Apr 142012
 

So, what’s been going on lately? Lots!

I’m officially down 35lbs which feels really good. I can see the definition that I’ve been working on for the last couple years of weight lifting actually starting to emerge from under the fat. I’m really excited to finally see that change. I’m still surprised when I put on a shirt and my tummy doesn’t stick out automatically. My default stature so to speak no longer has a tummy pooch, it’s so weird!
My boyfriend said to me last night that I’m probably a lot closer to bikini ready than I think I am. Woohoo!

Per our initial Slimgenics body type, height etc estimates I still have 25 lbs to go…but I dunno, I can see 15 coming off my butt and hips, perhaps the rest is just here and there and internal? My body from my true waist up is pretty good, my trouble area is the bad-donk-a-donk and it has a bit more to go for sure 😉

This last week I had two days of Slimgenics “detox” and boy, a good way to appreciate the main Slimgenics plan is to be on two days of a stricter version of it! Detox days include a whole grapefruit as breakfast, lettuce only salads with apple cider vinegar and a bit of dressing with lunch and dinner, chicken and parsley for lunch, fish and parsley for dinner and 2 cups of cucumber slices with apple cider vinegar as a snack, plus two of the low calorie thermogenic snacks. I wasn’t hungry, but I also didn’t have enough energy to run, so I had to skip a day. I definitely did feel like the detox cleared me out and I definitely had a nice weight loss whoosh the day after I finished detox.

One of my counselors did advice that Ryan and I eat beef more often and we can’t argue with that, yum! It is a limited food item so we have to space it out, but now we are definitely including steak or ground sirloin into our meal plans at least once a week if not twice!

I was having trouble with being hungry and even getting headaches on the days when I ran…and Slimgenics now allows 6 ozs of Greek yogurt your milk serving and not just as a protein. So, we figured out if I eat Greek yogurt as a small breakfast before I workout, replacing my daily milk, and then after my workout I have eggs and then my 2nd protein for dinner….I’m refueling my body a lot better than a protein bar or starches can and it has worked out really well for me! Yay more yogurt and protein!

Last weekend I took a big step and cleared out all of the clothes in my closet that are too big. All that stuff was actually pretty nice because I bought most of it last spring, summer and even fall of 2011 when I was at my highest weight ever. Those clothes were not just baggy on me but literally wouldn’t stay on….so time to admit I would never be back in them and to get them out! My closet is pretty empty now, but at least everything in it I can actually wear. I am slowly refilling it with clothing items I have had stored away that are starting to fit again which is exciting! But, I’m kind of at a stage right now where the saved clothes are about 1 or 2 sizes too small…I may have to buy a pair of work pants to help in between, I’m thinking Old Navy sale rack! But boy am I looking forward to wearing my Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and Express pants and tops again soon!

Since my PR in running outside two weeks ago I have successfully done more 3 mile runs with an under 13 min mile average and now my standard run length is 3 miles. Woohoo, my practice runs are 5ks, that makes me feel pretty cool. My first 4 miler is coming up next week if I don’t miss any runs this week. I hope I can do them all!

Tomorrow, for the first time ever in my life, I will be trying on a formal dress that is not a plus size! I’m going to be picking my bridesmaid dress for my best friend’s wedding, I’m sooooo pumped! For the wedding and that I have more choices and I just don’t have to go with the “kinder” dress styles, we have a few to pick from.

I want to give a shout out to my marathon relay girls – Corryn, Amanda and Kelly! We are SO gonna rock the Minneapolis Marathon, I’m so lucky to know you girls and I truly value our friendship and the fact that we can sweat together, too! Woohoo!

Okay this has gotten long, so I will say next week is a Slimgenics biogenic week then fresh start weekend so we get bigger protein servings, no starches and smaller snacks M-F and then unlimited protein, only green veggies and no starches on the weekend. I’m actually looking forward to it for two reasons #1 This week leads to a nice weight loss whoosh the following week and #2 It comes just in time for sushi on Friday night…woohoo extra sushi and a BBQ for my sister’s bday on Sun…yessss more steak and chicken please!

Hugs!
<3 Merbear

Mar 252012
 

Hi hi!

I’m halfway through my weightloss at 30 lbs down with another 30 to go.  I’m actually not halfway through my weeks at Slimgenics though! My program with them is 28 weeks..and I’m on week 10…but halfway done losing! Woohoo!

