A Few Things

**My Dad’s surgery went well and he is recovering in the hospital. He did receive some other test results today and has an infection in another area of his body. Please keep him in your thoughts and pray that this will be fully curable with no complications. Thanks for all the kind words today everyone! You rock!

**I did 4.5 miles at the gym this morning, came home and Shredded. Anterior raises with side squats seriously suck. I am going to try and Shred before the twins get up in the morning so it is done BEFORE I go to the gym.

**I passed on alcohol at Buffalo Wild Wings tonight. That has never happened. I also left Target without buying Archer Farms Jalepeno Pretzels. They are seriously THE BEST pretzels in the world and I love them. So. Much.

**It was still light out at 8 when I was driving home tonight. That usually means warmer weather should be coming soon. Right??

**I haven’t even got our Easter decorations out yet. Does that make me a bad mother??

We Will Shred You!

Today was the beginning of our 30 Day Shred challenge (ala Jillian Michaels) over at Shrinking Jeans. I did an hour of cardio at the gym and then came home and did the shred workout. I am going to be one hurting unit tomorrow and will have to do it all over again!

AND I designed my first buttons EVER (Christy did some minor alterations)! I love doing it! Take a look:

I Shred with the Sisterhood!

I Shred with the Sisterhood!

Care to join us?

Hot for the Holidays Challenge, Week 11

Week 11:

Monday: Too busy searching for missing dog. Luckily, we found the little turd.

Tuesday: 20 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes bike, 30 minutes leg/ab weights. There was a man at the gym today wearing a Survivor buff. Sweet. I so want one. Erin and Melissa, obviously you don’t watch survivor. This is a buff: Can be worn as a tube top, skirt, bandanna… so many styles. ;o)

Wednesday: 30 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes bike, 30 minutes leg/ab weights. Working out lately is such a physical AND mental struggle! What’s up with this?

Thursday: Skipped the gym. Shampooing carpets. One of the pets decided to leave me a Nasty Mess. Disgusting. Be sure to check in on Monday!! Exciting news on a new website I am a part of. You’ll love it!

Hot for the Holidays Challenge Week 10

Week 10:

Monday: Out of town.

Tuesday: Out of town.

Wednesday: 30 minutes elliptical, 10 minutes arc, 30 minutes arm/ab weights. Why is it the minute I step on the machines, my nose starts running uncontrollably?? I hate it. It is so embarrassing.

Thursday: 30 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes bike, 20 minutes leg/ab weights. 2.96 miles in 30 minutes -yeah!

Friday: 30 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes arc, 30 minutes arm/ab weights. Finally a good workout for me.

Hot for the Holidays Challenge

Week 9:

Monday: Skipped gym because I wasn’t feeling well.

Tuesday: 30 minutes elliptical, 35 minutes arm/ab weights.

Wednesday: 30 minutes elliptical, 35 minutes leg/ab weights. Justin goes back to work tomorrow, so I am hoping to get back on somewhat of a schedule.

Thursday: I went. That’s about it. I struggled through 25 minutes of the elliptical and called it quits. I have been getting a cold all week and I think it just kicked my ass! I am just dragging this week.

Hot for the Holidays Challenge

Week 8:

Monday: 30 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes arc trainer, 25 minutes arm/ab weights. The gym is closing down until Friday for their grand opening of the remodel, so I am going to have to find something else to do.

Tuesday: 40 minutes run/walk outside with husband. Beautiful day out!

Wednesday: 40 minutes run/walk outside with hubby again.

Hot For the Holidays Challenge

Week 7

Monday: Put the gym clothes on -seriously. Took the kids to school. Argued with the hubby on the phone. Got pissed off, drove BY the gym and drove home. That’s right, blame it on the boy. Thanks Justin. ;o)

Tuesday: Put gym clothes on. Took the kids to school. Drove to gym. Went in gym. 30 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes arc trainer, 30 minutes arm/ab weights.

Wednesday: 30 minutes elliptical -had my BEST mile ever- 9:50!! Yay! Almost died. 20 minutes bike, 30 minutes leg/ab weights.

Hot for the Holidays Challenge

Week 6:

Monday: No gym, no workout. Sasa stayed home sick from school. Didn’t leave house.

Tuesday: Back to business. Sort of. 20 minutes elliptical -something really odd happened. About 15 minutes into it, my heart started racing and I began sweating more than usual and I thought I was going to lose my breakfast right then and there. I don’t know if I am getting THE virus or because I was pushing myself hard or because I hadn’t been to the gym in 5 days. 25 minutes bike, 30 minutes arm/ab weights.

