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Danielle - Bonnie
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Keeping It Real!

So yeah...let's get real! Danielle here, once again. I haven't switched to WordPress yet...yet being the operative word there. I plan on doing so soon. Ben has been pretty busy lately and it seems that between him working, working from home getting caught up on free lance stuff, and then the both of us working out we don't spend a whole lot of time just sitting around. We need to schedule some time to just sit together...and soon.

My days of not eating "bad carbs" has come to an end. And the ending was more like a crash landing. I was scarfing down everything that was in my site. I was craving chocolate and all sorts of yummy goodness. I indulged myself and then I paid for it at the gym last night. I burned off almost 1,000 calories. So I earned all the scarfing ;) I didn't even feel all that guilty about it either. I know that I will work my body extra hard, I will make my muscles beg and scream for mercy and then I will push them a lil harder still. Changing and growing isn't painless. It hurts - A LOT!!...But it's OK, I thrive on that soreness. It lets me know that I worked hard. I am pretty stinkin proud of me. I ate as clean as I possibly could for those 12 days. It was a big challenge for me but I did it! And it really was one of the most difficult things that I have done to date. I will be doing it again, once summer is closer....I am so going to rock an awesome bathing suit this year. I have already started looking around for "the one"! :D

And now I need to address a dark cloud that has tried to intrude into my light. I am now a person that is pretty good at just dusting off the crap-o-la, but I also think that I should have the ability to respond and let you know how I feel (and every time I use the word "you" I do so in a broad and generalized way). But firstly let me say; I have an awesome support group!! Thank you to everyone that lifts me up and offers their kind words to help keep me striving forward. Sadly though, there are those that just can't seem to be happy for anyone else. To those people I say, I am sorry. I am truly sad for you. I lived my life that way for many years, in fact a lot of my life I was very negative...not any more, and I will never be able to go back to living like that. (Thank you Lord Father, for opening my eyes and helping me to really be able to see.) I'm very sorry that your life is that downtrodden and that all you can see is negativity. You say "You want to be supportive...BUT...etc..." and then you list reasons why you can't be supportive. I'm sorry to say that you aren't fooling anyone. The truth of the matter is already out there. And even though I know the truth, I only wish for happiness in your life and peace in your heart. Cheering someone on and telling a person "good job"  isn't stroking their ego...It's commending someone for their hard work, their determination, and the effort that they have put forth. But when there are darker things in your life, like envy and jealousy, it makes it very hard for you to be happy with yourself and therefor there is no room for positivity when it comes to others, I understand that. But then you also need to know and understand that you can always improve, you can always decide that you are tired of how you are living and then you c-h-a-n-g-e. YOU can do it! There is a whole new world out there, a world of support and happiness. All you have to do is want it bad enough to put all the crap down. You just have to lay it at God's feet and never pick it up again...you will then feel so free, so light, and so very happy. I want that for you...You should want it as well.

Alright enough of all that....let's move on to the subject of the challenge for last week...HAHAHAHA! I so put the cart before the horse on that one. There was no way in this world that I was going to be able to complete that....I'm not that awesome yet ;) Someday, I will be...I will be. You just wait and see :D

Challenge for the week: (it's achievable, I swear) Interval Circuit Training. You will need a HIIT timer (you should be able to find an app for your phone) you will need to set it for 20 secs of work and 10 secs of rest. The work out looks like this:

  • Jumping Jacks - 20secs
  • Rest - 10sec
  • Squats - 20secs
  • Rest - 10sec
  • Burpees - 20secs
  • Rest - 10sec
  • Sit ups - 20secs
  • Rest - 10sec
  • Push-ups - 20secs
  • Rest - 10secs
  • Repeat!! Do this plan back to back a few times through out the day and you will really get your blood to pumping plus burn a decent amount of calories!!

Now, as far as cooking a new pescatarian dish - I didn't cook it, but I had an awesome friend make dinner for the family (spaghetti - yum!!) while we were hanging out at their house this weekend. And she was sweet enough to cook mine special. She used regular ground beef in everyone else's and she used Boca  in my sauce. I was amazed at how much it tasted like actual ground beef. I can imagine lots of tasty foods made with it - tacos, burritos, nachos, cottage pie...the list can go on and on! Thanks so much for introducing it to me!! :D

And now for more realness - I have slacked off on my riding. The weather has been a bit unfavorable lately. On my "ride" days it's been extra cold and rainy and I'm not wanting to get sick...so yeah...I'm behind on my miles. I plan on going to the gym tonight to hit the weights and then going for a ride when I get home.

