The 30-Day Shred: Day 15

“I ran three miles, staggered into the lobby, and took the elevator back to my apartment. No point to overdoing this exercise junk.” –Stephanie Plum
Janet Evanovich, Two for the Dough


You guys. Seriously. I’m not young anymore.

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The Shred

A few years ago, I completed The 30-Day Shred with Jillian Michaels. At the time, I was young. It did the trick, and the weight fell off.

Then, I had this. The King of (Ring) Pop(s).

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Clearly, he wasn’t that size when he came out (*wince*). He’s become that size in the last few years (*sniff*). Anywho, by the time he hit two, I figured it was time to take what I’m referring to as ‘the baby weight’ off. So, I fired up The 30-Day Exercise Challenge on Facebook, and over 800 of my closest and dearest girlfriends from around the globe joined me, as my second trip through Shredville began.

Granted, not everyone is Shredding, but to each her own. Some are walking. Some are T-Tapping. Some are PiYo-ing. Bottom line: they’re doing something besides sitting on the couch watching Rocky marathons on AMC (my specialty). Last Friday marked Day 15 of The 30-Day Exercise Challenge and, in particular for me, The 30-Day Shred.

The 30-Day Shred consists of three levels at 10 days each. Each workout is less than half-an-hour long. I add at least a half-hour of cardio (read: swim with my children) most days. I’m halfway through level 2. I’m begging Jesus to make a quick return before level 3 begins. My shoulders would like to spend exactly zero more minutes in the plank position.

Here are my stats at the halfway point:

Neck: lost 1 inch (tips about managing newfound turkey neck appreciated)
Bust: lost 2 inches (of course…and down one cup size)
Waist: lost 2 inches
Belly: lost 2.5 inches
Hips: lost 1 inch
Arms: lost 2.25 inches for both
Legs: lost 1.5 inches for both

For those of you that don’t have A Beautiful Mind (me, either, but I’ve got a calculator), that’s a total of 12.25 inches in 15 days with The Heifer Otherwise Known as Jillian.

Oh, and I lost 6.4 pounds, too. Say what you want about her, but it works!

My 14-year-old daughter, she who really didn’t need to lose anything, has been Shredding with me (bless her heart!) and lost a total of 8.5 inches and 1.4 pounds, too! #proudmama

More toned. More flexible. More cardio stamina. More sweaty. More stinky. More laundry. More showering. More, more, more. But less hungry! All that exercise makes me somewhat more careful about what I eat.

I try to stick around 400 calories per meal (x3) plus a 200-calorie afternoon snack, but I’m not a stickler about this. Being a stickler makes my perfectionism act up, driving me to perfect overeating again. I also try to eat relatively low-carb and overall healthy foods. I suspect that, as I go, I’ll have to get better about this. And maybe back off the Chick-fil-A fried chicken sandwiches a bit. But, hey, as long as I can lose an average of 2 pounds per week and still have the occasional chicken sandwich, ain’t no shame in that game.

Here’s my Day 15 pictorial update. More pics forthcoming on Day 30, of course.

Day 1 to 15 before and after collage

If you can’t see a difference, besides the fact that I managed to paint my toenails in 15 days, please don’t tell me.  I’m anxious to complete this challenge and move on to the next one, so I can have some more obvious before-and-after pictures, which WILL be forthcoming on Day 30. Over.


SPEAKING OF THE NEXT CHALLENGE…

The next 30-Day Exercise Challenge is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 15! Y’all need to get in on this, even if you aren’t tracking with the particular exercise type that we’re doing. If you’ve joined the current challenge late, this will be the perfect time to be on Day 1 with us! Many, many are being motivated, supported and encouraged in whatever exercise they’ve chosen.

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The new challenge is Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30! This DVD is similar in style to The 30-Day Shred but contains FOUR workouts instead of three! If memory serves me correctly (and we all know that’s sketchy), level 1 of Ripped is worse, way worse, than level 3 of The Shred (even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus). I will be doing each workout for two weeks, meaning this particular challenge will last a total of eight weeks, ending on/around Friday, November 7, 2014. And y’all KNOW I’m already researching a plan for after that! Lord knows I’m gonna need to workout when the holidays (and their cookies and such!) roll around! Dang cookies.

