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Question about Body by Vi and other shakes

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

So, I have tons of friends selling Body by Vi. To me this is really just people reducing caloric intake, so they lose weight...which you can do with actual food anyway. BUT...I am one of those people who never eats breakfast. Would it be wise to use their shake or really any shake as a breakfast option only? Or can any of you suggest good on the go breakfast options?

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SIRABE10368 5/8/2013 9:13PM

    I with one of your previous posters with the shakes that are part of a MLM. I am not a huge fan and they seem like something I can mix myself at home. I typically drink a shake for breakfast though but it is my mixture of powdered greens, whey protein, frozen fruit and almond milk. Plus the nutritional content on them are not all that convincing for the price.

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RYDERB 5/8/2013 12:57PM

    Breakfast is the MOST important meal of the day, so you should work on changing that asap. You'll probably see your metabolism kick up a notch or two, just from that. I'm not a fan of any product that isn't "safe" enough to be sold in stores or is sold with the hype of getting you to become part of the sales team. That includes Beach Body Shakes. If you want to drink a shake you should look for a good non GMO pea protein powder and mix your own, with almond or coconut milk, fruit and veggies. The amount of chemicals and sweeteners in most shakes is crazy. Breakfast on the go for me, usually involves eggs. Hardboiled with a side of fruit, or veggie & fruit juice, or I'll make a Frittata with lots of veggies and meats, and then slice it up and freeze the pieces so that I can grab one, nuke it, eat it, and go. Good luck deciding on what to do, but no matter what you decide, eating something is better than skipping breakfast.
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CLPURNELL 5/7/2013 9:28PM

    I love breakfast so I am the wrong person to ask lol

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    hi! i make these banana oatmeal protein muffins that are only about 80 calories each and are super healthy. since i workout in the morning, i grab a muffin, eat in the car. it provides enough fuel for a grueling workout and then i have a protein shake immediately after. i do use a supplement shake - but usually between lunch and dinner - and i recommend a low cal one with a hunger suppressor. i think the shakes are good for "snacks" as long as they are low cal. hope this helps. i use ideal shape for right now for my snack shake since it has a hunger suppressor. make sure whatever shake you look at has less than 5 g of sugar per serving since sugar is the culprit for weight gain.

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BEBOP4ME 5/7/2013 1:46PM

    You could eat a fat free greek yogurt in the morning to get some great protein in to start your day. They do say if you eat breakfast, you are less likely to overeat later in the day.

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Oscars Workout Game

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The challenge for this week is to create a workout game and perform it twice this week. Since the Oscars comes on tonight, I decided to create one especially for it, and then I'll create another for later in the week. Mine is very simple or else I would not be able to remember what to do.

Everytime I hear:

Academy do 15 sec plank
Supporting do 10 Mountain Climbers
Actor do 10 Bicycle Crunches
Actress do 5 pushups
Best do 10 Jumping Jacks

I did strength training yesterday, and my legs are super sore...that's why I really don't have any leg work like squats included. Is anyone else doing something similar tonight?

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CLPURNELL 2/25/2013 8:57PM


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CASSIECAT 2/24/2013 5:31PM

    That'll be quite a workout!

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JCARDINAL 2/24/2013 2:26PM

    I think I'll join you!

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DRPOOH63 2/24/2013 11:10AM

    What a fun idea! Looks like it will be fun.

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LOSINGITNOW11 2/24/2013 10:15AM

    This is a great plan! Good luck!!

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RYDERB 2/24/2013 9:55AM

    emoticon OMG!!! You are going to get one heck of a workout in tonight with that plan. emoticon and emoticon I can't wait to find out which word is the hardest to keep up with, my guesses are Academy and Supporting because people will use those words in their thank you speeches too. I'm such a procrastinator, I have a feeling I'll be creating my game on Thursday emoticon

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Challenge Blog: A Little About Me

Friday, February 22, 2013

To be honest I never know what to say when someone says, "Tell me a little about yourself." So, I guess I'll just start rambling and see what happens lol! First, my name is Briana. Many of you already know I have a full time job, and I'm a full time graduate student. This means my time is very limited on most days. I've been on Spark for years, and my relationship with weight loss is very up and down. My main problem is motivation. Normally, I would say time, but to be honest I could find the time if I tried. Getting started is the hardest part for me. Once I get started I feel great, but actually waking up early, or delaying a tv show is actually hard for me. I'll tell myself, "You've had a hard day. You deserve some rest." I know what I really deserve is a healthy body, but it's hard.

Since the beginning of the year I've been off track. I think I stuck to my goals for 2-3 weeks. I want to get back into things. When I think back to when was I the happiest, when did I have the most energy, when did I have the most confidence? The answer is when I exercised consistently. Not necessarily because I was losing weight, but exercise just made me feel good...the endorphins I suppose. I felt like I was on top of the world. I felt like I was accomplishing something. The negative self talk barely existed. I was not anywhere near a goal weight, but I was okay with my body strictly because exercising gave me confidence. I want feel that way again. This should be motivation enough for me to get back on track. I have a plan, and I'm hoping to take things day by day, and get back where I was, and to make it last this time.