My jeans started really getting baggy and awful and so I used a Living Social deal for the House of Amore & Fede in Edina and bought two new pairs.  One pair fits now, yay no more saggy! I also bought a pair that is another size down 🙂  The 2nd pair I bought are Miss Me brand and Amore & Fede lets you exchange them back in for an in store discount if they are gently used.  So when I shrink out of those, I can go back and get more with another discount!

My new Cowgirl Tuff Jeans!

 

I just wanted to let you guys know about how I was doing and that I’m so happy to have new jeans! Oh, they are 2 sizes smaller than my previous jeans! YAAY!

I’m also training for a 10K because my next race is a 6 mile portion of the Minneapolis Marathon on June 3rd.  I’m using SmartCoach from Running World Magazine to plan out my training and I love that, too! Plus, per usual I’m lifting weights twice a week.

<3 Merbear

P.S.

House and Amore and Fede and Living Social have no idea that I mentioned them or that I’m happy with the deals, I just wanted to share with all my readers!

 

Mar 182012
 

This weekend was wonderful….the weather, a run and relaxing.

I started out my weekend with a yummy dinner at Tavern on France with my friends. They have a tasty build your own salad there so I can make it right on plan with Slimgenics. On top of the big base of romaine lettuce I chose to skip the cheese and “crunch” choices. I did choose to have grilled portabello mushrooms and beef tenderloin slices 🙂 I also ordered a side dish of roasted red potatoes, mmmm!

We decided to grab lattes and gather around a BONFIRE, yes a bonfire in my back yard, in March at night! It was around 74 degrees at 10pm, yay!

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I cashed it in early though so I could get up at 7am for the Get Lucky 7K! The day was beautiful and the race route was two, we started in downtown Minneapolis and ran over the Mississippi twice. The race had something like 7,000 runners! I ran the whole thing, but very slowly. But I did it! I’ve never run further than a 5K, not even in a practice run! I came in under 60 minutes, which I thought rocked for me! I kept within a 13:30 min mile. I finished and I got my medal. Next race: 6 miles of the Minneapolis Marathon for my portion of the relay.

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For St. Patrick’s Day I wanted to enjoy a green drink, but this year I wanted it to be healthy and I wanted to refuel from after my run, too! So I had a GREEN monster shake! Two cups of spinach, about 12 strawberries, a dash of stevia about 3 ounces of Diet Cherry 7UP and its Healthy and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Oh, also for a progress update, I’m down 27 3/4 lbs! Woohoo!

<3 Merbear

Mar 142012
 

The only thing I could think about yesterday all day was how badly I wanted to go home and get outside and go running!  Yeah, I’m officially a running dork 🙂 I may not be super fast, but I can run and I love it!

Instead of thinking about that I have to run or have to make an exercise plan or have to get minutes in…all I thought was…its beautiful out, its not windy, its sunny…I want to put on my sneakers and hit the pavement!  Woohoo.

I ran a 5K this weekend and it was OK, I think with Slimgenics I kinda run out of juice when I hit the 30 minute mark, just cause I can’t super fuel myself up due to having to spread out my food through out the day…I don’t get more food just for exercising. But, its okay I still finished, with a few hills and lots of wind in 40 minutes…I’ll take that 🙂

I have another race on Saturday, the Get Lucky 7K…to celebrate St.  Patrick’s Day this year I’m running a 7K instead of drinking beers! Woohoo! 🙂  I am actually going to bring water with me for this race and cut it with a tiny bit of G2 (that’s the no calorie Gatorade), so I don’t completely poop out at the 40 minute mark when I have another 20 minutes probably left.

I was up at my weigh in today, but I’m right on track with plan..so I think its just that lovely monthly water retention…I weigh in 3x a week so I’m sure it will rectify itself by Friday when I weigh in again 🙂 I’m still like 26 lbs down, so that’s nothing to sneeze at 🙂 I hit my 25 lbs down mark and rewarded myself with a manicure 🙂

Ooh…also I put on a pair of my smaller PANTS from my “smaller stuff” bin…YAYAYA! Size 12 baby! I have already been able to wear smaller sized tops, but this is the first smaller sized pair of PANTS!!! I also had to stop wearing my original weigh in khakis cause they were like falling off me…so its a good thing I had a pair to replace them with!

Alright that’s what I got!

