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Today is Father’s Day so of course I’m thinking about my dad. He passed away about 5 years ago and even though we didn’t talk everyday I still miss him. Growing up in my crazy house, visiting him and his wife every weekend was the one piece of normality I had. All I wanted was for him to be proud of me. I know there were plenty of things about my personality he just didn’t get and I wasn’t good at some of the things I think he hoped I would be, like golf, but I did feel that pride when I did well in school and kept myself out of trouble…most of the time. On those occasions when I did get out of line he didn’t yell or scream or worse, he just told me how disappointed he was. That was much more effective than anything else he could’ve done.

I always knew he was concerned about my weight. He tried to do something about it and get me to be more active, but there’s only so much a parent can do when they see their child once a week. Divorce, it’s not good. Avoid it. When I was in my late teens, I lost about 100lbs over the course of a year. He was SO proud of me. I could feel it like it was a tangible thing. Slowly but surely, I gained it back plus more…a lot more. When he came to visit (mostly to see his grandkids ha ha) I could tell it made him sad. I never felt that he didn’t love me, but I could see the disappointment in his eyes…not with me, but with the way my life was going. I wish he was alive now so he could see I’m back on track and helping others, too. I know he would be proud. 

Everyday I need something to motivate me. Most of the time I just keep telling myself, “50lbs, 50lbs, 50lbs,” but today I’m doing it for my dad.

10:40am Breakfast – 12oz water and 2 Beachbody Slimming Formula tablets, Chocolate Shakeology made with 4oz water, 4oz 1% milk, 1 scoop Shakeology Fiber Boost, a little coconut extract and 3 ice cubes

1:00pm Snack – 1/2c low-fat cottage cheese

2:15pm – 12oz water

3:10pm WORKOUT (and an egg which I scarfed down just before starting) TurboFire HIIT15, FIRE55EZ and FIRE45 OH YEAH!!!  30oz water and 1 scoop or half a serving of P90X Results & Recovery Formula in some of it while doing 45

6:20pm Lunch – 12oz water and 2 Slimming Formula tablets, Chocolate Shakeology made with 8oz 1% milk, 1 scoop Shakeology Fiber Boost, 1 tsp instant coffee and 3 ice cubes – I didn’t do mocha because I was tired, but because it’s delicious

8:45pm Dinner – 12oz water with 2 Slimming Formula tablets, Guacamole Turkey Burger from Carl’s Jr. that my family brought home for me even though I didn’t ask for it. Other than the high sodium, it’s actually quite healthy for fast food…and tasty.

11:30pm Snack – 7oz Strawberries and 1 Fiber One Brownie, 12oz water

Total calories consumed – 1404 Total calories burned – 3985

Protein – 107g, Carbs – 167g, Fat – 39g, Fiber – 33g

Water – 90oz

Last day before 2nd weigh-in! Results with photos coming shortly!

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Just two more days until my next weigh-in! I’m excited! I spent part of the morning watching videos of Chalene Johnson (Turbo Jam, TurboFire, ChaLEAN Extreme), Brett Hoebel (Biggest Loser, RevAbs), Tony Horton (Power 90, P90X, 10 Minute Trainer), Shaun T (Hip Hop Abs, Insanity) and more leading the Super Workout at Coach Summit in LA which is extremely motivating. Can’t wait for next year in Vegas!

11:00am 12oz water and 2 Beachbody Slimming Formula tablets

12:45pm Breakfast – I have really got to start doing better about eating right after I get up and BEFORE I get on the computer! Chocolate Shakeology made with 4oz water, 4oz 1% milk, 1 Tbs. natural peanut butter, 1 scoop Shakeology Fiber Boost and 3 ice cubes

3:00pm Snack – 1/2 large cucumber, sliced with 2 Tbs. Trader Joe’s hummus

4:00pm – 12oz water

6:00pm Lunch – 12oz water with 2 Slimming Formula tablets, Smothered chicken burritos. Here’s the “recipe” inspired by Sam the Cooking Guy. Love him!

1. Shred some rotisserie chicken (Costco has the best deal by far) I used 3 oz in my burritos

2. Warm the chicken and enchilada sauce on the stove – I used about 2c. sauce for the whole family – make sure there’s enough sauce so that after you take the chicken out there’s enough to spoon over the burritos

3. Heat tortillas in a dry skillet on medium until soft and pliable, about 20 seconds, flipping halfway through (don’t leave them in the skillet too long or they’ll become hard and difficult to deal with) – I used Mission flour tortillas for the family and whole wheat, low-carb, high fiber tortillas for mine. Let’s compare…200 calories for one regular tortilla or 80 calories and 12g fiber for one of the kind I used. Seems like a no-brainer to me. I had two which were fewer calories than one of the other. Why didn’t I give the same to my family? Because they taste like whole grain and getting them to eat stuff like that is a work in progress. Baby steps.

