My Weight Loss

Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Eve

Today is New Years Eve and I am so ready for the New Year to come ringing in. Feeling much better after a few weeks of fighting something and a couple miserable days in bed I am glad to be almost back to normal.
Tonight Dallas is going to a party with his girlfriend, Elyse is going to a steak party then a group of friends are having a party she will be going to then spending the night. So Alan, Faith, Gabby and I will be ringing it in at home. Not sure if Alan and I can make it to midnight I think a nap will be in store to do it. I am so set into my routine of going to bed by 10:30 and up by no later than 5 it is hard to break. Plus I don't want to feel like garbage on the first day of the year.
I plan on working out in the morning and having a busy day of organizing, cooking and getting things accomplished that I wasn't able to earlier this week.
Several weeks ago my friend Janel over at Jenellybellys World brought to my attention of what changes I have made this year. Janel is the one who helped me in starting up my journey to a healthier me. She said she was thinking back on Nov. 2008 when she and I started talking about what I needed to do.
I don't want to sound like I am bragging but until I looked at the pictures did it really hit me that I have come a long way baby. So I thought I would share with you a few of before and after. WARNING!!!: SOME OF THESE PICTURES ARE VERY SCARY! I can't even believe I am posting them but here goes nothing: The one in the pink with the major muffin top was taken 1-1-09. The second one in the pink is the same shirt taken right around Thanksgiving of this year and the one in the burgundy blouse and great shoes is most recent.

The head shot in the gray was at the beginning of the year 2009. The one in the green was over summer and then in October.

I am so glad I had taken the steps to start this journey to better health. But guess what it isn't over! I have so much more to accomplish and now that I have made this start I am ready to go all the way. My goals or resolutions are set for this coming year and I am so excited about the changes to come. I will be busting my butt and maybe making a few people not so happy with me. But I gotta do what needs done.
Thank you Janel for your support and help in this. The boot camp gang especially my new friend Amy love working out & laughing with you. Xavier you just ROCK man. Hugs!! If you live in Arizona check into FunFit Boot Camp.
If you want to feel and see results it is so worth it.
2010 is the year for me to accomplish a life long dream that I might share a little later. I will be busy with school and my rules as a wife, mother and homemaker but I have to continue to take care of me and reach my DREAM!! That is my word for this year DREAM!
What is your word or dream for the year? Would love to hear them.
Love all of you wonderful blog friends and appreciate your blogs more than you will ever know. I know it has been tough for so many of us this past year but let's stay positive.
My best wishes to you and your families for a FANTASTIC 2010!! Let's GET R DONE!
Remember "You make the change of what you want the world to be" Gandhi.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo (p.s. also posted on my regular blog.)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Monday Checkin In

I have been a slacker in my blogging lately. I have though got back my grove. I am focused and ready for the new year. I have written out my goals in great detail and now know what I am doing again. I have been maintaining my weight and now focusing on major body fat loss and tightening up. With help from Xavier my boot camp instructor and a few connections who are helping me in achieving the goals I have set. Eating clean and feeling pretty good most of the time. We have had a lovely sick bug that I can't seem to shake completely but I will. I wanted to share this blog I found and love. I have found a new blog Shedding It & Getting It. It is awesome you need to check it out for inspiration and information.
I will share more a little later but for now I must go. Hope everyone is doing great. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I Have To Be Honest

I have to be honest I am not focused! I am doing boot camp but I haven't set goals. I am exercising but not setting goals and my eating has been clean then all of the sudden I just dive or should I say drive into a drive through of what I think will be the cure for what is going on . No I am stressing about things and not planning, not setting goals and not focusing on what is most important now.
Do any of you suffer from this? If so how did you overcome this quickly. I have got to get back to the focus and not just the day by day going with the flow.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday Check In

Total of 6 pound loss for the week. I am happy with this I do have to admit I have had a small nibble problem on sweets due to that time of the month. Nonetheless I am happy for the loss! I also have loss 1 inch chest, 1 inch belly, 2 inches waist and a half inch on each calf. This is a total of 6 inches lost. WOO HOO! I am very happy about this. I did miss 2 days of the P90X. One by choice I don't think I would have been able to walk if I had done the one day and my legs just hurt so bad from the plyometrics. Feeling good today and ready for another great week. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Friday, November 13, 2009

Down 2

 I have dropped another 2 pounds. Feeling good about that. So GOOD BYE body fat!!! Did the P90X plyometrics yesterday and feeling it in my thighs and butt today. Good soreness of a great workout.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I'm Back

So for the last 6 weeks I have maintained my loss of just over 50 lbs. Now I am back to lose more. I am doing the HCG drops. I had my two pig out days and I am on my 5th day. After gaining  from those days of eating anything and everything I wanted including I messed up the first day BIG TIME,  I lost 2 lbs. last night.
 I have been dealing with the dang ear infections that about wipe me out. And possibly a slight touch of the flu. I am slowly regaining my energy and feeling better. Ready to lose the weight, firm up and prepare my body to be healthy, tight and ready to work hard when I go back to school in January. I will need my strength to go to school all day, keep up the house work and still do 1 to 2 massages everyday for my homework.
 I hope that everyone is doing well. Take care and keep positive. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Holding On

 Wanted to check in and let you know I am holding on to the weight loss I have had so far. Feeling pretty good too.
 Last night I was on the treadmill doing my cardio workout. After an upsetting phone call I was so pumped on the treadmill working out. The aggravation was getting to me as I was running/walking too fast.  I am not sure what I did but major pain in my pelvis behind the right hip bone. It hurts to walk and getting up is a little painful too.
 I have lost another 1/2 in on my thighs and holding with the other measurements.
 I feel like I am growing younger as I take better care of myself with the workouts, eating healthy and exercising. It is great!  Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Friday, October 9, 2009

Catch Up

I have been missing in action on my blogging so I thought I need to check in. I am holding my weight loss and workouts. I have been battling a ear infections and something going on with my pelvis but moving ahead.
I am happy to announce that I am down 2 dress sizes and down 2 pant sizes. Ok I am more than happy I am thrilled. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Monday, September 28, 2009

Reward For Loss

I am 4 oz. from hitting the 50lb. weight loss goal as of this morning. So I went and bought myself a reward. I won't wear them out till I hit that though.
I love them! I have a major shoe fetish. Since April I have lost 4 inches on each calf, 4 1/2 inches off each arm, 4 inches off my waist, 2 inches off the thighs, and 2 1/2 off the hips. I have gained energy and feel so much better about being in my skin. For the next 6 weeks I will be concentrating on toning up.
Some of this has been repeated on my regular blog.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Vent and My Weakness

I don't understand why I sabotage myself. I am doing so good then I snack on something not so good. Thinking to myself I will have just a bite or two and soon I find I have eaten all most all of what I had in my hand. I know I shouldn't even keep things in my house that are tempting to me but it is so hard when I love to bake and cook goodies for my family. I know excuses excuses! Does anyone else do this? Am I the only wack job that can't resist buying items to make for the family then snacking on them. Like chocolate chips for instance. These are a major dangerous item for me to have. I thought keeping them in my freezer would help me not to eat them but, my favorite way of eating chocolate is frozen. GO FIGURE!
And then I have been craving Jalapeno & cheese hot dogs. WHY ? I don't know they just sound so yummy and are. Yes broke down yesterday and bought one, ate it, enjoyed it and payed for it the rest of the day. When will I learn to not put garbage in my body. My body really doesn't like it once it is in.
I wanted to get to the 50 pound loss point and got so close and blew it. I know it is a little thing but I needed to share my pitty party and get over it. So thank you for letting me vent.
It is a new day and it is going to be a good one I can feel it in the air. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Monday, September 21, 2009

