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My First Video Blog

Monday, March 25, 2013


This is my first go at a video blog! My next blog will be in the written form with lots of pics from the weekend wedding festivites!

Good Day Sparkville

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/1/2013 10:18AM

    lol, I loved this! :-D That's nuts that you had to run that gauntlet of sleeplessness, though clearly you managed to survive, lol. I've seen your most recent video, when you hit your goal weight, so I've had a voice and character behind your writing for awhile, still I had to come check out your first kick at the video can when you mentioned it on my recent attempt. Gonna go watch your other ones now, hope you're having an awesome day!!!

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LADYSMITHC 3/27/2013 9:11AM

    WOW! Up for 25 hours ...I'd be exhausted too, especially after a wedding. I love the v logs. So much fun to see others. I'm new to this and not brave enough yet! Keep up your updates and THANK YOU!

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SKAHONEY4U 3/25/2013 4:57PM

    Wow, you look exhausted! Get some sleep, guy!

I just wanted to comment about two things: First, you realize that there is absolutely NO scientific evidence that "detoxing" does anything helpful, and in fact can harm you, right? It is one of the worst nutrition pseudo-science fads out there! I highly discourage you doing this.

BR>A nice reference to back myself up!

Secondly, why are you trying out vegetarian? Now, I am not going to try to discourage you against this, but I am wondering... why? In this vlog you mention a challenge, but I feel there must be much better things you could do to challenge yourself, like maybe, train for a 5k/1/2 marathon. I myself was a vegetarian from age 11 to 25. Do you have a good plan to get in all of the protein that you need, especially with your rigorous workouts? A TON of foods have animal by-products in them that you don't realize. A mistake I made was assuming vegetarian would be healthier, which it can be, but you have to be careful as a lot of vegetarians turn into "carb-atarians." What type of vegetarian willl you be? I know some people who consider themselves vegetarians but still eat fish (which drives me nuts btw!). What about eggs or gelatin? Humans are omnivores, we are supposed to eat meat, that's why we have the teeth that we have.

Anyway, I just wanted to make sure you were planing accordingly. There is a women in my lab who keeps going on all these fad diets (diet as in what you eat, not to lose weight). First she was a "vegetarian" because her 10 year old daughter wanted to be- but I've seen her eat pepperoni pizza. Now she dropped that and is going gluten-free like it makes her cool. I have a close friend who has celiac's disease, and it's so offensive to her this woman going on and on about being gluten-free. Anyway /rant off. I just blogged on your blog!

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STR458 3/25/2013 11:54AM

    yeah BradM' for catching my attention! I like seeing who's talking... and as was said somewhere in comments already you are camera ready... please vlog again soon !


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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 3/25/2013 10:57AM

    Great video blog Brad! Thanks for sharing with us.

You have worked so hard for so long. I know your motto is "Every Damn Day just Do It." However, life is to be LIVED, and every now and then a little celebration should be enjoyed, guilt free. This includes resting when you need to rest. Today you're gonna start pumping out the steam again. Period. That's who you are and what you do now. You are strong enough to enjoy life's celebrations and not let it derail you. I have watched your progress with awe.

Third shift has got to be a bear. Not only coordinating your life with the rest of the sleeping world, but trying to overcome those feelings that you just might be turning into a bat. emoticon Not really, but you know what I mean. A nocturnal life is a difficult one to get our bodies to accept. You get extra points for thriving despite the additional stressors from your work schedule.

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KRAZYDEA 3/25/2013 10:56AM

    I am going to do a 3 day detox aswell, whenever i can get a juicer because that is one of the great way to detox your body and get all the bad out, drink the fruits and drink lots of greens. So you going to a vegitarian diet by your choice or something you feel you have to do? Because you know fish and chicken breast has good source of protein right? lol anyways good luck with all of it, wishing you best of luck on your success and staying awake on those 3rd shifts :)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/25/2013 7:26AM

    I think you looked "camera ready" don't sweat it! 3rd shift is hard, kudos to you for functioning, especially after a weekend out of town. Good luck with the vegitarianism. The closest I ever came was a 10 day juice fast.... I loved doing it, I loved the way it made me feel, but I love steak too = ) Can't wait to see the pics of you and your Bond Girls!

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Kitchen Adventures of Chef Boyar 'B' III

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Is This The Swedish Chef's Last Blog Appearance?

As you may know from the first two installments of the "Chef Boyar 'B'" series, the Swedish Chef is my culinary hero! The original Iron Chef! But after this, the third installment of my series, I am considering not bringing him back for future blogs. This may surprise some, but let's be real folks, dude is kind of a liability in the kitchen. He makes a big mess, I don't understand what he is saying, and he is a bit of a culinary diva. If you think I am wrong, and you would like to see the Chef make a return in the future, feel free to voice your opinions in the comment section. Thank you.

Now, on to the real "meat" of the blog. Get what I did there? I'm punny...

Yes, welcome to the third installment in the Chef Boyar 'B' blog series! You know what this means right? The Chef Boyar 'B' blog series joins some pretty elite company amongst the great trilogies of our time!

Who could ever forget the classic Godfather trilogy...

Then along came the fun trilogy, Back To The Future...

Who could ever forget the great trilogy...

Wait...what? Oh, for the love of Justin Bieber! Who ever gave the green light to make 3 Look Who's Talking Movies? Somebody got fired. Just sayin.

In my 'Cornucopia' blog the other day, I mentioned that I was going to give being a vegetarian a try. That starts on April 1st so until then, I will have some chicken and turkey and will share them with you in blog form.

My first thing this week is Crockpot Soy Honey Chicken.

cooking in the crockpot & after it was done

1 1/2 lb of chicken tenderloin, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 3/4 cup honey, 1TB olive oil, 1 tsp onion powder, 2 cloves garlic (minced), 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Put frozen chicken in crockpot and poured the other ingredients (minced together) over the top. Cooked on low over night.

I also made some brown rice and combined the two. Let me tell you, this is THE BEST chicken dish I have made so far! SOOOOO GOOOOOOD!

Roasted Red Potatoes

Cut up 2 lbs of red potatoes. Microwave in water for 20 minutes to soften potatoes. Strain. Mix with olive oil, pepper, oregano, basil, onion powder, garlic powder, hot sauce, and a pinch of parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 60 minutes on 350.

These potatoes turned out really well! They had a lot of flavor. You could always leave out the hot sauce for something more mild.

Pineapple Angel Food Cake

So simple! Mix one box of angel food cake and one 20oz can of pineapple tidbits. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. NO FAT! REALLY GOOD! It is soft and full of flavor! A good alternative if you are really craving cake.

Pineapple Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothies

Blend pineapple, strawberries, coconut almond milk, vanilla greek yogurt, and oatmeal. Probably the second best smoothie I have made to the pineapple orange oatmeal smoothie. I will definitely make these again!

That was pretty much how I spent my Saturday night. In the kitchen, being creative! Could be worse, right? Had a great weekend, experimenting in the kitchen and embracing the possibilities! And don't forget about the fate of the Swedish Chef!

Good Day Sparkville!

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SKINNIKKI 3/22/2013 9:02AM

    Why oh Why am I just now discovering your blogs. I've been missing the Swedish Chef? GET OUT!!!!

We have a fondness for all things Muppets in my house...Wocka Wocka!!

And your recipes - food porn. Thanks for sharing! I'll have to keep an eye out for you and your recipes. I follow low carb but I can convert lots of things when given an idea!

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/19/2013 5:03PM

    Enjoyed the Swedish Chef's appearance. I'm just starting smoothies. Will definitely try yours.

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HAPPYERIN 3/19/2013 3:28PM

    What, do away with Swedish Chef? He's the epitome of fun in the kitchen! (Even if he does make a mess, throws pots and pans, and has no eyes.) But, this is your blog not his, so maybe you should make your own mascot, haha!

That chicken sounds mighty good! I'm always looking for good crock pot recipes -- healthy eating is so much easier when you can make the cooking easy too! Actually, all three of your recipes sound tasty. I love smoothies, I really do, but I will shamefully admit that I tend to NOT make them because of having to clean the blender. Yes, I am blender lazy. But part of it too is that smoothies seem to fill me up at the time but don't necessarily hold me long enough. Maybe I'm not trying the right ones -- how does this one do for ya? Might have to give it a go!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 3/19/2013 10:40AM

    MMMMMMMM! I have grown very fond of my crockpot. We have developed an intimate relationship. In the morning we have a little chat time and in the evening when I return from work, it whispers sweet nothings in my.....nose?

Okay, that doesn't quite sound right, but you know what I mean. Looking forward to trying the Crockpot Soy Honey Chicken. And I'm already plotting and planning cupcakes with the Angel Food Cake/Pineapple. I'm up to my eyeballs in smoothies these days. Smoothie phases come and go. I'll drink them in the morning til I can't take it anymore. Then on to something else for a while. I recently started adding cooked (and cooled) oatmeal to my smoothies. I really like the texture difference and flavor boost. This morning was pineapple/raspberry/banana. Pretty tasty.

