Month: November 2013
I post a lot about Beachbody on my Facebook page and I feel like it sometimes comes across that I am just trying to sell a product to someone so that I can make some quick cash. But the reality is that I truly want to help people.
I’ve spent my entire life struggling with my weight. Sometimes I was skinny and sometimes I wasn’t. When I look back, I think I probably gained a lot of weight around age 11 or 12. What a terrible age to gain weight. I was already in that awkward preteen stage and feeling uncomfortable in my own skin. Of course, my twin brother got the tall/thin genes! I remember being at my dad’s work picnic. One of his coworkers looked at my brother and I and said, “If you take some of your weight (pointing to me) and put it on him (pointing to my brother), you guys would be perfect”. Wow! What a terrible thing to say. So terrible that I’ve never forgotten it.
Once I got to high school, I lost a lot of the weight. Looking back, I know that I did it in an unhealthy way. I didn’t have an eating disorder, but I certainly cut back on the amount that I was eating on a daily basis. I wasn’t eating enough and it was unhealthy. I wasn’t athletic at all and I just didn’t know how to do it the correct way. My College days rolled around and I fluctuated back and forth during those years. Let’s be honest… I wasn’t counting calories during those weekly trips to the bar… didn’t think twice about sitting around a pizza with my friends armed with a bottle of ranch dressing to dip it in….and working out really wasn’t a top priority in my life at that time. By the time I graduated, I had terrible habits when it came to eating and exercise.
After graduation… bring on the desk job! Hours upon hours of sitting. I worked in an office where many of the people around me had terrible eating habits. Fast food was a staple. People would constantly bring in baked goods and set them on the break room table for everyone to enjoy. And guess what? I went right along with them. Gaining more and more weight as the weeks went on.
It’s hard for someone to see that they are gaining weight… and it’s even harder to admit even when your clothes no longer fit. I honestly couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve stood in front of my closet crying because nothing really fit and if it did fit, I felt terrible in it. I would then go shopping in an attempt to find something that I would feel comfortable wearing, but after several attempts at trying things on in the dressing room, I would leave empty-handed. Rush out of the store and cry the whole way home. It was a terrible cycle.
My college years were some of the best years of my life. I made some amazing friends. We spent countless hours together and I knew that they loved me for me. It was a sad day when we all graduated and went our separate ways. With that being said, we always made a point to try and get together 2 times a year. We would make plans and I would get really excited to see everyone. And then a week before our get-together, I would start having anxiety. I didn’t want people to see that I had gained weight. I felt so insecure in my own skin. Eventually by the end of the week, I was coming up with excuses why I wouldn’t be able to make it. I was so insecure and down that I was giving up spending time with some of my favorite people in the world!
I also found myself hiding when anyone brought their camera out for a group shot. I would immediately volunteer to be the person who took the picture just so I didn’t have to be in it. One of my worst fears was looking back on my wedding photos and being completely disgusted and ashamed about the way that I looked in them. And that’s when I decided to make a change!
I was initially approached by my friend/sorority sister Kayla about Beachbody and being a part of her challenge group. I turned her down the first time she asked me, telling her that it was too expensive… I was planning a wedding… blah, blah, blah. Looking back I knew they were all excuses. If I really wanted to make it happen, I would have found a way. She approached me for a second time a couple months later and I finally agreed. BEST DECISION EVER!!! I lost 30 pounds just in time for my wedding and I found a healthy lifestyle. I learned to lose weight the right way, by eating clean and exercising.
I’ve now taken the next step and I’ve become a Beachbody coach. I’ve never been surrounded by so many positive people who truly care about others. I’m still working on my weight loss journey, but I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. I’m starting to get my confidence back and I’m starting to learn that I can be happy with me!
This is why I post about Beachbody. Because I’ve been there. I’ve tried everything to lose weight. I know what it feels like to feel completely overwhelmed with my weight and not knowing what to do. I’ve cried and cried and cried over it. That’s why I want to help others. It just takes that first leap of faith to start on your journey to a better you!
16 oz of Greek Yogurt (instead of sour cream)
Box of Frozen Spinach (thawed)
1 Packet of Ranch
Mix Greek Yogurt, Spinach, and Ranch Packet together.
