Saturday, January 30, 2010

Looking in the Mirror

Remember the first time I told you all when I did my first work out about the mirror? Well I keep thinking of the first time I looked in the mirror at my self. The trainer was just trying to show me my form. He wanted me to watch how I was doing the exercise, but I was not looking at my form. I was looking at me and thinking how did I get this way. Then I realized I never look at my self in the mirror. I only do it really fast in them morning when I am getting ready. Other than that I never look. Then I really started to think about it why? I like my self as a person and it does not matter what is staring back at me. Hollywood has put this perfect image out there. Nothing is perfect in life. So everyday I am a point to really look at my self and talk to my self and say I am going to do this. Yes there are day's that are hard to do it. Especially them day's that I step on the scale and know that I did not do so well. The day will come when I look in the mirror and say I a made it. I did it because I want to be healthy!

Let the journey begin.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Taking a break

Hi All I had to take a break from Blogging yesterday. I worked almost 12 hours yesterday and was totally tired. Tired is not good because I did not get a well balanced meal. Today is Friday and I plan to put in my eight hours and then turn off my computer for the weekend. As you all know my office is in my home. I am going to the gym. I can't believe I miss going to the gym.

Question to you all. I have been thinking about this for a long time. Would you all like me to interview my trainer? I have thought about this a lot. So let me know what you all think. I was going to find place in my area for a classes on food. I will keep you all in the loop on that.

Read set let the journey begin.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Get up and move

Today I have thought all day about this. When we are young we do everything go place and just keep going. I am not saying we are old by any means, but our activity slows down. I was on the phone for 4 1/2 hours straight for work. That my friends is a long time. Then I started to think of all the time I do have that luxury to move, but just sit. Last night I moved I worked out and then went to the mall and did some more walking. I did not buy anything I just got up and moved. Oh and on top of that I cleaned. Now that my life style is changing and the energy level is increasing so is my movement. Get up an move do something just don't sit after dinner do something. I know you worked all day and don't want to do anything. That is a mind set we give our selves that we work all day and now it is time to rest. Wait for some of us we did sit all day. So we need to get up and move. Start planning a garden, you don't need a yard to have one. I have seen some people do gardens on the patio of their aparment. We are always looking for excuses. So tomorrow start by seeing why you don't move. For you lunch break do you walk or just a 15 min break in general. You know the law does day we get breaks. So what do you do with them?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Regular exercise program

This is from a book called The Power of Focus:
  • Exercising improves your sleeping habits.
  • Exercising increases your energy levels.
  • Exercising relieves stress and anxiety.
  • Exercising protects you against injury.
  • Exercising promotes a healthy posture.
  • Exercising relieves digestive disorders.
  • Exercising enhances your self-image.
  • Exercising expands your longevity.

So what do you all think. Tonight have cleaned like crazy. I am sleeping better for sure. It is harder and harder for me to get up in the morning. One day I woke up and was not stressed during the day. So you all be the judge exercise or not.

Ready set let the journey begin.

Monday, January 25, 2010

When you fall back down get up

You know we all fall down several time a day whether it at work or home. We have to learn to pick our selves back up. Today was a perfect example of falling down. I over ate this weekend, I knew it and this morning when I stepped on the scale I was not surprised. I did really good prepared my food and then my mind took over. I felt so hungry and everywhere I turned there was unhealthy food. So of course I got hungry at time and said I would only have a few bites. Well a few bites went to a few more. So I am up a little today, but now to much. It is just frustrating when I do this to my self. So I just need to get back up and keep going. There is always tomorrow and the next day.
When inversions were made they had to fail to improved on this.

Carbohydrates - Carbs

I was just checking out CGBBlog and decided it was time to talk food. Yes, the first part of this series will be what are Carb and why do I need them. Since I have been taking a better look at food I have been educating my self.
Carbs are the main source of Energy for the body. That is why it is so important to have some first thing in the morning. Please and I repeat don't miss breakfast.
He is a base line of when you should have them.
Breakfast: 1 protein and 2 carbs
Snack: 1 protein and 1 carb
Lunch: 1 protein and 1 carb and vegetable
Snack: 1 protein and 1 carb
Dinner: 1 protein and 2 cards and vegetable

Me personally I love vegtable so I have them quite often.

Here are a few item that fall in the Carb category
Baked Potato
Brown rice
Pop corn

I wish there was a way to make a list of adobe for you all.

