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  • Instead of giving up, push through…. Happy VALENTINE'S DAY!

    notgiveupLast night at CrossFit I thought I was done…. It’s funny because I feel like every time I come across a new workout at CrossFit (almost daily) I think, oh my god, this is harder than the next how am I ever going to get through this… and the minute I am in the thick of it I’m just like, I can’t do this, I’m going to give up… but instead, I don’t know what happens, I don’t know if I just don’t want to look like an asshole in front of everyone, I don’t know if it’s that I’ll look like a failure, or that I can actually do it, I’m just giving up.. .I mean look,  i am ALWAYS Last in crossfit… ALWAYS… and yeah, it’s supposed to be a competition with yourself and not with others, but let’s be real here… sometimes being the last person to complete a WOD for time, or has the least amount of reps, SUCKS hahahaha.. and how about being the LAST PERSON ALL THE TIME.. It’s like I’m the kid that isn’t going to get picked first for dodge ball… but i think what’s worse is not being able to do the whole workout… so last night, when I thought I was done for it, when I thought, there is no WAY in hell that I’m going to be able to do all these box jumps and burpees, Jenny looked at me, Evie looked at me and basically I knew what they were saying… DONT GIVE UP YOU MUTHAAAA FUCKKAAAA! and I didn’t…. I literally just kept going.. now it sucks because my goal for the WOD was to at least get 1 round of 10 box jumps and 5 burpees for each of the 15 rounds, but that didn’t work out — while Steph and Brian are blowing out 2-3 reps per round, I’m over here huffing wind unable to get all my burpees in… the one thing I did do and I was proud of, was this was the first time I did all my box jumps… those things are hard… and I was just NOT going to give up. It’s funny because i always think that I’m going to not make it through a workout, but I end up making it through… and for me, that’s an accomplishment SO in lieu of that, the release of HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO NOT GIVE UP goes out today…. I’m not going to give up and neither should you….

    It’s really hard for me to think I can do it… it’s also really hard for me to not eat these valentine’s cupcakes that I made for Juan, but something’s gotta give right? I’m not going to lose weight but stuffing my beautiful face with cupcakes…. (DAMMIT WHY NOT?).

    So today.. is valentine’s day, and although we aren’t big on that here in our house, I just wanted to say thanks for being awesome and thanks for supporting me on this crazy ride we call life. Here are some yummy recipe’s that you can make today for that special someone in your life, that won’t add a bunch of extra pounds like chocolates and freaking CUPCAKES!
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    Honey-Teriyaki Salmon

    Skinnytaste.com Servings: 4 • Size: 3 oz cooked salmon • Old Pts: 7 • Weight Watchers Points+: 7 pts Calories: 266 • Fat: 9.3 g • Protein: 22.5 g • Carb: 19 g • Fiber: 0.1 g • Sugar: 13 g
    Sodium: 502 mg

    Ingredients:

    3 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari for gluten free)
    3 tbsp mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
    3 tbsp sake
    2 tbsp honey
    1 lb fresh wild salmon fillet, cut in 4 pieces
    2 tsp cooking oil

    Directions:

    Combine the soy sauce, mirin, sake, and honey in a resealable bag. Add the salmon and mix to coat. Refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 8 hours.

    Remove salmon, reserving the marinade. Heat a frying pan or sauté pan over medium-high heat. When hot, swirl in the oil. Sear salmon, 2 minutes per side. Turnheat to low and pour in the reserved marinade. Cover and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until cooked through.

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    Red Velvet Cheesecake Protein Shake

    Dashing Dish:
    Ingredients
    1/2 cup Fat free cottage cheese 1
    1 Scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder 2
    1/2 tsp Butter extract
    1 tbs Cocoa powder 3
    3-5 drops Red food coloring
    2 tbs Fat free cream cheese OR 1-2 tbs Sugar free instant cheesecake pudding mix
    5-10 Ice cubes (Depending on how thick you like it, use less for a thinner consistency)
    1/2-1 cup Water (Alter this according to desired consistency)
    2-3 Stevia (or 1/4 tsp sweetener of choice)

    1 Cottage cheese may sound strange, but TRUST me… this is what makes the ‘MILKSHAKE’ consistency! Also, if you are sensitive to dairy, you can use tofu to get the same consistency!

    2 I use Designer Whey Protein powder. It has 100 calories per scoop. I buy the vanilla flavor because it’s a good base to add whatever flavors you want to make. It is also all natural.

    3 Or you could use 1-2 tbs sugar free instant chocolate pudding mix.

    4 You can get xanthan gum from most grocery stores in the gluten free section! Just a pinch of it makes your shake so thick and creamy!

    Nutrition Breakdown
    1 Serving
    230 Calories
    1 g Fat
    10 g Carbohydrate
    1 g Fiber
    4 g Sugar
    36 g Protein
    4 WWP+

    Method
    THE ESTIMATED TOTAL TIME TO MAKE THIS RECIPE IS 1-5 MINUTES.
    1. Put everything into a blender and blend until creamy consistency is reached! Top with light whipped cream if desired, and Enjoy!

