Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Steps to Success

Here are a few steps to success:
Get a physical: Let me start off by saying if you are getting ready to start a weight-loss journey of your own than the first thing you need to do is go to your doctor. The trainer at the gym is not a doctor, your girlfriend in your mom group is not a doctor, I am not a doctor, and unless your mother went to medical school she isn't a doctor either. Go to the doctor and get a complete physical and full blood panel done. An annual physical should be covered 100% under your health insurance. It will take one hour out of your life to get this done. Five minutes to schedule the appointment, ten minutes to get blood drawn, and forty five minutes to meet with your physician. These are all vital steps to maintain your personal health and get a head start on your personal weight-loss success.
NO Soda: The next thing that I will say is if you are drinking soda, eating any sugar-free chemical filled snacks or sweets, or taking diet supplements...STOP! Stop now. First, soda is horrible for you. Soda is as healthy for you as drinking a cup of Drano. You can even clean your toilet with a Coke...Let that sink in! If you stop drinking soda today I bet you will lose 5 pounds in one week! Its that easy and goes to show just how much sugar is in soda! Next, weight-loss supplements are packed full of chemicals that are harmful to your body and most have extreme amounts of caffeine in them. Consuming excessive amounts of caffeine is as addictive to you as cocaine. Caffeine is the most widely used self-administrated stimulant known to man. I highly recommend going caffeine-free all together, but if you can't do that at least attempt to cut it down as much as you can.
Cut Sweets in half: At the very least cut the sweets down by half. You can cut them out more than that if you want, but everyone deserves to look forward to a yummy TREAT (yes that is in all caps so that you know it is just that, a treat, not an every day thing)! I have limited my sweets to twice a week. It is just two sweet things a week. If I do it in one sitting... well then...I'm screwed until next week!
Increase your protein intake: If you are a meat eater, than a grilled chicken breast will become your new best friend. Amp that protein intake up. Start eating lean meats like you mean it! If you are a vegetarian, like me, than amp the nut and bean sources up. Sneak them in to everything. Salads, dinners, etc.
Veggies: If you don't like veggies than you aren't fixing them the right way. I used to think that I hated broccoli. Guess what? I love it. I just hate the way that my mom fixes it. She does a boil/steam combo to the point where it turns to this mush of a broccoli stem. It is gross. I, on the other hand, steam my broccoli with a dash of salt and pepper and could eat a whole head in one sitting. Steamed for 6 minutes on the dot makes for perfect broccoli. Cooked until oblivion, like the way my mom fixes it, does not! Stay away from salad dressings because they pretty much make the salad useless in terms of a healthy meal. Opt for hearty toppings instead, like chicken, nuts, fruit, feta cheese, etc. Figure out what tastes good to you and make it the way you like it!
Lifestyle change vs. Fad Diet: Changing your whole lifestyle is the key to a successful diet. You have to change your mind and your taste buds, but you can do it! My mother in law is the queen of the fad diet. Always something new that she has heard of and is trying. She looks the exact same today as the day I met her over six years ago. She has probably been on about ten different diets in the last six years and hasn't changed one bit. That is a perfect example of how fad diets don't work. Change your lifestyle and you will feel a change!
Pump up your workout routine: If you aren't seeing the numbers on the scale go down or losing any inches than change it up! Take a fitness class, get on a bike and ride for miles, or do a workout dvd that you have never tried before! I just recently changed up my routine! I have been doing cardio and lifting weights at the gym for years. YEARS!!! I just recently added in Beachbody's PiYo dvd series. it is amazing! First of all, I feel so much stronger than I did two weeks ago! I can hold plank for more than 5 seconds without feeling like I am dying, my arm muscles are starting to be defined, my calf muscles are sculpting in ways that the gym has never done for me. I am so happy that I ordered it! I highly recommend it! If you are thinking about ordering it too, you should. Here is a link: PiYo
I am down 2 inches around my belly since I started it two weeks ago!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Strong Mind Makes a Strong Body!

