Monday, November 29, 2010

Weekly Challenge #4

In case you are new:

Each week we are given two challenges. These challenges will start on Sunday (usually) and go through the following Saturday. (click here to learn more about our weekly challenges)

At the end of the week, we will each write a post explaining our experiences with the challenges.

BE HONEST. If you failed the challenge, tell us why. If you rocked it, tell us how. Most importantly, tell us how you feel about it.

This week's challenges

Physical Challenge: The Day of Reckoning!

The Holidays are about to get into full force, so before it gets too crazy and too hard to find time, we are going to do the workout/exercise you have been dreading. Have a DVD you have been ignoring? This week you are going to bust it out. Have you been avoiding a class or a piece of equipment at the gym? Now is the time to get in there and do it! Try 'it' (whatever your 'it' is) in place of one of your normal workouts or do it in addition but don't skimp on your regular routine just because you are adding something new!

Emotional Challenge: Listen and Believe!

You are awesome but sometimes it is hard to feel that way, so this week ask three different people to tell you three things they like about you! Then you need to believe it, the challenge is not to just hear it and move on but to really listen and let it boost your self confidence!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thankful For Family

Hello all,
I am a little less than pleased to be admitting that I only exercised once. This morning I did a calisthenics circuit for 20 min. Other than that I have been too tired from the mountains of delicious holiday foods to exercise.

As for the water drinking, I have been doing so well and I've been feeling so good! I've been having 24 oz every morning after waking up, 16 at bedtime and 2-3 cup more throughout the course of the day. I know it's still less than I should but it's infinitely better than the 2-3 cups that I was drinking before the challenge.

My diet and portions have been quite well controlled in the past weeks and my whole grain intake is way up. Soooooo with that I am pleased to tell you all,

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know, I know... I'm a day late in posting. I'm sorry! 
But, Happy Thanksgiving! 

I hope you all have been earning the right to indulge in all of the wonderful food provided in your feasts! I was doing some squats earlier, I think that earns me bonus points.

And of course drinking lots of water too! Water really is a wonderful thing. And it can be hard to remember to drink when it isn't hot outside, so I think it's great that we are having this challenge now as it turns to a bitter cold.

In case you guys are having a hard time with drinking water, here is a post I wrote last season about the benefits of drinking water, as well as the side effects of not drinking enough. I hope it gives you motivation :-)

I am thankful for so many things, water included :-P 
But also my life, my husband, my family, my friends and my body. I am so grateful that I have this wonderful body, and I want to make sure I keep treating it right.

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Since I have not been to sleep yet, I'm saying it's still Tuesday and I'm not late to post!

Let's have some shrimp! My sweet friend Megan Metz made some beautiful Shrimp kabobs at work the other day. They were beyond good. And only 4 ingredients.


Put them on these

Grill with butter ( 1 tab)

and this

and the secret ingredient.......
Yummy! I love how on my other blog features Cinnamon rolls.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Weekly Challenge #3

In case you are new:

Each week we are given two challenges. These challenges will start on Sunday (usually) and go through the following Saturday. (click here to learn more about our weekly challenges)

At the end of the week, we will each write a post explaining our experiences with the challenges.

BE HONEST. If you failed the challenge, tell us why. If you rocked it, tell us how. Most importantly, tell us how you feel about it.

This week's challenges

Physical Challenge: Earn It!

The Holidays are upon us and there are going to be tons of opportunities to indulge and get our food on and that is okay... to an extent. This week's physical challenge is to 'earn' the ability to indulge. Say you know you're going to a big dinner in the evening, then do a metabolism boosting ( usually cardio) workout before you go or make sure you do one when you get back (it might be easier to do before you go...). Maybe you know you are going out for a festive brunch, walk there or do something to help counteract all the yummy stuff vying for your attention! You get to decide how to do it, but get physical and start fending off those Holiday pounds!

Nutritional Challenge: Drink Up!