    Super-Moist-Skinny-Chocolate-CakeHomemade Skinny Chocolate Cake

    Skinnytaste.com
    Servings: 20 • Serving Size: 2.5 x 2.25 inch slice • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
    Calories: 163 • Fat: 2.8 g • Protein: 3.2 g • Carb: 33.2 g • Fiber: 1.6 g • Sugar: 19.7 g
    Sodium: 335 mg

    Ingredients:
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    3 tbsp canola oil
    4 oz unsweetened apple sauce
    1 egg
    2 egg whites
    1 cup HOT coffee
    3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    1 cup fat free milk
    2 cups cake flour (not self rising)
    1 package instant chocolate pudding (not sugar free)
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/4 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt
    spray oil

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly spray and flour your cake pan.

    In a large bowl combine flour, dry chocolate pudding mix, salt, baking powder and baking soda and set aside. (dry ingredients)

    In a medium bowl, combine HOT coffee with the cocoa powder until it dissolves. Slowly add milk and vanilla extract. Set aside. (wet ingredients)

    In a stand mixer on low speed combine the sugar and oil; mix to combine well.

    Add the applesauce until mixed through. Then add eggs and egg whites until incorporated.

    Starting with the dry ingredients, slowly add a little of the dry, then a little of the wet ingredients, alternating between wet and dry until all the ingredients are mixed in.

    Last step is to add the Greek yogurt and just stir to combine.

    Pour into the cake pan and transfer to oven.

    Depending on the pan you use, (I used a 13 x 9-inch pan) bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cupcakes will be closer to 25-30 minutes.

  • Sweating for the wedding baby!!!!

    So, today, I released the SWEATING FOR THE WEDDING TANKS!!! I have seen them around, but I wanted to make my own! I think they are great, and you know what, that’s the first thing I thought of when I got engaged… get my ASS to the gym – and look at me today… 33 pounds down, 50 to go, but SHIT I am on my way! 🙂 I have 252 days… and I couldn’t be more excited!

    They come in these colors below, and METALLIC INK! They look so amazing, I couldn’t be more excited!!!! 🙂

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    Yesterday, after my willpower post – my friend posted this on my facebook wall – and it’s totally true.. read this article!

    Prevent A Pig-Out: 6 Steps To Better Willpower
    Your best weight-loss intentions will inevitably come face-to-face with temptation. Learn to boost your willpower, and keep the pounds off.

    It was right there for the taking. After a 5-mile group run, I drove past my favorite takeout place. My stomach was craving—no, demanding—food. A lot of it. I had a recovery shake waiting for me at home, but this was so much faster. Besides, I deserved a reward for burning off almost 800 calories. What’s wrong with a tasty payoff for my commitment to health? I turned into the drive-thru lane.

    My willpower had failed me. Yes, it had gotten me to my run on time, but it vanished when I needed it most. Any gains I’d made I gave right back. Why couldn’t I say no?

    It turns out that willpower isn’t simply dense moral fiber. The latest science suggests it’s found in the soft gray matter of your frontal lobe, where good decisions are made and poor choices are rejected. Your willpower is tough. It helps you fight temptation, prevent binges, choose food wisely, and stay motivated. But it’s a finite resource. Nurture it, maintain it, and deploy it with this six-point plan.

    Step 1 /// Feed Your Willpower
    Here’s a surprise: Your willpower runs on sugar. Like your muscles, your brain needs glucose to function at an optimal level, says Roy Baumeister, Ph.D., social psychology area director at Florida State University and coauthor of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.

    In a series of nine studies published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Baumeister discovered that people with steady glucose levels were more persistent at attempting to complete an unsolvable task than those whose glucose levels declined during the experiments. “Increase your blood glucose and you can fuel your willpower,” he says.

    Wait, put down the Skittles. Sure, glucose is easily available from straight sugar, but your body also creates it from fruit, many vegetables, whole grains, and dairy products. You can even build glucose by pumping up your protein, says Baumeister. “It takes your body longer to make glucose from protein, but the benefits can last longer,” he says.

    One problem is that weight-watching men often adopt extreme low-calorie diets. “If you starve yourself, you’ll have low glucose,” says Baumeister. And without sufficient glucose, your brain doesn’t have the fuel it needs to resist junk food. So if you feel your energy fading, don’t skip smart snacks, like nuts.

    Step 2 /// Celebrate Wisely
    Scientists have a name for my drive-thru cave-in: compensation. It’s the inclination to reward yourself for a job well done, and that feeling can fight with your weight-loss intentions. In fact, the harder your workout is, the bigger you may think your compensation should be, says Timothy Church, M.D., Ph.D., director of the laboratory of preventive medicine at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University.

