Making Changes and Seeing Changes

Feeling Great again thanks to these things….

So it’s been three weeks since I began my new program!  I thought it might be time to give everyone an update on how I am doing and what I am doing.  First of all, I am very happy with my progress, not only physically but mentally too!  I’m not only see inches and pounds coming off, but I feel so much more in control over my food behaviors and choices.  I am no longer “craving” those bad foods and seldom do I actually want them.  I have will power and discipline again! And because I do, I feel so EMPOWERED!  It’s an amazing feeling!!!

I haven’t felt this good in so long!  I am so in the ZONE and determined to continue.

So what have I been doing?  I have been following a strict meal plan.  I ate exactly what the meal plan called for except if I were out.  When I was out, I ate like kinds of foods (usually chicken salads).  The first week of the program I ate very clean and very balanced meals.  The second week I cut some selected starchy carbs out….still had some but only what the program suggested.  The last week the carbs were cut almost completely out. I lost 8.2# and 4 inches totally (mainly from waist and chest) during those three weeks.

Clean Eating Works. Trust me

Workout Wise?  I did a variety of things…..   I am kind of playing around with keeping my daily workouts very unroutined, because I think my body adapts to the exercise regimen and then gets used to it.  So I would do at least two workouts a day…… all in the choices of crossfit classes, lifting, running and/or online shift shop programs from beachbody.  I would workout in the mornings and evenings.  Mornings were crossfit and/or lifting.  While evenings were shift shop or running. **Let me add, I am not going “all out” at my workouts either.  I am just moving and moving well.

I also have put Shakeology back into my daily routine!  I absolutely love it…..(SHAKEOLOGY).  I have always had success from supplementing #shakeology into my diet.  I don’t like too many veggies….this supplement makes me feel better about my picky taste buds.  LOL.  And let’s just be honest! It’s super convenient and tasty.  So it’s #win all the way around.

Shakeology is working and I can tell

I haven’t felt this good in so long!  I am so in the ZONE and determined to continue.

In the next month I am going to continue my meal planning and carb cut.  I am following my very own 21 Day Sugar Detox again….but I am doing it for a full month because I have a private group following and being trained under me next week.  I have this program down to the T.  I have made some adjustments to it to make it very much doable (customized it) ** If you are interested in this private online training with me, please contact me!  I’d love to help you!  You’ll learn to so much…… (nutrition label reading, why is carb cutting a big deal, what is ketosis, what you body needs, etc).   Click here to join us.  I PROMISE YOU CAN DO THIS AND WON’T REGRET IT!

Time for a Major Change

I’m sure a lot of you have seen me posting about my fitness over the last eight plus years. But this last year, I have hardly had time to workout and eat the way I wanted. I really only had the energy to focus on my Crossfit coaching each week.

Life gets so crazy sometimes, and working out and eating well moves down on our priority list. I have to be honest, 2016-2017 kicked my butt. It was the craziest, most stressful year of my life. I have been such a mess, I ignored important people and priorities for almost an entire year. My world has been upside down.

During this time, I yo-yo dieted. Ate out way too much. Stress ate. Tried this-or-that weight loss method for 7 days, 21 days… or even for 3 hours. (You read that right) … Even though I had the knowledge, I was wrecking my chances for fitness success.

Thanks to the grace of God, I am getting my life in order. I am eliminating unhealthy patterns and replaced them with the correct ones. God shined a light on some dark spots… and I am cleaning those areas up and mending some fences.

I am living with new priorities. God. Me. Family. Career.

Perhaps surprising to some people, “me” comes after “God?” That’s right, me. I don’t think this is because I am selfish or ego-centric. It’s because I can’t take care of anyone else unless I take care of myself. If you fly much, you have probably heard the flight attendant say, “In case of an emergency … put the oxygen mask on yourself first before attempting to help others.” I have to attend to myself first in order to help others. This includes time in the Word. Exercise. Sleep. And Nutrition. I have a strong desire and have been built to serve others… and I can’t do that while I am broken.

My excuses are OVER. I am ready to do this RIGHT!!!

When I look back at what worked for me over the years… I keep coming back to a holistic strategy that I’ve taught for years.

* Dense Superfood Nutrients
* Simple Clean Eating
* Strategic workouts that get real results
* Peer Support to stick with it (especially on days we don’t feel like it)

So, effective August 7th, I will be returning to a meal replacement and cleaner eating. I KNOW this works for me and my clients.

