Oh summer…

Balancing schedules during the summer seems more difficult than during the school year!  Between camp, tutoring, a puppy, swimming lessons and work there isn’t much time left in the day!  This stuff all makes our journey that much harder to stay on!  The journey to make good decisions, exercise, healthy shopping and cooking.  Then there is the constant temptation at every BBQ or evening out!  Who wants to be the one that can’t eat what everyone else is eating or can’t have a drink with friends.  So we indulge and enjoy.  That is what life is about!  Enjoying it whether it is food, times with family or friends or otherwise.  So how do you stay on your journey and find a balance?  I try to be very conscious of what I cook for myself at every meal.  I workout and do more cardio then I would normally do when I know I am going out or if I went out the day or evening before.  There has to be a balance.  You all know I love ice cream and what better time to enjoy an ice cream cone then summer!  So I eat my ice cream and sometimes feel a ping of regret but I realize it’s all about balance and enjoying life!

I have come to the conclusion that being this is my second summer in this “new body” I have become very judgemental about myself.  Last summer it was a new summer for me to enjoy with my “new body”!  I was so proud and so excited to show it off on so many levels.  The bikini took until the end of the summer but all in all I was very proud.  This summer I have spent a lot of time harshly judging myself and wondering if I should wear certain things.  Its like I lost all this weight and look at other woman and wonder should I be thinner?  Should I be more toned?  Shouldn’t I have abs?  So this swirling battle in my mind goes round and round.  I come out of it knowing that I have worked my ass of for who and what I am today and I am still proud.  I am happy with where I am and that I can enjoy my life eating and drinking for special occasions.  Yes it would be nice to have abs!  Yes it would be nice to be thinner but the real truth is I am 38 and I had two kids and I look pretty darn good!  So I am working on calming my thoughts and embracing myself as I am!  I will probably always want more which will keep my goals set high and there is nothing wrong with that as long as I can love the body I am in because I worked hard for it!

Enjoy your summer!  Keep your journey going strong!  Try something new!  A new food or a new exercise!  Most of all love yourself!  Take off your cover up and wear your bikini!  No regrets cause fall will be here before you know it!

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Its just a number!?!

The struggle is real…I have told you I always have tried to stay at that 150 mark on the scale and never go over.  Well after the accident I couldn’t do my normal cardio routine so I did a lot of strength training and my body has changed once again.  My clothes fit but just fit different.  Some of my wardrobe that didn’t fit last year when I weighed less now fits but other stuff doesn’t fit as well anymore.  So crazy and really plays tricks with my mind!  I am smart enough to know that I gained muscle but the number on the scale taunts me all the time!  I look in the mirror and can’t help but to judge my body in a negative way and I was talking to my Aunt about it and she said something that resonated to me.  She said Meghan this problem as you see is something that many people would love to have.  With that statement I realized what the heck am I whining about.  It doesn’t stop the negative judging of myself all the time but has brought it to a minimum.  I preach to you all about harshly judging yourself so please do your best as I am doing my best.  As your body changes embrace your hard work.  It will continue to change throughout your journey.  Stick with your journey!  Embrace the number on the scale and if you want more go after it!  Guess who is doing cardio every day:)  This chick!

Bought this new protein powder and love it!  Wanted to share the info with you!  Bio Chem 100% Whey Protein.  I got it from Thrive Market online which is a great site!  I got chocolate flavor and compared to my other protein powders that I have purchased it really blends up different and is very tasty!

Preparedness

This journey we are on requires preparation.  You prepare yourself to leave the house in the rain with an umbrella right?  You prepare for a snowstorm!  So why wouldn’t you prepare yourself for your health and wellness journey?  This is one of the most important journeys you will ever go on!  If you need this journey it’s not just to look cute in your bathing suit.  It is so you can have a healthy body and mind.  So you can be active and live a long healthy life.

First, you need to prepare your mind.  Write down what you want from this journey.  Write down your goals.  Find inspirational quotes and print them out and put them on your bathroom mirror.  Put them on your refrigerator.  Put them in your car or your gym bag.  Say them over and over to yourself!

Second, prepare by figuring out what you consume that is not healthy and take it out of your life.  I don’t mean carbs.  I don’t mean cutting anything out of your life forever either.  Except soda!  If you drink soda…stop that NOW!  You need to find a balance.  You might need to cut some things out in the beginning but as your continue you can add back some of those items in proper portions.  Start by getting on my fitness pal app or something like it.  This is a way to track everything you consume.  You will put all of your info in and set your goals and you will quickly see what foods you need to cut out or swap for better choices.  Commit to this for at least two weeks to really grasp what you should be eating.  Start drinking 1/2 your body weight in water.  If your 200 lbs you should be drinking 100 oz. of water a day.  It might sound like a lot but your journey is worth it!  You are worth it!  Prepare your meals ahead of time!  Make lists when you go to the store and stick with them.  Pack proper portioned snacks and have them with you at all times.  When your going out to a restaurant look up the menu ahead of time and make the best choices you can so you can enjoy being out but staying on your journey!  No cheat days!  Treat yourself to something every day as long as it’s the right portion size and you are staying within your proper calorie intake.  Don’t binge or over indulge with a cheat day.