Update On Progress

Since I last checked in I have lost 10.2 pounds. I am pleased with this no doubt but it could have been so much more. To be honest I fell off the wagon and got ran over by the wheels. I had a few EXCUSES come to my life. Stress with emotions in my life, that caused me to go back to the habit of eating what sounded good and not caring until later. This condition lasted a week! Then my monthly visitor was over a week late and so I stayed at the same point and that irritated me to no end and caused more emotional eating. Although I am happy to say it wasn't all just chocolate I craved protein. So I got my butt back on track and I am losing again. YEAH for determination. I have lost some inches here and there and feel so much better.
 I actually got a complement from hubby last night. He was hugging me and said to me," Your getting skinny!" This is the first time he has said anything to me about my work. Okay he has said things like," you are doing a good job, keep up the great work," and things like that but this was a biggy to me. Not that I am doing this for him but it is nice to hear it from our men once in a while if not more. he he
 I am changing my workout a little this week to maybe rev up the metabolism a little and shake things up.
 Hope you all have a great week. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Monday, August 24, 2009

Finally Checking In

It has been a long time since I checked in last. I have been doing good keeping up the exercise and eating healthy. I was stuck at the same weight for over 3 weeks and finally a break through last week. I dropped 9.2 pounds. Yeah happy dance! Since June 28th I have lost 3 inches on my waist, 2 inches on my thighs, 1/2 inch on each arm, 3.5 inches on my hips, 1 inch at my rib cage and a 1/2 inch on my calves. I am still lifting the weights and feeling really good. My arms are slowly toning up TOO slowly but, I will keep on lifting. I am seeing my waist line appear again and my legs are becoming tone little by little.
 My energy is great and I feel really good most days.
One of the first things I noticed when I lost the first 20 pounds was that I could fold my arms without the nasty bulky feeling of the fat and squishing my boobs. And just this past week I noticed that I can interlock my fingers and they fit. WOW! That was a weird yet pleasing discovery. A person who has never been overweight would not understand what a great thing these are to have happen.
 So far I have lost 37.8 pounds and I am looking forward to my continued success.
 I will try to be better on keeping up on my blogging. Sometimes life gets in the way. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Perfect Food

This is the Perfect Food

I had read about this on one of my friends blogs awhile back (sorry it is private) and then just recently found it on a new blog friends blog Kelly Olexa. She is big into fitness, positive and a beautiful gal. Anyway it has so much packed into it that is great for your optimum health. So I got some on Monday. (It is on sale till the end of the month at Sprouts). I made some up and drank it down. Now to explain the taste. My son-in-love that is going in to the Airforce will be eating things that I am sure taste similar to this as he will be learning then teaching how to forge off the land and live on it. This stuff smells like rabbit pelets. The taste is real strong of alphalpha and weeds. Enough said it makes me bend over and get the goosebumps everytime I drink it. If it wasn't so good for me I would skip it. So I decided to mix it with this
Now this helped a little.

This is it all mixed up. Anyone want some swamp water? he he
So now on to what is in this Perfect Food:
46 phytonutrient-Dense Superfoods
13 Sprouted Ingredients
Fermented Whole Food INgredients and
10 Probiotic Strains (this is the biggy). Google Probiotics and read about what a great thing this is.
It has more greens per serving than other greed food formulas. Made with vegetable, sprout and organic cereal grass.
I am going to continue with this on a daily bases and see what happens. I know I don't eat enough fruits and vegatables so this might be the way to get them. Next time though I will get the tablets!
Had a kick butt workout and feel awesome! My energy was through the roof this morning even after not enough sleep. I think this taking care of myself is paying off.
Hope everyone is have a great day! Hugs, Bobbi Jo
(this is copied from my other blog)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


This past week of working through not feeling good but doing my workouts the best I could paid off. I lost another 2 pounds. I am feeling good and I am seeing results a little at a time.
Something I noticed yesterday is that I have definition in my calf and my ankle actually looks like it is an ankle not just an extension of my calf, you now all one size. I am also seeing loss in my waist and thighs. YEAH!! I am enjoying the cardio workouts and weights. I love lifting!
Have a great day! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Not Up to Par But Still Working Out

This past week I have been fighting a fever that I finally found out why. I have ear infections AGAIN and so therefor I have a on and off fever with being very tired. But on the good side I have continued to workout. Not the hard hitting workout that I would love to do but at least a workout.
Hope everyone is have a great weekend. I have slept a lot today and feeling a little better this evening. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Weigh In Wednesday

Checking in today down 1 pound. I was hoping for more but with the pig out on Sunday and having been swallon for the past 2 days I am glad my body is back to normal and to have lost this.
  My body is fighting off something. I have been running a fever and waking up at night freezing and I live in Arizona. I am also not feeling at the top of my energy but I am not going to let this get me down. I will workout and I know I will feel better. I think a nap is in the works for later today too.
Hope everyone is doing great. Hugs, Bobbi  Jo

Monday, July 13, 2009

Messed Up

On Sunday hubby wanted to take a road trip after we church. So we went to Sacrament and then took off on our road trip. We drove up north and enjoyed the beauty and a few small rain showers. My big mess up I had fast food and I am paying for it today. I am swollen and feeling so gross. Looking forward to the workout to make me feel better today. Drinking a lot of water too to help flush out the toxins. ARG!! Note to self - Fast food so not worth this!
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Friday, July 10, 2009


Yes I have been neglecting posting on my blog. I loss .4 ounces this week. Better than gaining. But I have lost 2 inches in both thighs in the last month. Very happy about that.
I have done really good on my workouts this week too. I am thinking I need to up the cardio. I really want to get rid of the fat on my body. I also know that eating cleaner would be a big help. So this week I will up the cardio and plan the meals and make them ahead of time. Also make sure there is plenty of veggies to munch on.
It will be another great week of workouts and gaining strength and losing fat.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Friday, July 3, 2009

I'm Shocked

On Monday through Wednesday the eating wasn't the best and very little exercising. Yet I weighed in this morning and I lost 3 more pounds. I LOVE IT!!!! I am so pumped. Happy Bobbi Jo bouncing all over the place. I really thought I would have gained 2 to 4 pounds.
I appreciate all the support. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Checking In

I am at the same weight I was last week. I haven't eaten enough or frequent enough this week and this will be something that I will concentrate on. Sleep has played a factor in my progress too I am sure.

I got this quote from the beautiful Angela at A Work In Progress. You talk about a gal that is inspirational. Go check out her blog.

