Start of a New Program…P90X!

A few days ago, my husband’s friends from college called to tout the wonders of P90X – the Extreme Home Fitness program.  Maybe you’ve seen the infomercials.  I took a look at those ripped bodies, watched a video of people doing an insane amount of push ups, and thought, “Probably not for me.” 

Moments later, my husband was on Craigslist and $75 later, we were the proud owners of p90X (it retails for $120).  We are on Day 4 and I am happy to say I really like it.  It’s not as intimidating as I thought because we obviously don’t start like the people pictured in the program.  You go at your own pace and the program really gives you a lot of hope.  What can my body do in 90 days? 

P90X gives you 12 workouts to do – they are 1 hour a day and you follow the program for 90 days.  Let me just say, we’re taking it a day at a time!  To think of 90 days of straight exercise is overwhelming to me, but I made the commitment with my husband to do it with him for a month.  So here we go…


Back from Vacation, Back to Losing Weight!


Sorry to be gone from the blog for a few days…earlier this week, my husband and I enjoyed a getaway to a wonderful B & B in Julian, the Orchard Hill Country Inn.  I highly recommend it if you’re close to Julian.  The service and food were superb.  For breakfast, they served the most delicious quiche and the best apple smokewood bacon I have ever tasted. 

I did blow my Atkins diet though with a slice of apple caramel pecan pie.  I must admit I don’t regret it.  I decided to take a break and just eat what I wanted to during our getaway.  I tried not to eat big portions but did say yes to the pie, candied nuts and scones served at the B&B, apple cider, and the dark chocolate left on the pillow in our room.  Delish! 

After the getaway, we took our 2 older kids to Disneyland (the baby stayed with grandma) for 2 days.  So much fun!  I didn’t eat sugar, but I did eat carbs.  I am proud to say I was at Disneyland for 12 hours and we did not spend one dollar!  How did we do it?  First of all, we went 6 hours one day, and then 6 hours the next day.  We packed PB&Js, fruit, popcorn, and protein bars each time we went into the park. 

Now it’s back to losing weight mode!  I’m one pound up but have some new ammunition.  My husband just bought the P90X program on Craigslist and we started it today.  Bring it!  (as they say)  It’s an extreme home workout program that you do for 90 days.  I was a little leary of it (I’m not nearly as muscle bound as the people on the DVDs) but I feel great after doing one workout.  You can do it at your own pace, so it’s not as intimidating as I thought.  I think P90X will get these final 6 pounds off…we’ll see together!

Less TV = More Weight Loss?

When my husband and I first married over 11 years ago, he posed a challenge to me:  Could I survive without a television?  He asked if we could try it for 3 months.  I reluctantly said yes.  What can I say…I was madly in love.   

Well, 11 years and 3 children later, we still don’t have a television.  We really love having a TV free home because we don’t spend hours vegging on the couch.  Our home is very peaceful and happy, and I truly believe the absence of a noisy television is an important part of the equation. 

Not having a television has also helped me lose weight.  There’s no staring at the tube and snacking into the night.  In this month’s issue of Fitness magazine, it says,

“You are a product of your environment.  People who lose weight and keep it off also have fewer TVs in their homes and own more pieces of exercise equipment than unsuccessful dieters, a new study reveals.”

My husband and I had to smile because as you can see, we don’t have a TV but we do have a spin bike smack dab in the middle of the family room.

Spend less time and money on televisions, and more time and money on exercise equipment.  It doesn’t have to be big. Fitness magazine says that a resistance band, dumbbells, and a stability ball can suffice.  You just have to make fitness a part of your environment.

A Little Bit of Stevia

I have always enjoyed drinking coffee, but I have never drank it regularly.  No morning coffee.  No coffee maker in the kitchen.  Embarassed to say that when guests come, I don’t have coffee to serve unless I borrow everything from my mom.  I am a social, “I drink coffee when it’s free” kind of person.  Once in a while, Starbucks is a treat.  And if coffee is served with a meal or dessert, I’ll always say yes.

