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Fat Face Update – Back at it!

For those of you who have missed the “Fat Face” updates (although no one has commented – where are my “virtual” accountability partners?) – here we go.

The past two months have been…hmmm…shall we say….pathetic.

Between our summer camping vacation and summer camp, a trip to NYC, my birthday and just plain lack of motivation, I have been “on again, off again” (and unfortunately with “off again” winning) the past couple of months.  My exercise program also bit the dust as I have been battling blisters that kept my walking to a minimum.

The results?

I have gained 10 pounds (ugh!), the “skinny” clothes are getting tight, I feel more tired and sluggish and my blood pressure is creeping upward.  None of this being good (although the BP is the biggest concern), I knew the day of reckoning needed to come soon. Since yesterday was the first day of autumn and because I don’t know anyone who says – “I am going to begin dieting & exercising on the first day of autumn.” (being the non conformist that I am) – I decided that September 22 was the day to get…Back at it!

So here I sit at Starbucks waiting for my daughter to get finished with choral practice and despite the incredible auroma of coffee, the moutwatering pastries staring at me from the counter and that little stinker in my head saying – “ah come on…one ice coffee won’t hurt” – I am resolved to get back to living a healthy lifestyle consistently with just my monthly day off and date nights to splurge.

I know that once Thanksgiving arrives there very well may be another “hiatus” as I enjoy the holiday season.  And since Thanksgiving is just a short eight weeks away (! How does that happen?!) – my goal is to lose 16 pounds, walk 5-6 days a week, do resistant weight training 3 days a week and stay on the Fat Flush diet that entire time (with the exception of our fall family outings to Apple Hill & the Pumpkin Patch, my October & November date night with dear darling Dan and if I can somehow come up with the finances to attend Parents Weekend in October at The Kings College in NYC…I might have to do a modified version that weekend.)

The results of feeling more alert & rested, lowering my blood pressure, fitting comfortably into my clothes (yes, I did ditch most of the “fat clothes”) plus being able to relax and enjoy the holiday season will be well worth the self discipline and sacrifice.

Does anyone else want to join me in my Autumn Resolution?


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Fat Face Update – July 2

It has been six months since I began my current lifestyle of healthy eating, weight loss and exercise.  Here are my results since beginning on January 2:

  • Total weight loss: 46 pounds
  • Total inches lost: 21 3/4 inches
  • Blood Pressure: January 2008 – on 2 medications with BP averages 130/85  July 2008 – OFF meds BP averages 132/84
  • Blood Tests: ALL normal! (even my iron levels – which are consistently low)
  • Fitness Level: I walk an 11 minute mile and can run 3/4 mile without stopping (although running is not my “thing”)

I am pleased with these results but am still working towards additional goals:

  • 13 more pounds (I am thinking this will take 3+ more months at the minimum – ugh!)
  • Several more total inches
  • Building muscles through consistent weight resistence exercise (Between my back problems & a recent knee swelling I have not yet gotten into this routine – excuses, excuses)

Ok….true confessions…in the last few days I have been a bit lazy on the “healthy eating” plan.  My justification? It is HARD to “dietin the summer. (be sure to add the appropriate whine in your voice when you read that last sentance)  After all summertime is filled with FABULOUS foods like:

  • Ice cream cones, ice cream sundaes or trips to Baskin Robbins on warm summer evenings
  •  Fresh sweet corn on the cob slathered with butter (nothing better!)
  • BBQ dinners of hot dogs & hamburgers with all the “fixens”
  • Camping S’mores – which I can’t seem to eat just one
  • 4th of July smorgasbords of all sorts of yummy foods
  • Ice coffees & ice cold fresh squeezed lemonade
  • Family reunions, picnics and lazy poolside afternoons

Hmmmmmm….but come to think of it the upcoming Fall season is HARD too:

  • Pumpkin spice lattes with cinnamon scones on a fall cool crisp morning
  • Chili & cornbread (with honey butter) for dinner
  • Warm apple dump cake with vanilla ice cream
  • Friday night high school football games filled with temptations of popcorn, nachos, candy & soda (not too mention pizza parties galore)
  • Five immediate family birthdays (September 1,7,18 Oct 27 & Nov 2) with delicious homemade cakes
  • Thanksgiving with all its scrumptious blessings

Winter….now that would be easy if it were not for:

