Inspired Supps

So one of the most frequently asked what supplements I take and how it works in conjunction with my thyroid medication.

For those of you who do not know me….Hello my name is Kelsey and I am a thyroid cancer survivor! I take armour thyroid to replace the thyroid hormones my body can no longer produce due to the thyroidectomy I had 5+ years ago.

One of the first questions I asked my Endrochronologist post surgery was if I was allowed to take any supplements and if so, how long did how long do I have to wait after I take my thyroid medication to have any. His response was that after I waited the 45 min whatever I wanted to take after that he was okay with. Now, I am not a medical professional and I will advise it’s up to you to work with your doctor if you have any questions. I am just sharing what supplements I take from Inspired and how they have worked for me.

What I take BEFORE THE GYM:

I am a busy thyroid-less girl. I have a full time Business Career in addition to the other companies I am involved with, my workouts, and this thing called life so best believe I NEED a preworkout stack that will give me that boost I need to power through my workouts without that “cracked out” feeling because I already drink coffee throughout the day. I mix 1/2 scoop of the two following powders 30 min before the gym

1. 3MBER

http://www.inspirednutra.com/collections/fat-burner/products/3mb3r-1?rfsn=1990854.1fcc7

This is a Thermogenic.Think of your body as a campfire the hotter the fire the more you burn! Thermogenic fat burners do exactly that. Heat up the core temperature in burn more calories throughout the day.

Why you need it:

  • Increased energy
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Increases focus
  • Helps curb your cravings and appetite

2. DVST8

http://www.inspirednutra.com/collections/pre-workout/products/dvst8-white-diamond-reserve?rfsn=1990854.1fcc7

This is my favorite pre-workouts that I have ever taken.

Why you need it:

  • Increases focus
  • Massive pumps
  • Energy

3. LGND

http://www.inspirednutra.com/collections/pre-workout/products/lgnd?rfsn=1990854.1fcc7

This is an all natural plant-based performance booster that hits just about every single category to up your output in the gym.

Why you need it

  • Improve natural testosterone levels
  • Increase strength and endurance
  • Mental focus
  • Increased stamina

During my workout:

BCAAS

http://www.inspirednutra.com/products/bcaa-fermented-vegan-amino-acids?rfsn=1990854.1fcc7

You don’t want your hard earned gains to go to waste. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Three of these leucine, isoleucine, and valine are muscle building power houses. BCAAS help you preserve lean muscle mass, recover quicker, and replenish vital minerals lost during training.

Why you need it:

  • Reduce fatigue during your workouts
  • Preserve lean muscle mass
  • Triggers protein synthesis

These are also great to add to your water for flavor throughout the day if you have a hard time getting your water intake daily!

INSPIRED PROMO CODE: KELSEYFIT

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Product Review: Beat Kicks

I love my beats headphones because whenever I workout I can’t hear ANYTHING around me. It helps keep my focused and when I first started working out I didn’t feel so anxious being around all the meatheads because I was focused on my music.

For anyone who wears beats or any over the ear headphones to the gym, you know they get pretty sweaty and nasty overtime as the leather starts to crack. I usually spray mine down with some disinfectant after I work out but the leather starts to wear out pretty quickly. After going through my second pair of headphones and I was going on my third I splurged and got the brand new rose gold ones as a black Friday #Treatyouself gift. I decided I needed to make sure I took good care of these! (For those wondering NO, I did not toss the last two headphones my ex stole my first pair which were pretty trashed and I left my second pair at the gym).

These new rose gold ones have white ear cushions so right off the bat I thought with my make up and tanning products and how my headphones were going to get dirty fast! I had my eye on Beatkicks for a while and finally decided to it was time after I got my new headphones.

I originally wanted the Palms print but it has been sold out for what feels like forever, which I am not surprised because it is such a cute print! I went with my second favorite the Maui print! After I purchased, they got my order out quickly and shipping was fast. I appreciate how it came in minimal packaging when it arrived, eco friendly.

Beatkicks are a one size fits most cover for your headphones including: 

Audio-Technica
Beats Studio
Beats Solo
Bose Quiet Comfort
Bose Soundlink JBL
Munitio Skullcandy Hesh ..and many others

The material is mostly made out of polyester at 83% and the other 17% is spandex. They are very soft and thick. They are shaped like a cloth donut (okay can you tell I’m hungry?) with a strong elastic scrunch band to secure around the headphones on one side. The other side is has a flush edge that goes next to your ears with the opening for your speakers in the headset. There is double stitching around the outside seam to ensure it wears well and stays in place. If you do not have wireless headphones there is a little slit on one of the covers to feed the cord through. But if you don’t have a cord don’t worry the hole isn’t noticeable.

