Short Fat Girl

The transformation of a short fat girl

Month – April 2011

Still Standing After Three Weeks

In honor of today’s royal wedding, some of our instructors showed up today sporting beautiful, sparkling tiaras and silky bows to warm us up in. What a perfect way to celebrate the end of my third week at boot camp.

It wasn’t all fun and games though. During our warm up, I guess I twisted wrong or something and pulled my hip flexor muscle. Not a good way to start a workout. As we started running, I could feel the muscle get tighter and tighter to the point where I was having trouble running at all. Instructor JoJo, stayed back with me and showed me how to stretch it out. It would help for a little while, but then it would start hurting again. I have to tell you that this is not how I wanted to end my third week of boot camp. After yesterday’s workout, I was pumped and ready to finish the week with a bang.

I was finally able to catch up with my fellow campers where the real workout reared it’s ugly head. I can’t remember the name of the workout but i can tell you, it was really hard. We had to do several different time exercises 8 times in a row each. Each time, our goal was to increase the number we performed in a 20 second period. I did pretty well with the sit ups, and a couple of other ones, but the triceps dips and push ups had me at go. Each time I performed those exercises, my numbers would either stay the same or decrease a bit. By the time it was all over, my arms were total jelly. After a few stretches we had to run back to where we began.

I really wanted to finish this week strong and since I was slightly injured, I concentrated on running as far as I could without stopping. It was difficult, but I could definitely see a difference in my running capabilities. Finally, I reached the end where most of my fellow campers were already finished and walking to their cars. It didn’t matter. I made it through the 3rd week and I’m still standing.

With the triathlon only34 days away, Kristy and I have been taking water aerobic classes on Saturdays followed by swimming a minimum 16 laps in the pool. Sunday, I am hopping to get a bike ride to Stone Mountain in. Not sure if physically I’ll be up for it but I haven’t ridden in about a month and even though the clycling part of the triathlon is my strongest sport, I want to use that segment to gain some extra time for the running segment. I have to beat my time from last year which is 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Happy Friday everyone!

Good Day For Friends Day

Because we were up most the night from our hysterical dog, Jack pacing and panting all over the bed due to the nasty storms we got last night, the nerve grinding sound of the alarm clock was far from being music to my ears. Needless to say, I wasn’t thrilled about getting out bed this morning.

I can tell you one thing, the old me, bbc, (before boot camp) would have kept my butt in the bed in attempt to try squeezing in a couple more hours of sleep before having to get ready to work. That was then and this is now. Now, today, Kristy and I got up, grumbled a few bars of OMG I am so tired, got dressed, walked out the door and went to boot camp.

Why was being there today so important? Today was friends day and since I invited a few friends to join us, I couldn’t just not show up. Besides, I was looking forward to showing off what I have achieved so far. I at least I feel like I’ve come a long way and I guess I wanted to know if anyone else could see it too.

My favorite part of the day was when one of my friends and I, a very healthy friend I might add, were lined up next to each other to sprint to the top of a hill. We stepped up, looked at each other and I said “It’s on!” Step Up! GO! yelled instructor Lydia and like two kids chasing an ice cream truck, we were off. Now, I can’t say that I’m any Jackie Joyner-Kersee, but I can honestly say that, I don’t think I have ever ran that fast in my entire life. I was running all out and I was right there with my friend. Fighting up that hill as fast as I could, the finish line was within my reach. I gave it one last kick and powered my self across that line. (Cant you just hear the music from Chariots of Fire?) My friend crossed the line a split second before I did. Yes, I really wanted to win that race; it would have given me a huge motivation boost, but it’s ok. The race up that hill represented a a kind of new beginning for me and was an amazing experience. Now, I know it’s only been 3 weeks, and I still have a long way to go. To be honest though, I’m excited to see what happens next.

To my fellow campers… Bring It!!!!

Up And Running Again

Sorry I haven’t been around the past few days, life has been a little crazy. Anyway, I missed boot camp yesterday because of a really bad migraine; however, all is well and I’m good as new today.