I guess I really have not told you very much about myself yet; I've just gone on a long rant about how I want/need to start exercising again lol! So, I guess I'll give you a list of things about me.

Tv Shows I watch: Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, New Girl, Spartacus, Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Vampire Diaries, Revenge, TrueBlood, Modern Family, Suburgatory, The Following, Grimm........Yeah, that's a lot of tv

Music I listen to: almost everything to be honest...I do not listen to a lot of rap or country, but I do have a little of each in my cd collection (I know...who buys cds anymore lol!) My favorite genre is definitely r&b, with jazz as a close second. Cds in my car right now are Robin Thicke, Joe, Michael Jackson, Chris Botti, Miles Davis, NeYo, Margin Gaye, Maroon 5, Matchbox 20, The Goodie Mob, and Luther Vandross. I do own an ipod, but I only use it for jogging. On my ipod is a lot of Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Calvin Harris, etc...basically anything upbeat, I don't care what kind of music it is as long as it gets me pumped up.

Fears: tornadoes, failure, heights, scary movies

Favorite Foods: Seafood, mac & cheese, bbq

Bad Habits: Biting my nails, I'm a people pleaser sometimes to the point that I do things I really don't want to do

Weird Habits: I cannot blow my nose in public

Favorite Exercise: Deadlifts

Most Hated Exercise: Walking Lunges, Burpees, really most cardio to be honest

I can't really think of anything else to add. I don't have an updated picture, because when you're not pleased with the way you look, you tend to shy away from pictures. Hopefully, I'll have a new pic soon!

Have a lovely day everyone!

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CLPURNELL 2/23/2013 4:37PM

    Great to get to know more about you! Start small. Go for walks or something like that don't feel like you have to do everything at once. little changes add up and make a difference!

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MELIBUG 2/23/2013 1:30AM

    Motivation is key; something made of gold. :)
We can do it!
Hugs ~ Melissa

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 2/22/2013 10:09PM

    I feel the same way about really makes a difference.

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ARW715 2/22/2013 7:49PM

    Great blog post! Thanks for sharing!

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JCARDINAL 2/22/2013 6:30PM

    My son always tells me I'm the only one left in the world who buys CD's. We are going to rock this challenge !! emoticon

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BAMAROSE 2/22/2013 2:14PM

  Great post, it was nice to learn about you!!!!

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REVIVED 2/22/2013 12:03PM

    I'm the same way about exercising. Hate actually doing it but that's when I feel the best. Hope you find that motivation soon

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MOMMIE2FAITH 2/22/2013 11:46AM

    OMG - emoticon Blog!
It's so good to see you back Briana! Good Luck - we all can take baby steps each day and achieve our goals!


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SKINNIESOMEDAY 2/22/2013 11:33AM

    Good to hear these things about you !! You will find your groove soon ... so hang in there ! I am still REELING from the ending of Downton Abbey this season !! So NOT happy with them for that !!
We will rock 2013 !!

Keep on keeping on


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ZIRCADIA 2/22/2013 10:47AM

    Deadlifts really ARE the bomb, aren't they? I need to do them again. *sigh* the fact that you like Robin Thick, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, and Maroon 5 is a good sign. :) I can't comment too much on the rest cause I don't love Matchbox 20, haven't listened to enough of everyone else. But yay! :D Good musics. I also bite my nails.... I do it less now but still sometimes.

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RYDERB 2/22/2013 10:28AM

    Great blog Briana! I'm so proud of you! I hope this new Springing season, and the warmer weather helps you (well all of us) stay on track, feel fabulous, and make the progress we want.
Let's do this! We can and we WILL get this DONE!
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Go Bahama Mamas!

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Yearly Measurements...not good at all

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Weight and Inches Since 2009

Starting Weight-------02/??/09-249.0
First 2010 Weigh In--01/04/10-228.4
First 2011 Weigh In--01/01/11-243.6
First 2012 Weigh In--01/01/12-227.8
First 2013 Weigh In--01/02/13-237.2

Starting Total Inches----02/??/09-285.00
First 2010 Total Inches-03/02/10-274.25
First 2011 Total Inches-01/01/11-282.25
First 2012 Total Inches-01/01/12-269.0
First 2013 Total Inches-01/02/13-276.5

So, I'm not pleased, but I know I didn't put in the work. I started off 2012 doing really well, because I was already in the middle of a program. By Jan 2012 I had been working out pretty consistently since June 2011. I just really have to buckle down and want a better life for excuses. I'm not at my heaviest weight, but I am so out of shape. Two flights of stairs and I feel winded. I remember this time last year, I was jogging all 7 flights of stairs at my job with no problem. I feel worse about my physical activity than I do about the scale, to be honest. I remember how proud I was to be able to do burpees, pushups, jogging 30 min nonstop, etc. I want that feeling back! I am going to use that as my motivation. I'm going to sit down and come up with a few goals for myself that will get me back on track. I'll probably come back and edit this post when I have them all sorted out.

