Now, for the good stuff. Like my new cookbook that I think is the coolest and most delicious thing since ice cream.
Since I don't really eat that anymore, this cookbook is working it's magic. Now, as you read- excuse my language in parts as it is just a part of the kick a** cookbook.
Eat Like You Give a Fuck by Thug Kitchen
Clean ol' eating. It keeps me laughing at its vulgar but GREAT points throughout the prelude and also as I am following the recipe.
I have already tried the Peanut Slaw, Vegetable Pad Thai, Toritilla Soup, Pazole, Mango Curry and MORE!
It is a vegetarian cookbook, however, it is very easy to add meats to the recipes if you'd like- (like I do) but you can use the tofu if you prefer.
So, if you dare and can look past the vulgarities- I HIGHLY recommend this delightful cookbook!
Get in the Triumph Know and print your calendar.
Plus, don't you all want to get Sexy for Summer and win some awesome-sauce baskets?
That happens this month and you'll be crying under your covers if you don't sign up for it- trust me.
Then, you have your "Bring Your Honey Bunny" to workout day. Nothing says I love you like sweaty red faces.
Also, watch for the "no class" days, because we don't want you shown up bright and early on your Saturday to locked doors. That's be a bummer.
Did you know that summer bodies are made in the winter?? But don't worry, we've got the program for you!
So what does this " Sexy for Summer" entail exactly? Well... to entice you just a bit- we've got prizes. Like really good prizes.
Not kidding you.
You see... this 35 day Fitness and Nutrition Contest is made easy for you. The program uses BOTH a specific & special exercise program and nutrition to help you each your goals.
There will be two categories for competition- YOU CHOOSE.
**Top Male & Top Female "Biggest Gains"
Want to gain some muscle mass? Tone and firm? This category may be for you!
** Top Male & Top Female "Biggest Loss"
Want to lose some body fat and gain lean muscle? This category may be for you!
So, what is the catch??
You have to dedicate yourself to the fitness & the food. Can't make class at Triumph Fitness??- then you need to do the work at home. You need to commit yourself to meal prepping the EASY meal plans we have for you to follow. No skipping meals, no altering (unless you don't want to win:)).
THE FIRST 10 PEOPLE TO PRE-PAY AND COMMIT ONLY PAY $50.
After the first 10 slots are gone- price stays at $100 to enter.
(Must sign up at the gym. Must pay upon sign up.)
Let's talk prizes for a second. Cash. Best Bar Ever. Fit Aid. Doc Spartan. Straw Propeller Oatmeal. Double Under Wonder Jump Ropes. Men: just think Man Crate. Women: Think hair, product, & wine. Hint. Hint. LOTS O' Prizes!!
Know that you know about what garb of greatness you can earn- let's talk logistics.
Program LAUNCHES on Monday, February 15th. That is the first day of the 35 days.
However, it is REQUIRED that you attend the meeting to be clear on the rules, how winners are to be determined and get all of your questions answered. That meeting is on SATURDAY, February 13th at ELEVEN AM (11:00am).
By entering you get so much more than prizes though- you get your health. You get to be Sexy. For. Summer.
Anything is possible if you've got the nerve. You see- it is about effort and bringing effort every. single. day.
That is where progress and change occurs. Complete dedication.
I'm two weeks in and have seen BIG changes. I SEE them. The scale is still a whore. She always has been and always will be. If I only went by the scale- I'm down ZERO POUNDs.
But oh, my progress is SO MUCH MORE.
Here is a comparison of start to two weeks in based on my measurements I shared with all of you.
How? Here are the RESULTS I have gotten in two weeks.
Thigh: 23.75--22 = -1.75
Waist: 32.5--31 = -1.5
Chest: 35--34= -1
Bicep: 11.5-- 11.5 = -0
Neck: 12.5-- 13 = +.5
Hips 38.5--37 = -1.5
Total of 5.25 inches LOST in two weeks!
So, I will complete my two week photos asap but here is just a snippet of the tummy start and two week mark! FOR REAL!!
And yes, for all you doubters, I was flexing in BOTH photos... and just in case the no face photo makes you disbelieve a bit too... check out the one with my face and same shirt.
Wake up early. Exercise. Eat. Repeat. Sleep.
