Back to the Pavement

Today at work we had a Celebration Breakfast for a co-worker who hit his 5 year mark. The topic quickly turned to this co-workers dedication to riding his Bike to and from work, every single day. He says he lives about 7 miles from work (in my neighborhood) and he loves it. He even invented these Bike “Snow Tires” so he can ride his bike in the snow! Him and his wife just bought a house in the county and someone asked if he plans to still ride to and from work. He said he had already tested it, and that it is 13 miles each way. He says it takes him about 50 minutes to ride to work, and 50 minutes home.

I was shocked! This guy is willing to give up TWO HOURS of his day to ride his bike to and from work! CRAZY! Then everyone sat around talking about marathons (that woman who ran Boston at 9 month pregnant) and half marathons, and all the old people, fat people, young people they knew who had turned their lives around by walking, then running. It was just so inspiring.

Before the wedding I had taken up a bit of running, well…slow jogging? And it was DAMN hard! I once told someone I was working up to do a 5k, and they said “What? That’s so easy, you can run a 3.2 miles!” But I couldn’t, honestly. I still can’t. I can run MAX 2 miles without stopping, and that is EXHAUSTING!  My legs hurt and I’m out of breath, and mentally drained. I wont say it’s an excuse, but I’m sorry, if you weigh less than 150 pounds running has got to be way easier for you. Seriously. Try running holding an extra 50 pound weight. It’s flat-out hard to run when you are bigger. No lie. Not that I’m not strong, I’m very strong. I’m actually (well I was before the wedding) in pretty good shape. I worked out regularly and ate healthy. I don’t smoke, I drink very little, and I am in a constant state of trying to live a healthier life. Still though, I am not thin, not at a healthy BMI, not average in size. It’s something I work on every day. I LOVE the idea of being Skinny, but I just don’t see it ever happening for me. I have never been significantly smaller than I am right now, since I was 15.

None the less, I have to watch myself, and Mr. Gaunt for that matter. We can gain weight in a matter of DAYS! So we have to constantly check ourselves, our eating, our physical fitness, to keep at an acceptable (yet still over weight) weight. Which bring me to OCTOBER 25th.

OCTOBER 24th will be the 1 month deadline I gave myself to eat whatever I wanted and NOT work out at all. It was my month off that I felt I really needed to get some sanity back after the wedding. So on OCTOBER 25th we will be back to a healthier lifestyle. Less Cheese, less bread, less sugar, less butter, less food. More moving, lifting and stretching! I’m going to get a yoga DVD and see if Mr. Gaunt and I can’t do a little of our own yoga in the evenings. I also want to get back to my strength training before bed, makes yah feel better! Lastly Running. I’m starting today. I have a NEW 3.5 mile plan that I plan to start doing at least 4 times a week. I will start with walking, then move into jogging, and hopefully maybe by the new year I will be able to do the whole thing without stopping! It’s a Goal!

I’ll keep you updated as usual! If my coworker can ride his bike for 2 hours just to get ot work, then I can dedicate a solid hour 4 days a week to keeping my butt smaller! Plus I think it’s better to start this stuff now, keep OFF the holiday weight, then start in the New Year after you gained all the Holiday weight. Booo.

Anyone else Not planning on gaining weight this Holiday season?


The Final Countdown

Alright my wedding is less than 5 months away.

Which means, its time to get crazy.

Crazy with weight loss.

When I explained this to Mr. Gaunt he got all concerned that we need to live a healthy lifestyle and blah blah blah….kidding.

Seriously though, I am so pro-healthy lifestyle it’s not even funny. And I plan to live the rest of my life eating healthy. However I’m setting that all aside to be crazy for 5 months.

I know its cliché, believe me. I have spent so much time internally battling whether I should just be fine with how I look, or I should give it my all to look my absolute best for my wedding. Its pretty exausting…in my head.

And I’m sure there are a bunch of girls out there who think that its absurd and disrespectful to myself and all women, but I don’t care. The only person who matters is me (well Mr. Gaunt matters too, but I’m sure he wouldn’t care if I was 500 pounds, So he doesn’t count) and if losing 30 or 40 pounds before my wedding means I can walk down the aisle feeling confident and pretty, than that’s what matters.

So what does this mean? Well it means I’m going on a DIEt. Yup a strict DIEt, for the next 149 days. I’m not counting calories, I’m cutting out foods, and a lot of them. Here are the OK foods:


-Grilled Chicken

-Lean Ground Turkey

-Chicken Sausage

-Grilled Vegetables (no starchy ones like corn or potatoes, Yams OK)

-Apples, Bananas, and Strawberries (limited to 1 serving a day)

-Whole Grain Toast (limited to 1 serving a day)

-Quinoa & Brown Rice (Limit 1 serving pre day)

-Non Fat Greek Yogurt

-Egg Whites

-Raw Almonds

-Black Beans

-Honey, Cinnamon, and other spices

-Coffee, tea, and water. (allowing 3 Iced Vanilla Lattes a week…lol)



That’s it. SO obviously it’s no cabbage soup diet, but its all low in fat. Here is the no no’s:


-Eating Out (At least none for a while, maybe I’ll do an occasional eating out after I get a handle on things)

-Cheese (buh bye)

-Chips, Crackers, Pitas chips, trail mix (or any other “snacks”)

-Candy, baked goods, ice cream (anything sweet like that)

-Fried foods

-Sweetened Bevrages

-Alcohol (allowing 3 glasses of wine a week)


-Butter, oil, peanutbutter

-Beef, Pork, Fatty Fish

-Packaged foods

I’m sure there are a million other off limit foods, but you get the idea. It’s gonna be hard, I know this, but it’s what I want to do. And I believe that all though its deprivation, its in a fairly healthy way.

I’m giving myself until the first of May, mostly to clear out the fridge a bit.

I’m asking that my friends and family be supportive and help me resist temptation. Yah know…dont invite me to go out to dinner. Which I know sucks, but it’s also going to be nice on the wallet, and my waist line.

I’m hoping to update you on my progress as I go along.

The goal is 40 pounds by September 24th.

First Goal: 10 Pounds Lost by June 1st!


Oh man, wedding weight loss is sooooooooooo ON LIKE DONKY KONG!

You don’t even know how pumped I am to get in shape!

If at any point in the next 160some days I ever think “I’m Bored” I will be working out! No excuses!

Kate can be my Bride Inspiration. Meaning I am inspired to come within 50 pounds of what she weighs…lol!

Anyone else excited about the Royal Wedding?

PS: Femme Fatal is Amazing!

Day One in Pictures!

I wanted to share how my first day of Eating Like a Baby went! Just so you can see what exactly I will be eating, and also to give you a bit more information on my techniques.

First off I had someone ask me what the importance of cutting food up is. To help explain this I’m pulling a paragraph from this article:

Cut your food up into bite sized pieces. Cutting your food up into smaller bite sized pieces will ultimately make you ‘think’ you have more food.

You can ‘see’ it.

This optical perception is transmitted to your brain. If you see more food on your plate, your brain will acknowledge that and you’ll trick yourself into believing you’ve actually got more food on your plate. Your stomach will feel fuller from eating such a ‘large’ meal, when all you really did was cut your food up into smaller bite sized pieces.

You can lose weight, just by utilizing the perception that you have eaten more!

This is a ‘brain trick’ you can use often. Cut your food up into smaller pieces and you will ‘see’ why its one of the most terrific ways to lose weight that I know!

See totally worth it! i even cut my pizza up into small pieces tonight! Ok onto the meals (please note this is what pictures look like when taken in poor lighting with zero staging…lol!):

BREAKFAST (4:45 am):

1 Whole Wheat Low Fat Eggo Waffle (70 calories)

1/2 Cup Organic Unsweetened Applesauce (50 calories)

1/2 Pink Lady Apple Diced (40 calories)

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

I mixed the apples in with the apple sauce and cinnamon over night. No Butter, No Syrup.


1/2 Cup Honey Nut Cheerios (100 calories)

1 Cliff Bar (250 calories)

6 Raw Almonds (20 calories)

LUNCH (10:00 am)

1/2 Cup Pasta (110 calories)

1/2 cup Grilled Veggies (20 calories)

3 mozzarella Balls (10 calories)

1/2 mango Sausage (80)

1/4 Avocado (50)

1/2 cup watermelon(20 calories)

1/2 cup cantaloupe (30 calories)


1 Slice Ezekiel Bread (80)

1 Slice Light Swiss Cheese (60)

1/4 Avocado (50)

DINNER (6:30 pm)

1/4 cup Pasta (50 calories)

1/4 cup Grilled Veggies (10 calories)

1/2 cup watermelon(20 calories)

1/2 cup cantaloupe (30 calories)

2 slices Caprese Pizza (recipe to come) (300 calories)


In total I ate just under 1500 calories. Im not really concerned about calories, but every now and then I like to see where Im hitting in a day. 1500 is good for weight loss. I also did about 45 minutes of aquatic work out. 20 laps + aerobics. I feel really great about how the day went! Even now at 9:15 I could totally do a snack, but instead I brushed my teeth and put on my crest white strips…cant eat now! ha!

Eating like a baby!

****First let me note that this has NOTHING to do with the supposed “baby food diet” that Jennifer Aniston was on.****

This weekend I spent a lot of time with Jenny and Liam, and there was lots of food involved. Jenny feeds Liam super healthy, and he is at that age where he eats real food, not baby foods. We joked how we should eat more like him, then I realized, it’s not such a joke! You don’t give your baby garbage food because its bad for them, why do you give it to yourself?

Happy AND Healthy!

So I have decided to do One Month of EATING LIKE A BABY! What does this mean exactly? Well its a little blurry on the exact rules, because I’m kind of making them up…lol. Basically its the following:

1. SMALL PORTION  (ideally even cut up into small bite size pieces, even a sandwich)

2. LOTS OF FOODS IN ONE MEAL (have a little fruit, a little cheese, a little carb, a little veggies)

3. NO ARTIFICIAL INGREDIENTS (Real fruit, Unsweetened applesauce, plain yogurt, water)


5. LOTS OF VEGGIES (cooked or raw)

6. NO EXTRA FLAVOR (no butter, no oil, no sauces. Use fruit to add flavor to yogurt etc)

7. DRINK ONLY WATER (have less than 12 oz of milk a day)

8. PRE MAKE FOOD (always have cooked noodles, cooked veggies, cut up fruit on hand)

9. BRING SNACKS EVERYWHERE (mini muffins, dried fruit, wheat crackers)

10. EAT FOUR SMALL MEALS A DAY (eat all day long actually as long as it small amounts)


12. STOP WHEN YOUR FULL (baby’s know this, so should we)

13. EAT WHEN YOUR HUNGRY (you will never find a baby starving itself, or skipping meals)

So that’s the basic jist of it. Pretty simple right? This will however mean not a lot of major meal cooking, but I do plan on posting all my food prep for yah! June 1st is the official start, but today I made this in preparation:

Watermelon and Cantaloup

Mini Vegan Banana Apple Muffins- Recipe to come!

Wheat, Spinach, and Sundried Tomato Pasta

Veggies grilled on my cook-top Grill