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7/8/12….house cleaning day. July 8, 2012

Filed under: Daily Check In — reborn2shine @ 5:39 pm

Not going to write to much today…kinda tired.  The pups and I hit the park at about 7:30 am for a couple of hours and then came home and started house cleaning.  floor is vaccumed, dishes are done, trash is collected and laundry is about to be started.  Feeling sort of run down and sad today.  Had such a great week, but feel like I could have done more with my weekend.  Just keep telling myself 2-3 lbs per week….thats all I need to do.  That is very doable when you weigh 332 lbs…..I can’t get down on myself….I must stay pumped.  Talk to you guys tomorrow.





CHUB RUB BEWARE!!!! July 7, 2012

Filed under: Important Sh*t — reborn2shine @ 7:04 pm

Okay!!  So this is going to be a TMI post and I apologize in advance. Seriously……read it, don’t read it, it’s entirely up to you, but I feel compelled to share this with the people of the world.  So here goes…….


Even before I was overweight I always had big boobs and with the girls comes many trials and tribulations.  The worst of these is a condition which a lot of us affectionately refer to as “Chub Rub”  aka heat rash.  This is when skin touches skin and through heat and moisture it creates a rash that can be both annonying & painful.  This usually occurs under the boobs, in between the thighs, or underneath little “fluff rolls” ( I hate the word fat….can you tell?).  The most common time  for this to happen is during the summer when it is hot & humid.  The place  I always get this is under “my girls”.  If you have read any of my posts in the last few days you will know that the a/c has been out at my office and since we have a loft style metal roof the place is like a cooker by 3 in the afternoon topping out at 95 degrees last friday.  Well, this has created the worst case of the rub that I have ever had.  As far as treatment goes I had never really done any research.  I have been using diaper rash medication as I thought that was the only option.  But as any of you who have babies (which I don’t) know…this is a messy solution that really isn’t a solution.  It is white and can bleed through material, it gets everywhere, and heaven help you if you don’t get it off your hands and then accidently touch your eyes……OUCH!!!!!  Anywho….this time even the baby shit wasn’t working.  I tried a different brand, I tried three different kinds of powder, I tried cornstarch…..I mean I literally tried everything, but even with washing the area every hour and letting it air dry it was only getting worse and starting to really hurt BAD!!!  Then I was doing some research and came accross a product ” Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel Powder”.  I have never heard of this before and am always skeptical of things I read about online.  But several forums were talking about it so I thought….why not.  I drove up to the local CVS before I went home from work and found a tube….$8 dollars!!!  This crap better work!!!  It isn’t that large of a tube and I was starting to get concerned.  But, again, what did I have to lose except $8 bucks and some time.  I immediately went home and crawled into a luke warm shower, making sure to gently wash the areas very well to get all the baby junk off.  Once that was done I used a blow dryer on the cold setting to get the area good and dry…..air drying is probably best, but I didn’t have the patience.  Once the area was good and dry i opened the tube.  At first I freaked out because what came out did NOT look like gel….it looked like water and I thought there is no way that this is right.  Then I realized that it was just like a squeeze thing of mustard that always has that water look at first if you don’t shake it up well.  So, I closed the tube and shook it……BINGO!!  I squeezed out a dime size because the forums all said that a little goes a long ways and began to apply…..ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh instant relief.  There was some residual itchiness, but the difference was night & day.  The feeling is totally weird too.  It feels like gel going on but when it drys it feels like silk powder.   So, this was last night….I get up this morning and go to check my inflamed, raw skin and what do I find……..HEAVEN!!!!   The wounds have shrunk by half and the redness has also gone down by half… ONE NIGHT!!!….I couldn’t believe it…I still can’t.  This is my new favorite product and the tube should probably last a full month during the summer with everyday use.  I can’t believe that I finally found a answer to one of the MOST embarrassing parts of being a “big girl” or a “big guy” (cause ya’ll can use it too).  I will never be the same again.  I think the best part is that I have never wanted to be intimate with a man, especially in the summer, because of this problem.  I mean, how do you explain away the 2 cups of diaper rash cream under your boobs and between your thighs…GROSS!!!  But with this….all I feel is soft, ultra smooth skin….it literally feels like silk…I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!  And even after my weight loss I will still want to have big boobs, because I love the way they make me feel, so this product will be with me for life.  BLESS YOU MONISTAT!!




