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I forgot to post our training the last couple weeks.  Week 4 was a good jump in running from 3 to 5 minutes, but we got ‘er done…

Week 4: Day 1, 2 & 3:
5 minute warm up
3 minute jog/90 second walk
5 minute jog/2 minute 30 second walk
3 minute jog/90 second walk
5 minute jog/2 minute 30 second walk
5 minute cool down

Week 5, however… much more challenging:  Well, for some…

Syd Week 5 – Day 2

Week 5 – Day 1:
5 minute warm up
5 minute jog/3 minute walk (repeat 3 times)
5 minute cool down

Week 5 – Day 2:
5 minute warm up
8 minute jog
5 minute walk
8 minute jog
5 minute cool down

With week 5 being a bit more running, I wondered how Syd would do.  We both struggled a bit at times over the past several weeks, and day 3 of week 5 was a 20 minute run.  20 minutes in a row!!  I just wasn’t sure how either of us would do it.

I always do my runs in the early morning when no one else is up and although I got through the 20 minute run, I did ok the first 15 minutes..it was the last 5 where I struggled, it was not easy.  But I tell you, a little 10 year old girl was my inspiration to hoof it out…to keep going…to not give up.

After all, how could I expect her to run the whole thing if I didn’t?!!  So yes…it is Sydney who is my inspiration to push through.

When it was time for Syd to do her run that afternoon, I made sure to turn on her favorite show, and I ran in place next to her while she ran so she wouldn’t feel so alone.

She did AMAZING!!  She didn’t even look like she was struggling!!

Syd killed the 20 minutes
My face as she was running…



Week 5 – Day 3:
5 minute warm up
20 minute jog
5 minute cool down







She is so going to kick my butt.

My eating was much better this past week (AND WEEKEND which I have found is my biggest challenge; staying true to eating well.)

Not thrilled with the numbers on the scale, but they’re better than they have been.  So, results starting with week 6:

Weighing in at 176.6   YAY!!  But inches wise, not a huge difference since week 1 {sniffle, sniffle… I know, that’s my own fault.}  At least there’s a little change.  🙂

Day 1 – Day 35

With this being Thanksgiving week…I am going to try to NOT gain weight.  We’ll see if I can stay away from the yummies at our Thanksgiving celebration and instead focus on what I am thankful for, not what I’m missing.

Hang in there…we’re in this together!!!  🙂  Just keep running!!

“I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.”   Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NLT)

I’m sure you’re on pins and needles wondering how my weight loss journey has been going, seeing as how I didn’t post any results from week four…

Well, the reason I didn’t is because frankly, I’m embarrassed.

Halloween KILLED my diet and my will power.  (Have you read Return from the chocolate coma?!)  But Halloween was two weeks ago and I’m still using that age old “the devil made me do it” excuse.

“Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.'”   Genesis 3:12

It has NOTHING AT ALL to do with the fact that I ate all that candy two weeks ago and then this past week made chocolate chip cookies and practically ate all of them.  Or, being the great mommy I am, buying donuts for the kids for breakfast and eating four of them myself.  Yup it was all for them, I swear!!

Uff.  At 380 calories a pop, well…it doesn’t leave much else to eat if you’re counting calories.  Thankfully I had a salad for lunch…at McDonald’s… and finished up the kids’ french fries (well, you can’t leave food on your plate!!  My parents taught me that!  Plus, look at all the starving children…)

Mmm-hmmm, excuses, excuses.

Needless to say, I have gained a few pounds over these last couple weeks.  And so from day 1 to day 28, I have officially lost 10 pounds, and gained back 12, lost an additional few more and gained some of those back.  So since starting this journey, I am now sitting back at the original starting weight of 182.

BUGGER!!!  Although, thankfully because I am running, I can safely say that my pants are fitting a bit better.  Slightly….not a ton….well, some…ok, nevermind.  I much preferred how they felt 10 pounds ago.  😐

Syd and I have continued on the couch to 5k running plan…and just now I finished day 1 of week 5 (which, this is going to be a tough week…yikes!!)


But you know what I’ve found?  When I’m not regularly spending time in the Word or with God in prayer, everything else in my life tends to fall apart.  The way I treat my family, the way I spend money, the things I crave, the things I want to do, the things I eat.

When I am out of control, I have to check my God tank.  Is it empty or full?  Is it that I’m craving Him and the evil one is convincing me I can fill it with things of this world?

So it seems.

“Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”   Matthew 26:41


So I have officially survived low carb week number two!!  Woo-hoo!!  As you know, the source of my joy from last week was bacon (you can read about it here) and I have also found a wonderful recipe for low carb crispy cheese crackers! (and yes, they are AMAZING!!)

However, I have also found a few of the pounds that I lost from week one, which is certainly a bummer, but pleasantly surprised when I compared pictures…

and from the front:

It’s so interesting how our mind plays tricks on us.  I have been disappointed in the number on the scale this week, like I said I gained back 3 of the 10 I lost, and although I knew my clothes were fitting better, I felt gross.  I believed the lies running through my head telling me:

“What’s the point?”
“Why bother?”
“Just quit now, stop this silliness and eat whatever you want!”

“Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.”   1 John 3:18-20

The Bible tells us that not to trust our feelings.  Our hearts are home in this world, the world in which the enemy tries to convince us that we are to live for ourselves, no one else and especially not God!!

The devil wants us distracted and focused on insignificant things instead of things God would want us doing; how tight our jeans are instead of how God sees us, how great frosting tastes instead of treating our bodies well, how wonderful the warm bed feels instead of getting up early to pray, spending money on eating out instead of placing our 10% in the plate, what we might miss on facebook instead of spending time reading His Word, watching that one tv show instead of spending time with our kids or spouse.

We are so easily swayed by our feelings and emotions and that’s exactly what the evil one wants.

“Remember how fun it was?” he whispers.
“Remember how wonderful it tastes?”  he sneers.
“Remember how good it feels?” he jabs

“There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”   Proverbs 14:12



Stop listening to the lies.  We have a God who wants the best for us, has the best planned for us, and all we have to do is choose Him!

“and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good of their children after them.”   Jeremiah 32:39


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So it’s been one week…one VERY LONG week, without carbs.

As I told you in my other post: Diet change, I am going low carb which is what I do normally when I’m watching my weight, but this time I’m following a much more strict low carb diet plan called Keto or The Ketogenic Diet

I have struggled a bit but over the last week I have lost 9 (it was 10 but somehow I gained 1 last night.  Bugger.) pounds!!  SHOCK OF THE DECADE, I TELL YOU!!  But what I noticed the most was my belly…

Nope, no sucking in here (I seriously wanted to!!) you got it all hanging out, sorry!  But what a nice little change in one week, huh?!!

I also started a Couch to 5k running program with my daughter Syd, which shouldn’t have been too hard for me…I have remained active a couple times a week at least.  However, the problem I have quite literally run into is that I am EXHAUSTED and barely able to do the running each day.  The Keto plan warns you of the “Keto-flu” and apparently I’ve got it.

Whew.  Not sure how to get over this, but have heard it will go away when my body begins to make new enzymes that burn fat for fuel instead of carbs, so looking forward to that.  🙂

Syd did a great job last week and her legs hurt a bit after the first day but otherwise she looked and felt fine.  She has a beautiful running cadence and looks very comfortable while she runs, and as the week progressed she moved up from her 4.5mph to 5mph, which concerns me a bit because come race day she is going to KICK MY BUTT!!

She was eager to get going today, starting week 2 of training:

Week 2:  Day 1, 2 & 3:
5 minute warm up
Alternating 90 second jog/2 minute walk for 20 minutes
5 minute cool down

Although the 10 year old MACHINE struggled a bit today (it was nice that she was actually human and not enjoying running for a change), she did GREAT!!  It seemed the added 30 seconds of running hit her pretty hard.  She even said “can’t we go back??”

My sweet girl on the DREADmill!!

But she got done, a few tears were shed just like during her Mama’s run this morning…so we’ll see how this goes.  She said she still wants to do the race, and understands (I think) that 3 miles is actually going to take a while to run so I hope this training program helps.

I haven’t changed her diet much except trying to help her make good food choices when she’s hungry.  She is not on the low carb diet that I am trying but she’s more aware of what she’s placing in her body to fuel it and she even lost a pound since last week!!

So as for me, I do miss carbs and have found that EVERYTHING has carbs in it!!  Whoa.  Plus, I need to learn to not watch Cake Boss because that just makes me want frosting.  But I have found that there is one thing that makes me very happy on this diet and I can have lots of it, because how many carbs does it have??  ZERO!!!

The best food in the world.  The “meat candy.”  The bomb:

Mmm … bacon.

“Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.”   1 Corinthians 9:25


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My daughter Sydney and I are now in training.  We are planning on running a 5k race in December called the Santa Hustle. When I register for a race, I am not ashamed to say that I am bribe motivated.  I choose the race and compete, typically, for what the finisher receives: a cute t-shirt or medal.

Cole’s medals…so far 🙂

I haven’t been extremely motivated recently until God worked through a few people to get my attention.

First a friend of mine, who I used to work out with about a year and a half ago, started really watching her food intake and lost a significant amount of weight (with no exercise)!!  It is very interesting how another person’s results can either motivate or discourage.  Lisa’s weight loss did both quite frankly.