  • The entire Christmas & New Year season with all its parties, celebrations and special events that are all centered around the most incredible food of the year.  For 6+ weeks it is one temptation after another – that alone makes winter by far the HARDEST time to diet
  • Cold winter mornings where a Starbucks vanilla latte just takes the chill off your bones (and of course whats a coffee without a goodie)
  • Valentines Day and its chocolate deccadance
  • Soups….mmmmm good – and the creamier (and most fattening) the better – potato soup with cheese & bacon bits, clam chowder in a bread bowl, split pea soup, lobster bisque, cheddar cheese soup garnished withpopcorn

How about Spring? I can think of lots of obstacles then too:

  • Easter with all its delectable delights (chocolate again!)
  • Wedding receptions and graduations to attend in abundance each having an assortment of food to tempt even the most dedicated of dieters
  • Spring picnics and Church potlucks
  • Strawberries everywhere – strawberry shortcake, strawberry pies, pancakes with strawberries & whip cream
  • Mothers Day breakfast in bed and being treated to lunch out on the town

Ok so that leaves… EASY time to diet.  That’s right – Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall all have their temptations.  If not for the special delights of each season there is simply the year ’round special events, birthday parties, weekends away, date nights and just plain daily living that is full of wonderful opportunities to eat and overeat! So if you are waiting for the “right” season or “easy” month or “perfect” timing – forget it! There is no such thing.  You simply have to begin today despite all the justifications that another time would be better. (because it won’t!)

With that said, I will not continue to use the “Summertime is just too hard” rationalization as I press on towards my goals – although I will enjoy relaxing the diet during our camping vacation later this month and treat myself to an occasional ice coffee (with a drop of cream and some splenda) on a hot summer afternoon. Other than those “planned” splurges – I will stay the course.  Will you join me?



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Fat Face Update – June 2

“And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”   James 1:4 

Endurance – that is what I need to continue to work towards achieving my weight loss and health goals.  This month despite continuing to be self disciplined in my eating and exercising (except for the last two weeks of not being able to do weight resistance training due to my back pain) I only lost…

2 pounds

Not really very motivating for my “results oriented” personality.  However, I did lose 3 1/2 more inches (which is why I always recommend weighing and measuring)  and I got my blood test results back and my total cholesterol was 195 with my HDL (good cholesterol) going up significantly and my LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides going down!  All other tests (kidney & liver function, thyroid and blood sugars) came back well within the normal range.  This was GREAT news! My blood pressure continues to hover at the 133/82-84 level. (which I am confident will improve with the next 10 pounds)

So despite the less than impressive weight loss – I will endure and carry on with the program realizing that these final 15-17 pounds may take longer than I want them to.  In the first four months all I needed was personal self discipline which was quickly and regularly rewarded in many ways – the scale and tape measure showing shrinking numbers consistently, fitting into smaller size clothing, losing the “fat face” and double chin and the compliments and admiration of others.  But now I need endurance, which often does not come with any immediate rewards.  Endurance means carrying on no matter what.  Endurance is what it takes to get you through despite discouraging circumstances, bad reports, slow change, negative predictions and even when you can’t see the “light at the end of the tunnel.”

Endurance is a key component to most everything important in life.  It takes endurance to –

  • Complete a degree or training program
  • Become an outstanding athlete, musician, actor, artist, writer or any other pursuit
  • Start and grow your own business, especially in the early years or when there are major setbacks
  • Stay committed to your marriage vows for life even when things look hopeless, strained, complicated or just hard
  • Be a good and diligent parent for decades with often little appreciation
  • Walk through the seemingly never ending adoption process
  • Live a Christian life without compromise when you are being tempted, belittled and berated from all sides

We could all use a hefty dose of endurance in areas of our lives.  I know that if I continue to endure with this healthy lifestyle, I will eventually reap not only the reward of meeting my health goals but I will have built up my endurance which will benefit every area of my life!




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Fat Face Update – May 2

It is time for my monthly update and accountability on the diet and exercise plan progress. 

  • Total weight loss – 40.5 pounds
  • BP (no meds) – 128/82
  • Exercise – Walking program consistent 6x a week/strength training – hit & miss (I need to really get consistent 3x a week with this – no excuses – it is just a pain to read from a paper then do the exercise…back to the paper etc…  Ahhhh to just go to Curves or how about a personal trainer! Ok…I’ll stop whining and start doing!)

