I Ain’t No Fool…

OMG, It's a Clock and a Scale...It's TIME!

OMG, It’s a Clock and a Scale…It’s TIME!

The WEIGHT-ing Game

Have you ever waited for a Monday, New Year or even a birthday to begin “a new”? I was TOTALLY planning to start my “extra on point”diet plan on Monday, April 1st (going to Cabo for my girl’s wedding and wanna look EXTRA FIERCE!), but then I thought to myself, “Self, get the @#$k outta here, you’re starting NOW!”

With teaching so much (excuse #1) I’ve been eating healthfully, but not AS awesome as I would like. I haven’t been eating after 8PM (which I love), but I’ve been on the go so much (excuse #2) I’m only cooking about 50% of my meals and adding breads in before 3PM…this is NOT what I want to do (just being a gluten glutton). The gluten in bread makes me feel “puffy” and gross. All of these aren’t making me feel EXTRA Fierce and that’s the plan, right?

Now’s MY Time!

I’m doin’ it TODAY…no cheating, lots of sleeping and LOADS of healthy veggies. I weighed myself this AM and my goal over the next 5 weeks is to drop 8lbs. My mantra in class is #IcanIamIwill and I’m bringing that to THIS now! I haven’t had an official weight loss goal in a while. Getting on the scale made me feel good, strong and in control. There was a time where I felt defeated getting on the scale and now I’m in the game to WIN (me and Charlie Sheen)! The effect of these goals is dropping lbs, but REALLY the goal is to FEEL awesome! I feel GREAT right now, but I’m going for AMAZIBALLS, People!

Here’s MY Plan: 

  • Green Juice and egg white breakfast
  • Protein shake with fruit (mid-morning snack)
  • Veggie heavy lunch with maybe a protein (no chicken, blood type focused, and limited soy products 3x week)
  • Fruit or nut snack
  • Protein shake with added goodness (whatever my body feels like it needs
  • MINIMUM 3 liters of water/day
  • MINIMUM 6 hours of sleep/night
  • No eating after 8PM
  • No bread (at all) no complex carbs post 2PM
  • No dairy (I love me some UNSWEETENED almond milk if you’re wanting to join me, but can’t bare to drink black coffee!)
  • Lastly…no sugar! At night this is going to be challenging for the 1st few days. I’m a sweet to end the meal kinda gal, but NOT NO MO’

Okay, Fierce Ones, What’s your goal and what’s YOUR plan to get there? It’s time to get on it! Today is YOUR day. Let the fun begin and let me know what you’re up to by posting below!

xxx

D

I can see you GETTING FIERCE(R) starting TODAY!!

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Eleven Days: 6th, 7th & 8th WAYs WHOA!

This is a BIG Monday! 

BEST LIFE EVER!I have 4 days to post 6 more ways that I’m continuing my quest to live my FIERCEST LIFE. I took the weekend “off” of posting to think intensely about the last changes I am committing to. I’ve been telling you (over and over again) that I plan on being 105 years old! I wanna be a be FIERCE granny. I also want to have my word be meaningful and choose things that I CAN and WILL do fo’ life, not just for the next few days or weeks. I’m committing to being my BEST me starting NOW! I’m sharing the steps I’m takin’ to get there with you, one each day until my 35th birthday next Friday. Today is . (Check out DAY 1DAY 2 DAY 3DAY 4 & DAY 5 for other game changers.)

My TOP TEN LIST#6: I AM APPRECIATIVE!

WHY?

  1. PEACE: I think that when you appreciate things in your life that you already have or experience (even the crappy -ish) it puts you in a space where you can receive what you are wanting. Let me clarify, if I want more money, I believe that i have to first appreciate all the money I already have, the classes, the clients and all of the ways that bring me those funds. I believe THEN more of what I want will come. Why did I put “(even the crappy -ish)”? I think we have to see the stuff we really are not wanting in our lives as lessons. As soon as we can APPRECIATE it as just that, a lesson, and not as a end all be all state, THEN I believe that we can learn and move on. Make sense? Appreciating will bring me peace.
  2. MAS (en Espanol): I wholeheartedly believe that I it’s okay to want more. More love, more money, more success, more WHATEVER. If I want to be in that space I have to learn to appreciate each and every day ALL that I have in my world.

