Inspiration: Youtube Edition

I love reading weight loss blogs but before I stumbled into the world of weight loss bloggers I followed a few youtubers on their journey. These ppl are full of inspiration and if you thought reading and seeing pictures of transformations was great watch these videos and see it in action! I am going to post each persons recap video just so you can get a look at where they were and how far they have come. If you like those check out their other videos!

Lynisha (95 lbs lost)


picture recap starts 3 mins into the video.

Fatty2slim (92 lbs lost)



See the title of this post, yea this is what I keep telling myself. THE BEST WAY OUT IS THROUGH!

I have to work through:






On a daily basis I have to make it through all of those things above to make sure I stay on the path I have set for myself. It sucks though, I mean for the most part the lifestyle change is easy but it’s the conscious decisions that I have to make consistently that make my mind tired. I am constantly telling myself I will see this to the end, Sometimes it’s just hard to imagine actually losing over 100 lbs even though I read success stories all the time.

Tough times never last, but tough people do. ~Dr. Robert Schulle

I am determined to be a tough person!

OK enough of that talk above. I actually had a really good night. I had to help a cousin with somethings before I got home but as soon as I got home I changed into my workout clothes. I made sure my boys were all set and that Tony (my bf) was good because I hate being interrupted during my workout. I took out my new yoga mat and pressed play on the dvd player.

Yesterday was my first full day doing the Jillian Michael’s BANISH FAT BOOST METABOLISM dvd all the way through.  I just about died, seriously this woman killed me. I burned over 700 calories. I did the dvd from start to finish and any of the moves I couldn’t do I would at least attempt once or twice and if it seemed like I wasn’t going to make it I just did some squats or punches until that part of the circuit was over. All in all it was a great workout and I felt gross and sweaty after which means I did something right.

My dinner consisted of yummy pot roast with roasted veggies all made in one of those oven bags. With a small piece of peach cobbler. I also had a shot of vodka for Tony’s bday and a shot of wine. Not to shabby considering I love both wine and vodka. I was extremely happy that I did my workout early because I got to relax the rest of the night.

I am ready to get my Jillian Michael’s on tonight!



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.



So as promised in my previous post here is the recipe for THAI COCONUT SHRIMP SOUP as adapted from the recipe posted by Morgan @ For the Love of Skinny

1 can Light Coconut Milk (250 calories per can)

1 can Chicken Broth*  (10 calories per can)

2 cups of small shrimp

1/2 small box of baby bella mushrooms

1/2  green pepper

1/2  red pepper

1/2 cup of chopped shallots

2 cups cooked brown rice**

1 can bamboo shoots

1/2 bag frozen italian green beans (flat green beans)

2 cloves of minced garlic

Garlic powder


1.5 teaspoons fish sauce

1 tablespoon Sriracha (Hot chili sauce)**

Add all ingredients into pan and simmer for about 15 – 20  mins and Viola a yummy yet good for you soup!

*I used chicken Broth but if you do not want chicken flavor use vegetable broth. I also used Light & Fat Free chicken Broth from College Inn

**I used Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice pouch in the Chicken Flavored Brown Rice variety. I was lazy and didn’t feel like waiting for brown rice to cook. Again you do not have to use the chicken flavor, they have plain also.

***I like spicy and this sauce gives the soup a spicy kick. If you do not like spicy feel free to leave this sauce out.

 I hope you all like the soup and if you make this recipe or a recipe derived from it let me know!



So this is rare…A post on a saturday.

Well since I totally forgot to post yesterday I figured why not.  I am at work now and it’s super slow so here I am.

So where to start:

Thursday: I had to leave my car at the mechanic because it was acting crazy which meant that when I got off of work I would have to take the T (Train and Bus). I took the train but when I got to the train station I decided to walk home since it was a good 65 degrees outside. 3 miles and 1 hour later I arrived home exhausted. Needless to say their was no Tae Bo that night since I had also walked about 2 miles during my lunch break.

Friday: I ate very well. Apple cinnamon Cheerios for breakfast and left over sautéed (in olive oil) italian chicken breast with white and steamed broccoli for lunch. The best thing about Friday was dinner. Earlier while I was reading my ever-growing list of blogs I read a post from Morgan @ FOR THE LOVE OF SKINNY that had a recipe for Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup. I almost jumped out of my seat. I love Thai food, i love shrimp, I love veggies etc basically the soup had everything I loved so I quickly took down the recipe and decided that is what I would have for dinner.

I got out of work and as soon as I jumped into my car I headed for the store and picked up all the ingredients plus more. Let’s just say BEST SOUP EVER! Really I had to stop the rest of my family from beasting (sorry for the slang but it means eating it all) the entire thing. I had 2 cups and I was full for the rest of the night.

After relaxing for a bit and finally bringing my sons cute but semi annoying friend home I literally forced myself to do Tae Bo. For some reason my HRM went berserk and even though I worked very hard it only recorded a low amount of calories burned. I was too tired and it was too late to do anything else (Had to be up @ 6:30pm).  I relaxed with the bf and watched some UFC and had a drink which totally got me tipsy so I went to sleep really quickly.

I have the left over soup for the my lunch today and I am so excited to eat it again. I am going to post the recipe right after this post (so be on teh look out)  if anyone else would like to try it. Big thanks go to the original recipe poster Morgan!

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.

December Challenge

I meant to post this yesterday:

So I decided to challenge myself!  The year is almost over and I really want to end this year on a good note and begin the new year on a great note.

Challenge start Date: Dec 1, 2009

Challenge End Date: Dec 31, 2010 (my official challenge weigh in will be Jan 4th, 2010)

Challenge goal:  lose 5 lbs by December 31 bringing me to an ending weight of 269 lbs.

To reach that goal I am going to attempt :

  • exercise 45 mins – 1 hour 6 days a week
  • include strength training into my exercise regimen
  • try to limit my calorie intake to no more than 1800 calories (Before Exercise)
  • eat more fruits  on a daily basis
  • up my intake of water
  • remind myself that I will reach my goal weight regardless of how far away it seems. This is all part of the process.

If any one wants to join me in this challeneg feel free, you do not have to adhere to my goals of the challenge you can make up your own!