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Shared Post: Body Types and Weight Loss

chug life water bottle weight loss

I know this is a fabric shop, but I’m human, so I have other interests… sometimes. Weight loss is one such interest, or maybe the proper term is “mission” or “goal.” That’s because I’m a mother of 2 who did not bounce back from pregnancy all that well. If I’m being honest, I was already 30 pounds overweight when I got pregnant the first time.

I now have 50 pounds to lose. I have struggled for several years now to lose weight, but I have a hard time being consistent with any strategy I choose. If I workout, I don’t eat properly. If I eat right, I only do so for a few days at a time.

I have found that taking baby steps helps me. I stopped making kool-aid and sweet tea, and now I drink water 90% of the day. I have also found that tuning in to my inner blerd is crucial to my success. If I want to be healthy, I have to be nerdy.

This article wraps up fitness in a fabulous gamer package. I need that. I need that, and I need a hot soundtrack.

Shared Post: The Beginner’s Guide to Body Types: Ectomorph, Mesomorph, and Endomorph

As a bonus, enjoy this jam. It’s one of my absolute favorites:

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Approach Fitness Like a Video Game and Start Leveling Up

gamer finish line fitnessI loved this article! A friend sent it to me on Facebook, and I feel like it’s absolutely speaking my language! I want to take this approach to my fitness and see if I can last longer than 3 months. After reading this, I have a few new goals for my fitness journey:

  1. Define my levels.- When do I consider myself leveled up?
  2. Relate my workouts to games I love.- If I think of it as Ultimecia’s Castle instead of Cardio Axe, I think I’ll be much more hyped to kick butt!
  3. Play a video game.- I really haven’t logged any gaming hours in quite some time. No wonder I’m slowly losing my mind!

Anyway, if you’re a gamer and you want to get fit, read this article. Tell me what you think! Maybe we can start a guild! 🙂

Approach Fitness Like a Video Game and Start Leveling Up.

Thanks for reading!

~HC

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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 30

gas stove range burnerDay 30 Goal: Try a new Cooking Method today!

Congratulations! You’ve made it to day 30! By this point, your food choices are probably much better than they were on day 1. All that’s really left, is to keep the creative juices flowing so that healthy never gets boring. To this end, I’m encouraging you to try a new cooking method today. You can check out this slideshow of 15 basic cooking methods and see if any look interesting for some ideas. I’m going to attempt braising for dinner, because slow cooking methods don’t happen often in my kitchen. I may also poach some eggs for breakfast if I’m feeling froggy. Come back and tell me what method you tried and how it worked out!

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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 29

kale chipsDay 29 Goal: Make all of your Snacks today Natural.

Put away the Doritos and the Gummi Bears… it’s time to get closer to nature. By now, those types of things should already be at a minimum in your diet, but now we’re making it official. Limit yourself to all-natural snacks today. If you aren’t sure what qualifies as natural, here’s my guidelines:

  • If you can recognize everything in it, it’s probably natural.
  • If it hasn’t been processed and preserved in some way, it’s probably natural.

I realize that that’s a pretty basic definition, but it works for me. My greatest suggestion for making sure our snacks are all-natural is to make them yourself! This is when it’s a great time to invest in a food dehydrator. Homemade jerky, craisins, apple chips, kale chips, and nuts are all great examples of completely natural snack options. Enjoy! WE’ve only got one more day to go!!

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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 28

fruitDay 28 Goal: Try a new fruit today!

Fruits and vegetables need a larger presence in your diet. They offer the most nutrients for the least amount of calories. But nobody is going to stick to a healthy diet if you’re just eating broccoli and apples every single day. Build some variety into your diet! Go to the grocery store or the local farmer’s market and pick a new fruit that you’re never tried before. Have the staff help you choose a ripe one, or some stores even keep a guide posted somewhere in the produce section now. Come back and tell me what you tried and how you liked it!

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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 27

dips fatty condimentsDay 27 Rule: Stop using fatty condiments!

So a few days ago we discussed how you can ruin an otherwise healthy dish by slathering it with a fatty condiment. We even practiced seasoning with calorie-free herbs to prove that flavor can be found in other places. It’s time to make this standard practice. Leave the mayo alone and cut out the creamy salad dressings! Olive oil and other healthy, nutrient-rich fats are ok, but leave the whip cream at the store. Shoot for vinaigrette dressings, citrus-based marinades, and naturally low-cal condiments. Mustard is an awesome example of a multipurpose condiment with next to no calories in it.Worcestershire sauce is another personal favorite of mine. Many hot sauces tend to be low in calories, so review the nutrition facts before you pick up *insert random dipping sauce here*.

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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 26

sugar cubesDay 26 Rule: No more Added Sugars.

Sugar=Empty calories in most cases nowadays. The fact that it was added in the first place tells you that it was not necessary, and as Americans we have managed to find an excuse to add sugar into EVERYTHING. You’ve only got 4 days left! (Yay!) Take the time to cut all processed sugars out of your life and just see where it leads you. If you’re not sure about the sugar content of something, check the nutrition label. Keep in mind that some sugars are naturally-occurring, such as those in fruit and milk. But many packaged products contain processed sugars, which will likely be identified in the ingredient list as “sucrose”.

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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 25

sweet potatoesDay 25 Rule: Switch to Sweet Potatoes.

Let’s be clear. All potatoes have fiber and awesome nutrients that you can definitely use more of in your life. Very few people have a shortage of regular potatoes in their lives, which is why for the last 5 days of this challenge, you will be all about sweet potatoes. Nutritionally, they edge out white potatoes in several categories. With more fiber and insanely high amounts of vitamin A, sweet potatoes are where it’s at! Did I mention they’re lower in calories than white potatoes? And you can cook them in all the same ways. One of my personal favorites is this recipe here.

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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 24

salt shakerDay 24 Goal: Do NOT add salt to your food today.

Salt does not contain calories. It does, however, contain sodium. Sodium in large amounts will sabotage your weight loss efforts by causing you to retain water. Many foods have sodium in them already, so adding more might help your tongue, but it won’t help your waistline. Make a conscious effort not to add salt or salty seasoning blends to your food today. Fortunately, salt-free seasonings are widely available nowadays.

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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 23

basil plant herbDay 23 Goal: Use Herbs to season your food today.

Even after you’ve started drinking water and eating lean meats and whole grains, you can still sabotage your own efforts with excessive use of condiments. Things like mayonnaise, duck sauce, and soy sauce are loaded with fat, sugar, and salt. But you know what’s virtually calorie-free? HERBS!! They’re all-natural, come in a wide variety, and are packed with flavor! So cut it out with the loads of calorie-drenched condiments, and sprinkle some chopped herbs over your food. Dried or fresh, they’re a healthy alternative to whatever you’re using on the regular. Mix with a little citrus juice and/or healthy oil, and you’ve got awesome marinades, dressings, and dips!