Before and Afters

Two Meatballs: Perspective from a Retrospective!

Y’all!  We have officially survived 15  weigh ins.  Neither of us are where we want to be much less  where we thought we would be. Buuuuut, the one huge difference is, we are still hustling towards our goals.  We have stayed on this journey for 16 months.  That is the longest I have committed to anything…EVER! We didn’t quit.  Even when it has gotten tough and things weren’t going the way we wanted, we stayed the course.

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I’m not sure either one of us knew what we were getting in to starting this blog.  We were going to name it…I’m With Fatty and have a picture of us pointing at each other with a 90’s sitcom “can you believer her” face.  #stilllovethatname #sothankfulwedidntgothatdirection Some days its hard, overwhelming, aggravating, depressing, the last thing on our minds, but most days, its uplifting, inspirational, motivational, necessary, the single biggest contributing factor to our success.  We are hard on ourselves because we expect a lot from ourselves and we know what we are capable of.  We also feel like we have a lot of people depending on us.  But more than anything we are INCREDIBLY proud of ourselves.

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So if you are new to the blog, or if you are a long time reader, here is a little trip down memory lane.  This is Jenny from the beginning to now!

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And the stunner…weigh in one to now!

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Jenny, your confidence is as gorgeous and you are.  You are such a kind sweet friend and I’m so lucky to be doing this incredibly hard thing with my best friend.  Everything is so much more fun, hilarious and livable together. Xoxo

This is my past 15 months in pictures!

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Here’s the big one!  Weigh in one to now!

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I love this crazy ride.  Doing things like this gives me so much perspective.  It is so easy to focus on the negative but it really gets you nowhere.  We have come so far.  There is no looking back and we have the rest of our lives to save our own lives.  On to the everything is better together segment!

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The past three months have been so up and down…literally…I made two of them!

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And here is the start to now!

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Ahhhhh!!!!  Ok, it’s real now.  We have come so far.  Here are some of my favorite shots from that museum!  Thanks again Tiffy!  You are so talented!

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What a fun day.  We are so grateful to be doing this.  Thank you for reading and reaching out.  You tell us all the time that we inspire you and we are so happy to do so, but it’s really us who need y’all!  You keep us going when we want to quit.  You tell us it’s going to be ok.  You tell us to be nice to ourselves.  You tell us to get back on track.  You help us so much more than you’ll ever know and we could never thank you enough.  Xoxo times a mil.

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In closing, we had another first and I just don’t know how to feel about it.  We promote our weigh in posts on Facebook in hopes to get our message of body acceptance and love out further into the world.  For the first time in 15 months, we were denied for promoting an “idealized physical image”. I don’t even know what that means?!  Like, you don’t like our filters!?  You think my 280 pound body is what the masses are striving for?  Our stretch marks and cellulite are too appealing?!  I know it’s not bc we are scantily clad bc we have been every other weigh in until now.  So whats the deal Facebook?  Am I to believe that you are considering Jenny and myself to be the ideal body type, bc if that is the case let me kiss you right on the mouth.  But it’s hard for me to believe that you are so evolved Fb!  Get your shit together and help us spread the word. #quitcockblockinFB

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#toohotforfacebook #effyourbeautystandards #everyoneusesfiltersassholes #lookbacktoour4thweighinwewerelegitnaked

I wrote this post Monday night.  Tuesday at 5 I received this response from Facebook.

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What a relief!  It’s too much pressure to be the ideal physical specimen of the world! hahahahahaha thanks everyone who reached out and supported our cause!  Also, one last note!  My favorite blogger Garner Style made my whole entire life today!

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I’m  in love with her and her style…obvi cause i copped it big time for the shoot!  Feeling super pumped!  LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!

Two Meatballs: This is What 11 Months of Hard Work Looks Like!

Another weigh in down!!!  And we are coming up on an entire year that we have committed to totally changing ours lives.  There have been so many ups and downs.  Jenny and I were talking the other night and neither one of us have ever made it this long…for anything!  We are so proud and everyday we feel stronger. #integrity This will always be a struggle but it is getting easier or harder…I’m not sure which haha.  Bread doesn’t feel like something we’re missing anymore.  Everyone loves a photo montage…so here is a trip down the last 11 months…look at these changes!!! Ahhhhhh!

Jenny, you’re up first.  She started at 218 and is down to 162!!!  She has lost 56 pounds!!!!

