Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sayonara Shred!!!

Whew, the February Shred Challenge is over!!!!!! Holy Moly, that was the longest 28 days of my life! LOL!!! Seriously though, what an awesome workout. I do really like this DVD; it was tough but I loved that it was only 20 min. I think it will definitely remain in my workout rotation, just not everyday like I did for the challenge! Even the husband is hooked and will keep doing it 2x a week. So now for the RESULTS! Was all this Shredding worth it??? Well, I jumped out of bed this morning, popped in the Shred and huffed that baby out for the last time this month, then grabbed my measuring tape for the big reveal. Here's the inches lost list...
  • arms - 1/2 " each
  • chest - 1/2 "
  • waist - 1 "
  • hips - 3/4"
  • legs - 3/4" each

That's a total of 4 1/4" lost! Hey, not too bad for 28 days! Actually, I can't claim all 28 days; I did miss 2 days and probably had a couple "half-assed" Shreds when I just kinda went through the motions but didn't give it my all. This wasn't my only form of exercise; I still got in the elliptical and runs, but I definitely see the difference in my arms the most. I have developed a nice muscle on the sides of my arms, I'm thinking from all those stinkin push-ups! And my abs definitely feel "six pack-ish" under the 3" layer of fat that is currently covering it. So, even though I am not fully "shredded", I am happy with my results and proud of myself for sticking with the Challenge. To all the Shredders who hung in there with me during this Challenge, please feel free to post your experience or measurement results in my comments or link to your blog if you are posting them there. I'd love to see how everyone made out! Okay, let's get to the food...

After the Shred and measuring, I made a quick breakfast of 2/3 c. TJ's High Fiber Fruit and Nut Multigrain Medley with 1/2 banana and 1/2 c. unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze for 3 POINTS...


Then, I headed to my friend, Rosemary's baby shower. It was a lovely shower; she got lots of cute stuff for her little guy. A nice buffet lunch was served and I was happy to see some healthy choices. I chose a mixed greens salad, sauteed veggies and about 2 oz. of sliced steak. I had my own dressing packet that I keep in my purse and used that for the salad which made it a friendly 5 POINT lunch...


I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive about whipping out my camera at this shower filled with people that I didn't know, but I sat next to the guest of honor and she knows about(and has appeared) on my blog, so I didn't feel as odd to take a quick pic! Ugh, the woes of the food blogger!!!

A little after I arrived home from the shower, I was feeling hungry. Big daughter had a late basketball game scheduled and I knew we would be eating a really late dinner, so I made a filling snack of a Weight Watchers Vanilla Yogurt topped with a crumbled Chocolate Brownie Clif Z Bar for 3 POINTS...


Dinner was very late, so I had planned a soup and "make your own panini" night. I went with 1 c. Trader Joe's Creamy Tomato Soup and a panini made with rustic whole wheat bread, 2 tbsp white bean hummus, 1 Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedge, baby spinach and sliced tomato. A comforting and quick 6 POINT dinner...



Since, I showed great restraint today at the shower by not eating the amazing looking cake or THE BROWNIES that were displayed so seductively on a tray, I decided to treat myself to a wonderful dessert. Okay, who am I kidding - you all know I "treat" myself to dessert EVERY NIGHT!!!!! But, anyway, I tried to make this one special; a " bananas foster - inspired "sundae. I sauteed a medium sliced banana in a nonstick pan coated with a bit of cooking spray then, stirred in Lighthouse Reduced Sugar Caramel Dip to coat bananas and poured this over 1/2 c. Breyers Fat Free Double Churn Caramel Swirl Ice Cream. Mmmm...warm bananas and caramel ROCK! A "better than those brownies" dessert for 4 POINTS...


That's the day! Hope it's been a great Saturday! Nite =)

17 comments:

Andrea said...

Good job on losing those inches! Isn't it awesome to see all those inches falling off!
I think you should keep taping yourself. It will be neat for you to see how many inches you have lost when you get to your goal. Since I started Weight Watchers I have been weighing myself along with taping myself and I've lost 41 1/2 inches so far! So, I hope I've inspired you to keep on tapin' yourself. It will be worth it in the long run!
Great job!

Mom on the Run said...

Congrats on finishing shred!

I love how you find yummy foods for very little points!

Sharon said...

Wow, great job! That is awesome with all those inches lost, definitely should be proud!

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

Congratulations on the lost inches and completing the challenge ! Now you are making me want bananna something !

just me said...

congrats on fishing shred and way to go w/ the inches! wonderful news!!!

and i love that dessert! looks scrumptious!

Rebecca said...

Yummy food today! Awesome results on that shredding! Well done for sticking with it!

TJ said...

Another reason I'm happy to be done with February! hehehe

Jillian is going back on the shelf for at least a couple weeks. I still love the Shred though. One of my all time favorite work outs!!

Congrats on those inches GONE!

I already put up my days post, but will say a word or two this week about my Shred experience and inches lost.

MizFit said...

Im so impressed you started and stuck with it AND had such great results.

Im still a noshredder.

YET.

Now Im almost afraid to try as I hear how killer it is :)

Me, Only Better said...

Way to go on your commmittment to Shredding! Your food, as usual, looks devine!

Kelly said...

I bought the Shred DVD after reading about the challenge here.

First day, I became physically disabled. Hobbled through the house and couldn't even go to the bathroom without great pain.

Day 3 is going better. Love the Shred and hate the Shred.

Congrats on the great results!

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

Andrea - I am in awe of your weight loss progress!! You Rock! I am definitely going to keep taping -it's fun to see those results!

Mom on the Run - Love your blog, too!

Sharon - thanks! I'm proud of myself for sticking with it!

The Incredible Shrinking Family - I've been into bananas lately!! So good!

just me - Thanks, you know I gotta have my dessert!

Rebecca - thanks! You're doing awesome, too!

TJ - Can't wait to hear your results!

MizFit - No need, You are SO Shredded already!!!!

Me, Only Better - thanks :)

Kelly - LOL! Yeah, I know the feeling! Hang in there; it gets better :)

thecleanveggie said...

congrats on the inches lost!
thats amazing.

love the yogurt+zbar combo!

♥ Dee ♥ said...

Seriously hate you and your desserts.

KIDDING!! You know I love you.

But you do make me crave yummy goodness with that damn sundae.

Kari said...

Hey great job..that is some good progress!!! And congrats to you on finishing out the challenge!! Me and some other friends are doing 30 out of 31 days in march and I'm doing them regardless of if I'm sick or not. Starting today!!!
That sandwich looks amazing. And I'm craving a banana as well. I'm hungry now. lol.

theskinnyplate said...

Great results. So many inches lost!! Congratulations.

The American Homemaker said...

Good job on the inches lost!!!

Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

Holy inches lost! Congrats on a great February!!!