Monthly Archives: October 2011

Lesson Learned

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This morning I totally forgot to step on the scale before I left the house today. I’m out of town so my weigh in will have to be postponed until next Monday. Honestly, I don’t think it would have went very well. But thank you God that I have another week to fix the mistakes that were made last week. I won’t disappoint myself.

Speaking of disappointments… the New Roads Fall Festival was a big one! So I got there a little tardy, as usual! But it was ok because it started about 30 minutes or so late. I was already feeling out of place because there were only about 40 or so people, which included two high school track teams. I’m thinking, ok I’m going to be last! And then a few minutes later the LSU sprint team shows up. My thoughts were ok is it too late to leave yet?

So I became a victim of my negative thoughts and had a very poor race. I do have to say I wasn’t last. Well at least not dead last! So I’ll take this as a lesson learned on how not to have a successful race. Next time preparation will be key and I will NEVER attempt any kind of race or athletic event without working out for the two weeks earlier. (I hope I don’t have to eat my words!)

My next race is the Amazing Raise Presents Battling Bratten on November 19th. It is an Amazing Race style race that is about 2 miles with at least ten challenges to complete during the course. I am excited about this one because I’ve never done this style of race before. You have to register by team if anyone’s interested in competing. Of course my teammate is Dora and I have to get my cardio up so i won’t embarrass her at the race!

I’m not going to beat myself up about the race, it is the past. I realize the mistake I made and I will try my best not to do it again. I can focus on what I can do now to prevent the past from repeating itself.  I do not have a workout plan written out for this week so I’m about to get to that now. Remember if you fail to plan then you plan to fail. So have you made your exercise plan for this week? hurry up, what are you waiting for? I’m doing mine RIGHT NOW! I gotta get ready for next Monday’s weigh in! Think happy thoughts!

Journey to finding and loving yourself

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So this may seem a bit backwards but I picked up this book and was totally moved by the quote on the back cover.

“I’m Loved, I’m valued, and I’m capable of achieving balance in my life. I can learn to eat well. I can exercise. I can express gratitude for the simple act of being able to breathe in and breathe out. I can move away from darkness and depression to light and hope. I can be happy with who I am, not what I should be, or what I might have been, or what somone tells me I must be.

I am me, the true me; you are you, the true you-and that’s good. That’s beautiful. That’s enough.”

Any guesses on the mystery author of this quote? I’ll wait for it… waiting… ok I don’t have all day. It’s Miss Janet Jackson. Talking about just when I need it. Ever since I read that quote a day or two ago I can’t get it out of my mind. Those are exactly the words I need right now.

The book is True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m excited to do so. For the last week or two I haven’t made time for anything beneficial to my life. My exercising has been almost non-existent. My eating habits have been horrible, I’ve had more fast food in these two weeks than I’ve had in the last two or three months. Yes I know I have to get out of this slump. This dark and horrible place that’s not helping me in any way.

I’m hoping Janet’s story can help give me the motivation that I need. The summary states that the book will explore Janet’s struggles with weight, self-esteem and dealing with her fame. She shares fitness tips from her trainer Tony Martinez. Her nutritionist, David Allen writes a section and Chef André (of A Cafe) shares a variety of recipes in the back.

I know I should have waited until I actually read the book to write about it, but I couldn’t wait because the quote was just too good not to share. I can’t wait to sit down and plunge into this book. It’s hard to believe that a world-famous celebrity goes through some of the same struggles as you, even though they can afford trainers, nutritionists, and chefs. it makes me think no matter how much money you have, managing your weight is a difficult process.

I feel so much better about my situation now, although I know it HAS to get better. We’re all human and we can make mistakes, but it should be a learning experience and I can’t wallow in self-pity. That’s a dangerous and ugly place like falling in a bottomless pit. So I’m going to get up and say I will not continue to fall. I’m going to stand on my own two feet! I’m working out today and I’m going to have a great race tomorrow!

Happy Friday everyone and if you can relate to the place I’m in now and have some encouraging words, I’d love to hear! Let’s be better tomorrow than we were today. Results don’t happen overnight… You’ve got to WORK! Are you ready? I think I’m ready, so let’s GOOOOOO! (I’ll let you know if the book is as good as the quote on the back cover.)

Running on empty

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Saturday is my next race and I’m hoping that it goes a lot smoother than the Zombie Bash did! I am confident that there won’t be as many complications with this race because it is a Saturday morning race and we’ve done a few of those before. I think the problem with the Zombie Bash was it was our first evening race and we weren’t quite sure of the proper protocol.