Well, I’ve been needed (wanting) a pick-me-up fun thing to drink while doing Atkins.  So I’ve turned to coffee.  I drink instant which I imagine doesn’t sound very appealing to some of you 🙂  But it’s easy and when I want something in my mouth, instead of eating, I drink a cup of coffee. 

I haven’t been adding any sugar and trying to get used to that taste.  My husband bought some Stevia at the grocery store last week.  I put 2-3 drops in my coffee and voila!  It was pretty good.  So when a spoonful of sugar isn’t an option, try a drop of Stevia.

Bye Bye Jeans!


Ah, this is a welcome sight and milestone.  A pile of clothes for AMVETS, including my size 10 jeans.  I couldn’t even zip them up in January.  Although the waist fits me fine now, the legs are getting too baggy.  And I figured, as long as I need incentive to lose weight, I might as well throw those jeans out and aim for smaller sizes! 

I can fit into a size 8 now which is great.  It’s a wonderful feeling when you can pull out a pair of pants from the closet and actually wear them.  My favorite clothes are coming out of boxes again, just in time for spring. 

I’m having continued, steady success with Atkins.  I’ve been sick which means less exercise and an increased desire for comfort food!  I’ve been getting by with chicken soup which works with my cold and Atkins.  (Got the rotisserie chicken from Costco, enjoyed the chicken, boiled the carcass in water, and just added bouillon cubes, celery, and seasoning)      

Maybe you feel like you’re at a standstill right now.  Take out a pair of pants you would like to fit into next.  Try them on.  How tight are they?  Make a doable plan to get into them by a certain date and get there by adding in exercise and eating sensibly.  Don’t give up until you can zip those pants up and come back here and tell us about it when you do! 

Oh – and don’t forget to give away the clothes that don’t fit you anymore (the bigger ones).  If you don’t, it’s too tempting to eat more and find yourself right back into that bigger size.  Don’t give yourself a safety net.  Give the clothes to charity!

Monday’s Weigh In

Yesterday’s scale:  140.4 lbs

Today’s scale: 141.3 lbs

Feb. 26 scale:  142 lbs

Well, I was disappointed that the scale didn’t read less today because I ate really well yesterday 🙂  My husband very kindly said this morning, “Oh, it’s probably just water weight.”  (Take note husbands, this is a good thing to say to your wife!)

Gotta just keep moving in the right direction.  My size 8 clothes are fitting a little looser, but can’t get comfortably into size 6 quite yet (my pre-pregnancy size).  Sometimes, it’s hard to stay motivated for this final 5 or so pounds.  I want to eat simple things like sun-dried tomato wheat thins, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and….

It’s also easy to say when you’ve got just a little weight to lose, “Oh, this is good enough.”  But the problem is, the majority of the clothes in my closet still don’t fit.  This is actually an advantage because it forces me to really work towards my pre-pregnancy weight. 

My husband’s birthday is mid-March, so I would love to lose a pound at least by then to offset eating his yummy ice cream birthday cake.   If you have any tips for losing those last five pounds, I’d love to hear them!

He Won the Biggest Loser Contest

Well, my husband and I have been having a biggest loser contest, and I’m kind of disappointed to tell you…HE WON!

Now it’s not surprising, considering it is easier for men to lose weight than women.  Something about all the fat burning muscle men have – if you’re interested, read more about it in the Weight Watchers book, She Loses, He Loses: The Truth About Men, Women, and Weight Loss.

The contest was “who would lose 10 pounds first.”  He lost a lot fast but hovered with those last 2 pounds for awhile and I thought I had a chance of catching up.  But he emerged the victor and is enjoying the victor’s spoils:  3 massages in a one-week period. 

But I will press on!  I have about 2 pounds to lose to get to the “lose 10 pound” mark, and then another 4 pounds or so to get to my pre-pregnancy weight.  My husband may have won the battle, but I will win the war!