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Week 10: Still going strong!
Monday, March 06, 2017      2 comments

It's been 2 full months of tracking, working out, and making healthier choices. I have lost all the weight I gained last year -- almost 18 lbs. I am only half a pound away from "one-derland". Tracking and measuring portions has become absolute r... Read more
Surviving my parents' house
Friday, March 03, 2017      4 comments

Once a week, all the local immediate family joins together for dinner at my parents's house. My kids get to spend time with their grandparents, cousin & aunts, and we all get to touch base with each other. It is something I am so grateful to be ... Read more
Ignoring the scale
Wednesday, March 01, 2017      4 comments

I really really try to ignore it. I have it hidden in my closet so that I don't see it lurking there. I say to myself "slow and steady wins the race" and "it's only a number". I say "just once a week" and "if you lift more, you might not lo... Read more
Week 9: Ironman Challenge Week 1
Monday, February 27, 2017      2 comments

Started a new fitness challenge today: the Ironman Challenge at my local Y. I have up to 6 weeks to complete all the distances in the Ironman Triathlon. Got 8 miles in on the bike today, and planning on going on a 1-2 mile walk later today. ... Read more
Achievement unlocked: 25 lb kettlebell swings!
Friday, February 24, 2017      2 comments

When I first started with kettlebells 2 years ago, I was going to a class once a week. I started out barely being able to swing a 10 lb bell, and worked up to a 15. I marveled at the ladies swinging 20 and 25 lb bells with ease and wondered how ... Read more
How much weight should I lift?
Thursday, February 23, 2017      1 comments

One of the things I am having fun with this time around is adding in weight training to my regimen. I aim for doing 10 reps of various exercises before fatigue, and have slowly been adding weight -- I am now up to 55 lbs on the bench press, 50 l... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Envisioning myself fitter
Tuesday, February 21, 2017      57 comments

I have been "thin" before -- well at least, thinner. Before I met my husband I was at my lowest weight in my adult life: about 155, I think. That is still 15 lb above the upper range of "healthy" BMI for me, and I wouldn't necessarily consider m... Read more
Week 8: crossing the monkey bars
Monday, February 20, 2017      4 comments

In December, I went for a walk with the family in a park that has a "fitness" trail -- a walking or jogging trail with stations where you can do things like pull-ups, crunches, etc. One of the stations was a monkey-bar type activity. I tried it ... Read more
The power of photos
Thursday, February 16, 2017      3 comments

I did something I have never done before today. I took "before" pictures of myself in my underwear. I don't usually even like to look at my belly and my thighs uncovered, but I thought it might be a motivator.. It confirmed pretty much what I kn... Read more
Exercise instead of chocolate?
Wednesday, February 15, 2017      8 comments

I have noticed something kind of strange about myself lately. I am and always have been a bit of a chocolate junkie. Chocolate is sometimes my super downfall -- I get stressed and I crave it and can't quite get enough. I used to try and keep lit... Read more
Week 7: Inch by inch
Monday, February 13, 2017      8 comments

Measured myself today. I had originally set to do this every 4 weeks, but I felt like I needed a pick-me-up today, and it worked! My hips aren't changing much, but my waist made me really excited -- 39.5 inches! I am officially under 40 inches! ... Read more
YMCA Ironman challenge: signed up!
Friday, February 10, 2017      2 comments

Our local YMCA does something every March called the "Ironman challenge". Basically, you do the distances in an Ironman Triathlon (26.2 miles run, 112 miles bike, 2 mile swim), but spread out over 1-6 weeks, and there are different levels depend... Read more
Staying on track when going out
Thursday, February 09, 2017      3 comments

I had a friend in town last night that I hadn't seen for 2 years, We decided to go out to a local microbrewery that has great food. I knew I would want to relax and have fun, but didn't want to go too off track, so I came up with an action plan.... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Week 6: When working out doesn't feel like work
Monday, February 06, 2017      12 comments

As I enter into the 6th week of this new year and my new goals, I have discovered that my outlook on exercise has changed. It is no longer something I HAVE to do, it is becoming just something I do. Yesterday was the super bowl, and even t... Read more
TV and a workout
Friday, February 03, 2017      2 comments

In the evening, after the kids go to bed, we like to have a bit of TV time. We have a set of shows that we DVR so we can watch them whenever, and also some series we are working through on Netflix. It is typically chill time, but last night I de... Read more

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