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The Tricks to Getting Fit and Eating Fat

The HARDEST thing I have ever had to do is re-teach my mind and body how to look at food.  Something that seems so harmless has been my best friend and only comfort, my worst enemy and now my tool to create the body I am working towards.

For me personally food WAS an addiction.  I have had conversations with people who say things like, “I don’t understand how people can get so fat!  Just stop eating so much crap!”  BRILLIANT!!! My goodness why didn’t I think of that?! DURR! Thank you for solving absolutely nothing.

Think of your best friend in the whole entire world.  Are you thinking about that person?  Okay… now think about how much you love seeing them, spending time with them, the comfort they provide, the sense of support they provide…THAT is the exact feeling food gave me.

When working my way into a new lifestyle changing my eating habits was the HARDEST thing I ever had to do.  *READ MY BOOK FOR THE DIRTY DETAILS!* But after TWO years I have learned to look at food for what it is… fuel for my body instead of providing emotional support.

While I’ve managed to change my relationship with food, that doesn’t mean I don’t still crave certain tastes, foods and meals.  SO!  I compiled a list of tricks that have been a LIFE saver the past year for tricking my mind to THINK I’m eating fat…while my body is getting fit.

#1- Attack of the Sweet tooth

(I never really had a sweet tooth (I was always a salty / fatty eater) but when I started losing the weight for some reason I grew a sweet tooth somewhere deep down)

* NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER!!!!!  I would be lost without natural peanut butter.  My MOST favorite sweet snack is Natural Peanut Butter with cinnamon mixed in and I put that on 1/2 a banana.

* ALMOND FLOUR-  Cookies are a HUGE weakness for me.  Instead of caving and getting bakery cookies I make my own.  Almond flour, sugar free apple sauce, baking powder, a few dark chocolate chips an egg, and a drop of vanilla.  I make it in a microwaveable coffee mug for individual portion.

* GREEK YOGURT- Ice cream is another weakness.  Greek Yogurt has been an AWESOME alternative!  I make it two different ways.  I’ll put a scoop of chocolate protein powder, a splash of vanilla and a splenda in a container and put it in the freezer OR I put cinnamon, splenda and a bit of vanilla in there and in the freezer it goes

*QUEST BARS- I just found these last month at my coach’s suggestion.  These bars are high protein and low carb.  They have flavors like- cinnamon roll, banana nut bread, decadent chocolate, fudge brownie…. you get my drift…YUM!


#2 Crunch and Munch

* KALE / ZUCCHINI CHIPS- Sometimes you NEED crunch.  If you keep a high protein / low carb diet (which I do) there aren’t very many options for crunchy textures.  To make Kale chips I rip the leaves from the rough stem and put them on a baking sheet (oven at 400) one trick I found is I put olive oil in a little travel SPRAY bottle and spray the Kale  so it hits everything evenly.  I sprinkle with garlic, sea salt and cayenne for some kick.  I do the same with zucchini chips but I slice them REALLY thin first.

*BEEF / TURKEY JERKEY- When you need a good salty snack, Turkey Jerkey is my FAVORITE snack.  Yes your breath is smelly after BUT it’s salty and high in protein.

#3 Cooking Made Tasty

*Coconut Oil- AMAZING  alternative to butter / margarine.  I use this in all of my cooking.  It has a high smoke point so it doesn’t go funky when you cook with it.

*Lemon Pepper- This stuff adds SERIOUS flavor to broccoli / green beans and veggies.  Yes they are great for you but let’s be honest…they are booooring.  LEMON PEPPER TO THE RESCUE!

*Grey Poupon- GREAT to dip chicken in! When you eat a TON of chicken… literally… a ton.  It needs a little something different.  Instead of honey mustard or bbq sauce that both have a ton of sugar in them, Grey Poupon has a great flavor and it’s low calorie.

*Grill- If I could put a flip flop on the grill and eat it I would.  EVERYTHING on the grill is AMAZING!  Salmon, chicken, peppers, veggies, turkey burgers… anything at all can be made on the grill and it gives it is so yummy.

