Color Run 5K

5k color run

Have you ever thought of doing a 5k Color Run?  Me too!  You’re not the only one who would get a thrill from running while also getting sprayed with PAINT!

A couple of weeks ago I pulled out my running shoes and hit the pavement for the first time in over a year!

It took me a moment to set a decent pace as well as get my breathing on track, but after a few moments, it came back to me just like riding a bicycle.

On my run, I began to reminisce about the first time I ever ran in a 5k race.  I was nervous, my heart was pounding.  There were so many people!  Would I be able to finish? Will I get tired? How could I compete?

As the horn sounded to start the race, I realized I wasn’t competing against what seemed like a thousand others.  I was competing against myself.  I set a personal goal to complete the race with very little walking and I achieved that goal!  I even got interviewed by the local newspaper.

If you enjoy running or walking, you should consider doing a race!  Set a personal goal for yourself and DO IT!  It’s exhilarating to be amongst others that share the love of running.  It’s also a great place to meet other local runners.

So what are you waiting for?  Scared to do it alone?  Grab some friends and sign up for a COLOR RUN!  Nothing says friendship like running while being covered in PAINT!  You’ll have some awesome SELFIES to share when you cross the finish line!  GOOD LUCK!

Have you done a COLOR RUN?  If so, I’d love to know about your experience!  Drop a comment and tell me all about it!

 

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Workout Partner

Recently I was approached by a young lady seeking workout information.  She has a goal to lose weight by her 35th birthday.  I can’t wait for her to accomplish her goal and set more goals for the future.  I’ll be the first to tell you, I’m no expert, but I’m more than willing to share the information that I’ve learned throughout my personal journey.  She began to workout with me this week and has done an awesome job!  She seems as though she is willing to go the extra mile to get the results she desires.

I’ve never really had a partner.  I usually just do my own thing.  It has definitely been a learning experience for me.  I have tons of respect for those that train people.  One thing that I realized this week is that I need her just as much as she needs me.  I’ve been inconsistent at times and it shows.  Having her with me has definitely kept me on my toes and forced me to be consistent with my workouts.  This past Saturday, I did not feel like getting out of my warm, comfy bed to go the gym.  I didn’t hear from my partner the previous day, so I thought she had no intentions of hitting the gym on a Saturday morning.  Then it came, a text from HER asking if we were going to meet at the gym.  Grrr!!!  I quickly got myself together and headed to the gym after seriously contemplating not going.  We got in awesome leg workout!  I was thankful for receiving her text.  It was the extra push that I needed.  Otherwise, I would have continued to lie in the bed and just think about the gym.  We all know how many calories that burns!

Till next time…

Happy New Year

As the year comes to a close, this is the time that many of you begin to reflect upon your year, thinking about all of your accomplishments as well as areas of improvement.

As I reflect upon my own year, I realize this year has brought upon many changes in all aspects in my life; some good, some not so much.  Learning how to deal with the changes that occur within your life aids in your personal growth and development.  Have you had changes in your life that have forced you to grow?  I certainly have!

Traditionally on New Year’s Eve, people make New Year Resolutions.  By definition, a resolution is a firm decision to do/not do something.  Unfortunately, many people go year after year and never keep those resolutions.  Rather than making resolutions, it may be more effective to set goals.  By definition, a goal is a desired result or something you are aiming towards.  Therefore, if it is your desire to lose weight, eat healthy, etc., set a goal, not a resolution.  Listed are a few of my goals for 2016:

  1. Be a better me
    1. This is always a goal of mine.  This is something that I work on daily.  Daily, I strive to be a better Christian, a better mom, a better daughter, sister, etc.  The saying, “New Year, New Me” is very cliché, but, daily I’m striving to be a new and better me.  When you constantly remain the same, your situation remains the same as well.
  2. Better business woman
    1. This, and all of my goals could fit under my first goal because it’s all about personal development.  I have several business goals that I would like to achieve.  I am elated to report that I have already began putting them in place.
  3. Fitness, health, and wellness
    1. I’m sure this one doesn’t come as a surprise to you.  My goal with this is to remain consistent with both my workouts and my nutrition.  There are many times that I am not consistent with both of them at the same time.  I know that being consistent with my workouts and nutrition (at the same time) will yield the results that I would like to achieve.

What are your goals for 2016?  I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year!

 

Miss Sherri

 

All Wrapped Up, My Wrap Experience

All Wrapped Up!

All Wrapped Up!

Many people question me about this Crazy wrap thing.  Of course the most commonly asked question is, “Does it work?”  That’s the question that’s on everyones brain.  Well, the answer is, “Yes, It Works!”  I’m not just saying that because I sell the products, I’m saying it because it truly works.  As many of you know, I’m dedicated to a life of health and wellness and I enjoy helping others reach their goals as well.  Prior to selling It Works! products, I was always skeptical of wraps and especially waist trainers because it all seems too good to be true.  Although it’s hard for me to admit, I was wrong about the wraps (still unsure of waist trainers).  The more I looked on social media, the more I saw fitness and wellness gurus incorporating wraps into their training.  The most ideal thing to do is to wrap on a non-training day once a week.  Truth be known, over the last few weeks, I’ve been so busy getting things taken care of for my recent graduation as well as keeping my daughter straight as the end of her school year approaches that I have slacked on my workout routine and even my eating habits and unfortunately it shows.  In the upcoming weeks, the wrap will be part of my weekly workout plan but today I tried it out as the average individual that struggles with healthy/sensible eating and finding little to no time to incorporate working out but wants to see a difference in their body (sound familiar).  Needless to say, I was surprised with the results!  I haven’t been eating well, I haven’t been working out and I still lost almost 2 inches!  I can’t wait to incorporate this into my weekly workout plan!

