Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lose Weight Without Spending A Penny!! (Don't ask me how, I'm gonna tell you.)

Lately, social media is inundated with before and after pictures of everyday women scantily clad, who are following one of a number of programs that has helped them to lose weight and look very fabulous. While I am exceedingly proud of these beautiful people for their hard work and dedication; and while they look incredible, there's a problem.

Even though I don't disagree that these programs may in fact work, spending hundreds and thousands of dollars on shakes, extreme workout programs, supplements and other items that promise to make you look like Jennifer Aniston, although tempting, is unsustainable and unnecessary. How many people do you know that bought P90X or Insanity, finished the program, got the T-Shirt, and kept working out? Those programs are honestly not geared toward McDonalds-eating couch potatoes. They're HARD, taxing on the body, and set up for people who already workout. Shakes, supplements, wraps, creams, restrictive diets that eliminate good sources of whole foods, and gadgets aren't some miracle that you're going to keep up with forever. I understand that, these things may help you to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle. If so, and you move on from it geared up for every day life, that's great. It just shouldn't be a be-all end-all when it comes to health and fitness.

Health has to be practical. Sustainable. It has to fit into the real world; something you're willing and able to keep up with in the long run…The latest diet/exercise/health plan isn't the answer. 


First, those close to me know, I like to eat delicious things, I like to cook delicious things, and I'm not a dieter. I do love vegetables and whole foods, and most of my food intake consists of these things. As I've headed into my early thirties here, I can tell you it's true that your metabolism slows. Also, honestly, I do take vitamins and supplements for specific issues, and my daughter and I don't eat gluten because we become very sick if we do…not because gluten is bad for everyone. I actually gained weight when I stopped eating gluten! It's not a way to diet! 

After having two kids,  I've lost weight and have become more fit than I've ever been in my life, and I've done it for FREE without a restrictive diet…and I still bake and eat dessert daily. My husband has done the same thing - and he now weighs less than he ever has in the fifteen years we've been together.

Two things I've used:
My Fitness Pal (like them on Facebook) - The app is great!

Both. Free.

What YOU need to do (besides being ready and willing to make a change): 

Two things.

1. Move for 15 minutes a day….I don't care what you do. It could be a Fitness Blender workout video, one of the hundreds of thousands of the workout videos on YouTube, dance with your kids, walk your dog, speed clean the house…it doesn't matter. Move. Today and most days for 15 minutes. Make it part of your routine. 15 minutes. When you feel like you're ready to increase the duration, increase it, but do it often. It's all about routine and something you can stick with.

2. Keep track of your food. What are you eating? You can do this in My Fitness Pal, a notebook, or  on your phone. Just keep track, and when you're ready, start figuring out the calories your eating…and then eat less. You can then work toward incorporating more whole foods into your diet so that you're actually receiving the nutrition you need!

Unless you have a thyroid issue or another health problem that makes it difficult to lose weight, this will work. It's safe, sustainable, and you don't have to buy anything. After a while, you'll have fun, see progress, and maybe you'll want to reward yourself with some things…Stay tuned for my favorite workout gadgets that just make it more fun for me…but for now…and forever, you don't need to buy anything.

For my friends who disagree with this post, please, post a comment with your thoughts. I'm always open to friendly discussion.

Edited to add: I do NOT think certain programs and extra supplements or diet plans are bad. I'm not looking to discredit or debate them…I only want the average Joe to know they don't need anything special or lots of money to get healthy. As I said before, I myself take supplements for specific issues that I'm having, and support a healthy, balanced lifestyle. THAT is the point of this message.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Meal Plan

Here's what the Terebessy's are eating this week:

Everything listed has been adapted to be gluten and dairy free! If you have substitution questions, ASK!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites (I used gluten free oats, dairy free chocolate chips) 70 calories in one, makes 34.

