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How Badly Do You Want to Fly?

Written on March 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm , by

I saw this quote on a blog I read quite often and it really spoke to me:

How does one become a butterfly?

Love, love, love this!  How many of us are stuck doing the same old thing because it is “comfortable?”  Do you think the caterpillar is miserable being a caterpillar?  No…that’s all he knows.  He doesn’t even know what is coming.

I was comfortable being fat.  I didn’t even know what I was missing.

It was comfortable to come home every day, lay down on the couch and nap for two-three hours.

It was comfortable for me to eat anything I wanted whenever I wanted.

It was comfortable for me to never exercise.

However, comfort isn’t always the best way.

I was missing out on life.  Life was literally passing me by one day at a time.

Here is a perfect example.  My honeymoon, in St. Lucia.  My new husband wanted to go hike a mountain.  Hike a mountain?  I weighed close to 300 pounds.

Pitons in Saint Lucia

Jen and Jason in St. Lucia

I wasn’t going to hike any mountain!  So, he went by himself.  I made my husband hike a mountain, by himself, on our honeymoon, because I was not physically able to do it.

Talk about missing out on life.

Now, I am a butterfly.  It is not comfortable to have to plan meals constantly.  But it keeps me on track.

It is not comfortable to have to train for half marathons.  But the feeling of accomplishment crossing the finish line is worth every second of training.

It is not comfortable to plan out all my meals, eat healthy and grocery shop and NOT eat what everyone else is eating.  But I feel so much better after making good choices!

But…you know what?  It feels damn good.  I am finally living life and loving it.

I am finally becoming a butterfly!

Are you living your best life or are you being a caterpillar who is capable of so much more?

It Sux To Be Fat Jen and Jason

Jen and her husband, Jason


Chocolate Protein “Sundae” – Recipe

Written on February 7, 2013 at 9:05 am , by

After my workout today, I wanted something other than a protein shake.  I wanted ice cream.  I was hot and sweaty and I just wanted to sit down with a big old sundae and indulge.

However, I did NOT want to undo all the hard work I had just put in on the treadmill   So, I made an executive decision.  I would take my knowledge of what is good after a workout, banana and protein powder.  I would combine these two things and make a healthy post workout snack and STILL give in to my sundae craving.

Here is what I created:

Chocolate Protein Sundae

Not only did it taste A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, but it was only 3 Weight Watchers points plus for the entire sundae!

That is fewer than my famous Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake!

You simply must try this.  You don’t even have to workout to enjoy this one.  If you didn’t just finish a workout but just want it for a treat, just eliminate the protein powder.  It will still work.  Hey…you can even get crazy and add in your own “mix-ins.”  Just make sure you count them!

Without further ado…the recipe!

Chocolate Protein Sundae

Chocolate Protein “Sundae”

Serves: 1

Weight Watchers Points Plus:  3 points plus (Plus additional toppings)

Ingredients:

One frozen banana

One scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (I use Designer Whey)

Milk of Choice (I used half and half because it was all I had)

Directions:

In a blender, food process, or Ninja, combine all of the ingredients.

Pulse until the banana is crumbly.  Mix with a spoon to incorporate.

Then, wait for the magic to happen.  As you continue to pulse the food processor, the banana will turn soft like “soft serve.”  If you find that it is too thick, add a little more milk.  I probably used a total of 2 Tbsp half and half in mine.

Scoop out, top with fat free whipped cream, light syrup and sprinkles (all optional of course!).

Enjoy the heck out of this one.  You deserve it!

Chocolate Protein Sundae


How to Choose a Weight Loss Program

Written on January 2, 2013 at 9:31 am , by

Happy New Year!

With the new year comes new goals.  Most people have “lose weight” somewhere on that list.  Some will choose to eat less and exercise and read Fitness magazine for inspiration.

It Sux To Be Fat reading Fitness Magazine

Millions of people will choose a weight loss program to help them achieve their goals.

