Just a few days ago @saholio suggested that we get this blog up and running again (I don’t run, but you know what I’m talking about).  I sat and watched (I know, I didn’t break a sweat, but it’s a start) a couple of videos to help me plan my strategy.

Over the past 5 years I have lost a tremendous amount of tone and flexibility, and I’m sure I’ve gained some weight…not a lot, but my body tells me as much.  Those of us who are over 60 have similar priorities to you of the younger set, but our goals are achieved through different activities.

If we, young or old, are intending to make changes, it’s especially important to be safe.  I recommend stretching, even if only for a short time.

The first video I watched was Pilates Gone Gray! with Betsy Ogden.  I think I will like working out with her.  We’re of the same age group, and she understands being gentle on the older women who maybe haven’t been active for a very long time.

The second video was from JessicaSmithTV called 30-Minute Strength Training for Women | Home Workout for All Levels   This will be a bit more challenging,  but I’m going to go slowly.  I definitely need the challenge.

What I’ve learned, especially from following @givemamasomesugar, is that this journey will be a lot of hard work and that I must be patient for results.  Life is important for me to continue. . .For myself and my family.  I hope to gain core strength, core strength, and balance.  I think what I’m looking forward to most is a change in my mindset.

Let the games begin!





This weekend the weather took a turn and there is hope that spring is coming.  Red, George, and I spent 30-45 minutes walking at Lewis Park.  It was good for us to get the fresh air in our lungs and get the blood circulating again.

Here’s where it gets serious.  I just got back from the Platte County Public Health office where, since we don’t own a scale, I weigh in.  I knew I was probably around 200 pounds, but was hoping it wasn’t true.  The truth is, I weigh 202.25!!!  Not even at any of my 5 heaviest pregnancy weights was I that heavy.  No wonder my size 14 jeans don’t fit!  Serious!

My family is my inspiration.  Red strength trains daily, seriously.  Jeremy runs, seriously.  BJ rolls, seriously.  Sarah dances, does roller derby, and runs, seriously.  George runs, lifts, and training for his first Spartan Challenge, seriously.  Clare dances, and does yoga, seriously.  I have so many resources to draw from.  Serious!

So I need to get Serious!

I am 50 pounds over-weight.  50 pounds!  Holy Cow!  50 POUNDS!  SERIOUS!!!  OINK!!!

My entire body is painful, and very weak.  Thank God I’ve been able to keep my diabetes in control (sorta).  I’ve worked through the depression resulting from Mom passing away in October 2013.  I’ve decided that I just have to work through the pain in my body and by doing so, the pain will go away.

Here’s the plan that I began on Saturday…..Strenghth training every other day, walking to and from work 4 days a week (that’s 2 miles a day), walk at least an extra mile on the off days from weight training.

So, come on, FFF members!  Let’s get this up a going again!  We need to hold each other up.  We can do this!!!

I’m sure struggling with this whole motivation thing…It’s been raining, it’s been too hot, I’m too heavy so it’s hard to move, my Achilles is killing me so I’m not walking (which I really like to do).  I’ve got a million of them, but none of them are really good enough.

I have started a yoga class, which I’m enjoying.  Tonight is the third meeting (we only meet once a week).  I’m not noticing any improvement in any area I’d like to target but I’m also learning the poses and am working on using proper form.  Our instructor will be giving us a list of what we’ve been doing in class so that we can practice at home.  I’m sure that I will notice improvement then.

This is such an awesome article. I just wish I could convince my brain that I’m not talking smack. It’s sort of like bribing a child with candy, only I think I’m smarter than that and pull the Bull$h!t card. Why can’t I get motivated?

The Secret Ingredient

We’ve all been there. Those days when you’re just not quite in the mood to exercise. (Even knowing those calories burned are key for weight loss.)

Now that summer has finally arrived, here at Lose It! we’ve found the warmer temps and sunny skies encourage us to be active. However, like everyone else, there are times when it’s easier to come up with a host of reasons to NOT work out. (‘I want to catch the World Cup games’, ‘I have a lot of work to do!’, ‘Ahh, but it’s so much cooler here in the AC!’ Sound familiar?)


So, how do we motivate ourselves to lace up our sneakers even when we’re tempted to stay put? By adopting these strategies below. Try ‘em and let us know what you think!

Pull up a motivational pep talk:

This is our software Engineer Raj (aka Trainer Raj) and our business development intern…

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It’s been far too long since I’ve posted.  But, ya know, I’ve just not felt all that great. . .physically, emotionally, or spiritually.

Today I went across the street (Public Health) and weighed myself.  I don’t remember when the last time was, but I’d bet it’s been a year.  Anyway, that last time I weighed 188 pounds!  Today I weighed 174.5.  I am so jazzed about that.  I try to watch what I eat, but I fall off the wagon A LOT.  Maybe working (2) jobs since the first of the year has had something to do with it too.  The whole exercise thing is something I will have to concentrate on next.  I still walk to work and back, twice a day; but anything beyond that I just don’t have the time, nor the energy.

How much money have you spent on stuff bought in the name of Health and Fitness?  How many exercise DVD’s, dumb-bells, and other apparatus do you have tucked away collecting dust.  I’m one of the worst and I’ve done it again.  I’m approaching this newest purchase with moderate excitement.  However, I know that if I make a real effort, this will help.

What am I talking about?  Old School, New Body, also known as The F4X System…Weight Training.  It’s a well known fact that as we age, we lose muscle mass at an increased rate.  Weight training is an effective way to counter-act that and help us slow down the aging process.  Another benefit is that muscle burns more calories for a longer period of time than cardio.  However, cardio is also an important component to help lose those extra pounds.    The first step is to just begin the program.

Now, if I could just get a handle on this exhaustion…

The Mom




‘The Beast’ races to lose 100 pounds

Want to lose weight? Shut your mouth

Today was a bad day. We bought a scale. I stepped on it. 257. That’s 100 pounds heavier than I was when I graduated. It’s also 20 pounds heavier than I thought I was. I feel enormous and completely disgusting. How can anyone be attracted to or love someone that looks like I do?