10 and 11 Weeks Out

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Less than 70 days till I step on that stage in my hooker heals and sparkly bikini! Oh my gosh guys.. If you ever think about doing this make sure your ready for all the craziness that goes with it haha. A part of it is pretty simple if you think about it, eat super clean 24/7 along with some pretty intense workouts.

But along with the obvious, no one really talks about the mental aspect of it. There will be days you will want to quit, not give it your all, slack off, cheat on your diet, want to eat an entire subway sandwich and oh so many more things. But needless to say were doing this! ( I keep having to tell myself that for some reason).

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So here is my 10 and 11 weeks out pics and I’m not sure if its because I had a really weird dream the other day but I kind of had an epiphany. After all the things I’ve been through with preparing for this and just in life in general (car accident on my birthday, first broken bone, still dealing with getting my settlement and of course some family craziness ..who doesn’t have those haha)  along with weight (gain and loss), struggles with self acceptance, eating habits, knowledge and just learning to believe in myself its kinda ironic that I have to pep talk myself up sometimes.

With that being said I made a short little list ( and I have more than this) but here are some top reasons I keep telling myself WHY I’m doing this. Its always important to have a goal, but more importantly you need to have a WHY. And your Why ideally should almost scare you, make you cry in joy and excite you all in one…

And your “why’s” should be more than the obvious … like to look hot… common everyone wants that but its not deep. Dig deep!!!

  1. To prove to myself and others (more for myself though) that I can do this the healthy way. To be healthy mind, body, soul and to not have any self hate towards myself as a person nor towards the body I live in.
  2. To push myself  ( I’ve always had a good sense of drive with whatever I choose to do) When I think about how hard something is I want to automatically realize that I can accomplish anything. Put in the work, get the results of the work put in. Not easy but it will be worth it.
  3. I can honestly say that I no longer want to be “skinny” nor do I really like that word either… skinny. It rubs me the wrong way now, and for a good reason. I can see a girl walking around who is particularly “Skinny”… That’s not my goal anymore, nor is it honestly attractive to me really (just my opinion). I want to be “FIT” I want people to look at me and tell that I strive for this, that I work for it and I look healthy. A well build physique is attractive to me, no one can buy it or give it to me and it shows that I put in the work to obtain it.
  4. I also like to think of myself in the future. I see so many adults or even people who are younger than me have too many health problems and usually looking and even acting 20 years older than they are. Not only that but they have kids and its hard for them to keep up with their own kids. I want my family to be active, healthy and I want to enjoy that with them when the time comes. I see it as I pay a little extra to take care of myself now so I wont have to pay for it when I get older at the doctors.
  5. .. this one really isn’t a “why” but … when you start to see things in a positive light, more and more positive things start to come to you. You get a promotion, you receive good news from a friend … ect. the more positive vibes if you will that you put out there, the more that will come your way. sounds crazy but its true. … don’t believe me. try it .. just for shits and giggles =)

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wpid-img_20140731_105255.jpgSlow progress but its still progress. Pacience is key here and staying motivated can take its toll.

” Decide you want it more than your afraid of it!!” – Bill Cosby

 

ps.. I also found this gum and its amazing haha. Thought I would share it with ya’ll. Its called Yum Yum Gum. They pretty much have every flavor thought of … when pumpkin pie gets in season … OH ITS ON!!! =P

 

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Fit2Fat2Fit Book Review

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So a part of me loved this book, while another part of me found it unrealistic. Here is why…….

So what this book is about is a trainer (Drew Manning) decided to do something most trainers would never do, become fat. He spent his entire life surrounded by fitness and having a passion for it so he has always had a “good” physique. Therefore when training his clients, he never really understood that lack of drive to want to exercise nor did he understand the emotional state it can have on a person as well.

With realizing that he had never been there (fat that is) and never experienced what most of his clients experience he decided to spend 6 whole months with no exercise at all and to eat like that average American and gorge himself in the most unhealthy foods he can find leaving him to gain 75 pounds. In return he wanted to prove that is wasn’t as hard as everyone makes it and show himself, America and his clients that’s its possible to loose weight with the proper nutrition, drive, focus and exercise. Little did he know it would be a lot harder than he thought when he first embarked on this journey.

