Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: Not Written in Stone...

I recently hit a wall. I was half assing my nutrition and bored with my workouts and I needed a change STAT.

A few weeks ago, I decided to incorporate carb cycling back into my "diet". I saw great results when I did this about 10 years and initially lost all of my weight. My nutritionist at the time; thought this was the best approach for me and she was right.  I was doing iifym before it became a popular hashtag ha.

After doing some research; I decided to try the 3:1 approach...3 low days followed by 1 high and repeat. I did great on the first two weeks....and then not so much. I ended up doing a half assed attempt and having moderate to high carbs almost every day.

Last Monday, after a weekend of not so great food choices; I knew that I was not ready to step on the scale on Tuesday (my weigh-in day). I reached out to my accountability partners and was honest about how I felt; it seems like I wasn't the only one that was feeling this way.

We decided to change our approach and instead of doing the 3:1 method, we would try 4:3 instead; 4 moderate to high days followed by 3 low and we also changed our weigh in day. We tried this last week (low days from Tuesday to Thursday and new weigh in on Friday) and guess what? It worked! The scale is moving in the right direction again and this weekend I didn't feel deprived and actually made better choices.

Sometimes we need to make a little tweak to see progress and rev up our motivation. If you notice that you aren't seeing the results that you want or not having the same drive as before..change it up. Nutrition and Workout plans are not written in stone...do what works best for YOU.

If you are bored with your workouts; maybe do circuit style or super sets instead of straight sets. If you are tired of running, sign up for a spin class. One little alteration can make all the difference.

 Change your perspective if things aren't going your way...


Namaste...
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: Keep It Real...

This post has been something that I've been wanting to post for a while but I always stopped myself because I didn't want to offend anyone. F it...maybe if I share this, it will help someone and open the lines of communication.

Back in my early 20's, I had a breast reduction and it was one of the best decisions that I made because I was finally able to live. My breast always held me back from trying new things and being an active person. I say this because I want to make it VERY clear that I am not against anyone changing their physical appearance if they feel that they need to or want to. I was very open about my procedure and recommended my surgeon to two of my friends.

I feel that people should be honest about their choices, especially if someone comes to you for advice. One example is when an individual has weight loss surgery and instead of sharing it with their friends, they say "Oh I just started to eat healthier and going to the gym". How do you think that makes your friend feel who truly has been doing those things and is seeing slow progress?

I feel like we have a responsibility to others especially those who are close to us.  I have a friend that recently had breast augmentation and instead of shying away from it; she is sharing her journey on social media. I am not saying that you need to shout it from the roof tops but don't make someone feel less than because they are trying to keep up with your false truth. 



Namaste...

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: Summer Reading....

Can you guys smell it? Summer is right around the corner. I am not a HUGE fan of the summer but two of my favorite things are walking around the city on a warm summer night while I people watch and enjoy the warm breeze. The second thing that I love is reading a good book. Things tend to s lo w down in the summer so it makes it easier to sneak in a couple of hours of reading. 

I wanted to share a few of the books that I will be reading this summer with you guys. Two of them are "yogi" books and the third is a Fiction "chic lit" novel (scroll down to see how you can win your own copy).

The first two books are "The Yamas and Niyamas" by Deborah Adele and the second book is "What We Say Matters" by Judith Lasater and Ike Lasater.

The Yamas and Niyamas are the first two, of the 8 limbs of yoga which I have discussed before.

From Amazon: The first five guidelines are referred to as the yamas—a Sanskrit word that translates to "restraints"—and encompass nonviolence, truthfulness, not stealing, nonexcess, and nonpossessiveness. The last five are referred to as the niyamas, or observances—purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender.

It will be interesting to dive into these a little deeper and get a better understanding of each one and break away from the all or nothing mentality. 

Here is a little information on "What We Say Matters":

From Amazon: For yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater and her husband, mediator Ike K. Lasater, language is a spiritual practice based on giving and receiving with compassion. In What We Say Matters, they offer new and nurturing ways of communicating. Long-term students of yoga and Buddhism, the authors here blend the yoga principle of satya(truth) and the Buddhist precept of right speech with Marshall Rosenberg’s groundbreaking techniques of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in a fresh formula for promoting peace at home, at work, and in the world. 

The third book that I will be reading this summer is the "easy breezy" book on my list "The Go-Between" by Veronica Chambers.



From Amazon:Fans of Jane the Virgin will find much to love about The Go-Between, a coming-of-age novel from bestselling author Veronica Chambers, who with humor and humanity explores issues of identity and belonging in a world that is ever-changing.

She is the envy of every teenage girl in Mexico City. Her mother is a glamorous telenovela actress. Her father is the go-to voice-over talent for blockbuster films. Hers is a world of private planes, chauffeurs, paparazzi and gossip columnists. Meet Camilla del Valle—Cammi to those who know her best.
 
I am a huge fan of the "chick lit" genre and it sounds like this novel falls right into that. I especially like that the main character is a latina since it is hard to find novels where we are represented. It will be nice to connect with this character on that basis. 

Soooooo I have some exciting new...we (her PR team and myself) will be hosting a giving on my instagram later this week and two lucky people will win their own copy of "The Go-Between". This book sounds perfect to read by the poolside or on the beach so keep a lookout for all the details on my instagram feed.
I shared some of the books I will be reading this summer...now tell me some of the books that you will be enjoying. I am always looking for recommendations!
 
Namaste...



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