A fresh, fat burning beverage to satisfy your taste buds! 
  • 3/4 cup brewed tropical green tea (I used the 'Mighty Leaf' brand)
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 2 tbsp bottled lemon juice 
  • 1/2 Perrier 
  • 1 package of sweetener 
  • 1/4 tsp Pure Orange Extract
Combine all ingredients in a glass and serve with a piece of frozen fruit inside or an orange wedge on the side. 

Nutrition
The drink is approximately less than 10 calories, 0g of fat, 1g of carbohydrates and 0g of protein.


Enjoy!
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 See the picture below?

On the right, I was about 170-180lbs and 14 or 15 years old (sad, I know - plus I was shorter!)
 
The left photo, I took on Saturday. I am now 150lbs and 21 years old.

Things are coming along!
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As you may have noticed, on the home page I have a list of several goals I am trying to achieve throughout this journey.

Goal #1 is to drop to 150lbs.

Today, I stand at about 152lbs (possibly 151, I have to check) and I feel incredible! For many years, I would dream of being 150lbs - but in my head, I didn't really think I could.

It wasn't until I started believing it and envisioning it, that it began to come to life.

So, what's next? Goal #2 - drop to 18%BF.

According to my scale - which isn't the most accurate way of measuring, but it has been a consistent tool for me - I am currently 29%BF. That means I have about 11% to lose.

I am looking forward to achieving this one because that is when my hard work will really start to show. My muscles will reveal themselves from hiding, and my body will begin to look more athletic - how exciting

So, stay tuned! If you have any questions, just drop me a line.
 
Sometimes, in order to stay focused I like to do crunches! Nope, I’m not talking about abdominal crunches…I’m talking about number crunches! Here is what I mean:

Today, just for fun, I decided to figure out how many days I’ve been ‘melting’ for. Can you believe that on Saturday May 15th, I will have been training and eating clean for 121 days?  

Let’s put that into perspective, that’s:
·          4 months
·          17.2 weeks
·          2904 hours
·          174,270 minutes

And in that time frame, I have managed to lose 20lbs (hopefully more by Saturday – but I’ll let you know)!

That’s equivalent to:
·          5lbs/month
·          1.2lbs/week
·          0.0068lbs/hour
·          0.00011lbs/minute 

So, in theory, if I keep losing at this rate I will have lost another 20lbs by September 12th!!! Wow, 8 months and a 40 lb loss…that would be incredible! Who knew I would find a use for math! (That I’m actually finding quite fun!) 

Now, let’s say I managed to bump that 1.2lb/week loss to 2lb/week (still a healthy rate to lose). That means, by September 12th, I will have lost 34lbs! Wow. That would make me 131lbs (a 54lb loss in total). J

It’s so fun to look ahead at these kinds of things. It helps keep me focused and it helps me set new goals for myself – like aiming for a 2lb loss per week! If I can do that, it will only take me 10 weeks to drop 20lbs, which means I will weight 145lbs by July 24th. Sweet.

So, why am I doing this? 

Well first of all, it’s kind of like giving yourself a HUGE pat on the back. Seeing how far you’ve come, and comparing it to different timeframes, really does change your outlook on the whole process.  

Second of all – like I said above, it helps me set realistic goals that I know I can achieve. And that’s important when you are on a long journey to health, happiness and, oh yeah – sexy abs! 

Give it a try!
 
If you are contemplating a weight loss transformation of your own, as many of my site visitors are, there is something important you must learn before you embark on this journey...

The difference between successful weight loss and unsuccessful weight loss is planning.

What I've come to realize over the past couple of months is that the primary reason I have made it so far this time (compared to my other, not so successful,  weight-loss attempts) has been the fact that I have planned for everything! 


Internal Conversations
So, what do I mean by planned for everything? Well, I mean I have literally sat down and had a conversation with myself that went something like this:

My thoughts: So, what are you going to do if you go out with your friends for dinner? Are you going to eat out, or bring food? What will you do!?

My other thoughts: Well, first I will contemplate if I really need to go out for dinner…can I meet up with them after? Can I just go and not eat? If I do decide to go, and I know where we are eating, I will research the meals available at the restaurant and incorporate something healthy from the menu into my meal plan for the day. I will also ensure that my selections are nutritious - for instance a salad with a vinaigrette dressing on the side and a grilled chicken breast (hold the skin). 

My thoughts: Ok, so what about if your alarm doesn’t go off in the morning and you are already running late? You won’t have time to pack your lunch!

My other thoughts: That won’t be a problem! I am pre-packing my lunch the night before so that I don’t have to worry about it in the morning. 

Creating the plan
Notice the type of situations I have planned for?

It is important that we contemplate these types of scenarios because they are bound to happen in life. But if you don’t plan for them, and instead say to yourself, “oh, you’ve done a great job, you can cheat just this once”, that “once” will turn into a twice, a three times, a four times and sure enough, a whopping 10lbs on your hips.  

So, instead of ending up on another yo-yo diet, take some time to really think about the type of “bumps” you will face along the way. Remember, the difference between successful weight loss and unsuccessful weight loss is planning - so write it down!

Here are some of the scenarios that I suggest you plan for before you embark on your transformation:

-          Going out for dinner
-          Being late for work
-          Having no food in the fridge
-          Forgetting your lunch bag at home
-          Being pressured to enjoy a “night out with the girls”
-          Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Your birthday – all the holidays!
-          The scale not budging (at times it won’t, and you need to plan for how you will react)

If you’ve got any other suggestions for others on what type of situations to plan for, let me know in the comments!

Sincerely,
Kristen
 
For the past 2-3 weeks, my stats haven't moved and I'm getting frustrated. I'm sitting at 168lbs and 34% body fat. So, after speaking to the good people of bodybuilding.com, I am now beginning to contemplate a refeed.

What is a refeed you ask? Well...I'm not 100% sure exactly. That is why I am going to do a bit of research before I dive in feet first.

My understanding of a refeed it that you basically "shock" your system by consuming a WACK load of carbs (clean carbs) to restore your, probably deplated, glycogen and leptin levels.

So what is glycogen? Dictionary.com describes it as a "polysaccharide consisting of glucose units: the form in which carbohydrate is stored in the liver and muscles in man and animals. It can easily be hydrolysed to glucose Also called animal starch"

And what is leptin?  Dictionary.com describes it as a hormone that is thought to suppress appetite and speed up metabolism.

So basically, what I'm guessing is that by restoring these levels (by increasing my carb consumtion for a breif period of time - 12-48hrs) it will "refeed" my body with the energy and hormones it needs to burn fat again.

If I'm wrong, someone please correct me! lol

Anywho, I'm going to do more research and then probably take a crack at it this weekend. I do know that there can be some negative side effects (like water weight gain), but they are temporary...and in my mind, worth the risk.

Stay tuned! I'll let you know how it goes.

K.