Author Archives: Jos

Fits & Starts

For those of you who live in warmer climates this may not apply, but over here in the mountains of Colorado, it has been freaking SNOWING again this week. The only explanation I could think of was this… That’s funny shit, I don’t care who you are. 😉 At any rate, I’m debating how much […]

WWW – Week 14, 46%

Sometimes I look at slow and steady progress and feel extremely disappointed with myself that I don’t tend to skip that extra beer or slice of cheese in order to get to my goals faster. Other times I look at my slow and steady progress and remember to rejoice that I weigh about 10# less […]

WWW – Week 13, 40%

Well, a week of tracking clearly makes a big difference! I’m back to my previous low weight since starting this journey (which I initially hit 5 weeks ago), so that’s annoying and great all at the same time. Starting Weight: 190.3#Last week: 184.4#Weight Lost: 2.6#New Weight: 181.8#Total Weight Lost since 1/1/2019: 8.5#Weight Left to hit […]

The Monday Snapshot – Reading Edition

Growing up, I was always the kid in the corner / back of the bus / side of the playground with my nose in a book. I could read a book from beginning to end every day if my Mom would let me. Reading wasn’t just a pastime for me – it was something I […]

WWW – Weeks 10/11/12, 28%

Whomp whomp… isn’t it funny (and not haha-funny) how easy it is to let go of our best intentions and fall back into old habits? Clearly the month of March was a bust for me. Nothing crazy, but extra calories here and there make a difference for sure in seeing the scale trend in the […]

The Monday Snapshot – Skiing with Kids Edition

First off, so sorry for the radio silence here the last two weeks. I was at a medical coding conference for 4 days after my last post (which, incidentally, is probably the hardest thing I’ve done mentally since college), and then life just stayed busy with the catch-up game after being out of town! I’ll […]

The Monday Snapshot – Brother Edition

I can’t remember if I ever mentioned it on here, but almost four years ago, my little brother moved from Minnesota to Colorado to the little town I live in. He’s 9.5 years younger than me (the baby of the family – we have 3 sisters between us in age), but we’ve always been close, […]

WWW – Week 9, 39%

Starting Weight: 190.3#Last week: 181.8#Weight Loss This Week: +0.2#New Weight: 182.0#Total Weight Lost: 8.3#Weight Left to hit my 1st Goal of 169# on June 1: 13.0# I’ve basically been at a standstill for the past two weeks (or really, the last month), and that’s 100% because of my diet. I’m still only semi-tracking, and it […]

The Monday Snapshot – Girlfriends Edition

Growing up, I was mostly friends with guys. Eventually I found a small core of girls who became my long-time friends, but for many years it was mostly me and the guys, really from my teens and all the way through my 20s. When I moved to Colorado 14 years ago as a 22 year […]

WWW – Week 8, 40%

Starting Weight: 190.3#Last week: 182.0#Weight Loss This Week: 0.2#New Weight: 181.8#Total Weight Lost: 8.5#Weight Left to hit my 1st Goal of 169# on June 1: 12.8# Whomp whomp. Yup, it was a half-ass week and I got half-ass results. Wed: No tracking + 30m AMTThurs: 1,670 cal + 30m AMTFri: No tracking + snowboarding with […]

Ugly Cry

Grief is an interesting beast, isn’t it? It comes and goes in waves, sometimes disappearing completely for awhile, then roaring back in with a vengeance. I’ve written about all sorts of different types of grief on this blog, but mostly I’ve written about the loss of my sister-in-law. Next month marks 5 years since she […]

WWW – Week 7, 39%

Starting Weight: 190.3#Last week: 183.0#Weight Loss This Week: 1.0#New Weight: 182.0#Total Weight Lost: 8.3#Weight Left to hit my 1st Goal of 169# on June 1: 13.0# Stats this past week (Wed-Tues): Workouts: 5 1 day snowboarding 4 AMT workouts (30 min. each) Food Tracking 4 days food tracked entirely 1 day forgot to track dinner […]