A Work in Progress
I'm NOT the same anymore. I'm someone better, stronger, leaner and more powerful than most can understand. My body, life and mind are and will NEVER be same. I'm the girl I always wanted to become and it gets better every day with every breath I breathe." - T
I love this! This is the way I am feeling lately.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Monday, June 22, 2009

Body For Life

I started the Body For Life program today. I feel good. I did my upper body workout and an hour on the treadmill. I was seeing how fast I could do a mile with just fast walking and it is about 20 min. I don't know if that is good or not but it is what I could do. So I did 3 miles.
Eating is going good.
Hope everyone is have a good Monday. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Friday, June 19, 2009

Decision Has Been Made

  I have decided that I am finally ready to get back to being serious about getting my body into shape. I will never be a skinny gal due to power lifting in Jr. high and high school. I have the muscles under the fat to prove that. But I can be one lean, healthy lady. I am feeling good and positive about myself evening learning to love ME!
So I am starting back with The Body For Life Program. When I did it before I didn't follow the fitness as well as I could have and now I am ready. I am pumped and ready to get strong, lean and healthy.
  I appreciate your support and encoragement. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

This Past Week

This past week has been good. I have worked out on the treadmill every day for an hour except for Sunday and weight lifting . I am down another 2 pounds and very happy about it.
I am hoping that I will soon see the rewards of my hard work. Glad I am feeling good and enjoying life. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Weigh In

I forgot to report my weigh in on Wednesday I am down 2.2 pounds. YEAH!! Feeling good and strong. Hug, Bobbi Jo

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I Heart My Treadmill

I have fallen in love with my treadmill. I am back on the treadmill getting a great workout. I put my iPod and play a game with myself. I set my time at I will do it for 5 min. warm up then 15 min. then I am happy once I hit that and keep adding more and more time on it. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Treadmill Music

Last week I got a iPod Shuffle, pink of course. I love it! The treadmill has become my friend again. I use to do the treadmill watching T.V. but it was difficult for me to push myself this way. So with this I have fast paced music that helps keep me on, I can push myself and love listening to great songs. I should have bought one of these years ago.
I am feeling good. I really wish I could get my stomach off faster though.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Back On Track

I started back exercising and getting on track. I have bike riding with the kiddos and walking. I just started doing the P90X. I am so out of shape but felt good to work out. I am down 20.2 lbs. So not too bad. Hope all is going well with everyone. Hug, Bobbi Jo

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My New Ride

This is my new ride . Isn't she pretty! My kiddos went together and bought me it for Mothers Day. Hubby had to lower the seat last night for me because when I was going to go for a ride yesterday my feet couldn't touch the ground.
So this morning before the kiddos were up I went for a ride. I haven't rode a bike in over 6 years. It was scary at first more of the thought of what if someone came out and saw me than wrecking it. It was fun and I went really fast and just enjoyed the morning air and getting some exercise. I love my bike. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

It Has Been A Long Time

It has been too long when you get a notice that you need to update your blog from blogger. I have been slack on updating due to I haven't been doing a lot of serious exercising or major changes.
I have been doing a lot of walking around my house and up and down my stairs. With sickness off and on my moods have been up and down too.
I am currently working on a new routine for my day where I fit in the ME time. Hubby and I are starting a business and soon the kiddos will be out of school so all of this has to be taken into account. Not an easy thing for me. I don't like people watching me exercise. Strange I know but I am going to fit this in.
I was watching the Biggest Loser last night and after watching Tera running I wanted to run so bad. So I have set a new goal that by the end of this year I will have enough weight off that I am able to run with out the chance of blowing my knee out.
Even though I haven't been seriously exercising I had gained most of the weight back and then lost 10 pounds again just eating better and not snacking on the things that I was from my emotional state.
I am getting back on track. Hope you are all doing well. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Friday, April 17, 2009

Spring Cleaning In Ourselves

I got these in an email from and I think they are wonderful. I had to share them on my family blog and here. I feel these are things that can help to give us a boost. Enjoy!



It has been a rough winter with cold temperatures and a frigid economy, but little by little, things are beginning to turn around! Individuals are beginning to purchase again, banks are starting to lend and homes are being built - we are even starting to hear faint whispers of companies hiring again. Trust me, things are still tough - I have seven good friends out of work each with 3 - 5 children - and many of the patients that I am seeing daily in my medical offices are requiring intensive counseling to deal with their financial and familial stressors.

Life stressors often push fitness and nutrition to the side. But why do we do this to ourselves? The weight battle often results in feelings of helplessness and depression - which is the last thing we need right now! In tough times, we need to recognize that there is nothing more important than our health; Without it, we're in trouble. So pick yourself right up and get outside and exercise, go meet with your nutritionist or your doctor, and get back on the path to success and healthy living. And don't forget to log your progress in our Facebook application.

For the record, about three months ago, I got tired of telling patients to exercise without doing it consistently myself. I was tired of feeling bloated and being out of shape - it had been a year since I last exercised - I started slow walking a mile or two every other day and am now walking/running 5 - 6 miles four times a week! Over and over when I "prescribe" exercise, I hear that "I have no time." One thought on this point - Once you get into a rhythm of exercise and healthy eating you will make sure to find time because of how good you'll feel. Amazingly you'll be more energized and will require less sleep - you'll feel less sluggish and all of a sudden there will be time you did not know you had. Not to mention, better interpersonal relationships, more confidence and a brighter outlook on life!

Doron Katz, MD

The chill of winter is now gone..


The chill of winter is now gone and spring is upon us. The days are getting longer and it is the perfect time of year to "unpack" and "stretch out".

By "unpacking" I mean taking a look at those issues that you may have been holding onto all winter, and consciously deciding whether to keep them or let go of them. Spring is a time for new things and shedding old grudges, old promises or old hurts may help you to feel much lighter.

I use the term "stretching out" to refer to doing things outside of your comfort zone. This means trying something new; an activity you've always wanted to participate in or a piece of clothing you never had the guts to wear. Spring is the perfect time of year to 'try on' a fresh, positive and hopeful outlook.

Weight loss can be extremely difficult. If you can start off by feeling a little lighter by "unpacking" and "stretching out" you have already jump-started the process.

Deborah Vineberg, Psy.D.



Show of hands:

How many of you had a New Year’s Resolution to exercise more? hand is in the air.

How many of you have fallen short of that goal or abandoned it all together? hand is in the air.

Yes; professional personal trainers get a little off track and have to set fitness and weight-loss goals, and yes; even trainers get caught up in the day to day of life and have a little trouble sticking to our fitness resolutions.

2009 got off to a bumpy start for many of us so I say it’s time to PRESS RESET!

Spring is a time of re-birth…out with the old, in with the new…spring-cleaning…whatever cliché you want to use applies.

PRESS RESET on not only your resolution, but also the way you approach fitness altogether. Stop thinking of ways to exercise and think of ways to move. Every little bit helps-even the fun stuff! Clean out those negative connotations of fitness as a chore.

Some people need the solitude of dedicated time to walk, run, dance, meditate, hike, swim, etc on their own. For those of you who don’t have the inclination or perhaps just don’t have the time to be away from your family play tag with your children, go bowling, look up a walking tour of your city that a tourist would enjoy and explore your city as if you were visiting for the first time.

The same way that every forkful of food or ‘I’ll just have 1 bite’ can add up to extra pounds, every minute you spend moving your body adds up to a fitter, trimmer, healthier you.

I am pushing RESET for Monday. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Pity Party For ME

If you go to this post you can see part of my slight depression story. Then on Tuesday I really needed some new clothes to wear. I love buying clothes for my smaller self, but I am not that yet so I have to buy for myself at this time. I got a beautiful Spring dress with a lovely light cream sweater, a pastel green blouse, a green striped blouse and was so delighted with them. I got home feeling a little better from the retail shopping. I decided to try the clothes on. NOTHING fit! I was so upset that I started eating anything salty, sweet and fattening. I polished off the rest of my Easter Basket goodies that my hubby got me along with 2 or 3 cans of Diet Coke and a water bottle. I then faced the bloated feeling with a stomach ache and head ache from my binge eating. I was hating myself. Feelings of disappointment flooded over me. I then watched The Biggest Loser and felt even worse about myself and what I had eaten after seeing Tara looking so good in her make over. My pity party lasted till I went to bed. I fell asleep and woke up with a major sugar & junk hangover. I have completely fallen off the healthy eating band wagon. HELP!!!
I know what I need to do and have to get my plan to get my act together and Just DO IT! Pray for me. I was doing so good and feeling so good.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Monday, April 6, 2009

