Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial / Birthday Weekend Recap!

Well, I kinda went M.I.A. on the blog this weekend...sorry about that. I'll back up to Friday and go from there.


It was a good day...I had my Medifast meals on schedule and drank plenty of water. Haley and I got in a good workout to end the week:

"You're in My World Now, Grandma"

Haley said this workout was "Birthday Appropriate"...I'm pretty sure she is just trying to say that I am an old lady now!

The workout was tough as usual (see: ABS OF DEATH), but it was a great end to a great week!

Friday night was my first real "test" since I started the Medifast program. I went out to eat....at a Mexican food restaurant...duh duh dummmmmm! I survived, easily....the hardest part was keeping my hands out of the chip basket. I ordered chicken fajitas with a plate of letttuce and made a salad. It was delicious and I left feeling satisfied - not deprived. :)


Saturday was also a good day. I woke up and went for a 4 mile walk. I did fine with my Medifast all day and even went out to eat AGAIN...and I survived...AGAIN! I split boiled crawfish with my dad and had a side salad instead of the corn and potatoes.

Yum!!! Yum!!!


Happy Birthday to Me!!! This was the hardest day so far! My family cooked burgers and made homemade ice cream....I had 2 turkey burger patties and a salad. A few hours later, I had a banana creme Medifast shake. I was satisfied, but at little envious of everyone's juicy burgers and ice cream. I didn't have a cake, per my request, so I didn't have to worry about that temptation. Also, I got some excerise on Sunday, on my new bike!


Yesterday, was a super-busy day! I woke up feeling energized so I went for a walk...and I walked over 5 miles! Go me! After that, I spent the rest of my day refinishing a piece of furniture, so that kept me busy. I've found that I having been trying to keep myself busy lately...boredom usually leads to false hunger for me and I sure don't need that right now!

Ok, now back to the present. This new way of eating is getting a little easier everyday. Today was fine, didn't really think about food all that much...just ate when I was supposed and drank a lot of water. My Lean & Green meal was a grilled chicken salad with light balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I didn't get any exercise in today - I guess this will be my rest day -  but I'm getting up early in the morning to get a workout in!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Day 3

Okay, so I'm on day 3 now, and I was told that the first 3 days on Medifast are the hardest to get through...I'm almost there! It really hasn't been bad at all...I haven't been too hungry and my energy level has been pretty good too. Yesterday went really well, I had my 5 Medifast meals and my Lean & Green meal for dinner (Grilled Chicken Breast w/ steamed broccoli) and a TON of water! I hate to say that this is pretty easy, but for me, it's been pretty easy so far. I love that there's not a whole lot of thought that has to go into what I am going to eat during the day.

Now, I know that there will be challenges and tempations that will come...like this weekend...Memorial Weekend and my birthday. In my family, and I'm sure in most families, Holidays = "Food Fest" and birthdays always come with cake....and sometimes ice cream...usually preceded by some sort of delicious meal. So, I guess my real test will be this weekend. I am NOT going to get off my plan, not even for a piece of birthday cake. I mean, it's not like I will never get to have cake again in my life...and is a 32nd birthday really a big deal anyways? I'm not exactly thrilled to be getting older...lol.

Ok, now on to yesterday's workout.  Haley and I had a really good one...or bad, depending on how you look at it. Good, because we burned a TON of calories and bad because, well, it hurt.

Workout: "Shut Your Mouth When You're Talking to Me!"

The "various forms of torture" were pretty bad...

The title of the workout fit it perfectly, because by the time it was over, we were both saying things that didn't make a lot of sense!

I'm sure today's workout will be a "good" one too...gotta make it count before the long weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Feeling Good!

Well, it's day 2 of Take Shape for Life and I am a little surprised to say that it is going really well! I expected to be hungry and maybe a little cranky, but I feel great! I had the Medifast Southwestern Eggs for breakfast and the Banana Creme Shake for my morning snack...both were pretty tasty. The eggs tasted pretty much like, well....eggs. I added a little hot sauce for some extra flavor. I liked the banana shake better than the chocolate one from yesterday...the banana ones tastes a little sweeter, but the after taste seemed to be a little stronger...nothing a few sips of water can't fix though!

I took a day off from working out yesterday - my whole body was is still hurting from Monday and Tuesday's workouts. I'm not sure what kind of torture Haley is going to come up with today, but I'm sure it will be pretty awful since we both rested yesterday. I'll be sure to update about this later!

Before I go, is anyone else having problems posting comments on blogs? I can't post comments on most blogs right now...including my own. It's frustrating...hopefully blogger gets this worked out soon. Yesterday, Holly, from Plush Belle asked me if I could post more details about Take Shape for Life and maybe start posting some pictures of the food...and since I can't comment back, I will have to answer those questions in this post. :)  

All of the details, such as pricing, can be found through the Take Shape for Life link. The average price for a box of food (7 meals) is around $16.50. Also, I will definitely start taking some pictures of the food after it is prepared.  :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day 1

Well, I started Take Shape for Life today! So far, so good for the Medifast meals. I had oatmeal for breakfast, a shake for a snack and just had a bowl of chicken noodle soup for lunch. Everything has been pretty good, although, the oatmeal could use a little doctoring...I'll try some cinnamon and maybe a 1/2 packet of Splenda next time. I didn't expect any of the food to taste amazing, I mean, these aren't gourmet meals...I just hoped that it would taste good enough to eat it everyday...and it does, so I'm happy! I've also been drinking a lot of water so I don't feel hungry -- I'm actually feeling pretty full right now, so it looks like I'm off to a good start!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Soooo Excited!

