Category Archives: Weigh-Ins

before/after*

First challenge down!!

Wow 90 days went by fast!!  I can’t believe I almost have a 6-month-old.  I just wanted to do a quick update on the end of my first challenge.  So on 3/25/12 I weighed in at 202, I would like to say the largest I’ve ever been, but I weighed more when I was pregnant with Cole.  On Monday June 18th at 174 pounds I started my Body by Vi 90-day challenge.  At first I wasn’t really into drinking 2 shakes per day.  I love food and didn’t want to drink my meals.  So I incorporated them into my Weight Watchers point plus plan and mostly had the shake after my workouts.  I loved all the different recipes you could make, but mostly just made a Green Greek Vi Smoothie which consisted of:

1/2C water, 2C spinach, 1C frozen fruit, 1/2C greek yogurt, 2 scoops of Vi-Shape mix.

At the halfway mark I had lost 12 pounds down to 162.  So I thought hey if it’s working with 1 shake per day, I wonder how awesome it would be with 2 shakes a day.  So I started having 2 (1 usually as my post workout and 1 either mid afternoon or in the evening).  That was until I learned how to make the delicious Vi pancake!!  Now I eat a pancake after my workout and have my Green Greek Vi shake in the afternoon.  At the 90-day mark I was down another 9 for a total loss of 21 pounds on the challenge and 49 pounds total.

I can’t even believe it myself.  I feel so awesome and love/hate the fact that none of my clothes fit.

I still have 3 pounds to go until I reach my Weight Watchers goal and 13 to my ultimate goal.  It’s a process and I know it’s not going to happen overnight.  I love my shakes, I love changing up my workouts, and I love finally feeling like my hard work has paid off!

 

what's up

This is what’s up!

Just want to do a quick check-in.  As you read from Lexy and Carman’s posts we’ve all agreed to get better at checking in to help us all be accountable!

Here’s a few picture highlights: recording my workouts, new toys for Cruz, finding tarantula’s on my porch, Cruz starts rice cereal, 4 pounds from my goal ahhh!!!, the most delicious homemade Korean food from my sweet Korean neighbor, Cole’s starts taekwonsoccer???, love chill in with my boys, and going on a date to the movies with Cole!

I’ve been fighting a sinus infection for the last 2 weeks and it is seriously kicking my butt.  After one round of antibiotics and me telling myself I was getting better for a week, I finally went to a doctor and she put me on a 20-day antibiotic.  Oh joy!  I feel like the sinus infection has really affected my daily schedule and ability to get stuff done.  Cruz is going through a growth period and his sleeping schedule has been a little crazy.  So sickness, plus lack of sleep, plus being a single mom, plus school, plus soccer, plus my house being a pain in the A to constantly keep clean, blah blah blah, do you feel me?  23 DAYS!!!  AHHHH!  Cannot wait to sleep for an entire day, like door closed mommy is in bed for the day, do not disturb unless to bring me starburst jelly beans and ice cream!

The one good thing about being sick is I haven’t been that hungry.  So I’ve been consistent with sticking to my paleo diet during the week.  I have been giving myself cheat meals which usually turn into cheat days or sometimes cheat weekends :)  However, I’ve still been able to continue on my losing path.  Since being paleo, I’ve lost 3.7lbs, which honestly I don’t feel is a huge difference from my losses with WW, but whatever, it’s a challenge, it’s temporary, this will not be a lifestyle change!

As for workouts, I tried out a gym here in Austin and honestly didn’t love it.  I felt like the classes didn’t really challenge me.  I wasn’t comfortable with the childcare for Cruz and the membership is super expensive.  So I’ve gone back to what has worked for me…another round of P90X2!!  I finished my first 90 days and had a total loss of 21 pounds.  Pretty freaking awesome!!

That’s about all for me.  Just taking it day by day.  Thought this was pretty funny and totally true for me!!!

 

 

40 pounds lost

Happy 40 pounds not on my body day!!

