Short Fat Girl

The transformation of a short fat girl

Boot Camp

If Opportunity Doesn’t Knock….

Annex - Berle, Milton_01“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”. A great quote that I came across by Milton Berle and what keeps me inspired as I start the next chapter in my life.

Now, I’m not going to get into the details, but last Friday, I left my job without another to turn to. I now find myself in a place where my future is unclear. The one thing that is clear, however, is the fact that I was unhappy and my personal life was beginning to pay the price. I was stressed out all the time, and was bringing that stress home with me. My health was also suffering. I was working so many hours, I was too tired or lazy to cook, and found it was just plain easier to order out. Additionally, I was too tired or lazy to get my butt out of bed and go to boot camp in the mornings. Because of all of this, my weight was going up and down (mostly up), as well as my mood and attitude (mostly down).

As I work on the blue prints for building my new door, I am also going to take this time to work on myself by going back to boot camp and start cooking healthy meals again. Kristy and I both, are so much happier physically and mentally when we are living a healthy lifestyle and that’s what I want to get back to.

I feel certain that when the time is right, my new door will open and I will find myself where I am supposed to be.

Exercise – The Cure For The Common Cold

I’ve had a cold since this past Saturday and it’s been fairly manageable; until today! This morning I woke up feeling like someone snuck up on me while I was sleeping and poured concrete in my nose. When I lifted my head up off the pillow, I immediately fell back down and pulled the covers over my head.

Next, came the usual morning argument with myself: “Come on Lisa; get your A$$ out of bed!” “But, but, I’m sick” this went on for about five minutes. Then the I started guilting myself saying “Remember the Peachtree” and I crawled out of the bed and began to get dressed.

When I was finished coughing up my lungs, I drank a big glass of water, took a few hits off my inhaler, popped a Hal’s Cough Drop in my mouth and headed out the door. Still stopped up when I arrived, I was beginning to regret my decision, but it was only day two of this months session and I didn’t want to start off on the wrong foot. It’s so easy for me to fall off the “wagon”; I didn’t want to start the new year off that way. Besides, falling off the wagon is how I gained back those 13 pounds to beging with.

Today’s workout was called House of Pain and that it was; an hour slap full of running, skipping, hopping, lunging, pushups, squats and anything else they could come up with. By the time we ran back to the parking lot we started, my sinuses were completely clear and I could breath normally.

Walking back to my car, I could feel the grin growing on my face. I am so glad I showed up today. Not only am I feeling better physically, the workout gave me a nice mental boost to start my day.

Procrastination – Attitudes Natural Assassin

One of my biggest hurdles is procrastination. I have the greatest attitude upfront, but when it comes time to getting down to business, I always have a reason why I can’t get too it. I’m too tired, I have too much work to do, I will take care of it tomorrow. Well guess what my friends, tomorrow never comes. That’s the reason I get up every morning and go to boot camp at 5:45 AM. If I wait until the end of the day or when I have time, it would never happen. This is the first thing I check off my “To Do” list every day.

“Procrastination is attitude’s natural assassin. There is nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task.” William James

Click on the link below for a short 90 second video on how to overcome procrastination

Eat That Frog

Paleo Challenge Report

Well I made it through the first day and am happy to say, I did not falter at all; in fact, I stuck to the plan verbatim. My biggest hurdle so far is the coffee. Oh I can drink coffee; I just can’t drink it with my Splenda and low fat french vanilla creamer. I tried drinking it with 100% coconut milk, but could only get about a half of a cup down. The result of not having my coffee is my energy level is really low. I’m pretty sure I am going through caffeine withdraws.

On the positive side, I was surprisingly not hungry for the most part of the day. I felt like I ate a lot, but when I pretty much eliminated most of my carbs, the amount of calories I consumed weren’t as bad as I thought. The one saving grace was at my 3:00 snack. Because most Larabars are Paleo friendly, they make a great afternoon snack and held me over until dinner.

When I came home from work , Kristy had dinner waiting for me. She made an awesome Paleo Taco Salad which was absolutely delicious. In it was, lean ground turkey browned, lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, olives, and cilantro. Not only was the meal tasty, it was also very filling. And, just as the recipe reads, there was enough left over for me to bring to lunch the next day.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Operation Boot Camp’s  Whole9 Challenge


Month 8 With A Twist

I’m proud to say that yesterday, I stared my eighth month of Operation Boot Camp. This month will not be like any other month, however. This month, we have been given a challenge.

