May 31, 2011

Early Bird: June Boom Update

I know that the June Boom Challenge I've decided to join in, doesn't start till tomorrow but I'm weird and like to begin things at the start of the week so I've (already) officially started the June Boom Challenge! YAY I'm ahead of the game!!!

What I've done so far:
30 mins - Arc Trainer: Calories Burned - 385
Abdominal - 3 reps of 30 (70lbs)
13 mins - Elliptical: Calories Burned - 126
Ab Roller - 10 sets of 15
15 mins - Treadmill: Calories Burned - 139

35 mins - Elliptical: Calories Burned - 343
Back Extension - 2 reps of 20 (70lbs)
15 mins - Arc Trainer: Calories Burned - 169
Abdominal 4 reps of 30 (70lbs)
15 mins - Treadmill: Calories Burned - 140

 ^^I know after the workout I should of  felt like this^^
 ^^But I felt more like this^^

I tried to switched up my routine just the tiniest bit. Instead of me getting on the Treadmill for 30 minutes all the time I'm going to try the other cardio machines for 30 minutes. On the days that I just don't feel like going to the gym, I will do 30 minutes of activity at home; which will probably consist of a Walking away the pounds dvd, taking a 30 minute walk around my neighborhood, or even following some routines from Youtube! Zuzana is one of my favorites! Check her out here  or her website at

Blog Award

Firstly I would like to thank Keliann over at Life in crisis, I mean, Fitness... (LOL don't you just love her blog name?) for nominating me for this award. Thank You KELIANN!!! I feel so cool lol!

Now I have to tell you 7 things about myself!
1. I am the laziest person I know. No seriously I am extremely lazy, but who'd ever figure this lazy girl would ever lose 39lbs (HA let the haterz be your motivators)
2. I have natural hair! I've probably been natural for 2 years? I'm not exactly sure lol probably been longer than that! I rock ruff and stuff with my Afro Puffs! But seriously curly hair is the business.
3. I asked a guy out to lunch, then tripped and fell on the sidewalk (No I didn't fall in front of him, but it was still embarrassing! And concrete is not nice) I laughed at myself all the way home, heck I'm laughing at myself now! LOL
4. I LOVE CHEESE! I could eat a pack of shredded  sharp cheddar cheese right now! And don't get me started on the block and cube cheddar cheese!!! Campbell's cheese soup as nacho cheese is the business. YUM YUM!
5. I watch weight loss infomercials, and could probably lip sync everything the people on there say LOL (Michael Thurmand's 6 week body makeover, P90x, and Insanity are my favs)
6. I want to learn how to play the piano
7. I am very shy! Can you imagine? But seriously I am very shy when talking to people, I'm trying to break out of that though.

Now for the nominees!

Once again Thanks Keliann!!!

May 30, 2011

New Challenge!

The June Boom has three rules: 
  1. Exercise every day in June. I will exercise everyday for at least 30 minutes
  2. Start something you've been putting off.  I haven't been going outside to jog like I used to when I first started exercising. Time for a little change of scenery!
  3. Be publicly accountable. Of course I'll be keep everyone updated on here!

I will be doing this challenge along with Grace over at wannabeformerfatgirl. Anyone is welcome to join me in this challenge! Reaching goals and kicking FAT in the rear will be my game! Who wants to play?

May 29, 2011

Weigh-in Sunday

Weighed in today. I lost 0.6lbs this week, It isn't the best loss ever and I know the reasons why I didn't lose as much as I have in past weeks. Laziness was my key factor for this weeks loss. I won't make any excuses, I just didn't feel like going to the gym, and when I did go I didn't nearly work out as hard as I did last week.

But I'm still happy! I currently weigh 203.6 and I have lost 39lbs in 15 weeks and I can truly say that I am very proud of myself. Starting at 242 I never thought I would make it this far.

Here's my Work out Routine for the week 05/23/11-05/29/11:
20 mins - Treadmill: Calories Burned - 186 (Jogged 13mins @ 4.1 speed)

30 mins - Treadmill: Calories Burned - 318
15 mins - Arc Trainer: Calories Burned - 171

30 mins - Treadmill: Calories Burned - 326
Abdominal - 3 reps of 30 ( 1 set 60lbs, 2 sets 70lbs)
10 mins - Arc Trainer: Calories Burned - 102 (would been more had the stupid power not gone out )

Fitness Goals

Back when I had my Fitness Training session, the trainer had me fill out a sheet that asked about my physical fitness background, my medical history, my goals, and the new routine I would be given. At the time, the only thing I could think of for my goal was to lose weight. That was such a vague answer, but now that I've had time to actually sit down and think about it, I've learned that I want to make A LOT of improvements and changes with my body.

1. Push-ups
    I seriously have no upper body or arm strength, I can't do push-ups and I can barely do 2 girl push-ups before my arms start to feel like there on fire. I can't pull myself up and I can't swing myself across the monkey bars. It's pathetic at best. My mom is stronger than me (What the crap?!?).
2. Run
    I have never been a runner, I've always (as far back as I can remember) had weight on me. I've never considered myself fast. My dad can out run me (I'm like half his age and he beats me... again what the crap!?) Even though I jog on the treadmill now, I'm still having problems with breathing, if I could control my breathing then I know I could go longer.
3. Muffin Top
    When I wear pants my stomach always hangs over the rim. I hate it so much that I took the time to write it a letter. Here's the link: Letter to my Enemy
4. Tighten
    Right now I'm a big flabby mess, I would like to wave to someone and not have the fat still swinging after I've stopped moving my arm, ugh its not pretty. I would like for my stomach to not feel like a pool of gelatin, and yes it does have the bounce affect. I would like for my legs to not rub together when I walk. Chaffing is not fun. I'd also like to get rid of the rolls on my back.

I just want to become a fit and active person!

What are some of your fitness goals?

May 25, 2011

Award Time!

Wow never thought I'd get one of these! I feel so special :D
Firstly I would like to thank my very pretty friend Grace @ Wannabeformerfatgirl for this award! This is my first one YAY!!! "You love me -tear- you really love me -sniff-."

LOL now lets get down to business! The rules of the award:

-Thank the person who gave you this award, and link back to them in your post. (Thanx Grace :D)
-Tell us 10 things about yourself. (Aww you want to know about little old me? LOL I'll try not to bore you)
-Nominate your bloggers. (More special peeps!)
-Contact these bloggers, and let them know they received this award.

Ten things about yours Truly!
1.  My favorite color is black!
2.  My favorite food is Hot Wings! It's probably the only food on this earth that I could never give up! Just thinking about it has me drooling lol!
3. Currently a Junior majoring in Information Technology.Yea I'm a computer Geek! I also have my Associates Degree in Business Administration (still can't find a decent job -tear-)
4. I love love love ANIME!!! Inuyasha, Sailor Moon, Katekyo Hitman Reborn, Naruto, and Bleach are among my favorites! Yes I'm a big kid, and I will never stop watching cartoons :D
5. I learned how to crochet from Youtube...Isn't the internet awesome? Converse Hip-top Baby booties are my specialty.
6. When I was in High school I played Tenor drum in the Marching Band! We were the baddest band in the land and If I could play again I most definitely would. I LOVE MY DRUM :D
7. I'm very quiet and observant when I'm around people I don't know.
8. When I decide to have children I want to name my little girl Blake and my little boy Jaden... Aren't those the cutest names!!
9. I'm a gamer! Resident Evil 5, Heavy Rain and Fat Princess are some of my favorites :D
10. I want to travel the world one day. My first destination would be Tokyo,Japan.

My Nominees are!


May 23, 2011

Fitness Training

I went to a Fitness Training Session today! But before I get into that, I must announce my Non-scale Victory! I was only able to do 20mins on the Treadmill today because I had to attend the session but during that 20mins I jogged for 13mins at 4.1 speed with a changing incline of 0 to 2 to 3 (YAY!!!).

Back to business: The trainer went over my background with working out (basically everything I had been doing up to that point), my diet and my goals. To sum everything up he said that I needed to add weight training to my routine. I understand that gaining muscle helps to burn fat and tone up the body, but when I incorporated weights into my routine I gained weight, and that's just not what I want right now. The trainer also said that I shouldn't be so focused on the number on the scale but on how many inches I've lost. I know this to be true but, mentally I'm just not prepared to do that. Seeing that numbers drop on the scale encourages me, and lets me know that all my hard work is paying off. I will eventually add weights into my routine but not until I've lost a little bit more weight probably when I weigh about 180-170.

