Workout Playlist

I received a recumbent bike for Christmas. I have ridden at least 10 miles 4-5 days each week since that time. This past week, I kicked it up a notch and began riding at least 15 miles at least four days a week.

But today, something wonderful happened.

The sun came out and it was SIXTY FOUR degrees.

I just couldn’t stand the thought of riding that bike for an hour in our basement when the sun was shining brightly. Instead, I dug out a pair of ear buds and I hit the pavement.

Y’all.

I. WALKED. TWO. MILES.

And, I walked fast!

Afterwards, I felt rejuvenated, and renewed. I can’t tell you how wonderful it felt to be out and about in Capri pants and a short sleeve shirt in the middle of February, especially after we’ve been up to our eyeballs in snow for the past month.

I enjoyed a brisk walk through my neighborhood with my iPod. I listen to music when I exercise for a number of reasons,

  1. It helps me walk faster and pedal harder.
  2. It ALWAYS helps my mood.
  3. It helps to pass the time.
  4. It makes me happy.

I thought it might be fun to share the list on the off-chance that you haven’t found a great playlist that really gets you moving. Before I get started you should know that I have a very eclectic mix of songs. (458 of them to be exact.)

1. Rag Doll – Aerosmith
Oh shoot. Nothing gets my blood pumpin’ quicker than some Aerosmith.
2. Love On Top – Beyonce
I first heard this song when Maks danced with Zendaya on DWTS. I added it to my playlist that night and it is a great song for getting your rear in gear. This song always makes me kick it up a notch because, BEYONCE.3. Give Me Your Eyes – Brandon HeathMy favorite song by Brandon Heath. Great words. Great beat.

4. Sing A Song – Third Day

You know, because after Beyoncé and Steven Tyler, I need to clean things up a bit. Seriously though, I have more Third Day on my iPod than anything. Love them.

5. Shoop (Ghetto Lab Full Rub Mix) (whatever that means…) – Salt-N-Pepa

Hey, 1993 called. They want their song back. It’s apparently Ghetto fabulous, and it will cause you to go harder, faster, and stronger.

6. Made To Love – TobyMac

When this song blares through my ear buds, I pedal like Lance Armstrong.

On steroids.

(And now, hours later, that is evidenced by my sore calves.)

9. Lose My Soul – TobyMac (My favorite of his songs!)

You can’t really go wrong with tobyMac. He knows how to really rock it out.

10. Have Fun, Go Mad – Blair

I have no idea how I discovered this song, but it is one of my favorites when I’m exercising.

11. Feelin’ So Fly – tobyMac

Remember when I said you can’t go wrong with tobyMac? I meant it.

12. The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

With one minute left in this song, I started up the big hill in our neighborhood today. To hear MJ yell, “GO ON GIRL” well, let’s just say, it made me smile and made me push myself harder.

13. These Thousand Hills – Third Day

These several hills on our street are the reason my calves are burning tonight.

14. You Learn – Alanis Morissette

Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill helps put some pep in my step. (Have I mentioned I have one diverse playlist?)

15. Poison – Bell Biv Devoe

Y’all. I love me some 90’s music. This takes me back a year or twenty. (Am I really that old?)

16. Motownphilly – Boyz II Me

I have to fight the urge to break out my dance moves when I hear Motownphilly. And rest assured, I have some mean ones.

17. Rolling in the Deep – Adele

This is a toe-tapper for sure. A great song and a talented artist.

18. Oh Happy Day – BeBe Winans

I have this as one of the ringtones on my phone. This song changes my mood every time I hear it.

19. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

What can I say, except I love a song with a good beat? I heard this song on the radio one night and immediately downloaded it to my iPod. It is currently one of my favorite songs, probably because I’m a good girl. Ahem.

20. Me, Myself and I – De La Soul

Another oldie, but goodie.

And there you have it.

A great collection of workout tunes that promises to make you go longer, harder, faster, and stronger.

