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What now?

 Pop Quiz:

What do all these three icons have in common?
(Pillsbury_Doughboy)the Pillsbury Doughboy and the StayPuff marshmallow man..

staPuff Manthe Michelin Tire guy

michelin-man
and that insatiable cat… Garfield?

garfield

Give up?

Me!

I have turned into a frickin’ porker! A pig. An oinker. A fat-belly-jelly-belly!

Folks, I put on ten pounds since that post this summer bragging about buckling my belt a hole further; from running and biking and StairClimbing? When I felt so good I celebrated by eating two breakfasts one breakfast? I can barely even buckle my belt anymore!

Well no more! This fall I have become sloth-like. Saturday was always my gym day but College Football and ESPN’s College Game Day seduced me from the gym. I hadn’t gone in over a month. I suck.

So I finally went to the gym last week when I was off. I had gained 10 frickin’ pounds! So I ran 30 minutes two days in a row (I am also woefully out of shape now). The third day I spent about 5 hours doing landscaping work around our yard. So the next Saturday, you know what?

I gained an extra pound!!

People! This is sad! I was never going to be this heavy and this out of shape. Right before the holidays? Are you kidding me?

So I made a pact with myself. No more! And ten pounds over weight calls for some drastic measures!

Like no more finishing the kid’s dinner plates!

And also, no more of this…

tw8cev5

and this

no more

and especially

dbl brkI am such a Glutton!

And ALSO (sniff, sniff)

No more Happy-celebatory-goodnews-at-the-doctor-after-a-checkup rewards…

bye byeThis is going to be so hard, to lose that weight. The sacrifices. The will power (which I lost)

Did I tell you I am the official ‘taste tester‘ in our location of all new snack items that our company produces? As well as the official checker for freshness on all Chocolate covered Christmas pretzels, Christmas cookies, Chocolate drizzled popcorn and fancy tortilla chips there too? It’s a tough job sometimes! Who is going to take care of all these extras now?

Extras we got in at work this month like:

choco pretzelsand white chocolate covered pretzel cookies

cookiesas well as weekend chips and dips like..

late julyI don’t know how I will ever survive!

Even as I sit here and type this post I have 3 York Peppermint Patty wrappers in front of me.

Soon to join the 3 Reese’s Peanut butter cup wrappers that are in the trash can.

 So you see that last post / reblog of mine was no accident. Its time for me to start running and toning up and believing I’m a 12th grader again.

Every year about this time I sign up for a local half-marathon that takes place in February.

lighthouseThe reasoning is simple. The training it takes to compete in a half marathon should work off all the calories of junk holiday food that I inhale  enjoy over the holidays. Then I get an extra month of 45-60 minute runs to burn off the excess and slim down .

It makes sense, doesn’t it?

Running for 60 minutes at 900 calorie workouts should do the trick, right? Right. …as soon as I knock off the late night beers and the rationalizing at the cookie jar , “Its ok, have another. You’ll run it off” mentality.

What do you think?

Do you have any great tips to help one slim down and drop 10 pounds real quick?

Did I mention I love eating? I am not so much a ‘foodie’ as I just enjoy tasting great tasting things from my restaurant days.

I guess I need to quit it.

Does anybody have any other suggestions? Anybody want to challenge this Biggest Gainer? Or run with me in the half marathon? (sign up Here)

Last year I did the race on a dare of a good friend as a way to reclaim my life after my cancer treatment. But it was February. It was cold; and it rained. The win blew. I finished the race but I swore I would never do the race again!

I didn’t know I was going to become such a porker!

I run like a Stalker don't I?

I run like a Stalker don’t I?

So, if you can, show me a little love, some encouragement, are a flat-out dare to help me get that belt notch back from this summer. Join me! Because the next three weeks this little Christmas song is going to pound in the back of my head.

Thanks for your time everyone!

Speaking of Christmas songs, what’s your favorite?

Care to share by Commenting on it or adding a link below?  … along with your words of encouragement? Yes?

Merry Christmas everyone. Prepare your hearts for the season.

I’ll try to do better the next time…

Stay hungry

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16 thoughts on “What now?

  1. A) All that food you’ve posted looks delicious. 🙂 B) You can kick your sugary habit. I’ve got your back.

    • Thanks Sandy. So what the secret to kickin the sugary habit? That is a large part of my problem. Its so dang addicting. Whats the secret to getting off the stuff? Simply saying I am not going to eat any more is not helping as its all over the place right now. You have the magic dust to fix me up Trainer Sandy?

  2. Diet time!
    If it makes you feel better, I did one for the first six months of this year, and since Ive been taking it easy with the (extra, you dont have to eat it right now) food.
    You shouldnt feel bad about the extra pound, theres an up-down weight for what you eat during the day, thats normal.
    My wonderful diet was eating as I always did at noon (the heavy meal here), and just my sugared chocolate milk for dinner and breakfast, worked great.
    Except when I get sick, then I eat more.
    Not the darlings! what I did was store everything (that you can), so I had plenty of food during months, I even had to sell cheap some cookies before expiration date.
    The first week is the hardest, but then it becomes normal to the body.
    Good Luck.

  3. So your diet consists of two meals of chocolate milk? I have never heard of that. Yes this is the heaviest I have ever been. I don’t like it. ..and I still want to eat everything I see. I appreciate your tips..what else do you do to control your wight and fitness besides chocolate milk Ms. AuAu?

    • The hard version that nobody wants to hear is that you must starve yourself, you ate too much already, you have to be hungry for your body to use that extra stuff. but be careful about eating enough to be healthy. Feels better later 🙂
      I assimilate sugar very well, so that helped me a lot.

