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During the summer 0f 2008, I woke up one morning with a drive to live a healthy lifestyle. Since then, I've made many changes and lost nearly 50 pounds. Many of my friends and family members have come to me, asking about what I'm doing & how I'm doing it. While I certainly would never claim to be an expert, I'm happy to share what I've learned along the way.

So after careful thought... "The Accidental Fat Chick" has hatched... with the hope of helping at least one person and to be the accountability I need to finish what I started. :)

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Friday, April 16, 2010

A Good Day

Friday was a GREAT day... as long as you don't ask me about what I ate. I've written it all down, but am stalling on adding up the calories. Anyway...



This morning started with 2 hours 20 minutes at the gym. Somehow I lasted a whole hour on the treadmill. My shins were killing me & then after the first sprint my right knee started aching badly. I walked most of it at modest 3.6... but forced myself to stay on for the whole hour. I think it helped to know that Erika would have painkillers in hand when she arrived at the gym, lol. So for the day... I got 3.6 mi on treadmill, 35 core sets and 5.4 mi on elliptical. Calories burned, 1097... 524 of that on treadmill (that's for you LauraLynne).



After the gym, The Husband and I went to Walmart... big excitement... but seriously the first time we've been in a store together for a LONG time. My "big" purchases... some pansies & a bottle of Excedrin Back & Body. I swear I could munch through that Excedrin like it was candy... but I suppose it wouldn't taste very good.



Oh, I have to back up for a minute. The Husband actually scored some points this morning. When he picked me up from the gym, he handed me an ice cold diet soda as I was sliding into the car! You have no idea how rare it is that he thought of something like that... and it was HIS idea to go to Walmart. I don't know what got into him... but its welcome to stay.



Erika & I planned to go to the bead store after she got off work... and here I was with actual "free" time while I was waiting. Ok, not exactly free time... I was babysitting her daughter, Alana & there is a TON of stuff to do here at home... but there was nothing I absolutely HAD to do. So... I took time for a long shower, put on a dress & makeup. That I would actually be able to pull myself together at this stage in the challenge is nothing short of a miracle. I was taking pictures of Alana blowing bubbles when she decided she wanted to take a picture... not too bad for a four year old...






I have to insert here... for most of my life I have HATED dresses with a passion. Something about losing weight has totally changed that. Now when I walk into a store, I am always drawn to dresses and skirts. Now if I could just do something about the pasty white legs (notice they are missing from the picture, not because she missed them, but because I cropped them out), lol.



The bead store was lots of fun. We shop there so much we've become friends with the Friday-Monday employee, so its social as much as it is about the shopping. Everything purple in the store was 20% off, so that was cool. Oh and I found this pendant that is soooo perfect to go with the dress I was wearing its like it was literally made for it.



Hint: The bead store holds the secret of the special gift one of my official cheerleaders is going to get from me. And, yes, you have to have the "official cheerleader" somewhere on your blog for a chance to win... so if you don't have her yet, go here to get her. :)



Not from the bead store, but from a "quick" trip to Walmart, you will find three boxes of hair color sitting on my kitchen counter. Stay tuned to see how that works out...



After all that running, I was glad to come home, sit down and actually catch up on reading a few blogs. Seriously, I have to say it, I've been missing everyone in blogland all week. As I was sitting, typing away, I looked up and saw this gorgeous sunset out over the water... so I had to pause for a few pics...








That's it... a good day... exceptional, perhaps considering the toll this challenge is taking. Did I mention how hard it was for me to get myself to the gym this morning? I wanted my bed soooooo bad, lol.


If you get a minute, go read Chris' post about excuses... what she shares is sooooo true & something I think we all need to hear from time to time.


Have yourself a happy Saturday... and you know where I'll be. :)

12 comments:

cmoursler said...

wow thanks...could get a few more crackpots before it's over...but what is ablog without hate mail..lol.
And omagosh with your workouts.
They kill me reading them. I will view your workout madness from afar with awe..alas...90 minutes is about all the time this poor old body can manage...lol@ the excedrin back and body. No joke...I'd be popping them like pez if i were you.

midlife_swimmer said...

you rock! but maybe you need to rest?? :) I know your challenge and all...is there an area of the body yopu can focus on tomorrow and give your legs knees and hips a day to mend? That may be why you've eaten more too.... focus on lots of protien

Scuttleboose said...

Julie, you are looking GREAT! Congrats! :)

Enz said...

You look beautiful, just radiant :)

And you know why? Because you've worked for it, and earned it and sweated for it.

Amazing job :)

fitncrafty said...

WOW!! What an incredible photo of you!! Who needs cheerleaders? Just look at yourself!
The results are amazing!!
Wahooo!!! Go go go!!

Drazil said...

First - I'm jealous of your hot hair. Second - WOOOT - I'm not the only bander. YAHOOOOOOO!!!!!

Did I mention I'm happy about that?

Anonymous said...

Julie! I love the pic! You really look great! Keep up the good work! You know I envy you that sunset! lol :)

Amber said...

Yeah, another red head!

I'm visiting from Chris's blog, she is my good friend and neighbor.

It's good to see another red-head out there. What color are you going to try with your hair?

You have some serious wokrouts! Wow! But sounds like they are working.

Oh, and very beautiful sunset!
I love sunset pictures!
I think I may visit again!
amber

anne h said...

Yep - you look like you are beaming!

Kristina said...

You are looking so good! Love the hair and the dress is super cute! Keep it up!!!

PhluffyPrincess said...

You look REALLY pretty! And I've never been a dress/skirt hater, but I must say, I am looking more and more forward to wearing them as I lose weight. Wore a mini-skirt today in fact! lol.

CinciMom11 said...

WOW! That is a great picture! You look amazing. I'm glad to hear your hubs is being extra sweet lately. :)