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#bern200 – Moving The Weight: Stefanie (@CurvesCouldTalk) Used #WW360 To Lose 110 Pounds!

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It took me a long time to get the strength and courage to make the changes essential to live a healthier life. I consider myself very fortunate to personally know a handful of people that decided to take control of their health. ‘Moving The Weight’ is a series that will feature success stories from friends that have motivated me on my weight loss journey.

Name: Stefanie Arocha
Age: 28
Height:  5’4
Before Weight:  264 POUNDS
How I Gained It:  Emotional eating. I grew up in a family where everything was super-sized and the way we bonded was food. Not to mention, I had break-ups (with the same man) and that took a HUGE part in me gaining weight.
Breaking Point: I had two breaking points. One came in 2007 when I miscarried and the doctor told me it was because of my weight. I had stopped losing weight in 2010 but in 2011, after my ex and I broke up, I was tired of being sad about myself. On Valentine ’s Day of 2011, I decided I was gonna be my own valentine and do something for myself.
How I Lost It:  Weight Watchers 360
Current Weight:  154
GOAL:  145
The Hardest Part About Losing Weight Is…. The battle between “Is it worth it?” Sometimes I automatically wanna pig out, then I have to step back and remember, I don’t eat like I am 264 pounds anymore. I’ll get sick. Losing weight is a constant battle I have with myself on a daily basis. A war with my stomach and my head.  “Am I really hungry?” “Are you just thirsty?” and having to remember that I am doing this because I want to live to see my great-grandchildren some day and die of natural causes at an old age in my sleep.
My Advice To Those Trying To Lose Weight: Doesn’t matter how slow you go—As long as you GO! Those tiny steps, eventually lead to something bigger. There were so many times I wanted to say, “Forget this!” and quit. But I kept pushing. You have to work through the bad days to get to the good ones. You can’t compare your journey to someone else’s. You are your own competition. It’s a lifestyle change…meaning, it’s like a freeway. You take a wrong exit to “cheat day” You always have on-ramps back on to the freeway. So be kind to yourself. I have cheat days, hell! Even cheat weeks! Lol. But I always say, “I can get back on because this is a lifestyle…life isn’t perfect” and neither are you. You’ll eat that cheesy burrito and have that cold beer, but there’s always tomorrow to start a new. KEEP ON KEEPING ON!
Check out Stefanie at the links below!
www.Ifcurvescouldtalk.com
www.facebook.com/Ifcurvescouldtalk
www.instagram.com/steffy1385
www.twitter.com.com/Curvescouldtalk

 

#bern200 – Maintaining, The Paleo Way By @KoreanGold

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Food should be good. Food should taste good. Food should be good for you.

I can honestly and sadly say I have lost and gained about 300 pounds since puberty. My problem has never been getting the weight off; it has always been maintaining weight loss. Falling out of habit, 5 pounds become 10 becomes 20 becomes 50 becomes 80. So this go around, it’s more important to learn and sustain healthy eating habits and to learn how to deal with stress the right way NOT by stuffing my face with sugar laden, fat laden food.

Over the years, I’ve learned that my body doesn’t respond well to certain food. Unfortunately, cakes, cookies, pies, breads, muffins, and other foods filled with bad carbs are the ones I enjoy the most. Being locked in a bakery is a common reoccurring dream! It seems as though my body holds on to these foods. Sometimes, I like to think that my body is literally allergic to these foods. Sounds crazy, huh?? Until I found out that many people feel this way and as a result they resorted to the Paleolithic diet or more commonly known as “Paleo”.

The concept of Paleo is simple enough. Quoted from RobbWolf.com, “The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility.” This diagram sums it up.

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A diet like this can be a real life changing routine. It gives you the ability to eat a variety of great tasting, nutritious food that is good for you, while excluding everything that’s not.

After extensive research (Google) and personal interviews with those who have adopted the Paleo lifestyle, I decided to give it a go for a month in February. I REALLY enjoyed the results. I had more energy and I could see a noticeable change in the way my clothes fit. However, those old habits kept calling my name, so I told myself I would do a week of cheat meals for the first week of March and resume the Paleo lifestyle. Needless to say this did NOT happen! Who plans a week of cheat meals? That’s planning for failure. Still, it matters not how many times you fail but instead how many times you get back up. Therefore I’m back at the Paleo lifestyle as a way to enjoy food without the guilt of processed foods.

