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What it takes…

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DEDICATION.

That’s what it takes.  You want abs?  You want to lose 10, 20, or even 50lbs?  You want to look hot in a bikini?  Then you need to have dedication!  How do you become dedicated?  Good question…

 

1.  You need a very clear idea of your goals and what you’re trying to accomplish.

We’ve talked about this before.  What do you want?  If you said, ‘To lose weight’ …GREAT!  How much?  By what date?  Why do you want to lose weight?  Now, are the goals you’ve written down realistic?  Have you checked to see what a healthy weight for your age and height are?  No?  Do it now – Check your BMI or do a simple weight calculator like this one.  This stuff is important!  Don’t brush this off and skip to the workouts.  You need to know what you’re going for and why or you wont stay motivated.  You can’t be dedicated without a clear goal ahead of you.  Otherwise you’ll just end up saying, ‘Well, I worked out once this week, so that’s good enough!’.  You won’t get results that way.

2.  You need a carefully laid out routine that has very little chance of getting interrupted.

Get out your calendar!  What is your work schedule like?  What are realistic workout days?  You have to have a plan.  You have to schedule in workouts like you would coffee with a friend, a date with the hot guy in the elevator, your mainicure, haircut, or whatever else you’d write in your planner.  Don’t schedule workouts at a busy or possibly crazy time of the day for you.  If you have half an hour after you leave work before you pick up the kids, that’s not a good time.  Wake up earlier ( I know, I know, who in their right mind wants to wake up earlier to sweat their a$$ off?).  And don’t cancel on your workouts!  Schedule it and keep that date with the gym, yoga class, dumbbells, etc…no excuses!  Your health is important.  Look at it this way, it’s either three days a week in the gym now, or three days a week at the Doc’s office later on in life.  Which would you rather do?

3.  You need to make a pact with yourself to not miss your workouts. 

No, this is not the same as step two!  You need to sit down and have a discussion with yourself and promise your beautiful body that you are going to do what it takes and do what’s best for it, no matter what.  Make a promise to yourself to stick to your routine – you’d be surprised at how well this works.  Start realizing now – in this very moment – that you are important, and your body needs you to take action so it can perform it’s best.  I assure you, your body will repay you…in ways you’re not even thinking about right now.

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4.  Honor the pact with yourself!!!

When you feel tired, depressed, unmotivated, remember that you made a pact and stick to it even if you don’t feel like you are getting results.  It’s days like that, that you need exercise more than ever.  Don’t say, “Oh, I will pick things up tomorrow or the next day”…you promised yourself and if it’s one of the days you scheduled in, you NEED TO STICK TO IT!!  Enough said.  Get up and move!  Even if all you can do is fifteen minutes – do it.  Even if you have to take it extremely slow (like you could text the whole time you’re walking, slow) – do it.  If you scheduled in 30 minutes of exercise then you better spend that 30 minutes moving in some way or another.  We all have moments of feeling low, but it will pass and it will pass faster if you stick to your routine and get that heart pumping.  Trust me on this!  I have a ton of experience with not feeling motivated or feeling too depressed to workout.

5.  Don’t give up!

No matter how slow your progress seems to be going, don’t give up!  Stick with it and you will see a difference, I promise!  E-mail me if you can’t find the motivation, feel down, feel discouraged or feel like giving up.  I’ve been there.  What’s different about this time for me, compared to all the past attempts to get fit is that I have followed all of the above and NOT GIVEN UP…no matter how low I’ve felt.  And it gets easier.  Each time I have to really push myself to get moving, the next time is a little easier to convince myself to get up.

On a lighter note about dedication:

This past Saturday, I attended a graduation in heels that I haven’t worn in a long time.  We had to walk through a field, down the highway, along the bus ramp, through the parking lot and then half way around the track to get to our seats.  It was a great little cardio workout but it left my feet completely torn up!  The strap across my toes had rubbed blisters, probably before I had even made it out of the field.

