solutions week 22

April 20, 2008 at 6:30 pm | Posted in Diet and Exercise, solutions | 22 Comments

Saturday– I went on a hike.  Well, indoor hike.  43 minutes on the treadmill at a 6.0 incline.  Talk about sweat!

Friday– Isn’t it amazing how a little exercise can change your whole perspective. Love that! Today at the gym I did the stair climber for 20 minutes and the elliptical for 15 minutes. In the weight room I did walking lunges and abs on the decline bench.  Finished eating at 7pm and then I went on a 30 minute walk.

Thursday– Back in the swing of things. I ran 3-11 minute miles…3 miles in 33 minutes. After that I grabbed a big exercise ball and did abs, decline push-ups, squats and reverse tricepts. Finished eating at 6:30pm.

Wednesday– Crazy busy day. At least I was finished eating at 6:30pm. I think the Lord is preparing me to send my kids to kindergarten in the fall, they are driving me crazy!

Tuesday– Missed my gym due to appointments and felt sluggish all afternoon. Dinner was finished at 6:10pm. We went on a family walk and then I hopped on the treadmill and did a 2 mile walk at 3.5 speed with a 6.0 incline, talk about sweat. It took 35 minutes. Now that my body is finally revved up, I feel like walking again before hitting the sofa for American Idol.

Monday– Went to the gym this morning and ran 3 miles in 30 minutes on the treadmill. After that I went into the weight room for triceps and abs, one-legged squats and push-ups, and a two more sets of abs.

This afternoon my kids asked if we could go in the garage so I could go on the treadmill and they could watch more Star Wars. So I walked for 30 minutes at 3.0 with a 6.0 incline.

Sunday– Here’s a photo of me today. I’m 5’4″ and weigh 147 pounds. I’ve seen a 10 pound weight loss and my cholesterol drop 50 points since starting to make better diet and exercise solutions. I’m 35 years old.

I enjoy all types of food without guilt (including all kinds of desserts). What I’ve noticed…the foods that were once off limits are not an obsession anymore. The chocolate and chips and cookies don’t call my name from the kitchen. I don’t feel the compulsion to binge eat anymore because I know I get to eat it again, tomorrow if I want. And if something isn’t good, I don’t just mindlessly eat it, I toss it, because it know it’s not worth it.

This week my goals are about the same:

  • Cardio 5 days a week.
  • Strength train 3 days a week.
  • Walk after dinner.
  • No eating after 7pm.
  • Avoid high fructose corn syrup.
  • Avoid hydrogenated fats.

I’ve received some fun awards over the past few weeks!

Thanks to Gretchen of Canela y Camino for the You Make My Day Award! Gretchen and I were roommates in 1994. She has seen me at my worst and best and has been a constant source of encouragement. Love you girl!

I am passing the You Make My Day award on to Couch Cubicle. She is hilarious and always makes me smile! Also receiving this award is More to Love. Allison is totally authentic and totally relate-able. Finally Picky Fingers. Her mom-ism stories are great and always leave a smile on my face.

Thanks to Megan of Megans Cookin for the E is for Excellent Award! Megan was one of the first food bloggers that I fell in love with. I am so inspired by her cake decorating and continue to be impressed by her recipes.

I would like to share this award of Excellence to Allison at More to Love, Colette at Colette’s Bakery and Angela at Angela Chandler Photography.

Thanks to Dianne of Dianne’s Dishes for the Blog of Distinction Award! Dianne amazes me with her photos of fresh food. Check out her garden link, I am more inspired than envious, and hope to plant on day.

I would like to share the Blog of Distinction award with Kate of Books and Bakes, Aimee of Under the High Chair and Lori of The Recipe Girl.

My final word of thanks is to Robin of Big Red Kitchen for the Blogging with a Purpose Award! Her photos and food creations are amazing. I love her kitchen and the food that comes out of it.

I am passing this Blogging with a Purpose award on to Gretchen of Canela & Comino; Kath of Kath Eats Real Food; Allison of More to Love; Angela of Angela Chandler’s Photography and Megan of Megans Cookin.

To all of the winners…congratulations! Now, go share the love, pass on an award, and make someone’s day!

solutions week 18

March 23, 2008 at 9:19 pm | Posted in solutions | 4 Comments

Ugggg…still 148 pounds! I worked hard this past week! I watched my eating! I ran 15 miles! I felt my body getting smaller in my clothes! So why isn’t the scale moving???

So, it seems I’ve hit a plateau. Now what????

Attitude adjustment. The scale is not the only way to measure success. So I choose to celebrate (at least, this is what I tell myself!)…Celebrate that I ran 15 miles in a week! Celebrate that my pace is getting faster! Celebrate that my clothes fit better! Celebrate that my energy level is up! Celebrate that my cholesterol is down!

And thank goodness for Grandmothers!  Today at our Easter dinner she slyly came over, smiled and whispered, “you look good, you’ve lost weight”.  Very sweet!

I’m headed out of town on Thursday, so this will be a fast week.


Get up and run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Strength training Monday and Wednesday.

Walk after dinner Tuesday and Wednesday.

Avoid high-fructose corn syrup.

Avoid hydrogenated fats.

No eating after 7pm.

Running thru Star Wars

March 22, 2008 at 10:39 am | Posted in Diet and Exercise | 3 Comments

My hubby is working sales today. I have lots of baking to do for Easter tomorrow. And I really wanted to get in a 4 mile run. My kids have already been to the gym’s kids room twice this week, my personal limit.

And I just finished my 4 mile run in 41 minutes. Here’s how I did it:


Yes, this is a picture of my humble garage. It’s been converted into a playroom/exercise room. This is where I do my walking in the evenings and some running. I’ve run through our VHS tapes…Top Gun/The Natural/The American President a couple of times each. Wanting something new, I grabbed our Star Wars Trilogy and put in A New Hope. We finished it last night.

This morning my kids asked if we could go in the garage for me to run while they watch the next Star Wars movie. So I put in Empire Strikes Back. They sit and watch, play horses and trains, color and play “sell”.

And while I run, I field questions like this:

“Mom, when are the AT-AT’s coming?”

“Mom, where’s Lea?”

“Mom, this is the funny part of the Star Wars Wii.”

“Mom, I where are the tantans?”

“Mom”, is Chewy fixing the ship?”

“Mom, is Darth Vader in the good guy’s place?”

“Mom, when can I play Star Wars Wii?”

solutions week 17

March 16, 2008 at 8:17 pm | Posted in solutions | 7 Comments

Saturday: 4 mile run!

Friday: I did my 2 mile run then hit the weight room for a fast set of arms and a great set of core work. Finished eating at 6pm and then I went on a 30 minute walk.

Thursday: I ran 3.25 miles in 32 minutes this morning. Finished eating at 6:40pm and then I went on a 30 minute walk.

Wednesday: This morning Angela and I did a fast 2 mile walk and then I got in 20 minutes of yoga…it felt great! Finished eating at 6:15pm and then I went on a 25 minute walk.

Tuesday: Another gym morning…I ran my 3 miles and then did squats with shoulder raises and arm circles in the weight room. Finished with some yoga stretches, my body craves it after running. Dinner was finished at 6pm and then I went on a 28 minute walk.

Monday: I met Crystal at the gym and ran 2.75 miles! Then we went into the weight room and did tricepts, push-ups, abs and lunges. I feel really good having accomplished my workout goal for the day!

Got on the scale this morning and still hanging on at 148 pounds. Strange that the scale does not reflect my weight the same way that my jeans do! Finished eating at 6:25pm and then went on a 25 minute walk.
Sunday: Missed my post last week, so I’ll recap solutions week 16…ran about 10 miles; walked 5 nights after dinner; stopped eating before 7pm 6 nights; worked the weights 2 days; drank water and had two cups of coffee for the week; stayed away from hydrogenated foods and high fructose corn syrup.

In the end, I didn’t work as hard as I had been and can feel it in my jeans. Hello, there is better way to know what your weight is doing then by how your jeans feel. And the jeans that were getting baggy on me two weeks ago have a little less room. So, I know, you know?

Here are my diet and exercise solutions for week 17…

Monday- run 2 miles, weight room, stop eating by 7pm, walk after dinner

Tuesday- run 3 miles, stop eating by 7pm, walk after dinner

Wednesday- run 2 miles, weight room, stop eating by 7pm

Thursday- run 3 miles, stop eating by 7pm, walk after dinner

Friday- run 2 miles, weight room, stop eating by 7pm, walk after dinner

I will update this post through out the week. I need some accountability!

solutions week 15

March 2, 2008 at 11:08 am | Posted in solutions | 11 Comments

Friday– I ran 2 miles in 21 minutes at the gym and then into the weight room for some core work.

Thursday– Finished eating at 6:15pm and then I went on a 45 minute walk.

Wednesday– Another early morning 3 mile run in (just under) 32 minutes. I should have gone to the weight room today, but registering my kids for kindergarten put me in a weird funk so instead I got their Easter basket stuff.

