After getting SO VERY CLOSE to being cast on season 8, 9, and 10 of the hit reality
TV show, The Biggest Loser, I realized a lot of things about myself. The most important being, how much I desperately want and need this. "This" being a healthy, whole, functional body.

My blog is intended to help me get accountable. Accountable to EVERYONE, family, friends, complete strangers and ultimately MYSELF. I have over 400lbs to loose in order to gain the FABULOUS life I was born to lead!!

I am SO EXCITED, nervous, embarrassed and determined. I will REJOICE with you in my accomplishments and confess to you any "falling off the wagon" I might do. I encourage EVERYONE to get out there and tell your friends about this blog. The more people that read and comment, the more accountable I create for myself! This is one of the HUGE aspects I love about the show. I would NOT have let America down! Now I just have to create my OWN America!! Post your own accomplishments, encouragement, questions, doubts etc. This blog is here for you too! Let's get this ball rolling! WE GOT THIS!!

Day one starts with "Dollar Store Lettuce..." click that red link, and then scroll past this intro. :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Today was a victory!! I didn't get up early, BUT instead of slashing all four tires because I found out I had a flat, I forgave myself and moved on! (thank you Jillian for that bit of advice)

I went to work, made the best of breakfast and lunch, went straight to the grocery store after work and bought as much as I could with the little money I have. I was SOOOO proud of my new found coupon addiction! By matching up coupons to store adds, I brought a $156.00 bill down to $92.00!!! HOLY COW!! I walked out of there feeling like I won the Texas Lottery!!

The new banner down below, is for the Roula and Ryan show here in Houston. I am trying to lure them over to my blog. Muah ha ha ha! :) I mean, a girl can't have TOO many people to be accountable can she?? They do the morning show on 104.1 KRBE. R&R are AWESOMELY FUNNY! I am always bummed when I have to leave my car to go into work!! I text them all the time with comments, as does most of Houston I would presume, but the really awesome thing is...this morning THEY TEXTED BACK!! It was Roula who struck up the convo, and was evidently intrigued with how far I had gotten in BL8 casting. I couldn't tell her much, I don't think NBC would have been to happy with me...but I told her what I could, and come to find out, her friend Nicole had tried out for a previous season, but like SOOOO many of us, was not cast. She said they kept Nicole's video, like they told me they would mine, and called her back for season 7.

I said, " in Nicole ON season 7???"

"Yep!" Said Roula

How awesome is that!! SO! I am not below a little shameless begging in order to get R&R to follow my blog and journey. :) They do so much for the community and I would love the support of such a great duo! We shall see!!

OKAY THEN! Now onto my other adventure into Radio this last week. Jillian Michaels' show on Sunday. EVIDENTLY there was a "technical" issue and the podcasts for Sunday will not be posted.

I AM SOOOOOOO SAD!!! I was hoping I would get to actually HEAR all the stuff Jill had to say. There were many points in our conversation where all I heard was, "OMG! That's JILLIAN! She's talking to ME!!!" my head... lol

So I will have to settle for a tiny shout out on Jillian's KFI640 page. They summarize all the shows, and I am listed in a little section where it says "Jillian talked to callers about..." I am obviously the Biggest Loser 8 reference. Oh well! I will just have to call her when I lose my first 50 lbs. :)

So! I had a TOTAL break down in the fast food department. I got on the elevator this afternoon to go home and I IMMEDIATELY turned to my boss:

"It smells like fried chicken in here!" (mmmm, I was thinking)

Liz "Yeah, it STINKS! Bleh" I honestly thought she was going to hurl by the look on her face. (But she had a migraine and is pregnant bless her soul.)

SO ALLLLLL the way home I was craving fried chicken. I SERIOUSLY had to talk OUT LOUD to myself on several occasions to keep from going to Hartz Chicken Buffet. (mmm) I managed to make it into Kroger without a hitch. Then back in the car. The chicken craving was still there. *sigh* EVEN though I could BARLEY breath and was sweating profusely (because I had just walked for almost an hour getting groceries) my fat butt still wanted that damn chicken.

I SAID NO!! Let me tell you how HARD this was. PEOPLE! There is a Hartz Chicken Buffet in my Kroger's parking lot!!! I had to drive past the dang thing!! TWICE!! I was SO PROUD!!

Anywho! I got home, chicken-less, parked at the very end of my drive and took MANY trips to and from the car to bring in the groceries. This was all slightly uphill, YAY ME! lol My goal was to make it last a half hour and count that as my walking. As sad as it is, my heart rate was already up from the grocery shopping, so I wanted to make use of it. :)

I made myself some Ritz with cream cheese and grape jelly instead. Granted...not the BEST snack ever. But TEN THOUSAND times better than that chicken, or anything else I would have normally come home with!!!

So! To recap the day:

My goals were:
To get up 30 mins early (didn't happen)
To drink AT LEAST 75 - 100 oz of water
Drink ONE Diet coke, rather than 4 regular cokes. (this changed to "Quit cold turkey" around mid-day)
Walk 30 mins

What ACTUALLY happened:
NO FAST FOOD!!! (yay)
I am on my 148 oz of water! (NO SODAS!! But booooy am I craving one)
And got AT LEAST 30 mins in for walking!!

