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Fattening Fall Is Back!

It’s officially Fall sigh

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I’m a summer girl. I don’t like boots (even cute boots), turtle necks, scarves, sweaters…etc. I digress…

Fall marks the unofficial start to the heavy eating season. Thanksgiving in October for my Canadian fit friends, followed by Halloween then Thanksgiving for my American friends. Cross border shopping for Canadian friends.

We head right into Christmas party season then from Christmas right into New Year’s Eve…whoa…eating season is c-r-a-z-y!!

This is when sooo many people go off the rails and “try” to put it all back on track in January. Some people actually even think, “Oh well, I’ll start fresh in January.”

Fall foods can be frightening, so lets break it down.

Let’s start with the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte. What a calorie bomb. Even if you try to make it “skinny” it is so not and never will be skinny or a healthy choice. At minimum you are looking at over 300 calories, 11 grams of fat, 35 grams of carbohydrate.

Drinking 300 calories is JUST WRONG. You don’t need it. You don’t deserve it and it is not a treat, so get over it!

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On the liquid calorie topic, hot apple cider is also a hot mess. Warm calories, and sugar = lots of push ups and running, I mean lots!! Hot apple cider comes in around 200+ calories, 27 grams of sugar that’s for about a cup ugh!!!!

Needless to say that Halloween candy is a no-no. I know it hits you as soon as you walk in the store. I know that you think if you by it now you wont have to rush around the day before Halloween looking for candy…what lies and deception!! You know if its in the house you will eat it. Two options, buy things that repulse you or wait until Halloween and buy it that day.

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Next on the list is anything that has caramel-apple in the title. Let’s be honest….caramel anything just screams danger. Move along caramel apple goodness…move along! Have apple slices and natural pb. I know its not the same but its better for you!

Pumpkin “treats”:  approach with extreme caution. Pumpkin in and of itself is great! Pumpkin that is in the form of squares, tarts, loafs, scones, muffins…all are fattening fall fails!

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People hide behind layers of clothing and thats why so many people love the fall. Guess what friends, the spring and summer will happen and you wont be able to sport those layers and your real shape/size will be revealed that you can’t blame on a bulky sweater!

It’s fall…it happens every year. If you had a PSL (pumpkin spice latte) last year, guess what … it tastes the same this year!!

Head into eating season fit, strong and toned. If you hit the fall foods hard you are looking at rolls, muffin tops and jelly belly…and I’m not talking food…Im talking body parts; Yowza!

You have the choice….fit or fat this fall….choose fit!

Give my PSL protein shake a try…I promise you will loooooove it!! No added sugar. So crap…just PSL GOODNESS You’re welcome!!!

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1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

1-1.5 cups of almond milk (or any milk that works for you)

1/4-1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)

1/2 tsp or a healthy dash of pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon/nutmeg)

Blend and enjoy!

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Eat To Lose Weight

Food is the cornerstone of your plans to lose weight.

As far as I’m concerned weight loss is simple: when you burn more calories than you consume, you’ll lose weight.

Two problems that occur though when using that logic is you more than likely underestimate how much you actually eat and overestimate how many calories you burn.

When it comes to your food intake, you need to track your food daily until you are comfortable with what a proper size meal and the total calories you are consuming actually look like. You might be surprised after a few days of tracking.

Now start eating 250 to 500 fewer calories per day. That doesn’t mean cut out a meal. It means cut down on the portion sizes you’re eating and make better choices to eat the best kinds of calories you can. HINT: You’ll accomplish this easily if you just get rid of processed food.

High protein foods are the most important for losing fat. They keep you feeling full longer and because they take longer for the body to breakdown eating protein has a thermogenic effect, which simply means you body is burning more calories to process the protein.

grilled-923097_1920A rule of thumb for how much protein you need eat is one gram for every pound of body weight. Your protein sources should be lean choices like lean meats, eggs, fish, and high quality protein powders.

Foods that contain healthy fats don’t make you fat! In fact the right ones help you shed fat. Animal fats, butter, coconut oil, nuts, and avocados help reduce hunger. Healthy fats are essential to weight loss and overall health. The fats that you have to avoid are trans fats and anything that says, “partially hydrogenated oils” on the label.appetite-1238256_1920

Carbs are not the enemy. Sugar is the enemy. The problem is sugar is added to everything that is processed and carbs are sugar to the body. When you get too many carbs or sugar your body produces insulin to balance the blood sugar levels and that leads to fat storage. You need carbs in your diet. You don’t need sugar.