WWW – Week 6, 35%

Starting Weight: 190.3#Last week: 183.8#Weight Loss This Week: 0.8#New Weight: 183.0#Total Weight Lost: 7.3#Weight Left to hit my 1st Goal on June 1: 14.0# Baby steps, baby steps! I need to work on tracking my food more diligently to get back on the 1# of loss per week train, but continuing to lose overall is […]

The Monday Snapshot – Short Sleeves & Snow Men

One of my favorite things about the weather in Colorado is that wintertime does not equal months on end of grey days and freezing temperatures – even though we get many feet of snow. Instead we get over 300 days a year of sunny bluebird days and plenty of opportunity to enjoy playing in the […]

WWW – Week 5, 31%

Starting Weight: 190.3#Weight Loss This Week: -0.3# (gain) New Weight: 183.8#Total Weight Lost: 6.5#Weight Left to hit my 1st Goal on June 1: 14.8# Well, I had a slight backslide this week, but I pretty much expected that since I was in Las Vegas for 4 of the 7 days! My husband and I had an […]

WWW – Week 4, 32%

Starting Weight: 190.3#Weight Loss This Week: 1.2# New Weight: 183.5#Total Weight Lost: 6.8#Weight Left to hit my 1st Goal on June 1: 14.5# I weigh in daily when I’m working on my health like this because research shows that’s the most effective way to be successful with weight loss. It definitely keeps it in the forefront […]

KonMari-ing the Shit out of Things

I just sat down to write a quick update on the status of my closet, and when I was googling how to spell “KonMari-ing” this Tweet came up and made me laugh out loud! Two weeks ago I wrote that my goal was to work on my clothes. Most of my house is pretty well […]

The Monday Snapshot, Snowboarding Edition

The kids are getting bigger and more independent on the mountain (i.e, my daughter can nearly out-ski me and my son refuses to go up there so he stays home), and one of the cool things about this turn of events is that I can get back on my snowboard instead of my skis! I […]

WWW – Week 3, 27%

Whoop whoop! I’m officially 37, which somehow makes me feel old as hell, even though I usually don’t care about my age at all. I’m pretty sure that’s because I’ve been stuck at age 27 in my head for (*gulp*) a decade now, so it’s eye opening to realize that I really need to adjust […]

The Monday Snapshot, Wedding Edition

Last weekend was a busy one for us! On Friday we picked up the kids from school and drove about 3.5 hours to our good friends’ house for the evening. The kids played to their hearts’ content while the grownups had a few drinks and caught up. On Saturday morning we got up and had […]

WWW – Week 2, 24%

It’s time for my week 2 check-in! I was a little bit all over the place because of events and then being sick, but I hung in there and did pretty well overall. It’s a process getting back in the habit of eating mindfully and not just grazing and drinking without thought! Starting Weight: 190.3#Weight […]

Sparking Joy

A few years ago my Mom read a book by Marie Kondo (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing) and mentioned to me the concept of items in your life “sparking joy” or else getting rid of them. Over the years I’ve done my fair share of decluttering, and […]

The Monday Snapshot – FIVE!

Last Saturday, my baby turned 5. It feels like we are now solidly in the land of real life little people and not babies or toddlers. He argues with me, he (sometimes) reasons with me, and he chats with me about his day. He is SUPER fun and SUPER challenging. He loves construction vehicles, his […]

WWW – Week 1, 18%

Whoop whoop! The first week of eating mindfully is always such a shock to my system (in a good way). I had a couple of days where I was fairly hungry, but I’m guessing that was mostly because of the sugar cravings and my stomach being used to eating way too much food at a […]

The Monday Snapshot – Boardgames

This is our life most evenings lately. We have been pleasantly surprised at how quickly the kids are catching on to the rules of all of the different games. 🙂 What are your favorite board and card games to play with kids? We are getting suuuuuper burnt out on Candyland and Crazy 8s!