Friday, August 3, 2012

Operation Get Fit

Hi, my name is Katie and I am a sugar addict! Our New Years resolution this year was to lose 5-10 pounds. It is now half way through the year and I have GAINED 5 pounds...very discouraging! We have decided to do a 15 day mineral cleanse and eat only fruits and vegetables during that time. Now before you get skeptical and think, 'you can't be healthy and eat only one food group' because that is exactly what I have been doing for the past 6 months...eating SUGAR for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

 Six weeks of traveling, 2000 miles, too many fast food stops, and an expanding waistline has prompted us to jump start a healthy lifestyle with a 15 day cleanse. Here's our journey...(I am going to buy a pair of colored skinny jeans when I get to my goal weight of 120 lbs.! I need a little motivation when my cravings kick in!)

This is the cleanse we used. You can get it here for under $20. They have a mineral and herbal version.
The mineral is suggested for first time cleansers as the herbal one is harder on your system.
Many of you may be does not interupt your daily routine.

Day One - July 19

Weigh in day!
Travis: 173.8 lbs.
Katie: 133.4 lbs.

We got back from our summer vacation and had NO food in the house. The nice part about this was that there wasn't any food to tempt us, but the bad part was there wasn't any 'good' food either.
Exercise: 20 min Athletic Strength Training DVD. This women looks like she is 60 years old and she was kicking our trash! I guess after being in the car traveling for longer than I care to admit we got a little out of shape! Hope tomorrow's workout is better!


Kirkland Breakfast Weight loss Shake


Raspberries, Cherries, Peaches, Kiwi, Plums, Carrots, and Peas

Mmmm, Thanks Bruce and Suzie for this recipe!
Black bean salsa on a bed of lettuce


We are in love with the show White Collar so we made a little
smoothie snack to get us through episode 2, 3, and 4!

Day Two - July 20

Exercise: 2 mile run.

Warm-up: 20 jumping jacks; 1:00 standing hamstring stretch; :30 high knees; 20 jumping jacks. Workout: 10 squats; 10 side lunges (each side); 5 standing calf raises; 20 lunges; 10 one-legged calf raises (each leg); 10 squats; 25 inner thigh leg lifts (each leg); 10 side luges (each side); 5 jump squats.

Stretching: 1:30 standing hamstring stretch; :45 calf stretch (each leg); 3:00 pike stretch.

Breakfast: Strawberry Coconut Smoothie

Mid morning Snack:

Cucumbers with Hummus


Black bean salsa, carrots, peas, watermelon, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries,
cantaloupe, honeydew, and strawberries. (Adele eats all the raspberries off my plate
so I technically don't get to eat those!)

Mid afternoon Snack:

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it into a fruit salad.

Black bean salsa stuffed tomato


This was the true test of willpower today! We went over to some friends house for a BBQ.

No hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, desserts for us! I was surprised and how full my plate got while still sticking to only fruits and vegetables. My brain wanted SUGAR, but I stayed strong!

(Sorry, no picture...I couldn't think of a way to take one without drawing attention to myself.)

Day Three - July 21

Okay, so I am a terrible blogger and haven't kept track of the days very well. So instead of giving a daily account, here are a few more pictures of our meals and some of our exercise routines. We had to repeat several meals because I had a hard time coming up with new menu ideas that were only fruits and vegetables.

Every morning when Adele wakes up she asks for a
'breakfast shake' We had these almost every morning.

This is what lunch looked like more days than I care to admit!

Roasted beets, turnips, yams, and parsnips; corn on the cob;
 cilantro green beans and fruit cup.

Fruit cup with black bean salsa on a bed of lettuce.

Southwest salad with fruit cup.

Best breakfast ever! Fruit filled cantaloupe bowl drizzled with honey.

Raw beet cilantro lime salad. Totally delectable!

Fresh fruit snack.

Lunch. What you see is what you get.

Fried egg salad with: green beans, peppers, avocado, egg, lettuce,
and homemade herb vinegar.

We kept taking pictures of our food so Adele wanted
her dinner to be photographed as well!

Exercise: We tried to stay active during the last 15 days. We played handball, Ultimate Frisbee, did ab exercises, leg exercises, went swimming, went bike riding, etc. We are trying to have eating right and exercising be part of our lifestyle instead of another thing to check off our to do list.


And now what you have all been waiting for...was it worth it?!!? YES! I don't want to eat only fruits and vegetables for the rest of my life, but we have had a mind change. We want to keep eating like this and adding some other food groups in small quantities.

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a more late night snacking for us!

Friday, August 3, 2012 - 15 days later

Final Weigh In:
Travis: 162.8 lbs. - net loss of 11lbs.
Katie: 124.8 lbs. - net loss of 8.6 lbs.

Now What?

We are going to try a whole foods diet and see how that works for us. There is a great website that has great menu ideas for this! Check it out!

I am still not to my goal weight so I guess those skinny jeans will have to wait, but hopefully soon!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Thank You Elder Uchtdorf and Bob Newhart

Several months ago a Clinical Psychologist showed this video in one of Travis' classes. After Elder Uchtdorf's address Bob Newharts advice has a little more relevance!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Girls Weekend 2011: West Coast Style!

