HOW I LOST THE LAST 20LBS!

Like most women, I’ve been on a life long journey to manage my weight.  Yes I am a Fitness Instructor and Yes I love to workout…simply for the Energy it gives me and the endorphin high that I’m addicted to!!  So why was I always struggling to lose the Last 10lbs? Even to hold the weight I was at was a struggle…it seemed like I could gain 5 lbs in a weekend if I didn’t workout or watch everything that I put into my mouth.  I like eating healthy and love to workout so what was the problem?  What was I missing?  This was a question I asked myself for a long time ….and I honestly thought that my body was suppose to be this way, it wanted to be at this weight and I had to accept that or did I?  Ultimately I wasn’t happy and was determined to find a solution…

20lbs later….


I have found the solution!!  Not only to the weight loss which I have kept off now for over a year, but for the first time in my life I am in CONTROL of my weight!!!  I have more Energy than Ever and I’m NOT hungry!! That’s powerful!!!  Here is how I did it….

In January of 2010 I was at my heaviest weight of 151lbs!  I made a commitment to start P90X and drink Shakeology everyday!!  P90X is exactly what my body needed!  My body is conditioned for cardio due to years of teaching group fitness but P90X was completely different…it is a 90 day at home fitness program involving Muscle Confusion.  Basically a different workout each day so your body can’t get comfortable because you’re constantly changing it up!! Then every 30 days the program changes and steps it up a notch!  The first 30 days kicked my booty!!  I started to see muscle definition, my strength improved and the inches started to melt away!!

The Game Changer for me was Shakeology!! And that’s where I really started to lose the weight from.  How does it work? Basically its a Health Drink with over 70 natural ingredients including Super Fruits from around the world!!  It is superior nutrition that my body had never experienced before!  Within the first 2-3 weeks I watched my Sugar Cravings start to disappear, my Energy Increase and my Body began to Crave WATER!!!  Having struggled with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) most of my life, the digestive cultures and priobitics in Shakeology helped my digestive system as well!!  Personally, everytime I go on a nutrition program and restrict my calories to lose weight I get migraines, my energy gets zapped, I get moody, hungry and just in general I don’t feel like myself.  Maybe you can relate?  But this time was different..because my body was getting all the nutrients its NEVER had before all in one meal… I felt AMAZING!!  I actually 100% gave up: Coffee, Diet Pop, Artificial Sweetners, Dairy & Red Meat!!!  I never would have been able to do that without Shakeology!  I drink it everyday once or twice a day and I LOVE IT!!!

In 90 Days I lost 11lbs w/ P90X & Shakeology!! I then started Turbo Fire along with Eating Clean and lost the remaining 9lbs!! I am at a NEW WEIGHT…a weight I wasn’t even at in high school!!!  These programs WORK!

I drink Shakeology everyday and will for the rest of my life…it has changed my life ~ I feel 10 years younger

I’m not going to say it was Easy…but it was Easier 🙂  The workout program is laid out for you to just follow, it comes with an eating guide and a motivational Coach like me 🙂  I’m thankful for these convenient and results orientated workouts to have at my finger tips!!  I now have the tools to not only help myself but my friends & network get in the BEST SHAPE OF OUR LIFE!!  It starts with a question….are you ready to do the work and change your life?

MESSAGE ME TO JOIN MY NEXT FITNESS CHALLENGE GROUP & I WILL HELP YOU LOSE THE WEIGHT!!!!  I’ve been there, I know how it feels and can say…YES YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

WHERE TO START:

1. Sign up for me to be your FREE COACH HERE

(Just click on JOIN and yes its free)

2.  EMAIL ME at sullinsfitness@gmail.com – TITLED: COACH ME – and tel me your story, your goals and how I can help you begin!

YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS – START WITH WRITING THEM DOWN TODAY!!!  NOW…GO AFTER THEM!!

