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Top 3 Tools To Help You Lose Weight

When you’re trying to lose weight it is important to give yourself the proper tools to help you succeed. Now, you may be thinking that I’m talking about fitness gear like weights or resistance bands, but I’m not. The tools you need to help you lose weight are tools of awareness, tools that will help you see the big picture a little more clearly. 1. Pedometer. Invest in a good one and make sure you calibrate it so it is picking up all of your steps correctly. When you become aware of how many (or how few) steps you take each day, you can challenge yourself to take more steps every day. 2. Food Journal. This can be as high-tech or as low-tech as you want it to be. You can get a tablet and pencil and jot down what you eat, track your food on an online program, or get a calorie counter app for your smartphone or ipod. However you want to do it is fine, just make sure you write down everything  you eat. Then look at how many calories you’re consuming. You may be getting too few, or you may
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Five Tips To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Workout

As a busy mother of six I know how hard it is to try to fit a workout into a crazy-busy schedule. As a result of my busy lifestyle and jam-packed schedule I have found a few simple tips that help me get the most out of my workout. 1. Consistency. This doesn’t mean you have to workout for two hours every single day, it means you need to be consistent with what you do. If you can do cardio twice a week and strength training once a week then do it every week, not cardio three times a week for two weeks then back to your regular schedule. If you can only workout once a week then make sure you do it every week. If you can only squeeze in 15 minutes a day then make sure you consistently do it every day. 2. Contrasting Muscle Groups. When working out it is important to work contrasting muscle groups. If you do some bicep curls, do some tricep extensions; chest flys and back rows; hamstring curls and squats; crunches and back extensions. Remember to always do both upper and lower body, you don
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Top 3 Tips To Help You Lose Weight

As I traveled the road of weight loss, people would often ask me to tell them what the trick was to losing weight. My weight loss was proof positive that whatever I was doing actually worked, and that it would work for them, too. As a former fat chick, I know that when you want to lose weight you want to see immediate results so you know that what you’re doing is working. No one has time to waste following advice that doesn’t work. So I put together the top three tips to help you see results in the shortest amount of time. 1. Eat A Protein Packed Breakfast. Your mom was right when she told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start your day off with some protein paired with some quality carbs and you are off to a great start. Try 3 egg whites and one whole egg scrambled with one slice of Sara Lee Delightful whole grain bread topped with 1 t. Smart Balance spread, and ½ c. of strawberries. Eggs not your thing? Try 1 c. Kashi Go Lean cereal (13 g. protein) with ½ c.
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3 Things Secretly Making You Fat

As someone who has overcome obesity and achieved long term weight loss, I have learned a few things along the way. One of the things I have learned is that there are things that can significantly impact your weight that you have probably never thought of. 1. Lack of Sleep As any busy woman can tell you, a good night’s sleep is something that can easily get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. Work deadlines, the demands of parenthood, household responsibilities, and everything else that life throws at you can push your bedtime back farther and farther. If you aren’t able to get a full night’s sleep your body gets stressed, and that raises your cortisol levels. High cortisol levels can cause you to hold onto fat, especially belly fat. If you move a full night’s sleep higher up on your priority list, you will start to see a change with both how you look and how you feel. Trust me, the sink full of dishes will still be waiting for you in the morning. 2. Condiments Eating your veggies i
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