Saturday, December 31, 2005

My Triathon Date

A lot of you have asked if I have picked a Triathlon to do in 2006, so I have decided to post it. The first Triathlon I will be doing is around June 24th, which by the way is my 12th wedding anniversary. It used to be called the Reebok Women's Triathlon in Naperville, Illinois. I will be swimming .46 miles, biking 14.5 miles and running a 5k, which is 3.1 miles. If I am up to it I will be doing a second one around July 8th. It is the Danskin Women's Triathlon in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. For that one I will be swimming 1/2 mile, biking 15 and running a 5k. For all my Triathlete friends reading this, please let me know if you think that is enough time between the two races. I'm not sure that will be enough time for me to recover and get ready for the second one, but that is just the newbie in me. Let me know what you think. Thanks.


Last day of 2005

I went to my kickboxing class last night. The class itself was good and I'm going to try it again next week. The only bummer was when we were working on our ABs at the end of class she had us working on a ball and had us stretch out our back. I pulled a muscle. Because of the muscle pull I was not able to go to my regularly scheduled spinning class this morning and weight training. I'm so bummed that it has affected me this way, but I am having a great day with my eating and getting stuff done around the house, so it hasn't turned out so bad afterall. And I will get my workout in when we go glow in the dark miniature golfing later. We will be doing that with the kids and out to eat and turning in early for the night, so we are not asleep at church tomorrow. I'll let you know how the golfing goes. I'm sure I'll get my Heart Rate up. LOL

Have a great New Years Eve celebration. Please be careful out there.


Friday, December 30, 2005

Great Workout Day!!

I have to admit and I hate to do it, I gained the holiday 5 pounds. The average American will gain 7 pounds over the holiday season, so I am happy to say that I am below average. :-) I am now back in my grove with working out and eating. I had an AWESOME day yesterday.

I woke up at 5am to head to my spinning class (which is an aerobic workout on a bike) and got there early, clipped in and starting warming up. My instructor was running late, so he got there and got our class on our way. Half way through, he comes up to my bike and says take over Melissa I really gotta go to the bathroom. I freaked out and then took over for one song and I tell you it was a blast. Everyone told him when he got back that I did great. I know now for sure that I will teach a spinning class in the future. After spinning I headed home and got some work done around the house. I then headed back to the gym in the evening to do my weight training and another spinning class was starting, so I jumped on a bike and took another 45 minute class and then did a full body workout with weights. It was awesome. Eating went well too, so yesterday was a very good day for me. Today I am off to a great start and will go to the gym later to try a kickboxing class. I'm excited. I'll let you know how it goes. Later, Melissa

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Tricia's new hairdo

Tricia has been growing out her bangs so her hair can be all one length. Her bangs were finally down to her chin. On Tuesday, Dec. 27 she decided it was time to cut her hair, so off we went to get to her haircut. She was hoping that her hair would be long enough to donate to locks of love It has to be 10 inches long and she had 12 inches to donate. This is an organazation that makes wigs for kids who have lost their hair to cancer.

Here Tricia is holding her 12 inches of hair that will make some kid very happy!! She looks so grown up with her new do.
Here's Tricia before her haircut. Look how long her hair had gotten. We cannot wait for it to grow out and be all one length again. It should grow fast.

We had a quiet, but great Christmas. Christmas eve we spent at my brother, Karl's, house. My sister and her 4 kids came, my little brother and his wife and us. It was a good time. Christmas morning we went to church and had a nice lunch out and then a quiet afternoon and evening to ourselves. It was nice just to be at home. I'll post some Christmas pictures soon.


Thursday, December 22, 2005

Please Pray

Tuesday night there was an accident outside my kids school. A mom who was leaving a PTO meeting with her kids pulled out of the school's driveway into the path of an oncoming pickup truck. Her 3rd grade son, Brennen, died 45 minutes after the accident happened. He has a 2nd grade sister that was injured and according to the paper was in good condition today. Tricia and Parker do not know the kids, but as you can imagine this has been hard on us to hear especially at this time of year. Please pray for the parents and for Meghan who has lost her big brother. We do not know if there are other kids in the family, but these are the only 2 school age kids. Also, there are kids that go to my preschool as part of the daycare program that were in class with him last year, so this might become an issue at work for me. Thanks for listening and for your prayers for this family at this time. I wanted to blog about some fun stuff, but after hearing this the timing didn't seem right. I'll blog more after Christmas. Thanks for understanding.


Thursday, December 15, 2005

King Kong and Spinning

Last night I got to go and see the new movie KING KONG. It was very good, but has some very intense scenes. I definetely wouldn't take my kids to see it. The special effects were awesome!! There were some aspects that I could have done without, but overall very happy with it. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to ruin anything for those of you who do want to go and see it. If you do go and see it please post your thoughts. The movie was over 3 hours long and my brother and I went to an 8:30 show, so we were home late and I didn't get bed until after midnight. I asked my spinning teacher Jeff if he could come to class by 5:15am today to help me with my new clip in shoes. Once I was in bed after the movie I realized I had to keep my appointment with Jeff, so I was up at 4:45 to go to spinning.
I got there at 5:15 right when the gym opened and put on my new shoes. If you have joined my blog recently you might not know that my spinning instructor bought me my shoes when I was really down about working out, weight loss and was ready to throw in the towel. He made me promise to come to class for a week and he would get them for me. This was a while back and he kept his word and I have my new shoes. Clipping in was weird, but AWESOME!! For those of you who don't know, you can buy shoes that clip into your pedals on your bike. It really makes you get more from your workout. It's hard for me to explain. It was pretty easy to catch on to clicking in, had a little trouble getting out and I'm really not sure how I am supposed to do these on a real bike. I'm going to click into my regular bike on grass the first time I do it. Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you about an awesome compliment my spinning instructor gave to me last week. He told me that the YMCA had an opening for a Spinning Instructor and that I should apply. I thought he was kidding and he said I would be good. I'm not able to becuase of the time of the class and I'm not quite to that level of confidence yet, but I do want to teach a spinning class in the future, so this really encouraged me.
Have a great evening. Melissa

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

My new workout schedule!!

Here is my new workout schedule.


Monday- 9:30-10:30 Swimming
10:30-11:30 Water Aerobics- This ain't your Grandma's Water Aerobics
11:30-12:00pm-private swimming lessons starting in January for 5 weeks

Tuesday- 45 minute spinning class
Back to gym for weight training

Elliptical or Treadmill after pool

Thursday-45 minute Spinning class
Back to gym for weight training

Bike or Treadmill after pool

Saturday- 90 minute spinning class
Weight Training

I got home on Friday, Dec. 9th. I woke up early the next day a little late and so I did an hour of my 90 minute class and than did some weight training.

Sunday was my day of rest.

Monday. I went to H2O aerobics and than swam a 1/2 mile in 45 minutes which is good for me. That used to take me almost an hour. I was in the pool a total of an hour and a half. I cannot wait to take my private swimming lessons in January. That will really help. I have taught myself how to swim, so I haven't gotten the whole streamline thing down yet. In time. :-)

Tuesday-today- I made it to my spinning class and will get some weight training in tonight at home with some hand weights and my excercise ball. I am unable to get back to gym due to my schedule.

Any comments or advice would be great.

Some more pics

Hi Everyone, Here are some more pics of our trip. We had a blast and I wish I had more time to write. I will keep posting pictures and short notes until I can sit down and really write about the trip. I figured this is better than nothing. It was a great time together. There were no crowds and we made a lot of great memories. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.

For those of you in the Tri community. I will be posting my new workout schedule for you to help me tweek and keep me motivated. So far I have kept up with it and I have sore muscles to prove it.

I hope everyone had a great week while I was gone.

Here are the kids playing with their light up toys one night at Magic Kingdom. We were waiting for Grandma, Grandpa and Daddy. This picture turned out so cool. Here we are at the entrance to Magic Kingdom. I love getting our picture taken here. I have a silly tradition that I can only enter the park through the left tunnel. Even though the locker we rented was way over by the right tunnel, I made everyone walk over to the left. It's just something I've done since I was little.

I need to run and get my butt to spinning. Have a blessed day!! Later, Melissa

Monday, December 12, 2005

We made it home!!

Here are some pictures for your viewing enjoyment!! Darlene screaming while Parker was driving in Tomorrowland. It was his first time behind the wheel. I will post this one again bigger at a later date. It is too funny!!

The kids acting like Pluto!!

I'm the real Mrs. Incredible!! Check out my muscles!!
Here is the happy fam with the mouse himself. Keith and I didn't realize how big his ears were until we posed for this picture. We kept hitting his ears. Sorry Mickey!!

