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The Finish Line
Monday, August 29, 2011      5 comments

I have 11 pounds to go to meet my goal weight, which figures to be 8 percent of my current total body weight. I am finally at the place where my lbs left to lose are less than 10 percent of my weight. The finish line is in sight! But wait... Read more
Special bathtub soaking recipe
Friday, August 26, 2011      7 comments

My favorite end-of-the-day stress relieving activity: soaking in a hot bathtub with a cup of Epsom salts and about a dozen drops of lavender oil. Aaaaaahhhhhhhh! The oil helps relax me and prepare me for sleep, and the Epsom salts help my mus... Read more
Splurge Day! And I'm OK!
Saturday, November 06, 2010      3 comments

Yesterday I TOTALLY splurged. I took the kids out to lunch after their first dentist appointment (which went swimmingly)--we went to our favorite ice cream parlor. I had 1/2 a grilled crab salad sandwich and some onion rings, and a small sunda... Read more
Proof of Change
Thursday, November 04, 2010      1 comments

This morning when I woke up, the skin on my left kneecap looked like it had been burned and was really painful--both the skin and inside my knee. I had no idea what could have caused it. And do you know what my first thought was? "I hope ... Read more
This Could Have Gone Horribly Wrong...
Tuesday, November 02, 2010      5 comments

On a total lark, I decided to try on some things in my closet that I haven't been able to wear in a long time (like 5+ years), and much to my total surprise and delight...about half of those items fit me now! Including a skirt that hasn't fit s... Read more
Patience Perseverance Positivity!
Saturday, October 30, 2010      2 comments

A month ago, I decided that I would focus on fitness instead of focusing on the scale. Now that I'm within my weight range, I find that the scale just isn't that helpful anymore. So I began a 4-times-a-week weight lifting practice, and also be... Read more
Pet Product Warning: LIFE OR DEATH!
Thursday, October 28, 2010      6 comments

I wouldn't normally post an unrelated topic here, but I feel very strongly that my post might save a life. Recently I bought some Hartz flea and tick product (similar to Frontline and Advantage) and gave it to my 8 lb Havanese, Buster. Abo... Read more
Butterfingers are the Devil
Wednesday, October 27, 2010      5 comments

Well, it finally happened. My plan was to wait until the VERY LAST MINUTE, but hubby took the kids out for pumpkin carving kits last night and came home with three giant bags of chocolate. Of course, I immediately went for the Butterfinger bar... Read more
Who Inspires You?
Wednesday, October 20, 2010      2 comments

For me, the answer is simple: my dad. Ten years ago--around the time I got married--he was 50 lbs overweight, couldn't run a block, and had just been diagnosed with Type II diabetes. He had gone from being fit and active through his 30s to be... Read more
Wearing My Training Bra
Tuesday, October 19, 2010      5 comments

OK, that title was a cheap trick to get you to read my blog. I admit it. Tacky title, for sure, but what I really want to talk about in this blog is training to run a 5K. I'm so psyched! I feel like I have a concrete goal that's helping ... Read more
C25K Training
Sunday, October 17, 2010      3 comments

I'm super excited because my 69-year-old dad is training to run a 5k with me! At first, he wasn't so sure about it because he's never been a runner, but the more we talked the more excited he got. He called me this morning to tell me he did 3.... Read more
My Virtual Model
Saturday, October 16, 2010      2 comments

Cool website: http://www.mvm.com/cs/ It lets you design an "avatar" for yourself based on your current measurements. Save that image to your computer, then design one based on the measurements you are aiming for and save that image to you... Read more
Tough Day At The Gym
Friday, October 15, 2010      1 comments

Today is Day 17 of my Focus on Fitness Plan, and it's the first day I've really struggled through a workout. Up until now, I've had more energy and pep, but today I felt so tired and sluggish and I found myself "watching the clock" on the tread... Read more
C25K Here I Come!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010      1 comments

I just read the sparkpeople article "How Do Your Bad Habits Affect Your Healthy Lifestyle" (or something to that effect). It talked about turning your bad habits from weaknesses to strengths; habits are personality driven, and every personality... Read more
Scaling Back
Sunday, October 10, 2010      3 comments

This is my current struggle: breaking from the scale for a bit and focusing on fitness instead of how much I weigh. I've been within my healthy weight range for awhile--once I got here, I lost motivation. I think I expected more from hi... Read more

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