The #1 Reason You Aren’t Losing WeightHealth

The #1 Reason You Aren’t Losing Weight | Yahoo! Health.

I found this article today on Yahoo! Health – pretty cool!

I got home soooo late from work since I had to cover for an employee that called out and just got home after my 1.5 hr drive home and quick dash into Publix.  So, Insanity is off the table tonight, but it’s back on tomorrow.  I get off at 3:30pm and should be ready to go by 5pm – finishing just in time to pick up my little one!

‘Pure Cardio’ here I come!

25 Meals to Boost Your Mood | Greatist.com

25 Meals to Boost Your Mood | Greatist.com.

Insanity Day 1 & 2

Wow – OK, Insanity is the PERFECT word for this workout.

Yesterday, I completed my first Fit Test and I have no idea how I did, until my next one in 2 weeks, so I guess I’m just going to pat my back on this one because I actually made it through.

Today was the Plyometric Cardio Circuit workout and I am almost speechless to how I feel.  I CAN tell you that I did better than I expected too; however, I did end up in a ball of tears at the end.  Even though I didn’t make it through every step of every move…I definitely held my own and it felt good to see people in the video that were taking breaks and struggling too.  I think if everyone was to be as amazing as Shaun T and nailed every move I probably wouldn’t be looking towards tomorrow’s workout.  (notice I didn’t say looking FORWARD to it).  LOL

In any case – I believe it did what it was supposed to do..

  1. It provided circuit training
  2. It provided 30-40 min of cardio
  3. It kicked my ass!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s workout – Cardio Power & Resistance!

 

Insanity!

It’s been just over a month since we shot the commercial and photos for eDiets.com and I am still anxiously awaiting to see all the results from my hard work and the hard work of my new eDiets friends.  Until then, I have still been going strong, losing weight at a steady pace and I’m in my final goal weight range – yay!

I have to admit, I’m not as excited as I thought I would be – and I think that’s mostly due to the fact that the scale might be ready the right numbers for me, but my body still doesn’t look as fantastic as I thought it would be by now.  Prior to having my son, I was essentially a gym rat.  Every day after work, I went straight to the gym and put in a solid hour or so 5x/week.  This time around – it’s not so easy.  With such a long commute to work, there is very little time during the week that I get to see my son, so I often have to make the decision to either go to the gym or spend an hour with my son before he goes to bed.

Well, as much as I LOVE my gym, YouFit, I thought, I might see what else is out there.  After looking around, I found this INSANE workout called INSANITY, by Shaun T.  The basic idea is that you take an entire YEAR’s worth of workouts and condense it into TWO MONTHS!  All workouts are approximately 40 minutes and they vary every day between 14 different DVD’s.  Workouts are slated for 6 days a week and every 2 weeks you perform a “Fit Test” to see how you’re progressing. There are no weights needed – you just use your own body weight and work your ass off!  3 minutes of high intensity workout with a 30 second rest, and repeat!

I’m sure insane doesn’t even BEGIN to describe this program, but nevertheless, I’m giving it a shot!  My goal is to workout every night when my son goes down to sleep and during his nap time on the weekends.  I’ll miss you, YouFit, but I’m going to try and workout AND see my son.  I’m not going to beat myself up if I miss a day or two here as life will often get in the way, but I’m going to do it – even if it takes me 3 or 4 months instead of 2!  I’m even going to stay on the eDiets meal plan as it is very balanced between protein, carbs, and fat…I think I just may add a protein shake or additional snack each day so my body can keep up with the crazy workouts.

My first workout is 5 minutes after I publish this post – so wish me luck and I’ll keep you updated (if I’m not too sore to type)! lol

 

 

 

True or False?!

  • You burn more body fat if you exercise on an empty stomach – FALSE!
  • In-season produce delivers more nutrients – TRUE!
  • Getting protein after a workout protects your muscles – TRUE!
  • Drinking water before a meal and you will eat less – TRUE!
  • If you’re watching your weight, you should never snack between meals – FALSE!
  • Your breakfast should always include dairy – FALSE!
  • For maximum nutritional value, you should always eat your veggies raw – FALSE!