For the next two and a half weeks we will earn points for the healthy things we do and lose point for the unhealthy things we do. At the end of the two weeks, who ever has the most points, wins.

This challenge basically focuses on living a healthier lifestyle with proper diet, exercise, and sleep. The challenge follows the Whole9 30 Program which follows Paleo Diet. Hopefully, not to my regret, I have accepted this challenge and will be one of the hardest thing I have ever done.

The basics of the diet consists of grass-fed pasture raised meats, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, sugar, and processed oils and any other process foods. Oh yeah, no alcohol either.

I will be posting updates on how I am doing on the plan so keep checking back for updates.

Injuries Suck!!!!

Today was my first day back to boot camp this week. For the past several weeks I have been battling a pretty bad hamstring pull with no sign of improvement. To prevent from injuring it any further and hopefully give it a chance to heal, I’ve taken the past five days off of boot camp and any other forms of exercise.

Since my hamstring was feeling a bit better, I got up this very windy and chilly morning, dressed myself in several layers and excitedly headed out the door. I have to tell you that missing boot camp even for this short amount of time has really put me into a bit of a funk. I have really noticed a change in my mood since I last worked out. Even at work, my tolerance level has been at an all time low. Not only that, my eating habits started to slide as well. I know it’s only been 5 days, but I am already starting to feel myself slipping back into some old bad habits.

Within just a few minutes of arriving at boot camp, I could already feel my spirits starting to lift a bit. Unfortunately my mini high was short lived. Shortly after the warm-up began, I felt that old familiar stabbing pain in my butt. Well, not really my butt, but right at the base of it. Soon as I felt the pain, I slowed down and shortened my gait to almost the pace of speed walking which seem to help. I was able to perform almost all of the exercises with the exception of the sprints. My form may have not been pretty, but I was there and doing it.

By the end of boot camp today, I was feeling so frustrated I wanted to cry. I know that injuries happen all the time, but I think I have had more than my share of them. This is one of the reasons why fat people stay fat. You work your “butt” off, start seeing the results of all your hard work, and then BAM! your hit with another injury. I know that thin people get injured too, but because of the years of abuse we put our bodies through, I think we are more prone to injuries and longer recovery periods which causes folks to get frustrated and give up. I’m not saying I’m giving up by any means, but I have a better understanding why people do.

A very wonderful person gave me a gift certificate for a massage and I am planning on using it this weekend. Also, I went ahead and scheduled an appointment with my orthopedist, whom I am almost on a first name basis with, for this Monday. Hopefully, the massage and my doctor will put me on a speedier tract to recovery.

Please understand, I am not frustrated because I’m injured, I’m frustrated because I finally found something I love to do and am getting pretty good at it. The thought of missing even one day hurts. I am so worried that I am going to go to the doctor and he is going to tell me to stop going to boot camp.

Wish me luck.

Progress Report

Today marked the end of my 6th month at Operation Boot Camp.  To honor this occasion, I thought that since I haven’t written in a while, I would catch everyone up.

When my head gets in the way and I start feeling like I’m just spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere, I look back through my journal a see how far I’ve come. That is what motivates me to keep going. This is a long hard process but well worth it.

Total pounds lost: 41.4 pounds.

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Run Short Fat Girl Run

So there I was lying in bed and looking at the time on the ceiling being projected from my clock next to my bed. I spent at least 10 minutes having an argument with myself about why I should just stay in bed and skip boot camp for today. Here is just a sample of my argument with myself:

  • I am so tired and did not get enough sleep – Well you should have gone to bed earlier
  • My body really hurts – What else is new. It hurts every day
  • Staying home just one day won’t kill me – Tell that to the scale on Friday
  • Hardly anybody goes every day – Why in the hell did you spend all that money then?
  • OK, just 5 more minutes and I’ll get up – GET YOUR BUTT OUT OF THE DAMN BED!!!!
  • FINE!!!!! -Head wins again

Little did I know what was in store for me today. When I got to boot camp, I see Jan wearing a reflective vest. Curious, I asked a few of my fellow campers what was the purpose of the vest? I was surprised to find out that today was a long run day. In the four months since beginning boot camp, I have somehow missed every long run day due to being out of town, injury, or a work related meeting.  Today, I was not so lucky and was secretly cursing myself for not fighting harder to stay in the bed.

