• Want to know how I lost all this weight? One word, PRANCERCISE

    PRANCERCISE!You’ve got to be kidding right? HAHAHAHA this is the BEST video in the whole entire world…. Totally 100% made my day — what’s worse? The moves, or the camel toe???! I don’t know!

    But hey, I guess if it works for her, it MUST work for us… right? HAHAHA…

    So I’ve been getting a lot of questions from people these days about what I’m doing to lose weight… I wish I could say cocaine – that would be WAY easier HAHAHAHAHA… Just kidding, drugs are bad, mmmmmkay? I’m about to say some stuff that might piss people off, so I preface with a big, I’M SORRY, if I make you mad, but this is just how I feel…. I’ve got some friends, that used to not believe I could actually lose weight, that are now coming back to me being like, omg what did you do, I need to lose 10lbs and FAST…. Tell me what you did… TELLLLLL ME. Well, asshole. First off, thanks for coming to me when you finally see I CAN ACTUALLY LOSE WEIGHT, and thanks for not supporting me when I didn’t want to go party, and I wanted to go to the gym instead… thanks for that, but HEY, let me give you some advice. YOU AREN’T GOING TO LOSE ten pounds fast and keep it off – you just aren’t. And the response… “what do you know? you clearly did….” HAHAHA FUNNY, do you know how long this has taken me?!?!?!??! UGH SOME PEOPLE. Anyways…… Yes, this is how I lost weight…. I workout EVERY DAMN DAY, and I eat healthy…….. SURE, I have cheat days, and I might break the rules a little, but I’m HUMAN, and I don’t want to be miserable while I lose weight…. I cut out gluten and dairy and BOOOOOOOOOOZE, and I lost weight. From friend “I can’t cut out booze”… well then you don’t want to lose the weight do you? Thats the number one answer I get back from people when they ask me what I’ve done… “oh you cut out booze, well I can’t do that” WELL THEN YOU MUST NOT WANT IT BAD ENOUGH. If you can choose booze over weight loss, then those last 10 pounds are just glamour pounds that you want off because you want to look a littttttle bit slimmer for bathing suit season. They aren’t the 100lbs you need to take off to even look decent in a pair of jeans or a tank top. So SHUT UP.

    I’m not trying to be a dick – but weight loss takes time, it’s a bitch, and you have to stick with it —- it’s not something that happens overnight… sure, you can take magic diet pills, or shakes or go on some silly cleanse and lose a few pounds, but will that stay off? NO! It will come right back once you are off your magic diet – you are going to get it alllll back. SO why NOT just eat right and workout? When you get to a plateau, let me know, we will work through it – but if you are just looking for a quick fix so you look like a hot sexy chick walking around in your bikini – all I say is cut out the booze, and you will be fine…. but you HAVE to actually do that 🙂 OK LOVE YOU ALL, rant over!

    I know its hard for some people to get started – it was hard for me to get started…. but now I’m in a routine and my routine includes a daily trip to the gym, and let me tell you, I’m seriously cranky if I don’t make it —- so if you need a good place to start, here’s a great body weight workout to get you moving – the moves are explained below the graphic.

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    EXERCISE CHEAT SHEET — THE HOW-TO’S

    1a. Jump Lunge
    Targets: Legs
    How to: Take the traditional lunge up a notch. Start with a basic front lunge — but on the way up, explode with enough force to jump a few inches off the ground. Land softly with both legs bent at 90 degrees (and the front knee positioned directly over the ankle). Got the hang of things? Switch legs in mid-air, landing with the other leg in front. Alternate for 10-15 reps on each leg while maintaining a strong core and upright torso.

    1b. Clapping Push-Up
    Targets: Chest, triceps, core
    How to: Ready to get a little hang time? This move starts with a standard push-up, but on the way up, push off of the floor explosively enough that the upper body takes flight. Bring the hands together mid-air for a single clap (or more if you’ve got it like that!), then return to starting position. Aim for 10-15 reps, or however many you can execute with good form.

    1c. Single-Leg Glute Bridge
    Targets: Glutes, hamstrings, lower back
    How to: Start lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, about eight inches from your butt. Bring the right leg into the chest, then raise up into a half bridge position by pushing firmly into the left foot. Repeat for 10-15 reps, then repeat on the other leg. Not challenging enough? Try pulsing at the top (meaning dropping down a quarter rep, then back up a quarter rep before lowering all the way back down).

    1d. Side Plank Star
    Targets: Obliques, glutes, shoulders
    How to: Got those side planks down pat? Time to raise the bar. Starting in a traditional side plank (forearm on the ground and body stiff as a board), lift the top leg straight up while keeping the rest of the body perfectly still. Hold it there for 1-2 seconds, then bring the top leg back down to meet the other leg. For those feeling nice n’ steady, try lifting that leg a few inches higher with each rep. Repeat for 10-15 reps, then switch.

    2a. Handstand Push-Up
    Targets: Shoulders, chest, core, glutes
    How to: To play things safe, Angelilli recommends starting with the basic handstand. Spread those fingers wide, shoulder-width on the ground, about 12 to 18 inches from a sturdy wall. With hands flat like pancakes and pointer fingers parallel to each other, walk the feet as close to the hands as possible, so you’re in a short downward facing dog position. Next, bend one leg, and use it to kick the straight leg up and over your head until it hits the wall. (Be sure to keep those elbows locked!) Once you have the strength and balance to hold steady for two minutes straight, try out sets of 10 mini reps (lowering down 1-2 inches and returning to the starting point) with the feet riding the wall. Once your strength is there, try the full-on handstand push-up — we recommend a spotter for those first few attempts!