2. No excuses.
All of you all know that I am just a regular gal like you. A mom of two. Full time job. Real life obligations. However, I leave no room for excuses. Excuses are the killers of dreams, the killers of progress and the killers of transformation.
Funny thing, (okay more honest then funny), I have heard quite a few people lately say they have stopped getting results. However, in discussion with a few of these very lovely people, there are factors that have played into the plateau of results and/or lack of results:
You're following the meal plan-- sometimes.
You will not get results from something you are half-assing. Simple. Stop adding things to your food that are not on the plan. Adding extras increases calories, fats, carbs, and proteins which throws off the entire meal plan. So, if you are wondering if you can add sour cream, dressing, sauces... just stop. You are messing with the point of a meal plan- balance.
You're following the food of the meal plan but still have your sugary drinks & alcohol.
Moderation is an IMPORTANT aspect here. Sure, have your ONE glass of wine a week. Have your whiskey but NO MIXER. Yep... sorry ladies and gents- sugar is definitely going to impact your results greatly. (That includes fruit and adding extra things to your protein!)
You hit the gym 2x a week.
Sure. You'll get results, but not as quick as coming more often. Plus you have to ask yourself- what do you do with the other 5 days? Are you active, running, completing finishers?? Can't just sit on your rear on the couch? Got to get up and BURN those calories! A combination of cardio and lifting is the fastest way to increase your metabolism and get results.
Remember 30% gym 70% kitchen. Don't ruin your results you are working your booty off for by eating like CRAP.
So, today I leave you with these two videos.
We need to make our goals possible- believe in the I'mPossible movement. But what you need to also realize is that children are imitators. So- give them something powerful to imitate. Get them to understand their power young and watch them become passionate individuals!
I'm tired. I'm out of breath. I'm sweaty. It is working. I'mPossible.
As I mentioned in the video, this weekend was very successful! For those of you who who are not familiar with exactly who makes up- well me:
I am a mom of two very lovely children. I am a second grade teacher. I am a partner in running a VERY BUSY household! I am a cook (or so I like to claim). I am an athlete. I am ME.
This weekend was successful! Mr. F and I worked HARD in the kitchen yesterday and made ALL of our chicken, rice, potatoes, turkey and MORE for the entire week! This helps with my sanity every. single. day. It leaves me with the simple task of just putting the pieces together to make it complete each day!
With the weekly meal prepping, I am also able to spend ample time at the gym (not stressing) and time with the kids rather than doing nightly tasks. Plus, it really is one of my favorite things to spend time cooking and talking with Mr. F on Sunday Meal Prep Days!
This week is my second week of tackling my I'mPossible goals, and I am excited to take my measurements and weigh in at the end of the week! I also plan to take 14 day photos- so make sure to check back at the end of the week! Comparing results and progress are both powerful motivators! I can't wait! Super eager!
In addition, part of holding myself accountable for reaching my goals- I signed up for another competition with a few lovely ladies! The NW Fit Games: War Games! It keeps me training hard- with purpose and motivation to DOMINATE my PRs and keep getting really really sweaty!
Keep your priorities straight y'all. Remember- BUSY IS A CHOICE. STRESS IS A CHOICE. JOY IS A CHOICE.
-The I'mPossible Mom
Oh, PS- this little BCAA thing- has been my SAVING GRACE for recovery! Mr. F has some at the gym and has been enjoying it too- ask about it!
Join us at Triumph Fitness for a Family WOD & Movie Night @ Triumph Fitness!!
WHEN: Friday, January 22nd @ 6:00pm
WHAT: Get in a GREAT workout with those you love! Bring your children and workout together and end the evening watching a family movie! If you would like to bring some snacks for your family to enjoy during the movie- please do!
WHERE: 2757 NW 7th St- Redmond,OR: Triumph Fitness
Work hard, stay humble & Be kind.
Quietly powerful words.
I started this blog as The I'mPossible Mom to encourage and share real life, real struggles, real goals because I know that if I feel that it is time to make my goal possible- so do other mothers.
We all have goals & dreams. It is time that we aspire to reach them and make ourselves possible each and everyday.
Today, FIVE days into my goal, I have seen GREAT progress in just the way I LOOK and FEEL- with a few simple intentional changes.