4. Put warm tortilla on a large plate and sprinkle the center with shredded cheese – I used part-skim mozzarella because that’s what we had. Monterey Jack would be great. I weighed out 2 oz for my whole plate and divided it between the two burritos and top.

5. Top the cheese with some of the shredded chicken. I used a fork and kind of pressed it against the inside of the pan so it wouldn’t be too saucy, leaving some of the sauce for the top.

6. Roll up the tortilla to make a burrito. I fold in the sides first, then fold the bottom up over the filling and continue rolling up.

7. Once you’ve made the burritos, place on each person’s plate, spoon the remaining sauce over the top, sprinkle with shredded cheese and shredded lettuce then top with some sour cream. I used 2 Tbs. and it was the light kind.

8:00pm 12oz water

8:05pm Was feeling really sleepy and knew I was in great danger of slipping into that mental state where I blow off my workout, finding a myriad of ways to rationalize it, so I went out for a walk/run.

9:30pm 12oz water

10:00pm Dinner – 12oz water and 2 Slimming Formula tablets, Chocolate Shakeology made with 4oz water, 4oz 1% milk, 1 scoop Shakeology Fiber Boost, a little mint extract and 3 ice cubes

12:30am Snack – 6oz Yoplait Light Blueberry and 10 raw almonds

Total calories consumed – 1343  Total calories burned – 2925

Protein – 116g, Carbs – 145g, Fat – 47g, Fiber – 52g

Water – 72oz

 BONUS – Photos from my walk. Please forgive me for getting so excited about pretty clouds, but when you live in a place that’s overcast 75% of the year seeing some blue sky and clouds that have actual shapes other than “blanket” is a big deal. Once the sun had gone down to the point where taking photos with my not-so-great camera was pointless I decided to try some running intervals again. This time I took the advice of a friend and payed more attention to being light on my heels. It made a huge difference and I found myself going farther each time. Instead of counting steps I looked ahead for a landmark and told myself I could make it…and I did. The last interval was even uphill and I went farther than my goal. Booyah!! LOL

It’s amazing how often we hold ourselves back from accomplishing things because we tell ourselves we can’t. We were watching a fascinating show on the Discovery channel earlier in the day about a man who, if you didn’t know what he was doing and you believed in that stuff, you’d swear was a psychic. He’s actually a professional mentalist and he did share a lot of what he was doing. In one part he was explaining how car salesmen use little “tricks” to get you to think a certain way and do certain things like buying a car you didn’t really want when you went in. He also gave tips on how to counteract what they’re doing so you can get the best deal.

Afterward, I was talking to my kids about how our minds are so pliable…so open to suggestion…and how we can actually use that on ourselves to our advantage. I gave the example of how Chalene Johnson does this in a very unsubtle way in her workout programs. She says things like, “Guess what? You’re not tired!” or “I know you saved some energy for me!” or simply “You can do this!” and you start to believe it. The next thing you know you’re pushing yourself harder than you ever thought you could and you are doing it…just like she said. We can tell ourselves things that will either hinder or help. I know I have been guilty of holding myself back with negative thoughts, but I’m learning just how powerful our thoughts and words really are. It’s a gift from God. We need to exercise our free will and use it to our advantage. We do not have to be victims of our circumstances. We can choose to believe that we are capable of so much more, even if no one around us believes it. If we say we can’t, guess what…we’re right because we won’t even try. We have to say we can, figure out how and do it. It’s 99% mental.

It’s Battle of Bunker Hill Day. Just thought you’d like to know. It’s also my grandmother’s birthday. It’s also the first official day of summer vacation for the boys. Know what that means? I got to sleep uninterrupted until one of their friends called to see if he could come over. Knowing that they’re old enough to fend for themselves in the morning is enough to cure me of any thoughts of wanting another baby that pop into my head every once in a while. Maybe one of my friends will have one soon and I’ll be able to live vicariously through her…while still getting to sleep.

