Monday, March 28, 2011

Just call me STEADY EDDY

Well friends, Today marks the beginning of Week 3, Session 2 of Body Back. I started out two weeks ago weighing in at 140.4lbs- and after two weeks I step on the scale again to see that unchanged number once more... 140.4lbs. Didn't gain, so that's a win right? Just call me Steady Eddy. Its probably because I have been loosely following the meal plan. Granted, you read about the cookies and cupcakes last week. And although this week was better, I still slipped up a couple of times. I drank some wine, a little here, a little there... and it was Eric's birthday so there were more cupcakes! I also haven't been the best about working out, WAM BAM, all in the past two weeks. With Blake being sick I didn't make it to Stroller Strides and was too lazy to workout at home. Why is it SO MUCH harder to stay on track the second time around?! I'm just glad that today starts a new week... I had a great AM traveling workout with the Body Backers, did the resistance run- you know my favorite one :) and a killer thigh drill... Today I ate off the plan, and even though I had about three extra snacks, I feel good about the choices I made. Maybe this week I will actually lose a couple pounds! Now don't get me wrong... this session isn't about losing weight. I am where I want to be at 140. Of course, losing a little more weight is never something I would MIND, and it would be nice to no longer be a liar by way of Driver's Licenses.... but its not necessarily the purpose of this session for me. This session I want to become stronger. I want to be able to do 25 push ups. REAL push ups, not girly ones. I know that if I can do that, and I will do that... I will feel like SUPERMOMMY! I'm also doing HOT YOGA with a couple of my favorite bodyback girls on Wednesday night, so stay tuned. Being extremely uncoordinated, inflexible and hating to sweat- this should be interesting to say the least!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A little bit better...

Monday's workout got rained out, so we had to workout from home. As bummed as I was that we couldn't go to the park for Body Back, there was one silver lining here... NO SCALE!!! Phewwwww! Saved by the RAIN!

So as we got the email of the exercises to do I got started. I completed it, but let me tell you, it was MUCH MUCH harder to give it my all when I was all alone. I thrive off of all the other energy from the group, these girls push me to go farther, faster, and become stronger. So needless to say it wasn't the best workout I've had, maybe because I was so careful not to be too loud with the grunting since Blake and Eric were fast asleep in the other room. And we all know that the grunting helps you keep up the pace (that's why all the porn stars and tennis pros do it).

As far as Monday went, I felt a little better about falling off the train last week when I got a note from one of my fellow body backers. Turns out she read my blog and was having an equally tough time staying on track. Imagine that! You mean, I'm not the only one feeling guilty about eating so poorly this week??! Hallelujah! Ladies, Its amazing what a little support can do. I instantly felt re-energized and ready for a fresh start. We made a pact to stick together, eat better this week, and get back on track. I love me some Amy!

So in order to do this, I went to the grocery store to stock up on all the good stuff, threw away all the bad stuff, and planned out my meals for the week. In honor of my new pact with my sweat sister, I will share what we are having for dinner tonight:

Crock Pot Chicken Verde

4 Chicken Breasts
16 oz jar of Salsa Verde
1 can pinto beans (drained)
1 can corn (drained)
1 onion (chopped)
** optional brown rice

Place Chicken and other ingredients into Slow Cooker (except for the cilantro, rice). Cook on low for 6-8 hours (until chicken is cooked through). Serve alone or on a bed of brown rice and Enjoy!

I can smell it cooking now and I CANNOT wait for dinner!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

a VERY tough week.

Let me start out by saying, I am absolutely dreading weighing in tomorrow. This week I have NOT been good at sticking to the meal plan, making the best choices, or working out.

Blake is sick. He has had a terrible cold with a fever and congestion, and this is the first time he has ever been sick. Its incredibly frustrating not being able to just make him feel better and make the congestion go away. We do the "booger sucker" every couple of hours- which infuriates him, and you wouldn't believe the amount of snot that tiny little nose can hold. Poor baby. Were doing everything the Dr. said we could do and the bottom line is we just have to wait for him to kick it.

Needless to say, this mama is STRESSED. and when I am stressed, I don't make the best dieting decisions- apparently.

I've been stuck in the house the whole week since we don't want to take the sick baby out in public or in the cold air. So what do I do, well, I bake.

I bake whatever I have the ingredients for. I bake cake balls, cookies, cupcakes. And then I eat them. (there in lies the problem) I know I've said that the best way to ward off the temptation of eating the things you shouldn't eat is to get rid of it, take away the option. And I mean that. But hear me out, I didn't have any of those sweets in the house, I only had the staples of flour, oil, vanilla, sugar, ect. I told myself (or my little gremlin told me) that baking would give me something to do while I'm stuck in the house and that I would send the sweets off with Eric to work, give some to the neighbors and spread a little cheer. Seemed like a great idea at the time- until I realized I can't giveaway something until I've tried it to make sure it tastes ok. And then once I tasted how good it was, I couldn't stop eating them!!!

Three cupcakes and Six cookies later, I decided to send them with Eric to work. It was hard to part with that Tupperware full of yumminess, but I was glad to know that it wouldn't be a temptation anymore.