I'll post more later. I've been crazy since getting home. Talk to you all later. Melissa

Thursday, December 01, 2005


Well, we leave tomorrow for Disney World and I'm finally excited again.

Parker got his clean bill of health yesterday. We do follow up with one more doc today, but everything just disappeared like he was never sick in the first place. I say it's because of all the prayers. :-) Thanks everyone!!

I will try and blog while I am there, but if not I will be back with tons of pictures.

I need to run for now and get the kids to school and me to work and then off to run a million and one errands.

I'm also excited to leave because it is snowing here and cold.

Have a magical week while I am gone.


Wednesday, November 30, 2005

2 days to go!!

Only 2 Days to go!! I'm not as excited as in previous posts because I have so much to do and so little time to do it in. And I don't know why this is underlining my post, oh well! Yesterday was very eventful!! Parker was sick and I ended up taking him to the ER. It ends up that he will fine. He has a viral rash infection. He has a right swollen hand and swollen feet and a rash that appears, disappears and then reappears somewhere else. This is just one of those things that just has to work its way out of him, hopefully quick. :-)

He just woke up and walked all the way downstairs to the basement not complaining about his feet, so I'm hoping the swelling has gone down. He couldn't even wear shoes yesterday. Please pray for him, so he can get healed before our trip. Today we do a follow up visit with the Infectious Diease Doctor. She will be getting some test results back today. I'll keep you all posted.

Because of all this craziness I have not made it to the gym this week and will not be able to make it to Weight Watchers tonight, so I will be back in full swing with a workout plan and eating plan for after the trip. I will be posting the plan and letting you know how it goes. I need to get going now if I'm giong to be ready for my Triathlon in June!! Catch ya later, Melissa

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Look at my Cute Colonial Kid!!

Today started Colonial Days in Tricia's Class, so here is my cute little Colonial kid. We found the coat, skirt, apron and shirt and the local GoodWill. She had the long hair and bonnet already.
I love this picture of Tricia. She looks so grown up. Next thing I know I'll be packing her up to head out to college. SIGH!
The pictures taken outside were taken this morning. Yes, that white stuff for those of you who don't know, is called snow and yes, I did make her pose without her jacket so we could see the whole outfit.

Remember how I said this was going to be a goofy day (see post below) and week, well, this morning started off with a bang. I was driving Tricia to the bus stop, which is only about 5 houses down, but it was still snowing and it was cold and she was in her Colonial stuff, so I drove her. Well, I didn't realize that my windows on my car had this thick layer of ice. So I turned on my window wipers and it scraped a little hole for me to try and drive with. I was driving blind. I pulled over 1 house down and scraped a little then drove again. No good. Pulled over 3 houses down, saw the bus in my rearview mirror. Yelled at Tricia, "Get out and run babe." Turned on my flashers, started running with Tricia, yelling for the bus to wait. It was a funny picture, me running after this little colonial kid to the bus, my car parked now 4 houses away with the flashers on. When I got back in the car, I couldn't find my keys. In the craziness of yelling at Tricia I ripped them out of the ignition and throw them towards the passenger seat. I'm just thankful I didn't lock the door. :-) So that my friends is my goofy morning. I just hope this day gets better.

Your Goofy Friend,

It's going to be a goofy week!!

I'm wirting to tell you only three days until we leave for, you guessed it, Disney World. I'm a little less excited today because Parker ended up really sick last night. Keith is on a business trip all week, so I have to call off work to take care of my little man. I have so much to do before Friday, so I figured I could get stressed or just look at it as a goofy situation, so that is what I decided to do. You can never go on a family vacation without something happening before you go.
I know that Parker will be fine, I'll get everything packed and will let out a BIG 'OL sigh as soon as the plane is in the air, but until then I am just going to roll with the punches and laugh like goofy!! :-)

Have a goofy kind of day!

Monday, November 28, 2005

A Man and His Mouse!!

We only have 4 days to go until our trip. I don't know if you can really understand just how excited I am. :-) This is one of my all time favorite pictures of Walt Disney. I hope you enjoy it!!

I also wanted to let you know that my buddy Chris left for Iraq at 2:30am this morning. This is his second time going. He will be there 12-14 months. Please pray for him, his wife, Melissa and their kids Blake, Destiney, and Mason. When the war started I went to a great website and requested a soldier to support. I was given Chris' name and the rest is history. He is like a brother to me now. I know longer say he's this guy I met on the internet. He is my friend.

We called and talked to him last night, which was good, but I cried after I hung up. This whole war thing just stinks. When you talk to Chris though he was ready to get back and do his job. He doesn't like the whole leaving the family part, but he was eager to get back and help finish what was started. That's very admirable to me because if it were me, I definitely wouldn't want to head there especially a second time.

As the war goes on it seems that support for our troops isn't as big as it was at the beginning. Just like Hurricane Katrina Relief. It seems everyone gets all gung ho at the beginning, but as time marches on so do people's lives. Please reach inside yourself and see what you are doing to support our men and women overseas and the victims or Hurricane Katrina. Is there something more you could be doing? The one thing that soldiers have told me over and over again is that the letters mean more than any care package sent, so if you think that you have to make a big deal to support a soldier it's not. Letters and cards are most welcome.

Just some thoughts to ponder.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Good Morning!!

It is 12:04am and I am still up, so guess what that means? Only 5 days until I leave for Walt Disney World.

I would like to take this moment to salute Walt Disney for being the creative genius that he was and for creating Disneyland( which I went to a lot as a kid and where my love of Disney began) and for creating Walt Disney World. I would like to salute him for dreaming BIG and making those dreams a reality. I know this is sappy, but I really do admire the man behind the mouse. I'm tired, so I'm going to stop blogging before I make a complete fool of myself. I know it's too late I already have. :-) Good night!!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Thanksgiving Day

This is Dar and I reinacting our morning Turkey Trots. We are really doing well with our new lifestyles. Like I have said in the past we have been eating buddies and now we are getting healthy buddies. We still eat together, but we eat the right stuff now.
Here we are sporting our Turkey Trot shirts. I'm so excited because I can wear an XL now. No more XXL for me. Her hoodie is way cool!!
We went to Darlene's house for Dinner. Seated at the end of the table is Dar's Dad, Bob. On his right is Keith, Dar's Grandma, Tricia, Dar, Parker, Dar's Uncle Joe and Dar's Mom.
We had a great time eating, but more importantly spending time together. The food was great, but the company was greater.

Things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving.

1. My relationship with God
2. My Family
3. My Friends
4. My new healthy lifestyle
5. Being my kids role models
6. Having the best husband in the world
7. My kids at Church that I work with
8. Laughter
9. My friends and support at the YMCA
10. The country that I live in and my freedoms. Thanks to all you military men and women.
11. That I leave for DisneyWorld in 6 days. :-)

I have so much more that I am thankful for, but that is list for today. Have a blessed day and if you get stressed concentrate on what you are thankful for and the good things in your life.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Walt Disney World Here We Come!!

YIPEEEEE!!! We are on our way to Florida to Walt Disney World. One week from today!! I'm so excited. We've got all our days planned out and all our reservations made. I can hardly wait! My best buddy Darlene is coming with us. We have been friends for 20 years for those of you who don't know that. She went with us on our last trip there too. It's a lot of fun and a great benefit for me. My husband Keith will do something with the kids so I can go out with Dar and then Dar watches the kids so I can go out with Keith. I offered to watch the kids so they could go out, but they didn't take me up on the offer. :-)

Also, Keith and I have friends that are our kids adopted Grandparents. It is there timeshare that we use when they go, so I asked them if they could go with us this time and it worked out. We are so excited that they are coming too. Now we not only have Auntie DarDar to help with the kids, we also have Grandma Anne and Grandpa Jim. :-)

I'm not sure I will be able to blog while we are there. I'm trying to convince hubby to take his laptop, but don't you worry at all. I will be blogging with tons of pics when I get home. Last time I went pre digital camera I took so many rolls of film. Just think of how many more I can take now that I have my digital with my huge memory stick. I can't wait. So many pictures to take so little time. :-) Dar, remember I can't have anyone in the background even at Disney World. :-)

I need to go help my daughter finish cleaning our hamster cage. You don't want to know.


Black Friday

I went out on Black Friday. I went to Target, Staples, Menards and Walgreens.

Last night Keith and I were driving home from our Thanksgiving Day. We drove by a Best Buy and a Walmart at 11pm and there were already people in line. It was freezing out. I cannot imagine how cold that must have been all night.

I looked over the ads and my list and decided I would run to Target. They had something that somebody in my family really, really wants, so I knew I had to go. I was in and out of there in 10 minutes.

