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!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I hate walking on the treadmill. It's so boring. BUT!! I did something different. I walked for 4 min. then I did a "hill" at 6.0 incline for a minute. Then I walked again at 3.0 for 3 min. and repeated the cycle until my 35 min. were up. It was fun, and the time went by. Good sweaty workout. I am so happy that I signed for training. There are so many good tools on Kim's site to help keep me on track. I have food log, workout logs, a forum, direct email to Kim. There's tons of articles, exercise library, and a blog. I feel encouraged.

A fabulous thing happened today! My sister, who is WAY more overweight than me, (like 350lbs.) finally asked me for help. I bought her a copy of the Eat Clean diet by Tosca Reno along with the cookbook. I figured this was a good starting point for her. We made up some menus. I explained about cooking once or twice a week, and portioning out her food. She's also going to sign up at Curves. She's started walking around her neighborhood. I am so happy. We're gonna keep each other accountable. My sis is the most beautiful girl. She's tall, lt brown hair and blue eyes. She has spent the last 15-20 years morbidly obese--had a drug problem (which she conquered several years ago). I'm so happy that she wants to change her life and body. I knew she would eventually come to this point--it had to be HER idea.
I am a happy girl :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

A new beginning....again.

My new puppy. We've had him for 2 weeks. He's 10 weeks old, and his name is Jake.
he loves the water, and we have already been on a few walks.

One thing you can say about me is that I always get back on the wagon! I've fallen off for a few months, but I'm up, and I'm driving!

My trainer Kim of TransFigureFitness has me on a great program. I'll be documenting my progress here. We are currently having a July 4th Challenge. The finish line is 8 weeks away.

I met Kim on Spark People about a year ago. She started her website sometime in March. You should check it out. I trust her, I know I will do well with her--she's a no-nonsense kind of person. I need that. BUT I also need someone who understands a women's life and challenges. She obviously does...she's a mom, wife, trainer, figure competitor, websites....etc. She's busy.

This morning I did a circuit of weights and cardio...something like this:

shoulder presses
lat pulldowns
10 min of intervals on TM
10 min more of TM
bicycles for abs

I'm supposed to do this up to 3 times around....I got ONE in today. Let's just EASE into this fitness thing! LOL!!! The workout was challenging, even only doing one round.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

My New project...

I have decided that I need to get serious. Serious about me. I got myself a good trainer, and she's working with me to help me make changes. I start my new program tomorrow. We will be exercising and eating right again. I fell off the wagon and gained a LOT of weight. So it's Eat Clean time, and move the body time.

She (Kim) is helping me realize that I am worth the hard work. I just need to take one day at a time. After awhile I will have a whole string of days, then months....
There is no end to what I can do.

Phat Camp is coming Jan. 2010. That seems so far away, but it is only 8.5 months away. Time is slipping away. I have to meet my goal of 50 lbs by January 21, 2010. There is no way that I am going to be the fat girl at Phat camp, again! It was hard and very emotional. I loved every minute, but I swore that I would be in better condition next time. Jenn Hendershott is a wonderful person and I can't wait to show her what I can do. She awarded me with a FREE Phat Camp, I want to make the most of it. So my journey continues.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Day 5....Fine in '09, Part 1

I'm not going to keep track of days. I have the start and end in my journal and I know when I get there! I always skip or miss and get the wrong day. It stresses me out! I lose count!

I feel physically lighter today. I know I have lost a bit of fat. I can feel it. I feel so much better than a week ago. My whole outlook on life has changed. Of course, I think getting a job helped with that!

Hey! I took my first drug test yesterday. THAT was an experience! I've never had an employer that required one!

I am eating pretty well today. I like the low cal days better than the refeed day, but since this is my first week on program I am still kinda working out the bugs. I am moving forward and isn't that what we all want? One day at a time. I promised myself I wouldn't get the cart before the horse this time.

I'm still a bit sore in my butt and my biceps. My weakest spot is my shoulders. Everything else is working fine.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Refeed Day

Since I am following the RTP program with all the other Shredders, we are doing what is called a Refeed Day. A high cal day after 3 low cal days.

Nutrition: One slip.... had a handful of dried cranberries. For me that is a major thing...before I would have had chocolate or whatever. At least I am learning to make better choices.

Exercise: got up at6...did my thing and for some reason felt really tired and went back to bed for a couple of hours. Feeling great now.

I did some visualization today also. That's kinda fun.

Hoping you have had a great day and making the right choices.
PHAT camp is in one week! Can't wait.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Day 1 of Fine in '09 Mission, Part 1

I started the RTP Transformation program today. I have figured that to meet my goals I will need to do 3 12 week parts, plus one 4 week. That is a total of 300 days. Today was day one....only 299 more to go! LOL!!! I can't look at it like that or I won't finish. The next 12 weeks (90 days) are all I am concentrating on, even at that, I am only doing one day at a time. I aim to do the best I can with every day. My goal is to fit into a size 14 at the end.