Tell me what you favorite carb is?
Ready set let the journey begin.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Prepare Prepare Prepare

This is what I am finding with anything I do now. I have to go up to Denver today for a Quiz meet. I just know what is going to happen they will have no good snacks, no healthy food to chose from and I will want everything. So this is were the being prepared comes into play. Last night and some this moring I prepared my food. I know this is so lunch box, but I am serious about this. I have worked to hard for them 5lbs and then all the soreness I am encountering my new things. Oh no, I am not going to have my self go back to being blah. What I am taking now just for me, but my whole family. I have snacks which are healthy, lunch a small salad and a few other things. I thing I will need to talk about proteins, carbs and other things my next blogs. I knew something about them but not a whole lot. By educating myself more and more I am understand food. What give you energy and what makes you really unhealthy. I am looking forward to a garden this year. I still what that winter one. But now that we are going to start preparing for the wedding we need to rethink the whole back yard thing. I am still trying to collect so really good recipes for the family.

I guess what I am trying to say is be prepared. Take your breakfast, lunch and dinner with you. Carry some snacks. I know I still have to take a picture of my snack basket. I told Art my trainer I was going to bring one down for them.

Ready set let the journey begin.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Soup and Salad

Do you ever wonder why they server soup and salad? Then by the time they bring the food you are so full. Well it is soup and salad time at my house. I am going to try and have a good salad before dinner or soup. I am finding soup is very good for you. Using left overs is very good as well. My husband like when the plates are chilled he says they make the salad better. Have you every seen the salad bar at Ruby Tuesday's. Now that is a salad bar to really dig you teeth into the. Remember when eating a salad don't pour the dressing on the salad, dip your salad into the dressing. Since some salad dressings are fatten. This weekend is going to be hard we are going out of town and that only means one thing eating out. If there is one thing I hate that is buying a salad at the restaurant and pay 8 bucks for one. One more thing did you see where you can get a drumstick and salad at KFC for a good price an low calories. I am going to have to check that out. I wish KFC could give me a sample so then I can talk about it.
Ready set let the journey begin.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Exercise ball

That is it I need one of these work out balls at home. I have learned how to do so many work outs with this ball. I never thought a ball could have so much use. I did leg work out to day. Yes my legs feel like jello, but yes I feel great. They have different size ball to work out on. I have used ever one of the.
Oh an ART my trainer said I can put his name in my blog. He said I could take pictures later. lol..................

So when I get some extra money I am buy me a ball for home on the day's I can't get by the gym. I did some really good leg exercises oh and the step thing. Don't know what it is called but step.

And you are not going to believe this, but they signed me up for some challenge thing that SNAP fitness is doing. So I guess I am in some kind of challenge. I will let you all know what that is all about.
Let me google and what the different exercise we did are and then post it. Maybe this will help when you all go to the gym.

Ready set let the journey begin.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Sorry all I have been MIA for a few days. Been getting ready to plan a wedding. Well I wanted to see if I can collect some snack ideas for you all. I have been working on a basket of low point and low calories. I am learning a lot about calories. I can't believe what I use to put in my mouth. All them calories sure do add up. Last night my youngest daughter brought home Dairy Queen buster bar. Oh they are my favorite well that good tasting bar is 420 calories. Lets do some math here. I am just saying I should have about 2102 calories that took up a big chunky of my calories. I would have to work out for 2 hour at least. So I only took a few bites they were small.
So the answer to this is post in huge numbers how many calories you need to have on the refrigerator and then check the labels.
Ready set let the journey begin.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

What to do at the Gym

Has I was writing yesterday blog it dawned on me. How many of you know what to do at the gym once you get down there. Do you know what to do on the equipment? Did you know you have to change your routine monthly and not do the same thing? Did you know you are to do a warm up first and them weights and then cardio. There is so much I did not know and am learning. I remember talking with the trainer on this and stuff he pointed out that I did not know.
Education, Education, Education. When I go down to the place on Monday I am going to see if they will do some classes. Maybe on food etc. The more you educate the more they come back. Let me know what you all thing.

Ready set let the journey begin.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Taking Responsibility

Yeah such a big word, but you don't understand what happen. That is what I use to say. Here are some example of what came out of my mouth.

I can't I am way to busy to go to the gym. Or the gym is way to much for me to go. I don't have anyone to go with me. Yes I can even add more to this list. Let me tell you why them are not taking responsibility and making excuses.

Today the average case of pop yes I said pop cost $4.79 a case. Well if you buy just 4 cases that is $23.95. I know you can get it on sale. But this month I am challenging you, see how often you buy a case of pop. Then after that get the calculater out and figure out how much you just spent on buying drinks. When you want to buy it put is back, buy cool aid. Have the cashier give you cash for what you would have spent on pop. I bet by the end of the month you will have enough to join the gym. Just think about it and you will be a lot better off not drinking the pop. Did you know that drinking regular pop is better for than diet. Still I am not promoting drinking pop by any means.

