Posted in 30 Day Ab/Booty challenge, 30 Day Challenge, 30 Day Get Fit Challenge, 30 Day Yoga Challenge

30-Day Challenge(s)

I am doing three 30-Day challenge and while it might sound crazy it really isn’t – truly it isn’t.  🙂

Challenges in no specific order are:
30-day Ab/Booty Challenge (every day)

Here is the explanation of how to do each exercise:

  1. Flutter kicks – lay flat on your back and elevate your legs off the ground. Make a small scissor motion with your feet. 🙂
  2. Leg lifts – lay flat on your back and lift your legs to a 90° angle. Keep your legs straight.
  3. Heels to heaven – lay flat on your back with your legs straight up at a 90° angle and push your toes up to the sky. You are trying to lift your but up off the ground will keeping your toes pointed to the sky.
  4. Toe taps – lay on your back with your feet straight up and do a crunch to touch your toes! Make sure to connect every time to get the full effect!
  5. Heel taps – are like a normal crunch but touch your fingertips you your heels. 🙂
  6. Crunches
  7. Fire hydrants – on your hands and knees lift one leg to the side with a bent knee and lift your leg up and down.
  8. Donkey kicks – on your hands and knees put one leg out and with either a straight or bent leg lift your leg from the ground up. If your knee is bent comment your knees and pulse up. If you do straight leg. Touch your toe to the floor and back up.
  9. Single leg squats – self-explanatory just remember not to allow your knee to go past your ankle go prevent injury.
  10. Pulsed sumo squats – get in a wide squat position and pulse squats.

30-Day Yoga Challenge (every day)

30-Day Get Fit Challenge – Level 1 with AJ Draven (every other day)

  • iPhone app
Posted in Diary Entry

Monday Blues

Whether or not you feel good about your eating from the weekend, It is over and done.
Every day is a new opportunity to have a great eating day and start working towards achieving important goals.
Start today, right this minute.

Enough is enough. Starting tomorrow (August 1st) I am determined to make changes.
My AP (accountability partner) had a long talk with me and one of the things that was told to me was that I needed to stop with these diets that I’ve been doing that have caused me to lose the weight fast and then gain it back once I stop eating that way. How in the long run I can’t eat this way forever and that is why I gain all the weight back (plus more).
As I listened I felt like a failure and wished I wasn’t having this conversation but regardless of my feelings it was the truth and I needed to hear it. He was right of course.

He gave me some guidelines, which sounded great, but as I go over them now I don’t know if I am going to be able to keep them. You see I am the type of girl who needs structure and routine. I need to be told what to do. What to eat and when to eat. It suits my type of personality. Left on my own accord I tend to want to break the rules by stretching it just enough to say I didn’t really cheat. Then because I feel like “I got away with it” the next step leads to cheating. After that it doesn’t take too long for me to just deviate from my nutrition plan or stop it all together.

I need to figure out a way to abide by his guidelines but do it in a way that will be successful for me. Is there such a plan out there? I need to do some research and find out.

I am not happy with how my body is changing. Last Monday, I had to take before pictures for one of my new fitness programs and I look like I am pregnant.
Where did that huge stomach come from?
Seeing those pictures caused me to be depressed and feel sorry for myself for the rest of the day. Self-destructive thoughts soon followed and I was sinking deeper and deeper into the pity hole. It was bad and I didn’t care that I felt this way. I felt I deserved to be punished by all of my negative thoughts. I didn’t tell anyone and for the most part I tried my best to hide my feelings because I didn’t want to burden anyone but most of all because I knew there was nothing I could do to change it.

Eventually, as you can see, it passed and I am feeling much better. I am ready to make the changes I need to make in order to succeed.

Posted in ChefV, Detox

It’s Here It’s Here!!!! :-) 

I am so excited it’s finally arrived. Our chef V cleanse. I can’t tell you the big smile I got when I walked up and saw this.

I might not be as excited tomorrow but for today I am. LOL  I brought in these two huge boxes, they were heavy, that has our 7-day cleanse.  The contents were cold and nicely packed.
   

I thought I would get one of their nifty Green Drink bags but that wasn’t the case.  I was disappointed but that’s ok.

I didn’t realize how much space I would need for two 7-day juice cleanse.  My fridge is full. 🙂

  

Tomorrow we start!

