Maxi Skirts

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#Maxiskirts.  Love them, hate them???  What’s your personal opinion?  When I broke my ankle and was scooting around, I bought them in all colors and lengths.  They were comfortable, they were easy to wear during the summer, easy to match with tanks and shirts.  They were just easy.

A year has gone by and I still have all of them and figure they will make a great work companion for the days when it is warm and I don’t want to wear jeans.  I put on a black one this morning, the knee length black one, threw on a shirt and went on my merry way.

What I am noticing with these is that the top of the skirts are like traditional #yoga pants and it rolls down.  Is this to be cute, functional?  Why exactly does it roll down?  What I find is that the roll down part doesn’t always stay rolled down, when it is rolled down it is uneven and sometimes it just doesn’t stay rolled down.  Are there maxi type skirts that don’t have this roll down feature?  I don’t expect to be showing off my mid-section, so if it for looks, I just don’t need it.  Maybe a similar style skirt that is just elastic?

I love the comfort, the fit and the options in colors and lengths, but I just don’t know how to deal with the roll down part at the top of the skirt.

The Problem with Juicing and Juice Fasts

There’s no shortage of diet fads out there for losing weight quickly. Juicing and juice fasting is one that has been around for a while—its premise being to consume fresh-squeezed juice from fruits and vegetables daily or exclusively for a day or up to 10 days or more.

However, a recent study in the British Medical Journal found that people who consumed fruit in the form of juices (more than three glasses of fruit juice a week) actually increased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 8 percent, while those who consumed their fruit whole lowered their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 2 percent (1).

The problem is that the process of juicing extracts the nutrients and water from a vegetable or fruit and leaves behind the fibrous pulp. While the act of squeezing out some of the good stuff in fruits and vegetables—antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, etc.—screams healthy elixir, this processing also removes the nutrient-rich skin along with healthy fiber and a substantial amount of vitamins and minerals. There is also one other major caveat: sugar is squeezed out, too.

Depending on what fruits and vegetables are chosen to juice, the sugar content can climb pretty high. Without the fiber to slow down absorption, drinking the juice can send blood sugar levels spiking and crashing, leading to feelings of extreme hunger, irritability, and fatigue. For example, a juice containing three beets, two carrots, two stalks of celery, one cucumber, and one small apple is about 40 grams of sugar—compare that to the 39 grams of sugar in a 12 oz. coke (2;3). These high sugar amounts result in poor blood sugar control and increased risk of chronic disease over time.

What’s not in a juice during a juice fast is another matter. If calories during a juice fast remain low, you’re sure to stimulate fat metabolism. But with that breakdown of fat, there will be release of toxins and your body will need certain nutrients to help properly detoxify. For example, B vitamins and amino acids act as important co-factors for the detoxification process (4;5). Any juice fast lasting more than two days is also sure to lead to muscle breakdown because of lack of protein. Protein is vital for maintaining muscle while calories are being reduced, because any reduced-calorie diet, including juice fasts, can result in weight loss, but without proper protein, muscle will be lost as well (6-9).

In addition, getting adequate fiber – both soluble and insoluble fiber – is needed to help promote regularity, which is vital to overall detoxification goals. Juice fasts lasting a week or longer may actually hinder the elimination of toxins from your body because of lack of fiber.

Looking to obtain the benefits of cleaning up your diet, getting more fruit nutrients, and detoxification without the blood sugar spikes and under-nutrition? Look to Isagenix:
◾IsaFruits and Greens, for example, provide a hefty variety of antioxidants from whole fruits and green plant concentrates without the high amounts of sugar.
◾Cleanse for Life is especially designed to nourish your body (while not spiking your blood sugar), helping you safely lose weight and detoxify when used as part of Cleanse Days on a Cleansing and Fat Burning System.
◾Plus, IsaLean Shakes supply the necessary quality protein needed for helping you hold onto hard-earned muscle as you lose weight and maintain healthy blood sugar control, while also supplying you with needed nutrients and fiber.

The Isagenix system is also backed by clinical research—more healthy weight loss, more healthy fat loss, and twice as much visceral fat loss, while improving cardiovascular health markers in ways better than the leading “heart healthy” diet (see results here) (10). Suffice it to say, that’s an outcome far superior in comparison to what researchers reported for drinking juice in the British Medical Journal.

What to take away? Eating enough whole fruits and vegetables continues to be key, but try to skip the juice and avoid juice fasting. When it comes to choosing a reliable, safe, and convenient way to lose weight and cleanse safely, leave it to Isagenix.

