Since we were still in the swing of summer, we were definitely on the go all the time. Even with that, we both focused on eating well and working out. Matt typically worked out 5 days a week (on his lunch break), and I tried to work out 3 times a week. By the end of the month, here's where we stood with our weight:
Robyn - 128.4 (down 2.6 lbs)
Matt - 196.4 (down 3.6 lbs)
June was a lot of the same for us. Soaking up summer, eating well, and working out. We did have a vacation this month to the beach for a long weekend. I'll be honest - while we were at the beach, we didn't eat perfectly. But we didn't want to! Life is all about balance. On a regular day, we do pretty well. On vacation? We want to let go a little bit! We both gained a little on vacation (I gained 1 lb - Matt gained 3), but it wasn't a permanent change. Here were our stats by the end of the month:
Robyn - 124.4 (down 4 lbs)
Matt - 191.6 (down 4.8 lbs)
This was actually a big drop for both of us this month! We both had been on plateaus for a while, and we both seemed to bust through them at about the same time.
Killing it in the gym!
After 6 weeks in the gym, I was finally starting to see some results!
August was a huge transitional month. School started for me, and this means I don't have time any more to go to the gym. We don't live close to a gym, and I already get up at 4:45 every day. And I'm sure not driving 30 minutes (one way) to work out after the kids go to bed. I was on the hunt for something else. I decided to sign up for Beach Body on Demand and I started their 60 day Hammer & Chisel program (no- I'm not a coach and I'm not trying to sell anything.) I knew I needed something I could do at home, I wanted to tone up and gain lean muscle, I needed it to be a shorter workout every day (I don't have time for a 1+ hour workout), and I didn't want to spend a lot of money. This checked all of those boxes for me! I was nervous because a routine change means more work. I was nervous about keeping all of this up with going back to school. I'll be honest. Starting a very intense workout a week after school started was probably not the best idea ever. It has been super hard, it made me even more exhausted (and all the teachers who read this know what "August exhausted" is) than normal, and there were times I didn't want to do it! But I completed the first 30 days of the 60 day program, so I'm not giving up!
I also got super frustrated this month with my weight. When I first started the program, my weight went up by 1.5 lbs! I know that doesn't seem like a lot, but when you work so hard for literally every lb that comes off, it's not fun to see it go up! I wined to Matt all. the. time. I was eating the same, drinking tons of water, and now working out super hard 6 days a week - why is my weight going up?? I googled it, and it seemed normal, but it still wasn't fun. Thankfully, after about 2 weeks, it went back down and then fell even further. Thank goodness!! Here's a look at how we ended the month:
Robyn - 123.0 (down 1.4 lbs)
Matt - 186.8 (down 4.8 lbs)
Check out those muscles!
I hadn't worn any of my "school clothes" all summer (especially pants), and I got to school one day and realized that my pants were waaaaay too big. Which is a good problem to have until you have to spend all day pulling them up.
Here's our most recent before and after:
Matt: before - 250 lbs after - 186.8 = 63.2 lbs total loss
Robyn: before - 161 lbs after - 123.0 = 38 lbs total loss
Total combined loss = 101.2 lbs
What We've Been Eating:
Since our last post at 80 lbs, I can not tell you how many messages/texts we've gotten about what we've been eating. Over the last few months, I've tried to snap some pictures of some of our "go-to meals". Trust me, there are still pizza nights thrown in here and there, and there are also a lot of nights where I cook the same things I used to (and we just eat a lot smaller portions of it). Here are some ideas that we really enjoyed:
Shrimp, Parmesan noodles, and avocado
(The kids had more noodles, less shrimp, and no avocado)
BBQ chicken wrap and home made sweet potato fries
(Kids had chicken and tater tots)
See - we do still cheat. ;) We did an oreo challenge this summer (with each other) where we bought all of the new, limited edition flavors of oreos to try. Now, we typically only had 2 a day (at most), so it took us a long time to go through a pack, but it was fun and it gave us a little treat every day.
Rice, BBQ chicken, corn, and avocado bowl
(kids at chicken, rice, and corn)
Homemade pizza: flat pizza bread, bbq sauce, chicken, mozzarella, onions, corn, avocado
I even made two huge batches of cookies for the 4th and we took them to all of our families houses when we celebrated --- and we ate quite a few, too. They were awesome.
Hamburger patty with sauteed mushrooms and onions (
(kids had regular hamburgers)
Rice, BBQ chicken, and avocado bowl (Seriously our favorite thing ever. We eat this at least once a week.)
BBQ chicken and sweet potato fries
Teriyaki shrimp, avocado, and rice bowl
Chicken, tomato, avocado, and cheese wrap
SaSame wrap eaten with sweet potato fries (SP fries are also one of our go-to favorites)
Ham and cheese omelet (one egg + 3 egg whites)
Sweet potato fries, pineapple, and ranier cherries
Chicken salad (Made by Matt's parents - so not a low cal version) in lettuce cups
Spaghetti and meatballs with whole wheat noodles (we'll be trying out the veggie noodles next time).
Chicken, cheese, and avocado in a pita
Teriyaki shrimp over asian salad (salad mix bought from Publix)
We are still pushing hard and always striving to be better than we are now. Matt's next goal is to make it to 180 lbs. My next goal is to finish the next 30 days of my 60 Hammer and Chisel program. We'll be sure to keep you guys updated!!