When he first started he created a little blog to hold himself accountable and to just track his progress, he didn’t think it would have blow up into what It did. His website is posted below if you’d like to look at it. Here he tracked his progress, what he ate, did and didn’t do. He also had his viewers pick a “meal” of choice for him to devour. Usually something ridiculous like 12 doughnuts… Just thinking about it gives me a stomachache.

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So on his journey to “fat” he endured the lethargic feeling, the constantly being hungry stage (because he wasn’t getting proper nutrition), the not wanting to do anything, and the one thing I mainly remember is that he was taken back because he couldn’t keep up with his daughter anymore at the park and his wife was no longer ideally attracted to him. Yes she still loved him of course, but when it came time for relations, lets just say she would have rather not it seemed. As a trainer he always thought that “if you wanted something, you go for it” and that was it, he never realized that there may be other aspects to getting fit other than that actual “doing it” part. He didn’t realize how people looked at your when you were unhealthy nor did he particularly enjoy his trips to the grocery store to load up his cart with more and more un healthy foods like Zingers and Pringles. He got stares and some people avoided him all together.

After this 6 months, it was time to loose the weight he had gained. He went into his kitchen and purged every piece of unhealthy food into his garbage can to make it a fresh start. He had hidden foods through out the house as well so as he started purging some of his favorites, things started getting a little hard. So he was torn between his excitement to get back to the “old Drew” he once knew and loved and imagining life without Mountain Dew. So as he began his journey to fit, he made what he normally would have had before for breakfast. With the lack of caffeine and amount of food he was used to consuming he was experiencing hunger pains and headaches throughout the day.

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The gym was intimidating to him now and he was exhausted by the end of his workout, that either he could barely do or barely finish. He mainly focused on food changes at first and then leading to the fitness part of it all. But he did it in the end and then appeared on talk shows and his local news.

Reason why I love it is because it takes a lot of courage to do something like that especially when you have a perfect body, why would you want to let it go. Also I liked his thoughts of finding out what its like to actually go through the whole weight loss journey by getting unfit. I like the fact that he struggled as well, because without struggle, the book would have been a bore and also it would have been very unrealistic.

What I didn’t like is that it was only for 6 months (a person who suffers from obesity has had these habits and emotional problems for probably most of their life) so therefore he didn’t really “grow accustomed to the lifestyle” all the way. Yes he was addicted to sugar and processed foods but the average Joe cant just flip a switch and eat perfect right off the bat. Also average people do not have the resources and knowledge to make those changes so fast and easily.

So all in all, yes I liked the book. At first I thought he came off as a pompous asshole so I was kind of turned off my his “if you want to be healthy just do it that’s all it takes ” approach and not digging deeper but once he started gaining the weight, you could see (or read through his writing) that he was experiencing the emotional aspects of it all. So towards the end when he became “fit” again, he was a little softer and more understanding, which is something every trainer should be.

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Clean Eating 101 – Its a Lifestyle not a Diet!

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So some of you might not know what I mean when I speak of “clean eating”, so here I’m going to kind of go through what it entails and what it all means to “eat a clean diet”. (basically my diet- give or take some cheats here and their =))

What is Clean Eating??

  • Clean Eating is based off of eating whole and natural foods. It cuts out all processes man made products for the most part and focuses eating mainly things that come from the Earth to feed your body. (Nuts, Fruit, Veggies, Lean cuts of meat, and Legumes). It gives your optimal nutrition to function property and when done correctly can leave your feeling amazing!
  • Realistically there really isn’t fitness or weight loss goals that can be achieved without it. Its the basics of most nutrition and diets (with out cutting out natural sources) and it doesn’t leave you feeling deprived or hungry.
  • Feeling health, being healthy and loosing weight or maintaining a good weight is mainly based around nutrition. People seem to think that weight loss ideally comes from working out and spending hours at the gym, yes it does help but nutrition is about 80% of the battle, whereas, fitness and physical activity is 20%

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What are the basic Principles?