Wednesday: 30 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes arc trainer, 25 minutes leg/ab weights. I took it easier on the weights really involving my knees today, my left knee has been giving me problems this week and it is usually my GOOD knee! I finally feel good about my workout again though.

Thursday: 30 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes bike, 25 minutes arm/ab weights.

Weekly Weigh-Ins and Works For Me

Week 3, 9/26/08: -2 lbs. I know, I know, everyone always says Good Job, but I have to admit that I am really disappointed that it is not more. I mean, what the heck? I am working SO HARD at exercising and eating right and I am only down a total of 4.8 lbs in THREE weeks? Ugh. I should be at my goal weight by the time I am 40 at this rate. The only thing that gives me a little pleasure is that I can totally notice a difference in my muscles.

Things that worked for me this week:

*I cut out the Diet Coke. Haven’t had any since Sunday. AMAZING difference in my hunger/craving level. Seriously. I am not giving up the coffee though.

*The tomato basil wraps I wrote about last week? Try them with 4 Schwans boneless buffalo chicken pieces (warm) and lettuce and a dash of reduced fat cheese. Delicious.

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Week 2,
9/19/08: +1.4 lbs. What?! Are you kidding me? I have been working my ass off EVERY weekday at the gym, doing good at WW… and I GAIN weight? Obviously, I am hugely disappointed. I can shake it off this week, but I better have a huge loss next week. The only thing I can think of to explain it, is it is almost THAT time and I always gain weight the week before.

Things that worked for me this week:

*Megan found these tomato basil wrap things at Walmart near the deli and they are only one point. And yummy!

*Songs that get me through my workout:
*Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers, Islands in the Stream. Don’t laugh. I love Dolly.
*Anything with Nelly Furtado or Timbaland.
*Monster Magnet, Space Lord.
*The Offspring, Hammerhead
*The Charlie Daniel’s Band, Devil Went Down to Georgia

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Week 1
, 9/12/08: -3.8 lbs. It was a short week, but I am down 3.8 from Monday. I am happy with that. I busted my ass at the gym this week and have done well with Weight Watchers except for Monday. I was dragging a little at the gym today, but I guess that is to be expected on day 5 in a row my first week. I am relieved to have two days off from working out however! ;o)

Things that worked for me this week:

*At the end of my cardio workouts when I just want to be done, “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue and “Hung Up” by Madonna help me pick up the pace and dig down deep for the energy to get me through it.

*Schwan’s Tomato Basil pizzas. YUMMY. And only 4 points.

*Having a PBJ on Sara Lee 45-calorie delightful bread and salad with a boiled egg or two for lunch. I’m usually hungry. ALL the time. This helps curb my appetite. Must be the protein.

*Trying to not eat after supper and if I have a glass of wine or a beer, I stop at one. Control, Melissa, Control.

Hot for the Holidays!!

This is my post where I am going to keep track of my weekly workouts and weight loss for the Hot for the Holidays challenge that takes place from September 8 through December 5.

Week 3:

Monday: 30 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes bike, 25 minutes leg/ab weights.

Tuesday: 30 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes arc trainer, 30 minutes arm/ab weights.

Wednesday: 30 minutes elliptical, 27 MINUTES ARC TRAINER!, 30 minutes leg/ab weights.

Thursday: 30 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes arc trainer, 10 minutes arm/ab weights. No, I didn’t wuss out, I had a dentist appointment!

Friday: 30 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes arc trainer, 30 minutes leg/ab weights.

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Week 2:

Monday: 30 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes bike, 30 minutes arm/ab weights.

Tuesday: 25 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes bike, 20 minutes leg/ab weights.

Wednesday: 30 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes on some horrid machine. Utter brutalness. 30 minutes arm/ab weights. **UPDATE** I have since found out this machine is called an arc trainer. Anyone else use it?

Thursday: 30 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes bike, 20 minutes leg/ab weights.

Friday: 30 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes “the killer” arc trainer, 30 minutes arm/ab weights.

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Week 1:

Monday: 20 minutes walking/jogging on the track, 15 minutes on elliptical, 25 minutes doing leg/ab weights.

Tuesday: 30 minutes elliptical, 10 minutes walking/jogging track, 25 minutes arms/ab weights.

Wednesday: 30 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes bike, 30 minutes leg/ab weights.

Thursday: 30 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes bike, 30 minutes arm/ab weights.

Friday: 30 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes bike, 20 minutes leg/ab weights.