They come in two sizes regular and mini. I purchased the regular and I feel that they are slightly baggy on my Beats Solo3. I should have got the mini even though the sizing chart depicts you could go either way and “when in doubt, go regular”!

I was worried that the cloth would bother me while I was wearing them working out but it actually keeps them in place instead of sliding around compared to the leather when I start to sweat. Overall the covers are extremely high-quality I am impressed. I highly recommend them for anyone who works out with over the ear headphones to keep them sanitary and preserve your headphones.

Because I work out 6x times a week and these are machine washable I will more than likely end up going the Maui print when it comes back into stock so that I have two pairs so I can always have a clean pair on hand. But this time, I will go with the mini!

Low Carb Lemon Pepper Chicken “Fried Rice”

So I know that utilizing cauliflower instead of rice is not headline news but I feel like I do often forget how much it is a great filler when you are on a low-carb diet and looking to fuel up!

I am not a huge fan of cauliflower unless it’s roasted, mashed or riced. A lot of people who are on the keto diet or just in general are looking to keep their carbs low definitely should take advantage of incorporating “Riced cauliflower” into their meals. I find it at Trader Joe’s or Sprouts!

I decided to make a lemon pepper fried rice and seriously it was one of the best things I have made since I have been back on my meal plan! A great guilt-free way to enjoy fried rice! If you enjoy making more of a classic version, you can always add peas, carrots, & liquid aminos instead! I will probably make another version of this with some shrimp in the future!

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Pre-cook your chicken. I decided to cook it in a crockpot or you can go ahead and bake it however you please! Chop or shred and set aside to add at the end. It’s also to just add top if you are counting your protein intake After the rice is cooked to your own portion (that’s what I do)

2. In a large skillet heat olive oil. Then add package of Riced cauliflower. Cook on high heat too quickly crisp up the cauliflower so it doesn’t get soggy for about 2 min.

3. Drizzle in egg whites and once they are not translucent, stir in broccoli with any other veggies you would like to incorporate!

4. Add Chicken and enjoy!

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Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna

I love the cheesy carb-loaded goodness of my Italian family roots just as much as the next person BUT my waistline, not so much!

I have substituted zucchini noodles previously when I made an enchilada style dish and it was absolutely amazing so I decided to try it with a lasagna dish!

Although I am I’m not sure what my grandpa would think about me subbing zucchini for noodles but for me it was absolutely delicious! I was worried about the dish being too soggy because there is a lot of moisture in the zucchini but I didn’t have any issues.

Traditionally I like to make my family recipe tomato sauce but I’m trying to make these recipes short and easy!

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar of pasta sauce
  • 3 large zucchini
  • 1/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 20 oz ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 pack of Meats2u House Seasoned Chicken*
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • Pepper
  • Oregano
  • 2 Tbs Fresh Basil
  • Olive oil cooking spray

*Pre-cook your defrosted Meats2u Chicken in a crockpot for about 2.5-3 hours, drain, and shred with an electric mixer

You will also need a 9×13 baking dish and a Y peeler

Directions:

1. In a mixing bowl combine ricotta cheese and egg with fresh basil, 1/4 tsp oregano, and pinch/salt pepper. Refrigerate until ready to assemble

2. Using a Y peeler make thick noodle like strips with your zucchini, set aside.

3. Lightly grease your deep 9 x 13 pan and preheat your oven to 375°

4. To assemble have your chicken, Baby spinach, cheese mix, and sauce ready to go. Starting with the zucchini noodles line them along the bottom of the pan (2 Columns lengthwise seems to work best). Then top with ricotta cheese and spoon the pasta sauce over the top. Add your shredded chicken and top with baby spinach. Repeat one more time.

5. Your final layer should be a layer of zucchini topped with a bit of pasta sauce and sprinkled lightly with the mozzarella cheese. You can add the shredded cheese to each layer but I am trying to keep this low fat! Who doesn’t love cheese though?

6. Top with foil and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake for an additional 25 minutes to allow cheese to brown. Serve warm!