Some place for a single membership you can get for around $25.00 to $30.00 dollars. I pay for my whole family around $50.00 and that is 5 of us. Lets see if this adds up no pop for a month switch to water and cool aid (if you have to have sweet drink). Really thing about this when you are out shopping and putting the pop in the cart. Let me know how it goes.

Wait I will go even futher, not stopping for fast food one day or them startbucks coffee. Hey I am only trying to give

You can walk, walking is for free. Most malls in America you can walk around early in the morning for free.

Ready set let the jouney begin

Friday, January 15, 2010

Mind Set

It has taken me almost a month to change my mind set. Can you believe it will be a month Saturday that I started. I am down 5lbs now. Hey I reached my goal I just thought about it. I am drinking more water. Slowly the bad food is leaving the house. I have been working out on a more day to day bases. The energy level is something else I love this. I want to do more stuff around the house. See all this did not happen over night. One whole month and I just lost a few pounds.

Don't get me wrong some day's when I stepped on the scale I wanted to give up. It is so much easier to be the way I use to be. Food is cheaper, don't have to take time cutting vegetables up and I was easier to complain. But I have finally lost my 5 pounds and I am feeling better.
Have a great weekend all!

Ready set let the Jouney begin.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I have energy

Today I woke up with energy. I don't know if this is related to working out, but I have energy today. I am still sore, but feeling a lot better. I might be seeing some difference. The trainer said give it two weeks and I should start noticing some changes. In one month I will really see a change. He said most people give up right away, because they want it now.

I know that for sure. I want everything now, even thought it took me years to get this way. Oh and when I go on this cruse he said eat away. If I deprive my self then I will give up when I get back. This is not going to happen, he is just saying that because if I lose weight and my stomach shrinks I won't want it anyway.

This energy needs to last so I am getting ready to go work out right now.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Second workout

I tell you what today I worked out I really feel it and I lost a little body fat. That made me feel good. The trainer said the more I work out the more I will lose and tone. If I only go three times a week the less I will show and it will take longer. I learned the machine again and did one different work out on the ball. I am starting to like the ball. They are right when they say start with a five minute cardio and then start the weights then back to a 30 min cardio. When I did the cardio today I was sweating. When I use to do that same 30 min before cardio only I never felt like I worked out.

I let him know I was going to Dennis for a meeting, he suggested breakfast some ham and eggs. I need to protein after I workout so a good banana with peanut butter works or celery.

All week I regret spending the money on a trainer and then today after the work out it is all worth it. I feel wonderful, yes I am sore a little bit. We will see how I feel tomorrow. They will have my whole workout in a book tomorrow.

Just remember when you do work out only 3 reps of 12.
Ready set let the journey begin.

Wedding plans

You all are not going to believe this, but my oldest daughter is going to get married. We have not told anyone officially. Now talk about stress in a nut shell. Here I was going for the get in shape in a year thing and now this. I am still going for the year thing, but I need to look at least half way good. Tonight I am going to work out with the trainer and make every minute count. There is no messing around it is some serious business. When I talk that picture next to my beautiful daughter I want to say YES!. So just to let you all know I will start a new blog called Is She Ready. It will go thought all the planning and is she ready to begin a new household. I have googled a lot of blogs. I like pictures and nothing has pictures of ideas.

Yes I know I have not pictures either. I am so going to have to change that. I need to post of picture of me and where I go work out. And of course my trainers. I will let you all know how it works out.

Oh an thanks to all you fellow blogger who gave me get well wishers. You are all the best.

Ready set let the journey begin.

Monday, January 11, 2010


This is not a good day today. I am sick and don't feel much like eating. This feeling has to go away I have my workout with the traininer tomorrow. I need some energy.

Ready set let the journey begin.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

No one eats right

Alright I am convinced no one eats right. Or even in moderation. For the last several weeks I have done people watching and going out to eat. Well in my book I have only lost 2 lbs in this three weeks. That to me is not right, and to be honest I have not wrote down what I have eaten faith fully. So starting Monday I will make this my number one thing. If I can type a blog I can do a food journey. I notice that when I write one I do better.

Well back to the subject at hand. As I watch what we eat there is no way anyone is eating right.Let me give you a few things as to why I think this is true. First, in order to eat healthy it cost a little more to do this. Second, it takes time to prepare food: for example cutting up all the fruits and vegetables. Thirds to find the right recipe that makes food taste good.

I pose this question out there to all of you. When you go to a restaurant to eat they serve soup and salad first. Do you do that at your house? I bet this has to cut down on the food consumption. So this is something I really need to try at my house.

