Uh oh…it’s gonna be a tough weekend!

Well here we are at the first real challenging weekend of summer! We are having a friends 50th birthday party at our house on Saturday night. I’m trying to plan ahead and think how I am going to control myself and not go overboard on food or alcohol in order to still post a loss for next week for my purple team.

Here are my thoughts….

1)  It isn’t until 5PM. I could have a light breakfast and maybe just fruit for lunch or something…want to try to keep it under 500 calories if possible. Most of the cleaning and prep will be done tonight, so not like I will be exerting much energy getting ready for the festivities.

2)  We will be grilling out (burgers, Italian sausage and hotdogs) and people are bringing sides. Can I resist the taco dip and cheesy potatoes??? I can always have a bunless burger in order to save a few hundred calories on carbs I really don’t need anyway and stick with the baked beans and veggies.

3)  Alcohol…oh glorious alcohol! I plan on consuming some several beverages, but I am trying to think what would be the best for me to drink. Might try some MGD64 to keep the calories about half of the 110 calories BudLight sticks to me. But then I am tossing around the idea of getting some cheap vodka that I can mix with diet Sunkist soda to make some refreshing cocktails.

4)  There will be no birthday cake, but some people are bringing dessert. I just am praying it’s something I don’t like so I won’t be tempted to munch every time I walk by the kitchen. (like the no-bake cookies at the graduation party last month). Come on pies….or double chocolate cookies….I can resist you guys easily!

I guess my fear is that I am going into this weekend at the lightest weight I have been since early 2004. I am 3 lbs away from weighing what I did when we got married almost 5 years ago. I “feel” less of my body when I touch my hips and am starting to loose the first trimester pregnancy look that I seem to have had since I became an adult (even though I have never been preggers).   And now I am questioning if I am strong enough to resist some tasty refried beans topped with creamy sour cream and fancy shredded cheese on delicious golden tortilla chips Taco Dip??? Will not always having a frosty beverage in my hand while chilling with my friends make me have a horrible night? No it won’t, but my warped sense of thinking has already kind of set myself up for some sort of failure.

Does anyone else do this….it’s almost like self sabotage! I felt so good having posted a 2.6 lb loss this week and now I am preparing myself for seeing a gain next week, even before the festivities begin? I don’t think so sister!!! I am going to make sure that I am always carrying a bottle of water with me and follow the rule of having a bottle of water in between every alcoholic one that I partake in. I will not deprive myself of trying some of the tasty treats, I just will use a smaller plate so I can’t present the temptation to overeat. Gonna play some corn hole/beanbags and enjoy the company of my houseguests…that should keep my focus away from the food!

At least that’s the plan for now…ask me again on Sunday how it went!


Wednesday Weigh-In Week 3

It’s WEDNESDAY!!!!  That means its time for the weekly weigh-in over at Shrinking Jeans, and I am thrilled to say I am down 2.6 lbs this week! 

That’s ABSO-FN-LOOT-LY Fabulous! 

Total lost for the challenge is 4.6 lbs so far.  Three woots!  Woot-woot-woot!    I finally got to the 40 lbs total loss mark….and surpassed it making my total as of this morning 41.4 lbs!  I can’t imagine ever going back to my old weight, even when I get pregnant I hope to top out at 170 or something not pushing 190 like I was last summer. 

Had a small loss last week with my friend TOM visiting.  Did good all week on the food front, with the exception of pizza for dinner on Saturday and leftover pizza for both meals on Sunday, maybe my body needed a jolt away from the regular stuff I had been eating.  I’m certainly not planning to start eating like this again, but I’m so thankful it didn’t hinder my weight loss this week.  Stopped drinking diet soda for breakfast and switched to coffee with SF creamer.  It helps too since I have been getting up at 5 to exercise a few times a week.  Much better since the temps have been 80-90 here this week.

Finished Level 3 last week and moved onto Banish Fat Boost Metabolism from Jillian.  It is an hour long and is a tough workout.  Its more kickboxing and cardio than The 30 Day Shred was, nice change and apparently my body is liking it too.  Got up this morning to do it, but only got half way done.  Just wasn’t into it…have a lot on my mind this week and felt myself petering out so I did my cool down and called it a day.  Gonna do some more landscaping tonight so I will get some activity in just not BOOSTing.

Next weeks goal….1 pound.  Cake walk right?  We’ll see…we have a 50th birthday party on Saturday and there will be lots of tasty cold beverages consumed.  Might need to check into that MGD 64!


Shred Level 3 Results

Well I finally made it…I finished level 3 of the 30 Day Shred.  OK, I guess I didn’t officially finish it, since I quit yesterday which was day 8, but my right shin/leg is aching and has been getting worse everyday.  I’m thinking it might be all the plyometric work involved in Level 3, so I decided today would be my rest day and tomorrow I will start something new.

Here are my numbers from Level 3.