12:00pm 24oz water and 2 Beachbody Slimming Formula tablets

12:15pm Breakfast – Chocolate Shakeology made with 8oz water (still out of milk), 1 Tbs. almond butter, 1 scoop Shakeology Fiber Boost, a dash of cinnamon and 3 ice cubes

1:00pm Went out for errands and forgot to eat…ugh

6:30pm Lunch? 24oz water, 3 1/2 oz rotisserie chicken breast from Costco eaten right off the chicken while putting the rest of the food away because I was ready to eat! 1 slice of American cheese as we were headed out the door to go see Adjustment Bureau. My opinion of that movie could easily take up a whole other post. Let’s just say it led to an in-depth conversation with my kids about God.

9:30pm Snack/Dinner/Whatever you want to call it – 16oz water and 2 Slimming Formula tablets, Chocolate Shakeology made with 8oz 1% milk (got milk!), 1 scoop Shakeology Fiber Boost, 3 maraschino cherries, a few drops mint extract (that’s right – cherry mint chocolate – it was actually really good) and 4 ice cubes. This is what was tempting me, but I DIDN’T eat because I wanted to tell you (and myself) that I was triumphant. I was also extremely tempted not to workout but…

10:30pm WORKOUT!! ChaLEAN Extreme Lean Circuit 3 (my FAVORITE of the Leans!) and TurboFire FIRE30. Like Chalene says in this circuit, my muscles were “shakin’ like a scared Chihuahua”. LOL I love her…even when she’s asking me to do travelling push-ups and Army crawls. 32oz water

12:00am Post-workout – 1 scoop/half serving P90X Results & Recovery Formula in 12oz water

12:45am Dinner #2 I guess – 16oz water, 4 1/2 oz lean beef (pre-cooked weight and I don’t remember what cut it was, but it was in the freezer from when I stocked up for the TurboFire 5-Day Inferno) marinated in light soy sauce, garlic and black pepper; 1/2 small onion, 1/2 red bell pepper and 2 large mushrooms. I’ve noticed that lately my photos have had a lot of brown and green, but no red so this fixed that issue. Not that I haven’t been eating red food, it’s just been in my Shakeology in the form of superfoods. For dessert – a delightful 90 calorie Fiber One Brownie…yumm!

Total calories consumed – 1190  Total calories burned – 3299

Protein – 104g, Carbs – 102g, Fat – 45g, Fiber – 28g

Water – 124oz

Well, that was a busy day and I’ve learned that I need to do some better planning for the next one, whenever that may be.

Today is going to be better than yesterday because I’m not going to put my workout off until the evening, hoping I’ll be able to fit it in without interfering with the rest of the family. Fortunately, we are still not having high temps like in a lot other parts of the country so it’s nice and cool inside. When summer finally hits us I’m not sure how I’m going to balance my sleep schedule with my workout schedule. I guess I should start thinking about it now because it’s just around the corner.

8:00am 20oz water, belly was still full from last night (note to self: don’t eat 600 calories worth of protein and fiber late at night because it will take forever to digest)

9:00am back to bed for more sleep – 3 1/2 hours doesn’t cut it

1:40pm Breakfast – 12oz water and 2 Beachbody Slimming Formula tablets, Chocolate Shakeology made with 8oz water, 1 Tbs. almond butter, 1 scoop Shakeology Fiber Boost, a dash of cinnamon and 3 ice cubes

2:00pm WORKOUT!! Yep, it’s exciting again. ChaLEAN Extreme Lean Circuit 2, TurboFire FIRE55EZ, FIRE30 and Stretch10. 40oz water and 1/2 serving P90X Results and Recovery Formula during the last 30 minutes.

6:15pm Lunch – Sandwich made with 2 slices whole grain white bread, 2 slices turkey (1oz each), 1 slice low-fat swiss cheese, 1 tsp brown mustard, 2 romaine lettuce leaves, 5 or 6 pepperoncini slices and 2 black olives, chopped (technically torn apart because getting out a knife for two olives seemed silly) 2ooz water and 2 Slimming Formula tablets

6:45pm Took the kids outside and shot some hoops. Such a perfect day out!! And I was full of energy.

9:45pm Snack – Soup made with 1 can 33% less sodium chicken broth, 9oz Trader Joe’s firm tofu, 2oz sliced mushrooms, 2 Romaine lettuce leaves, shredded (spinach or bok choy would be good, too), a dash of soy sauce, some ground ginger, granulated garlic (fresh would’ve been better for both the ginger and garlic, but I was in a hurry), mushroom powder and plenty of black pepper. Yeah, I ate the whole thing and it was only 240 calories. Gotta love that!

