Friday, March 29, 2013

Surviving through the Holidays!!

So of course, Easter is this weekend and I use to be one of those holiday bingers that completely blew everything I worked so hard for the week prior.  I want you to think about this weekend as a holiday where we give thanks for everything we have!! We are all so blessed in one way or another!!! Think about the hard work and dedication we have put into being healthy by exercise and clean eating.  It is by far not easy to do!!! We go through struggle, emotions, moments where we want to give up because the results are not coming fast enough, but if we stick to it, especially through this weekend, we will be that much closer to our goal!!!  
We need to keep our goals in mind over the holidays! 
How important is our goals to us?
Think about if we stick to our plan, how much happier and further off we will be.. NO REGRETS!!! 
Now think if we binged and ate anything and everything.. Its only a TEMPORARY FIX!!! Then we are mad at ourselves and regret it because we just ruined everything we just worked so hard for!! 
It’s your body and your decision, but I do encourage you to think before you take that bite!! Nutrition  is 80%!!! Exercise is 20%!! If we get those workouts in early before our plans, we good to go!! Finish the day by sticking to healthy snacks and meals!! remember… NO REGRETS!!! We got this!!!
Here are some tips that you can use to help you get through the weekend!! ENJOY!!! 

ACE’s
Top 10 Tips for Surviving the Holidays
The holidays can be a joyous time of year shared with
family and friends, but they can also bring stress and anxiety as we struggle
to keep up with often-unrealistic demands and expectations.
That’s why it is so important for all of us to relax and
take good care of ourselves.
ACE’s top tips for surviving the holidays are great for
increasing your energy and reducing your stress, this season and all year long.

  • ·       
    Take time for yourself. Although spending
    time with friends and family is essential, it’s also important to have at least
    five minutes to yourself to relax. Try practicing deep breathing exercise when
    you feel stressed out.

  • ·       
    Don’t set unrealistic exercise goals. Aim to
    exercise 20 minutes a day instead of an hour. You’ll be sure to get at least 20
    minutes of exercise per day without feeling disappointed if you do not complete
    an hour.

  • ·       
    Enlist a friend or family member to exercise
    with you. Walking and talking with a friend can be a great way to burn extra
    calories and reduce your stress level.

  • ·       
    Create new, more active traditions. Instead
    of throwing a dessert or cocktail party, try snowshoeing or ice-skating as an
    alternate holiday event. Play powder puff football or build a snowman.

  • ·       
    Don’t try to lose weight or stick to a
    restrictive diet this holiday season. If you enjoy your favorite foods in small
    portions, you’ll feel more satisfied. Trying to stay away from certain foods
    may leave you feeling deprived, which may cause you to eat more than you
    intended to.

  • ·       
    Drink plenty of water. Although the cold
    weather may make you less inclined to grab a glass of water, it is just as
    important in the winter as it is during the summer. Water helps counter the
    dehydrating effects of travel or drinking alcoholic beverages, and it may also
    help satiate your appetite since thirst is often mistaken for hunger.

  • ·       
    Spread out meals. Don’t feel like you have to
    eat everything at once. Try eating dinner early and then taking a walk before
    sitting down for dessert.

  • ·       
    Don’t overdo it with alcohol or caffeine.
    These stimulants will only cause you more grief in the end by adding to your
    feelings of stress. Try drinking hot herbal tea instead of coffee, and keep the
    number of alcoholic drinks to a minimum.

  • ·       
    Don’t aim for perfection, and enjoy the
    imperfections. There is no such thing as the perfect party or the perfect
    decorations or the perfect way to spend the holidays. Don’t set yourself up for
    disappointment by placing unrealistic demands on yourself.

  • ·       
    Laugh. Laughing is a great tension reliever.
    It burns calories, reduces stress and usually means that you’re enjoying
    yourself.

Happy
holidays!

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Ultimate Reset Day 11

Ultimate
Reset Day 11
Today
was not bad for the most part.  I had an
awesome breakfast as usual, a fruit plate. 

 It fills me up until my next meal, which were quinoa lentil pilaf and a
sweet potato. 

 Then I had my snack, which
I chose blueberries and a green apple.  I
will be eating that for every snack just because I love those fruits.  Then for dinner I had a new recipe, Edamame
and corn succotash with lemon-pepper Kale. 
It was great!!

 Although, I did eat my meals literally 3 hours apart
which hurt me because I was starving after 8pm and I ate my last meal at
6.  I was up until after midnight so I
had to give in and eat another snack which I just had some steamed green beans
and zucchini.  I felt much better
afterwards.  You are only supposed to eat
another meal if you know it is hunger pains and drank water without
relief.  I know I did not intake enough
calories because I did do an Insanity workout at the gym with friends and I am
not supposed to do strenuous workouts.  I
definitely paid for it last night.  The
only other thing really different is I am a little more emotional at this time
in my reset.  It is not necessarily a bad
thing though.  My supplements are again
so easy for me to take now. 

 I did have a
hard time when I was getting my son’s Easter basket ready with Reese Cups (my
favorite and only candy I eat).  But I
know I am doing so well with this and that candy is only temporary
satisfaction.  Tomorrow will be difficult
I have another Easter Egg hunt with my neighborhood and we are all bringing
food, along with this weekend I have my nephew’s birthday party, and two Easter
celebrations with our families.  I have
all of my food prepped and pack and ready to go!! Let’s do this!!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

MY ULTIMATE FITNESS GOAL IS REACHED!!!

I am
so excited to announce not only is my youngest son 9 months old now, but I have
worked my butt off to eat clean, exercise, and stay positive and have
officially reached my goal weight right at 9 months after having my second
child!! It took a lot of hard work, dedication, support from friends and family
and of course my upline coach and cousin who got me into beachbody!! 

I started Insanity
the day I was cleared by the doctor at 6 weeks post-partum. 
 I then started drinking Shakeology, which made eating healthy so much
easier and so convenient!! Then when I finished Insanity, I moved on to a month
of P90X and then found a love for turbo fire!! I was always into dancing, so this
was a great motivator and so much fun at the same time while being
healthy!!  After my turbo fire, I did a
mixture of Les Mills combat with more Insanity until now where I am currently
doing the 21 day Ultimate Reset!! I was
having a lot of trouble losing my last 10 pounds, which I knew that was coming
because my goal is 125 and have not been that since 9th grade.. a
long time ago!!! So I figured by tricking my body and doing the reset may help!
Guess what?!? I am 10 days into this reset and lost my last 10 pounds
already!!! I am just thrilled with what I am capable of accomplishing!! I feel
great, have so much energy, and am more confident!! 
 I do want to say one more thing…. My weight did not come on in one day, pregnant or not just like anyone else… So the weight and inches are not coming off in one day.. It will take time, dedication, will power, and change.. You may go through emotions, binges, missed workouts, and pain.. but as long as you get back up, YOU WILL get your results and achieve anything you want!!!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ultimate Reset Day 10

Ultimate
Reset Day 10
I cannot
believe I am 10 days into my reset!!! This is awesome!! I  did struggle slightly today, but Easter
weekend is just starting for me and I better get used to the temptations!! So
first, I had my awesome fruit plate for breakfast, which I could probably eat
every day and never get sick of it..Then for lunch, I had a micro green salad
and ½ serving of pinto beans and rice. 

For a snack I had blueberries and a
green apple (addicting), and for dinner I had pinto beans and rice and steamed
green beans and zucchini!! 

I loved the food again today even though it is the
same thing, I still enjoy eating it!! Got another gallon of water in and it’s
easy to do now!!  My supplements were
easy to take as well!! Now this evening was the tempting part.. We went to an
Easter egg hunt at a friends’ house and they had pizza, peanut butter and
chocolate covered marshmallows, Doritos, peanut butter brownies, and I made an
awesome clean veggie pizza.. Of course, I could not eat ANYTHING!! I wanted a piece
of veggie pizza so bad!! It was not even the pizza I wanted which is unusual
for me.  Now, the marshmallow looked
amazing too, so I took one and put it in a zip lock bag and it is sitting in my
freezer for when I am off my reset, when I want an off meal that will be it!!
J This weekend is going to be tough.. Why
did I pick to do my reset during Easter?! What was I thinking?!?!  It’s not that I want candy, I just want food
that is healthy lol.. and eat portion size of what I want!! Oh well, it will be
over before I know it and it will pay off that I stuck through it!!! 

