Weight Loss

Good news and bad news

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Good news and bad news today.

Good news is I came across these hilarious images. Including this one, which is my favorite. Not because I have ever eaten an entire sleeve of thin mints.  At least not in one sitting.


The bad news is that the high was not 75 today. In case you aren’t in the area it’s been raining, sleeting and snowing all day. It’s super cold. Trees are covered in ice and power is going out everywhere. It’s the kind of day where you just want to stay in pj’s, snuggle under the covers, watch movies and eat thin mints carrots.


Day one and day two of our healthy eating, exercising lifestyle hasn’t went exactly according to plans. Yesterday I did stay right at my allotted calories (1200). A friend suggested using My Fitness Pal instead of Livestrong and I do like it alot better. Pat and I were going to get up and do Jillian but that didn’t happen. I worked last night so I didn’t get up this morning either. And with the weather we of course weren’t going to venture out for a walk.

Today I’ve slipped a little with eating. We were running late on the way to school for the kids so we went through McDonalds. I did make a good choice and ordered the grilled chicken sandwich AND I only ate 1/2 of it! But I also had twenty two fries and a medium coke. UG!

I still had about 400 calories to go for supper and snack and I had good intentions. That counts right? I packed a healthy supper and snack but then with all this ice and cold I just couldn’t help myself and I got a cookie and another Coke on my supper break. UG! UG!

But I’m not going to beat myself up too much. Because I did only eat 1/2 the cookie and threw away the rest. Now granted it was a huge cookie but still. And I didn’t drink all the pop.  And I could go on a major power walk on my break tonight, which would burn about 75 calories.

I do however think this is a little better indication of my fitness plan these past two days.


Ha ha ha!

Tomorrow the bad weather continues and I’m sure school will be cancelled for the kids. But thankfully I was able to run to the store today and get us stocked up on lots of yummy fruits and veggies, and maybe we’ll even break out the Jillian.

Or maybe we’ll just look at funny pictures on Pinterest.

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Wait. Didn’t we already do this?

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So. Once upon a time there was a guy and a girl who were overweight. They started exercising and eating healthy and keeping track of calories.

After about 3 months the guy lost 35 pounds and the girl lost 25 pounds. They kept it mostly off for almost a year and a half. They even each ran a half marathon and had their hopes set on running a full marathon.

(You can read all about it under the category “weight loss”.)

And then they got lazy and started eating anything and everything under the sun and didn’t exercise as much.

And then the girl’s parents had to go and die and the girl decided she would drown her sorrow in chocolate, bread and pop. Mmmmm, bread.

Sorry, stay on track.

Well finally the time has come for this guy and girl, um I guess that’s me and Pat, to get serious about losing weight again. So here’s the plan:

-No pop. Lots and lots of water.
-Keep track of calories using Livestrong app.
-Don’t just keep track of calories but eat healthy, balanced, real food.
-Exercise, beginning with Jillian’s 30 Day Shred and eventually running again.
-Begin reading Made to Crave devotional again. Maybe this third time it’ll sink in!
-Keep a journal on this here blog.

Unfortunately (or not) our scale is not working so we’ll have to share our starting weight later. But lucky for you (or not) we do have beginning pictures.

Pat: he’s guessing his weight to be 220.



Missy: I’m guessing I’m at 155-160.



And hey. Maybe someone else out there is needing to lose weight or get healthy. We’d love for you to join along with us! Leave a comment so we can help encourage you!

We’re definitely not experts but we’ll also share food ideas, exercise ideas and hopefully some encouragement along the way. Especially for the women reading I encourage you to get the Made to Crave devotional. And it’s applicable to other addictions too, not just food.

So 6:00 am and Jillian yelling at me will be here soon! I better get to bed! Thanks for joining us on this journey. Again.

Made to crave. And we’re not talking about twinkies.

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I’m coming up for an Anatomy class/studying breather and I thought I’d blog a little.

But before I do that I have to tell you that today I learned how labor contractions are an example of a positive feedback mechanism and I know now exactly how and why I had contractions for 3 days. I almost raised my hand and asked why my positive feedback mechanism was so slow but I didn’t.


A few weeks ago I purchased a new devotional called Made to Crave Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst. It’s based off of her book, Made to Crave, which I haven’t read yet.  This devo. Oh my word. Fabulous.

I think y’all know about my struggles with weight loss and exercise and, um possibly a little bit with food. Ok, alot of struggles with food. Last year when I finally lost weight and got down to a healthy weight alot of it was because I addressed some of the food addiction issues I have.  Unfortunately the holidays came and I kinda threw everything I learned out the window.  After the holidays I got back on track as far as exercise goes, but unfortunately still haven’t done as well as far as the food goes.  Now this year, with the holidays come and gone once again, I really want to find a consistent healthy balance of the food choices I’m making.

Most of the time? Most of the time, I make good choices. We eat healthy and limit the bad stuff.  But all those other times. When I’m stressed or mad or sad or tired. Those times are usually when I make very bad food choices.  Instead of dealing with those feelings. Instead of talking about things with my husband. Instead of going to the Lord when I need filled up. I go to food.  The most frustrating thing is that I know I’m doing it too.

But thankfully this devotional has really helped direct me back to a better focus.  I already know the triggers that send me over the edge and cause me to make bad food choices. But this has given me the encouragement to then take that next step. And make choices that are good for me and good for my soul. Choices that won’t leave me feeling guilty and discouraged.

