Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mt Summit 2013

Sunday was the Mt Summit Challenge.  This race had a unique start.
I wasn't sure if I was going to do this race this year. But then my daughter and my dear friend wanted to do it, so I signed up. This is my friend who had leukemia, a transplant, and has been in recovery for the last three years. Friend and I had no goals, other than to finish.

On Saturday night Friend called and she wouldn't be able to go. SO, I was left to battle it up the mountain with Amber!! I now had a goal!!! To finish in under an hour, and not die!! (I knew I would be slower than last year because of my bronchitis/pneumonia episode several weeks ago.

5% chance of rain, and winds of 5 MPH per weather.com.   WRONG!!! It was raining, and the wind was whipping!! Because of the rain I left the camera and my phone in the car.

I got stuck behind some people in jeans and she (Amber) took off!!! I chased her the whole way up!!!
I kept an even pace the whole way up, which I was proud of, but at the finish line, I wasn't exhausted so I know I could have pushed harder!

I am the LEAST competitive person I know, but I always try find someone and try to pass them, my motivation!!! There was a lady in black shorts with bright green stripes. Every time Id come up to her, she would start running (I think she signed up as a walker!!). Then she would slow down, and Id catch her... this happened quite a few times for the last mile.  I actually laughed the last time, she turned around and snarled!!! She did beat me to the top, but she did it cheating!!

This is a picture from last year. This was taken at the lookout 3/4 of the way up the mountain.... STEEP!!
This is a point to point race. Last we had two vehicles so we left one at the top and drove back down. THIS year we only had one vehicle, so Amber and I ran back down. On our way back down, I stopped and talked to a lady and her daughter. They were last. The mom looked miserable. She was puffing, out of breath, she was overweight, her shoulders were drooping, she looked defeated, she looked old.  I stopped and told her how proud I was of her. Told her that she would see the finish line as soon as she rounded the corner. And that I was proud of her and her hard work to make it this far! She got tears in her eyes, and said 'God bless you my dear". She hugged me and they were off.

I looked her up when the results were published. She was not much older than me. It made me wonder about who she was. What happened in her life that contributed to being overweight. Is she trying to be healthy? I wanted to share my story with her and encourage her!!!

Amber and I kept walking down the mountain. She has a huge stride, and I had to jog once in a while to keep up with her. Eventually we jogged the rest of the way, (She beat me again!!!)
Monday afternoon I could barely walk!! Running down a mountain is painful, the next day!!!

Amber finished the uphill portion in 57:27 (she even beat my time from last year!! 57:49)
I finished this year in 1:01.55
Wet, cold, and ready for some food!! AND a hot shower!!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Weekly Review



Weekly review of my 100 day challenge and on to week six with my challenge with Julie ....... and also an update for the 100 day challenge.

Weight:
03-11-13 206.0
03-18-13 203.2  -2.8
04-01-13 199.3  -3.4 Total 6.7
04-08-13 199.6  +0.3 Total 6.4
04-15-13 196.4  -3.2  Total 9.6
04-22-13 195.8  -0.6 Total 10.2
04-29-13 196.4 +0.6 Total -9.6


Im feeling much better!!! Two weeks on an antibiotic and Im back to walking and few slow runs, and eating!!
I didnt have 10000 steps each day! I was slowly building back up!! On Monday at work we are starting a team step challenge, and Im the captain, so I cant be letting the team down!! Doesnt look good when the leader is slacking!!!

This week I did not log into My Fitness Pal on Thursday and Friday. Not because I ate to much, but I was slacking/lazy/tired/nonmotivated!!! No other way to put it!! Saturday I kicked myself in the rear, and started up again!!

I did NOT burn 2000 calories this week!!!
Monday and Tues I was below my water goal, but each day after that I did get my 100 oz of water.

Week Seven goals are going to stay the same!

1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM
6. Burn 2000 calories per week

100 Day Challenge results

04-08-13 199.6
04-15-13 196.4  -3.2  Total 3.2
04-22-13 195.8  -.06  Total 3.8
04-29-13 196.4 +.06  Total 3.2

Work day meals are planned again this week. and packed for this week at work. Salad with carrots and dried cranberries. Apples with some Crazy Richards peanut butter. Pretzels. Boring and the same the three days I work. I do need to come up with an evening meal that I can eat between patients!
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Week Five and Six goals were:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM
6. Burn 2000 calories per week


Week Four goals were:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM
6. New Goal Burn 2000 calories per week. I record everything on My Fitness Pal and it shows a weekly report of calories burned.  Last week I had 1742.


Week Three goals:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM  I have a horrible habit of staying up late and not being able to crawl out of bed in the morning


Week Two goals:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. No food after 6:30 PM. This will be hard, Three nights a week I get home from work at 830 PM. SO, I need to prepare!!! Take my supper with me and eat at work instead of when I get home

Week One goals were:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sunshine!!!


The sun is shining, so today I could do this!!  The 10 day forecast does not show any SNOW!!! 

My washing machine is beyond repair so Im spending the day with my mom at her house washing laundry!! 

I almost feel guilty posting sunshine when I know that Julie and Melanie are still shoveling!!! 

PS If you have an extra minute, head over to Julies blog and wish her a Happy Birthday today! 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Weekly Review



Weekly review of my 100 day challenge and on to week six with my challenge with Julie ....... and also an update for the 100 day challenge.

Weight:
03-11-13 206.0
03-18-13 203.2  -2.8
04-01-13 199.3  -3.4 Total 6.7
04-08-13 199.6  +0.3 Total 6.4
04-15-13 196.4  -3.2  Total 9.6
04-22-13 195.8  -0.6 Total 10.2


This week has been harder than usual. I knew I was sick and had bronchitis, but on Monday I was told that I have pneumonia. NO exercise for 1 week and then we will reevaluate. I did try to walk on Tuesday afternoon, but it was slow, and at the end I realized it was a mistake. Huffing and puffing, and wheezing, and coughing. I think I left my right lung in the ditch somewhere. So I havent done any walking since that. I have been walking to and/or from work, but that is only about a 10 minute walk.
I wasnt hungry until Saturday (then I wanted to eat everything in sight)!! Which has really helped keep me under 1200 calories a day(until Saturday)!!  My antibiotic has made me very nauseated. Im taking a probiotic to counter act it, but its kicking my stomach!! My food has been mostly dried cereal, oatmeal muffins and potatoes
Im tired!! So that has helped me be in bed by 10:30 every night. Twice I was in bed by 8:30!!
I did NOT burn 2000 calories this week!!!
I did not get my 100 oz of water in each day. More like 75oz. By evening, it makes me sick to my stomach to drink water.

Week Six goals are going to stay the same!

1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM
6. Burn 2000 calories per week

100 Day Challenge results

04-08-13 199.6
04-15-13 196.4  -3.2  Total 3.2
04-22-13 195.8  -.06  Total 3.8

Work day meals are planned and packed for this week at work. Salad with carrots and dried cranberries. Apples with some Crazy Richards peanut butter. Pretzels. And some Homemade Chicken noodle soup in the crockpot.
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Week Five goals were:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM
6. Burn 2000 calories per week


Week Four goals were:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM
6. New Goal Burn 2000 calories per week. I record everything on My Fitness Pal and it shows a weekly report of calories burned.  Last week I had 1742.


Week Three goals:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM  I have a horrible habit of staying up late and not being able to crawl out of bed in the morning


Week Two goals:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. No food after 6:30 PM. This will be hard, Three nights a week I get home from work at 830 PM. SO, I need to prepare!!! Take my supper with me and eat at work instead of when I get home

Week One goals were:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day

Friday, April 19, 2013

Oatmeal muffins and Friday

I dont like oatmeal. No matter how I fix it, it makes me gag.  I really do want to like it!! I really do want to get the health benefits from oatmeal.  But, I just cant swallow it!!

I finally found a recipe for muffins that I think will do the same thing as a bowl of oatmeal!!
This recipe is from Wake Up Healthy.


  • 5 Cups rolled oats (I put mine in the blender and made it finer)
  • 2 1/2 C over ripe mashed banana (I used 5 bananas)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 NuNaturals stevia packets (or you can use another sweetener like honey or maple syrup) 
  • 2/3 C mini  choc chips (I sprinkle a few on the top after they bake, rather than put them in the dough)
  • 2 2/3 C water (If using a liquid sweetener use 2 1/3 C)
  • 1/4 C plus 1 TBS oil (I used coconut oil) 
  • 2 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • optional cinnamon, coconut, walnuts, flax, wheat germ, raisins, dried fruit, 
Preheat oven to 380. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir very well. In a separate bowl, combine and stir all wet ingredients (including bananas). Mix wet into dry, then pour into cupcake liners and bake 21 minutes. 

