Day 2

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I ended up not having an extra snack last night out of pure exhaustion. I am beat!

Today I have to get in a whole lot of exercise, and I am going to have to plan this out in order to accomplish it. I think this morning I am going to do a video of some sort, then at lunch the hubbs is coming home and we’re going for a run together (which actually won’t kill much time, as he runs too damn fast), and then tonight I’ll ride while TBL is on and the hubbs is in class. We thought his classes were M,W this semester, but they are T, TH, which is AWESOME because he won’t miss our 10 year old’s cello concert tomorrow!

Brseay, I totally haven’t seen the dress yet, but she is supposed to send me a link to it, and when she does I am definitely going to use your idea to post it. One on the fridge, one on the back of the pantry, and one by the treadmill, to remind myself that I need to push it extra hard!!

And getupnow, the Europe trip… just the two of us!! No kiddos! I think yesterday as we were planning we cut out Greece and Germany for this visit. It’s just too much. So now I am only in charge of Ireland and London, and being that we’re Irish, I am obviously more interested in Ireland. We’re also planning on focusing on Rome, too, and attending a mass given by the Pope. Funny thing is, we were both raised Catholic, but she is now athiest, and who knows what I am… I just know I still believe, though I don’t really practice. But, because of my grandmother (her mother) it is so deeply ingrained in us that we have to do it. Crazy, huh? So, I am going to try to learn a little Italian. We got the Rosetta Stone software and I am going to start later this week. I’m scared! I have never learned a foreign language before. We didn’t need one to graduate from high school or college where I went. Well, I do know the little bit of Spanish I have picked up from Dora. 🙂

Okay, enough about that. I need to start this day!!

B: 1/2c oatmeal, 1/2 scoop protein, 1/4c soy milk (out of bananas! boo!)
PWS: none
L: can of GROSS soup (almost done cleaning out freezer/pantry), romaine, carrot, cucumber salad with raspberry vinaigrette dressing
S:balance pure bar
S: can of tuna, 1Tbsp light mayo, 1Tbsp relish, 30g Mary’s Gone Cracker’s crackers (YUM!)
D: frozen bbq chicken pizza (double gross)
S: need a few calories so I’ll have a snack later (pb protein bar)
Water: 94 oz
Total calories: 1588
Exercise total 144/250
Clean eating 2/5

Just got done with 64 minutes of exercise. I did TBL cardio, started a stupid dance dvd, and then did the bike for 30 minutes. I have figured out how to get a workout on the bike. OMG, the aerobic setting is hard core, especially after all the lunges from this morning, and last night! That was a LONG 30 minutes! Now I’m waiting for the hubby to get home for our run and then it’s lunch time. I’m hungry!!

And we’re back. And hubby can’t go to lunch because he is too busy. And he finally tells me that over an hour after he is supposed to be here. He is lucky I already worked out, or I would be MAD!

Went for a walk and to get the boys, and I got some crummy news… Nate’s teacher is staying on extended leave to deal with family issues. Her aunt is not doing well, and her aunt practically raised her. UGH. I feel bad for her, and I also feel bad for my son. He is doing so good in school, and I hate all of this change. The principal assures me the new teacher is good. I hope so. 🙁 In other, less depressing news, my boys both got the Congressional Award for the trimester (one kid per grade per trimester). My oldest got it last year, too, so this is his second. I am so excited, but at the same time, nervous. The ceremony is the day after my surgery. I HOPE I feel well enough to go. Let’s be realistic; I am going either way. Maybe no one will notice how loopy I am 😉

Okay, I’ll stop boring you all with my BS. I am done for tonight. I know I was going to do the bike again, but I am worn out and skipping it, not to mention these fabulous cramps that come and go except tonight have decided to stay. Grrrrrrrr And I deserve it because I took the men to McD’s to celebrate and get Monster v Alien toys and I totally resisted. As in NO fries crossed these lips. I’m off to take a bath and watch the tube.


