Transformation Tuesday or should I say Wowza Wednesday

So I finally did my first #transformationtuesday yesterday. I was going through my husbands phone looking at pictures of the kids and found one from last October Apple Picking with the kids. I was in some of the pictures and I thought holy crap I was that fat! They say the camera adds 10lbs but I look like it added over 100lbs or at least I felt that. I knew I was big but I guess my mind was telling me I wasn’t as big as I really was. So yesterday I had my 5 year old take pictures of me to see the progress and I can’t even explain to you how happy I was when I saw them. I feel like a whole new person even if its only 25 lbs. That 25lbs was a lot of work to come off and seeing it makes me even that more determined to get to my goal weight and to finally be healthy. #weightwatchers has done some amazing things for me and I don’t doubt for a minute that if I wasn’t on Weight Watchers I would still be at my heaviest maybe even heavier because I don’t know how to control my portions.

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Not bad if I do say so myself! You can tell especially in the tummy area that I’ve lost weight. I’ve still got my baby fanny pak hanging around but its so much better then it was before. My #arms need some major work as they haven’t changed much from when I was at my heaviest. Still got the flab that goes back and forth when I move. So I started to do some major arm workouts. I have simple dumbbells at home that are 7lbs. Doesn’t seem much but i have NEVER had a lot of strength in my arms its all been in my legs from ice hockey. So any weight that is heavier then a can of cream corn works for me right now haha. Hoping soon I can move up to 10 lbs weights one would think that after carrying around twins at the same time for the past 3 years I would have some massive arms of muscle but really I got nothin’ So today is the day I start my arm workout and hope by the time summer vacation starts with my family (end of June) I will have better toning. Then maybe that lovely shadow in the picture wont be there anymore that makes me look like I haven’t shaved my pits in months lol (just FYI they are shaved I blame my arm fat for making that lovely shadow).

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So my workout started with these: The ball workouts not only work your arms but work your core too. Trying to balance on those things is tough especially for beginners but once you get it works wonders. Don’t worry I may or may not have fallen a couple of times when doing the ball activity. Too bad it wasn’t on video because I could have entered that into America’s funniest videos.

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Not the best pictures but you get the jist. Otherwise here are the links:

http://weightdownweightloss.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/sexy-summer-arms-workout/
http://fitandfuckingfabulous.tumblr.com/post/37689895712/losing-every-extra-pound-sexy-arms-in-6-weeks

So ending on an awesome note I ended up getting a hair makeover. For those that know me I’m a ginger but once I had kids its started to get a little darker so I went dark for the first time in my life right after the twins were born. It was really nice change for me and we all know we need change. Well I missed my Ginger hair and I went this past weekend and got it cut and colored. I was a toe head for about 1/2 an hour before she colored it back to what is almost my true natural color. I’m so glad to have it back and while I’m not completely in love with the hair cut its the only one that would work to get my hair back to almost the same length all the way around. I had at one point a layered angle bob. It looked great short but long I looked like I hadn’t brushed my hair in years. So the end results was:
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Not to shabby. Love the red. My natural hair color is only slightly lighter but not by much. It really goes well with all my soul stealing freckles 😉

A little humor to end the post:
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TGIF?!

So here it is Friday and I’m just exhausted from the week. My oldest daughter Makayla turned a whole hand on Wednesday and we spent the day at a huge play place for her birthday just the family. They had a blast so much so that the ride back was tears from being exhausted. We got home with the birthday girl asking where were all of her presents haha. Oh how that little big girl knows how to work mom and dad 🙂

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Still sticking to Insanity and doing pretty well with it. My legs are starting to feel like jello and my abs are being used more than I ever thought they would haha. But I am enjoying it for the most part. My biggest frustration is fighting off the puppy from attacking me while I’m doing my mummy kicks. Guess he thinks its time to play! But hey I completed day 9 yesterday and on day 10 today! That’s some big steps!!! WOOHOO

So these past couple of days I’ve made some pretty kick ass meals that I will totally be added to my meal lists for each month. Not only are they tasty but they are super easy to make!

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Santa Fe Chicken. 4point meal for 1 cup chicken and mixing.
Now this meal is from Skinny Taste. Now the corn and beans were spicy a little to spicy for the kiddos but the chicken wasn’t and they ate that and the rice faster then I could keep it on their plate. The best part of this meal was that it cooked in the crock-pot so I didn’t have to do much work!
Ingredients:

  • 24 oz (1 1/2) lbs chicken breast
  • 14.4 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • 15 oz can black beans
  • 8 oz frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 14.4 oz can fat free chicken broth
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • salt to taste

Directions:
Combine chicken broth, beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt in the crock pot. Season chicken breast with salt and lay on top.
Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Adjust salt and seasoning to taste. Serve over rice or tortillas and your favorite toppings.

3
Chipotle Chicken Salad. 5points for 2 cups

Now this simple meal is great for a lunch. Make it the night before and have it ready for the next day! It was really good but my goodness was it spicy. Next time I make it I wont add as much cilantro since I’m not the biggest fan and instead of the chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce I may just put in diced green chili’s. But if you like the kick I say try it and love it! Nice change up on salad.

Ingredients

Dressing
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2/3 cup fat free sour cream
1 tablespoon minced chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Salad
4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
2 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup diced peeled avocado
1/3 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (8 3/4-ounce) can no-salt-added whole-kernel corn, rinsed and drained
Instructions
To prepare dressing, combine first 7 ingredients, stirring well.
To prepare salad, combine lettuce and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.

Hope those that are following my blog enjoy it so far! Leave me a comment if you do I would love to hear from you! ❤