldn't do anything spectacular, it wasn't in me. What I have realized lately is that I no longer think that way! I am seeing myself differently. I am flat out amazed at the things I think and believe I can do. 

Steve at is doing some challenges: 100 push ups, 200 sit-ups, and 200 squats. In the past I never would have begun such challenges because I would have known that I couldn't do things like that! I've decided to join him. In taking the initial tests I just knew I could do the 200 squats already. Between all the running and Jillian workouts my lower body is in good shape. So I did. 200 squats, first try. The most exciting part of it was that I had believed I could. New concept for me. The other initial tests didn't go so hot, but I believe after the 6 week challenge I will be able to do 100 push ups and 200 sit-ups. I couldn't do those things in high school, or at least never would have tried to because of my self image. 

My self image, how I see myself, has had a major overhaul in the last few years. I don't hate myself, I kinda like myself now. When losing weight I always loathed where I was and couldn't wait to get to where I wanted to be. It's really nice to like where I'm at while still working at where I want to be. Never experienced that before. I see myself as an adult-onset athlete; never thought I'd put me and athlete in the same paragraph. This body can do some crazy things, who knew? I've started calling myself a writer! Added it to all my bios and everything. I believe that I can, I will, and I do.

So, yes sis, I am good, I am happy. I love where I am and am excited about where I'm going. Uncharted territory, but bring it. I'm ready and I CAN!