A Special Look

Today over at I Heart Faces they're having a Best Face Photo from January 2011 contest. Here's a photo I took yesterday. It's a "face" I'm certain to see a lot more over time. Imagine, he's only 4 and has such a look?!

I hope to have more photos to enter this year at IHF because I am doing A Day in 365 Photo project. It's been so much fun already, I can't wait to look back at the whole year and see it in pictures, all of my own!


Due for a good week soon

So frustrated, but still not giving up. This week was exactly what I expected. UP. Not all because of bad habits, though there were some moments, but because of stupid hormones.

It's all good. I've been great at some things and will not give up.

I've kept true to my A Day in 365 Photo project, taking a photo a day for the past 27 days. I also started the 100 miles in 100 days challenge. I mostly am doing the 1 mile because it's about all I can fit in. I need to get caught up at work, and I am going to get back to the C25K challenge. The goal to start that is in 2 weeks. Let's see if I can make that happen?!

This week I am going to have to step up the walks to burn some more calories. I am also going to work towards drinking 65 oz of water a day. I haven't gotten quite there the past couple of days.

It's gotta be a better week next week!


Another Bad Week

I haven't figured it out yet, but it happened again. A bad eating, lousy exercising, low motivation week. I am sure it's all that bad vicious cycle going on, but it happens to me time and time again. I have got to break this cycle for good.

But, whatever, the fact of the matter is that it was another gain. It's what happens every month. a 5lb gain. and I am on the rise. In two weeks I'll drop those 5 and start all over.

It was a bad night tonight, went out on a quick walk after deciding that I would do the 100 miles in 100 Days challenge that was posted on The Shrinking Jeans of April's website. It's going to be as much of a challenge to do as my A Day in 365 photo project, but - just a tiny bit shorter terms.

That's all for tonight. Going to get some goals outlined this weekend. I think it's going to be the least complicated weekend in about 3 months. Hopefully!


Week Two

This will have to be a quick post. We just got back from a three hour ordeal getting MUCH needed tires put on my car. Which means, it's late, I ate out, and no workout. If that is any idea of what the week has been like, well, it's actually been even worse.

The family got sick, my husband and my son but I was spared. That entailed me taking care of two sick guys and doing a major Lysol tour of the house. I spent my entire Monday going up and down the stairs to change sheets, scrub bathrooms and prep food and things just in case I also came down with this bug.

That was a workout, but not one I had to put in the books. Tuesday I made it to the tworkout, but i only had enough energy for a 20 min walk on the treadmill and that. I burned a few calories with those, I guess Sunday was my only real workout besides Wed of last week. Not a whole lot in the calorie burn area.

I did fairly well with food though, and that is what helped me maintain the loss I had last week.

This week we are supposed to let Shrinkingjeans know if we met our goals. I think so, but only because I still managed some cardio despite the chaos that is my life.

For this weeks Monday project we'll be outlining more of our goals, in specifics. I can't wait to find a second to put these down on paper because I need them. I do so much better where lists are concerned and if I can get them on paper, I should be better at getting my goals accomplished.

OH and I got my Wii EAS Active 2 in the mail today. Can't wait to get it opened up and test it!

Happy Weigh-in Wednesday!


Welcome to 2012 & a New You!

Yes, you read that right, it was not a typo.

Welcome to 2012.

That is what we are supposed to for this week's challenge on ShrinkingJeans. We are supposed to write a letter to ourselves that we will read next year. A letter telling ourselves about the goals we have accomplished. Wow is that hard for me. I can barely figure out what I want to do tomorrow, how to accomplish getting things done for the week. And here I am going to write a letter about the whole entire year. Okay, well, bear with me as I blunder through this!


Welcome Tracey to 2012 a New Year and to Your New You!

365 more days down and every single one of them were action packed.

Whoa girl! Can you believe you finally ran that darn 10K - the whole distance? You did it. And you did great. You got to run with your best friend and some new friends you met in 2010 on Shrinkingjeans. The world wide web showed it's power and made the world a little smaller.

You hit the big 4T3 this year and it was a license renewal year. You looked like a totally different person from the 180 pound 8 month pregnant person you were 5 years ago in that photo. THANK GOODNESS! That photo has haunted you every time you pull the thing out. You deserve to have this new photo after such hard work. And this year when you told them your weight, you didn't make them keep it at the weight you started at when you got pregnant. You were shooting for the wedding weight. I really hope you hit it!