Let’s be honest. Not everyone can completely revamp their eating habits in one day. The thought can be overwhelming and I think it sometimes prevents people from starting that journey to change their lifestyle. But I have good news for you! You don’t have to start eating clean, cold turkey (unless you want to). Start by making small changes… eventually those small changes will lead to bigger changes…and that will lead you to a habit that becomes your lifestyle!
For example, instead of using sour cream in a recipe, replace the sour cream with plain Greek yogurt. Trust me… it tastes great! Try the Spinach Dip Recipe that I’ve posted above. I made it recently for my hubby and his friends for their Friday night card game. They all loved it and had no clue that it was made with Greek yogurt. I call that a win! I know that it wasn’t completely clean, but I felt much better serving that than a dip made with a whole container of sour cream.
Changing eating habits should be a lifestyle change…NOT a diet! Make swaps that you feel comfortable with. Find things that you like. And always try new things! I make a point to try new recipes all the time. Some are winners. Some are not. But I don’t know unless I try! In fact, this Summer, I tried using spaghetti squash instead of pasta and made pizza crust out of cauliflower rather than using pizza dough. Both were fantastic (and again hubby approved… which is my way of determining recipe success)!
Here are some examples of other food swaps you can make:
GET RID OF: SWAP WITH:
White Rice Brown Rice or Quinoa
Coffe Creamer Unsweetend Almond Milk
Sugary Drinks/Soda Water
Ground Beef Ground Turkey
Regular Peanut Butter Natural Peanut Butter (only ingredient is peanuts)
Chips Fresh Cut Veggies, Zucchini Chips (recipe in my blog)
Pasta Spaghetti Squash
I break up with my scale frequently…VERY frequently. We definitely have a love/hate relationship, although hate/hate relationship may be more fitting. To tell you the truth, I haven’t stepped on the scale in months and I have no intention of getting on it any time soon.
I’m sure many of you can relate. You start out strong. Workouts are going great. You are making great food choices. And the next thing you know, you are down 2 pounds! SCORE!! That just motivates you even more. The following week is just as good and you are down another few pounds. All goes well like this for awhile until one day you step on that scale and it tells you that you’ve gained 5 pounds. WHAT THE… (you fill in the blank)! You step off the scale and then step back on… maybe your feet placement was wrong… yes… that’s it! So you re-position when you step back on. NO CHANGE (like moving your toe a half an inch was really going to make a difference)! Well… maybe the settings are messed up or the battery needs changed. So you flip it over, mess around with some buttons, maybe even change the battery, feeling sure that the results will now be better. WRONG! In your mind, you keep saying, “This can’t be right!”. Enter in the panic and a whole mix of other emotions… frustration, the overwhelming feeling that you are going to cry (and if you’re me, you probably do), anger, and so many more.
The truth is that I can’t handle the up and down roller coaster that is my weight. I’ve dealt with it my whole life and it overwhelms me. The scale ruins my self esteem and causes me to just head straight for the pizza and ice cream when it doesn’t show me what I want to see. I say to myself, “What’s the point?!”. My mind starts racing and I conjure up all of these reasons why it’s stupid for me to continue getting up at 4 am to workout. I tell myself that I might as well eat those wings that are staring me in the face. I mean… I’m just going to gain weight anyway, right? WRONG!
I’m not perfect at eating and I’m not perfect at working out. But I did promise myself to do my best at living a healthy lifestyle. That’s why I can’t give up… and this is why the scale and I have broken up. Honestly, when the scale blares that big red number at me, I swear it blinks the word “FAT” “FAT” “FAT” and I don’t need that in my life. I stay focused on my future when I stay away from that evil scale, so that’s the best option for me. I don’t need a constant reminder that I haven’t reached my goal yet. I already know that. Let’s be honest. If you had a friend that came to your house everyday, told you what a loser you were, and made you feel bad about yourself, you would get rid of them, right? Well that’s how I feel about my scale. We have a bad relationship, so I’ve eliminated it from my life…for now.
Many will argue that you need to see what progress you are making and that you need to use the scale to measure it. To a point, I agree. Yes… the scale is one way to measure. I wholeheartedly believe that you need to weigh yourself for a starting point and check back periodically. But I also think that stepping on the scale daily and obsessing over that number is bad. There are other ways to measure. Inches lost. Clothing fitting differently. Overall feeling of getting stronger and healthier each day.
