Another Lifestyle Change

Hello again my beautiful and fabulous Fit Girls!

I’m sure most of you follow my Facebook page as well, but just in case you don’t, I’ll share with you what I announced the other day. I decided to go MEATLESS.

Ahhhh! Exciting, right? I sure am excited! I’m a little nervous, naturally, because I can’t remember a time when I haven’t eaten meat. Of course I have incorporated some days before where I didn’t eat meat, but that was only for a day, and I didn’t plan on doing it for the long haul. Well, now, I am consciously choosing to give up meat. I will have some wild caught fish and other seafood sparingly, but I am absolutely not eating meat. Don’t you worry about me getting enough protein. I am pretty savvy about how to make up for it without having to eat animal protein. Why did I choose to do this? To be honest, I watched a documentary about a Vegan who enlisted 3 others to try out Vegan-ism for 6 weeks. This documentary is called Vegucated. You can find it on Netflix like I did. Before I watched the documentary, I had no intention of giving up meat. I was with my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and one of my good friends. We thought we would just watch it for fun. After it was over, we all looked at each other in shock of what we had just learned. My mother-in-law decided that we would give up meat because we were incredibly dissatisfied with everything shown in the movie. Maybe you think I’m crazy to change my life after watching one video, but I invite you to watch it and see if you aren’t moved in some way.

Anyway, I am looking forward to this lifestyle change. I’m not sure exactly how long it will last, but I am determined to commit to it for a while. I really do love vegetables, and now I am going to use them in ways I never thought of. Lucky for you, you will benefit from this! The recipes I post could influence you to eat more veggies, and that makes me even more excited. I’m such a dork, I know 😉

Since I started this change so abruptly without much planning I have been limited to what I could eat this week, especially since last week I went grocery shopping and was planning on eating only chicken dishes. My freezer has all this chicken in it now and I’m not even going to eat it lol. I guess my husband will have to pick up my slack, and somehow I don’t think he will mind. So, back to what I was saying. Last night I had a pretty delicious meal for dinner. I learned how to make fresh, homemade Tzatziki sauce. What is that you ask? It is a Greek cucumber yogurt sauce. It’s commonly found in gyros. It is incredible! I’ve had it before, but now I think I’ll have it more often. It’s flippin amazing and you must try it! It’s sooo so so simple to make. My husband taught me how to make a small serving, so I don’t yet have an exact recipe to give you, but you can Google it if you’d like. All you need is plain Greek yogurt, freshly grated cucumber, dill weed, garlic, lemon, salt, and pepper. I enjoyed my sauce with Meditteranean chickpea burgers. For my sides I had homemade sweet potato fries (carbs) and a 1 oz. serving of cashews (fat).

Tonight and tomorrow I will most likely have the same thing until I am able to go grocery shopping on Friday. Then, on Friday I am making my husband and I a veggie dish I have always wanted to try! Eggplant Parmesan! Over the weekend I shall have stuffed portobello mushrooms, and for my other dish I haven’t quite figured out yet, so please share a recipe if you have one!

Okay guys, you should know me well enough by now to know that I can’t talk about food and fantasize about it for too long without getting hungry. My tummy is growling lol. I need to get on with my workout before I head to class.

workout

  • Warm up –> Jog: 5.5 speed, 4% incline for 10 minutes.
  • 100 squats
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 50 burpees
  • 2:00 wall sit
  • 35 hamstring lifts
  • 50 side leg lifts (25 each side)
  • 25 squat jumps
  • 25 squat jacks

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As you may have just noticed, it’s a leg workout day. Time is wastin! Don’t waste your time, get to it. Lata!

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75 Days to Go!

Oh man! I can’t even begin to explain how crazy stressful things are going over here.

I apologize for making you wait so long for an update. I tried to do what I could on the FaceBook page, so I hope that you were somewhat satisfied.

Well, as with any post, I strive to give you valuable information that you can use on your journey to a fit lifestyle. Let’s just get straight to it, shall we?

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So, lately, I have been doing some research on things I should have researched before, like drinking enough water. You always hear about how drinking water is good for you, but does anybody ever tell you why? Okay, so maybe I’m alone on this, but I never really thought of looking into it. “Drink water when you’re hungry. Drink 64 oz. (1 gallon) every day. Hydrate.” And so on. I did some digging, and found out why we should be drinking plenty of water DAILY. Here is why: when you don’t drink enough water your body holds on to whatever it has, this is known as bloating or water weight. Most people trying to lose weight don’t actually drink enough water. They will exercise for a week or so and find results on the scale, but once they have lost their “water weight” some have difficulty maintaining motivation, and will quit. When you properly hydrate throughout the day, your body does not feel the need to hold on to the water. It doesn’t fear that it might not have any for a while. Drinking water throughout the day takes pressure off your body’s natural survival response. It’s basically the same thing for when you don’t eat consistently. When you try to starve yourself and your body won’t budge on weight because it thinks it has so, because you’re not giving it what it needs! Ultimately, this puts stress on your body, whether you feel stressed or not, your body reacts to ensure your survival. This response is hard wired into our biology. If you only drink when you feel thirsty, then you have already put stress on your body. Think of when you eat and your stomach and brain haven’t caught up to each other to let you know you’re full and you run the risk of overeating. Whatever you do drink at that point signals your body to hold on to what it can aka bloating again. It’s just not being very kind to yourself. Your body takes care of you, so take care of it right back.

