Operation Skinny Jeans: May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

Sponsor Bingo! (kinda…)

Good morning and Happy Friday! If you don't read my comments (who does really, besides me…) then you don't know that after I blogged about Rip Deck, they contacted me to feature my workouts in their app. I am so honored and surprised! I will definitely let you know when that happens!

So last week, Holly at Where We Can Live Like Jack and Sally did a game with her sponsors and gave away a prize to the winner! I am stealing was inspired by this idea so I threw together a little game about my sponsors. The first person to answer all the questions correctly, and email me at operationskinnyjeansblog@gmail.com with their answers, wins a month of free 300x300 sponsorship! That's a $10 value :D And heck to sweeten the pot, I will also paypal you over $2 so you can buy the Rip Deck app yourself and try it out. So now it's a $12 value. Boom. :P

All the questions pertain to one of my sponsors, which can be found at the bottom of this post, to the right under my picture, and a little farther down under the "sponsors" heading. Good Luck and May the Odds be Ever in your Favor.

1. This sponsor has a Bachelors degree in Business, and has two kids. What is her Instagram name?
2. This sponsor has 6 kids! How many followers does she have on facebook?
3. This sponsor is the Country music blogger for the GRAMMYS! (so cool!) What sport does her son play?
4. This sponsor is a Systems Analyst. How many Pinterest Boards does she have?
5. This sponsor is a stay at home mommy of 2. How much as she lost according to the MFP sticker on her blog?
6. This sponsor sells Origami Owl. What is her first name?
7. This sponsor has me listed as a “must read” on her blog sidebar. How many followers does she have on Pinterest?
8. Two of my sponsors make beautiful jewelry! What are the names of their jewelry shops?
9. Two of my sponsors’ are named Sarah. What are their names on Instagram?
10. This sponsor lost 110 lbs and loves chevron and glitter. What is the name of the link up she holds on Wednesdays?
11. These two sponsors are co-hosts of the new Weigh in Wednesday! What colors are the frames around their pictures?
12. This sponsor lives in France. (jealous!) What is the adorable nickname she uses for her Husband?
13. This blogger’s mascot has only one eye. What is her MFP name?

Good luck everyone! Have fun hopping around and maybe follow a few new people if you like. The first person to email me with the correct answers wins!

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Look into my mouth

I think the question I get asked the most is what do you eat. I am curious what other people eat too, so I thought I should share!

Before a workout, I usually eat a banana or a slice of whole wheat toast with Peanut Butter. I have found this fills me up and gives me energy for a workout. I also try to drink at least 12 ounces of water before I get to the gym.

Leaving the gym, I usually have a protein shake. I really like Muscle Milk vanilla because it is delicious by itself with water, and mixed in with fruit and soy milk. I take the train to work, so I drink it on there. I usually drink about 24 ounces of water at the gym. What can I say, I am thirsty while working out lol

Once I get to work, I have a cup of coffee and a protein and carb.  I usually have a hard boiled egg and piece of toast or a granola bar (right now we have these Nature Valley Soft Baked Oatmeal Squares I really like. They aren't on their website which is weird, but we found them at Costco…) I drink another 24 ounces of water too.

Morning snack time comes around and I usually have 2 ounces of cheddar cheese, or some nuts. I like veggies for this snack too. :D I drink about 12 ounces of water around this time too.

For lunch, I try to have protein and veggies and carbs. One of my favorite lunches is Turkey Taco Lettuce Tacos. I take a romaine leaf and use it like a taco shell. Delish! I try to drink 24 ounces of water with lunch.

Around 2, I have something sweet like berries, grapes or yogurt. I drink 24 more ounces of water throughout the afternoon

Then when I leave work, I usually have a string cheese or hard boiled egg, something like that. I hate being hangry before dinner. I drink another 12- 24 ounces on the train home. (I have a 24 oz water bottle)

For dinner, we usually make something with protein and veggies. Last night we had burgers with mashed sweet potatoes. We make Spaghetti Squash spaghetti sometimes, chicken with a side, things like that. And I have a 12 oz glass of water with dinner too.

Throughout the day I drink about 120 ounces of water. If I could get my act together as far as sharing recipes goes, I would totally do that, but alas.

