Saturday, September 19, 2009

I made it past 50!!!

FIFTY POUNDS... not fifty years!!! Can you believe it??? This feels amazing!! This week I weighed the exact amount ELEVEN years ago when it was confirmed that I was pregnant with Will!!!! 52 pounds less than what I weighed in February 2009!!!! Yea!

I am no longer working out at Fitness Together. They were good for me and helped me get my life started on a good healthy track. I am at the Y now. I work out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5... yes... BEFORE school!! I have a new trainer... he is wonderful!!! He played football at Alabama, but I don't hold that against him!!! He is a great motivator and all around great guy... his name is Brandon.

Most of you know that I'm back in the classroom... I'm teaching 9th grade English at Spain Park High School and I'm loving it!!! I will keep you posted as I can... life is SO crazy right now... just treading water most days... but it's a good pool to be in!!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

another day...

Okay... for those of you who might check my blog occasionally, I did just add the one from June 9 today... it's been hard to post that one.

Am I still working out? Yes, I've been working out with Steve. He is a really good workout and I believe my body is still changing.... HOWEVER.... Steve is not for me. When I first joined Fitness Together, I explained that I needed someone to care about me and my health... I wanted to "buy a Bob" (you know, like from Biggest Loser). Well.... Steve is no Bob. Okay... I go to work out FIVE times a week. I have worked out with him TEN times now... are you ready for this? The man can't remember my name... YET! He never remembers what we did the day before, he always acts like it's the first time we've worked together. ARGH! It's driving me CRAZY! And.... he's one of those beefed-up guys... I have no doubt (mostly due to his short-term memory loss) that there have been steroids in his past. He's always got some ailment that we have to talk about - his back, his muscles, his knees... um... we're here for ME!!! AND he tells me every other day about his 30 second spotlight on ESPN one time.... who cares???

Do I want to go workout? Not really. I'm hoping my attitude has something to do with the heat and having my butt kicked by this class I've been in for the past 2 weeks. Now that the class is over, I'm going to switch to afternoon workouts... I think I get to train with a girl named Andrea. She's supposed to be good... I just like it when they act like they know me and act like they care about me.... that is, after all, what I signed up for in the first place. Is that too much to ask for?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


My little work-out world was rocked yesterday. I am no longer working out with Rodney. He is leaving Fitness Together, and I'm trying desperately to be happy for him. I'm much better today than I was yesterday... and tomorrow will be even better! I have 48 sessions left in my contract, so I'm staying put. I'm hoping to find a trainer that suits my needs... if not, I'll put in my 48 sessions and be done. I know I have to give these other trainers a chance... but arghhhhh... Rodney and I worked so well together. I know that he put a lot of prayer behind his decision, so I can't question it! (anymore)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


OH MY WORD! I have been on cloud nine all afternoon! I got to do my evaluation today, and I lost 19.4 pounds... 16. 2 of that was nothing but FAT! 9.13 additional inches are GONE! Since I started 14 weeks ago, I have lost 41 pounds (33.8 of those pounds were fat) and I've lost 25.51 inches from my neck to my calves!! UNBELIEVABLE!! It has been over 7 years since I've weighed under 200, and I am there... just barely.... but I'm there and I'm NEVER going back!!

I just cannot tell you how excited I am! I feel amazing! I can't tell you what it means to me to have all the encouraging words. This has been a very hard road and thanks to my Jesus, an amazingly supportive husband and some awesome friends, I am making it down that road... thank you my friends and my sweet hubby! Of course I have to thank Rodney Golden for being my rock! He keeps me focused, he is nothing but encouraging, and he kicks my butt when I need him to. Thank you Rodney... you are SO much better than Bob (Biggest Loser)!!

Let me take this moment to encourage all of you to get healthy. It's not about losing pounds, it's about getting healthy... eating right and exercising EVERY DAY so that you will be around a lot longer!!! It doesn't take long to make it a habit. Call me and we'll walk!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I can't believe it's been so long since I've blogged! Most of you know that I've been getting my certification updated so I can go back to teaching. I took a 2 week May Term class that kicked my butt!! I've not used my brain that much in TEN years!!! It's over and I'm one class and one test closer to getting that certification! YEA!!

How's the working-out? Great! We have started working out FIVE days a week! I did five days for the first time last week, and I'm trying it again this week. Rodney is on a much needed vacation (first one in 7 years - yikes!), so I am working out with other trainers... today I got to work out with Donny. He was a pretty good workout... he's no Rodney, but it was okay.

For those of you that are interested.... I'll be weighing and measuring next Wednesday, June 3rd. I just can't wait to see where I am... I feel great and I'm wearing some 16s now!! Yea!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Reason #852...

Okay.... cute picture, but I'm considering this Reason # 852 why I should keep working out! That chick in lane 4 needs some serious work! JUST when I think I'm looking good, something like this happens! OMW... I wish I had a "before" picture with me bent over like that so I could see how far I've come! And who EVER told me those shorter pants looked good.... OMW... will I EVER have smaller calves???

Okay... this is a bit of a wake-up call and a confirmation that I'm doing the right thing. I know I have a long way to go... but when the clothes are feeling so nice and loose, it's easy to think "I must be lookin' good!!" Hahahaha..... llllllooooonnnnnngggggg way to go. This stinking road is hard.

IF anybody reads this and wants to know about the 'interval training' that Rodney is doing, call me and I'll tell you when and where.... This Thursday, May 7, is the last FREE day to try it out.

I'm going to eat some carrots & chicken.... :)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Amazing... at least to me!

Okay... it's been a while, hasn't it?! I've been noticing some differences in my life and in my home that I want to share with you.... I think it's a pretty cool list. See what you think...

1. I have only been through ONE drive-thru (it was in Arizona when I needed a quick lunch... I had the turkey club w/o cheese or mayo... took the bread off myself!)
2. I have only had bread 3-4 times (cheesy bread - always with a BIG salad!)
3. I have not bought TUMS!!!
4. I bought one 24 pack of Diet Coke on March 24th and I still have 6 left! (That's a BIG wow because I used to buy those at least every 2 weeks!)
5. I've brought my 3 mile walk down from over an hour to around 48-50 minutes! (Call me if you want to walk!)
6. I've started YOGA and I'm sort of liking it.... if I could just get over myself!!
7. I'm wearing clothes that I haven't worn in 5-10 years... the high-waist jeans have to go!!
8. I've got more energy than I've had in a lllllloooooonnnnnnggggg time!
9. Grapefruit has become my fruit of choice!
10. I have not had "real" pizza or pasta ONCE.... not once. wow.

This is by far the hardest thing I've ever done.... I thank God for my support group that seems to be growing! It's crazy the people that God is bringing into my life to share this journey with. I'm loving it!