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!