Starting Back

This morning I decided I have made a baby of myself long enough and it was time to get back on track. I did a walk on the treadmill not real long but long enough. The knee was throbbing and a little swollen but I am okay.
My eating has been okay not perfect but not snacking and such so I am happy with it.
I figure I will do a little more each day and get back to feeling strong and healthy again.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Thursday, April 2, 2009

My Body My Temple

President David O. McKay (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) stated: “The healthy man, who takes care of his physical being, has strength and vitality; his temple is a fit place for his spirit to reside. … It is necessary, therefore, to care for our physical bodies, and to observe the laws of physical health and happiness” (“The ‘Whole’ Man,” Improvement Era, Apr. 1952, 221).
I know this to be true it is a matter of doing what I need to daily. I will be honest it has been a struggle with so much going on in my life right now and the time off due to illness to get focused again. I am trying though. I am walking but not to where I am feeling the cardio work out. My body is struggling with this but I am changing my mind set to over run that part. The mind is very powerful. I also have to remember not to focus on the numbers, the weight, the dress or pant size but how I am feeling over all. Praying for help to accomplish my goals to be lean, strong and healthy.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I'm Back

Monday was a good day. My knee is feeling better. I still can't put any weight on it such as kneeling to say prayers or to pull weeds from my yard but it is not having a constant pain. I was able to speed walk Monday for about 1/2 mile. I know it isn't much but it is a start. I will be content with starting there. On the eating part I did good. Not completely clean but much better than I have for the past few weeks.
Today I plan on doing more walking. Hubby is home so I might get him to go with me.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Great Blog

I know I have been out of the loop for a long while. I can't seem to shake the sicknesses or injuries. I keep praying that my knee will totally recover and then I start doing a little more and it gets hurt again. So enough for my pitty party I am done with that!
I wanted to let you know about a great blog I found called Low-Fat Life . The lady that is the host of the blog is named Carolyn. She is a beauty and has some wonderful recipes that are LOW FAT!! Loving it!~ I am always looking for good recipes. So go check her out and tell her I sent you by.
I will be back in the exercising circuit soon. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It Has Been A While

I haven't been working out due to my knee injury, then I got sick then on Monday I woke up feeling a little bit better I had planned on walking on the treadmill for my workout. I get out of bed and it felt like underneath my toes on my left foot was cut open. I tried to walk and it hurt so bad. As the minutes went on my foot swelled and hurt. Tuesday it was a little better but still hurt. Today Wednesday it was doing better, less swelling but my foot is not back to normal. I am thinking that my body is playing a nasty joke on me. I am looking forward to working out and feeling the wonderful high from it. So I will keep you up to speed of my crazy body. Praying nightly that I recover and am back to normal quickly. Hope you all are doing good. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Checking In After 7 Days-Day 55

I thought it was time I checked in. It has been 7 days since my last post. I have been on inner and outer ear infection antibiotics and today for the first time I can hear again out of my right ear and I feel a little better. I am still very tired but will be back on my feet in no time. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I'v Fallen And I Can't Get Up

I have fallen off the take care of myself fitness wagon. I have hit a state of depression. Feeling sick, hurting knees and just feeling sorry for myself. I am really trying to pull myself out of this slump any suggestions? I hate this feeling of just wanting to eat my way through this depression. Life is so stressful right now and I know this is a large part of the feelings I am having.

I had last blogged on Friday it was Day 48. Now it is day 52. I am not eating as clean as I know I need to or exercising as much as I truly need to. I am feeling it in my body and my spirit is suffering.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Friday, February 20, 2009

Daily Progress Day- 45-48

I have been missing in blog land lately. I have been feeling a little down. Between still feeling under the weather with infections and re injuring my left knee I have been having a week of pity parties for myself.
So I am starting off new tomorrow. Why not today because I know the way my mind works and this will work for me and my quirky ways. My eating has been horrible and you can tell by the way my skin is dry and not a good color. I know the biggest part is not being able to workout like I want to makes me become an emotional eater. Along with the major PMS and stress from life I have not handled things well. So today I make my plan and stick to it.
I decided not to do a weigh in due to if I had gained a lot it probably would have sent me over the edge, I am just in that state of mind lately.
Has anyone else hit a wall like this? How did you handle it? I am trying not to beat myself up and keep a positive outlook on things. I have done good so far and I know what I need to do. I will take suggestions if you all want to share.
Check in tomorrow. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Answer to Risa

The reason I am feeling that I am not eating enough is the cravings that I am having and getting beyond the point of being hungry to were my stomach is getting cramps from waiting too long to eat or not eating enough proteins.
I do eat the foods from my other blog. I am learning the key is portion control, less salt and fat in these foods that I make. They are still good but healthier for me and my family.
I was going to do the calorie intake count, but I get a little freaky and go way over board. I am going to keep doing what I am doing and as soon as my knee can handle it I will up the exercise more and add some different routines to my workouts.
I messed up the knee I fell on the other week again doing yard work yesterday. ARG! I can't wait till it is all better this is really getting old.
Hope you all have a great day! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Monday, February 16, 2009

Daily Progress Day-41,42,43,44

I am so far behind on my bloging here. Things have not been the greatest with my workouts and the eating clean. Not that I am doing horrible but I am not eating enough or exercising enough. I have been sick and not feeling like doing much. I push to do what needs to be done and not much more. I also have been suffering from major PMS cravings. I have done well with that but it has been a struggle. Then having the kiddos home today has kept me busy also. Tomorrow they go back to school and I am planning on working out as soon as they are all off for the day. I'll check in tomorrow. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thursday Weigh In Day- Week 7 Challange

I just realized I never posted for Week 6. I didn't lose last week. But this week I lost another 3.2 pounds. YEAH!! I didn't think I would have lost anything. I was really pleasantly surprised. I haven't been eating great and my exercise has been less than 100% due to feel yucky. So I am very pleased with this.

Week 7 Challenge
Mind: Take a license to chill. Meaning I don't have to say yes to everything. Make sure I am taking time to do what I want to do and need to do for myself. Not being selfish but giving to me so I am better able to give to others such as my family.

Mouth: Women have a tendency to not eat enough protein or calcium. Make sure I am getting protein every 2 to 3 hours and enough calcium for my bones to stay strong.

Muscle: Pushing my envelope. Using what Dr. Peak calls the Vit.I-this is the intensity vitamin. Pushing myself to do more, lift more and move more.

These are the three I will be focusing on this week. Have a great day! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Daily Progress Day-40

Today has been a not so terrific day. I am freezing and tired all day but doing what I have to today. I feel a little better this afternoon. I have to be honest I am PMSing and this is the first time in almost 6 weeks I am feeling the munchies and cravings. Trying to control these has been fun. Oranges are helping somewhat.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Daily Progress Day 39

I am doing better this week. Sleep has been helping my infections in my ears and trying to not over due the exercising so I can to get back to 100%.
Sunday morning I hurt my left knee bad. Falling on the tile floor, left knee first hitting and holding all the weight as the rest of me fell on top. My right knee is doing much better now so I am happy about that.
I did my 2 mile power walk this morning with upper body work and a little time on the treadmill before that to loosen up my legs. It felt good!
Eating was okay today. I always feel that I can do better though.
I had a good portion of my energy back after the workout this morning so I am thrilled about that.
I will check back in tomorrow. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Monday, February 9, 2009

Daily Progress Day-37, 38

Saturday was a super productive day for me. I was up by 6:20 and started working I didn't sit down to rest until 7:30 pm. I got a bunch done. Eating wasn't that great. I didn't eat enough.
Sunday wasn't completely clean but was a bit difficult not being home and eating clean all day long. Walked in the snow and had a blast with the family.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Friday, February 6, 2009

