About Us......

We are three sisters working to get into or stay in shape! Ara is the oldest (26) and is trying to lose weight and get in shape before having children with her husband. Carlyn is the middle child (23) her desire is to get in shape and have the endurance to keep up with the youth she works with. Emmalee is the youngest (17) and is already an athlete. But now her sport and time is high school is almost over and she wants to stay in shape!

Our blog is a way for us to encourage each other and help each other reach our goals. Please feel free to follow along! You can follow each sister or just the one you find interesting or have things in common with!

Ara's days to post are Monday and Thursday.
Carlyn's days are Tuesday and Friday.
Emm's days are Wednesday and Saturday.

And we'll throw in tips and fun stories as we go along! Welcome to our blog!! -The 3 Sisters

p.s. We would also like to say that this is to help encourage us to keep up the good work and help us stay on track BUT we know we could not even do this by ourselves or as 3 sister's with out God by our side pushing us along!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mom's Results

I can proudly say that I passed the sugar test. My only slip up was when my sweet husband offered me a cup of morning coffee on our 33rd Anniversary morning. He was so sweet, I just couldn't tell him that I wasn't supposed to have the creamer in the coffee. That was the only cup I had with creamer - the next 2 were black.

I also have to say that I haven't even craved any chocolate this week. My chocolate jar is still full at work for my peers and they love me for it, but this week I continued to pass by the jar and not take one piece. Truthfully, I haven't craved sugary items this week at all. I just pray that this continues.

Congratulations, Kevin and Ara D. give yourselves a star for completion. Give me a star also.
Need to hear from Carlyn and Emmalee. Love to you ALL, Mom

Monday, August 23, 2010

Challenge Results - Ara and Kevin

Well, Kevin gets an F...... well I'd maybe give him a D- because he only messed up a couple times (that I know of). And it's not that he forgot - oh no..... he just has a huge sweet tooth I guess!

I did pretty good with the help of Stevia and Jamba Juice. They were good to help curb the overwhelming urge for sugar!!! I avoided all sorts of cookies, drinks, and even desserts that people offered to buy for us!!! It was a tough week but it really made me realize all the times I had to actively turn down sugar. Its in a lot of stuff we eat!

Plus - Kevin and I have both seen a drop in our weight since we have been focusing on our Protein!! Its really amazing! I've seen a scientific drop on the scale and Kevin says his pants are feeling looser. We are both really excited about knowing our metabolic type. Its really changed a lot of the things that I cook and things we order at restaurants. I nearly always go for the pasta and we always eat bread. Plus at home we can go through a box of Wheat Ritz like a tornado through a trailer park! We thought they were fine because they were wheat.... but its just not good for our type of metabolism!!

Hope everyone else did great on their challenge!!! Love you guys!! -ara

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Idea for Next Challenge....

I had an idea for the next challenge..... but I want you working ladies opinions on it! It would take a lot of planning and effort but might be worth it.....

Two Weeks Eating NOTHING but Homemade Food

This came into my head because its sooooo easy to grab frozen foods or go by a fast food place and its never good for you. I think it would be a huge challenge to make all your food for 2 weeks. And I say 2 weeks because we want to make these things habits right??? And I'm not saying we should never eat out BUT if we force ourselves to find time to cook healthy things or prepare things in advance maybe we'll find its not as hard as we thought and do it more often??

Also I would add to the challenge that each week (so 2 times total) you will need to make something you've never made before..... a healthy something. And then you can post the recipe you used on the blog and say if it was easy or hard to do and if you liked it. Then we can steal each others recipes for cooking in the future!!

Disclaimer: I know events come up in our lives where friends or invite us out for dinner... don't be rude and go ahead and go with them. But eat light and healthy and DO NOT bring home leftovers. The biggest thing is not planning to eat out on your own.....

So what do you guys think? When would be a good time to start it for you guys?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Carlyn's Metabolic Type!

I took the test and I am a mixed metabolic type, but I am planning on taking it again, after I have focused more on what I have been eating and how it makes me feel afterward. I will keep you updated!

I have been keeping track of my food and calorie in take and have been doing pretty well, with eating when I am hungry, not when I "want" to.

I am in for the challenge and am ready to make some changes!

Ate shrimp tacos tonight! YUMM!!! I have an awesome roommate!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mini Challenge - NO Sugar

Ok, Dad has a Protein Metabolic Type and I am Mixed. So, I think we will focus on the Protein Type at first and see how I do with that. Haven't seen a blog entry from Carlyn or Emmalee yet. Please post your Metabolic Type so we have it recorded.

