It seems that we all have 10-20 pounds to lose!  I have received a lot of emails and messages from people who want to join me and begin their own reformation.  This is absolutely fabulous and excites me!  The BIG question is how will we do it??  

My secret.

Drum roll, please….

CLEAN EATING & EXERCISE! 

Wait, you mean there isn’t a magic pill?  There isn’t a blend of herbs and powders to mix and drink??  There isn’t a maple syrup, lemon juice and cayenne pepper drink??

No.  There isn’t.  We are doing this right.  And the right way is to eat clean and exercise!  I’m not interested in any miracle pills or drinks.  Losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise.  However, there are a lot of ways to help boost your metabolism with food and exercise that many don’t realize.  A nutritionist and personal trainer can help you tweak a plan to maximize your results. If you continue to follow my journey you will catch on to a few of my trade secrets.   But first…

One reason I have decided to take on this adventure in such a public forum is because I find that when people discover that I am a Nutritionist they can feel self-conscious about their food decisions around me and become very apprehensive to share or defensive when they do share what they and their families eat.  Here’s the thing — I’m human too and I am not perfect.

Confession: I love chocolate, wine and french fries.  Wait, there’s more I LOVE carbs!  Yes, that’s right, I LOVE foods that aren’t necessarily great for me! However, I don’t indulge in these loves everyday.  

I drink wine. Every. day.

I eat chocolate when I am with other people. 

I eat french fries mostly when I’m at a restaurant (which is rare).  

Now, the carbs…this is a tough one.  Pasta, french bread, and the likes are also a weakness.  When I do indulge my problem is portion control — I always want MORE!

I have recognized my weaknesses.  Now to put together my customized plan that takes these and my other needs into consideration.  This is something that I do for my clients after a full health assessment.  If you would like to follow my plan please consult a professional first.  There are many ailments that need specific attention (high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems, inflammation, digestive problems, allergies, etc. — for a complete list please see here)* and to achieve a healthier you you will need to work with someone knowledgeable to help you determine what is best for you.

No excuses. Here goes.  My nutrition plan:

I will eat clean.

I will not be hungry. 

I will miss drinking wine. Except one on the weekend. And I’m being positive, right?  So this is *awesome*

I will enjoy foods that are not refined grains.

I will eat foods with no added sugar. 

I will refresh my digestive system with warm water and lemon upon waking. 

I will replenish myself with 10 glasses of fresh water a day (and only drink my tea when I really, really need it because hey, it’s hard enough to drink all that water, do I really want to have to drink more?)

I will be present at mealtime and enjoy my food slowly. 

 I will strive for 12 hours between evening and morning nourishment.  

I will keep a food journal. 

Now, for the exercise portion or the program I have consulted my friendly personal trainer who has helped me develop a plan.  Perhaps I will have him write a post in the future on what to look for in a fitness plan.  You can do this at home but It’s really hard for me.  If I get up before the littles to exercise at home; they wake up.  If I wait to exercise after they are in bed it is far too late for me because, well you know, after putting them to bed, cleaning up dinner and getting things ready for the next day I finally sit down with a half-hour to spare before bedtime!  And exercising during nap time takes away from precious laundry, cleaning, working time. So, no excuses, enter Mr. Fitness from Fitness Your Weigh.

Here goes…my fitness plan:

I will perform high-intensity-interval-strength-training 3x/week.

I will complete 12-minutes of “Tabata-style” cardio 3x/week.

I will engage in 1 vinyasa yoga class per week.

I will run (when my little one lets me put him in the jogging stroller) right, no excuses. I will run 3 miles 3x/week!

There we have it.  My secrets revealed.  Easy peasy, right? 

Next up on the blog: What I’m eating and and how my exercise is going!  

*Medical disclaimer.  This program is for educational and informative purposes only and is not intended as a medical or professional advice.  Always consult your primary he alt care provider before making any changes to your diet or nutrition program.  No health claims are made for this program.  The nutrition program will not help cure, heal, or correct any illness, metabolic disorder, or medical condition.  The author is not a medical doctor or registered dietician and is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist.  All foods are not tolerated by everyone equally.  If difficulties or discomfort arise due to your inability to digest, tolerate or utilize any food suggested, discontinue use until the reason for the difficulty can be addressed or if necessary seek appropriate medical care. If you have diabetes, chronic hypertension, high blood cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, or any other medical condition or metabolic disorder requiring special nutrition considerations, we suggest you consult a health care professional for health advice.  The author and publisher shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any of the information contained in this blog or web site. The user assumes all risk for any injury, loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused, directly or indirectly by using any information describes in this blog or web site.

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