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Anyway, needless to say, I’m gettin on my water game. Yes, you may pee more frequently, but you will get used to it. You have to retrain the way your body reacts to what you put it through. I know i know, it sounds like a crazy concept at first. “Drink more water and you’ll retain less water.” It’s just the truth folks. And that is what I strive to give you here at FGL headquarters 😉

Next, I thought we could talk about making goals because we cannot ignore the fact that Summer officially starts in 75 days! Let’s do a bit of simple math to calculate how much we can transform ourselves in that amount of time IF and only if we are faithful to our goals. Okay, 75 days, that’s just under 11 weeks. 11 weeks equates to 11-22 pounds of potential weight loss at the 1-2 per week weight loss goal. How different could you look? Now, numbers decreasing on a scale is such an enormous feeling of satisfaction, but I think just looking better is an even better feeling. The reason I say this is because here in Southern California, especially living just 5 miles from the beach, the official uniform of Summer is usually a bikini or some kind of swimwear. Don’t stress about, just be prepared. Know that you did your absolute best and be happy with where you are, wherever you end up. Then, don’t stop there. I’m not saying you should only get fit and trim for summer, but I think a lot of us use this season as motivation. And personally, whatever will motivate you, works for me.

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Alright, sooooo, I need to have a mini rant about one of my pet peeves! I need to get this off my chest because it has been driving me crazy! WHY do people think they can get the results they want WITHOUT the hard work??? They want their dream bodies, but they don’t want to work for it in the gym, make it count in the kitchen, and repeat until they succeed? Instead, they think that by taking some diet pills that their dreams can be achieved. It drives me nuts! Also, WHY do people set unrealistic goals?? If you want to lose 50 pounds, fine, lose 50 pounds, but don’t expect to lose 50 pounds in one month. And don’t be upset when it inevitably doesn’t work. I follow some pretty inspiring people on instagram. These women have had children, been through the struggle of losing weight, and have incredible bodies and positive attitudes about life. One of them took the words right out of my mouth and I really just couldn’t have said it better. Here is what she said: “I am sorry to tell you ladies, but it’s not going to be easy. The easy part is changing your eating habits, but if you want results faster you need to get your asses in the gym and work! I didn’t take some fat burners or HCG or raspberry ketones…blah blah blah! I changed my diet and MADE time for the gym! If your goals aren’t worthy of hard work, then YOU are not worthy of your goals! So many are asking for my help, but start with excuses!! I am the last one you want to give excuses to! Come on ladies. You and your constant happiness are worth it! #justdoitalready”

I can totally relate to this. I love helping any way I can, but then almost always, the first thing out of the person’s mouth is an excuse. I’m not here to put you down and make you feel bad, that is not my intention. I just hope some of you can realize how frustrating it is for me to want to help you so badly, and yet it seems that you aren’t that serious, which is totally fine, but why say anything in the first place?  Anyway, I just love what she said. “If your goals aren’t worthy of hard work, then you aren’t worthy of your goals.” That is reality. You can’t expect to get what you want by not giving it your all. Oh, it’s hard? You’re damn right it is! It’s a lifestyle change, of course it’s gonna be hard. But this lifestyle is SO rewarding! Anybody or anything promising you the dramatic results you want that claims to be easy, isn’t something I would trust. Who ever got hurt with some good old fashioned exercise and eating right?? Precisely.

So, in light of everything, I thought I should announce that FitGirlLifestyle is an excuse free zone!

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If you feel weak, write to me. If you don’t know what to eat for lunch, ask me. If you are having any issues getting on track, tell me what’s wrong and we will work together to get you where you want to be. Don’t give up. Let’s rock it out. Let’s recommit and find peace within ourselves and gratification for a job well done.

We got this!

Today’s Workout:

  • Warm Up–> 1/2 mile run on 7.0
  • 150 body weight squats
  • 20 push-ups
  • 25 burpees
  • 50 hamstring lifts
  • 25 tricep dips
  • 15 squat jumps
  • 20 each side side leg lifts

TTFN ❤

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