The other thing I love about this devotional is that it’s not just about food. The encouragement and message really can apply to so many areas of our life. Whatever our struggle is, and let’s be honest ok? We all have struggles. We all have addictions.  The Truth of God’s Word and the devotionals by Lysa bring you back to the One who can help you through. Whatever it is you’re dealing with.

I encourage you to invest in this devotional, if you don’t already have one. I got mine on my Kindle for PC (free to download) and it was only $5.00.  The devos are not long and always focused on God’s word.

And now I’ll get back to studying. And maybe a little snack too. But no twinkies today. We’ll save those to celebrate when I pass Anatomy!

Let the fun (pain) begin

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12 weeks to go.

Training for the half marathon started today, 2 weeks early. We found out my cousin is getting married the same weekend of the Omaha marathon (September 24-25) and so we won’t be doing that one. Thankfully we hadn’t registered yet. We’ve decided to do the half marathon in my hometown on September 11th.  I’m not as excited about that one as I was Omaha, because as I mentioned there aren’t alot of spectators. So to everyone who lives in Sioux Falls – mark your calendar for September 11th and plan to come out and cheer for me so that I don’t collapse and die.

Even though training hadn’t officially began, I did pretty well last week with keeping on track with both running and eating.  Pat and I have been trying to use MyPlate again to keep track of our calories. I can’t begin to tell you how useful that is to keep track, if you are trying to lose weight or maintain. It doesn’t matter how much a person exercises, if your calories in are more than calories out, you aren’t going to lose weight. 

So anyway, enough preaching at ya.  I think what I’m not looking forward to these next 12 weeks is having to run. If I want to run the entire 13.1 miles I’m going to have to stay on top of my training plan.  And that can be hard some days with my work schedule of working til 12:30 am, having the two babies and then dealing with the weather, because I’m sorry but I’m not so committed yet that I’m going to run in the rain.  

For example this morning it poured and was crazy windy but I knew I had to get a run in.  It got nice late morning so the kids and I went over to the track and while I ran they played in the long jump pit sand box.  Unfortunately I can only make it about 2 miles before they start to throw sand at each other or pull their pants down and pee all over the track and themselves.  So even though today I was supposed to run 3 miles, I ran 2 and then tomorrow I’ll run 3 and hopefully get back on track.

Here’s my past week’s training and eating…

Monday 06/13: 3.2 miles. Hard and slow. Felt awful.
Tuesday 06/14: Absolutely nothing.
Wednesday 06/15: 3.2 miles. Slow. 12.5 pace. (What’s the deal?)
Thursday 06/16: 2×200 intervals for 1.5 miles. Yuck. Ran (sprint) 200, walked 200. Was suppose to run (sprint) 400, walk 400 but this old body couldn’t make it that far.
Friday 06/17: Absolutely nothing.
Saturday 06/18: 4.5 miles. 11.25 pace. Felt much better than previous runs.
Sunday 06/18: Stretched. Played a little tennis with the hubs.


I didn’t keep specifics every day this week but overall I did pretty good with eating healthy.

Breakfast every day is 1 serving Multi-Grain Cheerios with 1% milk. I was on a Special K kick but lately it’s been Cheerios. I eat breakfast after I run. Usually before I run I’ll have 1/3 of a Cliff bar to give me a little energy.

A few days this week I had an omelette for lunch. Two eggs with feta cheese and veggies.  Yummo.  A few other days I did a wrap with chicken, feta cheese and veggies. And a few other days I had leftovers.

For supper we had burgers one night, fish one night, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches one night (oh yes we did), pita pizzas one night (recipe below), went out to Hu Hot for Father’s Day one night and then I worked two nights and both those nights I got my usual, a turkey and swiss sub with green peppers at the hospital cafeteria. 

For snacks I’ve had tortilla chips (1 serving), regular wheat thins (1 serving) and alot of fruit and veggies! We’ve been buying lots of strawberries, grapes, apples and green and red peppers. (I can’t wait until my garden veggies are done!)  Unfortunately I’m a ice cream junky. A few weeks ago our local store had Eddy’s ice cream on sale and they have a light version with 1/2 the fat and calories. So as long as I stick to one serving (I think 1/2 cup?) that’s only around 100 calories. I should have stocked up because normally they are pretty expensive.

I’ve been limiting myself to one Coke a day and I’ve been trying to get to where I’m only having one when I work. I’ve convinced myself that I need to have one when I work to help me stay up til 12:30 am but that’s probably not entirely true because caffeine doesn’t really effect me.  So maybe I’ll get back to cutting it out completely.

The pita pizzas I mentioned above we had this weekend. The “pita” crust was actually those sandwich thins (there are alot of recipes on their website).  I put a little extra virgin olive oil on them and baked them in a 400 degree oven for about 6-8 minutes. I then added sauce, cheese and veggies and meat (we had spinach, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes and ham) and then cooked them for another 6-8 minutes or so.  They were so yummy and the sandwich thins are only 50 calories per little pizza (100 calories per sandwich thin) plus the calories for toppings of course. Makes a great little snack or easy supper!

Well, this is getting super long so I’ll sign off for now.  Wish me luck as I begin my training adventure. As I was running this morning on the track, watching my 2 year old across the football field pull his pants down to pee, I was thinking that I’m crazy and that I cannot do this.  But we’re gonna give it a try and see if I can come out alive at the end of it.