Saturday, June 12, 2010

Are You Ready?

I am a firm believer in making clean eating and fitness a way of life, not just a short-term "sprint" to "get skinny," only to pull those fat pants right back out within 6 months. But in order to commit to a healthy lifestyle, you must be ready.

Like any other problems people face, you must first admit that there is, indeed, a problem. A problem with your eating, your level of activity, your continuous use of diet pills, fad diets, and yo-yo dieting. Once you admit that this IS a problem, and stop making excuses, you can then move on to the healing phase. In order for this to work, you must commit to one change at a time. Too many changes at once is overwhelming and is sure to end in failure. But if you are patient, you will have eliminated all of the foods and habits that were making you sick, depressed, and fat - without even realizing it. It may be a long process, but you will find that not only will you heal physically, it will happen emotionally as well. Slow and steady truly does win the race.

If you make that commitment, that CHOICE, I promise that you will see your body, and even your life, make a turn for the better. You will have more energy than you thought existed, and you will not look back. So if this applies to you, tell me, are you ready?

Monday, December 28, 2009

Busy Busy Busy

I have been MIA lately. Between all of my back issues and the holidays, I have not had a chance to get up any posts. But I do want to do a quick post about Tosca Reno's newest release: The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged. I don't have much time to talk about it now, but you can search my previous posts on this topic.

I highly recommend this book, in any of the versions, although this is obviously the newest version. THIS IS NOT A DIET, IT IS A WAY OF LIFE. No cutting out food groups or doing weird things with food. Tosca continues to say that weight loss is 80% DIET, 10% FITNESS, AND 10% GENES. You can work out all you want, but if you eat like crap, you will never reach your goals. Most people divide the pie completely opposite. Anyway, this book is highly motivating and is packed with priceless information. It is currently selling on Amazon for about $13.00. So go get it!! (ah, no, I am not paid to prop up this book. ha!)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Fast Food Rant

The post is coming, I promise. But I just wanted to say that we picked up some Pizza Hut on the way home yesterday. With all of my appointments, I haven't been able to cook like I normally do. I was partly excited and partly dreading pizza for dinner. I think I gained back about five pounds over the last few weeks, because I can't control myself when there's candy in the house (it's all gone now). So I knew this would be one more meal that kept me from getting back on track. I do enjoy pizza, but normally I make it from scratch at home- yes, whole wheat dough and all. But I told myself that it has been a tough week for me, and I deserved something sinful. However, after I was finished, my body told me otherwise.

We don't ever eat fast food or anything of the sort unless we are on a road trip or I am feeling ill or my pain level is at a 20. So having all of that greasy, buttery, sugary, fatty, refined dough pizza made me so sick that I came thisclose to throwing it all up. I don't know what it was called (indigestion?) but about an hour after I ate I began to feel nauseous and had to burp or else the gas in my chest would prevent me from breathing. I am not exaggerating. I felt ill. Maybe I had such an extreme reaction because we never eat that kind of food- in fact I am sure that's why. When you don't eat that stuff for a long time your body isn't used to processing all of it. But if you eat it all the time, your body is probably accustomed to churning through all that crap. It just goes to show what it does to your body! Now, my homemade pizza doesn't make me feel this way, but the crap that goes into fast food does not go into my cooking. Anyway, I felt so sick last night that I just had to post something about it today. Think of it what you will.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Busy Week

I have FIVE doctor's appointments this week. I also have some church stuff to do. I still have three appointments to go, but I'll get to that post I promised very soon. Promise! :)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Skittles and Reese's and Starburst, Oh My!

I HATE CANDY. I despise it. It is currently ruining my life. No, it is not my fault that my hand has reached into the candy jar one too many times. It is my husband's fault for buying the stuff! ;) I can hide it from myself and keep it out of my sight, but I know it is there, calling my name, telling me I must eat every piece until the job is done. I hadn't tasted the sugary stuff in so long, and my taste buds jumped for joy as they reunited with their old friend. Even though my taste buds thanked me, I know my thighs will not thank me next week when they have an extra inch of unwelcome fat surrounding and suffocating them.

However, if you subtracted all of the candy I have been eating lately, my diet has been extremely healthy. HA! ;) Normally we would not have candy in our house so early before Halloween. In fact, if it wasn't for the huge Halloween party we had last weekend, I was actually planning on handing out fun stickers and pencils to the trick-or-treaters. There were some cute Cars and Tinkerbell ones at the dollar store. I don't give my own son candy or very many sweets at all, so why would I give it out by the handfuls? My son's idea of sweet is carrot bread. My biggest fear is that he will grow up haunted by his sweet tooth, like me. Not that I am placing blame, but I still have memories of someone who I shall not name adding "sauce" (a.k.a. SUGAR) to my cereal when I was a toddler. Here's an idea: It is better to not eat it at all and go hungry than to eat it doused in sugar!!

Anyway, when you have 50+ children in your home for a Halloween party, you better have at least some candy. I mean, it's OK to have some fun every once in a while. And lucky for me, my husband completely overshot the amount of candy we needed. We have about 10 pounds leftover for our church's trunk-or-treat on Friday, and then for kiddos on Saturday. And I don't plan on having one speck left over from that, so there will be a lot of happy kids out there.

So, as you can see, we all struggle this time of year. Even people who write blogs about health and fitness and talk about clean eating. ;) We are human, after all.

My next post will address ways to not end up in my aforementioned situation. Yes, Halloween is almost here, but we still have to make it through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the cold season in general. The latter in itself makes even the best of us lack motivation (when we get up for a 6 AM run and it's 10 degrees out!) and want to add on a nice, wintry layer of fat. Also, if you are used to exercising outside and find that you won't be able to do it without developing hypothermia, I do have a few fun indoor exercises up my sleeve for you. So, stay tuned!!