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    Recipe For Weight-Loss Success with Life Time

    I've struggled with my weight for as long as I could remember but I've finally got a recipe for weight-loss success and this is it. #getfitwithtcm #recipeforsuccess #banthefluff #hotmombod #lifetimewithtcm #summerbodygameon

    “I have some clothes that are too big for me if you want them.” This statement meant to help ends up hurting so much. It’s the recognition by another that I’ve gained so much weight that I don’t fit my own anymore and I’m still battling with weight-loss. It means that it’s not just me who notices that my waistline has expanded, my thighs are bulging and my body just doesn’t fit me anymore. Before I continue I will say this: this is not fat shaming. This is not about telling myself or others that I’m not beautiful, good enough, etc because I’m fluffy. This isn’t that at all. But this is me wanting to feel better health wise.

    My “baby” will be two this August and I haven’t lost any of this “baby weight”. In fact, it’s not really baby weight at all–I didn’t gain while pregnant and after I gave birth, I was between 5-10lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight. But my terrible eating habits I justified with breastfeeding caught up to me in a major way once I weaned her. Since giving birth, I’ve gained a total of almost 50lbs. FIFTY POUNDS! I’m tearing up just thinking about it.

    When I think about this weight that I’ve gained, I’m literally overcome with emotion and feelings of helplessness. I have tried to change my eating habits, exercise consistently, get my 10k steps but it’s just not enough and I’ve finally realized that I just can’t do it alone anymore. I’m lucking because my health hasn’t been affected–yet. Whenever people ask about my medical conditions they’re always surprised to find out that I don’t have high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. and I’m tired of the surprise.

    When I had mini, I dropped 60lbs pretty easily and became a runner by the time she turned 2. I did it by myself. I had no trainer. No nutritionist. What I did have was depression from my situation at the time and I needed an outlet since drowning myself with wine wasn’t a viable option as a mom to a young child. So I ran. I sweat the tears out. But now? Now I’m happy. Stressed but quite happy. And with that, I’ve realized that I can’t do it alone. I need help which is why I’ve teamed up with my health club Life Time Fitness for the 60-day Challenge.

    Recipe for Success

    Creating and following recipes is something that I’m pretty good at. Recipes are a plan of action to create something good and often delicious. Now I’m not sure if I’ll be describing myself as delicious by the end of this challenge but I will be calling myself good that’s for sure! But success takes a plan. I’ve been “winging” it long enough and am now ready to plan for the success that I want.

    I've struggled with my weight for as long as I could remember but I've finally got a recipe for weight-loss success and this is it.

    Life Time Fitness

    I’ve been a member of this health club for just over a year. I went there just to take mini swimming with a friend of hers and naturally I had to do a tour. Except they didn’t make me. I told the membership manager that I wasn’t going to sign up for this health club and gave him a long list of reasons why. He sat and listened until I was finished and then he spoke. But then he said something along the lines of “We aren’t like other gyms but when you’re ready to make a difference in your life, just come back and see me.” By the end of the conversation, I was signing here, here, and here before taking a picture for my new membership card. I was sold and a year later, I still am. Life Time Fitness is NOT a gym. Life Time Fitness is a health club that is dedicated to helping it’s members achieve a healthy lifestyle. Not just adults, kids too. And they’re family oriented. So I don’t ever feel bad leaving mini or abc in the childcare as I take 2 hours of much needed mommy time to get myself in tip top shape.

    60-Day Challenge

    Did you know that people who lose weight in a group are more likely to achieve their weight loss goals than those trying to achieve their goals by themselves? On June 17th, the challenge begins and I’ll be 1 among thousands of people looking to lose weight and increase their health. Oh, and did I mention that there’s a prize? Yeah, mama is trying to get that trip!

    D.TOXSM Program

    I've struggled with my weight for as long as I could remember but I've finally got a recipe for weight-loss success and this is it.

    I’m a huge fan of detoxifying your body and can tell when it’s time. Right now, I’m dealing with my skin breaking out, feeling sluggish and like no sleep is enough. It’s time to detox! Life Time is committed to whole body health–not just losing weight–so they have a detox program called D.TOXSM.

    D.TOXSM is a detoxification program designed to support your body’s natural detoxification system by following a restricted nutritional plan that eliminates common food allergens and hormones, taking certain nutritional supplements and observing lifestyle recommendations. Responses to the D.TOX program and elimination of potential toxins will vary based on individual characteristics.

    Please note that this is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

    Life Time Multi Performance Complex

    I've struggled with my weight for as long as I could remember but I've finally got a recipe for weight-loss success and this is it.

    Vitamins play a huge role in your body’s performance, healing and overall health. This set of vitamins have both morning and evening formula’s. The morning is formulated to give daytime energy (yessssss!!! I need this!!!) and the evening formula is designed for nighttime recovery. But they both enhance exercise, recovery and your immune system.

    Life Time Trainer

    Like I said before, the last time I lost weight, I did it without a trainer. Now this isn’t because I don’t believe in the work they do but I was at a tough time and fighting sadness was enough motivation for me. Now? I get so distracted with everything that I have going on that my workouts aren’t nearly as efficient. I’ll be training with one of the incredible trainers that Life Time has!

    Life Time Nutritionist

    Fact: You can’t out train a bad diet. And after two kids my body has changed so much that I don’t know what is good for MY body specifically. I’ve learned that the more I eat, the better my body performs and I get stronger and weigh less. I’ll be working with a nutritionist to determine what foods I should be eating for optimal health.

    Assessment Testing

    I’m not stranger to working out. In fact, I LOVE working out. But this is the heaviest I’ve been and there’s a lot that I have to learn about working out in THIS body. Life Time has a series of assessments that they use to help you work smarter towards your goals, not harder.

    So this is it. This is my recipe for weight-loss success. I’m tired of being fluffy. I’m tired of being tired. I’m tired of not getting the results that I’m so desperately working to achieve. I’m tired of what I’m doing not working. And I’m ready to share my success story.

    I've struggled with my weight for as long as I could remember but I've finally got a recipe for weight-loss success and this is it.

    Do you have a weight-loss story? How did you transform?

    Keep up with me by following these hashtags on social media: #getfitwithtcm #recipeforsuccess #banthefluff #hotmombod #lifetimewithtcm #summerbodygameon

    Guest Post: Friday Fitness Fix – From BabyBod to #MomBod

    TCM welcomes my dear friend Cassandra Hanslip to the blog. Cassandra and I used to work together and she is making leaps and strides in this weight-loss game! I’m so proud of her and so inspired by her words as well as fitness journey–I feel like she wrote this for me! I hope that someone else can related to this and gets the inspiration like I did! Read on and show Cassandra some love!

    GuestPost: From BabyBod to #MomBod

    My weight loss journey has been a little different than many, because I lost weight after having my daughter, and then proceeded to gain it back (and more) over the summer. Returning to work with a little one was stressful, to say the least. If I had to narrow down the cause of the weight gain, I would say it was stress and a little bit of depression, which all led to a huge lack of self-care. I wasn’t working out. I ate ice cream like it was the base of the healthy food pyramid. Seriously. If Ben & Jerry’s had a profit spike last summer, it was me.

    In December 2014, hubby and I decided to join a new gym that was closer to our house. I reasoned that if it was closer, easier to get to, and had daycare, I would be more likely to go. Our membership included a free assessment with a trainer, so I set up my appointment to meet with Cindy. We sat and talked for a bit, and then we went over to the dreaded scale. I’m not sure what I thought it would say, but I surely did NOT think it would say 186 pounds. I was verklempt, to say the least. Like, honestly, the rest of the appointment with her it was all I could do not to burst out crying. How did I get here? I didn’t even stay to work out after our assessment. I sat in my car, cried for about 10 minutes, and then I went home.

    And then I had to make a plan. Although I had gotten comfortable at that size, I just got an honest assessment about where I was. My body fat was high, and at 5’2” I didn’t need to be carrying that much around. My knees were hurting every day. Once you have honestly assessed the situation, then you come up with a plan. I knew it had to include exercise, and it definitely had to include eating better. The next day, I started my weight loss journey. I took a photo of myself in my sports bra, so I could have an honest picture of where I was, and to use for comparison down the road.

    Here are some of the things that have worked for me on my journey:

    1. Get a check-up. Make sure there aren’t hormonal imbalances or health issues that are impeding your ability to lose weight. Thankfully I didn’t have any of those challenges. I just needed to start making better choices.