    “When men endure a tough, hourlong workout or push through a 7-mile run, they feel a need to celebrate,” he says. “But a good workout is not carte blanche to eat whatever you want.”

    The solution: Don’t rely on your willpower to deny yourself a well-earned treat. Instead, use it to ensure that your reward doesn’t outweigh the workout (literally).

    “Do the math: If you burned off 700 calories, keep your food intake to less than that,” says Dr. Church. It’s a pat on the back that doesn’t wipe out your hard work. Or go with a nonfood reward: Buy yourself an iTunes download every time you work out, or treat yourself to basketball tickets when you rack up 10 training sessions.

    Step 3 /// Play Defense
    Even well-fed willpower won’t resist all temptation. You’ll need to conserve your supply so it’s always there for you. A recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology followed people’s reactions to enticements throughout the day. Oddly, people with the best self-control were the ones who used their willpower less often. Instead of fending off one temptation after another, they set up their daily lives to minimize them.

    In other words, they played defense. “Look inside people’s fridges—they’re full of temptations,” says lead researcher Wilhelm Hofmann, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago. Leftover Chinese, Ben & Jerry’s, cans of Coke? Toss it all and don’t buy it again. There—now your willpower can get some rest at home.

    Step 4 /// Stay Alert
    Want to make smart choices? Go to bed early. “Willpower is lower when you’re sleepy,” says Kelly Glazer Baron, Ph.D., a clinical health psychologist at Northwestern University who specializes in behavioral sleep medicine.

    The average night owl consumes an additional 248 calories more each day than someone who goes to bed earlier, and most of those extra calories tend to be racked up after 8 p.m., according to 2011 research published in the journal Obesity.

    Short night of sleep? Pour a cup of coffee and add a packet of real sugar—not Splenda or some other artificial sweetener. A 2010 Spanish study revealed that the combination of caffeine and sugar increased cognitive performance in the bilateral parietal cortex and left prefrontal cortex regions. These are two areas of the brain that support your ability to stay focused and goal-oriented when confronted with tempting distractions.

    Step 5 /// Scare Yourself
    It’s easy to rationalize and convince yourself that one more plate of sliders won’t make a difference to your waistline. To fuel your resolve, try taking the opposite approach—tell yourself a tall tale. A University of Texas study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that exaggerating the number of calories in a favorite food—a tactic called “counteractive construal”—can help you override those temptations.

    That hot, slender girl who recoils from pizza? She’s onto something. Overestimating the impact of a gut bomb can help establish a clear, direct link between “bad food” and “being out of shape.” Imagining that a cheeseburger contains 2,000 calories can prompt you to start picturing yourself with an extra 20 pounds. And that will help you say no.

    Step 6 /// Delay, Don’t Deny

    When it comes to food lures, procrastination can be a good thing. Instead of simply saying no to that nacho platter, tell yourself you’ll eat it sometime in the future.

    A study presented at this year’s annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology found that people who decided to postpone eating a bag of potato chips were more capable of resisting the temptation than people who simply tried to refrain altogether from eating the crunchy, salty snack.

    While “no” only intensifies feelings of deprivation, “later” has a different effect: “Postponement weakens the desire at the precise time when peak desire overwhelms willpower,” says study author Nicole Mead, Ph.D., of the Rotterdam School of Management. It’s unrealistic to postpone all unhealthy foods and drinks, she says. Instead, pick one or two that tempt you the most and postpone those. Add more over time and you’ll reap even bigger results.

    Read the article with PHOTOS HERE

     

  • Thank you everyone.

    When I started this journey it was just to write down my feelings of weight loss and how much it sucks and now it’s so much more than that! I couldn’t have ever done it without all the support and encouragement. Now I’m trying to get people off their asses and into the gym one Tshirt at a time, and couldn’t be more excited about getting the message out to people that no matter who you are what size you are or anything, get off your butts and get healthy. I love you all for listening to my crap and can’t wait to continue all this with you!!!!!!! I love you all!

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  • T-Shirts, T-Shirts, T-SHIRTS!

    Why do I see t-shirts, Andrea? Well, I’ve decided to start a line of inspirational, funny, motivational t’s and tanks along with writing my horrible blog… I started getting sick of the usual ‘Just Do It’ Nike shirts at Dicks, so I decided to find some inspirational saying and get them on some shirts so that when you are wearing them you really feel like you can REALLY DO IT! This is a new thing for me, so be patient. I am going to get every order out as fast as possible, answer questions, and make sure that I’m doing everything the right way. Also, right now, since I don’t have all of them in stock, you will see that they are all on the models that these shirts come on, once I get orders going, I am going to photograph them on REAL people, so you can see what they REALLY look like (esp on me, a size L-XL!)

    Other than that, I hope you enjoy my horrible blog, and really like my shirts, and I hope that in everything I post, or sell, I can inspire someone to get up and get going so that we can all be around forever!!!