Breakfast -Vanilla Activia.
AM snack - couple bites of a questionable/nasty can of tuna fish. (not even counting it)
Lunch - Sweet Potato and probably a BIT too much butter*
PM snack - Ritz, cream cheese and Grape jelly. Also a large glass of milk
Dinner - 3 ears of fresh corn (OH MY WORD was it good corn!! and half a can of baked beans)

*While I am waiting for Jillian's book to arrive, I want to be perfectly clear as to what my goals are right now. I want to get out of the Fast Food habit/addiction/rut. So, you might see me eating things that are not considered "health food" by any means. But for me, they are a HUGE step and MUCH better alternative to things I would have had instead. :)

What can I improve on tomorrow??
Get up 30 mins early and put on some make up for work. :)
Plus continue the goals I accomplished today

Wish me luck!!!


  1. Kristin, I am cheering for you. I have lost 24 lbs this month and it has not been easy. I am addicted to sugar and am a stress eater. To help me with my accountability I have been writing down everything I eat and keep a running tally of the calories. My doctor told me to eat between 1500-1750 calories a day. I carry my calorie book in my purse and keep a pen attached to it. I pull it out about 10 times a day. I can also predict a bad eating day if I leave the house without snacks in my bag. I carry fruit/veggies and 100 calorie packs of crunchy snacks like pretzels. When you get a craving for something like fried chicken grab your pretzels or whatever you have and crunch away. Just remember that you are making a life change not dieting. Being healthy and having more energy will just add to your happiness!

  2. It's a victory that you didn't give in to the chicken! Sometimes even the best plans don't go perfectly but you dealt with it well. Way to go Kristin! xoxoxo

  3. I know how hard passing up on that chicken was for you, and I'm so proud of you for resisting. I'm going to forgo the fast food as well, so that you know someone (and someone you know has very similar food issues) is struggling with (and, hopefully, overcoming)that addiction too.

    Baby steps, girl- you're off to a great start!

  4. Way to go, Girlfriend! Congratulations, I'm proud of you! Small steps add up quickly to permanent changes. I feel you on the chicken! One of the changes I made, to also deal with fried chicken cravings was to buy chicken breasts with the bone-in and roast them myself with a little olive oil and my favorite spice (currently Penzey's Sunny Paris or Fines Herbs) 375 degrees until the middle is 160. Then I can still satisfy some of that chicken craving with less guilt because it's NOT fried. Fix a halfway decent side (some kind of veggie - lately for us it's been steamed acorn squash with butter) and you're set! It's a step outside of the guilt that's still tasty.
    Don't forget to reward yourself somehow! Baby steps will become permanent changes if you reward yourself. My original goals couldn't be food, 'cuz then I just felt guilty after getting my reward. My current goal, after teaching this year, was an hour long massage. Thanks to my wonderful husband (and our 11th anniversary last week) I'll be getting 2 hour long massages in the near future.

  5. Depending on the number of Ritz crackers you consumed and the amount of cream cheese plus jelly, it's possible you consumed as many calories in that as you would've with a chicken breast from KFC - 370 calories. Admitedly KFC has a lot of sodium, but you would've gotten a big dose of protein, 38 gm. The chicken would've helped you feel less hungry for a longer period of time and it would've given you nutritional building blocks for stronger muscles. And even better. KFC now has grilled chicken, at 180 calories for a chicken breast. That's a much better choice then crackers (carbs), cream cheese (fat) and grape jelly (sugar). Saying all this, I'm on the same journey you are. I do like reading your blog. Good luck.

  6. You probably don't want advice about your food but reading your blog I felt prompted to write. I agree with the last poster....your choices of empty carbs and sugar will only set you up to be hungry and eat muore carbs and sugar later. Thats how they work. Dump the empty food you are eating and replace it with high quality protein, as many vegetables as you can eat and ezekiel products for your carbs that are low on the glycemic scale and wont set you up to eat more later. They will satisfy you all day. Drink 2 c skim milk a day, get a fruit in....go for a walk...go to bed and get up and do the same thing all over again.

    You're only setting yourself up with empty carbs and sugar. Trust me - been there, done it, and recovered from it. Good luck.

  7. This post is actually not for Kristin but for everyone that are reading and posting. Please read the postings before commenting. What she needs is a positive support system. Baby steps all the information everyone is giving her is great but a successful diet is a diet where you start by changing one thing at a time. If you try and do too much in the beginning you will fail.... By cutting out fast food and soda she will loose quite a bit of weight. So instead of telling her what to do cheer her on. Every heard the saying too many hands in the cookie jar. Well here's your sign. She appreciates all of your support and help to get thru the hard times.. But please be supportive and stop telling her what she's doing wrong she's doing great. If you've ever been a dieter you know you can only accomplish one goal at a time. You have to gain the will power and the drive before you can proceed to the next step...