Time for Meal Replacement

I also will strategically insert running, high impact exercises, and strength training back into my weekly workouts.

If you want to quit making YOUR excuses, I’d love to help you! I will be setting up an free online health and fitness group to help keep us accountable and share some of my meal plans for the rest of the month of August! I did a similar plan and lost up to 10 pounds and gained momentum for my fitness journey… more importantly, I felt amazing.

So, to hold myself accountable and help and inspire others around me, I would love to have you in this group to help each other kick-start our goals. Message me or like or comment below if this is something you think you might be interested in! We all start somewhere.

Let’s call this group “No More Excuses – Kick Start

Mandy Turner

Learning New Things Thru Macro Counting….

It’s not secret that I am a very clean and strict eater DURING THE WEEK….and it’s also no secret that I tend to cheat way too much or over indulge on the weekends.  Which has caused me to sabotage my own efforts of hard work.

I have had the most success with low carb/no sugar diets in the past….however, this way of fueling wasn’t helping me much when combined with working out….and we all know I am a workout junkie.  ***And let’t just be real! Life is full of little celebrations that are usually centered around food.  Who likes to miss out on that?? NOT ME!

My new diet journey is macro counting. I have done some macro counting in the past but not to the extent that I am doing it now.  I have a full time trainer showing me the ins and outs of how to do this properly.  It’s been great so far. I have been doing it for 3 weeks.  I feel like a cheat a lot but its not really a cheat if you fit it in your macros.  But of course, the more healthier nutrient dense foods your choose make the program more effective with faster results…but it is still effective even with several treats.

I thought I would make a quick list of a few things I have learned so far in the 3 weeks of doing this…..

1. Upgrading to the Premium MY FITNESS PAL APP is absolutely worth the money and an absolute must.  You can customize your macros using grams rather percentages which is one of the downfalls of the free app.  You can also add DAILY GOALS…which is what I am currently doing (meaning some days I eat high carbs and other days I eat low carbs).  No problem cos I can customize my days to fit the criteria.  And the APP also watches what I am eating and makes notes for me on what is high in fat, protein, or carbs. This allows you to see where you macros are coming from or how to hit certain numbers I am lacking at the end of the day. VERY MUCH WORTH THE MONEY if you are macro counting.

2.  I am truly learning how to balance my good foods with my cheat foods.  I admit, I do feel like I am cheating when I have an adult drink or a slice of pizza, but the deal with this program is that as long as it fits your macro numbers, then its ok. And it helps you learn how to not over indulge, either. ***THAT’S A BIG KEY FOR ME.  Sometimes when I treat myself I over do it cos I think the damage is done….  That is simply not the truth, actually far from it.  With this program you can treat yourself and learn how to not over do it, either!  #win

3.  Carb cycling is awesome.  I get three high carb days.  They are only 40grams more than normal but it feels like such a treat to me.  And these high carb days are helping me stay energized all week long, too.  I don’t feel tired at the end of the week.  I am actually feeling just as strong and rested as the beginning of the week!

4.  When I am not eating 100% clean….. I have to have probiotics.  However, if I am eating super-dooper clean, I don’t need them so much.  With that being said.  I am taking them religiously again since I am eating “some” processed foods from time to time (as long as they fit my macros). (I highly recommend anyone who doesn’t eat 100% clean to take probiotics, too.  Message me.)

5.  It truly is a pain in the butt to get in a routine of logging every single thing you put in your mouth…..exact measurements of food, cooking oils or dressings, seasoning, gum, supplements (because supplements have macros too), etc.  But to do the macro thing right, you must log everything.  It does get easier once you start getting into a routine.  But you can’t let a day go by without logging.

6. Preparing my lunches the day before a long morning/day at the gym helps tremendously.  Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I am at the gym from 6am-1:30pm.  This is my big training day and I have a few classes to coach, as well.  It is soo worth it to be prepared for these busy, active days.  And I find it helpful to pre log these meals, too…. so I can see where I land for the remainder of the my day…which in turn helps me decide to cook for dinner later.

7.  Going out to eat is just not good for macro counting unless you only want one meal for the day…..  That doesn’t mean it isn’t doable. It just means it makes it hard to calculate and usually your foods contain WAY MORE calories than what you would make at home.  PLAN for those out to eat days.  On days I know I am eating out…. I generally have shakes for my other meals.

8.  I still struggle to get my veggies in.

9.  I am enjoying eating fish more and more.  This is a big plus cos I never really liked it before.  Fish is a great way to hit my macros without the fat!!!!!

10.  Accountability is still very huge for me.  I know how to do Macro counting but seem to stick to it on the weekends knowing I have a personal coach watching my every move.  I also have other crossfit friends doing the program and find it super motivating seeing them making progress…..and love when they notice my progress as well.

11.  WATER!!!!  I drink a lot of water….but learning to drink out of a gallon jug is something I am learning to do…rather than a shaker bottle.

12.  PROTEIN……  I have been concentrating on getting my protein in for over a year.  I find having a post workout ProSupps Protein shake and nighttime protein shake helps me hit my numbers exactly. (I am a lover of ProSupps Supplements.  Message me if you want a discount on your own supplements).

 

These are just a few things that I have learned along the way while doing this program.  Like I said, it requires commitment to being disciplined enough to log and weigh everything….but in the end, its also like a daily game trying to hit your numbers.  I am seeing changes and slowly losing.  I am committed to continue this the whole summer!!! I am three week in (6# down) with 9 more weeks to go!!! COMMITTED! DETERMINED!

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The lady lumps are making a comeback:)

 

Macros…..and more

In the last few weeks I have been training hard.  I have finally gotten a good and consistent schedule going now, where I am training *hard* on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. And using Tuesdays and Thursdays as recovery workout days and lite running. My weekends consist of family time so I don’t force workouts in….but you bet if the weather is nice and I have time, I will sneak away for a run or bike ride.  Or you might even find my family and I playing on the weights here at my house. :-).

In the last few weeks I have had somewhat of a struggle of trying to accept this new term of BALANCE in Crossfit and training.  For example, I have been so heavily concentrating on my lifts and my accessory work that I haven’t been putting in the mileage I used to when it comes to running (not to mention there is no time and the weather hasn’t been great either).  With that being said, I have done several WODs (workouts) where there is some running.  Usually when there is running, I use the running portion as an opportunity to run fast and pass those who were in front of me or just to better my own time.  But lately, I am finding I am using my running portion as a *rest time* in my wods to catch my breath and think of strategy.  I have been disappointed in the fact that I am not running hard or harder, mainly cos I am afraid it will wear me out for the remainder of the workout.  ***THIS IS SOO NOT ME! And frustrating!

I recently told one of my coaches how this was a bit frustrating but she gave me some great words of wisdom that I have been stewing on….. She told me that it’s called BALANCE.  And sometimes we have to give up our extra time on the things we are already good at to work on our weaknesses…..  This is when it struck me that my goals have been to be the best at everything, rather good at everything.  NO ONE CAN BE THE BEST AT EVERYTHING!!! But you can be good or average at everything and make a great crossfit athlete.

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Working on my lifts

So with that being said….let’s talk diet.  As much as the Sugar Detox works great for me.  It is, however, not a way of life.  And it definitely doesn’t allow me enough fuel for the workouts I am doing.  I have had some progress in the past on counting macros….so after much thought (and my 40th birthday approaching) I decided that getting a macro coach would be a great way to educate myself further and hold myself accountable to macro counting (aka flex dieting).

My coach and I will be in contact on a daily basis.  I will submit pictures every 2 weeks and weigh in twice a week.  I weigh and log every single thing I eat in MYFITNESSPAL APP.  My coach will be checking this daily and helping me tweak where I fall short on meeting my macros.

What is macro counting/flex dieting? It’s a style of eating in which you must obtain a certain amount of carbs, fats, and proteins in a given day within your specific calorie range.  This style of eating and dieting tends to be a much easier, more sustainable, and overall pleasant experience than typical “diets.” The bonus to this diet is it promotes the consumption of whatever foods YOU want….as long as they fit in your macro range and the majority of your foods are nutrient dense.  For instance, tonight I had some guacamole chips for dinner because I needed the fats and carbs!! CHIPS!!! BONUS for me, as y’all know I love my chips!

WHY I WANT TO MACRO COUNT!

