Monday, December 31, 2012


The new year brings some new and exciting
 things around this blog!
Before I get to that, I want to talk a little about my Christmas...

This year for Christmas I was blessed.  
I got both the new ipod shuffle I've been dying for:

(personally engraved and everything!)

AND I got a fantastic SPI fuel belt for running!

I've been wanting one of those FOREVER!
I even got to try both of them out today on my run:

I love how my phone, my inhaler, and my running fuel fit perfectly in the belt!  It is so compact, yet holds a lot!  It stayed in place as I ran...Seriously, best running belt I've tried!

So because I love the belt SO much,
I have something special up my sleeve!
I'm talking a first for this blog....

That's right friends.
In Progress for Good is giving away the very first prize on this blog.

Here are the details:

The giveaway is for your very own SPI fuel belt:

The rules:
You have an option for 3 entries in this drawing!


For the first entry:

1.  You MUST be a follower of this site.  AND,
2.  Leave a comment on this post about what your New Years Resolutions are!

For a SECOND entry:

1.  You MUST have "liked" In Progress for Good on Facebook HERE  AND
2.  You must share the contest link on your own Facebook wall and spread the word about this contest!

For a THIRD entry:
You can pin to Pinterest my nifty new before/after picture


The contest begins TODAY (December 31, 2012)
The contest closes MIDNIGHT (MST) January 2, 2013

Winner will be selected via random generator, and will be announced the morning of January 3, 2013.

Questions about the contest?  Contact me!

Otherwise, get started earning those entries!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year, new look!

With the new year, I always like to de-junk and de-clutter around my house.  This year, I started early on the blog!  It's been driving me crazy for a long time!  Thankfully, I have an incredibly smart friend that offered to help.  Brandi at Thin After Twins is the one to thank!  So PLEASE!  If you haven't checked her blog out already, head over there.  She is absolutely incredible.  Go follow her blog, you won't be disappointed and send her some blog love telling her how great it looks over here!

With the new changes on my blog, there are a few things I want to point out.  On the right hand side, there is a great box where you can follow me in all my different social media aspects.  I've created a Facebook page specifically for this blog.  You can click the icon there to follow that page.  (Or click HERE)  Please, go like that page!

There is also a new button created, you can link that back to your own blog if you so desire.  Isn't it cute?!

And don't forget to pin-it-forward.  Brandi created a great before/after picture button that is pin-able to pass my story along.

And as always, don't forget...the contest is still going on!  Remember to vote once a day from now until February 15th!  You can read why I keep asking for you to vote for me in the contest HERE.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Why I do this...

I thought it might be fitting to put together a post of explanation.  You see, there is a contest going on and there are some questions arising about who I am, and what am I about.  I'd like to take a moment to explain.

Basically, I want YOU to know why THIS CONTEST means so much to me.....

As you might have noticed, I started my journey well in to the 200's....233.9 to be exact.

But my journey started way before I ever hit that number.  Many of my readers already know the big events (believe me, there are some doozies!) that have happened in my life leading up to my significant weight loss.  I detailed them in the MY STORY section.
(go catch up, I'll wait.....)

Here is what I really want you to know about me....

I am a girl who fought with the inner fat girl for years.  I wanted to be thin.  I wanted to lose weight.  I wanted to look great in that bikini.  I wanted to feel attractive both in clothes, and out of them!  Yet the want was never enough to propel me forward.  Instead, I would try all the quick fixes...I would tell myself I'd start tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year.  That day never came.  I'd eat fast food like it was going out of business!  (Some days I'd even stop at multiple food joints and then discard the "evidence" before I ever got home.)  The scale went higher, my clothes got tighter.  I was ashamed.

I couldn't stand to look in the mirror, let alone take a picture!  (Hence the reason I have so few "before" pictures to choose from...)

I even was at the point that I thought I was destined to be "big" forever.  I tried to hide in the back of rooms, I dreaded the thought of actually being noticed!

And then something clicked inside my head.  It was like a light bulb went off.  I figured out that I actually had control of my life.  I actually had control of what I did, what I ate, of everything!  I realized that for too long I had been hiding my emotions in the food I was eating.  I realized I needed to take back control of my own life...a control that I thought was taken from me all those years ago when I was raped.

I realized that I had learned to use food to cope.  To cope when I was sad, when I was happy, when I was depressed, when I was angry, when I was PMS-ing.  I was addicted to food, and lots of food!  And as I took a step back, I realized this food addiction was being taught to those I loved most in this children!

