Thursday, March 22, 2012

Losing Weight is HARD

ahhhhhhhhhh, why can't losing weight be easy? I was so motivated and now I've lost it and need to find it again. I'm disgusted with myself! I ate a big ole greasy hamburger tonight and and fries. Three weeks ago I'd have scoffed at myself... I need to find my inner strength and get back in the boat. It's time to go back to my plan, read my reasons I want to lose weight, and get serious again. I don't want to be the one left behind while everyone else is losing weight. I don't want to be the one mad at myself because I didn't do what I am capable of.

I have a 5k run a week from Saturday. It's time to get back outside and run. At least I have something to work towards. I paid for the run, by gosh I better go RUN!

I will lose this weight. I am not going to let this detour stop me. I won't! I've lost 15 pounds. I cannot gain that back. I CANNOT.

PHEW... now hopefully, after this rant, I will get back in the boat. Sometimes, you just have to be honest with yourself. I haven't been lately, I've been slacking. I feel bad about it. It makes me mad at myself.

I am always so much happier when I workout. I did run 3 miles last Sunday, but its not enough. I need to be doing some 5 days a week. :-) I've done it before, I can do it again!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012


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I fell off the wagon

This week I fell off the wagon. Eating and exercising went out the window! But I am ready to get back in the boat tomorrow. I miss the gym and I think not working out has made me moody. LOL

Also I haven't been blogging, which is BAD. How can I stay committed without doing my blogging, exercise, eating, and my fitness pal. Bahhh..... I"VE BEEN A SLACKER

But, I am going to get back on track. Sometimes detours happen.

In other news I recently decided to become an Independent Consultant with Pink Zebra. I now sale candles made for soy. I can't wait to get my kit and introduce it to the people around me. I hope I'm as successful in it as I want to be.

Anyway, I will try to write again soon. much love ***Casey***

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hello March!

Hello to a new MONTH ;-) In 8 more days I will have been working out and eating right for 2 months! I can't wait to weigh in, do my measurements and feel successful!! haha ;-)

Currently I have a short term goal is to be 160 by April 1st. Right now I am swinging between 167 to 168 and than once i reach that I would like to be 150 by graduation on May 11. Hope I can get there!!

Today I ran along the country roads and enjoyed the weather. It was so nice! I ran 4.8 miles and I felt so much stronger going up the hills. I think I am getting there!

I signed up for my first 5k of the year. It will be March 31st in Salina. My goal is to do one a month if there are within decent driving distance! (with the exception of the KC color run)

Also in October there is a Maniac 5k that is an obstacle course. I'm thinking it will be the next event I try to "rope" people into doing with me! woot woot!! (get excited! more details to come!!)

Also, if you haven't heard My family and a few friends are running a 5K with me in June called the color run. Our team name is "roped runners" because I roped everyone into doing it! woohoo!!!

Well I'm heading to bed for the night. Until next time! Casey

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Advice from The Dr. Oz Show

1) Don't drink Diet pop, the artificial sweetener makes you want to eat more sweets and junk foods because it doesn't satisfy your cravings for sweets.

2) The more calories you cut the more weight you will lose --- If you try to lose to much your body will go into starvation mode and your body will stop using calories. He recommends losing 500 calories a day. If you lose 3500 calories a week you will lose a pound a week.

3) Pasta/Carbs making me fat? Pasta is not a problem by itself but its all the stuff we add to it. The cheese and the sauce. Plus we are eating the incorrect amount. The amount you should eat is enough to fit in the hole when you make the A- Ok sign.

4) Eating after 8 will make you gain weight? The avg woman should consume 1800 to 2000 calories a day. Most people that eat after 8 have all ready consumed past there calorie limit and the foods they eat after ate are usually snacks. So it's not the time of day that makes you gain weight, its eating past your calorie intake.

5) Reduced fat product help you lose weight? this is a myth! He used PB as an example. The reduced fat has the same calories but they add 2x as much carbs and it contains hydrogenated vegetable oil which is a trans fat that is the primary source of artery clogging fats.

6) Dr Oz says to use Rice Bran oil because it is the healthiest oil and it may help you lose weight.

That's the advice he gave on yesterday's show. Hopefully it will help! He also had these healthy foods to try.....

Superfoods to Keep you YOUNG!
*To age gracefully eat Black Garlic (more expensive but doesn't have the smell of regular garlic)
*To help with Crows feet eat Jicama, excellent source of vitamin C, boosts collagen and fights wrinkles
*To help with Under eye circles eat Jerusalem Artichokes. They have 5x more iron than potatoes and fades the appearance of under eye circles (you get those circles more when you are lacking iron)
*Eat Purslane it contains omega's fatty acids, reduces heart disease & stroke risks
*To lower cholesterol use Sunflower Seed Butter it is rich in polyunsaturated fats

I try to find healthy tips to help us all. Anything diet and exercise related I enjoy reading up on. I want to lead a healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life. I'm not stopping once I lose the weight. This is a lifestyle change because I want my kids to grow up healthy and they won't learn unless I teach them and follow a healthy lifestyle!