My eating was fabulous, I did my strength training, and visualization. I shopped and cooked. I even started my own journal, aside from this blog. I am recording what I eat and my exercise in a daily planner. I like to be able to read and SEE my progress as I flip thru the pages.

ONE MORE of Feb.2, I will be gainfully employed again! WooHoo! The pressure is off and I am feeling more like ME every day! I can't believe how far off track I have gotten! Geez!

I took my measurements and expect to see them change weekly. Will update on Mondays. we go! We're gonna be hot mamas when we're done!

Saturday, January 17, 2009


I have the wonderful opportunity of attending Jenn Hendershott's PHAT Camp in Phoenix, at the end of this month.

For those who dont' know who she is, she is the reigning Miss Olympia 2008. She takes time out of her busy life to teach women like me how to exercise and eat right. She also throws in a bit of competition training (which will never apply to me, not my thing). This pic is from her recent Olympia win.

Here are some FAQ's from her site:

What does Phat Camp stand for?
Well it can stand for whatever you want it to stand for, but in Jen’s terms is stands for Power, Hard work, Ambition, and Triumph.

Will Jen Hendershott be at the camp all weekend?
YES! Jen is Phat camp and with out her there is NO camp. Jen will talk and walk you through the entire weekend. She will train with you, have lunch with you, sign pictures for you, spend one on one time with you, and she might even share a tear or two with you. Jen gets up close and personal about her successes and failures. Jen will not be performing at camp but will share videos from the past competitions. Jen is also assisted by a great group of women that are called the PC UNIT. (Phat Camp Unit/Staff)

Is Phat camp right for me?
Phat camp is a camp designed for women who want to learn about being the best they can be. Train with Fitness International champion and Ms. Fitness Olympia champion 2005, (and now 2008) Jen Hendershott. For 4 years Jen has dominated the world with her knowledge and excitement for life through the creation of Phat Camp. 2008 will mark her 6th year of opportunities to helping women all over the world. You will work one on one for 2 1/2 days with the founder of phat camp Jen Hendershott and her highly energized staff. During this time with Jen she will go over creative ways to make cardio more fun, you will learn exciting new exercises, and so many great ways to eat and cook healthy. Learn things you didn't know and get your questions answered by a professional. Simply, find motivation and confidence by attending a Phat Camp. Leave the weekend ready to conquer the world. There is so much to learn. There are seminars, weeks of training programs for you to take home, and memories to last a life time. This is the ONLY place you can go for a weekend and share the same interests with women of your kind. Don't worry the drama is left at the door and this is NOT a competition. You will love Phat Camp! Come enjoy this amazing experience with the most humble woman in the sport of fitness.

But will I be too Fat for Phat camp?
Absolutely not! Phat Camp is for the mainstream woman, housewife, business owner, mother, competitor, and women of all shapes and sizes. Phat camp is where you come to get the motivation you are each looking for. Everyone has a different story, a different goal, and different purpose. You will fit right in!

Should I be afraid of Phat Camp, will I fit in, am I too old?
The camp is for everyone. You have to trust us when we tell you this camp is for everyone looking to learn. If you are in a rut, need motivation, need new ideas, getting bored, or what a boost, then PC is for you! This is the most common question we get from women all over the world. Let us reassure you: Our oldest camper was 64 and our youngest was 13. We have new moms, competitors, grandma's, business women, athletes, cancer survivors, and all walks of life at these camps. We believe in each individual and we believe you can accomplish anything at camp. YOU will fit in and we can't wait to work with you.

If you would like to check out her website and get info on a PHAT camp near you, go HERE

Friday, January 16, 2009

A Little Story....

As you know, I lost my job Dec. 5th. On Dec. 8th I noticed there was going to be a craft show on Dec 12th at a local manufactured home dealer. I figured I'd sign up and make some quick cash. The day of the show was cold and very windy. We were in a tent, but it really sucked. I stuck it out and just about closing time the home dealer manager came over to me and said that he loved my stuff and wanted to place an order so we could dress up his models. How cool was that?! So a few days later I met with him and got his order together. Since we had a good rapport going, I gave him my resume--in case he knew of anyone hiring. I knew he wasn't, but you gotta talk to everyone you know. When I deliverd his order, he told me that after I had left a few days before...he sat down and read my resume. He said he was VERY impressed and was thinking about adding a third salesperson to his staff, and he wanted a woman. He said to not get too excited because it would take some time and would be "down the road". In the meantime I applied for every job in the Prescott Tri City area. There must have been 30 of them! NO ONE was calling...the ones I called said they weren't ready to make a decision yet--don't call us, we'll call you kinda thing.