 

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Taco Tuesday with a twist

So does this count as taco Tuesday? I was craving tacos with all the fixins’ But I decided to loaded up on a sweet potato instead. I used Meats2u Chicken patties to stuff them full of lean protein. It is part of the Chicken Lovers pack. You can get it here and use VIPKELSEY 1/2 off shipping and next day delivery Monday-Thursday

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, approximately 2 lbs total 
  • 1 package of Meats2u Chicken Patties
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt, more or less, to taste

Garnishment:

  • 1 medium avocado,  peeled and pitted
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt, more or less, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, more or less, to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp lime juice, to taste
  • Salsa

Additional Garnishment:

  • freshly chopped cilantro
  • chives
  • Sliced lime, to squeeze
  • plain greek yogurt or sour cream
  • sliced jalapeños

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Poke each sweet potato all over with a fork. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Bake the sweet potatoes for approximately 40-50 minutes, or until fork tender. You can also microwave instead to cut down on time.

  2. During the last 10-15 minutes the sweet potatoes are baking, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large skillet placed over medium heat. Once the oil is heated add the Meat2u patties breaking it apart as it cooks, so that there are no large chunks. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until the meet is no longer pink.

  3. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and allow them to cool before handling. They will be too hot to handle and slice into to stuff right out of the oven.

  4. While they are cooling, combine the avocado, salt, pepper, lime juice, and garlic powder into a small mixing bowl. Mash thoroughly to combine. Adjust seasonings and juice to your taste preference.

  5. To serve, cut each sweet potato in half and scoop out the centers into a bowl. Mash and mix up with salt/pepper. Refill the potatoes then top with mashed avocado mixture and salsa

  6. Garnish with any additional toppings of your choosing!

Monday Motivation – Glow Up

Fitness is so much more than just working out, it’s a lifestyle change. We all go through our ups and downs, and I’m not just referring to weight. When we are faced with situations in my life where things didn’t go as planned we have really two options: to either sulk (why didn’t this go as planned, how did this happen, why me) OR you can let yourself feel but use this moment to fuel what comes next. Being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2013 at 21 years old it was hard and it really put me at my lowest point the next few years. I really didn’t know how to handle the cancer, trying to graduate college, and being in a extremely unhealthy/abusive relationship. Like all other adversities, it is so much a MENTAL battle as it is physical. I WISHHH I would have found The Camp and got into fitness sooner than I did in 2016 . People come and go in your life and life is always going to keep to keep challenging you, THIS WILL NEVER CHANGE! But WHAT WILL change is HOW you handle it. Fitness has been there for me to immerse myself in when I feel lost, down, hurt, or juts need to get away from it all. It has also been a way for me to celebrate all that my body can do. We are all our own worst critics, if everyone could just love themselves a little bit more I feel we could shine just a bit brighter each an every day. I love being online sharing my journey and working with all the clients at the Camp on their health and fitness journey’s while continually improving myself. Thank you for all being a part ofmy life and letting me be a part of yours!

What matters is how well we rise after falling

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Lemon Pepper Chicken

Meal prep Monday’s usually consist of plain dried up chicken, broccoli and brown rice right? Because it’s simple easy and quick! But it doesn’t have to be like that and chances are the more boring than your meal prep is the more likely you are to trash it and eat something else while you’re at work.

Lemon Pepper chicken only takes a few more steps and makes such a difference!

What you’ll need:

  • Sprig of fresh rosemary
  • Six chicken breasts (skinless)
  • 2 lemons
  • Lemon Pepper seasoning
  • Capers (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a baking sheet or large casserole dish.

2. Lightly spray olive oil on the dish and add chicken. Lightly season with lemon Pepper and turn over and season again.

3. Thickly slice lemons and add to the top of each chicken piece. Squeeze any extra lemon on top.

4. I LOVE capers so I also added 1 tablespoon to the top

5. Add the fresh rosemary and bake with foil for 20-30min depending until cooked. Spoon the lemon juice in the dish every 10 min while cooking. Time will vary depending on the size of the chicken pieces.

I served this with oven roasted asparagus and tricolored quinoa.

Meats2U Sweet Potato Flatbread Pizza

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am working on adding more recipes for The Camp Transformation Center Challengers. If you have no idea what that is, don’t worry about it the recipe is still valuable to you! Just avoid the term FTDI, it’s what we used to describe approved items for the program. 

This flatbread recipe requires only two ingredients: rolled oats and a sweet potato. Anyone who is eating clean should know this basic staple recipe ASAP because this was literally game-changing for me and I am so excited to share with you! I just finished three days of no carbs for carb cycling so I might be hyping up this recipe up a bit, bare with me here. This recipe can be used to make pizzas, wraps,tacos, sweet cinnamon strips, and so much more. 

