Katie Northington

Breakout Blue Team

Hello!  I am Katie Northington - a 38 year old, fun loving, hard working, ambitious woman who values personal relationships.  I enjoy spending quality time with my husband (Nate) and family/friends.  I am a Season 6 Alumni and am looking forward to Season 10!

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7/1/17 - RACE DAY!!!!!!

Today was amazing.  The weather was good (thankfully no rain) but it did get pretty humid.

i started my run with a plan   5:5, 5:5, 4:6, 4:6, 3:7, 3:7, 2:8 etc   The first loop around I felt really great until midway thru Illinois Road stretch   I was really having a hard time catching my breath.  I ended up walking and decided I would have to fast walk the 2nd loop.

well...... just before mile 10 I had to be taken out of the race   It was a BIG BUMMER!!!!  Honestly I was so upset and disappointed and I couldn't help but cry.  I think I am the only contestant who didn't finish so that really feels crappy.  I was so excited for this day and felt I was ready    I don't know what the deal is with my breathing but I plan to get it checked out.  

After I walked thru the finish line (which was just for fun at that point because I didn't really finish the race) I collected my medal and tried to just be proud of the 10 miles I DID complete.  At the finish line Cicely was there and she hugged me and told me it was ok and be proud of what I did do.  I needed that hug from her in that moment.  Hearing that from her made me feel like it was ok and I didn't let her down.  

I then stayed and cheered everyone on who was finishing the race.  I was SO PROUD of everyone!!!   Seeing them finish really warmed my heart.  I just love this group of people!

What a day full of emotions!!!!   The highs and lows   The nerves and excitement.   Every emotion possible all in one day!  It was an amazing day!

****** And I must mention - my favorite part of the entire race was coming around the corner on Illinois/Scott Rd and seeing The signs made for each of us   I literally got choked up seeing that.  The love and encouragement from the alumni and fwsw team is outstanding and they made a point to make sure we FELT that love and support today!!!!!  


6/29/17 - Today was makeover day at Salon Renew and OMG was it fantastic!!  The ladies at Salon Renew actually provided free services to all contestants and we could have whatever we wanted done   I couldn't believe it!!!

I ended up getting a little shorter cut with color and highlights and it turned out fabulous.  I also got to enjoy the most relaxing scalp massage - which she said they do complimentary for all clients  it was super relaxing.

After getting hair done I ended up going to Jessica's house (from Octane Orange team) and had dinner and tried on dresses she had picked up for finale.  It was fun for sure!  I love the friendships I am building as result of this program ❤️

6/25/17 - This week Was great.  With Eddie Merlots on Monday - then a 2.6 loss on Tuesday morning weigh in it was a great start!!! I ran on lunch hour Monday afternoon and I felt STRONG!!!   It was a great run and when I was done I felt like I could have done it again.  My run on Thursday was great too - I ran with Antoinette and Nate.  

The Warrior Women of Season 10 are continuing to bond and I think long term friendships have been formed   I love it!!!!  I am excited to get to know everyone even more and their families.  I don't have a lot of girlfriends so this was a welcomed surprise that we all clicked so well.

I cannot believe the half marathon is in less than a week   I am excited and nervous at the same time.  I know I can do this though --- I have been training for it and am ready!!!!

6/19/17 - Tonight was the Eddie Merlots dinner and it was quite the event!  Everyone looked amazing all dressed up.  It was nice to get to have some social time with my FWSW family.  The staff at Eddie Merlots were so generous and blessed us with the most delicious meal - the Chef was so passionate about his craft!!   It's pretty cool that they do this for us as part of the program!

6/17/17 - This week has been super busy between FWSW and work responsibilities.  There were a few times that I wondered how am I going to get everything done that I need to do - so much on my plate it is a little overwhelming.  But I made it thru the week and am still standing!!!   This made me continue to think post season.   I cannot allow myself to put ME on hold for other things - I am going to have to find a way and maintain balance.

for as long as I can remember, I have put my needs aside so that I could be the best employee or the best friend etc.   Those things are important BUT SO AM I.   I think that this week was a lesson that I can be all of those things PLUS make myself a priority also !!

Today we ran 10 miles and I am whooped!  It is crazy because I really believed I would never again be able to run after breaking my leg and also having gained so much weight.   But look at me!!! I am running and really loving it.  It's crazy what can happen when you actually TRY and make an EFFORT to do things.  This is a proud day for me    I am not only proud of myself but also for every contestant, my husband and friends who ran, and all of the alumni and trainers who helped us along the way.   I am proud to be a part of the Smallest Winner family.  

6/11/17 - this week I have really tried to take everything in and cherish every minute of FWSW - yes, even the hard minutes.  It hit me that the program is going to end before I know it and I am going to really miss the structured program and most of all the people I see everyday.

starting to think "post-program" and prepare my mind for the challenges that come with that.  I will have a challenge the weekend immediately following the finale and that is my husbands Family Reunion.   I looked at the flyer this week and there is literally nothing for me to eat.  I looked at my husband and said that we will have to go to the grocery store when we get there so I can prep my food for the weekend.  It's great that I have this mindset that I have to make sure I am prepared - period.   I cannot rely on others to accommodate my healthy lifestyle.  I have to plan ahead and know what I need to do.

i never want to be here again.  Meaning here as unhealthy and fat and lazy.   I know from having been in a prior season that if I choose to go back to old habits that I will absolutely be back here again.  I have thought about this all season and am mindful of the fact that this is a life long change   

things that I know will help me stay successful are:   

* I will forever have to plan my nutrition for the week.  That means planning and prepping.  This is my new normal that I have to continue.

* I have to continue to log my food.  This helps me visually see my numbers each day

* I have to continue to make exercise a priority and schedule it like an appointment that I cannot miss.  No more excuses 

* I have to continue to weigh in weekly to continue accountability.  This is a big one because I think I chose not to weigh in before because I knew I had gained and was embarrassed- the problem is I then didn't address my 5 pound gain and before I knew it I had gained 30 pounds.........


i am still living in the moment and soaking up the Season 10 FWSW experience------ but I am also thinking about the keys to my  long-term success.  

6/10/17 - today was our 9 mile training run partially on our SW track and partially at the Vision Walk.   I really enjoyed being a part of the Vision Walk.  Our group raised over $8k - of which I was able to raise $590 from friends/family/coworkers.  A big THANK YOU to those who were able to support me by making a donation.

i said to Rick after they announced Team Michaela and Fort Wayne's Smallest Winner as the highest raising family team that it really DOES feel good to give back.   This fundraising effort is how we contestants pay our gift forward and help others.  Seeing Michaela holding her certificate award I was so excited for her and it was just a proud moment for sure.

it was great to see so many people supporting the Vision Walk too.  I have spent many days while driving to my work after workouts looking around and thinking how blessed I am to have my sight and how I take it for granted.   Praying they find a cure for Michaela and so many others.

Prior to the walk I was on Facebook and I seen an old friend/acquaintance post that she started going to the gym   The pic was of a machine and then one of her and then an inspiring meme quote   I was so pumped for her and I, of course, posted an encouraging message on her post.  Well I ran into her at the Vision Walk as she was volunteering and we talked and we are going to walk together.  It is great to see others starting their journey- I know how much a little bit of encouragement and support can help.  She mentioned watching me go thru this season has inspired her.   Sometimes I think "am I posting too much fitness stuff" but then I say ehh oh well, there is an unfriend and unfollow button if people don't like it    This is me and this is my life - so it is cool to hear when someone is seeing that and being inspired by it   

6/7/17 - I am feeling triumphant today   As I think back from where I was before the season started to now I am so proud of how far I have come.  Today I had a real measurable improvement and that was with my 5k time

the first 5k run we did was on 4/23 and my time was 48:38 at the Formula 4 Life run     Today we did a 5k at Germanfest and my time was 40:27 ------- this is an improvement of 8:11 off of my 5k time   I couldn't believe it!   

Tonight I ran next to Jessica from Octane Orange team - our pace has always been pretty even during runs.  She pushed me to keep going when it was hard and I did the same for her.  We proudly did the entire race at the 2:8 interval and didn't falter once.   I felt SO FREAKING GOOD afterwards.   

After breaking my tib/fib in 2015 I really believed I would never be able to be a runner again.   Even though it had been a good year prior to that since I had run - I had always maintained hope and optimism that I would pick it up again.  When I broke my leg I kind of just wrote that off as not ever being possible    Fast forward to now and I AM DOING IT!!!!!   And it feels great 

6/4/17 - well today Nate and I got our 8 miles in and OMG was that hard!!!   There were several times I had to talk myself thru the interval with positive affirmations- ---  I am strong, I can do this, I have trained for this, keep pushing.......     although I didn't run every single 7 minute interval, I can say that I gave my 100% so I am happy with that   I know I will continue to improve!!!!

It is hard to believe we are going into the 11th week.   Time is going by so fast.  

6/3/17 - it is late evening now and I am feeling SO MUCH BETTER!!!!   I am glad I made today my rest day.  I am learning that I have to listen to my body.  Praying for a good run in the morning and that my head is all good   Only a lingering headache now but no dizziness or balance issues --- so on the up swing!

6/1/17 - Today is a challenge due to crazy long work day plus an inner ear thing going on from water in my ear causing what I think is vertigo.   I hope this crap goes away soon - nobody has time for this !!!!

5/29/17 - FINALLY!!!!!   A weigh in over 4 pounds this week!  It was the best feeling and I definitely needed that great result to get over my little mental funk.   When Rick read my number I hesitated for a minute because I thought maybe I heard him wrong   It brought me to tears because I was so excited!!!   

5/28/17 - this week has been an emotional roller coaster for me -- but I know this is part of the journey.  Feelings of inadequacy and failure mentality overwhelmed me early in the week - but by the end of the week I was able to put things into better perspective.  

Its funny because I have very different conversations with myself as I would to another person about progress.  I tell people all the time to stop the negative self talk and focus on the progression and keep pushing  ----- but the conversations I have with myself are sometimes horrible.  I am sure I am not alone with this as we are usually our own worst critics and that is sad.

A new week is approaching and this week I plan to continue my positive self talk and continue to work hard.  I plan to be proud of what I am doing and continue to follow the plan given to me.  The results will be what they will be.  As long as I know I am following the rules and plan and giving my all then I will be content with the results.

Thankful to be given this opportunity again and am loving the group of people this season   Everyone is so close and supportive.   Loving life right now- ---- blessed.

5/24/17 - today was much better for me than yesterday morning- no more tears.  I gave my all today and decided to lay it all out on the gym floor during class - meaning I had nothing left to give after class was over ---- I drained my tank.

worked out of town today and knew I would get home too late to go to gym.   So I made a few calls in Kokomo and found a small gym who let me come for the day and I did my stair stepper Challenge.   I was proud that I thought outside of the box and didn't allow my travel for work to become and excuse   

Today was was a good day...... and my spirits are getting better.  Making a point to try to remain positive and control what things I am able to control.

5/23/17 - Probably my most stripped down honest blog yet ---- I am sharing because this journey is hard and it isn't all roses.  Also it is as much of a mental journey as it is physical......

this morning was hard for me.  My morning started with Jacobs Ladder x 750 floors because I didn't finish the challenge last week as assigned (which was my own fault).  After that we did extra love and did sleds and abs with Rick.  Extra credit was hard because I was still hype from Jacobs ladder and my allergies this week have made my breathing kind of shallow/hard.   Pushing the sleds already take it out of me and on the heels of Jacob I just struggled.  I already was feeling like a freaking failure and then I couldn't breath   It just sucked.  My friends/contestants were checking on me and Rick did too but it was honestly just too much- I really in that moment just wanted to just be invisible.  The tears started coming and it was embarrassing and I just felt like such a failure.  

After that was regular class and again - because they care - some people asked how I was and if I was ok.  Because they could tell I wasn't my peppy self.  I just couldn't even talk about it and even had to just say that because I knew if I did I would break down and I just didn't want to do that.  It's hard because I know if roles were reversed I would be checking on them also and actually probably giving them the same positive feedback that they gave me...... we are our own worst critics.

After workout I went to the locker room where I ran into a member of spiece who always makes a point to encourage me and ask about weigh in and she is fantastic.  Today was no different- I had to really try to answer and not be emotional about it.  I hurried to the shower where I just literally stood there and had a moment of and just let all of my emotions from the last 2 hours out.  I needed to purge the feelings out and then got myself together.

during the morning at work - I kept looking at the cards that Lori gives us on Tuesday Devotional and I have each one hanging right in front of me.  I thought about all of the victories I have had over the last 8 weeks and really tried to force myself to put thing into perspective.   Yes I am below par to lose 50 pounds and that kills me because I would love nothing more than to reach that goal...... and yes, this week was my lowest loss of 1.8.   But I havw tried my best and been true to nutrition.

after reflecting and reading the cards and feeling a bit inspired - I decided that I am not going to let every morning be like this morning was.  I don't want to feel sucky or like a failure because I am not.  I decided today I would be sure to give 100% and what my body does it does.  About an hour later I put on my gym clothes and ran 3.41 miles on my lunch hour.   I needed that run.  Just me and the pavement.  I felt better immediately.  I needed that and know everything is going to be ok.......

5/22/17 - what a disappointment tonight.   Only a 1.8 pound loss for me and I am so frustrated because I know I worked hard and I know I followed the plan for nutrition.  I don't know why my body isn't responding to my efforts and it really makes me feel like I am failing.  I left class tonight feeling frustrated and bummed.  I am so pumped to see everyone else doing so great and pulling big numbers but if I am being honest I also wish it were me getting that big scale victory.  I understand this isn't a competition against each other but more so against our own self.  I love supporting everyone and being a cheerleader and I just feel like my spirit is down right now.  Being my 2nd chance or do over season I just thought I would be doing better than I am.  

I don't know.   Just frustrated.  That's the real deal here and what I am going thru.  It is hard to not be critical of yourself when tou are not getting the same results as others ..........

i emailed my nutritionist tonight to see what thoughts she might have based on food journal. 

5/20/17 - feeling so accomplished this week.  Pushing hard with running and training and on track with nutrition ---- hoping the few tweeks I made with food by adding more carbs pay off on the scale.  I do feel like I have more energy this week so that alone is worth it.  

Ran / walked 7 miles today and that was for sure a proud moment

My clothes are sitting me differently and people are noticing my weight loss --- seeing the results really does help me push forward when it is hard or I am feeling tired.  My husband and family is super supportive and I think that has been a big help

looking forward to Mondays weigh in. I love seeing everyone this season really doing so great   I love my team and nutritionists- everybody is just bonding so well.  The Warrior Women of Season 10 are growing closer and forming bonds that I hope last a lifetime.  The guys are all buddy buddy and crack us up most days with their commentary.   Really so blessed to be a part of this.

5/13/17 - I am so proud of how we all pushed ourselves today at the run.  I looked at those in front of me as I ran and thought wow.... we def weren't able to do this 7 weeks ago!!  I love this group of people!!!   Feeling strong today - sore but strong!

5/10/17 - today was an emotional day for me in a good way.  We did the circuit training again and then ended with a 2 min wall sit   Cicely said if anyone quit or popped up we all would do again.  Peer pressure evidently works because nobody quit or popped up.  At the 1:20 mark I really started to struggle and Beverly my nutritionist was next to me on my left and Anthony on my right.  I was shaking and my arms were dropping..... Beverly grabbed my left hand and said you can do this don't give up.  Anthony kept saying you got this Katie.   My whole body at this point was shaking.  I remember being at 1:40 and I just thought can I do 20 more seconds?  Everyone was pushing so hard   I yelled DO NOT QUIT to wveryone but it was really me yelling at myself.  6, 5, 4, 3, almost there 2, 1!    Done!  I immediately just started to cry.  I wasn't trying to cry it just started to flow out of me.  Someone came up to me and just hugged me and I just stood there and cried on their shoulder for a few seconds, my body still shaking---- I don't even know who it was.  I was so outside of myself in the moment that I don't even know who I was hugging other than it was an Alumni.  I was crying because I was so proud that I did it and I gave EVERYTHING I had inside of me to do it.

this is a moment I will remember and cherish.

5/8/17 - weigh in day and I am down 2.4 pounds!  I am happy with that considering the challenges I faced this past week.  I am glad that even though my workouts didn't happen as I had planned each day that my NUTRITION was on point.

I had such a great time at the nutrition class tonight.  We went to Krogers at Coventry and were able to walk the store with our nutritionist and ask questions.  So thankful for this opportunity- really enjoyed this class.

5/6/17 - had a great walk run this morning with the group   It is crazy how much we are doing only 5 weeks in.  I notice myself changing every week.  It is pretty cool to see not only myself changing but also the other contestants.  


One big big non scale victory I had this week was that I finally got into a jacket my husband bought me last year   It zips and fits perfect right now..... that felt good!!  Also my jeans are a size 18 which I haven't been for a year +    Those are 2 big things for me this week and it came Just in time to remind me that my hard work really is making a difference in my body   

I am so thankful to be able to hit the reset button and get a do over  - I really needed this.  Feeling like my true self is coming out again.

5/5/17 - this week has really been a challenge for me   My work hours have been ridiculous this week and I worked 17+ hour days Monday and Tuesday   It has effected my entire week though because I don't feel like I am back into my routine.  I am tired and know I need more sleep.  Looking forward to the weekend to reset my mental state.

with that said, I am proud that I have stayed on track with food.  I have prepped and packed my lunches and dinners for work knowing I wouldn't be home until late.  I know 80% is nutrition and I have kept on track with that--- but I know I haven't gotten my 2nd workouts in as I should have.   

my nutritionists have given me some good feedback and last week 16 of my 20 meals were "balanced".  I see myself getting more into a groove with planning and prepping and know this is something I will forever have to be mindful of

4/26/17 - Today was an important day for me with my journey.  I really struggled the last week with self-doubt and concern that maybe I wasn't up to par with where I should be with my loss in the program.  Workouts have been increasingly harder and I am tired and sore.  I have always had a problem with thinking I cant do things so I pop up from the squat early or put my arms down before time is up, etc and I tell myself that I couldn't do it longer   Truth he told though I CAN do better  --- today proved it to me.

Today we had stations that had different activities for us and there were 9 total   I can say I thought deep down I was doing all I could to do these and giving everything inside of me.  When we finished the first round cece said ok guys this time dig deeper   Do more this time.  Go longer.  I thought uhm ok????? Is that possible?  Well I pushed harder on every single station and guess what..... I DID MORE MY 2ND ROUND THAN MY 1ST.

i didn't pop up on my wall sit   As my thighs were burning and legs shaking I remained in position - my teammate Anthony reminding me why this 1 minute wall sit is so important because it is more than just 1 minute ..... it is one of many 1 minutes that add up.  I really think had he not kept talking to us all telling us to stay down and push that I would have given in to my deceiving mind.

when we got to the planks ..... I held that plank.  The whole minute.  It wasn't the prettiest plank and cece told me to get my but down, but I did it.   This position has been my Achilles heel always- it has always been hard for me------ so I will take that ugly plank that I pushed thru those 60 seconds with every bit of me and will be proud......

so I say all this to remind myself that I am stronger and more capable than I believe myself to be.  My trainers I think actually believe in my abilities more than I do myself.  I don't want to be a quitter or a person who only gives my all until it's hard and then says I can't.

New perspective........  I needed this today.

4/23/17 - today we completed our first 5k as a group and it was such a great experience.  I love the family-like feeling that FWSW brings.......  it is hard to not become close to people who are going thru such an intimate journey with you.  For many, it was their very first organized "race".  I have personally done several since my first season but it has been a long time since I have done one so it was equally exciting for me too.

my husband joined me today and I sooooo appreciate his support. He helped me keep my pace during my walking segments and helped me stay focused on my breathing.

Feeling accomplished today.   It is a great feeling of validation to complete a run and afterwards I was relieved to have ripped off the bandage on my dry spell for doing these.

now time to prep food for the week.   My nutritionists have had a lot of feedback.  Working on the balanced plate and although I had some great days with that - there is still room for improvement.  It starts with my planning though.  I think I need to plan a little more carbs.  The nutrition part is definitely the hardest.  The labels can be so deceiving and sometimes I think I am making a great choice and then it ends up not being the case.   I appreciate all of the feedback from Beverly and Christy.   I know they take a lot of time analyzing my logs so i take their feedback to heart.


4/20/17 - this week has been a challenge with my work travels.  I definitely need to rethink my food plan for days I am traveling with limited access to a microwave.  Just a few minor adjustments with that and it will be all good.


4/17/17 - this week I am down 4 pounds - whoot whoot!!!!  I really felt great about my efforts and nutrition this week, even with Easter on Sunday.  I planned my food as if it were any other day and I enjoyed spending time with my family. 

  1. On top of having a good weigh in individually, my team had the highest percentage lost this week which was really cool.  It's funny because last week we were last and this week first.  So we have cool medals to hold for the week ...... can we defend the title???  We will see!

4/13/17 - So we had a meeting all day at work and my boss took everyone to Casa's for lunch.  She shared that with us last week.  I finally asked if I could just pass on lunch because I am not supposed to go out to eat AND there is literally nothing for me there that I would feel good about consuming.  So I stayed back and ate my preplanned lunch.  She apologized a few times for picking a place that didn't have options for me and said she didn't even think of it ---- but I told her do not apologize, go and ENJOY lunch!  This is on me.  I have to do this for me and I have to worry about myself and always have a plan.  I felt good about it and enjoyed my meal that I packed.  One other person also stayed back and had her salad which turned into a great opportunity to connect one on one.  

I am tired today.  Physically and mentally.  It has been a busy week at work and I have gotten a 2nd workout in all week except tonight.  My body needed a rest tonight.  I figure this will allow me to recharge and finish the week strong and be ramped up for the weekend.  Nate suggested I go get a massage - which does sound nice.  I think I will ask the trainers if that is a good idea or not.  Either way I know I need some Katie zen time and plan to carve time out this weekend to do something for myself - even if it is just having a coffee and reading a magazine or something.  Just 30 min of peace and quiet with no phone, no obligations, just me myself and I would be great!

4/11/17 - This was a hard day for me during workout.   We had stations (which I like) so we changed stations and what we weee doing every 6 minutes.  By the time I got to the sleds I was so winded.  I am sure it is because I am still not conditioned for this level of workout yet.  My body is working hard and my breathing is reflective of that.  I don't have asthma or any history of lung problems and my breathing isn't anything more than me being out of shape.  

By the time I got finished pushing the sled down the performance turf one time - I just lost my breath  I walked away a little to catch it and it felt like I just couldn't get a deep breath so I panicked.  Tears started to fall from my eyes and it was involuntary.   My teammate April kneeled down in front of me and just talked me thru it and the trainer Josh was right there too.  I was so appreciative of both.   

I was embarrassed and disappointed that I couldn't finish the station.  Josh and Rick were so reassuring.  I know in time my conditioning will be better.  In the meantime I have to listen to my body.

This evening my husband nate and I did a spin class together and it was great.  I enjoyed having him there and as we were spinning I tried to remember the last time we did spin together --- I couldn't remember because it has been that long.  This used to be what we did - we were active together.  I am very much looking forward to being active together again!  Nate has been so supportive of my journey and has picked up the slack since my free time is limited to about an hour a day.  He is so understanding and encouraging.  We are going to schedule a few days off work over every few weeks for the next few months just so we can have some quality time together --- because that has been hard with the program.  So that is what we thought would be a good way to keep balance.


4/8/17 - Today was a fantastic day.  It stated with the FWSW walk and then later I did an additional 5.6 mile walk/jog.  Yes jog.  I jogged until I couldn't breathe well and then I walked to recover.  I did that combo for the first 2.75 miles ---- at which time I met up with my best friend Angie and we walked at a very brisk pace an additional 3 miles together   I was winded the whole time and was super sweaty when I returned.  It was GREAT.

i am feeling empowered today.  Proud.  Excited for the future.

 4/7/17 - What a crazy busy week.  I haven't blogged in 5 days which is longer than I would have liked to have gone.  But I am here now :)    This week the trainers turned it up a notch on us, which is great.  The trainers said they were going to work us even harder next week.  I have nightmares of burpies and the party train - but I am ready because I know I am ABLE to do these.  It is hard, but I am able.  I have to remember that because I sometimes let myself think I cant do this or I cant do that.  I can do it, I know I can.  Mind over matter. 

This week has been awkward for me as I forgot my lunch in the fridge the last 2 days so I had to do things on the fly.  There is a Kroger right by where I work so today I picked up a bag of spinach, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, dressing, strawberries, blackberries, and precut broccoli and cauliflower on the way in.  It got me thru the day but still a little bummed I forgot my lunch.  I got some feedback from my nutritionist, Christy, and she had some great things to say and some really helpful suggestions.  It is great to have professional resources at our fingertips like the dietitians.  My team has 2 dietitians (Christy and Beverly) and both are fantastic and encouraging. 

Looking forward to this weeks weigh-in and I am hoping I do well.  I haven't gotten a 2nd workout in everyday this week - really only on Tuesday so far.  So today (Friday) and the weekend I have to push really hard to burn those calories.

Now, time to make this weekend count -----


4/2/17 - Today is rest and plan/prep day   I think the week went really well   I followed my plan and worked hard   Tomorrow is weigh in and nutrition class  I am excited to see the results of my hard work tomorrow   

Yesterday was the first Sat group run - which we walked  there was a huge group that came   It was nice seeing people's spouses, kids, friends come out and support the contestants   My husband (Nate) came and then my cousin Amanda (Season 6 Alumni) also came out.  It was great having the support and encouragement   That is something that is never lacking in tbis program and I love that  

Thinking about this next week and I am a little nervous about time management  Monday and Tuesday are going to be hard days for me at work.  More Tuesday than anything.  I am mapping out my food and activity plan today so I am prepared  

3/29/17 - First week is in full motion!!!  My body is sore in places I haven't been sore in a long time.  Sore in a good way though - like I know I am using muscles that I have neglected.  Yesterday (Tuesday) we had our 1st FWSW workout in the morning and it was great.  EJ and Josh showed us some great stretches and worked us hard.  My team (breakout blue), the Navy team, and the purple team did our timed mile.  I think mine was just over 17 minutes.  It's a starting point.

After work yesterday I decided to go back to Spiece for a 2nd workout (low impact) and I walked 2 miles on the upper track at a brisk pace.  I was sweating by the time I was finished!

Today (Weds) was Cicely's class and O.M.G. did she work us today!!!!!   I just know that what she is having us do is going to really pay off.  Today was a tough class.  There were a few times I broke the movements or put my arms down but I kept telling myself YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!  Tonight is the first group walk/run at Deer Ridge so looking forward to that.

Food has been good.  I am eager to get feedback from my nutritionist next week.  I think I am on the right path and am getting all of my food groups and fats in for each day.  Drinking a lot of water.  Today is my 3rd week being "clean" from sweeteners in my coffee.  I am glad I started that change before the program started because after quitting the sugar free syrup I had a headache for a bout 2 weeks.  Now I don't anymore.  Today I went to get my post workout morning coffee and they accidently put sweetener in it.  I knew as soon as I took my first sip and frankly the sweetness was overwhelming.  I turned my car around and went back and had them redo my drink with just ice and coffee.  That's it.  Nothing else. 


I am so thankful to be given a 2nd chance.  I have been making a conscious effort to personally thank everyone I can who is part of the board and alumni because I know I really needed this.  I am so grateful and humbled.

3/27/17 - Yesterday was a super busy day as I planned my food for this week and then prepped everything.  I am eager to show my plan to my nutritionist in class tonight and see what, if anything, she thinks I need to modify.  In addition to planning out my food for the week, I also mapped a plan for exercise/activity for the week.  Obviously I will be in FWSW training in the mornings and then the scheduled runs - but I have wrote down goals for the other parts of the week.  Walking on lunch breaks.  Adding a few classes here and there (I really liked intervals and spin in my season).  I am going to treat these activities like an appointment that I cannot miss.  I work well off of 'to do' lists - so hoping this helps me manage my time and stay on course.

Tonight is our first weigh-in and nutrition class.  EEK!!!!!  I am excited to get this thing started. 


3/20/17 - This past weekend was the big Orientation Weekend and I was able to meet the Season 10 contestants and see the FWSW family.  I am beyond blessed to be able to have a 2nd chance at regaining my health.  As I sat there during orientation, I thought about the first orientation I went thru and how nervous I was.  I am still nervous this time around but it is a different kind of nervous.  I know what to expect (for the most part, I am sure there have been changes since my season) and I am not afraid of the weigh in process which was a big fear of mine the first time around.  My nervousness  is more or less that of wanting to shine and be successful so that Rick/Tina and the FWSW board doesn't regret giving me this 2nd chance.  I know that this season I have to show up and work even harder than I did the first season (and I worked my butt off)..... I just have to work even harder.  And I will.

I am excited for the program to start and I just cannot wait to reclaim my ability to run on a regular basis.  I am excited to spend quality time with my husband outdoors being active rather than sitting in front of a tv, which is a routine I am embarrassed to say we have slowly slipped into.  I am excited to go thru this really intimate journey with 24 strangers that I just met yesterday -- I know we will all be close soon. 

FWSW Season 10 - Countdown to go time!