Monday, May 31, 2010

A weekend in Hudson, WI

So this past weekend my mom, sister and I went up to Hudson, WI to visit my brother's fiance, Jen and her mother. We went up to do wedding stuff. My brother Cal, is getting married in September. (That is actually another reason why I wanted to lose weight but that's another blog I will post later.) We got there last on friday night but we still somehow managed to drink 7 bottles of wine bewteen the 5 of us. Not to bad. On saturday morning, we got up early and headed into Minnesota for a farmers market. This farmer's market was hopping. We have a farmers market here in Waukesha-but not as big and crowded as this one was. It was unbeleievable to see all the different things being sold there for such a low price. My mom bought a huge bundle of spinache for one stinking dollar! At the grocery store you pay like five bucks for a little bag of the stuff.

After that we went running different errands at all the different stores to find stuff to make center pieces for the tables at the wedding. We found what we needed and bought the stuff. After that we went to go try the food that could possibly be served at the wedding. We got to taste test three different entres and we ened up picking champagne chicken-delicious.

We also went to a Trader Joe's where we picked up 7 more bottles of three buck chuck. Yeah, were alcoholics, but we needed something to drink while we were making the center pieces. We got back to the house and ended up making salad for dinner. We ended up making all of the center pieces-which by the way look so awesome.

Jen made a bonfire and we watched the sun set off into the distance. We were out in the country and we saw the stars pop out as the dark sky started to come up. It's so much easier to see the stars in the country unlike at my house where we have the city lights. We sat by the fire, talked, laughed, enjoyed more wine and just relaxed. I ended up not having a scale to weigh-in on saturday morning BUT this morning I stepped on the scale for the heck of it and all I could do was :D I can't wait for this Saturday's weigh-in. (Possibly going into onderland this weekend)

Happy Memorial Day- Hope everyone is enjoying their monday off! Thank you to the men and women who are serving our country, you guys are the best!

Thursday, May 27, 2010


1:15 minutes spent on the elliptical

1473 calories burned...not bad

How did you guys do? Who is the Champion of the Universe?

Champion of the Universe- Is it you?

So I was on twitter this morning and my fellow blogger Vinny tweeted that he needed some motivation to go to the gym today. So I challenged him to go to the gym and see how many calories he could burn. He has to take a picture of the number of calories he burned on whatever machine(s) he works out on. Any body else think they can win this challenge? If you want to take part remember to take pictures to prove that you worked out. Do work people! I will check back later tonight and see who is the "Champion of the Universe" at burning cals.

Is it you?

Check out these blogs and you might be able to win FREE STUFF!

Monday, May 24, 2010

5k walk, Hot weather and TOM.

So this past weekend I had a 5k walk for NAMI- National Alliance on Mental Illness.It was held at Frame Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The weather was sunny and in the 80's. It was for my good friend Heebs. She suffers from anxiety, I think I too suffered from an acute form of anxiety my freshman year of college. I never really told anyone but when she told me she was seeing a psychiatrist, it kind of shocked me. But she is doing very well now.
This was a picture of part of the group, Me, abbey, heebs and ashley. The walk was at beautiful Frame Park in Waukesha, WI.

This is the whole group "Hakuna Matata"- Heebs and I made those awesome T shirts :) We got a lot of compliments on them. I also got complimented on my weight loss by a mom that I know. Once again it is nice to hear words of encouragement come from others.

On Sunday, the weather here in Wisconsin was HOT, 90 degrees hot to be exact. So, I did what I do best and I layed out for 3 hours. Today, once again it was in the upper 80's and I layed out for another 2 hours. My back needs some aloe vera that's for sure. I worked out on both sunday and today and man was it hard. The sun sucked a lot of my energy out of me and my body was for sure telling me I was stupid for working out in this hot weather. My t-shirt were soaked in sweat, seriously sweat was dripping off of my shirts people. I think I lost about 5 pounds in sweat both days- I carry around my best friend TOM; he's my water bottle. I filled him up about 10 times the past two days. I<3 TOM.
This is Tom. I don't know what I would do without him...probably get dehydrated.

For all of you who don't know- my house was built by my grandfather, there is no air conditioning in it. That's how I've grown up for 20 and I've hated it. My mom refuses for some reason to get it installed so instead we have a number of fans blowing in our house. We also have a big ass fan that looks like R2D2 from star wars that keeps only one area of our house cool. We do have a pool though and I joke around with my friends that, that is our "air conditioning". Let's just say I spend a lot of time outside in my pool rather then in my house.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Stop and smell the roses.

