Operation Skinny Jeans: June 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

3-Day Refresh Review

Here's a little backstory for you, that you probably already know.

The last couple months haven't been my friend. Through a series of events (wisdom teeth, being laid off, going to Vegas) I have admittedly made some less than stellar choices. Which you guys know because I am always honest about my struggles. So anyhoo we were sitting in General Assembly for Coach Summit about a week and a half ago and they announced this new cleanse, the 3-Day Refresh. It's an alternative to the wildly popular Shakeology Cleanse as it actually gives your body what it needs (more protein and fiber) to cleanse. It also promotes that it will help break bad habits.

I was excited at the possibilities, looking at 2 months of less than spectacular (read: NON existent) results due to less than spectacular choices. But I HATE cleanses. I hate them. They are the epitome of what I don't like to do to myself- restrict. But I had gotten to a place (a less than sparkly sunshiny place) where I was beginning to doubt that I could ever weigh less than 230 lbs.

I think we all have that weight that we lived at for so long it kind of became our norm. 230 is that weight for me. I sat at 230 for about 2 years before skyrocketing to 285, so my body KNOWS this weight. But after going on a 3 week milkshake bender, going through a little personal crisis and going to a place where there are less good food options than bad ones, and margaritas flow like water, things had started to.... spiral out of control.

So anyhoo back to the Refresh. When they announced this new product, and that we could buy it that weekend, I was on board! I picked it up and toted it home, ready for a fresh start. And after carefully calculating when to start it (I didn't want to have anything in my way that could derail me) I decided to start last Thursday.

So the way the refresh works is that you drink Shakeology for breakfast (with water, which was surprisingly better than I expected and could be my new way to drink it), drink a fiber drink (similar to advocare, but way way better tasting. WAY better) mid morning, A lunch of a Vanilla Fresh (high protein, but still vegan, shake that also tasted better than I expected) with a serving of fruit, veggie and a healthy fat. Fact- getting to eat Hummus and Almond Butter on this saved my life. For dinner you had another Vanilla Fresh shake and there are dinner recipes (high veggie, with a fat) that were all tasty. At least the ones I tried.

Day 1 was pretty good. I was at home, alone, working, so there were no distractions. I was feeling good, full, focused and then dinner time came. I traditionally have dinner made when my husband comes home and he was having spaghetti. Let me tell you- it is hard to cook delicious food for someone else when all you can have is veggies. But I did it (begrudgingly).  I sat and ate my cucumber salad while he had spaghetti. And I was satisfied.... until about 8pm. Now I don't normally get hungry at night, after dinner. So after doing the typical "is this boredom or hunger" checks, I determined it was hunger. Crap. I was out of food for the night, but I was in a real hunger situation. SO I had a salad. Spinach, Cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil (all on plan) and I felt better.

Measuring a portion of hummus should be a sin.
Friday morning I weighed in and had lost 3.3 lbs. OKAY then! I was feeling better about my decision to do this, since I was actually seeing the scale move in the right direction.

Day 2 was similar to Day 1, except I made Andy cook his own dinner (lesson learned) while I ate mine, and I moved my Vanilla Fresh shake to a little later- like an after dinner treat, and I added spinach to it. That helped a TON. I wasn't hungry that night so I didn't need anything else to eat. Sweet!

Saturday morning I weighed in and had lost another 2 lbs. Last day- I could DO this. I was worried about doing it on a Saturday. Weekends are notoriously bad for us, eating out a lot, running around a lot, and this one was not really an exception. We had a 10 am class downtown to learn how to not serve alcohol to drunk people (we are volunteering at the Broncos games to work concessions to help a lady he works with's daughter pay for a choir trip). So I packed my stuff and we headed down town. I stayed completely on track during the class, eating at the right intervals, the right things and I felt good. Lunch I was great and for dinner we went out to eat. The ultimate test. We went to Noodles and Company and I got my favorite (the Med salad) but I got it without the noodles and with the dressing on the side. I did dip my fork into the dressing and eat about half of a ramekin of it, but other than that the lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions are all on plan. It felt good to eat out and be okay.

With my last Vanilla Fresh, I was DONE!

I can't even explain how excited I was to eat meat again. I used to say "Yeah I could be a vegetarian! I don't need meat" Lies. Straight up lies. I missed meat so so badly. I need meat. Daily.

So in the end I lost 5.1 lbs, gaining .2 that last day. I am happy with that. Beyond happy with that. I FEEL better, less bloated, and I have faith that I CAN keep losing. I am going to weigh myself next Sunday to see what I kept off. I think that will be the ultimate test, and while the only things I WANTED to eat after not eating anything fun was bad stuff, I now feel like maybe its not worth screwing up what I did for Pizza. So I guess you can say it helped me break bad habits.
All in all- it was good! I would do it again, but probably start on a Wednesday. It was definitely easier when I was home alone. It was a great plateau breaker and it helped with the bloating I was experiencing after Vegas. I definitely recommend it, if you are stuck or if you want to kick start your weight loss.

Goodbye Back Fat :D

And I guess I should do a disclaimer, even tho I paid for this with my own money, I am a coach so I received a discount. And if you want to try it out, I am going to be doing a group later this month. If you want to do it with me, you can either email me, leave your email in a comment, or request to be my friend on Facebook and message me letting me know. But since I am a coach I would make a commission (albeit a small one) off it because you bought it through me.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

4th of July - Fashion Friday

So since I was in Vegas last week and haven't gotten my shit together this week- no new photoshoot for you. BUT I will try to get one for next week.

