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

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

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

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.

Goals

I was just reflecting with my fiancé last night about my goals and how I never thought I would get this far.

My initial goal weight was 155, and I’ve already passed that. It’s so incredibly hard to believe that I actually have lost weight for real this time. I tried so many other times before, but never stuck with it.

Now, as I continue to set new goals, I have no idea what my goal weight will be. I have it set at 135 currently, since that’s in the middle of the healthy BMI range for my height, but I want to be fit & strong, not just skinny. The closer I get, the more the number doesn’t seem to matter. I do know I want to see the 140’s though :)

Happy Monday! I’m back to NROLFW tonight.
This weekend was very active! On Saturday, Ron, my friend Zack & I took the dogs for a 2+ mile adventure around the neighborhood, through a park & some trails. It was fun to just explore. Ron & I are looking at buying kayaks, so we checked out the river access, too. Yesterday we began the day with a dog “walk,” where I alternated dogs and did a series of sprints back and forth to Ron. The dogs loved that and it was a fun workout. We spent the rest of the afternoon raking and cleaning up the yard (#adults). Raking is such a killer workout - I wore my HRM and I burned over 700 calories in 90 minutes of raking.

Hope your weekends were wonderful.

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"Ugh fruit has so much sugar omg it will totes make me fat." NO. Fruit is very high in water and has little to no fat (with the rare exception of things like avocado… which is God’s gift to man so we should eat that anyway). The sugar it contains is natural sugars which are good for you.
Speaking of sugar, it has way less than things with added sugar. 1 whole cup of strawberries has about 7 grams, while 1 can of soda has about 30 grams on average. I’ll take my strawberries with some lemon squeezed on that because there simply isn’t enough fruit for me in just the strawberries.
Have you ever tasted pineapple? Yeah. That shit is delicious.
Fruit smoothie? You mean the healthy delicious treat that is the perfect amount of smooth and cold and is just the icing on the cake of a hot summer day? Yes. Please direct me to the nearest Jamba Juice.
Oh, so many pretty colors. I think even dogs can see that beautiful piercing pink of dragon fruit.
Antioxidants. All the antioxidants.
Weird is good. There are weird fruits. See this list for proof.  
There is lots of dietary fiber in fruit. Who doesn’t like pooping regularly AMIRIGHT?
There is no cholesterol, extremely low sodium, and low calories.
It all just tastes fucking delicious and if we are so paranoid that something as healthy as fruit is making us fat I am probably just going to leave society and live in the wilderness amongst the fruits. I will live with the fruit and I will eat it and be happy because it’s good and lets all just have a great day and eat some rambutans god bless.
  1. "Ugh fruit has so much sugar omg it will totes make me fat." NO. Fruit is very high in water and has little to no fat (with the rare exception of things like avocado… which is God’s gift to man so we should eat that anyway). The sugar it contains is natural sugars which are good for you.
  2. Speaking of sugar, it has way less than things with added sugar. 1 whole cup of strawberries has about 7 grams, while 1 can of soda has about 30 grams on average. I’ll take my strawberries with some lemon squeezed on that because there simply isn’t enough fruit for me in just the strawberries.
  3. Have you ever tasted pineapple? Yeah. That shit is delicious.
  4. Fruit smoothie? You mean the healthy delicious treat that is the perfect amount of smooth and cold and is just the icing on the cake of a hot summer day? Yes. Please direct me to the nearest Jamba Juice.
  5. Oh, so many pretty colors. I think even dogs can see that beautiful piercing pink of dragon fruit.
  6. Antioxidants. All the antioxidants.
  7. Weird is good. There are weird fruits. See this list for proof.  
  8. There is lots of dietary fiber in fruit. Who doesn’t like pooping regularly AMIRIGHT?
  9. There is no cholesterol, extremely low sodium, and low calories.
  10. It all just tastes fucking delicious and if we are so paranoid that something as healthy as fruit is making us fat I am probably just going to leave society and live in the wilderness amongst the fruits. I will live with the fruit and I will eat it and be happy because it’s good and lets all just have a great day and eat some rambutans god bless.

"During" photos.

When I started trying to lose weight, I weighed 210 pounds.
The photos on the left are the first photos I have of myself without a shirt (I did not want them taken but my trainer insisted. Now I’m happy to have them). The photos on the right were taken the first week of NROLFW. I’ll also take photos between each stage, and an “after” photo at the end. I hope I’m down to my goal weight at that time (about five months from now).

NROLFW Stage 1 Workout A #4

Squat (2x12):
Set 1: 95 pounds
Set 2: 100 pounds!!
Starting to feel really good about these!! 

Push ups (2x12) @ BW

Bent over rows (2x12):
Set 1: 75 pounds
Set 2: 80 pounds
Sometimes I wonder if I’m doing these properly. Any tips?

Step ups (2x12) @ 40 pounds
Added 10 pounds here! I knew that 30 was too little last time, but it was the heaviest available in that area. 40 was perfect last night, looking forward to slowly moving up on that, as well.

Prone jackknife (2x10) @ BW
Trying hard to focus on engaging my core, keeping my stomach tight as I do these. I actually love them even though it’s tough to stay balanced.

Feeling good, steadily adding weight!

NROLFW Stage 1 Workout B #3

Awesome workout tonight- definitely challenged myself and added weight on multiple exercises.

Before I started the lifts, I did about 50 high knees to get my heart rate up.

Deadlifts (2x12) @ 110 pounds

Overhead dumbbell press (2x12) @ 40 pounds
10 pound gain! Still SOOO difficult

Wide grip lateral pull down (2x12) @ 70 pounds
15 pounds more than last workout! I was nervous because this machine only has 15 pound intervals. 70 pounds was definitely a challenge, but it looks like my body is up for it!

Lunges (2x12) @ 40 pounds
Still very tiring, but I’m trying to take it slow and make sure my form is solid.

Swiss ball crunches (2x10) @ BW
I love these.

25 minutes - 228 calories burned.

A wonderfully-active Sunday

We had a great day yesterday. Slept in, and then got moving with a 2 mile walk with the dogs around our neighborhood. It was a gorgeous morning, and the dogs loved the exercise.

After, we went straight to the gym, where I did NROLFW Stage 1, Workout A #3.

Squats (2x12)
Set 1: 90 pounds
Set 2: 95 pounds

Push-ups (2x12) @ BW

Bent-over rows (2x12)
Set 1: 70 pounds
Set 2: 75 pounds

Step-ups (2x12) @ 30 pounds
I really need to make sure to grab heavier weights from a different area of the gym or something - these are definitely too light.

Prone jackknife (2x10) @ BW

It felt great! I’m starting to feel a lot more confident with these exercises at the gym, and I know my form has improved.

We came home and raked part of the front yard (STILL not done). I need to finish that this week, and start working in the garden. What a busy spring it will be.

Tonight I think we’ll hit the gym again because Tuesday & Wednesday we have plans in the evening. I know NROLFW says to take a day off in between, but I think this exception may be due :)

Down .4, double workout last night

I hit it hard last night and went to Zumba Toning followed by NROLFW Stage 1, Workout B (#2).

Results:

Deadlift 2x15
Set 1: 90 pounds
Set 2: 100 pounds

I love challenging myself on this exercise. I can feel myself getting stronger, and looking forward to adding on more weight next week.

Press 2x15 @ 30 pounds

This was actually really tough, I think I am really lacking in whatever muscles this pulls from.

Wide Grip Lateral Pull Down 2x15 @ 55 pounds

Unfortunately the machine at Planet Fitness doesn’t have awesome intervals. I would like to go up slightly on weight in this, but the next option is 70 pounds, and I don’t know that I’m ready for that yet. I think I’ll try it for at least one set this week.

Lunges 2x15 (per leg) @ 30 pounds

These get incredibly exhausting to me. I’m not sure if that’s normal, but wowza. I think I’ll try to up it to 40 pounds next time.

Swiss Ball Crunches: 2x8 @ BW

I’m starting to get the hang of these and understand how to properly be setting myself up/moving to best engage my core. I love the full range of movement it allows.

I’m definitely feeling sore today, and figured I’d be “up” on the scale from the workouts, but I’m still down .4 from last Friday! WOOHOO. I’ll take any loss, big or small!