You need to cut back on carbs and cut out sugar.

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Breads, grains, pasta are all types of carbs that should be minimal in your diet. Vegetables, leafy greens…those are the carbs that should be plentiful! Watch out for the dressings and sauces you put on your veggies though. They are usually jacked up with sugar, trans fats and chemicals that make them shelf stable.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when you are trying to lose weight will be the subject of the next post…so make sure you follow my blog so you’ll have the information when it comes out.

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Halloween Candy Hangover

So…….how’d ya do???

Did you stay strong and resist the urge to tear into those bite size candies? Or did you buckle and eat your body weight in “fun” size candy??

Did you wake up this morning and while getting dressed start saying (or screaming) WHY…WHY DID I EAT ALL OF THAT CANDY??

If you are suffering a chocolate hangover you need to re-group; dump the candy and say no to your candy pushing co-workers who are trying to unload their candy.

Did you read my last email?  3 fun size pieces of candy will cost you more than 20 minutes of jogging!  Do the math: You had a couple before trick or treating + a couple during trick or treating + a few more during the sorting process x the number of kids you have equals…A LOT OF BOOT CAMP TO BURN THAT CHOCOLATE OFF

I know the internal conversation you had with yourself….”oooohhh that kind is my favourite” or “I will just have this one!” Bet you said this “Well, I have had so many what’s one more?!”

I see so many of you that work soooo hard at boot camp but then you tell me that you had wings, wine, candy, (or insert whatever bad food here) and you wonder why you are not losing weight.  The reason is simple!  You keep sabotaging yourself!!!! When you come to boot camp and bring your A game, give it your all, you are burning the crap that you ate that day.  You never get to that stored fat.  Think about that!  All your work is to just maintain.

So if you start your day with a latte, then have a muffin add a bagel and some pasta for dinner, you come to boot camp and you might burn through half of those calories.  You don’t burn the stuff you want to get rid of off of your thighs, tummy or backside, BUT you keep doing it.  Why?? You are choosing food, junk food, you are letting the food control you.

IT ALL STOPS TODAY………..

Make the commitment to change your eating habits, dump the junk, drink the water that you need and exercise!!!!

Halloween is over and it likely was a scary night with all of the reckless eating but onwards my friends……

Candy is not your friend.  I am…so start listening to me!!!

Halloween Hangover remedy:

LOTS of water–eat real food, (lean protein, veggies) and get moving (show up to boot camp).

We have 7 weeks until Christmas…..that means a lot of parties, dinners, get-together, cakes, cookies, drinks, it means you need to pull it together!!  No maintaining through that! That is the recipe for waistline disaster.

Starting NOW it’s game on.  No more fooling around.  No more making excuses why you can’t.  No more giving in to food weaknesses.  No more nonsense.

Sneaky Calories?

As you know, I L-O-V-E donuts. I Just love them. Well, I have a love/hate. Donuts helped me get to over 225+ lbs so I hate that I love them so much.

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This is like a rainbow for me *sigh*

Anywho…I saw this article and I wanted to share it because everyone bashes Krispy Kreme donuts because they are calorie and fat bombs and yes there are BUT there are a lot of other things on the “food” spectrum that will blow a donut out of the water.

Here is the article: 5 foods that have more sugar than a Krispy Kreme donut.

Here are a few of my quick fix to avoiding adding extra “unknown” calories/fat/sugar to your diet.

-Read the flippin label. If you are eating something processed…spin it around and look at the calories/fat/sugar. If your eating yogurt and it has over 20 grams of sugar…step away!

-Don’t drink your calories. You do not need a pumpkin spice latte or vitamin water. On that note…can we all please acknowledge that Vitamin Water is lame. Honestly…you’re smarter than that. If you are so worried about getting your vitamins try eating real food OR take a multi vitamin.

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-Be salad savy. Some salad dressings pack a wack (bwahahaha-I type like I speak!) of calories/suga/fat. So if you think you are starving with salad…think again. Dressing on the side, and nothing creamy.

-Don’t get saucy! Sauces, dips, spreads can be l-o-a-d-e-d. Stop putting 12 coats of bbq sauce on your chicken. You are not painting the side of your house. 

