Sunday, October 19, 2008


5 things I learned from Jillian Michaels

I met Jillian Michaels yesterday; she's one of the trainers on The Biggest Loser--and my new favorite person.

Here's what she had to say.


I told Jillian that some of my habits--flushing rice down the toilet so I won't eat it, bringing my own high-fiber bread to brunch--stirred some controversy on the blog. "Why?" she asked. "Why should we apologize for the practices that help us manage the symptoms while we deal with the real reasons we eat? I pour candle wax on my food at restaurants," Jillian admitted. "Not wanting to 'waste food' is a poor excuse for ending up far worse off later on, dealing with all the health problems that come with obesity." (Here are a few restaurant do's and dont's to help you maintain your healthy eating goals while dining out.)

2.) RUN.
I asked Jillian if running really is the best form of cardio for weight loss. "Absolutely," she said. "There are lots of great ways to get your heart rate up, but if you want to see the pounds melt off, running is the fastest way. But I get that not everyone is built for it--knee problems, tight IT bands, heel spurs; I get it." Whatever you do, she said, "Don't forget the weights! The more muscle you build, the faster your metabolism will run."(What's better running outdoors or on a treadmill?)

"You don't watch the Olympics and think, Hmm, I should swim for 6 hours a day like Michael Phelps, do you? But you might think about joining a pool and swimming a few times a week," she said. That's what Jillian wants people watching TBL to think, too: "If these people can lose ten pounds in two weeks, maybe I can lose ten pounds in a couple of months." She adds: "I want people to realize their own potential; I meet people all the time who never thought of themselves as athletic, but now? They truly are athletes."

"Losing weight is not about willpower--it's about moments of bravado, like the moment when you ask your waiter to take the bread away from the table right away."

When I told Jillian how much weight I've lost, she congratulated me. And then (as I always do), I added, "But I still have a long way to go." "Stop," she said. "What does that do," she said, "apart from negate everything you've already accomplished? You're being self-deprecating and disempowering, and that doesn't serve anyone-and especially not you. Be proud of what you've done for yourself."

Got it, Jillian. Thank you! :- )

What do you guys think--is weight loss about willpower? I happen to agree with Jillian and think it's NOT. It's not about gritting your teeth and finding the strength "deep within you"--I think that's B.S. and will leave many people feeling really bad that they can't find it. They key, I think, is to set up your environment and make decisions so that you can succeed even when willpower is nowhere to be found.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Good Morning everyone! Starting off today just ducky! I am going to start spotlighting a few guests here and there, and the first one will be my sister-in-law, Michelle. Michelle emailed me last night, and I am just going to post the email she sent me! She is an amazing mom of 3, she has had her ups and downs in life just like the rest of us- here is her story!

Hi Jen,

Here's my weight goals. Thanks for asking me to do this. It is good motivation as I looked at my weight chart for this year, I recommitted myself to finishing my personal challenge. Feel free to use any of what I wrote (or none at all).

Love ya,


Title: Cheerleaders!!

Cheerleaders, we all need them; sometimes they are our husbands, children, family members, friends or even someone random (aka Jillian from Biggest Loser). At least in my life I’ve found that I need someone in my “corner” cheering me on. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe my, “I can do it myself” attitude has worn off over the years.

My biggest struggle is my weight and staying focused on getting healthy…. There’s always tomorrow, right? It’s not about being skinning or HOT!! (I’m so beyond that point). For me, it’s about being healthy; it’s about being active with my family. It’s about leading by example.

So with all that said, I need some “cheerleaders”. I stepped on my bathroom scale on January 2, 2008 – knowing the number would be awful. My clothes, which were size 24 at the time, we getting tight – not a good sign. So putting aside my pride I’m sharing with everyone the TRUE numbers. On that life-changing day, I weighed in at 274 pounds. (Super-duper fat, believe me I know)…. Then and there I decided to make a change, as I looked at myself in the mirror (with tears of disappointment rolling down my face) I told myself, you can lose 100 pounds this year! Believe in yourself, you can do this. That "personal" conversation still plays through my mind today.