The hubster is on his way to the store to pick up a few healthy lunch items (we are having a salad and tuna for lunch) and he is grabbing some stuff to make shrimp and veggie stir fry for dinner tonight. That will be my new recipe for the week. I may pop by in a couple of days and let you all know how fabulous it was ;)

Until next time, continue to strive ever forward. Drink your water. Smile. And remember that you CAN do it and that you ARE worth it. D out!

Monday, January 23, 2012

It's All Good!

Alright now! I'm super excited thus far with the results that I have seen since I started to eat as clean as possible. I'm not always perfect and having a pretty tight budget when it comes to groceries/food makes it a challenge. Oh and by the way, it's Danielle here. I did talk to Bonnie about her posting more and she said that her laptop decided to give out on her as she was typing up a post. That is a major bummer! The hubster has been asking me if I want to switch over to WordPress. If I do that (HA!..I won't do any of that...it would be all Ben) I would be able to post from my phone and so that means Bonnie would be able to do that as well. I will talk more to him tonight and see how it all works.

And now back to the exciting news...I have reached my lowest weight yet: 153.6 - WOOHOO!! (though I do fluctuate, I was at 154 today) I can really see a difference in my "muffin top" or now lack there of :D I have really slimmed down. My tummy is much flatter, my sides are now muscular and strong. I may lose some of my muscle with the fat while I'm shredding, but I'm still lifting and working out hard, so it's all good. I can't wait for bathing suit weather...that's a first for me ;)

As far as the challenge that I posted for last week, I'm a bit sad I couldn't finish it all. My lower back just didn't appreciate it much at all. I have messed my tailbone up a few times...too many times falling on concrete or ice. I wasn't all that nimble as a child/teen. I was able to complete about half of it. I then did other ab exercises through out the week. I love twisting on my exercise ball, doing planks, fast punches, dive bombers and mountain climbers. I just found out last night that I can do the last two rather well. Thanks bodyrock.tv!! (If you haven't checked them out...do so www.bodyrock.tv )

In regards to food, I was super happy to finally try Quorn Naked Chick'n Cutlets. It's really good sauteed with a bit of olive oil and then seasoned to taste (I like garlic sea salt and some fresh cracked pepper and a dash of cayenne). I tried it this way first, and I had some broccoli and baked sweet potato. I also made a tasty dipping sauce for it. It was just some spicy brown mustard, some Julio's Chipotle pepper sauce and a tiny bit of simply sour cream. Very tasty stuff!

The next night I wanted to mix it up so I cut it into slices and then spooned some Fire Roasted Tomatoes Tex-Mex style on when it was almost heated all the through...YUM! I had chick'n tacos that night. No tortillas, I used Romaine lettuce leaves instead and I made a black bean and corn relish to go on top. It was very good. Mmmmm... I need to stop talking about food so much...I'm getting hungry again.

I was able to work out 6 times last week and I felt pretty good...until Saturday. I had a tummy bug or something and so let's just say that whatever I was eating wasn't hanging around for very long. Because of that, it was the first time all week that I had carbs...carbs as in whole wheat saltine crackers. I think I had 6. Plus I was drinking Powerade. My husband was awesome and went on the hunt for "low carb tummy funk make me feel betters". He did such a great job! Oh and I am feeling much better now...yay!

Ok, so a new challenge for this week...5 sets of mountain climbers 20 reps each - every day. It's gonna be a fun one! 700 total for the week, more if I/you can do it! It don't count if it don't hurt! What you will need - a floor and your determination. Here is a video that shows you how to do it properly-  Mountain Climber Video

Well I really need to get up and figure out what dinner is going to be. Let me tell you, there is nothing like having to cook 3 different meals. One for me, since I don't eat meat. One for Ben, he is bulking so he needs lots of carbs and meat (he will be in shred mode soon, so that will make it a bit easier). The kiddos may or may not eat what he is having, depends on what it is. So yeah...it can be a lot to handle. But I don't mind, they are the loves of my life and they are worth it. <3

Until next time, stay strong, drink some water, and get your body moving! You CAN do it and you ARE worth it.

P.S. Last night I had 1/3 of a cup of all natural vanilla ice cream. I ate it out of the measuring cup and with a baby spoon. And let me tell you, I was in heaven. My mouth was so happy. It's amazing how much more I really appreciate food now!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Quick Blurb...

Happy middle day of the week to you! Danielle here with a quick thought or two...

Alright, I'm going to keep it real. I had gained some weight, could have been water weight, could have been the not always good choices I make during "shark week", who knows. But the last time that I weighed myself, in the last few weeks, the scale screamed 161!! - yeah to be honest, I was bummed. I didn't want to be back in the 160's. So, I did the only thing that I could do at the moment. I put the scale away and went on with life and told I myself that I could to do better.  Last Sunday I decided that I wanted to start getting shredded in time for the sweltering extra hot summers that we have down here in the lone star state. And today is day three and so far so good. Though I will admit that I had a tiny nibble of pasta last night. I was testing it to see if it was done all the way...other than that...no "bad" carbs. Dinner was a tad bit hard on me last night. I made Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo for the fam...while I had tuna, vegetables, and a baked sweet potato. Most likely my food was no where near as tasty as theirs. In fact, I am willing to bet my right leg that my dinner sucked in comparison to theirs. My husband so lovingly told me how good it was. I told him to shut his pie hole. But it's alright...I want my flat belly more than I want pasta and cheesy garlic bread!

Oh and to the point of this "quick" posting ;) ... this morning the scale said - - -  wait for it......155.4!! I was grinning from ear to ear. Laying off all those tasty things has paid off so far. I'm excited to see where I am in a month or even in two weeks. :D

Alright, that is all that I wanted to share. And now I'm off to search for more low carb pescatarian recipes. Have a fantastic day! Stay strong and remember that you CAN do it and you ARE worth it!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I CAN do this!

Hi, it's Danielle again. I hope that you are having a wonderful day. I need to talk to Bonnie and see if she wants to add what she has been up to lately...Psst, hey Bonnie, you wanna tell everybody how you are doing? ;) I'm curious to know.

Let me give you a recap of last week. It all started out so well. I went to the gym, I was riding my bike, I was feeling good...and then *boom* my monthly friend (or what the hubster and I now call "shark week") decided to surprise me. That means that all that really happened after the lovely surprise was that I sat around and ate lots of carbs and chocolate. Blah! Oh well, I'm stoked to get back on track. I'm going to rock this week!

Last night I was planning on going to the gym, but I got a late start and then the car had an extra low, if not flat, tire. So by the time my husband got back from putting air in the tire I had decided to do one of the exercise videos that is now on Netflix. If you have it, check out "Crunch: Super Slimdown" It's another yoga and pilates combo but much quicker then what I was doing before. I really enjoyed it. I plan on trying to do that on the nights that I ride.

As far as my goals for the year:
- I was able to complete 320 of the 450 jump-n-squats. I'm not happy that I didn't get them all done...but I also know that I have to give me a break once in a while. (Side note: those things really work your calves. You should give them a try!)

- I did cook a new pescatarian recipe...I finally made shrimp tacos. Woohoo! I made it up myself (I do that a lot)...and it was DELICIOUS!!

- I rode little over 10 miles last week...again not quite at my goal but still pretty stinkin' good.

And just so that I don't get bored or anything, I have decided to give myself another challenge. It's going to be a tough one for me too....this may be the hardest thing that I have ever set out to accomplish thus far...No joke! I am going to start to eat as cleanly as possible. That means that as of yesterday, I am staying away from bad carbs. That means no more Taco Bell :(  No more pizza :(  No more crackers, pretzels, cookies, bread sticks, no more processed anything....all those yummy bad things are now off limits for me :(  I am trying to decide if I will still have a cheat day once a week. Though I think that I may change it to twice a month instead. I think that I would be able to handle that.

I also have a really bad habit of snacking at night. That is going to be tough to refrain from. I have to make better choices. I need to have more healthy snacks at night and I have to curb my sweet tooth. I know I can do this. I know I can!! I want to look great in a bathing suit this year. I picked a great time to start down a new path. I know that I will see some awesome results. I just have to make it happen. So.... here's to making it happen!! If I can give up Taco Bell and all the other things that I love to eat, then I'm pretty sure that you can make a first step to finding a healthier/fitter you. It's not always fun, it's not always easy...in fact sometimes it sucks. But it is sooo going to be worth it.  :D

And for those that might want to try it -

Shrimp Tacos
Start out with 1tbsp evoo in a pan (low heat)
Add diced white onion, fresh garlic, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, cayenne, paprika and any other spices you enjoy
Saute until onions are translucent 
Add half a can of Fire Roasted Tomatoes, Mexican style (medium heat)
Add 1lb of shrimp
Simmer until shrimp are cooked through (low heat)

Add to a whole wheat tortilla or even a Romaine lettuce leaf and top it with all your favorites. I like purple cabbage, avocado, sour cream and a sprinkle of cheese. I also think it would be good on top of a salad. Mmmmm.

Challenge for the week - Weighted V-Sits.  You will need a yoga mat, weights, and a timer. Use what ever weights you feel comfortable with. I will be using 3lbs (they are the heaviest set that I have right now). I'm striving to do an hour total for the week (That means 10mins per day for the rest of the week).