So, yes, the scale and I will get back together someday. But for now, I’m just focusing on making myself healthier and stronger. I’m making healthy food choices and I’m making a point to stay on track with my workouts. And that’s good enough for me. Everyone is different, so do what works best for you. Ultimately, it’s your journey…no one else’s.
And then on the flip-side… let’s talk about my hate for burpees! Do you know what they are? Have you ever tried them? If you don’t know what they are, Google them now! I feel like I am flailing my body onto the ground only to try and get back up again. How the heck do the people in my workout videos get up SOOOO fast?? I used to chuckle at the contestants on the Biggest Loser when they would complain about burpees. I mean, they didn’t look so hard! “Suck it up”, I would say! Fast forward to me and my burpee adventure. WOW! I have literally stood during the segments of my workouts where they were doing burpees. And…shhhh… don’t tell Chalene and Shaun T, but there have been instances were I pushed the fast forward button so I didn’t have to come to grips with the fact that I was giving up and being a quitter. With that being said, I’ve been working hard to master the burpee. I’m not fast, but I don’t quit, and I’m better than when I started.
So I guess the moral of the story is that you have to take it day by day. You will slowly learn to cut back on the “baked goods” that you shouldn’t be eating and you will get better at the “burpees” that seem so difficult. It’s a constant struggle everyday for me, but I see myself making progress and that’s something to be proud of! Maybe someday when I’m feeling a little braver, I’ll even post a video of me and my burpees, but let’s save that for a later date. I’m not ready to make my comedic debut just yet.
It’s amazing what you will agree to when you’ve had a few beverages of the alcohol persuasion. Things that you would never even remotely consider become the best idea you’ve ever heard in your entire life. You start shaking your head up and down with a passionate intensity saying, “Yes, Yes, Yes!!” You know where this is going, right?
Let me set the scene. Sunny afternoon. College friends reunited again. Tailgating in a parking lot for hours. I’m pretty sure that I would have agreed to anything at that point. So, when my friend suggested that we all start training for a half marathon, I quickly and enthusiastically replied, “Absolutely! I’ll start training tomorrow!” Maybe not a big deal for someone who runs, but let’s clarify that I am anything BUT a runner. In fact, I couldn’t even run a mile in high school when I weighed a little over 100 pounds. I dreaded those Presidential Fitness Challenges that they held every year in high school, because… let’s face it… the gym teacher wasn’t going to let me quit until I made my four rounds around that track. I’m sure she would have stood there all day waiting for me to finish! But I digress…
Anyway, I’m always someone who stays true to my word. I made a promise to run a half marathon in two years, so now I need to get to work. I got up the gumption to go to the gym today and run three miles. I swore to myself that I wouldn’t leave that treadmill until my three miles were in. Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy and it took me about 40 minutes to do it, but I got it done. I’m pretty sure my face was beet red, sweat was pouring off of me, and I looked like I was about ready to die (and Lord knows I felt like I was going to die).
As I was running, I was thinking, “This is crazy… you’re not a runner… you’ll never be able to do this”. And then I pushed all of those negative thoughts from my mind. “Why NOT me!?”. The only person stopping me from doing this is myself! Everyone starts somewhere and this is where I’m starting. So I turned up my music, increased the speed on the treadmill, and kept going… one step at a time.
Today I realized that you have to start somewhere…everyone does. And if you don’t start something, you will never finish. I also realized that doing something worthwhile is never easy and it takes hard work and determination. Let’s face it, if it were that easy, everyone would be doing it. So don’t be afraid to start. Don’t talk yourself out of something that will be worth it in the end. Just start… one foot in front of the other… and you will eventually reach your destination.
I’ve struggled with weight my whole life. Lost weight. Gained weight. Lost weight. Gained weight. It’s the most frustrating thing to go through, and I know there are millions of people out there just like me. I’ve been jealous of those who can eat whatever they want and don’t seem to gain an ounce of weight… but let me just look at a french fry and I swear I gain five pounds! I’ve done it all… tried pills, stopped eating carbs, exercised like a maniac… the list goes on. So trust me, I’ve been there, done that.
I finally found something that works and I’m hoping I can help others who share the same frustrations that I do. Through the use of Beachbody workouts, Shakeology, and Clean eating, I’m finally down a path where I’ve been successful at losing weight and getting fit. I still have quite a journey in front of me but I know I can help you get started on your own journey!
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