So what I wouldn't do for myself, I began doing for them.  Slowly, I started making changes.  Mostly with my food in the beginning.  I was careful to track what I ate.  I am completely convinced that losing weight is 80% what you put in your mouth and 20% what activity you do.  I began eating more vegetables than I've ever eaten in my entire life!  (I'm not kidding!)  Then, I added in walking (NOT running).  (Running was too painful at the size I was at!)  Slowly the scale started moving.  The more the scale moved, the more focused I became.

And you're waiting for a wahlah, everything was perfect ever since..........right?

Well, you have the wrong blog.  You see, this blog is all about life being in progress for good....and that applies to my journey (as well as yours!).  I have fallen down so many times I have lost count.  My knees are bloody.  I have wanted to quit over and over again.  But here I am, because I decided to stand up one more time than I have fallen (and I will continue to do that WHEN I fall again!).

 (Me, this past week wearing a YOUTH large)

You see, we all are going to fall.  We all are going to have slip-ups.  It's life.  It happens.  The key is how you decide to react to those set-backs.  For too long, I'd use the set-backs as an excuse to "quit."  Not realizing that each set-back we have in life makes us stronger!

So why is this contest so important to me?  Probably the same reason this blog is so important to me!  Because I have the FIRM BELIEF that YOU have the ability to become your best self too.  And if reading my story, and the hell I've had to overcome, helps motivate even just ONE PERSON I feel it's worth it.  I want YOU to know that it IS possible.  I don't care if you've tried 2039482304820439820 times in the past to lose weight, YOUR PAST DOES NOT DEFINE YOUR FUTURE!

Did you hear me?  Because I'm speaking from my heart here...your past, no matter what it is, does not determine who you are to become!

What does determine your future is what you do TODAY!  Are you going to take steps forward today to paint the future you want for yourself?  Or are you going to just "wish" that "one day" you "might" get there.

You can do this, just as I have, and just as so many others have!  You are powerful, and have the strength to do hard things!  So please, put your head down....your blinders on....and start moving in the direction you want to be!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Home, sweet home!

We spent a wonderful holiday up away from home. We quite enjoyed ourselves! We stuffed out faces with delicious food, surrounded ourselves with those we love most, and spent time commemorating the reason for the season! (Pictures to come...)

But today, today wiped me out! Today was pack up and head home day. And because we have to take two cars to fit our dogs, that mean I HAD to drive. (And I couldn't sleep.) boo.

And believe me, I wanted to sleep!!!

But alas, thanks to the windows being rolled down, my children made it home safely! (As Popsicles, but safe nonetheless!)

I'll detail our happenings a little more, and share my plan for getting back on track after mindless eating for the last week. Check back tomorrow.....

Thursday, December 27, 2012


So with the new year quickly approaching it's a perfect time to re-evaluate.  Over the next few days I plan to really take a hard look at my plans for this next year.  I plan to evaluate what is doable for me.  A lot of changes lie ahead, and some big announcements are to come.... (yes, I'm gonna leave you hanging and tease just a bit.)

Am I where I wanted to be?  No.  Have I given up?  Not even close.  Life is full of ups and downs.  

So my challenge is for you to evaluate where you are at today.  Where were you last year at this point? Maybe you got where you wanted to be over the course of this past year....maybe you didn't.  My advice:  stop living in the past either way!  You see, either way it's time to keep pushing forward.  It's time to focus on what is ahead.  Whether that is maintaining, or losing, or something different entirely!  

Evaluate who you are right now, and DECIDE who you WILL be in 2013!  Let's all do some serious internal evaluations and be ready to share January 1st.....

And of course, don't forget to vote for my blog in the Healthiest Blogs of 2012 contest!  I am playing with some real big-timers.  There are blogs that have THOUSANDS of followers, others have been featured in USA Today.  Then, there is little Alisha.  But I'm hanging with the top dawgs right now.  I'm just a few votes shy of 5th place!  (And just 60 out of FIRST!)  Can you believe that?  I know I can't!  But I am so appreciative of EVERY LAST VOTE placed for me!  Thank you!
best health blogs 2012

Last thing:  I just signed up for a Twitter account today (I'm new to tweeting) and a new FB page.  Feel free to follow me there.  The buttons are up and to the left...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

Hoping each of you had a wonderful holiday!  We spent our time surrounded by those we love most, and even enjoyed a white Christmas.

Hope your holiday was spent doing much of the same...

