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Time to Train Day 15 of 100

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time to train

Last week was a bust as far as training goes but now that I have sent my little man on his way to the East Coast its time to kick things into high gear.  It is time to train and there is not better time than right now.   I know that its going to be tough and that there are going to be days that I feel like I just want to call it quits but I have a goal and I am going to reach it.

This week I laid out a plan for myself because as the saying goes you “fail to plan, plan to fail”  and failure just isn’t an option.   I have no excuses not to reach my goals my son is gone for the summer and I am not working or going to school at the moment so this summer I have the time and determination to make this happen.

The last two weeks I have let my diet slide,  I have really just eaten whatever I felt like although I didn’t gain any weight I know that I can’t continue to eat that way if I want to make it to my goal weight.  So my first order of business is planning out what I am going to eat each day.  I have also taken it upon myself to impose a new rule for meal time.  There will be no tv watching while I eat which is going to be a challenge especially since I am home alone but not watching tv while I eat won’t kill me.

Did You Know…

Being distracted or not paying attention to a meal tended to make people eat more at that meal.  Paying attention to a meal was linked to eating less later on.  Harvard Health Publications

Also as much as I love speed walking I know that I need to incorporate strength training into the mix as well if I want to reap the maximum benefits of my new healthier lifestyle.    I know many women are scared of lifting weights because they believe they are going to bulk up but that is just a misconception.  Weight lifting can actually help you burn more calories and burning more calories is always a good thing.  So if you aren’t lifting then girlfriend you better get started, I know I am.

Did You Know…  

Muscle tissue is more “active” than fat tissue, with each pound burning about 30 calories a day just to sustain itself. So even if you’re sitting on the couch or are stuck at your desk for eight hours a day, the extra muscle mass you develop will burn more calories, helping you keep weight off for good.  Prevention


The last thing I implemented was trying to drink around a gallon of water a day.  I didn’t always remember to track it so I will have to figure out a good way to remember to enter it in on my fitbit app.  Drinking more water will help me not to eat as much at each meal which is a great thing since I need all the help I can get in shedding these pounds.  Rule #1 of the Skinny Rules is “Drink a glass of water before every meal, no excuses”  if Bob Harper thinks drinking water is so important to make it Rule one then I am going to take heed.

Did You Know…

Drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch, and dinner while also cutting back on portions may help you lose weight and keep it off for at least a year, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, in Boston.  CNN

My Daily Steps

Since I took that little week break from my hardcore walking schedule I eased in to my walk coming in at 18k in steps which i put in at our local lake.  I would say I didn’t do too shabby.

time to train


What I Ate

what i ate

Breakfast Jun 2 Dinner Jun 2 Lunch Jun 2 Snack Jun 2 Totals Jun 2


the workout header

If you all want to do the exercises at home I used a 20lb CAP bar and did 3 sets of each with 8 reps per set.   On the exercises that I used a dumbbell I used a 10lb and a 5lb dumbbells.   Also the bench that I am using is a standard flat bench.

Bench Press

  • Lie down on your back on the bench and grasp the barbell with both hands in a medium-grip position.
  • Push the barbell straight up until your elbows are close to being locked and lower it back slowly after a short pause.
  • Breathe out while pushing the bar and breathe in while lowering it back.


Bicep Curl

  • Stand up and hold the barbell with your hands, palms facing forward in a medium-grip position.
  • Raise the barbell up towards your shoulders and slowly lower it back down after a short pause.
  • Keep your back and upper arms still throughout.


Row on Knee

  • Kneel over side of bench by placing knee and hand of supporting arm on bench.
  • Position foot of opposite leg slightly back to side.  Grasp dumbbel from floor.
  • Return until arm is extended and shoulder is stretched downward.  Repeat and continue with opposite arm.


Tricep Kickback

  • Kneel over bench with arm supporting body.
  • Grasp dumbbell.  Position upper arm parallel to floor
  • Extend arm until it is straight.  Return and repeat.  Continue with opposite arm.

Barbell Row Prone

  • Lie prone on an elevated bench and grip a barbell underneath you with both hands in a wide grip position.
  • Lift the barbell straight up and lower it back after a short pause.
  • Breathe out while raising the barbell and breathe in while returning to starting position.

Barbell Shrug

  • Stand up and hold the barbell down in front of your thighs, arms extended and palms facing back.
  • Raise the barbell by raising your shoulders straight up and lower it slowly back down after a short pause.
  • Keep your arms extended throughout.


What did you do today to reach your fitness or personal goals?

If you want to give it 100 with me grab yourself a fitbit flex and follow along with me here.

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61 Comments on Time to Train Day 15 of 100

  1. Kungphoo
    June 9, 2014 at 11:15 AM (1 year ago)

    Those are great “did you know” facts.. because i did not know any of it..

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    June 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM (1 year ago)

    You’re doing a great job! Keep up the good work!

  3. Louida
    June 9, 2014 at 11:22 AM (1 year ago)

    You got your game plan set! Good for you! I drink a lot of water but I’ll start drinking it before my meals.

  4. Jessica Beal Harlow
    June 9, 2014 at 11:36 AM (1 year ago)

    I completely agree about paying attention when you are eating! I know I eat more when I’m not being aware of what’s going in my mouth!

  5. Bella Vida Letty
    June 9, 2014 at 11:51 AM (1 year ago)

    I enjoyed reading this post. You’ve motivated me to get up and get moving today.

  6. Heather
    June 9, 2014 at 11:58 AM (1 year ago)

    I love the did you know facts in this post! My diet has also suffered a bit this past couple of weeks so I am getting back on the track my food bandwagon as well

  7. Jessica Peeling
    June 9, 2014 at 12:01 PM (1 year ago)

    This is very motivating – you are doing great! I am trying to eat healthier and get fit as well, and I could definitely benefit from documenting my experience like this. :)

  8. Kira T
    June 9, 2014 at 12:09 PM (1 year ago)

    I love this! I’m working on my own fitness goals and now I want a fitbit.

  9. Kay Adeola
    June 9, 2014 at 12:21 PM (1 year ago)

    Well done to you.I have not been doing anything keeping fit wise lately i really need to make some time.

  10. heather
    June 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM (1 year ago)

    you are such an inspiration! you are doing a great job!

  11. Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    June 9, 2014 at 12:53 PM (1 year ago)

    WOW! That’s a LOT of information – you’re very knowledgeable about all of this, thank you for sharing with the rest of us :) And you’re so cute in your picture!!!

  12. Alexandra McAllister
    June 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM (1 year ago)

    I enjoy hearing about your progress! Hats off to you! You are such an inspiration!! Keep it up! :) Great pics as well!

  13. Shelly @ Behind Blue Eyes
    June 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM (1 year ago)

    What program do you use to track your steps, calories in vs out, calories burned, etc? Is that from the fitbit? I keep debating on buying one. I want something that I do not have to track from 3 different apps/websites. An all-in-one product would be great.

    • Danielle Stewart
      June 9, 2014 at 4:03 PM (1 year ago)

      I use MyFitnessPal and Fitbit but you can track everything on the Fitbit website. I had just started using Fitbit long before I started with MyFitnessPal but both websites talk to each other so its nice I only have to enter the information into one of them. I love my fitbit and think its totally worth getting one, I also have their scale that sync up to their website as well.

  14. lawna
    June 9, 2014 at 1:19 PM (1 year ago)

    I love how you broke down your workout and diet menu. I could definitely go for some of those shrimp.

    • Danielle Stewart
      June 9, 2014 at 7:04 PM (1 year ago)

      They are so good. I make them all the time because they are quick and easy. I just use the already cooked shrimp and season it with some Old Bay seasoning and put them on the stove for about 5 mins and they are done.

  15. Paula Parker
    June 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM (1 year ago)

    You are very motivational! Thanks. I did not know that muscle burns more calories than fat. That would inspire me to get more muscles. keep at it.

  16. Terry
    June 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM (1 year ago)

    I wish I looked as cute as you when I do any training. I went outside today and worked in my plants and herbs… that’s about all the training I did today.

  17. Debbie Jean McMullen
    June 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM (1 year ago)

    Great job! Its really inspiring that youre sharing so much of it with us!