1.  I know it works if done correctly—- I am ensuring this will work by having a macro coach, too.

2.  Because I want to rid my stubborn fat that is just coming off slower than I really want.  Apparently I am not doing something right, so having a coach will ensure I do it right once and for all.  (I know I am not doing my weekend right and am too inconsistent.  Having paid a coach is that much more of a reason to stay on track)

3.  For my own education and so I can help coach others on how to macro count effectively.

4. To fuel my workouts better.  I tend to not eat enough during the week and then peter out by then end of the week (Yes, I said “peter out”)…..just to over eat on the weekends.  I NEED A GOOD BALANCE!  Instead of inconsistency!

5.  My 40th birthday is fast approaching. :-).

 

I am two days with my coach and so far, so good…..and it’s the weekend, so that’s a good sign! :-).

Why Do You Need a Sugar Detox?

Our 21 Day Sugar Detox is fast approaching and I often get the question, “Why do I need to sugar detox?”.  Well, for me, having done the 21 Day Sugar Detox 3 times, I have many reasons that one can benefit from this detox.

The MAIN REASON for doing a Sugar Detox is to balance out and regulate your body….meaning balancing out your blood sugar levels.  How would you know if you have an imbalance??? ………..

1. If you have cravings for sweats, sugars, or bread products.  **This is pretty much a guaranteed sign that your blood sugar levels are out of whack.

2.  Are you feeling tired or easily exhausted….especially after eating a meal?

3.  Do you become light headed when you skip a meal?

4. Do you depend on coffee or other stimulants to get you going in the morning? Or keep you going during the day?

5. Do you struggle at losing weight or keeping weight off?

6. Are you moody?

7. Do you struggle with some of your hormonal imbalances?

These are a few signs that you may be a great candidate for the 21 Day Sugar Detox Program.  I know for me, more than half of these questions I could relate to.  But after doing this program, I am not struggling with any of these symptoms any more!!! YAE~!!!

The program is very simple.  You remove all sugar and simple carbs from your diet for 21 days and you eat only from the ALLOWED list of food provided.  There will be an AVOID LIST to follow, as well.  IT’S THAT SIMPLE!!!

But I must warn you the first week (usually 3-5 days) are the hardest because your cravings will be more pronounced.  But once you get past “the hump” the cravings will subside and the program begins to really work…and it becomes easier and easier every day.  Those days leading up to the hump day will take absolute will power.  Believe me, you can do this! I have done it and it is completely doable (and worth it).  After getting though the actual detox, you will begin to notice a lot of the positive side effects that I am going to list below (example: better focus, better sleep, weight lose, etc), which makes this program exciting to be on because you see immediate results.  Check out the list below I am providing of the positives you may notice during and after the detox.

Most Commonly Reported positive Effects DURING and AFTER The Detox:

Fat loss
Less bloating
Clearer skin
Less craving for sugar / food
Increased sense of taste (healthy food starts tasting better)
Increased energy
More consistent energy
More regular bowel movements
Increased sense of wellbeing
Elevated mood/less depression
Lower cholesterol
Better sleep

You need to give this a try.  It will truly provide you will great results and education that you can use everyday to live a better and healthier life!

Custom Sugar Detox

 

Motivation or the Lack of….

WOW! What a week it has been here in North Texas.  For about a month or so we had some amazing, spring like weather (65-80 degree days).  But this week…winter decided to show up in North Texas.  Our schools and work week were shortened (Monday and Tuesday off, Wednesday late start time and Friday early release).  Ice storms early in the week…and snow late in the week.

I did great earlier in the week to stay on track.  Meals were planned out.  Meals were prepared.  Workout in my own home gym done, even two or three workouts a day (cos honestly, this kept me from snacking out of boredom-lol).  But where things started to go off track was later in the week… I had no time to make a run to the grocery store to prepare and plan meals before the next storm hit.

So unfortunately, our local Dollar General had some staples I could pick up (bread, milk, cereal) for the kids to have.  Of course, knowing that I was going to have several teenagers hanging out at my house, I decided to pick up chips, ice cream, and other no-good snacks for them to have.  I had NO intentions of eating these things….especially since I did well to say no to these foods earlier in the week.

So here you have it….veering off track already.  I did not prepare a shopping list. I did not make a menu for the upcoming weekend. And then, I have been religiously logging my food and watching my calories and macro count.  But guess what? My phone broke yesterday, which was my excuse to not log my food.  So…not only was I tempted, but I gave in and snacked on a few items.  I didn’t over do it, but I sure wouldn’t say I did great either. But instead of going completely off track…. I decided to limit my cheats. Instead of a big bowl of ice cream, I found the smallest bowl to eat out of.  Instead of eating out of the bag of chips, I counted the serving size and enjoyed my cheat.  All knowing I was not going to give myself permission to go completely out of control and make myself sick. And let’s be honest…I knew I was going to wake up, not feel guilty and get back at it 100%.  So with all that being said….. HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED ALL THE TIME. **Well, first of all….it’s okay to veer off….but must make sure its just a veer and not completely off track.