  • Avoid all processed food. Whole grain bread and natural cheeses are ok, its the stuff with 80 ingredients that you cant even pronounce.
  • Eat Whole Foods. Things that haven’t been messed with like veggies, fruits, grass-fed meats, natural nut butters and milk, and unsalted and processed nuts and seeds. Herbs and Spices will become your best friend, so will natural oils.
  • Get used to cooking your own food! This way you know what’s in it, how it was prepared and you don’t have to second guess whether or not its healthy or not. Makes it SO much easier! Pre-made meals does not count as “clean eating” even if its a lean cuisine meal haha.
  • Eliminate the sugar! sugar and fake sugar really isn’t good for us. You will use very little natural sugars in  this diet because you wont need them! (stevia, honey and agave nectar are some you can use)
  • Include Protein, Carbohydrate and fat within every meal- Your diet will mainly consist of lean meats, a healthy starch (such as a sweet potatoes or brown rice), a ton of veggies and fruit here and there. You’ll fell more satisfied with this way of eating because you will be eating for optimum nutrition. You’re giving your body what it needs and once you get past the food addictions (things like craving sugar and bad carbs) you wont really have any trouble eating this way for the rest of your life.
  • Eating 6 smaller meals a day! – eating 6 smaller meals revs up your metabolism because your constantly giving it healthy foods, therefore its receiving its proper nutrition, but then again your pretty much eating every 3 hours so there is either no time to even get hungry or have your body “feel” hungry because you wont be going hors without eating.
  • Drinking Calories is a Big Fat NO- sugary drinks are obviously a no-go. Make water your first choice by far (if it get boring you can add fruits to it) but you can also have unsweetened tea, and coffee with little skin milk and stevia, low-fat milk, and nut milks.
  • Physical Activity becomes apart of your day- yes just like any other diet you read or see, you have to ideally get moving. No it doesn’t have to be 3 hours at the gym everyday but even a walk around the block is better than nothing.

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What to Expect from Eating Clean:

  • More energy and alertness
  • Clearer skin, whiter eyes, and stronger hair and nails
  • Provides a natural detox
  • Weight loss (if there is weight to loose)
  • Leaner body
  • Motivation and a sped up metabolism
  • Feeling more healthy all around and more happy as well.

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Keep a Food Journal! – How to

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So knowing what you eat  and how you eat is a good way to assess what goes in, how it makes you feel and ways to look and see what you can or need to change. Often, people munch and snack and think nothing of it but even a granola bar can add up your calorie count for the day from anywhere from 100- 300 calories. . .

When you start a food journal, try not to nit pick everything you eat. (AKA don’t act like your on a diet, and don’t feel guilty if you ate 5 Oreos… or even 12! Just write it down) ….   Write down everything that goes in your mouth down to the drinks you drink and the gym you chew. There is no point in keeping a journal if you don’t truly assess you eating habits and patterns if you don’t write down the truth and your not honest with yourself. So, I think a week is accurate enough, but if you want do it for a couple weeks, make it a week where there is a party or a get together where you know you’ll indulge a little just to see how you act around food.  Look at what you gravitate to. And ask yourself questions similar to this when the week is over and your looking over your journal..

  • What’s your vice- Are you a carb lover, sugar, salt or all 3?
  • Do you tend to mainly eat sweet foods at night, during the day, in the morning?
  • Do you snack while doing other activities? what are the activities your doing?
  • On a tough day at work, do you eat more?
  • What do you choose to eat when your stressed?
  • Do you eat the same foods your children eat or what are you feeding them? (Mac N’ Cheese, fast food, gummy snacks?)
  • Are you scrambled for time when your eating? (trying to squeeze in meals)
  • Are you skipping meals because your too busy?
  • Do you make your lunches for work or do you go out?
  • How often per week/month do you dine out? Breakfast, lunch, and dinner…
  • Do you tend to eat a lot of the same stuff?
  • What are you drinking?
  • How much are you drinking?
  • How much water are you drinking?

Also, some good tips on when your logging ..