What you will do: sit up tall on your mat, arms out straight in front shoulder height (holding weights), knees bent and feet off the floor, really scoop out your middle, keep your abs tight and your shoulders down. Also be sure to keep your back straight. ENJOY! (This exercise is great for your abs, obliques, low back, and hip flexors.)

Hmm, I suppose that that is all for now. Strive ever forward...you CAN do it and you ARE worth it!! Make it a wonderful day.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

To fb or not to fb??

That is the question...Danielle here. So, as I have stated in a previous post, I use www.myfitnesspal.com for keeping track of my nutrition, exercise, etc. And I post challenges on there occasionally ...so then I was pondering if I should post the same challenge on my regular facebook page. Then I think about how maybe all my friends may get tired of the fact that I only post about "diet" stuff. Then I had the thought of making a fb page for M.I.L.F... then immediately after that I texted my husband and said "Sould milf have a fb page? Or is that lame." His response: "I don't know, let me think about it." 

That tells me that it's at least on the verge of lameness. So then I thought that I would see what you readers think. Would you follow a fb page? Or do you think it's lame? Either way, let me know...type out a thought, or crack a joke. And go! :D

P.S. - I had a lot of thoughts in a short span of time...what's up with that?? ;)
Monday, January 9, 2012


Howdy, Danielle here. So yeah, I have to start this out talking about my most favorite football team ever - the Houston Texans! I have been a loyal fan since the franchise started up back in '02. I am so happy that they are finally in the play-offs and I am so frickin happy that they won their first game. Here's to hopin they last through another round!! They are playing the Ravens, I don't know much about them. I just hope they don't play as well as my boys do.  ;)

So....let me think about what I did this last week. I rode right at 12 miles last week. I was hoping for more. But on one of my "bike days" I let the hubster talk me into going for a run. I enjoyed it, but it really reaffirmed that I like biking more than I do running. I am still going to meet my goals for the year, though. I worked out at the gym twice (I believe). On the night that I worked on my legs this is what my routine looked like:

Weighted Squats - 15lb - 5 sets - 10 reps
Reverse Backward Lunge - 15lb - 4 sets - 10 reps
Dumbbell Step Ups - 8lb - 3 sets - 12 reps
Leg Curls - 50lb - 7 sets of 10 reps
                  55lb - 3 sets of 10
Leg Extensions - 35lb - 25 reps
                          45lb - 20 reps
                          55lb - 23 reps
Glute Kickbacks - 50lb - 8 reps - 3 sets
Leg Press - 150lb - 15 reps - 3 sets

My legs were jello after that workout, and then I went for over a 5 mile ride the next night....my thighs were on fire. When I worked on my arms, I was in a hurry so I didn't have time to write it down. I will try to do that sometime this week. I'm sitting here trying to decided what I am going to work on tonight. I'm thinking I will work on my legs and butt - the same workout posted above. I will try to beat those weights and reps. I have improved quite a bit already. Yay!

OK, so as far as trying a new pescatarian dish....I kinda cheated a bit, I guess. I got stuff to make fish tacos and then the fam went to my sister and brother in-law's house to watch the game. We have had fish tacos before, but this time around the fish was grilled and not baked. I also bought some really yummy chipotle pepper sauce that I dashed all over my dinner. I made some rice and black refried beans and had delicious fish tacos while the Texans beat the whiskers off the Bengals. I'm not sure what to call the rice, but it was pretty tasty. Here is what was in it...I don't really measure when I cook...I probably should : brown rice, cilantro, fresh lime juice, 2 cloves of roasted garlic (I would have used more but the rest went into the hummus my sister made...mmmm), some fresh ginger, salt and pepper to taste. It had a good flavor but the rice was overly sticky. Do you guys think that that counts as a new recipe? ;)  I'm planning on making some of the tasty rice again tonight to go along with my vegetarian black bean soup. I'm thinking that I'm going to try and give it a bit more of a Mexican taste tonight.

And so I present to you, my fish tacos with yummy rice and black refried beans. My taco consisted of: grilled tilapia, baby romain, purple onion, some rice, a schmear of black beans, and a bit of sour cream, wrapped up in a fresh whole wheat tortilla.)

Oh and in other exciting news, I got a memory foam seat cover for my bike!!! Woohoo!!....my buttocks is so happy now (yeah when I said that in my head, I used a Forrest Gump voice). Now I can ride and ride and ride. Those 5 hundred miles don't seem so scary or overly hurtful now! Before the cushy booty padding - I could ride for awhile and it's like my bum would fall asleep and go numb. But if I made the mistake of making the slightest movement....oh there was no going back to the numbness and the rest of the ride was very uncomfortable. So, I am happy to have it (me and my butt thanks you, babe. you spoil us rotten! <3).