Mission SLIMpossible Update

So, we just rounded the corner into week five (of eight) and I am so happy to report I am down nine pounds.

NINE!

As in, almost ten!

I am so stinkin’ happy about that because, well, NINE POUNDS IN FOUR WEEKS AND TWO DAYS.

The nine pound loss makes all the 45-minute exercise sessions worth it.

The nine pound loss makes the 2 minute, 20 second wall-sits worth it.

The nine pound loss makes the frantic searches for foods on my Fitness Pal APP worth it.

If I’m being honest, the nine pound loss might be a twelve pound loss if I could cut the coca-cola umbilical cord for good. I allow myself one 90-calorie can per day (roughly about two swigs) and if we eat out, I usually only allow myself one glass. Still, I am so happy because y’all, I’VE LOST NINE POUNDS. You can’t imagine how excited I am that my middle number FINALLY changed!

And I might have heard harps playin’ and angels singin had I not been whooping it up and dancing around the bathroom like a crazy fool.

On top of that, for the first time in three weeks, I actually consumed half of my body weight in water over the past 24 hours.

My bladder is screaming for mercy.

But my booty is saying BRING IT THE HECK ON sister! I can tell a noticeable difference in the way my pants fit. And my thighs ache all the time, probably from the darn wall-sits.

All in all, it’s been a great week for this shrinking sunshine.

How I Lost Big This Week:

  • My normal 45 minute (6 day per week) exercise video (which is a 3-mile walk) along with the addition of crunches, donkey kicks and wall-sits.
  • In the past two weeks, I have been slacking on the water consumption. I am an all-or-nothing type of gal, and when I couldn’t do the “half my body weight in ounces thing” I just decided I wouldn’t even try to get the original 64-ounces in. I decided to kick that back up a notch this week and get the 64-ounces in. But I decided that today is the day I would. put. it. away. (Anybody remember that cheer?)
  • Stayed within my allotted calories five out of seven days.

Goals For Next Week:

  • Drink at least 64-ounces of water each day.
  • Stay within my caloric limit at least five of seven days.
  • Steer clear of sweets at least four days this week.

Unfortunately the jury is still out on the Ceylon cinnamon / raw honey gag gig. Everything I have read online about the dynamic duo suggests a person can expect to lose 3-4 pounds a week by simply taking the nastiness just before bed and first thing in the morning. And y’all, I not only added the nastiness… I am also exercising at least 45 minutes a day, drinking water like I’m being paid to drink it, not eating anything after 9pm, and counting my friggin’ calories.

*big sigh*

I’m gonna give it one more week and then I am done with the CCRH ritual.

And as always, if you have any advice, dietary, or exercise suggestions, I’d love to hear it.

What I Learned This Week

I had a glorious day. And by glorious, I mean there was no school today which means NO STUPID ALARM CLOCK FOR ME thankyouverymuch!

And since there was no school, that also means I didn’t have to check any math homework. But, just in case you were wondering, Stevie did receive the requirements for yet another 4th grade project on Friday, less than a week after his last project – The Martin Luther King, Jr. passport – was due. Heaven help me, I’m sure there will be a time when I will miss scouring the house for pipe cleaners, and repeating “We need to get this thing done!” 419 times over a three-day period, but right now, I just need a break from the project. In the meantime, I’ll be overseeing the painting of a cereal box.

It was 64 degrees today so I decided today would be the day I would do all my runnin’.

First, we had to drop off scout shirts at the tailor because Alex is a first-time scout, and as a Webelos, Stevie changes from the navy blue shirt to the khaki one, so there are all kinds of patches to be sewn on. And no, I cannot do it myself, because 1. I don’t sew, and 2. I don’t think I even have a needle up in this joint. The cub-master made an announcement at our scout meeting that a seamstress at a men’s clothing store downtown charges $1.00 per patch, but I found that out to be a big fat lie when I was charged $21.20 for 18 patches. And then, when I discovered that I had given her the wrong information about Stevie’s Webelos shirt and returned to the store to let her know I only needed 8 patches sewn on, she told them to credit my card $5.00. I questioned her about the charge-per-patch fee and all of a sudden her broken english became EVEN MORE BROKEN and LORD HELP ME AND MY PATIENCE. After some “negotiations” they credited my account $7.00 and I learned a very important lesson today.

