Monday, June 25, 2012

Okay's six months after my last post.  I am down 31 lbs on the scale.  I have lost 36 lbs in body fat and gained 4 lbs of muscle.  I am a happy girl.  The biggest change is in my belly area.  These are horrible pics.  I literally fell out of bed and took them.  LOL!  No makeup, no hair, no shower.  Pretty.  :)  Will post more pics in a month or two. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012


After about a week of clean eating my body has gone thru a sort of detox. Lots of tummy grumblings and headaches. I feel better today, but had some intestinal issues this morning.

I've been reading my new Clean Eating magazine and gathering some new recipes. I need to venture out a bit in the kitchen. It gets boring eating plain old chicken breasts and rice. There's a world of spices and recipes out there. I eat oatmeal, protein powder, and berries almost every morning. I think something new is due, don't you?

I had a wonderful salad for lunch today. I used organic greens, added grilled chicken, feta cheese, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, and a few dried cranberries. Topped with a little raspberry walnut vinaigrette.

I'm getting back in the groove as far as eating goes. We'll work on exercise next week :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

One day at a time....

That's all we can do. One day at a time. It's great to have goals, but to reach them we have to take one day at a time. Days add up to weeks, then months, then years. That's how habits are made. That's how physiques are changed.

I used to think I had to change everything all at once. I've since changed my mind. I think that I need to change one thing each week (or month)and focus on getting that one thing perfected. Too much change can mess with you! It can overwhelm. I'm a really good example of that.

We also have to be patient. Rome wasn't built in a day. The pounds will come off, but at a rate that is sometimes frustrating. Two lbs per week. When a person is 100 lbs overweight that seems mind blowing...BUT...1.5 to 2 lbs per week translates to 75-100 lbs in ONE year. That sounds fabulous doesn't it?

I joined Beachbody's contest, and I'm going to also do the challenge. A girl from DEWEY of all places won this year's challenge. Dewey is about an hour from where I live! A local girl...pretty cool. My turn.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

A new year, a new beginning. I'm so glad the slate is wiped clean. I can put all the crappy things I did/ate away for good! Time to move on...nothing is impossible.

I realized a few things today. DUH...LOL! I have mentioned my addiction to purchasing workout/nutrition/diet ebooks, books, and DVD's. At first I bought them to educate myself, but in the end it did nothing but freeze me into inaction. Information overload. I have too many choices, this makes me indecisive. I threw away almost all of my ebooks and dumped them off my computer. I gave all my diet books away except for my Tosca Reno Clean Eating books. I gave away probably 20 DVD's and I probably have another 30 in my drawer. I feel so much lighter already! LOL!

I read an article by John Berardi. It was about what type of workouts should you do to lose fat. He says...the important thing is to just move your body. You should do cardio and weight training. Work your way up to 5 hours total combined cardio and weights. Could it be that simple? I've spent hundreds of dollars trying to find the ONE perfect program, and in the end all I have to do is move my body. What a revelation!

So that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to actually USE the equipment I have and play the DVD's. I laid out a six month plan in my last post. I'm going to actually DO IT! Novel idea! LOL!

So...if you want to, follow along, join me. I'd love the company.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Another year...Still FAT

I'm feeling like such a loser. I tried to drop major pounds before my cruise this past August. I did really well w/ my program--8 weeks. That was it. Then I started floundering. Reading and thinking maybe I should do something else. When that happens you are screwed. NOTHING gets done. Here I am a year later and I am EXACTLY where I was at this time last year. I've had it with myself. One good least I have NEVER given up on myself. I'm just inconsistent. A FB friend of mine asked us all.."what is the one thing that gets in your way--it's too early, no time, etc" MY ANSWER WAS....ME. Plain and simple. I AM THE ONLY THING GETTING IN MY WAY.

I have made a new plan for 2012. My first rule: DO NOT STRAY FROM THE PLAN. DO NOT RESEARCH, READ, BUY ANY NEW PROGRAMS. I am an e-book junkie. I have them all. I think I have EVERY DVD out there also. it. it. Jillian Michaels or Mari it. Name it, I have it.

Here's the plan:

Eating: I am doing my old stand-by Diet Center plan. I lost 60 lbs TWICE with this program. Based on good clean food--fruits, veggies, lean meats. No crap has to be purchased.

Workout: Month One: Firm Express. This lasts 4 weeks. Good for beginners. Will get me started without feeling overwhelmed. 3x per week. Intervals and weight training.

Month Two - Four: Chalene Extreme--90 day weight training. Fabulous program from

Month 5-7: New Body Pump DVD from

Will post the rest when we get there.

I also joined a challenge on

I promise to post at LEAST once per week. I need a reader out there to please hold me accountable. I'm gonna lay it on the line, pour my guts out and get control of myself. It ain't gonna be pretty. I hope someone will read and join me.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lots of new stuff to report.....

