Weight Loss Challenge – Completed

Weight Loss Challenge - Completed

Weight Loss Challenge - CompletedWell all good things must come to an end. Not really, but in this case, the end is here. We are now 100% done with our weight loss challenge. Unfortunately, we took 2nd and 3rd. Can’t win them all. I ended up losing 15lbs in 28 days and my husband lost 24lbs in 24 days. So how did we do it? Honestly, we just watched what we ate. We focused on eating whole foods, we avoided sugar, dairy, and alcohol, and we drank a lot of water. Seriously, it was that simple.

Granted, it wasn’t always simple. I definitely had cravings that I had to overcome. We went to BBQs, parties, and soccer games where we had to be extra good because we had all sorts of yummy food around us. But I’m proud of both my husband and myself. We kicked some butt and finished what we started!

For now, I’m taking a week off from super healthy eating. I’m giving in to some of my cravings, but then starting next week I’m going to hop back on the wagon and watch what I eat. I’m not going to be as strict as I was during the challenge, but I know there are foods I eat that aren’t good for me.

On that note, I’m thinking of turning our 28 day weight loss challenge into an e-book. Would you be interested in this? It’d have a day by day menu, including recipes. Let me know in the comments below if this is something you would be interested in and who knows, maybe this will be a new venture in the near future. πŸ™‚

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Weight Loss Challenge – Day 22

Weight Loss Challenge - Day 22

Weight Loss Challenge - Day 22We are almost coming to an end…. Right now, I’m still in 3rd, my husband is in 2nd, and another co-worker is in 1st. We are on the downward stretch and it’s time for me to buckle down. My husband has decided that he’s not going to eat for a whole week. I tried convincing him that it wouldn’t be the best way to lose weight, so he decided to eat anyway. I’m eating right around 1200 calories per day, but it’s all whole natural foods. I’ve avoided sugars completely and most dairy, except for the half & half I put in my coffee. I can’t drink it black. I just can’t. But other than that, we’ve been doing really well. We are eating whole grains, so we aren’t depriving ourselves too much. Now it’s just time to buckle down and win this thing!

Weight Loss Challenge – Day 19

Weight Loss Challenge - Day 19

Weight Loss Challenge - Day 19Wow! I can’t believe how close we are to coming to an end. Thanks to everyone that has been following along on this weight loss challenge journey! πŸ™‚ I’m still feeling really good, and after eating this way for so long (almost 3 weeks), I think I’m going to try to keep this up long term. I’ll have a few things here and there that are going to be little indulgences, but I’m definitely going to watch what I eat a lot more closely. I’ve lost weight this way before, but got sucked back into bad eating habits because, well, it’s easy. It’s much easier to stop at a fast food restaurant on the way home from a late soccer game than it is to either 1. plan ahead or 2. eat super late. We’ve been doing it though and succeeding. My husband and I are working on a game plan to boost our weight loss the last week of the challenge. It’s going to be a little harder, but hopefully it pays off and one of us come out as the winner. I was looking into how fighters and wrestlers lose weight quickly before weigh ins and while it is tempting, I think one of us would probably end up pretty sick. And while winning would be nice, it’s not really worth going to the hospital.

The weekend is here, so I won’t be blogging about the weight loss challenge much, but I’ll have a few new posts coming out. Stay tuned for an awesome 2 ingredient ice cream that’s actually good for you.

What are your plans for the weekend? We are thinking of going fishing, but we will see how that works out. We will definitely be doing some yard work, hopefully I can finish my blanket, and maybe get going on that Couch to 5K plan I had a couple of weeks ago that didn’t pan out. πŸ™‚ It’s time to start boosting this weight loss even more!

Weight Loss Challenge – Day 18

Weight Loss Challenge - Day 18

Weight Loss Challenge - Day 18Sorry I didn’t write about day 17 yesterday. I decided to take the day off from work and get some major deep cleaning done. If you have kids, you know it’s impossible to do any type of deep cleaning in their room while they are home. Well, I rarely get an opportunity to clean when they aren’t around. So I decided to take the day off work and while the kids were at school, I deep cleaned my daughter’s room. Here is a before & after:

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 6.34.38 AMWow! Was it gratifying πŸ™‚ I’m so glad that I took some time off to get this done. And she LOVED it! I also threw away 6 bags of who knows what. I honestly can’t tell you what I got rid of, and she didn’t notice either. She laid down in the middle of her floor, and then started noticing all the things she ‘lost’ and now they were found.