Some people like orange sweet potatoes/yams and some people like yellow/white ones and quite frankly I’m not quite sure what the correct term each one is called but I favor the yellow ones! Either way you way you it turns out delicious. 
I started avoiding processed carbs such as bread or store made tortillas and switched to primarily just brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, or rolled oats as my carb source about a year ago. Out of these I have managed to get extremely creative! Unless I am eating “cheat meals” when I am off the challenge processed carbs are not a main part of my diet because I don’t like the way my body processes them and I have been making a conscious effort to limit the amount of processed food as a part of my lifestyle change. But let’s be real there’s only so many rolled oat tortillas a girl can eat without getting bored. I’m actually pretty mad at myself because a variation of this recipe has been in front of my face for almost a year now so take my word and trust me when I say this is amazing and a must try! 
If you do not like sweet potatoes I am assuming a regular potato would work as a substitute but have not tried it myself! Please note this will not be FTDI for anyone on a 20-lb challenge if you do it use a sweet potato or yam!


Ingredients:

1 sweet potato or yam

1 1/4 c oat flour (rolled oats mixed in a Nutri bullet or a blender)

Directions:

1. Steam a sweet potato for 5 to 7 minutes in your microwave (poke holes in the potato with a fork wrap and a damp paper towel)

2. After cooking peel off the skin and measure 1 c portion into a bowl. Mash with a fork

3. Add 1 cup of oat flour to the mixture and continue to mix with a fork until a dough forms.

4. Divide dough into six pieces* roll into  logs. 

5. In between parchment paper dusted with flour roll out each piece and set aside individually between layers of paper towels to keep them moist and not stuck together. 


6. Place your flatbread on cast iron pan (cast Iron is best results but I didn’t use mine) and cook on both sides. It will start to puff up and you will know that it’s ready!


7. Place your cooked flat bread in between towels as you go so it does not dry up while you finish cooking!

8. Enjoy!

If you’re going to make pizza than make them a little bit more crispy so you just bake your ingredients in the oven to warm them up! I used Meats2U Ez Prep garlic seasoned poultry to make meatballs in a pan stovetop and Walden farms zero calorie BBQ sauce to make my FTDI pizza. Make sure you only use veggies on your list if you are on a challenge!

Update: I’ve been experimenting and they are amazing with cinnamon sprinkled on top with honey or for Challengers Walden Farms syrup to be FTDI

I also made a spinach scramble and used the flatbread to make a breakfast burrito…so basically I ate these for breakfast lunch and dinner! Let’s see how long it takes for me to get burnt out on these! 

*FTDI NOTE: If you are on the Camp Transformation Center FTDI diet weigh the whole dough and divide accordingly. I weighed mine out and it was about 12 ounces so I divided it and double checked my portions were 2 ounces which is correct for women’s 20lb 6 week challenge but remember it depends what challenge and if you’re male or female portion! Credit to Moo-Moo Jackson for FTDI portion and institutions, you are the best! 

#BarDiscovery : The Perfect Bar

I have been working on checking out a variety of different protein bars in search of some “clean” options. Now everyone has different goals when it comes to choosing a protein bar whether its low sugar, low carbs, no additives, or low in fat. When you go toward the “natural” bars, they seem to be higher in fat in sugar because they use a different ingredients. An example of this when you sweeten with dates compared to stevia, you of course are going to see the sugar go up but it all depends on what your priorities are in your choice.

My first review on my #bardiscovery quest is The Perfectbar. The founder was a San Diego Local DR. BUD KEITH  who knew that what we eat has a direct effect on how we feed and had that food is nourishment mentality. He passed this concept downperceft-bar within his family and now brothers and sisters run the company with the mentality that “food has to be real”

The bars are found in the refrigeration section, always. Their line consists of the following categories: peanut, almond, lite, and mini.

I got to try carob chip, cranberry crunch, fruit and nut, almond butter, cranberry crunch, almond coconut, and almond acai. I also had a couple of the minis which were perfect snack size!

