Thursday, April 26, 2012

Getting Realistic/Weekly Check-In

I really AM enjoying this challenge.  Although I'm not meeting goals and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all at the moment.  I think I'm really setting my bar too high (is that possible???).  After watching the motivational video about "exhaustion" I'm feeling a bit embarrassed about my post.

Here's my check in for Week 4....

1.  Weight Loss Goal: I was able to get those excess pounds off and see the number 217.5 this morning on the scale.  I'll take it!!!

2.  NSV:  Sheesh.  How hard is it to make a couple of phone calls???  For me very hard.  I can't get enough alone time to make a phone call to the chiro, massage therapist, doctor etc.  I AM going to do this tomorrow.  This must be a priority.  I'm hurting and I NEED some down time. 

3.  Ahhhh....another goal I didn't meet.  This weight loss journey is teaching me so much about myself.  What are the real priorities in my life?  How can I gently adjust/change them?   Learning to live my life in peace and balance.  All things I'm working on even IF I don't meet my "goals" for this challenge.  I'm gonna try again :-)

4.  Exercise Goal:  So what's that old thing..."best 3 out of 5"???  Wait that would mean I would have had to actually DO five of anything....ehehehehe.  I only got the three part.  Hey, but at least I'm not a couch potato anymore (more justification).

HELP!!!  All you people out there.  Anybody hear me????  Please give me some encouragement and motivation.  I need it!

Goals for Week 5:

1.  Weight Loss Goal:  I'm SICK of being in the 200's.  I HAVE to get through the teens and get closer to "one-derland".  So by Thursday May 4th I wanna see 215.  That would be 5 pounds since the start of the challenge (March 29th).  That would leave me 13 more to go in 5 weeks.  Is it possible????  Only time will tell. 

2.  NS Goal:  Register for 5K race in May (5/12) and order a new sports bra.

3.  Nutrition Goal:  Buy flax seed oil and quinoa.  Try at least one new recipe.

4.  Exercise Goal:  Ok I'm going to be realistic here.  I am hoping to run on Sat. (for an hour), and will have my regular Tue. workout, but I need to do at LEAST one more day of something.  Why am I finding it hard to get 3X/wk in these days?  So...this week 3X workout. 

On a more positive note here is an updated pic of me (taken today).  On the left is what I looked like in January of this year.  I'm still having trouble noticing a difference, but maybe others can????!!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Game On

So I'm starting my first round of "Game On" tomorrow.  I was introduced to this book/game/concept by a friend of mine named Drew.  For those of you who like Grey's Anatomy you will like this book because it's by the same writer.  It's a humorous book and has some great concepts.  Now I must say that it has some language that isn't my normal, but I was able to get past it and the humor is quite witty and dry at times.  If you are interested check it out at 

I'll try and keep you posted as to my progress and how I'm gonna whoop up on my opponents (see I'm starting the smack already).  I'm looking forward to adding good habits, eliminating negative, losing weight, getting fit, eating healthy and winning some CASHOLA!!! 

Subsequently if any readers find this intriguing next go around maybe you could join the play.  I would be more than happy to talk to Drew about starting another group.  It could be a local group or one with online play. 

I think that "Game On" in combination with my "Ready for Summer Challenge" is going to help me get to onder-land.  I'm so weary of being 200+.  My soul actually aches.  I've had some really challenging days.  I have fought discouragement and being completely overwhelmed.  This has displayed itself in my making poor nutritional choices and feeling an increased amount of guilt.  I finished read two of "Made to Crave" and I'm still enjoying my second read of "7:  An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess".  Studying Matthew chapters 5-7 for the last few weeks has reminded me of my spiritual poverty and caused me to pray for the revealing of habitual patterns/sins that keep me from my ultimate prize. 

Have a great day.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Week Three Check-In/Week Four Goals

So sorry that I'm behind the game.  I should have written this post on Thursday April 19th.  Instead I was trying diligently to prepare for a brief weekend get-away.  Packing, washing, cleaning, preparing for seven people isn't easy.  This was our first trip to a motel with all five kids.  Sheesh...I could write an entire post on that.  We did have a great trip, but back to reality. 

Success in some areas.  Complete failure in others.  That's life though and the reality of learning to be comfortable in my own skin.  So I'm going to try and share openly and honestly.  Thanks as always for reading/supporting.

1.  Weight Loss Goal:  Desired number....216.  Actual number.....217.  A one pound loss.  I'll take it!  This was a miracle considering that I started eating like a pig on Wednesday and didn't stop until last night.  Oh what a struggle I've been having.  So I'm really frightened to see what the scales will say on Thursday 4/26/2012.

2.  Non-scale Goal:  I didn't do ANYTHING that I set out to do and feel ever so badly about it.  Why can't I do things that involve taking care of ME????  I'm gonna try again this week.  If any of you get a chance, why not send me an email this week to ask if I've followed up on this goal.

3.  Nutrition Goal:  BLEW IT!!!  Didn't even make an attempt.  I ate out on Tues. afternoon.  I made a very healthy choice, but then on Wed.-Sat.  I ate ENTIRELY too much.  I can't even begin to tell you how bad I felt physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually because of my overindulgence.  I literally have been stuffed with food, drink, emotion, guilt and conviction. 

4.  Exercise Goal:  I did manage to achieve this.  On Saturday 4/14/2012 I ran the 5K course that I completed in February using the "Tribal 5K" Motiontraxx mix.  My stride is still a little short so I ran 3.1 miles in 37 minutes.  I'm guessing because I didn't have a watch.  I however was able to keep the pace with the music and found it very challenging and fun to keep up with the drums.  I am so hoping to be able to invest in something that can help me map my runs, keep track of time, distance, calories etc.  IF this time was accurate that means I cut over 5 minutes off of my Feb. time.  YEAH ME!!!

I think most of my overeating stems from poor choices and being faced with what seems impossible odds at restaurants.  I am really going to have to plan better in these cases.  Such a learning experience.

Week 4 Goals:

1.  Weight Loss Goal:  After eating like an OINKER off and on for MANY days I will be happy to see a maintaining or a one pound loss by 4/26.  So this means 216-217.  Gotta love uncontrollable cravings due to PMS.

2.  Non-scale Goal:  Repeat from Week 3

3.  Nutrition Goal:  Repeat from Week 4

4.  Exercise Goal:  I want to do SOMETHING, anything 5X this week.  This could look like 2X class (Tue./Thur.), running 1-2X and a Zumba class.  It could look like jogging 3X, class 2X.  Maybe I'll do stairs one day???  I just have to do SOMETHING more often.  My body needs to move more.  It's craving it.  My spirit longs to move, fly, be free.

I haven't checked the "mini challenge".  I'm still working on the "mini challenge" from wk. 3.  So I'll see you all again on 4/26/2012 for a recap.  Have a GREAT day.

This is a GOOD Kind of Gaining!!!

Today I'm talking about GAINING.  Not weight but inspiration. 

I've been pressing into reading many of the blogs of my fellow challengers.  I've enjoyed them all.  They are each so unique and interesting.  I've become followers of several of them.  Although I still have more to go, I'm enjoying this "not so mini challenge".  I started the challenge on a Thursday.  I should have written my check-in post on 4/19/2012 but I was preparing for a brief out of town trip.  So my check-in post will follow. 

Thank you to EVERYONE who read my blog and left comments.  It's like receiving a gift when you open up your blog and see that someone left a comment.  It just makes my day.  I hope everyone is having a fabulously restful weekend.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Unsettled and Undone

The prophet Isaiah said in Chapter 6 verse 4 "Woe is me, for I am ruined!" I can relate. Lately I have been experiencing a holy unsettling. A time of correction, rebuke, and challenge from the Word and from other books that I've been reading. I have been studying the Sermon on the Mount again in Kay Arthur's "Lord I'm Torn Between Two Masters". Coming face to face with unconfessed sins in my life isn't easy. Meditating on any practices repeated patterns that might separate me from God is a difficult and humbling process. I praise God for the assurance of salvation and the reminder of the power of GRACE!. I have been delivered from so much and I have so much gratitude within my heart. Being holy isn't possible within my own power but living a life that is pleasing to God is COMPLETELY possible through Jesus Christ.

Also there have been some authors that have deeply touched me lately. This was a post on the blog of author/speaker Lysa TerKeurst from 2009. I first came across it in her book "Made to Crave" and I tell it almost "did me in".

Unsettle me.

