Progress Report

It has been a while since I’ve done a progress post. That’s mostly due to the fact that I haven’t made much progress. Well, so I thought. January was a bit rough on the diet and exercise front, with the mister and I fluctuating up and down quite a bit. But we broke out the tape measure this past weekend. Lo and behold, we were making progress without realizing we were.

Measurements trump the scale

I see it a lot, that the scale is not always the best indicator of where you are. But we never really believe that, do we?

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We want to believe that that horrible, mocking number on the device of doom somehow is our end all and be all. Which is why we put so much stock in it. A good number can make you feel on top of the world, while a bad number can send you spiraling into depression.

The Clothes Test

After several weeks of the mister not going down at all, and my own numbers barely budging (or worse, creeping upward), I knew we had to get the measuring tape out. Neither of us were dealing with clothes that were too tight. In fact, hubby just bought a shirt in a size large! And the size 24’s that I bought just a little too tight to be comfortable are now fitting as nicely as my now loose 26’s did. So what gives?!

Had Anything Changed?

We weren’t eating any differently. If anything, we’ve been more diligent on the low-carb front since the discovery of Fathead dough. But we have increased the weights we use for our daily workouts. I went from 1lb dumbells to 5lb. The mister went from 2lb to 8lb dumbells. That’s a big change. I knew we had to be dealing with some muscle increase, but there might have been more going on.

So I did Some Research…

Turns out, part of the issue could have been the muscle gain, sure. But more likely, what we’ve been dealing with is muscle inflammation. It seems that we’ve been seeing the scale go up the more we work out with the heavier weights. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop working out. It just means we need a few more weeks for our bodies to adjust.

Still, I’m pretty certain that most of the issue was actual muscle gain, due to the measurements we took after our last disappointing step on the scale.

Oh wow.

The last time we did measurements was in November. At that point, the mister was at his lowest weight of 229.1 with a body fat percentage of 19.5. This week, his weight was at 237.3 with a body fat percentage of 19.4. Yeah, you can see where this is going right? Higher weight, lower body fat? He lost a total of 4.25″ off his body measurements that we track. A full inch of that was off his belly! He now has a healthy waist measurement!

But what about my progress?

Well, despite having stalled out around 275 (274.7 to be exact) my measurements dropped dramatically. I went from 279.2 with 55.5% body fat in November to 274.7 with 53.5% body fat. So I lost 4.5 lbs, and lost 2% of my body fat. Oh…and 15.5″ off my measurements.

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Of course, there is a downside to that. 3″ of that loss came off my boobs. At least I have plenty to spare in that department! But that was also 2″ from around my ribs, and 1.5″ off my waist and hips. And by the way, squats kick ass. I lost an inch and a half off each of my thighs. EACH.

Not a Bad Start

The year is still just beginning and I have a long row to hoe to hit my goals, but I’m going to get there. If I don’t hit my goal of 250 by our anniversary, I’m hoping to at least get into a size 22. That would be a size smaller than I was on our honeymoon.


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Weekend Weigh-In

Welcome to the weekend weigh-in! This week seriously just flew right by, and I’m not sure where it all went. I suppose as we get closer to Christmas, life just gets that way.

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Still, there were some definite ups and downs throughout the week. So let’s just jump into what went down this week.

The Good

Well, I went to the doctor this past Monday. That sounds like it could be bad, and the reason for going isn’t great, but the outcome was pretty great. I haven’t been on the scale at the doctor’s office since back in May. Had they not asked me to, I would have asked to get on it so they could record the change. It was a great feeling to step on there and see the nurse’s face when she looked at my last number.

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Even better when she calculated it and said I’d lost 10% of my body weight! Of course, I was there to talk about my blood pressure, which was going down slowly, but still elevated for me. We decided on the course of a low dose of blood pressure medication sans diuretic. I go back after the holiday to have my blood pressure checked in the office again, but so far, I’m seeing good results with my home meter.

The PA I saw said that she is confident that if we continue what we’re doing, then I should be off the medication in a few months, tops. That’s the goal.