Day 1 of the challenge from HELLLLLLL! ;-)

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I weighed in this morning. I wish I hadn’t. I am not even paying attention. I know yesterday was filled with nastiness, but not 5 pounds worth. I am all in for this challenge and I know that will get me back to scale reality. The bad part? My Grandmother is coming into town on Wednesday, so I basically have today through Wednesday morning to get the exercise part done. I am just going to have to hard core it today and tomorrow, and get in at least 100 minutes of exercise. It can be done, it’s just gonna SUCK! The water I’m not worried about, it’s the food. I know I’ll be fine except Thursday night we’re going out to eat (don’t know where) and Friday morning (again, no clue) so hopefully those places have reasonable options.

My Aunt has decided we’re going to Europe next summer (OMG! YAY!!!), and so I am planning the things we’ll do so we can see how long we want to stay. I’m in charge of Ireland, England, and France, and she’s doing Italy, Greece, and Germany. Can I just tell you, I am so freaking ecxited about this!!! I really want to be in the best shape I can be in. I want us to take a bike ride tour of Southern Ireland. This is just more motivation for me!!!

I have bootcamp this morning, but since I am having surgery next month and the boys are on Spring Break, I think this will be my last day. I’m ok with it, but I am going to miss the challenge. Although, that is what you Slump Buster’s are for! 🙂

Okay, I gotta jet. Happy Monday, chickies!

B: 1/2c oatmeal, 1/2 scoop protein powder, 1/2 banana (60g), 1/4 cup soy milk
PWS: none
L: 2 slices Ezekial bread, 1 Tbsp almond butter, 1 Tbsp blueberry jam
S: Balance chocolate cashew Pure bar
D: leftover quinoa pasta w/ tom sauce and hamburger, asparagus
S: 1c soy milk, 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 1/2 scoop soy protein, 1/2 banana (yummo shake!)
Water: 106 oz
Total calories: only 1443 so far, so I might get something else. I am sooooo tired, though!
Exercise: 60/250
Clean eating: 1/5

Well, I ended up on the phone all morning… my aunt (trip stuff), then my sister (wedding stuff), and then my BFF (her BF isn’t coming home for an extra 2 months from Afghanistan)… so that ended boot camp. UGH. Then, the hubby came home and brought two friends, so now it is almost 1 in the afternoon and I haven’t even worked out yet! And, I need to fit in 100 minutes today! Is this even doable? I hope so. I am honestly not feeling like doing anything right now, I’m not gonna lie. I’m going to read some blogs and see if I can find some mojo… hopefully the lil man will be asleep by then.

FYI: No mojo is to be had. Nap? Now that sounds good…

Okay, I think I psyched myself up for a big night of working out. The hubby has his first class tonight and so I am going to get the kiddos up in bed watching a movie when he leaves and enjoy a night to myself filled with running and weight intervals, and then topped off with a little biking. 100 minutes WILL be mine! And the lesson I have learned even before having to do the 100 minutes? DO something, anything, first thing in the morning like I usually do! Sheesh, I am so lazy!

I just killed myself, literally, for an hour. I was going to do more, but honestly, it is almost 10 o’clock at night and I am wasted. I did my running and weight intervals. Can I just tell you… I did an ungodly amount of squats and lunges tonight. My sister (other) called to talk about the dresses, and apparently they are not forgiving of a jiggly belly. Motivation? I got it.

Night, chickies!


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Creativity. I gots it.

We’ve been cleaning all day in anticipation of my Grandmother’s arrival on Wednesday. This week is going to be a hell of a hard time with the challenge and the company. But, it’s all good… I just need to stay motivated.

B: 1.5 rice chex, 1/2 banana, 1/2 soy milk
L: 2 slices Ezekial bread, .5 Tbsp honey, 1 Tbsp almond butter, 1/2 orange, 3 strawberries, 20 blueberries
S:BAD… 3 (yes THREE) 100 cal bags of cookies, carrots and hummus
D: footlong turkey sub (yes, the whole thing), and then grazed on 2.5 pieces of pizza. I feel so gross…
S: ha. rolos and lots of em. it just keeps getting better…
water: 110 oz
Total calories: hahahahaha I’m not going to bother counting them up.