    2b. Rotating Jump Squat
    Targets: Legs, core
    How to: The basic bodyweight squat gets some serious hang time with this advanced move. Lower into a traditional squat, back flat with thighs parallel to the ground, and explode off the ground, rotating mid-air 180 degrees counterclockwise. Land softly in a squat, and with no rest in between reps, launch into the next jump, rotating 180 degrees clockwise this time. Be sure to keep the chest up and spine long, using your breath and your abs to help power you through. Repeat for 10-15 reps.

    2c. Plank Balance
    Targets: Core, shoulders, hip flexors
    How to: Starting in a traditional plank position with the back flat and forearms planted securely on the floor, simultaneously lift your left arm and right leg until they are parallel to the ground. Hold for a second (or longer!), then switch, keeping the core tight and hips steady. Aim for 10-30 reps, or, go for time. (Any chance you can sing the Star Spangled Banner while holding tight?)

    2d. Pulsing Superman
    Targets: Lower back, glutes, core
    How to: Ready to channel your inner superhero? Lie on your stomach with the arms and legs pointing to the back wall. Peel your upper body off the mat, and lift the arms and legs, keeping them straight. Next, comes the tricky part: At the very top of the position, pulse the body one inch up then one in down for 10-20 reps. Up the ante even more by making those reps super-slow — just don’t forget to breathe!

    Want more? Check out 17 Powerful Bodyweight Exercises for Strength and Speed, or for a more beginner-friendly workout: The 30-Minute, No-Gym Bodyweight Workout.

  • Memorial Day, off track… but back on. Random thoughts… plus Salmon Burger Recipe!

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    IF YOU GOT OFF TRACK THIS WEEKEND – HERE YOU GO! GET GOING!!! IT’S A NEW DAY! (thanks glive!)

    It’s inevitable… people change… but do they really? I like to think that I’ve changed, and that now I’m this girl that’s all about working out, being healthy, and enjoying life…. not wanting to drink all the time, not wanting to go out and party…… but have I really changed that much? I don’t think so. Maybe it’s because I work from home, maybe it’s because I’m a super social person and I can’t stand that I never see people anymore, but man, when I have the chance to go out, see people, let loose, I’m still doing what I used to do. Drink too much, drunk eat… ugh, all the bad things YOU SHOULDN’T DO if you are trying to lose weight. Yes, some of my friends, don’t support that I’ve changed, that I would rather workout then go drinking…. but recently, I almost feel like I’m reverting back to my old ways… minus the fact that I would rather workout then drink, now I just want to do both! I don’t know if it’s that I’m finally getting down in sizes, and I’m feeling better about myself, so I’m like, FUCK IT, if I want to cheat, I’m going to cheat… I just know how much harder I have to work tomorrow, or if it’s the need to just be around people, and for the most part, the things we like to do are DRINK! haha… OH, or is it because it’s SUMMER??? Yeah, that  could be it, and nothing’s better than sitting on the porch drinking a glass of wine, or a vod and wod after a long day of work!??! UGH… Yep, that’s my head game right now…

    It’s funny because 2 months ago, I was like, PSSHHHH I HATE all things fun. I’m sticking to my guns, working out, eating healthy, not drinking, because that’s important to me… but now it’s like, hey, let’s have a drink… wrong answer. I don’t know how to get around it – life is such a bitch sometimes, and I revert to drinking, and eating poorly.

     

    me doing a handstand and loving it!

    me doing a handstand and loving it!

    Well since Memorial day is finally over, and last week was a BAD week.. I’m going back to gluten/dairy/booze free till my shower at the end of June….. I need to get through this plateau, because you know what, losing weight FEELS AMAZING. I never realized how great I would feel once I started losing weight and feeling so good… All the bitching and moaning of how annoying it is to lose weight, has been worth it. There’s nothing better in this world then someone telling me I look great. Is that vain to say? No one ever used to tell me that before… and then isn’t that bad? Shouldn’t we look great no matter what weight we are at?

    This post is such a hodge podge of emotions, but shit, I have a lot of emotions. Weight loss is the most annoying thing in the whole entire world…. you’ve got to watch what you eat, watch what you drink, watch how many calories you burn, watch what you say, why can’t it be easier? Why can’t you just go at your own pace, do your own thing, without everyone else telling you if you are doing it right or wrong, and without them telling you there are easier ways to do something…. Why can’t it just be OK for you to lose the weight at your own pace…. your own way….. if you have determination to lose it, it will come.

    I would totally be happy looking like this "plus-sized" model... are you kidding me? Plus-sized? She's so gorgeous, and she has curves, and I want to look like that!

    I would totally be happy looking like this “plus-sized” model… are you kidding me? Plus-sized? She’s so gorgeous, and she has curves, and I want to look like that!

    Society tells us that we have to be a certain size, and because of that, things don’t happen… like…. I feel like since society puts such an emphasis on smaller girls, and smaller guys, those are the people that get in relationships, they are the people that are idolized, that are “hot”, but why?!?! Why are they better then the girls that aren’t a size 2? Why should we, girls bigger then that, feel like we have to be something we aren’t just so that we are accepted by society….? I over analyze EVERYTHING about what I look like, when I put on a new outfit, or just getting ready for the day…. EVEN IF IT MEANS HANGING OUT AT HOME WHERE NO ONE CAN SEE ME, I feel like I have to look slim, or slender… and if I don’t – it’s ALL BLACK BABY… put on a black shirt, black pants, and shit, I turn invisible…. Why doesn’t society just say, hey, you are strong, in shape, and can kick any guys ass that walks into the gym, you are AMAZING… yesterday, I went to the gym with two amazing athletes, they PUSHED ME, I ran my fastest mile, and, for the first time I felt super super good about where I am going in my fitness… I didn’t realize that most people couldn’t do a hand stand either? HAHA and I can do them pretty well! I really REALLY want to get back into gymnastics, I really do miss it… so my goal for when I get even smaller, lose more of this chub, I’m going to get back into gymnastics..  OK BACK to the thought here.. WHY MUST WE BE SO PERFECT for society??? WHY CAN’T WE JUST BE OURSELVES???