So are you ready to kick it into high gear now?  Because I know I am.  I've spent the last few days trying to ignore that underlying nagging feeling about the bad foods I shoveled into my mouth.  It wasn't pretty.  But, I'm not going to apologize for it.  You see, I'm all about living.  This lifestyle is one that is in progress for good...  And I'm all about living, but living healthy.  Learning to enjoy the things I love, but doing so in moderation.  Learning to celebrate a holiday for a DAY....not 4 months.  

So today, Christmas is over.  And that means it's time to re-focus.  And what better reason to refocus than finding out I was nominated for "Best Health Blog of 2012."  Whoa.  I can't tell you how much of an honor that is to me!  I literally teared up when I saw I was nominated.  

You see...I don't do this for the attention, and I surely don't make any money off this.  I blog about health because it is important to me. I blog about it because I know it is hard to get health and stay healthy.  I blog because I want people to know that it is possible to change your lifestyle.  It is possible through a lot of hard work and determination.  And my honest to goodness hope is that I can get through...even just to one single person.  

So, do me a favor...if you like what you read here...or if you find my story helpful...please go vote for me!  
best health blogs 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Feeling great!

My plan for today's run was to go 5 miles...but I hoped for more like 7.  I took it easy.  I started slow.  I listened to what my body was saying.  I walked when I needed to walk.  I ran when I was feeling good.

The first 5 miles flew by and I was feeling great.  Cold, but great.  Once I hit between mile 7 and 8 the wind was blowing so hard.  I was freezing.  I thought about giving up.  I mean, after all...I had hit my 7.  But I knew my body felt good, so I pushed on through the weather.

I took water with me this time.  I didn't want to get dehydrated.  It helped.  I ate my sports beans again.  That also helped.

By the time I hit mile 9 I was feeling great.  It had even warmed up (now that the wind was on my back, rather than blowing into my face).

I ended up going 10 miles in 2:02.  (average pace 12:13 min/mile)  Not too shabby considering my last long run (9 miles) was on November 30th.  3 weeks ago!  Between then and now, I've tried to get out on a few runs but have felt so lousy that most times it didn't happen.  So to be able to go 10 miles AND feel great doing it....HUGE BLESSING!  (Did I mention that today I feel better than I have in weeks?!?)

A while back I talked about pushing for a sub-2 hour half marathon.  Just for your information....THAT IS NOT HAPPENING!  I'll be happy to finish in 2:45, and I mean it when I say I'll be happy!  You see, I have re-evaluated my priorities.  And right now my priority is to take it easy, don't get injured....but most importantly:  LISTEN TO MY BODY!

I want to complete this half marathon and feel great crossing the finish line.  I want to finish it and not strain my body in any way.  And as long as I'm on track to do that, I'll feel successful no matter what my time ends up being.

One day, when I'm able, I'll focus more on the time.  But this time, I'm all about focusing on how I feel...

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Alive again...

Yes, I am back and functioning again.  FINALLY!  I wouldn't say I'm 100%, but probably 90% and that is great by me!

What does this mean?  It means I need to re-focus on my movement.  It means I need to take my overall weekly steps from the pathetic 11,012 back up into the 70,000 range.

I guess that's how you can tell how sick a person has been...based on their steps.  And mine have been averaging 1500 per day.  If I hadn't been so sick, that would be pathetic.

I have great plans the next few days to be active.  We are going to spend the holiday surrounded by those we love most.  I have plans to see beautiful Christmas lights, people watch as I wander through the mall, attend multiple family parties, and frankly just enjoy the season with loved ones and great food.

I am also going to try my legs out this weekend.  I'm not going to do anything crazy!!!  But I am going to listen to my body and lungs and head out for a run.  I'll let you know how that goes.  (After all, it's been 8 days since my legs have pounded the pavement...)

So back on the wagon again, only this time I am looking at the wagon a little differently!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Eleven days.

Eleven LONG days!

That's how many days I've been sick!  Coughing, sneezing, chills, fever, body aches, more coughing.

It's been a very long eleven days!!!

And because of that, I haven't been able to keep up with my training.  :(  I've only ran one day in the last 11.  One.  I'm gonna pay for that in January during the race!

Honestly, I'm starting to wonder if I'm every going to be healthy again...........

Friday, December 14, 2012

Babe before Baby

Post edit:  I had this blog post scheduled in advance, knowing I had written the post over at babe before baby.  Then, today something terrible and tragic happened.  My heart is aching.  I have tear stained cheeks.  And I am squeezing my babies all a little tighter today.  Please take a moment, pause, and send a prayer to all those suffering after the tragic losses in Connecticut today.  

