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My week 8 weigh in was actually two days ago (and my weight has changed since then) but I’ll give you the breakdown.

Week 2 Weigh-In: 133.8 lbs
Change over 1 week: +1.8 lbs
Change since beginning: +0.3 lbs

Week 3 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs
Change over 1 week: -2.3 lbs
Change since beginning: 2 lbs

Week 4 Weigh-In: 130 lbs
Change over 1 week: 1.5 lbs
Change since beginning: 3.5 lbs

Week 5 Weigh-In: N/A (away for holiday; didn’t measure)

Week 6 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs (just returned from holiday)
Change over 1 week: N/A
Change since beginning: 3.5 lbs

Week 7 Weigh-In: 128 lbs
Change over 1 week: 3.5 lbs
Change since beginning: 5.8 lbs

Week 8 Weigh-In: 127 lbs
Change over 1 week: 1 lb
Change since beginning: 6.8 lbs

It’s been a weird week. This may be TMI, but it’s my blog, so whatever. Basically, my last period ended before I started my 90 day journey, and I haven’t gotten it since… until this week, when it finally returned. I’m not sure why. (No, I was not pregnant.) My best guess is that the combination of intense exercise and travel made my body freak out (and I tend to not be the most regular regardless). 

So anyway, ever since my period returned, my weight has fluctuated a lot. Here is the breakdown of the past week:

Day 53: 128.5
Day 54: 129.5
Day 55: 131
Day 56: 129.5
Day 57: 127 
Day 58: 127.5
Day 59: 128

Like, how weird is that? Maybe it’s not too weird - I looked it up, and according to Google, your weight can fluctuate up to 5 lbs around your period. It just so happened that it dipped on the day of my Week 8 weigh-in, but it’s climbing back up again. Who knows. I’ll wait until I’ve stopped bleeding to make any kind of final judgement call.

I also haven’t exercised much this week, again because of my period. I’ve just been more physically tired, and it felt like the right thing to do to let my body rest. 

I’m nervous about hitting my goal - I still have 3-ish pounds to lose (considering that I’m at 128 today) and only about 30 days to do it. But you know what? I’m going to work hard, do my best, and even if I don’t make it to 125 lbs by the end of my 90 day journey, it will still be okay. I’m healthier now than I was, and I’ve still made a tremendous amount of progress. 

And I’m not giving up yet!

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Day 50 of 90 - Over Halfway There!

Alright… I’m not even going to give myself an excuse for the fact that I haven’t blogged since day 28. I’m just going to say that while I clearly didn’t hit my “blog once a week” goal, I’m doing pretty darned well on my other health goals, so I’m not too mad about it. And with that, let’s move on to the recap of the past 22 days.

Due to being on holiday and away from home from day 33 through day 44, I was not able to track my weight daily for that time span. Additionally, because I knew I was going to be busy with visiting family and such for that time span, I didn’t want to force myself to try to squeeze my normal workout routine in every day, so I gave myself a break there. I also didn’t try too hard to stick to my original calorie / macro count, and instead just tried to eat things in moderation, and only eat something that was “unhealthy” or “bad” for me if I really wanted it, not just because it was there. (It also helped that I didn’t have family members actively pressuring me to eat tons of things, like at the previous holiday). And surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), this really didn’t end up being a bad thing!

Here’s my weight breakdown:

Week 2 Weigh-In: 133.8 lbs
Change over 1 week: +1.8 lbs
Change since beginning: +0.3 lbs

Week 3 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs
Change over 1 week: -2.3 lbs
Change since beginning: 2 lbs

Week 4 Weigh-In: 130 lbs
Change over 1 week: 1.5 lbs
Change since beginning: 3.5 lbs

Week 5 Weigh-In: N/A (away for holiday; didn’t measure)

Week 6 Weigh-In: 131.5 lbs (just returned from holiday)
Change over 1 week: N/A
Change since beginning: 3.5 lbs

Week 7 Weigh-In: 128 lbs
Change over 1 week: 3.5 lbs
Change since beginning: 5.8 lbs

I’m currently at 128 lbs, which means that I broke through the weight plateau that kept me stagnating around 130! I was trying to figure out the reason for the stagnation, and I’m really not sure what it was. I was eating well, and exercising diligently. There are only two potential reasons that I can think of at the moment. One is, maybe after implementing a drastically different eating and exercise plan for a month, my body was just trying to figure out what the heck was going on. Another is that it could have been stress from work affecting me. Week 2 through Week 4 was a stressful time for me at work (a LOT of deadlines) and it’s possible that my cortisol levels rose and caused me to hold onto weight.

