Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fifty Fit and Fabulous

Ha....I love this blog title and for the most part it describes me well!! Yes I am 50 1/2. Yes I am fabulous...and what about the Fit...well heck, nobody is perfect. I am working on that part. As I get older my passion to have the perfect body and be a role model is diminishing and being replaced with the simpler things in life...looking decent and training consistently.

I need to lose about 15 pounds to satisfy my definition of FIT but I am in no rush to do it. Lately I have been simply eating clean and training 4-5 times a week. I have been eating a TON of fruit with diminishing returns on the waistline...but I don't care. I am losing the weight VERY slowly at this pace but it is coming off and I am eating as much "clean" food as I want....which includes way too much fruit.

I am enjoying training and I even added some cardio with my training. I had not done that consistently for a long time, but I have been on track with that.

Life is changing quite drastically for me. My 4th child will be leaving the nest and starting school soon. I can't freakin even believe it as it seems like just yesterday she was nested in my stomach. I get older the weeks get faster and life is in fast motion!!!

I may even have time to start blogging again...but no promises. I am still working full time and am pretty busy there.

I think I am going to add a few additional blogs to my stash. I am going to add a blog called Keeping It Real where I will highlight my Natural Hair Journey goals. I am going to work on growing my natural hair really long because many people think that black hair don't grow and that we all wear weaves to have long hair. Well that is ridiculous and I am going to grow my natural hair and keep it natural which means free of heat, chemicals, or coloring. So I am going to embrace my gray hair!!

I think I am going to start a makeup and skincare blog as well since those things are a major love of mine and I don't want to use this blog to spotlight those things. As for this blog, I will continue to use it for training and bragging about my kids and grandkids and everything else in my life that is fab.

Training...the same old thing upper and lower body split 4 days a week. The new is the moderate cardio 4-5 days a week as well.

Nutrition- limit the processed foods drastically. No white foods basically and minimizing any kind of bread...even whole grain breads. I am not saying NO processed foods or breads, but just limiting them to 1-2 times a week at the most. Same thing for alcohol....leaving it alone for the most part. I will have my day or so where I am off the diet...but I will try to limit that to once every 2-3 weeks. This is doable for me since I am allowing myself as much fruit as I want....which is too much actually...but it is healthy.

The grands are getting big!!!!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

No looking back....forward motion

Well....I did promise that I would post some progress pictures. I must admit, it was not easy posting these pictures not because I think they are horrible pics, but simply because I have a forum reputation to uphold....hehehe. But, let's get truthful...and real, right? I enjoyed eating a little too much the past year and it shows, but.......the fat is coming off again. Pretty soon we will see that muscle peeking through after I get rid of a few more layers of fat.

BTW...I could not post my side view because of indecent exposure and I did not feel like retaking more pics. 


This morning I took these pics after splurging at our (hubby and I) fav Mexican restaurant where I ate what I wanted. I had a jumbo Margarita and a seafood quesadilla that was huge....and let's not forget the tortilla chips prior to the meal. It was soooooo good! I thought I would wake up this morning feeling like crap...but I did not. I am a little bloated but nothing major and the scale was not unfriendly to me.

I had a great week training wise. I did 3 full body workouts and 3 moderate 30 minute cardio workouts. I have not done cardio like that for years and I hated the first day...but the other 2 sessions were fine. It is amazing how my body said....I remember when you used to do this cardio thing to me. Let me adjust and make your next sessions a bit easier like it used to be. So...I successfully completed my weekly goal of 3 full body training sessions (more gym time) and 3 cardio sessions (to get the fat loss moving a bit faster). 

I did not have a 3 Muskateer bar daily like I said I would allow myself as a reward for the added cardio. I only had 1 bar the entire week. I am in my chocolate craving mode because I am about to start my period, but instead of the candy bar option, I bought a double chocolate ON protein powder, some cocoa powder, a bag of semi sweet chocolates and added 2 TBSP of cocoa powder and 1 scoop of double chocolate protein powder to my high protein oatmeal packet....and sometimes I add a few sprinkles of pecans if I did not get a chance to eat breakfast. So that concoction costs me 572 calories , 22g Fat, 61g carbs, and 37g protein. I stay full longer, I satisfied my sweet tooth in a semi healthier way. It's a lot of calories, but I only do it if I missed breakfast and I am approaching lunch time and craving chocolate. The rest of my day is pretty clean.