Week Two has commenced. I have been working hard to change my mindset this past week. I have been attempting to focus on the good and not the bad. Focus on what I can eat and not what I can't. I'm trying to be a little more adventurous in my food choices and more limiting in my treat choices. I have been drinking Shakeology every day for the last two weeks and I feel a difference! My insides feel cleaner, my body feels lighter, and overall I feel great!
In order to have a strong body you need a strong mind! Your mind is what is making the choices in your day to day life. Your mind is the one controlling what you eat, how much you eat, if you exercise, how you feel, and that leads to how your body feels. If you don't have a strong mind than you will give into urges of your desire. Delicious cakes, bag of chips, doughnuts... oh those doughnuts... mmmm... those warm delicious doughnuts... No! No! No! Strong mind! Staying strong and firm will build your strong body! Treats are just that, treats. They happen once in a while. Not every day and not in large amounts. Decide what your treat is for the week and stick with it. Everyone needs something magical to look forward too, but not binge on. Keep your focus strong and dedicated to what your personal goal is. A strong mind will build a strong body!
Use your strong mind to build your fitness goals. Start at a moderate pace and increase your effort daily. Push yourself a little harder each and every day. That will build your strong body! Workout anywhere and everywhere you can! Dance around like a crazy person in front of a workout DVD, get a gym membership WITH a childcare, or get outside and go for a jog! Or, do all three! That will build your strong body! You will shred your muscles as you push yourself to your limits and then build them back up with the food you nourish your body.
I have been working hard to strengthen my mind and my body. I hope that you will join me in my journey! I created a Facebook page to go with my weight-loss journey! I think I have reformed and gained about 5lbs in muscle mass this past week and down a pound. I feel so much stronger than last week! I am going to keep on pushing to be the strongest I can be! See you over there!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Lemon Rosemary Garlic Buttered Turkey

Thanksgiving 2013

Lemon Rosemary Garlic Buttered Turkey
Yield: Serves 8-10


One 12 pound thawed turkey
2 heads of garlic
2 medium onions
3 pounds of baby red potatoes
1 can of chicken broth
1 cup of water
4 lemons, zested and sliced
1 stick of room temperature butter
Dried rosemary
salt and pepper
olive oil


1. Thaw out your turkey for THREE days in our fridge. When completely thaw, remove the giblets from your turkey, wash out the cavity and pat dry with paper towels.
2. Quarter all your potatoes and onions and place on the bottom of your roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
3. In a bowl, mix your butter, one head of minced garlic, rosemary, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Mix well. 
4. Separate the skin from the turkey breast and rub half of your butter mixture under the skin. Rub the rest of the butter mixture on the outside of the skin.
5. Place your lemon slices under the skin of the breast and inside the bird's cavity.
6. Place your bird on the roasting rack in your pan. Salt and pepper the entire bird.
7. Pour your water and chicken broth into the roasting pan.
8. Cut off the top of the second head of garlic and place inside the cavity of the turkey.
8. Place a foil tent over your bird. Cook for 3 hours at 325 F. Half way through remove the tent. Make sure to baste your turkey often (every 20 minutes or so) with the juices at the bottom of the pan. 
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy!! 

Hemp Granola

Hemp Granola
Yield: 14 servings


5 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups finely ground flax
2 cups Hemp Hearts
1 cup sliced almonds
3/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of cinnamon 
1 teaspoon salt


1. Mix all your dry ingredients (oats, flax, hemp, almonds, sugar, cinnamon, and salt) together in a large bowl.
2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt your coconut oil. 
3. Pour in your coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract into your dry ingredients. Mix well.
4. Line two large baking sheets with foil and spread out your granola mixture. 
5. Bake at 300 F for 45 minutes. Pull out at 15 minute incriminates to stir your granola. Store in an air tight container for up to two weeks.
6. Enjoy the yummy goodness with some fruit and yogurt for a hearty and filling breakfast! :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Coconut Black Bean Brownies

Coconut Black Bean Brownies
Yield: 9-12 brownies


2 cups cooked black beans
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 egg
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon of salt
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 bag of chocolate chips, divided
1/3 - 1/2 cup shaved coconut


