“Working Out Does Not Cause Weight Loss”…( I’ve heard it said)

Well, you’ve probably heard that working out will cause you to lose weight. Not necessarily. There are a few other factors at play in the chemistry of the human body that determine weight loss. Let’s look at raw calories, for example. Let’s also consider metabolic rate of burn. Is it consistent for all, or does it vary with the individual? Ask any 6 ‘ 2″ super thin guy who never seems to stop eating, who can virtually eat anything he wants, and still have a hard time staying UP to weight if metabolisms differ. But, then again, I would wager that same guy is pretty darn active…

So, in my experience, and what I have heard for a long time now, is that diet is 70% of the component involved in weight loss. On the other hand, a casual Googling of that only yielded me the usual urban legend and ‘common knowledge’ type posts from individuals who have no sources to site for the presumption. But, let’s just say that’s true, for sake of argument. 

I must say, I’ve lost no more than three pounds since starting my T-25 BeachBody workouts about five weeks ago, almost six. But, here’s the thing that nobody bothers to mention much. Diet alone does not do this to your body. On the top, prior to working out, with diet alone. In the purple shorts, 5 1/2 weeks later, after working out 5-6 days a week, you can seeImage much more muscle definition and tone!

ImageSo, what does this mean? Should a person just stick to diet, or could working out also be a great benefit?! I think the results are clear, and in five MORE weeks, I should be able to show even more startling results, The funny part? My actual weight has barely changed. My actual tape measurements? I’ve perhaps lost an inch off my waist. What I see in the mirror, though, seems like more than just an inch. I am seeing shadows and lines and tone I have never had before. In the before, or upper picture, I have on the same type and size of shorts, just a different color. And I didn’t get a tan, that’s just a different room with dimmer light. However, the results are clear. In the above picture, I’d been doing my usual low-carb dieting, and running routine. All that running seemed to be doing for me is a great cardio workout. And I am ok with that. I still run about once a week, and will go back to it. But what I have found, is that strengthening muscle is hard work that pays more dividends than diet alone. In addition to strengthening my muscles, lungs, and the greatest muscle, my heart, I am also converting fat stores to muscle, and don’t feel like I need to hide my body. I will always have stretch marks and chicken skin ( so to speak) in my lowest ab section from becoming very large carrying my children in utero. I can live with that!! What I cannot live without anymore, until I am too old to worry about it, is the feeling of accomplishment and strength that I now have. My lower abs have been so weak all my life, and I never knew how to isolate them and work them out properly. No matter how much I lost, I still had that pooch that I despise. So, to answer all the questions. Can you lose more weight working out AND exercising? Maybe yes, and maybe no. It depends on the person. I know folks that tend to drop weight from just walking around the lake leisurely a few times per week. That’s not me. What you will lose is fat stores, which convert neatly into muscle. By the way, muscle takes more energy to maintain, so it might be that you will lose weight because you are burning more calories not only from your workout, but from simply existing. And that’s nice. :) Now, to work on that cellulite …

My name is Lee. I am a mom, writer,  cashier, blogger, wedding officiant amateur wildlife advocate, voice-over artist wannabe, and a Beach Body Coach! I’ve learned a few things along my path, and I would love to help YOU reach your fitness goals! We’ve got a pretty great line up of workouts and clean-eating products and menus to get you on the right path. visit my facebook page at 

http://www.facebook.com/leeschallengegroup

 

Are you up for the challenge? Are you willing to trade instant fixes for hard work? Eating right 90% of the time and getting regular exercise IS the answer. Yes, I still follow low-carb, because that IS eating right! I might need more carb grams than I used to, but not many. I make sure to get plenty of protein and natural fats, water, and veggies! 

http://www.teambeachbody.com/leekirsten

You can message me or comment if you are ready to commit to being healthy. I can help!

 

 

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Low-Carb, Super Healthy Pumpkin Bars

IMG_1797Hi! I cooked these up tonight, since I was in the mood for the amazing flavor and health benefits of the mighty squash- the pumpkin. Who says it’s only a Fall phenomenon? Psssh! These are not only decadent and delicious, but also LOW-CARB. You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, sure, one or two out of three ain’t bad, whatcha got?” BUT you’re wrong. They really ARE good, in all ways.

So, you have to get a can of regular pumpkin, not the pie mix. The pie mix has already been sweetened.

Basic Recipe: 1 can pumpkin puree or such.

2 cups almond flour (See pic, I like Bob’s.