 

If you make small changes everyday you will start to feel and see the results. You will not feel deprived,  I promise.

Be smarter about what you are doing…that is my safety messaging for the day!!

Be safe and healthy out there ; )

 

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Are you stuck?

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I’m not talking about being stuck in traffic or being stuck on level 42 of Candy Crush. BTW-please for the love….stop inviting me to play that game…never-gonna-happen….n-e-v-e-r! Is there a level 42 of Candy Crush?? Ok, back on topic.

So many people get stuck in their day to day routine and patterns. It’s easier to stay with the same ‘ol same ‘ol than to change things up. Those are the same people who complain, “I don’t know why they can’t lose 30lbs.”

Here’s my question … What’s wrong with you?

Why aren’t you willing to get un-stuck? Why are you so satisfied being where you are?  I know, work is stressful, the kids have sports, you have no groceries so you HAD to get pizza. I have heard it all before. 

You are stuck at an uncomfortable weight because you aren’t willing to change. It’s easier to accept where you are then to change the way you are. 

Being stuck where you are isn’t big news to you. You have been there for a while. You went a few days with salad for lunch then blew it becaue you were ‘starving’ and stressed and hit up a drive thru on your way home.

What I find amazing…and yes amazing is how you rationalize why you can’t lose weight or why you can’t spend a couple of hours a week commited to your health. 

You get unstuck by wanting it. You change by doing it!! 

How heavy will you have to get until you actually realize that you are overweight and outta shape? Then what? will you rationalize that you are too heavy to workout and completely give up? 

STOP IT NOW!

Being overweight can be fixed…but not by moaning, complaining, or excuse making.

You start now.  You start today. 

Not sure what you should be eating….grrrrrrrr and gah…..yes you do!!  You darn well know that having fries, burgers and pizza are not  good choices.  Not sure what is the best exercise…..grrrrr and gah again….just move.  The one you aren’t doing right now is way better than none!  

You are stuck because you have chosen to be stuck.

I hope this is a wake up call for those that need it. 

It’s time to move people (insert the “I like to move it” move it song here)

Go on…make me and yourself proud.

 

 

 

I cured myself

That’s right, I CURED MYSELF!!

Technically, by today’s standards I had a disease and I cured myself.  So up your’s doctor’s and insurance companies and special people in the pharmaceutical industry.  

I was obese. I was a donut eatin’, McDonald’s lovin, sittin on my big butt watchin tv kinda girl. I was obese and I cured myself. Witch Dr? Magic? Pixie Dust? Nope…I summoned up some courage and discipline.donut obesity

I didnt stop shovelling garbage food in my mouth but I started to limit it and I started to exercise. I made changes and results happened. I made more changes and saw more results…

and then…..ready for it….

drumroll please…..

I WAS CURED!

I was no longer obese–taaadaaaaa!!

It took a year-but I did it. Back in the day there was no internet and I believe we only had a few channels on the tv. I was a young adult and had NO CLUE on how to lose weight. But, I had common sense (which nowadays is a super power).  I knew that I needed to exercise and I knew that eating donut after delicious donut would get me nowhere fast. nothing will work unless you do

The AMA (American Medical Association) has a new policy that now officially labels obesity as a disease….a disease?!

Last time I checked obesity increases your risks for developing legit conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, liver disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea.medical complication of obeisty

It is 2013 and there is this thing called the internet that is loaded with information and education. As well, our beloved idiot box (aka the tv) has 2000+ channels some of which actually have real content and educational programming.

The argument that more money needs to be spent on education is weak. The information is there if you want it.  AND…there is also this thing called the library…they still exist and they offer book after book as well as computers and free internet access….amazing!!

Information is accessible, if you want to figure things out then you figure them out. If you are lazy and are always having a pity party about your circumstances well…

Part of this argument is that there needs to be more money spent for medical interventions so that this “disease” doesn’t become worse…does that mean that you can qualify for gastric bypass easier or does that mean you will be connected with a nutritionist and trainer to help change your lifestyle or is it new drugs?

Being overweight primarily is about habits, and lifestyle choices—(that statement should get me some hate mail.)

If your habits and choices are poor then the outcome is the same.

