Thursday, December 31, 2009

December stats

I rocked the workouts in December: 23 of them totaling 875 minutes and 6,964 calories burned. I also managed to lose 9.4 pounds in December, although the last weigh in is a little suspect. We'll see this Monday when I'm back at my regular meeting center.

I am pretty proud of myself for sticking to the program and exercise during the holiday season!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Wonderful Christmas!

We had a fantastic Christmas. It was wonderful to have the family over on Saturday. We were packed in our little house, but no one cared.

I'm enjoying an extra day off today, and I'll be off Thursday and Friday as well. Dave & I are going to Villa Antonio for dinner tonight. We'll be celebrating both our birthdays since we haven't had a chance to do that yet.

I definitely need to work out today to make that Italian food less damaging. =)

Through yesterday, I've worked out 19 times this month for a total of 729 minutes, burning 5,759 calories! Slowly, but surely.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Almost Christmas!

I haven't checked in lately, but I am still plugging along. Despite the holiday and the requisite food, I am still in losing mode. My workouts have dropped off a little, but I am still averaging about 4 per week. I want to get in 5 per week, minimum.

Christmas is almost here. I'm excited about spending time with family, but just a teeny bit down because of the situation with Eric. I have to let that go, because there is absolutely nothing I can do about it. I just wish sometimes that I could have all the people I love in the same room at the same time... LOL

I am so blessed to have family who love me, especially my fantastic husband who is the love of my life.

Merry Christmas to all!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


I haven't been blogging my workouts here, because I set up a spreadsheet to track them since I got the heart rate monitor. I am still plugging along with 5-6 workouts a week.

And yesterday at WI, I was down 3.8 lbs. That's 15.8 total. I'm very excited about that. Still have a long way to go, but I will get there and stay there.

I feel fantastic!

And I love my husband... he is fabulous!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Fitness Journal

Today's workout:

FIRM CS (cardio + sculpt)
Length: 57 min
In Zone: 38 min
Avg HR: 125
Max HR: 147
Calories: 390

I feel tired but good!

Momentous Decision Update, etc.

Great day on the scale! I feel like my work is paying off.

No workout yesterday; I had tummy troubles and decided it would be better to take it easy. I'll report back tonight's workout when it's done.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fitness Journal

We had a great time at the Panthers game, even though they lost. I had a few beers and a hotdog which wasn't too bad of a choice.

We went out for pizza tonight. I held at one piece with a nice salad and a couple of Peroni's. I'm on track and on plan. =)

Here's a catch-up of my workouts for yesterday and today:

11/20/09 - Workout: FIRM EC (cardio)
~Length: 30 min
~Avg HR: 135
~Max HR: 149
~Target Zone: 29 min
~Calories: 237

11/21/09 - Workout: FIRM TBSM (cardio+sculpt)
~Length: 66 min
~Avg HR: 124
~Max HR: 141
~Target Zone: 54 min
~Calories: 440

Thursday, November 19, 2009

No work out today!

Today is a DOR (day of rest).

We are going to the Panthers game tonight!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fitness Journal

11/18/09 FIRM MBS (45-min sculpting)

HRM stats:

Avg HR: 126
Max HR: 147
Calories burned: 281

Did I mention...

... that I love Dave very much! He brings so much happiness into my life.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fitness Journal

FIRM CK (40-min cardio)

HRM stats:

25 minutes in target zone
avg HR: 142
max HR: 162
calories: 337

Woo hoo!

Fitness Journal

11/16/09: FIRM: Strength (60-min cardio + sculpt)

HRM stats: 358 calories burned

Monday, November 16, 2009

Fitness Journal

Hrm... my Sunday post seems to have disappeared.


11/15/09: FIRM SCS (40-min cardio)

HRM stats: burned 326 calories, 32 minutes were in the target zone, avg HR 132, high 162.


I was so surprised and disappointed this morning when I was up 0.6. I know there are going to be fluctuations, and it's easy to say that. But it's hard to shake this defeated stinkin' thinkin'. I have been eating right and working out.

I'm also coming off TOM and probably shouldn't have drank so much coffee this morning.

I've re-read Why The Scale Lies and my head knows this is not a setback, but it still hurts my li'l heart!

I'm done with the bad vibes, moving on, hoping the hard work will show next week. It's just that I already have so far to go, and this feels like another delay in getting there.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Paranormal Activity

Wow... what a creepy movie! It had a really low budget and has become a phenomenon. Great movie.