To change your life, you must first change your life.  Weight loss is about finding a lifestyle change that works for you. I love food and I love to cook and I love to look good! Follow me as I explore this Paleo lifestyle!

To learn more about the Paleo diet, check out http://robbwolf.com/

Have you adopted a certain diet as a means to stay healthy? Have you tried Paleo? What’s your favorite “diet” food?

 

#bern200 – ‘But I Don’t Have Time For Breakfast!’ Tips From @KoreanGold

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“I don’t have time for breakfast.”

“I’m not hungry that early in the morning.”

“I don’t know what to eat.”

“I don’t have time for breakfast” is the excuse I most commonly hear when I talk to others about starting the day off right. I don’t have time either but I MAKE time. My job, my family, fitness, and Facebook take up a good chunk of the 16-18 hours I am awake but we still MAKE time, EVERY SUNDAY. Prepping food for the week ensures we have time for breakfast every morning, and since it’s the most important meal of the day, you can’t skip it.

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Every Sunday we get our groceries for the week. Every Sunday, I’m dicing up bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, onions, mushrooms, and cilantro for the week. I sauté them up and off they go to the fridge waiting for me throughout the week to make one of the best omelets EVER.

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I like to top my omelets off with some salsa. The salsa just adds that extra ummph to the omelet. I normally buy salsa from the store. However, in an effort to save on sodium and money, I made my own salsa. Living in El Paso for the last few years, I’ve learned to really enjoy GOOD salsa. If you MUST buy salsa, Sadie’s salsa is THE way to go. Below is the recipe I use for my home made salsa.

Ingredients

6 roma tomatoes
1 can of organic tomotaoes
handful of cilantro
3 jalapeno peppers diced
½ of large yellow onion diced
1 bell pepper diced
juice of 1 lime
minced garlic to taste
sea salt to taste (be easy on the salt; the jalapeno goes a LONG way)
Pulse to desired consistency and store in fridge.

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In the mornings, as I’m getting ready for work I take an egg or two and some egg whites (in the carton), throw the veggies in and top the omelets with some of the above homemade or Sadie’s salsa and breakfast is DONE in 10 minutes or less. That’s 10 minutes; you have 10 minutes. Get off of Facebook for a few minutes in the morning, don’t make that trip to (insert fast food chain here) etc. and give yourself time to make yourself a delicious and healthy breakfast.

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What do you usually eat for breakfast? Leave a comment below!

 

#bern200 – My Daily Diet / Exercise Routine

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The most frequently asked question I’ve come across has easily been about my diet and my exercise. Often times people struggle with losing weight because they have a hard time controlling what they eat, as well as setting a meal/workout schedule. This is understandable, seeing as how most overweight men and women get this way for eating whatever they want, whenever they want, and combining that with little to no exercise. It was a struggle, but for the first 12 weeks of my journey I followed a very strict meal / exercise plan, and after the first 8 weeks I made it such a routine that it became second nature. I initially researched the Paleo diet, but I found something that I was comfortable with and that I could do 7 days a week. Hopefully this helps one of you out on your journey.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, nutritionist, trainer, or any type of certified anything (besides DJ). The following is just a list of what I did to get where I am today. Please consult a physician / doctor before changing your diet / starting a workout routine. I will not be held responsible for anything that happens to you as a result of following this same plan (unless you lose weight and feel great; I take full responsibility in that scenario).

Breakfast
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8oz water with lemon
4 eggwhite omelet with jalapeños / mushrooms
3 pcs nitrate free turkey bacon OR 3 chicken sausage links

Workout
1 hour cardio (800-850 cal burned on the Elliptical)

Between breakfast/lunch
1/4 cup of raw almonds or small red apple

Lunch
8oz Baked chicken breast fillet
1 cup romaine lettuce/salad

Between lunch and dinner
One red apple or one banana

Dinner
salmon
6-8oz salmon or tilapia fillet
1 cup steamed broccoli or cooked spinach

Throughout the day
A gallon of water

RESTRICTED FROM DIET
processed sugars
starch
dairy
alcohol (actually any drinks besides water)
red meat

Excluded from the diet is fruit juice as well. The reason for me is because there is a lot of natural sugar in 100% pure orange juice, and I was trying to avoid that. I have added tofu to my diet to make up for the lack of calcium intake, but this routine totals about 1300-1500 calories consumed. What do you think of this diet? If you’re a nutritionist, what would you add to this diet?

(note: the above picture of breakfast is two servings of egg whites, 2 large eggs)