Friday, September 19, 2014

Faith and Fat Loss Challenge, APPLICATION and prayer

It's Friday night and I am glad. 
I have had a week of work, work, workouts, projects and MORE. ALL good things, all BIG blessings being showered on me, but I am ready for an early night in bed and a little ME time with a book or movie. My workouts have been spot on this week. Fasted cardio, even on my day off, lifting (legs twice--score!!) and my diet is yielding results. Here's a shameless selfie after my workouts and breakfast, RIGHT before my LUNCH-NOM! 

My abs look better from the side, my waist isn't too narrow. 



APPLICATION
It was suggested to me by a coworker that I eat a few more carbs. I had dropped the amount of my rice and my oats and I think I did it in the name of "cutting calories" and I know better. They suggested to that fasted cardio take precedence. and that I do 20 min AFTER my weights workouts.


Knowing is not enough, we must apply, willing is not enough, we must DO. -Bruce Lee

It was when I APPLIED what he suggested (I somehow knew it, I did, and I used to do it even) that I started seeing some different results again. SO many times in life, we have the knowledge, we KNOW it inside out, up and down, we read books on it, share articles on FB, we maybe even TEACH it. But do we KNOW it in our daily walk? Do we practice, do we embrace it as habit, lifestyle? 

I KNOW that cardio is essential for leanness. 
I know slashing calories is detrimental. 
I know reading the bible daily will encourage my heart. 
I know real food is better than fake. 
I know that God loves me.
I know that if there is a treat in my house, I WILL end up eating some. 
I know nutrition is 100% and fitness is 100% 
I know that spending time with my family is more important. 
I know, I know, I KNOW.... 

Do I apply? 

THE BIBLE says in proverbs: 

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

I think we can have lots of knowledge, but wisdom--understanding--comes with Application. We apply, we test these things to be true, we KNOW and then we apply.  


Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.  ~ Charles Spurgeon



FAITH AND FAT LOSS 21 Day challenge 
Natural Bodybuilder Ron Williams and I will be running an online group jump starting NEW habits for 21days and for only 21$ Each participant will receive a Faith & Fat loss workbook, daily support scriptures, posts, videos etc on our private FB group and MORE! Message me on FB or email Mary at Fit this girl dot com for details  and to take part! 



1st Phorm Athlete Search:

I usually pray, think and talk to God when I lift. I love pushing myself to the limit and having an encounter with the Almighty who pushes me also. I grind, I pray, I want to be humble in the gym, I want to be humble in all I do. It means letting my heart be soft to what God pushes me to do. It means being transparent when I don't have the answers. Praying all the time, letting HIM show me where I need work, he is transforming me on the inside as I work on the outside. 

I am excited too, If you follow me on Instagram, you will know I am in a contest to be a spokes person for 1ST Phorm supplements. As far as I know, its not the kind of contest you can vote for or push other than use HASHTAGS to have the 1ST Phorm people see you, see who you are and see your motivation for others and the healthy lifestyle. Wish me luck! Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Supplements: SEVEN of the best for beginners



WHAT a great couple weeks its been. Life has been throwing me surprises and curve balls in a good way. Life ebbs and flows, seasons of highs and lows, favor and sometimes hardships.  

God is always showing us favor, even when we face hardships, his favor keeps our heads on straight and our feet on his path till we see daybreak again. 


REMINDER: Galatians 6:4 tells us to do our OWN work, do it well, and not compare ourselves to others. REMINDER TAKEN. It's definitely one I need. I have been reminded lately though too of how far I have come. It's a healthy thing for me to see my journey, my progress, and be THANKFUL for my own work done well. When I thank God for his favor, for my progress, well... there is just MORE and more for me to be thankful for. 






SUPPLEMENTS: 

SO many questions I get from readers and clients surround supplements. What to take, when to take them, how much, how long? You should ALWAYS get advice from a knowledgeable source and usually one who practices what they preach. (people who are fit, people who lift :) )







HERE are a few of the basics, all of which I take, these are the brands I am currently using as well

7. BCAA, Branch Chain Amino Acids
Most BCAA's you buy will be powder form and will contain a number of "essential" amino acids-- meaning we don't produce them, so we need to get them in our diet. Using BCAA pre and post workout (including cardio) help to preserve your lean muscle mass as you work out. It reduces the muscle damage and aids in protein synthesis.  I take BCAA's during and after fasted cardio, during a lifting session and often when I will be without food for more than 3 hours (ie: meetings, road trips, clients all day) 




6. CLA:  
Conjugated linoleic acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid (found in dairy and red meats) and is known to help reduce body fat deposits, boost metabolism and improve overall immune function. If you ask someone at a nutrition store, they will tell you it will help you "tone." In COMBINATION with weight training, CLA is a gem for lean muscle gain and fat loss, I take it at night and right away in the morning for the best results.  


