Take Pictures Damn It!

I hate the scale. It plays mind games with me. it tells me I can eat candy every day and not gain weight...until I step on it and have gained five pounds.

After losing 60 plus pounds it is stubborn and refuses to move.

Unless, that is, it jumps up and then inches down...sooooo slowwwwllllllyyyyyyyyy. Like molasses.

Pictures, however, seem to tell a more honest story.

For the past four weeks I have been working my butt off and eating 80% clean. I have been lifting heavier and being 100% consistent with my workouts.

I have also been fighting the scale. I know that at this point if I wanted to truly lose significant weight, I need to be 100% clean for a few weeks. At this point in the year, that is not going to happen. But my  brain still wants to magically see big losses at the scale. A part of me is disappointed that after 4 weeks of kicking ass with fitness, the numbers are not magically going down.

This week, I asked my husband to take some pictures. At first, I was upset. As I looked at the tiny phone screen, I saw no difference.

"That is it, I am going out today and buying a cake. Then I am eating it, all of it." I grumped to my husband.

He gave me a big hug.

The surprise came when I put the pictures next to my "before" pictures. PROGRESS! My belly's shape is changing, slimming.

And isn't that the point? Really, I like to look good in my Friday jeans. I don't want flab hanging out over the top.

On Valentines Day, when I put on "THAT dress" I want to look good.

So take some pictures. Document your journey. DO NOT depend on the scale.

If you need some help or want to know what I do, find me on facebook and ask me or sign up for my next Challenge Group here.

Amazing Discovery About Pizza

I made an amazing discovery about pizza last night . It IS POSSIBLE to eat only one piece of pizza. Yes, I know, I didn't think it was possible either.

It happened on Sunday night. The last night of my two week break. The end of the first week of my re commitment to the portion fix nutrition program and The Masters Hammer and Chisel workout program. 3.2 pounds down.

There was no way I was cooking or cleaning up dinner.

"James, want to go get pizza?" James looked at me like I was crazy. "Is this when I am supposed to draw a hard line and say no?/" he responded.

"UGH come one. No apps. No dessert and no bread!" He just looked at me. Blank face on.

A short time later we found our way to One Speed Pizza in East Sac.

The beer menu was posted on the wall. I ordered Diet Coke. So far so good. Robert asked if we were getting bread first. "NOPE" I said in my strongest voice.

"What was that chicken chopped salad we ordered last time?" James asked.

"I wasn't going to order that. Just one pizza."

"One?" Robert asked, not believing what he had heard.

When the steaming, cheesy sausagy pizza sat in front of us we took stock of the situation. Perfectly sliced and ready to eat. There were 5 pieces of sausage for James and I to share.

James grew up with a brother and from what I have heard, you take what you can get before the other brother got it. So usually I grab and gulp as fast as possible when James and I share.

This time, we just looked at each other and slowly reached out for a piece of pizza.

Crispy crust. Warm cheese. Spicy sausage with just enough grease on the pizza that the sausage flavor permeated every bite.

I don't think we talked much. At the end of the slice, I diverted my attention to Robert who was wrapping up his second piece. I watched James eat his. Then I was done.

I was done and my second piece still sat on the pie tin. Waiting. Waiting to make me feel stuffed.

I didn't let it. I left it.

It is possible to eat one piece of pizza.

How I Wake up at 3:30 EVERY Morning

First, let me say I know that waking up at 3:30 is not for everybody. BUT you can use the same strategies to fit in your workout when it works for you!

I have to do it at this time. It is the ONLY time of day that is not interrupted by work or kids.

Motivation is a myth. I am not motivated to wake up at 3:30 in the morning. I never have been. It is all about behavior and environment.

I always do these things:

A. Set out my workout gear or wear my clothes to bed. Already dressed/prepared means that I am ready to go when the alarm goes off. My shoes are at my the back door and my workout DVD is ready. I never want to search for those things because if I have to, I might just go back to bed.

B. Know what I am going to do. I plan on Sunday for what my workouts will be for the week. This is pretty easy because all of the programs that I use include a calendar. I don't have to create a workout or do any research. I make it easy on myself.

C. Something different every day! Every day I have a different workout so I don't get bored.

D. Short, but intense workouts: My brain can not wrap itself around hour long cardio sessions. Most of the programs I use include 30-45 minute workouts. They are intense and move from movement to movement pretty quickly.

E. Supplement your way to awake: My  husband uses Energize to help him wake up and prepare for our early morning workouts. It shoots energy to your muscles, the light tingle tells you it is working. If I am going to do a particularly hard workout I will also use it.

F. DO NOT check email or Facebook before working out. I try NOT to get distracted!

G. Reward behavior. No workout? NO COFFEE. Yes, you read that right NO COFFEE!

Finally, if I wake up not feeling good, depressed, or extra tired I tell myself to get up and do the first 5 minutes of my DVD. If after the warm up, I still don't feel good I will go back to bed with NO GUILT. I figure that after I am awake, out in the garage, and warmed up I will be more honest with myself about if I am well enough to work out or not! 99% of the time I finish my workout. The times that I have gone back to bed I can do it without guilt or second thought.

You can read about one of the rare times that I quit here.

If you are interested in what my workouts looks look like, friend me on Facebook or comment below! I am always happy to share.

The First Week is Down and So is My Weight!

This week wasn't easy, but it wasn't too hard either. After all, reaching that magical trigger number (you can read about it here if you missed last week's post) left me feeling bloated and feeling gross. I was ready to eat well and get back on track.

And I did it, I am back on track. I lost 3.2 pounds in the last 6 days and I only have 2.5 more to go before I am out of the red hot danger zone and back into yellow.

I also read a great book titled, Secrets From the Eating Lab by Traci Mann PH.D. This book inspired me totally change how I think about self control. I can't wait to introduce the concepts to my challenge group members.

More importantly, I am back in control. I am fired up for week 2 and ready to kick it in the butt.

My general plan is to stick with what worked this week:

Meal 1: Hot Coffee mixed with Chocolate Beach body meal replacement or Shakeology
Workout: Masters Hammer and Chisel
Meal 2: 2 eggs, spinach with salt and pepper or 8 egg whites with spinach
Snack: 1/2 banana 2 tsp peanut butter and two pieces of bread
Meal 3: quinoa, chicken, broccoli, soy sauce
Snack: apple and tsp peanut butter
Meal 5: Varies but always includes one protein, one vegetable, a big salad with avocado, and a carb.
Snack: baked apple with cinnamon
Snack: one container of sunflower seeds

Today I had a snack size pack of M&Ms on other days I had extra veges or PB!

This week we will have chicken chili, Subway sandwiches, grilled chicken burgers, sliders, and tacos for dinner.

All of the food is prepped and dinners are cooked and in the freezer or steps away from being ready.
Even my lunches are ready. No excuses.

Now, I just need an accountability group. If you want to join me in the 21 Day Fix Challenge, just fill out this form and hop on board. We start in three weeks.