Sorry guys, i'm not talking about liquor but water... This week before any meal you eat, have two cups of water, that way you won't confuse the-

'Hey, you know what? I think I'm thirsty' body response

with the

'I'm starving, you must feed me NOW! I think I'm going to die... Are you listening... Hungry! ' body response

If you are just having a snack, then just have one cup of water first, not only will you not confuse the body's signals but you will also be more aware of what and why you are eating. Is it worth getting a drink first? If so then you are probably hungry, if not then you probably just wanted to munch!

I can't think of a good title...

I'm proud of myself for this week!
I didn't do perfectly, but this past week was so crazy busy for me, I'm proud of what I did do :-)

I did the cardio 2.5 times! I did it twice for 20 minutes and once for 10
And as for the complimenting thing, I think I did well with it. There were a few times that I didn't realize what I had been thinking until later, and I complimented myself then :-) So, I think I did well

I'm psyched for this coming week! I'm ready to work hard, and eat hard!

I'll probably eat 2x my weight in food on Thanksgiving, so I'll have to be sure to exercise extra hard on Friday :-P

What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Challenge #2

I thought I would easily ace this challenge, I normally don't say negative things about myself and I have been consistently doing 3 weekly workouts, so keeping my heart rate up shouldn't have been hard either... My week turned out to be a lot more stressful than normal and I caught myself being negative, luckily I would notice it as it was happening and even though I was in a really bad mood, I would stop and think of two positive things and complement myself with them. Strangely, it made me proud to be able to have the self control to do it and I think I am going to make this a regular habit.

On the physical end of things, I kind of got my cardio in... I didn't do all my normal workouts but I have been pretty active this past week (hauling Christmas stuff up and down from the basement all week has defiantly been a workout in its self!) So I'm going to say I completed that part of the challenge too :)

Week 2

On of my elevators at home is broken. Since it is the one I use the most I find myself forgetting and getting frustrated when the door won't open. So to help with the challenge this week, I would take the stairs. (5 flights. form the parking garage to the 4th floor.) It's not so fun, I was breathing heavy and the whole bit, but at the same time it was nice to know I could do it. 

I think I was too busy and tired to say or think any mean things about myself this week. I guess that is the bonus to working a lot! Till Next week! 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Your sweat is so sexy right now.

Here is how I did on this week's challenges:

I don't want to get boring and repetitive, but I did the 30 Day Shred 2 times this week (how is she not sponsoring our blog?). After all the trouble I went through to get this DVD, you can bet I'm going to use it all the time!

(But really, she should sponsor us)

I did The Shred on Monday with Amber and Chantel via Skype (Annie couldn't make it). But my computer died 2/3 of the way through, and I only pretended to finish the workout.

....I am an awful person.

A few nights later, Kurt asked me to do it with him. So we did.

There's nothing like gasping for breath next to your sweaty significant other to breathe new life into a relationship.

And yes, you can quote me on that.

That's it, though.

I need to do better if I am going to meet my goal.

For the emotional challenge, I did ok. I didn't catch myself thinking anything mean, but I didn't really spend any time complimenting myself, either.

So it was kind of a draw.

I am excited for this week's challenges, because with Thanksgiving coming up, I am going to have to work extra-hard to keep in shape!

How did you guys do?

Procrastination With a Capital "P"!

Hello all.
This week has been. . .er. . . hectic? Today is not even my day to post. . . so things have obviously been going well. Eugh.

The fitness challenge proved too much for me this week as I was short on time and long on fast food. But the emotional challenge proved to be quite nearly a breeze. You see, my brand new husband and I are still in the maximally beginning stages of our marriage so we like to stay in the positive just to let each other know we think they're a catch and try to make them feel like we are too. The benefits of kind words, as one will often find, are kind words returned and a pleasant warm feeling about yourself and everyone in general. In short (though my explanation has not been) the emotional challenge was no challenge at all. With much love, I bid you a fond adieu.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What's the hardest workout for you?

For my cardio workouts this week I've already done the 30 Day Shred once, and for my other workout I'm thinking I'll work on push-ups.

I don't know about you guys, but for me push-ups are the worst! I have the hardest time with them. So I thought I'd try to at least build up the amount I can do.

So I looked on youtube and found this video of the toughest push-up exercises. 
I think you should all try it, let me know how it went, and then maybe I'll do it too :-P

What's the hardest workout for you?

