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Stomach, Muscle, Life update (pics)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

So I have been eating clean since Feb 11th and starting March 7th I increased my calorie intake. I realized that I am not really worried about a scale number anymore. I am good at cutting weight... I have perfected that over the past year, but I want to look better. I want to be tighter and more toned. I want to build muscles. In order to accomplish this your body needs food. Right now I am 133.2. My goal was originally maybe 128-130, but why? I don't know. It seemed like a good number. No one in the world knows my scale number unless I tell them, so I have abandoned worrying about the scale. I want my muscles to increase and my body fat percentage to decrease. When I had it tested on jan 22nd it was 27.4%. I am having it retested next month and am hoping to have it drop.

This picture really summarizes things for me right now. (*Note, this is NOT me. I found this picture online, but it really speaks to me that scales really don't mean a thing).


Right now, things are still going well. I am packing my boyfriend 5 meals a day in a cooler lunchbox. I started doing this on march 4th. So far it has been going well. He has been sticking with it and only eating what I pack (I log his calories and make sure everything is in his ranges). In the first two weeks he lost 4.4 lbs, so definitely moving in the right direction.

I have been doing pretty well with exercising. I had vertigo pretty badly two weeks ago and couldn't work out for that week. This weekend we had nice weather so I ran outside. I haven't ran outside in FOREVER! It was great. I did the 6 miles of hills going from my house to a nearby trail. It took me 77 minutes (exactly my 10k time from last Sept- but that race did not have any hills). I compared my times and paces from when I had done this hilly route before. The first 3 miles is mostly downhill and the last 3 is mostly uphill.

7/30- 95 minutes
Mile 1- 13:25
Mile 2- 14:12
Mile 3- 13:23
Mile 4- 19:43
Mile 5- 16:53
Mile 6- 15:24

7/31- 119 minutes

8/7- 85 minutes
Mile 1- 13:16
Mile 2- 12:55
Mile 3- 11:07
Mile 4- 17:44
Mile 5- 14:44
Mile 6- 13:11

12/2- 100 minutes (with a friend. Did 6.7 miles)

Mile 1- 16:41
Mile 2- 11:50
Mile 3- 14:51
Mile 4- 17:27
Mile 5- 18:02
Mile 6- 17:06
Last .7 of a mile- 12:23

3/23- 77 minutes
Mile 1- 12:33
Mile 2- 12:21
Mile 3- 11:52
Mile 4- 15:00
Mile 5- 12:35
Mile 6- 12:30
Last .03 of a mile- 11:56

I am quite happy that even though I haven't run for a while I was able to shave off over 2 minutes from the difficult mile (mile 4). I am looking forward to improving this even more. The first half marathon of this season is going to be the beginning of May, so it is quickly approaching. I am going to have to work up my mileage so I am better prepared than I was in Oct.

Here are updated pictures.

Stomach 9/22/12 (old picture of stomach skin)


Stomach 3/15/13 (newest picture of stomach skin. It is slowly decreasing!)


Muscles- I am noticing an improvement, even though it is slow moving.)




New running shorts and shoes (It has been a year since I bought my last asics. They are starting to wear out and my shoe size has changed... so I got myself some new shoes. The confetti Noosa's are for running and the GT2000's are for everyday wear. I also got myself some running shorts. Bring on hot weather! I am excited to try to wear running shorts for the first time ever)


Nice date with friends on a nearby trail- I can't remember if I posted this or not. We went walking on the trail near our house with friends and our dogs. It was a slower pace than I am used to, but it was SO much fun to do something active. Here is a pic of my bf and our boxer)


Trying on Bridesmaid dresses for a friend's wedding



Oh, I also forgot to add that I've had around 5 people from middle school, high school, and college contact me asking about some of the recipes I've been posting and a healthier lifestyle. Some of them are going to try a 12 week challenge and others are going to try some new things with foods. Spread that spark:)

  
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BROWNSUGAR3030 10/20/2014 2:28PM

  Congratulations on all your success so far!

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ARMYHOSS 1/3/2014 12:58PM

    you look great. keep it up

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FITMAMA_ 4/8/2013 5:50PM

    Great job! You look fantastic!

