Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday Tale from the Scale & Socks

one hundred eighty point six
DOWN 2.6 lbs Since Last Weigh In
DOWN 1.4 lbs TOTAL
These BIGGEST LOSER GIRLS are rockin my socks off! I really can't believe how enthusiastic I am about this thing. Who would have thought all I needed were some weight loss buddies and a little friendly competition to get my rear in gear.

Speaking of socks.....I know NOTHING about running. I mean zip, zero, zilch.

However, I do know one thing, I LOVE my SmartWool Women's PhD Running Ultra Light Micro Socks.
They are extremely comfortable, lightweight but durable, have subtle arch support, and are excellent at wicking away moisture. I never work out without them.

Eventually, I would really like to try the SmartWool PhD Running Graduated Compression Lights since I have notice if I do Couch to 5K several times in a week my calves are screaming.

Anyways, since I LOVE me some new buddies and LOVE me some SmartWool Socks, once I get to 10 followers I am going to give away a pair of SmartWool Women's PhD Running Ultra Light Micro Socks so some lucky lady can let me know what they think of them as well.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Confession: I was beginning to feel like I was the worst dieter ever!!!


I posted my first blog weight in of 182.0 lbs on 10-18-12 and followed it up the next week with 180.4 lbs on 10-25-12. Not SO bad.

Then, I fell off the face of the earth for a couple months. Nice.

Faced the scale on 12-27-12 and 184.4 lbs looked back at me! WHOA NELLY! THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!

OK OK, back at it 1-3-13 where I laid out some goals and weighed in at 182.8 lbs. I buckled down, stared the year strong, and weighed in at 181.2 lbs on 1-10-13. I had busted butt for those 1.6 lbs (honestly, in my head I know that's a great loss) but I wanted more and I was pissed. I have seen several people move the scale 5+ lbs their first week trying really hard.

So....I fell off the wagon for a couple more weeks while I pouted like a big baby.


The truth is I know how this weight loss thing works. I dropped 20 + pounds in college on Weight Watchers (yes, I gained it all back and some more). I know it doesn't happen over night, it is not easy, I can't compare now to then, and I can't compare myself to others. Blah, Blah, Blah...

I have just been LAZY, SELFISH, and UNACCOUNTABLE.

My Slap in the Face

On Monday, January 14th Mr. You Betcha was at a Fire Meeting and I was at home sitting on the couch watching The Biggest Loser (honestly, for the first time ever). I found myself really admiring and rooting for Danni & Pam because they were on their own and ROCKIN' IT. When they won the challenge with the fastest 5K time I broke down and cried.

The Biggest Loser
Lisa and I have participated in one 5K (so far) and crossing that finish line was the BEST FEELING EVER! When Danni & Pam finished I couldn't help but feeling that same rush of emotions all over again.

About 2 minutes later I text Lisa to ask her if she remembered how slow fast our time was? 10 minutes spent searching the Facebook archives and she came up with 41 min 10 sec.

BACK THE TRUCK UP! The Biggest Loser girls just cut almost 5 minutes off my freakin' time weighing about 40+ lbs more then I did in September when we ran/jogged/walked/crawled it!

What do they have that I don't!?!



I instantly hit my Facebook friends with this message: Friends/family anyone interested in a local biggest loser (on a small scale) challenge & support group? Self organized and focused on achieving your goals.

By 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning I had 4 people who had contacted me that were interested in participating. Over the next couple days we hammered out the details of The Biggest Loser Challenge and each of us advertised it to our friends. A few more joined us so we have a total of 7 participating and our first weight in was on Thursday, January 24th.

My Biggest Loser Challenge Starting Weight
183.2 lbs - 1/24/13
*I will still be calling 182.0 lbs my
starting weight for blogging purposes.
SO...UP 2.0 lbs Since Last Weigh In
UP 1.2 lbs TOTAL
All of our weigh ins are going to be virtual by text message and to start with the pot is $140 ($20 each). There will be a penalty fee of $1 applied if someone's weight stays the same. There will be a penalty fee of $1 if someone misses weighing in. There will be a penalty fee of $1 added for each pound a person gains. (i.e. Gain 3 pounds, you owe $3) The winner will be the person who loses the largest percentage of body weight.

Nothing like putting a $$$ incentive on weight loss.

Honestly, the $$$ is a sweet incentive but it isn't anything compared to the levels of encouragement and support we have been providing each other. We have a private Facebook Group where we post photos for inspiration, recipe ideas, and jokes to keep it fun. On My Fitness Pal most of us are "Friends" and it is damn hard not to "complete your food and exercise diary under your calorie goal" when they are all doing it. Weight loss peer pressure baby! LOVE IT!


Tomorrow will be our Week 1 Weigh In & Thursday Tale from the Scale and I PROMISE to post!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thursday Tale from the Scale & Observations

Thursday Tale from the Scale

one hundred eighty one point two
DOWN 1.6 lbs Since Last Weigh In
DOWN 0.8 lbs TOTAL
Honestly, I wanted to see more progress in my first hard core week. I have seen other people lose 5 pounds + in their first week of really consciously trying and wanted to be one of them. Tough shit I guess.

