Monthly Archives: September 2013

So, What Do I eat Then?

I actually eat a lot of different things. I’m not limited to chicken, tilapia, asparagus or sweet potatoes. Although, I would not have a problem with that, because I cook creatively and I can whip up a mean tilapia and asparagus dish ūüôā I also love chicken and sweet potatoes! So many variations! Anyway, I digress. My foods vary, but I am a creature of habit, so I tend to eat the same things in different forms. I’m fine with that. Honestly, I am.

I follow my macros. Which are your Carbs, Proteins and Fats and I also make sure I pay mind to my micronutriens (Fiber being the most important). I am a big proponent of IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) I know surely you have seen it around, since It is gaining much popularity as of late. I don’t do it because It’s popular, I do it because it works for me. What it basically is, is a lifestyle where you don’t have to worry about WHAT your eating, but making sure to HIT your macronutrients on a daily basis. Protein and fats being the most important and filing the rest with your Carbs. Can you eat crap? Sure, but you will find out PRETTY¬† quickly that you will go through your macros VERY fast. So, I tend to eat mostly foods that are more macro smart for me, which means I get to eat more ūüôā However, it does allow me the opportunity to also have that glass of wine (which, I have naturally cut back on, myself. I last had a glass maybe 3 weeks ago, not because I’m trying to, I just have not thought about it), ice cream, or anything really. I’m not so consumed with eating certain foods , and labeling foods GOOD OR BAD. QUIT labeling your foods! That is number one!

I do measure my food out (why? because you really need to get a clue on HOW MUCH you really are eating), because eyeballing is only really for the MORE experienced, it is VERY easy to gradually up your eyeball amount, with not really meaning too. So, yes, I measure. Do I mind it? No, not one bit. Is it weird? NO? Why would it be weird? Do I do it in a restaurant? No, THAT would be weird. I usually over estimate my portion sizes to be safe. Do I limit myself when I eat out? NO, remember, I said this is NOT about limiting yourself to “Good or Bad” foods. I eat what I want. Period. I also log my food. That can take a little time, getting used to it, the logging and tracking, but it becomes second nature. Sure, maybe you don’t want to do that, because then it takes the fun away, BUT, how else are you going to keep track of your macros? Even¬† your calories if you choose to still count them. You have to have an idea of what you are eating in order to see progress in either direction.

There are various sites you can visit to get that information (your macros, how much etc..) One site is called www.iifym.com¬†, go to the tools tab and go to calculate your macros. Plug in all your information and it will spit out your numbers. When you put in your activity level, be honest about it. Don’t put in what you would like to do, but put in what you are ACTUALLY doing right now. Then you can go back and adjust it accordingly as you progress.

As a side note, know that Carbs and Proteins BOTH equal 4 calories PER gram and Fat equals 9 Calories PER gram. No matter what method you choose to use, whether it be counting calories or counting your macros, at the end of the day, calories in VS calories burned is what counts. If you are eating MORE than you burn in a day, you are in a caloric surplus. If you eat LESS than what you take in, you are in a deficit. You need to be in a deficit to LOSE weight and a surplus to GAIN. A lot of people like to figure out their calories and then exercise to GET MORE calories. DON’T DO THAT. Please. When you go to IIFYM (if you choose to, and NO I am not affiliate with that site) the numbers it will give you, take INTO ACCOUNT the amount of activity you do. NO NEED to add calories back after you exercise. Don’t get into the habit of trying to earn your calories. We don’t earn our food. Besides, even with all the new latest and greatest gadgets (“Oh, I have a bodybug, it says I burned a gazillion calories, so I’m going to eat back 1000 calories”..NO. Just NO), there is still ERROR in there. Trust me on this. You probably won’t, but I’m only trying to help you.

Once you have your numbers, find an app that you like to track your food. I would also highly recommend a food scale. You can find one at Walmart, Kohls, wherever you choose to go . They are there and inexpensive. Like I said in a previous post, I use mymacros for my food log, but have also been extremely happy with MyNetDiary as well. There are other apps out there that people swear by, but they are a little more difficult to navigate and put your macros in, and they also are NOTORIOUS for giving people welfare calories to live off of. Beware. I warned you. PS- you will have to customize your calories and not use what they give you. A little patience goes a long way here while you figure out how to do that.