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    you know what, I’m so OVER not being the strongest, fastest, etc… but I’m DEF trying my hardest… and I’m def stronger than some boys, so I want shirts that say that!!!

    SO, the real test…. I have the Tough Mudder in 11 days…. yep, I’m doing a tough mudder, and for me, that’s my ultimate fitness goal. That is the one thing that I want to complete, get across the finish line, and do it without giving up…. I just want to be able to say, I am a BEAST, I made it through, and I am SO happy I did it – because once that is done, I’m going to feel like I can do ANYTHING. UGH I’M GOING TO FEEL SO GOOD! haha… Anyways… I’m going to quit complaining – losing weight is just SUCH A BITCH….

    One last thing, eating right is the hardest part – you’ve gotta cut out all the processed crap I’ve learned…. but I found this article the other day about how to make your favorite packaged foods, but yourself and clean instead.

     
     
     
     

    Packaged Food Recipes We Love

    chicken_chili_600x450Chicken Chili

    PREP TIME: 15 minutes
    TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes
    Serves 4

    2 tsp olive oil
    1 lg onion, chopped
    2 Tbsp minced garlic
    2 Tbsp chili powder
    1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
    1 pkg (10 oz) Earthbound Farm Frozen Organic Kale
    1 pkg (10 oz) frozen corn (2 c)
    2 c shredded cooked chicken
    1 can (14.5 oz) fire-roasted diced tomatoes
    1 can (15 oz) white beans (such as cannellini), rinsed and drained
    Optional garnishes: shredded Monterey Jack, chopped avocado, sliced red onion, cilantro sprigs

    1. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, and cumin and cook, stirring, 1 minute.

    2. Stir in remaining ingredients (except garnishes) and 2 1/2 cups water. Simmer, uncovered, until kale and corn are tender and chili is slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Ladle into bowls and garnish as desired.

    NUTRITION (per serving) 339 cal, 30 g pro, 40 g carb, 8 g fiber, 7.5 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 376 mg sodium

    Read more: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/healthy-packaged-food-recipes#ixzz2UavpH0Ra

    salmon_burger-600x450Salmon Burgers

    PREP TIME: 15 minutes
    TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes + chilling time
    Serves 4

    2 cans (6 oz each) Wild Planet Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon, drained and flaked
    2 lg eggs, lightly beaten
    3/4 c fresh or dried whole wheat or panko bread crumbs
    1/4 c finely chopped red onion
    4 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
    1 1/2 tsp fresh lime or lemon juice
    1/4 c reduced-fat sour cream
    4 whole wheat sandwich buns, split and toasted
    4 lettuce leaves

    1. Stir together salmon, eggs, bread crumbs, onion, 3 Tbsp of the dill, and 1 tsp of the lime juice in bowl. Season. Form into 4 patties with damp hands (mixture will be wet), put on plate, and chill at least 20 minutes.

    2. Whisk together sour cream and remaining 1 Tbsp dill and 1/2 tsp lime juice. Cover and chill.

    3. Heat oven to 400°F. Cook patties in large ovenproof skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat, turning carefully, until golden, about 6 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven. Bake 6 minutes. Serve on buns with sauce and lettuce.

    NUTRITION (per serving) 293 cal, 26 g pro, 29 g carb, 5 g fiber, 8.5 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 547 mg sodium

    Read more: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/healthy-packaged-food-recipes#ixzz2Uavw3XVO

    quinoa_spegets_600x450Spaghetti with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

    PREP TIME: 15 minutes
    TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes
    Serves 6

    2 Tbsp olive oil
    1 onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 can (14.5 oz) crushed tomatoes
    1 jar (12 oz) roasted red bell peppers, rinsed and drained
    2 Tbsp sherry or red wine vinegar
    1/2 c finely grated Parmesan
    2 pkg (8 oz each) Ancient Harvest Gluten Free Quinoa Spaghetti
    1/4 c sliced almonds, toasted

    1. Heat 1 Tbsp of the oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring, until softened, 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Transfer to food processor with next 3 ingredients and 1/3 cup of the cheese. Puree until smooth. Return to pan. Bring to a simmer, season, remove from heat, and cover.

    2. Cook pasta per box directions. Drain. Toss with some sauce to coat. Top with nuts and remaining cheese and oil. Serve with remaining sauce.

    NUTRITION (per serving) 403 cal, 10 g pro, 72 g carb, 8 g fiber, 10 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 226 mg sodium

    Read more: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/healthy-packaged-food-recipes#ixzz2Uaw0BnJn

    spinach-dip-600x450Spinach Dip

    PREP TIME: 10 minutes
    TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes
    Serves 8

    1 pkg (9-10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
    1 container (16 oz) Stonyfield Organic Oikos Plain 0% Greek Yogurt
    2 oz crumbled feta or goat cheese or finely grated Parmesan
    2 Tbsp store-bought basil or cilantro pesto

    Squeeze spinach dry with hands to extract as much liquid as possible. Add to food processor with remaining ingredients. Pulse until just combined. Season to taste. (Makes 2 1/2 cups.) Transfer to serving bowl.

