Thursday, March 26, 2009

We are happy to introduce...

They finally replaced Jon's snake. (Unfortunately, Minnie is like 4 times the size of our previous snake.)

Weigh in update..

Franna: started at 146

Current wt: 143

Loss of 3 lbs. (2.1%)

Total wt. loss: 24 lbs.


Jon: started at 261

Current wt: 253

Loss of 8 lbs. (3.1%)

Total wt. loss: 58 lbs.

Doesn't he look FANTASTIC!!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Go Bucky!!

I am so happy to publish this post.
Wisconsin men's b-ball team beat FSU!!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Our secret

So, I have had a lot of people ask me exactly what Jon and I are doing to lose our weight. Now, I am definitely NOT an expert but I thought I would share what has worked for us. Just to give a quick overview of what we do. We count calories and try to stay under 1200 Calories per day. We are not on any sort of fad diet, we just try to eat as healthy as possible, watch our portion sizes, make key substitutions to make old fav's healthier and of course exercise 4-5 times per week.

Quick Tricks:
1. No soda
2. No eating after 10 pm (we go to bed late though, so if you go to bed at 10, then try no eating after 8pm)
3. Throw out ALL food that is not healthy (i.e. butter, cheese, snacks, chocolate, candy, chips..etc) This may seem extreme, but if it's not in your house you will be MUCH less tempted.
4. Only weigh yourself every TWO weeks (you will see bigger results, which will keep you motivated)
5. Keep a food diary for every day and write down EVERYTHING that goes in your mouth. You will be very surprised to see how fast calories can add up.
6. Drink lots of water...if you can't handle plain water get the off brand Crystal light from's ALL we drink
7. If you want to add butter flavoring to anything we recommend the "I can't believe it's not butter" spray has 0 calories
Sample Menu:
Breakfast: 1 cup of cereal (usually honey nut cheerios) 110 cal
skim milk 90 cal
1/2 banana approx. 50 cal
total breakfast: 250 cal
Lunch: Lean Cuisine meal 290
1 cup baby carrots (raw) approx 55 cal
handful of grapes approx 50 cal
1/4 cup of 1% fat cottage cheese 40 cal
total lunch: 435
Dinner: 2 Tilapia filets 200 cal
1/4 cup of rice 150 cal
1/4 cup of 1% fat cottage cheese 40 cal
1/2 cup of steamed frozen vegetables 50 cal
total dinner 440 cal
Snack: sugar free Jell-o pudding 60 cal
Total calories for the day 1185
For our exercise we walk/jog a 4 mile bridge down here approx. 3-4 times/week. We do sit ups and push ups almost every night. And if the weather is to bad to walk outside then we do a circuit that was recommended on The Biggest Loser. The ciruit goes as follows do 10 jump squats, 20 bicycle crunches, jog for 3 minutes, then rest for 1 min, then repeat the whole process 2 more times.
I hope this helps!! :)

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Kev!

I just wanted to wish my uncle Kevin a VERY Happy Birthday today!!!

We did it!!!!!

So if you've been following our weight loss results, I have some VERY exciting news for you!!
Franna: Started at 150
Current wt: 146
Loss of 4 lbs. (2.7%)
Total wt loss: 21 lbs (12.6%)
I hit my yearly goal to lose 20 lbs. Now my new goal is to get down to 135 lbs (or size 6/8).
Jon: started at 270
Current wt: 261
Loss of 9 lbs. (3.3 %)
Total wt loss: 50 (16.1%)
Jon also hit his years goal of getting down to 261 lbs. Can you believe he has lost 50 lbs?!?!?!? Isn't he AMAZING?!?!?!?!?
Jon's new goal is to get to 230 lbs (or size 36/38).
Please pray for us, because this is getting REALLY hard.