Here are five things to remember when choosing a weight loss program:

  1. Ask yourself, “Can I do this the rest of my life?”  Any program you choose must be able to be done for the rest of your life.  If the answer is no, you are less likely to have LASTING weight loss.  Yes, you might have weight loss for a short amount of time but if you cannot stick with their plan forever, eventually you will quit and chances are you will gain some, if not all, of your weight back.  So, this is the first tip because it is most important.  I chose Weight Watchers because they have a plan that works for my life.  I know plans like Jenny Craig and Medifast have a period where they transition back into “real food” at the end of their programs.  I know Wheat Belly Diet and others like it teach you to eat to live healthier.  Just take a few minutes, do some research and find the plan that fits into your lifestyle the best.
  2. Ask yourself, “Is this program affordable?”  Another goal for many people is to get their finances under control.  If you choose a weight loss program that is too expensive, you are more likely to quit.  Find one that fits into your financial plan.
  3. Ask yourself, “Does this program have people I know that have been successful?”  You want to choose a plan that has success – LASTING SUCCESS.  If you can see others who have lost weight and maintained it for several years on a weight loss program, that is a good sign that you will find success also.
  4. Find a buddy to do the program with you.  If you can, get some support.  When I joined Weight Watchers four years ago, I went with my dad.  Each week we would go to meeting together and support one another.  It was so nice to have him there and be able to talk to one another and it helped us to stay on track.  Over the years, I have become friends with other members at my meetings and we miss each other when we don’t show up.  Accountability is important so try to find someone to join the weight loss program with you.
  5. You must remember this – The program won’t work itself!  All of the above things are great and true but if you don’t work the plan, the plan won’t work for you.  No matter which weight loss program you choose, you must be 100% committed to doing what they ask you to do.  Stick with it for at least six weeks.  If after that time, you don’t think it is working for your life, find a different program.  There are so many weight loss programs out there that work for different people.  If you are in one that isn’t working for you, don’t waste any more money.  But…you have to do the program like you are supposed to.  Whole heartedly!

I want to encourage you to choose a weight loss program.  It can be anything you choose but choose one that will make you healthier this year.  This is YOUR year.  You can do anything you put your mind to!

What is one thing you plan to do in the New Year?

Jen of ItSuxToBeFat lost 100 pounds on Weight Watchers

I successfully lost 100 pounds on Weight Watchers!


Running (or Walking) Your First Race

Written on November 7, 2012 at 9:57 am , by

Running or walking your first road race can be intimidating, especially if you have never been to a race before and don’t know what to expect. I’ve been running races for a couple of years now, everything from 5K’s and 10K‘s, to half- and full-marathons, and I still get nervous about each one of them! But there really is no reason to worry. I will (hopefully) ease your mind about your first race.

Choosing a race—I had no idea how to go about looking for a race at first. Now, I like to go to Active.com to search for races near me. I look at the location and date, obviously; but I also look to see if the race is timed (“chip timed” means that you wear a chip on your shoe or bib to determine your exact racing time), if there are t-shirts and/or medals included, and what the course looks like (Hilly? Flat? Dirt trails? Closed roads? Etc.) These are all personal preferences, but I always like to make sure the race is timed and that I get at least a t-shirt for my race fee.

Once you have chosen a race, you can usually take advantage of “early bird” specials, which means the cost is cheaper if you sign up further in advance.

The Expo/Packet pick-up—Depending on how large your chosen race is, there may be an Expo you can attend. This is where you will pick up your “packet” (bib with your number on it, race shirt, and anything else the race wants to give you); there are also vendors from running –related companies that have booths set up where you can shop. You can find everything from GU gel packets to running clothes and shoes to headbands and bumper stickers. Usually the Expo will be the day before the race.

