Lilypie - Third Birthday

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Turbofire Inferno Plan

This past week DH and I followed the Turbofire Inferno Plan.  Its a 5 day workout and meal plan to help you cleanse your body and kick start your metabolism. "Get hot by the weekend!" is their claim.  Its the weekend and I'm not hot but I do feel a lot better.  They claim you will lose 5-10 pounds in 5 days and I know that's not realistic in terms of fat loss but is most likely what I call garbage weight, water retention and junk in your system.  So I lost 5.5lbs in 5 days and my jeans do fit better so I consider it a success.  This was the first time for me following a meal plan and this one is designed to be restrictive.  Its just under 1200 calories a day and 400-600 of those you burn doing the workouts.  It was tough, I've never liked restrictive diets but it was nice having meals planned out and the recipes were actually really good.  I had a cheat meal on Day 3 when I had to have lunch with family but I tried to keep it low cal and Day 5 I had a piece of banana pie.  So I didn't follow it perfectly. 

Here's my new plan.  We're going to try to follow the Chalean Extreme meal plan 5 days a week with freedom on the weekends to eat responsibly.  I want to do the weight training workouts as they are laid out but substitute turbofire on the cardio days.  I'm just not a fan of the Chalean Extreme cardio.  My goal is make the weight training non-negotiable and be somewhat flexible when it comes to cardio.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Homestudy Meeting

This past weekend we had our first home study meeting.   We are doing the homestudy only option through Adoption Minnesota.  We are much happier with our social worker this time, she is much less bossy and judgemental than the last one.   We also got a free consultation with an adoption attorney in our state.  Since the law firm we are working with is out of state we will need to hire an attorney here in MN as well, plus an attorney for whatever state the child is from.  This one charges $3200 just to handle the paper work.  I can see how private adoption can get expensive.  But we set our budget and still hope to spend around $20k vs the $30k our previous agency is now charging.  Our final meeting will be the end of March.  We needed some time to come up with the second half of the homestudy fee.  Since our profile is already being shown we are in no rush.  I haven't heard back about the native american baby situation.  I assume she hasn't chosen us or is reconsidering her adoption plan.  I'm a little disappointed, I was getting excited about having a new baby soon but I'm also relieved because I have no idea where we would get the money to pay for another adoption so soon.