You see, I’ve been exercising for several years now after losing a bunch of weight at the end of 2006, however after I checked the run-a-half-marathon box off my bucket list last October, I sort of…well, I sat down and am now experiencing the too-tight-wardrobe phenomenon because of it.

Second, I happened upon the Milwaukee Santa Hustle website and saw the sweet race shirts and gear they give out for the runners and knew I had to do it:

Running with a beard?  Oh I am IN, BABY!!

Third, another friend of mine told me that she is done being overweight, done being miserable and was starting the couch to 5k program in order to be ready for the Berbee Derby on Thanksgiving Day.  My sweet friend inspired me to stop feeling sorry for myself and get back out there.  I know I can do it and if she is motivated, I will get motivated.

Last, my daughter.  My second born daughter, Sydney, was very active as a little girl.  She loved running around, riding her bike, playing soccer and other sports and we found she was good at them.  I was thrilled that I would have another runner in the family when she got older, but what happened was I introduced her to my downfall, my addiction: CARBS.  She, like me, loves carbs, sweets and anything NOT healthy and also like me, she sat down.

I was a heavy 10, 11, 12+ year old who was quickly approaching obesity and now I see so much of myself in Syd.  She struggles fitting into her clothes, prefers to just sit around and is very self-conscious.  I get that, I know EXACTLY where she’s at and it’s a horrible place to be … especially when you’re facing those lovely middle school years and have an older sister who is tall, thin and beautiful.  Yup, I get it.

But I also know Syd; she is a leader, she does very well when a goal is set before her and can be quite headstrong and focused, so I showed her the Santa Hustle website.  She, like me, loved the idea and a new runner is born.

I meant to start training a couple weeks ago, but with birthdays and celebrations getting in the way… I know, nice excuse – cake and ice cream.  Syd and I have started (along with a new lo-carb eating plan – by the way, anyone know anything about the Keto diet?!!) the couch to 5k (Coolrunning C25K) running plan.

Measurements and “before” pictures have been taken…bacon has been purchased and we are on our way.

Syd did great her first day; she walked at a 3.5mph and ran at a 4.5mph!!

Week 1:  Day 1, 2 & 3:
5 minute warm up
Alternating 60 second jog/90 second walk for 20 minutes
5 minute cool down

We’ll see how she feels tomorrow and more importantly on Wednesday when her second run is scheduled!  🙂

Do any of you struggle with your weight or food?  Do you struggle with exercise or staying motivated?

I know there are women who feel the same way and I would love to hear from you!!

What has helped?  What do you struggle with?

What’s your excuse?!

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.”   1 Corinthians 9:24

Please check out my other posts relating to my weight loss battles:
Lacking Motivation
My Motivation
Skinny Jeans
184. Now it’s personal.

Ok, so I did the bike yesterday and didn’t have time to post.  SORRY!!  It’s been a while since I’ve been on the bike and boy, was I sloooooooooooooow this morning.  WOW!!  😦

But I tell ya’, since doing Turbo Jam’s 20 Minute Workout & Ab Jam the other day, my arms, back, obliques and abs are screeeeaaming!!  We’re a bit saggy yet, but we’ll get there…

So again, since I lack a pool, this morning I did the Turbo Jam 20 Minute Workout with hand weights just to get a few upper body muscles moving (that so helps, by the way, to work through sore muscles) and then planning to get in some cardio later as well.

How’re you doing?


Ok, so I don’t do well having an “off” day.  I find Newton’s First Law of Motion quite accurate:

This law states that if the net force (the vector sum of all forces acting on an object) is zero, then the velocity of the object is constant. Mathematically stated: 

\sum \mathbf{F} = 0 \Rightarrow \frac{d \mathbf{v} }{dt} = 0.

  • An object that is at rest will stay at rest unless an unbalanced force acts upon it.

Or, blah blah blah… Newton for dummies (ahem, me):  “a body at rest tends to stay at rest…”

If I don’t get up and get going…I won’t get up and get going.  Case in point; because these past few months were focused on prayer instead of movement… ugh, I won’t even share with you those results, that is a mental picture you don’t need!!

“How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?”   Proverbs 6:9

So!!  Because I don’t have a pool available at the moment, and I was too lazy to get up and do the bike thing at the gym this morning, I decided to put in an old friend…the one that started it all five years ago…the one that got me back into shape…the one I owe all of this crazy fitness stuff to:

Turbo Jam by Chalene Johnson and Beachbody!!

This morning I did the 20 Minute Workout and 20 Minute Abs:

I worked up a sweat, my abs were screaming for me to stop… but I got ‘er done.

What are you doing today to get moving?!!  GET OUT THERE!!

True dat!