The Bad

I’m still dealing a bit with the injury from the fall I took the week before last. Recovering from this hasn’t been pleasant, and definitely caused a set back for me in my exercise. I’m still experiencing an occasional bit of pain in my knee when I put pressure on it, but at this point, it is getting much better.

I kept my step count lower than usual but raised it back to 15k. I still wasn’t able to do a full workout, but we continued with the 5-minute beginner cardio from HasFit.com. I’m looking forward to getting started on the whole Beginner Workout program this coming week. I can’t wait to see what kind of results we might get from it.

Looking Ahead

This coming week is going to be a bit hectic. We’re in the final stretch before Christmas, so I’m pushing to finish the one gift that I’m making and to get a few others mailed out. As I mentioned above, we are planning on restarting our workout program this week, and I’ll be bumping my steps back up to 20k a day. Given my results this week, I’m hoping to be under 275 when we weight next Saturday. That will be a happy birthday present for myself.

Yes, that’s right, my birthday is coming up next Sunday. I’m going to be 39. How the hell did that happen? Ugggghhhhh. I do not feel 39. Can I just roll the clock back about 10 years? That would feel more appropriate. Oh well, time marches on. At least it is not advancing across my face yet!

Weigh-In

I’m down.

My biggest goal for year 39? Get down to 200lbs. That means 1 ½ lbs a week for a year. Doable? Maybe. But that’s the goal, and I’m going to do my best to hit it. My ultimate goal is 140, and I’m hoping to be there by birthday number 41. But that’s way down the line. For now, I’m going to concentrate on making 39….Amazing.

Weigh-In Results:

Date: 12/09/17

Weight: 276.0 | -1.6

Body Fat %: 55.0 | +0.1

BMI: 47.4 | -0.3


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Mimi’s Holiday Survival Guide

Winter is coming. No, this isn’t a post about Game of Thrones. But winter is definitely on the way, and with it comes the holidays. I don’t know about you, but the holidays are Enemy #1 for my waistline. Last year was the first time I didn’t gain any weight over Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I’m going to share with you just how I managed that with a little survival guide.

UGH Not Another One

I know, I know. Like you need another holiday survival guide telling you to not eat bread and stay away from parties that might have pie. I promise you, that’s not what this is about. There is no eat this and not that in my survival guide! This is Amazing Mimi, not Jillian Michaels. This is just what worked for me and the mister. The only promise I make is that your holiday will be just a little less stressful over your scale.

Holiday Survival Guide

Repeat After Me:

“I am not a turkey. I will not stuff myself like one.” Start saying that now, and don’t stop until New Year’s Day. Say it to yourself every time you are presented with food. You are not a turkey. Don’t stuff yourself like one. Have a slice of pie. Have a cookie. Eat a piece of fudge. Just don’t have all three at once!

When you sit down to a Thanksgiving feast or Christmas dinner, repeat it. “I am not a turkey. I will not stuff myself like one.” Take a little of everything you like. Enjoy every single bite of all of the things you love. Yes, even the mashed potatoes and the stuffing. But if you have to loosen your belt or unbutton your pants…yeah, you’ve done stuffed yourself like a turkey.

Holiday Survival

Dessert, It’s what’s for dinner

Dessert plates, that is. Do you know how much food you can fit onto a normal size dinner plate? A lot. Do you know how much food you can fit on a dessert plate? A lot less. If you are in danger of stuffing yourself at a family gathering or office party, swap out your dinner plate for a dessert plate. If you limit yourself to filling that plate only twice, you are more likely to eat less of everything, or more of just the things you really love. Trust me, if you fill it twice, you will eat plenty.

Let’s say you aren’t really fond of cranberry sauce, but every year you always take a little to be polite. Well, if you don’t have room on your little plate, I guess you can’t take any. Sorry, Aunt Kathy.

Holiday Survival

No Nap for You!