Well, I pushed through the pain and wore those heels all damn day (my feet are still furious at me).  Luckily, it is flip-flop season and I have been able to let them be free to heal up.  Until it was my running day.  Oh boy.  I could have easily talked myself out of it because of my toes.  But I put on my sneakers…OUCH!  I knew this was going to hurt, but I promised myself to go jogging and I was going to do it.  So I walked out of the house and down the road, feeling my pinky toe screaming at me with every step.  And then the jogging, oh man.  It was ok at first but then my toes started hurting, worse and then a little worse and then I started feeling pain on other toes that had not been injured on Saturday.

It didn’t stop me though.

If this had been a muscle, or joint in this much pain, sure, I would have stopped and walked back but it was just my little toes and I knew it was only a skin injury, so I kept going.  By the time I rounded the corner to get back to my house I was dying to get my tennis shoes off!  I had finished my run though!  The cardio ‘rush’ from jogging was accompanied by a great feeling of pride for not giving up as I wobbled into the house.  I was a little scared to take my shoes off at first to be honest, so I did my stretches and then carefully peeled off my shoes and socks….

…my toes…

…officially HATE me…

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That’s what it takes.  My toes are getting better every day and I feel proud that I didn’t let some minor pain/irritant get in my way.  I have goals and I’m dedicated to reaching them.  You can get there too.  I’m here to help, if you need it.

Summary:

1.  Set a goal.

2.  Set up a routine.

3.  Make a pact with yourself.

4.  Honor the pact.

5.  Don’t give up!

You’ve got this!!

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Event Weight Loss – Losing Weight For Your Wedding

 (Please note:  By reading this blog, you agree to my Disclaimer)

 

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of wedding photos on social media which can only mean one thing, wedding season has begun!  The weather is fabulous, everything is in bloom, what more could you want for your perfect day?  Oh I know, you want to look fabulous!!

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So, you’re getting married in six weeks and you’ve got 10lbs (maybe more) to lose before then?  Don’t freak out!  I can help!  Just keep reading…

From experience, I know that one of the BIGGEST stressors dealing with upcoming nuptials is weight.  Yep, it’s even a bigger issue than the cost of the wedding for most people.  Not being able to fit into your wedding dress pretty much trumps how much money you spend on the actual event.  Is that crazy talk?  No!  You can have all the money in the world to throw at a beautiful wedding but it doesn’t lose the weight for you.  Sure, you can have liposuction or a tummy tuck or whatever the celebrities do, but that can take just as long or longer to see results.

We want to look and feel like a princess on our big day and what could be worse than looking like we are ‘spilling’ over our dress or having safety pins sticking out because we can’t zip it all the way?  For me, I waited too long to try to lose weight for my wedding day and finally lost weight the two weeks leading up to it.  Do you think I thought to try on my dress to see if it still fit?  Of course not!  So THE DAY OF MY WEDDING, 30 minutes before walking down the aisle, I put on my dress only to find that it no longer fit in the boobs.  It was a strapless dress.  Needless to say, I did not feel as amazing as I could have since I had to hold my breath the whole time to keep my dress up!

So, for all of you ladies out there planning to walk down the aisle this year, next year or anytime in the future – lets get you set up for success!

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^ My mom ‘taping’ my dress to my skin – how lovely (can you sense the sarcasm?)

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How to Lose Weight For Your Wedding:

 

Ideally, I’d like for you to change your eating habits for the long term so that you never have to worry about dieting again.  But, I understand if you’re short on time, or if you have been so stressed planning that you haven’t spent enough time preparing healthy meals or exercising (in fact, we tend to over eat when we are stressed and all the planning keeps us so busy we feel like we don’t have time for anything else).  So, I’ve put together my best tips and tricks to help you lose weight (quickly) so that you look like a million bucks on your big day.  Lets get started!

 

Commit to Exercise

Obviously, the QUICKEST way to lose those extra pounds is through exercise.  I don’t want to hear that you don’t have time.  Make time.  If looking and feeling great on your big day is one of your goals, then you have to follow through and do the work.  As soon as you finish dinner, go for a walk.  Get up 30 minutes early to hit the gym or do a home workout.  Figure out your two busiest and hardest days of the week and make them your ‘rest’ days (unless you are bold enough to fit in Yoga or walking on those days).  That way you can use your weekend to get in a two really good workouts and only have to pick three weekdays to fit in the rest of your weeks workouts.  Seriously folks, exercise might feel like the last thing you want to do but it is the fastest way to naturally shed that extra weight.  The benefits go beyond losing weight.