The first month I changed our eating habits and lost weight – over the next few months I would bounce from 274-266. In March 08 – my family (great cheerleaders - love ya all!) started a “Carpenter Biggest Loser” good motivation, good cheerleaders, and great competition. I started running/walking in May with a very special friend – again, another great cheerleader. In July we had our official weigh-in at our beach house in Carlsbad , California . I was the WINNER!! I lost the most weight and now weighted 230. Great motivation to continue, right!! You’d think. But about this time, I fell off the wagon. In fact, I totaled the wagon and now I’m working from a new one. Although I didn’t gain everything back I have gained more than I would of liked to.

As of today, October 6th 2008 – my current weight is 241.2 and my goal to lose 100 pounds by the end of 2008 will not be easy at this point. It WILL take a lot of commitment, encouragement, accountability, and yes…. Cheerleaders.

I hope to share with everyone my journey – the highs and lows over the next 86 days and hopefully 67 pounds of weight loss. I WILL do this. My day for change has come, it is now…..

GOAL at Weigh-in:

10/13 – 234

10/20 – 229

10/27 – 224

11/03 – 219

11/10 – 214

11/17 – 209

11/24 – 204

12/01 – 199

12/08 – 194

12/15 – 189

12/22 – 184

12/29 – 179

1/5/09 – 174

Good luck MIchelle! I know you can do this, you have come so far already!!!!

Our first goal besides the numbers on the scale is to run 2 miles straight on a treadmill by November 1st! Anyone who'd like to join us, please drop us a comment!

Monday, October 6, 2008


What a long week...Well here are the stats...

Weight last week: 205.6

Weight this morning: 203.2

Total lost: 2.4 pounds!

Not too bad, but I ate horribly this weekend! This time of year always gets to me- the sugar, Halloween, sugar cookies, all of it!

I am going to try hard to have one bad day, as far as eating wise, the points are easy to stay within my range, but I need to find new stuff to eat.

I was at my SIL'S house this week, I will be mentioning her from time to time. She has been losing weight this year, I am going to have her email me her stats, she wants to have lost 100 pounds by December 31st! She is down I think 40, but she is doing amazing!

She had something like this on her fridge, so I am going to do it here on the side bar for myself! It is a cool way to track your weight!

Here's to WEEK 6, wish me luck!

Thursday, October 2, 2008


Okay, so I broke down and had a zinger, and chips and salsa. But I did stop there. Human, yes. Perfect on points- fine, I do have an extra 35 for the week. But terrible choice on foods. So here we go today. So far

Protein Shake= 4 points
1 c. blueberries= 2 points
4 cups water= 0 points

6 so far and it is almost 12.

I am going to try so hard to get all my fruits/vegis in for the day, my 2 tsp. oil (healthy fats) , my 10 cups water (my amount), take my calcium drink ( not a big milker), and I am going to the gym tonight.

I am doing great so far, my day should be great!

Had an emotional break down/through last night, feeling better about losing weight, yes I am tired of it, but am I that tired of it? YES, BECAUSE I AM DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

Pictures to come soon, let me hit 190 and I'll post all past, disgusting over 200 lbs. pix! You won't want to miss it!!!

You'll die, they are not for those who have weak stomaches!

I'm out!

*Thanks to "Losing it with Jillian" for keeping my head in the game!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


For your and my entertainment, I am back in the saddle again!

Last night, I went to work out at my fitness center, while the Biggest Loser was on, yes, that is the first time I've watched it without gorging myself full of sugar!

65 minutes on the elliptical at Level 5
30 minutes of walking at 3.0 (slow down sista!)

I stretched, and that was it! It felt good to be doing something, I am so out of shape! I am going again tonight to do more cardio, and some weight lifting, we'll see how it goes, if the hubby gets home in time from WY!

I have eaten good so far today, here are the eats:

4 cups water= 0 points
2 eggs, scrambled= 5 points
1/8 c. salsa, homemade=0 points
10 strips of turkey bacon=10 points (over board, but so worth it!)
1 med. apple= 2 points
2 cups fresh/frozen blueberries= 2

so I have 7 points left for the day, and here is dinner

Protein Shake= 5 points

I don't know what else. I am having a shake cuz I need chocolate. Not because of health purposes!!!

Also, I have Zingers in the cupboard that hubby brought home, and I am not going to have any, I had 2 yesterday, and that did me in!!!

Trying to be good!

I hope to be at 201 or less on Monday, wish me luck!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Getting back on the wagon...