What do you eat for dinner? Do you have a pretty set routine? I find a good routine keeps me on the right track!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Weigh In / Work Out Wednesday 5-29

Sorry I missed last Wednesday! I am back and on the right track this week! As always, I am linking up with Weigh in Wednesday and Workout Wednesday!

Pretty Strong Medicine


I have to say I am a little frustrated with myself. I feel like I have been playing in the save 5 lbs for like two months! I need to figure my shit out and just do it already. My husband has been working his ass off too and yesterday in the mirror we were both flexing to be dorks, and there was no change between my relaxed arms and my flexed arms. But when he flexed, you could see some muscles forming and I am SO proud of him. He is doing awesome, but I need to re-focus. That brings me to this week's weigh in. 

250.9 (+3.1) (-34.7)

So that's that. I am ready to take control of my self and make this week counts. 

For Workouts, I have discovered a new iPhone app I LUV!!!

Rip Deck is basically my 52 card sweat workout

but on your phone, and easier in the moment. You can personalize it 100%, and you just push the button to see your next card. 

We built workouts for any occasion.

It even tells you how long it took you to do each exercise. I really like this app. It is $1.99 but I definitely think it's 100% worth it. It makes your workout fun and easy, and you do 100 reps of each move by doing it. It keeps your body moving and keeps you interested. And in case anyone was wondering, Rip Deck doesn't know who I am, this isnt sponsored, I just love it. lol

I am also starting Couch to 5K again. I kinda started it a few weeks ago but the DHC Challenge got in my way so I am ready to get back on the right track :D I didn't have any troubles getting through week one which was a huge accomplishment for me! I am excited to complete it for the first time (out of 5 times I have started it lol). 

How are you moving your body? Join the Skinny Meg Workout Wednesday link up! It's a super fun time :D

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

36 in 365, update time!

It's been a while (eek! end of January!!) since I have updated you all on my 36 in 365 progress!

As a refresher, here is my list!

  1. Lose 25 lbs Woot! 
  2. Lose 50 lbs (235)
  3. Lose 75 lbs (210)
  4. Get into "one"derland! (199, duh)
  5. Lose 100 lbs (185)
  6. Lose 125 lbs (160)
  7. Hit my goal of 130!
  8. Do a 5K Check! It was awesome! Read more here
  9. Run a 5K
  10. Run a 5K in under 45 min
  11. Run a 5K in under 35 min
  12. Wake up early to work out, just once.  3 times a week my friends! I am doing it!
  13. Take a Yoga class Twice a week, and it is kicking my ass!
  14. Take a Kickboxing class
  15. Take a Spin class
  16. Take a Zumba class  It was super fast paced and it kicked my ass, but I liked it!
  17. Complete the "Commit to Fit" Weight loss challenge  Done! Check out how my final thoughts here.
  18. Go to the gym 5 days a week for a month. June is my month! I have got this!
  19. Run a mile Yup, this happened :D Read here
  20. Run a mile in under 10 min
  21. Do 10 push-ups (real ones.)
  22. Climb 10 flights of stairs
  23. Go on a hike
  24. Buy a Bike
  25. Learn how to swim (yeah yeah, I know)
  26. Get a physical and have my bloodsugar and cholesterol tested. OMG I did this! I need to write about it…. 
  27. Wear a size 18
  28. Wear a "normal" size (16)
  29. Get rid of all my "fat"clothes
  30. Buy a pair of Skinny Jeans Nailed it! Look!
  31. Buy a pair of normal width boots!
  32. Get into single digit sizes
  33. Become a success story
  34. Get pregnant
  35. Buy a new swim suit
  36. Wear a Bikini

As you can see, I entered 2013 with some BIG goals! I am a little nervous I wont accomplish some of these, but the year isn't even half way over. I've got time!

I am only 12 ish lbs away from losing 50 lbs which is awesome. I wanna be there by the end of June. It is my goal to be in "onderland" by my 26th birthday in September.

I am really close to size 18 pants too. My 20's are a bit big, and I tried on a pair of 20's at Old Navy and they were too big. I should go try on an 18 to be sure. I will probably cry lol.

