Category Archives: Inspiration & Spirituality

4 Tips to Feeling ZERO Regret During the Holidays

I eat clean, unprocessed, wheat free foods and minimal dairy 99% of the time and do I feel the NEED to cheat ever? No. Do I give in ever? Yes. These occasions are very rare, we are talking 4-5 times per year. Do you need to be this regimented to have a decent body compossion? No, but if you truly do enjoy the healthy foods that you are eating (like I do) – you will feel no NEED to indulge. It just doesn’t seem like there is much of a point in it.

For the first time in 3-4 months, I had a wonderful night and to top it off – I decided to buy fudge with the company I was with. It was INCREDIBLE. I had an entire slab of it to myself. I had half a slab of Reeses Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge and half a slab of Cookies and Cream. It was SO rich, so satisfying and the perfect ending to the night. I felt ZERO regret.

Why did I feel no regret?

Because throughout the year, I put in 100% at the gym, I’ve tailored my diet to work for my body (throughout years of trial and error), I love the healthy lifestyle, I have found food substitutions and truly enjoy everything I do for my body and everything I put into it. My body currently looks better than it ever has and it takes VERY hard work and dedication…BUT when you’ve gotten to the point I am at – you truly will feel ZERO regret in eating something truly naughty.

I am not bragging, but there was a time when eating was pure guilt for me. When I was overweight, I felt guilty…when I was underweight, I felt guilty. My body has been 200 lbs and has also experienced 110 lbs. I am currently 135, have lower body fat % than when I was 110 and enjoy every single thing that I choice to eat. I feel no guilt and this is a true sense of freedom for me.

I also lost a lb...

I also lost a lb…

4 TIPS for Staying Lean Year Round, So You Can Enjoy The Holidays.

1. Learn to love your workouts. Do you hate going to the gym!? Find something new! Why are you wasting time doing something you hate? Find another form of exercise outdoors or take up boxing. Just find something that will keep you interested and when you get tired of it, change it up! Don’t be afraid to. Also don’t be afraid of lifting weights, it is one of the best things you can do for yourself to insure you’re burning calories as your body repairs itself – even at rest. (Check out my entire workout plan in the previous blog posts below!)

2. Find what foods work for your body. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. You NEED to find foods that you love that are healthy in order to stick to any new way of eating. You cannot survive on Lean Cuisines and Weight Watcher Bars for the rest of your life. I wouldn’t recommend eating them EVER…to be 100% honest. Find REAL food.

3. Learn to cook…a little bit! You don’t have to be a gourmet chef, just find some lean sources of protein, buy a decent quality olive oil, coconut oil, peanut oil, etc. Grab a pan and cook your protein, throw in some spices, onions, garlic (whatever you want to), or buy your protein pre-cooked, an entire chicken works great to add to salads/veggies for several meals. Throw it on a salad, cook everything with some veggies, make some rice (90 sec rice works too!), microwave a potato, slice it up and throw it on a sheet and make baked fries. NONE of this takes long. You can have a super tasty, extremely healthy meal in 10 mins.

4. Get a protein powder that you love the taste of. Protein is extremely important and the majority of people eat far too little. Protein in powder form is great because it is so versatile  you can cook with it, mix it into yogurt or oatmeal, make a smoothie. It also travels easily. It is also fairly cheap. I recommend getting 20-35 grams of protein from whey protein per day in addition to your whole food protein sources. If you can eat everything from whole sources and get your protein, more power to you…but it can get pricey. Almost all protein powders are going to be somewhat processed , but 1-1.5 scoops per day will not have any negative effects at all, even if you go with the cheaper brands.

One of the BEST tasting.

One of the BEST tasting.

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My On-Going Personal Transformation.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my physical and mental transformation. It takes hard work, but it is so worth it. I want to empower every insecure child, young adult, middle aged and senior that has struggled with their body image, their confidence and sense of worth.

I was interviewed on Muscle and Strength.com several months ago. You can read about me here.  (Or click the photo above) 

Much of my training and diet has changed since the interview, but I believe this is a great place to start if you are looking to change your physique. I am still a work in progress. I am now taking a meditation class on Wednesday nights to help ease my over-analytical mind. You would not believe the sense of calm just one class has already brought me. I do feel I have more clarity than I have in months. I really am looking forward to exploring this as a means to expand my self-awareness and to help those in need of the same thing. I believe my purpose is to inspire others to transform their lives for the better (in however the universe chooses). I am open to the options.

You are the hero of your own story,

Rebecca

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The Shift from Fear to Love is a Miracle

Here’s an absolutely amazing quote from ‘A Return to Love’ by Marianne Williamson. A very inspirational book that we all could benefit from beyond measure!

“When we were born, we were programed perfectly.  We had a natural tendency to focus on love. Our imaginations were creative and flourishing, and we knew how to use them. We were connected to a world much richer to the one we connect to now, a world full of enchantment and a sense of miraculous. So what happened? Why is it that we reached a certain age, looked around, and the enchantment was gone? Because we were taught to focus elsewhere. We were taught to think unnaturally. We were taught a very bad philosophy, a way of looking at the world that contradicts who we are… the moment of surrender is not when life is over. It’s when it begins… the world has become a rather loveless place. We can hardly even imagine a world where all of us were in love, all the time, with everyone. There would be no wars because we wouldn’t fight. There would be no hunger because we would feed each other. There would be no environmental breakdown because we would love ourselves, our children and our planet too much to destroy it. There would be no prejudice, oppression or violence of any kind. There would be no sorrow. There would only be peace. .. fear is to love as darkness is to light… love casts out sin or fear the way light casts out darkness. The shift from fear to love is a miracle… love in your mind produces love in your life. This is the meaning of Heaven. Fear in your mind produces fear in your life. This is the meaning of hell… the return to love is not the end of life’s adventure, but the beginning. It’s the return to who you really are.”

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