I love Jillian from the Biggest Loser. I get her daily insights, and I should really read them more often! Here is what she said today:

Getting Back on the Wagon
It happens — you miss a few workouts and you feel like your weight-loss plan is totally derailed. It's tempting to mentally slap yourself around, right? Before you start, I want you to remind yourself of something. Being hard on yourself is the Old You.

The New You knows how to deal with setbacks and get back on the wagon. And after all, there are no mistakes, just learning experiences. Weight loss is a process — it takes time. You will encounter small failures — everyone does — but every pound you gain can be lost.

And if you miss a workout, it's not the end of the world! Get to the gym the next day and continue to focus on your short-term goals. Just because you made bad choices today doesn't mean you can't start over tomorrow. New day? New beginning. And don't you forget it.

Great advice, I really love it! I think that is where I get hung up most of the time- I want it off now, and I get really impatient. I am an all or nothing gal, if I have a bad day, I have a really bad day, if I have a great day, I am amazing!!!

If you've got some amazing tips, please share!

Monday, September 29, 2008


WoW! What a crappy week! I am still posting though! I've got to get with it! No excuses, other than I didn't work out and I ate like CRAP!

Weight: 205.6

Gained 5.3 lbs. this last week (that sucks!)

I am posting new goals later on in the week. I need to make a realistic goal FOR Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and then for Valentine's. These are going to be my goal marks. I am also going to do my measurements, and I will post each Monday morning my weight, and measurements. I will posts todays, tomorrow, cuz I need to have Bry do those for accuracy!

You know how sometimes we can't figure out why people can't stop drinking, smoking, or picking their nails, or other weird, bad habits... well I think I have an EATING PROBLEM! Not a real laughing matter, cuz like any of the other things, I look like I eat too much. I may not have yellow teeth from smoking , but my bad habit shows in what I look like as well!

Tonight I will journal what I eat, how I felt, and where I struggled... There is an obvious reason my blog is titled what it is, THIS IS DEFINATELY MY PERSONAL TRIAL!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Yes, I know!

I've struggled even getting near this computer but, here we go! No picture at the moment, but here are the stats (brave little me!)...

Starting weight on Sept. 1... 215 lbs...
Week 2: 207.4
Week 3: 203.4
Right Now: 200.2 lbs.

SO THERE YOU GO! pRETTy disgusting if you want to really know! It grosses me out even more! What started this whole regime, is a contest going on between me and a few of my siblings... We started our own "Biggest Loser Challenge", I don't know how much I can divulge, so this is all I will say for now!

I've been basically following the Weight Watcher's Points, but eating a high protein, low carb diet. The only problem is if you don't eat enough GREENS, your digestive track will hate you! I had a weak moment today, and I had a Diet Coke, it was either that or junk food, so I went with the caffeine. Here is a sneak peak into my upcoming week:

  • Sad but true, I get 28 points on WW, and that is a ton of food, I only try to eat 24, so that I can drop the weight quicker...
  • I have a new motto: RUN LIKE HELL... get my point...
  • Work out at least 3-6 times a week. If I get it done in the morning, I rock it, in the afternoon, not so affective (effective?)...
  • One really bad eating day (at least 1/2 of my weekly allowance points of 35)
  • Drink tons and tons of water! I keep water in the car, water at the desk, in the kitchen, YOU GET THE POINT!
  • Take 1 hydroxycut in the morning before I work out. Wakes me up, it is seriously just like drinking a red bull or diet coke. Pathetic I know, I don't take one everyday, but some days, I need a JOLT!

so that is it! Nothing special or fancy, just trying to be balanced and practical, after all I have a husband, 3 kids, cleaning, cooking, and everything else to do!

I'd love to hear what you are doing, any special tips, tricks, what not-to do's, and any low fat recipes would be great!

Best of luck in your journey!


Friday, September 19, 2008

It's been way too long!

Hello everyone! After not blogging for WAY TOO LONG, I am back! I have been in a whirlwind of moving, unpacking, football, soccer, losing weight, and- did I say losing weight?! Yes, I did! Okay, so let me start by saying, I am doing okay. One day at a time, but doing great! I am really going to try hard to blog each day, with what I am doing or not doing, eating, recipes, and turn this lack of blogging into my personal trial journey, and come out on top! I will be starting tomorrow with food, and let you know why I started losing weight again, and what is going to keep me motivated from here on out! It has been a rough week, but I am ready to go again! So stick with me, if you know me, give me a shout out, if you are blog stalking, and have great exercise advice, give another shout out!

