Author: cair4health

It is not Always About the Numbers on the Scale

I am one of the first to admit, I am obsessed with the scale. As much as I try to tell myself otherwise, I often let the scale dictate my success.

This can be hard, especially with a program like 80 Day Obsession, where I am building muscle and we all know, muscle weighs more than fat. I set weight loss goals prior to the beginning of this program, and want to achieve them.

However, it is not always about the number on the scale. A lot of people say to take measurements… I have and I don’t find the numbers to changed significantly. Maybe a total of 3 – 4 inches so far. Then people have said to take pictures and while I haven’t yet done the side by side, when I look at the pictures I take, I am not impressed…

But, that changed today. Today I realized my size 8 capris were big on me. Due to having extra time, I decided to go to my favorite store – Gap Factory Outlet… and I then decided to try to a size 6. I literally don’t even know the last time I put on a size 6. I was pretty much a size 10 once I started wearing “adult clothes” and only began wearing size 8, a year or two ago. I decided just to try it for fun, and see how much more I needed to go to reach a size 6. Well, take a look…

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Green is my size 8, and the blue pair is the one I bought today – size 6!!!

Even though when I look in the mirror I still see the girl who is overweight and not healthy, today’s Non Scale Victory (NSV), reminds me of how far I have come and the progress I did make.

I know my journey is not over. Both with where I want to take my physical transformation, but even with my mental transformation. I will get to the point where I love my body both physically and mentally… but for now, I am going to celebrate this NSV and push a little harder knowing I have made this progress so far.

What is your Why?

What is your why?

Ask yourself this question 5 – 7 times…

It could go something like this (this is completely fictional):

  1. Why do you want to lose weight?
  2. Because I have a high school reunion coming up and want to look good.
  3. Why?
  4. Because my ex – boyfriend will be there and I want him to know how good I look now
  5. Why?
  6. Because he cheated on me with a girl who was must skinnier and prettier
  7. Why?
  8. Because I had gained so much weight that I couldn’t give my all in the relationship and became depressed and withdrew from a lot of people.
  9. So why does it really matter now?
  10. Because I don’t want this to happen again with my husband who I love so much

Often times we think we know why we want to start, but until we dig deeper, we might not actually understand the real reason we want to start, and without that real reason, we might not stick with it.

Go ahead try it…

Tabouli Quinoa Chicken Bowls

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If I’ve learned anything from this health journey, it is that meal prep is the key to staying on track. I actually thought it would be easier to follow the 80 Day Obsession meal plan now that school is out. While it is in some regard because I am awake for less hours each day, so eating every 2 – 3 hours is much easier, I am not as good with meal prepping.

With a three day conference to start my week, I wanted to go back to meal prep, and I am so excited for these Tabouli Quinoa Chicken Bowls. Super easy and able to make lunch for the next 4 days. The following recipe is for one bowl, but super easy to duplicate it for as many days as you need.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup red onions
  • 1/2 cup tomato
  • 1/2 cup cucumbers
  • 3/4 cup cooked chicken (I seasoned mine with Nature’s Promise Mango Habanero)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon mint
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • Dash of salt

Directions

  1. Mix all together
  2. Enjoy

I got this recipe from Fixate, which is actually part of the Beachbody on Demand suite of on demand health and fitness videos. I love looking at it each week because new recipes are added each week, and if you follow 21 Day Fix or 80 Day Obsession, it designates the container equivalent. It also gives the nutritional value so if you follow a different program such as Weight Watchers or counting macros, you can also do that. It also designates if recipes are Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free, or Vegan!

Interested? Let me know and I can help you get a 2 week free trial.

Why I Drink Shakeology

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I had a super fun night with my best friend and Maid of Honor last night. I can’t even tell you the last time, just the two of us went out… While I love everything about life right now, it felt good to just go out, sit at a bar, drink wine, and catch up for hours. Besides drinking wine, we also LOVE nachos, so we enjoyed some epic nachos that had buffalo chicken, tater tots, and bacon…

Anyway, while I enjoyed every moment of last night and don’t regret the food or drink choices, today hasn’t felt great. Not necessarily hung over (thankfully), but definitely sluggish due to the wine and unhealthy food choices. Around 4pm today I made my daily nutrient – dense shake with vegan vanilla, banana, and unsweetened almond milk… and let me tell you I feel so much better. So I wanted to share my top five reasons why I drink Shakeology everyday (in no particular order).

  1. After a night of drinking, Shakeology makes me feel human again. Before I started this journey, my post going out meal was Dunkin Donuts hash browns and a bagel and now its just a Shakeology. Because Shakeology is just loaded with vitamins, minerals, and pre and probiotics, my body kinda gets a  kick of nutrients, which is what my body needs. Not to mention, its about 200 calories, instead of 400 – 500.
  2. Shakeology gives me energy, which is also why it helps after a night of drinking. I don’t need caffeine the way I used to and my energy is more regulated throughout the day. I also love having one at 3 pm since it helps with that afternoon slump.
  3. Sugar cravings have diminished. That doesn’t mean they are gone… but I used to NEED dessert after dinner, but now I need it maybe once every two weeks. Also, on a day like today when I’m on the couch since it is gross outside, I often just want to eat candy… and while I had a few pieces, I quickly made myself a shakeology and haven’t wanted any more sugar.
  4. It makes my nails and hair so much stronger! I love how my nails look each day and how long they get! Perfect for getting ready for the wedding.
  5. It is slightly costly, and definitely more than a lot of products out there… and I know a lot of people don’t even try it because of the money… but the cost actually helps me be healthier… Because I know how much it costs, I don’t like throwing away the money by eating junk later in the day… it helps me stay consistent throughout the day.

