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!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

taking it easy

What a nice Sunday today was. I raked in the Thanksgiving savings at the Commissary. The only thing I didn't buy was a turkey - ha!  They always have the best price, but this year they're only $1.20/lb.  There's no way I'm paying that.  I'll just hafta shop the local circulars. 

After lunch, Ray helped with the SHIRT.  Once we did the first sheet for iron on transfer, I realized I should have kept the font all black not white w/outline.  I thought it was going to just do the letters not everything.  Blah - that's what prototypes are for right?  The white letters will have to wait until I get the tees massed produced.  Hopefully, I'll be able to "retire" the original on Thursday when I step on the scale again.  I'll tweak it back to black (for now). 

It's nice having a real "day off" every once and awhile. Now, I'm going to enjoy Elf and call it a night!  The real "work" begins TOMORROW!


Stats:

Pedometer - 6049 steps


Food:
1. cup of coffee w/splenda and fat free half & half
2. 1/2 turkey/ham club sandwich w/light mayo, lettuce, 1 slice of muenster cheese & tomato
3. frozen chicken nuggets - 8 (prepared in the microwave) w/ranch dressing to dip
4. cup of hot cocoa w/handful of mini marshmallows (prepared w/water)
5. pot roast w/onions, carrots & potatoes topped w/butter


Until Tomorrow,

Whitney, her pooch & saddlebags

Saturday, November 12, 2011

enjoying the weather

It was FA-reeezing this morning.  I figured I would just go to the gym during naptime.  Maryland weather is crazy!  It's now gorgeous out and 60 degrees.  On a side note, the weather issue does have me freaking out a little about the race.  Also, I just realized this morning that the race is the week AFTER NEXT -- YIKES! I am just praying that it's not cold and rainy...very good possibility.  Anyways back to what I was saying, I went out to the lake and ran.  Wow did I feel great, until the drymouth hit!  Seriously, I don't get how I can get that when all I day I'm CONSTANTLY drinking water.  Even if we go out somewhere, I have my water bottle with me.  I didn't keep time, but by going off of my songs playing, I think I went a little faster. 

The SHIRT has been started (the prototype).  It will be red with white lettering like a stop sign. I got my own transfer sheets from Walmart and created my design this morning. The SHIRT will be created tomorrow - mauahahaha! I can NOT wait to wear it.  I wish I could figure out how to install a tiny camera on it, so I can see everyone's reactions when they read it.  I do plan on having a "shirt patrol" on my new blogsite, that if you see me or someone wearing a shirt take a pic and send it in.  That's definitely down the road a bit, though.  My brain has been pretty much going NONSTOP with ideas.   I have been asking random people if they would wear the SHIRT. The response has been about 50/50 :) Actually, that is better than I anticipated.  Like I said, I'm just an average stay at home mom from trying to make a difference in the world. 


Stats:
Ran 2.6 miles
Pedometer - 12150 steps


Food:
1. grande nonfat extra shot pumpkin spice latte
2. left overs : 1 pork chop w/lite alfredo sauce, green beans & red peppers
3. 1/2 bottle of low cal gatorade
4. the other 1/2 of my chicken chimichanga w/sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo & side of black beans




Until Tomorrow,


Whitney, her pooch and saddlebags

Friday, November 11, 2011

I guess you'd call it a "free pass"

I suppose you could also call it my "get out of jail free" card.  No working out for me today...not because I'm slacking.


This morning we had our family Christmas picture taken.  Ray wore his dress blues uniform -- pardon my drool!  He was looking quite studly.  For some reason, JP just didn't want to smile right. Literally, that was his "best" face.  Uhhh 3 year olds! I did get a sweet deal from Picture People - free 8x10 :)  Now, I just have to pic a card from snapfish.com.






Before we headed to the mall, we went down the commissary to pick up my friend's baby shower cake.  It turned out SO cute!! They're waiting to find out the sex, so it's this cute gender neutral stork design.  Us moms are heading out for Mexican for her "shower", while the dads & kids hang out here.  I can NOT wait til 6pm!  It can't come fast enough.  I would love to have a drink or 2, but I just don't like tequila.  I'll hafta see if they have any other options besides margaritas.  Otherwise, I'll just "save" my drinks for Thanksgiving (I have a bottle of Moscato in the pantry just waiting for me)!


Time to help Ray get things ready for the guys night - haha!


Stats:
Pedometer (at 5:08pm) - 3705 steps


Food:
1. cup of coffee w/splenda and fat free half & half (LOVE THE NEW PIKE PLACE ROAST K-CUP)
2. Soup & Salad w/ 2 breadsticks @ Olive Garden
3. 1 pineapple margarita (realized yup I still don't like tequila)
4. 1/2 chicken chimichanga w/guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream (eating the other 1/2 for dinner tomorrow)
5. slice of Becky's baby shower marble cake - delish!


