Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Something New ---- Rev Your Metabolism

I mentioned yesterday that after reading about the Fast Metabolism diet on Wendy's blog - that I was intrigued.  I am the typical yo-yo dieter.  I've tried all different diets in my life:  Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, Slimfast and other protein shake programs.  I have always had initial success with the programs but the problem is that I don't think any of them were enough to push me to a lifestyle change.  The one exception maybe could be Weight Watchers; although the last time I was on that program I was eating my "points" and exercising like crazy and NOT losing any weight.

This yo-yo dieting started pretty early with me.  When I was in high school, my sister and I both joined Weight Watchers for the first time.  I have re-joined 3 times since that point, with little success.  As I look back to the first time I joined, I don't really know why my mother let us do it.  Neither of us was really overweight.  We were pretty average.  I am 5-3" and my sister is 5-5" and we both weighed between 110-120 pounds.  I think we both wore size 3 or 5 clothes.  We were both in sports and pretty active.  We were not huge girls, we were not overweight.  But, we were "bigger" than most of our we thought we needed to go on diets.  What we were:  We were BOTH terrible about eating.  We would stop at the gas station on the way to school to grab a Diet Coke and a candy bar for breakfast - and then lunch would be another can of Diet Coke with maybe a small salad or an apple if we were eating that day.  I honestly wonder how I made it through the day?!?!?!  We would get home from school and eat a sandwich (because we were at home, where nobody would actually see us eating....insane??? Yes).  Then, we would eat dinner with our family - and then go off to some school activity in the evenings.  I remember that I would hope that my stomach would be growling when I went to bed, because I thought I would lose weight then.  Stupid!  Joining Weight Watchers at that time probably taught us the most about HOW to eat.  We started eating breakfast, having a super small salad for lunch (again, people would see us eating - AHHH).  And then dinner and small snacks during the day.   We were finally fueling our bodies.  About time.

Flash forward to college --- I didn't have a car at school, so I walked everywhere.  I had learned that I needed to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner - and I was doing that and walking.  I actually lost 15lbs my freshman year of college, when most people gain weight, I lost it (even with the drinking).  It was probably the smallest in my life I ever was.  I was eating, walking and actually felt pretty healthy.  I moved back home my 2nd year of college and stopped walking all over the place.  I joined the gym instead and I was able to keep most of that weight off.  I slowly gained it back as I stopped working out as much and started going out to eat and drinking more once I turned 21.

As I got older, I tried more diets - I did Atkins & South Beach before I got married. I had a lot of success with both of them..........but every time I moved to the "maintenance" phase I would gain the weight back.  Once I stared eating the foods like fruits and breads, the weight would slowly creep back on.

About 2 years ago, I started using Isagenix products - and I dropped 20lbs with those products.  I really do still like the products, but I missed EATING FOOD.  The Isagenix program is 2 shakes each day with 2 small snacks and 1 meal.  I just got burnt out on protein shakes ---- and honestly when the temperature is -25 degrees outside, the LAST think I want to do is have a freezing cold protein shake.  So again, all of the work to drop the 20lbs was gone.....and the weight crept right back on.

Enter this:

I read this book in basically one night (although, I continue to keep going back to re-read parts).  This book really spoke to me.  I think I have killed my metabolism.  I typically eat between 1200-1400 calories a day and I can't drop a pound to save my life.  This program is simple and the best part ---- I get to eat food again.  Not only that, but aside from not having my beloved CHEESE I can eat just about anything else (ok, no sugar either....but let's be real, I am still trying to drop some LB's).  I love that you get to eat fruit and grains.  And, you shake up your meals/food every 2-3 days, so if one of the phases isn't your favorite, at least it's only 2 days - and then on to something else.

This program changes your food around and gets your body to kick-start your metabolism again.  I feel like THIS is truly more of a lifestyle change that I can live with, it isn't as restrictive as a Low-Carb only diet and I was really excited to try it.  I started this last week and I lost 5 pounds the first week.  I've really enjoyed it so far.  I'm into week 2 and it is even easier than week 1 now that I know what to eat, and how to best plan my meals ahead.  If you are struggling with your weight loss - or you are at a plateau, I highly recommend giving this a read!

Phase 1:  CARBS!!!
Phase 2:  PROTEIN

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Favorite Strength Training

Well, hello.  This post is late, and I realized that I haven't posted in about 20 days....yikes.  Life has just gotten in the way of everything.  We have been so busy and my husband has been traveling for work, so trying to fit everything in has been a struggle.  I was catching up on my favorite blog reading - and I wanted to post with Wendy and Motivation Monday crew.....yes, I know it's Tuesday, sorry.

Daily Dose of Del Signore

My favorite Strength Training is Body Pump!  I love, love, love that class.  I used to work out with a personal trainer twice a week - and I never really felt like I was getting much out of those sessions, but after only a few months of Body Pump, I can see the difference in the way my pants fit and that my arms and upper body are getting stronger.  I love that the class is led by an instructor and that you can feel free to "pump" as much weight as is comfortable for you!  I always find it amusing when some younger boys will come into class; and they just LOAD up their bars for squats, only to realize that we do a TON of squats during that entire song.  They are pretty much done for after that part of class.  The instructors try to warn them, but they are young and think they know better.

If you are looking for a strength training class to start you out.....body pump is fantastic!!!

I'm hoping to post a bit more this week too!  After reading about the Fast Metabolism diet on Wendy's blog - I decided to give the book a quick read.  So much of what was in that book just makes sense to me - I will post a bit more on that tomorrow.    Happy Tuesday!!!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Busy, busy!

It has been very busy around my house this past week and it is going to continue to be a little crazy, so I've been a bit behind.  Last weekend I celebrated my birthday (Friday).  We took our girls bowling for family night on Friday and then enjoyed birthday-part 2 of Saturday at dinner with just my hubby.

Aside from celebrating me - I also went to a baby shower on Saturday.  I made a diaper cake for my friend - I think it turned out pretty cute.

Sunday my sister came over and we decorated all 140 cake pops for the wedding and made the wedding cake display for some of them!!! The rest will go into gold buckets on the candy table.

Now - the rest of this week is just work and getting ready for my brother's big day on Friday.

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