My fitness journey started about 2 years ago when I was finally cleared to start working out from my surgeon. It was close to year after surgery because of all my complications. But, I got my ass into gear and it took about a year plus to get to where I wanted to be. Now I’m working on toning and defining my body. I’ve maintained my weight for almost a year with only fluctuating 5-8 lbs given the time of the month. Working hard to stay healthy and to maintain my weight is my lifestyle now. And I wouldn’t have it any other way! .
Is tracking your food ‘bad’ for your mental health?
For some people - yes absolutely. If you have a history of disordered eating it is absolutely reasonable to say that you should not track your food.
But for most of us, tracking can be a really useful tool to understand the VALUE of our food.
To make long term habitual changes we need to: ⚡️Understand the value of our food
⚡️Know roughly what our daily budget is
⚡️Know when we have gone over that budget and when to pull back
If you can’t successfully do the above, then you will always be a slave to your coach, trainer or remain in a perpetual cycle of buying ebooks you will never use.
Because you have not learnt the value of your food! 🍎
Think about money for example. Maybe you were educated on the value of money by your parents or maybe you had to learn the value of money by making a few mistakes. Either way you came to a place where you knew that you had X amount of dollars and it needed to last you X amount of time. So you are cautious and take thought as to how and why you spend your money. But were you ever educated on the value of food? Are you aware of your daily ‘budget’ of calories?
The difference between money and calories is that once money runs out, it’s gone. Calories on the other hand, you can store for use later on (aka gain weight). Why does it matter? Because being overweight is a health risk. It’s not fun to admit and it hurts to hear the truth. But we will never decrease our rates of obesity without proper education. It’s not enough to say ‘go off of your hunger cues’ because we know that obesity leads to leptin insensitivity which means that those hunger cues aren’t working anymore.
Tracking your food (at least for a short period of time) gives you a good understanding of the value of food. Think of those who do intuitive eating really well - most of them have tracked at some point in their life and they are able to maintain a healthy weight range without obsessing over a specific diet or worrying about what they eat. They just subconsciously know.
If you take the time to learn the value of your food then you will be taking the first step to making long term change ♥️
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💪🔝Awesome 🏆😃 . 😋Follow ➡@goodfood2.0 😍
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💚Things that go together like peanut butter and jelly: chips and guac, coffee and cookies, caramel and catfish (kidding — was checking to see if you were paying attention 🐟😂), and cauliflower gnocchi and eggs. <—But really! This combo is so 👏🏻 dang 👏🏻 good 👏🏻. If you try it (and you should!), I 10/10 recommend taking the gnocchi for a yolk dunk 🍳🥰.
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Finally feeling somewhat normal today after taking the arch of my foot out running last week 🤦🏼♀️ Spent the weekend resting & icing and it paid off 🙌🏼😅
This lift left my 🍑 quivering. There is no better way to start the week then hurtin so 👏🏼 damn 👏🏼 good 👏🏼
Don’t forget to double tap 💗 and Save for your next booooty day 🙏🏼
1️⃣ Stripper Squat
2️⃣ Narrow > Wide RDL
3️⃣ Hip Thrust > Body Weight
5️⃣ SL Elevated Glute Bridge
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HAPPY MONDAY MY LOVEEESSS!!! It’s a new week. Refocus & work 👏 Woke up feeling SO exhausted. But I pushed through & had a great upper body workout. I shifted my mindset from “ugh I don’t want to workout today” to “I’m so thankful to be alive another day & am able to workout” Shift your mindset. Day 49/66 #gymshark66
SO the coolest thing just happened to me. I was supposed to be doing tricep kickbacks in plank. Which....anything on one arm, forget about it! I have never been able to do. I had already done the first round and I did it on my knees without even really thinking about it because they have always been too hard. So Zac comes home and goes oh damn they are doing that in plank!? And I was like yeah I know I can’t even hold myself up with one arm watch (thinking I was going to fall) and I COULD FREAKIN DO IT! So I was like WOAH I’ve never been able to do that. So then I grabbed the 5lb weight and it was super easy, so I put it down and grabbed the 8lb weight and did 15 tricep kickbacks IN A PLANK! Wanted to remember this moment, so I had Zac record me doing another set at the end of my workout. The adrenaline was real. Guess what they say is true, it doesn’t get easier, you get stronger!
10 miles later and me and this pup are exhausted! I’m so thankful to have such a cute (and energetic) running buddy to help me get through these long runs!
Only a few days left until it’s half marathon time!!! Oh and a few days until I’m back at THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE ON EARTH!
Leg Day 🏋🏻♀️
Power to these leggings from @kora.fitness
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316 minutes ago
Last night I wrapped up my 5th week of Transform:20! My FIFTH week of a program I was hesitant to even begin but started anyways because all my friends were. 🤷🏼♀️
I was nervous to start it mainly because I couldn't imagine giving up my LIIFT4 workouts because I swear that's my soulmate program but then I decided I didn't have to, I'd just do them both. 👊🏻
So I've got one that pushes me WAY beyond my cardio comfort zone and makes me step my game (literally)--but in small increments since it's just 20 minutes a day. And I've got another that I allow myself to cling to because I KNOW it works. I've seen my strength and muscle tone increase time and time again because, well, this is the 3rd time I've completed it. 😂
Today marks my final week of Transform:20 and the beginning of the "SHRED PHASE" of LIIFT4. I'm nervous and excited for what's to come but most of all, I'm PROUD because I stuck to it, to both of them for 5 weeks now. ❤️
Sometimes in life you have to do things that make you uncomfortable to really see just how strong you are and what you're truly made of. It's not always easy to do it but the end result is almost always, ALWAYS worth it. .
This current journey has just two short weeks left to go and then I'm on to my next "fit-venture". I'd love to have some of YOU join me next go around! Getting fit is always more fun with friends and plus, I don't know anyone who couldn't use at least a LITTLE toning up before swimsuit season arrives. So hit me up! Let's do this!!! 🙌