Saturday, March 27, 2010

check in

Well, i had my weigh in yesterday. It did not go very well - but im not discouraged...just disappointed. I am tired of working toward weight loss and not achieving it. I don't understand why I was losing a lb. a week and now its not happening at all. ugh.

On a different note, I watched Jamie Oliver last night. He finally got through to some of the kids... but the saddest thing I think I have ever seen is an entire 1st grade class unable to identify even ONE fruit or vegetable he held up. Seriously... one called a TOMATO a POTATO. It was so sad. I would call that a FAIL for our society and our future. There was also a 4 year old that literally looked like a 4th grader because she was so big. I hope when Im teaching I can do something to help children with their decisions in food - and Chelsea you're right, maybe we will be able to make a committee or something? I WILL do something.

SO I think the only way I am going to be able to get to my goal is to radically change something. I have tried just to watch myself and eat a little better... i definitely need to work out more. There is no question about that. So I think I am going to make a challenge with myself to work out EVERY day this week starting NOW. Today I have a softball tournament. Tomorrow I have softball practice. Monday I will ride my bike to school and go on a jog and lift weights. Tuesday the same and etc... I also talked to JT and he is going to buy me TRX bands for Easter! I am SO excited. They will be a great resource for working out! Another goal is TO DRINK WATER! UGH! haha I still haven't been drinking water like I should.

The main key to this is to know that this is going to work for me - when you fall... you have to continue to get back up and work toward your goal. Thank you for reading.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Decent day today!

I had school all day and got good news that I was wrong about how many books I have to read! Instead of 40 I only have to do 24! I am SO excited because I was SO worried about finishing. Now it will be just fine because i've done at least 10 already. I also found out I only have to write 4 of my 8 english papers! WOO HOO! Talk about taking stress right off of my shoulders! I only wish JT could get a break too. Our house has been so stressed due to the ridiculous amount of work he is assigned daily. I know this is all worth the frustration but I will be so happy when he doesn't have to feel stressed all the time. It makes me feel terrible.
Through the stress though - he made us a great dinner on the grill again! We had fajitas and he grilled the tortillas and made black beans in foil on it too! it was awesome! Fage instead of sour cream and corn (again...i love it so much! haha)

Melanie - I have been snacking on almonds and its been so filling and yummy! Thank you for the suggestion!! :) Also - in regards to the P90X - its a workout video that has a 90 day plan. Each month is a different set of workouts and they are challenging and awesome. All you need is a set of weights or resistance bands (i suggest getting both) and a pull up bar that you can put in one of your doors. (you can get a great deal on the entire package on amazon.) Id also like to suggest though that you consider TRX. If I had a choice that's what Id rather do - Chris can probably tell you about them because they are very popular for deployment situations etc... but they are AMAZING. Heck - if you could afford it, both would be awesome! haha You'd love them. They actually even offer TRX classes at a lot of gyms!

Aside from all of that, JT and I are going to go ahead and finish up the food in the house and then completely change to non-processed foods. We're not buying diet soda any more etc... and we're going to start buying organic next time we go to the store. I think the only thing we may have on hand in case of emergencies is sugar-free monster :) no aspertame and it has lots of vitamins and minerals... we don't drink them all the time but on non-coffee days in the hot hot heat of texas its nice to have a cold caffeinated drink! any opinions on this?

thanks for reading all! <3

Monday, March 22, 2010

successful monday

Great day today!

I ate clean (im pretty sure) and made my rounds to all of the different health food/product stores in town. It was SO cool!

