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  • BEING SICK SUCKED! Back on track today…..

    So being laid up for like basically a whole week SUCKED. I couldn’t work out, I couldn’t relax because I felt like shit, I couldn’t do shit. It’s funny because I feel like everyone gets so excited when they are sick because they think they lose weight and that’s the best way to do it, is being sick HAHA… but not for me… I ate, and I ate a lot of soup HAHA… So as for losing the weight while you are down and out, I def did NOT…. oh well – the only thing I probably lost was muscle mass… DAMMIT! Hahaha. I was just getting into CrossFit too – and of course, I have to come down with the death plague that’s been going around. Now I have to start all over again….

    Look at that super hot face. I'm SUPER hot.

    Look at that super hot face. I’m SUPER hot.

    Listen…. Ladies….. can I be honest? I’m feeling great these days… I feel like I look better, I walk around with more confidence, and I feel like I actually am good looking… Should I feel bad about that? I mean… yeah, I’m engaged, and it’s not like I’m out there looking for a man, or walking around trying to act like I’m hot shit, but I think one of the best feelings in the world is feeling like you are attractive. I haven’t felt that way in a long time.. and I know I’m not some super model, or even close to being one, but I don’t think I’m THAT fugly…? But I don’t know… ever since I’ve been getting in shape, and working out, and feeling good, I’ve got this boost of confidence. I feel like nothing can stand in my way… I feel like I don’t have to walk into my closet and try to figure out what’s going to fit or what’s actually going to look good today…. I can walk into my closet and know that everything fits and looks good – No more not fitting into my jeans, no more having some serious rollage hanging out of my sweaters…. yeah I mean shit, I don’t look amazing in everything, but I just feel like, GOOD about how I look…. And HONESTLY, this feeling I have.. this feeling of confidence, and feeling like I’m strong, and yeah I still have A LOT OF WORK TO DO… this makes it easier for me to keep on moving. I’m getting rid of the FUGLY and getting cute… and you know what, it’s worth it… This whole thing has a lot to do with your self esteem and my self esteem is going up… I just feel great……. I’M GOING TO KEEP DOING THIS BECAUSE IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD ABOUT WHO I AM AND WHAT I LOOK LIKE… can i shout that from the rooftops?!?! No? Ok, I’ll shut up now HAHA.

    There hasn’t been a summer in about 10 years that I can remember myself not wearing a sweater over my horribly fat, jiggly, arm wings, and this summer, that’s my goal – let’s LET THOSE THINGS OUT…. Let’s get cute dresses and NOT wear a damn sweater over it…. I CAN DO IT!!!!!!! Ok….

    I found this today… it’s GREAT. I love infographics because no only are they designed awesomely :), but they actually explain what they are trying to explain…. check it out! Happy FRIDAY PEOPLE. TIME TO GET BACK IN THE GYM!

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  • Ahhhh FU Plateau's!

    54113632994332084_aifiBWni_cSo, you know that awesome thing where you start working out and eating right and you lose all this weight and you get SO EXCITED because you are working SO HARD and getting all these compliments and going down in sizes and then…….. it just creeps up on you like a bad STD. YOU STOP LOSING WIEGHT… you hit a mother F’ing plateau… Let me just tell you… do you know much that sucks? I mean sure, yeah, I’m gaining wayyyyy lots of muscles, I’m doing crossfit, pushing myself to the LIMITS like a mad women… but it’s that time… it’s plateau time… gotta get over the plateau… sure, I’m sure there are things that I can do to get out of this rut, BUT it still sucks… The number one thing, you just CAN’T GIVE UP…. I can’t give up, you can’t give up, WE CAN’T GIVE UP!!!!!

    Undressed Skeleton had a great article this weekend on plateu’s – read this… and take it all in…. I’m going to continue being sick, and trying to get over this stupid flu going around… PEOPLE BE SAFE!

    What is a Plateau?

    -A weight-loss plateau is when you are stuck at the same weight even though you are practicing a healthy diet and working out. Let’s just say you have been running two miles a day and eating the same diet. You lost fifteen pounds on that routine. This week you continued that routine, but the scale stayed the same. You did everything you were supposed to, but your weight hit a plateau. The more weight you lose, the higher chances are for hitting a plateau.

    Why Do Plateaus Happen?

    As you lose muscle from working out, your metabolism slows down. When you gain muscle your metabolism speeds up. As you lose weight, your body burns calories a lot slower, because it has less to feed. Your body is also smart, it knows when you are trying to take away from it. If you are constantly in fat burning mode it will fight against you making it more difficult for you to lose weight. You have to trick your body.

    Plateaus are frustrating. They happen to almost everyone who is on a weight-loss journey. When I was on my journey I hit one almost every month. I once hit a plateau that lasted 45 days. I can’t explain how frustrating that was. I felt like my hard work was for nothing.

    It is important not to get frustrated with plateaus. Finding motivation to push forward and not fall back into old habits is important. There are a bunch of different methods to escape them, but how do you know which one to choose?

    I have tried just about every method. Some worked and some…a disaster.

