Friday, November 30, 2012

P90X 30 Day Results!

When a friend asked if I wanted to join him and a friend in P90X I didn't really know what it was except an intense workout system.  It was about 1 week before the Grand Rapids Marathon and I was feeling like although I was running 50 miles a week to get ready for the race I didn't look as fit as I should.  When I would put on my running shorts there would be this bulge over the elastic waistline. Hate it! Hate it! Hate it!

Today was day 30.  I am the exact same weight as the day I started and I am totally celebrating that fact. In that time I have had 2 fancy schmancy work party dinners and then, of course, there was Thanksgiving and all of the yummy delights that go with that feast.  Being at  the exact same weight after all of that I feel that I am ahead.

The weight's the same, but my body's not.  I am already starting to see abs (yay!) and when I make a muscle I make a muscle!  These positive signs are so worth getting up in the morning and pushing play!

Lessons from the first 90 days of P90X
  1. You can do anything for 30 seconds.
  2. You can't do everything, but if you keep trying eventually you can do one, then two, then . . .
  3. Red wine the night before plyometrics is not a good idea.
  4. Chocolate Shakeology is best with cherries, almond milk, and vanilla.
  5. You can get the best body you've ever had over 40.
Are you thinking about your New Year's Resolutions?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Stay Energized; Eat More

I heard that people gained 5 - 25 pounds this week.  Crazy!  My biggest mistake after a big food fest, like Thanksgiving, is to cut the calories way back to overcompensate for indulging.  The problem with that is in addition to overeating during the holidays most of us also under-sleep.  We are traveling from one family members house to the next.  We stay a little too late at the last house and, ugh! now we have to drive home.

We start the next week more tired than usual so the last thing we need to do is cut back on the calories (energy).  Your body needs food to give you the energy to survive the day.  Deprive yourself of too many calories and you will feel more sleepy, irritable, and unable to focus.  This time of year is stressful enough.  Don't add to it.  Stay energized; eat more!

I know that you've heard this before, but this is the best time to put it to the test, eat more frequently and eat smaller portions.  Here's an example

1) Light breakfast with protein
2) Snack - fruit
3) Lunch -lean protein
4) Snack (I love string cheese)
5) Dinner

... and hydrate.  Drink as much water as you can. It will help you feel full and it will flush away fat and toxins and  Dr. Oz, says it will quench cravings. 

"There are only three things women need in life:  food, water, and compliments."

-Chris Rock

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cheers to the Overachiever

What do you immediately think of when you hear the word overachiever?  Is it positive?  Most of us probably thought something along the lines of type A or OCD, or maybe even butt kisser.  We think of that person who arrives to work before everyone else and stays later.  Someone who eats, breaths, and sleeps work.

Here's a definition from www.dictionary.com
to perform better or achieve more than expected, especially by others.
 
So, why is it when we label someone an overachiever we don't mean someone who performs better than expected? Is it jealousy?  Are we so envious of their accomplishments that we can't just say "good job"?  In reality, what have we really lost because they succeeded? Zip, zero, zilch.

I say cheers to the overachiever.  Way to go! Whether it's school, work, running, working out, let's all aspire to overachieve.

 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012 Activity That's a Snack Too

Here's a repeat post from last year because it's a great thing to do when the kids are home this week and it's a nice snack to have around if you're entertaining...

I have the perfect easy family activity for today; sugared cranberries. Watch out! They are like potato chips. I bet you can't eat just one.

2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 cups cranberries
sugar to coat

combine 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. DO NOT BOIL! Add the cranberries and let cool for at least 2 hours. You can refrigerate overnight. In batches, roll cranberries in sugar. Place on wax paper to dry for about an hour. While they are getting ready go for a family hike and get in those 10,000 steps. How many different types of leaves can you find?

Super easy. Super yummy and pretty too.

What else can you do with them?
-use them to top cakes and pies
-add thin strips of lemon peel
-add thin strips of orange peel
-mix with nuts
-use them to top a salad

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Drop 500 Calories This Thanksgiving

My diet theory is  -  be good most of the time so that you can indulge some of the time, but you can  drop 500 calories this Thanksgiving that you won't miss.

Cranberry Orange Relish
Most recipes call for 1/2 to 1 cup of sugar per 12 oz. bag of cranberries.  Drop this to 1/4-1/3 cup of sugar and save 50-100 calories per serving.

Sausage Stuffing
For every 1 lb. of pork sausage replace with 12 Morning Star Farms Original Sausage Patties.  This will save you another 100 calories per serving.

Salad Dressing
This is an easy one.  Replace your regular ranch dressing with Bolthouse Farms Classic Ranch..  Face it.  None of us stick to a 2 tbsp. serving when it comes to dressing.  You can drop another 100 calories by making the switch and the dressing is very good.

Cocktails
My favorite part of the holidays!!!  The trouble here is that your body will burn alcohol before it will burn fat or calories so it doesn't matter as much how many calories you are consuming here; you will burn less.  That said, you can still cut another 200 calories by

Beer drinkers - switch to light beer.
Cocktail drinkers - mix with a low calorie mixer.
Wine drinkers (and the above) - mix it up.  Slide a club soda and lime in between drinks.

Don't get tricked by fancy names. Low carb and "skinny" drinks are kind of like saying "less calories than most candy bars".  Here's a website you can check before you shop Get Drunk Not Fat. 

Make the bad calories count and cut where you won't notice to enjoy this holiday!!!
Happy Thanksgiving



Sunday, November 11, 2012

Fit For The Season


Crazy? Maybe a little, but when a friend said they were starting P90X it seemed like the perfect next challenge.  Everyone thinks we are nuts for starting P90x right at the holidays.  Who wants to be on a nutrition plan over Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years? 
I do.
Why wait until after all of the damage is done to start a fitness program?  Why not get ahead of the curve and start before the holidays? 
Benefits
  1. Be in better shape when you visit friends and family you haven't seen since the last holiday
  2. Have the discipline to make better decisions during holiday meals
  3. Reward yourself with a few guilty pleasures during the holiday knowing you've earned them
Don't wait to resolve to a better you!


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