Wednesday, February 22, 2012

February 22

7:00: Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown (YES! i actually woke up and did it! yay me!!)

9:30: 1 hardboiled egg, small banana

10:30: coffee with cream, 16 oz water

12:00: clementine

1:00: 3 miles elliptical, 25 pushups, 16 oz water, OEP

2:30: boneless, skinless chicken thigh (baked) with 1 cup green veggies, clementine, 16 oz water

5:30: 1 hardboiled egg, medium pear, 8 oz water

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February 21

9:30 - 1 hardboiled egg, small banana, 16 oz water

10:30 - coffee with cream

1:00 - 2 miles elliptical, 100 bicycles, 25 pushups, 16 oz water

2:00 - 2 baked chicken thighs, 1 cup green veggies, fun size baby ruth, 16 oz water

5:30 - 1 hardboiled egg, medium apple, 8 oz water

I've been meaning to begin two-a-day workouts. So i had every intention of coming home and popping in a Jillian Michaels video. But since i didnt get around to it, i skipped dinner. Healthy, right?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February 8

weight: 247

8:30: OEP, 8 ounces water

9:30: meal replacement shake, 16 ounces water

10:30 coffee with cream, 8 ounces water

1:00 - 3 miles elliptical, 24 ounces water

2:30 - meal replacement shake, spring roll (charity from my cubicle neighbor lol), 8 ounces water

1st week of Jillian Michaels Challenge

Day 1: cardio (weight 249.4)
Day 2: No More Trouble Zones
Day 3: ---
Day 4: Yoga Meltdown
Day 5: ---
Day 6: 6-Week 6-Pack (level 1), 3 miles elliptical
Day 7: Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism

weighed in today at 247.

Got in 4 JM workouts and lost 2 pounds in my first 7 days. Not too shabby! Between now and Valentine's Day, I'd like to get in 5 or 6 JM workouts, in addition to my gym workouts at work. It'd also be nice to knock off another 4 pounds or so....

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February 7

weight: 247.1

(doesn't it always happen like that? after a night of horrible eating you're down 2 pounds, but then when you're virtuous all day and can't wait to step on the scale, you've gained. Weight loss is retarded.)

9:30: meal replacement shake, 16 ounces water

10:30 coffee with cream

1:00 Fiber one bar

3:00 meal replacement shake, 16 ounces water

(skipped my lunchtime workout :(....didnt want to, but my weave install somehow had morphed into a dead rodent on my head. I stood in the shower for my entire lunch break, detangling with a comb and an entire bottle of conditioner)

4:00 vending machine crap....small bag of chips and 3 cookies (270 calories worth of damage), 16 ounces water

6:00 16 ounces water

8:00 - Jillian Michaels "Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism" (1 hour): LAWDDD have mercy this video was hard! It is chock FULL of explosive jumping and plyometric moves like mountain climbers, jumping jacks, jumping squats, and burpees. Man oh MAN was i sweating. i hated every minute of it, which means it should DEFINITELY be a part of my regular rotation. If I did this video regularly, there's no way i could NOT lose fat. It was so intense and heart-pumping. i was expecting more strength moves, but it was primarily cardio, wich woul make it a good rotation with NMTZ, which is more strength-and-toning focused.

9:00 - jerk chicken (1/2 breast and a drumstick), white rice, black beans and string beans. small glass of red wine

Monday, February 6, 2012

February 6

weight: 249.1 (ummm wtf??)

7:00 Jillian Michaels 6 week 6 pack, 16 ounces water

 9:00: meal replacement shake, 16 ounces water

11:00: 16 ounces water

12:00: OEP

1:00 3 miles elliptical, stretching, 32 ounces water

2:00 meal replacement shake

3:00 16 ounces water

5:30 - meal replacement shake

6:00 - 16 ounces water

8:00 - Moe's Burrito (no tortilla): ground beef, black beans, shredded cheese, lettuce, corn pico de gallo, salsa, sour cream, guacamole....and chips and queso. Washed down with fruit punch. LOL!