    1. Cut your calories and increase your workouts. 
    2. Increase your calories and increase your workouts.
    3. Cut your calories and decrease your workouts.
    4. Change your workout routine. Try new classes or focus on new muscles.
    5. Don’t eat the same thing over and over.
    6. Take a diet supplement. 
    7. Continue to eat healthy, but take a couple days off working out to allow your body to relax and your muscles to rebuild.
    8. Have a cheat meal to increase your leptin levels, shocking your metabolism, causing it to speed up.
    9. Give up.
    10. Relax. Find a way to relive your stress. Yoga a couple times a week can help relax your body and muscles.
    11. Treat yourself. Depriving can cause stress and binge eating.
    12. Cut out fruits.
    13. Add strength training and weight lifting into your work out routine to speed up metabolism.
    14. Calorie cycle. Don’t eat the same amount of calories everyday. Go up and down, but never under your recommended intake. If you go under, you will put your body in a starvation mode. That will seriously damage your body.
    15. Stop weighing yourself. Focus on the measuring tape. Your scale may not be changing, but you may be losing inches.
    16. Eat junk food after working out.
    17. Be patient. It didn’t take you overnight to gain the unwanted weight. It won’t come off overnight either.
    18. Eat three meals a day. Don’t snack.
    19. Increase your water intake to speed your metabolism.
    20. Eat more fiber.
    21. Increase your social life activities. Going out and clearing your mind from a weight-loss plateau can help you relax and push forward.

    These are some of my trial and errors when it comes to the weight loss plateau. It’s important to not give up. Try a couple different things. I’d love to hear your plateau tips too!

     

  • I can't walk.. but it's ok. And the damn CHICK-FIL-A lady was back on the train this morning! UGH

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    This is my favorite thing in the world i need it.

    Listen lady. You are doing EVERYONE a disservice (and by everyone i probably mean just me haha) by bringing your stupid deliciously smelly breakfast sandwiches on the train. Didn’t you ever learn in kindergarten that if you don’t have enough to share don’t BRING IT ON THE VRE FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SMELL AND DROOL WHILE IM DRINKING A PROTEIN SHAKE!!!!!!! And sure I might be staring at you but that’s because you are eating it right in front of me lady! Don’t you see that I’m a chubster, I’m WEARING WORKOUT CLOTHES, I just worked out and I’m drinking freaking post workout supplements?!? Haha I’m nuts. It sucks.

    INSTEAD of eating chick-fil-a – why not try one of these

    Easy, Healthy Breakfasts Under 300 Calories?!?!?!?!

     

    Anyways I don’t have much to report today. Except I’m still like unable to move from Wednesday night, my legs are killing me on the sides where I have my tendon issues but I still tried to make the best out of my workout today.  It’s a bitch when you are learning that your body just isn’t what you thought it was and you learn your limits.
    Do you know what sucks? Eating at a work lunch. Like for example, my friend had a work lunch meeting this week and her preggers boss decided to get a pre-made jimmy johns sandwich platter for everyone without asking what they wanted. Now I get it, you can’t accommodate everyone but why not ask around to see if some people might be dieting or watching what they eat or maybe some people can’t eat gluten, you aren’t even getting them a salad? These days with everyone trying to better themselves and companies putting in policies to workout or adding gym memberships to their benefits, why wouldn’t you watch what you are feeding people during a working lunch? How hard is it to just shoot out a quick email to say, “hey, ordering lunch, anyone have anything special they want?” And I feel like you shouldn’t have to feel embarrassed or judged if you either don’t eat, or you maybe take off your bread or pick things off you don’t like. Lets face it, everyone has their own eating habits and I think you should do everything you can to accommodate those people.
    So, I’ve made some progress – so wanted to show you guys some before and after photos… blah, I’m getting there…. it takes work but I’m working.
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  • I completed my first goal! I made it through CROSSFIT!

    So, finally, 17 weeks into my journey from “thick-to-thin”…. I finally accomplished goal 1: to make it through a crossfit workout…. Let me tell you. I feel like they make it seem like just anyone can go in and do crossfit, but at some gyms, that’s not the case, and especially at mine. This shit is HARD. Ok… like bootcamp, yeah it’s hard, and you are working your ass off and you are doing burpee’s and moving and shaking and killing it in your workout, but in crossfit, you are doing things way out of your comfort level, WAY harder, and for time. So it’s not like, let’s do 30 seconds of this move, take a break and do another 30 seconds, it’s GO GO GO GO GOOOOOOOOOO.

    All of yesterday, I was like shit – I’m so nervous, I can’t do this, I won’t be able to finish, I’m just going to have a goal to get it done no matter how long it takes, and through the day I got more and more excited… I felt like I was going to go compete in something, I felt like I was just about to do something badass and a shot of adrenaline went through my body and I was so pumped up…. thennnn I SAW THE WOD. The filthy FIFTY… FUCK the filthy fifty… This is what it is:

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    Yeah so that’s the tits…. that’s the bee’s knee’s… that’s the bitch that took me out last night. You wouldn’t believe how hard that was. I was weezing, I was like I’m not going to make it through this.. and yeah, sure, some of these were easier than others… I’m pretty strong in my upper body, but things like burpees kill me…. Half way through, I didn’t think I would finish. The cool part, and probably the most amazing part, and probably the reason why I cried when I got done with my workout…. The people I was doing it with. Even if they are done in 26 minutes and you are still going, they come back to push you and motivate you. At Bull Run Crossfit thats what they do. Adam and Joel were doing burpees with me at the end, they wouldn’t let me quit… have you ever done 50 burpees? Sure, yeah, we have probably had to do them in boot camp but I probably half assed them or didn’t do as much as I was supposed to… but this time, I was like NOPE no cheating, I’m doing all 50 of all of these and I don’t care if it takes 3 hours…… I got done in 44 minutes and 41 seconds. Yeah, so what if I was the last person to finish, who cares, I did it, and I did it all under an hour with only 1 break for water (because I had to haha)…. I was so proud of myself.. I had this sense of, wow, you know what, I can really do this stuff, I can really push myself further and harder without giving up. I legit sat there and teared up. I did it. I know it sounds lame and sounds like anyone can do this.. but not anyone can, and I def couldn’t have when I was in the shape I was before…. I don’t know, but now I feel like I’ve joined this “elite group of athletes”Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 10.10.43 AM and I finally think I might actually be able to do the tough mudder in June. I know it’s lame, and I’ve still got a long way to go, but you need goals, and this was my goal, and I made it. My favorite quote is this “I may not be the strongest, I may not be the fastest, but I’ll be damned if I’m not trying my hardest”… and it’s true. I’m trying my hardest, and that’s all that matters…..

