Monday, December 31, 2012

Work Out: January Week 1

Well I don't get daughter-of-the-year award.  Yesterday was my dad's birthday and I thought it was the 29th so this morning at the gym when I saw that it is the 31st my heart sank because I missed my dad's already unfortunate December 30th birthday.  Sorry dad.  Happy Birthday!

Speaking of the gym, I promised some people that I would post this week's workout.  But first, I have some more pictures of my progress.  These are not the kind of pictures that you see on Facebook that people take of themselves with puckered lips.  I know you know what I mean.  I'm doing it to document my progress.  That's it.  

1 week after baby

6 weeks after baby

So I have gotten some compliments that make me laugh.  Don't get me wrong, I appreciate any compliment but I get, "you look great for just having a baby."  Haha!  What does that even mean?  You don't look great for a normal person but since you just had a baby...  Just kind of funny to me.  And I know I've got a way to go to be where I want to be.  I'm excited for it!

Here is how I'm going to do it this week.

Monday: Upper Body
Incline Bench Press: 3 sets of 8-12 reps                           
Bent Over Barbell Row: 3 sets of 8-12 reps      
Dumbbell Shoulder Lateral Raises: 3 sets of 8-12 reps      
Triceps Dips on Bench: 10-20 Dips                        
Preacher Curls: 3 sets of 8-12 reps                         
Tuesday: Lower Body
Dumbell Squats: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Stiff-Legged Deadlift: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Leg Extension: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Lying Leg Curls: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Calf Presses: 3 sets of 20 reps
Lying Leg Raises: 3 sets of 10-15 reps
Exercise Ball Crunches: 3 sets of 10-15 reps
Thursday: Upper Body
Scull Crushers: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Pullups: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Shoulder Presses: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Triceps Pushdowns w/ Cables: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Cable Curls: 3 sets of 8-12 repsDumbbell Shrugs: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Friday: Lower Body
Deadlift: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Leg Press: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Dumbbell Lunges: 3 sets of 20 reps
Seated Calf Raises: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Ball Pull-ins for Legs (not sure what this is really called): 3 sets of 12-20
Decline Crunches: 3 sets of 10-15 repsPlanks: 3 sets for 1 minute
Don't forget to do cardio for at least 20-30 minutes/day.  I will increase the amount of cardio time as I lower the amount of weight lifting time.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I did. We spent the morning at our own house for the first time ever. Morgan was so excited for Santa to come and he delivered! She got a pink big-girl bike.  I got a Cricket.  That's right, get excited for some major DIYing with vinyl!  Two of Tom's four presents came after Christmas so he just got into the spirit of giving.
Photo: Merry Christmas!

I used to be sad when the holidays were over but for the past few years I have been super excited.  Not because I'm all Scroogie but because of the new beginning.  New goals, clean slate.  It's all psychological but, you know.

Well, I just wanted to say hi and share an awesome recipe today.  I'll post diet and exercise stuff next week, as well as a DIY project and maybe something about houses.

I found this recipe for Eggs Benedict casserole on Pinterest (follow me if you'd like) and I made it for Christmas morning.  Delicious!  And not so unhealthy if you nix the Hollandaise sauce (but I didn't -- it was Christmas).

  • Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min.
  • Yield: 12 Servings


  • 3/4 pound Canadian bacon, chopped
  • 6 English muffins, split and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • SAUCE:
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  • Place half of the bacon in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; top with English muffins and remaining bacon. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and onion powder; pour over the top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Sprinkle with paprika. Cover and bake at 375° for 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • In a double boiler or metal bowl over simmering water, constantly whisk the egg yolks, cream, lemon juice and mustard until mixture reaches 160° or is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Reduce heat to low. Slowly drizzle in warm melted butter, whisking constantly. Serve immediately with casserole. Yield: 12 servings (1-2/3 cups sauce).
Nutritional Facts1 piece with about 2 tablespoons sauce equals 286 calories, 19 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 256 mg cholesterol, 535 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 14 g protein.

Friday, December 21, 2012


Part of this would have been a post from last Friday but compared to what was happening in CT it would have been trite and insensitive.  I weighed myself after the 5 days of cookies.  I literally only had cookies until dinner one of the days.  It was uncontrollable and there is no excuse.  But it was delicious.  As your consultant I say don't do it.  I gained 2.5 lbs.

