Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!!

I hope you all had a wonderful wonderful Halloween.  I hope you got to put on a fun costume, eat too much candy, and maybe just maybe got in a good workout.  That's pretty much my day in one sentence.   I found out yesterday that we were dressing up for the morning workout so I spent the day trying to figure out what to be. 

I decided on Flo from Progressive cause I could take of the apron and still get in a workout.  I was worried that no one would really dress up but turns out everyone did.  It was really fun to go to class in a costume.  I try to dress up every year for something and I will be missing a Halloween party this year so this had to be my dress up for the season.

Even our morning workout was Halloween themed.  We did a short workout but everything had a scary name.  Instead of chest to bar it was bones to bar and so on...

And then when class was done we found these on the floor!

All in all it was good fun, holiday and workout all in one.  I decided not to wear my costume all day long since I already had a good time with it. 

After a long day of work I got home just in time to Trunk or Treat.  Since we are having very Halloween appropriate weather they had to move the Trunks inside.  I think we may have set a record with the number of people in our church.  The crowd seemed bigger than normal but mostly because they were all inside.

It took a little longer than normal but they did such a good job it was worth waiting.  All in all it was a great HALLOWEEN!  This is one of my favorite holidays anyway and the fact that I get to fall asleep to in a spooky storm.  Happy Happy Halloween All!
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

CrossFit Obsession!!

I have been trying to post about CrossFit and how its going for a week, but amazingly enough I managed to start a new workout and a new gym during the two busiest weeks I have had in a while, that being said I have still managed to get to every workout and fall in LOVE!

Now, before I get all carried away with how much I am enjoying this new workout and new gym and people I am seriously missing my people from the Med Mall.  I always have trouble switching gyms, for Pete's sake I stayed a member of the gym before that for 10 years.

You can go ahead and get prepared for so many post about CrossFit (I will try not to make every single post about CrossFit and only CrossFit) and daily WOD's (workout of the day) and Max lifts and AMRAP (As many reps as possible) and so many other things.  I knew I was going to like it, I just didn't realize I was going to like it this much.

I love the challenge everyday.  Its so hard and after the original soreness wore off I realized how much stronger I was than I knew.  I had done several WOD's that I found online in the past but never thought I could do them everyday, and never to the intensity that I have been doing them.  I am lifting more than I would have even attempted before and that's only 50% of my MAX.

I love the way my body feels while I'm doing the workout.  I feel so strong and accomplished.  I want to do more.  The workouts can be really short and I think, I can do more, then I realize I had that thought while I am laying in a pile of sweat on the floor and cant move.  I love that my body is changing and that sometimes I push so hard the only reaction my body has is to grunt or groan just to do one more rep.
Still my favorite sign in the gym!

For example, today we did a workout called "Linda."  Now I don't know why they are named after women but today I made Linda my B#!@&!  I will forever have strange feelings about women named Linda.  Its also referred to as 3 Bars of Death.  Three different exercises (dead lifts, bench press, and clean and jerk)  You do each exercise 10 times, then 9 times, 8,7, 1.  It was crazy intense.  I managed to get 135lbs on dead lift, 95lbs on bench press (I'm amazed by this one!) and 65lbs on the clean and jerk.

If you look hard that's me crying (and lifting 95lbs) on the bench press on the left.

I am just in love currently.  I know I am still in the Honeymoon phase but 2 weeks in and I am still chomping at the bit to learn more and get better/stronger!  I just cant wait for my alarm to go off at 4:15 am to do it all again. 

I think it is only fair to mention a few bad things as a disclaimer of sorts.  My hands hurt, really bad because I am not used to this much lifting and its really repetitive and my poor hands just cant stand it.  And the only other thing I can think of that may be a negative is that I have chalk everywhere.  I do kinda like the chalk cause its the only relief for the sore sore hands but all my guy clothes are covered in chalk at the end of the workout.

And since I have talked about how much I love one I feel the need to apologize for something I said years ago.  On season 8ish of the Biggest Loser I watched Shay fall off of the Jacob's Ladder after about 10 seconds and it really bothered me.  She whined and was not my favorite but I knew she could do more than 10-15 seconds on that stupid machine....

