Wednesday, March 31, 2010

First Reward and other Random Things

So here are some birthday weeked pictures of me and my kiddos and also a picture of my first reward....my Rodeo necklace!!

First, birthday pictures. These were takien at a place called the Kemah Boardwalk. It is a place where they have a lot of seafood retaraunts and they even have a few rides. I worked here when I was in high school and I LOVE coming here. My dad took me and my family. Here are the pics!

This is me and my 4 yeard old. Yes, I am wearing a Texans jersey! LOL

These are my two kiddos. Donnie Ray is 4 and Casey is almost 9 months. That is my dad. LOL

These are the awesome cakes that my best friend Allison's husband made for me! I am obsessed with Lady Bugs!

And here is my first reward for losing 15.75 inches off of my body!! I know what you are thinking, that's a huge necklace!! That's how we do it down here in Texas. Big hair, big belt buckles, and even bigger necklaces!! LOL

Don't forget to enter my Birthday GIVEAWAY!! With 49 followers I want to see everyone enter to win!!

Confession: I slept in today instead of working out. This spring stuff is really throwing me off!!

Cheer: I plan to stay on plan today and drink my water!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What have YOU done today?

Clap, clap, clap, clap....Ladies and gentlemen, gentlemen, gentlemen.....get ready to...RUMBLE!!!

That's right everyone, I jogged for 20 minutes straight!! Yeah baby!! Woohoo!!

I set out with a goal to jog to our local Kroger....and I did it!! It took me 20 minutes to run 1.5 miles. Not the best time in the world, but it was pretty good that I didn't stop.

I will post more stuff tomorrow. I'm pretty tired now. I think I'm going to post the picture of my first goal reward. My necklace!!

Don't forget to enter my first GIVEAWAY!! A One year subscription to HEALTH Magazine. It's the gift that keeps giving all year long!!

Confession: I ate a whole bunch of sunflower seeds. They were pretty darn good! But so much sodium!! Ahh!!!

Cheer: I went to Subway for lunch instead of the Jack in the Box I wanted. I also cooked dinner tonight instead of going out. I also ran for 20 minutes straight!!

Monday, March 29, 2010


26 years ago I was born in Webster, Texas to Sarah and Harvey Criswell. I was the apple of their eyes!!

26 years later I am the happy mother of two beautiful boys, a wife to a wonderful husband, and a teacher of 60 6th graders who look up to me for guidance every day.

I think a BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY is in order!! I thought so hard about what my first giveaway was going to be. I really wanted it to be something special, but I didn't want it to be too big as I wanted to get bigger as I went.

To celebrate my big 2-6 I will be giving away....A ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO HEALTH MAGAZINE!!

I love reading this magazine because it has so many great tips for all type of dieters and excercizers. So...you get a one year subscription for FREE. Yep, I pay the tab. After the one year is up, you can either cancel or continue to receive it. You decide.

Here is how to get it. You have until SATURDAY to leave a comment about....What was your deciding moment to start changing your life and start your journey? Also, what has kept you going when the times are tough?

Just leave a comment and tell your friends! This is the gift that keeps giving every month!!

Thanks everyone for your kind words. I love reading your comments!! I can't wait to read your comments for this awesome giveaway!!

Confession: I had TWO margaritas for my birthday dinner.

Cheer: People are starting to notice my skinny self! I am feeling much better about myself after I give into temptations, because I realize that I will never be 100% and I shouldn't have to be. It's not a dreaded diet, it's a lifestyle. And what is life without a little fun!?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

11 Minutes baby!!

This morning I woke up and had a fantastic run!!

I decided to try and push myself further and see what happens. I started jogging around 7:30 this morning and I knew where I wanted to go. My goal was to get to this big playground that I take the boys too. Now, last summer I was breathing so hard walking to it.
I started jogging and I kept pushing myself further and further until I reached it. I went 11 minutes without stopping! And I was happy about the 8 a few days ago!! I never thought that I would be the girl on the side of the road jogging in the neighborhood, but I am!! I waved as people were coming out of their houses...I said hello to the people walking their dogs.

Now don't get me wrong, there were times I didn't think I could make it all the way there. There is this Christian song called "Homerun" by Geoff Moore and the Distance and I kept playing it in my head over and over again.