Because Kristy and I hosted a Easter Egg Hunt this past weekend, today was my first day of exercise since boot camp last Friday. I still got a lot of exercisebecause of all the house cleaning and yard work we had to do to get ready for the 61 people who attended. Unfortunately, my exercise wasn’t the only thing that suffered. All my good eating habits went out the window as well. Not that I ate a bunch of crap; I did not eat like I should have. I ate only a few times each day and then by dinner I was starving. Because we were both too tired to cook, we ended up eating popcorn for two of our meals. Other meals included; pizza, and Subway. My portion control was maintained; however, I did not make the best choices I could have.

Needless to say, boot camp was extreamly hard on me. I struggled to keep up with my fellow campers and had a really hard time controlling my breathing. Basically, I felt like I was at the beginning of week two again.

What’s worse, I had to take my journal to boot camp for the instructors to review. I just sat there watching Lydia’s face as she lookedmore and more confused when she read what I had been eating the past 4 days. Now I could have lied and put down all kinds of healthy things I didn’t really eat, but who am I fooling? I would only be letting myself down. Ok, I did omit one thing yesterday. Because I was feeling pretty bad yesterday, I did not make a lunch, and because I was late for work, I didn’t want to leave the office to go find something healthy. If I wanted to eat my only choice was Chick-Fil-A which is located in the lobby of our building. I got a chicken sandwich, an order of fries and a diet Coke. Somehow, I omitted the fries from my journal, but I can tell you Lydia didn’t miss a thing. The first thing she said to me was no fries right? I chose to suck it up and tell her that I did have an order of fries. Like I said, who would I be fooling?

Do not fret my friends. As we speak I am back on my healthy eating track and will be back at boot camp tomorrow.

The trick of all this is: it’s ok to fall down. Just get back up and continue where you left off.

Week 2 In The Books

Well, I did it. I have completed two full weeks of boot camp!!!! Who would have thought that someone like me, could do, let alone try something like this. I remember when boot camps first starting gaining popularity. I always thought that it would be cool to be able to do that. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever thing I would actually be a participant.

I have learned a lot in the past two weeks. Most of it has to do with the way I look at food. Before, I would eat what was easy or convenient. Now, I eat what I think will benefit me the most. I was a huge fan of packaged and processed foods. Anything in a package that I could just heat up or eat right out the package was what I leaned towards the most.

Like most of us, I work a lot of hours so time is precious to me. By the time I got home from work, the thought of cooking was a huge turn off. I hated to be bothered with cooking. Kristy and I have spent a lot of time and money eating out. Unfortunately, that is the reason I have gained so much weight. My favorite meal would be going to the Corner pub and having their grilled wings with my favorite beer. Yes, I love beer. I don’t drink beer to get drunk. I drink beer because I love the taste. I love tasting different types of beer, I love sitting around with my friends after a hard day and sharing a beer and good conversation. And yes, I do miss it. I miss it a lot, but one thing I keep in the back of my mind, is if I have a beer, how will it affect my work out. My instructor JoJo, (pictured above) informed us that alcohol can last in your body for 5 days. I remember that and the freaking hill at Candler Park that I can’t seem to run up with out stopping.

So now, when I see a meal, I dissect it for its nutrition quality and how it may help my workout the next day. Please don’t think that have all the sudden turned out to be some fitness expert. I’m still over weight, I still have a lot of issues, especially with food that I have to deal with, I still have a long way to go. What I am saying is, if I can start making these changes now, it should have a huge affect on my progress as I work towards my goals.

My goal for next week is too make it up that freaking hill without having to stop and walk. Keep checking in everyone and see me make it.

Jumping My Way?

Last night, around 3:00 AM, a pretty big storm hit our area. My oldest dog Jack, is terrified when it comes to storms. He is so sensitive, I think he can tell when a storm crosses the Alabama – Georiga state line. Anyway, I woke up this aournd 3:00 to find Jack sitting on the top of my head shaking like a leaf. Poor Jack was a nervous wreck and, when Jack is a wreck, nobody sleeps until he does. Finnaly, I was able to doze off for what seemed to be only 5 or 10 minutes when the alarm clock went off at 5:00 AM. I immeadiyly turned over and fell back to sleep and about 15 minutes later, Kristy woke me up again. I got up and scurried to the window to see if it was still storming out. As my luck would have it, the sky was clearing up. I was so tired that all I wanted to do was go back to bed and to sleep for another couple of hours. I starteed having arguments with my self that I needed to sleep. My body wasn’t used to this and it needed more rest. Then guilt sunk in. All I could see was my fellow campers standing around waiting for me and angry because I stood them up. So, I got up, got dressed and headed out the door leaving Jack sleeping in my spot.

We started our workout with our ususal warm up run to the park where I kept a pretty good pace. Still last, but I ran more than I walked today. Once we got down to the park we all lined up and started jummping up and down the parking lot. If I was a bystander, it would look like a easter bunny practice. The jumping was followed by skipping and then jumping rope.

Now, if you ever watch kids jump rope on a playground, they all seem to be having a pretty good time at it. This was not the case for me however. I could not jump rope to save my life. I would maybe get two or three rotations going before i tripped on it. Most of the others were looking like Rocky Balboa in trainig with there high speed jumping. Because I spent most of that time stopping and starting, I chose to just drop the rope and jump up and down with the others.

After we finished jumping rope, we had to jump backwards to where we started and then skip back to the grass. Once we got back to the grass, we would do series of pushups, situps, crunches and what ever other forms of torture the instructors could come up with.

After we did several rounds of this, we did our cool down stretching. Then, the fun part started. We had to run back to the school. The first part of the run is all up hill until you get to the street. That hill always seems to get the best of me and I end up walking to the top. Once I got to the top and back on the street, I started running again. At this point my legs felt like I had heavy bricks attached to them. It took everything I had to keep moving. I could see in the distance my fellow campers high fiving each other and starting to gather there things to go home. That’s when I kicked it into high gear and ran as fast as I could to the end. It was an awesome feeling to finsh that way. Yes, I was tottaly exhausted, but I was ready to take on the day after that.

I’m so glad I didn’t listen to myself and stay in the bed. After all, it’s only an hour. I can do anything for an hour.

Be Prepared

The biggest problem I have encountered so far is making sure I have plenty of food to eat when I go to work everyday. Now that I’m doing boot camp, my prep time has been severely cut. By the time I get back from camp, I have about 10 minutes to prepare my food for the day before I have to jump into the shower.

In the past, if I didn’t have time to make my breakfast or lunch before I went to work, I would wing it and eat out that day. Unfortunately, as hard as I try, I don’t always make the best food choices. For example; we have a Chick-Fil-A in our building. Before I would get settled at my desk, I would run down stairs and grab a chicken biscuit and a diet coke. To save calories, I would skip the hash browns. Luckily, we also have a Subway close by so I would go there for lunch and can get a way with making some good choices. For those of you who haven’t heard, Subway now serves breakfast and it’s pretty darn good. So if you did forget to bring something for breakfast, I highly recommend trying the egg white on flat bread. You can load it with veggies and it will definitely fill you up.

 Now that my primary focus is my weight and fitness level, I spend a lot more time preparing my food for the day and because I have so little time to prepare my food, I now break it up into two sessions. At night, I will prepare items like my breakfast and snacks before I go to bed and in the morning, because I can’t stand soggy food, I will make items like my sandwiches.  

Below is a sample of the food I will eat during the work day.

Breakfast – Bagel, egg, cheese, and Canadian bacon sandwich, Banana and a cup of coffee

Snack – Apple with a piece of string cheese

Lunch– Turkey wrap (low carb tortilla, 2 oz Boar’s Head Turkey, 1 oz fresh goat cheese, big handfull of fresh spinach), 1 package of steamed brussels sprouts and a small bowl of fresh mixed fruit

Snack – 1/2 cup of low fat cottage cheese, with fresh mixed fruit.

Other snack items I try to keep on hand are fresh, raw almonds, Greek yogurt (I personally like Chobani) and frozen grapes. Frozen grapes are a great snack because they take a little longer to eat and it’s almost like having a frozen treat.


