Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Goal Check In! :]

Here are the goals that I set for myself a couple of months ago!  I have come so far since then, and I feel I am a completely different person- inside and out.  Here are the updates on how my goals have been coming along :]
Daily Goals:
  • Workout 5-6 days a week (including resistance training 3 times per week)
Reward: After committing to it for 1 month- I join the Wisconsin Athletic Club :] 
UPDATE:  I have worked harder these past couple of months than ever before!  I have a completely new found confidence in myself, because I am doing things I never thought I would be able to do.  I am so proud of myself!- something that I haven't been in years.  I haven't been completely on top of working out 5-6 days a week, but It is something that I am working towards being consistent with. 
  • Take the dogs for a daily walk.
Reward: Well behaved dogs! :] 
UPDATE:  I did a really good job with this goal in the beginning, however as it has been getting colder I have been slacking.  Besides... the chihuahuas can't really endure much of any extreme weather- I need a stinkin' lab or something!
  • Track & write down what I eat each day.
UPDATE:  This is a continuing struggle!  It seems so easy, but I seem to forget and/or not make time from day to day.  I need to just buckle down and DO IT!  I know that tracking what you eat is so important, especially during times of struggle!
  • No soda
Reward: Having teeth when I'm older :] 
 UPDATE:  Going wonderfully!
  • Blog each day about my weight loss journey!
Reward: My blogging friends inspirational comments & motivation! 
UPDATE:  Well.. I have done pretty well with this for the most part, other than my 2 weeks of being shamefully missing in action :(  But I am back on track!
  • Drink 6 8oz. glasses of water each day.
UPDATE:  Going great!
  • Eat 5 servings a day of fruits/vegetables.
UPDATE:  Yikes... hehe.  Definitely need to work on this one.  I'm usually getting between 2-4 servings.  Meal planning time!
  • Take a daily vitamin.
UPDATE: Good :]

Short-Term Goals:
  •   Lose at a rate of 1 and a half - 2 pounds a week.
UPDATE:  I have pretty much had a 2lb. consistent weight loss up until a couple of weeks ago where I really struggled.  I am back on track & am hoping for a great loss this week :]
  •   Lose 20 lbs. by November 3rd, 2009
Reward:  $50 Shopping spree (clothes) for every 20 lb. loss.

UPDATE:  I have lost 10.6 lbs, which means I have 10.4 more pounds to lose in about two weeks.  While this is achievable, I don't know that it is realistic.  We shall see!

Long-Term Goals:
  • Incorporate running into my daily workout routine. 
UPDATE:  I, for the first time since I was a child CAN RUN!!!  I started incorporating running into my workout about a month ago.  While listening to my ipod I run during all of the choruses.  It's a great workout & I am so proud of myself!
UPDATE:  I have a completely new and improved outlook on life.  I have been so much more positive and am beginning to learn to love myself.  This is an amazing milestone!  I know I have a long ways to go, but as long as I stay positive I know I will succeed! :]
  • Reach my goal weight of 155 lbs. by: April 14th, 2011 (my birthday)
Reward:  I couldn't possibly think of a greater reward than reaching this goal!  What a great gift it will be! 
I hope everybody has a wonderful day! :]

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Over the Top Blog Award

So I'm a little late, but I need to fulfill my duties to my "Over The Top" blog award.

Here it goes...

1. Where is your cell phone?   in my pocket
2. Your hair? blonde
3. Your mother?  the most wonderful woman I know
4. Your father?  kind & caring
5. Your favorite food?  Mmm... Pizza!
6. Your dream last night? I don't actually remember any of them...
7. Your favorite drink?  Pink Lemonade OR Hot Chocolate
8. Your dream/goal?  To be happy in life
9. What room are you in?  My living room
10. Your hobby?  Horses, piano, & traveling
11. Your fear?  Failure...
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?  Happy & healthy with a beautiful family.
13. Where were you last night?  TGI Fridays with the family
14. Something that you aren’t?  Skinny..? hehe.
15. Muffins?  Mmm- blueberry!
16. Wish list item?  Get a new job.
17. Where did you grow up?  Milwaukee, Wisconsin
18. Last thing you did?  Checked my e-mail
19. What are you wearing?  Jeans & a Key West T-Shirt
20. Your TV?  Fox News :]
21. Your pets?  3 dogs- Tucker, Clifford & Bella
22. Friends?  They mean everything to me :]
23. Your life?  I love my life.
24. Your mood?  tired...
25. Missing someone?  yeah.
26. Vehicle?  Silver Mazda3
27. Something you’re not wearing? Socks...
28. Your favorite store?  Hmm.. that's a tough one.  Kohls? Old Navy? I dunno..
29. Your favorite color?  Pink
30. When was the last time you laughed?  Last Night
31. Last time you cried?  Friday...
32. Your best friend? Melissa
33. One place that I go to over and over?  Work
34. One person who emails me regularly? Sue :]
35. Favorite place to eat? Japanica.. I love Japanese food.. yum!

*Drum Roll Please*

I would like to grant the Over The Top Blog Award to the following bloggers!:

"Me" - What is your name anyways? hehe :]

I hope that everybody has a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Boy Troubles...

So I'm really struggling right now with not wanting to hurt this guy's feelings... he is totally into me & I am just not feelin' it.. AT ALL!  On the other hand, I know that If I string him along and don't say anything It will hurt him more in the long run.  What do you say?  Help me ladies!!