The chorus says: 
Gotta keep my eye on the ball, swing straight and true and follow through.

Don't be afraid, what-ever the call!

Because we're never alone, our coach is there to cheer us on.

well, it's the wind-up,

here comes that ball,

You gotta pray and swing, watch it till, it's goin, goin, it's gone!

It kept me going and I felt so great when I reached it!!

What song keeps you uplifted?

Confession: I had Marble Slab icecream today. I went out with my dad for my birthday. I will post pics of us tonight or tomorrow morning.

Cheer: I ran for 11 minutes!! Duh!!

Friday, March 26, 2010


So, after my running high yesterday, I decided to finally sign up for the 5k that I have been wanting to do in April. It's in Houston in a very "fancy" neighborhood. So it should be a nice place to run. My friend from high school is going to do it with me again. Hopefully we can beat our time!! It is so nice to have such supportive people around you to push you further.

This is going to be a short post. I think I might start doing two posts. One in the morning and one at night. So much happens throughout the day that sometimes I just need to let it out.

So, I think I'm going to have my first giveaway starting Monday. It will be my 26th Birthday!! Wooohoo!! Not sure what it will be yet, so just keep an eye out for it!!

Confession: I bought some Fiber One bars yesterday and I ate the whole box in one day!! All 5 bars!! I had gas like you wouldn't even believe!! They were just so yummy!!

Cheer: I made dinner last night and din't go out. We had baked porkchops, new potatoes, and spinach. Yum! I even had enough to take for leftovers today!

Thursday, March 25, 2010


So, I am totally excited!!

A couple of weeks ago I went jogging to my voting spot and I was so out of breath when I got there I had to sit on a bench and rest before I went in. I blogged about it briefly here. My polling spot is at a school around the corner from my house.

So where is this story going you ask?

Well, I put dinner in the oven (porkchops) and while my hubby sat with the sleeping kiddos, I went out for a jog outside. I decided to head towards the school to see if I could see a difference. About halfway there I notices that I was out of breath yet...then I decided that if I made it to the school and I wasn't going to pass out, then I would keep going....and so I passed the school...rounded the corner...and decided I was going to stop at this certain point. I didn't give up....I just kept going....and when I got there I checked my stopwatch and I had ran....wait for it....wait for it....8 minutes and 11 seconds!!! Can you believe it??

So what's the big deal?? The big deal is that I was freaking out after having to run for 5 minutes straight on the treadmill, but while outside I busted that and did 8!!



First, I wanted to thank everyone for the super kind words you left. I really need someone who knows what I am feeling. That's why I posted last night. I will be forever grateful to everyone on this blog!

This morning I did wake up and do a hip-hop workout video. I wasn't too into it and I think my bad mood woke up with me this morning. I think my hubby senses it too. He tried to snuggle up with my last night and I almost barked his head off. I promised too this morning, but I still woke up with a bad attitude.

I know I can shake this. I need to get my water back under control and no more cokes. I will order my salad from school first thing when I get there so I have no excuse to go out to eat or order crappy food at the snackbar. I have already put the frozen porkchops in the fridge for tonight.

I will make it through this funk. I think it might just take me a couple of days. Thanks again!!

Confession: I'm not feeling too good about myself. Just read the previous post.

Cheer: I did wake up early this morning and worked out.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Ususally I end my blogs with a confession and a cheer...well, this one is all a confession.


I have fallen off the wagon. I just havent fallen and then get up. It's the all out fallen and not sure if I can get up. All I want to do is go get in my shower and cry myself dry.

What's wrong with me?

This whole past week has been so stressful. With it being Spring Break and my normal routine gone, and then my mother-in-law being in the hospital. I have just been on a downhill slide. I have lost all intrest in working out. My living room floor is like a cemetary for bad food choices with McDonalds bags everywhere. I have had too many regular sodas that I can't even count. I have eaten chocolate almost every day. Not just one piece, like King Sized.

I don't know what's wrong with me. This is how it always happens. I am motivated for a few weeks and it all seems so new and great, and then I hit the wall. The wall of fear of failure, the wall of I don't care, and the wall of it doesn't matter what I do, I will always be this chunky.

