This is my crazy journey to get back in shape and lose the last 11lbs. After being a gestational surrogate & enduring 88 days of bed rest (55 days spent on hospital bed rest at Johns Hopkins), I delivered S & B's healthy "twinkies" on August 6th 2011. Now, it's time to get down to business. Follow me, gripe/moan/whine on my exercise & diet routine to get back down to 125lbs (pre-pregnancy weight). It's definitely going to be a wild ride on the scale! Let's just hope my husband and 3 year old son can handle it!! HAHA!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

New Twinkie pics!

Here are the latest pics that S emailed me :)  I can't believe they're almost 3 months old!!!

New Plan**

Yea, I'm definitely sick with something.  I feel better today.  Nothing to0 exciting happening today...just taking it easy. 

The new plan on running...I talked to Ray about what I should do as far as stringing my 5 minute 1/2 mile chunks together.  I'll be running 2 miles straight at a 5mph pace and after my legs or arms tracks I'll do the last mile at 5.5mph.  I did actually run outside, around centennial park lake, Friday morning.  Really, I started out great but the darn hills!!!  I am guessing I ran about 1.5 miles straight.  We also decided that we'll both run the lake on Thursdays (hopefully Janice will join us too!) while JP's at school.  The lake is a total of 2.6 miles plus the stupid hills, so it'll be good practice.  After the race, I'll go back to my normal routine of spreading out the running.  Hopefully by then, I'll be able to up my speed to possibly 6 mph.  I'm weirdly excited and nervous about the race.  I have to register us this week.  **Just found JP at the kitchen table eating Halloween candy when he's supposed to be napping -- OVAY!!**  Oh, something else I added to my workout are barbies to really work my obliques.  I did each side for a song, so it totaled about 6 minutes...definitely feel it today. 

Out of desperation, I wore Ray's jeans yesterday LMAO!  He won't let me buy anything new until I'm at goal weight.  He's a 31x30.  They were so comfy, and a couple weeks ago they didn't fit!  I'm almost there -- little victories.  Seriously, I will be wearing his jeans haha ;-)  Well here are some pics of the last couple days....

Pedometer (@ 254pm) - 9664 steps

1. cup of coffee w/splenda & fat free half and half
2. 1 reese's cup
3. homemade chicken noodle soup
4. for dinner it'll be leftover ziti w/maybe a cup of hot cocoa (made w/water) & handful of marshmallows -- we'll see how I'm feeling ;-)

Until Tomorrow,

Whitney, her pooch and saddlebags

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Catch up!!

Busy, busy, busy to say the least!  I'm seriously almost half asleep typing this post.  The past couple days have been full of candy as in early trick-o-treating w/our little man and his pals :)  I'll post the pics tomorrow.  Last night was trunk -o- treat at Janice's mom's church.  The night before was the main street Laurel trick -o-treating.   JP and his friends were sooo funny and sooo cute!  Ok seriously, I think I did just fall asleep for a little bit or maybe I was just really staring into space.  I think I'm coming down w/something :(  I feel very congested through my lower forehead and sinuses -- boo! (no Hallowen pun intended) Blah....

Ran 2 miles (I'll explain new game plan tomorrow)
Arms day
Pedometer - 4045 steps (off because I forgot to wear it to the gym)


1. cup of coffee w/splenda & fat free half and half
2. chick fil-a chargrilled salad w/1 packet of ranch & diet lemonade
3.  1/2 bottle of low cal gatorade
4. homemade ziti made w/italian sausage & hot cup of cocoa made w/water and small marshmallows

Until Tomorrow when I'm awake,

Whitney, her pooch and saddlebags

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Too tired

All this running has definitely started to get to me.  Hence the reason why, I didn't write last night.  I was just exhausted.  Don't you go thinking I'm off the band wagon or cheating!  Yesterday was legs and 3 miles.  It got a little dicey around 2 miles, because I started cramping again.  I just fought through that 1/2 mile, and they went away -- thank goodness!  Because of JP's field trip (first one EVER hehe), I went to the gym in the afternoon.  That felt a little weird, but it was ok.  I'm just such a morning workout person, that it really messes with my "chi" if I change the time.  On the field trip note, he had soo much fun.  It was adorable seeing him ride the big school bus for the first time.  I haven't uploaded any of the recent pics from my camera yet, but once I do I'll post them.  JP and Noah (his bff) were just having a blast with all the animals, going on the hayride, picking pumpkins and riding a horse!! 

Back to today...worked out this morning - arms and 3 miles.  There was no cramping today just real fatigue.  That's going to be the challenge I feel.  We did come to the decision yesterday that we are all going to try (well minus Becky because she's pregnant) to do the turkey trot! (I hope that Janice and her hubby want to do it too -- if they're in town) They have one by their house that they ran last year.  Apparently, it's mostly downhill.  That's a great plus!  I have a month-ish to get better.  I'm just wondering when I need to start actually doing 3 miles in a row and not just 1/2 mile chunks strung together -- YIKES!  I'll have to consult the running "gods" for that one.  I did say to myself today when I was running, "2 miles is definitely easier."  Never thought I would ever utter those words.  I did have a reward this afternoon well more like relaxation.  Finally, I got my haircut!  Last time I went was right after the twins were born.  It looks so pretty again :)

Arms day
ran 3 miles
pedometer : 8908 steps

1. coffee w/splenda and fat free half & half
2. bottle of low-cal gatorade
3. ham/turkey club sandwich on whole wheat (lite mayo, colby jack cheese, lettuce, tomato)
4. homemade chicken noodle soup

Until Tomorrow,

Whitney, her pooch & saddle bags

Monday, October 24, 2011

NOT wicked fit

I watched that show for about ummm 5 minutes last night.  I can't believe she owns her own gym and is a personal trainer who is OUT OF SHAPE!!!  Never watching that show again.  OK off my soapbox!  