So I cleaned it up the next week and by Wednesday (two days ago) I was back down and actually lost even more.  As of Wednesday, December 19, the number is 153.1.

Starting weight on November 27-- 159.6
Total down: 6.5 lbs
Size: 30 (or 10, I think) jeans
Goal: 135 lbs, size 28 (or 6) by March
Height (because I know you want to know): 5' 8"

Normally I would want to have lost at least 8 lbs but for the holiday season, I'll take it.  I'm also going to just enjoy the next few days.  We have been given a lot of yummy gifts, will be making more delish cookies, and have a party to attend... not to mention Christmas.

However, I will still be working out so hopefully that will partially counteract the sugar intake.

Here are some pictures of me in the process.  Just so you know, showing and telling everything about my weight is kind of hard for me.  I'm putting myself out there in a way that society easily judges but I'm doing it to motivate myself and any of you who want to do this with me.  I'm trying to keep it real.

1 week after baby

3-4 weeks after baby

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Sometimes I try to be a super mom and I end up just being a moron.  Like this time that I made pancakes for Morgan in fun shapes.  Great idea, right?  Well, if you do it, use metal cookie cutters.  

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Flat Abs, No Muffins, Shrink Thighs

Guess what.  I got almost 7 hours of sleep last night!  It is an awesome day.

I got to go to the gym before my husband went to work and while I was there I was looking on Pinterest while walking on the treadmill.  It's not easy but it makes the time pass quickly.  Anyway, I came across some pins that I see all the time.  They are the ones that say "3 exercises to lose the muffin top" or "get rid of belly fat."  They totally bother me.  They are misleading and I want to clear some things up.

When you lose weight, you lose it equally throughout your body.  If you gain more in your abs or thighs, those will be the first places you lose but you cannot do crunches and only lose fat in your abs.  You can't do Supermans and lose only your muffin top.  But guess what.  You can do an awesome leg workout and lose in your abs.  Because you are losing fat.  Everywhere.  And I got an A and tutored student athletes in physiology at BYU so unless physiology has changed in 9 years, I should know. ;)

Here is how I'm going to lose my muffin top, flatten my abs, shrink my thighs, and all the other lines that are used... my weightlifting plan this week:

3-5 sets of:

Day 1: Chest and Back (Heavy Weights)
25 dead lifts
8 dumbell chest presses
8 dumbell back flies
8 dumbell chest flies
8 rows (rowing machine)
8 barbell chest presses
8 lat pull downs (machine)
push ups (until you can't do another)

Day 2: Legs (Heavy Weights)
10 sets or 45 minutes:
30 walking lunges holding weights
14 jump squats holding weight
8 leg extensions (machine, heavy weight)
8 hamstring curls (machine, heavy weight)
10 barbell squats

Day 3: Arms and Core (Heavy Weights)
10 sets or 45 minutes
8 skull crushers
8 bicep curls w/ dumbells
1 minute plank
20 triceps dips
8 bicep curls w/ barbell
50 bicycles (abs)
20 push ups
8 preacher curls (one arm at a time)
20 supermans

Day 4: Shoulders (remember to lift super heavy)
10 sets or 25 minutes: rest 30 seconds between exercises
8 dumbell shoulder presses
20 dumbell shoulder shrugs
8 dumbell lateral raises
8 dumbell front raises

I also do 20-40 minutes of low impact cardio, like walking, elliptical or Stair Master.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Looking Again

When we moved to the house we're in now we were all like "we're not moving again for two years because moving stinks!"  Oh the innocence of 6 months ago.  Not that we're moving, but we are looking for a house to buy which means we would move if we found something.  It just doesn't make sense to rent the house we're in when we could buy [the house below] for the same monthly price.  When we bought our Idaho house Tom had already walked through 200 houses.  But it was pretty much destiny that we found that one.  So anyway, now we are "in the market," so to speak, and we'll probably look at a whole bunchy bunch that I'll post on the blog (if they are blog worthy).  Let me show you the house I want, or I think I want (because we haven't actually been inside yet).

