Wanna be a Superhero??? Try a Superhero workout.

I love superheroes – Superman, Wonderwoman, Thor (heeeeeey Thor!). Batman and Ironman are ok. Being rich enough to buy your superherodom is not the same as being a legit superhero. Anyway, point is, I love superheroes and I think at some point in our lives, we all wanted to be a superhero. Or maybe you’re like me and you want to be a superhero NOW.

At 33.

Post baby.

Ain’t no shame in my game.

Well, what if I told you there was a way to achieve that? And we have Neila Rey to thank for that.

Thanks to the interwebs, I stumbled across the Batman workout a while ago and was intrigued by it. batman-workoutBut, I never did it. Why? Because I was lazy and didn’t think I could. But every now and again, it would pop back up and I’d bookmark a page or I’d pin it on a board in Pinterest, never to be seen again. Well, that is no more. I have started my journey.

I was looking for different home workouts that I could complete and again came across the Neila Ray name. So, I checked out the site and was overwhelmed with how many workouts were available. Batman, Thor, Wonder Woman, a guide to push ups, and, my ultimate choice – The Hero’s Journey. A 60 day plan. The description of the workout itself is motivating. It’s inspired by the “transformation from minion to master” and “totally transformative..When you have really traveled the hero’s path and have gone through your quest, you will have shed uncertainty, fear and doubt along with excess body weight. You will have forged a new character out of yourself, build strength and endurance and developed power.” I don’t know about you, but I want that in my life.

It’s been a week, and I feel great! My muscles are sore, but in a good . way. I’m losing weight and I’ve got more energy than I’ve had in a very long time. The exercises are all body weight exercises, requiring no equipment or gym, which is good because I’m too broke for the gym and I don’t have the time to fit the gym in. With this workout, I can fit sets in while the kiddo is eating dinner or zoned out Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

I’m on a mission. I’ve got about 45 more pounds to lose and I hope to have it all gone by the end of summer. This workout and the corresponding diet/meal plan are going to help me achieve that. I recommend this to any and everyone who wants to make changes and maybe has limited time and money. This was FREE and super effective. At the end of the 60 days, I know there will be changes and I can’t wait.

I’ve finally found what works for me. Thank you Neila Rey.

Obesity: Mental, Physical or Both?

This is a quick one, but I had to share my experience over the last couple days.

I’ve realized that I’ve developed an aversion to junk food. I don’t know when or how this happened. All I know is it happened. Today, I was feeling ‘peckish’ and went hunting in the pantry for something good. Of course, I went straight to the Halloween candy stash (yes, we still have Halloween candy) and got two mini Almond Joy bars. Now, let me tell you, Almond Joy is my absolute favorite chocolate bar. The combination of chocolate, gooey coconut and almonds is just awesome and it’s one of the few chocolates that doesn’t give me migraines. Usually, two mini bars would be perfect to take care of that itch but tonight, it just seemed to be too much. I could barely manage one and resisted the urge to spit it out and promptly put the second bar back into the bowl. Now that I think of it, maybe I should have spit it out.

Then a couple days earlier, again that feeling for sweets came upon me and I grabbed a couple vanilla cookies with a glass of milk. After about a minute or so, I turned around and put the cookies right back into the packaging and sat on the couch with my cup of milk. Strangely enough, the thought of eating the cookies made me ill.

So, I brought this up to my husband and he suggested that it was all in the mind. But I’m wondering whether it truly is mental. Maybe it’s actually physical, considering how much I’ve changed my diet over the last two months. Or, perhaps it’s a combination of both. I’ve committed to making all these changes this year and reaching my goals (finally) so maybe my mind is working with me rather than against me. There have been times when I’ve felt like my mind is also working against me, though.

On New Year’s Eve, I had Chinese take out for dinner and I just wanted to keep going and going and going. Even though I was full and I felt somewhat sick to the stomach, I just wanted to continue eating. This is somewhat reminiscent of my food past which resulted in my being at the weight I am now. Now, I won’t say that I have a food addiction, but I definitely have a food problem, emotional eating being just part of it. That, I know, if mental.

