29 to Go


I’m grateful that spring seems to have finally sprung!  I’m able to walk more often and get in a little walk at lunch sometimes, too.  I’ve gained a pound back, but March was stressful.  Not gonna blow myself up over it ~ just gonna press forward.  I’ve also downloaded a new app ~ My Fitness Pal ~ recommended by my friend, Sandy.  I’ve used similar apps and keeping track of food and exercise helps motivate me. 

With the warmer weather, we are able to grill more often, too.  And making Sunday afternoon the grilling day helps with having food ready at the end of a long work day.  We can grill three meals on Sunday that will keep throughout the week. 

Hope you’re able to get out and do some kind of exercise.  Enjoy this sunshine while we have it. 🙂






Still Trying

It’s been a trying month for me.  My cousin died suddenly of a massive heart attack.  Another reminder that we don’t know how much time we have here on Earth.  And winter doesn’t want to leave.  Seriously, just go away.  You’re like an ex-boyfriend that won’t leave us alone.  I’m tired of freezing when I get out of bed and I don’t walk unless it’s above 50 degrees.  I would never make it up north.  Therefore, I haven’t exercised a whole lot this month.  And my sweet tooth is getting the best of me.

I resolve today to seriously watch what I eat and consume less sugar calories.  And I continue to pray for sunny and 75.  Hope your journey has gone a little better than mine has.



Do you know what these are?Image

They are the pounds I’ve lost the first week.  Well, actually, I’ve lost 3.6 pounds, but because I only have pound marker stickers in whole numbers, I can only take off 3.  I’m tempted to follow the advice of my friend, who said, “I’d just round it up to 4!”  As someone who has battled weight my entire life, I am keenly aware of every 2 tenths of a pound.  But I won’t round up, because I need to earn that other four-tenths.  And I will.

But for this first week, I have lost 3.6 pounds.  *Snaps* for me! 🙂

Exercising this week included walking down 14 flights of steps yesterday when someone pulled the fire alarm in our building at work.  I walked almost a mile today, but boy do my thighs hurt when I get up and sit down!  I think I would probably hurt even if I was in shape!

I’m so excited that it’s March and I am looking forward to warmer weather.  Just hoping that snowflake icon on my weather app for Monday goes away!


So do you think walking around the mall for 30 minutes helping my son pick out a pair of shoes counts toward exercising?  It’s better than sitting on the couch, but I definitely didn’t sweat. 

I haven’t been diagnosed with diabetes but I have high pancreas numbers which could lead toward diabetes.  I signed up for care4life, an app that texts me every week with healthy tips and also allows me to put in goals for weight loss and exercise.  This is the text I received tonight.


Do you guys have any apps that you find particularly helpful?





As I sat here fighting off the urge to eat something after I’d already had dinner, I decided that since 20 people liked my status on Facebook about starting a blog that I might as well start one.  The above picture is me walking today, and while I’m smiling, I’m hoping that I can actually make it the 2 miles that I have planned.

Four years ago, I began walking more and eating less and worked up to 4 miles every other day.  I felt great and looked good.  But life happened.  Again.  I eventually re-gained the weight, stopped exercising as much, and then got a new job where I don’t get home until 6:00 p.m.  And I’m NOT a morning person.  Getting up early to exercise will never happen.  I have gained and lost weight all of my life, but at this stage of the game (almost 50), I am concerned as much about my health as I am about my looks.

The weight really started pouring on about 2 months ago and I don’t know why.  I don’t feel like I’ve changed my eating habits and I’ve actually started walking more.  But after a little breakdown yesterday, I decided that I have to make a serious change in my habits.

I saw an Instagram post from a college-aged friend who looks great and is getting more fit every day.  When she loses weight, she takes off a numbered tab from her board.  That idea appealed to me because it is visible evidence that I’ve lost weight.IMG_4699 Thanks, Meg, for the idea.  So this is my starting point.  Each of those numbers represents a pound.  And I plan to lose 20 pounds by June 7 – the date of my cousin’s wedding in West Virginia.

I thought that perhaps if I started this blog that you all would help keep me accountable.  Kinda like our own online Weight Watchers.  And if you want to lose weight and eat healthier, I will help you stay accountable, too.  And I’ll try to encourage you.  At the beginning of my second mile today, when I wondered if I should just head home, one of the teens from my youth group commented on the picture above that I had posted on Instagram, telling me that I was pretty.  That got me through my second mile.  Thanks, Nikki!

Words and thoughts are powerful.  I hope I can encourage you.  Please let me know your story.

Healthy meal of the day: Harvest Salad by Dole with Fajita Chicken pieces (Tyson frozen).  Easy and yummy!

Anita 🙂

“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” Robert Urich