Now we’re off to get supplies for my son’s diorama (is that spelled right?) and then home to get it DONE! I think we’re having pizza and movie night. Lord, help me. I went over my calories yesterday, so I want to make sure I stick close to them today; I’d hate to undo the work I put in last week.

Happy Sunday, chickies!

Super Saturday, and the case of the movie popcorn…

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Today was our super grades = super great time extravaganza! We had a BLAST. The movie was hilarious! We picked up Chick-Fil-A after, which is way not on our way anywhere so we never eat it, and it was delish! I stole only 2 tiny fries, and honestly, they didn’t even taste that good. Maybe that was because they weren’t salty enough, as I had somehow managed to snarf down several handfuls of popcorn during the movie, and it was a salty mess! It was good, though, and I don’t really even do movie popcorn. I did avoid all candy, and that makes me happy! We took our lunch to the park and it was so fun to picnic. The weather is gorgeous. We played Monsters vs Aliens tag and it was a grand time. Now I’m gonna cuddle up with my handsome and do nothing! =]

Happy Saturday, chickies!

B: usual, but with chocloate soy milk, as I was out of regular.
S: Balance Pure chocolate cashew (delish!), several handfuls of popcorn
L: Chargrill ckicken sammy, small fruit cup, 2 fries 😉
S: 2 prunes, banana, 1.5 Tbsp Almond butter
D: kids frozen meal w/salsa and an orange
S: mc’d’s fudge sundae. seriously.
water: 11
total calories: 1889 (I think)

Day 5… I shall have that glorious chicken!

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Well here we are, day 5, and seriously… I think I have lost a little over 2 pounds this week. Did I really snack that much? Or is it because I took a rest day? I dunno, but I’ll take it. I really, really am thankful for you girls keeping me on track. I mean, how could I live without that which is the golden chicken?! 😉

I have been working on spending more time with my kids. I know, it sounds funny to say that, since that is essentially all I do, but I mean really spending time with them and not being distracted by the computer, or the tv. We played a board game last night (and I won!) and it was so fun. They are the super coolest kids, ever! It’s crazy how much time I can just blow doing other things and only halfway paying attention to them.

Not sure what I am doing as far as exercise today because I have to do our state taxes, and we have to file 3 different states returns. Since I do accounting, but I don’t have tax software, I’m going to do them the old fashioned way… paper and pencil. I looked and it would cost us almost 200 bucks to file all three online. Screw that! That’s a cute pair of shoes! So I’m going to do the work this morning (during my usual workout time) and then go buy some cute shoes! 🙂 Then I promised the boys I’d walk to get them from school and we’d head to the park. I hope I get the taxes done in time to get in some workout before I get the boys, otherwise I’ll have to do it tonight and I HATE putting it off.

B: the usual
S: grande soy decaf cappuccino
L: eating right frozen pizza
S: apple, balance pure bar
Pre-dinner S: 220 g baby carrots, 1.5 Tbsp hummus
D: 3 oz quinoa pasta, 2 oz hamburger meat, 1/2 spaghetti sauce (healthy hamburger helper… for some reason my kids freaking LOVE this and it’s like 8 bucks for the whole thing, including the french bread(that I don’t partake of))
PWS: 1 oz peanuts
water: 13
Total calories: 1606

Well that was fun . I seriously just spent about 4 hours screwing with 3 different sets of tax rules for partial year residents, non residents, and military exceptions. ARGH! And to top it off, my printer is being a poop and will not wifi, so I did all of this in my bedroom… on the floor! I couldn’t reach the usb anywhere I could even begin to set up a make shift desk. My booty is numb. ha! And, aforementioned STUPID printer, which is new btw, had some corrupt driver and was spooling wrong, but i couldn’t fix it, as I already had the returns done and they can’t be saved… only printed, so I had to manually move them from the spooled folder EVERY time! For all the returns and worksheets… let’s just estimate it a bazillion times. And now? It is 1:30, I have my jammies still on (even though I have dropped the boys off at school AND driven to Starbucks… I am so WT), and my kid is not napping. I don’t think a workout is gonna happen right now. Maybe after I get the boys from school like yesterday? Let’s hope.