All great- til Eric came home from work that night with the Tupperware still half full!!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING? I THOUGHT I TOLD YOU TO GET THAT OUT OF HERE!!! And he continues to tell me that once he tried some of the goodies he "hid" the Tupperware so he wouldn't have to share it with everyone and could still eat some at home. Great- Of course I popped the top and pounded about three cookies as soon as I saw it. DAMNIT!

Now as far as the workouts go, I made it to Body Back on Monday and Wednesday- but haven't been able to go to Stroller Strides and haven't worked out at home at all. I don't have any excuse for not doing home workouts since I have the DVD to do... so that makes me pretty mad at myself. I'm pretty sure tomorrows workout might kill me if the disappointment of whatever the scale reads doesn't do that first.

BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaa what a week! And he is STILL SICK!

Hopefully this coming week will be much better.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Here we go AGAIN...

Yesterday marked day 1 of my second round of body back- and of course we did the Monday weigh ins. I am still 140lbs, so at least I didn't go to horribly off my diet during my two weeks off- good news!

The group this time is larger than before and I know many of them from Stroller Strides already. There are a few new girls though, and everyone I met yesterday seems really nice. I have a feeling this group is going to be A LOT of fun!

For our workout we were split into two groups, the returning body backers, and the newbies. The newbies did their beginning assessments, and the returning body backers... dun dun dun... did a run workout. Now when Angela handed me the run workout, I was a little worried.

I can run here and there, I can run in between exercises... but running for an entire hour?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? This was a little out of my league (or so I thought) but I was with two of my favorite girls, and figured if they can do it, I can do it too.

It ended up being one of my favorite work outs. I got to chat with the girls during the run- which was actually really funny because as our pace went from easy to medium to fast the conversations were filled with deep gasps of air and fewer words! And by the time we finished, we had ran the whole time, gotten to know each other a little better, and the time really flew by. Once again I'm reminded of how much stronger I've become. I did fine, maybe could of even kept going if we weren't out of time! Monday workout, DONE!

Now off to the grocery store to get the meals back on track...

(and the Cheetos, soda, and chocolates you've acquired since your BB break!)
**they won't stop calling to me**

Current Weight: 140.4 lbs

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Last week we had the Body Back celebration Brunch where our results were revealed.

We all put on an outfit that didnt fit us 8 weeks ago and potlucked brunchy items over to one of the girls houses. We were greeted with Champagne and had an incredible spread of food to choose from, some healthy, some not- but this was a splurge day since it was our final celebration.

I filled my plate with some of the most delicious items, quiches, breakfast tostadas, fruit, cake balls (yes, I said CAKE BALLS, YUM!), breakfast casseroles and more... and had at it, all of it!

Then Angela stood up and one by one revealed our results. Now most of the girls already knew I had lost 13 lbs, but what was incredible were my strength results. Here they are:

Starting Weight 153.2 lbs Ending Weight 140.1lbs
Total loss 13.1 lbs

Measurements Beginning to End
Chest 34.5 to 32.5
Waist 29.8 to 26.3
Hips 40 to 36
Thigh 22.8 to 20.8
Total loss of 11.5 inches!

Run 5:46 to 4:41
Biceps 31 to 50
Plank .36 to 1.32
push ups 4 to 9 (still need to work on this one)
Sit ups 22 to 30
Squats 38 to 56
Side Bridge .37 to 1.09


So, YES, that results sheet is hanging on my Fridge, right where we will proudly display all of Blakes artwork when he gets old enough to make it. The fridge was actually a great place to put it, seeing that when I am hungry- its reminds me to go for the veggies instead of the ice cream! After all, EVERYTHING paid off.

Angela ran a contest during Body Back for the biggest loser. The girl who had the most improvement/ weight loss/ inches lost won the contest, and recieves another round of Body Back for FREE.

AND I WON IT! I was the Biggest Loser!

So here we go again- starting tomorrow I will be doing another 8 weeks of the Body Back Program.

What's my goal this time? Well, that easy. I want to get even stronger. I want to become a better runner and kill my arch nemisis- those push ups.

As far as weight goes, What's my goal. Well, thats easy too! Lets see if I can get to my "Driver's License Liar Weight" because lets be honest ladies, NO ONE puts their actual weight on there. I usually go for a -5lbs or so, maybe -10 if Im feeling skinny on the day I fill it out... Right now it says I am 135lbs. Hmmmm... think I can do it??

Cheers to ROUND 2!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Drumroll PLEASE!!!

Today was our Final Assessment Day for Body Back. I got up in the morning nervous but ready for my final weigh-in, and ready to show some major improvement from my stats on the first assessment.

As I drove up I could see Angela pulling out the scale. Oh, my dear old enemy and recently, friend... the scale. It has all come down to this. You and Me. Me and You. I was crossing my fingers hoping that magical number would be on the scale, but literally had to hope and pray since last weekend was my birthday weekend and I didn't exactly follow the meal plan. As I stepped onto the scale and it calculated, I closed my eyes one last time for a final prayer. When I squinted each eye to open them I slowly saw that blurry number more and more clear. 140.1 Wait, am I reading this right... 140.1 Really 140.1? 140.1! 140.1!!!!! I let out a huge "YESSSSSSS!" and high fived my group members. Nothing you could say could wipe that smile off my face. I made it to my wedding weight! After 8 weeks, I lost 13lbs! I made it to my goal weight!

Next Angela measured our chest, waist, hips, and thighs. Drumroll please.... I LOST 9 INCHES!

After the high of those measurements and weighing in, I was SO ready to rock this out! Again, we were measured, weighed, and counted, but this time it didn't matter what place I came in. I could be dead last in my group, but all that mattered is that I got better, and MAN! I sure got better!

The run was the first up in the assessment. As I was running, I could feel myself wanting to slow down and walk a bit for a break, then pick up the pace and carry on. I didn't want to slow down, I had to keep running. It helped that I could hear one of my fellow bodybackers and Angela at the end cheering me on, but I had to keep telling myself, "keep pushing through it, you can do it, keep running, come one!" And guess what... I DID IT! I ran the whole time and even sprinted at the end. I lowered my run time by one minute, which doesn't sound like much, but when you think of it as a whole 60 seconds you can tell it was a huge improvement from before.

The next part of the assessment were bicep curls, squats, sit ups, push ups, and planks. All categories I made major improvements in as well, WOO-HOO!

When we finished the assessments, we laid back to watch our final Body Back sunrise, and did a little meditation. I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes as Angela told us how amazed she was at our journey. She told us to visualize who we were in the beginning, and who we are now... and to look at the transformation. When I did this, I felt so proud and I felt so strong.

The thing that amazes me is that I thought I would be most proud of my weight loss, and I'm not. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that I am back down to my wedding weight... that is just AWESOME! But I am so much more proud of the fact that I have gotten so much stronger. I feel empowered to train to do things I never ever even thought I wanted to, like run a marathon- and the Jules I was 8 weeks ago would've laughed in your face if you asked her to run a marathon! Body Back has made me not only physically stronger, but its made me realize that I can truly do anything I set my mind to.

So the BIG question all you Stroller Striding mamas are wondering... Was it worth it?

The answer is YES.

The money it costs- YES! I'd even pay more because I got the results I wanted. And I'm not the only one who got results, our group on average lost 10 lbs. and 8 inches per person. Its a program THAT WORKS, in a world where there are so many weight-loss get-fit programs out their that don't. With Angela as your coach, failure is not an option. With the camaraderie built between the women in your group, failure is not an option. If someone told you you could pay money to lose weight and inches, what mama wouldn't save their pennies to do it??

The Early Mornings/Lack of Sleep- YES! and I am NOT a morning person. Once I got past the hard part waking up to my alarm- I was fine. After a cup of coffee I was ready to go. And towards the end, I loved having that early morning time to myself. It was my ME-TIME where I could drink my coffee, check my email, and head to my workout- all by myself, before the sun rose, and all while my husband, baby and the rest of the sane world were sleeping. The best part was that I didn't have to find time in my schedule to fit the workout in. I made time, when I would've been sleeping in bed, and had the rest of the day to do everything else on my Mommy Do List.

The Soreness- YES! I was actually worried that if I was sore, I'd have trouble carrying Blake or picking him up. This was not the case. Was I sore? HELL YES. but the soreness never got in my way of being able to carry Blake, and it served as a constant reminder that I was a little bit closer to my goal!

Can Breastfeeding Mamas do it- YES! I have been nursing Blake exclusively for the past 5 months. The meal plan allows for healthy snacks and lots of water. The workouts, weight loss, and diet change didn't affect my milk supply at all. (I would nurse Blake before I left if he hadn't gotten up within the hour so that I could get through the workout without worrying that he would be hungry.)

I know it sounds a little corny, but being in Body Back has changed my life in such a wonderful way. Its been the greatest thing I've done for myself after having a baby, and I would do it ALL over again. So YES! It was worth it, ten times over!!!

Current Weight: 140.1 lbs

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Long Stretch Home...

Yesterday was our FINAL "official" Body Back workout.

And how am I feeling, you ask. Well, a bit sad.

Our workout was intense and we did all the crazy exercises that I've complained about in my previous posts. Yes, we did the KILLER "T", the resistance run, the push ups, mountain climbers, squat jumps... we did it all. And as my thighs were shaking about to give out, I had a totally different mindset than when I had begun Body Back. I knew I could push through each exercise, I knew I would survive, and I knew that if I pushed myself hard enough, I would come out stronger. And at the end of the workout, I realized, I am a hell of a lot stronger!

I thought I would feel relieved that the program is coming to a close. No more early mornings, no more soreness on Tuesdays and Thursdays (and sometimes through the weekend.) No more weigh ins and no more meal plan.

But, to tell you the truth, I am a bit melancholy about finishing. I keep saying I don't know what I'm going to do on Mondays and Wednesdays between 5 and 6:30 (but we all know I'll just be sleeping!) and I'm really going to miss it. It was such a great way to start the day, I loved working out in the early crisp morning air, and I loved the girls in my group. I loved getting to take the time out for myself, and I loved not feeling guilty about it (as all of us mommy's do when we do something for ourselves) because everyone was still in bed sleeping. I loved the support and accountability that Body Back gave me, I loved knowing that if I didn't follow through on my commitments I'd not just be letting myself down, but the group down too. I just don't know if this is something I can do on my own... needless to say, I AM considering signing up for the program again!

Tomorrow we do our final assessments and we will find out just how much I've lost, and how much stronger I've become. Can't believe how quickly these past 8 weeks have gone!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Week 7

Today marks the beginning of week 7. Six weeks down, and only 2 left to reach my goal weight of 140 lbs. So after the weigh in today, I am proud to say the scale was my friend this morning. 141.4lbs! Only 1.4 to drop and I will be there, Wow.

I remember filling out my goal on the Body Back registration sheet and thinking "Yeah, right. I weighed 140lbs at my Wedding! 13 lbs in two months! Hey- its a goal, its a challenge, so I'll write it down, but I highly doubt that will EVER happen." I had this fear that once I had a baby, I could never be skinny again. I would always have a little pooch, I would never be able to get back to what I was before. And here we are, 6 weeks into it and I've lost a total of 11lbs. I wouldn't say I'm skinny, but I can already see the difference Body Back has made on my body, and I am excited. I feel stronger, and I feel Fit. That final goal is totally within reach, and all of these early mornings, hard work, and meal planning have been paying off!

Todays workout was intense, as usual! But since it was so cold outside, my frozen extremeties distracted me from all the work my body was doing! It was so nice to come home to my sleeping baby and hubby and spend the rest of President's Day relaxing with them, workout- done!

Current Weight: 141.4 lbs

The Body Back Olympics

Last weeks Wednesday Body Back Session was called the BB Olympics. It was called that because we were asked to push ourselves past our limits and do as much as we possibly could. We were told our minds shut down before our bodies do, and we totally proved it that day!

Here's a little taste of what our workout looked like:

7 minutes of Squats
8 1/2 minute wall sit
6 minutes of reverse lunges
3 minutes of mountain climbers
3 minutes of push ups
3 minutes Bicep curls
3 minutes Triceps
4 minutes of crunches

and I know there was more... but thats all my brain is capable of remembering right now. Lets just say I haven't been able to post until now because even my fingers have been feeling this workout. HECK! Muscles I didnt even know existed were feeling this workout! Its typical for me to be sore the day after a workout, but since we all pushed ourselves so hard, I felt this one all through the weekend! And with each crooked stair climb up the condo, or hobble to the baby's room in the middle of the night, I was reminded of what a GREAT workout I had!

During the wall sit Angela read out compliments that the other BBers had said about each of us, and it was quite touching. I got a few "Sassy MAMA" and "Fun mama" compliments, all things that made it a little easier to keep that wall sit with shaking thighs. Angela even started to get teary while she spoke about one of the BBers in my class- it was a sweet moment. It made me realize how lucky I am to have met these women, and fall into this group. Not only for the changes I've been able to make to my body and lifestyle, but these are the kind of women I want to surround myself with. These are the positive, hard-working, loving influences that inspire me daily.

So yes, my achey body needed a few days (four to be exact) to recover from the workout- but this workout was such a great experience, totally worth it.

BTW, Wednesday was my first weigh in since Hawaii- and we are still dropping people!

Current Weight: 143.8 lbs

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Devil Eats Malasadas.


Wikipedia's Definition-a Portuguese confection. They are made of egg sized balls of yeast dough and deep fried in oil and coated in granulated sugar. Traditionally, malasadas were made to use up all of the lard and sugar in the house.

My definition- a donut that fell from heaven and landed in my hand in Hawaii.

Now as you can see, the picture here shows the malasadas doing a happy dance, playing the ukulele and welcoming you to the islands. Their smiling faces made me forget about my diet and the 300+ calories I was consuming by eating just one. And they are kind of like potato chips... you can't just have one.

The bakery doesn't even pop them into the fryer until you order them, so they are fresh and hot when you bite into them. Malasadas just might be the most delicious things I've ever tasted. So yes, I ate one. Ok, I ate two. and YES, I made Kara drive by Leonard's on the way to the airport the day we left, but I simply couldn't help myself. The Devil eats malasadas.

All I can say is, THANK GOD I don't live in Honolulu or this would be a constant temptation for me!!! Now that I'm back home, its back to the diet, and I will try... oh so hard... to forget about these magnificent little pastries that made me jump off the meal plan. Hey! I was on vacation!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hurts SO good!

So Mondays weigh in went well again! I lot another 3 pounds, boo ya! I was super excited when I saw that number on the scale and ready for a great workout.

I read our coaches Facebook status that morning before I went, and it said "you better put on your big girl pants." And let me be the first to tell you, she was NOT kidding. This workout was not for babies, and it was by far, the hardest one yet. We did another traveling class like the first real workout we had, and man o man! It KICKED MY ASS! We did totally different exercises than we had before and my body is still recovering a day and a half later. The biggest win I had is that we did the resistance run again, this time I managed to complete it without pissing myself, woohoo!

