Belly Fat

Last Week of my Squat, Crunch, and Sit up challenge was an epic failure

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I’ve been pretty good for the most part, since I started my life style change, in February. I would probably rate myself a B+. I have tried all the challenges and activities, when they were scary and completely foreign. I don’t tend to back away from challenges. I’ll try most things at least once.

What happened?

I twisted my knee some kinda way. I hurt it really bad. I could climb stairs, but walking down them were just horrific! My ligament in my knee felt like it was twisting, each time I moved it. It was swollen, also. So that’s that, and how my week ended. Then I went on a week-long binge. So, when I say it was an epic failure, I am so serious! Mary Ann came to visit, and I went on a sugar binge like never before. It was all good bad stuff, so I just stayed in that.

Where I am now?

Well, JJ Smith has introduced another challenge, which was the reason we ended the challenge early. We are on a 10 day smoothie cleanse, which started yesterday. You can either do the full cleanse or the modified. I’ve never been able to fully commit to the full cleanse. From where I was just a couple of days ago, I am not even going to set myself up for failure. So, I am working up to the modified cleanse. I’ve reintroduced one smoothie to my meal plan a day, with two clean meals. I started great yesterday; today was another very good day (minus my lunch), and I’ve ended the night with my smoothie.

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I am going to cut my meats back, and consumed more cooked veggies, for my meal plan, during these next 10 days. Milk is gone again, also. See ya! In addition to my 50000 IU of vitamin D, per my endocrinologist, I will consume an extra 2000 IU per day.

Day 2 is officially done. I never stopped my detoxing. i still do my body brushing; I consume all of my vitamins; I drank my detox teas. I really like that stuff; it’s like pampering myself.

As far as the physical part, we are doing a squat challenge. I am not even going to attempt it. I am going to start the squat, crunch, and sit up challenge over, minus the squats at this time. JJ says this is to give you a pretty round booty, but I have enough booty. I need some help with these arms and gut. So, I think I will ask for help on modifying this a bit. My job has trainers at our disposal, so I will be using this GREAT benefit!

So, here we go!

Good night, everyone!

Shut the Front Door! Watermelon?

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I have consistently been on the path of discovery with my foods and ways they can help me live and keep up a healthier lifestyle, while losing some much-needed weight. I am pretty sure, I have blogged about my love for watermelon. I mean, it’s just so good, especially cold. I went grocery shopping last night, and forgot my avocados, but did get a watermelon.

I am going to slice her open today. She is massive. My husband is not a watermelon fan, but my daughter and I are. My husband is 6’o feet tall, and can’t gain more than his 180 pounds, regardless of how much he eats. So, he is doing just fine. He is so lucky.

Well today, I wanted to know more about my wonderful fruit and found that

  • watermelon juice can have a significant impact on artery-clogging plaque  deposition by modifying blood lipids and lowering dangerous belly fat  accumulation. Heart disease takes the lives of millions of unsuspecting  individuals each year, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), leading  to a heart attack, is the most common form of the disease (Phillip 2011).

Shut the front door! I didn’t know that. I have eaten many belly fat burning foods, and didn’t know it. I suppose I am proud of myself, huh? Strawberries are another one, and we love them, also. So, I will stop beating myself up about where my weight comes off, and just celebrate that it is coming off. I am not as bad off as I had assumed.

In addition to the belly fat burning, watermelon also aids in heart disease, which is one of the chronic illnesses caused by obesity. So, I am killing, metaphorically speaking, two birds with one stone!

References:

Phillip, John (2011). Watermelons lower abdominal fat accumulation and reduce heart-clogging arterial plaque. Natural News. Retrieved from  http://www.naturalnews.com/034140_watermelons_abdominal_fat.html#ixzz20nuVxP91

What? No Shrinkage? Hmph!

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There is one part of my body, I would love to see decrease, and FAST! Needless to say, it isn’t happening anytime soon. I know I am losing weight, but why not there? I am talking about my waistline. Why is it so difficult? And to top it off, the muffin top has gotten larger since I had my baby.

I did some research to find out how am I losing weight, but not inches. Apparently, it’s because I am losing fat in other places, equally. I guess, I can’t control this process either. Who said weight loss is a peaceful event?

This all explains why I am losing weight from head to toe. I can now see the difference, but still look like the smaller versus of the bigger Vette. LOL However, I did read that in time, my body will begin to take the shape I want. First thing first, melt the fat away, regardless of its location, then I can begin a more focused approach for problem areas. I got a feeling its going to be my muffin top.

I looked up foods that will help lose belly fat, and found that avocados are a great aid. I like eating someone else’s, I’ve never tried to make any. I’ll let you all know how it goes. There were other foods, such as a small quantity of peanut butter, some beans, spinach, etc.

This is going to be interesting, but I am committed, and what a great game of discovery.

References:

Donner, Ed (2011). Why Am I Losing Weight But Not Inches? LiveStrong. Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/386794-why-am-i-losing-weight-but-not-inches/#ixzz20hU5YIVg

Quick & Simple (2012). Eat this and Lose Belly Fat! Hearst Communications, Inc. Retrieved from http://www.quickandsimple.com/diet-weight-loss/tips-calculator/belly-fat-foods