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Two Meatballs: Eat Your Heart Out!!! (aka the 11th Weigh In)

Oh hey, we didn’t see you there.  Don’t mind us…we’re just enjoying a good snuggle!

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And then a little chat before we really get going…

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A little behind action…

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And then a quick pillow fight…

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Time to wait for the bus…

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Then a little lay down for the sick baby…

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Ok time to play…

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Switch it up…

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Time for an outfit change…

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The clothes keep comin’ off…

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A little snuggle on the stairs…don’t mind if we do!

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Eat your heart out…

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Ok boards down…

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Sara, you’re up Kitten…

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I actually gained like 6 pounds this month and fought so hard to get back to zero….damn you  delicious cake pops and poor planning!!!  It’s been crazy busy and I’ve been sooo sick.  But it was also the best month ever so who can complain!? I also have never looked or felt this amazing in my entire life.  I am so excited about being halfway through my journey…90 pounds are gone and I will never see them again!!!  I cannot wait to get to 100 pounds lost. (This feels like verbatim what I said last month haha but nothing changed so I guess it still applies!) I have really had to readjust my mathematic weight loss time tables.  I really didn’t factor in that I am a human with emotions and struggles…I just went straight carry the one on it! Things are not happening at the pace that I had hoped for but such is life. I have the rest of my life to do this…hopefully it won’t take that long though.  I love my support system soooo much and you guys make this so much more exciting. It’s fun to share our results instead of depressing and intimidating!!! Sometimes maintaining in a busy month is the win and it will just motivate me to bust more ass in February. I finally feel like I’m in a healthy place.  Thank you to every single one of you for sharing this lifestyle change with us.  I’m really starting to feel like the world is my oyster and I can do anything I put my mind to! Ps…Jenny!!!!  Congrats on breaking the dreaded 164!!!  You look amazing and I’m thankful to have you in my life every single day.

 

Ok Jenny, you’re up Bunny…

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Yay!!!  Another great month!   I’m just so grateful to be aware of what I’m doing to my body these days.  I have never cared so much before.   I’m learning this is just about being Good to yourself and finding balance.  Haha a libras dream!! I love my new life style and I hope I continue having integrity and success.  I would love to be down a full 60lbs by March.  The mark of our one year!!! No pressure !!! I have never done anything for a year.  That’s exciting!!!  Thank you for all the support!!! I’m down 4 from last month!!!!!  Finally out of 164!!!! Yay

 

We love you guys soooo much!!!!  Thank you for keeping us honest and giving us a platform to get healthy.  You inspire us everyday.

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Muaahhhh!!!

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And Kelly!!!!  Thank you so much for all that you do and for shooting these beautiful pictures.  We love you!!!

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And now, as always…here are your outtakes!  #stairfail #weirdtoe #thetagsarestillonjenny #lilwaynescoughsyrup #babysick #ionlyhaveoneface #jennyhas1000cutefaces#thatsmyvagina #lookhowbigmylegslook #whydoiwanttositonthetoilet #salmonfarts #donthurtchoself #exhausted #beautyshots #grabafork #guesswhatthetaginmypantiesisalwaysout #cutthatshit #yourenotgoingtolikethatone #sarayoulookdumb #yussssssssss #doyouwantanythingfromstarbucks…yeahacakepopsoundsgood #sittingisntmyfavorite #bubbleguts #jenny’sbreath #imjustgonnadieonthestairs #whatif #isthatwhatmybellylookslikesmashedintotheground #oooooph

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Love y’all so much…11th weigh in down!!!  See you next month!!! Xoxoxoxoxox.

 

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: 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: Sports Illustrated Meatball Swimsuit Edition

You guyyyyyyyysssss…it’s Sara from the beach!!!  It took me 11 years to connect to the internet so this really is a labor of love!  Its is soooo overcast today…

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So I thought I would take this opportunity to get ahead.