Tonight I’m having dinner with some friends, we are eating at 7pm. I am hoping to go for a early walk before dinner.

Tuesday– I got up early this morning and ran 3 miles in 32 minutes. Finished eating at 6:15pm and then went on a 30 minute walk.

Monday– This morning I went to the gym. Ran 2 miles on the treadmill and then Crystal and I worked our upper bodies and abs in the weight room.

Finished eating dinner at 6:15pm. No walk tonight, dear hubby is at the Sharks game.

Sunday– A year ago, I had high cholesterol (okay, not scary high, but high for me). And embarrassingly enough it wasn’t a wake up call. I continued to make poor choices.

But that all changed 15 weeks ago. I started to make small lifestyle choices, better decisions. I’ve seen my weight drop. I’ve measured my waist getting smaller. And now I’ve got the blood work. Here’s a look at what was going on a year ago and what is happening today:

Lipid Panel (standard range)



Cholesterol <239



Triglyceride <199



HDL >45



LDL <129



My cholesterol dropped 50 points!

My triglycerides dropped 64 points!

My LDL dropped 34 points!

Okay, my HDL (the good stuff) still needs to come up a bit…something to strive for! According to my doctor, “You can raise HDL by consuming more omega-3 fatty acids“. Flaxseeds and walnuts are high in omega-3s. While I eat these foods every day, looks like I’m not getting enough. I (finally, thanks to Mary and Whole Foods) found Living Harvest Hempmilk, also a good source of omega-3s and omega-6s and will be trying that this week. But still feel like I need to supplement my diet with fish oil tablets.

Overall, I am exceedingly pleased with these results. So I’m going to keep on.

Here are my solutions for this week:solutions-week-15-sm.jpg

  • Run 13 miles
  • Weight room 3 days
  • Drink water (and just 2 cups of coffee)
  • No eating after 7pm
  • Walk after evening meals
  • Avoid hydrogenated fats
  • Avoid high fructose corn syrup

I’m 5’4″ and still hanging on at 148 pounds.

solutions week 14

February 24, 2008 at 12:34 pm | Posted in solutions | 11 Comments


Saturday– After treasure hunting around the flea market and then Whole Foods (that was super fun, thanks Mary!), I stopped by Starbucks, picked up a tall soy latte…and ran 4 miles in 43 minutes.

For the week I am just shy (.5 mile) of my goal of running 15 miles.  I think starting the week with this goal kept me focused and motivated to meet the goal.  And blogging about it kept me accountable.

Friday– I spent 30 minutes in the weight room this morning; tricepts, shoulders, abs, squats, push-ups…and I ran 2 miles in 20 minutes…tonight I am so sore. My feet hurt. My legs hurt. Even my forearms hurt. No walk tonight. Finished eating at 6:15pm.

Thursday– I got up early this morning and did a 2.5 mile run. Finished eating dinner at 6pm. It was so nice out this evening that I ended up playing tag with my kids and the neighbor boys for 20 minutes. I was out of breath and sweating by the time my kids crashed and were crying on the ground. After bedtime stories I went on my 28 minute walk.

My Girl Scout Cookies came. A box of thin mints, Trefoils (my favorite) and All Abouts. They contain Hydrogenated fats. And I’ve enjoyed every single on of them.

Wednesday– I met Crystal at the gym this morning and ran 2.25 miles in 24 minutes. I hate getting super hot, red, sweaty at the gym (I know, isn’t that what I’m suppossed to do there) so I will get in another .75 mile run when I walk tonight. I felt sluggish all morning, but then came home and had my bowl of oatmeal and now I feel much better!

Totally forgot to mention that in the weight room this morning we worked our bicepts, shoulders and butts! Tonight’s dinner and eating was finished at 6:20pm and then I went on my walk. I started with my .75 mile run (wanted to get in the 3 miles today).

Tuesday– I met Crystal at the gym. There was not a treadmill to be had so we went on the ellipticals for 35 minutes. I think it’s much harder to get a good workout on the elliptical. After that we hit the weight room for back, tricepts, and a great set of abs.

We finished eating at 6:30pm and I went on a late 45 minute walk.

Monday– Today I ran 3 miles in 30 minutes. Yes, that is 3 ten minute miles, continuously. And it is with out a doubt my best run yet. It may have helped that I had a tall soy latte (thanks for the tip Allison) before my run. Dinner was finished at 6:20pm and I’m about to go on a 30 minute walk.

