Fitness & Nutrition

Let’s find our abs! I heard they’re in the kitchen…

If you haven’t heard that “abs are made in the kitchen,” then you better listen up.  You can do all the abdominal work you want, but if your body fat isn’t low enough you won’t ever see them.  I remember after I had my first baby, I left the hospital weighing 163 pounds!  I had only lost 10 of the 53 pounds I gained during my blissful pregnancy in which I practically lived on italian hoagies and chocolate milkshakes.  I was so upset.  I seriously thought my body would just go back to how it had always been.  It took 10 months of really not doing anything to lose all but the last 10 pounds.  (That’s the beauty of a 21 year old’s metabolism.)  Then I did a cleansing diet, lost the last 10 and about 6 more.  I was thin.  Really thin.  I would call it fat skinny.  I wasn’t healthy.  I wasn’t strong. I really didn’t have any shape to my body anymore.  I was living on chemical based shakes and I really didn’t know any better.  I thought skinny=healthy.  That is such a misconception I feel our generation thinks is true.

What we put in our body, we wear on our body.  If you want abs, stick to the perimeter of the grocery store.

I feel like I’ve been analyzing countless fitness and nutrition blogs.  Sometimes the information is overwhelming.  I feel guilty that I have all of this information at my fingertips and if I don’t use it I feel stupid.  I’ve decided that I don’t want to be cut and jacked like what seems to be the trend right now.   I also don’t want to restrict my diet to or from specific food groups.  Part of me thinks that they all really do work best together, if in the correct balance and at the appropriate times of day.  Lately I’ve also been obsessed with reading labels and I am trying to eat mostly natural, organic foods.  I won’t get into how enraged I am at the FDA for the chemicals, dyes, and toxins that are in our foods.  That will be later;)

I have decided to base most of my diet from The New Abs Diet Cookbook.  When I say the word diet, let me be clear that I am not dieting.  Let’s instead say “eating lifestyle.”  I will be eating lots of green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, lettuce, brussel sprouts, kale,etc.  I will also be beans, berries, whole grains, fat-free dairy, eggs, lean meats, and fresh caught fish.  The best part is, once a week I will have a cheat day.  I’ve read about all over the place and it seems that having a cheat day actually confuses your metabolism and in simple terms, “reboots” it. This is a great book for someone starting out because it has a ton a easy and delicious recipes that actually benefit your body.  It also has a tremendous amount of information regarding your metabolism, specific foods that help your body thrive, and of course, recipes any level cook can duplicate.

I will be adding my abdominal routines to each day, in addition to the workouts I do at the gym.  I plan on doing mat work in the morning and in the evening.  I will change my ab workout weekly, and of course some days will focus more on specific muscle groups, such as targeting the obliques as opposed to the lower abs, etc.  A lot of my routine will be based from what I’ve learned in Pilates.



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