I then freeze the cupcakes and every morning I pull one or two out of the freezer, warm it up, and eat it on the way to work. 
MyFitnessPal.com states the nutrition facts are 
136 calories
21 carbs
5 fats
3 protein
5 sugar
3 fiber

Friday Challenge thots:
I have pneumonia, so my week has been blah!! Im not hungry, Im not allowed to exert myself!! Im exhausted. Im emotional. 
I go to work, come home and go to bed!! 
More info on Monday at weigh in. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Weekly Review


Week four review of my challenge and on to week five with my challenge with Julie ....... and also an update for the 100 day challenge.

Weight:
03-11-13 206.0
03-18-13 203.2  -2.8
04-01-13 199.3  -3.4 Total 6.7
04-08-13 199.6  +0.3 Total 6.4
04-15-13 196.4  -3.2  Total 9.6




Week Five goals were:

1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM
6. Burn 2000 calories per week

We had several days of warmer weather and I LOVED getting outside and walking!! One day I started cleaning up the yard!! I LOVE SPRING!!!
My steps and water were great again this week. My calories were good, and I had a great NSV with cookies and chips!!  
Now that its light longer Im finding it even harder to not eat my supper after 6:30 PM.  I need to figure out how to make lunch bigger and supper smaller!
Five days in bed by 10:30!!!
I did NOT burn 2000 calories this week!!! I was sick. A chest cold!! I did walk twice outside and once on the treadmill.  I had a horrible coughing fit and my chest feels full of gunk. SO, Im lowering my calories and going easy on the exercise.

Week Six goals are going to stay the same!


1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM
6. Burn 2000 calories per week

100 Day Challenge results

04-08-13 199.6
04-15-13 196.4  -3.2  Total 3.2


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Week Four goals were:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM
6. New Goal Burn 2000 calories per week. I record everything on My Fitness Pal and it shows a weekly report of calories burned.  Last week I had 1742.


Week Three goals:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM  I have a horrible habit of staying up late and not being able to crawl out of bed in the morning


Week Two goals:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. No food after 6:30 PM. This will be hard, Three nights a week I get home from work at 830 PM. SO, I need to prepare!!! Take my supper with me and eat at work instead of when I get home

Week One goals were:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Tracking Food

Gaining weight is easy.
Losing weight is hard!!



In my fight to lose weight, one of my tools is My Fitness Pal.  I use this program to track every piece of food and every drink that goes into my mouth!! 

This allows me to track my calories, carbs, sugar, and protein.
I am able to preplan my day. 

If you would like to join me with my fitness pal, my user name is debsdailylife.

I found a wonderful video on you tube that walks you thru setting up an account. Ive had an account for several years, and the video showed me some things I didnt realize were available. 


I dont have a smart phone so I dont use the app, but heres a link to a you tube informational video.





This is my own opinion, I was not compensated in any way!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Non Scale Victory

Have you ever eaten at Panera Bread?  They have delicious soups, salads, bread, kettle cooked potato chips and sandwiches!!

Yesterday someone stopped at a Panera Bread and brought us some goodies.

The cookies are HUGE!!! and OH SO GOOD!!!!
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 I decided to look up the calorie count on the website before I grabbed one. 420 calories for that Chocolate Chip cookie.  I stared at those cookies until 8PM last night, and I was able to withstand.

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They also brought some kettle cooked potato chips. Hard crunchy and my FAVORITE!!!!
I didnt have any of them!!!

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I did have a small baguette with my salad. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


NOW, there will still be some leftovers there today, and Im hoping I can resist again today.
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After work, I had a meeting for church.  They always have cookies and crackers, and other snack type food.
I grabbed an apple out of the fridge, and took my Crazy Richards Peanut Butter, and thats what I had for my snack/supper.  (It was 8 PM by the time I was off work and made it to the meeting)
They did have some Lays Chicken and Waffles potato chips, and I had to taste them.  It tasted like chips dipped in Maple Syrup.
BUT, overall I would say yesterday was a success in not being tempted.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hike


Three of the senior girls from Quiz Camp talked me into "hiking to the rocks" Now, Im up for almost anything, but when they said up, they meant UP!!! Several times we were pulling on trees so we wouldnt slide backwards. I as so thankful they needed to stop twice on the way, because I thot I was going to need oxygen!!
OH MY aching legs and glutes!! This picture does NOT do the steepness justice. I was so ready for lunch after that climb!!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Spring Challenge


Nicole from Colies Kitchen and Kody from Skinny Sized are hosting a Weight Loss Challenge.

Monday is weigh in (which jives with what Julie and I are doing)
Friday is weekly report day.

This is a 100 Day Challenge, and each week they promise to pitch a thot provoking question of the week for us to mull over.

It starts today, BUT its not to late to join!!! Click on this link to sign up for motivation and encouragement from others trying to lose weight.