I want to buy a bike this summer, or get one for my birthday. My husband has a bike, but I don't, so I need to get on that :D

I am almost done getting rid of my "fat" clothes. I am not sure I have anything else that fits, besides shirt. I actually noticed that my shirts still fit, just fit better, which made me realize how delusional I was 40 lbs ago. How did I think that looked good??

Anyhoo, I am on the right track! I am going to update again at the end of June, and hopefully cross off a few more things!

How are you doing on your 2013 goals?

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Weekly Goals Link Party 5-27

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your holiday and made good choices at any BBQ's this weekend :D

I want to thank everyone that has given their lives in the fight for our freedom, and everyone who has put their life on the line. This is what Memorial Day is about :D

Onto the goals! First I want to thank all of you that link up for joining me week to week! I love seeing how you are doing and I have found lots of new blogs I love to read through this link up! I definitely encourage you jump around and meet other awesome bloggers :D

Last week, my goals were:

1. Our 10 Week Challenge is going STRONG! There are so many people dropping pounds like they're hot and I am so inspired by everyone! This week our Mini Challenge was to drink water! I did awesome and it really helped to pay attention and make a conscious effort to get all my ounces in. 

2. Finish week 2 of the DHCC strong. I did it! In case you missed my recap on Friday, we won!!! And I was 2nd among our team for going the most times in the two weeks. I am so proud of myself! 

3. Don't fall off the wagon. I actually did well with this this week! We had ANOTHER pot luck at work on Friday (lots of birthdays…) and I did okay! I didn't go crazy, but I did try everything. I think moderation is key :D

So this week! 

This week's Mini Challenge is to Track Track Track! I will be honest, I haven't tracked in a couple months :/ I really have noticed my loss is less consistent without tracking and I want to get back to it. This week I wanna focus on that.

Now that the DHC Competition is over, I need to get back into a normal routine. We are planning what workouts and what days we are going to work out this week, and I plan to stick to it. 

I would really say the secret to my success has been keeping my body consistently fueled. I don't let myself get hungry because when I get hungry, I have a harder time controlling myself and making better choices. It takes a lot of planning but I try to eat roughly at 6, 8, 10, 12, 2, 4 and 6. It works out well because I finish working out at 6, get to work at 8, take a break at 10, lunch at 12, break at 2, leave at 4 then eat dinner at 6. It seems like I eat all the time, but it helps me stay in control. 

Are you making goals this week? If so, link them up with me! 

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Friday, May 24, 2013

And the Winner is….

Last night was the award ceremony for the Denver's Healthiest Companies Competition. If you are new, welcome, and the DHC Comp was a 2 week competition that my job was chosen to join, where 10 people from our company were given a free two week membership to the Colorado Athletic Club. The team that went the highest number of times to the gym in those two weeks would win a free month of membership to the club, AND bragging rights as Denver's Healthiest Company.

I was beyond honored when our team captain asked me to be on his team. It's no secret around my office that I am shrinking, and working my ass off to do so. It meant a lot to me that he felt I would be a great member of the team. I was in full on combat mode from that day forward. I went to the gym 3 times a day, every weekday for those two weeks. I was determined to not be the reason our team lost.

"But 3 workouts a day is probably too many." you might be thinking, and I kinda agree. I didn't work out every time I went. I typically took a class in the morning (mostly yoga), then something light like arms or legs or the steam room if I was feeling sore at lunch. Then at night, I did cardio. I would do 30 minutes on the elliptical or treadmill.

Shot of our team during our group work out sesh.
By the end of the two weeks, I was EXHAUSTED, omg. But I was really proud of the hard work I put into it, and I was super excited to see if we won.

So last night at the award ceremony, we were so nervous and excited to finally know. So when they read the second place winners and it wasn't us, we were stoked! They said our name and we all screamed like we had been chosen on the price is right lol. It was the most exciting thing ever. We beat the 2nd place team by 130 points. That's INSANE!

It just proves what a dedicated and motivated group of people can accomplish.

I am so proud of how we did and we also found out that I went the 2nd most # of times in those two weeks. Out of 10 people, I can't believe I was 2nd. That was pretty great.

