156.6 and Insanity Fit Test

My boss was asking me about a salad I made a couple years ago for one of our bbq Friday’s.  She said she remembered it had a grain in it and romaine lettuce.  I couldn’t remember what the hell she was talking about, so I looked back on my blog, and sure enough, I made an Israeli couscous salad – I completely forgot about it!

It was then that I saw that two years ago today, I weighed 156.6.


It got me thinking.  I’ve always considered myself an emotional eater.  But guess what was going on while I lost 16.8 pounds?  Tony was diagnosed with colon cancer and was recovery from surgery that whole time.   Now if that isn’t stress, I don’t know what is, but somehow I didn’t let the food take over.

Fast forward two years and I am 13.4 pounds heavier.  Tony is healthy, I am healthy, our kids our healthy.  It just proves that if you take it one day at a time, you can see results. 

So my first goal is to get back to 156 pounds.  I don’t really care how long it takes me to get there, but that’s the goal.  It would be nice if I got down to that weight by September 10 – my next diabetes doctor appointment.  Even he mentioned my weight gain at our last meeting!

So let’s get to the good stuff!  June 1 I did the Insanity Fit Test.  It’s meant to be repeated every two weeks to measure progress.  I could already tell I’ve gotten stronger, as there were some exercises I could barely do in the beginning, and now I am completing between 80-85% of all the moves.


June 1, 2013

June 17, 2013

Switch Kicks



Power Kicks



Power Knees



Power Jumps



Low Jump Globe



Push Up Jacks



Low Plank Oblique’s



I improved every exercise!  The power jumps are still really hard for me.  My muffin top sometimes get in the way when I jump up!  If you don’t know what a power jump is, here it is – its bad ass!  And thank you random youtube person for demonstrating for us!


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Even though it was 25 minutes, it still made me sweat buckets!  Well, that and the fact that it was 89 degrees outside and we didn’t have the air on might have contributed to that too.

We had the girls June birthday celebrations at our office yesterday.  Two of the male attorneys have birthdays towards the end of the month, and why not celebrate twice?!

I had an assortment of goodies – I passed on the apple fritters and long johns, although I did take a big smell of them.  What is it about a fresh donut that is so awesome?  Oh, I know, all the sugar!

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It was nice out so I decided to swim outside again.  This time I went a bit later so the bigger camp kids were there and taking up the deep end.  An older woman was swimming in the lap lane, and I asked her if she mind sharing the lane with me.  She said no problem.

Not sure she actually understood what “sharing” a swim lane was because I’d be swimming down my side of the lane, when all of a sudden in the middle of the lane she would do handstands and other synchronized swimming moves!  I ended up letting her have the last 1/4 of the lane, and did my laps with the remaining 3/4 of the lane.  I have to say that it’s so refreshing and I have so much more energy when I get back to work!

Although my blood sugar started to drop almost as soon as I got out of the pool.  Luckily I had some glucose tabs on me so I could get dressed and I ended up buying and eating a protein bar in the car on the way back to work.  When I got back to my desk my blood sugar was up to 73 AFTER the protein bar!

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Lunch tasted like ass.  I made a taco soup on the fly with some leftover ground beef, rotel tomatoes, corn tortillas and spicy refried beans.  I thought the chunks of tomatoes would be okay, but I ended up not liking this soup at all.  On the side was half a cheese quesadilla.  This crappy picture says it all.

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Since Tony isn’t a fan of red sauce much anymore, I decided to make a sausage pasta dish using fat free evaporated milk.  This was actually pretty quick to come together, and I actually had the sausage cooking and the water boiling for the pasta while I did my Fit Test.  I got home at 5:45 and by 6:30 and I had already completed the Fit Test and dinner was ready! #winning

Italian Sausage Pasta with Spinach

  • 4 servings, 470 calories, 21 fat, 42 carbs, 2 fiber and 24 protein


  • 12 ounces of Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup evaporated skim milk
  • 3 cups cooked pasta of choice
  • chopped baby spinach (left this out for Tony)
  • 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet, add the sausage and cook, breaking up the pieces, until browned.  Add the butter, garlic and flour and cook for 1 minute.  Slowly add the evaporated milk, stirring constantly.  Once the sauce is thick enough, add in the cooked pasta, baby spinach, Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste.

