Here are some facts that you may not know:
To lose one pound it takes a loss of 3500 calories. To gain one pound it takes a gain of 3500 calories. And obviously this can’t be done in a day. If you weigh yourself after a huge meal or are up a couple of pounds after eating heavily, it is not weight gain. It is most likely water retention or your body’s own unique way of processing food. If you have burned 500 calories working out or if you have eaten 500 less calories in a day, after one week, you will be one pound lighter. (Please remember that the closer you are to your goals, especially if your goals are very low body fat, than this may not work the same. Your body will fight you the lower your body fat becomes. But the key is to be consistent and keep working. Eventually you will get there.)
Not every calorie is created equal. I’ve proven this personally. I’ve gone through times of eating what I wanted but simply watching my calorie intake. My body has never looked as good or dropped as much body fat as when I was putting the right thing in my mouth at least 90% of the time. Why is this? Well, your body just doesn’t run well when it doesn’t have the proper fuel. If it doesn’t run well, then it’s not performing at its maximum potential. Therefore your metabolism is lacking and your workouts are lacking. Both of these cause insufficient calorie burning. Continue reading
With anything, it’s important to know why, how, and what. If you are blindly allowing any cycle or habit in your life, then you’re doing yourself a disservice. We have so much information at our fingertips now! It’s so easy to figure out the details of everything. But you have to be able to let yourself have the knowledge without letting it freak you out. Yes, there will always be things in this world that are unhealthy for you, but there’s also only a certain amount of time we have on this earth and if you fear everything…then you’re wasting a lot of time. So I’m going to give you knowledge about things and you promise me that you let it inspire you, instead of allowing more fear into your life.
So has anyone been using the craving monster? I have and it makes a huge difference. But we’re going to delve even further because I want you to get a really good grasp on the craving monster.
I want to preface by saying I am not against medication. Not at all!! What I am not for…is the simple solution. Because most of the time I do not believe there are simple solutions. Continue reading
I always try and give you some sort of easy solution and quick fix because I understand wholeheartedly that is what people want and desire. It’s in our blood to simply want the answer at our fingertips and be able to apply it to our lives without effort. So in these craving posts, I will go over some changes and or strategies that I have specifically used, but before I do that, I wanted to get one large truth out of the way.
There is not one specific easy solution for the Craving Monster. Gorb has been someone I have learned to outplay, not erase. There is no erasing Gorb from your life. Even today when I have had years of practice, the feeling for cravings–although less then ever before–are still there. At night when people are eating around me, I still want what they are eating. But I have become so good at simply not allowing it, that it just isn’t the battle it used to be. I’ve always told you that you have to make things habit. Well, saying no to food has become an absolute habit for me. It took years to learn. But that’s why we have to remember our successes for each and everyday. Don’t ever blow over any small success. You deserve the praise for only having one piece of pizza instead of five. Continue reading
I can not say this enough. Learning how to be healthy is a mental game. People are more successful when they can learn how to check in with their mental status than when they simply learn new information. I can talk until I’m blue in the face and tell you every small ounce of information, that if you apply it, could help you beyond belief, but if that switch has not been turned on then all the information in the world is not going to save you. So please, before we go any farther remember to spend some time writing down what your goals are and why you want those specific goals. Spend 15-20 minutes reminding yourself why this is so important.
That you’ve spent too much of your life wanting something that you don’t have.
That you’ve had too much negativity from food take away precious minutes. Continue reading
There were many days that I woke up and before I even left the house to head to school I’d already had a bad day. Getting dressed when you can not fit into your clothes is hell. Pure Hell. You often have two options–one, you stuff yourself into your clothes hoping that you can make it work or two, you grab bigger jeans and bigger sweaters to cover your entire body. Neither works because the first one only allows others to see those not so tight fleshy areas and the second simply makes you look heavier anyway because of the extra clothes. So you end up compromising…settling for the easiest outfit possible even though in the mirror you don’t like the way you look. Then so much time is spent trying to find clothes that you become behind for the morning and are now rushing to keep from being late, which gives you less time with your hair and makeup. And the healthy breakfast that you possibly swore you were going to eat that morning is not possible so you know you are just going to be starving by break at school and will inevitably pick the worst snack possible.
I’m sure there are many other reasons that mornings can be rough, but this was my life during my heavy days. And the worst part of it is that no one truly knows the anguish that you’ve already felt by 8:00 AM. I remember walking into choir (first period) many times already trying desperately to hold back my tears and then suddenly I had to try and smile for everyone otherwise risk making anyone else think badly of me. Continue reading
I believe one of the biggest pieces of advice that I can give you that will bring you the most success is this: You must eliminate all the rotten from your life.