Fitness Journal

I got a heart rate monitor today to track my workouts. I am not sure that I'm using it right, but I'm trying to learn.

Today, I did a strictly sculpting workout:

FIRM SS (49-min sculpting)

I never feel like I get as good a workout without the cardio component, but I know the strength training is good for me, even though it doesn't burn as many calories. It is great for my bones and fighting osteoporosis. I am going to feel it in my muscles tomorrow, for sure!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fitness Journal

I'm going to start blogging my workouts each day. I actually do them in the evenings during the week. On the weekends, whenever.

I'll catch up this week now:
  • 11/09-Monday: FIRM TMS (45-min cardio + sculpt)
  • 11/10-Tuesday: FIRM CK (40-min cardio)
  • 11/11-Wednesday: FIRM CBS (45-min cardio + sculpt)
  • 11/12-Thursday: FIRM UCB (45-min cardio)
  • 11/13-Friday: REST DAY
Going forward, I'll try to blog how I feel the workout went. I'm really looking forward to the rest day.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I miss my Dad

My dad died unexpectedly five years ago today. I miss him so much. There were so many things I wish I had told him that I can't now. Don't take for granted that your loved ones know how you feel. Tell them now, because you may not have another chance.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

MD Update

Okay, yesterday was end of week three and I am on a roll. I feel fantastic. Amazingly, my body seems to like healthy food, and doesn't miss junk at all. Three weeks without a soda, diet or otherwise...this from a former Coke Zero addict!

Simply Amazing

I've been at this workout thing for a couple of weeks. The first one I did depressed me, because I remembered how fit I was, and starting out I couldn't get through it without rest breaks. It is simply amazing how fast your body responds to consistent exercise, though. I've been rotating through DVDs, but I have a one favorite that I do once a week. It's still hard, but each time I do it, I can do it a little better. Tonight I did it without any breaks. Maybe next week, I'll do one step segment with the 8" step instead of the 6".

Dave is so encouraging and motivating. I love that man! (I've probably mentioned that before...LOL)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Health Care Reform Bill

I saw just before I went to bed last night that the HR passed the health care reform bill. While I think there are many problems with our current system, I do not believe in this particular bill. There is too much control being given to the federal government. All I see is more taxes, worse coverage and care and more and more debt for my grandkids to shoulder.

I haven't looked at any news sites talking about it today. Quite frankly, I am a little scared of what is now to come. I think passage of this is just the tip of the iceberg. I didn't sleep well last night because of it.

Sunday, Sunday

I enjoyed my rest day on Friday. Yesterday I did an awesome 55 minute cardio + sculpt. Today I thought about a rest day... it *is* Sunday, after all... but I decided a 30-minute cardio was in order. We are having fondue for the game tonight, so I need all the help I can get!

I'm so tired after a workout, but I have found that my energy level the rest of the time is up from the increased (that's increased from non-existent) exercise. It's all very good.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Four... and REST!

I did my fourth-day-in-a-row workout last night. It was a pretty tough 40-minute cardio. Dave has been messing with me while I'm trying to work out. It's so funny.

My body is tired and sore, but in a good way. Today is a much-anticipated day of rest. Back at it tomorrow, though!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Three and counting!

I worked out again last night. I can actually feel my body getting stronger. It's so hard, but so worth it. I am going for it again tonight, then taking Friday off for my body to rest and replenish. My goal is to get to five days a week, at least 40 minutes a day. I'm thinking Friday and Sunday are good rest days. Every other Friday we pick up Shea, so it's hard to have time to fit it in. And Saturdays are usually kind of lazy except for housework, so I can work in a longer workout. Sunday is the perfect rest day!

p.s. Dave is awesome!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Working out

I am proud of myself for working out two days in a row. I haven't done that in years, and they were tough workouts. I couldn't do every single move, but I took little breaks and jumped back in and finished both times. I'm going to three tonight.

My body is protesting, but it will love me for it eventually, and I have to say it feels good.

I have to give props to Dave. He is so cool about this. We had discussed that this is somewhat of a personal thing not to be broadcasted (even though I'm blogging, but I think I'm the only one who reads this...LOL). He agreed, but when he came to kiss me goodnight after I went to bed, he asked, "When can I start bragging on you?" What a guy! I love him bunches!

Monday, November 2, 2009

MD Update

I didn't let my funk get me down and stuck to the plan, even through another outing at Renaissance Festival. I have tangible evidence that it worked. My body is so tired right now after an hour of circuit training. I am disappointed that I was so wimpy with it, but I have to start somewhere. I give myself credit for not just turning off the DVD and quitting. I took my little breathers and jumped back in when I could. Before I know it, I'll be doing the whole thing with weights and even increasing the weights.

Dave left me a note on the fridge that he's proud of me. That means the world to me. =)

Friday, October 30, 2009

A little down on myself

I know I'm only in my second week, but last night I felt really down about how far I have to go. It's hard to keep the level of excitement and motivation. Dave is very encouraging, but I just want to cry sometimes.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

MD - Week 1 done, Week 2 ensues

Well, week 1 was indeed successful. Funny how if you do what you are supposed to, it works!

The nice side effect to this is that both Dave and I are eating healthier.

I'm wondering why the heck I started this right as the big holiday season approaches! The upside is I will hopefully hit the New Year with less pounds while most people start it with more. That's the plan, anyway.

I am EXTREMELY sore from the workout on Sunday. Got to do something tonight to keep on track and work out some of the soreness. Dave was quite amused at me shuffling around last night; he laughed at my pain! Not in a bad way, though... he understands pain better than anyone I know.

I have to say again, he is being so supportive and encouraging, and I love him for it!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

MDU Part Deux

Okay, I drug out my step and tiny 3-lb. weights and did a 30-minute cardio DVD. Yay me!

It was not a particularly hard one compared to what I used to do, but it's been a long time. It was a start, and I got all the way through it. I feel very good about myself today.

Momentous Decision Update

Today is Day 7. Days 1-6 have been quite successful, I think. We'll find out tomorrow just *how* successful. It really hasn't been as hard as I thought. I've actually cooked dinner... a real dinner... 6 nights in a row! If Dave isn't too tired after working all day, we may go out this evening. Now *that* will be a little harder. I'm up for the challenge, though.

I think I will try to get a little activity in today. I planned to yesterday, but with all the housework, laundry, etc., I didn't get around to it... however, all that was pretty active!

I refuse to be discouraged no matter what happens on the ol' scale. I know if I keep doing this, eventually it will show.

Friday, October 23, 2009

"Dave's not here!"

I love my husband so much! He just cracks me up sometimes.

Last night when I got home, the bedroom door was closed. I thought it was to keep the dogs' grimy paws off our bed. I was busy unpacking groceries, starting dinner, etc., so it was quite some time before I went into the bedroom.

I took this picture of what I found. At first my brain was like, "did he just drop his clothes and they coincidentally land like that?" But then I realized he had arranged them just so. It was killing him waiting for me to find it.

I'm curious about what could be in store for me tonight... LOL

Laughter is good for the soul and for a marriage. My soul and marriage have never been better!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Renaissance Festival

We took Shea to the Renaissance Festival Saturday. That is always great fun. Our favorite thing there is the hypnotist act. It's amazing what people do/think while under hypnosis. Shea got her face painted as you can see in the picture. Dave was in his Una-bomber disguise.

Dave did the tomato throw... He was actually pretty good at it and loved doing it. If we go again, he's pretty much got it figured out and is going to smack that guy right in the face with one.

It's wild to see all the people who come out in costume. All-in-all, it's a great time.

Momentous Decision

I have finally decided that I need to get back in shape (read: lose some poundage) and start eating healthier, since the two go hand-in-hand. It's all about total lifestyle change forever.

Dave is supporting me in this venture, even trying my off-the-wall recipe last night (steak & blue cheese pizza... quite good, IMO). He's somewhat of a picky eater who doesn't care much for chicken, but he's on board with me 100%. He even agreed to chicken for dinner tonight.

That's one of the things I love about him. He wants me to be happy and does everything in his power to make that happen.

Stay tuned for successes and the inevitable failures... hopefully the successes prevail over the failures! =)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Football and flu

Man, you wait all summer for football season, then it tears out your heart and stomps on it. To say the Panthers are struggling is a massive understatement. Wake is mediocre. Vols show promise with some decent freshmen talent, but it's going to take a couple years to reclaim football prominence. I hope Kiffen is given the chance to get it done.

I'm languishing in the last (hopefully) days of a flu bug or some such nastiness. Apparently this one was already percolating when I got my flu shot last week. The whole weekend was shot with me pretty much being a vegetable on the couch. I'm looking forward to this weekend being healthy and spending time with Shea and Wes, (and Dave, of course!). The weather has been beautiful, and I want to get out and enjoy it!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Panthers.... sigh

My heart goes out to Jake Delhomme. He's such a good guy, and has done so much for the Panthers, but I think he is on his way down. I hope he pulls out a great game Sunday.

He gets all the blame, and definitely deserves some of it, but the line and the coaching need to step up as well.

Regardless, he's a class act who has done a lot for the program, and I will always wish him well.

Vacation was fabulous

We had such a good time getting away for a few days. The weather was absolutely perfect. Only problem is that vacation was way too short... but hey, I'll take a 3-day work week anytime!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

Wow... almost vacation time! We are SO ready for that. We love the dogs, but it will be nice to have a little break from taking care of (and cleaning up after) them. I know by the time we get back, we will be missing them terribly.

We are looking forward to a long holiday weekend too... we get to keep Shea an extra night! Hopefully Wes will make it over for a little while too if he's not working the whole weekend. Plan to do some relaxing... maybe catch the last baseball game for the season... and just taking it easy.

p.s. The refinance closed yesterday! Now to wait for the escrow check from the old BoA loan.

Monday, August 24, 2009


Dave, Wes, Shea and I went fishing yesterday... it was a blast!

Wes caught the biggest fish, a catfish, but it came off the hook before we could get a picture. Dave caught the second biggest. Shea and I caught several little brims and bluefish.

It would be so nice to have a place on the lake... sigh...maybe someday. :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Update on Refinance

Bank of America
  • Initial application: 04/15/2009
  • Est. closing date: 06/15/2009
  • Rev. est. closing: 07/15/2009
  • Rev. est. closing: 08/31/2009

Quicken Loans
  • Initial application: 08/10/2009
  • Actual closing: 08/25/2009

Unbelievable.... and did I mention, my original loan is with Bank of America? Way to take care of your customers, BoA. I am in the process of fighting for a refund of my $400.00 application fee.

We need a vacation!

Between all the remodeling and the stress of the economy, we really need a vacation. It looks like our refinance is going to happen by the end of the month, so our mortgage payment will be going way down, and we get to skip a payment.

We've saved up a little over the past few months, so hopefully we can get out of town for a few days soon. Boarding the dogs is a real pain, because they can't be picked up on Sundays, not to mention it's expensive!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Refinancing annoyance

Why can Quicken Loans close a refinance in 21 days, while I am STILL waiting on Bank of America for going on four months? Oh, and my original mortgage is with... Bank of America. Amazing.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Great weekend...

It was a great weekend with Shea. We missed Wes, but work comes first!

Intimidators game was fun, and we totally embarrassed ourselves at lunch yesterday. Our poor server!

I'm ready for weather to cool down.... and I'm really ready for a vacation! Can't wait to get out of town in a month or so.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Mayonnaise Jar and the Two Beers

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and
empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was...

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the
golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed...

“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

“The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

“The pebbles are the
other things that matter like your job, your house and your car...

“The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

“If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

“Spend time with your children.

“Spend time with your parents.

“Visit with grandparents.

“Take time to get medical checkups.

“Take your spouse out to dinner.

“Play another 18...

“There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

“Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter.

“Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented.

The professor smiled and said, “I'm glad you asked.

“The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers with a friend.”

Friday, July 31, 2009

Southern-Fried Preacher...

... is up and running! Check it out often.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Harold's New Site

Harold is starting a new site. I am working on getting it set up right now.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

To my family and friends...

I want all my friends and family to know how much I love them and how much they mean to me. I have been very blessed to be surrounded and loved by them. I am especially blessed that God brought Dave into my life. He has made me happier than I've ever been. Love you, baby.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Finish Carpentry 101

Be sure to visit Dave's site: It's being updated often.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Finally... UT is getting a QB

Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffen announced Friday that junior college All-America quarterback Nick Lamaison from Mt. San Antonio [Calif.] College has signed to play football for the Volunteers this season. The Walnut, Calif., native is expected to enroll at UT for the Fall semester and will take part in UT's preseason drills.

Weekend is almost here!

I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend with Dave & the kids.

We've got a couple of movies to watch, and plan to go to the Intimidators game Saturday night. Otherwise, nothing exciting... just enjoying time together.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Dave's Back in ATL

Dave headed back to Atlanta to (hopefully) finish the stair job this week. I miss him already!

Luckily I have the dogs to keep my company... or drive me nuts!