As if those benefits weren’t enough.  It can also be used as a makeup primer.  I sh*t you not!!


Toodles :o)


 BTW….Did i mention I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!


7/7/12….Broccoli has become my enemy

Filed under: Daily Check In — reborn2shine @ 5:44 pm

Today is a low carb day so, I am filling my meals with tons of fresh veggies that I love.  I have always loved broccoli, one of my favorites.  But I had some raw fresh, cleaned broccoli today and developed the worst case of gas you could ever imagine.  OMG Tums to the rescue.  I never wanted to be one of those women in the “beano” commercials, but it looks like I am not going to have a choice.  I was in the bed for two hours with a bloated gassy stomach…..bleh!!!  Lesson Learned!


Went to the park with the puppies this morning and the local organic healthy pet store was having a flea & tick awareness day, so we scored some really cool crap, including a month of Advantix for each…that was kinda cool.  Sweated my butt off and then came home and have been working on work stuff ever since.  I have a chicken breast marinating which I am going to pan sear and serve over salad for dinner tonight……I CAN’T WAIT TILL TOMORROW & I CAN HAVE A POTATO!!!!!  :0)







7/6/12…WEIGH IN DAY!!! July 6, 2012

Filed under: Daily Check In — reborn2shine @ 11:37 am

I woke up feeling very nervous about my weigh in.  I went to use the bathroom, hoping to lose another oz or 2 (giggle).  Then I climbed on to the scale and what did she say you ask?!?!?!?!


332 lbs !!!!


ROCK ON ME!!!   That is 7lbs in the first week.  Now I know some is going to be water weight, but who the hell cares!?!?!?  7lbs!!!!  Now I just have to keep it going.  Today was cheat day and indulged in some chinese, but we ordered from a different place and when it got here you could actually see the oil floating on top of the dish.  I was grossed out. ( Note to self:  Never order chinese take out from a place where the delivery driver looks like the lead singer from ZZ Top…..I am serious)……….. I ate a little because I was starving, but then a final bite of a seafood dish put me over the edge and I lost my stomach in the office sink.  I guess (despite being totally gross) that this is a good thing.  It means that my body is changing and not accepting those horrible fats anymore.  I am going to have to be super careful in the future because the one thing I truly hate is being sick at my stomach…BLEH!!!


YAHHHHH!!!!!  It’s the weekend.  So ready for some good park time with the dogs.  I know they are ready too. 

Toodles 🙂


7/5/2012……Weigh in Tomorrow!! July 5, 2012

Filed under: Daily Check In — reborn2shine @ 2:29 pm

Tomorrow is weigh-in day and I am extremely nervous.  I know I did far better this week than I have any other week in my life.  I ate healthy.  No fried foods.  I watch my carb intake with only good non-refined carbs going in.  But I am still very nervous.  I haven’t been getting my water in as well as I should have the past few days, but I am still drinking for more than I used to & definately have cut my soda intake by 75%…..


Once again the air is out at work it is now 89 and counting.  These are sweat shop conditions that completely throw me off.  My water has picked up today but of course I am now off my food again.  How hard is it to get a air conditioner that works properly?!?!?!?!  All the sweating is making the skin under my boobs raw.  I use all kinds of powder, baby rash ointment, xinc-oxide…..but there seems to be no cure when you have to sit in your own sweat with a bra rubbing you raw day after day…..MEN SUCK!!!  Yes…I said it.  But they do.  They don’t have to deal with this sh*t.  And they really don’t care that we do…..the boss believes that we should just work through it…..okay….”TELL THAT TO MY GIRLS!!!!”   Arghhhhhh….


