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The Life Of Normal

I am normal. What I consider to be normal anyway. I have brown hair and blue eyes. My skin is nothing spectacular. My body is what I consider normal. I am 5’7” and have the body of a mom of 3. I am a size 14. I have the dreaded C-section shelf (I had 3). I have saggy boobs but they still look pretty decent. I am a B/C cup. I have a kind of saggy butt. My thighs shake when I walk and I have cellulite. My arms aren’t bad but they jiggle. My stomach is…well…my stomach. I have a muffin top. I wear minimal makeup…don’t get my toes done…or my nails…or tan in a tanning bed. Normal.

I am also divorced, a mom of 3 and 36 years old. Yeah…there is all that!

So I would say I am pretty normal. I am working on feeling better about my normal self though. I will never be perfect. I will never be skinny. I will never have the perfect stomach and that is okay…most of the time.

I can however have a body that I am more comfortable it. That doesn’t mean starving myself or running until I pass out. It doesn’t even mean joining a gym.

Let me tell you what I have been doing for the past 2 months. I have slowly been changing the way I eat. I do mean slowly. I have been watching my calories…not stressing but really keeping an eye on them. I have been trying to eat healthy. You would be surprised how many calories you can consume when you don’t think about it. Don’t get me wrong…I still eat the damn cake!

I have also started adding in exercise. I hate it. I have 3 kids so where is the time…where is the privacy…and don’t get me started on interruptions. I use workouts on YouTube. These workouts are 4 – 10 minutes. You don’t have to about die to feel like you have done a work out. You don’t have to have hours to incorporate them in your day. Just minutes. Let me tell you…I feel so much better when I do them. I am not as consistent with them as I would like to be but baby steps, you know!

Society tells us that we have to take that major jump…keto…30 day challenges…but I am telling you we don’t have to add this stress to our lives. Believe me I have enough to deal with being a working, single mom of 3 kids! I am sure you do too! So I guess the point is…baby steps. A little effort will go a long way and don’t be afraid to be normal while you are taking those steps!


~Ann~

Low Carbs or What???

Ask almost anyone what they need to do to lose some fat, and they’ll probably say: “Cut back on the carbs.” As a coach, I’ve heard this what seems like 1000X.

While the low carb movement has had its up’s and down’s in popularity since the Atkins revival of the late 90s and early 2000s, most people now assume that carbohydrates are inherently fattening.

Health-conscious diners order bun-less burgers, skip the baked potato side dish, and send the bread basket back to the kitchen. (Or eat the bread, and feel guilty about it!)

In the past few years, I’ll know you’ve heard at least one of the following:

  • Carbs spike your blood sugar and insulin, which slathers on the body fat!
  • Carbs; especially sugar and grains, cause inflammation.
  • Carbs are not an essential part of the diet like fat and protein.This just seems to sound simple, and logical. And that is the problem.

 

These “simple” statements regarding what we perceive as “good foods” and “bad foods” ignore our biological complexity, and the bigger picture.

So let’s review some truth:

1.) Do carbs increase insulin levels?

Yes, they do.

2.) Does increased insulin after meals lead to fat gain?

No.

(Insulin is also a satiety hormone, meaning, it makes you feel full, so the idea that on its own it leads to fat gain doesn’t make sense.)

3.) Are carbs inflammatory?

That depends. Ask the correct question, are we talking about processed corn syrup? Then it probably is.

But if we’re talking about whole grains, not really.

4.) Are carbs less important than protein, fat, and the multitude of micronutrients that contribute to our health?

Well, if you’re talking about processed carbs, the answer is a BIG yes.

But if you’re talking about whole, minimally processed carbs, that’s a different story.

5.) Can a low-carb diet work to help people lose weight?

Of course it can.

Is it because it is low in carbs?

Well…maybe, and maybe not.

6.) Can eating an appropriate amount of carbs actually help you look, feel and perform your best?

ABSOLUTELY yes.

The problem with not eating carbs, as a weight loss strategy, cutting carbs (while reducing the total number of calories) clearly works pretty well for some people. If it didn’t, then Atkins would have never been popular in the first place correct?

Ponder this though: Carb reduction costs us.

You see, most of us require some level of carbohydrates to function at our best over the long term.

Sure, we can cut carbs temporarily if we need to lose weight quickly. But for most of us, keeping carbs too low for too long can have disastrous consequences.

This is especially true for those of us who work out, and train to stay as healthy, and fit as possible.

If you’re sedentary, your carb needs are lower. So you might be able to get away with greater restriction.

But if you like to exercise regularly and enthusiastically, restricting your carb intake too drastically can lead to some of these problems/issues:

  • decreased thyroid output
  • increased cortisol output
  • decreased testosterone
  • impaired mood and cognitive function
  • muscle catabolism
  • suppressed immune function.

In other words: Your metabolism might slow, your stress hormones go up and your muscle-building hormones go down. Sounds awesome right! Heck NO!

You feel lousy, spacey, sluggish, cranky… and potentially sick.

Most annoying and frustrating: You probably don’t even lose that much weight in the long term. Remember life is a process, not simply an event.

If you’d like to no more, and how carb restriction could affect you, and your lifestyle, contact me and we can inexpensively create a plan that works for you.

Carter

unleashthechampiononlinecoach@gmail.com