Motivation

Here’s a few tips that work for me currently….

1. I stay motivated….by following blogs, Instagram or Facebook people that I look up to.  ***I mean the people that I can relate too.  The ones that may have my same kind of lifestyle or same similar goals. Another words, I don’t get motivated by following a skinny 20 year old bikini model’s blog, as I can’t relate to those goals or lifestyle.

2. I stay motivated….by not letting a cheat or two go out of control.  This is a new thing for me to recognize.  In the past I would tend to cheat….but let myself go out of control since I felt like the cheat was a failure.  Now, I simply call it a “cheat treat”. I limit it. And I move on….quickly.

3. I stay motivated….by going super strict the days following a “cheat treat” day.  I focus on getting back on track and cleansing my body immediately after I have indulged in something I shouldn’t have.  I do this to help gain control and make sure my cravings for those foods don’t linger and cause issues. **This does not mean that I don’t eat as much.  It just means I eat nothing be fuel foods.

4. I stay motivated…by journaling either in my blog or posting on Instagram or Facebook to help hold me accountable.  I also log my food in MyFitnessPal App religiously (when my phone is working).

5. I stay motivated….by playing and channeling my thoughts elsewhere .  I go run. I play on my weights at home.  I show my kids new exercises and we play with them at home.  I break from the same old, same old….and actually play a game with them (basketball or even a board game). **This week, I had the hubby take me for a long jeep ride around town and on the backroads in the snow!!!

6.  I stay motivated….by researching new and better training and nutrition plans.  There is always more to learn and apply. **CONFESSION: Pinterest has suddenly become my new hobby this week for researching new plans and programs for my clients and myself.  VERY MOTIVATING right now for me.

7. I stay motivated…by helping others reach their goals. Whether it’s through personal training them and prepare programs for them…or helping them with supplements or even educating them on their nutrition or lack of.  I am passionate about this in my life and love helping others be able to do the same.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with lacking motivation at times…and cheating every now and then.  That’s part of this journey of health and fitness.  However, it’s how we react and bounce back from these “in a funk” times.  So don’t get down on yourself.  Don’t give up on this lifestyle.  Enjoy life! Enjoy the journey!

#Live Better  #Play Harder

 

 

The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

Since January 7th, I have not had any processed foods, no chips, no breads, no starchy carbs, and eating very clean!  I have lost 12# and have been feeling great.  I have had no desire to go back to my bad habits…….UNTIL THIS PAST WEEKEND.

I am not sure what exactly happened this past weekend!?! I had done my food prep. I haven’t been terribly hungry and haven’t felt deprived at all.  I feel great! —-BUT SOMETHING HAPPENED!

On Thursday I ate very clean, as I normally do. The typical day of having a protein shake in the morning, eating a colorful lunch (salad this day), drinking plenty of water and green tea.  I even had some amazing workouts again this week and hit two new PRs (Personal Records) on two lifts that completely make me mental and freak me out. All was going well. But Thursday night, I got home a little late and didn’t want to prepare another thing chicken or fish so I had a few gluten free (but processed) meatballs for dinner.  (This is what I had made for my kiddos).  Two hours later I felt very full and bloated.  I have felt full and bloated all weekend because of it. Which has started a bad weekend of bad choices……

Friday I hardly ate…which is just as bad for you than eating too much (but I just didn’t feel 100%). However, my husband did take me to lunch and I had fajitas (no tortillas). I DID CAVE and have 8 chips with salsa:-(  For dinner I had a lettuce wrapped burger. Not a terrible day, but definitely had my share of cheats and didn’t eat enough and not enough veggies.   But Saturday, I failed miserably.  I woke, with a little-off tummy….and decided I must have “something” clean to eat to get my day started off right.  I didn’t feel like eating but knew I needed something.  I had another Metagenics *balanced* shake with three slices of bacon. Felt ok.  I worked out at home afterwards and that seemed to help my stomach.  I had a funeral to attend two hours away.  I had already planned on stopping at Chickfila for a salad to go.  But I was traveling with my dad and was talking and missed my exit:-(  I would have normally just waited on getting a lunch later with a better choice, but knew my dad was hungry.  We ended up stopping at Wendy’s.  I made a choice to get nuggets (processed and fried). No option of fruit here and I had no veggies 🙁 Then on the way home, I stopped to get groceries for the upcoming week. Meanwhile, at home, my husband had made some green chili chicken taco fillings.  I had this for dinner, but with a half carb balanced tortilla. **I NEVER eat tortillas anymore!!?!?!  The rest of the evening I wanted and craved bad foods.  I wanted chips (thankful we had none).  I wanted candy (thankful we had none).  I wanted wine (had some). And had wafer cookies as my snack of bad choice.

