Monday, May 30, 2011

A Big Thank You

Everything is starting to come together. First thing first, I have to thank Lisa at  It's because of her that I found the fitblogger challenge where I won my own MyTrak, and of course, a big thank you to Fitblogger  and Mytrak. I couldn't believe it, I never ever win anything. This made my day. If you don't know what I'm talking about check out:  I couldn't be more thrilled.  I'm looking forward to learning how to use it, and it will make getting rid of these pesky 100 pounds of fat so much easier.  Last week I made a goal to do every day of the 5k program and to drink more water, which I failed on the 5k program. I did drink more water and was so happy with myself when we went out to eat and I ordered water.  If you know me, you would know I'm a diet coke junkie and not a big fan of water. So, major victory!  This week my goal will be to follow the 5k in 100 days, which I talk about below, and to continue with drinking the water.

Regarding my first 5k, I signed up a while ago to do a 5k in 100 days at I kind of forgot about it, because he was working with his attorney to get some paperwork done so that he could do the program.  This was back in March, and I just got an email from him last week telling me that he was ready to get the program started.  I've sent in my paperwork and will be following his program starting today.  He lays out a weekly program to follow, and he posts weekly videos about what to work on while training. He emphasizes the importance of stretching, warm up and cool down and what type of shoes to wear, etc.  Basically, it's the perfect program for a newbie such as myself.  The main reason I'm doing this program over SparkPeople is because he is interested in going slowly, and building the muscles that we need for running to prevent injury.  Since I'm new to running and I know my weight is causing a tremendous amount of strain, I need to go as slow as possible, while still making progress for the ultimate goal.  Besides, I need more time to raise money for my goals :)  Which Mytrak takes care of some of them.  Yipee!

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful 3 day weekend, and I would like to say a big Thank You to all of the veterans and servicemen and women out there for helping make America a wonderful place to call home!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Note to self...

"Do not take anything to clean the colon before going on an 8 hour drive." I think I saw every public restroom between Kansas and Missouri. The Intestinal Formula I was taking really works, possibly too good.

We had a great time on our trip, hubby had to fix a cattle chute out by Branson, Mo and we decided to make a trip out of it. We took the girls to see Dixie Stampede and spent some time in the hotel swimming, well the girls and daddy went swimming, I stayed in the room and read a book. This trip really opened my eyes about everything I was missing. The entire time I kept talking to myself, "Man, your legs are huge." "I hope there's room for my big butt at the show." "These jeans show every roll in my legs." I didn't have as much fun, because I was too busy insulting myself and putting myself down.

I bought a book on the suggestion of a friend, and saw other people's blogs who recommended it, and started reading it on the trip. It's really opened my eyes about how I treat myself, and it's no wonder I have a weight problem, or should I say an eating problem. The book is called "Women, Food, and God." It talks about eating when you're hungry, which I don't think I know what that feels like. It also teaches you about telling that little voice in your head to Shut up. It's that voice that tells me, "I'm fat." "I don't amount to anything." "You might as well eat, you're never going to lose this weight." It's that voice that has controlled me for years. It's the voice that has told me time and time again that I'm not worth it, and that I don't deserve to be happy. I've really learned a lot from this book and I found out that Oprah did a series on it and she has notes about each chapter on her website. I plan on going through the book again following along with the notes. Hopefully, I can finally love myself instead of insulting myself all of the time.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

~~ S T R E S S E D ~~

Ugh...My husband just called and asked what I'm doing for the next two days,  I told him, "nothing much, why?"  He's needing to go out of town for work and is wanting to make a work funded vacay out of it.  I'm all for a vacation on his work and it sounds like a lot of fun, but this is the worst time to do it.  I'm just starting my weight loss plan and now this.  I'm not one to turn down a free vacation, so we will be leaving in the morning, but plan on being back Saturday.  I'm putting off my 5K program until Sunday, but I will still be following Weight Watchers while I'm gone.