I didn't want to weigh in on Tuesday because I know my horrible weekend choices were bad enough to make me gain back all of the 4 pounds I have lost.

I'm lost....hopeless...and eating as if tomorrow will be my last day.

We went to CiCi's pizza tonight. Big mistake. I ate a whole pizza all to myself. And get this. The pizza place is right next to a Weight Watchers store. The one I used to go to before I got bored and quit almost two years ago. I was so worried someone would see me walking into the CiCi's pizza. Every bite I ate tonight made me feel so sick.

Cheer: I wasn't going to include this...but...I will not quit. I won't let myself quit another attempt to get in better shape. Here's to a new tomorrow.


Good morning followers!! Wow! 45 followers!! When I started this blog I didn't think I would have grown to 45 followers. I was just excited to have one!! So, welcome to my world of weightloss!!

Before I get to my title of this post, I wanted to share with you a video I did on my On Demand Channel this morning. I actually woke up later this morning (trying to get over waking up late during Spring Break) but I just wanted to see what the new workout videos were on the boob tube. I cam across one called "Beautiful Belly" and it was only 19 minutes long. I normally do 30 minutes, but since I woke up late I didn't have that time. I decided to do it! The lady that does the Bollywood videos I love did this one too! Too much fun!! It just focused on the belly (my biggest problem after having 2 kiddos). Here is what the video looks like on the cover if you bought it in the store. It is longer than 19 minutes, they just give you a preview on the tv.

Now on to my post title:

When is the last time you said yes to yourself?
This was said on a commercial for buying dresses at some department store. I can't remember which one. It really got me thinking. Before I felt really guilty just going to the grocery store by myself and leaving the kiddos at home with the kiddos. At work I am always saying yes to everyone. I have noticed that lately I have been saying yes to myself a lot more. While I am shedding pounds, I am also shedding my "say yes" to everyone policy. Working out and doing my 5k's are my way of saying yes to myself. It is only for me and not for anyone else. I notice that I am telling my hubby that I am signing up for 5k's not asking him. Something I never would have done if I hadn't dropped some weight.

So, my question to you is, When is the last time you said yes to yourself? Try to do it at least once today!!

Confession: We went out to Hot Biscuit last night, a country buffet, and I had meatloaf. And pie. Wasn't as good as it sounds!

Cheer: I actually got out of bed this morning to workout!! I miss doing it. I just need to get over Spring Break!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Girl's Night Out

I am finally getting around to posting about my Girl's Night Out at the Black Eyed Peas last week!! I had such a great time hanging out with some other teachers from my school. I am so lucky to have such great friends who are supportive of me and my weightloss journey. I joked with them about taking pictures throughout the night so I can post them on my blog. They laughed at me, but took the photos for me=)

This is me mad because we couldn't find a parking spot.

This is me after almost two hours of driving to find a stupid parking spot.

This is me enjoying an adult beverage!!

Here we are at the Carnival about to leave the Rodeo!!

Thanks girls!!!

Confession: I started off good on my diet today, and ended up not so good!

Cheer: I did my Week 5 Day 1 Couch to 5k last night!! I ran for 5 minutes three times!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Back in Action

Sorry that I have been MIA for the last couple of days. My mother-in-law had surgery to replace a valce in her heart. She is doing much better and will hopefully be moved out of ICU tomorrow evening or Tuesday morning! It was great spending time with my hubbies family. I love it when we can all get together and just talk. I really get along with his Aunts. We have a lot in common.

This has really had me and my hubby talking about our own health. We both have cancer on our sides, his has high blood pressure, diabetes, and colesterol problems. We really had a good heart-to-heart talk about how imprtant it is for us to be around for our kiddos and grand-kiddos in the future. We really want to celebrate a 50th Wedding Anniversary together.

On a lighter note:

I had a fantastic girls night out at the Rodeo to see the BEP. The concert wasn't the best, but the people were=) I will post pictures of my adventure tomorrow morning. I did get my necklace, but I want to wait until I have a fantastic hair and makeup day to show it off!

Here is a woohoo moment I had tonight!! How many of you ladies out there (I do have guy followers!) ever get holes on the insides of your pants where you flabby thighs rub together? Well, Ihave this problem big time. I had one pair of size 12 New York and Co. pants. All my other pants were a size 14, so I wore those pants a lot since they fit better. I ended up with holes in that "down-there" area.

So, hubby took me to the mall and I went to JCPenny tonight to get a new pair. I tried on a 12 and noticed that I still had some sag and baggy areas. I went out and got a size 10 and......drumroll please......they fit!! I was so happy I wanted to scream!! I did a little dance in the dressing room and went out and bought two pairs!! (They were 1/2 off). So, that means that I have gone down 2 pant sizes since I have started this journey. The size 10's were actually a grerat fit and I wasn't busting out of them. The rise came up high enough to kinda hold everything in place. Very Happy=)

Here is a picture of the tag:

Confession: I have had a lot of fast food these past couple of days being at the hospital all day. The chocolate hasn't been a problem, but I had some sunflower seeds.

Cheer: I haven't given up my fight. I am doing a workout video tomorrow morning so I can get back on track. I went to Kroger and bought a ton of fruits and veggies for my snacks this week!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Heart Surgery

I had such an awesome time last night at the Rodeo. I will post pictures later on tonight.

Today I am at Memorial Hermann in Downtown Houston with my husband's family. My mother-in-law is having a valve replaced on her heart. Please pray for my family. She is very loved by my kiddos and I don't know how we could live without her in our lives.

I will update this after she gets out.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Good night

So last night I hosted a Bunko party at my house. I spent all day scrambling around trying to clean up the house. Which is kinda hard when you have a screaming 8 month old because he is so tired but doesnt want to sleep and a 4 year old that keeps taking everything out that you just put away. To say the least, I got in some exercise from all of it.

Last night I made a healthier version of Tiramisu and everyone just loved it! So proud of myself for making a homemade dessert when everyone else goes and buys one. I also made Sausage Gumbo, a salad, and french bread. Pretty darn delicious.

People kept making nice comments about how good I look for just having a baby and I said thank you. It's so hard to not point out that I have a long ways to go. I just need to accept the praise and move on. I wonder at what point I will be happy with what I look like. I was 120 less than ten years ago and I looked too skinny. I'm thinking 130. When I met my hubby I was 140. That was almost 5 years ago. Hmmm...

Confession: I do not keep a clean house. It took me all day to clean up for people to come over!
Cheer: I drank diet soda last night even though I wanted regular. And I kept to my diet all day. No snacking!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Just a Few Things


Morning Workout: Did a little dancing this morning. I can't remember the name, but it was on my On Demand channel. Pretty good, nothing special. But hey! I got up at 6am this morning to do it!! During Spring Break!! LOL

House Cleaning: I have a ton of work to do today! I have 11 women coming over to my house tonight for Bunko. It's a game with dice for those of you who don't know. My house isn't dirty...it's just lived in...alot! The kiddos have their toys everywhere...there are stains of red juice on my white carpet...and junk mail...and clothes that need to be folded. You get the picture! So, that is what I am doing today. Yeah for me!! LOL

Wedding: So, my uncle got married last weekend for the first time. He is 50. I am so happy for him!! It took him awhile to find his true love, and he finally did! She is a super fantastic lady. Well, I wanted to show you a picture of my mom and me at the reception. The dress I am wearing is cream silk on the top and black mix bland on the bottom. I wore it in December at our Christmas party and it was so super tight. By boobs were stretching it to its limits and I even had to wear what I call my "fat sucker-inner" or Spanx. At the wedding, my boobs had a little breathing room and I didn't have to wear anything underneath at all (well excpet for panties)!! Here is the picture:
That's my littlest one Casey at the bottom. Isn't he too cute? Also, could you tell my mom had Pancreatic Cancer less than a year ago? God answers prayers!!

Confession: I had too much to eat for dinner last night!
Cheer: I went to Walgreens last night to get baby food, and I didn't get anything chocolate!! Wow!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Weigh In

Starting Weight: 189
Last Time Weight: 185.2
Current Weight: 184.4
Total Loss: 4.6

Current Measurements:

Upper Thigh: 23 inches- loss of 1 inch
Natural Waist: 37 inches- loss of 1 inch
Pant Waist: 42 inches- loss of 0
Chest: 41 inches- loss of 1.25 inches

So...I know I said that I wasn't going to weigh myself all month, but then I started to slack off. I wasn't getting up early and exercising...so after that it was like a dominoe affect. Since I didn't get up early, then I would not eat healthy throughout the day, and then I would not do my Couch to 5k program when I got home. I am 3 days late to do the Week 4 Day 3. I just woke up early and did it today. I'm behind schedule, so this week will be playing catchup with that.

I had a loss of 0.8. Not too bad for slacking off. Could have been a lot better if I had been trying! I'm surprised I didn't gain like 3 pounds!

So, for those of you who have been following me for awhie you might remember this post. My Challenge. Well, after I had told all of my coworkers they thought I was crazy! They said you should be happy if you lose like 3. They said my goal was too high and that it was way too much. Well.....they were right. I lost 3.25 inches when I wanted to lose 6. So, I was a little upset with myself because that means I can't get my necklace. So...yesterday I was all upset about it, and my hubby says, "You have lost 15.75 inches since you have started. Shouldn't you reward yourself for that? You never even rewarded yourself for those 12.5 inches you lost earlier!" And he is right. I am going to get the necklace and then I want to reward myself for every 6 inches OR when I reach the 10 pound mark. No timeline. Just when I get there.

So, I will be getting the necklace at the Rodeo on Thursday when I get to have a ladies night out to see the Black Eyed Peas!! Don't worry, I will take pictures!

Well, my friend Allison and I are taking the boys out to the Rodeo to do all of the little kid stuff while everyone is at work. C-yah later!!

Confession: I had 3 winecoolers last night with the hubby.

Cheer: I woke up early this morning and did the Couch to 5k program!! And I lost 0.8 pounds!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring Break

Okay, I'm better from yesterday. Hubby and I get into stupid tiffs about nothing and it only last for about an hour of not talking to each other. I need to take care of the house more, and he needs to be more helpful. Thanks for all the comments. Made me feel a lot better.

Spring Break Pro's and Cons:


I get to spend more time with my kiddos.
I have time to clean the house up.
I get to have other mommies over for Bunco on Wednesday.
I get to sleep in.


I have time to clean the house up. (LOL)
I have time to just sit on the couch and do nothing.
I get to snack all day if I'm not careful.
I wont have the motivation to get up early and exercise.

So, Spring Break could be a good thing or a bad thing. I am hoping it will be a good thing. I know you guys will help me through it.

I leave you today with another picture of me at my fun run. The people in the photo are all regualr runner, but me. I hope to be like them though soon!! The guy standing up in the white shirt is my uncle and the other one in pink in the middle is his new wife as of Saturday! They met in their running group! I am the one on the far right. I'm just shocked I went out in public in spandex!!

Confession: I had icecream yesterday....and skittles...at the Rodeo when I was working!

Cheer: I did walk for 6.5 hours straight yesterday. Not much to post here today=(

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Why can't you do your own laundry?
Why do you get mad at me when you don't have clean underwear?
Why can't you do the dishes after I have cooked?
Why can't you offer to cook some nights?
Why do I have to get up in the middle of the night for the baby every night?
Why don't you offer to watch the kids while I go to the store?
Why can't you change out the trash can when you see it is full?
Why do I have to be the one in charge of all of the bills?
Why can't you get the kids dressed on the weekends when you know I do it all week?

and most importantly...

Why do you have to look at other girls when you know my self-esteem is at an all time low??

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Honey Dijon Chicken

Honey Dijon Chicken

1. Honey Dijon Mustard
2. Parmesean Bread Crumbs (I used Progresso brand)
3. Chicken Tenderloins

1. Coat tenderloins in honey dijon mustard
2. Roll tenderloins in bread crumbs
3. Bake tenderloins at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes (until chicken is done)

Serve With: Veggies and a salad or rice!!

Hubby liked it, but he put some lemon pepper on his. It's kinda like homemade Chicken Nuggets. Kiddo ate it too!!


I want to thank Allie at I'm Loving my Complicated Life! for this awesome award!! Everytime I'm feeling down, you guys are always around when I need you for a pick me up!!

