Internet Friends and Their Quest for Health: Week 2

Originally posted 2016-01-13 12:00:44.

Hello everyone and welcome to the second week in the quest of a few internet friends who are trying to get healthy! We want to motivate one another and help each other get on the right track by working out, eating right, and reaching a great state of mind in the process. Join us weekly as we share our personal journey’s and stats to show you all that if we can do it, so can you!


What a week! First I want to say that I have never worked out so much in my life, even when I was in Taekwondo when I was younger! Every night and even on the weekends I have been doing a workout by Jillian Michaels. I mostly have stuck with Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout but over the weekend I did do No More Trouble Zones, which is amazing but horrible all at the same time. The scale has not gone down that much but I can tell my muscles are growing and I am getting leaner.

I have currently have started doing 30 Day Shred another Jillian classic. This workout consists of 3 circuits that consist of different workouts (Strength, Cardio, and Abs) working in a 3-2-1 minute pattern. There are also 3 levels of the program. You do level 1 for 10 days, level 2 for 10 days and finish up with level 3 for 10 days. The workout being only 27 minutes is a massive help since I know I am getting a great workout in and do not feel like I am sitting in the gym for hours.

I am starting to get used to the 1200 calorie diet. I end up eating more during the day since I have been working out nightly and I use my under desk elliptical at work. I end up around 1600 a day and I am feeling great! I am very excited to see how far I can go!

Starting weight – 180.5

Today’s weight – 177.4

You can find me on MyFitnessPal as korngirl723.


Hey! I’m back. I kept with it and worked hard and it’s paid off! Last Monday (Jan 4th) I was sitting at 310.5, I starting my eating right and exercising that day, Tuesday I was already down to 308 for the Wednesday post.  I started logging my food and exercise in MFP (username Elyntia), I really was interested to see how my food choices were presenting in calories.  I am on a Paleo-ish real food diet plan, and counting calories isn’t something you do, so I was less concerned about what the numbers were but curious to know where they fell.  I am stoked that I have fallen under my calorie count every day all the time feeling completely full and satiated by eating real food and full fat food the entire time! I have lost 5lbs since starting to record Tuesday and 7.5lbs since last Monday. I have lost 1.5 inches in my waist, and one inch from my hips! That’s insane! Awesome, but I never thought it’d work this fast haha! I have been doing the Biggest Loser Last Chance workout nightly, with Wedesday being a night off since my kids have activities and getting them home and in bed and working out just isn’t working haha but that may change!

303 lbs

Chest – 49

Waist – 49.5

Hips – 59

Initially not a brilliant start to the week when on the weekend I had a sneaky weigh in and appeared to have put on 3.5lb. I also really struggled with the 1200 calories a day on Sat and Sun – just felt so hungry. I’m not sleeping very well these days – often up at 4.30 am, and I think tiredness is contributing to my hunger.  Also I had a terrible cold & bad cough and so did not feel up to exercise. Ok so that’s the bad side out of the way. The good news though is on Monday I weighed and I’d actually lost a pound from my initial starting weight – I think the blip on Saturday was the temporary result of late food Friday night (yes I forgot to mention  I also had to attend a birthday party on Friday – I was fairly good with a jacket potato & chicken curry but then ate some birthday cake!)
So anyway 1lb down. But I’m still not happy counting calories so yesterday decided to start Slimming World. I know many people have had great success with this programme & everyone says the free foods mean you are never hungry. And so far this appears to be the case. As an example:- this morning I had scrambled egg & fat free cottage cheese for breakfast; a tangerine & apple as a snack; half a tin of baked beans & a chicken mugshot for lunch,; some quorn ham & another tangerine as an afternoon snack & dinner will be pasta, quorn mince, fat free cottage cheese & salad. All this food is free – you don’t have to weigh any of it. There are also healthy eating extras like one small piece of cheese and one slice of bread. And 10 Syns a day for extras/treats. This feels workable to me & I’m actually not hungry as I type. This is good news. You wouldn’t  like me when I’m hungry (sorry really bad Incredible Hulk reference!).
Finally I also bought a rowing machine because I know realistically I’m going to struggle getting back to the gym any time soon & while I was going to do the internet workouts I just don’t feel like bouncing around in front of my laptop! A few years back I rowed a marathon for charity (I should point out it was on a stationary rower not out at sea). It took me 5 and a half hours! I’m not aiming to do that again (my hips have never recovered!) but it felt good to be back on there this afternoon for a 30 minute workout. Already feeling slimmer & healthier. I know this is probably all in the mind but it feels nice anyway 🙂
My name on Fitness Pal is Seashellsmiles in case any of the readers want to join & befriend me 🙂

Hi friends!!

I have been a crash dieter and calorie counter since the ripe old age of seventeen, so I am no stranger to bad eating habits. My highest weight was 169 pounds, which occurred in high school after I quit playing basketball and got a job. I learned the hard way that one cannot eat the way an athlete eats if one is, in fact, no longer an athlete. Then I proceeded to use ridiculously unhealthy techniques to achieve my lowest weight, which was 109 pounds. This was impossible to maintain without subsisting entirely on lettuce and sleeping most of the day, as I had no energy to do anything other than eat said lettuce. For the last ten years, I have stayed fairly stable, typically floating around between 128 and 138, with the exception of my pregnancy, but we all know that pregnancy weight doesn’t count, nor do any calories consumed during pregnancy.
In recent years, I have been striving towards more of a healthy lifestyle instead of solely focusing on that number on the scale. This is easier said than done. I have not had the healthiest of relationships with food or exercise throughout my life, and at this point I just want to find a balance so that I can feel good, look good, and be a good role model to my daughter.
The last time I checked, I was sitting around 127 pounds. Again, though, I am really trying to cut back on the scale as part of my healthy goal for this year. Knowing that number usually does me more harm than good, no matter how satisfied I am with it. Thus, I will not be regularly weighing in.
I have been running for about eight years, and this year I have decided to enter the Run the Year Challenge. This is exactly what it sounds like: I have to run 2016 miles in 2016. As with all New Year’s resolutions, I was feeling quite ambitious when I signed up for this. I still am. I went through my running log ( I know, I’m lame) and determined that I ran a grand total of 2007 miles last year, without trying to reach a specific yearly goal. That gave me some confidence. If I meet my goal, I get a spiffy medal. I’m sure that I will wear it every day throughout 2017 to remind me of what a badass I am. I also get a T.Shirt. Woot.
I have to run about 40 miles a week, which should give me a little cushion. Currently I am trying to figure out the best way to break this down. Usually I run 5 days a week. Recently I have been upping my daily mileage, though, and found I can do 10 miles a day, 4 days a week. Both regimes have their pros and cons, so I suspect that I will determine the best course of action each week.
To add to my stress level, we are in the process of trying to sell our house, and I have a toddler (who, to my sheer delight, enjoys running laps around my coffee table). These factors make it difficult for me to plan this challenge out as specifically as I would like to.
This is the second full week of January, and I’ve run 66 miles so far. I did not run today and have been kindof beating myself up about it, but my body wanted to sleep more this morning and I am actually proud of myself for listening to it this time. I need to run 30 more miles this week, though, so tomorrow I will be, forgive me, up and running.
I’m excited to meet this challenge with my Geeky friends 🙂
If you would like to join us in this quest, feel free to write us at or reach out to us for a great dose of motivation!
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I am a 29 year old from Pennsylvania. I am married to a wonderful husband and we have two children both named after super heroes! A girl who is 4 and a boy who is 1. Most of my time is spent working, being a mom, and gaming.