My love for fitness, nutrition (working on that love), and Instagram has connected me with old friends and created new common interest. I find myself “liking” the health success of my friends and IG people I like to follow. In the morning I do my normal routine of scrolling through my IG and FB newsfeed and enjoy ‘sharing’ and ‘liking’ post related to health, mainly motivational quotes. When I find a quote I like I love to share it with others and that is when I tag my “FITgirls”:
@crysmai @noreen @kathy @amy @karen @myrene @maritiza @melissa @jen @ly
(I am sure I am missing a few, but as my muscles grows my memory goes…haha jk jk.)
Social media has been so good to me when it comes to my health. It has given me a lot of support by people post images (like above) as well connecting with friends who have the similar interest and on the same path. In the past people have asked me to help them get fit and I would always say “no”. I didn’t know how to help them when I am a miles away from them. This past year I learned that being a mental support is just as important as the physical support. Tagging people in pictures letting them know you are thinking of them and rooting for them has pushed many of my friends in a healthy path as well it’s a push for me too. To continue to strive for success. That this isn’t temporary, but a way of life, I want to be strong and I want to eat right. And people depend on me, they look to me for that motivation and support.
So thank you to my FITgirls! You ladies motivate me everyday to eat right and get it TIGHT! Haha!!
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Am I asking a lot? Am I? All I want are abs. I don’t need a 6 of them. I am fine with 2 and then a flat stomach. I am not really asking a lot. That is exactly it! I am not asking a lot, BUT I have to do A LOT to get there. So I did my research all day and here is what I found and what I will be following.
1. Achieving abs is more of a diet workout than a fitness workout. You can do all the crunches in the world, but if you don’t have the diet down you DON’T HAVE ABS!
2. “1 calorie ….ah ah ah ah…2 calories…ah ah ah ah”. The Count from Sesame Street. Aww come on and have some humor. I’ve never counted my calories before and I don’t completely understand the importance of counting calories (besides knowing that too many calories leads to FATTYS!) when it comes to weight loss, muscle mass, physique…all the good stuff. But it’s something I’ve never tried so I don’t know if it will work, but I am sure it will as long as I am strict with my calorie count. I mean look at all the fit people now, I am sure they all counted calories to achieve their golden abs. I want golden abs!!!
3. A.B.S.D.I.E.T.P.O.W.E.R. – empowering huh? Well it’s an acroynm that will help you know what you should be eating to achieve the holy grail of abs.
Almonds and other nuts eaten w/ skins intact
Beans and Legumes
Spinach and Green Veggies
Diary: fat-free/low-fat milk, yogurt (greek), cheese, cottage cheese
Instant Oatmeal: unsweetened and unflavored
Turkey and lean meats: lean steak, chicken fish
Peanut Butter: all-natural, sugar-free
Whole-Grain Breads and Cereals
Extra Protien: Whey
Raspberries and Other Berries
For the past 2 weeks I have been really good about my diet. I have been very clean by not eating added salt and no sugar. But where I fail is counting my calories and it will be a big challenge to do. It’s not like a menu that has the calorie count right next to the item. I will have to look and labels and measure it out. But my mentality is “if that is what it takes, then that is what I’LL DO!”. So let’s see what happens in 2 weeks, not saying I’ll have abs, but maybe I’ll see something in the mirror or feel something LESS in my clothes (possibly me). But the greatest accomplishment and TEST is counting my calories. I’ve been working on my meal prep menu today and will be doing some shopping tonight and tomorrow. Wish me all luck and strength to get this done. To be ready with my meals and my calorie log.
This is me taking a big deep breath for a heavy squat. In 3…2…1….GO!!!!
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Today consisted of lurking blogs for healthy recipes. Going to attempt sweet potato hash, cauliflower mash, and baking sweet potatoes in general. Get out of the kitchen Mom! Paleo Shine is coming through.
I also lurked http://www.bodybuilding.com/, not because I want to be a body builder, but I wanted tips for a lean body and a six pack. Look for recipes and ways of eating from body builders.
I know this a no brainer, but I googled “bad sugars” and here at the top 10
Some key things I took away from this is
Don’t go over 2300 mg of sodim. Read the labels if unsure
list of some high-sodium packaged and canned foods. Use them in careful moderation:
- Tomato sauce
- Pickles and sauerkraut
- Cured meats (bologna, salami, hot dogs, sausage)
- Processed cheese
- Condiments (ketchup. mayonnaise, salad dressing)
- Salty snacks
I am sure most of you know this, but it can’t hurt reading it again.
The last bit of research I was trying to find is about “good salt”. When is it good to consume salt? Well I didn’t find a definite answer (something I understood…haha), but I am sure if I have to add table salt to food then that table salt isn’t good salt. I’m sure there are some foods that naturally have salt that can’t be extracted and so that is acceptable of course. But if you find yourself reaching for the cute salt shaker from Arkansas, then I hope you have short arms. I thought about bacon. I can’t control the salt or sodium that goes into bacon, but you can choose not to have bacon. I am pretty sure bacon is something humans dont NECESSARILY need. There are a lot of other meats that are low in sodium and salt you can have over bacon. Again I am not an expert, but the topic of salt and sodium can be a no brainer. So for my lifestyle I avoid salt or sodium that I cannot control. If salt or sodium can’t be avoid to remove, then I’ll just usually pass on it in general.
Again don’t shoot me if I am wrong. I am not an expert or the messenger. Just trying to educate myself.
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