This is all on you…it is your choice to sit infront of the tv  30 minutes to 2hours or you can take that 30min and exercise. You can choose to load up on snack cakes or you can choose to eat some veggies.  You can choose pop (soda for my American readers) or you can have water.obesity-no one runs

Yes, there are some people blessed with incredible genetics who can eat crap and not gain an ounce and the rest of the world of us that struggle with our weight collectively and quietly hate those people (just kidding—we’re just jealous!) Some people have slower metabolisms and we have to work harder–we have to do the work to get the desired outcome.  But even then, if you have a slow metabolism, you’ll help it by exercising and eating properly!quitting is a character flaw

I want them to find a cure for cancer! Not spend money on something that is self induced and easily controlled.

For those of you reading this all enraged at my comments, I understand. You have gotten to where you are because of the choices YOU have made. The CURE is to make changes.

Small changes can lead to big things BUT YOU HAVE TO DO IT. It will be tough and there are times that it will suck but you toughen up and push through. Getting sweaty, feeling some muscle soreness, fighting food cravings is much easier than going through chemotherapy, having hourly needles or having heart surgery. Perspective.

What I learned (observed) in the emerg yesterday

So this germaphobe spent yesterday in the emergency room…makes me shiver just saying that, you should’ve seen me sitting there.

My son was sick and he had gotten worse over night. We went to the walk in clinic in the morning, they sent us directly over to the hospital.

He is on the mend and he was very patient with his germaphobic mother. He kept saying that we could leave because he knew I was so uncomfortable, bless his little heart.

There were a few moments that I wasn’t all consumed with the fact I was surrounded by sick people. In those few moments, there were many glaring observations I was able to make.

The ER was packed-PACKED. The health care system is busting at the seams. Why is it busting at the seams?  A couple of reasons…because people are abusing the system and people don’t give a dang about their health.

To take the load off of the ER-health care system one easy answer is PREVENTION.

In yesterday’s visit from the people who I saw, 80% would not be there if they had taken care of their health.

I will spare you the rant about how some of those people said their illness/issues weren’t obesity related.  Suffice to say that 20 extra pounds of fat around your heart is a big deal.

What is sad and maddening is that those people who are “ill” or are suffering don’t care. They are fine with taking 7 different kinds of medications, seeing the inside of an ER monthly but heaven forbid someone say to them, “Stop eating hot dogs drinking pop and start exercising.”

So many diseases can be prevented that’s the kicker.  

Ignore your health, keep eating the way you are and putting off getting fit is like getting a run in your pantyhose; it will just keeps getting worse.

What else did I see in the ER…

I saw someone come in with footie pajama’s….for the love…I can’t even begin to express what shock I was in. Yes, It was an adult!!! Being out in public in your PJs?  Come on. Listen, before you say anything, I know when you are sick and you don’t feel like getting dressed but footie pj’s…the dirt and germs….no shoes, just footie pj’s that they will likely walk around the house in when they get home….tracking in all of those sick germs–GAH!

Another eyebrow raise came when I saw half a dozen hospital staff working in the offices walking around in business attire and wearing shoes that they could not walk in. Trust me, I get wearing cute shoes…but when you walk in shoes that are too high or don’t fit…you just look crazy.  You look like you are walking an invisible tight rope. You lose that professional image in every teetering step!

It is an unspoken law that when you are sick, cough in your elbow or use a kleenex or even in your hand. I am not sure what turnip truck you fell off that you think it is ok to cough with your mouth wide open and not cover your germ spewing hole!!!  GAH!!!!

Being unhealthy is a choice….harsh, perhaps. If you live a healthy life, eat real food and exercise you have better chances of not being ill. If you are overweight, continue to abuse your body by neglecting it and eating food you know darn well isn’t food then you get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit.

Prevention…so many obesity related diseases are preventable. If you think that the 20-30 pounds you have been carrying around for the last year is no big deal, think again.

You’re in the driver’s seat…if you are unfit and unhealthy…that’s all you. You and your excuses will get you another 20-30lbs

Yes, I’m fired up because I had to sit in the ER all day with a sick little one, when more than half of the people there should not have been there in the first place!

Happy with where you are?  You probably don’t want it bad enough.  Content with carrying extra weight?  Think about the people who love you.  The ones who don’t want to have to visit you in the hospital or who don’t want to dole out your medication.

Take care of yourself–be in control of your future.