That’s enough of that for today. Nobody wants to be preached to, but I believe it just did! Get it done!

Anyway, I eat a lot of different things like I said, I took a picture last week of some of my staples. But, normally I eat chicken (of course..duh), ground turkey, beef, tilapia (duh), cod, and occasionally pork (only because I’m not gaga over it, but I will eat it). I eat all kinds of veggies but asparagus (duh) is one of my favorite along with spinach. I LOVE spinach. I also love Kale, sweet potato (duh), green beans, swiss chard and zucchini. Luckily I belong to a local CSA, so I get most of that fresh. Now that we are in the middle of summer, I eat a lot of tomatoes,¬† (not a lot of corn, but I do love corn on the cob). I make fresh salsa which I¬† put on EVERYTHING. My eggs, my fish, my chicken, IT’S on there!

I also love me some peanut butter. I have like 5 jars of various kinds. Indeed. No lie. Ask my family. I use coconut oil, coconut butter, olive oil and spray oil for cooking. I eat whole grain waffles for breakfast, I make protein pancakes, egg whites etc..I love making protein yogurts for snacks..I mean the list goes on and on! I eat a lot, and I never ever feel like I’m being deprived. Just get creative and get cooking!

 

Also, always remember that failure prep and plan is a plan to fail.

Gotta run now! Chat later!

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So, I am down to 115 days. Even though I still have a ways to go, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on what this year has been like so far. First and foremost, I want to say that I am grateful and thankful for all the help I have had along the way. Mostly to other bloggers, Facebook Groups, Websites and my friends. This has been a big journey, one that I am very glad I decided to take. I’m not sure everyone *gets* it, or wants to at least try and get it, and that’s ok. Everyone is unique and different in their own way,¬† and certainly nobody has to do what I’m doing. This journey is more than just me starting to weight train, this is about becoming more aware of my body, and being more aware of what I am feeding it and how I am treating it. I do believe that too many people take for granted the body they are in. We all do. I have, that much I know is true. I ran for many years and failed to take care of my body by fueling it properly, by NOT listening to the suttle cues it would give me, or by allowing it the rest it deserved. I subsequently, did some damage to my metabolism along with my ego ūüė¶ . I was asking entirely too much of it, and not giving it the fuel it so desperately desired. So I became what is considered thin fat. I looked thin to other people, but I knew better. I was flabby underneath it all. I ran more thinking it would help keep the number on the scale down and I ate less. Did I lose weight? Yes, of course I did. Running, coupled with little eating and stress¬† equals weight loss. However, I was tired, I hurt and I was beat down. I added a 3rd shift job into the mix and well, I sort of self imploded over the course of a year. My running slowed down and my weight started to creep up. Truth be told I probably put on about 13lbs since I stopped running regularly over the course of a year.

On the surface, I did not look like it too much, but my clothing was getting tighter and I looked a little fluffier. I was miserable from the lack of sleep, lack of seeing my family because I was always sleeping, and I was STILL trying to keep a few miles here and there. Something had to give. I decided that running was going by the way side and I needed to drop down to part time with my job (let me say that I am very fortunate that I am able to do that, and I realize how fortunate I am. I have a VERY supportive husband who has stayed by my side every painful step of my bitchy way). I have always dabbled on and off in weight training, but I wanted to try and start it again and stick to it. The only way to do that was to fix my eating first and foremost. What really set those wheels in motion was a woman by the name of Amber, who runs the site GO Kaleo (she also has a FB group). She finally got me to realize that I needed to EAT MORE (not just me, but a bunch of¬† people, a revolution if you will). At first of course I was skeptical, because I came from a background of eat LESS and do cardio MORE. Not eat MORE and do cardio LESS, the HORROR!!! Let me tell you, I have NEVER looked back to my old lifestyle. I began to do my own research, I walked the walk and I continued to read and learn. I had an initial gain. YES, I did. It had to¬† happen that way, I needed to get my metabolism moving again, I needed it to know I wasn’t starving it anymore. I wasn’t going to torture it with TONS of cardio. I was just going to eat and let my body heal.

