If not for the skinny jeans…

Archive for March 2013

Those of you following me on facebook already know that I have decided to kick up my goals a notch.  I have joined a fitness competition… of sorts.

The actual name of the competition is the BSN Summer Shred Challenge.  In a nutshell, I get 12 weeks to completely transform my body to be as healthy and fit as it possibly can be.  This is actually a global competition (with some countries being restricted) and the grand prize winner gets $10,000!  Yes, that would be FOUR zero’s following that 1.

I’ve been looking for something to ignite my motivation again.  I understand that motivation is constantly shifting state of mind, but with my weight loss seemingly halted, my motivation has gone the way of the do-do bird.  I knew I had to do something.  And I think this is it.  After telling myself that I am in fact ready for this type of challenge, I started looking at some of the previous body transformation winners.  They were not necessarily from this contest’s previous winners, but just in general.

It was amazing to see some of the transformation.  I enjoyed reading their background stories.  I picked up tidbits of advice here and there.  I also started to get intimidated.  (I primarily looked at the female winners…)  These women looked phenomenal!  My self-confidence started cowering in the corner of my brain, starting to doubt that I could obtain results anywhere near these women.  That I’m not up to their caliber.

Then my self-determination bitch slapped my confidence and I knew this was for me.  I can do this because I’m worth it.  Will I get down to 125 pounds?  Will I drop my body fat down to 12%?  Who knows.  I do know that I will try.  I will sweat.  I will work.  I will listen to my body.  I will drink my water.  I will avoid those oh-so-convenient processed goodies.  I am going to rock my own world!  LOL  I’ve got my before pictures, but I won’t be posting them until I have my first AFTER picture next month.

Until then, here are some examples of ladies who transformed their bodies with stats similar to mine:


11% BF


10% BF


11% BF


12% BF



Today was my baby girl’s first birthday!  It’s amazing to think how slowly if felt like time was creeping by but when you look back at the year’s entirety, it was over in the blink of an eye.  This time last year I was topping the scales at 213 pounds, with child.  It was about four weeks late that the initial big drop really made its appearance.  And it was roughly another four weeks after that that I started Weight Watchers at 188.8 pounds.  

A quick fitness report:

Weight: 155.2 pounds          Body Fat: 29.9%

Chest: 37.3 inches               Waist: 32 inches

Hips: 41.25 inches               Jeans/Dresses: size 8   Tops: size Med

I know I have come a long way, albeit slowly, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished.  I wanted to celebrate with A so I found a recipe that we would both enjoy (and me without the guilt that is normally followed after eating something sweet).

Pineapple Angel Food Cupcakes!!Image

I originally found the link on Pintrest and followed it to this site where I found the recipe and her review.  She spoke the truth.  They were delicious and almost impossible to put down!  The best part?!  Each one was only 1 WW Points+!  I do not feel guilty at all for indulging tonight!  Yes, I had more than one.  And I may or may not have had three or four…  

If you want the complete recipe follow this link, but you can also just check it out here, it was so simple.

1 box of angel food cake        

2-20 oz cans crushed pineapple        

1 tub cool whip (lite)

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix the cake mix and one can together.  Pour into muffin tins, or just make a sheet cake out of it using a 9×13 pan.  Bake for 20-30 minutes depending on which option you chose.  Mix the cool whip and the other can gently.  (I didn’t use the whole can, maybe a third of it.  I wanted the cool whip taste to still come through.)  Once the cake(s) have cooled completely, drop a dollop of the whipped cream mixture, and VIOLA!  Sweet sweet airy yumminess!  

I hope you get a chance to try it out and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

I am known to troll around Pintrest for any length of time.  Perusing anything from recipes and health tips to educational ideas and crafts for my kiddos.  Upon one of my pintrest sessions, I found (and pinned) a link for Jillian Michael’s Detox Drink.

I love Jillian Michael.  I think she’s an amazing woman, and an amazing motivator for so many individuals.  I actually have a couple of her DVD’s for those days that I just don’t want to leave the house.  Anywho.  This detox drink.  I decided to give it a try.  The claims were that you could lose 5 pounds in a week, or something like that in water weight.  I like switching things up so I figured why not.

It requires sugar free cranberry juice, lemon juice, dandelion root tea, and water.  I bought a “no sugar added” 100% cranberry juice since that was all I could find.  I follow the directions for the tea and let it steep for 15 minutes.  Hmmm… the tea has a very “interesting” smell.photo-11

Rule number 1: Always trust your instincts.

I mix everything together and prepped a glass.

Oh… my… eww.  It really was that bad.  I should clarify.  The actual drinking process wasn’t that bad.  But the after taste was God-aweful.  The “recipe” was for 60 ounces of water.  Not a big deal for me, unless it happens to be this nasty concoction.  I forced myself to drink half of it, but I threw away the other half.  I just couldn’t drink it anymore.

I have another detox batch I’m going to try but it’s one I already know I like.  It has lemon, cucumber and mint in it.  All flavors I love in and out of my water.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to tell you how much better the water was!

I was talking to a friend the other day and she asked me what I’ve been doing to keep my stomach flat.  First, I laughed at her because my stomach is FAR from flat.  She got it.  She then said, “I mean, what are you doing to not be poochy?”  Oh!  So here’s the thing.  The ladies in my family seem to be just as prone to get that lower belly pooch that so many other women get, most noticeably after pregnancy.  I’ve never really had one.  Even when I was super über fat!  It all “pooched” together LOL  I told her that I haven’t really been doing much of anything.  I said that I give most of the credit to when I decided to have these crazy painful injection shot into my gut fat to hopefully minimize the fat cells.

taken 3/18/13 after working out at the gym

taken 3/18/13 after working out at the gym

(It was a series I couldn’t finish because it was so painful!  The company I was going through eventually stopped offering them because clients weren’t finishing the series and thusly were not getting the results they were expecting.)

back to my story

She asked me what I did before that.  Now I was looking at her like she was crazy.  Yes, I was in Army for a bit, but I was never super fit.  I could pass my PT test, but that was about the extent of it.  Then it hit me!  Something I have been doing since I started driving.

