8/27/2014

you asked and I answered - staying fit



Since I've been having success in losing my baby weight, I've had many requests for this blog post.

First of all, I think it’s important to get one thing straight: I’m not perfect. And that’s such an obvious statement that it’s ridiculous to even have to say it. But in a post like this it just needs to be said. I mean really, Monday night for dinner I had a bowl of popcorn and four spoonfuls of nutella. So you see? Not. Perfect. And I'm certainly not an expert on anything I'm writing about here.

But even so, I love all of you rad people that read this little blog and so I feel that it's my obligation to get this post written already. I’ve been eating healthy and counting calories and working out almost every single day, and I’m feeling oh so grand. The requests have been for my typical eating and workout schedule, so here it is! I'm sorry and you're welcome, per whichever applies best to you personally.


- WORKOUTS -
I’ve always been a very active person, and if there is one thing that I swear by it’s VARIETY. I strongly believe in switching up workouts so that you aren’t doing the same thing every day. In my experience, that is MONEY. Here is my variety:

I start my week each Sunday morning with a nice long run. Or a nice short run, however I feel. ;)

Monday I do Yoga. Mondays are MONDAYS so, I choose something really nice and calm to get me through. This is my current favorite yoga workout. (tara stiles, you beautiful thing you.)

Tuesday and Thursday are for lifting weights. Here’s a fun fact: did you know that just two days a week of lifting weights can reduce overall body fat by about 3 percentage points in just 10 weeks? Even if you don’t cut a single calorie. Now if that’s not motivation to lift! I do a toning class at the gym, so it incorporates lifting weights along with a butt-load of squats (pun intended) and a little bit of ab work.
Wednesday I do piyo. Have I told you about piyo? Because I can’t tell you enough. I am obsessed with it! I only wish there were more days in the week so I could do more piyo. It’s such an amazing workout.
Friday is kickboxing class. Punching bags are where it's at, mixed with some burpees and running laps.
And then Saturday I REST.
Other advice I have on working out:
Get out of bed! When I struggle to get out of bed when my alarm goes off, I simply remind myself of how I will feel for the rest of the day if I let myself stay in bed. That's good motivation for me because it’s tried and true. I have the best mornings and days when I start my day with a workout. And on the flip side, I have the worst mornings and days when I sleep in. Also, once you really start to see and feel RESULTS it will be so much easier to get yourself out of bed. That’s the best part, seeing the results you are looking for. DON’T GIVE UP before then! Keep pushing through!
ABS! Four of my six workout days include at least ten minutes of abs.
Find something you are passionate about. You shouldn’t feel forced to be doing something that you hate. And sometimes it's not about losing weight at all, it's just about staying healthy and feeling good. So try out different things. Maybe you’re a runner? Maybe you’re a biker? Maybe you’d love yoga? Maybe you’d love lifting weights? Maybe you’d love zumba? Maybe you’d love swimming? I’m pretty sure there are a billion things you can try, but make sure you find something that kind of makes your heart sing. That’s the thing that you’ll be able to get out of bed in the mornings for.
Sleeping is for wimps. I mean not really, that’s harsh. But…really. I’m averaging five to six hours of sleep a night right now, and I’m actually thriving. Because the truth is, no one’s dreams came true by sleeping in every morning. There’s just not enough hours in the day for that crap. Wake up early, and stay up late. And while you're at it, wear a short skirt with a long, loooonnnnggggg jacket! (thanks cake.)

- NUTRITION -

When I initially needed to lose pounds, aka the baby weight, I decided I wanted something to really kick start the weight loss. I went with shakeology and for four weeks I had a shake for lunch everyday, on top of counting calories and working out. In those four weeks I lost eight pounds, hallelujah! I still have six pounds to lose, and now I'm counting on my fitbit flex to help me track my calories and get me through.


Here's the thing about counting calories: it totally sucks. I'm not even going to try and sugarcoat it. (again, pun intended.) But here's the other thing about counting calories: if you want to lose weight, you just have to do it.

I suppose my real secret is just being aware. Sure, I count calories and stay healthy but I don't go extremist. I indulge every now and again. If I eat a huge lunch, I eat a small dinner. And I'm watching what I'm putting into my body. I'm recognizing how certain foods make me feel. More than just weight, eating healthy plays a huge role in my energy and my moods.

On a typical day, this is what my eating schedule looks like:

BREAKFAST - always a bowl of oatmeal. (1/2 c rolled oats, 1 c water, topped with 1 tbsp brown sugar and 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk)

- a couple of times a week, usually on my most intense workout days, I also eat eggs. (2 eggs cracked into a coffee mug, microwave 45 seconds, stir and add 1 sprinkle of shredded mozzarella cheese, microwave 30 more seconds, top off with fresh diced tomatoes)

+ vitamins. don't forget your vitamins! I don't want to hear any crap from anyone about how you read an article that said you don't need vitamins. Take them! (I take womens one a day + calcium + vitamin c + an occasional fish oil)

LUNCH - because I work, I often have business lunches or lunch on the go. It ranges in WHAT I eat, but I always track the calories and keep my lunch UNDER 500 calories.

DINNER - portion sizes are the key here. Whatever the main dish, I make sure the sides are vegetables and salad, and my portion size for the sides is always much larger than my main dish. I love cooking fish because it's so healthy, fast and easy. We also do a lot of chicken and ground beef. Recently I made some gluten free quinoa meatballs that were delightful! I like to find new recipes (via pinterest of course) and try them out often.

SNACKS - I always snack on either fruit, vegetables or nuts. And I make sure I have a small snack in between each meal. When I'm feeling fancy, I like CLIFF protein bars as well.

Again, I know counting calories is a total buzzkill but it's what you have to do if you want to see change!

And that's that friends. I hope this helps a little?

My current goals are to lose the last six pounds and then work on my abs. I can get killer legs in a heartbeat, but my stomach is the most stubborn thing I've ever met! So this is going to take some time. But I'll probably keep you updated because, have you seen my social media accounts? I'm always there. ;)

And listen, if you have any other questions for me, please let me know! Call me! Text me! E-mail me! And if you live nearby and want to join me in my workouts, the more the merrier. Come one, come all! I would love to have you with me.

Whatever your journey, good luck. Staying fit and healthy is just oh so worth it. I promise.

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