The importance of fat

Although I have been seeing small changes like a slimmer face, a lifted behind, and a, might I add, sexy collar bone, I weighed myself to find out that I was at 199 pounds. Still. :< And this midsection is not moving along fast enough for me. Maybe it is a little early to get concerned, but fearful of a 2 week plateau I’ve decided to change my diet.

Sean of Underground Wellness explains this plateau pretty darn well.

I’ll let yaw know how this goes. I brought some raw cheddar and raw butter today as well as some beef, bacon, and sprouted wheat grain bread. And breakfast was the bomb! I had two omega-3 eggs fried in coconut oil, bacon, a skillet-toasted slice of Ezekiel 4:9 Bread with raw butter, and a medium banana. Right away, I noticed having a boost in energy. But we’ll see how everything feels after a few days. My tummy is weird like that.

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Week 2: Mo’ water, mo’ water, mo’ water, mo’!

Photo from fan page of Black Women "Do" Work Out!

Oh the importance of water. You’ll be surprised once you are anointed with the knowledge. It makes up to 60% of the human body and is how the body moves everything along smoothly, removes waste adequately, and keeps the skin healthy.

And how about its key role in weight loss? Yes, you need water. You, NEED water.  According to a 2010 article from WebMd.com, water is key to weight loss because it helps the stomach feel fuller before a meal. The article also states that no scientific research proves why water helps with weight loss and nutritionist do not know how much water a person actually needs.

But the unconventional health knowledge from the experts I came across through Underground Wellness have broken down the science of water and weight loss pretty well.

According to what I have learned thus far, the human body has a desire to be healthy and optimal in performance. That means there are plenty of defense mechanisms and processes that take place in the human body to make sure it is healthy and running in top shape. One thing the body does to make sure it is healthy is remove waste.

I’ve heard that waste is also stored in body fat. My guess is that the more water you drink, the more the body and its cells can address the fat it has stored and the waste contained in this fat. Think about it. When you drink plenty of water and have to use the restroom in almost minutes to an hour, does water really get through the system that quick? I don’t think so, I think the body is super happy and gets to work.

It is also said that you need half your body weight, in ounces, of water a day. Is that a lot? Well it depends on how much you weight, but your body will most definitely let you know if you are not getting enough.

Which is pretty much what happened to me this week. After another week of sticking to my healthier eating habits and completing all the workouts from the Underground Workout manual, I did not lose a pound and actually put on 4 ounces. I was not completely crushed by not losing weight because I did see my arms shaping up and my dad, who had not seen me in a month, said I looked like I lost a lot of weight.

After improving my consistency in water intake, I seen a pound gone in a day so I definitely know it was the water.

Water and your body according to http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu:

  • The brain is 70% water
  • Lungs are almost 90% water
  • Lean muscle tissue is 75% water by weight
  • Body fat has 10% water
  • Bone is 22% water
  • Water helps cells “use valuable nutrients, minerals, and chemicals in biological processes.”

1 week of solid hard work, many more to come

My workout set up in the backyard for day 3 of metabolic resistance training. I actually really like agilities.

I dropped some weight this week! Yay! 😀 Not only a few pounds off my frame, but also the partner I was involved with that didn’t really support my healthy lifestyle change.

Oh the time that was freed. With this newly freed time, I did meal prep, had more time to sleep, and stayed more dedicated to my fitness plan; 5 meals a day, plenty of cranberry water for liver cleanse, and 6 days of fun workouts.

This week was the first week back on the Fat Flush Plan and my first week working with the Underground Workout Manuel. I loved it and felt overall better all week.

It’s only been a week and I think I am in love with the Underground Workout Manuel! Brett Klika, Director of Athletics at Fitness Quest 10 and fitness friend of UndergroundWellness creator Sean Croxton, has put together a program that keeps the workouts exciting and the body confused. As explained by Brett in his manual, keeping the body confused means more effective workouts and weight loss.