I have ALWAYS wanted columns!
1489 Cottonwood Ln, Saratoga Springs, UT 84045

Love the french doors and the porch.
1489 Cottonwood Ln, Saratoga Springs, UT 84045

Kind of a small kitchen, but it's pretty.
1489 Cottonwood Ln, Saratoga Springs, UT 84045

The banister would need to be stained dark brown and even though I really like the color of these walls, I'm so obsessed with the foyer in the show Revenge that I would try to make it look more like... 
1489 Cottonwood Ln, Saratoga Springs, UT 84045


1489 Cottonwood Ln, Saratoga Springs, UT 84045

I've also always wanted a claw foot tub with a chandelier above it, which this house just happens to have.
1489 Cottonwood Ln, Saratoga Springs, UT 84045

1489 Cottonwood Ln, Saratoga Springs, UT 84045

And I like how fun the basement is.
1489 Cottonwood Ln, Saratoga Springs, UT 84045

1489 Cottonwood Ln, Saratoga Springs, UT 84045

So, we'll see.  It has been on the market since May.  I don't think it will go anywhere anytime soon but I could be wrong.  Maybe seeing it will be on the agenda for tomorrow.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


I have zero will power.  Ugh.  We made cookies last weekend to deliver to friends and have some extra.  Every day I say that I'm not going to eat anymore but here I am at 11:30 at night sitting on the couch with a gallon of milk and a belly full of gingerbread men watching Army Wives when I should be trying to sleep before the baby wakes up for her two hour happy time that usually starts in 20 minutes.

Speaking of sleep, it's very important to get enough sleep (ideally 8 hours) when you're trying to lose weight. Now, I know after the first paragraph you're thinking, "who is this late night cookie eater to talk about losing weight?"  Well, I'm a normal person who struggles when there is too much delicious temptation.  But I know what I'm talking about.
Sleep is a necessary part of all our lives
If you're not getting enough sleep your metabolism/hormones could mess up, which could cause you to maintain or gain, not to mention that if you are tired you tend to drink caffeinated drinks, skip the gym, grab take-out and sit on the couch and eat cookies and milk in the middle of the night because you're too wound up to sleep.  And that sometimes makes you gain too.

So, to sum it up, get your sleep!  And I'm so jealous of you if you can (although I wouldn't change my situation for anything).

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Master Bedroom #3

This is the third time I have posted our master bedroom on this blog and the funny thing is that they have each been different master bedrooms -- and ours.  Ugh, we move too much (and I think we're catching the bug again).  

Anyway, this is the middle of the "before."  

I thought it would be such a great idea to get wooden letters and put a saying above the bed.  Listen, I'm not a vinyl on walls fan and this was just barely a step above that so I nixed it.  

Here's the final "after" pic.  Pardon the low quality phone photo.  I decided to go with pictures on a piece of wood that I painted.  The pictures are all black and white of me and my husband on various vacations that we have taken.  


The former owners of this house left their curtains and I hate everything about them.  Sure my bedroom is a mess (we were just moving in) but the brown curtains that cover the window make it look like a dungeon.

Here's a little tip for you:
Interior design cheat sheet. Excellent site for info on curtains, rugs, table sizes, etc.

And that is, in my opinion, much much better.

 I would even raise them more if the curtains were longer but doesn't it make the window look so much bigger?  And I know this picture doesn't show the whole room but the room looks a lot bigger with the lighter color.

PS  Remember how I mentioned my anti-love for vinyl on walls?  Well, look what the former owners left for us right there where it's almost impossible to get to without a ginormous ladder.  

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Move It!

It's time to talk about exercising.  To me exercising is so much easier than eating super well.  Too bad nutrition is like 85% of the whole body fat losing process.  But that does leave 15% for exercise, which is still very important.

If you are just starting a program -- I'm not saying "diet," because it has to be more of a lifestyle -- you should start with heavy weight lifting.  If you're a female this probably goes against everything that your little cardio body is used to or wants to think.  Weight lifting is so important!  By lifting weights you build muscle, which burns a lot of calories (and calories equal fat).  You may think that you are going to look like this:

But you're not!!!  I guarantee that these chicks are on some sort of steroids/testosterone (not to mention sleeping in a tanning bed).  Women naturally produce minimal amounts of testosterone compared to men and women do not look like that by just lifting weights.  I promise!

Women and men can do the exact same workout and when men bulk up, women tone.  This girl did a 12 week program of heavy weight lifting (plus eating well and cardio) and lost 11.6% body fat and gained 1/2 pound of muscle.

