I was a big talker on Monday.  Woke up on Tuesday with the world’s worst sore throat.  I tried to stay on plan but by that night I just had to do something.  After endless cups of hot water and lemon, I went for a cough drop.  Those are just little drops of sugar I know…but it also numbed my throat.  After a restless night, I went to Urgent Care.  The diagnosis – strep throat.  I don’t even know if I’ve ever had strep throat in my life?!  Certainly not since I was a kid!

I was trying to be so good this week!  But by this point, I couldn’t even swallow water.  What Would Tim Ferriss Do???

Well I’m pretty sure that guy doesn’t even get sick and if he did, he probably has some super-secret strep throat deactivator.  At the very least he would probably drink protein shakes and sip some chicken broth.

Yeah.  That didn’t happen.  I don’t think I did too bad, but I figure when you’re sick, you need to focus on getting better.  You gotta do what you gotta do.  And when I get sick, I just want to do whatever I know works for me.  That said, this week I had an abundance of chicken noodle soup, gatorade, 7Up and popsicles.  One night I even had full on ice cream *gasp*!  I only went to Bar Method twice this week (instead of my normal 3 x’s), I did zero kettleballs or ab work, no cold packs, and to be honest, hardly any water.  And you know what?  I STILL lost weight and inches this week!  I didn’t make my Monday goals, but I did pretty damn good anyway.

I lost -.4 lbs this week (according to yesterday’s weight, the loss was 1.2 lbs….but I’m sticking with my Saturday weigh-in #s).  I also lost 2.75″ overall.  That means this week I did better than last week!  What?!  So I guess slipping up here and there isn’t a deal-breaker for weight loss.

This is the end of 8 weeks for me.  My grand totals are 7.6 lbs lost and 25.45″ lost.  25″?!?!!?  That is CRAZY!!!

I think this week gave me a reset button.  I’ve been concentrating on doing a little bit of everything that has been suggested and not thinking about what is actually working for me.  150 oz of water is not working for me anymore.  Cold packs didn’t seem to make a difference.  Do I have to eat all those beans?  Hm…something to think about.  I’ll come up with my March plan this weekend and share next week.  I’m feeling better and plan on enjoying my Free Day and the weekend – I hope you do too! 🙂



Free Day

I think this weekend was a wash.  My Cheat Day was not much of a cheat.  In fact, from now on I’m calling it a “Free Day” thanks to Rosane Serna from the 4 Hour Body Participants facebook page.  She calls it a Free Day “Because it has freed me from the power food had over me. I love that on this day anything & everything is free.”  I love that she calls it a Free Day! But even more, I love WHY she calls it that! From now on, it’s my Free Day too!

My free day was pretty lame this week.  I started off with a protein shake in the morning and then I had ½ a salami and provolone sandwich & a ½ bag of bbq chips & a diet pepsi at noon, then at 2pm I had the other ½ of the sandwich and a chocolate chip cookie.  For dinner we had grilled chicken (so disappointing on a Free Day…but healthy for the kiddos), baked potatoes with sour cream, butter, and bacon.  Screw the veggies 🙂  And for dessert I had a handful of m&m’s.

Normally I go all out on this day….stuffing myself to the gills, literally making myself sick to my stomach.  By not overdoing it… surprise, surprise…I actually felt good.  I didn’t feel sick.  Sunday wasn’t hard to get back on plan.  I didn’t do very well with water on either day – max 75 oz each day.  But I usually let it slide a little on Saturdays and Sundays are for recovering.

It’s now Monday and I’m ready to finish out my 2nd month on a high note!  I’m putting it out there and envisioning the lowest numbers on the scale that I’ve seen in my adult life (can I actually reach that 10 lb weightloss mark??), lots of inches lost (how much can I lose in one week?), and a low percentage of body fat (even lower than when I was working out with a trainer??)!


End of Week 7

Not much to report today.  Like I said before, this is a slow week for me in general.  No weight loss.  But hey, no weight gain either!  And I lost 2.25″ overall this week.  Still losing!  Not gaining!  I’ll take that as a win.

I was a bit of a slacker this week and had lots of peanut butter and wine.  I’m pretty proud of myself for last night though – I went out to dinner with some girlfriends…at an Italian restaurant.  I could’ve made yesterday my Cheat Day, but I didn’t want to.  I wanted a full day of cheating.  🙂  I told myself that if I had a piece of bread or if there was some appetizer we had, I wouldn’t deprive myself.  I would try to be good, but wasn’t going to be super strict…I didn’t want to be singled out for not eating.  I’m happy to report that I made it through the entire dinner without a single piece of bread.  Everyone else ordered pizza and I stuck with chicken cacciatore, extra veggies, hold the potatoes.  Nobody noticed.  Now here I am at 11:30am on a bonafide Cheat Day and I haven’t had a thing.  In fact, we have the kids tonight and the littlest is on a restricted diet….no dairy, no wheat, no soy.  Sounds like a regular weekday night to me!  So perhaps today I will experiment with not going hog wild and will have a 1 meal spike instead.

Next week I’m going to try to be super strict.  For me this means no pre-made dressings or sauces.  Only stuff I make.  I might have straight beans too, no soups.  We also got some Athletic Greens, so I’m going to give that a shot too.  I tasted it today and despite the disgusting algae-like color, it really tastes good!  Sweet even!

On to week 8!

Midweek Blahs

It’s Wednesday….blah.  I’m sick of beans….blah.  I had my period so I think this will be a “no change in weight” week…blah.  I’ve had some crazy strong cravings this week (hello week 7??  shouldn’t these be gone??) but have been a good girl anyway….blah.  If I keep losing at the rate I’m going, I won’t hit that magic number until July….blah.  I know I shouldn’t compare myself to other people’s successes on this diet but sometimes I can’t help myself….blah.

Do you ever get the blahs?  What do you do to turn yourself around?

I’ve just reread my posts to remind me of the progress I have made.  And although I feel blah today, I haven’t gained any weight or cheated on a non-cheat day.  What’s great is that I’m making some progress on that number on the scale without killing myself on the treadmill.  And those total inches are coming down, down, down.  I’m very proud of that!

I think I feel better now that I’ve acknowledged my blah-ness and as the saying goes, tomorrow is another day…


Lemon-Lime Broiled Chicken

I thought I would also share the recipe for the broiled chicken that I had the other night because it was SO simple and SO yummy!  I found it here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lemon-Lime-Chicken-Broil/Detail.aspx?prop31=9 Gotta love Allrecipes.com.


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup lime juice
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • salt to taste


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, lime juice, and oil. Place chicken pieces in the mixture, and marinate for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the oven broiler. Fit a roasting pan with a lightly greased wire rack. Fill pan with water to just below the level of the rack.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade, arrange on the wire rack, and season with Italian seasoning and salt.
  4. Transfer remaining marinade to a saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  5. Broil chicken 10 minutes in the preheated oven, basting frequently with the boiled marinade. Turn chicken, season again with Italian seasoning and salt, and continue broiling and basting for another 10 minutes, or until well browned and juices run clear.  I found that 10 minutes on each side was perfect.  Be careful when handling the pan – the water tends to slosh around!

What are some of your favorite 4HB recipes??

Fresh Lime & Black Bean Soup

The crockpot is my friend when cooking slow carb meals.  Tonight’s menu will include lemon & lime broiled chicken, steamed broccoli, and fresh lime & black bean soup.  I found the recipe for the soup in my trusty Crockpot Cookbook.  I’ve made it once before and it was very yummy.  Makes 4 servings.


  • 2 cans (15 oz each) black beans, rinsed.
  • 1 can (14 oz) reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 (or more if you like it spicy!) teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. coat crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add beans, broth, onion, and spices.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours or high for 3 1/2 hours or until the onions are very soft.
  4. Process 1 cup soup in blender until smooth and return to crockpot.  Stir and check consistency and repeat as needed.
  5. Let stand for 15-20 minutes before serving.  Then ladle into bowls, squeeze juice from lime wedge over each.

Anyone making any special 4HB Valentines Day dinners??  I’m looking for some tasty suggestions…

Hello Skinny Jeans!!!

CHECK IT OUT!!!  These are my absolute skinniest pair of jeans that I own….and they FIT!!!  I haven’t worn these since 2006!!!

It is the end of week 6 and although the scale is not moving as fast as I wish it was, I have nothing to complain about.  I am officially the same weight and measurements that I was in August 2006.  I have made more progress in 6 weeks than I did after a YEAR and a half of personal training at a gym!  That is AMAZING!!

Grand totals this week are -.6 lb lost and 5″ lost overall!  I know I’ve mentioned this before and I’m not sure how other people measure their total inches, but I measure at my neck, shoulders, chest, both biceps, both forearms, waist, hips, both thighs, and both calves.  5″ overall is a HUGE loss for me.  I have only had 2 other weeks where I lost so many inches and that was week 1 and week 3.  What’s remarkable to me this week is that I lost in places that I rarely have any loss at all…specifically my forearms and my calves.  I lost 1/2″ on each forearm and each calf this week.

What did I do differently this week? – I did 3 days of kettlebells and ab work since my last measurements and I drank more water than I have before.  I drank about 150 oz per day, although yesterday and the day before I only managed to get in around 125 oz.  I also had wine 2 nights this week instead of every night.  And I have been indulging in a spoonful of peanut butter every night and I only did that once this week.  I don’t think I will make any changes for next week – just keep doin’ what I’m doin’!

And I am going to thoroughly enjoy this cheat day…in my skinny jeans!

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