In my first blog, when Coach Rob chose me to be featured in one of his Transformation Tuesday blogs, I talked about running the Two Cities Marathon in 2016. When I look back, the marathon was a big goal, but like I said, I finished and I didn’t die — 2 huge wins for me. In March of 2017, I started private training sessions with Rob and weighed 185 pounds. Throughout the year, I pushed myself and allowed Rob to push me to limits I never imagined I would ever reach. In November, I again ran the Two Cities Marathon and improved my mile time by 1 minute and 47 seconds, which cut my time by over 28 minutes. Now that’s a BAM worthy WIN by my standards!
Although I have made major strides, achieved some big goals, and am still on track, it isn’t always easy to stay the course. OMG was it a challenge during the holidays to watch what I ate! I still had some sweets but I really tried to limit myself and keep up my training. I think I did pretty well with all the temptations that were thrown at me. Now with the marathon finished and all of the holiday calories put away until next year, it is time for me to work on my 2018 goals.
Today, 10 months from when I started individual sessions, I am down 52 pounds. My short term goal is to reach 128 pounds by March of this year and then, like most people, the next HUGE challenge will be to maintain that weight. My plan is to use BAM Logic!!! I have my goal / plan, which is to remain consistent, stick with 5 days of bootcamp during the week, and my weekend runs. Every other weekend I give my self a rest day. The trick, as Coach Rob says, is the The MILLION Dollar Word, MOTIVATION. Staying motivated shouldn’t be too difficult, I will just pull out my before and after pictures — and there is always that motivation to shave just a little more off that marathon time.
What is the best way to ensure you will make good food selections in the New Year — start in the grocery store! Resist the urge to put anything unhealthy in your cart and make an active decision to bring home healthy choices. By purchasing items that support your new healthier lifestyle, you will be one step closer to staying on track. But FIRST, you have to make sure you have a clean fridge in which to put your new “clean foods.”
Did you know that November 15th is National Clean Your Refrigerator Day? Yep, I didn’t know either! The New York Times published a comprehensive instructional guide to deep cleaning your fridge. In my opinion, any day that you want to start living a healthier lifestyle is a great day to clean out your refrigerator and pantry. I challenge you to take time to set yourself up for success and clean out your fridge. One of my clients sent me a photo after she cleaned her refrigerator and another after she stocked it with fresh veggies and healthier choices! Post your pictures in the comments and tag me in your fridge photos!
Remember, 2018 Starts Now! BAM!!!
Why not start 2018 off by making a positive change and choosing a low-cal cocktail to toast the new year? Most of the temptations of this seasons sweets and treats, but cocktails, holiday punches, and drinks can be just as packed with calories. I offered Holiday Eating Tips and Tricks earlier this month, but this blog is focused on making better choices when it comes to your cocktail of choice.
With so many people focused on weight loss, cutting calories, and getting in-shape as their New Year’s Resolution, I suggest you start early on making good choices. There are many ways to cut calories, but if you choose to partake in the midnight toast, consider researching your low calorie options, on Self Magazine’s website.
Remember 2018 STARTS NOW!!! BAM!!!
I have both good and bad news about holiday eating and weight gain. In actuality, researchers have found that most people do not gain 5 to 6 pounds during the month between Thanksgiving and the New Year. The actual average is between 1 to 2 pounds, which is manageable if you have a plan to get it off. This article from the Web M.D. archives offers a brief explanation and some great tips on holiday eating.
As I shared in my blog earlier this week, awareness of one’s self is key to making conscious choices and achievable goals. One of the biggest pitfalls is to have your fitness / eating routine interrupted and struggling to get back on your plan. There are countless tips, tricks, and plans for eating less calories while bouncing from party to party. Quick tips to stay on track with your holiday eating!
EatRight.org has a quick 4 tips on how to tackle the holiday temptations.
A week before Thanksgiving this year, The American Heart Association posted a list go tips and some recipe makeovers to help you through the season.
Here is a list of a few suggestions that most of the lists have in common.
- Enjoy any of your favorite holiday treats in moderation.
- Include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Stay active during the season.
If you can incorporate these integral steps to staying on track, you should have a head start on minimizing the effects of your holiday indulgence.
I have featured some incredible client transformations, but none of the warriors’ transformations would have been possible if they did not focus on making healthier food choices. Exercise alone will not result in long-lasting, or consistent weight loss results. As I shared in Mini Treats Can Have a Major Impact!, the holiday splurges really add up and can derail your progress before you know it!
If you take the time to research “Healthier Holiday Food Makeovers,” you will find over 400,000 pages and each page contains multiple recipes. “Cooking Light” magazine offers a great alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie and a lower-calorie. dairy-free mashed potato recipe for your Thanksgiving table. If your holidays have more of a down home Southern flair, the FOOD NETWORK has a great selection of “Healthy Comfort Food Makeovers,” including Mac & Cheese! YES!!! I said HEALTHIER Mac & Cheese! BAM!!! One of my favorite articles is Eating Well’s “How to Cut Calories at Thanksgiving Dinner!” This article offers total makeovers of all of your holiday favorites, Turkey, stuffing, and even SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE!!! The key is staying on track without feeling deprived! Dive into these articles and when you try they #CoachRobJCooks!!!