A young Michigan gal's journey to lose the final 25 pounds.
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Dress fitting

EEEEEK. I just realized I’m exactly 11 weeks away from my wedding dress fitting!

I would really love to lose 7-10 pounds in that time frame. I was initially hoping to be at my goal weight at that time, but, as I get closer, the more slowly the weight comes off.

Also, adding heavy lifting into my routine has stalled the scale going down, but I have seen changes in my body.

I can’t wait for my wedding dress to fit me like a glove. It’s so awkward right now (loose in some spots, tight in others).

Zumba tonight! My best friend (who lives in Indiana) is coming up to visit & join me at Zumba.

So I had a breakfast scramble for lunch because we had some goodies. It was delicious. I love doing this because you can just use whatever you have laying around!
INGREDIENTS
1 egg
2 egg whites
2 oz Eckrich smoked turkey sausage 
1/2 oz reduced fat cheddar cheese 
Handful of white onions, diced
Handful of cherry tomatoes, diced
DIRECTIONS
I sprayed the pan with cooking spray and added the onions. I let them sit on medium heat for about 5 minutes. 
I added the sausage, let cook about two minutes, then added the egg/white mixture. 
I added the tomatoes last, then topped with cheese and some hot sauce.
Tonight was my NROLFW S1 WA #5
Squats (3x10)
Set 1: 100 pounds
Set 2: 105 pounds
Set 3: 105 pounds
Push ups (3x10) @ BW
Seated rows (3x10)
Set 1: 70 pounds
Set 2: 75 pounds
Set 3: 70 pounds
I felt like I was sacrificing good form when I upped it to 75, so I went back down for the last set.
Step ups (3x10) @ 40 pounds
Prone jackknife (3x12) @ BW
250 calories burned.

So I had a breakfast scramble for lunch because we had some goodies. It was delicious. I love doing this because you can just use whatever you have laying around!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 oz Eckrich smoked turkey sausage 
  • 1/2 oz reduced fat cheddar cheese 
  • Handful of white onions, diced
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes, diced

DIRECTIONS

  • I sprayed the pan with cooking spray and added the onions. I let them sit on medium heat for about 5 minutes. 
  • I added the sausage, let cook about two minutes, then added the egg/white mixture. 
  • I added the tomatoes last, then topped with cheese and some hot sauce.

Tonight was my NROLFW S1 WA #5

Squats (3x10)

  • Set 1: 100 pounds
  • Set 2: 105 pounds
  • Set 3: 105 pounds

Push ups (3x10) @ BW

Seated rows (3x10)

  • Set 1: 70 pounds
  • Set 2: 75 pounds
  • Set 3: 70 pounds

I felt like I was sacrificing good form when I upped it to 75, so I went back down for the last set.

Step ups (3x10) @ 40 pounds

Prone jackknife (3x12) @ BW

250 calories burned.

Chicken strip deliciousness

So I had a craving for chicken fingers last night so I came up with this little recipe to curb the craving.

INGREDIENTS

  • 10-12 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into long strips (I cut mine into 4 strips, if that gives you perspective)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs (in a small/medium bowl)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for cooking

Coating:

  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a medium non-stick skillet (on medium heat)
  • I mixed the ingredients for the coating all together in a small dish (large enough to fit a chicken strip, though) with a fork.
  • Then, I took each of the chicken strips and rolled them in the mixture, then transferred it to the bowl of panko and rolled until coated.
  • Repeat for all pieces, then transfer into skillet and cook until brown on the bottom, then flip. Allow chicken to cook until fully cooked through.

I wish I had taken pictures - but it was very yummy! I served it with a side of roasted broccoli and a small amount of quinoa/brown rice blend.

NROLFW Stage 1 Workout B #4

Dead lifts (2x12) @ 120 pounds

Overhead press (2x12) @ 40 pounds
Wide grip lateral pull down (2x12) @ 70 pounds

Lunges (2x12) @ 40 pounds
Swiss ball crunches (2x10) @ BW

164 calories burned.
I’m not feeling too well tonight - my stomach has been funny since dinner, so I really wasn’t feeling this workout. I pushed myself to a new weight for deadlifts, though!! Trying to stay motivated through the weekend and not eat terribly.