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The Last Hoorah!

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I’m looking for TEN people who want to start the new year feeling AMAZING rather than the other 98% of the world feeling miserable. Wake up on New Year’s Day ready to dominate 2016 instead of making the same old resolution every year that doesn’t happen. The holidays are quickly approaching and while all of the parties and events are amazing, food (and lots of it) typically comes with each of them. Unfortunately many of us will put on extra weight. Like me…last year I definitely put on some pounds (damn pumpkin pie). Thankfully I had the tools and support already to help me jump right back in it and I lost the weight…but it wasn’t easy!

I have decided that THIS year I am going to be prepared. WHO’S WITH ME?! Establishing a healthy nutrition plan before the holidays will help us to be more aware of what and how much we are eating. Plus, losing a few pounds before they arrive will give you a little wiggle room to indulge here and there! tongue emoticon Hey – we are only human after all!

You still have three more months left in this year to rewrite your story. You CAN stick to your goals…TOGETHER we’ll find the best solution to help you work toward starting 2016 feeling the best you ever have. Can’t wait to start!! Email me at losingfatwithcat@gmail.com, find me on my Facebook page and shoot me a message, or you can drop some info here: http://goo.gl/forms/DK2lzSt36C.

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Reflection on 2014 and Best Wishes for 2015

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When 2014 started, I honestly didn’t have any expectations of the coming year.  I gave up on New Year’s Resolutions a long time ago!  But when I think back over the last 364 days, I realize there were a lot of monumental changes in my life this year.  Not only did I finally get my health and fitness on the right track, but I achieved a lot of goals that I set out for myself along the way.  And I have come to the realization that setting smaller goals and achieving them little by little was the way that worked for me.  I certainly didn’t start out January 1st planning on running a half marathon in November.  And I definitely didn’t know I would eventually lose over 46 pounds and almost 40 inches before December 31st.  I decided to sit here for a moment and list the things I was able to achieve this year  so that I can start thinking about the goals I want to set for 2015.  I also included some important things I’ve gained, along with the losses.  I hope I inspire you to do the same…remember little changes lead to big ones.  There is no accomplishment too small to count!

Accomplishments for 2015, in no particular order

-Completed a 3 week workout program (21 Day Fix) fully, three times
(Feb. 24-March 12, Sept. 1-21, Nov. 29-Dec.19)
-Completed a 14 week workout program (T25 Alpha, Beta, Gamma)
(Alpha/Beta March 31-June 9 & Gamma June 23-July 18)
-Completed a 12 week Half Marathon training program
(Aug. 25-Nov.15)
-Ran less than a 10 minute mile (April 12)
-Ran less than a 9 minute mile (June)
-Ran less than an 8 minute mile (Nov.)
-Ran a 5k in less than 30 minutes (Oct. 7)
-Ran a 10k distance (not an official race) in less than 1 hour (Sept. 28)
-Ran a half marathon in 2:01:46 without walking (Nov. 15)
-Lost 46.5 pounds and 38 inches (Feb. 24 – Dec. 31)
-Went from a size 16/18 to a size 10, XL/XXL to a M/L
-Did a yoga bind (Dec. 15)
-Became a Beachbody coach and now support almost 90(!) people around the United States and Canada on their weight loss journeys (March 1)

But beyond all of these accomplisments and losses, there are three very important things I GAINED throughout this year.

SUPPORT SYSTEM
Not only do I have the support of my loving husband, family, and friends, but I now have added a network of coaches, other runners, accountability groups, fitness junkies, etc. that I speak to DAILY about our goals, dreams, aspirations, and struggles.  Having this support system was honestly the key to my success.  Without all of you and your inspirational and motivational posts, pictures, high fives, and kicks in the butt, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.

CONFIDENCE
Those of you that know me personally know I’m not really shy, but it takes me a bit to open up about my personal feelings.  Having gained 80 pounds since high school has always plagued me, but I never had the courage to do anything about it.  Now I have the confidence to see how far I’ve come, know I can reach the rest of my goals no matter how rough, and help others do the same.

MOTIVATION
Once I figured out my “WHY” it made it all that much easier to start achieving my goals.  But your WHY needs to be STRONG ENOUGH and you have to be willing to put in the work.  I never realized that until this year.  When times got tough before, I gave up.  Thinking back to when my husband proposed to me, I wanted to lose weight for our wedding which was to take place 9 months later.  Though I lost a little, I still walked down the aisle in a size 18 dress.  I knew he loved me in the body I was in, and that was always lingering in the back of my head.  I know today that he’ll still love me no matter what my pant size is, how far I can run, what kind of food I eat, etc. but I want to be healthy for our future child(ren).  I want to end the trend of obesity in my own household so that we aren’t just another statistic.  I want to stop the risk factors we have for hereditary issues dead in their tracks and never look back.  Those wants are powerful enough to keep me going…to keep me working toward my ultimate goals, no matter how long they take.  And I know I have the support system, confidence and motivation to get there.

