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September 13, 2016
OMG!....No!

OMG!….No!

I have bombed my earlier attempts to lose weight.

 

I thought that I would eat less (about 1600 – 1800cals/day) and workout 3-5 times a week and it would all come together.  And like I said in an earlier post, that about after 2.5 months of this, it became painfully clear that it wasn’t working.

 

On paper, I was doing all the right things.  Eating less, getting plenty of veggies, fats, proteins and reducing my carbs.  Drinking enough water.  Mixing strength training with cardio.  Varying my cardio.

 

Then–What. The. F**k?

 

That is when I started to lose energy, got constipated, recovery started to slow, exhaustion set in and started to lose sleep…and even GAIN WEIGHT.

 

So…what gives???

 

Some people would have said to push through it.  That I didn’t put enough time in.

Some would say, work harder and cut more calories.

Some would say, increase calories and work harder.

Some would say, take a small break and start again.

Some would say increase my water.

Some would say stand on my head, count my belly lint and magically I would lose weight.

 

YEA.

I have done all of those things, one time or another.  I knew that this was my body giving me the big finger.  I finally found a website by a doctor that made total sense.  He spoke about metabolic syndrome, endocrine disorder, chronic fatigue, etc.  And pretty much all of the symptoms I was experiencing were a dead-ringer for it.  His solution was pretty simple.  Two options;

  1. Eat less, do less…workout way less
  2. Eat more and keep workouts the same

The key was to address the metabolism and reset it.  If putting your body in undue stress (eating less or working out more or both) will send signals to your system that all is not right in the world, creating a cascading effect of issues that will lead us to feel many or all of the symptoms I was feeling at that time.  In other words, if our bodies think they are threatened; you can bet your bottom dollar that it will DO WHATEVER it takes to survive.  And slowing you down and holding onto fat weight and water is what it will do.  Not ideal when you want to get bikini ready.

 

And this especially holds true for women.  I have always said that losing weight effectively for women should be more of a guarded, slow approach.  You can shock men’s bodies and they will respond shedding anything extra in order to meet their current demand.  Women, however….our bodies are like….HELL NO!!  I have to be ready at any time to have a baby.  I have to have back up and if you are going to threaten me…well, I will hold onto E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.  And I will remember this next time you try to pull this shit.

 

Yup, ladies, we have to coax that weight off.  Or else.  And that is not what I was doing.  I get so impatient!!  I see my husband make one small change, one small sacrifice and BOOM 10 lbs is GONE.  OMG…. I, so-much as look at or even think of an ice cream cone and mysteriously almost magically his 10 lbs ends up on me!!

 

You know what I speak of.  It is like on Harry Potter..We must not say his name!!!

 

Well,  being that I can never settle or accept what is happening to me.  I go back to research.  I review what has worked for me before and revisit why I didn’t continue and see if there are any tweaks I could make to finally have success.  And what would be success?

 

Maintaing my ideal weight, without counting calories (YUCK) and without killing myself working out.  In other words…

 

HOMEOSTASIS!

 

Balance– friends.

 

It is our bodies saying that all is right in the world and there is this wonderful ebb and flow to it all.  We eat to maintain vitality and our body uses (not stores) what we eat.  Nice.

 

Which brings me to my next dealio.  Ketogenic diets.

 

I have done this before to varying degrees, mostly with or around bodybuilding shows.  Cycling Carbs touches the surface of ketogenic dieting, you are thrust in and out again in hopes to trick the body into burning fats.  The problem was, that at that time I was also taking in very reduced calories and working out anywhere from 2-4 times a day.  Yes, you read that correctly.

 

This…was no good.  And set me up to destroy my metabolism.

 

Then years later and after taking a much needed break from the bodybuilding world, I tried the no sugar thing again with the goal of controlling candida. (it is a misnomer that you can rid yourself of candida, it lives in you and always will, but it will turn into a dictatorship quickly if you give it all the control by eating butt loads of sugars)

 

My husband and tried it together and gave it a full 2 months.  No carbs, no sugar, no starches, no dairy, no fruits.  It was very…very tough.

