Monday, October 25, 2010

Training Is Going Good

I have been successful at staying the course of my goal.  I signed up to run my first 5K on 11/07/10.  I'm so excited!  Since I last blogged I've lost 5 pounds and that is using the manual medical doctors office scale.  It was just the boost I needed to keep my eye on the goal.

Today I wanted to get a run in outside because after today I don't think it's going to be nice enough to run outside for quite a while.  However my left knee had other plans.  It was hurting and I don't want to over do it so I instead ran on the elliptical.  In 48 minutes I killed 531 calories, and ran 4 miles.

Off the topic...I think I'm the only person in my gym that does not use a sweat towel while working out.  I figure if I'm going to work out I want to feel and own every drip of sweat running down my face and my body.  It's a reminder of hard work being done and the melting of fat off my body.

Last night my husband said to me, "What if you get so skinny and you won't find me attractive any longer?"  That kind of made me sad that he would think that but then I realized all he's ever known me as is a skinny girl in a fat body, not a skinny girl in a skinny body.  I assured him that I would never not find him attractive.  OMG...he had the most beautiful face, best heart, best eyes...You just look at his eyes and they radiate love, kindness, trust, humor, and the list is endless.  Plus he has a great ass (and yes I said ass) and I love his legs.  He's just so hot and thank God he's all mine FOREVER!

OK it's late and I'm super tired. I've been playing around trying to learn photoshop...Uggg that's a tough one.  That is almost as hard as training to run a marathon.


Thursday, October 21, 2010


Well I've officially started to train for my half.  It's been announced that it's on 10/16/11.  I'm so excited!!!

I started training on Monday.  I did a run/walk on the treadmill for a half hour.  I would run for 60 seconds and walk for 90.  Tuesday I did the elliptical for 40 minutes and did some walking out on the trails at work. Wednesday I ran outside...woah it is so different to run outside than inside.  I loved it but it was hard.  I will run again outside tomorrow too.

My big goal is to run the half and my small goal along the way is to run several 5k's, 10k's, 20k in June and maybe another 5k or 10k and then the big dance on 10/16/11.  So I have small attainable goals in the process not just the BIG goal that is out there 360ish days from now.

I'm so excited and honestly kind of proud of myself.  I am starting to see this old body shrink and I am loving it!  I might just have to change the name of my blog...Nahh  I love it.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

And the answer is....

to half marathon.  I'm doing it.  Starting 10/18/10 I star official training for the Des Moines Half Marathon in 2011.  Today, Anna (my daughter), my friend Jenny and I volunteered to take off time chips and hand out metals to the runners as they finished their 5k, half marathon, relay or full marathon and it was so inspiring.  How can I not do this.  Plus this skinny girl wants to once and for all put this fat body to rest.

I wish I could figure out how to share pics from today.. Chances are if you're reading this you're a friend on facebook because I've told anyone but a few facebook friends about this blog.  So for pictures from today see my Des Moines Marathon 2010 album on facebook.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Half Marathon or Not?

As you know I'm doing this calorie challenge and so far I'm doing very well.  I'm surprised at how well I'm doing actually.  I'm impressed with myself. 

This weekend is the Des Moines half and full marathon.  My friend, Jenny, was supposed to run the half this year however she hurt her ankle and can not run so the two of us are going to volunteer to remove time tags from the runners shoes and hand out metals once they cross the finish line. 

So in my quest to no longer be a skinny girl trapped in this fat body I'm strongly considering going for the half marathon this time 2011.  My good friend in NY who is my inspiration has gone from over 300 pounds to 199 (goal is 160ish) in a year and she's ran a half and her husband has ran a full marathon.   This same friend has told me that she would really like to see me become a "true" runner. 

I used to run cross country in high school.  I was never very fast but I always finished.  That is my new not be the fastest but to finish..  Slow and steady wins the race...

I need to think on this more and talk to Andy about it....

Stay tuned for final decision.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Are you there's me, Tiffany

Hello old friend.  I haven't forgot about you.   I just haven't had time to write.  I'm trying to get in at least 8 hours of sleep a night because I read that people that get 8 hours of sleep lose 57% more weight.

So the last week in a nutshell.  All good except for Saturday.  Andy and I just celebrated 12 years of wedded bliss and Saturday was my "cheat" day.  I met my fitness goals, my goal was to burn 3500 calories and I managed to burn almost 3800!  Woo Hoo!!

Today I went to the gym determined to meet my 500 daily calorie burn and I did it.  I did a 15 minute abdominal class and did 40 minutes on the elliptical.  I wanted to quit about 10 minutes in but I didn't.  I was on the elliptical next to a co-worker who needs to lose weight for his blood pressure and we kind of motivate the other to get in the gym and get our sweat on.  He was going at a good pace so I just matched up with him.  In 40 minutes I "ran" 3.5 miles and burned more than 425.  425 was my goal for the elliptical but I did more.  Woo Hoo.