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READY4CHANGE81 3/27/2013 8:19PM

    Congrats on all your progress! You look great!

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MISTYBLUE716 3/27/2013 6:23PM

    You look great!!!! Sounds like you've really got a handle on things! woo hoo!

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LASKIE2 3/27/2013 1:10PM

    WoW, what success! emoticon

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SPICEMWE 3/27/2013 10:00AM

    You look great! The best part is that you can tell from the pictures that you are feeling great too.

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RUNNERRACHEL 3/26/2013 10:16PM

    Fabulous job on all you're doing!!
Great on spreading your healthy lifestyle to those around you and making others aware of what you're doing.

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MIDNIGHTER1 3/26/2013 7:00PM

    emoticon Job, you are flat out getting it done. You definetly have the spark,pay it forward by being an example of how to do this.Be proud and celebrate your success.( not with cake,with harder more ambitious goals,duh!) emoticon

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LYNSEY723 3/26/2013 12:36PM

    Awesome job!! Your pictures say it all - you are kicking @$$!!!!! I am shocked with the first photo comparison. You look amazing!!!

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NKING1982 3/26/2013 10:26AM

    You look great!! emoticon

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TWINZMOM7 3/26/2013 10:20AM

  YOU LOOK AMAZING! Congratulations!

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SHIRAROCK 3/26/2013 10:14AM

    You go girl does not suffice. Problem is, I have the flu and that's all I got :) so, here goes. YOU GO GIRL!!!!! Hm. Let me at least find an emoticon that expresses how I feel about your success and how happy I am to hear about it. emoticon

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Everyday Counts

Monday, March 04, 2013

My message for today is everyday counts.



I was looking at my weight loss numbers per month. Some months I lost more than 2 lbs a week. Some months I only lost 1 lb for the entire month... but since last January I kept MOVING FORWARD. Yes, there were holidays, birthdays, parties, and celebrations. Yes, school started. Yes, grad classes started. Yes, I participated in Restaurant week. Yes, I went on vacation and out of the country. Yes, I went out and enjoyed times with friends. No, I did not quit. No, I was not perfect. Life will continue to move forward, but small things add up. As long as you don't give up you are always moving towards your ultimate goal.

Here are some recent outfit pics and muscle comparisons.







Overall, my life has been wonderful. I got hired to bartend at a strip club. I am very excited. I was nervous to apply. When you apply for clubs they ask for your information and a picture because they want to hire "attractive bartenders." Who defines what that entails? I decided to say f*ck it and send them my picture. What did I have to lose? The worst that would happen would be that they would say I wasn't attractive enough lol. The guy was very interested in meeting me and the interview went well. It seems like they are very open to suggestions on how to improve the club. It is currently not being managed very well so people have gotten kind of lazy. The facilities are nice so there is definitely room for improvement and has a lot of potential. The corset picture above is what I am going to wear. I get to choose my outfit and we have friends that worked at another club that wore corsets. I think it is flattering, but not too naked lol. I am hoping to make some nice supplemental money to help me pay off some of my student loans. Our friend who bartended at a nearby club made enough money to buy a house and pay for nursing school. Maybe this is the source of income I have been looking for. If it doesn't work out then no harm done. I am also proud that I was confident enough to even submit my info to be considered for the position. This is huge for me!

Grad classes have been going VERY well. I am doing well in the statistics class and the education class has inspired me to take risks with my teaching. I have come up with more interactive activities so students are discovering the math versus me trying to show them what to do. So far so good. It can be scary admitting that you can improve and trying something that is unfamiliar to you, but again, what do I have to lose:)

The rest of my life has been going well. I have been enjoying hanging out with my best friend (pictures of us are in older blog posts). My bf has also been great. He decided this weekend that he wants to get serious about food again. I packed him a cooler bag of food for the day this morning, in addition to my own food for the day. I am excited to hear how it went for him. I planned everything and tracked it all for both of us last night, so it made preparation easier this morning. Wish us luck:) We went to the gym last night and it was fantastic!

