Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone, (I guess I should say to me, because I am wondering who the hell is actually going to read this)

I thought a perfect way to start this blog is with a story. I grew up in the Mississippi Delta where food is a huge deal! My dad expected beans, cornbread, meat, potatoes, dessert, and sweet tea at every meal. I look back now and think how in the hell did my mom do all of this? Who the hell has time to make all of this from scratch, while teaching high school all day and having three children. More power to ya sister! My dad is quiet large around six five, size 15/16 feet, and muscular (he is a contractor). Now my mom is only five fourish. I received my dads height (I’m five seven) and his feet (10 1/2). Our feet are so big they are like water skis. Which is probably how my dad and uncle use to barefoot water ski. Anyhow, growing up on southern food is a great thing and a bad thing. We always congregate around good southern food and my family has always focused on food. We always sat down to a home cooked meal and talked about the day. That is a southern tradition that I love and continue with my children.   Anyways, the food is just so comforting but I started realizing eating this way every night can not be a reality, unless you are my dad who burns thousands of calories a day. Even then, I believe the heart would scream “what in the hell are you doing to me”. So now my family eats lean meats during the week, veggies, good carbs, and unsweet tea or water. The weekend we eat more of our southern food especially after Sunday morning church. I believe it a little moderation goes a long way! I feel that this teaches my children to love all different types of food and how to control their diets.  I am passing this on from my mom, who in sixth/seventh grade started me and her on a 1,500 calorie diet and walking. We both dropped dramatically just from simple changes and writing down the calories we consumed in a diary. That taught me how to keep a check on my weight. Today, I still aim for 1,500 calories a day unless I need more calories to exercise at high intensity such as insanity or running miles after miles. I feel that 1,500 is a good for me, it may not be for you.

Anyhow, tonight as your children come home with gobs of yummy candy remember control. Do not eat so much candy that you feel sick and guilty after eating it OR eat so much that your child has to ask you what happened to it? To which you reply the monsters came in and gobbled it up. Practice self-control – also, remember out of sight out of mind!

A brief summary of what I do, more post to come!

First be MENTALLY prepared, if you are not fully ready you can never change yourself! Physically or mentally changing yourself is hard to do so go ahead and prepare yourself for the hard road that faces you. I have faith in you and know that you my friend are a strong ass woman who can kick butt when she puts her mind to it! So what are you waiting for, get started!

1,500 calories a day is usually how much total I eat, unless I am doing a high intensity workout and I need more energy.Calories are listed on the back of products just look at the servings (sometimes is can trick you)

Water! WATER! Water! I hate it, but the more I drink the better my skin looks, more energy I have, the more full I feel. Try adding oranges, lemons, cucumbers! Experiment to add different flavors!

NO SODAS! They bloat you, which makes you look bigger than what you really are..also they are linked to giving you sweet cravings. IF I have a soda (diet or non) IT IS A TREAT!!! I substitute for unsweet tea or unsweet with stevia.

Replace your peanut butter with PB2 – powdered peanut butter – TRUST ME! Look at the difference and calories, you will thank me!

Before you eat drink a glass of water or drink up to 3 times a day before each meal 1 cup diet grapefruit juice with 2 TBSP of apple cider vinegar. (certain medicines react with grapefruit so switch to orange juice if your medicine might react) I believe it is Miranda Kerr that just drinks the 2 TBSP by itself. I usually shoot it and chase it with a sip or two of grapefruit. Whichever you prefer. It is a detox drink that speed up metabolism. I don’t know really – not a rocket scientist here – just an artist BUT it makes me have more energy and helps my digestion. I only do it once in the morning before I eat and I don’t do it everyday. Makes your stomach a little sour but it goes away in 30 mins.

Eat as clean as possible! I usually try to stay away from the middle aisles at the grocery store, I sometimes have to hit it because hey – I have two young boys and a husband at home who sometimes just want a oreo!

I will be posting food ideas and etc through out this blog. Give me some time, and slowly each day I will add more to the blog.

Out of sight out of mind – best way to go. If you don’t have it, you can’t eat it, which means you will have to eat the fruit instead of a cookie or bag of chips. If you are like me and have others in the house, hide it – OR portion control it. Go ahead and put in baggies that are the serving of calories you want. It stops you from overeating, by the way always do portion control! Never take the bag, box, whatever it is and eat straight out of it! You are just begging to overeat! Count out the 16 chips and put in a bowl, close the bag up and then go sit and eat!

Exercise of any type is a must. Why? You won’t believe how much better you feel physically and mentally when you exercise. Make your goals little until you can reach a big goal – running 1 mile or running 13 miles. Until you get to the large goal have small goals and treat yourself when you reach them. It takes a while to start to enjoy exercising so give it a few weeks, don’t give up so easily, man up!

More to come in following post!