DAY 6: I will write my appreciation list in my Super Fierce Wonder Woman journal each night. It will be 10 things that I’m grateful for in that moment, day, life.

It’s still Day 6 of writing, but this is “Item # 7” for my FIERCEST LIFE LIST.

8 O'Clock#7: I AM HUNGRY

WHY?

  1. Health: I work late and rise early. My body doesn’t have an abundance of time to heal itself (hence my 6 hours of sleep rule). By going to bed “hungry” it will allow my body to not be working to digest food, but working to repair what it needs to during rest (the point of sleep). 
  2. Habit: I tend to reach for food while I’m “unwinding” at the end of the day. This is not a real hunger I’m feeding it’s a habit I’ve continued and now I’m putting an end to it.

“DAY” (Item) #7: I will be finished eating for the day at 8PM. This is with clarification that If I’m out at a big dinner with friends I’m not going to be the lame-o who ruins dinner by making the plans for 6PM or sitting with a pouty face on that I can’t eat cuz we’re eating late. I’ll go, have something light to eat and ENJOY my friends and all the fun! (I do live in NYC after all and it is a bit of a late town!) I told you I want these rules to be fo’ LIFE, I’m making them doable.

THANK YOU#8: I TELL IT LIKE IT IS

WHY?

  1. HAPPINESS: I believe in saying what you feel. If people don’t know you or how you feel, they don’t really know you. I’m committing to write one letter a week letting my love ones know how much they mean to me. I think we don’t tell the people we’re closest to that we love them enough (and you can’t ever really tell them too much, can you?) So, I’m doin’ it. 
  2. KARMA: Putting out goodness is never a bad thing. Who knows what’s happening on the other end of that letter when the person you love opens it. It may be a horrible day for that person and you can brighten it just a bit or you can make their already sunny day sunnier…either way I think it’s all good!

“DAY” (Item) #8: I’m HAND writing one letter each week to a friend or loved one! (How much are stamps?)

I love this game so much! Has it inspired you to take on some of your own challenges? If YES write below and if NO write me below telling me “why?” I want t hear from you.

xxx

WE ARE FIERCE!

ELEVEN DAYS: 5th Way!

GETTIN’ BETTER EVERY DAY! 

BEST LIFE EVER!I have SEVEN days to post 7 more ways that I’m continuing my quest to live my FIERCEST LIFE. I’ve been telling you (over and over again) that I plan on being 105 years old! I wanna be a be FIERCE granny with all my wits about me! I’m committing to being my BEST me starting NOW! I’m sharing the steps I’m takin’ to get there with you, one each day until my 35th birthday next Friday. Today is # 5. (Check out DAY 1DAY 2 DAY 3 & DAY 4 for other game changers.)

#4: I AM SWEET ENOUGH! Goin’ SUGAR FREE!

WHY?

  1. HEALTH: I truly believe that sugar is el diablo. Even knowing that, the effects on the body (READ HERE) I STILL find myself going to the occasional cookie for comfort…YUP, I DO! I totally enjoy a cookie, cake and other sweet treats, but without fail after I eat whatever “goodie” I’ve only moments before enjoyed I feel totally crappy; tired, listless, thirsty. You might think that I have some form of hypogycemia, but i’m just in tune with my bod and know that it doesn’t do well or feel good with this processed demon.
  2. LOVE: I love me some fresh fruit! I’ll be satisfying my sweet cravings with berries, grapefruit, bananas…REAL food!
  3. DONE: I think I really only need two reasons for this one. Sometimes the facts speak for themselves.

Teaspoon of sugarDAY 5: SWEEET FREE I am goin’ SUGA free. No processed sugar. I’m EXCITED!!!

xxx

D

WE ARE FIERCE!

Can I Eat That?

Screen shot 2013-01-14 at 1.06.11 PMIt’s Not Just a Garnish

I have an amazing herbalist and “doc” that I see every month or so to check me out. When I first started going to him it was summertime and although I had very little physical complaints I did tell him that I had, what I call, the summer bloat.

Summer bloat (to me) is when I wake up in the morning and can’t put my rings on, my hands feel swollen and I generally feel “puffy” all over. He told me that I was “holding on” to extra water and he recommended I make and drink parsley tea. WHAT? I had never heard of parsley tea before! If you were previously in the dark about this easy fab fix I’m going to share with you its benefits (and also when NOT to drink).