1. Next time, let McDaddy take the shirts to the Guard Base and be done with it, even if it takes two more weeks to get them back.

After that, we headed for the mall so that I could get my grubby hands on a copy of Big Mama’s book, Sparkly Green Earrings. Seeing Melanie’s name in print totally makes me want to write a book now (which will make my mother-in-law happy because she has told me for years that I should totally write one!).

And yes, I realize this wasn’t the greatest of hair days. You can blame the crazy West Virgina wind. Still, I am so excited for her. If I lived in Texas I suspect we’d be fast friends, because we share a love for reality television and chips and salsa.

And speaking of chips and salsa… (don’t you just love my segue?) I learned something else today.

2. Even during the Biggest Loser competition it is possible to eat your favorite meal at Chilis, even though combined it has more than 2,500 calories. The realization that I could just eat half the meal was like getting hit upside the head with a football. I was so proud of myself for sending 2 whole chicken crispers and half of my sides back.

I also learned:

3. I am really craving chocolate this week.

4. I am having a hard time not eating chocolate this week.

5. I have no business buying Betty Crocker’s Brownie Cookie Supreme Bars.

6. You can’t really count salsa as a serving of vegetables. Or can you? It is made up of mostly vegetables….

7. Those little 90 calorie Cokes are handy as all get-out.

8. An itty-bitty Peppermint Patty has 50 calories. A total waste of 50 calories in my humble opinion.

9. I really, really, REALLY need to sync my calendars.

10. Always back-up your beloved iPhone before updating your operating system.

11. If you lose your contacts when updating your IOS, it is possible to get them back, though, they may return in duplicate or triplicate form.

12. Zumba for Wii provides a great workout.

That’s what I learned this week.

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Sit A Spell

It’s that time again, folks, and I have a doozie for you this week.

You remember that I’m doing this Biggest Loser thing, right? We are now in week five (of eight) and Tracy, our Biggest Loser Boss decided to kick things up a notch.

Everyday (or almost every day) she assigns a virtual challenge, which we can choose to do, or not do for extra points. I have always been a fan of the ‘extra credit’ – especially in 9th grade, where I could write down five Geometry-related words and their definitions and raise my test score from an “E” to a “D”. And sadly, I am not even kidding. The extra credit is precisely the reason I can even remember that Goldback’s Conjecture was a Geometry-related term. Lord knows I didn’t know what it was back then and I have not a clue what it is 25 years later, but I remember using it on an extra-credit opportunity. Had it not been for the extra credit (and the fact that I had a tutoring session from a high school kid every Sunday at 3:00 PM), I would have failed the class. Instead, Goldback and his Conjecture helped me to “pass” Geometry with a D-. I headed straight for Algebra II and never looked back.

But anyway, where was I?

Oh yes, virtual challenges.

Because we are in Week 5, and because Tracy really wants the very best for our bodies (HA!) she sent us two calendars with a set of exercises on each and told us they were our virtual challenges for the month of February. One is titled “Fab AB February” and the other? The other should be called DYING A SLOW DEATH IN FEBRUARY (DASDIF), but actually it’s called “February’s Wall Sits and Donkey kicks“.

For instance, the virtual challenge for today, on Fab AB February is 20 sit ups (or crunches) / 6 push-ups / 20 second plank. I’ll save the plank for another day, but you should know it is more than just lying face-down on a flat surface and taking a picture.

The virtual challenge for today on the DASDIF calendar is 60 second wall-sit / 35 donkey kicks (both legs) / 1:05 second wall sit.