 

What do I recommend doing?

  • Walking (briskly- no less than 20 minutes every day.  Get your heart pumping)
  • Riding a Bike
  • High Intensity Interval Training (Please note:  These are not for people who have not already been exercising.  This is intense and not a good idea for beginners.  Check with your Personal Health Care Provider before attempting any HIIT workout.  There are TONS of these on the web, my favorites come from FitnessBlender.com)
  • Weight Lifting (break out those dumbbells!  No, not the 2lbs ones, really lift some weight!)
  • Jumping Rope (Try 40 seconds jumping – 20 seconds rest for five minutes…you will FEEL it)
  • Jogging/Running
  • Swimming (not lollygagging around in the pool but doing laps for 30 minutes.  Really get that heart rate up!)

 

Cardio is going to be your best bet, but like I’ve said before, you can get AMAZING results from lifting.  Not only are you burning fat, you are getting beautiful arms, legs, etc.  Start first thing in the morning to get it over with or hit it hard after dinner, either way, just make sure you are moving!  Get up and get that heart pumping for AT LEAST 20 minutes!  If you’re not looking to lose a lot of weight and you just want to get ‘toned’, you can get away with doing a longer slower workout like Yoga.  Take the stairs, park further away and stand as much as possible.  You’ll be surprised at how fast you see results.

“I like to move it, move it”

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Skip The Junk

Your goal from now until wedding day (depending on how far away it its) is to only eat home prepared meals.  No stopping on your way to work for coffee, donuts or whatever.  No ordering lunch out, I don’t care all you get is a salad from Panera.  Don’t be tempted.  Your best bet is going to be taking all the snacks and meals you’ll need for the day and not stopping ANYWHERE.  This will not only help you lose weight and get healthier, it will save you a ton of money!  And if you’re planning a wedding, chances are you will want to save every little bit.

This is going to take some prepping and might be a little hard, but you can do it!  Set aside one day of the week to prep all your meals and snacks.  This is so worth it!  It might be a little time consuming but you’ll be glad you did it.  What do I fight temptation with?  Why delicious, fresh strawberries of course!  Or Honeydew Melon, blueberries, peaches and plain greek yogurt, peanut butter and celery, hummus and ANY vegetable…I could go on.  Check out Superwomen Recipes for recipes, meal planning and other food related ideas to help get you started.

 

So, here are some suggestions for your next shopping trip (learn to love it fellow Superwomen!):

  • Fruits – Apples, bananas, grapefruit, melons, grapes, strawberries, lemons, blueberries
  • Vegetables – Celery, Kale, spinach, avocados, sweet potatoes, zucchini, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage…
  • Meats/Main Course – Chicken, LEAN beef, Tofu, Black Beans, Salmon, Tilapia, Flounder, etc.
  • Other – Quinoa (not rice!), whole wheat wraps, whole grain pasta, walnuts, tuna, canned chicken, frozen veggies, frozen fruit, cayenne or other hot spices, plain Greek yogurt, whey protein, eggs

 

Not only will you lose weight when you eat like this, your skin will look amazing!  So this tip really kills two birds with one stone.  I bet you wont need to go get that facial before the big day once you see how much your skin loves things like kale, blueberries and carrots!

 

Sleep!

Shut down your wedding planning at least half an hour before bed.  Turn off the TV, close the laptop and put your phone on the charger.  This is an absolute MUST for losing weight.  Trust me, this made a huge difference for me.  Turn out all the lights, grab a fan for white noise if you need it and get the best nights sleep you’ve had since you were a baby.  Exercising will help you sleep better and sleep will help exercising not suck since your muscles will be able to adequately repair overnight (with the right amount of rest that is)!  And again, you’ll have the added benefit of having glowing skin from the extra sleep.

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Drink Water!

