Weight Loss Information – Find out what our top challenger is doing
This is what one of top challengers is doing. This is her weight loss information:
“Not sure if these are tips and magic nuggets, but I've written out what I've been doing to get to where I'm at. Take from it what you want, if anything… This is what has been working for me.
Let me start by saying I've NEVER enjoyed exercise, I've never been really active, not even in my younger years…. but now, the more I do it, the more I'm enjoying it…not a word of a lie.
I started out slow, but my pace has picked up…I’ve been doing 90 minutes of cardio a day, six days a week. Whether I do it all at once, or I break it up into two 45 minute sessions, I get it done. If I have trouble fitting it in, I aim to make up for it as soon as I can. I try to get at least 4 days of strength training in, 'cause it's my understanding that the muscle is going to help burn the fat.
The biggest help with the exercise has been some really great music with an upbeat tempo that helps me keep my rhythm as I go. For me, it's songs like:
Always Loved a Film by Underworld
1967 Poem by Junkie XL
Hey Boy Hey Girl by The Chemical Brothers
Orbital by Richard Verschuren
Zion by Fluke
Remind by Orbital
Keep Hope Alive by The Crystal Method
Spybreak! by Propellerheads
Got them all off of itunes. The point is, these keep me moving on the Elliptical and I don't slow down, 'cause I keep pace with the beat and before I know it, I'm done.
So a typical day: When I get up in the morning, I drink a couple glasses of lemon water (which is an alkalizing drink) to wake my stomach up and then I take a heaping teaspoon of Creatine and two Energin (ginseng) tablets to increase my endurance and lessen my fatigue while I’m exercising. If I’m going to do 45 minutes of cardio, I wait to eat until after I’m done. If I’m planning to do 90 minutes of cardio straight through, I eat first, but I keep it light…½ cup of blueberries and ½ cup yogurt or cottage cheese. I then go to a TRX suspension training class. (look up TRX suspension training on you tube) The classes are awesome and you only work to your level. I do TRX on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Tuesday and Thursday morning, I go to a class called WOMAX (same place), which is a women’s only strength training and fitness class, and also a bit of self defense.
I make sure to drink a full glass of water every hour, and I eat very simply every 2 to 3 hours, always combining a protein with a vegetable. I keep the carbs and the fats to a minimum, as it seems that my body is really sensitive to them. I make sure that if I step out of the house I have a couple of cans of V8 in my purse and at least two containers of measured fruit and the same of a protein, whether it be cottage cheese, yogurt or a clean, home prepared meat of some sort (not deli meat)….I usually have a small Rubbermaid cooler that comes with me in the car, no matter what.
Cauliflower has become my new pasta and I’m finding that it’s really satisfying. For example, 1 cup of cauliflower, chopped (4BE), topped with 3 ounces of hormone free ground beef (6ES) and 1 cup of Eat Right canned, diced tomatoes…(only 20 mg of sodium per ½ cup), spiced with Cavender’s Salt Free Greek Seasoning. (the one with salt has MSG – not good for anyone) This dish is filling and I have come to the realization that I don’t need to have the pasta, rice or bread to be fulfilled…though I’ve always loved it.
I cook my chicken breasts in water and the Cavender’s seasoning….I don’t use oils for any cooking. I precook my lean ground beef, keep it in the fridge and then I steam it to heat it up, so the oil from the beef ends up in the water underneath the steaming tray.
I use Bragg Liquid Aminos for seasoning….it’s like soy sauce, but less sodium and no wheat. But instead of putting it onto my food from the Bragg bottle, I put it into a spray bottle so I use less and get better coverage.
For now, I have turned down any invitations to head out to a restaurant, or to go to someone’s house for dinner. I’ve explained that I need these next couple of months to really focus on my eating habits and to keep it really clean. That said, I’ve been out to have sushi twice in this time and I’ve kept it to 4 ounces of salmon sashimi and no more than 6 pieces of the salmon nigiri….I’ve also learned not to weigh myself the next day, ‘cause the sodium in the soy sauce wreaks havoc with my body and water retention.
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I have an infrared sauna at home; I use it almost every night. I do vibrational therapy minimum 3, maximum 5 times a week. Both of these help my body to detoxify. I also began and continue with a gentle cleanse that, I believe, has helped. Mainly, psyllium seed powder and flaxseed powder…gets things moving. I take calcium, magnesium and vitamin D every night, multi-vitamin and fish oils every day.”
Thanks Jessica. You are truly an inspiration to us all! Thanks for all the weight loss information!
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