Archive for January, 2013


So, I still haven’t posted my next video yet because yesterday was a fiasco and my computer is full of hatred … But hopefully it will calm the eff down and I’ll get it posted today. In the meantime, you get another post written on my phone. So sorry for any typos – autocorrect is a cruel mistress….

But I digress. This week … I gained 2 lbs. Which doesn’t make any sense to me, because I’m still working out, still eating 1200ish calories, still being “good”, as it were. And yet, last week I weighed in at 195.5, and this week, I’m 197.5 – I gained exactly 2lbs.

However, I have a hypothesis as to why this may have happened, and while it’s still discouraging, at least it means I’m not gaining fat.

So, if you read my regularly sporadic posts, you will know that after I exercise hard, I tend to get super hungry. Like, stomach growling, in pain hungry. Not the kind of hungry you can ignore, and not the “hungry” you think you get when you’re actually just bored.

Well, it got to the point that I wanted to know if that was healthy – or if I was doing something wrong. Because if it was a sign of like, overworking my muscles and I was going to pull something or worse, i decided I wanted to know.

Turns out that it’s actually perfectly normal. Apparently when you exercise, you burn the sugars your muscles have in storage, which makes sense. But, if you work really hard and burn all of the sugar, or most of it, of course your body will want to replace it as soon as possible, which is why I feel like I could eat an elephant after I finish working out. xD The other fun fact I found out was that you should have 1/3 of your daily protein intake directly after working out – protein of course promotes muscle growth.

But, more than that, the more muscle you have, the more fat you can actually burn, since it’s your muscles that, after they burn their stored sugar, start turning fat into fuel. So, the more muscles you have, the more fat you can get rid of. So, bearing this in mind, I got some mix for a vanilla protein shake that tastes like ground up chalk you mix with water … But I can stomach it and when I’m done drinking it, I’m not hungry anymore. So it seems as though all is well – I’m not hungry after working out, and I’m building more fat burning muscle.

Excellent deal, right?

Well, nothing comes without a price. Even the best deal.

And there’s no exception here – because muscle weighs more than fat. So, if I remove a pound of fat and replace it with muscle, it’s going to actually make me gain weight, since the same quantity of muscle is heavier than the fat I got rid of.

However, if that really is the reason I gained weight, then I’m actually ok with that. Because, even though the muscle is heavier, it also will make my body look slimmer and more toned, so it will look like I’m losing weight either way. So that’s that.

But, if my pictures next Sunday don’t look like there’s been improvement, I don’t know what I’m going to do … Die maybe D: No , I’m probably just start biking more often and stop eating into the calories I’ve burned for the dayas best I can … Even though I’ve been doing that for 3 weeks and I still lost weight for the first couple …

Anyway, I’ll keep you updated on this conundrum … And hopefully have the week 3 update ready tonight :3

Until next time!


Weight Loss Goals

Yay for Presents!

Yay for Presents!

Why hello there (again) :] I’m back – are you surprised? Yeah; I am too xD But I have stuff to say, and I haven’t been posting as often, so I wanted to get this up before I became un-motivated. Today I’m here to talk about weight loss goals/rewards in-depth. Yeah; you heard me. But Raeynn, you might say, you’ve already talked about this sort of carrot/rod tactic in an earlier post, which if you haven’t read you can view here. But anyway, yes I covered the basics …. But I realized in the video I made that talks about this topic, among others, I said that I had a goal that I was sort of meeting with a reward, and it was really vague, besides my excitement about the actual reward of course … So, I sat down today when I was probably supposed to be working, and I found a calendar … And planned out an exercise regiment of sorts using exercise programs that I have heard about online and on Television and etc. And then, I tried to set goals for myself – at first I wanted to set goals that had to do with my own weight loss, but then I decided that I didn’t like that idea; the amount of weight I lose isn’t a set in stone sort of thing – it’s very variable. So, if I don’t lose weight or something even when I am doing a workout faithfully, I wouldn’t get a reward of any kind. And I realized that that was a good way to DIS-courage myself. Not a smart thing to do. What I ended up doing was coming up with 20 goals that I want to meet; my main goals are weight loss/having a healthy BMI and waist size. Then, all of the other goals are rewards for doing workouts faithfully for certain periods of time, basically. I put all of them in the table below for easy reference:

Desired Goal Reward for Meeting
Weight = 186lbs Hair Growth Treatment System
Weight = 165lbs Supernatural Devil’s Snare Tattoo
Weight = 144lbs Perfumes: Dior Addict 2, Jasmin Noir, Viva La Juicy
Weight = 125lbs 1 week Vacation! (Idk where yet xD)
Waist = 29″ OR BMI = 20-25 New Corset!
Biking on Sundays for 1mo Good pair of sneakers for biking/exercise
Biking on Sundays for 3mo Contact Lenses
Biking on Sundays for 6mo Set of Hot Weather Under Armour
Biking on Sundays for 1yr
TapOUT XT: 10 Days Pink Ruffled Peacoat from Target
TapOUT XT: 1mo Gateway Notebook
TapOUT XT: 2mo New Workout: Insanity
Complete TapOUT XT Braces Consultation
Insanity: 2wk Workout DVDs: Brazilian Butt & PUMP IT UP
Insanity: 1mo More Epensive Hair Style/Braiding
Insanity: 2mo Make Up Haul!
Brazilian Butt Lift 3x/wk for 1mo New Exercise/Workout Clothes
30 Day Shred New Workout: Ripped in 30
Ripped in 30 Take a fitness Class 🙂
PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout 3x/wk for 1mo Accessories Haul
TapOut XT 2: 10 Days
TapOut XT 2: 1 Month
TapOut XT 2: 2 Months
TapOut XT 2: 3 Months Clothing Haul

As you can see, in italics I have 4 weight goals. The way that I figured these goals out was I figured out what the target weight is for a 24 year old female that’s 5’2″ – and came up with a target weight of 125lbs, give or take. Ok, that’s cool – so I took my starting weight, which was 207lbs, and subtracted 125lbs, which got me 82lbs. That’s the total weight I needed to lose when I started TapOut XT. So, I split that into quarters and rounded up, so that every 21lbs I lose, I get a reward. As for what the rewards are, well, they are things that I really want right now – hell, a lot of the things on this table are things that I was already planning on buying for myself – I just won’t buy them if I don’t follow through with this workout system I’ve come up with. Which, it may be hard to tell myself no, but … I’m going to at least attempt to persevere. For example, I just heard about a hair treatment from JLovesMac1 on YouTube that she says helped her hair grow several inches, which I have been trying to do for years … But it’s expensive (of course) – basically any expensive thing I decided I wanted, I made an exercise reward. The next one is a tattoo that I have been literally agonizing over for years – I have wanted it since it was a thing on Supernatural. A tattoo of the anti-possession sigil on the outside of my right thigh, up near the hip. That’s the halfway point. The next one is one of 3 very expensive perfumes I’ve really been wanting as well – whichever one I want most at the time I meet this goal is the one I’ll buy. And finally, if I ever do make it down to 125lbs, I’m taking myself on vacation. I don’t know where, and I don’t know when, but I’m doing it. The last one in this section has to do with either my BMI or my waist size – what I really wanted to say here was waist size, but I have wide ribs, so I don’t know if I’ll ever get to the waist measurement I want … Currently my BMI is about 35, and the healthy range is from 20-25, so I need it to go down quite a bit in that department – but, if I get my waist to where I want it, or as small as it can go and still be healthy, then I’m buying myself a new corset because hopefully that means I’ll stay there so it’ll be a good investment xD

Next, in bold I have goals listed for consistently riding my bicycle, which I am going to start doing every Sunday starting February 3rd (I need to buy some cheap clothes from Walmart or something to keep myself warm because right now it’s snowing where I am xD) I really enjoy biking, and I usually ride on a path that spans about 15-20miles, and then turn around and come back. That helped me lose a lot of weight last summer, so I want to get back into it. All of the rewards in this category have to do with riding my bicycle except for the contact lenses – those are just something I’ve always really wanted. I had a really hard time last year trying to get them in when I tried to get contacts, but I’m going for round two this year! (I really want them xD … )

