Beach Body and Bad Cravings

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There are so many trendy diets that have come and gone.  For instance, I remember a girl in high school who had tried pretty much all of them such as the cabbage diet.  She literally ate cabbage soup for every meal.  Needless to say, I wouldn’t sit behind her in class for my own health!  But, diets are trends for a reason, they don’t work in the long run and they are DIETS.

I have never dieted in my life because I love food.  When I say I love food, I don’t mean I just want to eat and eat and eat.  I mean, food has a purpose and that is to fuel our bodies so there are foods that serve this purpose in a healthy way.  This is why I don’t diet…I try to maintain healthy eating habits and not crash in an emergency like bathing suit season or a wedding.

It is very challenging to stay the course in healthy eating.  I’ll be watching a show at night and a commercial pops on for fast food. That burger and fries looks amazing and very tempting so how can we easily maintain good habits with these taunting commercials?

It’s ok to indulge every now and then.  You cannot avoid temptation forever so eat healthy 90% of the time and enjoy a cheat meal once a week.  Sometimes I get chocolate cravings and I have to give in.  I don’t have to go off the rails and eat a brownie sundae but there are alternatives that won’t kill your plan.  Smart Ones has these Smart Delights like the Peanut Butter Cup Sundae which soothes my sweet tooth without being my only cheat for the week.  Knowing myself, I’d need the burger and fries too!

 

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

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I Want To Be Hot

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My original goal in my journey was to just get healthy.  While this journey will probably continue for the rest of my life I already feel better but what’s the next goal?

I want to be hot! 

You read it right, I want to be hot!  Being hot has different meanings to everyone.  I think that a woman who is confident, independant, and healthy is attractive but I want to be hot.  The kind of hot that when I walk down the street people notice.

Who knows how I will achieve this but I feel somewhat there.  I think it’s going to take a major drop in poundage because I’ve got the rest of it.  So far today I’ve had a protein shake of frozen berries, water, peanut butter and chocolate whey protein.  Cheers to eating healthy the remainder of the day!

 

There’s No Secret!

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I get asked fairly often about what I’ve done to lose weight.  There is no special formula, trick or diet.  It really is working out and changing your eating habits. 

When I made the decision to get healthy I made a commitment to myself and no one else.  I started working out doing boot camp classes and completely overhauled my eating habits.  It was the hardest decision and commitment that I have done for myself because I never made myself a priority before.  

The workouts were excruciating and I felt like puking every time.  My coaches and my fellow classmates got me through but more importantly, I felt amazing when I was done.  I had accomplished something huge for myself and I kept going back.    

I am no longer doing the boot camp classes but have taken up running, walking and yoga.  This is something I can do when I want without having to be at class at a specific time and it can be done anywhere. 

The important thing is that you are doing what works for you.  If you do not enjoy your workout, you will not continue to do it.  Even though I don’t do the high intensity workouts anymore it taught me how much I can do which is so valuable. 

I know one day I will go back to the high intensity work outs because it works!

Lifestyle changing tips:

  1. Find a workout that you love.  Try everything to find it.
  2. Eat fresh.  No processed foods.
  3. Don’t forget to treat yourself but don’t overdo it.
  4. Stop eating when you’re full and drink water.
  5. Do something every day.  Just go for a walk if you can.

 

 

Commitment

Commitment

Yesterday at the end of my Zone 360 class I was approached by one of my coaches to talk about my progress and see if I needed any help.  I’m still down only 10 pounds and should be more around 16 after 2 months.  I said that I’ve had recent food temptations with family dinners and parties and did cheat more than I should and I also admitted that I should be taking more classes.

My coach suggested that I take some time to think about it and decide if I’m really committed or not.

After thinking about it I was really upset to where I wanted to cry.  I had just completed a class that was really tough but got through it, I have changed many things in my diet and I’ve come so far from where I was.  How could I possibly do even more than I already am?

Then I got angry.

How can anyone put a pound on how much I should be at?  This has been a big life change for me and I’m not doing enough?  I’ve struggled so much with pain, planning and monitoring my food, and getting myself to the gym.  I’ve had 34 years of bad habits and you expect me be perfect?

At that point I came to my senses and realized that I’m not doing this for anyone but me.  If I am dedicated to getting healthy through fitness and diet then I need to re-commit myself to what I wanted when this began.

“Commit: to pledge (oneself) to a position on an issue or question;express (one’s intention, feeling, etc.)”  It’s time for me to fully commit myself to reach my goals and I hope you’re all still with me…

So here is my plan to hold myself accountable:

Week 8

Total weight loss: 10 lbs

# of days to commit to working out: 4

Incorporating more fruits and veggies into my diet.  Eating less carbohydrates and more proteins.

 

Here we go….

 

It’s Greek To Me!

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Keeping on point with your diet is hard enough but what do you do when you have cravings for the bad stuff?  I have cravings all the time like Windmill hot dogs, cheese fries, pasta, bread before the pasta, etc!  I don’t want to fail so I’ve found alternatives to SOME of these cravings that include Greek yogurt!

Greek Yogurt is a great source of protein and it tastes pretty good.  There are many brands out there such as Fage, Oikos and Chobani that include plain or flavored.  The flavored Greek yogurts are great for snacking and the plan is perfect for cooking.

If you don’t already know who Rocco DiSpirito is then you should find out!  You may remember a few years back he had a reality show called The Restaurant which featured his restaurant launch and operation in Manhattan.  Unfortunately it was cancelled but soon after he jumped on the healthy bus and changed recipes to be more waist friendly.  He has published “Now Eat This” that featured healthy makeovers to our favorite foods.  I have made his penna alla vodka and fettucini alfredo and they substitute with Greek yogurt and they are pretty good!

This weekend I tried making brownies with the Greek yogurt and it was damn good!  I brought some over to my parents and didn’t tell them what was in it until they ate it – they loved it!

Try not to give in to those bad cravings but find alternatives that work for you.  Here is a great tool for Greek yogurt conversions from Chobani:  http://chobani.com/community/blog/2011/04/chobani-kitchen-conversion-chart/

I Had A Bad Day Again

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So my sickness turned into a 24+ stomach bug which put me behind in classes this week.  I missed my first class tonight but it’s an opportunity to rest up and go at it again even stronger.

The one thing that has gotten me through my bad days is talking about it.  I talk to my friends who are always reminding me that I’m doing great and encouraging me to keep going.  The text messages and Facebook messages are more appreciated than you may know.

As I was thinking about today’s update and old song came to mind which inspired the title: 

Thanks for continuing to encourage me and others….You are a part of this as much as I am.

Food: Take 2

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I get a lot of questions about food. What do you eat everyday?  What do you eat when you’re out?

It took everything in me not to drive to the Windmill and get a hot dog and cheese fries yesterday.  I wanted it so bad and I felt so pathetic.  I have been very focused on the gym and eating right but now my body is yelling at me to go through the drive-thru and eat things I can’t have.  I was starving trying to figure out how to nourish my body without giving in to what it wants: CARBS!

I feel like have have balloons of food hanging over my head haunting me: pizza, pasta, cheese fries, Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs.

I really don’t have the answers to everything but I do talk to my friends who are knowledgable on this subject as well as my trainer.  I get a lot of information but it doesn’t always work for me and what I’m comfortable with.  Coconut flour? Peanut butter homemade right in Wegmans?

I like, no, I love food!  Will I ever eat anything I enjoy again?