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But here is the money maker…month one to now! Look how teeeeny!!!!

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Now it’s your turn Sara.  I started at 340 pounds and I’m down to 250.  That’s 90 pounds gone!!!

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And here is month one to now!!!  Wahoooooo!

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And now the better together segment!

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And the most exciting one!

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We feel great and we couldn’t do it without your support!!!  I thought I would close this post with some of our favorites from Eat Your Heart Out!  Xoxoxo

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Ps…it gets harder and harder to think of new things to do…so if anyone has any bright ideas or different places to shoot please let us know!!!

Two Meatballs: Naughty or Nice?! (aka the 10th Weigh In)

You guyyyyys…it’s that time again…it’s our 10th weigh in…can you believe it??!!! Were we nice over the holidays?!

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Or were we naughty?!

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Well, Christmas is over…

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And it’s time to celebrate the New Year!

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Time to pop the cork and party!!! Pellegrino for me and Champagne for Jenny!

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Cheers!

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It’s not a party without dancing!

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Happy 2015 you guys!!!

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Time to lose some layers…

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Hats off…

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Boards down…

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Switch it up…

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Alright…whose first?!  Sara, you’re up Kitten…

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I have never felt this good before…like ever in my life.  I feel proud, confident, sexy as hell…I feel beautiful and I feel like I earned every single feeling that I’m having right now.  I never knew that I could be this girl…healthy, getting fit, full of integrity, strong, so inspired to be a better person, wanting desperately to pay it forward.  There is a line in the Beyonce remix of Flawless that my sister and I are obsessed with and she says…”I wish everyone could feel like this” and I do want that!!!  I want to spread the joy and confidence that I feel to every single person I come into contact with.  You guyyyyyys…I’m down 90 mother bitchin pounds that I will never see again.  Here’s to 100…I don’t know if I will ever stop crying when that day comes. The amount of gratitude we feel towards every single person that reads our blog and checks in on our progress is overwhelming.  You guys have no idea how much it helps us stay focused on our goals and thank you will never feel like enough, but we thank you anyways. Xoxo times infinity. Love, Sara #meow #loveyoujenny

 

Jenny…you’re up Bunny!

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Hellllo!!!! I feel incredible!!!!   And I gained two pounds!!!!  I don’t feel defeated…..I worked really hard to only gain 2 pounds.  I knew December was going to be hard……but damn it was really hard and yet sooooo fun.  This has been the most amazing experience of my life. I am doing more then I ever expected, I am no longer walking through life….I AM RUNNING!!!  Every day I wake up to take on the challenge, and I am addicted.  This journey is evolving everyday and I am so grateful to be open to it physically and emotionally.  I will get to my goal.  Being patient with myself is becoming my biggest challenge. I have never been this excited for today and tomorrow!!   This is really becoming about living.  The struggles make the success that much sweeter. Thank you for your support!  This growing circle of friends and community are huge to our success and we couldn’t do this without you!!  Cheers!! Muuuahhhh

Another weigh in down!!!  We love y’all soooo much!

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Thank you to my super bfffl Katie for doing such an amazing shoot!!!  Nothing has made me happier than seeing you so much over the holidays and we appreciate you sooooo much! #chickensoupfortheteenagesoul #seafoamfriend

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As always…thank you!!!  Here are your outtakes!!!  #landofathousandblurrypictures #neveronthesamepage ##weneverstoplaughing #weneverstopdancing #ialmostkilledkatiewiththechampagnecork #icanneverstopsweating #katiefelloffthetable #soapbubblefloor #blowingbubblesblows #myphoneistheworst #ghostfacetimesamil #ihaverestingandactivebitchface #ineverstoptalking #thatsarealjohnbeardmove #hikelly #throwingwrappingpaperisatotalfail #noactionshotsgirls #welovelookingateachother! #somanywardrobemalfunctions #irippedmypanyhoseviolently #jennyhulkedashirt #thisiwhowereallyare #wecouldntloveeachothermore #whohasthismuchfun #croptopsarestandingroomonly

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And finally the best outtake of our lives!

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Cheers and Happy New Year!!!!

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Now!!!!!! Let’s see how Brandon did!!!!

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Brandon Brandon brandon!!!!!

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Show us what you got!!!

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So we made it through the holidays. I’d like to think I did well but I did gain 5 lbs. Had trouble resisting temptation. Oh well I guess it’s all part if the ebb and flow of my journey. I’m back at the gym now trying to bulk up on my muscles and still burn fat. We shall see.