These are the two words rattling about in my brain today. I almost wish it was a more glamorous prayer. Surely more eloquent words could be found for what I’m feeling led to pursue during this new year.
But these are the words- this is the prayer for my 2009.
The funny thing is I’ve spent my whole existence trying to find a place to settle down. People to settle down with. And a spirit about me worthy of all this settled down-ness.
All of this is good. A contented heart, thankful for its blessings is a good way to settle.
But there are areas of my life that have also settled that mock my desires to be godly woman. Compromises if you will.

Attitudes that I’ve wrapped in the lie, “Well, that’s just how I am. And if that’s all the bad that’s in me, I’m doing pretty good.”

I dare you, dear soul of mine, to notice the stark evidence of a spirit that is tainted and a heart that must be placed under the microscope of God’s word.
Yes, indeed, unsettle me Lord.
Unearth that remnant of unforgiveness.
Shake loose that justification for compromise.
Reveal that broken shard of pride.
Expose that tendency to distrust.
Unsettle me in the best kind of way. For when I allow your touch to reach the deepest parts of me- dark and dingy and hidden away too long- suddenly, a fresh wind of life twists and twirls and dances through my soul.
I can delight in forgiveness and love more deeply.
I can discover my gentle responses and find softer ways for my words to land.
I can recognize the beauty of humility and crave the intimacy with God it unleashes.
I can rest assured though harsh winds blow, I will be held.
Goodbye to my remnants, my justification, shards, and tendencies. This is not who I am- nor who I was created to be.

Goodbye to shallow love, sharp words, self focus, and suspicious fears. I am an unsettled woman who no longer wishes to take part in your distractions or distructions.

Welcome deeper love, softer words, unleashed intimacy, and the certainty I am held.

Welcome my unsettled heart.

Welcome 2009.

This is my second reading of Lysa's book and I didn't read the chapter that included this entry on my first time through. I was reading this while in the tub (about the only quiet place I have these days) and I was crying so hard I almost dropped the book.

Jen Hatmaker is another author that seems to have a private portal into my thoughts. I am currently on my second reading of "7:An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess". Oh my stars. WOW! Hello there 2X4 upside the head. I've been struggling for quite sometime about the excess in my personal life and in the life of my family. After reading this book I've been inspired, challenged and encouraged. I'm praying about how God would have me become more aware of His presence and ways to eliminate excess and the trite that might stand in the way of my Heavenly calling. It's relationship. It's service. It's obedience. It's holiness. It's integrity. It's transparency. It's humility. I'm being called to pursue these things and not the next great recipe, clothing style, gadget, trinket, opportunity, experience, home school curriculum, ministry, etc.

Loving God, loving people. That pretty much sums it up for me.

I'm an undone woman. I'll never be the same and the beautiful thing is that I don't want to be that "old" woman EVER again. I'm through with "Egypt". I'm turning North and I'm on the move to the promised land. Thank you Holy Spirit for your loving, gentle, yet persistent agitations. I am grateful to be undone and done with this world!!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done

Addressing my pride, selfishness, lack of self-control, addictive behaviors and hurts/habits/hang-ups has been the HARDEST thing I've ever done.

Harder than:
  • Graduating with a BS Ed in Music Education
  • Natural Childbirth
  • Having a child on the autism spectrum
  • Having TWO sets of twins (5 kids total)
  • Struggling through a loveless marriage for many years (praise God for his restoration and reconciliation)
  • Home schooling our older three kids
  • Moving 18 times in 37 years
  • Losing loved ones
  • Losing friendships
  • Learning another language (although I obviously didn't master that.  I can barely remember the Spanish I took in High School and College)
  • Changing churches
  • Learning to spin for High School and College marching band
  • Interviewing for scholarships/jobs
  • Living without health insurance
  • My husband being laid off from his job just two months before we found out we were pregnant with our second set of twins
  • Learning to play the piano
  • Learning to play the flute
  • Singing/speaking/sharing in public
Why did I share this list?  It's not to boast or brag in myself or ANY of my accomplishments or struggles.  I pray God gets all the glory in my weaknesses.  I shared this list because I need reminding that only God can save me from myself.  Only God can remove the curse of sin and death from my life through what his son Jesus did on the cross. 

This list I pray serves as an encouragement to others to realize that I understand just how hard it is to lose a pound and to keep on losing those pounds, inches, old habits, behaviors, thoughts, struggles.  This journey is truly the most difficult one I've taken.  68 pounds and I'm not even half way there.  There are days that banana cream cheese cake still calls to me and that voice can often be louder than the still, small voice saying "You were made for more than this".  Then there are other days when the still small voice wins and love helps me remember that chips, salt, mashed potatoes, pizza piled high with toppings and other "fun" stuff isn't worth the pain, shame, guilt and continued denial I will face.

