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On Paris, and an update on my week

Paris is always a good idea.
--Audrey Hepburn

Oh sweet blog friends, I am so sorry about my lack of posts this week! My silly old laptop decided it wanted to start acting up on me. It's had a pretty good life, although I have dropped it many times, and there was a weird rattling sound, and it often overheated. My father-in-law, the mechanical engineer that he is, took it apart and realized my fan was clogged with cat hair, my processor was probably fried, and my motherboard was most likely in need of replacing. So that is why I haven't been posting much, for want of a computer to do it from. Thankfully Billy has a little notebook laptop that I am currently working on, but it is not ideal. I miss my 17 inch screen and full size keyboard. This will have to do for now.

Now, to fill you in on this Happy Girl's life! I have been a busy bee!! Nanny work was heavy this week, so by the time I got home each night I felt fried. The mornings were full of socializing with friends, getting my hair done {a tragic story with a happy ending for another day} and of course Jillian Michael's Making the Cut workouts. Which I need to talk to you about.

Jillian is known for kicking butt. Her Biggest Loser persona and workout DVDs are intense and she yells at you a lot, but in a good way. This book has an outline for 30 days of workouts, including rest days. I have to tell you, these book workouts are crazy! They are High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) circuits mixing cardio and resistance training. I finished day 8 today, and I think I have been a little sore all over every single day since I started. They push you to the max in about 30 minutes, and I end up pouring sweat like I would on a run. I also have gotten in 2 separate 5+ mile runs, and another yoga class. That yoga class was awesome, I really liked the teacher. I even surprised myself by getting into a "flying" pose, with my right leg extended forward and resting on my right triceps, the left extended behind me, with all my weight balancing on my hands. No idea what it was called, but I managed it for a second. Though I did fall out of crow pose, hard onto my left knee, so don't think I am some cool yogi now. I still think yoga is freaking hard. More props to you ladies who do it all the time. 

My difficult workouts, combined with my cleaned up diet devoid of processed foods, flour, and sugars is AMAZING, in all capital letters for a reason. I have successfully kicked my plateau, losing 3lbs!! I am officially in the 120's y'all, and it makes me SO happy. I haven't been this weight since high school. I also feel tighter, my muscles more defined, and I am pretty happy with the way my body is looking, even at night after eating all day, big change there.

These 2 weeks have not been easy, by any means. I have had to push myself really hard with my workouts, and exercise every last bit of self-control and will power I possess to keep from eating all the yummy processed and "fake" food I normally would let slip into my diet. Going to my in-laws house is a total trigger for me to overeat anything in sight, mostly starchy white carbs. While over there fixing my laptop, I managed to bring my own dinner and resist doughnuts, Pepperidge Farms cookies, scalloped potatoes, and Doritos, that all happened to be within sight when I walked in. I did let Billy eat whatever he wanted, and I would smell everything, which was almost as good as eating it because I didn't get the insulin rush or the calories from it. 

I started reading Tosca Reno's The Eat-Clean Diet Stripped, and I am learning a lot about clean eating and how much better it is for you. I am also learning about the horrors of sugar. You know I am a sugar fiend; I love all things baked, both good and bad, and I could eat my weight in sugary things if it was in front of me. I think this is partly due to the addictive nature of sugar, and I really liked something Tosca said about it. 

"I rank sugar's dangerous effects up there with cocaine and heroine. All 3 are white powders, all give you a high & crushing lows, all are highly addictive and destroy you. Sugar may be even more dangerous because it's legal and we are not prepared for it's disastrous effects." 

Powerful stuff, ladies. 
I highly recommend both Jillian Michaels Making the Cut, and Tosca Reno's The Eat-Clean Diet Stripped (or any of her other eat-clean books) for anyone who wants to get in shape and lose those last 10 pounds that are hanging on for dear life. 

Happy weekend lovelies! 
Oh, Happy Canada day to my ladies to the north, Alison, Nicole and Leigh! Also happy 4th of July to all my girls here in the States! 


  1. For a second there I thought you were in Paris! Dude, you are kicking some serious buttocks! I gave up salt as a child, but sugar is soooo much harder to kick out of my diet! I am better than i used to be, but man when it's everywhere it's hard to avoid so kudos to you for avoiding temptation last night! Sorry about your laptop...but now you get to upgrade!

  2. I am a new follower and wanted to say Hello!
    I love your blog... so adorable, and def an inspiration to get my body back into shape... thanks!!!

  3. Good work Adrian, as always you are kicking butt! :) Hope you have a great 4th, thanks for the Cana day shout out, you are to sweet.

  4. Congrats on the weight loss, that's awesome! Keep doing what you're doing girl!

  5. Great job on the weightloss! You are so inspiring! I did well with my Sugar Free Challenge but now I am back to eating sugar whenever. It's hard to make it a lifestyle.

    Thanks for the shout out! Hope you had a good 4th of July!!

  6. That is awesome! After I have my next kid, I'll definitely need a diet/workout plan like that.


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