I started to lift heav(ier). MUCH heavier. I stared following Wendler’s 5/3/1. My weight finally leveled out and stayed put, even though I was feeding it so much more. Then the real changes¬†started, my physique started to change. My biceps started to take shape, my shoulders, my triceps, my hips started to thin out, YET, my weight stayed the SAME. My clothing size dropped again, YET, I was eating MORE. Amazeballs! Who woulda’ thunk!? I continued to lift heavy ( I am 5 cycles in now) and I continued to read and learn and read yet some more. I realized that doing this, studying about food and eating and cooking and weight training made ME HAPPY. I enjoy it. NO, not like I enjoyed running , but a serious love. Pushing my body, and fueling it, and learning and seeing the changes, it’s all Science. It’s all right there in front of me. No one can argue with results, NO one can argue Science. For so long I have believed in the low calorie band wagon (Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach etc..etc..) that had me consuming such low calories and had me doing lots of cardio. You know what? I do¬† MAYBE 2 days a week of cardio and only 15-20 minutes at that. For real. I’m SO much happier now. Don’t get me wrong, I still have my weak moments of bad self talk, I still have days where I pick myself apart in front of the mirror. Or I question all that I am doing, but, the times that I get compliments, or the times that people ask me to help them or tell me that I, ME, I inspire them,¬† reinforces that what I am doing is right. I AM learning, I AM applying what I’m learning to myself. There is NO magic pill, NO magic shake, just some work and time.

You have to be willing to make a change within yourself. Only you can do it. Nobody else. There are only so many tomorrows. Why not today? This is YOUR body, you were only given one. Listen, I am not preaching, because ultimately, whatever you decide, it will not effect me one bit. Your decisions are YOURS and no one else can make them for you. It just makes me sad when I know that you CAN change. YOU CAN. It’s hard to get started, and you will have days where you don’t want to. I still have them, but the benefits FAR outweigh¬† anything else.

You know what else? I get your busy. I am busy too. I am 40, I have 3 kids (15.5, 13 and 11), I also have a husband who travels and¬† I work 2/12 hour shifts a week (3rd shift like I said). My youngest is a competitive gymnast, he is in the gym 6 days a week (which is 40 minutes away ONE way). My daughter twirls, dances and does ballet. My oldest is a wrestler¬†(and I am training him with Wendler’s right now as well). I still manage to put GOOD food on the table, everyone has clean clothing on, I keep my house relatively clean (lol) and I find time to train MYSELF. So, yea. I know BUSY. YOU have to decide are YOU really THAT busy? Or do you lack the¬† motivation that it takes to get there? If it’s the latter, then sorry I can’t help you. Look inward a bit and try to find that answer. Never settle.¬† Never.

 

 

Friday! Yes!

Now that I am down to 2 work days a week, I feel so much more NORMAL. My sleeping is back to being what is normal for me, I feel better, and I look forward to tackling my days now.

Dropped the kids off at school and headed to the gym (gotta love those early morning workouts, get em’ done and claim your day!) Today was chest, shoulders, tri’s and bi’s. I’m deloading¬†so all my weights are light. I feel like screaming in the gym-¬†“I AM ON A DELOAD¬†WEEK! DELOAD! THIS IS NOT MY TYPICAL LIFTING WEIGHT!!” but, then I figure, who really cares? Nobody is watching me NOR do they really care. When you workout, never compare yourself to anyone other than YOURSELF.

Even though my weight were low, I went with higher repetitions, and yes, by golly I am a little sore. My routine was this:

Bench Press

Cable Cross-overs

Incline Flys

Incline DB Press

Bicep Curls

Single Bicep Curls

Tricep Rope pull downs

Dips off a bench

Presses

Lateral raises

Rear Delt Raises

I did some Ab work as well.

Most of these were 4 sets of 12-15 AND supersetted with one another.