Now for why I am stressed. I'm getting ready to start Summer school, because I'm needing two classes before starting the RN program in August.  These classes start May 31.  I was hoping to take my State Boards before I had to go back to school, but I still haven't received my ATT letter (Authorization To Test) It's beginning to Piss me off. My other classmates have received their letter, and I'm not understanding why I haven't received mine.  My instructor has sent in all of my paperwork, I had a 4.0 gpa,  I've paid the necessary fees, so where is my letter?  Sorry...I'm venting!  It's just now I'm going to have to wait until my Summer classes are over before I take the boards, because I want to give all of my concentration to this test.  I'm just afraid the longer I wait the harder it will be. 

My girls have been fighting all day, you've got to love Summer.  My oldest has been sick the past two days with a fever, headache and throwing up.  She's finally better as you can see with the comment above about the fighting.  My youngest came home from the sitter and her eye was beet red, there was a little girl at her sitters who had pink eye, so I was praying that wasn't it.  Her eyes are clearing up and they never did get the eye boogers that comes along with pink eye, so I'm thinking it's allergies.  I've just been really stressed the past few days, not to mention I'm PMSing and everyone and everything is rubbing me the wrong way. Being an emotional eater it's been really hard to stay out of the kitchen and eating everything in site. So here I am venting to my blog in order to stay out of the kitchen.  I'm just so frustrated! Okay, I'm done now :)

I do want to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you that have been affected by the tornadoes and floods.  It's really sad and scary to watch the news and see the destruction. Living in Kansas it keeps us more aware and thankful for what we have.  Hugs to all of you!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I'm full of Sh*t!

I've had an analogy, that doesn't happen very often, but I look at my body similiar to my house. When I do spring cleaning, and I mean the type of cleaning where you move the fridge to clean behind it, I'm more likely to keep a routine so that I can keep it that way. I almost become fanatical, is that a word? I'm following behind my children picking up every little crumb. I am annoying, just ask my kids. When my house is messy, I just shrug it off and think, "What's the point? It will only be messy again tomorrow." I just tend to not take as much care of my home, as I do after I clean it from top to bottom, which is an entirely separate blog.

***CAUTION, the rest of this post might be a little TMI***

Ever since I can remember I have had a hard time having a bowel movement. I remember as a little girl hiding in the corner with my knees up to my chin rocking back and forth waiting for the urge to poop to pass, because it hurt so much when I would go. My mom took me to the Doctor and he told my mom that I will always have a problem, and that when I get married she would probably have to tell my husband to remind me when to take a sh*t. Trust me, this comment has haunted me my entire life. My husband got a big kick out of it, and now he carries on my mom's legacy of passing along that statement. My mom used to give me mineral oil on a daily basis, and would keep it in the fridge so it wouldn't taste so bad. So when I say I'm full of sh*t, I'm not joking.

I'm not nearly as plugged up as I used to be, but I promise you that I do not have 3 BMs a day, and husband does not have to remind me when to take a sh*t. I'm lucky to have one a week. Anyways, I watched a video about your colon and that you could have 20 pounds of feces sitting in your colon, that's a lovely thought. I decided to look up colon cleanse, since I'm starting this new lifesyle change. I found Dr. Schulze's Intestinal Formula #1, which got really great reviews on Amazon. I headed to his website and a little tab that said "new customers" drew my attention. When I clicked on the tab it talked about his vitality program. It basically states that the Super Food Plus will blast your cells with nutrients to give you more energy, I need more energy. It removes toxins and waste by cleaning and strengthening your colon, my colon needs cleaning and strengthening. It strengthens your immune system to fight viruses, infections and disease, who doesn't want to have a strengthened immune system. Well, I fell for it hook, line and sinker. I received my package today and will start it tomorrow. It's a 30 day supply and it's not necessary to take forever, just until you start feeling better.

So, to go back to my analogy, I figure if I clean my house (body) and start ridding toxins, I will be more aware of what I put back into my body, and become fanatical about keeping it clean. So here's to starting the Vitality Program!