Monday, November 15, 2010

I See Jillian Everywhere...

Last week I decided to only do Jillian Michaels DVDs, I did 'The Shred' on Monday with Annie, Chantel and Helena (with her webcam!). Later in the week, I did Jillian Michaels Yoga which was very interesting, it is really different than the shred. She still tries to add cardio but there are no weights and you do it bare foot (though I do all of her workouts bare foot anyway...) it was a little odd though because she was kind of mellow (very un-Jillian) during the workout. I also did the Jillian Michaels Banish Fat cardio DVD. That one was pretty tough, it is 45 minutes (at least thats what it says, but really it was longer...) instead of 30 minutes like the shred and yoga are and it was full on cardio, like the yoga, there were no weights used but man you really get you heart rate up! The nice thing was I wasn't sore the next day with the Banish Fat DVD, I usually have to have a day in between my workouts to let my muscles recover but with the cardio DVD I could do it without a 'rest' day... Which now that I think about it, isn't necessarily a good thing...

This week I am planning on trying the Jillian Michaels 'No More Trouble Zones' which is also a '45' minute DVD... It is supposed to be like the shred, but longer... I'll let you know how that goes!

Does a green drink recipe count?

Hey all! Here's how I did on this weeks challenges:

I tried one new recipe (it was a green drink recipe, but I think it totally counts!) and Michael also tried one! (he made a couscous dish) So I think that counts too :-P

I walked for 20 + minutes two days this week, and I worked out one other time when I did the Shred with my sisters. 

I was going to do the Shred again, but I got sick towards the end of the week and just didn't have the energy to bring myself to do it :-)

But I am getting much better, not 100% yet, but better than I was. 
And I'm so ready for this coming week!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Season2, Week 1.

And walked, and walked, and walked, and walked! Yup! I did that one! I like to walk on the 6th floor of my building. No one is ever up there and you can just walk back and forth. I also  love to walk in my parking lot.

New Recipe x 2! Well kind of. One was for reals. A new shrimp recipe. Soooo good! And number two, baked chicken with a new herb, so I'm gonna count it. 

Off to a good start! 

Weekly Challenge #2

In case you are new:

Each week we are given two challenges. These challenges will start on Sunday (usually) and go through the following Saturday. (click here to learn more about our weekly challenges)

At the end of the week, we will each write a post explaining our experiences with the challenges.

BE HONEST. If you failed the challenge, tell us why. If you rocked it, tell us how. Most importantly, tell us how you feel about it.

This week's challenges

Physical Challenge: Cardio!

Get that blood pumping! Three times this week do at least 20minutes of cardio exercise. It doesn't need to be fancy but if you can breath and talk normally than you aren't pushing quite hard enough. You can dance, do a workout or rush around a store while shopping but get that heart rate up!

Emotional Challenge: Listen up!

Listen to what you tell yourself. Do you call yourself stupid, fat, ugly, or foolish? Boosting self-esteem and improving self-confidence involves treating yourself kindly – because if you don't, who will? Anytime you slip up and say something negative about yourself (regardless of if you think it is true) you have to replace it with two positives and if someone else says something negative about you, replace it with three. The positives don't have to be related to what you are replacing, maybe you said 'I was so stupid for forgetting' you could replace it with 'my hair looks really nice today' and 'I made my friend really happy when I complemented her yesterday'. Just remember, you are awesome, there is no reasons to feel differently!

Weekly Challenge Update

Yeah I really failed... I started out sick in the beginning of the week and it went downhill from there, I couldn't get out and walk so by the middle of the week I just gave up on it. Not the best way to do it, so next week if I have a slow start I will just do what I can, no matter what that means! As for the new recipes, I was really excited to do this one but our food shopping budget was pretty low this week and I couldn't get any new ingredients. I should have tried harder to find something to make with what we had on hand but like with the physical challenge, I was sick and then gave up :( Next week I am planning on doing much better! (Embarrassment over failing is a pretty good motivator...)


You will be happy to know that this week I did the 30 Day Shred 4 times. 4 TIMES!!!

And it was just as hard and awful on the fourth time as it was on the first.