But I started to notice something, once I got through the cravings, the fatigue, the headaches (all candida die-off symptoms) I noticed my digestion improved, sleep improving and even started to lose weight with limited exercising. (just walks)

 

But then, eager to add carbs back in (because I deserved it! and because I love and miss the taste of them) We started introducing carbs.  Just Sweet potatoes, some fruits, and coconut flour.  So basically we were Paleo.  But even those carbs can catch up to you and soon enough I was back to eating sugar, gluten free grains and a whole host of other normal SAD (standard american diet) fare.

 

Boy did I feel like shit.

 

So, through all of this I came to the end of myself and said, “Self…here is the one thing we haven’t tried yet.  No sugar, no grains, no starches, high fats, moderate protein and NO EXERCISE.  (basically keto)

 

So, that is what I am doing.  I am eating a ketogenic diet which is very high in fat, moderate carbs (.6-.8 grams per lb of bodyweight), lots of leafy greens, and  only 20 grams CARBS…of any kind.

 

And surprisingly, I feel pretty fantastic.  I am already sleeping better.  I don’t have tons of energy, but it can take about a minimum of 14 days to get your body to switch over to burning fats as your primary source of fuel.  And  I am 6 days in.  I haven’t experienced to many of the side effects of the switch other than loose stool sometimes diarrhea due to the fact that I don’t have a gallbladder.  But I take bile salts and enzymes to help digest fats.  And that is a somewhat common side effect as you start the switch.  It can even be some of the candida dying off, I have read other places.

 

I am also losing weight, which I know is mostly water.  But isn’t that the point???  Reducing chronic inflammation is very important to me, so I have extra water to begin with.  As long as I stay hydrated I am fine.  And boy, am I drinking the water!!

 

I don’t know if I will stay on a Ketogenic diet for the rest of my life.  Maybe some version of it.  But for right now…I am going in the right direction.  And that is what matters.  And I am eating eggs again!!

 

Just keep trying, keep moving, keep reading and find what works best for YOU….even if you have to stand on your head and count belly lint!

 

Eat the Whole Egg!

 

 

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Bone Broth…My New BFF

July 15, 2016

I am 3 days in so far and I have already felt the positive affects of adapting my diet.  Not only am I down 3 lbs (I was up to 166 from all of the inflammation and slowing of my digestive tract, and I was originally down to 161), my headaches are delineating, digestion is improving(I am pooping like crazy, which for me is awesome), bloating is going down and overall I am not as fatigued.

Granted, the whole process of detoxing will create some of the above symptoms to some extent.  But, it is with an end in sight.  Prior to this, my symptoms would only increase and somewhat exponentially because once inflammation takes over and if you don’t remove the cause, it is like a wild fire with dry tinder everywhere.

In the book, The Plan, Lyn-Genet Recitas, she indicates using a weight scale as an indicator for whether or not your body is being reactive or not.  In my last blog, I indicated that I was removing top offensive foods which usually are:

  • Wheat/Gluten

  • Soy

  • Dairy

  • Eggs

  • Corn

  • Peanuts

  • Tree Nuts

  • Shellfish

  • Fish

*Note (other than corn, this list is basically the top allergens most people have)

She also indicates that in her extensive experience, chicken is usually very reactive for people, in all of my research and reading about elimination diets it is usually turkey that is the least reactive protein (and actually true for me as well).  But, once you begin to clean things up I know that will become apparent to you what you are more reactive to as well.

The main point of her book and any other resource about elimination diets is that the best foods for you are just that….BEST FOR YOU.  If I eat anything coconut and love it with no adverse affects, then I tell you it is the best thing since sliced bread, and you try it and bloat like crazy…well, coconut isn’t for you!

Each of us are unique with our own road maps….our own chemistry.  And certain chemicals get along with one another and others don’t.  So,why would it be any different in our bodies?!?!?  That is why you will read how one person ate this way and lost 4000 lbs and you did the same and gained the 4000 lbs they lost, right?!

Yet, I have to say with all of this, I do believe something.  And I believe it very strongly.  Our bodies are NOT meant to be sick.  They are beautifully designed to fight off, ward off pretty much ANYTHING that comes their way.  However, when we overload them with toxins (sugar…yes…sugar, GMO’s, artificial crap, alcohol, preservatives….you get the idea!), it is just TOO MUCH.

If I gave you a bucket and I said to fill it up; eventually it would fill and anything you added to it after would be overfill.  No matter how you added to it, it would only fall to the ground, efforts wasted and the bucket no longer able to hold any more.

Are you getting where I am going with this??

