Before and after

Before and after
Before...eating junk, no exercise and feeling terrible. After...eating "clean", weight training, cardio and feeling amazing 19 years later.

30 years ago I was in the path of an unhealthy future due to my poor food choices and no exercise. Eating Clean cleansed the inside of my body and I sculpted the outside with weight training. Now 48 years old, I'm in the best shape of my life. It's never too late to change your body and your life!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Halloween candy! Trick…no treat.

Here it comes again…Halloween and the candy that comes with it!  Hang on, because you cannot avoid seeing it in the stores, at least for a few more weeks.  Then comes Christmas Candy…great. L 

Those huge bags of "fun size" Snickers, Twix, Skittles, Kit Kat, M&M’s, etc. Yum! In the past, I would buy several bags so it would “look” like I was buying it for trick or treaters. Rrright…you know what happened! I would break into those bags, have a hay-day and go back and buy more. After all, they are called fun size, right?

Being a self-admitted sugar-holic, it's not smart for me to buy any candy, period! I KNOW that I’m just going to eat it myself, HELLO!  If any of you have ever read the book Sugar Busters or know what sugar really does to your body, then you know what what your in for if you choose to eat it. Unfortunately, the taste of candy can be heaven!  It was for me for most of my life.  

I’m sure everyone has noticed that a lot of packaging on candy says FAT-FREE.  Yes, it IS fat-free because it's ALL sugar!  Sugar and fat are not the same. I repeat, sugar and fat are NOT the same. Sugar turns into FAT once it's inside of you!
If you’re currently dealing with extra stomach rolls, pooches, muffin-tops, back boobs and general extra poundage, it’s because you probably made stupid food decisions in the past that are still stuck on you today. Trust me, we’ve all been there, but it IS fixable. Not without a lot of hard work, but most of us are capable of fixing ourselves. It’s YOUR choice.

I love Halloween, but I had to completely give up candy and sugar!  Yes, it does taste good, but do you really want to wear it for years to come? They’re not really treats, they’re tricks! The trick is…how do we get rid of it after it’s turned into FAT and we’re already wearing it?!

So, STOP, DROP, & ROLL (or run) from the candy this Halloween season! You will thank yourself.  J

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Death of a Sandwich

I know how to kill a sandwich in two seconds flat!  Ditch the bread, slide off the toppings, and go for the guts of it…the meat!  On my recent trip to Las Vegas, with not many choices out by the pool cafĂ©, a grilled chicken sandwich was the closest thing to healthy on the menu.  So, this is what it ended up looking like:
It’s a sad ending to once a perfectly good looking sandwich.  Looking like the Pillsbury Doughboy is NOT my goal!  If you’re still eating white bread, you really should rethink it and here’s why:

White bread contains a large proportion of high GI (glycemic index) carbohydrates. These carbohydrates cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels which trigger a similarly rapid release of insulin.  It also causes raised levels of bad LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream. This can lead to problems such as heart disease as well as high blood pressure.  Another negative effect of eating white bread is on the body’s metabolism. This is retarded causing reduced efficiency in digestion and greater fat storage, which is more often than not accumulated around the belly. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why weight loss is so difficult for people who continue to eat white bread. Not only that, but it makes you feel more sluggish and less inclined to want to exercise.
Enough said! L
You can quickly get used to ditching bread from your diet if you want to.  I was never a big dough, roll, or bread eater anyway, but now that I’m used to not having it, I don’t miss it at all.

As I laid there on my lounge chair by the pool, I was proud of the fact that I’ve worked so hard to keep my body fat and sugar free.  I’m not self-conscious about my body like I had been for so many years prior to changing my life.  No bread, no problem! 

Be a caveman (or woman) and kill the sandwich - go for the meat!  J