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June 1, 2017

Best Paleo Diet Recipes

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.

What are paleo foods?

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.

Best Paleo Diet Recipes

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.

Best Paleo Diet Recipes

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Advocare 24 Day Challenge Meal Ideas – Lisa’s Challenge Day 14

Advocare 24 Day Challenge

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

June 11, 2014

Weight Loss Journey: 76 Pounds and Counting….

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Karla’s Weight Loss Journey

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:

  • My closet is full of color! Not only have I had to update my wardrobe twice and continue to pick up a few things here and there but I am wearing red, pink, blue, green and stripes! I have discovered that wearing colors makes me feel pretty; I don’t mind standing out in a crowd anymore.
  • I can take a bubble bath. As difficult as it is to admit, I wasn’t able to fit in the standard bath tub in my house. My daily routine included a quick shower and now, bubble baths are a welcome treat after my workouts at the gym. I had forgotten how much I loved bubble baths and now I don’t have to remember because I can take one any time I want.
  • Hugs are so much better when the person hugging you can wrap their arms all the way around you; it’s simply perfect.
  • My feet have gotten smaller and my shoes are much cuter.
  • Climbing stairs is not a death sentence; I actually choose to take the steps now. It’s a great way to get in a little extra cardio.
  • I can sit crossed legged on the floor! Sitting on the floor has not been an option for many years. Being able to sit on the floor with my preschoolers, on their level is so awesome.
  • I actually own several belts and wear them!
  • I’ve taken 304 pounds of pressure off my knees allowing me to put the arthritis medicine away.
  • I feel pretty. For the first time in a long time I like the person in the mirror. She smiles a lot more and is truly happy from the inside out.

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.

Peace,
K2

Also check out Karla’s 24 Day Advocare Challenge updates and Wellness Wednesday posts for more of her weight loss journey.

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Beach Body Workout in 30 Days

 Beach Body Workout in 30 Days

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Summer is almost here! 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!Continue reading

April 23, 2014

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Quick Weight Loss Tip – Learning to Stay Focused: No Cheating!

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Quick Weight Loss Tip

Learning to Stay Focused: No Cheating!

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.

  • Set small goals; if the goal is too big or too long term you are likely not to stick to it.
  • Pack small portioned snacks for the day.
  • Do not carry cash or coins for the vending machines or quick stops at the corner store. Make it difficult to purchase those impulse snacks.
  • Pack your lunch; pack appropriate sized portions.
  • Avoid eating out; at least in the beginning. Too many choices can be detrimental.
  • Keep a full water bottle nearby; stay hydrated.
  • Stock your pantry with only healthy foods. If those in your family insist on snacks then create a separate out of the way place for their snacks and then don’t go there.
  • Develop a regular exercise plan. The more you move your body the better you will feel and the more focused you will become.
  • Stay positive.

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.

Peace,
K2

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