It Doesn’t Happen Overnight

Over the past week I have gotten a lot of women reach out to me and congratulate me on not only reaching my goal, but being the leanest I have ever been.

This was taken last week the morning of my shoot.

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I’ve also gotten a lot of questions from those women, as well as others, on how can they get that lean by “X” date and exactly what “diet” I did to reach my goal. And since I have gotten so many of those questions, I wanted to take the time to answer them here.

First and foremost, I want everyone to know that this might have been a 16 week goal that I was working towards, but it took over 2 years to reach this point.

Two years of ups and downs.

Two years of going through frustrations (oh, there were plenty) and celebrations.

Two years of hard work and saying “No” to some of those very much craved foods and sweets.

What I’m trying to get at here is that in a world that is all about “instant gratification”, getting to your fat loss goal/body composition goal is not something that can happen overnight or maybe even this year.

It takes time.

And something I have always told my clients, and I’m sure you have heard it as well, is that it didn’t come on overnight, it’s not going to leave overnight.

As for the question about what “diet” I did, I want to put a huge emphasis on the fact that I have not been dieting or restricting my calories the entire 2 years.

If I had been doing that, I would not have reached my goals.

What I have been doing is what we like to call “sprinting” and “jogging” when it comes to my nutrition.

Think of “sprinting” as the actual “dieting down” part of the plan.

This is where I am restricting calories, but nothing too serious, taking certain foods out, or eating less of them and having zero cheat meals.

This part of the plan can only be done for 6-8 weeks for myself. Anything more than 6-8 weeks, and my body will turn against me and the fat loss will stop.

For some, they can sprint up to 12 weeks if needed. But again, it’s not something that is long term or something you continue to do all your life.

The other phase of the plan is the “jogging”.

This can be anywhere from 4-16 weeks, possibly longer, just depending on what your goals are.

The “jogging” phase is where you are still conscience of what you are eating, sticking to a great plan, but there is more wiggle room, if you will. But this is not an “all you can eat” phase. If you are not careful, you will gain a good amount of fat back and sometimes more.

You need to raise your calories slowly and slow the pace or you’ll burn out. This can be a hard mental shift, but it’s necessary.

The scale will go up a little, but that isn’t failure. You body needs to rest and get used to its “new normal”. You can try to keep dieting, but it won’t work and you’ll do more damage than good.

I think this is the easiest way for anyone to start reaching their goals.

Breaking up the plan into “sprints” and “jogs” will not only help mentally but physically as well.

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16 Week Goal=Completed!

First, sorry I have been MIA for the past 4 weeks. A lot going on with the business and getting ready for the completion of my goal.

I am so excited to say I have reached my 16 week goal and the results are amazing! If I do say so myself 😉

The photos on the left were from 16 weeks ago and the photos on the right from yesterday morning. What you can’t see in the photo might shock you. Keep reading to find out what that is!

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If you didn’t already know, my goal was to get lean for a photo shoot.

I know what you are probably saying….”ANOTHER photo shoot?!”

Yes, but this time it wasn’t just for the fun of it, all if it is for this blog and my Train Like A Girl program (coming soon!!!).

I needed to get more “fitness related” photos and so that meant I needed to find a photographer that specialized in just that.

And that is exactly what I did.

I follow a lot of fitness models on Instagram and the one photographer I kept seeing pop up in their accounts, and the pics were/are phenomenal, was Michael Neveux.

Michael has been photographing fitness models and professionals for over two decades. You have probably seen a lot of his work on fitness magazine covers and articles inside the magazines.

I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to work with him and I jumped right on it! And I couldn’t be happier with the pictures I have seen so far!

But in order to be able to do the shoot, I needed to get my nutrition and training back on track. So I set that 16 week goal.

If you have been reading my blog, you know I’ve had some ups and some downs during the 16 weeks.

I’ll be honest…I’m not that surprised.

No matter how great the nutrition and training program is, you will ALWAYS have at least 1 day where you want to give up because you are that frustrated.

But the key to success…is pushing through those frustrations and keep on going.

I think the one thing I think you will be EXTREMELY surprised at, because honestly…I was, is that I only lost 5 pounds of scale weight from start to finish during the 16 weeks.

Yes! ONLY 5 POUNDS!!!

But as you can see from the pics above, the difference between the two is huge.

Once again this just shows how false a scale can be.

It doesn’t track your true results.

I want to thank you for keeping up with my posts about getting to my goal. Whether you know it or not, you are the ones keeping me accountable…and I thank you and appreciate you for it.

Make sure to check back later this week to see what I am doing next and another little tidbit about my journey so far!

4 Weeks Out….And A Little Frustration

I’m 4 weeks out from my goal and here is my pic from last week (on the left) and from this morning (on the right).

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As you can see…I’m going a bit backwards, and it’s frustrating the hell out of me. These past 2 weeks things haven’t been going the way I need them too.

I judge most of my progress by the side view.

I can see how much my lower stomach is going down or not, which is the hardest place for me with fat loss.

As you can see…it is a little bigger than it was 2 weeks ago.

This is very frustrating, but it happens, even though you may be doing everything right.

And as much as I am frustrated, I think this is a great thing for people to see.

I know I have clients that are working towards a goal, they either hit a plateau or possibly a step back, like me.

When this happens, I explain to them that you can do 1 of 2 things.

  1. You can get so frustrated you give up and stop working towards that goal.
  2. You can change a couple of things up and keep going.

I have decided to change things up. I’m going to take some things out of my daily nutrition I think might be contributing to this and after about 1 weeks, maybe even sooner, I will see a difference in the right direction.

Check back in 2 weeks to see if changing a couple things up helps.

 

Video/Recipe: Mocha Smoothie

Believe it or not, breakfast is the most challenging meal for me to get in.

I’m just not hungry when I wake up.

But after going for so long not eating while I’m sleeping, and needing to make sure I get all my macros/calories in for the day, I NEED to make sure I eat.

So…I came up with a great way to get my breakfast in and not feel like I am forcing myself to just eat.

Watch the video to see just how I get my breakfast in!

Hope you enjoy the great recipe as much as I do and let me know if you come up with some other great recipes!!

6 Weeks Out!!! But Still A Lot of Work to Do!

Today I am 6 weeks out from my goal. And I’ll admit…I have a lot of work to do still.

Not much change from 2 weeks ago 🙁

(The pic on the left is from 2 weeks ago and the pic on the right is from this morning.)

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Why?

Well, last week I caught a nasty stomach bug that put me down for basically the whole week. I only trained once, last Monday, and I barely ate anything until this past Saturday and Sunday.

I am pretty upset about it, since I feel I lost a whole week in which I could have made some really great strides in reaching my goal.

But I know this happens.

It’s life and there was nothing I could do to stop stuff like this happening.

I thought about fighting through and trying to train, but I knew that if I could barely stand for more than 5 minutes without feeling dizzy or sick, there was no way I could go and train.

Now what to do?

Do I give up?

Heck no!

I have 6 weeks and I’m going to make them count.

I HAVE to make them count.

The next 6 weeks are going to be hard, but I’m ready for the challenge!!!

 

 

 

3 Ways to Keep Your Cheat Meal(s) from Sabotaging Your Goals

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I’m a big advocate when it comes to having “cheat” or “reward” meals while you are training for your goals.

I believe they are essential for keeping a person sane while they are working towards those goals.

I’ve seen too many times, and have been there myself, where people refuse to have those cheat meals thinking they can get by without them and their goals will be reached quicker.  Then it happens, they snap and sit down to an all you can eat buffet for a week.

Everyone needs, at least every 2 weeks, some sort of cheat/reward meal.

But….!

(There is always a but.)

Sometimes people can take the cheat meals to extremes, myself included.

Extremes such as sitting down to an all-you-can-eat buffet and eating to the point where you can’t move.

Or what I have done in the past, eating a whole pizza and a carton of Ben and Jerry’s. And I’m not going to lie…I could have eaten more.

But what then happens to my body?

Does it just get back on track?

Do I lean out more?

Am I getting closer to my goals?

I have seen many times people use cheat meals, as a way to gorge themselves because they rationalize that it is “allowed” and in the end they are screwing up everything they worked for during that week.

You have to remember, just because you know you need this cheat meal, it doesn’t mean the calories don’t count.

They do!

And if you’re not careful, you can put yourself right back to where you started and have to begin again each week.

So how do you get your cheat meals in, but not sabotage yourself?

Simple…

  1. First and foremost, DO NOT give yourself permission to eat anything and everything in your sight. Your goal is not to get as much food in your mouth during that hour, or so, but to give yourself a reprieve from the stricter nutrition you are eating throughout the week. Eat until you are satisfied, but not busting at the seams.
  2. PLAN!!! I always plan what I’m going to have as my cheat meal. I know what I’m going to have, how much of it I’m going to have and when I’m going to have it, meaning what day of the week. This way I don’t get off track and in the end eat more than I should have or have more cheat meals than I am allowing myself to have during the week.
  3. Don’t let liquid calories be your cheat meal. What I mean here is, don’t let alcoholic drinks be your cheat meal. Alcoholic drinks can have a lot of calories in one drink, than most people think. And normally, when people use alcoholic drinks as their cheat meal, they have way more than they expected. As well as any food they might be consuming. By the end of the cheat meal, you will have consumed twice, maybe three times more calories than if you would have just eaten. Also, usually when you drink, you eat…and I’m not talking about a salad, especially if you are out at a restaurant or bar. When you do this, you are only adding more calories to your cheat meal, but you are also probably extending the cheat meal to a couple hours or more.

I think the best thing you can do for your cheat meal, and to make sure it doesn’t get to be a “cheat sit down and gorge yourself” meal, is to PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!!!

Once you have a plan in place, stick with it. Remember, you don’t need to eat everything in sight, you do get another cheat meal next week.

I hope this helps when it comes to you choosing your cheat meals, as it has helped me over the past 8 weeks. My results are coming quicker and I’m much happier when I don’t feel like I’m going to bust at the seams. 🙂

 

 

Update: 12 Weeks Out!