I am pleased with the progress. When I drop four more pounds I will reach my second weight loss goal and will be in the acceptable BMI (Body Mass Index) for my height – so close! I will also be having a blood test this month to check out my cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  I hope to report to you next month that after over four months of healthy eating and exercise my lab report is excellent!  Then I will be ready to begin probably the hardest part of the journey – the last fifteen pounds – to reach my goal weight. (Well, I say the hardest, but I am sure maintenance is really the most challenging, requiring life long personal discipline)

I must share that I did learn something about my eating patterns this month.  I have had a pretty intense month – planning and carrying out a large scale fundraiser for the school (I will write about that later – looks like we raised over $25,000!). I was under an incredible amount of pressure and was putting in 10-12 hour days for several weeks. Here is what I discovered.  At the beginning of each of those long days, I found myself wanting to start the day with a Venti Vanilla Latte and a warm chocolate croissant.  After hours of working and feeling the enormity of this event weighing on my shoulders I wanted to reach for a cookie, leftover piece of birthday cake (Yes, Daniel turned one this past month & I do have photos to share!) or munch on a bowl of M & M’s as I typed on the computer.

I am happy to report that I resisted all these urges and did not give in to eating sweets or drinking my beloved coffee.  However, I was constantly aware of the fact this month that I have often used food as either a way to reward myself for hard work or as a motivation to “get up & get going”.  It was an eye opener for me to realize this.  I am sure when I get to the lifetime maintenance phase this realization will help me to not fall back into these bad habits.

Of course I did thoroughly enjoy my days off this month – date night (yummy pasta & bread at Macaroni Grill as well as popcorn at the movies) and Daniels first birthday (homemade from scratch mouth watering chocolate cake with mint chocolate icing, dinner of beef fajitas, chips & cowboy dip…AWESOME!)

My dear darling hubby has reached his goal weight (lost over 35 pounds!) and even wore his high school football jersey to school yesterday (It was “wear purple” day). He has his blood cholesterol test tomorrow! We are praying for excellent results!


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dieting dialogue

Some random thoughts on the dieting deal.

Questions people ask me  “How do you do it?” or “Do you ever just want to quit?” or “Don’t you crave (really desire) ___________?”

How do I do it?  Just the way you do anything.  You stop “trying” and start doing!  You just get up each day and make a choice as to how you are going to live.  Is it always easy? No!  Is it a constant battle? Yes! Is it much fun? Not really. Is it hard? Of course.  So what?  Many important things in life are just the same (parenting, serving others, living for the Lord) and yet we carry on and persevere with these things even though they are not always easy or fun and take hard work.

Do I ever want to quit?  Well of course…just about everyday when I drive by Starbucks, walk by the ice cream section of the grocery store, bake a birthday cake for my kiddos, make cookies for tea or when watching my girls chow down on buttered popcorn while we watch a movie as a family.  But I don’t quit….because where will that get me? Overweight and unhealthy

Do I crave (really desire) certain foods? You bet I do! (see list above) However just because we really desire something does that mean we should just take it? (or in this case eat it)  I really desire my neighbors truck too but that doesn’t mean I walk next door and take it.  If I can control my desires (cravings) for others things – can’t I control my desire for certain food? Yes, we all can and do all the time.

Someone recently said to me when commenting on my new shape – “Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels”

Hmmmmmmmmmmm….I will have to disagree with this statement.  I can think of lots of things that taste as good if not better than being thin feels (although I am not yet thin) –

  • fresh corn on the cob slathered with butter & seasoned wih salt & pepper
  • fettucini alfredo with shrimp
  • home baked bread dipped in olive oil & balsamic vinegar
  • sweet potato ravioli’s (made by gourmet chef and friend Scott Fichtner – in fact just about anything Scott cooks tastes better than thin feels!)
  • dark chocolate covered pretzels
  • ice venti vanilla latte with whip cream
  • homemade cookes – snickerdoodles, peanut butter and chocolate chip
  • a brownie sundae
  • homemade yellow cake with dark chocolate icing and an ice cold glass of milk
  • a warm Starbucks chocolate croissant with hot coffee
  • cowboy dip with a bag of tortilla chips
  • homemade fajittas

Ok, that list is long enough. (and believe me I could make it even longer) My point is that – yes being in good shape and healthy feels great – but eating delicious yummy foods feels great too!  I think that one of the ways that I can stick with the diet is because I take off one full day a month as well as my date night dinner with dear darling Dan and enjoy anything I want..and enjoy it I do!  It feels fabulous!

When I finally get to the maintenance part (which by the way I think is much harder than the losing part. Of course in the past 18 years I have rarely had a chance to stay very long on a maintenance routine because I am quickly blessed with another baby!), I hope to be able to eat healthy (fat flush plan) Monday thru Friday and then take the weekends off and enjoy the foods I love! And if it works (ie: I can maintain my health & weight)…then that will feel better than both eating whatever I want and being thin!

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My daily diet routine

You asked for it….you got it!

Many of you have wanted to know what I was doing to lose weight – so here are the details (complete with photos because I LOVE pictures!)

First things first though – there really is only one “secret” to losing weight – are you ready?  waiting with baited breath? can’t wait to finally know how to shed those unwanted pounds? Ok….here is the BIG secret………

Eat less…Exercise more!

Ok, so it is not such a big secret.  We already all knew that. (But wouldn’t it be great if there was some magic pill you could take that would keep you thin & fit??)

However I do believe that different diets and routines work better for some than for others and the real “secret” is finding the best “fit” for your personality and lifestyle.  I have done many diets in my life including:

  • Counting Calories (Weight Watcher type routine – I have just never needed weekly meetings because I was blessed to have positive parents and their words etched in my heart & mind motivate me continually)
  • Atkins (low carb, high fats)
  • Curves Diet (lower carb, average fats)
  • Fit for Life (food combining)
  • Somersizing (low carb & food combining)
  • The Coffee & Cookie Diet (LOL – don’t ask! I don’t recommend this)

 All of these diets had aspects that were positive (well maybe not the coffee & cookie diet) and I learned things about my body, health & nutrition through them all.

However I have found the “diet” (lifestyle eating plan) that works the best for me (disclaimer here – it may not be the one for you) – The Fat Flush Plan by Ann Louise Gittleman.  Let me tell you why this is my personal “diet of choice”.

  1. I need fast results!  Ok so I am a teeny weeny bit goal oriented and I want to see results for my effort.  It keeps me on track & motivated.  The first two weeks of this plan you lose weight FAST! (and yes then you are back at the 1-2 lbs a week, if you are lucky, just like most every diet around)  I lost 15 pounds in the first two weeks this time (and pre baby Daniel when I was on it in 2006 I lost 12 pounds).  Since you are also losing lots of water weight you lose inches too.  The scale, the loose clothes and the extra energy all contribute to me sticking with it!  And once you do something for 2 weeks, it is much easier to “stay the course”.
  2. I need not just a diet but a specific eating plan to target my health “issues” (also known as PROBLEMS).  The Fat Flush eating plan specifically targets high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and blood sugars – all things I want to keep “in check”.
  3. I do better with a “list” of what I can and can’t eat.  I am simply NOT someone who can eat just one cookie or a sliver of cake!  I suppose it is a very good thing that I never drank alcohol or did drugs….because I would probably be addicted!  I just have one of those personalities. (However I do seem to be able to take a day off – enjoy all those “yummies” and then get right back on it the next day – that must be my incredible strong will)
  4. I excel at routines.  If you give me a plan, tell me exactly what to do – I can do it.  And I can do it over & over & over again.  I really do not get bored.  While there is a huge cookbook that goes along with this diet, I usually do the same meals daily – except for dinner – which varies between about four menus.

So that is why the Fat Flush plan works for me!

Why it might not work for others:

  1. It takes a lot of planning.  You can’t start this diet without going grocery shopping & to the health food store (or if you are blessed to live ny a Trader Joes)  I promise you that NOBODY has everything they need in their kitchen to begin this diet.
  2. It takes daily preparation.  You can’t do this diet “on the fly”  If you are like me and sometimes leave the house at 7am not to return until 7pm then you have to have all your foods prepared to go with you. A key to this diet is eating all three meals and both snacks as well as drinking the prescribed amount of liquid.  Not easy but I have found well worth it!
  3. It is a bit complicated.  Not that you need a PhD or anything like that – but there are lots of “rules” that you have to get down.  However once you have gone through the two week plan you are pretty much indoctrinated into the system. The positive side of it being complicated is that it takes much focus – and if you are going to be successful at anything you have to focus!  This forces you to focus.
  4. It can be more expensive (however I don’t think it is more expensive than the vanilla lattes 3x a week combined with occasional eating out and monthly prescription of blood pressure medication)

Now I am not trying to discourage anyone.  This may be the plan that works for you too!  I just want you to have realistic expectations.  Ok, finally what you have been waiting for – my daily diet routine.  I am not going to go into the details of “why” I eat and drink what I do.  If you need to know the “whys”, you’ll need to purchase the book.  Just know that everything has a purpose (weight loss, fighting water retention, digestion & metabolism aids, toxic cleansing & health benefits), it all fits together and works great!

