Ideal Shape

Anybody out there use protein/workout/weight loss shakes? I have just become an affiliate for Ideal Shape meal replacement shakes. 🙂

My daughter and I are IN LOVE with the cookies-n-cream shake!!!!!!! YUM-YUM!

If you’re interested in reading about their products (shakes, protein bars, etc) click on the following link in this post OR click on the image on my home page.

Ideal Shape

And come back to see my AFTER WORKOUT videos I’ve started making. 🙂

2013-Bring It On!

This will be a short one. Mainly because my ADD brain can’t suffer through writing a long post right now. 🙂

REVIEW of 2012:

Reading-I read a total of 226 books toward my goal of 250. Could not make it to the 250! Will lower my goal this year. That’s how you succeed at something-just lower your goal. LOL. 🙂

Running-Oh, boy. I could go on and on and on and….but, I want to be short today. Well, I’m short everyday since I’m 5’1, but you know what I mean. I started running in January 2012. I.AM.A.RUNNER. 🙂 30 lbs lost. Woohoo! 🙂

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Start-163 lbs                               Now-134 lbs

PLANS for 2013:

Reading– Want to read, umm, all the time. 🙂 I’m thinking a goal of 200 books.

Running-I’ve signed up for a half-marathon at the end of February. I actually think this will be the only half I want to run. I’m not good with training. 🙂

Other– I want to gain more muscle tone so I’m going to start some strength training. I DON’T LIKE strength training so I’m thinking some squats, crunches, planks, lunges, and some itty bitty 2 lb dumbbell arm exercises.

Here’s some stats for my blogging from 2012. Boring stuff. 🙂

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 39,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 9 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

What are your 2013 goals/resolutions?

Cholesterol Queen

I have crowned myself. The cholesterol queen. 🙂

If you have been following my blog you know that back in December I weighed 163 lbs. I’m 5’1. Yes, I was fluffy.

My thyroid doctor checked my cholesterol back in September 2011. It wasn’t good. He wasn’t happy.

When I went to see him at the end of June he was VERY happy. Take a look at why:

Sept 2011                                    June 2012

Total                           241                                                141

Bad                             173                                                 89

Tryglic.                     102                                                 50


That’s what running and weight loss will do for you folks. I now weigh 129 (yes I gained a few pounds while I was in DC!).

Before pics.


After pic.


How do you feel?





Lose a Marathon Challenge

I’m not trying to lose weight anymore since I got to my goal weight of 125 (to 127) back in April and have maintained it so far. BUT Jess over at Run With Jess is having a weight loss challenge called “Lose a Marathon”. You can sign up for this challenge if you are in the process of dropping some pounds right now. She also has a “Lose a Half-Marathon” challenge (13.1 miles).

And even if you’re not wanting to lose weight you still need to go check out her fabulous blog-she is constantly drumming up something new-giveaways, challenges, etc.

Back to the weight loss thing-I can’t tell you how much better I feel now that I have lost almost 40 pounds. Well, I can tell you because I’m telling you right now. 🙂

I mean, that’s like carrying around a small child!

It all began when my husband said…….I think I’ll save that for another post all by itself. Keep you on your toes. 🙂

Have you ever been on a quest to lose weight?

Ready for summer challenge-week 2 update

I feel like I did great on week 2 of the Ready for Summer Challenge. Especially Mon-Wed. 🙂

1. My longest run this week was 6.5 miles!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woohoo! And I hadn’t even planned to run that far, but just felt like I could keep running. 🙂 My time was 1:21:43.

2. I did GREAT with 2 fruits each day. *patting myself on the back* I still need to plan better for the veggies, but I did ok with them throughout the week. I didn’t reach my goal of 2 per day but I did eat: broccoli, green beans, carrots, spinach leaves, cucumbers, squash, grilled eggplant at a Mediterranean rest.

3. I am slowly getting to my goal of 125. The last time I weighed (Saturday) I was at 132 which is down from 133.4 last week. If that is different tomorrow morning I will update this post. 🙂

4. GET READY for this one. You know how I said I eventually want to get into a size 6? I know that not ALL pants/jeans/capris are sized the same so I am sure that I can still wear some size 10, BUT…..the size 8 jeans of my daughters are a little too loose. 🙂 🙂 🙂 AND-I went to Cato’s to try on a size 6. They fit, but I thought ummm..why not just try on a size 4 while I’m here? I FIT INTO THE 4!!!!! Now remember-I do know that I won’t be able to fit into all size 4 pants!!! But I fit into these!! So yes, I bought them!!!

New exercise-Interval training. HIIT to be exact which stands for High Intensity Interval Training. And because it was soooooooo high intensity-I only did it 1 time! 🙂 But I do want to continue to do this 2-3 times a week because I felt the burn!!!! It was supposed to be a 15 minute workout where I would sprint for 8 seconds then jog for 12 seconds-repeating for 15 minutes. 8 seconds is a loooong time! Just ask me or any bullrider! 🙂 I can definitely see where this type of workout will burn fat!!

Here are my goals for this week:

Stay sane. 🙂 My daughter’s senior prom is Friday!!!! Our state testing is this week at school! I have a conference that I have to go to Friday night (probably around 2 am AFTER the prom) and Saturday. I have a “Save Our Schools” Rally at 2pm on Saturday. My daughter’s 18th b’day is this weekend. So I might make a mini-goal of getting through the week WITHOUT taking some anxiety medicine. 🙂 Oh, and I forgot-I haven’t done our taxes yet!!! AND my part-time job stuff is due by Friday and I am NOT finished! 🙂

OK-where was I? My goals for this week:

1. Run 5 times this week with 1 run being 6 miles

2. Get some protein and healthy eating into my days-I want to start eating some oatmeal and fish. Not together. 🙂 Try the 2 veggies per day.

3. Do at least 2 HIIT workouts

4. 50 crunches per day with some jumping jacks and squats-I want to tone up

Good luck to everyone else on the challenge!!! What’s a new goal that you have set for yourself?

Ready for summer challenge

I just found a new fitness challenge to get ready for summer. You have until Monday, March 26th to join up at Ready For Summer Challenge.  The challenge lasts from March 26th-June 3rd which is a 10 week challenge.

There are 4 goals for the challenge:

1. Weight loss

2. NSV-Non-scale victory

3. Exercise

4. Nutrition

Here are my personal goals that I have come up with:

1. Bring my weight down from 137 to 125

2. Fit into a size 8 jeans

3. Work my way up from running 3 miles without stopping to running 6 miles

4. Eat healthier-lots of fruits, vegetables, and protein

So come along for the fun-join the Ready for Summer Challenge!


Update on my journey

I have posted my 3rd set of “progress” pictures on My Journey page. I now weigh 137 pounds-started at 163! Woohoo! 🙂

This morning I went to zumba (even though I stayed up til 4am THIS MORNING! Mapping out “part” of my next year’s science standards-I will be changing from teaching reading/language arts in 6th grade to teaching science to 5th/6th graders. I’m super excited! But DON’T let me get started about how the textbook is FULL of so much info that you couldn’t possibly teach it all and how one Alabama course of study science standard might be spread across 3 different chapters to meet the standard!!!! Oh, sorry-I did get on my soapbox!). So as I was saying-I went to zumba and then walked a 3 mile trail at a local state park. It was a good workout!

I have run 3 miles 3 times this week and walked a lot and gone to zumba twice. It’s been a good week!