1. In  your large food processor, add your: beans, egg, oats, cocoa, oil, sugar, syrup, salt, and vanilla. Blend until smooth (2-3 minutes).
2. Detach your cup from the base of your processor, removing the blade, and fold in 2/3 of the bag of chocolate chips and 1/3 cup of coconut.
3. In a silicone baking dish (mine was 9x9) spread your batter smoothly out. Sprinkle the remaining portion of your chocolate chips on top.
4. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining coconut on top after they have finished baking.
5. Let cool for 20-30 minutes and then set in the refrigerator to firm up. These are thick and fudgy brownies! Not only are they almost guilt-free but they are very filling too! Enjoy and let me know what you all think!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rebooting My Diet

Let me start by saying a huge thank you to all my friends who have given me encouraging words this past week! It was scary sharing such a personal blog post with them, but I knew for my accountability I needed to let everyone in my immediate life know what I was going through and what I hoped for my future. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Next, let me remind you that I did not just start the path to healthy this past week. This is a renewing of goals and a re-commitment to myself. I already went to the gym, I already cooked from scratch and made whole foods, and I already made mountains of healthy choices. I am simply cutting out bread, cutting my carb intake by half, increasing my exercise regimen, and adding in Shakeology for lunch everyday. They are not hard goals, they are not large goals, and they are not scary goals!  My goal isn’t even to get to my “pre-baby” size. That is completely unreasonable and unattainable for me. I will have these stretch marks on my stomach, arms, boobs…and so many other places… forever! For…ev…er! My stomach will never be tight again! My breasts will always slide south. And I will always have a little extra junk in my trunk. I am okay with that. I am a mother and I wear my stripes proudly! However, I will push my body to be the strongest it can be! I will strengthen my body with good foods and lots of exercise! I will work harder than I ever have and I will be comfortable in my new skin!
Last week I made a pledge to myself, and you all, that I would do all that! I have! I spent last week rebooting my diet. I drank Shakeology for two days straight (morning, noon, and night) as my meals. I instantly lost 4 pounds. I slowly added real food back in and in smaller portions than I had been eating. I pumped up my veggie portions at dinner and cut my carb portions down. I did great all week…and then Saturday night rolled around and I was faced with a table full of desserts at my friend’s birthday 30th Birthday Party. This happens to be a huge problem for me as a vegetarian actually. There was a catered dinner but literally everything had meat on it, so guess what I ate as my dinner? If you guessed literally every single dessert known to man than you guessed correctly. I also drank a boat load of wine that night. I don’t normally drink, and when I do it usually only one glass. I think I had three glasses of wine that night. I was a lush drunk on sugar and wine. It was glorious! And you know what? Its okay to have days like that …ONCE in a while. Every now and then treating yourself to something yummy and fun is what makes us happy. Nobody wants to be deprived. Nobody wants to hate what they eat and only eat it because they have too and it is good for them. Enjoy the food you are eating, eat the fun things in moderation, and be happy has always been my motto!
Even with Saturday night’s festivities I managed to keep off the 4 pounds I had lost. My PiYo DVDs and month supply of Shakeology arrived over the weekend and I began it yesterday. I started yesterday as my Day 1 since it was my first full day of all things healthy and good. I began my morning by with my first PiYo workout! It went smoothly and it started my morning with a sweat. Next I got the kids ready for school and out the door. I hit the gym after and did the Cybex, burning over 300 calories (woop woop!) and did a couple rounds of TRX. After I was done at the gym I went to my first chiropractor and massage appointment since having baby Charlotte. It was divine! I needed it so bad! My muscles were so tight and I had so many knots in my back…and my feet…my goodness when he touched my feet I about melted. It’s amazing how powerful touch is to the human body! I need to go to the chiropractor and masseuse on a more regular basis, but it so hard to schedule an hour of time away from my kids! After my massage, I came home and drank my Shakeology and had a small salad. Overall, my food choices were clean and healthy and filling.

My goal is to have a similar routine to yesterday five of the seven days a week: PiYo in the morning, gym next, and Shakeology for lunch. I think that it is a realistic goal and I will be able to maintain it at least five of the seven days a week.  I will post again next week, about my “real” Week One (this week)!  

Here is my before picture! Scary! I would like to say it's bad lighting, bad angle, bad.... But it's the truth. Real picture of what I look like. Sigh. I will be posting a picture every week. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fit, fat, and fabulous!