I hope everyone has been doing well. I signed up for 4 races this year. A half marathon in May, a 10k in May (a friend asked me to do this one with her), a 5k in June (I did it last year and am completing it with some friends from work who are new to walking/running), and a half marathon in October (this is on my birthday and is the same half marathon I completed last year). I am pumped for the two half marathons. It is called the Maryland Double. If you do both of the half marathons then you get another metal that is really cool. It has a crab and the flag on it. I haven't really run since Nov, but I did 4 miles this weekend. I can't wait for warm weather so I can run outside. I run much better outside than on treadmills. As always, I will keep you updated.

  
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FITMAMA_ 3/6/2013 8:28AM

    Awesome! You GO Girl!

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TWINZMOM7 3/5/2013 2:22PM

  Wow, you are amazing!!!! Thank you for the before and after, very motivating. You look fantastic!! So glad you are happy!

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LYNSEY723 3/5/2013 2:09PM

    I'm so happy that things are going so well for you! You have come so far, it is fantastic!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 3/4/2013 6:01PM

    So happy for you and that all is going well!


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Clean Eating, recipe, & progress (pics)!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Clean eating has been going VERY well. I started on Mon the 11th and have lost 3 lbs since. I am down to 136 from 215! 1 lb away from the 80 lb loss mark!! My new favorite breakfast are these chocolate banana peanut butter protein pancakes. However, I started putting the batter in a mini muffin tin and they were AMAZING! It makes 12 mini muffins. It is quite satisfying to sit with an entire plate of mini muffins and to eat them all for breakfast lol. They taste like little cupcakes.



1/3 c old fashion oats
2 tbsp plain greek non-fat yogurt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp premium vanilla
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1/2 banana chopped up
2 egg whites (6 tbsp liquid egg whites)

Bake in mini muffin tin for about 12 minutes.

Topping
1 tbsp PB2
.5 tbsp almond butter
Mix with enough water to form peanut butter consistency
Top with the other half of the chopped banana

For 12 muffins it is 492 calories, 9.6 g fat, 57 g carbs, 48 g protein.

I am officially out of my apartment by next Thurs. I am getting close, but it'll be nice when I am done. I still have classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I am still making dinner every night. I worked out once this weekend, but it is still less than before. I think once the apartment is finished I'll be able to go a little more, but either way my food is in order.

Here are some progress pics



  
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SKINNY_MINNY120 3/14/2013 3:23PM

    I haven't been on here in forever! I love pic #2!!!! Keep on goingggggggggggggggg!

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MJ7DM33 2/21/2013 6:42PM

  WTG! Thx for the recipe! Looks yummy!

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    So motivational, way to go! You already look fabulous, and emoticon on the soon to be 80lbs down! emoticon

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LYNSEY723 2/21/2013 12:12PM

    Yep... It's offical. You look AMAZING!

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FITMAMA_ 2/21/2013 11:00AM

    Awesome!

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TWINZMOM7 2/21/2013 8:49AM

  Wow, you just continue to do amazing things!! So awesome.

This recipe sounds great, I'm going to try it. I've been back on track for about 2 weeks ago, trying to really get going again, this time for good. Haven't lost any weight yet, but back to regularly exercising. Next up is the eating, the hardest party! I want to try this recipe, but what is PB2? Thanks!!


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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/21/2013 8:44AM

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I can see as your confidence grows you take off your clothes. emoticon

I love reading back on your blog and seeing all the progress. Amazing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 2/21/2013 8:44AM

    I remember a LONG time ago when we corresponded and then I disappeared for a while. I am really happy to see you are making such fabulous progress.

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NANCYPAT1 2/21/2013 8:43AM

    Good for you. You are making great progress.

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Update- Eat Clean Diet

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hey, SP. Things have been quite busy. Grad classes started and I have to be out of my apartment by the end of this month. My sister had her second baby yesterday (a girl). Things have been going well with school and with life in general. Exercise hasn't been as much as it was before, but food is going very well. I am doing Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet (this is my first week). I was already doing a lot of things, like not eating white flour, but there were some things I needed to learn. I didn't know I was eating so many things that had added sugar. Monday I didn't plan enough and was in desperate need of food by the time I got home in the evening. Tuesday I have grad classes and am out of the house from 5:30 AM until 9:00 PM. I made sure that I planned better and it went great! You are supposed to eat every 3 hours and have 5-6 small meals total. Here is what my day looked like...

