Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Losing Weight, Gaining Control

I've said before that once I got my body physically stronger, I also got stronger mentally too. Once of the reasons I keep up with my healthy lifestyle is the control I feel over my own life. Once I lost the weight, I started dropping other things in my life that I didn't need. My mother used to call me a pack rat. I would hold onto items because they held memories for me, even if that item was useless and I had no place for it. Although my house has always been clean, I was holding onto things that had no place in my life anymore. I had clothes in my closet that I never wore once! I started looking at my life differently. I let go of clutter around my house, I started organizing like crazy, got rid of old things I didn't need, and even let go of old friends that used me. I found an inner strength through my physical strength.

As a Marine Corps wife, I sometimes feel like I have very little control over anything. I can't pick where we live, where my husband goes, when he goes, what schools my kids can go to...right now I can't even pick what continent we live on! I started looking at what I can control in my life. I can control my workouts, I can control what I put into my mouth, I can control my body. I can control how I  FEEL about my body, my life, my surroundings. I lost 100lbs of fat, but I gained self control and self respect.

I think we all often feel out of control, especially when we are overweight or not happy with our bodies. Every time I stole food off a plate that wasn't mine (my kids' plate especially!) every time I had a handful of something in the pantry that I shouldn't have, every time I started eating while I was cooking dinner, I felt more and more out of control, and more unhappy. I felt like I was spiraling down again. I still battle this, I still fight the urges to do this everyday. I feel more proud of myself though when I don't do swipe that food or eat when I'm not supposed to. It makes me feel empowered to say NO. I made that choice, I made the choice to live this way and to be happier.

Does it make you feel out of control when you can't stop the urge to swipe food? What can you say "no" to today?

Today's Tip: What I do to help stop useless snacking is spacing out my calories during the day. If I feel full, I normally don't have the urge to snack. I stopped taking food from any other member of my family just because they don't eat it and only ate what was on my plate. I focused on my calorie intake for the day and made sure I had enough to space out my food. If I am truely hungry, I will have a piece of fruit and try to stay away from carbs that often leave us feeling less than satisfied.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Blog Look & My Playlist!

So, a new year and a new look for my little blog. What do you think? I like it!

How are you kicking off your new year? Have you made plans to lose weight, to be fit? I know I always did. This year, my goal is to run more and run a 5K. Can you make this your new years goal?

If you made a fitness goal, let me help you by giving you my playlist! This is what I workout to, especially running. I look for songs with a certain beat to help keep me energized while I run!

1. Enrique Iglesias- I like it
2. Usher- Yeah!
3. Christina Aguilera- Fighter
4. Christina Aguilera- Candy Man
5. Katy Perry- Firework
6. Katy Perry- Hot & Cold
7. Paramore- Crush Crush Crush
8. Gorrilaz- Feel Good Inc.
9. Katy Perry – E.T.
10. LMFAO- Sexy and I Know It
11. Pussy Cat Dolls- Don'tcha
12. Muse- Supermassive Black Hole
13. Jesse McCartney- How Do You Sleep
14. Usher- DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love
15. Black Eyed Peas- Pump It
16. Beyonce – Single Ladies

There's my personal list. Lots of music categories, and it may not be your style, but I like the beats and feels of these songs. These are great for running too. Fighter is my personal favorite; it makes me push harder when I feel like quitting.

Until next time!
Mandy AKA HarperGirl

Friday, January 6, 2012

DVD Review: Total Body Transformation

Today I will be reviewing Total Body Transformation from my main man, Bob Harper!

This is his newest and latest DVD, and it's amazing! I've done the full workout twice, and the mini workout once. This DVD is for intermediate to advanced fitness levels. It's designed to help blast through a weight loss plateau, and that is exactly what this DVD will do! Bob makes good on his promise. Complete with dive bombers, low-jacks, around the world push-ups, and side burpees, this DVD was the hardest workout I've ever done. EVER. It has a Cross-Fit type feel to it, which is great since I never go to the gym to do the classes. I thought his last DVD was the hardest, and I was wrong.

He has a new set of uber fit people behind him, and they really struggle through this DVD as well. Seeing those amazingly fit people struggle made me feel better! The first time through this workout, I wanted to die 15 minutes into it. It was that hard! I got through the entire DVD and I was sore the rest of the day. A good hurt...but still! He works in weights with cardio, which is his normal style.

The 15 minute workout is a really good workout when you are short on time. Lots of really great moves that have you sweating in no time!

You'll need one heavy weight and a set of light weights for this DVD...and bring your A-Game! Cause as Bob says "if you ain't gonna do it right, don't do it at all!"

Till next time.....
HarperGirl AKA Mandy <3

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