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FABUARY CHALLENGE!

Hey guys, I’m going to keep this as short as possible! This month I’ve putting a focus on my abs and back (aka my girdle).

My workouts will be simple:

  1. Running outside twice a week
  2. Dancing more
  3. Abs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

My diet has a couple of rules too:

  1. No alcohol or beverages with calories
  2. No red meat
  3. Caffeine free the first seven days
  4. Eat fish twice a week

Since this has been day 1 of my caffeine cycle, I’m having a fair amount of brain fog. Hopefully, tomorrow will bring a more clear-headed day. I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

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Better Late Than Never | No Junk January

I know, I know, I completely dropped the ball on my Monday check-ins, but I’m happy to say I managed to maintain my two videos/week goal!

Whew! Where to begin!! I guess I should start with saying I’ve lost a grand total of 11.25 inches in the first two weeks of January! 6.75 in week one, and 4.5 in week two.

I’ve managed to maintain an average of 6 glasses of water a day, but I’m trying hard to keep it at a daily 8. I can’t expect perfection but I can certainly try to get as close as possible.

The downside to my progress updates is that my progress will be slowing down a LOT in these next weeks of January, because I managed to pull both a pec muscle, and a muscle in my lower back.

I’ve been feeling ill this past week as well and I’m not 100% sure why. It could be low blood pressure, overworking myself, stress, I’ll even throw vertigo out there.

My goal this next week is to lose a quarter of an inch per thigh, and to just take it easy on the rest of my body.

Spicy Chicken: Two Easy Ways

I’ve been on an adventure trying to come up with ways to make pretty much all of my food as spicy as I can handle and these two chicken recipes have gotten me pretty darn close to perfection.

This is pretty basic, and definitely not a complicated recipe but you’re going to get your hands messy, so prepare yourself!

This is a great recipe if you need protein for meal prep. This calls for just enough for one chicken breast each! My significant other thinks the hot cheeto one is too spicy, but the cayenne one was just right for him!

Spicy Chicken

Ingredients:

1/2 tablespoon cayenne
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic pepper seasoning
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
One chicken breast

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Rub the chicken breast down in the oil
  3. Combine cayenne, black pepper, and garlic pepper in a bowl and mix together
  4. Rub the seasoning on the chicken breast
  5. Place in the oven for 35-45 minutes (I’d suggest checking every five minutes to see how it’s cooking)

This goes great with angel hair pasta!

Hot Cheeto Chicken

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Pancake mix
2 1/2 tablespoons of Grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups Hot cheetos
1 Egg
1/4 Salt
1 chicken breast
1 tablespoon water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place your Hot Cheetos and parmesan into a food processor (I use a blender so it’s not as well crushed), set aside in a bowl
  3. Whisk together pancake mix and salt
  4. Whisk egg and water (I strongly suggest using a wet hand and a dry hand for this next part
  5. Coat chicken in flour mixture, then dip into egg mixture, and finally dip into Hot Cheeto/Parmesan mixture
  6. Place chicken on a greased (or buttered) baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes

This chicken goes well with rice dishes!

I hope you enjoy!

No One Can Motivate You But Yourself

In the first week or so of 2018 – and of having a motivation/accountability group – I’ve noticed that most people don’t make their health a priority. It’s not my business what someone looks like or how high their blood pressure is or what their TDEE is… except when someone asks me for help.

The whole reason I got my personal training certificate was so that I could help people, and then after I had my baby, I would have the knowledge to help myself. The first step to all of this is having the motivation to do it.

Anyone can say they want to lose weight, but if you don’t have the motivation, it’s not going to happen. I see people using humor as a defense mechanism, or complain about the way they look, but make excuses for not making changes.

If you can only make excuses, then you need to stop making statements of what you want. “I want to lose weight, but my knees/shoulder/tendons hurt”, or “I want to workout, but I don’t have any time”, etc.

You’re not handed a perfect bill of health, you have to work for it. These are the only reasons I can think of that might convince others to change their lifestyle:

  • Lack of exercise increases body fat. You are meant to have a certain amount of fat on your body, but increased body fat shows in between your organs (it’s called visceral fat). Too much body fat between your organs can cause: coronary heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, sleep disorders, depression, etc.
  • Not eating healthy can result in nutrient deficiencies, which results in anemia, defected bone growth, muscular dystrophy, higher risk of chronic diseases, accelerated aging, and a decline in mental health
  • Lack of exercise can result in high blood pressure, osteoporosis, easily getting winded (grocery shopping or walking up stairs could become a challenge), slower metabolism, prone to injury, sexual dysfunction, etc.

Christmas Coal Recipe

Tis the season! It’s also the season of figuring out what to put in those stockings, and this is an easy, delicious snack that the kids will love finding (whether they’ve been naughty or nice).

This was so fun and easy to make, so parents gather around. You don’t need a whole lot, just a bit of butter, mini-marshmallows, chocolate rice crispies, and semi-sweet milk chocolate chips!

