Faith and Endurance: Running the Race

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Week 3, Day 2 January 22, 2013

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I can confidently say I am making progress. I have lost another 2 lbs so far, making a total of 8 lbs. I was finally able to begin the Melaleuca weight loss plan the other day, and I am very pleased with the way I am feeling throughout the day, as well as the energy I have. I have had a little difficulty getting up early the past couple of mornings, but part of that was staying up a little too late. I am working on adjusting my sleep schedule so that I go to bed at a decent time to assure adequate sleep to maintain energy and so forth throughout the day. 

I was able to get up this morning and perform quite a work out with The Biggest Loser on Kinect. Jillian kicked my butt in a few areas. I couldn’t do the full move on a few sets, but I did manage to modify to do what I could. I burned over 400 calories with the workout routine, plus the challenge for the day. I enjoy the variety The Biggest Loser gives you throughout the week so that you are not doing the same thing all the time. That gets old very quickly. 

Even though my progress has slowed some in the last week, I know I started well, and hope to do better this week, and the weeks to come. I know there will be ups and downs, but I am prepared to continue to do my best each day to continue to journey toward my goals. Each day is a step forward, closer to my goal. 

It’s also been really helpful to have a team of friends who are with me every step of the way. They have been encouraging, comforting, and knowledgeable to help me achieve my goals. Something as big as what I’m doing is very difficult to do by yourself. So, I really appreciate the accountability with the small sense of competition involved. I am a very competitive person, so that does keep me motivated to keep going. This is just the beginning of the third week, but I can already tell my body is getting stronger and healthier. If I keep this up, I’ll be back to running in no time, something I very much look forward to in the near future. I’ve had a goal to run the 1/2 Country Music Marathon by the time I was 30…well..I’ll be 30 in a year. I can still achieve that goal. I have time. But I am hoping to at least be able to do some 5Ks this fall. That’s one accomplishment I have been trying to get to for a few years now. Daggommit I’m determined to actually do it this time!


100 to 30: Week 2, Day 3 January 16, 2013

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6 lbs gone in week 1

6 lbs gone in week 1

So far I have lost 6 lbs into my new journey. I am feeling pretty good so far. I know I probably pushed myself a little too hard in the first week, but I did get some results. I did take 3 days rest, without intention, but I was able to continue to watch what I ate in the process. Maybe it’s in my head, but I feel my body changing already. Maybe it is in actuality. With this being my second week, I am finding some difficulty in decided how many times a week or day I should work out. I know I should start out lighter and build up so that I don’t burn out too easily. However, I want to be sure I am pushing my body to its fullest potential in performance. I have worked out Monday and Tuesday this week, getting out of bed at 5:30 in the morning. It is really the best time I know I can fit in an exercise routine. However this morning, even though my alarm did go off, I was debating whether or not to take a rest day and start again tomorrow. I ended up not working out this morning. I had the intention of taking the car today to run errands, but time got away from us, so my husband has the car, and I stayed at home. I may still have the opportunity to go for a brisk walk this afternoon, weather permitting. I know I need to work on some chores around the house, and that counts as activity.

I really try to listen to my body, but it’s not always the easiest task to accomplish. I know right now I’m feeling my glutes from the past 2 days with The Biggest Loser on Kinect. 

On another note, I was finally able to order the Weight Loss Core Pack from Melaleuca, a great and green company I shop with. I am so excited to begin this program officially and see what results I endure in 10 weeks’ time. It’s a pretty easy and specific plan to follow, and most of it is common sense. I will receive the package, probably tomorrow afternoon, as my orders do come quickly, which is a great perk with this company. In the meantime I did renew my subscription to, utilizing their “Clean Eating Plan” to save at the grocery as well as continue to eat healthy and clean with a variety of recipes offered. It does get old eating the same things over and over again. I knew I had better results eating clean than anything else I’ve tried. I am getting rid of artificial sweeteners, margarines, etc. and sticking with the real stuff. My body just cannot properly process and digest all these chemically processed and enhanced foods. It wasn’t meant to. I’ll be so glad to detox my body as I continue to gradually change out my pantry.

So, as far as today goes, I guess I am just playing it by ear. I don’t know what all I’ll end up doing. My original plans went down the chute, and we’ll see what ends up happening. I know I’ll get some cleaning and organizing done, as well as some playing with my 8 1/2 month old son. He’s at a really fun age right now.  But as far as an actual work out, we’ll see. It’s not me giving up or being lazy, I don’t think. This is just me trying to be smart. Am I?

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Melaleuca Weight Loss Challenge January 9, 2013

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I have decided to enter Melaleuca’s 10 week weight loss challenge. I am so excited. I can’t wait to get their weight loss core pack to really get going. I need to lose at least 10% of my weight to qualify to win. That means I need to lose at least 26 pounds. I think that’s doable in 10 or more weeks. I know that the final results need to be submitted no later than April 15. That’s PLENTY of timeSo, in that regard I will need to do another “before picture right away”, which I have included in this blog. Then I’ll need to do an “after” picture at the end of the 10 weeks and see the difference in my body. Pray for me on continued strength and success on this amazing journey 🙂 What a great way to add to my 100 to 30 project.

Again, nothing has really changed from the last photos in a previous post, other than I added a few pounds. I’m excited to see my results 🙂

Taken January 9, 2012

Taken January 9, 2012


Week 1: Day 1 January 7, 2013

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Today was an overall productive day, especially being DAY 1. I managed to get myself out of bed between 5:00 and 5:30. I had set my phone to the most annoying alarm I could find so I would quit hitting the snooze at some point. I began with my Melaleuca Access bar to aid in my work out. I did The Biggest Loser on Kinect and burned over 100 Calories. I did a challenge and the a 20 minute Pilates session. Afterward I was having trouble with the settings of the game, so that is something I’ll need to continue to try to fix. I hope it doesn’t give me problems tomorrow as I make an attempt to work out again in the morning. 

I was able to get a lot of laundry done, most of what was left over from when we were in KY for several days, visiting family. So, I was glad to be productive around the house. I actually had a good amount of energy, and I felt great after my morning work out. I also managed to get in a 41 minute brisk walk, with Micah in the stroller. It actually ended up being my best time. I have no idea how I ended up going that fast. We’ll see if/when I can match that and do better in the near future. I was quite proud of myself. 

So, as far as energy I did pretty well. I did hit a little slump in the early afternoon, wanting to nap, but I managed through. My biggest issue today was my hunger and food cravings. I’m trying so hard to control them. I am trying to eat smaller meals and snack between each meal, with a healthy snack. But, I HAD to have lunch at 10:50 today because I was just starving for some reason. I held off as long as I could. But I wasn’t really hungry until much later after that, which I was surprised as well as grateful. I ate a mix of raw almonds and dried cranberries before my walk and ate an apple sometime afterwards, before fixing dinner. Jon and I are still working on Christmas leftovers in the freezer. I am trying to be smart about it, being careful to consume only so much at a time and not go over my calories. Tonight I baked a couple of small chicken breasts and reheated some leftover mashed potatoes (no butter). It turned out to be pretty good. At the end of the day, I’m still in my calorie range!

Going through the motions of the day, I had many cravings for various things. I realize it is seemingly much harder to control your food intake being a SAHM than if you were working. The food is easily and readily available for any time. I am working hard to control those cravings and “hunger”. I have been able to successfully increase my water intake to help with that. But sometimes..I’m just hungry.

The hardest part about most of anything is getting started. And that is the point where I am currently, in the beginning. I’m at the hardest part. I know once my momentum gets going, it’ll become part of my lifestyle again…go back to my old self. I can’t wait for that. But I know in order to succeed, to achieve your goals, you have to earn them. There is no magic pill. I have to work hard to undo the damage I have done to myself. I would say I’m off to a good start so far. I’m trying not to do too much at once to where I get burned out, but at the same time make significant progress to get myself on the right track right away. I am praying and determined the rest of the week go well. I look forward to my first official weigh in at the end of the week to see what progress I have made. Please continue to pray for me on this journey. So far, I think God has been at my side by having me not really feel the need for coffee all that much. I’m actually a little burned out on it. IMAGINE THAT! That’s actually a miracle! I want it every so often, but I’m really enjoying my hot tea as an alternative. Next I would love to not crave chocolate, sweets, or any other junk food. I know a detox would help with that, but I currently don’t have the means. Maybe in the near future I will get to. But now is not the right time, unfortunately. 

I really appreciate all my friends and family cheering me along with my progress. I hope I will be able to make more friends in the process. I have been inspired and hope to inspire others :). Until next time, God bless.


100 to 30- New Journey, New Goal January 4, 2013

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I have a problem. A huge problem. I have completely lost my will power. I thought I was ready to lose weight again in the past, but the truth is I wasn’t. I wasn’t doing much to truly hold myself accountable. Now I’m trying a new start in the new year. I want to do 2013 right. On January 30 this year, I will turn 29. My last year in the 20’s. I have begun dreading turning 30 because I loved my 20’s so much. I have decided that I needed to spend this year, leaving my twenties and entering my thirties with a bang. I need to get rid of this weight that I promised myself I would never take on again. I need to lose at least 100 pounds by my 30th birthday.

Obviously I broke that promise. I haven’t weighed this much since my senior year in high school. I have lost 80-90 pounds in 10 months before. Surely I can do it again. I know it’s going to be much tougher. As I returned home from being out of town, I was faced with so much temptation and overwhelmed by the holiday aftermath. I’m still working on it. I was gifted a lot of chocolate and there are leftovers in the freezer waiting to be consumed. I just know I need to find ways to be creative in preparing these leftovers and chocolate without overdoing it. I can’t afford to let it go to waste.

One of the changes I knew I needed to make was to eat cleaner. I will have to do the best I can with what I have. I am attempting to start making my own wheat bread to use for sandwiches, so that it saves money as well as maintain health. I know what goes in it. 

The second change..well..a habit I am trying to develop, as well as my first goal. I want to start by waking up at 5/5:30 am to work out because that is just the best time of the day. I have The Biggest Loser on Kinect, so I have something. My first goal is to maintain this on a 3 day a week schedule and walk at least 30 minutes every day. So that means 3 days out of the week, I get in 2 workouts. 

I am also hoping to renew my membership at FBC next door. They do not have childcare, so I will need to go first thing in the morning before my husband leaves for work. It is the cheapest solution, and I do much better in the gym than any place else. 

I also want to continue to find ways to eat healthy on a budget. It’s not the easiest thing to do, as coupons for fresh produce are hard to come by. Right now we have a plethora of canned goods that Jon and I will need to use up because it will help us save money, and surely it won’t kill us to eat on the canned veggies and fruits. Hopefully by the time we reach the end of it, we can buy frozen vegetables. Fresh is my favorite, but it is more costly, until summer when most produce is in season. 

I have also slacked off on the amount of water I drank throughout the day. I need to change that now, and I am working on it, as well as reducing the amount of coffee I drink and replacing it with healthy hot teas. Thank goodness for the Teavana collection I’ve had for a while. 

These are my goals. So, how successful have I been since I’ve been home?

Well…it hasn’t been easy. I did go over my calories yesterday. Not my too much I don’t think. But enough to not try to do it again. In the winter, it’s hard not to crave and want creamy, cheesy, bready comfort foods. Plus, with me being home all day with the baby, I’m surrounded by it. I try to keep my mind off of it with house work, but that’s not easy either. It’s the fact I know it’s there, and it’s easily accessible. But, that is a demon I must conquer and gain control. 

Today has been better, somewhat. It’s Jon’s birthday, so I did cook him a breakfast, which was organic buckwheat waffles and turkey sausage. It was a little high in calories, but overall a healthy breakfast. I used little syrup. I usually don’t like that much syrup anyway, thank goodness. This is also day 2 of NO COFFEE! I have done well. I’m proud of myself on that. My mom came by to take me out, and we did end up eating lunch at Casa Vieja. I ate only a few chips while waiting on my food, which is another accomplishment, and I ordered one of the healthiest items on the menu, authentic tacos. It was grilled chicken, cilantro, onion, and avocado on a corn tortilla. No cheese. Yeah, that’s another thing I’m working on. reducing my dairy intake. 

So, overall these are my goals. i need to lose 100 pounds by my 30th birthday. I need to make lifestyle changes..again. I’ve done this before, I can do it again. It’ll be a slow start, but I will build my endurance and agility again, as long as I remain persistent. So, here is the beginning of the rest of my life…