Face it, we all love electronics. They’re usually a ton of fun to play with (at least for me), and they almost always make life easier. But like most things in life, there comes a point when they just stop doing what they’re supposed to do.  So, how do we fix them? We hit the reset button! 

Now, what if I told you that you can do this same thing to your body when it plateaus, or stalls during your weight loss journey?  Sounds pretty hokey right? 

Well, it may not be as simple as pushing a big red button, but I just found out that there is a way to reset our body when it stops losing, and that is what I am about to embark on myself! 

For the past couple of weeks, my body has been stubborn. I have been sitting at 148lbs no matter how hard I try to keep losing! I’ve cut more calories, I’ve changed my routine a few times, and I’ve even tried increasing my fiber intake – but, nothing! So, after consulting my online trainer Kim (www.iron-kim.com), she immediately knew what to do – it’s time to reset my body! 

At first I was puzzled, I believed that the answer to continuous weight loss was through constantly cutting calories, but that isn’t always the case. You see, when you’ve been dieting (eating in a caloric deficit) for as long as I have (8-9 months), and you’ve slowly been cutting back on calories, your body begins to retaliate. 

It’s almost like it’s screaming out to you, “Hey! You keep taking away my food, so I am going to stop shedding your fat! Take that!”. Now, although it does this as a way to protect itself, it can be rather discouraging for the average person looking to lose more fat. So, the way to get around this is to trick your body. 

For 4 weeks, or so, I am going to give my sneaky little body all of the calories and macros it needs to satisfy itself and maintain it’s size – this is called my maintenance caloric intake. Then, just when it starts to get comfortable, I’m slowly going to begin scaling back the calories again – much like I did when I first started my journey.  

Why does this work? Well, the body stops freaking out, for one, and instead it becomes comfortable with the idea of shedding again. And because it feels like it’s not at risk for starving anymore, cutting a couple calories here and there (afterwards) no longer shocks it– giving me the ‘upper hand’ again and allowing me to continue losing fat. 

Like it is for most women, this type of change to my diet can be very nerve-racking. Over the past 8-9 months, my brain has been programmed to keep cutting back, but it’s important for me to remember that this is part of the process. 

Yes, I will gain a little weight along the way, but if I do it the right way and avoid treating it like a big cheat month (making healthy choices instead), I will only gain water. This means that as soon as I begin cutting again, it will fall right off! Yay!

So, here I go! I begin my maintenance calories today! Check back in the diet section, where I will soon be posting all of the details. 

If you’d like some more information on pushing past a plateau, read this article – I think it explains it well. 

Enjoy!
 
Over the past 12 years of my life, I have probably tried to lose weight 10-15 times. So, naturally, people want to know what has made this time different – why am I suddenly able to do it now? 

Aside from the fact that I am better educated in proper nutrition and exercise, there is one other factor that I hadn’t considered until recently. But before I tell you what that is, let’s rewind a little…

Last week, my sister’s boyfriend Sheldon agreed to do a mini photo shoot with me – as a young woman hoping to get ‘noticed’ by the big boys of the industry, I figured I should prepare myself with a few decent photos – so, one night he came over to my condo gym with his fancy camera and proceeded to capture me in the moment. 

As I pushed through my regular workout routine, Sheldon snapped multiple pictures. The photo shoot was going great, but with each flash of the camera, I grew increasingly aware of all the eyes that were glaring at me - what I hadn’t considered was that there would be other people trying to ‘get their sweat on’ at that same time.

Now, I’m sure some gym-goers thought I was crazy, or maybe some even thought I wasn’t ‘fit’ enough to have a photo shoot, but guess what? 

I didn’t care!

I was having fun taking pictures, that for the first time in my life, I wasn’t ashamed of. I was enjoying that fact that I could curl 25lbs on each bicep and have pictures to prove it. And, I was finally aware of why I have been so successful this time around; because I am doing it for me. 

You see, in the past, losing weight wasn’t about me; losing weight was about looking great in the eyes of others. All I ever wanted as I young girl was to be considered by others as ‘beautiful’ or ‘pretty’, and I truly thought that becoming skinny (a word I now hate) would do that for me.  