What Parsley Tea Does…

  • Can help in prevent excess mucus in the bod
  • Reduces water retention and helps in flushing out toxins from the body with its diuretic properties
  • Contains a compound known as apiol, which is helpful in regulating irregular menstrual cycle and other menstrual disorders and has been shown that parsley tea eases menstrual pain and cramps.
  • With its high vitamin C content, parsley aids in the absorption of iron in the body (anemic check it out!)
  • Maintains the elasticity of blood vessels and helps in repairing any damage to those blood vessels
  • Consumption improves digestion and helps in cleansing a “sluggish” liver
  • Its high levels of beta-carotene, folate and vitamin B12. help reduces the level of LDL cholesterol as well as the risk of homocysteine in blood. Thus it boosts the cardiovascular health of an individual.
  • An infusion of parsley is recommended for people who suffer from chronic fatigue.
  • Rich in vitamin C and has anti-inflammatory properties. Because of this, consumption of parsley tea can aid in combating arthritis and rheumatism.
  • Used in easing discomfort from bladder infection.

WARNINGS and Side Effects…

  • Parsley tea should not be consumed by pregnant women as it acts as a uterus stimulant which can increase the risk of miscarriage
  • Parsley tea has a large amount of oxalic acid is not recommended for people who suffer from kidney inflammation
  • Excessive intake of parsley tea can cause nausea and vomiting
  • Too much consumption of parsley tea can cause diarrhea and bloody stools
  • Make SURE that you are well hydrated when you are adding parsley tea to your diet. Since it has diuretic properties you want to be sure that your bod is properly hydrated.

How To Make It?

Parsley tea is really easy to make. Get a bunch of organic parsley (local if possible) from your market. Wash it throughly. Take a large pot and fill it with 6 – 8 cups of  filtered water. Put the bunch of parsley into the pot, bring the water/parsley to a boil and cover the pot turn the heat off and let it sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you strain the water into a pitcher or pot and you’re ready to consume!

How I Do It

I make my pot of tea about once or twice a month and If I feel like I need a bit more of a “detox” I take my Pure Acai Berry for detox (usually on a Monday). I’ll add the tea in to my normally healthful diet. I drink it hot or cold and sometimes I squeeze in a 1/4 of a fresh organic lemon. I make about 6 – 8 cups of tea at a time, so I’ll have 2 cups a day until it’s gone.

Try it out…let me know what YOU think!

Enjoy!

xxx

D

I can see you GETTIN’ FIERCE!

Book It!

Screen shot 2013-01-02 at 4.22.09 PMWrite it Out

One of the biggest things that has helped me over the years in my quest to drop weight has been to open my eyes and start realizing WHAT and HOW MUCH I’m ACTUALLY eating. I hear people and have many times myself said, “I haven’t had anything to eat all day.” In reality I (and probably them too) would have eaten loads, but nothing that satiated me. It was an excuse I would use to eat much more food than I actually needed and in many cases foods that weren’t good for me.

Help Yourself

Here’s what to do. Buy a really cool journal, something you’re really jazzed about using. Each day write down the time you’re eating, what it is and the amount. Let this be a tool for you to start recognizing what, in FACT, you are eating. Do this for One Week without letting it alter your eating habits…this is just for awareness. I find that even when I’m not trying to change what I’m eating it does for the sole reason that I don’t want to write down “10:30PM  chocolate chip cookie” Make sense?

The second step happens in Week 2. After you’re use to the process of journaling your food start to get familiar with the calorie count. If you make your own food or there is no label (this is a good thing it means you’re eating fresh whole foods!) you can check out Calorie King, a great website you can enter the food and it will give you all of it’s nutritional info. Tally up your calories at the end of the day. Start to become aware of how many calories per day you’re taking in and where they’re coming from (i.e. mostly carbs, greens, packaged foods etc). Get to know yourself.