Well, my gym has a Jacob's Ladder and I just had to give this guy a go.  How hard  could it really be?  Um, well, turns out its crazy hard and I lasted a whopping 1 minute and 30 seconds and that was a struggle.  I consider myself in pretty good shape even though I am still overweight and this machine whipped my tail.  I was almost embarrassed.  So here is my official apology to Shay (as if she reads my blog) for thinking and possibly blogging mean things about you.

I cant wait to come back again tomorrow and tell you all about it again.  I just hope I can lift my arms tomorrow because they are already pretty sore....and I love it!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Amber's Wedding Weekend

I am accepting the challenge of how many topics can I cover because Im sure you will be surprised at this one.....and the amount of pictures I have!

I told you at the beginning of last week that I had a doozie of a scheduled for last week and I wasn't kidding. On Monday I was overwhelmed at the schedule, and was really unsure at how I was going to get everything in...but I can gladly say that everything went amazingly well, more than I could have hoped for.

I think I left of Wednesday night, and we had a pretty big event in my family, my sister turned 40!!!!! OMG! 40 years we had to have a big party. We did the family thing on Sunday and then we did girls night out on her actual birthday.

My nerves were really high all week. The day after my sisters birthday I had to get on a plane to go to St. Louis and zip a bridesmaid dress that was not zipping really easily. I had been eating very little all week (mostly juicing) but no cheating, none at all!!!!

I got up Thursday morning and made it to my early workout. I wasn't sure if I was going to make this one or not so the fact that I got in another good workout before the dress zipping was good. It was an amazing workout followed by a short hill run and then off to work.

I was on an endorphin (stress) high and ready to hit the road for my trip but also trying to get all my work completely caught up so I could leave without stressing about work on top of everything else.

How did you feel on Thursday? I was Fantastic!!! I have a problem with my nerves lately, its a constant thing I struggle with but this stress was a bit overwhelming. I will say it a lot in this post so just forgive me now. After lunch I was on the road. Off to the airport....

This is the first flight I have ever taken alone (not pre-planned by an agency or school trip) and the first since all the TSA regulation have gotten crazy! I had my tiny tiny carry on bag packed up with 4 days of clothes, 5 pairs of Spanx, 4 pairs of shoes, 3 dresses, 2 complete outfits, and a Bridesmaid dress.

Once I got all checked in and frisked at security I was ready to fly. I can say I was not nervous about that part, just the security and getting to my gate on time. The one thing that was amazing to me was the TSA agent took my bottle of water. Really, I wanted that water. I stopped at the Starbucks and got a coffee (thats liquid right?) and a $6 bottle of water (they let me take that one on the plane.)

Once I got to the gate I was like a kid at my first visit to the airport taking pictures and just praying that they didn't make me check my carry on. I got on the plane with no problems and was off to have a big weekend!

On time, actually early I landed in St. Louis!!!!! Woo Hooooo Ambers Wedding Weekend was officially underway!

We had a bit night planned in St. Louis, out to dinner and drinks at a local Mexican resturant and then off to a local bar to watch the end of game 1 of the World Series. The Cardinals were playing so how could we miss that experience.

On Friday it was officially no more St. Louis visiting time but only wedding prep. We did all the day before things that need to be done. Wake up, workout, nails, packing and all the other things I cannot even remember.

After all the chores were done it was time to leave St. Louis and head off to the wedding venue. Don't worry, I still managed to get tons of pictures of the Arch.

Do you see it?

Hotel check in and right into rehearsal dinner prep. The venue was amazing with all they did, she didn't have to be stressed out about the wedding stuff, just about her. And the resort was connected to the hotel so we had rooms right by the wedding venue. We got ready and walked across the hallway to the rehersal.

Bathroom mirror selfie to show you my outfit. I am in LoVE with this dress and so happy to get to wear it finally. I had been saving it. And the fact that it came with red high heels (and no zipper) made it better.

We rehearsed and headed off to dinner. I was kinda glad that dinner was at a Chinese resturant cause Im not a huge fan of Asian food so i was able to make really good decisions and not stress about swelling or bloating cause I wasn't going to eat enough for all that.

After dinner the Bride and all her "Maids" went out for a little after party and then back to the room for a semi-early bedtime. The next morning Amber (the Bride) her maid of honor #1 (her sister) and I went out for a little jog/run around the neighborhood for a little stress relief/sweat for the last few centimeters around my waist and an all around endorphin high for the day, cause you know what....IT WAS FINALLY WEDDING DAY!!!!!