I’ll say that nice and slow for you….

T-h-e  w-a-l-l  s-i-t.

I had never heard of the wall sit before Saturday when I did it for the first time. Imagine, if you will, holding yourself in a sitting position while not sitting. Believe me when I tell you it’s not nearly as easy as it sounds.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the wall sit.

A wall sit, also known as a Roman Chair, is an exercise done to strengthen the quadriceps muscles. It is characterized by the two right angles (do we really have to talk about angles?) formed by the body, one at the hips and one at the knees. The person wall sitting places their back against a wall with their feet shoulder width apart and a little ways out from the wall. Then, keeping their back against the wall, they lower their hips until their knees form right angles. This is a very intense work out for the quadriceps muscles. It can be very painful to hold this position for extended periods of time. Wall sits are used as a primary strengthening exercise in many sports requiring strong quadriceps like fencing, ice hockey, sailing (mostly small boat racing), skiing and track and field. This exercise is also used as a disciplinary activity in the armed forces. It takes up little space, and can be administered easily in classroom settings to misbehaving soldiers-in-training.

The safety of this exercise is disputed; the knees bear most of the load, especially when held at 90 degrees. It is a terrible exercise for someone with an existing knee problem.

Just to be clear, a wall sit, when done correctly looks like this.

And no, that is not me in the picture. Nor did I take the picture.

The fact is, I had trouble wall sitting for 15 seconds on Saturday. Three days into the DASDIF calendar and I am still not able to bend to a full 90 degree angle, (stupid Geometry!) but I did surprise myself this evening when I was able to hold the position for 65 seconds.

After the 25 second mark, the wall sit is absolute torture. I began to sweat and my legs begin to shake. Who needs water-boarding when you could have them do a wall sit? And I also wondered if Micheal Phelps and Apolo Ohno do wall sits as part of their Olympic training.

I’ll give you a second to try the wall sit. And then, I’d love for you to tell me how long you could hold it before your legs started to shake. And then I can say, “I told you so!” The wall sit increases by 10 seconds each day which means by the end of the month, biggest loser participants wanting extra credit should be able to hold the position for five minutes.

FIVE FRIGGIN’ MINUTES PEOPLE.

Do you know how long five friggin’ minutes is, when you’re in that position?

After three days of the wall sit, my thighs are I am telling you the chances of me being able to pull that off will be slim.

TO NONE.

I’m just wondering if Tracy will allow me to write down and define donkey kick, plank, torture, quadriceps and wall sit….

That’s what I learned this week.

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Pep In My Step

It was a beautiful day in our neighborhood.

The good news is, it was a wonderful, beautiful, perfect for January 70 degrees.

The bad news is, this…


As much as I love have the JEEP in the garage on cold January mornings, I miss having the SKY here at the house for rare 70 degree days in January.

Aside from the beautiful weather, I spent much of the day trying to burn calories. I had plans to eat at Chilis with some girlfriends and knew I’d more than likely be ordering the chicken crispers / mashed potatoes / corn on the cob combo which has about a bazillion calories.

3,210 calories to be exact.

Let’s just say I didn’t exercise nearly enough, and I finished the day in the caloric hole.

But enough about calories, because tomorrow is a new day, right?

And I plan to do better.

The weather guy warned that we could have 60 mile-high winds tomorrow, along with thunder showers. The temperature is supposed to be in the 60’s. The rest of the week calls for snow, snow and more snow.

I can’t tell you how sad that makes me.