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The beach is 1000% my happy place.  I love that briney smell, hearing the waves crash, seeing the pelicans, feeling my skin get tanned…or slightly burned if we are being honest, I love jumping in the waves, passing out on the sand, the aquarium, Beaufort…fucking everything!!!   These are all the thoughts that swim (see what  I did there!?) through my head when I think of the beach!

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I have always felt like this…when I was little you couldn’t drag me out of the water.  I am part mermaid. (I’m a scorpio and a water sign…it is my birthright!!!)

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So I thought it would be fun to do a little swimsuit edition montage over the years.  You won’t find a happier girl in this world than Sara in or near water.

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This is not the beach, but my love for the water is not locational or situational…also my love for nudity began here!!! Haha…look how happy!!!

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This is Katie and I soaking up the sun in Bethany Beach, DE…my Beard grandparents had a  summer home here growing up and it was the funnest!!! I loooved this suit…a little bow in the shoulder and side…those jellies!!!  I would rock this now if that were an option!

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This is also in Delaware and this is quite possible my favorite bathing suit of all time…from the back it was the back of the girl and I thought it was the bee’s knees! This was in my shy-er phase of life but look how precious!

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This was my Aunt Carole and Uncle Kelly’s hot tub in Boulder, Co…it’s not the beach but I never missed an opportunity to be in water!!! This bathing suit was neon orange and green with a giant hole cut out in the stomach and back…it was the closest thing to a two piece that I ever owned…not flattering but I LOVED IT!

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This is me and Katie in Cape Cod for her 18th birthday!!!  Sooooo fun!!!!

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This is back in DE and another one of my all time favorite bathing suits!!!

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This is senior year spring break in the Bahamas with Jack, Lamia and Jennifer!!!  We had the best time and I felt like a million dollars!

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This was one of Wyatt’s birthday parties…I got pink eye that day…ewwwwww and this bathing suit was super unflattering and matronly and it looked like I had given up!!!  Not my best life moment! But we had so much fun in that pool playing shark with all the cousins!

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This was the living best pool party in Vegas courtesy of Oribe!!!  Me, Nikki, Ellen and Erin had soooo much fun day drinking before the big show that night.  I loved the sweet little roses on this navy blue suit! #sogirly

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This was two summers ago for a reunion in DE…it had been a million years…and it will be a million more before we go again!!! The second swimsuit was like if Ke$ha designed swim wear….It was the shit!  It was hypercolored zebra print.  But i always struggle with one pieces…the butt never fits…its always gappy which is noooooooot sexy! This was also one of my heaviest times! But that never stopped me from having a great time!!!

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This was my 30th birthday in Aruba…look at that rainbow!!!  And my favorite cover up from Old Navy!

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This was my only  bathing suit pic from the beach last year!!!  Love my dad!

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Me and Wyatt on his birthday Umstead trip last year!

 

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This was an Oribe Miami event…these beaches were soooooo gorgeous and we had the time of our lives!!!!! And look at my little Caraboo.  This is my preferred way of sitting with people #irequirenopersonalspacewheniloveyou! This ruched black bathing suit had a sweet little cut out right below the boobs…I felt super sexy!

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This is me and Jenny trying to figure out our beach wear in April (Jenny purchased her adorable suit…I skipped mine…not my favorite…can you tell by my face?!!)…look how far we’ve come even since then!?!

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Memorial Day Weekend this year…I love my sis!!!  Annnnd that purple crochet one piece!  I live for a halter…anything to make these little boobies look bigger!!!

 

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At my sister’s pool #lakemont with my little twin nugget!  Geeeez, that polka dot top has gotten a lot of air time over that past two years huh!?!

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This was our family vacation in June!!!! My whole family is super married to the beach!  Also I live for/dominate a handstand contest!!!

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This was after getting caught in a downpour on Wyatt’s birthday adventure this year at the Umstead! I’m happy to reprt that the polka dot tankini has been retired…it has gotten too big (yay) and is now the most unflattering tent of all time. RIP little dottie…thanks for the fun memories!

