DAY 12 Online Fitness Journal

First thing I want to share with you today is that depriving myself from food, has never been successful. It’s lead to a slower metabolism and binge eating.

I eat what I want…just in moderation. For the most part I stay on a Paleo type meal plan, but I do incorporate in some “fun foods.”

Back in the day I would be VERY strict with myself for weeks or months and then binge..I labeled these binges a “cheat day.”

A cheat day would usually consist of a 5,000 calorie day, with no working out, followed by falling off my program completely for several more days, and a pathetic bout of depression.

 

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In recent years however, I’ve found that when I’m craving something I consider to be a splurge or fun food, that it’s best to incorporate that particular food in early in the day (say before 3pm) and then modifying the meals/snacks before and after that splurge, to accommodate the caloric/fat difference, leads to a successful and steady weight loss.

I use a FREE program/app on my phone called My Fitness Pal to help me log everything in, (IT’S TOTALLY EASY) and keep track, so I’m still coming in under my caloric intake for the day. (for me that’s 1200 calories) 

It usually goes something like this;

  • a WICKED craving for SPICY CHICKEN STRIPS AND GRAVY hits me…so RESPONSIBLY I plan on having it at the next reasonable opportunity...so like if the craving hits at 10pm, (I DON’T EAT IT THEN) if I’m really that hungry late at night I drink some cold water, and eat some baby carrots…THEN I plan on having the SPICY CHICKEN STRIPS the very next day at 3pm.
  • I wake up and have a lighter than normal breakfast…say half a grapefruit. 
  • workout
  • have my after workout shake, without any high calorie additions like almond butter, or bananas…
  • have a low calorie lunch.
  • then have a low calorie salad JUST BEFORE I head out to get the chicken strips.
  • pack a Monk Fruit Extract bottle in my purse.
  • Order the spicy chicken strip snack pack INSTEAD of the meal (this includes two strips, mashed potatoes, gravy and roll)
  • Order un-sweet tea & add some drops of Monk Fruit to taste, instead of soda (EVEN DIET SODA MAKES IT HARDER TO LOSE WEIGHT BECAUSE IT POLLUTES THE BLOODSTREAM)

 

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I then walk out FEELING like a million bucks! 

I log the splurge meal into My Fitness Pal and the app tells me EXACTLY how many calories I can have for the rest of the day…and happily I keep to it..knowing that I didn’t blow my program in the least..

WEIGHT LOSS is still in progress!

 

 

 

DAY 3 of “2019 Online Fitness Journal”

Here we are on day three of the fitness challenge, and I’m excited to announce that I’m already getting emails from some of you, that are ready to jump in!!! If you haven’t yet, but would like to…just send me an email, or a message on messenger…and I’ll add you to the list.

The first thing I do when I set out to drop some unwanted pounds, is to weigh and measure…sometimes the numbers are worse than I thought, but it is just where I am today.

I am certain of one thing: the ONLY inevitable in life is change…By this time next year, I will either be MORE fit and healthy, looking better than I do today…OR I will have gained more weight and be more unhappy with the way I look and feel. The choice is mine, and today I CHOOSE LIFE. I choose to embark on a path to become the best version of myself.

So on “DAY 1” of this fitness challenge, my weight and measurements read as follows:

  • 157 lbs
  • chest 36″
  • arms around largest part of bicep 12.5″
  • waist at bottom of ribs 31″
  • waist at belly button 35″
  • hips at pubic bone 45″
  • upper thigh 25.5″
  • lower thigh 21″
  • calves 15″

I find that at this stage, the most important thing is to face the truth of where I am today, and get moving…

Just start with some small positive changes…take a walk. Incorporate some healthy meals and snacks into each day. If I feel like I really can’t give up something that I know isn’t good for me, I have it earlier in the day, and try to eat lighter after 3 pm, then I stop eating anything around 4 hours before bedtime.

You CAN DO THIS!!! I believe in you.

 

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Strawberry Summer Salad

As a mom, I’m always looking for healthy menu options like summer salad, so I thought I would share with you, my new fav…

STRAWBERRY SUMMER SALAD

1 Package of SPRING MIX  (my personal favorite, is at CENTRAL MARKET…however, any grocery store/market should carry it)

1 Pint Whole Organic Strawberries

1 Large Apple (my favorites are Pink Lady, Gala, Honey Crisp, or Fuji)

1 Pint Mushrooms

1/2 Cup Pre-packaged Sliced Almonds

2 Large Tomatoes

1 Whole Cucumber

1 Pint Fresh Organic Blueberries

1 Package Garden Onions Diced

1 Package Quinoa (cooked then chilled)

Fresh Shredded Parmesan Cheese

1 cup Olive Oil

1 cup Balsamic Vinegar

Cracked Pepper to taste

“Strawberry Summer Salad”

Make the Quinoa, according to the directions on the box, then cover, and set aside in the refrigerator to chill.

Rinse Spring Mix thoroughly, use salad spinner or other method to dry, place into salad bowl; set aside.

Rinse Strawberries, then cut into slices or squares; add to salad bowl (full of spring mix.)

Peel Cucumber, then cut into slices, or one inch squares; add to the salad bowl.

Cut up tomatoes, into one inch squares; add to salad bowl.

Rinse Blueberries; add to salad bowl.

Rinse, then dice the garden onions; add to bowl.

Rinse, then slice mushrooms; add to bowl.

Rinse and/or peel apple, then cut into one inch squares, and add to salad.

“Salad Dressing”

Mix the Olive Oil, and Balsamic Vinegar in a bowl, or dressing dispenser…set aside, and use on top of salad, as desired.

“Topping”

Put fresh cracked pepper corn, on top of salad.

Sprinkle the fresh shredded Parmesan Cheese on top.

Sprinkle chilled Quinoa on top of salad.

Sprinkle the sliced almonds on top.

Then you can add some cottage cheese, and/or

Rice Chips, or crackers on the side.

ENJOY 😉 and stay healthy!

I have listed a link below to give you some information on Quinoa …I LOVE it, and because of it’s AMAZING health benefits (too many to list here,) I try to incorporate it into many of my recipes.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF QUINOA

 

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