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Monday Weigh-in/Weekend Recap


Starting blog weight : 279

Last weeks weight: 272.5

This weeks weight: 271.5

Total lost this week: 1 lb loss


Yay 1lb! Considering what I was surrounded with this weekend this is great!

Weekend Recap

Friday: When I got home from work my son and I decided to go to BLOCKBUSTER and get some movies for family night. In the end I did my exercise and was so tired I watched about 20 mins of his movie before I was falling asleep. I made a plan to watch the rest sunday night. I cannot even remember what I ate that night. My eating was very disjointed I think I ate some left over roast chicken and some mashed potatoes.

Saturday: Saturday I worked so before heading into work I went by shaws to buy some breakfast food. I really didn’t feel like spending the $7 for the jimmy deans D’light breakfast sandwiches.  I thought I’d pick up the next best thing Smart-Ones Egg & cheese with Canadian bacon. Yea well those smart ones breakfast sandwiches are so gross I literally had to force it down. It was watery and the english muffin got rubbery and just all around BLECH! I ate fruit and yogurt for snack. Lunch was a lean cuisine that was ok but missing something. I got off of work to get home and catch a nap but I ended up doing some running around and by the time I got back home it was time to do my exercise since I had a party to go to later on.

Tony and I went to a friends party and they had all the food and all the liquor. I only had about 4 oz of vodka and mixed it with some lemonade. After that I had one more cup of lemonade and then water the rest of the night. Oh wait I am lying I had a Corona also. I wasn’t going to eat but the food smelled great so I grabbed a plate and put some coconut rice and beans & 1 beef empanada on it.  Of course someone said “That’s all your eating” I said “yes” and I got the whole “there is plenty of food, eat all you want!”. I just said thanks and maybe I will get some more later but for now this is all I want. I lied though because after I ate the rice and empanada, I so wanted like 2-3 more empanadas. My goodness they were soooo yummy but I didn’t I just dreamed to myself and vowed that sometime this week I will make my healthy version of the empanadas. Maybe I will post the recipe. For anyone who has had empanadas you know they are yummy and greasy! Well mine are just as yummy I make them with ground turkey breast,fresh salsa,low-fat cheese,corn tortillas and instead of being fried they are baked!

Once the party got rolling no one was worried about what I was eating or drinking so I had a good time. By the time we left the snowstorm we were expecting was getting kinda bad. Instead of doing the smart thing and going home we drove to another party. I didn’t eat or drink there mainly because I was tired and fully engrossed in a die-hard game of JENGA. By the time we left it was about 2:30am, I was so tired and mad at myself that I stayed out that late even though I had to be to work in 5 hours. By the time I finally got home it was about 3:15, the snow was crazy and we had decided to shovel a bit before we went in, which is why I ended up not actually falling asleep until 3:30am.

Sunday: 6:00 am my alarm goes off and it feels like I have only been sleep all of 10 mins. Cranky and angry I went outside to look at the damage. I couldn’t even see the path Tony & I shoveled only 2.5 hours before. I literally stomped to my room threw on some clothes and proceeded to shovel out my car while it heated up. It took me about 20 mins total. When I finished shoveling I changed quickly into my uniform and headed to work hoping I didn’t spin-out or get stranded on the way. I wish I now took pics so you guys could see how bad it was….this pic from bostontweet.com on twitter sums up how I felt driving to work sunday morning. (This was taken sunday morning by a follower of bostontweet.com)

Once I got to work I was all good and not sleepy at all. I agin ate the smart ones breakfast sandwich and again it was atrocious. I ate fruit and yogurt for snack and ate some of the food I took from the 1st party we went to Saturday night. Dinner on sunday consisted of a beef hotdog and some Egg nog. Before that I shoveled with my son for about 45 mins. I was going to exercise but every one of my followers on twitter said that I can count the snow shoveling as my exercise for the day. I can’t remember when I fell asleep because I was so exhausted.

All in all I had a super fun time this weekend and was extremely happy that I resisted temptation. 2 weeks to go until my weigh in! I am super excited and I really feel like I can hit my goal!


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Actually that title is a lie! It looks nothing like christmas in boston. It feels like Christmas with its freezing temperatures but that is it. It’s supposed to snow this weekend so hopefully then it’ll look like christmas. We finally put the tree up in my house and it looks great! To be truthful I am only looking forward to christmas so I can see my sons face light up when he opens his gifts. He really only wanted a few specific things and I was able to get them all so I know he will be super excited.

It seems like the health/diet bloggers are somewhat freaking out over christmas meals. I on the other hand am not. We don’t really do christmas dinner and this year is no exception. Everything we would have eaten for dinner is what we just ate for Thanksgiving so no one is really trying to cook. The one thing we are thinking about doing is maybe having a christmas brunch but if that doesn’t happen I will probably roast a chicken and make a cake & some cookies.

My eating and exercising has been going well. I have been without my HRM (Heart rate monitor) for about a week and it’s been irking me since I don’t really know how many calories I am burning for my exercise. Today I found a new battery for the sensor so hopefully I can get it installed and get my correct readings. I seriously love my HRM it allows me to get a pretty good evaluation on my calories burned and lets me know if I am dipping to low into the danger zone of not enough calories for the day.

Tony (my bf) exercised 2 days with me but then his back started hurting so I am back to my lonesome. The first day we did Jillian together (wait that really doesn’t sound right but ya’ll know what I mean!) he was huffing and puffing and about to keel over. After about 30 mins he said “HIGH FIVE….YOU’RE THE MAN, this dvd is a killer and you come out here and do it 6 days a week…good job”, that made me super happy because her dvd is super hard and I am pretty close to being able to do all the circuits non-stop without passing out. Tony’s very supportive and I have to give him props because sometimes I would not being going as hard as I do if it wasn’t for him. He really keeps me in check. If he sees me eyeing something I know I do not want to eat he’ll say “you know you don’t really want that” or give me an alternative. So yay for supportive boyfriends!

This weekend should be a breeze I have 1 party to go to but I am not too worried I am going to bring my own wine and have 2 glasses and then drink water the rest of the night. I seriously cannot wait until the end of the month I will have a good 4 days of vacation on top of being off for Xmas and new years. I am just itching to lay in my bed all day (except for my hour when I exercise) and relax. Actually I have plans for one day the family and I are going SNOW-TUBING. I cannot wait since I have always loved sledding, snow tubing has to be as good or better. The rest of the days I will be relaxing.

Until tomorrow…see ya

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Starting blog weight : 279

Last weeks weight: 273.5

This weeks weight: 272.5

Total lost this week: 1 lb loss


I am proud of my 1 lb yippee!

Weekend Recap

Friday – Went out to eat to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I didn’t pig out at all. I ordered a buffalo shrimp app and a lobster. Like I said in my earlier post the butter tasted like just oil so I just ate the lobster plain. Wow it was yummy. I also had 2 small pieces of cornbread. My son and I returned home so late and I had to be to work so early the next day that I ended up just going to sleep. This was the 1st week in about a month and a half that I didn’t exercise 6 days.

Saturday – Saturday at work I ate very well. I purchased some jimmy deans D’light breakfast sandwiches. Wow are those things yummy! So much better than Egg mcmuffins. Now if I only had a D’light hash brown and some D’light orange juice I would have been in heaven. I made sure to eat well. That night I surprised my bf with a night at the theater. We went to go see THE SLUTCRACKER which was great. I had a 5 oz glass of Pinot grigio and a half of a small box of popcorn. The pop corn was so yummy but I gave it away after I downed half of the box in what seemed like a split second. After the theater we went to a sports bar and met up with a good amount of his friends and they drank beer & took shots. I had only sips off of  Tony’s drinks. I refused to get any drinks. I didn’t even take part in the group shot taking even though I wanted to. My one splurge,  fried calamari with some yummy spicy sauce. Wow was it good and so worth it. It came with some weird fried chip things but I didn’t eat those. The rest of the night I drank water & took pictures. I had fun and so did Tony & since it was his night that was all I cared about.

Sunday – Gah I was so sleepy! We didn’t get home saturday night until about 2am and sleep didn’t come until about 230am. So by the time 630am rolled around I felt like I slept all of 10 mins. I made my way to work and grabbed some mint tea to wake myself up. I ate really well, for lunch instead of eating the veggies I had I threw those away and went to shaws. I picked up some Mongolian beef and some sesame noodles. I swear it was karma from those thrown away veggies because the beef and the noodles tasted horrible! I was glad I only purchase a small portion of each. I sucked it up and ate it. For dinner I had a mish mash of things. First things first I took a 3 hour nap! Then once I woke up my step father talked me into making tuna melts. The only bread I had were 2 sandwich thins. The tuna tasted supremely gross to me so I only made a small sandwich, ate that and was still hungry. My son was eating some lasagna so I cut a small sq but it also didn’t taste right so I gave the rest to him. Finally Tony was making spicy sausages, so I made him throw one on the stove for me. It was yummy and I was finally satisfied.

A bit later my mother and I ended up doing Jillian Micheals. Yea death because I push myself way harder in front of my mother than what I do when I am doing it alone. My mother was struggling but she made it through. We both ended up passing out soon after.

All in all it was a good weekend. I feel like if Friday or saturday didn’t happen the way they did I would have probably hit the 2 lb lost mark but like I said above I am very happy with my 1 lb.

December challenge Update:

Goal: lose 5 lbs by Dec 31st

Weight loss to Date: 1 lb

Weight left to lose: 4 lb

How was everyone elses weekend?

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Monday Weigh-in/Weekend Recap


Starting blog weight : 279

Last weeks weight: 273.5

This weeks weight: 274

Total lost this week: No loss…. just a gain of .5 lbs



I know why there is no loss and I am not sweating it. It’s not like I gained a huge amount of weight so it’s no biggie. I am taking this as a hint that I need to switch up the routine so starting tonight I will be doing only Jillian Michael’s Burn fat Boost Metabolism. We shall see what next week brings.

Weekend Recap

Saturday: Work & later I attended the engagement party of a good friend. There were all types of yummy things there. I ate really well. What got me though was the wine. I had about 4 glasses and 1 bottle of smirnoff ice. I only got to do my 20 min high intensity Biggest Loser workout so the wine coupled with my other calories that I ate at the party did not make for a good day calorie wise. I don’t regret it, I had fun.

Sunday: My eating all day went very well until Sunday night. I wasn’t really hungry but I wanted something sweet so I ate a small piece of peach cobbler. Then I got hungry later and ate some spicy ranch green beans, 1 rib & some candied yams. I did exercise though despite the fact that I was exhausted.

All in all I feel like I had a good week food wise. My exercise was lacking because 2 days I only walked. I intend to go hardcore this week and exercise my booty off. I have 2 birthdays that I have this week which means I will be most likely heading out to dinner to celebrate with friends. Not worried I will make sure to scope out the menus and make healthy choices.

Sorry the post is so sparse I am exhausted and can barely think straight, let alone type coherently.



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Excercise & Sleep

So last night @ about 12 am I lay in my bed unable to sleep. I laid their frustrated, all I wanted to do was knock out. I had been in the bed since about 9:45 pm and had yet to fall asleep. Then it dawned on me! When I got home I was determined to get my exercise in but after relaxing for about an hour I decided to make it an “OFF” night. I am allowed 1 a week. So I relaxed, ate my dinner (chicken breast/no skin,green beans & steamed mixed veggies from Boston Market), watched a bit of TV and had some laughs with my boys.

Once the boys were in bed I decided to get into bed and then just laid there until 12 am when I finally turned off the television. Once I did that it hit me, usually I cannot wait to get into bed because my bed time is right after I finish my exercise & shower. I get all riled up and push my self and then I relax in the shower and by that time my body is done.

I really didn’t like this whole no sleeping thing. eventually I dozed off but it wasn’t a good comfortable, dead to the world sleep. It was a horrid,tossy/turny, can’t get comfortable sleep. I woke up somewhat tired when usually I am refreshed. So it seems that even on my off day I am going to need to do some type of exercise. I think it’s time I buy some handweights and get to the strength training.

Other than the no sleeping part of the day, everything else went well. I ate well with my calories coming in just above 1800 calories (because of the cornbread I snuck….I loved it though).


  • 1.5 cups apple cinnamon Cheerios
  • 1 cup 2% milk


  • 1 apple w/ 2 tsp peanut butter


  • Leftover concoction of chopped turkey with teriyaki rice,corn & peas
  • 1 cup of ice cream

Snack #2

  • 1 chocolate covered strawberry (so yummy)


  • 1/4 chicken breast (no skin)
  • mixed steam veggies
  • steamed green beans
  • cornbread


  • 1/2 cup cinnamon apples

So with that revelation I am off to scour Craigslist & ebay for some cheap weights. Do you guys find you sleep better on days you exercise? Let me know.

