Tone It Up!

Wow! It’s been a minute!

 

Well, allow me to bring you up to speed.  🙂

 

For the past three weeks I have been loosely following the Tone it Up girls and the Tone It Up community and trying to emulate their plan – without dropping the $150 for the whole shebang.  After these last three weeks, I want that plan even more than I did in the beginning.  🙂

Karena and Katrina are the masterminds behind the Tone It Up plan.  They are trainers.  Their basic premise is to eat Lean, Clean, and Green.  I love that philosophy.  They are hosting a bikini series right now which IS free and the check ins on instagram are inspiring.  (I’ll post some pics of my check ins below)

They also post a weekly challenge.  Last week’s theme was Green.  We ate lots of greens last week 🙂  This week is all about self esteem and boosting your image of yourself.  We’re setting goals and visualizing our goals.  It’s kinda cheesy on one hand but on the other I kinda love their faces so I’d do whatever they say.  Honestly.

Like I said, I didn’t purchase the plan but thanks to people’s Instagram check ins and my fantastic google skills, I’ve managed to unearth a little about the plan.  For example:  The girls want everyone to get up and do what they call a BOOTYCALL.  It’s a super early morning cardio session that gets your body moving and metabolism a kick start.  After that it’s Meal 1 (M1) and a metabolism boosting drink — they REALLY like Apple Cider Vinegar.  (blech)  But again… I love their faces, so I do it.  M2 – something light but L,C&G.  M3 – Lunch M4 – Light snack M5 – dinner.  Also — an evening workout which the lovely ladies are kind enough to post videos and printables of their workouts.  Genius!  They also have their own protein powder – Perfect Fit.  I’ll report back on that as I’m still using up my Pro Fit from It Works!  🙂

The girls also recommend not eating carbs after 3 pm.  I have sleuthed that gem off a blogger’s post as well. 🙂

 

Ok.  Well that’s the background on my new plan…. now…. enjoy some pics of my progress!

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The Girls REALLY like their acidic drinks because they alkalize the body and help stop the damage of free radicals.  It also helps neutralize the effects of too much coffee/alcohol within the body.  I know from previous research that an alkaline body is a good thing.  Cancer doesn’t like alkaline.

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Above are some of my meal/daily check ins from my Instagram account.  (PinkShanyn)

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And… again… an Instagram pic.  This is my meal prep before Week 1.

(I’m on week 3 now!)

Yay!  I’m excited that I’ve been able to follow this plan relatively easily.  I’m still using myfitnesspal to track calories.  Even with Memorial day last weekend I didn’t fall *TOO* far off track. 🙂

-She

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BaH HuMbUg!

I am a Scrooge.

That’s what I have discovered.  I am SO NOT in the Holiday Spirit this year.  I am grumpy and forlorn.  Oh — and not anywhere near where I thought I would be as far as my weight loss goals.  Why?  Because I quit.

That’s right.  I’m a big fat quitter.  😦

My knees were beyond angry with me for taking up running.  I am far too large to run on such solid surfaces as Sidewalks and Roads.  Perhaps a treadmill with a little more give is the thing I need for now?  I’m not sure.

I have not given up on my dream of running all together — just temporarily.  I WILL run a 5K this spring.  I WILL!

I am back on the bandwagon.  Ya know, it’s the week before Christmas.  If I can make is this week amongst all the cookies and treats in the office, I can do this ANY TIME!  🙂

BREAKFAST:
2 Slices of homemade Wheat Bread, toasted
Strawberry Preserves.

LUNCH:
A roasted Winter Veggie and Chickpea Stew.  (Recipe)

Jiffy Cornbread Muffin Triangle.

DINNER:
Cajun Tilapia

Roasted Cauliflower

I have been drinking flavored teas like a maniac.

I am also starting an “It Works?” regime.  Greens, Vitamins, etc.  I am loving the results!

A Blog that I think will become my most favoritest place in all of cyberspace

I will be choosing a workout DVD tonight at random to complete – most likely a P90X one or Jillian or Bob.  I heart Jillian and Bob. 🙂

Here’s to a fresh start! ❤

Fat girls don’t run

Wow.  My body was screaming at me this morning.  It was saying ‘fat girls shouldn’t run’

So. .. Aleve has been my bestie today 🙂

Breakfast:
A parfait I made

Trader Joe Greek style yogurt (honey flavor)
Mixed berries
Granola
Pumpkin butter

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Lunch:
Rep lunch day
Tomato Basil mozzarella sandwich
Salad
Chips
Half a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie

Snack:
Little rag soup

Dinner:
Cajun tilapia
Warm cinnamon apples

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Training:
Active rest
Walking – 28 minutes (1.3 miles)

Happy Mid Week

Today is a much better day. 

Why?   Because I love fall and its starting to show its colors.

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Breakfast:
Fage Greek yogurt with honey

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After my last post about how unappealing it looks after stiring I saw this

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Whoops!

Lunch:
Bean burrito
Apples
Peanut butter
1 chocolate square

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Dinner:
Tuna sandwich (1can tuna, 2T horseradish hummus, 2 slices 12 grain bread)
‘Little rag’ soup
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Training:
Yep. A run day. Almost two miles at 15:11/mile. 😦
Perhaps its because I left my running partner at home?
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More likely, because I was already sore.

But I was READY to run today.

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Here’s hoping the run Friday is a smidge faster 🙂

bad day :(

today wasn’t so hot.