I posted my goals this morning on this post. After you have your goals established, click on this link to link up with the rest of the group.

Week four review and a new challenge

Week four review and on to week five.......

Weight:
03-11-13 206.0
03-18-13 203.2  -2.8
04-01-13 199.3  -3.4 Total loss 6.2
04-08-13 199.6   +.3 Total loss 5.9
I was expecting a bigger gain.  On Saturday at camp, my hands were very tight and my abdomen is very bloated. I drank lots of water hoping to flush it out.  Its a lot better today than it was, but its still here. Heres to a loss this week!!! 

Week Four goals were:

1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM
6. New Goal Burn 2000 calories per week. I record everything on My Fitness Pal and it shows a weekly report of calories burned.  Last week I had 1742.

Successes: Water, 1200 calorie average per day, in bed by 1030PM except for camp!!

Fails: I at after 630 three times during the week. The days I work until 830 PM are so hard! I eat something at work, but when I get home, Im still hungry. The calorie burn did not happen!! I got sick on Tuesday and have been feeling pretty rough since that, so nothing intense. Just some short walks.

Week Five goals are: (going to stay the same)

1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM
6. Burn 2000 calories per week

I have also signed up for Colies Kitchens 100 Day Challenge. If youre interested you can still sign up here. 
ITs never to late to start!!!

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Week Three goals:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM  I have a horrible habit of staying up late and not being able to crawl out of bed in the morning


Week Two goals:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. No food after 6:30 PM. This will be hard, Three nights a week I get home from work at 830 PM. SO, I need to prepare!!! Take my supper with me and eat at work instead of when I get home

Week One goals were:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Crop!

I spent the weekend at camp.
Im tired, Im sore, and Im sick.

Our church has a Bible Quizzing Program for middle school and high school. This weekend was the season ending competition.   I am the coach of one of the Senior High teams. My team is made up of all girls and we had a wonderful season. (January 1st to April 6th)

Friday night I was bunking with 8 girls in grades 9 thru 12. Sleep?? UM yeah, right!!! 
BUT,  I was challenged by their maturity, love, and caring towards each other. 

We chatted about boys, cutting, theology, and we giggled (alot).  We did some chorus line kicking, they tried to teach me to do a split. (OUCH)  We got in trouble twice because we were to loud. 

Finally around 2AM the lights went out, and the farmer girls fell asleep, while  some of the others giggled a bit longer. 

Saturday afternoon this woman was draggin!!! I sat on a couch in the lodge, and put my head back to rest. My dear son came along and sat beside me. Didnt take long for me to grab a quick nap!! 
A dear friend snapped this picture.
NOW, when I looked at that picture, my first thot was, AWE!!! 
and then my second thot, Why are my boobs under my armpits?? I NEED a new bra!
Third thot: You can see stomach rolls, 
Fourth thot: My hips are huge. 
So thankful for the computer button that says CROP!!! 


Monday, April 1, 2013

Week 3 review

Week three review and on to week four.......
Im so glad to have an accountability partner on this journey! Its so wonderful knowing that someone is checking in on me, sending me emails, and text messages. If I mess up, shes there to encourage and kick me in the rear!!

Weight:
03-11-13 206.0
03-18-13 203.2  -2.8
04-01-13 199.3  -3.4 total loss 6.2





Week Three goals were:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM  I have a horrible habit of staying up late and not being able to crawl out of bed in the morning

My steps averaged 10000 a day, but I did not have that many each day!  I did have my 100 oz of water.
I averaged 1200 calories a day, but there were days I went over and some under. I had a HARD time not eating after 6:30 PM.  I really need to concentrate on that one again!!!
I was in bed by 10:30 five times last week. THAT is amazing for me!!! I still have a hard time rolling out of bed to do exercise in the morning!! I dread mornings!!!

My new goal for week four is to burn 2000 calories this week. The majority of my calories are burned by walking jogging, and doing bathroom squats and wall pushups. (idea courtesy of Julie from Healthy Wealthy and Wise...NOT But Learning.) 


Week Four goals are:

1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. Not eat after 6:30 PM
5.  Be in bed by 10:30 PM
6. New Goal Burn 2000 calories per week. I record everything on My Fitness Pal and it shows a weekly report of calories burned.  Last week I had 1742.


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Week Two goals:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day
4. No food after 6:30 PM. This will be hard, Three nights a week I get home from work at 830 PM. SO, I need to prepare!!! Take my supper with me and eat at work instead of when I get home

Week One goals were:
1. 10000 steps a day
2. 100 oz of water a day
3. 1200 calories a day