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Monday Weigh-in/Weekend Recap


Starting blog weight : 279

Last weeks weight: 274

This weeks weight: 273.5

Total lost this week: .5 lbs

A loss…how great is that. I know it’s only .5 lbs but still very happy.

Weekend Recap

Friday: Hmm friday was a bit crazy. I woke up at 8:45 to bring Tony to work and then set out for some Black Friday shopping. I only needed 2 bikes (one for each kid), I got to the store fairly quickly and got the bike fairly quickly. Then I stood in line for what seemed like hours. I was already pissed because they only had 1 bike that I needed meaning I had to drive to another Kmart and HOPE that they had the other bike. Eventually after getting out of the store I drove crazy far to the other KMART. It wasn’t where I thought it was so I got lost but once I did find it I was in and out in record time. I went to one last store that had nice sweaters for $6 and I also got my mom a puffy coat. By the time I got home I was ravenous and even though I knew I shouldn’t I ate a huge plate of food. Then I took my son and nephew to the movies. Later that night I did my 40 mins of TAE BO that seemed like hours since by the time I started I was exhausted.

Saturday: Back to the grind. I purchased food for the morning from Shaws making sure it was low-cal since I had my lasagna for lunch. All in all I think I did well. I did eat a huge plate a cornbread stuffing but after I worked out hard with Billy (Tae Bo). I also had a glass of wine.

Sunday: Work again and I tried to eat a low-cal as possible since my MIL was having sunday dinner (basically all the Thanksgiving food just on sunday…DOH). I was starving by the time we got there and even though my plate had a lot of stuff on it I only felt bad for a minute. I said what the hell and decided to eat the plate and just work out super hard when I got home. Yum the food was delicious I had collard greens, jag (white rice with green peppers & smoked beef sausage), baked mac & cheese, 2 short ribs and cornbread. I was in heaven and super full but I didnt let it phase me. We stayed for a while, I had a few sips of Tony’s grey goose and we headed home. Once I got home I relaxed and then got my mother to do Tae Bo with me. Again I have never laughed so hard because my mother doing Tae Bo is hilarious. After we were finished I was all set to go and relax but my mother suggested we do a Biggest Loser workout. I suggested Jillian Michael’s: Banish Fat boost Metabolism

We did that for about 17 mins before we were wiped. Great workout though. I was happy because along with those 2 workouts I also walked during my lunch break earlier so my calories burned for the day through exercise were HIGH!

All in all mission accomplished. While I would have loved to lose more I am just happy I didn’t gain since I didn’t really restrict myself at all, I just made sure I exercised. In fact the only day I did not exercise was THANKSGIVING. Now with Christmas coming up I am not too worried.


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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving all!

I just got home and jumped on the computer to scope out where I have to go for Black Friday tomorrow so I decided “why not update my blog real quick!”.

Well Thanksgiving was great I cooked a whole lot of food and saw a whole lot of family. When you cook as much food as I did eating is not really something you want to do after. So I had a small plate at my in laws house with small portions of about 5 different things and topped it off with a bit of peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream. Food was yummy and I was very proud that I didn’t get that over stuffed feeling that I remember from past thanksgivings. The only downside is I did absolutely no exercise. I am not gonna beat myself up about it because I am super tired and it would really be a waste to try and do Tae Bo.

Last night after cooking a few dishes I FORCED myself to do my 40 min Tae Bo tape. WOW it was torture! Usually it takes me about 10 mins to get into the swing of things but I didn’t feel like I got into the swing of the dvd until damn near the end. I was dragging but I figured I still had some cooking to do so why not do it in the time where I had one thing in the oven waiting for it to cook. Lets just say the dvd wiped me out because I almost burned my cake. I could barely keep my eyes open. So safe to say no Tae Bo tonight, my bed is calling me to its warm,plush enviroment.

All in all I feel like health wise I had a good Thanksgiving. Yes no exercise was really involved to-day but I did not overfill myself and I stayed conscious of my choices.

I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving and I look forward to getting back into the swing of things tomorrow.

Good night & Happy thanksgiving from my family to yours


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