In my life now

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Hey everyone,  I often get questions about what I am in to now.  I get asked everything from what I am eating to what I am listening to.  So I thought it would be fun to do now (and ever so often) a post about what is going on in my life now. I have included links when possible if you want to check everything out.

Work: Work has been SO busy.  For those of you who don’t know I am a Spanish Teacher.  For those of you out there who are teachers, I have 5 different preps.  I am also taking my students on a service trip to Ecuador in June so I spend ALOT of time planning fundraisers.   If you would like to learn more about our trip click HERE

Music: While I listen to a wide variety of music and I listen to music in both English and Spanish daily,  Right now I am really enjoying La Invitacion by Pipe Bueno and Maluma. It is definitely one of my favorites now.

T.V.: While I never really watch live TV, I love watching shows while I do my cardio. It really helps to pass the time. Right now I am binge watching Six Feet Under on Amazon Prime. After watching Dexter I am such a fan of Michael C. Hall

Supplements: Right now I am using several supplements to not only keep me healthy but to also help me meet my goals.  I mam using Liquid multivitamins and B12 Supplement from 1st Step Pro Wellness.

I am using ISO-100 Protein.  It is definitely the best tasting protein that I have EVER tried. Right now I am drinking Fudge Brownie, but I have tried several and they are all so YUMMY!!

I have just started using a pre-workout. I don’t have a favorite of those yet, but as I try more I will let you know.  For now I am using Cellucor C4 in Icy Blue Razz. It is yummy and although I have only been using it for a few days I can definitely tell a difference in my workouts.

I am using BPI Roxylean. Which is my favorite thermogenic.

Food: While I keep my food pretty much the same.  The recent thing I have changed is incorporating my new Protein Brownie recipe.  It is so yummy and always fits in my macros.  For the most part I eat a low carb diet.  While I really miss the carbs in meals, this is so yummy that I don’t even noticed the lack of carbs.

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Reading: Right now I am reading The Lean Life by Brooks Hollan. I just started it so I haven’t really formed an opinion on it yet.  I love easy reads and so far this seems to be one

What I want: I love fitness devices, and I love tracking numbers!! WHile I love my fitbit, I am dying to get a Fitbit Charge

Working out: Right now I am really concentrating on building shoulders.  I am not sure why but I just wished my shoulders looked better.   My most intense workout in my workout week is definitely shoulders. For a look at one of my recent shoulder workouts click HERE.

Anyone else using any of these products now?  I would love to hear what you think about them in the comments below!!

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How to continue after the fitness honeymoon is over

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I know we have all been there with so many things in life.  You start something new and are super excited and glad to do it.  After some time and the novelty wears off, you are not as keen to keep at it.  This also happens when you start living the fit life.  In the beginning it is new and exciting, and you are so happy to be seeing quick results, but after a while the results slow down, the daily chicken starts to taste nasty and you try to think of ways to get out of working out.

The good news is, we have all been there, myself included.  I had the chance to write about this recently in a blog for my sponsor  1st Step Pro Wellness. Click HERE to check out my blog post to get my tips to keep hitting it hard after the fitness honeymoon phase is over.

Food prep and meal plan for week of January 19

Prep-once-eat-healthy-all-weekHey Everyone, Today is Sunday which is the day that I almost always do my meal prep.  As you may remember from previous posts, I am on a rather strict diet now for the Bodybuilding.com challenge and the Labrada Lean Body Challenge. Today I am going to try to organize this food prep post by macro-nutrients today to give you a little better idea of how I am filling my macros.

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Protein

Carbs

  • Oatmeal (Portioned out to be prepared each day)
  • Rice (steamed in my rice cooker)
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Green beans

Fats

  • Peanut butter
  • Egg Yolks
  • Olive oil

In the end a typical day will look like this

  • Meal 1- Protein shake, a fat source
  • Meal 2- Eggs and Oatmeal
  • Meals 3, 4, and 5.  A prepared meat accompanied by a serving of  vegetables
  • Meal 6 Protein “Pancake” and cottage cheese, or more egg whites

I will be using the rice and protein powder post workout.

