What is a "bottom line"???

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, there are numerous "bottom lines"...a biweekly alternative newspaper at the University of California Santa Barbara, the running scores and news for ESPN (the ticker at the bottom of the screen); net income (revenue minus costs and expenses); music venue in New York City's Greenwich Village; a World Wrestling Entertainment syndicated television show; catch phrase of Stone Cold Steve Austin and John Vespa; a publishing company...and my backside!!!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Another week--another half pound...

Well, the beginning of July began with a half pound gone, a total of 22 miles walked (for the week...including completing the Peachtree Road Race; a 10K in Atlanta, if you are not familiar), and lots of fireworks, food, family and friends. 

To start, let me say that I have been a paying member of Weight Watchers since April of 2008.  And when I am active, the plan is the best one that I have found.  My biggest obstacle--me, myself and I.  When I am on plan, I am on it 100%.  When I am off of it--well, I am equally dedicated.  Obviously, I am an all or nothing kind of gal.

I have recently re-dedicated and re-focused all attention to the plan.  In addition to Weight Watchers, I have started actively tracking all things on www.sparkpeople.com.  I think that it's good for me to see another perspective on how things work.  And since I have a near and dear friend who lost over 100 lbs. by watching her intake (low carbs, limited sugar), I thought this "fresh" approach might help me.   Anyway...since I have been diligently on plan, I have lost a total of 4 lbs. (that's over two weeks).  I am happy with that loss--and can only hope that the trend continues.

Secondly, all of the walking...it's been reassuring to see that there is a direct correlation to weight loss and exercise.  Well, duh...I guess that I knew that...(a lesson that I have learned way more than once).  Anyway--this was reaffirmation for me.   And with my Garmin heart rate monitor, I get the super satisfaction (when walking outside--not inside on the treadmill) of being able to download the information and see instantaneously the fruits of my labor.  And I have busted it over the past month or so...knowing that I had the 10K coming up on July 4th.  Anyway...more activity, hopefully more weight loss...(FINGERS CROSSED)...

That takes us to the Peachtree Road Race, yesterday.  This was my second year participating.  Let me explain this to you...there are approximately 55,000 folks participating.  Yep, it's a massive event.  But all things considered, it is super organized.   We had a group of six of us participating.  Unfortunately, we were not all in the same start wave (the first runners were off at 7:30), my start time was at 8:42 (so, yes, there were already people meeting us at my mile 2 with their coveted Peachtree Road Race t-shirts and swag bags in hand).  However, for all of the other races (numerous 5Ks, 2 other 10Ks, and a half-marathon), there is nothing like the atmosphere of this one.  People (supporters, neighbors, family????) line all 6.2 miles to cheer, yell, holler (and is some instances provide adult beverages to those that need/want them).  There's music blaring, bands playing the chosen patriotic anthems, confetti flying, sprinklers spraying...everything.  It's the most fun I have ever had walking 6.2 miles.  And to beat all, I finished beating last year's time by 5 minutes.  (Okay, so it was the winning 27:52 time that won the race...but it was a personal best for a 10K).  This is my only goal...to attempt to beat my previous 10K time...so it was a success all the way around.  Plus, I was there to celebrate with other Chicas that completed this milestone.  And did I mention the t-shirt?  Well, there's a pic pre-race picture (above) and post-race (below) with THE t-shirt... Again, I cannot wait until next year's race!!!!

Post race festivities included good food, good times, and not-so good smells.  I didn't take anything to change into...so had only my trophy tee to put on...which I did.  Luckily no one at the cookout mentioned my horrific body decaying ripe smell.  However, upon my return home, my husband promptly encouraged that I take a shower...quickly.  

Then, today I met a new friend for lunch...What a great experience that was.  It was my favorite cuisine--Mexican with a new favorite person of mine!  Who would have thought the Internet could lead to what I hope is a long lasting friendship?!?!?!?  (Nevermind that the world wide web was the catalyst that allowed me to meet my husband.  I am not sure why I doubt the technological advances of the world...Nothing should surprise me!).  Anyway...she's also the reason that this post is being made...her encouragement and my deciding that I would "just do it"...Here we are!

Here's to a great weekend...and an even greater week!  


  1. Hey girl!!! I love, love, love your blog!! Love the colors and designs! I really need to do a makeover on mine....it's been the same thing for a year now and I'm tired of it, lol. I think you're really going to love Blogland...tremendous group of people here...so excited you got started! I had a great time at lunch yesterday, and yes, we are definitely on our way to a long-lasting friendship!!! :)

  2. Hi Kim,

    Just popped across from Tammy's blog, it is nice to meet you:) I am rather envious of you both, I would love to meet up with Tammy sometime. She is a great girl.

    Best wishes


  3. Welcome to Blogville! I want to start running, but have issues with shin splints. I am trying to start slowly, from mailbox to mailbox on my walking route. Maybe someday...

  4. Welcome to blogland! I'm excited to follow your journey!

  5. Welcome to the blogging world!

    I have been blogging since about January 09, although my current blog has been active since March of this year, and right now I have a lot of medical problems but am itching to get back on my journey! (I had lost 100 pounds, but have put about 30 back on, so its time to get the scale turned around again, you know?)

    The race sounds great - congrats on it! Looking forward to following you : )

  6. Hi Kim - Welcome to the blog world. Congrats on your 10K. Looks like it was lots of fun. Tammy told me to come visit you and say hello so that's what I'm doing. I'll be back to check on your progress and cheer you on to your next goals, whatever they may be. Hope you're staying cool. ;)

  7. A great big WELCOME to you Kim.
    Recently became a follower of Tammy & a friend of hers is a friend of mine. :0)

  8. Thanks to all of you for the kind words of welcome! I knew that this was going to be a good idea! I will follow each of your blogs, as well...can't wait to offer a lending hand, some support, or even just a hello...

    Thanks again...I already know that this was a good idea!

  9. Hi Kim! Welcome to our Blog family! Honestly, this was the best thing i ever did, the support i get is great! And just reading other people's posts makes me remember that i'm not in this alone! I get a huge amount of inspiration from them.

    I'll be following your progress and feel free to chat at me anytime!

    Cheers! :-)

  10. Hi Kim .... I just popped on over from Tammy's blog and am looking forward to following your journey. I think Tammy is someone that I'd love to know too, although I live a long way away (Canada). We've emailed a bit, back and forth. What a wonderful thing the internet is. Good luck on your weight loss and looking forward to your next update.

  11. Hi there Kim!

    Welcome to the blogosphere! I found you on Tammy's blog and wanted to say Hi. I only started mine about a month ago, but this is just an amazing place to be! The support is quite addictive. :)

    Can't wait to read more as you go through this journey. Oh, and congrats on the 10K. That's just phenomenal!! Keep up the great work! ~H.


Discuss amongst yourselves...here, I will give you a topic (Wait--I already have!). Comments, constructive criticism (and even not so constructive) are welcome...