 

So I have to share. I had stopped to go to the bathroom (well, because that is what happens when you drink close to a gallon of water a day), and a lady (a little older than myself) stopped me and asked what I did in terms of working out. She said she is absolutely amazed with my physique and my body is her inspiration. I was so COMPLETELY and UTTERLY¬† flattered. Her and I spoke for the next 20 minutes (normally this would bother me as I was in between sets, but I wanted to answer her questions), she told me how she lost 45 lbs over the last two years and how she has come to love going to the gym. She even went as far to say that she goes home and tells her husband about me, and how badly she has been wanting to talk to me (her husband finally pushed her to just talk to me..so FUNNY! I¬† just cannot imagine that) We had such a great talk and I so badly wanted to tell her to quit the daily cardio she is doing- BUT, I refrained. The first thing I have learned in this whole process is to NOT tell people what they are doing WRONG, but encourage them in all they are doing RIGHT.¬† She even went as far as to ask me if I thought it would be weird if she wrote down everything she saw me doing next time I was at the gym (stalker much? NO, KIDDING!! TOTALLY), of COURSE I said YES! I was so flattered. NO really. I hope to be an inspiration to SO many MORE people out there. I want people to know that this is a REAL attainable goal. You CAN do this. I am¬† HAPPY. I am not restrictive in ANY WAY. NONE. I don’t have any forbidden foods, I don’t do LOW carb, Low fat, Low ANYTHING. My workouts are SO rewarding. I love them.

 

I would not be fair for me to say that you can look like me or have the physique you want without saying that nutrition REALLY is a HUGE part of it. HUGE. You can go to the gym all you want, but you really have to close that nutrition loop. I am not talking about crazy diets (It isn’t a diet it’s a lifestyle), rock bottom calories or being miserable. So please, just take those thoughts out of your head. I realize that not everyone wants to have to measure their food, or watch their intake. I realize it may turn people off right there. I may have just lost someone in that last statement. It’s ok. When they are ready they will come back. The first thing is that you need to get an idea of HOW MUCH you are actually eating in a day. The only¬† true way to do this is to TRACK your food for a week. EVERYTHING that goes into your mouth, write it down. There are TONS of apps out there, that you can download to your phone. My favorite are Mynetdiary¬†and Mymacros. There is myfitness¬†pal as well, but I don’t care for it honestly. This way you can see where your calories are. That would be step 1. You really cannot just go all willy nilly¬†and guestimate. It’s too important. I want you to be able to see if you are eating too much OR too little. Believe it or not, too little is a common theme.

 

I personally  choose to follow my macros. I enjoy this way much better.  I will talk about that tomorrow. However, for now, a good tip I received from a reputable source is this:

If you want to lose weight, multiply your weight by 12. If you want to maintain, multiply your weight by 14/15. That is a good GUIDE/STARTING point. This way you have a general idea of numbers. Well, I don’t want to bombard today, so I will post more soon. Remember, give it a chance. Track your intake for a week. It’s a real eye opener. Try not to be conscious of what you are eating. Just eat the way you are right now. Measure it and track it. Go!

 

Some of My Favorite Things..

Some of my favorite things..

Some of my favorite things..

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Some of us have “go to” foods that we use on a daily basis. I thought I would share just a couple of mine (God knows I have a TON). First is my Cellucor. This is by far the best brand I have tried to date. Seriously. Go get yourself some. Like, NOW. They are good for Protein Shakes (to which I say, I use mine with WATER only. Yes, it’s an acquired taste, BUT, you get used to it. Besides, the flavors are good enough to stand on their own), I use it for my proyos (which I posted a recipe for yesterday), I also use it sprinkled on some stuff here and there for extra sweetness.

