Are You Ready?

Are you ready for the holidays? In my last post I mentioned that I wanted to design a plan for the holiday season to avoid gaining back all the weight you worked so hard to lose. It’s important to have a plan if you really want to be successful. I know we have a while until then, but come this Thanksgiving I will have no shame or guilt. My dad taught me to be prepared so I can’t help but plan ahead and be ready. I haven’t decided which route I am going to go as far as eating goes. It will depend on what I have achieved up until that point or my mood haha. There are two options: count calories and eat accordingly OR eat without restraint, but not overeat. I still have some time to decide, but whichever way I choose I will have a plan. Some of you may be thinking “it’s a holiday, just enjoy it.” The truth is, you can still count calories and enjoy the holiday. If I do decide to count, it will be more so keeping track of my cholesterol intake and a few other nutrients, which I see no problem with. Every body is unique and can accommodate more things than others. You know yourself and your needs best so use your best judgment to decide. Just remember to be completely honest. Oh, and make sure to have a plan to deal with all those leftovers too lol. I’m already planning on a delicious turkey sandwich mmmm. Also, don’t forget to plan for the days surrounding the holiday, whichever one it is. Stay loyal and trust the process and if you do decide the carefree route you won’t feel so guilty. I don’t know if any of you feel the guilt after not sticking to your meal plan, but I do. But that doesn’t mean I take it out on my body. It’s not my body’s fault, it was my ever annoying brain. Just have a plan and stick to it and I promise you won’t feel shameful.

Are you ready to get down to business? I have a lot of friends that want to do what I do to achieve the results I have. I give them all the information they need like their RDI (recommended daily intake), food lists, exercise routines, tips, and I have even constructed menus for them in which all they have to do is follow the menu. Surprisingly, some of them have yet to do the work. Like I’ve said before, you can know all there is to know, but unless you’re willing to put in the work, you won’t succeed. There’s no doubt about it. I work HARD. I get my butt to the gym and take care of business. After all, if you only put in 60%, your body will only give you 60%. Last time I checked 60% was almost failing and failure not what we are trying to achieve. We only have this one body and if we treat it right and take care of it then it will take  care of us.If you don’t treat your body with respect, it will know and act out accordingly. That’s not conjecture or subjective either, that’s a fact.  Someone actually told me that long distance running was bad for the knees. I just looked at this person and said, “yeah well being overweight is even harder on your knees as well as other parts of your body.” Running is bad for you hahahahaha please. NOT running is worse. Why on earth wouldn’t someone choose to be fit and healthy and happy? In a world full of chaos, it is the one thing we have control over. It’s the one thing where we are completely responsible. If someone told you you could take a pill that would add years to your life would you do it? Apply that concept to the food you eat, it’s that simple. Who doesn’t want to live a longer, more fulfilling life? I just truly feel for the people that want this so badly, that want to experience what it’s like to have energy(without caffeine), less stress, more happiness, and an overall improved quality of life. The people that say they are tired of being the way they are, that want to make a change, who say they are ready, but still don’t do anything about it. Yes, I feel so badly for them, but after I’ve heard it so many times before it becomes meaningless words. Kind of like talk is cheap, you know? I want to help them succeed, but I know I can only do so much. So, instead of me telling you that all of these things are not only possible, but waiting for you, I want you to decide. What is more important to you in the long run? What will make you happiest? More importantly, what are you going to DO about it? You want it? Prove it.

Are you ready to be honest? We’ve heard it a million times. Honesty is the best policy. It can pretty much be applied to anything. It took a nutrition class for me to realize that I wasn’t being completely honest with myself about how I was treating my body. For an assignment I had to track everything we ate and drank, even water. Then I plugged it into a program and found out just exactly what I was eating. My teacher shared with the class a very common practice that Americans do. She said, “Generally, Americans tend to underestimate what they eat and overestimate how much they exercise.” If you think this doesn’t apply to you, I’m sorry to say you may be in denial. I’m not trying to be mean, it’s just reality. I thought this lady had it all wrong until I finished the assignment and discovered she didn’t have her doctorate for nothing.