It also tastes good in my opinion and there are so many options! I also love that there are sample packets for both vegan and whey protein, and there is a 30 – day money back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied. Interested in trying? Leave me a comment and let me help you get started!

Just Keep Pushing Forward

Friday is my “weigh – in day”. It’s the day that I track my weight and measurements to see if I lost anything and for the first time since starting 80 Day Obsession, I gained weight. Over a pound. This is disappointing for a lot of reasons, especially since I have my first dress fitting today (though, I am still less than I was when I bought the dress)…

However, I have two choices. I can be upset and blame the program and say things like it isn’t working for me, nothing works for me, I’ve tried everything, and give up.

OR

I can reflect on the type of week I had… and I’m going to be honest. Last night, I had two margaritas, a glass of wine, guacamole and chips, and half of a salad… (wow just writing that out makes me realize how much it was)… Most likely the weight gain has a lot to do with salt, but reflecting on how much I ate shows me that the program works if you follow it.

I am not going to dwell on this weight gain today and I am just going to keep pushing forward. I am going to push hard in my thirty minute cardio workout today and make as many good food choices as I can. I know I am doing Happy Hour with my best friend tonight, and I’m not going to hold back because we only live once, but it means the rest of the weekend will be clean eating and lots of water.

When you have a set back, reflect on why versus giving up. Then keep pushing forward.

Why Coaching Inspired Me to Workout

In 2015, I was approached by someone who I never met to become a Team Beachbody Coach. This person was my coach, assigned to me because I knew his sister, but other than that, I didn’t know much about him besides that he worked out regularly and posted some videos about it. Each time he asked, I said no… thinking it wasn’t for me.

But then one day, something in my head, and I still don’t know why, made me stop and think about it. I already was working out, and more importantly, I desperately wanted a body that I didn’t hate and that others admired. I didn’t agree to coach to make money, and to be truthful, I didn’t agree to coach to help others either… I agreed to coach to help me.

Since that day in April 2015, my coaching journey has been a lot of ups and downs, and again, not because of money or because of helping others, but because of my own belief in myself… I completed programs, but did not follow the calendar faithfully and took more rest days than prescribed… sometimes stopping and restarting, and rarely ever completing a program. More importantly, I did not follow the nutrition components and so while I was getting in better shape, I was not seeing the results that made me comfortable in my own skin or the results that I wanted to inspire others.

Until April 2018.

After I ran the Boston Marathon, I thought a lot about coaching and my commitment, and late one night, after eating way too much food and feeling pretty disgusted with myself, I wrote myself a letter… a letter that said I wasn’t going to help others until I learned to help myself. a letter that said I was no longer going to be X pounds and from this day forward I would lead a healthy life, a letter that said I deserved better, and had a choice to make. I spent the next two weeks doing the 21 Day Fix, and then jumping into 80 Day Obsession… and when I say jumping into it, I meant giving the workouts my all, having all of the supplements, and following the nutrition plan 80% of the time (have to be realistic with all of the wedding celebrations)…

Since this new dedication, I have lost 6 pounds and some inches… but more importantly, I feel more comfortable in my skin than I ever have before. For the first time ever, I can look at pictures and not hate my arms, and I can sit at the beach or pool and not find ways to cover my stomach. Am I completely satisfied? No… but this just makes me hungrier to keep pushing each and everyday. This program is challenging, but I also know if I wasn’t a coach, I wouldn’t be doing it. I would have said that Beachbody was just another program that didn’t work and would have tried something else.

Being a coach means people are watching… they may be judging or thinking it is some pyramid scheme, but in the end, even if I make no money, I am healthier, I feel better, I am confident.

Being a coach means developing as a person. I listen to Personal Development almost everyday, and it has helped me focus more in work, in my relationships, and on me.

Being a coach means helping people. Even when that is not my main motivation or my initial reason for signing up, I love getting messages from my coaches or customers about scale and non – scale victories.

Being a coach means getting a check each week to help me pay for my Shakeology and supplements.

Being a coach means I am working on the best version of me each day.

If you read this at all and it resonated, send me a comment. Maybe today is the day you become a coach so you inspire yourself to be the first version of you.

Focus

Have you ever had a workout where you just were unfocused and didn’t get a great workout? I was feeling slightly sluggish this morning and was fearful that when I pressed play, I was going to have that type of workout.

Before leg day began, I wrote the word FOCUS on my calendar in my home gym. Every time my mind starting wandering, I looked at that board and told myself to focus… and each time it worked. I upped my weights and burned more calories today than last week’s leg day.

Give yourself a daily mantra and apply that mantra to each part of your life. Tonight, when my fiancé comes home from work, I’m going to continue with this mantra of FOCUS… get off the computer and my phone and focus on him and us. Small daily affirmations or mantra’s help you have a better and more positive day. What will your daily mantra be?

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