Night before – mix 8 oz pure unsweetened cranberry juice & 56 oz of water – pour it into 16 oz bottles for easy access – refrigerate.

First thing upon waking up – you get to drink the “Long Life Cocktail” – 8 oz of cranwater & 1 teaspoon of pysillium…mix thoroughly (with wire whisk or in a shaker bottle) drink FAST!  It is DISGUSTING! (unless of course you are a cow & like to eat grass)  But I do it every day. 🙂

Next….squeeze 1/2 lemon into cup & add 8 oz of warm water…drink warm lemon water (I actually like this and I think all the extra vitamin C kept me from getting any nasty winter colds)
Wait at least 20 minutes then have breakfast. (I go on my 30 minute walk during this time)
Breakfast – You have to eat 2 of the Omega 3 can have them poached, hard boiled, fried (but in chicken broth), scrambled or omelet.  You can saute veggies & put them in eggs (I use onions, bell peppers & mushrooms) You can add 1 T of flax oil to your veggies or eggs. (you need 2 T of Flax oil a day) Add spices.  I like garlic powder, cayenne & cinnamon on mine. (It sounds strange but it is yummy!)  I LOVE my daily omelet.

Since I am past the 2 week induction – I also get to add a piece of Ezekial 4:9 bread drizzleed with flax oil & sprinkled with cinnamon. 

MMMM…good! My favorite meal of the day!

After breakfast I take four 500 mg evening primrose oil pills  with 8oz of cranwater (I also take a calcium supplement since I am still nursing)

Mid morning snack – 1 serving of fruit (from list at end)  I always have an apple, cut up & sprinkled with cinnamon.

20 minutes before lunch – drink 8oz cranwater (Notice you are not drinking with your meals – at least 20 minutes before ar right after)
Lunch – 4oz of protein & veggies of your choice from list.  I normally have a salad with chicken or turkey in it.  I use lettuce or spinach, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, a carrot. I use one of the two dressings in the book…which I like both.  My salad is HUGE and yummy!

This doesn’t even feel like dieting to me!
Basic Dressing – 1/4 c. flax oil, 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/2-1 clove garlic (I also add splenda because I like it sweet – this is CHEATING according to the book that only allows for Stevia – ok so I don’t follow it perfectly)
Lime Dressing – 4 tbsp flax oil, 4 tbsp fresh lime juice, 2 cloves garlic minced, 1/2 tsp cayenne, Chopped cilantro to taste
Combine all ingredients.  This is spicy!
After lunch – drink 8oz cranwater
Mid afternoon snack – fruit or fruit smoothie (6 large strawberries, 1 T flax oil, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder, ice, bit of water, splenda if desired)

I love, love, love my fruit smoothie. It is yummy, refreshing and feels like a treat everyday!

Ready to enjoy my smoothie after a hectic day running around!
4pm or so – drink 16 oz cranwater
Dinner – 4- 6 oz protein & as many vegies as you want – I usually have salmon, chicken or lean beef and steamed veggies – broccoli, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, green beans, artichokes etc… 

My favorite dinner is grilled salmon with sauteed onions & bell peppers smothered all over the top and a huge side of green beans.  It is delicious! My second favorite is grilled chicken breast with an artichoke (I use my salad dressing to dip the leaves in) Yummy!
After Dinner – Take 4 more Evening Primrose pills with 8 oz cranwater
Before Bed – “Long Life Cocktail” (same as morning)   Ok so this is the single hardest thing for me to do before I go to bed.  I don’t know why I can “just do it” in the morning but I dread it at night.  I probably only actually drink this 50% of the time.

And if you want to “try it” – here is a shopping list as well as all the “approved” foods for you. This list gives amounts to purchase that will get you through the first two week induction:

Psyllium husk powder (Trader Joes or Health Food Store)
Evening Primrose capsules – you need 112 pills to last 14 days (Trader Joess, Health Food Store Costco)
Flaxseed Oil (TJs or Health Food Store)
4 bottles of Un-sweetened Cranberry juice (TJ’s or health food store)
7 – 9 fresh lemons
Omega 3 eggs – 3 dozen (TJ’s)
Vanilla Whey protein powder (if you are making smoothies)
Splenda (if you want to add a bit of sweetness to smoothie & dressing)
Spices on hand – (you probably have many already) – this is what I use primarily
Garlic powder
Cayenne Pepper
Dry Mustard
other “approved” spices you can use
bay leaves
DID YOU notice no SALT??  That will whipe out some of you – you can use seas salt but that is it!