Lunch for today: Char-grilled Chicken Salad with Reduced Fat Berry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing - Chik-fil-A 

Here's my Workout Routine from last week 5/16/11 - 5/22/11: 
30mins - Treadmill: Calories Burned - 249
Abdominal- 3 reps of 30 (60lbs)
13mins - Elliptical: Calories Burned - 130
10mins - Arc Trainer: Calories Burned - 112
Ab Roller - 60

30mins - Treadmill: Calories Burned - 291
15mins - Arc Trainer: Calories Burned - 161
Abdominal - 3 reps of 30 (60lbs)
Ab Roller - 6 sets of 10
13mins - Elliptical: Calories Burned - 127

30mins - Treadmill: Calories Burned - 314
15mins - Arc Trainer: Calories Burned - 177
Ab Roller - 8 sets of 10
13mins - Elliptical: Calories Burned - 124
Abdominal - 3 reps of 30 (60lbs)

Stay Tuned for more Updates...Healthier Me

May 22, 2011

Pushing Forward


How's everyone doing this beautiful Sunday afternoon? Me? I'm great! I had a nice weekend, which consisted of shopping, filling out applications, eating out and attending a graduation. Here's a few photos:

                   {Stuffed Chicken Marsala - Olive Garden}

Now lets get down to business! I weighed-in today and the scaled reported back 204.2!! That's a 3lb pound loss from last weeks weigh-in. I'm so close to 199lbs that I can taste it! I never imagined that I would/could ever come this far and now that I have, I'll be fighting till the end to reach my goals.

P.S I am not a fan of Olive Garden (but seeing as I didn't have a choice in the matter LOL! The Graduate wanted Olive Garden) and the Stuff Chicken Marsala did not taste good at all ='(

May 21, 2011

Check it out!

Hey everyone! Went shopping yesterday for an outfit to wear to my sisters Graduation, and here's what I came up with.

How's it look?! 

Had to go to four stores just to find something that could fit me, usually I'm complaining about the clothes being to small now, there too big! LOL (such a great feeling) But now I can't wait to get out of this situation where I'm to small for plus size stores like Ashely Stewart, Lane Bryant, and Torrid but too big for regular/junior stores like Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and Wet Seal
I'll get there... no doubt about it.

May 18, 2011

Inspiring Motivation

My motivation seems to come from some of the most random places. I saw a commercial on TV the other day of this woman running, she looked great and running just seemed natural to her. I thought to myself that's how I want to look while running(...jogging cause I don't run LOL) instead of always looking like I might pass out once I'm done.

Monday I got on the Elliptical and saw this guy and he was pushing really hard!!! Seeing him made me crank it up into high gear! Of course when he got the off the elliptical he walked away like it was nothing ...when I got off the machine my legs felt like jello. I love to see people giving it everything they got at the gym! That just inspires me to work even harder while I'm there.

Did anybody else watch The Biggest Loser last night!? If you didn't I won't spoil it but it was awesome! Something that Jay did really inspired me. I saw that he would write the number he wanted to weigh for each weigh-in on his arm. How cool is that!? So I will be doing it to! I will see this number!

Here's a video I found on youtube! It's really inspiring

What are somethings that inspire you?

May 15, 2011

No Longer SuperWoman

So during my patrol around the city of Healthier Me's body I hit a brick wall! Actually I think I was flying so fast I went through the brick wall and it HURT! Have no clue what I'm talking about?
Well  I am was SuperWoman! Fighting against the evils of Fat to uphold the justice of living a healthier life! Today marks the day that Fat overcame justice. The city of Healthier Me's Body is in utter chaos and being that I am no longer SuperWoman, I can not defend against the evils of Fat any longer.

In other news! I weighed-in today... Sadly I must report that I have gained 0.4lbs this week I now weigh 207.2lbs.

I haven't eaten anything I wasn't supposed to, I exercised 3 days this week, I drank my water like I was supposed to so why do I feel like this ------------------------------------------------------>
{Enter Fat Girl...Stage Left}

My mom says that I might have gained weight because I've started lifting weights and muscle weighs more that fat, could this be the cause?

IDK, I'm a little sad this week... BUT I have not given up! I will still make my goal in 2 weeks to be in the 100's!! I just have to push harder, I've come too far to give up and I refuse to go back to the way I used to be!

On a side note! I've discovered a Non-Scale Victory! I can no longer fit any of my cute summer dresses from last year! They are all too big and frumpy looking on me now. YAY!

Here's a recap on my Work-out Routine for this week:

Treadmill: 30 mins Calories Burned: 292
Elliptical: 13 mins Calories Burned: 125
Back Extension - 2 reps of 20 (50lbs)
Hip Adduction: Inner and Outer thighs- 3 reps of 25 (50lbs)
Abdominal - 2 reps of 25 (50lbs)

Treadmill: 30 mins Calories Burned: 277
Arm Extension: Triceps - 2 reps of 25 (20lbs)
Arm Curl: Biceps - 2 reps of 25 (20lbs)
Overhead Press - 2 reps of 15 (20lbs)
Abdominal - 3 reps of 25 (50lbs)
AbRoller - 2 sets of 10

Treadmill: 30 mins Calories Burned: 327 (No that is not a typo I actually Burned that much!)
Hip Adduction: Inner and Outer thighs - 3 reps of 25 (50lbs)
Leg Press - 4 reps of 25 (80lbs)
Leg Extension - 2 reps of 15 (50lbs)
Abdominal - 4 reps of 25 (50lbs)
AbRoller - 5 sets of 10

May 11, 2011

Eat this...Not that

We all know how we got fat. Well I don't know about you, but I got fat because I love food and not just food in general. I loved the fatty greasy stuff. The stuff you could get passed to you through a car window. Deep fried and smothered in something whether it be cheese, gravy or red sauce I was probably eating it. Now I was never an emotional eater, I didn't eat if I was sad or upset, my problem was that I didn't eat enough and when I did eat, most of the time I only ate once (in that entire day) and it was usually a big meal late at night. For example I would have a 10 piece Hot wings with a 6inch Philly cheese steak, fries and a large drink and YES I would eat all of that food even if my stomach was hurting because I simply do not like to waste food and I didn't eat left-overs (<---This has obviously changed lol).

After starting my journey I've realized this is probably the healthiest I have ever eaten in my entire life! I would like to say this has been easy, but it hasn't and I just can't forget the taste of the foods I used to eat, although they made me blow up like a blimp, why can't I have what I was used to eat only served up in smaller healthier portions.

1. Not That!
Philly Cheese Steak -Publix (Deli)
I would order a foot-long Philly cheese steak (and yes I would eat that whole sandwich) on wheat bread with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and jalapeno peppers cooked with my meat (chopped finely). Provolone cheese, mayo, and heavy oil and vinegar.

Eat This! Healthy Alternative
Philly Steak Wrap (Home made)
1 wheat wrap, philly steak, bell pepper, onions, mushrooms, jalepeno peppers, reduced fat provolone cheese, light or no mayo, and vinegar. By cooking it at home I can cut out tons of fat and it still taste great!

2.  Not That!
Fried Chicken - Krogers (Deli)
I remember eating this chicken and how the grease would run down my fingers as I bit into the chicken and how I would lick my fingers clean afterward's!

Eat This! Healthy Alternative
Baked Fried Chicken (Home made)
Boneless skinless chicken breast, Whole wheat bread crumbs, Seasonings, and 1 egg white. Baking the chickens cuts down on so much fat and it taste good!! Me and my bottle of hot sauce are always good to go.

 3. Not That!
Quarter Pounder with Cheese - McDonalds
I'm pretty sure everybody knows that this was just fat wrapped in paper and passed through a window right?

Eat This! Healthy Alternative
Turkey Burger (Home made)
Ground turkey, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion power, reduced sodium whoreishore sauce (I know I jacked up that spelling lol), reduced fat cheese, spinach, pickles, light mayo, mustard, and my good old George Foreman Grill!

Those were just a few examples!
I don't have to give up my favorite foods because I've found ways to make them healthier and still taste delicious! Eating healthy doesn't always mean that you have to sacrifice taste. So how do you make your old favorite fatty foods healthier!?

May 8, 2011

Weigh-in Sunday

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mothers out there!!!

Hope everyone had/is having a great day with their mommies! I had a great day bought my mom a delicious cupcake from my friend at (top-it cupcake bar in a jar) and took her out to see "Jumping the Broom". It fun being able to spend the day with my mommy, the movie was nice too go check it out!

Now lets talk about how my weigh in went! I am down 2.4lbs this week! YAY it wasn't even a day for me and I was still able to give myself a great gift. I currently weigh 206.8lbs. To accomplish my goal of being in the 100's by June, I have 3 weeks to lose 7 pounds...Can I do it? Of course! There's no doubt in my mind that I can do this. This is perfect timing because my last Final Exam is this Tuesday and I'll be free to focus more on my eating and exercise! HOORAY for SUMMER! I'll also probably be taking my measurements and posting more comparison pics around that time as well. 

Does anyone know how to get the pictures side by side? Or how to make 2 pics 1 ?? I think it would be easier to compare the pictures like that.

Stay Tuned for more Updates...Healthier Me

May 5, 2011

Energy Depleting

Ok so I have a routine (not really but anyway) when I go to the gym. I always! ALWAYS get on the Treadmill for 30 minutes first, then the elliptical, then what ever else rocks my boat. I always set the program to weight-loss and I always start with level one. Level one is 3.3 speed the entire program that alternates with 0 and 2 incline every couple of minutes, now mind you I don't always leave it at 3.3, when I jogged I turn the speed up to 4.0 (today 4.1! YAY) and when I walk I turn the incline up to 7 (not always). Am I getting off topic here??  But anyway my point is I feel like I always exert most of my energy on the Treadmill, everyday I try to push a littler harder than I did the day before. Well some might think that's great but when I want to do other cardio machines after I get off the Treadmill I feel like I'm dying! I really and I mean really have to summon up stored energy from somewhere to complete another cardio program (usually my music helps)

And is it just me or does anybody else want to just fall out after working out? I thought I was supposed to feel energized and all that jazz but instead I always feel like I need to sit down somewhere or take a nap for a good 6 hours (LOL I never have though). Also some dude (he was totally random) told me that I was doing too much cardio...Uhh {*blank stare*}

He then proceeds to tell me that I only need 30 minutes of cardio and should spend 15 mins on different machines and that I should also add in the weight machines and work one body part a day with my cardio  {Ok random dude where did you come from and who are you?!?} But I didn't say that lol I just smiled and nodded.

I would like to think what I've been doing so far has been effective... but maybe I'm wrong LOL.
What do you guys think?? Am I doing too much carido? And why do I feel like such a bum when I'm done working out? Am I just the only weird one who doesn't experience that enriching energy your supposed to get from exercise?

Stay Tuned for more Updates...Healthier Me

May 1, 2011

Weigh-in Sunday

So after my crazy week, it's time to weigh-in. *Closes eyes, takes a deep breath; thinking to myself, "do I really want to get on that scale"??* 

The Results are in:

I now weigh 209.2 POUNDS!!! How wild is that!? I just knew after my crispy chicken fiasco and eating too much bread that I would probably gain something. I've lost 2.2lbs this week. I was totally shocked! I mean this was a very crazy week! I wasn't drinking enough water through out the week (maybe 5-6 bottles a day), and I only exercised twice (before weigh-in, I went to the gym today!).

This means that I am now 6.8lbs away from reaching 40lbs lost (total) AND I am now only 10.2lbs away from reaching the 100's!!!

At the beginning of this journey I told myself that I wanted to reach 200 by June as a birthday present to myself, now it seems that I can give myself the gift of being in the 100's. This is so amazing to me because I cannot remember the last time I stepped up on a scale and the first number was a (1).

{Cue the Cheesing like an Idiot moment!!!}

Here's my Work-out Routine for the day:
30 mins Treadmill - Burned 254 calories (I jogged 8 mins straight at 4.0 speed) Totally pushed myself today
Leg Press- 3 reps (15) w/50lbs
Hip Abduction (Inner Thigh) - 3 reps (40) w/40lbs
Hip Abduction (Outer Thigh)- 3 reps (40) w/40lbs
Abdominal- 1 rep (25) w/60bs (Only did one rep because I started cramping LOL!)

Decided to try something different so I did some machines! I usually do 30min-Treadmill, 10min-Elliptical and 15min-Stationary bike (haven't done the bike in like 2 weeks O_o)

Stay Tuned for more Updates...Healthier Me