Thanksgiving AKA Cheat Day

Hey guys! Welcome back! I hope your week has been positive, productive, and successful!

I’ve been having a rough couple of weeks and I’ve really had to work hard to stay positive and to keep my mind on my goals- I’m working on just building my dreams right now! So many goals, so little time… Right now I’m just wondering where to begin! Life is full of so many positive opportunities- I don’t want to miss a single one. You know, “carpe diem” and all that.

So for all of my followers in the States, since we’re coming up on Thanksgiving this week, I’m going to talk about cheat meals and cheat days! Even if you don’t live in the U.S. or don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, at least the first half of this post will apply to you!

I know that a lot of people look at dieting as something that is very restrictive and has to be followed down to the very last calorie, but I like to have a more flexible outlook on diet. In all honesty, one cheat meal isn’t going to kill you. Cheat day is my favorite day of the week. I don’t have to feel bad about eating my Oreos or getting Mexican food or Pad Thai. Cheat day is just an absolutely awesome way to A: reward yourself for being so dang good all the time and B: satisfy your cravings in small amounts rather than binging for a week after being totally deprived. Eating one unhealthy meal isn’t going to make you unhealthy any more than eating one healthy meal would make you healthy. Now that’s not to say that you need to consume an entire week’s worth of food in one day- but I always encourage you to indulge in things that you love that are not included in your diet plan.

So we know that Thanksgiving is all about being thankful (count ya blessin’s folks) but also it is all about really testing the limits of how much food you can fit in your stomach in one sitting (or maybe a couple… some Thanksgiving celebrations last all day). This turkey day, my goal is to eat all of the things that I love and enjoy and to be very thankful that I have the opportunity to do so. I’m going to be thankful that I am in a position where I have to restrict the amount of food I eat- because there are so many in the world who don’t get to eat on a daily basis. While I’m trying to eat less, some people are just trying to eat. So this Thanksgiving, I will be very thankful for every carb I eat, every calorie I count, and every pound I gain.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the negatives- what we don’t have or what we can’t do- but Thanksgiving is really a time to be thankful for the incredible lives that we have. If you’re even able to read this blog, that means that you have access to the internet, a luxury that belongs to only 40% of the world. So this Thanksgiving, hold your family a little closer. Thank God for your food and for all that you’ve been blessed with, even if it doesn’t always seem like much. Be thankful for what you have, and if you don’t have something, be thankful that you live in a place where you have the opportunity to work towards having it. The world can be a cruel place, but for just one day, try to count only your blessings and not your losses.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post, I hope you all have a wonderful week and a Happy Thanksgiving! I know I’m looking forward to my biggest cheat day of the year! And let’s not forget about tomorrow…  Get up, get out and never miss a Monday!

xx Tiffany

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Do What You Love, Love What You Do

Happy Hump Day everyone! Welcome back to my blog! I hope the first half of your week has gone smoothly- we’re halfway to the weekend, folks! Time to buckle down and get through the rest of the last week before Thanksgiving! Is it just me that feels like this year has absolutely flown by?! Thanksgiving is next week, then Christmas after that, and then before we know it, it will be 2016!  And here I am, still catching myself writing the date as 2014…

Many apologies for the delay on my posting- this past week has been crazy for me and it’s been difficult to find time to write! However, I always think that it’s better late than never and I’m really excited about our topic today!

This week I wanted to talk about the different ways that you can incorporate fitness into your life. I know that I talk a lot about the traditional “hitting-the-gym” method (and that’s a lot of what most people focus on when thinking about losing weight/getting fit), but there are so many other ways to have a healthy, active lifestyle and to incorporate fitness in your day-to-day routine. This came to my mind because I recently took up kickboxing, which is something that I’ve always wanted to do but never really knew where to start with, and I absolutely love it. It’s motivating, it’s fun, it’s stress relieving, and it’s an awesome workout as well. It’s definitely kicking my butt so far, but I am quickly becoming obsessed!

So since starting that up, I got to thinking about the fact that many people just might not love the gym scene. I know that I found my passion in a gym, but honestly, it’s not for everyone. There are so many other ways to get a great workout and be active without feeling like you’re just going through the motions and doing the same routine everyday, and it’s easy for that to happen when you just go to the gym, do cardio, and lift a little bit. Lately I’ve been getting a little burnt out with my routine, and I’m thrilled with the change that kickboxing has brought into it. I feel even more motivated about my fitness than I ever have, and it’s brought a new thrill into working out!