Next I have my fats. I LOVE LOVE LOVE coconut anything. So, of course I use it to cook with! Duh! Coconut butter is my favorite to put on toast or sweet potatoes! YUMMO! Coconut oil has a very high burn point, so it’s good to use for stir fry, saut√©ing foods as well as taking the place of¬†Olive Oil. (which I¬† do still use btw). The Spray¬†oil is good for when I am watching my fats and I want to save them for say..umm..GOODIES..lol

Then there is my beloved Peanut Butter. Oh, how I love thee..My love…Okay, sorry. Anyway, I love Peanut Butter and Co PB, it is delicious. Beats ANY OTHER HANDS DOWN! So I have a few varieties in my arsenal. I keep adding, as you really can never have enough of the nut butters. I also like cashew and almond butter as well. Who are we kidding, I’m not prejudice, I will eat ANY BRAND and FLAVOR of nut butters. Remember that comment up there? The one where I mentioned saving fats for goodies. I introduce you to¬† me goodies. My besties. My nutbuddies. HA! (and yes, I have other fat sources as well! Avocados,¬† fish oil et al)

Ahh, lest we not forget my Quest Bars. These are the GREATEST CREATIONS EVA’! Do you hear me? EVA’!¬† These do not have all that crap in it that most (insert popular brand named protein bar here) have in them. No, seriously. I wouldn’t lie about something like this. They are fabulous. You can order them online, or GNC or Vitamin Shoppe carries them as well. I have found that Vitamin Shoppe has the biggest variety of flavors. My favorites are : Banana Nut, Apple Pie, PB&J,¬† Cookie Dough, Cinnamon Roll, White Chocolate Raspberry, Strawberry Cheesecake, Peanut Butter, Brownie ..Oh wait, see what I did there?¬† Ahh, yeaaaa, that’s¬† pretty¬† much ALL the flavors except a few I forgot to mention.¬† So, yea..go get thee some!

Have you tried these gums? The Dessert line? YUM. No, really YUM. I have probably ALL the flavors. My favorite is not in the picture because I am out. OR, maybe one of my kids stole the pack. Grrr..Anyway, it’s Sherbet.¬† So yummy. Fills that sweet tooth craving when you need it.

Then there is Liquid Aminos by Bragg. It takes the place of Teriyaki, Soy Sauce etc.. You can use it on tons of things. Chicken, rice, fish, etc..my favorite is to put it on my rice.

Anyway, your tastes of course may not be the same as mine, but I believe that everyone has their go to staples and these are a few of mine. I¬† have tons, but I don’t feel like taking pictures of my whole pantry/refrigerator!

 

As always, be sure to count all these in your daily macro intakes ūüôā

 

OH! I forgot to add, the one bottle up there with my powders are Branch Chained Amino Acids. I will speak about them at a later date.

 

 

 

Protein Pancakes..aka Proatcakes.

 

Protein Pancakes are really versatile. You can do tons of different combinations to satisfy your  taste buds. I have a few different flavors that I like to make, but I will give you a basic recipe.

1/3 cup oats

1 scoop Protein Powder (whatever flavor you like/or have on hand)

2 WHOLE eggs (you don’t have to use whole eggs, you can just as easily use whites, just be sure you double it then, I mean, really..use the WHOLE egg for this recipe)

1 tsp Baking Powder

1T Oat Flower (yes, I use it because it add a little more of fluff to them in addition to the baking powder)

1tsp Vanilla Extract

(If you are taking Omega’s, this is a good recipe to throw them into. I take liquid form so I just throw my daily dose in here)

Blend it all together in a mixer. YES, it will be thick. It’s fine. If it REALLY bothers you, you can thin it down with some milk (almond, soy, 1%, skim, full fat whatever YOU want)

Plop them in a pan and fry them up! This recipe will make 2 large ones, or 3/4 smallish ones.

My favorite is to melt some pb on top, SF Cool Whip and SF chocolate syrup. (No need to comment on my SF stuff, I use it sparingly, so it’s all good in my book)

 

Make sure you figure out your macros and log it all ūüôā

Random Food Pictures..

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Quick and Easy Protein Yogurt!

Okay, here is a quick and easy treat. This is one of my go to snacks at night that I never tire of.

