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No freakin WAY! The jeans are ON!

The Skinny Jeans are ON AND ZIPPED!


This is unbelievable. The jeans that are one size smaller are on my body (the ones I got with the FREE coupon from The Gap at BlogHer). I am wearing them NOW. People!

Just for a moment, will my girlfriends please rejoice with me? I can’t actually wear these jeans in public…they are T.I.G.H.T. but they are on and they are zipped and I’m wearing them as I type this to you.

This is such a miracle to me!

Huge thanks to my wellness team…my support system: LA Fitness in Centerville, Dr. Goffe Chiropractic and Robin Gentry at Just Great Foods. Love you guys!

Week 3 check in

Wow…Today marks second week in a row I’ve met goal of attending spin class 3x per week. I am so thrilled, you have no idea. Something is clicking in my head and this feels like it’s sticking!

Today I am REALLY hungry. My meals today:

1 piece Ezikiel toast w/tiny bit raw almond butter and scant amount of agave
amaranthe w/blueberries
1 green drink with green powder & raw kale, blueberries & that vegan protein powder you had me buy (millet, quinoa and amaranthe in it I think) in a base of unsweetened rice milk (it was less expensive than the other options)
1 organic fuji apple and about 1/8 cp raw almonds
1 piece Eziekiel bread w/vegan may & 1/2 avodado
2 thin slices of applegate farms herbed turkey breast (from trader joe’s)

Any ideas on a good dinner? I have some hoppin john made..maybe serve it with quinoa and some freshly juiced carrots?
A salad? (bleh)?

Kitchen Purge – List of Un-whole-some Foods from my kitchen

THE GREAT PURGE / skinny jeans challenge Carole Hicks’ Kitchen — Robin Gentry McGee / Just Great Foods
Note:
• These are general recommendations. Take into consideration your body and blood type (for example some cannot have dairy, some can’t have soy).
• Everyone is different. Hire a professional to identify individual needs.
• ROBIN DISCOURAGES ANY LOW-FAT OR FAT-FREE PRODUCTS…they are usually loaded w/chemicals, sugar and/or articificial sugar.
• Below listed in bold is purged item and immediately following each item is suggested replacement.

Purged Items

1. Artificially flavored microwave popcorn

Organic, old-fashioned. Do it the old-fashioned way on your stovetop or buy an air popper. Beware aluminum poppers! Use coconut oil (approximately one TB per cup popcorn) Experiment for yourself to find ratio that works for you. Toss w/ granulated garlic & curry and a bit of EVOO…or sprinkle w/nutritional yeast or a bit of Celtic sea salt.

2. Flavored (sugar) coffee

Organic beans. Get a pure organic extract from HFS and put a drop (almond, hazelnut, or flavored agave). If you must cream your coffee: there are choices…hemp milk, almond milk, organic cow milk, goat milk, etc. (Note from Carole: Beware the FF half & half, it is loaded w/sugar.)

3. Instant Hot Cocoa

Use raw cacao (powered) or carob powder. Sweeten with honey or agave with hemp/almond/or organic cow’s milk.

4. Salad dressing with artificial color and sugar

Make your own! Robin’s fav is vinegarette made with raw apple cider or balsamic vinegar, EVOO, fresh garlic, pepper, Celtic sea salt.
Variations:
add herbs
add fresh raspberries for raspberry vinegarette
add rice vinegar, tamari, sesame oil & garlic for Asian

5. Canned tropical fruit

Organic, seasonal, local when possible. If not possible, buy organic in jar (never canned).

6. Canned tomatoes

Don’t buy em! Eat local / seasonal / organic when possible. If tomatoes do not grow year round where you live, buy from farmers’ market or grow your own and can (in glass) or freeze.

7. Bagged sugared coconut

Raw, organic coconut (flaked in bag is okay, just check bag to make sure no added sugar).

8. Pancake Mix (marketed as “extra fiber”)

Buy organic pancake mix. No sugar added. Or make your own. Make a couple batches at time and keep in freezer. (for added fiber, add ground flax or sprinkle w/hemp seeds)

9. Regular iodized salt

Celtic or Himalayan sea salt

10. Fake butter flavor – powdered

Nutritional yeast.

11. Steak seasoning

Create your own from dried organic herbs purchased in bulk from your HFS or they sell pre-made seasoned salt. just be sure to check label EVEN AT THE HFS! Note: We eat way too much salt. If you choose to eat meat, try a good marinade and dump the salt!

12. Baking powder

Aluminum-free baking powder (at HFS or gourmet markets)

13. Bread crumbs

Make your own in quantity and put in airtight container or freeze it. Organic sprouted whole-grain bread (i.e., Ezekiel) – place slices on cookie sheet and put in oven at 300 degrees and bake until dry about 20 minutes flipping half way thru. Cool. Put slices in food processor and whack.

14. Cooking Spray

Use water sauté method, especially for weight loss.
To maximize nutrient intake from food, use organic, cold pressed, unrefined, unfiltered oils and cook your meals using low to medium heat—never high heat.

15. Sugar and Brown Sugar

DEPENDING ON GOALS AND INDIVIDUAL CONDITIONS
Brown rice, maple, green stevia, honey, agave

16. White flour, ½ whole and ½ white flour

AGAIN DEPENDING INDIVIDUAL CONDITION SUCH AS GLUTEN CELIAC CROHNS, ETC…YOU MAY WANT TO CONSULT YOUR PROFESSIONAL.

Buy Whole grain, organic flour

17. Crystal Light Lemonade drink

Sparkling water, fresh lemon (you don’t need sweetener in everything! Stay tuned for Robin’s A$$-kicking ginger lemonade organic)

18. Honey Grahams

Organic, naturally sweetened…purchase at HFS or gourmet market

19. Food coloring

Purchase a vegetable based coloring at HFS store.

20. Seafood spices in can

Fresh herbs, citrus

21. Emergen-C packets

Vitamin C powder, unsweetened…or eat an orange and other vitamin C foods in your diet

22. Spirutein powder (protein powder)

Peaceful Planet quinoa, millet and amaranthe powder drink (Robin says best way to get protein is from your food)

23. Marshmallows

There is nothing like a poofy, sugar-laden marshmallow. Go without.

24. Crackers (made w/white flour & sugar)

Mary’s gone crackers, organic gluten-free crackers or Dr. Krackers…they are great…or other nice whole-grain (READ labels and watch out for hydrogenated oils and sugar)

25. WW smoothie drink mix (see protein powder above)

26. Sour cream

Tofu sour cream or cashew sour cream (google a recipe while you’re waiting for Robin’s book to be published. make sure it’s organic, VEGAN SC) If weight loss is your goal, just stay away from even these!

27. Whipped topping in tub (see sour cream note above)

28. Cream cheese (see sour cream note above)

lululemon picked me!

Yes, they did! I am so excited I can barely contain myself. I’ve been chosen to serve as a lululemon brand enthusiast! I’m thrilled beyond belief. I just received a two-piece outfit that is simply snugalish soft and comfortable. The waist hits at exactly the right spot and it isn’t tight or binding anywhere.

Girls, I’ll be straight with you. I’m at my highest weight in over a year. I blame the stress of starting my own business and finding out I have breast cancer (no worries it’s in early stage). Anyhoo, time to get busy and get fit! (Note to self: must check out their tata tamer sports bra!)

2009 SlimPerfect / BlogHer LBD Contest Winners!

The search is over!

Solid Black SlimDress

We are thrilled to announce the 2009 SlimPerfect LBD Models for BlogHer!

The four SlimPerfect models/winners will each receive:

– a $250.00 SlimPerfect eCard (recently recommended by Oprah’s O Magazing as a “top brand”)
– a gorgeous LBD (little black dress) to wear to the parties at BlogHer on July 23rd!
– private reception, professional hair and makeup from Nicole Rogers of Bombshell Artistry (a few clients you may recognize: People Magazine, CoverGirl, MAC, Brides Noir Magazine) sponsored by U! Creative Advertising Agency
– star treatment, paparazzi…a taste of the “glamorous” life

Please show your support and congratulate our gorgeous winners:

LISA DOUGLAS!

