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So you started your journey.  You can do this strictly with your diet or you can incorporate working out into this journey!  I suggest both.  Let’s say you choose to hit the gym.  Now you are there…the real struggle begins.  It may be out of your comfort zone or intimidating.  Do not zone out.  This journey is for you.  You have to want this.  You have to want it more than your afraid of it.  Get on a machine push the green quick start  button and set a short term goal!  Challenge yourself to get to that short term goal and surpass it!  Crushing your goals will become the only thing on your mind instead of the laundry you have to do or the errands you have to run.  Doing this will keep you accountable and motivated.  You will be able to say you did it and hopefully want more!

I don’t believe in a cheat day but if that is how your journey is set up I suggest you work out on that cheat day because if you get on the scale or out your pants on the next day and they are tight….was the cheat day worth it?  We all know how hard it is to loose a pound or two so that crap you ate on your cheat day I am guessing wasn’t worth it.  If you balance your diet and exercise plus do not deprive yourself you won’t feel the need to go over board on one single day.

Xo

salad recipes for you to check out:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/hugh-jass-salad#.pekvbEYK2

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Vacation and holidays

So I am in Orlando on vacation with my children.  It’s vacation so we indulge a bit but I always keep perspective.  I have been on this journey for a long time now.  I have not gotten to where I am to begin to ruin it in a few days!  I had groceries delivered to our villa so I could make the best decisions possible.  When I am away from the villa I comb the menu for the healthiest choices I can make.  As you all know by now I am big on dessert so I would rather make a healthy choice for my meal and have dessert!  I have also been waking up every morning and working out!  I normally put in 45 minutes to an hour at home but I committed to at least a half hour of cardio everyday while I am here.  My day off was the morning we arrived;). I have been walking around a lot too so all my fitness goals are being met and that allows me to have the ice cream or treat I really want.

The holidays are upon us!  Do yourself a favor and eat what you love.  Eat what you really desire in moderation.  Have a taste not a plate or two full!  I don’t believe in deprivation because I truely believe that sets us up for failure!  So eat the special appetizer your aunt makes that you love or your favorite Christmas cookie…have one not 10!  Workout!  I don’t care if the gym is closed for the holiday…get outside and take a walk or a jog!  Do a video in the house or check your local programming for an exercise program.  This is your journey…you can live but you can also achieve the body that you want to be healthy and fit!

xo

here is a recipe to try!  I love feta cheese!

http://cookinglsl.com/spinach-and-feta-spaghetti-squash/

Holidays

So how did you do for Thanksgiving?  Did you workout out in the morning or at some point during the day?  I did!  I hit the gym in the morning so help with the extra calories I was bound to consume!  I cooked for my family so I was able to control a little what and how I ate.  I must say though the only thing that really I made for myself was brussel sprouts.  The rest of the items on my menu were all traditional thanksgiving items.  I enjoyed everything just small amounts of the items very high in calorie/fat.  I enjoyed dessert but as you all know that is my thing so I would rather have dessert than pile my plate with the savory stuff:)

So the rest of the holidays are upon us….  That means holiday cards.  Possibly photo holiday cards.  If you look at your picture and you want next years to show a better you.  A more healthy you…then I suggest you start now.  Start by making small changes.  I don’t believe in depriving ourselves of anything but soda.  Soda is the devil in my eyes!  Give it up now!  As for the holiday parties and gatherings…do not go hungry.  Eat before you go and eat clean and healthy.  If you are bringing something make it something that you can eat and enjoy without derailing completely!  Eat and enjoy just watch your portions!  It the gym or get outside and do some exercise to help burn some calories.  I know I am going to chow down on some yummy Christmas cookies so I will be doing some extra cardio in the next couple of weeks.  Just do

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Make a difference in your own life! It will make a difference in those around you as well!

the best you can and don’t go over board a holiday is not a pass to just let your journey end.  Its a time to show yourself how strong and committed you really are!

 

The drive to start

What will your “ah ha moment” be?  Will it be something someone says to you?  Will it be reading this blog?  Will it be when your jeans no longer fit?  What is it that motivates us?

