Making Peace with the Process Series: Week 2

Every single day is different.

Some days you feel great about working out.

Other days not so much.

Some days you don’t have time at all to workout.

Other days there’s nothing else to do.

You just have to realize that those days come, but we can’t let it totally derail us from our goal and where we want to be. We have to adjust our week accordingly so that we can make up for lost time. In my challenge post, I talked about how if we don’t workout that day, we should eat stricter and on days we do workout, we can have a small treat. Sounds like a good idea to me! I call it balance.

Basically in this week of the series, I want to talk about how we shouldn’t let setbacks set us back. They do come. It’s life. It’s the way it goes, but if we let it derail us for a long period of time, the setback just becomes larger and larger. For example, say we weighed in for that week and we gained a pound. Like I’ve stated before, maybe it was muscle. If it is, that’s great. On the other hand, if you know you’ve been slacking that week and not eating the best, maybe that’s what’s going on. Let me be honest, what will beating yourself up over it do? It definitely won’t help, unless you turn that into motivation to do better in the upcoming week! Turn that setback into a setup for domination. Let it help you to regain that motivation that you had when you started. Let’s be real here. If we let it get us down, we would be building a bigger hole for ourselves rather than letting it give us the determination to lose that weight plus some for the next week. Basically, we need to be turning negativity into positivity. Seeing the good in things.

If you feel you messed up the week before, one thing that I feel may help would be to reflect over the last week or month and see what your workouts have consisted of and how often you’ve been going. Look back at what you’ve eaten and see if you’ve gotten off track a little too much lately. I have a workout journal where I can track my workouts and what I have eaten. If you find yourself wondering what’s going on with the scale, buy or create a workout journal so that you can better keep track of what you’ve done  and what you’ve eaten recently. Your very own accountability partner.

Don’t let one setback turn into a setback for life. Honestly, it could have been muscle that you gained. Like I said last week, don’t let the scale determine how healthy and fit you are. If you look in the mirror and feel better and see a good change, then don’t let the scale ruin it. Just keep going!

James 1:2 KJV My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

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Making Peace with the Process Series: Week 1

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Process basically means steps taken to achieve something. Let’s talk about that for a moment. As a runner, I have been on the weight loss side of things and it’s a journey. It’s a lot of dedication and sacrifice. It takes a lot of will power to stick to it. You have to be willing and driven to meet that goal. I know that giving up is easy to do and skipping one workout can lead to a whole week of missed workouts. I know! But let me be honest here, I know that it is worth it. I know that it’s life changing. But if there is anything that I could tell you from my experience would be don’t give up. Always remember why you started. Channel how you felt after you finished your last workout. You’ll be glad you did!

This process is something that will change you from the inside out. No joke! When you start working out and eating healthy, you will start seeing changes. If you are like me, you’ll have emotional moments in the dressing room. You’ll see it. That in itself will hopefully motivate you to continue this journey. If it doesn’t, look back at the work you’ve put in so far and think about how hard it would be to quit now and have to start over one day. Like I’ve said before it’s easier to continue than to quit and start over. But how do I quit giving up? How do I stop letting things derail me? How do I make peace with my process?

For week one of this series, I want to talk about how to enjoy the small victories. Not every week or month is going to have a huge victory. To be honest, if you are trying to lose weight, the smaller you are, the harder it is to lose weight. So the closer you get to your goal weight, the harder it’ll be. That’s just the way it is. With that, we just have to up our workouts and just work harder to get there. By this time we would have built ourselves up and we are in better shape and can do more! Let’s celebrate that! You can run farther than you use to! You can lift more than you use to! You can physically do more! That’s huge! Celebrate that because that’s a victory right there.

If you’re on the other side of things, you have been working hard and the scale just doesn’t seem to reflect what you’re doing, but you look in the mirror and see visible changes, maybe you are building muscle.  If you are building muscle, that’s great. Don’t beat yourself up over that. Muscle is good!

Don’t let the number on the scale determine how healthy and fit you are! Small victories come in many shapes and sizes. Whether you lost one pound or one ounce, that’s less than before. That’s great! Whether you want a smaller number on the scale, but you’re gaining muscle or losing inches instead, hey, a smaller shirt size or tone legs are a huge victory! Don’t base your victories on what the scale says alone, but on how you feel each week too!

I hope that week 1 of this series helps motivate you and inspires you to do what you are striving towards or where you want to be! If you have any victory stories, great or small, they are all victories, share them down below in the comments or tweet me @FitandFabYou1. I’d love to hear from you!

Hope everyone has a fabulous week!

2 Timothy 4:7 KJV  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Meal Planning!

When I meal plan, I try to stay within a budget and try to use certain ingredients a few weeks in a row. In this post, I will go into further detail about 4 things that I like to do when meal planning. I hope they help!