How do I know this happened when I started driving?  Because it was the only time I would do it.

If you’ve read my history you know that I had some serious self-image issues.  I didn’t have much of a muffin top but the fat on my stomach still bothered me so much that while I was driving I would always “suck it in.”  Yup.  That roll that hung around my midsection was so embarrassing for me.  As the years progressed, I stopped “sucking it in” as much as I would keep it contracted.  I honestly don’t know when the change happened.  And I literally do this ALL THE TIME.  Like now,  I’m sitting here, belly contracted inwards.  I do it when I’m driving, while I’m doing strength exercises, while I’m doing my cardio, while I’m eating dinner.  Literally…. all.the.time.

It’s the only thing that I can think of that I do that stops me from getting the pooch.  Now, catch me a day after I’ve eaten my weight in sodium (i.e. anything from a fast food joint), and you’ll tell me I’m full of it.  LOL

So maybe while you’re driving, contract your belly in, hold it at the stop lights.  It might make a difference, it might not.  I honestly can’t say for sure, but if nothing else, it keeps your core stable and that can only be a good thing!

Here is the weekly menu planner I use to jot down some basics.  I don’t feel the need to include every single side, or every single ingredient for every meal.  I use this as a guideline to help keep me on track, while still leaving some wiggle room for day to day variances.  If you’d like the template, you can find it here!


I was just perusing youtube, looking at the numerous transformations.  I am always looking for new ways to be motivated.  While I was being motivated by the pictures, if I heard one more person say “If I can do it, I know you can too!”  This is quite literally one of the most irritating things to say to me.  The truth of it is yes, they had a longer path to walk, and yes, I can follow in their foot steps.  There is just something about that saying that gets under my skin.  Everyone has their own battles.  Everyone has to learn how to deal with them in their own ways.  This applies to all aspects of a person’s life, not just losing weight.  You’re struggles are no harder than my struggles.  They are just different.  How you decide to handle those challenges is what determines the end result.  Not how the other person handled a similar challenge.  Does that make sense?  I think it’s awesome to be able to look at someone’s vlog/blog and see they’ve lost 100+ pounds.  It’s mind boggling to think about the amount of change that person had to go through to get to the point they got to.  I love looking at their stories.  I want people to see my blog and become inspired and motivated to try.  That’s all.  I’m not perfect, but I try.  I try to be a better person in all aspects of my life.  I don’t want to someone to look at my blog and think that I thought my weight loss was harder for reasons x, y, or z.  I want them to see it and think, she was able to overcome her obstacles to get where she wanted, and maybe now I can handle my obstacles in a way that gets me where I wanted.  Pick up some tips and tricks.  Grab a new recipe here and there.  Try out a workout I’ve posted (when I’ve finally posted one).  Just try.  We are all just human.

My weight loss journey

Just a quick visual reference of my ups and downs since last may…

You’ll see these posts every now and then.

A different take on oatmeal.  I actually had this for lunch one day when I was craving a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but wanted something more filling.  (1 C cooked oatmeal, 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 2 tsp grape jelly)  I prefer using natural jams, but I went with what we had in the fridge.


I was processing some oat flour the other morning and decided I wanted a smoothie for breakfast.  This particular one has 1 C unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein, 1 C frozen strawberries, 1/2 C frozen pineapples.

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this was just a size reference to see how much smoothie you get for the ingredients listed

this was just a size reference to see how much smoothie you get for the ingredients listed

Quick breakfast one morning.  1/2 C skim milk, 3/4 corn chef, half a banana, and half a cup of frozen blueberries.


Just thought I’d share this picture.  It’s what a big canister of whole oats looks like when it’s been run through the food processor.  I use this oat flour in place of regular flour for a few of my newer recipes.  I also add a couple tablespoons to smoothies for thickness and fiber.

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wake up – 7 am

breakfast – 8 am ; normally its a 1/2 C of oatmeal.  I like to try different flavors, but oatmeal is definitely my go-to for breakfast.  I will also eat a single egg and 3 egg white omelet occasionally filled with lots of veggies to break up the monotony.  I will pair either one with a non-fat yogurt (I shoot for greek, but I’m not against regular yogurt) and a piece of fruit like a banana.

snack – 11 am ; some sort of complex carb paired with a proteinDSC_0018

lunch – 12:30-1 pm ; a chicken sandwich made with toasted light bread, 2 tablespoons of regular hummus, tomato, cucumber and lettuce.  Depending on how full I am, I may have a side salad to go along with it.

snack – 3:30-4pm ; homemade protein bar and an apple


yes i know this doesn’t go exactly with what I wrote but it’s good enough 🙂

dinner – 7-7:30pm ; this varies A LOT.  I always try to stay away from gravies and thick sauces.  There is always a lean meat and at least 1 type of vegetable and a whole grain starch, like brown rice.  I do a lot of my cooking based on color.  I like there to be a lot of colors on my plate.

bedtime for the girls (finally) – 9-9:30 pm

evening snack – 10pm ; yea I know this is late, but it works for me.  Sometimes I will get some ice cream, sometimes I will grab a piece of fruit, or some crudités and hummus.  If it’s been a rough day, you can catch me sitting at the table munching on some cookies and milk.

Obviously there are some day-to-day variances, but this just gives you a general idea.

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