Monthly Archives: January 2012

Life After 30: Week 2 Recap

Have you ever seen the Biggest Loser?  Where week one, they lose 15, 20 and 30+ pounds.  They are amazed and so happy.  Then comes week two and the weight loss goes down significantly.  Two pounds.  One pound.  Or even no weight lost at all!  And everyone is so shocked.  What happened?  Why such low numbers?

I feel like I’m on Biggest Loser.  Last week I lost a crazy amount of weight.  This week not so much was lost.  But a loss is a loss.  And I’m grateful I didn’t gain anything.

As the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race.  So my initial goal was to lose two pounds a week.  So I am defiantly still on track.

I started the week out sick and work has gotten super crazy.  And it will probably be like this until the school year ends.  I feel like my work load has tripled since before Christmas break.  I say all this to say I didn’t get much exercise in this week.  Actually that would be none at all.  I just couldn’t take the time from my planning period to walk, too much to do.   Though I know it is an excuse.  I am still planning to do the boot camp workout because it is quite effective.


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Home Made

I thought I share some of the meals I prepared this week.  I’ve never much enjoyed slaving away over a hot stove.  This is why I am so glad I have a slow cooker and it has been in heavy rotation.  I need to personally thank whoever invented those Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners.

These are like the best thing.  No more caked on crude.  Only bad thing is they only come 4 to a box.  I wonder if Sam’s carries them in a larger package?  Anyone know?

Monday:  Chilpolte Mexican Grill

I had a salad bowl, but of course I choose only Paleo friendly ingredients.  The boys choose tacos.  They really enjoyed their meal.  I  thought it was tasty, but I was still too sick to enjoy it.  Will have to give Chipolte another try at a later date.

Tuesday: Can’t remember?????

Wednesday:  Taco Salad and Paleo Pine Apple Cupcakes

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The taco salad was just something I threw together.  I added a packet of taco seasoning to a pack of ground turkey. Easy!  The cupcakes were pretty tasty.  They weren’t super sweet, so I put butter on top.  Yum!  I did find a recipe for whipped cream.  I may make that up this weekend.

Thursday:  Beef Stew

This was another no brainer.  Just dumped a seasoning packet with all the ingredients in the slow cooker.

Friday: Crockpot Balsamic Roast

I wasn’t crazy about how the sauce turned out on this one.  But the meat was pretty tasty.  I shreeded it up and ate it over a bed of salad greens.

I’m trying to come up with some ideas on how to use the left over pork roast for tomorrow.  We have plenty left!  Any ideas?

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Life After 30: Week 1 Recap

Jan 2 was the start of my Paleo Diet.  I have to say this is the best diet I’ve ever tried.  I haven’t felt deprived at all.  Surprisingly! The basic concept is to eat until you full of organic veggies, lean grass feed and free range meats. I’ve been drinking unsweetened tea and water.

Here is a quick chart of my meals this week:

  Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Bacon & eggs Chicken w/salad Nuts & raisonsPickle spear Slow cooker chicken and  rice
Tuesday None Chicken w/broccoli None Slow cooker chicken and kale soup
Wednesday Apple & bacon Salad w/chicken Sweet potato Slow cooker Beef stew
Thursday Apple w/ egg and sausage bake Salad w/ tuna Bacon Slow cooker beef stew
Friday Apple w/ egg and sausage bake Slow cooker beef stew  sweet potato Slow cooker meatballs and sauce w/ broccoli
Saturday  apple w/egg and sausage bake  salad bar w/balsamic dressing  almonds  buffalo snack wings w/broccoli
Sunday  apple w/egg and sausage bake  sweet potato  sweet potato  buffalo snack wings w/broccoli

I was sick with cold on Monday and Tuesday i stayed home to sleep and get better.  I’ve been trying to cut out all added sugars but who knew that cough drops and cold medicines had so much sugar in them?!

I also ended the week sick, the cold came back with a vengence.  I spent half the day Saturday and all day Sunday curled up in the bed with chills and cold sweat.  Not fun!  But I was able to stick with the Paleo plan, even though I wasn’t very hungry and didn’t eat very much.  through all of this I was able to lose 11 pounds.  Down to 236.5 on my weigh in Jan 9!

The next step is to add exercise into my routine.  The last time I worked out to a video on exercise tv, the site is now defunct but luckily I found the video on youtube.

One of my coworkers asked me to walk with her in the mornings.  Friday was our first day.  I took a half hour from my planning time and we walked around the gym too many time to count.  I did break a light sweat.

I plan to begin the boot camp video on Monday.  Why don’t you join me?  What are some of your favorite exercise videos?  Let me know in the comments!