I woke up Sunday morning and felt good. I was excited to get on the scale thinking that I had lost another 2 pounds. So, naturally I was a bit deflated when it read 148 pounds, same as last week. The thing is, I feel smaller.

Thinking about the Dr. Oz goal of loosing 1 pound a month by cutting just 100 calories a day and Bob Greene’s goal of loosing 1-2 pounds a week, I am right in there…9 pounds in 13 weeks.

I know I am making positive choices and am on the right path. Here are my solutions for this week:

Run 15 miles
Gym’s Weight Room 3 times
Walk after Dinner
No eating after 7pm
Drink water (easy, I’m down to just 2 cups of coffee per week)
Avoid Hydrogenated Fats
Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup





    I tried to make a new friend in the kitchen yesterday…Hemp Milk. What a disappointment! I was planning on pouring it over my oatmeal in the morning like so many others have done…now I’m not sure if I should keep it or pour the $5 down the drain. I probably should have tried Vanilla Hemp Milk first.




    As for Run Swim Bike Cook, I have completed my option, the running challenge! I have logged 32 miles since Monday, February 4th.



    solutions week 13

    February 17, 2008 at 8:24 pm | Posted in Diet and Exercise, solutions | 9 Comments


    Saturday– I ran 3 miles in 33 minutes this morning!  That is a total of 15 miles this week.

    Friday– I wasn’t planning on it, but after dinner went on a 30 minute walk. It’s funny how your body gets used to things.

    Thursday– I met Crystal at the gym today, so I didn’t have to get up early for my run. I did a 2.25 mile run in 25 minutes at the gym and then went into the weight room and did abs, legs, back and shoulders.

    Finished eating at 6:15pm and then went on a 30 minute walk.

    Wednesday– This morning I turned off my alarm, rolled over in bed, pulled the covers up…and then decided to get up and run. Why is Wednesday so hard? I ran 2.75 miles in 29 minutes. Later on I went to the gym and did an easy 15 minutes on the elliptical and then to the weight room for leg squats, abs and triceps.

    Done eating at 6:15pm and then I went on my 30 minute nightly walk.

    Tuesday– Another early morning 2.5 mile run. Finished eating at 6:30pm and then I went on a 30 minute walk.

    Monday– I got up early this morning and ran 2.5 miles. Then spent 45 minutes in the weight room. Dinner was finished at 6pm and then I went on a 30 minute walk.

    I’ve enjoyed my desserts, started running, lifted weights, drank water, stopped eating by 7pm, walked after dinner…and at 5’4″ I weigh 148 pounds. I’ve lost 9 pounds in 3 months by making small, manageable lifestyle changes.

    This week’s goals are to:

    Drink water.

    Stop eating by 7pm.

    Walk after dinner.

    Run 12 miles.

    Get to the gym’s weight room 3 times.

    Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup (new this week).

    Avoid Hydrogenated Fats.

    In addition to the spinach, oatmeal and whole grain bread, I have two new friends in the kitchen, Mrs. Dash and Dates. Mrs. Dash because I’d like to avoid the extra water weight that salt brings. And Dates (my new crush) because they are sweet and chewy. When I eat them for a snack or as dessert, my brain thinks, “candy bar”.


    Also for the month of February I am participating in Run Swim Bike Cook. I’ve already run 17 miles (just 9.2 to go) and have completed the Quinoa challenge.


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    solutions week 12

    February 11, 2008 at 3:42 am | Posted in Diet and Exercise, solutions | 10 Comments


     Friday– I did my 2 mile run at the gym this morning and then hit the weight room for tricepts, bicepts and abs.  I’ve logged 12.5 miles of running in the past 5 days and feel great!

    Thursday– Another 2.75 mile run in 30 minutes on the treadmill early this morning. Followed up with yoga poses. I feel really good.

    Dinner was finished at 6:20pm and then I went on a 30 minute walk.

    Wednesday– My daughter is better and back to school, so I was able to go to the gym! I spent 45 minutes in the gold mine (weight room) and did everything from weights to planks. It was great. I didn’t cardio at the gym because… I decided to get up early and go for another run. This time I did 2.75 miles in 30 minutes.

    Dinner was finished at 6pm and then I went on a 30 minute walk.

    Tuesday– Another gym at home day. I got up early and ran another 2.5 miles in 30 minutes. I hate getting up early to run, but I love it when I’m done afterwards.

    Finished eating at 6pm and then I went on a 30 minute walk.