Daily Progress Day -34,35,36

I have been working out but not feel so good. I don't think I am eating enough so I am going to go back to timing my eating for this coming week.
My knee is still causing me problems but I am working with it and trying not to mess it up worse.
This sickness had started on Saturday night and I am trying to fight it hard. I don't mean to complain but explain why I am so lax on my posting and drive. I am battling ear aches in both ears, bad knee, head ache that won't go away and my skin hurts. Sheesh I am a wreck. Hoping that after this weekend I will feel much better and back to the push to eat clean, work on the lean and healthy,
Trying some new things this week: Kombucha tea and green smoothie daily. If you click on these two you can see a video about the Kombucha tea and the blog for the green smoothie. Wish me luck!
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Catch Up For February Day-31-32-33

Sunday was a non workout day. In fact I got sick Saturday night and I am still feeling 50% better. I did my 2 mile power walk with upper body on Monday, Tuesday I didn't work out. This morning did the 2 mile power walk with upper and lower body workout. I am not eating enough but trying to stay on track. With that being said I am a little fearful of how the scale will show tomorrow. You know the scale doesn't lie. I have been craving red meat a lot lately.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Daily Progress Day- 31

Saturday was not a good day. I have messed up my knee. It is throbbing and swelling. I have taken it easy and not exercised. I hate that I can't exercise but I also don't want to cause damage. I will be back on track on Monday with a clean week of eating and exercise. I have been reading up on what is best to lose the fat and I am implementing that into my eating program this week. It is said to do the cardio before eating in the mornings and then filling up on the protein and carbs later with veggies.
Hope you have a great weekend. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Friday, January 30, 2009

Daily Progress Day- 30

I am not sure why but I am feeling a little down today. I did my exercising dealing with my messed up knee from yesterday. I have been taking aspirin to help with the pain and swelling. I mad it through the 2 mile power walk. I knew I wouldn't be able to make it through all the lunges and leg work on my Biggest Loser DVD.
Today is my free day and I made it a free day and I think this contributes to the down feeling I am having too.
Tonight is date night. We are having dinner in our bedroom and watching a movie. I think it is called Swing Vote. Kelsey Grammer is in it and I really like him.
Tomorrow I hope my knee is better and my spirit has lifted. Praying for comfort and help. Have a great evening. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thursday Weigh In Day- Week 5 Challange

This morning I wasn't thrilled with the weight loss but understanding that muscle weighs more that fat so I am excited about the measurement numbers. I lost almost 1 pound. I have lost 1.5 inches each bicep, 3 inches in the waist, 2 inches in the hips, 1 inch each thigh, 1/2 in each calf. So this is a grand total of 11 inches off. YEAH!! I am thrilled with the inches lost.
My jeans are fitting a lot more lose than before even after freshly washed. My arms are getting tone and my bicep actually pops up when I make a muscle. More important I have energy to last through the day. I seriously am more happy now that I am taking better care of me.

Week 5 Challenge
What I will be concentrating on this week:
Mind: Progress not perfectionist. Meaning I can do 80% and it will still be okay.
Protectionism is the enemy of DONE! I am not going for perfectionism just to be healthy, lean, and HOT!!

Mouth: Watch out for stress eating. I am doing better at this. Keeping in mind of what my goal is and exercising every day helps so much. I am a work in progress.

Muscle: Medicating with Movement. This means that instead of turning to food I will either meditate or exercise when I am struggling with issues in life. Working out the stress and doing something about it other than leaning on my old habits.
So even though I didn't lose weight I have gained muscle and I am toning up.

I did my 2 mile power walk this morning with upper body work out. My knee was feeling the workout from the past 3 days with so much leg work but I did okay.
I don't think I am eating enough. I am hungry constantly so I need to switch around some foods to figure out what will help with this that is healthy.
Any suggestions Janel??? Could use the help.
Have a great day! Hugs, Bobbi Jo
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Daily Progress Day 27

This morning was a day that I seriously thought I wasn't going to be able to work out due to my extra workout yesterday. Much to my surprise I did! I didn't even wake up sore. I was so happy. I did my BL-Cardi and then the BL-Sculpt training. This takes me about an hour to do these workouts. It felt really good when I got done. I didn't have time to do the walk workout Coco and I wanted to go get some retail therapy in before Talmages nap time. We had fun.
It has been a clean day of eating. I have made some white chicken chili, corn bread and salad for dinner and it smells so wonderful.
So off to get dinner on the table. Hope you have a great night. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Monday, January 26, 2009

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Daily Progress Day 26

Today was a slow start for me. I wanted to exercise but things just kept getting in my way of getting to work out. So I finally got to it. I did my Biggest Loser Cardi, then my Biggest Loser Sculpt Training then a 2 mile power walk with upper and lower body work. I felt good but very tired when I got done. So glad I did. I really need to step up and do a little more to become lean, strong and healthy.
As far as eating for the day I have done really good. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Daily Progress Day 24 and 25

Saturday I had an awesome workout. I did the Biggest Loser sculpt then the cardio. I was really huffing and perspiring like crazy. But boy did it feel great. I ate clean most of the day till dinner. We had pizza I didn't make homemade but I didn't pig out so I feel like I did well.
Sunday is my day off exercising. I have done well on the clean eating.
I am feeling really good and enjoying the feeling. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Friday, January 23, 2009

Daily Progress Day-23

Today is my free day. I have done good not great on the clean eating but I haven't pigged out either. There are certain foods that just taste odd to me now. It is a good thing as Martha Stewart would say.
This morning I did my cardio of a 2 mile power walk with upper body. Remember I said I needed to kick it up a notch well I am trying. I got out myBiggest Loser Sculpting DVD and did that workout. It felt really good.
In the Body For Life I know I am suppose to be lifting a lot harder than just starting now but I can't just workout lifting weights without someone pushing me so I thought this would give me the kick I needed to get me seeing results in a leaner, stronger and tighter body.
It is date night with hubby. I am so looking forward to the weekend and church on Sunday. I feel a renewed power of I CAN spirit in me.
Have a great evening! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thursday Weigh In Day- Week 4 Challange

Not a great amount lost but did lose almost 2 pounds. I am feeling so much better and this morning when I put on my freshly washed jeans they actually slid up and zipped with no sucking in or wiggling or holding my breath. I swear I can even see a little difference in my upper arms. Yeah!!
This morning in my workout I did a 3 mile power walk with upper body, ab yoga work and then some palates. It felt really good.
For this weeks challenge I will be working on and focusing on the following for this progressive life style change.
Mind: Get over the Rumination Rut. Meaning mind over mattress. This is the week to deal with a mental speed bump that might set me back and make me want to stay in bed or skip the workout. I know I need to be #1 right now in caring for myself and my health.
Mouth: Frequency. This is making sure I am eating regularly every 2 to 3 hours. Not skipping meals or my snack times. Planning meals and snacks.
Muscle: Stretching. Making sure I am also lengthening my body and add much stretching to my routine of the day. I will do this with yoga.
Looking forward and focusing on my goals and working constantly to reach those goals is what I will do.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Daily Progress Day-21