This guy did a similar 12 week program and gained 10 pounds of muscle.  So, more testosterone = more muscle bulking.
Men's Fitness Exercise Program

I started this weight lifting plan that I will change each week.  It took 20-25 minutes to complete (Monday) and I was definitely feeling it the next day.  If you do this, remember to lift heavily.  It suggests 8-12 reps and that means that the weight you choose should not let you do 13 reps.  If you are doing more than 12 reps you need to lift a heavier weight.  After I lifted I did cardio.  I ran on the treadmill (until I felt like my pelvis was broken -- 5 min) then did the stair master for 20 minutes.
Monday: Upper Body
Bench Press: 3 sets of 8-12 reps                           I used 2 20 lbs dumbells.
Bent Over Barbell Row: 3 sets of 8-12 reps          I used 50 lbs on the barbell.
Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 3 sets of 8-12 reps        I used 15 lb dumbells.
Skull Crushers: 3 sets of 8-12 reps                        I used a 15 lb dumbell.   
Barbell Curl: 3 sets of 8-12 reps                            I used 20 lb dumbells.
Tuesday: Lower Body
Barbell Squat: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Stiff-Legged Deadlift: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Leg Extension: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Lying Leg Curls: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Standing Calf Raises: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Lying Leg Raises: 3 sets of 10-15 reps
Exercise Ball Crunches: 3 sets of 10-15 reps
Thursday: Upper Body
Dips: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Pullups: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Lateral Raises: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Triceps Pushdowns: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Cable Curls: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Friday: Lower Body
Deadlift: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Leg Press: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Dumbbell Lunges: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Seated Calf Raises: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Dumbbell Shrugs: 3 sets of 8-12 reps
Decline Crunches: 3 sets of 10-15 reps
Hyperextensions: 3 sets of 10-15 reps

Monday, December 10, 2012


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Friday, December 7, 2012


154.8.  That's my weigh-in today.  It's been a week and five days since I started and I'm down 5 pounds.  Yeah!  Actually I wish it was more, but I don't, but I do.  I don't want to not have enough milk for Sophie but I just want to be back to normal, you know?  Anyway, good and healthy progress.

Today I'm going to post another diet plan.  It's cleaner than I have been eating and I will probably start to clean things up more for myself now that all our leftovers are gone from people bringing us meals (which we totally appreciate!).

This meal plan is between 1400-1500 calories, with an appropriate amount of carbs, protein, and fat. For those of you who want to use this, keep a daily food journal. Write down everything that you eat. That way if you deviate from this list you will be able to see what you are eating and know the reason you don't see results, if that's the case.

Weigh yourself the morning before you start this plan.  If you want me to help you out, email me with your weight and I can help you.  That way I can motivate you, see your progress, and you will feel more apt to stay with the program. You should plan on losing about a pound a week.

The times can vary. If you are up before 7AM, eat breakfast at whatever time you wake up. Then eat the other meals at the time difference that is on the list.

If you don't like some of the things on this list, let me know (if you want help) and I can change it to things you do like.  When I did this, my consultant (also my boss) added in doughnuts for breakfast for someone because he loved them (doughnuts) so much.  I don't recommend that, but it's possible.

Get at least 7 hours of sleep if possible.

And don't forget to enter my Shutterfly giveaway!  It ends tomorrow.

Here goes:
1 multi vitamin
1 essential fatty acid (fish oil)
64+ oz water

7:00 AM
1 c Cheerios (plain but you can add Splenda) -- 110 cal
1/2 c milk -- 43 cal
1/2 apple -- 45 cal
1 egg -- 78 cal
1 egg white -- 16 cal
292 Calories

9:00 AM
1/2 apple -- 45 cal
2 tbsp peanut butter -- 188 cal
233 Calories

11:00 AM
Carnation Instant Breakfast No Sugar Added-- 70 cal
1 orange -- 62
132 Calories

1:00 PM
1/2 whole wheat pita -- 85 cal
2 serving deli ham -- 100 cal
1 serving mustard - 3 cal
1/2 c spinach -- 4 cal
tomato (1 whole) -- 22 cal
214 Calories

3:30 PM
10 Reduced Fat Wheat Thins -- 100 cal
1 string cheese -- 80 cal
180 Calories

