Jul 29, 2011


Sometimes you just have to be stupid for the fun of it. I am waaaay to excited for the weekend. I have been taking a lot of Saturdays off and it's been great. Tomorrow I am going to try my hand at my first 5K. Yes you read it correctly. I am going to be bounding my chunky butt around as fast as I can for 3.1 miles of pain.

I asked yesterday for advice on my first 5k and the answer was simple. Finish. I can do that. I will do that, even if I have to walk 70% of the time. What has my wife done to me. I am not a runner, I don't run because I want to. I only run if being chased by something that can potentially eat me or spiders.

Who am I? I am scared that this might become a thing.

Jul 28, 2011

What I Wish More People Knew About Me

After reading same post from Katy, Ryan & Tony I realized there is so much that readers don't know about me.

In middle school I was kind of a fat kid bully. Someone would call me fat and I would beat them up. Middle school was kind of ruthless. Going into high school a girl I thought was pretty got me to join choir and I have been in love with music ever since. I play guitar by ear, fake most songs I play and had a band Darby Chase I played guitar in and did lead vocals. I had a recording studio setup, a Gibson hollow body guitar and sold it all to buy my wife a wedding ring and start a family.

Jul 27, 2011


Oh yes I did. Just another one of those things I thought I'd never do. I got super emotional as we started the race. Thinking about how all I wanted to do last year around this time was lay around and eat whatever was put in front of me. It was my birthday last Friday and I have not felt this good in a long time. I went out with some girlfriends for a night out on the town, we had a blast. Then Mike took me out for a high class dinner at a fabulous place.

Mike's mom Kim, in the green shirt above, committed to this race and needed someone to join her. I knew it was my next step in this journey. I signed right up and we ran together the whole 6 miles! Not stopping. At the fourth mile I got emotional again because it really started to hurt, but my adrenalin kicked in and I pushed even harder. I have two blisters and a limp (because of my sore calves) to prove it.

Friday I'll run seven with my Mike's mom to keep the momentum. I plan to shoot for a half marathon in October. Why put myself through this now? So quick? Because who knows what life has in store for us. I need to get it all in while I can. It's getting me healthy and in shape. And I keep dropping the pounds. I hit three pounds lost just this past week. I hope to do that again this week!

Jul 21, 2011

"I DON'T HAVE TIME": Time to be honest

"It's time to finally do something about my weight." you decide. "I am all amped up to do this! It's my time now! I am going to drop weight like I am on The Biggest Loser. 2 workouts a day, celery for lunch, a glass of water for dinner. Nothing can get in my way!"

Then life happens.

Unlike the contestants on the biggest loser, you don't have your whole life moved aside so you can lose weight. Just because you decided that you are finally going to do it doesn't mean that everything else that is your life is going to pause while you get it done. The biggest obstacle I have heard from people who want to get get fit is "I don't have enough time."

I'm about to get a little tough love on that statement so be warned...

Jul 20, 2011

WIFE WEIGHS IN WEDNESDAY:Tap into the strength you have within

Losing Who I Was
I've been thinking a lot lately about the beginning of my journey to where I am now. And how many times before this, that I had started and stopped and started and stopped again and again and again finding the slightest motivation to be a little more active and eat a little healthier. But, a couple months later finding myself back where I started and wondering why. Why didn't I stick with it?

As I put on the weight after marriage, I really feel like I was oblivious to what I was turning myself into in a way. And suddenly I was trapped, and felt like there was no way out. I honestly feel like I lost myself for those years of being so heavy, so weighted down physically and emotionally. Mentally I was there I remember every bit of it.

Someone close to me asked me last year in a private conversation, "What happened to the lively, silly, unique, imaginative, Karlie I used to know?" It hit me hard. I really wasn't the same fun person I used to be. And for what? Food? Laziness?

Jul 19, 2011


With my exciting news about losing 150 pounds came a lot of questions about what I am doing to lose the weight. I have posted bits and pieces as I have tried to hone in on what works for me and what doesn't. If you think I am a fitness pro, you have been fooled. I don't claim to have the answer to getting fit. All I can do is tell you what has worked for me so far. If what I am doing helps you, sweet. You need to get all medical obstacles out of the way as much as you can before anything else. Also, going hard core into a workout routine at 524 is not how it happened for me. There have been 3 stages I have gone through as I have developed my own workout routine.

