Tuesday, February 7, 2012

day 23

Today was a busy day to say the least.

Work, Dentist, Work, Eye Doctor, Work, Gym, Home to do dishes, Made dinner (Chicken Stir Fry), Dishes again, shower, now...it's time for bed!

Goodnight all

Monday, February 6, 2012

day 22

Today was the start of week 4. I was going to get up before work and head to gym but when my alarm went of at 6 I knew it wasn't happening. The weekend caught up with me. I stayed in bed until almost 7:45. (I have to be at work at 8, I may have been a little late this AM)

The BFL God's played a cruel trick on me today though. We had a plumber come fix one of the bathrooms at work and they had to shut off water to the building for about 2 hours. Obviously no one notified of them of how much water I'm consuming a day. It was NOT pleasant. I went to lunch early so that I could run the gas station down the road to use the restroom. I run into the gas station, run past all the candy, swing around the corner, and see an OUT OF ORDER sign???? SERIOUSLY??? I ran to the front and asked the worked what was wrong. She informed the lock was broken. WHAT??? You put in out of order sign up because the LOCK IS BROKEN??? I didn't care if it didn't have a door and the whole town had to watch me. I HAD TO GO!!! So, I went and anyone else who may have needed to go apparently adhered to the Out Of Order sign because I didn't get any visitors.

By the time I had made it back from lunch the plumber had done his business and water was flowing again. AH, sweet relief.

I had my Lower Body Workout after work and I'm pretty sure that lunges are evil. I mean it. Pure, sadistic evil. I may never feel my legs again. While I was away Josh made turkey chili. It was delightful!! I finally found a recipe for ground turkey that I will use again!! Woo hoo!

Now, it's only 8 o'clock but I think it's off to bed for me.

Until next time friends...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

day 21


It's hard to believe that I have completed over 20 days on Body For Life. Even if I don't see any more progress I'm so thankful for the changes I have already noticed. I have more energy, I get up easier in the morning, I'm sleeping better, my body just FEELS better. However, I have every intention to see plenty more progress though.

Now then, something I've thought all weekend is the BOF motto..."It's about progress, not perfection."

It's a good thing it's not about perfection because Josh and I have had more of cheat weekend than a cheat day!! Hey, it's hard for even ME to be perfect all the time. (I know some of you will find that statement hard to believe. Should I pause a minute so you can catch your breathe?) BUT, Josh and I have had the BEST weekend . We've stayed very busy since getting off work on Friday. We've had party, after party, after party. Friday I attended a friend's "Thirty One" party, (where there were snacks), then Saturday we played cards with some family, (where there snacks...and alcohol...lots and lots of alcohol), then Sunday we had my nieces birthday party, (where there were snacks AND cake), then of course the Superbowl (which I'm pretty sure was only created so that people could gather and eat snacks)

Josh and I also attended the National Ice Carvers Association Championships on Saturday. Yup, it's a real thing, look it up. It was held in Branson this year and it was also qualifying for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Yup, Ice Carving is an Olympic Sport. We had a blast and I was blown away by the talent there. These are serious artists.

I think this one was my favorite. It's a jockey riding some sort of seahorse thing.
(above) Josh and I were just taking it all in.
(left) It's a RAM!!!! Can you believe people made this out of ice?

I'm ready to get started with another week of Body For Life. Bring it on.

Until next time friends....

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

day 16

Food For Thought....

First, I would like to apologize for being MIA lately. Weekends are usually pretty busy for Josh and I and this past one was no exception. I have fully recovered from my illness and I'm back in the gym. I took my two week measurements yesterday and so far I've lost 4 pounds and 2.1% body fat. I was sooo pleased with these results considering I missed FIVE workouts last week. (between being sick and work, it was all I could do to stay awake until I got home.)

Now that we have that out of the way I want to get to the meat and potatoes (pun intended) of this blog post.


I LOVE FOOD. I love the way it taste, the way it smells, the texture, and the cooking process.  I guess that's a given though considering I'm trying to lose weight. I'm not a very good "dieter" because of my love of food and it's also the reason I've given up on other diet plans. Usually "diet food" is bland and gets old fast. This time around seems different and Josh and I are finding some really great recipes to keep things spicy.

Tonight for dinner I made Chicken Stir Fry with Brown Rice.

It was so simple to make and so delightful to eat. In a previous blog post I mentioned a delectable Vegetable Beef Stew that Josh made. Here is proof of the masterpiece:

Both of these recipes met the Body for Life criteria, were mainly prepped ahead of time, took no time to cook, and made plenty of leftovers for the next days meals. If we can continue to make meals this good Josh and I may just be "healthy" eaters for life!!!