As I stopped by 263andcounting to take a look at her new blog post, I read about her tipping point. What made her want to actually start losing weight and become healthier. I read her post and there was a picture she put up that makes her cry every time she looks at it. I stopped and thought to myself, I also have a picture that litterally made me go "Wow, I need to get my ass in gear". Here it is...
This was a picture taken at a house party in Whitewater, WI back in December of 2009. The lovely girl next to me was my roommate Kelli. I didn't go out that much when I went to Whitewater mainly because of my weight. I didn't want to be the fat girl in a room filled with girls who look like abercrombie and fitch models. Not that I wanted to look like that, but you get my drift. I hated trying to figure out what I was going to wear because nothing looked good on me. This was also a hard time for me because I was on accutane and I believed that I was suffering from depression. This time in my life sucked-but I didn't let keep me down. I new I wanted to be more then the happy fat girl, which you can't tell me is a great role to play. I didn't want to be the only fat one in my family, I didn't want to be the fat girl who goes back to a high school reunion even fatter. No one that is fat is truly happy and if you are- you deserve an Oscar.

Yesterday, I put on a two piece swim suit for the first time since last summer. I literally looked at myself in the mirror for 20 mins. I could not believe the transformation my body has gone through. There were so many emotions running through my mind. It's hard for me to fathom how much losing 30 pounds has changed my body physically and emotionally. I will never go back to being like the picture above. NEVER.

For the first time in my life, I am excited to wear a two piece swim suit this summer. This swim suit that I am wearing above, I haven't worn it in 3 years because of how much weight I gained. Summer, watch out cuz I'm ready for you. Are you ready for me? TGIF- what are you doing this weekend?

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Well, the day finally came. It took longer than expected but it came. I reached 200 pounds this morning! I can't remember the last time I weighed this much. Probably somewhere along freshman year in high school- that seems like forever ago. I have lost a total of 30 pounds right now, that's pretty awesome. I have noticed that my pants are getting loose and that my t-shirts seem huge on me. Guess that means I need to go shopping ;) I also have noticed that my face has the double chin and that my love handles are slowly but surely going away.Any ways, to getting to 200 there were a lot of struggles and there were times when I gained weight and wanted to give up. But its all mind games when it comes to losing weight. You just gotta be like the little toy train and keep on chugging. Hard work and dedication pays off, it takes some time but in the end it all worth it. Especially when your friends see you and tell you how great you look-that's the motivation that keeps me going. I can't wait for the scale to read in the 100's... so excited with what this journey has done to me. You can do it too!

This is what 200 pounds looks like :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Feeling good.

So I got back on track today- I didn't do any cardio yesterday because I didn't have that "rawr" in me. Instead my family and I went out to dinner for mother's day at Casa del Rio. It's this quaint little Mexican place in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin. I had chimichangas- which were so good. When we got home my parents had gotten an ice cream cake so we all had a piece of that. Just to let you guys know, ice cream cake is the BEST. Today, I got my ass back in gear because I actually had energy unlike last week. I still have some of the cold left but nothing that kept me from working out. I did my usual workout, circuit training, elliptical and ladder drills. Total number of calories burned = 1900. Not bad I must say.

Another great thing that came about this past weekend that actually surprised me, was that my dad bought me two t shirts from Kansas because he had an NSCA conference meeting there. I got the shirts when he got home, and I looked at them and they were smaller then usual-size medium. I'm not going to lie- I was scared to try these t-shirts on. The reason is because I have never been anything but a size large or larger and I guess I was scared that if I didn't fit into it I would disappoint myself. To my surprise I fit into them- I was so happy! I just couldn't believe it, I can't tell you how much I've wanted to fit into a size medium, its a like a milestone in my journey. Some of you might think its stupid but when you put on a shirt or pants that are smaller = best feeling ever. I'm working hard to get to 200 this week. I've hoovered around 202 for the past 3 weeks and I want to see 200 on the scale this coming saturday. Got any words or encouragement? I could sure use some.

So these are my first size medium t shirts. Hell Yeah!

Saturday, May 8, 2010


Well this week didn't go as planned. Monday I got a sore throat and by Tuesday it turned into a sinus infection. I got little to no sleep because I couldn't breathe at all. My energy level was at zero and I didn't work out because I felt so horrible. I went to walmart where I got some drugs and they have helped significantly. I managed to work out yesterday but by the time I was done I was wiped. I did have a weight in this morning and I stayed at 202. I can't complain-my body was telling me it was hurting and I just had to rest and sleep. I do have to say that I have been getting compliments on how I look and it makes me smile. I recently put up a new profile picture on my facebook. I also got to go shopping this week and I bought some new shirts. I cant wait to show them off :)

This is my best friend Andi and I. It is currently my facebook profile picture.