Don’t worry about specifics for now, just make sure you have the DVD and your trusty hand weights. A sweat rag will be good, too. I’ll be posting printable calendars and weight/measurement sheets for y’all soon!

I call this one The-DVD-I-Never-Finished-Because-Morning-Sickness. Whereas, The 30-Day Shred the past few weeks was about getting moving, this one’s gonna be about redemption. I did level 1 of Ripped after I finished The Shred years ago. I remember going into it a little cocky after having killed level 3 of The Shred and, immediately, being humbled. It. Will. Not. Break. Me.

If you’ve been doing the legwork to prepare for The 30-Day Shred, here’s the link to buy it. You can start it on Day 1 with us and track right along with us at your own pace.

If you’re still preparing to even deal with The 30-Day Shred, Jillian’s come out with a new, Beginner Shred DVD. It’s on pre-sale at Amazon now in time for a September 2 release date. You can get it here.

{Affiliate links abound.}


NOW FOR THE GOOD STUFF!

Y’all. The sweat is becoming an issue. For reals. First, it starts as a little beading, then, the next thing I know, I’m wiping it out of my cleavage. I promise it comes out of my ears sometimes. It’s a thing.

For this reason, I knew, the moment I saw these beauties, that they were the one for me!

And now, I want TWO of you to have one of these for sweat-soaking purposes, so I’m giving them away! In order to enter, just leave a comment on this post telling what has been the most encouraging part of being in The 30-Day Exercise Challenge group, or, if you’re not in the group yet, how the encouragement of the group will help motivate you to meet your exercise goals. Then, get in the group, man. Not man. Lady. Ladies only, dude.

Rules, lady:
To enter, you MUST leave a comment answering one of the above questions ON THIS POST (not on the Facebook page)!
Enter only once, please.
Comments will close for winning purposes on Friday, August 29, 2014, sometime around dinnertime.
Winners will get to choose size and style of Bolder Band.
And this: I LOVE Y’ALL!


MY FAVORITE!!!

Some of the ladies from The 30-Day Exercise Challenge have volunteered to guest post here on AinW. I’m pretty sure it’s because of their great love for me, but whatever. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be sharing their posts with you! If they don’t inspire you, God help you.

Up first: Toni, from Auckland, New Zealand. We call her John the Baptist. She’s our Forerunner.


Get to commenting, Winners!

Heavy Drinker

“Surely a woman never looks prettier than when making tea.” ~Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret


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Given what you know about my background as a strict, teetotalling, Southern Baptist (now a Recovering Baptist), it might surprise you to know that I am, in fact, a heavy drinker. My drinking “vice” is actually virtuous, though, as I drink over a gallon of water per day, and I have definite opinions about how it should be served. Shocking that I have opinions, I know.

photo credit: cleanwateraction.org

photo credit: cleanwateraction.org

Since beginning The 30-Day Exercise Challenge (Hey, Challenge peeps! Mama Heather loves y’all!), my water intake has increased dramatically. Add in the over-100-degree temps here in North Texas, and you’ve got yourself a two-gallon-a-day blogger here. Easy.

In the more recent past, I’ve added tea to my daily, heavy-drinking regimen.

photo credit: commons.wikimedia.org

photo credit: commons.wikimedia.org

Since I’m a Southerner, you might assume that I drink sweet, iced tea, but that is simply not the case. In fact, I can’t remember ever having picked Sweet Tea when given a choice. I know that probably shocks those of y’all that live somewhere that has snow or other inappropriate weather, but it’s true! Call me Uncle Si (he drinks unsweet tea, too!).

I do, however, want my tea, like my water, to be ice cold. That is,  unless I’m having hot peppermint tea. Or hot pumpkin spice tea. Or hot vanilla tea. Or…oh, nevermind.