We may never know. But I’m not too concerned about it anymore, because clearly the plateau has broken!! Maybe the physical relaxation over Week 5 was just what my body needed in order to reset and (possibly?) get my cortisol levels down.

I’ve got 5 ½ weeks to go on this 90 day journey. I have 3 pounds left in order to reach my weight goal. I really do think that this is doable - I mean, it’s less than a pound a week, and I’m pretty sure I can smash that! However, I do want to state for the record that I realize my body might just give me a flat-out “no” for whatever reason. I might stagnate, even if I’m doing all the “right” things. And I’m giving myself the grace to say that that is okay. I set my goals based on the knowledge I had at the time, with the understanding that those goals were flexible and could be changed for the good of my body. A good friend reminded me that my body is changing due to these healthy habits - and even if my weight stays the same or possibly even goes up, it could be because I’m building muscle. Weight only tells part of the story. (I’m really wishing that I measured myself (inches-wise) at the start of this journey so that I had another data point, but oh well.)

But putting the weight aside, this journey has been unbelievably healthy for me, both physically and emotionally. Exercising has truly made a world of difference in my mental health. I know everyone always says that, but man - it was like taking a magic pill that suddenly made me happier and more focused. Who wouldn’t want that?? And because my brain is receiving the dopamine it needs from exercise, I’m no longer craving junk food 24/7. Instead, I can have a normal, moderated amount of dessert and less-than-healthy food, and I don’t feel like I’m missing something.

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Before starting the 90 Day Transformation with Chelsey, I was in a place where I was feeling stuck in my health journey.

My biggest health concern was maintaining healthy eating and exercise habits over an extended period of time. I wanted to work on developing a sustainable routine of working out and eating well. In addition, I wanted to learn to have healthier thoughts about myself, and in general manifest a more positive energy.

In the past I would maintain a “healthy” routine for a few weeks at a time, and then would revert to my “normal” habits. This has entirely flipped for me.

My routine of working out and eating according to plan, IS my normal, and when I get off my routine, and can’t wait to get back. This was absolutely HUGE for me! Working with Chelsey has provided me with so many tools that have helped me to work towards and achieve my goals. Another thing that was huge for me was my mindset about food. Of course, there are still times when I just want some good old junk food. However, for the most part, when thinking about food and what I want to eat, I’m thinking in the mindset of “what is going to nourish me and give me energy.”


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Overall, I’m much more mindful about what I eat and the speed at which I eat. I’ve also learned ways to be more positive, about myself as well as life. While negative thoughts will never not exist, I’ve learned how to transform these thoughts to something positive when I notice that they occur.

In general, I feel much more in control of my life, health, decisions, as well as my mental state.

While I’ve gotten to a point where I’m not as concerned with the number on the scale - I’m much more concerned with how comfortable I am in my body and how healthy I feel -

I was able to get under 200 lbs for the first time since before 2010!

At my highest point in college I was about 240 pounds, and when I started “dieting” I was able to get down to 205. Right before starting the 90 Day Transformation I had gained back about 15 lbs, and I am now at 190. This has been such an amazing experience, and I feel so grateful to have had the chance to work with Chelsey! 

Starting Measurements (In Inches)

Chest: 39

Arms: 12.5

Waist: 33

Hips: 48.5

Thighs: 25

Calves: 17

Ending Measurements (In Inches)

Chest: 37 

Arms: 12

Waist: 32

Hips: 46

Thighs: 25

Calves: 16

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Hello everybody,

I hope you had a wonderful October. I know mine was busy but wonderful. I decided to restart the 90 Day Transformation from the beginning as illness pretty much forced me to stop the first time. Now I could’ve just resumed on the day that I left off, but I didn’t think that would be as beneficial so I’m rewinding the countdown back to 90. When I’m writing this I’m on day 21 since I turned the clock back on October 14th. I’m going in it with a clean slate as I know I needed one as I fell back into some habits I was trying to cancel. Plus I had to change the goals as schooling status changed which my school dropped me as a student instead of enrolling me into the online program, causing my school loans to become due way before I had planned so my budget had to be completely reworked. So instead of paying off bills and saving up to move out, all my money that’s not for other bills is going to be heading to student loans agency. Which due to the steep amount, means I am going to be on a very restricted budget for some time. Possibly needing to look for a second job just so I’m not stuck at home every night of the week.

One of the bad habits that needs to be addressed is my pop intake. Not that one pop a day or a few a week is a bad thing, but I was drinking 2 or 3 cans a day and that needs to stop. So I’ve decided just to do a mini-quit where I’m not allowed to drink pop at work. Instead I have to have tea or water. And I’m not a tea person at all, but I hear it’s good for you, see my Tea Obsession post to learn about those benefits. So far I’ve only found a few teas I’ve actually enjoyed so far which is Argo Tea Hibiscus Tea Sangria and Bai Tanzania Lemonade Tea. It’s been two weeks since I called it quits on pop at work and I haven’t resorted to pop yet. Though I sometimes still find myself bringing a can to work. The Argo Tea is really good with berries, orange, hibiscus tea, and apple.   And all the ingredients are actual words you can pronounce with no artificial flavors or ingredients. Same thing goes the Bai tea which uses a white tea instead of hibiscus. So that’s plus over the Mountain Dew or Red Bull I was drinking, along with it having far fewer calories. 10-50 calories in a bottle rather than 150 calories in one can. Eventually I hope that if I get into a pattern of not drinking pop at work I can carry this over to at home as there are healthier options I could be consuming.

The Goals Revisited

  • No pop or carbonated beverages at work
  • Only allowed healthy snacks if I’m going to snack on anything
  • Brush teeth more often
  • Post two blog posts every week, currently planning those on Tuesdays and Thursdays. But if I post more then it’s a bonus.
  • Post gaming videos every weekday with a Throwback game on Thursdays.
  • Post one to two main channel videos every week
  • Work out once a day
  • Stick to a strict budget to pay off student loans as quickly as possible
  • Write one chapter a week in my novel, possibly see about publishing
  • Complete one module a week for certifications
  • Volunteer at least three times a month at either church or elsewhere in the community
  • Sleep decent hours, no more 3.5 - 4 hours of sleep

Now I used to do a photo update every week, but I don’t think that one was as beneficial as I had hoped. So instead I’m going to be taking a monthly update photo as they should show any change better than the weekly photo. So look for those in the future.

Wish me luck! Hopefully I don’t get sick again this time to the point where I can’t complete any goals.

Mae Polzine

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Hello Everybody,


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Normally I absolutely hate this drink as I don’t find it to task good, but that was before I tried Argo Tea Hibiscus Tea Sangria. Which is like heaven in a glass mixed with berries and other fruits. Doesn’t taste like a sangria, but then again I’m wasn’t expecting it to. And since I’m restarting my 90 Day Transformation, one of the things I’m doing is replacing pop with tea while at work as I’ve heard they’re a healthier alternative and have less calories. But what are the benefits do each type of tea provide? So I took to the web in search of the answers. Overall tea helps with cancer, heart diseases, and clogged arteries. Some even have natural caffeine to give you the mental alertness you find after downing an energy drink. 

Green Tea

Green tea made from steamed tea leaves has high concentration of antioxidants called ECGC. These antioxidants interfere with growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn far, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.

Black Tea

This tea is made from fermented tea leaves and has the highest caffeine content compared to the other kinds of tea. And if you like chai tea, this one is the base for that. Now having high amounts of caffeine without all the added ingredients and sugar that pop has is a major bonus for me. But black tea also helps protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke and reduce the risk of stroke. So that’s nice too.

White Tea

The uncured and unfermented tea with the high potent anticancer properties there could possibly be in tea. If you have risk through family history of cancer, this would be the greatest for you. Though it’s not a cure so don’t hold me to that.

Oolong Tea

Now this is a tea I have not tried yet, but from what I’ve learned there are a lot of antioxidants in this tea that are good with lowering bad cholesterol levels and weight loss supplement. Though it hasn’t been proven in scientific experiments.

Pu-erh Tea

This one is made from fermented and aged leaves. Though it is considered a black tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. Similar to oolong tea it helps with less weight gain and reduced LDL cholesterol.

What is your favorite type of tea? Or which ones would you recommend? I would love to try it as I’m trying to switch from pop to tea on a regular basis.

- Mae Polzine

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Week 1: (8/3/14)

  • Starting weight: 143.7 lbs
  • Starting body fat percentage: 35.1%

Week 2: (8/12/14)

  • Current weight: 139.6 lbs
  • Current body fat percentage: 32.0%
  • Weight lost: 4.1 lbs
  • Body fat percentage lost: 3.1%

Week 3: (8/19/14)

  • Current weight: 139.3 lbs
  • Current body fat percentage: 30.8%
  • Weight lost: 0.3 lbs
  • Body fat percentage lost: 1.2%
  • Total weight lost: 4.4 lbs
  • Total body fat percentage lost: 4.3%

This week was tough for me, not feeling like I’ve lost enough, but that really just shows me that my body is really, truly changing by gaining muscle and toning, even though I’m not dropping weight on the scale.

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