I am a recovering food blog addict. I know we have SparkRecipes available, but that doesn't really cut it for me. I like your food blogs because it fills that void in my life! (And best yet, the recipes are healthy). I love to see the pictures and descriptions. It is like putting a face to a name on here. Some of us are very visually oriented. You don't have to post them very often, if you don't want. But I enjoy reading them. All Hail Chef Boyar "B"!

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LISAMG1220 3/19/2013 9:18AM

    Everytime I see a picture of the swedish chef I laugh out loud. I can hear him singing his little song. bork.... bork..... bork..... Love it. The food looks yummy. I am going to make the cake recipe and take it to my weight loss class soon. We have a few people that think they have to eat food they do not like to eat healthier. You and I know better. Healthy eating does not mean bland, boring or blah! BTW... I did not see that a color run was coming to Louisville until I got super excited about the one in Lebanon So I think I will do both! I am asking my family for the registrations as a birthday gift. :)

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Day 315: A Cornucopia

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Golden Cornucopia. You want it, but you can't have it!

Not really sure it will be considered a cornucopia, but I do have a few things to cover in this blog. Let's be honest here, I really just wanted to use the word cornucopia. I mean, you literally need a cornucopia of cornucopia's in your life! Am I right? Hopefully this first paragraph let you meet your allotment of cornucopia's for the day. If not, you better go seek some higher power cornucopia! God speed my friend.

Now that we have that out of the way, let us discuss weight loss. More specifically, mine. I know it seems a bit narcissistic, but after all, it is my blog. With my weigh-in yesterday (down 2 lbs.), I have now lost 142.9 lbs. in 315 days. Those numbers really mean a couple of things to me.

One, I can't believe that I am actually able to type on here that I have lost 142.9 lbs! I mean, I knew it was possible but I didn't! Know what I mean? I am now only 23.6 lbs. away from reaching my original goal! That also seems really hard to believe!

Two, I am only 50 days away from 1 year! Just 50!

That 50 number is the one that really has me thinking. Do you want to know what I am thinking? (You guys are always so wonderful and always want to know) I am wondering if I can hit my goal number by day 365? Could I hit my goal within 1 year of starting this crazy thing? Is that possible?

The answer is, YES! Of course I can. It is just under 1/2 pound a day. That is totally doable, right? Yea, but...

Isn't there always a "yea, but?" In this case, it isn't a bad "yea, but?" It really isn't. It would be #SuperWonderfulFantastic to make my goal within 365 days, but if I don't, I won't stress over it. I won't lose any sleep. I know that I will be really close to it by then, so what does it matter if it takes me 375 or 385 days? Doesn't mean I don't hope to make it by 365, it just means that I am being realistic about it!

I said a cornucopia, so let us cover some other things.

Not Joking.

I am thinking about going vegetarian. Well, not so much thinking about it, but more like I am going to try it for a month starting April 1st. I am really into challenging myself these days, so I thought that going vegetarian would be an interesting challenge. I figure, try it for a month and see how I like it. See how it makes me feel. We'll see, and I'm sure I will keep you updated on how that goes.

Took this myself the other night! Nice, right?

Our Rec basketball season is over :( We lost our first playoff game on Thursday night by 2 points, season over! I really wish we could have gotten the W and gotten at least one more game in. But the basketball experience for me was fantastic! It was a lot of fun and another good challenge for myself! No way I could have even considered playing basketball with all of the running a year ago, but now I want more! Looking forward to playing again!

Bringing The Fight!

Last thing for today, Les Mills Ultimate Warrior Combat Hybrid workout. Say that 5 times fast, I dare ya! I am done with the first 14 days of the 60 day workout plan. I have to say, I am loving the program. I have been sore for the first time in many months! It is the good kind of sore that means I am working some new muscles! Plus I have lost 8.8 lbs. in the first 14 days, so you can't argue those results. Really looking forward to see what the next 46 days can do for me!

Bring It On Connery!

Ok, I lied, one more thing. Picking up my tux this week for my cousins wedding next Saturday. Looking forward to getting some good pics with my girls (they are the flower girls). Might even sneak in a James Bond type pose or three ;)

Embrace The Possibilities

Good Day Sparkville

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/17/2013 7:34AM

    Ok, LOVED the cornucopia thing, lol! Next HOW did you lose 142lbs in less than a year. Seriously, YOU should be writing a book... SO not kidding! I so badly want you to meet your goal, how amazing would that be?!? Can't wait to see the tux pics, especially with those lovely Bond girls by your side ; )

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LISAMG1220 3/16/2013 10:31PM

    Great blog my friend! Your success is such a strong motivator for me. You are doing an awesome job! I am so happy and proud for you! You rock!!!!!