Anyway, where I’m going with this is that weight loss and gain are both mental and physical. You can take care of the physical but if you don’t also take care of the mental, then you inevitably may end up back at square one. It takes just as much work to take care of the mental as it does the physical, but it’s worth it.

#MotivationalMonday: New Year, Renewed Missions

It’s almost 2015. Do you know what your resolutions are?

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Source: http://motivational-monday.com/

My resolutions are usually the same but my focus improves year after year. The new year is motivation for me to improve upon myself and my life has been steadily moving upwards since 2012. I know that it’s only going to get better.

2015 WILL BE MINE!

Goals for 2015:

1) Achieve AND MAINTAIN my goal weight;

2) Consume a 75% pescatarian diet (this will help with my cholesterol);

3) Blog at least 3 times a week about engaging/interesting topics and gain more followers while retaining the existing ones;

4) Exercise at least 3 times a week;

5) Read more non-fiction in an effort to broaden my mind.

These may sound like generic goals but these are the things that are important to me and things that will make a big difference in my life once I achieve them.

If you haven’t decided on what your resolutions are, I came across a list of resolutions inspired by TED talks and I’ve definitely been inspired by a few of them!

What are your resolutions, missions and goals for 2015?

Emotional Eating Is A Thing

I’ve been a Weight Watcher. And for the time I was on the plan, until when they changed the points system, I loved it. When the points system was changed, my weight loss stalled for months and at that point, Weight Watchers was a waste of my money. So, I quit.

And after seeing the holiday commercial, I’ll never go back.

If you’ve not seen it, check it out.

As someone who suffers from emotional eating, I’m not a fan of this commercial. Regardless of what some people think, emotional eating is a thing. It’s a disorder. For me, I had a trigger – my dad’s death. And I’ve never really been the same. After he passed, any time something bad/sad/upsetting happened, I turned to food for comfort. Sometimes, I’d turn to food to celebrate happy times too. But it was mostly during the down times. I would eat any and everything (but my food of choice was junk food) and I’d eat until I was sick…and keep going. Of course, my weight ballooned but that didn’t stop me.

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Eventually though, something hit me and I had a realization: I was feeding my emotions and the emotional eating never TRULY made me feel better. So, I made a strong effort to defeat it. I’ve done a pretty good job there but sometimes, if things get especially stressful, I fall back to food.

So, here’s my beef with the Weight Watchers commercial. I feel like it basically says “Emotional eating is ok. Go ahead and eat your feelings! Pay us money and after the holidays, we’ll help you lose the weight.”

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But anyone who has struggled with their weight knows that it’s Not. That. Easy. Especially if you suffer from an eating disorder. You’ve got to deal with triggers, society, temptation, emotions, etc.. And it can take months or years to finally lose that weight. And during that time, we’re pumping money into Weight Watchers’ pockets. What’s going to happen when some poor soul hears that commercial, thinks it’s ok to give emotions food and then feels the subsequent failure when they can’t lose the weight despite joining a program and counting points?

Now, I’ve read comments on this video on YouTube. Some people say that people are taking it too literally, that it’s meant to be funny or irony or whatever. I don’t see it that way. I hear someone telling me to eat as much ice cream and chocolate as I want when I’m dealing with emotional pressure and then Weight Watchers will help me with the hard part. What do they consider to be the “hard part”? The emotional eating or the weight loss? Honestly, they’re both pretty damn difficult.

Emotional eating is when a person uses food as an attempt to control, monitor, and cope with negative feelings or thoughts. Because emotional eating typically results in overeating, it can often lead to poor self-esteem, unwanted weight gain, and obesity. If you recognize emotional eating patterns in yourself, treatment can help you overcome it. The best approach to stop emotional eating will include treatment for the underlying emotional causes and factors related to emotional eating patterns as well as treatment for behavioral issues.