I had so much fun playing at the park and playing Candy Land with the men. Seriously, they are too freaking cute. We were going to celebrate, but the hubby had to go into work for a while, so that ruined it, but tomorrow? Party ON! The boys BOTH got their report cards today, and both PERFECT. As in perfect. They are so amazing. And my 10 year old’s teacher from last year stopped me as I was leaving to tell me what a great job I am doing with the boys… to tell me that he is so proud of my son and he hears such great things about him. I was so proud. It’s nice to be recognized as a part of the success of my son. He is so perfect that sometimes I forget that I helped make him that way 🙂 I can say that now… he is still only 10 and doesn’t like girls or fast cars yet. My tune may change in the next 4 or 5 years! I was always a perfect student, too… and then high school… whoa! My grades never slipped, but my choices? Oh man, they were B-A-D! As Alanis Morissette said… “you know how us Catholic girls can be…” Ha!

I did the spin bike for half an hour on the fat burn max setting, and though it was harder than last night, I still hardly burn any calories. I am going to keep doing it though because I think it works more than my HRM shows. After that I did 15 minutes of weights and burned almost as many calories as I did on the bike! It was a nice end to a nice day. I hope to stay on track tomorrow. We’re seeing Monsters VS Aliens in 3D! Gotta show those boys that straight A’s are fun =]

And, I totally got that glorious chicken!!! Woot!


Night chickies!

Day 4

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So amazingly enough, I think the preventative medicine and rest worked, because I am feeling MUCH better today, and only have a small headache remaining! YAY. The bad side of that is that I have had a bazillion things to do today, and I haven’t been at home at all, nor had any time to exercise. I still need 6 miles for the challenge!! I have less than an hour before I have to get the boys, so I am going to get changed into my workout gear and plan on doing something, anything! after I pick them up. Man, this week has turned completely backwards… I have done great on food and horrid on exercise.

Last night we ordered pizza for dinner (since the hubby and I were both sick and because the boys had been SO good) and I had a salad (that I made) and 2 pieces. And that was it. No snacking after. I was so proud of myself. Pizza always makes me so snacky. And we watched a movie, Rachel Getting Married, that I think totally blew, and I still didn’t do my boredom snacking. Oorah!

B: the usual
S: balance pure bar, grande soy decaf cappuccino, apple
L: romaine, carrots, chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, berry vinegarette
S: pear, 6 strawberries, 1/2 banana, 1 Tbsp almond butter, 3 prunes
D: frozen meal (I have like 5 more of these in the freezer. UGH!)
S: 1 oz peanuts
water: 11
Total calories: 1517

I still need a few calories after this, so I may do more peanuts after a while. We’ll see.

In other news, I was so incredibly productive today! I got everything done I needed to, got my workout on, and tricked hubby into getting dinner for him and the boys so I didn’t have to cook. muahahaha I rode the bike for 30 minutes on the fat burn setting for a total of exactly 8 miles and then followed it up with the 30 day shred. I didn’t burn many calories for nearly an hour of exercise, but whatev. At least I am 10/10 in the SB challenge! Tomorrow? Oh, we’re rockin some Boogie Body, BABY! 🙂 Hopefully it will be by choice and not a have to… I am planning on my Friday usual as far as running goes, but I may not be able to since I am uber swamped again. 2 days in a row. No fair!

Night, chickies!

It got me.