I wish everyone a fantastic year!

1 Week From Now (1/9/13)
-10 glasses of water a day (I'm currently getting in 6-8, so hopefully this will not be too hard)
-Pantry and Refridgerator Revamp (I have to get rid of the junk and replace it with better options)
-3 days with at least 30 min of working out (I don't care what it is. I just want to be moving.)

4 Weeks From Now (1/30/13)
-Lose Something (I want to see a lower number in total inches and lbs. I know it's only 4 weeks, so I'm not expecting anything drastic...simply just a lower number.)
-Start a jogging plan (I have to get back to jogging. After getting started I really enjoyed it. I want to get back to that. I'm not sure what plan I'll use, because I really didn't like C25K. I might end up using it anyway though.)
-Try 1 new healthy food and 1 new exercise (This is something I hope to continue every month throughout the year.)
-5 non-modified pushups ( This is really depressing, because I was doing over 30 in the spring of last year. I can currently do 3, so if I stay dedicated I should be able to eek out 2 more in 4 weeks.)

2012 Goals
-5k under 35 min (I did one under 40 min last year)
-jog a half marathon (There's one locally in March, but I know there is NO WAY I'll be able to complete that one. I eyeing one in Chattanooga in October that I skipped last year.)
-1 new healthy food per month
-1 new exercise/activity per month
-30 pushups
-under 200 lbs

I tried to make goals that are attainable and not too outrageous if I stay committed.

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RYDERB 1/3/2013 3:54PM

    Sounds like a great plan! You can do it! Just take it one day at a time.
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SARASMILING 1/3/2013 5:27AM

    It's not the end, it's only the beginning!! WE CAN DO THIS!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JCARDINAL 1/2/2013 6:37PM

    Great goals!! You'll be doing those burpees in no time! emoticon emoticon

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CLPURNELL 1/2/2013 5:20PM

    Focus on the work the rest will follow!


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AWOLF24 1/2/2013 11:13AM

    Sounds like a fantastic reasonable plan with attainable goals... emoticon emoticon

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ARW715 1/2/2013 9:37AM

    You can do it!

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STARKSTRONG 1/2/2013 8:04AM

    I wish you a great year, too! emoticon

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Quick Blog

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I have not been very active.
I have not eaten well.
I have gained weight.

That pretty much sums up what I've been doing health & wellness wise since the last time you heard from me. On the plus side, I've started grad school. On the minus side, I am more stressed out now than I ever was as an undergrad. I have to read 4-5 books every week, plus anywhere from 1-3 papers a week. On top of that I am still working a full time job. Like I said...STRESSED!

I know I feel better when I exercise, so I am going to commit to 10 min. I know that sounds like nothing, but I am so utterly exhausted that 10 min will probably be a struggle. I am hoping that after my 10 min are up I will want to continue. Either way, I will definitely do the 10 minutes. I'll also drink 8 glasses of water. I currently average about 6.

That is all. I just had to put that out there so that I will have some kind of accountability. I hope to be able to give an update next week.

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 11/28/2012 3:31PM

    I TOTALLY feel ya!! Not in a grad program or anything but LOTS going on with a full-time job to top it off! I think committing to the 10 minutes is a great goal considering all you have going on right now.

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NIKI8911 11/21/2012 8:46AM

    Awww girl, way to go on Grad school you're definitely working your butt off. You have to start back somewhere and I think you have a great plan. I would like to reiterate what Christi (62nvon) posted in a blog a few weeks ago, SIMPLY DO YOUR BEST!

Hope you a get a little time to yourself to enjoy the holiday!

Glad to see you back too!


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JCARDINAL 11/20/2012 6:38PM

    Glad you're back Bre, I've missed you!! 10 minutes is a good start, it sounds like you have your hands full. Good Luck!!

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LEAELLEN07 11/20/2012 3:21PM

    Love the attitude! 10 minutes is always better than 0 minutes!

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NESSAGIRL67 11/20/2012 12:01PM

    Hang in there! 10 minutes sounds great and it's definitely good that you are able to make some time to do something. You can do it! Keep pushing. emoticon emoticon

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MIDROAD 11/20/2012 7:41AM

    Wow graduate school with a full time job I can't even begin to wrap my mind around the energy and commitment that must take....
10 minutes sounds wonderful. How's your nutrition? If I may, a green smoothie in the morning might be a quick energizing boost. Fruits, greens and some protein powder.

Well best wishes to you in all your endeavors.

Be sure to be nice to yourself cus you're amazing!


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MAGGIE101857 11/20/2012 6:34AM

    You do have a full platter - no wonder you have gained a few. I'm always "surprised" when a day goes by and I haven't even fit in 10 minutes of true exercise. You have set realistic goals - good for you! Maybe you can do some of that reading while you are on the treadmill!!

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SARASMILING 11/20/2012 6:08AM

    10 minutes sounds great and definitely better than nothing! So proud of you! Not many could do what you're doing. Definitely eat healthy right now to keep you going. You're awesome!
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