Here we go! I will post tomorrow with a very insightful story of what has been going on the last 3 weeks, what my goals are, my weight, possibly a picture if you are lucky, and a few profound words!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Lots of love!


Monday, July 21, 2008

Coming soon to a blog near you!

Hi Ya'll!

Thank you for the "WELCOME BACK"! I will be posting a picture in the next few days, so prepare yourselves! I just got a fancy new hair-do (thank you Coco!), and I am excited to be "ME" again!!! I am just getting ready to make a protein shake. Today's workout (tonight) will be the following---

  • warm-up
  • 1 mile run, 2 mile run/walk (alternate)
  • sit ups
  • push ups
  • stretching yoga style
Nothing fancy, but a good way to start out the week! I would like to start incorporating weights, and more yoga/pilates to the mix so watch for ideas for that as well!

** I have also been reading a new book for great ideas/changes that I need to make in my eating. "The South Beach Diet Super-Charged" is an interesting read. It has 3 phases, and the 3rd phase is normal eating but with whole grains, lean meats, fruits, vegi's, and lower fat meals. Sounds like the way we all should be eating anyways, right? I am going to be doing a daily account on the blog about my eating so that I can keep track ( I hope it doesn't bore you!), and see where I am going wrong. But also to make sure I am doing it right! I want to follow the program, because I like how it starts out strict, then slowly adds back food so you can see what agrees with your body, and then you can have anything but in moderation! I love that it is so high-protein, low carb! If any of you remember me in my "skinny days" after I had Colton, this is what I was doing- so let's see if this "older body" version of me can do it as well!

Wish me well! If you have any ideas about Phase 1 on the South Beach (SBD, from now on) I would love some input!

Picture will be posted soon, as well as weight! Maybe we will do a contest on that one!! LOL!


Friday, July 18, 2008

Heart, Healthy, YUM!

Grilled Sesame Salmon

Serves: 4


This flavorful, heart-healthy dish cooks up quickly but looks impressive, making it a perfect meal for entertaining.


To test for doneness, insert a small, sharp knife in a fillet; fish should be opaque throughout. When pressed with your finger, salmon should feel firm but not hard.


  • 2 medium cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon salt, plus additional to taste
  • 4 tablespoons rice vinegar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tahini or smooth, natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 salmon fillets (about 5 ounces each)
  • 1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 6 cups baby arugula or salad greens

Nutritional Information:

329 calories
17 g total fat (3 g sat)
75 mg cholesterol
12 g carbohydrate
31 g protein
3 g fiber
2,011 mg sodium


  1. Place cucumbers in strainer set in sink; toss with 1 tablespoon salt. Press kitchen towel on cucumbers; drain at least 1 hour or up to 3.
  2. To make sauce, combine 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon lime juice, soy sauce, tahini, 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, ginger, and 1 tablespoon water in blender; puree until combined.
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high. Season both sides of salmon with salt. Place skin side down on grill; cook 3 minutes, or until skin shrinks and separates from flesh. Flip; cook 4 minutes, until done.
  4. Toss cucumbers with remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon oil, and sliced onions. Refrigerate until serving.
  5. Divide arugula equally among four plates. Top each serving with salmon, then cucumbers. Drizzle sauce over servings.


Hello everyone! I AM BACK!!! I've been bugged for too long about posting again from my oldest brother, Chris. He says, "Jen, everyone wants to know why you haven't been blogging?", so at his urging, and MY GUILT. Here I go... (and Chris, who is everyone?)

Chris said I should just say, that I am taking the summer off, and that I like to eat? That makes me sound lazy and obsessed about food. Not that there isn't some truth in that, but who likes to face that reality?

Well, there is no excuse really. I am trying to figure out what happened myself. I am still working out 1-2 days a week, my eating has not been at its best, but not at its worst. There is no excuse at all. Days have gone by, and now it has been months. I think I started to slack when I realized we wouldn't be going to the beach. So as I've stewed about this long and hard, here is the conclusion I have come up with...

  • I am not setting a weight goal because I am going somewhere, have a "class reunion" or anything like that.
  • I am not starting on Monday, or tomorrow, I am starting right now.
  • I had a lovely realization yesterday when I did my BMI on an online calculator, and it read "Obese"...
  • I know I am not in the best shape, look the best, or in a healthy weight range for my height.
  • I know that I must be mentally prepared, and emotionally ready to get rid of this baggage.

