Fitness Fridays = Physical Fridays (Apolo Ohno still rocks)


My brother and I are all smiles at the end of my first 5K. Riley was a big motivator at the end. Can I get back to that place?

I’ve got to start somewhere and right now that’s just doing some kind of physical activity each day.  With my surgeries, my dad’s emergency and long recovery, I never got on track with my fitness goals. So instead of making these grand plans to run/walk 5 times a week, etc., I’m going to just try to do something active every day.

This week I did laundry: loading, unloading and folding and putting away. Ryan usually does the laundry, but with the change in my schedule, I’m able to do more around the house. Last night, I danced (in high heels) as Harry Connick Jr. (more on that later) sang at the VBC Concert Hall. Tomorrow I’ll be at Riley’s softball practice, likely helping out by chasing down foul balls. Every little bit helps.

I’ve edited my big goals:

Do 10 real pushups
Wear my GAP boyfriend jeans (in my closet since 2007) smallest size Lane Bryant jeans
Do the Ribbon Run 5K in October Cotton Row 5K in May
Wear my cute workout tanks/shorts again
Get my calves back into my tall boots without spillage
Carry Riley to bed without giving myself a hernia
Fit into my Bama T-shirts this football by the end of softball season
Outrun 8- and 9-year-olds at softball practice next spring by the end of summer

So those are my big goals … today. They might change tomorrow or next week as I have more time to think about where I’m headed. I will also have to decide what steps I’ll take to meet these goals. Next week’s post will cover that.

The Olympics are winding down, and tonight we saw why Apolo Anton Ohno is one of the best short-track speedskaters in the world. He had to jump over one of two skaters who went down in the quarterfinals, and he avoided another spinout in the semifinals.

He won his eighth medal as he anchored the U.S. to a bronze in the team relay. He should’ve had nine, but a ticky-tack call by a Canadian judge disqualified him (he had the silver) in the 500-meter because he touched one of the Canadian skaters. However, a different Canadian skater put his hand on a Korean skater. Then the Korean skater touched that Canadian. But who was disqualified? Ohno, the skater who was in fourth place at the time. Judging is far too subjective in speedskating.

After that disappointing ruling, Ohno came back to skate an incredible race in the relay to pull the USA to the bronze after being fourth for most of the race. His heart and drive are incredible. There’s no quit in him. A good reminder as I start my fitness journey: If an obstacle slows you down, don’t quit. Make the leap and keep skating.

Get up and get moving


So I made it to the gym this morning and walked for 20 minutes on the treadmill. Body Pump starts next week, and I’ll be going in the mornings. It’s a weight-training workout to music … and it hurts so good. I’m looking forward to it.

I think I will try Body Pump three times a week and do cardio the other days. And do a BFL meal plan. Let’s see how that works to start with.

I had a good birthday yesterday … Ryan and Riley got me a Wii Fit, and we tried it last night. Let’s just say I think the developers could’ve made the “narrator” a bit less rude and condescending. “Do you trip when you walk?” Ha!

Anyway, my balance is terrible and my Wii Fit age is 48. Yikes! But onward and upward, right? Or in my case, downward. haha

Fun stuff!

Another year older, another year fatter


Today I’m 37. My life is definitely not the way I thought it would be. Oh, it’s not bad at all. In fact, it’s pretty damn good. But changes must be made.

This winter has been a hard one. Yeah, I’ve been to the gym here and there, but I’ve put my health and fitness on the backburner. I’ve been working more and sitting more and what has that got me? Fifteen pounds heavier and a sore back.

In my mind, I’m healthy and fit and running and lifting and dancing and playing with Riley. Then I look in the mirror or roll out of bed or feel a pain in my back while sitting at a hockey game and realize my mind is playing tricks on me.

And let’s not talk about the food – Mountain Dew, barbecue chips, fast food. No vegetables or fruits, little water. Thank goodness Riley takes after Ryan in her food tastes and not me.

I have to make changes or I’m going to keep going downhill. I don’t want to be 40 and unable to get out in the yard and throw the ball with Riley or jump on the trampoline or even walk around the block.

I’m waffling between doing Body for Life again or trying Weight Watchers and following the Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess program. I like both workout plans, and I had good success on BFL. I also had good success with Weight Watchers when I tried it last year. What do you fitness gurus out there think? Any suggestions?

I also want to define my writing goals more clearly and focus more on creating a full-time freelance career. I want to be able to help Riley with her homework every night, read a book or two to her before she goes to bed, cook a decent meal for my family and not have to worry about getting back to work at 6:30 in the evening. I want to work while she’s at school and not while she’s at school and after she gets home every day.

Ryan and I also created a budget with the help of Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover. We’ve done a good job this first month, and it hasn’t been too painful. I don’t know why we didn’t do this a long time ago.

So this time next year, I want to write about how I’m loving being a size 12, how much I love salads, how I’m getting more writing assignments than I can accept, and how we are debt-free and enjoying our lives even more.