I bought another gym membership mainly for my son Nick. The owner gave us a family rate for a single rate price...He was my first personal trainer and I used to always have a membership at his gym. Since I travel so much on a daily basis, I just keep a YMCA  membership at this time, but my son wanted to train at Brett's gym since it is 24/7 hours and has the old school feel which we love. I am going to the gym to get Nick on a program. He is excited about that. I also bought him a good protein powder for hard gainers since he is 6'1 and all of about 140 pounds due to his issue that I shared in a previous post. He is 17 days clean!!! I will keep you all posted on his progress. 

So my strength workouts for Mon and Fri were (not lifting heavy due to calorie restriction)

Squats 60 x 10/ 95 x 10/ 115 x 10
Lying Leg curls 25 x 10/ 27.5 x 10/ 30 x 10 
Standing calf raises 160 x 10/ 160 x 10/ 160 x 10
Walking Lunges w/ 10 pound weights 3 sets of 10 (killers for me)
T Bar rows 45 x 10/ 55 x 10/ 65 x 10
DB Military Press 20 x 10/ 20 x 10/ 25 x 10
Machine Flys 55 x 10/ 65 x 10/ 70 x 10
Side Lateral Raises ( ISO raises) 10 x 10 for 3 sets

Wednesday Workout
ISO Leg Press  100 x 10/ 110 x 10/ 110 x 10 each leg
SLDL  90 x 10/ 115 x 10/ 115 x 10
Standing Calf Raises 160 x 10/ 160 x 10/ 160 x 10
High Bench Step ups BW x 10  alternating each leg for 3 sets
Lat Pulldown 85 x 10/ 90 x 10/ 100 x 10
Bench Press ISO Machine 45 x 10/ 65 x 10/ 65 x 10 (killer)
Cable Face Pulls  with external rotation 40 x 10 for 3 sets
Shrugs  BB 115 x 10 for 3 sets
DB Curl 20 x 10/ 25 x 10/ 25 x 10
Tricep Extension 40 x 10 for 3 sets

Tuesday Stair Master 30 minutes / Thursday EFX 30 minutes/ Saturday Lateral EFX  Machine 30 min

That's my typical split....and I may substitute exercises for body parts here and there :)

Next photos will be in March sometime.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

DietBet Challenge

So it's been over a month and I have been watching my calories more or less. I have lost about 16 pounds and I am glad about that. I look better this week than last week. Now I am to the point that IN THE MORNING PRIOR TO EATING, I can look acceptable in a 2 piece bathing suit without sucking it in. Ha.... I will take that.

So I won my online dietbet challenge. I don't remember if I mentioned the dietbet in my last blog...and I am too lazy to look, so forgive me if this is repetitive info...but, what dietbet is is an online challenge where you put money in and with this dietbet challenge  if you lose 4% of your body weight in 28 days you win. They don't care what type of weight you's based on the scale. They have this process where they send you a code word that you have to place next to scale as you weigh in and out. It has to be a digital scale and you must weigh in on same scale at end of the game. You also have to include a full body shot standing on the scale with that code name. I jumped into that game 2 weeks late cuz I know how to lose 7 pounds of weight in a week let alone 2 weeks. Now...3 pounds of that weight was just pure water weight, but I did managed to lose 4 pounds of bodyfat in 2 weeks. So, the pot was $37,500 bucks and I put in $25 dollars. There were over 1500 players. By the end of the game, I nearly doubled my money...$49.00. So score!  So this is how I reward myself at the end of the month. I ended up spending the money on some makeup that I wanted.

I am going to enter another game tonite and do the same thing again. I will keep doing this until I get to the weight that I want to be. So...I think I will need 2 more games to reach my goal weight of between 140-145 pounds. I will have noticeable abs at 145 pounds. At 140 I will be LEAN!!!! So, we will see. Depends on what I look like. I don't want to be too lean where I lose all my curves. And at age 50, I need to watch the leanness in my face. I get super lean in my face....naturally, and I frankly don't know how my skin will look at the super lean state. I don't want any saggy skin!!!! So I will keep an eye on that. I know for a fact that I look younger with a fuller face. I refuse to have a smokin' body and a jacked up So, we will see what weight I look the best at. Unfortunately, I am no spring chicken anymore. 

Hey....exciting news!!!! Toledo has an Apple Store in our main mall. I am in heaven. Now I have another place other than Sephora to hang out at :) I admit, I am one of the apple junkies...yup, for sure. 

I also want to share pics of 2 new additions to my family. My mom got 2 Shih Tzu's. The brown one is Snoop and the black one is Romeo. They are the cutest....and a handful. They are around 14 weeks....born November 1st last year.


I had some awesomeness happen. I received a refund on some work I had done on my car...that cost me a pretty penny. Found out they recalled a piece in the power steering. Mine went down a while ago. Well, they refunded my money, so I had extra money that I was not counting on, so I went shopping and got all the things that I had on my Wishlist for my makeup and skin care. See, I am on a "low" buy because I don't need all the stuff that I buy. But I get such a high and INTENSE enjoyment buying things that I makeup, skin care, and techie gadgets. Of course the stuff I want is high end and costs way too much money. So...yesterday I went shopping and it was AWESOME!!! I think I have everything I want for a while. I am good til spring time.

So for my training, I am mixing things up a bit. Instead of 4 sessions of strength training a week where I end up having to upper body days and 2 lower body days, I am going to have 3 full body session a week M,W,F and the days between I will do some moderate cardio...stair master or something like that for 30 minutes. That's the only thing I will change.

My eating, I will eat relatively clean and continue to have 1 cheat meal a week. 

Since I am adding the cardio...I am allotting myself one 3 Muskateer bar a day....hehehe. We will see if I continue to lose doing that. If not, I will cut them out. I am going to try it this week haha.

Monday, February 2, 2015

I'm just sayin'.....

I had a bit of a challenge remembering how to get to my blog it's been so long. Well I thought I would quickly do a blog to share with all the people who take the time to read my little blog to know what's been up with me.

I have been super busy with work....learning the ropes of a new position. I have been in Clinical IT for 3 years and supporting electronic medical records as a Clinical Lead for 3 of our System's 11 hospitals. Then in May, I got reassigned to another clinical application...The application that support our  Cancer Center's in our System and my role kept evolving to the point that now I am the Application Owner the application. New job, new responsibilities, and the only experience I had was all my years of leadership in Nursing positions...and the clinical IT lead role. But this job was altogether DIFFERENT. I went from dealing with clinicians (something that I am very familiar with and comfortable doing) to the technical aspects of IT. I had no clue about the infrastructure that made our clinical applications work. So, I had a humongous learning curve and had to network with a bunch of tech guys and vendors to keep my application running smoothly. There's the citrix guys, server guys, interface guys, network engineers, database guys, storage guys...and it goes on. And my application requires all of them to function optimally. So I had to learn really quick how to problem solve when my application requires support. Is it a citrix issue, server problem, SQL issue....on and on. I QUICKLY made friends with some key people in each role and Google and YouTube became my best friend.

After several months I have learned a I have an admiration for all the tech geeks (I say that affectionately) out there...and I am a geek wannabe now :).  I love my job and I have made some great geek tech friends. It took some time to earn the trust of some of them...especially after I made a few bad calls. I used to blame all evil on our citrix environment....poor guys, but now I see things better. The citrix guys favs.

Well, while I was filling my head with all this tech knowledge, I was also filling my mouth with all the free catered food that came in as I was learning the application through leading a new physician office start up with the application. Long hours, mental fatigue, long drive, and all kinds of sweets caused me to add 15 pounds of fat on my body. I continued to train, but despite that, calories in far exceeded calories out and I just kept getting more curvy as time passed. Ha...I like the term curvy versus fat lol. Whenever I have boobies....I am way overweight.  After all of that hard work I went to New Orleans and on a cruise....and gained 7 more pounds. When it was all said and done the scale said it all. 174 pounds!!!!! Yikes.
169 pounds here with my mom and sis

New Orleans with my bro, mom, sis-in-law and hubby

So on January 2nd,  I started eating right and acting like I have some sense and I have lost over 15 pounds and am down in my 150's. I am still heavy as my ideal weight is around 145....but I look presentable. Believe it or not I did not have to buy new clothes, but I looked like shit in my clothes....muffin top and some back fat and some of my sweaters...well I could not button them all they way up. But, I refused to buy new clothes. I fit them much better now, but still have a ways to go. I am finally to the point that if I suck it in I can wear a 2 piece bathing suit without gagging when I look in the mirror. But I still have to suck it in to look somewhat presentable.

I will post pictures this month sometime....promise. Markus has been so awesome. As I continued to get more curvy, he never made me feel bad about it. Always encouraging and helpful, he continues to be my dude. (That means my Annette speak). I don't want his wife hunting me

I am training in the morning and my diet is simple....very simple. Protein oatmeal, a couple pieces of fruit, a protein shake here or there if I don't eat enough protein in chicken, fish, or occasional beef. I eat a ton of green veggies and only do 1 cheat MEAL a week. I can't wait til I can go back to my cheat DAY.

For the girls in my skin is looking great. I have been taking great care of it...a goal I had made for myself last year. I am using Paula Choice products and  what has made the biggest change in my complexion is adding a 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid serum from a brand called Timeless Skin Care. This product has brightened my complexion and has given me an overall more youthful appearance. I don't think I look 50 years old. This  stuff has taken at least 10 years off of my appearance. I have been blessed with good genetics in regards to minimal wrinkles, but I did suffer from hyperpigmentation which can make me look older.

And I am still in love with makeup. I love it, buy too much of it and it just makes me giddy. Little makes me more excited then seeing the UPS or Fedex guy dropping off a package of makeup goodies that I have ordered.....hahaha!!!!

New eyeshadow, mascara, and nude lipstick :)

My kids and grands.....the joy of my life. 

My son Nick

My Girls
My baby is a senior!!
Daughter and my funny grandson...he always is crazy like this

My daughter and oldest grandchild
Me and my grandson from other daughter

My cutie grandaughter

My daughters are beautiful!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Another Day


Lower Body Day

Single Leg Press
100 x 10
120 x 10
135 x 10

90 x 10
115 x 10
115 x 10

Standing Calf Raise (being lazy)
110 x 10
110 x 10
110 x 10

Bulgarian Split Squats holding 10# DBs
3 sets of 10 reps

My glutes are sore. I need to start wearing gloves as the weights increase. I struggled a bit with barbell grip with the SLDLs. I have no clue where my straps are. It has been a few years since I lifted heavy enough to use straps. 

I was so tired yesterday. I was out like a light by 9:30pm and did not stir until 5 am.

Nothing special... Not watching my carbs  like I should. Lots happening at work that has my stress up a bit, so if I can maintain a lower calorie intake, I will lose fat slowly. 

I bought a few more shadows.... Woohoo... Pure Joy at a bargain. I received several compliments on my eyes  today. Yeah baby....sporting my bargain lashes that I talked about a few blogs back. I added more shadows yesterday. Check out the beautiful colors!!!

Time for bed....

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Upper body training today. I was tired but I put forth good effort

Day 2, upper body

lat pull-down 
85 x 10
90 x 10
100 x 10

barbell bench press
45 x 10
65 x 10
85 x 7
85 x 5
95 x 3

cable face pull w/external rotation
30 x 10
35 x 10
40 x 10

shrug dumbbell ( being lazy because I hate to rack heavy dumbbells)
35 x 10
35 x 10
35 x 10

dumbbell curl
20 x 10
20 x 10
25 x 10 

I ate Chipoltle today for lunch.for dinner Imade myself a huge salad with 200g salmon, fresh blue berries, strawberries, French dressing, and dried cranberries. I don't count calories for leafy greens or fresh mushrooms. Yeah...I had diet pop and about 6 cups black coffee. I only had 16 oz of me. On the drive home I enjoyed a jolly rancher sucker

I was really tired today. A lot going on at work which has my stress level higher than normal. Hopefully tomorrow I will feel more rested. We will see....

Monday, May 12, 2014

Seven Weeks Of Training!!!!

Loving my purple eye makeup

The Training

It has been 7 weeks since I made a commitment to myself to get back in the habit of strength training consistently. I have been going strong. I have not missed a workout the entire time and I am getting stronger and stronger. To accomplish this, I have to be at the YMCA around 5am every morning. I have found that I am too tired after work to have the desire to train, so I must start the day off right. The added benefit to working out early in the morning is having increased energy during the day.

Today was leg day and I am stoked to report that I have finally reached the point of 115 pounds on the bar......ass to the grass squats...set 3 of 10 reps. My goal is to make it back up to 135 pounds for at least 2 sets of 10. I wanted to do my normal Annette cheer and jump around the gym like a maniac, clapping my hands for myself....but I didn't because I did not want to disrupt the training of 4 dudes that train super hard. Of course I am the only girl in the gym and I did not want to be acting all girlie and stuff in front of the I waited until I got in the shower room and did an Annette dance in front of the mirrors....GO ANNETTE!! Just to add some perspective to my glee...six weeks ago I was only squatting 65 measly pounds and now I am up to 115!!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!! All my other lifts are increasing as well. 

I have been doing a 4 day split between upper and lower body workouts. My workout takes me around 35-40 minutes....closer to 40 minutes because I no longer count my warmup set as one of my sets of 3 sets...haha. Pretty consistently, I do 2 days of moderate cardio on Friday and Saturday schedule permitting, but if I do not get the cardio in, I don't care. Cardio is just a filler for me...gets me to the gym anti more, you know, icing on the cake.

The Nutrition 

My nutrition has been on and off depending on my day/week. Some weeks I was more on point than off, and then I had a few weeks that I was off point more than on point. Last week, I was just off plan the entire time. 

I am down 3 pounds in 7 weeks....haha, so that tells me a few things....

#1. I am gaining precious muscle (yay) 
#2. I am not eating clean enough (boo)

When I look in the mirror I definitely see a difference, even though the scale says otherwise. I am leaning out even though my diet is not perfect. 

The Job

My job has been a bit on the stressful side, more responsibility with less resources. I am in the process of learning an entirely different role as a system administrator for our system outpatient cancer centers in addition to maintaining my current role supporting the inpatient clinical electronic applications. I was hoping to be selected as part of the build team for a new application that ProMedica will be moving to in 18 months, but I was asked to remain supporting the current product and then I would move forward to support the EPIC product once it is built. I really wanted to get the build experience since I have 2 years of supporting an application, but God has something else in mind for me. Things happen for a reason and so I am ok with it most days. A few weeks back, I was asked to add the system administrator role to my duties and so now I have an entirely different focus for a bit. This will be challenging. 

Fun News

This weekend my youngest daughter went to prom. I had fun doing her makeup and helping with her hair. She looked stunning!


I love, love, love makeup and I found an amazing buy. I was at the beauty supply store and I saw these individual eyeshadows that looked stunning. I only bought 3 because I figured they would be poor quality since they were only a buck per shadow. Is swatched them when I got home and found that the quality matched the quality of some of my high end shadows which can run between $15-30 a shadow. 

The next day I went back to the store and bought several more shadows along with the $2.99 palette quads to house the shadows. What a steal!!!!

I still have not purchased a camera, so no progress pictures to post. I need to get a camera!! The only reason I am not posting pics is because I need a new camera!  I think  that I would work harder on my diet if I were posting progress pictures. I need to get a camera!!!!

Ha, it has been a long time since I posted a blog. It feels good to post again :)