Well, I was wrong.

Today I do feel beautiful, and today I do feel pretty, but not because I am 37lbs lighter than I was 8 months ago, and not because other people may think I look great.  

Instead, I feel beautiful because I finally let go of the image I was trying to live up to, and I finally let go of the idea that I had to be skinny to be accepted and loved by others.

What truly matters is that I accept myself for who I am.  

I’m not a stick thin girl, I don’t ‘fit in’ with standards, and I won’t get intimidated by other’s judgments. 

Instead, I am a woman who loves a little muscle.
I am a woman who longs to be different. And,  
I am a woman who wants to achieve what others think is impossible.

And that is ok with me.
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25lb curls
 
When you're on a cut, it happens. You tend to find yourself eating bland food that is free of excess salt, oil and butter - the good stuff. But what if there was a product that could give your food a wonderful flavor boost, without the excess calories? 

This brings me to Molly McButtera new addition to my cupboard that I rate 5 stars out of 5! 

I came across this tiny shaker when I was loitering in the grocery store one day. Sometimes I like to just take my sweet time and see if I can come across some interesting new finds, and that day I did. 

Molly McButter is a natural butter flavor "sprinkle" that can be found in most grocery stores amongst the spices. This tasty food hero packs a whole lot of flavor, without a whole lot of guilt, and can be generously layered on your vegetables, potatoes, popcorn etc. - anything you would normally put butter on (when you are off of a cut, of coarse!).

So, what is it's nutrition like? 

For a 1tsp serving
Calories: 5
Fat: 0g
Carbs: 1g
Protein: 0g

If you want my opinion, go out and grab this product now! It is a great way to spice things up every now and then. 
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Hey Guys!

Thought you might be interested in seeing how I come prepared for work.

I've got my handy little lunch box and ice pack and then I fill it with all of my preportioned goodies... YUM! This keeps me away from the food court, and my diet in check.

Remember, planning is the key! Send me a picture of your lunchbox!
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The other day I was eating my grilled chicken, craving something to dip it into. So, after a quick glance into the fridge, I came up with this low cal, no fat, low carb dip! 

If you like a little kick in your dishes, this dip is for you!

You'll need:
5g of chili Sauce 
1 tbsp of regular mustard
1 package of sugar twin or splenda

Mix together and serve! It's a great addition to any chicken dish. 

Nutrition:
5 calories
0g fat
1g carbs
0.2g protein 
 
The sun was shining, the water glistened and the sand was warm between my toes – I was in Dominican baby!

Yep, that’s right! For the first time in about 5 or 6 years, I went on vacation to someplace further than 3 hours north of the city.

I had the most amazing time! But of coarse, at a bit of a cost.

You see, as most of you know, when you go to an all inclusive resort, the food and drinks are endless! It’s a dieter’s nightmare.

But because I had prepared myself before I left, I knew that I was bound to gain a couple of unwanted pounds, no matter how hard I tried…and I did. The important thing is to not get discouraged.

This Monday morning, the day after I had returned from Dominican, I weighed myself only to find I had gained 5lbs. Now, the old Kristen would have begun to beat herself up instantly, but the NEW Kristen is much smarter than that:

Let’s say that, worst case scenario, I ate about 1000 calories over maintenance each day (which I knew I wouldn’t do – that is a lot!).  At the end of the 7 day vacation, that is only 2 pounds of fat – because it takes 3,500 calories to make a pound of fat. So, in essence, the 5lbs I gained would only be 2lbs of fat, and 3lbs of water – not so bad!

Now, considering I made fairly decent food choices, and I maintained my workout program while I was there, I would say the worst I did was consume about 500 calories more than maintenance – 1lb of fat! Yippie! I can lose that in no time.

So, you see, the more knowledgeable you are – when it comes to fitness and health – the better! It’s important not to get depressed about a few pounds, what’s important is that you pick yourself back up and charge full speed ahead!

So, was I right about the water weight? Well, you tell me. It’s Wednesday and I’m already down 3lbs…hmmmm????