Saturday, July 31, 2010


As of my last post I had put on 4 lbs up at the cabin.  Well this little post here made me saddle up Ol' Nelly and keep on keepin' on.

I weighed myself last week on Saturday around 12:00 when we returned from the Bachanalian revelry that was the family vaction.  And I weighed myself today at around the same time (central standard time).  I am proud to say that I am down 7 lbs.  How cool is that?

And you know how I did it?  I made two goals for myself this week.  They were small goals too. 

Goal *1 - Drink those 64 ozs of water.  At SlimGenics I had to drink 80 (yes 80) ozs of water everyday so you would think 64 ozs would be easy to down.  .  .  But it's not!  

Goal *2 - Don't eat after dinner.  That was hard!  In the summer I go to bed really late because I have the whole summer off to sleep in (perks of being a teacher).  I tend to watch tv with the old man and then we eat. 

I didn't reach those two goals each day but I did my best to try!

So now my next goal might be to cut the fat free french vanilla creamer from my coffee every morning.  But I seriously get the withdrawal shakes when I think about doing that.  We'll see!

Thanks HWHL ladies.  I'm not half the woman I used to be but I am down some!

Friday, July 30, 2010

I Loved ZUMBA Even Though I Looked Like A Spastic Dork Doing It

I took a Zumba class from my local rec center this week, to fulfill this session's challenge. I'd been eyeing it for a few weeks, but it took an invitation from one of my friends from church and book club to finally get me there. It was so much fun! But remember Elaine from Friends? Remember her spastic dancing? That's how I felt in class on Tuesday. But it was so much fun, I had fantasies about actually being good at it one day. Needless to say, I'm going to be taking more Zumba classes in the future. I took my camera with me to class to take pictures of myself with some of my friends from church, but class had already started when I got there, and everyone was too hot and sweaty afterwards for pics. So, here's an intro video about Zumba:

This lady in my class, who I also visit teach, had on these cool "Zumba pants" that have little streamers in strategic places, so that while you dance the streamers move in time to the music. Of course, she looked great all throughout class, but it made me think, what if I could do that some day? I wouldn't dare do it now, because I DO NOT need to draw attention to my rear end. But who doesn't love to accessorize for a great workout? Check out eBay for Zumba pants, and you can also find more info about zumba at I'm pretty sure I'm going to break 200 pounds by my birthday at the end of October, and I've been wondering what would be a great b-day gift. How about some sassy Zumba pants?

I'll be shakin' my thing soon!

I Did a Post

And instead of re writing it here, you can check it out here: http//

The Time Has Come

Okay, the time has come to start adding up those numbers. If I'm correct, the challenge ends today. If I'm wrong, someone correct me. Audrey will be back in town Sunday and will be awarding the new challenge winner. Post your numbers here.

Thanks for a great night!

I have to tell everyone who came to dinner last night THANK YOU!! What a wonderful evening with AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL women! I was so impressed with every single one of you. It's crazy how at "home" I felt the minute we met. It was so fun to meet you in person and know that you are who you say you are and so much more!

Audrey, thank you for googling me :) and welcoming me with open arms. I have felt so much love and support. Thank you for starting this blog and for keeping us going.

It was so great to be with you last night; I didn't want the night to end! I am looking forward to meeting all of you someday. Your stories and insights give me more strength then you will ever know. This is so much MORE than a "weight loss" blog. It is finding out how to tap into your inner you and let everyone see; including our own selves.

Some of you were asking about my family blog feel free to look anytime. I am looking forward to getting all to getting all the other personal blogs from you ladies too!


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I've had a few Jillian Michaels DVD's sitting in my drawer, just waiting to be used. I decided to give them a try this week. FUN! FUN! These will have to be worked into my routine.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I can do hard things

I've missed you!

My summer craziness is over and it's time to get back on the blog. I return a little heavier, a little doughier, but ready to fully re-commit. While absent I maintained some good habits, and let others slip, but at least I was aware. Aware that I was making a bad choice. Aware of the consequences of those choices. Aware that at some point I'd have to pay the piper. Payment was made in part yesterday morning when I stepped on the scale and went for my first run in three weeks. I'm up five pounds, and the run was, well, grueling. I actually stopped and walked for the first time ever. Then I sat down on an electrical box and cried for a little bit. Then I got up and ran/walked home. I should have started with a shorter run. I'm still recovering from the lack of sleep last week on Trek.

Trek was awesome. Matt and I both left with that day-after-Christmas feeling. We pulled/pushed a handcart for 30 miles across the plains of Wyoming. Half of that was on day three, at Rocky Ridge. The trek over Rocky Ridge was intense, and after a night of rain (and hail!) very muddy. Our family was asked to pull a second handcart, because the church needed them transported. That meant we were spread thin, and I pulled the handcart for around 13 1/2 miles. The amazing thing is, I was up for it! I did it, and I felt good when it was done. I was worn out, slightly stiff, and a little sore (I think that was more due to sleeping on the hard ground with nothing but a sleeping bag as padding.) And that's all thanks to this blog! I'm so grateful that I didn't have to worry about the physical aspect of Trek. I had complete confidence that I could do it, no problem. If they would have asked us before I was a part of this blog, I wouldn't have had that confidence. So thanks girls, especially Audrey!

The night before, I heard the Stake Young Women's president chatting with a bunch of girls about the day ahead. We knew it was going to be tough, and she was speaking a few words of encouragement. She said, "What was our lesson about girls? I can do..."

"Hard Things!" one girl replied.

That sentiment was like a glass of cold water in my face. It woke me up. I knew immediately it was to be my new motto. There is so much power in that one thought! I can do hard things! Of course I can. Not only that, but I am CHOOSING to do hard things, and that's even more powerful. Making a lifestyle change is difficult, but it's certainly possible. In fact, it's the purpose of life; to fight off the natural man, to try our best to be like Jesus. It's not only possible, it's EXPECTED of us. Doesn't that make it seem more attainable? It does to me!

Here's the tough part: Sometimes, I don't want to do hard things. I'm tired. I want to sit down on an electrical box and have a little cry. And I think that's okay, as long as I get up again. Because of the Savior, we have an endless amount of do-overs. And that is something for which I am truly grateful.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Spaghetti tricks

I did something sneaky. And something healthy. And it was for my whole family. I used 1/3 whole wheat noodles to 2/3 regular white noodles when I made spaghetti last night. I made sure to mix the all noodles in with the sauce before serving it up to the troops. And you know the punch line: nobody noticed the difference! They all gobbled it right up! Next time I'm flipping the ratios. Bru ha ha ha. (Evil healthy mama laugh).


I read this on a blog this morning and absolutely loved the writing and meaning behind it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

I see it now, you surrendered to food. I don't mean that you gave up and relinquished your power to it in the conventional definition of "surrender", you took a big sigh and made the decision to stop fighting against it. To accept that food was there to stay, and like any other reality, it had to be accepted and dealt with, collaboratively. If you couldn't beat it (and yourself) into submission, conquer it, than you had to find a way to co exist with it, in a way that allowed you both to flourish. That way, you're still you, in charge of you, enjoying and living with food which is free to be whatever it is.


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Recipe for faux chow mein

Faux chow mein - not too bad but definately not your chow mein from the take out place.

Frozen chicken strips
Bean sprouts
Salt to taste (I use Morton's light salt -same great taste just less sodium)
Whole wheat Ak-Mak crackers (in the fancy cracker aisle) for topping (1 cracker per serving)
1 - 2 tsp. olive oil

***You can make some to freeze so I didn't put measurments on the foods. 

Cut celery and onions.  Heat pan with olive oil.

Sautee chicken strips, peas, celery, bean sprouts, and onion until hot.

Serve with 1 Ak-Mak cracker broken into bits on top.

I don't know how many calories it is but it's way less than real chow mein.


Let me know if you try it and if you like it.


For Lori - Take It From the Cowboys & Cowgirls

Thoughts from the Cokeville Junior Rodeo -

Staying on the horse isn't what matters. It's getting back on more times than you fall off. You'll beat that horse in the end.