Breakfast:
oatmeal with 1T maple syrup,  cinnamon,  2T dried cherries, 1T slivered almonds

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Lunch:
Spaghetti-Os
apple
15 almonds

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Snack:
18 almonds
half box of raisins

Dinner:
here is where I lost my control
half a bag of Trader Joe Everything Pretzel Slims
almost the whole container of Trader Joe Horseradish Hummus
*that hummus is just wayyyy too good*

training:
I should have ran today but frankly I fell asleep bingeing on my dinner

tomorrow AM?

on a side note : i was still under my calorie goals for the day (i know – hard to believe,  right? )

🙂

Manic Monday

Breakfast
Same omelette as yesterday

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Pumpkin spice coffee in the new French press

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Lunch
Bean burrito with hot sauce
Apple

Dinner
Spaghetti-O’s
and
about half a medium thin crust margherita pizza
*gasp*
don’t judge me
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Snack
Fage with honey

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Looks just like the commercial

Here’s what happens after you stir

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Not so pretty 😦

1/2 box of raisins
15 almonds

Weekly update

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Yay!

Sunday silliness

Breakfast:
Mojo bar – peanut butter pretzel
Coffee

Training:
Day 1 of couch to 5k
2.01 miles. 14:54/mile

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Brunch:
2 egg omelette with
1 slice muenster cheese
Spinach
1 trader Joe chocolate yogurt European style

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Dinner:
1can tuna mixed with
2T horseradish hummus
23 everything pretzel slims
1slice muenster cheese
2oz moscato
2 happy hippo cookies

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Snack:
2 nyacker cookies

Weekend warrior

Saturday

The day I spend the morning ‘baby’ sitting.  🙂

I usually have to be over at my sister’s at 5:30/5:45 AM – She works at 6AM.

So I pack up my laptop, some work, a magazine or two, and enjoy the quiet while I wait (with dread) for the Heathens to awake 🙂

 

Punk (my oldest niece) — you can see her on my YouTube Channel. Is really into a ‘healthy foods’ kick.  So I told her I was making her a healthy breakfast.

Breakfast:

2 egg omelette (What? — They’re good) w/ Cheddar Cheese

Toast with Blackberry Preserves

Milk

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Yes, that is my breakfast and no I’m not afraid to admit that it’s my FAVORITE plate at my sister’s house. 🙂

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Speaking of Omelettes — I have officially decided I am a master… mine are getting fluffier and fluffier each time I make them.  MY secret?  LOW HEAT!  It takes longer, but they’re so good I don’t care.

*Before you judge that picture I do have to make it known that I was making omelettes in a saucepan — for some reason I can’t find a small skillet at my sister’s… Christmas present? – that’d go over well)

 

 

Normally Saturdays are the nights Punk stays with me – but this weekend I’ve been told she’s staying with MaMa… that means I can un tonight.  Yay!

Lunch:

1C Vegetarian Chili

2 cornbread muffins

*leftovers from Thursday*

 

Dinner:

Veggie pizza and birch beer

 

Training:

Day 2 of C25K

TGIF

TGIF indeed. 🙂

I love my job — a lot actually. (I know, weird right?) but I am still geeked for the weekend.

Breakfast:

2 egg omlette

2T homemade salsa

Coffee with the Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer you see in the background 🙂 (uhh…YUM!)

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On the way to work I was behind this car and I actually really enjoyed their bumper stickers.  I haven’t seen one – let alone three – that resonate so clearly with me.

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Lunch:

We talked our manager into taking us off-site for a lunch meeting (score!)

Chipotle was the choice

I had a salad with a small scoop of rice, black beans, veggies, all the salsas, and a ‘little’ cheese (which was as much as I put on in a ‘normal’ serving…HOLY COW!)

Dinner:

2 cornbread muffins

No – you read that right… just the muffins.  I fell asleep reading at 6pm and didn’t wake back up until 9pm.  I didn’t want to eat anything heavy that late so I just ate some of the left over muffins from last night’s dinner.  Meh.

Training:

Yes, today should have been a training day… but again, I fell asleep so I just jogged around my block a couple times with Demon Dog and came back in.  Total Distance?  MAYBE a half mile.  But I realized when I got back that I jogged the whole time (!?)

Live and learn

Today was just one of those days where I felt like the world was a crap-fest. 

I woke up way late. My charger broke last night so I plugged my phone into my computer thinking it would charge and be fabulous.  Well. Not so much.  I guess if it’s plugged into the computer alarms don’t go off. (Go figure)

I managed to grab breakfast and pack a lunch before sprinting out the door only five minutes late. Yay me!

Only to sit in traffic and be about 15 minutes late to work (boo hiss! )

And since I was in a crabby mood from that everything else just irritated me. 🙂

OK. Enough complaining.

Breakfast:
Two multi grain waffles  with 1T peanut butter on each

I packed my lunch but we had a rep lunch and I felt guilty since she’d brought special veggie food
So. ….

Lunch:
A veggie panini with veggie cream cheese,  veggies,  and muenster cheese (drool)
Half a bag of salt and vinegar chips
Two pickles
A small scoop of fruit salad
A brownie

Dinner:
Veggie chili
Cornbread
Ginger tea

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If I have calories left for snack later (which I doubt looking at my lunch)  I’ll have an apple while watching TV 🙂

Training:
Today I should be training.  But its raining and quite frankly I’m not as hardcore as these ladies I saw yesterday

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Wow. That’s dedication.  I hope to get there soon. 

But instead today I’ll just choose a workout DVD from my dusty stash and give it a run for its money 🙂