Day 7 – The End of the First Week!

It was easy to get back into the formal routine of things today since I didn’t completely binge and get derailed this weekend. What an amazing feeling! I am starting to PMS though so I was a little more hungry than usual. And hungry for bad things, not good. 😦 So, I did have some potato chips with lunch and a skinny cow ice cream sandwich, but all were within my daily calorie count so I am not going to stress or worry about it.

Ferocious storms rolled through tonight and there were a few times when it looked like a funnel cloud was going to touch down at any moment. Here are two shots I took from my apartment. Notice the eerie green sky (the picture doesn’t even do it justice, really). Where I’m from, a green sky means favorable tornado conditions!



Thankfully, I was able to get a run in before the storms! Time to watch this lightning storm and call it a night so talk to you tomorrow!


  1. Ran for 40 minutes (3.1 miles) – walked for 15 minutes

Food Log

150 calories – Oatmeal w/ a little butter and sugar
33 calories – Coffee w/ milk
40 calories – Piece of Quest PB&J Protein Bar
80 calories – 1 oz. Pistachios
80 calories – Dannon Light and Fit Pineapple Greek Yogurt
150 calories – Panera Potato Chips
80 calories – Panera Chicken Noodle Soup
200 calories – Panera Thai Chicken Salad (no dressing)
35 calories – Coffee w/ milk
170 calories – Quest Coconut Cashew Protein Bar
70 calories – White Cheddar Popcorn
55 calories – Ak Mak Cracker with Cream Cheese
120 calories – 99% Lean Ground Turkey Patty
50 calories – Sauteed Mushrooms
107 calories – 1 cup Herbed Mashed Cauliflower
150 calories – Skinny Cow Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwich
65 calories – Cheese and Crackers

Total calories burned – 533 calories
Total calories consumed – 1,635 (1,733 allowed)
Under 98 calories

79 days to reach my goal…


Day 6

Today was a fun day! Ryan and I woke up and went to the store to get some breakfast and then went back to his house to cook it. We started to look into booking a week trip to Milwaukee this weekend and our trip away to Austin in August. We are looking into staying in haunted hotels in both places – FUN! 🙂 So while we were looking at these hotels, we started watching the movie “The Conjuring”. Have any of you seen it?? OMG – FREAKY! Watch it if you like scary movies. 🙂

After the movie we went to the driving range. I will give you a little back story to this – I bought a set of clubs two or so years ago and have used them one time. Yep, ONE TIME. I went with an instructor from my work to the driving range and hadn’t touched them since. Well, Ryan is an avid golfer (and very good, too!) so he helped me with my swing and gripping the club. I have to say – I didn’t think I was all that bad given it was my second time ever using them and my first time playing in over a year. We did the putting green and then went out on the course for a few holes too, and by the end of the afternoon, I was swinging and hitting the ball much better. I think getting out and doing it more often will help, and I hope we get out and play again soon! 🙂 Here is a little collage I put together from the day:


We went back to his house afterwards and had a delicious dinner then drove into the city and ended the night with some froyo. I did slip up a little more than I wanted to today, but with the first week almost under my belt and not really having a cheat meal, I didn’t feel guilty. 🙂 Back to the grind tomorrow. Talk to you then!


  1. 2.5 hours of golf (driving range, putting green, 5-6 holes) (I’m not sure how many calories this burns, but when I typed it into MyFitnessPal, it seemed high. Considering I was driving a golf cart for some of the time, I’m going with 80-90 minutes of actual swinging time and 300 calories burned.)

Food Log

60 calories – Coconut Water
100 calories – Starbucks Soy Caffe Misto
68 calories – 4 Egg Whites
150 calories – Plain Oatmeal w/ a little butter and sugar
50 calories – Fruit Salad
110 calories – Buffalo Pretzel Crisps
170 calories – Kettle Corn
84 calories – 6 Reduced Fat Ritz Crackers

792 calories up until this point. I ate the following below, but don’t have an accurate calorie count. 😦

1 glass of Riesling Wine
Chicken Kebab
Sauteed Veggies
Garlic Bread
Frozen Yogurt

80 days to reach my goal…

Day 5 – Taste of Joliet

Note – I was in Joliet Saturday and Sunday so I am just getting around to posting these on Monday morning!!!