It’s a Thanksgiving tradition. You eat until you want to burst and then you go into a food coma. Don’t do it! And stop blaming that poor turkey for you wanting to go hibernate until Christmas Eve. Turkey actually has less tryptophan than chicken.

The real culprit for sending you into log sawing mode is overeating, and all the carbs and sugar you ingest. A good way to stave off nap time is to get up and go for a walk, turn on some music and dance while you do the dishes, or go push your kids on the swing. Get your muscles moving, and burn off some of that food to help you get through the after-meal slump.

Holiday Survival

Treat it like a cheat

Treating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve like cheat days has two wonderful benefits. For one, you are less likely to feel guilty about your indulgences, which lowers the amount of stress you feel surrounding your diet. Two, you are far more likely to get right back on track the next day, just like you would after any other cheat day.

One of the big problems we face on our cheat days is leftovers. When we can’t finish a meal, we have to decline taking leftovers from restaurants. If we bring it home, we will eat it, and probably not when we should.

The same applies to holiday leftovers. If you are eating elsewhere, don’t take home any doggy bags. You’re not a dog. But what if the holidays are at your house this year? Ply your guests with all your carbs and sugars to take with them. If they don’t want them: Toss Them.

Oh my god, did I just tell you to throw out food?! Yes. Yes, I did. This was seriously one of the hardest things I ever had to get used to doing when we changed our diet. We are told to eat everything on our plate, to not let anything go to waste. There are starving children in Africa. If you think your leftover green bean casserole will stay good on the trip to Africa, by all means, send it. If not, then let it go.

Keep the foods that are nourishing and safe for your daily diet. Turkey, heck yeah! Stuffing? Probably not.

Scale back your weigh-ins

Let’s face it, you are likely to gain a pound or two over the holidays. But that doesn’t mean you have to keep them! One thing that the mister and I do to stay sane, is to put our scale away for a week. We weigh on Saturday morning. If we eat a little too much on Thanksgiving, and then step on the scale on Saturday, how would we feel?

Probably discouraged. But, if we treat Thanksgiving like a cheat day, leave the scale alone on Saturday, and then come back and weigh the next week on our regular schedule, the chances of us having lost all the water weight, and burned off all the Thanksgiving goodies is MUCH higher.

My suggestion is to stay off the scale until you’ve had at least a week of regular eating and exercise to help stabilize your weight.

Pretty painless, right?

That’s it. That’s all there is to Mimi’s Holiday Survival Guide. Just remember, if you gain a pound or two or even ten, it’s not the end of the world. We are amazing creatures and we have the ability to change our habits and lose any weight that we put on. The best way to survive is by living.


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Weekend Weigh-In

Oh, Sunday, why do you have to show up every week to remind me that tomorrow I have to go back to work? Can’t I just stay home tomorrow and play the new Assassin’s Creed while pedaling my elliptical? I suppose not.

Oh well, it was a fairly good week, and a rather interesting weekend as far as progress. So, let’s just jump into the update!

The Good

Monday’s trip to the dentist ended up going very well. The rest of my mouth was planed and now it’s a matter of upkeep and one filling that will be done in two weeks. But given how sore my mouth was after the numbness finally wore off (almost 6 hours until it was completely gone!) I had a soft dinner, which meant I wasn’t counting carbs or calories. I just wanted to eat anything.

Anything turned out to be one snack pack of sugar-free jello and an entire container of Greek Gods Strawberry and Honey Yogurt. Holy cow that stuff is so good. Due to not being able to feel my mouth and not wanting to risk ending up wearing my lunch, I didn’t eat any, so by dinner, I had no self-control.

Still, I hit a new milestone this week by dropping down into the 270’s which means that I have hit more than 70lbs lost!

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The Bad

Oh god did we overdo it yesterday. And you know, we didn’t really eat a whole lot more than we normally do on cheat day. I just think that we’re about to hit another of those “It’s so good, but I just can’t have it anymore” moments.

I think the biggest mistake was eating dinner and dessert way too close to bedtime. We both ended up with horrible indigestion all night. I always take a Zantac before bed. Last night I took a second one at about 3 am, and I still had issues!