Posted in ChefV, Detox, The Camp

Pre-Pre-Cleanse Day Two of Three

It’s 8:30 pm and I am feeling tired. I didn’t start out the day feeling tired but by 7 pm I was ready to go to bed. Who goes to bed at 7?  Old people and I don’t want to feel like I am old.  So, I am staying up!  Lol

But now it’s almost 9pm and I can’t fight it anymore.  I am exhausted.

I think the reasons I am tired is due to a combination of my bootcamp workouts and my pre-cleanse food intake.  I promised him that if I was hungry I would eat and I’ve been keeping this promise.  It’s just that I am not hungry in between meals so maybe I think I should add more protein to my meals.
It also could be something completely different and not related to my workouts at all.

I’ll make some changes and see what tomorrow brings.

On a different note my workout today nearly killed me but the competitive girl in me wants to continue because I believe that one day I will be able to complete this and other workouts!
One day.  🙂

 

Posted in ChefV, Detox

Pre-Pre-Cleanse Day One of Three

I survived my first day and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I was a bit hungry at times especially after my bootcamp workout but adhering to their tight schedule wasn’t too bad.  I didn’t start when they started I had to start earlier and at times I was an hour late but overall I like the structure and routine. 🙂

Let me tell you our trainer Stephanie worked us at The Camp.  My legs were wobbly from all the squats and pulses she had us do in-between sets!
According to my Fitbit I used up 460 calories in 50 min. Tomorrow my legs and butt will be sore.

I was thankful that my next meal was a protein bowl. I was one starving girl.

Overall it was a good day.  The drinks didn’t taste bad at all and they reminded of the healthy juices my mom used to make when I was a little girl.  It sure brought back memories. Lunch and dinner was very good and I was happy because I never made a protein bowl or cooked salmon the way they told me to.

I wasn’t tired and was happy that I didn’t feel like I needed my afternoon coffee.

Posted in ChefV, Detox

Pre-Pre-Cleanse

While waiting for my product to arrive from ChefV I was instructed to do a pre-pre-cleanse.
Here is what they have to say about doing a pre-cleanse.

The best way to avoid detox symptoms (although sometimes no matter what, they are not avoidable) is to pre-cleanse for at least 2 days prior to Chef V’s Organic Cleanse. Take more days to pre-cleanse (at least 5) if you are a heavy coffee drinker, sugar addict, or just eat and drink really bad.
Make sure to drink LOTS and LOTS of water the week before your cleanse (8 x 16 oz servings a day!) YOU MUST DRINK WATER FOR SUCCESS ON THE CLEANSE. One-week prior and one-week after drink 8 x 16 oz servings a day. Please stick to the list of foods below for your pre-cleanse (at least 2 days prior).
Click Here to check out great pre-cleanse and post-cleanse approved recipes!

Allowed Food List:

                           INCLUDE                     EXCLUDE
Fruits & Vegetables Unsweetened fresh or frozen whole fruits, fresh squeezed fruit juices, sea vegetables (seaweeds), avocados, olives, and raw, steamed, sautéed, juiced, or roasted vegetables Oranges, orange juice, grapefruit, bananas, strawberries, grapes, corn, creamed vegetables, nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes)
Dairy Substitutes Hemp, rice, and nut milks (such as almond, hazelnut, walnut, etc.) and coconut milk, coconut oil/butter Dairy and eggs: including milk, cheese, cottage cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream, non-dairy creamers, ghee
Non-Gluten Grains & Starch Brown, red, black and wild rice, millet, amaranth, teff, tapioca, buckwheat, quinoa White rice, wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, triticale, oats (even gluten-free)
Animal Protein Fresh or water-packed, cold-water fish (trout, salmon, halibut, tuna, mackerel, sardines, pike, kippers), wild game (rabbit, pheasant, bison, venison, elk, etc.), lamb, duck, organic chicken and turkey Pork (bacon), beef, veal, sausage, cold cuts, canned meats, frankfurters (hot dogs), shellfish, any raw meats or fish
Vegetable Protein Split peas, lentils, legumes, bee pollen, spirulina, and blue-green algae Soybean products (soy sauce, soybean oil in processed foods)
Nuts & Seeds Hemp, sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, walnuts, cashews, macadamia, pistachios, brazil, nut and seed butters such as almond or tahini Peanuts and peanut butter
Oils Cold-pressed olive, flax, safflower, sesame, almond, sunflower, walnut, pumpkin, and coconut Butter, margarine, shortening, processed oils, canola oil, salad dressings, mayonnaise, spreads
Drinks Filtered water, green, white or herbal tea, seltzer or mineral water, Yerba Mate (pereferrable post cleanse Only), coconut water, green drink Alcohol, coffee, caffeinated beverages, soda pop, soft drinks, fruit juice (unless fresh pressed)
Sweeteners Stevia, coconut nectar,
yacon, whole/fresh fruit, dried fruit (in
moderation)
Refined sugar, white/brown sugars, maple syrup, high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, Splenda®, Equal®, Sweet’N Low®, juice concentrate, agave nectar, brown rice syrup
Condiments Vinegar, all spices, all herbs, sea salt, black pepper, carob, raw chocolate (dairy and sugar free), stone-ground mustard, miso, coconut liquid aminos, wheat-free tamari and nama shoyu, unsweetened whole fruit jam Regular chocolate (with dairy and sugar), ketchup, relish, chutney, traditional soy sauce, barbecue sauce, teriyaki, breath mints
Posted in ChefV

