Julia’s week 1

Hey everyone!
This went went pretty good. I feel much better than last week. Much more motivated and less frustrated. Probably because the scale actually moved for once. I lost 3lbs this week! I’m so pumped. 6 down, 24 to go.
I think I finally learned some lessons from the last time I tried dieting. Hopefully I can keep it up this time. One thing I used to do was eat extra on days I exercised more because I played it off that I could and still stayed under my limit. When actually I was going over my daily calorie limit. Not that I don’t go over my limit, I definitely do (and I’m not happy about it) but it’s my 1150 limit, not that plus calories I burned exercising.
Another lesson I learned was to stop drinking wine during the week. It just tempts me more to snack. So, that’s going to wait until the weekends now. Unless I go on a rare happy hour or something…
Oh, and no weekly desserts either. So far that hasn’t been too bad. I’m so accustomed to having a nice glass of wine after work so that’s been a bummer but it’s worth it!!
I’ve been experimenting with lots of healthy substitution recipes for typical meals Shawn and I would eat. Like tonight we had spaghetti but instead of spaghetti sauce with ground beef over pasta, I had spaghetti sauce with grated cauliflower, onions and carrots over baked spaghetti squash. It was pretty good!

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With these experiments I’ve been learning more about checking the calories of what I think is healthy BEFORE sticking it in my face hole. This week I bought olives as a snack and the feta stuffed ones were 60 freaking calories a pop! I was so pissed! Psht way to screw me over olives.
Woo shah…
Anyway, I’ve been getting back into running, and I’ve been upping my distance game (19 miles this week) but this upcoming week I really want to work on my speed. I run during lunch at work so I can’t run as far as I would like so I think this week I will try to focus on running faster.
Another week down, another to go!
Shine on!

Hello Hungry! (Julia)

Hey everybody! I’m back with Lauren, heading in the right direction again. We stumbled down the wrong path but now we’re back on track are ready to kick our own asses.

This time my goal is to go from 160lbs to 130lbs. I started a couple of weeks ago and now I am at 157lbs.

I am going to be posting weekly updates with how my week went regarding food, exercise, weight and how I’m feeling mentally. I downloaded the Lose It! App, and I’ll be sharing screen shots of that and any other fun recipes I tried that week that I want to share.

I have picked up running again, and am also using my favorite Fitness Blender videos for strength training.

I would loooove to meet my goal by Christmas but I know that’s a pretty ambitious goal and I need to be patient with myself – so I guess it will just happen when it happens right?! One day at a time.

So, here we go!! Thanks for coming along for the ride!

Shine on!

Return to the Hungry (Lauren)

Hi guys!!!

Please excuse my brief (….ok not really…) break but I am going to attempt to jump start my healthy goals and weight loss. Following my previous ventures I lost about 15lbs but then fell off the wagon. Okay. Maybe I jumped off. And then ran the wagon over.

Over the summer I was working two jobs and quit one. So I freaked and picked up a million hours at my remaining job, which left me overwhelmed, exhausted and at the vending machine.

My old unhealthy habits made a quick comeback and so did my weight. I honestly am scared to get on a scale but I know my clothes are tight and those size 6 jeans I bought after losing 15lbs do not fit. At all. Dr pepper, pizza and cheese curls sucked me back in (Or actually I was busy sucking them in) and I stopped working out.

So long story short, I feel gross. And I want to get back on a the health wagon. But first I need to jump start the battery on this wagon.

1 – I downloaded themyfitnesspal app because a few of my coworkers have mentioned it. One lost 50 pounds! I set my target calorie intake at 1150. Well see what I can do with that.


2 – the Jillian Michaels (biggest loser) 7 day detox tea. Supposedly you lose 5lbs in 7 days. I’m not anticipating that. I just need to get all of this junk out of my body.


3 – Remember the skinny fox tea-tox I went on? Well there was a diet. I don’t feel like spending $50 on a month of tea so I’m just going to try the recommended diet. Well see about the “no dairy” rule. Almond milk in a smoothie ain’t cute.


