Health knowledge made personal
Join this community!
› Share page:
Search posts:

Life got busy

Posted Jan 28 2010 12:00am

Hi All,

Sorry I haven’t had a chance to update you on my weight loss journey. I can’t believe I haven’t had a chance to write for seven days. My last entry was about making time for the gym and someone trying to get on a schedule with an excerise routine really will have to pick days and keep those days unless something major comes up but for the most part treat it like a very important buisness meeting. Life sure does happen and it happens fast!

Since I wrote I was able to get to the gym on Thursday and Saturday morning, however, its now Thursday again and I haven’t been able to make time to go this week. Today I have a 1/2 day from work and after I take my daughter to a couple of appointments I plan to head to the gym for an hour workout. I purchased a pair of sneakers from Foot Locker the other day. They are Nike Darts

 I didn’t have time to go to the Philadelphia Running company and I really needed a pair of sneakers so I opted for a store near me. The sneakers are very light and actually feel good on my feet. My bone spur is coming back but it is probably my fault. I purchased a pair of UGG boots just after Christmas and even though they keep your feet very warm the boots do not offer any kind of support. I try and wear them only when it is really cold out side.

I spoke with the trainer at the gym really fast on Saturday it was right after my workout so I was hot, sweaty and deaf. I was blasting my IPOD during my workout and so when I was done I felt as if I couldn’t hear anyone talk. I asked the trainer for his card and I plan on calling him this week to set up a meeting with him.

On Tuesday I had a Women’s Guild board meeting and I haven’t seen some of the ladies since before Christmas. One woman commented on my weight loss. She noticed and asked how much I have lost the funny thing is I really couldn’t tell her because I haven’t weighed myself as much as I should. I was waiting for the Biggest Loser to start at my job and it never did :(   I don’t know what is going on with that maybe I will find out tomorrow.

Anyway I am going to weigh myself on Saturday and that will be my starting weight. I know how much I weighed on January 3rd and if I am correct I lost about 5 lbs. since then. I can feel a difference and by butt is a lot flatter now then it was around Christmas. The first place I lose weight is in rear. 

 Quote of the day -

A healthy mind in a healthy body.
Roman poet & satirist (55 AD – 127 AD)


Slot # 1 - You have all the time in the world to update your Facebook status, write 20 tweets through your day and update your blog daily, talk to friends the old fashion way in person or on the phone (using your real voice).

Slot #2 And then time catches up with you and you go from social butterfly to  busy busy. Work is busy, home life is busy, calendar is full of weddings, baptisms, confirmation, birthdays, holidays!

In the middle of the slots we have to find time to give our loved ones a kiss and GO TO THE GYM!

And I have gone. My blog followers should be pleased to know that because I haven’t wrote in a week is just because I am using my internet time at home to actually get out of the house and go to the gym and it feels damn good!!! This is my first real week at the gym without being sick…well I still have a cough however it is not often and I am able to produce…well I don’t feel the need to enlighten you on what  a producing but I hope it means I am on my way to recovery.

I was able to hit the gym this past weekend. Saturday and Sunday were two very good days at the gym. Both included 1 hour workouts and I stayed away from that torture chamber otherwise knowns as the elliptical. I just can’t get it right on that machine. I need a trainer for that machine for sure.

The treadmill is my favorite of all the cardio machines. I am up to 60 minutes on that machine and let me tell you when I sweat it feels so good!! I just need a good pair of sneakers and a sweat band around my forehead and I will be just fine!!

Can anyone suggest a good pair of sneakers for the gym? My friend Heather opted to purchase a pair of Nike Shocks and I was leaning towards picking up a pair for myself. Heather and I both have a history of bone spurs…very painful! And if we don’t wear the proper shoes well then we are a walking hell!!

Monday and Tuesday of this week I was unable to go to the gym, however, I made up for the missed time on Wednesday and had a great cardio workout.

I am sticking with the cardio until I have a minute to contact the trainer and creat a workout program suitable for me.

Quote of the Day
There is never enough time, unless you’re serving it.
Malcome Fobes (1919-1990)


Yes! It’s Friday!! Plus it’s a 3 day weekend!! I finally have Martin Luther King Day off from my job. We all know MLK day is a day of service wherever you can lend a helping hand you should offer it. This is the first time that my husband, daughter and I had off for this holiday we are not sure as of today what exactly we are going to do that day, but we will make sure we are helping someone.