If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments below.  I have tried to include a link to all possible items so you can actually see what I use.

If you would like to know more about my Challenge Plan, click HERE

If you would like the shopping list for this prep, click HERE

If you would like to know what supplements I will be using in this challenge click HERE

5 Steps to Making THE Change

Before I started working out I was one of those people that ALWAYS made excuses.  I would go to a party and have to eat bad because that was all they had.  I couldn’t work out because I was out of shape and even if I had been in good shape I just didn’t have the time.  I would join a gym but I just couldn’t afford it.  It was always very easy for me to come up with excuses for my unhealthy lifestyle.  Deep down the real reason I wasn’t changing my lifestyle is that it was just too hard.  I was so overwhelmed by the plethora of information that existed online, in magazines, and on TV that turning around my life really seemed like an impossible task.   Now that I can look back on that time in my life and think “What was I thinking??” I know that changing my lifestyle has been one of the easiest things I have done.

1. Set Goals!  You cannot go somewhere unless you know where you are going. You will not accomplish anything unless you know what you are trying to accomplish. Set goals for your self, both short term and long term, so that you can know where you want to go. If you know where you want to go, you will be able to find a way to get there.

2. Get a plan! Figure out what you are doing and stick to it.  For me this was the most difficult part. I jumped aimlessly from one diet plan to another without sticking to it long enough to see results.  I remember one time I accused my husband of being uninterested in my life when he didn’t pay attention to the fact that I was switching up my diet.  That is when he informed me that I had already switched things up 2 times in the last month.  Lesson learned!!  When you find a plan that you can live with, live with it.  Plan on sticking with it for the long haul, because this is indeed a lifestyle change.

3. Build a support system! In the end, as determined as you may be to do it alone, you can always use support.  For me that came in the form of a Trainer.  I found an AMAZING trainer who really helped me guide my new lifestyle and make the changes I wanted to make.  He encouraged me and continues to encourage me through all steps of my life.  I also find support from all of the people that are encouraging me along the way on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/tabathasjourneytoforeverfit).  In the end you need to figure out what supports you need and build those.  Keep the things and people in your life that will push you toward your goals, if they are pulling you back they probably shouldn’t be around.

4. Lose the Shame! One of the hardest parts of making big changes in out lives is overcoming the shame that we have about our current situation.  I remember thinking “how in the world did I let myself get this way?”. While this is a rather common feeling, it is so important to focus on the future and your goals that you have for yourself.  In the end the shame comes from staying the same, there is no shame in improving yourself.

5. ALWAYS be prepared!  Always be prepared to combat any excuse that you can come up with to not get it done.  Have healthy food on hand and ready to go to ensure that you don’t have to eat the bad for you food that is readily available.  Always have workout clothes with you so the day that you forget to bring them with you will not sabotage your workout plan.

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I am a person who has always valued routine. Honestly most of us do and we are all able to function much better when we have a routine to follow. By making these changes to my lifestyle and developing a routine,  I have found that the fitlife has became second nature now, it is not something that I have to think about, it just happens. IF you implement these 5 steps in your life you will be well on your way to making the change to a healthier lifestyle.  Now could be your time to finally make the change, what’s stopping you?

PS Keep checking back and I will be sharing more specific information about diet changes and how to get started with exercise

EXCITED!!!

Hello all of you out there who I hope is reading this!!! I am SO excited to finally be starting a blog to accompany my facebook page (WWW.facebook.com/tabathasjourneytoforeverfit). I have always loved to write and share things with others.  So this seems like the perfect, logical next step.   For the last year or so I have gotten great pleasure and motivation from sharing my 60+ lb weight loss and continued fit lifestyle with everyone. I hope that you will enjoy reading these posts as much as I love writing them.