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Month: March, 2019

Fast Fat Loss that’s Actually Sustainable

This is a great video.  Love how in-depth this girl goes detailing the kinds of changes she had to make and sustain.  Of course her trainer is the star of the show, all his work and science behind it is what gave her the results she wanted.  (Side note: not a fan of her piercings and shaved hair, just her enthusiasm and success).

I’ve been wanting to write more here at this site 🙂 but with working out almost daily, homeschooling an 8 and 4 year old and taking care of my 20 month old… lol… writing just is. not. happening. anymore. 😀 !!!!

But all that said, the working out and eating in a particular way has paid off.  I’ve lost 30 pounds in two and 1/2 months :O !  I know this sounds like a lot or like I probably looked dramatically different, but with how tall I am, I didn’t look overweight, the gravatar picture I have up right now with my husband is me with this weight on (taken in January).  You can see some fat probably in my face, but for the most part it’s been hard for friends and family to even tell the difference.  But I did go from 152 pounds to 122, and still counting, and this is fat coming off.  To me, it personally feels dramatic.  I’ve been trying to get back into the low 120’s since 2015.  And even though I DID lose all the baby weight with each baby 🙂 , that didn’t account for how I was a tad overweight (10 pounds) with our middle child, and then I was 15 pounds overweight with our third.  So together that was 25 pounds to lose even WITH losing the baby weights each time 🙂 .

Mostly over these couple of months of experimenting with what was working and what wasn’t, I’ve figured out that my body needs more cardio (slow thyroid issues!!). Apparently 30 minutes doesn’t work the same as an hour does for women with thyroid problems, in fact, one credible source I read said a woman’s body doesn’t even start burning calories until about 30 minutes into cardio if she has thyroid problems!  This explains how it was so. hard. to lose weight before when I was only doing 30 minute cardio sessions.  At first I really balked at the idea of doing an hour cardio, but once I gave in and started trying it, the weight melted off at 2-4 pounds a week!  So if you’re wondering about your thyroid, you may want to try the dreaded hour of cardio.

Things in the video that I’ve been implementing as well:

  • Cutting out refined carbs for the most part (sticking to complex)
  • NO SUGAR… at all
  • Keeping my fat intake to about 30 grams a day
  • Taking BCAAs
  • Lifting weights to build muscle and burn fat
  • Cardio
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Is Gym-Intimidation Real?

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There’s a word I’ve been hearing out there in the fitness community, called “gymintimidation,” where a person may feel anxiety or even afraid of going to the gym.  Is it real?  Yes, it is!

We go to a very strange gym, in my opinion.  It is just a couple of minutes away from a richer area in our city that is, “google-described” (yes, I checked) as a, “wealthy community.”  And it is for wealthy people… well known NBA basketball players live or have lived there, along with George Strait (famous country music singer for those too young to know), celebrity Pastors if you can call them that, and various other “quieter,” types of basically very rich people.  Since I lived in the town just 20 minutes further out from there, I would go to swim parties in their community sometimes.  It was different… like an oasis away from the urban city not too far away, and fairly intimidating in it’s wealth.

And the GYM, due to it’s proximity to this community, is intimidating.  Last year an extremely tall man held the door open for me when I was getting to the entrance with our toddler, who was taking his own sweet time.  I was slightly annoyed because I didn’t want this man to have to wait so long for our stubborn toddler, but he waited, and was so sweet as I apologized profusely.  A day later when my husband came, he pointed out that same man and told me he was an NBA player, who had actually won a championship with our beloved Spurs (in 1999 says my husband).  He looked him up on his phone and showed me his picture.  I almost fainted.  And I, unfortunately, stared.  THIS was the man who held the door open for me and our stubborn son for so long?!?!  I was waited on by someone who won our city a freaking championship!?!?!

Back to the gym… we do love it because it has an overall family-friendly, very safe feel to it, but when we started back up again this past January, I felt some major “Gym-Intimidation.”

I mentioned we were out of shape… that was probably an understatement.  I had slowly creeped up to about 30 pounds overweight again (I told you, if I look at a cookie I gain weight! Fitness is not easy for me… ), and we had been through a stressful season in life mostly due to busyness.  I found out I’m apparently a “stress,” or “emotional eater.”  LOL

Fast forward to now, in March, I’ve already lost 25 of those pounds through sheer, brutal hard work, and am working to lose even more, but there were many days where the gym itself felt oddly intimidating.

How does one overcome this feeling?  I say follow Nike’s advice and Just Do It!  The more you keep going, and the faster you see the results you’re after, the more confident and at ease you’ll eventually feel.

If you’re an extrovert, try talking to other people.  I find this calms me down and helps me feel more connected and less likely to feel anxious. 🙂

But if you’re an introvert, talking to random strangers at the gym would probably feel even more intimidating.  You can try it and see, but if you’d rather not talk then I’d suggest sticking ear-buds in and focusing solely on your workout and goals for the day.  Get in your own “zone,” so to speak, and you’ll feel more confident and forget about the intimidating environment. 🙂