BBBC Changes: Week 5

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 1, 2009


Happy Friday!

I made a lovely cocktail while I was making dinner tonight. The ingredients were simple: Yellow Tail Rose, water, ice, and frozen berries.


It was very summery feeling!



I took my measurements for the BBBC again today. When I took them on April 19th, I didn’t do all of them and I also wasn’t using a tape measure (I used a string because I couldn’t find it). 

My first measurements were taken on March 26th, 2009.

Here are the changes at week 5:

  • Bust: Down 0.4 inch
  • Arm (widest part): Down 0.75 inch
  • Waist (Narrowest part): No change
  • Waist (widest part): Down 1 inch
  • Hips (widest part over butt): Down 1 inch

I am pleased with this progress so far. Seeing as I haven’t been doing tons of extra resistance exercises, it just goes to show that you can see real progress by just adding a few minutes of resistance each day!

I have received some emails from you guys telling me you are already down a dress size. Great work!

Remember the BBBC goes until June 1st! You can join anytime. :)

fitness I was feeling a bit ‘off’ today as I eluded to in this afternoon’s post. A bit sore in my injury area from yesterday’s run. I suspect it might have been from the bouncing on yesterday’s run.

I was trying to run on the balls of my feet and it made me bounce more. I think this is harder on my joints! Alas, I am feeling a bit discouraged with all things running at the moment!

Luckily, running is not the end all and be all of fitness as we know. There are so many great ways to get active (especially with summer coming) and I want to really experiment with trying out new things! That’s not to say that I won’t go for a run here and there, but I am not going to do something that harms my body.

To keep it simple today I did some resistance exercises! Since I have been having such great results from the BBBC strength exercises, I decided to just extend my session a bit more today. I did about 10 mins or a bit longer. I used 5 lb. weights in each hand and did some bicep curls, arm raises (front and side), and some triceps. I did it until my arms couldn’t lift anymore! They were tired (still are!). Then I did some abs and core work.


IMG_0213 Leg lifts:


I definitely wasn’t feeling the treadmill today. Nothing is worse that doing a treadmill workout when you don’t want to!

food Leftovers for lunch was delicious today! So quick and easy. That is the bonus of trying out new recipes- there always seem to be plenty of leftovers for the next day.

Whole wheat wrap + 1/2 avocado + tomato with 2 cups Lentil Stew (last night’s post) and an apple:IMG_0192

It kept me full for a good 4 hours!

Along with some Spelt + Cranberry cereal around 4pm when my tummy grumbled:


My delivery went well today!

I met this lovely woman who is very good friends with my mother in law. She showed me all around her gorgeous house that my MIL designed. It was so beautiful and well decorated. I can’t wait until we have our house looking better- I’d even take paint on the walls and some furniture right about now! :D

The lady I met would like me to develop some Diabetic Friendly baked goods for her husband! Of course I said I was up for the challenge. However, I have never baked for a diabetic before. Does anyone know about it? Is there a certain suggested ‘cut off;’ for amount of sugar grams per serving?

For dinner tonight, I made a modified version of these delicious looking bean and mushroom burgers.

I wasn’t in the mood to follow a recipe, and I’m not even sure about the amounts I used! Sorry guys, sometimes I just throw caution to the wind. :D It’s fun!


At the last minute, I decided to turn my burgers into a pie (don’t ask me why!!! haha)


After baking for 20 mins at 350F:


Eric goes, “What’s that….?” He looked a bit worried! I said, “It’s a bean and mushroom pie, obviously.” :D

I also made a couple regular bean burgers.


Pie, anyone?


This pie was SO good with ketchup. And a little fresh dill. It was just divine!


For dessert, I had a few squares of dark chocolate. I’ve been on such a chocolate kick lately! yum!

Well, Eric and I are going to have another drink and call some friends. :)

See you tomorrow AM!!

Enjoy your Friday everyone!


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nicole May 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Even though I hate mushrooms your pie looked good!

In regards to the running, just remember that you were injured. A wise old runner said to me “Do you want to run today or for the rest of your life?” Take it slow sista!

Also maybe consider becoming a tri athlete! Doing 3 sports would be challenging like a Half Marathon- unless you do an Iron Man!


Amy May 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Haha I love the pie idea! It looks delicious.


Run Sarah May 1, 2009 at 10:36 pm

That pie looks wonderful, what a fun idea! Too funny about Eric being worried :) Enjoy your evening!


Sarah (lovINmytummy) May 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Boys ask such silly questions…of course it is a mushroom bean pie. Geesh.


Christina May 1, 2009 at 11:02 pm

lentils are such a power food, they always keep me full for ridiculously long!


Jenny May 1, 2009 at 11:16 pm

you are such a healthy example of listening to your body, and doing activities that you FELT LIKE DOING today!! Thank you for setting such an amazing example Angela!

