Tuesday, November 27, 2012

All Women Stalk

Thanksgiving has come and gone and it is time to jump back on the bandwagon and forget the tasty treats from our Thanksgiving feasts. I did allow myself to eat what I wanted on Thanksgiving weekend, but I tried not to go hog wild. It is said that the average American Thanksgiving feasters eat around 6,000 calories, while I did go for a nice walk on Thanksgiving day {and plenty of walking on Black Friday} I know I did not burn that kind of calorie count.

My gym access card in hand today I work and then head to the gym for the first time in over 2 years. I look forward with excitement and trepidation.  I hope to find a routine that works well for me and then I will let you know what I decide on. I know I will use the elliptical machine {I have always preferred it to a stationary bicycle and a treadmill} and there are plenty of weight machines to start up on as well.

I have found a new website All Women Stalk via a pin on Pinterest it is a collection of women and their blogs while I pay most attention to the 'weight loss' section it also include sections focusing on hair, makeup, beauty, fashion, celebs, cooking, travel, and more!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

10 Days

It has been exactly 10 days since my last post and I feel like a wee bit of a failure. But that is okay, I am back on the band-wagon and am ready to rock it! I got my FitBit One on Thursday night and I was SO excited! I love it! My profile finally has some stats on it and I can finally compete with my contacts. I was gone all weekend for a wedding which included a very long road trip so my walking scores on those days weren't so spectacular but things are looking up from here on out.

Additionally I have learned that since I work on the George Fox Campus I also get access to their gym, I am so psyched about this! Meaning I can now workout after work, do a little running on the elliptical machine and get a more rounded weight training regiment. I cannot wait to share my ever shrinking waistline.

The Thanksgiving weekend is nearly here and I am set on being good {sure on Thanksgiving day I will allow myself to eat dessert, but only the day of} and of course I have Black Friday shopping the day after Thanksgiving {even I am throwing a sale} which will result in lots of walking {my FitBit will enjoy that one}.

Goal for today is to beat my steps score from yesterday: 7,047 {had to serve yesterday, that didn't help, working at the cafe today, so we will see how the two compare!}.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Secret Snacker

Hello, my name is Hannah Sam and I am a secret snacker. 
Calories eaten in secret don't count, right? NO!

I've heard it before from other ladies, "I eat so well at home but when I come to work I'm not so good and I tell my husband I don't know why I am not losing weight". I myself have thought it, "I'm tracking 1400 calories or less a day on MFP for weeks and I'm not losing weight".

Well, we forget to add the 15 calories here, there 40 calories there, and that small donut you snagged off the table right before you left the office. Well of course, if your calories out is less than your calories in you are not going to lose weight, it is a simple matter of math; 2+2=4 but I spent 5 so that's -1. Hurray, you did it! but when you sneak in that extra .5 and .8 you start having issues {-1+.5+.8=.3}.

I have made it my new goal to cut down on these secret snacks. No more snagging a bit of broken cake as I'm cutting deserts, no more sneaking a bite of the husband's pizza when he has left the room, no more hoping the husband won't notice that there are two less cookies in the cookie jar. 

My name is Hannah and I'm 1 day secret snacking free!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

100 Calories

Now that I am back to counting calories with MFP I thought I would share somethings that I found to help me and hopefully they will help you too. Like, what does 100 calories look like {fitsugar.com}?

I have also decided that to help keep myself accountable to some degree I am going to put a picture on Instagram of every meal I eat and the approximate calories. My Instagram name is samsgirl33 if you are at all interested in following that. Today I am going to try to eat just about around 1624 calories {sprinkling CHEAT on everything, of course}, we will see how this goes! I got 2 of my 3 meals posted on Instagram...my phone was being used as an iPod during dinner for the crew so I wasn't able to take a picture.

I had a total of 1639 calories, the goal being 1624, I did go a wee bit over...and I did splurge on my lunch and I probably should have saved that for a different day with a higher calorie goal {well, a lesson learned}. Until tomorrow dear folk!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Apple Chunks and Tuna

Today is a new day, I kind of cheated a little last night by eating a few bites of my husbands milkshake without cheat...yipes...luckily there was no weight change this morning after yesterday's eat day. Today I am back on protein and I am going to be out and about most of the day. Meeting up with my mother and we are going to do some thrift store shopping and then I need to go to the grocery store! Woke up earlier this morning than usual just for that reason. So I am off on another adventure, if anything exciting happens I'll let you know!  (•‿•)    I have officially decided to quit the rigid protein cycles of Ignite and am going to continue with what they deem the Zig-Zag concept {I'll include the model chosen for me at: FreeDieting.com after today's menu}.

√  Take 1 Xyng (pill) first thing in the am {6:42am}

√   Breakfast shake- 8 oz hot water with one scoop protein   {7:30 am}            
           2 Axion tablets 
√   Mid morning snack - 3.5 ounces of water canned tuna with half a diced apple  
           (Sprinkle CHEAT) {10:00am}
√   Lunch - Jamba Juice Biter Smoothie, ultra size (400 cals) (sprinkle CHEAT) {12:45pm}
           two Accelerate

√   Mid-afternoon snack- 3.5 ounces of water canned tuna with half a diced apple 

           (Sprinkle CHEAT) {5:15pm}
√   Dinner shake- 2 turkey burger patties with a little ketchup (sprinkle CHEAT) {7:45pm}             

           two Flush

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 5 of Ignite

Today I decided I was not going to do another round of Ignite any time soon. It has brought results and I do feel healthier, but I am not sure it is entirely what I want at this time. Particularly with Christmas coming up and deciding whether to spend money on me or other people and also just wanting to force myself into a more natural healthy lifestyle. Meaning I need to work out more and eat "real food" more often so that I can eat what I need to be eating and enjoying it too. Not to say I will completely stop with Xyngular products, I am going to stick with the CHEAT and the LEAN for sure. Adding a little protein for snacks, breakfasts, and desserts are great and getting a little less fat with my meals sounds like a good plan to me!

√  Take 1 Xyng (pill) first thing in the am {8:30am}
√   Breakfast shake- 8 oz water with one scoop protein {I made it warm again, yum {9:00am}
            two capfuls of juice with water and 2 Axion tablets 
√   Mid morning snack -  smalle apple and Adam's peanut butter  (Sprinkle CHEAT) {11:05am}
√   Lunch high protein and fiber meal consisting of  spinach, chicken breast, fruit salad, and a little hamburger soup. Circa 550 calories (Sprinkle CHEAT) {1:20pm}
             take two Accelerate
√   Dinner high protein meal consisting of chicken and cauliflower (Sprinkle CHEAT) {6:30pm}
√   Before bed - take 2 Flush with herbal tea {10:00pm}

Monday, November 5, 2012

At Long Last

I started my Jillian Michaels DVD for the first time, and seeing as I am very out of shape, I was not able to finish all 6 circuits. I did do 1.5 circuits {minus the jumping jacks because I am on a second floor and it is a little early in the morning} and I did a few things on the Wii Fit Plus as well. I weighed in and I have lost 1.3 lbs from yesterday, putting me a hair above 158 lbs.; by the end of this 8 day Ignite I hope to be as close to 150 lbs. as possible.

Day 4 - protein
√  Take 1 Xyng (pill) first thing in the am {7:45 am}
√   Breakfast shake- 8 oz water with one scoop protein and 1/3 cup steel cut oats   {8:30 am}
√   Mid morning snack- 4 oz carved turkey deli meat  (Sprinkle CHEAT) {10:45am}
√   Lunch 
shake- 4-5 ounces tuna some broccoli {1:10pm}
             two Accelerate

√   Mid-afternoon snack- 4-5 oz tuna and a small apple  (Sprinkle CHEAT) {3:10pm}
√   Dinner 
shake- 8 oz water with one scoop protein {8:15pm}
              take 2 Flush

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Time Change, Say What?

I just LOVE getting an extra hour of sleep, I really needed it. I had to work yesterday {I don't usually} and it was a long day! But today is my first eat day of my second Ignite week and I am looking forward to some turkey burgers! Today was a hard day for some reason. I weighed in, having lost 1.5 pounds from yesterday. I love food and I love flavour and not being able to eat food to much of an extent is difficult. I loved having peanut butter at lunch, cottage cheese, ketchup...and all I really wanted for dinner after my long day was peanut butter, fruit, and a little bit of chocolate.

√  Take 1 Xyng (pill) first thing in the am {8:45 am}
√   Breakfast shake- 8 oz water with one scoop protein {9:45 am}
√   Mid morning snack- 5 ounces boiled chicken breast and low fat string cheese  (Sprinkle CHEAT) {11:30am}
√   Lunch consisting of a slice of wheat bread with peanut butter, turkey burger patty with ketchup, and a little low-fat 
     cottage cheese. Circa 500 calories (Sprinkle CHEAT) {1:30pm}
√   Dinner consisting of turkey burger patty and steamed broccoli (Sprinkle CHEAT) {6:30pm}
√   Before bed - take 2 Flush with decaf tea {8:00pm}

Saturday, November 3, 2012

What is Xyngular

Many people think of Xyngular as being merely a fad diet, but it really is quite a bit more than that. I want to share some things about the ingredients and the benefits found in this "diet".

"The supplements you will be using during your program will increase your metabolism, eliminate 25% of the calories you eat, curb hunger (allowing you to make better food choices), detoxify your system-eliminating toxins that slow down your metabolism, give you energy for life, assist in building your lean muscle tissue, protect your body from free radicals that cause cancer, stabilize your blood sugars-allowing your body to burn fat rather than store fat, and provide many, many other positive benefits!"

– Does 3 things to assist in weight loss. 1.) Stabilizes blood sugar which helps your body get into a fat burning
mode and reduces cravings for high sugar/high fat food. 2.) Gives you a natural mood boost which makes you feel
better and less likely to reach for food to boost your well being. 3.) Gives you a natural energy that lasts all day. So
many times we eat thinking it will boost our energy, but now you won't have to do that!

– A pure protein source that assists in building and maintaining lean body mass-your body’s most
important fat burning tool. Start every day with a Lean shake for your optimal body.

