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The spawning of 4 children combined with too many lazy moments and an overactive food trap left me with a lot of weight to lose. I tried lots of techniques, programs and methods, but in the end, this is what I do to get results:
Fitness Tools: I’ve attempted all kinds of stuff and can always recommend an excellent, structured fitness program on DVD. Plyometrics, HIIT training, body weight exercises, Yoga and Pilates have done my body transformation fantastic justice. And with the recent addition of speed rope and burpees in these past few months, along with tweaks to my eating plan, and I’m seeing leaner results in less time. It’s amazeballs.
My General Eating Philosophy: I do not count calories or track points. I keep sweets to a bare, yet enjoyable minimum and steer clear of virtually all white flour products. I’m also easy on the carbs and eat minimal dairy and red meat. My primary meat sources come from chicken and fish. I do NOT eat fried foods, except for once or twice per year around special occasions. I drink only water, tea and coffee (with no sweetener). I don’t drink soda or bottled juices.
Clean Eating: Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, water, etc is the way to go. Relying mostly on package food products and eating way too much take out, carbs and sweets will slow or stall your progress and prevent you from accomplishing your goals. So decide what’s more important: Your goals or delectable food indulgence? Your goals or undisciplined tasty eating?
Shakeology: I’ve been using Shakeology for over a year now. It’s proven to be a serious game changer with my fitness results. I drink it for breakfast with added fruit and it keeps me full until lunchtime with no mid-morning snack required. It my provides me with post-workout fuel and adds to my daily protein intake. Shakeology also keeps my digestion regulated and provides a ton of nutrition that I would not be getting otherwise: Chocolate Shakeology nutrition label … Tropical Shakeology nutrition label. Discovery Channel’s website did a feature on Shakeology. Check it out.
Greedy Moments: I believe in greedy moments. They are an integral part of life bliss, but it’s gotta be regulated with moderation if you want to stay on track. I love me some cake and pie. Large slices, please. But I limit my greedy indulgence to once per week. Anything more than this and I’m sacrificing fitness results and run the risk of triggering cravings for more sweets.
Here are the recipes from my 7-Day Snapshot Calendar: