Ready, Set, Go!

Once again I’m going to make the attempt to keep up with the fitness journey posts.

I decided that I would do this as a way to be accountable, and maybe even inspire someone else.  Hopefully, others will come along that inspire me too!

You can read about my purpose behind all this in the My Fitness Journal – Making Marti Marvelous section.

I began this week with reactivating my SparkPeople account.  It wasn’t inactive, just sitting there unused.  Not so much anymore.  I got on the scale and nearly stapled my mouth shut when I saw the results.  I don’t FEEL like I weigh this much but I do.  I don’t look like I weigh 183 pounds, but I do.  And that is not acceptable.

So I began tracking what is going in my mouth and that is always an eye opener for me.  I am a grazer when I go through my day.  Open fridge, grab something to chew on.  Wander to the kitchen for coffee, reach for a snack to munch.  And so goes my day.  Trouble is I don’t reach for the healthier options.  I go for the crap.

51YPNYK1B5LExample: cookies!  Pecan Sandies at 170 calories for 2.  UGH.  I don’t usually get by with just two…more like 4 or 6.  Yeah, that isn’t helping one bit.  10 grams of fat in 2 of them isn’t good either. That racks up to be 340-510 calories just on that one trip through the kitchen.  10-30 grams of fat, as opposed to the 3 grams of protein. Not a healthy or wise choice.

I could have 5 large baby carrots and rolled back out with only 35 calories.  And once I stopped eating sweets the first thing I noticed is just how sweet carrots are, and green grapes.  I can have a whole cup (may not sound like much but measure them out) for 110 calories.

Last night, instead of grabbing junk for a snack, I decided to go with a serving of raisins, green grapes and baby carrots.  3 servings of fruits and veggies in one sitting. First of all that is high volume food so it wasn’t easy to eat all of it!

1 cup of green grapes
1/4 cup of raisins
5 baby carrots.

It took a while to eat it all, while sipping water.  I was ready to just stop, but I also had not hit my minimum calorie intake of 1200 so I had to finish.  It was SO good.  I was more than satisfied by the time I finished.

I’ve also been told that often when we think we are hungry, we actually are dehydrated and need water.  I’ve taken to keeping up with 8 glasses of water a day.  I carry around my 24oz tumbler that is spill proof and filling it 3 times a day.  That has helped me get the water I need to drink, and it is healthier than a Diet Coke.

ProduceI’m going to be getting very familiar with the produce section at the store, and hopefully over time, with much determination and help from the site, I will be successful this time.


It Only Takes A 183 Pound Spark!

As in a spark of motivation.



I got on the scale this morning after being a tad uncomfy in my favorite jeans yesterday.  I did not like what I saw, 183 pounds, but that was 9 less than it was when I last checked.

Still, that is not acceptable.

So I decided to once again get on and activate my SparkPeople account.

This will help me to watch what is going in  my mouth.  It also helps me track my water intake.  And exercise.  As a stickler for earning meaningless points at anything and everything social media like that I have, I also can earn points for everything I do on there.  Best part is?  FREE!  Yes it is 100% free.

I am all about free stuff.  Especially when said stuff can help me get fit and healthier.  50 has me in it’s cross hairs, so I am really desiring to get this done, hit my goal weight and be in much better shape.

Sure, people see me and few believe I really weigh this much.  I am good at dressing to hide it. But this is insane.  I weighed around this when pregnant with my daughter.  She is 22 years old.  I think it is safe to say that there is no reason I should not be back to my pre-baby weight.  I was hanging around the 150 pound range toward the end of my marriage.  But while some of this is depression and anxiety, comfort food weight, the marriage ended over 2.5 years ago now, time to stop with comforting myself with crap I eat.

I am what I call an equal opportunity comfort eater.

Happy? – Grab some comfort food!

Sad? – Go for the cookies!

Angry? – Look out candy here I come!

You get the idea…I just like to eat.  Not that eating in and of itself is so bad, it is more what I eat than anything.  And portions, those are important too.  Before today I would grab the raisins and have a cup or two.  A serving size is 1/4 cup.  Oops.  My favorite cereal, raisin bran, a serving is one cup.  I was going for 2 or 3 cups, whatever fit in the largest breakfast bowl I could find.  Not working so well!

If you are on SparkPeople, please feel free to add me as a friend!  I have a SPARK PAGE there, would love to have more friends as a circle of motivation!

If you are not yet using it, may I suggest it as a way to get fit, healthy, drop weight etc., all for FREE.

I don’t use their meal plans, as it isn’t required.  I do track everything going in my mouth, even my herbal tea.  Every day at the end of the day it gives me a report on my progress.  That helps.

Just click this button and come get sparked with me. Get a 100% FREE Online Diet

Day 25 ~ 30 Days Of Thankfulness

Today I am thankful for food to eat.

If my weight is any indication, I have an abundance of food.

So many go to bed hungry, and I can simply walk into the kitchen and find plenty to eat, is something to be very thankful.

The fact that I’ve reactivated my my Sparkpeople account again is a good indication that I’m not lacking for food!

Wine & Cheese ~ 51st Serving

Welcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Many weeks on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times.

I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs.

I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well.

I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal.

If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings.

Sit back and join me now for the 50th serving of some wine and cheese!

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:(  Okay, so it is my own fault that I’ve put on 20 pounds in the past 2 years, and therefore squeezing into old jeans is a bit harder than before.  But I still feel like whining about it. WAAAAAAAAA!

😦  Cats.  I love my cat, I love our little ‘special’ cat that we are pretty sure is mentally challenged, and I love the big tabby.  However I do NOT like ‘crinkle ball soccer’ in my room after I’ve gone to bed.  WHY my room??

😦  24 hours in a day is simply not cutting it.  I need about 48 to get a dent made in all that I need to do over the next 3 days so that on Saturday I can be in wedding mode for my son’s big day.

😦  I didn’t win the lottery.  That just sucks.


🙂  I’m slowly out of the gate, training for the big breast cancer walk in October (shameless plug – > see badge on my page, please donate, I need to raise $1,800!).  This means I’m going to shed that 20 pounds!

🙂  Because of the training I’m back on my SparkPeople account, logging every morsel going into my mouth, with shocking realization of what I need to change!

🙂  I am loving the rich color I have from last night’s dye party!  See the previous post for a review of the hair color product I’m sporting now.

🙂  Giggles…gotta love ’em.  And nothing is as sweet as the sound of baby giggles and full blown belly laughs.  I love my daycare job!

🙂  AVON – just LOVE this company, the products, working for myself and making women feel great about themselves both in what they purchase and if they become a rep and I get to train and work with them.


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Yes, beginning Sunday, 1/1/2012, I am back on the Spark. And on My Fitness Pal too.   I have a wedding coming up in March, my son is getting married, and I don’t want to be shown a seat over in yonder pasture.  And frankly the older I get the harder it is to drag a few extra pounds around with me.

I’m not unrealistic, 10 or 15 pounds is the the most I will have shed by the wedding, if I do this safely (and I will) but I am happy with that!  Then I will be motivated to keep on going!

In the past I’ve posted this at the beginning of a new year…then did nothing with it.  Difference this time is in my seeking knowledge to expand my direct marketing business (Avon) I’ve learned from the experts in sales: write down your goals and you are 75% more likely to achieve them.  Keep them in front of you.  SO, every day my goals will be there on the wall next to my desk along with my business goals.  In front of me daily to motivate me.

It is NOT easy for me to put out here in public what my weight is, even though I love my curves because they are me.  I still know that this weight is not healthy, it is hard on my joints that already cry in pain from arthritis.  So from now on I will keep it very public.  I need the accountability. I need the motivation.

If you opt to join either or both sites, as I have, they are FREE!  Oh and add me as a friend.  We’ll motivate each other on down the scale!

Thursday Morning Coffee Musings

Hang on to your panties and boxer short bands, I’ve had my coffee and the weekend is almost here.  No longer  standing on my toes to see it, I can almost reach out and touch it!

Ah nothing like waking up to more goop on my eye, it draining like there is no tomorrow, and now the other one is puffy.  Oh the joy!  Hoping that the camomile tea bags are going to help with this but honestly just not feeling it.  A friend saw it on my Facebook status and dropped off drops from when she recently had it, YEAH ME!!! No worries now, it will clear up.  Oh, but the camomile tea bags DID sooth the itch and the soreness so if you are experiencing allergy issues that bug the  eyes, they are amazing for relief. Oh and it reduced the swelling too, very sweet.

What was in your spam/junk email folder this morning?  I had 2 emails advertising penis enlargement/male size enhancement products.  Not something me or the Count is in need  of, but hey, if you are a guy and looking for such products, while I cannot endorse one, I can hook a brother up!  Forward your email addy and I’ll forward the advertisements to you.

My sinuses are draining like day 21 of the 40 days and 40 nights of rain during the great flood.  Pleasant visual, I know!  You’re welcome.  Stupid allergies, and of course Pixel just had to lay all over my pillow looking for love as I was going to bed last night.  She is lucky I love  her so much.  🙂

I am still kicking myself over Farmville, I cannot believe I did this to myself.  I even get an email now when my crops are ready to harvest, how insane is that?  Don’t answer, and please do not judge.

Found a new application thanks to a Twitter buddy,  Run Keeper.  Logs via GPS my walks or run, and calculates some other things too.  I also have added the SparkPeople app and their recipe app too.  No more slacking, I am getting the weight off if it kills me!  I need more energy too and what better way to do it?

Day three of NO makeup, and if  it weren’t for being an Avon rep I might just blow it off completely except for when going out.  But I am a walking billboard for my products so I like to wear the Imari perfume and all my makeup is Avon.

Anyone else have this issue?  You get a catalog with the intention of ordering  ONE item, in this case it is a  Thirty-One Gifts catalog, and you suddenly think you NEED everything they make? OMG what a great bunch of items.  And one of the current fabrics matches my room decor!!! I am having to exercise serious self control.

Okay off to see what trouble I can land myself in as far as blogging topics today.  Several hops/memes and of course Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.  Off to find inspiration that I can actually write about, which in this case is NOT the stuff I found on my son and daughter’s Facebook status updates and resulting comments last night, we have a family reputation to protect.