I ran to Staples next for Keith to pick up a few items. The line at Staples was way longer than the Target line, so even though I got in there only 13 minutes after they opened I couldn't get anything I wanted. They were ticketed items and they handed out tickets to people while they were in line. I looked for a few minutes and then left. Sorry Keith.

Next it was on to Menards. I just wanted one thing. Of course they were out, so I went looking around the store to see what other deals I could find. None worth waiting in the insane line. One lady had what I wanted, so I asked her where she got it. She was willing to give me one, but I couldn't justify standing in the long line for over an hour for one thing. She offered to give me cuts, but I told her I couldn't do that to the people behind her. She looked surprised, so I decided to pass it up. Sorry Keith again.

Next I was off to Walgreens. I got there about 5 minutes after they opened. I got everything I wanted and Keith wanted. YEAHHHHH!! The most important store I needed to go to was Target and I was very successful there, so going out early was well worth it to me.

If any of you went out and faced the crowds please tell me your stories. Did anyone get a laptop for $199 from Best Buy? Afterall, there were 10 per store. Fine print stated that you had to sign up for AOL for a year to get the deal and even finer print said 10 per store. Can you imagine? Anyway, please comment with Black Friday Stories.

I'm off to take a nap!!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

My Turkey Trot 5K

Here is me waiting for the 5K tobegin. It was 15 degrees out with a windchill of -2 degrees. I wasn't sure I should go through with it, but I did and I am so happy I did. Only about 15-20 people showed up.
Keith and the kids met me there to see me finish the race. Parker was too cold, so he waited for me in the car. Tricia and Keith met me on the trail. The pictue below is of Tricia and I hiking up the last hill and the middle picture is of Tricia and I crossing the finish line.
My personal best for a 5k is 50:53 seconds, which I didn't beat this time. I had back problems leading up to this and wasn't even sure as of this past Tuesday if I was going to be able to do my 5k. It was very windy and a very hilly course, so I finished in 52:40 seconds. Not to bad.

Darlene was doing a race today as well. She did a 4 mile course in 55:00. Let's all give her a WAAAAHOOOO!! YOU GO GIRL.

Well, we are off to Dar's for Thanksgiving Dinner. Have a blessed day with the ones you love.

Lots of Love and Turkey,

Friday, November 04, 2005

Tricia's Birthday

Things have been crazy for the month of October and they are still busy. We are getting ready for Tricia's 8th birthday party on Saturday. We are having a Mad Scientist party. The kids each get their own googles. We will be painting a Volcano to explode at the end of the party, making their own slime to take home, we have a Frankenstein ring toss, an eyeball pinata, and they got to put flavored sugar in test tubes for them to take home. We also bought one of those Electric Balls where they put their hand on it and the electricity follows their hand. They also get a Frankenstein cup with a lid and straw to drink out of and they are eating off of eyeball plates. I'm not sure all the food we will be having, but one thing will be a brain made out of Jello. It will be cool. I will probably blog at the beginning of the week with pictures. Have a great weekend. Take some time for yourself and remember you are too blessed to be stressed.

Take care,

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Halloween Night

Here we are in our Halloween get ups. Tricia was a fly, Parker a Black Widow Spider and I was a Bug Exterminator. My tool belt had fly swatters, Raid, and a net in it. It was really fun to make the costumes and we got a lot of great responses.
Here is my little fly girl!! She had a lot of fun buzzing around the neighborhood.
My eight legged little man. Parker had fun with his arms because they were attached with fishing line, so when he moved his arm all the arms moved at the same time. He liked doing Black Widow Karate. He put on his outfit the Friday before Halloween for a party at the YMCA and said, "I am Black Widow man ready to fight crime." He started doing all this Karate stuff and flying around. I envisioned his costume falling apart before Halloween even arrived, so I told him, "Black Widow man can fight crime on November 1st." He understood and Black Widow Karate was only practiced a little bit here and there.
Do I even need to caption this picture? It was a creepy crawly kind of night. Hope you enjoyed this pictures. I would love to hear what you were for Halloween or see pictures of the kids.

Have a great day.

Monday, October 31, 2005

An Eye Poppin' Breakfast

Today is Halloween and we had an Eye Poppin' experience at breakfast. Thanks to some white doughnut holes and some raisin's we had some real fun. Here is Tricia yanking her eyes out.
We decided that Daddy looked the best like they really were his eyes. Eeeewwwww Gross!! Put your eyes back in their sockets.
Our next little eye popper is Parker. He's got his eye on you!!
My eyeballs were itching, so I decided to take them out and massage them and then put them back in. They are all better now!! I'm sure you were concerned.

We are having a fun day. I just got back from my preschool party and am off to two more parties this afternoon. I'll post some more Halloween pictures later.

Have a great day with your little ghouls and bats.
Happy Halloween.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

A 5K Kind of Day

This is my friend Jean, who finished 1st in her age category. She finished the race and then went out to the people at the end and was their cheerleader. She walked with me the last part of my race. She really gave me the boost I needed to finish and was so encouraging in my journey. Thanks Jean for being there for me today and helping me reach the goal of getting my best personal time. :-)
Here is me waiting for the race to start. I was cold to begin with, but by the end of the race I had no ear muffs on and no gloves on. I could start to understand why some of the runners were in shorts and tiny shirts. They knew they would get warm during the race. I was very excited at this point to start the race, but also nervous. My goal was not to be last place and to get my best time ever.

Here is me crossing the finish line. The clock says 50:53, but my official time was 50:54. It must have been changing right as the picture was taken. I actually ran the last short distance and everyone was cheering for me. It felt great. Some people passed me on the course, so I gave them my camera and asked them to take a picture of me at the finish line. I'm so glad I asked because I would not have a picture of me at this point. I would have rather had a picture from the front, but I like that you can see the clock in this one. Someone else took a picture of me from the front that I will hopefully get a copy of. I came in 53rd out of 60 woman. I was 13th out of the 13 woman in my age category and my official time was 50:54.

I will write more tomorrow and share more pictures when I am not soooooo tired. I had a busy day after getting home and need to get to bed.

Blog more later,
Happy Halloween.

I forgot to mention that my pumpkin won first place. I won a nice wine basket. :-)

Ready to go

Well, it's the day of my 5K and I'm getting ready to go. They encouraged people to run in costumes, so I've got a shirt that says, THIS IS MY COSTUME. That's about as creative as I'm going to get. It's hard enough for me to run in regular clothes let alone a costume. My contribution to the Halloween aspect of the race is my pumpkin.

I'm really nervous about this for some reason. I even had a nightmare that I missed the 5K because I was playing with the kids and in my dream I became a hysterical mess. Geeez, you would think I was running the Boston Marathon or something. Anyway, I need to finish getting ready. I'm sure I'll be fine.

I'll let you know how it goes.
Later Gators,

Saturday, October 29, 2005

My 5K Pumpkin

Hi Everyone, tomorrow is my 5K. I'm excited yet nervous at the same time. It has been awhile since I have done one, but I am in the best shape of my life, so I know it will go well.

The charity that is sponsoring the event is called CASA. It stands for Court Apointed Special Advocates for Children. They are having halloween costume contests and pumpkin decorating contests. This is the pumpkin that I painted for the contest. I just finished it. I am very proud of my work. Even if I don't win the contest it was fun coming up with the design and painting it.

I will let you know how my 5K goes and how my Pumpkin does in its own competition. Keep me in your prayers as I have not been feeling the greatest the last couple of days. Thanks for all your prayers and support through my journey to becoming a fitter me. :-) I appreciate it.

Blog more later,

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Just signed up for . . . .

a 5k run on October 30, 2005 in Bolingbrook, IL. A 5k for those of you who do not know is a 3.1 mile run/walk. I will be doing a slog (a combination of the words slow and jog). Please be praying for me. I haven't been able to get to the gym for a few days, so we will see how it goes. I also want to see if I can do a 5k around Thanksgiving. If I do that I can try and beat whatever time I get this Sunday.

Please be praying for me.
Blog more later,

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Before and After

A lot of you have asked to see my before and after pictures of THE HAIR, so here it is.

Wow, now that was a head full of hair. For those of you who don't know, I'm donating the hair to locks of love. Some kid is going to have a lot of hair. :-)

This is the after shot. I LOOOOOOVE it and felt so much better. It felt weird for a couple of days not having hair on the back of my neck.

I'm keeping my hair this way from now on, so I hope you all like it.

Take care,

I Fit!!!

I just went to Six Flags Great America last night. My best buddy Dar took me there for my birthday present. They are having their Halloween Celebration, so there was a bunch of scary decorations and guys walking around. I don't usually do well with scary, but no one was jumping out at us and no one was chasing us.