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The Free-Weigh: Andre’s Story

1st Degree of Freedom

Wow! Wowwwww! This picture was taken last New Years at my Brother’s wedding.  Since this picture was taken I’ve rounded out even more and have gotten even more un-athletic.  Yes the guy to the right is me!  Talk about motivating!  Yesterday, I actually recognized that I’ve got to get in shape and start making healthier choices.

Funny about 10 years ago on my first assignment with General Electric I had an opportunity to meet a person that would later become a great friend.  On that trip I remember asking my soon to be friend “So when did you lose it” he laughed slyly and said “live a little and ask me that question in 10 years.”  Well as you see my time has come and I looked back and laugh, man I just lost it.

My apologies, the “It” reflects the amount of weight gain.   I’m actually the gentleman on the right.


Height    6’2”

Weight   266

Waist      40 something (42”)

My post will highlight my goal to lose 40 lbs utilizing traditional methods of exercise in an unconventional ways or in a “Free Weigh”.  Following a rigid diet program and stale exercising program gets boring.  I would like to use this opportunity to show how being active can help transform you back to the gold ole days.

Recognizing that I’ve gained weight and need to get shape is liberating and now the fun begins…….

Stay tuned

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Body After Baby: Michelle’s Story

There are some things that can’t be controlled. Whether it rains, if you give birth to a boy or a girl. And stretch marks.

The body I have after three babies is much different from the body I had before them. At first it was a lot to accept. The ill fitting pants and having to pick up a size large shirt instead of a small threw me for a few years. At some point I decided that my body bore the evidence of carrying babies and I had to be alright with that.

My three girls

Somehow that acceptance turned to complacency and my weight climbed higher and higher. What once was a every now and again treat (chocolate…my nemesis) became an every day thing. I stopped caring about the types of food I put into my body. Fast food, processed and sugary foods, soda was the norm.

And I paid dearly for it. I am still paying for it.

My pregnancies were rough. I had gestational diabetes which is basically just a precursor for diabetes later on in life. I took insulin and had to control my diet. That more or less led me to clean eating.

My sister (Life After 30) loaned me the book Eat Clean by Tosca Reno that changed my life. I read the book in one night, devouring the knowledge. It was so easy that I was astounded that it had never occurred to me.

For about six months, I ate clean, exercised and then ran a 5k. I felt the best I had felt since highschool. It was incredible.

And then I found I was pregnant with my youngest daughter (now 3 months old) and moved from Philadelphia to Florida and eating clean flew out the window.

Now that I’ve given birth, I’m ready to take back my body. I have decided that eating clean worked for me before and that’s what I plan to do again. It’s not easy to turn down that Big Mac and Fries or to say no to that giant box of turtles my husband brought home today, but it’s worth it.

5’6 – 176lbs
Busting the Gut!


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Body After Baby: Off and Running

I’m off and running. But so in the wrong direction.

Today Big Mac’s were buy one get one for 1 cent and my husband came home with these:

Trouble in a box


If there is one thing in this world that I love almost more than I love my children, it’s turtles.

In case you don’t know what turtles are, I’ll explain.  A turtle is a delicious confection beginning with nuts, usually pecans, but in my case cashews, covered with a soft caramel and then covered with chocolate.

You see my dilemma?

These things are big time trouble and in no way part of my Eat Clean diet. But that’s okay because I haven’t yet started my Eat Clean diet. With a 3 month old, a 4 year old and a soon to be six year old, all home for Christmas vacation, I haven’t yet made it to the grocery store.

All of that to say, that though I have started working out at the Y, I have yet to begin eating clean. I’m going to take a note from my sister (Life After 30) and rid my pantry of anything unclean (i.e., processed) and then hit up the grocery store and stock up on the good stuff.

I know that there will be temptations.  I know there will be days when my husband comes home with gigantic boxes of chocolate or when the drive thru seems easier than turning on the stove but I know that eating clean is something I can do. I’m ready. No more excuses.


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Slow Cookin’

I made a goal to cook more.  I have so many reasons why I don’t cook.  Being too tried being the main one.  I made a point to try some new paleo slow cooker recipes.  I figured if I spent 10 minutes prepping dinner the night before, I could come home to an already prepared meal.  (Just remember to take the Crockpot out of the refrigerator and turn it on in the morning! Something I totally did this week.)

I’ve tried four new recipes this week.  Two of which weren’t very successful in the fact that I really didn’t like the taste of the veggies in them.  Ended up just picking the meat out of the pot and adding it to salads and steamed veggies instead. But I am still proud of myself for trying something new.

However there were two recipes that I loved.  A beef stew that I made up with things I had on hand and I forgot to take pics of and this:

Marvelous Meatballs


I did make some changes; I halved the recipe and used seasonings I had on hand.  AndI used a jar of organic marinara sauce from Martins’.

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