Wednesday morning was a hard one for me. I did a 1 mile power walk with lower body workout. I just wasn't feel up to exercising. I knew I had to otherwise I would feel lousy all day long. I did and felt a little better after wards.
I need to up the workouts I am getting a little too comfortable with them and need to challenge myself so this coming week that is my plan to do that.
I ate clean until lunch and I was craving Chinese food. I gave in to the temptation and I don't think I did that bad but I was feeling a little sluggish after I was done so I think maybe I ate too much.
I am incorporating the meals that I should eat into the family dinners and they are not saying anything about it. I can do this!! Watching the Biggest Loser the other night and there was 2 of the men on their that were taken off of all but 1 of their diabetes medications ( the same ones my hubby is on) he was sitting there with his mouth dropped open. I think he was thinking maybe that could be him. He isn't fat but apparently he needs to lose a little more and be healthier. This is one of my goals for him is to help him feel as good as I do.
My daughter E'lyse told me yesterday that I seemed happier. That made me feel so good. And I know I am because I am taking care of me. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Daily Progress Day-20

Tuesday morning I wasn't much in the mood to work out but I knew how much better I would feel if I did. So I decided to do kick boxing with an emphases on lower body. It felt great when I was done. During it I though I was going to fall over my thighs were burning. I think of that great saying from the 80's when I would work out in the gym "No pain, no gain!"
I am finding I am feeling better during the day and sleeping better at night. Love that! Energy level is picking up and stomach is still a little queasy
I did eat clean all day and had a good day. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Daily Progress Day-19

Monday was a good workout day. I did a high aerobic power walk and upper body training. I really don't like perspiring though. My secret I open the window and turn on the ceiling fan right before. Of course I still get very warm but it starts out better.
My eating was clean also. At Talmages Birthday party Coco made a yummy stir fry with a bunch of great veggies and some grilled chicken. Very very tasty! Thank you Coco. She then had chocolate cake with chocolate icing. I had a very tiny piece eating some of the icing and throwing the rest away. Better in the garbage can than on my can! Right? he he
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Daily Progress Day 17 and 18

Saturday and Sunday have not been very productive I have had some stomach problems and freezing. I am eating clean but not enough. I just haven't been hungry. With tomorrow being Monday I have made up my workout schedule and still working on the menu. I have most of the items I will need for this week.
Praying that I am feeling much better tomorrow to work out and have a great day.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Daily Progress Day 15 and 16

I didn't get a chance to catch up on my blog last night. Yesterday was my free day. I did good too. I made a Tole House Pie for the girls and yes I had a small piece. They have been waiting for my free day so I would make this . It is one pie okay one of the pies that does temp me. I love pies eating and making them. Some day when I am lean and healthy including control of my emotional eating I will be able to make them without eating the whole thing. I didn't by the way. I let the rest of the family take care of that.
Went out to dinner with hubby, brother,wife, Coco & Kyle to the Texas Roadhouse. Yummy! I got a prime rib but I cut off all the fat I could, a baked potato ate half of it and steamed veggies no butter, and water. It was very good and filling.
Today has been good as far as eating is concerned. I am feeling under the weather freezing with the heater at 75* and a sweatshirt and pants with some stomach problems to go with it. I haven't done my cardio I am just not up to it right now. Maybe if I get to feeling better later I will otherwise I will take this as my no exercise day.
One thing I wanted to share was I put on a blouse this morning and after wearing it a while I realized that it wasn't feeling like if I moved my arm too far it was going to rip! Yeah!! I was really happy about this. Plus my skin is looking better too. Man eating clean is great! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Week 3- Challenge

For this weeks challenge I will be working on and focusing on the following for this progressive life style change.
1. Mind- Joy yourself. What does this mean this means to find out what 5 items give me joy or would give me joy. The object to this is to figure out what does or will and make them happen this coming week. Hmmmm now the thinking begins.
2. Mouth- Watch my quantity. Portion size in other words. Eat less I am over 40 and have my metabolism not working as well as in my 20's or 30's, I have no buffer zone anymore.
3. Muscle- Making movements fun. Do what makes me feel good and have fun. Be it dancing, going for a walk or even try a new exercise. Just make it fun! I love to laugh and have fun.
This is my challenges for this week. Not too tough. So I will get lean while I eat clean. Glad you like my slogan Janel. Hope you are doing good.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Weigh In Thursday

Today i s Weigh In Thursday. I didn't think I was going to lose much due to that time of the month. But I got on the scale with a little prayer ahead of time and I lost 3.8lbs. YEAH! I usually gain at this time of the the month and feel bloated and miserable. Not this week I have felt good most of the time with a few cramps here and there but I am so happy that I made this progress.
Heading out to thrift stores today after my workout. Have a great day. Check in this evening. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Daily Progress Day-14

Had a good workout this morning with upper body training. I can feel myself getting a little stronger and not sucking wind as much.
As I was watching the Biggest Loser last night I am thinking how in the world do those people who weigh 300+ run? I have tried and I can't do it. YET!! Some day I will be able to.
Eating clean went good today too. I think I waited too long to eat though.
I am dealing with some things that were making me want to pig out tonight but I stuck to my plan and made it through.
So my moto is Getting lean while eating clean! What do you think? Corny I know but I am having a hard time coming up with something clever.
Till tomorrow. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Daily Progress Day-13

This morning I was a little sluggish on getting moving. I got enough sleep but could have slept even more.
I did my workout a Mile power walk with lower body workout. I have not progressed to using the weights. on the lower body to do squats or anything like that. My knees are not ready for that but I am doing what I can. My poor knees are doing all they can to keep me up. The workout felt good. I was doing really good in the warm up and then all of the sudden when it was time for the real work my thighs felt like led. What's up with that? Gosh I got through it and had a soy protein shake after that. It says it is suppose to help rebuild the lean muscle. It is by EAS, yummy!
Coco and I went out shopping today so I packed an orange and a nutrition bar to take with me. So far so good and since there is only 1 meal and 2 snacks left I am going to do fine.
Addition to my post from yesterday: Last night I am sitting on the couch watching Biggest Loser and got up to get my water and thought okay this is nuts I should be on the Treadmill watching. So I got my close changed and laced up my sneaker and off I went. I was on for 20 min. at the fat burning pace. Then I got off and that is when the trainer Bob lost it. He was dropping the F bomb right and left and boy did he scare me. Sheesh!! I don't think I would have argued with him I probably would have been crying. I hate being yelled at.
Have a great evening. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Monday, January 12, 2009

Fill in on Day 11 and 12

I didn't get on to post my update on Day 11 or Day 12. Sunday was good I stuck with the eating program of good clean eating. I don't think I ate enough but it is hard when you are at church. I didn't exercise on Sunday well kind of but not really. We went over Sunday evening after we had a BBQ and Coco, Kyle, Talmage and Dallas' friend Justin came over for dinner. I had veggie burgers for Coco and I. They were pretty good too. After dinner we went to their house to play WII with them. We had a good time. I sure stunk at it though.

Monday Day 1
Today has been a good day. I am not sure if I am eating enough or not. I am following the schedule but I have been constantly hungry today. But I have done good eating clean. I remember Janel saying that once the metabolism kicks in it is kind of like this.
I did my workout this morning too. And boy was I yucky wet when I got done. But I sure felt good. Time to go for dinner and then FHE.
Have a great night. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Daily Progress Day-10

Today has been good as far as eating. Hubby and I went out to eat this morning and I picked the healthiest thing on the menu and asked them to leave off some of the items I knew weren't going to benefit me.
On my other blog I have posted the story of my new treadmill if you want to go read that. We finally got it upstairs and I had to put on my sneaker and do my workout. I did a Fat burning 10 minutes a fast past 5 min. with a 2 min. cool down and then stretched. I have been working outside and around the house getting things done so I can enjoy Sunday. I did a good workout because I was perspiring when I was done. I probably should have gone a little longer but I needed to get the work done.
There is my day. We are having a recipe from the EFL book for dinner I hope the family likes it.
I also wanted to share a recipe I found on a great web site that I frequent for using Food Storage called Everyday Food Storage and it sounds good but I haven't tried it yet. I need to check with my mentor and see what she thinks. Let me know Janel!