While, our bodies are amazing, even miraculous at ridding our bodies of toxins….

TOO MUCH IS…… JUST TOO MUCH.

And not necessarily calories!  Your body is designed to burn food.  You know the ones naturally occuring in nature.  Simple enough, right?  Well, take a look at a label of any food that you have recently consumed…see anything like Disodium Guanylate??  And you are like…

WHAAAAA?!

Yep, your body isn’t supposed to have to take care of that.  Yet it does and it does it well.  But here is the other thing, if you do this too much (most of us do) and on a regular basis (yep), your body starts to get overwhelmed and what happens???  It takes that funky big scientific name and puts some fat and water around it to protect you for now, as if to say, ‘I will take care of this later.‘  Except, there is no later because your liver is over taxed, your kidneys are pooped and now your adrenals…

Want me to keep going?

Enough of my soap-box rant.

Here is the good news.  Your body still wants to heal.  Your body still can heal.

That is what I am doing.

And bone broth is my new best friend.  Because my system is so overloaded, it has started to attack seemingly good & healthy foods that under normal circumstances would not bother me.  Now those foods have become public enemy number one…due to my leaky gut.  Once corrected, I will more that likely be able to add many foods back in.  Just ONE AT A TIME and SLOWLY over time.

Bone broth is awesome because it is very non-reactive and easy to digest.  It contains great amounts of protein (6.4 grams in just 8oz!)  It also is rich in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline.  It also heals the guts lining and reduces intenstinal inflammation.

I have included how to make your bone broth.  It really isn’t hard, especially if you have a crock pot!  I have one, but in the middle of making a batch, it busted and leaked all over.  Nice.  Thanks to my wonderful daughter she just quickly switched over to a different pot and did it the traditional way on the stove top.

I wish you better health.   It is possible.  It really is!!!!

 

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Leaky what? Leaky Gut!!!

July 12, 2016

I have been working with my awesome trainer, John, for about 2.5 months now.  I have started to make changes to my diet, mostly, cutting back on sugars, junk food, increasing veggie intake and water intake.

As I have indicated in my earlier post, I have seen some positive changes.  My family has seen some changes.  My weight for the most part has not changed, if anything, I have gained weight.  A few pounds,but certainly not losing.  Have I been stellar about my food?  No, I could have been better.  But, I am still making changes and moving in the right direction.  And I have been great about working out.  That I am a champion at!

Still…I could do better…

It isn’t about perfection, it is about lifestyle…I remind myself.

Right.

Yet, there is something nagging at me.  I couldn’t quite put a finger on it.

It started with my energy.  I noticed, even with a good daily dosage of caffeine, that my energy was really starting to decline.  As in, OMG, I am really dreading today’s workout.  Not that normal dread, something deeper.  And when I was done working out, I wasn’t getting that return of energy like I was when I started, it just seemed to zap me more.  And I wasn’t sleeping as well either.

Then, the weird stuff.  Like bloating when I drank water.  Whaaaaaaa?!?!?!

Then, the headaches.  The cravings.  The overall moodiness.  My weight fluctuation without any real logical reason to it.

I knew something was wrong.  And I knew what it was and I know why it was.

I just didn’t want it to be.

I was so excited and on a roll.  Maybe I was too enthusiastic?  Took off of the start line too quickly?  Too much, too soon, too often???

 

Maybe.

It was inflammation.

Now, I know you are probably tired of hearing about this right now.  It really does seem to be quite the buzz word.  But, I have studied and read, and read, and read about the problems with inflammation and the problems it causes.

And, BOY does it cause problems!

The issue of inflammation is a convoluted mess.  It is a jumble-mumble of topsy-turvy issues that all seem to be on top of one another, leaving you to wonder which causes what?  And what started it all?

Chicken or the Egg…Anyone?  (sorry, I couldn’t resist!!)

I can’t say for sure myself, but I have found that they all seem to be linked to one main cause and that is

LEAKY GUT.

What the heck is leaky gut?  Well, it is very much as it sounds.  Your gut, to some extent is made to be permeable.  That is, to let certain things out of your gut (toxins, microbes, and undigested food particles) which allows them to be passed into your blood stream.  However, with leaky gut, your gut is TOO permeable.  And when things are flying out of your gut that shouldn’t; your body’s first response is to attack and hence…inflammation.

