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CRAZY Week but Still Plugging Away!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wanted to check in with my basics. I love blogs and how they can be a reminder to us and hopefully a help to others if I can prove myself SUCCESSFUL!

This week has been crazy! Due to flooding last week a basketball game was rescheduled for this week on top of it being finals week for the high school and middle school. 3 nights this week I have to leave immediately after daycare kids get picked up to the bball games. After watching JV and Varsity I don't get home until 9:30, then it's been help with homework and studying for finals.

Somehow I've been able to fit in about an hour a day of cardio. Not done all at once. I've had the intentions of waking up at 4:40 to get to the gym by 5 but the late nights (the last two nights have been 11:30 before I've climbed into bed) haven't allowed that to happen. But I'm extremely proud of myself that I was able to fit my workouts in anyway.

Most of my workouts this week have been the treadmill, Walk @ Home (Leslie Sansone) and Turbo Jam (Oh, My STARS! I don't use my arms much, need to, that Charlene killed me. Felt my muscles two days later, it was a GREAT feeling!)

Before starting another round of crazy final study and projects (Yeah, I think by the time I raise my kids I'll be able to graduate a 2nd and 3rd time from high school) I told my family I HAD TO GET TO THE GYM. I promised I'd be ready to go once I came home. So last night I was able to go to the gym from 7-8:30. Got ST in, a warm-up on the elliptical (HATE that machine, it wins every time!) and was able to finsih on the recumbant bike (while I read!)

I was a new mom by the time I got home and was able to help with math equations, music flashcards, Spanish Vocabulary and a HUGE Analogous Strategies for Science. I stumbled back in bed at 11:30 but set my alarm for 5:20. Knowing I had another busy day for today I was determined to wake up and get my workout in FIRST THING!

When my alarm went off I DID get out of bed...YAY ME!!!! I did the treadmill for 45min. Hard at first, but then I started waking up and was able to get myself moving. I love watching weight loss shows while I'm on the treadmill for a long period of time. This morning I watched an episode of "I used to be fat" Very motivating!

No more working out today. After daycare kids leave then I'm off to a Cub Pack Mtg. I'm in charge of 3 packs that meet together, then following that I have a Cub meeting with my other leaders. I should be home around 8:30 and will have to help with the last night of studying for FINALS!!! I don't know who will be more excited when they're done, my kids or ME?

Goal for the rest of the week.
Friday - Make it to the gym for ST, elliptica (10min)l and bike(20min), Do 30min on treadmill at home. This is another night of bball games. Huge one, my kids' school rivals and my son's school from last year.

Saturday- Walk a 5k! I'm not sure if it will be outside or on my treadmill, depends on the weather.

Sorry for the long post, just trying to get my thoughts down mostly for me and my future recollection.


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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/27/2012 1:39PM

    You are doing so awesome. I am impressed. Glad you are getting it done and moving forward.

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JCDUBEA63 1/26/2012 11:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Yay Krista u are doing this!! Once I get in the routine of exercising I make more time to exercise!! We are doing this Krista! Hang in there finals won't last forever good luck to ur sons and their games!!

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FITFABJENN 1/26/2012 5:52PM

    Kudos for getting in all that cardio! You are doing better than me. I've been slacking this week, BIG TIME! You inspire me...again.

I really want to buy me a treadmill.

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FORBANDE 1/26/2012 4:12PM

    How great!! It's a great post. I love reading how other people fit in exercise. It provides me inspiration and some reality that I can do this.

Thanks so much!!! YAY!!

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MISSG180 1/26/2012 3:35PM

    You're doing AWESOME! Go you!

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Morbidly Obese = Set Goal for 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

As I mentioned yesterday I am Morbidly Obese. I'm not using that to define me, I am SO MUCH MORE than those two words. BUT, it is reality as to the status of my health. It is a kick in the pants and a wake up call that something HAS to be done if I want to be a healthier, longer-living ME!

After seeing that classification of my weight I checked to see how much weight I had to lose to get down to the next level, Class 2: Obese...31lbs. As of today I have lost 12 of those. My first goal is to lose the total 31 lbs by my 45th birthday, March 21st.

I wanted to know what weight I needed to be to pass the Class 1: Obese and actually be classified as Overweight...102lbs! Yes, that's right....

ONE HUNDRED and TWO pounds!

Some of you might be thinking..."That's such an unrealistic goal" But I have been doing the numbers. It's all about the % of weight loss. As I've been reading other sparkers blogs I've been focusing on examples of those who have lost a lot of weight. Most of the weight lost in a year has been in the high 30% range. For me to lose 102 pounds in 2012 would only be 32.18% for me.