Brandon Smith

We love you brandooooo!!!! soo proud of him

Two Meatballs: Inspiration for Beys!!! (did you see what I did there!?)

Another weigh in down!!!  Another holiday down!!!  A few more pounds down or at least none gained!!!  Jenny and I both have really learned our Achilles heel is not planning.  We both did so well on Thanksgiving because we actually planned and brought with us healthy, paleo food. Buuuuut for the rest of the month we both struggled to remember all the things that brought us to our current, healthier lives!  So note to self…plan plan plan plan!!!!  Also, we’re almost at 1000 likes on Facebook…so if you haven’t liked us yet it’s Two Meatballs Get Fit!!!

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You know I love a photo montage so here we go.  Also, thanks so much to everyone for their support!!!! We are going to kick this off with our third meatball, Brandon!!!  You are doing so well sweet friend!!!

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Awesome!!!!  Your progress is so amazing!!! Love you Brando.

Here is Jenny and her amazing journey!!! You look so amazing my sweet meatball! #literallyshrinking

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Ok my turn!!! #byebyefatface

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I have never felt hotter!!!  Ok here are the big ones!

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Who are we!?! And here is the everything is better together montage!

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Look how far the three best friends that anyone could ever have has come…

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#swollenbutsoooofun

Ahhhhhh…this feels so good and empowering!!!  We really went for a different shoot this time to keep it interesting!  I love stockings and we both love a little 50’s housewife vibe!  This was my inspiration shot…

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And this is what sweet Katie Hu sent me last night…it’s so true right!?

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You cannot tell me that I am not now Bey…

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#imneverwearingpantsagain

As evidenced by my outfit yesterday! #shortshorts

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I just want to brag about my favorite makeup artist on earth again!!!  Krystal Lehman at the MAC outpost in Crabtree is the living greatest person….she is so flippin talented…and funny…and hot and so much fun and she makes you look and feel amazing!!!! #ithappened

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#failonthefirstphoto

I love you Krystal…thank you so much for making me feel amazing for every wedding, bobbies, photo shoot, birthday…major life event!  You are my favorite!!!  Ok so now that weigh in is over…how do we start this month out right!?  Remembering what works!?  Cooking at home!?  I have been having an irrational craving for Chinese food…so I crock potted some beef and broccoli…and you guys!!!  It was everything I dreamed it would be!!!  Here is the recipe…

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What is easier than a crock pot meal!?  To top it off I did some Cauliflower rice from my living favorite cookbook, The Paleo Kitchen. If you guys don’t have this you should get it immediately, literally everything we’ve made is to die for!!!!…

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And some roasted veggies with pancetta!

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Everything was amazing and hit the craving spot.  Speaking of favorite things…I’ve found some can’t miss items that I have to share. Number one…my Life Factory shatterproof glass water bottle…

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This bad boy helps me stay on track with my water throughout the day and its not plastic or tinny!!! Next, my RUME reusable grocery bags…

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So cute and totally functional and easy to clean!!!  I have three and I loooove them. Next, I’ve been craving cereal #imnotpregnantiswear and this hit the spot!

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Also…my go to snacks right now…

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These coconut chips were introduced to me by my amazing client Lila and they are the perfect little bite of spicy, almost chip like…and Jenny introduced me to the Whole Foods Lime sparkling water and I swear it’s Sprite!!!  Next my comfort food soup…again from the living best cookbook of alllllll of life!!! Ps…add wayyyyy more spices than necessary to give this soup a more warming affect!

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My new doormat…makes me laugh and smile!!!

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Our new aprons from Anthropologie…who doesn’t want to cook in these?!

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And lastly…my new mental montra (how do you spell that word!?)

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#mydailystruggle

Hope you fall in love with some of these as well!!!  We love y’all and don’t forget to watch us tomorrow on WRAL at 5:50 on Bill Leslie’s Good Things…then you can say you knew us before we were famous!!! Haha xoxo!!!

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Also, our first guest blog has posted on Fleet Feet’s sight…check it out!

http://www.fleetfeetraleigh.com/news

Ahhhhhh, soooo exciting!!!

Two Meatballs: Would You Get A Look at Those Yams!!! (aka the 9th Weigh In)

 

Oh, we didn’t see you there!!!  Come on in and make yourself at home…we’re just perusing the cookbooks trying to find something to make for a nice holiday dinner??!!!