Monday, May 23, 2011

My Goals

Fitness Goals:

Weight loss goals:

Complete the Sparkpeople 5k running program

Have my foot properly measured and buy running shoes

Lose 17 pounds (253)

Run my first 5K

Purchase an Ipod w/Nike + Gps App

Lose 40 pounds (213)

Run my first 10K

Purchase a BodyBugg

Lose 27 pounds (186)

Complete a 1/2 marathon training program

Purchase a new running outfit

Lose 8 pounds (164)

Complete a 1/2 marathon

The Tuscan….Refresh Spa Day

Lose 9 pounds (155)


Complete a marathon training program

Purchase a Water Belt

Lose 5 pounds (150)

Complete a marathon 

Trip to Disney World



As you can probably tell I'm wanting to start running.  A good friend of mine has done several 5K's and a few 10K's and talks about the runner high that she gets, and the feeling of accomplishment.  I never thought of myself as a runner, but when you have spent much of your adult life over 200 pounds it doesn't seem possible.  I'm ready to meet my goals and am excited to one day run the full marathon at Disney World!

I've set up the table above showing the fitness goals that I'm wanting to achieve, in order to get the reward I must also meet the weight loss goal.  I plan on setting aside $40.00 a month to pay for my rewards.  This would be how much I would have to pay if I was paying for Weight Watcher meetings.  I'm unable to attend the meetings, because it doesn't work out with my schedule and I live 50 miles away from any meeting place. I plan on following the weight watcher "old" program at home, and I have all of the material to get started. I also plan on rewarding myself for every 10 pounds lost, these rewards will not cost any money, but will be a way of pampering myself.  I will post these rewards on my home page. I know that motivation is very important to lose this much weight, and I'm willing to do whatever I can to stay motivated and work towards a goal. I'm ready to get started and will be weighing in on Wednesday, after my Doctor's appointment.  I Can't wait!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Up Close and Personal....

Let me introduce myself, My name is Kristy and I'm a full-time nursing student.  The before picture above was my graduation picture from the LPN program that was taken in March 2011.  I was so disgusted by how much weight I had gained, and this photo will forever be on the wall at my school.  I will be starting the RN program in August, and I'm saving the After frame above for my RN graduation photo that will be taken around this time next year. I plan to be 100 pounds thinner.

Wedding day 2001
 A little bit of history on me.  I've always felt that I had a weight problem, but looking back at childhood pictures I was a normal sized child.  I started gaining most of my weight after graduation.  I would hover around the 230 mark for so long that I just accepted that was my weight and I was just big boned, I didn't look that large.  Boy, did I have myself fooled.  It was in 1998 that I started to do kickboxing, which led to better food choices and I lost 60 pounds.  I was so happy with the way I looked and my self confidence went through the roof.  This is when I met my current husband, he was a farmer/rancher and lived 140 miles away on his family farm.  I fell hard for that man in those tight wrangler jeans and that cowboy hat.  Needless to say, we decided to take our relationship to the next level and got engaged to be married.  I knew deep down that I would never get this country boy to move to the big city, his roots were just too deep.  I decided to quit my job, sell my house and say goodbye to my family and friends and moved 140 miles away from everything I ever knew, it's amazing what Love will make us do. 

I started working at a University that was over 50 miles away, living in the country every place is quite a drive.  I really enjoyed the job, but felt so distant from my family and friends and the depression began to set in.  My grandma was in the hospital and had a stroke and the guilt that I felt was enormous, because I wasn't there.  I started to gain a little weight, but not enough to really notice.  I did keep up my exercise by walking the country roads, and my husband told me not to walk during harvest, because the trucks might not see me and I could get run over, his uncle couldn't believe that I would go out walking because of all of the rabid animals running around...Paranoid much? I was getting there.  I continued working at the University until 09/11,  It's one of those days that will forever be stuck in my head. I live in Kansas, but the impact of that day affected the entire world.  I remember the lines of cars waiting to get fuel, because of the scare of gas prices going through the roof, and people were so concerned about anthrax coming in the mail.  It was then that I decided I didn't want to work so far from home.  I lived in a very small town that was basically closed when I left for work and closed when I came home.  I never saw a single soul, but everyone knew everything about me, and what they didn't know they just made up.  My depression was deepening.