It’s my opinion that some of the best motivation to work out is to LOVE what you do and to look forward to doing it- and you may not find that by just getting a membership and hitting the gym. As with every other aspect of a healthy lifestyle change, each person has to find what works best for them. It’s ok if you don’t feel like the gym is your calling! I encourage you to find something that you genuinely enjoy doing and start there. Whether it be yoga, pilates, cycling, zumba, kickboxing, MMA, running, dancing, clogging, or anything else- love what you do and you will feel much more fulfilled with your lifestyle change!

I hope you guys have a great rest of the week, get out there and DO WHAT YOU LOVE!

xx Tiffany

  

Positivity and Believing in Yourself

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday!

Even though the weather is (still) rainy and gross, today has been a really productive day for me and that is definitely quite the accomplishment considering the fact that when it rains I usually just nap all day! As a professional napper, I can confirm that rainy weather is indeed the best napping weather.

As far as an update on my journey: I’ve done much better about keeping my diet clean this week (yes!!!!!!!!!!!) and I’ve really noticed a difference in my energy levels and in my physique. Diet makes a HUGE difference, people! They say that abs are made in the kitchen and that is NOT a joke. My goal is to stay on track for the rest of the winter. We all know that your spring break bod is really made in the winter! Not a week before, not a month before. A season before. I’m ready to put in the time and the work- who’s with me?!

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about positivity and believing in yourself (this is a health and positivity blog, after all). To preface this, I’m a self-proclaimed realist. I don’t consider myself to be an optimist or a pessimist, there is no ultra positive or ultra negative perspective from which I see the world. I look at the facts and from there I come to the most logical conclusion about the outcome of a situation. That’s not to say that I am not positive or negative at times, but to my logical brain, it just makes more sense to look at what is most likely to happen and go from there. Does that make sense? I hope so.

While I do so value being realistic, sometimes it’s really amazing the difference that a positive outlook can make. In a way, I see negativity as a form of self-fulfilling prophecy- if you believe that something bad will happen, you’re more likely to subconsciously make that bad thing happen. If you’re continually down on yourself, thinking “oh I’m going to fail this test” or “I’ll never get a raise at work” or “I probably won’t be able to lose those last 5 pounds”, those things are much more likely to play out in that negative manner. I’ve been there, I’ve done it! Everyone has. I believe that being negative is just part of human nature and the many flaws that we are all made with. Negativity comes about in more forms than just self doubt- you can also allow negativity into your life by holding on to grudges, anger or resentment. Basically anything that doesn’t bring good into your life or the lives of others has potential to harbor negativity.

I used to lean much more on the negative side of things. There were definitely some darker days in my life when I was nothing BUT negative. But by allowing more positivity into my life, everything has changed. I’m not saying that it’s all rainbows and butterflies all the time (that’s a little too optimistic), but it is my belief that being positive and believing that good things will happen brings about more good things in your life. This all comes together in a big way to me when it comes to believing and having faith in myself.

I haven’t always had the confidence in myself that I have now, and I still struggle frequently with self confidence and doubting myself and what I can accomplish. Throughout most of my life, my self-confidence has always been very low. Looking at myself, I only saw the negatives- my flaws. My shortcomings. My weaknesses. Talk about a poisonous way to live- how can you have love and positivity in your life if you don’t have it for yourself? In my health journey, I’ve really had to set aside those negative thoughts of self-doubt and start believing in myself and encouraging myself in a positive way. It wasn’t easy at first, but once I started seeing results, it really hit me- I did it. I could do this. This wasn’t some unreachable dream, this wasn’t a fantasy in an alternate universe. I had put my mind to something and although I had doubted myself, I had accomplished what I set out to accomplish. Slowly, the negatives started being replaced with positives. The loathing replaced with love. The doubt replaced with confidence. Just one of the many ways that making this change has totally transformed my life- for once, I have confidence in myself. I believe in myself. I am purging the negativity out of my life and accepting in positivity. When I refer to this as a lifestyle change or a health journey, I mean it in so many more ways than one! It has become about so much more than just losing weight and eating clean.

Believing and having faith in yourself is one of the most important parts of making any lifestyle change, but it’s especially important in a health and fitness setting because so much of this lifestyle and the results you get depends upon how well you motivate yourself even when you aren’t motivated by others. Underestimating yourself and setting the bar low means that ultimately, you’ll only reach that low bar- when in reality you could have gone all the way to the top.