Proyo (some call it Froyo and freeze it, I prefer to not freeze mine)

1 small container of Greek Yogurt (I use and prefer Fage %)
1 scoop of Protein powder (I use Whey or Casein depending on how long until my next meal- Casein is NOT necessary) You can choose your flavor. I’m big on Cellucor, so I either use Cookies and Cream or Cinnamon Swirl. If it’s Casein I use Chocolate).
Here is where you can add in whatever you want. My typical go to’s are usually:
SF Hershey’s syrup
Quest Bar pieces broken up and microwaved for a few seconds
Sometimes rasberries
Sometimes Chocolate Fiber One
Definitely melted PB
I also mix in 2 T of SF Cool Whip BEFORE I add my mix ins, because I feel like it makes it fluffier.

There you have it. The mix in possibilities are endless. Really they are! You can add whatever you like in as long as they fit your macros. Enjoy!

 

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Day 121!

I know, I know..last time I blogged I was at day 190something or thereabouts! Yes, I am still going strong, and getting more and more motivated as the days pass me. I am still working out in my home set up, but have had to move some of my workouts to the gym down the road. Some of my weights have gotten heavy to the point, that what I have at home are not supporting me AND, I have moved to a Smith Machine for my squats. Which I personally feel more comfortable with. I’ll be honest here and say that I was starting to get in my own head, once my weight started to climb up. I stalled at 165, why? I was scared. Honestly scared, you know the scared I am talking about. The scared where I thought about having to do them HOURS before my workout time..maybe even days. Crazy right? NO. I feel this is perfectly normal when you are lifting heavy. However, in my case it was effecting my ability to do them properly, when In my heart I KNOW I can do them. I have some STRONG legs on me and the only thing that was stopping me was ME. I’ll tell you a little secret, It was so bad that I was shaking continuously throughout the workout. Who puts themselves through that?? Someone like me who is dedicated and strong willed. I cannot let this beat me. I just can’t. I will work this through until I can get PAST 165.

The other thing you may be wondering is WHY ON EARTH would a GIRL want to lift that heavy. I ask you, WHY NOT? Why not test your limits? Lifting heavy will NOT, I repeat WILL NOT make you big and bulky and manly. Let’s just talk about this for a second. Manly. Yes, there are some women out there AS WELL AS men who think that women who lift heavy and have MUSCLES are manly. Dude. Really? Do you know the amount of time (psst..YEARS)it would take to get THAT big, let alone the DRUGS that are involved with getting that big? Okay, Okay, before all you natty people out there get your feathers fluffed, there ARE NATURAL bodybuilders out there who are big because they worked their asses off. No need to shoot me nasty messages or comments. However, we all know, including YOU that natty is NOT the norm in the industry. Anyway, I digress. To the women out there, you WILL NOT GET BIG and huge and manly. You will get FIT, awesome muscle tone and a great ass. Who doesn’t want that? HOWEVER, you do know that NUTRITION plays a VITAL role in all of the above. You cannot get to grandma’s house with NO gas in the car. Over the last couple months I have done my due diligence with learning and learning some more about the eating component of all this. Not just lifting, but eating in general and what I have found out is that I really love learning about it. I’m a food nerd. I love reading about it, I love learning about it and lest we not forget the fact that I LOVE to eat it.

Going forward I will be talking about food, calories, macros and fitness. I will continue to talk about my journey and where I am going still, but I want to broaden things a bit to try and help others understand all the components of successful weight loss, keeping it off, GAINING weight as well as maintaining. So much to talk about..I’m excited! Are you?

Anyway, back to me. I am still doing Wendler’s and I am currently getting ready to start Cycle 5 next week (I’m deloading this week). I may do one more cycle and then focus more on specific things, since I have plans for myself..(shhhhh)..I actually have started adding in some new things, such as Hacks Squats, Sumo Deadlifts, Leg Press, Seated Cable Rows, and Lat pull downs. The gym was a little intimidating at first, since I’m used to doing things on my own in the privacy of my own home, but thankfully the gym I go to is small (but has all the equipment I could ever need) and quiet (think Senior Citizen) which is great, because I don’t need to wait forever to use equipment and have to compete with people standing around yapping while I am trying to get my workout in. Which leads me to, people, you go to the gym to workout, you go to the bar or wherever else you young people go to socialize. Those of us who want to get in and get out, don’t and can’t be bothered with those of you texting in between sets WHILE you are sitting on the piece of equipment that others want to use, or just plain standing in the way. Get your shit done and move along…kthanksbye.

