Join Me For Another 10 Weeks! This is the first week of ten weeks starting October 22, 2012

Hi folks! I'm at it again. I'm going for another 20 pound loss in ten weeks. I've recently had another baby, a little girl, she is now five months old and I'm ready to drop some weight.

Friday, July 29, 2011


Friday is finally here and I am feeling better.

My weight still hasn't dropped like I want it to, but I am praticing patience. And determination.

For all I know, a bunch of weight may be just about to drop. But even if it didn't and I still continued to lose at an agonizingly slow pace...I came to a few conclusions.

I won't give up until I lose the weight.

Even if it takes longer.

I've been having thoughts like...what if I have a bunch more fat cells than I used to because of all the babies. You do know that the very second you get pregnant, your body starts producing double the normal amount of fat cells. So, I was, maybe because of's taking longer.

Then I thought...well, I am getting older, maybe the way my body metabolizes is slowing down.

Doesn't matter. I'll persist until I get to my goal.

But despite the number on the scale I have noticed a few positives.

All this running has caused my legs to be stronger on my leg work-outs. I am feeling stronger during my runs.

My belly is significantly smaller and I feel comfortable enough to wear tank tops outside of the house.

Hey, maybe I'm gaining muscle which weighs more than fat.

All I know is that for the past two or so weeks I have eaten perfectly and exercised just as much and my weight has stayed the same.

Something has to give soon.

Hope you're all doing well.

Sunshine Mama

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hola amigas and amigos!

Today has been annoying because I feel Buuloooated!! And the scale actually went if that's my "real" weight. ( We all know its illusionary until Ms. Monthly goes home)

Yes, I'll be fine. Only a few more days and I will be feeling GRRRREAt again.

Well, I also am taking off from running today. So, I won't make my six days this week of running, but I'm feeling fatigued today. I did, however, get in my chest and triceps work out. Also did four sets of 15 "girl" push-ups and some abs.

Hope you're all doing well!


Sunshine Mama

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Time To Tighten Down The Diet

Hello friends!

First things first.

To answer someone's question...When I was on my run, I stopped and ate my pineapple since I was stopping to drink water anyway. But I am contemplating pineapple juice where I can drink it without stopping.

I've also decided when the temperature is that high, I can stop for water breaks. Or pineapple breaks.

Anyway. This weight is not coming off fast enough for me.

So, starting Sunday I took out all wheat products from my diet. No body builder in their right mind eats wheat products when they're trying to cut up for a show. Yes, maybe off season they do, but not when they want to see the fat drop.

So, instead I replace that with potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, squash, beets, green beans, get the picture.

Wheat is very calorie dense.

And remember pasta is a wheat product folks!

Then I've starting eating two spinach salads a day. I hadn't eaten a salad in a few weeks. I think there is something to eating lots of vegetables that helps promote fat loss.

I also plan on running six days a week and weight lifting five days a week, abs three days a week and push-ups 2 to 3 times a week. For those who might feel intimidated by this...I've had this goal for about six weeks and have been working up to that work-out schedule. For the past three or four weeks, I've had to not run all that I've wanted to run because I needed to give my legs rest until I felt they were ready for six days a week. I think they may be ready for six days in a row this week.

Remember slow and steady gets the worm! ha, I think I combined that with something.

My calories are right about in the 1,400 range. On Sunday when I don't work out I may let them drop to 1,000.

I also am dropping popcorn from my menu as it causes bloating. I had some Sunday night with olive oil and I gained a pound the next morning. And, no, it wasn't the salt. It's what popcorn does. I knew this, and I ate the popcorn anyway.

Now you all know too.

Another thing that will cause my weight loss to slow down and even maybe gain is Ms. Monthly. So...let's just say that after this week, the scale better be showing some big losses. But usually after the period, the weight loss will catch up to where it's suppose to be.

So, last night, I ran 4 1/2 miles, did a 40 minute leg work-out and abs. I felt great too! Maybe it was that pineapple that I took along to eat half way through the work-out.

See you all will be eating pineapple before you know it.

Hope you're having a good one!


Sunshine Mama

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Meet My New Friend

Ok friends,

We're almost to Monday and I am doing something a little different in my diet today that I hope will yield some positive results.

I'll tell you about it Monday.