Maybe if I wore my hat like this he would leave me alone!...

hehe :]

Hope everybody has a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

*Short and Sweet*

I love all of my blogger friends!  You are all amazing, encouraging & inspirational!

I am so grateful for the great support system that I have in you all.  It's a great feeling to know I am not alone on this journey and that there are people out there who genuinely care about my success and happiness.

Thanks so much to every single one of you for making me smile each day :]

Love, Katie

Honest Scrap Award :]

So today I must fulfill my duties of receiving the "Honest Scrap Award".  Which means you will be learning ten things about me you probably didn't know... I hope I don't bore you :] hehe.

1.  I attended a Spanish speaking school for 4 & 5 year old Kindergarten.  Trust me.. you could never tell by listening to me speak it.  Yikes!

2.  I am a cowgirl at heart!  I love horses- I just sold my baby boy (Cole) a few months ago, because I just didn't have enough time for him anymore between work and school.  Hardest thing I've ever had to do :(

3.  I love to travel!- I have been a lot of places in the U.S, as well as Paris, France & South Africa :]

4.  Oh gosh... this is getting hard. haha.. Umm... I am going to school (well.. not this semester) to be a labor and delivery nurse.  It is what I have always wanted to do!

5.  I love photography.. I wish I were better at it.  But that leaves me much room for improvement!

6.  I have obsessive compulsive disorder... It sucks!

7.  I LOVE animals... they are the best! We have three dogs- 2 Chihuahuas and a Shihtzu/Toy Poodle Mix.


8.  I play piano :] & organ.

9.  I want to have a big family someday.  I love kids!

10.  I have struggled with being overweight nearly all of my life... It is only just recently that I have learned to love myself the way that I am.  I am so excited about the changes that I have made in my life to be happier and healthier! :]

Goodnight All!

Monday, October 12, 2009

+2.2 lbs.

Wow.. that was NOT fun at all to put as the title of this post, but it is what it is.  I figured why not just weigh in tonight (already a crummy day) instead of ruining my day tomorrow.  Well there it is folks... I gained 2.2 pounds these past two weeks..  But I am officially over it and moving on!

I AM going to work harder than ever before & I AM going to reach my goals, because I AM worth it! :]



 This is by far the hardest blog post I've had to write thus far.  I have been putting it off for almost 2 weeks now... :(  I have completely fallen off of the bandwagon.  I feel like garbage!  I haven't been working out & have been eating whatever I want...

Life threw me some stressful curves and I went right back to my old, crummy ways.  I am so disappointed in myself!  I have felt sick nearly every day from making unhealthy choices, but it hasn't been enough to get my butt in gear.  I skipped my past 3 weight watcher meetings (I have no idea what I weigh), but I would most definitely not be surprised If I gained all of my weight back.  Gosh!  How could I do this to myself?!

I'm really struggling right now with life in general and I guess I just gave up and felt I was no longer worth it.  I wish I were a stronger person... I wish that I was able to find value in myself and be more positive.  My self confidence has plummeted, but I know that I can get out of this slump.. I have to.  I promised myself that I would do this, and I am going to get it done no matter what.

I am going to weigh myself tomorrow.. face the news.. & move on!

I have missed all of my blogger friends :(

Kat- you're a dear!  You made me smile for the first time today :]  Thanks for the "Honest Scrap Award"

I will share 10 things about myself tomorrow when I am a whole new, positive, upbeat, happy, confident person :]

I hope everyone is doing well!  I am super excited to catch up on all of your blogs!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Grand "Shred"-Nale!- 30 Day Check In

SoOo... today is the grand finale of the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred Challenge! :]

When I look back on this past month I cannot believe how far I have come.  I have literally changed my life completely around!   I have done things I never thought I would be able to do... I have uncovered a new spark of self confidence :]  And most importantly, I have learned to love myself.

In just this short period of time I have already begun to accomplish so many of the goals that I have set for myself.  Here are a few:
  • Be Healthier- Well this one goes without saying..
  • Feel Strong & Fit- I feel absolutely phenomenal!  I have so much more energy & stamina.
  • Not Fear Going To The Doctor- I went last week! :] :] :]
  • Feel Better About Myself- I have come so far in this area... My self confidence has skyrocketed this past month.  I am living and loving life like never before & it feels amazing.
Here are my current stats & pictures after 30 days of shredding!

Bust-  52.5" (1/2 inch loss)
Waist- 43.5" (2 inch loss!)
Hips- 57" (1 inch loss)
Thigh- 31" (1 1/2 inch loss)
Arm- 19" (same)
Total Inches Lost:  5 inches
30 Day Grand Total:  13 1/4 inches! :]

Starting Weight: 315 lbs.
Weight After 10 Days Of Shredding: 309.4 lbs.
Weight After 20 Days Of Shredding: 306.6 lbs.
Current Weight: 302.2 lbs.
Weight Loss: 4.4 lbs.
30 Day Grand Total:  12.8 lbs! :]

Pictures From Day 1 Of The Shred:

Current Pictures After 30 Days Of Shredding & Healthy Eating:

Time To Go Shopping! :]

 Thank you everybody for your amazing support for me in this journey!  Congratulations to all of the ladies who accomplished the Shred Challenge.  & a special thanks to Syl for starting the challenge and being an inspiration to us all :]

Hope everybody had a wonderful day!  Goodnight & God Bless! :]