Are you Beach Body Ready!? Me either…but I’m going to try! Everyone’s Beach Body Workout is different, and mine is just about being healthy and happy! So whether you are trying to get those 6 pack abs, or just want to feel better in your own skin, I wanted to share some things that can help you get that perfect Beach Body Workout in 30 days! Ready to get started? Keep reading!
Have you heard of the paleo diet? It’s a popular weight loss plan now and is also known as hunter gatherer diet or caveman diet plan but more than being a diet plan most people who are into paleo eating consider it as a lifestyle. The concept is to have a diet that runs on foods that our caveman ancestors used to eat. This is to prevent diseases and even obesity.
Think of foods available during the Paleolithic or Stone age period. If the food exists during those times, then it is a paleo food.
Example of paleo foods are meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, healthy fats, and oils.
Foods to avoid on the paleo diet are processed foods, refined sugar, soft drinks, grains, dairy products, legumes, artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils, margarine and trans fats.
Now, are you ready to try the paleo diet? I rounded up my picks of the best paleo diet recipes that are delicious, easy and quick to make. Hope you can try some of these and tell us your experience or share with us your paleo diet tips.
Lisa Advocare Challenge Day 14 Update
As of today I have lost 5 pounds and 3.5 overall inches. I have learned that the Fiber drink is good if you mix it with your spark in the morning. I used the orange flavor and it taste like a powder mix orange juice. I have tried the chocolate, berry, and chocolate peanut butter shakes. I did not like the chocolate peanut butter and the berry was ok. My favorite is the chocolate. There are a lot of pills to remember to take at different times of the days. I set my phone to remind me at work so I don’t forget to take them.Continue reading
Making the List: 76 Pounds and Counting….
There’s a list at the gym that has the names of the top 20 members each month. I made a decision to be on that list several months ago. It wasn’t that I wanted to be number one or to be recognized publicly, rather it was for myself. I wanted to prove to myself that I had the motivation and determination to stick to a plan; to go to the gym every single day. The first time my name was on that list I nearly cried; I was number 4. Excited to share my accomplishment I took a picture of the list and texted to my closest friends. My trainer, Alfred congratulated me with a “fist pump” and a big smile. He knew how hard I had worked to reach my goal. My name continues to be on the list and in March I was number one! Somehow in the midst of a busy life filled with obligations I managed to go to the gym 31 straight days. Yes, I am quite proud of that.
Having spent over 20 years out of shape, overweight and grasping at the latest and greatest quick fix diet I am finally on the right path; learning to make the right choices both physically and emotionally. In honor of the list at the gym and the 76 pounds I have lost in the last six months I made a list of things I can do as a result of the weight loss. I made a similar list when I hit 36 pounds and was amazed at what I could do at that point. Now, 40 pounds later my list has grown considerably. In sharing this list my wish is not to be recognized for the accomplishment alone, rather to provide encouragement for those who struggle the same way I did (and once in a while still do). The work is hard, really hard; sometimes so hard I want to cry. I don’t cry though, I turn that anxiety into sweat and success and as a result I find that I can do the following:
No matter where you are in your life journey, it’s never too late to start taking better care of yourself. Taking the necessary steps toward a healthy life will allow you to make your own “can do” list. I encourage you to make the most of each day making sure to make time for yourself; after all you are the only you there is and you are relevant.
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With my trainer out of town most of the week, I’ve spent most of my gym time on the treadmill staying focused on logging miles. I’ve even started running a bit which for me is a pretty big deal. Having dealt with arthritis in my knees for several years I was quite hesitant to run but have been pleasantly surprised that I am running and my knees do not hurt. My goal is to participate in a 5K in June which means I must prepare myself by conditioning my body now. I find that my body reacts differently to running than walking; it works harder which I think is a good thing.
One of the biggest obstacles anyone faces when taking on a new lifestyle or breaking the habits of a poor diet is sticking to it. Anyone who has ever made the decision to change their eating habits, lose weight, start exercising, etc. knows how difficult it is to stay on target. Making the decision I think is easy; the difficult part is sticking with it. Keeping our eyes on the prize (better health and fitness) can be difficult for various reasons. Parents with young children will find it difficult to stick to a healthy eating plan when life pulls you in multiple directions and quick drive thru meals provide convenience in a chaotic day. For those without children or a significant other will often find it easier to grab food on the go because cooking for one can be a time consuming chore. Whatever the reason (there are many more than the two I mentioned) it is easy to veer off the path of healthy living than to stick to it and reach our weight loss goals.
In the past several months I have been asked if I have cheated or taken “just one bite” of something unhealthy; the answer is no. In the past 142 days I have not veered off the path I set for myself. While it’s not easy for me to always make the right choice, I find that the longer I am on this journey the better I feel and the better I feel the easier it is to make the right choices. I believe that staying committed is not just about dieting; it’s about keeping a promise to ourselves. If we struggle to keep committed to a plan we set for ourselves, I wonder if we are able to stay committed to anything or anyone else.
What I have learned about staying committed, not cheating or giving in to that “just one little bite” mentality is that I am strong enough to say no. Will I ever eat fried chicken again? Gosh! I hope so. Will I ever eat a cheeseburger again? I’m sure I will. But for now, while the journey is new and my weight is not where I want it to be I must refrain from giving in to the “I deserve a treat today” attitude. Staying focused on the goals I set for myself is important. Listed below are a few tips that I use every day to stick to my plan and achieve my daily goals.
I encourage you to eliminate the obstacles you can and those you can’t meet head on and conquer them. It’s not easy but it’s very worth the effort. Nothing will ever taste as good as being healthy and happy feel. And once you’ve reached your goal you will learn to maintain the healthy lifestyle while allowing yourself a treat once in a while.
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