First things first! I stepped on the scale this morning because I am EXTREMELY impatient. Haha! I wanted to make sure that everything I have been doing for the past 4 days has started to work. Well, it certainly has because I am down 4 pounds! The scale read 162.0, which is still way heavier than I want to be…and where I was prior to the float trip…BUT I still have 3 full days before my Tuesday weigh-in. I am hoping that I can get down another pound or two before then, putting me right at 160.0. My goal in the first month was 10-15 pounds (because I assumed that some of that was water weight from the float trip) so if I hit 160 by Tuesday, I should hopefully be able to get down to 154-155 by July 24th. I’d be thrilled!

I went for a 6.6 mile run today and felt pretty good. As you’ll see below, I burned 1,185 calories. Holla! That gave me some freedom for when Ryan and I went to the Taste of Joliet tonight. We saw Brett Eldredge and Eric Paslay. They were soooo good, and I got the chance to meet Eric! Exciting stuff! I had a few 16 oz. beers, but only a few sips off of each one. I would say I had one total everything combined so you’ll see that reflected in my calorie count. We went to dinner after the taste (didn’t care to stay for Thompson Square) and ended up going to this sports bar called Heroes West. As tempting as the burgers, fries, pizza, etc. were, I ended up going with a baked Walleye with sauteed spinach and veggies on the side. I was proud for that one! LOL 🙂 Anyhow, I’m pooped and off to bed so write more tomorrow! xo


  1. 6.6 mile run – 1:30 total workout

Food Log

210 calories – Quest Peanut Butter Supreme Bar
72 calories – Medium Pink Lady Apple
100 calories – 100 cal pack Emerald Natural Almonds
30 calories – Starbucks Grande Iced Coffee w/ Soy Milk
95 calories – 1/2 Quest PB&J Bar

Total from here is 507 calories. It was hard to keep track of the calories the rest of the day, but I did make a conscious effort to be smart about what I ate. I have logged below what I ate, but hard to tell the calorie count. 2,385 is the amount of calories that I was allowed for the day so minus the 507, that still leaves me with 1,878. Plus the extra calories I had “left over” from the week. I’m not too worried about it! 🙂

1/2 Turkey Leg (meat only – no skin)
16 oz. Bud Light
5 Vodka Sodas (not a ton of vodka, mostly soda water)
Baked Walleye with Sauteed Spinach and Grilled Veggies
Kettle Corn

81 days to reach my goal….

Day 4 – The Weekend is Here!

I am so happy the weekend is here! I stayed in tonight and got some stuff done around the house (laundry, cleaning, etc.). I also got a workout in, but it wasn’t as good as I had hoped. I think with the weight gain, it has really slowed me down as far as my running pace, endurance and so forth. I am still extremely sore from my leg workout on Wednesday so I’m sure that isn’t helping either. 🙂 But, I just keep telling myself that a workout is better than no workout, and it will only be a matter of time until I’m back to where I was fitness wise!

The other thing is that I have been extremeeeeely tired and sleeping like a rock this week! I feel like I have no energy, when I should be full of it! Can anyone comment on this? Do you think it’s because my body is adjusting back to a healthier lifestyle?

Anyways, I’m off to bed here shortly because I am exhausted! Going to run for as long as I can tomorrow since it’s my “long run” training day. Good night, and talk to you tomorrow!


  1. Ran 10-15 minutes to the gym
  2. 10 minutes on the elliptical
  3. 5 minutes on the bike
  4. Chest – Press on the Freemotion machine – 3 sets of 12 at 20 lbs
  5. Chest – Butterfly on machine – 3 sets of 12 at 40 lbs
  6. Triceps – Free weight above head – 3 sets of 12 at 7.5 lbs
  7. Triceps – Free weight “back rows” – 3 sets of 12 at 7.5 lbs
  8. 10-15 minutes walk/run home

Food Log

146 calories – Spinach, Egg White and Cheddar Cheese Bake
72 calories – 1 Medium Pink Lady Apple
33 calories – 1 TBSP Cream Cheese
33 calories – Coffee w/ 1/4 cup milk
160 calories – Chocolate Peanut Butter Quest Bar
35 calories – Laughing Cow White Cheddar Cheese Wedge
22 calories – 1 Ak Mak Cracker
23 calories – 1 Large Carrot
90 calories – 3 oz. Trader Joe’s Chicken
30 calories – Starbucks Iced Coffee w/ Soy Milk
192 calories – 1 small Trader Joe’s Organic Avocado
190 calories – Vanilla Almond Crunch Quest Bar
20 calories – Celery Sticks
33 calories – 1 TBSP Cream Cheese
215 calories – Shredded Buffalo Chicken
44 calories – 2 Ak Mak Crackers
35 calories – Laughing Cow White Cheddar Cheese Wedge
65 calories – 14 g Air Popped White Cheddar Popcorn
80 calories – Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt – Chocolate Cherry

Total calories burned – 460
Total calories consumed – 1,518 calories (1,660 allowed)
142 calories under

82 days to reach my goal!

Day 3

Today was a good day! My legs were super sore from doing legs yesterday, but that good type of sore. Know what I mean? 🙂 I am part of a Women’s Group at work called WIN@S, and I serve as the Education Chair for the Chicagoland Area. I host different educational events each month for our members, and this month’s series was held tonight. It was a workshop on Yoga and Meditation taught by one of my colleagues Vidya. She did an awesome job teaching us the motions and techniques, but boy oh boy did my legs HURT! The stretch was good, but I’m fearful of how they will feel tomorrow! LOL! I was also able to get a quick run in between work and the yoga session so while I was unable to burn as many calories as I would have liked, I am glad I got a 30 minute walk/run in and a one hour yoga session. 🙂 I’m pooped though so good night, and talk to you tomorrow!


  1. 30 minute run/walk
  2. One hour yoga session

Food Log

146 calories – Spinach, Egg White and Cheddar Cheese Bake
72 calories – 1 Medium Pink Lady Apple
33 calories – 1 TBSP Cream Cheese
33 calories – Coffee w/ 1/4 cup milk
80 calories – Dannon Light and Fit Banana Cream Greek Yogurt
100 calories – Emerald Natural Almonds (100 cal pack)
215 calories – Shredded Buffalo Chicken
100 calories – 1/2 cup Brown Rice
35 calories – Laughing Cow White Cheddar Cheese Wedge
90 calories – 1 Small Banana
33 calories – Coffee w/ 1/4 cup milk
130 calories – Trader Joes 96/4 Burger Patty
25 calories – Steamed Broccoli
40 calories – Sauteed Mushrooms in 1/2 tsp Olive Oil
95 calories – 1/2 Chocolate Chip Quest Bar
44 calories – 2 Ak Mak Crackers
15 calories – 1 TBSP Trader Joe’s Spinach and Kale Dip

Calories Burned – 400 (maybe more, but I turned my HRM watch off half way through the yoga session because my HR was not up)
Calories Consumed – 1,286 (1,600 allowed)
314 calories under

83 days to reach my goal!

Day 2

Day 2 went pretty well! I had a customer meeting downtown this morning, in which I had to meet one of my colleagues at  Panera. I went for a healthier option to where I could still eat and get to know him before going into the customer. Once I got home, it was easy to stay on track and not slip up. Then again, it’s Day 2. I’m confident that I’ll be good through Friday, but Saturday is certainly going to tempt me, as I am going to the Taste of Joliet with Ryan. Brett Eldredge, Thompson Square, Dan and Shay and Eric Paslay are all performing. It’s going to be a country/booze/food fest, and I am hoping to stick to my guns and not get tooooo tempted. Well, I should be able to stick to it since I saw myself after taking these pictures today. Not happy! LOL! Take a look!

Front View – June 25, 2014

Back View – June 25, 2014

Side View – June 25, 2014

Don’t be scared off, but I did promise them! I also stumbled upon a picture that I took of myself right before I started dating Ryan. See a difference?


Hahaha sooo yeah, the relationship has definitely gotten the best of me, in many ways, as you can see! But, that’s alright because I am able, willing and determined to get this weight off! I can’t wait to post progress photos/stats on July 24th!

Anyways, not much new other than that so below is my workout log and food log for the day! Talk to you tomorrow!


  1. 11 minutes running to the gym
  2. 10 minutes on the stairmaster
  3. Legs – Squat Machine – 100 lbs – 3 sets of 20
  4. Legs – Forward Lunges – 10 lbs in each hand – 3 sets of 10
  5. Legs – Leg Curl (Hamstring) Machine – Level 5 – 3 sets of 12
  6. Legs – Leg Extension (Quads) Machine – Level 3  – 3 sets of 12
  7. 15 minute walk/run home

Food Log

290 calories – Panera Power Breakfast Sandwich (with egg white)
60 calories – Half/Half in Hazelnut Coffee
130 calories – 4 oz. 96/4 Trader Joe’s Lean Ground Beef
35 calories – Laughing Cow White Cheddar Cheese Wedge
44 calories – 2 Ak Mak Crackers
95 calories – 1/2 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bar
72 calories – 1 Medium Pink Lady Apple
33 calories – 1 TBSP Trader Joe’s Cream Cheese
33 calories – 1/4 cup Milk in Coffee
215 calories – Shredded Buffalo Chicken
80 calories – 94 g Sauteed Kale in Olive Oil
95 calories – 1/2 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bar

Total Calories Burned – 475
Total Calories Consumed – 1,182  (1,675 allowed)
493 calories under

84 days, exactly 12 weeks from today, to reach my goal!!!!