I long for the day that I can put on my flip-flops, drop the top, and drive around all afternoon blaring my SKY tunes playlist. But for now, I use that playlist when I exercise. Here’s a sampling of whats on there:

  • Rag Doll – Aerosmith
  • Give Me Your Eyes – Brandon Heath
  • Rolling In The Deep – Adele
  • City On Our Knees – TobyMac (did you know I recently got to meet TobyMac?)
  • There Is A Way – NewWorldSon
  • Have Fun, Go Mad – Blair (love this one!)
  • Play That Funky Music – Adam Lambert
  • Feelin’ So Fly – TobyMac
  • The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
  • These Thousand Hills – Third Day
  • Lose My Soul – TobyMac (My favorite of his songs!)
  • You Learn – Alanis Morissette
  • Poison – Bell Biv Devoe
  • Motownphilly – Boyz II Men
  • Fantastic Voyage – Coolio
  • Hold On – EnVogue (Can you tell I loved 90’s music?)
  • Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) – Us3
  • If I Had No Loot – Tony! Toni! Tone’!

If these songs don’t get you moving, I don’t know what will. They sure work for me when I’m trying to put some pep in my step.

I’d love to hear your suggestions for some fresh, new workout material. You know, down there in the comments.

What are you waiting on?

What I Learned This Week

Well, lookie there. It’s Tuesday already.

And time for another award-winning edition of What I Learned this week.

Only, I’ve never really won any awards. Not for this post or any of posts for that matter.

1. High Efficiency appliances make laundry bearable. I can now do a whole week’s worth of laundry for four in three loads. We shoulda bought those puppies years ago.

2. You need nowhere near the amount of detergent the front-load laundry dispenser says you need. In fact, a tablespoon or two is all that is needed to leave your clothes smelling fresh and wonderful.

3. Smiling is now prohibited in passport photos. (Darn facial recognition software.)

4. Being on a weight-loss journey is an interesting endeavor.

5. As bad as I hate to exercise, I feel so good and accomplished afterward.

6. Month, orange, silver and purple are the only English words that don’t rhyme with another English word.

I’ll have useless facts for $500. Alex.

7. For all the years I’ve ever heard Bin Laden’s name, I thought it was spelled Osama Bin Laden. I was surprised to find out while watching Zero Dark Thirty that Government agencies actually spelled his name with a “U” – Usama bin Laden.

8. After typing on a laptop for lots of years, it’s hard to get used to a real keyboard.

9. A gallon of milk is $1.38 cheaper at Wal-Mart than it is at the grocery store less than a mile from my house.

10. I find myself hungriest late at night. It is 10:52 PM, and I WANT CHOCOLATE!

11. I am the most unorganized organized person I know.

12. I’d rather be on my big, blue, bloggy couch than this hard, legs hanging down bar-stool at the kitchen counter.

13. The simple post template widget is the bomb. Thanks for the heads up, Heather!

14. I could really benefit from an hour-long (or two, even!) WordPress Tutor session. Heather?

That’s what I learned this week.

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Mission SLIMpossible Update

Two weeks ago, I posted about the biggest loser competition I am competing in. It’s called Mission SLIMpossible and Monday morning marks the start of week 4 – which means we are at the half-way point of the competition. I also promised to provide weekly updates here on the blog in hopes that y’all would help keep me accountable.

I want to thank each one of you who took time away from your busy schedule to leave me some encouragement. I downloaded the My Fitness APP as a result of those comments and I have to say it has made a huge difference in my daily weight-loss effort.

Here’s the good news:

Every couple of days, our leader, Tracy, posts a Virtual Challenge. The virtual challenges aren’t required but are an extra way to earn extra points throughout the competition. Our challenge for the weekend was to walk, crawl, jog, tip-toe, or run three miles.

Which wouldn’t necessarily be a big deal if it wasn’t 24 friggin’ degrees outside.

I just completed a 45-minute exercise video Tracy posted on our group page which is the equivalent of walking three miles. It’s actually a You-Tube video which might make some of you roll your eyes, but how ’bout you go do it, then come back here and tell me if your heart’s a bangin’.

(And yes, that is exactly how I talk. The spell check has a time with me.)

I completed all four virtual challenges this week.

(They included 25 squats, 40 lunges, 40 leg-lifts, and the three-mile challenge.)