We both woke up this morning with sugar hangovers. It’s a real thing! I suppose that it’s actually a good thing. We’ve been cutting sugar out so much that when we do eat it, we have a bad reaction to it. Given that I used to eat an entire bag of gummy Lifesavers without issue, and yesterday I couldn’t eat more than 10, I’ll take the trade-off.

Measurements

Date: 10-28-17

Weight: 279.5 | -0.9 | Total: -70.5

Body Fat %: 55.6 | +0.1 | Total: -3.4%

BMI: 48.0 | -0.1 | Total: -12.1

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Here’s to another great week and another loss! Bring on Monday. I’ve got this.


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Weekend Weigh-In

Happy Weigh In! The past few weeks have seemed to just fly right by, but I’ve still managed to maintain my steps, challenge exercises and healthy diet. It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it when I manage to stay on track.

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The Good

The size 24 jeans are my go-to pants right now. I wear the 26’s when I’m looking for a little extra roominess, but the smaller size is now completely comfortable. I also think that I’ve gotten down the menu thing.

The mister and I discovered that I really dislike cooking on Fridays. I get SO lazy at the end of the week. I want to come home to relax after a long week of work. We don’t want to tack on another take-out night, so I compromised with making Friday a slow-cooker night. That has made Friday’s much more bearable.

It also makes Saturday mornings a little happier, since we both tend to show a loss when we’ve eaten at home the night before Weigh Day. On the contrary, we tend to show a weight gain when we eat out on Friday evenings.

We started a new challenge on Monday, and this one has been pretty fun. Next week it will get a bit more intense since we’ll be doing two sets of everything.

The Bad

We didn’t really run into anything bad this week. I’ve been a bit tired, but I think that’s mostly because of the change of seasons and a little less sleep than normal. There is just so much to do in a day!

So, on to the measurements!

Measurements

Date: 10-21-17

Weight: 280.4 | -1.2 | Total: -69.6

Body Fat %: 55.5 | +0.1 | Total: -3.5%

BMI: 48.1 | -0.2 | Total: -12

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All in all, I’m pretty stoked that I only have about a half pound to go until I’m out of the 280’s and hit that 70lb loss.


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Are You Up for a Challenge?

Are You Up for a Challenge?

If it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you. - Frank Devito

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

I’ve seen this quote a lot while picking through memes and pictures for my daily motivation posts on Facebook. Coined by Fred Devito, co-author of Barre Fitness, I think I want to get a poster of this quote and plaster it everywhere.

When we are going about our daily lives, we generally stick to the things that work. We get into a routine and it becomes our normal. We rarely deviate from our schedules and routines. Until we are faced with a challenge, that is.

Life is ChallengingWhat do I mean by challenge?

Challenges come in many different forms. It could be a detour on our normal way to work that forces us to deviate from our route and discover a path that might take two more minutes but it passes by a beautiful park you decide to visit come your next day off. Maybe you had a pipe burst that ruined the carpet on your first floor. After the initial anxiety and frustration wear off, you might decide to finally get that hardwood flooring you’ve always wanted to put down but you’ve been putting it off because of the time and expense.

Or it could be a test result from your doctor that puts you on a medication and motivates you to make changes in your life that will get you to a healthier state. The point is, we rarely make changes until we are forced into it. The trick is to make the best of the new situation you find yourself in.

I find it challenging to fit everything I want to do in a day into the 24 short hours that I have, and at times it is difficult to see where my priorities are, or should be. But I have one particular priority that will never change again: taking care of myself.

No matter what challenges come my way, I will never again allow myself to fall into the thinking that I can take care of myself tomorrow. Tomorrow often becomes never.

Does it have to be earth-shaking?

Now, not every challenge is life-changing, but they do change us over time, in small ways, all the time. I have begun to see the benefit of setting specific challenges for myself. Right now, I’m doing the Inktober challenge for my artwork. 31 days of ink drawings following a specific prompt. My drawing hobby was starting to fall by the wayside, and I needed to get myself going again. I get frustrated because I’m not an amazing artist, but by working at it a little each day, I’m beginning to see steady improvement in my technique.