The biggest changes I have made so far:
*Increase of water intake
*Sticking to the Meal Plan AT ALL TIMES
Simple changes that can cause BIG changes: Why? Well...
I am LOVING the Meal Plan App from Coach Fonseca over at Triumph Fitness! There are SO MANY reasons why. Mostly, it uses FOOD and protein. That is it. Plus, if I do not like a particular food- all I have to do is exchange it from a list and it recalculated the measurement for me. Seriously AWESOME.
It tells me each meal, the measurements needed and the food is FAR FROM complicated. I have seen and felt the results IMMEDIATELY! (A little birdy told me she lost 7lbs within her first WEEK on the Meal Plan)!
And of course, when I seem to plateau on this particular meal plan- all I have to do is talk with Coach Fonseca and start a different meal plan with a different focus. (Think: Fat-loss meal plan to Lean Muscle Gain meal plan). It is just that simple.
Then you consider the other changes I have been intentionally making- water and no alcohol. Why are those TWO things so important to reaching my goal?
BENEFITS OF WATER:
When your water intake does not equal your output, you can become dehydrated. Fluid losses are accentuated in warmer climates and during strenuous exercise!
1. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of approximately 60% water. The functions of these fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of salvia, and transportation of vitamins and nutrients.
2. Water Can Help Control Calories. For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn't have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.
3. Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don't maintain their balance of fluids- shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. This means, your performance can suffer.
5. Water Helps Your Kidneys. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine- water is a natural toxin cleanser!
Water is GREAT for the body! You can see how the body is affected if your intake is not adequate. Thus, I have been intentional about my water intake knowing that it will help me feel better and reach my goals!
Which leads me to... ALCOHOL and the negative effects it can have on the body. Yeah, we all know it does- right? But, alcohol with a goal such as mine it can SIGNIFICANTLY work against my plan of action and results.
ALCOHOL AND METABOLISMCan drinking make you fat? Yes- it can and here’s why: during digestion, there is an order of how your body processes and breaks down food into energy. But there is also a cost: your body uses its own energy through digestion to remove energy that the food contains – with the outcome of getting more energy out from the food, than it needs to expend to get that energy. The end result of eating, after all, is to have more energy after the fact so you can continue to keep doing what you are doing. In general, the order of ease of digestion is carbohydrates, protein and lastly fats. That is because fat is itself,- energy. It takes energy to break down fat (to make more energy). Your body recognizes this fact and often digests the fat last.
Now, the interesting – and hopefully mind-blowing fact here – is that your body considers alcohol to be a foreign invader that it wants no part of. In fact, when alcohol is detected by your body, it causes a rapid increase in alcohol metabolism until all the alcohol is cleared from body.
But don’t forget, alcohol has a caloric density, meaning it also has ‘energy’ that they body can utilize – and it does. Hence, during alcohol oxidization, the alcohol is used PREFERABLY as an energy source over other substrates and can SUPPRESS the oxidation of fat and, to a lesser degree, that of protein and carbohydrates.
This means your body decreases it fat oxidation (metabolism into energy), while still utilizing protein and carbohydrate sources as well as the alcohol sources. However, as this continues, your body will begin to take the fat you get from food and begin to STORE it since it can get energy from other sources.
YIKES! So- that stubborn belly fat?? May be from your wine, beer, or rum!
So, with just those TWO simple things- the last five days of workouts I have felt ENERGIZED and have been able to push past the exhaustion of the cardio and soreness of the weight lifting- I am recovering quickly.
My plan is to weigh and measure next weekend (two week point) to track my progress and see the numbers of the progress I have made.
This week hasn't been easy. I have passed up treats in the staff room and woken up early to get in an extra workout even when my bed is calling my name. And yes- I have wanted that Adult Beverage to relax with while cooking or eating dinner, but my GOALS are taking precedence so I can make MY GOALS POSSIBLE!
Yesterday and today have gone pretty well. I mean- really- pretty darn well. Aside from one of my students flailing himself across my classroom floor like a seal (twice) I held onto my sanity and stayed relatively present within my day.
