Wednesday, August 31, 2016


I met with my nutritionist after she received my RMA results and we talked about my numbers for IIFYM.

If you're anything like me, then you listened to all the magazines and blogs that say to lose weight a women should consume no less then 1,200 calories, and that 1,400 is a good place to start.

Well, once again, my mind was blown with the numbers I was given. Blown in a good way, like 'yay! I won't have to starve to lose weight!' and also blown like 'wow, my metabolism must be f*cked!' All this time I have literally been starving my body because it needs about an extra 1,000 calories daily just to survive!

D-TOX Chili
Having to change my mind set to eat 2,365 calories a day, 230 grams of carbs, 170 grams of protein and 85 grams of fat is a bit daunting, but it's one I'm definitely ready to tackle. (<--- provided for me specifically from my nutritionist based on my RMA, height, weight, age and lifestyle)

I am absolutely loving my current state of mind because I have been so focused and eager to learn about nutrition and working out for my body, I hope it sticks around for quite some time.

One day this week I took full advantage of the free opportunities I was given and went a little HAM. I started with a great personal training session over lunch that really got me sweating. We focused on my problem areas, hips, thighs, core and of course the booty.

Later in the day I participated in the Try It Tuesday event that was called 'How To Burn Fat'. We met on the treadmill and one of the trainers put us through a fat burning cardio session. I did my AMA last November so I was able to stay in my zones during the whole workout. I enjoyed this class because it clarified the different zones and what it means to workout in them.

After the cardio session I tried a 'Discovery to Pilates' class that I was offered through the 60-Day Challenge. It was really neat to try because we did all of the moves on a reformer. I've done Pilates in the past, but only on the mat. I don't think I'll become a Pilates addict, but I could see trying it again from time to time.

This week I made some super clean recipes from the D-TOX that I'll be starting in a little over a week. One is the chili you see above. It's great because it's so clean. Shredded zucchini, diced red pepper, white onion, free range ground turkey, blended tomatoes, beans and more beans, organic low sodium chicken broth and seasoned to taste.

Another recipe I tried a Greek Mediterranean Chicken Salad. I have some tweaking to do on that one still.

My homework for the next two weeks is to hit my macros every single day and take progress pics and my weight each Monday and send them to my nutritionist. After that, we'll either change up my macros or continue with what I am doing.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Resting Metabolic Assessment

This morning I took the easiest test of my life and according to the woman that monitored this test, I did very well.

Ok, there was absolutely no way I couldn't make it through sitting in a recliner for thirty minutes open mouth breathing into a mask. That was the easy part and went by surprisingly fast for 7:00 AM on a Monday.

In order to get the most accurate numbers for my Nutritionist to calculate what my macros should be, I did a Resting Metabolic Assessment. I found out that by doing absolutely nothing for a whole day, my body burns 2,014 calories.

Basically, any fewer calories than that and I am starving my body. My mind was blown because I've always been under the assumption that in order to lose weight I would have to eat way less calories then that. Hmm, this might be why my weight loss efforts haven't been so great.

By doing this assessment, I also found out that my body only burns 15% fat and 85% carbs. These numbers should actually be flipped. I was told this could do with stress, lack of sleep and/or alcohol.

To be honest, I had a weekend of celebrating my birthday and spent Sunday in my hometown celebrating another birthday. I also stuffed my face with pizza late last night which kept me up all night with stomach pains. I know pizza is on my do-not-eat list because of the tomato sauce (acid-reflux) and melted cheese (stomach cramps and endless trips to the bathroom). It's my weakness, it was late, I was starving and tired.

I upgraded MyFitness Pal so I can insert my macros. I was under the impression that I ate a relatively balanced diet when I watched what I was eating. I learned I do not get nearly enough fat or protein but I consume about twice as many carbs as someone should in a day. That was another eye opener.

Now that my nutritionist has all the information she needs, I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of eating plan she sets up for me and if this is finally the ticket I need to start losing some fat.

Tomorrow will be a big gym day as I am doing a lunch time personal training session, the Try it Tuesday event in the evening is learning how to use your heart rate zones to burn fat, followed by a complimentary pilates class.  Looks like I might need to bring an extra pair of workout clothes.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Meeting with a Nutritionist

This afternoon I had my first meeting with my Nutritionist. She asked me why I wanted to see a nutritionist, what my issues were and what I am hoping to get out of these meetings.

As I mentioned in my last post, I want to gain the knowledge on how to eat right, how to make smart substitutions, and just to learn what I can in the most simplest, laymen's terms way possible.

We talked through her two different coaching styles and I decided to go with the If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) method. The next step will be for me to do a resting metabolic assessment which I will do next week. Once we have my results from the resting metabolic assessment, Allison, my Nutritionist, can pin point my exact calories needed to maintain/lose weight.

Since I go to chips or candy on my stressful days I think this method is the best for me personally. I can adjust my days food/beverage intake if I really, really, really, need to break in to my candy stash.

I am pretty excited to start working with Allison and seeing where this can take me.

I'm not exactly sure what it is, but something happened recently where I finally decided to put any bullshit that comes in to my life behind me.

Bullshit walks in the door
Me: BYE Felicia!

I need to put myself first, while that might sound selfish to some, to me, I think it's about time I stopped making sure I pleased everyone else around me, and make sure to please myself first.

Granted it's only been about a week since this revelation has happened, but I wake up in the morning (feeling like P. Diddy) with a clearer mind and an eagerness to get to the gym at the end of the day. A realization that I am worth something and that also means being selfish with my time and energy.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I am so excited for this 60 Day Challenge! I think it will be more than just a physical transformation, but an internal, love myself, self appreciation transformation as well.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

60 Day Challenge

I'm going to sound like a broken record here, but I'm going to attempt to chronicle my journey on the 60 Day Life Time Challenge.

Life Time is doing a Fall 60 day weight/transformation challenge that I signed up for in an attempt to get in shape before my trip to Hawaii (2 months to go!!). There are two categories with a male and female group and four total $10,000 winners!

I feel like this attempt at a challenge will go a little better since there are so many more resources, live check-ins, and accountability buddies available.

I recently met with my trainer/coach and we sat down to talk about my ultimate goal and what I hope to achieve in the next 60 days.

I decided that my number one focus will be nutrition. I've worked with personal trainers before, I had success following TIU workout guides in the past. Last year I dropped 15 pounds following the TIU new year challenge. My biggest struggle was eating right.

Since I'm currently going through some gut issues, well, currently addressing the issues I've had for a while now, I figured what better way then to hop on this bandwagon and really just go all in.

I purchased the D-TOX program which is 3-6 weeks long. It's also similar to an elimination diet which my doctor recommended I do so I can know for sure what foods give me the issues that I have.

I am not going to start week one until next week. It's a little impossible to do with my parents upcoming birthday party I am throwing them at our cabin.

There will be three phases.

Phase/Week 1: Prep
          Start to eliminate caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars, soy, etc.

Phase/Week 2: Detox
          Eat super clean/approved foods and incorporate supplements and meal replacement. The cafe even offers D-TOX approved pre-made meals.

Phase 3/Week 3-6: Restore
          Add in one food group at a time and pay attention to it's side effects. If something isn't sitting right, make note and eliminate the food from my diet.

I'm pretty excited that I am participating in this challenge and it's great to have an outline of eliminating and re-introducing food back in to my diet. When my Dr. first recommended an elimination diet, I was pretty stumped and overwhelmed with all the information out there.

I'm looking forward to trying new foods and recipes. In fact, I made a new-to-me Avocado Pesto last night that's the I'm sure having it with proscuitto and noodles isn't the best option. Maybe next time I'll go with zoodles, or spiralized carrots. That sounds good!

Avocado Pesto (4 servings)
1 Avocado
1 Bunch Basil
Juice from 1 lemon
1 Tsp salt
Garlic cloves (I used 6 but I love garlic)
2 Tablespoons EVOO

Put-em (food processor) all together and what have you got? Bippity-boppity bippity-boppity bippity-boppity boo!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Up North

Hey folks! Anyone still around??

I'll be popping in a bit more frequently again in the coming months. Exciting things are happening after a few months of just daily living. Let me fill you in on one thing that I feel is crazy cool and I can't wait to see the outcome.

A couple weeks ago a local shop reached out to me expressing interest in one of the shirts I had designed and sold on Etsy. After some chatting, they asked if I would be interested in having my shirt sold in their store and also in their 2016 holiday gift guide!

Timing in my life is everything and the timing on this couldn't have been more perfect. I was just about to totally throw in the towel on the whole t-shirt thing and then there it was, the email to give me the drive to continue on.

This beauty. My pride and joy. Will be in two stores in Minnesota, one in South Minneapolis, and a holiday gift guide!

You can pretty much guarantee I'll be stopping by the store to check it out once it's for sale.

Stay tuned for more information on that!

More exciting things and going ons.

*I'm co-hosting with my sisters a 60th birthday bash for my parents over Labor Day weekend at our family cabin. I have so many ideas on how I want it to look, but building a giant log cabin with stone fireplaces in a couple weeks time just won't do. I'll have to work with what I have. Canoe beverage cooler? I think yes!

*We're about two and a half months away from our Hawaii trip. I can't wait to share that here. We rented the most amazing house right on the beach and literally steps from where the wedding will take place. Like, when I put it in to Google maps it told me 1,857 steps, that's less than a mile. Huge win on that one!

*We had two amazing back-to-back weekends at the cabin hosting cousins and then friends. I received my GoPro just before our cousins weekend and I'm currently working on putting together a video of the weekend. If anyone has any GroPro tips, please share them!

*The Olympics are on and I have never been more in to them as I am this year. I'm also completely sleep deprived and drinking too much wine while cheering for USA. As a former swimmer and volleyball player, these first few days have been very fun to watch.

*My whole family pretty much got new/new to them cars. I said goodbye to my 2003 Hyundai Tiburon. It's going off to a scrap metal yard. We had so many good times together. Countless trips back and forth from Sioux Falls to loading it up so I couldn't see out the windows and coming back home to Minnesota. Weekends with the sunroof open and music up on our cruises up North. It was the very first car I purchased and she sure treated me well over the last 11 years together. She was started to show her age when the driver's side window wouldn't work, you had to manually pump gas while holding the lever just so and getting 1/2 gallon at a time. No one wants to spend 20 minutes filling up a gas tank. And finally, the radio went out. I've upgraded a bit, my windows all work, it takes less than 3 minutes to fill the tank these days, the radio works and even has a jack to stream music through my phone, not that silly tape deck.

Well I think we're all caught up. I'll stop back soon to share more going ons and update you on my t-shirt!

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