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.

Motivation

My sister-in-law told me earlier this week (and this isn’t the first time) that I’m her motivation. While I’m flattered, I always have trouble wrapping my mind around that. I mean, I’m fat, lazy and regularly fall off the wagon. How can this be motivating?

But then I realized that despite these things, I never give up.

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And I can see how that can be motivational to someone. So, even though there are days that you feel like you’re just floundering, you have to keep going because you never know when you could be motivating someone to make a difference in their own life.

Now, if I motivate her, what motivates me? My son is my motivation. There are days when I want to attach my FitBit to him and see how many steps he takes in a day and then record them as my own. He moves that much! And I want him to keep moving! I don’t want him to ever fall into a sedentary life and forget how much fun running in circles around the couch! So, he motivates me to get my weight down and get my energy up so that I can keep up with him and be a great example to him as he gets older.

Kids are observant. They see EVERYTHING! If he sees me making healthy choices, he’ll want to do the same. And this doesn’t only apply to health. It applies to moral and ethical choices as well. Children are born as a blank slate. They love everything and everyone equally and wouldn’t it be wonderful if they stayed that way? But they learn from their parents what the right and wrong things are (even if these things aren’t the right and wrong things and even before their parents deliberately try to teach them these things).

And so far, this motivation is working! In the last month, I’ve lost 13 pounds and I’ve made massive changes to what and how much I eat. I’ve not had fast food, soda or delivery pizza in 42 days and I intend to keep this going well into the new year. The new year will also see me looking for a regular exercise regimen. This is truly going to be a lifestyle change rather than just a diet.

What’s your motivation? It can be a new dress, health changes, family or loved ones. Only you can define your motivation and nobody can tell you that your motivation is wrong. So, if you haven’t already found it, figure out what it is and let that motivation move you to be successful!

While thinking of your motivation, enjoy the most motivational song of the 1980’s.

Future Generations, Healthy Habits

Honest-QA1

GhrelinGremlin asked: I’m a long way from motherhood, but I still worry about striking a balance between sharing things I loved as a child with my child and making sure that my child doesn’t grow up loving sugar and fat quite as much as I did. Have you ever worried about that?

You know, that’s a good question that requires a little bit of a back story so we’re going to travel back in time a bit…

I grew up on the small Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Located only 6.8 miles from Venezuela and a mere 10º north of the equator, it’s a haven for fresh fruits,  vegetables and all types of seafood. I was a very picky (but healthy) eater growing up, pretty much living on fresh fruit, select raw veggies, rice, chicken and cereal. Seriously, that was it. Snacks for me were rarely cookies and chips. Most of the time, these things weren’t in our home (well, cookies were. My dad had a bit of a sweet tooth). I would enjoy these snacks on trips to the US and Europe. I also spent A LOT of time moving. When I didn’t have my nose buried in a book, I was outside enjoying the sun, running around with friends, riding bikes, playing tag, whatever. And we pretty much walk almost EVERYWHERE.

When I moved to the US in 2001 at the age of 20 to go to college, I brought my pickiness with me and for a while, I maintained my slim figure. But the life of a broke college student living in a dorm with on campus meals that I didn’t enjoy caught up to me. 00broke1

I ended up eating more fried foods, more carbs and fewer fresh and raw fruits and veggies. And the fruits and veggies weren’t close to the caliber available in the Caribbean. I mean, you’ve not eaten a mango until you’ve eaten a mango right off the tree in your back yard. On top of that, life was sedentary. Why walk places when there’s a bus/car/taxi that will take me where I need to be? The on campus gym didn’t appeal to me either. I hated (and still hate) the gym because that wasn’t something that I grew up with in order to stay active.

So here I am, 60 pounds heavier than I was when I moved to the States and trying to break the bad habits developed over the last 13 years.

On to your question: Thankfully, my “vices” growing up were pretty healthy and I’m trying to pass those on to my son but the habits I’m trying to break are what I’m more worried about – fried foods, pizza, take out, carbs. They are constantly in my house and my one year old son LOVES them all. He’s at that age where he’s still trying to develop a palate, so if he doesn’t like something, he is quick to spit it out. Right now, he’s not a fan of vegetables but he enjoys a good piece of grilled chicken with a mandarin orange or a grilled cheese sandwich with apple slices, or scrambled eggs (I think those are his favorite). But at the same time, he loves Doritos and ice cream and fried food. So, I let him have them in moderation. My goal is to be in a better position as it relates to my health by the time he’s old enough to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy as well as moderation. So, right now, I try to not worry about it too much and just let him enjoy exploring the world around him.

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