  4. Well you can try high stress……. it seems to be working for me.
    But in reality, here’s a few tricks

    Eat something or get active within the first 30 minutes of being awake. It gets your metabolic rate up and running in high gear for the day as it pulls out of the basal cycle it’s in while you sleep.

    Eat small portions every few hours. I was just talking with my friend yesterday that by 4pm, it was my 5th time eating. But I don’t eat much at a time.

    Drink water, often, always, on the way to bathroom, as you leave the bathroom, while you think about the bathroom. Give it a couple weeks and you won’t use it as often, but man if you’re not living in the bathroom when you first start hydrating, you’re not doing it right.

    Cardio in the AM, Weights at night ( finish at least an hour before bedtime to let your body calm down for sleep) bicycle crunches and supermans both times.

    K, try that for at least 6 weeks and tell me how it goes…… You have a 42 day challenge! GO!!!

    • do try to eat the many small meals a day. I take three protein bars to work and eat periodically throughout the day to keep my metabolism up. Yes sweets are a downfall. And finding time for ore exercise right now is a downfall as well. What is a Superman that you talked of? I think I can guess the bicycle crunches. And I do need more water as well. So what is my 42 day challenge specifically? I need a challenge. ~ and thanks for looking in and offering advice Ms. McKahsum! Always great to hear from you!

      • If you accept the challenge, I will also!! Let’s see how many we can get??!!

        Here it is:

        Day 1-7
        AM -upon arising-
        10 min stretching: neck, chest arms, back, legs (that order is best)
        10 double counted bicycle crunches
        10 5 sec hold supermans
        (lay on your stomach, feet touching, hands reaching forward and touching, and lift your head (even with your arms), your arms and your feet as high as they can go, exhale while you wait # of seconds, lower everything to the floor slowly, rest for 5 sec, repeat)
        15 min cardio of choice
        PM –at least an hour before sleeping
        10 double counted bicycle crunches
        10 5 sec hold supermans
        10 bent over raises
        10 push ups
        10 squats
        10 jumping jacks
        Repeat once
        Day 8-14
        AM -upon arising-
        10 min stretching: neck, chest arms, back, legs
        15 double counted bicycle crunches
        10 8 sec hold supermans
        15 min cardio of choice
        PM –at least an hour before sleeping
        15 double counted bicycle crunches
        10 8 sec hold supermans
        15 bent over raises
        15 push ups
        15 squats
        15 jumping jacks
        Repeat once
        Day 15-21
        AM -upon arising-
        10 min stretching: neck, chest arms, back, legs
        20 double counted bicycle crunches
        10 10 sec hold supermans
        15 min cardio of choice
        PM –at least an hour before sleeping
        20 double counted bicycle crunches
        10 10 sec hold supermans
        10 bent over raises
        10 push ups
        10 squats
        10 jumping jacks
        Repeat three times
        Day 22-28
        AM -upon arising-
        10 min stretching: neck, chest arms, back, legs
        25 double counted bicycle crunches
        15 8 sec hold supermans
        15 min cardio of choice
        PM –at least an hour before sleeping
        25 double counted bicycle crunches
        15 8 sec hold supermans
        25 bent over raises
        25 push ups
        25 squats
        25 jumping jacks
        Repeat two times
        Day 29-42
        AM -upon arising-
        10 min stretching: neck, chest arms, back, legs
        50 double counted bicycle crunches
        20 8 sec hold supermans
        20 min cardio of choice
        PM –at least an hour before sleeping
        50 double counted bicycle crunches
        20 8 sec hold supermans
        15 bent over raises
        15 push ups
        15 squats
        15 jumping jacks
        Repeat three times

  5. Since you asked… I have some advice! This is what I do, you know! To put it simply, I’d cut the sugar. That is often the main culprit. It’s super addictive too. WHen you cut it out, you really do crave it less. When you eat even small amounts, you always want something sweet after every meal, for example. If you think the holidays aren’t the time for you to do it, then put it off for 3 weeks. It’ll be okay as long as you don’t put it off forever. Good luck!

  6. You hit the nail on the head I think Ms. Lola. I do like a sweet after a meal, which leads to three. Can you recommend a good after-dinner tequila instead? Is that your secret? Maybe that would work. I will try to eliminate the sweets . That seems to be the overwhelming response here. ..and some portion control. Thanks for dropping by Lola. I hope you are doing great!

  7. Looking at those food pictures isn’t going to inspire anyone to go on a diet, however! 😉

  8. Hi,

    You are not alone! It is very common this time of year to gain weight.

    A few suggestions for you (since you asked 🙂 ):

    * try to get in a little bit of activity throughout your day. Park your car farther away from the stores, climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Get up from your computer and walk around the office/house. It’s great to train for an event, but sometimes one is so focused on training that after the training is done for the day, you sit and sit and sit.

    * write down everything, and I mean everything you eat! You will be surprised at how those little things add up.

    * Remove temptation from the house. This may be tough with the kids, since you don’t want to deprive them.

    Good luck!

    Nancy

  9. I did write down everything one time last year, and you are right, it is scary! I do need to be more active at work, good point! I can’t really remove the temptation at home with my lil cherubs there. The only thing I can try to do is foster more will power. And so far that is what I have done. The overwhelming common dominator in the advice on this post is cut out the sweets, so that is a first goal of mine. I haven’t ate any of the new cupcakes yesterday or today that somehow found a home in our home. And I have found will power can be exercised in my running, if you can consider will power like a muscle. The more you use it the stronger it gets. ~ Thanks for looking in Nancy and contributing your advice!

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