At the Expo for the Detroit Marathon, in front of a map of the course

Preparing for race day—I like to get my outfit laid out and ready to throw on the morning of the race. You may want to pin your bib to your shirt; charge your iPod and/or running watch; lay out your shirt, pants/shorts, socks, shoes, hat, etc; and double check to make sure you have everything. I also like to make sure I drink plenty of water the day before a race so that I am well-hydrated. If you’re doing a longer race, then you may want to eat more carbs than usual for a few days leading up to the race. You also will want to make sure you know where to go on race day—where to park, how to get to the starting line, etc.

The morning of the race—I set my alarm to wake me up about an hour and a half before I have to leave, so there isn’t any rushing around last-minute. I leave early enough so that if there is traffic, I won’t be late. Sometimes I get to races much too early, but I’d rather be early than late. Once you park, you can go use the bathroom, walk off nerves, or stand around at the starting line.

The race itself—Larger races will usually assign you a “corral” at the starting line, based on your projected finish time. The faster people in the front, slower people in the back. If there aren’t corrals, you should try and put yourself where you think you may line up (if you’re running five minute miles, go to the front; if you’re walking, go to the back; somewhere in-between, just try and make your best guess).

The announcer will usually tell you how many minutes until the start. When the gun sounds, it may take a couple of minutes to get to the actual starting line (it has taken me anywhere from one minute to 30 minutes to get to the starting line—depending on how big the race is). Once you cross that line, your “chip” will start your personal timer, and you can go!

The most important advice I can give you is to not start out too fast. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, and feel like everyone is passing you, but just stick with what you’re comfortable with. At my first race, I could have sworn that I saw thousands of people passing me, and I felt panicked. But chances are, you will not be last—and even if you are, so what? You’re doing a race, which is a fantastic accomplishment!

During the race, there will be water stations with volunteers handing out water or sports drinks. It’s up to you whether to walk through them, run through them, or not stop at all. I can’t drink from a tiny cup and run at the same time, so I walk for about five seconds and throw it back, then start running again. I always make sure to say “thank you” to the volunteers.

When you get to the finisher’s “chute” (the last part of the race before the finish line), make sure you look up and smile, because there will usually be a photographer taking photos as you cross. Once you cross the finish line, there will probably be water and snacks for you to grab, and possibly a spot to get your photo taken.

And that’s it—congratulations! I can almost guarantee that you’ll be looking up your second race as soon as you get home.


No Regrets

Written on November 6, 2012 at 10:30 am , by

Silver Comet Trail Half Marathon 2012I  recently finished my second half-marathon.

I wasn’t sure up until a week before if I was even going to do it.  I went back and forth about IF my body was ready to run another half marathon.

You see, I am a planner.  I like to make a plan and stick to it.  I had an 8-week training plan and I missed a few of the long runs.  This caused doubt in my head that I wasn’t ready.

I did two 10 mile runs on the last two Sundays and those went well.  I was slower than I had run them before but I still ran them in a decent time.

It wasn’t until the Sunday before the race that I decided I could in fact do it and I would run it.

I wasn’t going to break any personal records.  I wasn’t going to get out there and be miserable the whole time I was running.  I decided I would enjoy the race, walk if I needed to, and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

That’s exactly what I did.

I finished about 10  minutes later than my first half-marathon but you know what, I finished.  And…I enjoyed it!

I allowed myself to go at the pace that was right for me.  I allowed myself to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and the trail I was on.  I allowed myself to just be in the moment.

And I finished.

Later that afternoon, I was sitting down having a moment of silence for the morning I had just had.  I sat there thinking, “This moment would have happened whether I ran that race or not.”  The good thing was, I was sitting in that moment with no regrets.  I did it.  I doubted it, but in the end, I did it.

I lived with no regrets.

I think this is pertinent to so many areas of life.  Things come up daily and decisions must be made.  Ask yourself next time you are making a major decision, “Will I regret the decision I make?”  Make sure you live with no regrets.

I don’t regret joining Weight Watchers almost 4 years ago.

I don’t regret doing my first half marathon or my second.

I don’t regret signing up for my fourth Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving morning.