Jillian Michaels Challenge....thoughts so far

Day 1: cardio
Day 2: No More Trouble Zones
Day 3: ---
Day 4: Yoga Meltdown
Day 5: ---
Day 6: 6-Week 6-Pack (level 1)

I'm trying out all the videos i purchased before i make a decision on what videos I want in heavy rotation. So far, NMTZ is hands down my favorite. It's tough, long, and sweaty, just how i like my workouts! I was sore EVERYWHERE, but particularly in the places I really want to tone: thighs, arms, and core! love love love it

Yoga Meltdown-Level 1
Saturday morning i did Yoga Meltdown, and was pleasantly surprised! I don't know why i was expecting a more mellow workout (this is Jillian Michaels for gosh sake)....It ended with me sweaty, breathless and shaky. i loooooved the more athletic take on traditional yoga moves. I'm not into "real" yoga, I find it boring and tedious. So Jillian's version is right up my alley, i get the strength of the poses and the benefits of the deep breathing and stretching, without all the new age-y music and language. I think this would be awesome on days between traditional strength and cardio workouts.

6-Week 6-Pack
I did this video this morning. In true Jillian fashion, she intersperses cardio spurts between the toning moves. Everything was core-focused, and I definitely broke a serious sweat, but by the end, when she says "Your abs should be on fire right now", they weren't ...I didn't really feel a huge burn in my core, I just felt tired and worn out. I actually felt more of a burn during the abs and core circuit on NMTZ. I still may do 6W6P sometimes for variety, but its not a favorite. Maybe i'll try level 2

Friday, February 3, 2012

February 3

weight: 248.4

Sore. SORE SORE SORE!!!! No More Trouble Jillian aint playin. I'm sore EVERYWHERE i need to be....thighs....arms....butt.....ABS for sure....obliques....This video is definitely gonna be in heavy rotation this month!

Today's workout goals: cardio + stretching on my lunch break, and 30 Day Shred level 1 tonight after work

8:30: OEP, 12 ounces water

9:00 meal replacement shake, 16 ounces water

Thursday, February 2, 2012

February 2nd

Weight: 249.4

8:30: Oxy Elite Pro, 8 ounces water

9:00: coffee with cream, meal replacement shake, 16 ounces water

11:00 16 ounces water

Since I didn't wake up and do my Jillian Michaels workout this morning, i brought my laptop to work with me so that i can do it on my lunchbreak in the gym. Today's workout: No More Trouble Zones

 1:00: No More Trouble Zones - MANNNNNNN this workout is TOUGHHHHHH. A little longer than i expexted, so i ended up coming back late from my break. But i lasted through the whole workout! 9Not without cheating and resting more than I should have), 16 ounces water

 2:30 Meal replacement shake

 4:30 Sun chips (210 calorie bag), 16 ounces water

7:30: can of tuna with mayo and relish, 12 ounces water

I didn't eat enough calories today. Will do better tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February 1st

What's happening this month?

-Biggest Loser Challenge (online and at work): $150 jackpot for the winner at work (actually my bff's job)

-short cruise to the Bahamas on March 8 (my first cruise ever!)

-Jillian Michaels February challenge (started on LHCF)

I have about 5 weeks to shed as much bloat and inches as possible for the cruise, and as many pounds as possible for the Biggest Loser Challenge, so what am I doing? It's back to the ole Impatient Dieter's plan for me! Meal-replacement shakes all day, then a sensible meal at night. I'm gonna try this at least Monday thru Friday. Monitoring my weight daily. Let's gooooooooo!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Jillian Michael's 30-Day Slimdown

I found this online and with my recent Amazon purchase (No More Trouble Zones, Burn Fat Boost Metabolism, Yoga Meltdown and 6-week sixpack), i think i may just give it a whirl:

found on (3 Fat Chicks):

Here is what the program looks like

DAY 7 - OFF!