Today, when I was preparing to leave the locker room to work out this woman who is at the gym almost as much as me stopped me.  She said she is in awe of me and that she wants to attach herself to me.  She wants my drive.  My motivation to push myself on my own.  I don’t always give myself credit for all of my strengths!  In this quick passing moment I realized take a second to pat yourself on the back for staying on this journey and for my self-motivation.  As I have told you before I prefer to push myself on my own rather than attend the classes my gym offers.  I took the time to research different strength training exercises and incorporate this into a routine.  Cardio is easy because all you have to do is jump on a machine and move.  The challenge is pushing yourself to limits that will allow your body to change.  Last challenge is preparing and consuming healthy meals and snacks that are portioned properly.

This woman only does classes because she believes she doesn’t have the ability to push herself and create her own routine.  I don’t believe in “I Can’t”!  I don’t want to hear I can’t come out of anyone one of my followers mouth’s.  Say I can and try!  If you try you will eventually succeed.  Allow any failure to motivate you to try again.  Keep trying till you get it right!  When you want something bad enough you will find a way to start!  Push through your fears and the pain!  Start and do not stop!  Be proud that you started.  Continue on this journey and find the motivation within yourself to never say “I Can’t” again.

Start now!

Rise up

Listen here!  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kNKu1uNBVkU

Music speaks to me!  This song is amazing to me.  Let it empower you!  Put it on your iPod.  Turn it up in your car and sing along.  Dance.  Listen to the words.  Relate.

Love yourself.  Love yourself so others can love you.  So others gravitate to you.  Nothing is better than a confident woman.  Be the woman you want to me.  Be the person you should be,  regardless of your past.  Regardless of your rocky journey find a way to be positive.  You are worth it!

Rise up!  Tomorrow is Monday!  People love to Start their journeys on Mondays.  Regarded of when you start never stop working towards your goals!

xo

Faking the funk

Sometimes in life we have trick our minds into believing things that we don’t necessarily want in that moment.  There are many moments I want to grab a spoonful of ice cream or to skip the gym.    The trick is to fake out our mind.  Focus on the end goal of your journey and what you ultimate want.  Force yourself to get out and walk or hit the gym.  Throw away the ice cream or cookies tempting you.  Go buy yourself a healthy snack!  Buy a shirt that is a little too tight settimg a goal to fit in it and wear it proud for a night out!  Trick yourself into believing in yourself!  We should all believe in ourselves all of the time but that is just not practical for majority of us.  We are not in this journey because we have this amazing metabolism and this just comes easy to us.  We work hard to be on this journey and stick with it.  Mind games in this case aren’t such a bad idea!

Stay on track and do what you need to do to do just that!  This is your journey forge ahead!

Crystal Ball….If only!

In life there is no crystal ball so enjoy what you have right now!  This is a reminder to me and to anyone else in need.

Life challenges us with stumbling blocks and sometimes failure.  Our life journey has ups and downs.  Every aspect of our life contributes to these ups and downs. How we handle these ups and downs will affect our fitness and wellness journey greatly.  We have to see this as a fork in the road and decide to push for what we are longing for.  To work harder.  With failure we must pick ourselves up and look at what is good in our life.  I know for myself I have experienced feeling sad or depressed about things but I always find a way to get myself to the gym and let off some steam.  I can’t tell you I always make good food decisions those days but I try to stay cognizant of my journey.  Someone said something to me the other day that just today made me realize instead of enjoying the amazing things I have I am conjuring up negative possibilities.  I couldn’t help but to mentally smack myself in the forehead.  My life is damn good for many reasons.  I am choosing to find it within myself to only focus on the positive.  I am going to thoroughly enjoy the wonderful people in my life.  Smile and be myself!  Enjoy life instead of waiting for the negative.  Maybe the negative will never come.  If it does then will be the time I put my big girl panties on and deal with it.  Until then I am focusing on being the best and happiest me I can be!  If I think positive I can only hope more positive will come my way.  I am going to concentrate on enjoying the wonderful things I have in my life and focus only on that.  Make your life journey GREAT!  Your fitness and wellness journey will follow!

Smile and be kind to people you never know what they are going through!