Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fell off the band wagon

So, it happened.

We stopped working out.

I've been too embarrassed to tell you until now, but I want to be completely honest with you all. We've had about a month hiatus, and have picked back up just in the past couple days.

It all started when I got sick. Then Maze. Then me again. Then we had VBS. Then we just sat around and were lazy. All excuses. Not good. SO not good.

During our time off, though, we started eating much better than we were.

My friend, V, is a track coach for one of the local colleges and just recently had a baby boy. I made him a quilt, 'member??

Anyway, she's amazing and healthy and even though her son is only two months old, she's already lost ALL OF HER BABY WEIGHT! WHAT?! Who does that?!

She does, of course. Because she's amazing, as I mentioned.

She eats (and now Brent and I do too) every two to three hours. Each micro meal is made up of protein and something else. Grain. Veggie. Fruit. We try to mix it up. Mostly, we have cut our carbs by a lot, which hasn't been as difficult as I thought it would be, and we've increased our protein intake. Muscle Milk makes these great little individual shakes (chocolate, of course!) that have 20g of protein and only 150 calories. They have been a lifesaver for us! Grab and go is totally our style, and for me, the protein is the hardest to plan for, so it works well.

Here's a breakdown of what we'll be munching on this week:


-Egg whites
-Fresh fruit smoothies


-Wraps made of low-carb tortillas, lettuce, tomato, sliced deli ham, fat-free cream cheese

Snacks/other meals:

-Veggies (sweet peppers, French green beans, broccoli, baby carrots)
-Fruit (Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, watermelon, peaches, bananas, oranges, grapes)
-String cheese
-Muscle Milk


-Veggie and egg scramble


-BBQ at my mom's
-Pot Roast
-Green chile

We watch our portion sizes, never overeating, but we eat when we're hungry. It's been amazing. I feel so energetic since starting this! V said she lost 5 pounds her first week eating like this and Brent lost 4! I never actually weighed myself because I was too lazy to put new batteries in the scale, so I can't tell you how much I lost, but I CAN tell you I am feeling GREAT.

Oh, and bonus: I've been wearing size 12 jeans. When I started this journey, I was in a size 16. If I'm being completely honest, I'm on the high end of that 12, but the fact I can put on some of my old clothes seriously makes me want to do back flips!

But then I figure I would pull something and make a fool of myself... so I won't.

I really appreciate all the encouragement over the past couple months. Please, if you're thinking about me, shoot me an email! It reminds me to be on top of things!



  1. Amazing good progress. I love my carbs so that would be such a hard diet for me. But really impressed as you seem to have changed lifestyle rather than gone on a diet.

  2. Confused. Is your daughter Clara or Maze?

  3. Congratulations! I've been having a tough time sticking with the gym, too - I'll do well for a few weeks, then I got sick, or I got more work done on my tattoo (and yoga/dancercise type stuff doesn't go well when your leg feels like it's on fire!)... but I was so surprised this morning after a "Balletone" class (it would more appropriately be named "torture set to dance beats," were it up to me) to step on the scale and see that I was down a few pounds! None of my clothes fit any differently, really, but it still made me happy. Keep up the good work!!

  4. Yay! Congrats to you! I really need to start eating better but I really don't think I can give up my carbs. I love pasta and mashed potatoes, I could eat them everyday for the rest of my life. Thankfully I am blessed with a high metabolism and breastfeeding helps a ton (although the little pooch I have left from birthing twins plus one... well that one I need to work on). I need to get the Wii hooked up and get that Zumba disk going, I just never have the time.

  5. woohoo, feeling good is half the battle, keep those endorphins going -- as a reward, check your mailbox thursday there mayyy be something coming from me :)

  6. I just jumped on the wagon today. I'm tired of the cat making biscuits on me and reminding me how squishy I've become.

  7. Edamame, String cheese??? You are so foreign!!
    Well done though - I need to pull my finger out (of the pie) if I don't want to scare people when we head to the beach in August!

  8. Well done danny! I lost 3 stone eating that way after I read a suzanne sommers book. I've put it all on since having kids but I know it'll come off again! Keep at it :)

  9. Congratulations on getting back into the swing of things! Hope it all continues to go well! =D

  10. Woohoo... go girlfriend!! Thanks for sharing this plus all those meal ideas, it has got me thinking!!

  11. As Dori would say, "Just keep swimming...just keep swimming". ;)

  12. I had been wondering how the working out was going ;o) So happy for you!

    2 months? Argh, these people make me sick!

  13. Sounds great! And to be honest, when it's super hot I wouldn't want to work out either!!!

  14. Chill. I've just seen the photos of you in the last post and you are looking fabulous. You are doing something right!


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