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Sadly, even though I had mild Italian sausage, it was a tad spicy for Tony.  Me?  I added crushed red pepper to mine! Devil

I ended up having two giant cups of hot tea last night, but at 9:30 I was starving, so I had a banana and 1.5 ounces of almonds.

Stats for the Day:

  • 40 minute lunch time swim
  • 25 minute Fit Test
  • 1657 calories, 69 fat, 199 carbs, 20 fiber and 69 protein
  • 49% of calories from carbs, 38% from fat and 13% from protein
  • no alcohol

I am going to Chicago tonight!  My cousin Karen is in town for a conference and I am meeting my Mom, sister and cousin at The Little Goat.   I watched Stephanie Izard win Top Chef several years ago, and while I’ve always wanted to go to her first restaurant Girl and the Goat, the Little Goat is a more affordable option!

Time to get this show on the road – make it a great day!


39 thoughts on “156.6 and Insanity Fit Test

  1. Wow!! Check out those results! Amazing!
    Have fun tonight. Sounds like a great time!

  2. BIZ! did you buy that insanity thing somewhere, many I am inspired by you!!!
    I have been STUCK in the 160s for nearly a year, apparently I am comfortable here. lame. B and I both lost w/ the detox, but not really since, but haven’t gained any either, so there is that. I want to see a 15SOMETHING so bad! 2 pounds away for me, GIRL WE CAN DO THIS!!!!! 😀
    donuts are B’s weakness. I dunno if he could just smell em and not wolf one down, lol. He has found a couple things that are sweet that dont spike his BS so that pleases him. OH and if you like Choc Milk, have you tried the Silk Dark Choc milk?? WAY too sweet for me, but B and my kiddo love it as a sweet treat!
    I found a paleo (read-sugar free–) BBQ sauce I’m gonna try tonight. I’ll let you know if it doesn’t suck, lol.
    and Tony too 🙂

    • Peggy, I have to say that my step-son burned me a copy, I didn’t buy it, but you can probably find it on craigslist or ebay hopefully cheaper than on the beachbody website.

      I’ve had the silk chocolate milk and its amazeballs – great in Green Monsters because then its not too sweet for me.

  3. “Lunch tasted like ass…” LOL!

  4. Great job on all the improvements on the Fit Test! That’s awesome!

    And you’ll get back to 156! Remember to focus on making consistent good choices, one day at a time.

    Have a great day!

  5. oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You really kicked butt on the fit test. So proud of you. Off to 156!!

  6. You’re awesome…seriously you really did kick that fit test’s ass! I can’t wait to see how you keep improving 🙂 I know you’ll get to 156!

  7. You can get there! You know it! When I was in Chi-Town, I thought about trying The Girl in the Goat. I was so curious. Let us know what you think of The Little Goat.

  8. Awesome results! Isn’t it crazy what a big difference just a couple of weeks make? My coworkers brought in doughnuts on Sunday….it’s so hard having that stuff IN MY FACE but I passed. It’s still frustrating! I have having that internal war with myself over a fucking doughnut! Have fun in the city tonight! Can’t wait for your review of The Little Goat! I hear it’s got a cool diner atmosphere!

  9. You go, girl! Sometimes your food descriptions (tasted like ass) crack me up!

  10. Man, when I used to swim, I used to hate the summer camp kids and sharing a lane; too many people don’t get that last part. The food looks fantastic as always and you’re doing a fabulous job with exercise. Go, Biz!

  11. You ROCK!
    glad you got a swim outside in yesterday, it was beautiful!
    Enjoy the little goat tonight, I haven’t been there yet but I’ve been to her original restaurant! It was DELICIOUS.

