Friday, May 13, 2011

4 Hour Body-Skinny for NYC Check In Time

This week has been so much better than last week. First of all, I was able to work out 4 times and I was able to follow the diet plan. I had a fabulous Cheat Day on Mother’s Day. We went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. I enjoyed the biscuits, the hash brown casserole, the jam, the juice, the ketchup—everything! I was full on breakfast, but five hours later I had some amazing brie cheese, Dubliner Cheddar, delicious pear, and then my Darling Teen and Darling Hubby made me a fabulous pasta dinner which they’d chosen from the Disney Cookbook. I was so full by the time I finished eating that there wasn’t room for the dessert my Darling Teen had planned to make us. But I’ll eat that tomorrow for my next Cheat Day.

Cheat Day makes this diet easier to follow. I won’t lie. I live for Cheat Day.

I did the Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred program this week. I am up to Level 2!! It’s a tough workout, but I like it better than the Level 1 workout. I think it uses more muscle groups and burns more calories, too. And I’m in a hurry for results so I’m glad I can puff my way through this tough workout. I also went to Zumba class two times. I was so happy to see all my Zumba classmates and to see that none of them had incurred major damage due to the April 27 tornadoes.

This week I tried a new recipe using a Moroccan rub. The rub was great, but a bit too salty, so I’ll try it again with less salt. It called for kosher salt, cinnamon, all spice, cardamon, coriander, white pepper, ginger. Once I fine tune the recipe, I’ll post it on this blog. I rubbed this onto pork tenderloin, then grilled the tenderloin. I also made Mediterranean meatballs using a Turkish spice from Penzey’s spices. They were delicious. I served them with a canellini bean salad and roasted cauliflower. Yum!! We also had steak this week. Today I plan to serve up chicken with the leftover Moroccan rub along with more bean salad and veggies.

I’m feeling pretty good about the results I’m achieving thus far. I have a pair of skinny shorts I’d bought five years ago when I was ahem skinny, and I’m trying them on once a week to see how they are fitting. I couldn’t pull them over my hips before we went to Disney World in March. Now I can pull them over my hips. My goal is to be able to wear them this summer and have them fit comfortably, not tight, but just right. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, here are my stats for the week:

Waist: down .5 inches
Hips: down .5 inches
Bicep: same
Upper Right Thigh: same
Upper Left Thigh: same

Total Inches Lost this Week: 1
Total Inches Lost to Date: 9.5

I’m sooooo happy to see a downward trend in the hip and navel area. This is the toughest place to lose. I don’t expect to see much downward movement in the thigh and bicep areas. They are about as skinny as they were when I was at my best size 5 years ago. So now I’ll see losses where I want to see them the most!

So how are you doing with your weight loss and get healthy goals? Are you sticking to your plan? Are you seeing results?


Justine Dell said...

Now I am hungry. And I feel guilty for never working out and eating whatever I want. My body will repay me dearly.

It's time for me to get on the fitness/health train!


Christine said...

Hi Justine: Don't feel guilty--just find something you love and go for it. I just got a little too fluffy this winter and had to take charge or I'd get bigger. I love this diet plan because of CHEAT DAY. One more sleep and I get to stuff my face with pasta again :-)

Katherine Bone said...

Keep at it, Christine! The results are starting to really show. I'm proud of you.

As an aside: I went to the doctor and the scale fell apart.

Regina Richards said...

Morrocan rub sounds delish! Congrats on losing another inch!

Christine said...

Hi Kathy: I think you look fabulous! But if you want to try the 4 Hour Body diet, go for it. I got to tell you that by Friday I am sick of meat, but it is working. And today is CHEAT DAY!!! Woohoo!! Can't wait to eat everything and anything all day.


Christine said...

Hi Regina: It is really good, but the recipe called for far too much salt. I'm going to refine it and try again with less salt. I can handle the sodium, but DH can't have too much as his BP is high. I'll post the recipe and others next week.


Tami Brothers said...

Way to go Christine!!!! yay!!!!

I did the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. That is a great workout. I'm trying to get my MIL to do it with me when I do it again.

The food sounds yummy. I really think the cheat days are a great idea. I think I'll have to add a few of those to my exercise plan!


Christine said...

Hi Tami: I love the Shred program because it is so time efficient as well. This is the beauty of the program. I'm posting some recipes this Friday that go well with the 4 Hour Body plan.

Stay tuned.

And if anyone has a recipe they'd like to share with me, bring it on!! I need new ideas for this diet.