Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Breakdown

I wanted to share with you how I am going about achieving my goal in the physical.

Step one: Eat Correctly

It has been proven over and over again that when you cut out carbs (especially the bad ones aka: sugars/starches) you will lose weight, and not just weight fat.  This is not a gimmick, this is science, let me explain.

Energy eaten that day gets burned off first during exercise.   If it is not burned off, you body will store it.  Therefore, if you limit your energy (carb) intake, your body will have to resort to finding another energy source.  It then starts breaking down your stored fat and using that as energy instead.   

This is not a life time way of living, however if you are trying to reach a weight goal, it is a good way to get there.  Once you are at your goal, you can add carbs and whatnot, as long as you are still exercising.  This is how you maintain a healthy weight.

Step Two: Exercise Regularly

I have some favorite types of exercise that I love to do.  I go to a gym class twice a week (at 5:30am!  Eek!)  It is a HIIT class, High Intensity Interval Training.  In the class we do lots of stuff, but it comes down to short bursts of high intensity cardio with added weights or just your own body weight, depending on the exercise.

I know that I need to work out more than twice a week so I also try to fit in a couple at home workouts as well.  I love bodyrock.tv, they have great 12 minute cardio workouts that are really fun!  Sometimes I will find a good workout on pintrest.com and try that at home, too.

When it comes down to it, I try to work out four times a week.  It has also been proven over and over again that doing high intensity cardio workouts for 12-15 minutes is more effective than jogging on the treadmill for 2 hours!   These small burst cardio routines not only are super effective, they elevate your metabolism for the next 24-36 hours!  I love working out this way, it doesn’t take forever, it’s not expensive and I still get results!  


  1. Weight will definatly come off quicker with a low carb diet, but since it's not a lifestyle diet, maybe you should consider eating a calorie range that's just for your bodytype and activity level. B/c if you want weightloss to be life long you will need to do something that you can maintain the rest of your life. I say this after watching lots of people in my life do lowcarb and then get off and regain the weight. I also have a Bachelors degree in dietetics. However, I have a close friend that lost her initial weight doing low carb and later switched to calorie watching and is still doing great :)

    1. This is absolutely a good idea. I did want to stress that eating this way is not a lifestyle and when you reach your goal, it is mandatory to find which way your body will maintain your new healthy weight. I look forward to reaching my goal and learning how to maintain a healthy weight, which will be an experience in itself. Thanks for the advice!

  2. It will take commitment and willpower either way :) But with God's help you can and will do it!!

  3. You're welcome! I'm enjoying your blog. I am a 29 year old mom of a 4 year old and 1 year old. I've been saved for 13 years now. God has done miracles in my life! I have gotten to my goal weight, which was the weight I weighed before my first child. Now I am working on toning more and maybe even getting to the weight I was when I was extremly fit. Just gonna focus on being healthy, and making healthy changes and we'll see. It's a hard thing to not be soley focused on it, so I try to continually refocus on God and what He desires for me. I was diagnosed with highblood pressure at 19 and it remains, so that's also a reason for my health/fitness journey.

    1. What a fabulous testimony! I am honored that you are enjoying my blog. I am enjoying writing it, I have been discovering so much! Thank you for sharing your story, I appreciate hearing success stories!