Before (Jan 3, 2011)

So...the last time I posted, I was discussing the cleanse that I was doing. went fine. At the very LEAST it got me motivated to get back on my Clean Eating and Exercising wagon. I would like to thank the Cleanse people...they make a good product. If you aren interested in the product information please leave a comment and I will get it to you.

In January I started a program that has meabsolutely ECSTATIC. I have been on it for 8 weeks and have lost 15.8 lbs of FAT and 13.25 inches. It has given me the OOMPH I needed to get my act together. I made fabulous progress and am STILL dedicated to the program. Which is absolutely amazing to me! I usually never finish anything! I stuck to it thru the WHOLE 8 weeks even though I had some trying times--I was sick for a whole week, my hubby was home for 5 days (he's an OTR truck driver, I see him about every 8 weeks or so)
These can be things that usually dump me on my ass. I persevered and made it thru.

The program is Fabulous Fatloss by Josh Tapp. I will get a link up for you soon, but you should be able to google him and find the programs.

Some things that kept me on track: I planned my meals for the whole week, shopped, cooked, and packaged them up on Sundays. I wrote out some short term goals: which btw...I blew out of the water! I kept track of all my measurements--the most motivating thing of all. I also bought a notebook and cut out pictures, articles, and words that motivated me. This book acts as my "vision board" I read it every day and add to it as I see things that move me.

I am still a very BIG little girl. I'm still only 5'2 and if you went by the scale I am probably in the morbidly obese range (215) HOWEVER!!!!! One thing I learned--if I only had a scale to track my progress I wouldn't have seen the progress and would have been so depressed for only losing 5 scale lbs. If you don't already know this: THE SCALE LIES LIKE A DOG!!!! Throw it out!!! I used calipers for BF, I measured body parts, I took pics. These 3 things tell the whole story.

So now I have a new goal. My daughter is getting married in September. We're going on a cruise. So I have to get myself in gear! I want to wear a nice dress. I will report my journey weekly and you can cheer me on! LOL!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I've been gone for a LONG time.

Me in 1974. Great pic, huh? I forgot how little I actually was. I had a 24" waist at that time.

It is time I jump back on the Fitness horse. I have had a rough year and I pretty much stopped doing everything GOOD I have learned over the last two years. I'm not saying I gave up....I just stopped. Not sure why, I gained back all the lbs. Feel crappy, but still know that I was on the right track and I can do it again. I (we) have discussed the fact that all of us can easily get information overload and get frozen into inaction. Well I had that happen and I have decided that I am the only one that knows what I need. I know what to do. I know what to eat. I just need to do it. I threw out all the ebooks I bought. All my "diet" were trashed too! I have cleaned my house and my mind. I feel like that little lady on Poltergeist when she "cleaned" the spirits....This house is clean.

A couple of weeks ago I was approached by a company called Dr. Natura. They make a product called Colonix and Toxinout. They asked me to "try" their products and report on my blog. I said Sure, why not! I'm always up for Free stuff... :) They maintain that in our modern, toxic world our liver, colon, and other organs require regular cleaning. The process is called detoxification. I'm not sure I go along with this, but I'm all for trying something new. I am going to report how my detox is going...this is going to be a two month program for me. I started on Saturday, Oct. 2nd.

I am to take an herbal Liver and Colon purifying complex in the morning along with a fiber powder about 15 min. later. The pill are okay. The fiber takes like yuck...HOWEVER...I mix it in with my shake in the morning and it is fabulous. Love it. In the evening when I am ready to relax, I have an herbal tea to drink..I am not a tea drinker, and don't much care for it. The taste is fine. I have no problems with it, other than I don't like tea. :)

Over the next few weeks I will give you more info regarding the products and company that produces them. Their website is:

Friday, August 7, 2009

Feeling good today!

I've been eating right and exercising at least 5 times per week. I can feel some changes. I've dropped a couple more lbs. That makes me happy. As long as I see a steady downward trend I'm happy. I don't just mean in lbs, but inches as well. I am down several inches in the last 3 weeks. I've been logging my food like I used to do, and keeping track of measurements. It really makes a difference.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Well...all the water weight from my trip has seemed to have dissipated. I feel more like myself. I am even 1 lb down from Friday. Not bad! I just need to keep going.
I've got some goals to meet, and I can't mess around!

Monday, July 27, 2009

A very nice day, today...

My 4 month old Lab--Jake, and his "cousin" Deuce. Deuce is the most beautiful little Wiemaraner.

I got out my Eat Clean Diet book and re-read the whole thing. There are some things that I need to work on. I've been eating clean, and it's getting easier to do everyday. I still have some glitches, but they are fewer and far between. I had a cheat meal this weekend--burger and fries. I only ate 1/2 the bun, and didn't finish my fries. This was a lunch meal, so I got right back on my "clean" stuff for my afternoon snack and dinner. That's a huge improvement for me, usually eating ONE thing "bad" sends me off on a weekend binge. I guess you really can teach an old dog new tricks!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Goals and Stuff....

