Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Something New

I realized the other day, that one of the biggest reasons I haven't been blogging is that I have 3 blogs and I never know which want to update.  So with the help of my techie hubby, I have moved everything over here.  This is my new site and I *hope* I can update it better than my other blogs in the past year.

Let me know what you think!  I hope that the site translates well into and rss feeds or google reader. 

The is the full address if you want it.  www.melynda.info

Friday, May 18, 2012

I miss blogging

I can't believe my last post was January!   I guess it shows how crazy my life has been.  

With summer approaching life is slowing down and giving me time to think and get back to the things I enjoy.

I have also started to think more about living my days more deliberately instead of just letting them happen.

So I hope to start blogging more.... So if I still have readers I hope I can write something worth reading.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Rough Week

This was a really rough week.  I do not know how I am down but I am!  I am in the 170s!!!  Today my weigh in was 178.

I was only 90% good on the diet this week.  I cheated.....and I did not exercise. 

Last week I wanted to exercise lots and even not have a cheat day.  Well, I am throwing that out the window.  It helps because my weight is really good and really a cheat day is part of the diet, I don't have to deny myself. 

I do want to keep trying to fit in exercise but this week was really rough and I had to just let it go.  I will put it on the list for the next.

I am also so excited that I am 3 lbs from my goal and I have 2 weeks to acheive it!!!  I am going to get there!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Trying Again

I am going to try and incorporate exercising again.  I think it is really important for so many reasons; health, and long term weight management to name a few.  I also love seeing my friends post about the bodyrock site that I have mentioned before.  Thing that is so appealing is that it is quick, most work outs are under 20 minutes.  I would be lying if I couldn't fit in 20 minutes. 

It is not easy to fit in and that is not a lie but on paper my excuses are full of holes and I know it.  I just need to try and I need to keep thinking about it. 

I am going to make a few goals for the next two weeks.  I want to exercise at least 3 times a week and I want to be very strict diet wise.  I know this seems like it is not enough but last time (which was like two weeks ago) I totally ran out of steam after two days so I am going to start small and build up to it.  And just keep on improving.  I am also going to think of a reward for my hard work. And I will probably make a chart...I love charts.  I made one for my marathon a couple years ago and I loved it.

Strangely enough I can not think of something that I really want....so if you have any ideas let me know.

Free Day!

Friday was my birthday but I chose to have my free day today. I thought it would be hard but I really didn't want a 3 day binge just because it was my birthday.  My goal for today is to not eat to crazily.

I am pleased with how I did last week.  I do need to cut out the wings.  Wings have been my cheat that was kind of legal.  I am not going to have wings until at least February 11.  That is the big fundraising night that I am helping plan for the girl's preschool and I am planning on wearing a great dress and my goal is to be down 30 lbs.

Today my weigh in was 181.1, I am 0.6 lbs away from 25 lbs total loss.  I am thrilled!

My friends and I went to the mall on Friday and we were looking at stores and I realized that I am afraid of a lot of clothing stores.  I don't branch out and even thinking about going in and trying clothes on terrify me.  I remember trying clothes on and not finding anything.  I don't want to have that happen after losing 25lbs.  I also have made a firm commitment to not buy anything that is XL.  I am done with that size....well not the stuff in my closet because I am also going and buying a new outfit.

So I have 3 weeks to lose 6 lbs.  I think I can totally do it.  I am also thinking of not having a cheat/free day next week.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


My dental surgery went really well.  Very little pain, which I was really surprised about.  The sedatives didn't work like they do on other people but I was relaxed, so at least they worked.

My weigh in from not having any solid foods was excellent!  I am 182 lbs! 

Yesterdays was a good free day too because I couldn't eat too much and I had to eat really slowly.

My goal for this week is to eat legumes at least twice.  I am hoping to starting seeing the 170's soon....so close!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Going strong

Christmas and New Year's threw my weight loss out the window and then I plateaued.  Last week I chose not to have a free day and eat very strictly that went really well but I just wasn't losing and it was frustrating me.  I decided to be pro-active and research the diet and see if I could figure out where I went wrong.

I am doing a high protein-low carb diet, it is modelled after Tim's Ferriss' Slow Carb Diet from The Four Hour Body.  It is a great book with tons of neat information.  It has been going really well for me.  I wasn't going hard core because what I was doing was working and I knew that at some point I would need to become stricter.

That point was after New Year's but stricter wasn't working....so what I found is I wasn't getting enough protein in the morning.  I was having two eggs which is about 12g of protein and according to the diet, you should have 30g and within a half an hour of waking.

I started this on Wednesday and that weight has finally started to come off!  Thank goodness!  My goal is to be down 30lbs total by February 11. 