Once we got back to the room it was full force hair/makeup get ready for the wedding day! I was behind the rest in the get ready cause it only takes about 3 minutes to do my hair so I watched the rest get ready and tried to keep everyone calm. The bride was amazing! She was so calm and relaxed for her wedding day which made everyone and everything move smoothly.

The time had come for me to put on my dress and the nerves were really over the top for me. Not to take anything away from he bride and all! haha, please know that was meant in humor!

I put on my bra and panties and then slipped the dress on, no Spanx or anything, just needed to see where we were with whole zipper thing, and the DAMN dress zipped!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could have puked and cried right then. I was so excited that it fit. I just couldn't imagine how I was gong to tell the bride that my dress wouldnt zip.

After my dress zipped I was ready to go. I shoved a granola bar down my gullet and helped the bride get into her beautiful dress. It was so beautiful, as was she, and she looked amazing.

Once everyone was dressed and ready it was off for a few hours of pictures and the final wedding details and then Amber would officially be a Wife!

The she got married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony to be followed by an equally as beautiful reception. We danced the night away so now you get the rest of the photo dump from my phone!

I was honored to be able to celebrate her big day with her!!!!

I got home Sunday afternoon and it was right back to the grind. Time to prep for my upcoming week, workouts, food, and work but none of that was going to happen until I got a nap!

Now I have more to tell you but this post took about 2 hours so it will have to wait! Be looking for it tomorrow!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Wedding Week, Beginning of Ball Season, and a 40th Birthday....Thats a Big Week!!!!

Well so many things this week I just dont know where to begin. First off today was the official first week of CrossFit. (Since this blog is about diet and fitness I figure I should start with this one) I am still totally in love with this workout. I like the intensity, the combination of weights and cardio, the sweat and bruises and blisters, Im just loving it all.

I have already learned I can do more than I was pushing myself to do. I want to be the best so I am pushing every day.

And this week is also Wedding Week. 4 Days until my best college friend and roommate gets married. I have been looking forward to this for months and months. I want this dress to look great (I really just want it to zip!!!) and I want her big day to go off without a hitch. So with the wedding at the end of the week I was forced to say "NO" to an exercise in class this morning. I bruise like a peach already and he wanted me to do front squats and all I could envision was a huge line bruise across my collarbones. So I had to take a little less weight today so I don't have a huge mark on my chest. I don't care what my legs look like as long as the chest looks alright.

Ok, so we are wedding week, still loving CrossFit, and the beginning of Basketball season, and my sisters 40th birthday. While I am running around with hair and nail appointments I don't want to miss any games since I will miss all of them at the end of the week and I have a huge 40th Birthday Celebration mid-week.

Now, that I have unloaded my whole week on you, the week that hasn't even gotten started good yet, I can get to my day. Lets talk some more about CrossFit.

This morning in my class we did a lot of squat work. On Saturday I was finally able to move again with very little soreness. It finally didn't hurt to just exist. By this morning I was ready to go again and I am just hoping that I dont get that sore again (which I dont think I will) since I need to be able to walk down the isle and not limp. We did back squats and front squats, and lunges and toes to bar (ouch!) push presses. It was only 15 minutes but it was a crazy intense 15 minutes.

After my workout I did a short run, maybe a half a mile and then 1000m row before hitting the shower and heading off to work. Since I am going to be gone towards the end of the week I want to make sure all my work is done. I got to the office early early and got right to it.

After work I was off to some wedding things, mani, pedi, wax.... This is officially the last evening I have because of ballgames and birthday parties. I have beautiful nails and now am chomping at the bit for some basketball. I love basketball, I played and love to cheer for my babies. Middle school starts tomorrow and then high school shortly after that, and we are still in the middle of football season!!!! Its amazing, all my favorite sports going at the same time!

I finally got home, later than normal, and have everything packed up and ready for tomorrow. My food also has to be on track this week. My dress was just barely zipping when I got home from vacation so I have to be better than my best to make sure this dress is zippable. I am rocking mostly a fruit and veggies diet this week, some juicing, some solids, and lots of prayer!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wednesdays Workout Made Thursday PAINFUL!

Before you start reading, I complain quite a but in this post!  I know I chose to do a new workout and soreness comes with that.  I'm sorry to whine but it's been a big painful part of my day!  