*Spaghetti squash- One word…SPAGHETTI!  when this is baked in the oven with a little olive oil, garlic and sea salt…you don’t even realize it’s not the real thing!


These are just a few of the tricks that work for me.  I try to get creative and am always interested in trying new things.  If YOU have any getting fit and eating fat tips that work for you PLEASE feel free to share those! I hope these help those who have been looking for a few short cuts too!!




Well here we are…one month out from surgery and I wanted to update everyone on the progress so far and how recovery has been.

After surgery I took two weeks off of work to give myself some time to relax, recover and rest.  Recovery went WAY smoother than I thought it ever would.  Yes, I was in a LOT of pain and I had to sleep sitting up for those two weeks but thank goodness there were no complications or hiccups at all.

I think the roughest thing about recovery was being stuck in the house all day everyday.  Not only that but having to depend on other people for so many things.  I’m such an independent person that needing someone to help me get up, get in and out of the car and shower were all new to me.  Luckily, I have some wonderful people in my life who were so helpful and supportive.

During the second week it got a little difficult with the whole diet idea.  I was home alone all day, bored and alone with my thoughts and bad foods.  HINT- that’s not ideal for a former fat kid.  It was difficult to keep myself in check during the day and keep myself from going back to behaviors that I spent the last few years fixing like eating out of boredom and eating because my mind says I want food not because my body actually needs it.  Being out of the gym was really difficult as well and I could feel myself getting really down because of it.  I’m a person who is go, go, go all the time and uses the gym as therapy as well as exercise….without that therapy I felt a bit like a blob.

I started working with a new coach a little bit ago (about a month before surgery).  To make a long story short my other coach the “Diet Doc” was a total waste of money and was an incredibly expensive lesson learned.  My new coach is an incredibly supportive, understanding and reliable individual who not only works with my dietary restrictions due to my surgery but he actually took the time to LEARN about the surgery I had and how to utilize foods to get to where I want to be.  He was a great support system for when I was feeling down and a little sad during recovery.  I knew I wasn’t making the best choices with foods and letting ice cream, cookies and breads make an appearance in my diet.  He gave me a great pep talk and let me know that it was okay, to brush it off, forgive myself and keep moving on but to remember that it is important to keep an eye on my diet.  He gave me a diet to follow, extra tips for aiding in my recovery and got me TOTALLY stoked for training once I am fully recovered.

About 10 days after surgery I was back at the gym walking GENTLY on the treadmill (IT’S OKAY! THE DOCTOR SAID I COULD!) BUUUT it was a bit like being a diabetic in a candy store and all I could eat was the sugar free candy…yes I could participate a little bit BUT I couldn’t have the FULL experience I wanted.

After I had the drain tubes taken out (a little over a week after surgery) it was SO much easier to get around, wear clothes and sleep!  I didn’t have to wear the fat girl moo moos anymore.  WHEE!!

Two weeks after surgery I was back at work.  Probably not the BEST idea but I gotsta make the moolah!  I had a HUGE wedding for 500 that weekend and for SURE was not ready for that.  After dealing with a needy bride, a totally bitchy momzilla and having the wedding separated into a men’s side and a women’s side I got home and literally fell asleep sitting up on the couch!

The last two weeks I have been INCREDIBLY busy at work.  We are really busy this month and I have an event / wedding every week but I also have corporate / group meetings every week.  It has been great having a routine again though!  My diet is back in check, my body feels better everyday from moving around so much and I have been continuously going to the gym and walking on the treadmill.

It is still SO weird to look down and see a flat stomach!  I’ve never EVER had that before and it feels SO science fictioney to look in the mirror and see full boobs and a flat tummy, I think you can even see some abs at the top.

Everything is a bit swollen still but that is to be expected, the stitches have been removed, the cuts are healing and I am no longer walking hunched over like an old granny!  WHEE!

Everyday is getting better and better, I am feeling good, I think I am looking great and my coach is getting me a new diet and training schedule in two weeks to get back into training and back on track for a competition.

I’m still not TOTALLY used to the new body BUT it’s a pretty great one and I’m so excited it’s all MINE!!


CHECK IT OUT!  (The front still has a bit of an open wound but it has been healing quickly)