I think that the third level is the easiest. The other two make me want to give up on life.

I also walked 4 times, for 20+ minutes each time. So while I didn't exactly pass that challenge, I don't feel too bad at it. After all, I did the Shred 4 TIMES.

Now, I might be imagining it, but I feel like I can already see a difference in my wasteline. It could be because I skipped breakfast this morning, and am a little dehydrated, but I like to think that I'm already seeing results.

(humor me on this one, ok?)

I really like walking. When I was selling my soul security systems a few years back, walking is how I toned up and get in shape. I'm a huge fan.

I just wish had either A. a treadmill in front of my TV, or B. a treadmill next to my work desk. Or both. Then I would have no problem getting in shape.

So...let's just add that one to my Christmas Wishlist, shall we?

For the try something new, we went to an Ethiopian Restaaurant last night. And while that isn't exactly trying a new recipe, I am going to count it.

It was awesome.

When you all come and visit me, we are going there for some traditional African food.

And it's even kind of healthy. Score.

How did you guys do this week?


Friday, November 12, 2010

My Thighsssssss!

Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Gather 'round and I'll tell you a tale of my failings and triumphs, my successes and gloriously wicked sugar binges!
Hello once again, my friends. This week has been one of small successes combined with a bit of backpedaling. The two challenges:

The Walking:
I am proud to say that I am the owner of two sore little legs who feel as though their thighs are being punished for the pleasant little 20 minute a day exercise I gave them. Every day of the week I wake up at 8 for class and wander on over to the gawky teenager of a university where I attend college classes. Due to the recent upsurge in enrollment at said college, there is nowhere to park, thus providing me with a lovely 20 minute trot to school required to meet this week's challenge.

The Recipes:
Now this one is the toughie. Having never been one to cook, I recently found myself in the difficult position of having a husband who thinks it would be nice if he ate once, even twice a day! Go figure. So I gave it a try. On Wednesday I made the full on, early morning, "here's your breakfast in bed, sweetie!" special for my husband. Between mouthfuls of pancake and orange juice he managed to exclaim that this is how mornings should begin. It hasn't happened since. . . Instead, I've decided to eat nothing but Marshmallow Maties (mostly minus the Maties.) with a little topping of icedcream for most of my meals this week. Heck, my mouth is full of a chocolate and caramel confection right now! Eugh. . . Perhaps tonight I'll make a little rice with a bit of olive oil, some teriyaki chicken and a salad. I'll tell you how it goes.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Week #1 and I'm already behind

Sometimes I fail at doing the challenges.

Like this week for instance, I worked out once so far (I'll have done it at least twice by the end of the week) and I've already tried one new recipe!

But the walking...
Oh the walking. I have not been doing it.

I might try and do it everyday for the rest of this week, but since I've already missed two days I'm having a hard time staying motivated to do it.

Maybe I won't let myself eat anything sweet until I do it!
That might work

Of course right now doesn't count though. 
I'm sharing a box of Halloween flavored Dots with Katy.

I'll put this into effect later tonight :-)

How about you guys? Have you been walking?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Couch Potato Quickie

Jimmy and I have shows we like to watch. We don't have tv, but we watch shows the next day on the Internet. I am totally going to do this next time. It's a great idea!

Here We Go Again!

Well a week has passed and I have pretty much gotten back into the swing of things. Before we started our blog back up for season two I took about a week off, so it feels good to be back! I enjoyed my time off but strangely not as much as I thought I would. It was enjoyable to relax but I missed it... So far I have been reaching my goals, I have been bringing lunches to work and I have worked out three times last week, I did the ab ripper (from P90X...) on Friday and my abs still hurt! I was in my living room dying from the video, I guess I must have sounded like I was dying too because my husband came running down the stairs to see what was wrong... He spent the rest of my workout in a trance just watching the people on the workout on the video, it was like a car wreck, you want to turn away but you can't...

Ps. I'm not doing the P90X program (it is too expensive!) I was just trying the ab workout, I had heard so much about it....

Monday, November 8, 2010

Weekly Challenge #1

In case you are new:

Each week we are given two challenges. These challenges will start on Sunday (usually) and go through the following Saturday. (click here to learn more about our weekly challenges)

At the end of the week, we will each write a post explaining our experiences with the challenges.