DAY 14 - OFF!
DAY 18 - 30 DAY SHRED: LEVEL 1 & 2

DAY 21 - OFF!
DAY 22 - 30 DAY SHRED: LEVEL 2 & 1
DAY 26 - OFF!

I may tweak it a little to incorporate all the videos I have, and I'll also be doing additional cardio on my lunch breaks during the week.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Office Snacks.....yayyyyyy.

So my brand new coworker (Lord bless her soul), in an effort to make friends and break the ice, brought in a TON of terrible snacks to stock the breakroom with (a big 30 pack of bags of lays chips/doritos/cheetos) and a big box of snack crackers (the little 6-packs of crackers and cheese, or peanut butter)...then proceeded to stop at every cubicle and tell us all to help ourselves.

It really is a sweet gesture, but the LAST thing I need right least the demon spawn snacks in the vending machine are protected behind a glass wall that demands money. NOW I gotta reach over delicious, salty and FREE chips and crackers to reach my no-longer-appealing healthy items.

yeah. not pretty.

6 Ways to Stop Overeating


6 Ways to Stop Overeating

Tune in to your hunger signals for great weight loss results

Gain control of food cravings

Simple ways to stay satisfied--and keep your weight in check
Humans have an instinctual (even good) fear of hunger. Take the film Into the Wild—when the main character can't find food, his hunger drives him to a screaming, shake-his-fist-at-the-heavens rage, a stark example of the primal nature of our need for nourishment. Today, most of us know where our next meal is coming from, yet our reaction to hunger has not evolved with our convenience-centered world. This is why even the thought of being hungry may send you running to the mini-mart for sustenance. If you want to lose weight, however, you must tune in to your body's signal to eat. "Hunger is a physical cue that you need energy," says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, author of The Flexitarian Diet. It can be your best diet ally and if you listen to your body, you'll instinctively feed it the right amount. Fall out of touch, though, and hunger becomes diet enemy number one: You may eat more than you need or get too hungry and stoke out-of-control cravings. These six tips will teach you how to spot hunger and eat to stay satisfied, so you can control calories and shed pounds without “dieting.”

1. Use the hunger scale

Do you really know what hunger feels like? Before you can rein it in, you must learn to recognize the physical cues that signal a true need for nourishment. Prior to eating, use our hunger scale below to help figure out your true food needs: Starving: An uncomfortable, empty feeling that may be accompanied by light-headedness or the jitters caused by low blood sugar levels from lack of food. Binge risk: high. Hungry: Your next meal is on your mind. If you don't eat within the hour, you enter dangerous "starving" territory. Moderately hungry: Your stomach may be growling, and you're planning how you'll put an end to that nagging feeling. This is optimal eating time. Satisfied: You're satiated—not full, but not hungry, either. You're relaxed and comfortable and can wait to nosh. Full: If you're still eating, it's more out of momentum than actual hunger. Your belly feels slightly bloated, and the food does not taste as good as it did in the first few bites. Stuffed: You feel uncomfortable and might even have mild heartburn from your stomach acids creeping back up into your esophagus.

2. Refuel every 4 hours

Still can't tell what true hunger feels like? Set your watch. Moderate to full-fledged hunger (our ideal window for eating) is most likely to hit 4 to 5 hours after a balanced meal. Waiting too long to eat can send you on an emergency hunt for energy—and the willpower to make healthful choices plummets. "Regular eating keeps blood sugar and energy stable, which prevents you from feeling an extreme need for fuel," says Kate Geagan, RD, author of Go Green Get Lean: Trim Your Waistline with the Ultimate Low-Carbon Footprint Diet (Rodale, 2009). To slim down: If you're feeling hungry between meals, a 150-calorie snack should help hold you over. Here are a few ideas: Munch on whole foods such as fruit and unsalted nuts—they tend to contain more fiber and water, so you fill up on fewer calories. Bonus: They're loaded with disease-fighting nutrients. Avoid temptation by packing healthful, portable snacks such as dried fruit in your purse, desk drawer, or glove compartment. Get 14 tasty low-calorie weight loss snacks.