I apologize because I feel like this has been somewhat scattered but it all boils down to this: don’t let negativity poison your life and your dreams. It’s so easy to have negative thoughts and to be down on yourself but it only holds you back. I encourage everyone out there to let go of the negativity in your life- whether it be grudges over past transgressions, self-doubt, anger, resentment, anything- and pursue a life full of positivity, hope and confidence. It’s not always feasible to be positive and I understand that- but even a sliver of sunshine behind a rain cloud hints at the end of the storm.

tl,dr: BE POSITIVE AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU’VE GOT THIS!

Thank you so very much for reading! I really hope you got something out of this- even as scattered as it seems to me!

Have a fantastic week! Tomorrow is Monday and that can be a drag BUT guess what boosts your endorphins and dopamine/serotonin levels? Exercise! So don’t forget tomorrow to NEVER MISS A MONDAY and start the week off right!

xx Tiffany

Abs, Abs, Baby

 Just a little progress report- baby abs are trying to make an appearance! Hallelujah. The hardest part of this is the dietary restriction… Specially during pumpkin season. Fall treats will be the death of me but I’m determined to stay strong during the holidays and I challenge you to do the same! As I’ve always said, it’s important to treat yo self (just like Tom and Donna) but challenge yourself and your willpower to cut out a lot of the bad stuff and you might be surprised at your success!  

Sticks and Stones

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday and welcome back to my blog! I hope everyone has had a positive and productive week! Here we are in November already… what?! I could have sworn that it was March just last week! I’m mentally preparing myself for the inevitable plethora of Christmas decor that will be flooding the stores starting tomorrow morning, and I will be watching Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at least once weekly from now until Christmas Day. ‘Tis the season, am I right?

As far as a small update on my life: This week, my focus has been on getting back on track as far as my clean eating is concerned. I’ve been mostly successful at this which is encouraging for me, but my workouts have really been struggling! I haven’t had a lot of energy and it’s really taken a toll on how much work I’ve been able to put in at the gym. I got rested up today and I’m ready to go into this next week energized and refocused towards my goals! How are you guys doing on your fitness journeys? I would love to hear from you!

Quick announcement before I get started: I have now linked a Twitter with my Instagram! I haven’t put much on it yet but I will try to update it regularly so if you guys are interested the handle is xfittiffx, same as my Instagram! I love being able to connect with people via social media, so be sure to check it out! Also, don’t forget to send me any questions you have or ideas for future blog topics!

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the ~haters~ (because weirdly enough, they exist) and how I’ve handled them. I never thought when starting up my fitness lifestyle that I would come across people who weren’t supportive. I mean, seriously? We’re the most obese country in the world, and someone is going to judge ME because I like to eat clean and work out? What?!

But believe it or not, those haters exist! I have had several people tell me that at this point, I’m “too thin”. This goes directly against several other people who have told me that I’m “too bulky”. I really don’t see how I can be both, so if you guys have any ideas about that, feel free to send them my way. A lot of other people have poked fun at my diet or my lifestyle, and said that I’m obsessed or that I should enjoy myself more. Honestly, I love my lifestyle. No, I don’t always eat all the junk food that I want to eat or get dessert when I go out to dinner. Yes, I may have less time to lay around watching Netflix or catching up on American Horror Story because I spend at least an hour at the gym every day. But I still enjoy myself plenty this way. Others have always made sure to inform me that I will not look like those fitness models and gurus that I look up to or get motivation from. “You know that’s not possible, right?” Thanks for the vote of confidence, guys! No, really. Thanks.

Usually what I’ve found is that the people who are saying these things are the people who are bitter because they don’t have the dedication that it takes to do it themselves. For whatever reason, some people feel better about themselves when they put others down. If they’re ridiculing you, it makes them feel like what you’re doing is actually ridiculous, and it’s easier for them to justify not doing it.

Being healthy and having this lifestyle isn’t easy. It takes a lot of dedication and intrinsic motivation, and I know that dealing with negative people can really put a damper on that. It’s hard to hear things like that, whether they’re coming from someone whose opinion you value or not. I really want to encourage you to keep going and keep working toward a healthier you! No matter what other people say, your health is the most important part. As long as you are pursuing your lifestyle and goals in a healthy way, I 100% support you saying “see ya later” to the haters and keeping on your grind.

I hope you guys have a great rest of your Sunday night! Tomorrow is Monday so don’t forget to NEVER MISS A MONDAY and get at it!

xx Tiffany