Tuesday was a brutal workout…it was intense from the word go. Now, when it was written all pretty on the board it looked pretty simple but it shaped up to be intense.

My biggest fear was realized when the first thing on the board was “5x pull ups” cause even after all my practice I still cannot do a pull up. I did however get an alternative that I could do. Instead of a pull up I used rings and pulled from an incline position. It was not easy, actually it was pretty hard. That was followed up by 10 pushups (in CrossFit a push up is slightly different, you go down and put your body flat to the floor and push back up) There is really no knees on the floor option on this one or you would lose all the core work. Luckily, I can do a push up…I could do about 6 full range and would have to drop to my knees every now and then but I got them done. The workout finished up with 15 squats, full range squats. This is the part that did it for me. Every squat I did he wanted lower and lower so I kept going lower and lower. We did this as many times as we could for 20 minutes!!! 20 minutes, no biggie right, WRONG! It was so much harder than I thought it would be. I made it through the rotation 12 times and halfway through the 13th. When he called time I just rolled over to my back and tried not to die! There was a huge Emily size sweat stain on the floor when we were done.

How do you keep count?!? I'm obsessed with the chalk: hands, floor, wherever!

Personally I thought this was harder than the one the day before, it took 45 minutes less but was so intense. Shortly after the workout was over I could tell my legs were going to be sore from the deep squats, I was not quite prepared for how sore I would be.

After work I had to run home quick for our Chili Dinner to raise money for our Team 365 Marathon. We had an amazing turn out and raised nearly $2000 towards our goal. A huge thank you to all those that worked all day long cooking and prepping and to all those who gave a donation. I have the best Sunday School Class ever. I was overwhelmed at the amount of money raised in one night! We will do it again next month so if you missed the chance to come this month be watching and I will let you know about the next one.

If you can’t make it but would like to donate do it here!!!

As the day progressed my soreness did too. When the chili was all cleaned up and it was time to sing the soreness was in full force. What I wasn’t prepared for was the whole body soreness, I thought just my legs would hurt….NOPE! from neck to knees is sore. I tried to scratch my head but my arm will only go so high so I put my hand up and then brought my head down to meet it. Haha! No but really!

I was glad when it was bed time, I just knew once I got some sleep these weary muscles would be ready to go again…..

At some point in the night I woke up flat on my back, I thought to my half asleep self “Self, wonder what time it is and how much longer you get to sleep?” and I put my foot down on the bed to roll over, I felt the soreness immediately and said, “You know self, it doesn’t matter cause its not time to go yet!” and I just went right back to sleep until the alarm went off. I couldn’t even roll over!!!

The standing up out of the bed was the special part because I didn’t think my body was going to straighten, but once I was up and things started to loosen up it still hurt pretty bad! Ha! I was off to class again this morning and I really wasn’t sure how in the world I was going to do it. He stretched us and warmed us up good so when it was time to work I was ready and able to move slightly.

This morning it was another BRUTAL one. I think every day is going to be like that but right now they seem harder day after day so I keep saying that for the time being. It started with squats increasing in weight until we hit our max, then we did another workout that was timed. 15 minutes this time, 5 Burpees with box jumps, 10 Kettlebell swings, and 15 Dead Lifts.

I was really surprised how much I was able to squat. I haven’t squatted max in years, usually I put 10-15lbs on each side and do 10 reps but today we were maxing so I would do a few and the teacher would say “add more” so I did until I couldn’t do but one. I managed 135lbs which I was pleased with. I didn’t stand next to the boys to day which is probably best since I would have probably hurt myself. (One day I will be able to squat my weight, I’m looking forward to that!)

As the day has gone on my range of motion has gotten worse but I think my muscles are feeling better. I sat a little bit more at work today than I normally but still got up and moved so I wouldn't completely stiffen up.

Once I got home I had to get lots of errands done. I haven't been home this whole week and my house is starting to show it. I have dirty clothes in the dining room because there is no more room in the laundry room, it is full of clean unfolded clothes. I did dig through the clean basket and find something to workout in tomorrow and I was informed to wear knee socks since tomorrow will involve rope climbing. I don't know if I can climb a rope but Im going to wear the knee socks just in case I can.

BTW: I haven't worn socks in years!!!!! It's so weird.

