Monday, June 29, 2015

Weight Loss Challenge 2015 - Day 12

We aren't going to discuss calories today.  My department went out for lunch and totally blew my calorie recommendation out of the water.  Speaking of water, at least I had water with my meal.  No soda or tea.

Sorry to have such a vague post today.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Weight Loss Challenge 2015 - Day 11

I'm so silly!!! Last night I thought I was over my calorie recommendation.  Then I added my calories and thought I was under my calorie recommendation.  So.... later I realized I added my dinner calories to the calories left for the day for 994 total.... well that was WRONG!  So, I was right in the 1st place...

My food intake:
Loaded coffee,
Fruit & Yogurt Parfait (McD's)
6" Subway Black Forest Ham Sandwich
2 Sugar Free Vanilla Wafers (yes they still had calories)
1 Small Original Schlotzsky's Sandwich (536 calories)

Total estimated calories:  1278 (still not too bad).

My water intake:
~ 80 ish ounces

My exercise:
40 minutes on the treadmill.  2.5 - 3 MPH; incline between 1 - 3.

Pretty good day, I'd say

See below for my journey from the beginning:

Pre-Challenge Photos

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5 & 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Weight Loss Challenge 2015 - Day 10

WOW!  I've made it 10 days now.  Feeling pretty good.  Pants "feel" looser; but it could all be in my imagination.

So today started as usual with my daily loaded coffee.  You may wonder what I mean by "loaded".
Well I like a little coffee with my cream and sugar.  No really, my loaded coffee comes with 1 TBSP of sugar AND 1 TBSP of Original Coffeemate per mug.

My food intake:
Loaded coffee
Subway 6" Black Forest Ham sandwich on Wheat (no cheese)
Special K snack bar
2 Taco Bell Crunchy tacos
2 cinnabon mini bites

Estimated calorie intake:  1016

My water intake:
< 82 ounces

It was my teenagers youth church night; so I didn't make it to the gym.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Weight Loss Challenge 2015 - Day 9

Journal Entry Day 9
Honey took me to lunch; so I had no choice but to eat like a queen.
We met at Garden Buffet.... ymmmmmm

My food intake:
Loaded coffee
Special K Berry Medly
LUNCH:  2 Egg rolls, beef with broccoli, 2 crab rangoon, egg noodles   OH SO YUMMY!

Subtotal estimated daily calories by the end of lunch:  1237  OUCH!
Still I was too hungry to not eat anything, so I had 8 nilla wafers later

Total estimated calories:  1377

My water intake:
Lost track but I know it was at least 82.5 ounces

My exercise:
40 minutes on the treadmill - fluctuated between 2.5 - 3 mph and incline set between 1 and 5.

See below for my journey from the beginning:

Pre-Challenge Photos

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5 & 6

Day 7

Day 8

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Weight Loss Challenge 2015 - Day 8

I made it a full week!  YAY!

It was a typical day.  Just tracking what I ate.  No exerecise; for some reason I was really tired after work and did not make it to the gym.  But based on my low activity my calorie intake is the recommended amount of 1200 calories.

So on Monday June 22:

My food intake:
The usual loaded coffee
Special K Blueberry Bliss
Burger King Salad (1/2 salad dressing, no croutons)
The bag of croutons as a snack later
2 Taco Bell Crunchy Tacos
8 Nilla Wafers

Estimated calorie intake:  1091 (a little short).

My water intake:
~ 74 oz (a little short of the recommended amount)

I think I can eat what I want as long as it is in moderation; and I don't go over 1200 calories per day.

Have a blessed day,

Monday, June 22, 2015

Weight Loss Challenge 2015 - Day 7

Day 7 - Sunday

My food intake:
Loaded coffee
2 slices of crispy bacon with ~ 1 scrambled egg
Spaghetti w/sauce (very light on the beef)
2 TBSP of peanut butter
8 Nilla wafers (= 140 calories)

Total estimated calories:  1171

My water intake was short of goal even though I drank more than usual for a weekend.

My exercise:  Nothing to write home about.

Here is the picture I tried to post yesterday from my phone; but it wouldn't upload.  Its a picture of the kit I ordered from ItWorks!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Weight Loss Challenge 2015 - Days 5 &6

Posting from my android.

Day 5
Calories: estimated 1250

Day 6
Calories: estimated more than 1200 lol

Took a chance an stepped on the scales, down 2 lbs already.
and my kit arrived.

Can't seem to get the picture to load

Friday, June 19, 2015

Weight Loss Challenge 2015 - Day 4

Are you bored yet?  Me too.  At least a little; but I made a commitment to blog about my journey. Some days will be more exciting than others.  Especially when I get to day 30 and beyond.  I'm excited and can't wait to make progress with this program.

Yesterday I received an email that my business builder kit has shipped from "It Works"... yay!

Day 4

My food intake:
Loaded coffee
Special K Blueberry Bliss Snack bar
Burger King Chicken, Apple, and Cranberry Salad (grilled)
    w/o the croutons; and only half of the dressing.
Large banana
2 slices of Little Caesar's Pepperoni Pizza (280 calories per slice)

Total estimated calories:  1352

My water intake:
66 ounces (a little short)

My exercise:
40 minutes on the treadmill (low intensity, increasing slightly using incline and MPH).

I tried to take a selfie on the treadmill.  Do you know how hard it is to take a selfie while walking?  Well, I do now - they didn't turn out very well.

Have a wonderful, awesome day.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Weight Loss Challenge 2015 - Day 3


Yes, I decided to start day 3 off with a body wrap.  Minimum time for wrapping is 45 minutes; maximum is 8 hours.  I'm going for 8 hours today.

Beginning measurement is:
35" around my waist (belly button)
41" around my lower abdomen

The measurements above are actually after my first initial body wrap from 2 weeks ago.  So technically this is wrap #2.  Four wraps are considered the equivalent of one (1) full treatment.
Each wrap should be done at least 72 hours apart.  Obviously I met that recommendation!

Before wrap #1 my measurements were:
36" around my waist (belly button)
42" around my lower abdomen

Here is a (not so great) picture of my wrapped tummy.

Wrapped Tummy

And here are pictures of the initial before and after wrap # 1:

Before - front view

After - front view
Before- side view

After - side view
Post Wrap # 2 measurements @ 3:00 PM: - no pictures at this time.
Waist  34"
Abdomen  41"

16 hours post wrap # 2:
Waist 34.5"
Abdomen  41.5"

Wait a minimum of 72 hours for wrap #3.  According to information received, the wrap continues to work over the next 72 hours.

So far, I'm happy with the results and I'll keep working it, because IT WORKS!

I listened to a recruiting call Tuesday night and am super motivated.  So on day 3 I ordered a t-shirt to wear at the gym and elsewhere to promote my new (expanded) business venture.

My food intake:
2 mugs of loaded coffee
Special K Berry Medley Snack Bar
CVS Nutritional Shake
2 Tbsp Peanut butter
Plain ham sandwich
Cereal with low fat milk

Total estimated calories:  1310

My water intake:
Total estimated water intake:  84 oz

My exercise:
Other than walking around the office, there was no other exercise performed.

To see my journey thus far:

Day 1
Day 2

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Weight Loss Challenge 2015 - Day 2

As you can probably tell, my posts are actually the day after; but still numbered correctly.  Yesterday seemed like a really good day; although, I know I did not meet the calorie intake recommendation.  I was really close on my water intake.  So here is what I did yesterday:

My food intake consisted of:
2 mugs of loaded coffee (this is a routine)
Sante Fe Style Salad
1 Lg Banana
1 Fruit/Cheese snack pack

Estimated calorie intake:  687
Estimated water intake:  80 oz

My exercise:
30 minutes on the treadmill - still a fairly low intensity.  Check me out!  I actually swallowed my pride and took a selfie.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Weight Loss Challenge 2015 - Day 1

Hi All,

Good morning!  As I mentioned yesterday I am on a journey to improve my health and wealth.  Step one of course was to sign up and weigh in at my company's weight loss challenge.  That was all accomplished yesterday.  Step two was to sign up as an IT Works distributor.  This was also accomplished yesterday.  It will be a few days before I receive my initial product kit; and I can't wait to start!

The Challenge:  

All employees who lose 10% of their beginning weight will win a Fitbit Flex and be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card.

Day 1:  Monday, June 15, 2015

Beginning weight:  165 lbs

My food intake consisted of:
2 Mugs of Loaded Coffee (sugar & coffeemate)
CVS Vanilla Nutrition Shake
Special K Blueberry Bliss snack bar
8 oz of Tropical Goodness smoothie (nothing to brag about)
1 Fruit/Cheese snack pack
~ 2 oz of leftover cheesy chicken (my specialty)
1/4 cup of white rice (leftovers)
1 slice of sock it to me cake

Estimated calorie intake:  1137 calories
Estimated water intake:  76 oz

My exercise:
30 minutes on a stationary bike (very low intensity)
15 minutes of stretching and crunches.

Since I work in a sedentary environment and am not able to get up and walk to the water cooler very often I decided to bring a pitcher to keep in my work area to refill my cup of water in an effort to get the recommended water each day.  I have no idea why my pictures look short and squatty.

"IT WORKS"  recommends 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day; which for me is 82.5 ounces.
A little short yesterday; but I'm working on it.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Blondie's Boutique Now Offering "It Works" Body Wraps and more....

Well folks, my eBay store is still doing good.  I'm not making tons and tons of money just yet; but I do love it.  In addition to my existing product line, I am adding products I've heard lots of wonderful things about.  I will be blogging here about my own journey and progress using this program to assist in my health and beauty.  Some of you may have heard of the company... follow me here for my daily diary.  I hope to have time to blog daily!  :)

So to keep it real I am posting my before pictures taken just yesterday.  Not very attractive!  Yep, definitely time to get back into better shape and live a healthier life.  At 54 years young, I want to be around for many more years for my children and future grandchildren...

Take the journey with me?

Visit my new website for more product information.  I'm brand new so it will take some time for me to familiarize myself with the products and the program.  My business kit should arrive in a few days.

Beginning weight at weigh-in this morning (clothed):  165 lbs
.... and I'm not happy with that number at all!

So, stay tuned for updates.