The exciting news is that I am 40 pounds lighter then the last time I went. Last time I couldn't fit on most of the rollar coasters and it was very discouraging for me. This time there was only one that I couldn't fit on. It was so exciting and made me realize how far I have come. That's what I kept saying to Dar all night, "Dar, we've come a loooong way." We used to be eating buddies now we are excerising, getting healthy buddies. Sometimes we just crack up when we are all excited and talking about the gym. I'm so proud of both of us and how far we've come on our journey. It will be exciting to see where we go from here.

Anyway, just wanted to tell you how exciting it was to finally fit on rides again. I cannot wait to get back to DisneyWorld. I could fit on everything, but not comfortably last time. It will be great!!

Gotta get the kids to soccer.
As excited as ever and ready to lose some more weight,

Friday, October 21, 2005

Look at Me!!

Hello, I forgot to write in my last blog about going to my Grammy's 90th birthday bash. My Grandma Maggie turned 90 today. We had a party for her this past Sunday. A lot of my relatives had not seem me for years, so they were so proud of me and very complimentary. Here are some picutres that my Step Mom Patty took of me. I have lost 40 pounds to date on the way to my goal of 100 pounds lost. Thanks for all the encouragement and support that you have all given during my journey. I could not have done it without you.

Much love,

Biker Babe

Here I am on my new bike. I got my bike on October 14, 2005. It was the day after my birthday. I was like a little kid all day waiting for Christmas. I went riding about 10 miles the day I got it. I rode 10 miles this past Monday and Tuesday. I had to take a break on Wednesday because I was not feeling well and went to spinning today because I knew I would be too cold out on the road.

Riding has been great. They just finished a bunch of trails around here that all kind of connect. I have just begun figuring them all out. I have really taken this time to focus on God's glory in nature. This actually takes the focus off of the ride a lot of times. There are times on my rides that I pray a lot more than I used to. For instance, going up a good size hill for me. I start praying, "Lord, please help me, Lord please help me." It's amazing how he helps me up the hill. So far, I've only had to get off my bike twice in 30 miles of riding and that's only because I'm still learning when I should change gears. :-) I can definetly tell that spinning has paid off. I would have been history on the little hills had I not been building leg muscle in spinning.

I need to get back in the gym to keep up with my swimming lessons and weight training. I have only had one swimming lesson. My teacher, Buzz, is being a wonderful man and fitting me in when he can since I can't afford private lessons right now. I need to make sure that I get in and get my laps in. I'm setting up a new schedule this week to start next week. Getting my bike really through everything else in a loop. I kind of threw everything else to the wind, but it has been worth it.

Tomorrow is my birthday outing with my best girlfriend, Darlene. This fall marked our 20th anniversary of being friends. Pretty awesome. She won't tell me what we are doing, but I'm so excited regardless. I need to get to bed, so I'm not dead tired.

I'm really excited about how things are going that I have adopted a new quote.

"I now only have good days and great days." -Lance Armstrong

Blog more later,

Friday, September 30, 2005

Workouts going great!!

My workouts have been going great this week. The only day I didn't go was on Tuesday after being sick. Tomorrow I head out for a 90 minute spinning class and then the kids and I will be in the Barrington Homecoming Parade to represent our churches AWANA program. That will be a lot of fun. We get to throw candy at people. :-) The weather here is going to be in the 80's tomorrow, so maybe we will take the boat out.

Along the lines of working out I wanted to let you know that I will be doing a 5K in October and November. The best time I have ever had on a 5K is about 52 minutes. I always have to walk most of it. I'm excited to see how I do. I think the first one I will be doing is on October 16th. I will get back to you on that. If anyone wants to do it with me let me know. It will be fun.

I need to get going. I get together with friends from church for a bible study. Tonight we are having a bonfire at one of the families houses. It will be fun and the weather will be perfect.

Blog more later,

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

I was SO sick. How sick were you?

I was so sick I had to call and get a ride home from the YMCA, but let me start at the beginning.

Yesterday, Monday, I went to the YMCA at 5:30 in the morning to take a spinning class. I felt great after the class and went home. I got the kids off to school and spent the morning cleaning around the house. Next I went to see my Grandma who will be 90 years old on October 20. I visited her for most of the afternoon and left her house around 4pm. On the way home my stomach started hurting. I called Keith to tell him I had to stop by the bike shop on the way home and then I'd come straight home.

I got to the bike shop. My stomach was really hurting at this point, but I didn't let it stop my enjoyment of my bike shop stop. I got to see my bike and say hi. The reason for the trip was to get fitted for my bike to make sure it was the right size and it is. :-) I made another payment and left the bike shop around 5:10 and got home around 5:30. My stomach was really hurting, but I was trying not to think about it.

Keith was making dinner and I had a personal training appointment at the YMCA to start a weight training program. I told Keith at dinner that I should call and cancel because I was sick, but that I felt bad because the Monday before I had forgotten about my appointment with the same personal trainer, so I decided to go. I told Tony that I was not feeling well and he said, "let's just do what we can." About a half hour into the training I was really bad. I just had him show me the last two excersises instead of me doing them. Then I asked him if I could sit in the office. I was doubled over while he was making a copy of a paper for me. I started crying and realizing that there was absolutely no way I could drive home from the Y. I called Karl and Sara because I knew at this point Keith was getting the kids to bed. They came to my rescue. Sara drove my van home and Karl drove me home. I could barely stand up straight at this time. I called my boss to tell her I couldn't make it to work and then crawled up the stairs and went to bed. It hurt even to roll over. I thought I was daying. I even told Keith at one point that I would rather be having a baby. :-) Now that I'm not feeling that bad I'm not sure that that's the case anymore. :-)

I went to work this morning, but went home early. Then I went home and slept from 11:00-3:45pm. I still cannot figure out what was wrong with me. I did go to AWANA tonight and am now heading off to bed.

I will be going to the gym tomorrow night for spinning and then home to bed. Please pray that I don't get sick. I really don't have the time for it right now, but then again who does.

Blog more later,

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Don't have a heart attack, I'm back!!

Hello everyone!! Everyone has been asking me to start blogging again, so here I am. Part of the reason I haven't been blogging is because I have been insanely busy since getting back from camp, but to be perfectly honest that is not the only reason. I have had a setback since getting back from camp. I have basically stayed the same weight since getting home without losing any. I have been up and down a few pounds since getting home. I have been getting to the gym, but not as regularly as I had hoped and my eating has been a little off since getting home. Part of this has to do with the busyness in my life, new job, kids back to school and AWANA starting, but those were starting to become excuses. This past week and this morning I got the excitement back that I have been missing.

This past Thursday I decided to do a little shopping for a bike for my Triathlon, which I am still planning on doing. I was just going to look and price things. I went to one shop where the Manager, a lady, was not that friendly, not that helpful and when I told her what I was looking for in a bike made a comment that kinda hurt my feelings. When you do a Triathlon normally you would want a ROAD bike. That's a bike that you would only take on the road and not on any trails. If I wanted to ride on any of the trails around here I would need a second bike because you could ruin the tires on your ROAD bike. That sounded like a lot of money and space in my garage. I did my research and found out that their are HYBRID bikes that are made for going on trails or the road.

I told the lady that I wanted a bike that I could use in a Triathlon and also that I could ride on the trails and she said, "Why do you want a hybrid that's what an old couple rides around their subdivision. You want a road bike." I asked her what if I want to ride on the trails and she said to buy a second bike. I was asking her about cycling shoes and she got someone else to help me. (These are cool shoes. They click into your pedals so you are locked into your bike and use more of your leg power and have a better ride. I am a little afraid to click into a bike. I envision myself clicking in and falling right over. The shoes ended up being more than I could afford for now.) I also asked her to fit me for a bike, so I could know what size frame I should be buying. I told her I wanted to be sized, but not buy a bike today. She got really huffy and said, "If your thinking of buying used good luck. You never know what you are going to get." I explained to her that I was new to the sport and not sure if I was ever going to do another Triathlon, so I wasn't sure what route I was going to go and just wanted to know what size frame I needed. She eyeballed me and said a 17 1/2. There is actually a device that is used to measure what size you are, but I never even saw that. She told me if I bought a bike they would size me. The guy that helped me with looking and trying on shoes was very helpful, but I had already decided to take my business elsewhere. I feel that if I was thinner I would have gotten better help.

I went to another bike store and the gentleman was very helpful. I told him how I was treated at the other store and he knew exactly where I had gone. He says she loses a lot of customers and also employees. Some of her employees have come to work for him. I explained to him that I was doing my first triathlon and wanted a bike that I could do my Triathlon with and still ride on the trails with my family because I couldn't afford a road bike and a second bike. He told me that he had the perfect bike for me. It is a hybrid, but it is made more like a ROAD bike. It was awesome. It is a 2005 bike and they are making room for their 2006 line, so I got $100 off and I'm making payments, so I will physically have my bike by Oct. 20th. I'll still have time to ride before it gets too cold. Also, his store carried some NIKE biking shirts that fit, which is very exciting because it is hard to find workout clothes in my size. Here is a link to check out my new bike. I'm so excited.

The next bit of encouragement came this morning. I had just finished my 1 hour 1/2 spinning class. For those of you who might not know a spinning class is like an aerobics class, but on a stationary bike. I didn't spin around in circles for an hour and a half. I told Jeff, my instructor about my bike and he encouraged me to get the shoes you clip into the pedals. I told him I couldn't afford them for now because of the bike. What's cool is I can clip these shoes into the spinning bike during the winter and get used to riding with them and then transition to using thme on my bike in the spring. Sorry, back to the point. . .

I've been part of a contest at the gym for losing weight and was ready to quit today. This guy I know that works at the gym told me not to quit, but come weigh-in and see how I did. It didn't go well and I got upset. I was even crying. I told him I couldn't be a slave to the scale anymore and needed to drop out. At this point my spinning instructor walked in and was very encouraging. He told me not to drop out, but to weigh-in tomorrow and to weigh-in before I work out and gave me great advice. He also told me to keep me motivated he would buy me my clip in shoes this week as long as I came to the gym tomorrow and Monday. I tried to tell him NO, but he told me his wife wouldn't care and he had the money and he wanted to do it. He told me that he knows how motivated I am and how far I've come. He said he doesn't want me to lose my momentum. Then I started crying from gratitude. These two guys are going to probably run the other direction when they see me coming next time. :-) This is the boost I needed in my morale. I'm pumped up again and ready to go.

Next step is swimming lessons. I will be signing up for those soon and will keep you posted. Well, it feels good to be blogging again. Thanks for your patience and understanding. It was hard for me to be so honest on here today, but knew that I had to be to get going again.

Blog more later,

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Life has been crazy

Well, I'm back and will be blogging on a regular basis again. I'm really starting to figure out this whole Triathlon thing and I will be starting to blog about my process. I'm really excited about this adventure and have met some great people in the process. I will be starting private swimming lessons in September at the YMCA. I have never really had formal lessons. My teacher's name is Buzz and he does Triathlons and helps people train for Triathlons all the time. I will start out with 5 lessons and then see where I go from there. He says he will have me set by the time the triathlon comes around. Should be good. I need to run for now. Blog more later, Melissa.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

We're Home!!

Hi Everyone,

We have made it home and are getting back into the swing of things. I thought because it was an evening flight maybe the kids would take a nap. NO SUCH LUCK!! They were up the whole flight. There was one point I was so tired that I said, "Ok kids be good Mommy needs to rest." I did get a little nap in, but then Parker had to go to the bathroom. It felt like he went every half hour. About the last half hour of the flight they got really hyper because they were going to see Daddy and their rooms. It was so cute to see how excited they were getting. When we got down to baggage claim there was Daddy with Balloons, a welcome home sign from our friends the Dunbars, and a dozen red roses for me. It was so sweet I almost cried. Things have been hectic since getting home.

Remember that emergency root canal on Tuesday Morning I got it finished. Yesterday I got my crown put on and I should be good for awhile, but who knows. I'm trying to get ready for Parker's Birthday on Aug.5th and for VBS on the 8th-12th. Then I have a number of other things before school starts and then I am going to be working 4 days a week at the PreSchool where I substituted last year. It is going to busy, busy, busy from now until school starts.

Today we are going to Keith's Company Picnic. It is always a fun time with lots for the kids to do. I'm looking forward to just doing something with Keith and the kids.

Oh yeah, I'm sure your all wondering how everything is going since getting home with the eating and excercising. I haven't missed a day at the gym since getting home and am eating great. I don't even have the desire to eat junk. I joined a 12 week contest at the gym called BIGGEST LOSER. It will be fun to see how much weight I can lose in the next 12 weeks. It ends October 15th, so I'll let you know.

I need to run for now. I'll catch you later.
Love ya,

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Take off Today!!

This has to be short. We are going to the church where I grew up and then we leave at 2pm for the airport and then I will be home. Yippppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeee!! Please pray for no panic attacks on the flight home. I am really feeling fine about flying though. Thanks again for all your support while I was gone. I cannot wait to see you all and thank you in person.

Lots of Love,

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Made it to Long Beach

I left camp yesterday and made it to the bus station an hour before my bus was to leave. I got in line with my HUGE suitcases and all my stuff. There were these two ladies in front of me talking and I said hello. One of them made a comment about all my stuff, so I told her that I was at a camp for 5 weeks and I was heading home.

We got to talking because the line was taking so long. She was talking about how they just left her daughter's birthday party to come to the bus station. I asked them if they were sisters and she said, "No, this is my friend. She is a missionary to Japan. We met in the Philippines in 1988." I then told them that my sister-n-law grew up in the Philippines and that her parents were missionaries there for years. She asks me their names, so I told her David and PJ Yount and she says, "I know them. That was the Pastor of my church." She remembers teaching Sara Sunday school when Sara was a little girl and is good friends with a lady named Hermes who was Sara's Nanny. It was so fun. Her name is Hannah. We sat together on the bus and had a nice visit.

The bus was 45 minutes late and I had never taken it from San Diego to Long Beach, so we had to stop at the Border Patrol. An officer gets on and asks every single person if they are a citizen. If they are not they have to show their paper work. It was interesting. Other than that the bus ride was uneventful.

We got back to the house and I pretty much went right to bed. I have a lot of packing to do today, but I also want to do something with the kids today, so I am not sure what I am doing.

I'm off. I'll blog more later.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Last Day At Camp


Today is my last day at camp. This morning I woke up early and had my last weigh-in. I lost 3 pounds this past week bringing my grand total to 15 pounds. With my weight loss before leaving I have now hit the 40 pounds lost mark. I'm so proud of myself. I will not know how many inches lost until later. I will let you all know.

This morning after weighing in I took a walking tour of part of the campus and video taped it and took pictures, so I can remember my journey. I even had someone take video of me doing the stadium stairs. It will be fun. I pretended to be Rocky when I got to the top. After that I went for weight training. Again, it was fun. I will be skipping racquetball to pack and then hopefully will go kyaking one last time. If I'm not packed by 2:30 I will skip Kyaking.

I have to keep this short, but I am really excited about this next bit of news. On July 15, 2006 I will be participating in an Amateur Short Course Triathlon. I will be swimming 1/2 mile, biking 15 miles and running 3 miles. I will be doing this with my best girlfriend, Dar (it was her idea) and hopefully Keith too. :-) I'm so excited about this idea, but if I think of the mileage too much I tend to panic. It is really exciting to have this fitness goal. It will be in Minnesota, so anyone who wants to come and cheer us on at the finish line is more than welcome. This is going to be huge!

Thanks again for all your support, love, encouragement and prayers. I love you all.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Twilight Zone Kind of Day

Yesterday was a field trip day and boy was it interesting. The day started off like any other. I went and lifted weights and had breakfast and then we headed out for Universal Studios.

I don't have a lot of time to write, so I'll make this quick.

The bus was hot. My friend burned her leg at the back of the bus on some metal. The bus driver was unsympathetic and told us to open the emergency hatch in the roof for air. We were moving, so needless to say we didn't open it.

The bus broke down.

He pulled into a McDonald's parking lot. I bet the management was excited to see a bus load of Chubby women get out of the bus, but to his dismay all we ordered were Diet Cokes, a few salads and a couple of yogurts.

We were stranded for 2 hours before we got a bus. The new bus was like a driving sauna, so we didn't get to workout, but we probably sweated off a few pounds. From what we heard the bus that made it to Universal on time had no air the whole time either. UGH!!

I do have pictures of the whole McDonald's experience. One of the best storied from McDonald's is that a lady named Janice told us she was going to go and order a diet coke. She asked a guy at the counter if she could borrow his tray, which had a big mac, huge fries and huge drink on it. She explained to him that we were from a weight loss camp and told him to watch our faces. One lady jumped out of her seat and was running towards her. I guess she just wanted a sniff of it. One lady I was told had the funniest look on her face. She said she wanted to ask her what she was doing, but each of us have to make our own decisions about what we eat, so she didn't say anything, but I guess her face said it all. The bummer was I just put my Camera away and was over talking to someone else and just heard the aftermath of it. The guy played along so well and was cracking up.

After that we got to Universal around 4 and had to be on the bus at 8:50pm. The average group on our bus got to see 4 of the major attractions. I had a lot of fun though hanging out with my buds, Kerry and Rebecca. We laughed so much and got some great pictures.

Bus ride home was HORRIBLE. He was driving SUPER fast and swerving, but the good part was the air conditioner had kicked in.

It was a major inconvenience, but now is a great story to tell.

It also must have been a bad bus day all around because some of my friends that didn't go to Universal took a bus to go to Downtown LaJolla and the bus had to take a detour and he went the wrong way and to make another long story short, he went down a street with cars parked on both sides and hit a car and took it's mirror off and set off the alarm. In the same bus there was a man yelling at my campmates about them being beautiful, but talking way too much about nothing and later exposing himself. It was a Twilight Zone kind of day.

I'm off to workout. I cannot wait to see you all again. EEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

This week is flying by

I cannot believe that it is already Tuesday. This week seems to be flying by. My schedule is a little crazy, so I haven't been able to get to the library to blog. I cannot believe that my time here is quickly coming to an end. I leave Friday from camp and then fly out of here on Sunday. It will be good to get home, but I will miss everyone here.

Yesterday, (Monday) was a good day. I had weight training, racquetball, lap swimming and water aerobics. After breakfast we had a behavior modification class with Nancy. She is the director of the camp and very motivating. One thing that I didn't blog about was at the beginning of camp is that I had a panic attack the first week. I had a really hard adjustment time and some things did not go as planned. Nancy was there the day I had my panic attack and really helped me through it. She has seen me go from that to where I am today and is very proud of me. I had let her know that I wanted to meet with her before I left to chat. She is really busy this week, but invited me out to dinner last night and treated. We went out and had a great talk. She is a very spiritual person. I believe she is Catholic. She was on a time schedule last night because she had to get to her prayer group at home that she is part of. She really helped me see some things I need to do when I get home to keep my momentum going. She has truly been an inspiration to me and I am just so glad that she had the vision to run this camp so many years ago.

A couple of weeks ago when she taught the first BMOD class I told you about I complimented her bracelet. It is beautiful, silver and has crosses all around it. When I asked her where she got it she told me she would get me one next time she went to the store. This morning when I saw her, she gave me her bracelet and told me next time she was a the store she would get herself a new one. It means the world to me and it will take a lot for me to take it off. I did take it off during racquetball and swimming because I do not want anything to happen to it. It is going to be an anchor for me. Something for me to look at when I want to eat and remind me to call on God. I cannot wait to show it to you.

Yesterday I also met with the Camp Nutritionist and she helped me really understand what I need to do when I get home. Today I met with a counselor who does personal training and she helped me set up a weight training plan. I am so excited because I have never really done weight training on a regular basis before, so this will be good. It is always important to do weight training and cardio. They really do go hand in hand. Ladies you do not need to worry about bulking up. There is a certain way to lift to bulk up and if you are doing simple exercises at lighter pounds and lots of repetition you will not bulk up. This has been a great couple of days for me getting ready to come home and really keep up what I have done here.

My workout plan when I get home is to be at the gym at least 5 days a week.
Monday-weights and cardio
Wednesday Night after Weight Watchers-spinning and weights
Friday-Weights and Cardio
Saturday-If I don't do spinning on Thursdays, I will do it on Saturdays.


I workout at the Foglia YMCA. If any of you workout there let me know when you are there and I would love to try and work out with you.

The library closes in 10 minutes and I want to make sure to post this before they turn off the computers. Have a great evening and see you soon. I CANNOT WAIT!!

Love to you all,

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Bravo, Bravo Lindsay!! Good Job!!

Last night I went and saw my cousin, Lindsay in a play called Candida. Here is a description of the play that I found on the web.

The play is set in the northeast suburbs of London in October, and tells the story of Candida, the wife of a first-rate clergyman named James Mavor Morell. Morell is a popular Christian Socialist Reverend in the Church of England, yet Candida is responsible for much of his success. When he married Candida, she brought along Eugene Marchbanks, a young poet who wants to rescue her from what he presumes to be a dull family life. Marchbanks is in love with Candida and believes she deserves something more than just complacency from her husband. Both men love her for different reasons, and she is attracted to them both for the different lifestyles they provide. Morell, sensing he is fighting a loosing battle, demands Marchbanks to leave at once, yet Candida undercuts her husband and instead invites him to stay st the house. Leaving the two alone together, Reverend Morell observes Candida and the poet growing closer to one another. The men fight over her, and in the end, Candida chooses the man who needs her the most, her husband, and not where her heart is, Marchbanks.

Lindsay played the Clergyman's secretary. She was fabulous and funny. She had on a dark wig and was dressed in victorian dress. She looked so different with the dark hair and eyebrows. For those of you who don't know my cousin is a red head. Lindsay did the British accent great and made me laugh.

This was Lindsay's 5th production with Long Beach City College. I am very proud of her. It was hard to believe that was my "little" cousin up there. She has worked hard and it shows. She is very talented and I cannot wait to see where God takes this talent and how He will use her. Good job, little cuz, keep up the good work. I love you.

Blog more later,

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Willy Wonka is Willy Wonderful!!

I had my doubts about going and seeing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I am a HUGE fan of the old one and the book. I'm not a HUGE fan of Johnny Depp and personally he FREAKED me out in the Willy Wonka previews, however, seeing how I was with the kids this weekend and it just came out and my Aunt was really excited to see it I gave in. I went in saying to myself, "Just give it a chance Melissa. Have an open mind." Well, I did and I walked away saying to myself, "When Can I see it again?" The changes to the movie were great. They pretty much stayed to the book minus one story line about Wonka's childhood. It was not a musical, but the Oompa Loompas do sing after each kid's mishap. The Oompa Loompas were played by one actor. I thought for sure that I wouldn't like that, but it works. Also, the Oompa Loompas songs are hysterical. So, even if you are a huge fan of the old one go and see it. You'll like it. As far as taking young kids, you can. There is nothing bad in it. There is one slightly inappropiate line made by Wonka in the squirrel scene, but it went over my kid's heads. Other than that I thought it was great. Like the previews, Wonka did freak me out a little bit throughout the movie, but he was really funny too. I would definetely give the movie two candy bars up.

Have a great night.

The Weekend's Here!!

Hello Everyone,

I woke up feeling better yesterday except for a sore shoulder. It was Knott's Berry Farm day. I couldn't wait to see the kids and take them to a place where I grew up as a kid. Everytime we are in California we go to Knott's. We left camp around 11am on HUGE buses. I fell asleep because I was on the quiet bus. We got to Knott's around 12:30pm and I hooked up with Aunt Linda and the kids around 1:00. We had lunch together and then walked around a little bit before Aunt Linda was picked up by Uncle Wilson. The kids and I stayed until it closed at 10pm. "Way past my bedtime" as Parker says. We hit all the shows and a ton of rides. We really had a great time. It brought back a lot of memories, but a lot has changed. It has gotten very commercial and they have taken out some of the best rides that I would have loved to take the kids on. They are big time into roller coasters now. Regardless we had a great time.

Today we have just slept in and relaxed. I finished a book I've been reading all week and now are gearing up to start our day. We are going to play a board game, see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and then I am going to see Lindsay in her play. Tomorrow I head back to camp for my last week. It's bitter sweet. I wish I could stay the whole 9 weeks, but also am ready to get home.

Some more good news from the camp front. I brought a pair of shorts and pants that did not fit me before camp. They were tight. Yesterday I tried them both on and they fit. The shorts are even a little too big and the pants are perfect. I was so excited. I was telling everyone. God is good. . . . all the time.

Write more later.

A Haiku for you

My pants are too big
They are falling off of me
I am so happy

Thursday, July 14, 2005

My Tummy Hurts

As you can tell from the title of this post I am not feeling well today. I don't think it is anything serious, but it's just a bummer. I'm feeling really run down and not very motivated. I am going to skip 2nd and 3rd periods and just take it easy and then go to spinning like I did yesterday. I already did the beach walk and kick boxing and then I'll do spinning. That's not bad in a days work. I think that I am going to see a Movie tonight and then get to bed. I'm hoping I can get a couple people together to see FANTASTIC FOUR or BATMAN. I'm sensing a theme here. Tomorrow it's off to Knott's Berry Farm, a great amusement park. I hope I am feeling better.

I'm off to rest.
Talk to you all later,

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Beach Inspiration

I wrote a poem this morning after going on my beach walk. I also wrote another Haiku. The Haiku is again based on a true story.