I Did 6!!!

Ok, enough with all the whining I did yesterday!!! Today, was a breakthrough day for me. First, I was able to run a lot further than I have since I started. I actually kept up with my fellow campers through the warm up and almost all the way to the workout field. I tried really hard to keep up with everyone through the exercises, but most of these people are pretty fit and well… I did my best.

Secondly, I did 6 sit ups today. Now I know most people would say 6? Why would I be so happy about such a low number? I’ll tell you why. On the first day, I couldn’t even pull off 1 sit up and now I can do 6. So 6 is a huge number for me and I am very proud of it.

I know it’s only been a week, but if I can already tell a difference in such a small amount of time, I’ll be built like Arnold Swarchenegger in no time.

I’ll be back

Evil Thoughts

I try very hard to keep everything I write on an upbeat tone. After all, who wants to read a lot of crap from a Debbie Downer? Today, however, I had a really hard morning and was extreamly frustrated that I didn’t seem any better at things than I did on day one. Granted, its only been a week, but for some reason, I had delusions of grandeur  that I was at least going to be able to keep up with my fellow campers.

Unfortunately, boot camp really kicked my butt today. In fact, today seem to be harder than any other day so far. So hard, that at one point early in the workout, many evil thoughts were racing around in my head. The biggest of them was “what have I gotten myself into?” I was literally fighting with myself to keep going. It took me at least 30 minutes before I could get a handle on my pain and breathing. The pain in my legs was so intense that I could barely walk let alone run.

Then, one thing kept coming to mind. 8 pounds, 8 pounds, 8 pounds. That is what gave me the jolt I needed to keep me moving. Even though I wasn’t performing the exersices as gracefull as everyone else, the point is, I kept moving and before I new it, my hour was up.

When camp was over, I went back to my car and sucked on my water bottle for a bit. As I sat there and thought about the workout and how upset I was that the thought of giving up even crossed my mind, I thought of a quote by one of my favorite authors, Dan Millman. “When running up hill. it’s ok to quit as many times as you wish… so long as your feet keep moving.”

I think that is what happened to me today.

The Results Are In

First thing I did this morning was to get on the scale. When I stepped on, I was totally blown away. I lost 8.1 pounds. WHAT???? This is such a relief to me. I have been on a downward spiral for about a month now, all at my own fault I might ad, and I was getting really frustrated. It didn’t matter how little I ate, if I ate one wrong thing, gained weight.

To be honest, I didn’t have the most perfect eating week, but I think, with the serious workouts I had this week along with the decrease in my alcohol consumption, equaled a big weight loss. I know I can’t expect results like this every week, but I am really excited to see what next week brings me.

Week 1 Down, A Lifetime To Go


Today marked the end of my first week of boot camp. I’m going to be honest here; my body hurts like I have been run over by a tractor trailor. I cannot identify one part of my body that is free of pain. On the other hand, I feel great. Even though it’s only been one week, I am already feeling a little stronger. Now this could be a mental thing, but who cares right?

Today, I was able to run in longer increments than I have all week. Today, I was able to hold the leg lifts longer than I did all week. Today, I was in a good mood when it was over. I can honestly say that this was a great week.

There are so many people that are responsilbe for my first week of sucsess that it would be impossible to list them all. I do want to have a couple of shout outs though.

My first thank you goes to my wonderful partner Kristy. Without her love and support, I would not be able to handle everything in my life and boot camp too.

My next big thanks goes to Deena. If it wasn’t for Deena, I wouldn’t have even shown up. She has been a constant source of the kick in my ass that I have needed. She is constantly checking in with me to see if I’m ok and giving me the encouragement to keep going.

Next shout out goes to Bridget. Briget and I have done some bonding this week. She shared her personal story of how she got here and has became a huge inspiration to me. She also has kind of taken me under her wing at boot camp.

Last but certainly not least a big thank you goes to Molly, JoJo, Jan, Lydia, Brenday and everyone else including my fellow campers. You made this the worst and best week of my life.

See everyone next week

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