Until Tomorrow,

Whitney, her pooch and her saddlebags

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The ball is rolling...

First things first, the scale read...133lbs!  That now takes my BMI to 24.3 -- a couple more notches :) 




Ray and I ran the lake this morning.  Once again, he tried to up my pace.  I was really debating on walking the last half because I was just tired.  From somewhere, I grabbed some "energy" and ran the whole thing.  Ray told me I ran the 2.6 miles in 33 minutes with some disappointment in his voice.  I told him straight out "You're lucky I ran the entire lake because I wanted to walk! So I'll take those 33 minutes gladly!" 


When we were running, this great idea popped into my head.  What if other people could take the shirt challenge as well?  I thought I would test that question out on some unsuspecting people -- the baristas at the Target starbucks.  I briefly explained my blog and the shirt challenge to both of them and asked if they would do it.  One was unsure and the other said yes!  Both did agree that this was a great idea and to let them know when it starts.  A couple of my friends said they would take the challenge as well.  Right now, I'm in the process of getting the shirts started and starting a website (just bought it an hour ago)...big things from just your average stay at home mom!  Also, I'm hoping to get my gym involved as well.  I'm ready for the rollercoaster ride to start!


Stats:
Ran 2.6 miles
Pedometer - 9338 steps

Food:
1. cup of coffee w/splenda and fat free half & half
2. 1/2 bottle of low cal gatorade
3. grande extra shot skim eggnog latte w/splenda
4. leftovers - 1 porkchop w/lite alfredo sauce, green beans & red pepper
5. cup of hot cocoa (made w/water) & handful of mini marshmallows




Until Tomorrow,


Whitney, her pooch & saddlebags

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Seriously - just ADMIT IT!

You can say I "saw" the light today.  I am so sick of people lying to themselves about their weight and what their BMI definition is.  After only having 3 responses to my facebook status of basically who has the guts to post what their BMI is and define it, I am ready to take my own challenge.  Of course I posted what I am...24.7 : healthy (5'2).  Hopefully tomorrow when I step on the scale, I will lower that number even more (of course I will post).  I'm sure most people actually clicked my calculator link and were not able to come to terms with what it said -- denial.  They have those standards for a reason.  It would be devastating to see that you're overweight, obese etc.  Why just live in denial when you can CHOOSE to do something about it!  Why keep making excuses?  That just boggles my mind. Especially if you have kids, what are you telling them?  Look at me...I'm a stay at home mom not some personal trainer (like that trainer who put on all that weight & is starting to shed it).  I'm average, and I'M DOING SOMETHING!    As I mentioned above, I'm ready to start my own challenge.  I'm currently in the process of making shirts that I will wear whenever I'm working out (aka everyday pretty much).  It will say what my current weight is and BMI. It's time to take action and OWN UP!

here's my last 10lbs (well hopefully 9lbs left as of tomorrow morning**)

the booty*  (I don't know what the heck I got on my pants?)

can almost see my hip bones again*

the pooch at it's finest*

Stats:
Ran 2 miles at 5.0 mph + 1/2 mile at 6.0 mph
Arms day minus bicep track (didn't like the 76 release)
Pedometer - 9970 steps

Food:
1. cup of coffee w/splenda and fat free half & half
2. 1/2 bottle of low cal gatorade
3. turkey/ham club sandwich w/light mayo, 1 slice muenster cheese, tomato & lettuce
4. 1 pork chop w/lite alfredo sauce, green beans & red pepper (left overs)
5. cup of hot cocoa (w/water) & handful of mini marshmallows

Until Tomorrow,

Whitney, her pooch & saddlebags

baby "mobies"

JP wanted to watch more baby mobies (aka home videos) last night.  That's why I didn't get a chance to write.  He's too funny watching himself -- "That's the JP baby!!" "That's my daddy on the TB" and the list goes on :)  So yesterday...

I ran 3 miles @ 5.0 mph!!  I took a "small" pee break after the 2nd mile, but I did it!! Watching 27 Dresses, really made the run more "fun."  Seeing all the drama made me forget about my calf tightness. That cardio theatre feature is awesome!   After the run, I determined that my "goal" for the 5k is 36 minutes. I need to keep my 5.0 mph throughout to give me my 12 minute miles. (Ray is STILL trying to get me to go faster but that's just my pace) I did my abs again after the run -- really felt it.  My legs were a bit different.  I just did some of the exercises the trainer taught me.  It's good to change it up and keep things fresh.  I did single & double leg extensions and dead lifts. 

 I'll be stepping on the scale tomorrow - say a prayer to the scale god for me!  I will say when I was at Marshalls looking for a new dress for our Christmas picture, I'm pretty much cellulite free on the back of my thighs!!!  Take that bed rest!!  I found this gorgeous Michael Kors dress size 4 - fit my butt of course but was way too big on my top half!  The dress I did find is a size XS because it's a wrap dress and floats away from my behind to give it room HA!  I'm still going to have Ray take a pic of my "problem areas," so everyone can see what the last 10ish lbs look like. 