In addition to that, for the first time since I started the My Fitness Pal APP on January 22, 2013, I FINALLY finished the day with calories LEFT OVER.

Oh yes ma’am, I did.

And now, for the bad news.

You knew there’d be some, right?

On to the ridiculous water consumption challenge.

Just to remind you, every twenty-four hours, I am supposed to be drinking half of my body weight in ounces of water.

I completed that task zero days last week.

To be clear, I’m not saying it can’t be done. I’m just saying I didn’t do it.

I plan to attack that task with a vengeance starting tomorrow.

All in all, I did well, losing another pound.

How I lost big this week:

  • I didn’t.
  • I did, however, exercise 45 minutes for the required five days.
  • Oh, and it is worth mentioning I do not drink more than eight ounces of soda per day which is HUGE for this ol girl.

Goals for next week:

  • Drink the ridiculous amount required amount of water everyday. (Holy smokes folks, that is a lot of water, but I am committed.)
  • Stay within my calorie limit at least three days next week. (You’ve got to start somewhere, right?)
  • Exercise for 45 minutes at least five days next week.

Ok, I think that’s a wrap.

Any suggestions to help me along the way would be greatly appreciated.

Tune in tomorrow for another award-winning edition of What I Learned This Week. (Only, I’ve never really received any awards!)

My New Pal

I cleaned like a crazy person today. Actually, I cleaned and danced like a crazy person today. I had some clutter to put away, three week’s worth of mail to sort through, and some decor to change out. I linked up my iPhone with the bluetooth wireless speaker that McDaddy got for Christmas, blasted some Third Day, Toby Mac, and Selah and I went to town swarping papers, cleaning countertops, putting dishes away and sweeping the floors. I danced and cleaned for 45 minutes. My heart was banging and I had sweat. So, that’s good, right?

It felt good knowing that I was cleaning my house while also getting in some exercise.

A few days ago, I asked for your help with finding a good calorie tracking APP. Several of you suggested My Fitness Pal, which I downloaded today.

Y’all.

I was thrilled that it was so easy to use.

When I ate two pieces of Pepperidge Farm toast for lunch, I was able to scan the bar code on the bread-bag and the APP spit out the nutrition information.

Boom, just like that.

And after I cleaned and danced like a crazy person, I input that information into the cardio tab on the APP and was surprised that the APP adjusted and allowed for more caloric intake.

Later in the evening I did 15 minutes of Wii Fit. The advanced step and free run was listed alongside of their calories burned info. It was quick and easy to put the info in.

There was just one slight problem.

My new Fitness Pal wasn’t so friendly on our first day as pals.

It appears that I shot my caloric wad by more than 400.

Looks like I shoulda’ cleaned and danced like a crazy person for about seventy more minutes.

Or skipped breakfast.

Phew.

I was even more depressed when I put McDonald’s big breakfast with hotcake into the APP just to see how many calories it would cost me if I decided to go that route the next time I meet the girls at McDonalds for breakfast. As it turns out, they don’t call it BIG BREAKFAST with hotcakes for nothing. That little bit of greasy Heaven will cost you 1100 calories. Or in my case, just a little less if you forgo the greasy hashbrown.

Eleven friggin’ hundred.

OUT OF 1500.

Which means I’d have to eat two cheese slices for lunch and a two bananas for dinner.

Dang.

The BIG BREAKFAST with the hotcakes is history.

If you’re on My Fitness Pal, look me up. I suppose it would be fun to add friends, so long as My Fitness Pal doesn’t offer up my three numbers or rat me out when I fall off the biggest la-ooser wagon and eat a sleeve of thin mints.

I suppose My Fitness Pal worked for me!

The Shoes That Bind

Do you have shoes in your closet that you haven’t worn for years, but refuse to get rid of?

If so, you will absolutely love this story.