So even though my last work out was last Saturday’s hike (yes I know that’s sad), I still hope I can do a fairly decent race. I would be happy shaving 3-5 minutes off my race. But I think I need to get motivated to get at least one practice 5k in before Saturday. I hate when life gets in the way of my goals. I would love to take a break from everything in my life and just focus on my fitness and weight loss goals.

When I’m in need of a little motivation I go on over to Black Girls Run, it’s a very informative blog that I read often. There I can read stories of other runners, tips on running better, and even playlists to listen to while I run. This blog is nominated in Shape magazine’s 2011 Best Fitness blogger. Check out the site and vote for them for the 2011 Shape Fitness Blogger Award.

Maybe one day I’ll be able to be nominated for a blogger award! A girl can dream! I have to run now, a long day of training. And hopefully I’ll get my butt up and run later today!

What are your favorite weight loss or fitness blogs? Do they help motivate you or just give useful information? Would you have voted for me? Vote for Black girls run! Voting ends Friday.

Weighing In: Numbers don’t lie

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I’ve had a very good weekend and my scale definitely agreed with that. But why is it that having a good time has to lead to packing on extra pounds? When I was doing really well with my weight, I eliminated most of the “fun” things that come along with being a twenty-something. But I really need to find a way to do both. I want to be free to have fun without dreading an extra few pounds for each weekend of fun.

So I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I haven’t disclosed my weight yet. I read several weight loss blogs and one thing that they all have listed is their weight and they have some type of scheduled weigh in that they regularly post. Well since I call myself a blogger now I think it’s time for me to play by the rules. This morning I stepped on the scale.

I never realized it was so difficult to take a picture while on the scale, but there it is. I weigh 233.8 pounds. I’m not sure why I was so hesitant to share the actual number when I freely describe all the struggles I have with my weight. I am not very happy with the number, but now I am not hiding what it is anymore. I’m adding a page to track my weekly weigh in, instead of using my pathetic attempt at a countdown by using the graph I have up now. It was expected to be up by now but sometimes I let life get in the way of my blog.

So I weight 233.8 now and my heaviest weight was 262 pounds. My normal range is about 228-230. And earlier this year I was in the 230s so long I vowed never to pass 229 again, but here I am. 219 was the lightest which was sometime around May. Yeah 219, that number sounds and looks so good to me now! But if I get my act together I’ll see it again soon.

 My goal is to lose 75 pounds by January 17th and that would put me at 187, but I’ll just round that to 185. So there it is… I want to weigh 185 by January 17th. Looking at the numbers I’m not sure that is a healthy amount of weight to be lost without doing anything drastic, so this may not be my last fat year but I’ll get there.

I don’t really have an end goal weight in mind, I just want to be able to walk into a regular store and have an abundance of cute clothing in my size! 8, 10, 12? I think I want to be somewhere in there. I don’t want to put a number on it; I just want to be healthy and fit. I want to run a 5k and regularly compete in 10ks. I want to do a marathon. I want to have muscles. I want people to look at me and think oh yeah she’s fit.

I don’t ever want to be categorized as big, plus-sized, or chubby. When people look at me I want them to see my beautiful smile or my lovely eyes not my bigger than normal silhouette.

So stayed tuned for this new weekly weigh in thingy. It’ll probably be a rollercoaster ride on the scale, but I’m ok with that as long as there are a few steep dips along the ride.

So anyone have a number that they can’t seem to get away from? Or what’s your ideal weight loss? Does anyone think it’s still possible for me to weigh 185 by my birthday? And I’ll work on the weekly weigh-in page. I’m thinking my weigh-ins should be on Monday? So let’s hope between today and next Monday I at least lose a pound or two.

Something’s missing

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So I had this great post all planned out and written in my head, but I didn’t quite get time to finish it. I had certain pictures that I wanted to have on it and guess what? I didn’t get a chance to take those either.

So instead of putting up a post that wasn’t exactly how I wanted, I will put it up Monday instead. But I can share what it’s about…

So you may or may not have noticed that I haven’t mentioned how much I actually weigh yet on here. As terrifying as that number may be I’m finally ready to announce it. I’m at the point where I don’t feel like I am being honest and taking this weight loss blog seriously if I can’t even share the ups and downs of my weight.

Therefore, I’ve decided to insert a page that will record my weekly weigh-ins. And a post every Monday may or may not go with the weigh in updates. So look forward to that new page and post on Monday.

I’ve been super busy with work and home life this week and I haven’t exercised once! I know shame on me. But I can’t hide that from you all because come Monday you’ll see the numbers for yourself…. Do I really need another reason to dread Mondays?

Happy Friday to all, have a good weekend! I’ll attempt to get some exercise in so I don’t blow up the scale on Monday!