I hope your 2014 was monumental, no matter how big or small your accomplisments were.  Write them down, reflect, and think about what you have to do going forward to take you further.  If you need help, I recommend finding a support system.  Talk about your goals.  Post them around you so you can see/hear/reflect on them daily.    Share them with others.  Share them with me!  Make 2015 great, no matter what you’ve got going on around you!

I’m sure you’ve seen the posts and quotes around, but it is soooooo true!
Happy New Year!

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Common Misconceptions

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One of my first blog posts was called “The Ugly Truth” and though it was filled with lots of useful information, I felt it necessary to revisit some of those ideas, and also some common misconceptions that many have regarding health, fitness, weight loss, Beachbody, and Shakeology.

Misconception #1: You have to eat less to lose weight.
When I was in college, I started an at-home workout program (from Beachbody, ironically haha) but didn’t follow the suggested food plan.  I ate 1200 calories, didn’t eat back any of the calories I burned, and a majority of those calories were from convenience foods lacking in nutritional benefits.  Did I lose weight?  Of course!  Did it stay off?  Not on your life!  I gained every pound back, and even more, the minute I ate more than usual or skipped a work out.  When I started this journey over in February, I was nearly 215 pounds and the program I was following had me eating 2000 calories.  Yes, 2000 and it was a TON of food.  And I still lost weight and inches.  It’s all in WHAT you eat, not necessarily the amount.

Misconception #2: Eating healthy is too expensive.
With a lot of what is in the media regarding food, diet, and nutrition lately, a lot of people think that eating healthy means eating all fresh foods, organic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.  and those options aren’t always as cost-efficient or as convenient as other things we are used to getting.  Each person has their own dietary needs and some follow certain guidelines because they need to rather than want to, for various reasons.  While eating some of these ways can be extremely beneficial, for others it is just not necessary.  My husband and I spend $75-100 a week (total, not each, and amyn times less) on groceries for the two of us and that includes lean meats, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, dairy, and yes, that even includes Shakeology for BOTH of us.  Think about how much you spend each week on fast food, coffee drinks, going out to dinner, and/or other convenience foods.  Is it more than $3.50 a day or $25 a week?  I pay less than that and every time I drink Shakeology I know I’m getting essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that come from whole foods, that curbs my cravings, helps my hair and nails grow, keeps me full until my next meal, and helps me to stay healthy (sickness is limited to seasonal allergies!).  Most convenient foods are full of additives and are high in sugar and sodium that is very harmful, especially for those with any health issues or those prone to them.

Misconception #3: What hasn’t/has worked for someone else, won’t/will work for me
Remember that everyone is different.  There is no “one size fits all” in regards to nutrition and fitness.  I wish it were that easy! There are a lot of different options out there and if you’ve tried something and it hasn’t worked, don’t give up.  Try something else!  I did WW twice and couldn’t handle all of the freedom it gave me.  I could eat all fast food and drink empty calories and still stay in my points, and I knew that wasn’t the best thing for me.  But it has worked for many of my friends and I’m super proud of their success!  I tried four or five different diet pills, but didn’t like how they made me feel.  I was jittery, plus nothing suppressed my appetite to keep me from making poor food choices anyways.  I’ve tried low-carb, no-carb, high protein, low calorie, super restrictive, etc. etc. etc. and nothing worked for me until I realized that for me it was all about portion control and balance.

Misconception #4: As long as you work out, you can eat whatever you want.
As much as we all would love to believe this statement, it just isn’t true.  For those of you trying to lose weight, food choices (see how I didn’t call it a diet?) are 80% of the battle.  If you just make changes in what you eat, you’ll see the pounds start to come off even if you aren’t hitting up the gym, using an at-home workout, walking, running, or whatever.  If you’re trying to stay within a certain amount of calories, you can always eat back at least a portion of what you burn with a workout, but your body needs FUEL to make the changes you’re hoping to see.  Food choices should work together rather than against each other to help your body recover, build muscle, and burn fat.

Misconception #5: You can never eat fast food, desserts, or chocolate, or drink beer or wine ever again if you expect to be healthy and lose weight.
If these are items you couldn’t dream of letting go, you’re in luck…you don’t have to say goodbye!  I’m sure you’ve heard it before…”All in Moderation.”  You can indulge from time to time, but if your daily menu consists of these items more than anything else, it might be time for an intervention.  Many of these items are lacking in nutritional value, and have no real benefit for your body except for comfort and, for some, stability.  There are plenty of choices eating out that are healthier than a super-sized fast-food sandwich, fries, and milkshake, with a pie on the side.  There are a lot of delicious desserts and chocolate options that are satisfying.  Plus an occasional alcoholic beverage or two (even three) won’t hurt too much, but limiting that consumption to one day rather than multiple days during the week will leave your body feeling better.

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