It's a little daunting to think that I have to lose 102lbs just to be classified as overweight but again, that's another reality. I can ignore it or I can DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! I'm choosing to do something.

So 102 lbs gone is my goal for this year. It is written down where I and my family can see. It's been declared here so my Spark Friends can help me along the way. Will I stumble? Most definitely but each time I do I WILL get back up. By being persistent I can reach this goal, or at least be A LOT closer to it than I am right now!


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SOULWOMAN 1/26/2012 12:46PM

    You are very realistic and I know you can do it. As for stumbling, that's inevitable however as one of my favorite Chinese proverbs says "fall seven times, get up eight times." Have a fabulous 2012!!

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MACMOM57 1/25/2012 8:50PM

    Go Krista Go I'm here for you. I know you can do it. We will lose weight together.

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JCDUBEA63 1/25/2012 8:50PM

    Krista Miss g made a lot of sense!! I am trying very hard to exercise as much as possible to keep muscle!! I know we can do this !! I'm with u all the way!! emoticon on setting ur goals thats the first step!! Keep pushing forward and reaching for the stars!!

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XSENCIX 1/25/2012 3:34PM

    i cant wait to see your progress. its a long time and you have great journey ahead of your self .
I my self have just about the same amount of weight to lose if not more and i am working on my own journey .
gave up bariatric surgery in nov to give my self a actual chance to drop weight.
just remember every day is a new day and its okay to have a off day as long as you keep moving forward also its okay to get your self a rest day

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you got this

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LNZMANSFIELD 1/25/2012 1:16PM

    We can do this Krista! It's going to be a long hard road with many trials but we will overcome each trial and reach our goals! I'm going to get to my category by December...lose weight...have another baby LOL! But I want to be a lot healthier before we expand our family again! emoticon

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 1/25/2012 12:18PM

    You can do it. Don't rush it and get discouraged. I'm a slow loser and I'm ok with that. I'm still in the obese range of BMI. But I'm working on it. I'm feeling so much better. I've lost a total of 60 pounds so far and am working on even more about 70ish or so. I know what I need to do and I'm doing it slowly. I've found since I originally started SP this is what I need to do keep it off. All the other times I'd lose and then gain it back - you know the old yo-yo thing. You just need to find what works for you and not discouraged. Good luck on your journey! emoticon

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MISSG180 1/25/2012 11:50AM

    Krista, 102 pounds is just under 10 pounds a month, which is a safe and doable goal. Just keep in mind that health is more important than weight, and losing weight can actually make you more unhealthy if you approach it the wrong way.

For active, healthy obese people - even morbidly obese people - the risk of serious health issues is actually much lower than the charts imply. That's because they are looking at the obese population as a whole and not considering lifestyle.

When you lose weight without working hard to gain muscle, your BMI percentages actually get worse because of the lost muscle. And if you don't maintain your weightloss, what you regain is pretty much all fat, leaving you in much worse shape than if you'd never lost at all!

I'm not trying to discourage you from your goals, just to encourage you to do this the smart way--moderate eating, enough nutrients, and strength training exercise. It's far better to take a little longer to reach your goals and get there as a healthy person than to rush to them and arrive sickly and incapable of maintaining your success.

Sorry that this got a little lecture-y. It's just a passion of mine!

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Tell Me I'm DYING...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

...Then I WILL lose weight.

That's how I've thought in the past. I've started and stopped SO MANY times all the various diets that are out there. I've even tried it on my own, eating less moving more, but I always caved, QUIT!

During those times I used to say, if a doctor or someone would just tell me I HAVE TO lose weight or it will kill me THEN I'd actually find the motivation to do it.


I went online to check my BMI. On January 3rd, at the weight of 317, my BMI was 44.21 (it was higher then that back in March of 2011)

According to the website a BMI of 44+ is classified as Class 3: Morbidly Obese! YIKES!!! So I went to the dictionary online and this is what it said...

"morbid obesity the condition of weighing two or more times the ideal weight; so called because it is associated with many serious and life-threatening disorders."

By me being morbidly obese I AM putting my life at risk. I NEED to lose weight, not just WANT to!

I took a dry erase marker and wrote on my bathroom mirror...MORBIDLY OBESE...I need to see those words daily as a reminder to get this weight off.

After looking at the BMI website it helped me come up with weight loss goals. I'll share those in the next post.