Third, prepare to make time in your busy life for fitness.  This journey will go much faster if you add some time of activity every day or at least 5 days a week.  Go treat yourself to some comfortable gym clothes.  You are worth it!  Get yourself a good pair of sneakers!  Promise you will thank me for that!  The weather is warm…get out and walk.  Run, ride your bike!  Join the gym!  Most gyms have great deals in the summer because most people prefer to be outside doing their activity.  Walk the dog.  Just get up off the couch and move!  Commit to moving for at least 20 minutes a day.

Prepare yourself!  Prepare for a tough journey.  Prepare to falter we are only human.  Prepare to get back to your journey.  This is going to be one of the hardest but most rewarding things you will ever do for yourself.  Be prepared to make it life long!  I know you are worth it!  Now show yourself that you are!

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Please comment on this blog and tell about your journey and I will randomly pick one winner and send you a “because you can” shirt:)

I have been thinking…

So I was thinking…I talk a lot about being motivated and drive.  That is something the comes from within a person.  I also believe that it comes with knowledge.  Comfort and familiarity.  When I first started going to the gym I only did cardio and only got on 2 of the machines of the 8 they have to offer.  I didn’t dare try something new!  I could fall off lol!  I might look silly because I don’t know how to use it correctly!  It might be too hard for me to do!

The other thing I talk about is change!  If what you’re doing isn’t bringing the change you’re looking for then do something new!  I eventually mustered up the confidence to try out all of those machines.  I also learned how to use free weights and all of the other machines in my gym.  I actually enjoy all of them now!  I used to get on my old faithful machines and watch almost study the people on the machines I wanted to learn.  I found the courage to get on and hit the green button.  The green button has to start the darn thing right?  Well guess what?  It did!  It wasn’t hard either!  It was such a nice change from the same machines I had been doing for all that time!  So machine by machine I learned them all.  I will admit I have my favorites and use those the most.  As for the free weights and machines I did the same thing.  I watched closely trying to in grain into my mind what the person was doing.  I realized once I got close enough to the machine that there was this really cool picture on the side and directions!  HUH!  Who would have known lol!  With the picture/directions and watching others I was on my way.  I gained confidence over time and when I saw a familiar face I would ask them for help.  Free weights took a bit more work.  I looked a lot up online and tried the motion at home.  I also would sometimes pin them on my Pinterest and bring my phone in to the gym to refer to them while there.  With knowledge comes power they say…  With my knowledge, comfort & drive I now have power and by power I mean I actually have some muscles:)

I hope this blog helps you to realize what you don’t know shouldn’t scare you it should challenge you to find a way to get to know something new!

Happy Monday!  Make it a good week!

So it began…

So in the beginning of my journey I watched every weight loss episode of Dr. Oz as well as googled weight loss, recipes etc.  I wanted to get as much information as I could.  I yearned for it!  I wanted to be informed!  If this was going to be a lifestyle change I needed to figure out how to make that possible.  I had to learn how to change my styles of cooking and grocery shopping!  I had to learn how to have restraint living in a household with two small children that didn’t need to loose weight!  Not to mention that their diet mainly consists of pretzals, PB&J, chicken nuggets and french fries.  Those things might sound gross to you but when your first starting this journey anything that isn’t “healthy” is tempting!

First, I read Haylie Pomroy’s book The Fast metabolism Diet.  It was a good read!  I really thought her information about our body chemistry and having a work up done to tell you what your numbers are lacking was really interesting.  I didn’t feel that I needed to go that route but made note for if there is a need in the future!  She writes in phases which is helpful for many!  She also gives you food lists which are a great tool!  I bought the foods that I was willing to eat.  Some foods I never ate before some that I was willing to try again just because I knew they were good for me.  Really having a better understanding about why certain foods are good for you helped me to be willing to try something new.  I stuck with certain foods and now love them.  If you asked me 2 years ago about eating kale and drinking green tea I would have laughed literally in your face and went to the freezer to get the ice cream out and a spoon!  No need for a bowl because there was no portion control!