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MY EAT CLEAN Grocery List

I’ve been on a MISSION for the past few years to really LEARN how to EAT CLEAN and get my Nutrition under control.  Its a learning process, but for me its about FEELING MY BEST!! Struggling w/ IBS for 20 years I have done a lot of research on what we are putting in our bodies, what’s healthy, what’s not healthy and why!  I’ve lost 17lbs but still on the journey to lose the next 5lbs…here’s a peak into my grocery list for the week!

I surround all of my meals around a LEAN PROTEIN source and then compliment with a complex CARB.  Right now I’m doing a 60 day Challenge Group so I am removing the carbs 1-2 meals a day for a short period of time.  I drink 2 shakes a day, supplement and drink tons of water!! Plus for the most part–I am Dairy & Wheat Free too!!  I don’t like to cook, that’s for sure!!! So for me I want to keep it SIMPLE!!

MESSAGE ME if you are interested in Joining My Next Challenge Group which is starting SOON…and be CONNECTED w/ the TOOLS to put it ALL Together!! Workout + Clean Eating + 1 Shake a day + Accountability = RESULTS!!

GROCERY LIST:
PROTEIN-

  • Egg Whites
  • Lean Ground Turkey
  • Starfish White Tuna in the pouch
  • Applegate Turkey (organic)
  • Salmon
  • Tilapia
  • Chicken
  • Protein Shakes
  • Cottage Cheese (good for most people, but I’m on a dairy free diet)

Carbs-

  • Oatmeal
  • Eziekal Bread/Muffins/Wraps (this is the best however I still have to limit because w/ IBS we shouldn’t eat WHOLE WHEAT)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Brown Rice (Uncle Ben’s in pouch)
  • Quinoa
  • Fruit

Other-

  • Rice Milk (for Protein/Shakeology Shakes)
  • Salsa for flavoring of Tuna, Egg Whites
  • Veggies – lots of them!! Broccolli, Green Beans, Spinach etc.
  • Salad
  • Water- individual bottles, gallons and large bottles for workouts

Supplements-

  • Shakeology – Chocolate & Greenberry for variety
  • Protein Shake – I drink 2 shakes a day!!!! (one of each)
  • Multivitamin Activit (if you are working out HARD you still need a multivitamin w/ Shakeology)
  • Biotin
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (aids in fat burning & digestion)
  • Fennel Tea and Peppermint Oil – for IBS and digestion
  • Flax Seed Oil
  • Calcium/Magnesium (I’m on a dairy free diet so I still need to get the calcium in that I’m missing from milk, yogurt etc)

Seasonings to make your food taste good without the fat – garlic, olive oil spray, pepper etc.

I am a FREE Coach – Please connect with me if you need help w/ your Fitness or Nutrtion.  You can view more info on Shakeology, Activit Vitamins and Cal/Magnesium Supplements HERE

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING when you SURROUND yourself with LIKE MINDED PEOPLE!!!!!! Good Luck!

 

 

Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

I’ve been on what feels like a life long journey battling Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS) / Spastic Colon! It has RULED my life for 19 years!!! I’m not a Dr., just a woman who has FIGURED IT OUT (for the most part) and want to share my journey to help others!! I WISH I knew NOW 19 years ago, but I didn’t….and everything I have learned has been my own research and trial/error. There is hope, you can conquer this and take back your life….it starts NOW!!

First thing to know is that there are 2 different types of IBS – IBSC and IBSD (constipation or diarrhea) I know…lovely that we are talking about this right!!  I have IBSC – For most of my life I walked around with a BLOATED BELLY that was rock hard, I held on to a ton of WATER WEIGHT and ALWAYS had Random SPASM ATTACKS of sharp shooting pains….so painful that no matter where I was I had to drop to the floor and lie on my right side for the pain to go away.  It was a nightmare!! In my teenage years it was so bad I was literally AFRAID TO EAT….so you can imagine where that went.  Then 5 years later I seemed to keep packing on the pounds no matter how much I worked out!!!  FRUSTRATING!!!  You will NEED to get diagnosed by a Doctor as I can not tell you whether you have it or not….it is also in so many layers that different people experience different levels of discomfort and/or pain.  As the years went on it only got worse….it literally took me HITTING THE WALL to DECIDE i was DONE!!! I was going to do what it took to FIGURE IT OUT and BEAT IT!!!!

