Week 52 Frumpy to Fabulous-Keep It Fun

Welcome to Week 52 of the Frumpy to Fabulous series. This week’s habit change is to Keep it Fun!

Do whatever it takes to keep the “fun” in fitness.

Sign up for walks, 5k’s, marathons and dance classes.

Challenge your body with diet and exercise.

If you have missed any previous week of the Frumpy to Fabulous series you can see all of the posts on the Frumpy to Fabulous Pinterest Board.

I can’t believe that is the last post for this series. It went by so fast. I hope that you have gotten some great tips from the series. I have really enjoyed doing the series.

 

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Week 51 Frumpy to Fabulous-PMS Week Can Be Your Fat Loss Week

In the week before your menstrual cycle you retain 5 pounds of water, feel tired, feel fat and you just want to sweat pants or something stretchy and give into your cravings.

Your body releases it’s own fat burner hormone during this week so it is an optimal time to exercise.

You need to be more focused and push through your workouts during this week. If you workout hard during this week you will notice a difference after your cycle is over.

On an average 28 day cycle

Day 1-12: aim for speedier cardio. fast and intense workouts

Day 13-15: your estrogen levels plummet and your muscles get less oxygen

Day 16-28: long steady cardio, estrogen begins to creep up but progesterone triggers the body to store fat. Go longer and at a steady pace

So basically really focus and make sure you get your workouts in even if the last thing you want to do is exercise.

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Week 50 Frumpy to Fabulous-Don’t Give Up

 

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Welcome to Week 50 of the Frumpy to Fabulous. I can’t believe this series is almost done. This week’s habit change is Don’t Give Up.

It is frustrating when you are trying to lose weight and you hit a plateau(drop effect) and stop losing weight, that is when most people quit. Your body is going through a major body composition changes during this time.Keep plugging away and you will start to notice your clothes fitting better and the numbers on the scale will start going down again.

Just don’t give up.

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Week 49 Frumpy to Fabulous-Eat Hormone Free Animal Protein

 

 

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Welcome to Week 49 of the Frumpy to Fabulous series, this week’s habit change is to eat hormone free animal protein.

Most food processors use growth hormones, corn feed and antibiotics to feed their livestock to help the animals get on the market faster. So we end up consuming the growth hormones and antibiotics.

Grass-fed beef is richer in heart healthy, omega 3 fats.

We need high quality protein at almost every meal. Protein that has not been contaminated by chemicals and more.

Proteins are found in both animal and vegetable sources.

Do you purchase hormone free meat?

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Week 48 Frumpy to Fabulous-Switch Your Bedtime Snack

 

Welcome to Week 48 of the Frumpy Fabulous series this week’s habit change is to switch your bedtime snack.

I am sure you have heard many people say you shouldn’t eat before going to bed but calories don’t know what time it is.

Here are some bedtime snack ideas:

  • air popped popcorn
  • low fat cottage cheese with berries
  • apple slices with peanut butter
  • greek yogurt with crushed walnuts

What do you eat for bedtime snacks?

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Week 47 Frumpy to Fabulous-Make A Smart Beverage Swap

 

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Welcome to Week 47 of the Frumpy to Fabulous series, this week’s habit change is to make a smart beverage swap.

Energy drinks, flavored waters, sodas and coffee drinks can add up to plenty of empty calories. When you are trying to lose weight it is never a good idea to drink your calories.

  • you can start by having one every other day
  • then the next week commit to only having one during the week
  • you will notice that you will have more energy
  • waistline will decrease
  • you will save money

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Week 46 Frumpy to Fabulous-Set Your Alarm 20 minutes early

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Welcome to Week 46 of the Frumpy to Fabulous series, this week’s habit change is to set your alarm 20 minutes earlier.

You can get a lot done in 20 minutes:

  • get a quick workout in
  • dinner plans figured out
  • put makeup on
  • pack your lunch
  • and a lot more

When you rush through your morning routine and can stress you out and lead to emotional eating.

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Week 45 Frumpy to Fabulous-Skip the All You Can Eat for $7.95 Buffet

 

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Welcome to Week 45 of the Frumpy to Fabulous series, this week’s habit change is to skip the all you can eat for $7.95 buffet.

Most of the food in buffets are sitting in oils, breading, sauces and tons of salt until they are prepared.

You can easily eat 3,500 calories at a buffet. 3,500 calories=1 pound=2o minutes at a buffet

You never feel fabulous after eating at a buffet.

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Week 44 Frumpy to Fabulous-Weight Train 3 times a week

 

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Welcome to Week 44 of the Frumpy to Fabulous this week’s habit change is to weight train 3 times a week.

Our bodies produce their own calcium when we lift weights and it helps fight Osteoporosis.

You can hire a trainer for a few sessions to get acclimated or you can join a group fitness training class but go at your own pace do not lift to the beat of the music.