6:00 PM
4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast -- 128 cal
3 oz sweet potato (cooked, with cinnamon and Splenda if desired) -- 77 cal
1 c frozen green beans -- 38 cal
243 Calories

9:00 PM
egg white omelet -- 80 cal
(4 egg whites + spinach, tomato, green peppers)
1 clementine (35 cal) or 1 kiwi (50 cal)
115 - 130 Calories

1409 -1424 Daily Calories

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Countdown

I have been looking for fun Christmas countdowns/advent calendars for a while.  The other day I was at Ikea (of course) and came across this wire Christmas tree for 10 bucks so I snatched it up.
Then I saw 4 packs of mini stockings at Walmart for $.97 and bought six of them.  I had glitter glue from the dollar store and wrote the numbers 1-24 on the stockings.  Here's the result:

Here is our list for this year.  Some days we will double up because we have more to do than days in the countdown.

  1. Holiday Lights at Thanksgiving Point
  2. Festival of Trees
  3. Christmas Devotional
  4. Decorate Tree
  5. Make Gingerbread House
  6. Hang Christmas Lights
  7. Ice Sculptures at Thanksgiving Point
  8. Church Party with Grandma and Grandpa
  9. Christmas Dice Game
  10. Make Gingerbread Men
  11. Write Letter to Santa
  12. Dickens Christmas Festival
  13. Party with Nana and Papa
  14. Ride Front Runner to Temple Square and See Nativity
  15. Deliver Presents for Charity
  16. Breakfast with Santa
  17. Zoo Lights
  18. Work Party/Kids Visit Nana
  19. Unwrap and Read a Christmas Book
  20. See Santa at the Mall
  21. Daddy-Daughter Date 
  22. Morgan's Preschool Christmas Program
  23. See Christmas Lights
  24. Voice Male Concert
  25. Decorate Cookies and Deliver to Friends
  26. Family Christmas Party
  27. Open New Jammies
  28. Read Luke 2 and Walk to Bedrooms with Candlelight (Christmas Eve)

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Weight Loss List

Hi!  I'm Kelli.  This cutie is Sophie.  I had her on November 16th and am working hard to lose the fat that I gained by being pregnant.  I think I weighed in around 175 at the last appointment before she was born.  When I got pregnant I weighed 135.  So now I am trying to get back to where I was... and maybe fit enough to do a fitness show in the fall.

I used to be a nutrition and exercise consultant for a company that helped people lose fat and gain muscle (tone up, lose weight, or whatever you want to say) by creating food and exercise plans for each person (and were all very similar, by the way).  I graduated from BYU in exercise science.  I know that sounds like I should be teaching aerobics, and I would like to, but that is a pre-med major.  I was going to be a physical therapist but after shadowing a bunch of people I decided that wasn't the way for me to go.  So I got married and now I just mooch off of my husband -- a much better way to go if you ask me.  Kidding.

Anyway, back to exercise and diet.  I'm taking anyone who wants to go along with me.  If you have questions or need help, feel free to ask!  I just signed up to be a Beach Body coach since I do all their stuff anyway.  You can email me at kellinielson{at}yahoo{dot}com.  I'd love to hear from you.

Here are the health related posts that I have done so far.

Why Diets Don't Work
Broken Neck
Time to Get Fit
Meal Plan
Cheat Meals
Move It!
Flat Abs, No Muffins, Shrink Thighs
Work Out: January Week 1
10 lb Challenge
Work Out: January Week 2
Fitness Story: Megan
Work Out January: Week 3
Baby-Weight Progress
Fitness Story: Amy
Runner Safety -- What Happened to Me on the Provo River Trail
My Marathon Hero
Killer Arms: Lori
Beginning Running
Poop Happens -- 9 mile run story.

Skinny Shepard's Pie
Healthy, Yummy Dinners
Vegan Greek Pizza
Veggie Spaghetti

12 Week Fitness Plan
Recommitting -- Week 1 (of 12) fitness plan.
Week 2
Week 3: A blog with a Purpose -- My story (eating disorders).
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9 (and what I feed my kids)
Week 10 (and eating a plant-based diet)
Week 11
Week 12

Join me at The Color Run in Salt Lake City on 8/21/13.  Use the code COLORMETURQ to get $5 off registration!

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