As my last post read this week is for the birds and I can’t wait to start over fresh. Yesterday I went home and still wasn’t feeling 100 percent. I had a massive headache that hurt at every sound. My husband is great he put air in my tire, filled my wiper fluid up and took our Isabella to my mother’s house for her overnight stay. I think I will pick up little something for him after work today. Maybe a bouquet of flowers ( who says you can’t give a guy a bouquet of flowers?) Any way I am hoping when I leave work that headache doesn’t return. I think the headache is caused by the consistent coughing I’ve been cursed with this week. It is a very dry and non productive cough and it stinks!!

Gym – Today is 5 days since I was last at the gym! I hope I remember how to turn the machine on…just kidding of course. My plan (after I take my daughter to my cousin’s house for a slumber party) will be to start on Elliptical aka Torture Machine. Right now I don’t understand how anyone can enjoy this machine let alone last 30 minutes on it. :) I know I will take that back as soon as I get the hang of it a little more. My BFF informed me the first five minutes of that machine is the hardest and as soon as I can get past that its smooth sailing. So I will set a target time of 10mins and if I get passed 5 minutes we will celebrate……….

Next I plan on moving to the bike for about 20 minutes. I think I can handle 20 on a bike. Check back tomorrow to see status. After that I will save my best machine for last and wrap up the workout with 30 minutes on the trendmill. Stats will be posted tomorrow of incline and speeds.

Enjoy your weekend and the quote of the day!

Quote of the day


I came to realize this week is for the birds.

Monday – Woke up excited about the biggest loser competition starting at my job. Wore layers to work and my lightest layer was a t-shirt I will used everyone Monday and be weighed in with it.

Did the Biggest Loser Competition start on Monday – No…. why?…i have no idea. It was rescheduled to Tuesday.

Well I thought who cares I still have the gym…right? sick…laid on couch…sleeped all night.

Tuesday would be so much better….NOT!

Yes the competition was going to be today we are all ready until I received an email that read ” the scale is not here and some competitors are out on business” we will reschedule for Wednesday. What!! I want to be weighed already!!What is going on with everyone? And why am I still sick? Never got weighed, I hobbled through the work day with my cold, and I couldn’t go to the gym or the AIDS for Friends meeting at my church.


Ok this is going to be the day! I felt a bit better thanks to mind over matter or Zicam whatever one worked a big shout out to you for making me feel better. Headed to work changed my shoes. ( had uggs on without socks had to put socks on because I did not want everyone to see my feet) and walked down the  meeting room to only find out the person in charge of the competition just had a death in the family and had to leave. Really?!?! What is going on here? Anything and everything is preventing us from starting this competition. I mean don’t get me wrong I really feel for the guy, but come on we need to start this competition now or I’m going to walk. I am going to walk right out the door straight to a local candy store and start eating all the snicker bars in sight. Actually that is going a little crazy..well maybe for you but I love chocolate!!!

We received an email later that day and the competition will start on Tuesday 1/19…let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Later that night I decided to give myself to Friday night and then head back to the gym this way I could get some house work done and spend time with my family. Well turns out my dog had diarrhea in his cage and I spent most of my night cleaning him, the cage and gagging during every minute of it. 

So today is Thursday and with only two more days left of work and a 3 day weekend ahead of me I am on the upside of my week. My plan is to hit the gym Friday night, Saturday , Sunday  and Monday morning. I feel the need go that much. Please if you think I am crazy, if you are reading my blog and wish to tell me to go about, let me know. I know I don’t have a huge following but I do enjoy any response positive negative whatever just let me know you are reading.

Quote of Day

  E ach individual woman’s body demands to be accepted on its own terms.

Gloria Steinem (1934 – ), O Magazine, May 2004


I guess for future blogs I should write about things I have done instead of things I am going to do.

Yesterday I blogged about Heather and I going to the gym for our first Monday night workout. Well that did not happen :( I started feeling under the weather. I had chills, a slight fever, and I was super tired. Once I laid on the couch I was not getting up.