    Monday– Today I got up early and ran 2.5 miles in 30 minutes on the treadmill. Then I did three sets of push-ups and sit ups. I was planning on doing this at the gym today, but my daughter is running a fever. Mary, Kath and Allison, kudos to you all for getting up at the 5 am hour and getting to the gym, I struggled to get out of bed at 6:20am!

    I squeezed in a 20 minute walk this afternoon.

    Finished dinner and eating at 6pm. After some blogging, I went on a 50 minute walk.

    Here’s a photo taken Sunday. I wasn’t able to resist the temptation of the scale this week and hopped on…still hanging on at 150 pounds. But that’s okay. When I put on my jacket this morning it was a bit loose. I could definitely feel those inches lost around my middle. So, despite the stagnant scale, I am still encouraged.

    This week I will:

    • Go to the gym 4 times.
    • Stop eating by 7pm.
    • Walk after dinner.
    • Drink lots of water.
    • Avoid hydrogenated fats.

    In addition to my usual diet and exercise solutions, I am going add the goal of running 12 miles this week for my part in Run Swim Bike Cook.



    solutions week 11

    February 5, 2008 at 3:20 am | Posted in Diet and Exercise, solutions | 8 Comments

    Back into the swing of things this week. I won’t be weighing my self for another couple of weeks.

    Why? Because it’s not about the number, it’s about my lifestyle. I think one of the reasons why diets didn’t work in the past was because I was so focused on the scale, and I lost sight of the big picture.

    Also, according to Dr. Oz, but cutting out just 100 calories a day, you could loose up to a pound a month. That’s the equivalent of 12 pounds in a year!

    So far I’ve lost 7 pounds in 10 weeks. Not much, I know. But for me, it means I’m on the right track.

    Thanks to blogs like Kath Eats, I’ve been slowly changing my eating. For example, I eat oatmeal just about every morning. Also, I’m lost in my kitchen without baby spinach and Ezekiel bread. Good lifestyle changes.

    And thanks to other bloggers like Couch Cubicle and More to Love, I am encouraged by the changes others are making.

    Again, here my solutions for this week:

    • Get to the gym 4 times
    • No eating after 7pm (except Tuesday night for Dinner Club)
    • Avoid hydrogenated fats
    • Drink lots off water
    • Walk after evening meals

    Monday– Gym Day! I did 30 minutes on the elliptical. Then into the weight room and for shoulder presses, triceps, squats, incline push-ups, decline abs and abs on the bench.

    A couple of years ago I worked with a trainer for a couple of months. It was so worth the investment. She called the weight room, “the gold mine”. Today, I love it that I can walk in their confidently knowing what to do and how to do it.

    Dinner and eating was finished at 6:30pm. After that I spent 35 minutes on the treadmill. First I ran one mile, then walked, ran a second mile and walked again.

    Tuesday– Gym Day! I walked at an incline on the treadmill for 33 minutes. I was feeling pretty sore/stiff so I finished with some yoga stretches/poses…love downward dog!

    Wednesday– Missed my Gym Day because of a rescheduled appointment. Still got in 30 minutes of a brisk walk on the treadmill at home. More later…Okay, finished dinner at 6:15pm and then went on a 30 minute walk.

    Thursday– Gym Day! 33 minutes on the elliptical and then squats, abs and shoulders.

    Saturday– 2.5 mile run! Then I followed with some yoga stretches.  Finished eating dinner at 6:15pm, did the dishes and then walked for 40 minutes.

    Announcement!!! For the month of February I am joining run swim bike cook hosted by Chou of Balance, Julius of Occasional Baker and Lauren of Genki Tummy. I decided to do the running and some of the cooking.


    solutions week 10

    January 28, 2008 at 11:52 am | Posted in solutions | 2 Comments

    We are spending the week up near Tahoe for sledding, skiing, ice skating and other snow fun. No gym this week. No walks after dinner. But our days will be very active.

    I don’t have any weight or measurement updates, but I can tell you that my snow pants were baggy when I put them on today! Also, I can tell that I’ve been working out because the 6,000 feet elevation isn’t effecting me like it has in the past. No huffing and puffing up the stairs or mountain, so nice!

    I’m keeping to no eating after 7pm, avoiding hydrogenated oils, and drinking lots of water.

    Remember this, me pouring out my coffee mate creamer because of the hydrogenated fats:


    And then me trying this vanilla splenda:


    I must say, that the vanilla splenda has turned me off of splenda and pretty much coffee altogether.  I’ve had two small/tall non-fat lattes this week, and that’s all the coffee I’ve had.

    My thanks to Couch Cubicle for her thoughts on Splenda, very interesting.

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