After the past 3 years of being diagnosed with hypothyroidism and 1 year of being told you were hasimoto's (just a bit more extreme), you really worked hard at getting that under control. It shows. You feel great don't you? Food, exercise and overall happiness make it so much easier too right?!

One of your biggest goals for the year was to be better organized. You did it, you got things figured out. You were able to finally get to a point you menu planned and then prepped on Sunday's. It helped you maintain your meals for the day and stop being so freaking late for work every day.

You finished your 365 photo project. How do you feel? It was a major accomplishment. You stuck to it 100% that is awesome! You go girl!!! Now, this is where it get's foggy. I think because right now I don't see what you really want to do with photography, so speculating on this might be a bad idea. But I think if you are smart you will have moved leaps and bounds with your skills, so I really hope you decided to go the distance and make it more than a hobby, but I am not going to go too crazy here. Surprise me!

That last goal, it's huge. I know that you have the ability to let it take you on a new career path, but you need to have made all of these goals work for you for the whole year. Since you are such a planner and very methodical and thorough about what you want, it will be right, whatever you have chosen to do. You are going to be able to look back on this year and really be proud. It will have been worth it all too.

Hey - and for celebration, take a second to squeeze that beautiful son of yours and wonderful husband and go out and enjoy the day - together!

WOO HOO! It's been an amazing year!


This letter will be so interesting to reread in a year. There are so many goals there, amazing, but absolutely the correct goals for me to have. I look forward to meeting these goals day by day. I am sure there are going to be some challenges that will make this hard to achieve or have me feeling like I might actually fail at times. I am excited this year to have people to help me achieve these goals. A combination of current close friends and new friends I have met and will continue to meet along the way. It's definitely going to be a good year. Now to stop living in the past and move on to living in the current year, 2011!


I've Got the Power!

I've got the power hey yeah heh
I've got the power
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh yeah-eah-eah-eah-eah-eah
I've got the power
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh yeah-eah-eah-eah-eah-eah
Gettin' kinda heavy

It's gettin' it's gettin' it's gettin' kinda hectic
It's gettin' it's gettin' it's gettin' kinda hectic
It's gettin' it's gettin' it's gettin' kinda hectic
It's gettin' it's gettin' it's gettin' kinda hectic…

Okay, showing my age, just a little with the fact that every time I think of the Challenge "The Power of One" that song comes to mind. I need to get that download because I am quite certain I need to add that to my run track for this summer's 10K!

This was a good week, well, starting Monday it got pretty good. Before Monday, I was a slug. I felt like and acted like and was a complete slug. But I think I am back on track. Got in a good workout Monday, Tuesday's Tworkout and then Tonight was Kickboxing. Finally getting into a groove and burning some calories. It feels good. And the bonus? I am dropping the holiday weight. Ya! 4 lbs to be exact.

Last week we were asked for part of the challenge to talk about the goals we had as an outcome on the challenge. and also for the year. I have thought about this a lot. I felt so out of sorts by the end of this last year, I just have not been able to really get it on track yet. 

That is goal numero uño. Get my life on track. That is a broad goal, but I need things lined up. Quick! I cannot go another year feeling this unorganized and without a real purpose. So, it's that time. And it's the Power of One. Only I can change it, so I am!

Step one on that track is for me to get into shape. Physically feeling better is something I have been working on for 4 years. 2011 is the year I succeed in this goal! 

Step two is another challenge I gave myself. I am focusing on my photography skills and increasing my capabilities with my camera. I want to do more with this, so I started a 365 Photo Challenge and even a new companion blog to this one.  A Day in 365. Right after this, I have to head over and post my next photo for this. I really love photography and somehow it took me 20 years to get back to it being a higher goal than my design goals. A lousy college teacher squashed my plans on this and well, it's time to prove that I really have the ability to do it. 

Step three - I want to have a fun year. Last year was a challenge for me and my family. I do not want this year to be that way. Hopefully some things I have put into place will help us there. Crossing my fingers!

Okay, that's going to sum it up for tonight and this past week (all 3 days I feel that are count-able) and it's time to get rolling for week 2 of The Power of One!

"Bang the bass turn up the treble
Radical mind day and night all the time"

(those are some crazy lyrics, but they rhythm is what we want to keep going right?)