It took me a long time to realize that I was missing a secret ingredient in my quest to lose weight. The Italians knew about this ingredient. They cook with it every day. No Italian meal would ever be created without it. Do you know what it is?
The secret missing Italian ingredient you need to lose weight, is LOVE.
I don’t know how many times I’ve thrown food down my throat, with very little thought about it’s preparation, it’s origins or even it’s content. Food for so many years was a source of anything but nutrition and enjoyment. It was a means to an end.
But it wasn’t until just recently when I read an article about how the Italians cook with love, that I understood that food could be so much more. From the selection and handling of food, to the preparation and presentation of food, to the consumption of food, the Italians are passionate about their food. Food is always a cause of celebration, of bringing family members together, and is always mixed with fun and laughter.
Casanova himself was reported to have said, “Sex is like eating and eating is like sex.”
Need I say more on the subject of food and love?
Now practicality must intervene. We can’t host an Italian Festival whenever we want to eat. But there are a few little things we can do to spice up our relationship with food and help us lose weight as well.
For starters, choose your food with love at the supermarket.
When you’re in the vege section, don’t just grab any old vegetable. Really look for the most attractive foods you can find. Turn them over, inspect them. Make sure they are worthy of your dinner plate.
When you’re preparing your food, be calm and think loving thoughts.
I know a few dinners I’ve prepared in anger were about as tasty as a pair of old boots. Food seems to know when it’s being loved or not. Think Jamie Oliver NOT Gordon Ramsay.
Present your food lovingly.
For some reason it just tastes better. My Mum always says that the success of a meal is in the presentation. And it’s so true. Don’t slap your food together like a dog’s breakfast. Put some love into it. It really doesn’t take that much imagination to make your food look beautiful.
And lastly, slow down and enjoy your food.
When was the last time you actually tasted your food? And I mean really tasted your food.
One of the reasons why you lose weight when eating in this way, is that when you slow down to savor your food, your stomach as a chance to signal you when you’re starting to feel full. When you eat too fast, your stomach doesn’t have a chance to keep up with your fork so it can only send you a message when you’re stuffed! And this doesn’t help you lose weight.
So add a little love to your food. You’ll be amazed how this one simple ingredient can help you lose weight.
Gotta run and do Yoga!
Hope you enjoyed this post. Would love to hear your thoughts.
P.S. If you’re wondering what this post is all about, you’ll need to start at the beginning on Day 1. That post explains my crusade here.
I have always wondered if there was a best time to exercise.
Personally I always believed that first thing in the morning was best for a variety of reasons.
I felt that if I started my day off right then it would set the tone for the rest of the day. There was always something very invigorating about doing Yoga to a sunrise.
But as I got older, I noticed that it was harder and harder to motivate myself to get out of bed and perform whatever self-diagnosed torturous workout was in store for the day.
I found that I was far more inspired to get up and go to work, than I was to get up and go exercise.
So for me, the best time to exercise started to be early in the evening.
Now, I’m going to give you my reasons why I think early in the evening is the best time to exercise:
I have a theory that my metabolism will speed up and burn off my dinner faster, and therefore prevent some of it resting on my hips overnight.
I find myself looking forward to a break from work, and now see my early evening exercise as a welcome respite from work.
I’ve had my afternoon snack at around 3:00pm so by early evening I still have energy but I’m not overloaded for a workout.
I’m warm and limber from my day’s activities.
After an early evening workout my motivation to lose weight is kicked into high gear, and previous evening temptations do not take a hold of me as they did in the past.
Now, there is very little scientific evidence to suggest that the best time to exercise is either morning, noon or night. To be quite frank, the best time to exercise is when you feel most motivated to exercise.
If you’re an early morning person and starting the day at the crack of dawn with a brisk run on the beach gets you excited, then go for it!
But if you think the best time to exercise is in the morning and you’re dragging your reluctant butt out of bed every morning here’s an article on “Why Evening Is The Best Time To Exercise.” This will let you to hit the snooze button one more time without feeling guilty ; )
At the end of the day, we must all find an exercise routine that we look forward to … not one that we dread with each passing minute on the clock. Because if we don’t enjoy it, we’re not going to stick with it. And that’s half the problem with losing weight right there.
We know we have to do it. But if we don’t enjoy it, we’re not going to stick with it!
So, what’s the best time to exercise? Whenever you feel like it! But just get out there and do it!
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Do you know you can lose weight with cinnamon? And no, I am not talking about Cinnamon Buns!