3. Eat breakfast without fail

A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition tracked the diets of nearly 900 adults and found that when people ate more fat, protein, and carbohydrates in the morning, they stayed satisfied and ate less over the course of the day than those who ate their bigger meals later on. Unfortunately, many Americans start off on an empty stomach. In one survey, consumers reported that even when they eat in the morning, the meal is a full breakfast only about one-third of the time. To slim down: If you're feeling full-blown hunger before noon, there's a chance you're not eating enough in the morning. Shoot for a minimum of 250 calories and make it a habit with these three strategies.
  • Prepare breakfast before bed (cut fruit and portion out some yogurt).
  • Stash single-serving boxes of whole grain cereal or packets of instant oatmeal and shelf-stable fat-free milk or soy milk at work to eat when you arrive.
  • Eat a late breakfast if you can't stomach an early one. "Don't force anything," says John de Castro, PhD, a behavioral researcher and dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University. "Just wait a while and eat at 9 or 10 AM. It will help you stay in control later in the day."
See healthy breakfasts that flatten your belly.

4. Build low-cal, high-volume meals

Solid foods that have a high fluid content can help you suppress hunger. "When we eat foods with a high water content like fruits and vegetables, versus low water‚√Ą√¨content foods like crackers and pretzels, we get bigger portions for less calories," says Barbara Rolls, PhD, author of The Volumetrics Eating Plan and a professor of nutritional sciences at Pennsylvania State University. Bottom line: You consume more food but cut calories at the same time. Rolls found a similar effect in foods with a lot of air. In one study, people ate 21% fewer calories of an air-puffed cheese snack, compared with a denser one. To slim down: Eat fewer calories by eating more food. Try the following healthy ways to fill up.
  • Start dinner with a salad, or make it into your meal (be sure to include protein such as lean meat or beans).
  • Choose fresh fruit over dried. For around the same amount of calories, you can have a whole cup of grapes or a measly 3 tablespoons of raisins.
  • Boost the volume of a low-cal frozen dinner by adding extra veggies such as steamed broccoli or freshly chopped tomatoes and bagged baby spinach.

5. Munch fiber all day long

Fiber can help you feel full faster and for longer. Because the body processes a fiber-rich meal more slowly, it may help you stay satisfied long after eating. Fiber-packed foods are also higher in volume, which means they can fill you up so you eat fewer calories. One review published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association linked a high intake of cereal fiber with lower body mass index and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. To slim down: Aim to get at least 25 g fiber a day with these tips. Include produce such as apples and carrots—naturally high in fiber—in each meal and snack. Try replacing some or all of your regular bread, pasta, and rice with whole grain versions. See more fiber-rich foods to add to your grocery cart.

6. Include healthy protein at each meal

When researchers at Purdue University asked 46 dieting women to eat either 30% or 18% of their calories from protein, the high-protein eaters felt more satisfied and less hungry. Plus, over the course of 12 weeks, the women preserved more lean body mass, which includes calorie-burning muscle. To slim down: Boost your protein intake with these ideas. Get Healthy High Protein Recipes Have a serving of lean protein such as egg whites, chunk light tuna, or skinless chicken at each meal. A serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards or the palm of your hand—not including your fingers. For more on sizing up protein portions, play our Portion Control Pop Quiz. Incorporate beans into your meals. Black beans, chickpeas, and edamame (whole soybeans) are low in fat, high in fiber, and packed with protein. See what a perfect day of weight loss looks like.
Published November 2011, Prevention | Updated December 2011

Better Day today.....