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Annnnd this is from this morning!!!

No matter my size…I always feel my best at the beach!!!  I do have raging body and hair dysmorphia though!!! In my mind my hair is fabulous and gorgeous and I’m a healthy, curvaceous little nymph in my bathing suit.  This describes my hair life at the coast to a T!

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Here is a little journey…the first pic is what I think my hair looks like…then the next two are my reality!

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This is how I see myself when I’m frolicking in the waves…

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Buuuuuut this is the funniest to me!  If you could crawl into my head…I’m Jennifer Lawrence…but in reality I’m the excited lady who dives in an awesome bathing cap and skirted suit!!! I’m literally wearing this bathing suit in the pink eye picture!!! #twins

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This second lady cracks me up…look at that form! #killingit

Anywhoozie…I could live in a swim wear and its fun to see all the great and poor choices made over the years!!!  I know that having your pic taken in a bathing suit is a real sore subject for many people but to me there is no happier place on earth and I never wanted to be held back from fun! I will say that getting healthier has given me so many new options for swimwear and I soooo look forward to the day where I can get my bathing suit from literally anywhere!!!  Also getting healthier has made me want to be so much more active at the beach…who knew it could get funner!? So no matter your size, find a suit that suits you (did you see what I did there!?) and go have fun…who gives a shit what anyone else thinks!!! And with that thought in mind…I ordered an American Flag bikini…if the sun ever comes out here, that bad boy is making its debut!!! #whocares #liveyalife

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So here is a little progress timeline!!!  From two years ago to yesterday…I can’t wait to do this post a year from now!!! xoxox

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I gotta go try and lose the 3 pounds I’ve gained this month…see ya at the weigh in!!! Here are some final inspirational thoughts!

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Embrace your beach body and if you don’t like it…get your butt in gear and change it!!!

 

Two Meatballs: Fireworks, F@%$ Ups and a Fat Crushing Workout!!!

First off….HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!! #merica We hope your weekend is full of sparklers, fireworks, bodies of water, cookouts, family and friends.

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#kelseyisthecutestever #butsooooisdustin #salonpatriotism#mericanails #leeisthebest

This weigh in felt epic! We hit 20,000 views on Facebook for Two Meatballs: Grin and Bare it!!!

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Holy shit!!!  We feel great, we are getting a million compliments and together we’ve lost almost 100 pounds!!!

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So what have we done…gotten cocky and started getting a little slack! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I did better on vacation than I have this week…who does that?!!  Jenny and I made a pact on Tuesday morning to give up our personal vices for one week.  She said goodbye to dark chocolate and I said adios to pistachios (NOOOOOOOOO)!!!

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Thank you Nikki and Jack for the immersion therapy! #canyoutelljackiseatingpistachioandnikkiiseatingdarkchocolate #masicsm

So we started this month with great intentions.  Then we posted the weigh in and the praise and compliments came pouring in (thank y’all so much) and that little voice in the back of our heads (not blue cross blue shield) said….YOU’VE ARRIVED!.  Surely we must be done right?!  We look great, we  feel great…time to eat! We went to Ale House Wednesday night to celebrate..again with great intentions…what’s more Paleo than WINGS!? But then I ordered onion straws and we both ate our weight in bleu cheese. Woooooooof… We felt so awful when we left…I felt stuffy and like I had a cold and we both felt hungover and can you say BLOATED.  What a way to celebrate right!?  Lesson learned.   BUUUUUUT then I met up with some girlfriends last night that I hadn’t seen in a million years and we went to Coquette. Love you Robyn and Ellen!!!

