5/31/2011

Fat Attack: The Cold Hard Facts about Five Fast Food Burgers

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Let's be honest.  Like most people, I have heard the "fact" that fast food is bad for my health.  For the most part, I cook all of my meals at home ( I have watched too many episodes of Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares to do otherwise), but last night I decided to look up the nutritional facts of 5 popular fast food menu items.  While I already knew that some of the information would be alarming, the truth ended up being more surprising than I expected.  Here are the cold hard facts about 5 favorite fast food items.

1.  McDonald's Angus Bacon and Cheese
This is one of the newer sandwiches that have been added to this restaurant's menu.  The amount of calories in the sandwich alone was not what surprised me the most.  The amount of sodium that it contains is staggering.

Just the Facts:
790 calories, 350 calories from Fat, 39 g of Fat, 17 g of Saturated Fat, 145 mg Cholesterol, 2070 mg of Sodium
(See the source below for the full nutritional information for this item.)

What does that mean?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a limit of 1500 mg of sodium each day.  Increased sodium intake increases the risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke among other things.
Chart: Average daily sodium intake age 2 and up: 3,436 mg. Tolerable upper intake level: 2,300 mg. Recommended adequate intake level: 1,500 mg. How much daily sodium our bodies need: 180-500. Decreasing sodium intake could prevent thousands of deaths annually, because nearly 400,000 deaths each year are attributed to high blood pressure.

McDonald's Nutritional Informational Source: http://www1.mcdonalds.com/bagamcmeal/


2.  Burger King Triple Stacker with Cheese
Based on the sound of the name alone, this burger screams everything but healthy.

Just the facts
1230 calories , 82 g of fat, 32 g of Saturated fat, 225 mg of Cholesterol, 1550 mg of sodium.
(See the source below for the full nutritional information for this item.)

What does this mean?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends a limit of 20 g of saturated fat per day.  Not only does this burger contain a whopping 1230 calories, but it also contains 12 g more of saturated fat that is recommended for a person on a limit of  2000 calories per day.  The amount is still considered excessive for individuals on a 3000 calories per day eating plan as well.

Burger King's Nutritional Information Source:  http://www.bk.com/en/us/menu-nutrition/category1/menu-item161/index.html


3. Wendy's Double Baconator
I was a little shocked about this one, especially because I used to (years ago) order this without cheese.

Just the facts:
930 calories, 520 calories from Fat, 58 g of Fat, 25 g of Saturated Fat, 195mg Cholesterol, 1840 mg of Sodium
(See the source below for the full nutritional information for this item.)

What does this mean?
The total number of calories that I strive to eat each day is between 1200- 1500.  This burger alone has more than 2/3 of the amount of food that I eat each day!


Wendy's Nutritional Information Source:  http://www.wendys.com/food/Nutrition.jsp

4.  Krystal's Double Big Angus Bacon Cheeseburger
This burger is not quite as calorie packed as the last one although it still is quite hefty.

Just the facts 850 calories, 530 calories from Fat, 59 g of Fat, 22 g of Saturated Fat, 120 mg Cholesterol, 1580 mg of Sodium
(See the source below for the full nutritional information for this item.)

What does this mean?
The majority of the calories in this burger (similar to the other ones that have been posted) come from fat.

Krystal's Nutritional Information Source:  http://krystal.com/menu/

5.  Hardee's 2/3 lb. Monster ThickerBurger

This burger is called a "monster" for a reason.

Just the facts 1320 calories, 860 calories from Fat, 95 g of Fat, 36 g of Saturated Fat, 210 mg Cholesterol, 3020  mg of Sodium
(See the source below for the full nutritional information for this item.)

What does this mean?
This burger alone is equivalent to all of the calories that I eat in one day!
Hardee's Nutritional Information Source: http://www.hardees.com/menu

5/30/2011

Official May 2011 Tae Bo Challenge Results


When I started this challenge,  my goal was to do Tae Bo only workouts for 30 days.  I am pleased with the results that I have had although I will be honest and admit that I lost some steam towards the end of the challenge.  I think the biggest goal that I have accomplished this month is learning how to control the foods that I eat and to make better choices.
                                                  
The results- 15 pounds down!