Oh get over yourself Janelle.  It can't be that big a deal.  Why bring Jesus into all of this?  It's just a "diet".  Surely some of the other stuff on that list MUST be harder than losing weight.  Well this is MY story, my life, my journey.  By sharing openly, honestly and transparently I can walk with my head held high even on the days when I slip, fall, overeat, don't exercise, obsess about food.  I can do that freely knowing that I'm not going to go back to the slavery of pain, shame, guilt and morbid obesity.  The truth really does set me free.  The Truth (Jesus Christ) and the truth (writing these difficult posts). 

Thanks as always to any of the brave souls that dare to come along on my journey with me.  Your encouragement means the world.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Changing "Brackets"

I know many people think that the BMI, BMR, recommended weight charts are not accurate.  I honestly haven't studied them enough to know the truth.  My doctor has never really given me a target range, because I've never really discussed weight loss with him.  I have had target ranges before when using Weight Watchers (which I'm considering again).  Just recently I was given a projected "healthy" weight based on my height by the program Wii Fit. 

So based upon the current BMI standards I am no longer considered "Morbidly Obese".  This is a happy thought for me.  I have lost enough weight to help my body become more healthy.  68 pounds has helped to increase my life span, and give me a chance at a fully-lived life.  I'm still obese.  I won't be out of that range for many more pounds, but I'm so much farther than I was a year ago. 

One choice at a time.  One workout at a time.  One inch at a time.  One pound at a time.  One day at a time.  One moment at a time.  All of this is making a difference in this ONE life that I have been given, this one body that's mine.  I'm so grateful that the eyes of my heart have been opened and that I'll never be the same.  Knowledge brings life and my life is being transformed by the renewing of my mind.  I'm learning how I was supposed to be living all along.  I CAN live, move and have my being in Him.  I was made to do so. 

Have a great weekend sweet friends.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Checking in for Week 2

So Week 2 of the Ready for Summer Challenge came and went and I'm here to check in with everyone to stay accountable and to keep on keeping on with this journey towards health, wholeness and FREEDOM!!!

1. Weight Loss Goal: I had hoped that the scale would say 218 by today and.....drum roll........THEY DID!!! Yeah that's a total of 68 pounds down and I'm feeling great. I'm not even half way there, but I'm so much closer than I was a year ago. I'm so close to 200 I can taste it, and that's a good feeling. I haven't been below 200 since 2001. Oh by summer....
2. Non-Scale Goal: The size 18 jeans. They slip on a little easier. They zip up fairly comfortably, BUT there's the dreaded hang over, muffin top, roll thing going on so I'm not going to wear them until I'm comfortable. I'm thinking another 10 pounds or more.
3. Nutrition Goal: I've investigated some different CSA options and think I've landed upon one that I want to join. I needed to wait until next paycheck to put down our deposit. Today though we did purchase our first flat of "fresh" strawberries. YUMMO!!! I couldn't keep the kiddos out of them.
4. Exercise Goal: So I did get in my 2x workouts with my trainer/class AND here's the kicker. I went for my run last Saturday. I have been trail running now for a couple of months. There really aren't enough words to describe it. I LOVE it! So Leslie took me on this new trail. Please keep in mind I've never run more than 3.1 miles. I've WALKED more than 3.1, but never run over that distance. Saturday I ran 5.5 miles in 1 hour and 25 minutes. I was STOKED.
Now onto goals for Week 3 of the Challenge. I'm gonna have to mix it up on this non-scale goal. Also the Nutrition category is a little tough for me.
1. Weight Loss Goal: I'm gonna really step this one up. I'm determined to see a change in the numbers. I want to make it to "one-der land" so bad I hurt. Setting the bar high here and saying that by 4/19/2012 I would like to have lost another 2 pounds.
2. Non-scale Goal: To take my measurements. I haven't done it in several months. Oh, and I'm going to visit the chiropractor AND schedule a massage for myself. This tired momma needs some HELP!
3. Nutrition Goal: I'm going to plan my meals for a week in advance. I'm going to write them in a journal and follow them (even snacks).
4. Exercise Goal: I have a "Tribal Run 5K" podcast on my Ipod shuffle. It is 155 BPM. I'm gonna see how long I can run to that pace and keep training myself for my next race (5/12/12).
Nathan and I are headed out of town for a night and I'm always a little anxious about making wise choices when away. So happy, healthy thoughts and prayers are needed. Thanks friends.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Knocking Down the Wall

So 3.1 miles used to be "the wall".  I remember thinking prior to February 18th that I would NEVER be able to run a 5K.  That day came and went and with God's help and the support of friends I finished my race, and it was faster than my personal goal! 
March came and went and I only ran 3.1 maybe twice.  I walked, hiked, jogged, worked out and did other activities but just didn't have the ambition or time to run 3.1 consecutively.  Last weekend was the breakthrough.  Leslie and I did the Gate path, both parts of Rainbow and hiked down Lookout.  It was wonderful and I am so glad that I did.  It took that boost to get me back on track. 

Today's run was approx. 5.5.  We didn't use Map My Run or Cardio Trainer, but based on Leslie's previous runs that is the mileage.  I didn't know my body could move that way for THAT long.  I did 5.5 miles in 1 hour and 25 minutes!!!  That is the longest I've ever moved consecutively, consistently, completely, powerfully.  Trail running is AWESOME!!!  Peaceful, quiet, natural...I heard things and saw things that you just can't experience on an elliptical or treadmill.  I ran along a river.  I ran along a road.  I pushed my way up hills.  I ran through the pain.  I just kept GOING.  There was a monster of a hill that I power hiked part of the way, but I never stopped.  There was one place where we all stopped and stretched and ate some power chews.  Everyone ran at different paces, but I just kept going.  It felt good to run, to be alone, to have time to think, be still, clear my head.  Leslie would double back around to check on me, or she would yell so I could hear her.  She would give trail directions "stay left" or "watch your footing ahead".  I felt so empowered.  Six months ago I couldn't run 60 feet.  Today I ran almost six MILES. 

So the proverbial wall is DOWN.  In reading and studying Hebrews 11, that chapter talks of heroes of the faith.   Joshua and the "Jericho" account are mentioned.  So I went back and read that section of Scripture. I've been obedient to the Lord.  I've marched around my walled fortress and I've screamed out in triumph (literally).  God knocked that wall down today and I took those miles captive burning all doubt that I could move my body like that and keep going.  I took fear captive and brought my offering of sacrificial movement to the Lord.  Yes, I'm making this spiritual.  For me it is!  I have to bring my will, my desire to stay put, my fear of failure to the Lord and submit myself completely to Him.  This journey is about realizing that I live, move and have my being in HIM.  It's so much more about Him than it is about me.  I'm finding Him, losing myself and loving every minute of it.

I came home took a nice shower, ate some butternut squash and broccoli and a bit of potato soup (leftover).  I am pushing the water and going to enjoy this glorious Spring day by celebrating a birthday with some friends of ours.  I feel ALIVE.  I feel FREE.  I feel blessed that I can move and enjoy life.  I'm going to do this again soon and who knows maybe a 10K this fall???? :-)

Here's a picture that a friend of mine has on her tumblr.  I wanted to share.  Keep running, and if you haven't started yet....what's your excuse????  

Thursday, April 5, 2012

My Friend Dana

I'm not entirely sure that she would like me to post this.  If you are offended Dana...please forgive :-).  We had a nice chat tonight.  I had forgotten just how much I love that gal AND her whole family.  There is a lot of history between our families.  We have shared laughs, love, music, tears, good news, bad news, births, deaths, you name it and it's been a part of our lives together. 

Dana is leaving for Army boot camp in a matter of days.  Pause here to tell you how proud I am of her for lots of reasons, but the service...THANK YOU Dana for your dedication to our country.  Dana looks AMAZING.  She has lost 49 pounds and is rockin' her size 7/8 jeans.  I am so inspired by her accomplishments.  As she was telling me today of her PT qualification tests I was happy, and envious all at the same time.  Will I EVER be able to do 12 push-ups?  How about a < 10 minute mile?  I could barely do 20 full sit-ups today in workout, much less 30.  You go girl!  I'm proud of you Dana.  We talked numbers, we shared calorie counts, we chatted about accountability AND we set goals.  She's gonna be bad to the bone (aka G.I. Jane) thanks to her boot camp workout, and by October (the next time I see her) I have a goal to be 175-180.  YIKES that number sounds completely impossible.  Yet, there is a part of me that is excited, inspired, challenged and hopeful. 

