Jan 10, 2013 9:22am

I have a friend who works for Body by Vi, which is a weight loss meal replacement program, and they do 90 day challenges to get in shape. I don't have the money to officially join, and I wouldn't use the crappy meal replacement shakes anyway, but I've decided to unofficially join in for a 90 day challenge. Anyone else want to accept the challenge?

We'll make it really simple. Post a recent pic of you in a swimsuit on your profile. It doesn't have to be your main, just as long as it's there. Make sure it's as close to a full body shot as possible (at least down to the knees/thighs). Check in here.

Feel free to share recipes, progress, exercise crap, whatever you want over the next 90 days.

In 90 days, post a new profile pic in a swimsuit.


Jan 10, 2013 9:29am

It sounds interesting. I'm trying to eat healthier and be healthier overall, but I'm not looking to lose weight. I just want to be more fit. And I'd be too uncomfortable to post a swim suit pic. Maybe shorts and a tank with the tank lifted as an alternative?


Jan 10, 2013 11:46am

Meh, I'm not big on rules, so I think as long as you post something which shows your progress after 90 days, I don't really care how much actual skin is showing. 

Do you have Netflix? Did you know they have exercise videos? I didn't, because it's not a normal category which shows up on mine, but I did a search for something else and stumbled across them.

Also...my swimsuit pic is already up. It was from the summer, and I've probably gained another 5 pounds of muffin top since, so I have slightly farther to go.


Jan 10, 2013 12:06pm

I just joined a gym the last week of Dec. I'm challenging myself to get to the gym 3-4 days a week because I slack on exercise during the school semester, so my goal is to go Mon/Wed/Fri mornings at 8am before I have to go to class. Then one weekend day.

I'm happy to participate in the thread and posting about progress, recipes, etc. No swimsuit pics for me! ha ha. But at the end of the 90 days, I'll post a new profile pic, no prob.


Jan 10, 2013 1:30pm

Awesome! And by the way, my flour tortillas were full of fail :( Not sure what I did wrong, or if it was just because I couldn't find good lard, so I used shortening. 

It's ok, though...I'm a whiz at yeast breads. Making pizza on Saturday, so I'm making the dough tomorrow so it can rise slow and ferment.


Jan 10, 2013 1:38pm

Aw boo! It takes a few tries to get them right. You can always cheat by using this though... Just add water, they are very good.


Jan 10, 2013 1:42pm

Holy crap! Wish I had seen that at the grocery ;P


Jan 10, 2013 1:44pm

Ha ha... Well I figured you'd want to try it on your own first. Next time hit me up on FB, and I'll try to walk you through it. It's tough without a recipe. But I have made them that way since I was 17. I use the White Wings once in a while though.


Jan 10, 2013 2:36pm

 I couldn't find good lard

There's a whole lake of it around here somewhere


Jan 10, 2013 2:46pm



I just went to the co op and found a tub of pure rendered pig fat. No hydrogenated crap.


Jan 10, 2013 3:10pm

I don't remember how I found work out videos on Netflix. I must have searched for them. I'd like to do some weight training, but I don't own any weights and I don't want to go to the gym with no clue as to what I'm doing.


Jan 10, 2013 3:14pm

Yeah, it can be difficult to know exactly what to do with them, and how to do it right, without someone to show you. 

I bought a set of hand dumbell weights from a sporting goods store. It comes in a case, and it has the two handles and then a bunch of disk weights that you put on each end, and then a cap which screws on to make sure they don't fall off. I think it was only about $30 for the whole set. Add some ankle weights that are adjustable, and you really don't need anything else.


Jan 10, 2013 4:47pm

I P90X, but I have been for a while. But I was in good shape to start with, so it wasn't an "OMG" transformation.


Jan 10, 2013 4:53pm

Should I go to like Dicks or would their equipment be overpriced?

Also, I added my photo. I am hoping to gain definition in my arms and abs. I have stick arms. :/


Jan 10, 2013 5:46pm


just a couple of suggestions here.

find a routine that fits your schedule best, what you wanna work on, whatever. you could find many options here.


for myself it's all about dumbbells as they force you/provide a balance. one side of the body will always be a bit stronger, dumbbells will help establish a ... happy median.  this is a great starter routine.


if you've got no issue spending quite a bit of money, i bought these a few years ago, bowflex also makes a less expensive and lighter version too. i like 'em a lot, got use to 'em quickly. well anyway, hope it helps.


Jan 10, 2013 6:01pm

Thanks for the links. They'll help me devise a routine for when I do work up the courage to go to the gym. I don't think I want to make that kind of investment on the weights though. I'm a poor college student over here.


Jan 10, 2013 6:24pm

from what i've read you've started off on the right path with eating well. i think it's okay to have a cheat meal now and then(once a month really) but, eating right, resting (sleeping) is a huge part of fitness.


as far as courage, finding a "gymbro" would be quite helpful i imagine. you're an attractive young woman, i willing to bet that's what most will be looking at. get yourself a routine, learn proper form and technique, take care of business, that's what it's all about, right.


well bye now, i have a routine i gotta finish myself.


Jan 10, 2013 6:24pm

The kind of cool thing about (most?) gyms or at least mine is that you can sign up to have someone show you what to do fo' free. 


Jan 10, 2013 7:27pm

Again with the Ebonics.

I just figured something out about your boyfriend.


Jan 10, 2013 7:34pm

Doubt it. :) He hates the Ebonics. 

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