12:15am Dinner – 16oz water and 2 Slimming Formula tablets, Chocolate Shakeology made with 8oz skim milk, 1 scoop Shakeology Fiber Boost, a few drops mint extract and 4 ice cubes

1:45am Snack – 6 whole walnuts and 10oz Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger tea with stevia in the tea bag

Total calories consumed – 1315  Total calories burned – 3696

Protein – 111g, Carbs – 137g, Fat – 44g, Fiber – 33g

Water – 118oz

Much better than yesterday!

Today was my first weigh-in with surprising results. Have to stay on track now to reach my 2 month goal. Got a bit of a late start with everything, but the extra sleep after I got the kids off to school was just lovely.

2:20pm Breakfast – Chocolate Shakeology made with 4oz water, 4oz skim milk, 1/2c frozen blueberries (nice and sweet from Trader Joe’s), 1 scoop Shakeology Fiber Boost and 3 ice cubes. Yep, it was a complete repeat of last night’s, but it was so good I had to have it again. Plus, with the blueberries it has 13g fiber. Love it! Forgot to take my Beachbody Slimming Formula. Ooops.

4:30pm 20oz water

6:30pm Lunch – didn’t mean to go this long without eating, but I got distracted talking to people on facebook – 12oz water, 2 Beachbody Slimming Formula tablets, 2 Trader Joe’s uncured chicken hot dogs, one with a whole grain white bun and one without, and 1 tsp Simply Heinz ketchup (the kind with no high-fructose corn syrup) and 1 tsp brown mustard, 1 green bell pepper and 2 Tbs. Trader Joe’s hummus

8:00pm 20oz water

9:15pm Workout – What I wanted to do today was TurboFire FIRE55EZ and FIRE45EZ (last time I did this combo I burned 1800 calories), BUT the TV was being occupied and my next chance to use it was going to be 12:30am. Fine by me, but considering the reaction I got from the neighbors last time I did that I knew I had to go to plan B. I threw on my husband’s shoes (yes, they’re a bit too big, but much more cushion-y than mine) and headed out for a walk with the intention of doing some running, too. I was out for 45 minutes and during that time I did four sprints where I counted every four steps I took and did thirty at a time (I suppose just saying 120 steps would’ve been easier). It definitely got my heart rate up and I was sweating, but I could’ve done more if it hadn’t been for the pain I was having above my ankles. Not sure if it was just that those are muscles I’m not used to using or if I need different shoes. Ended up burning 460 calories…a far cry from the 1800 I had planned, but better than nothing. Going to really have to push myself tomorrow.

10:00pm 20oz water

12:00pm Snack/Dinner (whatever you want to call it) Torn between wanting to make sure I eat enough and wanting to have an acceptable calorie deficit, I decided to just eat enough to get me to 1200 calories for the day and be done with it. Today did not go at all as I would’ve liked, too long between meals and not doing the workouts I wanted to, so I just tried to make the best of it and remember that tomorrow is a new day. The quesadilla I had yesterday was pretty great and I still had some of the seasoned ground turkey left over so I made another one using two low-carb tortillas, 2oz part-skim mozzarella cheese, 3oz turkey, 3 Tbs pico de gallo and topped it with 2 Tbs light sour cream and 3oz shredded iceberg lettuce. I also ate a serving of imitation crab while I was waiting for the quesadilla to cook. 20oz water with 2 Slimming Formula tablets

Total calories consumed – 1261  Total calories burned – 2823

Protein – 111g, Carbs – 142g, Fat – 43g, Fiber – 45g

Water – 92oz

Before I tell you how much I lost in this first week of my extreme personal challenge, I feel I must include this disclaimer. If you are trying to lose weight 2lbs a week is considered a healthy rate to shoot for. That means you have to burn 7000 calories more than you consume in that week or 1000 calories a day. What I am attempting is much more extreme than that…more along the lines of what you see on shows like Biggest Loser and Extreme Makeover: Weightloss Edition. Obviously it is possible for people who have a lot of weight to lose to go at a faster rate as long as it’s done properly. If you’re even considering doing something extreme (in other words, planning on losing more than 2 lbs a week) it is important that you see your doctor first and make sure you will be safe and healthy throughout the process. I have been posting my food intake as well as my workout schedule so you can how I’m doing it, but that doesn’t mean that you should do the exact same thing because there are many variables.

My goal is to lose 50lbs over the next two months. Like I said, that’s extreme. If I only had 50lbs to lose I would not expect to be able to do it that quickly. I have chosen to use Beachbody fitness programs as well as Shakeology (also from Beachbody) to get me there because I know they work. I became a Beachbody Coach because I believe in the products and am so thankful to be able to share them with people who are trying to live healthier and happier lives. If you are ready to make some positive changes I would love to help you. Contact me on facebook or twitter so we can talk.