Only have  a few weeks to lose weight?  Cut the caffeine and drink water…lots of it!  I mean like a ton.  So much that you have to pee all the time.  Don’t allow any other tempting drink in.  Seriously, you might really want that glass of wine to ease the stress but it’s not going to allow you to get the results you want.  Stay away from sodas, sweet teas, juices, all of it.  Your safest bet is to just stick to water.  C’mon, how badly do you want this?  Ps.  Water ALSO helps to liven up your skin and make you look beautiful.  It helps with acne, puffines, wrinkles and more.  Drink up!!

Avoid List:

Alcohol, Sodas, any sweetened teas, coffees, smoothies, etc.

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Keep A Healthy Distance from Sodium and Grease

Choose your food wisely!  Avoid anything that has a lot of salt.  As painful as it might be, try not to season your veggies with butter or salt for a few weeks and see what a difference it makes.  Steer clear of Fast Food joints, chips, pizza, anything with soy sauce (pretty much give up your favorite Asian restaurants – I’m sorry – just for now).  Reducing your salt intake will greatly reduce bloating.  For more information about sodium check out this great article from The American Heart Association:  Why Should I Limit Sodium?

 

How to lose weight for your wedding in a nutshell:

Eat clean

 Do at least 20 minutes of cardio a day

Give up fast food, sweets and other junk

Stay away from alcohol and sodas

Drink tons of water

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Get more sleep

It really is that simple.  You can do it.  Send me photos of your progress, let me know what exercises you’re doing, what you’re eating and anything you have found helpful that I’ve mentioned or even things that I haven’t talked about.  I want to hear from you!

 

 

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^ Tied the knot!  And thankfully my dress stayed put for the entire ceremony 🙂

 

 

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The Workout: March – May

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My Monday, Wednesday, Friday Routine

(*This is Part 2!  Please check out:  The Workout: Jan – March)

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Taken in late April – I was working out to lose weight and was totally surprised when I noticed my shoulder definition. One more reason to keep going.

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Scooby’s Beginner’s Dumbbell Workout

Bret Contreras’ 30 Day Glutes

Scooby’s 3 Min Abs that I alternated with 10 minute Xhit or Fitness Blender Ab workouts

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Beginning of April – roughly 2 weeks in to the new dumbbell workout.

 

Two things to note:  About a week or two in, I started substituting the 10 minutes of burpee’s in the dumbbell routine, for a 10 minute cardio video from Youtube.  The one I most commonly used was Fitness Blender’s 10 Minute Express Calorie Blaster because they made me really work for it, like the burpees do.  As for the Glutes, I did this a little over a month because I took more days off than he says to take.  Go at your own pace if you try it.  I definitely saw major improvement by the end!

 

 

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

 

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Glute improvement!!! Thanks to Bret Contreras! He gave me a foundation and I’ve been adding to it since then. Check back later to see my current workout and updated pics. *Photo taken early May.

 

As always, these are typically optional for me.  I did not stick to one thing or another, just did what I felt like doing.  If my body needed it, I rested all four days.

 

Running Training (yes, still just the training because I have NOT followed this continuously)

Yoga

Walking

Bret Contreras 30 Day Glute Challenge

Fitness Blender HIIT workouts

Abs (Dave Sinclair, Xhit, Fitness Blender)

Stretching

And of course, REST!

 

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Right after my evening walk. Get out there and boost that metabolism by walking in the evening, girls!! You’ll be glad you did.

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P.s.  Keep in mind that my arms look bigger in some photos than other because I’m flexing.  They do not look like this all day long!  That would be a bit much for me.  Women do not gain muscle like men do so it’s nice to go around with slim looking, feminine arms that look pretty impressive when flexed.  It’s like carrying around a concealed weapon.

 

Got questions?  Feel free to comment below or shoot me an e-mail!

 

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Early Motivational Monday

ONE WEEK UNTIL THE MEMORIAL DAY SUMMER KICKOFF!

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Are your abs ready for this weekend??