ChefV’s Green Drink

At first glance, you might think that our Chef V Organic Green Drink is simply a green juice. It’s not. We’ve named it GreenDrink for a very good reason.

The seven certified organic super greens in our Green Drink are cold-blended, not juiced or pressed. Why is this important? It comes down to nutrition.

To make green juice, machines use a centrifuge or press to extract the liquid from the vegetables. This sounds great, until you realize that the process leaves behind a pulp. That pulp is full of valuable fiber that supports digestive health, lowers blood cholesterol and helps control blood sugar. That fiber also keeps you feeling full. That’s the beneficial characteristic that leads researchers to suggest that fiber intake aids in weight loss.

Given all these health benefits, we feel that it is such a shame to lose something with so much nutritional value. We knew we could do better. That is why our Green Drink is different from a green juice.

For every glass, we combine:

  • green kale
  • black kale
  • collard greens
  • dandelion greens
  • green chard
  • curly parsley
  • green lettuce
  • a little apple for sweetness
  • filtered water for absorption

Then we cold-blend with ice. And blend. And blend.

 

What you get is not a green juice. It’s a blended plant-based drink with nutrients that begin in the vegetable and get transported to the glass. Our method of cold-blending protects the plant fibers from heat that can destroy valuable nutrients.

When you increase your fiber intake, you might not notice changes in health indicators like blood cholesterol and blood sugar right away. Those can take time. But one area where you will notice a big difference is fullness. Our Green Drink doesn’t make you feel like you are starving your way through a detox or a cleanse. That’s due to keeping that healthy fiber in the drink instead of throwing it out in the trash.

When you feel full, not only do you eat less; you feel better. You have the energy to exercise and the mental concentration to focus on important tasks. Your body is getting the nutrients it needs to be your best self. Health is a beautifully connected circle where one practice leads to the next. It’s a ripple effect that can be as easy as starting every morning with a Green Drink.

That’s why you’ll often hear us say that it’s the green drink that will change your life. A green juice is a short-term fix. A green drink is a long-term solution.

Posted in 21-day detox, The Camp

Pre-Detox

An option is to do a 3-day juice fast cleanse to start your detox. We don’t go into juicing into detail here because it’s not for everybody.
A great resource for juicing is Chef V, who can deliver straight to your door!

My delivery should be here sometime on Thursday.  I hope it comes early so I can get started tomorrow in the am.

Posted in 21-day detox, The Camp

Detox Bath:

Detox Bath:
Relax, relieve tension, lower cortisol and sleep well ~ Aim to take a detox bath 3-4 times per week. Get the water as hot as you can stand it. Add 2 cups of Epson salt, 1 cup of baking soda, and 10 drops of lavender to the water. Soak for 20 minutes prior to bed. TIP: Take a bath by candlelight for full relaxation eect.

Benefits of the detox bath include:

  • Decreased cortisol levels which will promote weight loss and lower inflammation
  • Increased detoxication through the eects of magnesium & sulfur in the Epson salts
  • Enhanced sleep through the effects of the hot water and magnesium
  • Lowered blood pressure and improved control over blood sugar levels
  • Increased sweating and elimination of toxins