Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Yesterday we celebrated Vickie (my co-worker/workout buddy's) 27th Anniversary at the Y. Of course, there was cake. And I ate a piece. It was delicious, but because I rarely eat sweets anymore... it kind of made me nauseous! I guess it's a good thing to equate cake with feelings of nausea.
So anyway, we decided we better go hit the gym. I was on my treadmill, running my normal 6.0 for 10 minutes, then 1 min. at 7.0 and 2 at 5.5 and repeating. When I got to my last minute of 7.0, I decided that just to make sure I burned off the cake calories, I'd try 8.0... which is like, a 7.5 minute mile or something crazy like that... and I did it! I ran my little legs off! It felt soooo good! I really do have little legs too, I'm all torso. I'm 5'6", but I have short extremeties.

I weighed in this morning, and no change... still stuck! Ugh, it's so frusterating! I'm still 20 lbs. away from -100. I'm sure that I'm going over in my calories every day because I've stopped counting them exactly, and I feel so hungry all of the time. It just gets so exhausting. Seriously, losing weight makes you go a little crazy. It becomes obsessive and I hate that.
I don't know if I need to just take a break from trying to lose or if I should just really focus and get the last 20 off. I know if I lose the last 20, I can maintain. I've had no problem with maintenance... maybe I will just shoot for slower progess... isntead of trying for -2 a week and feeling sad when I don't get it, I'll shoot for -1/week, and be thrilled when I reach my weekly goal... and if it would JUST WARM UP I could go for long runs outside, which really help me drop the weight quickly. Running does wonders on my body!

This weekend I'm going to Cincinnati to visit my parents. My mom got me a guest pass to her gym. She goes to Victory Lady Fitness or something like that... I can't remember. Anyway, she loves it there, she takes all different classes and she's doing great, so I'm excited to go with her. I haven't taken a fitness class in a gym ever (besides yoga).
At first, I was a little worried about it being hard and feeling stupid, but the more I thought about it (and did Jillians 2 new workouts flawlessly), I'm so confident in my workout abilities right now. I'm literally in the best shape of my life. I'm seeing muscle definition like never before, and I feel stronger every day. It's so great!

Totally not fitness related, but I'm so excited to go to Cincinnati because my mom and I have a little routine when I go visit without my husband. We always go to Trader Joe's and I bring my cooler and stock up, we usually go shopping at Rookwood (and sometimes I can say, Mom! Look, I dropped another size, I need new pants!) and she'll buy me something, and then we'll go to a movie or IMAX, and out to lunch. On Saturday nights after church, we'll get dinner to go and my parents and I will eat and hang out, watch sports, or whatever. I love weekends with my parents. It gives me a chance to really relax, feel taken care of again, not have to be a grown up. I can galavant around the city, stop by starbucks and read, go running in my old neighborhood... I think it's really going to be good for me, clear my head a bit.

Back to the blog - I've had a few people ask me for some specific posts, so in the near future, I'll be doing posts on portion size, eating in restaurants, and super foods/anti oxidants.
If there's anything else you'd like to see, let me know!


  1. Congrats on running at 8.0! That is FAST! I bet you probably do somewhere around that when you run outdoors, but treadmills are so much harder. at least for me. I hope you have a blast with your mom this weekend and pick up some fab stuff at TJs!

    You are doing great, so don't worry about that scale. Focus on those amazing accomplishments on your strength training and getting thru those Jillian DVDs, she is tough!

  2. I have the exact same problem as you. I'm currently down 82 lbs... the last 18 pounds have been alluding me for YEARS. Seriously, I started losing 6 years ago. And running isn't cutting it anymore. So I'm just here to feel your pain. :(

  3. i just found your blog so i'm not sure what you've done to lose this much weight (which is amazing!). but i've been reading lately that like dieting for a while (say 4-6 weeks) then taking a break, eating at maintenance calories for like 2 weeks helps your body and hormones to get back to normal so when you go back to dieting you lose weight more quickly.

  4. 8.0 is fast! You inspired me to do the Shred, you informed me of the Boost Metabolism on demand (I miss it already!) and now you are going to inspire me to run, which is my #1 despised activity. I know it's good cardio, makes your body awesome, it's cheap/free and gets you outdoors. But still I loathe it.

  5. Have a great time with your family! I think being surrounded by all that unconditional love will guide you with your weightloss/maintenance dilemma.

  6. That's awesome with your running - wahoo! FAST!

    I'm 5'6 (well almost) with a long torso and super short legs. My daughters legs have been longer than mine since she hit 5'0", so I really have short legs.

  7. The routine you and your mom have sounds fun!

    Congrats on the 8.0!

    Weight loss can definitely be stressful and make you nutty. Maybe take a break and re-evaluate your timeline. Best of luck.

  8. Question! I just got the diet journal book that you started off with & it took me FOREVER to fill out my daily nutritional intake/exercise & fitness page. Does this get easier after a while or will I always need to set aside an hour for looking up nutritional values? Did you keep up with just calories or the fat/protein/carbs/fiber stuff too? Did you include your BMR and everyday stuff like walking (I use a pedometer throughout my daily activities) when calculating your exercise & fitness tally or just working out? Thanks in advance!!! =D

  9. Congrats on the speedwork! That's fantastic. You are such an inspiration to me!

  10. 8.0 is amazing! I used to be able to go that high, and then I hurt my knee so I've been slowly inching my way back up. My advice would be to take a week or two off...if you are always hungry and stuck at a weight, maybe your body is trying to tell you something. Sometimes changing up what you're doing and giving your body some time to regroup is necessary for getting out of a plateau. Just a thought :). Have fun with your mom!

  11. Wow, I just found your blog. You look awesome! What a great job you have done, you should be so proud of yourself you certaintly inspired me!

  12. Congrats on your weight loss so far! I've been following your blog for awhile now.

    I listen to Jillian's radio program almost every week, and she's talked occasionally about losing the last bit of weight and how it requires a different strategy entirely than when you have lots of weight to lose.

    The radio show podcast archives go back to the end of November, or I'm sure you could always try calling the show!

    I'm definitely not trying to imply that you can't do it on your own, I just know that you really like Jillian and she's spoken on this topic a lot :)

  13. Have you switched up your strategy? I just recently switched to the simply filling (core) technique and it's been great! Before I hadn't lost more than a pound a week since November. Seriously, I'm still excited about it :)

  14. I used to be intimidated by workout classes at the gym too b/c I have the worst hand eye coordination. Classes go by so much quicker than working out on a machine. I have been taking spin for the last 8 mos, and I love it. I usually burn at least 600 calories in an hour. Sometimes, I take a cardio class on the Bosu ball, and even though I work out regularly, it leaves my calves sore for days esp since I wear heels at work.