Going From Fit To Fat – 10 Truths I Had Forgotten About Weight Loss

Going From Fit To Fat – 10 Truths I Had Forgotten About Weight Loss

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When you’re fit and living a fit & healthy life, you start to forget what it’s like to be at the beginning – out of shape, over weight, sad, in a hurry….  Sure, you can verbalize it and say all the right things, but the memory of the FEELING starts to fade until you can’t even really recall it any more.  Since having baby #3 and struggling to get back into shape and lose weight, I’ve been humbled a LOT.

Whether you have 25 pounds or 100 pounds to lose, I think most of these are true:

1.  It’s hard to remember every bite of food counts when you have such a long way to go.  Honestly, it seems like one biscuit or one cookie really isn’t going to make a huge difference at this point because I have so far to go.  Not logical at all, but still what I think (and they taste sooo good in the moment).

2.  Really getting into working out is near impossible because I can’t do most of the workout.  The awesome feeling of killing a workout is missing from my life right now because even though I have great intentions when I start, I get tired and lose momentum quickly.

3.  Fighting too small clothes all of the time is DEPRESSING.  I know, I know you’re going to say “You just had a baby!”  Well, not exactly “just” any more and even so it doesn’t change the feeling of not having anything to wear that I feel good in.

4.  Being over weight and out of shape makes me tired.  It’s much easier not to try during the day because I’m tired. I know that just perpetuates the cycle.  Knowing and changing…two very different things.

5.  Willpower is like a muscle.  I’ve not been good about working this muscle out.  It’s HARD to start at “will power zero” and build up to where I need to be to see progress.

6.   Bad food tastes good, especially when I’m tired.  I know bad food makes me more tired, yet I still find myself eating it.

7.   It truly is about choosing my “hard.”  This journey is HARD.  Giving up is hard too.  Being over weight is hard.  It’s all hard.

8.  Making small changes every day (taking those “baby steps”) feels futile.  I’ve given that advice thousands of times to people – “just take baby steps.”  What makes more sense to me now is a complete over haul because baby steps don’t yield results fast enough for me to want to keep going.

9.  The ol’ stand by “give it time!” is annoying!  I don’t want to give it time! I want to see some changes right now.  Actually, I want to see them yesterday.

10.   The mental dialogue is loud and proud.  “You’re too tired. You just had a baby. IT doesn’t matter right now.  Everything is more important than your weight loss. Today isn’t going to change anything.  This workout is too hard.  That cake is too good.”  Shew!  I need to change this big time.  One thought at a time.

Maybe some of these are true for you, maybe they aren’t.  All I know is that right now I want to eat the cake that’s in our freezer for a snack, but I’m going to fight the urge to use sugar for a quick energy source.

I will get there, and so will you.  You just have to promise yourself you won’t give up no matter how tough life is today or how long it takes or how many set backs you have.  This set back could be the start of a great come back.

<3 – Meagan

 

 

Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?). She loves being a mom to two crazy boys, and a sweet new baby girl.  She loves  fitness, cooking healthy food, and helping others from home.  In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

 

Detox Kale Salad

Kale Detox Salad

detox kale salad

This salad is ah-mazing and oh so good for you!  I double or triple this recipe on Sunday and munch on it all week.  Highly recommend giving it a try.

Ingredients:
4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. raw cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. pure maple syrup
2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1 pinch sea salt
2 cups chopped kale
½ cup chopped cauliflower
½ cup chopped broccoli
½ cup chopped cabbage
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation:
1. Combine oil, vinegar, lemon juice, maple syrup, ginger, and salt in a small bowl; whisk to blend. Set aside.
2. Combine kale, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and cilantro in a large bowl; mix well.
3. Drizzle cabbage mixture with dressing; toss gently to blend.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 295

Fat: 19 g

Saturated Fat: 3 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 361 mg

Carbohydrate: 29 g

Fiber: 6 g

Sugar: 8 g

Protein: 8 g

 

 

Source: http://www.teambeachbody.com/eat-smart/recipe/-/rcp/330915849/

 

Quinoa The Super Food

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Quinoa The Super Food

Superfoods are called that simply because they’re super, foods. And one of the super-est superfoods in the world is Quinoa. Pronounced: KEEN-wah.  Quinoa has been nicknamed many things over the years. The Incas referred to it as “the Mother of all Grains,” but other names that made the rounds were “Mother Grain of the Andes” and “Incan Gold.”

And while most think that quinoa is a grain (hence its nicknames) it’s actually not a grain at all. It’s the seed of a leafy green plant and a not-so-distant cousin to spinach, chard, and beets. It grows best in mountainous regions, at 10,000 feet or more above sea level, thriving in the kind of extreme weather, thin air, and sandy alkaline soil that would be terrible for cultivating most crops.

Amazing source of protein!

The protein content of quinoa ranges from 10% to 18%, making it a world-class source of vegetarian protein. Plus it’s a complete protein source, which means it contains all 9 essential amino acids—something exceptionally rare among plant-based foods.

Loaded with lots of things your body needs.