Apple Cider Vinegar  (to make dressings)
Low sodium chicken or vegetable broth (To cook with since you can’t use oil…except olive oil spray on the bottom of a pan)
Protein (you can eat chicken, lean beef, seafood, lamb…NO pork)- these are approximates for 2 weeks –
10-12  boneless skinless chicken breasts 
7 pieces of frozen Salmon 
1 pk of 4 pieces of lean beef 
Lots of vegies – pick from – cucumbers,bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, asparagus, green beans , carrots (only 1 a day allowed) , brussel sprouts, eggplant, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, cauliflower, cabbage, chives, olives (Only  6 a day allowed), radishes, tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, parsley, okra, bean sprouts, watercress, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, garlic, jicama, radicchio, arugula, escarole, daikon, endive AND fresh lettuce – Romaine, green leaf or Spinach.  You need to buy these fresh.
FRUIT – Here are your daily choices — you have to eat 2 a day (mid morning or mid afternoon snack)  You will need to buy these every 4 or so days so they are fresh.
6 large strawberries
1/2 grapefruit
2 medium plums
10 lg cherries
1 cup of blackberries, raspberries, or blueberries (or a combo) 

 Ok you asked for it…and you got it! (more than you probably wanted to know!)  The one thing that would make this diet perfect is having a personal chef to hand me my meals on a tray with beautiful dishes, a color coordinated napkin and a flower in a vase! (one can always dream!)


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Fat Face Update – April 2

I am right in the midst of another HUGE Jim Elliot Fundraiser but wanted to give you my monthly update after three months on my healthy eating, weight loss & exercise regimen. 

As of today I have lost a total of 33 pounds – which means I am back down to what I weighed when I became pregnant with Daniel in the summer of 2006.  Yipeee – first goal met! I have also lost a total of 15 inches! The “fat clothes” have been put away and the “middle of the road” clothes are in the closet (yes that is right – I still have the “skinny clothes” to fit into…can anyone else relate?) The “fat face” is pretty much gone (although the double chin occasionally shows up) – here is a photo of me blogging today.

Next Weight goal: 15 more pounds (which will put me at my December 1996 after 4 children weight)

My blood pressure readings are headed downward with averages of 130/82 without medication! (yes, I check daily)

Next BP goal: 120/80 without medication

I have stayed committed to my exercise plan of walking 5-6 times a week for at least 30 minutes. (and at the beach it was 60 minutes plus everyday – love, love, love walking on the seashore!)

Beginning this month of April, I have decided it was time to begin some weight and resistance training.  What I would really like to do is renew my Curves membership because that is an easy, fun, “no brainer” way to get great weight training in.  (and I LOVE Curves having been a member there from 2000-2006) However, at this point in life we simply do not have the extra funds to commit to this monthly expense.  It would be easy to just whine and complain and use this as a great excuse to not get back to this type of all important exercise….BUT I have learned (the hard way) that “whining and complaining” or “wishing and waiting” get you nowhere! As I was trying to figure out how to get this type of  all important muscle building activity into my life at no expense, I found a magazine in the nursing mothers room at my church that outlined a 30 minute weight & resistance training routine that you can do with little to no equipment (except soup cans).  Isn’t God good?  I brought that magazine home and began this weight training this week!

Next Exercise goal: Continue walking program 5-6 times a week; 30 minutes of weight & resistance training 3-4 times a week.

Until next month!

PS – My dear darling husband has lost 27 pounds since he began on February 4th.  Go Dan!  His blood test is scheduled for May – can’t wait to see his results.  We both enjoyed our day off on Easter Sunday immensely (and look forward to taking Daniels 1st birthday off this month!). 🙂


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Fat Face Update – March 2

January 2 – starting weight   

March 2 – current weight            Goal weight (38 more pounds to lose)

For those of you out there who are also trying to fight the fat – I found this very cool weight loss simulator at – you can make a model with you body shape, your hair, eye & skin color and put in your current weight and your goal weight.  The model can rotate so you can see what you look like from all sides. (if you have such an inclination to see all sides)

Here is an update on my healthy eating & exercise regimen.  After two months – it is still going great (hard yes, but great) and I am still going strong! (not that I am not missing my coffee and cookie addiction) 

Total weight lost: 23 pounds

Exercise: walking 5-6 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes

Fat clothes are loose and fat face is shrinking!