Beach Walk-by Melissa

Today I woke up to take a beach walk.
The water, the wind, the birds
These are the wonderful sounds I heard.
Quietly taking in my surroundings hoping no one would talk.

I love to feel the sand between my toes
I love sniffing the ocean air.
I take in salt, fish and seaweed without a care.
These are the wonderful scents that touch my nose.

From the beach I never want to depart.
Seashells, rocks and sand I take,
never wanting this spell to break
These are the wonderful things that have touched my heart.

A Haiku for you from an actual event that happend on my beach walk this morning. Enjoy!!

Walking on the beach
I drop my CD player
in the ocean blue

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Surfs Up Dudes

Good Morning Everyone,

I went on the beach walk this morning after staying up way late with my girls, Kerry, Juls, Daniella and Debi. We had fun watching TV, playing Trivial Pursuit (some of us had more fun than others on that one) and Egyptian war. Karl, thanks for looking that up for me on the way to their suite. It was good to just hang out after a long day.

The beach walk was awesome today. I decided to barefoot it so I could go closer to the water. I had so much fun. I brought a camera and got some great shots. When I leave in the morning I am gone until after dinner, so it has been hard to lug my digital camera around with me, so I bought some little disposable ones that I can keep with me at all times. Because I was barefoot I was able to get close to some of the wild life in the tide pools. There were star fish everywhere and a Sandpiper eating fish. (That's a bird if you don't know) When I was trying to get a picture of him he kept hopping away, but not too far so I wouldn't get his fish or maybe it was a crab. I would have loved to have my zoom lense at that point. Oh well. I saw a guy and girl surfers and asked them for a picture. It was nice and then the guy said, "Here's my surfboard let me take a picture of you." It will be fun to get back. Then I looked at my watch and realized I was late getting back to the bus, so I hightailed it back. I ran a great distance. It's amazing how fast I can run when I need too. :-) It was an incredible day.

The Lord has really spoken to me the last couple of days. I just really have felt His presence and am at so much peace. It is not a peace I have felt in a long time. I'm so glad that I have had this 5 weeks to come out here and really find myself. I cannot wait to get home and share all my excitement with you.

I already took kick boxing today and am heading off for some time on the good old cardio machines. It will be tiring, but fun. I have good music. If any of you like Latin music. There is a Christian Group called Salvador. Very good and fun!! Darlene turned me on to them.

I'm out of here. Peace out!!

Monday, July 11, 2005


I do not know if any of you really know that I started writing poetry around Christmas. That is when I started reading Dr. Phil's weight loss book. His book is really helpful and really goes along with what they are teaching here at camp. In February I finished reading his book and I wrote the poem below that is why there are references to Dr. Phil in the poem. This poem has really taken on new meaning for me here at camp. Enjoy.

I Deserve it!!
by Melissa
I used to tell myself that I was not good
that losing weight, I never would.
I didn't like myself or looking in the mirror.
Being fat my whole life was a real fear.
This fear I never did anything about.
I ate when I was sad, angry, happy or just wanted to pout.
Dr Phil says, "Get real and excited about your life,"
but until I acknowleged the problem all I had was strife.
I picked up his book and started to read,
right thinking is on of his 7 keys.
First I dismissed all those people who said I'd never lose weight.
I dismissed the thoughts that being skinny was the only way to be great.
All those people over the years that said, "You have a pretty face,"
didn't realize it hurt me and set me back a pace.
You know what they mean when they say that to you,
but really you want to be beautiful all the way through.
So all my negative dialog I've thrown out the door
because I know I"m worthy and I deserve much more.
I deserve to be excited about my life.
I deserve to learn good ways of coping with strife.
I deserve to like what I see in the mirrior.
I walk out the door head held high with no fear.
I'm excited about my days!
I'm excited about getting fit!
This is a life I love
and you know what?

Some Haikus for you

The kids and I have been having fun lately making up Haikus. In case you do not know what a Haiku is, it is a 3 lined poem. The first line has 5 syllables, second line has 7 and the third line has 5. They do not have to rhyme or make sense.

Here are some camp inspired Haikus:

Camp LaJolla Rocks
My fat is melting away
I feel thinner

Fried foods are not good
Why do they taste so yummy?
I do not know why

This next one is based on a true story that you may have read about in my blog

Fat men at buffets
eating 10 fried chicken legs
makes me want to puke

This is a short one
I love to write a Haiku
I do it for you.

Have a great night.


Hello everyone,

Friday, for my 3rd and 4th periods I got to go Kayaking. It was great. I took my waterproof camera and got some great pictures. I went with my friend Maria. They were two people Kayaks. We had a little trouble manuevering the craft, but still had a good time. We were basically going around in circles, but at least they were big circles. We took off from a Harbor where a lot of boats were docked. Then we took off into the Ocean. We had to watch out for speed boats, jet skis, and sailing boats. Maria didn't know what to think about the waves the boats made, but I loved it. On the way out to the bay we past this small pier and there was a seal/sealion (it had ears so whichever one that is) sitting there and pelicans and lots of seagulls. It was so beautiful. I wanted to get really close to get a picture of the seal/sea lion, but Maria kept saying, "We are close enough, take the picture. We are close enough take the picture." We headed in a little early due to our manuevering difficulties and we went by the seal/sea lion again. It was really neat for me to see a Pelican so close that wasn't in captivity. When one of the counselor's named Terry and her partner were coming in they decided to go see the seal/sea lion up close and bumped the dock. He went up on his flippers towards them and roared and scared them to death. You should hear Terry tell the story. It cracks me up everytime she does the roar. They were so close they could see his very long, sharp teeth. We got back to our dock and getting out of this thing was another story. You kinda have to roll out onto the dock. I was laughing so hard I just had to lay there for a minute. Overall, Kayaking was a blast. I would do it everyday if I could.

We got back to camp and I checked my cellphone. There was a message from Keith that he left early and was already on campus and needed directions to my dorms. I called him and he found the place, but I made him wait while I showered and got ready and then I went down and met him. It was so great to see him. I still couldn't believe that he was there.

We left and went out to dinner in a town called Pacific Beach. We went to a great little place called Daddios. If you are ever in the San Diego area you have to look this place up. The food was out of this world and Daddio was there. He sat down at our table and talked to us for a great while. I had heard from the waitress that he had lost a lot of weight. I could tell from his picture on the menu. I asked him his secret and he said black beans, no fried foods and a personal trainer. I gave Daddio a little Cubs keychain I had so he could have a piece of Chicago and we got a picture with him. He was great, the food was great and it was a great night. Keith and I walked along the beach before dinner. There were literally hundreds of surfers out. I still cannot figure out how they surf and don't run each other over. It was really neat to see.

After that we went to our Hotel that was in a really hip little part of San Diego and just 2 blocks away from Petco Park. A brand new baseball park where the Padres play. THis is only their 2nd season in the park. Saturday Morning we went on a tour of the ballpark as the team was out of town. The tour was great. In order to build there they had to keep two historic buildings. One is in leftfield corner and they made it into party suites. They were able to keep 70% of the building original. It is beautiful. The way the had to apply for the permit was to say that they were adding on to the building, kinda of like if you add on a garage to your house, so the whole stadium is considered an add-on to this small 4 story building. I found that to be really cool. We got to go in the dug out, take a picture on home plate, but my favorite highlight of the whole day was going into the press box and sitting where the MLB.COM journalist sit. I took pictures and cried because I am so proud of my little brother. I called him afterwards and told him where I had just been and he said, "Sweet." I also told him I cried and that I'm proud of him. Sniff, Sniff. I hope some day he and Kelly can live in San Diego and he can write for the Padres and I can come and visit and eat at Daddios every weekend. :-)

Next we went back to Aunt Linda's and spent the rest of the day with the kids. We went out to dinner and then say the documentary, "The March of the Penguins." It was very good. If your kids love animals I would take them to see them. There are a few sad parts as you can imagine the life of the penguin in the wild.

Sunday we went to church with Keith's Dad, Dave. It was a really nice church. We then all went out to dinner at a place like Old Country Buffet. I was getting sick watching people eat. One man directly behind Keith had (and yes I counted) 10 FRIED chicken legs on his plate. I won't describe how he was eating each one either. I had to have Keith move to the right, so I couldn't see him anymore. This man couldn't even fit in the booth. ANYWAY, it was a wonderful visit with Keith's Dad and a nice afternoon. There were a lot of soldiers in the restaraunt too. I'm raising my kids that whenever they see soldiers to thank them for serving our country, so we went around thanking the soldiers and talking to them. There were about 5-6 soldiers leaving, so I took the kids picture with them and told them we pray for our military all the time and that we would pray for them. They were all very humble about it, but appreciative too. That was a highlight of dinner out. It kinda balenced out the chicken leg guy. YUCK!!!

