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!

Morning After….

Ok, so I was stoked that I did pretty damn well yesterday during my day 2 Insanity workout.  This morning, made me question that small victory.  Around 6am, my son started crying out to let us know he was hungry.  The normal routine would be to get up, warm a bottle of milk and that would keep him happy until breakfast gets served in daycare around 8:30am.  Here’s how today’s routine went:

Me:  OMG!  I can’t turn my head, I’m so sore…what time is it?

Hubby:  groggly…I’ts around 6am.

Me:  Can you please get Maxx a bottle of milk – I’m so incredible sore, I can’t move!

Hubby:  sure baby…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Me:  &*%)!  (to myself – OK Chris, you can do this, just sit up, s i t  u p!  that’s right, slow and steady.  OK good.  Now turn and swing legs to the side of the bed and place on the floor.  5 minutes later…good.  Ok…now get up.  Get up.  Get up or listen to your son cry for the next hour!  Ok – I’m up.)  Out loud:  Thanks hon…Guess I’ll go get it since you are back to being unconscious.  (To self – OK, now hold on to the stairway banister and take it slowly…ouch….ouch…ouch, etc).  Finally, I made it down to the kitchen.  Milk is good to go, nice and warm…….(long stare up the staircase).   Out loud:  I can do this…grunt…grunt….grunt…..grunt.   Oh my god – I made it.  Hallelujah!  Good morning sweetie – here’s your milk…see you soon.  xoxoxo

Hubby:  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

One hour later once alarm goes off – Hubby:  You know what, why don’t you take a few more minutes and just rest, I’ll take Maxx to daycare today.

Me:  OMG Really – that would be so awesome.  I’m just so sore.  Thank you so much.

Hubby:  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Me:  &**(& )(*&)(*&!  (in my not-so-inside voice).  GUESS I’LL BE TAKING MAXX TO DAYCARE TODAY.  Thanks a lot!

Current Time:  1:28pm:  8 advil’s and 4 bottles of water later, I can move a little bit easier.  My shoulders/neck are still a little stiff and my quads and hams hurt when I’m in that in-between position beween standing and sitting.  Just wondering how the hell I’m going to make it through tonight’s workout when I can barely move myself.

I can only hope that it gets easier and once I get warmed up, I’ll be able to move a little more easily and complete SOME of the workout.  I’m not crazy to think I’ll be anywhere near as successful as I was last night…but I’ve got my fingers crossed!  Wish me luck!!!

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

 

 

 

Add years to your life!

According to eDiets.com – here are 4 behaviors that can add 14 years to your life!

  1. Don’t Smoke!
  2. Exercise REGULARLY!
  3. Drink alcohol in moderation.
  4. Eat 5 servings of fruits & veggies daily!

Doing all these in combination will provide the best results!  So get to it!  ;)

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!

While we wait…

Well, I’m still waiting to see the results of my latest commercial and photo shoot. Sooooooo, in the interim, I thought I’d post some more health and fitness tips that work for me. :). Enjoy!

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!

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