So there you have it. I would call the DHCC a success. It put me back in the right frame of mind and I am pumped to be on this journey and to keep losing.

Are you competitive? Do competitions like this keep you motivated? I found it really did light my fire. :D
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

I wanna run a half

Sorry about falling off the Internet yesterday! All this gym time for Denver's Healthiest Companies is cutting into my blogging time lol.

Good news is, it ends today! I find out tonight if our team won! 

So I have been thinking about my longer term goals, and I want to run a half. Yes I haven't even run a full 5K yet, but I am getting there. There is a race here next August called the Georgetown to Idaho Springs half and it is completely down hill. Cheating? Maybe, but it's also in the mountains so less oxygen. 

Either way I know it's a lofty goal, but it's something to shoot toward. 

Have you ever run a half? Any tips? Think I could adequately train for it in 15 months?

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

USANA Reset Cleanse Review

As I mentioned last Monday, I was asked by Maria if I wanted to try out the USANA Reset. I have never done a cleanse or detox, so I was definitely curious. To be honest, I was a little skeptical because my philosophy of weight loss has really been "eat right and move" rather than "restrict, restrict, restrict." but I decided to give it a try.

The Reset came in the mail in a cool box that made things easier I think. It included 5 Strawberry shakes, 5 Vanilla shakes, 5 Chocolate shakes, 5 Peanut Butter Crunch bars and 5 Oatmeal Cookie bars, 5 "AM" packs of vitamins and 5"PM" Packs of vitamins. It also included a blender bottle. I was really impressed with the packaging and it made me look forward to starting the journey.

Sorry for the crappy iPhone pic :/

The plan on the Reset is to drink 3 shakes, eat 2 bars, and take 2 vitamin packs a day, as well as eat 1 serving of fruit or veggies a day for 5 days.

Day one of the cleanse was Monday. I mixed up a shake after my morning workout and to be 100% honest, I was kinda disappointed with the taste. One thing I was nervous about was that the shakes wouldn't taste very good, and they didn't. One of the protein shakes I have tried is Muscle Milk and that stuff tastes like a milkshake, so I was pretty bummed that these shakes were bland. A friend of mine tried a sip and said it tasted like ground up multi-vitamins and water. I agreed. But it did have a thick creamy texture which was nice, and when I added some ice so it was cold, it really wasn't that bad.

Two things I noticed on day one, I wasn't really hungry. The shakes and bars kept me feeling full, which was appreciated. Speaking of the bars, they were okay too. The Oatmeal bar tasted kinda like a Lara bar, which I don't really love (not a fan of dates) but it wasn't bad. And I know lots of people who love Lara bars. The Peanut Butter Crunch one was actually a lifesaver. With the shakes being kinda tasteless, I found myself wanting something that TASTED good. These were chocolatey and peanuty and they definitely kept me from making bad choices.

The other thing I noticed on Day 1 is that my head freaking hurt. I had a pretty terrible headache. And I was kinda foggy, like I didn't sleep well the night before (when I know I had, thanks to my Body Bugg). It wasn't so bad that I didn't want to keep going, but it felt noteworthy.

Day two I woke up with a good attitude and a headache, and soldiered on. I tried the strawberry for breakfast, mixed with frozen strawberries for taste (I counted it as my fruit) and it was good. It made the shake a lot bigger, which felt more filling too. I was a little less foggy, but my headache was persistent. I didn't feel hungry, and I felt pretty good about the last 3 days.

Day three hit my like a ton of bricks. I was hungry waking up, and I STILL had a headache (which was seriously getting old) and I wasn't really looking forward to the shakes, but I kept going. Once I got to work, I went back into autopilot mode so I didn't think so much about what I didn't get to have. Wednesday was definitely the hardest day to keep going, but I did it anyway.

Day four I woke up without a headache and I think I started singing. I had my normal amount of energy back, and in general I felt pretty good. I kept saying "Just until Friday!" as I chugged the shakes. The taste didn't bother me anymore, but I still added ice so they were more palatable. It's funny, the smell like they should taste really good, so I found if I smelled then chugged, it was almost easier lol.