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Time for a coffee break before we get to work!!!

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Ok, time to tidy up before we cook the big meal!

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Let’s slip into something a little more comfortable and get to cooking!

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Time to set the table…

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Lets get dressed for dinner!

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And carve the chicken (is that a thing!?) and make our plates!

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Uh-oh…food fight time!!!

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Thank gah we didn’t have pies…this would have gotten really messy!!!  Now it’s just time to wait for Santa!!!

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What was that coming from the chimney!?

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Oh!  Just Jenny…awkward family photo time!

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Let’s warm up before we take it all offffff!!!

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Ok enough foolin’ around…Jenny, you’re up kid!

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I lost zero and I couldn’t be happier!   Who knew these were hard months?!?!  Oh everyone.   Well maintaining my weight lost thus far is a success!!!! I really hope to lose some weight next month!! I’m still feeling extremely focused.  I’m so aware when I’m not sticking to my diet….my budget falls off and I avoid the scale.  So it was a pleasant surprise I did not gain.  I still worked out, which kept me engaged.  Christmas is defintely my favorite holiday. SO I need to prioritize my celebrations this month . I’m still learning the lesson, I can not do it all!  I can tell myself no…I think!  Integrity feels better then any food cheat. Sleep deprivation has the worst effect on me, so I am really going to try and stay rested on and go to bed more thoughtfully.  My family is amazing and  couldnt do this without them and I defintely couldn’t dO this without My bestie, love you sara!

 

Alright Sara…you’re up kitty!

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Sooooo, it wasn’t my best month but it certainly wasn’t my worst.  Surviving my birthday and flippin Thanksgiving and still managing to lose 2 pounds really does feel great.  Now if I could only have been as dedicated as I was this last week of November, alllll month, I really would have something to celebrate!  I am feeling super pumped about December.  We have our big company party, The Bobies, in January and  I really want to be down 100 pounds by then!!!  I love a goal…now NO MORE SUSHI for awhile at least.  I have never felt better and I never want this feeling to end. I’m entering my 10th month of being sober and who knew it would feel this great.  No turning back.  I genuinely love all of you and I’ll spend the rest of my days trying to show you how grateful I am to have y’all on this journey with us. Xoxo to the moon.

 

We survived another weigh in…together!!!

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We love you guys!

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And thanks so much to Natalie and Krystal for hair and makeup and Cara Dempsey for taking our pics again!!!  We love y’all!!!

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And as always… get ready to laugh…I know we did!!!

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Here are your outtakes!!! #idrewunderwearonmyselfcanyoufindthepics?! #ginagotabigolbutt #crotch #allofmyassisout #ghostfacekilla #weareneveronthesamepage #amibeyonceyet #weliterallydidntwearpantstheentiretime #yonceashell#iknowyoucare #smackitsmackit #imgoingtoridethepigs  #imscaredimgoingtobreakthepigs #crotchwatch#greenbeantothedome #smack #iheardnoiseinthechimney #itsamirrorthewritingisbackwardsyoudumbass #you’reinmyshot #allllloftheseareblurry #dempseyselfies

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See you under the mistletoe next time!!!

Two Meatballs: The Burden of Having a Fabulous Life!

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So Sara and I have the greatest jobs in the world!!!!!  We meet amazing people everyday, we get to be wildly creative, our bosses are fantastic, we love working hard and learning new things, and we have each other!!!  What more could a girl ask for?!?!?  Ahhhhh Mark Debolt!!!!!!!  Mark is a Wella educator who shared his knowledge with the team this week.  AAAAAAAAAmazing!  He is just so damn likable!!!!  He was here back in Febuary this year and we liked him so much our bosses got him back in!!!!

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OMG!!!!!  Look how much I have changed!!!! It is amazing to see how far I have come since February!!  love this guys!!  He is so fun to listen to!!  He showed us what we can expect in color trends for 2015!   and guess what ladies?!?!  Ombre is here to stay……..we are just going to constantly see different variations of it.   So Mark just got us super excited about advanced hair painting!!!   So before he started tansforming the models….we took some selfies!!!!!!!

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Sara and Laruren looking CRAY!!!!

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This reminds me of the famous Oscar selfie!!!

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Our awesome team!!

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His first Model……… Cutie Chelsea!!!