And I have to testify to the effectiveness of Brett’s workouts. Although I am only in the first week, I have noticed that my emotions have improved, my energy levels are awesome, and I literally feel stronger. Not to mention that I lost 4 pounds! Also, the cardio is very effective but not something I dread completing. The provided journals in the manual are great too.

I feel good all over!

 

 

Meal Prep: the busy dieter’s best friend

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks.

I’m a pretty busy person. Besides working on my own entrepreneurial venture, I am a full time student with a job and a whole bunch of stuff I have to learn. Not to mention that I live about an 1 hour and 35 minute train and BART ride away from campus and work.

So my veggies would go bad. My cage free/veg fed chicken would stay frozen. And my favorite chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s, the only chicken sausage I respect enough to eat :), would start to form a weird slime on the last four. I was waisting money!

Being that I can’t afford to live so lavishly, I devised a plan to keep me on task and living consciously as well as economically savvy. Designate days for chopping and cooking. So on Sundays, when everybody has gone to church and I have the house to myself, I put the Zap Mama Pandora station on and get to prepping for the week.

I cook chicken, wash, chop, and steam veggies, fry my plantain, and bag chopped peppers, onion, and cherry tomatoes. I have everything done before the week gets hectic.

Then I came across the Facebook fan page of Your First Figure Competition and seen that she has taken meal prep to an even more prepped mode. She separated her meals in correct portions and then put her meals into plastic containers.

Now, after the first week of trying this I can say that I did save some time. However, with my tiny fridge in my tiny place, I don’t really have room for prepackaged meals. Especially not 8 containers of lunch and dinner. So I will most likely be going back to the meal prep and one container.

Whether you are more comfortable with one container or have the room for 8, the time saved and room given by a meal prep day are extremely beneficial:

  • Saves time
  • Grab and go meals
  • Quick, healthy breakfasts
  • Makes you more conscious of what you eat
  • Assist in keeping serial cheaters on task
  • Aids in the conscious involvement, planning, and learning portion of your lifestyle change

I am a huge fan and will continue.

Five dinners of chicken and Brussels sprouts. I did not prepackage lunch because I had shrimp salad all week with homemade flaxseed oil dressing.

Gluten-free pancakes

Sunday is my cheat day and I decided to keep cheat days as clean as possible. This past weekend however, I had to make an exception for my boyfriend’s son’s birthday party. (Could not skip on the cake, ice cream, and veggie pizza :).)

Anywho… I made gluten-free pancakes and strawberry syrup as a birthday breakfast meal. I was not a huge fan of the Gluten-Free Pancake Mix I brought because it contained rice flour witha whole bunch of other ingredients I could not pronounce. Ingredients I’m pretty sure were added for preservation and to make rice flour fry like pancakes.

Gluten-free pancakes with homemade strawberry syrup. Pancakes made with rice flour

I did find some quinoa flour so we’ll see how that goes next Sunday.

Strawberry Syrup Recipe

  • Organic raw sugar
  • Fresh Strawberries – as many as you like
  • Small amount of butter if you like – I have this thing for buttery syrup… hehe
  • Chop the strawberries as desired and add to heated, buttered pan. Add sugar to the pan. I eyeball the amount of sugar and usually add when the pan is hot so I can tell how much liquid I might be getting. Then heat strawberries and sugar until liquid begins to form. If you want your strawberries to contain some of that tart freshness, don’t cook too long. Cook until you have the desired amount of syrup.
  • Enjoy! 🙂

April… Friday the 13th… Oooo weigh in

Photo curtesy of Your First Figure Competition fan page on Facebook.

My first blogged weigh-in of 2012. You might be thinking, “damn girl, you waited until April? The year damn near over!” Well before you even go there, I somewhat have just cause: procrastination, over doing the cheat days (having at least 2 a week) and missing two workout days (or more) a week. I know… shame!

Before I knew it… it’s April, and bam! I’m still chubby with only 2 pounds gone to show for the days I did bust my behind and ate right. How frustrating?! Needless to say, I really didn’t have a reason to post… except to say that I’ve been cheating. Actually, I think this is the second post where I say something to this affect. Anywho… I’m never giving up!

I had my body fat percentage done for the first time and I’m at 35.6%. According to BuiltLean.com, anything over 32% is obese.

Chart from BuiltLean.com

4/13

Weight: 205.6 lb.

4/13

Waist: 42″

Chestt: 41″

Left thigh: 26″

Right thigh: 26.5″

Left arm: 14.5″

Right arm: 14.5″

Chub Around the Waist: belly fat, potbelly, love handles and back fat

Muffin top, spare tire, the keg, extra cushion for the pushin’, whatever you might call that layer of fat plastered around your midsection, it seems to have no problem sticking around for the long haul. Either you’ve tried extra sit-ups or some gimmicky belly fat targeting diet to get rid of it, but there it is to greet you in the morning and spill over your pants.

Front view of the muffin top

I’ve been tucking mine away for years now. Belly fat, love handles, and back fat stack on my body when I gain weight. Yeah, I love my thick, shapely legs and blessed buttocks, but boy do I hate my midsection fat… Eww! I often wish that I were one of those thick women that are blessed with flat tummies and thick thighs like Buffy the Body and Tiara Kristine.  Many of us attempt to obtain such figures by believing all we need are grueling crunches.

Unfortunately, we have been brainwashed into believing that we can gun through 100 sit-ups a day and wake up with sexy abs after about a month or so. But I have learned that the secret to sexy abs begins way before you even think about hitting the ground for a crunch.

It begins with a healthy body and fat loss. Thanks to my mom’s keen eye for effective and wholesome fat loss routines, I learned this at a fairly early age.  As my mom watched a hefty 245-pound teenager wobble around, she realized she had to do something.

My 285 pound mother and I then started to follow the work and cleansing routine of health guru and author Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, and her Fat Flush PlanWe fell in love with the program as the pounds seemed to fall off effortlessly. Now I’m pretty sure that there were rough times, but the end result was so lovely, I don’t even remember them.

245 at 14-years-old. My mother put me on the plan when I was 17 I believe.

After Fat Flush Plan: At 160 to 170 in my early 20s

Like any well working machine there is a requirement of maintenance and we didn’t really work through that portion of the book. Within five years I put on weight until I was a little under 220 pounds.

Despite my weight gain, I found the book extremely helpful and truthful. There was a section in the book that explained the need to incorporate the different phases into my lifestyle. This is obviously what I did not do since I am here with another fitness journal dedicated to weight loss.

What’s the chub around your waist?

An Unhealthy Liver

  • The idea of the Fat Flush Plan is to support the liver, aid it in cleansing for the elimination of excess water weight, make one aware of food allergies, and regulate insulin levels.  What I need to do is cleanse my liver and eliminate excess weight in order to get rid of the cellulite and midsection fat.

Whole wheat

  • Another approach to belly fat is the elimination of wheat as explained by renowned cardiologist William Davis in his book Wheat Belly. I’ve never read the book, but have found that going without wheat has helped my digestion and helped in weight loss.
  • According to Davis, wheat can cause rashes, high blood sugar, and stomach fat. He has found that wheat is the “single largest contributor to the nationwide epidemic”. Go figure. I’m pretty sure we’ve heard plenty of times before to load up on whole-wheat products for weight loss.  You could have actually been making your weight loss journey much harder.

Read description of Wheat Belly

An Excess of stress hormones

  • I’ve also came across the work of Dr. Russel Farris and Dr. Per Marin in their book The Pot Belly Syndrome. I’ve started reading this book, but I have not finished yet. According to a product description on UndergroundWellness.com, the book explains that the potbelly is a metabolic disorder initiated by “long-term excess of the stress hormone cortisol.”
  • Potbelly Syndrome, or PBS, leads to obesity of the abdomen, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Read description of The Potbelly Syndrome