I usually take it easy on Sundays, but after a FABULOUS dinner prepared by mother-in-law, (with a second helping of dessert), I had to put in a little cardio time once I got home.  I will say that I DID NOT feel like it tonight!  All I wanted to do was plop down on the couch and put my feet up, but I pushed myself to do it and I’m so glad I did – I felt great afterwards.  Sometimes, all we need is to push ourselves a little.  I started out saying, ‘Just a 15 minutes HIIT workout and then I’ll chill out’.  Well, I did a 17 minute HIIT workout and after I was done, decided to do a 20 minute bike ride.  That’s how it usually works.  Get yourself moving and you’ll feel like going a little further.  Do nothing and you’ll feel like doing nothing.

Once I finished my bike ride, I came in, stretched it out and then had a delicious, tall glass of ice cold water followed by my fat burning tea.  I feel so energized!

I don’t always push myself this hard, but Memorial Day weekend is NEXT WEEKEND!!  I’ll be breaking out that bathing suit and I want to look amazing!  I know you do too!  So ladies, cut back on the salt this week, kick up the cardio and reap the benefits this weekend!  And don’t forget to drink your WATER!

 

Have an amazing Monday!

 

Need more inspiration?  Check out my previous ‘Motivational Monday’ posts or ask me anything in the comment section below.  I love hearing from you!

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Making The Switch: Part 1

Part 1:  Breakfast Switch

 

If you’re like me and have spent several years eating sugary cereals or pancakes for breakfast, you’ll find it hard to get excited about things like oatmeal or cream of wheat for breakfast.  So that’s why I took a very slow and gradual approach to changing my eating habits.  If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you can’t just skip meals or eat healthy for a few weeks.  This has to be long term.  You’ll have better results and be more successful at keeping the weight off.

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This is how I did it:

What I had been eating  |  Slightly healthier switch:

Lucky Charms | Honey Bunches of Oats or Shredded Wheat

Honey Bunches of Oats or Shredded Wheat | Instant Oatmeal Variety Pack (those are pre- sweetened)

Instant Oatmeal Variety Pack | Old Fashioned Oats with sugar and banana

Old Fashioned Oats with Truvia and banana | Old Fashioned Oats with raisins, walnuts, and cinnamon (no sugars or sweeteners)

 

This took some time, but I was eating way too much sugar for breakfast, so it took me longer to get used to a different taste than it may take for some of you.  Now, I eat oatmeal everyday and can’t live without it.  It keeps me feeling full for hours.  When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s so important to focus on food that stays with you longer so that you’re not tempted to snack as often or eat larger portions.  This is how you’ll WIN.  This is how you’ll reach your goal.  Change your eating for good and you can stop playing the diet game.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to waste the rest of my life trying out different temporary diets that I have to start OVER and OVER again.  I still allow myself to eat a ‘cheat breakfast’ once a week or every other week, but I don’t crave it nearly as much as I used to.

So there you have it, how to make the breakfast switch.  Be sure to check out my ‘Recipes’ section on the right side of my blog for healthy ideas and recipes that take the ‘bland’ out of health food.  Stay tuned for Part 2: Snack Switch!

What is YOUR favorite healthy breakfast?

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FREE Online Workout Videos!

That’s right, I’ve got the skinny on the best free workout videos on the web!  So where can you find them??

 

FITNESSBLENDER.COM

Yep, FitnessBlender.com is my source for the best free workout videos.  It is owned, created and run by two individuals named Daniel and Kellie.  I first discovered them through Youtube while searching for a post-workout stretch and have been crazy about them ever since.  I am so impressed by what this team of two has managed to put together and the way they educate their viewers that I feel compelled to tell everyone about them and share as many of their workouts as possible.

 

If you take just five minutes to check out their site, you’ll find out why I’m so passionate about their approach.  The quality of their instructional videos is better than a lot I have paid money for in the past, but it doesn’t stop there – it’s also free.  It’s apparent that they have spent countless hours gathering, creating and putting this fabulous cyber training together, and I can really appreciate instructors who are prepared, well dressed, and knowledgeable.  (Yes, I meant to say ‘well dressed’.  I LOVE Kellie’s workout outfits!  And I especially love the fact that neither of them look like they are trying too hard to get your attention by wearing revealing clothes or ‘oiling up’ to look like they’re super sweaty).

 

I have spent years reviewing workouts online, on Youtube, VHS’, DVD’s, in magazines, books – you name it and I have found that it is incredibly hard to find good quality instructional videos.  I’ve wasted hours previewing or attempting workouts that turned out to be terrible!  Unfortunately, more often than not,  instructors move too quickly, don’t explain WHY they are performing certain exercises, and do not provide a good view of what they’re doing, so you never really know if you have it right or not.

 

Daniel and Kellie eliminate all of that frustration by using clear audio, a distraction free background and often times displaying a preview of the next exercise in the corner so you are not caught off guard and wont feel lost.  Not only that, they explain what group of muscles you are targeting and why.  As ‘no-brainer’ as that sounds, lots of people just starting out don’t always know why it’s important to work on certain muscle groups and believe it or not, a lot of fitness instructors neglect to educate you while leading you through the motions.

 

At FitnessBlender.com, they go above and beyond to make sure you are educated about the exercise, why you’re doing it and how to properly perform it.  It’s clear that these two know what they’re doing.  Do yourself and your body a favor and check them out.  They have a wonderful website, filled with tons of great information in addition to their Youtube channel with hundreds of free professional videos.

 

Fitness Blender is not only a great place to get started, it’s a great place to keep coming back even if you have a gym membership, personal trainer or an established workout routine.  You will not be disappointed.

 

 

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Motivational Monday!

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2 WEEKS To Go!

 

Are you ready to put on that bikini in TWO WEEKS???  I hope you said yes!  If not, that’s ok, I’ve got a few workouts to share with you to help get you motivated and feeling great about wearing your bathing suit.

 

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*Taken right after this morning’s workout. It’s pictures like this that keep me going. Start working on your bikini abs today!!!

 

Full Body Workout –

Starting today, you can fit in 6 full body workouts in 2 weeks!  That is a great start!  Scooby’s Beginner Resistance Band Workout is my #1 recommendation since I noticed results just after two weeks of doing his routine.  It is only 30 minutes long!!  Because he has you changing it up every 5 to 10 minutes, the time flies by so you wont even feel like you’ve been exercising for half an hour.  I do want to add that this is a little more challenging to do than some other workout routines out there so make sure you consult your health care provider before attempting.

I would also like to recommend any of Fitness Blender’s Full Body workouts.  They have a wide range of videos for total beginners to advanced athletes.  View any of their videos on Youtube or their website with your computer, tablet, smart phone or even your Wii U.

Another favorite that helped get me started was Ellen Barrett’s ‘Grace and Gusto’ Pilates video.  You will definitely work up a sweat with this one but it feels amazing!  Find it on Amazon HERE.

 

Walking –

That’s right, in two weeks you can fit in fourteen 20 minute brisk walks after dinner to help boost that metabolism!  If you don’t have time after dinner, anytime of day for a walk is a good time.  TRUST ME….walking will help you shed those pounds faster than you think!  Just make sure to stick to it and fit it in EVERY SINGLE DAY.

 

Lifting –

Research has proven that lifting weights actually helps you to BURN FAT while also giving you those beautiful curves you so desire.  Do not be afraid of weightlifting!  It feels incredible, the results are amazing and in my opinion, it’s a lot easier than cardio workouts!

There are tons of great weightlifting routines out there that you can find on Google, Pinterest or Bodybuilding.com.  I would suggest starting with one of the best:  Jamie Eason.  She offers a totally free 12 week plan called ‘LiveFit’.  It is the total package – meal plans, workout plans, supplementation advice, etc.  I promise you will fall in love with weight training once you try it!

 

Now, you’ve got the suggestions and you’ve got two full weeks….what are you going to do to get ready for summer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lose Weight By Simply Clearing Off Your Countertops!!

This is what I USED to leave on my counter…

 

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A few days ago, I posted a picture with a caption about the food we keep on our counters.  What we see when we pass by the table or counter is SO important to our success in weight loss.  I still catch myself leaving cupcakes, cookies or candy out all day long to stare me down.  And that just leads to me craving them and eventually breaking down and eating whatever it is – just because it’s right there in front of me.