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Let me tell you just a little about the application.  It’s a pretty simple process.  You open the package (you’ll notice a menthol smell), unfold the wrap, and place it on your area of choice (I chose my stomach).  I then used saran wrap to hold it in place.  It’s recommended that you keep it on for at least 45 min.  I kept mine on for 4 hours although I did measure at the 45 min mark just to see what kind of results I would get.  At 45 min I measured 1 inch smaller.  Initially, the wrap had a cool feeling.  It then had a warm, penetrating feeling.  I guess I can describe it by saying it literally feels like it’s working.  According to literature, you see the greatest results after 72 hours, 3 days.  I’ll update  you guys on any additional inches lost in a few days.  I didn’t have these results with the albolene challenge, so I’m excited for what’s to come.

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If you’ve wrapped, please share your results and any tips that you may have.  Happy wrapping!

Easy Carb Cycling Meal Plan

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Carb cycling is an eating plan with alternating high-carb and low-carb days.  You can even choose to add in a reward day!  How awesome is that?

High carbohydrate days promotes muscle growth by stimulating an insulin response, which sends nutrients to your muscle cells.  High carb days also replenishes your glycogen stores (fuel for muscles) and makes you feel energized.

Low carb days promote fat loss.  You may notice feeling a little tired on your low carb days.  The body is tricked into burning fat for fuel instead of the sugar the body would typically get from carbohydrates.  It’s just that simple.

There are multiple ways that you can choose to do a carb cycle.  You can choose to alternate your high and low carbs daily, once every two days, even three days depending on the results you are trying to achieve.  Alternately, depending on your training habits and goals, you may decide to have two high carb days to one low carb day.  You may also decide to manipulate your carbs by only consuming them in the morning.  You may have to play around with different carb cycling patterns to see which one works best for your body and your lifestyle.

Below is the easy carb cycling meal plan I followed along with the experiences I had.

Day 1

day 1

This morning 1/12/15, I began my carb cycling.  I have chosen to alternate my high and low carb days daily with a possible cheat day on Saturday or Sunday.  This morning I weighed in at 136.5.  I planned out my carbohydrates for the day.  My goal is to stay below 70g.  I normally take in approximately 250g.  Here is what I planned for my low carb day:

Oatmeal-27g

Planters honey roasted peanuts-7g

1/2 grapefruit-13g

blueberries-2g

walnuts-2g

Protein bar-9g

Protein-8g

Total 68g carbs

My first low carb day went well!  I took in more carbs than planned but stayed below 100g.  I took in an additional 10g of carbs.  The extra carbs came from miscellaneous foods such as lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sausage.  I use the myfitnesspal application to keep track of my foods.  I didn’t eat my 1/2 grapefruit.  I instead had 1% milk with my protein shake.  I have recently realized that I do not enjoy my protein mixed with water only.  It may be time to search for a new protein.  My energy level was great throughout the day.  I had a short, but effective workout today.  I trained legs.  My workout last 39:01 and I burned 772 calories.  I drank just under a gallon of water throughout the day.  My total calorie count for the day was 1564.

Day 2 (1/13/15)

day 2

I weighed in this morning at 133 lbs.  I didn’t plan my carbs for the day.  In general, I tend to stick to eating healthy carbs and don’t typically go over my goal intake.  My total carb count for the day was 154g.  My total calories were 1786.  The carbs that I took in included oatmeal, blueberries, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, mozzarella cheese, walnuts, pineapples, 2 slices whole wheat bread, banana, peanut butter, and a protein bar.  I was able to get in a nice long workout today.  I worked out for about 1 1/2 hours and burned 1848 calories.  I trained back and shoulders.  I also did cardio and abs.

Day 3 (1/13/15)

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As you can see, I’m looking a little “fluffier” this morning around my midsection due to the increased carb intake yesterday.  My weight remained consistent at 133 lbs.  I have an unexpected day off from work due to the weather.  Hopefully, I can still stick to the plan.  My plan is pretty much the same as it was Monday, my last low carb day.  Today, I did very well sticking to the eating plan.  I took in 72g of carbs.  However, I couldn’t push myself to get in a workout.  It was a lazy day of eating and sleeping.

Today, I did very well sticking to the eating plan.  I took in 72g of carbs.  However, I couldn’t push myself to get in a workout.  It was a lazy day of eating and sleeping.

Day 4 (1/14/15)

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Looking fairly good after my low carb day.  My weight remains the same.  Today I took in 197g of carbs, all healthy carbs except one.  I decided to have a small bag of Cheetos.  Hey, what can I say?  It fit my macros, but that’s a topic of discussion for another day.  I did a calisthenic home workout along with some free weight sets for my arms.  I burned just over 1000 calories.

 

Day 5

Day 5

Day 6

Day 6

 

My thoughts:

Carb cycling is a great way to lose weight.  It helps you get rid of excess water weight as well as burn off more calories.

Looking at pictures, it seems as though my body peaked and looked its best at day 4.

If you are looking to make subtle changes over time, then the every other day cycle would be the route to take.

If you are looking for more drastic changes, then I would recommend 2-3 low carb days followed by 1 high carb day.

Bottom line, if you are looking to lose weight, carb cycling may be an option for you.

If my plan seems to loose or if you are looking for a more specific weight loss meal plan, you may want to check out this carb cycling book that includes recipe ideas.

If you happen to give it a try, let me know what you think.

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