I’ve been trying to post more on my facebook page (which I’ll obviously be sharing this on) and managed to figure out how to do page stories! You guys already know how much I love doing instagram stories!The first thing you do is melt the butter, then add the mini marshmallows. The reason we do mini, is because A)  they blend better and B) it’s easier to measure the minis since there’s less airspace. Look at those and I tested these a couple weeks ago with the boys. They INAHLED these! “Mommy, this is GOOD!” is something I heard a lot during this little trial, so trust me when I say, these are immediate winners!These don’t really need any garnish, but I wanted to give it a little something special so I added some gold luster! It’s not necessary but if you have some extra time, it gives it a bit of mining sparkle!

Ingredients:

3 tbsp butter
3 cups mini marshmallows
3 cups cereal
*gold or silver luster
*a couple drops  lemon or vanilla extract

*Items optional

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter and combine the mini-marshmallows until dissolved and well blended
  2. Add in chocolate cereal and fold the cereal into the mixture until once again it is well blended (take a shot every time I say that… just kidding, don’t do that)
  3. Spread into a pan and let cool (I put it in the freezer with a plastic cover and left it for about an hour)
  4. After the coal is cooled, shape them into little balls
  5. Melt the chocolate chips and roll the balls into melted mixture before placing on a sheet and cool them in the freezer
  6. This part is optional: Use the luster and a couple drops of extract and brush it on the cooled chocolate coal to give it a fun little finish

I hope you guys have fun with this and have a great weekend!

I Resolve | The Importance of New Years Goals

I see way too many skeptical, pessimistic posts about people making goals for the New Year. What’s worse is that those posts can actually put a damper on other people who are making resolutions.

The guiltiest to be making those posts are unfortunately part of a community I love, which is that of fitness! My nearest and dearest friends in this community are luckily the types to encourage people to start a healthier lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean we don’t see all of the negative posts and comments.

Here’s the thing. The first step to knowing what you want is often times the simple act of sitting down and writing out your resolutions. Taking time out of your day to say, “What should I get done this next year?” can open you up quite a bit. That’s exactly what I did and I’m going to be doing it every year, even if I fail! Why? Because it gets me closer to what I want! Less fat, more muscle, organize more, upload more videos, etc.

2018 is going to be a big year for my writing and my body. I have zero plans for any more children (sorry to disappoint some of y’all), which means I can push my body to its limits. If I have to stop after the first month or two, the point is I’ve made an effort to get closer to what I want! Who cares if I don’t self-publish 12 books and I’m not “bikini body” ready?

Making resolutions isn’t about the success rate. It’s about the effort you put forth. It’s about figuring out what you want and doing what you can to get there, or as close to there as you can get!

DECEMBER GOALS!

Woohoo! New month, new goals! My novel is done – well, not done, but at least I’ve written 50k in 30 days! I’m sure I’ll have an update for you guys on my booktube (RaineReads) for the curious ones.

This month I’ll be working on short stories for my friends (don’t ask), editing my first novel for re-self-publication, and LOSING AN INCH AROUND EACH ARM! So two inches in total! I’m meal planning but not prepping for this month and next week I’ll have a little bit of that for you guys, and of course Christmas dinner is a day in which I’m letting myself eat literally anything without consequence or excessive workouts afterwards. There’s a week of school break where I’m not sure what’s going to be going on so I don’t have anything planned that week, but I’ll be winging it each day.

Anyway, I have my workout calendar down below. That actual moves I’ll be doing on those days will rely heavily on whether or not I’m having tendonitis flare-ups. I can only run outside on days where my significant other has off, so while I have cardio listed, the type of cardio is dependent on his work schedule.

It has  since been filled out at the bottom. My left bicep is 11.5 inches non-flexed, my right bicep is 11.75 non-flexed.

I hope to have some meal prep recipes for you guys this month, but for sure I’ll have two family dessert recipes coming atcha! I’ll see you guys for my first December check in on Monday!

Indulge & Lose

One of the things I absolutely love to tell all of my friends and folks who watch my youtube is this: weight loss is strictly dependent on calories in versus calories out. If you consume X amount of calories, you need to burn off more than that in order to lose weight – whether that’s fat loss or otherwise.

Everyone knows the holidays are a time of indulgence, and often times weight gain. There are a plethora of reasons that people gain weight during the holidays – stress, work overload, difficulty managing time, the weather, etc.

One of the biggest worries I hear about is the holiday feasts causing issues in a person’s diet. The very first thing I want to tell you is this: If you’re eating well 80% of the time and exercising as much as you feel you can, then those dinners are not something you need to worry about. However, if you’re still having trouble, here are some helpful tips to maneuver around that:

  1. Fill your plate with a little bit of everything. Starches, greens, turkey or ham (both, if you like), cranberry sauce.
  2. Take your time to eat what you can off of your plate
  3. Still hungry? Go for seconds.
  4. Listen to your body when it says “Whooooaaa!”
  5. When it’s time for dessert, pick one or a little bit of all.

That sounds simple, right? It’s what you would tell a kid, so why are we any different? Besides having the full capacity to choose what we want, we aren’t different. The conversation you can engage in between dinner and dessert will give your body time to make room.