Woke up and weighed myself (I know I shouldnt have since I just stepped on the scale yesterday), weighed in at 249.4....WOW! I feel much better. I hate that my mood is so dependent on my weight, but it is.....*kanye shrug*
Determined to have a better day today.....

breakfast: chicken biscuit, supplements, 16 oz water

coffee with cream, 16 oz water

1:30 - quickie workout (ran 1 mile - felt good!), light stretching, 16 oz water

2:00 - roasted chicken leg quarter, supplements, 16 oz water

coffee with cream

5:00 - 1/2 lettuce wrap sandwich with ham, provolone, and tomato, small bag chips

7:30 -  I met with a (HOT) personal trainer for a free first session last night. This negro took me thru:

-jumping jacks

-burpees (spawn of the devil)

-reverse lunges with a row

-more jumping jacks

-wall squats with a balance ball

-jump rope



-he strapped me to some medieval torture contraption that strapped resistance bands around my ankles and hands, and took me thru front punches and knee raises against the resistance. talk about burning abs!

-even more jumping jacks

-triceps dips

-old-fashioned situps

-straight leg lifts (abs), then 2 more sets of leg lifts with a balance ball between my legs (omgggggggg)


-double crunches

and then.......a WHOLE nother round of all of the above! I was DRIPPING in sweat and cussing. I've never worked out that hard, EVER. i would never be able to push myself as hard as he pushed me, therefore I'm committing to seeing him once a week from here on out. It helped give me the push i needed to power thru my solo workouts!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday 1/23

Breakfast: low carb yogurt, coffee with cream, supplements

1:00 - 2 miles elliptical, 50 walking lunges with bicep curls (5 pounds), 25 pushups, 60 bicycle crunches

lunch: roasted chicken leg quarter (only ate half of it), romaine salad with ranch dressing, supplements

afternoon (3/4:00ish) - 6 pack snack crackers, bag of cheetos (badddddd)

skipped dinner. (not on purpose!)

approximately 80 ounces of water for the day........

Get Your Motivation Back

Almost immediately after I posted my whiny post (below) about falling off the wagon and losing my motivation, i switch tabs to check my email...and what article is in my inbox? "4 Ways to Get Motivated Again"......If thats not the Law of Attraction at work, i don't know what is. So I'm taking the sign and sharing it with you. Peep the tips below:

Fitness Tips: 4 Ways to Overcome an Obstacle


Even the most dedicated workout warriors can fall off the wagon from time to time—especially when there's a make-or-break moment on the job or an unexpected crisis at home. Here's how to keep your body a top priority, no matter which of these fitness-derailing transitions life throws your way.

A pulled hamstring or torn rotator cuff can send you to the couch for weeks—even months.

Set a goal. First, ask your doctor how long you'll be sidelined.

To avoid workout withdrawal, find out what else you can do to stay in shape and set a doable goal to achieve by the time you're all healed up. Let's say swimming gets a green light. Aim to swim the equivalent of half a mile (that's about 32 lengths of a 25-meter pool). "A goal helps you let go of your immediate disappointment and look beyond the injury," says Edmund Acevedo, Ph.D., chairman of the health and human performance department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Moving up to a better position has certain perks, but spare time is usually not one of them.

Identify the workplace athlete. "You're more likely to maintain a fitness routine if the responsibility doesn't rest entirely on you," says Edward Etzel, Ed.D., a sport psychologist at West Virginia University. Approach the lunch-hour runner or the after-work gym fiend and find out how she makes it work. Does she keep gym clothes in her desk? Does she do short-but-intense workouts so she's finished in an hour? Adopt aspects of her routine and you'll soon have one of your own.

New Baby
Yeah, the bambino is a blessing, but the extra pounds can feel more like a curse.

