In it to Win It

I really can’t remember the last time I didn’t have a glass of wine or beer on a Friday night.   And you know what?  I feel great about it! 

It’s kind of funny because back when I was really heavy, one thing I really loved was coffee creamer.  In fact my favorite was International Delights Irish Cream.  Of course I was trying to lose weight, and I kept thinking the only thing that was holding me back was that damn coffee creamer.  Until they came out with a fat free version – oh my gosh!  Problem solved!

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Here’s a picture of my and my sister – circa 1998.  My sister is pregnant with her second son.  Um, I am not pregnant.  I can’t tell you how many floral dresses I had like that – just throw them on and all the flowers in the pattern would just make me seem . . . smaller?

But obviously, coffee creamer wasn’t my problem, just as drinking wine really wasn’t the problem.  It was everything else that you have to do to get to goal – eating right, drinking water and exercising.  It’s not until all three of those things are aligned that you’ll have success.

For years I either worked out like a banshee, and then figured “I worked out for an hour so I can have that frozen yogurt with peanut m&m’s!”  Or I would eat right, and not exercise.  So much wasted time. Sad smile

But, now into my third month on Insanity, everything seems to be falling into place.  I know I it’s still going to take a long time to get to where I want to be and you know what?  I am so okay with that.  Have you ever “dieted” for three weeks and then didn’t see the results you wanted and then just said “fuck it” and order a large pizza for yourself? 

Granted, it’s hard work.  It takes time.  It takes dedication.  But I am in it to win it. Open-mouthed smile

Yesterday’s breakfast was a winner – another Martha’s pancake – this time with blueberries, banana, almonds and sugar free pancake syrup.  I didn’t have any meat left in the house to have on the side that wasn’t frozen!

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At lunch I wanted to do a “last chance” workout on the treadmill.  Gotta love Pinterest!

I modified this a bit though – I did it for 40 minutes, with a 5 minute cool down.


I also started at 4.0 mph – then every four minutes I raised the speed .5 mph – but I did my last four minute sprint at 7 mph – which is the equivalent to an 8.54 mph pace!

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My Saucony shoes were great – such great support and no foot pain.  Woop!  Although I think I will take blog reader Randi’s advice and invest in a pair of Dr. Scholl’s ortho flip flops – great idea Randi – thanks!  I also think they sell them at Famous Footwear too.

I drank LOTS of water at work – 96 ounces before I walked out the door.  I figured I’d take pictures next to my favorite hot sauces at my desk. Open-mouthed smile  Eek – I am almost out of sriracha!

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Last weekend I made a batch of my grown up spaghettios for my SIL for her lunches and had just enough for a serving for myself.   I forgot how much I love this soup!  On the side a jalapeno string cheese – my co-worker J gave me one and some grapes.

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Later in the afternoon I had a mango Chobani and 1/2 an ounce of almonds.

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A new sub place opened not too far from our house.  We talked about getting subs for dinner last night.  I think Tony will suggest just about anything not to have Party Pizza Friday!  These were good – from Bubs Subs in Algonquin.   I got the #11 – wise guy – ham, spicy capicola, genoa salami, provolone, green peppers, banana peppers, lettuce and hot giardiniera on the side.

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While it looks like a lot of bread to meat ratio – the bread was soft.  And Tony said there were only 2 slices of each meat put on the sandwich – I calculated this sammie around 600 calories – sound about right?

I let dinner settle for about an hour before doing Insanity.  I switched it up.  Yesterday was supposed to be my rest day, but I ended up doing the 55 minute Max Sports Interval workout, which has quickly become my favorite, even though it’s only the second time I’ve done it!  I love how it keeps switching around – from basketball, football, gymnastics and track.  Kim, did you find out if you had this on your DVD?

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I drank Gatorade instead of wine. Open-mouthed smile  Got to bed at 11:30 last night and was up at 8:15 this morning feeling refreshed and ready to go.  Love it.

Stats for the Day:

  • 1531 calories, 54 fat, 168 carbs, 13 fiber and 93 protein
  • 44% calories from carbs, 32% from fat, 24% from protein
  • 45 minute treadmill intervals
  • 55 minute Max Sports Interval
  • no alcohol Martini glass

We have no concrete plans this weekend, although I am still in the process of breaking down the bedroom we have in the basement – the flood warped the paneling and the wood is moldy – I can do most of it until it gets to the electrical and then I need Tony to step in – no need to electrocute myself!