(Made with white beans)

½ cup cooked white beans
1 cup brown sugar

4 eggs (1/4 C. Egg Powder + 1/2 C. Water)

1 tsp. vanilla

2 ¼ cups wheat flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

2 cups chocolate chips

1 cup pecans (or walnuts) chopped

Beat beans and sugar together. Add eggs, vanilla. In separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add flour moisture to bean/sugar mixture. Stir until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips, and nuts. Cover and refrigerate dough for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350°F. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes depending on size of cookies. Makes 4 dozen.

Have a great Saturday Evening! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Friday, January 9, 2009

Another Great Article

I am excited because I am already using most of these thanks to Janel for helping me out. Enjoy!

5 Secrets of the 5%

What You Can Learn from Successful Dieters

-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer

More elusive than Bigfoot, more mysterious than the alien residents of Area 51—they’re so anonymous, we’re tempted to ask "do these people actually exist?" I’m here to tell you that YES they do exist. You may even know one or two.

They’re the legendary 5% of people who have lost weight and actually kept it off for the long-term. If you’ve never met one these people before, don’t be surprised. They prefer to stay relatively unknown. Having discovered the prized secret to a healthy lifestyle, they tend to enjoy their status and privacy.

But what about the other 95% of us who have struggled with weight loss and continue to do so? Are we doomed to a life of frustration and failure, with no promise of good health in sight?

Of course not! At SparkPeople, I’ve witnessed a lot of these 5%ers in action. I wondered, what do they do differently than the rest of us? After a non-scientific review, I was able to boil it down to a handful of key strategies and tactics that are pretty common among people who succeed. For the first time, their secret is out. The doors are blown off. Join me in exploring these secrets and use them in your own life. Pretty soon, you can be part of this group too.

The 5%…

  1. …Make It Public. The 5% generally don’t keep their weight loss efforts to themselves. They recruit supporters. They ask for help. They swap war stories with friends. They give and take encouragement. Often a goal buddy is involved, or at least a positive, supportive friend who holds the dieter accountable. Studies show that just by writing down or announcing your goals, you automatically increase your chances of success. Keeping a Community Journal or blog is a non-threatening, productive way to make your goals public.
  2. …Pay Attention. A permanent, healthy lifestyle is created on purpose. Planning, tracking, reading menus, asking questions, following progress reports—they’re all part of the 5% strategy of knowing what’s going on and preventing setbacks. This crowd doesn’t believe in fooling themselves or relying on chance to make things happen. Usually (if not always) aware of the foods they eat, and on the lookout for opportunities to stay active, they know that good health is no accident. Nutrition Trackers and Fitness Planners play key roles in this strategy.
  3. …Enjoy Themselves. There’s a reason that a healthy lifestyle sticks around for this small minority. They make weight loss a positive experience and have fun with it. Because they feel good about their goals and their new habits, they also feel good about themselves and what they’ve accomplished. Programs based on negative messages, dread, resignation, or criticism are doomed to disappear. Optimists are proven to reach more goals than pessimists. They also live healthier, longer lives.
  4. …Make Gradual Changes. The 5% know that permanent change is a process, not a 21-day event. Able to see what waits on the horizon, they spend time building a few small habits at a time, rather than diving into a program that’s totally incompatible with their current lifestyle. Too much too soon is like moving to a new country and expecting to adopt the new culture and language in a week. It works much better if you simply stick around and pick up a few bits and pieces at a time.
  5. …Allow Themselves To Fail. It’s a guaranteed certainty. Every one of the 5% has failed at some point along their weight loss journey. The difference is that they learned to forgive setbacks and refused to beat themselves up. Every failure is simply one step closer to ultimate success. With this outlook, and using lessons learned along the way, they kept these setbacks from turning into full-fledged disasters.

Not so mysterious, now that you know their secrets, huh? A permanent, healthy lifestyle may be closer than you think!

Week 2-Challange

Week 2-Challange
1. Mind-Target Motivation to hold a focus. This goes along with the article I posted earlier today. I am working on my mantra for this one. I keep focusing on all that I am able to do with good health. The long productive life and helping others. I will share my mantra when I get it sounding completed.
2. Mouth- Quality of food. This all comes down to eating more whole foods. Making smart choices of what I put in my body. Is this going to help me progress to were my goal is set? I have been doing more of this through this past week and making good choices mostly. There is always room for improvement.
3. Muscle- Cardio as well as strength training. Learning to make that balance of Cardio and strength. I am in the what the Doctors call the peri-menopause in my life being 40+. I need the strength training now and for in the future to help keep myself being active in life. This I am so deteremend to do. I love my mother dearly and my MIL but fitness was not a priority in their lives and they are lovly wemon but they are the old steriotype of grandmas. I don't want to be that way. I want to stay young and vibrant throughout the rest of my life.
Now today is my free day. I did my workout early this morning and felt pretty good. I also didn't feel like having anything specail so I had a normal healthy breakfast cereal of whole grain and some nuts with soy milk. I had some fried chicken for lunch and it was okay but in a way kind of nasty. It made me feel nosuious. I also tried a Reeses Peanutbutter cup and it just tasted weird. Hmmm I think there is something changing in me. I like that. I don't like the way I am feeling a little slugish and sleepy for no reason other than the garbage I ate earlier today. I am thinking maybe another workout would do me good.
Have a great Friday evening. It is date night for me and hubby.
Talk to you later. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Great Article

I was reading a great article this morning on Spark People. I wanted to share with you.

Ingrid Bergman once said, “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” But without a good memory, good health may not even be possible.

You’ve got a lifestyle with its own routine, a regular way of doing things. Part of you is comfortable with it. Any change to that status quo and those routines, no matter how small, takes mental alertness. If your new goals and new habits aren’t kept top of mind, you can sink back into those old routines without even realizing it.

It’s easy to be focused in the first couple of weeks. It’s also easy to get distracted or discouraged before your new healthy habits take root. Some days in your dieting future, it’ll be tough. You’ll search desperately for a single reason to close the fridge, a good excuse to lace up those gym shoes. Just something – anything – to get you through the day with your diet and confidence intact.

If you could just bottle up that “first two weeks” freshness, enthusiasm and momentum, and take a swig from that magical bottle whenever you wanted, the temptation to give in or forget wouldn’t be a problem. You can do the next best thing by regularly reminding yourself of what you need to do and why.

Your goals are competing for brain space with phone numbers, sports scores, secretaries' names, favorite songs, kids' birthdays and bad jokes. And your goals don't always win out.

To stay consistent long enough to become a creature of healthy habits, surround yourself with visual, written and well-placed reminders that steady the course and help you refocus. Use positive images and words. Find a visual that shows why you want to lose weight in the first place, or what you’ll be doing with your weight loss. A picture of your kids, the new dress you want to wear, a basketball.

Every day is a chance to build momentum or to slack. Every day, you have to decide to make the right choices. Keeping your goals and motivators close by helps you make that decision and feel good about it. Remember, this is a positive experience! You’re doing something good for yourself, your loved ones and your future. Don’t waste any opportunity to remind yourself of that fact and congratulate yourself on progress.