    NUTRITION (per serving) 81 cal, 8 g pro, 4 g carb, 1 g fiber, 4 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 119 mg sodium

    Read more: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/healthy-packaged-food-recipes#ixzz2Uaw5cyo5

  • My biggest inspiration… my friend Ashley….

    We’re getting deep today people…. Without Ashley… I would still be where I am today. Here’s the story about my biggest inspiration…

    “I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.”

    So when I started all of this, or even before I started all of this, I used to complain so much about being over weight and fat, and ugly, and all of that crap…. there was always one person who listened to me bitch and moan and complain, and her name is Ashley. It’s funny when I look back at the way I used to be, all the complaining, never doing anything about it, just bitching…. someone should have slapped me in the face, and Ashley kind of did.

    A few months after Ashley had her second daughter, I started writing and complaining about trying to lose weight…. and she started working on losing weight too – and let me tell you, I was SO jealous of how fast she was dropping her weight… and what was she doing? Eating right and working out…. and the funny thing is, she had a young infant, and a 2 year old while she was doing all of this… she still found time, because losing weight and being healthy for her girls and herself was number one on her priority list. Her and I have been going through this together… the ups and downs, the wanting to give up, the wanting to eat the shit out of cupcakes, the countless questions about, should I cut out this from my diet, should I do this fad diet… no matter what it’s been, what I have to complain about, what successes I have to share, Ashley has been there with me from the beginning… understanding how hard this has been for me, understanding that it takes time, and not letting me give up.. she’s been my accountability… she’s been my rock, and weither she knows it or not, I would have NEVER ever EVER been able to do this without her…. it’s funny, she’s got 2 kids, and a husband over in afghanistan, but she still makes time for me…. I don’t know why, HAHAHAHA but that means more than anything in this world… and Ashley, I thank you for being that rock for me…. I’m such a sap, but it’s true… so many people have helped me through this, but you have been that constant person, going THROUGH it with me, and understanding that this ride is a bitch.

    This is her story… I wanted to share it with you guys, because you know what, she’s got a SHIT ton on her plate, and she’s not making excuses… and I’m sorry, Ash. but these photos just don’t do it justice… you look AMAZING…..

    When Andrea asked if she could share my “story” on her blog I had mixed feelings. It all started while I was complaining on the way to our first 5K that I was sick of seeing all the quick-fix products on my Facebook feed (you know the ones I’m talking about). I’m not totally against these products I just know they are a temporary solution, plus I’m cheap. So if I can change my lifestyle and get healthy anyone can. I am an almost full-time single mom (3/4 of the time, but happily married – yeah it’s complicated), I work 20-30 hours per week, and carry a 15 credit course load. I don’t take any pills or drink magic shakes. I watch what I eat, make healthier choices, and bust my ass in cardio and strength. I eat the shit out of cupcakes when I feel like it, and I’m a sucker for sweet potato fries and N’s pizza.  I’m setting a positive example for my girls and that is what is most important.

    I’ve lost 30# since having my second daughter and I am (really embarrassed to admit this) down 70# from my heaviest ever. I have told Andrea over and over what an inspiration she is to me. For anyone that knows Andrea she is a very passionate young woman who will literally give you the shirt off her back and I am so proud to witness and have a limited part in her journey. Andrea, thank you for inspiring me!

    Ashley's "Before" picture.

    Ashley’s “Before” picture.

    Us after our Dirty Girl Mud Run ----- DAMN ash you look AMAZING

    Us after our Dirty Girl Mud Run —– DAMN ash you look AMAZING

    Left: Before —— Right: After

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    Left: After ——– Right: Before

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    Left: After —— Right: Before

     

  • Hey guys – big girls, they are beautiful too!

    So, this weekend, we were catching up on old tv, and of course that included New Girl because, let’s face it, that show is probably one of the best shows on TV. Anyways…. if you’ve never watched New Girl, you need to know this, it’s about 3 guys and 1 girl who are all roommates…. it’s funny – this one guy, Schmidt. He used to be overweight, but then went along, lost a SHIT ton of weight, got hot, and became a huge player. Only caring about being hot and banging other hot chicks. In season 1 (i think) he ends up hooking up with Cece who is this totally hot indian model. ANYWAYS… good for him right???

    Screen Shot 2013-05-20 at 7.52.11 AMWell, in season 2, you learn that Cece and Schmidt break up, Cece gets into an arranged marriage, and Schmidt is desperately trying to find someone to “love”. In comes the ex-girlfriend… the girl that liked Schmidt when he was big… the girl, who also, isn’t the skinniest girl in the world. This whole synopsis brings me to my point…………….. When guys are forced to choose, they will always choose hot, over smart, funny, not the skinniest… RIGHT???? Well, in the season finale, Schmidt is forced to choose between the two… the hot, tall, perfect indian model, or the shorter, cute, bigger, funnier, normal girl. WHO WILL HE PICK???

    Screen Shot 2013-05-20 at 7.51.07 AMBack to my rant though here for a hot second. (again, not that I care at this point in time because of Juan, but let me tell you, growing up, dating, and even now, just being a FEMALE I feel this way)…. Why is it that if you are talking to a guy, or getting to know him, or maybe dating/flirting WHATEVER, and things are going great, but then someone HOTTER, someone SMALLER, someone thats better looking on the eye comes along, you get thrown into the friend zone??? You get thrown under the curb…. Don’t guys realize that we have feelings too? Don’t you think there’s a REASON you are leading us to believe you like us??? Don’t you think we are just tying to protect our 6-pack abs with a layer of chubby goodness??? But inside, we are AMAZING people, but you can’t get over how we look?