1/3 cup flaxmeal, also Bob’s Red Mill

total 1 cup TRUVIA, but it goes to different places (Stevia and Ethryritol Blend- a sugar alcohol that tastes REAL, and has not upset my stomach AT ALL)

1 egg

2-3 tbsp. butter

a teaspoon salt

cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. I like lots. ( I used 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and about 1/2 teas. nutmeg

CRUST; These bars are two -layer. Layer one, on the bottom of your 8×8″ pan, is the almond flax layer. 1/4 of that cup of Truvia.

I cut in about two tblsp. butter to my 2 cups almond meal and flax.

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I pressed this into the pan, and cooked at 375f for 20-22 minutes, to keep it from sogging later.

Meanwhile, while that cooked, I prepared my pumpkin with an egg, 3/4  C. Truvia, nutmeg, cinnamon, and about a cup and a half of whipped topping, which I THOUGHT was real whipped CREAM at the store, but whatever. It worked.

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THIS gives it a light and fluffy texture, that’s why. And when I made regular pumpkin pies, I always mixed in the same, or Cool-Whip. Some folks prefer evaporated or condensed sweetened milk. That adds richness but not fluff. I like fluff. Besides, there’s not a lot of sugar per- the- ounce in Whipping cream or Cool-Whip, but there IS in either of the other choices.

Ok, so now your pumpkin delight is ready to ladle atop the crust you’ve prepared. Do that, and cook it at 375f for a while..ha ha. Don’t ya’ love non-specificity? It was like, for a while, at some temp, until I liked the way it smelled and looked. Really. But to help you out, I think it was 375 for what felt like an eternity….(25-30 minutes)

Once done, I took MORE whipped topping in a can, and played decorator, as you can see in the pic. It’s yummy, and I liked it warm, but I am gonna LOVE it cold. That’s just how I roll. Image

Carbs? I am not a scientist with measurement devices lying around the house, however- I do know that the entire CAN of pumpkin has a net of 24.5 grams carbs. The flax negates it’s 4 gr. carb with 4 gr. FIBER. The almond flour is about 3 grams per 1/4 cup. I used 2 cups per the recipe. So, 24 for the entire recipe- but they ARE nutty carbs…so, there’s that. The whipped cream on top is optional. I cut mine into 9 large portions. 49.5 PLUS the Truvia. Well, let’s look at the carb count for that. Ok, well…darn. It’s higher than I would like. 48 for the whole recipe. Shoot. This is turning into more of a REAL treat than I had imagined. Let’s do some math. Ok, so, if you cut it into 9th’s , you get about 11 grams carbs per the piece. Ideas: cut the pieces smaller, or omit the 1/4 Truvia in the crust, and use the 3/4 cup Truvia in the pumpkin alone, and nix the 2 grams for whipped topping, and you could get it down to about 6 net grams of carbs. Still not so bad, considering how yummy it is. :) Besides, let’s look at the health benefits of flax, pumpkin, and almonds!

Pumpkin nutrition facts

Pumpkin fruit is one of the widely grown vegetables that is incredibly rich in vital antioxidants, and vitamins. This humble backyard low calorie vegetable contains vitamin A, flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as leutin, xanthin, and carotenes in abundance . SOURCE:  www.nutrition-and-you.com/pumpkin.html

Flax benefits:  NUMEROUS :)

(slow connection speed to pertinent articles driving me mad) Finally, beloved, the benefits of being able to have some sort of ‘treat’ when you spend 360 days of the year adhering to ABSTINENCE from foods that can somehow bring a truly satisfied smile to your face- is a great thing. Oh, sure, I smile like crazy when I am eating raw broccoli…and kale…and yet another rendition of “how can I make THIS egg seem more special?”. And believe me, I keep searching for the holy grail of egg recipes, but…yeah. I’m a whipped cream, chocolate mousse, nachos with cheese kinda woman, trying to stay in the corral of lean meats and veggies. Ok, not so lean meats at times…Help me out! Just ordered Quest bars. They are Truvia and Stevia blends, with like 3 grams carbs and 20 gr. protein. I am So excited to see these arrive in the mail! I will be reviewing them for YOU! I really hope you guys know that I am working HARD to get in shape, eat right, innovate and create recipes for us ALL, so that I can shed light on the fact that it IS possible to eat right AND still enjoy it . I have learned so much from people like George Stella, Low Carb Confidential, (see his blog here, he rocks!), and so many more. Thank you for your support. I REALLY crave feedback, questions, and comments. Please give ME some ideas!! Thank you!

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Low carb Cinnamon Delight!

