Archive | July, 2012

Exercise Makes ALL the Difference!

31 Jul

Hey all,

Hope you are having a wonderful start to the week! I know i am. I wanted to speak to something that I have struggled with in the past, but am finding to be so important in my weight loss journey: Exercise!

So I know what your thinking…sounds really silly on a weight loss blog. Hear me out though. I have always been someone who could see results without the help of actual “workouts.” And I’m sure that I could happily have continued at that pace if I wanted to. And that is precisely the point. I didn’t want to!

This month for the #CHANGE movement I set one of my goals to work out at least 4 times a week. Well Im happy to report that today would be 4 workouts already, and I sure am not going to stop here! I think that the reason that I always hated doing regimented workouts was because after the first day I felt so sore that I couldn’t do another workout. Well this week was the same as all the others.

The same except for the fact that I didn’t give up. Yes, on Sunday I was terribly tired because I had ran on Saturday, not to mention that my body hated me, but I wasn’t going to give up! And I didn’t and am still going strong.

I feel like I’m going to be able to put up a good number this week too! Working out makes me feel lighter, and I am really hoping that it will reflect in the scale tomorrow morning!

See you all tomorrow for “Weigh-in Wednesday”

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#CHANGE. One day at a time.

28 Jul

Hey guys!

New video posted for the #CHANGE movement. So excited! Check it out! =]

Just an update as well since I haven’t been able to blog lately. My family just left yesterday and boy was that bittersweet. I was so sad to see them go, but happy to not have temptation in my house anymore. My family snacks a lot and I don’t keep snack food in my house because I eat it all! Well they brought it all with them when they came here and its been sitting on my counter all week. But I did really well denying the cheese nips and gummies when offered all week.

One of my goals with #CHANGE is to work out at least 4 times a week. I know this is going to be a feat for me because I tend to be lazy when it comes to working out. But thats what its about right? Pushing yourself to be the best you can be. Well thats what Im doing. No excuses. I AM worth it!

Hope you guys are having an amazing saturday!

#CHANGE VIDEO! 

#CHANGE!

26 Jul

Hey guys!

As promised I am going to tell you about this challenge that AmandaTyson and TrulyJess are doing! I am going to be participating, I think that it is a great idea and I hope that you all join them and I into this #CHANGE for the better!

So here is how it works. They wanted to create a way to make us more accountable and keep us accountable. And they want us to do it together. Why not have some support in this journey? So they will be setting monthly goals, and then posting weekly videos or tweets or photos of how they are doing. Then everything is going to be hash tagged as #CHANGE. This is how you can join in too.

Set goals for yourself and let Amanda and Jess know how you are doing! Post workout photos, photos of your food, scale photos, before and after photos, update blogs, anything! and then just hash tag #CHANGE! Make sure that if you do blog, that you video response to the linked video below! Let them know you’re in too!

I’m in. Are you? =P

#CHANGE Video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ3Rz61icI4&feature=youtu.be

Weigh-In Wednesdays: An Introduction!

25 Jul

Hey guys!

First off I want to apologize for my absence. My family is in town and I haven’t really had much time at home at all, so I haven’t been able to blog. :/ sad.

Next, I would like to introduce Weigh-In Wednesdays. I am going to be regularly weighing in once a week on wednesdays. I feel this keeps me accountable and also gives me a specific day of the week to chat about how I am doing on a weekly basis.

Now for the funniest part of this announcement. I will not be weighing in this week. It would be pointless and let me tell you why. Because my family has been in town I have not been eating the way I normally do (thats not to say I haven’t been staying within calories! ;P) so my weight will fluctuate a ton. With that said if I report my weight then it will seem like I am putting up crazy numbers next week which is both silly and misleading. I digress…I will not be weighing in today.

Another thing that I would like to announce is that a challenge is being announced tonight by 2 of my favorite bloggers, AmandaTyson and TrulyJess. They are keeping it a secret until tonight but it may very well be something that I will do. When they do announce I will do a post about it regardless, with a link so you can join if you would like too!

Thats all for now.

Would any of you like to join Weigh-In Wednesdays?

Hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Don’t Celebrate with Food: You are not a dog!

19 Jul

Hey, you did it! Whatever that “it” is. Now everyone wants to take you out for that celebratory meal! Seems like fun right? Not when you go to cheesecake factory and your calories net out to be 2000 for that one meal! YIKES!

Celebrating with food is something that I think everyone does. I know that almost every single blogger that I read/watch on the internet has had some sort of downfall with this. As overweight people, this is one of the biggest reasons why we got to the point that we are today. So why is it that when we have a major milestone weight loss accomplishment we feel the need to treat our bodies the same way we used to? Doesn’t make sense to me.

Now don’t get me wrong. I am fully and completely guilty of this myself and an not trying to be on a soap box. What I am getting at is we need to get to the root of the problem as to why we do these things so that we can stop the cycle.