I cannot begin to tell you how nervous I was. It’s not like I haven’t done a 5K before, I have, but I’ve never done with a group of people. In the triathlon, I was on my own and I was only up against my own time. With this run, however, I was running with people who were in much better shape than I was and it was up to me to keep up with them. I hate being the person who everyone has to wait on. Not like I had much of a choice at this point, so when the time came, I set my watch and started running with the rest of the group.

The air was thick this morning which made it difficult to breath. We hadn’t even made it out of the park before I was coughing and hacking. With sweat running down every inch of my body, I pushed on and on and on. If it wasn’t for the continuous encouragement of my instructors and my fellow campers, I would have quit within the first 10 minutes.  I could tell that quitting was not an option so, I started talking to myself. Over and over I kept repeating… Run Short Fat Girl Run. 47 minutes and 48 seconds later, I ended back where I started.

After a bad morning of fighting with myself, I am happy to say, I lost this fight.

Not My Best Week

Well, week one of my 3rd month of boot camp is in the bag. To be totally honest, this wasn’t my best week, but somehow I was able to pull a three pound weight loss out of it. I wish I knew exactly what I did to get that so I could do it again.

To begin with, this was a rough week at work for me. My stress level was at all time high and of course, the first thing I do when I’m stressed is to eat or drink a few beers. That is exactly what I did starting on Monday. Even though I went to the farmer’s market this weekend and had the entire fridge stocked with healthy choices, as soon as someone asked if I wanted to go for dinner and drinks, I jumped at the chance.

Tuesday came and went and I seemed to have my self back in order until Wednesday which was our off day at boot camp. My intention was to take the dogs for a nice long 2 to 3 mile walk, but that was squashed do to the thunderstorms that hit as soon as I got home from work.

Unfortunately, the storms continued through the night and because my dog Jack, is terrified of thunder and lightning, I didn’t get much sleep. To top it off, my of docs I work with had a tree come down in his yard and was unable to get out of his driveway which meant I had to go to work early to get his appointments rescheduled. Because of all of this, I was unable to make it to boot camp on Thursday morning.

Let me tell you something you might not really understand or believe. Once you are used to the fact of getting up every morning and going to boot camp, missing even one day makes me feel like crap. My day dragged and I had very little energy. You might want to contribute that to not sleeping, but even when I have to miss because of a work meeting, I have the same results.

Thursday, my office went to watch a Braves game. We had a great time, but there were no healthy choices to speak of at the ball park. Since I had to eat something, I had a hot dog and yes a couple of light beers. Of course the game went into extra innings and after an exciting win, I didn’t get home and in bed until midnight.

With less than 8 hours of sleep in the past two days, I was still able to pull my but out of bed and drag myself to boot camp this morning. I could tell by how I felt that I wasn’t working out at my full potential, but I still worked hard anyway and tried to make the best of it. It’s almost impossible to fail while your at boot camp;  the instructors just wont let that happen. Thank goodness.

Now that the week is over it’s time for a do over. Wish me luck folks.

Back To Boot Camp

OK, maybe I should have thought twice before riding 34 miles the day before boot camp begins. I woke up this morning feeling like I was run over by a Mack truck. Still, as much as I was dreading getting up and moving around, I was equally excited about starting my second month; moreover, I wanted to run that mile again. Since I wasn’t able to participate in the running part of the final pt test, I wanted to see how much my time improved since we began.

When we first started with our warm ups, I was a little nervous about my foot. It was still a bit tender and I was fearful that I may hurt it again. Sure enough, after we ran the first lap around the parking lot, we started high knee skipping. On my first skip, I felt a pop in my foot. Not again, I thought as I hobbled off to the side. That old familiar pain in my foot was back again. Yes, I did pull that tendon again, but thankfully, I was wearing a compression sock as well as a pair of orthotics I purchased. Because of that, I think it prevented me from injuring as bad as I could have. My foot was still sore, but I was able to continue.

Before I post the results of the pt test, I have to brag a little. On my first day at boot camp, I ran the mile in 15 minutes and 22 seconds. Today, I ran the mile in 11 minutes and 39 seconds. I cut almost 4 off my time WITH an injured foot, I might add.

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I know I didn’t improve in everything, but remember, I rode my bike 34 miles yesterday and I was really sore. I think that if I hadn’t done that bike ride, my numbers would have been much better.

That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.


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