Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BIG News!

I am really excited to report my 90 day measurements and total results, thus far at TBF!

As of 3/22:
Weight- 149 lbs.
Body Fat- 23.5%
Bust/Chest- 34 inches
Waist- 26.5 inches
Abdomen- 30.5 inches
Hips- 41.5 inches
Thigh- 23 inches
Bicep- 11 inches
Calf- 14.5 inches

In 12 short weeks; I have lost 13 pounds, 25 inches, and 10% body fat. Needless to say, I am extremely pleased with my progress. The team at Total Body Fitness has given me the strength to realize that I am capable of so much more than I ever thought.

Anything is possible with hard work and dedication...

Just to prove it to you, here's a bikini pic! I can't believe I'm posting this for God and creation to see, but I want to show you what I'm talking about! This is just 12 weeks of progress... I can't imagine how I'll look in 12 more! It excites and motivates me to no end :)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Happy February!

The new month has brought many new changes to my little world! First of which, an updated diet. With most diet and exercise plans, the second phase is always the hardest. I am NO different... The first month, it seemed like the pounds just fell off, staying on track with my eating was a breeze, and getting up at 4:00am was no problem. The last few days, I have been tired, cranky, and HUNGRY! I have random cravings that seem to never go away, no matter what I do. OMG! I can not get chocolate outta my mind! I am trying to stay strong and push through with little mind tricks; chocolate protein powder, sugar free/fat free pudding, and my new favorite- the Power Crunch protein bar! Tastes as good as a candy bar :)

The a fore mentioned updated diet is due to all the things I just named!!! Most people don't get results as impressive as their first phase, in the second phase. My diet is now lower in calories and lower in carbs. I am not a huge fan of scrambled eggs... unless there is a ton of cheese in them! My suggested mid-morning meal is 4 egg whites with olive oil and veggies. Believe me, I tried cooking the eggs many different ways... Even getting creative and trying to make a shake (Vom. It.). I finally found a way to stomach the egg whites! Baked in a muffin tin. Thank you, Lord!

Egg and Veggie Muffins
Makes 10 muffins
-1 cup Egg Beaters
-1 cup liquid egg whites
-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
-1 cup raw spinach, chopped
-1/2 cup frozen peppers and onions
-1/2 cup turkey sausage crumbles (optional)

1. In a large bowl, whisk egg whites, Egg Beaters, and olive oil.
2. Pour mixture into greased muffin tin (use Pam or any other calorie-free non stick spray). Fill cups about 1/2 way.
3. Add veggies and meat (if using).
4. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes (or more depending on your oven). The muffins should still be "jiggley" but not liquidy.

Nutrition facts for per muffins:
Calories: 85, Fat: 6g, Carbs: 1g, Protein: 7g, Sodium: 139mg

Thursday, February 6, 2014

What do YOU think?

I am a HUGE Biggest Loser fan! I became a fan about 2 seasons ago. I guess I never really watched it because I would see the contestants' weight and think to myself; "Wow, they look really big and they weigh LESS than me!". I spent a lot of time in denial when I was heavy... Now, I love weight loss shows! They are so motivating to me. I can identify with the contestants from their struggles to their achievements. I ALWAYS end up crying too... Make over week on BL this season KILLED me! I cried like a baby...

Anyway... One of my favorite contestants this season was Rachel. I found her to be down-to-Earth, ambitious, and capable. She never complained, she tried her best, and she always had a smile on her face. On Tuesday night's finale episode, I too, was completely floored by her results. 45 pounds in 3 months! At the close of the season, she left the show having already lost over 100lbs, and weighed around the same as I.
Her final weight was a shocking 105lbs at 5'4" tall! While I think she looks a bit too thin, I am kind of motivated that someone my height, that began their weight loss around the same starting weight, could achieve those kind of results!

I want to know, though... What do you think? How thin is too thin?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

TBF 4 week results

It's really hard to believe I'm already four weeks into my program with Total Body Fitness. Yesterday was my first official weigh-in and measurement, and I was completely floored by the results! I knew I had worked extremely hard over the last four weeks, but I didn't expect anything quite like this...
Here are my stats:
Weight: 155.6, down 7.4 pounds since 12/31
Bust: 35.5 inches, down 2 inches
Waist (natural): 29 inches, down 3 inches
Abdomen (around belly button): 32.5 inches, down 2.5 inches
Hips: 44 inches, down 1 inch (my least impressive measurement)
Thigh (right): 24.5 inches, down 1.5 inches
Bicep (right): 11.5 inches, down 1 inch
Forearm: 9.25 inches, down .25 inch
Shoulder: 42 inches, down 1 inch
Calf: 15.5 inches, down .5 inch
Total inches lost: 12.75 inches! 

