I have food issues

I have food issues

“I have food issues”
Do you?
Many of you will nod your head, in fact, I would too…

Until, I started giving it a deeper thought… hmmm

Here’s what I have to say and I realize it might not be popular

Upper Body & Quick Core Circuit

Upper Body & Core Workout

After the brutality which was Killer WOD SBW #14 — which wasn’t bad at the time.. but the aftermath was brutal,
I decided no legs would be harmed in the making of this workout.

Here is a quick– can do during commercials– upper body and core circuit that your abs, obliques and shoulders will love me for!

Adrenal Fatigue: Healing & Hope

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If you haven’t been a fan of this page for long, I’ll give you a quick briefing:
I came from the world of fitness competitions and “the fitness industry”, where extreme dieting runs rampant and its normal to “diet” for weeks on end for a contest, a photoshoot, or an expo and event.
Unfortunately, even though, I knew this was unhealthy for my clients, I somehow thought that I was different.

Well.. I was.. for a few years… but eventually my body rebelled and it left me with metabolic damage and why I’m pissed off. (first video)
I would have never guessed, that one year ago (October 2011) when I basically “gave up” and conceded to “just getting fat” that it would be the catalyst to healing. It wasn’t immediate, and in fact, I didn’t have a clear path to healing until I reached out to some good friends and colleagues for some help. I listed the help and resources in my second video and update.

It has been officially 7 months of healing now, and I’m down 13lbs with about 15-18 to go, but a totally new outlook and one thats not hyper-focused on the scale. I would have never thought, in my tears and frustration that I would look back on this and be grateful for the experience, but it has taught me about the life there is to live and how sharing my story would help so many other women.

Here is my latest update, along with the recent update of a girl who emailed me due to these videos— Please share— I have found this to be very common not only in the world of fitness competitions, but group exercise teachers, marathon runners and personal trainers as well.

Why I spent $107.17 on a wallet

Dannys new wallet

I posted this picture on Instagram. The top picture WAS my wallet, the bottom picture is my new wallet.

My zebra print one was a duct tape wallet (a little girl made me, it was cute, I liked it)

However, it was very sloppy, I definitely wouldn’t want to keep money in it, as lord knows what would happen. (LOL)

It did the job, kept my cards in one spot, my ID, etc. I never really cared what anyone thought about it.

I have always had issues keeping cash, in fact, I HATE having cash on me.

I am afraid I will lose it, it will get stolen, etc. and its very apparent, by my wallet, that I don’t “respect” money.
So, last week I had my meeting with my mentor and millionaire, Ali Brown.

Ali started asking me questions about money and she said, “Let me see your wallet.”

GULP.

I never cared about showing anyone my wallet… in fact, I’d even bragged about it before, but sitting in her home.. suddenly I was EMBARRASSED. I KNEW what she was getting at.
I dug in my purse, and winced and uncomfortably laughed as I handed her my wallet (with receipts and cards falling out of it) ugh… (face turning red)
She basically flipped it over and said
“First, get a new wallet.. a NICE wallet.. and keep some money in there”
She also told me to start hanging out with people who have money. (my husband said, “So does this mean we should go hang around the Mercedes dealership on Monday?” LOL)
The reason for all this, and why I’m posting about it,  is simply, a MIND SHIFT.
I understand it, and she didn’t need to explain.
When I was forced to show her my wallet, my duct tape wallet, in the millionaire’s house, I got it.. right then.
I need to stop acting as if there is nothing, that I have nothing, or as soon as I do it’s gone.
I need stop fearing money and need to realize its ok to have money in my purse, in my wallet, in my bank account.
I need to feel ok with DESERVING it.Its a simple concept for me in weight-loss…
I have a client who lost 125 lbs.,  yet he still wore this HUGE gawd awful 3XL shirts! I hated that! Stop dressing like you’re fat!! You ARENT.
I totally GET IT..With money and myself, it was the same thing.
I continued to “wear fat pants” even though I am a successful (or trying to be successful) person.
So…
Not only did I get a nicer wallet… I spent $100 fucking dollars on that wallet!
(This is something I would NEVER do… OMG… who spends $100 on a wallet?!!)
Well I did.
and you know what? I was really comfortable with it, and I LOVE my wallet… in fact, I took this so seriously, I went to every freakin’ store in the mall, from Gucci, to Fendi, to Louis Vuitton and I actually came back to the very first wallet I liked.
This is not to say that ANYONE needs to spend $100 on a wallet.
This was specifically significant for me and some of my personal hang-ups. (and I can tell  you right now, my mother is probably reading this and screaming in her kitchen, “Danyell I can’t believe you spent $100 on a wallet!!!…. its ok mom :) there’s more where that came from)
However, look within yourself.
Maybe its weight or clothing— you don’t deserve nice clothes because you “aren’t there yet” or you only eat cheap food because “you’re just going to poop it out anyway” (LOL but I’ve totally heard this)
Whatever it is.. is there something you are denying or maybe not giving the respect it needs in order for YOU to become a bigger and better version of you?
Hell, I know, not every millionaire has a nice wallet or a nice purse.
It is a reminder for ME. That is all.
I hope you can see where a mind shift may help you get out of whatever rut or block is holding you back :)
Be YOUR best YOU.