So yesterday was a big day and I wanted to blog about it, but it was a busy Friday the 13th. Yesterday was weigh-in day and with a 2.2 pound loss, it took me to a total of 41.3 pounds lost since Cruz was born 15 weeks ago.  I am now 10.7 pounds from my goal!  I was so excited to hit the 40 pound mark that I bought myself a present…

(yes they are magenta and pay no attention to the P90X bruise on my shin, or the fact that I’m wearing the shoes in bed and most likely don’t have pants on)

These are the Nike ‘Free Run+ 3′ purchased at my favorite store…Nordstrom!!  They have a million colors and a few other different styles on their Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!!!!  These are the best tennis shoes in the world.  They are lightweight, comfy and cushy, and super cute…what more could you ask for????

Progress Chart

My friend Heidi (you will remember from Tuesdays with Heidi) and I were able to hang out a couple times this week and talked a lot about weighing yourself, when to do it, how often, and what’s a good amount to lose each week.  First of all I think a lot of people have totally wrong ideas about what a normal, healthy amount of weight to lose each week is.  I know I did.  I always thought that I could drop a bunch of weight fast and if I was only losing 1 pound something wasn’t working.  Heidi has had concerns because she goes down, then up, then down further, then up, then down further, and she’s discouraged by the inconsistency.  So I asked her when her weigh-in day was and she said she weighed herself once a day.  I told her that was her first problem and suggested she pick one day per week to weigh-in and preferably on Friday or Saturday so she could enjoy the weekend.  Back in June I sent her a text of a quote I had read…

So 4 days later this was her response…

I think back to a year ago when I was counting my points, working out twice a day, and not losing a pound.  It was so frustrating.  I don’t know why the weight seems to literally be falling off me right now.  I mean I know I am working hard at my workouts, trying to stay within my daily food points, and drinking my Body by Vi shakes, but I honestly think the MAIN reason why it’s finally working is because I’m not stressed about it.  I’m taking my time, enjoying the process, challenging myself but also rewarding myself.  Don’t stress, be patient!

Fire Bites…

Thursday, Heidi and I took the kids to a bouncy house.  I was not prepared to be there for 4 hours!  So after only having eaten a Vi shake, 1/2 a balance bar, an apple, 4 migraine pills, and a coke zero, I was literally shaking by the time we got home.  I made myself a turkey and avocado sandwich w/carrots to eat before my 90 minute hot yoga class.  I put a picture of side crow pose because I attempted it during class…let’s just say I definitely didn’t look like that chick!

Friday the 13th we met my sister and her kids at the Utah Natural History museum.  It is seriously such a cool place and the kids love it.  Poor Grace broke her wrist when she fell off her bike last weekend, but she gets to wear a sweet orange cast!  We got lunch at Corner Bakery after.  Came back up to Park City and I took Cole and Cruz to the park.  The weather was kind of spooky, overcast and a little windy, but the temperature was perfect.  Eventually it started raining so we had to head home.  As we were about to leave to go out to dinner later that night, the power went out.  We thought maybe it was just our area, but all of Park City was out so we came back home and whipped up an old favorite Tzatziki Chicken.  We had dinner by candlelight and the boys got baths by flashlight.  I took a picture of my mom and dad on their iPad’s and iPhones because apparently we can do just fine without power!

Today was another rainy overcast day.  I tried to get my P90X2 Back and Base video done early so I could help my dad with some stuff.  He taught he how to use a socket thingy (ha I still don’t know what the tool is called) to unscrew bolts in a bed we were taking down.  It’s actually surprisingly easy, so next time you think your man is all skilled with his tools, just know it’s not that hard!  I had the best salad for lunch, it was a warm goat cheese salad that had spring mix, goat cheese, pears, tomatoes, and I added chicken.  It was super yummy!  My friend Taryn had her baby yesterday so we went to the hospital to meet him.  He still doesn’t have a name, so for now he’s Baby Lebell!  He is such a cutie.  I can’t believe how time has flown and how big Cruz is now.  The cousin boys got to have a sleepover at Aunt Sherilynn’s tonight and my mom took Cruz home with her so I could go to dinner with Heidi.  We had time to get pedicures before, which I desperately needed.  I got the shellac nail polish for the first time in hopes that it will last a long time cause I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get a pedi again.  Then Heidi and I went to Bombay House for some delicious Indian food.  We were both so hungry that I don’t remember much conversation once the food arrived 😉  She refuses to pose for pictures so I had to take a bunch to try and get a good one.

Lexy and Carman are living it up in Miami at the ViSalus conference Vitality!!  I’m so jealous I wasn’t able to join them, but am looking forward to all the fun 90-Day Challenge updates they’ll bring back.  Next Tuesday is day 30 of our 90-day challenge…how is everyone else doing on your challenges??

Cruz

There aren’t enough hours in the day!

Anyone else feeling totally overwhelmed?  I know us FLF girls are.  I’m personally giving up precious minutes of sleep to do this post because I felt it was a little ridiculous that it’s been almost a month since I’ve posted.  So with a pile of unfolded laundry pushed over onto my husband’s side of the bed (who is not here), I will try to make this short and quick so I can try and get some sleep before my baby, who refuses to be sleep trained, wakes me up to feed him!

So where have I been the last month (23 days to be exact)? Uh, nowhere.  But, I did have my brother, his wife, and their 2 daughters staying with us for 2 1/2 weeks, so I blame them for me being too distracted to post.  It was so fun having them here.  Here are some highlights from their trip:

My niece was baptized in my sister Michelle’s pool.

It was such a cool and intimate family experience to have that I hope to also be able to do for my boys!

There was lots of eating out, so my brother could get all his Utah food fixes.

Went on a few hikes to burn off all the food we were eating.

Cole graduated from Preschool.

I finished my first phase of P90X2 and made my niece join in for one of my workouts.

Then almost killed her by making her a post-workout protein shake with SOY protein that she is apparently allergic to, no bueno!

They left to go back home on Father’s Day, boo, we’ll miss you!  Missed Daddy on Father’s Day, but got to spend the day with Papa.

Monday my Mom, Cole, Cruz, and I left for a trip to Disneyland.  We stopped in Vegas on the way down and stayed at The Trump Hotel again.  Cole had a blast in the bath tub!  I also started my 90-day challenge with the Body by Vi shakes with Lexy and Carman.  Since I was going out of town, I packed my shaker cup and shake powder and did the best I could.  My mom and I were really good with our food choices, as you’ll see in the pictures below, we really only had “junk food” once.  We packed healthy snacks like apples, bananas, carrots, celery, nuts, and Balance Bars.  When we ate out we choose chicken salads, Chipotle burrito bowls, veggies and hummus, egg white omelets, etc.  I brought my yoga mat, but was only able to do it Monday night after we got to the hotel.  The other days were too jam packed, but I’m pretty sure I burned a few calories walking all over Disneyland for 2 days!

We drove to Anaheim on Tuesday and checked into the Disneyland Hotel.  We gave Cole the choice of either going to the pool or going to the park and he chose the pool (he didn’t realize until the next day the choice he really made!).

We woke up early Wednesday to try to get into the park early to ride the Radiator Springs Racers ride in the new Cars Land.  We didn’t make it early enough and ended up going in with everyone else.  It didn’t matter though because Mommy was smart enough to go into the single rider line which was half the wait time as the regular line and we still ended up being able to ride together.  We met up with my friend Sarah and her cute boy Calum.  Sarah’s husband Cameron works as a manager in Flo’s V8 Cafe in Cars Land, so they know Disneyland in and out.  It was awesome to have her as our tour guide because we ended up going on tons of rides I wouldn’t have even thought to go on.  Plus she took us to the best places to eat so it was seriously like the best day.  We ended up staying out late to see the World of Color Water Show and just when I thought Cole was going to totally lose it with exhaustion he surprised me with a second wind and we didn’t get back to the hotel until 11pm.

Thursday morning I woke up early (with Cruz) and was waiting like a little kid for Cole to get up so we could go back to the park.  We rode a few more rides and then drove out to my Uncle Tom’s to get our teeth cleaned.  We stayed the night in Vegas again.

Drove home Friday, so glad to be home.  Talk about a long freaking week.  But oh was it soooo much fun and I’m so glad we were able to do it.  Headed straight for my Magic Bullet for a Green Vi Smoothie!

In case you were wondering, this is pretty much where Cruz was the entire trip…

I weighed myself on Saturday obviously because I couldn’t on my usual Friday.  I lost another 1.6 pounds for a total weight loss of 35 pounds in the last 3 months.  I’m super happy with my progress and I’m going to keep on keeping on!!

This weekend was chill and my menu’s consisted of Vi shakes, Balance Bars, Trader Joe’s nuts and cranberries mix, a chicken gyro in a Flatout bread, some WW oatmeal cookies, and delicious mahi mahi with mango salsa (I’ll post the recipe tomorrow).  I also got to go to hot yoga on Saturday and wore my heart rate monitor to see how many calories I burn.  It was over 700!!

It seems like the craziness never ends.  There is always something to be done.  I’m learning that I really have to prioritize what needs to be done and what can be put aside in order to not completely lose it.  I’m excited to keep on my 90 day challenge with the Body by Vi shakes and start Phase 2 of P90X2 tomorrow.  I will also be embarking on the adventure of finding a house in Austin and moving back within the next month.  Oh joy!  The fun never ends!

 

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Self Love

So I have a love hate relationship with hot yoga.  Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it while I’m loving it.  It’s hard.  And if you don’t think it’s hard, you’re not doing it right! What I do love is the different insights the teacher shares while I’m sweating my eyeballs out.

Side note: I actually cried during yoga this week, not sure why, I think it was because the pose I was in really hurt, my body was super tight.  There was probably more to it, I don’t often cry just because a pose hurts, but it was actually very cleansing, and nobody knows you’re crying in hot yoga because the tears blend in with all the sweat on your face…try it!!!

Anyway, the insight for this week was about Self Love.  The teacher was talking about how we carry ourselves, how we walk into a room, are our bodies up tall and open or are you hunched over and closed?  How you carry yourself says everything about how you feel about yourself.  She also talked about the people who always have a lot to say, and are always talking about themselves, it’s like they have something to prove.  If you truly have self love, you won’t really have a lot to say, you are content with yourself and have nothing to prove to others.  It made me think of this really funny segment by comedian Brian Regan called Me Monster (CLICK ON “ME MONSTER” to see the video and laugh your pants off!).  It’s all about the person who is continually one-uping everyone’s story and talking about how awesome he/she is.  Just watch it!

I definitely need to work on Self Love!  Stand a little taller next time you walk into a room and see if it makes a difference.  How did you feel standing tall?  Did others notice your confidence?

On to Fire Bites and Weigh In’s.

I forgot to post my Weigh In last week so I’ll do 2 in 1 this week.  Last week was the first week my hubby was gone so it was kind of like a detox week without trying 😉  I lost 3.6lbs.  This week I lost another 1.6lbs.  I’m super excited with my progress especially because I haven’t been restricting myself on foods.  I’m just trying to stay within my points and doing my P90X2.  I am also making sure to have a post-workout protein shake.

Wednesday FB’s: 1tsp PB (1), protein pancake and green smoothie (6), balance bar (5), turkey and avocado sandwich w/carrots and tomatoes and ranch (5), 1/2 tuna sandwich and a small portion of my mom’s salad (8), bite of brownie (1), Weight Watchers refurbished chocolate chip cookies first some dough, then 2 cooked cookies (at least 10!!)

Workout: 75min Hot Yoga

Thursday FB’s: 1tsp PB (1), protein pancake and green smoothie (6), cookie and coke zero (3), balance bar (5), pork gyro (10), 5 red vines (5)

Workout: P90X2 Total Body and Ab Ripper