My other thoughts-
1.  No more specific weight loss video challenges for me.  I think it's going to be a while before I do another Tae Bo Workout.  I've started to have dreams where I do Tae Bo workouts.

2. I learned to push myself and my body.  I have felt a tremendous difference in the way that I feel from when I started this challenge and now.  My stamina has improved and I have learned that I am capable of more that what I used to settle on doing.

Overall, I did enjoy working out to Tae Bo and the challenge was fun.

5/25/2011

YouTube Workout of the Day #29

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.




Here is another great Pilates workout.  The great thing about this video is that it's a full body workout.


Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/24/2011

30 Day Tae Bo Challenge Week 4 and 5 Workout Schedule and Other Thoughts

Last week, I stopped doing my Tae Bo Challenge daily posts.  It's not because I've stopped the challenge, it's just it's been hard for me to balance this blog with some of the other things that I have going on.  With that said, I am continuing my challenge full speed ahead until the end of this month.

When I first started this challenge, it was part of a challenge that I had signed up for on an online forum that I am a member of.  After a week or so of that challenge, I found myself being the only posting/participating .  It has been a bit rough embarking on this by myself (especially because a lot of other people are using more popular videos like Zumba and Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred) and due to the boredom factor.  Even though I try to rotate the videos that I do each week, Tae Bo is still Tae Bo and looking at the same people workout each day gets boring.

Day 22 I did the Bootcamp Workout and it felt good to push myself.  I have 8 more days left until I weigh in and I plan on making the most of it.

Week 4 Schedule May 22- May 28
Sunday- Tae Bo Billy's Bootcamp Basic Training Workout
Monday- Tae Bo Strength Workout
Tuesday- Tae Bo Cardio Workout
Wednesday- Rest Day
Thursday- Tae Bo Power Workout
Friday- Tae Bo Inspirational Workout
Saturday- Tae Bo Advanced Workout

Week 5 Schedule May 29-May 30
Sunday - Tae Bo Basic Workout
Monday- Tae Bo Billy's Bootcamp (End of Challenge)

I plan on doing biweekly updates instead of the daily ones since most of the feedback that I have each days sort of ends up being the same.

YouTube Workout of the Day #28

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.




Today's video is a Pilates ab workout that will give you a great workout.


Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/22/2011

Insanity (and I'm not talking about the Workout Program)

The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.



I have been doing a lot of self reflecting this week- focusing on the things that I have accomplished and the things that I need to work on.  Among the seemingly unrelated maze of what I thought were happenstances- I found several patterns:

1.  No sleep= lack of time or energy to exercise.  Also the later that I get up in the morning, the less time I have for living my healthy lifestyle.

2.  I am able to drink my 8 glasses of water each day when I get a jump start in the morning.

3.  I generally love exercising, but I thrive when I challenge myself and have variety.

4.  I thrive on structure (meal planning and calorie counting) although I'm also able to be more relaxed when it comes to my eating plan (I can eat one cookie without eating the whole bag).


This week I plan on focusing on getting my sanity (and momentum) back by doing the things that I know work for me.  Even though it seems like common sense, the truth is a lot of times I subconsciously work against myself instead of working on behalf of my well being.

(Republished from my SparkPeople blog.)

5/21/2011

Healthy Recipe: Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Looking for a sweet (and healthy) recipe that will help you cool down this summer?  Try this recipe for strawberry frozen yogurt that does not require a lot of time or culinary skill.  The best part about it is that you do not need an ice cream machine to make this tasty treat.





Prep Time:10 minutes
Ready in:10 minutes
Yield:4 servings, about 3/4 cup each
Ease of Prep:Easy

Recipe Ingredients
 1 16-ounce package IQF (individually quick-frozen) unsweetened strawberries (about 3 1/2 cups)
 1/2 cup sugar , preferably instant-dissolving
 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt or buttermilk
 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Recipe Directions

  1. Combine frozen strawberries and sugar in a food processor. 
  2. Pulse until coarsely chopped. 
  3. Combine yogurt (or buttermilk) and lemon juice; with the machine running, gradually pour the mixture through the feed tube. 
  4. Process until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the workbowl once or twice. (The frozen yogurt should be firm enough to be served directly from the food processor, but if it is a little soft, let it harden in the freezer for about 30 minutes.)
(Freeze for up to 1 week.)