Almost daily, I field a question or two about what kind of tea I drink, how I prepare it, where to buy it, etc. Currently, I drink the equivalent of four cups of tea per day (not including the ones I drink for ‘fun’), some of which is for weight loss, others for other health reasons.

Let me break it down for you:

1 cup equivalent of Roasted Dandelion Root Tea per day

1 cup equivalent of Decaf Green Tea per day

2 cups equivalent of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea per day

Before I go to bed, I use my favorite (hands-down), if-you-don’t-have-one-of-these-you’re-missing-out-on-life kitchen appliance, my electric tea kettle {affiliate link} to heat up a kettle-full of water to boiling. I lay out three coffee mugs. I put each type of tea into each mug ( 1 bag of Dandelion in one, 1 bag of Green Tea in one, and 2 bags of Raspberry Leaf in one), then I fill each with boiling water. I let them sit on the counter and steep overnight.

In the morning, I prepare them this way:

The Dandelion tea gets poured into two quart-sized Mason jars (half in each). Then, I begin to build my detox tea {recipe here} by adding cranberry juice and lemon juice to each jar. I add ice and fill the rest with water. I drink these two quarts over the course of the day. This particular version of tea is designed to pull excess water off of your body and, boy, does it work! Stay close to the bathroom, man. “They” claim you can use it to lose 5 pounds in 7 days. “I” say I’m just happy to have my eyes and hands not be so swollen and my headache go away. If bitter is not your thing (and I get that), you could add a little stevia, Truvia, or other natural sweetener of choice. This tea is naturally decaffeinated.

The Green Tea I drink straight. I’m hard-core that way. It’s supposed to aid in weight loss. I’ve used it in the past and had good results, and I need all the help I can get. This tea is very caffeinated but, since caffeine and my body are sworn enemies, I buy a decaf version. If you play well with caffeine, go for it. The caffeine should actually help your body burn more calories.

The Red Raspberry Tea is my favorite. I do drink it Sweet-Tea style. I pour the entire cup of two-bag concentrate into a third Mason jar, add stevia to sweeten, and fill the rest of the jar with ice and water. I usually drink it with my breakfast. What is the purpose of Raspberry Tea, you ask? It helps, um, female issues. The older I get, and all. The first month I started drinking this wonder tea, “that time” was like a night-and-day difference from the month before. No pain. No bloating. No moodiness. Other than the usual, of course. My family members call it my Uterus Tea. They want me to drink it and eagerly serve it to me in my Wonder Woman mug. For reals. This tea, too, is naturally decaffeinated.

These mixes could easily be doubled, tripled, or more to make a bigger batch for the week.


Here are Amazon {affiliate} links to the different tea varieties I use, in case you have trouble finding these specialty teas in your neck-of-the-woods. They are available at Target and Whole Foods for immediate-gratification people, but Amazon’s prices are actually better. And also this: free two-day shipping, people! Waaaay cheaper than a trip to the doctor and meds, in the case of the Raspberry Tea.

Amazon: Shopping for Introverts.

Buy: Electric Tea Kettle

Buy: Roasted Dandelion Root Tea

Buy: Green Tea (caffeinated)

Buy: Green Tea (decaffeinated)

Buy: Red Raspberry Leaf Tea


COMING SOON

Don’t miss the mid-point update on The 30-Day Exercise Challenge! Friday is Day 15 (that’s halfway, for the non-mathematicians in the house), and I’m excited to tell y’all what’s going on here and hear from you about what’s going on at your house with Jillian. Y’all didn’t kill her, did y’all?

Aaaaand, in plenty of time for y’all to prepare and recruit your friends and family, I’m announcing the NEXT 30-Day Exercise Challenge! One that will take us all the way to the end of October! And you know I’ve got plans for after that….mwahahaha!

Also, a SURPRISE GIVEAWAY for Challengers! Y’all do NOT want to miss this one! Or maybe two!