SO this is what I ate

Breakfast- Fage yogurt, locally grown honey and bearnaked granola
Lunch - went to an organic eatery and had tomato basil soup and a salmon cake
snack - 1 oz. of Almonds and 8 oz. of milk
Dinner - 4 oz. of ny strip, asparagus, corn and bakery bread.
I have also had 2 and a half glasses of wine! lol! :) Delicious! haha

I feel like today went well though. I personally feel very good right now and I went on a nice long walk in the beautiful weather with chels today and that was good. :)
I found some really neat places to get products and food and found out our farmers market starts back up here in only a couple of weeks. :)

Some of the places I checked out today were neat - I am actually quite surprised how much availability we have in this area. They are also going to be building a chain grocery store around here but apparently its going to be a green/organic version of it. I can't wait! :) They even have a store that is all about "holistic medicine," but its not that they are selling it - they have a naturopathic doctor who performs Iridology to tell you what you need in your body. They also have infrared saunas and several other things. I don't know how awesome those things are, but they did seem pretty neat!!!

I have told anyone wiling to listen about the Jamie Oliver show. I still can't believe that crap. Today i've been trying to come up with a plan on how I can help fix some of the problems. I just really feel like I have some sort of a calling...just wish I could figure out what it was so I could get started! :)

Tomorrow I am going to try to do even better on my eating (eat enough at least) and then JT and I are going to a comedy show tomorrow night! I can't wait!!!!

Thank you so much for reading!

Sunday, March 21, 2010


I am absolutely horrified.

I just watched Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and its basically about a man from Europe, England I believe, who comes to America and goes to a town and tries to help them change their school lunches/ideas about food.

The reason I am horrified, is because it was such an eye-opener of the fact that many Americans are ignorant, set in their ways and don't give a CRAP about their bodies. This man goes into a school and shows them that what they are feeding their kids is processed CRAP and he brings in fresh food, within their budget, to show them they can do it. It was a teaser so we didn't see if he succeeded yet (premier is Friday next week at 8, 7central). But just the negativity he encountered FLOORED ME! He was trying to HELP them and they were being SO MEAN to him.

Not only can't I believe how absolutely close-minded and rude these people were to him... but I can't believe that our country actually believes what they are doing is good! I mean WTF? This guy goes into a school and they have pizza for breakfast, chicken nuggets and "potato pearls" for lunch, the next day they have pizza for lunch... its like what are we doing to our YOUTH?! No wonder I am fat - that is the SAME CRAP i ate growing up....all processed BULLcrap. Our bodies cannot process that stuff and I feel SILLY that I have been on this "eat low fat" crap. I am sorry. Carolyn you were right. We have to eat fresh, simple food to remain healthy and safe. One of the most hard hitting things he said what "I've been to African villages and have seen what they eat - and they eat better than American children... parents should be PISSED." Here is a link to the show and a commercial to it -

We just have SO many factors working against us. Healthy food is expensive. We are brainwashed to think that "diets" are the way to go, rather than making a REAL change. There is SO much crap out there about weight loss, being healthy, that we don't know where to start.... How can we fix these things?

1. For one - JT and I decided instead of going out to eat and spending on extras, we will invest that money into eating organic/unprocessed foods. We will budget it somehow, someway.
2. I will no longer diet. I know I keep saying this is a lifestyle change, but its REALLY got to be... I don't want my kids to be fat and miserable like i've been.
3. I will do what I can to find good information and share it. We can only go on what we believe... so we've got to learn as much as we can about as many aspects of weight loss and eating well and BEING HEALTHY as we can and decide what we believe.

I hope this is a good start. Because this journey has gone well... but its been BS that I haven't lost more weight and I don't feel as good as I did... WHY? you ask? Probably because we've been busy so I've been eating "Lean" pockets and processed CRAP that isn't helping me in any way. As Ive said before but not actually modeled - its not about HOW MANY calories you put in your body per se (well it is...but more importantly) its about the nutritional value of those calories.

I will not drink diet coke. I will not drink crystal light, I will not eat lean pockets, I will not eat "low fat" cheese unless its organic and naturally low fat. From now on my body is a temple. the end.