Health Advantages: low calorie, low carb, low sat fat, low cholesterol, low sodium, heart healthy.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4
 Amount Per serving
 Calories:150 cal  Carbohydrate Servings:2 1/2
 Carbohydrates:21 g Dietary Fiber:2 g Cholesterol:1 mg
 Fat:0 g Sodium:12 mg Saturated Fat:0 g
 Protein:2 g Potassium:157 mg Monounsaturated Fat:0 g
 Nutrition Bonus:50 mg Vitamin C (80% Daily Value).

(From www.eatingwell.com)

5/20/2011

CurlieBelle's Quick Cheat Sheet: 5 Tips for Calorie Counter Websites




1. Simplify your resources by eliminating excess websites.
A lot of people, including myself, are members of more than one calorie counting or dieting website.  I find that I am more likely to keep track of my calories by concentrating on one website.  Set aside a day to import all of your information into your primary resource and you don't have to worry about losing your progress either.

2.  Input your foods ahead of time.
Unfortunately, not all of the foods that you eat will be listed in the website's database.  Do you find yourself scambling for time trying to look up the nutritional information for each food?   Each week, upload your favorite foods in the websites database ahead of time.  Not only does this eliminate the need to "guesstimate" nutritional equivalents, but it also gives you a more accurate daily measurement.

3.  Keep a written food journal.  
The biggest mistake that I have made is relying on my memory.  There is no rule that states you have to input your meals online before or after you eat.  Keep a written journal of your meals each day and input the information into your food tracker when you get the time.

4.  Focus on accuracy rather than calories.
I will be honest.  Subconsciously a little part of me stings each time I enter something that I know I should not have eaten.  Although online calorie counters are awesome resources, these websites are useless if I do not maintain personal accountability.

5.  Review your progress at the end of the week.
Review your data each week to identify both your success in terms of diet (e.g.staying within your calorie goals each week) and the things that you need to focus on (e.g. reducing the amount of sugar that you eat).

5/19/2011

Healthy Book Club: Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss # 1 (Introduction)



Introduction: Yes, It's Okay to Eat!


When I first started reading the introduction, I didn't know exactly what to expect.  I have read a few weight loss books before and am familiar with a few diets as well.  However, Dr. Shapiro's approach in this book, as demonstrated by the title of the introduction, is revolutionary in a field where diets are defined by how much you can't eat and foods that you can't have.  

Although this book was published a decade ago, the background that Shapiro gives is evergreen.  Every day people start and stop diets, in search for the "magical" method that will help them lose weight.  Dr. Shapiro's prescription is simple- Food Awareness Training.

What exactly is Food Awareness Training?  Simply put, it is about realizing that there is no such thing as "bad foods."  Instead of restricting his patients to a strict program, Shapiro teaches his patients (and he will teach the readers of this book) how to make better choices.  There are five basic principles that Shapiro gives in the introduction.

1.  Any reason for eating is okay.
(I'm not sure how I feel about this point yet.)  Dr. Shapiro states that research shows (although he does not exactly indicate where this research comes from)  there really isn't a difference between physical and emotional hunger.  He feels that a person should eat when they want to eat whether or not they are "hungry" since depriving yourself could cause you to eat more eventually than what you would have originally.  For clarification, he also states that you should opt for healthier and lower calorie items instead.

2.  There are no bad foods.
Once again, Shapiro is advocating his patients (and the readers of this book) to become empowered when it comes to the items that they eat.  He feels that a person should eat any food they desire.  Similarly to the first principle, Shapiro wants us to opt for healthier items although he also understands that sometimes we only want to eat the "bad" stuff.

3.  There are no "correct" portions.  
Shapiro believes that the amount of food needed to satisfy each person varies.  As a result, we shouldn't feel bad when we eat half a pizza instead of just one slice.  The doctor wants us to realize that we made a choice.