I finally got home and got the house as clean as its gonna get, the laundry is still not done but I did wash a sports bra so I can wear it tomorrow, the food supply is dwindling but Im trying to eat all the food before I go out of town again so the meals are getting weird. (for example: Im eating dry Cheerios for dinner at 9pm because I just walked in the door and I used the last of my milk for lunch tomorrow)

I know I tell y'all all the time how busy I am and how its late, and I know you probably get tired of hearing it, but I do it on purpose. I want to make a point that even though days are busy, good food and workouts are possible, I just have to make them a priority. Obviously I have an advantage in this cause Im single with no children but I am a busy girl and it can be done.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday tomorrow!!

One Shameless Shout OUT Selfie: I am officially obsessed with and wearing SweatyBands to work. I'm in love!!!! They make them in holiday themes so Im hoping for a Thanksgiving and Christmas one.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My Anticipation was Overwhelming

I think I just got too excited yesterday. I signed up for CrossFit as you all know if you read yesterday’s post and I was ready to do my first class right that second. Since I am a beginner I have to go at scheduled times for now and make sure someone is watching me to make sure I am doing all the lifts and moves correctly, so no impromptu workout last night.

No, instead I joined CrossFit and then had to go home and spend the rest of my night getting ready to CrossFit. Most of my stuff was already packed up and ready to go but I had a few last minute things to get ready. I had to have my early morning CrossFit things ready but then my clothes for the day and then my Running Bootcamp clothes for the afternoon. I knew I was going to have a busy day.

I was good and got in bed just before 9pm, don’t judge I had a 4:15 wake up call. I laid in bed for a while and couldn’t go to sleep. I was excited about the new workout and scared all at the same time. What if I couldn’t do some of the exercises? What if, what if, what about? This went on for 3 hours…. I could not fall asleep. I was so excited I didn’t want to wait but so nervous I couldn’t go to sleep. The last look at the clock was just before 1am. 3 hours of sleep would never be enough to get through this.

I remember this same thing happening the night before my Marathon. I could sleep to save my life. I tossed and turned. Last night I actually got up and grabbed a handful of Cheerios and a string cheese cause I was up for so long that I got hungry. AND I NEVER GET UP IN THE NIGHT!!

When my alarm went off I popped out of bed. Don’t worry, 3 hours of sleep is plenty. I grabbed my gear and made it out the door in record time. I didn’t want to be late on my first day so I tried to leave a few minutes earlier than normal. I was so excited on my way to the gym that I was actually smiling as I was driving down the road, when I realize it I got tickled in my car and then realized that I was a crazy person who was smiling and laughing at herself while driving down the road at 4 in the morning.

This is where the magic happens!!!

It was finally time!!!!!! I was in the gym and waiting on my buddy to show up….I almost broke nervous when she wasn’t there at the exact same time as me cause I wanted to make sure she wasn’t going to miss! (yes, I have anxiety issues. Its new but I am learning to deal with it) I felt like a fish out of water cause I know the concept of CrossFit and have done some of the WOD’s but this was official. It was time to do it. We warmed up and then got right to work. Let’s see if I can remember it all…

1. Rowing to a calorie burn goal (50,45,40… 5)
2. Kettlebell swings (2,4,6…20)
3. Dead lift at 70% of Max
4. 150m run with a 45 lb weight

You do this 10 times, decreasing the row, increasing the Kettlebell swing. It was T-O-U-G-H! I was sweating instantly it seemed like. I like the rowing machine but I was having to pull harder than I have ever to get the burn and the RPMs where the teacher suggested, and I barely got there on the first couple and it just got worse from there. About the 7th trip around the gym I switched to a 25lb weight because it was lower the weight or DIE! I finished it, the whole workout with very little modification (only lowering the weight on the run) in 1 hr 9 min. From what I hear most of the workouts are around 30 minutes so I thought I was misinformed but then I heard all the other people telling us that THIS was the hardest one they had done….really?!?!?! on my first day, of course! The fastest time was 55 minutes so I wasn’t that far off.

I have learned a few things already….

a. If you are an incredibly competitive woman don’t stand next to the men, I wanted to put more weight on my bar cause I could lift that! My gosh, no I can’t!
b. These might be my people, the swore, they grunted, the sweated, nothing like the Barre experience I had. Not one person checked their fingernails for the entire workout.
c. I just might like this

I already can’t wait to go back again. I think a changes it exactly what I needed, whether this was the right change or not I don’t know yet, but I liked the excitement that I felt when I woke up this morning. That excitement has been lacking the last few weeks. I know this is still very brand new and it might not be the right fit, but right now it’s the motivation I need.

