Its that awesome time of week where you get to experience my vast knowledge of all things fitness-y. Ha! I even couldn’t keep a straight face on that. But seriously, here are some of the tips I learned this week.
1 – To cheat or not to cheat – First I come from a view that we shouldn’t call it cheating. Why? Because all food is good – in moderation! second? Its an indulgence. We deserve one every now and again. So over the next couple of weeks, when you get invited to holiday party after holiday party – remember moderation! Have that piece of cheesecake. Just don’t have 3. See? A little bit can go a long way in helping you not be overwhelmed this season. Now, I say this with the most sincerity in my heart – if you have a food addiction issue….please watch yourself. For example? I had rice (not a no no for me but I can’t just have one plateful) over the thanksgiving weekend. That lead me to eat cheese and salami and now I gained more weight than I had planned. Indulge smartly, not on something that will cause you to fall off the wagon.
2 – Plateaus: How to deal with them – Speaking of falling off the wagon. When you indulge just a little too much? It can cause a plateau – it did for me. Its not a definitive fact, but work with me here. Now what is a plateau – its when your weight does not change for a long period of time. For example? I was in the same weight range for 2 months. I did the 3 day refresh right at the start of my plateau…which helped me to break through it but I went back to my old habits. I stayed between 248-252 for 2 months y’all. It was hard. A plateau could mean a lot of things but it usually means that your body is used to the eating/exercising routine you have been doing. So? That means for you – you need to change something. If you’re walking 3 miles a day, increase that. If you are eating 1800 calories a day…find out what your BMR and TDEE is and change your calorie goal. For me? I started counting “colories” and increased my workouts from 1 hr to 1 1/2 – 2 hrs. I broke through! Every person is different. Sometimes you need to change just the way you eat and sometimes you need to change your exercise. Each person needs to work on it and figure out what is the problem.
3 – Do I keep working out when I’m injured or do I give up? – Another tip from my life. When you get injured what do you do? Well first you see a doctor, next rest. I know this is a hard concept to follow for some – but you need rest days. I was listening to those foolish people who said “rest days are for losers”. Well I was a fool for listening. I mean think about it this way – when your in school you get the weekends off right? Why? Because sometimes your brain can only handle so much information given. Same applies to the rest of your body. It can only handle so much of what you are shelling out to it – if you
push too hard you just might make your body “shut down” and not “receive more information”. Like when my body “shut down”….stinking pulled muscle. Rest days should be a integral part of your workout regimen.
4 – Food Addictions: what do I do? – This topic is a very heavy one. One that needs to be addressed by a professional. As I am still in training, what I can offer is this: See someone. A dietician, A nutritionist, or even someone in the field of psychology. I have a food addiction and hafta stay extremely strict about what goes into my body. If I falter in any way – that could lead me down a rabbit hole I have no business being near. Not sure if you have a food addiction? Think of it this way: if you have a food that you can’t live without or you don’t know when enough is enough when you are eating that certain food….you may have a food addiction. I have an addiction to cheese. I literally can not just have one slice or one teaspoon. I overindulge on it every time – I remember back before I started losing weight, I ate one pound of cheese in a day. And? I didn’t think it was a problem. No shocker now to my high cholesterol and fatty liver right? I can not have cheese at all – any type of cheese too. ITs just an issue with me. If you know someone who seems like they have a food addiction, approach this gingerly. People with addictions may not even realize they are addicted (you can’t see – but Im totally pointing at me right now) and may not be able to admit it. It took me up until last month for me to realize that I had a problem. Food addiction is like any other addiction. Approach with caution.
5 – Endurance: Never give up – You may have seen my posts of FB and Instagram with the hashtag never give up…if you haven’t – why aren’t you following me on there yet?! Anyways, its something I firmly believe in, but Ive been faltering. Yeah. But heres the thing about endurance – its not about the fight. Fighting the good fight and all that jazz is about never giving up. Ya know that saying its not about the fight, but about the fight in the dog? Well, endurance is about the fight in the dog. Sometimes life is easy and everything comes natural but sometimes you can’t move. You can’t seem to find the motivation to do anything – sure thats depression but when you push through? Thats enduring. Thats all it is. Never give up. In life, in work, in working out – never give up. Sometimes you just hafta take your day moment by moment, second by second and thats fine. Thats pushing through the magenta fog. You can do it. I know I say just do it a lot – but ya know what? Its true – just do it. Push yourself. I know you can.
I hope these tips help you in some way, shape or form. God bless y’all. If you want to talk more about these tips email me: fitjesstorres at gmail.com
Starting weight: 315
Current weight: 249
Goal weight: 200 – I’m reaching for it but honestly I’ll be happy with anything below 230
Dietary plans: counting “colories” and low carb; portion control; not eating after dinner, working out on an empty stomach
Workout plan: walking, exercise bicycle, Chalean Extreme, yoga
Reason for: to be healthy and happy and there for my kids