Kara Cline: Lost 95 Lbs.
Repeat this sequence three times. They have tremendous arms and shoulders, too," said Nick Tumminello, director of Performance University. I can definitely use them! As an example, consider a dumbbell bench press and an inverted row. Thank you so much for sharing your story!
Ready, set, lose
Now I absolutely hate, hate, hate taking pills. Especially those giant horse pills they call multi-vitamins. And especially every day! They taste like the sweet, chewy fruit snacks of my youth. My favorite is the sour gummies. And I can definitely tell- they have made a huge difference. I used to be really bad about getting busy during the day and forgetting to eat- and then eating all my calories at night.
And I still get to eat all the foods I enjoy. We spent a week at the beach this summer and I ate what I wanted. It was indulgent and delicious, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Check out comments 23 and for some of my answers to your questions! If you enjoyed this post, follow us day-to-day on Instagram kevinandamanda! Tag your recipes and travels with kevinandamanda. We'd love to see what you're sharing!
Darn girl…you are looking so good! Ive lost a total of 45 lbs just by making better food choices got another 45 before I get all excited…but good job!!! You look so happy too!!! I am so inspired that you did this. I definitely need to get on a program and this seems easy enough.
Can I start after the holidays? You look really good! The writer says that sugar is our No 1 enemy, we are actually addicted to it.
And she also says that counting calories is wrong. You can take a look at her site if you want: But, in order to make the first step, I gave up sweets until xmas. Though decision to make!
What an awesome accomplishment! Way to go, you look great. I just want to thank you for your tutorials. I have been able to personalize my blog thanks to your help. That is something I could easily do when I am done with my 2nd baby! Thanks for the inspiration! Thanks for your help, tips, and freebies. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I appreciate you posting this! It really does make it sound more simple. I really need to lose a few pounds 30 would be great!
Thanks for the inspiration!! Amanda, thank you for such a detailed description of what has made you successful! This is so do-able. And I have exactly 30 pounds to lose, as well! Congratulations, what a great story! This is the way I want to lose weight! Just eating regular food, in moderation and exercising! You should feel as proud as you look!!! Congratulations to you on the sweet success brought on by all of your hard work. You are an inspiration.
I really want to lose weight too! I appreciate the tips. I can definitely use them! I am also a long time reader. You and I have exchanged a few emails back and forth. I am ready to print your blog entry and hang it on my fridge. Can I ask you ONE question though? What are your thoughts on exercise? Did you exercise at all? Thank you so much for sharing your story!
It is very inspiring and encouraging! Huge congrats to you! You look amazing, as always! Amanda — I was one of those Jenny Craig girls. I lost 50 lbs in and promptly got pregnant with twins! However, I just could not justify the expense. Your plan sounds absolutely doable and a great alternative to Jenny Craig. One thing I did learn while on the Jenny plan was to use vegetables when you need a snack.
My favorite snack was carrots, celery and salsa! I did not really follow a regimented exercise program- I do have the dogs, so I take them outside to play, or go for walks and hikes- and I also have a stationary bike that I like to ride while watching TV. She will kick your fanny! We also have Wii Fit love the yoga and hula hoop game! But I do credit the weight loss more to my diet changes rather than the exercise- cause I had been doing that all along! My ob-gyn even went so far as to say, you can spend an hour on the elliptical machine and burn enough calories to make up for a single serving bag of chips.
You look fantastic, by the way! Way to go Amanda! So enjoyed this blog. Blessings to you this Thanksgiving season! You look great and you have inspired me. I have gradually put on quite a bit of weight over the last few years. I have had a terrible time trying to lose it. I was going to a gym and working really hard, but losing very little.
I am going to try what you did. I need something that I can fit into my very crazy, busy life. What a blessing that you sent this out! Thanks so much for sharing. First off, I want to say congratulations! I think this is truly amazing! I am very glad you shared this. There was a lot that I actually learned from this blog post.
You look truly amazing! I am fortunately thin, but unfortunately not that healthy. This has inspired me to talk to my hubby as well and become more of a healthier couple: Thanks for sharing hon! I look forward to many more posts! Thank you for the inspiration! I know it is all about diet and exercise but sometimes when those cravings hit, it is hard to remember.
Thank you again — keep it up! Way to go, you have inspired me to get motivated and get healthy!!! Thanks, Amanda… your blog never fails to amaze!
Amanda, you are awesome! If I could even get down 5 lbs by Christmas, I would be thrilled! Thanks for the inspiration Sister! Water intake…still working on that one. Heard it makes a HUGE difference though! That is great Amanda. I bet you crave the water now that is what happened to me. I did Weight Watchers and went from an 18 to a 2 was a 0 when I started dating my husband…guess that was a shocker for him — hee hee.
Kept it off for over 7 years… I recently gained lbs. Amanda — you look wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration. I may try to get back into that. It makes counting calories so much easier. Thanks for the motivation! Keep up the great work! I think I just need to start paying attention to what I am doing and this made it so simple!
I think it is something we all know — but just needed someone to remind us that it can be done! You look so happy and healthy. I have some special days coming up early next year, and I have time to get on this before those arrive! We just LOVE you and all the creative spirit and energy you share with all of us! Lisa put this so well! Such a gracious hostess, even from afar. Oh my goodness you are looking fabulous!!! Hopefully he will come home to a svelte new wife!!
Thank you for sharing this amazing and inspiring story!! Well, I have to say first off that this is incredibly inspirational. Thank you for sharing this with us! I really do appreciate you sharing this with us. I hope to hear you post more about your journey? Amanada, I must say…. I lost my job a year or so ago and I am still unemployed! I have been depressed, I have isolated myself, and as I said, I physically feel uncomfortable. I think everyone is different. Thank you for sharing!!
