Saturday, October 29, 2011

What was my turning point

So several people have asked me what was my turning point, what made me change the direction that I was headed with my 'lack' of health and nutrition. In a word, Jason, my husband was what made me finally want to make a change.

I have never been a picture of health looking back now at photos of me throughout my short 33 years. I have always had that little bit of pudge. Some of that is genetic (about 10%) but most of that (say 80%) is what I ate. I grew up in a generation of high-carbohydrate and low-fat food. Breakfasts were cereal with sugar added (favorite was Crisp Rice cereal with white sugar spooned on top, or later came the already sweetened Crisp Rice cereal), we were a generation of convenience foods. Pre-made, pre-packaged, loaded with fake crap foods, which I now see is not how my body thrives. One of my favorite foods/meals was Velveeta 'cheese' melted with a can of Rotel or fried pre-formed hash browns. We ate a lot of canned foods but we did in fairness eat whole foods. We ate at the time what we thought was a healthy diet, a diet that I now know is not one that will help me thrive.

Jason grew up eating much like me only with more access to junk foods. Junk foods being candy and cookies. He remembers being able to ride his bike to the candy store and grocery store and purchasing whatever he had enough money for. I lived in the country and didn't have that option but if there were cookies or cake we ate it. Sugar wasn't seen then as I see it now.

SO, once Jason and I got married we started to experiment with cooking and I learned that I had a LOVE for food and cooking and cooking for others. I learned that I loved to bake when I made rolls for 4-H. What I didn't learn was that eating all that off and on isn't good for me or my waist line. Our 1st two years of marriage we were Jr's/Sr's in college and in ROTC and BOY did we drink. It's a wonder looking back now that I didn't weigh more. I was pretty physically active thanks to joining the Army and I think that saved my waist line in many senses.

Half-way through our ROTC career I got pregnant on birth control and miscarried 5 months in and then I got pregnant again and miscarried at 3 months. I found myself in the depths of depression and turned to food to comfort myself. I don't know what I did to start to lose weight but I did go down then I got pregnant with Tessa and ate horribly. I used pregnancy as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted. We were in LA at the time and frequented Wagon Master and plenty of other places that served butter laden biscuits.

I blew up and became pre-eclamptic. I was admitted to the hospital and put on bed rest. That is how I spent the last 2 months of my pregnancy with her. I delivered at 36 weeks because they were worried about my health. After having Tessa I was heavy for a long time(size 16-18 easily, I had to buy elastic waist pants!!) . Jason deployed I had moved home, I worked out but not like I do today. I found Weight Watchers and it worked. Finally something getting me on a path to fix the food. I started more cardio and was down to a 12 by the time Jason came home from his 1st deployment. Once he got home I got pregnant with Charlee and really didn't gain a ton of weight with her. I moved home again as Jason was headed out for his second deployment. At this time we were vegetarian's, still trying to find the food fix for our waistlines. (It really seemed no matter what we tried it worked for Jason just not me...isn't that always the way). It was during his deployment that I seemed to gain again. Looking back at pics I don't know how I was happy with myself!! I moved to WA halfway through Jason's deployment. Being in our hometown was just too stressful for me. I was VERY accustomed to a military way of life. It was once I got to WA and new no one that I really turned to food. I distinctly remember standing at my counter eating a whole pan of Paula Deen's pumpkin butter bars. A WHOLE PAN! AND I was still in denial that I was FAT...yes F-A-T!!

I feel bad that that is what Jason came home to. I remember being miserable and hating on myself all the time. Always comparing myself to people on the street, asking 'is that what I look like?'. I knew looked bad I guess, I just didn't know how bad I looked. Jason encouraged me to find Crossfit. I however was NOT INTERESTED! NOT IN THE LEAST. I did my own thing. Elipticals, bikes, treadmills, weights.

THEN one day I found a CrossFit Gym run by a woman. And that is when it all began. She whipped me in to shape and said she didn't want to hear a single thing about not losing weight unless I changed the way I ate. The gym had a nutrition conference and talked frequently about The Zone and Paleo ways of eating. SO...I started down that path and realized how good I felt and how easy it was to change the way I was eating. It wasn't long til I decided that I no longer wanted to become a chef/pastry chef and wanted to pursue a possible career in fitness/training. So I jumped in with 2 feet and got my CrossFit Level 1 cert. I haven't looked back since.

But, my biggest kicker was my husband. I love this man with every fiber in my body and I never EVER wanted to give him the opportunity to look somewhere else. I wanted to be all he desired and all he craved. I wanted him to always want to be with me. I'm sure now that if he ever strayed it wouldn't be because of how I look or don't look. But, he knows I take care of myself and I always strive to improve myself physically. He and I agreed we wanted to get in to the best health of our lives so neither of us has to depend on drugs or die well before the other due to poor nutrition.

So, that is my story. From here there is no where to go but up. I'm happy with the way I look and feel. I am strong and that is what I love. I love to say I AM STRONG!!

Monday, October 24, 2011


Sugar is NOT your friend! There is no redeeming value to sugar. Eliminate it from your diet and see what happens. BUT you have to read all your shows up in places you will least expect. Added sugar includes honey, molasses, cane sugar....I'll find the list of over 50 ways that sugar is named and hidden in your food.

While I'm at it...or you are at it...also eliminate artificial sugars too. Here is a link to the many names and types of artificial sweeteners used in processed foods:

NOW go through your cabinet and be shocked where you will find these things added.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Your Success

Your success can be looked at through this equation or percentage breakdown:

80% NUTRITION (what you fuel your body with, YES FUEL...not Eat for warm fuzzies)
10% GENETICS (it's a bitch but we all have them, and they account for less of your success than you would expect)
10% What you do in the GYM (say you spend an hour a day in the gym...guess what you have 23 hours at home to mess up all that hard work you just did with what you eat)

Just food for thought.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

80/20 RULE

So it's 80/20....

80% of the time eat on point with your nutritional plan.

20% of the time eat what you want. But watch as time goes on and you settle more comfortably into your new nutrition plan how what you used to crave doesn't even come to mind anymore. Brownie cravings will become craving a small super dark piece of chocolate or a black coffee. Just wait, you'll see!

Figure the 80/20 off eating 5-6 small meals a day.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


So check it out...YOU ALL KNOW how much I harp about sugar.

The MAX amount of sugar you should consume in 1 day is- 25g

Now go read the labels of what you are eating.

Thank You Oxygen Magazine!

I will begin again

It's been a while since I have been on here. ALOT has changed since then. I will now be using this site to update on the gym, and send out recipes etc. I'm sure I'll rant about nutrition and how wrong we as American's have gotten it...We will see what this can become. Any thoughts or suggestions please feel free to hit me up with them.