Here is a great article about leaky gut made simple.

https://draxe.com/7-signs-symptoms-you-have-leaky-gut/

Stress, diet too high in sugars, refined carbohydrates and oils, intense exercise, eating foods that are reactive with your body, lack of sleep, coffee…..all can be very damaging to the walls of your gut.

 So, if you are experiencing leaky gut and continue to eat foods or expose yourself that make your immune system continually attack, you are going to start to have problems.

Reactions to foods should be taken seriously and not passed off.  Your body is trying to tell you something.  The problem is, that most of us are so reactive that we are not even aware of when we are reactive or not or what is making us sick!

If that is the case, then how in the heck do you figure anything out?!

Enter the elimination diet.

I have been familiar with this diet for some time when my daughter was first diagnosed with food allergies some 15 years ago.  (eggs, wheat, soy, nuts, peanuts, corn, dairy….how would you like to cook with those restrictions?)

I never did go through with it.  I thought by removing all of the offending foods that we should all be good, right??  Afterall,  what the hell COULD we eat?!  It was like everything was taken off the list.  And with that adjustment we did improve immensely, but still there were issues that would crop up here and there…now and again.  Obviously, our systems were not quite balanced, we haven’t achieved homeostasis.

Enter in present.

My body is obviously needing a reboot.  I seem to be reacting to everything, including exercise (intense exercise can also illicit an inflammatory response).  So, what am I going to do?

Heal my gut!  You can too!   And for at least 20-24 days I will be following the protocol below.

This is going to be my approach.

First…

Eliminate all top offending foods.

And for me that will be everything listed above as well as cross reactive allergens to wheat.  Check out great article here from PaleoMom about cross allergens, what they are are and which ones react with gluten (which is one of the worst foods that cause inflammation.)

http://www.thepaleomom.com/2013/03/gluten-cross-reactivity-update-how-your-body-can-still-think-youre-eating-gluten-even-after-giving-it-up.html

Enter in…

Bone Broth.

This stuff heals.  Really heals.  It helps repair the lining of the gut wall, also allowing your gut to take a break from digesting foods.

Then…

Fresh Made Green Juice.

Loaded with necessary enzymes, low in sugar (big inflammatory aggravant), and huge on detoxifying, green juice will help to aid in gut repair and liver repair.

More…

Cooked Veggies & Soups

Roasted, steamed, sauteed.  Just get them in and a good dose of EVOO(extra virgin olive oil) with a smattering of Real Salt.

And last but not least…

Lots and lots of water

Well 1/2 my weight in ounces.  Warm lemon water in the morning to stimulate bile in the liver and then finish it up with maybe some green tea,but mostly plain water.  Want to keep caffeine down to a minimum during this period.

 

And once this period of 20-24 days has passed, I will start to introduce foods.  Only ONE AT A TIME.  And record EVERYTHING.

Headache?  Brain Fog?  Bloating?  Constipation?  Diarrhea?  Aches?  Stiff Joints?  Fatigue?  Sleeplessness?  Skin rash/acne?  Weight gain?

Seriously, if you notice something….ANYTHING that alters your normal state of being after you eat, avoid it and maybe introduce later (6-months) or NEVER.  Why go through all that hell for a bite?

I will keep you up to date on my progress.  These first 3-5 days should be lovely, with all of the toxins flying out of my system.  (feeling badly for my family already….lol)

But, I will check in as often as I can.

Until then, I won’t be eating the whole egg.☹

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I am Sorry!

July 4, 2016

So basically, I am a Liar.

I said I would blog everyday. I said I would blog the good, the bad the ugly. And that is what I want for this site. Truly a no bullshit approach to healthier lifestyle lead by food, but not limited to just that. It emcompasses it all. And hence the name Eatthewholeegg.

BUT…..

I didn’t.

I started out all enthusiastic. And even full of myself a bit. Nothing wrong with that, but I was hoping my enthusiasm would prevail. It would carry me through it all, the ups the downs, the chocolate…the ice cream.

And to some extent, that is true. And to some extent, well….

BULLSHIT

So, I am sorry.

Here is what happened.  I am going to be honest….steel yourselves, here it goes.

