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Self-Care Week...making progress

On Day 1 of Self-Care week - I did a little clothes shopping .... since scrubs aren't a required part of my dress code starting next week and all I have are running gear and scrubs, I needed a little closet makeover for sure.  I'm going to say its a little unnerving to go shopping for clothes when a) you are 5' tall;  b) overweight and c) you haven't had to have an actual wardrobe in your closet in 6 years.  I have managed…


Added by LindaB on June 22, 2016 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

Stressful Day

I had a real sh@t day. When I moved to Wisconsin I found a job & went to work. I knew it was a bad fit but not being a quitter, I have stuck it out. Many times I thought of quitting & finding something else but life kept getting in the way & that don't give up attitude kept me there. It is now the time to make changes. I bought a new computer so I can begin sending resumes. Maybe with God's grace I will find the right place. My feelings have taken a real beating where I am now,

Added by Paula on June 21, 2016 at 11:15pm — 4 Comments

Dinner time

I'm always looking for new recipes--specifically ones that the whole family will enjoy. I like recipes that have normal ingredients (and preferably not too many) and that don't take forever. Let's be honest, it's not easy to create a masterpiece with 2 sous chefs at my feet. So whatcha got, ladies? What are some of your go-to meals that are sure to please the whole family (and be good for the waistline?)

My favorite site is Emily Bites. I haven't liked her newer stuff as…


Added by Christy on June 21, 2016 at 9:42pm — 5 Comments

June 21, 2016; good morning

Another morning workout complete! I did a 15 minute low impact workout and then followed it with an 8 minute ab workout. Feels good to have that out of the way in the morning!

 I have a pretty regular routine for my morning. I eat 2 egg white, 1 whole egg, a piece of Ezekiel bread, and fruit. Then as a morning snack I have a handful of almonds and string cheese. I've been eating this way for a long, long time and I never get sick of it! If I've done something right, it's my morning…


Added by Jackie on June 21, 2016 at 9:25am — 2 Comments

June 20, 2016; almost didn't, but I did

I almost didn't workout when I got up this morning. I thought, "I'll just workout when the baby naps..." but I snapped out of it because I realized by doing that I was setting myself up for a more stressful situation and I would probably find a way to put it off longer. So I got up, did a HASfit workout, showered, and am now in a better position! Feels great. 

Added by Jackie on June 20, 2016 at 10:57am — 1 Comment

Let's Try this Again .....

Ok Ladies - Here I am - back in the saddle.  As I mentioned the other day, I got a new job.  I am so excited!  Its not that I hated my old one - I actually love what I do.  Its the people and lack of support that was stressful.  (Actually - I loved my field people, it was really just my boss)  I just want to be somewhere where I can make an impact, be productive and be appreciated.  My boss was far from any of that.  In fact, I think I was the red-headed step-child of our department.  She…


Added by LindaB on June 20, 2016 at 9:58am — 4 Comments

June 19, 2016; Happy Father's Day!

This morning I got up and did a 30 minute weight training video. Felt good to get moving.  We'll be going to both sides of the family to celebrate the day. It will be long and busy, but filled with family and love. Have a wonderful day! 

Added by Jackie on June 19, 2016 at 8:22am — 1 Comment

June 18, 2016; morning walk

This morning we (my husband and 10 month old) got up and went on a long walk! I figured it was the only way to beat the impending heat. I love air conditioning. Sweet, sweet air conditioning! Anyway, I feel happy that I got up and moving. Eating yesterday was good, not great. But good is a couple steps in the right direction from where I was, so I'll take it! I'd like to do a short workout sometime today, but I'm just taking this day as it comes. The house is so messy...I may have to make…


Added by Jackie on June 18, 2016 at 9:31am — No Comments

Weekly Update - 6/18

Weight - Down 2.0 pounds. After last week's gain I am so happy it was NOT a continuing trend.

Exercise - Ran 4 days this week (16 miles) & 1 day bike ride(14.5 miles). Running in this heat was tough. Maybe it was just water weight loss this week on the scale.

Food - It is getting better, but I really need to work on those "just a taste" or " handful" even if it is just nuts. Actually I think that dry roasted nut (almonds,cashews,walnuts" really mess with my stomach. I… Continue

Added by Paula on June 18, 2016 at 8:19am — 3 Comments

June 17, 2016; Focus on the good

I always like this reminder.

Yesterday I worked out in the morning and ate sensibly throughout the day. Lots of things to be proud of!

However, I also indulged in wine, ice cream, and popcorn in the evening. But hey, my mental health thanked me for it. lol. It was a relaxing, nice…


Added by Jackie on June 17, 2016 at 8:25am — 1 Comment

Through the Years

Nine years ago on this day, I said "I do" to the most supportive, loving man that would do anything for his family. These milestones always make me a little sentimental of my journey through the years. Someone joked the other day that as they walked through my house that it was my own progress photo series.

