Motivation To Lose Weight | Britney Says No To Size Zero | Day 52 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

motivation to lose weightNow hold your horses before you think I’m going to scoff at this one. I’ve always loved Britney. Each to their own musical tastes I say.  But I’ve always adorned her spirit, her smile and her naivety.

But when she came out with this, maintaining a healthy body can be hard work but is more than worth it … sometimes it’s hard to be motivated. But once you get up and do it you feel like you’ve conquered the world,” she went right to the top of my “Most Admired” List. Check it out – Britney Says No To Size 0 – just fabulous!

One of the reasons many of us develop issues with weight in the first place is because we see anorexic broom sticks walking down a runway in Milan and believe that this is the ideal.

So we starve ourselves stupid to attain an unrealistic ideal and end up in a vicious cycle of self-loathing and if you’re really lucky a dose of bulimia as (now I’m being snide – forgive me). This was my life.motivation to lose weight

I believed the lies I saw in magazines and believed that if I didn’t measure up to the likes of Elle, Claudia and Naomi (dating myself aren’t I?) then I wasn’t OK. And these were ‘healthy’ models.

Today’s models are another breed altogether! Does this look attractive? Let alone healthy???

I’m very fortunate today as I have a husband who looks at these women and can’t understand why they are considered beautiful. And he looks at me and loves me exactly how I am.

It would appear that I am the only person who has a problem with my appearance. But where did it begin?

When I was a baby I would have only known that I was perfect.

Up until I went to school I made no distinctions between tall and short or fat and slim.

School changed all of that pretty quickly.

All of a sudden I was informed that there was something “wrong” with me. Life was never quite the same again.

So for me this is a very personal and sometimes painful journey as I reflect on what started this crusade and how long ago it began.

I’m thrilled to see role models such as Britney, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Fergie all embracing their curves. It makes it so much easier on the rest of us to accept us as we are, whatever our optimal look is for us.

For some, living life as a larger woman is just fine. I find many larger women to be extraordinarily beautiful because they have embraced their voluptuousness and they are confident with who they are. But if that’s not for you, then that’s OK too.

You’ll find the path to getting into the best shape of your life, without ever having to diet again right here!

P.S. If you’d like to see where this journey began 52 days ago, you can check it out here.



My Motivation To Lose Weight is Back Thanks To Happy Foods | Day 51 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

Do you have any idea what Tryptophan is and what it has to do with healthy foods?


Neither did I until an article in NEXT magazine caught my attention. It was entitled “Mood Foods” and it listed a collection of healthy foods that enhance your mood.

Tryptophan (I can’t even spell it by myself without referring to the article!) is one of ten essential amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins.

This intrigued me so I took a look at the healthy foods mentioned, and what was so interesting is that they are all foods that are part of my staple diet.

The article referenced salmon, tuna, broccoli, lentils, apricots, avocado, bananas, pawpaw, raspberries, strawberries, dried fruits, brown rice, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, oysters, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate as all being healthy foods that are naturally high in tryptophan. Apparently 50g of dark chocolate is good for the soul. No arguments from me : )

But here’s the thing, do we really need to have this type of information spelled out to us? Isn’t it just common sense that good healthy nutritious foods will make us feel good?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never felt that hot after a bag of Dorito’s and Salsa.

healthy foodsBut give me a creamy salmon fillet with a rocket salad and I’m in heaven before, during and after my meal.

I know I feel good when I eat good.

So here’s the deal, I don’t believe that eating needs to be complicated. Therefore eating to lose weight doesn’t need to be complicated either.

Let me ask you a question … has anyone really ever gotten fat by overeating chicken and broccoli, fish and salad, lentils and vegetables, nuts and fruits? Really?

How do people really get fat? They eat foods that are full of sugar and fat. Burgers, pizzas, french fries, chocolate, cookies, donuts, ice-cream, candy, pudding …. you get my drift here, right?

That’s why I say, if you’re trying to lose weight just go natural. And for the first 2 weeks don’t even think about portion control. Just get rid of the junk for 2 weeks and you’ll automatically feel better. It just stands to reason. And if you’re not too sure what you can eat there’s a very basic philosophy I believe in and that’s, “If God didn’t make it – don’t eat it!”healthy foods

I believe in keeping things really simple. Cavemen didn’t diet and I’ve never seen an obese caveman in any of my school books. Food was uncomplicated back in the day. It was all healthy food. Exercise was part of the daily routine of the hunter gatherer. Men hunted wild animals and women foraged for healthy foods from the earth. Everything was natural. They didn’t count calories, or weigh themselves with rocks every morning! Obesity wasn’t an issue because everything was in balance.

Our bodies were not designed to assimilate the rubbish that’s in our foods today. Chemicals and toxins in the form of flavorings, colorings and preservatives abound.

We even have to be wary of the natural foods we eat like chicken. I saw a chicken breast in the supermarket the other day that would have put Pamela Anderson to shame! It was HUGE!!!

Makes you wonder what they fed the chook. If I’d seen it before it ended up on the supermarket shelf I’d say she would have looked like a female version of Sylvester Stallone. Not natural at all. So I’m not eating it.

How crazy is it that we live in a world with genetically modified food? Who signed off on that piece of crazy???

Anyway, that’s my rant for the day.

Bottom line, eat healthy foods, don’t worry about what tryptophan is (still can’t spell it without looking at the article) and find your motivation to lose weight.

That’s really all you need to do to get in the best shape of your life. Never diet again. Just eat healthy foods, do an exercise you enjoy and work out your motivation to lose weight. That’s it!

Would love to hear YOUR thoughts on the subject … till tomorrow!