Strive for Progress Not Perfection

progressnotperfection Strive for Progress Not Perfection

{Confession time!!} All right y’all time to be real!! Since I moved last month, I’ve had trouble staying motivated to workout, even though I LOVE PiYo, I would just wake up & not feel like doing anything. I also had not been eating enough & not eating the right foods.

I had been feeling so off & wondering why! Feeling bad about myself. Then was like “oh snap, Jess you haven’t been taking great care of yourself.” And that’s why I wasn’t motivated to workout!

So since I don’t enjoy calorie counting, I decided to take out my 21 Day Fix containers & start measuring my portions & getting the right foods in.

Well that’s only been 4 days I have more energy, my clothes are feeling looser, & my abs are already coming back out! Abs aren’t the most important thing for me, but I measure myself based on NON scale victories. I actually have no clue how much I weigh, I threw out my scale (so freeing!).

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I also feel motivated again to workout, so motivated I decided to throw in P90X3 in with my PiYo because I had such amazing results leaning out with it earlier this year.

So I say all that to say, thank you Jesus for these amazing programs! And that we all get off sometimes and that’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up. Figure out what you can tweak to fix it and move on. Progress not perfection peeps!

Intuitive Eating

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Happy Thursday loves! I know I have been MIA for a little while, but I recently moved to my dream apartment (blog post & pics to come soon). It’s taken a lot to get moved & settled in. But I am back now & ready to give you some more tips on healthy living icon smile Intuitive Eating

Today it is on my heart to talk about intuitive eating because this is a new concept I have recently embraced. This post will be super real & vulnerable for me to share from my heart & my weaknesses, but I want to because I just know there are others out there going through what I went through.

It’s been 5 years since I lost 60 lbs & almost every day since then I have continued to count my calories & track my macros. Over the last year, I decided to do really restrictive eating & basically followed a diet eating only egg whites, green veggies, berries, & Shakeology every day. Then that led to binge eating, which praise The Lord I have been healed from that.

Because of that experience there have been so many foods I have been afraid of. Pretty much any carb or any dairy product. So almost every day I felt completely stressed out feeling like there were all these rules I had to follow & all these guidelines I had to stay within. It caused me to have an unhealthy relationship with food. Then I found out about intuitive eating. It’s actually pretty simple.

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Seems pretty simple right? This is how we are SUPPOSED to eat as humans. But, we run to food (I know I do) when stressed or going through other things. Or because we are bored. Or because we have a sugar craving. But our society has caused us to crave foods because of the many many options out there. That is not how God intended for it to be. So we have to go back to our roots. And eat to live, not live to eat. I know I was definitely living to eat!

Now I am not saying there is anything wrong with calorie counting or watching those things. It works, that’s how I lost my weight! And I fully believe that it can help so many people as well. I advise may of my clients to follow a certain calorie guideline. But, it doesn’t work for everyone. And being healthy is all about finding what works for you. Intuitive eating is what is working for me.

It took me trying many things to get here. I did vegetarian, pescetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten free, so many things!What I did learn is that our bodies operate best from eating a diet with lots of fruits & veggies. Dairy & grains (carbs) aren’t bad for you, but too much of it can make you bloated & low on energy. It’s all about moderation & balance.

It has been one week of doing intuitive eating & I feel so much peace & so free! I think I am actually eating less than I was before. Because I am not just eating to fulfill a craving or just because I feel like I’m supposed to. I’m not shoving meat (sorry I just don’t naturally crave protein) down my throat for the sake of having a certain amount of protein.

My body has been intuitively telling me what to eat. Sunday I did have 2 1/2 burgers (without buns) at a cookout, which means my body was telling me I needed more protein. But for the most part, I have been eating fruits, veggies, one grain a day (organic cereal or bread), smoothies, salads, Shakeology, burgers, & bacon. I have actually stopped craving sugar so much. I have an entire bag of dark chocolate in my freezer that I have not touched & I would usually have one small piece a day every day.

I don’t know if I’ve lost weight & I don’t care. I actually threw out my scale. But, I feel better. I woke up today & looked in the mirror & felt leaner. My pants are getting looser. So I think there’s something to say about that. It’s all about how you FEEL & healthy living is about being healthy & HAPPY! No need to be in food jail. If you’ve learned how to eat in moderation, then I highly recommend intuitive eating if you are in a maintenance phase.

Hope this helps someone & if you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask! icon smile Intuitive Eating <3

Weight Loss Tips for the Busy Person

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Some people may find it difficult to live a healthy lifestyle while working full time. Some of you may not know this, but I have not been a full time Beachbody Coach for long. I was working full-time at a demanding & high stress job up until mid-April. I was able to find the right workouts to get in shape & ate the right foods that helped me lose weight & stay healthy. I know this can be challenging at times, but it is completely attainable. You can be healthy while working full time and also eat healthy while at work.

When I was working work full time I also was doing my part time business as a coach & volunteered frequently with my church in my spare time. In order for me to juggle everything, I had to live a healthy lifestyle. If I didn’t, there was no way I would have had enough energy to get through each day. Even now that I’m only working 20 hours a week, I stay very busy spending time with my friends & family, spending more time with God, traveling, cooking, & working out. I’m constantly on the go & because of that I must be healthy so that I have the energy to keep me going!

When I was working full-time, I would wake up 4 hours before I had to be at work every day. I gave myself plenty of time to spend my time with God, work out, and get ready for the day. I am not a morning person & immediately wanted to snooze my alarm every morning. But I got up to do my workout any way because I knew it would help give me energy for the entire day. Even now that I’m not working full-time, my God time & workouts come first in the morning & I set my alarm daily so I can fit them in.

I also used to prepare all of my snacks for the day in the morning as well. I made sure that I purchased healthy foods that are easy to make in to meals. I frequently bought frozen tilapia filets, turkey, ground turkey, & chicken for my meat products. I purchased a lot of vegetables (fresh and frozen), fruits, nuts, whole grains, eggs, yogurt, oatmeal, & of course Shakeology (the healthiest meal of the day). I don’t have time to cook very often, so I make sure I purchase foods that don’t take much preparation.I don’t eat meat anymore, but I wanted to share those things with you for those meat eaters out there.

I also packed my snacks for work so that I could eat every 2-3 hours, which is a must for a healthy lifestyle. Some of my favorites were apples, bananas, nuts, raisins, yogurt, other fruit and vegetables, & Luna bars. These foods take basically no preparation whatsoever.

Healthy Lifestyle Weight Loss Tips for the Busy Person

It takes self-discipline, time, & dedication to lead a healthy lifestyle while working. But, it is not as difficult as you may think though. As a first step, just trying buying healthy & easy foods & waking up a little earlier each day. It is definitely vital for me to take the time to exercise & eat healthy so that I have the energy to get through each busy day of my life. I know it’s possible for you, too!