Part three of this game is where you make any changes. By making small changes we can create long and LASTING change. Remember that every pound of fat is 3,500 Calories it takes time to accumulate the deficit in Caloires aka lose a pound! Take a look at your count and see what little changes you can make to cut out the excess (if your goal is to lose weight). Fresh, whole foods not only have MANY more nutrients, but they are MUCH lower in Calories. See where you can swap out your morning bagel for your cup of whole oats it’ll save you about 300 Calories per day…that’s a 1 pound loss in 12 days just from that small change while still keeping in the carbs which help fill you up. To learn more about what YOUR body needs specifically for your size, height, activity you can check out one of my first blog It Really Is A Numbers Game

I just bought my new 2013 journal. Time to get to writin’.

xxx

D

I can see you GETTIN’ FIERCE!

RELAX: It’s a Challenge!

What It Is?

Thursdays on the GETFIERCE TRAINING page are all about challenging ourselves. These challenges are meant to build ourselves up, to feel good, to be strong and to grow! This week’s challenge is all about relaxin’ (I LOVE IT).

 

AHHHhhhhh….

August is a month that’s meant to rejuvenate and refresh us to start a new season. In this time when many are on vacation thing seem to slow down. The weather is warm and the vibe is chill. Take advantage of this time, before school begins, before everyone’s back in the office, before “life” begins again. Take time to recharge your so-called batteries and enjoy all of the benefits of the beautiful and warm month!

The Challenge

For the next 7 days I want you to take it easy. If you’re feeling extra stressed, frustrated, exhausted…take a break. Step back for a moment, take a breath and give appreciation for all of the amazing “stuff” in your life and be easy with you. Remember this is a time to refocus and rejuvenate your mind and your body. Give yourself this time to reflect on all that you DO have and change your focus to your excellence.

Take a breath…this is YOUR month!

It’s a Challenge Thursday: Past Challenges

xxx

D

I can see you GETTIN’ FIERCE(R)!

5 Reasons to Eat It…Potatoes That Is, SWEET!:

Eat It!

When I was in high school I use to eat baked Idaho potatoes dipped in fat free honey dijon dressing daily. I was doing it with the hopes of losing weight, needless to say THAT didn’t work. It was the time of the “fat free” craze, which now knowing about nutrition, baffles me, I digress. Now, I know better and want to share why I rarely if ever go “white” potato. White potatoes don’t have nearly as many health benefits as do their orange “cousins” the sweet potato. Here are some FIERCE reasons to pick sweet potates! They are…

1.  High in vitamin B6.  Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies, which has been linked with degenerative diseases, including the prevention of heart attacks.

2. A Good source of vitamin C.  Most people know that vitamin C is important to help ward off cold and flu viruses (because the drug companies tell us), fewer are aware that this vitamin plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion, and blood cell formation. Vitamin C helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity, and even aides in helping us cope with stress.

3.  Containers of Vitamin D which is critical for immune system and overall health at this time of year.  Both a vitamin and a hormone, vitamin D is primarily made in our bodies as a result of getting adequate sunlight (you know how I love my Sunshine!) There’s even a disorder for pale people (totally kidding about it being for pale people, but there is a disorder) called SAD or seasonal affective disorder, which is linked to inadequate sunlight and vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth.

4.  Iron-filled. Many are aware that we need the mineral iron to have adequate energy, but iron plays other important roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper im­mune functioning, and the metabolizing of protein, among other things. Women tend to be iron deficient at various times during the month (when Aunt Flo is in town), so prepping you’re bod with iron dense foods is recommended in that case.

5.  A good source of mag­nesium, Mg is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral. Magnesium is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, nerve and bowel function. Experts estimate that approximately 80 percent of the popula­tion in North America may be deficient in this important mineral.

Moral of this story is that not only are sweet potatoes totally tasty, they have many health benefits. Try your a sweet potato salad for your Labor Day feast this year! (not to get ahead of myself…I know it’s only August!)

xxx

D

I can see you GETTING FIERCE!

Per my blog on July 30th, Below is my food log from July 31st, 2012

  • 8:00AM protein shake
  • 9:15AM egg white omelet with spinach, tomatoes, peppers and avocado
  • 11:30PM Lara bar
  • 2:30PM cuke/avocado roll with brown rice and one packet soy sauce, steamed kale with tomatoes and garbanzo beans and mango
  • 6:30PM 1/3 cup veggie tuna salad with carrots
  • 9:30PM Kombucha tea
  • 3 liters of water throughout the day