    In case you want to see the filthy fifty in action here you go:

    Ok enough for now, except this goal has made me want more shirts – so I added 2 new ones. Check them out.

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  • New Years Resolution-er's and a 7 day easy eating plan!

    Here’s the thing – I had a bunch of stuff to talk about today, but you know what, I’m fired up. Thanks Amy for getting me fired up… this is why –

    Screen Shot 2013-01-09 at 11.29.03 AMListen, and I’m guilty of this too – All this stuff about New Years Resolutioners at the gym being annoying, it has to stop. I definitely agreed with a few people on Jan 1 when the posts started, but when I sat back and thought about it…. It’s kind of rude. My cousin posted this on her facebook yesterday and I immediately was like, she is right. What the hell are people saying, why not HELP people instead of tell them to get out of the gym because they won’t be able to accomplish their New years goals and will quit in 2 weeks, but guess what, DON’T QUIT… here’s the convo (to the left)…. Sure, it’s really annoying when you go from having 10 people in a bootcamp to 30, and you might not have the same amount of personal attention you used to, or sure it’s annoying when you go to the gym and you want to run and all the tread mills are taken and you can’t go on for a while…. but guess what, just like I said in my comment back to my cousin, whether it’s Jan 1 and you are trying to go with everyone else to be fit, or its a wedding, or you finally realized you need a change, people will always be “newbies” in the gym. Unfortunately, a lot of them happen to start on Jan 1 because people put it off, they say, tomorrow, they say, next week, next month, but people see Jan 1 as a fresh start… and good for them.

    It sucks that the people give up. They should keep going – some might not be as dedicated, or might not see the results they want to see in the first 2 weeks, but it’s not about that, it’s about keeping with it – that’s what I’ve learned….. every time I quit after 2 weeks it was because I didn’t see results, or I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere, and instead of slapping myself across the face, and saying, GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER NOTHING HAPPENS OVER NIGHT, I just stopped. And next week a lot of people are going to be in the same position, and your gyms are going to slow down, and yeah, you might have been going to the gym all year long, and good for you, you might be in perfect shape, or in good enough shape where you don’t have to be at the gym everyday, but most people aren’t, and they need help, and they need the motivation.

    So I’m saying to you…. next time you go to the gym (whether it’s tonight, tomorrow, or this weekend) and you see someone new, someone who needs some help – maybe say, hey – you’re here, that’s the first step, don’t give up. Some people might slap you and say “stay out of my business” but some people will appreciate it and think, you know what, I can do it. I would at least…….

    Today I felt really good by the way…. You know what’s awesome? This girl on my VRE train (she’s skinny, doesn’t need to work out) she comes on the train EVERY morning with a greasy yummy breakfast from Chick-fil-A, with a super large soda…. Well, it SUCKS that she does that, but guess what, my skinny jeans are bigger and baggier then her’s – so I feel good about that. You keep drinking that over sized liter of cola lady, see where that gets you in 10 years… HAHA – anyways, that’s not what I was going to say actually, I was going to say, you know whats awesome? Having your skinny jeans falling off you! And THOSE THINGS ARE MEANT TO BE TIGHT AND FIT ANYONE. But not me 🙂 they are getting bigger, and I love it – the other cool thing…. is when people say “hey, are you losing weight” my response would love to be “WELL DAMN FUCKING RIGHT I AM THANKS FOR NOTICING BECAUSE I LOVE YOU NOW” but instead I just say, “oh yeah, haha I work hard, thanks”… but either way, it’s awesome, and it makes me want to go to the gym even more. Ahhhh I love it, today is a good day.

    I have had problems with my diet, and I found this online through Men’s Health – (it’s for women though) it’s a great easy 7 day eating plan — I’m so picky, that everything on this plan makes sense and works – Try it out.

    Fit back into your jeans faster: Trainer Jay Cardiello created this seven-day eating plan to help his celeb clients achieve their lean Hollywood looks. The idea is to switch up your carb intake throughout the week—alternating low-carb days with moderate days—to keep your metabolism humming and lose weight fast. Plus, you’ll always feel full and have energy to spare.

    Easy 7-Day
    Eating Plan

    Days 1 and 2!