At the beginning, I started VERY small. I was just a newbie and was trying to figure things out. I had no idea what I was capable of at that point and the way I looked at it, I needed to start making simple changes that got me moving. It was a far cry from a weight loss routine. Truth is, in the beginning I was focused more on getting my heart healthy enough that I wouldn't be a high risk patient for weight loss surgery. I started a limited cardio regimen soon after. Small and only 3 days a week. I started doing 20 min, then 30 min, until I could do a full hour of the elliptical trainer.What I was doing to get ready for weight loss surgery soon became what prevented me from needing the surgery.

Jul 16, 2011

Crazy Week, Nice Weekend

I am glad to say this week is coming to an end. Karlie and I got a lot accomplished but it's been a pretty hectic schedule this past week. With so much going on it seemed easy to eat according to plan. I can't remember the last time I ate perfect a whole week. When I am busy I am not thinking about food. Distraction works.

I fought to get tooth and nail to get to the gym this week but had to find other was to stay active this week. Our HOA is ... well broke due to all the foreclosures and bankruptcies in the condos, the HOA fee has gone up and we had to ask the landscaper to not come this month. Sometimes it seems like there are only 4 or 5 people in our 18 unit complex that give a crap about where we live. Those 4 or 5 people are awesome though. Anyway, yesterday, for exercise, I mowed the lawn. There was a lot to mow so I got my sweat on and even though it was self propelled mower I pushed it the majority of the time to add resistance. It took me about an hour and a half to get it all done and it was fulfilling to make my home and community look nice. Thankfully one of the awesome 5 people paid to get the sprinklers back up and running so we should have green in a few weeks.

Posts will be coming in a little slower this next week as we continue to be busy. Thankfully we are taking a break tonight and tomorrow and are going up to a cabin up near Brigham City. No computers, and off the grid. I need it, my family needs it and Karlie REALLY needs it.

Have a great weekend!

Jul 13, 2011

WIFE WEIGHS IN WEDNESDAY: Choosing to lose together

Hey! A little about myself. I’m a wife and mother of two beautiful kids. I am a florist by trade and a stay at home mom. I have always loved plants and flowers and love to dig in the dirt. I’m a friend to everyone, easy to talk to

Let me take you back to the prime years of my life. I was 20 years old, the healthiest I had ever been. Exercise was a joy and eating healthy was not a problem at all. I was all about myself and what I wanted and what would make me happy. It was great. I met my husband Mike, we fell in love and after a short engagement, got married in 2005.

I knew marrying Mike would be wonderful and great and awesome. It IS!!!! What I didn’t know is how being married and all the added responsibilities would affect my personal life. We had our little boy exactly a year after we got married. The weight quickly piled on. I was so comfortable in my situation I forgot how important it was to keep myself healthy, my focus shifted to my son and the care of my home and my husband. We had our baby girl in 2008 and it got worse and worse. I was at my fattest Fall of last year. Mike and I decided it was time. Enough letting ourselves go. There were a few instrumental occurrences that got us to the mentality we are in, (post for another time).
I am here, NOW!!! It’s TIME and I am in it til the end!!! 

My weight has always been an issue ever since I can remember much like a lot of our readers I'm guessing. Until a few months ago I just didn’t care about myself. I was careless with what I ate and how much I ate. I sat on the couch all day and was super depressed in the winter. I would get spurts of motivation to try a diet, but that would quickly fade. Out of frustration and with lack of results, I would end up where I started & maybe even worse. I’ve heard the term yo‐yo dieting. I was there. I was sad, I was depressed.

TODAY!!! I am 62 pounds lighter and a little more than halfway to my goal. I am consuming just over 1200 calories a day. I drink 145 ounces of water a day and try to exercise at least 4 times a week. Accountability is essential. I couldn’t do this without the support of my Husband Mike he is my inspiration.

I’m no expert, but if I had anything to say to those in the same place we were last year... Find and do what works for you. Start today, not tomorrow. Stick to it, and don't look back.

I am not anywhere near the tech person Mike is so I don't twitter or anything like he does but you can always contact me through him.

Jul 11, 2011


So I have no illusions of being a fitness expert yet. When i hit goal weight, maybe. When I have a six pack and little boys are like "Hey! Mr. The Rock" and I have to say "Sorry boys, people get us confused all the time." maybe THEN I will consider myself a fitness expert. I am an expert on being fat though. I have close to 20+ years of experience, if you take out kid years, of how to get fat.

And here are your top 10 ways to get fat:

Jul 10, 2011


Honestly didn't think I was going to hit my goal but I crushed it! Wanted to hit 150 pounds lost this week (total). It ended up being 152. Woot woot!