Now I will tell you 6 crazy lies about myself and 1 truth!! See if you can guess which one is the truth!!
1. I graduated first in my class in high school.
2. I met Paris Hilton once in Las Vegas.
3. I'm related to a president.
4. I have jumped out of a plane.
5. I can hold my breath under water for 1 minute.
6. I have 6 toes on one foot.
7. I was cast as a leading roll on Hannah Montana before they found out how old I was.

Now I will give out this award to seven of the most awesomest blogs I read:

You guys are so awesome!! Check out their blogs!!
I will post more tonight. A ton to talk about!!

Confession: I have not worked out in a few days. Also, I had pizza yesterday for lunch.
Cheer: I am actually excited about weightloss right now!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring Break Fever

One of the best things about being a teacher is....Spring Break!! And summer too. LOL

I have it bad this year. Spring Break fever has hit me and all I wanted to do this morning was sleep in. I didn't get my workout in this morning that I was hoping for. Tonight I have to do my Couch to 5k Week 4 Day 3. Wish me luck on that one!

I am a little worried about Spring Break because I will be home all day with the kiddos and that means temptations!! Snacking all day on chips and junk. I just have to have a plan before Monday on my snacks. I do plan on being very active by going to the zoo and walking around the Rodeo every day. The snacks are the killer though. I am going to stock up on fruits, lots of fruits.

I had set a goal to lose 6 more inches by March 15 and I have only lost 1 so far. Not too happy about that. Waking up in the morning lately has been hard. I think that if I had gotten up every morning like I should have I would have been well on my way. I am going to get up tomorrow morning and sweat my butt off. Saturday and Sunday mornings are all about cardio, cardio, cardio!

I will keep you updated!

Confession: I still can't kick my sugar habit. Or my eating it in the car before I get home habit.

Cheer: I have been turning down food at school that other teachers offer me. I also stood up for myself yesterday to some teachers who were trying to take advantage of me!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Not a Quitter

First, I would like to say hello to all of my new followers! I love your comments! Keep them coming! And I would also like to say thanks to all of my longtime followers who give me such joy when I read their blogs. You guys have really helped me through this.

I have always been a quitter. In elementry shool I did choir and quit. I did girls scouts. Quit. I did softball. Quit. I did basketball. Quit. Track. Quit. Piano lessons. Quit. Get the picture? The only thing I didn't ever quit was band. I played the Oboe for 7 years. I wasn't very good at it. I could play the music just fine, but I wasn't the best. So, why did I quit everything else and not band you ask? It was because I had fun when I was doing it, and all of my friends were there with me.

What does this have to do with weightloss? If you don't enjoy doing something, you aren't going to finish it. You need to make sure that you are making your diet and exercise fun. If you look at squash (yucky) and think that you can't diet if this is what you have to eat, you will quit. Just don't eat it and find something you will! If you start the Couch to 5k program and hate running, then find something else! Try water aerobics or a dance class! If you aren't happy, then you will quit. Also, if you don't have positive people around you, you will quit. That is why I wanted to start this blog. I knew that I needed positive people who are going through the same thing as me. I have teachers at my school who are so positive about my journey that it bring tears to my eyes.

Bottom Line is: If you aren't happy, you won't finish. So find something that makes you journey fun and stick with it!

Confession: I can't get rid of my chocolate craving!! Also, I looked at the scale. Will post results at the end of the month.

Cheer: I woke up early this morning to run. Week 4 Day 2 complete!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Couch to 5k

So, when I started my journey on the Couch to 5k program I was a little skeptical. Me run? Yah right!

Well, Week 4 Day 1 complete!!

For those of you who don't know what I am talking about, Couch to 5k is a program that claims that it can take anyone from being a couch potato to running a 5k in 9 weeks. It gives you a week by week, step by step, program that starts off with more walking and ends up with you running for thirty minutes straight. Last night I ran for 5 minutes straight! I looked at this week and laughed when I saw it. Running for 3 minutes last week was hard, but 5? But.....I did it!! I was sweating bullets!! I even started saying things like, "You can do it!" and "One more minute!" while I was jogging. It was actually kinda fun. Not only did I run for 5 minutes, but I did it twice. It was a ton of fun!