My eating has been more on point than ever, and although there was some initial weight gain that came along with fixing my metabolism, that has since dropped back off. I am now in the process of trying to find my gaining point. I am happy thus far to know that my calories are MUCH higher than they once were, when I would gain. YAY, for fixing my body! Eat more. It’s that simple. Not all at once of course, but you CAN train your body to take in more calories AND lose weight. It’s a process and it takes time and patience, but it can be done. I no longer believe that people are carb intolerant, I do believe that WE make ourselves that way by the constant restricting and binging that we do. If you don’t believe me, please head on over to Layne Norton on Youtube. Take a listen for yourself. Educate yourself. Learn, read and then learn some more about how our bodies are supposed to work. I have to put in my little disclaimer, I am not referring to ANYONE who has a true medical disorder, or someone who is gluten intolerant OR ANY OF THOSE OTHER ISSUES. I am merely speaking of the commoner like myself who has NO issues with food, but was led to believe for many, many years that low carb, no carb, low fat, no fat, low calories was the way to go. It’s time to get up, be smart and educate yourselves. It Is my hope that I can help you along the way.

Anyway, all of the information I talk about here is coming from my own research (as I am NOT a licensed professional-YET). Just like anything else, do your own homework and proceed with caution if you are medically able to. If not, please take the advice of your Doctor before you try anything new.

Until next time..ttfn

PS, you will NEVER hear me talk about what you CAN’T eat. NEVER. That is NOT my philosophy. It’s not what I believe in, therefore, I will not condone it. Eat what you like. This is a lifestyle that needs to be a reality and one that you can keep on a day to day basis.

It’s been awhile..

I have had so much going on, that it’s been hard to keep up with everything. I will try and update everything this week at some point..

Cliff Notes:

I have begun my journey to getting my Nutrition and Personal Training Certifications through NASM. Have my books, materials and online learning tools, I’m about a month in. So excited that I finally took the leap of faith!

I have another goal for the end of 2014 (well near the end), but I won’t post about that just yet..

I have been weight training daily, I’m getting fantastic results and have FINALLY figured out the eating portion of it all! Yes! Finally! This truly has been a journey and one that I am so glad I decided to take a leap into. Everything thus far is on point and I could not be happier with the way things are going. Granted, everything truly is a work in progress and I learn new things daily, BUT, I am definitely heading in the right direction.

Work continues to be work, but luckily my schedule is pretty stable for the next 5 months or so, so for that alone I am grateful. My sleep has gotten so much better, which has improved my overall moods. I have continued to see who my real friends are over the course of the last few months and sadly I have lost one, but, I have to look at it in terms of, when you grow, sometimes people don’t like it. Perhaps it scares them, makes them nervous OR it makes them take a look at themselves and they find out who I am becoming makes them feel uneasy about who they are, or make them realize that perhaps they have changes to make within themselves as well, and maybe they are not ready for that yet. It hurt a lot at first, but, I have to be ok with that. It’s their decision to stay or go.. and If your reading this NO, it’s NOT YOU. You know who you are ūüôā We are still friends, just have to figure out how to make the time to nourish the friendship.

I’m more than half way through this 365 day journey and I have not intention of stopping at the end of the year. It has made me realize how very much into fitness and nutrition I really am. You will see more fitness related stuff coming from me in the near future as well as a LOT of pictures of my recipes and food concoctions. I am finding that I love to cook and share my recipes as well as my fitness tips.

I also have a page on Instagram, where I am building up a following. You will find mainly progress pictures, cooking pictures, food pictures and some motivational captions. You can find me @browneyedgirldee on Instagram! Come and follow me!

I also have a new page on Facebook called Runningawaywithme (surprise, surprise!). I am trying to keep my fitness related stuff separate from my personal page, because I realize that not everybody has the same frame of mind that I do. I’m ok with that :-).

Well, I’ll be back to give a more updated post, about where I am with my weight training, my eating and my recipes. Stay tuned!!

Victorious

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