  1. I want to lose weight. Not just for looking good purposes, but for confidence. For health- because I should be scared straight that heart problems run in my family...
  2. I need to make sure I work-out 6 days a week. Why? No, this is not obsession, or excessive, I feel good when I work out, it is my time, and it is about me and for me. Mentally it helps me start my day...
  3. I need to consume less calories each day, and be mindful of the calories I do consume.
  4. I want to reach a goal that I can achieve each day, I want a focus that is about me, and I want to be free from the weight that is literally dragging me down.
  5. Last, but not least, I find that when I have a focus and a balance in my life and about me, I am much happier!!!
So, Chris, I would like an official WELCOME BACK from you! I am back, and I am ready to be held accountable. I need to blog about this, as embarrassing as it is, I am overweight, and ready for a change. So, I will post a picture tomorrow, I am going to the gym, I will weigh in, I will take the measurements, so folks, be prepared. I am going to get "REAL"... You may be shocked, or you may not be. I hope I don't embarrass myself, my family or my friends, by what I post. But, I am tired of being tired, and I probably embarrass myself more now with the shape I am in, than by doing something about it!

To all who read and come across this, please feel free to comment, and share your weight loss success, your insight, and add me as a link to your blog. If you know me, and come across this, please drop me a line, I'd love to say hello!!!



Thursday, May 1, 2008

DAY 16

Spin class rocks! Second time in class, and it was great! I ran a mile to warm up, stretched then headed into the darkness... I had to mentally wrap my brain around how "great" I was going to do today, and it I did! It was a great class, lots of "hovering", "jumping", and "sprinting"- but it was fun! All of these terms I am learning as I go, but now I am slowly getting it! I am feeling great, and just in case any of you are wondering- I am not taking any crazy diet pills. I had thought about doing "Hydroxycut", but then my cute little friend said- Jen, why not use your own energy? Who does that? So, I am diet pill free, and doing this all on my own steam! I do go to bed rather early, but it is the only way I can get up at 4:30 am, and still have energy the rest of the day!



Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Day 14

I feel amazing! It has almost been 2 short weeks of working out, and I am feeling great! I took this morning off, I was tired, and I some food didn't sit well with me last night- if you catch my drift! I am down 10 pounds, and going strong! I will have to admit, I haven't posted a picture yet, mostly because I am sick about what it looks like! I will post when I am down 25 pounds, so that I look a little more decent!!! I am now running 1.5 miles on the treadmill, and consistently doing 45 minutes of cardio! The weight training is going well, I have started using the "Body for Life" weight training as a guide, and I am really enjoying it. Now for the last week's cycle class- I have to give props to my girlfriend Trish! She teaches this class at a gym in Draper, and I can honestly say- how in the heck did you teach this 9 months pregnant??? I got spanked! I loved the class, I had an amazing instructor, he was very entertaining, thank goodness, and challenging. I walked out of the class, legs shaking, and my entire head was like a wet mop! I am looking forward to Thursday this week to do it again!!!

As for my eating, I've been doing quite well. I am trying to eat every 2-3 hours, so that I don't get hungry and go nuts. I am staying away from soda, white sugar, and white flour,- yes, I've had a bite here, and a banana brownie there. But nothing like I used to. I tell everyone I know, I am a firm believer that 85% of weight loss is what you eat! You can work out, but if you eat like crap, you aren't going to lose any weight! I have been doing 3 protein shakes a day, eating apples, vegi's and lean meats. I don't generally feel hungry until Bry whips out the ice cream, then I just head to bed!

Next point, GET SOME REST! I now understand that my body needs more, MUCH MORE than 5 hours of sleep. This may have worked for me in my 20's but not anymore! I go to bed between 8:30 and 10 every single night. And I need it! I can actually go work out, and not come home and need to crawl back in bed- GO FIGURE!

I am down to 73 days, and I am feeling a little anxious! I can't wait to go to the beach, lay in the sun, and enjoy myself- I have so much work ahead of me, I know it will pay off if I can stay focused!!!

If you have any advice, leave me a comment, I am running 1.5 miles this week, then jumping up to 2 next week! First of June, I will start the "Hal Higdon" training guide for a 1/2 marathon!


Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Camera is no where to be found, and no I have NOT quit my regimen!!! I've been so exhausted and have been busy so I haven't had the time to blog! Today was the beast of it all!!! I went to Pilates, and I didn't think it would be too bad- boy was I ever wrong! It kicked my trash! I couldn't do all of the moves, because my thighs, abs, and butt were burning beyond belief! I highly recommend the class, I will definitely be going back! I will be lifting and running tomorrow, and Thursday is SPIN CLASS. I have every reason to be SO NERVOUS about this class. I have done it ONCE forever ago, and it was insane! I am looking forward to the pain! Thank goodness I don't have much going on today, cuz I am exhausted, sore, and so sleepy! I'll be hittin' the pillow by 8:30 tonight!!! Sleep, eat right, and exercise- THE WEIGHT IS COMING OFF!!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE BEACH THIS YEAR!!!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

DAY 4!!!

I am so happy it is SATURDAY! That means I can sleep past 4:45am tomorrow morning!!! I ran again, and I did run 1 mile. And then another 33 minutes of cardio. The cardio is going great, I am feeling more confident in my routine, and excited to start my "program" on Monday! Also added some push-ups, and sit-ups to the routine today, with a TON of stretching! This is key!!! I can't find the camera yet, but I will say, I am so jazzed to show you a picture, then be able to post again my weight, inches, and a new picture in 4 weeks! I've decided 2 things: ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING, and so is what you put in your mouth! Isn't that interesting! Enjoy your Saturday as I will mine! I will be back after a wonderful weekend, ready to go on Monday!

Friday, April 18, 2008


I am ready to post a pix, but I can't find my camera! I will look today and make sure I have one posted tonight!

Day 3, rocked!!! I ran 1 mile again, and so excited about it! Did a full 45 minutes of cardio, abs, and lots of stretching! I am putting together my training schedule for next week, and I am excited for this! Weight training, interval training, running, pilates, and cycle class! I can't wait!

My eating plan is going awesome as well. I am off of sugar, soda (yes, diet coke!), and white flour. My body isn't going too crazy without it. I've been eating dried fruit, fruits and vegi's, and I am staying away from most processed/packaged foods. I am not going totally away from homemade treats, but I am definitely being careful.

I feel great! I will be putting my stats (weight) up when I am 4 weeks into my program, like I said, not proud now, but won't be embarassed then!!!

Til then!

Have a fabo day! Look tonight for the photo- scary larry!

Thursday, April 17, 2008


I did it this morning! I ran 1 mile, I know major accomplishment!!! WAHOO!!! I told myself last night, you are doing it, no excuses- and voila! It felt amazing. I stretched really good last night because of my tree trunk legs, I thought it might help. And it did! I ran my 1 mile, then I walked another 3/4 of a mile. Next, elliptical. Another 1.5 miles on that baby. It was a great morning. I am now a firm believer that rest and sleep have everything to do with it. I was asleep by 10:15 last night, and up at 4:45 a.m. again. I don't feel tired, and I am excited for the day! I don't know what it is about working out at the GYM, but it motivates me, and makes me ALIVE! I am going to now extend my workouts from 5 am-6:45 am. This will give me time to warm up, lift 3 days a week, do my cardio, then stretch. I am feeling like me again, and I love it! 86 days left to be beach ready, and I know that I will be ready!!!

Pointers for the day:
  • Make sure to have a goal. I have my goal written down, not just size and weight, but also what my achievements are as far as my "exercise routine".
  • For weight loss: Drink your water- lots of it! If you are eating lots of processed foods, try to eat a fruit/vegi before eating that donut or whatever you have.
  • Track your food with a food journal. This is a timely requirement, but if you realize how much you are eating, when you are eating, and why you are eating- you will solve a lot of your problems from the get go. Also, write down how you feel- lame I know, but studies, (love that word) show that the majority of obesity and "overeating" stems from your emotions and stress! TRY THAT ON FOR SIZE!!!
  • BE POSITIVE! Change your outlook on your body image, food, and overall, your life. There is always someone who is cuter, bigger/thinner, and has worse problems than you do. SO GET OVER IT OR SHALL I SAY, GET OVER YOURSELF!!! We are our own worst enemy, if you can change your outlook, you will change!!! Be inspiring, think positive, and surround yourself with the positive!!!
I've been doing some reading about running, and boy, have I got a way to go. Education is key! I will be posting some running tips tomorrow, along with a fabulous Jamaican Jerk Salmon recipe that I am dying to try! And yes, the picture is on its way! Not proud of it, but proud to be doing something about it!