    Breakfast
    Omelet with 4 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1/4 c minced broccoli or asparagus, 1 tsp shredded low-fat cheese
    1 c plain coffee or green tea
    12 oz water

    snack
    1/4 c plain nonfat yogurt and 6 cherries
    OR
    12 oz protein shake with 1 scoop protein powder (low-carb, low-sugar, less than 115 calories)
    20 oz water

    Lunch
    6 oz grilled chicken breast
    3 c lettuce with 2 tbsp light or low-fat dressing
    1/2 c steamed broccoli, asparagus, green beans, peas, or carrots
    20 oz water

    snack
    8 almonds
    OR
    12 oz protein shake
    OR
    apple or banana with 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
    20 oz water

    Dinner
    8 oz grilled chicken, beef, turkey, or Boca burger (no bread/bun)
    1/2 c steamed broccoli or asparagus
    3 c plain lettuce with 2 tbsp fat-free dressing, lemon juice, or balsamic vinegar
    20 oz water

    snack
    1/4 c cottage cheese with 1/2 c mixed berries or 6 cherries

    Day 3-7

    Breakfast
    Omelet with 4 egg whites and minced asparagus and 1 slice plain whole-wheat toast
    OR
    12 oz protein shake and 1 apple with 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
    1 c green tea
    12 oz water

    snack
    1/4 c plain nonfat yogurt with 1/2 c mixed berries or 6 cherries
    OR
    8 almonds
    20 oz water

    Lunch
    Pick one: small sweet potato, small baked potato, 1/4 c brown rice, 1 slice  whole-wheat pita or bread
    WITH
    Pick one: 6 oz tuna in water; grilled chicken, tuna or turkey; turkey or Boca burger (no bread or bun)
    2 c plain lettuce with 2 tbsp lemon juice or low-fat balsamic vinaigrette
    1 c broccoli with 2 tbsp honey mustard
    20 oz water

    snack
    8 almonds
    OR
    6 cherries
    OR
    apple with 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
    20 oz water

    Dinner
    Pick one: 6 oz sirloin steak, beef burger, grilled chicken or turkey; 8 oz tuna, salmon, or freshwater fish
    WITH
    1/4 c steamed brown rice
    3 c lettuce with 2 tbsp fat-free dressing
    1/2 c mixed vegetables or 1 c broccoli
    2 tbsp honey mustard
    20 oz water

    snack
    1/4 c plain nonfat yogurt with 1/2 c berries
    OR
    1/4 c cottage cheese with 1/2 c berries

  • My Keg o' Fat.

    20130108-075855.jpgWelllllllllllll, today I’m not quite myself, but that’s besides the point haha. You know what super sucks?!? When you don’t have a 6 pack, and instead you just have a big old keg on your stomach hahahaha that would be me. And you know what sucks about that keg? Having to do exercises that involve touching your toes, or having your knees come all the way up to your elbows while you are in the plank position…… Basically anything that involves flexibility, because yeah, I’m flexible but SHIT my stupid keg gets in the way and its sooooo super annoying. Like today, we were doing bicycles, and for a normal person, that’s easy, but for someone with a keg, that thing gets in the way! It’s like being skinny and having an eight pack, but while you’re doing the bicycle kicks, you have a huge 40 pound sand bad on your stomach. Try that one out for size and see how it is haha.

    I can’t wait to lose all this weight because it really does suck working out and having this keg there. It’s annoying and obnoxious and makes it difficult to do the workouts. Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. If only I could magically have 60 pounds of this shit disappear, that would be the life. And these frustrating things just make me want to eat!!!!!!!!!! I always turn to food for comfort and now I can’t do that. I don’t know maybe it’s hormones but shit I’m sitting here like tearing up because I’m so angry at this damn keg and how it holds me back! Ok enough for today, I need to take a nap so I don’t eat the whole bag of almonds in my bag hahaha.

  • Apparently I have the perfect figure?

    Well, yesterday I got a good compliment…. The girl at the wedding dress shop took my measurements and told me I had the perfect hourglass shape…. That was super nice, but would be way better if my measurements were SMALLER then they are haha but I am super happy to report that I went from a freaking size 20 in my chest to a size 12. Now granted that means MY BOOBS ARE DISAPPEARING, but I guess it’s ok because the smaller the better. (But not really) hahaha. My butts going away too but I still get compliments so its ok haha). Anyways it’s great knowing that I’m still making strides. It just takes forrrrrrr-effffffing-ever!!!!

    I’m also trying to really be good about my diet. I’ve got the workout out part down. I just love doing it. It’s probably my favorite part of the day. I’m around people who motivate and they are my friends. It’s great but shit, this eating thing sucks. I just want food all the time and I know I get it once you stop eating crappy things you’ll stop craving them, but how do you get over that hump?!!!

    Oh by the way I’m watching TV and I saw an ad for weight watchers hahaha and ya’ll know how I feel about ms Simpson. It’s hilarious because the ad has J HUD and JSimp, and JHud the girl who actually DID THE PROGRAM looks amazing, and little ms, cop out and get pregnant because I can’t lose the weight looked like crap! They put her in a black outfit that we all know was made so that she looked skinnier in the ad and they also like squeezed in her waist hahaha. Ahhhh why am I so angry. Maybe because I want someone to pay ME 3 million dollars to lose weight hahahaha.

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    Anyways I was so hungry after I got home and didn’t have time to eat do when in doubt, chew on some steak. CHEW ON THIS!!!!!!

    Ok for now, here are some good, cheap places to eat in DC If you want a healthy lunch!!!!!

    The Summer Bowl at Boloco—$5.93
    For a decent 407 calories and 43 percent of your daily fiber, the original-size summer bowl will hold you over throughout the day. You’ll get protein from the black beans and fajita vegetables while cutting fat and calories by skipping the jack cheese and tortilla, which is more than 200 calories alone.

    Six-Inch Oven-Roasted Chicken at Subway—$4
    If the Veggie Delite sub isn’t working for you, the chicken sub makes a good substitute. Get the chicken and fiber-rich veggies on a nine-grain wheat roll and your meal comes out to about 445 calories and six grams of fat.