It's a common misconception that you can both be fit and have a coat of fat. It's time for me to shed that coat! Right now I am very fit, fat, and am fabulous!
I workout several times a week pushing myself to my limits with each workout. I can easily lift 30lbs in dumb bells, I can press together 190lbs with the hip abducture, squat press 80lbs, and leg press 500lbs. My arms are strong, my core is strong, and my legs are powerful! I am fit, fat, and fabulous!
I am working to shed my coat of fat. I have been working at it since I put the coat on almost 5 years ago. I gained 100 lbs when I was pregnant with my first child. 100 lbs. Let that sink in for a moment. He was my first child. I thought you were supposed to eat for two, I thought that working out wasn't safe during pregnancy, and I quit working to be a stay at home (expecting) mother. Those three factors played a huge roll in my excessive weight gain. I relished every moment of lazily laying on the couch catching up on Real Housewives season one to infinity! I enjoyed eating unhealthy foods "because I'm eating for two"! I happily lounged in my ever expanding yoga pants, because it was what made the baby comfy! I was not fit or fabulous!
As soon as I had my baby, I looked in the mirror and did not recocognize myself. My body was lumpy in places I had never seen lumps, I was exhausted from caring for a newborn that seemed to never sleep. I was ugly. I was sad that I felt ugly,  but the truth was ugly staring back at me. I was not fabulous, but vowed to get fit! I got a gym membership that had a childcare provided, started working out again, my baby started sleeping through the night, and I started feeling a little better about myself. I put in some serious work at the gym. I lost 0 pounds. Zero. Zilch. Nadda. I was fit and fat but not fabulous.
When my son was 11 months old I got pregnant again. I had extreme morning sickness. I threw up on average 6-10 times a day from 6 weeks until I gave birth to her at 39 weeks. It was a hard pregnancy because I was so exhausted from constantly throwing up, never having food in my stomach, and taking care of a toddler! I felt like a starving model with no brain cells. My reflection, in the mirror, told another story. Thankfully, I didn't gain any weight with my second pregnancy. None at all. She was 9lbs at birth and healthy as could be. I had a much easier recovery from my second delivery than my first, so I was back at the gym 2 weeks after I popped her out. I was determined. Determined to lose all the weight I was still carrying around 2 years later from my first child! I was determined to shed the coat of fat. I picked of the dumb bells, I climbed on the elliptical, and I squated my heart out. I was fit and fat but not fabulous.
I was ready for a make over! For the last two years I had given up. I wore clothes that weren't flattering, I didn't do my make up with care, I hardly ever did my hair, so I looked as bad on the outside as I felt on the inside. I decided then and there that it didn't matter what the scale said, I was going to be fabulous. Just because the scale screamed "I don't go this high! Get off before you break me!" I wasn't going to let that bring me down. I pulled my hair straightener out and blew off the proverbial dust, treated myself to all new makeup, and bought some flattering and beautiful dresses and cute workout clothes. I am a girly girl. I always have been, but outgrowing all my pre-baby clothing kind of sent me down a dark path of frump. I never want to go back to frumpy dumpy new-mom me. I am fit, fat, and fabulous.
Just because I am fat, doesn't mean I can't be fit or fabulous! I workout, do my make up, curl my hair, get my nails done every now and then, and wear cute clothes. Fabulous comes in all sizes and shapes! I am fit, fat, and fabulous!
By the time I got pregnant with my third child I was working out everyday and had my pre-babies stamina back. I had lost zero pounds but I had gained a good bit of my muscle tone back. I felt great! I felt fabulous! I worked out every day throughout my pregancy until about 4 weeks before I had her. I didn't want her to come early and I was already dilated and would have intense contractions anytime I worked out, so I went ahead and stopped. As soon as I had her I was already counting down the days I could sneak back into the gym. I was a fit, fat, and fabulous new mom!
My littlest is now three months old! I am determined to shed this coat of fat and be both fit and fabulous with only a little bit of fat...just some...you know so when my kids sit on my lap they are comfy...and when I give them hugs they snuggle in to my warmth and softness...and so when they are sick they can use me as a pillow... I am fit, and fat, and fabulous!