Sunday, October 24, 2010

Random thoughts

I was thinking earlier about how much I'm going to be accomplishing this next week and all the milestones I will be hitting and I thought it might be fun to list them all in one place.

Lets see tonight was my second attempt at walking/jogging and I was so proud of myself.  I talked my son into going with me and it really helped because he motivated me to push myself harder.  I did 1.8 miles in 22 minutes which isn't to bad I don't think.  My only problem right now is not my body being able to take the jogging but my breathing.  For those that have taken up jogging how long does it take to get past this hurdle?

This week is the last week for two of the challenges I am in so I really need to make it my best week so far.

Stephanie from  is hosting a weight loss contest where you have to post a picture of yourself weighing in each Friday and at the end of 6 weeks she is giving a prize to the winner. My beginning weight was 237 lbs.  So far I have lost 11.4 lbs in the last 5 weeks and I would love to lose an even 15 lbs but I don't think thats possible by Friday.  Thank you Stephanie for hosting this contest it really has been a great motivation.

Katie from  is hosting the Gettin Sexy challenge for the month of October. As part of the challenge I had to come up with some goals that would make me feel sexier by the end of October.  My beginning weight for this challenge was 232.6 lbs.

Here are my goals:
1. Exercise: I'm going to walk 50 miles in the month of October.  So far I have walked 36.7 miles so I have 13.3 miles to walk by Sunday, October 31.
2. Food: I'm giving up soda and fast food for the month of October.  So far I've not had one week where I have been completely soda or fast food free so I'm making this last week that week.
3. Weight: I'm going to lose 10 lbs in the month of October.  As of this morning I had lost 8 lbs so I only need 2 more lbs by Sunday, October 31.

Ok I have a question for anyone that might be able to answer it.  I am trying to watch my sugar intake but there are just certain things that I'm use to having sugar in, for example oatmeal.  I have reduced how much I use but what can I use in place of sugar that is not as bad for me?

I am only 3.3 lbs away from hitting my 10% weight loss goal.  I will have lost a total of 24.7 lbs at this point, I can't believe I'm almost at this goal.

I set a personal goal for myself to walk 160 miles by the end of the year.  Right now I've walked 67.2 miles so by the end of this week I will be at my halfway point.

Earlier this week I wrote a post about my neverending lists and I just wanted to give a quick update.  Since making my lists I have accomplished so much and I plan on finishing up alot of other stuff by this weekend.  It feels so good to be getting things done that I have been putting off.  If you are a procrastinator like I am lists really can help, give it a try.  I also listed my bucket list and one of the things on my list was to take a picture everyday for a year and I am starting that tomorrow.  I plan on sharing those pics on my blog which I hope will inspire me even more to get out and take a picture everyday.

So as you can see this next week is going to be a big week for me.  I'll be working more on my walking/jogging routine and building up my endurance.  I will be completing two challenges and hopefully hitting my 10% weight loss goal plus hitting the halfway point in my personal challenge to walk 160 miles by New Years.  On top of that I'm going to be checking lots of things off my list around home and taking on one of the things on my bucket list.  It feels so good to be accomplishing so much and not feeling like I'm just some fat, lazy, slug laying around wishing I could get things done.

I just thought of a few more things that I needed to add on here.

First off if I have commented on your blog and then you responded to my comment and I never responded back then I'm so sorry.  I know I have been blogging for a few months and I should have known this but I just now figured out that you can subscribe to the blog you comment on so you get all the comments sent to your email.....another duh moment for me.

Secondly is anyone else unable to access their blog stats?  I've sent a comment to tech help and I think they may be working on the problem or at least thats what I was told by someone else.

Lastly if anyone has any healthy easy recipes I would love to hear them.  I would love to have some new recipes that use lots of veggies.  Thanks alot.


  1. Good luck! I know you can do it :D

    As for the sugar, I don't know if you're against Stevia and Splenda, but that's what I would use. The other thing you could do is take a teaspoon of peanut butter and mix it in. That's my go-to as well, lol.

  2. Thanks Raych, I've used Splenda before but never tried Stevia. I might have to try the peanut butter that might be good.

  3. Hi. As far as the running thing goes... When I started running I could barely run for 30 seconds. Your endurance will build very quickly. I think for me I would go a little further every few runs and then soon enough I could do a mile. And I have to tell you that for me...once I got past the first mile it got easier. and still to this day the first mile of my runs is usually the toughest. But it is nothing like when I first started. Now my easy run is 2 miles. But once you get past that "i cant breathe and need to stop" feeling you will just LOVE running. The way you feel when you push through and finish one is the best. Some call it a natural high. For me, I just love the energy it gives me. They say it releases endorphins. I used to hate just about any form of exercise so now that I run it is kind of a miracle...hehe. Keep it up, it DOES get better!


  4. I just figured out about looking at blog stats yesterday. And it worked and I am user blogger like you are.

    Sorry I don't have any advice.

  5. I try posting a recipe once a week on my blog, and have a tab at the top of my blog. The next week or two might be skipped tho.

    Stevia is a good replacement for sugar, and it's more natural, less processed. Doesn't spike blood sugar either. That's what I use.

    Good for you, with everything you're getting done. Vee at

  6. I have a super easy recipe with veggies. I just take a whole bunch of whatever I want, usually red potatoes, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and occasionally asparagus, cut up some chicken sausage, toss everything in a big bowl with about a tablespoon of olive oil, add some seasonings... I use worcestshire sauce, red pepper, garlic powder, a little bit of salt, and some pepper, and maybe some onion powder and roast them in the oven for about 30 minutes at 425. Super easy, super yummy.

    And as far as running, just keep doing it and eventually you will feel way better about your endurance. Keep up the good work.

  7. Thanks Jennifer for the tips, I'm just going to keep pushing myself each time until I run farther and farther.

    Thanks Vee I'll check out the recipes on your blog later today and I'll have to give Stevia a try.

    Thanks Kendra for the recipe, sounds yummy. I'll keep everyone updated on my progress running. I would love to be able to run my 2 mile route nonstop by New Years but I don't know if that will happen or not.

  8. yeah the challenge for me has always been the breathing. My legs are good, my lungs need work apparently. but i go a little longer everytime, so they are getting there.

  9. Christina:

    Thanks for giving me a heads up that you can subscribe to comments! I didn't realize this!

    As for running, I'm rooting for you! It's a challenge I've never taken on.

  10. Thank you Kaye, I just figured it was time for a new challenge.

  11. You could use Agave (a natural sweetener...looks like honey) or honey instead of the sugar.

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