I have noticed several things about myself and have been doing some research along with making some adjustments to correct them.

  • I am trying to stick to only water but I need to drink more. NO pop whatsoever, No coffee whatsoever (this is HUGE for me), small glass of OJ from time to time, and occasionally a glass of milk with supper. I was checking out the Top 5 Nutrition Tips from Bikini Body Mommy and I should be consuming 90 + oz a day! I better buy more freakin' toilet paper because this lady is going to be going potty ALOT!
All day I'm guzzlin'!
  • I started taking a multivitamin again and I have to take that evil horse pill with something to eat else I will instantly feel like junk.
One A Day Women's
  • If I am going to do both, I have to do Couch to 5K before I do 30 Day Shred, if I do 30 Day Shred and then get on the dreadmill and try to run it makes me feel like I am going to die.
Becoming a Runner!
  •  I HATE the texture of greek yogert and the only way I can stand to eat it is with crushed granola mixed in.
Dannon Oikos Fat Free Yogurt
  • Seeing my son try to imitate me doing jumping jacks maked me feel REALLY good!
1/2 way through 30 Day Shred.
  •  My fit kick is starting to wear off on Mr. You Betcha.
The Hubby testing out the dreadmill.
  •  I HAVE to pack a snack for about 2:30 p.m. else I will eat ANYTHING I can get my hands on! Last Monday it was chocolate covered pretzels. I am trying to stick to string cheese and some type of fruit to carry through to supper.
KRAFT 2% String Cheese
  • The craziness of the weekend can discombobulate my diet in 2.5 seconds, I did some weekend meal planning in hopes of staying on the straight and narrow. Going to be testing some recipes from my Healthy Eating Pinterest board. We'll see how it goes, I will do up a couple posts if they turn out well.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Thursday Tale from the Scale & Fitness Goals for Success

Thursday Tale from the Scale

one hundred eighty two point eight
DOWN 1.6 lbs Since Last Weigh In
UP 0.8 lbs TOTAL
I will totally take it! I was 184.4 lbs last Thursday and although I was conscious of what I put in my pie hole mouth over the last week I didn't push to loose weight because I knew it would be hard. We attended our last two Christmas gatherings, had a last minute totally unplanned New Years Eve get together, indulged in cocktails and snacked while we watched football. I knew I could not expect a miracle under those circumstances.

That being said, it's time to kick it! I was able to get the used treadmill I talked about for $100 and it will work perfect for me until I can walk/jog outside again. I have been using FatSecret My Fitness Pal and the Calorie Counter App on my iPhone to track the foods I eat (please be my friend - my member name is krazykates MN_Kates). I also plan on starting to let Jillian Michaels kick my butt more often. If you're local let me know if you would like to join me in my basement/gym/family room.

Fitness Goals for Success


Although I am sure 130 lbs would feel amazing, I am aiming for 140 lbs to begin with. I haven't been that light since like high school so I want to see how my adult body carries it and go from there. At 140 lbs my Body Mass Index would also be within the "Normal Weight" category which would make me super happy.

So I am looking at loosing 42 lbs in all if we consider THIS my starting point. I bobbed around between 180lbs - 184 lbs for a long time but we will say I started at 182 lbs to keep things simple.

Mini Goals

For the first 20 lbs I would like to shed 10 lbs / month. I believe this is a lofty but obtainable goal and I know I will have to push hard to get there. I also know that to be successful I am going to have to start strong.

10 lbs by January 31, 2013 (4 weeks)
15 lbs by February 14, 2013 (6 weeks)
20 lbs by February 28, 2013 (8 weeks)

For the next 24 lbs I am going to push for about 6 lbs / month. I know the closer I get to Goal the slower it will go so I may need to revise.

26 lbs by March 28, 2013 (12 weeks)
29 lbs by April 11, 2013 (14 weeks - week of my birthday)
32 lbs by April 25, 2013 (16 weeks)
35lbs by May 9, 2013 (18 weeks)
38 lbs by May 23, 2013 (20 weeks)
40 lbs by June 6, 2013 (22 weeks)
42 lbs by June 20, 2013 (24 weeks)

The truth is that I wanna litteraly work my BUTT OFF and smash these Mini Goals and be at GOAL by May 1st but I have to be realistic so we will see how it goes.

The Rewards

Hard work deserves rewards...

10 lbs - New Phone Cover
15 lbs - New Purse
20 lbs - New Jeans (maybe the ones I bought February 2012 will fit - Post to Come)
25 lbs - Manicure/Pedicure
30 lbs - New Summer Tanks
35 lbs - New Cute Undies
40 lbs - New Swim Suit
44 lbs - Boudoir - Maybe

*Rewards subject to change based on current costs, wants & needs.

We have lots going on between now and June. At each event I wanna look better & better! Mr. You Betcha's 5 Years Anniversary of Employment thingamajigger Banquette, Valentines Day, Easter, my cousin Ashley's Wedding (I'm a Bridesmaid), Mr. You Betcha's Birthday, My Birthday, The Little Man's 2nd Birthday, Our 10 Year Dating Anniversary, and the RMH Ride.

Holy Moley Batman! I got lots to get skinny for (besides the obvious health benefits)!