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Sexy Breakfasts Really Work

Monday, January 03, 2011

Last night I had a bout of insomnia. A bad one. And for no good reason. So when I woke up late this morning I faced a choice: rush through my morning and get to work on time or take my time, do things right, and get to work late. The choice was further complicated by my desire to start the year out right. Do I focus on health and fitness or on being a good employee?

Well, let's see. I got promoted last year and won't get promoted this year. I still have more responsibilities than I get paid for. And I've decided that I want to get to my goal weight this year, which means taking fitness much more seriously. So emoticon work! Sexy breakfast it is!

I pulled on my workout clothes, gathered my free weights and a kitchen chair, and did the Day 3 ST routine of the 28-day bootcamp. I only did one rep, but I did it. And that's what counts. I celebrated by wearing my favorite pink dress, sexy boots, and cashmere sweater. (It's impossible to have a bad day while wearing pink, sexy boots, and cashmere.)

Then I prepped my breakfast (Einstein Bros. good grains bagel and reduced fat honey almond cream cheese with some coffee) and snacks (fruit and yogurt). I didn't pack my lunch because I ran out of room in my lunchbox and know that the cafeteria has good, healthy choices.

So guess what? I sauntered into work only 15 minutes late, with a workout under my belt and healthy food in tow. This set the tone for my whole day. I made a good choice at lunch (broiled cod with broccoli and roasted potatoes) and ate my fruit for a snack. Stuff that would have made me climb the walls on most days rolled off my back today. And now I'm off to the gym for a cardio workout.

Hooray for sexy breakfasts! I'm going to have to do them more often!


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MARIE_S 1/26/2011 4:24PM

    What a great idea!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 1/4/2011 12:27AM

    I have "buy cashmere sweater" on my weight loss rewards list!

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-FEMALE- 1/3/2011 9:30PM

    GO YOU!!! You're amazing!!!

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JDALE528 1/3/2011 6:34PM

    Loved your story! Congrats to you, I completely agree about the boots and cashmere ;)

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SROUS1340 1/3/2011 6:31PM

    Woo Hoo for you! I got day 1 done and am feeling real good!

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WELSTEACH 1/3/2011 6:29PM

    What a great start to a day! Just think what you can accomplish.

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KITHKINCAID 1/3/2011 6:28PM

    Woohoo! Sounds great! I had a sexy breakfast AND lunch today too. Going home to do Bootcamp Day 2 and my cardio and make a Sexy Dinner :)

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Starting Over Starts Now (2011 Goals)

Monday, December 27, 2010

December was a total wash. I didn't lose but I didn't gain. I didn't watch what I ate or exercise much at all, so this is a miracle. However, I'm getting tired of feeling sluggish. So this lackadaisical attitude ends right here and now. The New Year starts now; there's no sense in waiting another week to get started. emoticon

This year I need to push harder and achieve more. 20 pounds is good, but I know I can do better. In fact, I'm aiming for double that. And some other stuff. emoticon

2011 Goals:

emoticon Lose 40 pounds by December 31, 2011.

emoticon Shrink to the point that my hats and gloves aren't the only size S/M in my wardrobe.

emoticon Do 1,000 fitness minutes a month.

emoticon Complete C25K program.

emoticon Raise every indicator in the MicroFit test to "fit" or "excellent."

emoticon Do 3 strength training sessions a week.

emoticon Blog once a week on SP.

emoticon Get 6 Perfect Attendance awards on SP.

emoticon Get more active on the Determination & Accountability Team.

emoticon Complete one challenge on SP.

emoticon Cross one thing off my bucket list.

emoticon Finish all the knitting projects in the Unfinished Object (UFO) cabinet.

emoticon Knit Christmas gifts for all my family members.

emoticon Burn CDs of wedding pictures and print a photo book.

emoticon Beat all my Ravin' Rabbids games.

emoticon Read one book a month.

emoticon Wear one "special garment" for my husband a month.

emoticon Do a monthly goal check-in blog.

January Goals:

emoticon Find or build a strength training workout I can do at home.

emoticon Do two cardio and one ST workout while in the Dominican Republic.

emoticon Don't gain weight while in the Dominican Republic.

emoticon Drop to 179 pounds.

emoticon Do 1,000 fitness minutes a month.

emoticon Do 3 strength training sessions a week.

emoticon Blog once a week on SP.

emoticon Huddle with the Determination & Accountability Team every day.

emoticon Participate in Determination & Accountability monthly weigh-in and fitness minutes challenge.

emoticon Make significant progress on one large project or finish a small project in the UFO cabinet.

emoticon Cast on one Christmas present.

emoticon Read one book.

emoticon Wear one "special garment" for my husband a month.

emoticon Do a monthly goal check-in blog.

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 12/29/2010 12:11AM

    Great goals! You're a very organized lady!


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MJMONE 12/28/2010 12:28AM


you've really thought these out..motivates me..thanks for sharing!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 12/27/2010 8:20PM

    You can do it!!! Great goals, and I have a ST DVd that I totally recommend, it's called "Personal Training with Jackie - Xtreme Timesaver training", it's with celebrity trainer Jackie Warner, Spark did a review on it a few months ago and I purchased it then for about $10 on amazon, it is great! She combines cardio w/ ST which is supposed to be more effective, and it only takes about 20 minutes.

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-FEMALE- 12/27/2010 6:43PM

    You're so right!! Why wait until the New Year! Lets get back to it NOW. I LOVE your goals, I'm definitely adding some of those to my list.

Happy Holidays!!