The home dealer called around Christmas and said his Regional Manager was in town on a surprise visit and wanted to meet me! When I got the call I was driving to Prescott and had no makeup on, and dressed in sweats! I didn't know what to do! So I just told the guy I was dressed like something the cat dragged in. No prob...just come in. So I interviewed with him! It went well. I got another call after the New Year and things were still moving along. They called me again on Monday, but this time they actually gave me a new hire packet! I won't start for about another 3 weeks, but HEY! Looks like I got a job!

I just think it's so funny that I applied for a ton of jobs advertised in the paper that I could do blindfolded and no one called me for an interview. Also....I connected with Clayton Homes the same week I was laid off! Hmmmmmmm.......
Looks like someone had a plan for me all along.

Now I can relax and enjoy the rest of my time off. Now I can concentrate on ME! I can work on my diet and my crafts. I just couldn't think of anything else, when job hunting was top of my list.

All I can say is, "Thank you, Lord!"

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hey Shredders!

have you seen Adam here!


Pic of my Son David in Afghanistan.....he's on the right. His battalion has come under some fire and he was hurt last week...he won't give me details, but I know he has some sore ribs. If you can take a moment, please pray for him and his buddies. If you have more than a minute to spare, email him for me. He's a little home sick (like I'm sure they ALL are!) His email is: I would appreciate it, and I'm sure he would too. :)

I am getting involved with the rest of the Shredders and implementing Adam's plan. I have read most of the modules especially the nutrition section. Nutrition is the hardest part for me. I can exercise until the cows come home, but eating right is a real struggle. The funny thing is that I KNOW what to eat and what not to eat! I am working to change my mind set. Since this is obviously what is holding me back. I plan to do more visualization and goal setting also.

I'm doing something oldest son who is living with us for awhile, has started to work out. He uses my Bowflex and free weights. He lost a ton of weight last year due to stress (the death of Ashley, his fiancee), but he has gained some much needed pounds and is starting to look really great. I feed him healthy meals for dinner, but God knows what he eats during the day! LOL!!! He's a hard candy monster, and a smoker.

I hope that you hang on to your dreams and goals. Don't let anything get in your way. Stick to your plan and things will change. This advice is as much for me as it is for you! :)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Unclutter your Mind

I did my workout this morning and feel great.
I am eating lots of good food: chicken boobs, brown rice, oatmeal, berries, veggies, a sweet potato now and then and some salmon when I can find a piece that I can afford! LOL...

I have been reading some of my old posts. I have come a long way this year, and have learned a LOT. I have come to the conclusion that my problem (why I can't get past a few months on program) is because I don't take it day by day. I am so weighed down by the extreme scope of my goals that it overwhelms me. I know it's going to take at least 10 months to reach my goal. So I need to set daily mini goals. If I can just string enough days together, then little by little I will reach my goal.

Another thing I have learned is that I don't quit. I fall off the wagon a LOT, but I don't quit. So I have to work on "consistency". That comes by daily working my plan and not losing sight of my daily, weekly, and monthly goals. That's where this blog comes in. This is my accountability to you, the reader. I have poured my heart out in the pages of this blog and I can't let you down. I have to do this for me, for you. You are reading this to maybe find some insight to help you in your own struggle (journey). What kind of an example would I be if I didn't put my fears, triumphs, and hardships in print. I kinda lost sight of my "reasons" for blogging last month. I also did not push myself enough this year. I was too easy on myself. I let myself off the hook too easily. There will be trials, there will be hard times, and there will be triumphs....I will make sure that every experience will be written here for you and for me. I can tell that this year will be different. I can see myself reaching my head is straight and uncluttered.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Lots of change in my household. I am trying to get past the fact that I do not have a job. I have been rattling around in my house for a month now--with no direction. I have applied for every job around and no one is calling. I know it is a matter of time, but I'm stressed and scared. I need to relax and take it easy. I feel almost crippled by this situation.

I am usually a very happy go lucky person. I don't feel myself and I feel my confidence slipping from my body.

SO....I've decide to make some changes.

1. I am exercising again. Doing the program that Carlos gave me. Feels good to lift weight again.

2. I am eating right. God knows that this is the most important change I could make. I think I ate everything in site for one solid month! Talk about Stress Eating! I know what to do and I am doing it.

3. I am getting out of the house. No more sitting around and THINKING. That's my whole problem. When you have nothing to do, you automatically think of all the bad stuff.

So that's my plan. One day at a time. I will back to my old self in no time.

I've missed you guys.