Ok, I have slacked faaaaar too long, and I am paying for it on the DREADmill.  Uff, running is so not fun, especially on a narrow, unforgiving, rotating belt, in a spider-filled basement at 4:00am.

“So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.”   1 Corinthians 9:26

Um, I beg to differ. I seem to be going nowhere fast (or, more like not all that fast) on my dreadmill, but it is what it is.

Yesterday I had a bit of a wake-up call when I realized I am signed up for a sprint distance tri in July, and I have exactly 8 weeks to get my butt in shape.  Yikes, if you’ve seen that, it’s going to take MUCH LONGER than 8 weeks.

So, let’s re-phrase; I have exactly 8 weeks to get ready so I don’t drown, fall off the bike, or pass out.  That would be good.

SO!!  Here’s the training plan; and please ignore the fact that it’s a 10-week training plan, because clearly I will be 2 weeks late for the race should I follow it precisely.

















































Open Water




















































Open Water










Sprint Distance: Swim – 0.6mi, Bike – 12.4mi, Run – 3.1mi

The way this training plan works, is you go for time, not distance.  If you meet each of these time goals, you will be ready for a sprint distance triathlon after 10 weeks of training.  It does work…I’m proof in the pudding.

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”   1 Corinthians 9:27

Yup, been there done that…BUT, this year I’ve got 8 weeks, a few extra lbs. and no pool, so we’ll see how we do.  🙂 I’ve been in worse predicaments.

Can’t recall any at the moment…but I’m sure I have.

So, today I did the 25-RUN.

Come on, who’s with me?

So apparently I have hit a nerve, or perhaps a soft spot (heehee), with my post the other day.  Sounds like many of you are also struggling with motivation… YAY!! I’m not the only one!

I have been asked so many times how I stay motivated.  Although, um… I ask that you do as I say, not as I do because at the moment, if you read my post: Lacking Motivation,  I have not been terribly motivated to work out recently…

BUT, I made up a list of what kept me on track and quite literally going at times;

1st:  Find a workout buddy. 

It’s not only much more fun, but knowing that someone’s waiting for you is motivating in itself!  Some of my peeps and I are blessed enough now to belong to a gym together, but for a long time we used to workout at each other’s homes!

On a side note if you are attempting Shaun T’s Insanity…it is imperative that you get insane together…that workout is seriously CRAZY!!  (but oh so fun with people you can whine with!!)

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”   Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

2nd:  Take pictures & measurements. 

(I know, I know, how awful…)  Sometimes it is the best way to track how you’re doing when the scale has decided to go on strike against you!  When you hit a “plateau” in weight loss, it very well could be your body and metabolism changing (which is a great thing, right?!!).  Sometimes the only way to truly see your accomplishments is through a lens or on the measuring tape.  Believe me, after a while the before & after pictures may be what you are most proud of!!
“A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the LORD your God.”   Deuteronomy 25:15-16

3rd:  Workout in the early morning.

I have found that getting up early while everyone else is asleep works best for me.  With a hubby & four kids, that’s about the only “me time” I get, and no one misses me while I’m gone.  Plus, after work or at night never seems to work, something always seems to come up or I’m just too tired.  I promise you, the hardest part is getting up!!
“For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.”   Galatians 5:17

4th:  Find something you love

Try everything and switch things up to keep it interesting.  I love kickboxing most, but I have tried everything; spinning, running, rock climbing, swimming, biking, zumba, boot camp, etc…  if it’s a chore and you don’t enjoy it, you won’t stick with it.
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”   1 Corinthians 13:7

5th:  Set goals to stay motivated.

If you haven’t read my weight loss story: Lacking Motivation, now might be the time.  In 2006 I started eating better, exercising, setting weight goals and rewarding myself when I achieved them.  I have lost 75 pounds and have kept the weight off.


“Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.”   1 Corinthians 9:25

Lastly:  Register for a race.

Since I’ve started all of this, I’ve done several 5k races, 4 sprint triathlons, a couple mud runs (including the Warrior Dash) and a 1/2 marathon!  It is so awesome (once you’re done of course) at the sense of accomplishment & pride you feel completing a race, and it sure helps to keep you motivated to workout!!  (Plus the t-shirts & medals are fun to show off too!) 🙂

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.”   1 Corinthians 9:24

What I realized though is that we don’t lack motivation in just weight loss, it can apply to everything in life;

Prayer time…

School work…

Household chores…

Bible reading…

Work obligations…


And as long as we seek direction, discipline ourselves, stay the course, and glorify God through every race, every load of laundry, every spreadsheet, every prayer, every test… we’ll be on the right track.

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”   Colossians 3:17

What area do you need to be more disciplined in?

What’s holding you back?

Make a plan, take a step, and see it through.  No more excuses!!

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