5 weight loss tips

~ by ShareCare:

  1. Eat smaller, more frequent meals (4-6 on average).
  2. Take notes!  Food journals are key to losing weight!
  3. Build muscle!  Don’t think that weight training is going to “bulk  you up”.  Instead, it will help your metabolism speed up and burn more calories for longer, after your workout!
  4. Go lean with protein.
  5. Forget total deprivation – that’s just nuts!

OMG – More reasons to LOVE chocolate!

Study of the Day:

Eating Chocolate for Breakfast Is Good for Your Diet

By Hans Villarica

New research from Tel Aviv shows that starting the day with a full meal that includes a sweet dessert contributes to weight loss success.

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PROBLEM: Though restrictive diets often result in weight loss, most obese dieters fail to keep the pounds off as soon as their cravings start to overpower their discipline. Can a more forgiving breakfast topped off with sweets help prevent this all-too-common obesity relapse?

METHODOLOGY: To determine if and how the timing and composition of meals affect short- and long-term weight loss, researchers led by Tel Aviv University’s Daniela Jakubowicz randomly assigned 193 clinically obese, non-diabetic adults, ages 20 to 65, to one of two diet groups with identical daily caloric intake — 1,600 for men, 1,400 for women. Those in the first group ate a low-carbohydrate diet that included a small 300-calorie breakfast while members of the second cluster were given a 600-calorie breakfast high in protein and carbs that always included dessert.

RESULTS: Halfway through the 32-week trial, participants in both groups had lost an average of 33 pounds per person. Things changed drastically soon after, however. While participants in the large-breakfast group lost another 15 pounds each, those in the low-carb group regained an average of 22 pounds each. At the end of the program, those who had less restrictive breakfasts had lost an average of 40 pounds more per person than their peers.

CONCLUSION: Starting the day with a full meal that includes a sweet dessert can bolster and maintain a dieter’s weight-loss progress.

IMPLICATION: Curbing cravings is better than deprivation for dieting success, says Jakubowicz in a statement, since avoiding sweets altogether can create a psychological addiction to these same foods in the long-term.

SOURCE: The full study, “Meal Timing and Composition Influence Ghrelin Levels, Appetite Scores and Weight Loss Maintenance in Overweight and Obese Adults,” is published in the journal Steroids.

Image: Shutterstock.

eDiets shoot – Day 2

Today was an incredible day for me.  It was the day I realized that I’m not that overweight, unhappy woman anymore…I had made it to my goals and I look and feel fantastic!  It really wasn’t until I saw my raw bikini pictures on the monitor that I had that huge reality check!  Wow…that was me!  No editing, no photoshop or touch-ups…just me.  Amazing!  Well, now that the shoot is said and done, we’ll just have to wait and see the results.   Stay tuned for the final conclusion to my journey!

eDiets shoot – End of day 1

After many hours of testimonial questions and multiple photo shoots, we wrapped up yesterday’s session at 6pm and headed back to the hotel. A few of us headed down to the lobby to share a drink and talk about the day’s events.  It was interesting to hear how everyone’s experiences were  so very different, even though we all participated in the same  things.

Brooke and I then said our goodbye’s to the rest of the group, and headed off to explore Portland and find some dinner and nightlife. Two trains, one cop, and three creepy and ‘dark alley like’ blocks later, we finally found a suitable place to eat.  We had such a great time talking about the shoot today and what was going on in each of our lives. For me, it wasn’t just dinner, it was a new friendship beginning and it was fun!

Eventually we had to call it a night and we headed back to the hotel on foot (we thought we’d do without the train drama this time) via Brooke’s map on her phone with only 8 minutes of battery left!  We walked briskly through the cold, windy blocks and made it back just after her phone battery died!  Yay!

We both crashed and now we are here at day 2 of the eDiets photo shoot and looking forward to what today has to offer….

eDiets shoot – Day 1

Arrived at Limbo films at 7:45am and headed straight to hair and make-up. Soooo much fun! I could definitely get used to the pampering :)

Next up: Testimonial interview!

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