Why I Said Good Bye to Counting Calories

I’ve mentioned before  how I’m taking a different approach to weight loss. Since May I have lost a little over 3o pounds and I couldn’t be happier.

I’m starting to get questions now that others are noticing my weight loss and the number 1 question is

* What are you doing?  Are you counting calories? Weight Watchers? 

The honest truth is this. I have absolutely NO idea how many calories i eat in a day, only what I burn and that’s only because I like to try and “beat” the calorie burn from the last time I did a particular work out. Yesterday when I logged in to My Fitness Pal to track my weigh in and workout, I decided that I was going to track my calories and water for the day and see what I was doing on an average day.

Never again.

I had a horrible day. All I could think about was food and getting the most food with the lowest amount of calories. After I tracked my breakfast, the first thought I had was “crap, now i have to eat practically nothing for lunch and dinner.”  I was obsessed with measuring out everything and fell right back in to my old habits immediately.

It was then that I realized, I have dropped this weight by eating when I’m hungry, stopping when I’m full and not obsessing over how many calories are in a 1/2 cup of strawberries vs 1 cup. If I want a grilled cheese for lunch, I’m going to do it. I know this approach probably won’t work for everyone and if counting calories is working for you, go for it…I’m done with it!!!!

Now that I’ve rambled, let’s get on to the few pictures I took today.

Breakfast:

Egg white sandwich with cheese and strawberries on the side.

Hello delicious and creamy hot chocolate, I’m so excited you are back in my life!!! After breakfast I did a Turbo Fire workout, on the schedule today was Tone 30. 30 minutes of butt kicking using a resistance band and lower body band. My legs, bootie and arms were quivering by the time it was over and as the day goes on, the soreness gets deeper and deeper (that’s what she said.)

Have a great night!

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Sweaty Sunday

Today starts a new series (and if I ever figure out how to get other people to link up, please link up too) called Sweaty Sunday.

What it is:

  • Discuss workouts completed from the past week
  • Set goals for the upcoming week
  • I’ll be picking one Beachbody program to highlight.

This last week, I only did one formal workout and that was Turbo Fire and I did that one last night.

I did the Fire 30 class and burned 532 calories. I was wiped out, but honestly can’t wait to do more tomorrow!!! Always a sign of an awesome workout!

My goals for this week: 

Fit in more Turbo Fire! Now that we are getting used to the school/sports routine, I can start doing a little bit more during the day and still get everything done that needs to get done at home.

What is Turbo Fire? 

 

HIGH-INTENSITY KICKBOXING AND INTERVAL TRAINING.

If you love Turbo Jam®, get ready to have the best spot in class with TurboFire®, Chalene’s intense new total body conditioning program. You’ll do high-energy kickboxing drills and sculpting exercises set to Chalene’s own music mixes.

TurboFire is all about the music, the energy from the class, and the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) “fire drills”. You’ll work out at your max for up to 1-minute intervals with quick periods of rest to ignite your metabolism and burn 9x more fat than with traditional cardio. The AfterBurn effect will have you burning extra calories for up to 24 hours after your workout.

Your turn!!!

What were your workouts like this week?

Any goals for the upcoming week?

Rebootizer

 

I was given an opportunity to sample Rebootizer and after it sitting on the kitchen table, I decided this morning was the morning I would try one.

Powerful antioxidant instant drink = Sold! As a mom to 3 kids, busy schedule and school starting, I need something to keep my body running strong.

The directions are really easy: squeeze, shake, drink.

So I did just that!

After the package “popped,” I shook it until all the lumps were gone and then drank it all. Not bad, quite delicious actually. I have a few more packages I want to try before giving my final analysis. Their website suggests you do it 6 days in a row once a month, so that’s what I’ll be doing.

Normal antioxidant production is not enough to neutralize all free radicals, especially after excesses. 

In addition to long-term effects, temporary oxidative stress generated by junk food, alcohol, caffeine and smoking also has harmful short-term effects. The morning after price of this imbalance can include a pounding headache, fatigue, cotton mouth, queasy stomach and a weakened immune system.  

Rebootizer’s efficiency was proven by a scientific study, demonstrating its properties on oxidative stress. This study, based on the evaluation of the effect of the plant extract on the rate of oxidation of aldehyde and ethanol, validated the energy of the metabolism (degradation) process.

Maybe it’s a coincidence, but I’ve definitely had more “pep” in my step today!

Lunch:

I wanted a grilled cheese, but wanted something with a kick. I added Trader Joe’s Hot and Sweet Pepper Jelly to the cheddar cheese…best combo of all time.

It looks a little messy {and burned},but I assure you, it was awesome! The sweet, spicy, cheesy combo was delicious in every way. I also had a couple of pickles and a honeycrisp apple.

We were going to have chicken alfredo with broccoli for dinner tonight, but the kids came home with a flyer announcing a fundraiser at Little Caesar’s. Works for me!

A couple slices and I was good to go. I’m embarrassed to admit that not even 6 months ago, I could pack in 6+ slices at dinner. Yikes.

It’s nice having a night where no one has to be anywhere, I baked some muffins this evening and made a fresh batch of hard boiled eggs.

Where I’ve Been

Warning, this has some period talk, so be warned.

After my 3rd child was born, my periods started getting really heavy and clotty. The more weight I gained, the worse they got. I went for my yearly check up last Tuesday and after discussing things with my doctor, he suggested I start on a birth control pill that would help lessen the flow and duration of my periods…I was so happy! He gave me a sample package and I took one that day, over the next few days I had some very unpleasant side effects and the longer I was on the pills, the worse I felt. Monday was my breaking point. I had gained nearly a pound or more every day since starting the pill, I would alternate staring into space, screaming and yelling or just crying and just generally felt like garbage. I called my doctor who advised I stop taking them and I should start feeling normal by the weekend. I ended up gaining more weight tuesday and wednesday and then wednesday night I started my period. Oddly enough, when I woke up Thursday I felt better than I had in days and today I feel even better!

I can’t believe how bad these pills messed with me and I only took them for a week!!! A week! I’m not sure what my next step is going to be, but it’s not going to involve birth control pills.

My house is a disaster because I really haven’t done much of anything over the past week and a half and my youngest is having his birthday party here tomorrow. Now that I’m feeling like myself again, I’ve been cleaning and organizing all morning long. Ahhhh…normalcy!

Hope you all have a great weekend!!

xoxo