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The sick bug, that is. I am feeling like poop. 🙁 I skipped boot camp this morning, and that makes me a little sad. My aunt thinks I should take the day off of exercise, but I really want to do something in case I get sicker and physically can’t later in the week. I still need 6 miles for my SB challenge! So, if I am feeling a little better this afternoon I am going to get on the bike. I can knock out 6 miles in less than half an hour without too much exersion. It must happen. Now if I can just find some Tylenol cold & sinus…

B: 1/2c oats, 1/2 scoop protein, 1/4c soy milk, 1/2 banana
S: none… neighbor popped over for a visit! 🙂
L: 2 slices Ezekial bread, 2 Tbsp almond butter, 1/2 banana (46grams), 1 Tbsp Blueberry All Fruit, 8oz Tropicana 50 OJ
S: Healthy Choice steamer thing. God only knows how long it has been in the freezer… Eek!
D: 2 slices pizza, salad with romaine, carrots, tomato, and berry vinegarette
water: 8
Total calories: 1710

Day 2

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Today is a whole different story. My chest hurts, I can feel that whiney, feel bad for me I’m sick attitude coming on, and I really want to do nothing. UGH. I’m going to leave for a run at 9 with lil man. He has been SO good this morning, so I asked what he wants to do and he says “go for a RUN!” and I’m all UGH, but I’m gonna suck it up. And then I am going to take him to the park for a little bit. And then? HOME to do NOTHING. 🙂

Yesterday didn’t go exactly as planned. I planned on having no snack after dinner, but I was low on calories (like that EVER happens) and fat so I grabbed some peanuts. I measured them and ate nothing else, so I’m considering it a good day. As for riding the bike last night? Nope. Intervention was weird and I wasn’t into it, so I did something weird… I actually just sat and talked to my hubby. For a long time. Without kid interuption. And I remember why I like him so much. He’s cute and witty. I woke up this morning to a little love note.

So that means I am 2/10 in the challenge. I’ll update later with at least a couple more.

B: 1/2c oatmeal, 1/2 scoop protein powder, 1/4c soy milk, 1/2 banana (45 grams)
PWS: none… ran into neighbor and let our kids play for a bit
L: same as yesterday, but increased the roast to 4 oz (roast, onions, carrots, potatoes, cabbage leftovers)
S: 1 piece Ezekial bread, 1 Tbsp Almond butter, 1/2 banana (40 grams), 2 prunes (shut up! they are YUM!)
D: 4.5 oz chicken breast, medium sweet potato w/ cinnamon, broccoli
S: granola bar, which added about, um, NO fat.
Water: 13ish
Total calories: 1517

ran with the munchkin 2.11 miles, and it took a LONG time, like nearly 25 minutes. My chest seriously is hurting. So I ran for a little over a mile, stopped and played at the park, ran the rest, stopped and played at another park, walked home. Not too shabby. I’m not sure how I am going to do bootcamp tomorrow without killing over. On another note, I talked to my neighbor today, and I might have a new workout buddy! Yay! I am dying to try a Zumba class, and would love someone to go with 🙂 And, I am watching the Strong Man competition on tv, and can I just say… I have a new crush. mmmmm And I don’t even know his name. Ha!

Dinner is done and I am stuffed! Because I skipped my am snack again, I am gonna have to have a snack again tonight. My fat is so low again. Apparently I need to incorporate more fats into my diet. I should have had walnuts on my sweet potato! That is so yum. Or added flax seed. I forget about that. Oh well. I’m going to try to motivate myself to hop on the bike during TBL, for at least half an hour. It would be nice to get my exercise for the challenge out of the way today 😉

No workout tonight, as I am feeling like poo. UGH. I’m gonna be struggling tomorrow in boot camp. 🙁


Day 1

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Well, can I just tell you, this challenge has me skurred. The workout part? I’m good. The eating part? AGHHHH I have serious snacking problems. You do not even want to know what I ate this weekend. And did I work out? NO! In my defense, the hubby wanted some corn chips and he was soooo sick, so I put lil man in the stroller and ran (literally) to the exchange. It took me 4 minutes to get there and 3 to get back. But, I stopped there. Nothing else. And, I put off his chips for a couple of hours, but then succumbed when he broke out the super hot salsa I just got. It is full of organic, fresh veggies and delish. Then yesterday I was geared up for a LONG run, got ready, and wham! tropic storm Screw Up Your Run was blowing through. And the wind and rain finally stopped just as I had given up and told hubby we could go shopping. When we were shopping my head started hurting and I think I might be getting what lil man had then gave to hubby, and if that is the case? SHOOT me NOW cause they were both sick as dogs for days! Okay, enough of my rant.

