Month: April 2015

Day 1/30

So, I’ve decided that I’m going to try and journal a bit each day during this challenge. I feel like committing to posting my food and workouts will help keep me on track. Plus, it’ll be nice to have something to look back on for future challenges so that I can see the progress I make.

Yesterday went really well, with the exception of some slight tummy trouble on my run at lunch. I’m a little sore today from the Pump workout, but nothing serious.

I know it’s absurd, but I feel like just one 25 minute weight session got rid of ALL my “bloaty” feelings.

Wouldn’t it rock if that’s how it actually worked?   I would sit down, right this second, and eat an entire five pound bag of Starburst Jellybeans.

The weekend us almost upon us and that seems to be when I struggle the most. Hopefully, I have enough tunnel-vision going on right now that I can just power through.

We’ll see.  Wish me luck!

Journal Entries

First weigh-in


I was sad to see that the 3 pounds stuck around. I am currently 5 pounds up from my lowest, making the grand total that I would like to lose this month a whopping 23 pounds. I briefly considered lowering it, but instead of completely giving up before I even started, I decided to go the A, B, C, goal route:

  • A goal – 175 pounds (23 pound loss)
  • B goal – 185 pounds (13 pound loss)
  • C goal – screw the scale but I still look good in the outfit

Day 1 Activity:

  • 3 miles @ 14:29 average pace (I had to walk the last mile)
  • Pump Challenge – 25 minutes
  • 10 bicycle crunches
  • 2 regular pushups, 5 modified pushups
  • 20 sec regular plank, 10 seconds on each side

Total burned – 600 calories

Day 1 Food:

  • Breakfast – Chocolate shakeology with 1 cup spinach, 1 TBSP PB2, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, half a small banana (233 cals)
  • AM snack – 1 cup red seedless grapes, 1 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese (172 cals)
  • Lunch – Homemade chef salad with Cliff’s amazing chicken and honey mustard (353 cals)
  • PM snack – 2 oranges and 2 Pizzelle cookies with strawberries and lite cool whip (217 cals)
  • Dinner – Leftover chicken casserole with rice (612 cals)

Total – 1587 calories


Kicking it up a Notch – 2015 Edition

I, apparently, have an affinity for “kicking it up a notch” in the spring time.

This time last year I had just joined FitNation, participated in my first race, and weighed 264 pounds.

Today I am still a part of FitNation, I have RAN several races this year including a 10K, and I now weigh 195 pounds.

Oh, what a difference a year makes.

But now I have a new goal; something far more specific than “lose some weight.”

I have a very important size 10 outfit that I need to get into by next month.   The outfit fits, but let’s just say there are a few places that need to be…smoothed out.

So, with that in mind, I have devised one hell of a workout schedule for the month of April.


For the next four weeks I plan on working out six days a week (with the exception of next week because I will be out of town for a bit) and most of those days will have double sessions. I followed a very similar regimen in January and had amazing results. This plan is a bit more intense, but only because I run regularly now. I plan on repeating the first month of Les Mills Body Pump (which has been discontinued and I am SO bummed about it!) and doing another plank challenge.

I have also put some other measures in place such as:

  • Tracking every single calorie in My Fitness Pal
  • Drinking 100 ounces of water a day
  • No white bread
  • No ice cream
  • No restaurants (with the exception of the 8th – 11th. We’re currently on a 25 day challenge right now and were planning on coming off after the 8th, but I’m just going to lift it for me for a few days and then go right back to it).

My (tentative) goal is to be down to 175 by May 1st which means I need to lose five pounds a week for the next four weeks. I realize that’s a pretty lofty goal, so really I just want to look nice in the outfit – anything else is a bonus. 🙂

I also plan on going back to posting my Wednesday weigh-ins for the whole world to see. I have found that it helps immensely when you tell people your goals so you have to be accountable for what you do.

So, that’s pretty much what I’ll be doing for the next 30 days. Working my ass off (literally, I hope). I’m actually looking forward to it. Tonight I’ll be taking my measurements and my initial weigh-in (I weighed in this morning and was actually 3 pounds up @ 198, so I’m hoping that’s just sodium from yesterday. We’ll find out tonight!)

Wish me luck!