Luckily my daughter and husband were there to  take care of me.

 I also picked up some  tablets (Zicam = I can). The tablets should be taken at the first sign of a cold. I picked up the citrus and began popping them every 3 hours as directed. They tablets are quick dissolving and the directions read not to drink or eat anything for at least 15 minutes after taking one.

I do not enjoying taking medications, however, in this case this over the counter medication will help me get over the cold faster than I say try give it a try. So far so good I have to say.

I felt so bad for Heather. She was excited about going to the gym on Monday and I had to cancel. I told her to go anyway, however, she opted to workout to the Biggest Loser at home on the Wii. 

( Once I get her approval I will post a picture of Heather )

Today is Tuesday and I would love to get to the gym I feel like I am wasting my time, but I am not. I have a slight cold and I do not want to get worse or infect an entire gym. So I am going to hold back today and go tomorrow. Tonight I will go home and sleep it off. I can’t wait to fall into bed.

Quote of Day
All we actually have is our body and its muscles that allow us to be under our own power.
Allegra Kent , Once a Dancer


Today the Biggest Loser Competition was supposed to start at work, however, we recieved an email from guy pulling it together and informed us we would start on Tuesday morning between 9-10am. I really wanted to start today, however, waiting another day won’t bother me too much.

I am feel some affects from my gym workout last night. I am tired and my legs and arms hurt a bit. I find myself stretching a lot while sitting  at my desk at work.

Tonight Heather and I are heading back to the gym for our Monday night workout. Heather is bringing another friend along for the workout. I sure hope she is experienced!

Just because the biggest loser is not starting today doesn’t mean my healthy eating plan needs to move also. I will start documenting my food log here on in the Daily Meal Plan page.

Once I finish with the gym tonight I plan to update this post.  Check back later on tonight for the Quote of the Day.


I was supposed to head to the Gym on Saturday morning. My plan was to wake up bright and early and be one of the first members there. Well I kind of got side tracked and didn’t wake up till 8:30. I guess I needed the rest. After I laid in bed for a few minutes I siked myself out of it. I kept reminding myself that I didn’t even know how to turn the machine on, I didn’t have a routine, the trainer wasn’t going to be there until Monday. Maybe they were excuses or maybe I was just plain scared to go on my own. I am sure I will get better with time. So I waited for my friend Heather to get out of work Sunday night and then go. Heather has been to a gym before and she knows the ropes. Around 6pm we met outside and began our journey.

I had no idea what I was doing or about to get myself into and with Heather by my side you never know what will happen:)

Planet Fitness motto in the gym is a  Judgement Free Zone! As soon as you enter a sign to the left says to Leave your Egos and the door. ( The first day we signed up Heather brought her daughter and she thought the sign read Leave your Eggos and the door– I thought that was cute)

Heather and I do not have a routine yet and basically I was going there to just get used to the machines.

Heather suggested we start on the elliptical machines so I agreed not even knowing what machine she was talking about.

Our goal was to do a 15 minute work out on the machine….yeah right! I got on the machine and plugged all my information in and started. I only was able to do 2 minutes before I had to stop and take a sip of water and breathe. After trying to pace myself and feeling like I was about to have a heart attack I finished in about 7 minutes. (Please be reminded that I never stepped a foot inside a gym before you start commenting)

Heather was great she was about to do the full 15 minutes.

After that we decided to try the 30 minute circuit. In this area there were all kinds of machines and as soon as the green light goes off you are to excercise for 5 minutes and the 5 minutes was up the red light came on and that was your chance to wipe off the machine and move to another machine. Well we only made it to the step part. There were some serious workout people in that area and I felt like I was holding them up.

After that we moved on the treadmills. We were lucky enough to find two open side by side. Treadmills are very popular and there is time limit you can go for as long as you want. So I think we went about 15 minutes. I actually liked this better than the elliptical machine and I was able to stay on longer. We wanted to move to the bikes but they were all being used so we decided to end our sessions.

We didn’t do a full workout but I was just trying to get a feel for it and it felt pretty good I have to say. It was better than sitting at home watching television or sitting in front of the laptop. 