Subscribe to receive the emails every time a new post is published so you’re not left out. Also, join The 30-Day Exercise Challenge group on Facebook (women only!) to read the daily battlefield reports from over 800 Challengers! The encouragement and support is unbeatable and free! Free is in my budget.

See y’all there!

Summer-Fresh Broccoli Salad

“I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.”

~Former President George H.W. Bush


Summer-Fresh Broccoli Salad (THM-S/Low-Carb)

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I have never, not for one day, liked broccoli. Every member of my household loves broccoli and would eat it every night if I were willing to stink up my kitchen cook it regularly. It smells like feet. And it smells even worse warmed up in the microwave the next day. Plus, it’s got a creepy texture.

If the Lord wanted me to eat broccoli, He’d have made it to taste like a doughnut.

When I was a teenager, my mom (a weirdo broccoli-lover) found a recipe for a broccoli salad, probably in a church cookbook somewhere. Apparently she thought it would go over big-time, because she made it and put it on the table…at Thanksgiving! Thaaaaat’s right. Right there, beside the turkey and dressing, the sweet potatoes, the green beans, the corn, the mashed potatoes, the macaroni-and-cheese, and the pumpkin and pecan pies, was a big, ole bowl of broccoli salad. She’s got a lot of nerve, my mama! While I’m not at liberty to repeat what was said once I realized there was flippin’ broccoli on the Thanksgiving table (I’m trying to get more sanctified about these things), I can tell you this: there was an eyeroll involved. Let’s just say I was less than thankful.

She challenged me to try the parts that were not broccoli-related, which I did begrudgingly. To my utter shock and amazement though, after one bite, I was hooked. Another eyeroll, this time from my mama (Can YOU imagine having me for a child? God bless her.). The dressing is addictive. It’s sweet and tangy and creamy-dreamy goodness. Right then I decided that, even if it meant eating broccoli, I was eating as much of that dressing as I could. Shoot, man. You could whip up a batch of this dressing and pour it over an old shoe, and…nevermind.

While the original recipe calls for white sugar and raisins (both ingredients that add to the sweetness factor but are off-plan on a low-carb/THM-style diet), I have modified it to be more low-carb, perfect for an S-style side dish! However, if you are not sugar-free or low-carb, I’ll include the sugar conversion, too. Because I love you, you sugar fiend.


A Word About Mayonnaise:

Duke's Mayonnaise

The dressing for this salad is mayo-based; thus, the need for a little behind-the-scenes information. In our house, mayonnaise is not just something we put on a sandwich or mix into our deviled eggs. Mayonnaise is something to savor, a condiment that brings new life to dishes, even when used sparingly. As such, I’m pretty picky about what kind of mayo we use; I’m a mayonnaise snob, if you will. And even if you won’t. We only use Duke’s mayo. A serving size contains 100 calories and NO sugars and NO carbs. Plus, it’s the best-tasting mayo on the market (educated opinion  backed by anecdotal evidence), hands-down. I can find it at Kroger here in Texas; however, if you live in a market where it’s not carried, you can buy it here. It’s a bit pricey, but worth every penny.


Summer-Fresh Broccoli Salad

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Easy peasy. See those ingredients up there? Throw them into a bowl. Mix up the dressing in another bowl. Pour dressing over dry ingredients. Thoroughly combine. Cover and store in fridge. The longer it sits; the better it gets. To a point, of course.

Summer-Fresh Broccoli Salad (THM-S/Low-Carb)

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Time: 20mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Summer-Fresh Broccoli Salad
courtesy of http://www.adventuresinwomanland.com
Summer-Fresh Broccoli Salad (THM-S/Low-Carb)

Ingredients
Two heads of broccoli, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 small red onion, diced
1/2 lb. bacon, fried crisp then chopped into bits
1 cup Duke’s mayonnaise
2 Tbs. white wine vinegar (or plain white vinegar
sweetener*

Instructions
1. Combine first five ingredients in large mixing bowl.
2. Whisk together mayo, vinegar and sweetener in separate small mixing bowl.
3. Pour dressing over dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
4. Store, covered, in fridge.

*Sweetener notes: I use 8 teaspoons of THM’s Sweet Blend (a stevia/erythritol mix) in this recipe. However, sugar to taste or the equivalent in honey could be used. Of course, you could also use plain stevia, xylitol or any other of a number of options.

Variations
Don’t like onions? Leave them out. Want onion flavor? Add a bit of onion powder to the dressing.
Want less fat? Use light mayo. Watch carbs, though! Decrease the amount of nuts used for lower fat, too.
Okay with sugar? Replace the Sweet Blend with white sugar or honey. Add raisins or dried cranberries.
Not a pork eater? Use turkey bacon instead. A little salt may be needed, since the pork bacon provides that component.
Want a different, tangy flavor? Try balsamic vinegar in place of the white wine vinegar. Apple cider vinegar would work, too!


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Mom Hack: Cabinet full of sippy cup parts cluttering up your brain, falling into your disposal, and melting in your dishwasher, and generally sucking your will to live? Bigger kids always looking for a drink of water and dirtying up a million glasses…All. Over. The. House? I’ve got a solution for that! Plus, Exercise Challenge people can do this, too!
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Cousin Carolyn’s Low-Carb Cabbage (THM-S)

“Cabbage is the perfect low-carb vegetable.” Trim Healthy Mama, p. 312

“Cabbage is awesome when it’s covered in butter and baked in the oven.”
Heather Lewis, 2014

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Cousin Carolyn's Low-Carb Cabbage

The statement, “I have a large family,” is the understatement of the century in my case. Between both parents’ families, across generations, I have approximately 607,458 family members. It’s true…ish. Okay, maybe there are a few less. Seriously, anywhere I go, especially in the Memphis area, I see someone to whom I am related. Once I traveled to Boston for a teaching conference and, guess what? BAM, cousin. Right there in the hotel lobby.

This is my thirty-fifth cousin seven-times-removed, Mike.

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He’s a good guy to know if you like to hunt, fish, or otherwise slay anything in the out-of-doors. Naturally, Big Daddy and Mike like killin’ things together.

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It’s not my thing, but whatever, man. (Ducks are delicious, though!) Personally, I’m far and away more interested in being in relationship with Mike’s awesome wife, Cousin Carolyn. She and I are kindred spirits, in the sense that she likes to bake cookies, and I like to eat them. Our relationship is symbiotic that way. Give and take, more or less. I mean, just look at the cute stuff she turns out!

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Y’all! I die, seriously. And baked goods are not the only item in her repertoire, either.

One day, awhile back, Cousin Carolyn and I were talking about cabbage (and by ‘talking’, I mean Facebook messaging…y’all know I don’t talk to people unless I’m dying). Now, I know that cabbage is not exactly a hot topic, but, as you know, I’m an introvert and, therefore, generally socially awkward. It’s really not a thing for me to be talking with someone about things “normal” people wouldn’t dare touch in conversation. Cabbage is just something I happen to love, and Carolyn is known far and wide to be an expert cook.

Two and two still equals four in this part of the country.

Anyway, I was telling her how I usually chop it up, dump it in a pot, cover it in chicken stock and black pepper and boil it until it looks right, when she suggested that there might be another, better, even more tasty way to cook and eat cabbage.

And, y’all, she was right!

Here’s the low-down:

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. This aids in clean-up, which makes me happy. Split the cabbage in half, top to bottom, and then split those halves in half again. Those are fourths, for those of you who are calculating. Now, take each fourth and cut it crosswise. Now you have eighths. Math lesson: BONUS! Shred the eighths until you’ve got a bowl full of something that looks like this.

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Sprinkle copious amounts of sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder all over it and mix, mix, mix. Cabbage is somewhat of a blank slate, so you could really take it anywhere you wanted it to go at this point: onion powder, Creole seasoning, cumin, paprika. The list goes on and on.

