“..but I don’t want to bulk up.” I can’t count the number of times a woman has told me that she wants to lose weight but doesn’t want to weight train for fear of bulking up or “looking like a man.” I promise you, my dear, you won’t. The women you see bulking up are more than likely doing it to compete and are on strict workout regimens and diets to achieve that physique. [Read more…]
Now I’m no doctor but I’ve recently become a believer that what we eat daily has an effect on our diet. Whether it’s a good or bad effect, depends on your body. My periods used to be DREADFUL. Like nauseated all the time, unable to move on my first day, cramps that made my whole body ache and emotions on a thousand. My cycle is still no walk in the park but it has become so much better now that my diet is better. [Read more…]
With the new year right around the corner, many will be flocking to the gym to work on their New Year’s resolution to lose weight. But by February, maybe even the end of January, many will have fallen off and will wait until Spring to get right for the Summer. Since starting my fitness journey back in 2012 I’ve been asked so many times how I got started (I blogged about that here) and how I maintain the weight loss. One of my biggest pet peeves when attempting to help someone start their fitness journey is being met with MANY excuses. The top ones being “I can’t afford a gym membership”, “I don’t have time to go to the gym”, “There’s not a gym close to me”.. and so on and so forth. Well here are five alternative ways to get a good workout WITHOUT going to the gym! [Read more…]
I had been teetering between 170-180 pounds for awhile now, months actually. Even with exercising three-four times a week and “eating right” I was still in the 170 range and not losing weight. I’ve had people ask “well how much weight do you want to lose”, or “where is it going to come from?” or, my favorite, “don’t get too skinny now!” LOL. Skinny is definitely NOT the goal but the goal is to be healthy and happy.
After losing my grandmother on Mother’s Day I began stress eating like CRAZY! I’m an emotional eater and I’ve always had an unhealthy relationship with food. Eating just to eat because I saw something I wanted, continuing to eat even after being full because the food was good, or coping by eating terrible food to attempt to make me feel better. Over time my relationship with food got better but every now and then I would revert back to that place. Dealing with the death of my grandmother surely sent me back there. It got to the point where I was buying packs of ice cream bars on a Sunday and the box would be gone by Wednesday. I’d then head to the store to buy more on Thursday. I wasn’t meal-prepping so I was eating out pretty much every day and didn’t really care.
That was until I stepped on the scale to see that I had gained about 10 pounds from May until July and it showed. Underneath my clothes, I looked as if I was in my first trimester of a pregnancy. My waistline expanded my clothes were a tad bit tighter than I remembered. Having ZERO energy, being tired and sluggish all the time, and being EXTREMELY moody, I knew I needed to detox and cleanse my body. I knew I needed to do something that would last more than 21 days and wouldn’t restrict my eating to the point that I was always hungry. So I took to my Facebook and asked for some recommendations for good cleanses or detoxes and Whole30 was mentioned a few times.
Upon my initial research of Whole30 I shot down the idea of even being able to complete the program and found something similar called the Paleo diet. I originally decided that I would do Paleo because it was similar, but not as strict. But if we’re being honest, I was so far gone that strict was what I needed. It wasn’t until I received encouragement from my friend who had just completed Whole30 that I decided that I would complete Whole30 and transition into Paleo.
Even in the early stages of preparing to start, I had some fear that I wouldn’t stick with the program. I thought I would eventually cheat. Until I read the blog post from the same friend who encouraged me to start. You can read the post for yourself here, but this quote definitely stepped on my toes and made me mentally get my ish together.
You can do anything you make up in your mind to do and learning how to tell your flesh to sit down and shut up and do what you’ve made up in your mind to do is one of the most powerful lessons you can learn and will transcend to other areas in your life. And from a food perspective, your food shouldn’t run your life. An inability to say no to something unhealthy clearly demonstrates your food having power over you! And let’s be real, if you can let a doughnut defeat you, there shouldn’t be any wonder why you’re being defeated in other areas in your life…
So “what is Whole30?”
One of the questions I get asked most often from those who know me and those who follow my fitness Instagram is how I actually got started losing weight once I decided it was something I WANTED and needed to do. I emphasize wanted because if you don’t really want to lose weight, it will be very difficult to do so. Yes, the doctor told you that you needed to, or maybe your clothes told you that you needed to, maybe a close friend or family member hinted at it… But unless it is something that YOU want for yourself, it won’t be done.
I blogged about my weight loss journey and how I got started here and promised to give some practical tips on how to get started. So here they are!
TIP 1: Change your bad habits first.
Before I started exercising I slowly started to change some bad habits I had that were contributing to weight gain, so carefully and honestly look at some things you do that you can change that will help get you closer to your goal.