Melissa Archives – Page 21 of 26 – The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


Did you know that exercise can reduce stress? Okay, I am sure we all HEAR that, but how many of us actually follow that advice? This is a subject that hits close to home with me, and I often find myself slacking on the exercise when I am stressed the most! And I KNOW I would feel better if I just … [Read more…]

OMG. I just finished my first day in Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred. I am literally dripping with sweat. First off, I want to ask those of you who are shredding… the last two days I have been having lower back pain and on the left side it goes down into my ass. Not my “soreness” from working my … [Read more…]

1.  I’m still shredding. This should be Day 8. 2. I only did about 1/3 of the program on Friday and skipped Saturday. Now I don’t know what I should do… call today Day 1, Day 6, or Day 8???? 3. I did awesome with my eating last week. Until Friday. I was actually down a few pounds, now I am deathly … [Read more…]

Let’s just hope it continues beyond Day One. ;o) I did the usual gym-thing after taking the twins to school this morning. I did 30 minutes on the Precor AMT and 30 minutes on the Precor EFX for a total of 4.6 miles. Not too shabby since I was doing the hill workouts! I decided to forego the weight … [Read more…]

I wanted to share this recipe submitted to us by Tiffany over at Life in the Zoo… thanks Tiffany! Sounds delicious! Ingredients: 1 large cucumber, diced 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved 1 can (19oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained 1 medium green bell pepper, finely chopped 1/4 cup finely … [Read more…]

I just finished doing the 10-minute Super Hula. Wowza. That’s a lot of hula-ing. I better have killer abs after this. Anyway, here is my score today (not bad for my first time!): … [Read more…]

Okay. I know what you’re thinking. How incredibly pompous and tacky that I am the FIRST sponsor of this challenge. You’re right. There is a reason for it, really. AND NO, that is not it. I am giving away a copy of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred! We have heard fabulous things about this workout! I … [Read more…]

North Dakota is getting slammed by another blizzard. ANOTHER ONE. This seems to be a weekly event. Averie said her radio reported that we had already gotten 11 inches since last night. And we are supposed to get lots more. Ugh. Spring? Not here. The YMCA is shut down, so I broke out the Wii Fit this … [Read more…]

side dishes POINTS® Value: 6 Servings: 4 Preparation Time: 5 min Cooking Time: 50 min Level of Difficulty: Easy This stuffed spud can stand on its own for lunch or accompany a dinner entree for a heartier meal. If you’re in a hurry, microwave the potatoes on high-power for about 15 … [Read more…]

As some of you know, I have dreams of becoming a runner. Only I don’t run. I haven’t even tried since last summer. At that point, I could go for a few minutes, then walk for several, and then jog a few more minutes… catch my drift? This morning I did not go to the gym because I need to be getting … [Read more…]

I am writing here today, well, because I can. And I also don’t feel like writing my numbers on my other blog. WI today: 229, +2 lbs. I am pretty much back where I started last December!! Augh! I was expecting a little gain this week because I haven’t been eating very well, plus I have my period. … [Read more…]

I went to the gym this morning and it felt WONDERFUL!! I had a great workout… 30 minutes on the Precor EFX, 15 minutes on the Precor AMT, and 45 minutes of weights. I am hoping this feeling will be around for the rest of my workouts this week! ;o) Happy St. Patrick’s Day! **I also wanted to add … [Read more…]

1. I have realized that my mental state has a direct effect on my physical state. 2. I have been in a funk the last few months and I believe this has a lot to do with my sllllloooooowww progress in losing weight. 3. The sun was out this weekend and it made me happy. 4. I ate junk food and drank … [Read more…]

Worst Candy TWIX (1 pckg) 280 calories, 27 g sugars, 14 g fat (11 g sat.) Saturated Fat Equivalent: 11 strips of bacon Eat This Instead: 100 GRAND (1 pckg) 190 calories, 22 g sugars, 8 g fat ( 5 g saturated) Source:  Eat This, Not That! … [Read more…]

What’s new? How are things going? Ready for winter to be over? My skin and head are so incredibly itchy I could die. I have totally had to borrow my husband’s dandruff shampoo this week. It’s bad. How embarrassing. And at the gym? My face just BURNS when I sweat. At least I have been getting back … [Read more…]