Tuesday, December 03, 2013
The SECRET to weightloss. It always cracks me up when I see these ads all over the internet. Magic pills, wraps and gimmicks galore. After trying every diet fad there is, I know one diet secret that's works without a doubt!
1. Eat clean! Filling your body with veggies, fruits, lean proteins, complex carbs and healthy fats should be your number one priority. Stay away from fast food, cookies, processed foods and I guarantee a positive change in not only the way you look but the way you feel!
2. WORK out! If it doesn't feel like work, it's not going to make a difference. You need to feel your body getting hotter. Your sweat trying to keep you cool and your breath getting heavier and heavier. 30 mins of this activity daily will do a world of wonders but if you really want "magic" 60-90 mins is the way to go. 20 min warm up/burning sugar with strength training and spend the rest burning fat with cardio!
3. Supplement! People neglect supplementation so much because they get results by eating clean and working out, not realizing that they are missing out by omitting them. Supplements are exactly that, they are to meant to add to and improve your current weight loss plan. They are not "magic diet pills" that allow you to eat McDonald's and keep you losing weight. Some of the best supplements are branched chain amino acids which help preserve lean muscle mass during a change in your diet and improve recovery and rebuilding after a hard cardio/strength training session. Fish oil/conjugated linolic acid (CLA) are awesome because they are healthy fats and I've always know that good fats wash away bad fats. There are so many studies showing how these two decrease fat in your body's composition and they are also great for your hair, skin and nails. Last but not least, a multivitamin is absolutely essential because chances are, you're not getting everything you need in your diet even if you are eating 100% clean! This is especially so if you plan on eliminating a food group from your diet ie. no/low carbs or no meat/dairy.
My personal favorite supplements are Advocare's MNS3(multivitamin), Catalyst(branched chain amino acid), Omegaplex (fish oil), and GNC's CLA. I am not a doctor but the information I provided came from lots of personal research, my personal experience with weightloss and the journeys of the many women I have coached. If you're ever interested in trying Advocare products, I would be happy to talk to you more since I am a distributor. If you're not, I still hope you find this blog helpful. I know there are plenty of products out there that work quite well but for me, Advocare is the best!
Good luck with your journey, no matter where you are and never ever give up!
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Wow! Here we are, December 2013.
Goals for the month:
Reach 149 lbs by NYE (right now I'm at 165) I realize that's 16 lbs in a month and 1-2 lbs a day is healthy but with so much excess weight on my small frame, I think it's definitely possible and I won't have to starve myself to reach that goal.
Go from a size 14 to a size 8
Work out EVERY weekday (NO EXCUSES) for at least 30 minutes
Start EVERY morning with a berry spinach protein shake
Lunch will be a soup and a salad with lean protein
Dinner will be lean protein, a veggie and a complex carb
I was really bad over the Thanksgiving holiday but I'm back on board today starting with a banana, strawberry, spinach vanilla protein shake and all of my vitamins. Even though I'm going to make Sundays my "rest" days, I plan to get in the gym today just to offset the damage I did over the weekend.
Alright...let's start this month off right and end this year stronger than it started!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
So when I first started Sparkpeople, I created a mantra for myself and called in Mission Cardio Queen. It worked well since it got me from 160s to the 130s so I'm doing it again. At that time, I didn't know much about working out so all my focus was on cardio, usually hitting up the gym an hour at a time. As great as that is for losing weight, I now know the benefits of strength training so do not let the name fool you. I fully intend to incorporate weight training in my new routine.
I started off today with a 30 minute elliptical session and I must admit, it feels amazing to be back. My nutrition was not too bad.