But, today I wanted to tell you about my wonderful experience with...

cue the music...


(ok, a minute for me to laugh because this sounds a little ridiculous.)

But remember that I went on a six mile run last night?

When I ran by the temperature clock one mile into my run, it read 93 degrees. I was sucking down water at every mile. I was definitely feeling a little sluggish because of the heat index being over 100 degrees.

Well...then get this...

At mile three, I pull out the six ounces of pineapple that I had brought along as a snack.

I suppose in the past I would have used an energy gel, but I didn't have one at home. A banana would have gotten squishy and gross. An apple takes too long to eat on a run. And I have brought pineapples with me to the gym before if I needed some quick energy.

Now in case you all don't know...there are two types of carbohydrates.

Complex and simple.

You don't start feeling the energy from a complex carb until about 45 minutes after eating it. Complex carbs are like oatmeal, brown rice and whole wheat bread.

Energy from simple carbs can be felt within 15 minutes or almost immediately. Simple carbs are fruits. People will also use sugar, but there is usually a crash after it. Fruit is a natural way to give yourself a healthy energy boost during a work out if you need it.

Anyway to make a long story longer...

I ate my wonderful tasting pineapple, which by the way just tastes better the more it squishes around in my running pack (sealed in plastic of course).

Afterward I took off running...and I felt better than when I first started.

I kid you not.

It was immediate.

I felt energized.

It lasted through the next three miles.

Oh, also the clouds suddenly hid the sun after I ate my pineapple. And when I ran back by the temperature clock it read 88 degrees, a five degree drop.

I still just can not even believe how energized I felt. I'm already plotting how to use pineapple before a race, or during my half marathon race coming up in September.

Oh, pineapple is 14 calories an ounce and provides a moderate level of potassium.

So, there you go.

Pineapple, my new best friend.


Sunshine Mama

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hello From The Tropics!

Ha! Just kidding, but today feels like it again. I have to get in six miles and I'm thinking about pushing it back to 9:00 p.m. versus the 92 degree weather at 5:00 p.m.

But then if I do date with Daddy Rainmaker gets screwed up.

What should I do?

Suck it up? And let the heat possibley suck up all my date night energy because that just might happen.

Or run late...and have no date or at the very least a late date.

I think I may suck it up.

Other than that, the scale has been playing the fluctuation game with me. But I have been eating pretty perfect and working out like an it's only a matter of time before the weight drops back down.

I've been keeping my calories to around 1,400- 1,500. I hit the gym four times this week; weight lifting about 45 minutes each time. I also will log in five days of running mileage of 4, 2 1/2, 4, 2 1/2, and 6. I've done abs two times this week.

I think that starting next week I will start doing some push-ups again three times a week. If SunshineMeg can do it while pregnant, so can I.

Talk later...alligators!! (that's tropic's talk)


Sunshine Mama

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

You All Are Funny

Hola Friends!

Perky plant here.

Ha, Ha, you guys pick up on stuff quick. Later on when I wrote that I sat back wondering the next day if anyone would have fun with that.

I see you all have active imaginations.

Actually that's how I explained it to my 16-year-old daughter yesterday when I "made" her go running with me to the gym.

Everyone wants to know what they can drink "besides" plain ole water. My husband, my daughter. Well the way I explain it to my husband is the car and oil illustration.

Like a car needs gas to go, our body needs fuel to work out. And like a car needs oil or it will malfunction, so our bodies need water.

Either way, the wonderful thing about water is's cheap and plentiful. God thought of everyone when he came up with that design element of our bodies.

Well, I'm taking a rest day from running because my legs feel fatigued. I did work my arms though and biked 2 1/2 miles. Training is still on for the half marathon. My eating is going well.

I saw 4/10 drop from yesterday so that was nice. Only two pounds away from a ten pound drop.

I'm not sure if I'll be able to drop 20 pounds in exactly ten weeks this time because I screwed around too much in the beginning. But hey, maybe 11 weeks I might be able to drop 20 pounds.

Thanks for all your comments.

They sure do make me smile!

I'm running out of time tonight to get to you all, but I will get to you!

Stay cool! If that's possible.


Sunshine Mama

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Good News

Hi friends!

How is everyone doing? It's been hot around here the last three days have been in the 90s and Wednesday is suppose to be 98 with the heat index probably over 115 degrees.