Add gym time to your to-do list. Even if it's nowhere near the grand scale of your pre-baby regimen, check with your doctor and then make some form of exercise part of your regular schedule, alongside feedings and naps. Make yourself the priority a couple times a week. But this may be the one time you can cut yourself a little workout slack. "Women can become obsessed with dropping the baby weight and get frustrated if it doesn't happen right away," says celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson, who got Jennifer Lopez back into shape after the birth of her twins. "All that does is add stress, and we all know that doesn't help you get the body you want." And yes, until you're ready to do more, walking around the house toting a 10-pound bundle of cuteness counts.

Big Move
Between hunting for new digs and packing up your life, your running shoes may get buried in the boxes.

Scope out your fitness options before you pack the moving van. If you join the local gym or ID new running routes prior to your move, you'll have a workout at the ready once your stuff is unpacked. "You'll create a subconscious commitment to exercise regardless of geography," says Chris Carr, Ph.D., a sport and performance psychologist at St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis.
To find running routes in your new neighborhood, go to, and to search for a fitness center in your new zip code, check out


My Supplements

1. Oxy Elite Pro - thermogenic/fat burner............1-2 per day, AM and early afternoon

 (for fat-burning/metabolism)

2. PB8 - probiotic ..................1-2 per day, AM/PM

(for digestion, immunity)

3. Country Life Maxi-Hair................2 per day, AM/early afternoon

(multi-vitamin, hair growth)

4. Vitacost brand MSM 1000.................1 per day, AM

(hair growth, skin, general health)

5. Rephresh Pro-B..............1 per day, AM

(probiotic for feminine health.....I'll probably stop taking once the bottle is gone because I'm taking a general probiotic, and plus this stuff costs $32!)

6. Vitacost brand EFA/DHA 2126 mg (fish oil).......1-2 per day, AM/PM

(essential fatty acids for general health)

Yikes. This sounds like a ton of pills! But I'z gon be perty!  (and I'd rather swallow a bunch of voluntary supplements than a bunch of mandatory prescriptions)

This is embarrassing. and infuriating.

What has been happening with me? I mean, I know whats been happening (slacking on workouts, eating horribly), but whats been really happening?
i weighed in at 253.4 this morning.


only 7 pounds away from where i started!!!

And its not like I havent been monitoring my weight. I've just watched it creep back up without taking serious action. Where did my motivation go? Why did i let this happen? I'm soooo mad I could cry. It took me months of sweat and determination to lose 22 pounds. and as of today, my net loss is 7 pounds.

7 POUNDS!!!!

I feel so big and bloated and above all, stupid. How did I gain back 15 pounds in a lil over a month. True, I'm premenstrual right now and a few of those pounds might not matter but I'm tired of using my monthly as an excuse when I've been reckless.

I don't even kno what else to really say at this point.

"I'm back on it today".....?

"I won't let this happen again"..........?

"I'm really gonna buckle down"..........?

I don't even know if I believe myself (or IN myself) anymore.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January 17th

weighed in at 248 this morning.....ugh FML. So that makes TEN full pounds that i have gained back since mid-December. Where was I when this happened?! Anyways, I just committed to a Miami trip in mid-July so its full steam ahead now.

Breakfast: low carb yogurt, 16 oz water

mid-morning snack: low carb yogurt, 8 oz water, multivitamin

1:00 - 3 miles elliptical (got good and sweaty, felt great!), 16 oz water

lunch: baked chicken leg quarter, 1 cup veggie mix (green beans, broccoli, onions and mushrooms), 16 oz water

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Year, New Me!

It's been one month since my last post. Here's a summary of the past month's activities:

Yep, thats about it. lol.....its the usual story. Slacked off on my exercising (to run holiday errands on my lunch break), ate out constantly (no time to cook), and consumed far too many pastries, candies and cookies (my excuse: "it's the holidays!")

So, I'm back up to 246.8 (had gotten all the way down to 238). No biggie. I'm back on the wagon today. My trip to Puerto Rico has now been pushed back to March (and is now Dominican Republic), so I have 2 full months to get in bikini shape. I'll be back with my plan! Happy New Year readers!