Anyways, a teacher at my school asked if I had lost weigt yesterday. I was very happy to tell her that I hadn't lost a ton of weight, but rather inches. She said that the sweater I was wearing used to be kinfa snug and now I am swimming in it! I was so happy.

Well, I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

Confession: I went over my calories yesterday by a little. Could have been the Reeses Big Cup I had in the car at 9pm last night. LOL

Cheer: I finished my Couch to 5k program last night. I'm also trying to put together a free weightloss program at school kinda like WW since none of us has any money!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Bellydance and Clothes

I just finished doing a 35 minute bellydance workout video and I loved it!! It was so much fun and actually really hard!! I am sweating really, really, bad. Almost as mush as when I run!

Next, some of my fellow bloggers posted pictures for motivation on what they would like to look like at the end of their journey. Or at least a goal of what fit and healthy looks like. I though that was a great idea! Instead of body images, I decided to post outfits that I would like to buy when I have a smaller body. I love, love, love Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft. I actually have a few things in my closet from there, but they are in a size 14 and 16. The clothes look so much cuter on a size 4-8. At the end of this I want to be a size 8. These are the clothes I would like to buy from there:

I just love the bright colors and the layering. I feel like when I layer, it looks too bulky. Plus, I would love to wear jackets with jeans. Isn't the jewelry cute too??

Well, I have to go take a shower before work. I stink!! LOL

Confession: I'm not going to have time to eat breakfast this morning because I slept in.

Cheer: I wok up and worked out even though I felt sick. I also completed Week 3 Day 3 of the Couch to 5k program!!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pitty Party

Alright gals and gents, the pitty party is over for me!!!

I am back in the right frame of mind. For awhile there I thought I was going to be down for the count, but now I am returning better than ever!! This week I really need to kick my exercise up a noch. I plan on waking up every morning and doing some kind of cardio for 30 min and then ending the day with 30 minutes of walking and 15 minutes of jogging.

This weekend has been super crazy busy for me. I am a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. If you don't live in Texas, I'm sorry. LOL. I mean, you wouldn't really understand the importance of this rodeo. It is like the mother of all rodeos and I am super lucky to be a part of it. So many people come out to see the cowboys and go to the Carnival and they have no idea how much work goes into putting this all together and having it run smoothly. My committe is the one that makes sure the trash isn't overflowing and you don't step in cow poop. I walk for 6.5 hours straight while I work. No sitting down for me! I have to follow a group of workers around and watch them empty trash cans and collect cardboard to be recycled. I really love my job. I also love the walking because it really helps out. Last year I lost like 7 pounds from all of the walking. We shall see!!

Thanks everyone for standing by me throught this past week. I am back in action!!

Also, check out my friend Biggs and enter her contest giveaway!!

Confession: I had some Dipping Dots today at the Rodeo.

Cheer: I bought the latest Shape magazine instead of the trashy celeb magazine at the store!! LOL Plus, I find myself trying to fit in a workout in my everyday life. Lunges while I'm walking, lifting my 4 year old up more like weights, LOL.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday Recipe

Crokckpot Pork Roast Barbecue
This easy pork roast recipe is made with a pork roast, lemon juice, barbecue sauce and onion.


•1 pork roast, shoulder, butt

•2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice

•1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion

•1 teaspoon granulated sugar

•1 bottle barbecue sauce, approx. 18 ounces


Cook pork roast covered in water (start with hot water) in Crock Pot on low 10 to 12 hours. Pour off water and shred meat; discard fat. Saute onion in a little butter. Combine barbecue sauce, onions, sugar and juice of lemon with meat in Crock Pot and cook on high for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours, or on low for 3 to 6 hours. Serve shredded pork on buns.

I'm Back

Okay, so I have not had internet for awhile because our Norton Anti-virus went out. My hubby wouldn't let me get on to post incase their was a virus around.

I have been so lost without this blog!!! I have been eating so badly!! I am miserable!! I feel so guilty about the things that have happened since my last post. I fell of the wagon big time. Can you believe that? It was like one mistake after another. I didn't care what went into my mouth. I did exercise, but not to my full potential.

This week is over and I need to get back on track. I was so close to giving up. Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we put it in our head that we are just going to fail anyways, so why even try? You're never going to get there, so why bother? I always do this to myself when I diet. I always give up after about a month. But, not this time. This time I will do it!!!