Beware, Sunshine Meg, I read in the paper today that the heat wave is making its way to the east coast.

Well, AWESOME NEWS folks!

After my last post I left you all in suspense about how my Saturday night out with the heavy appetizers would go. I ran five miles that day in 90 degree weather again.

That night, the appetizers were actually a nice variety of food. I had big, delicious strawberries, some vegetables, two meatballs, and about two beers. I had a great time.

Woke up the next morning.... Drumroll please...

And I dropped two pounds!!

But this just keeps getting better. I stayed the same on Sunday, then dropped another pound on Monday AND another pound today for a total of...

Five pounds in five days.

So...remember when I wrote about that 2.8 pound gain being illusionary?

It was!

I'm also wondering if the fact that I sweat like a soaking wet towel during my runs may be helping the weight loss. There's a lot of people who won't run in this weather, but I do because I observe these precautions:

1.) hydrate well before the run (I'll have 4 to 6 cups of water throughout the day before the run)

2.)Don't worry about going fast.

3.) Get in enough calories before the run (minimum 700-800)

4.) Take a water bottle with and hydrate every mile or sooner if necessary.

5.) Sometimes run at 9:00 at night because there's no sun and it's 10 degrees cooler.

But really, hydration is the big ticket. It's kind of like how a flower responds when we water it. It's perkier, stands taller...but if we don't water it, it wilts.

Your body literally wilts when you don't drink enough water in weather like this.

Personally I'd rather be the perky plant.

So, that's the good news friends. I wonder if I'll have some slight upward fluctuations over the next few days, but I've been eating great so it won't last long.

Wow. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to re-lose the weight that I gained.

Hang in there folks!


Sunshine Mama

Friday, July 15, 2011

Hola friends!

I stayed on track yesterday and ran 3 1/2 miles. I'm slowly building up my running base to train for a half marathon in September.

Anyway...the scale rewarded my efforts with a 1.2 pound drop.

I'm hoping that I can drop one or two more pounds by Monday and at least be near where I was before I cheated and gained the weight.

And that just kills me.

Instead of looking at a possibly eight pound loss by Monday, I'm "hoping" to get back to a five pound loss by Monday.

Oh, well. No use crying over spilt milk right?

I always do this though. I screw up and then hate the results so much that I don't dare screw up again.

For awhile at least. ha!

I have plans this weekend where my resolve will be tested. I am attending an event where I have already paid for "heavy appetizers and drinks", which I can not partake in because of my diet.


But I so want to see the scale go down.

Heavy appetizers. What can that mean other than if you eat them you will get heavier.

And alcohol we all know that that is not calorie free.

Well, I'll let you know how it all went.

Have a good one!


Sunshine Mama

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Just a few Pictures...

Yes, someone cut Peach Blossoms' hair...

Morning Glory- 8 months

Happy Thursday-My Illusionary Weight Gain

Hi folks!

So, I got off track last weekend and went over a little bit the first three days of this week. So...altogether that's five days where my calories weren't in line.

The scale socked me with a 2.8 pound gain.

NO WAY Hosea!

One pound is 3,500 calories. almost 3 pound gain means that I had to eat about 10,500 calories over my limit.

That did not happen. Maybe 2,000 calories over.

So...that weight gain is an illusion.

And, no, I'm not in delusion about this either.

Because just you watch...if I stick to my diet over the next three or four days, I'll drop the weight.

So, does that mean I burned 10,500 calories worth in four days?


So, my contention is that the weight gain is an illusion.

At least that's what I'm telling myself to get my focus back on.

I can also look at it as a warning for..."this weight gain will turn into real weight gain if you don't get yourself back in gear."

Happy Thursday friends!

Remember to always look for the upside; even if it seems a little upside down!

Have a good Friday!


Sunshine Mama

Friday, July 8, 2011

My Little Mess-up

Hola compadres!

A little Friday post here! I'm on my way to get in a long bike ride this afternoon and them maybe later slip to the gym.

But I might as well admit now that I snuck into my husband's stash of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream this afternoon and had a good 3/4 cup worth of it. He got it from the same place that I get my awesome home made chocolate turtles.

I should have just ate my turtle...but I didn't know ahead of time that I would eat that much.

Ay carumba!