  1. Look Ahead! I look into my upcoming week and see what days I will actually need to prepare meals and what days I will have the time to prep them for that week. Depending on how many days I need meals, will determine how much I need to buy. I don’t want to buy too much and waste it. I also like to know if I have busy evenings or if I have a pretty relaxed week. Depending on how my week looks here, will decide what I prepare that week. Some weeks need simpler, quicker, and easier meals.
  2. Use Similar Ingredients! Saving money is my main goal here. I try to use similar ingredients maybe two or so weeks in a row to insure that I use all the groceries I bought. Keeps food and money from going to waste! On the other hand, if I know it will go bad within a week, I like to make sure I have time to prepare it or will actually need it this week. I hate to buy food and have it go bad before I have the time to use it. If I don’t have time to cook that week, I’ll try to buy things that have less prep time.
  3. Check Aldi! Another thing that I like to do is check the Aldi ad to see what is on sale that week. It’s always nice to plan your meals around sales at the grocer. Win win!
  4. Make a List! Before going shopping, make your grocery list! Take it with you when you shop so that you don’t get sidetracked by other items. Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it. If you don’t need it that week, don’t buy it. Try to stick to your list so that you don’t waste money and food.

Quick overview:

  1. Find how many meals you need and if they should be easier and quicker meals.
  2. Find meals that share ingredients.
  3. Find meals that use the foods that are on sale that week.
  4. Make a list before you shop!

I hope that this post help! Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @FitandFabYou1 if you implement any of these ideas into your lives!

 

What I Eat In A Day!

Happy Friday! Hope everyone has had a great week so far and is ready for the weekend!

Who’s ready for another what I eat in a day? If so, just keep reading!

Like I’ve stated before I enjoy going to get breakfast, have a BIBLE study and do some planning early in the morning. It’s just a nice way to start the day! On this particular morning, I had an 8-grain bagel with plain cream cheese and some strawberry jelly on the side (and some coffee! :))

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For lunch, I went out with a friend to my favorite sushi place ever! I ordered Miso soup and my favorite sushi roll which has shrimp, crab, and avocado. I absolutely love this roll!

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At dinner, I basically just made a smorgasbord of stuff. haha. Sometimes meals aren’t that fancy, but that’s okay, right? This meal consisted of scrambled eggs (Protein!), mango, pita chips, and some provolone cheese. Nothing real special, but it was good and filling.

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I hope you enjoyed this what I eat in a day and stay tuned for my next post! If you’re not already following me on twitter, give me a follow @FitandFabYou1 for updates and more motivation!

1 Timothy 4:4-5 KJV

For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Find What Works for You

Diets work. Diets don’t work. I say do what works for you.

Some may say that diets don’t work while others say they do. For me, I feel that diets basically mean there is an ending point and that the plan will eventually die out. I would rather make being healthy a lifestyle change. What I am saying here is that sometimes diets do work for people. I may not be a fan of that option, but if you are someone who needs rules and guidelines to stick to healthy living and that works for you then who am I to tell you to stay away from it? I am just here to tell you that it shouldn’t have an ending. Use those guidelines in your everyday life and make it a lifestyle change. Not just a 6-month challenge.

Calories. Some say you don’t need to count them. For me, I lost weight counting calories. That is what worked for me. Some say you don’t need to throw in restrictions, but for me, I feel it’s necessary. If you’re like me, if you don’t set any rules or guidelines, you will eat pizza every night of the week and lose sight of your goals. Am I right? I am not saying that you can’t reward yourself for a job well done. You must do that! If you don’t, you will most likely burn out. But what I am saying is that for me if I didn’t have limitations and rules, it would be easier for me to fall back into bad habits.

Workouts. Who tells anyone workouts aren’t good for them? Seriously? Haha. Like I have stated before you must find what works for you! Find what fits into your schedule. Find what you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy it and you can’t find the time to fit it in, you won’t do it. Let’s be honest and let’s be real.

Motivation. This is huge! There will be times that you won’t want to workout. You won’t always want to eat healthy, but if you have a friend or someone on youtube or just a pinterest account that will motivate you to stay on track, it will definitely help!

Don’t make being healthy a temporary challenge to fix lifelong goals. It won’t last for a lifetime unless you put in the work to make it lifelong. Make small changes everyday that will make big changes in the long run. Also, remember Rome wasn’t built in a day so keep building one day at a time.

 

 

Tropical Smoothie!

If you have a busy schedule, but you’re trying to be healthy at the same time, smoothies are a great way to keep you filling full and on the move!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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1 Cup of Almond Milk

1 Banana

Frozen Pineapple (I used some fresh pineapple that I had frozen. Definitely a money saver! I talked about this in one of my Money Saving March posts!)

Chia Seeds (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in a blender, pour into a cup, and enjoy! The only thing you need now is some sand, the ocean, and bright sunshine!

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Challenge!