Weight loss for Level 3…..down 1.6 lbs

Inches lost during Level 1…..10.5 inches

  • Bust…down 1.5 inches
  • Lower Abdomen…down 2.5 inches
  • Lower Hips/Hiney….down 1.25 inches
  • Knees…down 1.75 inches

Hmmm…let’s see what I can I say about level 3. I did get winded more often than in the other levels (duh it’s the last level) and ended up taking more breaks, especially during the walking push-ups and jumping pliats.  I really felt the pain during the combo arm/leg lift in plank pose things, whatever the heck they are called.  Normally ended up doing one regular set and one set on my knees.  I ended up doing all the jumping jacks without weights once I realized (which was quickly) that my legs move quicker than my arms…and I always was banging the weights into my thighs.

I did notice more knee and lower leg pain more during this level than in any of the other levels combined.  Thinking its due to the combined jump moves and maybe before the jacks and knee lifts and butt kicks weren’t as high impact as the stuff in level 3.  I will do it again and love the way it made me feel, stronger from the inside kinda feeling that I haven’t had in a long long time.

Again, did this level in less than 2 weeks, so the weight loss is small but again had a big loss of inches which is wonderful!  Kind of confused how I lost inches on my knees when they ached so much…maybe it was the lack of fat that made them hurt so much more!  Haha!

Here are the pics from the start of the 30 Day Shred to the end….I’ve still got jiggle…but there’s a lot less of it thanks to Jillian!

Wednesday Weigh-in Week 2

Time for the weekly weigh-in over at Shrinking Jeans, and even though I am dealing with TOM who will be visiting me in the next day or so…..I am down .6 lbs this week.  Just one woot for this week!

Did good on the food front, with the exception of a pizza few beers Sat night, so guessing I went over my total calories by about 500.  Sunday at the wedding shower I had one cupcake (red velvet…delish!) and some ice cream so that put me up a couple hundred for that day too.  But I hovered around  my point last week for a while, so really feeling TOM is the culprit this time and not the pizza.  God bless being a woman!

Worked out everyday except Friday and Sunday this week, my shins and knees are killing me lately, damn level 3 plyometrics!  Thinking I’m ready to switch to another workout, maybe Boost your Metabolism by Jillian…its on Exercise TV so might as well try it.  Will take my measurements tonight and post results from Level 3.

Would really like to shoot for 2 lbs for the next weigh-in…praying I pass the 40 lbs mark soon!!!



Yum…pumpkin oatmeal!

I found a recipe for pumpkin oatmeal, and I made it tonight to have for breakfast tomorrow.  If I like it, I’ll post the link. 

Worked out after dinner, and have another one planned for 5AM so I think a hearty oatmeal breakfast will get me thru the morning!   Hoping for a good WI on Wednesday morning…feeling a little TOM bloaty so gonna chug lots of water to help flush out any lingering bloat.
Sorry…TMI!  Night all!

Wednesday Weigh-in Week 1

Well today is the first WI over at Shrinking Jeans, and I am happy to say…..I lost 1.4 lbs this week for myself and the purple team!  Woot-woot!

Ate as planned 95% of the time, got 5 days of exercising in and stayed positive with the help of all my Purple teammates and other shrinking jeans sisters!  Need to try to start getting more water in, so this next week I am going to try to drink 3 bottles while I am at work (refilling them of course).  I have been having a diet soda with breakfast to get a kick start on the day, so I really need to start eliminating that ritual if I can…but it will be hard.

Off to get my Shred on in a few minutes…level 3 is tough, but my back is better so that’s encouraging.  Think I just twisted too hard on something, glad it’s nothing worse.  Hope everyone else had a good WI too…baby steps people…baby steps!

First Impression of Level 3

Ouch. Ouch. Double Ouch. Yep that basically sums the last 12 hours up for me.

Felt great doing the workout yesterday early afternoon.  resumed to using my weights for almost everything.  Only  exception was the Jumping Jacks with weights (after realizing my legs move much quicker than my arms when they are holding 5 lbs in each hand and nearly bruising the outsides of my thighs).  So just put down the weights and did regular jacks instead.

Woke up with horrible back pain.  I can only describe it as the muscles on the sides of my spine feel like they are squeezing it.  I’m wondering if it’s from the last set of plank things where you hold yourself up on the weights, do an armlift followed by a leglift.  That was hard and made me feel like my shoulder was going to pop out of socket, but wondering if it somehow pinched my back muscles too.  Anyone else experience pain like this with level 3?

Again being as uncoordinated as I amrealizing that I am, I’m sure I  looked like an idiot trying to do the jumping lunges from one leg to another…kinda felt myself jupming and then putting my lower leg back gently like a horse galloping.   So I’m sure I looked like some kind of fairy on PCP or something.  But I kept trying and I  pray hope that I get better the further along I go. 

Then of course, there is the aching pain in my inner thighs from those damn jumping squats!  Yowza those were painful!  I know they will work and who doesn’t need inner thigh work.  (If you don’t please don’t tell me about it, I have this fantasy that everyone suffers from that, makes it easier to see my jiggle.)  LOL!

So overall, Level 3 had me hurting more while doing it, but I don’t think I sweat as much as I did in Level 2 but maybe that’s because I spent most of the time watching what they were doing to be sure I was doing it right, but I hurt today a little like I did after starting Level 1.  Hope I see results.  I ordered a bikini today…first time I will have worn one in probably 5 years…so I am motivated to make something happen!!!


Edited note:Just finished Day 2….yes it still sucks  and I wanna add traveling pushups to my detest list.  Thank you.  🙂