Allow me to reintroduce myself…my name is…..speechless. A word that is never applied to me because I ALWAYS have an answer or a witty comeback depending on the situation. However, this is what I was as I stood in that fitting room wearing a size 10 in jeans. 10, the Holy Grail number of goal sizes…means I’m perfect now. I’m apart of societal standards of beauty. I’m one of the cool kids now! Nah, I’m good being me, I actually like my “never at a loss for words” sarcastic self….I’ll grow on you…really I will.
Since my “perfect moment,” and some other non-scale victories (nsv), this week’s post are answers to tons of questions I get about my workout/meal plans from women who want to start or are already on track and just like me, need continued motivation, advice, and ACCOUNTABILITY. So…let’s go!
- What kinds of unhealthy foods did you cut out?
In the very beginning, I cut juice and fried foods. After about 2 years of clean eating, I restructured my diet even more. I drastically cut my carb intake, wheat pasta, sweets, fruit, and brown rice. I eat a high protein, low carb diet which consists of lean meats, veggies, berries, and good fats.
- What does your exercise routine look like?
I workout 5-6 days a week. Initially, I did mostly cardio at the gym with the treadmill and elliptical. I also used Shaun T’s T25 and Insanity programs. My current routine consists of Body Beast which is primarily weightlifting and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). This could be Plyo, stair climbing or anything that challenges me. I also do a 3 mile lunch walk daily. The changes lifting has made for my body is nothing short of amazing.
- I don’t have time for all of that, how do you balance work, kids, and family?
You have time. Come up with something else because that excuse is sort of 80’s. Your goals are not my goals and vice-versa. I work like this because I DID NOT get the skinny gene. I smell cake and gain 5 lbs., so I have to WORK HARD. This is what works FOR ME. You might only need to do 30 minutes of cardio 3 times a week and that is enough for YOU. Find your balance. I’m fortunate to have a strong support system that understands. I prioritize and schedule my workouts accordingly. You know you’ll be away for a work conference? Check if there’s a fitness center in the hotel. Parent’s anniversary party is tonight and you’re the host? Try to get in at least 30 minutes of a high intensity workout when you’re pressed for time.
- What was your starting weight and how much weight have you lost?
I started at 237/250 lbs. I gained/regained the same 13 lbs. FOREVER! I am currently 186. My biggest size in my entire fat loss journey was a size 20. Now, I wear size 10/12.
5. I LOVE bread and potatoes, do I have to give it up?
Yes! Nah, just kidding. Some of y’all had a mini heart attach didn’t you? Nope, you don’t have to give up bread or potatoes, but you do have to do everything IN MODERATION. In my previous post, I suggested practicing reducing the amount of whatever vice slowly. At a restaurant, tell the waiter in the beginning no to bring the bread to the table, OR if he/she does, take one piece and ask them to take it away. Want a sandwich? Make it an open-faced one using 1 slice vs. 2. Use the same strategy as the bread; however, sweet potatoes are a prime swap for white potatoes. Sweet potatoes quadruple your daily Vitamin A, have more vitamin C, less calories, more fiber and fewer carbs than white potatoes. If you must have white potatoes, red potatoes or mashed cauliflower are great swaps. Red or purple potatoes cost a bit more but provide an extra burst of nutrients.
6. I drink soda every day and I hate water, what are other alternatives?
“I don’t drink soda, I drink juice.” (2006)
-250 lb. Uninformed Nieta
I thought I was “better” than others even at 250 lbs. because I drank juice vs. soda. This was my thinking! I didn’t understand juice has just as much sugar and calories as other beverages. I’ve evolved over the years from juice to diet soda to now strictly water/tea. Don’t underestimate it! A lot of excess weight is because we DRINK OUR CALORIES!!! Sigh…a little tough love here. You ready? STOP. Just STOP. You know what I hate about soda? First off let’s say you smoke, ask a smoker why they smoke and they will give you a plethora of reasons why. Maybe it’s relaxing, maybe it calms their nerves, although temporary and bad for you, at least they can give you a solid answer. Ask a soda drinker why they drink soda and they cannot give you ONE benefit. As of July 2015 I was “delivert”(insider) from diet soda. Try to not drink your sugar laden beverages for just 1 week. You will see a dramatic change in your weight and skin. Once I learned that this actually STOPS FAT LOSS, I went cold turkey. Here are five reasons why you should put down the chemical ish storm.
- It could lead to weight GAIN, not weight LOSS, to protect your organs, chemicals found in diet soda are stored in your fat cells.
- It confuses your body. Artificial sweeteners have more intense flavor than real sugar, so over time products like diet soda dull our senses to naturally sweet foods.
- It’s associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
- It has no nutritional value. The best no-calorie beverage if you must have soda? Sparkling Water.
- Sweetener in diet soda is linked to headaches.
Part 2 later in this week……I have to go to the gym before my drill sergeant wakes up.