    I’m sorry, but this has happened to me on numerous occasions when I was dating…. You meet a guy, you think it’s going somewhere, you have SO MUCH FUN, and then BAMMMMMMMM, oh, this is my “NEW” friend, the HOT airhead that has big boobs and has a perfect tan… (not ALLLLL hot people are airheads, I know, but do you see where I’m going???). Why isn’t the girl who has a few more pounds than bust sizes the one that gets sidelined. DID YOU NOT LIKE your conversations? Did you not LIKE the way she made you felt??? because you know what, you just made HER feel like she’s completely ugly and useless…. yep I said it – that’s 100% how I felt when I used to get rejected for the more attractive girl… no matter how COOL you are, how FUN they have with you, if they find someone more attractive…. see YA LATER! I know guys like confidence, and you can EXUDE confidence, but the minute that girl with amazing legs and rocks the CUTEST dress walks in the room, the confidence falls off like a prom dress. AND YOU SEE THAT IN THE SEASON FINALE… you see him so happy with this bigger girl, having fun, and then Cece comes along and is just like, BAM i want you back… no he has to choose… you know what sucks, BEING THE GIRL HE DOESN’T CHOOSE…… GUYS GIVE THE BIGGER GIRL A CHANCE, I BET SHE’S WAY BETTER THEN YOU THINK!

    Then you just think about why you would even want to be with someone like that, and I’m sure you find someone better down the road that isn’t going to care about all of your curves, you imperfections, you extra cushion…. but up until that point…. you’re depressed HAHAHAHHA… (at least I was the whole time)….. It’s nice losing weight, and looking better, but you know what, I’m never going to be a size 2, I’m never going to be perfect, I’m going to be strong, and not skinny, and I love it… I’m ok with it because it’s ok with someone else!

    OK ANYWAYS – a lot of people have been asking what I’ve been eating, and sure, I haven’t been writing it down, but I know what I’ve been following, and it’s not a DIET, it’s a healthy eating plan…… An amazing blogger and weight loss extrodinare Tessa Sweats, posted this, this morning – this is what I DO – IT’s THE NO SHIT DIET… aka, DONT EAT SHIT:

    No-Shit-DietThe “No Shit” Diet

    But what do I eat?!

    The eternal question.
    I get this question almost daily. today’s Work It Out addresses the questions. I won’t share my exact diet. I’m still learning what is best for me, and – like I ALWAYS say – diet is personal. Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, “intuitive” eating, carb-heavy, protein whores (guilty)… the list goes on forever.
    What I WILL share are some of my staples for keeping (mostly) healthy.

    There is a lot of talk about special diets. I don’t buy into any of them for one reason – I think diet is about common sense. It’s a lifestyle. A diet, as we most often refer to it, is a finite thing usually aimed at weight loss or some quick fix. I know I was just one a pretty strict competition diet. That is NOT sustainable. You life-diet should be balanced and include a variety of foods. No shit, right?

    Therefore, I’m starting a new movement:

    Diet 101
    Eat 5-6 meals per day – every 2-3 hours, with the last meal being fairly close to bed time (your body needs to fuel to heal overnight)
    Don’t be afraid of carbs or fruit – they provide valuable nutrients. Everything in moderation!
    Eat your veggies! They fill you up without adding ton of calories or fat, and are vitamin and nutrient rich
    Avoid large amounts of processed foods, sugar, and sodium. In excess, they bad for your health and you just won’t feel good the next day
    If you want a “cheat” or “treat,” HAVE IT. Just don’t have it all day, every day. I like wine and dessert, so I have both

    Weekly Buys
    Veggies – asparagus, broccoli, broccoli slaw, brussels, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, dark leafy greens (like spinach and kale), mushrooms, onions, parsnips, red peppers
    Fruits – apples, bananas (no more than 1x day), berries of any kind, cherries, grapefruit, pineapple, watermelon
    Complex Carbs – barley, beans, Ezekiel bread, oatmeal, millet, multi-grain cereal (watch the sugar and sodium), sweet potato, quinoa, wild or brown rice, winter squash
    Protein – bison, chicken, eggs (yolks in moderation), lean beef, salmon, tempeh, tofu, turkey, TVP, white fish (I love cod, sea bass, swordfish, tilapia, and trout)
    Fats – avocados, chia seeds, coconut (oil and whole), flax, nuts/nut butters (almonds and walnuts are the best), olive oil, seeds (pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower)
    Dairy – almond milk (unsweetened), cottage cheese (no salt added), plain non-fat greek yogurt

    Flavor Adds:
    Extracts – almond, butter, butterscotch, coconut, coffee, maple, peppermint, vanilla
    Spices – black pepper, cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon, cocoa powder, coriander, cumin, curry powder, garam masala, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, red pepper flakes
    Acids – apple cider vinegar, lemon, lime, rice vinegar, white balsamic
    Herbs – basil, cilantro, dill, mint, rosemary, sage, thyme
    Sauces/Toppings – BBQ sauce,hot sauce (I love Cholula and Sriracha), hummus, mustard, salsa, tomato sauce (note: make your own when possible – read the labels and you’ll be shocked at the sodium and sugars added!)

    Stuff Most People Think is Foreign
    Liquid Smoke (the Colgin brand I buy is all-natural and vegan)
    Nutritional Yeast (high in B-12 and protein, has a cheesy/nutty flavor)
    Peanut Flour (defatted peanuts; I like this better than PB2 because it has no added sodium or sugar. I order mine here; use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off)
    Stevia (the NuNatruals vanilla and chocolate liquid drops are my favorite)

    Shopping
    Most of my shopping is done at to following places:
    The local farmer’s market,
    Whole Foods
    Fresh Market
    Publix (big box grocer)
    iHerb.com (use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off)
    Tip: ask your grocer if they can order items for you – Whole Foods is especially good about this!

    PLEASE do not take the this as the be-all, end-all list of foods to eat. This is a sampling of my staples. I eat a massive variety of food – it helps me not get bored, which make it easier to keep it clean. I definitely indulge as well. Like tonight – I know I’m going to have an awesome dinner out. Rather than worry about salty, fatty, yummy food, I make more of an effort to keep it clean throughout the day today!

    This is life, not heaven. You don’t have to be perfect. Live life, eat good food, and share it with those you love.

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    I don’t mean to poo-poo people’s belief systems. In the name of balance, next week there will be a guest post from Calee with a different perspective. I don’t say vegan, for example, as a bad thing. If it’s tied to a belief or you know that’s the way your body functions, more power to you! What I am against are people jumping of whatever is popular at the moment in hopes of finding the magic fountain for youth and weight-loss. There is no magic, y’all.

  • Anyone got some Xanax? HA! At least I worked out in Vegas!

    I got to spend time with my best friend lisa out there too! we went to the hoooooover dam! That damn DAM!

    I got to spend time with my best friend lisa out there too! we went to the hoooooover dam! That damn DAM!

    Well, it’s been a while since I wrote…. But holy crap has a lot happened in the past few days. First of all, let me just say, I’m officially down over 50lbs (HOLLER!! going from thick2thin), and I’ve never felt better, WELL MINUS THE FACT THAT I JUST KILLED MY LIVER IN VEGAS…. (we will come back to that later).. but WOW, under 50lbs, I can’t believe I did that hahaha – It was funny because while I was out in vegas I visited this CrossFit gym, Las Vegas CrossFit, and we had to do a weighted run around the building with a 45lb sandbag, and I was just DYING doing that, and then I thought to myself, omg this is basically just me running myself, back in November…. like WTF. WOW. Really???? And all I had to do was workout everyday and eat healthy??? HAHA NO PROBLEM!!!!! (if it was only that easy right??!?!).

    419687_460368720717559_2117483604_n (1)So in Vegas, I mean, obviously, I wasn’t perfect.. but I tried to stick to my food plan as best as possible…. but you know what, I had to throw back, and it worked out ok, because I totally danced all night, and I burned off all of those calories!!!!! (hahaha that counts right?) I will say that I 100% never had a hangover bad… (so if you take anything away from this blog post, it should be that, if you eat healthy and treat your body right, you WON’T GET HANGOVERS HAHAHAHA.. just kidding) and I didn’t feel like crap like I used to when I went to vegas. It overall was a great weekend… there’s only one thing….

    BEING IN VEGAS WITH ALL THESE HOT CHICKS MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE SHIT. HAHAHA. YEP. SHIT. COMPLETELY SHIT. Now, I know, who am I needing to impress? No one, right? I know I’m the cute chubby girl, but, when you are sitting at the pool, or walking around a casino, or SHIT, out at a club, and you see the HOTTEST women you’ve LEGIT ever seen in your life…. you are like wow. OK, now that 50lbs needs to be turned into 150lbs and I need to get implants and whiten my teeth, and be fake tan ALL THE TIME…… hahaha I don’t really think that, I’m happy with who I am, and I will NEVER look like that, but it makes you think in your head, why am I not that hot? For me at least, that’s how I felt… and I know it’s bad to feel that way, because I’m way happier with who I am as a person, but HOLY SHIT, perfect bodies, can rock really REALLY cute bathing suits, that’s all I want! hahaha… It’s funny, because my self esteem really went down the tubes watching all these girls around me. Being here in DC I don’t see people like that EVERYDAY, and especially walking around in bikini’s or freaking skanky dresses, so for me, I feel GREAT with how I look…. but man, I see that, and I’m just like wow… where’s the nearest box of oreo’s, I need to drown myself in my sorrows HAHA. Weight loss is SO HARD, and being dedicated IS SO HARD, and just keeping that positive mind set, is SO HARD…. it’s like every little thing can be a positive influence or a negative influence, and when it’s a negative one, it’s a BIG negative influence that might set you back.. I just have to remember to stay strong, I am beautiful, and I never EVER want to look like those fake women over in vegas haha!

    This was our big night out! Short dress.. I know!!!! But I had to rock it!

    This was our big night out! Short dress.. I know!!!! But I had to rock it!

    Getting home, I was incredibly stressed out… Thankfully, while I was gone, my amazing fiance held down the fort, got your shirts out, and was just AMAZING… But I got home and I was just like how am I supposed to balance all of this crap? Life, relationships, weight loss, work, these tank tops……. WEIGHT LOSS. I mean come on, I need to put this shit first, but how do I make all the time for it? I feel GUILTY everyday going to the gym for an hour… I feel like I could be fulfilling orders, or designing something for one of my clients, or spending time with friends or Juan… but instead, I choose to workout. Why should I feel guilty? AND WHY ISN’T THERE MORE TIME FOR IT? Why am I not just ridiculously rich and have all the time in the world to workout, be healthy, and enjoy that part of life? Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE everything else I’m doing, but holy CRAP…. I work for about 18 hours a day, workout for an hour a day, that leaves me 5 hours to hang out with juan and sleep HAHAHA.. SO AWESOME RIGHT? Love it…. I could just take out the weight loss part, gain all my weight back, and be tired and miserable all the time (but I’m not going to let that happen!)

    I’m back on point this week, gluten free and dairy free again… got that wedding coming up, and I still have 50lbs to go. It’s serious hard core time now! Maybe I’ll start working out twice a day… OH AND the TOUGH MUDDER is a week and a half away…. talk about FREAKED OUT. Hopefully I make it through….

    Ok for now, I’m giving you guys some awesome smoothie recipes that I found on pinterest this week. I’m going to make alllllll of them (but using almond milk instead of real milk) WE SHOULD ALL DRINK MORE SMOOTHIES… LESS BOOZE, MORE SMOOTHIES!!!!!!

     

    DSC_0233_thumb[1]STRAWBERRY-LEMONADE SMOOTHIE

    Ingredients:

    • 1 Cup unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
    • 4 Strawberries
    • 1 Container of Lemon Chobani
    • 1 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 tsp of lemon zest (use a fine grater and grate the outside of the lemon peel)
    • 7-10 ice cubes (more ice the thicker it will be) You can always add more as you go until desired consistency is reached.

    *If you want a strong lemony –>(spell-check did not high lite that, it is a word.) flavor add a little bit more.

    Directions:
    Toss all ingredients into blender and combine until smooth.

    SunriseSmoothie_01Sunrise Smoothie

    Ingredients:
    1 cup organic frozen mixed berries
    1 frozen banana
    1 orange, peeled and segmented
    4 – 6oz Vanilla Greek Yogurt (I used a 5.3oz container of Vanilla Oikos)

    Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a blender then blend until smooth.

     

     

     

     

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    “Hawaiian Tropic” Smoothie

    Ingredients:
    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
    1 medium banana, frozen
    10 almonds
    1 tsp. coconut extract
    1.5 scoops vanilla protein powder
    2-4 ice cubes (use more or less depending upon desired thickness)

    How to Prepare:
    1. Put water, almond milk, banana, almonds, coconut extract, and protein powder into blender. Blend approx. 30 seconds or until mixture is smooth.
    2. Add ice to blender. Blend/Whip on high speed for an add’l 20 seconds or until mixture is smooth and fluffy. Add ice until you have reached your desired thickness.
    3. Now comes the easy part…pour it in a glass and drink it up (or down depending upon how you look at it)!! Enjoy!!!

    NUTRITION DATA
    Per serving (serves 1): 366 calories, 34 grams protein, 35.7 grams carbohydrates, 9.8 grams fat.

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  • Las Vegas on a Diet? Uh-Oh!

    Helllllllo from 10,000 feet above sea level! Where am I going you ask? Welp, one guess…….. That’s right! Vegas baby!!! Petty hilarious considering I had such a horrible weekend last weekend, but hey, I’m already signed up to go to crossfit while I’m there, so I’m not totally throwing it all in the bag.

    So I wanted to talk about the top 5 ways to survive Vegas on a diet…. Ready!!?!

    1) DON’T GO TO VEGAS ARE YPU F*CKING NUTS!?!?! Hahahaha
    I don’t know how I’m going to be able to eat gluten free, dairy free or anything else like that unless I just don’t eat at all!?! There’s a good idea. Just don’t eat. Problem solved. And maybe ill lose another 5lbs while I’m out there……. Haha no really, Jk Jk…. Please eat. (I know I will!). It’s just so hard while you’re in Vegas, or on vacation in general to be healthy. And my biggest downfall is drunk eating! It’s no secret there will be drinking while we are there, have you not seen the hangover? Hahaha. And with drinking comes eating, I’m not even worried about the gambling! Hahaha. I mean I just love food and my love for food shoots to about a 10 on the Richter scale when I’ve had a few Vods and wads in me! I mean even writing this post on the plane I’m getting super hungry!!! Grrrrr. So I don’t know what ill do but I’m going to try to keep it clean and healthy, but remember to enjoy myself!

    2) DON’T DRINK!!!!!! No I didn’t say this was the FUN guide to going to Vegas on a diet….. No but for real, cut OUT the sugar shit. The more sugary the drink, the harder you’re going to have to work to get it off when you’re back from Vegas. (And your hangover is going to suck). Don’t order a bay breeze or a damn piña colada, stick with something low cal and clear. Obviously you all know my favorite thing is a good vodka, with fresh lime and just some water. No soda, no seltzer, no fake lime juice….. Keep it simple ladies. (Plus, my hangovers are AMAZING on this drink haha bc I’m not forgetting to drink my water).

    3) DON’T GO TO THE POOL OR YOU WILL BE DISCOURAGED. hahahaha. That’s my biggest fear. Standing in the mirror at my house, I’m like, ok, alright andrea you’ve got this, you don’t look totally horrible in a suit….. But wait till you get to the pool and you see the strippers running around in their strong bikini’s and perfect body’s. that’s just gonna make me eat a twinkly, crawl under a towel and drown myself in sugary drinks! Hahaha. For real, don’t let them get to you, for me, I know, I’ve progressed and the confidence I have going into Vegas is something I’ve never had before. So I’m not going to let some skinny twig with fake boobs get me down. Move over boys, strong is the new skinny!