YES I realize this is a week early, but that is so you can plan and go shopping :D

I put together three awesome holiday outfits, the first two from stores you can actually afford to shop at, and the third one is fun stuff I can't actually afford lol.

Which one is your fave?

4th of July

Girly 4th of July

fancy 4th of July

Which one of these are you loving? #1 is most my style, but I love all 3 :D

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

"No Plan" Meal Plan- Week 16! And Giveaway!

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1. No more than 20 ingredients ever. I like simple things, and if a recipe has more than 7 ingredients, I am not gonna make it. I think you are all like me, and like simple, budget friendly dinners, so here they are. 

2. 5 dinner recipes, ready to go. Does your family have Pizza Fridays? Or do you always go out to eat on Wednesdays? Cool! 5 dinners allows for flexability, and since they aren't assigned to days, you can always eat what you WANT, not what you wrote down 2 weeks ago :D

3. 4 cook time options. Have to go to basketball practice at 6? No problem! There are dinner options for 10 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour and all day with the crock pot.

4. 3 healthy food groups.  Nutrition is important, and so is eating a balanced meal. All of our dinner recipes will include a Protein, a Vegetable and a Grain. Simple nutrition for you and your family.

5. 2 servings. I am a family of 2, so I don't need more than 2 servings. You have a family of 4? Cool bro- double it. Serving 8? Do the math :D Having the recipes serve 2 allows for easy modification for whatever you need :D

6. Just one easy prep time. The days of slaving away in the kitchen for hours a night are OVER! Once a week you will spend about an hour, maybe less prepping for the week. The prep guide is ON the menu plan, so it literally is EASY PEASY.

Just a few more notes:
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

90 Days till Summer Swimsuit Challenge- Results

So over the weekend we hit the official start of summer, and the official end of this challenge.

Holy crap- 90 days is a really long time. A lot has happened, and I am ready to start a new fresh challenge lol.

So 90 days ago my goal was to feel amazing in a swimsuit, and I can honestly say I have achieved that.

But I truly believe that feeling amazing in a swimsuit is 25% body 25% swimsuit and 50% confidence. Do I look like a model in my suit? No. But I am not trying to! I wanted to feel sexy and beautiful and comfortable, and I have achieved that. 

Is my body where I wanted it to be- no. But you all know that. My journey has been nothing if not bumpy the whole time, and these last 3 months are no exception. I lost 15 lbs, gained 10 back in ice cream when I got my wisdom teeth out, lost about 5 before Vegas, and here I am, today right back where I started after 5 days in Vegas eating out 3 meals a day. 

Life happens. Am I happy with my results- no. But its because I know I can do BETTER. I know I deserve BETTER. But looking back over the last 3 months, I know where I went wrong. And knowing that is half the battle. 

One of the amazing things I learned at Summit was that every day is a new day. We wake up and the past day's (or weeks or month's) disappointments don't affect today. Every day is a new chance to make a better choice and keep moving forward. If not today- when? So I have decided that today I am ready to commit to not screwing up the next 90 days. 

And to start that commitment, I am doing the 3-Day Refresh. It's like a mini reset, a 3 day Shakeology and clean eating cleanse. Other people have lost between 3-5 lbs doing it, which isn't a goal of mine, but it would be nice. My goal is to get back on track and back into clean eating habits. I am starting tomorrow and I will have my results for you on Monday. 

And on Monday, I am starting the 21 Day Fix again. I need to re-learn portion control. After eating an arm sized breakfast burrito last week, I know I need some help there. If anyone wants to join me- you are more than welcome to. 

The summer has only begun. We can make a change one day at a time. Success is the compound results of better choices every day. So I am choosing to make today BETTER. 

How did you do with the 90 Day Challenge? Link up your results!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Short Shorts

I have mentioned this before, but I like to repeat myself if I believe in it :D

Every woman can and should wear shorts. I don't know who made curvy women, pasty women, and hairy women believe that only skinny muscular women were allowed to wear shorts, but they were dead wrong.

Also fuck them. They are not your mom.

Unless it was your mom.

Then still fuck them- you do what you want.

Shorts are almost a necessity in the summer. For YEARS I wore full length jeans every summer and I wanted to actually die. I was hot. I was sweaty in places I didn't know could sweat. And I was UNCOMFORTABLE.

I know how uncomfortable the idea of wearing shorts is to you, I get it, but think of how uncomfortable you are NOW. Its not worse than that. Nothing is worse than sweat soggy jeans sticking to your hot sweaty thighs while everyone else is thigh naked around you.

So I have made it my mission to make every hater out there feel especially uncomfortable with my thighs by showing them off this summer.

Are they perfect? ha! no.
Do I have celulite? YES
Are they pasty? Less so because I use fake tanner, but yes
Are they the size of tree trunks? You bet your ass they are.

And haters gonna hate.

But I am gonna be comfortable. Enter the short short parade :D

Another note: Are you working out in pants or capris in this hot weather for no reason? SHORT SHORTS my friends! The sweat dripping down your thighs will be lubrication enough to prevent chafing (trust) and you won't be dying of heat while your thighs cry out for fresh air. My new workout shorts are my favorite thing ever.

I have a stupid look on my face lol. But my thighs are smiling :D

Swimsuit thighs!

Tans save lives. Fake tans, of course. Real tans kill people..... with cancer. 
Now get out there and wear some shorts! Stop being uncomfortable so you don't make others feel uncomfortable!

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