I would also like to bring up my question the other day about snacks. I suggest everyone read the book "The Abs Diet." Its not actually a diet at all really - but its a VERY informational guide, written by the editor in chief of Men's Health Magazine "David Zinzenko". I promise you will not be disappointed by this book - it tackles the evilness of high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oil etc...and much much more. If you read this book for me, I will read ANY book you suggest.

In regards to snacks, I will give you a preview from the book in JT's words -

"1. 10 -30% of the calories you burn each day, get burned by the simple act of digesting your food.
2. maintaining a steady blood-sugar level prevents your body from slowing down its resting metabolic rate in order to conserve energy until the next energy source (meal).
3. Psychologically, you feel like you're getting to eat more food so you're less likely to binge on bad things (it matters WHAT the food is that you're eating more often...)
4. Its not 6 or however many meals - its six calorie consuming sessions for lack of a better term. Your body uses more calories to digest protein than fats and carbs - 25 cals burned for every 100 cals consumed of protein vs. 10-15 cals burned for every 100 cals of fats or carbs consumed. And those are JUST the calories your body burns in digestion - it doesn't even take into account how protein fuels your muscle repair and keeps you fuller longer.

Im telling you this book is great - I can't even begin to scratch the surface of all of this...

Thank you for reading. I really hope you got as much from reading this as I got from writing it! Love you guys! PLEASE comment as you see necessary.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

weigh in went well!

Down a lb.! I was 168 today! :)

Woot Woot!

I know ive been really slacking on the blog lately... and I hate that. I am going to start writing EVERY single day and at a reasonable time by Monday! I will also start sharing links and info again too. <3

I really appreciate the continued readership though. The journey still goes on even when you're not at your best. I hope to be 166 next week - i HAVE to have a 2lb. week for my sanity! haha it will be all on me though - i have to eat well and work out. :)

<3 thanks for reading!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patty's day!

Overall it was a pretty good day today.

We worked on organizing JT's closet and literally ate nothing the entire day until dinner. We were going to make Pork Chops and corn but ended up getting wings to celebrate the day. Emotionally I had a tough day. Today is my Grandma Weaver's birthday - she passed away in 2002 and I miss her so much. Im feeling better now though after a couple of beers :) and JT loved on me quite a bit and babied me which has been nice. :) I DID NOT eat away my sadness which is a huge accomplishment. I am lucky because I stopped eating my emotions away a few years ago - that has made this weight loss journey a lot more manageable. :)

ON a different note - I have a softball game tomorrow and I am SO excited! I love playing a sport to burn calories - feels like a freebie! haha :)

JT figured it up and if I can lose between 2-3 lbs. a week (which I haven't done yet! lol) I can be very very close to my goal of 144 by April 13 - Ill be in the 150's at least which will be my lowest in years. Its SO hard to imagine myself at that weight! haha I've always been sort of "athletic" and built that way but ive never been really athletic and tone. I can't wait! haha

We also have our warrior dash May 2 and I really have to start getting ready for that! its only 3.1 miles but I want to do an awesome job! :) I think that will take running - so I really am going to start that up... i know i've said that but im yet to do it - still a bit nervous I guess. :)

anyways thanks for reading - Id still appreciate some snack vs. not-snacking feedback if anyone has some to offer! :)

New Week, ready for some hard work

Good day today!

JT made a WONDERFUL dinner (as you can see) and we finally finished the living room yesterday! It feels SO good to get stuff done!

This week should be a decent weight loss week - even if I can only get back down to 167. I am still doing pretty poorly with the water drinking though.

On a different note, a few of my girlfriends have been discussing whether people should be eating snacks or only 3 meals a day? Any ideas on that subject?

THank you for reading! <3

Saturday, March 13, 2010


another busy day today!

Its really starting to look great around here though. Tomorrow should be a great day - we are going to put up some reed fencing to give ourselves a bit more privacy and then we are having a BBQ with JT's parents. :)

Weight wise all of this work is hopefully paying off... maybe Ill see big numbers next week finally? Who knows :)

See you all tomorrow!

Friday, March 12, 2010

The proof is in the pudding.

I didn't write last night because I knew I'd want to check in this morning with my weigh in. And all I have to say is although I've been burning a million calories...I was 169 this morning - its obvious to me that EATING is as important, if not more important than calorie burn. Its not simply calories in vs. calories out... its about putting lowfat nutritious food in your body.

I am actually glad this happened because its a good eye opener. From here on out I am going to eat my low fat - good for me food and have a cheat meal... I just have to plan plan plan! :)

I hope all of you who have addictions (cough cough chocolate) will use me as a bad example. Look at me as the control group and take my results as fact! Because that is the ONLY Thing I changed... my diet! I ate less calories than normal and burned more.

Thank you for reading - and just to be clear I am not unhappy with this week because I am right back on the stick! :) <3

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lordy am I tired!

Wow has it been a busy day. And as a result my eating has not been great. So terrible and BS. I am eating a lot less often but getting quick to grab things like lean pockets and fast food. That has to change. I am however, burning a million calories a day which is nice. :)

Its so weird how you can know in your brain that you're not doing something correctly - you have all of the tools to make the right choices and all of the resources... yet you still choose to make the wrong choice. Why? I just can't quite figure it out. Yes its more convenient - but just a LITTLE planning would help me be more successful. I went for 9 straight weeks doing great and on week 10 its like im my old self again.

I am not going to let this stop me though. Really this is just a small bump in the road that I am going to face the rest of my life. And honestly, if I were in maintenance mode I would be fine right now because I am not OVER eating, just not eating low fat/good choices. And Ive said it... Ive preached it... the food you put into your body makes all of the difference. We'll see how Friday goes I guess! :)

On a different note I am still looking for soy information! :) And anything else anyone would like to share! Thank you as always for reading!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I am a little less terrible

Ok - two times in one day - that should be enough to redeem myself a bit :)

Today was a good day. We tore the garage out pretty much and painted quite a bit of the shelving JT made. :) ITs beautiful by the way - wait until I post pictures... you all are going to want to hire him!

We also went out to dinner this evening with his mom and did some walking around. I ate a very healthy dinner and I feel so proud. I ate well ALL day today. I also checked my calorie burn for the past several days and ive been well over 2600 every day! :)

I have been looking for articles on soy and how it impacts weight loss - does anyone know of any or know any information about that? I heard its bad for weight loss due to the access estrogen but I want to read about it and learn about it more. I used to LOVE soy milk but stopped drinking it for this reason. I am now drinking organic horizon. :)

My big goal this week is to up my water intake. I have talked about it before and just haven't done it and that is a problem. I think I may even be getting a bladder infection - seriously.

I have to get into the 150s. Seriously. Ive been at this for 9 weeks now and I've only lost 10 lbs. I know its no big deal because I AM losing, but I know I can do better. Im talking so much talk and not doing enough.

thank you for reading <3

I am terrible

I can't believe I have skipped so many days of writing. I actually feel super guilty. I have so much to write about but I get so tired and just forget until the morning.

NO MORE! (except on Sundays occasionally... thats a nice break haha)

Anyways, a LOT has been going on here. We were basically out of town this weekend and had a great time with our friends in Houston. We ate VERY badly Saturday night and Sunday I am not too proud of my diet choice, but its been a nice break from counting calories and I am TOTALLY back on track. I will say though - I have been burning calories like a MAD WOMAN! :)

We have been doing work on the house and it is REALLY coming along - I am SO excited about what we are accomplishing. Our main problem has been not going shopping recently - we just don't have things in the house to snack on. That has to change today for sure. I got a few things last night to snack on, but we need dinner/lunch/breakfast food. When we have those things, its much easier to make healthy decisions.

My friend Jennifer from my email group shared an AWESOME article today - MAKE SURE YOU READ IT! Very good information.