So now I am going to hit the country roads and go for a run!! I stepped on the scale this morning and it said 167. But I am going with 168 since it said that yesterday. If it still says 167 tomorrow than I'll change it. It seems like I am really losing weight fast this week. I don't know if its because I didn't lose for like a week and its catching up or is it that xygn pill? I just hope after I finish those samples I don't see the scale go up. It makes me nervous. I hope its just because I am working hard and eating right!! ahhhhhhhhh, i just really like seeing the scale go DOWN!!! lol

Til next time! Casey

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I feel successful!

This morning I stepped on the scale and for the first time it was said 168.8!!! I could have jumped up and down when I saw that. I haven't updated myfitnesspal with it yet because I want to step on the scale and make sure it still says that tomorrow. But it was the first time its been out of the 70s and I feel amazing. I am getting there. When I hit the 50s I'm going to be on cloud 9. THe lowest I have been since I had kohl is 156. When I get there you all better watch out! lol.

Anyway, I took Xygular's pill "xygn" yesterday. I didn't notice much of a difference. It doesn't settle to well on my empty stomach yet. I think it gives me a bit of a headache at first. Like I took it this morning and my head kind of hurts. I am fixing to work out here and I'll see if it doesn't any better than yesterday but I don't think it helped yesterday. I usually fill sluggish on Mondays and I still felt sluggish!

I have evening clinical's tonight so I have to work out and than I have pictures for school around 11. So my morning is slipping away from me. I better get moving. But I wanted to update you all on my thoughts. Ohhhhhhh and the Flush pill did not make me poo like crazy, and I didn't feel bloated. So maybe it works? Anyway, I'll update again soon! Love, Casey

PS: good Luck Gma Wymore with your weigh in today!! Hope the jogging suits worked there magic for ya!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Today a friend of mine invited me to pizza hut to listen to her and another gal about a product they are taking. It's called Xyngular and it is helping them to lose weight. They showed before and after pictures and you could see they were having success. They let us taste the products and they tasted fairly good. They gave us some samples of the pills to try as well.

On our pizza they sprinkled it with this stuff called "cheat" It's suppose to help you eat 25% less calories. I only at one slice and didn't feel the need for more. We took a shot of juice that has 22 antioxidants in it, and we tried the shakes. We tried the shake with water and with skim milk. I actually liked it with skim milk. She added cinamon and it reminded me of a mexican rice drink I've had before. We also were given a pill called accelerate. I took it after I ate and than worked out. It was suppose to help me burn more calories while I worked out. And to be honest I felt good while I ran.

Tonight I'm taking a pill called "flush" its suppose to help my colon. THey say its doesn't make you crap all over but helps get your colon healthy. YOu take it at night, so tomorrow I'll let you know if I'm pooping like crazy, haha.

Tomorrow I am to try a pill call xygn. It is suppose to give me energy and help curb the appetite. My friends grandma took it and than went and painted the ceiling in her basement. So I'm curious to see what it does tomorrow.

Overall I am satisfied with how I am losing weight and I don't feel that I need a product to help me. But I wouldn't mind an energy boost. I'm doing some research on it to see what I really think. I did not buy anything but if I like my results this week, I may be tempted. I think what tempts me more is selling it to other people and making money off it, lol! But who knows if I have time for that!

Anyway, I enjoyed a 4 mile run at the track tonight and I'm looking forward to working out tomorrow and seeing what xygn does for me at the gym. Love to all! ~Casey

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Day of Rest

Today I gave my body a break. I've ran a total of  20 miles this week! I will exercise tomorrow because I am planning to eat pizza and I had pizza today so I don't want to really unhealthy days in a row :S Today's pizza was unplanned but it was nice. Dustin's aunt and uncle came out and visited. They came with supper (gambino's) and we really enjoyed visiting with them.

I have been working on my speed on the treadmill. I ran 2 miles in 17.50 and the fastest I did 4 miles was 36.23. I've been increasing the incline on the treadmill to help me conquer the hills when I run outside at home. I'm also trying to increase my speed so I can run a mile faster. I seem to be able to run so much faster on a treadmill but I struggle outside. So I am hoping that if I keep pushing myself on the treadmill it will help with my endurance outside. It sure that heck can't hurt!

On June 30th my family is doing a 5k run together in KC and I am really looking forward to it. Its called the color run and at each kilometer they throw a different color on you and at the end the send a ton of color up in the air. It looks like a ton of fun.

I am thinking I'd like to do a 10k run this year and maybe by this fall I could do a half a marathon. I'd really like to push myself to do more because I feel like I can do it. I really enjoy how I feel after a long hard run. I am also loving the changes I am seeing in my body. I can't weight to get closer to my weight goal and each week I get a little closer. Today I weigh 170.4. I have lost 12.6 pounds and I have earned everyone of them.

I am so glad I didn't try the gimmick way out buy drinking some special drink or taking some pill. I love my new lifestyle and I don't plan to change it any time soon. I hope I can encourage my friends to keep working out with me. Some are struggling but maybe my drive will propel them to jump back in the boat. I'd love for them to feel as good as I do. Anyway, I'm signing off for now. Love to all! Casey

Monday, February 20, 2012

6 weeks worth of results!

Jan 9th I weighed in at 183 pounds
Today I weigh in at 171.8

Here are my first measurements from Jan 11th!