Protein Rant

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I just posted this Blog: What is the Best Protein Powder for Losing Weight & Toning  on Facebook, and instead of people reading it, I got a lot of links and advertisements for different companies. Grrrrr.

I just made this quick video to explain what protein powders are good for and what they really do :) Enjoy

and PS When in doubt #JERF

Kettlebell & Abs Pyramid SBW#9

The Workout

I flew “home” to Vegas this weekend to attend and work at the Olympia Expo. This is a HUGE event that I have attended every year since 2005. It is the event to see and be seen if you are in the bodybuilding and fitness/figure/bikini world… and guess what? I just did NOT want to be there this year.
Why? you ask…

Well, for one, I’ve already spent two months without my husband this summer and he wasn’t able to attend, so 5 more days without him wasn’t making me happy… but then it was just the overall feeling that everyone was trying their hardest to get noticed. They had dieted for months just so they could spray on some tan and show off their abs for two days and I hadn’t… and I really didn’t care.

 

See, I used to be one of them. I used to talk about the Olympia for months and count down the days, and do extra cardio to look my best and get spray tanned the night before, and show up hoping that I could meet someone who could “get me sponsored” or put me in a magazine. I used to restrict my eating, even on my anniversary because it was the week before!

I have just come to realize that REAL fitness isn’t about dieting for a one-day event. Most people in the real world could care less if I have a 6-pack, and my husband would probably love it more if I had a glass of champagne on our anniversary than doing 2 hours of cardio and going to bed early.

BUT… you know what?! I still had a blast being there, because I have made so many friends in the industry over the years, its always great to catch up , to meet fans and to just remember that some of them are really about promoting a healthy life and I can’t let the few that are there for show ruin it for me. To be honest, the majority of people who have longevity in the fitness industry are real, inspiring people, who work hard just like we do. I just need to ignore the show-offs and get on with my bad self 😉

With all that said now… here is a dang workout video! Boy was I glad to sweat again!!

The Sweaty Betties Workout #9

#JERF October Challenge

Example of #JERFChallange Breakfast


What is ‘REAL’ food? 

(this was a PERFECT Description from Domesticity Nouveau)

It’s food that has only itself as an ingredient:
Onion vs battered onion ring.  Roasted chicken vs chicken nugget.  Baked potato vs potato chip.

It’s food that you could grow or raise yourself:
You might not want to or have the space, but you could grow lettuce and you could raise a cow.
It is highly unlikely that you have access to a laboratory to synthesize instant cheese sauce.

It’s food that comes in its whole natural form:

A chunk of beef and fresh vegetables rather than a frozen dinner entrée of beef pot pie.  It’s chicken broth and cream instead of a can of cream of chicken soup.

THE CHALLENGE:

Make at least ONE REAL FOOD MEAL a day.

Take a picture.

Instagram or tweet the pic to @SweatyBetties #JERFChallenge

Get Creative! Look up Paleo Blogs & share recipes! This should be fun! 

Example of #JERFChallange Breakfast

#JERFChallenge Dinner Idea

 

PS. for the training challenge, I personally am starting over with my 12-week Program. Since my move, I got off track and had no gym for 2.5 months. I’m starting with week #1 this week! Feel free to join back in! I’m also going to be taking progress pictures AND measurements this time! Eeek!!

Inspiration & Perspiration TICKETS

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INSPIRATION & PERSPIRATION WORKSHOP

So excited to meet you all to educate, motivate, inspire and have fun!!!

Do you ever feel soooo tired of dieting? 

Do you want to just have balance and not think about food ALL. THE. TIME?

Does it seems like some people can eat whatever they want and you can’t? 

Have you wondered how you can find balance in your life?

Do you want to be successful but you feel “blocked”?

This workshop will be for you! Our intended audience is someone who has done the extreme diets in the past or who is brand new to fitness and wants to make sure they “do it right.” You don’t have to be an expert or a newbie, we will approach topics in a way to get you thinking healthy and have success in ALL parts of your life. 

You will leave this weekend with

-a renewed sense of self-confidence and self-love

-ways to deal/cope with stress and anxiety

– knowing how to balance work, family, life AND fitness

-knowing how and what kind of food to prep

-what diets are complete CRAP

-why calorie counting is complete BS

…and some great affirmations, meditations and yoga poses for healing.

WARNING This workshop is NOT for you if:

  • You are offended by f-bombs, in your face truth and learning that what you have always believed may not be true
  • You think happiness comes from a number on a scale or a clothing size
  • You are looking for someone or something outside of you to tell you what, when and how much to eat
  • You are not ready to dig deep and look at the root cause of your issues with food and body image
  • You don’t enjoy the company of AMAZING women who want you to succeed and will show you how
  • You make excuses for why you can’t afford anything, do anything or BE anything

We will have 2 workouts on Sunday, so be prepared! We will also cater lunch both days and breakfast is complimentary at the host hotel.

Amazing guest speakers including: Angie Gooding- Body Image Specialist and Rebekah “BEX” Borucki of BexLife.com!!