    2. I had to revamp my eating. Easier said than done, but it really is the biggest component of weight loss. You can’t out-train a bad diet. This is also a challenge for me because I don’t like to cook. I do it because I have to and my family needs to eat. Before my weight loss journey, I was not eating often enough during the day, and then eating the wrong things. My lack of energy and lack of enough sleep was causing me to reach for sugary drinks and sweets. Included in my new gym membership was a free consultation with the nutritionist. I talked to her about my typical day and she said she didn’t want to suggest a very regimented eating plan for me because that would be one more thing for me to stress about. She just encouraged me to start with little things. Eat more fruits. Eat more veggies. Drink more water. Work on one thing at a time. So I did. I startedworking on eating 5 times per day. Now for me, that was about 250-300 calories for 4 of those “meals,” and then 400-600 for 1 – usually lunch. Also, it was easier for me if two of those meals were protein shakes, with either added fruit or peanut or almond butter. It was easy to blend one of those up while fixing dinner for family.

    3. Don’t buy your trigger food(s). Again, easier said than done. When I don’t buy ice cream, I don’t really think about it. If it’s in the house, I will eat it. That’s pretty much a no brainer. Although sometimes I don’t follow it. I’m a work in progress. LOL

    4. Get active again! I started off small. I would do some cardio at the gym, and I love yoga. I worked it out with hubby to where Tuesday and Thursday evenings were my nights to attend yoga classes at the gym. Start off with 2-3 times a week, and go from there. If you try to make yourself workout every day, and then you don’t, you’re going to feel disappointed. Set up a schedule that works for your life. A ‘work out’ could be pushing the baby stroller around the neighborhood. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated. I eventually paid for some personal trainer sessions when I felt I had reached a plateau, and he was very helpful with my knee issues.

    5. Do the things that you like. It is important to do some strength training, because adding muscle to your frame will ultimately help you burn fat. But if weight lifting isn’t your thing, don’t try to force yourself into a complicated strength training regimen. If you like yoga, do yoga. Take some vinyasa classes that will help you tone up and get your heart rate up. I like strength training, but some days I’m just not feeling it. I go for cardio and stretching and I’ve still gotten some movement in. If you like to run, try to work back up to that. But if you hate running, don’t even put it in your training plan.

    6. You have to schedule your self-care. I don’t necessarily use a planner in my daily life, but if that works for you, do it. Get your significant other’s buy-in. You need them to support your journey. That might mean arranging/paying for a baby sitter if it’s during a time when neither of you can be home. Or just making sure you schedule workouts so that home is taken care of. That means sticking to the schedule. He can’t be trying to go watch the game with the boys, if you guys agreed that you get an hour of workout time.

    7. Find your support. You have to meet people where they are at. You may have some friends and family who aren’t ready to start a journey to healthier living right now. That’s fine. Go out and find the people who are. Start a group or join in when friends are having challenges. I’m currently in a 30 for 30 challenge – we committed to doing 30 minutes of some type of activity for 30 days this month, or making sure to have 30 active minutes, for those who use a FitBit. The person who started the challenge made a Facebook page, and we have to post a screen shot of our activity by 11:59pm each night. Having that group has really motivated me to work out on the days when I really wanted to skip it.

    8. Stay off the scale. At least for a little while. Get your starting weight and starting measurements, and then look for other ways to track your gains. Pay attention to how your clothing fits. If you have a heart rate monitor, pay attention to how long it takes you to recover after you after doing an intense interval. Maybe there’s a big hill in your neighborhood that you couldn’t get to the top without stopping. You might look up one day and find yourself at the top and not even realize that you didn’t stop. Those are the types of gains that will make you happy. If you get on the scale every day, or every other day, you could be setting yourself up for discouragement. There are so many factors that go into what we weigh. Even when you are doing the “right” things, the number could go up.

    9. Be patient with yourself and try not to compare to the past. You didn’t gain the weight overnight, and you won’t lose it overnight. I had to learn to celebrate small successes, like longer time spent on the cardio machines, or increased intensity. Every little change is a good change. Back in 2004, I gained some weight that had nothing to do with having a baby. I was able to challenge myself to lose that weight, in preparation for a trip to Hawaii with my BFFs. It was so much easier then. The weight just dropped off, and I kept it off for a while. I had to realize that losing weight at 40 – with a husband and a child – is not the same as losing weight while single and 30. And that’s ok. I have to work with what I have now.