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Let me say…Coquette had some really great options…there was a pan seared duck breast and even my fav…scallops!  But do you know what I ordered!?!?!?  STEAK FRITES!  For those of you like my sister that struggle with French (#haricotvertshahahahahahahaha) its steak and FRIES!  Like French fries you guyssss…white potato, fried shoestring French fries.  And I know French so this wasn’t like oh whooopsies…I didn’t know what frites were!  But they were delish and it happened.  So then I woke up the next morning before our work out with our super best buddy Sandra Axman (www.innovativefitnesstraining.com caaaaaaaaaallllllll her!) and adorably hopped on my scale as if I were going to see a loss and you are never going to even believe this shit y’all….I GAINED 3 POUNDS. Duhhhhhhhhhhh Sara!  Anyways I got dressed and went downstairs and sweet Jenny picked me up!  And she was in a mood…a mood that much reflected how I was feeling.  Neither one of us felt like exercising, we were both being bitchy and super irritated…it’s the craziest thing when you stray from what works how quickly your mind goes to fuck it mode. Sooooo we had a little counseling sesh on the drive to the gym.  We both have been too slack…eating too much, eating out, not eating the right things, not getting enough sleep, being slack with water and for me skipping my normal workouts.  She said I’m going to use all this anger in our workout today…#genius!  A workout was just what the doctor ordered.  How can you be mad when you are so physically exhausted and so proud of what you just accomplished!?  And by the by…Sandra you are the greatest human…thank you for forcing us out of our funk and always being so encouraging, positive and energetic.  You are a ray of sunshine that both of us desperately needed this morning and your commitment to our journey and end result is something that we are so grateful for!!!!!!!  We love you to the moon and back.  On to the workout…these first few pics we were still deep into bitch mode.

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But we half heartedly tried to get over it!

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But we really just wanted to go back to sleeeeep!

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We went inside and the tom foolery began…lets be honest nothing makes us feel better than acting like children!

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Then Sandra asked the question that we have heard 1,000 times this week…”have you guys been measuring?”  Nooooooo we are idiots!  Why didn’t we measure …that would be an awesome way to track progress!  So we started today! We also got our BMI and some other important number using a Gameboy like hand held device

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Aaaaand now on to the workout for real!  This was both of our favorite workout ever!!! It was HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and we did Tabata which involves doing a particular exercise at high intensity for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest.  It’s repeated 8 times for a total time of 4 minutes! (Explanation courtesy of Sandra)  First we did the dumbest cardio ever(this is Sara speaking…I hated this damn band)…it involved a small thick band that went around our ankles  and then you stepped up and over a step aerobic step (#howmanytimescanyousaystepinonesentence) and we did a Tabata here.

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Take a closer look at why I hated these…my poor fat ankles…my cankles/calves got eaten by rubber!

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Then there were two stations both with two different exercises each. The back station you were kneeling on a BOSU ball doing reverse chest press (pull down) And at the chest station you did a  chest press on a bench and we did these for 8 rounds…

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Then we did the second exercise at our stations.  At the back station you switched to standing trx rows and at the chest station you switched to chest fly’s!

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Then we got onto our mats and did Tabata ab work…with two different exercises working two different areas.  First was upper abs with crunches for 8 rounds then lower abs with leg crunches (laying flat and bringing your bent legs to your chest and then extending them back out) for 8 rounds. (There were no pics of this so we recreated this at work! #yourwelcome #mybackissoooohairynow)

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Then we did a cardio thing back on the step with one leg stationary with the other leg being brought up with the knee bent and tapping the ground and bringing it back up again for 8 rounds…holy burn batman.

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Then we switched stations and whoever did back went to chest and vicey versey!

Did you breath a sigh of relief and think that we were done..me too but WRONG! haha

Next was two different stations one for biceps and the other for triceps.

At the bicep station we did bicep curls while sitting on an exercise ball to engage our core!  At the tricep station we had a stretchy thingy with two handles attached to an elliptical machine for stability and we had to do tricep extensions (Huge shout out to Michael for helping me figure out workout jargon…he is not responsible for the dumb shit I make up but for the correct terminology!)

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