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

White Chicken Chili- New version!

I've decided to start with my very favorite recipe. WHITE CHICKEN CHILI! I love this chili, it is a perfect day to make this, and I can't wait to have it for dinner tonight. Here is my first "healthy" recipe, I've omitted the sour cream, and the whipping cream, leaving us with a good broth based chili packed with flavor!

White Chicken Chili

1 lb. chicken, cubed
1 med. onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped finely
1 tsp. olive oil

Saute those ingredients, and then add:

2 cans great northern beans, rinsed and drained (WF Organic, is best)
2 cans of whole kernel corn (WF Organic, is best)
1 can chicken broth (Organic, any brand)
1 can green chilies, diced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper ( I use 1/8th tsp.)

Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for about 5 minutes. Serve with a salad of lettuce, grape tomatoes, and cucumbers. Add 1 TBSP. of my new fave dressing- Newman's Own Organic light Balsamic Vinagrette.

Voila! Also for all you Weight Watcher point fans, I will be figuring out the points for each of my recipes!!! I am back "on point", try this out, it is heavenly!!!

*I've started using Organic canned products when I can find them because they don't have all the preservatives and additives, and my personal opinion, they do taste better. Western Family has alot of their canned foods that are USDA Organic- check them out!!!


Kicking my own butt, that is what happened. I started off to a decent start...walking. I walked for half a mile, then came the jog. At 5.0 on the treadmill, that is what I did for the next half mile. That was honestly all I could do. 1/2 mile. My legs felt like tingling tree trunks, I am so out of shape. Heavier than I should be, but up for the journey. So I kept on walking at 4.3 til I hit 20 minutes on the treadmill. Next, I moved onto the elliptical. 15 minutes at a level 5, I was dripping sweat. So today, 35 minutes of cardio- not a bad start. Then the stretching. I am a flexible gal, but not as much as I used to be. I am up for the journey, I have my goals in sight, and I am ready to go. I am not tired, I am energized, and I am now up and going for the day. The kids are still in bed, so it is peaceful- I will be posting regularly, because this is going to be my journal to success. I have also decided to post a picture tonight??? Why, because I need to see it, and move forward.

BTW, did you watch "The Biggest Loser"? Loved it! Alli is so inspiring, and I am so thrilled she did it. I was crying, yes, I know, through half of it, because I feel like I can relate. So here we go on a roller coaster of a journey, weight loss, and working out can be a beast, but I am up for the challenge.

Just an fyi, I have 87 days until I go to the beach. Day 1 of 87, off to a great start!!!!!!!

4:43 a.m......................

Here I go! I am heading to Gold's Gym to give it a go! The alarm went off at 4:43 am- have any of you ever seen that number on your alarm clock? I haven't because mine is set for 5:00 a.m. (yes, I am psycho, anything before 5 is nuts!) and it is 17 minutes fast! Psychological reasoning! I am off, run girl run~

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

My Personal Trial!!!

This blog is for me. For you. And for anyone else who has a desire to get off their booty, and kick their own... I've decided to start running. Yes, it has been six years, and I am bound and determined to do it. Mentally, I am prepared. Physically, I am out of shape andfinally ready to do something about it. Spiritually- pray for me!!! I am going to dedicate this blog to runner's. To health. To any of you who are ready to change from the inside out! I will be adding lots of runner's tips, lots of motivation, healthy recipes, and all advice it welcome! As I set up this blog, please feel free to comment, share advice, and help me on my journey! This is definitely my personal trial. Help me as I push forward, and do what I am setting out to do! I will post a picture, no weight or measurements will come until I am 4 weeks into my training. WHY? Because I am way to embarassed to do so!!! If you are a runner, or a fellow friend, please say hello, and drop me some advice on RUNNING!

MY INSPIRATION: This shout out goes to my sisters Erika and Bex, my girl- Rebecca, and my favorite TV show (big problem!) "THE BIGGEST LOSER!" I've watched each of them as they continue to run for a reason, for health, for weight-loss, and for the shear joy of it! And they all look awesome! These ladies, have all run races, are in great shape, and continue to inspire me! So here I go, tomorrow morning at 5:30 am, I will be in the gym, to start on the treadmill with a 1 mile run, and 2 more miles with a walk/run! Here I go, with...