After that are the most numerous ones, and they are less expensive rewards that I really want for the most part. They are all goals for doing/completing workout regiments, because then even if I don’t lose weight, if I am consistently doing these workouts, at least I’ll feel like I’m getting something out of it … Though since I try to only eat 1200 calories/day or so, you would think there’d be no way for me to put on weight … But I digress. There are 6 workouts that I planned for in this table, and they are: TapOut XT, Insanity, Brazilian Butt Lift, 30 Day Shred, Ripped in 30, PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout, and TapOut XT 2. Each one is for different durations that I’ve planned out on a calendar so that they mesh nicely together – but they are the only ones I’ve really found that I wanted to do so far. I had been trying to plan different for a whole year, but I don’t have enough of them! I only have enough workouts to do a new one for their duration through the end of September. But that’s fine – I’m sure they’ll finish figuring out TapOut XT: II before then (because that’s really a thing that’s in the works, believe it or not!) and if not I’ll just start over from the beginning. Or something. (Edit: I actually got an email on the day I posted this that TapOut XT 2 was ready for pre-order, so I added it to the end of my schedule – so now it goes until December 22nd – so my workout regiment, if I can keep up with my schedule, will basically be my Christmas present to myself :3)

Anyway, if you want to see my workout schedule/regiment plan so far, I’ve got it below … in RAINBOWS! xD Otherwise, please skip to the bottom and watch my YouTube video! It talks about my coat and how I came to buy it, as well as my thoughts on drinking water during a workout, and a possible fix for that pesky leg band that likes to stick together … I’ll see you next post!

January 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5
6 Start TapOut XT 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 TapOut XT: 10 Days 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31

February 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2
3 TapOut XT: 1 Month 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28

March 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2
3 TapOut XT: 2 Months 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31TapOut XT: Complete/Start Insanity

April 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 Insanity: 2 Weeks 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 Insanity: 1 Month 29 30

May 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 Complete Insanity/Start Brazilian Butt Lift 3x/week 27 28 29 30 31

June 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 Complete: Brazilian Butt Lift/Start: 30 Day Shred

July 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 Complete 30 Day Shred

August 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 Start Ripped in 30 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

September 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 Start: PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout 3x/wk 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Complete PUMP IT UP! Ultimate Dance Workout
29 Start TapOut XT 2 30

October 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 TapOut XT 2: 10 Days 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 TapOut XT 2: 1 Month 28 29 30 31

November 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 TapOut XT 2: 2 Months 25 26 27 28 29 30

December 2013

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 Complete TapOut XT 2! 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

Check out my video – it talks a little about setting goals for yourself! :]

Come and Get it!

Come and Get it!

Alright guys – here it is; TapOut XT week 2.  I finally started doing TapOut again – though I never really posted it.  I’ve been busy getting YouTube videos together, so I haven’t had time really to tell you what I’ve been doing.  I’ve realized that 15 minutes of talking still isn’t really enough time to give a real, in-depth review of what I did for the week, how I felt, what goals I’ve set for myself, etc, so I’ve decided that I’m still going to post here, and I’m still going to write a book for you at the end of every week or so xD

Alright; so in my videos, I’ve started doing a weigh in every week to track my weight loss progress.  Here are my results so far:

Day/Week End Weight
Day 1/Week 0 207lbs
Day 7/Week 1 202.5lbs
Day 14/Week 2 195.5lbs

I’ve been loosing 4-6lbs/week!  Which, I actually understand is probably not healthy to maintain, because it means you’re loosing muscle mass as well as fat.  However, I’m still thinking that it’s water weight I’m still getting rid of, so I’m not worried.  Yet.  If I’m still loosing more than 3lbs/week consistently by the time I get to 4-6weeks, then I’ll start panicking.  But until then, I like being down 12lbs in 2 weeks!  It’s oddly … Empowering.  More so than when I was just weighing in when the TapOut grid told me to … I would actually recommend, as a motivator, to weigh yourself every week when you start this work out, at least in the beginning – and that’s saying something coming from me, because I absolutely hate scales.  Seriously – hate them.  The only reason I’m using one now is because the piece of paper told me to, and even then I was reluctant.

