EA 30 Day Challenge – The Shrinking Jeans of Lisa


September 30, 2009 By lisa

When I stepped on the scale this morning, I was slightly disappointed with this:

Last week’s weight: 173 lbs

This week’s weight:  173 lbs

No change

I mean C’MON!  I was careful with what I ate (but I did not journal religiously), I exercised and even did a double workout yesterday (one hour pilates/core combo at the gym and 30 Day Shred at home, level 3).  Nighttime snacking was cut way down and completely OUT for the last 3 nights.  I thought for sure I had a weight loss in the bag.  But alas, it is not to be this week at least.

But that’s OK, I have decided.  My clothes are feeling better, my legs are strong, and I know I am doing the right things.  It does appear that I will have to journal Every. Single. Thing. I. Eat in order to really understand what is going on food-wise.  I have the exercise portion under control, meaning I am now exercising on a regular basis and will continue to do so with the upcoming 5K challenge.  Now I just have to get a true handle on my eating.  I think I am eating right and the right portions but apparently my perception is a little skewed and I must be eating more than I should.

So yeah this week, the name of the game is to journal, journal, journal.  Drink drink drink (water, that is).  Exercise, exercise, exercise.

September 23, 2009 By lisa

I’m just going to cut to the chase and weigh-in…..

Last week’s weight: 174 lbs

This week’s weight: 173 lbs

Loss of 1 lb.

Overall challenge loss: 4.5 lbs (not too shabby)

I’m well on my way to losing 10 lbs for this challenge, albiet slowly.  But hey, that’s OK- I AM LOSING THE WEIGHT and that’s all that matters.  

The last few days have been challenging for me because:

  1. My husband is traveling for work
  2. I get to watch my kids day in and day out by myself (again)
  3. I have given up drinking wine in the evening
  4. The last 3 nights, my middle child has been waking 2 times a night and my daughter has been waking 1 time a night and THIS IS NOT NORMAL and I feel like I have a newborn but really, the youngest in my crew is turning 1 this Friday and he’s sleeping the best.  I wake up with a pounding headache due to horrible sleep and Iamwondering,whenwillthiseverend?

Regardless, I am plugging away with the EA 30 Day Challenge and gearing up for the 5K.  I’m journaling (for the most part), what I am eating (and dreaming about what I am not, ha ha).  Good luck to all my sisters and my brothers!

September 16, 2009 By lisa

Probably not, but I am LOSING weight and that is what’s important.

Last week’s weight: 175 lbs

This week’s weight: 174 lbs

Loss of 1 lb

This past week, I stayed on track with the EA 30 Day Challenge and I halfway counted my Weight Watchers points.  By halfway, I mean that I wrote most every thing down that I ate and I estimated the points for what I was eating, but I did not enter it onto WW online.  I did cheat Saturday night and eat inhale a basket of chips at the local Mexican restaurant.  But for the most part, I think I did pretty well.

I have refrained from drinking alcohol since the beginning of this challenge and that’s saying a lot but I’m not a lush, really.

Last night, I watched The Biggest Loser and can I just say that I LOVE THIS SHOW?  Tears and all.  There is always one or two folks that are so inspirational, right from the get go.  For me, it was Abby, the woman who had her entire family wiped out in one car accident (husband and two children).  Can we say boo-hoo fest over here?  She said she doesn’t have anyone to lose the weight for, she is losing it for herself.

You go on with your bad self, Abby.

I may not being losing weight as fast as the contestants on The Biggest Loser, BUT I am losing- one pound at a time.

One pound at a time.

September 9, 2009 By lisa

SMFD, this stuff works.

I have heard it all of the time and I know it works but really- the eat healthy, exercise mantra- has been difficult for me to execute of late.  I have seen the scale rise and rise and rise over the last 6 weeks.  My heart just wasn’t in it, I was tired tired tired of doing this mothering gig alone and the thought of having to “eat right” just wasn’t in the line-up for me.

Then this challenge started.  And my Sisters, who never stopped supporting me even when it was obvious that I was not doing much and was obviously having issues, encouraged me even more.  I decided to commit fully to this challenge, I joined Weight Watchers (again) and I am 100% committed to doing the EA 30 Day Challenge.

This was the first FULL week that I stayed on track and did what I was supposed to.

This is what MY LOSS looks like this week:

That picture represents the 2.5 pounds that I lost this week.  That would be 2.5 pounds of food that I will be donating to a local food charity.  Not only am I losing weight, but I am also doing something good with it, giving to others.

It feels so good.

Last week’s weight:  177.5

This week’s weight:  175

I love the Sisterhood.

September 8, 2009 By lisa

My left arm hurts, right where it meets my shoulder.

I’m not sure if it’s because of the EA 30 Day Challenge or from constantly lifting my 23 lbs of baby love (that would be my 11 month old) or a combination of both.  Regardless, any time I exert pressure on my left arm, it doesn’t feel good.  If I am sitting around doing nothing like typing this post or shoveling food in my mouth, then it’s OK.  Not completely fine but definitely not in agonizing pain like when I lift the baby or push myself up off the floor.

I’m about ready to pop some ibuprofen because frankly, I don’t like pain of any kind remind me to tell you about my 2nd child’s quick, unmedicated birth and how hysterical I became upon learning that I had no time to get an epidural or for that matter, my 3rd child’s 1.5 hour unmedicated labor and delivery, but not too surprising given the 2nd kid’s quick exit from my uterus.

So ladies (and any gents too), ya’ll got any advice as to how I can stretch out that part of my arm/shoulder?  I really want to continue with the challenge and if I absolutely have to, I can take it easy on the arm exercises for a few days.

I’m not really sure what to do.  Anyone, anyone?


September 2, 2009 By lisa

What do you see in this picture?

Yep- that’s right.  Not much, as in nada, nothing, zilch.

That is exactly what I lost this week for weigh-in: NOTHING.

Yeah, that girl over there lost 2lbs (be-otch) and that girl over here lost 1.2 lbs (double be-otch) but me, not a damn thing.  Don’t get me wrong, I love those hookers and I am so proud of their losses this week- my girls rock!

I’m not surprised at all at the non-existent loss because, let’s face it- I went to General Mills Sunday/Monday and cooked in the Betty Crocker test kitchens, along with 25 other bloggers, and we got to tast all kinds of good food.  It was one big ole food cram.  Did you know that I am the new face of Betty Crocker?!

I’m just happy we didn’t weigh-in yesterday because the damage was much worse.

I started Weight Watchers yesterday and the EA 30 Day Challenge on Monday and I am positive that next week, I will be able to post a picture of something lost!

August 31, 2009 By lisa

It is late and I am writing on 10 hours of sleep over two nights, a whirlwind trip to the General Mills headquarters in Minneapolis, cooking in the Betty Crocker test kitchen (how cool is that?!), a flight home…..

I walked in my front door at 9:20pm, chatted with my MIL, my husband and Christy. 

I changed into my exercise clothes and popped in the EA Sports Active.

Even though I have had less sleep in the last week than I have ever not had in my entire life.

Even though I was in Minnesota all day, then traveled on a plane, then drove in my car.

Even though my body was dog ass tired before I EVER started exercising.

Sure, I could say I was doing it for me, but really, I was doing it for YOU.

I know that everyone else started today and I didn’t want to be left behind, ALTHOUGH I had every reason NOT to exercise today.

I did it anyway.

33 minutes of intensity level (cuz if I was already tired, then what difference did it make?  NO excuses, people).  210 calories burned.  18/24 tricks mastered during the SECOND set of inline skating. 

I rock.

I’m starting Weight Watchers tomorrow.  I exercised today.

I am committed to losing 10lbs over the next 7 weeks.

I am going to Shrink for Good.

I am done with moaning and groaning and coming up with excuses.


Are you on this bandwagon or not?

Boo-yah.  I am on FIRE.

August 25, 2009 By lisa

Name:  Lisa

Age: 37!

Hometown:  Austin, TX

Family: I have one husband and 3 children (ages almost 6, 3.5 and 11 months)

1) Complete the following sentence – “When I look in the mirror I see…

Oh GAWD.  Do I have to be truthful?  Because what I see is not very pretty.   I see my over-sized muffin top, squishy thighs and those wonderful child-bearing hips.   I see a “construction zone”, a work in progress, if you will.

2) What exercise do you take? What’s your current level of fitness?

Does getting up from my computer to get a snack count as exercise?  Or lifting my baby in and out his crib?  I would have to say that my current level of fitness is low.  In the past 1.5 weeks, I have started exercising every other day in anticipation of this challenge. 

3) How do you relax?

Drinking wine (gosh, I hope I’m not the only spilling my guts), reading blogs, reading a good book, nighttime snacking

4) Do you watch your weight?

Yeah, I watch it but it’s not moving in the right direction these last few weeks!

5) What’s your favorite body part?

my arms, they are the last place I gain weight and I find it very easy to tone them up once I set my mind to it

6) What’s your least favorite body part?

everything else, but to be specific- my stomach, my hips and my thighs.  You know, the midsection of my body.  Answering these questions isn’t very fun – boo!

7) What’s your favorite way to workout?

to good music, something that combines cardio with stregth.  I love going to a good class at the gym but my gym days have been numbered lately due to the logistical nightmare of getting the kids there with me, at the right time for them.

8) Its time to work out, we’re most likely to find you decked out in?

elastic shorts (I love my elastic, ha ha!), two sports bras (gotta double bag the “girls”) and a tank top

9) You’re due to workout, but it’s pouring rain. What do you do?

make some coffee and watch TV pop in an exercise DVD or use my Wii

10) What’s the one item you wouldn’t be without when working out?

my undies my heart rate monitor I need to find that bad boy

11) What do you hope to get from the 30 Day Challenge?

a good, varied workout day after day after day; inspiration/support/encouragement from others

12) What are you apprehensive about going in?

that I will get bored or that it won’t be enough of a workout who am I kidding?

13) How will you reward yourself after the challenge?

I have not really given this any thought.  Maybe a pedicure?  A cute top?  A girls weekend away?!  Who wants to come?

14) Complete the following sentence – “I’m Active for …”

Me.  My life.  My health.