Dora the Explorer

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So yesterday you guys met my workout buddy that I nicknamed Dora the Explorer. I think it may be time for a formal introduction to my work out buddy. I’ve mentioned her many times before because more than half of the time I’m working out she’s right there beside me. Her name is Tatiyana. Sometimes I’ll call her Tati or to her dismay, Tater. She doesn’t like that one at all but she doesn’t bother to fuss at me for calling her it anymore! Who wouldn’t want to be nicknamed after deep-fried goodness of tater tots? Silly girl!

Some people may be able to self motivate and keep themselves on track, but I’ve realized that I can’t do it by myself… I need help. If you’re anything like me your choice of workout buddy is extremely important to you achieving your goals.

It is okay to choose a partner that is a little more or less advanced than you. I don’t think physical abilities are important as will and determination. Through our various activities she’s been able to encourage, push, and even scowl at me when necessary. And I feel that’s exactly what a good workout buddy will do for you. She has her own journey and I’m very proud of the progress she’s made and I also have to credit her for some of my loss as well.

Sometimes our schedules don’t allow us to exercise together but we do talk about what we’ve done separately. I want her to succeed just as much as she wants me to and I think that’s why Dora and I make a good team.

We’re going to do an Amazing race style race in November and that’ll test how good we work as a team! I’m really excited about that race. It’s called the Amazing Raise Presents Battling Batten’s, sign up and get ready to eat our dust! I love talking smack! That race is November 19 in Baton Rouge for anyone interested.

Also on our race schedule is New Roads Fall Festival 5k next weekend and the Reindeer Run in December. This year we completed our first 5k and clearly this has been the year of 5ks. But next March is a Mardi Gras Mambo 10k and I’m hoping next year will be the year of the 10k.

Anyways I couldn’t do any of this without Dora by my side, so you all should find your own Dora. And hopefully you can find one that’ll help you find your way out of the woods because mine can’t!  Or do you already have a work out buddy? What ways do they help you and what types of activities do y’all do together?

I have an announcement scheduled for Friday! I realized a key component of my blog was missing so hopefully I’ll be able to get it done and show it to you on Friday! Every new day is another opportunity for greatness. Let’s all go out and be great today.

Tunica Hills

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Busy weekends and Monday posts don’t quite go well together, but I’ll get it together. Let’s all pretend this was up yesterday! Who would have thought that I had work to do yesterday at work???

I thought I have hiked before, but what I did this weekend was definitely a first for me. We ventured out to the Clark Natural Creek Area somewhere along the Mississippi and Louisiana border. Sometimes when I looked up directions it said LA and sometimes MS, needless to say I got lost on the way there but thankfully there was an officer who gave us directions to our destination.

It was my workout buddy as well as my first time hiking. And although we made it out fine and had a great time it could have been better if we had an experienced hiker with us.

The hike lasted about three hours (including a lunch break of 20-30 minutes). I wish I could say that we’re a couple of great adventurers and navigated the trails perfectly but that is so far from the truth. There were many times when we’d look at each other and say oh what now? But we made it out as we entered AND before dark (we started at about 2pm) so I am happy about all of that. Here’s are some cell phone pics of our adventure.

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Come to find out they had MAPS!!! Why did I miss this? I am really sad that I didn’t have a map but I am quite impressed that I, a geographically challenged person didn’t get completely lost in the woods.

Don’t let the Dora the Explorer picture fool you, she had no clue either!

My scariest moment was on the stairs to nowhere. I was terrified of walking down stairs when I could not see the bottom(this is not a picture of that set of stairs). I did have a moment, but we don’t need to go into the details of me balling up on a stair and shouting that I’m not going any farther!

As I look for accurate information for this post I am amazed at all the maps and step by step trail directions I am finding on the internet that would have been so beneficial to me on Saturday! I guess I wasn’t as prepared as I could have been but at least my adventure still turned out well.  This trail map and directions would have been quite helpful a few days ago.  The main trail descends over 200 feet in elevation from the parking lot down to Clark Creek! If I would have read this before I went, I may have sought out a hiking expert to accompany us. And guess what else? They mentioned this area is home to many forms of wildlife including the Black bear… If I would have seen a bear I probably would have dropped dead right there. But apparently the sightings are rare, but it can happen.

As much as this post sounds like a scary tale, we had a great time and I’m sure I’ll go back soon. Next time I’ll have a map and proper bear defense (whatever that may be). Happy Monday! (I’m still in denial that this is late!)

The link from my friend Bekah’s blog that was mentioned in  wasn’t working so here it is Rebekah Hopes.

Feel free to share some of your greatest adventures with me or do you have any hiking tips that I could use for next time?