Tomorrow morning I will get back in the saddle and do a new workout video I bought last week. I will not let my food be who I am.

Confession: I almost ate a whole box of girl scout cookies, I drank a regular Dr. Pepper a few times...actually the list of horrible things are too long to list. And you know what? Tonight I want to go to cici's pizza and chow down.

Cheer: I am not giving up!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Quick Post

Hubby doesn't want me on the internet until we get a new antivirus thingy. So, Im not  dead. Will update tomorrow night!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Well, my food intake yesterday was not the best. That's all I have to say about that. I don't want to focus on the negative right now.

This morning for breakfast I had Kroger brand Raisin Cinnimon Toast with some spray butter. It is 100 calories for two slices. Very good.

So....I have decided to take a challenge. For the whole month of March....I will not get on the scale. At all!! Sounds crazy huh? Well, I started to notice how crazy I was getting about that number. I was getting upset and frustrated and I wasn't focusing on the right things. Inches! I can now zip up my pants with no problem. I need to go buy a new belt because I am out of loops. I am wearing a size medium t-shirt. Those are the things I need ot focus on right now. So...I'm putting the scale away. Out of sight, out of mind. Hopefully at the end of March I will have lost.

My new goal for March will not be 10 pounds, it will be with inches.

Here are my measurements as of today:
Upper Thigh: 22.5
Lower Waist: 41.5
Natural Waist: 38
Chest: 42.5

That means, since February 3 I have lost a total of 12.5 inches!

So, my goal is to lose 6 more inches by March 15 to get my necklace for Rodeo. I also want to lose another 6 inches for a total of 12 by March 29 (mt birthday). So, no weight...not even to cheat and look. I will measure on March 10 to see how my goal is going. So, keep a look out!

Wish me luck!!

Confession: I had my leftovers for lunch (good) and then I ate three chicken tamales (bad).

Cheer: I jogged to my polling site last night and I didn't stop! I wanted to, but I didn't!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Weight vs. Inches

So, today would normally be my weigh in day...but because I have been so frustrated with the whole weight vs inches thing, I think I am going to skip this weeks weigh in and see if going every two weeks will help out.

So, last night we went out to dinner with some friends and their little boy. She is also expecting=) We went to Applebees. I suggested it because I had already looked up the menu and had found what I wanted under a certain amount of calories. And guess what?? I also asked for a to-go box right at the beginning and halfed my meal before I ate it! I felt so good!! My hubby looked at me like I was crazy, but after I explained it to him in the car he was very proud=)

Now that I have been losing inches I'm starting to get people saying, "Wow! You look great!" and all Ican say is "Thanks, but I'm not even close." Why do I do that? Why can't I just say, "Thanks! I'm trying really hard!" I even told my hubby that I am tired of people telling me I look good because to me...I don't. I still see my huge muffin top and chubby face. His reply was "Inches show honey." I know that! But I haven't had a high self-esteem in a long time!

So, I am still upset about the whole inches vs weight issue. Don't get me wrong...I am still going to keep working at it and doing the same thing, but I'm not going to be fully happy until I see at least two or three more pounds leave.

Confession: I did eat a few french fries off of my sons plate last night.

Cheer: I walked an extra 30 minutes after I did my Couch to 5k last night! Week 3, Day 1 complete!!

Monday, March 1, 2010


I have an awesome weekend of exercise. My eating was not up to par. And I am starting to get frustrated that I am not seeing the weight just fall off. I just did a freaking 5k this weekend!! Shouldn't that count for like a pound? I know I don't officially weigh in until tomorrow morning, but when I weighed inthis morning I had gained. Gained?

I here about people doing this challenge about not looking at the scale and that it is just a number. Exactly! It is a number I want smaller!! Isn't that the point??

Sorry. I am just really, really frustrated. I am not anywhere near my first goal of 10 pounds and I have been doing this for a month now. I am really, really frustrated.

I get that I am gaining muscle from running all the time and doing my videos. Should I stop working out? I am just so frustrated!!!!!

Confession: My food was horrible this weekend. We ate out all the time. Could that be my problem??

Cheer: I did my 5k race and loved it!!