Overdue Wrap Up

So sorry. I haven’t posted for absolutely no good reason. But, I have been exercising daily and more importantly, I took my measurements on February 28. Drumroll, please… I lost 8.5 pounds and 9.5 inches! Whoo Hoo! I’m very pleased with my progress and am ready to keep going. Thursday, my husband and I are going to New Orleans for the wedding of my husband’s best friend.

We have been looking forward to this trip all winter and it has been my incentive for my weight loss. My husband and I plan to work out on Thursday before we leave. I’m bringing workout clothes with me. We’ll see if I actually do anything… I’ve been checking out the area where we are staying and it’s less than half a mile to Jackson Square so I’m thinking that a run over there and back may be on my list of things to do Saturday morning. We’ll see! I am really thrilled with what I have accomplished and love the new lifestyle we have. I retook my measurements on March 9 and wow! I haven’t lost any more weight but I’ve lost more inches! 12.5″ to be exact.

Finding a way to work out every day is a fun challenge and I enjoy finding new ways to cook yummy meals. For example, tonight we had a great meal! Braised Chicken and Kale from Cooking Light. I added some brown rice on the side and it was a wonderful meal. Mostly, I am happy. Really happy to be fit and focused on myself.

That may sound strange but everyone needs a little focus on self. That doesn’t mean you don’t care about others or have responsibilities but it does mean that it’s okay to put yourself first. I have also learned that I can do more than I thought I could. I never believed that I could exercise daily but here I am, doing it! And guess what? You can too! All you need is a mental shift and you are off to the races! Try different classes. Group classes, dance, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, spin, running, biking, walking, cross fit, P90X, whatever floats your boat, just go do it! And do it for you. I will post occasionally from now on. Sometimes with what I’m doing exercise-wise, sometimes with new recipes, or just with any other thoughts. Thanks for being here with me.

Here’s to the next 10 pounds or inches gone!!


Back to (Somewhat) Normal


My sweet Yates went back to school today even though she felt terrible when she woke up. Actually, she only agreed to go if I brought her a Lenny’s ham sandwich. That was an easy trade. She felt well enough at lunch to stay for the whole day. I’m proud of her.

Since I had my morning back, I did a little work for my husband’s company, masterIT before heading to Germantown Methodist for my spin class.

Much to my dismay, our instructor, Tiffany was sick and she had a sub for the class. I regret that I cannot remember her name right now, but my legs will never forget her! We spent the entire hour on the bike. Tiffany gets us off the bike about half way through for some weight training but this girl just kept spinning. And spinning and spinning.

We jumped up and down in our seats until I thought I couldn’t go any more. But I did. I’m stronger than I thought and I burned over 500 calories!

The rest of the day was spent getting ready for parties my husband and I are going to this weekend. One is a wedding shower for my husband’s best friend who’s New Orleans wedding this March is my current motivator for getting fit. The other is the Ronald McDonald House Oscar Party at the Columns downtown Sunday night.

This is an event special to the bride in the New Orleans wedding. We went last year and had a blast! I’ll show you the pictures of my husband and I on Sunday. Hint: He’s wearing a tux.

Spinning for My Life


Today was a spin day and the first opportunity I had to wear my heart monitor to that class. Tiffany, our instructor, always wears one and uses it to be sure we get to 600 calories. Half way through the class, I was barely at 200 and knew there was no way I could get to 600! I asked her about it and we discovered that I am not getting my heart rate up as high as she was.

So, I pushed harder. Ugh, this was the hardest class yet. Tiffany encouraged me not to be too hard on myself but remember that I am working hard and it will come. By the end of the class, I got my calories burned up to 450 so it was a good day.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and my husband and I are going to River Oaks for dinner so I plan to go to Pure Barre in the morning.

Monday is Zumba Day

Image As planned, I went to Germantown Methodist for Zumba class. Honestly, I don’t love Zumba. I feel awkward while doing it. I don’t know the moves and as soon as I figure out one move they are on to the next. But I keep moving and it’s fun so I guess that’s the point. And my heart monitor tells me I burned 350 calories and was in the fat burning zone for 35 of the 60 minutes of class. I’ll take it.

I have a busy day tomorrow so it will be interesting to see what I can work in.


** Note, I wrote this on Monday and somehow it didn’t publish…


Since I started this challenge, I have had a minor cold. I’d wake on the morning and blow my nose, feeling pretty crappy but once I got going, I’d feel fine. Particularly, after exercise.

Today started the same. However, when I blew my nose, I thought I might pass out. I barely got my daughter out the door for school before I went back to bed. And there I stayed all day.

So, no sweat today unless you count fever sweats. Here’s to tomorrow being a more productive day.

Super Sunday

Sundays are always a busy day for our family but today was even more so. We visited Highpoint Church to be with our cousin as he was baptized. Then we headed over to Christ Methodist in time for our regular Sunday school class and ate lunch at Cheffie’s.

Also, Sundays are special because we get to Skype with our oldest daughter who is living in England until June. Her blog is here, but she hasn’t updated since she arrived. Maybe this will spur her on.

Anyway, add all that to the “Big Game” and today looks like an excuse to blow off exercise. Nope. Not me. Not today anyway. I got out and re-ran the week 3 day 2 of the Couch 2 5K app that didn’t register right yesterday on the treadmill.

I was pretty happy with my time and distance. And it was such a beautiful day.

Tomorrow, I start the Advocare 24 Day Challenge which I’ll tell you more about tomorrow.