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Flour Muffins 200 calories in 1 muffin. Makes 12

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad (I used SO delicious plain dairy free yogurt)
Nitrate Free Ham/DF Cheddar slices on wraps or crackers
PB & J

Baked Lemon Thyme Chicken, GF Noodles, Roasted Broccoli
Crock Pot Mongolian Beef with brown rice, peas
Pulled Pork Stuffed sweet Potatoes & Salad

We eat leftovers for dinner every other day.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Make School Mornings Smoother

I have two high-spirited little girls. It only takes a little glitch in the schedule to cause a meltdown. I know I'm not alone in this. Over time, following these strategies, I've been able to make most mornings very smooth and scream-free.

Set out the week's clothes on Sunday. I do this with one of those hanging cubbies.  My 8 year old daughter and I often have disagreements about clothes. I pick them out Sunday (down to socks and underclothes); she looks over them and if she's happy with 3 out of the 5, I'm happy with that. She can deal with the other two days. If she's not happy, I'll try to adjust, but doing it this way really eliminates arguments during the week. She doesn't love jeans so we do jeans once a week - no complaints allowed…Get it? I head off arguments before they start, this way.

Labels help kids know what to put on.
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Get up before the kids, even if it's just 15 minutes. I need 15 minutes minimum to wake up. I prefer to wake up at least an hour and a half early so I can read, exercise and shower before they rise. I'm MUCH more pleasant and they feed off of my mood. Plus, I can go to the bus stop without looking haggard (which still happens some days!)

Divided ziplock lunch trays!! Around here, these little divided containers are only a few dollars for two of them. It eliminates rushing around for baggies and containers. I try to plan and cook ahead, but I find that my daughter loves "lunchables." Since she has food allergies, I buy/make ahead things she can eat and separate them into compartments and it's so much easier. They are also spill proof! I also re-pack her lunch as soon as she gets home from school while she empties her book bag so it's ready for the next day.

Keep kids' toothbrush & toothpaste all together in their rinse cups.
Doing it this way allows kids to grab everything at once and cuts down on time.

Play music! I always forget this one, but when I put my iPod on the dock and play something uplifting, all of us have better attitudes.

Shut off all electronics 10 minutes before you have to leave…or eliminate them altogether in the mornings. Then make sure book bags are packed, shoes and coats are on and you can do a once-over to make sure you're not forgetting anything!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Father's Day Ideas

I'm excited to make Father's Day nice for my husband.  He's such an incredible husband and father, he deserves more than we can give him! We're doing a lot around the house these days, so I decided to keep it simple.

Daddy taking Hannah mini golfing!
I hired our very talented neighbor to mow and edge our lawn so that it was finished as a surprise for Matt when he came home from work Friday. He's been so busy at work and with some family stuff going on, that I know it's a relief for him not to have to do it this weekend.
Daddy and Emma in Siesta Key

Tomorrow, Father's Day, he gets to sleep in, and here are some of the things he'll wake up to.

We got some new blades for his Norelco electric razor. I know, exciting.

Here's a link to a super cute Father's Day Banner we will be hanging up.

We'll be making Double Dipped Glazed Donut Muffins, and since they're for DAD, they will NOT be gluten and dairy free like they usually are!

Here's a little glimpse of the card we made him with the girls' hand prints.

What are you doing for dad? A little bit of thought goes a long way!


Friday, February 15, 2013

Fitness Friday - 20 Minute Kick-Butt Workout

Getting back into working out feels so good. But, even a small hiatus makes you feel so weak, so fast. I got in 5 workouts this week. Four workouts included Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, and today I did the shorter lower body circuit routine below.

I HIGHLY recommend completing shorter workouts most days of the week. Then, it becomes a habit and it's short enough to rid you of any excuses not to do it. 20-30 minute circuit training gets your heart rate up and burns calories.

The workout below will kick your butt (literally) in 20 minutes. I recommend 5lb. hand weights. But if you're a beginner, don't use any. Trust me, you'll still feel it.

Do it. You'll feel good.

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