A real important question I get is “what should I eat after my workout?”
Guys, eating is so important after you workout. Especially protein packed foods!
I have days where I finish my workout, and the last thing I can think about is food, and then those days where I finish my workout and come home and I’m so hungry I could eat the whole kitchen including the sink itself, lol.
Here’s an idea of a few snacks you could be eating after you finish a workout in between meals.
Greek yogurt with berries
A banana with 1 tbsp of PB
1 slice of whole grain bread w/ a hard boiled egg
Spinach salad w/ lean chicken breast
Omlette- 1 whole egg/2 egg whites/1 cup of veggies
Whole grain wrap w/ turkey and spinach
Protein bar (make sure it doesn’t have lot’s of sugar or carbs)
As always, please feel free to email me with questions
Cellulite? Uhmmmm yeah, almost every woman suffers from it. and if you don’t? well you are extremely lucky!
I suffer from it more now than I did when I was over 400 lbs. well actually its only more noticeable because my legs are smaller? Cellulite does not ever completely go away naturally. Regardless for what creams, gels, wraps, etc. that people talk you into. If you don’t believe me, speak to a doctor. People will try to sell you dreams and give false hope off of edited pictures.
The only way to decrease the appearance of cellulite is by working out and eating healthy, and remaining constantly hydrated.
There are really some good workouts to help you. My cellulite is still visible, but it has decreased a whole lot to where its not that noticeable.
Here are a few leg workouts that have helped me:
Squats using the exercise ball
(this is where you put a stability or exercise ball b/w your legs, keeping your knees behind your toes, and all your weight In your heels…and SQUAT…but squeeze your knees inward. You need to put as much pressure on the ball as you possibly can when you are squatting up and down)
(you lay on your back with arms at sides, and tuck your feet under you knees. use your heels to push and thrust your hips upward in the air, but you need to keep the upper part of your back on the flood or mat. Repeat it atleast 20 times, for 5 sets)
(on all fours, feet on tippy toes use one leg and keep bringing knee to chest, as if you are climbing up a mountain)
Resistance band side leg raises
(put resistance band around calf. Lift your right leg up and out towards the right wall. Keep your leg straight and just hold it for 15 seconds. Work your way up to 30 seconds)
All squats, floor leg exercises like leg lifts, leg kick backs, etc.
All of these exercises help to tighten your thighs, booty, and even saddlebags!
Also remember, weights are key. Do not be afraid to walk into that weight room! Lifting weights is so important when trying to lose weight.
A lot of people ask me “how do you stay motivated if you don’t see the scale changing”.
I will try to keep it short because this is a subject that sends me talking forever, lol.
First things first…just because the scale is not moving, does not mean your body is not changing. There are what we call “non scale victories”. For example, pants being looser, rings on your fingers being looser, noticing size of stomach getting smaller, curves starting to show. Anything. Just because you don’t see the number n the scale getting lower, does not mean you are not making progress.
I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have days or moments when I get discouraged.
I’ve been on my journey for a few years now, and it still happens. Those moments where I feel like I’m working so hard in the gym, eating so healthy and I’m just not losing.
So what do I do? I change up my routine in the gym. I add an extra 10-20 min of cardio to my workout at the end, and lift lighter for more reps.
Changing up your workout is important. You cant expect to do the same thing every single day for months on end, and always see progress.. eventually your body will get used to it.
Then, change up what you are eating. Eliminate something or replace something. For instance, I like to really eat my main carb with dinner. I stopped doing that and switched my sweet potatoes to my lunch, and noticed a difference. You would be very surprised what a difference small changed can make.
Also, (and I meant this in the nicest way possible)….
Make sue you are not lying to yourself. Are you really eating extremely healthy?
Could you be sneaking in a few cookies here and there, or eating bigger portions?
Maybe try to 2 weeks to write down everything you eat, and the calories it is. Total it up at night and really see that you may not be eating as healthy as you thought you would.
Last but not least, always remember this is a process. You did not gain all your weight in a week, so you will not lose it in a week. There are zero quick fixes to natural weight loss. It takes time. Months, even YEARS. Yes years. Its taken me y ears and im still going. So imagine how discouraged I might get. But I keep in mind that I have come so far. And if I had given up any of those times I would not be here today. I wouldn’t be down almost 200 lbs. I wouldn’t be writing a motivational blog to people trying to lose weight. I have gained so much knowledge in this experience, and I am always happy to help anyone who is truly committed to the process.
Weight loss is a personal journey, a personal commitment you are making with yourself, for yourself.
Don’t give u p, no matter how many times you get discouraged. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. I promise you. Im living proof.