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28-year-old Crystal Cicconetti of Painesville will join forces with a lifelong friend to get in shape and become what she describes as "a smokin' hot mom." She and her family have cut out processed food and dining out.

Friday, March 30, 2012


Ok so on the other evening I went to a Zumba class with Laura Kessel, Margaret Pizzi, and Alisa Nieves! We had such a good time sweating and dancing!!! I must say I loved the class and can't wait to go to another one. I have been doing my best working out and eating well so I hope it shows on the scale Saturday at the weigh in!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Ugh.... Well I have to say I think the anticipation for our weigh in this week is really getting to me. I am not seeing the results on the scale....the numbers just won't move down... I mean my pants are getting a little bigger and baggier, but I have been busting my butt and to see the numbers stuck makes me want to scream! I usually have a positive outlook on things but I feel as if I have gone I am a joke....I don't think I have been this upset since the begining of the contest. I know I still have all of the next 4 months to lose this weight but come on... cut me a break!!!! I have been going to the gym doing tons of cardio, eating right, and whatever.... maybe I need to step back and take a look at the whole picture. I am not going to give up that's for sure.... So back to the gym I will go and work my hardest! This will not be the end of me!!

Friday, March 23, 2012

injuries and sick child

so I got to work out earlier in the week, but that was it..... I somehow hurt my back and have my daughter home sick from school with a fever..... I only have next week to get going back on track before the next weigh in. I am hoping to be down way more then my last weigh in of only 2.8 pounds.....

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

confidence boost!

Today I decided to get contacts! I am tired of hiding behind my nerd glasses and needed the boost of self confidence. I LOVE THEM!!!!! I know it will be easier to workout with them in place of the glasses. Between the contacts and this amazing weather I feel so good!!! I went to the gym by myself last night and busted some major booty!! I kinda had it in my mind that my friend had like a hidden camera somewhere and could see everything  I was doing.  So I made sure I worked out just as hard as when she is with me! 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patties Day!!

Well I have my green on and I am ready to go!! I will be enjoying some corned beef today just in moderation. I took Friday off from the gym but I am going back up in about 30 minutes. Ok well I don't have much to talk about so that's it for now...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

strength training today

I joined forces with Danielle (my best friend) up at the Y and we had a strength training session with good ol' Keith! He kicked us into gear!! We worked from top to bottom and man do I feel it! I have a feeling I am going to feel it even more tomorrow when I wake up.... I weighed myself the other day and I am down a few more pounds so that has kept me going!! I think I have an addiction to going to the gym :) I seriously look forward to going every morning as soon as I open my eyes. My husband got me a new gym bag, and that makes taking everything soooo much easier which then makes it even easier for me to get going!

Friday, March 9, 2012

woot woot!!

Ok so this morning I woke up got my daughter and myself ready, took her to school, and cruised on up to the Y. I met up with Desirea and my bestie Danielle. We warmed up and went downstairs and started on the bikes. We then made our way over to the elliptical machines. I discovered this machine that is like a rotating staircase. I pushed myself to about 9 minutes and that was HARD!!!! I then continued on the elliptical for about 20 minutes. After we were ready to pass out, Danielle and I went played around in the gym shooting hoops. I must say it was fun trying so hard to make a basket...I think Danielle may banish me though.... I feel so good getting these workouts, I have more energy, and feel so much better about myself!

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Today I am going to work out at the Y with my best friend!! I am so happy she now has a membership!!! I know this is really going to help me get going!! I was home yesterday with my daughter who was sick and had to stay home from school....I don't think I have ever craved the gym so bad!! Thankfully she is feeling better and I sent her to school today! So the only problem I ran into today was I kinda forgot to eat breakfast this morning.......

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

a friendly work out!

Yesterday I got the pleasure of working out with my fellow Lighten Up contestant Desirea! We did about 30 minutes of strength training and 30 minutes of cardio! It was really nice getting to work out with her! Going to the gym by myself isn't bad but sometimes it gives a little bit of a push to go with somebody. The time flew by and we got an awesome workout!! I hope Des and I are able to get together again because I really enjoyed having another person with me :) My friend is hoping to get a membership soon and then she will also be joining me!! Th more support the merrier!! 

 I stopped at the store today and got some more Greek yogurt, granola, and frozen's the perfect breakfast or even a dessert! My goal for the next weigh in is going to be pretty high, I am aiming at trying to lose about 15 to 20 pounds by then. I was highly disappointed with my 2.8 pound loss last month so I have been stepping it up!!

Friday, March 2, 2012

keeping up

So I have been working out at the Painesville YMCA. I must say i have fallen in love with the recumbent bike. The other day I rode for about 45 minutes. I did try the elliptical machine and it a love hate relationship right now. I haven't weighed myself in a few days but i have noticed that some articles of clothing are either getting a bit big or not as tight!!! After school today my daughter and I are going to go play a at the Y. She was home sick yesterday and kept asking me if the 2 of us could work out together...she is my little coach and makes me feel so good about working on this journey!!!