Second I read one of Chris Powell’s books.  It was about carb cycling.  I am not a stupid girl but I have to admit it was a lot to think about so much so that I knew immediately it wouldn’t work for me.  That said I took his advice about how much water I should be drinking to heart!  Half your body weight in ounces a day!  I also looked over his food lists and seeing the crossover from Haylie’s book I made even more of an effort to buy and learn to like some of those foods.  I am sure many of you know Heidi and Chris and his show Extreme Weight loss so having watched you know he is someone to respect!

Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live books are the final books I will mention.  He has a great concept and offers many recipes!  I really enjoyed learning his weight loss techniques and took what I was capable of from what I read.  I still have many of his recipes that I made copies of and make all the time!

So, I encourage you to check out some of these books if you haven’t already!  You don’t have to invest a cent into this…just borrow them from the library!  Do research!  Soak up this information and allow it to encourage you towards a healthy path.  Be informed!  The more informed you are the more you will want this!  Another way to become driven is to challenge yourself to eat things you normally wouldn’t!  Go a step further and learn to like them and incorporate them into your daily life!  I need to be truthful with all of you reading this blog…I was honest with myself when reading all of these books!  I knew I couldn’t follow any one of their plans so I took what I was capable of from each plan and incorporated it into my life with exercise and so my journey began!

Watch this!!   http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/how-get-your-fat-eat-itself

Winter Blah’s

We all get into ruts right?  I know I do!  Sometimes you don’t feel like doing anything!  Not shopping, cooking, working out…ANYTHING!  So where do you get your motivation to stay on track?  Find your drive within yourself!  Speak to yourself!  Maybe not out loud…I don’t want you looking crazy!  Tell yourself over and over that this is the journey you want and you want that more than feeling defeated by your winter blah’s!  Get on the internet or pinterest and look up some new recipes and make a list for the grocery store!  Put the music on and dance around your kitchen cooking up some new recipes that will spark your taste buds!

Get on Itunes and download a few free podcasts or music that will make you want to move!  I don’t know what I would do without my podcasts!  I allow the music to be a huge motivator for me!  I will jog a little faster or do a few more reps if the music moves me!

If you don’t belong to a gym the winter is the best time to go to a gym and ask for a free week pass!  Use the pass to change things up for yourself!  You might love it so much it might become your “church” like it is mine:)  Tired of the gym use the cable you pay all that money for and go to your ON DEMAND and do an exercise routine of your choice.  I used to do Julian Michael’s 30 day shred routines after I had my first child.  It kicked my butt!

I am not going to lie to you all…I am not a class girl at the gym.  I found that when my journey first began I would find the one person in the class that didn’t want to be there as much as I didn’t and slack off.  I push myself much more on my own.  I know that isn’t the case for everyone so know your strengths and stick with it!  If you normally don’t do well on your own try getting on a machine next to someone who you feel is similar in capabilities as yourself and try to exceed what they are doing!  I know that might sound a little crazy but check out what pace they are walking or jogging at.  Look at their time, check out their mileage and make it make you want more!  Exceed what they are doing!  Stand next to the person that kicks ass in the class and try to keep up with them!  Everything is mind over matter!  Let your mind take over and be strong!

Have a great weekend everyone!  Not too much valentine’s candy!  If you do have it watch your portions and try to go for the dark chocolate!  My favorite is dark chocolate covered walnuts!  YUM!

Your Comfort Zone

Lets talk about stepping out of your comfort zone!  We all are most comfortable doing the exercises at the gym or at home that we know how to do.  If you have been doing the same strength training program for more than 4-6 weeks its time to change-up your routine!  If you go to the gym and always do the elliptical machine or jog on the treadmill its time for a change.  Its time to step up your game.  If you’re not sweating when you get off the machine or are done with your DVD you did you’re not working yourself to your fullest potential.  I am speaking to those of you that are looking for change.  If you want to fit in your skinny jeans or are planning a vacation and want to get into a bathing suit step up your game!  Changing your strength training routine allows you to work on different areas of your body focusing on what you really want to tone up.  Putting the resistance up on the machine will show you that you have successfully worked up to that level and are ready for more!  Have you ever tried HIT?  High Intensity Training…if you like to use the machines try this out!  It really helps to burn the belly fat!  It will burn more calories that your normal cardio workout.  Start by walking at a decent pace for 1.5 to 2 minutes then sprint for 30 seconds to a minute to start.  Sprint not jog!  Try to set a goal of doing this 6 times.  Your body might be telling you that you can’t do it but let your mind tell you different!  Tighten up your laces, put your favorite song on that gets you amped and kill it!

If its change you want then go after it!  Let nothing stand in your way!  Spring is around the corner and by spring the rush will be on to lose weight for summer!  Why not start loosing now?

Hint:  Don’t set yourself up for failure…have healthy portioned snacks in your pocketbook or car so when your on the go you can make good decisions.  My go to snacks are almonds, walnuts, whole grain fig bars or a Kashi Chia bar.