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PERSONALTRNR 12/27/2010 5:32PM

    Awesome!! We're with you all the way!

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KITHKINCAID 12/27/2010 5:19PM

    Way to go Jen! We got your back!

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ZZYYGGY 12/27/2010 5:02PM

    great goals. You can do it.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010


emoticon Pick any 5 things to measure that you will measure again on New Year's Day.

A. Weight 185.4
B. Days I stay in my calorie range per week: 5
C. Days I get my heart rate up to 125 for at least 30 minutes: 4
D. Waist Measurement: 35.5
E. Thigh Measurement: 24.25

emoticon Declare yourself. Do so by choosing one or more of the following.

A. I declare myself independent from imminent failure, guilt, and pressure. I will reward consistent effort even if my measurements do not budge. I will not beat myself up for one setback but instead get right back on the horse.
B. I will post a current body shot.
C. I will post an even better profile picture of myself.
D. I will redo my sparkpage with flair and determination. Freshen it up. Because I'm done with the tired same old same old.

emoticon Make the decision that no matter how many times you fall in December, you wont wait 24-48 hours to make up for it. Make sure your next act, after falling, is standing up straight. Immediately. State one victory you have already had today.

I told the "empty" cupboard and fridge to suck it. DH and I have been on vacation and therefore haven't gone grocery shopping in two weeks. So we've been eating out a lot and my choices have been pretty lousy. This morning I decided there were probably more edibles available than I thought and raided the pantry and fridge. I found frozen homemade whole wheat pumpkin muffins; yogurt; smoothies; fresh apples, pears, and clementines; jarred artichokes, dried cherries, cheese, turkey, and even some spinach that I made into a salad. (DH says the spinach is a Hannukah miracle because there's no logical explanation for why it's still fresh.) I loaded the aforementioned into a grocery bag and will munch on it all day. Suck it, cafeteria and vending machines! I also found some dried goods and frozen chicken to turn into a crock pot dinner for tonight. Suck it, bad food choices!

Also, I avoided Cherry Coke Zero's siren call and instead opted for black tea. Suck it again, vending machine!

emoticon Tell me what you are absolutely going to do right today.

I am going to do my first session with the personal trainer this afternoon.
I am going to have a healthy crock pot dinner tonight.
I am not going to eat too much dessert and blow my calorie budget. Suck it, TOM. You're sticking to the plan.

THEN I will lounge on the couch like a potato because I was victorious TODAY. Oh, and keep working on knitted Christmas presents.
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MONKEYSNUFFER 12/2/2010 12:42AM

    I wish I could join this seems so fun!

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KITHKINCAID 12/1/2010 4:37PM

    Good for you for finding the healthy stuff!!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 12/1/2010 3:06PM

    You've GOT THIS girl!!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 12/1/2010 2:50PM

    You've got a great plan for December!

Love the Hannukah miracle too! Sounds like your hubby has a great sense of humour.

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Packing Win

Thursday, November 18, 2010

DH and I are leaving for an anniversary cruise on Saturday. So today I started packing. He's at work today and I'm not, so I started by packing the things I don't want him to see: his anniversary present, my fancy "special garments" and my formal dresses.

The formal dresses always give me trouble. Last year I bought two to wear on our honeymoon cruise but I gained so much weight that neither of them fit me. emoticon I shrunk down into one of them by Valentine's Day and wore it then. The other one should fit me now but it has somehow gone missing. I tore apart the closet and my clothes storage in the basement looking for it with no luck.

But I found something better: an ankle-length black dress I had made for me 4+ years ago for a friend's wedding and haven't been able to wear since. (I was technically a groomsman, and the bride asked the groomsladies, as she called us, to wear black.) And it fits like a glove! Like it was, er, made for me.

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The best part, though, is that I then weighed 15 pounds less than I do now. Goes to show what exercise and muscle mass will do for you!

I also found a few more items in that box that I plan to bring with me. DH hasn't seen them: he's never known me that small. So he'll think I went shopping. I can't wait to tell him no, these came out of storage. emoticon

Now I'm looking forward to the cruise even more than I already was!

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LOTUSFLOWER 11/30/2010 2:48PM

    How was the cruise?

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KITHKINCAID 11/18/2010 2:51PM

    Hurray! NSV!!! Thanks for the jeans. It's a good clothes karma day. Jealous you're going on your cruise. I'm sitting in my office FREEZING right now.

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LOTUSFLOWER 11/18/2010 2:34PM

    That is emoticon! Congratulations and have a great time!!!!!! Take some pics of you in that dress!!

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~*~ WTF CHALLENGE 11/13-11/14 ~*~

Monday, November 15, 2010

I haven't been doing the What the Fall Challenge, but decided to join in this weekend.

The challenge was to:


1. I stared down one my nemeses, the bicycle. I took a small spill on my ride on Friday, but got back on the bike on Sunday. It was rough, but totally worth it. This may sound simple, but I had to really push myself to overcome my fears.

2. I actually did THREE things I'd been putting off: continue shutting down the garden for the winter, felt knitted gifts for Christmas, and defeated my other nemesis, the sewing machine. I successfully finished a set of napkins and a kitchen curtain.

3. Saturday I had a sexy dinner instead of a sexy breakfast. I did some yoga, took a bath, put on a sexy outfit (lace sweater, skinny jeans, knee-high boots), and had a lovely dinner out with my DH.

Between that and a 2.6 pound loss this week, I'm feeling pretty darned good about myself. emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 11/15/2010 3:13PM

    Great Weekend!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 11/15/2010 11:49AM


Sounds like you're on a roll! (No bike pun intended)

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