Since it's Monday, I think that calls for a challenge. What to do, what to do??...Since I'm starting late to this, I will get in 50 Jump-n-Squats  (2 jumping jacks and then a deep squat = 1) today, and then 100 for the rest of the days for a total of = 450 by Friday. Come on and join in the fun!!

Hmmm, I guess that that is all that I have for today. I need to get in the kitchen and get the soup on. Have a fantastic day. Drink some water and eat some fresh fruit/veggies, your body will thank you! Always remember - you CAN do it and you ARE worth it. Until next time....
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 - Making it Yours!

Happy New Year to you, Danielle here. I hope that you all had a wonderful 2011...even if you didn't, it's OK. All of that stuff is in the past, even our victories are in the past.  So now is the time to start making changes to get to a better you. That is my goal overall really...I want to be the best me that I can be. That means every aspect of my life needs a good deep cleaning. I am working on myself daily. I have to remind myself that I am not my past, I am not my parents, I am not any of that. I am what I want to be. I am striving to be a better; mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and human being. In fact, I just a had an issue dealing with being a better mother. I almost shooed my son away so that I could get back to typing here. Then I thought to myself that I should listen to his tale. He had been outside playing and he was imagining that he was in Super Mario World...it was a very cute story. I'm glad that I let him tell it to me...it's not like I was putting anything of importance on hold. ;)

I realized something a while back, but I never wrote about. I guess I was waiting for the right time...and I suppose that time is now. My battle with my weight has been an ongoing process. I never loved or really liked my body. I was never really healthy (I touched on this in other posts) and I never really cared enough to change that about myself. There were times that I got determined to get fit, toned and healthy. Those attempts failed...over and over and over again. I quickly lost my self control or will power... I quit exercising and I quit caring about what I ate. After many years of living like that and then getting pregnant and gaining 50-60lbs with each pregnancy...I was really not liking my body. But I also wasn't ready to do anything about it. For me, I had to get the rest of my life on track. My husband and I have gone through some really...well...let's just say, awful times. We spent 6 years hating to love each other. We did everything that we could to end our marriage, but for some reason we just couldn't quit the other (yeah, that sounds way too much like a movie about a mountain and cowboys...but it suits the situation). We don't know why we stuck it out, but we do know now that we are so happy that we did. Our lives have taken a drastic 180 since we both decided to work on our relationship with God. We decided to give up the control, all we had done with it was make a very sad and angry home. So, it was pretty clear that we had no reason to think that we could do better than God can. We found an amazing church (www.cypressfellowship.org) and let me tell you...my life has meaning now. I have a purpose now. I have a reason to wake up happy every day. I can truly say that now my  "bad" times are what my "good" times used to be. So back to why I wanted to write about this...once my life started to gain balance (thank you, Lord), everything else became a little bit easier. I know that I am growing and changing on the inside and on the outside...and I am so thankful to be where I am now in my life. It only gives me joy, because I know there are better things in store for me and my family.

And now to the point --- My health/fitness goals for 2012:
- run a mile without stopping
- run a 5K
- run "Run 4 Your Life" (5K zombie obstacle course)
- bike 500+ miles this year
- weigh 150lbs or less
- achieve a 4 pack (after babies, I doubt a 6 pack is accomplish-able)
- cook a new pescatarian dish a week
- spend more time with my children doing active things

I also have decided to not weigh myself more than once a week. The number on that evil thing also known as a scale, isn't my focus now. I want to really increase my muscle mass and then get shredded. As I am accomplishing that, I hope to lose those last 7-9lbs. If not...I won't complain too much. I am now wearing a size 6 jeans. I have never in my life worn that size before. I don't see that changing...not at all.

I am heading to the gym tonight to lift. I even have a routine all worked out...goooo me! The hubster and I had the opportunity to go to the gym together and he was able to school me on how to use some of the free weights and other scary looking machines. I was actually using the bench press the other day...and the real leg press..(insert the eeeewws and the aaahhs here). I'm excited to go down a totally new and different road, I am putting myself way out of my comfort zone. It's a bit scary, a bit exciting, a bit exhilarating. 

Whelp, that's all I have for the day. Continue to strive ever forward. You CAN do it and you ARE worth it! 2012 is going to be covered in awesome sauce. 

P.S. I am working on the layout and trying to figure out the "look" I want it to have. Something totally went haywire on the old blog. I'm not sure if there was an update and my code no longer worked or what. But sorry about that (if anyone even noticed). I'm out, like a brussel sprout.