Day five I was ready to just kill it. I had gone this far, no way I wasn't going to finish strong. I am not going to lie, as I finished that last shake, I was really happy I did it. This cleanse was a funny thing for me. It was really hard. It took a lot of will power to stick it out, but I am glad I did. I pushed myself and showed myself that I am a really strong person when I want to be. And by Friday, I had energy again and I felt pretty good. I was pretty excited to get to eat something delicious, but I didn't have the desire to go crazy and eat cupcakes lol.

So bottom line, I am glad I did it. I proved to myself that I was strong enough to do something like this. Did I lose weight? Yea, I lost 3 lbs in the 5 days. I am glad it wasn't for naught in that department.

Lastly, would I recommend it? My answer is maybe. Obviously this wasn't the easiest or most pleasant week of my life, but I learned that I am stronger than I thought. I still 100% believe that you can be successful in weight loss without doing things like this.

If you are interested in more info, Maria is great! Here is her Facebook Page and Website.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Weekly Goals Link Party 5-20

I can't believe May is over halfway over. This year is flying by.

I am so glad I can eat real food again lol. I am oversharing all about the USANA Reset cleanse I did last week tomorrow, so hold tight just one more day :D

Lets recap how I did this week!

1. Try Something New- This week's Mini Challenge for the 10 Week Challenge was to switch up your work out routine and try something new! I tried out Hot Yoga and I have to say I loved it. I was a little nervous because I get claustrophobic if I can't breathe cold air (think head under the blanket) and the room was really uncomfortable for me at first. I fended off a minor hyperventilating attack (don't hate, I am weird) but I pushed through it and I am glad I did.

2. Don't Skip a Workout- I did pretty good on this one too! I am going to call it a success, but I didn't work out on Wednesday. I reactivated an old back injury and I was pretty immobile on Wednesday (so much so I called into work). I have to remember to take care of myself and not push through the pain sometimes. Duly noted :D I am feeling much better now, still taking it easy, but I really kicked ass at the gym this week. I can't wait to tell you all about the Denver's Healthiest Companies Competition on Friday.  Here is a photo from their Facebook to whet your appetite :)

I am in the middle, on my knees lol

3. Don't Cheat on the USANA Reset. I am proud to say I didn't cheat, and I can't wait to tell you all about it tomorrow :D

This week's goals!

This week's "10 Week Challenge" mini goal is to drink lots of water. I am pretty good at this during the week, but on the weekends I have a hard time getting in my recommended amount. There are lots of different sources that tell you how much you should drink, so google to see what you think you should do, but I try to stay between 64 oz (8, 8 oz glasses) and 128 oz (a gallon) a day. I know that's a wide range, but I have heard both. If I am working out, I definitely get a full gallon in a day. 

This is the last week of the Denver's Healthiest Companies Challenge and I want to win. I want to win for my company and I want to win for me. I am a pretty competitive person so this challenge really has me pumped. My plan is to hit it hard until the end of the comp on Thursday so I can really say I gave it my all. Then I want to take Friday off as a rest day, and work out a schedule to get back to my normal work out routine. These two weeks are not even close to normal (3 a days? lol) so I need to get back to a normal schedule.

I wont lie to you, Saturday wasn't my healthiest day. I was so excited to eat delicious food after the cleanse and we had friends over for my famous Sloppy Tacos (don't expect a recipe, my healthy blog would be shut down haha). I did pace myself and I didn't over eat, but I didn't pay much attention to making good choices either. My goal this week is to get back on track with eating, and to not fall off the wagon. 

Making goals this week? Making small achievable weekly goals are the stepping stones to success! Link them up with me for some extra accountability! 

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Sponsor Round Up!