Peace out 🙂

<3 Merbear

Mar 052012
 

I finally have a treadmill!!! No thanks to w00t.com for not providing my phone number to Fed Ex

Building the treadmill

who tried to contact them three times!  No thanks to Icon Service for packing my treadmill with THE WRONG USER MANUAL.  No thanks to ProForm for repeatedly trying to get me to download the same, wrong user manual over and over.  But THANK YOU to the other people on w00t.com in the user forums that bought the treadmill, figured out it was the wrong manual and how to specifically ask for the right from from Icon Service and THANK YOU to the supervisor at Icon Service who emailed me the right manual.  And HUGE HUGE HUGE thanks to my boyfriend for putting it together!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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I’m down 23.5 lbs officially with Slimgenics….we just got done with a “Biogenic Week” which is 5 days of very low carbs (like only about 200 calories worth a day)…but larger protein servings than normal. Also no club soda, no clear diet soda, no mustard…no extras…just protein, greens, 100 calorie snacks (2 a day).  Then after that we had two days (over the weekend) of Fresh Start days which is a lot like Atkins…as much green raw veggies, fat free dressing, oil, butter and protein as we could eat!  During this Biogenic Week…most people lose basically nothing….well I lost 3/4 lb….and Ryan LOST 4 lbs! That bastard! LOL!

I’ve also been able to dig out a few more tops from my “too small” bin which is awesome, yay for more choices! NSVs baby! I’m enjoying wearing one of my favorite going out shirts again that has a bit of sparkle!

I had an AMAZING sashimi entree at Raku in Edina on Friday night with my girlfriends, check this out:

Tri Color Sashimi - Raku, Edina

 

Ryan and I are super into green monster shakes to get our veggies in!  Heck if I can drink a yummy shake with 2 servings of spinach in it, I’m all for it!  They are easy to make, pretty easy to clean up and TASTY.  Right now we make them with 2 cups of raw baby spinach leaves, a liquid like Diet Berry 7up or Diet Cherry 7up, and fruit like blueberries or strawberries. Sometimes when I want protein I use plain fat free greek yogurt. I also will put Stevia in there depending on the fruit or if I’m using greek yogurt.  Right now I can’t have bananas or peanut butter, but I can’t wait to incorporate those after Slimgenics.

Putting together a blueberry green monster shake

 

Ground Turkey Casserole

 

For dinner tonight I made Ryan and I a casserole so to speak.  I sauteed together celery, green onion and ground turkey.  Then, I combine that in a casserole dish with creamy chicken noodle soup mix and chopped up mushrooms.  That’s all I did for today, but sometimes I also, at this point add in 1/2 cup cooked brown rice.  Then, I bake it for half an hour to solidify it up!  This time since I didn’t put the rice in, Ryan ate his with a piece of toast to scoop it up!

 

 

 

 

 

Then, with the other half of the package of ground turkey I made sloppy joe for lunches tomorrow with some chili sauce mix and red peppers mixed in to ground turkey!

Sloppy Joe

 

So….other than that, my 5K class with the Running Room is over and we are finishing up with the 100% Irish for a Day 5K on Saturday (10th)!  Its over at Lake Harriet and I will be running the entire race at one of my slower paces because all this training I’ve been doing is ACTUALLY in preparation for the Get Lucky 7K on St. Patrick’s Day!  So excited for some running coming up!  I

That’s about it for me for now!

<3 Merbear

Aaah, the weekend and a yummy dinner recipe

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Feb 172012
 

Phew….glad that week is over..long weekend coming up, will include some running, weight lifting, sleeping in, dinner with my parents, cleaning and some..and I love the sound of this..doing NOTHING

I swear Slimgenics makes the weeks go by even faster….with meal planning and cooking in between everything else life has to offer. But as the weeks go by the weight goes down, too. I know I’m going to lose every week as I follow the plan, but I must let the time pass and I must follow the plan daily for it to work. No way to speed it up or anything…so go time go!

This week I was able to wear 3 items out of my “small clothes” bin to work…it made me feel so good! I lost another 1 lb this week but I think that’s because of girly stuffs and my body is just shifting around, which has gotta happen when you are losing weight quickly.  17 lbs down baby!

I wanted to show you guys a new dinner I cooked up tonight.  It was so savory and tasty, but fast, too. All of 15 minutes from start to finish!

Curry Green Beans and Broiled Tilapia

Meal for two

Curry Green Beans:

  • 1 steam bag (about 4 cups) of cooked green beans, drained
  • 4 TBS of minced onion flakes (soaked in a bit of water)
  • 3/4 TBS of curry powder
  • dash of salt
  1. Spray a pan with cooking spray and saute the soaked onion flakes for a few minutes on their own
  2. Add the curry powder and saute together for about 3 minutes.
  3. Finally add the cooked green beans and a bit of salt. You might add a maximum of 2 TBS of water so it won’t burn, but you probably won’t need it.  Saute all together another 5 minutes.

Broiled Tilapia

  • 12 ozs (two 6ish oz filets) of tilapia (or any other white fish like orange roughy)
  • dash of paprika
  • dash of dill
  • dash of salt
  1. Spray a broiling pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place the filets on the pan and sprinkle with spices…I like more dill than paprika personally.
  3. Broil for about 6 minutes…check halfway and maybe turn the pan around.
  4. Fish should be flaky, but not dry or fried, white through out and no clear spots

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Let me know if you try the recipes and if you like them! For Slimgenics this dinner was 2 vegetable servings and 1 protein serving per peson

Feb 142012
 

Hi folks!

Omigosh, besides my getting to know you I haven’t posted in awhile, that’s awful, so here’s my updates!

Weight/measurements:

I’m down 16 3/4 lbs!! I started Slimgenics on Jan 9th-ish so I’m into week 5, this is so awesome! I’m also completely out of Lane Bryant land. I can’t wear a stitch of clothing from there except a pair of khakis that I shrunk on purpose, heehee..and they are seriously giving me diaper butt, I refuse to buy new pants yet though!

This week I had two NSVs!  I pulled out a shirt that I haven’t been able to wear for 5 years..and even though 5 years ago I weighed about 15 lbs less, I’m way more fit now…and with the weight loss, it looked so awesome! I danced around the house..my boyfriend thought I was miss crazy, but he was so proud of me and so am I!  Also yesterday I was able to pull a shirt out of my “too small work clothes” bin…oooh yes yes yes! So happy!

Running:

I am halfway through my Running Room 5K class. We are doing 10 min x 1 min twice and then slowly adding on a 3rd set of running, this week its 5 mins.  I ran a bit over 2 miles on Saturday woohoo!

In general:

I kinda feel like my life is:  sleep, workout, work, make dinner, meal prep for the next day, sleep, workout..work…etc etc. But, the “meal prep” is shortening due to getting better on Sundays at making my weekly plan and getting faster at cooking and chopping, etc for the most part.  So I’m getting there 🙂  Our meals have been good and satisfying. My appetite is definitely shrinking, I find myself pushing food around my plate at dinner time…hah, I get such a limited amount of food that is so weird!

I’m finally feeling better, too..I felt like I was dealing with a cold or a headache or something for a whole month and now its all wearing off!

Well, I have to get dressed so I can go workout..hope everyone is doing well!

<3 Merbear

Jan 222012
 

The sucky:

Weighed in on Saturday afternoon and I was UP 1/2 lb from Friday afternoon.

The good:

I’m down 9 lbs in less than 2 weeks. I was probably UP because it was a different time of day than normal weigh in and my tummy wasn’t empty at weigh in like it normally is. Plus, <ahem> that girl thing.

The awesome:

I went to a birthday party last night.  There was GOOD beer being served and a taco bar that smelled amazing. Ryan and I ate dinner before hand and I cut up lots of on plan veggies and made a Tzatziki dip (sans cucumbers) that everyone (including Ry and I) LOVED.

I sliced red peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet baby broccoli and celery to bring along.

This is the yummy recipe (which I doubled)

This is from a member of the Slimgenics website:

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Morton’s light salt
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon dried dill and 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard

To make:

Stir together, chill in refrigerator at least 30 minutes, the longer the better though!

Yumminess!!

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Jan 182012
 

Hey folks! Just a little mid-week check in!

I wanted to share some of the foodage that I’ve been eating lately with Slimgenics that I like! I’ve only been on the plan for a week and a half (lost 8.5 lbs so far!) and we already repeated one of the recipes (there are tons to choose from) cuz we like it so much!

Curry Chicken!

 

 

 

This was all sauteed together. – 2 sliced tomatoes, about 10 chopped up green onions (just the white/light green parts), 12 ozs of chicken sliced up, 2 TBS parsley flakes, curry powder, salt and a Slimgenics chicken soup mix (could be regular dry chicken soup mix when we’re done with slimgenics) and about an ounce of water at the end to thicken up the sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herbal Tea

Herbal tea is an unlimited drink and I really needed some today at work…I was freezing and sick feeling (got a cold)…mmm this is lemon tea!

Strawberry Creme Soda!

 

A yummy dessert I made of one of my Slimgenics Thermo Snacks this evening was a strawberry creme soda! Its basically a dry strawberry smoothie mix that I mixed with water and Diet 7up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<3 Merbear

Finally, something is working!

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Jan 152012
 

I’m so happy that I found a program that works, its been one week so far…I’ve made three dinner recipes from my Slimgenics cook book, put together a week long meal plan that for the most part worked out well, but we did make last minute changes here and there. We found some recipes we absolutely love and some other meals that are going to no longer exist, hahaha!

I am learning that cooking meals at home, while taking some planning, is actually really satisfying. Eating meals that you took the time to prepare yourself makes the meal that much more tasty and filling. Its a weird concept, but so true!  We made two dishes this week that we both LOVED. Ryan’s favorite was Curried Chicken…I sauteed pieces of chicken breast then added sliced tomatoes and chopped green onions mixed together with yellow curry powder, parsley flakes and the Simgenics version of chicken noodle soup (any dry chicken noodle should work).  Oh man it was so good! My favorite meal this week was Hamburger Rice Casserole.  I browned ground sirloin with chopped mushrooms, chopped green onions and chopped celery. I poured that all into a baking dish and added in the Slimgenics version of dry creamy chicken noodle soup mix, with the water.  Baked it about 30 minutes until it all firmed up. Yum!

Some of the other foods we at this week were super good in season clementines, jazz apples, sauteed asparagus and “mashed potatoes.” Oh! Let me tell you about the potatoes!  We each used 1 serving of starch for this.  1 mashed together 1/2 baked potato (baked in the microwave) and 1/2 cup of cooked cauliflower each. (So 1 whole baked potato and 1 cup of cauliflower total) I mashed into it 2 TBS of light margarine and a bunch of garlic powder.  Soo good, skin on garlic mashed potatoes with added bulk of cauliflower was a pretty big serving and had hidden vegetables for the boyfriend 😉

So, what else went on this week? Oooh…yeah…I lost 7 lbs! Woohoo! I should lose 3-5 lbs every week, this week was more because its the first week and we did 3 days of “detox”, too…which is just at the beginning of the program.  I feel SO much better, too.  I don’t feel bloated, just “fat” but that’ll go away as the weeks go on, haha!  My skin is clearer from eating basic foods, no alcohol, no preservatives, lots of water. My mood is pretty boosted from just feeling good and healthy. The only time I’m kinda crabby is if I’m running late for dinner, but I’m hungry, haha!

I’m getting used to the amount of food, too.  Unlike Weight Watchers, where you get less points as you lose weight. On Slimgenics you eat the same amount of food the whole time, so obviously my body needs to get used to it.  Having the Herbal Slim appetite suppressants, the Slimgenics branded “Thermo Snacks” and “Thermo Boosts” to add in during my day and lots of water helps though 🙂 The only way you get more food is if you majorly increase your activity to like an hour or more a DAY…yeah..I exercise a lot but not that much 🙂

My exercise plans are going well, too. I’m still actively lifting 2x a week for 30 minutes with my trainers at LA Fitness and I’m doing a 5K running class with the Running Room. We meet on Saturdays for a lesson/tips for the 1st half hour and then the 2nd half of class we run together.  Our homework is doing two training runs during the week,which I’m also doing. So running 3x a week, plus maybe elliptical a 4th day and lifting. I say I’m a healthy active girl!  As the fat melts off my muscles will finally start showing!

My most difficult day this week was definitely Thursday. It was the 1st day of eating planned out foods on the regular plan (after 3 days of detox).  Also, Thursdays are my longest day…aka I get up at 6am…go lift weights and run, then work til 6pm, then finally get home.  Yup…long day. So long day and heavy exercise means HUNGRY!  I was feeling woozy as I drove home and called ahead to Ryan to have him start the oven and some of the cooking prep for the curried chicken.  I talked to a Slimgenics counselor about what happened on Friday and she was SUPER helpful. She reminded me that I can have a 3rd Thermo snack to replace my dairy as long as I use one of the higher calcium Thermo Snacks…we also structured a day out better where I have a bit more “bulk” in my AM/early afternoon meals so that I don’t feel so empty by late dinner time.  Another note on that day was that I could hardly finish my dinner..yep I went from STARVING to full pretty quickly….probably because of the late hour. So, dinners will be smaller on Thursdays with more snacks and filling stuff during the day to help stave off the extra hunger pangs from my workout, I think that makes sense!

Alright that has been quite the bit of babbling for today…I hope I shared enough info so you guys can get an idea of what I’m doing on the plan and how well its working!  I had a few questions through out the week about what it was and how I was doing! So there ya go! Feel free to ask me questions on Twitter and on here.

P.S. Slimgenics does not know I’m writing about them, they haven’t asked me to write about them, I’m not being compensated in any way, these are all my opinions, I’m just doing it cause its  working and I’m happy!

HUGS!

<3 Merbear