Blowing out the candles on the cupcakes at my mom’s yesterday and blowing away the old year. Happy Birthday to me!

The good, the bad & the ugly


If I’m gonna do this right, I might as well share the whole truth, ugly or not.
Here goes:

Weight–195 pounds
Neck–12.5 inches
Abs (where my pants sit)–39

More motivation:

Jessi Stensland

Today was pretty good. It’s hard to eat junk when there’s none in the house. Well, there are those Cheetos, but they’re just not sounding very appetizing. And that’s good. I’ve got to restock with water, yogurt, eggs, turkey, tuna, more salad fixins, apples, protein bars and shakes. I also need to buy some stuff to make low-fat smoothies with. This time of year it’s too hot to eat big meals and a smoothie will cool me off.


1. Protein shake–9
2. Tuna on ww, Baked Doritos/water–12:30
3. South Beach chicken wraps, FF jello/water–2:30
4. Turkey Sloppy Joes, handful Doritos/Diet Mt. Dew–5:30
5. 3 whole wheat waffles with syrup/milk–8:15
Vitamin, calcium, CLA
Drank two bottles of water at the gym.

25 minutes of HIIT
Hour of lower body and ab work and stretching
My cardio and strength have improved a lot since I started in February. However, because I’m a junk-food junkie, my body fat and weight have pretty much stayed the same. Hence, this blog.

I’m meeting a friend for a Body Jam class at 8:25 in the morning. Should be fun and sweaty. And that means I better get to bed now.


Today’s plan …


Today will be weird. Because of the primary elections, I work from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. then from 9 p.m.-midnight. Normally I work 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and head to the gym after work. Today I will jump rope or throw in a cardio DVD on my break. Unfortunately, Riley doesn’t like the jog stroller anymore, so I can’t run.

Menu: (* means not yet eaten)
1. 1/2 protein shake–8:00
2. Egg sandwich/Propel water–10:30
(reduced-fat 100-calorie popcorn, 1/2 Diet Pepsi–11:30–cause I was still hungry)
3. Protein bar/Diet Coke–1:50
4. Salad/water/two dark chocolate Hershey’s kisses–4:30
5. Chicken sandwich, Baked Doritos/Diet Mt. Dew–6:30
6. Protein bar/water–9:30
Also took multivitamin, calcium & CLA.

Got up at 7:38–I’m getting closer to my wakeup goal–and got several things done in the house. I cleaned out two old jewelry boxes and transferred jewelry to the armoire I got for Mother’s Day. (Yes, it’s taken me that long to get it done.) I cleaned out some more space in the closet. I found some Gap shorts that I will use to measure my progress. They’re 14s and we all know Gap sizes run small. 😉

I took down two pairs of blinds for cleaning outside later. I probably won’t put the ones from the kitchen back up. The windows face the backyard and I don’t really care if our dog or the neighbor’s cows see in. No one else can, unless they use binoculars and if they’re that desperate, more power to ’em.

I threw in a load of laundry and made some eggs and toast, stripped our bed and put fresh sheets on.

Worked for 5 hours, then took Riley outside to play. Filled her pool, washed the blinds, folded the laundry. Back inside, I gave Riley chicken noodle soup, while I ate a chicken sandwich. The turkey didn’t get thawed today. We also painted some pictures, and read “Going on a Bear Hunt.”

Now it’s time for the second round of work. All in all a good day!


I’m not very good at this …


I’m better at answering surveys than blogging. I have a hard time coming up with something to write about. It always ends up being more like something I’d write on a calendar.

“Stayed home today. Put a puzzle together with Riley. Got a workout in. Made lunch. Worked. Made crockpot chicken. Blah blah blah.”

Maybe I just don’t have any deep feelings or thoughts to share right now. Maybe I’ve forgotten how to write. Maybe I use all my creative juices for writing headlines at work. (Not likely. LOL)

The house is good, still trying to get things put away. What am I gonna do with all the pictures??? Someday we may even be able to park in the garage.

See? That’s it. I’m tired of trying to come up with something.


New home sweet new home


We’ve been in our new house for almost a month now. And we love it. It’s convenient to work, shopping, even Riley’s soon-to-be preschool. And our neighborhood is quiet, with friendly people. Our dog Carlo likes watching the cows in the pasture behind our house, and he likes “talking” to the neighbors’ little dog. We’re a happy little family.

Ryan particularly likes his 10-minute drive to work. Sure beats an hour! Riley loves to run on the sidewalk, and I like being 7 miles from Target.

Ryan and I are both working to get in shape, eat healthy and drink more water. I’m doing BFL and he’s just cutting back on portions and adding some exercise. He’ll probably lose more faster just because he’s a man. LOL

I enjoy my workouts, if they’re uninterrupted. Usually, though, I get one set of weights in and Riley wants to dance, so I dance with her between sets. It’s one way to keep my heart rate up. 🙂

Well, that’s about it from here. About time for work.