4 – Work out. Hey so guess what? I. Work. At. A. Gym. So why the hell aren’t I working out? You know why? Because I’m there 20-30 hours a week to WORK. My only day off is Sunday. I do not feel like going BACK. But right now I put my daughter on the bus at 8:20 and I don’t have to be at work until 9. So I’m thinking I may start trying to get my son to run the track with me for a 1/2 hour before my shift. The keyword here is “thinking.” He’s four. He just shit in my washing machine. So really I never know what I’ll get out of him. So well see if this happens. Regardless I need to make time.

Well guys. Here we go. Again. As soon as I get to the grocery store I’ll let you know how the detox is going!

Any goals you guys have, that you think might help me? Tips, tricks, magic diet pills welcome!!! 🙂

Also remember how Julia and I were supposed to go to Vegas – we did!! Here’s some photos of how cute we are.









Lauren’s 4/9/14 Food Diary

Hi guys! Today was going well and then I had a diet/detox fail.

Breakfast –
Pb banana

Lunch –
Small bowl of raisin bran with almond milk

Dinner –
I made Italian Pear Chicken but my husband showed up with pizza. I had two pieces and feel so guilty. Ugh.

Exercise –
My migraine is still lingering so I stuck with low impact and did more Pilates. You don’t stand up at all. It’s freaking fantastic.. fitness blender Pilates I know I need to get back on my cardio game but I just love a workout that involves laying down.

Also I took my son on a half hour “nature walk” through a local park I love!


Lauren’s 4/8/14 Food Diary

Hi guys! Happy Tuesday to you! My migraine is still lingering around. I think it’s sinus related but either way my face feels like it could explode. Ugh.

“Hello Gorgeous” morning tea
Whole wheat “light” English muffin.

Lunch –
Banana with pb
8 oz of naked mango juice

Work snack –
Coffee with almond milk
Wegmans crunchy bar

Dinner –
Honey lime chicken
1/4 c applesauce

After dinner snack –
A few tortilla chips
“Goodbye Cherry Pie” tea. This one tastes much better than the morning tea but has natural laxative ingredients so I hope I don’t crap myself in my sleep.

Exercise –
Since my head hurt I wanted to do something without a lot of jumping around and found a good 1/2 hour Pilates video I really liked.
fitness blender Pilates

Julia’s 4/7/14 Food Diary

Hi everyone!

Haha Lauren and I both decided to fall off the planet together. Thankfully like Lauren I have kept my weight in check but I haven’t been as good about working out. I did have a nice run this weekend though and Lauren just told me about a Pilates work out that sounds do-able as I travel to California this week. Here’s the run down for my Monday!

1 cup green monster smoothie

1 cup green monster smoothie (I had planned to have 2 cups for breakfast and a salad at lunch but it was super filling!)

Spaghetti squash shrimp scampi. It was my first time trying spaghetti squash and I loved it! Hooray for more healthy dinner options!

I am so proud of Lauren for taking on the commitment of the cleanse she just posted about! Something like that takes great determination and dedication and I know she’s got the grapes to get it done! You go lady!!

Shine on!

Lauren’s 4/7/14 Food Diary

Hi guys! Sorry for falling off the face of the earth but I’ve been super busy and super exhausted. But luckily other than a few bad days I’ve maintained my weight loss (somehow).

Other than that I’ve started a detox that is supposed to help re-set my taste buds. Here is the link if you’re interested. Skinny Fox Detox If you use the promo code “cure” you get 10% off and some of the proceeds go to breast cancer. It’s all natural and you drink one tea every morning and another tea every other night. You still eat but limit dairy, sugar, dark meat, proceeded foods, fried food, white bread/pasta/rice and alcohol and drink a shit ton of water.

I am only on day one. I thought dairy would be the hardest but I found in fact it’s finding foods that aren’t processed!!! Last night Julia suggested it sounded like a paleo diet and I may try to find some paleo snacks!