But my day didn’t stop there. We have a neighborhood Facebook page where people post everything from dog’s pooping on their lawn to suspicious activity to things they may be selling or giving away. I’ve been wanting a shelf for our dining room/kitchen area where I can put some of my commonly used recipe books, plants, and eventually some fresh herbs. I don’t really want to spend the money on something I don’t necessarily need and I didn’t have an idea in mind for exactly what I wanted. But luck would have it that one of the neighbors was getting rid of 3 big boxes that when stacked on top of each other would be a cute shelf. It was 3 wooden crates that are in pretty good condition. I decided to paint them a color that would match our kitchen table and for about $10.00 I have a new shelf. The paint is still drying, so I figure if the shelf doesn’t work out, they would make perfect planter boxes. I’ll keep you posted on how they worked out best.

Since I was home all day by myself yesterday, I had to take full advantage and get as much stuff done as possible. I’m still working on my blanket, but I’m SO close to being done. I was going to keep working on it last night, but eyes started playing tricks on me and it didn’t quite work out. I guess I was a little tired. But as far as the weight loss goes, we are still going strong. We both want something sweet, so last night I made banana peanut butter ice cream. It was delicious and only had those 2 ingredients. I’ll post the recipe this weekend!

Weight Loss Challenge – Day 15

Weight Loss Challenge - Day 15

Weight Loss Challenge - Day 15This seemed like a great Day 15 picture, because of the quote that was included! Man, oh man! Was Easter hard!!!! Surrounded by some of my favorite candy, but we held strong. Also the street we live on does an Easter egg hunt for all of the neighbor kids. Last year we all hung out for about an hour, called it good, and went our separate ways. Well this year, it turned into a 4 hour hang out session, which was great, but everyone was enjoying mimosas and cocktails except for us. That took some serious will power considering I’m a sucker for a mimosa! I would honestly drink them all day if I could. But nope! My husband and I held SUPER strong! I even came in the house and made us a fresh juice and went back outside to drink it. It was fun hanging out with all of the neighbors, but a holiday is a terrible time for a weight loss challenge. πŸ™‚ But that’s alright, it’s over and done with. And considering all of the candy the kids got, there will definitely be some left over in 2 weeks. But we are on Day 15 now. Only 2 more weeks left, so let’s see how this goes. We have a mid-challenge weigh in today. I’m feeling pretty good. Hopefully the scale agrees.

Weight Loss Challenge – Day 12

Weight Loss Challenge - Day 12

Weight Loss Challenge - Day 12Ahhhhh….. the weekend is almost here! Another weekend of lounging around the house, cleaning up for spring, buying a new lawnmower because ours decided to explode, and of course, healthy eating!

Today’s juice will consist of 2 grapefruit & 2 kiwis. I got our Bountiful Basket last night and was excited to see some mangoes and cantaloupe in there, along with some oranges. We were picking up Saturday mornings, but we found one that is Thursday evening and it seems to work out better for everyone. And it’s nice being able to sleep in on Saturday mornings when we don’t have soccer.

What are your plans for the weekend? I’m determined to finish my blanket! I only have one long side left that needs a border and then I AM DONE! After 3 years of making it, I’m sad to see the project end, but now I’ll have time for other projects, so that’s fun. And the family and I are going to try to go fishing either tonight or tomorrow night. We have a small fishing pond near our house, and thanks to a kind teenager, he let us know the fish never bite in the morning, when we usually go, only in the evening! Well maybe we can get some dinner then!

Weight Loss Challenge – Day 11

Weight Loss Challenge - Day 11

Weight Loss Challenge - Day 11Yesterday was a good day. I was able to work from home because our daughter is off school from Spring Break and I didn’t have a sitter. So I was able to sleep in a little longer since I didn’t have to get ready for work. My energy kind of hit rock bottom around 2:30pm yesterday though. So I took a quick nap while snuggling up with my baby girl (she’s not really a baby anymore, but if she’ll snuggle, I’ll take it!). Then I felt great. I made 12 cups of homemade chicken broth, and worked on my giant blanket. It is SO close to being done, it’s really all I want to do, is finish it. But other than that, all is well. I’ll be posting the recipe of one of the best meals I’ve come up with in awhile, well at least while we’ve been on the diet. It’s Grilled Pineapple Chicken with Grilled Zucchini. YUMMERS!!!! So keep an eye out for that in the next day or so.

Still juicing, and still feeling great from that. Honestly my skin has cleared up a TON! So that is a nice benefit. I’m not going to weight myself until Monday, when we all do our 2 week check in. There are 8 of us doing this weight loss challenge, and two are pretty much already out, so I’m going to keep on powering through.