4.  An eating plan needs to suit your tastes and lifestyle.
I actually love the point that Shapiro is making here.  Shapiro feels that our eating plan should be integrating into our lifestyle instead of vice-versa.  There are times when we may not have a lot of time to prepare a full meal or when we have personal obligations like a dinner meeting or family gathering.  Shapiro believes that we should try to make the best choices without having to deprive ourselves.

5.  You're never on a diet.
This is the same type of mindset that I have.  Dr. Shapiro believes that we should try to make the best nutritional choices every day instead of focusing on deprivation.  He literally illustrates his point by showing a fat free and sugar-free muffin that is equivalent to 720 calories, number of calories that a pineapple, cantaloupe half, kiwifruit half, papaya half, half a cup of grapes, two pears, and two whole wheat rolls have combined.

Food Awareness Training, according to Shapiro, is about realizing the alternatives and making the best choice personally for you.

My Feedback:  Overall, I'm unsure of how I feel about this book yet.  Personally, I believe that the time that Shapiro used to discuss how famous politicians and celebrities come to his center could have been used to give more concrete study information and research behind his approach.  I love the fact that Shapiro is emphasizing having control over the foods that we eat and don't eat.  The only problem is that this approach may not be completely realistic or work for individuals who are not disciplined.    

I plan on continuing to read the book and discussing the next two chapters next Thursday.

(You can read a brief overview and description of the book by clicking on the Healthy Book Club Tab.)

YouTube Workout of the Day #27

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.





Today's video is a power aerobic workout.  The video is fairly short, but you can always use it for a quick workout to get your heat pumping or incorporate the moves into your own routine.  Don't forget to stretch!


Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/18/2011

30 Day Tae Bo Challenge- Day 18

Video- Tae Bo Cardio Workout


"Cardio, cardio."  Once again, I had a good workout today.  I am trying to keep the momentum going for the rest of the week.  I normally like to workout first thing in the morning, but today I had a difficult time getting started for some reason.  Tomorrow is a rest day and I am looking forward to it.  My body needs a break before I do the Billy's Bootcamp Basic Training Workout.  I have never workout out to the Bootcamp, but I know I will need to be ready based on the reviews that I read online for it.
Until Friday,

Curliebelle

YouTube Workout of the Day #26

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.




Today's video is a beginner pilates workout.  While I do not consider myself to be very flexible, I love to do pilates because of the the great stretch that I get.


Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/17/2011

30 Day Tae Bo Challenge- Day 17

Video- Tae Bo Basic Workout



I know I say the same thing every day after I finish exercising, but I really do feel great.  This morning I had another glass of the V8 Fusion  Blackberry and Cranberry Juice before I worked out.  I am going to research some good pre-workout snacks today, but honestly I was not very hungry this morning. 

The Tae Bo Basic Workout, in my opinion, does a lot of focusing on the legs, arms, and core.  I kept my stomach contracted during the workout and challenged myself to kick a little bit higher today.  Overall, I am pleased with myself today and hopefully my hard work will show during my next weigh-in on Day 30 of this challenge.

Tomorrow's workout is the Tae Bo Cardio Workout.  I decided to gradually progress the difficulties of my workout this week to get my body readjusted after two days of rest.

Until Wednesday,

Curliebelle

YouTube Workout of the Day #25

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.




Today's video focuses on three exercises to help tone the bum.  Although the video is super short, it still has a lot of great moves in it that you can incorporate into your workout routine.  Don't forget to stretch!


Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/16/2011

30 Day Tae Bo Challenge- Day 16

Video- Tae Bo Inspirational Workout


Today I feel great!  I decided to start my workouts this week with my favorite Tae Bo workout and I definitely think it was a great decision.  I had a good workout today.  I did my best to stay focused throughout the video, but I will admit that it was fun for me to be able to keep up with the moves too.

I'm still trying to figure out what to eat before I exercise.  Personally, I know that I have to eat something, especially because I don't like the way it feels when I don't (and also fitness experts say it's best because the body is fasting when we sleep).  I was not very hungry this morning so I decided to drink an 8 oz. glass of V8 Fusion Blackberry and Cranberry Juice.  I'm going to do the same thing tomorrow and see if it becomes a part of my permanent routine since I did not have that "heavy" feeling that I usually get when I eat too much before I workout.  