Next, dump the seasoned cabbage onto the lined baking sheet. Don’t worry if it looks overly full. It’ll cook down in the oven.

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Top with butter pats. Step back and enjoy your masterpiece.

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Bake it for about 20-25 minutes. While  you’re waiting, give Carolyn’s Cake Crumbs and Cookie Dough page a once over. Who knows? You might need a cake or some cookies for, um, the kids. Right? After 20-25 minutes, take the cabbage out of the oven, give it a taste (careful, it’s hot!) and stir. Reseason as needed and put back into the oven. Roast it for another 20 minutes or until desired tenderness has been achieved. I like mine to still have a little crunch, but that’s just me.

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Try not to eat the whole thing. It’s like cabbage candy. Wait, what?

Here’s a printable recipe for you. Enjoy!

Cousin Carolyn's Low-Carb Cabbage (THM-S)

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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credit: http://www.adventuresinwomanland.wordpress.com

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Ingredients
1 head cabbage
2 sticks butter
sea salt
black pepper
garlic powder
other seasonings to taste

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400. Line baking sheet with foil.
2. Quarter and core cabbage. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
3. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder and other seasonings as desired.
4. Spread onto baking tray.
5. Place in preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove, stir and reseason.
6. Place back in oven and bake until tender.

Unintended, Unexpected Consequences

Yesterday I outlined for you (in a clipped, utilitarian way, thanks to my very busy life these days) our progress in the little, lifestyle change experiment we have going on here en la casa.

I told you about inches lost, weight lost, and showed you the pictorial evidence.

In the recent past, I’ve told you what we’re eating and our exercise plan. However, there are a few consequences of this journey about which I have not spoken.

Don’t worry. They’re all good.

1. Increased flexibility. The physical kind, not the time kind.

When we began Shredding, I was sure I was going to get bulky muscles, as I have a tendency to do when I workout with weights. However, what I’ve noticed over the course of the past 2 months is a massive increase in flexibility. The opposite of muscle bulk. I can stand flat-footed and press the palms of my hands to the floor; I can touch my nose to either knee; I can hold the bottom of my feet with straight legs.

Two months ago, I was doing well to touch my shins without throwing up.

2. Decreased household garbage output.

As the designated take-the-trash-to-the-garbage-dump person in our rural household, I’m well aware of just how many bags of garbage have to be slung each week. Since we’ve begun eating organic and cut out processed foods, our household garbage output has been cut in half.

Turns out, processed food comes with lots of packaging. Not only are we eating better and feeling better, but we’re saving the earth, one banana/mango/avocado at a time.

3. We share a common goal.

As a family, we are a unit, but we pretty much have individual goals in which the others have little interest. Oh, we show interest in each others’ “stuff” because we’re a family, and that’s what good families do. However, eating well and being active have become parts of the fabric of our family. We exercise together, shop for food together (The Diva and I do, anyway. Big Daddy can’t handle the Wal-Mart.), and prepare and eat the food together.  Outside of our daily Bible study time, this is the time of the day, every day, when we have a common enemy.

Her name is Jillian Michaels.

I’m sure there are more of these little changes in our lives, but for the life of me, I can’t think of them right now. I may or may not have Dissertation Brain, and it may or may not get worse before it gets better.

Feeling fitter than ever,

AinW

Ripped in 30 (60): 30 Day Results

Before I go into the results of the past 30 days in my little lifestyle change experiment, let’s take a look back at the journey. If you need to get up to speed.

The 30-Day Shred: Results

Ripped in 30: Day 15

Here’s the eating plan I’ve we’ve been following.

And a sample of the exercise.

We’ve completed the levels where the girls are wearing blue and yellow (2 weeks on each). Today, we move onto the pink level, as we call it in our house. There’s also a black-and-white level. If I’m still alive in 30 days after I’ve completed it, I’ll check back in with you here.

“You are now up to speed.”  Name that movie.

Stats for Ripped in 30/60 (First 30 Days)

Inches Lost:

Chest: 0″
Waist: 1″
Hips: 0″
Upper Arms (combined): 2″
Thighs (combined): 0″
Calves (combined): 1/2″

Weight Loss:

6 lbs.

Stats for Total Journey So Far

Inches Lost:

Chest: 3.5″
Waist: 6″
Hips: 5″
Upper Arms (combined): 4 1/4″
Thighs (combined): 5 1/4″
Calves (combined): 2 1/4″

Weight Loss:

38 lbs.

Clothing Size:

Down 3 pants sizes

Pictures

Still not brave enough to give them to you in color, but I will be. One day. Maybe.

That’s it for now. Very utilitarian in my post today, I know. Just busy but wanted to update you and build a personal altar to this point so I can have a place of remembrance. Like Abraham. Call me Abraham. No, don’t.

Oh, nevermind.

Tomorrow, I’m going to share with you some unintended, unexpected consequences of this whole journey.  Pretty neat stuff, if you ask me.

Thirty days from now I’ll be back here with the Ripped in 30/60 update and let you in on our next steps.  We have big plans, people! (Big Daddy and the Diva are getting Ripped, too!)

Peace out,
AinW

Snacking, These Days

Yesterday, I provided an overview of the illustrious Ms. Michaels’ book Master Your Metabolism and a brief glance into our household’s transition to said eating plan. Today, I thought I’d give those of you joining us on the journey a few, healthy-yet-tasty snack ideas.

Heck, even if you’re not taking the trek with us, these are things I’d eat anyway. They’re good. And good for you.

But mostly good.

Snack Idea #1: 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of raw honey, 1/8 cup chopped walnuts, 1/2 sliced banana.

We eat this one for pseudo-dessert after dinner each night. If you mix it all together, it tastes like whipped cream. Greek yogurt is very thick. There’s nothing watery about it.  The banana is sweet to those of us who eat no other form of sugar, and the honey tops it off. The crunchy walnuts give it some texture. It’s like eating nutty ice cream. Almost.

Snack Idea #2: 1 cup rolled or steel-cut (read: Irish or organic) oats, 1/8 cup chopped walnuts, 1/8 cup 60% cacao chocolate chips.

I eat this one for breakfast or anytime I need my chocolate fix. Ghiradelli makes the chips, and they have them at my Wal-Mart. If they have them at my Wal-Mart, I know they have them at yours. The steel-cut oats have mounds of protein, and I do not get hungry for at least 4 hours after I eat this.  The chips melt into the oats, and it’s like eating a chocolate oatmeal cookie with crunchy walnuts. Almost.

Snack Idea #3: 2-3 tablespoons hummus spread on a piece of whole wheat bread and topped with tomato slices.

We’ve got tomatoes running out our ears this time of year, and they are delicious! I make my own hummus in the blender (read: super easy), but you can certainly use the store-bought stuff. Sprinkle a touch of salt on there, and it’s a mid-afternoon treat.

Snack Idea #4: 1/4 sliced or cubed avocado, tomato slices, and natural cheese (I like Havarti.) rolled into a soft-taco-sized, whole-wheat tortilla.

There’s no food on earth I love more than avocado. Highest fruit/veggie in fiber terms, too. Sometimes I add a little of my homemade, garlic mayo or homemade hummus for creaminess. It’s superb! Just like a Taco Bell soft taco. Not really, thank the Lord.

Snack Idea #5: 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter on whole-wheat English muffin, with raw honey drizzle.

Super good. Sweet. Salty. Yum.

Snack Idea #6: 2 sliced Roma tomatoes, 4-5 chopped basil leaves, drizzles of olive oil, drizzle of balsamic vinegar, a bit of crumbled feta cheese

So good. And, except for the cheese, you can virtually eat yourself silly with little consequence. I love, love, love volume foods!

Let me know if any of these trip your trigger or if there are other foods you like for which you want snacking suggestions. I’m quickly becoming the master at transforming things I like into things I can eat.

Go forth and snack!
AinW