Choose Your “Hard”!

Losing weight is hard. Being overweight is hard.CHOOSE YOUR HARD.

Choose your hard. That is probably the best piece of advice that I have heard when it comes to my weight and overall health. I have struggled just like I am sure most of you have to be healthy. I don’t have any medical conditions which make this hard for me, no I am just like every other typical American. I love food! I love food when I am hungry, when I am not hungry, when I am bored, when I am sad, when I am excited… you catch my drift. Food was always a comfort item to me and the sweeter or saltier or crunchier the better! Which basically means I was eating CRAP all the time and wondered why I felt like I had been hit by a truck some days when I get out of bed. Exercising? Forget it- I could take a brisk walk from my car into the store without getting winded. I was extremely out of shape until one day something clicked (maybe it was my recent life-change if you missed my 1st post you can read that here —-> Dead Broke. Lost my job. Best day ever. I have been on a short journey but I can already tell a huge difference and I have a long way yet to go, but I wanted to share with you to give someone else the kick they need to get back into a fitness routing (or to start one if they never have).

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I am doing a mixture of exercise programs, activities, and a diet plan and without going into great detail (that will be another post – stay tuned) I wanted to give you a little sample routine and tips that are great for any beginner. (I am currently 50+ heavier than my ideal body weight and going from a desk job and working out 0 days/week to this plan) If I can do this YOU can too! I have faith in you 🙂 If you have any questions please comment below I’ll be happy to give you some ideas.

*Disclaimer – I am not a doctor, fitness trainer, coach, etc… this is merely my routine and current results*

  • DIET: (I am eating 5 meals 2-3 hrs apart)
    • I have replaced all the carbs in my house (or as much of them as I can without causing complete anarchy in my house with the Mr and the kiddos) with whole grain alternatives (NOT to confused with whole wheat). Some things you would be surprised that you will not miss the old version of when you get used to whole grain. Ex. Pasta, bread, bagels, wraps, english muffins, brown rice instead of white, etc..
    • I have CUT OUT soda, sweet tea, Kool-Aid, etc… completely. I basically drink 1 cup of coffee in the morning with almond milk and Agave syrup then water for the rest of the day. Every once in a while I will drink some hot tea with honey or Agave syrup in it. I get bored with water – FAST. So to switch things up I have been putting lemon in mine and drinking it with LOTS of ice. This has been working out really well and I have been able to go above and beyond my goal of 85 oz per day. (You should drink HALF your body weight in water, so if you weigh 167 lbs – like me you should drink at least 83.5 oz per day). You can also infuse your water with fruits, I have tried this in the past and it did not work out too well- still looking for a recipe that does not weird me out! Ha!
    • I have doubled the amount of veggies and proteins that I am taking in which is making a huge difference in my energy and overall feeling throughout the day I feel full but without the crash that you get after eating when you load up on carbs. Currently I am using the Beachbody 21 Day Fix App to track my portions and intake. It’s a great tool if you are familiar with 21 Day Fix. You don’t need to have the official portion cups (I don’t) you can use this as a guide to know how many portions of each based off of your weight when you set up the app. If you don’t know anything about portion size here is a good cheat sheet that you can use with the app. 3439029_orig
  • EXERCISE: 
    • This is the tough one for everyone, I know! But I promise you that you will never work out and regret it! As soon as you get a good work out in you are instantly satisfied. If you want to achieve your goals you have to get moving! 🙂
    • I have found that making a weekly schedule that stays the same each week is good because then you know what to expect and most importantly you create a habit of working out every Mon-Wed-Fri and you know that once you get through that workout you have X-amount of days to rest before you can gear back up for next week whatever your schedule is. BE CONSISTENT 🙂
    • My Current schedule is: (if you noticed I am starting out hard-core and then slowly pacing down and then bam back full force on Monday. I am hoping that this will break it up a bit for me and help me not burn out fast. Before I hated trying to go all in on Monday and still be hurting from the day before.)
      • Monday- Weigh In 1st thing in the AM & CIZE workout 8AM(I am rotating each routine from the series each week for a total 6weeks to complete the entire series)
      • Tuesday- CIZE workout 8AM & Walk 7-7:30PM (I am currently up to walking approx 3miles at a time & I will slowly introduce jogging/running/more distance)
      • Wednesday- CIZE workout & CIZE-8 Count Abs 8AM (I am working up to completing the 8 count abs more days a week until I am up to 5 days per week but this is one thing I am in need of improvement/strength training)
      • Thursday- CIZE workout 8AM
      • Friday- 8 Count Abs 8AM & Walk 7-7:30PM
      • Saturday- Walk 7-7:30PM
      • Sunday- REST DAY
  • GOALS: 
    • My 1st goal is to weigh in at 150- a number I have not seen in a while!
    • Second goal will be to start majorly toning my body up. I want to start strength training at a local gym after this 6 week start (or maybe even sooner if I feel up to it before then).
    • Third goal is to get my weight in the range of healthy body weight for a female my age/height which is 107-140 lbs.

My initial journey started out as 179.2 lbs, I’ve made a lot of progress so far but I have a long way to go! Most importantly, I feel great which is all that really matters, right? Let me know if you have any tips for me, or let me know how you are doing on your fitness journey- comment below!

Tasty Recipe for Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Hump Day People!

Okay, so it is almost Memorial Weekend and I know just about everyone celebrates by some type of get together/BBQ with friends and family. So today I wanted to share with you a Watermelon Sherbet Shake recipe that will definitely be a hit at your party!

But- first lets not forget what this holiday is all about. For ALOT of families across the country Memorial Day is not just an excuse to host a big party, it is a day of remembrance. (—> Insert history lesson—->) In the years following the Civil War “Decoration Day” honored all those who had died while serving in the U.S. Military. In 1971 Memorial Day, as they now call it, became an official federal holiday honoring our fallen soldiers. So, while you are out buying your beer, food, and other party supplies don’t forget some families are remembering their loved ones.

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Dead Broke. Lost my job. Best day ever.

A job is a job. It’s a way to pay for a living, but that’s it. Don’t let it define your happiness. You work to live, not live to work. Work on what makes you happy.
-Author Unknown.

What started out as my typical Monday morning ended up being the day that literally changed my life. That sounds a little dramatic, but it couldn’t be more true. Let me start by giving you some background on my situation so you can fully appreciate this….

We were already living paycheck to paycheck. Paying bills in the grace (and some FAR after the grace period had come and gone) trying to decide whether it is more important to have running water or electric – thankfully they never got turned off, but it was too close for comfort many, many times. My fiance has a decent paying job and he works hard to provide for our family for the most part and my check filled in the gaps. We have six children together our oldest three (his) are 15, 11, and 10; and then there are the middles (mine) which are 5 & 4, and then the babe of the bunch (ours) who just turned ONE! Keeping us all fed, clothed, bathed, etc… is by no means cheap. I don’t think I need to go into detail to explain why – anyone with just one child can understand that kids are expensive. *Disclaimer – I am not complaining about my children, they are ours, we made them – yes we know how they get here! Just trying to get my point across.* I worked in a medical office for 4.5 years. Four and half – LONG, PAINFULLY TIRING, TRYING, MENTALLY DRAINING – years! I went to work on Monday morning after dropping the kids off to school. Surprisingly I made it on time and not the usual 5-10 minutes late. I even had time to snap a selfie and quickly text it to my fiance, Ryan as I was walking up the breeze-way from my car into the lobby of my office. (featured photo)  Continue reading