 I finally got a job at the coop, and took a $4.00/hr paycut, but working so close to home seemed worth it at the time.  I got pregnant with our first child.  I was very uncomfortable with the gals that I worked with, they had lived in this small town for so long, and knew everyone that walked in, and talked about everyone.  The gossip was really starting to get to me.  I started eating lunch at my desk, and was becoming paranoid that they were now talking about me.  I came home in tears on a regular basis, which coud have been due to my hormones since I was pregnant. My husband was always there for me, and encouraged me to get out and meet people, but I just got to the point that I wanted to stay in the house and not deal with the "stereotype" that I had now put on all small town folks.  I then found out that someone was spreading very hurtful rumors about me, this is someone that I didn't even know.  I just wanted to move back home where I never had an enemy, and I was friends with everyone that I met.  Let me remind you that my hormones were raging and with the move, the pregnancy, the stroke of my grandma and the wedding,  I know now that I was in a severe depression state at the time, and I'm sure that alot of my reasoning was mainly in my head.

My girls ~ Christmas 2010

After the birth of my daughter, I had severe post partum depression, go figure.  I cried over everything  and  my doctor had put me on some medication until my hormones straightened themselves out. When I got pregnant I weighed 220 pounds and after her birth I weighed in at my famous 230 pounds.  I was a stay at home mom for the first year of her life and a friend of mine asked if I had ever thought about becoming a nurse?  In a small community, nursing is the occupation to be in.  I decided to work as a CNA at the hospital to see if I would enjoy being a nurse, and it was the first time in a long time I was happy.  I loved caring for the patients and I was starting to feel like my old self again.  I got pregnant with my second daughter at 230 pounds and ballooned up to 280 pounds at nine months.  I was induced because of preeclampsia and major edema.  After giving birth to her I left the hospital at 250 pounds.  That is 30 pounds of baby and fluids.  I was 250 pounds for over a year and decided that enough was enough.  My mom and sister had lost quite a bit of weight going on the hCG diet and they talked me into starting the diet.

I started the hCG diet in 2008 and I got down to 205 pounds, but the extremes of the diet was just too much, and I was beginning to feel comfortable with the way that I was looking.  I even had people tell me that I was getting too thin, can you believe being too thin at 205 pounds?  I ended up getting a job as a certified dialysis technician and put my schooling off for a little while and began to get comfortable and started back to my old ways of eating.  When I started back to school full-time I weighed in again at my famous 230 pounds.  The stress of school, family and bills, because we're a one income family, has made me turn to food to medicate my stress.  I am now weighing in at a whopping 270 pounds.  I'm sick just thinking about it.

My life in this small town has calmed down a bit, but I have to admit that I do not have any friends that live close.  I've made some wonderful friends at school, which is 50 miles away.  I know that most of my feelings about the people in my small town is all in my head, but I'm embarrassed about my weight and feel like everyone is talking about me, because of my exposure to all of the gossip when I first moved here over 10 years ago.  It's just really hard to fit in when everyone around you has grown up together and you're an outsider.  I admit that I have not given anyone a real chance to get to know me, and I'm sure that if I ever did that I would have great friends, but how can anyone like you when you don't even like yourself?

That is where I am right now, I just want to apologize for making this so long and personal, but I know that in order to get to the bottom of my weight issues I need to be honest with myself.  I had so many friends before moving here, and got along with everyone.  I loved to laugh and crack jokes and enjoyed helping others. I want to find that person again. I plan on using this blog to help shed the pounds and the emotional baggage in order to love myself again.

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