So doing good.  I'm going to measure tomorrow.  I think it's been a month since I vowed to change and that means time for measurements and pictures of progress.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Candy = ICK

My days of candy are over!  I have gone with out sweets for so long and today I ate 6 milk duds after I ate lunch and I felt like I was drunk.  I'm crashing hard from the sugar and my body is just wanting to lay down and pass out.  My stomach hurts.  There is nothing good that came from me eating 6 milk duds.  My body for the first time EVER is revolting against bad food.  Now if I can just get my mind better at it.  Man this food thing can mess with your head. 
The good news is that I broke a personal record today.  I did a half hour on the ARC trainer and I burned 326 calories in a half hour.  I've never done more than 15 minutes on the ARC.  That has terrified me.  Well I won over my fear and while I'm not anxious to get on it again tomorrow I will get back on it and go for a half hour and maybe longer.  The ARC trainer is proving to be somewhat of a vendetta with me like the elliptical was.  When I first started in my fitness/weight loss journey 3 years ago I remember I was terrified of that thing and could only start out at 3 minutes.  Now it's my favorite thing and if I had the time I would do it for an hour!
More good news…I really don't see this skinny girl being trapped in a fat girls body for long.  I'm so glad I signed up for this 6 week challenge to burn 500 calories a day or walk 10,000 steps.  It's only day 2 but it's going great and I love how I'm feeling…other than the way I feel after eating a handful of milk duds.  Uggg

Tonight my wonderful husband made us the best chicken on the grill and green beans.  I was craving milk too so I treated myself to 8oz.  I know I'm not over my calories, fats or carbs so why not drink something that's good for me.  

It feels so good to eat "clean", it's like my body saying "Thank You".

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fun Size Butterfinger

Today I decided I was going to treat myself to a fun size Butterfingers.  I decide rather than shove the small treat down in one or two bites I was going to take a tiny bite, really focus on how good it tastes, and just think of the small joy it gave me.  Funny thing happened..not funny ha, ha but you know what I mean.  So I'm 3 bites in and I realize this isn't as good as it once was.  It was great the first two bites but after that it was just to sweet and just didn't taste like I wanted it to.

I work next to several "Betty Crocker's" and one gal brought in chocolate chip muffins and the other rice crispy treats with fruit loops.  I couldn't believe myself when I looked at them and really kind of turned my nose up to them.  Not in a snotty way but in a way that I thought I don't want to even put that into my body.  That will do me no good.  I've resisted them all day.  It's 2:15 and they are still sitting there and by now in the past I would have had at least 2 or 3 of them. 

It's wonderful how you realize what your body needs and what it doesn't need and when you actually listen to her and feed her what she needs she's really a lot nicer to you! 

Today started my 6 week challenge at the gym today.  I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, burned 225 and did a 15 minute core class and that was about 50 calories burnt.  So far today I've walked 3840 steps.  I've had an over all very healthy food day with the exception of the fun size Butterfinger. 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are (Live Z100)


I forgot to mention in earlier posts this week.  Still doing great on my goal of not eating candy from my co-workers desk.  All work week last week I only had 2 small Tootsie Rolls


So I must say I'm kind of proud of myself.  This weekend I will get by with out drinking more oz in wine than water.  It's 7:39am on Sunday and already I've drank a quart of water and 8 oz of coffee!  I'm off after this blog however to get more coffee but not adding bailey's (LOL...I don't have bailey's in the house as it is).

Today I have the honor to spa my mother in law and her red hat ladies.  I can't wait.  Spa-ing feeds my soul!  I love going and educating women (men too) on skin wellness and soon I'll be able to teach more on health wellness.

So for my food choices this weekend...Friday I had a healthy food day.  Not much for dinner, I had a protein bar and water and I went with one of my new spa diva's to help her learn how to get her spa on.  The hostess made this cake that looked AMAZING but I resisted.  I told myself that eating that will not help me in my wellness goals and ultimately my skinny girl goals.  What she did have that I did treat myself to was taco dip and corn chips.  Un-like the old days I only had just enough to satisfy my desire for that vs a HUGE scoop and tons of chips.   I did have a glass of wine as well but again just a glass and not a bottle.

Yesterday for breakfast I had a bowl of oatmeal with a few almonds and coffee.  Gotta love the Joe.  I don't drink fancy coffee just black coffee with a little cream and Splenda (I know fake sugar).   I am however a coffee snob...I will only brew Starbucks or Dunkin' Dark at home.  For lunch yesterday we were out and about at the mall with the kids and we went to Wendy's in the food court and I got the chicken, pecan, apple salad.  DELISH...I love that salad.  For dinner last night we had steak on the grill.  I had about 5oz of meat..We had a wonderful salad with home made Italian dressing and I made sure it had more water than EVOO.  Today so far all I've had is water and coffee.  As soon as I'm done blogging I am thinking my body is telling me I need eggs.

I almost forgot...Yesterday my daughter and I went over to my mom's house for a few moments and my mom and I were talking about fitness and her struggles to lose weight.  She had a triple bypass in July and has recovered beautifully.  I'm so proud of her she walks every day and is really watching what she eats too.  Like me (or I like her) she struggles to lose weight.  The scale is not our friend.  Doctors orders she is working out to the point that she really is pushing herself but not so hard.  I told her yesterday that she needs to get with her PT at the gym and tell him/her what her goals are and what restrictions she has due to her heart and have them build a work out plan for her.  I told her the more she sweats and the more gross she is with regards to sweat she will burn more calories and lose more.  I love to sweat and I'm talking the kind of sweat when you're working it out and you're breathing out your mouth and the sweat goes flying across the room.  Yea that's gross but I live for it.  I really love working out!  So I'm excited for my mom.  She has lost 2 pounds this week and I think she will go to her PT at the gym and really work it out.

So enough of my verbal ADD....Until next and eat-thee-well