Are you ready to reap the benefits? I’ve become so passionate about health that I find it highly unlikely that I will ever regress from this lifestyle. Why would I? I feel fantastic! I find it so incredible that if I consistently eat avocado my hair is healthier and shinier and I rarely have to lather up the lotion to cure my itchy skin. AVOCADO. Something I love to eat. Yes, that is the power of food. How about the fact that if I want to gain muscle all I need to do is eat a decent amount of protein like chicken, eggs, steak, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, and my favorite..protein shakes! Which, let’s be honest, protein shakes can taste exactly like a milkshake or smoothie and I bet under a blind test you wouldn’t even know the difference. Oh, that’s another thing. People have this misconception that healthy food has to taste like cardboard and dirt. Soooo not true. If you feel that way, what in the world are you eating? You need some spices in your life! And seriously, I’ve lost weight without having to give up pizza, chocolate, or ice cream. In fact, I am enjoying a wonderful ice cream sandwich right now and I am still on track for weight loss. How you like them apples? There are many ways to make one dish. Substitutions and lower calorie options are available in just about everything. Anyway, I’m getting off track. What I am trying to get at is we all have the power to heal ourselves with food and obtain its many amazing benefits. If you don’t believe me, then try it out for yourself. Go on. I DARE YOU 😉 I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU.

I guess I only have one more question to ask you on Cardio Friday…

Are you ready?

Quick Recap

Oh dear, where has the time gone? I hope you all had a fantastic summer! Anybody do anything exciting, fun, crazy? I wanna know 🙂

So much has happened, I don’t even know where to begin. Let’s just start with what’s going on now and work our way back.

So, right now I’m in my third week of the fall semester at Saddleback College. It was a rough start getting settled in, but now I am determined to be successful for as long as I am going to school there. I’m taking Women’s Health, Ceramics, Yoga, and Medical Terminology. I wasn’t able to get the classes I really wanted, but there is always hope for next time, and in the meantime I can knock out some graduation requirements.

Now that I’ve mentioned it, let’s talk about Yoga! I thought I would try something new. It’s fun to experiment and experience with other ways of living a healthy, fit lifestyle. I still get my cardio and weight lifting on in the gym or at home, but I was curious about yoga so I decided why not. I was unsure if I would enjoy it, but I have found that it is almost as refreshing as a long outdoor run, which is pretty good I think. In the beginning it was a challenge to try to focus, I even had to control my laughter, but I became so relaxed during one of the poses that I actually started drifting off! Anyway, by the end of the class I just felt truly relaxed, happy, and ready to tackle the rest of my day. Now, I’m experimenting with exercising before or after yoga to see which is a better combination. So far, I like doing cardio after.

Alright, what next? Oh! I got married!! And got a beagle puppy, her name is Daisy 😉 Yep, it was definitely unexpected, but I’m loving every minute of it. I couldn’t imagine having anyone else by my side other than James. I don’t want to get too mushy lol, so I’ll just say that he is amazing and perfect for me.

I think majority of all the things that have happened to me are because of my positive attitude as well as my outlook on life. This fit lifestyle has turned into something I hadn’t expected, but am so grateful for. First, I was eating right and exercising to claim my life back. Now, because of that, I think more clearly, more rationally, my mood is better, my relationships improved, and I have more energy to complete all my tasks. Most importantly, I am HAPPY. It’s sort of like this great, amazing snowball effect. The best part is…this all happened because I decided to make a change. I stopped saying I was going to do it and just did it. Yes, Just Do It lol, one of my favorite little pep talks.

Alright alright alright, I think we’re all pretty much up to speed now.

What I am going to address in my next post is how to stay faithful to this lifestyle during the holidays. People usually try to get fit before summer so that they can look good while they’re half naked in public and then dismiss the whole idea when swimsuit season is over, but what about the likelihood of gaining most of that weight back when Halloween rolls around because you stopped? That is no life to live my friend. The constant ups and downs with mood, confidence, weight, etc. Totally not worth it. Not for all the cheesecake in the world. Think of Fall and Winter as your mid term and final. This is where you’re going to see if you have it in you to pull off and accomplish those goals you set earlier in the year. Anyway, I don’t want to get into too much detail, I want you to have something to look forward to. Sooooo this is fit girl, signing off, until next time<3