    4) TRY TRY TRY in between drinking sessions, to workout. I know I’m going to. Lets face it, people don’t go to Vegas to workout, but people don’t want to gain 100 pounds when they get home because they’ve ate 30 little Caesars pizzas, drank 10 gallons of vodka and have an awesome face tattoo. So my goal, at least when stuff starts getting crazy on Thursday when my cousins get here is to workout! (Bc obviously like a good girl, I’m going to workout today when I get there and tomorrow after I work work.).

    And last but not least…….

    5) LISTEN TO THIS LIST! the less crap you eat, the more you watch what you drink, the less you get discouraged, and the more fun you just have living life is the best way to tackle Vegas on a diet.

    I’m so excited to feel good about how I look now, and being in a place where I can exude that confidence, I even bought a backless dress! Crazy I know, but I’ve been working hard and I’m proud so I’m going to show Vegas the new me!

    (And don’t worry, I’ve got Juan working on sending out the shirts, so just because I’m not home doesn’t mean you’re not getting your stuff!!!! I swear!!!!!!)

    Love you guys!

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    last time i was in vegas and not looking hot haha

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    most recent picture of me and my hot new self hahaha

  • Work hard…. play harder. Pretty much sums up the weekend.

    photo (36)Work hard play harder that was the theme of this weekend. I don’t know what it was if it was a combination of people haven’t seen in a while and the nice weather… or in anticipation of my first race and I mean maybe it’s not technically a race but I never thought five months ago when I started all this that I could ever run 5K…. but the funny thing is that it was pretty easy for the most part! Still have to get the running down, but from where I was, till now, I’m pretty happy 🙂

    I just had so much fun this weekend and when I say so much fun…. yeah I drank a lot and ate a lot and my body, I SWEAR is like “how could you’ve treated me like shit this weekend when you’ve treated me so well the past couple months”. I go from being so good about everything to being absolute mess in one weekend. The biggest part about being home is that I don’t have my gluten-free stuff that I can just grab from the fridge out of the pantry or whatever and I’m always on the go so it’s like just grab a spiedie sub or something quick, and I know that’s no excuse because obviously if you’re on a diet or you’re trying to eat healthy there are no excuses but for me it was just like well fuck it.. I’m just doing it, and I will have to deal with it later.. When I’m home I have things to do I don’t have time to go to Wegmans pick up all my stuff take it to my grandparents house then when I’m hungry go home grab something to eat instead of just having something while I’m out… and also, when I’m in New York everything is at least 20 miles away so it’s not like I can just run home when I’m hungry and grab one of my gluten-free buns and gluten-free chips and gluten-free EVERYTHING!!! I know, you know, everyone knows I’ve been working really hard and sometimes you just have to binge and have a bad weekend….. and I’m sorry but I’m not sorry so I’m sorry I’m not sorry.

    I had fun this weekend and yes it set me back but you know what it’s Monday and I’m just gonna work even harder than I have been because, I like the way I feel and I like the way I look now you know and I’m getting comfortable and I’m enjoying training for these runs and I’ve got the tough mudder coming in June, I’m actually kind of scared after doing this run and this WAS ONLY A 5K!!!! And the tough mudder is 12 miles…. holy shit batman, I’m screwed! HAHAHA. What am I going to do??? Well, I guess probably not have weekends like this one over and over and over again. And keep working hard? I really want to complete the mudder… Just complete it. HAHA.. (now that I think about it, I should probably go through all of the obstacles to make sure I’m not GOING TO DIE. But back to working out and messing up this weekend. I mean we are all human. I understand that it’s not the best thing to do, and I understand my trainers probably won’t be happy, but life is FUN, and for me, sometimes this happens… “in between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed….” that’s SO TRUE and I’m living by it. April was great, I ate right, didn’t drink, and I lost a good amount of weight… and I’m going to continue on that, but life happens, so why not live it.

    I understand to lose weight you have to work hard, and for me, I’m working hard, for me, I’m not trying to lose like 100lbs in 5 months, I’m not trying to be some fitness model, I just want to look better, feel better, etc. and I know it takes time, and I know that it takes work – so I work hard, and playing hard sets me back but oh well!

    Before - CLEAN!

    Before – CLEAN!

    AFTER - DIRTY!!!!

    AFTER – DIRTY!!!!

    SOOO BACK TO THE DIRTY GIRL MUD RUN! Can I tell you, I was soooooo freaking excited to get there – I felt like this crazy awesome athlete hahahaha – yeah, sure,it was only a 5k, but it was so FUN! We got SO DIRTY!!!!!!!! And we were doing it for such a great cause…. and doing it with friends is the best, because you all want to do well, but you all push each other and get through it together… so Ashley and Taryn, thanks for being there for me, not leaving me behind, and having such a good time! 🙂 I can’t wait to do more of these runs, probably doing the Tough Mudder next, might not be the best idea… but you know what, it’s a challenge, and it’s a challenge I’m up for! 🙂

    I leave for Vegas on Wednesday to spend some time with one of my most amazing friends, Lisa, and then my cousins come out, and I will disclaimer it now, YES, I am going to workout… I actually am going to go out to Crossfit Las Vegas (anyone reading this go there?????), but I’m going to enjoy myself… get a nice tan, have the TIME OF MY LIFE with my friends, and not worry about this… It’s great, because this time, going to Vegas I’m not going to feel like super uncomfortable, I’m actually going to feel good, and that feeling, can’t replace ANYTHING… That’s the feeling I work hard for, and that’s the feeling I love.

    I will say, seeing people this weekend I hadn’t seen in a long time, was awesome, everyone wants to let you know how great you look…. makes it all worth while. So thanks, thanks friends for the compliments, and thanks for pushing me 🙂