Today I have a very special treat for you!  My sweet friend Karri from Babe before Baby asked me to do a blog guest post for her today.  This was my very first guest post, and I was a little nervous about it!  I met Karri through the blogging world, and she has quickly become a dear friend!  She's absolutely gorgeous, funny, witty, honest, with just the right amount of snarkiness!  So do me a favor...head over to her blog and check it out.  And while you are there....send some love her way, and let her know I sent you!

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Yesterday was a good day...mostly.  I won't go into the "mostly" details because no one likes a downer!

I was able to make it up my mountain...slowly.  But when I got to the top, I sat and reflected for a while.  You see, just over 3 years ago we were basically the first ones out in our subdivision to buy a lot.  We've waited and waited for neighbors to come.  And over the years, we've been happy with our little neighborhood.  But, within the last 6 months the area has BLOWN UP!  (And there are another 90 homes under contract to be built shortly!)  Yes.  Blown up!  It was amazing to me to look at the difference 3 years can bring.  And then it made me sad.  Sad, because I know we won't be living in our cute little house for very much longer.

I couldn't be happier for Jason and his career!  He's really found an amazing company to work for!  One who values him, and rewards him for all his hard work!  I feel so blessed.  But my heart aches knowing what we are going to have to leave behind in a few short months to become a family under the same roof again.

My heart aches for the friendships I've built and will have to say good-bye to.

My heart aches every time I see my girls heading out the door to play with neighborhood friends!  They really have it good here.  There are so many little girls their ages, they always have someone to play with.  Who knows if we will ever be able to find something even remotely similar!

My heart ached yesterday when I scheduled Connor's 2 year old check up, knowing this would be the last doctor visit we have with the best pediatrician.  I tear up every time I think about having to find another doctor for my kids.  If you could only see the way he treats his little patients!  If you could only see how much he loves what he does!

My heart aches for so many things in relation to what is to come for our family.

And while change is necessary, and can be, change is hard.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Never again in my life time will I see another awesome day like today.  Today would be the day I chose to have a baby...or get married...or do something AMAZING.  But because I'm already married, and I'm definitely not pregnant, I'll have to find something else amazing to do.

It's going to start with walking my mountain!

Thank you for the advice and support I was given yesterday through FB, emails, blog comments, and texts!  You all are great!!!  I decided to take a hard close look at how I was feeling.  I mean, sure, I had no voice.  But how was I really feeling.  I had a cough, I wanted to stay in my PJs...but really, part of that was just because I wanted to be lazy.  So I decided to try out a quick run.  And run I did.  No, I didn't get in the full 5 miles that I was scheduled.  But, I got in 4 of them!  Tomorrow, I'm planning to do the same thing...go out for a run, but listen to my body.  And when it says stop, I stop.  But if it's being a wimp, I push on.

So to make the most of today, what are you going to do?  Eat 12 donuts?  Go on a 12 mile walk?  Do 12 jumping jacks?  Seriously, do something cool today.  Me?  I plan to do 12 random acts of kindness for strangers today and I'm going to include my kids in the project!!!  (I'll give you the full run down later...)

I'm off to walk my mountain with my Bubba.  He loves the mommy/son time...actually, he just loves being outdoors!  Watch my Instagram for pictures from our adventure...

Lastly, I leave you with my prized possessions!  Last night I let them stay up later because they were getting along so well!  Man, I love them.  Sometimes I get exhausted from being their mother, but I sure love my kiddos...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Needing advice.

I'm bummed.  Real bummed!

And I need some advice!

I've been ridiculously sick the last few days.  I was going to push through yesterday and run my scheduled 2-3 miles, but I just wasn't feeling up to it.

I missed last weeks 9 mile run.  I opted to repeat my week of running this week.  

Only.  I feel like crizap and don't wanna run.

Today I have absolutely NO VOICE.  It is seriously gone.

So that brings me to my dilemma.

I'm afraid I'm going to fall too far behind for January.
I've been hit and miss on the runs I've been able to do the last little bit.

So here's what my running schedule was SUPPOSED to look like for December:

Because I was sick I didn't do the 9 miles on the 7th.  My last long run was on the 30th of November.  I went 9 miles in 1:44 that day.

Here's what my ideal schedule looks like heading into January:

As you can see I have very little wiggle room before the 19th when the 1/2 is.
So now I have to decide what to do!
If I skip another long run this week....that would be bad, right?
So do I run while I'm sick?
Do I just go as far as I can?
Do I throw the whole schedule out and just push myself the best I can?

How far was your longest run before running a 1/2 marathon?

More than anything, I want to finish the 1/2 feeling strong.
NOT feeling like I had to crawl across the finish line.