When I met my husband I was in the process of losing 65 pounds with Weight Watchers (the first time).…


Added by Christy on June 16, 2016 at 9:34pm — 2 Comments

June 16, 2016; HASfit YouTube workouts

This morning I did a 15 minute beginner workout. I have to stop myself from thinking 15 minutes isn't enough. It's 15 minutes longer than I exercised 2 days ago, so it's a WIN!! I did squats, moved around, and broke a sweat. I would have opted for a longer workout, but I was a little behind schedule and wanted to be worked out and showered before my husband left for work. My hope is to get in 30 minutes a day and just up intensity as needed. 

I just typed in HASfit beginner…


Added by Jackie on June 16, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Signed up for another race

Yes, I signed up for another race. This one is 4 miles. It is not until next month. I am really going to try to do a race a month this season. So far I did one in May (5k) & June (10k). I really like what running has done for my body. I am not always liking it but I like what it does for me. I do not know if I will ever do a half or marathon but it doesn't matter. Being consistent is. I wish I could run faster, but I am not coming in last either. I am keeping my eating under control. No… Continue

Added by Paula on June 15, 2016 at 11:28pm — 1 Comment

June 15, 2016; exercise

I was able to exercise this morning! I finally have given up the hope that I will be able to exercise BEFORE the baby wake up, so I woke up at my normal time of 6am, and put him in his pack 'n play while I did a 25 minute YouTube video! It feels great to be up, showered, and accomplished by 7am! I wish he would sleep until 7am like he used to do, haha, but that doesn't seem to be happening, so I'll just roll with it! 

No reason I can't have a good eating day today. It's going…


Added by Jackie on June 15, 2016 at 8:40am — 3 Comments

June 14, 2016; Introduction!

Here I am! Ready to finally put into action what I've been wasting time "wishing" for.

I've been wishing I would incorporate exercise into my day.

I've been wishing I would choose more vegetables over meaningless carby snacks that don't fill me up. 

I've been wishing my clothes didn't feel tight.

I've been wishing that little hangy part at the bottom of my stomach would magically tighten up. 

I've been wishing I would pick what I wanted to wear,…


Added by Jackie on June 14, 2016 at 11:36am — 3 Comments

These Days...

...things are going well. I'm liking where I am at these days. I have taken a break from intensively tracking, but that doesn't mean I'm not keeping an eye on things. I eat similar breakfast and lunches that I mentally know the points for and my dinners are typically in the same point range each night. The main thing I need to do is just pay attention to my indulgences. I have found that I can have a couple splurges a week and still maintain (or possibly even lose a little). If I start to…


Added by Christy on June 11, 2016 at 8:35pm — 2 Comments

My first 10k

I ran my very first 10k race this morning. It supported autism that primarily focuses on children. I feel like my entry fee went toward a good cause. It was a warm one that is for sure but I ran the entire race. My time was 1 hr 4 min 22 sec. I was so shocked I did that good. I was expecting to finish 15 minutes later than I did. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone & I think I did that for sure. Now I am looking for a run for July. My goal is to do one a month through the season.… Continue

Added by Paula on June 11, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Not Quite Back Yet...

So, I'm not quite back yet, but I did have some exciting news to share.

You know that stressful job I have ... well, my last day is this coming Wednesday.  I am so excited - I can not wait until this heavy weight is removed from my chest.  I feel like its caving in on me .... just gotta hang on.

Maybe once I get back to a normal ... well as normal as normal can be ---- I can focus once again on me and make being healthy instead of being stressed out and miserable because of a…


Added by LindaB on June 11, 2016 at 9:27am — 2 Comments

Weekly Update - 6/11

Weight - Up 0.6 pounds. Sux. I will not allow another gain. Nip it in the bud right?

Food - Made good choices but did have some salty snacks too. Too many protein bars this week.

Exercise - Still running 4 times a week for 3-5 miles & a 15 mile bike ride thrown in once a week.

Mood - I will not allow a gain to ruin my entire day.

Added by Paula on June 11, 2016 at 7:23am — No Comments

Weekly Update - 6/5

Weight - Zero. But considering how much I was eating this week, it was only by the grace of God I didn't gain.

Food - Emotional eating was my issue this week. Too much stress this past week.

Exercise - Ran 4 days this week. 1 bike ride.

Mood - Stressed & depressed. My job is really getting to me lately. Got to really be more mindful.

Next Saturday is my first 10k race. I needed to push outside my comfort zone. I am nervous as to date I have only… Continue

Added by Paula on June 5, 2016 at 12:12pm — No Comments

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