*Chest: 37 1/2
*R. Arm: 11
*L. Arm: 11
*Waist: 33
*Hips: 44
*R. thigh: 25 1/2
*L. thigh: 25 1/2
*R. calf: 17
*L. calf: 17


Chest:33 ( 4 1/2 inches lost)
R Arm: 10 1/2 (1/2 an inch lost)
L Arm: 10 1/2 (1/2 an inch lost)
Waist: 30 (3 inches lost)
Hips: 37 1/2 ( 7 1/2 inches lost)
R. Thigh:21 1/2 (3 1/2 inches lost)
L Thigh:22 ( 3 inches lost)
R. calf: 16 (1 inch lost)
L calf: 16 (1 inch lost)
TOTALS LOST: 24 1/2 inches!

So in six weeks I lost 11 pounds and 24 1/2 inches! I am dang proud of that! I can't wait to see my results in 6 more weeks. I'm ready to lose some more pounds!

Today I ran 3 miles in 27 minutes and 50 seconds and I pushed myself to run another mile! I ran 4 miles in 36 minutes and 50 seconds. Than I walked for a quater of a mile and finished a 40 minute workout burning 600 calories! It felt great! I want to do some 5k runs this summer but if I keep going like this a 10k looks probable and if I can accomplish that than maybe a 1/2 marathon! I would love to be able to run a 1/2!

Anyway thanks for all the encouragement and "fat dances" in my honor! I am loving losing this weight and today Kohl was showing me his exercise moves and that just made my day! I am influencing him with my healthy choices! He makes me one proud mama! I love watching him dance, jump up and down and do sit ups! He is adorable! Anyway, til next time. Casey

Sunday, February 19, 2012

weekend slump!

This weekend I did not work out. I felt horrible yesterday (bad headache) and today I've had other things to do. SOmetimes I just have to give the old body a break. I'm ready to hit the gym hard tomorrow. Anyway, hope everyone had a great weekend. Tomorrow I do measurements. Hope I see some good results. Love to all! Casey

Thursday, February 16, 2012

91 minutes

I just spent 91 long minutes at the gym. I think that has to be my longest workout yet. I lifted weights for 30 minutes, I ran 3.25 miles in 31 minutes and I biked 6.10 miles in 30 minutes. Can ya feel the burn baby?! I had sweat dripping off me like a mad woman and it felt good. I'm building those muscles and I am kicking that fat in the ass! I want it off me. This Monday will mark 6 weeks of my new lifestyle change and I'm hoping to see some new results on my measurements!

This morning I weighed myself and 171.8 flashed up at me! I could have jumped for joy. I just have to lose a couple more pounds and I'll be in the 160s. To me that's going to be a big milestone! I may have to party when i hit the 150s. I haven't seen that range since Kohl was 10 months old. Shortly after I stopped breastfeeding I started packing on my weight. I had 16 lbs left to lose from that pregnancy and never go it done. Instead I gained 20, than I worked really hard last summer and lost 17lbs but than I gave up and gained it all back plus another 10. So when I stepped on the scale at work one night and 187 stared up at me I about had a heart attack.

I couldn't figure out how that had happened and why I had let myself get there. I've always enjoyed physical activity so why wasn't I doing it? If I didn't put a plan in motion soon I was going to be 200 pounds and probably headed towards an unhappy marriage. I say the marriage part because how you look is an attraction to your partner and if Dustin suddenly became fat I think it would affect my attraction for him. So why wouldn't it do the same for him?

I wallowed in self pity and shock for a few days. I kind of let myself be a bit depressed. I looked closer at myself in the mirror and I felt disgust. I almost started hating myself. Than I thought, hey, you have 2 gyms you can go to for FREE right now. Why not use them? You have a TV and DVD player with several different work out video's, why not use them? So now here I am, nearly 6 weeks later with an 11 pound weight loss. It's not nearly enough for me to be satisfied. I won't be satisfied til I actually succeed in losing what I need to but god it feels good to know I have lost 11 pounds and I have done it by eating right, exercising and the support of my family and good friends. So in two more pounds I'll probably shout from the roof tops and when i hit 20 I'll celebrate too. Heck I have a small victory dance for each pound because I am pleased with myself. I am happy because I am doing this!

Anyway, I need to hit the shower. Tonight I'm going with the husband to some kind of dinner meeting thing? I think we get steak and I have to dress nice. So i better get moving. This dinner is why I worked out an extra 30 minutes. I want to enjoy my supper without calorie counting ;-)

Until my next rant on weight loss! ~Casey

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I hate full length mirrors

Today I walked by a full length mirror and went....eww! I don't like how I look. It's so much better when I can only see half of me at a time. A full length mirror gives me to much to digest at once. I can see my bottom and top half. Put them together and I don't like how I look but if I look at them separately I think they are looking better. Craziness I know but when you are working your butt off to lose weight you don't want to go by a mirror and think eww. I think I'll stay away from those things a while longer! lol, Or maybe I'll just use it as more motivation.

I know that all my hard work is going to pay off but sometimes I just want to look good NOW. I have very little patience which is probably why I am pushing myself so hard. I am going to prove to myself that I can stick with this. I really want this and I am going to make it happen. Sometimes when I am at the gym I will pick out a girl that I would like to look like and than I pick out one that is worse off than me. It motivates me to keep working towards the girl I want to look like and away from the girl I don't want to be. Magazines with pretty girls also motivate me. I see there abs (i don't care if they are air brushed on or not) but anyway, I see them and I think, I use to look like that, I can look like that! I can do this.

Today as I was working out I was thinking about myself. I've never considered myself the pretty one. I don't think I'm ugly but I'm right along the lines of average and I'm okay with that. But one thing I always had was my figure. And I thought I had a killer figure and somewhere along the way I let that go. I let the one thing I really thought I had going for me go. AND I MISS IT. I can't wait to get it back and feel sexy again. I want to look good because it makes me feel good and let's face it I'd like to look good for my husband. I want other men to think my husband is lucky because his wife is in shape. I mean I take pride in my husbands physique and I'm glad he doesn't have a beer belly, so why should he have to put up with mine??? lol....

Anyway, speaking of husbands today is his birthday and even though he isn't big on sweets I am going to bake him a cake. I worked out extra hard today so I could eat some with him and I can't wait to give him his gifts. I hope that what I got him will surprise him! ;-) Anyway, this week I am back on track with updating. I hope you enjoyed my rambles. Much love! ~Casey

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I'm a slacker!

Sorry, I haven't wrote lately. I got a little busy and pushed this to side but i have not stopped working out! That I have been doing great on! I have finally lost 10 pounds. I now weigh 173 ;-)

I can really see the difference in my self and it was very encouraging when my mom could see it too. :) Makes you feel good to put on a pair of pants and need a belt to hold them up. Now if I could just keep that going because I have a lot of jeans that are still to tight. I'd like to throw my fat jeans out. I don't want to keep them so I can wear them again someday! The only time I ever want to wear them again will be as maternity pants.

That kind of freaks me out, thinking of getting pregnant and gaining weight back. But when I get to that point I will do things differently than last time. i am going to stay active and eat healthy so that I don't gain 50lbs and I can stay within the recommended 25 pound weight gain! But that's a long ways off! Right now I just want to lose weight, not think about babies!! ;-)

By the way HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! I love you all!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Updated measurements

Well my measurements are not as impressive as last time. Actually they are kind of confusing because my thighs apparently increased an inch? I'm thinking maybe our measurements are not really accurate as we all measure them a little differently. TOday I had two people measure me and they both came up with different measurements. But, I will continue with them because it is showing some kind of change.

Left Arm- 10 3/4 (1/4 inch loss)
Right Arm- 10 3/4 (1/4 inch loss)
Chest- 35 1/2 (1 1/2 inch loss)
Waist- 30 1/2 (1/2 inch loss)
Hips- 40 1/3 (7/8 inch loss)
L thigh- 23 1/3 (1 1/3 inch gain)
R thigh- 23 (1 inch gain)
L calf- 16 (1 inch loss)
R calf- 16 1/2 (1/2 inch loss)
TOTAL Loss: 4 3/8 inches

We won't measure again for two weeks. But for a months progress I think I doing well. Sometimes its hard because you want to see results faster but to do it the right way it takes time. I am working so hard to get where I want to be that I know it is going to pay off. It has to pay off because I am determined. I'm glad I have a support system or this would be a lot harder. But knowing that others are doing this with me holds me accountable. I don't want to be left behind to watch them succeed. I want to succeed right there with them. So now begins week 5, can't wait to see how I'm doing at week 7! I'm just going to KEEP GOING! <3 Casey <3

Friday, February 3, 2012

bah I can't do math!! lol

If I lose another 1.8lbs than I will have a ten pound weight loss. I started at 183 pounds.

My mom posted a picture on my facebook that said it takes 4 weeks for you to notice the change in your body, 8 weeks for your close friends and family and 12 weeks for the world to know. Well I am almost at 4 weeks and I can see changes. Probably not enough for my friends or my family but I can feel it and it makes me feel better about myself. I'm not so worried about what my body looks like right now to everyone because I know that I am changing it and it isn't going to stay that way. I look forward to going to the gym and my body seems to say "Thank you" afterwards.

Today I spent an hour at the gym. I did 33 minutes on the elliptical and 33 minutes lifting weights. I am trying to spend at least a couple of workouts a week lifting some weights. I also do the video's at home when I'm not at the gym and I always do something with cardio when I am at the gym.

I asked Kohl if he thought my belly was getting smaller and he said yes. He's such a doll. I doubt that he can really tell but just having him say yes really boosted this mama's spirit. After that he lifted his shirt and said, is my belly getting smaller? And I informed him that it was, that he was stretching it up cause he was getting so tall. ;-)

Another thing Kohl does that makes me feel good is that he wants to exercise too. On the nice days at daycare he will tell me that he exercised by riding the tricycle, or he exercised because they went on a walk and he always wants to exercise with me. Today we bought jump ropes so we could exercise together with them. All of this encourages me to keep going. He also tells me when we can't eat something because it has too much sugar and than he informs me of what he ate at daycare. Like today he had donuts with lots of sugar but at home we can't have that. LOL

He's also a little talkative at daycare. He informed them that his mom's butt hurt. I'm not sure if he told them I'd been working out or just that my butt hurt! But he was concerned for me. LOL! All in all I am doing great and feeling great about my progress. Tomorrow I have to go to the gym because I didn't exercise on Wednesday. Than I'll take Sunday off and start the process over on Monday. We also measure again on Monday and I am excited to see what changes it will show ;-)

I hope my friends that are sticking with it see great results as well. We all deserve to reach our goals and seeing change motivates you more. One motivation I had yesterday at the gym was a magazine. As I was running on the treadmill I looked up to see a SHAPE magazine with a girl in a bikini with awesome legs and nice abs and I though, I could be like that if I keep going. I feel like I once looked like that and if I could look like that before why can't I look like that again. SO when I get to where I want to be I am going to appreciate it because it's taking a lot of hard work to get there. Doing this has given me a new insight on everyone who has set out to lose weight and succeeded. They all deserve a huge round of applause for not giving up! So to everyone reading this I say KEEP GOING! We can do this!