My drawing hobby was starting to fall by the wayside, and I needed to get myself going again. I get frustrated because I’m not an amazing artist. But by working at it a little each day, I’m beginning to see steady improvement in my technique. I’ve enjoyed it so much that my hubby surprised me with a new list for November so I can keep going.

Last month, I debuted my first shot at making a few 30-day fitness challenges. The mister and I did them faithfully, every single day. And it was killer! It gave us a set number of specific exercises to do each day. We kicked ass all month and each day it was challenging to complete just one more rep than the day before.

All good things must come to an end, however, and we completed the challenge on Thursday.  So, in keeping with my topic today, I have created a new fitness challenge for the next four weeks!

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4-Week Total Body Challenge

Keep in mind that you can do these exercises with weights, without weights, and modify them as you need to, including the number you do. The important thing is to do what you can and challenge your limits.

Are you ready to challenge yourself? Join me in kicking ass for the next four weeks by printing out Melting Mimi’s 4 Week Total Body Challenge.


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Choose Change

Choose to Change

Why Do I Want to Change?

There are a lot of people out there these days that are all about big is beautiful and calling out body shaming and every size is sexy and beautiful. I’m not here to rain on anyone’s parade, but some days I feel like it’s damned if I do change, damned if I don’t change.

There are some out there who would call me a disgusting pig because of my weight. Then there are those that insist that if you try to lose weight, you’ve obviously been brainwashed by the patriarchy.

“How can you live like that? How can you eat that? Don’t you care about your body at all?”

“Why would you want to lose weight? Can’t you just love yourself the way you are? Embrace your curves!”

Well, I’ve got two middle fingers, and I think both of these camps deserve them.

Let’s Talk about Shamers

No one wants to be fat. Let’s just put that out there right now. Here’s a page of 38 Diets from 2016 that only scratch the surface. We wouldn’t have so damn many if people actually liked being fat. I’ve never met anyone who enjoyed not being able to find their size in a store or getting winded walking up the stairs to the bathroom. Do you really think that when you tell someone they are fat that you are telling them something they don’t already know?

Thanks, Captain Obvious! I never knew! I’ll get right on that.

The worst ones are the ones that make fun of people who are working out at a gym, walking or jogging down a street, or taking a yoga class. Screw you, asshole!

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Okay, now that we’ve talked about those jerks, let’s talk about the other group.

Let’s Talk about Embracers

I’m all for showing more body types in advertisements, showcasing some plus size models, and not making fun of people for their weight. But these people who are trying to make it sound like its normal. This is NOT the normal state of a healthy human body. Keyword: Healthy.

Being overweight, being obese, is NOT Healthy. I don’t care if you work out every single day and you eat cleaner than Gweneth Paltrow, if you are overweight, you are not healthy. Period. If you have an excess of body fat, then your body is working too hard. And if you are pushing the narrative that it is perfectly acceptable to be overweight, you are a part of the problem. Do I think that I’m ugly because I’m overweight? No, I don’t. I know that there are people who think I am. But their opinion doesn’t matter to me, because the people who love think I’m beautiful, including me. But that doesn’t mean I think society at large should have to change what is considered beauty. Being healthy is even more beautiful!

But I’m healthy, right?

I am severely overweight. Fitting into the morbidly obese category, I’m also pretty sure I’d be a candidate for weight loss surgery if I really wanted to give it a shot (which I don’t). I also do 21,000 steps and strength training every day, with a good 30 minutes of cardio dancing 2-3 times a week. Six out of seven days I eat healthily.

I am not healthy. I’m not even CLOSE. But I’m getting there. Every day I get a little closer to the goal of being healthy. There is a difference between being fit, and being healthy. There are some people who are overweight, but they are extremely fit. And that fitness offsets some of the problems that come with being overweight. I’m beginning to get to that point. I can go 10 miles a day on my elliptical and I’m almost ready to increase the weight I’ve been working with. But I still have a long way to go.