I lost 6 lbs towards the Transfigure Fitness Challenge. I had to drop out of the challenge due to a $$ issue. BUT....I have continued on. I have a new meal plan, I am working out like I should be and I feel good. I'm still in control. I haven't had any chocolate in two weeks. I know if I can get past this little hump, I will be fine. I just need to get it out of my system: physically and mentally.

I have 7 months left to Phat Camp. I have plenty of time to make some MAJOR changes. I have always worked better under pressure...I think a year out was too much time for me. I just kept putting it off... but NOW, I've got my shoulder to the stone, and I'm plowing ahead.

I'll have some new measurements on Sunday. I hope you day goes well and you spend some time with your loved ones.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy July 4th!

I'm waving my flag and wishing you all a happy 4th.
Don't eat too much! LOL!!

Monday, June 29, 2009


I hate Mondays. Everything just feels like such a crisis on Mondays. Everyone is stressed out. Me, too. I had a bad weekend. We camped. I ate.

So I start all over again to lose the same 5 lbs. I gained and lost for the last 6 weeks. This is ridiculous. I know better. I have my eating plan and workouts mapped out, I am ready for the new week.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

It's Thursday...

Picture of my son's unit in Afghanistan. Thank goodness, he is home now.

and I am doing pretty well! I have eaten more or less according to plan...and by that I mean...I may have skipped a couple of food items, but I ate all my meals, stuck to my calorie alottment, and didn't eat any junk or chocolate! I call that a minor victory! I'm happy with that.

I've done all my workouts so far this week. That makes me even more happy!
I'm a pretty happy camper right now! :)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Another Day, Another Pound!

I weighed in on Friday and I was down another pound. That makes 6. Woohoo!
I am plodding along, and trying to do things the right way. Sometimes, I make a mistake, but I just keep moving along. I know that with hard work the mistakes will be fewer and fewer...that just comes from practice. I don't beat myself up like I used to. I just recognize it for what it is. Then I move on. That's HUGE progress for me.

I have lost 2 inches off my bust and butt. I'm very happy about that! My pants are starting to be loose. Yay! Tops are still a bit snug. I'm like most women--Rather than buying a larger size (18) I just wore my 16's until they were ready to split! THAT's what got me off my duff and working out again.'s going to take some time before I get to the next size.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I keep sabotaging myself. Every Friday like clockwork, I buy a chocolate bar. I'm not talking one of the little flat ones, I'm talkin' the BIG HONKIN' one...the one that cost 2 bucks, and had about a thousand calories.

I have promised Kim that I would not do that anymore. My first weekend is coming up and today, I feel like I can do it. I need to hang on to this feeling thru the weekend.

What makes us do this? All I know is that I'm sick of it. Any progress I made during the week is gone by Saturday morning, and then I have to work all week just to get back to what I was! It's crazy. Who would do that to themselves?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

A new week...

My lumpy dumpy fat ass cat, Spike. Lord knows, I love him to death!

I am proud of myself this morning. I did my lower body circuit three times through this morning! I kicked butt!

My eating has been a bit off due to home shows and such--had a show on Saturday. No matter how prepared I am, I always bring too LITTLE water or not enough food. I felt very dehydrated on Saturday night and some on Sunday.

Kim gave me a new menu, which I REALLY like. I tend to overdo it on the "good" carbs: rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc. The new menu limits them to a degree. I think I will show better progress.

I'm very excited. For the first time in a long time, I have all my ducks in a row...mind, fitness, nutrition. Woohoo! Watch out for Shari!

Friday, June 5, 2009


In the last 3.5 weeks I have lost 5 lbs. and just over 9 inches. I am really pleased with this progress. I am struggling continually with food, but I can tell that I am learning to make the right choices. My workouts are fabulous! Kim changed my routine. I am now doing an upper/lower body split. Today was upper body. Yesterday--lower body. My butt and quads are sore and my pecs too (from today's workout) I'm not lifting HUGE amounts of weight, but most exercises I am using 10-15 lb dumbbells. I have seen progress from Day 1 as to how much I can lift.

Here's a funny little story...I was sitting on the potty this morning, thinking about my measurements that I had just taken. I thought, " 1/4 inch a week makes 1 inch a month--that means that in 6 months my boobs will be 6 inches smaller!" Isn't it funny how 1/4 inch can become a really BIG deal? 1/4 inch over time can mean all the difference! This is a number than I CAN ACHIEVE...a goal I can reach. It excites me! Getting my boobs back in the 30's is like a dream come true! Most women want bigger boobs, but ain't all it's cracked up to be! I'd gladly trade what I have for a nice perky set of 34's! LOL!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Some Humor for the Day!


