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

REPEAT...

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 circuits...it 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.

Circuit:
pushups
lat pull downs
military press DB
TM for 8 min--intervals
Ball squats
lunges
bicycles for abs
TM again for 8 min. intervals
plank
cobra

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

Treadmills....



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:

pushups
shoulder presses
lat pulldowns
10 min of intervals on TM
squats
lunges
10 min more of TM
bicycles for abs
plank
stretches

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.