Now, I’m not saying that if you are overweight you are any less of a person. Absolutely not. There is nothing wrong with YOU as a person if you are not healthy, but we need to stop pretending that its okay to not even try.

I love my body and my life. I want to have it for a long time to come. In order to be here for another 40 or 50 years, I have to change. Change is hard, but it is oh so worth it.

I Deserve Change


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Weekend Weigh-In: 09/30/17

It’s that time again! Well, it’s actually past time, but I was quite busy on Saturday and didn’t get around to my measurements until last night. I did weigh on Saturday morning, but my tape measure is sitting at work with the rest of my sewing stuff. Thus, I picked up a new sewing kit yesterday at the grocery store for me to keep at home since my sewing stuff is at work indefinitely. Bonus: the new tape measure has not been nibbled on by guinea pigs (yet).

The Good

Aside from having a brand new measuring tape I also have some brand new pairs of jeans. Last weekend, I opted to use a coupon I’d been hanging onto from Torrid and expanded my winter wardrobe with some new items. I’ve been wearing a size 26 jeans since the spring. They still fit pretty well but while I was trying them on I thought…”Why not?”

I tried some 24’s. They were just a smidge snug. What the hell…I went ahead and bought them. I expected to try them on in a few more weeks to see if got any looser. Well, after getting dressed on Saturday and going about my day, I realized that my jeans felt a little snug. Not in a bad way, just a little tighter than I was used to them fitting since my 26’s have been getting a bit loose.

I was about to get upset until I checked the label and realized I’d been wearing my 24’s all day. Without muffin-top. Score!

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The Bad

Okay, so the bad is not so bad. We did our measurements, and comparing them to last month, I realized I had only lost about 2.2 lbs total in the past month. Not as much as I had hoped for, but a loss is still a loss.

Just because I didn’t lose as much in pounds as I wanted, doesn’t mean I get to slack off or love my body any less. It’s important to focus on the things I did right, improve in the areas I’ve neglected, and never stop loving my body.

So I’m redoubling my efforts with MyFitnessPal and planning for more intensity in our next 30-day challenge since there are only 10 days remaining in the one we’ve been doing.

Even the setbacks provide a window to improvement.

 

Measurements

Date: 09-30-17 & 10-1-17

Weight: 283.1 | -0.9

Body Fat %: 55.2 | -1.3

BMI: 48.6 | -0.1

Bust: 56.05″ | -1.5″

Waist: 52.25″ | -0.75″

Hips: 58.5″ | -0.25″

R. Thigh: 27″ | -2″

R. Calf: 17″ | +/- 0″

R. Bicep: 14.5″  | +/- 0″

I had a total, overall inch loss of 6.7″, quite worth the work I’ve put in over the past month. Here’s hoping next month’s measurements are even better!


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What's the Real Target?

What’s the Real Target?

Target your problem areas! Melt away your belly fat. Watch the fat on your thighs disappear. Say goodbye to your love handles.

What's the Real Target

We’ve all seen the commercials, heard the hype and read the reviews. Each new product promises to target the fat residing on a particular body part that you deem undesirable. The problem is, the only thing you’ll find yourself losing is money.

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I Don’t Want to Try

It isn’t uncommon for people on the internet to only talk about the good things going on in their lives. You know what I mean. The people who always seem to have everything together. They have a perfect marriage, a great job, they go on expensive vacations and they never seem to gain a single pound.

It all seems so effortless for them.

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I have a secret. I’m one of those people.

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Brand New 30-Day Challenges

Last night, hubby and I reached a great milestone. We finished the three 30-Day challenges we started from Blogilates last month. We made it all the way through the 30 days with our sanity intact!

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Things looked pretty bleak when I got sick just a few days into the challenge, but I managed to tough it out, and I did not miss a single day. I have trouble sticking to things, so it was important to me that my husband did these with me and kept me moving even on nights when I just wanted to put on my fat pants and watch tv. Continue reading