I feel one of the biggest reasons I do this is because I am a social eater. Someone orders a piece of cheesecake, man doesn’t that look good. Don’t mind if I order one too. Someone ordered the french fries as their side instead of a salad. I think that its ok if I do that too. NOT GOOD!

On the flip side of that, I am also a binge/closet eater. Im at home, no one is looking, eating those 18 cookies is not going to hurt anyone, and no one is going to see me gorging myself in cookie bliss. WRONG. It hurts me, and people certainly see those cookies on my hips, stomach, thighs and arms 24/7!

So how do we prevent these things from happening? Continue to make wise choices. Easier said then done right?

Stick to the rules. Even if you are out celebrating. Use your head. Eat whole natural foods, and try to keep under your calorie goal and you will be one step closer to your next big weight loss goal.

Hope you guys are having a awesome Thursday!

Salads!

17 Jul

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Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Today for lunch I created myself a masterpiece of a salad. It honestly was gorgeous, filled me up, and the best part? It came in at only 165 CALS!!!!! Ahhh! 🙂

So here is the deal on salads. Most people assume (especially when eating out) that they are doing their bodies a huge service by ordering a salad. 9 times out of 10 they are so so sadly mistaken.

Most salads you order in restaurants have some sort of protein. Thats fine, except most times its fried. A salad with fried chicken on it? Do you really think all that green is going to make up for those 2 fried chicken breasts?! No, it doesn’t. You might as well have ordered chicken strips!

The second no-no that restaurants do is add your dressing for you. Do you know how much Caesar Dressing is actually on that salad? No. What if the cook got a little dressing happy? A 2TBS serving of dressing weighing in at 200 calories can quickly become 4TBS and 400 calories. See where I’m going with this? ALWAYS ORDER DRESSING ON THE SIDE! That way you can control it.

Now I would like to talk you through the assemblage that was my lunch salad!

First I started with Romaine Lettuce. I know that its not as good as using spring mix, but it is much better then when I used to eat Iceberg. Then I added a handful of baby spinach. I’m not a fan of spinach salads, but adding it to the romaine is manageable. Then add any veg of your choice. For this salad I did tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion. I usually do bell pepper too, but sadly I had none. Next, feta cheese. I love this for salads because it is really low in calorie. I added an amount that equaled about 30 calories and it adds an amazing flavor. I also added kalamata olives. Lastly, the dressing. I am a firm believer that your salad dressing 1. Should not be cream based, and 2. Should be less than 100 calories for a 2 TBS serving. My balsamic dressing from Trader Joe’s is only 80 calories! YUM!

What types of salads do you guys make at home?

Where do you guys go out to eat and enjoy ordering a healthy salad?

Hope you guys are having a wonderful tuesday!

Going Out: A how-to guide to preventing weight loss sabotage!

16 Jul

Hello All,

Today I wanted to talk about those times when it isn’t preventable, your going out with friends and you know you are going to be eating out. Today I am going to the movies and I know that I am going to get popcorn and pop. Here is a guide to going into your outing with a positive mindset and preventing weight loss sabotage!

#1: When going to the movies, you CAN get the smallest combo. Trust me, its enough! 

I do it and I know that lots of other people do too. You get into the concession stand and that large popcorn and soda pop looks so tempting, and hey, you could eat it all if you put it in front of yourself. BUT YOU DONT NEED TO TEMPT YOURSELF! That small popcorn is both enough to satisfy you and enough calories. No need to overeat here.

P.S. Getting pop like Coke Zero is a great option because it has no calories. It does have sugar, but you are splurging so its ok.

#2. You CAN order from the lunch menu at most restaurants past their lunch serving time!

All you have to do is ask!

Most restaurants don’t like to advertise that they can actually give you that size portion later in the day because they want you to get the larger meal. It makes more money for them. But if you ask most places will allow it. And trust me, that is also enough food and I promise you will be satisfied.

#3. Put all sauces and dressings on the side! 

I know, that ranch dressing seems really really tempting, and you WANT it to be smothered all over your meal, but in most cases you will eat much less of it if its on the side. Plus, its easier for you to piece together nutrition information if you can actually SEE how much you put on there.

#5. Make sure you obtain the caloric information!

Some restaurants now put this information in their menus but most still don’t. Just kindly ask your server if they have the information on hand. Most will have it in a brochure that you can flip through. Some have it on the wall. Either way, its required by law that you can view it somewhere in chains, so it should be obtainable.

And my final and most important tip!

#5. DONT DRINK YOUR CALORIES! 

Like I stated before, If you are heart-set on having pop, make sure to get one that doesn’t have calories. MOst restaurants these days do have some approved drink options. Most have a type of unsweetened tea that you can get with lemon. And when all else fails, and you are feeling like being super good, you can get water with lemon!

I hope that this helps some of you. I know that when I keep these rules in mind when going out, I should have no problem with staying on plan!

Happy monday everyone! 🙂