My health and wellness journey

I never know how honest I should be about my weight gain and my journey to get it off. I don’t even know when I really got that fat, or where the weight came from.

I know some of it came from having three kids. I used pregnancy as my excuse to eat whatever I wanted, including WHOLE pies. As a result, I put on more weight than I should have and after giving birth, never really got back down to where I started. That happened with kids #1, 2 AND 3. So I have been battling this excessive weight gain for oh, 25 years now, I guess you could say.

I would lose some, then gain it back, lose some, then gain it back. I was the expert at yo-yo dieting. I did them all. My favorite was Atkins. I lost so much weight and so fast that people were like “what the heck?!” But then I put it all back in + more, my health was not good at all because I was living off cheese, bacon, pork rinds and diet Coke. GROSS. Makes me shudder thinking about what I was feeding my body.

A little over two years ago, I ran in to a friend on the lake and she looked AHHHmazing. I got to talking to her and she shared with me, that she had “switched” stores in a sense and was not buying healthy, non-GMO super foods from this company and in addition to getting healthy on the inside, she was also losing weight. She looked great. It took me a minute to convince my husband, but I finally ordered my first brown box and was on my way to looking great as well. And I was successful. I had people asking me what I was doing and so I shared. You see, this company not only manufactures these amazing super foods, but they also reward you for sharing and referring. I had a few friends order their brown boxes, but they were not as committed to health as I was so they decided it wasn’t for them, and that is fine. The good news is that the company backs their products with a 30 day money back guarantee and so you really have nothing to lose except toxins and unwanted weight.

My first brown box I ended up sharing with my husband because once he was over being mad that I had ordered it, and it had shown up, he was all kinds of curious so I divided it all up in to two and technically we both did a 9 day’ish. I loved every minute of it. The hubs did it, with some complaining but he did it. I continued to order and have been ordering EVERY month ever since. The husband was doing a shake a day and has dropped off and stopped doing that, but that is ok, I have a HUGE support group and know that I can turn to them when I am in need of help, support and/or advice.

I was doing really well with my weight, but I was also doing GREAT with my health. My energy had increased, my sleep was getting better.. I was just feeling better all-around + I was losing weight. Such a win/win.

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In July 2015. I had a misfortunate accident during roller derby practice and I shattered my ankle. That set me back a little. I became depressed. I could not do anything for myself and had to rely on other people just to get stuff done. It was horrible. My league-mates were amazing and helped out by bringing us dinners. It was so thoughtful and so helpful and was the only way I was going to get that family fed. It was a lot of home made yummy goodness and believe me when I say I ATE and ATE and ATE. My nutrition went out the window and all I did was eat. It was all I could do. I could not skate, I could not go to the gym, I could not go for walks. I laid in bed with my leg in the air and ate. I stopped drinking my shakes, I stopped all my protein regimen. It was the worst decision I ever made. I was slowly packing on weight because I was eating all that food and not moving.

January 2016 I was released to skate again and wow, I had my work cut out for me. I was out of shape and now I was fat. Great combo. I got back to it, derby and nutrition. It has been several months, but I have finally reached the point where I want it bad enough that I will do whatever it takes to hit my goals. I am seeing the results that I am working towards and even other people are seeing them now too and making comments. It is nice when I am seeing the pounds and inches drop, but it is FKN great when other people are finally seeing them too!

This rant started as a Facebook post and then it got loooooong and I decided to just make it a blog post. I had a purpose for it but I keep rambling on and then walking away and coming back and now I am not sure what my purpose was.

I think what I had wanted to get at is that I was stuck at a certain weight for so long. I would go down a pound or two and then back up, even after cleansing, it was frustrating. But that has all changed. I broke through that weight got down to part of my goal. I went away for the weekend for some derby and KNEW that I was going to come home back to that same stupid weight that I was stuck at. I finally got the nerve to weigh myself and what what, I did come home with a few pounds but was one pound less than my plateau weight. I was happy. Since then, I have dropped a few more pounds and am only a few away from that weight that I was after my last cleanse. I honestly feel that I finally found the recipe that works for me as far as what foods and how much and when. That’s all it is really.

(thought I would throw in  my sales pitch)

With summer right around the corner, I am looking for a few good people who want to join me in getting fit and healthy. This is an organic “food system” that takes a balanced lifestyle approach to better supporting the body’s natural cleansing & replenishing needs. It is NOT a “diet” BUT a sustainable “lifestyle”, NOT a “weight-loss program” BUT a “body composition system” that builds muscle while burning fat, and NOT a “fast or detox program” BUT a “nutritional cleanse” that supports the body’s natural cleansing/replenishing processes with whole-food nutrition. As the world’s first & only “total body, deep cellular nutritional cleansing and replenishing system” it delivers many unique and diverse benefits for EVERY single cell & organ from athletes to non-athletes… It is such a comprehensive system adaptable to ALL ages, genders, body types, activity levels and goals, it is difficult to simplify too much beyond this. However, it is SIMPLY AMAZING and the only way to know how great you’ll feel is to try it for yourself. Get it in your body and see for yourself how INCREDIBLE you can feel and look.