Quinoa is an excellent source of phosphorous, iron, and the B vitamins—including niacin, thiamin, and B6. It contains high levels of potassium and riboflavin and is also a good source of zinc, copper, manganese, and magnesium. And if that weren’t enough, quinoa also contains folic acid and vitamin E.

Quinoa has a low glycemic index.

Compared to other whole grains, quinoa has a very low glycemic index (GI). The glycemic index for food is a measure of how much that particular food will make your blood sugar rise. Foods with a GI of 55 and under are considered to be low-glycemic-index foods. The GI for quinoa ranges from 35 to 53, depending on how it is prepared.

Keeping your blood sugar steady will help you maintain your weight as well help keep your cholesterol levels healthy. And that’s why whole, unprocessed foods that are low in sugar and high in fiber (like quinoa) are great for you.

Quinoa RULES!!!

So there you have it, the ins and outs and the ups and downs of this magical non-grain.  Next time you’re at the store, pick some up.  Or feast on it in Shakeology.

 

Source: http://www.shakeology.com/blogs/2014/05/24/superfood-saturday-quinoa/?SHAKEOLOGY_CART_ID=0

4 Instant Energy Tips

4 Instant energy tips

 

As a mom, I almost always feel zapped of energy on some level. Diapers, meals, snacks, potty, laundry, work, house, phone, snacks, meals….you know! I still have a mental check-list I run through on days when I’m really struggling to get (and stay) going. While it may be normal to feel run ragged at the end of a long day, struggling with energy all day is not normal. My 4 instant energy tips:

Get More Sleep

If I’ve gotten less than 7 hours, I’m zapped. Quick fix? Skip the T.V. and reading and go to bed earlier. Even 30-45 minutes makes a huge difference. For me personally, it never works to head to bed at the same time and just skip my morning workout by hitting snooze! Catch up on the front end.

Eat A Healthy Breakfast

Some days it’s 10 a.m. and I realize I’ve been up since 5:30, worked out and still not eaten. It’s difficult for me to recover on these days. Best I can do is to eat ASAP and wait it out until the next day. Skipping breakfast, or not eating a well balanced breakfast will zap your energy every time!

Workout

People don’t workout because they are tired. They are tired because they don’t workout. It’s a vicious cycle. Yes, the first couple of days are going to suck! But sooner than later, a short workout will help you feel more energized every day. Even 20 to 25 minutes!

Drink More Water

According to a study in The Journal of Nutrition, women who experience even mild dehydration saw significant drops in energy levels. Carry a water bottle with you at all times. You’ll sip unconsciously on it all day! If you’ve been dehydrated, drink up and your fog will lift.

Megean and the boys Meagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Real Life Weight Loss Goals

Real life weight loss goals

Ever open a fitness magazine, look at the images and think “that’s nice but how can I ever look like that?” We all know that Photoshop alters images and that fitness competitors and body builders spend hours in the gym, but there’s still a mental disconnect between what we see, what we know, and what we want. Before & after pictures can be inspiring but also discouraging. I wish there were more before & after pics reflecting real women in real life – in particular of moms!

Here’s the deal, unless you are planning on becoming a fitness competitor or you have a serious passion for fitness and just love working out for an hour or more every day, chances are you are never going to look like Jillian Michaels. Do you really care? I remind myself all the time to keep the focus where it matters. For me, this means focusing on feeling strong, feeling great in my clothes, loving the skin I’m in, and being healthy so that I can be around for my family.

Don’t lose sight of your reality and don’t let a crazy awesome transformation story make you feel like your goals & reality aren’t good enough. They are! Keep it real and make it easier to celebrate your victories and milestones. Everyone has a story. This is yours. Make it count.

 Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Avoid Cardio Mistakes For a Better Workout

Avoid cardio mistakes for a better workoutdHave you ever paid attention to the other people on the treadmills, elliptical machines, and spin bikes at the gym? You’ll notice a few bad habits that distract from a good, focused workout and keep you from making the progress you want. Keep an eye out for these and avoid them for the best workout possible.

Zoning Out

Chances are, if you’re jogging slow enough to read a magazine, you’re not getting much out of your workout. If you’re really focused on your arm and leg movements and really pushing yourself, you won’t be able to keep track of words on a page. Don’t get distracted by a magazine or book while you’re running or cycling, and if you’re watching TV, make sure that you don’t get too engrossed in it. Instead, bring your phone or iPod with you and stack it with a really motivational playlist that will keep you focused on breathing and moving.

Holding On

This is especially true for treadmills and elliptical machines. Just because there’s a handrail, that doesn’t mean you should be holding on. For the most part, unless the grips are built into moving parts of the machine designed to help you get a better full-body workout, then you shouldn’t be holding them. They’re there to let you check your heart rate between intervals or to catch yourself should you lose your balance. They’re not there as a crutch to hold onto.

Averting Your Eyes

Most gyms have full mirrors on the walls. This isn’t just to let vane gym junkies check themselves out. It’s actually a service to you while you workout. Check your posture. Are you running with a swayback? Are you favoring one foot over the other? Even if you aren’t a big fan of looking at yourself in the mirror, check these things every now and then. As you correct them and focus on your workouts, you’ll find that you don’t mind what you see in the mirror so much anymore.

Sources:
 Personal Experience

 

Me and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!