Sunday, May 31, 2009

Women who inspire me.....

This is Heather Bear....I met her at PHAT Camp in January. She is, among other things....wife, mother, figure competitor, admin asst to Jenny Hendershott. One of the most caring and sweetest people I know.

This is Jenny Hendershott....the current Miss Fitness International. She is head of Phat Camp. The best experience of my life and She is the reason I restarted my fitness journey. I plan to go to Phat Camp in January 2010, and knock her socks off!

This is my "coach". Her name is Kim Mitchell. She also is wife, mother, figure competitor, personal trainer. I am honored to know her. I found her when I was just about to give up.

Last, but not least...Shari Kraft. Yes, ME! I inspire myself. It all starts with me--with you....If it's not IN us, it just won't happen.

Eat right, train hard, you're an athlete!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Just a thought...

My son's platoon in Afghanistan.

"Don't let anytime go by in your day when you don't think about your goal. Make every workout, every meal, and every thought count"...Kim Mitchell

The Weekend...

Started off badly on Friday. Had two pieces of pizza and some Cheetos. What a combination. I NEVER eat Cheetos. What was I thinking? I really, honestly think the pizza and the Cheetos tried to send me on a binge. All I craved for two days were carbs. I felt like a shark trolling for food! I did not eat anything "BAD", I just probably had too much of the good stuff--I had baked fries on Sunday. I know that I should have eaten about half what I did. I love hamburger patties. So I had one. It was grilled and very lean. I feel bloated and yucky today.

Did my circuit workout this morning. Made it thru twice. Pat on the back "pat, pat". I love this circuit. I am making progress. More reps, and heavier weights.

Pushups: Reps: 17 and 15
Lat Pulldowns: 80# on the Bowflex
Reps: 15 and 14
Mil. Shldr Press: 10 lb DBS.
Reps: 12 and 12(barely!)
8 minutes on Tread Mill--intervals
squats: Reps: 20 and 20
10 lb. DB's
Skier Squats: Reps: 15 and 15
10 lb DB's
Plies w/upright row: 8 lb DB
Reps: 12 and 12
8 min Intervals


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day

Let's take a moment to remember our forefathers who fought and died to make us free. Let's honor the men and women who are fighting NOW for our freedom. My son, David is in Afghanistan. Pray for him and the men there with him.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Zone...

Today was the first time that I really felt "in the zone". I was visualizing me and what my workouts are doing for my body. I was really focused on how I would look when I went to Phat Camp in January. It felt like I was looking out the window at a new me. Daydreaming. Before I knew it, my walk was done.

Monday, May 18, 2009

How was your workout today?

My boys playing in the water...

I had a wonderful workout today. I was able to do my circuit two times thru this morning. It was hard, but I felt so good doing it! Sweating and walking up "hills" on the TM, doing the weight was so cool. I just can't tell you how much better I feel, physically AND mentally!

Eat Right, Train hard, You're an Athlete!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Declare your Independence.....

from bad food, bad habits, bad mindsets. You don't need them. They are holding you back...

I am a strong woman and part of the "Fit 4 the 4th" Team, I am declaring my independence. No more wasting my time and effort. No more lack of accountability and personal responsibility--because I am a part of a TEAM, and I am being "counted upon". I am committed to training smart and eating clean to make the changes I desire. I will train hard,and not whine about it. I will just do it.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I'd like to introduce you to....

Kim Mitchell. She's my on-line coach. Doesn't she look great? She's just about 1 week away from her first show of the year. I don't know how long ago this picture was taken....a few weeks ago anyway. Let's all cheer her on.

Today was a cardio day...not much to report. I walked on the treadmill--no brainer.
I'm eating right, too. Great day.

Hope your day has been as great as mine!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Isn't this a great picture? Does anyone know who it is??? Hmmmmm???? It's Rachael Cosgrove. Google her, you'll see what a great person she is.

I finally figured out how to do my circuit! Thank you, Kim for helping with that! My workout this morning was hard, but not too hard! I worked up a good sweat, and worked my whole body! I was a teensy bit nauseous after I finished for a couple of minutes, but it passed just as fast as it came on. The girls at Transfigure Fitness are having a Fit 4 the 4th Challenge. W get points for submitting our workout and nutrition logs. Guess who's leading?!! ME!!! By .5 of a point!!! I am going to work hard to win. I really NEED a free month of training! Money is tight and I dont' want to waste it, so I am giving this challenge my ALL.

lat pull downs
military press DB
TM for 8 min--intervals
Ball squats
bicycles for abs
TM again for 8 min. intervals

I'm supposed to do this circuit 3 times, but that's a tad much for me. I did it once thru. We'll work up to twice next. 3 times thru will be WAAAAYYYY down the road! LOL!!!!

Have a great day. Eat Clean. Do your training! You're an athlete!