I also went from 32.9% body fat to 28.6%. 

While I'm super excited about what I've achieved, I can't help but admit it's not been as easy as I might have made it seem. I'm not just referring to the actual diet and workout part... That part, primarily IS the easiest! What I have found to be the most difficult, are my relationships with others. I have been told SO many things, not just the last four weeks, but the last 3 years. 
First, it was over my decision to undergo surgery. When I proved that surgery WAS  in fact the right choice, despite almost everyone I know urging me not to do it, I figured the worst was over.  
I think once I lost the weight, everyone figured my "journey" was done. Losing weight, and keeping it off are two completely different things. I am proud of the life I have made for myself. I am not perfect, I will never claim to be; but I am doing what makes me happy and that's all that matters at the end of the day. The journey of a healthy life, never really ends. For me, this isn't just a diet, it's a new way of life, and I LOVE it! I have never been happier, I have never felt better about myself and this is only FOUR weeks! I can't imagine what I will feel like in 8, or 12, or 52! Watch out, world! 

Now that I've said my peace, I'll leave you with this... This is my new motto, that I repeat to myself almost daily:

Monday, January 20, 2014

Protein pancakes... Now what?

I have had a lot of positive feedback about the protein pancake recipe from 1/13. But, if you're anything like my husband, you don't like a dry pancake! Rightfully so... I am not one of those people, but I totally get it. I can pull them out of my ziplock baggie and eat them cold, I think they're that good! However, in an attempt to avoid the inevitable redundancy in diets like this, I had to come up with a solution that was both free of added sugar AND low in carbs. 

The first time I made Cindi's pancakes, I topped them with a little peanut butter and fresh berries. While delicious, I found myself reaching for a liquid of any sort! I took my original idea, and shifted it a bit. Berries=good, Stevia=good, water=good. Put them all together, and what does that make? Warm. Berry. Compote. BOOM! Problem solved, my friends! You're welcome :)

Can you see the steam??

What you need:
Single serving
-1/4 cup berries; today I used blueberries and strawberries
-1 tbsp Stevia in the raw
-2 tbsp warm water
-potato masher

In a small sauce pan, warm the Stevia and water on medium high heat for about 1 minute. 
Add berries and heat for an additional 2-3 minutes.
When the berries are soft (but not mushy), press them with the potato masher until you reach a desired consistency. 
Pour over pancakes and enjoy!

VOILA! Better than syrup :)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

No Carbs? No Problem!!

My current diet is fairly strict. 1300 calories/day, 125 grams of protein, no carbs after 10:00am... For a foodie like me, the lack of variety has been a little cumbersome. Not to mention being full-blooded Sicilian, of all the things I miss, I miss pasta the most!

I've tried the spaghetti squash thing, Dennis refuses to eat it. Hates it with a fiery passion. So, that's out. What's an Italian girl to do? The answer: Zoodles! Zucchini squash sliced into super thin strips and topped with your favorite fixin's!


Here we have a lovely filet of Alaskan Halibut (courtesy of Whole Foods), grilled with a light drizzle of olive oil and a little lemon pepper seasoning and of course, my "zoodles"!

Now, you can enjoy them too!

What you'll need:
-serrated vegetable peeler
-large colander 
-4 medium zucchini
-pot of boiling water
-bowl of ice water

What you do:
1. Rinse and dry the zucchini
2. On a cutting board, peel your zucchini in a clockwise motion until you've reached the seeds. Discard the remaining hull.
3. Once all the zucchini has been peeled, drop the strands into the boiling water and blanch for 30 seconds.
4. Strain in colander then drop colander into bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. 
At this point you can get creative! I would suggest tossing the zoodles in a pan with a little olive oil, as they won't be super warm. I served mine with roasted garlic and a little grated parmesan. 

How easy is that?!!! 

I know you'll love it :)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dirty Thirty

Well... As of yesterday, I said "good-bye" to my 20's and "hello" to a new decade! I spent the day working; but not before getting my Tuesday workout in at 5:00am. 

We celebrated my existence on Saturday night with dinner at Bella Napoli in Brookside. Kansas Citians, I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant if you in the area. Some of the best Italian food I've had. It's very authentic, and the service is top notch. 

Babes and Beards at dinner

After dinner, we traveled to Funky Town. It lives up to it's name every time I go! Don't hate, congratulate. I love to bust a move...