Please!  Any advice you have, I need!  I'm down and out today...worried I won't successfully be ready for my 1/2 in just over a month.

Monday, December 10, 2012


Side note...I have updated "My Story" above.  I thought it would be a good way to give new readers an idea of who I was/am/and am still becoming along this journey.  Feel free to read it, it puts the main parts of my story all in one place.

I have officially hit the 80 pounds lost mark!
To celebrate,
let's talk a little bit about how heavy 80 pounds really is...

I lost 267 iPhones

I lost the equivalent of 10.5 average newborn babies.
(The average newborn weighs in at 7.5 pounds)

I lost 53 loaves of bread.

I lost 160 pairs of my running shoes (or 320 individual shoes).

I lost a total of 540 DVDs and their cases.

Eighty pounds is 80 pounds!
And I tried really hard to pick up the large sacks of flour equivalent to 80 pounds to get a picture representation.
I couldn't do it.
I got to 40 pounds and almost dropped the sacks in Costco.

I am amazed that I used to walk around EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. with all that added extra weight!
It is absolutely powerful to look back and FEEL how heavy that number really is!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Weekend Round Up

How was your weekend?

Mine was spent mostly in bed.  Sicker than sick.
I did not get in my 9 mile run.  I did not leave the house basically at all.
I drank lots of fluids, took lots of DayQuil. 

Today I'm finally starting to feel better.

How are you starting this week?
I'm planning on repeating last weeks running schedule.
That means:
Monday:  2-3 mile run
Tuesday:  5 mile run
Wednesday:  walk my mountain twice
Thursday:  6 mile run
Friday:  walk my mountain once
Saturday:  9 mile run

If you fail to plan, you plan to what's your plan???

Bubba's plan is to look stinking handsome....

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Gimme a break!

Wednesday I finished my last final for the semester.  Not only did I finish it....but I CRUSHED it!  I, Alisha, aced that test!  100% baby!  I felt amazing for ending the semester with a big fat A!  I may have over celebrated.  (Yes, I said over celebrated!)

(Cafe Rio is my ultimate weakness!)
(Mmmmmmm.  Pork Salad.....Mmmmmmm)

Thursday rolled in and I did nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  I may or may not have been in my PJs most of the day.  I bummed around and didn't feel even the least bit guilty about it.  I messed around with my blog...did you notice?  :)  I'm still working on changing a few things...and updating my story.  I've shared it in bits and pieces through my posts but I want to get it all out there.  Then when I pick up new readers, they can click the "My Story" to understand where I came from.  Like I've always said...I'm a work in progress (in every aspect of my life)!

That brings us to today.  Friday.  I decided that I was going to make the most of my Christmas-6-week-school-break.  I got Bubba all bundled...socks mittens and all!

And up my mountain I went.  (My mountain = the large mountain directly in front of my is steep.  Real steep.)  Only today I decided instead of making one trip up my mountain I would shoot high and get two in.  

Along the walk I noticed Bubba had fallen asleep.  He absolutely loves our walks.  He is so good while I'm out there, and today he actually relaxed enough to fall asleep.  (Good thing after two...TWO...4:45am wake-ups.)

I ended up walking 7.28 miles and it took me 1:44 to finish.  
By the end, I was tired.  And my legs were sore.  (I'm telling you, big incline!!!)  But I was glad I did it!  

Isn't that how all workouts are?
We dread them.
We put them off.
They are painful.
They make us tired.
And when they are done, we feel amazing for finishing it!

As for the scale...
right now we are BFFs!  I love Friday's.  My body hangs on to weight, hangs on to weight.  Then between Thursday and Friday that weight finally comes off and the scale drops!  This week it was BIG!

Last Thursday I weighed in at 159.4
Yesterday I weighed in at 156.0
Today...TODAY I weighed in at 154.9!


Monday, December 3, 2012

2 more days...

And then I can return to a semi-normal life!

2 more days and I'm out of school for 6 whole weeks!!!  (Best Christmas gift EVER!)

Last week was good.  I know, usually when I don't do posts it's because I'm falling off the wagon.  Well, not this time folks!

Sure, I might have had a few hiccups.  Sure, I might have had a few break downs.  But overall, I was good.  I ran (even got in my 9 miler!).  I ate well.  The scale dropped!  I'm happy.  Busy, but happy.  Life is unpredictable, and full of twists and turns....but I'm learning to find happiness in the moment I'm in.

I have big plans for some posts on here (starting AFTER Wednesday.)

Wish me luck on my final Final of the semester.....
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