BE HONEST. If you failed the challenge, tell us why. If you rocked it, tell us how. Most importantly, tell us how you feel about it.

This week's challenges

Physical Challenge: Walk!

This week lets get a 20 min walk every day, that could be outside, in the gym, around the house or in place but get walking! You could take your spouse or a friend but whatever you do, just have fun with it!

Nutritional Challenge: Change It Up!

Try two new recipes this week! Find something a little healthier and make it, it can be breakfast, lunch or dinner, it could be fish, salad, soup or anything else! A good places to look is, ask around or exchange with someone on the blog!
And so this week, we are going to focus on eating healthy and try to keep it interesting!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Let's get it started in here!

Hey guys, I am off to a good start! This week I have eaten mostly soup for every lunch (and not even cream based ones!), and I've been hitting my fruits and veggies pretty hard during snack time.

Go me.

Not gonna lie, though. The Hollywood Cookie Diet is looking mighty tempting...

In other news, I linked our blog up to my new Follow Me! NOW. link party. So don't get too confused when you see all the comments.

Life in the Pitts


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My turn!

Considering that I am like the size of two of the other girls, I have a long way to go! I am so very grateful for the support of my sisters. They are a blast to hangout with. Even if we mostly just say swears at the TV. Jillian is so dear too our hearts.......not. 

I have a couple goals for season 2. 

Workout at least twice a week. ( probably once Jillian and once zumba)

Always take the stairs at work unless I am with little old ladies. 

Like Amber, pack lunches for work. 

Lose, not gain weight. (That is hear this time of year!)

Eat more Fruits/Veg. 

Here we go! It will be fun! 

When I was invited to this I thought, "hey, a fight club? I'm game!" As it turns out, it's a little less Fight Club and a little more diet and self esteem. Well, ok, I'm still all in.

Whether it be the desperately difficult challenge of correcting my diet or the exponentially more difficult task of gaining a physique worthy of the term, "fit," I hope to be able to rise to the occasion.

I have a few goals in mind and I'm sure more will be added as I realize the veritable impossibility of improving my diet without making a goal to eat a certain amount of vegetables or realize how difficult it would be to decide to run 4 days a week without making a goal for buying some fitness friendly clothing beyond the glittering spandex unitards to which I am so accustomed, etc. . . So here's the list:

GOALS (I put it in read because it's more menacing that way.)

: To drink more water. At least 8 cups and maybe even a titch more depending on how much I pretended I drank when I actually doused my overheated self with it during the workout.

Secondly: To run or otherwise raise my heart rate 2 times a week.

Thirdly: To do yoga once a week.

Those are tough but now come the biggies.
Fourthly: To not eat anything that is loaded with sodium, sugar or that takes the form of any of my favorite Wonka candies.

Eat a balance diet.


That last one means that I should be ending this post sometime aaarounnnndddd NOW!

P.S. It's a pleasure to be part of this challenge and I am so excited for the opportunity to improve my diet and health.

Amber: Season Two

I am excited to get started! I won last 'season' and am hoping to kick butt this season too! My main motivation has been to be happier, when I exercise I feel better about everything, my body, my surroundings, my life! I love how I feel and losing weight has been an awesome side effect. Of course I wanted to change my body but that alone wasn't enough to motivate me, if I just focused on what I wanted different, it just depressed me and made me feel even worse about myself. It was when I focused on improving how I felt about how I looked (and I knew that the endorphins from working out really improved my self esteem) that is when I really became dedicated to working out regularly. So Here are my new goals for this 'season'-

  1. Be able to do 10 pull ups (I can only do one and a half right now...)
  2. Make healthy lunches during the week (instead of skipping or eating out)
  3. Lose 5 lbs
  4. See more muscle definition
  5. Workout at least 3 times a week

This is going to be fun! (Hopefully....)

Helena: Season 2.

Last season, I failed.

More than failed, actually. I gained weight.

How embarrassing.

But I have one thing going for me: I can be honest about the fact that this failure? Was completely my fault.

I lost my drive, and the chocolate won.

But not this time.

This time, I'm kicking some serious cellulite butt.

My goals:

I'm starting small, because to win this thing (or even do well) I will have to take it one step at a time.

1. I will do the 30 day shred 2 times per week (or more. But not less). My soon-to-be-delivered webcam should help me with this :)

2. I will be hydrated (with water, not soda).

3. I will lose at least 20 lbs (that's less than 2lbs each week. this is a very healthy goal).

4. And I will sign up for some kind of dance class, or dance team. <---this is my favorite kind of exercise.

....Ok. So those goals aren't as small as I thought. But each and every one of them is doable, especially with the support I know I'll get here.

Bring it.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Chantel -Season Two!

I don't know about you guys, but I'm psyched for Reasons to Lose Season 2!
It'll basically rock.

For those of you that are new, my name is Chantel,and I have loved doing Reasons to Lose. I'd never really  done any exercising until this blog. I was skeptical at first, but I've noticed so many differences in my health and stamina that I know I'll stick with it and I'm surprised I'd never tried it before!

I love to do things with family and friends, so this is a good way to have fun with them, as well as get me to stick to a healthier life-style. Reasons to Lose is awesome because I feel like I've gotten closer to everyone, which I love.

My husband Michael and I have been sticking to our green drinks every morning for breakfast for the past 5ish months, and despite what you may think, they are still awesome! 
If you have any questions about those, let me know :)

I've been thinking about what I want my goals to be for this season, and I'm not completely sure yet. I'll keep you guys posted on what else I come up with :-) 

Here's what I do know:

I want to tone up more -I do not want to be chiseled, but being able to see slight ab muscles would be nice
I am not good at running. I hate it with a passion in fact. But, a goal of mine is to give it a try (Katy -you'll meet her later- invited me to go running with her. So I'll start with that)
I want to be able to do 20 pull-ups (my limit right now is 10 on a good day)
And I would like to be able to do the advanced moves in level 1 on the 30 Day Shred

That's all I've got right now. But 3 months is a long time, and we'll see what happens :-)

So far, I haven't gotten my usual fall sickness. Which is like a record for me!
I normally get sick for over a month in the fall/winter time. And working out has definitely made a difference. 

Now I just hope I didn't jinx it...

Here's to this season being awesome!
I hope you guys all participate in our weekly challenges and link up how you did :-)

(If you want to know more about me, you can click on the Chantel label to read all my posts, or visit my blog: My Thoughts and Treasures)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Season Two

Well our three month challenge has come to an end and we are all ready for Season Two (as my husband refers to it) These past three months we all learned a lot, we are stronger then we think, sometimes people decide to quit, motivation is hard to find, we need to push harder and there are many different benefits to working out (that is just to name a few!)! We have really learned and now it is time to incorporate all those lessons and become unstoppable!

We are Back (well most of us!) Chantel, Helena, Annie and Amber! We are also bring on a new member to our team Katy (notice the spelling is different then our old Katie, and that is because she really is a different person) . She will be introducing herself shortly.

November 1st marks the day we start new! Three more months with a few new twists!

Here are the rules for
Reasons To Lose (Season Two)

  1. The contest will last for three months
  2. Each person gets to chose their own workout and eating plan
  3. Everyone will post about their progress at least once a week
  4. Everyone will work out at least twice a week
  5. The challenges are optional but encouraged
  6. The winner gets to choose their prize (and the losers provide it)

To be able to qualify to win, you must follow these rules! So get your $20 ready everybody and Let's do this thing!


Annie, age 29

About Annie

With everything I am responsible for at home, my ridiculous work schedule and my health problems, it makes it hard to keep working out on the front burner. But when I heard about this blog, I thought 'why not!'. I'm excited to get started and hopefully I won't die of exhaustion when this is all over!

Heléna, age 26

About Helena

I can't fit into my clothes! After getting married and being forced to eat my own cooking, I started gaining weight. The desk job didn't really help. I gained 30 lbs in the past year, and I can really feel it when I try to get dressed in the morning. I am really good at starting diet and exercise programs; but really bad at finishing them. And that's all about to change...

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