You can lose weight with cinnamon but adding it to your Skim Milk Cappuccino, or mix it in with your Lo-Fat Natural Yogurt and Honey. Wherever you like a dash of cinnamon, just add it and know that it’s helping you lose weight.
Cinnamon has been used for centuries to heal a host of ailments including bloating, indigestion and diarrhea.
But for the purpose of this post you can also lose weight with cinnamon because of the way it affects your blood sugar levels. It actively lowers your blood sugar levels whilst increasing your insulin levels which increases the metabolism of glucose.
The most exciting thing that you’ll notice straight away is that cinnamon reduces your sugar cravings. And if you don’t have any sugar cravings it makes it that much easier to avoid the sugary things that tempt you and sabotage your motivation to lose weight.
Another way you lose weight with cinnamon is that it affects the way you metabolize sugar in your system and actually stops it being converted to fat! How incredible is that?
However, the benefits don’t stop there. Another way you can lose weight with cinnamon is that it slows down the process of food leaving your stomach so you get a fuller feeling faster, and it lasts longer.
But that’s not even the best part! Do you want to know what the really great thing about cinnamon is???
So, do you need any more reasons to add cinnamon to your shopping list?
I promise you, there are so many healthy, natural ways you can lose weight and keep it off forever by adopting a whole new approach to weight loss.
The diet industry have got it wrong. They don’t have your best interests at heart. They only have their own interests at heart. How many diets have you been on? Can you tell me how many calories there are in a banana? Is that how many diets you’ve been on? Me too. And none of them worked long term. Why? Because diets don’t work. Common sense is the best diet you can get.
My 90 day challenge is about proving that you can get in the best shape of your life, without dieting, without watching your calories, without weighing yourself and without measuring yourself.
I am documenting every step of my journey and at the end of it I will prove that losing weight and keeping it off forever will come down to the right motivitation to lose weight and finding an eating plan and an exercise plan that you love and look forward to. I know there are more factors that come into play. Believe me – I know all the factors. I’ve been dieting for 33 years, (you can see my list here) so I know the hurdles. But I also now know how to overcome them
Join me here as I blog daily about my journey, and share with you tips and insights that may help you on your journey to getting into the best shape of your life, once and for all.
Here’s to your success. You know you deserve it : )
P.S. If you have any of your own diet secrets to share, spill the beans below. We all need to know.
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No matter how many sit-ups, crunches or planks you do, you’ll never get rid of belly fat just by exercise alone.
But before I reveal the vegetables that will help get rid of belly fat we need to understand what can cause it in the first place. A few of these reasons may surprise you.
Late Night Snacking
No surprises here. Who remembers Oprah Winfrey’s famous line, “After 8, not even a grape.” There’s wisdom in this mantra.
Your dinner needs a good 3 hours to fully digest. Going to bed with a full belly interrupts this process. So if you want to get rid of belly fat, keep the snacking to an absolute minimum before bed. And if you must snack, reach for lo-fat natural yogurt, or a banana, or maybe even some nuts.
It’s a well known fact that as we age our metabolism slows down which means the way we burned calories in our twenties isn’t the same way we’ll burn them in our forties. So we need to take this into account. How many girls do you know who were as skinny as a rake at high-school, could eat whatever they wanted and never had to diet, who have lost that edge as they aged? And sadly, an aging metabolism can lead to fat depositing itself around your belly.
For some of you, if you really want to get rid of belly fat you’re going to have to look at your stress levels. Now stress itself doesn’t make you fat. But stress can play havoc with your hormones. When you’re under stress your body releases cortisol which increases blood sugar. This can play havoc with your metabolism and lead to unhealthy cravings. To understand the effects of stress and how it hinders you getting rid of belly fat, click this link.
I’m just throwing this one out there. I learned a trick from a really fit gym instructor one day. I asked her how to get rid of belly fat and she said, “Stand up and suck it in!” Not quite the answer I was looking for. And then she did something that utterly shocked me. This gorgeous, slim, sexy, toned gym instructor let her stomach muscles go and there before my eyes was belly fat!
So, once you start working on your core and you start to feel your Gwen Stefani abs rocking under your belly fat, start learning to suck it in. You’ll lose inches in seconds.
OK, fun stuff aside. How do we get rid of belly fat – seriously?
The bad news is, there’s no quick fix on how to reduce belly fat immediately. If someone promises you they have one, they’re lying.
