Progress & Goals
LEAN BODY MASS
My Workout Philosophy View My Full Workout Program
Anyone can be fit!
I firmly believe in everyone being able to find *something* that they can do to keep healthy. That doesn't mean that everyone has to be ripped, but be healthy. Getting some kind of movement, any movement above and beyond what would normally be done will help people acheive results. If you can think it, you can do it! If you can believe enough in yourself and your abilities, you can do it! More importantly, it has to be FUN. If it isn't fun for you, you won't stick with it and it won't help at all. Finding what exercises feel like "playing" and make you feel good are essential to sticking with the plan to get to the goal.
My Nutrition Program View My Full Nutrition Program
I'm a big fan of NOT Dieting
I *hate* the word "diet" when used to describe a healthy eating lifestyle. The word "diet" means what you are in the habit of eating, semantically, everyone at any given time, are on a diet. My philosophy stems from my training and education with my bachelor's degree in nutrition and subsequent credentially as a Dietetic Technician Registered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Eating a balanced diet, with appropriate amounts of carbohydrates, protein and fat are crucial to keeping healthy. If you are concerned about what you need to/should eat, you can search for a Registered Dietitian on the eatright.org website who can help you. It really grinds my gears when I hear personal trainers, "nutritionists", etc who have NO clue what they are talking about give nutrition advice. Firstly, in most states it is illegal to do so (punishable by a misdemeanor). Secondly, it can be dangerous!
My thoughts, eat a good proportion of carbohydrates to fat to protein, whole grains, reduced fat dairy and meats and using oils sparingly are the way to go. I really don't even believe in the whole "organic" movement because of labeling loopholes. Buy local, buy fresh, eat great.
Sorry if I sound "rant-y",but this is an area I am passionate about.
My Supplement Program View My Full Supplement Program
While I firmly believe that a healthy, balanced diet will provide you what you need, supplements (when used appropriately) can help a lot!
My supplementation program is very easy. I take a multivitamin called Ultralife 121 by Total Life, twice a day. It is called Ultralife 121 because it has 121mcg of EACH of the B vitamins. This particular vitamin is manufacured by a company that follows Good Manufacturing Procedure (GMP), which means that every three months the sample batches are assayed to verify the amounts of each vitamin/mineral listed. These vitamins tend to be a little more expensive, but I know that the amounts of each vitamin that is listed on the bottle with be there when the vitamin expires (not like I'm going to let it haha!).
For protein supplementation I have to be very careful as I am lactose intolerant and have made the mistake more than once of taking a whey protein isolate supplement that completely WRECKED me later! Currently, the best-tasting, easy-to-digest protein powders that I use (mostly for Post Workout) are made by Proti-15. They've got a wide selection of hot drinks, cold drinks, soups, puddings, and shakes that I can vary what I'm consuming. Each packet has 15 grams of protein, and many of the flavors can be mixed to make a low-calorie, tasty food/drink, all at 30 grams of protein per two packets.
Occassionally, I will supplement a mid-meal snack with one of the bars I sell at my weight loss center. These range anywhere between 10 to 15 grams of protein each. They are like candy bars, in that they aren't cardboard-like and have variety. However, I don't really chose to use them as a pre-workout because I'd rather have something with a higher carbohydrate load.
Pre-workout I will eat something whole grain, about 90 minutes prior to ensure I have enough glucose in my system to use rather than burning all my muscle glycogen at the start.
Unless I'm doing hard cardio for two or more hours, I don't use sports drinks. If I were to do a workout again at that intensity, I would chose a glucose-based sports drink rather than a fructose-based one.
My Motivation Program View My Full Motivation Program
Hot Mom Status
I want to be a hot mom. Not just in my husband's eyes, but in my own as well. I want people to go "*You* have kids?! Not one, but TWO?!".
I keep going by not listening to the scale. I hate the scale, it will lie! I pay more attention to my bodyfat percentage and my measurements. To me, those are the more accurate indicators of progress. That is essentially what people see, not a number of how much I weigh.
I also make sure I follow inspirational people and groups on Facebook. I can be so struck by some of the messages that it makes me go "you know what? YEAH!" hehe