I guess as we get farther along in the program, the workouts have to get harder in order to continue seeing results. Well this one was tough, and I am feeling it. Muscles I didn't even know existed are aching tonight. I now know the meaning of "HURTS SO GOOD." because even though it hurts a little, it just lets me know that I had an awesome workout, and am on my way to getting results!

Today I fly to Hawaii to see my little sister training the dolphins. I am so excited for this vacation, but nervous of the impact it'll have on my body back routine and results. All the delicious hawaiian food and drinks will be tempting, and it will be tough to work out while Im there... Keeping this in mind- I looked up calories in one pina colada and the answer was 640. 640??? In just one??? I remember a few years back when I went to hawaii having 4 or 5 of them in a day. That sure won't be happening this time. Hmmmm.... I wonder how many calories are in a mai tai :)

Current Weight : 146.0 lbs

Sunday, January 30, 2011

My Morning FAV!

They say it takes 21 days to create a habit. Well here we are at day 21 of eating healthy, and you know what, I really like it.

I thought I would share my FAVORITE recipe from the body back meal plan.

Breakfast Quesadilla

1 Whole Wheat Tortilla
2 Egg Whites
Reduced Fat Cheese
Red and Green Bell Peppers Diced
Olive Oil Cooking Spray
Salsa (optional)
Sliced Avocado

Scramble egg whites in small pan. Spray larger pan with OO Cooking Spray. Lay down tortilla and add eggs, cheese, and peppers. Fold tortilla in half, and flip over until both sides are golden brown. Cut into four triangles and serve with salsa and avocado.

WOW- This is just a little bite of heaven. It makes me want to eat breakfast for every meal! I love bell peppers, but never realized how they can really spice up any meal. Quite delicious I tell you!

There are a few other recipes I have fallen in love with from the meal plan like the Chicken Caprese and Crock Pot Chicken Verde. Veggie pizza wasnt half bad either. Turns out that the meal plan has been pretty good to me. I find myself starting to crave fruits and veggies rather than chocolate and ice cream, and that, my friends is a huge win!

At night instead of snacking after Blake goes down, I've been drinking a glass of herbal tea, and I really enjoy it. It relaxes me, and takes away the urge for snacking. Its the perfect nighttime ritual for me- and so much healthier than a glass of vino!

So heres to day 22 and beyond! I really hope this habit sticks, the benefits to a lifestyle change far outweigh the deliciousness of all that high fructose corn syrup!

Friday, January 28, 2011


Do the Y from the Y M C A dance. Now move your arms down so that they are stretched out and your body makes a T, palms up. Now Squat.

Sounds easy, right? Its not. It was a TRICK! It was a KILLER!

We started in this position, and then pulsed our arms moving them about five inches up and down for about 30 seconds. And right when I felt like my arms were gonna fall off, it was palms down, same thing for 30 seconds. Ok. Gonna keep going even though it burns like hell. And right when I really felt like my arms were gonna fall off, it was arms over the head, same thing for 30 seconds... And right when my arms no longer had any feeling in them.......... I think you see where I'm going with this. Keeping up the pulsing, we did arms in front, arms behind, arms out back, it was never ending! And let me tell you--- my arms are still in the ICU recovering!

Wednesday's Body Back workout was fun. Yes, I said fun... even with that killer T exercise! Angela had us workout facing eachother, so we pushed eachother, laughed at eachother, and helped eachother get through it. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

Next week I am taking a trip to Hawaii to see my sister, so today I had to try on swimsuits to find some to bring. As you can imagine, I had been dreading doing this all week. I have about 45 swimsuits, ok... not that many, but I have a ton of them. All bikinis, all pre-baby, all looked great on my pre-baby body. I hated the thought of having to buy some new swimsuits when I already have so many, but was planning on doing that after finding out that they no longer fit. Well, GUESS WHAT!??? Some of them ACTUALLY fit! I was so proud of myself, I even grabbed my blackberry and sent a pic to my hubby at work! (Something I never thought I'd be ready to do 4 months post-baby) It feels SO good to see results after just three weeks!

I AM gonna get my body back! I AM, I AM, I AM!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Three down, Nine to go...

Monday, Monday. Today begins week 3 of my 8 week course, and today is FABULOUS!

Today, I realized something. In the beginning, I was so worried about the 5:30 am class being too early. I was worried about being too tired to wake up from getting up all night with Blake, being too tired to exercise, and then being exhausted the rest of the day because my workout wiped me out. Seriously, I was scared. But today I had an awakening.

On the days that I begin my morning with the Body Back workout (yes, at the crack of dawn, before the sun even gets up) I have more energy. I know what youre thinking... BULL SHIT. But really, its true. I feel like I have more energy for the rest of the day, I feel like I am in a better mood, and I feel like I am... well... a happier person. Even if I have had a rough night with Blake, I can still do this, I want to do this, and I need to do this... for me.

