One woman…

…on a mission to get healthy!

I’m going to do it August 16, 2011

Filed under: Exercise,Goals — dawnyalh @ 6:55 am

I’m going to participate in a 5k. It’s been over 3 years since my last one and it’s time. I set a goal at the beginning of this year to start doing them again and even started the c25k program but quit early on. I won’t list all the excuses I gave myself for quitting back then. I’m sure they sounded valid enough. Now not so much. This morning I did week 1, day 1 of c25k. On the day of the RACE, I’ll be in my 5th week of c25k. The last time I did a 5k for the first time I stopped doing the program and just started jogging straight away. Not sure if I’ll do that again or ago ahead and complete the program. I’m doing this with a few of my coworkers so we’ll see how it goes.

As for the c25k this morning? I downloaded a program that beeped in my phone for when I needed to jog/walk. It worked great as long as I held my phone. I also had this program called jog tracker I used. that one was quite funny since it said I only went .02 miles. It didn’t register the number of times I went around my yard, just the one time. The c25k  counter went off when I put it in my pocket so I missed my cues. I just used the other program and jogged for 1 minute intervals and walked for 1 minute intervals until I felt myself getting a blister on my right foot. I stopped after 18 minutes. I didn’t feel like a failure. I didn’t want to harm my foot and risk not getting to do this again on Thursday.


I should be super excited August 15, 2011

Filed under: Goals,Weight Loss — dawnyalh @ 7:13 am

But I’m not. I’m under 300 in a long, long time. I think it was before I had Nate but I’m really not sure. I know when Jeff bought me my Wii fit I weighed more than the 330 pounds that it requires you to be. I owned it for over a year before I FINALLY got under the 330 to play with it. I actually cheated and took the carpet adjusters and it weighed me about 10 pounds less and started using it before then and when I got down enough put it back on and sucked it up and let it say I had a 10 pound gain.

Today I weighed in at 297.5. I’m under 300 pounds FINALLY and this morning it was just another day. Woohoo. Notice the joy in my typing. Really. Notice it. (Actually you should notice the sarcasm). I don’t know it’s it because I’ve done this a billion times in the past or what but it just didn’t “whip me into a frenzy” to quote a line from one of my favorite movies. This would be the weight I “started” my journey at so many times before. I guess I’m just being cautious and that’s a good thing.

So today I’m under 300 for the first time in a long time and I’ve lost a total of 55 pounds from my highest weight.


What a wacky, wild weekend August 1, 2011

Filed under: Exercise,Food,Goals,Weight Loss — dawnyalh @ 9:02 am

And, I loved every minute of it. It was great to just get away from the everyday mundane super busy and get to somewhat relax. What was served at meals was out of my hands but how I reacted and what I chose was not and so I went with it and logged every bit of it. Sure I could have passed up the brownie and ice cream that was served with the barbecue dinner on Saturday but I didn’t. I also didn’t sit and fret over the calories and wage a mental battle on it. I went with the flow ate it and moved on.

I received a whole lot of information to the point of information overload but in a good way. Just have to take the time to type up all my notes so I can re-process everything. Besides the hike we took getting to the swimming pool more than made up for those calories I consumed with the brownie and ice cream. It felt good hiking even if I did get a wee bit winded but I held my own and kept up with my three companions. The swimming pool felt absolutely divine and was worth the hike.

I’m down to 304 this morning. Getting closer to being under 300. Planned out my meals last nigh for today other than dinner but still have a crapload of calories leftover for it so I’m not worried. I did over an hour of Wii fit plus last night to burn off over 300 calories. It was some goal I had set up on it to burn off that many some time ago and just never took it back off. Figured now was as good as time as any to do it again.

Other plans for this week:

  • Begin Biggest Loser on the Wii tonight
  • Continue Planning/Logging meals
  • Wii Fit every day even if it’s just the fitness test
  • Search for simple, quick and easy recipes to do once school starts back

Oh, I have found me a mini goal of sorts. These:

Size 24 shorts

They are a pair of Size 24 shorts I bought Summer 2010 and could wear because they wouldn’t fit over my fat thighs. Figured I might as well try and get some use out of them before I shrink down too small. 😀 As hot as it’s been around here, I’m sure we’re going to have hot weather until Christmas so it should be doable.


Starting fresh July 28, 2011

Filed under: Exercise,Food,Goals,Weight Loss — dawnyalh @ 10:58 am

Wow. Yeah. It’s me again and I’ve found my way back…to blogging. I’ve deleted my old blog and started fresh with a new location. Why you ask? Several reasons that all sounded great in my mind at the time. I did export it all and have it for posterity or whatever but the main reason is because I want my blog to be about my health. Yes I know my life has many facets it to it and they overlap at times and they all play a role in said health but I originally started this thing to focus on my health and decided I would bring it back full circle. I might go through some of the older posts and bring them back but I doubt it. What’s the point in starting fresh if I dwell in the past?

Why am I here now? I don’t know would be a good response but it would be a cop out. I enjoy writing. Always have. Always will. I haven’t used this creative outlet in a long time. But it still doesn’t explain why I’m here. Jeff and I have been married for nine years now. Yay!!! When he and I first got married, one of the “stipulations” was that on our 10th anniversary we would renew our wedding vows and I would get my “dream wedding.”

There is now:
Daisypath Wedding tickers

Until that wonderful date. And you know what? I’m still fat. Bigger even than I was on that blessed day 9+ years ago. I don’t want to be fat on the beach next June. I’ve looked at a lot of beautiful wedding dressing and they come in plus size and “normal” size and I asked myself which do I want to have to buy next year? I really don’t want to have to buy the PS one. I found me an App to put on my phone to track my food and exercise and started that last week. Damn I can chow down on some calories but I was honest in tracking them. Sunday evening I just decided to do something. I wasn’t sure what but something.
As I drove to work on Monday figured I’d just do that same damn 3-day diet. Yes, it’s a fad diet and way below my calories I should have but it was better than flying blind and stopping at fast food. I stopped at the grocery store and stocked up for the supplies to get me through those first three days. I modified it so I ate calories that would be closer to the 1600 MFP suggests I eat and finished it yesterday. I also whipped out Wii fit plus—not without the ordeal of finding out it had been so long since we’d even played the Wii that the power wouldn’t come on.
MY PSA FOR THE DAY: If you have a Wii and the power won’t come on, try unplugging it first for about 30 minutes and then plug it into the wall to see if it will power on before going out and buying a new cord. I can’t take credit for this little gem. I found that info on a review on Amazon of a cord I was about to buy for ours that a guy got from a friend.
My 3-day “diet” is over and today is a new day but I have planned. I keep telling myself that Failure to plan is planning to fail. I went to the store yesterday and got a grapefruit for breakfast and a yogurt for snack. I still have some bread and peanut butter for afternoon snack and was going to have a health choice frozen dinner. Have a kid with me at work today so I modified the plan to instead get a McDonald’s salad and have the frozen meal tomorrow. I am still flying blind in what I want to do but I am taking it day by day until I can find something that will work for me. School starts back up in less than two weeks and I’ll have to learn a whole new routine for everyone’s schedules. Day by day is it for me.
Starting Weight: 313 (from doctor’s scale)
Heaviest Weight: 342
Goal Weight: ??? Don’t have one. I’d love to be under 200 at this point

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