Here's to the journey for a Healthier ME!


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JCDUBEA63 1/24/2012 9:08PM

    Krista its hard for us to face the facts but we are gonna do this!! We have to do this for us for our family and our kids!! emoticon emoticonI'm right here with u!!

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SRBULLARD1 1/24/2012 8:57PM

    Reality can be such a kick in the pants! I feel ya! emoticon

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    I had to giggle, not at you, but the writing of the morbidly obese thing. I made a sign like that in a drippy font that looked like fat melting off of the letters. I'd totally forgotten about that.

Well I guess congrats for getting the kick in the butt you needed?

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DELHSI 1/24/2012 3:53PM

    I'm right there with you. While I want to say, don't be too hard on yourself (avoid negative self-talk) at the same time it is a piece of reality, huh! I like the idea of righting on the bathroom with the dry erase marker (my son uses them on the window for our practice math facts, spelling, etc. but I never thought of the bathroom. I'm going to use that for self motivation. Thanks for the idea!

Good luck!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 1/24/2012 3:42PM

    Sometimes we needs some tough love with ourselves, but please don't be too hard on yourself. I think you have so many positives in your life, it should truly give you a reason to WANT to live. You're beautiful at any size, but you and I are working on getting healthy for our families. *hugs*

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SOULWOMAN 1/24/2012 2:53PM

    I liked your post. Sometimes we need a reality check. Thanks for being blunt! Here's to an awesome and successful 2012!!


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GOROSIEO 1/24/2012 1:39PM

    Words like that will do it. Watching any health shows (Biggest Loser, Dr. Oz) you know what being overweight can do to you.

I have recently seen quite a few bogs on Spark from people who lost a lot of weight so we know it's possible. My new program is that I'm not setting any dates. I'm just going to eat healthy and track food and exercise. I know it will com off eventually, but I have to keep a sustained effort and know this is my lifestyle for the rest of my life.


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MOM is NOT Available 24/7

Monday, January 23, 2012

Obviously, since I'm over 300 lbs, I've had trouble putting me first. Most my life I've put others' needs before my own.

I know I can't be selfish, I mean I am a wife, a mom to 7, a daycare provider, have responsibilities at church and try to get in moments of service. But somewhere in my 24hr day I need some ME time (and the 7 hours I sleep do NOT count)

I am enjoying this weight loss journey. I am eating healthy (1200-1550 calories, mostly the high end) and I'm getting cardio in 6 days a week, sometimes getting extra in wherever I can find it. For example my daughter had her first of 6 Lacrosse clinics Saturday. Instead of sitting in the gym with the other parents watching my daughter workout and exercise I bundled up my coat and went on a walk around the school. I would not let myself quit until I got 30 minutes in.

I have been reading books, blog posts, magazine articles and other things about people and their extraordinary journey to a healthy BMI and to better living. I want that too, want it so bad, more than I want the wonderful chocolate that used to make me drool just thinking about it.

With how much I weigh and all the babies I've had and my age I know if I do not incorporate ST at the very beginning and along the way Iwill not be able to tighten up my skin the best possible.

My goal is to go to the gym at least 3x a week to use their wonderful various weight machines and free weights. Last week, due to weather, there were many evening things cancelled so I was able to make it to the gym 3 days. This week I have something every single night directly after my daycare kids leave. That leaves only 5am-6am for gym time.

I set my alarm last night for 4:40, UGH! I told all my kids that I was heading to bed by 9:30, any help they needed from me would need to happen before then. I got the little ones to bed at 8:30, closed the middle school girls' door shut at 9:15 so their noise wouldn't be bothering me, turned off my cell phone, but wasn't able to fall asleep until after 11:00 due to interruptions from my high schoolers and DH.

Needless to say when the alarm went off this morning I turned it off and didn't get up until 6. I've got to make the early morning workout happen. I guess I need to work on training my family on this new schedule.

I WILL make this happen!


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JCDUBEA63 1/24/2012 9:30PM

    emoticonkeep stressing to ur family that u need this time to be a healthier mom!! I know they all want the best for u!! Get ur hubby to help to if possible!! emoticon

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MACMOM57 1/23/2012 7:17PM

    You have a great plan keep working on it you will get. I'm sure its hard with 7 kids. I'm rooting for you.

