About Me

Hi, my name is Angela and welcome to my blog. This is a place where I write about my life in an honest and open way.

I am 36 years old, single, and a Christian. God gave me a heart to work with children and so I spend my day teaching kindergarten. It is my fourth year teaching and although it is hard I love it. I currently go to a college for my BA in Elementary Education which keeps me busy. Between work and school there is not much time left but I enjoy serving and helping others, watching netflix, or reading a good book.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Week 12 - 4 lb gain

So if I just don't blog about it then its not true, right? Ok, well no but I wish. I want to use the fact that I went on a woman's retreat with my church this past weekend as an excuse. It was Friday and Saturday and I didn't worry about calories while I was away. But with a 4lb gain i know it was more than that. Last week I did work out some. I went hiking tuesday, thursday and friday. Each time burning about 800 - 1000 cal per my heart rate monitor watch. But with about a 3 mile hike taking an hour that seems about right calorie wise. On Saturday morning I did 20 min on a treadmill (100 cal) but that isn't much so I kind of feel like it doesn't really count. I know last week I did eat out some as well as several late night binge eating. So not doing well. I am trying to be more on track this week so we will see how that goes.

Monday I got called in to work early so I worked 9.5 hours. I had brought my hiking stuff with me but was way too tired to go hiking. After dinner I ended up eating 100 cal pac of popcorn and a slice of home made cake my brother made. I did much worse the week before but this was still too many calories so late. Today I did go for a hike after work so about 900 calories burned. I was pretty excited because on the way down to keep my heart rate up I have been trying to do little sprints. I had some previous shoe issues so I hadn't been sprinting lately but today I did great. I am so excited about it!! After dinner this evening I had another slice of cake (it really is delicious) but then I also had a bowl of chocolate granola. The granola is all natural and I used silk milk so it was relatively healthy. But it is more calories than I should have been consuming. Plus I know I filled the bowl way too high.

Oh but an interesting thing I did. At my woman's retreat I heard about a local organic co-op that was recommended to us. I know my brother and his wife have been looking into them and then I have been considering them since it would (hopefully) get me to eat more fruits and vegetables. So I talked with my brother and he said he would split it so I placed an order. It was with www.bountifulbaskets.org and for an all organic basket it is $25 (you can get non-organic for $15 but I prefer organic.) I had to place the order between Tue at noon to...I think it is wed at 10pm. And then you pick up sat morning. There are dozens up pick up spots around the valley and I happen to have one less than a mile away. You get other stuff like bread or seasoning, I didn't get either of those but I did order 7 dozen tortilla's for $10. Thought that was a pretty good deal. I guess sometimes they have granola too but not this time. I will let you know how it goes. They say it is supposed to be 50% fruit and 50% veg so it should be a good mix. Check it out if you are in AZ and even if you aren't they actually cover a few other states as well WY, WA, UT, NV, ID.


  1. On a side note to my 4lb gain my waist did not increase. I am still down in size so it is possible that the 4lb may be partial muscle. I would assume that hiking is building new muscle in my legs. I don't know, we will see.

  2. Hey, Angela,
    I just wanted to tell you I really like reading about your progress and your life :)