Theres something completely invigorating about being outside in the crisp morning air, that gives you this rush to wake you up. Theres something inspiring about working out beside other women that want the same things you do and are complete sweethearts. And theres something about Angela, our coach, that just makes you want to be there. Theres just something magnetic about her personality, and knowing she is waiting there to kick our butts and believing in us that makes me want to be there and make her proud.

Today we did a circuit training with 9 different exercises, and repeated it three times. What is it about push ups that rock your whole entire body and make you feel like you are going to collapse? Let me tell you by the third time through the circuit, I could barely catch my breath, my abs were burning and my arms were hurting. I'm pretty sure I looked like a sweaty wet panting dog- (no one noticing was one of the benefits to exercising when its still dark) but nothing could stop me from finishing! The workout music was bumping and I kept telling myself- youre almost done, youre almost done. I love the feeling of accomplishment at the final countdown, 5...4....3...2....1....! EXHALE- Yes, Monday workout is complete!

Monday is also weigh in day. And YAHOOOOOO- to my delight- I lost 3 pounds! Thats 4 down, 9 to go! It feels so good to see that all my hard work is paying off, and I am on track to get my body back! If I can keep this up, I will surely be bikini ready for summer this year. I want the kind of body that people say "You had a baby? WHEN???" Maybe if I work hard enough... I can- but lets not get too ahead of ourselves.

Current Weight: 149.0 lbs

Friday, January 21, 2011

NO pain... NO gain!

Wednesday's Body Back class was awesome. We had nine different workout stations with weights, ropes, or mats, and we spent one minute at each station before moving to the next. We repeated the rotation three times, and kept moving the whole time. This is my favorite type of workout, and since you are only at each station for a minute, you can push yourself hard. Its like you are tricking your body because by the time it realizes that what you are doing hurts, you move to the next station and work another muscle.

The only problem is that I had to modify some of the exercises because between Monday and Wednesday- something happened to my knees. My sweet, angel knees that have never done me wrong are now turning on me.

I thought it might be my shoes -which is totally surprising because they were the really nice expensive ones i bought at payless :) - so I went to Big 5 get running shoes yesterday. They weren't the cutest pair on the wall, but what they lacked in style they made up for in cushion! I figured these New Balances would magically make my knees feel better and I would be ready to get up and go again. I tried running from my car to my house and just that 30 feet felt funny. I decided to take Thursday off, ice my knees, and pop some advil.

Today, I put on those magic shoes and gave Stroller Strides a try- not much luck though as I couldn't do much of the hopping or lunging- not that Blake was going to let me anyhow.

I think the problem is that I have been working out more in the past four weeks than I have in the past four years. My knees are like "WHO ARE YOU, AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH JULES?"

Well knees, you listen up. No more of this BS not gonna workout crap. Mama wants her body back and there is nothing you can do about it. You have until tomorrow to feel better. End of conversation.

Monday, January 17, 2011

I LOST A POUND, do de da de do!

4:30 came real early this morning... Eric and I went to a wedding last night and got home around midnight, so I had only 4 hours to recoup from working it on the dance floor and to try and get some sleep before my Body Back workout.

As my alarm went off, I actually thought about pretending like I slept through it and staying in bed. Then I realized the only one I would be cheating is myself- so I dragged my ass out of bed, had a cup of joe, and got ready to go.

First thing we did when we met was weigh in. I am happy to say I LOST A POUND, I LOST A POUND, DO DE DA DE DO! I had been so good all week following the meal plan, but fell off the wagon a little yesterday with half a piece of wedding cake and a couple glasses of wine. Who wants to stay dry at a wedding?! Come on! So, I was hoping that my killer dance moves would've burnt off any of the added calories- but knowing my luck I was prepared to see a gain instead of a loss. A pound? I'll take it. If I can do 1-2 lbs a week, I will be at my goal weight at the end of the 8 week program.

The workout today was great. It was similar to the DVD workout, just harder. We did cardio, strength, and core exercises in two sets, five different combinations. By the fourth combination, I was really feeling the wine from last night- if you know what I mean. My legs were shaking and I started to feel dizzy, but I kept on keeping on and finished the workout. Theres nothing better than the moment when you finish a tough workout and let your body sink into the floor to relax and think "Ah... its over!"

I drove home and Eric was still asleep- recovering from last night. I had some oatmeal, took a quick shower, and hopped back into bed. We woke up together around 10, and it was like the day had just begun... Was my workout this morning all a dream, I thought? No! Thats right! Angela kicked my ass this morning before I even really woke up!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

the DVD workout

For the Body Back program, you are supposed to work out 5 times a week. Twice with the group, two days off, and three days on your own. I decided to go to Stroller Strides Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays to account for the three on your own days. Stroller Strides is a full workout, just not as intense as the Body Back, and you have the babies so you don't always get to do everything if your little one is hungry and screaming (which Blake usually seems to be).

This Friday, Blake slept in. OK... I slept in, but Blake was sleeping too so can't I just blame it on him? We didn't get up in time to make it to Stroller Strides, so when Blake went down for a nap I decided to pop in the "Mama wants her body back" DVD and do the total body workout #1, and ab workout #1.