Go out and make it a great day! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Today was a good day. I did my morning workout. I did a 1 mile power walk and upper body. It felt good and I didn't feel as sluggish as I have been doing the exercises. Maybe it was the high from having progress. Anyway it felt good during and when I was done.
I did good on the eating. I think I might have eaten a little too much at dinner tonight.
I am going to check my measurement in 3 weeks to see how I have done with that.
I am ready for a good night sleep and a good day tomorrow. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Weigh In Thursday

I was really scared this morning to weigh in. So I said a prayer and asked Heavenly Father that no matter what the number was that I would be okay with it and not let it deter me from my main goal with this new life style. May I say I was shocked and thrilled with the end results a loss of 8 pounds. Now I do realize that most of this is water loss but with my high blood pressure this is such a blessing and a boost in my mind.
I am getting ready to go work out and have a productive day. I will check in later.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


I didn't get a lot of sleep last night and I was concerned that I would let this deter me from exercising today. I didn't let it! After I got everyone off to their day I did a Power Speed Walk with lower leg work. Wow it was good! I am so happy I got it done and it felt really good. I got some ankle weights today I am going to start working on building up my knees and doing some of the exercises to help my legs more.
Eating has gone good today. The planning of meals and making sure as I am out and about that I have my water and food with me makes it much easier to stick with the program.
Going to bed early tonight and make sure I get enough sleep. I noticed that the lack of sleep makes you more vulnerable to eating more of the food or drifting to choices that aren't the best.
Have a great night. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tuesday Check In

I know the day is not over yet but I wanted to get my blogging in before it was time for the craziness of the evening to set in. When I woke up this morning I was determined to put ME on the top of the TO DO LIST today. So after Alan, and all the kiddos left for school I got my sneakers on and put in the DVD in and went to work. I did a 3 Mile power walk of Leslie Sansone. I like it because it was a bit of a challenge and it had some upper body work in it also with weights. I felt good after I was done. EWE I even perspired!
The eating has gone good too. Although I almost forgot to eat lunch. he he
I have been craving oranges like crazy. Good thing we have a navel orange tree that is in our back yard. They are sooo good!
Tonight Coco, Kyle and Talmage are coming over for dinner. Grilled chicken, veggies and stir fry cabbage . Oranges for desert! he he JK
I feel better having done my exercising first so I think this is the schedule I will stick with.
Hoping to hear from my Battle Buddy and Janel to see how there day has gone. Have a great evening. Hugs, Bobbi Jo


Update on Monday. I couldn't get on a computer last night with kiddos working on homework and such.
Monday I did good on the eating. I was very disappointed in myself on the workout. My knee was still really sore so I took it easy.
Janel took me with her to a great (not majorly tidy) farmers market in Apache Junction. The prices were awesome. I got 1 head of cabbage, 4 peppers (different colors), 1 large back of grapes, 2 big old sweet potatoes and 2 cantaloupes all for $7. What a deal. The cantaloupes were so yummy.
I am still waiting for that ENERGY that is suppose to come with this. I think I am still detoxing though. Press on!!
Have a great Tuesday! I will check in later. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Monday, January 5, 2009

Sunday in Review

Sunday was a really good day. I was fasting until church was over. I got home and a portion of white turkey, some potato and water to drink.
This was considered my free day so I had pizza for dinner. I didn't eat as much as I normally would. I also didn't have any chocolate or sugar products so I am pretty happy about that. There isn't symptoms of withdrawal like the first day, very happy about this.
My knee was feeling a lot of pain and swelling. So I took it easy and will return to the exercise push today.
Have a great Monday. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Review of Saturday

I am going to start posting at the end of each evening to keep track of my days.
Saturday was a good day. I didn't get to meet up with Janel (Sorry Janel!!) to make out my menu plan. I kept busy and did good on my eating. Stuck with my menu plan and even had date night with my hubby. I did a 45 cardio with a Susan Powter ( remember her from the 80's? She had the shaved head that was bleach blonde?) She is back after 10 years and having another baby. WOW does she have a great body . The DVD I have is this one: You gotta love the dred's I DO!!
Susan Powter Lifestyle Exchange - Burn Fat DVD
It is intense but not high impact. Okay so I am such a wimp and I messed up my knee. But I did stick with the rest of the DVD. Last night there was a couple of doses of IBprofen and I did fine.
I have many other DVD's some I haven't used in a a long time. But if you have any that you would suggest trying I would love to hear the suggestions.
I am feeling good and keeping positive.
Have a great day. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Friday, January 2, 2009

Friday Fitness

Today was a good day. I went to run my errands earlier in the day before traffic got to crazy. I went to Barnes & Noble and bought the book Eating For Life. There are some great recipes in it that even my family will eat and not miss the things that aren't good for them.
I did a 45 minute Fat Burning Walk workout with a DVD by Leslie Sansone. I also did what I could of the last segment that was for the lower body and abs. I have discovered I am unable to do squats at this time, this will have to be something I work into as the weight comes off.
I have a question for anyone that carries extra weight especially in the belly. How in the world do you work on the core? Every DVD I have tried the ladies have no to very little belly fat if any at all. I refuse to work out with Richard Simmons. (Sorry for those who like him. )
I am planning on incorporating Yoga into my exercise program next week. I miss doing it and love the flexibility that comes from continuous practice. I use to take classes two years ago and just loved it. Rodney Yee is my favorite instructor to follow on DVD.
I have been trying to up my water intake since I am now NOT drinking hot chocolate (we are talking, as I figured it out today. 1 gallon of homemade cocoa. This consisted of 1 cup cocoa powder, 3 cups of sugar, 1 can evaporated milk and the rest water). Holy Shmoly! That is a lot of sugar. I was also drinking many cans or Thurstbusters of Diet Coke a day. So why is the water harder to get down. I am not sure I think it is all in my mind set but I am working on the change and I have done good drinking the water today.
I am getting together with my Mentor Janel tomorrow to do a meal plan for this next week. Everyone have a great night. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The First Week- First Day

Week 1- Challenge
1. Mind- Embrace adversity. Meaning, be ready to face the negative thoughts or things said from myself and others that may come. The overcome doubtful feelings of not being able to do the work that is needed.
2. Mouth- Think of what I am eating. Make a plan and stick to it. Eat every 2 to 3 hours. Drink plenty of water.
3. Muscle- Do cardio every day. At least 20 minutes of cardio.
Weight lifting to build up muscle to take over the fat and speed up metabolism.
This is what I am working on this week.
I am following an exercise video of Dr. Peek that is Body For Life Women. I will make sure I am also becoming more active each day.
This is the start of the Life Change. Being that I have 102 pounds to lose I will need to take it a little slow at the beginning, so I don't blow out my knees or injure myself.
I mixing different programs with the Body For Life Plan as the main focus. I will be using Recipes from the Eating For Life book.
I will also be using my Weight Watchers cook book and altering recipes to meet guidelines from the Body for Life Program.
I have not worked out regularly other than a period of time walking since 1997. No wonder I am in the shape I am in. You may ask why I don't go to a diet center to do this. Like most people we are unable to afford this right now so I will do it with determination and support.
I want to share a couple pictures that were taken this morning of me. I can't show you all that were taken or should I say I am WAY too embarrassed to show these pictures. As I am posting these I am overcome but the way I look and the tears are flowing. I have to do this before I kill myself with the fat that I am carrying. Warning this is not for the faint of heart:
This is I side view I took this morning. Now normally I have my stomach tucked into my undies or hide it as much as I can with an over sized shirt.
This is a blouse that is fitting very snug as you can see by the rolls. and my skirt with swollen ankles. This is the way they usually are now. Now mind you I do have huge ankles even without fat. No chicken legs here.
The last is my poor pudgy hand and arm. This is not pretty or petite just gross and sad.

I will check in later this evening. Have a great & active day. Hugs, Bobbi Jo