After the gym I headed to the supermarket to pick up by food for the week. I was starving and by the look at my grocery bill you could definitely tell I was hungry. I did not eat before the gym and by the time I got home after the market it was already 8pm. So I had a small salad with some tuna fish. I topped it off with some light ranch dressing. I also ate a fiber one bar on the way home from the market. I couldn’t wait to get something in by belly :)

So that is it for today, tomorrow morning is my first weigh in at work starting the Biggest Loser competition. I am going to try my best to stick with this attitude and hopefully I am still writing this blog 6mths from now.

Quote of the Day -
Exercise alone provides psychological and physical benefits. However, if you also adopt a strategy that engages your mind while you exercise, you can get a whole host of psychological benefits fairly quickly.
 James Rippe, M.D.


Well today I did it! Something I never thought I would do, but I’m sure I will greatly benefit from it in the long run!

I joined a GYM!!!

I know, I know you are probably thinking another resolution for me to try to stick with. Well I promised myself this time I am not only dieting, I am not only trying to lose weight for an upcoming event I am doing this time for me! Yeah that’s right this is for me! I want to feel good about myself, I want to lose the weight and keep it off this time and I hope my gym membership (that I plan on using) will help me reach all my goals!!

And I joined with a buddy. I feel having a gym buddy will help you through your rough times and be there for you to cheer you on during your highest moments in life.

I hope together – actually let me reword that…I KNOW together we can beat this thing once and for all!!



An email was sent out this morning through the offices of TPG Direct. A fellow employee is starting a weight loss contest and the prize is a jack pot full of money. I am not too much into competition especially since I would hate not to win the jackpot, but I think I am going to give this one shot.

I am nervous about another co-worker able to see how much I weigh now, but the creator of this office contest decided it would be best to have a Weight Master. Only the Weight Master would know all members weight and keep it under lock and key.  It will be embarrassing in the beginning I am sure but I really want to lose the weight and keep it off so I will have to suck it up and deal with the Weight Master.

Yesterday I informed you that I was slowly removing bad habits from my day-to-day activities. Well this morning I was running late and had to pick up breakfast at my local Dunkin Donuts. What I really wanted was a toasted white bagel with veggie cream cheese, but what I opted for was Egg White w/ cheese on an english muffin. It was pretty good. I think I am going to start making this at home. Maybe I will remove the cheese and replace the white english muffin with whole wheat.

Since I am not going to officially start calorie counting and placing points on food just yet I will not log this week my food intake and WW points, however, I will just try to find healthy filling foods this week that I can include in my menus next week and so on.

Quote of the Day!

I am actually more funny now, because I’m hungry. If comedy comes from pain, I should be funnier now than I ever was!             -  Seth Rogen


Many resolutions are made on January 1st how long they are kept is another story.

Preparation week  begins with the thought of food always on my mind. Not because I want to eat, but what I need to eat to stay on track.

One thing I remember from WW is if you bite you need to write and that is exactly what I plan to do.

My official stay on track plan, loose weight the healthy way, change of life (as you see I am trying to stay away from the word diet) will start on January 11th, but until then I am slowly removing myself from my bad habits.

Today I was tempted by a person who decided to bring a full try of homemade delicious smelling cookies into work…Hello!!!  I work in an office, I sit in a cube it is not like we are all working at a fitness gym.  Most of us sit all day long. I can prove it just look at my hips.

Okay they are not my hips but you get the point. Well I am happy to report I did not have a taste. Not even a crumb touched my lips!

I have to prepare my mind, soul, family and home for this change.

My mind will need to be strong so I  have the will power to stay away from sweets!

My soul will need to be cleaned of any negativity or stress that would weaken my mind to stay away from sweets!

My family will need to know the importance of eating healthy and partake in the new way of eating I am bringing to the table. Also if they plan to snack on sweets of any kind they are to stay at least 50 feet away from me while doing so.

My home will need to be cleaned of the thousands of cookies I spent countless hours baking from December 1 to December 24th. Please don’t get me wrong I will have a day I am allowed to taste and enjoy a nice cookie. Once I start denying myself of the sweets the more I want them. So I can not deny myself anything really.

Quote of the Day

Getting my lifelong weight struggle under control has come from a process of treating myself as well as I treat others in every way -   Oprah Winfrey


Post a comment
Write a comment: