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34-year-old Kate Bloom, of Willoughby, has plenty of support in her journey to get healthy. She wants to get back to being the active person she was as a youngster.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I Love Being a Loser!

                Two days until our next weigh-in and I’m feeling pretty good.  I’m not expecting a huge loss, but some loss.  I’ve been switching around my diet and my exercise.  The variety keeps me interested when I get in a rut.  I wish everyone in the contest, good luck for Saturday.  It seems like month four was a tough one for lots of people.  Hopefully, we will all show a loss this month.    


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Renewed Motivation

This Saturday morning my friend Jane Telich came over to help me out with some personal training.  The last time I worked with a personal trainer, it was a terrible experience, so I have to admit I was a little apprehensive this time.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  It was one of the most fun workouts I have had in a long time.  It was a boot camp style workout and my step-daughters and husband participated too.  Everyone was into it and everyone had a great workout.  She was incredible.  She read me and made sure I was comfortable with everything I was doing.  I couldn’t have been more pleased.  The diet and exercise has been a little slow, so her help was much needed. 

There were lots of picnics this weekend, so inevitably I ate more than I would have liked to, but today is a new day and I’m starting a new 10 day diet plan.  Hopefully it will be just what I need to kick start things. 

It still surprises me every time I hear that people actually read this blog.  I always just assume it’s my parents and the other contestants, but it turns out there are more.  So I figured I’d say hi to a couple.  So hello Scott and Aly Hardy, Mrs. Barr, Mom, Dad, Dave, Sara, and everyone else who reads.  I thank you all for your support.  My friend Lisa told me this weekend that what I am doing motivates her to want to be healthier and that motivates me.



P.S.   Thanks again Jane!


Monday, May 21, 2012


The weekends are killing me!  During the week, I eat well and exercise every day.  Every weekend, I eat too much and don’t exercise enough.  Then I spend the next couple days undoing what I have done over the weekend.  So, this weekend, my friend “Not So Plain” Jane Telich will be coming over to teach a boot camp class to me and my family.  My family doesn’t know it yet, but I’m hoping they will participate with me.  My six year old step-daughter will be into it, but I’m not so sure about the 15 year old.  She might take some convincing.  I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how things go.  It should be fun and hopefully will help me put an end to the weekend weight gain. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Great People

I was reading through some of my fellow contestants blogs and it seems that some of the people are struggling a little bit right now.  It’s nice to know that I am not the only one who has obstacles to overcome.  I love being a  part of this community of people.  I read everyone’s blogs, pretty regularly, and feel like I know them.  I enjoy our weigh-ins as I get a chance to talk to each of these people and see what is or what isn’t working.  I love being a part of this contest and this group.  Everyone is so uplifting and supportive.  I count myself lucky to have been chosen. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I'm Back!

                I had a rough week last week.  I definitely was eating things I shouldn’t and not exercising as much as I should.  But, no worries…….I’m back!  The last three days have been going well and I’m feeling like things are back in order.   I can’t quite pinpoint where I went wrong, which is probably why I have a problem in the first place.  I have some theories, but who knows?  I hope I can keep on the straight and narrow and show a good loss this month. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

P90X is Brutal

Last night I met some of the folks from the contest at Slim and Fit gym to do some P90X.  I’ve never done P90X before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  WOW!  It was pretty tough.  Just about everything hurts today.  We did the Plyocide video.  There was lots of jumping and planking and sweating.  The News-Herald sent a photographer, so I am hoping that they caught a picture of me jumping because that is really the most flattering of all poses (sarcasm).  I can say that when it was over I was glad I did it and I can see why the people in those videos are so ripped.  I was very impressed with my fellow contest, Michael Kadlub’s, ability to jump three feet off the floor.  My two inch vertical did not quite stand up to his vertical, but it was still fun. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

3 More Months To Go

For month three I have lost 10 more pounds.  I’m not disappointed, but feel like I really could have done a little better.  The good news is that I have three more months to do better.  My fellow contestant, Lisa, has slid into first place.  She is definitely kicking butt and I am very proud of the progress she is making.  Moving into second place has opened my eyes and makes me want it even more.  I’m planning on losing a good amount of weight this month. 


I’ve lost a total of 53 lbs. and feel so much better.  Over the weekend, my step-daughters and I played the Wii Dance game and it was so much easier than three months ago.  I was able to do song after song and wasn’t winded at all.  I can’t begin to describe how amazing that feels.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Weigh in this week was slightly disappointing.  I showed a loss, but less than I was hoping for.  I feel like I could have done better, which I plan on this month.  Yesterday I wasn’t feeling so good.  I just had a little bit of a cold, I think.  I thought being sick would decrease my appetite, but it was the exact opposite.  I was so hungry all day yesterday.  I’m not sure if I was seeking something to make myself feel better or if I was really hungry.  I definitely went over my allotted calories yesterday, but didn’t eat anything too bad.  But, I am feeling better today and today is a new day.  My goal is at least 15 lbs. this month, so I’m going to have to really work hard.