- Contains green tea and other components found to elevate your metabolism and cause your body
to burn fat, (Thermogenesis). Many situations in life cause your body to go into a fat-storing mode: overeating, lack of exercise,pregnancy, etc. Accelerate will get your body back into a fat burning mode and get you back on track to your ideal weight.

- An all organic product that gets rid of all the toxins in your system and cleanses your colon wall.
Getting rid of the plaque on the colon wall allows the body to properly absorb the nutrients in the food you are
eating. Consequently you will have fewer cravings and a much healthier body. If you have problems with
regular bowel movements, this product will work magic!

– An all natural fiber product from a Japanese root called Konnyaku. You simply sprinkle cheat on
your food. When it hits your stomach it expands and creates a viscous gel that literally traps 25% of the food you
just ate eliminating it without your body ever absorbing the calories. Think of Cheat as a credit card that gives you a
25% discount on everything you buy. Somehow I don’t think you would ever forget to use it.

– Contains the nutrients and benefits of 22 different super fruits. When your body
is breaking down fat, toxins are released into your blood stream. These are things like: pollutants from air and water,
prescription medications that have built up in your system, Vitamins like A, D, E, and K (which are healthy but when
stored in excess in fat tissue turn toxic), etc. All of these and more are released as free radicals into your system. Super
Fruit Global Blend contains antioxidants which assist our body in eliminating and stabilizing these free radicals keeping
our bodies in optimal health. Drinking 2-6 oz daily of Super Fruit Global Blend will optimize your health and assist in
keeping your body weight in an optimal range. Last but not least, Super Fruit Global Blend contains only 22 calories
per serving.

√  Take 1 Xyng (pill) first thing in the am {8:00am}

√   Breakfast shake- 8 oz water with one scoop protein and some cocoa  {9:00 am}
            I forgot to take my Axion tablets today and drink my juice...oops! 
√   Mid morning snack- 5 oz canned chicken with cauliflower (Sprinkle CHEAT) {11:15am}
√   Lunch Shake - 8 oz hot water and one scoop protein, some cinnamon, and cocoa {1:00pm}
          two Accelerate and 2nd Xyng

√   Afternoon snack - 5 oz canned chicken with broccoli (Sprinkle CHEAT) {4:35pm}

√   Dinner Shake - 8 oz water and one scoop protein {7:05pm}

√   Before bed - take 2 Flush with smooth move tea {8:00pm}

Friday, November 2, 2012

Slimmer by December

Here we go again, and this time it will be better, much better! I am excited to start my second Ignite and I have learned a wee bit more about the product and the required diet so hopefully this time around the results will be better. In addition I am including workouts, which I really didn't do the last time around. To help keep my accountable for these exercises I am also taking a part of a challenge proposed by the Mama Laughlin Fitness Camp on Facebook. We are required to have a workout of some sort everyday in the month of Novemeber. It is a contest to see who will lose the most weight. I am excited about this and have faith that I will have great results this month {because positivity is key!}. Yesterday I worked on core and some weights and today I walked. Sadly, I will not get an opportunity to try out my new Jillian Michaels DVD until Monday when my husband is in school. Wish me luck!

√  Take 1 Xyng (pill) first thing in the am {8:25am}
√   Breakfast shake- 8 oz hot water with cocoa baking powder {this was way yummy}  {9:15am}
            two capfuls of juice with water and 2 Axion tablets
√   Mid morning snack- 5 oz canned chicken in water; drained  (Sprinkle CHEAT) {11:15am}
√   Lunch Shake - 8 oz water and one scoop protein {1:30m}
          2 Accelerate and 2nd Xyng
√   Afternoon snack -5 oz canned chicken in water; drained  (Sprinkle CHEAT) {4:45pm}
√   Dinner Shake - 8 oz water and one scoop protein {6:50pm} 
√   Before bed - take 2 Flush with herbal tea {10:00pm}

Thursday, November 1, 2012

And Tomorrow it Begins Again

Wow, I was doing so well at stifling cravings and eating only what I was supposed to be eating when I was actually on the program, but now that I have these 5 days before I start up again I am having serious issues. It's like I know all these things will be off limits so I need to eat them now {a very bad mentality to have}. My mother came by last night and she brought me some groceries to help with my second Ignite which starts tomorrow {and I will take different before and after photos again}! I am going to have to start packing a dinner on my eat days because it is so difficult to have a straight protein dinner at the cafeteria without sauces or fillers and it is usually 8:30 or later before I can get anything made and eaten at home after work which isn't good either! So there you have, a quick update on that!

I finally got my Jillian Michaels DVD! And tonight my husband is in class until late so I will have time to check it out! We're having some sort of inspection today at the apartment and I had to move all my furniture 12+ inches from all the baseboards; meaning I have to move all of that back before I even think about doing Jillian Michaels, but hopefully it won't take too long...although, I have thought about rearranging the living room seeing as everything is already not in it's place already and I think it may give us a little extra space so I am going to have to measure and compare that as well. Now you can see how it can be so difficult to fit in a workout sometimes, haha.

Well until we next speak, ta-ta!

P.S. Here is a list of wonderful proteins I gathered and combined for use: