Day 12: Do you feel closer to your family around this time of the year?
To the people not in my immediate family because I see them more during this time year and don’t usually see them for the rest of it. I don’t know why either we just don’t go and hang out with them ever. But with my immediate family I don’t really feel closer to them because I’m an only child so I’m always with them.
Blend kefir (it’s like a liquid yogurt), strawberries, and a teaspoon of honey for a refreshing protein shake that’s also chock-full of digestion-enhancing probiotics.
A cup of the fruit is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and more than 4 grams of fiber. For a richer snack, top them with a little light whipping cream.
If you’re an ice cream lover, try this lean alternative: pour a homemade smoothie (like the kefir-strawberry mixture above) into ice cube trays, then freeze until slushy.
Whether in stick or twist form, pretzels are a surprisingly good alternative to chips. One ounce—about a handful—boasts just over 100 calories. To add some metabolism-revving protein, dunk ‘em in yogurt.
For a nutty snack, try Ak-mak crackers (made of stone-ground sesame seeds), multigrain Wasa crackers, or low-fat rye mini toasts. Spread on some hummus or light cheese, or eat with a small slice of lean lunch meat.
Sprinkle some grated low-fat cheese, like Jarlesberg light, in between a couple of high-fiber tortillas, then crisp both sides on a cast-iron skillet or indoor grill. The healthiest cheeses have just 3 to 5 grams of fat per ounce.
Choose 100-calorie packs of 94% fat-free microwave popcorn. Or air-pop your own. Skip the butter. Instead, raid your spice cabinet: Use lime powder for tang, cayenne pepper for heat, or a dash of cinnamon for sweetness.
“It’s high protein, low in sugar, and can really fill you up,” Villacorta says. For more flavor, mix in your own fruit, like sliced papaya.
The darker the better. Chocolate made with at least 70% cacao contains less sugar and more antioxidants than its milky cousin.
Three or four of the chewy, candylike fruit should do the trick. Still hungry? Pair them with a wedge of light cheese like Laughing Cow.
Life is going to beat you down, and people are going to make you cry, you’re going to toil day in and day out for your goals. And you’re going to fall flat on your face, many people won’t care and will rub salt in your wounds. You will feel powerless and like you can’t go on, because people are cruel and do not like to see others succeed. You will meet all kinds of people, people that treat you differently because of your personality or race, but they display hypocritical characteristics themselves. People who won’t care how their comments break you down inside, or won’t care if they use you and walk all over you. But you know what separates you from the rest? The ability to push yourself on, to know that in the end you can do it. No matter WHAT anyone says, they can say what they want and do what they want. But when it all boils down to it, YOU can prove them wrong. If you truly want something, you’ve got to roll over and keep on going. Because only you can run this race for yourself, and only you can realize all the great things about you that others refuse to see. So what are you waiting for? Roll over and get going, you’ve came too far to let someone push you down and stop you. You’re strong and beautiful, and don’t let anyone and I mean ANYONE tell you any different.
Snow and I have a major love hate relationship. When it’s nice and cool out like -15 c outside and the snow is just sitting there on the ground being pretty, I like it. But when it’s -30 c and gusting in my face I would much rather kill that bastard. Considering I live in Canada you all probably understand that I hate snow about 90% of the time.
Every single day losing weight is a battle. A battle to make the right choices, a battle to work out even though our muscles are sore and there are a thousand other things we’d rather be doing. But most of all, it’s a battle to not give up. Every day, it still seems like we’re so far from our goal weight and it takes all of our willpower to keep going, to not give in. This isn’t easy… but it’s definitely going to be worth it.
To be honest I never really have. Like I’ve never taken a picture and put it on one and then sent it around to everyone I know. I’ve only ever maybe bought one for someone like a teacher or something. But I suppose I do because it makes people feel a little more special :)
For the school dances that you looked terrible at. For the boy who didn’t think you were good enough. For the summers you spent in sweatshirts, hiding. For the dressing room mirrors that witnessed your meltdowns. For every compliment you couldn’t take seriously. For those who expect you to fail. But most importantly, for you; to feel happy, confident, and healthy.
Weighed in at 119.8. Only .2 below it but hey, I’m still freaking happy as can be! I feel like having a treadmill now will help finish off these last 7 pounds fairly quickly because I’ll be running probably 6-7 days a week. But if they do come off slowly that’s okay too, I understand that weightloss isn’t a race anymore and that I have to just go with the flow because it DOES NOT stick to a schedule.
I wouldn't have said this back in September when I started..
But I really want abs. Not like full out six pack because I find that a little odd on girls but I would love some defined ones! When I started I just wanted to be skinny and look good. But throughout all of this I’ve learned I have to love myself and be happy. I want to be PROUD of my body, not just look good. I want to say “I earned my body” and I think having defined abs would show that. It’s going to take A LOT of hard work but I think I can do it! And once I get an idea in my head it’s hard to get it out :)
Uhg, today my mom asked me how much weight I've lost.
And I didn’t want to tell her because she would probably tell me to stop if she knew I’d lost 15 pounds so I just kind of told her I didn’t know. Then she asked me how much I weigh now so I had to tell her and she told me to not lose much more. But I’m still going to my goal whether she likes it or not. It’s a normal BMI and I’m doing it the right way.
Day 8: Do you think of Christmas as more than just receiving presents?
Yes, definitely! I mean these past few years I’ve learned that because I’ve gotten older. But also because my family’s money has been a lot tighter so we haven’t gone insane on gift giving, usually about 1-3 things per person overall. Plus we do secret santa among the five of us. I like christmas because of the awesome feeling I get. I love buying presents for other people actually. And I just love the tree and the baking and the lights and smells and spending time with my family. Those are my favourite things.
I have an appointment tomorrow to go check out a treadmill someone is selling!
Yay, super happy and excited. It’s supposedly a really nice treadmill that’s only being sold for $500, how awesome is that? The people said that they bought it new for $2,000. Hoping this works out and that I have a treadmill soon!
Day 7: What age did you stop believing in Santa Clause?
I think it was probably around eleven but I had a feeling ever since about second grade when one of the kids in my class came in and said that there was no santa claus and that your parents are the ones that put everything under the tree.
I mean I was sad when I heard that, I was like 8. But yeah I probably finally just stopped saying I believe in him around 10 or 11ish.
On Christmas Eve my family and I usually go over to my moms best friends house because their family always has a huge Christmas party and we are basically part of there family. Then we come home and open one gift, which is always, and always will be, Christmas pajamas to wear that night. Then in the morning, we wake up, wait for my step brothers to come over (unless they’re already over) open presents and then go over to my aunts and uncles house for a turkey dinner. Then we usually watch a very un-Christmas-y movie (I don’t know why, it just always is. Last year it was Black Swan. The year before, it was Grand Torino).
Eating a combination of soluble and insoluble fiber is an effective way to stay regular and avoid the bloated feeling that comes with constipation.
Cut down salt:
Salt as a direct impact on your body fluids levels. Too much salt can contribute to edema and bloating, puffing-up your belly. Watch your sodium levels intake; it shouldn’t go over the recommended 1500 mg a day.
Focus on potassium-rich foods:
As sodium makes your body retain water, potassium helps it to get rid of excess water. Eating potassium-rich foods like bananas and sweet potatoes can help minimize your middle waist.
Ditch artificial sweeteners:
Found in flavored water, diet, low-carbs and sugar-free foods, artificial sweeteners aren’t completely digested by your body. Bacteria in the large intestine tend to ferment them, causing gas and bloating. Always check food labels to avoid sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and lacitol.
Lacking water can sabotage all your efforts to shrink your belly. Drinking enough water ensures that fiber can do their job at easing constipation. Dehydration could also aggravate your sodium/potassium levels.
Avoid digestive stress:
Stay away from foods that are difficult to digest like sugary, or fatty foods. Focus instead on simple meals made with whole foods and steamed vegetables to heal your digestive system.
I’m going to be baking all night for a bake sale I’m running the next day and I’m going to be with three other girls. I’ll have to have a lot of will power and the ability to tell them “No, I really DO NOT want that cookie, so stop telling me it’s okay to eat it. Thank you.”