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17 Sep 2012
Categorized As: diet, fitness, gear, Hogzilla

The see me comin’…they be hatin’…

Good Monday Morning FatChick Readers! How was your weekend? Mine was wet, but that didn’t matter because look at my new kicks! Aw yeah. They are awesome.

I was hoping to break them in at the Big Dam(n) Bridge this weekend, but it was just too rainy. The water from the sky forced me to go to the gym. I like the elliptical trainer because of the calories I burn, but I hate it because about 20 minutes in, both of my feet fall asleep. WTF is up with that? You should see me when I’m through running and trying to dismount. It’s hard to walk when you can’t feel your feet.

Tonight is bootcamp #2. I swear I’m looking forward to it. I mean it. I can’t wait. It’s gonna be awesome. Right? Right? RIGHT?

Oh, I forgot to mention, I’ve been using My Fitness Pal to document my food, booze, water, and exercise. I’m loving it. It really helps keep me on track. You should check it out! Also, there’s an app for that.

See y’all tomorrow for the After Bootcamp Obituary, er, I mean, report.


13 Sep 2012
Categorized As: diet, fitness, Hogzilla


The people in the picture are lying to you. There’s no smiling in bootcamp! There’s sweating, moaning, groaning, WTFing and possibly some bleeding…but definitely no smiling.

So, I survived. It is gonna be hard, but I’m determined to complete the 9 sessions.

These are last night’s lessons learned:

  1. Nobody is pretty at bootcamp. Except for the instructor.
  2. Wearing old, worn out sneakers because your new ones are on order is not gonna make your life easier. Or your back hurt less.
  3. If you have arthritis in your elbow, you’ll want to take an Aleve or Advil before you go–other wise, your left arm will not get a full workout due to the excruciating pain you’ll experience.
  4. The instructor may tell you that your body can take it if you push yourself, but your body is going to tell you she’s a liar.
  5. If you want to get in the back of the class, arrive 30 minutes early.

I think I’m going to like the class when I get more comfortable with what we’re doing. Wow, it’s a lot of work, but that’s okay. Despite having to pee 4 times in the middle of the night, I woke up well rested today, and that hasn’t happened in months.

Also, ladies? When you go to bootcamp, please don’t wear giant, dangly earrings. You just look like a moron.

I’m happy I went. I’m happy I survived. I’m happy I have a weekend to walk and recover.

Oh and it food news,  I did pretty well yesterday:

Calories Carbs Fat Protien
Totals 1,138 187 54 21
Your Daily Goal 1,340 184 45 50
Remaining 202 -3 -9 29
10 Sep 2012
Categorized As: diet, fitness, Hogzilla, Motivational

Depression can be very, very sneaky. It can grab a hold of you when you least expect it…and then what do you do?

Well, if you’re me, you try to eat, drink, and sleep it off.

And then you wake up fat and dumpy slightly more curvy than expected. (And winter is coming (hur hur)…I need to be able to fit into my pants!)

WTF happened to me? I was motivated. I did a damn Half Marathon, I lost 50lbs! I survived a divorce, fell in love again, got a job…I shouldn’t be depressed!

But, sometimes your circumstances don’t have anything to do with your emotional status. Sometimes, you just wanna be in a coma sleep.

The last time this happened to me, it was after I had separated from my husband. So what did I do when I realized I was eating, drinking, and sleeping my life away? I focused my energy on diet and exercise and therapy. And wow, what a world of good that did me! Like, in just a few months, I became myself again!

So I find myself circling that drain of depression again. Financial burdens are weighing on my shoulders, my stressful work situation is agitating me, and…well, I just seem to be treading water. I’m just surviving life. And I’m not good with just surviving. I have always been fond of choosing to live. Choosing happiness. Choosing my state of mind.

And with that admission comes this…I chose to join a Beginner’s Bootcamp starting Wednesday. 9 sessions in 5 weeks.  And on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’ll be walking…working my way back up to a run. Because I’m signing up for the Little Rock Half Marathon again.

I’m all in. I gotta be more proactive in my life. I am not going to sit around and feel sorry for myself any longer. I am choosing to engage. It’s not going to be easy. And I’m sure you’re going to hear all about it. But, with hard work and a little luck, maybe I’ll get back on track to reclaiming my awesome.

Anyone still out here? Anyone with me?

4 Jan 2011
Categorized As: fitness

Hello party people!

Well, it’s that time of year again. The one where we all swear we will never eat fast food or sweets ever again, pledge to run 10 miles a day and end up at the nearest drive thru 20 minutes later. How about we all just save each other some guilt and try something different.

There is a gentleman by the name of John “The Penguin” Bingham who has brought love and attention to the turtles of the world. Some people can run fast and win the Boston Marathon. Well done to them. For the rest of us, we are there to have fun, get some exercise and just generally be healthy. Slow and steady still finishes the race (and gets the same medal).

In that spirit, John put together a little Facebook group called the 100 Days Challenge. The rules are participants have to move your bodies for 30 minutes a day for 100 days. Join the group HERE.

GUIDELINES: The movement must be intentional. You can do 30 continuous minutes, 2, 15 minute segments, or 3, 10 minute segments.

On January 1st I biked for 30 minutes on the easiest level of the stationary bike at the local gym.

On January 2nd I walked my first uninjured half marathon since I walked off the course at the Marine Corps Marathon.

On January 3rd I felt like crap but still forced myself to sit on the same bike at the gym and do my 30 minutes.

I haven’t done anything yet today but according to my Little Rock Marathon Training Schedule I am supposed to run 5 miles. That’s going to take me a heck of a lot longer then 30 minutes.

At some point I should stop being a whining wimp and do some upper body stuff too but for the moment I am just proud of myself for showing up.

As for the Facebook group, people are still joining every day so you can too.