I am a believer that weight is not the only measure of success. You will see all shapes and sizes of persons and think, ‘I wonder what they weigh?’ Not as a criticism, but a way maybe of gauging yourself and your level of health. But, here is the freaky thing. On a good day I am 5’3″ and currently weigh 162 lbs. I still fit into a size 6-10 (girls, we all know how this crap works), when I am really down, I still weigh around 130 and fit into a 1-2. All that on a 5’3″ frame. The BMI (my translation of that is baloney mass index) tells me that my healthy weight for that height is between 105-135lbs.

Now, I would agree that I feel pretty good at 127-130. But, I would also tell you that at 123 lb (competition weight) I was at 12% bodyfat. Some quick math this reveals that with NO FAT on my body, I would weigh about 108lbs. Let’s refer back to my healthy BMI…shall we??? In all fairness, the BMI does provide a range, so lets do some more math. If I weighed 130lbs, I would have 22lbs of bodyfat or 17%. Now, am getting closer to the unhealthy range in the BMI scale.

However, 17% bodyfat is listed as a good range for a female athlete. ATHLETE. Ok, now lets say I weigh 140lbs….clearly according to the BMI chart I am overweight. Yet,that is 32lbs of bodyfat or 30%; which is listed as an AVERAGE or healthy bodyfat for a female. Hmmmm….so, the BMI chart says I am 5lbs overweight and the recommendations for body-fat say I am within average or healthy range. Is that a little F***ED up? Or is it just me?

Not doubting that I am in-fact, currently overweight.  Meaning, I have too much body-fat for optimal health and overall confidence.

But, I feel strong!  I have been training for the past 6 weeks and can do bear crawls, ropes, and planks like a beast.  And this doesn’t include figure skating, which I do 2-3 times  a week.  And REALLY figure skate.  Like jumps and spins and maxing my heart rate out consistently throughout the hour to hour and a half of training.

Long story short.  I am healthy.  We have all heard of the overweight person running a marathon.  And the skinny marathoner who dropped dead from a heart attack.

 

So….what is TRUE HEALTH?

 

That is what we are trying to define at Eatthewholeegg.

It isn’t just a number.  It is how you feel…mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  It is to some extent, how you look, but not gauged by the magazines and how others think you should look.  We can all look good and remember the best accessory anyone can have is a SMILE!  It is about BALANCE!! Is your road to health overtaking the rest of your life?  I realize there will some adjustments, some sacrifices.  But, is it to the point that EVERYTHING else falls away because there is no room for it?  This is supposed to be a lifestyle change, one that you can live with everyday, RIGHT?

So, I got wrapped up in the numbers.  And when I couldn’t see the scale move fast enough I started to let that be my crutch to eat and drink things that weren’t good for me and not post about it because I was ashamed!  I started to self sabotage my progress.  I was looking for a way to gauge my successes with numbers, ignoring the other things that I could be grateful for!

More Stamina?  YES!

Stronger? YES!

Increased Flexibility? YES!

Less cellulite? YES!

Better state of mind? YES!

Better sleep?  YES!

Better digestion?  YES!

 

Man!  I am doing great, huh?!

 

What are your changes?  List them.  Look at them.  Reflect on them.

 AND FOR GOD’S SAKE…BE THANKFUL!

And remember….Eatthewholeegg!

 

 

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Down 2 Pounds!

June 7, 2016

 

It has been almost one week since I have gotten serious about losing weight and making some lifestyle changes. It has been my goal to lose 1-2 lbs per week safely and with choices that I can live with. So far so good!

I am happy to report that I am down from 164.4 to 162.2!! That said, I would also like to say there have been times when I was willing to throw in the towel, too! The initial weeks of change are crucial and easy to give up because we have been in the habit, or the bad habit as it were, for soooo long.

But, I have certain checks in place that keep me in place.

  • THAT PHOTO. You know the one, where you were caught unawares and ‘OUCH’ that hurt to see it.

  • I also have my RESOLVE to keep me going. I have done this before and I can do it again.

  • Timeline…I gave myself 2 months to lose 18lbs.  That makes things…REAL

  • MyFitnessPal to see my food and exercise progress daily

  • And certainly the love and support of my most awesome family!

Everyone will have their own list of what keeps them going, this is mine.  It is important to know where you are going.  But WHY is equally important and certainly HOW is going to get you there.  Hopefully, this blog will help you out with the how and maybe a little with the where, too.

 

The WHY is totally up to YOU!

 

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Eating Out

June 6, 2016

Eating Out.