Until tomorrow, 

CurlieBelle

30 Day Tae Bo Challenge: Week 3 Fact Sheet

Week 3:  5/15/11- 5/21/11


Video Schedule:
Sunday- Rest Day
Monday- Tae Bo Inspirational Workout
Tuesday- Tae Bo Basic Workout
Wednesday- Tae Bo Cardio Workout
Thursday- Rest Day
Friday- Tae Bo Billy's Bootcamp Basic Training Workout
Saturday- Tae Bo Power Workout

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Reflection on the Previous Week:

Week 2 was up and down for me. I definitely had times where I know I worked hard.  As far as my physical fitness is concerned, I know that my body is not going to transform overnight.  I can already tell a difference in my stamina.  I know that the only way my physical condition is going to continue to improve is if I work hard and exercise.
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Day 1 Starting Weight- ??5
Day 14 Current Weight- ??0
Weight Loss Since Start of Challenge- 5 lbs.


YouTube Workout of the Day #24

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.



Today's video focuses on working out the arms.  I like this video because the woman in it is using small weights and this is a workout that can be quickly done at home.

Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/14/2011

YouTube Workout of the Day #23

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.






Today's video is another calf exercise video.  Although the video is super short, it still has a lot of great moves in it that you can incorporate into your workout routine.  Don't forget to stretch!


Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/13/2011

Blogspot Maintenance and Other Issues

Yesterday Blogspot underwent some updates that disabled me from editing, posting, or any other thing besides actually reading my blog.  There were a few things that got mixed up or lost that I was able to fix but there are still some things that I still have to work on. 

Anyway, I plan on working on everything over the weekend and relaunching the blog on Monday.  I will be making gradual changes and additions on the weekend but everything will be finished on Monday.  For those of you who are following my Tae Bo Challenge, I will also be updating for the "lost days" rather than ignoring them.

I have a few new additions to the blog that I also hope to incorporate as well since my vision for this blog (and my weight loss journey ) is evolving more.

CurlieBelle

Website of the Week #2: SparkPeople

Did I mention that this is another website that is absolutely free to join?


Overview:  I had heard a lot about this website prior to joining.  Hands down, this is one of my favorite health and nutrition websites.  Calorie Counter is a lot more than a place where you can look up the nutrition labels of over 220,000 foods.  It features easy to prepare recipes that are organized by category (breakfast, lunch, snacks, and etc.) that are also displayed with nutritional information.  It also has a tool that lets you know how many calories you have burned from exercising and an abundant amount of dieting success testimonials and articles.

Positives:   This website focuses on both your physical health and your mental health.  Just like the previous website the I posted, this one will create a personalized profile for you based on your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.  Another thing that I like about this website is that it also allows new members to select three different goals that they want to work on each week.  The site also allows you to join various groups and set up a personalized page where you can blog and share your results.  One thing that surprised me about this website is its meal plan option.  It actually allowed me to slightly customize a few of the things that I did not want to have included which was a pleasant surprise.  

Everything about this website is refreshing.  The user dashboard features a wheel that you spin that gives you points for logging in and participating on the website.  There is also a calorie burner tracker, calorie intake tracker, saved recipes folder among other goodies.  Overall, I have been very impressed with this website and I can't wait to explore it some more.
  
Negatives:  There really aren't any so far.

You'll love this website if........…you are looking for a dieting or healthy lifestyle website that has it all- calorie counting, support forum, healthy recipes, nutritional advice, and so much more.  There are numerous of support groups to join based on location, age, education, parental status, and etc.

YouTube Workout of the Day #22

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.




Today's video is another great ab workout that will help to get your body toned for the summer.  Don't forget to warm up and stretch before you start exercising.


Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/12/2011

YouTube Workout of the Day #21

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.




Zumba- why am I just learning about it!  I like this video because the workout seems like a lot of fun.  This video also features some moves that you can add to your own aerobic dance routine.  Unfortunately, there really isn't much instruction given in this video but it still is something fun to follow while you are working out at home.


Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/11/2011

YouTube Workout of the Day #20

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.



Today's video focuses on a variety of exercises that you can do with a stability ball.  I love this video because it is very direct and to the point.


Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/10/2011

30 Day Tae Bo Challenge- Day 10

Video- Tae Bo 8 Minute Workout


I just got finished with the Tae Bo 8 Minute Workout.  This is only my second time exercising to the video so I'm not quite sure what I think of it yet.  I like a lot of the moves that are in the routine, but I always feel like something was missing whenever I get finished working out.  I think this video would be great for someone who does not have a lot of time to exercise.  The positives are that the video does get the heart pumping and I was sweating when I finished.  However, you definitely want to do your own warm up routine and/or stretching before you actually do the workout since there isn't much of a warm up in this video.  

Later on today I plan on doing some weight training or a yoga workout.  Tomorrow is my rest day and I am looking forward to having a break from all of this Tae Bo.

Until Thursday,

CurlieBelle

YouTube Workout of the Day #19

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.




Today's video is a seat calf raise exercise that you can add to your workout routine.  Yesterday I did an exercise similar to this and I was surprised at how much it worked me.  (I did 2 sets of 15 reps each.)  Don't forget to stretch and warm-up before you workout.


Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/09/2011

30 Day Tae Bo Challenge- Day 9

Video- Tae Bo Advanced Workout



I'm still recovering from Today's workout.  Today was the first time that I did the Tae Bo Advanced Workout and let me forewarn everyone that the title on this one is 100% correct.  This has been the only Tae Bo video so far that I did not complete the entire workout.  I tried my best but my body could do no more at a certain point.  My body was SWEATING and my heart was PUMPING and overall I did get a great workout. 

The entire video lasts about 55 minutes and I was able to last about 35-40 minutes (not bad).  I can't wait to try this video again to see if I can progress farther.  The main difference between this one and the other workouts that I have tried so far is the pace is so much faster.  There is also not a lot of pauses in between the moves.  Honestly, I think this is perhaps the best Tae Bo Workout I have tried so far since it focuses on working out the entire body.

My legs, arms, and stomach are sore.  Thankfully, tomorrow's workout is the 8 Minute Workout. 

Until Tuesday,

CurlieBelle

Hardcore Motivated: I Refuse to Fail

Losing weight is just like any other war- full of numerous battles distinguished by successes and failures. 


Even though I know that I shouldn't, I have a bad habit of weighing myself multiple times a day.  I have a bathroom scale that is posted outside of my bedroom doorway.  I hop on and I hop off.  Each time hoping to see a number that reflects the amount of effort that I am giving.

A few minutes ago I got on the scale and for the first time in awhile the number went up.  My heart sank and skipped a beat for a few seconds.  And yet, instead of feeling like giving up like I have done so many times before- I made a declaration to myself to CONTINUE working harder. 

Last week I found myself binging on junk food.  I felt so ashamed and embarrassed because it felt like a setback.   I definitely have days when I feel like the world is against me and I'm about to be swallowed up.  But despite the doubts that I had in my own mind, I got up the next morning to workout.  I know that the only way that I am going to be able to succeed is if I continue on.  Like a phoenix rising out of ashes, I will continue to rise.  I refuse to fail.

YouTube Workout of the Day #18

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.





Today's video features an 8 minute abdominal workout.  I will admit that I hate doing crunches but surprisingly this video gave me a good workout.  Don't forget to stretch and warm-up before you workout.


Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/08/2011

30 Day Tae Bo Challenge- Day 8

Video- Tae Bo Basic Workout



I feel amazing!  Even though today's workout was the Tao Bo Basic Workout I ended up working hard.  One of the things that I am beginning to learn about Tao Bo is that the intensity of the workout is dependent upon how much effort you give it.  I think the moves themselves (and me trying to keep up) were hard for me when I first started exercising.  Now it feels like the cardio aspect of the routine and maintaining the proper form (stomach in and etc.) is challenging my body and leaving me SWEATING by the end of the workout.

I decided to wear my sauna pants to maximize my workout today and yes I did notice a difference.  This workout does a lot of focusing on the legs so maybe the sauna pants will help me lose a few inches.  