So one of the questions on your mind is probably if they must be refrigerated at all times and the answer is no! They advised that they’ll last 2 weeks unrefrigerated at room temperature. However, if exposed to heat or kept unrefrigerated for longer than recommended the natural fruit, seed and nut oils may begin to separate, and the bars can become oily. I took them out with me when I ran the stairs at 1,000 steps beach in Laguna and they were a delicious and fresh pick-me-up post workout. The Coconut bar was so fitting for the California Beach vibes!

perfect-bar-beachThe Bar:

The bars all have a pretty hearty texture, which I loved! They are still soft but do not crumble while you eat them! The fruit pieces add just the perfect touch of sweetness, which by the way I am not usually a fan of but loved in this bar! They are a pretty good sized bar, most of their bars average at about ~2.5oz so would even say more on the larger side in comparison of other bars I’ve tried! The retail for about $3.35 each depending on where you go or how many you buy.

Whats inside:

The protein content ranges from about 8g-13g and the sugar ranges from about 14-19g with most being around 18g. The bars contain Over 20 nutrient-dense organic whole foods provide a good source of vitamins and minerals. Plus ingredients such as kale, spinach, alfalfa and celery (although you don’t even taste it at all!). I love that they are sweetened with organic honey. I learned that honey is actually a complex carbohydrate that will ensure your energy levels last. Their vegan flavor uses low glycemicperfect-bar-close-up organic dates as the sweetener.

The bars are gluten-free,  with vegan and soy free options! Since there are so many definitions of vegetarian they will let you decide for yourself if its right for you. Every Perfect Bar recipe except their vegan Almond Coconut flavor contains Grade A nonfat milk powder and dried whole egg powder, both animal products. I was a lacto ovo vegetarian for most of my life (which mean I eat vegetables, eggs, and dairy products but who do not eat meat) so I understand how that get complicated and appreciate how they advise.

The Final Verdict:

I really loved the variety of flavor options and they are definitely so much more fresh tasting than your average over processed protein bars which is super nice to get a break from! For the size, taste, and quality for me, its definitely a win!

How I lost 40lbs in 12 weeks

A little bit of background:


For those of you who may not know, I am a thyroid cancer survivor. On 10.17.13 at 22 years old I was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer. On 11.4.13 at the City of Hope in

California I had a full #thyroidectomy , 10 lymph nodes and a parathyroid removed. I then had my first dose of Radioactive iodine on 1.18.14. I’ve had two full body scans since and so far cancer has learned that it messed with the wrong chic and as of right now for my current treatment plan I just need a neck ultrasounds once a year and labs every 3 months until I get my TSH levels where my endocrinologist wants it!
screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-5-09-04-pmWeight loss and fitness is an ongoing journey and anyone on this path knows that it takes hard work and dedication. When you have your thyroid removed, hormone imbalance, or any other adversity, this path to fitness and mental and physical health gets to be very challenging. After I lost my thyroid to cancer I fell into a depression and had a hard time balancing out my hormones and coming out on top. I gained around 60 pounds, ended and I was so miserable and felt at my lowest point in life. I was also trying to finish college at the time and ended a very unhealthy relationship all during my senior year (PS I graduated this no delays!!) A couple years went by and I struggled to adjust to the hormone replacement therapy. It wasn’t until around February this year (2016) I was able to make a huge change in my life and I am now happier than I’ve ever been! I attribute my transformation to The Camp Transformation Center Program, they really changed my life.

Its a lifestyle change:


If youscreen-shot-2016-09-18-at-5-11-08-pm are struggling to lose weight or are looking to improve your health there is one key

thing you need to understand: this is a mental battle as much as it is physical. You need to me 110% mentally, physically, and emotionally committed to make changes in your life. What I did wasn’t a diet, I changed my habits and gained a new perspective.

How to get started:


  1. What are your goals?You need to ask yourself  ” what do I want out of this change that I am going to be making?”. Whether its loosing 25lbs, being able to run in a race, or fitting into your “skinny clothes”, or feeling good about yourself… you need to understand what is triggering the need for change.
  2. Write down those goalsIf it’s in writing you will hold yourself accountable and have a better self commitment to achieving those goals. Also sharing these goals with family/friends or posting on Social media is an even better way to help with accountability
  3. Understand why you haven’t had success in the past/ any adversities you need to overcomeWhether its because you haven’t fully committed yourself in the past or something like being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, understanding why you haven’t had progress in the past is important part of learning.

For my fellow THYCA (thyroid cancer) warriors


screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-5-09-23-pmI am going to be 110% real, this isn’t going to be easy, but I PROMISE you it will be work it! I can whole heartedly tell you I was miserable
and exhausted when I had my thyroidectomy. I was depressed, emotional, and I felt like a overinflated water-balloon. I lost my confidence and felt like I was just “existing” and lost who I was. I slept and cried more the 2 years after my surgery than a newborn baby because of my hormone balance! But one day I realized if I am going to feel exh
no matter what, I might as well be exhausted from the gym as well.