Love, Casey

Thursday, February 2, 2012


sooooooo nice to see the numbers on the scale going down! One more pound and I'll have a 10 pound weight loss! This is the 4th week since I started and to have lost 9 pounds in 4 weeks makes me very happy. If I could keep this up by March I'll have lost 18 pounds ;-) I don't know if its possible but I am sure going to keep working hard and try to get close to that ;-)

Anyway, nothing new to report. Plan to hit the gym tomorrow. Today I did the ellipitcal and treadmill. Tomorrow I'll do some cardio and than lift some weights.

Have a good one! Casey

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

whoa!!!!!! Maybe I spoke too soon!!!

Stepped on the scale this morning and what shined up at me?!?! 175.8


ahhhhhhhh, sooooooo wonderful. Just that much closer to the goal.

(I didnt weigh on Monday because I weighed on sunday and it made me sad)

By the way I enjoyed an hour at the gym today :-)

ANDDDDDDDDDD i'm a bit sore in the behind area from brazil BL, so I know its targeting the right spots

Lastly I just want to make you jealous with tonights supper--- bbq ribs, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy and garden salad....mmmmmmmm YUMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a wonder "Hump" day tomorrow ;-)

LOVE ~Casey

PS: THanks everyone for your encouragement. Lately my entire family talks each night because we are doing this together. It's so encouraging to do it with people you care about. We all want to be healthy ;-)

Monday, January 30, 2012

No weight loss this week

well i didn't lose any pounds this last week. i thought I had gained but I stepped on the scale and I'm still 177. Maybe I put on some muscle? Who knows but I'm not going to let it get me down. I've got my family doing this with me so we will all stick together. During the good weeks and the bad. I'm going to keep going ;-). At least I have lost 6lbs! I can't wait for the milestone where I see 169 flashing up at me and I can say goodbye to the 70s. Than I will really feel like I'm accomplishing something! Today I worked on lifting my butt. I will probably do that the next two days. Than I'll hit the gym the 3 days following. Maybe next week I'll do some Insanity, or if I get a wild hair I'll do it this week. It's a little hard on the knee's and BBL really targets my booty ;-)

I have a pile of homework to do and that is getting me down :( I can't wait til the day when I don't have homework. I miss just being able to come home and hang out with my family. But just like all the hard work I'm putting into losing weight this too will pay off. All the things I am doing will be worth it in the end. I just have to keep telling myself... I CAN DO THIS ;-)

Friday, January 27, 2012

today I found another tool to help me reach my goals. The website helps you track your calories and your exercise. I've been keep tracking on paper but now I just punch it in the computer. All the guess work is taken out of trying to figure out how much I am eating and it also tells you how many calories you have burned working out if the machine doesn't tell you. I LOVE IT ;-)

A few of my friends are on there and my sister and mom joined. When you have friends on there it updates you on there progress as well. Therefore it keeps us all accountable and make it encouraging for everyone. Today marked the third week I have worked out 5 days in a row. I'm feeling really good about my progress and how things are going. I'm excited to keep going and to continue to see my results. I really feel like I can do this and I know I get annoying but I really think my friends can do it too. Therefore I bug them A LOT about working out ;-)

ANyway, hope you all are enjoying my journey! Until next time! Casey

Thursday, January 26, 2012


I have cellulite and I hate it. So I decided to do some research on it and here are some interesting facts I found and thought I should share!

Cellulite is created when fat manages to push its way through tiny holes in your connective tissue, the thick web of interwoven fibers just underneath your skin. Strong and healthy connective tissue forms a tighter web of interwoven fibers, preventing fat from pressing its way through. Weak, unhealthy connective tissue, on the other hand, more easily stretches apart, allowing tiny fat pockets to poke through.

Genetically speaking, there are two predominant body types. Some people gain fat in their lower bodies, creating the pear shape mentioned earlier. Others tend to gain fat in their abdomens, creating what's known as an apple shape. (My body shape is PEAR)

Though you may have come to despise the fat on your hips and thighs, you should know that you have a major advantage over people who tend to gain it elsewhere. Research has shown over and over again that abdominal fat--and not hip and thigh fat--is particularly dangerous to your health. Abdominal fat more easily makes its way into your bloodstream, clogging your arteries. Thigh fat is much less likely to do so.

Thigh fat is a little harder to burn off than belly fat. Abdominal fat is easy to hide with a big sweater. Thigh fat, on the other hand, is almost impossible to hide. And summer can be a very difficult time for women. Womean with fat thighs don't like wearing shorts and swimsuits because they hate revealing their legs. And your pants tend to hug too tightly in the thighs. (I've noticed that my belly is getting firmer---I have a pudge there too, but it seems to lose faster than the thighs, DAMN those thighs!)

At least I lost like 3 inches out of my thighs. I must be doing something right. ANyway, this week I did BBL to work my legs, hips and butt and today its back to the gym. I miss the gym on my days off from there. I think its good to switch my workouts up but it always feels good to get back to the gym.