Now for the results. I used the same scale in the same spot of the floor and it’s not broken. Drumroll please……

I lost 14.5lbs! 😀

I almost couldn’t believe it, but it’s true! And the changes I can see in my body don’t lie. I’m going to start taking a photo of myself each week in the same clothes so you can see the transformation and will start posting them once there are a couple to compare.

Now, the question is, how am I going to reward myself? It won’t be with food, that’s for sure! There’s no amount of cake or cookies or candy or ice cream or chips or whatever that could make me feel better than I do right now. I’m thinking some cute, new workout clothes are in order. 😉

So far this week there hasn’t been a day when I reached my goal for calories burned…4500. Yes, that’s a lot, but doable if you put in the time and effort. I came close one day. I’m hoping today will be the day. It will be interesting to see how much I burn doing ChaLEAN Extreme Lean Circuit 1. First day of the new phase and I’m excited! Of course I’ll be doing some TurboFire, too, because there’s just nothing else out there that burns as many calories per minute/hour…and in case you missed it before, it’s FUN!! I was thinking about how people spend hours on exercise machines like treadmills or ellipticals. Ugh. BORING!! I don’t care what music I’m listening to or what show I’m watching, it still doesn’t change the fact that the movement is the same. Over and over and over and over and…well, you get the picture. Makes me want to run screaming from the room. Not exactly the best way to change your body, either. Using the same muscles in the same way a bazillion times isn’t going to do much other than to get those muscles really used to doing that one thing. No thanks.

10:00am Breakfast (earlier than usual because we had an unexpected visitor show up at our door) – 10oz water,  2 Beachbody Slimming Formula tablets, Chocolate Shakeology made with 8oz water, 1 scoop Shakeology fiber boost, 1 Tbs. natural peanut butter, 3 ice cubes

12:45pm Snack – 2 c. homemade minestrone soup – need to eat it up before it goes bad, the recipe made a lot!

3:30pm Snack – 1 1/2 blueberry oat pancakes leftover from the batch I made for the kids (meant to eat two, but my son wanted another one as I was halfway through the second…I was just pulling pieces off so he wasn’t grossed out) Here’s the recipe…

1 c. unbleached white flour (wanted to use whole wheat, but was out)

1/2 c. quick oats, dry

1 Tbs. baking powder

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

2 Tbs. sugar (I’d love to try this recipe with Truvia)

1 1/2 c. skim milk (For thicker pancakes, reduce to 1 1/4 c.)

1 egg

2 Tbs. canola or vegetable oil

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/3 c. fresh or frozen blueberries (or chopped strawberries)

Heat skillet on medium while mixing ingredients.

1. Wisk together the dry ingredients (flour through sugar)  in a large bowl.

2. Wish together the wet ingredients (milk through vanilla)  in a large measuring cup or bowl.

3. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix quickly with wisk until just combined. Batter will be thin with lumps. DO NOT OVER MIX!!

4. Let batter sit for a few minutes until it begins to thicken.

5. Spray skillet with Pam and add batter (1/4 c. per pancake). Place blueberries (5-7) on each pancake and push down gently.

6. Carefully flip pancakes over when bubbles appear in the centers and edges are dry. Cook until bottoms are golden brown.

7. Serve immediately or keep warm in oven at lowest temperature until all pancakes are cooked.

Makes about 14 pancakes at about 80 calories each.

4:00pm WORKOUT! Yes, it’s that exciting. ChaLEAN Extreme Lean Circuit 1 (WOW! That is one serious workout! …and I thought the Push Phase was intense), TurboFire FIRE45 and FIRE30. The first 15 minutes of FIRE45 my muscles didn’t really want to do what I was asking them to, but then I felt great and finished strong. Drank 40oz water.

6:15pm Lunch – 10oz water and 2 Slimming Formula tablets, Chocolate Shakeology made with 4oz water, 4oz skim milk, 1 scoop Shakeology Fiber Boost, 1/2 c. frozen blueberries and 3 ice cubes – my new FAVORITE!!! Would it be too much to say that it was like heaven opened up and an angel came down and handed me a glass? Maybe, but you get the idea.

8:25pm Went out for a walk because I really, really wanted to burn those 4500 calories.

