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Body Back | Week 5

2 Feb

What a tough week for me.. personally! I hurt my back on monday [I can’t recall how, but I started feeling the muscle pain in the afternoon… when Tuesday came around, of course I thought that “maybe” I could just “call in” sick! LOL “maybe” that was just the excuse I needed to not come to class and stay home with the hubs and my baby girl… and then, I thought to myself… if I don’t push myself, who will? So, I took a Tylenol and got on my way… It was not an easy class and although the pain-killer helped I could still feel the pain [everywhere!]. After the class was over, I couldn’t be more proud of myself for not giving up! I completed 5 weeks of Body Back and I’m soooooo close to the end! yay!

So, here is the bad news… I didn’t lose any weight this week, in fact, I gained 2 ounces! [honestly, it was my fault, I had a bit of wine and popcorn when I went on a movie date night with my hubs last weekend!] I won’t kill myself for it, lets just move on, and keep going!

Anyways… I’ve told my contest ladies to follow my blog and I would be giving tips on things I learn at Body Back… here are a few things that I’ve learned this Body Back Session and that I’m committed to change in my life and my family lives. I have officially substituted

Splenda for Brown Sugar

– Rice (including brown rice) for Quinoa [cooks just like rice!]

White Flour for Wheat Flour (Cant wait to make cupcakes for Super Bowl MOO-HA-HA – GO PATS!]

I am no longer eating pasta (including wheat pasta) every week, in fact, we stopped buying pasta so I have no choice but not to cook pasta {insert smile here}.

So here we are on Tuesday class… killer class! [as you can see!]


Wednesday class was a bit special!  Let me rewind a little… on our 1st or 2nd week of Body Back, the instructor Ivie Claudio gave us an assignment to bring a photo that inspires us to be healthier and to complete Body Back. I brought a picture of me on my wedding day, and told her, “I would love to get back to that body I once had”. All the other ladies brought their pictures too, pictures of their kids, their husbands, magazines, and other people who inspire them.

So while in our circuit exercise, Ivie placed our pictures in front of us [to remind us of why we are doing this] and with our pictures, she also added a quote, an inspiration quote… and let me tell you: “It was definitely inspiring!”

My quote was “It’s never too late to become what you might have been” [WOW]

Thanks ladies for another Body Back week… 3 more to go! Yay!



Body Back | Week 4

26 Jan


Thats right! Half way there! :)


I believe Im down 5 pounds… (the 5 pounds Santa brought me for Christmas!)


This week was not different… arms and legs… and a little extra “PLANKS!” [SIGH!]  \o/





We recently had a homework assignment. Write a break up letter to a food or habit of our choice.

ENJOY…. and leave a comment with your vote for the best letter!! Just for fun! ;o)

Letter 1

Dear bagel with cream cheese…… I love you so very much. You are my very favorite food I could eat you for every meal every day. You taste so good yet you make me feel so fat this is why it’s time to say goodbye to you. You. You are so convenient to me, dunkin donuts has made it way too easy for me to eat you at any time of the day. I can even be lazy and go through the drive through :) you and I have had a great relationship for as long as I can remember and it has been great at times yet you have hurt me. You have helped make me fat and you have helped me in needing to buy new pants because my old ones no longer fit and this is why for at least the remainder of bb I’m giving you up. It won’t be easy but I’m a strong woman and I’m leaving you alone now! Go make someone else chubby now! Goodbye! :)



Letter 2:

Dear Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies from McDonalds: OMG….you taste sooo amazing. You come in a convenient drive-thru (3) pack that I can devour in about 3 minutes. You are soft and gooey and amazing. You are unfortunately 200 Calories Per Cookie, so you are going to have to hit the road. If I could eat just one of your trio packs, then we’d probably be able to continue our relationship. One of you isn’t enough though and I have to give up my 600 Calorie indulgence. I will dearly miss you, but it is better this way. Have a nice life!



Letter 3:

Dearest Newcastle Brown Ale, Oh, how I love you so. You’re as smooth and delicious as chocolate cake. But, like chocolate cake, you go straight to my ass and I’ve quite frankly grown quite fond of what it looks like without you. I know we’ve had some good times together and you’ve been a refreshing relaxation, but I don’t need you anymore. I’m leaving you for a full time courtship with water. I know what you’re thinking; “how boring”, but water doesn’t leave me feeling like I’ve had a sandwich in every glass… and you hold me back from these short shorts that I want. Just sayin’… Now, now, don’t be upset; you’ll be just fine. I’m sure you’ll have no problem finding some skinny dude who looks like he could use a sandwich or two. Trust me on this one.

Bye Bye,



Letter 4:

Dear Chocolate I think we need to have a talk….yes….it’s over…… Yes we had many good times, and you always were there for me in good times and in bad. I know that you are Fantastic because you are so multi-talented… how you cool me off from the heat in ice cream, the way your M&M’s melt in my mouth and not in my hands, the sweet Hershey Kisses you give, how devilish you can be in cake, etc. etc. e just tell you that its not you…. its me!! I have decided to pursue a healthier path, and i’m sorry but you are now doing me more harm then good. If we continue it will be an unhealthy relationship! I would hate to lose you completely….. and would love nothing more to continue to be friends with your dark side, HOWEVER I ask that we keep it to seeing each other at a VERY minimum… and I mean VERY MINIMUM. Its been great!

 Let me just tell you that it’s not you…. it’s me!! I have decided to pursue a healthier path, and I’m sorry but you are now doing me more harm than good. If we continue it will be an unhealthy relationship!

 I would hate to lose you completely….. And would love nothing more to continue to be friends with your dark side; HOWEVER I ask that we keep it to seeing each other at a VERY minimum… and I mean VERY MINIMUM.

Its been great!



Letter 5:

Dear pre pregnancy clothes, Oh how I’ve missed you! I think about you every day – several times a day. I refer to you regularly and stare longingly at pictures of you that I have. We’ve had amazing times together – I have not forgotten! We traveled the world, went out and danced all night long and we’ve celebrated special occasions together. I want you to know that I am now focused on getting you back. I am sorry that I neglected you. I admit that I should have been able to wear you much sooner after my pregnancy was over. I realize now that I love you more than I love pizza, pasta, candy, wine and all my carb-loaded meals that just give me instant gratification. Don’t worry pre pregnancy clothes; I will wear you again soon. We still have more memories, more travels and more fun! I will reach my weight goal very soon and we will be reunited. See you soon!



Letter 6:

Dear White Rice, I’m very sorry… Ive been having an affair… yes, I’ve cheated on you! I always thought I couldn’t live without you, even though you make me feel heavy and over weight. I was feeling so dependable of you and this has made me depressed and uncomfortable with my own self. You make me feel like I always need more, and your wing man, Desert, who always follows you everywhere doesn’t make me feel any better. I’ve decided to leave you for now, I know I’ll meet you again, and might have a flash back with you, but don’t be too excited, it will be momentarily and I will not get back with you. So yeah, I’ve cheated on you, and I like it… His name is Quinoa, he makes me feel better about myself, and quit honestly, the black beans love him too. xoxo



Letter 7:

Dear Baked Macaroni and Cheese, You have been around longer than any relationship I have ever had. You have been there for me during breakups, late night drinking binges and two pregnancies. You are by far my favorite friend and so comforting in any time of need. I often think of you while asleep and wake up wanting to taste your cheesy goodness and have eaten half a tray of you before. I love you my cheesy friend and your carbs that make you taste even better. It is now time to say goodbye for a little while at least. Maybe I will see you again as a treat or have a little taste when I make you for my kids. As of now it has been 3 weeks since I have last made you and although I do think of you often I have moved on. Maybe I will see you one day again, especially if I get pregnant but for now it is farewell and have a nice life.



Letter 8:

Dear Snickers Ice Cream Bar, I don’t know quite how to tell you this, but our romance is over. I’m terribly sorry I had to do this through a letter, this didn’t need to be done, but I wanted to. This note will be the last memory you’ll ever have of me, I really don’t care for you anymore, I’ve moved on. Don’t let it get you all upset inside; we were not a good match. You have a history of lying and telling me that I won’t gain weight because of our time on the couch together.

You’d be much better off finding a person that can deal with the sweet way you needed to be near the freezer. I have to admit that I had some good times with you. We shared a lot of time on the couch watching mindless reality shows, but it’s time to move on. Since I left you outside of the freezer, your wrapper doesn’t seem to fit anymore, just saying.

I think I first knew that it was the beginning of the end when I started this change in my life 6 months ago. You don’t support me in my life change. You actually make my life harder.

I’m sure you are sensitive and open-minded enough to accept this decision that I have made. I hope this letter gives you some closure to our love affair. Ten years of dedication is enough to see that the acne you cause is terminally unattractive.

I’m returning the cable bill. I’ve cut him off too because I am dedicated to this change, but I’m holding on to my sanity. As a keepsake, I want you to know that I’ll always treasure Halloween and enjoy air-popped popcorn on that night. He is almost as good as you, but won’t slow me down.

Regards to your family, especially Snickers Almonds,