I am 4 weeks in to my 16 week goal, and I’m really excited about my results so far.

Here is an updated pic. The one on the left is from this morning and the one on the right is from 2 weeks ago.

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The scale hasn’t moved very much, about 3 pounds, but as I have said before…the scale lies!

I can tell I’m getting stronger, my clothes are getting loser and as you can see in the pics, I’m definitely getting leaner!

I’m seeing great results in my lower abdominal area, which I have always had a problem with when it comes to losing fat.

Over the next 2 weeks I am going to change up my nutrition just a little. Not much, but enough to have some amazing things happen over the next few weeks.

One thing I will say, I have been eating A LOT more than I thought I would be….and I love it! LOL

So make sure you check back in 2 more weeks to see how changing up my nutrition changes my physique!

14 Weeks Out Update!!

Two weeks ago I posted my before pics for my new goal that I am working towards.

Here is a quick update on my progress so far….

The pick on the left (black sports bra) is from this morning and the pic on the right is from 2 weeks ago.

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I am SUPER excited about my results in just 2 weeks!

I have been really sticking to my nutrition, even giving myself some planned cheat meals, and I’m putting my all into my training.

Now I know what you are probably wondering…

Did the scale go down?

In all honesty?

Not really. In fact about a week ago I was UP 3 pounds!

I was getting anxious, thinking I needed to change what I was doing. But then I took a step back and decided that I needed to give this a good 2 weeks and let the pics show my progress, not the scale.

And as you can see, I AM leaning out, despite what the scale is saying.

When I weighed myself this morning, I was back to where I started 2 weeks ago. So that is telling me I am going in the right direction.

As for WHY the scale went up?

Well, I do have a theory on that one.

I have said many times before, if I don’t have my nutrition planned out (and again, I’m NOT talking about a diet), then I either go two ways.

  1. I eat anything and everything! Usually a bunch of crap or just a lot of food in general.
  2. I hardly eat anything, just enough to curb any hunger. It’s not that I’m trying to not eat, but just like anyone, I can get very busy and by the time I realize I’m hungry, I probably missed about 2-3 meals. That is NOT good.

So I am thinking this time around I was not eating enough prior to starting my nutrition and therefore, because I had increased the amount of food/calories, I gained scale pounds. But then my metabolism realized I wasn’t trying to starve myself anymore (even unintentionally) and kicked in resulting in the 3 pound loss to back to starting weight.

I know as the weeks go on, not only will I see results with the pics but also the scale.

I just have to be patient and stick with it.

I have 14 weeks to meet my goal and I’m so happy with how everything is going so far.
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New Goal!! 16 Weeks Out!!!

I am SO very excited because I have set my next goal.

A couple months ago I posted a video on how I was not going to set a goal but just work on my general fitness for awhile.

And with that, I did pretty well with my training.

But as for my nutrition, well, let’s just say I could have done better.

I have come to realize I need structure…plain and simple. Without it, I get off track, make excuses and don’t keep track of what I’m actually eating.

But, now I have a new goal and it is one I am super excited for!!!!

I’m not going to tell you exactly right now what it is….

But, what I can say that I have 16 weeks exactly from today (June 28th) and it is an absolute opportunity of a lifetime for me!

So just like always, here are my before pics from this morning.

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I’m pretty soft and really not much definition, but my strength has gone through the roof with the way I was training. So now it’s all about getting rid of the “fluff”.

I’ve started a new training program and got back on my structured nutrition plan.

Notice I’m NOT calling it a diet. I could NEVER be on a diet for 16 weeks! YIKES! My body would hate me and do the exact opposite of what I wanted it to do.

I will be posting progress pics every 2 weeks as well as what I’m doing for my training, what I’m eating, any supplements I am taking and overall how I am feeling. I think that is a huge component that people forget to think about while trying to hit a goal.

So, I hope you follow me through the next 16 weeks of working towards my goal. I am so excited and I know the end results are going to be phenomenal! 🙂

Recipe: Cauliflower Rice

Over the past couple of months Cauliflower Rice has become a huge staple in our weekly food/meal prepping.

If you have never tried it, you need to!

I love it for many reasons…

  1. It seriously tastes just like rice, but without the added starch that I don’t always need some days.
  2. I love that you use the whole head of cauliflower. I hate throwing away the stems because I feel I am wasting a lot of good food. With this, you don’t need to waste anything!
  3. My daughter loves it! Always good to find new veggies she likes 🙂
  4. It’s simple to make and lasts all week in the fridge.

I have seen a lot of different ways you can make cauliflower rice, but here is the simple way I do.

Cut the cauliflower up into small chunks.

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Put them in the food processor and pulse until the cauliflower has the “look” of rice. Make sure you don’t do it too long or the cauliflower will turn into mush.

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Add about 1 inch of water to a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower rice. You will want to stir it around and then cover and let simmer for about 5-10 minutes.

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I then drain the cauliflower rice.

Once done, you have endless possibilities to add to your daily meals.

My favorite is making a “stir fry” and adding chicken, cut up veggies and a little bit of soy sauce.

Mmmmmmmmmmm 🙂

Hope you give this a try and let me know how you like it!