Here are my top tips on controlling IBSC

1. You must CLEAN UP your DIET – I list some of the trigger foods in the video below but will do an additional blog post on this

2. Only drink WATER

3. Avoid STRESS

4. Get 8 +++ hours of SLEEP


Here is a site that has dramatically helped me on my journey, I just found it in April 2010 HELP FOR IBS

WHAT IS Irritable Bowel Syndrome? IBS?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common chronic health disorder in America, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, affecting more people than asthma, diabetes, and depression combined. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a physical – not psychological – disorder that affects mainly the bowel, which is also called the large intestine. The bowel is the part of the digestive system that makes and stores stool.

IBS is characterized by its symptoms: lower abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, constipation (or alternating diarrhea/constipation), gas, bloating, and nausea. There is no cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but there are many very effective ways of controlling and even eliminating IBS symptoms.

Interestingly, IBS affects far more women than men; seventy-five percent of people diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome are women. However, IBS symptoms, IBS diagnosis protocols, and IBS treatments are the same for women and men.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not a disease. It’s a functional disorder, which means that the bowel simply does not work as it should

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome – What Are IBS Symptoms?
As noted, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is characterized by its symptoms: continuous or recurrent lower abdominal pain or cramping (from mild to excruciating) in association with altered bowel motility (diarrhea, constipation, or both).

Can I help you? Please MESSAGE ME any questions you have 🙂

Sample of my Daily Eating: Week 3

This is my 3rd week of the P90X/Insanity Hybrid Workout and WOW is it kicking my booty!!!  The first week I was sooo bloated from the diet changes….The second week I was sooo sore from the workouts….The third week I’m starting to feel my metabolism change because I feel hungry, which can be a bit difficult but I know its because my body is starting to burn it up!!  I haven’t lost any weight yet, but I see lots of definition in my upper body, my hips are slimming down and I’m starting to get into the routine of this…

Here is a sample of my Daily Eating Plan:

I’m following a Portion Style Eating Program which is 6 small meals a day, every 3-4 hours.  **You can either count calories or portions, I’ve done both and find this to be much easier FOR ME….similar to the Body for Life Eating Program.  Each “meal” consists of 1 serving of protein, carb, veggies and 2 cups of water!!  I am COOKING!!!  I never cook, I hate it!!  But I know I have to in order to fuel my body properly and to feel truly “satisfied”.  I plan my week in advance every Sunday by picking out my meals/recipies, going to the grocery store and writing everything down for the week to take out the guesswork.  Might sound like a lot of work, but honestly it does save time and money in the long run…

9:00am Workout – 2 cups water

11:00 Egg White Omelet w/ Tomatoes & 2/3 cup. hashbrowns – 2 cups water & Activit Vitamins

1:00pm Tropical Tuna Sandwich (Tuna, crushed pineapple, light miracle whip) 2 slices bread grilled – 2 cups water

4:00pm Chocolate Shakeology w/ Fiber Boost – 2 cups water

7:00pm Salmon – Sweet Potato (small) – Broccoli – 2 cups water!!

9:00pm 1/2 protein bar (or cottage cheese/fruit) – 2 cups water

11:00pm Banana Protein Pudding (1 scoop vanilla protein, 8 oz soy milk, 2 TBL Banana Pudding Mix, 1/2 sliced banana as topping) – 2 cups WATER!!

***So these aren’t the exact times of the day but at least every 3-4 hours I eat!! Lots of WATER and nothing else!  Lots of PROTEIN and 2 Shakes a day!!!