Wednesday, January 27, 2010


First things first... I am blogging from my bed!!! Yep, that's right! Cecil got my wireless internet working. It's great! Hopefully I'll be blogging more now.

Now for the good stuff: Yesterday was Day 10 of the Shred for me. I actually didn't work out yesterday because my knees were bothering me a tiny bit, so Cecil suggested that I take a day off before starting Level 2. I took his advice, especially since I was unsure of what Level 2 would hold. However, I moved on to Level 2 today, and I will say that it was difficult. Very different from Level 1, but fun. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.

So what are the results from Level 1? I lost 7.2 pounds! I don't attribute that all to exercise, because I have been really strict with what I eat. But sometimes that is harder to do than get in a quick 20 minute workout. I, unfortunately didn't take measurements when I started. But I did take pictures on Day One and Day 10 and there is definitely a difference. I'm not quite brave enough to post pictures on here, though. Maybe on Day 30 I will post before/after pics.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


I cannot believe it! Cecil is at the game and I am so dissapointed that I can't see how excited he is, but so ecstatic that the New Orleans Saints are going to the SuperBowl. This is just AWESOME!! I am so happy for those guys!! GOOOO SAINTS!!!!

Day 6 and 7

I have completed Day 6 and 7 of the Shred. I am completely happy with the results I am getting and that motivates me even more to keep going. I did weigh myself, but I'm not telling you how much I lost until Day 10.

We had my neice's birthday party this weekend and Cecil and I had a date night last night. It has been an exciting weekend. But I am happy to say that I didn't blow my diet. I passed on the birthday cake and chips and dip, and had fruit instead. For dinner on our date, I had one tiny bite of bread and only ate 1/2 of my portion of food I ordered. I ate no appetizer and dessert and had Unsweetened Iced Tea instead of Dr. Pepper or Sweet Tea. Last night as Cecil and I were talking over dinner, I told him that I'm starting to change the way I think about food. Yes, that yummy warm bread and butter would be soooo good, but only for about 30 seconds, then it's gone. The results from making good healthy decisions last much longer and are much more rewarding in the long run. I am smack in the middle of making some really good changes, and eventually there will be a time to indulge and eat just because it's good( just not very often). But that time is not now.

So for any of you out there who are also on a journey to a healthier you, keep at it. The benefits are much better than that piece of cake.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Shred Day 5

Day 5 is done. I can definitely feel some results expecially in the way my clothes feel, although I haven't weighed myself. I have been thinking about what I am going to do when this 30 days is over. I don't really want to go back to The Firm.

What I ate:
Oatmeal w/ toast

one graham cracker

Turkey/cheese sandwich

diced peaches

1/2 hamburger steak
Sm. portion of rice
cherry tomatoes

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Shred Day 4

I got home from work yesterday, cooked supper, fed the kids then Shredded for the 4th day in a row. It was actually very easy yesterday. I can actually say that yesterday I enjoyed my workout. I even taunted Jillian a little because I wasn't tired, and I was feeling really good. I have a feeling, though, that I will regret the taunting later on, because I'm sure she got some good stuff in store for me in Level 2. I still haven't even watched Level 2. I'm happy right now being comfortable in Level 1, for a few more days anyway. Cecil wants me to wait until day 10 to move on but I'm not sure yet what I will do.

What I ate:
Skipped breakfast (I woke up about 6 minutes before I normally leave the house)

1 graham cracker

One Soft Taco with meat and cheese (210 cal so not too bad)

Chocolate pudding w/ 1/2 graham cracker

Baby portion of mashed potatoes
1/2 hamburger steak

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Shred Day 3

I didn't get around to posting last night, what with all the American Idol, Biggest Loser and Human Target excitement. but I did Shred yesterday morning at 4:30. It is getting easier, though I cannot say enjoyable. I'm going to give myself a couple more days then move up to Level 2. But I won't weigh myself until Day 10. Our scale is broken so I haven't weighed since I started, which is a good thing for me because I am one that will weigh every morning and get discouraged if I don't like the number one day. This drives Cecil crazy. Maybe he secretly sabotaged the scale, J/K.

What I ate:
Toast w/peanut butter and 1/2 banana
1/2 cup coffee w/ cream and sugar

Yogurt and one graham cracker

Turkey and Cheese Sandwich w/mayo

Diced Peaches

Cherry tomatoes
Green beans

Only had lots and lots of water to drink, no soda!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Shred Day 2

We're off of school today, so I took a rare opportunity to sleep late. I got up around 8:00 and Shredded at about 8:40. I felt like I was a little dehydrated and got tired quickly, but I did finish. I was glad to get it done since I knew if I waited too long, I may not end up doing it.

What I ate:

Toast w/ 1/2 TBS peanut butter
1/2 banana
Approx. 150 cal.

Would normally have a snack here but breakfast was late and I just wasn't hungry.

Turkey/Cheese Sandwich w/ mayo
3 oz. carrots
Approx. 290 cal.

Snack at 2:00
Key Lime Pie Yogurt
One Graham Cracker (Note: if you haven't tried this, you should. It takes just like you're endulging on a slice of Key Lime Pie with a buttery graham cracker crust...YUM!)
Approtx. 235 cal.

Fiber Plus Bar
130 cal



Mashed Potatoes


Oh, and I did go get those new shoes. Can't wait to use them in the morning!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Shred Day 1...again

Okay, so I started the Shred on Jan. 4th. But got to day 5 and life got in the way, I guess. But I started again tonight. I was going to wait until tomorrow but figured, "What the heck, I might as well get one day done." I'm so glad I did. It was not nearly as hard as the first "Day One" so I probably won't do the entire 10 days on Level One. I will give myself about 5 days and then move on to Level 2, which I heard is no joke. I haven't even watched it yet for fear of intimidation.

There is no reason to post what I ate today because I ate horribly, I mean, King Cake, M&M's, Dr. Pepper, Fried rice with chicken (there was some zucchini and squash in there, though). I guess I just did post what I ate, huh. Anyway, all of this was before I got super motivated to start working out again, so I'll give myself a break on the eating today. I promise to do better tomorrow.

Oh, and tomorrow I get to go get new shoes. I have had the same two pair of Asics for at least 5 years now. It's time for new ones. I wish I could say that they are worn out and ripping at the seams from being used so much, but you would all know that I was lying. But nonetheless, I'm going to get new ones, because new running shoes always motivate me.

Also, I'm going to be running a couple of road races in March. I'm super excited about that as well.


I took Lylah Grace to Walmart by herself yesterday to pick out a birthday gift for a friend from her class. I really do enjoy time with each of my kids by themselves. They are such different little people on their own. They come up with some poignant questions and statements when they don't have to compete with three others for attention.

Lylah Grace: Mommy, I can't get out of the van, you have the childlock on.

Me: Okay, I'm coming around to let you out.

Lylah Grace: Mommy, how does the van know when a child opens the door, and when a grown- up opens the door? How does it know, it doesn't have a brain?!

This morning as we walked in from church, I put the ever-present Wal-mart bags down on the counter as David asked for something to drink.

Me: Okay, but let Mommy go potty first.

David: Can I come with you?

Me: Well, I really don't think you need to come with me while I potty.

David: (as he walks into the bathroom and so politely closes the door behind him)
But I need to tell you something really cool!

Me: What is it, honey?

David: That Jesus love me!

Me: He sure does, and so does Mommy!