Now that I have spent 90% of my post talking about CrossFit I will tell you about the rest of my day.  I had Running Bootcamp after work and its been a while since I have been on a run so I was thinking this was going to be a disaster. 

Turns out that taking a break makes me run better. The boot is finally off my running buddy's foot so we had some catching up to do.  We haven't gotten a good run/talk in 2 weeks.  So we kinda stuck together.  He is still struggling with a sore foot and we needed to talk so we moved a little slower than the rest but I got an amazing workout. 

Bootcamp was hills hills hills tonight.  We climbed the biggest hill 10 times.  We climbed until my legs were shaking and then went up a few more times. 

I was pouring sweat and ready for it to be over.  My legs were slightly fatigued after the morning workout.

I got in the car and headed home and then my night exploded.  I need to be in bed early tonight because I have to be up early again but that just wasn't in the cards.  I had to pick up my bridesmaid dress at the seamstresses, I had to get stuff ready for our fundraiser for tomorrow to raise money for our St. Jude Hero Marathon, and at 8:30 I finally got home and still hadn't had a bite to eat since lunch.

So now I have caught the season premier of Biggest Loser while I was getting ready for tomorrow and even done all my laundry since I wore both my sports bras today.  Now if I can just catch some Zzzz's tonight!
And please don't forget to support Team 365 in raising money for St. Jude Children's Hospital in Honor of Harper.  You can click here to support our team with a donation or to join Team 365 to run the half or full Marathon in Nashville in 2014!

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Vacation 2013 is in the Books! Back to the Grind!

Vacation is officially over and we managed to survive a hurricane, double red flag and all, and time to get back to real life. If you follow my Instagram (fatgirltothin) you got to experience some vacation pics but if now here are a few of my favorites.

Thanks to the Lifeproof phone case we have tons of underwater family photos, we cant just be normal....ok, so below is a normal one. We had a blast and now its time to get back to the grind.

Technically I got home on Wednesday evening but I was still on vacation. I took the rest of the week and did mild workouts. I even took the remainder of the week off from the blog as well but now Im back to writing, back to the gym, and back to dropping some pounds.

Today was a big day, today I did something that I have been talking about for months....can you guess what I did???!?!?!


That's right, Big Bad Cheryl and I signed up for Crossfit. I would say I convinced her but she was an easy sell. We visited them a few weeks ago but due to injury and vacation this was the first day we could actually work it out. But its now official.

Crossfit starts early early tomorrow morning and I already ant wait to tell you about it. I just don't want to be the girl that pukes....

Another things Im pretty excited about is that the class is offered early and late so on days that we have evening games and stuff I can go in the morning but some days I might get to go to the gym a little later than normal and then do Crossfit in the afternoons. Im still figuring out the whole schedule thing because I have a lot going on right now....Marathon Training, CrossFit, General Fitness, and just being freakin' awesome (that takes up some time!)

My excitement is overflowing....Im going to bed early so I will be ready to go in the morning!!!

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Out of Office

Just a heads up guys...I'll be out of commission for a few days, instead I'll be relaxing on the beach in the middle of a hurricane. Now the gulf has to survive the hurricane that is my family!

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Phase 3 in the Books

I told you I was going to be happy with the results, and I am. I weighed in at 243 lbs this morning. That is a total of 4 whopping pounds for phase 3. Now if we want to play the “in all fairness” game I did lose 20 lbs in the last 9 weeks. I was not kidding when I said I gained 16 pounds. In the first 3 weeks of Phase 3 I was up 16 pounds. That being said I am incredibly happy!!!!!

My before/after pictures are not all that different from the last two phases because its only 4 pounds but mentally I am still as strong as ever. I learned new things in the last 3 months, PROTEIN shakes are the devil (in my diet) and I still have the ability to lose weight!

I am taking my Sunday cheat day today but the fire is burning to get to that 100 lb mark. 12 pounds away and I think I can get there by the end of the month. I sure hope so at least. The official goal for phase 4 is 20lbs and I am going to keep that the official goal, as an additional goal I would like to see 210 by the end of the year. I will be pushing hard every day and hope to see ONEderland soon!

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