Monday, January 17, 2011


Now that I had set my mind to this task of changing my life, it was amazing. Those first few days I experienced a shift in energy, such as I'd never felt before. I actually HAD energy. Ryan felt it too. My migraines practically disappeared...went from having at least 3 a week, to nothing. It was craziness. The pounds started to melt off and clothes fit looser. Something was actually working. I lost as much weight in my first two weeks as I had in the last 3 months doing WW! Wow.

Once I started having more energy, I actually wanted to work out and help my progress along. Again, someone who could hardly walk the dog because of a lack of energy (and motivation) was actually craving an outlet for all the "extra" energy. Ryan wanted to get fit too and we decided to take the plunge and sign up for Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping. I have friends at work that have done the program and they looked amazing, so it seemed only logical that would be my next step. We loved it and completed our 10 weeks on October 30, 2010. I can't believe the results I got and how much stronger I was...and just how much more fit I felt. I lost another 15 pounds; cut my mile run from 14 minutes and 50 seconds to 12 minutes and 9 seconds; sit ups went from 6 to 22; push ups went from 6 to 46; body fat dropped nearly 4 percent; and I lost over 10 inches overall.

My clothes...what a change! I resorted to digging out clothes I hadn't worn since high school and could never fit into since. Why had I even saved them for nearly 10 years? I don't know...but I'm glad I did! It postponed some much needed shopping, and I didn't want to spend a bunch of money since I wasn't even close to hitting my goal weight yet. Those clothes started to become too big I went to Goodwill and bought some threads to get me by (who can beat $4 for a pair of Columbia jeans!? thankyouverymuch).

We've continued with the FIT program for maintenance and to keep working towards my goal weight. It's become a part of our routine and couldn't be happier. Exercising used to be a chore, but now it's fun and we've made some friends along the way, which helps. We keep each other motivated and accountable...huge plus. We also continue to watch carbohydrate intake and I've realized it's going to be a way of life for me. I will never return to the old way of eating...our typical American diet, if you will. I can't...I've come too far and worked too hard to lose it all.

So - the big news...last week I weighed in and had hit the 50 pounds lost mark!!! I only have about 30 or so more pounds until I reach my goal weight. I used to think that losing 80 pounds would be impossible. Negative thinking like that has become a thing of the past for me. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. I have a lot of hard work ahead of me still, but now I enjoy it, look forward to it, and crave it. my heaviest in 2009

At Christmas 2010



  1. Congratulations! Changing your lifestyle is never easy but it sounds like you have an awesome support system. I'm sure Reese is thrilled to have a mom who wants to play with him all the time too.

  2. Thanks! Yes, Reese is happy that her owner can keep up with her now. She is a great exercise buddy. lol Love your blog by the way! =)

  3. Thank you! I'm trying to figure out Reese's breeding. I suspect we are "in laws" since CardiRidge didn't breed too many black/blue litters. Is Reese's mom Precious? If she is, then my Sam is Reese's grandpa.

  4. Reese is out of a breeding of Trenwydd Silver Wizard "Lucas" x Smultronbacken's Juni "Juni." She was born April 26, 2007. Marla did the breeding, but they were born and raised at Fernbriar in Rochester, MN. That would've been cool though! =)

  5. Nope, no relation then :( I had forgotten about Juni as she wasn't a regular part of the pack at Mar's.

  6. Found your blog! Thanks for commenting on mine!!

    I've been yo-yo dieting/exercising for year. In college I used to run 12 miles a day, but was a binge eater. Only eating like every three days. Unhealthy!

    I'm totally even more set on getting to my 'ideal' weight and being even MORE healthy than I am now! The American/Western diet is terrible! No wonder there are so many problems with our health....its all from what we eat!

    Unfortunately its not the cheapest eating healthy, but it is TOTALLY worth it! My dogs eat raw and all natural and my sheep/cattle are all grass fed and natural as well. Shame on me for not doing this sooner!

    Congrats to you and your hubby! I look forward to seeing your progress!! Keep it up!!