Thirsty Thursday.

I was tinkering around with the design of the website, which some of you may or may not have seen and I was getting ridiculously irritated so I left it alone. The plan ultimately is to add all sorts of new jazzy stuff that people can spend time looking at but right now, I’m hitting a learning curve so that will have to come later. Eventually, there will be a post for every day of the week, keeping readers enticed and the content fresh. There will also be a more professional website with hopefully some partners to follow. Anyways, enough about that.

It’s not Thursday yet but I am preparing for this weight loss challenge which begins Monday. We have 7 people competing with a pot of $70. Low, yes, but the buy-in is only $10 so we will need a significant number of folks participating for this to really make anyone any money. So if you haven’t signed up, do it now, if you know someone who should sign up, make them do it. The winner gets a $75 gift card to Nike, on top of what they win in the pot. Not a bad deal. You can do it along side another weight loss tool, like Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig, because all you have to do is enter your weight.

So I bet you were thinking this will be about cocktails, WRONG. No cocktails. I’m taking a forever break from cocktails after Mardi Gras. Well, maybe not forever, but a little while. This is about infusing your water with delicious flavors so that you will keep drinking it. Water is a wonderful thing. Most of the time your body is giving you the “I’m hungry” flash, it’s actually just thirsty. Does water get boring? Yes. It does. But that’s ok because we can kick it up a notch, or five. And I’m not talking about using artificial shit like: Crystal Light (BLA) or this new squirty stuff they sell to give your water some flavor. I’m talking about holistic, all-natural flavorings from the earth.

Grab a large pitcher of water and add some of the following flavor combinations. Stick it in the fridge and drink it down all day. Your body will thank you, your weight will thank you and your skin will thank you. And then you can go ahead and thank me.

1. Cucumber (no peeling necessary, just slice thin) & mint (just rip the mint leaves)

2. Lemon (Take the seeds out and slice thin) (Squeeeeeeze)

3. Grapefruit & Lemon (Take the seeds out and slice thin) (Don’t forget to give a little squeeze)

4. Strawberry & Basil (Slice up the strawberries after removing the tops, tear the basil into pieces)

5. Pineapple & Mint (Slice pineapple & rip the mint leaves)

6. Lemon & Lime (Squeeeeeze after slicing and getting the seeds out of the lemon)

7. Raspberry, cucumber & mint (same as previous ingredients)

The combinations are really endless. The most important thing is that this spices up your routine and keeps your hydrated. Remember 8, 8 oz. glasses a day, minimum. If you can, drink more than that. And of course, avoid soda, diet soda, fruit juices (unless you are making them yourself) and sweetened teas. Take care of yourself.

 

Organize the chaos: get your fridge & life ready for the weight loss challenge

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The “Trim the Fat” weight loss challenge is scheduled to begin Feb. 18th. We’ve got $60 in the pot so far, I’m confident we can bring that up A LOT before the challenge actually begins. This is not a “crash diet” type of thing, this is a lifestyle modification. We are hoping to inspire our readers to dig deep and make some changes so that the future for you looks and feels bright. And what’s nice is that you are not getting advice from some stranger who is like a size two, we are real people, giving you real tools that we have actually implemented in our own lives. So here are some tips to get your fridge…and your life ready for this challenge. Oh, and if you haven’t signed up yet, you best go ahead and do that: HERE.

Step One: What the hell is in your fridge.

Yes, your fridge, have you looked in there recently, like really looked in there? Is there a bottle of Coke, maybe some Diet Coke? Ice Cream, Snickers Bars, the works? Well, it’s time to purge. This is my favorite thing in the whole world. Something about throwing things in the trash makes me feel a-mazing. I love it. I feel whole. I feel inspired. Your fridge is where most of your downfalls are going to occur so don’t even set yourself up for it. GET RID OF IT. Make it easier on yourself. Do it with a friend if you have to, so you can cry in the corner with some support. Here is what to look for:

Beverages: Orange juice, soda, diet soda (yes, diet: causes kidney stones, bad for your stomach lining, do you need more reasons???? yuck), juice, basically anything that is not water, throw in the trash. Why? Well, if you are a soda drinker you can pretty much whiz through your daily caloric intake in just a few glasses. If it’s juice, read the label, there a) isn’t a lot of real juice in there and b) your body really doesn’t need all that sugar. Want some orange juice? Go eat an orange. Water. Water. Water. WATER. Water with lemon if you need flavoring, that’s great for your metabolism by the way, but nothing with calories.

Yogurt: It’s one of the most deceiving things you can buy. Read the label of most standard yogurt, sugar, sugar, sugar. Some have 11g, some have as much as 32g, either way, it’s not good. If you wanted to load your body with sugar, go eat a candy bar. At least then, you are being straight forward with yourself. Everyone thinks that yogurt is a go to health food but it can’t be when it’s laced with crap. Read your labels. Dannon fruit on the bottom has 26g of sugar and the ingredients are cause for suspicion. When I want yogurt I go for this brand: (The plain only has 4g of naturally occurring sugar and the other flavors have 9g but with naturally occurring sugar from fruit, not high fructose corn syrup)

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Processed Food: Diet meals, TV dinners, low fat mumbo jumbo crumbo, throw it out. Did you ever ask yourself why it’s low fat and how it has that shelf life? Well, you should. Kashi, who claims to be a wonderful advocate of healthier alternatives, has more sodium in their frozen entrees than like the entire Atlantic Ocean. Their bars have a lot of sugar and their meals are just in general, not sustainable. Get yourself eating whole foods, real foods, things that come from the ground, not on the shelf. Learn to shop in the perimeter of the grocery store, not the middle. You don’t need all that stuff.

Replace: Go food shopping and grab yourself things that are bountiful and good for you. Items that will nurture your body and restore such as:

  • Green veggies: broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, lettuce, kale, etc.
  • Fruit: Mangos, pineapple, apples, kiwi, bananas, strawberries, etc.
  • Unprocessed grains: farro, quinoa, barley, etc.
  • Brown rice, wild rice, etc.
  • Eggs (and eat the egg whites, freeze the yolks for baking later, NO EGG WHITES FROM A CARTON)
  • Lean Protein: Chicken breasts, pork, turkey, even fairly lean red meat is fine.
  • Nuts: Almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, great snack.
  • Sweet potatoes, watch the white ones, not a lot of nutritional value there.

I will enhance this list more later but this is a great place to start. Always think about where your food comes from and what that means for your body’s processes. The more your body has to break something down, the harder your digestive system works which means your body is not working efficiently.

Step two: Start moving

Start small. Any activity if you are prone to no activity is a nice change. I suggest walking to everyone who is brand new to exercise. You don’t want to shock your body. Instead of watching television, start walking 20 to 30 minutes a day. You will be amazed at what a change this is. And, after doing it for a couple of weeks, you might even find that you want to jog a little. It may even come natural. From there, the wonderful world of running may open up to you. If you are on a time crunch, pick up a 10 minute fitness DVD. People too often think that you have to spend hours at the gym. You don’t. Small changes amount to big changes. You have to start somewhere.

Step three: Replace one meal a day with a healthy one

If you know there is one place of weakness, now is the time to change it. Because if you don’t, the challenge will be even harder. For Josh and I, it’s lunch. We look forward to it because it gets us out of the office but the places we like to go are challenging. It’s easy to get a sandwich with bacon, a bag of chips and a soda and then right there, bam, diet blown. So for us, I started “trimming the fat”, I chose to replace those big meals with a nice, large, fill-me-up salad. No sides. Just some water. Justin at Molly’s throws some protein on there, a little crunch with a few croutons and lots of wonderful fresh veggies. This has made a huge difference. So, identify your meal that is your weak point and modify it. Once you have that done, you can move on to the rest of the day.

Step four and final: You will not die

You won’t starve to death. No one is going to bomb a foreign country. It’s not the end of the world. It’s just a little lifestyle change. You can still indulge, you just have to tone it down. Have one cupcake of moderate size, once in a while, have one cookie, not ten, eat half the slice of cake you normally would. It’s all about making slightly smaller choices but not depriving yourself. Don’t diet. You will not succeed. Modify. That state of mind will change everything.

Get ready everyone, the count down is on.

 

Trim the fat & win some money honey.

fatlossI know some of you read my “Biggest Loser Fundraiser” and no one seemed too interested. Was $50 too much to ask for a “buy-in”? Perhaps. What can I say, I’m at a loss when it comes to fundraising for this big race in April. Anyways, this weight loss challenge is just about YOU and YOUR goals and YOUR need for a support system. As well as ME and MY goals to trim the fat for the warmer season ahead. Yes, I said, warmer, and it’s no joke because that shit will creep on us faster than we want it to. To become part of the game, you need to place $10 (JUST $10!!!) into the pot. Then, if you reach your goal weight, you get to split the pot. So say we have 20 people who join, that’s $200.00 in the pot. If four people succeed, they split the pot and get $50 each. Not too shabby. Now, if we can really raise the numbers, everyone stands to win. So tell all your friends, your family members, your church, your running group, the guy who sells you that latte, EVERYONE!

The challenge starts on Feb. 18th and lasts 4 weeks. That gives you time to clean out your fridge, replace and organize. Map out your routine, google some shit, mentally prepare, whatever. The goal is to lose 4% of your body weight.

My body weight is 186, so for me that is 7.44 lbs. over 4 weeks. *I can not believe I just put my weight on the internet*

During the 4 weeks, I will be placing up menus, excercise advice, general advice on how to avoid the cupcakes, tracking advice, so on. If for some reason, you need a more rigid plan, e-mail me, I can easily get you something that works with your lifestyle. And, if you are a local, let’s get together and do a workout. Support means the world in times like these. And we can do this ladies!

NOW: the person who loses the most body weight gets not only a portion of the pot but a $75 gift card to Nike. That way you can fancy your face up with some smaller workout clothing.

Sign up here:

Trim the Fat Weight Loss Challenge

*By the way this is a very reputable site and lots of people use it.

**Also, there is an option to donate your winnings to charity, so if you do want to throw them into my fundraising pot, that would be much appreciated, if not, that is completely fine too. You earned it. You deserve it. 🙂