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.