But it's ok. I'll just burn it off with this sweaty, hot six or seven or ten mile bike ride. Not sure how far away it is that I'm going.

Other than that, my diet is going perfect. I dropped 2/10 a pound today. You just wait, one of these next three days (provided I stay on my diet) about two pounds are going to drop.

Hope you're all having a good Friday!


Sunshine Mama

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Happy Thursday...Maybe A Day Off

Hi friends!

It appears that I am taking a day off from exercise today. But that is ok I think. Instead of six days of exercise like I originally planned, I will make it five days this week.

I was feeling cranky tonight and decided I'd better ask myself the "Am I hungry?" question. And actually I had put off that question for a few hours too long because in the mean time my crankiness propelled me into a little cleaning spat.

And moving the furniture around frenzy.

Ha! My family loves it when I do that.

I even got a "Is it that time of month?" question from my husband who was noting my ornery mood.

By the time it was all said and done, I had three chairs and a rocking chair out in the garage because they never get used and two lounge chairs in another room and things cleaned up so that Morning Glory, who is very mobile right now...won't get into stuff.

So, it wasn't all necessarily a bad cleaning spat.

But when my calories are already low...I need to pay better attention to the "hungry" signals and eat up. So, after dinner...

I ate some more.

And when I go home I just may eat more yet and top off at 1,400 calories.

I even have been thinking about that chocolate covered, caramel pecan turtle in the refrigerator that my husband bought last week.

Problem is...I don't want to eat it when it's "refrigerator cold". I need it softer for the full know what I mean?

So...that in itself is one reason I haven't eaten it yet.

I don't want to wait for it to thaw.

That would be like premeditated cheating.

If it was a quick bite...then maybe I could say I became overwhelmed with desire for it.

Ha, isn't this funny?

Anyway....yeah! it's Friday tomorrow!

Does anyone have any fun plans for the weekend?

I have two picnics to prepare for because I'm definitely not wanting to get off course so I can LOSE some weight by Monday morning.

Keep up the good work!


Sunshine Mama

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Vice Grip On The Scale

Allow me a minute while I try and peel my fingers off my scale.

If my scale had would think I was hovering over it...

It would say I was making it feel claustrophobic...and demand it's space.

This is the part of my diet where I'm so energized and determined to lose weight that it just doesn't seem to come off fast enough. I'm eating really well and exercising but, the scale, in my humble opinion is moving as slow as molasses in January.

Maybe even slower.

A few things will happen to me when I get like this. I feel impatient and begin to lament that it's
"taking forever" to lose this weight.

I look in the mirror and feel dejected thinking that this mountain may be too high to climb...and maybe I would be better off giving up and focusing on something else.

After many times have I traveled this diet road?

How many times do I have to start over again?

When will I get to my perfect weight and stay there all the time?

(Ok... I know what you're thinking...maybe I'd get there when I stop having kids)

But PUllleeeasee....I lost 15 pounds then gained it right back...the baby had nothing to do with that., actually....a few highly stressful life events...thank you very much had to do with that weight gain. And let's walk out that little thought for a minute.

Say...for example...I hadn't lost those 15 pounds. Then...when the stressful event happened...I would be 15 pounds heavier. And instead of looking at those 15 pounds to lose, I'd be looking at thirty.


So, theoretically speaking, I didn't lose that weight "for nothing".

The only way we get a great body is by working on it and eating right.

80% of what we look like has to do with our diet.

But looking great takes time.

And somewhere along the line...that realization sinks in...and the healthy habits that I have started to form take over....

And before you know it...I've loosened my grip on the scale...and my patience my attitude elevates from eating good and working out.

And then, when I do have those unpleasant self-degrading thoughts (like today), I ask myself two questions.

Am I hungry?

Because eating a healthy snack will give you more energy and make me feel better (which I did do and I felt better).

Am I tired?

Because your outlook on life improves with more needed rest (I laid down to rest, and I did feel better).

So, yes, I gained 8/10 today on the scale. And, I, of all people know that fluctuations are perfectly normal. All I need to do is keep doing what I'm doing and the weight WILL COME OFF.

Now.. I think I'll go home. Relax.

After all... I did bike 2 1/2 miles, ran three miles, did an arm work-out and abdominals. And my calories topped off around 1,600. Plus I drank about 8 glasses of water and I had no caffeine.