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1. Low carb tortilla- 6 gr. net carb
2. TruVia / butter cinnamon Spread

Fry tortilla til golden on both sides. Add salt. Spread your premixed cinnamon/ Truvia/ butter blend on while hot. Delicious snack with no regrets!! In case it isn’t clear, just dump about 3 tbls. TruVia into a bowl, sprinkle in about 2 teasp. cinnamon, blend it into about a tablespoon butter. Spread that on the tortilla. See, you have to forgive me, but something like this isn’t about precise measurements, it just happens.

What is a Challenge Group?

Until five weeks ago, I had never heard of a fitness challenge group. Then, reading through Runner’s World, I learned about fitness groups that live in the same area, getting together to run and workout. The article talked about the success that resulted from being accountable to one another, and encouraging each other.

But an online challenge group is a bit different. We all meet together at http://www.facebook.com/leeschallengegroup  to share our concerns, struggles, and triumphs, without actually being together. Our friends and family may be two miles away, or two time-zones, and we can’t see what we’re all doing or not doing, and we are not actually getting to share a light lunch at the local diner after our runs. I definitely see a value to that person-to-person camaraderie that Facebook can’t match. But, for those of us who are too far apart to fellowship, it’s still a good forum to explore. We share articles on fitness, and advice from pros on everything from proper stretching to clean eating. We commit to follow the program and eat right, and to document our photos, weight loss or gain, and general notes about our shared experience.

Words can lie, but pictures cannot…

And since I see the benefits of a personal challenge group among peers, I am considering starting a local group as well.

What is your experience with challenge groups? Share your stories and advice with me! 

 

AND, if you’d like to know more about my Focus T-25 Challenge group, please comment below, or visit my Facebook page, or order yours today at http://www.teambeachbody.com/leemackenzie and choose me as your coach. My ID# 327883.

The Five Pound Bobber

That damned five pounds that goes up and down and leaves you elated one day and bummed three days later. It’s ridiculous. Why? It’s a five pound bobber because it’s the weight that seems to fluctuate up and down based on body rhythms and what you’ve consumed recently, and what of it you’ve eliminated- or not .

So, today it’s 134. And, I’m just about ready to not give a rat’s ass. I am staying low-carb, drinking a lot of water, diligent to drink my superfood shakeology, and I am working out five days per week. T-25 is not easy. I am also aware that my body is in repair mode a lot right now, as I continue to put micro-tears in my muscle fibers. Repair, in a biological engine like humans have, requires water.  

Meanwhile…I continue to chat up my Challenge group on Facebook. I have one member, and she’s awesome. She has already lost 9 pounds. She’s in the Coast Guard and was super-fit. Having a baby kind of set her back a bit in terms of having a super hard body. She is working hard, though, and is very young. She will be in great shape in no time. It doesn’t happen through wishing and planning. Fitness requires action. 

Everything worth doing requires more effort than you might expect or wish to expend. I like to think in terms of lift and drag. Getting airborne takes monumental effort, but once lift overcomes drag, you’re flying. Life is like that. 

I’ve spent way too much of my life crying over the effort required to fly instead of actually doing to the work to get up there. That has stopped now. I will no longer be content with merely hopping up and down pretending I am moments from flight. I have to back up, make an amazing run, putting everything I have into reaching my goal, and without stopping to be afraid of the height or wondering what I will do when I get up there, race full speed ahead into it. 

When it comes to fitness and weight loss, I know that my way is not the only way. Certainly not. It’s just the best way for me. Lots of others, too. But we are all different in what we enjoy, what we will and will not work hard at. 

Not everyone is going to want to be a coach with me. I will be lucky to find people who are intrepid, adventuring sorts who won’t let a couple of hundred dollars get between them and where they could be. Not everyone has a vision. Not everyone is an entrepreneur, or can see the value of being in business for way less than the price of two Katy Perry concert tickets. 

Most of all, not everybody wants to work hard. It’s just that simple. 

I was that person once. 

Not anymore. 

I will succeed. 

Come with me.

Flatter Me With Cash and Fame, or…Something that Feels Like That

I really love all the attention my blog has been getting lately. I’d love to tell you it’s from my amazing poetry and short-stories, but it seems like diet and fitness are still the big draws to my blog.

I’m available to write for any number of genres, for any number of publications, and while I am certainly not cheap, I am quite reasonable. Contact me any time!

From 136 to 132- It’s Progress!

So, it’s not a lot. But it’s a lot in a relatively short time. Two -and-a-half weeks I believe. I like that. Today started with Shakeology, into which I mixed fresh raspberries and just half a banana. Total carb count- about 16 grams. I am allowing myself 30 now, due to dramatically increased exercise. It seems to be working. Thank you for checking out my blog site, and I invite your feedback and comments!