Meal 1
Tosca Reno No Bake Energy Bar (raw honey, PB2, almond butter, oats, vanilla protein powder, raisins, and slivered almonds). Quite tasty!

Meal 2
Plain chobani greek yogurt with raw honey, oats, and raisins

Meal 3
Frittata (chicken, spinach, quinoa, and powdered egg whites)

Meal 4
Banana with almond butter, raw honey, and unsweetened cocoa dip

Meal 5
Strawberries and a hard boiled egg

Meal 6 (optional if you are still hungry. I chose this meal because it was one of my longer days and I still had some calories left)
Goya pink beans and quinoa

The day's worth of food took a half hour in the morning to prepare, measure, weigh, and pack. I was very content all day. I have also lost 1.4 lbs after doing this for a few days. I definitely feel like what I am putting into my body is much better and I feel well fueled.

Here are some random pictures.


Tosca Reno cookbook and Tosca Reno eat clean diet: stripped (losing the last 10 lbs)


Stomach comparison shot.... 6.5 weeks left of the 12 week challenge.


What I wore to an engagement party on the 2nd.


Trying to wear more accessories (think this was around the 6th).


The only other thing that has shaken life up a bit was that Monday I got the news that my student teacher from last year was killed in a car accident that morning. On his way to teaching in a nearby county his car went over the line (possibly due to ice), he was hit by a school bus, car burst into flames, and he died on the scene. He was 23 years old and was a first year math teacher. It has been sad having to break the news to my students from last year. They have been very supportive and it is evident that even only having him with us for a short few months that he made a huge impact. It is hard though dealing with the flow of former students in my room constantly asking about the accident and wanting to talk about it. I am glad that they care so passionately about him, but it is also hard being the bad news liaison and having the responsibility of that role for my entire school. I can't imagine how his parents, siblings, and students must feel. We haven't heard yet when services are going to be, but it is going to be very emotional. I sat out of Zumba on monday because of what happened, but I am trying not to let emotions impact my eating. So far so good. Life can be a difficult journey, but it just reminds us to value everyday and enjoy everything we do.


  
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CYND59 2/21/2013 2:27PM

    WOW! You have a very busy life. Hope you take some time for yourself!
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You are doing amazing with everything - keep up the great work, even in these hard emotional times!

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OMMAMA7 2/13/2013 9:03AM

    Way to go!

I'm sorry for your loss :( You are doing great not letting it derail you!

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RIDLEYRIDER 2/13/2013 7:48AM

  Great progress on eating clean. Sad to hear of your loss, though. So young, and with so much promise to affect so many lives.

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TWINZMOM7 2/13/2013 7:38AM

  I'm so sorry to hear about your student teacher. That is incredilbly sad.
You are doing amazing! Great to see you here.

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Philadelphia Weekend

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Saturday I went to Philadelphia with a friend. We walked around the city for 5 hours (in wedge boots!). It was incredible. We went to an art museum, visited the "magic garden" (a labyrinth of art made out of broken glass and recycled materials, had dinner in a very nice rooftop restaurant, we to a club/lounge, etc. We had everything very well planned out so we did not spend a lot of money. We spent the night and came back sunday. We packed our lunch and snacks Saturday morning, so the only two meals we ate in the city were Saturday night and brunch sunday morning.














View from Rocky Steps



Art museum


Magic gardens


R2L (rooftop restaurant... tried lobster mac and cheese, truffle flatbread, calamari, and mini sliders. The desserts were a warm vanilla cake that was like a caramel lava cake and "variations of chocolate")





Smokin Bettys- (open face omelette, fruit, and fuzzy mimosa)


My friend









Latin night on Sunday




12 week challenge update
Muscles





  
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EDUCGRAD 1/23/2013 7:26PM

    Love the pictures,I can tell you had a great time :)

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BLKLILY 1/23/2013 10:06AM

    Philly is always a good time. I am happy for you... emoticon

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MISTYBLUE716 1/22/2013 6:30PM

    Sounds like a great time! you look great!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 1/22/2013 3:57PM

    Looks like you guys had a great time!

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LYNSEY723 1/22/2013 12:07PM

    Looks like fun!! You looked great, as always!!

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SPICEMWE 1/22/2013 10:51AM

    Looks like you had a great time!

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