I put my dear darling hubby – Dan the man – on the same regimen beginning February 4th. He had recently gotten some blood work done and his cholesterol was high. So being the good wife that I am – I informed him that he would be changing his eating habits (He already was fairly consistent at exercising). The Fat Flush eating plan that I follow is especially targeted for those wanting to lower their cholesterol, blood sugars and blood pressure, so he is committed to following it for the next three months to see if he can get his cholesterol down during that time. (although if it works – he will probably need to eat like this the majority of the time if he wants to stay of meds)  In the three weeks he has been doing this – he has lost 13 pounds! Go Dan!

We do take one or two days off a month and for March that will be – Easter Sunday – which is still three weeks away. (mmmmmmmm…looking forward to coffee, cinnamon rolls, a big yummy brunch of egg casserole, asparagus, sausage, hash browns with cheese and sour cream and sparkling cider….not too mention lots of dark chocolate Easter candy!) 

I will update you all again in April – thanks for letting me share – it keeps me accountable to my goals.

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Fat Face update

  August 2006  

 dsc_1365.jpg December 2007

 47b8dc27b3127cce98548a50d60100000027108yaugtzy5w1.jpg  February 2008

Thought I’d give you an update on the “Fat Face” project. (since you are all my online accountability partners!) After 5 weeks of eating well and exercising regularly (30 minute walk)….I have lost 20 pounds and my face is not as puffy. 🙂   I have 10 pounds to go to reach “pre-baby” Daniel weight.  Of course if I really want to reach the original “pre baby” weight (1988 before the first sweet baby….Michelle Jennae), I would need to lose an additional 30 pounds…whew!

As I was walking this morning…I was thinking about my body.  (It is hard not to think about it when you are huffing and puffing at a fast pace)  For 13 of the last 18 years I have either been pregnant or nursing.  That leaves only 5 years….and not consecutive ones…where my body has had a chance to “recover”.  The closest I have come to the pre-baby weight is within 10 pounds. (I’ll never get back the pre-baby body and that is a-ok with me!)

Although I would gladly welcome another baby into my life…at 45 years old, the chances are pretty great that my child bearing years have come to an end.  Which leaves no more excuses to not getting my body back in the best possible 45 year old health and shape as possible. 

So I will press on to the goal (and pass on those yummy brownies, delectable fruit tart, chips and dip and poppy-seed muffins not too mention my “candy coffee” love) knowing that it will take months of dedication, hard work, perseverance and sacrifice. (and even when the goals is met – it will take a lifetime of maintenance work)  But the results will be worth it – better health, greater fitness and no “fat face”!


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Facing the Facts (and the Fat)

Ok… it’s time to face the fact – I need to lose the weight I gained during and after baby #7.  Actually, I gained only 15 pounds during the pregnancy, but then added another 15 after I had Daniel.  This is my typical pattern because I am so sick during pregnancy that when I finally feel good, I over indulge. (and enjoy every minute of it!)  My metabolism is always whacked out too after nine months of getting sick and not eating much.

 However, I have many compelling reasons to get this extra weight off:

  1. Since I am not getting any younger (who is!?)and it becomes harder and harder to lose weight as you age – I need to do it now before I round the corner to 50! (eeek! Can that be getting close already?)
  2. My blood pressure is not good when I am overweight – and I need it to be under good control. (and perhaps even off medication…wouldn’t that be great!)
  3. When I am eating healthy,  I feel better, have more energy and I am also more focused on exercising regularly.
  4. The “fat clothes” in the closet are getting tight and I have no business buying any clothes – let alone a size bigger.
  5. And last but NOT least – I have a “fat face” and I can’t stand that.  These pictures are the reality and it’s time to face the facts (and the fat!) 


The photo on the left was taken at a Creative Memories convention the weekend I found out I was pregnant (August 2006) and the photo on the right was taken right after Christmas (December 2007) – 30 pounds heavier.  Yuk!  I just don’t have a good “fat face” and  after seeing this family photo I knew it was past time to do something about it. Daniel is now nine months old and I need to lose that baby fat! 🙂

I actually began a consistent exercise program (walking) and healthy dieting plan (Fat Flush) on January 2nd. I must however say that I have never liked beginning a diet and exercise program…

…in January or on a Monday!

