Hot Off the Press

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I’ll keep this short and sweet– my resolution this year is to not take life so seriously– and my goals are below! What do you think?

2014 GOALS

1. Become a certified nutritionist

2. Become a certified personal trainer

3. Teach a fitness class

4. Release a recipe e-book

5. Reach my ideal weight

Jeremy’s One Pan Meal (Breakfast!)

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jermmealMy friend Jeremy is one of the best cooks I know, and he cooks amazing Southern food. Lately, he’s been getting into shape. I follow, and long for (seriously!), his food on IG and Facebook. He knows I love his food, and he sent me this message of Facebook, “I made this little gem this morning. Turkey bacon, 2 eggs scrambled with fat free cream cheese peppers, onions, and sharp cheddar.”He continued, “And yes. I have decided that you don’t need 2 pieces of bacon or even 3. What I do it take one piece and I chop it up and then I scramble it in with my eggs so you get all the flavor and happiness of the smokey bacon but at much less cost.” It’s a simple one pan meal! I can’t wait to try it this weekend!

For exercise, he plays a lot of golf. It’s important to remember exercise can be about staying active with activities you love. You don’t have to go to a gym and spend hours on a treadmill. Personally, I cannot wait to hiking in North Georgia this summer. I love how Jeremy is getting in shape by cooking simple, yet delicious, meals and keeping exercise simple. He’s going to look great by summer!

New Way of Eating: Dr. Jonny Bowden Style

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Well, to start off with, I let my legs rest up a bit and then I got sick. So, I haven’t worked out a ton. During this time, I discovered I go back to emotionally eating when I don’t work out. Working out has actually become therapeutic for me.  Now I need to keep exercising to stay balanced. I never would have that I would really enjoy working out, but I do crave it now. When I’m having a bad day at work, I think about pushing through it at the gym. I’m also finding when I have a slip out, or a flat out bad eating week, I don’t let it derail my entire progress. I just get back on the wagon and try again. That’s a good thing. In the past, I would eat a bad meal and stop “dieting” entirely. I’m not giving up so easily this time. I did better today with food prep and a walk in the park with Sophie (pics for proof!).

I’m also trying to focus more on what I am eating and not just how much I’m exercising. I know I need to cut sugar and foods that break down into sugar out of my diet. I stumbled upon Dr. Jonny Bowden tonight (Unleash Your Thin). He’s all about avoiding sugar and any foods that cause your insulin levels to spike. His style of eating reminds me of my friend Barbara’s views on eating. She just created a food prep business in Houston, TX called Elite F’ing Meals. Check it out! Barbara’s food is amazing and super healthy! Anyway, back to Dr. Jonny Bowden, I bought his program, and he has a lot of simple recipes even I can make! It’s an easy to follow plan, and he teaches you the why and the science behind the program. I really think knowing why you’re eating a certain way is important. It’s easier to keep up with and substitute at a restaurant or in a bind when you know you’re eating a certain way. Here’s a snippet from his e-book Fat Burning Blueprint:

“But let’s never lose sight of why we’re limiting our food this week, and exactly what we’re limiting it to. To review: 

What makes you fat is the “fat-storage” hormone, insulin

What raises insulin is high blood sugar. 

What raises blood sugar is high-glycemic carbohydrates. 

Therefore, to become a fat-burning machine, we need to control our insulin levels, which is done by controlling blood sugar, which is done by controlling our intake of high-glycemic carbs.”

 While you’re in the main part of his program, you’ll avoid 9 foods:

Potatoes 

Rice, wheat or other grains and starches 

Pasta 

Cereal 

Bread 

Sugar 

Alcohol

Dairy 

Fruit if you have more than 15 pounds to lose

(Exception: Everyone should eat 1 apple per day! If you need some variety or don’t like apples, you can have ½ cup of berries or a ½ grapefruit instead.)

I’m excited to learn more about his program and try more of his recipes. I’m also feeling mostly better, so I’ll pick up my work outs this week. I hope everyone has a good week!

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Haters Gonna Hate

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Someone asked me recently, “Why are you blogging your weight loss?” and then they asked, “Isn’t it embarrassing since you’re not thin?”

fearsI think these questions need to be addressed. First, I am blogging my weight loss, because it keeps me going.  I blog because if I don’t blog, I fear I’ll stay overweight forever. I fear if I don’t lose weight, I’ll lose out on a long and healthy life. I also hope to inspire others to try a healthier life style, too. Sure, I could wait until I’m fit and only show those photos, but it’s nice to see the journey along the way. Second, sure it’s embarrassing. Hey, look, I have  a fat roll in my picture. Hey look, I can only do very basic things in the gym right now. But I’ve found people are going to judge me no matter what I do. I’d rather have them judge me for trying rather than not trying. Third, these questions bring up an issue within our society. I’m not any less of a person for being overweight. A thin person is not automatically a better person than I am. Someone working out is someone working out… It shouldn’t be considered embarrassing because they’re bigger… Shame on anyone who things that way!

I have faith I can do this (and haters gonna hate).

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I’m Not Thatttt Big

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For years, I’ve avoided photos of myself. When I look at a photo of myself, I see how big I truly am. I don’t really see how big I am when I look in the mirror, though. I’ve gone as far as hiding photos other people take from me or deleting them altogether from their phones or cameras. I do feel like my shoulders and a few other parts of my body are slimming down, but I feel like lately I am noticing how large my stomach is more and more. I get a little mad at myself for letting myself get this big without really caring about it. Has my stomach always been this large? I look pregnant! Look!

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Realizing how large I truly am helped me push me through my work out tonight. I spent a good few hours at the gym doing cardio, the weight machines, and some of Mike’s ab exercises. It felt good. I even took an after work out thumps up pic (add me on Instagram!).

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I have to remind myself that this isn’t a get fixed quick kind of thing… This is a journey. I need to accept who I am now so I can create who I wan to be in the future. 

Breakfast is served.

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It’s funny how quickly this blog has become a part of me. I start an awesome new job tomorrow, and I should totally be sleeping right now. I’d feel odd not posting before bed, though, so I am sneaking in a quick post (don’t tell anyone).

Lindsey and I worked out at LA Fitness again today. We did 30 minutes of cardio, and we also worked out our upper body. Oh man, it hurt! My upper body is definitely not as strong as my lower body. I enjoyed the work out, though. Afterwards, I even turned down an offer for Taco Bell. Now if you know me at all, you this is HUGE. I adore Taco Bell. I know, I know. Taco Bell is disgusting, but it’s so good at the same time. I never turn down Taco Bell… I’m going to level with you. When I first moved in with Lindsey, the very first place I mapped out was the nearest Taco Bell to our place. I think I’m finally getting a hang of this being healthy thing!

I also did some of my friend Dawn’s weekly food prep today. I made egg muffins for my breakfasts this week. Dawn has lost a ton of weight this past year, and I am going tell you all about her soon. She’s a total inspiration to me, and she has two e-books out to help with weight loss. This is her yummy egg muffin yumminess.

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