Just recently I found a prime example of why this is the case by learning something about my body that was unexpected and extremely enlightening. For a few years now I had been struggling with my stomach. Every day, by the end of the day, my stomach would feel distended almost as though beneath my skin something was swollen. I would have good days and bad days, but as the time progressed, my good days were becoming less frequent. It was a horrible feeling for someone like me who eats so healthy all of the time. When you feel distended and swollen, it takes over. It’s a horrible mental game that I’ve dealt with for a long time. And it also seemed, the healthier I ate, the worse it got. I would get to the end of an evening and be so miserable that I just wanted to go to bed. After a day of being really good and strong in my eating…there was nothing more defeating then feeling thick at the end of the day. Continue reading
I’ve always been a big fan of popcorn. One of my babysitters when I was little taught me how to make it right. She doused it with tons of salt, melted butter, and then covered it with cheddar cheese. One heart attack recipe. The nice part about popcorn is that there are a million ways you can make it. I’ve seen hot and spicy, caramel corn, kettle corn, cheese popcorn, peanut butter popcorn, and I’m sure there are tons more that I can’t think of at the moment. It can be so delicious…but sadly…so bad for you. The AMC Theater popcorn weighed in at 1,030 calories and 57 grams of fat.
But what if I told you that you could possibly lose weight from eating popcorn?
I’ve always been a big fan of never ruling anything out. Remember, it’s not important how your health snowball begins, the only thing that’s important is that it does begin. Continue reading
I know I’ve already gone over this before, but after watching Super Size Me last night for the first time, I felt that I would revisit what an insane person I used to be about fast food. And maybe share a few lessons along the way. You all know me by now…my brain is in constant motion, trying to figure out the next life lesson I’m supposed to be learning. Only now, I get to share the craziness with you….oh you lucky ones.
Through out my childhood, my family’s staple was Taco Bell. If things were crazy busy, the easiest drive thru was Taco Bell. Up until ten years ago, I had tried almost everything on the menu. I’m sure they have more things on the menu now…that if I were still seventeen, I would try them. In fact, someone next to me just the other day was eating their new item…the Dorito taco. Have you seen it? It literally looks like a large taco shell made just like a cheese Dorito. I watched this person eat this gigantic thing and I shook my head. I mean taco’s weren’t bad enough? Now if you think I’m judging, please let me remind you that I was the girl who ate Doritos until my mouth was sore so I simply continued licking the cheese off the rest of the chips. YOU WILL NEVER HEAR ME SAY SOMETHING DOESN’T LOOK GOOD. I hear people all the time look at some comercial or advertisement for the fattiest food or anything in excess and say “That doesn’t even look appealing.” I won’t say it. I can’t. Because most of the time, it looks appealing. Especially when it has fudge poured over the top. Continue reading
Today is Monday. And this is going to be a short post simply because it doesn’t take a lot of time to do what I’m going to ask you to do. When all motivation seems to be lost, that is when you must dig deep and figure out what’s missing.
Reasons that your passion might be waining:
1. Feeling Alone… I have struggled with feeling alone so many times when it comes to health, discipline, and my own journey. It’s so easy to feel alone because not everyone is doing what you are doing and going after what you want. But this is why I have started the Facebook Page! Tessa Van Wade Fitness is there for you to use as a soundboard when you are struggling. Continue reading
It’s amazing to me how little I knew before about how a body works and I’m sure that ten years from now, I will look back at today and realize how little I know now. I never thought about how bored I always got working out and no wonder I never continued it. Who can get that bored and continue working out? I certainly couldn’t. I never even realized that if I thought about it and really looked at my shape, things that I had around the house, and simply focused on spurts of energy, that I could burn some major calories without anyone else around. It just never occurred to me. So now, if I don’t want to do a certain workout, I just figure something else out–something that will actually entertain me for forty-five minutes or longer.
After I figured this out, I quickly came to a new discovery. It made me start to think about how, what, and where to move my body in order to get the body that I want.
Here is my ideal body… (disclaimer: this does not have to be your ideal body, in fact, for most of you it will not be). I like curves. Everything about them. I like the shoulders to be about the same width as hips and the waist to be dramatically smaller than those. I like muscles, but I don’t want them to get so defined that my stomach begins to look like my brother’s. In order to keep curves you have to be willing to NOT drop your body fat so low that they disappear! Continue reading
I’ve always dreamed of traveling. Not just for a vacation every once in a while, but truly seeing the world and studying cultures–getting to know every facet of why people live the way they live. Having grown up in the same house until I was seventeen and the same town till I was nineteen, I saw the regular vacations that most do by the time they are that age. We went to my family’s cabin in Mineral King California, Disneyland, drove through the states from California to Montana while hunkered away in the back of my dad’s truck (in a way that would now be very illegal.)
The places I’ve gone are still the most intense memories that I have as a kid. It’s as though the romance of new, and the surrounding of possibility, create this world that I enter every time I leave my home. The traveling doesn’t have to be extravagant or outstanding, no matter, I still sit inside this bubble of possibilities when everyday life can be shut down for a moment. Continue reading