McDaddy participated in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at our church this weekend. The teams were formed by drawing names from a hat. McDaddy was on a team with our friend Shawn, and one of our pastors, Jimmy. I am good friends with Shawn’s wife, Christina. When we first sat down at the tournament, Christina shared a story about Shawn’s basketball shoes. She was unsure of how old they were, but said she had tried several times over the past few years to throw them out because they were old and because he hadn’t worn them in a long time. Each time, she said he would assure her that he would need them someday and insist on keeping them.

Christina, our friend Kelley, and I had a great time trading kid stories and fighting off the urge to purchase every single O’Friggin’Henry Bar from the snack bar because OH MY HEAVENLY DAY they were divine. (I totally added the whole friggin’ part to the name of the recipe, because I friggin’ forgot for about three minutes that I was competing in the biggest loser competition and the only thing I lost that evening was $0.50 each time I bought one of the darn things.)

But shoot, they were good.

About half-way through the dream team’s third game, Shawn walked off of the court with a frown on his face.

This is what we saw…

You see, that, is Shawn holding his beloved basketball shoes (circa 2000 or before) in one hand, and a huge piece out of the sole in the other hand.

Here’s a closer look.

[Note: Even though the O’Henry bars taunted me from the snack bar, as you can see from this picture, I was making a conscious effort to suck down the SIXTY FOUR OUNCES OF WATER required for the competition each day. After all, I had to wash them down with something, right?]

Anyway, back to the shoes. As you can see BOTH shoes were junk.

Since the basketball tournament was only half-over, Shawn still had at least three more games to play.

Without shoes.

I couldn’t hardly talk for laughing . I looked down and asked what size his shoes were. He said he wears a size eight. I offered up my size nines, because it makes sense (in my head, at least) that a mans’ size eight, is probably equivalent to a woman’s size nine. I slipped my shoes off of my feet.

To my surprise, Shawn picked my shoes up and tried them on. Before I could blink, Shawn was standing in our church gym wearing my shoes.

This is what we saw next.

I’m not quite sure you can see this picture well enough to appreciate what is going on here.

 That, my friends, is my friend Shawn wearing my Gray and PINK Skechers.

And this, was Shawn, just before he made the FIRST TWO POINTS while wearing my shoes.

[NOTE: See that window in the background? That’s where the O’Henry bars were hanging out.]

Sadly, the shoes didn’t give Shawn, McDaddy and Jimmy enough force to pull out a place in the championship game, but as you might imagine, the whole dry-rotted FORCE shoe situation gave us a good laugh.

Three days later, I am still laughing about the whole thing.

Shawn took one for the team that day when he laid his pride aside and wore my pink tennis shoes.

May the FORCE rest in peace.

And I took one for my team when I declined a third (yes, I said A THIRD) O’Henry bar.

Heaven help me through the next six weeks. Especially now that Tracy has upped the stakes in our Biggest Loser competition and changed the required 64 ounces of water daily to half of our body weight in ounces.

Just to be clear, I said HALF OF MY BODY WEIGHT.

IN OUNCES.

OF WATER.

I stink at math, but best I have it figured, that is A LOT of water.

But, I am committed to my shrinking sunshines and I will give this new challenge a whirl. And since I drank 36 ounces in the last hour and it’s my bedtime, looks like I’ll be losing some sleep tonight as I’ll be up half the night a peein’.

May my bladder rest in peace.

I’ll be back later this week with my Biggest Loser update. That is, if I don’t float away.

Wish me luck!

A Heavy Topic

Ok.

*taking a breath*

When I made the decision to compete in the local Biggest Loser Challenge, I hesitated about mentioning it here on the blog.

First, there was the possibility that I might not lose any weight at all, which would make me a whole nother level of LA-OOSER.

Secondly, this woman hates to talk about their weight.

And lastly, well, I think you’ll agree that the internet is a pretty big stage.

If I had the guts, I would simply type out

THE THREE NUMBERS

that have haunted me since I weighed in on Saturday here on the blog and go on about my bloggy business.