My first box of Medifast came in today! I can't wait to get started on this program tomorrow!

I had a great day today...another great workout with Haley....this one was called, "You Better Check Yourself, Before You Wreck Yourself..."

 Another rough one...I'm feeling it already!

Gotta love Haley's Inspirational Quotes!

Watching Biggest Loser Finale....

I'm sure I'll be crying like a baby soon...

Yesterday's Oh-So-Painful Workout....and something new and exciting!

Good morning everyone! Well, I'm happy to say that things are going pretty well! I've been working out regularly and trying to stay on track with my eating...still struggling w/ this a little...but keep reading because all that is about to change! Before I get to that exciting news, let me share the torture that I went through yesterday. I would describe it as, "the best, horrible workout ever!"

Our workout is called:
"Combination of Fergie and Jesus"
(in case you are wondering where this title came from, I've included a clip...)

Ok, so here's the workout...it was a rough one!

Haley and I also had a little photoshoot...here's the proof that this happened:

These lunges were pretty tough...

Jell-o legs after these...

This was a good break from the pain...

I loathe mountain climbers...
and please, pay no attention to my over-sized butt in the air...

As painful as this workout was, it felt so good once it was over!

So, on to the exciting news! Over the past few months,  the thing I have struggled with the most has been my eating - of course, this makes complete sense - bad eating habits are what got me to where I am right now. I'll do good for awhile...and then I start to feel overwhelmed. I feel like I start to focus too much on food...which is the very thing that I am trying to get away from - I just don't want to have to think about it that much. Honestly, having food on my brain all day long does nothing for me, but make me want a big ol' cookie! So, a friend of mine has recently lost almost 60lbs, so of course, I had to know how she did it.

Secretly, I was hoping that she would say that she took some magic pill and the weight just fell off, while she ate pizza and cookies and candy, etc....wouldn't that be nice?

Anyway, she told me about the program she has been doing and how great it has worked for her. It's called Take Shape for Life. The program uses personalized coaching (she will be my Health Coach), the Habits of Health and Medifast Meals to help you achieve a healthy weight.

Now, I have tried almost EVERYTHING out there, but the one thing I have yet to try is pre-packaged meals. I'm not sure why I've never thought of it before...I have said time and time again, that if I just always had my healthy food and snacks with me, then things would be so much easier. I wouldn't get into a bind, where it's lunchtime, but I didn't have anything at home to bring to work, so I'm "forced" to go pick up fast food, or eat what ever junk food is laying around the office. Ok, so I'm never really "forced"...there are always healthier choices that can be made, but sometimes, I've been known to not make the best choices. Anyway, I figure that if I always have a healthier option, in my desk, my purse, my car, my pantry...I can't fail!  My food is coming in today and I am sooooo excited to get started on this program! Also, I love the accountability factor that comes with the program. Every week you contact your Health Coach to report your weight...also you send pictures and measurements in every 4 weeks. Knowing that I have to show my progress, will definitely help to keep me on track!

Has anyone else out there had success with Take Shape for Life or Medifast? I always love to hear a good success story!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I'm keeping my word...

and not disappearing from my blog again! :)  Yesterday was an awesome day...Haley and I tried our newest workout...Vision Quest (you'll notice a pattern of extremely random workout titles). It was intense and painful - but it was worth it!

When I woke up this morning, I had lost 4lbs!!!! Woohoo! Shouldn't be too long before I lose those few pounds that I had gained - few being 7lbs...I say "few" because it makes me feel a little bit better...don't judge. ;)

 Anyway, when I woke up this morning I knew I wanted to get some kind of workout in but I didn't really want to go to the gym so I decided to go walk. My sister and I are planning to do the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon next February, so I guess it's not a bad idea to start getting ready for that now (I plan on a doing a combo of walking & jogging for this). I walked about 2.5 miles (no jogging today because my shins took a beating yesterday) - a long way away from 13.1 miles, BUT it's a start!

Ok, so I never thought that I could associate running with fun, but this looks like a really fun time! Anytime I have an excuse to wear a tutu and a tiara is a good time to me!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Oh, my long, lost blog...

I've been away for awhile...after countless promises of coming back & getting back on track. It seems like every time I get started on a weight-loss plan, something throws me off. I can't ever seem to finish what I start. I was sure that this time, I had it figured out - I couldn't fail - I couldn't be thrown off course. Well, I'm not going to say that I have failed or that I have been completely thrown off...but I have definitely struggled these past few months. Now, I could sit here and list one hundred excuses as to why I have gotten off track, BUT I'm not going to do that. Sure, there are several factors that I feel have caused me to focus on things other than myself, but when it comes down to it, the only person who is to blame, is me. So, not to be corney, but sometimes when you fall off that horse, you gotta dust yourself off and get back on! And that folks, is exactly what I have done.

Last week, I started going back to the gym with my friend/co-worker/life coach ;), Haley. She's been kicking my butt everyday - but I don't mind, because I need it! We are going to be working out together everyday, so expect to see a lot about Haley on my blog.

"Hello, my name is Haley. I take extreme pleasure in torturing Cherice on a daily basis."

Haley has started to write out our workouts everyday...here's a sample of the last 2 days:

She also wrote down some goals for me....I like #2 the best! :)

Okay, so I feel like I'm off to a good "re-start." I didn't completely undo everything I had already accomplished, but unfortunately, I did gain a few pounds back - they crept back on over the past few weeks. :(  I can't dwell on that though, just have to move forward from here. I'm excited to start blogging again and hope that all of my followers will continue to follow me on this journey! :)

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