 

Friday at the office

I like to be brutally honest, my husband says it will get me in trouble but what do I have to lose!?

I called in on Monday, well because I needed a mental health day, then later on in that day I ended up pulling something in my back, while doing DISHES!!!!!!!!!!  BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT I have been to work every day since, why???  Because I have feelings, and feel for those that I work with, I feel bad when I am not there and they have to do my job in my absence.  I feel I am letting them down.

Today I should have taken the day and gone to see my doctor, today I should have done things to help fix me and my body to ensure that I can keep going and doing the things that I love doing.  BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT no, I came in to the office because I have feelings.  Stupid FKN feelings.  I am here no mare than 1/2 hour when I learn that it is me and only me form the sales department that will be in the office.  I will give a pass to the girl who requested the day off, it was her birthday yesterday and she deserves to celebrate.  The super an the other guy are “working” remote.  So here I sit, in totally pain and agony, at the office while the others working from the comfort of their homes.

Why do I have feelings, why do I care, how do I get rid of feelings…..

Fitbit Step Challenges – Good or bad?

I have had my Fitbit for since July 2015, so close to a year. I first got it because I wanted to track my sleep. I knew (felt) that I was not sleeping well and I wanted proof. That then turned in to another social media device and I now have Fitbit friends and we are in up to 5 challenges at any given time where we are tracking our movement (steps) and competing with one another. It is fun to compete and these challenges actually help you get up and get moving.

The more I get in to fitness and living a healthy lifestyle, the more I am learning.

Steps are good and steps are fun. Just moving your feet is better than sitting all day and not doing anything. BUT…………..Just moving your feet and getting enough steps to beat your friend is not going to get you to your goals. For me, based on my height, weight and age; walking is going to bring my heart rate to the fat burn zone stage which means my heart rate only 50-69% of my maximum and is on the lower end of the spectrum. This is OK but I can do better.

How I get my steps is important. How many I get it is fun but I need to pick quality over quantity.

My personal goal is to get my heart rate to the cardio zone which means my heart rate is 74-84% and is in the medium to high level in intensity. This is where I need to be as much as I can and this may mean that I am not going to get enough steps to win any of these challenges or even come close but it is still fun to participate.

Talking about this makes me want to head to the gym tonight and tomorrow for some Zumba workouts, but I promised coach that I would stay away from the gym until after our bout tomorrow so that my ankle is rested.

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Meal replacements

When you hear or read the words meal replacement, you are assuming they mean exactly that, a complete meal replacement.

I saw this post pop up on Facebook as an advertisement and while I don’t normally click on the ads on Facebook, this one caught my attention because it was titled “Meal Replacement Shake Reviews” and I was of course totally interested in what they had to say.

I was happy to see that my shake meal was listed as #3 and decided to skim over #1 and #2.

I was shocked that #1 and #2 are in the meal replacement category when they have 120-160 calories each. That in NO way should be considered a meal replacement that is more of a snack. I suppose it you want a shake as a snack then great, they will work for you.

My concern would be that people are drinking 120-160 calories shakes as meal which means they are more than likely not getting enough calories.

If you are looking to lose weight, you need t make sure you are eating enough and not just any foods, the right foods.

http://www.mealreplacementshakereviews.com/meal-replacement-shakes-for-weight-loss/

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Don’t believe everything you read

Just read this article and could not believe my eyes:

Best Exercises to Lose Inner Thigh Fat at Home

As someone who burns on average 2500-3000 calories per DAY, I need to point out that reducing my/your calorie intake down to 1000 calories per day is a BIG no no. You actually need to feed your body in order to lose those extra pounds, you just need to feed it the right foods.  Sugar foods, fried foods, junk foods, processed foods…those don’t count.  You need macro nutrient foods that are going to fuel your body with the good stuff.

For someone of similar activity level as me, reducing your daily calorie intake to 1000 calories would be make your body hold on to fat because it is most likely going in to starvation mode or than once and not sure when it is going to get its next meal.

Exercise + eat well and you will see the results.  Also, intermittent fasting is good for the body mind and soul, which is calorie reduction just not on a daily basis.

 

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