Day 305: Transformation Journey

The secret to getting ahead is getting startedToday starts DAY 1 for an entire group of people (32 participants!!) that have decided to take the FIRST step in choosing HEALTH! I can’t begin to express how overjoyed I am that my team continues to have this many people actively working toward their health and fitness goals! The beautiful thing is that there are participants of ALL fitness and health levels

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Day 291: Transformation Journey – Defying Limitations

defy your limitationsThis sounds about right. It is still hard for me to believe that this time last year I COULD NOT MOVE! Really. My physical therapist was slowly working to release a pinched sciatic nerve and just standing was difficult. She would work to manually MOVE the vertebras in my spinal column. It was so disheartening because I had recently made progress in my weight loss journey only to have it sabotaged by an inability to move. This was not some bad knee or busted ankle, this was right at my CORE. The part of your spine that determines if you can support your weight or even propel your leg forward. I sunk into depression and ate junky food like coke and chips (as well as my healthy food when someone would cook for me) and did not move. (Definitely not the best move for someone with #PCOS or pre #diabetes.)

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Day 285 Transformation Journey

weight loss progress pics -6.9% body fat, -23.5 in, -12lbs, 4+ sizesBecause I shared my 21 Day Fix program results yesterday, I felt it was only fair to share my journey results today. The images on the top are June 11, 2013. Day one of Les Mills Combat, after I was released from remedial physical therapy to begin exercising. This journey has involved a lot of dedication, especially as I saw the scale move down and then back UP again. It is only the pictures and the measurements (and my clothes falling off me) that inspires me to keep going. I’m slow, but I’m steady and I’m building muscle – much of which was lost when I pinched my sciatic nerve in March 2013. I’m happy to say I am at that point where I am consistently surprised at what my body can do now. It’s a good place to be!

Weightloss Stats:  -6.9% body fat, -23.5 in, -12lbs, 4+ sizes

Up next is the Brazil Butt Lift Summer Slimdown Challenge! I look forward to being swimsuit ready this year and rocking it by the end of the summer. Sometimes I WISH we could *target* the trouble areas, but weight loss and body toning just isn’t like that. Ibut if I could…. that nastiness around the middle where abs are supposed to be would be on the top of my list!

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217 days into my Transformation Journey

After my REST day (where I decided to move the furniture in my living room and home office, but that’s not important) I was still not feeling 100%… not like I was sick, but more like I was just worn out. Like my muscles were still stiff and sore. Like I needed another day of recovery. So, I chose to have an active recovery day today. Today I had an easy, office work day where I sat at the computer for most of the time, sipped coffee and Shakeology, and caught up on foodie articles. (and if you haven’t seen some of the GMO stuff hitting the headlines, you really should take a look). After rocking my baby to sleep for her nap, I popped in my favorite yoga DVD, Dynamic Flow Yoga by Chalene Johnson. This DVD is part of the Chalean Extreme Upgrade, and if you haven’t scooped it up, you really should. This disc gets so much play, I am going to have to ask for a replacement soon!

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Diabetic, prediabetic, or PCOS

And so my Journey Begins.

I understand that this is a real touchy subject that bit everyone is comfortable talking about in the open. Certainly, there are very few that know how these diseases have affected my life. I tend to be a private person, but I think it is important that people that have been affected by diabetes, pre-diabetes or PCOS reach the understanding that they don’t have to be hindered by it.

Now, let me preface this by saying, I am not a doctor, and I’m not sure that insulin dependent diabetic patients would be able to be free of insulin – but it is possible that the insulin dose may be able to be reduced. Certainly, the lifestyle could be greatly improved. I was never insulin dependent, what I was was insulin resistant. Yup. You read that right. Was. As in past tense.

In 2003, my first child was born after several years (since, lets just say 1999) of having sex with my partner. It took me 4+ years to successfully conceive … Continue reading

Yoga is Strengthening My Hip After Sciatica

Thanks Dynamic Flow Yoga!

listen to your bodyI love it when I go back to a workout and I am better than I was the last time! Such a great feeling. Doing Dynamic Flow Yoga is really strengthening and working my hip and inner thigh after a pinched sciatic nerve left me unable to stand on my own and put me in remedial physical therapy for 3 months! A lot of work to do still on my left hip and inner thigh, but progress is progress, and that is GOOD! HAD to FIGHT to get and keep the lunges on my left leg with proper alignment. Getting better! Take that, sciatic nerve!

-Billie Anderson, Florida Fit Foodie Mom!

 

Where Can I Find Dynamic Flow Yoga

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Dynamic Flow Yoga is part of the Deluxe Package of Chalean Extreme, Chalene Johnson’s AWESOME fitness program that helps you build muscle and burn fat. Chalene Johnson is an amazing fitness … Continue reading

Increase Your Metabolism in Time for the Holidays

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I am excited to get back to my soul workout program, Chalean Extreme so that I can build muscle, burn fat and increase my metabolism for the holidays. If this sounds like something you are interested in, please message me to discuss your goals and make sure this program is the right fit for you. There will be requirements, there will be commitment involved, and in the end, THERE WILL BE SUCCESS!

Burn Fat, Build Muscle, and Stop Starving Your Body!

One of the big questions is what and how much to eat when doing an intense, muscle building program like Chalean ExtremeLes Mills Pump, or even Body Beast. This is very important, because if you do not eat enough, or you don’t give your body enough protein, it will begin to break down your MUSCLE to use as fuel!!! I’m no sooth-sayer, but my thought is that if you’re taking the time and spending your energies on an intense fat loss, muscle-building workout program, then chances are you aren’t in it to loose muscle. Follow the instructions below to set up your eating plan to help your body burn fat, build muscle and increase your metabolism naturally when you do combined strength-training and cardio workouts!

Find Out More About Yourself

These are two varying  methods to find your BMR Basic Metabolic Rate and TDEE Total Daily Energy Expenditure. If you are already very fit, I believe the first method works well. If you are just beginning your fitness journey or … Continue reading