To see what other weight loss bloggers have gained by loosing check out alltheweigh it's the subject of her friend makin' Monday post.

Jul 9, 2011

FACE PALM: I hate when I do that!

Yesterday I was on track to be well under my calorie goal. We went to a birthday party and my kid gets served up this mammoth  slice of cake, I see it's chocolate (uh oh)  with white frosting (ooooo my favorite) and there is custard filling in the middle (holy crap run!). I didn't even have cake on my own freaking birthday. but somehow I convinced myself that I was going to have a bite, then 2 bites. In the end I probably ate half of the slice which was the size of a regular slice. face-palm!

For some reason my arch nemesis fat guy was screaming at me:
"Come on, you ate a salad & a chicken breast today. It's been over a year you rabbit food munchin' pansy. Can't we even eat one piece of cake a year? One? Look at it, with

Jul 7, 2011

BASS ACKWARDS: Expecting success without doing what success demands

I have been thinking a lot about financial things lately and principals of finance are in so many ways the same as the principals of fitness. The way you get into debt is the same way you get fat. Simply put, the problem is rooted in choosing something of minimal value now over something of great value in the future. The value of deciding to give into an unhealthy craving now or choosing to slump into a couch to watch T.V. is limited to the moment the eating or lounging takes place then it's value is gone. Being fit and healthy, on the other hand, has a compounded value. Not only will you look better, feel better and live longer but because of those things every aspect of your life will be better. Good choices open doors to make more choices. Bad choices limit your ability to choose and progress.

I have never heard this quote before today but it is a new favorite:

Jul 6, 2011

WIFE WEIGHS IN WEDNESDAY: If I can do a handstand...

Hi everyone, Karlie here. On my journey to health I often think of things that I wasn't able to do at my heaviest. It keeps me motivated knowing that if I work hard enough I could do pretty much anything. I will get into more details about my progress and story next week but I wanted to jump right in for my first post.

Today I did a handstand. Applause! Thank you.... thank you everyone. I used to do silly things having to do with gymnastics all the time just for fun. At almost 300 pounds obviously I wasn't able to do hardly anything at all.So my handstand today has motivated me for this week. We'll see what my gymnastic background brings me next week :) By gymnastic background I mean chubby kid in gymnastics class who could do a cartwheel, round-off and handstand really well. Leaving the rest for the skinny girls.

On to bigger and better things. As Mike explained in a previous post, I ran my first 5K! Three point one miles. This wasn't just any race though

Wife Weighs In Wednesday

I spoke with my wife and she has agreed to start weighing in every Wednesday with a post. Transparency is what makes a weight loss blog valid in my opinion. To understand my journey you only get half the story when you hear from me because we have been doing this together. Now you get to hear from my better half. Stay tuned tonight to hear from my wife, Karlie for the first edition of Wife Weighs In Wednesdays or WWIW.

She will be able to add a new perspective to my our weight loss journey. Hope you enjoy the banter that may ensue. I love this chick and I know you will too.


I have been thinking about the term, "follow your bliss". It sounds lame but most people, I would dare say, are not following their dreams. Okay, that sounded lame too. What I am trying to say is that each of us has something within us that tells us we are called to do something. It may be realizing you are naturally good at something or maybe it means that you are simply doing what you love to do.
Today I was reading Cherie's blog and she just made an announcement that she is leaving her career in criminal justice and becoming a personal trainer. Her post stirred something inside of me that has been going on for some time. In loosing my weight and blogging about it, I have felt a completeness that was missing in my life for so long. It has been inspiring to me to finally feel close to finding "my bliss". It's more than losing the weight, it is being able to

Jul 2, 2011

FIRST FIT 4TH: Food is Not the Focus

Potato salad, grilled ribs, ice cream, chips, Mt. Dew. Thinking about what were the highlights of my 4th of July last year shows how much I have changed. Changed the way I think about food and life. Food was the source of my excitement, not the event. Eating was the activity I looked forward to the most. It is hard to think how much food was on my mind and even more difficult to think how much food I would put in my mouth on a weekend like this. I missed out on so much fulfillment and on so much of my life. Thinking back doesn't get me depressed any more, it only makes me appreciate where I am now and soak up more of what I used to miss out on.

This 4th of July is much different. Family get togethers still have all the same old foods and have not changed. I have. I don't see an opportunity to eat again. I am excited to see family, catch up, tell my brother in laws