However, I havent been to bed yet. I am up working and than I have school tomorrow.I am going to be one tired lady. Cus I am tired now! yikes! may have to buy something caffienated (not POP, tho)
Anyway, til next time! CJN

oh here's a picture from Septemeber of my nasty legs that need work!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012



I've gained even more weight since this picture!

look at those legs, ugh

Trying to suck the belly in here! bahhhhhhhh

There are worse pictures than these because I've put on 20lbs since these pictures were taken. But Im in not mood to put a real FAT ASS picture up. Anyway, I wonder if I can ever get close to what I was before. Kinda depressing when I look at those pictures cus I really let myself go. I wish I'd have done something BEFORE now. I don't know that I can ever look like that again. But I'm going to try to get close and at least be healthier than I am now.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Measurements are in!

Well today we measured and I've lost inches! However, we did make a mistake on my chest last time. So I don't have an accurate measurement for it.

R Arm - 11 (no loss)
L Arm - 11 1/2 (gain?)
Waist - 31 (2 inches lost!)
Chest - 37 (last time I had written down 25 1/2, so that cannot be correct)
Hips - 41 (3 inches lost!)
R Calf - 17 (no change)
L Calf - 17 (no change)
R thigh - 22 1/2 (3 inches lost!)
L thigh - 22 (3 1/2 inches lost!)

Weight: 177lbs

Our next time to measure in is Feb 6th! I feel good with the result thus far. I've lost 6 pounds and a combined total of 11 1/2 inches in two weeks. This makes me excited for the next two weeks to see what progress I make in a month.

Today's workout consisted of 20 minutes on the elliptical for 2 miles and 207 cals burned. 20 minutes on the bike rower for 4.9 miles and 349 calories. 130 crunches, 20 leg pull ups, 20 bicep curls, 10 arms out, 20 arms up, and 20 behind the head with 10lb dumbbells. We worked out for an hour. It felt good to be back at the gym after not working out during the weekend. I think my body is starting to crave it and with results like this I can't let myself or my body down! We are gaining on the loosing! haha!

Until Later! Casey

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The gym OWNS me tomorrow

Well, this weekend was a blast but not a diet success! I consumed many calories last night at outlaws so tomorrow I will be paying for it at the gym. My friend said that we don't diet on the weekends and to be honest thats pretty much how its going. Maybe I should change weigh in day to fridays because after a weekend of not working out and Im sure tomorrow wont be too exciting! haha.

Anyway, until tomorrow! Casey

Friday, January 20, 2012

New MP3 Player

Today I bought an MP3 player to music on so that I can listen to music and workout at the same time. I worked out at the gym today. Was going to do a video at home but Ive been busy downloading cds on the computer to put on the MP3 player. I think I will just do a workout tomorrow ;-) I want to do one that focuses on my butt.

Great news! One of my friends that has been working out with me lost 2.5lbs 5 days! I'm excited because it encourages us both to keep going. Another friend reported a 4-5lbs weight loss and we all think we are losing some inches. Monday is our first measure in! I measured my thigh and I know I have all ready lost 1 1/2 inches. But I didn't do the rest of my measurements.  ;-)

Anyway, have a great weekend. Casey

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Support is WONDERFUL :-)

Yesterday, I didn't want to do my workout. I had been up since 4 something in the morning due to clinicals and I had at least 3 hours of homework. I just wanted to go home and take a nap. But instead I spent some time wrestling with kohl and watching a movie with Dustin. Than I sat down and did my 3 hours of homework and decided it was time to workout. I think what helped me workout yesterday was that I read my mom's comment on my previous blog and I didn't want to disappoint her. Plus I didn't want to disappoint myself. I knew that if I didn't workout I'd be mad at myself later. I made a commitment and I am going to stick with it.

Everyday I count calories. I think calories should be a curse word. I HATE CALORIES. I hate counting them. I miss just being able to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted and stay thin. Now I have to look at everything before I eat it. I question whether I should eat it. BAH! Calorie counting sucks! But it is effective. I find that it tells me a story and writing down what I am eating holds me accountable. I put it in black and white and reality stares me in the face. I feel good when I see all the healthy things I am eating.

However, the temptations are everywhere. Right now there is a Pepsi in my fridge. It has been there since day one and everyday I look at it and I want it. But I close the door and walk away. I tried to get my husband to drink it. I even gave it to him but than when I did, I kept looking at it wishing it was back in the fridge. Because everyday I walk away from it I feel like I am beating the challenge. I am resisting the craving and temptation. Needless to say, for some reason, Dustin didn't drink it. He put it back in the fridge. Maybe to taunt me, but I'm glad it's back in there.

This diet thing is hard. But I keep reminding myself of the reasons I am doing it. My main ones keep coming back to me. I want to be healthy for me, for kohl, for my family. I want to feel good about myself and I want to prove to myself that I can do it. Writing this blog is helping me remember that. I'm glad I have this blog and I know several of my family members are reading it. It's a challenge to me knowing others are checking in to see how I am doing. I don't want to let you down either!

I got my exercise in today, 4 days in a row and I am going to the gym tomorrow as well. Week 2 is almost gone and I am still going strong! I can't wait to see what the scale says on Monday! Til next time! Casey

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mom, my LEGS hurt!