Something I’ve really really noticed too, which I think I mentioned the first time I posted about doing TapOut, is that no matter what time of day I do this workout, about 5 minutes after I’m done, I’m starving.  No joke; the only time I wasn’t was when I had eaten directly before doing Yoga XT one night, (which I do NOT recommend, because it made me feel extremely queasy and almost loose what I’d eaten …)  The only problem here is, now that I’m working out in the morning, I don’t really have time to eat breakfast at home – I have oatmeal in my desk at work that I make, and I eat while I’m at my desk every morning.  So, my solution?  I drink about 4-8oz of orange juice right after my workout.  The sugar and Vitamin C give me a good kick; it takes down the hunger pangs enough that I don’t feel like my stomach is trying to eat itself while I’m shampooing … xD

Ok; now let’s talk about this new resistance band I got.

Not exactly what I bought, but it's close!

Not exactly what I bought, but it’s close!

I got this band, and since it’s actually Monday night right now, I can give you a little review blurb as far as my first impression of this $5 band goes.  The first thing I noticed was that this one is shorter than the TapOut band – a good deal shorter.  I’d say probably 4-6inches shorter.  So, that automatically means that it adds even more resistance than I thought there would be.  I used it today almost through my whole workout, but I was really tired afterwards and my muscles really hurt – like, they hurt too much for me to really want to use this thing much tomorrow.  I think, since the bands at Five Below probably all follow this ‘shorter’ trend, I’ll get the resistance one lower than this one – the red one I mention in my YouTube video – and see if that adds more resistance than the TapOut band.  I think it will, and I think it will be a better fit for me at this stage of the game.  I wasn’t afraid I was going to snap this band in half or anything, which is what I was really afraid of, so I figure I’ll also pick up the higher resistance one as well – for $10 I might as well complete the set!  They also had a yoga/pilates/fitness mat I think I’m going to get as well so that I can do Yoga XT on a mat.  I’m not sure it will make a difference, but at the very least I won’t have to sniff my carpet when he makes me hold a push up position and take a deep breath … It smells like dog fur.  Which makes sense, since we have one, but still.

As for the workouts for week 2 – they are mostly the same as week 1, except that the first workout is Competition Core instead of Cross Core Combat, but they are both pretty similar work outs, as the titles, which both contain the words ‘Competition’, would suggest.  I have, however, been steadily forcing myself to improve.  I remembered doing the workout moves in Week 1, and for the most part I think I remember when I sat down, rested, etc – so I have been trying to force myself to up the anty in some way with every move.  Even if it’s just doing a couple repetitions of something I know I didn’t do last week, or forcing myself into plank for a few seconds during a move – I try to do something more than what I did last week.

And let me tell you.

It is brutal.

However, if I keep getting results like this, then I think the brutality is worth it.  Maybe possibly …

Anyway, I’ll be back with another update next week I’m sure, if I don’t come back with something else to blather on about that is …

So, until then, watch my YouTube Videos! :]

~ RaeynnBeau

TapOut XT: Week 1

Week 1 of TapOut … Is really much the same as week one was … And perhaps this sounds lazy of me, but I’m going to direct you to the last time I started TapOut XT to get my thoughts here … Or just watch my video on it :]  You’ll get a more in-depth assessment of TapOut when I get around to reviewing week 2, so stay tuned for that as well! :3


So … This is going to be a really short post … But I finally managed to get an introductory video edited and posted on YouTube!  I have been editing for DAYS … And I haven’t even done the Week 1 Update yet … xD But anyway; follow the link below for 15 minutes of TapOut XT Goodness!

So – still no video, but I’m fixing to work on it after work… I think I might download the free trial of Vegas Pro, because I’m just having no luck with Windows Movie Maker or Jashaka. Or whatever it’s called. And I’m just super frustrated.

