Tricia Jones - Beachbody Coach and NASM CPT

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Happy 1 Year Anniversary of Eating Clean!

This month I am celebrating 1 year of clean eating!

I started out very slow - but it was a year ago that I started to embrace it and make very small changes to my diet. I was 8 months pregnant and was told I was gaining too much weight. I needed something to do that would be healthy (no pills or crazy exercise) and something I could sustain after our little girl arrived. When I read that clean eating and achieving a lean body was 80% eating and 20% exercise - this was music to my ears! I could work on my eating during pregnancy and after while I waited to be cleared to exercise.  So this was perfect for me! With "clean eating" I didn't need to buy anything, join a club - I could start the very minute I read about it .... and I did.

What is "Clean Eating" - its not a fad diet. Its a lifestyle. You eat Carbs! yes, complex carbs. You eat Fat! yep, I said it. FAAATTT! and you eat Protein. You Eat, Eat, Eat and eat more. In fact, I eat about every 3 hours from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed. So that old mindset that I had that I shouldn't eat after 7pm (?!?!) was thrown out the window. I have a "meal" often at about 8:30pm every night.

My passion has grown and I am truly addicted! I am addicted because I have had great results and believe that not only have I lost most of my baby weight but I feel GREAT!!! I need as much energy as I can get to keep up with a 2 year old and a 10 month old and I truly believe that my food is my fuel. I am exhausted at days end but I can't imagine how I would feel if I was 40 pounds heavier and eating processed foods. I wouldn't be very happy. Neither would my husband and kids, lol!

So the following were/are huge motivators for me.... not personal motivators but rather people/resources I refer to for information, updated recipes, etc.
  • Kelsey Byers - is a fitness model that has inspired me from the very beginning. She is my virtual  BFF - as I follow her  blog, "friends" with her on FB and linked to her at bodybuilding.com. She inspires me, as she too was transformed by clean eating. In fact, so transformed she is now a fitness model! amazing. Check her out: http://kelseybyersfitness.wix.com/kelsey/apps/blog
  • Clean Eating Magazine - I eventually started my subscription but they have a great website with wonderful information and recipes. LOVE THEM! http://www.cleaneatingmag.com
  • Oxygen Magazine - When I was ready to start working out again I referred to this magazine for motivation. The girls in here have the bodies I want. LOL! So I am truly inspired by every female in here and the information is outstanding! http://www.oxygenmag.com
  • BodyBuilding.Com - this offers a ton of information on training. They have an App that is fabulous. I was new to weight lifting and the App walks you through each exercise.
  • Fitness Pal - this is where I log my food and exercise. This is a new one for me - as these final pounds I am starting to loose I am really digging deeper in my efforts. You'd be amazed - when you log your food, you are aware of how calories can add up. 
  • Fooducate - This is an App that is SO COOL! you can scan a product and it will rate it for you. I discovered my "healthy peanut" butter I was trying out (because it was cheaper than what I had been buying) is not healthy. LOVE THIS APP!
  • Hello Mornings! - This is a group of ladies that hold each other accountable in getting up early and starting their day with the word and encouraging morning exercise. This helped me and was another great reason for me to not hit snooze.
There are more but I need to go! LOL!  I hope this helps someone - I would love feedback. Or share any resources you use.

"Happy Day!" - XOXO





Monday, April 15, 2013

The Non-Negotitables

Happy Income Tax Day! 

My husband and I are those type of people that as soon as all our paperwork comes in we are off to our tax guy to get our tax returns done. So when it comes to today and you hear of everyone trying to get it done - I have no worries.  This is just an area I don't typically procrastinate. 

However, I have and do procrastinate in other areas of my life. Ie: laundry. I probably should be folding right now instead of writing.... :) But 1 area of procrastination that has been reformed is working out. For months I kept telling my husband, 'I am going to work out early tomorrow'.  To the point that he would actually laugh when I said it. It was funny, I admit it.  But a few months ago, I just got fed up with myself and the mental whining I was doing. d r a i n i n g.

I get up now and have been consistent with it for about 4 months. I take it 1 day at a time and I can say the mental torture I had been putting myself through is far more draining than getting up at 5am. I am happy to say that I am getting to the point that I don't think about it - I just do it. That didn't come right away - and some mornings are harder than others, but I just write it off as punishment for not getting to bed on time the night before. Despite how hard it is to put my feet on the ground (some mornings) I know that I will feel so much better if I do it and so that moment of "just sleep 5 more minutes" doesn't last too long.

Why am I telling you this?  Working out has become a non-negotiable in my life. It is something that doesn't have room for options. It can only be this way - otherwise, It wouldn't get done.

What are your non-negoitables? Hopefully you don't have too many  - I am not sure that would be good. But I can tell you this one is a good one to have. trust me.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

First Thoughts?

What are your first thoughts in the AM?  Like me, I wake up thinking about what I need to do ASAP and what I need to accomplish that day.  This morning, nothing was different but I took a special notice to my 2 year old. He's so transparent and I realized his first thoughts are his family. When he wakes up in the morning - immediately he starts talking on his "phone" (His hand up to his ear). I am not too sure what he's talking about - but I recognize that we - "Mommy", "Daddy" and his little sister "Nay Nay" are all involved in his "Happy Day!" plans. I am sure all kids do this but I couldn't help but think that maybe I should do this too -  in adult form, that is.

I always have heard, put God first in everything but I some how manage to jump out of bed, get whisked away in my day and sadly forget until night time. I am thinking if you pray for someone first thing in the AM - that day, may just be a little better. I don't know. For me, I am taking this as a gentle reminder to just take a few minutes and think about and pray for those so close to my heart.

Anyways . . .
Kids crack me up and I find their perspective on life amazing. There is simple wisdom that many   adults can learn from. This was on Facebook last week and I just loved it! I hope you do too.

WHY DOGS LIVE LESS THAN HUMAN ? ANSWER OF A 6 YEAR OLD 



Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued,

”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!

Author : Unknown

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WHY DO DOGS LIVE LESS LONGER THAN HUMANS?
THE ANSWER OF A 6 YEAR OLD  BOY:
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued,

”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.


Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
  • Take naps.
  • Stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp, and play daily.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
  • On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
  • When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
  • Be loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something you’re not.
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!

Author : Unknown

"Happy Day!!"
xoxoxo
Trish