5. GLUTAMINE: 
Glutamine is an Amino Acid that aids in muscle recovery and soreness, however, it's also amazing for muscle soreness for MORE than just your workouts. YARD work, long runs, etc... and I know plenty of people who take glutamine for SMOOTH muscle recovery as well. My mother being one, she has digestive issues and in combination with food combining, glutamine is strengthening her stomach lining and improving her life! USUALLY  a whey protein powder will have glutamine in it, this is in addition on those HEAVY lift days or if you have another need for it! 


4. Calcium Magnesium: Natural Calm
I take natural calm nightly. I started taking it about 2 years ago when I was having trouble sleeping. It turned out to be so much more than that: 

Magnesium and calcium are fundamental nutrients that need to be in balance with each other in order for you to fully experience good health. Their importance on a cellular level is critical. Calcium and magnesium are like opposite sides of a coin. Calcium excites nerves, while magnesium calms them down. Calcium makes muscles contract. Magnesium is necessary for muscles to relax. Calcium is needed for blood clotting, but magnesium keeps the blood flowing freely. 

READ more here: https://naturalvitality.com/natural-calm/




3. OMEGA 3: KRILL OIL 
Omega-3 fatty acids help lower an individual’s risk for heart attack, stroke, certain cancers, depression and overall inflammation. The Omega 3's in Krill Oil are extracted at the BOTTOM of the food chain and not from fish exposed to other toxins or farmed fish. Joint health, heart heath and workout recovery make Krill Oil my new favorite. I am taking 1000MG daily! 


2. MULTI-Vitamin
GNC Women's Ultra Mega 

It's a no-brainer to take a multi-vitamin, GNC's are all natural, non synthetic. Ever felt sick to your tummy after taking your vitamin? Yeah, that's because 98% are synthetic and that inhibits absorption and breakdown. They are time-released to. NUF said. 


1. THE BIG GUNS, THE #1, Numero UNO of supplements: 
WHEY ISOLATE PROTEIN 

You want a WHEY ISOLATE Protein. Many are simply labeled WHEY, but when you look it's a whey BLEND. The first few ingredients read: Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein isolate. This will take at least an hour to fully absorb/digest in your system=NO GOOD. The whey CONCENTRATE slows down the process. The Whey Isolate, or better yet, Hydrolyzed isolate absorb much faster and you get MORE of the actual protein. absorb in about 10 min. High cholesterol content will block protein absorption, with most Isolates you wont have that.   Aim for low carb, low sugar, low fat, low cholesterol and steer CLEAR of soy protein. Soy mimics estrogen (a FAT storing hormone) and decreases testosterone ( muscle building) so drinking a soy "protein" shake will defeat it's purpose. Dymatize ISO is my #1 choice, GNC Wheybolic my second. 
TAKE 1 scoop/serving with in 30 min of a weights/resistance training program to bring protein/sugars and recovery to your muscles. Not just from that workout, but to replenish glycogen stores so your NEXT workout is better, stronger! You can also take an additional scoop during the day as a snack to help you reach your 800-100 and higher protein goals. Whey Isolate promotes weight loss and increase in lean muscle mass. And this brand has PHENOMENAL flavors. 



REMEMBER supplements do just that, they supplement an already HEALTHY, clean diet. They are not meal replacements or a way to cut corners, they will not work unless your healthy and working hard already. Good Luck! Happy SUPPING! 



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Best Self: selfies, joy and grace




I struggle with grace. 
For some reason, I can extend grace to others, but not to myself. On instagram (@maryfitthisgirl) I called it "SHOULD-ing" on myself. Regrets, holding things against MYSELF instead of extending grace. SELF is so central these days with self help, self love, SELFIES... it's not bad to do things for self, but one thing we neglect is to extend grace to self. Here is what I wrote that I wanted: 

 (To) Exceed my own perceived potential, 
be an excellent wife and mom, have my 
heart and mind congruent, give God glory, 
be happy and be a healthy person. 



When I do these things, I am quite sure, I will be what I deem my "BEST SELF." It will be different than I was yesterday, hopefully moving forward in grace, knowledge, wisdom (the application of knowledge), love and ACTION. If I find myself staying in the SAME place, I just assume, there is something more to learn. If I move forward,I assume its toward my BEST SELF. If I move backward, I assume that I am neglecting something, something is broken.  






RECENT Selfies prove I teeter between staying where I am and moving foward, like I talked about before, a divine cha-cha: Two  steps forward, every now and again, one steps back. Am i not applying knowledge? Am I not walking in LOVE with others and self? Am I not gaining wisdom, am I not giving and receiving grace? Spiritually, physically all these things go hand in hand. 



Its not about perfection, it's about progress, its the divine CHA-cha, it seems to be what MOST of my blogs are about lately. Interesting and noted for sure. My, your, BEST self is a work in progress, a painting that is a vision in the artists mind, a framework of the eternal, a lesson in patience and in FINDING JOY. 


"No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened." CS Lewis


I have a dream, lately I find doubt creeping in, "Do I deserve it? Can I achieve it? Am I good enough, disciplined enough, will I ever be closer or just teeter between dreaming and achieving??"  No matter, BEST SELF is achievable. It's being what you are and what you are not yet. It's embracing that in-between and finding that JOY therein. 


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