    Hearty Turkey Chili at Pret A Manger—$4.99
    When all you want is a hearty soup to warm up this winter, head to Pret A Manger and order a regular 12-ounce cup of turkey chili. It’s high in protein and lower in sodium than most soups.

    Skinny T-K-Y Sandwich at Potbelly—$4
    If you’re watching your carb intake, go for Potbelly’s skinny’s, which contain 30 percent less fat than original sandwiches and come on thin-cut bread. The T-K-Y, with turkey breast and Swiss cheese, is your best bet at just 294 calories. But watch out for sodium, which comes in at 1,054 milligrams.

    Veggie Guacamole Sub at Quizno’s—$4.99
    This five-inch sub is less than 500 calories, no matter what type of bread you order it on. As a plus, it’s vegetarian friendly, and topped with lettuce, mushrooms, tomatoes, and guacamole. Skip the cheddar and save yourself 60 calories.

    Two Caramelized Tofu Tacos at TaKorean—$7
    Food truck food doesn’t always scream healthy, but TaKorean’s caramelized tofu tacos are complete in protein and make for a satisfying meal when you’re going meatless.

    Vegan Quinoa Chili Bowl at Protein Bar—$6.99
    You can’t go wrong with much at this quick-service health-food restaurant. The vegan quinoa bowl is just 360 calories, and filled with vegetarian chili, cheese, onions, and, of course, quinoa.

  • Day 3… Do men have VGD?

    85146249176622325_rpBZBKcU_cSo I was having a funny conversation today with a friend of mine, and we got to talking about this fitness guy that is back in my hometown, and I was ranting and raving about the fact that I hated that he says he got seriously physically fit by working out and eating healthy butttttttttttt what actually happened was that he took steroids. Woops. And that I hated even more that he says all you have to do is eat right and work out all the time like me and you can be JUST LIKE ME… oh yeah, and pigs can fly… ok buddy, yeah, we are with you there – but his stupid 3,000 followers actually believe him. Anyways, that convo turned into a convo about how my friend (A GUY MIND YOU) said he was good looking (hahaha guys can say that, it’s allowed) and then asked “does he have a vag gap” and “btw, is there a male equivalent?” hahahahaha i about died.. because then, I GOOGLED IT. YEP. I GOOGLED: man’s gap between legs…. wanna know what I found? A BUNCH OF VGD… The chive has a whole PAGE about the gap on a women, it’s called “MIND THE GAP MONDAY” Yep…. so if you have a gap and want to show it off send it on over hahaha… half naked of course… hahaha…. So anyways… back to the men. I want to know though? I mean, yes, for women, having a gap in that area gives you instant gratification, because technically if you have that gap, you are most likely skinny… Us chubby girls want to have that gap, but guys, do you want a gap there?? I mean below your goods of course… but you never know, with skinny jeans these days, you could look just like a girl if you wanted. Is that something that men strive for? Do they want a gap, do they not want their thighs to touch? and if so, is it because of the look or just because of chafing?!!?! (by the way, if you experience chafing because you don’t have a VGD, this is a great product! hahaha)

    Anyways, all the rest of the google results talked about the gap between women’s goods, not men’s so im guessing that there isn’t a big need for them on men… so friend, there’s your answer HAHA…

    I’ve been getting tons of emails lately about New Years resolutions and all that fun stuff, and tips and tricks, and I wanted to share some of them with you… This one was from the Washingtonian… talking about 5 motivating reasons to exercise! I loved it!

    It’s a brand new year, and “exercise more” probably tops everyone’s list of resolutions. But if history has taught us anything, it’s that those resolutions usually last for about two weeks. So when the motivation fades and you’d rather hibernate for the rest of winter, remember these five reasons you should lace up your shoes and keep hitting the gym anyway.

    1) You’ll live longer.
    Research has proven time and again that being physically active can add years to your life—and, on the flip side, multiple studies have shown that sitting for hours on end every day is detrimental to health. Limit yourself to just a few hours on the chair and you can add as much as two years to your life. (Even better news: You don’t have to be a marathon runner to live longer; even jogging at a mild pace can help you live longer.)

    2) You’ll improve your memory.
    All that time spent at the computer won’t go to waste—as long as you continue to exercise, as well. A study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that those who used a computer and exercised moderately were less likely to develop mild cognitive impairments later in life. The percentage of those who used a computer and exercised cut their chances of memory decline by 18.3 percent.

    3) You’ll prevent type 2 diabetes.
    Type 2 diabetes affects approximately 25.8 million US children and adults, making it the most common form of the disease. To help prevent type 2 diabetes (and give your muscles definition, to boot), incorporate strength training into your 2013 training regimen. A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Denmark found that men who performed a mix of both weight training and aerobic exercises for at least 150 minutes a week reduced their risks of developing the disease by 59 percent.

    4) You’ll be less stressed.
    Whether you’re walking out of an intense indoor cycling session or feeling light as air after a yoga class, exercise will banish stress, thanks to the happy endorphins released into your body during a workout. In particular, a yoga practice that involves meditation and chanting causes inflammatory and stress levels to drop significantly.

    5) You’ll lose weight.
    As long as you maintain a healthy, clean diet and an exercise regimen, you’re bound to shed some pounds. The good news, however, is that you don’t have to go all out on every single workout. In fact, you’re more likely to injure yourself and fail on your New Year’s resolution if you hit the treadmill too hard those first two weeks. Instead, research shows that to lose weight, less exercise may be the key.

    The next one was from Skinny Ms – she talks about her daily menu and workout and what she does to maintain her ideal weight! And they’re recipes! Yay!!!!

    Eat 5 small meals each day which includes 3 meals and 2 healthy snacks, and eat mainly whole foods.  I always eyeball my portions which are about the size of my palm.  My meals consists of a lean protein, complex carb and healthy fat.  I workout 6 days a week, which includes weight training and some form of cardiovascular exercise–usually interval training.

    Workout challenges are a great way to get started with a regular routine.  Check out some of our Skinny Ms. workouts.  Or, if you’re new to fitness, check out Shape Up Size Down…a new kind of fitness, for those not quite ready for high intensity workouts!

    Check out eMeals – a perfect way to have a healthy menu and slash grocery bills. Get 15% off with the CODE: SKINNY.

    Find examples of how I plan my menu with Foods to Avoid and Foods to Include in Meal Planning.

    Check out the menus below!  And as always, I use a skinny plate rather than the traditional dinner plate.  To learn more check out the Skinny Plate Challenge!

    Menu 1: 

    Meal 1 – Cleanse & Detox Smoothie
    Meal 2 – (Mid-morning snack) 12 frozen red grapes (my favorite snack) and 1/2 cup cooked wild rice (cooked in vegetable broth)
    Meal 3 – Leftover Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup
    Meal 4 – (Mid-afternoon snack) 1 small slice Zucchini Bread and 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
    Meal 5 – Turkey Cutlets with Quinoa Pilaf

    Menu 2: 

    Meal 1 – Quinoa Banana Berry Smoothie
    Meal 2 – (Mid-morning snack) 1/2 cup plain, fat free Greek Yogurt with 1/4 cup fresh blueberries and 1 teaspoon honey
    Meal 3 – One serving leftover Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuits
    Meal 4 – (Mid-afternoon snack) 1 serving Green Bean and Zucchini Salad with 1/2 cup brown rice
    Meal 5 – Slow Cooker Cheesy Spaghetti with Turkey Sausage with large side salad of 1 cup baby spinach, 2 torn romaine heart leaves, 4 cherry tomatoes, 1/4 diced cucumber…drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil & balsamic vinegar (any vinegar will work)

    Menu 3:
    Meal 1 – Melon Breeze Smoothie
    Meal 2 – (Mid-morning snack) 10 frozen red grapes and 10 walnut halves
    Meal 3 – Chicken Roll-up – roll 3 ounces chopped chicken breast, 1 tablespoon salsa, 1 tablespoon low-fat feta cheese in one large romaine heart lettuce leaf (I used leftovers from my Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Roast recipe)
    Meal 4 – (Mid-afternoon snack) 1 organic apple and 1/4 cup raisins
    Meal 5 – Momma’s Roadhouse Chili

    Menu 4:
    Meal 1 – Awapuhi Green Smoothie
    Meal 2 – (Mid-morning snack) Skinny Peanut Butter & Yogurt Dip with an Organic Apple
    Meal 3 – Blackened Salmon and Steamed Broccolini
    Meal 4 – (Mid-afternoon snack) 1/3 cup Pistachios & 1 Orange
    Meal 5 – Slow Cooker Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup

    Menu 5:
    Meal 1
     – Slow Cooker Spinach & Mozzarella Fritta and one slice Whole Wheat Toast (unbuttered)
    Meal 2 – (mid-morning snack) 1/4 cup raw walnuts and 1/4 rasins
    Meal 3 – Immune Booster Smoothie
    Meal 4 – (mid-afternoon snack) 1/2 Qunioa Protein Bar minus the chocolate and 1 organic apple
    Meal 5 – Slow Cooker Chicken Chili and a small salad with Romaine, grape tomatoes, artichoke hearts and bok choy with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil & white balsamic vinegar

    Find low-cal Skinny Ms. Menus.

    2105-4923_mOk and the last was a comment from a friend of mine —- she sent me a link to a silicone mold for perfect serving sized brownies – that way you can make the brownies and pop out one.. and know you have the correct potion, and no cheating! It was in cooking light magazine this month… great idea to still have a treat, but not go overboard!

     

  • Day 2. It's another give up day.

    Ahhhhhh good old day two. Remember yesterday when I was like, hey, it’s day one but not really……. Welp, today I definitely am taking that comment back. I feel like I have completely started over. I’m back in that place where I have to convince my mind to get the f outta bed and get into the gym. Like this morning for example….. I’m like laying there, laying there, keep laying there….. And my mind is just like, you worked hard yesterday just skip, just sleep in, you can sleep for another hour if you just don’t work out, comeeeeeee on Andrea don’t work out. That was my mind…. HOW ANNOYING! Getting up and going to the gym or even getting home from work and going to the gym is such a mental battle….. If its not something you train your mind to do and accept you are SCREWED (and not in the fun way). Remember the time I wanted to give up? Here it is if you forgot haha

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    Found this quote and made a new shirt because I was stressed and wanted to give up…

    My mind this morning was literally like, hey why are you doing this, why not stop, why keep going? Juan loves you for you why do you need to lose more weight, why do you want to look good it doesn’t matter as long as people like you and you are a good person, so why get up and workout?!? That was my mind this morning….. But I finally woke up, bitch slapped my mind right and got out of bed and to the gym just like everyday. That’s the hardest part. The mind games. Why isn’t my mind just trained to freaking want to get up and work out all the time! I feel like I’m back at square one and I’ve gotta get through those first two weeks again where my body is trained and a routine is implemented. UGH THIS SUCKS I JUST WANT TO SLEEP AND EAT BACKN EGG AND CHEESES!!!!!!!!!????!??????

    Anyways. Now that that’s been said. How about I quit my bitching and just keep on moving. Giving up is easy, but sticking with it is worth it.

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    Also hahaha sidebar but I think it’s hilarious that Jessica Simpson (why I’m a jessica Simpson hater) is preggers again haha. I honestly think that she didn’t want to work hard to get down in pounds and Weight Watchers was probably pissed sooooo she was probably like hey well im’a gonna get knocked up then, that’ll show them!!!!! Yep that’s what I think. Now she’s pregs and can eat whatever she wants and gain another 100 pounds good for you Simpson.

    This is me below. Hahah google had it right when they did this video below haha: Here’s a good workout I found on Skinny Ms. you can easily do this at home if you don’t want to go to the gym! There are videos HERE that explain the moves if you don’t know them! 🙂

    Workout: You will need water, mat, chair and Gymboss or interval timer. Beginner’s complete circuit one time, intermediate complete circuit two times and advanced complete circuit three times. Rest for 30 seconds between each set of exercises.

    5 Minutes (each exercise is 1 minute):
    • High Knees
    • Burpees
    • Jumping Jacks
    • Jump Rope
    • Squat Jacks

    4 Minutes (each exercise is 1 minute):
    • Plank Jacks
    • Mountain Climbers
    • Forward/Backward Bounds
    • Quick Run

    3 Minutes (each exercise is 1 minute):
    • Push ups
    • Triceps Push up
    • Walking Plank

    2 Minutes (each exercise is 30 seconds):
    • Prisoner Squats
    • Body Jump Squats
    • Prisoner Squats
    • Body Jump Squats

    1 Minute:
    • Plank

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  • Day 1.

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    I looked scary this morning, but hey, at least I was at the gym!

    No, I know it’s not really day 1, but it’s day 1 of 2013 and for me, that’s a new start. Starting 2013, 29 pounds down and 50 more to go. Countdown till wedding: 283. That seems like a lot but its not enough. Hahah. I should have been further along but unfortunately I cut corners, made excuses and lacked where I shouldn’t have been lacking. So, my New Years plan is to just start over. Think about what I’ve done in the past, and think about where I can improve. Like right now, I’m sooooo tired but that’s because I was an asshole and had a soda before bed. Who DOES THAT?!?! So because of that I had a shitty workout, I’m dead tired and I feel like a big fat blob!!!!!!!!! We also ate a yummy dinner last night – it’s our new New Year tradition – it’s literally meat and potatoes and it’s amazing…. I love LOVE LOVE it, and I’m going to miss it over the next few months 🙁

    5001_732382198562_1683941250_nI decided to make goals for each month. Like January, my goal is to workout everyday except Sundays. If I hit that goal I’m going to reward myself with something… Maybe classes at the DC Improv (because my ultimate life goal is still to be on SNL one day haha). Also, not drinking… a month of dryness…. My goal for February is to eat completely clean for the whole month and half way through, start taking out the gluten and dairy. My goal for march is to fit into a size 10. When I reach that, the mall better watch out because I’m gonna go buck wild on its ass. But, till then, im not buying a piece of clothing. I have to much and I just need to be able to make that work for now. I’m also totally broke, sooooooooooo I NEED TO SAVE NOT SPEND.

    photo 3 (2) photo 2 (9)Anyways… since it’s time to get my ASS back in gear, it means out with the cupcakes, and in with the salads… haha… WAHHHH I’m going to miss you cupcakes 🙁 Back on track means today I will be having… a shake, chicken (have this amazing sirachi honey soy glaze, iTS AMAZING, salad, maybe a little bit of baked potato, quinoa, more chicken and veggies… yay…. WAHHHHHH SUCKS! hahaha… I just have to get back on track and back to used to eating healthy… that’s the hardest part… ESPECIALLY when you are on track, and then you go OFF track, then you have to get back on it… BLAH. SUCKS. But hey, IF I WANT THAT VGD, I need to get back on track! HAHAHA…

    So, my biggest problem is being ok with the fact that a healthy weight loss is 1 pound a week…. but it’s true, I can’t harp on that enough… if you lose a pound a week you will keep it off (well unless you go back to eating pizza and fried food every meal!) From Eat This, Not That – here are some good swaps to help with losing that pound each week! (I don’t eat fast food anymore, but these are good to know if you do!!!!)
    wr_167. #7 Top Swap: Tacos:
    Eat This
    Baja Fresh Baja Fish Tacos (2)
    500 calories
    26 g fat (4 g saturated)
    840 mg sodium

    Not That!
    Long John Silver’s Baja Fish Tacos (2)
    720 calories
    46 g fat (9 g saturated, 7 g trans)
    1,620 mg sodium
    TOTAL SAVINGS: 220 CALORIES AND 7 G TRANS FATS!

    wr-1_136. #6 Top Swap: Caesar Salad:
    Eat This
    Panera Grilled Chicken Caesar Signature Salad
    510 calories
    29 g fat (9 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
    820 mg sodium

    Not That!
    Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad (full size)
    770 calories
    49 g fat (16 g saturated, 1 g trans)
    1,810 mg sodium
    TOTAL SAVINGS: 260 CALORIES AND 990 MG SODIUM!

    Compared with the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad on Panera’s menu, the Spicy Chicken Caesar on Wendy’s has 5.5 times the fat and nearly a third less protein. And thanks in large part to the massive chunks of Asiago cheese, Wendy’s doles out more than 75 percent of your day’s saturated fat with every Caesar sold. Not even the Baconator is that dangerous.

    wr-2_65. #5 Top Swap: Smoothie:
    Eat This
    Jamba Juice Light Strawberry Nirvana (power size, 30 fl oz)
    310 calories
    0.5 g fat
    59 g sugars

    Not That!
    Smoothie King Lemon Twist Strawberry (32 fl oz)
    657 calories
    0 g fat
    156 g sugars
    TOTAL SAVINGS: 347 CALORIES AND 97 G SUGAR!

    Portion distortion! These two cups differ by only 2 fluid ounces, yet Jamba’s is a large and Smoothie King’s is a medium. Order a “large” at Smoothie King and you’ll receive a 40-ounce bathtub of a smoothie. That would have qualified as slapstick comedy 50 years ago, but today it’s become the standard fare. And what’s shocking is the part you can’t see: Roughly a quarter of the sugar in the Lemon Twist Strawberry comes from added sweeteners. That’s 150 unnecessary calories. In contrast, Jamba’s smoothie earns the majority of its 58 grams of sugar from real fruit or fruit juice. And the 30-ounce smoothie you see here? It’s the biggest you can order. That’s good, because if you need more than 30 ounces of smoothie, you should probably consider sitting down to a real meal.

    wr-3_64. #4 Top Swap: Burger:
    Eat This
    Carl’s Jr. Guacamole Turkey Burger
    490 calories
    21 g fat (6 g saturated)
    1,120 mg sodium

    Not That!
    Ruby Tuesday Avocado Turkey Burger
    968 calories
    61 g fat
    1,601 mg sodium
    TOTAL SAVINGS: 478 CALORIES AND 40 G FAT!

    The potential for excess is every bit as high with turkey as it is for any other burger. If the patty is riddled with fat and buried under calorie-dense accoutrements, it’s going to cause damage, and that’s true whether the meat comes from turkey, ostrich, or organic parakeet. Thanks to an oversized patty and an excessively buttered bun, Ruby’s take on turkey has just 39 fewer calories than its hulking Bacon Cheeseburger. In your own kitchen you can construct a turkey burger with a quarter-pound patty, a slice of cheese, and a big scoop of guacamole for 400 to 500 calories, so that’s exactly what you should expect when you eat out. Thankfully, that’s what Carl’s Jr. delivers.

    wr-4_93. #3 Top Swap: Pasta:
    Eat This
    Romano’s Macaroni Grill Pollo Caprese
    560 calories
    22 g fat (7 g saturated)
    1,530 mg sodium

    Not That!
    Olive Garden Chicken Parmigiana
    1,090 calories
    49 g fat (18 g saturated)
    3,380 mg sodium
    TOTAL SAVINGS: 530 CALORIES AND 11 G SATURATED FAT!

    Here are two chicken dishes with roots in Southern Italy, but by the time they leave their respective kitchens, one has nearly twice as many calories as the other. “Caprese” denotes the deep-flavor trio of tomato, basil, and mozzarella, and Macaroni Grill serves it alongside a juicy piece of grilled chicken. “Parmigiana,” on the other hand, is a dish that appears to have drawn more culinary inspiration from the southern states of America than from the southern tip of Italy. Notice how it’s been dunked in a deep fryer, just like the french fries, onion rings, and chicken-fried steaks that help make one in three Americans obese.

    wr-5_32. #2 Top Swap: Wings:
    Eat This
    Applebee’s Buffalo Chicken Wings, Southern BBQ
    660 calories
    35 g fat (9 g saturated)
    1,060 mg sodium

    Not That!
    Uno Chicago Grill 3 Way Buffalo Wings
    1,350 calories
    108 g fat (24 g saturated)
    3,540 mg sodium
    TOTAL SAVINGS: 690 CALORIES AND 73 G FAT!

    For all the chatter about them being junk food, wings can actually be a sensible start to a meal. With 61 grams of protein, these Southern-style wings from Applebee’s may help you cut calories from your overall meal by frontloading your dinner with belly-filling protein. But choose the wrong chicken and you’ll pay the price. Uno’s version packs roughly twice the calories and fat, yet for all the excess only brings 5 extra grams of protein to the table. As a rule of thumb, if you order an appetizer, make sure your portion doesn’t exceed 250 calories.

    wr-6_41. #1 Top Swap: Kids’ Food:
    Eat This
    Olive Garden Children’s Menu Macaroni & Cheese
    340 calories
    6 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
    1,000 mg sodium

    Not That!
    The Cheesecake Factory Kid’s Menu Macaroni & Cheese
    1,210 calories
    N/A g fat (53 g saturated)
    687 mg sodium
    TOTAL SAVINGS: 870 CALORIES AND 50.5 G SATURATED FAT!

    You’d be better off microwaving a hot dog for your little one. The childhood obesity rate has more than tripled over the past three decades, and much of that owes to the obscenely high-calorie entrees being served by unscrupulous chain restaurants. Unless you were nutritionally clairvoyant, you’d never guess that one of these bowls contains 165 percent more saturated fat than a full-grown adult should consume in an entire day. Kids’ menus should be bastions of safe eating, but not one of Cheesecake Factory’s kids’ meals has fewer than 500 calories, and at least five exceed 900. Order from Olive Garden’s menu instead and you’ll cut the calorie tariff by two-thirds. And top it with a few spears of broccoli—kids will eat vegetables as long as cheese is involved.