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Saucony– an I love you post.

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I recently tweeted (twittered?) about my trials with my Saucony Grid Excursion TR5 shoes— namely the rubber guard on the toe falling off and the insole coming unglued — see pictorial evidence below:


I love Saucony..I always have. I tried on my first pair about 6 years ago and have never purchased another pair of running/walking/exercising shoes since then. So you can imagine my disappointment when each pair I purchased started falling apart sooner than the last. However, within a day of complaining to the company–I recieved a message on Twitter from the company with an apology and a code to help me purchase a new pair to replace my falling apart pair.


I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to Saucony. You’ve shown me that you really do care about your customers and I’m a lifer. 🙂




Spring in 2 Action Week 2 update

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Well, it’s been two weeks since I started the “Spring in 2 action Challenge” over at Shrinking jeans and this week was much tougher than the first.

I had some mental issues (read about them Here) and they really took a toll on my self-esteem. However, I still managed to get to the gym most days this week and have been having a great time on the Arc-Trainer. I bumped up to 40 minutes at a time today and burned 573 calories on that alone!!

I got a chance to run a bit a work (more like chase someone) and it really surprised me how far I was able to go and how long I was able to keep up just compared to a month or so ago. Working the cardio on the arc trainer and then putting the treadmill on an incline for 30 minutes at a 3.0 speed really has made a huge difference. I can’t wait until the snow is off the trails here so that I can practice my running outside for my 5k in May.

Overall though, I’m down 5 pounds in two weeks and have upped my push ups to 22 at a time (not where I wanted to be , but I’m happy )

Here’s to a great week..and to an even better one next week!!




40 Minutes Arc Trainer 572 Calories

“Unless You Puke, Faint or Die, Keep Going!”

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This is going to be all over the place..I apologize in advance–

A–I’ve been watching “Losing it With Jillian Michaels” today and I’m in awe of the life-changing force that is Jillian Michaels. She sees right to the heart of these peoples issues and makes such valid points. If I could put her in my pocket and carry her around all day and take her out when I’m feeling down and have her tough love me back into shape, I so would.

B–I had a mini mental breakdown this weekend and realized that I felt that I wasn’t “ENOUGH” for anyone.  I wasn’t enough of one thing for one person, I wasn’t this for another person… and I was ready to just walk away from everything that I have here and just run and hide in some dark distant corner of the I drove the cemetery where my mom is laid to rest and sat in the parking lot and just let it all out and cried for hours. The best part of the whole night was turning on the radio and hearing a song that has come to mean so much to me after my mother died. which to my knowledge has never been released for air play, so that caught my attention and then I heard .. and I knew somehow my mother was telling me that it was okay, I was going to be fine.

C–So today, I decided that I was taking charge of my life and I went out and rented an apartment. I’ve been living at home with my dad ever since mom passed and its time for me to move on. I  didn’t move all the way to New Hampshire from Nebraska to live at home for ever. I’m 31 and I need to get on with my life. Yes, I’m divorced; yes, I’m back in school at 31 but it’s okay. I can move forward and onward to better things.

D– and the icing on the cake– My best best best friend sent me a link to an amazing song after listening to my recounting my mental break down and how I was just feeling so worthless and he couldn’t have picked a better song.

oh..and I went to the gym today:

Arc Trainer 30 Minutes 412 Calories
15 Minutes 100 Calories


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42-34-42 – I am an hourglass for sure. Since 05/08 I’m down15 inches in my hips, 14 in my waist and a total of 65 lbs- up 5 in the bust though.

I can’t believe I had an additional 15 INCHES on my hips. Where the hell did I keep it? I’ve still got the J.Lo booty– so I’m not sure what left, lol!! I know my waist went down. It used to stick out like I was pregnant, even whenI wasn’t.

Here’s some comparison shots:

Around my heighest weight ever– give or take 10 pounds.

And a recent shot:

Every once in a while, I amaze myself and realize just how far I have really come.




Stair-treadmill ergometer, general 30 minutes 200 Calories
Arc Trainer 30 minutes 425 calories


Spring in 2 Action Week one update

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Well, it’s been a week since I started the “Spring in 2 action Challenge” over at Shrinking jeans and I must say…it’s been fun.

I have had the chance to get to know Katy over at “Swedish Pancake”..and she’s pretty awesome. If you haven’t read her blog or her twitter updates, you’re missing out on knowing a wonderful lady 🙂 So go on, follow her on Twitter.

I’ve pushed myself hard on the Arc Trainer at the gym, and have been consistently burning 400 plus calories in my 30 minutes that I spend on it. I must say that it gives me quite a thrill to look down and see that many calories gone with such a low perceived rate of effort. Don’t get me wrong…it’s hard as heck especially when I’ve got the resistance dialed up to 55 and the incline at a 6 but it’s amazing to see those numbers. I’ve done alright with my push-ups this week as well. I’m at a solid 20 before I can’t do them with proper form anymore.

Eating on the other hand, I’m not doing well. I have a tendency to just not eat as my appetite runs to the low side. I have a hard time getting to my recommended calories each day, and trust me–while it seems like a good problem to have, it’s not. When you aren’t eating enough, weight loss will plateau. According to the Harris Benedict formula of BMR I have a basal Metabolic rate of 1644.08, which is what my body burns just being alive. So based on my activity level I can consume 2548 calories and not gain weight, but to lose weight I need to eat less than 2048 calories a day. However, with what I managed to eat to day, I am only sitting at 1100 calories. That’s below the 1200 minimum recommendation for women and well below the daily deficit of 500 that I am going for.

So my question to you is:

How many calories a day do you eat? Do you know your BMR? How do they match up?

True Confessions Tuesday

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#1.  I feel like just bursting into tears at the disappointment I feel in myself. I made a resolution this New Years and I broke it. I lasted three months and then in one night, I lost everything I’d worked for and put myself right back into where I was before.

#2. I’ve been completely unmotivated this week. I’m avoiding the gym, I’m putting off tracking, I’m reaching for things– that while they comfort me in the moment– aren’t any good for me. This just gets me into a cycle of “if I didn’t go to the gym today, I’m not going to  make myself eat well, because it’s just not going to do any good”….and then if I don’t eat well, I’m much less inclined to go to the gym because I feel crappy over what I’ve eaten.

Looking at these confessions, it just proves to me that they are both tie into the same thing– My emotions– more specifically, my *negative* emotions and how overwhelmingly present they are in my life all the time.  I was diagnosed with Clinical Depression a few years ago and it occasionally breaks through my medication regime and rears its ugly head.  I know that the way I’m feeling right now is part of that and I know that I just have to keep the faith so to speak and trust that I can ride this one out…

treadmill 10 minutes 80 Calories
Arc Trainer 30 Minutes 432 calories

Spring in 2 Action Challenge (Witty Retorts and a Challenge)

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I’m a sucker for a challenge and I’m all over this one.  The Sisterhood of Shrinking Jeans is hosting a 6 week weight loss and fitness challenge. I put out the call for a partner on Twitter and Katy answered.

We collaborated on a team name — Witty Retorts — as we both are HUGE fans of sarcasm 🙂 , shared some of our story with each other and now, we’re off and runnin’. Maybe not literally yet, but definitely figuratively. Now our challenge is how to motivate one another with out being in the same area.  It’s gonna be fun.

If you aren’t signed up yet..why not? Get your but over to the registration page and sign up..if you don’t have a partner– the lovely ladies over there will help you out in finding one.

After all…What have you got to lose?




Elliptical Trainer 30 minutes 312 calories
Stair-treadmill ergometer, general 30 minutes 197 calories