Stats:
Ran 3 miles at 5.0 mph
Trainer Leg exercises
Pedometer - over 13k

Food:
1. cup of coffee w/splenda and fat free half & half
2. 1/2 bottle of low cal gatorade
3. salad & 3 rolls at this great new sushi restaurant (I did leave 2 pieces on the plate...I really should have only ordered 2 rolls -- O well next time*)
4. 1 pork chop w/lite alfredo sauce, green beans & red pepper


Until later...

Whitney, her pooch & saddlebags

Monday, November 7, 2011

Ahhhh

JP finally took a nap this afternoon :) How lovely it has been...finally being able to relax.  I'm listening to the Christmas music station on tv!  Ahhh my happy place!  So I better write this quick because he's due to wake up any minute -- yikes!!

The gym went great this morning.  I ran a solid 2 miles at 5.0 mph and felt really good.  They have this neat cardio theatre where you can actually watch a movie.  Today's movie was Avatar.  It definitely made the 24 minutes go by a lot faster.  I cut out the chest track today from arms.  I just wanted to make sure I would have enough time to run to Target to get the new Michael Buble Christmas album -- hehehe!  During the shoulder track, I noticed my push ups seemed easier.  Ray mentioned the other day that after I'm done running I should do my abs right away because they're super fatigued or something.  Well, I did just that -- felt great and think I'll keep doing that.  When I finished arms, I ran a fast 1/2 mile at 6.0 mph to finish up.  After Target, I had to grab JP from school.  We ate a quick lunch and headed out to the park...it was gorgeous outside today.  I was able to rack up quite a few steps even though he didn't want to walk the little loop trail.  Well I need to officially sign me and Ray up for the race...

Stats:
Ran 2 miles @ 5.0 mph
Ran 1/2 mile @ 6.0 mph
Arms day minus chest track
Pedometer (at 4:44pm) - 10958 steps

Food:
1. cup of coffee w/splenda and fat free half & half
2. 1/2 bottle of low cal gatorade
3. ham/turkey club sandwich on whole wheat w/light mayo, lettuce, tomato, & cucumber
4. left cheesy beef & noodles
5** will probably drink a cup of hot cocoa w/marshmallows tonight**


Until Tomorrow,

Whitney, her pooch & saddlebags


PS

The Michael Buble CD is AMAZZZZZZZZZZIIIINNNGGG!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Just in case...

It IS November which means it's cold/flu season. For that reason, I made myself run this morning.  I wanted to see, if come race time and I'm sick, I could still make it.  Ray and JP tagged along.  By no means do we have a "jogging stroller," but Ray was kind enough to push JP around the lake.  The deal was if he pushed he called the pace - uh!  We also went around the lake in the other direction which felt weird.  Ya know what though...I DID IT!  He also said we cut 1 - 1 1/2 minute off our time with the "new" pace.  Another little tidbit*, he will never push our stroller for a run again LMAO!  From now on, we'll just run together when JP's in school.  I am happy to be going back in the gym tomorrow.  I did run to the urgent care this morning to make sure I wasn't getting an ear infection.  It's just fluid in my right ear and a whole lot of congestion.  This new nasal steriod spray the doc prescribed has made a world of difference for my congestion, and the ibuprofen has helped the ear inflammation.  Hopefully, tomorrow I'll really start feeling better.  The packers win tonight definitely made me feel better! 8-0 baby!!! 

Stats:
Ran 2.6 miles
Pedometer - 9017 steps

Food:
1. cup of coffee w/splenda and fat free half & half
2. 1/2 bottle of low cal gatorade
3. beef stew leftovers
4. cup of coffee w/splenda and fat free half & half
5. cheesy beef & noodles
6. hot cocoa (made w/water) & handful of marshmallows



*Twinkies turn 3 months old today!!!*


Until Tomorrow,

Whitney, her pooch & saddlebags

Recap!

Alright alright here's the past couple days... (fyi I definitely have a cold now -- boo!)


11/3 : Ray and I ran the lake once (2.6 miles).  I was really "hurting" that day.  I'm very thankful that we didn't have any extra time to run farther.  I always wear an ankle brace on my right foot, well since that day, I now where a brace on my left foot too.  Ray said because of all the hills, my ankles could be acting up since I just run flat on the treadmill. Eh, what am I gonna do? Ex-skater injuries will always be a part of my life -- at least the new brace is working great!  I know ex-dancers and gymnasts can also have the same issues.  Also, my left knee was hurting a bit too.  I'm not exactly sure what my pedometer was, but I remember it was over 14k! 