Vanilla protein shake with strawberries, spinach, bananas and cinnamon
Romaine and spring mix salad with honey mustand, chicken, gorgonzola, cranberries, and walnuts
Chocolate chip quest bar
Turkey burger on whole wheat bun with spinach
Dessert: Greek vanilla yogurt, marionberries, cinnamon and chocolate PB2
I'd say that was a lot better than my usual diet of egg and cheese cibatta with tatertots, subway for lunch and fast food for dinner. It's all about making healthier changes one day at a time. I'm also taking my Advocare products. Spark is my coffee...it contains the same amount of caffeine but also has 21 vitamins and minerals to keep my energy high for the whole day without feeling jittery. Catalyst I take in the morning and at night. It is a branched chain amino acid that helps preserve lean muscle mass and help you have a more toned and cut look which is exactly what I'm going for. Then there's the MNS (metabolic nutrition system) which is essentially Advocare's vitamin pack. It's loaded with tons of great things: pro-biotic, calcium, thermogenics, multivitamin and fish oil supplements. I'm going to be consistent at taking these three things while eating clean and working out! I'm excited to see my progress especially since I'm planning a trip to Cabo in July 2014. Time to get to work!!!
Friday, November 22, 2013
Man I miss sparkpeople. It was definitely one of the biggest things that kept me motivated. I had made tons of friends in an awesome and supportive community where we all had the same goals and suffered from similar setbacks.
I have been fortunate to meet a few of my spark friends in person.
Keepgoing87 is one of my very best friends and actually sang at my wedding! I love her to death and her story kept me going for quite sometime!
SarahChristine came to visit me while I was in Texas and also while I was in Seattle. She is gorgeous inside and out and it was so nice to meet her and become friends with such a motivating personality.
I am currently coaching Lauren T on a 24 day challenge and even though I met her on SP, we stayed in touch via Facebook. I'm living in WA and she's over in Philadelphia. We followed each other's journeys and when I got married, I fell off SP and also my band wagon to health. Lauren, KEPT GOING! When I was first introduced to Advocare in July 2012, I loved the changes it was making for me so I starting reaching out to all my friends who I thought would love it too. She wasn't intrested at the time but now, with her doing Crossfit, she needed a change in her nutrition and supplementation. Insert Advocare! 5 days into her challenge, she was already seeing and feeling a difference in the definition of her abs. I love hearing stories like these...
Anywho, I'm going to be COMPLETELY transparent with you and let you know that I am NOT where I want to me and it's all because I keep getting in my own way. I coach women and men on Advocare products, specifically the 24 day challenge and see them get amazing results and CONTINUE getting amazing results and the reason is this. The 24 day challenge is NOT a fad diet. It's not like you lose 10 lbs and 10 inches because you're on some crazy diet pill or are starving yourself. It's about eating clean, supplementing and being active. I have done none of the above, consistently anyways for the past 5 months. Trust me, I feel like a huge hypocrite telling people about these amazing, life-changing products when I'm not following it myself. Well, it ends today...actually two days ago.
I've been starting my mornings off with veggie-berry protein shakes and it's made a world of difference. I've been taking all my supplements and I feel SO much better. Funny how taking the right products in combination of clean eating works! Now I need to bump up the activity which I plan to do this weekend.
I started at 166.6 and today I'm 164.6. I would like to see 135 but I'm not going to be obsessed with the scale. I just want to feel great and look great.
It's time to be feel like a bad ass again!
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
So it's been a while but just because I haven't been on SP, it definitely doesn't mean I haven't been on my grind. :)
I've developed some very healthy habits, eating clean 80% of the time, cardio 4-5 days a week, strength training 3-4 days a week. I've gone from 168 to 147.2 lbs and even though Im still 12 lbs away from my goal weight of 135, I feel really pleased with myself. Weightloss has been a battle for me in the past but now, I have the attitude that no matter what the scale says, no matter if I feel bloated, no matter if I splurge, as long as I do the work consistently, positive results will come. I'm not striving for perfection, I'm striving for progress and progress is what I have.
I am now an Advocare nutrition coach and I help others to achieve their health and fitness goals. I did a 24 day challenge in May and have been losing weight and inches ever since. I can't say it was easy every step of the way but with the help of my coach, I was able to get on the wagon and stay on for quite some time. :) In December 2011, I was a size 12/14 and now I'm a very happy and healthy size 8. Woohoo! My goal is a 4 but I'm not in a hurry to get there. I'll ride the 8 train for a little while. :)
Anywho, I'll try to get on here more often otherwise you can follow me on Instagram! I upload motivational and accountability pictures quite often. My username is onehotfilipina. :)
Hope to see you all there! Happy Wednesday!!!
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