On an AMAZING note, I ran 3 miles this morning!!!  I really kicked my butt into high gear.  My friend Becky and the hubby suggested drinking gatorade to help combat the cramps.  It really did the trick today.  I'm really shooting for running 3 miles this whole week and not copping out LOL! My arm tracks went good -- almost ready to bump up my weight.  Also, I've been debating about just working out 7 days a week.  I'm finally getting back into "beast" mode where I just need to workout everyday.  We'll see how I do fitting it in this week. 

ran 3 miles
arm day
pedometer - 11984 steps

1. coffee w/splenda & fat free half and half, 1/2 bottle of light gatorade
2. turkey/ham sandwich on whole wheat w/ light mayo, tomato & lettuce
3. leftover homemade chili w/handful of shred cheddar cheese & fritos

Until Tomorrow,

Whitney, her pooch & saddle bags

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Thank the heavens for the PACKERS!

I usually look forward to Sunday's because it's like my Monday (Ray's schedule).  This morning started out great.  Ray came home early, cleaned the house and I got to use my new slatkin co. candle - winter night (AH-mazing). Today is my normal off day from the gym, but it seriously feels like I just ran a marathon.  I am soo mentally exhausted.  This is going to be a very LONG year of JP fighting his naps :(  JP was awful today. Of course, he doesn't fight them when daddy puts him down.  At least the Packers won!!!! WOOOOHOOO :)  7-0 (not since 1962)....Also, I know that Ray ordered my Mathews jersey and some xmas presents tonight from  That definitely helped my mood LOL!  Uh, I just feel blah.

pedometer - 5006 steps


1. 2 cups of coffee (yea it was THAT kind of day) w/splenda & fat free half and half
2. 2 fiber one bars
3. homemade chili w/handful of fritos scoops w/water to drink

Until Tomorrow,

Whitney, her pooch, & saddlebags

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Soup, Salad and a hike

First things first...the last day I stepped on the scale was Wednesday the 19th.  The previous week I weighed in at 137, so it was great to see another pound bite the dust - 136!

I know some people reading this are like whoa whoa she's 136 that's already a good weight.  I'm only 5'2, so it's still a lot for a petite frame.

This blog is a continuation from my life horizontal which was all about my life on bed rest.  I recently stopped pumping for the twinkies (about 2 weeks ago) and have been hitting the gym 5 days a week since I got the "OK" at my 6 week postpartum visit at the end of September.  Well I really try to go 5 days a week, this past week I only made it 4 days -- my x-ray at the dentist on Thursday took longer than expected. 

I was really hoping to get in the gym this morning especially after I drank quite a few mai tai's last night. I'm not even going to think of how many calories I drank -- HAHA!  I was just enjoying the fact that I can consume alcoholic beverages again since I'm not pumping anymore ;-)!  To my dismay though, I woke up with a horrible scratchy throat this morning.  Instead of heading to the gym, we all went out to Centennial Park and walked around the lake.  Of course it was super slow because JP's only 3, but it still counts!  Ray and I had a nice relaxing walk.  He really wants to start working out too.  His schedule is just (well for lack of a better phrase) cray-cray!  He's an ex-cross country runner which is the COMPLETE & UTTER opposite of me.  I ONLY run for punishment.  Now I have forced myself to start running, because I'm getting rid of my pooch from carrying the twinkies and my saddle bags! Well if I'm going to be "honest", another reason is one of my best friends, Liesel, started running and is now amazing at it.  I told myself if she can do it, then come on I can do it too.  (I got her back into working out a couple years ago - so I take the credit for unleashing the "beast").  I have to give myself props though, because hell has frozen over. Last Wednesday, I actually ran 2.55 miles (5.5mph).  Even though I felt like I was going to die, I did it.  I don't think this coming week I'll bump up to 6mph yet.  I was really struggling at 5.5mph.  Ray likes to remind me that even though he's very out of shape he still warms up at a 5.5 mph.  Ovay! That's probably why I don't like running because I'm awful at it, and I like to be the best at everything.  I'm the crazy lady in the back stomping my feet on the treadmill and crazily lip-syncing to the songs on my IPod (it helps me forget the pain). It's kinda like Phoebe from friends but a little less arm action LOL!   My love really is weightlifting though which, I am awesome at!  My strength though is pretty much gone in my legs.  My arms are still decent after the bed rest though.   That's what is really going to take a long time -- getting my strength back. I do feel that the combination of both running and mixing in body pump tracks of arms one day & legs the next has been working great. 

*Before I was a surrogate, I was en route to become a Les Mills Body Pump instructor, so I have 4 of the releases that now I just use for myself*

Most importantly though, I've been keeping my eating in check.  Hey, I'm a Wisconsin girl and know how to eat! I really just work out a lot, so I can eat -- well when I'm at goal weight.   I'll definitely be posting a food journal here as well.  Just wait till Halloween's here and I tell you how many of JP's reese's cups I ate -- keeping it real! 

Stats for today : 

1. walked 2.6 miles this morning with the family
2. pedometer as of 2:15pm  - 9960 steps


1. coffee w/splenda & fat free half and half
2. soup & salad at Olive Garden, 2 bread sticks & half a caramel hazelnut macchiato (nonfat milk)
3. (no dinner yet but it's just left overs so I'll add it) meat loaf, home made mashed potatoes and homemade mac and cheese w/water to drink*

until tomorrow,

whitney, her pooch and her saddle bags