Source: https://www.mccallumplace.com/emotional-eating.html

Can Weight Watcher’s help me with the “underlying emotional causes and factors related to emotional eating patterns”? Oh, no? Didn’t think so.

So, Weight Watchers Marketing team? You may want to think about the way you market your product because emotional eating is a lot bigger than you think.

Another day, another effort.

I’ve been gradually working on managing my food intake, especially how many carbs I’m consuming. I feel like I’m doing a pretty good job. My day usually consists of a protein shake with frozen fruit for breakfast, a sweet potato for lunch and something quick and carb free (if possible) for dinner. Tonight I had scrambled eggs with bell peppers and shrimp. Oh, and a banana as a pre-workout snack.

I went for a walk this afternoon as well. 1.83 miles, pushing the stroller, in 40 minutes. I averaged about 21 minutes a mile which is about 3 minutes slower than my regular pace but I had a headache and had just gotten home from work. I’m glad I went for the walk though. I felt pretty relaxed afterward, despite the persistent headache.

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I Thought I Was Healthy

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Last week, I went to the doctor for an annual. She walked into the office, introduced herself and said “You have a goiter. Let’s get you an ultrasound to make sure it’s not serious.” Man, this doctor is efficient. But I was still thrown for a loop. I’ve had this swelling in my neck my entire life and never once has any doctor told me that it’s a goiter and suggested that we get it checked.

So that afternoon, I got my ultrasound done. The next morning after fasting for what felt like forever, I went for a crapton of bloodwork – cholesterol, blood sugar, thyroid hormone levels, iron levels etc.. I swear they took 50 vials of blood and 3 gallons of urine.

Fast forward to today. I got a phone call a couple days ago telling me to come in to discuss my results since they found nodules on my thyroid. The earliest they could fit me in was today so, for the last day and a half I’ve been stressing out. Long story short, I have high cholesterol, am prediabetic, have iron deficiency anaemia and am scheduled for a biopsy of my thyroid nodules next Thursday.

I’m freaking out.

I’m afraid of having cancer. I mean, I have a family. A one year old. Nothing can happen to me. I know that 95% of thyroid nodules are benign but my dad died of cancer that seemingly came out of nowhere. Then the cholesterol and the prediabetes. My dad had diabetes too and that was no fun. I’ve been doing research on what I can do. And I know it boils down to exercise and weight loss but it’s not as easy as it sounds.

I don’t even know what to do right now. I’ve been doing research on different lifestyle changes that I need to make and it’s so freaking overwhelming. I mean, everything has sugar! The cholesterol piece isn’t going to be too difficult for me, though. So I guess that’s one less thing I need to stress out about.

At least I can say I started taking steps before I got these details today. I haven’t had a soda since the first, and I’ve not had any fast food or pizza. I’ve definitely NOT been consistent with working out though. People keep telling me that I look like I’ve lost weight but it’s hard for me to relish in that knowing what I know about what’s going on inside my body.

I’ve got to keep reminding myself…baby steps.

Post Partum Weight Loss

I’m about 5 and a half months into this pregnancy and I’ve gained a whopping 25 lbs. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been and I’m trying to not freak out about it. I’ve been researching the best way to lose the baby weight and learned a couple things:

1) Breastfeeding burns 300 to 500 calories a day. 

2) Up to half of the baby weight will drop off in the first 6 weeks after giving birth as your body loses all that fluid. (I don’t know how true that is though).

3) It’s recommended that you don’t start a vigorous workout routine until 6 weeks after giving birth (I don’t know how true this is either). 

I’ve seriously been obsessing and I need to stop :-/

For now, my post baby plan is to do tons of Zumba and tons of walking/running. I’ll probably work on Couch to 10K because I need to look semi awesome by February 2014 for my trip to Trinidad. I contemplated doing a vegan diet but I passed. I may consider Weight Watchers again though…