Monthly Archives: April 2013

Be an AHB Rockstar: Michele Week 4.

Michele continues on in week 4 with a non-scale victory! 

It’s been four weeks today since I started “working” with Alicia and Kara at A Healthy Balance. It is so great listening to their advice, expertise, and support. Alicia keeps me on track with my exercise and Kara keeps me on track with nutrition. I definitely have the motivation to do this, but knowing I have them behind me, I know I won’t slip.

I hit a milestone this week and while I knew I’d do it at some point, I didn’t realize how great it would feel! My friend, Sue saw me in my favorite Talbots jeans and said, ” I can definitely tell today that you are losing weight and you CANNOT wear those jeans another day! You need a smaller size.” Off to the store we went and she was right! I did need a smaller size. I could not believe my eyes in the dressing room when I buttoned and zippered and saw that they were a perfect fit! I couldn’t open the door fast enough to model for Sue.


New jeans on top of old jeans!

While this size is certainly not my goal size, it’s exciting for now. I am keeping my old jeans as a reminder that I do not ever want to wear them again. They are folded in my gym bag and whenever I need an extra dose of motivation and encouragement, I will try them on. Bootcamp is hard, but the thought of wearing those jeans again is not an option. I will gladly (ok fine, maybe not gladly!) struggle through planks, lunges, pushups, and whatever else Alicia throws my way because I know the end result will be worth it. If I felt this good trying on these jeans, imagine how I’ll feel when I try on my goal jeans?


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Be an AHB Rockstar: Michele Week 3

It takes awhile for healthy changes to become a lifestyle, but Michele is on her way at week 3!

It’s official. Now that my blog is up and running, everyone will know what I’ve been doing in my spare time. I’ve been hinting on Facebook that big things are happening and that I’ve been motivated, healthy and finally committed to doing this but I’ve been vague about the details. I feel like now the “secret” is out — there is no turning back and I like the pressure! I can do this. I am doing this.

A few friends have known about this challenge since day one and they have been unbelievably supportive and motivating with a little nagging thrown in. Thanks to Kim for inviting me to walk at the crack of dawn before the mall opens, to Sue for bringing hand weights to work to offer strength training during lunch hours, and to both for recipes, meal ideas, motivational quotes, and other get skinny tips!

At the end of a busy day, I am not much of a TV watcher or the type who likes to relax. I’d rather be up and doing something productive whether it be running an errand, doing laundry, going for a walk or a bike ride. I am so active that I should already be thin! But now, I’ve taken it to a whole new level. I’m constantly on the move.  I dance while I am washing dishes, I have my daughter timing my planks, I use resistance bands while watching the news and I’ve caught myself incorporating some kind of exercise into everything I do. I hope I never lose this motivation. I am going to print this block of letters and read it every morning and every night. I am going to live this mantra:

In addition to exercising whenever I can, I also continue to food log and meal plan. Three weeks ago, I didn’t consider salad a meal; I considered it something that came free with your dinner or something you ate at a wedding because it was the polite thing to do. I’ve now had salad for lunch every day for the past 3 weeks and I look forward to it. I never thought I’d see the day that I craved salad. 

Changes are happening and they’re good!




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Be an AHB Rockstar: Michele Week 2.

Michele takes on week 2 with a little hiccup in the form of an injury to make things interesting. 

grocery_cartThis week was a little more of a challenge for me because I had a knee injury and had to strictly modify my exercise plan. I was disappointed when my doc gave me the news that I would have to rest in order to heal, but I was also determined to stay the course. I did the bare minimum physical activity at home so I made sure to concentrate on the nutrition plan.

The prior week I was a little surprised (read: disappointed) to see that my weight stayed the same despite four days of (grueling) boot camp and two days of walking. During my meeting with Kara, she explained to me the importance of trying to meet the calorie intake set for me, instead of trying to restrict my calories. I was vigilant about tracking my food intake, adding protein, and getting to the calorie level I needed to succeed. I was a little nervous getting on the scale because I knew I had consumed more calories than the week prior and was thrilled (read: surprised!) to see that I had lost 3 pounds! Eat more, Lose more?!?! That I can do!lying scale

I’m already noticing some of Alicia’s challenges at my one-on-one training session were a little easier to perform this week. I was able to hold a plank for one minute which beats I-don’t-know-how-many-seconds from my first week! (Let’s hope Alicia doesn’t read this and decide to up it to 2 minutes!) I can’t wait to see how much easier this gets once my weight goes down and my strength goes up. It’s these little bits of progress that keep me motivated so I intend to keep them coming!


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Be a Rockstar: Michele Week 1.

Technical difficulties today so hopefully Michele’s week 1 write up is enough to keep you entertained…

I’ve known for a few weeks that I was on deck to be the next Rockstar of A Healthy Balance. I have told all of my friends, family and coworkers and I’ve hinted on Facebook that something life-changing was going to be happening to me. I could not wait to start.

In preparation, I went to the sporting goods store to stock up on yoga pants, tees and a water bottle. I even changed the shoe laces in my Nikes. I am ready! I counted the minutes for work to end, changed my clothes and raced over to meet Alicia for my preliminary weigh-in and all-over body measurements. I was then told that there was going to be a fitness test?! What’s that all about? It’s only five minutes long; I can handle that! How hard can it be to do a few sit ups and push ups? I will ace this test.

Oh boy. There were three components to this fitness test and I scored “good,” “poor” and “very poor.” That is not exactly what I would call an ace! The reason I am here to do this program is because I am unfit and unhealthy and that fact was swiftly proven. I wasn’t exactly surprised as I sound like the bride of Darth Vader walking from the office parking garage to the third floor on a daily basis, but to actually see those scores in writing takes my motivation to a whole new level… from 100% to 110%. I am going to do this! I am determined to have better scores when I redo this same fitness test in 12 weeks.

I met with Kara, the dietitian, and she gave me healthy eating guidelines and tips. I left her office and zoomed to the grocery store for protein filled snacks and healthy meal options. I am planning my meals and I have been logging everything I eat on My Fitness Pal. Nothing goes into my mouth that I don’t want Alicia and Kara to see when they login to check my status. There are certain things that I am confident I will never eat again! A chocolate martini has almost 500 calories. Who knew?!

I’ve read and reread the blog of the prior Rockstar Kathleen and I’m in awe over her determination and success and I am eager to do the same. My husband Dru can confirm my motivation as he has witnessed me doing crunches in bed at 3:00am when I could not sleep. Bring it on!


Be Healthy. Be Balanced.


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