The good news is, there are foods you can add to your diet that will help stimulate the burning of belly fat. We’ve already discussed medical research supporting lo-fat natural yogurt as a way to reduce belly fat, but there are a few vegetables as well that will get your belly-fat-burning-furnace all fired up.
Cruciferous Vegetables – Super Veges!
This class of vegetable contains unique phytonutrients that help you in your fight to get rid of belly fat.
Harmful chemicals in our environment can play havoc with our hormones and stimulate our bodies to store belly fat. Phytonutrients fight against the effects of certain hormonal imbalances.
So what do you want to be adding to your dinner? Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Collard Greens, Rutabaga, Arugula (Rocket), Watercress, Radishes & Wasabi.
So there you have it! Mum knew best when she said “Eat your greens!”
Losing weight and keeping it off forever is a journey. There are no quick fixes and diets don’t work. The reason I’m writing this blog is to prove once and for all, that with pure focus and determination and a sound motivation to lose weight, we can all lose weight and keep it off forever by never dieting again, by never weighing ourselves again, and by eating foods that fulfill us and nourish us.
FOR THE RECORD:
I am not an affiliate of BeachBody. I am not selling or promoting BeachBody.
I simply enjoy P90X and Tony makes me laugh. And how many people do you know who actually enjoy their exercise? I’ll be honest. I hated it in the beginning. If you read some of my first posts I just wanted to puke!
But after a full month, I’m starting to feel my own Gwen Stefani rockin’ hard abs start to form under my belly fat. I’m starting to see long limber limbs from a month’s worth of Yoga. I don’t have any sugar cravings or any food cravings. I am happy! For the first time ever, I can see that I am losing weight, starting to look great and I don’t have a clue what the scales say! And I don’t care. All I know is, what I see is starting to look good.
As I progress through my 90 day challenge I will share with you the things that I am learning. And after 90 days I’ll show you the results of what can be achieved by never dieting again.
Deep down we all know they don’t work. If they did work, why would new ones keep coming out? Why would it be a multi-billion dollar industry? It’s like the casino industry. Excited punters hoping to win big, becoming more and more desperate with each roll of the dice, knowing deep down that the odds are always stacked against them.
It’s the same thing with the diet industry. Desperate overweight people, excitedly taking a gamble on the next weight loss guru promising “easy, fast results with our revolutionary new technology designed to give you the sculpted body of your dreams.”
And where does most of that technology end up? Under the bed collecting dust. And don’t get me started on the diets! Diet’s we can’t stick to because they’re either too complicated, too regimented or worse yet, too boring!
I should know! I’ve been trying to lose the same 50lbs for the past 33 years! You’ll see a list of them in my first post.
This is a journey to unlock the real secrets to losing weight that the diet industry doesn’t want you to know. Follow my journey as I reveal all.
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IBS is not sexy! It’s so embarrassing that we don’t even call it by it’s full name. It’s so debilitating that 70% of people who suffer from it don’t even report it. And what’s shocking to learn is that one in five Americans suffer from IBS. That’s a LOT of pain right there.
The reason I want to talk about this today, is because IBS is part of my motivation to lose weight.
You see in August of 2011 I was rushed to hospital with suspected internal bleeding. I had suffered in silence for over 6 months. I knew something was very wrong with me. It wasn’t uncommon to go to the bathroom 16-20 times a day. Sometimes 5 times in 5 minutes. It was excrutiating. Forget long walks. If there wasn’t a bathroom within a 2 minute distance from me I wouldn’t venture anywhere. My poor husband. He was so supportive.
So what on earth does this have to do with my motivation to lose weight now you might be asking?
Well, I had to take a good hard look at my diet and work out which foods were triggering IBS. I discovered that all the things I loved were making me sick. My spicy Indian Curries, Bread, Pasta, Ice Cream, Coffee, Red Meat and Alcohol.
I took a look at all the things that were making me so miserable, and made a decision to quit cold turkey. It wasn’t easy to give it all up initially. But I knew there was no price I could put on my health. To be running to the bathroom 16-20 times a day for the next 40 years was not an option. Plus it could escalate into something worse and …. I don’t even want to think about that.
So in a way, giving it all up WAS easy.
I mention this today, because as I look around my kitchen I’m surrounded by temptation. Fluffy white bread rolls and yummy Nutella, a staple weekend breakfast of the past. But as I gaze at the fluffly white bread rolls they don’t call out to me like they used to. I associate the pain of my illness to them and all desire is dashed with one memory of what it was like to suffer with IBS.
