Monday, October 25, 2010

Calorie Count 10/25/10

Calories allowed: 1157
Calories in: 803
Exercise: Jazzercise, burned 414 calories. I definitely felt more endurance during class. Must be because I am working out.
Calories remaining: 354 (768 with calories burned)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Calorie Count 10/24/10

Calories allowed: 1157 (when I updated my weight, I got less calories each day.) :(
Calories in: 974
Exercise: Burned 821!! I did P90x Yoga this morning. One and a half hours burns about 645 calories....I only did 45 minutes. I was so bored later in the day, that I did some dance aerobics to burn some more calories. Not only did I stay under my allowed calories, but I almost burned as many as I took in. This morning I weighed in at 153 lbs., but this may be because of the day before I didn't get any exercise.

Calorie Count 10/23/10

Calories allowed: 1197
Calories used: 1312
No exercise today, because it was my day off. But I did get some much needed rest and ate some yummy, low cal. white chicken chili. My weight was up to 152 lbs. this morning.
Calories remaining: None! I was over 155 calories. Better some than a ton!

Friday, October 22, 2010

What the scale?!?!

Last night I was just curious to see what my weight was. It was 9pm so I was expecting it to be close to the last time I weighed (10/19.) To my surprise, my weight came up as 154 lbs. So this morning when I got back from running, I jumped back on the scale to see if it would show the same. 151 lbs!!!!! What?!?! This was even after I ate my breakfast. That would be a total of 6 lbs. in 3 days. When Shane got home today, I asked if he had messed with the scale because of what it was telling me, mainly because I didn't know if I believed it. I think he was impressed, but didn't say anything encouraging to me about it. But during the day, just in case it was right, I treated myself to a little something. Sephora sells this cream from Bliss called Love Handler. I have read all the reviews and decided to try it myself to see if it will help my love handles and pudgyness. Apply 2 times per day and it will whittle the fat away! I did one application tonight and tomorrow will start the 2x per day. Hopefully, I am starting a change.....YAY!!!!

Calorie Count 10/22/10

Calories allowed: 1197
Calories in: 1605
Calories burned: 868; this morning I ran one mile, then I went shopping for 3 hours with Alli.
I had hot dog on a stick and thought there were more calories in one than there really are. For dinner I made Red and White pasta, at Shane's request. I used whole wheat penne and made sure to limit my serving, eating my food slowly. At the end of the day, when you add my allowed calories and burned calories, I really could have had 2065 calories. This makes my remaining balance 460 calories that were not used.

Calorie Count 10/21/10

Calories allowed: 1197
Calories in: 858
Exercise: Ran 1 mile with Buddy. Burned 377 calories in 20 minutes. I would have been faster, but I had to keep stopping Buddy from running super fast and sniffing everything.
Calories remaining: 716
I weighed myself tonight. I don't know if the scale was right, I don't want to get my hopes up, but it said 154 lbs. The last time I got on the scale before bed (Tuesday), it said 158.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Calorie Count

Calories allowed: 1197
Calories used: 1045
Exercise: Jazzercise 1 hr.-Burned 427 calories
Calories left available: 579
Good day, starting feeling a little under the weather during Jazzercise. I made chicken the night before and ate it on the way to the gym from work.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Calorie Count 10/19/10

Calories allowed: 1197
Calories used: 1058
Exercise: Walked around Hires Car Show, casually, for 60 minutes-Burned 214
Calories left available: 353

Here we go again.....

Ok....I need to fix something. There has to be something that I'm not doing right, that I haven't thought of or that needs to go away. Acutally, I know what needs to go away...MY FAT! One of my friends said he is sick and tired. Sick because he is fat, which also makes him tired. Sometimes I feel a little sick when I look in the mirror and think "how did this happen?" "did little things that changed really effect me that much?" I hear comments other people make about people we know and start to become self-conscious about my body. Are they saying those things about me too?! I need to do something! There has to be a change! And I need to find my motivation for that. Once I start feeling better and have made a change, it will be easier to stick to and keep off the weight. A friend of mine has a blog, funniest girl in the world, and she decided at the same time to stop shopping and start working out. She shares her triumphs and struggles on her blog. She is inspiring to me. Why should I keep buying clothes that fit me when I don’t want to be this size? So I will try to refrain from that. And whatever I do buy will be a reward to me. I had a heart-to-heart with Shane and discussed some of the things that I struggle with and that I feel that I may need help with. There are many changes that I will be making, but mostly in my diet and exercise. For starters, no more eating out during the week. There will be the occasional office lunch or outing, but not weekly. I will also stop eating after 7pm. This means that I will need to eat dinner BEFORE Jazzercise on Mondays and Wednesdays since I get home at 7pm. As for Jazzercise, I need to start evaluating if it is really working for me. I have been doing it for 2 years and it has helped me maintain, but not lose. After this week, my regular instructor will no longer be teaching our class. Hopefully with this new instructor, there will be a different intensity and moves that will create the change I need. I will also start attending class on Thursday nights, even though I will only be there for 30 minutes. I am still deciding if I will be attending the Friday morning class. I have started running on the elliptical and try to do it for 20 minutes on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with some resistance training for 10 minutes afterward. For the time being, I will be changing that to a 2-mile run outside on those days, until it gets darker and colder. I am also considering doing yoga from P90x on Fridays. Saturday will be my day off, but I will try not to be so lazy then. That’s where I will start. No JUNK food and more intense exercise. I will start putting together a plan for my nutrition and what I eat in the next couple of days. On my side bar is a list of rewards. These are my rewards when I lose a certain amount of weight, working towards my goal.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 20

Calories: 1264
Exercise: 30 minutes on the elliptical- 545 calories burned!
I took Buddy to the vet today to have his paw looked at. He sliced one of the pads running through the backyard. They bandaged his paw and prescribed him an antibiotic. Now I have to give him a pill twice a day and wrap his foot in a Ziploc bag before he goes outside. Spoiled dog! I skipped out on Jazzercise because I was taking care of him, but decided to run instead. It is nice having an elliptical at the house for when I feel like working out. Rachael talked me into Subway for lunch today. I got a BLT and coke, so running was definitely needed. When I updated my weight to 157, my suggested calorie intake to lose 2 lbs per week was changed to 1206.
Running Playlist:
*Evacuate the Dancefloor- Cascada
*Jessie’s Girl- Frickin’ A
*Labels or Love- Fergie
*Real Gone- Cheryl Crow
*(You Drive Me) Crazy- Britney Spears
*You Get What You Give- New Radicals
*You Got It- *Nsync
*The Fame- Lady Gaga
*Baby One More Time- Britney Spears

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday, January 19

Calories: 1162
No exercise today. Shane warned me before I got home that he had a bad day at work and was not in a good mood. I decided to stop and get stuff to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies to cheer him up. Winco only sold big cans of pumpkin mix so I decided to make chocolate fudge cookies with white chocolate chips. Same way as the normal pumpkin cookies, just changed the mixes. Then when I was done with that, I found blood on the tile in our dining room. Buddy had just come in from outside and had a cut on his foot. Shane doesn't like blood or cuts, so he held him while I cleaned his paw and wrapped it. On a good note, I was under my recommended calorie intake to lose 2 lbs. per week. I weighed myself this morning and ended at 157 lbs. for the week. I gained one pound, but that's better than gaining more than I lost.

Monday, January 18

Calories: 1453
Exercise: Shopped for 30 minutes- 35 calories
Elliptical for 30 minutes- 551 calories
Jazzercise for 1 hr.- 425 calories
I burned 1436 calories today! I was just in the mood to run while I was doing my laundry after I went shopping. I had the time so I did it!
Running Playlist:
*The Fame- Lady Gaga
*Baby One More Time- Britney Spears
*I’m Just a Kid- Simple Plan
*Let’s Get Crazy- Hannah Montana
*Away From Me- Puddle of Mudd
*Hate That I Love You- Rihanna
*Just Dance- Lady Gaga & Colby O’Donis
*Take You There- Sean Kingston
*7 Things- Miley Cyrus
*G.N.O. (Girls Night Out)- Miley Cyrus
*Evacuate The Dancefloor- Cascada

Sunday, January 17

Calories: 1780
Exercise: Walked around the Auto Expo for 2 hours- 487 calories
Working AE Floorset, which I count as shopping, for 6 hours: 976 caloriesI, again, didn’t work out by doing Jazzercise or running, but the big calorie burner of the day was working at AE. We did the Spring 2010 Floorset for 6 hours from 6pm to midnight! Doing the floorset is definitely different from my normal working day routine, but I enjoy being able to move around, climb on things, look at clothes and lift. The bonus, since I have Monday off, I was able to look before I shop. That’s what I think I will do on my day off…shop!

Saturday, January 16

Calories: 2236- I went over 1038 calories!!!
No exercise again! I am slacking! We did take the animals to the vet this morning, then ran around doing some of this and that. Took Griffin to see both of our parents, but I didn’t eat lunch. Dinner was well worth it though. SMASHBURGER! I didn’t realize how many calories were in the burger until I entered it into my food log...1010 calories! It may not reflect my actual burger (mine was minus the cheese and some of the sauces and veggies), but I’m sure it couldn’t be far off. I think that it may have been good for me to not exercise for the past two days. That allows my body to relax and recover while my mind isn’t burnt out on the thought of when to fit in exercise. When I was doing P90X they talked about “muscle confusion.” By not working out everyday, I am following the idea of “muscle surprise” because when I do work out its like SURPRISE!!!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Friday, January 15

Calories: 1011
I didn't exercise today. I was super lazy and wasn't expecting that Shane would be home until 3pm. However, he was home at 12:30! Oops! So much for acting like I was busy all day. I didn't work out, but had a great healthy meal at Shane's work party. It was held at the Gathering Place and it was the first time we had been there since our wedding. I am proud of myself for staying under my calorie goal WITHOUT working out.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thursday, January 14

Calories: 1318
Exercise: Elliptical for 30 minutes- burned 559 calories!!!!
Running Playlist:
-Good and Broken by Miley Cyrus
-Drop It Like Its Hot by Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell
-One Step at a Time by Jordin Sparks
-21 Guns by Green Day
-Where the Party At by Jagged Edge
-We Used to Be Friends by The Dandy Warhols
-Ocean Avenue by Yellowcard
-Express Yourself by Madonna
-The Fame by Lady Gaga

Calorie Change

Since I updated my lower weight on, I noticed that my suggested caloric intake to continue averaging losing 2 lbs. per week has changed. I have gone from 1231 to 1198. It recommends that I consume 33 calories less just because I lost 4 lbs.? OH WELL! Guess that just means that I need to work out harder to get what I want. Its been fine so far this week, I haven't gone over my calories with the exercise I have been doing. I didn't even notice that my calories changed until yesterday. I have noticed that it is easier to watch what I am eating when I am tracking the calories. Looking at the nutrition information before eating something at work has also helped me make better decisions. By the way, I had an AWESOMELY YUMMY treat today. My friend Rachael made fruit pizza. All it consisted of was a sugar cookie topped with light cool whip mixed with lemon yogurt and a variety of fruits (blueberries, strawberries, peaches, kiwi, etc.) Anyway, got to go to bed. A key to losing weight is making sure you have plenty of sleep. Happy health!

Wednesday, January 13

Calories: 1540
Exercise: Jazzercise for 1hr.- burned 425 calories!
Notes: I made 3 requests for the class tonight. It’s been awhile since I made a request and we were able to do them all. Just Dance by Lady Gaga, Let’s Dance by Vanessa Hudgens and 4 Minutes by Madonna and Justin Timberlake.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tuesday, January 12

Calories: 1468
Exercise: Elliptical for 20 minutes- burned 308 calories
Running Playlist:
1. Addicted- Saving Abel
2. Ain’t No Other Man- Christina Aguilera
3. American Boy- Estelle featuring Kanye West (Boo, Kanye!)
4. The Humpty Dance- Digital Underground
5. Honey- Mariah Carey

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Monday, January 11

Calorie Intake: 1181
Exercise: Jazzercise for 1 hour- burned 435
Jazzercise class was FULL today. But having some younger girls in the class really pushed me to work it! We did a new routine to 3 by Britney Spears. I may need to download this one for my running playlists. I have also upped my hand weights from 5 lbs. to 8 lbs. What a difference! But the burn feels SO GOOD!

Here we go!

I have signed up for a free calorie tracker on It’s a great website that allows you to log all the food you eat day-by-day, track your fitness and keep record of the calories you have taken in and burned. It also based your daily caloric intake for each day by looking at your weight, height and age. According to the site, I am overweight based on my BMI (body mass index.) On the site, I was able to enter a weight goal and calorie goal. In order to lose two pounds per week based on my normal activity (there was an option for sitting at a desk typing and walking around from time to time), I need to have 1231 calories daily. The goal when counting calories is to burn more than you take in. I can take in more calories when I workout. Make sense? Hope so.

Sunday, January 10
Calorie Intake: 1414
Exercise: Ran on the elliptical for 30 minutes- burned 550 calories!
My playlist: Perfect for a 30 minute run plus a stretch afterwards!
-Funhouse by P!nk
-Don’t Rain on My Parade from the Glee soundtrack
-Evacuate the Dancefloor by Cascada
-White Liar by Miranda Lambert
-Carry Out by Timbaland featuring Justin Timberlake
-All the Right Moves by One Republic
-Live Like We’re Dying by Kris Allen
-TiK ToK by Ke$ha

My Starting Point

Hi! You are probably wondering what possessed me to create a blog called Ashley’s Motivation Station. Well…it all started when I joined my office’s Biggest Loser contest. Our first weigh in was on January 5th. I looked at the other people that were also paying $10 per month to compete in this contest. We are each paying $10 per month for the months of January, February, March, April and May. That’s 5 months! There are 10 people that had signed up to start the program. So if we all follow through, that will be $500 that the Biggest Loser gets. I kept telling myself, I can do this, it would be awesome to win that money. However I am someone that is powered by motivation. I started thinking about what I would do with the money. Simple…SHOP! Then I started thinking about where I would shop…VEGAS! So that was my first motivation…lose weight to win money to take to Vegas in the summer. I cut out a picture of the Las Vegas sign and taped it to my screen so that I would see it all day. One week in…I had lost pounds. But I started thinking again, what other kinds of motivation could there be. I picked up copies of Weight Watchers magazine and Self at the grocery store and started reading up on their tips. Two of the most common tips were log your food and talk to others. I set up an account on to track my food, calories and fitness, but no one but me can see it. Then I started thinking about blogs. What a perfect way! I could hide the link on my main blog and then anyone that was brave enough to check it could. Then I wouldn’t know who was looking at it, when they looked at it and why. It could be really anonymous. So starting with Sunday, January 10, I will be posting my calorie intake, what I did for exercise and other various things. I may also post updates of my weight. Thanks for reading and being supportive in the goals that I have set!