That is very inspiring! I do wonder though, what did you drink before switching over to water entirely? Thank you so much for sharing the details of your weight loss. It is so hard to do it on you own, but your specifics really create a light at the end of the tunnel. I am totally inspired! I started something similar to this but I let it slip by.
I stuck with it for about a week and a half and then just went back to my normal routine. Thank you for this. I am going to the store after work and I am buying those VitaCraves! I can give you my secret for weight loss. Oh, and when the second child comes along, see if you have time to eat for yourself! Plus, running after them too! You look awesome…way to go. Wow…you really motivated me! One question though, regarding your water intake…is it just straight-up water or do you mix it with Crystal Light or something?
I love my Diet Coke, but I am trying to switch to water…what worked for you in this area? Congrats to both of you on your weight loss. Thanks so much for your tips. You can never get too many tips on weight loss.
So any tips you want to share would be great. Thanks again and Congrats: What a great, inspiring post! I have cut out fast food for the past three months yay! That alone has helped, I think! I may have to try getting pre-made foods to try to help. We also eat a llot of fresh raw fruits and veg, and steamed when possible. First I want to say Congratulations!! I thought you looked just fine before, but now you look like an even better version of yourself! Second, this is my first post on your site and I really wanted to say thank you for posting how you have lost the weight.
So thank you again for generously sharing your success story, and you deserve to brag about it!! Congrats to you and your hubby! Choosing water over chemical-laden diet sodas was one of the best things you did. Just remember to not rely on prepackaged food as you trek on!
Lots of processed ingredients. Sorry, the nurse in me took over my post!! Best wishes on maintaining your health! Thanks for the inspiration!!! When you've finished that, pedal or run at a rate that's 20 percent harder than your normal cardio intensity. After 30 to 60 seconds, bring the intensity down to a rate that's half the intensity of a normal cardio workout. You want two extremes: Alternate periods of 30 to 60 seconds of hard work with 30 to 60 seconds of easy pedaling or easy running for six to 10 intervals to complete your session.
As this gets easier, increase the intensity of each interval, work longer during the hard portion, shorten your rest periods or add more intervals. If you haven't sprinted since a coach was blasting a whistle in your ear, you're missing out on a natural but extreme form of interval training that can pay dividends for more than just your legs.
They have tremendous arms and shoulders, too," said Nick Tumminello, director of Performance University. A quick caveat, though: If you're not used to bursts like these, Tumminello says, it's easy to pull a hamstring, halting your training -- and your results. He suggests following these tips to start safely. Sprint on a hill. The impact on your joints is lower, Tumminello says, which can help you avoid injury.
Live in a flat area with no hills? Instead of the drag race approach, begin your sprints by speeding up from a jog. At a local track, jog the curve, then sprint 10 to 20 yards of the straightaway.
Continue interval sprinting in this way. To maximize benefit and lower injury risk, keep your sprints on the shorter side -- no more than 50 yards per sprint.
This will help you maintain a high intensity throughout, says Tumminello, and prevent your form from breaking down, which can lead to injury. To increase the overall results of your sprint workout, increase the number of sprints instead of going for long distances. When you're starting out, perform a sprint workout just once per week -- you'll be surprised at how sore the workout makes you, even in the abdominals. Once you're used to the stimulus, Tumminello suggests bumping it up to only two sessions per week, mixed with other gym workouts.
Allow at least two days of recovery between sprint workouts. You don't have to run, bike or perform any traditional cardio exercise to get high-intensity, fat-burning training. By pairing strength exercises that work opposing muscles, you can build muscle while keeping your heart rate high, maximizing fat loss.
During the lunges, the arms and back rest, while the legs rest during the pull-ups. Jack uses such exercise pairings to do escalating density training, an interval protocol with a built-in challenge.
To try this challenge: Choose two exercises that use opposite movements or work completely different muscles -- pair a pushing exercise with a pulling exercise or a lower body move with an upper body move. As an example, consider a dumbbell bench press and an inverted row. For each exercise, choose a weight with which you can perform 10 reps.
Alternate between the exercises, performing just five reps of each move, with the rep weight, in each set. Rest as needed between sets and pairs so that you can complete each set of five without failing.
As with cardio intervals, strength intervals like these won't work if your reps aren't high-intensity. Continue alternating between the exercises for a set time -- 10 or 15 minutes, for example -- keeping track of how many total sets you can do.
In following sessions, try to beat your score by finishing more sets in that time or by finishing the same number of sets but with tougher weights. Density training sessions are great to add to the end of a traditional strength training workout, Jack says.
For a complete density training workout, he suggests performing multiple time blocks in the same session, using new exercise pairings for each.
Other pairs he recommends include a goblet squat with a single-arm dumbbell row, a reverse lunge with pushups or pulldowns, deadlifts with dumbbell overhead presses or split squats with a rowing exercise.
Countdown workouts also use exercise pairs and are a motivating way to finish a workout, says Mike Wunsch, performance director at Results Fitness in Santa Clarita, California. With each round of the exercise pair, the workout involves one fewer rep of each move -- moving from sets of six to five to four, and so forth, until the count reaches zero.
That finish-line mentality can keep you going. As with density training, Wunsch recommends pairing opposing exercises for countdowns, but also suggests picking moves that have a rhythm. Moves like the kettlebell swing, squat thrusts and pushups work well. Wunsch says stress-busting med ball slams and throws can add to the fun.
Moves like these, he explains, can result in injury if your form falters while performing exercises at a fast pace. For the same reason, he also advises avoiding overhead-pressing moves like dumbbell thrusters. To try your own countdown, choose a pair of exercises from Wunsch's following list. Start by performing six reps of the first exercise, then six of the other move.