Do you remember when Kate Moss got into a lot of hot water when she said, “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels?” I don’t know why it caused such a stir because she wasn’t the first to quote that. I’d heard it in weight loss centers since the ’80’s.
What she meant was, nothing you eat will ever make you feel as good, as how you feel when you look your best. That’s all. She wasn’t promoting anorexia. It’s not her fault she’s a delicious freak of nature who can look so fabulously gaunt without trying. Some people are naturally skinny. The media should get over themselves and just get real for a minute. There will always be naturally thin people in this world. I know I won’t ever be one of them. But I do know I can get in the best shape of my life. I won’t be skinny. But I will be voluptuously fabulous, lean and mean – just like my idol Lara Croft : )
My wish for you is that if you suffer from IBS please read up on how you can cure yourself. I finally committed to blood tests for parasites and what not and they couldn’t find anything. It wasn’t until I heard the word IBS (I didn’t even know what that meant 6 months ago) and I started reading up on it that I decided to cure myself.
I am better now and to this day I don’t touch red meat and I’m totally gluten free. The curries are a thing of the past and flour and sugar don’t exist in my world. I actually think that being gluten free is enabling me to shed weight and feel great. Just look at Novak Djokovic. He’s gluten free and he attributes his #1 status in part to his diet.
Now I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, but it was enough to turn me around and get my diet right. Suffering from IBS helped me see the light. My diet was destroying me. So part of what keeps my motivation to lose weight so strong is that I don’t ever want to go back to the bad eating habits that made me so sick.
If your passion for McDonald’s stands between you and your motivation to lose weight, you need to read this. It will literally make you sick!
According to MSNBC, “McDonald’s has announced that, as of last August, they have moved away from using ammonium hydroxide in its food preparation in the United States. MSNBC reports that the food giant has stopped using the filler product which is also used in fertilizers, household cleaners and home made explosives.”
Basically, McDonald’s uses “inedible meat” and packages it in a nice sugary bun, slopped with sweet pickles and ketchup so you’ll never know the difference.
GO HERE NOW and see for yourself, but make sure you’ve got a strong stomach!
I am vehemently opposed to the toxic products that end up in our food and ultimately make us sick, despondent, lethargic, obese and miserable. My rule is, if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, you shouldn’t be eating it.
If you’re serious about losing weight and keeping it off forever, you’ve got to kick the junk food to the curb. It’s not OK to put rubbish in your body. It’s the wrong fuel. No wonder you feel like cr@p sometimes. If there’s cr@p in your food, and you are what you eat – what are you? Yep. Cr@p!
So please, I beg you … if you have not done so already … go to the pantry and the refrigerator and get rid of the junk that’s keeping you trapped in a body that can’t lose weight even if it wanted to. You’ve got to give it a chance to release the toxic waste that has been building up over the years.
But the good news is, it doesn’t take too long for the changes to take effect.
I’ve spent nearly 30 days eating only chicken, fish, vegetables, eggs, fruits, nuts, lo-fat dairy products such as milk and natural yogurt and gluten-free bread and I’m starting to feel energized again. It’s like my body is waking up out of a deep funk!
So please, find your motivation to lose weight and just get rid of the junk food.
We’ll talk about food plans later, but the greatest gift you can give yourself right now is the gift of healthy foods that will nourish your body.
My philosophy is simple, “If God didn’t make it – don’t eat it” and find an exercise that you love to do. Throw away the scales, the tape measure, the calorie counter and just go natural and take it one day at a time.
I’m on a 90 day challenge to prove that it can be done – without all the drama and strict rules and regulations that go along with traditional diets. I’m going to prove that you CAN lose weight naturally, and keep it off forever!
And then I’m going to show you exactly HOW I did it and show you that YOU can do it too!
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My motivation to lose weight has just found a new hero.
This post is for anyone who has ever said the following:
“It’s too hard!”
“I can’t do this!”
“It’s taking too long!”
“This will never work!”
I want to introduce you to Melissa Morris.
At her heaviest she weighed 673lbs. She made a decision that she wasn’t going to live like this anymore. Her massive motivation to lose weight came when she discovered her weight prevented her from seeing her mother in hospital. She made a decision to lose weight. She said she’ll lose it – or die trying.
If you haven’t found your motivation to lose weight, take comfort knowing that if Melissa Morris can go from 673lbs to goal weight, then you can too. It just takes a decision that you will not accept this anymore!