In general, I don’t EVER regret a workout or a good health decision.

The only regrets I have are the ones where I make an unhealthy decision for me and my body.

I want to encourage you to…Live with no regrets.

 

Jennifer Swafford writes about weekly weigh ins, healthy recipes, product reviews, and weight loss at It Sux To Be Fat. Follow her journey on Twitter or Facebook as she goes through life’s ups and downs and takes her new healthy lifestyle one day at a time.


Recipe: 1-Minute Better Than Granola

Written on November 5, 2012 at 9:46 am , by

I love granola, but I don’t love 1) the price tag and 2) the high sugar content. Instead of regularly eating granola, I’ve switched to eating raw oats. I swear, it’s tasty! While I normally just dump 1/2 cup of raw oatmeal into my yogurt, I occasionally ‘dress it up’ with this fun and simple recipe. No cooking required!

 

1-Minute Better Than Granola Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw oats
  • 1.5 tablespoon unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, raw and unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Mix in small bowl; serve with fruit and yogurt.

For more healthy recipe ideas, check out my book,  Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You.


Failure to Plan

Written on September 4, 2012 at 9:54 am , by

Failing to Plan is Planning to FailOne of the major keys – Possibly THE major key to weight loss is one simple word.

P-L-A-N

In everything you do, you must go in with a plan.

First, let’s talk Food.

  • Breakfasts are pretty foolproof because there are so many options of grab and go. Even if I don’t plan breakfast, I can still be successful. I usually stick with oatmeal which is a quick two minute prep.
  • Lunches are another story. If I don’t plan my lunch the night before, my only choice is to either have the hubs bring me something or eat school food (blah…no thanks!). Lunch must be planned out and MADE the night before. If I don’t make it the night before, then I run the risk of either running late to work or not having a lunch.
  • Snacks are the same as lunches. If I don’t pack one, I don’t have one.  With my job, it is a little tricky sometimes because I don’t have the option of running out to get something. Either I have it or I do without.
  • Dinners – THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IF I DON’T HAVE A PLAN!  Sure, I can always stop at the grocery store on the way home and pick up something to make. However, the reality is that I am usually too tired to think that hard. I have to have a plan. Not only do I have to have a plan, I have to grocery shop ahead of time and have the food ready and available.

This has really tripped me up this past week. I didn’t really have a plan so we ate out almost every night. FAIL!

I am going to make this one of my goals for September – Plan meals and grocery shop on the weekends for the upcoming week!

Now, let’s talk Exercise

Planning is so important when it comes to exercise. Without a plan, I tend to make excuses and do without.

My best exercise program that I REALLY stuck to was when I was training for my half-marathon. I think because it was written on a calendar, I did it. I worked out every time I was supposed to! It was awesome!

With my job, I have to plan ahead to exercise by packing my workout clothes in my car. If I don’t pack them, I have the perfect excuse NOT to workout. After I get home, I have dinner, dishes, lunches and then bed…no time for working out. I have to workout BEFORE I get home.  Without workout clothes, that is not going to happen!

For the month of September, I will be training for another half marathon so hopefully I will rock the exercise!

When it comes to being successful in weight loss, eating and exercise are your two biggest worries. If you eat right and exercise, the weight will come off.

When it comes to planning and weight loss, eating and exercise are your two biggest worries. If you plan for your eating, and plan for your exercise, the weight will come off!

Remember…A failure to plan is planning to fail. What steps will YOU take this month to plan for success?

 

Jennifer Swafford writes about weekly weigh ins, healthy recipes, product reviews, and weight loss at It Sux To Be Fat. Follow her journey on Twitter or Facebook as she goes through life’s ups and downs and takes her new healthy lifestyle one day at a time.


