Now that summer is fully upon us I’ve found less time to run but way more time to do yard work!  I am hoping stretching to pull weeds counts as some type of abdominal exercise!  The flowers I planted this spring could keep me busy everyday!

I have joined the gym again though; we’ll see how that works for me this time.  I still keep finding myself in this loop of 12 – 18 pounds above my goal weight!  I’ve been there for quite a while I just can’t seem to stick to my diet and keep my exercise as consistent as like I’d like.  Maybe all of these summer vegetables and trips to the farmers market will inspire me to get there.

In the meantime I will keep plugging away and getting out doors as much as possible.  I did finally find a sunscreen that doesn’t make me feel icky too so that helps get me moving on these hot days.  Coppertone Cleary Sheer is a great product.  I’ve always been one to hate having to put on sunscreen but I got some samples of Coppertone from BzzAgent and I have to say I really enjoy the way this feels.  Most leave behind a greasy feeling and a terrible smell but these are light and clean. So while I don’t usually advertise I have to say this one is worth mentioning as we find ourselves outside more and more!  I will really put it to the test in a few days when I go kayaking!  Love the summer fun in the sun!


….and she ran

Posted: May 30, 2014 in Cardio
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I’ve never been a runner, didn’t really like the idea of running, and to be honest never really could run.  Something would hurt; usually my lungs first, then my knees, back, feet … something would join in. Truth be told though if the breathing got rough I’d just quit trying.

I woke up yesterday and I had to run / walk / move.  I’ve been having a really rough week and I decided the only way to get out of my head was to get moving.

I started off walking.  Then I ran; I did this for about 30 minutes alternating between the two. From time to time I threw in some planks and jumping jacks but mostly I walked and ran.    I am sure an avid runner would call what I was doing a mere jog and I am certain I looked ridiculous but for me it was a run and I can only assume it will get better as I go!

So off I go to try this again….justrun

I wish I’d taken a picture of the frozen yogurt treat I got yesterday.  I knew going in that I wasn’t going to get a full bowl of the frozen yogurt but I was curios how much I’d end up with while trying to get  a sensible portion.

Keep in mind when you check out the nutritional facts that a serving is an ounce …. really an ounce; so for that 30 – 45 calorie range they advertise you get maybe a couple of tablespoons of frozen yogurt …. lol; I’d love to see someone actually do that.  I ended up with what I estimated looked like 1/2 cup but weighed in at 6.9 ounces.  I opted not to get any toppings … I was in it for the froyo!

If I hadn’t read the nutritional facts and I’d fixed my bowl anywhere close to what looked like a “serving” to me I can assume I’d have at least 12 ounces; and that would have been only filling the smaller of the bowls about half way.

I have to admit it was delicious!  Absolutely delicious and on this particular day worth the 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus I estimated it to be (I kept getting different results when I calculated; it may really be as much as 7 but I’m sticking with my 5 estimate). Maybe low in fat but ridiculously high in carbs now mater what kind you get.

I couldn’t even begin to guess how many ounces in this pic from their website …. but as long as you keep a portion size in mind or at least aren’t trying to kid yourself about it being truly healthy go for it!  You only live once!


I’ve been away from here for quite some time and maybe it’s time to try to get back into it; the blogging that is!  

I have been continuing on my weight loss journey.  So far I’ve gone from the 220+ I started at to just under 170 pounds.  I quit the gym last fall so perhaps I should rename my blog …. although that is how it all began.  

So without further ado here is a pic of me, my folks, my brother and sisters. That’s me on the far left! This was from mid February so I probably should get a more current picture but if you saw my about me page you’ll notice a difference!Image

My mom hit her goal weight a couple months or so ago.  I’ve still got a bit to go! I am so glad spring is here; it’s much easier to get active.  I was at my lowest weight back somewhere around October and have since fluctuated about 5 pounds from there; all in all the maintaining is going okay however I’m not quite to the maintaining stage yet!  

To kick start things I challenged my husband last week to see which one of us can lose the most weight in the next month or so.  This week he won by a small landslide …. but no matter which of us takes off the most weight we both win!

…. Hot Dogs

Posted: June 10, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I was craving a hot dog; so as I am sure anyone who eats hot dogs would agree I had to have two! I don’t even usually eat package processed foods either but as they say “you only live once”.  They were delicious…



….. hope I didn’t derail my diet too badly!

I took from the depths of my closet the only pair of “skinny” pants I owned and they fit today.  I honestly don’t remember ever being able to wear them before but I must have fit in them for at least one day a few years ago.

Finding comfortable pants has always been tricky for me; this pair fits pretty good but hopefully they don’t fit for too long.

So now begins the dilemma; do I buy more pants now or try to get by with these until I lose more weight and need smaller yet?

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I think I’ll have to break down and by a few things to get me by for a while. Besides between the JC Penney’s coupon and the Kohl’s cash I must be destined to shop this week!

Just a quick post today but I have to say: Weight Watchers is going great.  I’ve lost 19.2 pounds since I started February 26th.  I weighed in today at 188.6!  Less than a pound to go before I hit the 10% goal; I can surely hit that next week!  I had one week where I didn’t lose any weight but I’ve avoided any gains so far.  I know they will happen in time; but as long as I stick with the program and keep tracking I should continue to see success.

So without further ado: Here is me in October

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And here is me today

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I still have a way to go, but I think the difference shows; I certainly know I feel better!