It just all seems too much like the “norm” for me.  After all how many other millions of Americans were starting a diet or joining the gym at the beginning of a new year or a new week? Being part of the “norm” has never appealed to me. I am always telling my kids that I am truly “counter culture” – no I don’t have any tattoo’s or multiple piercings – but I don’t watch TV, don’t eat fast food  and I didn’t date my husband until our engagement or kiss him until the altar, to name a few areas where I am not the “norm”.   I don’t aspire to be “average” either – having the average 2.5 children (although I think it has dropped to 2.09 in America) never entered my realm of thinking. (And with 7 – hopefully soon 8 – children I am quite well above average, thank you!) In school, I never wanted to be an “average” athlete, actress, singer, leader or student either.   I mean after all…who actually aspires to be average?

But I digress….

Yes, I began a diet & exercise program to lose that extra 30 pounds (plus perhaps another 10-15 that I have never lost during my last 17 years of childbearing) along with the rest of the world who decided to “fight the fat” in the New Year.  However, I console myself in the fact that I WILL be different than the norm because the majority of those who start the year implementing a new health plan will fizzle out within a few weeks.  In fact here it is January 22 and most likely many have already quit their well intentioned resolutions.

Why will I be different?

  • I have compelling purpose

See the list above! I keep those things (and the pictures) ever before me so that when I am tempted to eat that peanut butter cookie during Tuesday Tea Time – I can resist and stick with the plan

The same is true with our businesses. We must have a compelling reason to work. For each person this may be different. Some may desperately need the income provided by their career….others are facing very soon a private school tuition payment, needing to purchase a new car, or a child going off to college or getting married. These things certainly should compel us to work.  For others it is the desire to be at home & still make money to add to the budget.  And some may be motivated by the company mission, the friends or the self fulfilment of using their skills & talents.

Find out your compelling purpose for your business and keep it in front of you spurring you on to start up & stick with it!

  • I won’t “give up”

Don’t think for a minute that I will not experience defeat along the way. The excuses will come — not enough time, its too hot, its too cold, its too hard, I’m too tired, just one cookie, this couldn’t hurt… get the idea. I will find myself at the end of a long day…not having done the very thing I committed myself to doing. But instead of quitting…I will start again the next day.  By persevering, not giving up and continuing to diet and exercise despite all my excuses I will achieve my goal. But it won’t happen overnight!

I have found from my years of working with home based business owners that the biggest reason they don’t experience success….is simply giving up. We often start out strong with great resolve to be a success and then when we experience roadblocks or we sabotage our own success with excuses (the same ones….too busy, too tired, to hard) we simply STOP “exercising” our business muscles. We wait for the next motivational spurt at convention, or a meeting, and then we start the cycle over again. We simply must get into a daily habit or routine of exercising our business muscles everyday if we are going to develop a lifestyle of a successful career.

  • I have support and accountabilty

 My family is such a great suport group – the two eldest girls at home, Kristen & Rebekah are helping to cook for me and make my salads.  My dear darling Dan is always supportive and encouraging to me and I have a good friend, Nina who holds me accountable. (and visa versa) And I have just told thousands of people who read this blog that I am going to lose 30 pounds – that is sure to hold my feet to the fire!

 There is an abundance of opportunities to partner up with someone who will encourage you, motivate you & even (gulp!) hold you accountable to your business. Perhaps it will be your sponsor, good friend, spouse or a business coach. Be sure to give them permission to “hold you” to your goals & plans with your business. Accountability here is the key!

  • I found a program that works for me

Its so important to have a plan that will fit your lifestyle. Finances prohibit me from having my Curves membership reactivated at this point but I CAN walk! And I am blessed to live right across the street from a mall so if the weather is bad, I can walk through the mall at a quick pace for 30 minutes. Now, I still don’t jump out of bed in the morning ready to go sweat & strain for 30 minutes. In fact more often than not I’m groaning & complaining in my head about how much I don’t like to exercise. But I quickly remember my compelling reasons and I head out the door…..because after all I can do anything for only 30 minutes!  I also have found an eating plan that not only works for me in losing weight but is very healthy and stabilizes my blood pressure as well. (This morning it was 112/72)

You need to have a business with a plan that will work for you and your lifestyle too. There are sooooo many “plans” that can work (just like there are a zillion exercise programs, gyms, fitness centers and diets out there) The key is to find the plan that “works” for you & then DO IT consistently. 

Begin today (after all its January 22 – so you won’t be the “norm”) to fight the fat or build your business (or both!)….the pay off will be worth all the pain! 

PS – I’ll keep you updated since you are all now my accountability partners!  Since January 2 – Total pounds lost: 15 (although five of it was just that post Christmas “I just ate two pieces of pie weight”), Exercising 5 out of 7 days a week, BP – is great & I just began cutting my meds in half and the fat clothes are no longer tight.


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