I managed to not bitch and complain at my family for making messes but instead I smiled, listened and actually enjoyed my night after the gym! Normally, I deal with too many interventions all day at school that my poor children get the short end of the stick at home. Anything that sounds like complaining got an immediate response with something like "Ew. That sounds gross, try your normal voice." Yeah, classy I know. But that is all I had the energy for.
Now last night, I came across this from Jada. She rocked my world and spoke to EXACTLY what I am saying.
"We are here to ASSIST you, but cannot make your life for you."
"When you stop taking care of yourself, you get out of balance and you really forget how to take care of others. I think we've been taught that taking care of yourself is a problem..."
Okay, I'll stop quoting the WHOLE THING- just watch it. Trust me. It is worth your 6 minutes and 21 seconds.
Thanks Jada- sometimes we need to HEAR it from another mother! Her message here in this video is exactly what we are all standing for The I'mPossible. Your dreams are just as important as everyone else's in your household. Continue to assist those you love in reaching and achieving their dreams but at the end of the day BE SURE you did something for yourself.
So, you may be wondering what my goal is exactly... well, it is one I have had for a while and I truly know all the avenues and steps I need to take to get there. I just have to be intentional and make myself possible.
I want to be as FIT as I can be- as STRONG as I can be using SOLELY food, protein and workouts. No programs, no business endeavors- just good 'ol meal plannin'
There are specific areas of my body I am working towards trimming down and toning. Belly (think love handles and abdominals) trimming and some toning of the gluteous maximus. I DO NOT have a goal weight. I have found for me- that I will lose scaled weight, but it will not be drastic, however, I do have fat to lose- it will be more easily measured as a body fat percentage, measurements and the LOOK of being toned and strong.
Some of you may be wondering why I am determined to use food and not a pre-packaged program I could just open and go- well, I do have my nutrition certification and in that certification I had to complete EXTENSIVE reading and understand how the body works in regards to nutrition.
One particular fact that I came across was that many of the pre-packaged programs help you lose weight, however, you are losing at such a DRASTIC rate that your body is losing lean muscle not particularly fat (fat-loss takes longer). Therefore, you are skinny fat. You actual body fat percentages fails to change minimally (if at all). In addition, once the use of that program concludes the user gains back all fat and the metabolism struggles to function on a normal basis making weight-loss even harder the next go around. So convenience comes with consequences.
So my goal is not only to reach MY full potential and make myself possible, but to also PROVE to the masses that food is the answer. That we don't need anything else but understanding what goes into our body and how it works towards weight gain, muscle gain, fat loss, health benefits, etc...
Here is where I am starting:
(Which for any of us, is really hard to share publicly but I wish to be open and honest along my entire journey as The I'mpossible Mom)
I started my meal plan on January 4th, 2016 and I plan to reach my goal by April 30th, 2016. That is about 16-17 weeks. PLENTY of enough time to meet my goals!
I worked out yesterday with Dr. Hamilton with some Olympic Lifting routines. I felt good. I was tired. It was a Monday but I got in a sweated and lifted heavy. Today, I will workout with Coach Fonseca at 4:15pm as well. However, both day I had all intention of working out at the 6:30am class if not at the gym but roll out our row machine and equipment at home before the kids woke up too. I didn't. I failed and laid in bed too long. That was really a fail towards reaching my goals. I have to get on fixing that immediately. Laziness is never an acceptable excuse to missing a workout (unless your sick- then lazy it up in your jammies!)
I am on Day Two of my Meal Plan and have peed countless times due to the increase of my intake of water. I am working closely with Mr. F on my fat-loss meal plan with a balance of proteins, carbs and fats within approximately six small meals a day.
I woke up early Monday morning and completed meal prepping before work when Mr. F was at the gym and the kids were still sleeping. I cooked enough rice, potatoes, chicken breast, and turkey to get us through the rest of the week. Now it is simple, measure out and put in tupperware! WAHOO!
But now- for the honesty. Well, I came home last night and was cooking dinner for Mr. F and I. When Mr. F came home he said "Is that an ADULT BEVERAGE?!" Honestly, I forgot. Yes, truly and innocently, I forgot. I just figured music, a beverage and cooking was a bit relaxing. However the sugars and alcohol work AGAINST my physical goals I have in mind. *sigh* (FYI, I didn't finish it once he reminded me).