Sorry for the late post! Today I just wanted to point you in the direction of my awesome sponsors! Who are my sponsors you might ask? Well you can find their buttons on the right side of my blog, and also at the bottom of every post. Allow me to introduce them :D
Amy from Diary of a Fat Mommy is a mom on a mission to drop the lbs and look hot! She is funny and inspirational and has a super cute blog that she designed herself! Check her out!
The Diary of a Fat Mommy

Lex from Life By Lex is a blogging renisance woman! She blogs about life, crafting, weight loss, and everything inbetween. I love linking up with her and KTJ's Non Scale Victory Link Up on Thursdays :D
Life By Lex

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

A New Perspective

First! My Origami Owl Giveaway winner has been chosen! She has been notified by email and has 24 hours to respond! If she doesn't, I will choose a new winner. Also, if you won the bag of chips giveaway, have no fear I will be contacting you this week to get those to you! #holymoleymylifehasbeencrazybusybutididntforgetyou :D

I am really interested in other people's journeys. Not only am I am blogger, I am an AVID reader. My bloglovin is filled with new posts every morning. I love even more when people who don't blog share their journey with me. I feel like I am personally invested in the success of every person on the internet. It can be time consuming lol :D

That being said, I want to introduce you to Nicole. She shared her struggles and successes with me and I want to share them with you. Take it away Nicole!


When it comes to weight loss I feel as though I am a constant “work in progress”. From the college 15 that turned into the college 50 to the subsequent 45-lb gain, I have always had work to do but rarely the motivation to do it. I’ve had gym memberships languish, Curves cards gather dust on my keychain, and an entire box of workout DVDs bought optimistically over the years abandoned at Goodwill (and really, Carmen Electra’s Strip Tease Workout? Just why), but I could never tell you why that was – I have never been happy with my body, even as a reasonable size 7 in high school.

        It turns out what I was lacking was the right brand of motivation; that is, losing weight for myself. During a long series of monogamous relationships I found myself rollercoastering between wanting to lose weight for the Ephemeral Him and insisting to myself that I must look fine because I was happy and in love. But recently, all on my very lonesome aside from my dog, I’ve decided that I’m kind of sick of looking this way. I decided to start exercising and monitoring my eating. And lo and behold, we’re 7 weeks in and I’m not going to say I haven’t cheated, but I certainly haven’t given up.

        My secret weapon is P90X. There are a few reasons that I chose this program, but the main one is that I prefer working out at home. I am not much for spending money on gym memberships/machines and group classes make me self-conscious. The secondary reason is that I am hella impatient. Think of the most impatient 3-year-old you know and multiply it by about a thousand. I want results and I want them now, not in three years with good habits. P90X promised to satisfy both of these conditions, so I decided to hop on the bandwagon with Tony.

        I can’t say that I am a success story yet. After Phase 1 I hadn’t lost any weight, but I was stronger and my body felt cleaner. I was no longer lethargic all day at work. But the numbers were dejecting – there was no real change in clothing size either because of where the weight was coming off. It is important to note here that during Phase 1 I was not following the nutrition program. I’m hypoglycemic, and picky, and in general I feel as though I eat just fine so I let my laziness rationalize that the exercise alone was going to get me 90-day Challenge worthy results. But the lack of tangible results hit me so hard that I skipped four workouts the last week of Phase 1 and ate out several times that week.

        Enter Phase 2. During this phase I spoke with my coach on TeamBeachBody.com about nutrition, and we settled on an 1100-calorie per day limit with no micronutrient breakdown. After tracking it for two weeks I realized that the things I consider to be my “diet” are really my “at home” foods—during the typical week I eat out way more than I thought, especially with unplanned work outings, and I have a small addiction to breakfast burritos (to give you an idea, I thought I ate 1 or maybe 2 a week; turns out I eat those 800-calorie suckers 3-5 times a week most weeks). Calorie counting is onerous and irritating, but you can bet I now think twice before allocating 2/3 of my calorie intake to a breakfast indulgence. Also, even though I’m not managing my micronutrients, I still get to see the pie chart so I pay a little more attention to the amount of fat in my diet regardless. J

        The second change I made in Phase 2 was upping my exercise to a version of P90X doubles. My biggest issue with Phase I was that I was putting on muscle but not burning enough fat, so now I add an extra cardio workout to my strength training days. Right now I prefer the INSANITY Fast & Furious because honestly I can barely make it through it, and that is the kind of intensity I need to feel like I’m getting results. The last change I made is not looking at a scale. That’s right, I don’t weigh myself. There are a million opinions on this, but with P90X the numbers are going to mean less to me than to many people. I focus on the way I feel and the way I look, and consider it a win if either of those is improving. I've recently become a BeachBody Coach so that I can help support people just like me! If you’d like to talk to me more about P90X or the other BeachBody workouts I’ve tried, or frankly anything else regarding my weight loss frustrations and strategies, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail at nmangio@gmail.com. Have a super sparkly day!