Ready set let the journey begin.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Going out to eat

To me going out to eat is the hardest thing to do. They sure do not makes meals healthy enough. I know Apple bees have some Weight Watchers. Tonight we went to Chilies and I had the fish. I was really good. Just curious how much points it was. Tomorrow is the weight in day I think I may have just stood the same.

I am still a little sore from yesterday but nothing like yesterday after the work out. The trainer said that soon I will be able to sleep better. Did you know that being over weight keeps you from sleeping good to.

I forgot to tell you all something he made me write down 10 goal and how they would make me feel. For example: I put of course my 5k walk then it made me feel like I have accomplished something.

So tonight write ten things and then how they will make you feel after to reach it.

Ready set let the journey begin.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

How the work out went

Hey All,
Just wanted to let you know how the work out went. It has only been 30 min and I can feel the soreness. You would think the work out was super hard, but it was so easy. I have used muscle I have not used in years. I have decided to see a the trainer once a week. You know what there was no way I knew how to use any of them equipment at all. I learned how to use a Exercise ball right. Oh course I felt dumb at first, but it got better. The hardest part was looking at my self in the mirror and breathing.

There was a part of me that was mad at my self for getting this way. Then I thought about how improper all them people work out because they just don't know how. I never knew a lot of what they showed me.
Let me tell you what we did.
First I warmed up for 5 min. on the treadmill at a 5 incline walking at 3.5.
Then we did the exercise ball this is were I felt dumb at. Trying to get my big body down on the floor. My arms started to shake.
Next was sit ups on the ball. I felt like I was going to fall off, but then I got the hang of it.
Here came the weights next only 3 lbs. you would of thought they were 20 pounds. I did two different arm exercise.
They the thing I did not like was a squat, Yeah I felt really funny doing this one. That one I really did not like at all.
I don't know what the machine is called, but you work your back muscle.

Then we did the work out all over again. It really was not bad but I am feeling it now. He said the drink a lot of water this will help.

Did you know you should work out with weights first, then do cardio. He said the reason why is just slipped my mind. So everyone I will tell you all how I feel tomorrow. Right now I am trying to just type ever my fingers hurt. I tell you what when I was working out it was not that bad. He said I would be sore I laughed, because that was such a simple work out.

Now to think how I am going to make the extra money to pay for the trainer. If you have any ideas I am open to it. I learned more in one night about my body and fitness that I have ever.

Ready set let the journey begin.

Personal Trainer for 60 min

I had to let you all know tonight is the night I meet with a trainer today. I am kind of nervous about it. Me and him talked for a while on the phone. I had to let him know I just wear skits. So this was not big thing for him. So here we go all let the fun begin. I ask him if I could take pictures and stuff so he was cool with that. I know he thinks I am crazy, but I have to share with you all.

Ready set let the journey begin.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Positive thing in life.

With that crazy day I had yesterday, I went to work out. I walked a whole hour while I was there the biggest loser was on. As I walked an listen to the story they were all the same. Weight slow crept up and the low self esteem came. Do you every think that somewhere in our lives we failed to brush away a mean comment and started to believe what other thought? Weight lose is a life change. We are try to put positive in a life and make a difference. I listen to some motivational tapes today. This seemed to help a lot and spent time in prayer.

Well not much to say today since it has been crazy.

Ready set let the journey begin.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Momma said there would be day's like this

This is so true. I don't know if the scale is my a friend or enemy. Today is not one of them happy day's were everything is going right. You know before you even step on the scale that yesterday you had struggles. I had struggles yesterday for sure. Here goes the excuses, if only they would not have brought the candy in the house. Self talk did not help yesterday at all. Thursday I have an appointment with a trainer. It is free for 60 min. I feel like I am stepping into the show the biggest loser. The only thing is I get to leave and they are there everyday till they are taken off the show. How may of you were taught right from the get go how to eat properly?

That was not something I grew up with. My mom and dad were bother over weight. I did sport, but as soon as I left the nest I grew to be not so good on my eating skills.

Alright I am having a emotional day. I need to learn to deal with this. Like I said right now I can go down stairs and just eat and give up. This is not an option I am going to do this and keep fighting. TEAR! TEAR! TEAR! Weight you are not going to beat me this time.

Ready set let the journey begin

Monday, January 4, 2010

Finding the right gym

Well all finding the right gym is hard work. I think me and my family went to 6 places. There were some many thing to look at. Location, size, how much and what is available. We all decided to join Snap Fitness. The price was great it was close to the house and it is a 24X7 place. No one there looks like super models. They have to have proper clothes on and it is great for the whole family. What is nice to is we can visit my sister in law and they have a facility there to. We checked out our new fancy YMCA, but that was so packed it was crazy. Some places were just to over priced and to much of a meat market. I wound if places like this attract that kind of client. So I am happy with the place we are at. Tell me where you all go for fitness and why you chose it.

