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11 Workouts In

Seven years ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroid, an auto-immune disease that caused my body to start attacking my thyroid gland.  The thyroid gland controls a lot of really important functions of your body including – metabolism, making proteins and how sensitive the body should be to other hormones. When I was 18 and heading off to college I started to gain weight drastically – putting on 30 pounds in my first semester of college. My parents thought I was eating too many bagels. I thought I was just getting lazy and being an overachiever on the Freshman 15.

Alas, that was not the case. Three years into college and at an annual exam my doctor thought my neck looked swollen. She felt around and was pretty sure that I had a goitre. I had blood work done and it came back that I was hypothyroid. Off to the endocrinologist I went.

Years went by and I tried my hardest to lose that 30 pounds that had now become more like 50. I’ve written about some of my attempts at weight loss before so I was a little hesitant to share my new endeavor with you. After all, what if I failed? What if I wrote another post about eating vegetables, going to meetings, jumping on the scale and you thought, “Oh here she goes again talking about losing weight.”

Instead I’ve kept this latest try a secret. Until now.

Camie Cragg About four weeks ago I started working out at a place called MRI. My friend Jill had been attending boot camps there and she really recommended it. I could tell from her results – she looks A-mazing (shout out Jill!) that it was a different kind of place.

And after four weeks of the hardest training I have ever done I can attest to it. I’ve been working out with Camie Cragg, who is one of the most beautiful people inside and out that I have ever met. I’ve tried the personal training thing before and I have to say that this is the first time I have felt like I have a Champion who is as invested in my health and fitness as I am. She is always available when I need to ask nutrition or fitness questions, she’s positive and there is just something about her spirit that makes me feel excited and privileged that I get to work out with her. She really makes it fun and the variety is what keeps me going back. I never know what the next day is going to bring!

Anyway, now to the guts of it. I’m working out four days a week in the morning. I get up at 5 a.m. and haul my butt to workout. I’m going to state this for the record – it is NEVER easy to get out of bed. I NEVER think, “Oh I can’t wait to go and get my butt kicked by Camie.” But I do it – every morning. I have not skipped a single workout yet. And it has paid off.

Here are my RESULTS after 11 workouts:

Measurement 3/10/10 4/1/10 Change
Chest 43 inches 42 inches 1 inch
Arm 13 3/4 inches 13 1/2 inches 1/4 inch
Waist 40 inches 40 inches None – whatevs
Hip 47 inches 45 1/2 inches 1 1/2 inches
Thigh 28 1/2 inches 27 1/2 inches 1 inch
Calf 17 inches 16 inches 1 inch
Push Ups 29 37 8 more!
Sit Ups (the real kind) 22 26 4 more!
Mile Run 13:55 minutes 11:45 minutes 2:10 minutes faster!

I’ve also stayed fairly true to the Eat to Live philosophy, although I have been craving more meat. I’m being really careful about what goes in my mouth, which means when the office is swarming with sweets I have to be THAT girl. Yep, the girl who says no. Sometimes multiple times. Sometimes in a very firm way. Sometimes using swear words. Meh.

One more thing – in the four weeks that I have been working out at MRI I have met some of the most amazing people. First, Camie, who is so awesome. Then I meet my friend Page’s mom, Martha, and she became my new workout partner since we are both preparing for weddings (her daughters are getting hitched, not to each other of course, shout out Page!). In addition to these lovely ladies I also have become gym friends with a few of the people who work out at the same time as me. They are so motivating and friendly, which helps when the sweat is pouring and  you can hardly breathe.

Sometimes I’m in the middle of doing some new torturous fabulous fitness move and I look around the gym. I see athletes, moms, dads, high school students, girls like me and I think, “Wow everyone in here is sweating and breathing hard. Everyone is working it.” It motivates me more than anything to see the people who are true athletes in the same kind of pain I am. Is that sick?

What are you doing to stay in shape? Do you ever WANT to get out of bed to exercise? Do you have gym friends?

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Eat to Live

Have you ever found yourself up in the middle of the night watching a P90X infomercial? No?

Ok, let me give you an idea of what it’s like:

Tony Horton shows you how easy it is to look like a beach God/Goddess while about 1,000 buff, gorgeous people give testimonials about how they went from flabby, couch sitting, beer drinking fatties into gorgeous, toned, muscle-covered beauties. They even have before and after photos of themselves…in bathing suits.

I get sucked into this infomercial just about every time it comes on and it always peeks my interest. Considering that our wedding is a little over 5 months away I really wanted to start getting into better shape so I reached out to one of my old high school friends who had done P90x after having her third baby (yes, her third baby and she still looks as gorgeous as she did in high school!).

My goal was to find out if  P90x was really realistic for someone who hasn’t been to the gym since oh, I don’t know, October, could do P90x and not die. She shared that P90x is challenging and requires a lot of dedication – you work out six days a week for an hour or more.

But, this post isn’t about P90X. In the course of telling me about P90X my friend (shout out Diana!) mentioned that she had read a book called Eat to Live and that it had changed her perspective on food and helped her lose weight after that third baby. Being a glutton for any sort of diet/nutrition book, I looked it up on line, found out it wasn’t another fad diet, and went to Barnes and Noble that night to pick it up.

Read Eat to Live for more info on a nutrient dense diet

The Eat to Live plan is based on eating a diet that is primarily cooked and raw vegetables and unlimited amounts of fruit, with limited animal fats, oils and processed foods. The book is full of studies and numbers on the effect of eating a mostly vegetarian diet. There were some really positive studies about this diet’s effect on cancer, heart disease and auto-immune diseases. Some people have even reversed heart disease and auto-immune diseases. Being someone who suffers from an auto-immune disease, I am delighted by the idea of getting back to being really healthy, having to take less medication, and the idea that weight loss is a possibility.

Eat to Live has a strict six week plan that requires you to eat no dairy, limited amounts of meat, hardly any oil, and tons and tons of fruits and veggies. After the six weeks, you can slowly add things back into your diet while watching how they affect your body and weight. It’s a lot like an elimination diet.

First Week’s Results

After a week on Eat to Live, I can honestly say that I noticed differences in my body right away. I didn’t feel as much anxiety, I slept better and I didn’t have any stomach issues (ahem, nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach and diarrhea – thanks Pepto Bismol for that nifty jingle that I can’t get out of my head).

I lost 2.4 lbs. and Travis lost about 4 lbs. We did cheat – having steak one night and going out for a weekend breakfast. The funny thing is that after eating the heavy breakfast we felt kind of gross immediately after. It wasn’t a good feeling so while we enjoyed the breakfast we were glad to have cheated and felt the difference in our bodies.


I found that cooking more vegetarian meals is a new challenge. I’ll post some recipes later, but here’s a quick list of what I made last week:

  • Vegetable Soup (made with eggplant, cilantro, brown rice, kidney beans, and a whole lot of veggies)
  • Grilled Eggplant
  • Vegetarian Chilli (made with butternut squash, black, kidney and pinto beans, celery, mushrooms, and carrots)
  • Spiced apples in the Crockpot
  • A whole lot of salads

The Challenges

A week without refined carbs, sugar and dairy left me craving one thing and one thing only. Cheese. Probably didn’t help that we watched an episode of the Best Thing I Ever Ate on Food Network and the topic was cheese. Other than that, I didn’t find eating this way difficult. I like fruits and veggies.  I was never hungry and watching the scale go down was great motivation. More to come on this as we tackle the next five weeks Eating to Live.

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