9:20 Back from walk. Would’ve stayed out longer, but didn’t want to make my husband nervous with me being out alone after dark. I say bring it on! Ha ha! 20oz water

10:15pm Dinner – a big, fat quesadilla made with a low-carb tortilla, 3oz cooked ground turkey with taco seasoning (left over from the other day’s burritos), about 3 Tbs. pico de gallo, 1 oz shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese and 2 Tbs. light sour cream. 8oz water with 2 Slimming Formula tablets

11:15pm Checked my calories burned and was 500 short of my goal so I turned on Best in Show (love Netflix) and walked in place in front of the TV for 35 minutes. Seriously. Funny movie.

1:00am Final snack – 6oz Yoplait Light Harvest Peach and 10 whole almonds, 12oz water

Total calories consumed – 1455  Total calories burned (as of midnight) 4329 So close!! Should hit 4500 around 2am which is before I go to bed so I’m good with it.

Protein – 106g, Carbs – 178g, Fat – 46g, Fiber – 52g

Water – 100oz

You may be wondering if I ever get hungry eating 1500 calories a day or less and burning between 3500-4500. The answer is no, not when I’m eating every few hours and consuming a lot of fiber and plenty of protein. It’s all about making every calorie count.  Also, Shakeology really keeps me feeling full and gives me tons of energy. There’s no way I could do this without it.

Ack!! I’ve fallen way behind on posting my journal. Not that I haven’t been keeping one. I’ve been doing my tracking over on the BodyBugg site. I doubt if I’ll remember all the times for everything so I’m not even going to try to list them, but here are the last three days.

6/8/11

Breakfast – a toasted whole wheat pita pocket stuffed with scrambled eggs (1 whole and 2 whites), 2 slices turkey bacon and 1 slice of tomato (I really hate that my camera is so bad at taking close-up shots)

Snack – 1 1/2 c. broccoli, 2 Tbs Toby’s Lite Jalapeno Tofu spread (YUMM!!!), 1 wedge Laughing Cow Light cheese, 1 whole tomato plus the rest of the one I took the slice from for breakfast and 2 Tbs fat-free Italian dressing

Lunch – Chocolate Shakeology made with 8oz water, 1 scoop Shakeology fiber boost, 1 Tbs almond butter and 3 ice cubes

Snack – P90X Cafe Mocha protein bar

Workout – ChaLEAN Extreme Push Circuit 3, TurboFire FIRE45, FIRE30 and Stretch10. Got started really late and the neighbors actually banged on the wall (or ceiling…not sure if it was the people next to or below us) around 11:30pm so I had to finish all my TurboFire low-impact. It really wasn’t that easy to do because I was full of energy and am used to putting as much bounce in my step as possible.

During/post-workout – 1 scoop (half serving) P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Dinner – which was actually at about 1:30am or so – The plan was to have another Shakeology, but I was afraid to push it any further with the neighbors. I figured if I used the blender they’d be knocking on my door for sure. Instead, I had a turkey wrap made with a low-carb whole wheat tortilla, 3 slices turkey (about 1 oz each), 1 tsp brown mustard, and a big handful of iceberg lettuce. Also had 3 turkey sausage links because I opened a package for my husband and didn’t feel like wrapping up the three that were left. Plus, I needed some more protein and was fine on calories.

Total calories consumed – 1378        Total calories burned – 2297 (I counted all the calories I ate before I went to bed, but the calories burned only goes up to midnight because that’s how the bodybugg works)

Protein – 113g, Carbs – 145g, Fat – 45g, Fiber – 35g

Water – honestly can’t remember now, but at least 70oz (completely forgot to take the Slimming Formula all day…ooops)

6/9/11

Breakfast – Chocolate Shakeology made with 8oz skim milk, a scoop of Shakeology fiber boost, 3 ice cubes and a few drops of raspberry flavoring – reminded me of those delightful Ghirardelli raspberry squares

Workout – TurboFire FIRE55EZ and FIRE45EZ (burned over 1800 calories doing these and had SO MUCH FUN!)

Snack – actually had this while working out – a scoop (half serving) P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Lunch – Chocolate Shakeology made with 8oz water, 1 scoop Shakeology fiber boost, 1 Tbs natural peanut butter, 3 ice cubes

Dinner – which ended up being about 3 hours after lunch – burrito made with a large flour tortilla (probably would’ve been better to use a whole wheat one, but I really wanted the “bad” kind ha ha…was it worth it? not really), 4oz cooked ground turkey that was seasoned with taco seasoning, a little shredded iceberg lettuce, 1 Tbs light sour cream and 2 Tbs pico de gallo with a lettuce and tomato salad topped with 2 Tbs Trader Joe’s low fat cilantro dressing