KRYSTLE WEIHRAUCH!
Note: Visit Krystle’s weight loss blog, too!

ANA PICAZO!

COURTNEY VELASQUEZ!

And due to OVERWHELMING response…we have created a special award called “The People’s Choice Award” ($100.00 SlimPerfect eCard) for Jerri Ann Reason! Congratulations Jerri Ann — we can’t wait to see you wearing TWO SHOES!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered and to everyone who cheered on their picks. As a “thank you” to everyone who entered the contest, we are sending each of you a $50 SlimPerfect eCard. See you at BlogHer!

Also, an extra special offer for EVERYONE: SlimPerfect is offering 50% off ALREADY REDUCED SALE ITEMS through August 1st with promotional code “BlogHer” to be used at checkout. You don’t want to miss out! Be sure to tell your readers and tweet about it too!
XOXOXO — Carole & Debba

SlimPerfect / BlogHer — Little Black Dress Model Search — CONTEST!

SLIMPERFECT — Little Black Dress Model Search — Contest for 2009 BlogHer Attendees Exclusively! $350.00 SPONSORSHIP VALUE!

headshots

In preparation for the 2009 BlogHer conference in July, we are on the hunt for FOUR (that’s right, I said FOUR!) SlimPerfect models. SlimPerfect is a line of active clothing and swimwear designed to make you look fabulous! (And, it was recently recommended by Oprah’s O Magazine as one of their best brands for swimwear!)

Don’t worry, you will NOT be photographed in a bathing suit unless YOU post it or provide it yourself…so read on for how you can have SlimPerfect as a Little Black Dress sponsor for your trip to BlogHer (and we all want sponsors, right?!).

The four SlimPerfect models/winners will receive a $250.00 eCard to the SlimPerfect store, PLUS a SlimPerfect “little black dress”…a prize package worth about $350.00! Girls, for real, this fabric is the yummiest thickest Brazilian fabric. You are going to LOVE the way it pulls you in tightly and hugs your curves. You will feel GOR-JUS wearing these outfits!

We’ll also make sure you look your absolute best for Thursday evening (which already has over a dozen parties planned!) by providing a little reception and hair/make-up session for you before the parties. You’ll feel and look beautiful – we promise!

Winners will also be featured on SlimPerfect.com, Girlfriendology.com and MuffintopLess.com with your bio, photo and links to your site/blog/Twitter account.

Here are the details/rules:

1. Leave a comment below explaining why you would be the best ‘blogger babe’ to win this prize package. Extra points for transparency, enthusiasm, giddiness, and overall hugely promotional vibe-ishness. Get your blog readers and Twitter followers to support you by promoting you to win as well! Provide a YouTube video telling us why you’d be the perfect SlimPerfect Model and find other creative ways to spread the word about SlimPerfect and your contest entry.
2. You may also sweeten the deal by daily sending a tweet to @muffintopless or @girlfriendology to plead your case in 140 characters or less. Please no more than once a day or the Twitter stream will think we’ve all gone spammy.
3. You agree to sign a model’s release form and be available for photos, quotes and videos.
4. Winners agree to wear your new SlimPerfect “little black dress” on Thursday night (the night before the BlogHer conference) and be photographed at the many, many, many parties that night. (Note: SlimPerfect clothes come in sizes 8-18 so you do need to be a size within that range!)
5. Since you’ll be a ‘perfect 10’ in your little black SlimPerfect dress, we’ve set the deadline to enter for July 10th – midnight EST.

THE FINE PRINT: SORRY, BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR YOUR OWN SHIPPING COSTS…BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY ANY TAX…WOOT!

Weighed in today & Ran/Walked 3 miles!

I’m over the slump hump. Yea! I got out and ran/walked 3 miles. I ran past a group of women who were walking and I felt like yelling “hey look at me…I’m RUNing!” but I just smiled and waved instead.

I got on the scale and didn’t know what to expect. I’m only up one pound. Thought it would be worse. I’m right at 146.5. I can so see 135 in my near future. So much of this is a head game you play with yourself. The sun is out and it’s Friday…and we’ve got each other. I love you, you wonderful Team!