So, as you can tell…this weekend hasn’t been clean or sugar free at all.  I have felt miserable too….  But even after feeling miserable, I am amazed that my body and mind still wanted more bad foods.  I know that adding some of these foods to my diet and the lack of eating enough threw off my blood sugars.  Which has in turn made me want more of the bad stuff.  It’s a terrible cycle that I can get stuck in if I don’t be careful.

My weekend was not a failure but a reminder of how I “could” fail if I don’t recognize the mistakes and what led me to them.  I must make a conscience effort to changes to recognize and learn from my mistakes this week–and avoid them the next time I am tempted.

Today I am choosing to celebrate in the fact that I can decide to rebound nicely from this and clean this diet up immediately….STARTING NOW!

Back at it 100%.

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Live Better. Play Harder.

Live Better. Play Harder.  This is my “tag line title” of my website/blog.  It has taken me some time to come up with this “tag line” but now that I have it, I can’t be more pleased.  I truly believe that this tag line explains what my goal is for myself but also for my clients, as well!!! #WIN #WIN

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A few months ago, my husband asked me to come up with a “tag line” for my new website.  I knew at that time I wanted something that involved the word PLAY.  I am few months away from turning FORTY, but I still “playing” as if I am a kid or teen athlete.  In matter of fact…. I may play harder now than I did in the “good ole days”.  I think that why I absolutely love what I am doing now.  It’s not only CrossFit alone that has me playing (even though I truly believe CrossFit has physically and mentally prepped me and given me the courage to play more), but also in so many other aspects in my life.  Like I said, I am almost 40 years old BUT I am having the best time of my life playing!!! Whether it’s tree bashing at crazy speeds with my brother snow skiing down a mountain….Or swimming way out too far into a lake (just cos I can). Or going for a random 17 mile run around Washington DC for some sight seeing…. Or simply playing basketball in the front yard with my kids.  These are the things I LOVE doing! They give me great joy and make me love living life.  I feel most alive when I am at “play”.

But here is the truth…. I can’t play hard if I am not properly taking care of myself.  I must FUEL properly (diet wise).  I must exercise (strength, endurance, stamina, etc). I must properly rest. I must take certain supplements that my body needs extra of.  I must train my mind—become wiser.  I must train my soul–mature in my relationship with God.  I must love…..my family, friends, and others. All these things are a part of what I mean when I think of LIVE BETTER.  Everyday, every week, every year…. I want to be better in all these aspects of my life that are greatly important to me.

So when you see my hashtags now….. #livebetter #playharder, you will now know what I am referring too!!!

 

Starches or Sugars Anyone? Wine Anyone?

I am almost a week “post” my 21 Day Sugar Detox.  I am doing great and still seeing great results.  ***Can I just say, there is nothing sweeter than having people “notice” I am making progress again!!! #WIN!!! But I am not quite at my goal yet! Getting closer everyday….and plan to stay there when I get there! 🙂

This week I have stuck to my “post sugar detox plan”, meaning I added a variety of fruit (mainly berries) and allowed myself some potatoes or corn every now and then (starchy veggies I am limiting greatly but not excluding).  I have only had rice thin crackers once (at the Super Bowl party), so I am still very much considering myself as eliminating my sugar/starch intake.  With this being said, I have decided to start using Plexus Block when I have “starchy or sugary occasions”.

I am not an advocate of diet pills or fad/diet supplements.  But I do supplement where I feel and see the need (usually based on what my doctor says). However, because I struggle with self-control when it comes to my starchy/sugar carbs, I am very pleased to have this supplement to aid me in my struggle.  I haven’t been using it long, but I do love it so far. I used it over vacation to help me with my portion control…..knowing I was going to eat whatever I wanted (and whatever my mom made—cos her cooking is GOOOOOD!).  I am now using it post detox to not only aid in portion control but to help with my glucose levels.