I have a mini challenge for this week. In your e-mails I will send another document called "The Top 10 Most Common Nutrition Mistakes" The first 2 items mentioned in this document are about sugar and artificial sweeteners. The mini-challenge I propose is that this week, beginning, Mon. August 16th:
We avoid ALL artificial sweetener and added sugars for one week.
We have all completed this challenge before, but if you were like me, you went right back to the old ways - flavored creamers in my morning coffee, diet sodas, crystal lite teas, etc. As you will read in the 10 mistakes document, once you wean yourself, then the cravings will go away.

I can't put the Metabolic Test or the 10 Mistakes document out on this site, because I purchased them from a company on line, for my family. Anyone interested in purchasing these documents themselves the website is www.thedietsolutionprogram.com .

I know that you have all been doing well and I encourage you to continue. We will ALL be winners in the end. Love to all, Mom

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Metabolic Results for Ara

I am the protein type!!!

This is what I learned after taking the Metabolic typing test. Which makes sense. This morning I had a breakfast of wheat ritz crackers and it feels like I had nothing!! Looks like its a lot more eggs, dairy and meat for me! Just have to watch out for the bad fats and such!

Off to the grocery store!! Exciting!!!

Oh - also... just had Kevin take the test and he is a Mixed type. So he agreed that we are going to try following the protein type model for awhile and see how he feels. And he can add in some more carbs here and there if he feels he needs them!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Chocolate Cake BAD

Well, at work today, there was a BIG Chocolate Cake in the kitchen area for anyone to eat from.
Several said that someone who wanted to win the BIGGEST LOOSER put the cake out to temp others. Well, even though I am not a part of the company loosing team, I avoided the cake.
Hope that you 3 girls had a successful day also!! Love ya, Mom

Monday, August 9, 2010

Mom-3Daughter Challenge

So…. At my office they started the Biggest Loser competition. I received the flyer and read it over and thought about it, BUT I DON'T want to be judged daily for what I eat and weigh by the same people that judge my work ability. Work is enough pressure! And I didn't want to toss in 25 of my dollars for someone else to win.

Mother - 3Daughter Challenge

I would rather work with and support my 3 daughters in a weight loss challenge. So, as the Mom, I propose that I toss in $25 for each member of our team - 4 - so $100.

The Challenge for Yvette, Carlyn and Ara DiAnn is to lose as much weight, in a healthy fashion, by Dec. 19, 2010. Our official starting date will be this Sun. Aug. 8, 2010. Emmalee's part of the challenge is that she NOT gain the Freshman 15 from her wrestling weight of 148. (Emmalee has already agreed to this and she wants to be in full support of us loosing.)

Things to do: Weigh in Sun. Aug. 8 or Mon. 9th and send text to Mom.

(I don't care if we share with each other, just not publicly)

Watch what we eat - how much we eat - drink water.

Find an exercise routine that works for you.

Set you own goal - make it realistic - 5 to 10 pounds/month

Continue to support each other in prayer

Commit to write on the blog at least once a week.

Write accomplishments and failures on this blog

Share any helpful advise through the blog.

On Dec. 19th we will all weigh in and send text to Mom. By using % calculations for loosing and gaining, I will determine the winner and the $100 will be in their Christmas stocking.

I have ordered some materials that I will share with each of you through private e-mails only because it is purchased materials. We can share the results of our use of these materials. When they come in, the first thing I will share is a "Metabolic Typing Test" for us each to take. It will help us learn about what type of foods & eating habits best satisfy us. We could all be the same or all completely different.

Your Dad will benefit from my change of cooking and shopping habits and he will really like that. Kevin should benefit too for the same reasons. I also think both men should take the Metabolic Test, then we can supplement foods that will help them be satisfied.

It is about time that "the MOM" set a good example in the eating area. I am ready physically and mentally to take this challenge with you.

So, let me know if you are willing to take the Challenge together.

Love you all, Mom

Day One - Carlyn

Yes I am still alive!  I have not been on here in a long time, but it is about time!  And I am really excited to continue this journey to a healthier life style with my mom and sisters!  This is Day One of my "new" journey - I know it had technically started already - but His mercies are new every morning and so is my life's journey :)

Got off of work this morning - later then I was suppose to (again)... 

And have decided to do Pilates before I go to bed each morning - This mornings wasn't bad - my core is more sore than I thought it would be, but then again, that is my weakest area and this pilates targets the core!  So I guess it workout did its job!

I plan to go to the gym after I wake up and told my roommate (who is also working out getting ready for rugby) that she is allowed to kick me if I don't go (and yes she really will kick me!)!!  

I am also planning on putting together a workout/food journal to keep me on track and motivated!  It worked in the past, so I am going back to what has worked for me!

So that is the plan for my NEW DAY ONE!  Let the Journey begin!!

Love ya,  C

(PS - not my current roommate in the pic, but she too will kick my butt (sorry mom) if I don't start working out - all the way from Peru - she should be working out too :)  )  Miss you!!!