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Extreme Makeover: Me Edition: Success

2 Sep
I haven’t posted any EM:ME entries for a few weeks, but I have been working hard.
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This week’s question: What are your successes this week?

I am still doing my trail every day. I started by barely making it down the trail and back each day (there are many steep hills). Then I was walking faster. Then I got arm weights and started doing arm exercises while I walked. Then I started running the trail.

I can definitely see a difference from where I started. It was frustrating for the first few months because I wasn’t losing any weight and I wondered if it was even worth it. But I think what was happening was my body was turning fat into muscle and that takes time. Then about 3 months into it I saw my body change. I could see muscles I haven’t seen in a long time. My abs are strong, I have muscles in my back now and my arms are more toned.

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Plus, I love having that time to myself each day. It is a wonderful time to meditate, think and plan. So far I have lost 7 pounds and I feel like I am so much stronger!

Before:

(see how I am hiding behind the Edward poster?)

After:
And to keep myself on track, here are my goals for the week:

  • Do the trail 6 days a week for 1.0 – 1.5 hours (sometimes if I don’t have a big block of time, I will do some of the trail in the morning and then walk at night. And sometimes I don’t have time to do it at all).
  • drink 10 glasses of water
  • do 300 sit-ups each night
  • no snacking after 9 pm
  • try to go to bed at a decent hour – before 12 hopefully…

And I have to say thank you to Amber. I don’t know if I would have been motivated enough on my own to start getting heathier. I have loved the support and encouragement of all of the wonderful ladies in the EM:ME group. Love you guys!!!

XOXO
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Extreme Makeover: Me Edition — August 5th

5 Aug
Can you believe it’s August already? This summer has just flown by. If you haven’t hear of Extreme Makeover: Me Edition before, it’s a group of women started by the lovely Amber who are supporting each other as we try to get healthier. Amber’s question this week is:
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How is your progress?
{Weight, body, mind, etc.}

  • I am feeling really strong. I have been doing my trail about 6 times a week. I started off by walking it. When I got to the bottom and then had to go all the way back up, sometimes I really thought I wouldn’t make it. But I did and each day I was able to go a little faster.
  • Now I am running most of the trail. There is a huge hill halfway through that is so hard to get up — people call it “Heart Attack Hill”. When I started I literally had to stop half way up to catch my breath. Then a few weeks later I could get up but had to stop at the top to catch my breath. Now I can get up really fast and keep going at the top without stopping. So it makes me feel really strong.
  • I look forward to my time each day. If I miss a day I am really disappointed. It has become “me” time and I love it!
  • As far as results, I am down 4 pounds from the start. But the biggest difference is the change in my body. I can see definition and muscle tone.I use my arm weights every day. I do different exercises as I walk and run along. I have really noticed a difference in my arms, back and abs.

Go on over to Amber’s and join this group of supportive friends!
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Have a fantastic Wednesday!
XOXO

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Extreme Makeover: Me Edition — What Motivates Me?

1 Jul

It’s Extreme Makeover: Me Edition over at Amber’s. I feel so much better this week than I did last week. Too much eating out on our trip and not enough exercise. Now that we are home I am back to my routine.
I mentioned earlier about my summer routine of going walking/running on a wilderness trail near my home. I usually run up the hills and power walk down them. I am not sure how far it is – I need to get a pedometer and see. It takes me about 1 hour. It is so beautiful. Yesterday when I went, I took my camera.I also got some new arm weights which I tried out yesterday. They are awesome! As I walk, I do different exercises with my arms and today I hurt – so I think that they worked. The weights are 3 pounds each and they attach around the wrist with Velcro and you put your thumb through the hole so they don’t slide around. Jeff put a really great working out playlist on my ipod and away I go every morning!
If you are interested in losing weight, or just getting healthier – join Amber’s EM:ME group. It is a great group of girls supporting each other!

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Have a super day!
XOXO

Extreme Makeover: Beauty Tips/Tricks

3 Jun

It’s that time again: Extreme Makeover: Me Edition. This week I have been doing really well – I have been walking/running in the morning for an hour each day. I am starting to feel really strong. I also feel like I have more energy during the day. I still am down 3 pounds from where I started, and that is fine. I have noticed more toning in my arms and in my abs. I also noticed that my pants are fitting looser – so yay! I still need to download some good workout music to my ipod. Go on over to Amber’s and join in the fun!

This week’s question:

What’s your favorite beauty secret?

  • Sunscreen: I am a big believer. I use Neutrogena 45 sunscreen. I really like Neutrogena because it doesn’t make my face break out. I wear it year-round. And I put it on in the morning when I go walking even though I wash it off later and have to reapply it again after my shower.

  • I know other people have said this, but I love tank tops. The kind I buy are from a store called Charlotte-Russe. They are very light-weight and stretchy. They smooth evrything out and give me coverage for when I am bending over and my top hikes up over my pants.

  • Makeup Primer. I love this stuff. It smooths your skin out and mattifies your skin.

  • Mineral makeup. I think this is so much more natural than liquid makeup. And you can apply layers of it when you need a little more coverage.

  • Sunless tanner. This is great stuff. For me, using so much SPF, I don’t get very much of a tan. But if I have to go to the pool I feel so much better with some color. If you need some color fast, this stuff has bronzer AND self-tanner. The bronzer gives you an INSTANT tan so you can see it immediately. And it doesn’t rub off on everything.

  • Shine happy. I have EXTREMELY dry hair. No matter how much I condition it, nothing matters. This is a clear coat that is like dye, but without any color. It just gives your hair shine. It lasts about 6 weeks.
Have a wonderful day!
XOXO

Extreme Makeover Me: healthier snack ideas

20 May


It’s Wednesday and time for Amber’s Extreme Makeover: Me Edition. This week the question is

Name your guilty pleasure.
Think of a healthier choice
you could use as a substitute.

I am a Big snacker. So in order to get healthier I have had to make a few adjustments to my favorite snacks.

  • Tortilla chips and salsa ————————————Baked Lays and salsa
{7 grams of fat, 200 calories}{1.5 grams of fat, 110 calories}
  • Ice cream sundays—————————————–Jello pudding snacks (frozen)
{Dairy Queen small sunday: 10 grams fat, 400 calories}{1.5 grams fat, 110 calories}
  • Snicker bars———————————————Junior Mints (frozen)
{11 grams fat, 266 calories}
{3 grams fat, 170 calories}
  • Wendy’s 1/4 pound single, loaded——————Wendy’s Jr. Hamburger, no mayo -or a baked potato
{1/4 single: 40 grams fat, 860 calories — jr: 8 grams fat, 230 calories}
{sour cream and no butter – 3.5 grams fat, 300 calories}

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This week I was doing pretty well until I put my back out. I have been taking Ella for a walk in the jog stroller and running half of the time, walking the other half for 1 hour each time. And at night I have been doing 300 sit ups each night. Until last night. Hopefully my back will feel better soon so I can keep going. I am down 3 pounds.

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Go on over to Amber’s to join in the EM:ME fun! It’s a great support as we try to get healthier!

XOXO

Extreme Makeover: Me — My Inspiration pics

13 May

It’s time for Extreme Makeover: Me Edition. This week we are talking about inspiration photos that get us motivated. Mine is Cindy Crawford. She has had a couple of kids, she is older than me and looks great.


Another picture that keeps me motivated is this one. This was taken a few years ago on a trip to Hawaii, before I discovered tankinis and had my last child. I remember doing the Body For Life plan before we left. It really worked and I felt great.

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I have been keeping really busy this week. I haven’t been snacking as much. So my goals for the coming week are:

  • Keep drinking lots of water
  • Lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Go for walks/runs
  • Dust off that Body For Life Book – I know it’s around here somewhere!
  • Portion control

Good luck to everyone. Go on over to Amber’s to join the group. It’s a great support system of wonderful ladies!

Have a Great Day!
XOXO

Extreme Makeover: Me Edition healthy recipe

29 Apr

Hello my friends. It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for Extreme Makeover: Me Edition. Amber is hosting this great group of girls who are supporting each other as we strive to lose weight/get healthier.

This is my philosophy this week: It is what it is. I have decided to be happy with me. This body I have is amazing. It does so much. It takes care of my kids, loves my husband, hugs my friends, blogs, cleans and allows me to be creative. I am going to be happy with myself and try to be healthier.
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This week: drink more water, continue walking, eating more fruits and veggies.

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This week’s question:

Share with us a healthy recipe.

{One that you’ve adapted, found, made up. Anything. Try to give any nutritional info if possible}

Asian Noodle Soup With Chicken and Snow Peas

This is a recipe that I made Monday night. It is from Martha’s Everyday Food magazine. I just love those magazines – could they be any cuter??

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Here are the nutrition facts for the dish: 355 calories, 1.8 grams of fat, 27.5 grams of protein, 55.3 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber. {It does call for something called lemongrass. I looked all over and even in spices and couldn’t find it. I substituted lemon seasoning for it and it was great!}

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Click HERE for the recipe!
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It was a huge hit!!! Everyone loved it. I loved it because it was healthy and so yummy. I had the leftovers for lunch today!!

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Go on over to join the EM:ME group. What a wonderful group of supportive friends!

XOXOXO