Now, on a more sinful note, I will leave you with a picture of what we devoured on our cheat day

I hate to sound "cheesy" but it was the best thing I've ever tasted. (I'm pretty sure I'm on a "roll" tonight)

Until next time food friends....

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

day 10 : "pribe of libe"

Tuesday and Wednesday have pretty much been a repeat of Monday. I'm still sick, the only difference is I had to go back to work! (WOO HOO, I know my co-workers LOVE when I bring my sneezy, wheezy, snotty germs with me every day). I've been replaying an episode of Friends in my head all day. It's the one where Monica gets sick and she tries to convince everyone that she is OK. This scene (link is below) she tries to convince Chandler that she isn't sick that she is in the "Pribe of Libe" (Prime of Life)


 Earlier in the episode she explains to everyone that is not sick, she is completely "fine-d"

Monica: (entering) Hey!

Ross: Hey!

Chandler: Hey, what are you doing here? Shouldn’t you be at work?

Monica: (congested) Ugh, they sent me home. They said I can’t work if I’m sick.

All: Ohh!

Chandler: I’m so sorry you’re sick.

Monica: I’m not sick!! I don’t get sick! Getting sick is for weaklings and for pansies!

Rachel: Honey, no one thinks you’re a pansy, but we do think you need a tissue. (She notices something hanging from Monica’s nose, as does Joey.)

Monica: (wiping her nose) I have not been sick in over three years! (Sneezes.)

Chandler: I’m gonna grab you some tissue.

Monica: I don’t need a tissue! I’m fine-d!

Ross: When you put a ‘D’ at the end of ‘Fine’ you’re not fine.

Monica: I’m fine-d. I’m fine-d! Y’know, it’s a really hard word to say

It's true you know, fine REALLY is a hard word to say!!! I've missed my workouts since Monday but I've stuck to clean eating. I was hopeful I would be able to return to the gym tonight but it doesn't look promising. I left work early and I'm snuggled on the couch. I'm not sure I have enough energy to finish writing this blog...let alone get up and go to the gym. My fingers are crossed that I will wake up tomorrow feeling fresh and energized and be able to start "workin' on my fitness" again.

Please continue to send positive, healthy, sanitized thoughts my way!! It's all greatly appreciated.

Monday, January 23, 2012

day 8: sick day

Well, today was supposed to be the start of week two. Instead, it was the start of what I'm now calling "the great sinus infection of 2012." I called in sick to work and spent a majority of the day sleeping in bed. I guess the only upside for today is that what little food I did eat was certainly part of the Body for Life diet. So far today I've had yogurt, a few pieces of sliced turkey, a handful of veggies, an apple, and then I ate about half of a fajita that Josh made for dinner. Needless to say, I didn't get my workout in either. Hopefully I will wake up in the morning feeling more like myself and be able to get two days worth of workouts into one session.

I've taken more meds and I'm off to bed.

Until tomorrow.....

Sunday, January 22, 2012

day 7

free day

AHHH...at last, it's finally here! The day I've worked so hard for. Drum roll please...(I don't hear the drums, can you tap on your computer a little louder???)

FREE DAY!!!!!!

Every dumbbell lifted, every step ran, every complaint about sore muscles was all for today!! (yea, yea, yea, I know your probably thinking, "Well Carrie, shouldn't you be doing this for your overall health and well being, not a cheat day?" To you I say, "MIND YOUR OWN BEESWAX!" (in a very polite and cordial tone of course.) My mentality for getting through this first week was all about this week's free day. Like I said in a previous post, I'm taking this one step at time. By making it to today's free day that means I have successfully finished one week of the program. That's a big accomplishment. Take one down, pass it around, I only have 11 weeks left. If I can make it to next Sunday's cheat day then I will have achieved another week of success. What better way of celebrating these little weight loss successes then by stuffing your face with whatever you want. Now, I didn't actually stuff my face with anything I wanted but Josh and I did indulge our cravings and ate Olive Garden for lunch. The cheese was DELIGHTFUL!!! I'm sure the rest of the meal was great too but I still have the vision of the warm, melty, scrumptious cheese front and center in my mind.


OK, moving on, the moment has passed.

We sat down tonight and prepared our meal plan for the week then conquered the grocery store. I also have my workout plan ready to go for my 6AM date with the gym.  I guess that only means one thing: I'm ready, BRING ON WEEK 2.