Firewife Retreat and Conference Waitlist

We've been talking about it and it's time to get serious. I need to find out how many are truly interested and able to attend a retreats, so I can find the right size house to rent. Please, also sign up to the waitlist if you are interested in a firewife conference. I...

The Stepmom Coach Black Friday Deals

A month ago I did a Facebook live with my friend Claudette - The Stepmom Coach to talk about her "Becoming A More Confident Stepmom" ecourse that was included in a bundle we were both participating in. I know many of you FireWives are stepmoms and could use the...

Fitness and Choices

You have the perfect plan in place and the house is full of healthy foods. You are READY to rock this new fitness and weight loss. You get after it. Week one is hard, but you do it. Week two? The kids have practice every day this week. There are two basketball games....

It Can Be Hard To Set Smart Goals

Did you set a big goal this New Years? You were going to get it done in 2018. How many times in the past have you set a huge goal such as to lose 50 pounds or exercise 5 days a week, only to fall off the wagon a few weeks (or usually days) later? Why did you fail? A...

Mind Over Matter!

Mind over matter!  I find myself clinging to that mantra a lot as a FireWife.  Especially with the history my firefighter husband and I endured.  The past can never truly be buried deep enough.  It always seems to nudge it's way through my thoughts as I go about my...

3 tips to change your dietYou can work your ass off and not lose a pound if your diet doesn’t change. Believe me, I have done it. I trained for a half marathon and managed to put 5 pounds on because of my poor food choices. WHO DOES THAT?!

If you are looking to lose weight your diet is more important than you can imagine. When you are on a calorie deficit you need all of those calories to count. That nutrition is fueling your body for recovery as you workout and keeping your body going through the daily craziness.

1. Be aware of what you eat! For once I like paper and digital tracking. Keep track of the times you eat and if you ate something you “shouldn’t” eat, write down what you were feeling at that time. What was going on? Did you argue, did you have a success? Check that emotional eating and be aware of it. This is why I like a paper journal or use a file on your computer.

But also keep track of exactly what you are eating. Every condiment, food and drink gets added to your calorie intake. MyFitnessPal is my favorite program and it’s free.

2. Balance carbs, protein, fat. It is truly about balance. Our bodies need all three to work properly. Did you know that every cell is made of fat? Did you know that your brain can only process carbs? There is no food group that is bad, it’s all about the portions. Now the portions will change and I’ve noticed a distinct difference in how we process these three main foods by gender for one thing.

A good place to start is with 40% carbs, 20% protein, and 20% fat. Generally we can get our 20% fat without trying, so don’t go thinking you need to load it in your diet. It’s the lower carbs and higher protein that most have issues with. Protein with every meal and snack will help a lot. Every body is different so you may need to play with the percentages.

Switch your carbs to healthier options. Whole grains, sweet potatoes, get nutrients in your carbs and NOT FRIED OR PROCESSED.

3. No Foods with No Nutrients! This one is a big help. Does it have vitamins or minerals? If not, then it’s probably not something you need to be eating while you are trying hard to lose weight. It’s a junk food. Not to say it’s not awesome or within your calorie count, BUT if you are trying to lose weight, it’s just not in your ok zone.

There is a difference between needing to lose weight and eating healthy. If your goal is losing weight then you need to be very strict on those calories and make sure all of them count for nutrition. You need to pay attention to what you are eating to a T. BUT, once you hit maintenance, you will get a lot of extra calories you can enjoy in the week as long as you keep exercising and paying attention to the new habits you created. You get to add in some extra calories that have less nutrition.

It’s a lot to push into your head I know. Believe me I do KNOW! I’ve been there over the years and my nutrition classes blew my mind when I was getting my degree. Info I ‘knew’ I should do, but didn’t know the why. So please feel free to ask questions, I always LOVE questions. Again, there are quite a few differences between needing to lose weight and just needing to eat to be healthy.

Happiness is a choice and so is your health. Live with no regrets,

PS – Join the 6 Week Fitness Mission and get accountable!

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