Today I did an Insanity workout. I wasn't really excited about doing it because those things are HARD. Plus it has been a long time since I have done one. But it was a blast because Kohl wanted to exercise with me. I'd be huffing and puffing and grunting and Kohl would ask me what was wrong. I'd say, oh my legs hurt, this is hard. So he starts doing it and yells out "mom my legs hurt too!"

I wish I had a camera to record him trying to do some of the moves. He really got into some of them. The video was 41 mintues long and he tried to do most of it. He had to take several water breaks but for a 3 year old I was impressed!

Anyway, tomorrow Kohl and I can work out together again. Than back to the gym on Thursday and Friday. I may have to do a short workout video at home just for the fun of working out with kohl. My son was my biggest encouragement today. He likes to exercise and I want to encourage that. If I can teach him healthy habits then kohl will be that much further ahead in life. Too many adults and kids these days are struggling with weight problems. I am there now but I am choosing to make a change before I'm apply for  "Biggest Loser" anywho, It's been a long day. So I'm signing off for now. Til next time! ~Casey

Monday, January 16, 2012

Drum Roll PLEASE..............

I weighed in today. I've lost four pounds! GO ME :-) It felt great to see my scale light up green for "losing weight" haha ;-)

I am happy with my progress. Today I worked out at the gym again. Ellipitical 20 minutes, 1.60 miles and 207 calories, bike rower 20 minutes, 4.6 miles and 300 calories burned! I also did 100 crunches and I messed around on a few other things but that didn't amount to much. I also got back to the regular breakfast/lunch routine.

Tomorrow, I will do my insanity workout. One of the downfalls to carpooling is not everyone wants or desires to go the gym therefore I have backup plans. The next two days I will kill myself at home with workout dvds! It's probably a good thing to switch it up because that way your body doesn't get used to doing the same thing over and over. I will miss the gym because I love working out with my friends but as long as I still workout everything will be just fine.

Anyway, here is to two days of INSANITY! Til tomorrow ~Casey

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Weekend Failure or was it?!

Well, my great intentions of working out at least once this weekend never happened! Good thing my plan only calls to for me to work out 5x a week but still I wanted to do something this weekend. My excuses include being tired, having a head cold, finding other things to do such as going hunting with the husband or going to a baby shower and lastly I chose to pick up my house tonight rather than workout. I enjoy a clean home and sometimes it becomes a disaster zone that I cannot stand. I'm not a neat freak by any means, sometimes I wish I was. But I'm trying to do an hour worth of house work a night to keep away messy disasters!

Anyhow, I'm pretty sure I went over my calorie intakes as well. But not too horribly. I probably hit the 2000 mark instead of the 1200-1500 mark. Like this morning I made Chocolate chip pancakes! mmmm! I didn't have lunch but than I ate out with my inlaws at western sizzle. Can we say Buffets are BAD!!! Way too many tempting foods! I guess today was my FREE day as far as food was concerned. Yesterday I did okay. I had pancakes for lunch! (it was a pancake weekend I guess) And I had a casserole for supper. It had frozen veggies, meat and was topped with tater tots (tots not so healthy! lol) and of course

Anywho, tomorrow I get back on track! If I can eat right and exercise 5 days a week I'd say that's pretty successful. ANd I didn't get too carried away. My mom pointed out to me that the calories I now try to consume for the entire day are the same amount of calories I was consuming in pop alone just one week ago. So when you think of it like that, I am doing darn good! ;-) Anyway, Here's to a successful week! ~Casey

Friday, January 13, 2012

5 days in a ROW

Updating early because tonight I will be busy. Kohl is having a friend stay the night! It should be a good time. I think I will rent a movie for them to watch before bed. Going to town in a little while to get supplies for a fun night ;-)

I do have a slight head cold which is more annoying than anything. I went and go my 30 minutes in at the gym. 10 minutes on the elipitical for 114 calories in 1.14miles and the bike rower thing for 20 minutes burning 246 calories and going 4.4miles.

I plan to work out tomorrow. I think I'll do an insanity workout or a Brazil BL workout. Either way it will be a good workout and than Sunday I am giving my body a rest. My body is going to need a break to do it all again next week. Sunday is my free day so if I choose I can eat something junky! haha. But right now I don't even have a desire to do that.

It is said if you do something for three weeks it will become a habit. In two more weeks my body should be craving working out and healthy food ;-) Anyway, thats it for today. Have a great weekend everyone! ~Casey

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cake taste like a rainbow!

The other day on the way home Kohl told me that his daycare provider had birthday cake and that it tasted like a rainbow. Than I asked him that if he tasted like a rainbow what did it smell like and he said, it smelled like chocolate.  Sometimes he comes up with the cutest things to say!

Anyway, today was another successful day. I worked out at the gym for 40 minutes. I spent 20 minutes on the elipitcal and ran 2 miles burning of 220 calories. Than I went to the bike and spent about 5 minutes on there for .80 of a mile and only burned 30 calories. I didnt stay on it long because it seemed like a lot of work for only a few calories. So I did this other machine thats suppose to represent rowing a boat. I went 1km on there and burned 54 calories in 5 minutes. Finally the machine I wanted to use opened up. It's kinda like a bicycle but you use your arms as well. I spent ten minutes on there, rode 2.2miles and burned 136 calories. Therefore I had a successful work out.