Day 1 – The Beginning of a New Journey

I almost cried when I stepped on the scale this morning. I was prepared to be up a few pounds from this past weekend’s activities (float trip, drinking like a fish, eating HORRIBLY, etc.), but I was shocked when the scale read 166.0 pounds. Wow, that is the heaviest I have been in…………I can’t even remember?!?! I am so upset with myself! Some of it is water weight from all of the bad food I ate and will come right off, but Dear Lord Almighty save me. Lol. This is just unacceptable!

Ok – I’m done with the pity party. I am not going to let this bring me down. I am using it as fuel for motivation, and I now have a challenge to lose 26 pound in 85 days! I am certain that I can lose 10-15 pounds in the first month with hard work, dedication and consistency. Once my body gets back into the routine of consistent healthy eating and working out,  it will adjust and the weight will come off quickly (at least I hope!!!! LOL). The other 10 – 15 pounds will be a little harder to shed, but I am fully confident and determined that I will meet my goal by September 17th.

Before I get into the measurements, I want to share one thing (see below). I received this text this morning after I explained to Ryan that I gained 3-4 pounds over the weekend and have started the blog back up. Having someone like him to help motivate and encourage me through this is going to make a world of difference. He even said that he would skip on apps and dessert when we go out to eat so I’m not tempted! That’s HUGE for me, since every meal together is always a production! I feel pretty darn special and lucky to have him as a boyfriend! 🙂


Now, with that said, below are my measurements. I did not have the time to take pictures and upload them tonight, but I promise I will post them tomorrow! Measurements are:

Neck – 14 inches
Bust – 37 inches
Arm/Bicep – 12.5 inches
Waist – 34.5 inches
Hips – 42 inches
Thigh – 23 inches

Thursday, July 24th will be the next time I post measurements and pictures. My goal is to be 150-155 pounds by then, depending on how much of this weight I am currently carrying is water weight. Last week I was 160-162 so to have gained 4 pounds over a weekend seems crazy, but definitely possible. lol. Another thing I am going to do is take a face picture everyday and compile a time lapse at the end of these 85 days. With that said, my fridge is stocked with healthy food, and I’m feeling pretty good about today. Below is my food log and workout. Talk to you tomorrow! 🙂


  1. 15 minutes running to the gym
  2. 15 minutes on the elliptical
  3. Biceps (side) – free weights – 10 lbs – 3 sets of 12
  4. Biceps (front) – free weights – 10 lbs – 3 sets of 12
  5. Back – Cable Machine – 30 lbs – 3 sets of 12
  6. Back – Lat Pull Down – Level 3 (I think 30 pounds?) – 3 sets of 12
  7. 20 minute walk home

Food Log

72 calories – Medium Pink Lady Apple
66 calories – 3 Ak Mak Whole Wheat Crackers
67 calories – 2 TBSP Trader Joe’s Whipped Cream Cheese
40 calories – 2 TBSP Half/Half in Coffee
288 calories – Spring Mix Salad (3 oz. = 15 cals) with Trader Joe’s Balsamic (2 TBSP = 25 cals), Chicken (3 oz = 90 cals), Broccoli (85 g = 25 cals), Hearts of Palm (75 g = 22.5 cals) and Deans 4% Cottage Cheese (1/2 cup = 110 cals)
90 calories – Small Banana
105 calories – 1 TBSP Organic, Natural Peanut Butter
100 calories – Emerald Almonds (100 cal pack)
130 calories – 4 oz 96/4 Trader Joes Lean Ground Beef Patty
70 calories – Sauteed Swiss Chard with Garlic in 1 tsp Olive Oil
100 calories – Brown Rice (1/2 cup)
35 calories – Laughing Cow White Cheddar Cheese Wedge

Total Calories Burned – 353
Total Calories Consumed – 1,163  (1,553 allowed)
390 calories under