I have a 20 year reunion this Fall.  Am I gonna show?  If I do will I still be "the fat girl"?  25 weeks....40-45 pounds.  Sheesh...those aren't good odds, but I've beaten the odds before.  Who has two sets of twins without fertility meds?  HEHEHEHEHE!  I'm always scared to post goals, because I often don't make them.  My below 200 pounds goal by May 20th...not looking so good at this point.  It's April 5th and I'm at 220.  20 pounds in 50 days is like "Biggest Loser" kinda weight loss. 

Dana is young (22 years old) and has a LOT of changing, growing and learning left.  I'm 37 and a little further down the road to discovery, RECOVERY, and wholeness but we share a journey in common.  A journey to health and wholeness.  I will NEVER rock a bikini like she does, but I can wear that same smile knowing that it doesn't matter what the scale says anymore because I LIKE WHO I AM IN THIS MOMENT.  Thanks for the love Dana.  Thanks for the encouragement.  Thanks for the inspiration.  Thanks for being you.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Week 1-Ready for Summer Challenge

So I jumped on board a little late.  I didn't start my challenge until Thursday March 29th.  I also didn't understand that I was to break my LARGE goal into smaller ones.  This week I've got it.  Hey be patient with me, last week I was missing my man and my five kiddos had cabin fever.  :-)

Week 1 (actually ends Thur.)
1. Weight loss goal- at this point I haven't seen the scales move, but that's ok. 
I know I'm on the right path.

2.  Non-scale goal- Those jeans I talked about....I got them on, but needless to say they weren't the most comfortable pants I own.  My husband wanted me to wear them on our date last night, but I knew since we were eating that I better not (hahahaha).  So I'm still hoping in the next 9 weeks to be able to fit into them comfortably, properly.

3.  Nutrition goal- I did eat veggies everyday.  It was wonderful.  I don't think I got a fruit everyday and there were days I didn't get my water intake up to par.  However, I've had a very "clean eating" week so I'm really happy.

4.  Exercise goal- I only did one Kettlebell workout so far, but yesterday I had a WONDERFUl trail run/partial hike with my trainer and friend Leslie.  I felt so alive.  It was hard and at one point my heart was beating so hard that it actually hurt.  96 steps, technical trail run, jogging on the road, I did a little of several things and it felt wonderful. 

***Mini-challenge***- I did enjoy a veggie I had never tasted before.  A friend of mine has two kids with celiac disease and she shared this recipe with me.  "Spaghetti Pie" uses spaghetti squash instead of pasta.  The recipe is SOOOO easy.  Cook the spaghetti squash by cutting it in half.  Place it face down in a 9 X 13 with just a little bit of water in the bottom.  350F for approx. 35-40 minutes.  Let it cool down.  Scoop out the seeds and yucky stuff.  Then scrape the strands from around the side and put it in a bowl.  Set aside.  Beat 1 egg in a seperate bowl.  Combine egg, squash and LOTS of parmesean cheese.  After mixing that use it as the pie crust.  Press it into a pie plate.  Then put a layer of ricotta cheese.  Ground beef can come next (if you want meat). Ground turkey would work or eggplant or lots of mushrooms.  Then sauce (can be gluten free to make it a true gf dish).  Top with FRESH mozzarella.  You can use cheddar also.  Bake it at 350 for 50 minutes or until set.  YUMMO!!!  We WILL be using spaghetti squash again.

So week 2....starts on Thursday.  I'm linking up today though so I can be a part of the group challenge.  Here are my new goals. 

1.  Weight goal- To lose 2 pounds this week.  So by Thursday the 12th I should have lost at LEAST 2 pounds.

2.  Non-scale goal- Try on those blasted jeans :-).  See if I can make it an hour and still breathe...hehehehe

3.  Nutrition goal- Keep working on WATER!!!  Join a CSA and get ready for SUMMER veggies.

4.  Exercise goal- In addition to my 2X week workout with my trainer/class I want to add one day of jogging/walking or hiking.  I hope to maintain this schedule.

Mini-Challenge- I'm gonna see if I can attend a yoga class or Zumba class with a friend of mine, as a guest at her gym.

Keep on keeping on friends.  Have a great day.  Summer will be here before you know it.