The “diet” part


This is the most common topic I get messages on email, IG, and Facebook about. The way I see it is in two phases.

Part 1: Changes to hit your Goal – This is my guidelines I follow until I hit my goalscreen-shot-2016-09-16-at-3-35-23-pm

  • Portion control– I found out i was eating way to much carbs and not enough protein in my diet. I used a scale and prepped my meals ahead of time until I had a better understaning of how my potions should look:
    • Carbs: Women 2 0z/ Men 3 oz
    • Protein: Women 4 0z/ Men 6oz
  • Eat to  fuel –What if the best and most nutritious foods to assist you in your goals? for example: Yes I know cumber didn’t make me fat but could I eat other veggies that would benefit me more?
    1. VeggiesBroccoli
      1. Kale
      1. Celery
      1. Spinach
      1. Asparagus
      1. Brussel Sprouts
    1. Carbs – no instant or precooked!Sweet potato
      1. Rolled or steel cut oats
      1. Brownrice
      1. Quinoa
      1. Yams

3. Protein

Lean protein from MEATS2u

      1. Chicken breasts
      1. 99% lean ground turkey
      1. Tilapia
      1. Eggwhites
      1. Tuna

Rules:

  1. NO alchohol
  2. NO Dairy
  3. NO Sugar
  4. NO Fruit
  5. NO Processed foods, candy, chocolate…
  6. Veggies not on the list can be used in moderation as toppings

Because you are not eating healthy fats during this time I would recommend you take EFA’s (essential fatty acids) and Multivitamins.

I prep my meals every Sunday for the following week M-F total of 10 meals. More about meal prep here

Part 2: Maintain

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After you hit you goal, now what? Eating in part one isn’t sustainable long term. I was strict for 13 weeks straight with no cheating off the plan.

  1. Slowly incorporate some other foods back in such as black berries, non fat plain greek yogurt, avocado etc.
  2. Decide if you really need alcohol in your life – I have it on occasion but I waited a couple weeks to decide the “relationship” I wanted with it first.
  3. Everything in moderation
  4. Stay away from processed foods as much as possible -breads, pasta, and other foods that you don’t “need”
  5. Sugar, desserts, and other sweets in general indulge on occasion not on a regular basis.
  6. Eat like part 1 80% of the time, clean 15 %, and enjoy other items 5% of your diet.

Gym:


The Camp program had me going 0-100 real quick with the workout routine, and by that I mean I went from casually working out to full force hour long workouts 5 times a week so you can imagine I was exhausted!

  1. Be consistent

We all have those weeks that we workout super hard and then drop off the bandwagon. Set realistic and obtainable workout times. Set a goal for the time you are going to spend and the number of days per week and gradually increase. Once these days are set do not deviate away from the plan and be sure to hold yourself accountable.

2.  Plan your workouts

Don’t just show up at the gym and hope that you figure out what to do there. Its not a good use of your time and its not effective. Search Pinterst or follow Instagram accounts that post workout videos to help educate yourself and come up with workout ideas. YouTube is a great tool for learning workouts too!

Favorite websites for workouts:

3. Mix it up

Most people love the machines because they have little pictures on how to do them and we are comfortable with them. There is so much more that you can do and for the best results its important to keep your body guessing on whats next!

  • Strength
    • body weight (burpees, planks, pushups, squats ect.)
    • free weight lifting
    • resistant band training
  • Endurance
    • HIIT – High intensity Interval Training
    • Cardio (treadmill interval training, stair master, swimming, bike, elliptical, etc.)

Final Thoughts:


screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-5-11-36-pmYou have to want this. It will NEVER feel like a good time to start. For me weeks turned into months and then years past and I was just tired of being tired and unhappy. If you want results you need to understand that this is a lifestyle change which isn’t a quick fix, its a long term solution to a happier and healthier you. Everyone can always eat a little bit healthier and increase activity. Like I said in the beginning, this is a mental battle! Surround your self with positive people. Thats one of the biggest issues I had years ago. But now have have my friends, those who I have met in the fitness industry, and family who I have involved from the beginning who help keep me accountable and cheer me on!

I wish you the best of luck and success on your path to heath and fitness!

-Xxo

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, registered dietitian, or fitness expert. The purpose of my blog is to share my experiences with food, fitness, and life—not to dole out advice. When it comes to your health and fitness, do your research and talk to your doctor.