Category: Balanced Living

Common Weight Loss Beliefs Worth Challenging

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Believing some of these things kept me from seeing weight loss results for so long! I finally started questioning them and it was worth it! What weight loss beliefs should you be challenging? I love this question! Because I’ve been so interested in diet culture from a very young age, there are certain beliefs that have shaped my behavior for sure.  Some things I believed so strongly, that I wasn’t even willing to challenge them. These included: That you should eat every 2 hours – I mean, heaven forbid you go too long between meals, cause your metabolism will come […]

Health Habit Streaks

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It might seem counter-intuitive, but it’s easier to perform a health habit every single day, than sporadically. This is known as a health habit streak! You might surprise yourself by doing everything you can to not ruin the streak or break the chain. This year has proven to me over and over again, that consistency over intensity will help you succeed at weight loss. Every. Single. Day. My Running Streak 100 days ago, I decided to run outdoors every single day. I quickly found an entire community of ‘streakers‘! There are people who have been tracking a daily run for […]

40 Prompts for Your Food Journal

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YOUR BODY KEEPS AN ACCURATE JOURNAL, REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU WRITE DOWN.  Keeping a food journal is a great way to establish patterns for how you respond both physically and mentally to the food you put in your body. When you aren’t paying attention, you may not realize the portion creep that causes you to gain weight. You can assess through a food journal after a meal with the following questions, or come up with your own criteria:  • What food did you eat and in what quantities?  • What was my mood during the meal, immediately following the meal, […]

Calories Count for Weight Loss {plus Cream Cheese Enchilada Recipe}

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CALORIES COUNT WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT Eating Healthy, But Gaining Weight The most shocking thing for me to learn, after years of following diet plans and listening to diet advice from the experts, was that it is never about the food! The very last diet I tried before finding mindful eating was to eliminate sugar. I listened to books about sugar being addictive, I subscribed to podcasts, I read articles, and I was convinced that if I simply eliminated sugar, I would never overeat again! To me in that moment, sugar was the villain and, by simply […]

Intermittent Fasting Strategy: Delay Breakfast

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I used to be a hard core breakfast eater. I would wake up at 5 am and eat breakfast before I would work out. I FIRMLY believed it was vital to eat breakfast every single day. Until Intermittent fasting started gaining popularity. I had been wanting to do my workouts fasted, but was too afraid to give it a try. I thought I wouldn’t get through a run if I didn’t have food. The crazy thing about the first time I skipped breakfast was I had more energy for my work out. The other thing I noticed was I didn’t […]

Finding Joy in the Weight Loss Journey

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The weight loss habits that you actually enjoy can guide you to your weight loss goals! Let’s face it. Some of the things you have to do to lose weight can be miserable. And when it’s miserable, you either quit, or you get angry thinking about all those annoying people that can eat whatever they want and not gain a pound. BUT- what if the things you had to do to lose weight, you actually ENJOYED doing? It can literally change the game. Instead of anticipating a lifetime of eating stale rice cakes in between tears, find the parts of […]

How to Have More Energy

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A conversation with my sister-in-law last weekend has left me thinking a lot about how to have more energy. She is exhausted every day. She told me that when she gets to the grocery store, she’ll sit in the parking lot in her quiet car to rest until she can gather up enough energy to go in and get her groceries. Why do some people abundantly have more energy to get through the day, while others are struggling to stay awake? I’m 46 years old this year, and have always had a lot if energy. I’m not sure if I […]

Excess vs. Minimalism

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How living a life balanced in between excess and minimalism is the most rewarding! A trending idea today is that “life balance” is a myth. I accepted this for many years. I used this belief to justify my lack of life balance. Something either took over my life, or I ignored it altogether. As a workaholic who fluctuates between being 100% involved with a project, or completely apathetic about it, I told myself “there’s no such thing as life balance. It is what it is”. But the most difficult things in our lives is the foundation for our growth. Life […]