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LOOZINITNOW 1/23/2012 6:39PM

    Do whatever it takes to get that ME time! This is your time to shine!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/23/2012 6:05PM

    I love the early morningwork outs but the getting to bed is hard. I hope your family cooperates soon. Keep planning. I hope you havea plan b.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 1/23/2012 6:01PM

    5AM is MY TIME! Sometimes my 4 year old tries to get up with me, and she is immediately shuffled back to bed. Every other hour of the day belongs in part to them, but from 5am to 6am, it's ALL ME. I've never often regretted sleeping in and not getting up but I've never ONCE regretted getting up at 5 and getting it done. It's not easy. There's been times I don't do it, tell myself i'm too tired, and i deserve to sleep. But on the days I overcome that, I feel so much better. I sleep better the next night too. Hang in there, I'm in there with you! We can do this!

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KARENDEE4 1/23/2012 5:13PM

    I love your attitude!! I am guilty of not taking time for myself. I do now and the family has adjusted. They are used to me leaving to workout. I even get the boys to join me sometimes.

Keep trying, you will get them used to the new schedule!

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HELENTORTOISE 1/23/2012 3:09PM

    Krista, although I have been talking about diet and exercise for about 4 years, it has taken me that long to get my act together. I now recognise I have just been playing. I do not criticise myself, I know I have been psyching myself up to getting serious and that my life has changed as I have got older. I feel so great about it now. I am very happy to lose half a pound a week although more would be great. You WILL get there and you WILL do it. Don't expect too much of yourself immediately, just aim for a few tiny life changes and it will happen.

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MOMOFBOYS 1/23/2012 2:57PM

    Thanks for writing this blog! I can totally relate.....I however only have 3 kids but completely understand.....they are middle school, elementary school and preschool ages. I too do daycare. I often feel like I NEVER get any time to myself. I know I need to just say NO but it is hard and I am trying to take care of me as well. We will do this.....it will just take a little time. They will eventually adjust to our new lifestyles! Great job so far! Keep it up!

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    change can take time - keep making progress!

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DEBLYNN323 1/23/2012 2:28PM

    I so appreciate your blog....I feel the same way. I have been able to get in at least 5 days/week on the treadmill or stationary bike, but somedays that comes along with "MOM...WHERE ARE YOU????" And you feel rushed to get done sooner or not completely enjoy the "ME" time.

I do get up earlier on the weekends when they are still sleeping in and DH has left for work....I truly enjoy my workout time and concentrate on my accomplishments.

Good luck....you'll figure it out!

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Return to the Gym!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Since re-starting this journey at the beginning of the month I've been wanting to go back to the gym. I've been paying for it but for the longest time that wasn't incentive enough to get me to use it.

I think I have a little bit of social anxiety. I'm more of a home body. But I know if I want to get the results I invision I need the use of the equipment at the gym. The first two weeks of January I thought about they gym but at the beginning of this week I set the goal, a written posted goal, that I WOULD re-start this week.

I went on Monday night. Used the elliptical, then did ST for 40min and ended with 20min on the bike. My goal was to NOT use the treadmill. I have one at home and realized, when using the other machines, that they work my body in different ways. It HURT but I know it means it's working!

I was able to go back on Tuesday night. This time I just focused on cardio.

Yesterday was a STRESSFUL day. We have extreme flooding going on in our area with another week of rain coming. Thankfully my home is not effected but many of my friends are. I had my littlest home with me plus my 3 daycare kids. Then another family wanted me to watch their two little ones so they could go help sandbag. I was glad to be able to help but I have to admit having 6 little ones at home along with my injured son that I needed to run around for was a bit stressful. Then to top it off I received two phone calls. One from my husband saying his car was dead at the side of the freeway and one from the schools asking parents to please come get their kids early.

Okay, with the old me I would have caved into FOOD. I would have ignored the chaos around me and would have curled up with a book and eaten everything I could find. Instead I CRAVED workout, specifically the gym. I wanted to get away, and go into the zone I feel when I've been pumping the weights. Thank goodness at 6:30, after getting my family settled at home, I went. It was WONDERFUL!

I'm liking the changes I'm making and am LOVING the results!


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CLAVINOVA 1/23/2012 11:03AM

    Good for you - you are showing the winning white tiger spirit! Have fun at the gym next time you go and maybe try a zumba class!

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JCDUBEA63 1/22/2012 11:29PM

    emoticon emoticonOn a new you!! Keep up that way of thinking!! emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/20/2012 10:59PM

    Good for you taking the time to care for yourself on stressful days.

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DEBLYNN323 1/20/2012 4:46PM

    emoticon....way to go!

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RANDOM00B 1/20/2012 1:51PM

    Congratulations on getting back to the gym! emoticon emoticon

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