 

It will happen.

 

You can’t avoid it forever.

 

Someone will ask you to go out to eat with them.  Friends wanting to get together.  Family wanting a fun night.  Something to celebrate.  Maybe you are just too lazy to cook.  In any case,

 

It will happen.

 

I know this can throw you for a loop.  Immediately, your mind starts reeling,  “You are doing so well!  You don’t need this temptation right now.  So-and-so won’t care that I am dieting.  I don’t want anyone to know I am dieting.  What does it matter, maybe I could have a little such-and-such?”

 

But remember!  This is a lifestyle change!  And going out to eat is part of that lifestyle.  Unless you are going to hole yourself up for the rest of your life?????  NO!  Learning how to navigate your way through this is totally possible and you can still enjoy yourself!  Follow these tips to make your life easier:

  1. Simple straight forward ingredients means less calories.  You know, things like chicken with… or salmon filet with…, plain baked potato…,things like that will make your life easier.

  2. Don’t be afraid to ask if there are other ingredients not listed.  There are so many dietary restrictions out there and restaurants have to know their stuff, so they certainly don’t want you to accidentally ingest something that could kill you, i.e. allergy.

  3. Avoid creams and sauces.  Just a little bitty bit of that can derail you.  There is no way to know what you are dealing with, so stick to vinegars, vinaigrettes, lemon juice…that kind of thing.

  4. Bring your own shit.  I do this ALL THE TIME.  Coconut milk creamer?  CHECK.  My own apple cider vinegar dressing? CHECK.  Gluten-free or grain-free bun?  Double CHECK.

  5. The nicer the restaurant, usually the better the service…usually the better the quality of food and USUALLY the cleaner the plate.  This isn’t always the case, but in my experience is mostly true.  And if anything, (see #2) they are usually more willing to work with you!

  6. And if all else fails and it is just NOT a sure thing.  Skip the meal.  Suck it up.  Focus on your fellowship with others and not FOOD.  It certainly won’t kill you, then go home and

 eat right!

 

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Water, Agua, Wasser, Voda, Acqua, Eau…..

June 4, 2016

Water.

We all get that it is important to our health, when you consider that at least 60% of you is made up of purely water and you can not live more than 3 days without it…Yea…it is important.

 

But, do you really need the 8 glasses a day recommended for the average person or the 1 gallon a day recommended for optimal weight loss?

 

The short answer is…YES.

And NO.

 

You see, with any hard-and-fast-rules, the one factor we don’t consider is listening to our own bodies!  I have done the gallon-a-day trick and gone for a period with little to no water at all.  And here is what I have learned.

Water is your Number #1, your go-to drink, your first choice of all beverages.  It is highly crucial to just about every process that your body endures.  It flushes out toxins and bacteria.  Makes our minds more alert (your brain consists of 70% water) Keeps us hydrated, because dehydration will cause the shut-down of, well…

 

EVERYTHING.

 

BUT…When is it too much?

You have all heard that you can have too much of a good thing.  This goes for water as well.

Yes, it is good to drink while working out to cool the body and keep hydrated.  Yes, it is usually thirst that we feel instead of hunger, so go for the water glass first.

But, when can water hurt us?

Well, for one thing, it can blow your cells up.  That would be a bummer.  Hardly likely any of us would encounter this in our lifetimes, unless you are crazy enough to enlist in one of those crazy ‘How much water can you drink?” Contests.

It is more subtle than that.  Actually, it is about your enzymes.  Not well understood by the scientific community, these little gems are crucial to many, many body processes; digestion, being one of them.  You know that sensation you get before you eat?  Salivating you when see and smell food.  Those are your enzymes activating.  Problem is, if you start sloshing a bunch of water down, you wash(dilute) those enzymes with it!  Sipping with your meal?  Not a problem.  But unadulterated guzzling?  Not recommended.

 

Long story short?

 

Drink your H20.  Preferably 1/2 your body weight in ounces.  I weigh 163lbs, so I would drink 80 or so oz. of water.  And not juice, or coffee.  Clear beautiful, life-giving water.  And common sense would tell you that if your are working out extra hard that day or it is extra hot…maybe drink a little more, eh?

 

 

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I Survived the Movie Theater!

June 2, 2016

The theater.

 

Great fun for the family.  Have the chance for an afternoon or evening to transport yourself to another time or place.