I have been keeping track of the calories I am burning as well as the calories I am eating. It makes me feel good to look down and see how I am staying within the 1200-1500 calories. I don't know if I mentioned it but I don't count fruits or veggies towards my total calories consumed.

Tonight I did have a beer and it wasnt even a light beer. I drank a budweiser with my husband and his uncle. It's 145 calories that I didn't need but I wasn't anywhere near being over my calorie limit and I only drank one. However, next time I want a beer I should drink a light beer.

I did feel some withdraws from pepsi today or at least I think I did. I had a headache this morning and this afternoon. But now my nose is trying to plug up and I feel like a cold is trying to reach out and get me. If it does I will continue with my plan. I am not going to let another illness derail me from goals like I have in the past. In the past I have used it as an excuse to not exercise and than I stop and never get back to doing it again.

I am glad to have some friends working out with me and trying to eat healthy. We all measured the other day and it was very encouraging to know I am not alone on my quest to get healthier. I know that it takes time but I can't wait to see physical results. I look back at pictures of me and think wow, in a milluon years i never thought I'd have weight problems. It's mostly me my own fault. My lack of control when it comes to junk food as well as my lack of exercise. I can't blame my weight on anyone but myself. I let myself go and it is now time to find myself again.

Anyway, thats all for today. Until next time! ~Casey

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Saying good night to DAY 3

I had a wonderful post all nicely written and as I was typing my last sentence I lost the whole thing. Which is very very very frustrating. So now instead of trying to type it as it was I'm going to shorten it.

This morning I woke up and felt lighter. It's a great feeling, it encourages you to keep going! I think it's partly because I have cut out pop. I was drinking upwards of 1150 to 1300 calories in pop while working the night shift. It's not a wonder I was gaining weight! I also don't feel bloated since I quit drinking it.

Today we did our measurements. I am going to share them even though I find them embarrassing. But they way I look at is if you know than it makes me want to change them even more. So to start with in Jan 2008 I weighed 135lbs and on Jan 9, 2012 i weighed in at 183 pounds. That is a 47 pound difference!

My Measurements today 1/11/12

*Chest: 25 1/2
*R. Arm: 11
*L. Arm: 11
*Waist: 33
*Hips: 44
*R. thigh: 25 1/2
*L. thigh: 25 1/2
*R. calf: 17
*L. calf: 17
*Around the butt: 45 1/2

As I was typing these I noticed my chest and thighs are the same size. Which is sad because I look at my legs and think they are huge and I look at my chest and think they are SMALL, haha!

Anyway, I am looking forward to tomorrow! Each day is a new victory. My next weigh in is on Monday morning but I wont be doing my measurement til Monday, jan 23. The plan is to do those biweekly on Mondays. Anyway, I'm going to post this now before I make a silly mistake and lose it. Until tomorrow! ~Casey

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Plan

Eat 1200 - 1500 calories a day
30 min or more of exercise 5x a week
Drink the reccommend amount of water -- 64oz
Limit Sugars
Watch sodium -- decrease it
Eliminate Junk food
Eat healthy snacks such as fruit, veggies, nuts and yogurt
Portion control
Eliminate one meal with a shake
Reward self with a free day

MORNING: Replacement meal with equate shake, eat a healthy snack and drink a green tea and water

LUNCH: Low calorie lunch: Brown Rice & Beans
                                           Frozen low Calorie dinners
                                           Steamed Veggies
**Drink lots of water
**After noon snack ~ fruits, veggies, rice, cakes, 100 calorie snacks, etc

SUPPER: Regular supper, just decrease my portion size. If I am in evening clinicals I will pack leftovers from the night before for supper and stick with my regular schedule.

WORKOUTS: When at school spend 30min at the gym ~ running, walking, elipitcal, biking, or lifting weights. Also can do Insanity workouts and Brazil BL. After workout I can use the Jillian Micheals shake to help muscle restore. It can be mixed with soy milk, water, regular milk or even low fat frozen yogurt.

I will keep a food and exercise Diary
I will weigh in weekly on Mondays
I will keep a measurement of my body to determine loss of inches


longterm--- Lose 30lbs by May 11th
Shorterm-- Lose 2lbs per week, 8lbs per month

If goals are met sooner, re-evaluate and make new goals. Post goals where you can read them daily. It may help to take a before picture of yourself so you can document changes.


*Wear my Skinny jeans again
*Feel better about myself
*To be healthy
*To feel sexy again
*Lose weight before I have another child (which isn't anytime soon, lol)
*To prove to myself I can do it
*To wear a two piece swimsuit this summer when I take kohl to the pool
*To be more flexible
*To teach Kohl healthy habbits

Have someone to encourage you, check in on how you are doing & even to workout with you ;)

*Buy a calendar to mark days I exercise, keep track of wt loss & inches to make sure goals are being met.

For accomplishing my goals I will get my hair highlighted and buy a new outfit. I haven't had my hair done in ages!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Day 1

Today I laid out my plan. I wrote out exactly how I want to lose my weight and I set goals for myself. I have a long term goal and a short term goal. I have accountability partners. I am limiting my calories and I am making my progress public. As it is 10:12pm and I am very tired, this entry is going to be short. But tomorrow I will post my entire plan so you can see what I am doing. Until tomorrow! ~Casey