Snack – 10 raw almonds and 6oz Yoplait Light Harvest Peach yogurt

Total calories consumed – 1454    Total calories burned (including the end of my workout from the night before) – 4398

Protein – 104g, Carbs – 166g, Fat – 44g, Fiber – 28g

Water – at least 100oz and I’m pretty sure I remembered to take all 6 Slimming Formula tablets

6/10/11

Breakfast – Oatmeal made with 1/2 c. dry rolled oats, 1/4 c. skim milk, 10 almonds, chopped, 1 Tbs. blueberry flavored Craisins, 2 tsp. pure maple syrup and a pinch of salt – I’m trying to rotate which meals I have Shakeology for so I don’t get bored with the same routine, but I have to say I always feel much better after having Shakeology for breakfast that anything else. I know that having a good amount of protein or fiber is supposed to be ideal, but it’s still not the same. Nothing gives me the same amount of sustained energy that Shakeology does.

Snack – 1 large cucumber, sliced dipped in 1 Tbs. Hidden Valley Original Ranch dressing mixed with 1 Tbs. light sour cream and a dash of black pepper (I’m not a fan of light or fat-free ranch dressing so I like to mix the original with light sour cream to cut down on fat and calories without getting that weird “light” taste)

Lunch – Chocolate Shakeology made with 8oz water, 1 scoop Shakeology fiber boost, 3 maraschino cherries and 3 ice cubes

Snack – 2 Trader Joe’s uncured chicken hot dogs (no preservatives, nitrates, etc.) with 1 tsp. brown mustard

Dinner – Chocolate Shakeology made with 8oz skim milk, 1 Tbs. almond butter, 1 scoop Shakeology fiber boost, a few drops of coconut extract and 3 ice cubes – Almond Joy anyone?

Snack – 14 pieces imitation crab (the chunk kind – yes, I love it…right out of the package) and 1 orange

Total calories consumed – 1348  Total calories burned – 2868 (didn’t actually workout because I felt my body needed a rest, but I did walk for about 40 minutes and played a little basketball with my son for a few minutes)

Protein – 99g, Carbs – 168g, Fat – 38g, Fiber – 33g

Water – at least 80oz and I remembered all 6 Slimming Formula tablets

I’m feeling great about how I’m doing so far and can see real changes in my body. Can’t wait until I weigh again to see how close to my goal I am for this week!

This was the second day of my big 2 month challenge. I fell short on the total calories burned, but honestly, because I only got about 6 hours of sleep including my afternoon nap I think I did pretty well. I really just  kind of sat around a lot other than my 2 hour workout so I’m not surprised and I’m not going to beat myself up. I know how important sleep is for losing weight so I’m just going to have to do better about that.

7:45am – 8oz water with 2 Beachbody Slimming Formula tablets (no crazy stuff or stimulants)

8:00am – Chocolate Shakeology with 4oz water, 4oz skim milk, 1 1/2 tsp natural peanut butter, 1 scoop Shakeology fiber boost and 3 ice cubes

10:00am – Morning snack – 4 stalks of celery, 2 small carrots and 1 Tbs ranch dressing (the original, full-fat kind) mixed with 1 Tbs light sour cream and a dash of black pepper

12:45pm – 20oz water

1:15pm – NAP!!

3:30pm – 20oz water and 2 more Slimming Formula tablets

4:00pm – Lunch – 2 c of the minestrone soup I made the night before which was even better after all the flavors melded together overnight.

6:30pm – Workout time!! TurboFire Fire45EZ (so…much….fun!!), HIIT20 and ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Intervals – WOW! I must admit by the time I got to the Lunge Jumps I was feelin’ it! I skipped those and made my P90X Results & Recovery drink (just one scoop) so I could finish the rest of the workout strong. Drank at least 50oz water.

9:00pm – Snack – P90X Cafe Mocha protein bar. I was headed out the door so it was something easy I could just grab and it boosted my protein intake for the day.

11:00pm – 20oz water and the last 2 Slimming Formula tablets

11:30pm – Dinner, finally – Chocolate Shakeology made with 8oz skim milk, 4 maraschino cherries, 1 scoop Shakeology fiber boost and 3 ice cubes. This ones’s bit higher in carbs, but it was soooooooooo good! I decided to stop eating after that even though I’m normally aiming for 1500 calories a day. Since I didn’t reach my goal for calories burned I figured it would be ok since I was over the 1200 mark which is the minimum a female should eat each day to keep the metabolism going.