If all else fails and you still feel like a blimp by the end of the night, you can always wake up for some cardio the next morning!

The most important thing I want everyone reading this to know is that you are allowed to indulge during the holidays – and all year round! It’s hard to get into the habit of healthy eating, and it’s even harder to get into the habit of telling yourself it’s ok to indulge every once in awhile, but you will be exponentially happier when you can form that habit!

If it helps, ask yourself if what you are doing is hurting you, or fueling you. (Here’s the secret: any food can fuel you in a reasonable amount, but it’s up to you to decide where the point is from helpful to harmful.)

Hardly Eating, But No Weight Loss? Here’s Why!

A lot of people resorting to extreme caloric restriction, some later developing eating disorders as a result, do so in order to lose weight. This is a big mistake.

Coming from a constantly recovering anorectic – still a term I find odd, I do admit – I can tell you from history, you’re screwing yourself and your body over. Deficits are perfectly fine over a short period of time and for a purpose.

Here’s what typically happens when someone eats once a day:

First, you forget to eat breakfast, but you go about your work day. It’s a busy day so you decide to skip lunch. Maybe you snag a bag of chips or an apple so you have something to snack on, at least. Or maybe you tell yourself, “I’ll just eat a little more than usual when I get home, to make up for what I forgot to eat.”

Because your body is running on the energy that you are providing, in this case nothing, you’re getting your energy from muscle and excess fat stores. It runs on that until you eat.

By the time you eat, you put as much as you think you can eat on your plate. That may be anywhere between 300-2000 calories. Soon after, you may stay up to watch some Netflix, do household chores, or maybe you decide to crash instead. All of what you’ve just consumed is being stored for later use. It commonly gets stored in fat because you’re not using that energy/those calories right away.

When you go through that process every day, all of the unused energy is stored and rarely used. It becomes even worse when you throw alcohol into the mix.

Contrary to popular belief, hard liquor is not healthier than beer, malt beverages, or wine. Additionally, clear liquor is not healthier than dark liquor (white vs gold rum/tequila, etc.). I’ve even met people who believed that liquor didn’t contain any calories. They do, in case you were wondering.

Aside from the sometimes less than obvious reason of calories in vs calories out, in the case of alcohol in weight gain, even though you barely eat or eat one good meal a day, if you add alcohol to your daily intake it can complicate the metabolizing process.

When you consume alcohol, it’s split two ways: fat stores and immediate energy. That means that the food already in your system isn’t what you’re using as an energy source: carbohydrates, sugars, fats are now in surplus because your body is using the acetate from alcohol. Where does the surplus go, but to fat storage. In addition, drinking will raise cortisol (causing muscle to break down) and lower testosterone (making it difficult to build muscle).

“I go the whole day without eating, I don’t know why I’m gaining weight.” You need to realize that the first statement is in direct correlation with the second. You’re gaining weight because by the time you eat, your body no longer needs that fuel.

“But you starved yourself and lost 50 lbs!” Yes, I starved myself. I could eat at most half a croissant a day. I drank lots of water to make me feel full, lost my period for a short time, and any time I ate a significant amount (by my standard, which was used to at most 500 calories a day vs the required 1600/day without any activity) I would gain weight.

Want to know how to lose weight without going so long without eating? Stay tuned for next week’s post on guaranteed tips to lose weight. We’re approaching a new year, after all. Why not decide to form sustainable habits? Until next time!

 

Relapsing | Part of the Process

It’s Friday, or French Fries-Yay!

If you haven’t kept up with my youtube channel, you may not know of the struggle I’ve been going through as of late, and I really don’t go that in depth on my most recent video. So here’s my chance to explain how things are going, in real time. If you’d like to check out the video before continuing, it’s right here:

 

I’ve found that I’m still having these very destructive, disordered thoughts running through my brain. Whenever I have to decide what to eat, it feels like there’s this violent onslaught of extreme self-deprecation. Last night, I wanted to make something easy after my workout, so I made a protein shake and had a small bowl of pasta. I really wish I had taken a picture so you could understand what I mean when I say I’m very conscious of how little I’m consuming, but I’m struggling to actually go through the act of consuming.

I know better than to expect my mind to fix itself over night. I know better than to assume it’s going to just fix itself altogether. I’ve been preoccupying myself with my three separate youtube channels, my novel, my reading goals, and my family. I’m constantly working at building my empire, so much so that when I finally managed to stop, this very morning – staring at the poptart that my son didn’t finish, debating whether or not I really wanted to put something like that in my body – I realized that the very foundation of my empire is based around health, physical and mental.

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After being pregnant and giving birth twice – the latter being the healthiest mental state I had ever been in – I never thought I would relapse. Understand that I don’t mean to trivialize those with substance abuse problems; that’s a huge battle in itself for so many people. I’m not really sure what the proper term to use would be when it’s been more mental than physical.

I know that this still wasn’t as eloquent as I’m trying to convey, but it’s the best I can do at the moment. I expect a lot of frustration, anxiety, and self-deprecation in my future, but know that it’s not a battle I’m going to just roll over for, just because the opponent seems so daunting.

I’m in this battle to win. And I will.