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ultimate Reset Day 9

Ultimate
Reset Day 9
Day 9
went well, I worked a 12 hour shift and was not as bad as I had expected.  I was up early to take care of my children,
but did not get off work until 115 am. 
So I really had to stretch out my meals. 
I have come to realize it is not that bad because when I am hungry, I
just drink a bunch of water and it definitely satisfies me.  I never took the time to think about how much
drinking water really helps your hunger. 
Being on the reset really is teaching me so much about eating.  I know that the food I am eating is so good
for me and benefits me in so many ways that it does not bother me not to eat
unhealthy food! I have not craved any fattening foods and love it!! Now, I am
craving other healthy food, but am not able to eat it, which I know in 12 more
days I will be fine! I made clean brownies and they sit in front of me and my
mouth waters!! So I go and drink water and know that what I am doing will pay
off!!!  My meals were pretty much the
same food choices; breakfast was a fruit plate (awesome!!).  Then for lunch I had Quinoa lentil pilaf with
hummus, for a snack I had blueberries and an apple.  For dinner I had Pinto beans and rice with
steamed green beans and zucchini.  Food
will be similar for the rest of the week, I am enjoying eating this food and do
not want to waste more money on food I will not like.  Although, I am glad I at least attempted some
other foods and am giving them to friends that do like the food!! Sharing the
health!!! Taking my supplements is officially easy and I do not even think
about drinking the Alkalinize and Detox!! 

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ultimate Reset Day 8

Ultimate
Reset Day 8
It is
the beginning of week 2!! I went through week 1 and loved the food and week 2
officially is cutting out all of the meat and dairy.  Slowly, grains are decreased as well.  For breakfast, I had an awesome fruit plate
consisting of black berries, raspberries, kiwi, and strawberries.  I think my favorite meal was lunch which
consisted of pinto beans and rice and a micro green salad with homemade
dressing.  I was a little worried about
adding alfalfa into my salad, but it actually tasted great! 
For a snack, I had 1 cup of blueberries and a
medium green apple.  Now the hard part,
dinner… I had awesome asparagus with slivered almonds and then roasted red
pepper sweet potato bisque.  It sounded
awesome, I got the ingredients, and I attempted and gave it my all.  I cannot eat it.  The taste just does not go well with me.  I tried it while at work and I had about 4
other people try it and actually really liked it, so I think it is more of a
personal preference.  So, I am taking
that soup out of my meal plan for tomorrow and probably going to do more pinto
beans and rice which I loved with the salad. 
This week I am probably just going to stick with more of the same
meals.  I am not going to eat the miso
veggie soup either.  I hate that I spent
money buying the ingredients, but unfortunately I just cannot handle the
taste.  If I had to eat it I would, but I
am not going to be miserable when I eat when I can just enjoy eating the same
foods for a few days in a row.  I only
have 14 days left, so I’m excited that I am just going to move on and eat more
of the same foods to get me through. 
They are meals that I will also continue to eat after my reset is over
too, which is exciting! 
Also
starting today was adding the packet of Detox three times daily to my
supplements prior to eating my meals. 
After looking at the ingredients and seeing bark and seeing it was
brown, it stressed me out, but after trying it, I was relieved that it actually
does not taste bad at all.. It is more of a citrus flavor.  So today was a pretty good day and I am
looking forward now until tomorrow!!
By the
way, I was not going to weigh myself, but since I had so many people notice a
difference in me since the start of my reset, I weighed myself and have already
lost 6lbs!! I am officially 3 lbs away from my ultimate goal weight!!!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Ultimate Reset Day 7

Ultimate Reset Day 7 was definetely the most emotional and draining day for me.  I loved my food today, especially my eggs and kale with toast for breakfast, and my dinner!!!

But I literally spent the entire day prepping for the upcoming week other than working 4 hrs.  I was so excited to prep my food as usual, but when the food was made, especially the soups, I wanted to gag and decided to taste it… and I still wanted to gag.. Now many people love Miso and seaweed… I wish I was, I do not like sushi, seaweed, and I think you get it.  I just need to wake up tomorrow with a clean slate and be positive.  Im doing this to help my body, so I will figure out something.  If I am not able to get the soup down, I will double up on another I had already made.  Here is my plan for the upcoming week, although subject to change.. Hopefully I will not and can handle it!! Here goes nothing!!!

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ultimate Reset Day 6

Day
6 Ultimate Reset
So day
6 was pretty well… I woke up at 7am and did my usual getting my boys up and
ready for the day and getting breakfast for everyone and hanging out.  I realized I forgot to include my plain greek
yogurt in my breakfast yesterday with my oatmeal and apples with flax seed, so
I did have both this morning.  I did some
errands today and took my water and food with me and it worked out well.. 
This
evening I had some trouble.  Not sure if
it was because of me messing up my supplements but I’m pretty lightheaded.  I took an hour nap and woke up in a rush for
church so I took my Alkinalize supplement and mineralize water and got ready
and forgot I did that so I took my evening supplements too not realizing I was
only on my 3rd meal and took supplements already.. Don’t ask how I
forgot within a half an hour.. I was not with it at all… So I had my dinner at
430 and took too many supplements.  So
tonight at 8pm I was not feeling good and starving so I had my shakeology for a
snack… I know it was not what I was supposed to do, but I needed something in
my system.. I’m still feeling pretty bad, so I’m off to bed!  Oh and drank another gallon of distilled water!! The water and supplements are easy for me now!! Next is adding another drink mix 3 times daily for next week!! EEK!!!

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Ultimate Reset Day 5

Day
5 Ultimate Reset
So day 5 went well for me!! I was able to sleep the entire night,
which was awesome and then woke up with the kiddos at 7am.  I felt amazing in the morning and throughout
my entire day!! So I am going to give a run down of what my day consisted of.
7am – Woke up with kids and got them breakfast
730 – Drank my mineralize and took my optimize capsules
800 – Ate breakfast oatmeal with apples and flax seed
900 – Did my postings for challenge groups 
1000 – Time with boys  (play
and ate)
1100 – Drank mineralize and took my optimize capsules
1130 –Ate Quinoa Salad and raw peppers with ¼ c hummus
1200 – Errand and to gym
1230-130 Gym with friends to do Insanity (usually not supposed to
do intense workouts but I was bad)
200 –Got boys settled from nap and eat/ drank Alkalinize and drank
mineralize
230 –Ate Shakeology for my snack (Chocolate Vegan with strawberries
and distilled water)
300-430 –Work (beachbody)
500-drank mineralize and took my optimize and soothe capsules
530 –Ate dinner consisting of medium sweet potato, brown rice,
quinoa, and black beans
545 –Help with Rugby team
700-Get boys in bed and down time for me!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Chickza

Chickza
(chicken crust pizza)
Note:
– gluten free
– low
carb, high protein
Ingredients
(4 servings):
Base:
– 500
g chicken breast/filet (or use chicken mince but this will have more fat)
– 1
egg

fresh black pepper & salt

optional: chilli powder or pizza/spaghetti spices
Topping:

tomato sauce (mix some normal and concentrated)

pizza / spaghetti spices
– 1/2
onion
– 1
bell peppers (1/2 green, 1/2 yellow)
– 125
g mushrooms
– 125
g low fat mozzarella
Directions:
– Put the
chicken breast/filet in the blender or cut it in very small pieces (chicken
tartare)
– In a
mixing bowl, add the blended chicken, egg, fresh black pepper & salt and
chilli powder (or use spaghetti/pizza spices) and mix thoroughly.
– Pat
into the base of a baking dish so that the whole base is covered. (I put first
some baking paper in the baking dish) Or spread on a baking paper covered
baking tin.
– Cook
in a medium hot oven for 20-30 mins until the mixture is a dark brown.
– Let
it cool for about 10 minutes.

Cover with the bell peppers, onion, mushrooms and low fat mozzarella and place
back in the oven
– Cook
for a further 15-20 minutes
I
found this on fitness recipes on facebook and looks soooo amazing!!!
Nutritional
facts (1 serving):
Energy:
226 cal
Protein:
38.3 g
Carbohydrates:
6 g (sugar 5.5 g)
Fat:
5.1 g (saturated 0.8 g)
Fiber:
1.5 g

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