Oh one more thing they have a personal trainer for 30 min free. I am going to check this out this week and find out what the deal is on this.

Ready set let the journey begin

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Why we fail to plan

Do you ever wonder why we fail to follow the plan that you know will work. For me sometime it is two things wanting everything to be perfect and just plain lazy. Hey I am only telling the truth. Yesterday I read all the materials from Weight Watchers that was the first time I did it. I was looking for the fast way to lose weight and it was not there.

I know I have said this a million times planning is everything. I am sitting here this morning with no plan. Food plan that is because I Tina was to lazy to go to the store last night for breakfast items. Yes, now we are getting ready to go to church hungry not a good way to start my healthy eatting plan. I used up all my planing the last two weeks when I lost nothing at all. I did have a cup of coffee today and glass of water.

When I get home today I am pulling out the calendar to see what my week looks like. It will be a busy one that is for sure. One thing for me to remember is to set time aside to have a meal not at my desk.

Ready set let the journey begin.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

It is offical - Setting my Weight Watcher goals

I am official joined Weight Watchers and this time I am not going to waste my money. My official Weight Watcher weight is 192.4 really different from mine hu. I am changing things on my board of encouragement to reflect some different things I need to set. I hope to have it fixed some time today and take a picture to show you all.

The first goal I have to set is to lose 5% of my weight. So 5% I figured to be 9.62 lbs. My long term goal is 141. That is for my size.

Did you know that one dinner roll is 3 point. Not good for me,because I love dinner rolls.

Ready set let the journey begin.

Weight Watchers here I come

That is it I have to admit I need help. I have worked out several day's drank my water and cut down on food. I have official lost 1 lb in two weeks. This my friends is not going to cut it. Time to step on the scale and face facts. This is my health I am talking about, I need to take care of my self. Have set dinner time, eat good food, and learn to go out to eat and order something good for me.

We are so blessed in America to have what we want to eat. Just about 2 months ago we had a Bishop stay with us from Africa. Where he came from having one meal a day was a blessing to him. He came here and what did we want to do, but fatten him up. He looked great for his age and looked quite healthy.

Super size this Big Gulp that. Then when we are at the clothing store afraid to try something on because we don't want to see what size we are. I am so talking to my self this morning. That is the whole reason why I don't take pictures, it is not that I am ugly. It does something to me when I see a picture of my self, the tears start flowing and the excuses start.
Not not more, this is going to change. Commitment and Obedience is the key to this all.

When the Israelites were wondering in the desert for 40 year they were there because of them selves. I am here because of what I have done to my self. Complain and murmuring so they were lost. Deep down inside they knew what they were doing was wrong.

Today, when I step on that scale will be the day I change my whole life forever. No more will I sit and self talk my self to why I can have that candy bar. Then tell myself I will start tomorrow. Weight Watchers here I come and fellow bloggers it is a new Year and new day why not today.

Ready set let the journey begin.

Friday, January 1, 2010

What tomorrow will bring

Tomorrows weigh in will determine if I join Weight Watcher or not. What I need is some one to help me in this venture. That is why I blog. This makes me more accountable. I have weighed myself everyday. I am only losing ounces at this point, but even the ounces make me excited. Yeah this is crazy, but that means that I am doing something right. Tonight will be hard, I have a sweet craving and we were invite to someones house. So what do I do go and be tempted or go and sample every thing. So here I am eating a small bowl of cereal. I need to go grab some water it is nights like this that make watching what you eat hard. Hey I can people watch, maybe come up with some self talk like. Remember that one bite how much it will cost you. I need to say strong.

Ready set let the journey begin.


Well today on $5 Dinner blog they have a challenge. I am going to try and with me being on a weight challenge as well. I need to cook health, which is getting better. We have put salad in more of our meals. Next we will add beans.

I have to tell you all about my bean making. I cook a lot of pinto beans, but it was my first try at Kidney beans. The beans did not come out to good they were really mushy. Well $5 Dinner tutorial made light of everything and I can freeze it to. Here is what she said.

One can will cost about $.79 per can. I know this has to be on sale.
It cost $.97 for 1lb bag of beans. I think you will have to find this on sale to. So keep your eyes open.
one bag makes about 8 cups of beans which equals to 4 cans. This is about $.25 per can. wow big difference. Kidney beans are good in salads and high in protein.

Ready set let the journey begin.