Super Manic Monday

Today kicks off the re-launch of our Journey to Fit blog and new schedule.  We are super excited to bring lots of new things your way.

Today is also the beginning of relaunch my commitment to continuing to improve my health.  I had to take some time off for working out due to a surgery in March.  While my recovery was a little more longer than I expected, I’m now ready to refocus and challenge myself to reach some goals I’ve set for myself.

This week as I restart things, I’m challenging myself to walking 2 miles, 6 days this week.  3 days of yoga for 45 minutes each day and 3 days of working out with the weights.  I also want to reach my daily water intake goal of 100 ozs of water.

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Not only will we be bringing you more blog posting with tips, ideas, recipes, and more information but I will also be blogging about my journey to lose weight and reach my goals.  All of it.  The good, the bad, and the really ugly!  The struggles, the joys, and what I’m eating.

So follow the Journey to Fit.  Like us, follow us, share us, and check back often to see what’s new.  We look forward to sharing the journey with you.

Until next time, stop and smell the flowers, don’t let life flash before your eyes!

 

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Manic Monday – 2/4/13

What does stress do to our body?

Here you go…….

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Reducing stress may be hard at times but think of how positive it would be for your body.  When you find yourself stressed, take several deep breaths.  Close your eyes for a few minutes and focus on relaxing.  Remind yourself to let things go.  It’s not worth the negative effects.

Think about it….

Manic Monday – 1/28/13

Homemade apple sauce.  Is there anything better than the smell of homemade apple sauce cooking?  Try this for a Manic Monday.  Prepare in the morning and come home to a house that smells amazing.  Not to mention, you’ll have unbelievable homemade apple sauce for the family.

So here’s what you need;

Ingredients: 

    8 medium apples (Use a combination of Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Gala, etc.) (I filled the crock pot, using about 20 small apples)
    1 strip of lemon peel – use a vegetable peeler

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

3 inch cinnamon stick

5 tsp light brown sugar (unpacked) – or agave

Nothing better than homemade apple sauce.

Nothing better than homemade apple sauce.

1.  Peel, core and chop the apples.

2.  Add the sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice and cinnamon stick.

3.  Set crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours. Stir apples occasionally, apples will slowly become a delicious applesauce. Remove cinnamon stick and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth or if you prefer a chunky sauce, leave sauce intact. (I used a whisk, which gave the sauce a nice chunky consistency.)

4.  Can and process as you would other recipes or keep refrigerated up to 3 weeks.

~  My family LOVES homemade applesauce.  We actually have it with almost every dinner.  I find myself making this recipe every other week due to the fact they we love it so much.  It is much healthy than the store bought apple sauce.  I’ve also read about using pears also.  I haven’t tried it yet but it sounds just as yummy.  Try it and let us know what you think.

Enjoy!

Manic Monday – 1/21/13

Are you eating enough?

Eat normal, not less.

Eat normal, not less.

So check this out…….Even though you are exercising regularly and cutting back on what you eat, are you still disappointed in what the scale is telling you?  Maybe the problem is not that you are eating too much, but that you are not eating enough.  Most people don’t realize that eating too little can actually halt any and most weight loss efforts dead in their tracks.  No matter how much you continue to cut back and how much you exercise, your results will go no where.

Now, do you know just how much are you really eating?  The easiest way to really find out is to write down what you eat for at least five straight days.  Try to include the weekend because we all know our eating habits are different on the weekends.  Everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, to those times where you sneak a bit.  After you have done this, find a free calorie counter website and enter all your food in.  We have used this website.  Research and find one you personally like.  If you are eating less than 1500 calories for a woman, and 1800 calories for a man, you are probably not eating enough.  Your metabolism is likely to have slowed down to the point where no matter what you do, you won’t see any weight loss.

When your body starts to realize that food is not consistently available because you are not eating, it cleverly stores a large amount of all incoming calories as fat. Your body will keep the fat thinking it needs it to survive during your food shortage.  Knowing this information can help you rise above the fat storage point, and get your metabolism burning calories in your favor.

So how many calories should you be eating everyday?  Below you will find a simple equation to estimate how many calories you need to maintain your current weight.  Keep in mind, this is to MAINTAIN, not lose weight.

For sedentary people:  Weight x 14 = estimated cal/day

 For moderately active people:  Weight x 17 = estimated cal/day

 For active people:  Weight x 20 = estimated cal/day

Now that you know what your estimated intake needs to be to maintain your current weight, calculate 10-15% less and that will be the amount of calories you will want to consume to lose weight.  As you start to lose weight, you will need to recalculate your numbers.  Don’t forget to do this.

Whatever you do to lose weight, DO NOT make the mistake of trying to lose weight too fast.  Most of the time when a person has a rapid loss in weight, it is  rarely maintained.  This is putting you back into the yo-yo dieting which is not healthy.  Most people want results and want them yesterday but realize that smart and gradual weight loss will help you adjust both physically and mentally to the change in your diet, your new exercise schedule and your new lower weight.

Good luck & remember to stay positive!