Boot Camp Officially Completed!

I finished the bootcamp challenge, and…drumroll please…I popped on the scale this morning and low and behold – 189!!!  I’m out of the 190s!!!  Now I just have to stay out of them!!!!

I know I’ve really toned up during this challenge, and have really reinforced my exercise habits, which I really needed.  For now, I have decided that my goal is not going to be focused on losing the remaining weight, but rather keeping up my good habits and really rocking this healthy body I’ve given myself!

Just a quick facial comparison – this is me last February…

and this was just a couple of days ago…

Day One – Half Way Done

OK – 2nd protein shake of the day.  Headache setting in.  Jealous of the fact that my husband is having pulled venison bbq tonight for dinner.

4.5 days to go.

Frustrated With Myself

My eating is out of control.  I’m snacking.  I’m eating crap.  And it’s time to stop.

Tomorrow, I’m going to do the 5 Day Pouch Test to get a better hold on my tool and remind myself that it works.  Below is a summary of the five day pouch test:

Below you will find a brief list of the menu for each day. Please click the “Read more” links for further detail and hints and tips that will enable your success with the 5 Day Pouch Test.

Days One & Two: Liquid Protein
low-carb protein shakes, broth, clear or cream soups, sugar-free gelatin and pudding. Read more.

Day 3: Soft Protein
canned fish (tuna or salmon) eggs, fresh soft fish (tilapia, sole, orange roughy. Read more.

Day 4: Firm Protein
ground meat (turkey, beef, chicken, lamb), shellfish, scallops, lobster, fresh salmon or halibut. Read more.

Day 5: Solid Protein
white meat poultry, beef steak, pork, lamb, wild game

I need to give my body a chance to clense itself of all the crap I’m eating and feel that restriction in my pouch.  Once I’m done, I’ll be able to go back to measuring my food (something else I’ve gotten away from) and concentrating on proteins and cutting out the carbs.  Oh carbs, you are teh ebil.

Wish me luck.  I’m preparing now for the ginormous headach.  Sigh.

Working Out With The Husband

So, in December, my husband had a cardiac scare.  Well, let me say that I was the one who was scared…he was his typical self.  Although he did admit to me that it worried him.  Anyway, he had a pretty bad heart arrythmia, which has since been diagnosed as AVT, an arrythmia that causes the heart to skip a beat, and then add an extra beat to make up for it.

We had a number of tests done, and went to see my cardiologist (who I think is a God), and it turns out there is nothing structurally WRONG with his heart.  He essentially OD’ed on caffeine and chocolate.  So, the cardiologist has recommended 1) giving up caffeiene and chocolate; 2) having a sleep study done – Bob does have apnea; 3) aggressive weight loss; and 4) an exercise program.

So, we’ve started him on a better eating plan (translation, he eats what I fix, and no snacks) and last night, since he’s now been cleared to exercise, we began his exercise regimine.

Now, Bob has not exercised faithfully in three years  – not since before our wedding.  And then he was walking about half a mile a day – which isn’t much, but was more than what he regularly did.  Right now, it’s cold, and miserable, and damp outside and we are getting snow and/or ice every three or so days.  So, I have introduced him to the wonders of Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away the Pounds.  I’ve been using her DVDs pretty much as a regular source in my workout and bootcamp regimine since I can’t make it to the gym anymore, and I have a DVD of hers that includes a 1, 2, 3 and 4 mile walk.  I love the 3 and 4 mile walks, but decided that was probably WAY too much for someone who hadn’t exercised regularly in three years.

We started off on the one mile walk.

I’m so proud of him.  He finished it – and added the weights.  And, he didn’t complain.  Well, he did state that he couldn’t believe he was exercising to a workout dvd.  And he also told me at one point, when we were doing the kickbacks that his balls were dangling.  My husband, so poetic.  But he finished it.  I’m so proud of him.

We’re going to work out together every day for a week (which means I’ve got to adjust my workout to accomodate him, so I’m adding extra walks in where I can – walking from work to the train station in the evenings). 

If you are wondering, Bob does not qualify for WLS.  He is 216 pounds, and his BMI is 37.07 – under the 40 cutoff.  And he’s been laying around and eating junk for three years.  We’re going to try this route.  Wish him luck!

Product Review: ASSETS by Sara Blakely Open-Bust Cami

One of the big downfalls of fast and excessive weightloss is the lovely extra skin that hangs around afterwards.  I’m still pingponging back and forth as to whether or not I want plastics (after the last Big Medicine I saw, it’s a “no” right now – toooo many staples!), but I’m definitely at the point now where I need shapewear.  I have a ton of extra skin around my arms, thighs, butt and midsection that is unsightly as all get out.  The doctor is estimating now it’s probably 10 to 15 pounds of extra skin – which means if it were GONE I’d be in the 170s by now…grrr.

I’m tired of feeling like a flappy raisin, so before the new year, I went out and got one of these bad boys:

This is the Assets Open-Bust Cami by Sara Blakely – it goes under the bra, and down to the pubic area – the areas that I feel most self conscious about right now – my thighs can be hidden by slacks, and my arms by sweaters, but I still have that pouch of extra skin around the middle that I hate, and my poor boobs look like deflated sweat socks.  I had read reviews about this product, and decided to try it.  Sara Blakely is the one who invented SPANX – which I love – but they are really expensive.  The Assets line is slightly less expensive, which is a good thing!

I was happy to see it was available at Target and they had a number of sizes – not just small, medium and large.  I got the XL and was happy to find that it’s normal price of $28 was marked down to $18 (W00T!).  I decided to give this baby a try on New Year’s Eve.

The fit was awesome – the straps are not only adjustable lengthwise, but also fixed so you can adjust them out or in on your bustline.  The fabric is comfortable, and breathable – a big plus for me because I have really sensitive skin – if I sweat too much, it causes an flair up, but this fabric was completely comfortable.

The fit…or Jebus the fit – it pulled in an smoothed my midsection and gave me a cute little wasteline, but not only that ladies…NOT ONLY THAT (which was a huge plus)….my BOOBS…OH MY BOOBS!  They looked FANTASTIC!!!  I think because the cami aids in keeping really great posture (which I admit I have a hard time with) it really helped the girls get up there and stay there.  I was so happy.

I can’t recommend this product enough.  It’s light enough to wear every day.  It washes well (its says it is machine washable, but I do a gentle cycle and hang it to dry).  It wears well, and it’s breathable.  I’m going to try some of the other products next to see if I like them as much.

Now go – get one!!!

Bootcamp BOOYA!

I’ve decided not to weigh myself until Feb. 15th- that’s when I go back to the doctor.  BUT I did lose two inches last week – my first week of bootcamp!  W00T!

I’m getting more into the swing of every day exercise, and learning to vary up my programs is paying off.  Yesterday, I did a quick 20 minute cardio and 20 minutes of a lower body workout with Biggest Loser.  Today I did 60 minutes of cardio (thanks to Leslie Sansone and the 4 mile supercharged walk away the pounds dvd!).  Tomorrow, pilates and 20 minutes of cardio.

I need to find some good core exercises, and I think pilates will satisfy that.  I’m going to try some more yoga too.

And I’m really feeling things.  Sore in all my muscles! 

Next post will be a review of my new body shaper – well hello bewbies!

Week One Done Baby!

I’ve completed week one of the Spark People 28 Day Boot Camp!  I’m sore but it’s worth it because I know I’ve toned up this week.

I’ve gotten two new DVDs for workouts – both by Leslie Sansone.  One is her Walk Away the Pounds DVD – it has four different workouts on it – 1, 2, 3 and 4 miles.  I figure on the days I concentrate mostly on cardio I’ll do the 3 or 4 mile, and the days I do mostly strength training, I’ll add the 1 or 2 mile.  I also got her pilates DVD (You Can Do!  Pilates).  I’ll try that tomorrow.  I will mix it up with my other workouts – the Zumba (I still suck at Zumba!), yoga, and my biggest loser workouts.  I don’t want to get in a rutt with the exercise because according to my exercise counselor, your body gets used to the routines.

My husband still hasn’t been cleared to exercise yet, but once he gets clearance from the cardio, I’ll get him started on the 1 or 2 mile walks until we can get back outside.

I’ve also used the shake weight – let me tell you, the little six minute DVD workout that came with it you can REALLY feel it.  I’m excited about making progress with my upper arms.   I’m hoping to tone that skin up.  I saw a show where a girl had the armplasty surgery, and OMG that was a lot of staples.  I’m such a chicken!

Keep up the good work my fellow weightlosers!!!  I’ve done really good with tracking my food this week, lower the fat content and trying to keep snacking to a minimum.  I have a big old pot of beef barley soup on the stove today and its full of veggies and good carbs!

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