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Umm… Yeah…. If you could just get your crap together that would be great.. (Office Space, anyone?)

Where have I been? I have no flipping clue!  Just being honest. I fell off the wagon and when it came back to get me it ran me over.  Over the last.. however long its been I have been living life. My husband got a new job, which is a HUGE change in its self, for reasons that I’m not going to post about at this time. I have been learning how to keep my house from becoming a disaster and how to get my kids to listen to me. Everyday is something new.  Living life…

Health and fitness wise; I fell off. Hard. I have days were I really watch what I eat and then other days I try to justify why I need to eat ALL the cookies. Moo.   Yes I have gained weight, some of which has been muscle because on days that I “get over myself” I do workout and lift weights. I can see that my arms are different. My “abs” are gone. I have no idea where in the kitchen I left them. But they are in there somewhere. Hiding.

 I have been reading a lot about intermittent fasting.  When I first heard about it, I thought, “no way.” However, when I look back on HOW I eat and WHAT I eat, I think I could make it work.  I tend to forget to eat anyways so now it would just be consciously instead of unconsciously. Plus when I mix that with macros I could still eat a little bit of crap during the day. Yay!

I still have the same goals of figure competing. I want that A LOT. I just have to get over myself and just do it.  Stop being lazy. Stop making excuses.  They haven’t gotten me anywhere so for.  Well I’ll take that back. They, the excuses, have allowed me to gain weight back. More than I want to admit.  It all has seemed to go to my hips and butt.

Pity party time!! How am I suppose to help people to lose weight a lead healthier lifestyles if I’m not doing it myself? I feel that I have let people down, I have let myself down.  

Ok, now that that is done here is my little inspirational quote: 

“This could be the LAST summer, fall, winter, spring that you are uncomfortable in your own skin.” – Lindsey Chenette

Yep I said that, now I just have to start LIVING IT. Why not NOW? Why not ME? Why not YOU? Why can’t I help others while I help myself?

I am DONE making excuses and I am ready to start making results. Ooh another good quote! 

Would you do me the favor and check in on me every once in a while? I would be glad to do the same for you. Just let me know. 

Thanks for reading my rant.

Jump start on a new healthier life.

I wasn’t sure how to start this so I am going to just dive right in.

I have been MIA because I have been dealing with some things at home. The main thing being that I am a stress/emotional eater. I have noticed that the number on the scale has been going up and yes even thought I am still getting my daily workout done, my eating needs a lot of work.

I have been eating a lot of bad calorie foods and I have been eating them late at night. I have also come to realize that I am eating about 600 calories less that I should. Let me paint that picture for you:

Right now my fitness goals include building muscle, and a deceit amount of it. I am not trying to be “bodybuilder big” but I do want to try my hand at figure competition. Because I am trying to grow muscle I need to eat more than my “maintenance calories” so that the new muscles have something to eat.

I really hope this is making sense to you.

I have not even been eating my maintenance calories. I have, theoretically, been eating to lose (calorie wise). THIS just goes to show you that depending on your goals If you don’t eat enough of the right calories you could gain weight that you don’t want to gain. What is happening is that my body thought it was starving so when I would eat crap my body would keep everything. Hence the weight gain.

I had my head in the clouds and I was just trying to get past this part of my life without being noticed. After all I am a fitness coach, how am I going to tell you to do something if I’m not even doing it? Which is why I haven’t really been here.

But I know that I need to get my act together and I am asking that you all help keep me accountable. Maybe we can even do it together. I decided that the best way of doing this is to start a free 7 day clean eating jump start. We will start Aug 4. I would love to have as many people in this as we can. As a team we can break through and create a healthier life style. Message me or comment with your email if you would like more info.

Hello, Motivation? Are you there? I NEED you now!

Does this sound anything like you? If so, you’re not alone. There are thousands upon thousands saying the same thing every single day. I know … I was one of them.

I was a size 18 woman desperately trying to squeeze herself into a size 16 … eating anything and everything without regard to what it was doing to my body. And always telling myself the same thing … it’s okay to eat this because tomorrow I’m starting my new diet. But tomorrow became the next day and the next, and over time the weeks and months passed without my ever making a change. I was desperate for the quick fix and tried it all — diet pills, Weight Watchers, Atkins. You name it, I’ve tried it.

Want to know what worked for me? First, and possibly most important, I had to find my motivation. I needed to find that one key thing(s) that would keep me going everyday, even when I felt like giving up. For me, it was family — my kids, my husband and most importantly, myself. I wanted to be healthy enough to run around and play with my children, instead of always being too tired and sitting on the sidelines. I wanted to feel like pre-child, sexy woman that I had been when I first met my husband. But even more than all of that, I wanted a better version of myself — one that had a more positive outlook on life. I knew that to become any of those things, I needed to start by taking the first steps.

Second, I needed some tough love — honestly, I needed a lot of tough love. I needed someone who was not only willing to help me find both a meal plan and workout routine specifically geared towards my wants and needs, but let’s be honest, I really needed someone who could talk me off the ledge at 3:00am when I was absolutely convinced that I needed just one more bite of that cookie dough … because after all, what could one more bite possibly hurt?

I was lucky enough to find a coach that could do all of that for me. None of it was easy, especially the tough love part, but my coach’s promise to me was that as long as I was honest with her about my lifestyle — the good and bad — that she would give me the support I needed … physically, mentally and emotionally.

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More than a year after hitting what I considered to be my rock bottom, I’m now 70 pounds lighter, comfortably wearing a size 6. I never, ever thought I’d make it to this point, but now I realize what I was missing the entire time … real motivation and a little bit of tough love.

So what about you? What’s your motivation? Maybe it’s an upcoming wedding, or your doctor has told you that you need to lose weight, or maybe you’re just tired of feeling tired. Tired of feeling sad or upset or demoralized whenever you stand in front of your closet trying to figure out what you’re going to wear today.

It doesn’t really matter what your reason is … you just need to have one.

Honey, have you seen the measuring cups?

I have noticed that when you talk to someone about serving size they get a little defensive. “What? All I can have is ¾ cup of my cereal?!” No. You can have more but when you are talking about losing weight and living healthier, serving size and portion size are two WAY different things.

“Fast food chains and restaurants base their serving size on customer choice and cost effectiveness. Fast food chains, like McDonald’s offers a variety of different size meals to fit individual preferences.”

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All serving size recommendations will state a familiar household measurement. (1 cup, 1 Tsp, 1 ounce, etc.) Keep in mind while reading serving size, take in account how many serving are in the product you are looking at.

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For example; one serving of Coca-cola is 8oz (about 1 cup) HOWEVER the total amount in the bottle is 2.5. So a serving is 100 calories. Let’s be honest now.. You most likely will drink the whole bottle, right? Now we are talking about 240 calories. And we are not even talking all the sugar that your drinking. I will cover that in a post.

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Let me also put this out there: I too struggle with serving size. My weakness is ice cream. I know that a serving size is a ½ cup, and while I do try to be mindful and only have 2 servings (1 cup), it calls my name. Honesty moment: if it is in the house I will eat it. Which is why I do not buy it but once in a blue moon. I know a lot of people will argue that “well my husband, my kids, (whom ever) likes it.” So? They shouldn’t be eating that crap ether.

Am I saying that you need to cut out all sugary foods like soda and ice cream? No, I’m not. What I am saying is that we all need to be more mindful what we put in our body and how much.

Yummy snack!

Ready for a super easy snack to make?!
Apple (I used granny smith)
Cinnamon

Yep, that’s it.

I used an apple slicer on the apple, popped that bad boy in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.  Careful when you pull them out because they will be hot. I let mine cool for a few minutes and then I cut it into bite-size pieces because the kids were eating them. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

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Les Mills PUMP and Shakeology update

About a month ago my Step-dad and I started working out together using the program Les Mills Pump, along with Shakeology. He was ready to shed the weight that life put on him and I wanted someone to keep me accountable. I told him that I want to document his journey, because, well you never know WHO you might inspire.

A little back group on him; colon cancer survivor; golfer. Yes of course there is WAY more about him but for the purpose this article we will just start with that.

Day 1 stats:

Chest: 48 ¾
R. Arm: 15 ¾
L. Arm: 16
Waist: 50
Hips: 46
R. Thigh: 23 ½
L. Thigh: 23 ½

Total inches: 223.4

When I first told you about Shakeology what did you think?

 – I thought it was just another milk-shake and that it was really expensive.

How do you feel about it now?

 – It’s not bad. I like the nutrition it has and how it gives your body what it needs. Plus it helps my appetite.

Would you continue it?

 – Most likely, yes. I still think it is expensive but I will say this: I ran out yesterday so I went to Hardee’s for breakfast. I was got used to being able to make something quick for breakfast and I was running late. It wasn’t worth it, I felt gross.

May I ask how much your breakfast was?

 – About 6 bucks.

And Shakeology is about $4 a day…

 – Yeah, and when it is broken down like that, it’s not a bad price; it’s worth it.

How else has it helped you?

 – With doing PUMP, I have a lot more energy. Before we started it was low. I didn’t realize it. My golf swing has even gotten better. I now have core strength. And it really helps with balance.

What have been some of your favorite changes so far?

 – I can tell that I have lost weight and my pants fall down now. I have to go in two notches on my belt. Over all I just feel better, lighter, and stronger. And I can get more yard work done without getting out of breath.

What do you hope to see in the next 30 days?
  – Slimmer stomach, more core strength, better golf swing.

My Step-dad had colon cancer, like I had said earlier. During the healing process, the incision got infected and so he had to have another surgery to correct that as well. He now has mesh that holds the right side of his abdomen muscles together. Because of this that side also protrudes out more than the other side. An easier way to visualize it is think of when a pregnant woman’s baby pushes it’s self to one side of the belly. How that one side sticks out more? Like that.

He knows that because of the scar tissue, that side may never be flat but it’s not stopping him from working on his “3 pack.”

Day 30
Chest: 47 ½
R. Arm: 15
L. Arm: 15 ¼
Waist: 46 ½
Hips: 44 ¼
R. Thigh: 23
L. Thigh 23

Total inches: 214.6
Total lost so far: 8 ¾

I know what your thinking..

“But how much weight has he lost?”

He is not ready to know yet. He says that he knows he has lost but wants to wait until the end of the 90 days. Yes I know how much he has lost and in 30 days, it is a good amount.

He has also asked that I not share his “before” and “during” photos just yet. Even though he is feeling better about his body, he is still a work in progress and not quite ready to share that part with the world.

I will continue to document his journey and post about it here. Hope to see you in another 30 days! If you have any questions for him or me, please ask!

40 bags in 40 days

Today I started day 1 of 40. I am in the process of simplifying my life. My family’s life.

I started slow with my kitchen junk drawer. I was going to post a photo of my “simplify bag (trash)” but my trash can was right next to that drawer, so I didn’t. 

Not everyday will has trash but everyday something will get organized. Some days will have more than one bag.

I tried the break down everything as best as I could to make 40 days. I got to 35.

I challenge YOU to do 40 bags in 40 days with me.  Add me on IG: LindseyChenette and use the hashtag #40simplifybags I can’t wait to see how you simplify your life!