Then, there is the smell of popcorn.

 

OH NO.

 

Now, that I have resolved to dropping some serious weight in the next two months, I find these challenges a little more, well….challenging.

I said that I don’t like counting calories and it is true, I don’t.  However, after I weighed myself and was up the pound I lost, I knew deep down that I needed to keep track and thusly, keep myself in check.  There is a great app called MyFitnessPal.  And it really makes counting easy, dare I say, FUN?!  But the part I get a kick out of, is that you can scan the barcodes of your food!  So sick!

So, after I entered the last couple days I found that all of my ‘oh, this won’t matter, it is so little…just pop it in the mouth and forget about it‘ food stuffs, really stuffed me. Like 2200 calories stuffed.

Oooops.

Enter in the movie theater.  We promised the kids we would go and I hatched a plan.  I would bring myself a chocolate protein shake and drink it up and tell myself it was a melted chocolate shake.

Yea, that will work….

And it did!  I was content the whole movie through and I didn’t feel like I suffered at all.  Woo hoo!

I had a great food day today, made myself a gorgeous beet salad.  Worked my butt off (462 calories off) with my awesome trainer John at No Excuses Gym and had a pretty fricking awesome day.

So, long story short?

ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN.  Never assume you will be ok, because once you do, you WILL give in.  Hunger is no laughing joke.  Protein shake, beef jerky, nuts…have SOMETHING on hand and you too will overcome your obstacles and not give in to those jerks pictured above.

 

 

 

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Get It Out!!

June 1, 2016

 

I spent the better half of yesterday evening trying to make time go quicker. You see, I don’t do so well after about 6pm. The day is winding down and all of my caffeine is wearing off and this usually marks the end of all the good things I have done throughout the day.. Idle time for me can be destructive.

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So, when I started hitting the skids…I felt the need to announce it aloud to my husband and continue to do so EVERY TEN MINUTES. He had to be so annoyed with me, but being the patient man he is and a little sick (he found my struggle amusing), he listened to every battle I encountered.

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“Honey, I want chips” “Honey, I would eat a tub of ice cream” Bla, bla, bla….on it went.

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Which brings me to this point…

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IF YOU SHOULDN’T BE EATING IT…GET IT OUT OF THE HOUSE!!

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Now, I have teenagers. Perfect scapegoat for anyone who wants a real reason to keep the junk. Yet, honestly, I would have to say to myself, “Why should they be eating it either?!” Understandbly, there are going to be those times…sleepovers, birthday parties, etc. Where the junk will make it’s way into your home. Somehow though, have you noticed that once it enters it seems to shack up permanently and wreak havoc on your goals and ambitions?

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So my short advice to you.

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Get it the HECK OUT.

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Stop standing there. Go right now to your cupboards and throw away the junk. You know your nemesis. The one, two, twenty things that once ingested send you into a tailspin so bad that you would end up saying, “What weight loss/health goals are you talking about?!”

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For me…it is ice cream, potato chips and french onion dip.

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So long suckers.

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If you have to imagine them riddled with some nasty bugs or tainted with poison, DO IT. Whatever mind game you have to play with yourself to rid yourself of that unnecessary temptation….JUST DO IT!

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GOOD JOB!

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As far as the rest of yesterday goes. I did 46 minutes on a bike. Ate pretty well, but not enough meals or water. I am getting there and am down a whole pound!

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Well, I am closing out for the day. Night is closing in again. Let’s see how it goes. I got my secret weapons and better yet…the JUNK….

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IS GONE!

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After,Before and After?

May 31, 2016

 

So, before we begin. let me explain....

We have seen everyone's Before and After pics and had that surge of emotion that comes with seeing the dramatic transformation in someone else and think to ourselves, "I CAN DO THIS!!".  The motivation, however, tends to be more fleeting; especially when you are faced with your food nemesis and good old motivation takes a vacation and you are back to where you started.....

 

NOWHERE.

 

And maybe you did decide to bite the bullet and go for it with great success and achieve the pinnacle of health that you set out for yourself.  Congratulations!!  You worked hard, said no to food nemesis and got through the tough stuff.  Only to find yourself, so many months or years later back to where you started...or maybe...you are actually worse off than where you started.  This is the cycle so many of us know all too well.

 

This is where my story begins.  I am worse off than ever before.

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