Sunday Summary: The Green Smoothies continue…

Hello peeps! Short and sweet this week.

So I finished the 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse last wednesday and dropped 10 lbs. in 10 days. Pretty sweet. I am following it up with 1-2 smoothies a day and low carb meals, and I am allowing myself three cheats per week.

Yesterday I went to the movies to watch Tomorrowland (fantastic by the way) and had a small popcorn and a diet coke (cheat #1). Today I had breakfast at my favorite breakfast joint (Le Peep) and had pancakes (cheat #2). YUM! But my other meals have been green smoothies and salads.

Today’s Awesome Smoothie¬†was very yummy and included

  • 1 1/2 cups Spinach
  • 2/3 cup purified water
  • 1 orange
  • 2/3 cup mango
  • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseeds

I can’t recommend this book enough. I love that JJ Smith keeps it real and I’ve discovered a world of smoothie options that I didn’t know existed. I already made two converts. ūüėÄ This is the perfect time of the year (in the northern hemisphere) to do this. If you’ve been looking for a plan to jumpstart your weightloss journey or get back on it, I sincerely recommend you give this a shot.

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Sunday Summary: Day 7

Hello peeps!

I hope you’ve been having a fantastic week. I’ve been busy… but I can’t tell you why. Hopefully I’ll be on a sharing mood soon. :mrgreen:

Today I just wanted to let you know (and keep it on¬†the record) that I’ve made it to Day 7 of JJ Smith’s 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. WOOHOO!

10dayI got to be honest. It’s been a little trying but only a little. I am actually pretty happy with how well I have been doing. For those of you not familiar with this program, it’s a 10-day plan in which every day you have the same smoothie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (there are 10 different smoothies). The smoothies are mainly made of 2-3 cups of dark leafy greens (spinach, spring mix, kale), and fruit. In the morning you start with a cup of detox tea (I use Yogi) and lots of water (or herbal tea) throughout the day. You are also allowed to eat crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, celery, and carrots; and nuts and peanuts as long as they are raw and natural; and hard-boiled eggs (random?). I’ve calculated my daily calorie intake at around 1200 (the smoothies take about half of that). It also says that you should have up to three bowel movements a day and to help yourself with Salt Water Flush or MagO7, but I’m not doing this, I’m letting nature do it’s thing.

So, Day 7… I’m down 7.6 lbs. which is great but I had gained about 15 lbs. since my lowest point and although I am super happy I am aware that there is much work yet to be done. But I’m liking this. I can see continuing with 1-2 smoothies a day and yummy salads with protein.

I am usually very skeptical about these programs but this one is pretty doable; mostly, because you do get to eat something in between. I admit that I don’t follow it completely and have “cheated” with avocado and oranges which are not on the list but I don’t think they’ve done much harm. JJ Smith also manages a super encouraging Facebook group that I recommend you check out if you are wondering how other people do on this.

That’s it for now…
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good advice ūüėČ
and thanks for stopping by.

“O” is for Omnivore

OBeing an omnivore, an animal that eats food of both plant and animal origin, is probably the cause of a lot of our problems; certainly a source of one of mine. Being able to eat pretty much anything has expanded our taste buds and driven us to exploit too much of our natural habitat. And it wasn’t enough to eat varied locally but we’ve moved things around and disturbed natural habitats to create a food system that can meet (with detrimental effects) our ever-demanding taste buds. It’s our¬†dilemma¬†as Michael Pollan puts it.

I read this book many years ago. It was an assigned reading in an Environmental Communication class I took one summer. In this class and following Pollan’s lead, each of us tried to follow the production chain of a particular food. I remember I did soy milk from a particular brand and since then have sworn the whole thing off. I was baffled by¬†how difficult it was in the US to really know where our food came from and/or how it had been produced. Since then I try to have more control over my food at home but when eating out (and even sometimes at home) I tend to throw the rule book out. Bad choice.

If Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma seems too long, I recommend that you check out his Food Rules¬†book. Very short and to the point. Here’s the main lesson you’ll find in all his books and a great piece of advice for all of us omnivores:

Eat-Food-GraphicNow, when it comes to meat I have gone vegan and/or vegetarian a few times and when I go back to meat it is rarely red. If I eat red meat it is usually grass fed. I gave up seafood¬†for humanitarian reasons¬†and now it looks like fish is off the table too. You can read the article that convinced me here but I’ll summarize the top reasons: we’re overfishing and depleting our marine wildlife, fish can live for quite a while (upwards of 80 years) so we could be eating really old fish, and finally, most fish eat other fish which brings me to this highlighted point:

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So… I don’t know what most people are up to but this omnivore is going to finish the chicken and fish leftovers that are in my fridge and I’m heading back to vegetarianism, well, let’s say mostly vegetarianism. Seafood is definitely off the menu but I may partake in free-range¬†chicken and/or grass-fed red meat every now and then.

Oh, sushi… I already miss you so much.

Sunday Summary: Hello March

Hello-march-beautiful-imageHello peeps! I am so excited… It’s March, Spring is just around the corner and the weather will allow me to go back to the park, and running outdoors (at decent temperatures). I can hardly wait.

I am happy to report that I dropped 4.6 pounds this week. Like I mentioned last week, I signed up into MobileFit via my local Y and decided to follow the dietary recommendations. I set a goal of losing one pound a week and chose a low cholesterol diet. The program spit out a 1500-cal/day menu which I have used as a guide to create a new menu plan. I was shocked when I stepped on the scale this morning. SHOCKED! I feel like I have been eating so much this week and yet I made incredible progress. I continue to learn on this journey and the lesson is that your body needs fuel to burn. I need to eat, eat smart, but eat.

So freaking happy!

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What’s Happening in March?

happy-first-birthdayMarch 3rd is The Extra Pounds birthday… I can’t wait to review my old posts and thank all the friends I have made since I started this little side project.

I look forward to reviewing the most popular posts, re-reading old comments, and perhaps revisiting old promises. And I’ll have to give a lot of thanks to the people who have been visiting since the beginning and have stuck with my little piece of virtual real estate.

frugal_fabulousOn Saturday, March 7th, I have a date with my local consignment store for their biannual $10 Bag Sale. Proceeds fund scholarship for girls and I have a good time getting¬†clothes in diferent sizes to keep me covered¬†while I continue to lose weight. It’s a win win! When it comes to clothes I love buying used/slightly used. I rarely buy anything new nowadays and with $20 I can get quite a bit. My last shopping spree at my local Goodwill store included a pair of LOFT red pants, three workout tees, and two casual shirts. Grand total, $16.¬†Click here for my tips on shopping during weightloss.

safe_imageRound #2 of Dietbet will take place on Saturday, March 21st. I currently have 19 days to lose 12.4 lbs. to win this month’s pot. I admit that even with the amazing loss I had this week, I don’t think I will make it but I honestly don’t care about that right now. As long as I keep moving in the right direction I am happy. About the game, I’m striving to catch up by Round #3 and maybe win the final pot. That would be awesome.

SHINEOn Saturday, March 28th, I’ll be running The Color Run 5K. I am so excited about this because I have a team and it’s the SHINE tour… so not just color but glitter and the weather will be so nice (crossing my fingers). I am so looking forward to sharing this with my friends and having fun, and continue making progress on my 2015 resolution to run a 5K every month and collect 12 race bibs.

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with love, Toni.

Sunday Summary: Not the Best Start

Hello peeps! So Round #1 on Dietbet ended today… and normally I would write a “Dietbet Update” post but this was so bad that it doesn’t deserve it. I was supposed to lose five pounds this month and instead I gained six. I GAINED SIX POUNDS! I want to be mad at myself but I can’t because I did this to myself. And I know better.


So I am back to the drawing board. Thankfully, there’s always Monday to give you a chance to start fresh and on track. Thanks to MobileFit, I am starting a 1500 low-cholesterol meal plan tomorrow. Looking at the suggested menu and comparing it to my food journal, I can clearly see that I have been undereating and over-snacking. I have not been eating enough for breakfast and I’ve been doing dinner wrong. I may be eating too much fruit and too few vegetables. Story of my life.

Anywho… I’ll be posting regularly this week to share meals, recipes, and exercise routines… and to keep myself on check. Cheer me on on Twitter and Instagram. Your support makes a huge difference and I always appreciate it.

Overall, this week I exercised pretty well but I was not on my A game. I can kick it up a notch. And so I will. I ate a lot out which did not help. HOWEVER… and this is a big however, I know I have gained muscle too. My arms are looking great and my lunges and squats look better every week. NON SCALE VICTORY FOR THE WIN!

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As always… thanks for stopping by. ūüėÄ

Sunday Summary: Love Your Body

preventionfeb2015Hello peeps! This month’s¬†Prevention¬†will definitely come to pass as one of my favorites. It is filled with great bits of advice and healthy tips. I was particularly inspired by their¬†It’s Time To Honor REAL¬†article highlighting the importance of loving your body at any age (and any size).

The article shares the experiences of 10 women of different body types and ages ranging from 33 to 63. They are all incredibly insightful and inspiring. Here are the three quotes that lingered… with my thoughts:

"When your primary focus is to have the smallest body possible, your life will shrink too."Kari, 33.

Lately, my weight has reached a stand still. I go up/down/up and it’s very frustrating. Frankly, it’s pissing me off! ūüė° And I realize that I can’t allow the scale to own me. I can’t allow my weight to boss me around. I can’t let this be my primary focus… nor my secondary really.

"Everything changed when I finally stopped the negative self-talk." Greta, 41.

I realize that the lack of “progress” on the scale has been making me feel like a failure. I have been engaging in some serious negative self-talk and falling back into bad habits where I create this fake person who’s fun and happy. I perform for others while burying my feelings in junk food; primarily dark chocolate (at least it’s dark, right? probably not right.)

"Don't expect changes you make on the outside to solve the changes you need to make on the inside." Erica, 33.

Oh Erica, yep! this is probably what I’ve inadvertently been doing. I need to remember that I am not a size or a number on a scale. This obese body of mine is a wonderful body. The negative self-talk is definitely something I have to work on. Something on the inside that needs changing.

Well peeps… thanks for letting me rant. Overall, this week I realized that I have some things¬†to work on. My food choices were mostly bad. My meals were mostly good but my snacks were terrible. HOWEVER! This obese body of mine exercised nearly 11 hours this week which included three short runs totaling 4.5 miles. Not bad, not bad at all.

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PS. There are plenty of runs happening on Valentine’s Day. I’ll be doing Cupid’s Chase 5K. Enjoy the festivities responsibly. ūüėÄ

A New Dietbet: Because everything that goes up…

… must come down. HOLY COW peeps! I went up four pounds since my last weigh-in. Boys and girls, this is what happens when you EAT ALL THE FOOD and then some. So… new game plan. Well, really more like back to the game plan with slight modifications.

This morning I got up and faced the scale, took my “before” pictures, and submitted my official weigh-in to start a new Dietbet.

Screen shot 2015-01-21 at 3.52.31 PMThis will be my third Dietbet… third time’s the charm, right? I did my first Dietbet Transformer (that’s a 6-month game)¬†from Jan-July 2014 and lost 12.4 lbs falling 6 lbs short of my goal.¬†My second Transformer ran from July ’14-Jan ’15 and I lost 14.8 lbs falling 2.8 lbs short. With this Dietbet I hope to finally make it to goal but more importantly make it out of “obese.”

There are currently over 350 players and the pot is over $45000. Every month each player bets $25, half goes to the monthly pot and half to the final pot. Every month all the winners split the pot evenly but we don’t get paid until the end of the game.¬†Here’s what I have to do to win:

IMG_3593Dietbet encourages a slow-and-steady approach breaking up the goal into 6 rounds. In order to avoid dangerous dieting, each player must have lost at least 6% of their initial weight to qualify for the final round. Here’s my break-up:


‚Äď Round #1 (02/21) 3% = 161.8 lbs.
‚Äď Round #2 (03/21) 6% cumulative = 156.8 lbs.
‚Äď Round #3 (04/21) 8% cumulative¬†= 153.5 lbs.
‚Äď Round #4 (05/21) 9% cumulative¬†= 151.8 lbs.
‚Äď Round #5 (06/21) 10% cumulative¬†= 150.1 lbs.
‚Äď Round #6 (07/21) 10% maintain¬†= 150.1 lbs.

There is still time to sign-up and play if you’re interested. I‚Äôll be posting every month on my progress.

What will I do differently?¬†As I have mentioned before¬†I have spotted a few things I need to work on and others I believe I can tweak to improve my results. Here’s the plan so far:

1. Start with a strong breakfast. My breakfast is usually very light so I am going to start with something more nutritious. Like this.
2. Increase running. I have been really neglecting my runs even though I can definitely see more progress on my weight loss when I run. For starters, I plan to run at least 2 miles twice a week.
3. Lower my carbs. I wouldn’t say that my diet is very carb heavy but I want to¬†lower it a bit more and see what happens.

That’s about it for now. We’ll see how it goes.

PS. The OUTFIELD notecard in my pictures was my secret word provided by Dietbet to submit along with my weigh-in pictures. These are the ones I submitted this morning (without the measurements, of course).