  18. Meredith@MommyAtoZ
    June 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM (1 year ago)

    This looks great! And very inspirational. I had no idea that drinking water could be helpful in losing weight and keeping it off. I’m definitely going to drink more water!

  19. Diana Villa
    June 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM (1 year ago)

    wow girl! Your look great, thank you so much for the helpful post :)

  20. Yona Williams
    June 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM (1 year ago)

    I absolutely love MyFitnessPal. I did bike riding for a couple days last week. Yesterday, we rode our bikes to the local high school, ran the track, and ran hills – it was a really good workout. I have got to get back on line with my dieting. BTW – love those patio chair rockers.

  21. Liz Mays
    June 9, 2014 at 3:26 PM (1 year ago)

    I think strength training is more about toning and tightening than bulking up, I agree with you. I like strength training more than aerobic exercise.

    • Danielle Stewart
      June 9, 2014 at 7:03 PM (1 year ago)

      You are right! So many women however avoid it thinking that it is going to make them bulky but that won’t happen unless of course they are taking steroids…lol

  22. geanine
    June 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM (1 year ago)

    Thanks for the tips! I unfortunately can not work out due to injuries however the meal tips are beneficial and I have downloaded fitbit!

    • Danielle Stewart
      June 9, 2014 at 7:02 PM (1 year ago)

      Have you considered doing any water type of exercises. They are great for people with injuries. They use it for therapy all of the time. I actually am 60% disabled because I fell off of a ship when I was in the Coast Guard and have a bad knee. I do water aerobics 1-2 times a week its very low impact.

  23. Rosey
    June 9, 2014 at 4:14 PM (1 year ago)

    Even though you’re being smart and not going to continue on just eating whatever, I think it’s probably a pretty good sign that when you did do that recently, you didn’t gain weight. I like cardio better than strength training, probably because I’m a strength weakling (which means of course that I should focus on that area more, but I don’t 😉 ).

  24. Joanna Sormunen
    June 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM (1 year ago)

    Congratulations! You are doing a great work! And the information is very interesting, thank you!

  25. Gabby
    June 9, 2014 at 5:46 PM (1 year ago)

    My mouth is watering over that salad! Omg, looks so yummy.

  26. Anna
    June 9, 2014 at 5:54 PM (1 year ago)

    Great job! I really need to get my post-partum behind in gear…

  27. Rachel
    June 9, 2014 at 6:51 PM (1 year ago)

    Working hard girl–nice job! I’m inspired!

  28. Amy Desrosiers
    June 9, 2014 at 8:05 PM (1 year ago)

    I power walk every night too, and need to incorporate strength training in.

  29. Nikki
    June 9, 2014 at 8:14 PM (1 year ago)

    I think it looks like you had a pretty amazing week! I’m all sorts of motivated to get into shape, but can’t until I’m cleared since I just had surgery. Sadly, once I’m cleared, I’ll no longer be motivated. That’s just how it seems to work for me. You’re doing fantastic!

  30. Amber NElson
    June 9, 2014 at 8:25 PM (1 year ago)

    I definitely need to get motivated again.

  31. Mrs. Mashed Up
    June 9, 2014 at 8:36 PM (1 year ago)

    Way to go girl! Keep it up! (ah… inspiration!)

  32. Sarah Bailey
    June 9, 2014 at 9:08 PM (1 year ago)

    What a fantastic day for you! Well done – I haven’t done anything myself today but I try and swim weekly which I want to up till twice a week. x

    • Danielle Stewart
      June 9, 2014 at 11:27 PM (1 year ago)

      Swimming is wonderful. I do aqua fit at my local YMCA 1-2 times a week and I love it.

  33. Lisa
    June 9, 2014 at 9:21 PM (1 year ago)

    Proud of the work your doing and the people you’ve reached. Mom

  34. becca
    June 9, 2014 at 9:22 PM (1 year ago)

    Wow you are doing amazing. That workout is great. I need to start taking my hand weight with me when I walk so I have more resistance.

  35. Grace
    June 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM (1 year ago)

    This is a great plan. Keep up the great work. My biggest enemy is myself when it comes to fitness. I have no will power. That salad looks amazing.

  36. Aisha Kristine Chong
    June 9, 2014 at 10:11 PM (1 year ago)

    Keep it up – I wish I can train myself everyday too and be more discipline with what I eat.

