Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I've Got A Plan

Ok, I've got a plan that just hit me yesterday afternoon. Keep in mind that it is only temporary due to scheduling, activities, and lives of my family...but, it's a start.

I had to pick Tyler up from Boot Camp at church and take him to his scheduled summer football workout at school at 5 PM to 6 PM. My thoughts had been all day yesterday...where am I going to find the time to exercise, a time that I can commit to and one that doesn't interfere with everyone else's lives?

Then it hit me the minute Tyler got out of the car...NOW, GO NOW! The school track is right next door to the field house where Tyler would be. Granted it wasn't a planned trip to the track because I didn't have any water, no iPod and I had my dog with me. But...I made it work. I parked my car where I could see it from 90% of the track, rolled all the windows down because it was about 85 and breezy, locked the doors (alarm would go off if someone opened the door), took my phone with me for entertainment...I can text and walk :)...then I hit the track.

It is a great plan that will work for me for the next 2 weeks and then we leave to go on vacation. When we come back from vacation, the football players will start their 2 a days in pads practice and the times will change. I will try to still go immediately after dropping him off for practice but will see how it works and if it interferes with my job.

I am praying that in the two short weeks that I will begin to change some old habits and begin to make it a part of my life. I can't make any promises because I've done that before and have been so disappointed in myself when I quit. But...I GONNA TRY HARD!

Kim, we have to walk when I'm with you in Florida. I figure that I will get enough walking at Wet n Wild, Sea World and Universal Studios to make up for my lack of daily routine walking until I get back home.

My 1st workout yesterday consisted of...walked 1 lap around the track, jogged 1 lap, walked another lap...had shin splints so bad...I stopped and stretched again to help relieve the pain in my shins so I could go on. I continued with jogging another lap...1/2 way of that lap...I stopped at the Home bleachers and ran up, walked the full length of the bleachers, came down, ran up the next set of steps, down and back up. I finished by walking the length of the bleachers again and walked back down. I was tired, hot, sweaty and so thirsty but it felt good to know that I can still do it. I completed the last lap, stretched and got back in my car to go pick up Tyler.

It wasn't baseball but it was 3 up, 3 down. lol

It felt so good to have accomplished it. My husband asked me why did I start out doing so much. I told him that when I was on the track, I was reminising of the time that my friend, Paula and I went 5 days a week for several months trying to work up to do a 5K...which is equal to 13 laps around the track. We finally got to where we could "run" 13 laps with 7 minute miles and we were so pumped to do a 5K. I got called back to work and we never went again and I never ran that 5K.

Can that dream still be alive in me somewhere? I think it could...I felt it all over again yesterday on the track. All that was missing was Paula! She moved 3 1/2 hours away and I don't have anyone else that would do it with me. So, I guess, I have to find it within myself, push myself and just do it.

Today, I am going to get Roger to get our Torso Trac down from the attic and get to work on it. It is great because it works your arms, back, shoulders and abs...all at the same time. These are the only things that I am going to do for now...I don't want to overload and burn out.

As for my eating, I had already reduced the number of Diet Dr. Peppers that I drink a day...down from probably 8-10 a day to 1-2. We are drinking tea with Sweet n Low and water. I am going to drastically reduce my snacking and watch my calorie intake but I will not diet or deprive myself. We already eat wheat bread, 2% or skim milk, 2% cheese, 93% beef, very little pork, lots of chicken...grill or bake, never fry (haven't in about 15 years), eat salads and love veggies. I already read labels and my biggest downfall is salty foods...starches, chips and salt.

I lost 20 lbs. 2 years ago after my hysterectomy just by cutting out my snacking and stop snacking in bed watching TV before going to sleep. If I got hungry, I ate pretzels. I can't tell you the number of bags of pretzels that I ate. I think that I ate so many that they taste nasty to me now. lol I lost all that and never exercised one bit. My body is already muscular and just need some toning so many people don't believe me when I tell them how much I weight on this 5'4" frame. Looks can be deceiving!!!

Keep your fingers crossed and if my name comes to your mind...say a prayer for me.

I CAN DO THIS...I KNOW THAT I CAN! Look out smaller clothes that have been packed away in my attic for several I come. It will be like going on a free shopping trip and never get in the car! hehehehe

Have a wonderfully blessed day!


  1. Jennifer,

    I am so proud of you and the things you are tackling. If you can maintain, you should start to see results in about a week. I am concerned that you are doing everything all at once. When I started out that way, I was so physically exhausted I just quit.

    I am here to coach you on and move you forward. WOW 8-10 Diet Dr Peppers. Just cutting that out alone, should do you wonders! Keep it going girl! You are one step further than me this morning. Keep it going! P.S. I emailed you offline as well per your comment yesterday!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  2. Jennifer,

    I emailed you at the address you left on my comment window and that was today. It would be from

    Hope you get it! I titled the subject. Finding a way to get back to what we had.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  3. Yea. You go girl!!

    Just take one day at a time. Don't beat yourself if you miss a day... find the joy in it and have fun!

  4. good luck with your journey. I know you will do it. I am making small changes too. What a workout you got. Great job!

  5. Keep it up! I was a 10 coke a day girl my self...At my heaviest I was 294...What a whale I was....Got tired of elastic pants...It was the hardest thing I ever did, but the best thing...Lost over half a person...One day I will get up enough nerve to share those pictures....
    Good Luck!

  6. You can do it girl! You have already beat the hardest part and that is just STARTING. :) -Love ya, Laurie

  7. Woo! Hoo! You go girl! YOU CAN DO IT! Though after you read my post today you won't feel so bad. Though I was starting to worry about you coming until I read this "but I will not diet or deprive myself." Because though we will indeed walk, I am going to have to make brownies! LOL
    Counting the days my friend.

  8. I am just starting to exercise again too. Good luck on your journey to better health!

  9. Good for you! I can't wait to hear the results. I am sure you will start feeling better right away!

  10. You go girl, I will be cheering you on.


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