Take heart friends; the weight will eventually come off.

Yours and mine. We just need to give it time.

Talk later!


Sunshine Mama

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

More Droppage

Hello y'all!

Hope you all had a good weekend. I'm doing well.

Let's see...since I started the no sugar, no flour, no caffeine part of my diet...I have dropped...2.2 pounds in three days.

I'm thinking I'd like to see another few pounds drop yet this week by next Saturday...for a total of four in seven days. I'm hoping that four days at the gym and five days of running this week will seal the deal.

You know what that husband of mine did?

On the Saturday that I took out all the sugar and flour?

He went to to the local shop that makes their own chocolate and picked me up a nice round piece of pecan turtle. It's my favorite kind of chocolate that they sell there.

Fortunately for him, I'm more curious than hungry. The chocolate hasn't tempted me too bad. I really, really want to see how much weight I can lose without messing up. So, maybe I'll have that chocolate in a few weeks when I feel like I've sated my curiosity. Until then, it's in the refrigerator.

I did want to say that I do believe I'm thinking more clearly....which feels refreshing.

Also, even though I've been slowly dropping my caffeine over the past four weeks, I do have some mild headaches at night.

Jeesh! just think how bad the headaches would be if I cut caffeine cold turkey.

Also, I've been getting in 8 to 10 glasses of water the last three days. And, my body has responded with producing more breast milk. Amazing.

Have a good one!


Sunshine Mama

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Let The Fun Begin...

Today I'm officially starting my "body builder's" diet again.

No sugar, no flour and no processed foods.

It's also the my first day of no caffeine.

I have been in the weaning process of no caffeine for three to four weeks and today is the start of a new decaffeinated season.

I have also been trying to up my water intake. And with no caffeine that will be easier. And with this hot weather I will easily be able to get in 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.

Oh, I read in the paper that yesterday's high for La Crosse was actually 98 degrees with a heat index of 110. But only an hour away the heat index was recorded at 125.

Already today I've had ten egg whites, oatmeal, and orange and apple and will soon go home and eat my third meal of the day. I'm really curious to see how much more quickly the weight will drop.

For exercise, the plan today is to run three miles and get in some abdominal work.

Well, I hope you are all staying cool!


Sunshine Mama

Friday, July 1, 2011

Comments From the Peanut Gallery...

And I do mean peanut gallery.

Don't you think that would be a good name for your neighborhood bar? All bars have peanuts usually..or popcorn.

So...when you're someone like me...who happens to be jogging past one of these peanut galleries... ahem....or bars

In the middle of the afternoon...

Did I mention that it was 93 degrees with a heat index if 118?

And not that it matters...but this peanut gallery is painted pink...

With a very masculine military billboard on its side...

Strange contrast...but anyway...

And this is not the first time this has happened either..

But there is this railing from a side door that patrons of "the peanut gallery" like to hang out on and make comments to innocent passersby like myself....

enjoying a leisurely ...ok.... I admit...a very sweaty run..

So, there I am... running along...soaking up the sun...when I hear this dude hollering at me with something like..."It's really hot out there!!!"

I couldn't quite tell if he was scolding me, admiring me or well...let's be honest here...or maybe a little inebriated.

And when I glanced his way...yelling it once wasn't he hollered it out loud again...Again all I could catch was..."It's really hot out here."

So, I just shook my head and kept going.

Then, not two blocks later I am making my way across the street when I run abreast a young lady who comments to me,

"I wouldn't be running in weather like this!"

Hmmm....she was a nurse working at the local hospital and definitely not part of the peanut gallery crowd.

Hmm...maybe running in this weather is "comment worthy" after all.

But hey, I got my work-out in at the gym (a leg work-out), plus a run...and a funny story to share with you all.

Maybe I should take a picture of that pink bar. I guess I didn't realize it was pink until I looked at it on the way back home.

But anyway...on to my diet... I weighed myself again this morning. And the same thing that happened yesterday...happened again today. I breast fed Morning Glory and lost 6/10 a pound. At least I know he's getting plenty of the good stuff. I also feed him baby food three times a day. Different kinds of cereals, meat, vegetables, and fruit.

Well, I must be going now!

Hopefully this heat lets up soon.
Have a good one. It's Friday!!


Sunshine Mama