Friday Four: I’m a eat clean train mean get lean-Professional

Take a last  look, now say goodbye!

Take a last look, now say goodbye!

I know how to loose weight. I just don’t do well with keeping it off! ( That’s what I always say.”She must’ve been reading my mind!”) What I didn’t know was one of my daughters favorite news reporters was on a no sugar challenge and fitness mission. I read her story and felt like she was reading my mind, heart and soul. Her level of transparency was great. I too love my curves, but I know that I dare not put back on the catsuit I wore 15 years ago. (My daughters use it as a costume now.) I’m so impressed by her. If you love life and is a rooter for the under dog, you will be to!

Here’s what Ms Brigida Mack shared:

If you’ve ever struggled with weight then you know the power it can have over your life.  Power you often feel helpless to change.

There are so many stories of that struggle out there. This is mine.259ea894a17411e29f2e22000a1fb37d_7

Full disclosure: I’ve never been one of those slim women. Even as a teenager, my high school boyfriend endearingly (or so he thought) called me ‘Voluptuous Bri’. The truth is, I’ve always embraced my curves. Didn’t mind being called ‘thick’, ‘bootylicious’ or ‘stacked’. Until those curves started to negatively affect my health. But you wouldn’t know that to look at me. You wouldn’t know the number it did on my self-esteem.

Why, you wonder?

Because I always had this big smile on my face, ‘dressed to the nines’, make up and hair ALWAYS on point (even before my life in TV), in hopes that (somehow) people wouldn’t notice the weight. So I would keep people laughing, winning them over with my ‘big’ personality, trying to compensate for my rapidly expanding waistline. Trying to hide my shame and embarrassment of being overweight. A pain that’s left deep scars and known only to those closest to me.

Did you know I’ve lost the weight before? In 2009, I dropped 50 pounds in six months. I know how to lose it – the key is KEEPING it off.

That’s when my trainer Tracy, challenged me to give up all processed sugar for 90 days.  On the way home from my session that morning, it hit me: you never really win the ‘war on weight.’ It’s a battle you choose to fight every, single day for the rest of your life. Lulled into complacency by my success in 2009, before I knew it I was gravitating more to the vending machine at work and the drive-thru on the way home and, of course, the weight came back –with a vengeance!

People ask me how I can resist the temptation of sugar or how I’ve managed to go without it for so long. All I can tell you is that I got sick and tired of being SICK AND TIRED. I was fed up! Done letting the weight control my life. Done with the excuses. Done with keeping up that (exhausting!) charade.

So — I, an admitted chocoholic, and a gal who’s never met a carb she didn’t like — joined #TeamNOSugar for 90 days.

You can, too. Just decide to do it. Take back your power and walk into the life of your dreams!

So, are you in?profile_177967586_75sq_1363660908

Here are 4 ways to avoid sugar. And yes, I’m doing these also -Chocolate demon -BE GONE! (these are my tips):

1.Get rid of it! If it’s otta sight, it’s outta your mind (most times) Tip: Read labels for hidden sugars & sugar aliases
Hidden sugars: tomato sauce, baked beans, packaged foods, chewing gum, mints, and lunch meats.  Sugar aliases: corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, high-fructose corn syrup, galactose, glucose, honey, hydrogenated starch, invert sugar maltose, lactose, mannitol, maple syrup, molasses, polyols, sorghum, sucrose, sorbitol, and xylitol.

2. Drink more water,chew a stick of gum while exercising-but add fruit, mint tea,or herbs. Exercising helps pretty much everything, from depression to joint health. You can add sugar cravings to that list.

3.  Recruit someone to do it with you. Get another mom to hold you accountable! Make it a team effort. support one another through the tough times.

4.Increase your protein intake.Often our bodies will exhibit cravings for sweets when what they really need is more protein. Consider cleaning out all of the change and single dollar bills in your wallet so you aren’t able to feed the vending machine. Make sure you fill up on gas when someone is with you. Go grocery shopping after a meal, so you don’t load up on unhealthy foods.

Here’s a recipe to get you started- compliments of

jayeellis  

Morning Metabolism 8oz Green tea 1/2 cup Blueberries 1 Lemon 1/2Avocado 1/2 Grapefruit 2 Oranges 1/2 banana 1 tbs flax seeds Peaches & Cream 1 cup frozen peaches 1 tsp cinnamon 2 Dates 8oz Coconut milk 1/2 cup pineapple 1 frozen Banana 1 tbs honey (for my allergies) Carrot Pineapple Cupcake 3 carrots 1 cup pineapple 1 inch ginger 1tbs chia seeds Cinnamon Nutmeg 1 cup water
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