- Plan ahead. If you know the schedule (like say 9pm baseball games) or that the party is coming up, figure out your game plan ahead. Does it mean switching to evening workouts so you can get your sleep and get your workout in? Bringing a dish with you so there is a safe item to eat? Thinking about these events and activities before they happen can help you be ready for them when the time comes.
- Be realistic. So once a year this event/party/thing/food happens. Just once. Be realistic about what you will do. Is this the one time a year your Mom makes that favorite dish of yours? The annual trip you take with your girlfriends? Sometimes the thing to do is look at portions and situation instead of abstaining completely. There are certain dishes that are family traditions and I only cook them on Thanksgiving. I don’t say I’m not going to eat them, but instead I make a rule about portion size/number of servings/what else I will eat. I will have a small serving of dressing, but I will make sure that I have at least 2x the amount of vegetables on the plate as that dish. Make a deal with yourself so you don’t get that serious deprivation feeling but you don’t overdo it.
- Employ an accomplice. The buddy system and the community – it’s huge. It’s one of the reasons I post links to my Beachbody coach page on here. I want to build that community online for myself and for you guys as you join the team. Having that friend you can text and say oh man this is rough, hold me accountable please or hey, let’s go to this event together and make sure we don’t screw up. Or that buddy that you can call when you don’t want to workout and say, hey, let’s both do this workout together. I do this with some of my friends and it’s huge. Now that my husband is involved with being healthy we definitely have these chats. It’s how we got through the Reset, having that person who you know you don’t want to let down. You can never have too many accomplices to lean on when you need help.
So a few months ago, at some point between my experiment into Insanity and starting the Ultimate Reset I was kind of drifting. I was sure I wanted to lose weight but I wasn’t sure that it could happen or would happen. I was just kind of going through the motions.
Pinterest has a health and fitness section and I often peruse it looking for recipes and fitness blogs and cool sayings. It’s great for that. One day I ran across the Fleur Meets Fitness blog as a post that someone put up. I saw the before and after that made me want to go to the site. So I did. And I ended up reading every single post on her blog. Short story – she has lost an amazing amount of weight by deciding that she was going to take a year and dedicate it to weight loss. I feel like I haven’t found a lot of blogs on weight loss that I identify with like this. She had one blog where she wrote about giving up and how this was going to be the time she didn’t. Well right on sister. So much that she said were thoughts that crossed my mind and . And I got pretty amped up. Because I started to have “I can do this!!” thoughts that started to push out the “Why are you still bothering?” thoughts that had taken over. You see – you can’t actually win at anything – weight loss, career goals, life goals – if you don’t actually believe you can make it happen. To reach the hard goals you have to have motivation and you have to believe it is worth it and it is possible. If you don’t have that, then it is almost impossible to convince yourself the sacrifice, changes, challenges, and hard work are worth it. And you start to slip. A cookie here. A skipped workout there. And next thing you know you are doing 25% of the work necessary to achieve 100% of your goal and wondering what happened. You have to have that believe in yourself and believe it is possible, bottom line.
So what did I too next? Made a 3 step plan to success Well the Ultimate Reset was step 1. Because if there is anything I had to accept it was that my sugar addiction and my inability to deal with my cravings (and just say NO sometimes) was killing me (literally and figuratively). And the fact that it was advertised as helping with both of those meant it was worth the money to go for it. With the food part handled, on to step 2 – Get serious. If there was anything that I realized while reading her blog it was that I had to make a conscious decision to do this. And decide to put in the work. So that’s what I did. I picked a program (Turbo Fire with some Les Mills Pump mixed in) for the month of October and printed a schedule and posted it in my “gym” (what you don’t have a home gym? ok me either, it’s just what I call the area in the basement where I do my workouts, haha). And then I committed. I committed that I was going to do this and do it right. Which meant if I was going to keep bitching about how I couldn’t lose weight I had to be 100% about this. So back to 5am workouts and 10pm bedtimes.
Step 3? Well that’s were I’m at. It’s continuing the work I established in steps 1 and 2 until I get to the goal. I don’t really have a goal weight. I never really have and probably never will. My first goal is to get under 200 lbs because while I don’t have a goal weight I do know that a healthy 5’9″ girl is probably not over 200 lbs. I know the kind of body I want and I think that I can get there if I continue to stay focused, keep planning, stay motivated, and keep believing in the outcome.
I think we have all had this happen
My first weigh in of October and the 2nd one after the Reset and the first with the challenge of the month. Drumroll please……
Two posts today since I forgot to actually post yesterday’s post on time 🙂
I’ve had a few friends ask me what they should eat for weight loss/
I just had to share – I’m almost a size 18W 🙂 At my biggest I was wearing a size 24W. To be able to put on and zip and sit in an 18W seems like a far off dream. But it’s not. It’s still a little tighter then I want and gives me lots of muffin top – but I’m so close, I’m excited. I wouldn’t have thought this possible a few months ago. Hard work and sacrifice pay off. I’ve invested a lot of money into my health and fitness this year – equipment for BodyRock, Insanity, Ultimate Reset, loads of healthy groceries. And it’s worth every single penny to be able to put these pants on and zip them up to get that non scale victory!
Today is the active rest day of my turbo pump week. Core 20 and Stretch 40 from Turbo Fire. That is going to be on deck after the Tigers game is over this afternoon. Should be a great stretch and recovery day before heading into week 2. I’m going to make a few schedule adjustments to make sure my weekday workouts are one hour or less and I will be set. That time limit is there so I can get to work on time 🙂
Don’t forget to vote on my poll for November! And please join me with the challenge or if you have a suggestion for something different. As I’ve said before, my goal is to one day have a job where I promote health and fitness as a trainer or exercise instructor and for now, this is my way of doing that. I want to see your Non-Scale Victories and success to being a healthier, happier you!
Yes, I know October JUST started, but I wanted to open up voting on the November challenge. I want to do this for two reasons – because I want to do a challenge that you readers are interested in learning more about and because I’m hoping that if I get the voting done early enough some of you can join in with me next month! This month was a day of decision…but next month I want to plan better and make it more interesting for me and for you! Plus I’m all about the group motivation and we can all do a challenge together to make things more fun. I set the poll to end on the 22nd and will post the results ASAP so anyone who is interested can go about procuring the program of the month or just get geared up.
So just go right over to the right hand side and vote on the exercise program for November. I offered 4 options (Insanity, BodyRock, Strength/Cardio (Gym), and JM Body Revolution) and a write in option (leave a comment here).
Let’s talk stress. There are SO many things that stress people out and between work and all of the other things going on outside of work I have been STRESSED out. Now that I’m back into the exercise, I’m realizing how much I missed it during the reset because I have been SO stressed. That’s why for me exercise has always been really important to me. Not just because of weight loss, but because of stress relief. I realize when I look back at my life that a lot of the times I had a lot of rapid weight gain they were times that I didn’t exercise regularly. I think because the exercise helps me to keep the stress eating at bay. I just had this revelation in the last week or two and it’s been really eye opening. It tells me that especially when I’m stressed, I need to make sure I take the time to get to the gym or even do a quick short BodyRock workout. Workout doesn’t need to be super long or super crazy – I think the key is just to move my body so I get that mental relief. I’m going to really work on planning ahead for weeks when I am super busy and stressed out. And with the holidays coming up, clearly that means I will need to lock it down. I still use my fitbook to plan my week and this helps a lot.
I have an amazing recipe to share. My husband actually found this one on vegetarian times and we both give it 5 stars.
Butternut Squash and Chickpea Stew (link goes to original recipe on vegetariantimes.com)
30 minutes or fewer
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 medium carrot, diced (¾ cup)
- 1 small onion, diced (1 cup)
- ½ red bell pepper, chopped (½ cup)
- 1 Tbs. whole cumin seeds
- 1 bay leaf, crumbled
- 2 16-oz. cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained, divided
- 1 32-oz. container butternut squash soup, divided
- 1 ½ cups couscous
1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Sauté carrot in oil 3 to 5 minutes, or until softened. Add onion and bell pepper, and sauté 3 to 5 minutes more, or until soft. Stir in cumin seeds and bay leaf.
Note: The recipe on the site has a picture on the site. I”m not sure what that is a picture of but it is not the picture of the stew. The picture I posted is representative of what two of us got when making this recipe. It’s truly a stew and not at all as dry as the picture on the site would lead you to think.
The one modification I made is that I had this with millet, not couscous. Because I had millet at home and I didn’t have couscous. It was still amazing. I think it would be just as awesome with couscous and next time may use that if I happen to have it or don’t have millet left to cook up. It was SO filling. Perfect if you are trying to eat light. I also had a side of roasted vegetables with it because I’m all reset-afied and think that every meal needs vegetables with it now 🙂 The portions are very generous as well!