Plexus Block was created to “block” starches/sugars from changing over to glucose in the body. Why is this a big deal? Because glucose is one of the leading contributors to our overall health.   After reading Grain Brain, I have learned that our brains operate on glucose levels. If there is a steady blood sugar (glucose) level feeding our brains, we will experience an enhances state of mind and body wellness.

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Plexus Block is said to do these things…..

-Slows conversion of glucose to fat*

-Minimizes free radical damage/oxidative stress*

-Helps reduce glycemic index of ingested foods*

-Beneficially modulates starch and table sugar digestion/absorption*

-Inhibits enzymes that convert starches to glucose*

-Promotes healthy weight control*

 

The main ingredient in Block is InSea2 Brown Seaweed blend. Its a type of seaweed that  “delivers a dual mechanism of action  against digestive enzymes. It inhibits alpha-amylase (like white kidney bean extract) and alpha-glucosidase, the enzyme that converts table sugar to glucose.” What this does is protect against blood-sugar levels that are unhealthy, unstable, and can cause mood swings and weight gain. *** SIGN ME UP PLEASE!!!!

Like I said, I only take this when I take in starchy carbs (or wine).  I do feel like it helps me with portion control if I take it a half hour before these treats.  And I also know that I am still losing inches and weight while using this product.  It seems to be working well, so far, for me!

***So if you are coming off a Sugar Detox….or tend to struggle with these foods, as well….check this product out!  I have liked it enough to tell ya about it! :-).

REMEMBER Before Sugarless

I have completed my 21 day sugar detox and many of you have completed it or will complete it after today! AWESOMENESS!!  I am so proud of each of us! Many of us have learned so much during this process.  Just a few things to look back on in the last 21 days….. (this is mainly pertaining more to the ladies I coached and encouraged—but please read if you are interested in doing a Sugar Detox with me in the near future).

REMEMBER….

1. REMEMBER that first weekend prior to the detox…..not knowing how to read your labels.  It said 0 Sugar, but why was it illegal? ***It was those fake sugars (aka chemicals and poisons to our body).  Y’all now know how to read those labels and identify if it’s healthy or not.

2. REMEMBER when on the days 3-5 when you got on the scale and it had already moved!!!! Maybe even several pounds!

3. REMEMBER when you first thought you were hungry…but then your realized you were NOT actually hungry, you just had set yourself up for unhealthy snacking or eating habits?

4. REMEMBER when you did your first WOD or BASELINE workout.  It didn’t look or sound bad until you were actually in the middle of doing it and thought you might die? LOL

5. REMEMBER feeling sick or ill from the actual DETOX?

6. REMEMBER being post detox and feeling great!!! You looked healthier.  Your skin looked better.  You were sleeping better.  You were thinking clearer.  You felt amazing and still do!!!!!!

7.  REMEMBER when you were tempted to eat or drink something you knew you shouldn’t have and you denied yourself the treat. REMEMBER how you felt empowered by that!!!

8.  REMEMBER those yummy new dishes we learned to make and actually liked! Even if they looked a little funny…haha

9.  REMEMBER when you cheated and you literally didn’t feel good or as good as you did prior the cheat.  REMEMBER when you thought that that bad food wasn’t actually worth it anymore.

10. REMEMBER our text of encouragement to one of another!

Girls, this list could go on and on.  Look how far you have come in just 21 days of making healthier choices. My challenge is that you begin to live your life with these guidelines in place.  You are educated now and you know what leads to illness, disease, tiredness, overweight, etc….  PREVENT those things and practice what you know.

Try to follow a 80/20 rule….eating clean 80% of the time and 20% of the time you can treat yourself (remember portion control with this 20%).

Please be cautious of any foods you add back in.  Don’t add everything in at once.  Be patient and “test” the eliminated foods out.  You might be surprised that several foods might need to be taken out of your diet all together.

Again, I know this is the end of the 21 Day Sugar Detox but my challenge to you may it be the beginning of healthier lifestyle for you and your family!

CONGRATS!!!!!

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***For those interested in doing a 21 Sugar Detox in the near future, please contact me.  I can privately coach you and your own group! :-). It’s super cheap and very well worth it!!  Click here  to connect with me.