Let me tell you, these ladies don't mess around! The three women in the DVD are straight off the cover of Shape magazine. They have AMAZING bodies, and two of them are even sisters. (Somebody got LUCKY in the gene department... just saying)

I wasn't sure if I would get a good workout because I've never been one to workout on my own at home or done a workout DVD, but man! did I work up a sweat. (So did the girl on the DVD with the lime green tanktop- they totally zoomed in on her sweaty spot!) I didn't even have the tube that you use for half of the exercises and my heartrate was still climbing and climbing. I liked that at the bottom of the video, theres a little skateboard ramp and bars that fill from left to right as you get closer to the end. Theres also a countdown on the right that tells you how many seconds left of each exercise, which my eyes kept fixated on once I had the exercise down. Makes it easier to push yourself when you know the END IS NEAR!

During the workout the main instructor kept saying "How's that feel? You're doing great! Keep going, I'm right here with you!" and I'm laughing to myself thinking if she saw me in my booty shorts and tank top with all my junk hanging out, falling over right now she would not be saying that! It'd be more like "Why are you wearing that? Go change! Can't you balance? Get it right, Jules or I'm leaving you!"

All in all I was pleasantly surprised when I finished the 20 minute workout and had that beautifully red hot face and sweaty body. I even added on the 10 minute ab workout too, and Blake stayed asleep the whole time! Im thinking I can do 20 minutes any day... I can fit that into my schedule anytime- so no more excuses. Maybe next time I'll even add the tube!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

pancakes, pancakes everywhere

Isn't it weird how when you can't have something, all of the sudden, you see it everywhere!

For me, that thing is pancakes. I've never been a real pancake kinda person, or ordered them for breakfast on a morning out, but now I can't seem to escape them. I have seen more IHOP commercials in the past 4 days then in my entire lifetime. I go to costco and they are handing out samples of pancakes. I go for a walk and pass a cafe and whats on the window- blueberry PANCAKES! All of the sudden I have this incredible urge. An urge stronger than any of my pregnancy cravings- it simply takes over me. I need pancakes. I want pancakes. GIVE ME THE PANCAKES!

So what do I do? Run home, drop a piece of double fiber whole wheat toast in the toaster and spread on some peanut butter. Amazingly, my pancake obsession drifts away. Is it possible that I just needed something a little carby?!

Following the meal plan hasn't been as hard as I thought it would be, and I've been doing alright with the options given. I've had to add a couple of snacks each day so that I don't get too hungry, but I've been sticking to the guidelines and managing to stay satisfied. Its amazing how fruit and peanut butter can satisfy your sweet tooth, and veggies with hummus your salty tooth. I feel like I have more energy, even- and thats saying a lot because Blake was up 4 times last night! Besides that pancake scare, I've managed to stay away from temptation for 4 whole days. Go mama go!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dribble Dribble, Oh No!

So today was the first "real" workout, and let me tell you, what a WORKOUT it was. We ran and did interval training that worked nearly every muscle in our bodies. I did get to a point where I felt like I was gonna stop, but Angela, our coach, seems to always have the right words or funny joke to make you laugh at yourself and keep going. When I felt like I couldn't go anymore, she told us to think of our children, and what do we want them to learn from us when things get tough. And man, what a motivater that was! I can do anything if I'm doing it for my baby.

The class itself was intense. About half way through, I felt like I wanted to smile because I was so proud of myself, puke because I was pushing myself harder than I ever have, and cry because... well... now that I have a baby I cry all the time, so emotional! Quite a mix of feelings!

...And then we did a resistance run. Those of you who can't handle TMI, feel free to stop reading this here.

The resistance run you did with a partner and as the partner holds a resistance tube around you, you have to run with their weight up the hill. Think of a horse and carriage- and you are the horse pulling the other person. This was HARD! But I made it up the hill and it was time to trade spots. As my partner worked her way up the hill, I felt it coming... o no, not here, not now. YUP, I had a little dribble dribble, and there was no way I could stop it. My partner kept moving and grooving up the hill and I am pissing myself with each bounce! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Is this REALLY happening? Ahhh.... mommyhood, what have you done to me? All I can say is THANK GOD it was still dark outside so no one could see that glorious wet spot on my workout pants. Ring ring. Hello? This is your wake up call, need to start those kegels again!

At that point the workout was nearly over and all I can think is "I hope no one notices my little accident. " It actually made the rest of the time easier because I wasn't focusing on how hard each exercise was, imagine that!

We finished with an ab workout and a beautiful sunrise in the background. I made it back to my car just before the sun came up all the way- SAFE! I couldn't have had a better start to my day (minus the dribble drabble) and I feel great knowing that I pushed myself as hard as I could. I can't wait to start seeing results.

Monday, January 10, 2011

DAY ONE, and plain yogurt.

So today was day one of the body back training. It was assessment day, so it wasnt all that intense physically. Emotionally, well thats another story because we were measured, weighed, and counted. Lets just say I came in about last in every category, but I figure all the better when I do them again at the end... three cheers for most improved! After all, I was just trying to make everyone else look better- being the good samaritan that I am.

My favorite part of the training was at the end when Angela, our coach, told us what great mommies we were to be up at the crack of dawn when so many people were tucked in bed sleeping, not even thinking about getting up to work out- she's got that one right!

Blake did great while I was gone and got up only a few minutes before I got home. Eric got to spend a little quality time with him before work, and when I got home Blake was smiling as big as he could at his daddy making funny faces. What a great way to start the day!

I got the meal plans today for the nutrition portion of body back and hit the grocery store. Stocked up on all the healthy foods and planned out a few meals. Im not so worried about it now that I've seen it. The meal plan gives you options for home, restaurants and even on the go, so it should be simple enough to follow no matter the situation.

For my snack I decided I'd have the yogurt with berrys and nuts. Of course I bought the non-fat plain yogurt, just like the meal plan suggests. And let me tell you, I now know why the make all those different flavors for yogurt. That shit was NAS-TAYYYY. I got about one bite in and decided to ditch the yogurt and just eat the almonds and blueberries, which were much more satisfying. I can't believe I've never ate plain yogurt before. A first and last, ladies and gentleman. A first and last.

For dinner, I tried out one of the recipes- Spinach Meatballs. Epic FAIL. Let's just say I would be the first chef kicked off Hell's Kitchen if that English guy saw these balls. I thought I followed the steps correctly, but my meatballs were not sticking together. It ended up looking more like meal goulash than a meatball, but hell- it took too much time to try to get it all together so we decided to close our eyes and give it a try anyways. And guess what- not bad. I'd give it a 6 out of 10 on the deliciousness scale, but it filled us up and was healthy, so maybe it wasn't such a fail after all.

Overall I'd say today was a good day. I followed the meal plan, adding two extra snacks to account for the breastfeeding and skipped all the junk at the grocery store. I feel empowered to continue and take on the weeks ahead!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The WEEKEND recap

Well, today is Sunday, and tomorrow the heat is on! I am excited to see what this new workout group has to offer, and a little scared at the same time. It starts at 530am, which means I have to leave the house by 5 to get there in time... which would be fine, but I have to wake Blake up to nurse him before I go so that he will go back to sleep before I get home... (crossing my fingers this works so Eric can sleep)

I did go for my run yesterday- you know, the one I was gonna go on Friday but then Eric brought home the wine. I ran a minute, walked 2 minutes and repeated that for about 20 minutes. I ran 1.5 miles, not much, but for me- it was intense! I came back up to the condo with my beating red face, panting, and feeling like I was gonna puke. AFTER 20 Minutes, are you kidding me? I thought I had a little more in me than that, but I guess we all have to start somewhere. I drank a protein shake and felt a little better.

Ive been doing good with the dieting, eating only real food. Nothing processed, low fat intake, no high fructose corn syrup or sugary treats. I am still snacking a lot, but trying to make smarter choices like fruit, plain popcorn and nuts. Today I even went to watch the game with the boys, and I stuck it out as they all devoured their greasy burgers and fries(which looked incredible I might add) and ordered a mediocre salad. YUM YUM.

I did, however, order a Shock Top, because after all I deserved one. Starting tomorrow we are supposed to say sionara to alcohol during the program... hmmmm.... hope I can hang there. Mama does love her wine :) but other than that sticking to the agua, and trying to mentally prepare for the day tomorrow! HERE WE GOOOOOO!!!!

Current Weight : 152 lbs

Friday, January 7, 2011

... and Then!

I made a very healthy dinner tonight. Chicken kabobs, salad, and zucchini. Fresh, Light, and Healthy. It was perfect.

My plan was to eat dinner with the hubby, and then I was gonna go for a run. Don't get me wrong, I AM NOT A RUNNER... so nothing crazy... just a run around my complex. I had my sports bra on and EVERYTHING, I wanted to push myself to get ready for the weeks ahead!

... And then Eric came home with a bottle of wine.

So much for that plan... I think I'll go for a run tomorrow.

Before it Begins...

My name is Jules, I'm 24, a new mommy, and today I decided its time to get my body back.

My wonderful son, Blake Matthew was born on September 27th. He has brought so much joy to my life, and I can't imagine not having him in it. He's 3 months old, starting to squeal now and he smiles all the time- he's the best thing I've ever done.

So where did my body go? I know its inside this new one somewhere!!! I look in the mirror sometimes and wonder what it used to look like. I think I remember, or at least I am painfully reminded when I look at pictures from the Vegas trip with the girls. Although this new body has done some pretty amazing things, it has its own set of battle wounds which the average person wouldnt call attractive. With stretch marks and cellulite patterns covering it, its its own kind of camoflauge.

So I am on a mission, starting today. I am going to get my pre-baby body back even if it kills me! I am joining a workout, inspiration, and nutrition group called Mama wants her body back. It consists of 2 high intensity workouts in a small group format, and 3 days of your own workouts. Theres also a meal plan to follow, which I am both excited and scared to discover... being a nursing mom, I feel like I am eating all the time, so im sure it'll be a challenge for me. The instructor for the workouts is nothing short of amazing and inspiring, I couldn't have chosen a better leader to take me on this journey.

My first workout is this Monday so stay tuned!

Current Weight: 153 lbs