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Kathy Makcen of Perry is a 48-year-old who is a contestant in The News-Herald's Lighten Up in 2013.

Friday, July 26, 2013

1 Final Blog

One final blog before this contest comes to an end. The contest may end, but all of our journeys continue. For me I know I still need to lose more in my mid section and I would like to tone up my arms and legs.  I know the hardest part now will be maintaining our new life styles. I want to thank all of the sponsors of the contest, along with Cori from the Health department and Laura from the News-Herald. I especially want to thank all my family and friends who have gave me tremendous support. Tomorrow will be our Final weigh in and our after pictures. I want to wish all the contestants Good Luck, this is not the end but our new beginnings.

Monday, July 22, 2013


Today was measurement day. I'm surprised by how many inches I have lost.  Didn't expect that much. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

It's Here

So my Total Gym is here. It arrived while I was on my walk after work. Of course it was heavy to drag in. Had to leave after dragging it in to go to my Aquacise class at the Y.  Hubby was putting the finishing touches together when I got home.  Dinner and some total gym before bed.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Body Media

Enjoying my body media. I like seeing the calorie burn number after wearing the armband all day. As long as my summary shows more burned than consumed, I'm good. If I need to exercise more, I can see that and do more that evening. I think this is what I needed. It will help me in my journey after the contest is over. I want to lose a little more and then work on maintaining.  I really believe that the body media will get me there. Thanks to my Husband for purchasing it for me. Now one of these days I need to purchase some new clothes.

Friday, July 5, 2013


Not to concerned with blogging anymore since it doesn't seem to be a factor if you stay in the competition or not.  Some of the contestants have been slacking at blogging.  Don't get me wrong, I know it's hard to remember to blog, but I used to be nervous that if I didn't blog then I would be removed from the contest. But the rules are not being enforced this late in the contest.  So I'm just venting for my weekly blog this week.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Body Media

So I finally got my Body Media arm band active today, my husband bought it for my birthday last month.  It's a body monitoring system that will help track my calories, my activities all day and my sleep.  Don't know yet if I will wear it to bed or not.  I hope this will help me in the last month of the contest and beyond.  I really need to figure out how to keep the weight off, I usually fall off the wagon in the fall and winter. We have a weigh in tomorrow, and I probably won't lose a thing.  I just don't want to see a slight gain. I have to push it the last month and have a good finish.

Sunday, June 23, 2013


So I did a class on Saturday at the Y, Tabata.  I have taken similar ones at Befit before.  It was a good workout, I was tired when the hour was done.   My arms are sore today.  Not looking forward to the weigh in on Saturday, cross your fingers for some kind of loss.  I have been working on a 30 day plank challenge. I started before we left for vacation and got away from it, but I started over with it so we will see how it goes.