Fitterati Links: Kale Soup Recipe, Natural Childbirth, and Wearing White After Labor Day

Written on August 27, 2012 at 10:30 am , by

Kristin shares a delicious recipe for Tuscan Kale & White Bean Soup. Yum! —Iowa Girl Eats

Kristin shares a delicious recipe for Tuscan Kale & White Bean Soup. —Iowa Girl Eats

What a few of our Fitteratis have been up to…

Kale soup image link not working for you? Try this one.

Twice-Baked Goat Cheese Potatoes Recipe (Mmmm)

Written on August 20, 2012 at 10:18 am , by

This week, I thought I’d share my favorite healthy ‘comfort food’  recipe - Twice Baked Goat Cheese Potatoes.

Ingredients (serves six – eight)

  • 10 small to medium Russet potatoes
  • 1 8-ounce package of herb and garlic goat cheese (if only regular is available, add 1 tablespoon garlic and 2 tablespoons dried Italian herb blend to the recipe).
  • 2 cups loosely packed raw spinach
  • 6 carrots
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt, plus more for sprinkling

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (alternatively, you can microwave the potatoes; do 3 – 4 potatoes at a time, individually wrapped in a wet paper towel, for 6 – 9 minutes)
  • Rinse potatoes, stab with a fork, and rub with olive oil.
  • Bake potatoes for 1 hour 10 minutes or until soft.
  • Remove from oven and slice lengthwise.  Allow 5 minutes to cool off a bit.
  • Carefully remove the insides of the potatoes using a small spoon.  Set potato insides in bowl; lay out skins on a greased casserole dish (or two).
  • In a food processor, combine the carrots and spinach until blended.  Remove half and set aside.
  • Add goat cheese to remaining carrots and spinach and blend.  Add half of potato mixture and blend.  Add last half of potato mixture and blend some more.  Add in salt.  Add leftover spinach and carrots and blend yet again.  It will take a while to get everything smooth and creamy.
  • Carefully scoop back cheese and potato mixture into potato skins.  Sprinkle tops with a generous amount of salt.
  • Bake stuffed potato skins for an additional 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Caitlin blogs at Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful.  You can follow her on Twitter at CaitlinHTP. Her second book, a guide to healthy living, was just released this past May.

Find Your Greatness

Written on August 13, 2012 at 10:22 am , by

I don’t know about you but I was all into the Olympics this year.  I was really into it at the beginning when the gymnastics and swimming were going on.  The track and field was amazing too!  The speed of the runners makes me envious.  I am a bit of a slow runner so to see them running that fast is truly impressive!

One night while watching the Olympics, I saw this commercial:

Wow!  What a great commercial!  Some of my favorite points of the commercial are:

  • Greatness IS for everyone - NOT just a chosen few.
  • It is within all of us.
  • We are all capable of it.
  • All of us.

“Even me?!?  I am capable of greatness?  But I weigh over 250 pounds.  I can barely walk to my mailbox without breathing heavy.  Forget walking up a flight of stairs.  How can I have greatness?!?”

Let me repeat…GREATNESS-IS-FOR-EVERYONE!  That means you.

It Sux To Be Fat Half MarathonIf you would have told me three and a half years ago, weighing 275 pounds that I would run a half-marathon, I would have said you were crazy.  I would NEVER be capable of doing anything that great.

Oh, I am going to lose 100 pounds?!  Sure…right!  No way.  Greatness is not for me.  I am destined to be overweight the rest of my life.

Oh, now you are telling me that I am going to start a blog and have thousands of followers and people tell me daily that I am an inspiration to them?  Now you are just plain crazy!

Well…guess what?!?  All of that happened and so much more!  Like the commercial said, it was always within me.  I was capable of greatness.  Even weighing 275 pounds and taking naps on the couch every afternoon.  It was within me.  I just had to find it.

Guess what?!?  It is within you too!  All you have to do is find it!

 

Jennifer writes about weekly weigh ins, healthy recipes, product reviews, and weight loss at It Sux To Be Fat. Follow her journey on Twitter or Facebook as she goes through life’s ups and downs and takes her new healthy lifestyle one day at a time.