  • Once you eat it, drink it, or chew it…. write it down, I’ve carried a food journal for years… I like the little ones because they can fit easily in the smallest purse and barely take up any room.
  • Note the times your eating at.. (2am? 8 am? 11 pm? ) is there a pattern?
  • No one is seeing your journal but you, so be honest…
  • How did you feel when you eat __ food? (happy, nervous, bored, starving etc. )
  • Where you doing anything while you were eating? (tv, driving, watching kids )
  • How big were your proportions… (if your not sure of sizes in ( oz. , liters, etc.) use things as visuals, like the size of a baseball, or the size of the palm of your hand, as big as a quarter piece…)
  • At the end of the day, write down any emotional things that may have happened. ( was it a tough day at work? Did you have the day off? Were you full of energy or tiered all day? )

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So the switch! …

Once you start embarking on a healthier lifestyle, (i.e. eating healthier or noticing your eating a lot of sweets, so your making a point to not eat as much) notice how your logging is changing. Make sure your getting all your nutrients too. Are you eating a lot of protein and no veggies? or are you eating a lot of fruit and not as much protein? Notice different changes, how they make you feel and how your body reacts to certain foods… (this is how I found out I had a dairy allergy, Every time I would eat something with dairy in it, almost always an hour later, my stomach would hurt, my skin would break out the next day too… )

As you start eating healthier… A. you wont crave those Oreos       & B. You wont want to write it down, to therefore you will be less likely to eat it… I love looking at my journal and see nothing but healthy good choices in it. Every once in a while I will have a food that’s in my journal and when I’m going over it, I think ” ahhh why did I eat that!? ” it happens, but the thing is not to dwell or feel guilty .. but rather to notice what your eating and how you can change it! =)

P.s. there are tons of different logs and graphs and outlines on Google if you need somewhere to start ! Happy logging!!!

Benefits of Kale!

Kale, which I’m sure you’ve heard of by now since its kind of exploded as a superfood through the past year, is fricken awesome! So lets discuss why kale is so awesome shall we?!

  • First of all …..    (per 1/2 cup)    only 18 calories, 0 fat, cholesterol and saturated fat, 47 mg of calcium, tons of potassium, vitamin A and C, and its part of the cabbage family =)
  • Known for its antioxidants and cancer fighting abilities. Also known to help with things like heart disease, osteoporosis, aging, and can even help with menstrual issues in woman old and young.
  • Kale can be put into salads, you can cook it into dishes, steam it, put it into a smoothie,  and even make kale chips!
  • Great for detoxing the body and cleanses
  • Good for hair, nails and skin.

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How to get a Faster Metabolism!

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  1. Up your Vitamin B! This vitamin helps increase energy production in the mitochondria (which is the main part of our cells)
  2. Don’t skip breakfast! When you do that your body freaks out and goes into starvation mode. Its called Break-Fast for a reason, your breaking your fast from sleeping. Refuel your body with some good breakfast. Eat within 2 hours of waking.
  3.  Drink Green Tea! It contains smaller amounts of caffeine than coffee and it also has an antioxidant that I cant even pronounce (EGCG) but that antioxidant helps you burn more calories… so drink up!
  4. Have protein for lunch! It takes you more energy to digest protein than fat or carbs. Protein is crucial for building muscle and well… The more muscle you have the more calories you burn.. But don’t go overboard either.
  5. Add your spices! anything spicey has been known to rev up the metabolism .. so spice it up! Add some cayenne and some peppers!
  6. Workout! – doing some cardio will definitely help. Alternate between high intensity and moderate intensity every 5 min, it will keep your body guessing.
  7. Hit the sack at a decent time. If you don’t rest your body it will be overworked and stressed out. And then you’ll just start packing on the pounds. Figure out a schedule and stick to it.
  8. This is going to sound weird, but eat A LOT.. haha the more you eat the more your body burns (and that’s if your active and your not eating crappy foods.. don’t try to cheat the system because THAT WILL NOT WORK HAHA) But your basically ensuring your body that you aren’t going to go into starvation mode every time you eat so the more your body will be inclined to “let go of” instead on “hang on to”. Eat every 3 hours or so… and Good Foods! High fiber, nutrient dense foods… not a candy bar and chips.
  9. Skip the Alcohol – There are studies out there that show that your body will burn off the alcohol BEFORE it burns off the food, sometimes not even getting to the food- leaving it as stored fat.
  10. Break up your workout into two smaller workouts. That was your get your heart pumping in the morning and later in the day.
  11. Chill – relax- take a breather. Stress can be a number 1 culprit to weight loss so try not to stress yourself out. Learn different techniques on how relaxing works for you. Maybe its mediation, boxing or even reading a book, figure out what works for you. And then do it!

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Spicey Foods!                                                            Relax!                                             Workout and pump Iron!