My parents are actually pretty healthy people but they have a terrible habit of keeping any junk food they have, (Cheetos, cakes, chocolate, etc.), right on the table or countertops where it is on display ALL DAY LONG.  And what do you think that leads to?  It leads to snacking on all the WRONG things of course!  I mean, after repeatedly passing by that bar of chocolate lying on the table all day, it’s so easy to break down and grab a piece…or two…or three…because it’s there and now that you’ve seen it, you want it and cant stop thinking about it!

 

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My parents are not the only people who do this.  Just about everyone I know does it.  If you’re reading this and nodding along saying, “I do that too!”, then I’m going to ask that you stop reading, get up, and go put ALL the bad snacks in a cabinet….RIGHT. NOW.  Get it out of your sight!  If you don’t have enough cabinet space, store it in the garage, mud room or hall closet.  Just don’t leave it out to look at all day.  My trick is to put out a bowl of fruit or nuts so that when I feel like I need a snack, I find myself thinking about those instead of the junk food that’s hidden in the cabinet.

I’ve even had my husband hide the ‘bad’ food before.  If it’s something that I REALLY love, like chocolate chip cookies, I don’t trust myself to stay away from them.  Another trick is to make the junk food really hard to get to.  Like putting it on the highest shelf in your house where you have to get a step ladder or chair out to reach it, or putting it behind and underneath other food.  If you really HAVE to have it, you just have to work a little harder to get it.  And sometimes, the thought of rearranging things in our fridge just to get a snack, is enough to keep us from getting it!

So it’s really that easy, hiding the junk food and putting out the healthy stuff will actually help you to lose weight.  Yeah, it might not come off super fast if that’s ALL you do, but I bet you’ll notice a difference.  If you’re already exercising and eating better anyway, this simple step will accelerate your results.  What’s not to like about that?  So, put your apples, bananas, oranges, nuts or whatever else you’d like, out on the counter.  Bring your veggies and cold fruits to the front of your fridge, right at eye level.  Make the healthy snacks super easy to get to and hide your junk food.  This takes such little effort, that it’s worth trying.  I mean, don’t you just love weight loss tips that are this easy to do?  Changing your eating habits is one of the best ways start losing weight and the easiest way to keep it off for good.

 

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*A lot of weight loss experts advise throwing ALL junk food and unhealthy snacks out as soon as you decide to lose weight.  If you can do this, great!  Go for it!  But I realize that many people who have children or another adult in their house may have occasional’ junk’ food lying around.  And, sometimes, it’s not practical to throw away all the ‘bad’ food.  So, if you fall into this category, this blog post is for you!

*I’d also like to add that you will get results by doing this AS LONG AS you are not just putting it in the cabinet to reach for it every time you want a snack.  It only works if you get it out of sight, out of mind and start snacking on healthier alternatives.

 

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Motivational….Tuesday??

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So, I’m a day late posting ‘Motivational Monday’, sorry folks!  I was out and about all day yesterday and didn’t have a chance to do it, but I’m making up for it today.  I want to share another ‘success’ story that is so inspiring and motivating, it’ll have you jumping off the couch and into your kitchen to KICK THE JUNK FOOD TO THE CURB!  That’s right people, this amazing couple that I’m about to tell you about, lost weight because they CHANGED their eating and added low cardio exercise, like walking to their day.  Justin and Lauren Shelton lost over 500lbs combined!  And it wasn’t because of an expensive diet pill, surgery, or any other expensive weight loss program.  The Shelton’s made a change that is tangible for all of us.  They educated themselves about the food they were eating, what healthy alternatives would be and then took action.  Please take a minute to watch their story:

 

http://www.today.com/video/today/53023582#53023582

*Unfortunately, I am not able to embed the video at this time, sorry guys!  Let me know if there are problems with the link provided.

 

Inspired yet?!  I know I am beyond impressed right now!  You can do it too!  Start fresh today – all you need is a positive attitude and a desire to make the change.

And remember, we have THREE WEEKS until the un-official start to summer!!  Let’s get to work!

 

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My fruit basket sits in the middle of my kitchen table. It’s easily accessible and makes sure my ‘snacking’ is healthy. What food do you leave on your kitchen counter??

 

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