  37. Amanda @ Erickson & Co.
    June 9, 2014 at 10:23 PM (1 year ago)

    Great job! I can’t wait to join you as soon as my baby is born in July! Well after my body heals from giving birth :)

    • Danielle Stewart
      June 10, 2014 at 3:49 AM (1 year ago)

      Yes definitely wait til your body heals. Not sure if your going to breastfeed but that will help you to burn some extra calories. I believe that breastfeeding burns 500 calories a day extra.

  38. Jennifer Williams
    June 9, 2014 at 10:43 PM (1 year ago)

    I took last week off from all working out and eating healthy. I am also back to it this week as I begin to train for my marathon. You can do it and neither of us can quit until we reach our goal!!

    • Danielle Stewart
      June 9, 2014 at 11:28 PM (1 year ago)

      Yes! We totally gotta just keep going and I believe that we will get there!

  39. LaTonia Gray
    June 10, 2014 at 1:11 AM (1 year ago)

    Omg! That shrimp salad looks delish!! You’re focused that’s for sure. I can’t wait to see the final results.

  40. Jen
    June 10, 2014 at 2:56 AM (1 year ago)

    Sounds like you had an awesome week – way to go! I have been lifting weights for years and absolutely love it! I have a bunch of free weights so if I am ever watching a show – I am always lifting weights. Its a great rule to have! I also love your statement “fail to plan, plan to fail” – so true in weight lost and in everything in life.

    • Danielle Stewart
      June 10, 2014 at 3:56 AM (1 year ago)

      That is great. I have an elliptical and I usually try to use it while I am watching tv to get in a few extra steps. Its great to stay moving!

  41. Crystal Green
    June 10, 2014 at 7:42 AM (1 year ago)

    I love how you shared every part of this journey with us in detail.
    I’m assuming you use the FitBit what does it exactly do and why would I want one?

    • Danielle Stewart
      June 10, 2014 at 10:04 AM (1 year ago)

      The fitbit flex is an activity tracker. So it tracks all of your activites and gives you a few of the calories that you have burned you are able to track your sleep, log your food. I love it because it is super easy to use and the website is user friendly. It also allows you to compete with your friends and gives you a daily ranking competition can be a good thing. Its worth getting one to see just how active you actually are before I got one I thought that I was a lot more active than I actually was. Now I know exactly.

  42. Trisha
    June 10, 2014 at 10:42 AM (1 year ago)

    You are awesome! Love that you give the whole workout and what you ate, what a great inspiration!

  43. katrina G
    June 10, 2014 at 10:57 AM (1 year ago)

    your doing such a good job. keep it up.

  44. Veronica
    June 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM (1 year ago)

    Go rock it girl! You are doing an awesome job!

  45. Toni
    June 10, 2014 at 4:22 PM (1 year ago)

    I have got to really kick my butt into gear. I need to start working out more!

  46. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty
    June 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM (1 year ago)

    I’m 33 weeks pregnant, and since I was overweight when I got pregnant, my fitness goals have been to gain the appropriate amount of weight for a healthy baby without going “Oh I’m pregnant, NOM NOM NOM”. So far, I’m doing REALLY well, and hope that will help when it comes time to shed the preggy weight!

    • Danielle Stewart
      June 10, 2014 at 8:06 PM (1 year ago)

      Congrats on baby! I just finished my clinical round in labor and delivery it was such a great experience. If you plan on breastfeeding that will definitely help shed some extra weight. I believe that you burn roughly 500 extra calories a day.

  47. Marni | Love and Duck Fat
    June 10, 2014 at 8:49 PM (1 year ago)

    I’ve been trying to fit in at least 4 workouts a week…it’s tough to stay motivated, but so far so good.

  48. Tough Cookie Mommy
    June 10, 2014 at 9:54 PM (1 year ago)

    I think making a plan for what you are going to eat is a great way to get back on track. It’s great that you haven’t gained any weight during this transition period.

  49. Onica {MommyFactor}
    June 13, 2014 at 10:08 AM (1 year ago)

    Good for you for kicking your training and healthy eating into gear. I gonna find an activity to keep my son busy for a few hours so I can do this also

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