Based on that information, I think I am going to try to buy organic produce finally. Melanie and Carolyn have been advocating I do that anyways. Its time though.

I am also going to try to jog a little bit starting the next few days. I am not really supposed to run, but now that I've lost about 10 lbs. my back hurts SO much less often! And I really have a need to be in aerobic/cardio vascular shape. I just hate not being able to run comfortably. Even if its slow I want that.

I will write again tonight to catch up a little bit more, but thank you for reading! <3 150's here I come!

Friday, March 5, 2010

weigh in

well - I had my weigh in today and I was 167 again. :) Im a bit disappointed because I burned A LOT of calories this week but oh well :) next week! I am still doing great!


Long school day today - but SPRING BREAK IS HERE! I will have TONS of time to work out and JT and I are going to be doing hard labor around the house all week so it should be good!

I will def. check in tomorrow but wanted to thank everyone for their better eco living ideas! If anyone else has some please share! :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Busy Wednesday!

We accomplished SO much today!

Not only did we rip down an old dilapidated shed in our backyard, but I also went walking today! I burned my 2600 cals! WOO HOO! (almost exactly!)I also REALLY cleaned the kitchen today.

I found an AWESOME blog (especially for my frugal friends!)

enjoy! hahaha

Ok so this is today's new topic - (i need some input on this one for sure!)
What do you all do to be more eco friendly, organic etc... I need some tips because I am not very organized - I have no idea what products to buy etc...

The one thing I am CRAZY about is using as FEW plastic shopping bags as possible. It takes SO MUCH oil to make plastic bags and they are just terrible for the environment in general. We bought re-usable bags and make an effort to use them... although we both forget a lot! haha.

Any feedback would be much appreciated.

side note: Mel - the diva cup should be so good as a way to be more eco friendly - it came today and I can't wait to use it! My friend bought one and is having a hard time with it sticking out a bit... any suggestions on how to make it more comfortable?

Thanks guys <3 WEIGH IN FRIDAY! WOOT!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Good Day

Another good day in the Bolestridge house.

JT and I finished the drywall and painting and moved around the kitchen! It looks SO much better and we burned a TON of calories while doing it! We are REALLY looking forward to spring break too because we are going to do a lot of home improvement - it will radically change the house too... I can't wait to post the before and afters!

I also took the day off of school kind of. I had an exam this morning that I went to, but decided I needed a rejuvenation day to just get stuff done and just unwind. I really think emotions have A LOT to do with weight loss efforts. I find when I am more stressed I tend not only to eat more - but the negative attitude really makes me retain weight I think.

Tomorrow will be another day of house work as well as a tough workout for sure. I really need it! I haven't been lifting like I should (SHAME ON ME!)

Im sorry my blog has been a bit stinky the last few days. I want to check in but I haven't had a lot of time to do research and post articles! If anyone else would like to post some I would LOVE it!

Quite Tired!

Yes... its past 1 (for some reason my blog says its pacific standard time.. haven't taken the time to change that yet! haha) JT and I just made a midnight run to wally world to pick up stuff for healthy chili tomorrow! SOOOO excited! :) I love his chili and its so cold and rainy and gross here! Chili will definitely hit the spot!

We had SUCH a productive weekend. We completely cleaned out the garage and bought shelving to organize a bit. We also patched the drywall in the kitchen and pretty soon it will be all fixed and much easier to move around in! I also played softball! It was just overall a wonderful weekend with my sweet hubby.

I had class today and rather than putting in a super long workout Chels and I did some walking around cardio. It actually worked pretty well too - i burned a couple hundred calories.

My calorie burn the last few days has been great. I am going to make it a serious goal to burn my 2600 a day I usually get close but if I just do a BIT more I can make it and I'll see better results. My eating has been on target so Im feeling good. (I will admit though I had more than 1 cheat meal this weekend!)

See you all tomorrow! <3