And YUMMY Yellow Tail rose! Have a great night :)


Jen May 1, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Unfortunatley my experience with baking for diabetics has only involved subbing Splenda for real sugar. My dad is diabetic so sometimes I use Splenda in place of sugar when I make cookies, banana bread, etc, so I can share with my dad (otherwise there’s just 2 of us and I don’t want to get stuck with a bunch of stuff going bad!) I’m sure if you Google baking for diabetics or sugar & diabetics you can find more info – maybe check out the Cdn diabetes association website? Good luck with it!


Alisa - Frugal Foodie May 2, 2009 at 12:43 am

That top picture looks perfect on your blog, your skin is literally glowing! Very nice.

I think I have joined the BBBC without intention, but am so glad to have your workout inspiration!


Karen May 2, 2009 at 2:17 am

Great post Angela- and I agree, that first pic is lovely!

Regarding running, I think one of the first commenters said it best- remember you were injured…I love that quote about running for the rest of your life.

I have been looking into these running methods, and they really do encourage attending a workshop or doing a few sessions with a coach. My bro’s wife (who has done two marathons) tried the Pose style method and has strained her calf. The more reading I did (I subscribe to the CrossFit Journal- they have great articles on this) the more I saw that there is more to it than just landing more on the toe. I’ll send you an article via email.

If you are open to it, you may want to get a referral to a chiropractor. Your sacrum may be out of alignment, causing problems with your hip socket, leading to strain of a groin muscle.



Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) May 2, 2009 at 3:04 am

Is he a Type 1 or Type II diabetic? My father is Type 1, which means his body produces no insulin, and is more sensitive to sugar than certain Type II people (who often just don’t produce enough).

I bake for my dad. Here are things to keep in mind:

– FRUIT! This varies a bit from diabetic to diabetic, but my dad handles the fructose in fruit well. So, in baking, I often use fruits for part of sweetness.

– Erythritol and xylitol. Despite the name, both are pretty natural. I use OrganicZero, an erythritol blend.

– Stevia. Another natural sweetener. However, stevia can leave an aftertaste. I’ve heard good thinks about the Purvia brand, though. And I’ve heard that it tastes way better in baked goods than in drinks (where I’ve used it more). It works well in smoothies, so I think it could work well in baking. Trader Joe’s has cheap stevia.

All in all, I use a combination of natural fruit and erythritol. Also, I tend to up the amount of other spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg.

I refuse to use Splenda.

Expect to have a few failures. Sugar free baking is MUCH more difficult than fat free baking. But I think that it’s a great skill to have. More over, I think there needs to be more NATURAL SUGAR FREE bakers out there. Splenda is BAD for you! My dad has so many mass-produced junky tasting sugar free cookies…blech!

I think you’re up for the challenge!


coco May 2, 2009 at 6:17 am

love the mushroom bean pie! why it turns purple after baking?! so interesting!
My Dad has been diagnosed to have Diabetes II, I really want to know more about how to bake goodies for him. keep me updated!


Susan May 2, 2009 at 7:13 am

Ooooh, have you ever tried Yellow Tail Bubbly? It’s one of my favourites!

I don’t let my boyfriend in the kitchen when I’m making something for us. Too many questions and worried looks! :P


Shelby May 2, 2009 at 9:13 am

WOO, go Angela! You’re doing great in your BBBC!


Andrea May 2, 2009 at 10:34 am

Hi Angela!

I had to buy new running shoes yesterday, so went to my fabulous running store and asked almost everyone there about forefoot running. They actually recommended I buy a new pair of shoes to try forefoot running–they’re called Newton’s–which I did, but all the runners there agreed that you have to make the transition SLOWLY. One woman suggested just running one mile at a time on the forefoot and then running the rest of your workout with your usual stride. This is because forefoot running really works muscles that you haven’t been using as much so far (the hamstrings, calves, achilles tendons).

Anyway, they all agreed that in the long run, forefoot running really saves your joints, so I’m going to start slowly to make the transition too. Thank you for your post on it!


Lara May 2, 2009 at 10:42 am

The American Diabetes Association website has lots of cooking/recipe information so that might be a good place to start.

The mushromm/bean pie looks delicious! Never thoguht of bakign those pie style.

So true what you said about running. I have two messed up feet from running (plantar fascitis) after only running regularly for one year. the more and more I talk to sports med docs, trainers, etc it seems that they really do not advocate running for most people. And recently I read an article how running totally ages your face. All the hard impact leads to wrinkles and pre-mature breaking down of collagen. Come to think of it, many of the serious runners I know look much older than their age. I have trasnitioned my cardio to mainly biking and can get just as good workout with less stress on the body.


Nicole May 2, 2009 at 2:50 pm

HI! I found your website recently & I love it! Kudos! I run, I do spin classes, & I’m always up for something new in fitness.
I just discovered Tracy Anderson’s DVD…WOW! If you haven’t heard of her you should check them out, she kicks A**…love her, she works out Madonna & Gwen Paltrow.
Oh, about Skinny Cocktails, I love the Kombucha teas (Trilogy) with a dash of good Vodka..ying /yang, goodness balancing the badness!


Kath May 6, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Love the pie idea!!


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