Flour Girl + Before Pictures

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 29, 2009


Good morning!

I am sorry I didn’t get to post last night after dinner…the truth is I’d rather be spending time with our parents than on the computer! :)

We had a lovely dinner out last night! The food exceeded our expectations.

We started off with a Bruchetta to split. I only ended up having 1-2 bites because I ordered a Mixed green salad with balsamic vinagrette on the side (not shown).


My mom and step dad had wine, but I wasn’t in a wine kinda mood so I just had water. Eric had coke. :) We are simple people! lol.

I ordered a thin crust pizza of course!

On the 12” pizza:

  • tomatoes
  • Dried roasted tomatoes
  • Artichokes
  • Extra sauce
  • Pepperoni (!!!!) This was a mistake! Instead of complaining I just gave my pepperoni to Eric. He was quite happy to add it to his pizza! :)


I had 4 slices and probably could have eaten the whole thing but I stopped myself! I was starving all day yesterday. I don’t think I was feeling as full as I usually do because I didn’t have much protein and had lots of flour (12” sub and 12” pizza!).

I skipped dessert at the restaurant and had 2 small Sweet Wheat Cookies when I got home. :) Quite a flour-filled day! lol.

Yesterday was definitely not one of my normal days, but we all need to have special days right?

Here is where I saved calories:

  • Thin crust
  • No meat
  • No cheese
  • No wine
  • Modified dessert (my dessert instead of the restaurants very decadent desserts!)

I figure it was a good compromise!

After dinner, we watched ‘Taken’…my parents hadn’t seen it but Eric and I had. It is quite a riveting movie so I didn’t mind watching it again. It is really sad though and leaves me feeling quite disturbed after it is over. It has actually prompted me to do more research into the sex slave trade, but more on that later.

Untitled-51Yesterday was my off day from exercise since we were out of the house all day.

Although, I still feel like I had a pretty active day.

When we were looking for furniture, we were walking for a good 2 hours. While we watched the movie I did some abs (leg lifts = 25 and about 30 secs. of side planks) and some pushups (approx 30).

I still have yesterday’s challenge to catch up on (legs!). I will do that today.

Before Pictures:

I finally had time to take my before pictures this morning after my mom and stepdad left for the airport around 7:30. I had planned on going back to sleep, but Sketchie had other plans for me!

I came out of the bathroom and Eric (sleepy) says, “Are you in your bikini?? I think I am dreaming..” lol. It was really funny. He dozed off and missed out on all the fun!

So I took the pictures. Then I proceeded to photoshop the hell out of them. Only joking. I printed them on photopaper and put one on my fridge and one on my desk for motivation!

On the fridge:


And on my desk:


On the first one I added some text! I typed up “Bikini Body Boot Camp” and on the bottom one I just wrote it out and added “March 29, 2009”. On the back I am going to write out my measurements!

Speaking of which…I had a question about measurements- How do you take them? I thought this photo would be helpful for some:


No, you don’t need to take all of these!

The only letters I measured were the following: A, B, C, I. I also measured the thickest part of my thigh. It takes 3 minutes!

Note for the bust I measured at the widest part, but you can also measure underneath your bust (top of rib cage or where your heart rate monitor strap would go!).

Hope this helps!

OSG BBBC Challenge Day 3:

Today’s challenge is to take a before picture of yourself and either print it off and put it in a highly visible spot OR save it to the desktop of your computer.

Trust me there is no motivation better than seeing a picture of yourself in a bikini after a long winter!

Exercise Challenges: For your cardio today, try interval training (alternating high intensity bursts with low intensity bursts). This could be hill running, running/walking intervals, speed walking + recovery, hill walking, swimming, biking, anything where you can alter your intensity!

My goal today is to do about 45-60 mins. since I missed yesterday’s challenge.

Also, do 3 planks and hold them for as long as you can!

Drop me a quick comment and let me know how your Bikini Body Boot Camp is going! I LOVE hearing from you guys!

Spam Issues:

I have been getting tons of spam comments lately! Argh. So what I have had to do is change my settings so that your first comment needs to be approved by me before it appears. Any comments after that will automatically be approved. Sorry about this, I really didn’t want to have to do this but this spam forced me to!

Well, I am off to get caught up on some Glo Bakery work (I need to do a logo for the business), down a Green Monster, and then hit the treadmill!

I hope your weather is better than ours today! See you this afternoon for the WINNERS of the POM contest!



“There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.” Carl Jung

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VeggieGirl March 29, 2009 at 9:45 am

“the truth is I’d rather be spending time with our parents than on the computer!”


Lovely pizza!!

Hooray for Day 3 of the challenge!!

Crappy weather here too :-( Hope you still enjoy your day!!


Jess March 29, 2009 at 9:51 am

Great food! The pizza looks wonderful. Planks, will do. Thanks!
<3 jess :)


Diana March 29, 2009 at 9:53 am

oh boy! A bikini shot on my desktop – that would be motivating!


Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now March 29, 2009 at 10:27 am

Looks like an awesome night out with your parents!!

I have to say. I definitely will not be putting any sort of bikini photos on my fridge for visitors to see LOL. We have way too many people over all the time!


Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 29, 2009 at 10:47 am

God, your before picture is 1000x better than I could hope my AFTER picture could be!!


Michelle Hisae March 29, 2009 at 10:49 am

I did the same thing with the pancetta that came on my pizza the other night – “Here you go, boyfriend!” Don’t you love it when they help you be less wasteful with your food? Hehe.


TanyaS March 29, 2009 at 10:49 am

What a tough week to start the challenge – home at my parents for a week. Its really amazing for me to see how far the way I eat has come from the way I was brought up. Cinnamon buns for breakfast, high sodium packaged soup mix for lunch, steak & baked potatoes with bacon bits & sour cream plus a salad pre-slathered in creamy dressing for supper, and of course every meal has a dessert course. Gah, I’m trying to be good, but is so difficult when you are not in contol of your food choices. Trying to take the dog for extra walks just to get out of the house and away from food!


Sarah March 29, 2009 at 11:14 am

I love all the exercise advice fro the Bikini Challenge. So helpful! I’m so glad you’re spening quality time with the ‘rents. You seem like are really close family which is nice to see.
Have an awesome day :)


Sarah March 29, 2009 at 11:32 am

Your before picture seriously looks like an after picture. It made me think, though, how motivating a before picture could be… but where to put it. I’m not bold enough to put it anywhere where someone else would see it, since I never know who’s going to show up at my house… I’m going to have to do some thinking.

I’m so glad you’re getting to spend some time with your parents.


Christy March 29, 2009 at 11:41 am

My Bikini Challenge is going well: I took my before pictures and measurements yesterday and I have a diet and workout program to follow.



Bec March 29, 2009 at 11:46 am

sounds like you`ve been having a blast with your mom and step dad!


Run Sarah March 29, 2009 at 11:48 am

Good ideas with making pizza lower calories….I have to get up the nerve to take a bikini photo of myself! I see how it could be great motivation though.


Nicole March 29, 2009 at 11:50 am

Glad you had a nice visit with your family! Makes me miss my Mom:). My legs are sore from lunges and squats yesterday, but it’s a good sore:). I usually don’t do resistance training, so this has been fun.


A March 29, 2009 at 11:52 am

Ha, I agree with Sarah — any before picture of Angela is the total aspiration or after photo of most anyone else!


Erin March 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I did the lunges and squats yesterday too plus some running. OMG, if I put the bikini picture on my fridge I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t even want to eat. My pic is tucked away in a password protected photo hosting site!!!!!!!!!!!!


Juli (Peanut Butter and Juli) March 29, 2009 at 12:45 pm

I love your blog!

I’ve been MIA but I’m on the Bikini Challenge. I’ll do intervals and planks today. I also took pictures and measurements, but I’m SO IMPRESSED you put them out. I totally need to do that- so brilliant, Ange!



Krista March 29, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Sounds like a nice dinner out!

So far so good with the challenge although I don’t know that I’ll get the intervals in today! Still have to take that pic, too!


Erica March 29, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Hey! Your weekend sounds like a blast :) Thank you for the measuring advice/thoughts! I plan to get measured by one of my friends this week (shes a personal trainer). Workouts are going well! Since yesterday was my day off, I ran 6 miles today and did yesterdays lunges and squats and todays planks! I feel fab!


RunToFinish March 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm

I was so glad you had us take our measurements…because I was actually DOWN!!! I give a lot of credit to your smoothies for that drop!


Tiffany March 29, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Thanks for the continuing bootcamp motivation! I should definitely take a before picture, but I did take measurements yesterday. I was encouraged that I had actually lost an inch or so since about a months ago, when I had to take measurements for a bridesmaid dress. So my recent motivation to step up the healthy eating and exercise has already started to pay off! I actually did speed intervals yesterday and planks yesterday, so today might be a longer run and more planks/strength training. The bootcamp challenge has helped keep me honest – like squeezing in a workout with Jillian during my busy Friday, where previously I would have used my schedule as an excuse not to exercise. Keep it up!!


AmyO March 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I’m forced into NOT exercising for a couple of days at least. Mt Redoubt erupted (again, and again and again) so I’m forced inside with two 120 pound dogs!

I’ll take measurements at some point today (kinda dreading that!). Today is going to be some pilates videos and shopping for running shoes with the hubby.


Tina March 29, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Ahh, okay I have to confess that I haven’t got around to starting on OSG-BBBC yet! I totally missed these updates with daily challenges. It’s late now but I’ll drop and do the three planks. I did 100 crunches and 60 side crunches today anyway and I’m happy you put interval training as today’s challenge as that is something I want to start doing. The weather here is horrible so it’s hard to go out and exercise (excuses, excuses… I know!) but I have Bikram yoga tomorrow evening so I’ll definitely get in some exercise tomorrow.


britt March 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm

i had pizza last night too! it was homemade veggie pizza with whole wheat crust. the challenge is going great! i have to catch up on the lunges/squats because my knees were sore after my fun yesterday but other than that i am totally enjoying a workout that’s not my routine.


Christina March 29, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Just finished taking my measurements and before pic :) I’m at college so didn’t have a bikini with me (there’s no beaches in Pittsburgh!) so had to do it in bra and underwear haha. They’ll just be for me to look at anyways!

I did 45 minutes on the elliptical today and tons of abs. Planks, side planks, “the bus driver,” and my new favorite the ab hold, which I found here:



Beth March 30, 2009 at 12:39 am

I took my measurements and my before pictures (which was probably the most difficult part of this challenge for me!). I swam for about 40 minutes today, which felt really great! I run a lot, so it felt good to work a different set of muscles. I also did some ab works, including the planks!


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