There are hundreds and thousands of weight loss gadgets, pills and potions out there claiming they will get you on the fast track to fat loss. Do they work? Some might, most don’t.
If I asked ANYONE and I mean anyone, on the street, on a bus at a school in an office
“How do you lose weight”
The answer each and everyone of them will have is eat right and exercise.
We all know what to do BUT NO ONE DOES IT??!!! #crazy
If there is one “tool” that works for fat loss it is…
I know a lot of you just let out a big sigh … oh, that.
I will bet those of you that just rolled your eyes don’t keep a journal and I will also bet most of you struggle with your weight.
A journal (online or old school paper) keeps you accountable.
You can go back and see what you are actually doing as opposed to guessing.
How much of that pasta did you actually eat?
Did you eat or forget to eat?
How long did you work out and what exercises did you do?
How much water did you drink?
How much sleep did you get?
Was it a good day or bad day?
IF YOU BITE IT…YOU WRITE IT
All of these seemingly small things add up to big results.
If you are keeping track of what you are doing you can see where and why you are going off the rails or why weight loss has stalled.
It is sooooo simple but no one does it.
Lazy. More work. No time #excuses
If you track what you do it will get you to your goals faster, I promise.
Track /journal everything that you want to change. It will give you the reality check of where you are and the awareness to keep going and recognize the work you have done.
If there’s something you really
want to change right now, get a journal and
start writing out where you are are and
track what you are doing to get where
you want to go.
I promise you it’s one of the most powerful
things you can do.
I’m delighted to share that guests now have new snack options at Disney Parks called Snacks with Character. This Disney-branded line of better-for-you snacks is great for guests looking for dietary alternatives related to food allergies or lifestyle choices. I recently spoke with Patrice Guy, merchandiser with Disney Theme Park Merchandise, about how these items were created.
“We listened to guests who said they wanted options when it comes to snacks at Disney Parks,” explained Patrice. “The Snacks with Character line was developed in collaboration with Merchandise Product Development, Food and Beverage Health and Wellness, Disney Design Group, and various suppliers in this field. We hope guests will enjoy these new tasty treats that are fun to share.”
To create these treats, Disney Theme Park Merchandise teamed up with well-known specialty suppliers such as Ocean Spray, Enjoy Life Foods, Way Better Snacks and WOW Baking Company. Several of the dietary needs addressed in the new assortment products include gluten-free, nut-free, and other allergy-friendly products.
The Snacks with Character line will launch with 11 new items. Look for the snack option from Ocean Spray later this year at Disney Parks.
Ahhh summer time, you’re fully here now. No more cold mornings or chilly nights. Hot temperatures, sweating kids, long days and of course we have to mention the 4th of July! Picnics, parties and parades.
All the fun and festivities can come with a negative side though. I’ve talked to a lot of people who admit they feel uncomfortable going to a summer BBQ or party and refusing the drinks that are offered because they aren’t healthy or they just don’t fit into your nutrition plan.
The thing is, you should never feel awkward or uncomfortable. Many, if not most people will actually respect you for taking care of your health and those that don’t…forget about them and remember, alcohol does nothing for your waistline!
A couple of drinks weekend after weekend can and will set you way back on any wins that you’ve had. All of those liquid calories add up and many are very sneaky and you just don’t see them coming.
If you are uncomfortable at turning down the drinks then bring your own. Every host loves when you bring something to share. Even if you are just carrying your own travel mug with your private stash of healthy in it! Be prepared. It’s that easy.
If you need alcohol to have a good time…well…that is for another blog post.
Make your health a priority.
Learn to like other things.
Don’t let weekend set backs be your focus on Monday…it’s a bad enough day as it is.
Need some happy, healthy options? Here you go.
½ cup fresh lime juice
½ cup fresh mint leaves
2 tbsp stevia (or sweetener of choice)
2 cups of sparkling water or seltzer – (not tonic water)
1 cup of ice
Add all of the ingredients into a pitcher, break up & muddle the mint leaves.
Pour/serve with a wedge of lime
Tangerine cranberry slushy
½ cup of cranberry juice (I used low sugar Ocean Spray)
½ cup of tangerine juice — tangerine juice is a bit sweeter to contrast the tart cranberry juice (I used Seminole Pride Noble Juice)
1 cup of diet ginger ale (I used Canada Dry)
1 cup of ice
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
Blend all together.
Pom-Tangerine Green Tea
1 cup of chilled green tea (make a pitcher)
½ cup tangerine juice
½ cup pomegranate juice
Squeeze of a wedge of lemon
Mix together. Pour into a glass of ice. Decorate with a slice of orange.
1 cup coconut milk (I use sugar free)
1 cup frozen Pineapple
Coconut extract – just a couple of drops
Blend and enjoy—garnish with a slice of pineapple.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Seminole Pride Noble Juice.
Side Note: I really like the tangerine juice, it’s a bit sweeter and is loaded with Vitamins A & C , flavonoids, folate & potassium < just some tangerine knowledge for ya>
The telemarketers and bottled-water vendors who call Anna Ipox’s yoga studio in Portland, Ore., often ask, “Is this the yoga place?”
Ms. Ipox does not answer yes. Instead, she said, “I make them say it: Say, ‘Is this Fat Yoga?’ ”
That’s the proper name of the studio, and one that many people struggle to spit out. One caller, typical of others, refused to respond directly, instead replying, “Well, how do I know you’re fat?”
“People think ‘fat’ means slovenly, uncontrolled, dirty or lazy,” Ms. Ipox said. “It doesn’t.”
In addition to the fact that the word fat feels fraught, it’s not usually paired with yoga. Yoga conjures stringy, bendy, barely clothed bodies — not soft, round ones. But that’s the stereotype that specialized classes and studios, like Fat Yoga, around the country are trying to combat in an effort to reclaim the practice for people of all body types.
In New York, there’s MegaYoga, Buddha Body Yoga and Yoga for Abundant Bodies. There’s Curvy Yoga in Nashville, HeavyWeight Yoga in Austin, Tex., and Big Yoga in Buckingham, Va., among others.
“Many fat people have had terrible experiences at a regular studio, where the teacher assumes they’re a beginner, is unwilling to touch them or is condescending and sees them through their own prejudice,” said Ragen Chastain, a writer in Los Angeles who blogs at danceswithfat.org.
She said she applauds the honest labeling of these specialized studios.
“If you sell bubble gum, you want a sign that says you sell bubble gum,” Ms. Chastain said. “These names say, ‘fat yoga here.’ If you’re fat and want to do yoga, go here.”
The language is not incidental; it is no mere marketing gimmick meant to set people whispering.
“I wanted something that was unapologetically and enthusiastically voluptuous, and not as p.c. as ‘Yoga for people who have pleasing curves,’ ” said Megan Stancill, who teaches a class called MegaYoga at studios in New York. “People pussyfoot around saying it, and I wanted to make it really clear who this was for. It’s for people who are large.”
Not everyone buys into yoga’s new linguistics.
“Words are tricky,” said Tracy Weber, who holds a class called Yoga for Round Bodies at her Seattle studio. “ ‘Fat’ may be an empowering word to someone, but for me it’s a word that made me feel less than. If someone puts that word to me, I feel bad.”
But most of these instructors have a similar intent: to associate yoga with images that transcend the Instagramification of perfectly fit people in the King Pigeon pose, so that it feels accessible to all.
“It’s been said that yoga in America is miles wide but only an inch deep,” said Abby Lentz, who owns HeavyWeight Yoga. “But it’s spreading to places that it’s never been before, and that includes people who thought, ‘The only way I’m going to be able to do this is if I lose weight first.’ ”
Instructors of yoga aimed for large people customize the practice for their clientele. In yoga, unlike other workouts like running or Zumba, it is necessary to adapt your practice to your body size — something some teachers don’t know how to do, said Amber Karnes, who teaches Body Positive Yoga in Charlottesville, Va.
“They don’t understand why we can’t step the foot forward from a downward dog to a lunge like everyone else,” she said. She incorporates modifications for her students, like placing a bolster at the bottom of the spine for support when lying down with the legs in the air, or putting blocks under the hands while standing and folding forward, so the stomach does not get squished.
Jayvin Jordan-Green, 28, a student at Fat Yoga, found the studio by Googling “fat yoga,” he said. He wanted a place to practice where the teacher wouldn’t assume he was going through the flow to lose weight.
“I’ve had teachers who said, ‘This is going to help you stay thin,’ or ‘This is going to get rid of this unwanted roll here if we keep practicing,’ he said. “It’s like, ‘Maybe I like that roll, maybe the people I date like that roll.’ I had a lot of teachers treat me like I’m their special project. They’ll say, ‘I’m going to make you the buffest person.’ They see me as the ‘after’ picture, when I don’t want to be the ‘after’ picture.”
Some purveyors are adamant about exclusivity. Michael Hayes, who owns Buddha Body Yoga in New York, refuses to let smaller people take his classes; if you’re too skinny, you are shut out.
“Am I excluding small people for larger people?” he said. “The answer would be yes. There are lots of studios for people who are smaller.”
At his studio, he once refused three tiny women who wanted to take a class.
“People who are slender aren’t happy about it,” he said of his policy. “The shock, annoyance and pissed-off-ness is really profound. But I’m more interested in working with the large bodies.”
But other yogis are more flexible. Ms. Ipox of Fat Yoga said the point is to welcome people of all sizes. She said potential students often ask, “Am I fat enough?”
“I had to find a way to say to someone, ‘You’re plenty fat’ or ‘It’s O.K., you’re fat,’ ” she said. “The script is completely flipped. A lot of people wouldn’t call themselves fat anywhere but Fat Yoga, where being called fat is a good thing.”
I have been writing about health, fitness and weightloss for years, many, MANY years. My message hasnt changed. Don’t believe me, go look through all of my posts, I promise it’s a good read!
I don’t know how many ways I can say eat real food and work out. I’ve said it in a nice way. I have been sharp in my tone, I have written with love and I have out and out pleaded and STILL people are fighting this battle or emailing me “what can I do”, “I need to lose weight, can you help”
Here is the short list of what you need to hear:
–Stop eating crap…end of discussion.
You eat crap you look like crap, it doesnt get any simpler than that.
–Close your mouth
Most people who are looking to lose weight, really dont experience real hunger. It’s ok to let your stomach growl. You eat out of boredom or you eat because your blood sugar is sky high and you blood sugar is high because you eat junk #visciouscycle #stopit
–You think you deserve a treat
No you don’t. Treats and excuses have gotten you to this point. You deserve to sweat it out on the treadmill and do push ups thats what you deserve. “Just a little bit” or “I just had a couple of bites” tells me loud and clear that you aren’t serious about losing weight.
–You think you should be down 20lbs in a week
You get frustrated because you “only” lost 2lbs in a week. Instead of being proud and fired up, you get upset and pouty. Let’s be clear…YOU HAVE HURT your body and it takes time to fix it. You gained this weight over the course of months or years and it will take sweat and sacrifice to get the pounds off. If you are going to be a suck about it, then you better get use to the weight you are at.
–You think some kind of fad diet, special pill will do the trick
It won’t now and never will. You know that, so stop. Do the work.
I have kept over 100lbs off for almost 20 years and it was done by eating real food and exercising…that’s the magic…taa daaaa!
We all make mistakes and some days we make a heap load of mistakes.
Some days we are on fire…everything is going right…choices are easy, the day is flowing you are working your mojo. Then there are other days that the minute you open your eyes things seem (*seem*) to be on a downward spiral.
Those days that are not ideal, alot of people seem to throw their hands up and say “to heck with it”
I am just going to eat whatever I want.
Food will never fix a problem. (Neither will wine!)
I like simple. Complicated makes me tense.
Here is a quick fix if you are struggling, having a bad day, unsure of what to do…ask yourself this…
What would you say to your kids? If you dont’t have kids what would you say to a friend if they were in that situation?
If your kids were inhaling a container of ice cream would you not tell them to stop it?
What if they pulled out a bag of chips and went to town on it, would you not tell them to stop?
*side note* what are you doing with chips and ice cream in the house anyway?!! lol
If your kids said they were tired and didn’t want to go to practice, would you tell them to just go and lay on the couch?
Same goes for you–we all have long days, but you can still push yourself to get your workout in!
Tough love for your kids is exactly what you need!
Don’t give yourself permission to do something that you would advise others not to do.
*Oh on that note — STOP telling your friends “have some wine, it will all be better” Wine or fattening food will not fix your day or your problems – so stop!
I think that is pretty simple.
If its not ok for your kids, its not ok for you!
Use that the next time you say there is nothing to eat in the house or that you had a crappy day and that the only thing that would make you feel better is chocolate….because that is a load of garbage….those are just excuses!
Now you have a new strategy…use it!
In the process it helps you be a better role model for your family and friends!!!