I have two workouts planned – a 45-60 minute walk in my hilly neighborhood and another Insanity workout.  I have my gallon of water ready to go too!

I am doing my final WI for the Dietbet tomorrow – I’ll post the results on Monday.  I don’t normally post on Sunday’s but stop back tomorrow because I had the opportunity to try two new Weight Watcher products that are really, really good.

Have a great weekend – any cool plans?


29 thoughts on “In it to Win It

  1. I’m up super early for a Saturday; procrastinating on grad school! My cousin is getting married today so I am trying to get MAK and the boy cleaned up! LOL. Good luck with the basement room tear-down; moldy wood is never fun!

    I am going to make a batch of soup tomorrow for the week’s lunches; I was thinking either your lasagne soup or one of your chili recipes. Decisions, decisions!

    • Once you make the lasagna soup, you’ll never go back! 😀 If you make the lasagna soup, do the noodles separately and store them separate from the soup, otherwise they soak up all the broth!

  2. I don’t have the Max Sports Interval DVD and I’m bummed – I might have to see if I can get it!!!
    Pretty sure that even if you don’t win this round of DietBet you will meet your goal which is just as good as a win, right?!
    I’m hoping that my weekend includes some time spent soaking up some sun!!

  3. Thanks for the mention again. You found those flip-flops cheaper than I did, I should have done a web search and looked at other places for them. Thanks for posting the diet bet link. Julie and I both made our goal. We’ve been working out 4x a week steadily for the last month. I feel great. I just wish my morning BS was better.

  4. I’m so excited for you…ehhh! Tomorrow is the big day. Although- every day has been the big day, right? You’ve been working your tush off. Hopefully tomorrow will reflect all of your hard work 🙂 I haven’t had a good sub in a while. No real weekend plans here. Taught step this morning, otherwise? Kay just went down for her nap and I think I’m going to take one too- I never give myself time to rest…think its about time!

  5. Remember to avoid salty foods today! 😉

  6. I have on idea what Insanity is, but I’m really inspired by your daily pics on IG. It seems like you’ve really turned a corner. I keep making excuses about the last ten pounds and I’m slowly running out!

  7. Ok, I laughed outloud at ‘um…I am not pregnant.’ You are so funny and honest – and inspiring with what you have done to your overall health. Really, it’s awesome.

    I am SO SO SO excited for my cherry salsa, woooohooo! Thank you, so much.

    And guess what? I actually made a real breakfast this morning and thought of you – gluten free blueberry pancakes. No idea why I decided to make them gluten free but I did and they were delicious!

  8. Yes, it is so hard to lose weight. Especially after 40, slow and painful. But you just gotta do it.

    I did the Run or Dye race today. It was mobbed, but chill. More walkers than runners (which is good, my Achilles tendonitis doesn’t like running). But I started feeling fat and slow.

    But most of the people there (at least half?) were also like me, fat and slow.

    Still, just gotta keep working at it. I gained a bit back last weekend, but I still made my goal on the diet bet. I started at 171.8 and needed to lose 7 lbs. I lost 7.2 and am at 164.6.

    So next goal is to lose 6.6 lbs by September 8, coming in at 158. I can do it!!

    I do give myself one day off a week though. I don’t go nuts, but I let myself drink wine.

    • Tomorrow is my rest day and I am looking forward to it! Congrats on reaching your goal – before you know it, we’ll both be in the 150s! So glad you went to that race – I want to do one of those some day. 😀

  9. You have won already, no matter what the numbers on the scale says tomorrow.Keep up the determination, dedication and the inspiration you are always giving others. You ROCK! ; )

  10. You’re killin’ it Biz! Way to go!!!

  11. You rock! Love that picture with you and your sister and the hot sauces. Did you know I have twins? I guess I have a sweet spot for twins!

  12. I keep on telling you, even till you are bored by hearing it: you are such an inspiration. You rock, rock, rock. This time you got it, everything falls in place for you and i’m so happy for you.

  13. Anonymous is me: Fran 🙂

  14. You are doing so awesome! I am trying to get back on track after San Fran and did pretty well this weekend. We went to a concert Friday and then watched Steelers pre-season at a brewery with friends yesterday.

  15. You are doing great. I am going to try home made spaghettios. They look good. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I’m actually jealous because your smashing it. The sad thing is, I’m drinking a glass of wine whilst reading this…damn it! lol.

  17. Hi Biz! I looked pretty fat during that same year. So I empathize–in the truest sense. But we are both doing SO MUCH BETTER! Yay! The past is past. 😀

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