Tomorrow is my official weigh in and I will post how I did.  Today I can't eat much because I am going for dental surgery.  I am terrified!  I am not sure when I will be able to eat again....I also can't drink anything before the appointment.  So today will either help me tremendously or hurt me.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, January 8, 2012


Getting up early has been very difficult this week.  I either stay up too late the night before or Georgia is waking up when my alarm goes off.  It is annoying because I really want to get into the challenge and do the exercises.  But I am not stressing about it. 

I am focusing on my diet because that is what has worked for me to lose 20lbs. I was barely exercising before and the weight was coming off.  This week to make up for the Christmas/New Year's binges I have not had a cheat day. 

As the weekend got closer I was a little worried about if I could do it.  I find the weekends the hardest to eat well because there is no routine and we usually end up at Wal-Mart or the mall or someone's house.  Saturday I did amazing!  We did end up at Wal-Mart and the plan was to have lunch at McDonald's.  I just left Mike with the girls and I went and did the shopping.  I am glad that I made a plan because it is too hard to sit and watch people eat and not take their french fries!  Then Mike and I went to a movie at the mall where there are many of my favorite things.  I didn't even have a bit of Mike's popcorn!

Today may be hard again but I know I can do it! 

Next week I hope to get more exercise in, I am going to go to jazzercise at least twice next week.  Bodyrock....only if it works next week, is an insane week for me with meetings etc...so I am taking the blame and feelings of failure away because it is all about my diet.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Mike had a photography class last night and didn't get home until late.  So I diecided to stay up with him and then sleep in this morning.  We have a pretty busy day but I am planning on doing Day 2 of the Body Rock Challenge this afternoon.  It is going to be hard but I can do it.

Last night I cheated....I was consumed by a desire to eat the caramel marshmellows...sigh...

I will keep strong and not have a free day this week.  Today I need to keep on top of the water and green tea.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Good Form

Yesterday, I was super motivated and it was really neat because starting the day exercising led me to want to keep exercising through out the day.  I did my morning work out, jazzercise, went for a walk and then did a fit test.
Bodyrock is doing a 30 day challenge.  Yesterday they posted a fit test to get a baseline for where you are at.  It will be fun to see my improvement over the next month!
Here are my scores:
Squat jumps - 22
Push ups - 18 (on kneees)
Burpees - 10
High Knees - 86
Switch Lunges - 15
Tuck Jumps - 12
Straight Abs - 22

Yesterday I ate really well!  My plan is to eat the same thing every day.  It is boring but it is really healthy stuff and I think it will jump start my weight loss.

This morning Georgia was wonderful enough to wake up at 5:40am, normally I would be cranky but she helped me to get moving and exercising.  I am not sure I would have gotten up to exercise.  I am stiff and sore!

I did the same work out from yesterday and it was hard because I am sore.  There will be another workout posted today and maybe I will do it tonight but for sure tomorrow morning.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Fit and Flexible

I got up and exercised.  I did it but it doesn't feel great at the moment.  Georgia slept through the night for the first time in 2 or more weeks!  That was great but Ally came into our room at 5:30, which wasn't bad but it was a half an hour before my alarm.  On the positive side, it did allow me to slowly wake up and get my head in the game.

I prepared for my work out last night, I planned what I was going to do and got my clothes ready.  I did forget about my shoes.

My friend Laurie turned me on to this neat website, www.bodyrock.tv it is incredible.  The workouts are short and crazy hard.  I picked a work out that looked somewhat easy.  It still isn't.  I have lots of room to improve. 
I did this work out http://www.bodyrock.tv/2011/12/07/the-one-that-got-away-workout/.  I have such a hard time with planks and push ups, I could barely do the exercise.

I also did this warm up.  http://www.bodyrock.tv/2010/01/29/start-me-up-warm-up-routine/  I liked the mediation aspect at the beginning. I think visualizing is really beneficial and it really helped to get my head into the game. 

I am not sure why but after the work out I felt sick.  I almost threw up!  I think it was the fact that I hadn't eaten and the last couple of days I have eaten like crap.  I think that is why I am not proud of working out is because I feel icky.  I tried to eat breakfast and coffee but nothing is working for me yet.  I was being cheap and reheated my coffee from yesterday and I didn't put cream in....I need another coffee...with cream...

Today I am going to go to jazzercise for the first time too.  It should be fun!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

The fall was such a busy time for me!  I managed to lose 20 lbs and then Christmas came....but I held steady...no loss over Christmas and New Year's but at least no gain.

My goal is to lose 40 lbs this year and to start working out every day.  I want to have abs when the weight is gone.  It took me 4 months to lose 20 and I think if I try really hard that I could be there by June.  I am not really sure if 40 lbs is completely realistic but I am going to try.  That would put me at 145lbs!

I want to try journalling more and being a bit more accountable. 

This week Mike is going back to Dr. B and I am going to take advantage of it and crack down and go hard core.  I would like to lose 10 lbs by February 11.

What I am going to do this week.
1. Eat the same things every day
2. Exercise every day
3. No free day - I have had way to many in the last two weeks!