Here is Nicole before and now. 

I think everyone can relate to Nicole's struggles and successes. I think she would be an awesome person to chat with if you are looking for support. :D

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Weigh in/ Work out Wednesday 5-15

This Wednesday I am linking up with two of my favorite link ups!




This week I started the USANA Reset and so far so good. I am excited to share all the hairy details of my experience. Last week (Wednesday- Sunday) I really tried to eat well and even controlled myself on Mother's day. So I was super excited when I saw this number come up :D

247.8 (-3.1) (-37.8)

Two things.

1. Eff yeah! Look at that number!
2. Out of the 250's! I never wanna go back!

So yeah I am pretty excited about this week and I can't wait to keep on going!

On the Workout Wednesday front, I am super excited about how the DHC Competition is going! I have been getting in 3 sweat sesh's a day, which is a lot but two of them are pretty short, like 30 minutes. Today is my rest day because I am having some back pains. I should be back in there tomorrow :D

As part of the program, we were assigned a trainer who lead our whole team in a group work out class and we did a really similar work out to my 52 card sweat!

But instead of plank, we did burpees lol. Those things are no joke! I was excited to revisit this work and I definitely wanna do it again soon. It kicks your ass, but isnt boring because you are constantly changing up the exercises! 

What are you doing this week to switch things up?

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DIY- T-Shirt to Work Out Tank

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I love to DIY. Any time I can take something I kinda like and turn it into something I love, I am happy. I have seen people turn t-shirts into workout shirts all over Pinterest, so I decided to try it myself. I didn't use a tutorial, I had an idea and ran with it :D

1. Take a t-shirt you want to change and put it on. Put a tank top you like the shape of over it.  I am wearing my team shirt for the DHC Challenge. I don't like working out in t-shirts, so I knew I wanted to make a change.

2. Trace around the seam of the tank top with chalk (or a pen if chalk doesn't show up on your shirt). The design is on the back of my shirt, so I made sure to use a tank top that was wide enough in the back to preserve the design.

3. Cut along the chalk lines and tada! Unless you are a bit of a perfectionist like me. I folded over the edge and hemmed around the seams. 

I really like it! I have a few race shirts I wanna switch up. I love how it turned out! I can save some money on work out shirts in the future now :D

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Weekly Goals Link Party 5-13

Happy belated Mother's Day to all the mommas out there! I am working my ass of to join you :D

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Weekends are always tough, even tho I feel like I have a pretty good handle on the weeks. I hope you all were good over the holiday :D

Lets review last week's goals:

1. Find my inspiration. I really dug deep this week and focused on why I am doing this. It gives me the strength to keep going. Especially going through another Mother's Day without the title, I am more motivated than ever to do what I need to do to be a mom.

2. Do squats every day. Again I did okay on this one 5/7. I did try to do them in the bathroom, but my work has automatic toilets so they kept flushing lol.

3. Eat fruits and veggies. I definitely did better this week. I think making a conscious effort to do this makes it easier. :D

Here are my goals for this week!

This week's mini challenge for the 10 Week Challenge is to try something new. Switch it up. Try a new exercise this week. Never run? Try it out! Have a 30DS dvd you haven't tried in 40 lbs….. try it out! Changing your approach can help you bust through a plateau!

This is the first week of the Denver's Healthiest Companies Challenge I was invited to participate in! I made a plan for every day this week, and I am really excited to get in there and kick ass for the next two weeks. I want our team to win, and I am going to do my part.

This week I am doing the USANA Reset. My nutritionist Maria recommended it and I was excited to give it a try! I will be blogging all about it on Friday, but today is my first day of the 5 day cleanse! My goal is to follow the program to the letter. It's only 5 days, and I know I can do it. Mind over matter!

Here is her website too!

I can't wait to share all of my thoughts on the program :D

Are you making goals this week? Link them up with us!

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