Has anyone ever eaten something and regretted it? A piece of cake? A few too many slices of pizza? Ice cream on a cone? Yeah, I totally understand. Well, today’s post is about how to stop regretting and start enjoying. But how? Keep reading and I am going to tell you the challenge that I have for you and for myself.

If you chose not to work out one day and then went to a birthday party and had a piece of cake, would you regret it? I probably would, at least some. What if you worked out earlier in the day and then ate that piece of cake? Regret? I might would have a little, but then on the other hand I would probably remind myself that I had a really great workout and I deserved it! I’m not saying that you have to workout everyday to enjoy something. I’m saying that we should be happy in who we are and stop regretting things. We should do something everyday that makes us feel good about ourselves rather than living a life of regret.

I tweeted out that instead of spending our time complaining about what we don’t have or don’t like, why don’t we use that time to be grateful for what we do have and start working on what we don’t like. Think about it. How many times a day do we say or think about how we need to workout and how we wish we had toner arms, etc.? Exactly! How do we fix that? Stop talking about it and work on it! I am preaching to myself right now too. If we spent as much time working on it as we did talking about it, how different would things be?

Here’s my challenge for you reading this and also for myself.

  1. When we start talking about it, go work on it. If you’re about to talk about how nice of a day it is and that you should go work out, well, go!
  2. Do something each day that will push you toward your goal. Let’s say on the days we workout, we can have small treats. On days that we don’t, we have to be stricter on our eating. Hey, it may get us to workout more! 🙂
  3. Be happy during the process! Don’t let it get you down!  Continuing is easier than starting over!

If you have accepted this challenge, please tweet me @FitandFabYou1 or comment on my Facebook post or even down below! I want to hear from you and I want to know if you have decided to take on this challenge too!

Roasted!

This recipe is simple, low maintenance, and flavorful! Plus, there are so many different options it’s not even funny!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Veggies! Be creative! Whatever you like! Whatever your family likes! Have fun! (or do what I do, pick what’s on sale! lol)

Olive Oil

Seasoning of your choice

Salt & Pepper to taste

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Here’s what you’ll do:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Wash and cut your veggies however you’d like. Place a layer of tin foil onto a baking sheet and add some cooking spray (Pam) on top. Place your veggies out on the pan and drizzle the olive oil over the veggies and then put a desired amount of seasoning on top. Mix the vegetables with your hands to ensure that they are evenly coated.

Pop them into the oven and let them cook for about 30 minutes. Check on them every so often because some veggies may not need to cook as long and may be done before the 30 is up.

Enjoy! I highly recommend asparagus for this! When they come out of the oven, they are hot and crispy and delicious! I would love to have some right now! Haha!

1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

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Money Saving March: Week 4

Well, it’s here. The last part of the Money Saving March series. I hope this has been motivational and also, given you some ideas to help you along your healthy journey. Let me know in the comments or tweet me @FitandFabYou1!

  1. Start refilling your water bottles! Instead of buying bottles and bottles of water and cases and cases of water, start refilling your bottles if you can. Whether you have a place at work to refill or you take them home and refill for the next day, it will help you save a few bucks just by filling up every so often instead of just grabbing another one.
  2. Large Water Bottles! This can be helpful for those of you who do not have a water cooler at work. When you go to the store, invest in a large water bottle. This way you will have a better chance of getting your water in for the day and also saving some money on the bottled water.
  3. Get outside! When you’re planning a hangout with friends, get outside. Go for a walk or a run! You can even go for a hike! Great way to get some exercise and also, not break the bank.
  4. Buy one. Sell one. If you losing weight and trying to clear out your wardrobe, try this! When you buy one shirt, get rid of a shirt you already have.
  5. You can also use shopping as a reward! If you workout the way you planned that month, reward yourself with a new workout shirt! Rewards are always nice! Plus this keeps you from shopping too often.

Have a great week!

Money Saving March: Week 3

Week 3 of my money saving march series is here! I hope you have enjoyed my other two post about how to save money and live healthy! Here are a few more that I hope will inspire and help you along your healthy journey.

  1. Meal Planning! I love to meal plan and I will go into this in further detail in a later post, but meal planning can keep you from picking up unnecessary items and also keep you on a budget.
  2. Create meals that use similar ingredients! I like to try to use any leftover groceries that I have from the previous week on any meals that week. This way I am not wasting food or money.
  3. Shopping at Aldi! I love shopping here! Such deals! Definitely worth checking out!
  4. Workout with what you’ve got! Gym memberships can be expensive, so if you have weights at home, use those instead. Like I’ve said before you can workout outside. That’s free!
  5. Fix your lunches instead of going out! You can create multiple lunches using meal planning instead of going out to lunch. Nothing wrong with going out sometimes, but it will help you eat better and save money.

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any of these ideas and if they worked for you! Also, tweet me @FitandFabYou1 and let me know how your healthy journey is going!