Week 10: 8lbs Down and Disney Part 1

First off let me just say WOW.. I have just returned from the most amazing vacation I’ve ever had! It will take at least 2 posts to divulge all of the juicy details.

Let’s begin way back in week 10, which really was 2 weeks ago.. I started the week with 3 training days in a row at the gym. I was super thankful to be getting on a plane and flying far far away from my trainer after he was done prepping me for vacation. We wrapped up the last 3 sessions of the “Build” phase before I left. I ended up being able to increase my dead lift to 80lbs! Super exciting. Squats completed this week : 180, Squats completed to date: 1,416, Squats remaining: 8, 584.¬†

Following those 3 workouts, I convinced myself to request that we complete our first weigh in! Talk about nerve wracking.. I remembered how disheartening the first one was… I feared the worst. That being said the results are in: Continue reading


Food for Thought: Gnocchi Chicken Minestrone

I don’t know how the rest of you feel about soup, but personally I’ve never considered it a meal. Typically I find it doesn’t fill me up, just kind of holds me over for an hour or two until I can get to some real food. Let me just say : THIS SOUP IS DIFFERENT!!! This soup is by far and away the greatest soup I have ever eaten, hands down!

My mom made this soup for me when I got home from the hospital.. some might say it was so delicious because it was made with extra mom love and also the first thing I had eaten in 5 days. So I thought I would try to make it to see if it was as good the second time around.. I’m pleased to report, IT WAS!

Enough of the jibber jabber, here’s the recipe (pssst: just click the title to find it):



You’re looking at a pot full of homemade life sustaining meal worth soup that has at least 8 servings in the recipe! Tons of veggies, good amount of protein.. reheats nicely in the microwave.

Ladies and gentleman: START YOUR APPETITES