Beach Body Challenge with Annie McDonnell – A Year of Transformation

My New Numbers are inspiring!!! (Week 11)

IMG_9612I have learned that weight is not the only important number for me to monitor. Inches are also very important.

My Physical Therapist told me that muscle weighs more than fat. I knew that, but somehow I forgot. They told me that they can feel my muscles and the increasing strength….So, I went home to see when the last time was that I measured my inches ~

I forgot that I measured myself on September 7, 2015….the Day my Transformation kicked-off! I was so excited!! I was going to measure myself again.

I am loving my new workouts at Physical Therapy. I am very sore, but the kind that lets me know I am working out properly. My muscles are finally speaking to me instead of my joints! This is amazing! I am going again today, and I am so excited! I am going every other day, and doing the exercises at home on my IMG_7719days off there.

                         I just took my new measurements and I am blown away!!!

Chest ~ +1 Inch
Right Arm ~ -2 Inches
Left Arm ~ – 2 Inches
Waist ~ Same
Hips ~ – TEN INCHES!!! (No wonder my pants are fitting me again!)
Left Thigh ~ -2 Inches
Right Thigh ~ -3 Inches



I am still eating well, and thankful that I love eggs. They make it easier to keep my diet in check. I am also eating a lot of tuna, spinach and kale. I find that I am more successful when I just repeat what I eat.

I am still doing the Beach Body programs in addition to the work out given to me by my Physical Therapist, because the “Slim in 6” is gentle.

Next week is Thanksgiving….Oh, My!

Beach Body Challenge with Annie McDonnell – A Year of Transformation


It took me 9 weeks to get to a 10 pound weight loss. I am holding strong at that number FOR NOW. I should have lost weight, but ONE meal did me in…(I believe)

EPIC FAIL: I went to dinner with my Uncle on Saturday evening, and I ordered ravioli with a chicken meatball. Either way, I now know that I need to count calories. That will begin tomorrow!

Using my Fit Bit again ~ Now that I am walking Simon regularly and going to my Wellness Program at Spectrum Physical Therapy, I am warming up my Fit Bit to help me make sure I meet my daily exercise goals. My Physical Therapist says that I need to start off very slowly…and, not to get discouraged, as it is typical to go up, go down, and even plateau. But, his Wellness Program is a huge piece of HOPE for me to finally get the working out part right!

I began the Beach Body “Slim in 6” this last week, and I am loving it. Since I cannot jump around like on the CIZE program (for now), I dance around the house…which is fun, too. At least I know I will not injure myself.

I did have to rest for ONE day, because I have tendonitis in my left ankle, and I had to get a Cortisone Shot.

NEW PLAN ~ One Day at a time!!!!

One thing I learned I cannot live without this week ~ Walking My Dog…Simon. Keeping up with his energy is infectious.

Positive Thinking. Another important aspect of this Challenge. Not giving up, is another one.

IMG_6831FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION!  I have crossed off almost ONE Week of the “Slim in 6”, and, I am excited to continue this journey.

With the holidays coming, I am getting nervous about my success. I hope I can remain vigilant.

Please join me next week, where I will have been with the PT program for one full week!


This Weeks Total Tally:

Beginning Weight: 271.0

Present Weight: 261.0 (No Change)

Body Fat: 61.9% (Up 1%) SHOOTING FOR 30%

Total Body Water: 20.0 (WAY TOO LOW, no changes) SHOOTING FOR 55%

Muscle Mass: 27.7% (Down .4%) What I have read so far, states this should be at 35%.

3.6 lbs. of Bone Mass (no changes) THIS SHOULD BE 12%. I am not sure as to why this number is not changing.


Beach Body Challenge with Annie McDonnell – A Year of Transformation


I need to weigh in when I arrive home! So, I am not sure what I weigh right now. I hope I am heading in the right direction since I began my Year of Transformation (on Sept. 7th, 2015).

I feel like I weigh less than last week.  I “saw the light” last week, learning that I need to eat right always, but at least most of the time while away from home. I need to be even more committed while traveling. I am fitting in to my jeans again, so I know I have lost some of the weight I gained last week. YEAH!

I visited with friends that are Vegan, so I ate a lot of veggies while I was there. Just lots of great food. It was easier not having any bad temptation sitting in front of me. I am good at eating well, without distractions. J

They also took me to walk at the beach while I was staying with them. It felt so good. That day I certainly had the most energy compared to my other days. I wonder how many times I am going to need to be reminded that healthy eating is the best way for me?? I also learned that staying away from gluten as much as I can is key to my success.

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Keep On Keeping On! I am looking forward to my evaluation at Spectrum PT on November 1st, 2015. The goal is to help me with Balance, Flexibility, Pain Management and Weight Loss! I trust that when I am being monitored while I work out, I will be a lot more successful. I am so excited about this opportunity! This is going to be great!

I look forward to working out becoming part of my daily routine again.

Another thing I cannot live without ~

PROTEIN! I need to have protein with each meal. Any form works for me, from veggies, to legumes to meat.

FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION! While I have slipped while on vacation…I have learned a lot about myself, and what my body does not need.

Please join me next week, where I’ll tell you how I am doing since arriving home from a 12 day vacation!