Today starts week 4 for me. I had a great weigh-in this morning. Here are my stats for you.

Pounds lost week 3: 6.2
Pounds lost total for camp: 11.8
Inches lost in the past 2 weeks (I didn't get measured last week): 4.5 inches
Inches lost total for camp: 10.59 inches
Pounds lost before leaving for camp: 25 pounds
Pounds lost total: 36.8

Thank you all so much for your prayers and encouragement. They have meant so much to me, Keith and the kids. We couldn't have done this without you all.

This morning after my fabulous weigh-in I went to the track and I was going to walk, but ended up doing stadium stairs. I ran up and down 10 times. I then booked it over to kick boxing and had the best class yet. I made it the whole class and really challenged myself. I'm off to Cardio Machines.

Have a Magnificant Monday and remember to smile. It makes your day better.

Write more later.

PS. Sorry if there are any spelling errors in advance my spell checker was down and I need to get to class. :-)

Friday, July 08, 2005

Nutrition class with Bruce

On July 6th we had a nutrition class with a guy named Bruce. Bruce has worked with camp for about 10 years and was their nutritionist. Now he works with the teen boys I think and is the Surf instructor for the kids camp.

Here are some tips he gave in Nutrition class.

-There is not a set plan that works for everyone, so be careful when a plan comes out that says it will work for everyone. We may have similarities as to why we are overweight, but no on person is the same and therefore no one "diet" will work for everyone.

-The main key is portion control and exercise. Find what works for you and do it. Watch your portions, eat 3 meals a day or 4 small meals day and exercise daily and you will lose weight. He said try not to become a slave to calorie counting. As long as your portions are small and your exercising you will do it. Include in each meal, carbohydrates, protein and veggies or fruit.

Eat as natural as you can. Avoid foods with mystery ingredients. Have you ever looked at the ingredients of the chips you are putting in your mouth? Bruce's history is all in nutrition and he does his research on these matters and he still doesn't know what some of the ingredients are that people are putting in their mouths. His mantra is, "Eat as Natural as you can."

Avoid Splenda and Nutrasweet if you can. 1 tbs. of sugar is only about 45 calories. IT's not that much and it's natural. WIth these artificial sweeteners we are training our brains that the food we are eating is sweet with no calories. Soon our brain starts to think SWEET=NO Calories. This is not good.

As far as the natural thing goes he said that it is better to make cookies with all natural ingredients then to go and buy cookies off the shelf. A lot of the cookies today have the mystery ingredients in them.

Avoid fat-free foods except in dairy. Fat-free that is ok is milk and yogurt. He says to stick with low fat or regular of everything else. We need healthy fats in our diet. Also, Non-fat does not equal Non-Calories. Let me repeat that Non-Fat does not equal Non-Calories. A lot of times the Non-fat items will have more calories then if you just had the regular item, so be careful!!

Avoid these items.
Soda-cut it out completely if you can.
Fastfood-if you have to go, there are healthier things you can order
Artificial sweeteners
Some Non-fat items

But with that said, enjoy food. Find foods you like. Also, let yourself have those treats from time to time. If you deprive yourself you'll want it more and be more likely to binge on it.

And that my friends is Nutrition class with Bruce.
Hope it helped.

Week 3 almost over!! Nancy's Class Notes!!


It's almost the end of week 3 here at Camp LaJolla. I am so happy that I have come here. I really am growing as a person.

The other day we had a behavior modification class with the Camp Director, Nancy. She and I have really clicked. I wanted to share some things from her class that I think will help me when I get home.

These are questions she told us to ask ourselves:
-What do I need to work on? Where is my thinking? What sets me off in a social setting and what can I do to prevent it from happening. i.e. at the movies-popcorn-do I want it because of the smell/advertising or because my stomach really wants it. What can I do to not give into advertising/smell next time I go to the movies.

When I go home what will I instill? Is there food I need to get out of my house. Do I need to find someone to have as a buddy system with my eating and working out?

As far as fitness goes I am doing more here at camp then I will ever be able to do when I get home. I need to find a couple things I love and stick with them once I get home. I am finding that I love kickboxing, racquetball and walking. We have a great path by our house that I will definitely taking advantage of when I get home.

We can make time for so many things in our lives that I just need to make time for me and my health, so I am going to be scheduling it into my calendar just like everything else.

I am going to make family fitness a priority. We love to walk and go the beach, so I hope to really incorporate more fitness into all our daily lives.

Even on the bad days- DON'T GIVE UP!! If I overeat do not beat myself up. Sometimes we overeat and then give up and overeat the next day. This is a very BAD CYCLE! Do not beat yourself up. Do not feel guilty about messing up. It's life!!

Know that there are going to be changes in your life. How will you handle the changes? Do not wallow in the changes just tell yourself, "Get over it and get on with it."

What are my triggers? Why am I allowing myself to eat this trigger food? Use self-dialog when approaching holidays, buffets and trigger foods.

Try to eat on a schedule everyday. DO NOT SKIP BREAKFAST!! Here is the schedule that I have chosen for myself. Breakfast between 7-8am, Lunch between 12-1pm and dinner 6-7pm. It has been great eating on a schedule here, so that is one of the things that I am going to implement once I get home.

Dining out- Know where you're going and what you want before you go, so you don't have to look at the menu. You all have your favorite restaurant and your favorite dish. How many times have you looked at the menu just to order the same thing you ordered last time. Try to avoid appetizers. Share your meals or ask for the box right away, so that you only eat half of your meal. Do not have the bread basket. Do not have butter. Ask for your veggies to be steamed. Do not be afraid to ask your server for what you want. Remember and say to yourself, I AM IN CONTROL!! I AM THE DRIVER OF WHAT I EAT!!

Think of Maintenance this way. . .
Maintenance is maintaining your healthy lifestyle, not maintaining your weight.

It's never too late for a new beginning. Be careful-Home is soon. Dining out is coming soon. Be careful right now. Some people will try and get me to deviate.

What was I doing when I deviated? Who was I with? Why did I do it? People will try to sabotage me even if they don't mean too. Know who they are and do what I need to do to be successful in this journey.

These are all the things that I took away from Nancy's class. They are very practical and I have heard some of it before, but I am working through them and making a plan for when I get home. That is what I have never done before, so it has been good. I am really excited about getting home and getting things implemented to carry on what I have been learning here. I hope some of this has helped you.

My back is still hurting today and I am still taking it easy. However, today is the only day that I can take Ocean Kayaking before I leave camp, so I will be doing that later this afternoon. They are 2 people kayaks and I have heard that it is really fun. Some people even saw seals next to them under the water. Don't worry I will be taking my waterproof camera. I'll try and get some good shots.

Keith arrived yesterday and really surprised the kids. From what I hear they have talked his ear off and haven't let go of him since he got there. My cousin Scott could not go to an Angels game last night, so he gave the 3 tickets and baseball hats to Keith and the kids, so they got to go out by themselves. They had a lot of fun except that the Angels lost! Parker fell asleep as soon as he was in the car. They are hanging out today and then Keith comes here to get me. We are going out to dinner and then staying at a hotel in San Diego. I can hardly wait to see him. Saturday we will head back to Uncle Wilson and Aunt Linda's house and hang out with the kids, go to church together on Sunday and then Keith will be driving me back to camp. This will be a perfect weekend for me.

I need to run for now. I am not doing racquetball (Jordan this is the correct spelling) because of my back, but will be walking during that class and then off to Kayaking after lunch. I hope you are all having a great day.

Love and miss you,

Thursday, July 07, 2005

My Back

Today I had to skip my first class because my back is hurting. I must have slept on it funny!! Please pray for me because I really wanted to work out hard today and tomorrow. I know when it needs to be rested though.

For those of you who don't know, but I'm sure most of you reading this know already. Keith is flying out to California today for a business trip. His business is not until Monday so he will get to spend a lot of time with the kids and with me. It will be so great to see him. I will probably burst into tears when I see him. I can hardly wait. :-)

The kids don't know he's coming. They are going to be so surprised. Tricia has had a hard time without him. This will be good for them.

Also, I have a friend, Joy, from London. Please pray for her regarding these recent terrorist attacks. I haven't talked to her today, but I know this will be hard for her. Thanks.

Gotta go get some grub. Love and miss you all, Melissa

PS Today is my Dad's birthday. He is 64 and in October I will be half his age. Pretty cool, huh? Bye!!