I wanted Starbucks for my Monday and my Tuesday (and I am sure I will want it for my Wednesday and Thursday and Friday) but so far, I won that battle. Just keep driving. These are the accomplishments that are small victories. I have also noticed that the only reason I really like Starbucks is the FEELING it gives me-- I feel (more) relaxed walking into my hectic day with a Starbucks in hand. Now I just need to let go of the item with the feeling because Starbucks doesn't really make my day any less hectic or more relaxed.
There are days that I really don't want to eat oatmeal for lunch, but I do. There are days that I am not able to warm up a meal or two and I still eat it cold. Why? These are an INTEGRAL part of reaching my goal.
It depends on how much you WANT to reach your goals and your dreams and that is what drives you.
So today, I encourage you to share, comment or write down in your personal journals:
- What is your goal?
-What is the date you are starting?
-What is the date you are ending?
-How are you going to reach those goals (steps to success).
-Take pictures if necessary (physical/weightloss goal)
-How are you going to ENSURE you are making yourself POSSIBLE? (schedule change, membership, nutritional advice??)
And I leave you with this...
Have you evaluated your life lately?
I found myself evaluating my life as I folded and sorted laundry for the fifth time and I heard my name being called for the hundredth time. That name of course being- mom.
As we grow older and our responsibilities increase, I have found that I have drastically started to lose the understanding of myself as well as the realization of what powerful things I am capable of. My ALL DAY is filled with love. Truly is filled with similing, happy children. I GET to care for other people's children all day, and be one of the most important people in their life and sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) I forget that. I get caught up in the paperwork, the grading, the assessing, the planning that I can easily forget how important my job is.
Then, when I call it a day after my eight hours my personal life begins. I get to run home to two little ones who are excited to have mom home. To fill their hearts with love, care and play time. Let's be honest, I am excited to run home to my family. They are my favorite three people after all (but sometimes I fail to show them that).
Now, in all of this daily routine, work, and life there is a lot to be done and tasks to take care of. Lunches, dinner, laundry, dishes, baths, appointments, toys, and SLEEP. The minutes tick by and the tasks keep mounting up. My list continues to grow each day and my mind focuses on crossing the tasks off. I have started to live my life as accomplishing tasks but not truly being present and LIVING my life next to those I love. So, I am taking this laundry foldin' self-evaluation as lesson to learn from my three favorite people, who really just want mom to stop bitchin' and start playing.
So what is all this business about The I'mPossible Mom?
It's just that. Making time for me. To be present in those joys of life and RELISH in them. To reach those same goals I keep setting for myself (over and over and over again). To prove what powerful things I am capable of. To disprove the doubters and the masses who are always searching for the next best thing.
You see, us moms, we sacrifice our goals and desires to first care for others and tend to tasks. It is natural. We put ourselves near last and we skimp where we can or feel that we can find convenience.
You make dinner for your family and sometimes find yourself eating the leftovers off your kids plates and not dishing yourself your own plate- or sitting down (admit it, you've done this at least ONCE- especially when your man is not home). When someone asks for milk you JUMP instead of teaching them to get it themselves, we put away everyone's laundry instead of asking for their help, our men crawl into bed and we finish the dishes instead of cuddling up next to them.
Then we wonder why our jeans don't fit, why we are exhausted, and we cover ourselves up hiding behind our insecurities and self-doubt. We search and spend HUNDREDS (if not thousands) on convenient solutions (that don't work) to make ourselves feel, well, SEXY and ALIVE again. (And repeat this entire paragraph).
We were not born to pay bills, clean and die. We were born to LIVE- be happy and smile- to be healthy and confident, to raise beautiful little children into confident and smart adults.
So it is time. It is time to make yourself possible.
Your goals may be similar (or very different) than mine but this is a place that I will blog and share my journey towards reaching my personal goals. To PROVE it can be done with food- no special programs purchased- no next best thing- just food (okay and protein)! To PROVE I can be PRESENT with my family and that not only can I care for my family but I can care for myself EQUALLY. To PROVE that I can be intentional in reaching my goals.
Stop sacrificing your health and your sanity. MAKE YOURSELF POSSIBLE by joining me-- The I'mPossible Mom.
Keep checkin' back for an outline of my goal, before/after photos, open and honest struggle and success sharing, recipes and MORE!!