  • Aim for 3 times a week-full body circuit or you can break it down into body parts
  • muscle is more dense than fat
  • strength training increases metabolism and burns fat longer than cardio exercise

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Week 43 Frumpy to Fabulous-Switch Potato Chips to Whole Grain Crackers

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Welcome to Week 43 of the Frumpy to Fabulous this week’s habit change is to switch potato chips to whole grain crackers.

Potato chips are filled with trans fats,sodium and artificial ingredients. When you want a salty crunch eat a wheat cracker.

You can take it slow by:

  • switching from regular chips to baked chips
  • once you run out of baked chips replace it with whole wheat crackers
  • make your own sweet potato skins or kale chips. You can find easy recipe videos on Get Josette website.

This one won’t be to hard there are a lot of whole wheat crackers on the market. If you have missed any previous weeks you can see them all on the Frumpy to Fabulous Pinterest Board.

 

 

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Week 42 Frumpy to Fabulous-Keep a Food Journal

 

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Welcome to Week 42 of the Frumpy to Fabulous series. This week’s habit change is to keep a food journal.

Keep yourself accountable by tracking the foods you eat. It helps keep you in check and will make you think twice before grab candy from your coworkers candy dish.

Get Josette website has an online tool that has easy food logging, recipes and community support. You can also carry a small notebook or there are also smartphone applications you can use My Fitness Pal or Calorie Tracker.

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Week 41 Frumpy to Fabulous-Consume Pre and Post Workout Meals

 

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Welcome to Week 41 of the Frumpy to Fabulous this week’s habit change is to consume pre and post workout meals.

Right after your workout your body is the weakest so you need to give your body the proper nutrients.

pre-workout

eat whole grains,proteins and good fats that will give you energy for your workout. These can be consumed 1-2 hours prior to exercise

here are some ideas:

  • protein pancake with berries
  • greek yogurt with berries & nuts
  • granola bar
  • oatmeal & egg whites

post workout

limit fats in your post workout meal they slow the adsorption of protein to your muscles

you need to eat a fast digesting protein and carbohydrate

  • 8 ounces of skim chocolate milk
  • greek yogurt with fruit
  • protein shake with berries

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No More Perfect Bodies-No More Perfect Mom Series-guest post

 

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Chapter 3 is titled No More Perfect Bodies.  I am quite certain this chapter was written just for me.  On occasion I find myself looking in the mirror pinching, poking or lifting something.  I have days where I cannot find a single thing to wear, and yet my closet is completely full of perfectly good clothes.  I get frustrated when something doesn’t fit the way I believe its intended to and then there days where I just look plain frumpy.

I am sure we have all had similar situations in our lives where beautiful or pretty are not the words we would use to describe ourselves.  We see other women and wonder how in the world they look the way they do and we just wish we could obtain that perfection.

Despite the fact that I do have insecurities about my self-image, I try to always remain confident and embrace the body I have been given.  As mothers, some of us have been given the gift of bearing our children.  We also run our households, raise kids, and some work outside the home.  It’s not easy to do all those things and still always have time to look “perfect.”

I also try to portray this to my children.  I carefully try not to repeat any negative thoughts about myself aloud to them.  The last thing I would ever want to hear my daughter say is that she doesn’t feel pretty or beautiful.  So why not keep the same standards for myself?

Fortunately, God has placed tiny blessings in my life that remind me of what I should really believe.  Just yesterday, my daughter asked to play outside early in the morning.  I threw on a pair of shorts and a tank top.  Before walking outside, I looked in the mirror to double check my appearance.  I thought “Man, my stomach looks huge in the shirt”.  After I came down the hall, my daughter looked up at me and said “Mommy you look pretty!”  I couldn’t help but smile!

 

Tiffany is a Christian, wife and stay-at-home mom of 2 wonderful children.

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Week 40 Frumpy to Fabulous-Portion Control

 

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Welcome to Week 40 of the Frumpy to Fabulous this week’s habit change is portion control.

Females require fewer calories than males. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts require more fuel than those who don’t exercise.

Here are some great tools to help with portion control:

  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • electronic food scale
  • use smaller bowls & plates-dinner plates

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Week 39 Frumpy to Fabulous-Make A Workout Playlist

Week 39 Frumpy to Fabulous-Make A Workout Playlist

 

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Welcome to Week 39 of the Frumpy to Fabulous. This week’s habit change is to make a workout playlist.

Create a a song list that will get into your head, under your skin, and feel it in your blood.

Expand your music library:

  • new songs
  • old school music
  • borrow a friend’s playlist to get ideas
  • latin music has a great upbeat sounds
  • choose songs with inspiring lyrics

I know I will workout faster and longer when I have music playing. Music always can put me in a great mood and get me motivated.

I hope you are enjoying the Frumpy to Fabulous series. If you have missed any previous weeks you can see all of the posts in the Frumpy to Fabulous Pinterest board.

 

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