Total calories consumed – 1316       Total calories burned – 3517 according to my BodyBugg

Protein – 90g, Carbs – 188g, Fat – 28g, Fiber 41g Whoo hoo!!

It’s been a while, too long, since my last post. After I finished the TurboFire 5-Day Inferno with great results I pretty much lost my mind and all self-control. This has happened before. It’s definitely hormonal. I suppose I could’ve posted during the past week, but you know what they say…”If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all.” That’s the approach I chose this time around. But after basically hitting rock bottom (I’m talking eating half a loaf of garlic bread followed by I don’t even want to say how much ice cream and washing it all down with 3 cans of root beer, not diet) I am back in control.

Not only am I back in control, but I have a new goal. It’s a big one. So big, in fact, that I’m not even going to share it lest you think I’m still completely insane and not really in control at all. It’s something I know I can do, though, because working from home part-time gives me the time I need to accomplish it. And it’s about gosh-darn time, too! I’ve been working out, but not as consistently as I should and I’ve been watching what I eat, but not as diligently as I should so I haven’t seen the results I could have if I’d been more on top of things. I will say that this is the first time in my life that I’ve lost weight and not gained it all back plus some, but I would like to keep shrinking, not just maintain where I am.

So I have a plan and it’s a good one. It’s simple math, really. Burn more than you consume. I have a BodyBugg that tells me what I’ve burned and I just need to keep track of what I’ve consumed, making sure I eat enough, often enough, to keep my body from going into starvation mode. So here’s Day 1 of my new 2 month goal.

7:45am – 1 cup hot green tea

8:00am – 8oz water with two Beachbody Slimming Formula tablets (green tea and other natural metabolism boosters with no stimulants/ephedra – that stuff is bad news)

8:30am – Chocolate Shakeology made with 8oz skim milk, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 scoop Shakeology fiber boost, a dash of vanilla extract and 4 ice cubes

10:00am – 16oz water and weeding for 45 minutes

12:00pm – Turkey wrap made with an 80 calorie low-carb tortilla, 3 slices turkey, 1 tsp brown mustard, and 2 c iceberg lettuce

2:00pm – Nap time since I only had 4 hours of sleep the night before

4:30pm – 8oz water and 2 more Slimming Formula tablets

4:45pm – Chocolate Shakeology made with 8oz water, 1 Tbs almond butter, 1 scoop Shakeology fiber boost, and 4 ice cubes

5:00pm – Workout time! TurboFire Fire55EZ, Fire30 and ChaLEAN Extreme Push Circuit 2 – yep, 2 hours of working out – drank 40oz water

7:15pm – 1 scoop or half a serving of P90X Results & Recovery Formula mixed into 10oz water

7:45pm – 6oz Yoplait Light Harvest Peach because I knew it would be a while before I would eat dinner and I didn’t want my blood sugar to drop too much

10:15pm – Raspberry Zinger tea sweetened with stevia (Celestial Seasonings has tea bags with the stevia right in them – brilliant!!) and the last two Slimming Formula tablets for the day

10:30pm – 2 c homemade minestrone soup or something close to it topped with 1 Tbs grated parmesan cheese and some cayenne for a kick – Here’s the recipe…

Makes about 14 c

1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 c celery, chopped

2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

4 c zucchini, chopped (I quartered two lengthwise then cut into 1/2 chunks)

1 1/2 c Prego Heart Smart sauce

1 14.5oz can 33% lower sodium chicken broth (this could easily have been vegetable broth)

1 6oz can tomato paste

8 c water

1 15oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 15oz can white cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained

6 oz fresh or frozen spinach, chopped (I used fresh because that’s what I had)

3 oz whole wheat pasta shells, dry

2 tsp dried basil

2 tsp parsley flakes

1 Tbs granulated garlic

2 tsp Kosher salt (or to taste)

1/4 tsp black pepper (or to taste)

1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot on medium-low then cook the onion, celery and fresh garlic until they begin to soften.

2. Add the zucchini, basil and parsley (or any other herbs you like) and continue cooking until zucchini begins to soften.

3. Add the broth, Prego sauce, tomato paste, drained beans, granulated garlic and water and bring to a slow boil on medium-high heat.

4. Stir in the whole wheat pasta and spinach, cover and turn down the heat to medium checking the pasta for “doneness” every few minutes. (It took 10 minutes for mine to be ready.)

5. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy.

11:30pm – P90X Wildberry protein bar – sort of a dessert, but gave me the last 20g of protein I needed for the day

Total calories – 1465

Protein – 114g, Fat – 32g, Carbs 208g, Fiber 57g