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STEELKICKIN 3/16/2013 7:58PM

    You are the biggest example of what a determined mind can accomplish! All I can do is sit here and smh. (Thank you for teaching me what that means, lol.) But I'm smh-ing in a good way. You never cease to amaze me with your triumphs and positive attitude. Seriously, though??? Kiss you, you're a vegetarian??? Seriously?? I can KISS YOU??!! Lol...hey, let me tell you, my daughter is a vegetarian and she loves how it makes her feel. But you gotta eat alot, especially with the workouts you're doing to get the calories you need. And lots of beans and dark green veggies to get your IRON. She had a big problem with that when she first started. They wouldn't let her donate blood because her iron was so low. So be careful. But I'm sure you are researching that as I will make it a success just like you have everything else! :)

I want to be the first to get your Connery pose. PROMISE ME. Promise me, Brad, lol. And great basketball pic by the way. I did a similar shot with my motorcycle. I can imagine you lying on the basketball court taking that shot, lol! But it was worth it! You are definitely a photographer unlike your best friend!

I love you. You always make me smile. :)

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    315 days ago you started with a goal.

Not every goal is attainable. Sometimes because we need more time. Sometimes our sights are set too high. However, NO goal is attainable if we don't first set out to achieve it and take regular, proactive steps toward its completion. So many are overwhelmed by the seeming "impossibility" of reaching the goal and therefore self sabotage.

You set your goal. And took your first tentative steps forward. Not once did you look back and say, "I don't think I can..." The number on the scale is just a number. Your success so far has been amazing. Your determination--a force to be reckoned with. I have no doubt you will reach your goal weight. I would also bet money you reach your goal by your anniversary.

Good luck with the vegetarian trial period. I hope you like it and find it works for you.

Can't wait to see your 007 portfolio!

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MOTIV8N2LOSE 3/16/2013 6:28PM

    emoticon great blog..I'm a vegetarian and I know I feel great emoticon
emoticon Congratulations on your loss.. emoticon emoticon

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MERETONI 3/16/2013 1:29PM

    Wow! Congrats on the loss first, that is huge! You are so close to your goal. And becoming a vegetarian! I will send all my positive vibes your way that you will stick to it and enjoy it. You are much stronger than I, no way could I give up meat lol.

I looked into buying the Combat series. Looks like you are enjoying it and getting good results! Go you!

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More Adventures of Chef Boyar 'B' In The Kitchen

Friday, March 08, 2013

The Original Iron Chef

It has been awhile (far to long actually) since I got a blog on here about what I was doing in the kitchen. As some of you may know, I am really putting my culinary skills to the test as of late and trying to broaden my horizons a bit. I have been trying to infuse my diet with more vegetables and more variety! Who says eating clean and healthy has to be dull?

First, I wanted to give spaghetti squash a try. I have been wanting to give it a try for a long time now. Italian food is my favorite and spaghetti has always been near the top of the list for me among favorite foods. But let's be honest here, all of those noodles are carb city and that just doesn't work in my eating plan these days. Soooo, spaghetti squash it is!

spaghetti squash in the oven

It is really simple. Cut the squash in half. Brush some EVOO on the cut side, sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste, place face down on a pan, bake for 50 minutes on 400. Simple, right?

spaghetti squash is done

Once it is cooked, just take a fork and scrape out the insides. It really couldn't be easier. The texture isn't quite like noodles, but it is a great way to get in more veggies and nip that spaghetti craving in the butt!

Next up in the kitchen, spaghetti sauce. Makes sense right? Got to have some sauce to go with the spaghetti squash. So what should I do for sauce? Go to Trader Joe's or Kroger and buy some? PLEASE!!! Come on guys, this is Chef Boyar B we are talking about here! I am making my OWN! I started by roasting some red peppers in the oven...

Roasting Red Peppers

The sauce consists of roasted red peppers, 1 tbsp EVOO, 1 small onion chopped, 2 cloves garlic minced, 1 28oz can diced tomatoes, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, dash red pepper flakes, basil, 6 oz plain greek yogurt, and 1 lb of lean ground turkey.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Let me tell you, SOOO GOOD! Seriously! This sauce turned out really well and I will definitely make it again!

So what could I make after the homemade spaghetti sauce? Naturally, I went with the Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken. I know, you feel bad that you didn't guess that but hang in there, you'll have another chance shortly!

Homemade Honey Mustard and Crushed Sourdough Pretzels

I am not playing around here people! I made that honey mustard myself! Ok, I didn't go grab a bee hive or anything like that...don't get smart! But I did mix, 1/2 cup EVOO, 1/2 cup dijon mustard, 1/3 cup honey, 1/4 cup water, 3 tbsp red wine vinegar, salt, pepper. Blend together. Pretty easy and REALLY good!

Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken Done

I rolled the chicken in the honey mustard to give it a good coat, then rolled it in the pretzel crumbs. Cooked for about 45 minutes. This turned out really well flavor wise and the chicken stayed nice and moist. I will definitely make this again as well.

One more to share with you for the week. You know how I love my smoothies, so...this was your chance to guess! I feel like Alex Trebek asking about 16th century French Lit here guys! This week's smoothie, is better than 16th century French Lit. How about Pineapple Pear Oatmeal Smoothies...

Pineapple Pear Oatmeal Smoothies

Blend 1 can pineapple, 1 can pears, 18 oz vanilla greek yogurt, water, 1 cup coconut almond milk, and 1 1/2 cups of dry oatmeal. This smoothie turned out really good! Has a nice blend of flavors to it!

Making this food does take up a good chunk of time on my Sunday's, but it is really worth it in the end. It helps me plan my meals and helps steer me in the right direction to making good choices for my diet. Not to mention, it is kind of fun to try new things! Plus, I get a nice sense of accomplishment when I make something so healthy that turns out to be so good! Open your minds to new things and EMBRACE THE POSSIBILITIES!

Good Day Sparkville

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SKAHONEY4U 3/13/2013 4:22PM

    This meal looks amazing! I will try making it ALL once my thesis is done, and I have time to do things like cook...

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    What a great way to get creative in the kitchen! The smoothies sound interesting--unlike any I've had before. Have a great weekend!

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STEELKICKIN 3/8/2013 5:33PM

    I was just telling Bre that we needed to get some spaghetti squash, lol. I love it. It makes a nice lowfat "lasagna" dish too. :) What really caught my eye is the Pineapple Pear Oatmeal Smoothies...mmmmm. :) I am printing out your blog!

Thank you Chef Boyar B for yet another wonderful installment from your kitchen! Keep 'em coming!

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LISAMG1220 3/8/2013 11:29AM

    I really think you need to start your own healthy food delivery company. Chef Boy R B on wheels. :) I seriously need to be more dedicated with my meal planning. I know, I know I keep saying it.....Maybe it will stick this time!!!!!

Ok..... I am a pastaholic does Spag Squash fit the bill? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/8/2013 10:41AM

    All of your recipes look incredible! Thank you for sharing them. I'll definitely be trying my hand at them.

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SHRINKING_SARA 3/8/2013 10:26AM

    That spaghetti squash + sauce will be on my menu ASAP!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/8/2013 9:23AM

    All of this looks SOOO good! I'll have to give it a try, thanks for posting!

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LASKIE2 3/8/2013 6:21AM

    OMG! Thanks 4 the ideas & healthy recipes! What is EVOO? I've wanted 2 try Spaghetti Squash 4 a long time & the way u prepared it sounds yummy!

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P90x Is A Wrap! Sooo, What's Next?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

P90x Is Done!

I can now mark off P90x from my list of things that I wanted to accomplish along this journey of mine. I can't even count how many times I started P90x over the last few years, only to quit after a couple days or a week. Not this time! This time, it was 90 days up, and 90 days down! Ok, so it was 91 days (Sore back cost me a one day delay) but are we really going to knit-pick here? I'm not!

I thought P90x was a great program to do and I would recommend it to anyone! I don't think it is quite as high intensity as Insanity or Tap Out XT, but I enjoyed it! Of course, I did the P90x Lean program which is more about flexibility and cardio as opposed to strength training like Tap Out was. Flexibility has always challenged me so working on that was really good for me! I lost nearly 30 lbs. and 13 inches in the 90 days of P90x!

Here is what the last 8 months of my life has looked like...

That is 236 workouts that I did in 242 days! Insanity, Tap Out XT, and now P90x are all in the books! It has been a long journey but it is only the beginning! I am not done! I have not reached all of my goals! I have much bigger plans that I want to get to so stopping after P90x is not an option!

So what's next? The answer is...


Embrace The Possibilities

Good Day Sparkville

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BERGBA7 3/1/2013 2:32AM

    Awesome! Working out nearly every day for such a long time.. you must nicely crazy!
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Enjoy the journey and the next challenge!

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SKAHONEY4U 3/1/2013 1:13AM

    I am so impressed by you! Such dedication to make it through all of those! emoticon

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    Next stop: One hot body!

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EMMAEKAY 2/28/2013 8:45PM

    You kick BUTT!

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LISAMG1220 2/28/2013 7:58PM

    That is fantastic!! You are seriously hardcore!!! Rock on!

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