I might also attach a before picture.

And believe me, I really want to do that.

But, the truth is, I am embarrassed.

It’s not like the whole world can’t look at me and make a pretty good guess as to what I weigh. I like that idea a lot better than having the information in black and white for the whole world TO KNOW though. So, I’ll continue plugging away at THESE THREE NUMBERS and perhaps I’ll reveal them one day when the number is smaller.

Or when I look like Jennifer Garner.

Until then, I will embrace the phrase made famous by my friend Anita Renfroe, if you can’t lose it – decorate it!

And if you know me in real life, you know that I totally do this! I wear bling all over. Even on my butt.

So, if you came here looking for THE THREE NUMBERS, I’m sorry to I will not be posting those. If you came here to cheer me on and encourage me during this journey, I want you to know that I appreciate you! Accountability can be a wonderful motivator (just ask any of the 11 Shrinking Sunshines on the BRIGHT BRIGHT Yellow team) and I intend to be accountable here, too.

I’ve decided to provide a weekly update, here on the blog.

Hopefully, with a little bit of luck, and a lot of hard work, I’ll be able to type THREE SMALLER NUMBERS at the end of the eight-week competition on March 1st.

It was a good first week.

[Sidenote 1] Notice, I did not say great week.

I’ve made some huge changes in my daily routine, and I plan to make even more changes this week.

For starters, I’ve consumed 326 ounces of water this first week. As best as I got it figured (and Lord only knows if my math is correct) that’s about 320 ounces more than last week.

[Sidenote 2] My pee is clear as a bell.

Whatever that means.

I only ate six Lindor truffles before packing them all up in a Ziploc bag and sending them down the road.

And I am totally not kidding about the Lindor Truffles because HAVE YOU TASTED ‘EM? Especially the peanut butter ones?

I went FOUR whole days without eating anything sweet. That is a heck of an accomplishment if you know how much I love a Little Debbie. I probably could have gone five or six had it not been for the ‘mones ‘a ragin’.

[Sidenote 3] The hormones do. not. play.

And the best news of all is that I lost 2.5 pounds in one week. I had reported earlier in the week that I was down three pounds, but then the hormones and all his mean bully friends showed up this week and well, there is the bloat. So, I’ll take the 2.5 pounds and try a little harder next week.

My BIG FAT LOSER week in review looks like this:

How I lost big this week:

  • I drank at least 64 ounces of water for five days and at least 30 the other two days.
  • I kept my food journal everyday and there were at least two times I didn’t eat because I didn’t want to write anything else on the list.
  • I exercised five days AND FELT SO GOOD AFTERWARD. Thank you Wii Fit!
  • I DID NOT EAT after 9PM
  • Cut WAY the heck back on my soda intake.

Goals for next week:

  • Drink 64 ounces of water for SEVEN DAYS
  • Exercise SIX days for at least 30 minutes
  • Walk up and down the stairs in my house at least 5x per day whether I’m doing laundry or not
  • Eat nothing after 8:30 PM.

I’d be lying if I said I was 100% pleased with my progress this week. I could have certainly done better with water intake towards the end of the week. I started out strong, usually finishing a 20-ounce bottle in the 50 minutes before taking the kids to school in the mornings. By Thursday, I was tired of peeing. Realistically, on nights that I’m awake after midnight, I should down the first twenty ounces before going to bed. That will give me a head start, plus I won’t go to bed feeling hungry.

[Sidenote 4] If only my bladder could hold that mess till 6:40 AM without sounding the “You’re gonna pee the bed alarm”.

I am committed to being healthier.

And I am committed to sharing my Mission SLIMpossible journey, with you.

[Sidenote 4] Doesn’t that make you want to hum the James Bond theme?

I plan to kick MY THREE NUMBERS in the booty.

Any advice or encouragement you have each week will be greatly appreciated!

[Sidenote 5] Use the comment section for this.

Ready?

Set.

Go!