11/4:  The cold came back - just really awful head congestion.  We just ran around all day doing errands.  My calves were pretty sore, and my ankle wasn't very happy either.  I just focused on my steps -- over 12k!  I didn't really eat much -- a cup of coffee & homemade beef stew for dinner (all day).  That's when you know I'm sick...no appetite! 

11/5:  I really felt like crap yesterday.  The congestion was crazy.  Walking around in a fog isn't fun :(  We just ran some more errands.  Despite drinking a cup of coffee for breakfast & a grande gingerbread latte, it still felt like I was going to fall asleep at any moment.  My pedometer was only 7k -- not surprised. I was in bed at 730pm.  blah!


Whitney, her pooch & saddlebags

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Drum Roll...

The almighty scale God loved me this morning...135lbs!!!  Now, I'm officially "in" the final stretch with the last 10lbs left :)  I am going to try and have Ray take some pics of what the "last 10lbs" actually looks like. 

This morning, Ray and I hit the lake trail.  I really focused on pace.  Ray did try to "rush" me once, but I quickly told him to shut up and let me run ;-)  The new songs I downloaded on my Ipod really helped keep me going strong.  I RAN THE ENTIRE LAKE AND 1/2!!! When we got to the "end", I was like time check.  He told me no, and I told him hey I wanna keep running so give me the time (wanted to make sure we'd have enough time to shower & pick up JP). He happily reported that it was only 1015am which meant we ran the 2.6 miles (1 time around) in about 26 minutes!! I think he was a little surprised that I was able to keep going.  All I said was I'll go till I can't run anymore.  Once again, he tried to "rush" me.  I said hey I know the hills are coming so it'll tire me out soon enough.  I made it to the other 1/2 of the lake which totaled the run at 3.3ish miles (walked the last 1/2 to finish) --FARTHEST YET!!! It really set in that I can RUN the WHOLE race.  That's why it was so important for me to run with him but resist the urge to chase him.  I just need to keep control of my pace, and then I CAN DO IT!!

Stats:
Ran - 3.3 miles
Walk - 1.9 miles
Pedometer - 14417 steps

Food:
1. coffee w/splenda & fat free half and half
2. 1/2 bottle of low cal gatorade
3. Wendy's grilled chicken sandwich w/lettuce & tomato
4. fiber one bar
5. 1 slice of cheese pizza and handful of broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes & carrots w/ranch dip
6. fiber one bar

(last night I had a cup of hot cocoa after I wrote my post**)


Until Tomorrow,

Whitney, her pooch & saddle bags

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Only 4**

Yesterday was filled with fun and no working out.  I spent the morning in JP's class for all their Halloween fun -- too cute!  Seeing him in school is just crazy because he really is growing up.  After school, I had to run a few errands on base.  Thank the heavens, he did take a nap.  He was chomping at the bit when he woke up for Noah to come over, so they could go trick - o - treating.  I made my famous Gouda Gravy Chicken & Mashed Potatoes for everyone, and we were all out the door at 7pm.  The boys were just hilarious.  They were fighting a lot to see who would ring the doorbells.  Noah pretty much won every time because he's taller LOL!  Even though I didn't workout, the trick - o - treating helped up my steps on the pedometer :)  When it was all said and done, we were home about 830pm.  I told Becky to eat a Reese's cup for me -- I wasn't going to eat any.  Well, Bill had made zombies for us (minus Becky) earlier as our "treat." One drink was all I needed (if you've had one you know what I mean).  By the time, I had gotten out of the shower the drunk "munchies" started!!  I ate all JP's reese's cups...it was only 4!  I'm not even sweating it ;-)

Speaking of sweating, today's workout was the most sweat I've produced in a LONG time.  Janice was at the gym, so that really helped me push myself harder (always love competition LOL).  I ran 2.7 miles!!!!!  I pretty much ran the last 1/2 mile at 7mph.  To get to the 3 miles, I walked the remaining .3 mile at 4 mph.  Really, I thought I might puke. It was AWESOMELY SUCKY! Cars 2 came out today, so I had to cut down my time a little bit. Legs day got reduced down to just squat & back tracks with fire hydrants.  Really, I was ok with that -- legs were feeling like jello!  Also, we took a nice walk tonight -- gorgeous out!  JP was really hoping to see some deer like last time.  Kids were out at soccer practice, so we didn't see any tonight. 

Wish me luck -- stepping on the scale tomorrow morning***

Stats:
ran 2.7 miles, walked .3 miles
Squat & back tracks + fire hydrants
pedometer - 12413 steps

Food:
1. coffee w/splenda & fat free half and half
2. 1/2 bottle of low cal gatorade
3. bowl of leftover ziti
4. ham/turkey club sandwich on wheat w/light mayo, lettuce, pickle spear, cucumber, tomato & muenster cheese

Until Tomorrow,

Whitney, her pooch & saddle bags