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Thursday, September 18, 2014

15 ways to Reward yourself without Food

Since I just talked about cheat meals, I figured it was probably the best timing to talk about rewards.  When you work hard for your progress, you want to feel like all that hard work was worth it.  Rather than eating a big cheat meal, there are other ways you can really feel good about your progress that won't hinder it.  These are some things I do to reward myself when I have reached a goal:

1. Take a Girls night
2. Go get a manicure/pedicure
3. Take a personal day
4. Buy a new pair of jeans
5. Get a massage
6. Go on a road trip
7. Download a new workout song
8. Get a new haircut/color
9.  Watch your favorite movie
10.  Go camping
11. Take a walk/hike to a scenic view
12. Buy a new piece of jewelry
13.  Read a new book
14.  Play tourist in your own city
15.  Buy a new pair of shoes

These are just a few ideas that I like to remind myself when I reach a new goal.  Although the cheat meal tastes great, getting my nails done feels much better (and lasts longer)! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Why Cheat meals helped me Lose weight

Splurges, treats, pleasures, rewards, cheats....These are all sought after words for someone who is trying to lose weight.  There's a lot of debate on whether a cheat meal is something you should have when trying to lose weight.  I am going to give you my experience and what has worked for me because it has worked. I have successfully lost 100 lbs. on my own while enjoying a cheat meal once a week for the past 20 months. I know some don't like the term cheat meal because it brings a negative connotation with your relationship with food, but I will say, my relationship with food is 1000% healthier than it was 2+years ago.  I can call a cheat meal whatever I want because that is all it is.  It's not a binge day or a day to stuff everything in my face.  It's a meal where I let my guard down and have the food that I once ate on a daily basis.  I know that I have my limits and I don't need to eat anymore than that meal because for me, that is all I need.

I am glad I got that out of the way because I feel its important to set up why I feel cheat meals will help you when trying to lose weight.

In the past, when I have tried dieting and looking for the next fix to get a bunch of weight off in a fast amount of time, I would have never let myself cheat.  I am very much an all or nothing type of person.  I feel that behavior hurt my progress because by 4 weeks, I was dying for a hamburger or ice cream or just anything that tasted reallllly good. Then I would give in and binge eat and just call my whole diet off because it was too hard and that food just tasted so good.

When I started to lose weight back in February of 2013, I decided I was going to let myself have one meal a week where I could eat whatever I wanted.  I did just that and guess what?  I still lost weight. I lost over 100 lbs in 11 months! What really worked for me was telling myself on Monday when I was really craving brownies or a donut, that I could have that on Friday when I gave myself a cheat meal.  That permission to myself of not completely cutting cold turkey of all the foods I love was really key to my long term success.  Then usually when Friday hit, I would completely forget whatever I was craving on Monday and that craving was quickly replaced with something else.  It just shows even though in the moment you feel like the cupcakes are begging to be eaten and that is all you can think about. However, you just need to move on and you will forget it even happened.

Another reason why I feel like a cheat meal helps is because I would get very sick after eating.  You're thinking "well then why would you want to do that to yourself??" Yes I know it sounds crazy! For me, it reminds me why I don't eat that way.  Some of these foods are serious poison.  The ingredients that are in them aren't food.  Your body doesn't know how to digest them.  This has helped me because sometimes I don't want to cheat.  I hate that gassy, bloated feeling after a cheeseburger so therefore, the cheat just isn't worth it.  I have really understood that certain foods just don't agree with me and I don't think I would have experienced that had it not been for having a cheat meal.

I also want to point that if you count calories, make sure that your cheat meal isn't over 1000 calories.  If you typically eat 1600 calories a day, make sure you don't exceed 2600 calories on the cheat meal day.  This will really help you not gain weight during cheat meal day.

Some people don't need to have a splurge, but for me that really helped. Others don't need a designated day, they just take one when they feel like it and that is great too! I just don't have that great of self-control so I need to know it's going to happen on a specific day.

You know yourself the best.  Everyone is different and you will do what is best for you.  I just want people to know that cheat meals aren't evil and you can lose weight while allowing yourself to give in every now and again.  You can't say no to every single food placed in front of you and you shouldn't have to.  You have a life to live and a lot of our socializing happens around food.  While it would be ideal that every single time we go out we are presented with fresh steamed veggies and a nicely seasoned grilled chicken breast, it doesn't happen too often unless you search for it.  You have to realize that temptations are going to be all around you and it's your job to balance your life with both types of foods.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Healthy Snack Ideas

I love to snack on food and my favorite would have to be cheez-its. Yes I will admit that those orange crackers bring me some sort of pleasure not a lot of things can do! However, I just know they aren't the best thing to eat therefore I limit when I eat them. It's all about balance, guys!

