Sandie Simply Says

December 31, 2008

HASAY: I’m jumping in!

Filed under: General,HAYSAY,Weight Loss — by Sandie @ 7:18 pm

I know I’m late to the party on this one, but I’m jumping into HASAY with both feet this week (well, maybe I won’t actually start until next week).  Casey tells me that my first assignment is here.  So, here goes!

1. What motivates you and why do you want to do this challenge? It may be that you’re training to run a 10K or merely just to be able to walk to the mailbox and not break a sweat (don’t worry, I fall on this end of the spectrum).  Hmmm…what  motivates me?  I’d have to say it’s a challenge or competition.  Also, knowing that I’m accountable or have to “report in” to someone else helps.  So, I guess that’s what I’m hoping to get out of this…that spark of a challenge.  We recently had a biggest loser competition at work.  I did really well and lost 20 lbs (a little over 13% of my starting weight).  I came in second to a guy who lost 14% of his weight.  That ended right before Thanksgiving and since then I’ve managed to put about 5 pounds back on.  I’m hoping joining HASAY will give me that kick I need to lose those 5 pounds again and the additional 5-10 pounds I want to lose to get to my pre-Angelina weight.



2. What is your long term goal? Do you want to lose weight or just tone your body. Are you trying to fit into your old prom dress for your upcoming reunion? Do you want to want to “pump yourself up” like Hans and Frans? Spill it.  I guess I already entered my long term goal above, but I’ll restate it here: lose 10-15 pounds and I want to do it by April 4.  Why April 4?  That’s Amanda’s quinceañera and I want to look smokin’ hot in front of the ex-wife (petty, I know!).  My secondary long term goal is to earn an Excellent score on my PT test for the Air Force.  That means I need to shave 2 1/2 minutes of my mile and a half run.  I can do this.  I hope.

3.  What is your long term weight loss goal? You don’t need to tell us your current weight, just how much you’d like to eventually lose. This can be in weight or inches. Jamie and I have a sewing tape measure that we use for our weekly measurements. We got ours in the sewing section at Wal-Mart, if you look at Target, you won’t find it.  I guess I should have read these questions better before I started answering because I keep answering the questions before they’re asked!  So, for the answer to this question, see #2.

4.  What tools are available to you? Treadmill, elliptical, jogging stroller, ThighMaster, Trampoline. Maybe a rabid dog to chase the weight off?  Tools?  Well, there’s the treadmill in my living room.  It has a nice layer of dust on it now.  I also have just about every piece of equipment known to man available at the base gym.  For free.  And multiple classes available to me.  Again, for free.  And then, I have all the tools of my Weight Watchers program available, of course.

5.  How often can you exercise? Be realistic here but try to make as much time as possible. This might include stepping AWAY from the blog for a couple of nights a week. I know, *gasp*. I’m crying on the inside too but it needs to be done. Fatty. Ok, that was mean and it won’t happen again. I promise.  This is where I really have no excuses.  I get 90 minutes, three times a week to work out.  During work hours.  I can’t really use the “don’t have time” excuse.  I can use the “I’m way too lazy” excuse though.  Starting Monday, I’m going to once again take advantage of my free gym time.  Three days a week I’ll be at the gym 30-60 minutes.  I’m going to do the Ab Lab class at the gym on Monday and Wednesday.  It’s a great class.  I don’t know why I stopped going and I’m going to regret it when I go back.

6.  What do you plan on doing? Beer curls, switch the remote to the other hand for a few days, start smoking more. Maybe you want to actually exercise and start eating better? I hear that never works but go ahead and try if you want.  Darn it!  Did it again!  Well, for the exercise portion, see above.  For weight loss, I’m going to start journalling again.  I’m going to journal every day, no matter how poorly I’ve eaten that day.  I use e-tools at for my journalling.  I love it!  And I’m going to try to get back to Weight Watchers meetings.  I need to figure out what day/time I can go and then stick to it!

7. What has worked for you in the past? Let us in on your secrets, what has worked for you before and how you went about it. We won’t tell.  This one’s easy!  Weight Watchers has been working for me for 7 years.  Finding the motivation to stay on plan is what has been hindering me.  That’s where ya’ll come in.  Instead of slapping that cyber-donut out of my hand, you need to ask me if I have the points for it.  But not until Monday.  Monday I get back on the wagon.



  1. Welcome to the club Sandie! I had to think for a bit about what a quinceañera is but then I got it. I think that’s a fabulous goal (looking better than the Ex is always a good goal in my eyes!). I’m glad Weight Watchers has worked for you in the past so you have a game plan. Don’t worry, we’ll all be around to heckle you into submission if you fail.
    I’m linking you up over at my place now and adding you to the HASAY mailing list. Good luck!

    Comment by Casey — December 31, 2008 @ 11:09 pm |Reply

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  3. Nothin petty about that goal, because frankly it’s more motivational than anything else I can think of.

    90 minutes three times a week during WORK? So. Jealous. You’re right, you have no excuses, so get to it!

    And YES, I have the points for this cup of coffee with extra cream and sugar, so back off.

    Comment by Keely — January 1, 2009 @ 11:55 am |Reply

  4. I am joining HASAY too! I emailed Casey before but with school, damn conferences, damn snow, I just haven’t had a chance. This week–I am signing up at the new gym that has classes just for women! WOOHOO!!

    Comment by Tina — January 1, 2009 @ 3:48 pm |Reply

  5. Welcome to Hasay. Girl … I didn’t know you had 90 minutes of PAID time three times a week to work out. Good Lord … get cracking!!!!!

    Comment by Debbie — January 2, 2009 @ 9:45 am |Reply

  6. Great first post, welcome to HASAY. And good luck banishing the lazy in 09.

    Comment by mrsbear — January 2, 2009 @ 3:55 pm |Reply

  7. Thanks for the warm welcome! And don’t hate because I’m given tiem to work out…I also have to pass a fitness test every year and can lose my job if I don’t. No better incentive than that to get to the gym (too bad it doesn’t work all the time).

    Comment by Sandie — January 2, 2009 @ 6:29 pm |Reply

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