Find your motivation to lose weight, then join me on my journey to discover a healthier way to lose weight that does not involve counting calories, or weighing yourself on the scales or following a ridiculous regimented diet that simply leaves you craving for everything you’ve given up. Follow me as I unlock a new way to lose weight and most importantly keep it off forever.
My motivation to lose weight is to look like Lara Croft from Tomb Raider at the end of 90 days. Ridiculous I know … but hey … nothing beats a failure than a try I say. BTW this is the picture I have on my refrigerator door.
But here’s the thing … how do you measure your results along the way without sabotaging your motivation to lose weight?
I can’t tell you how many times my day has started with the dreaded walk to the bathroom scales to see if the needle is feeling friendly towards me that day. I can’t tell you how many binges have been brought on by the bathroom scales giving me not-so-friendly results.
My attitude was, “well what does it matter? I haven’t lost any weight anyway!” And off I’d go on my merry way to the Cream Buns, Custard Squares, Tim Tam’s, Mallow Puffs, Dorito’s and Ben & Jerry’s. I would devour everything in site, delirious in my sugar high, only to crash a few hours later feeling totally disgusted with myself, despondent and devoid of any motivation to lose weight ever again.
So why oh why do we put ourselves through the torture of weighing ourselves? Surely there must be a better way to measure our results that doesn’t destroy our motivation to lose weight. And I believe I’ve come up with a few.
The next time you feel tempted to jump on the scales or grab a tape measure I want you to try some of these measures instead.
1) The Clothes Test
Grab a pair of jeans, or a skirt or anything with a waistband and see how it fits now. Do a twirl in front of the mirror and look for changes in how your clothes fit. Not only will your motivation to lose weight soar, but so will your spirits when you see your progress.
2) Rate Your Jiggle Factor
I have a little thing I do in front of the mirror. I jump up and down and gauge the degree to which my stomach jiggles. In the beginning I had a ripple that looked like a tidal wave in slow motion. Now it’s starting to look like a respectable small swell. As you know my motivation to lose weight is to look like Lara Croft. There’s no jiggle there. So that keeps me focusssed. When there’s no more jiggle, I’ve reached my goal.
3) How High Can You Jump?
Now if you read my post from Day 2 on my challenge, I just wanted to puke. I can’t jump. Well, 21 days ago I couldn’t jump. Today I was leaping in the air like I had turbo boosters on the soles of my shoes. I was LEAPING! It was quite extraordinary.
Now jumping may not be the measure for you.
But maybe you notice that you’re walking a little faster, or you’re jogging further than you did in the beginning or maybe you can do Twisted Half Moon pose in Yoga without breaking a hip.
Whatever your physical activity is that you enjoy doing, just notice if it’s getting a little easier, or you’re doing it a little better.
4) How’s Your Sweet Tooth?
The biggest change I had to make to my diet was to get rid of sugar. Completely.
I allow myself a tablespoon of honey a day and that seems to satisfy my sweet tooth. Also I use Stevia in my Green Tea which is a fabulous Sports Drink by the way. Forget Gatorade. If you want energy to sustain you during a work out, chill 4 cups of a fruit flavored Green Tea. It’s delicious and it gets you pumped.
But it seems as if all my food cravings have gone. I look forward to my healthy choices. Remember, my diet plan is pretty simple. “If God didn’t make it – don’t eat it.”
So do a checkup from the neck up and ask yourself how you feel about your food cravings? Are they all but gone?
As soon as you start to wean yourself off toxic man-made foods, you’ll notice that you naturally crave healthy foods. I love my chicken and my fish and my fruits, nuts and vegetables. I can’t get enough of them. I’ve come a LOOOOOONG way to be able to say that.
But my motivation to lose weight is so strong this time, that I committed to throwing away the junk for 90 days. Have you?
5) What’s Your Happiness Meter At Today?
I think this is the most important measure of all and the best way to keep your motivation to lose weight solid.
How are you? Do you have an inner glow? Is there a bounce in your step? Do you feel happier today than you did before you started your journey to getting into the best shape of your life? Do you feel GOOD about yourself? Because if you do, then that’s the best measure of all. Wouldn’t you agree?
You can’t put a price on happiness. And sadly, happiness can be robbed from you quicker than you can say Krispy Kreme.
So do yourself a favor, next time you want to measure your weight loss success, consider the above 5 steps before anything else. They matter more. They truly do.
This is a journey – not a race!
Take your time, learn your lessons and make this transition permanent.
Have you found your motivation to lose weight yet?
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