I have been looking around for a while at some healthy and tasty snack ideas since that is my biggest pitfall when it comes to nutrition. I am totally guilty of standing in my kitchen between meals thinking about what to eat and usually I am tempted by my kids fruit snacks (which are never a good idea)!

I need to be better at having healthy snacks on hand so that is why I have come up with some recipes that I would like to try!

I love that for these you can make a bunch of cookies or apple chips and keep them on hand throughout the week.  It sure makes those middle of the afternoon snack fest much less complicated when you can have a few of these lying around to munch on without the guilt!

Monday, September 15, 2014

20 Minute Incline Treadmill Workout

I love switching it up at the gym with an incline workout.  It gives you the great fat burning that you need while not making you have to run! For all you non-runners out there, this is perfect for you.  Incline workouts keep your heart rate high and you really get in a great burn! I like to do this workout once or twice a week on the treadmill.  Sometimes, I will up the speed, but usually I keep it at the pace in the photo.  If you want you can always lower the speed/incline by a point but still make sure your heart rate is high and that you are getting a steady incline.  When I do this workout, I usually burn 200 calories which is fantastic for a 20 minute workout! You don't have to spend hours at the gym as long as you make it count with workouts like this! If you want other ideas for workouts, try my 20 minute HIIT workout!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Natural Looking Brow Tutorial

As you can tell, I have had a hay-day with tweezers.  I think I started plucking my eyebrows when I was in 8th grade.  I don't think anyone below the age of 16 should be allowed to pluck eyebrows because you can really mess your beautiful brows up in a hot second!  I have over plucked and now the hairs don't grow back like they used to.  Since fuller brows are totally in right now, I have always wanted to get that look, but I really didn't know how.  I have tried all sorts of products that could help me get a natural looking brow that lasts 12 hours.  The one product that has stolen my heart is Anastasica Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade.  I had first heard about this magical pomade from the best beauty bloggers on YouTube.  I decided to finally go and try and the product.  It took me several weeks because both my Sephora and Ulta were sold out.  Finally I snagged one in Blonde and bought Anastasia brush too which I recommend. 

As you can tell my pomade has been well loved because I seriously use it every single day! I include brow scissors in case you have stray hairs.  That is something I have neglected to trim on the daily and it makes a huge difference.  I bought the scissors from Target, but Anastasia has some great ones too!
So first I like to get my brush moist.  I usually run my brush along a baby wipe to get it pliable.  Then I dip the brush in the pomade and get it fully coated.  I wipe off any excess pomade on the side to make sure I have a nice thin point on the brush.  I take the brush and run it on the lower part of my brow.  I am basically creating an outline of my brow and starting with the bottom first.  Create the shape of your brow here and make sure to go longer than your eye.  
You can do both eyes at once like I have done in the photo. Now you are going to dip your brush again, removing any excess.  Then outline the top of your brow make soft slow strokes.  If you mess up, just wipe it off and start over.  Now you are going to connect the top and bottom lines.
Once the top and bottom are connected, fill in your brow with whatever is left on your brush. Now figure out where you want your brow to start.  You are now going to fill in the start of your brow.  I like to line up my brush to my nose and it gives me a good idea as to what looks natural.  I like to have an inch gap between my brows. Do soft strokes and don't get more pomade because you want this to look natural and not heavy.  Take this time to clean up the other parts of your brow making clean lines and filling in other parts that need it.

Then you are done! Did I make that look too easy?  Don't worry, it took me about a week to master this.  Also, my brows are naturally uneven and for a while I fought that, but I actually am embracing it because it's so much more natural.  Symmetry is overrated!

There you have it! Beautiful natural looking brows.  The product is amazing and speaks for itself.  I honestly don't know why I waited so long to buy it because I get so many compliments on my brows. They truly frame your face and complete any look! Now it takes me 3 minutes to do my brows which is perfect time for my busy schedule!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tastes like Ice Cream Protein Shake

I have already talked about protein shakes, but my last recipe for one was in January and I have learned more about food since then.  I wanted to update my favorite recipe and one that I drink every morning, yes every morning!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Favorite Weight Lifting Workouts

I have realized you don't need to be running for hours on end to lose weight or only eat 1200 calories a day.  And it's actually better to switch it up and give other parts of your body that extra attention it needs.  I post on my instagram almost every day my workouts and I know others are wanting to know what exactly I do to build my muscles while lowering my body fat. I am not a professional, I am just a young mom who lost 100 lbs and am now trying to build my muscle definition. What I have done has and is working for me so I am just here to try and help others.
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