  12. Biz, you are killin’ it!

  13. I’m really impressed A) that you’re doing Insanity in the first place; and B) at how much you’ve improved in just a couple of weeks! Great job, my friend!!!

  14. Have fun in Chicago tonight! Bob went to the Girl and the Goat a couple of years ago with some guys and had a great time . . . I’ve always wanted to experience it. Maybe I’ll suggest the Little Goat sometime. Let us know what you think about it!

    Um, those power jumps look intense. My body doesn’t take plyometric moves all that well yet (from some previous injuries), but I’m slowly working on it. Jump squats are little more my level at this point. Way to go, though. You’re seriously SO inspirational. 🙂 Have a great day!!

  15. I can not wait to hear about The Little Goat, I have heard great things about it. Enjoy!!!

  16. Damn Biz you’re rocking the workouts and look at the results, I’m so impressed and the fact that you are still doing it everyday is even more awesome!! I’m so glad there is youtube, I’m always looking things up on there. Have a great one Bizmoto!

  17. CONGRATS on your improvement on the Fit Test – that is awesome!! Love it. 🙂

  18. Oh my gosh….power jumps???? I am pooped just watching!!!!! But you are doing really great and what an improvement!!! So is The Little Goat related to The Billy Goat in Chicago?? (The Billy Goat has great “hamborgers, hamborgers, hamborgers”) I was just reading about the Billy Goat on another blog…….never knew there were so many “goat” restaurants in Chi-town!!

    I have the fixings for Lazagna Soup, it’s on the menu for this week, maybe today or tomorrow. Bought “HOT” sausage by mistake…..uh-oh will have to tame it down a bit, maybe add some hamburger and half the sausage.

    Have a great day!!!

    • The Billy Goat and the Goat and the Girl and the Little Goat – so many goats but not the same. Goat and the Girl and Little Goat are the same owner – Stephanie Izard from Top Chef fame. One opened in 2010 and the other in 2012 – Billy Goat is a Chicago landmark (although overrated if you ask me) and has been around for decades.

  19. You totally rocked that Fit Test!!! So much improvement in all the moves – you are AWESOME!!!! Power Jumps and Switch Kicks are from evil!
    So cool that you are going to Stephanie Izard’s restaurant!!! I love Top Chef but have never been to any of the contestant’s (or any other famous chef’s) restaurants.

  20. Awesome job on the fit test. Those jumps look brutal! I hope you have an awesome time in Chicago tonight with your family. Brian Malarky from Top Chef just opened a restaurant here and I really want to check it out.

  21. Your pasta dish looks DELICIOUS!
    You kicked butt on the fit test!!!!

  22. I had a similar shock when I finally checked my last recorded weight on our scale (it records your weight if you hold down the corner for several seconds) and discovered it was 145. I didn’t think it had been THAT long since I last recorded my weight! I’ve gained fifty pounds since then, and it might not have been that long ago, though I have to say I really don’t remember weighing that much within the last year.

    Can’t believe it’s already been 2 years since Tony’s cancer and surgery! Doesn’t seem that long ago! Still so thankful that he made it through OK!! And great job on the fit test! Those power jumps make me sick to watch-lol. You hard core.

    • Here’s to a healthy second trimester V!!! I laughed that you pointed out your food baby bump before the baby made the bump – love your sense of humor!

  23. You’ve improved so much, well done Biz, I’m so proud of you!

    I had to laugh at the lunch description 🙂 sometimes it doesn’t come out the way we expect it.

    I hope you had a great night out with the girls.

  24. I watched that season of Top Chef. I loved Stephanie on it and I was glad she won. Ooh I can’t wait to hear about your dinner. Awesome job on the Insanity fit test.

  25. Great job on the fit test! Your improvements are awesome! I always hated the power jumps and still do…I don’t even think I did as many as you though (always hurt my knees. arg).

  26. Wow – that is quite an improvement in 2 weeks! Go Biz!!!

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