Yeah for Girls Weekend 2011!!! Riana conveniently scheduled her visit to Yakima to be at the same time Bronco was returning to his Alma mater!!! Thanks for the GREAT seats Ri!
 Adele loved Cosmo from afar, but when we called him over for a photo-op she was a little less in that pure terror in her face!?! Go Cougars!
Great to have the BYU groupies back together again...missing our Ty Ty! Mike was up visiting his family in Portland so we were able to sit by them at the game!
 Seattle!! Adele and I drove up to pick Riana up from Seattle and to see some of the sites.
We first hit up Pike Place Market and loved it!
 The Pumpkin Spice Creamer kept calling our tastes just like fall! We asked a lady to take our picture and after doing so she handed us her camera and in broken English asked us to take a picture of her and Adele because, 'baby smile at me! baby like me!" Adele sure is a charmer!
 Gotta love the original in Seattle!
 Loved seeing the fish being thrown, sitting on the pig, the fresh flowers, and the FOOD! We definitely ate our way through the weekend! Great French Deli, and Russian Bakery...I am getting hungry just thinking about it!
We thought it would be a good idea to make a baby barricade so Adele could get some sleep. Didn't work out too well, baby insomnia set in and Adele finally fell asleep at 5 am after watching Tangled over and over! I am too old to keep up those kind of late nights!
 This girl knows how to dance - Justin Bieber style! 'Oh Baby' She loved the 'road trip!'
 Mmmm, tasty! Burgerville!!!
 Multnomah Falls - Portland, OR

 Our little bellhop!
So many tickets!!! Good thing Riana knows EVERYONE!
Parking lot outside Voodoo
 Waiting patiently for her first Voodoo Doughnut and charming the crowd!
Voodoo Doughnuts: Local tourist trap and so much more! Rumor was that the mango tango is the one to get! We were not disappointed! Mmmmm, YUM!

Thanks Ri for coming out and thinking I am still cool enough to do a girls weekend! So fun to include Adele in the tradition! Looking forward to the next BYU game!

Dewey Lake Hike

In September my friend Anna and I drove up to Mount Rainer National Park and went on a day hike down to Dewey Lake. Adele was so fun to take with! She sang and giggled, and smiled the whole trip...except when she fell asleep on the hike back out! She loved 'hiking!' It was breathtaking to see Mt. Rainer, the wildflowers, the lake. There were huckleberry's along the trail that we picked and enjoyed. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day! Wish our husbands could have enjoyed it with us!

Summer in Yakima

 One of the many things that we enjoy about Yakima is the weather! It was a nice and hot summer so Adele spent time in her pool in our backyard as well as at the public pool in Moxee. She sure is our little minnow, loving the water!
 Travis still makes time to watch some Boise State games and we do our best to support the team by wearing blue and orange. Whenever Adele sees the color orange she says, 'Boise!' Her dad is so proud!
 Adele loves to have her toes and fingers painted pink! Whenever she sees anyone she has to tell them about her painted fingers and rip her socks and shoes off to show them her toes. What a little girl we have! So fun to be her mama!
 A friend of mine wanted to go kayaking so we took our little kids and set off to find a place. We checked a place out the day before and made plans to go. As we were carrying our kids, kayak, life vests, and paddles we realized that it was a lot farther in than we had remembered. Adele walked the whole 3/4 of a mile in! I couldn't believe it. We went to this little man made lake off the green way to just see how we would do with two kids in the kayak. We left our kayak bag, camera, shoes, and misc. gear on shore thinking that it would never be out of our site and it was hidden in the bushes so people walking by wouldn't notice it. WE WERE WRONG. After one lap around the lake we came to check on our stuff and it was GONE. My heart stopped! I had heard Yakima had a lot of crime, but I didn't think it would affect me. My friend Anna got out and went to see if she could find anyone who had seen anything. As she hobbled barefooted to a fishing dock she found someone who had taken our bag, riffled through it, and luckily returned it to us! What a relief....however, I learned my lesson and am much more careful now.
My Aunt Dawn and Uncle Kris live about 1 1/2 from us so we get to spend lots of time with them. Adele ADORES them and I am sure the feeling is mutual. They spoil us so much! Words can't even express how kind they are to us. Having them here has made all the difference in enjoying our time here! I am loving living so close to them!

Williams Family Vacation 2011: Oregon Coast

 This year for the Williams Family Vacation we all met on the Oregon Coast! I love that we live so close because I want to go again. It was so BEAUTIFUL. We rented a great vacation rental with amazing beach access! Adele loved the 'beach' 'water' 'sand'.
 The guys went deep sea fishing and put seasickness patches on before they left...this is them pretending to be sick! The brought back AMAZING fish and crab...mmmmm, love the freshness of the west coast!
Annual family picture...too bad the Bish's weren't there to make us look good!

Four Generations

Adele is lucky enough to have great-grandmas alive on both sides and both were living in Bemidji while we were there! So great to be able to have her be around her grandmas and grandpas!