Until Monday,

CurlieBelle

30 Day Tae Bo Challenge: Week 2 Fact Sheet

Week 2:  5/8/11- 5/14/11
Video Schedule:
Sunday- Tae Bo Basic Workout
Monday- Tae Bo Advanced Workout
Tuesday- Tae Bo 8 Minute Workout
Wednesday- Rest Day 
Thursday- Tae Bo Power Workout
Friday- Tae Bo Strength Workout
Saturday- Rest Day

(Originally, I was thinking about adding another video with the Tae Bo 8 Minute Workout on Wednesday, but I figured it would be better to have a quicker workout considering Monday will be the first time I exercise to the Tae Bo Advanced Workout.)
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Reflection on the Previous Week:

Week 1 went okay.  For the most part, I was very motivated during the beginning of the week and I started to lose momentum towards the end.  I definitely think that having rest days built into my workout schedule is helping me.  So far, I have been doing a good job of drinking my goal amount of water each day or close to it.  I did purchase some flavored water but I honestly prefer the taste of regular purified bottled drinking water.  The main thing that I learned this week is NOT to eat anything heavy before I workout.  It really makes getting an intense workout harder for me especially with all of the kicks and punches that are involved in Tae Bo.  Another thing I realized is that my workouts tend to be more productive after a full night of rest.

YouTube Workout of the Day #17

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.





Today's video focuses on toning the arms.  As always, remember to warm up before and cool down after you exercise.

Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/07/2011

YouTube Workout of the Day #16

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.



Today's video focuses on toning the legs using resistance bands.  As always, remember to warm up before and cool down after you exercise.

Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/06/2011

30 Day Tae Bo Challenge- Day 6

Video- Tae Bo Cardio Workout


Today is the last workout day of Week 1.  I was really excited to workout this morning and once again my attitude toward the videos is starting to change.  I definitely pushed myself to continue working out despite feeling slightly fatigued.  I was pleasantly surprised when it felt as though I had a sudden burst of energy or something.  I won't say that I felt like doing another workout, but I did feel great.

Tomorrow is my rest day from Tae Bo workouts and I am looking forward to it.  

Until Sunday,

CurlieBelle

5/05/2011

Preface of My Weight Loss Journey- Why Do I Want to Lose Weight?

I don't remember how long ago it was, but I know it was the first time in years that I took a real look in the mirror at myself.  I did not recognize by name the person who was staring back at me.  I just knew that she was FAT.

For years, I had lived in self denial before I ultimately had to confront myself and look at the number in bold print on the bathroom scale.  Yes there were signs before this ultimate confrontation but a disability of the mind made me to blind to notice.  As a result, a continuous cycle developed.  I did not feel good about myself and  gave myself permission to allow my fat to rob me of enjoying life. 

Each day of my weight loss journey represents me accomplishing something that I did not do even a month ago. 

For me, it's not about a particular size.  It's not about looking like a particular celebrity.  It's not about having 6 pack abs (well......wait I guess it is somewhat).  My goal is to transform myself (physically and mentally) into the healthiest person that I have been in a long time.....by focusing one day at a time.

30 Day Tae Bo Challenge- Day 5

Video- Tae Bo Inspirational Workout


Yesterday was my rest day and I did not think about anything Tae Bo related.  After stalling for a few minutes this morning, I decided to get prepared for my workout.  I decided to listen to some of my own music in the background as I worked out and it actually motivated me more.  Even though I have not been working out to the videos very long, I can already tell a difference in my stamina.  I was able to get through the whole video without any breaks or anything.  The best part- I actually found myself enjoying the workout.

I really do feel motivated to continue working out because I can already tell the difference in the way that I feel.

Until Friday,

CurlieBelle

YouTube Workout Video of the Day #15

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.
 


Today's video focuses on working out the core which will help to give you a flat stomach and defined abs.  Even though this video is a bit cheesy, I like it because it gives you an idea of some moves you can incorporate in your own workout routine.  As always, remember to warm up before and cool down after you exercise.

Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/04/2011

YouTube Workout of the Day #14

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.




I am quickly becoming a big fan of this guy's YouTube Channel.  His energy and enthusiasm is amazing and he always has a website where you can download the full versions of his workout videos at a reasonable price.


Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/03/2011

30 Day Tao Bo Challenge- Day 3

Video- Tae Bo Cardio Workout


I really did not feel like exercising this morning, especially to a video that is 40 minutes long.  After procrastinating for a while, I finally decided to get my workout over with.  Despite my initial reluctance, I actually started to enjoy the workout towards the end.  I will admit that I took a break a few times during the video, but I made it my goal to continue moving. 

I know there will be more days when I don't feel like exercising, but I am slowing developing a positive mindset of doing my best no matter what.

Tomorrow is my rest day from Tae Bo workouts and I am looking forward to it.  

Until Thursday,

CurlieBelle

YouTube Workout of the Day #13

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.





Here is another stretching/flexibility video that demonstrates 6 different stretches that you can add to your workout routine.


Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/02/2011

30 Day Tae Bo Challenge- Day 2

Video- Tae Bo Inspirational Workout

Last night, I set my alarm clock to go off early this morning.  I am one of those people who believes that working out in the morning gives me a great burst of energy to sustain me throughout the day.  Today's workout was good.  I would not say that it was as good as yesterday due to fact that my allergies have been bothering me lately so the medication has me feeling slightly lethargic.

In my opinion, you can tell a big difference in the intensity of the workout when you try and succeed in holding your stomach in throughout the workout and when you don't.  This workout is only about 30- 35 minutes long I think but it does give you a balanced workout. 

I just remembered that I have the Tae Bo Advanced Workout too (unopened) so I will add it to next week's workout schedule.  If you are a beginner to the Tae Bo series, I think that you should probably start with the Basic Workouts before doing some of the more intense advanced workouts.

Tomorrow's video is the Tae Bo Cardio Workout.  I plan on going to bed early tonight to get some extra energy so I can have a great workout (especially because Wednesday is a rest day). 

Until tomorrow,

CurlieBelle

YouTube Workout of the Day #12

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.






Here is a great 10 minute kickboxing routine that will get your heat pumping.  As always, don't forget to warm up and cool down.


Feel free to tell me what you think and share some of your favorite YouTube workout videos in the comment section.

5/01/2011

30 Day Tao Bo Challenge- Day 1

Video- Tae Bo Basic Workout


This workout is only about 25- 30 minutes long, but I was definitely surprised by how good of a workout it was.  I definitely challenged myself to give it 100% and it showed when I was done.  The only thing that I will do from now on is not eat before I workout (definitely inhibits things). 

For anyone who is unfamiliar with this particular video, it is a basic workout consisting of mostly kicks and punches that most beginners to the Tae Bo series can do.  The only things that I dislike about this particular exercise video are that the graphics are a bit cheesy (especially when Billy Blanks asks everyone to do the moves in double time) and the fact that well...Billy wears an ankle length blue spandex leotard throughout the video. 

I know that I should be focusing on working out, but seriously what was he thinking?

Tomorrow's video is the Tae Bo Inspirational Workout which is my favorite out of all of the videos that I currently own.  It is a lighter workout (in my opinion) that should be perfect to do in between the Tae Bo Basic Workout and the Tae Bo Advanced Workout.

Until tomorrow,

CurlieBelle

30 Day Tae Bo Challenge: Week 1 Fact Sheet

Week 1:  5/1/11- 5/7/11
Video Schedule:
Sunday- Tae Bo Basic Workout
Monday- Tae Bo Inspirational Workout
Tuesday- Tae Bo Cardio Workout
Wednesday- Rest Day
Thursday- Tae Bo Inspirational Workout
Friday- Tae Bo Cardio Workout
Saturday- Rest Day

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Day 1 Starting Weight- ??5

I just wanted to go ahead and post my fact sheet for this week.  I plan on posting my workout journal later on today as well as updating the challenge page.  I'm very excited to get started and hopefully I will be able to make my goal of losing 10 lbs. this month!

YouTube Workout of the Day #11

Each day, I feature a new YouTube workout video of the day. The criteria for the video is simple- it must be fun, motivating, easy to do, and........of course something that will help us all get closer to the skinny chick (or guy) inside of us.




Who says that you don't have time to tone your legs.  Here is a 5 minute workout that will help to get them toned in time for the summer.

Feel free for comment.

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