I am so pissy and aggrevated today….I can definately tell that my body is changing…..what i wouldn’t give for a swirl ice cream waffle cone from Checkers…  ;'(




7/4/2012 July 4, 2012

Filed under: Daily Check In — reborn2shine @ 8:27 am

Got up this morning feeling pumped for a few reasons.  First….NO WORK TODAY CAUSE IT IS INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!  Woohoo…Second…it is high carb day.  I love high carb days because I am finding it really difficult to come up with new and exciting meals that don’t have carbs.  They have all these recipes on the “Reshape America” website.  But I am such a picky eater that most of them would never make it into my house.  So, carb days are great because I can use whole grain tortillas and make wraps or breakfast burritos….I can also have more potatoes which I love.  Third reason for being pumped is that I got to take the fur-kids to the park this morning.  They had so much fun and I got my “sweat” on for about an hour (always rehydrating with my trusty purple water bottle).


So, here is my to-do list for the day.  I need to clean the kitchen and get the dishes done from food prepping yesterday, I need to finish up the laundry that I started but didn’t have time to finish before work, I need to get a good 30 minutes of cardio in (possibly a little yoga too), and then I am going to prepare some food for the next couple of days.


Meals today:


Breakfast:  Kashi Autumn Wheat Cereal, one turkey sausage patty

Mid Morning:  Turkey Wrap w/Mustard & 2 slices of of thin 40 calorie provolone

Lunch:  Turkey Burger(extra lean ground turkey) on whole grain thin bun w/ Mustard, Lettuce, Tomato, & side salad

Mid Afternoon:  Hard boiled egg, celerey & Fiber One bar

Dinner:  Salad with cajun baked chicken and lite balsamic vinegrette

I love that this diet lets me eat all day… I cheated a little and peeked at the scale last night…..OMG…kinda happy right now….but can’t give you the results till Friday!!!


Toodles 🙂


7/3/2012……I Freaking Rock!!!! July 3, 2012

Filed under: Daily Check In — reborn2shine @ 4:11 pm

So……today started off crazy and I may have a concussion courtesy of a wasp that caused me to slam my head against my truck door.  Anywho….Work was nuts.  I don’t think the phone stopped ringing once all day, but luckily I was able to get most of my meals in and on time.  i am, however, behind on my water intake so I think it is going to be a “10 trips to the bathroom to pee” night. 


Now!!!  For the good part.  We ordered lunch in today from McAlisters and I was scared to death because I didn’t know what to get.  I was allowed 2 cups of carbs, 2 cups of protein, veggies, and 2 tblspoons of a fat.  I went through the menu over and over again and used the nutritional calculator on their website and was able to make some creat choices.  I went with their “choose 2” option and got a small garden salad with lite balsamic vinegrette & a grilled chicken spud.  Now get this, by removing croutons and cheese from both items at the time I ordered it I was able to reduce the calories from 560 to 360 & the fat grams from 15 to 0.5!!!!  .5 GRAMS OF FAT!!!! HOW FREAKING AMAZEBALLS IS THAT!?!?!?!?!?!  I was so proud of myself.  And this was a good amount of food.  I was totally full by the time I was done……YES, Virginia there is a Santa Clause!!!  WOOHOO…..gotta go get my dinner ready….back in a bit. 🙂


07/02/2012 July 2, 2012

Filed under: Daily Check In — reborn2shine @ 8:10 am

Still don’t have air condtioning in the house, so I woke up this morning to 89 degrees in my living room.  Not very good considering that is where I do my working out in the morning.  The dogs are miserable, I am miserable, and I am ready to kill my property manager.  I hope they don’t expect me to pay my rent today with a smile on my face.  Cause that just ain’t gonna happen.

Breakfast this morning was somewhat of a suprise.  I had the new Kashi “Autumn Wheat”  and it was quite good.  I am usually not a Kashi fan because to me it screams of cardboard, but i really liked it. 

I am following the “Reshape America” carb cycling plan.  This seems like a good choice for me as it should help take the weight off without throwing my body into shut-down & store mode, which has always been my problem in the past.  Plus……added bonus…..Chris Powell runs Reshape America and he is the perfect eye candy to keep my spirits up everyday.


Snack time is in 40 mins and I am looking forward to some tuna w/ lemon & some sliced peppers with a whole wheat tortilla…..AND THAT’S JUST THE SNACK!!!!


I am having Garlic Chicken and whole grain poasta for lunch…that should be pretty awesome too.


I will check in later to let you know how they day is going.


Toodles 🙂


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