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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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Don’t Be Afraid to Lift Heavy!

Here is some proof that you will not get big or bulky from lifting heavy weight.

Here I am doing a 255lb deadlift and a 100 lb Shoulder Press at 135 lbs. I have a HARD time gaining muscle. It doesn’t matter how heavy you lift, women do not have the ability to put on muscle mass like men…unless they are on drugs and eat like a horse or make up .0001% of the population.

I can’t help but get irritated when I read comments that celebrities like Kelly Clarkson don’t like lifting weights because it makes her “too big.” This has everything to do with DIET and NOTHING to do with her training program.

Abs of Steal? Build Them with Heavy Resistance!

To get your hands on some great weight training routines, check out an issue of Muscle and Fitness Hers, Oxygen, Bodybuilding.com or my all time favorite, Layne Norton’s PHAT Program found here:  PHAT (Advanced).

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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.”

From more amazing inspiration and spiritual guidance, check out OWN’s Supersoul Sunday Series Here.

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Ladies: Look Hot Naked by Building Muscle!

I wrote this blog after reading an awesome, informative article over at JCD Fitness Blog (Read Here).

As a female personal trainer – who weight trains 5-6 days a week, I repeatedly try to reinforce the fact that women will not build bulky muscle just by lifting heavy weights. So many people, including men (my father and brother live on the elliptical!) think that steady state cardio is the answer to all of their problems. Cardio alone will never get you 9% bodyfat, a rock hard stomach or the tight glutes you’re looking for.

I seriously love lifting weights. I will lift anything…if I can! I especially love to squat and deadlift. I lift more than most girls I know and even some of the guys at my gym. It is truly empowering. I consistently see increases in strength every couple of weeks and love to see my body adapt (adaptations that with cardio alone, would be impossible!) Since beginning a heavy resistance weight-training program, I’ve never felt more confident or sexy. I feel better, look better and I’m stronger physically without adding “ the bulk” that so many women are fearful of.

Erin Stern. A True Athlete and IFBB Pro Figure.

Even when I am able to convince others of the essential need for and positive effects of heavy resistance training, I can feel the hesitation, unsure if they are “lifting too much” or “not burning enough calories.”

Well…how many calories will weight lifting burn?” This is the most common question I get, which emphasizes that we live in a society that focuses primarily on calories in and calories expended and not the true, long-term benefits of a balanced fitness and nutrition program. It’s all about, “What will help me burn off that brownie I just ate?” Many of us tend to go for the machines that track calories/miles, etc. We find some sort of comfort in seeing those numbers. We fool ourselves into thinking that we are able to burn off our daily indulgences. That is another problem…we are focused on our failures!

15-20 minutes of cardio does not erase the 1-minute it took you to eat that brownie.

Why not begin focusing on a weight-training program that not only allows you to see gains in strength, but can also provide reduction of body fat and increased confidence. Once you embrace your true strength and realize the efforts produced in the gym each day, your ability to resist temptations skyrockets. That’s when you’ll see positive results. Changing your focus in this way helps to encourage you to make better nutritional choices.

Incorporate a weight-training program into your fitness routine that excites you and produces results well worth maintaining and improving upon.

I hope this article eased some of your fears! More on implementing a good weight training routine to come,

Rebecca Rausch

Certified Personal Trainer

Gym Heroines

Imprint Fitness

 

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Ridiculously Easy Microwave Cake

Rebecca’s Ridiculously Easy, 5 Minute Microwave Cake!

Frozen raspberries, 1/4 banana, greek yogurt and PB2.

2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
2 Tbsp Coconut Flour (Or Any flour works fine)
1/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree or Greek Yogurt

2 Egg Whites
1/2-1 Scoop Protein Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
2 Packets/tsp Zero Cal Sugar Substitute (Any)

Throw all ingredients together in a deep microwaveable bowl, whisk together until you remove all clumps. Microwave for 1 minute on high. Keep microwaving in 1 minute increments until center is firm. Pop cake upside down out of bowl (to resemble a cake) or eat directly from bowl.

Top with anything you’d like!

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[Fudgy Brownies] *The Best 83 Calories You’ve Ever Had*

Stop your cravings in their tracks with these babies! These are insanely delicious! Super fudgy, chocolatey and so good for you.

These even taste great frozen, like a fudgsicle only much richer.

Ingredients:

15 oz canned black beans, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 scoop chocolate or vanilla whey protein powder

3/4 cup liquid egg substitute

3 tbsp coconut, oat or (any flour really…)

3/4 cup splenda, truvia or stevia

1/4 cup agave nectar, honey or real maple syrup

1 tbsp butter, softened

1 tsp flavored (your choice) extract

2 tsp coconut oil/or non stick cooking spray

Directions:

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Spray an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick spray or spread with coconut oil.

3.  Place the black beans, cocoa powder, egg substitute, whey powder, splenda and flour in a food processor.

4.  Blend until the mixture has no lumps at all.

5.  Add the extract, agave and butter.

6.  Blend again until everything is fully mixed.

7.  Pour the brownie mix into the greased 8×8 pan and bake for 20 minutes.

8.  Also, make sure to turn the 8×8 baking pan halfway through.

9.  Turn the temperature down to 300 degrees and bake for another 5-8 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Be careful not to overcook the brownies either though!

10.  Let the brownies cool completely until they reach room temperature.

11. Place the brownies in the fridge for 3 hours.

12.  Cut them into 12 squares and serve.

13.  Make sure to refrigerate any of your leftover brownies! Or try them in the freezer for 1-2 hours and let thaw for 10 minutes.

Don’t worry about disappointing people when you tell them the secret ingredient isn’t pot.

The BEST part, the nutritional breakdown:

1 brownie per serving

83 calories

.9 fat

14 carbs

6 protein

3 fiber

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Training with Purpose for Newbie Heroines

Training with Purpose for Newbie Heroines:

We are creatures of habit. A false belief is that you can walk into a gym and perform the same routine (this goes for cardio too) over and over again, and continue to see your body change. This is absolutely false. Our bodies are excellent at adapting to physical activity! Without knowledge of proper program design, workouts fail to produce results. Program periodization prevents the body from reaching a plateau. A trainer with the ability to design a personalized program is vital to your success.

For those new to resistance training, workout routines should focus on consistently building to the next level, prepping muscles and joints for what is about to occur. This also prevents injury. Hypertrophy, strength, power, endurance, no matter what the individual goal is, each are linked to a specific rep range, set number and rest period.

Jump In – BUT Be Consistant!

Here is a basic look at the breakdown:

Hypertrophy — Stimulating muscle growth and building a muscular foundation.
Reps: 8 –12  Sets: 2 –3  Rest: 2-3 min.

Strength — Second stage – little change in muscle size – overall strength increase through complex movements.
Reps: 4-6  Sets: 4-6  Rest: 2-3 min.

Power — Explosive strength for athletes who require quick short bursts of strength.
Reps: 1-3  Sets: 2-3  Rest: 3+ Min.

Endurance — Lean muscle building, stamina – must come after strength training to prevent injury
Reps: 15-20  Sets: 2-3  Rest: Less than 45 sec.

If you find yourself unable to advance to the next level of your training goals, remember variety is the main ingredient of training success.

-Rebecca

Train Hard, Be Confident!

resource *http://www.allmaxnutrition.com/post-articles/training/progress-with-periodization-%E2%80%93-a-beginners-guide-to-program-design

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