Banana with pb

Lunch –
Whole wheat “light” English muffin

Work snack –
Coffee with almond milk no sugar
Crunchy bar

Salsa chicken

I think I was supposed to drink my night tea but at work I got a horrific migraine that turned into me laying in bed crying and trying to convince my husband not to take me to the ER. I’m not sure what caused the migraine but I think tomorrow I’m going to try to eat more

Exercise – (the detox recommends 30 mins of exercise)
I did a tabata/abs workout from fitness blender. I forgot to save the link 😦

Lauren’s 3/28/14 Food Diary

Hi guys! Not much happening so I’ll just jump in!




A banana with peanut butter
1/2 c of mango naked juice. This stuff is so good but you have to watch out because they contain a lot of sugar and the actual serving size is only like 8oz

Dinner –
1 hot dog on a bun. Dinner didn’t look appetizing and I had hot dogs left over from the 3 day diet.

Snack –
Small bowl of pretzels
1 bite of cheesecake

Exercise –
I actually did some!

45 mins and 500 cals down!
Good ol fitness blender is back!

I ran 1.32 miles. It was like an 11:57 min mile which isn’t very fast. But I did it! >

Lauren’s 3/27/14 Food Diary

So the 3 day diet is over and, like Julia I lost 5lbs. 5lbs in 3 days is pretty legit in my opinion – especially because I didn’t always stick to the diet and I didn’t exercise. I’m down 14lbs which is pretty exciting. Hopefully this downward trend keeps going!

So recently at our house we started a new behavior chart for the kids where depending on how they do during the week they get to pick out a special prize. My daughter’s prize for last week was “fancy dinner night” where she got to pick out everyone’s clothes and the menu and we ate out in the dining room in candlelight. I knew her menu was not going to be helpful to my weight loss so I tried to conserve my calories in the beginning of the day to make up for later.

Breakfast –
Banana berry smoothie with almond milk. (The almond milk tasted gross in this smoothie and unforunately I made 4.)

Lunch –
6 saltines. I wasn’t ready hungry at lunch time. (Go figure because on the 3 day diet I was ready to eat my freaking arm off.)

Dinner (get ready for it) –
2 small mozzarella sticks
1/2 a piece Applesauce BBQ chicken
1 biscuit with margarine and garlic
1/4 c of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Mac and cheese
3 pieces of honeydew
2 carrots
1 bite of Wegmans cheesecake. I wanted to eat the whole thing it was so good. I’ve never had cheesecake that fantastic. I kept it together and only had one bite though. Sadly I had to watch my husband eat half of it by himself. I am not joking. And what’s even sadder is that he probably will weigh less tomorrow for some sick reason!!!!!!

Exercise –
I should have done some but didn’t. I had to drag the kids on a bunch of errands today and it exhausted me. #excusequeen

Julia’s 3/27/14 Food Diary

Well we made it through the 3 day diet and we both lost 5lbs! Now our goal is to keep it off and keep moving forward. What I liked about the 3 day diet is it helps me be more conscious about what I’m eating and how large portions should be. It’s amazing how many calories can be in stuffed in some foods and I feel like this helped open my eyes a bit. Here’s the run down for my first day off of the 3 day diet!

Omelet made with one egg, 2tsp salsa and a sprinkle of cheese, 1/2 grapefruit and black coffee

Exercise (yay!)
Put on a hoodie and ran outside for 2 miles, 30 push-ups, 30 bicycle crunches, 15 tricep dips, 3 30sec planks, 20 squat & 5lb bicep curl combos, 20 lunge & 5lb overhead presses on one leg, 20 lunge & 5lb side lifts on the other

1c cantaloupe with 1.5c vegetable soup


Spinach salad with 3oz chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, carrot and 1tbsp Caesar dressing

1 small glass Cabernet

All in all it was a great day! I feel accomplished 🙂 I hope you do too! Can’t wait for tomorrow!

Shine on,