But anyway, that’s not why I’m here.  I’m here to let all of you in on a fact that I want aware of … Though after I post this, I’m sure a hundred people are going to comment that this is a no-duh statement … (Actually, if I got a hundred comments, even negative ones, I’d be excited xD) Alright … So my groundbreaking statement is …

Not all honey is created equally.

Wait, wait – let me explain before you just walk out in exasperation! ^^;; So, I ran out of honey for my tea, and I ran to the grocery store on my lunch break to get more.  When I got there, they didn’t have the stuff I’ve been using – I think it was designer blossom honey or something. Now, I’ve had honey made from all sorts of flowers and whatnot, and from my experience, thigh there are taste differences, its all sweet gloppy stuff that worlds (in my opinion) the same as or better than sugar.  So, I just grabbed one off of the shelf because as far as I was concerned, honey is honey is honey.  This little beauty is what I ended up with:


As the label states, this is buckwheat honey – which  I’ve never tried before.  So, I skipped merrily to the cash register, blissfully unaware of what I was purchasing.  Honestly, do you see how dark that bottle is? The lighting isn’t really bad in thus picture, it really does look like that … I think my thought prices was something along the lines of “well, it looks like molasses, and that’s sweet, so this will be fine.”

Motor oil looks like molasses too, but I’m pretty sure that’s not sweet.

… I don’t even know.

So, I get it and put it in my desk, all ready for my tea the next morning.  I come in, I get my tea, pour in my normal waaaaay too much honey … No, but seriously I dump like, 3tbsp of honey in a small cup of tea xD Anyway, I poured it in, I mixed it up, let it sit to cool, took a sip … … And probably made a really hilarious face, actually, in retrospect.

It had the weirdest, slightly bitter edge to it … I might have thought the cream had gone bad, except I don’t use cream in my tea … Looking suspiciously at the culprit, I dabbed a little honey on my soon to taste it straight … And sure enough, though it was sweet, it had this weird tang to it … I checked the date on it and its fine for several more months, so I assume for some reason buckwheat makes honey taste … Strange.

I guess this is sort of just a cautionary tale – know what honey tastes like from different sources before you spend like, $12 on it xD I’m going to use it because I don’t want it to go to waste, but basically lesson learned – from now on, I’ll buy honey made from flower blossoms.  Or just honey that’s actually gold instead of like thin molasses. Or something.

Hopefully the YouTube video will be up tonight or tomorrow ^^;;

TapOut XT

Alright; updates all around :]

So, my computer is up and running (though for whatever stupid reason it still won’t let me play Diablo III or WoW, but that’s a gripe for a different day), and so is my camcorder … I think.  We’ll see if it’s doing what I want it to do when I record myself exercising or not.  I have the sneaking suspicion I need to find a better place to put it, or maybe to somehow get the camera at a higher angle …

But I digress.  With all this talk of cameras, and if you read the title of this post, you’ve probably already figured out what this update is about.  Results are in … Not many results, but enough that I decided to go for it – I made a YouTube channel and everything!  If you want to check it out (though right now there’s nothing there xD) the URL is:

Of course, in order for me to post a progress report, I would have to have made some progress … And I am pleased to inform that I have gone back to exercising every day – and counting calories too!  Along with recording … So we’ll see how this goes.  I haven’t tried to edit any videos yet, and I don’t really have enough tapes to record for the whole week because I had a moment of stupid and forgot that most TapOut workouts are 45-60 minutes long … And I only have 4 tapes at 60 minutes long.  So I’m still working out the logistics there – I’m hoping I can put the video on my computer and tape over it, because my camcorder won’t record video unless it’s to a mini DV tape.  For some odd reason.  Lots of bugs.  But hopefully I”ll have a decent video recorded for Sunday (which is my first rest day!)

I am thinking I’m going to update videos once a week – that’s 12 videos altogether, because it’s a three week long exercise regiment.  I sort of want to update twice a week really, but I don’t want to do exercise twice … So maybe I’ll shoot the Sunday for the week recipes I post here when I can be arsed and post them on Wednesday or something xD  I don’t know; we’ll see.

I’ll post here when my first video comes up!  Just wanted to put a post here so that y’all know to go and watch it! :3