So, for the challenge, clean eating means no snacking. Specifically from the hours of 12pm-dinner. Around 3 when the boys have their after school snack, I have a snack… or 3. It’s so gross. Then I am not hungry when dinner comes so I do 1 of 2 things… 1. don’t eat much and then get snacky later or 2. eat a normal amount, but feel sick all night long. Obviously both of these options are no good. So, I am allowing myself ONE snack in between these hours. Day will go like this: B, PWS, L, S, D. Nothing more.

I have boot camp this morning, so that should knock off a couple of miles. Also, tonight is Intervention night, so I’ll ride the bike for at least half an hour, which is like 6 or 7 miles. So obviously the mileage isn’t gonna be a problem. Thank goodness, cause I am scared of the food part. Did I already mention that?!

Happy Monday, chickies. And good luck!
After bootcamp this morning, it is obvious that I am coming down with this nasty chest cold that lil man and hubby had. DAMN it! I left for the store right after I got home and got some cold medicine and Vitamin C drops. I hope this fends it off. I can’t be sick right now. I just do not have the time for it. Poor hubby is still sick and back to work today. 4 days of no sleep and he is exhausted. 🙁

In other, less contagious news, I am a bad ass. We ran a mile today in bootcamp where I started as the leader and was supposed to pace every one. Well, I had no idea how fast I was running; I was just trying to run fast enough to not embarrass myself by having to stop, but not so slow that everyone passed me. We finish the mile (just as I was about to die, as my chest was literally caving in) and the leader says “thanks for the nice pace! less than 7 minute mile!” and I was thinking holy shit, I just ran a sub 7 minute mile?! Pushing a stroller?! woot, woot! And I lived! I really love this bootcamp. It is so challenging! I would never have done that if people were not watching! haha.

I’m going to just start posting my food on here. It takes too long to update a page. Yes, I am lazy. And yes, I weigh everything. It’s neurotic.

Food for the day:
B: 1/2c oatmeal, 1/2 scoop protein powder, 1/4c unsweetened soy milk
PWS: none… went to pharmacy instead
L: leftovers… roast (2oz), carrots (3 oz), onion (3oz), potato (3 oz), and cabbage (4.5oz)
and some baby carrots (2 servings) and 1Tbsp hummus
S: 10 grapes, 4 strawberries, and a granola bar
D: 2 poached eggs, 2 slices Ezekial bread, 1Tbsp Polaner Strawberry All Fruit, 1 cup Topicana 50 OJ, 2
links turkey sausage, an apple.
S: 1.2 oz peanuts
Total: 1539 calories 🙂 and not enough water 🙁


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Holy shit, I thought I would DIE trying to do this challenge! Yesterday I felt like crapola and I wanted to do nothing. Like literally, nothing. And here’s something gross… I got a gnarley yeast infection. And as we all know, nothing says let’s go for a run! like an itchy, burning vajay-jay. So, yesterday I did a long walk, which was actually really, really nice and today I sucked it up and got on the treadmill for my regular Friday circuit with running and weights. Today I added wall squats, cause what could be funner?! 🙂 I am happy to say, though, that if not for this challenge, I would have done nothing yesterday or today. You girls rock my face off!

Other than that, nothing big going on here. I need to upload a pic of my banana pudding, the homemade, gluten free wonder that it was. The meringue was the prettiest I have ever made. Like effin perfection. I love cooking. It’s so theraputic, and I am in such a funk these last few days.

Hope you all reach your SB goal and you have a kick butt Friday!

Oh, and I am all in for retro week. I’m so in, I’m gonna rock one of those videos… even after I hit the goal… AND make my hubby and boys do it with me. Muahahahahahaha

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