Angie Gooding

Rebekah “Bex” Borucki

Prizes from Sponsors, prize for whoever travels the farthest! Shuttle to strip in Vegas, meet new girl friends! Get away for a great weekend in Vegas!

You will leave this weekend with new friends, new hope, and a new love for yourself. 

Here are the details:

Dates: Sat. Oct. 20th & Sun. Oct. 21st

Time: Fri. 5-7pm meet & greet social (not required) Sat.10-6pm, Sun. 9-4pm

Cost: $225 per person if paid before Sept. 5th ($240 with Early Bird Payments)

**$275 if paid Between Sept. 5th and Oct. 5th and $299 after October 5th.

Where: Courtyard Marriott Las Vegas South in Las Vegas (mins from the strip)

HOTEL DISCOUNT CODE: SWEC or call 1-702-895-7519

— Group Rate: $109/night. We’ll have a FB Group in Sept for those who want to split rooms/cost–

BREAKFAST & LUNCH provided. FREE Wi-Fi. Airport Shuttle. Shuttle to Las Vegas Strip & Shopping.

EARLY BIRD AND GROUP DISCOUNTS (click on star for pricing)

Splenda Challenge Results

Artificial-sweetener

August was a month to ditch all our added sweeteners (splenda, sweet n’ low, sugar, equal, ALL OF IT)

 “I have been off equal for a month and my stomach problems are less and my sugar craving has decreased!!” -Dawnie

This was an attempt to see if we would notice a difference either physically on the outside (smaller tummy?) or even on the inside (less cravings? anxiety? etc.) I have a bunch of  YOUR quotes throughout with some amazing testimonials!

“a while back, during a routine doctors’ visit, I was told that my liver was inflamed (I found out it was because of all the Splenda I was consuming.  That is the only toxic thing I was putting in my system).  I went for a follow up a week ago, and everything came back normal!
Thank you again so much for putting this challenge up.  It made it easier to stop.” -Anonymous

I have to say, the first 3 days were definitely the hardest for me, in fact, so much so that I caved on Day 4 and Day 6 with my four splenda latte… then I finally told myself “don’t be a bitch” and had to recommit on Day 7. After I had my interview with Bo Shin and my interview with Michelle LeSueur about what happens to the body, it definitely made me want to start over and get serious!
I actually got a new phone this month so I lost my “before” picture and I’m honestly not sure if there would be much of a difference, visibly, HOWEVER, I have noticed a few major changes:

#1. Cravings— wow! they were awful at first…. and now.. hardly there! In fact, I actually hadn’t really noticed until I started realizing it was the end of the month and there was a LARGE bag of peanut butter M&M’s lying on the counter and I hadn’t so much as THOUGHT about eating any! (this is NOT like me!)

#2. Self-Awareness— This challenge made me VERY aware of how often I would mindlessly eat (like dum-dums at the bank) candies or drink diet soda or how often I actually was buying lattes.

#3. Label Awareness— For the most part, I thought I was pretty good at picking out natural things, but then, I was shocked at the sweeteners added in my yogurts, my salad dressings, my sauces… bummer! I definitely became much more aware of the little things here and there that added up.

 “I did and lost a couple pounds but more importantly my chronic stomach pains went from daily to only a few days out of the month! My skin is clear and my cravings for. Sweets has declined exponentially!”– Jessica

CONCLUSION:
I would LOVE to do this challenge again, because, in all honesty, there were some days I had yogurt with added sugar and I ate some chinese food with teriyaki sauce, etc.

Halfway through the month, I found the 21-day-Sugar-Detox and I think I’d like to try it again and do ZERO sugar/sweetener. I feel much more “free” (if that makes sense?) without cravings. I find my thoughts revolve less around food and its nice. The beginning is definitely the hardest, but it only confirms my thoughts, that if its THAT hard to give up, it can’t be good for you!

“I DID IT!. but I am sooo happy that I did! I would have to say that I did not use sweeteners as a norm before, so my challenge was no products with any type of “sugar/sweetener” in them. Only fruits were allowed. It brought a HUGE awareness to how almost every “healthy” product that I had been purchasing, from peanut butter, rice cakes, and rice had sugar in them! I did not loose any major weight, maybe a couple pounds, but I do feel a sense of knowledge has been gained and will forever be conscious of my sugar intake! I will be forever healthier as a result of this challenge. Thank you Sweaty Betties!!!”-Christine

 

Workshop News!!

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Workshop Update!!

We have some great news!! Early-Bird Discounts have been extended until Sept 10th

AND we are giving huge discounts to groups of 2 or more!

All the more reason to grab a friend!

**BLOGGERS HAVE A CHANCE TO COME FREE HERE**

Ladies— you will not be able to see these women (Me, Bex and Angie) individually for ONE hour for these prices, let alone TWO DAYS worth and with so much access to speak with us personally… it will be BEYOND worth it!

If you NEED to be there.. MAKE IT HAPPEN!! Sell some shit you don’t need on e-bay, skip your hair dresser this month, Don’t Be a B!tch and just do it! We want YOU to start making changes NOW! 

Watch the video and GET TO WORK!! We cannot wait to meet you!!

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