    10. Know that it’s ok to be concerned about YOU. As moms, we feel like we have to take care of the world. We have to make sure the kids and hubby are good. We want to spend quality time with friends and family. We want to have time to just veg out and do nothing. Unfortunately, there are only 24 hours in the day and you may not get everything done. One of the things I struggled with was feeling guilty about being away from my daughter or my husband when I was in a yoga class, or doing something to make myself feel better. I had to give myself pep talks about that often. They don’t love me any less because I spend an hour at the gym on Saturday or Sunday. A happier me is better able to connect with my family.

    Just know that you can do it! It hasn’t been all rainbows and unicorns, but I have shed about 20 pounds (and kept it off) over the last 8 months. I am still working on some goals, but definitely appreciate the milestones I’ve reached thus far.

    cass yoga

    Friday Fitness Fix: My Love for DailyBurn

    I can admit when I’m wrong and I was wrong about this.

    The hubs told me that I needed to sign up for DailyBurn and I told him that that sort of workout wouldn’t work for me because I need variety. Plus, the I don’t like being told what to do and when. I want to determine my own workout schedule so I can incorporate the variety that I need.dailyburn

    DailyBurn does this and more. And my husband was right.

    Though I’m no longer a subscriber (I had to join a gym so that I could have dedicated, kid-free time to focus on these here goals) I love this site and all the workouts. I did my free 30 day trial with the “Move” program. I love to dance and feel like I missed my calling from Alvin Ailey (trust, they will never dial my number lol). The first workout that I did was the African Dance. Once I finished, I was dripping with sweat, exhausted, and had burned 500+ calories. #win


    Though I was following the “Move” program, I also had the freedom to choose other workouts to do. I loved the kettle bell workout. It was challenging but it also taught me the proper form for some of my favorite exercises. I also love a good bootcamp and they offered these styles as well. The hubs joined me for a couple of workouts and agreed that they were pretty awesome.


    The best part was the price: $12.95/month and you got a plethora of workouts that were challenging in addition to meal plans. Yes, meal plans are included. As I write this I’m almost tempted to cancel my gym membership and re-sign up!

    “you have a…….beautiful body mommy”

    mini said this as she watched me shove my stomach into my jeans. yes, after having two babies, i now “shove” my stomach into things.

    this wasn’t what she wanted to say and i could tell by the look she gave me that her thoughts of mommy’s body were a little less than the beauty that she spoke of but my little miniature self has been working on her tact and what she came up with was beautiful. i initially wanted to be hurt. i’m dealing with some of my own issues having to do with seeing my body as being beautiful after the birth of my second daughter. things just aren’t quite the same. i’m a work in progress though.

    instead of being hurt and showing my little sponge the self-conscious nature that little girls are taught to have about their bodies, i said “yes, mommy’s body is beautiful. i have birthed two of the most beautiful little girls and have managed to sustain them with my body as well. it is beautiful.” and this is the truth. my body, though not what it was last year or last decade, is beautiful nonetheless.

    in a world where body shaming women is sport, it’s really hard to look in the mirror and see my body for it’s worth. i have curves, though some of my curves have curves. and in all honesty, i love my shape. i just wish i could do some fine tuning on it. suck some fat out here, there, well….everywhere. but it’s not a bad body. it’s not one that shows my battles with a pretty hush hush eating disorder when i was 12. it’s survived being abused twice. the evidence of heartbreak isn’t there. nor does it show my chronic injuries because i’m the second clumsiest person i know (mini being the first… she gets it from her mama).

    but it does have a road map of life on it. i have marks that show the parts of me that spread during puberty at 11. my stomach shows the evidence that i created life within my womb. my boobs aren’t nearly as perky since this is the first thing that your babies don’t put back in place after nurturing them. and i’m soft. i’ve snuggled many babies to sleep–two of them my own. my arms are jiggly but strong. they’ve picked me up when i’ve fallen, hugged my mini so tight she’s forgotten the pain, and held on to others so they’re reminded they are never alone. my “thunder thighs” could use some firming up but they have a strength of their own. they’ve kept me moving when all i wanted to do is sit still and mourn.

    my body is not that of a super model but i’m learning to see it as beautiful.