A Walk In The Park

It is SO nice  outside today, 59 degrees here  in the Queen City!!!  That called for a walk.  I cruised up to my favorite park of walking trails.  I admit, some areas were slushy and snow covered, some kind of soupy, but I was OUTSIDE and not freezing.  I was also walking, something I need to be doing!  And it felt fantastic!  25 fitness minutes on the trails now logged in my fitness minutes on SparkPeople.

Here are some of the sights, I cannot wait until summer when it is green again, and the  trails are dry!



Where Is The Food????

Okay I’m not really starving, but I am facing a harsh reality.  There is a big reason my butt is growing so big and my jeans are getting snug:  mega portions!

Over the past 3 days I’ve been adding my foods to my SparkPeople nutrition tracker and noticing that if I actually measure out my portions, holy heffers no wonder I’m weighing in at 170!!!!  Okay so I know if we eat appropriate portions we’d likely all start dropping pounds, but DAMN!  I measured out my Special K cereal this morning, 3/4 cup and 1/2 cup of vitamin D milk.   Then I looked at the tiny bowl in which it was waiting for me to dive in.  Tiny bowl is what I chose so that it appeared full.  It was full.  It still appeared rather small…too small.  It isn’t hard to see that my usual portion would be about 3 times that much.  SIGH.

I have had  no major issued getting my water intake up to the 64 ounces a day, that is a piece of cake for me.  But taking time to measure out my foods is another story, and staying focused.  My pink heart post it note on my mirror still is a #1.  I didn’t go on with my workouts.  I know I know,  don’t give up, just do it today and start over.  I AM going to do that!   It is hard to establish a new routine and stick to it though, and I’m quickly meeting my resistance on the road to a more fit self.  I refuse to give up!

One place I DO need to starve myself is my social network addictions connections.  It likely is somewhat related to my expanding bum!   Last night Diva Mom, Boo, me and my daughter had dinner then went shopping for a bit.  I went out of the door without my most prized appendage…my cell  phone.  I  experienced varying degrees of withdraw, especially when we had to stop at the Verizon store on the way to Target.  There, in a valley of cell phones, I was naked.  I had to touch my daughter’s for a moment so I could keep breathing and hold back the panic attack.  Then when we came home we watched Police Women of Cincinnati, CSI: NY, and then CSI (we DVR’d them).  When I crawled in bed I realized my usual nightlight was not glowing from the desk…my laptop.  I had gone an entire evening from the time I left the office without being on the computer.  I think hell must of experienced a frost warning, the Packers may win the Super Bowl, and I should go buy a lottery ticket.  An entire evening without the computer??? Be afraid, be VERY afraid.

Time to get my life train back on the track from its derailment.  Obviously I’ve gotten my priorities in life completely out of whack, but now it is time to refocus!

On that note, time to change the sheets, get myself together, and go buy yarn. I have blankets to finish!

Wine & Cheese – 26th Serving

Welcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Every week on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times.

I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs.

I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well.

I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal.

If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings.

Sit back and join me now for the 26th serving of some wine and cheese!

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😦 I have to get this out of my system this morning…I AM SO SICK OF WINTER!!!!!  Sick of cold, sick of ice, sick of the @#$%^&*! SNOW!!!  Enough said, everyone is likely in agreement and what more can be said about Snowpocolypes or Snowmageden, whatever you want to call this winter storm nonsense!

😦  I am also tired of whatever this cold bug, sinus infection is, it is time for it to go bye-bye!  Finally was able to sleep last night without the aid of my Nyquil induced coma.   Now if I could just quit blowing my nose and feeling so tired I’d be happy.

😦  Brace yourselves, we’re going to talk about poop.  Cat poop to be exact.  One of these 3 felines has something very wrong in their digestive track and the smell is worse than anything I’ve experienced in a baby diaper.   Best diet program I’ve encountered, cleaning up a litter box used by a cat with a questionable issue in their bowels.  (See, one doesn’t have to be a mommy blogger to talk about poop!)


🙂  ANTIBIOTICS!!!  The  single greatest discovery in medical history, at least in my opinion this week as it seems to be the only reason I finally started feeling better.  Can I get an AMEN?

🙂  COFFEE!!!  I gotta say that right now nothing beats a fresh, hot cup of coffee in the morning.  All the better if served up in one of my favorite coffee cups!  Yep, makes your breath smell like butt, however what would the morning be without it?  It would be a sad morning without the hot cup of  java!

🙂  SPARKPEOPLE!!!  I’ve neglected to use my SparkPeople account as being sick the last thing I even remotely cared about was what was being fed to my tummy.  But today we are back on the Spark, watching every little morsel that will enter through my mouth.  BRAVO ME!!!!  It is AWESOME and FREE and you will love it if you want to get fit, healthy, lose weight etc.  There is a link on the side bar over  yonder on the right –>


🙂  🙂  🙂  Never do anything that you wouldn’t want to explain to the paramedics.  ~Author Unknown 🙂  🙂  🙂