So Chelsea had a variation of ombre going on.  Her roots were very dark against her blond ends.  Sooo Mark wanted to take ” the layer of Charcoale” of her hair, add highlights and brighten her ends.

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Here she is getting Shampooed!!!  And here is our Final Product!!!

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Our Second Model………..Carolyn!!!!!

She has beautiful dark hair and was just ready for some natural  dimension and warmth for fall.

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I love hair painting!!!  and Anything that is wrapped in plastic wrap!!!  It was a fantastic class,  I feel so inspired to come into work everyday!!!  so fun!  Thank you Mark Debolt! These meatballs love you!

Ok now it is Time TO Work OUT! Here we are being dumb in the parking lot!!!!

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Ok Sara…lets do this!!!!

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Low Rows on the Trx…already feeling the burn!

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Lets do some weights!!  clean press

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Bosa Ball push ups!!!!

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And Bosa Ball Crunches!!

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Back to the TRX for Squats!!!

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Bosa Ball…. Hips up and Clean presses!! sexyyyy

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Bosa ball burpees, always want to say herpes!!!!

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Jump together squats on the TRX!

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Weighted lunges

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Wall squats with bicep curls!!! woooooof

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Lateral lunges on the TRX

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Bosa Ball planks for a minute!!

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Triceps!!!

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kettle Bell swings

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weighted abdominal twist

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crunches and leg lifts!

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What better way to end, then with suicides!!!

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We did it!!! Love you Sara!  It is amazing to become emotionally and physically stronger together!!!  So thankful for this experience that we will always share together. Then we both went to our fabulous job!!!  oh hey there friend!!

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Hey y’all!!!  It’s Sara!!!  I just wanted to close this piece out with some a workout montage!!!  It’s been 20 weeks with Sandra and we can’t even begin to express our gratitude.  She literally changes our lives every week and here is the proof!!!

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Wooooooooooooooow you guys!!!!  These get me soooo fucking pumped!!!  But here is the real kicker!

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#progresstimesamillion

Ok have a great weekend guys and call Sandra today and start your own before and after! http://www.innovativefitnesstraining.com

 

 

Two Meatballs: Third Meatball, Transformations and Trick or Treating!!!

It’s time for our third meatball to weigh in!!!  Brandon you’re up!!!

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Here we go…….

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Yessssss!!!!! Feels good.  I worked hard this month.  I chose to eat better and workout when I really didn’t want to.  Jenny and I had so much going on this month. We were surrounded by celebratory food all month….It was hard, but making the right choices  felt good physically and  emotionally.  Feeling great and ready to take on November.  I’m just so inspired by these ladies everyday and couldn’t be more proud.

 

Brandon!!!  That’s so amazing!!!! Congrats on your incredible progress!!!  You are murdering it!!! XOXOXOXOXO

You guyyyyys….Thanks so much for the support!!!  We can’t believe that another weigh in is behind us!!!

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We are feeling great.  Who knew getting healthy would make you feel so good!? jk winky face.  We thought we would take a minute and do a 8 month retrospective!  Get ready for some epic before and afters.  It’s so crazy to look back and see the changes!

Jenny you’re up first!

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And here’s the kicker!

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Holy progress Batman!!!  You look amazing Jenny!!!

Alright, I’m next!

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And the start to now…

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Who am I!?!?!  I feel soooo good!

Now The Meatballs together!

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Are you even ready for this!?

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But thiiiiiis is my favorite!!!

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We had the best time!!!  Now, is it obvious that we LOOOOOOOVE Halloween!?!?!  I have never said no to dressing up!!!  Here is a little stroll costume lane!!!

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These are from this year!

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Hope your Halloween was amazing and the candy didn’t do too much damage!!! xoxo

 

 

 

Two Meatballs: Crunch Time (literally)!!!!

It’s almost weigh in time!!! Here is our morning inspiration to keep us on track!!!! #whatabigdifference #sofierce

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We are going to post the weigh in results Monday night at 8pm!!!! We have been feeling soooo good…so why not work out with Sandra and feel even worse…sorry I meant better! #loveyasandy Today was so fucking hard y’all.  All we want to do is sing and dance allll the time but when we work out we  just barely keep our heads above water! Here is some of our new clothes from yesterday in action!

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Time to play!!!

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Buuuuut I don’t want to work out today!

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So what’s a gal to do…get measured to see another angle of progress!? Don’t mind if we do!!! #notamorningperson

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