Wait! That’s my face!

We’re inundated with messages from the media trying to sell us the latest fitness trends. We constantly see: “Buy this and never diet again!” “Why workout when you can eat THIS!” “Dr. Oz says this is the miracle pill! See why!” Doesn’t it just get overwhelming? Whatever happened to just good ol’ diet and exercise?

Then this happened.

Then this happened.

As you can see, that’s my latest progress picture. It’s being used on various Instagram accounts claiming that you can get ABS if you, I don’t know, buy their product.

I’ve talked about this openly on my Facebook, but I’ll discuss it here, too:

I did not use workout supplements. I did not have weight loss surgery. I did not use fat burners. I lost 90 pounds with pure diet and exercise.

Initially, I was extremely upset that I was being associated with this absolute nonsense, but the truth of the matter is is that I can’t do shit. From here on out, all of my progress pictures will have watermarks linking back to my website.

P.S. They are advertising that you can get abs like ME. Wait! I don’t even have abs! I’m the worst spokesperson alive!

P.S. If you’d like to follow me on Instagram, click HERE!

Positive Reinforcement is the BEST Reinforcement!

 

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Good news, sports fans!

I’ve been kind of avoiding the scale because I didn’t think that it would really do me any good to get on there. Simply because if I hadn’t lost anything, I’d try to restrict and if I did lose something, well, maybe I’d still try to restrict. No winning here, you see.

So, I put on my big girl panties and I finally hopped on the scale last week for the first time since late May. And I was down 4.5 pounds. What! That means that I have lost 89 pounds. What!

And you know what this means? This means that me eating 1550 a day and being active and not restricting heavily can still mean that I can lose weight.

If anything, this is the best positive reinforcement ever. I’m really excited and I’m really proud of myself.

 Anything is possible if you go at it head on and be strong. You can do it.

Morning Stretches with Coffee

One of the things that I look forward to the most during the day is my morning cup of coffee and leg stretches.

When I was 18, I had a severely herniated disk that was pressing up against my sciatic nerve which was causing immense pain down my right leg. I had surgery to correct the problem, but I still occasionally feel some lingering sciatic pain possibly due to nerve damage. coffee-386878_640

What I have been doing for almost a month now is just stretching my legs out every single morning with my yoga strap. I feel like this has helped my legs immensely, as I hardly feel my sciatica anymore!

And what is there that I can really say about that morning cup of coffee? It’s fabulous and gives me that extra boost of energy to get my butt in the gym for an hour and a half!

What is something that you do that makes you feel rejuvenated and gives you a kickstart to the day?

30 Day Plank Challenge!

It’s August 1st. You know what that means? That means we get to set goals, stick with ‘em, and achieve them!

One of my best friends in the entire world, Lexi, is challenging all of her clients (she’s a personal trainer, of course!) and her friends to do what we call: The 30 Day Plank Challenge.

I’ll be in on this challenge. Are YOU in?

C'mon! It's not THAT difficult!

C’mon! It’s not THAT difficult!

Expanding Your Values

One thing that I’ve been working on a lot in therapy are values. No, no. I’m not talking about your ethics or anything like that. I’m talking about what makes you happy and authentic and genuine. 

I feel like during my weight loss excursion, my values shifted. Instead of seeing working out and fitness as something of value, I saw food being more of a value. My entire world changed to being obsessed with food: how I’m not eating it and when I can eat it next. I valued only the numbers that I burned instead of the numbers that I could lift.

Things that I am Trying to Value Now: 

1. My heart strength

2. My fitness strength

3. My mental strength

4. The concept that I don’t value food as much as I used to

5. My healthy self instead of my eating disordered self

What do YOU value? 

Water Challenge ’14

We’ve all been told to drink more water, right? We’ve been told that our pee should be clear, right? You know you should be drinking more, but you never do, right? Right.

My Peanuts Christmas shirt and my Nalgene bottle!

My Peanuts Christmas shirt and my Nalgene bottle!

I decided to challenge myself this past week and force myself to drink the amount of water that my body is supposed to be getting. If you don’t know, the amount of water you should be drinking a day is your body weight divided by two. That means that I’m supposed to be sippin’ on 96 ounces of water a day.

Let’s be honest, drinking regular ol’ water can be boring. I decided to use water enhancers that my mom purchased at Aldi to make my water seem more like a treat than a chore.

After hitting 96 ounces to a gallon of water everyday, I’m gonna be honest and say that I feel great! I truly feel like my water has made me more energized. I feel more full during the day, which means less snacking. I think my skin has been absolutely glowing (as many of my Facebook friends have been suggesting).

Who knows! I might turn into one of those gym rats that carry around an entire gallon of water with them everywhere they go! Just kidding. ;)

 

Carry the World Around Your Waist: FlipBelt Review

Have you ever wanted to go for a run/hike/walk and carry everything with you? You know, totally impractical things like a BBQ, a whistle, a pudding cup, and maybe even a small child? Well, look no further! Time for you to invest in a FlipBelt!

Clearly not my body

Clearly not my body

Ok, no, you can’t carry around all of those things, but let’s be honest here! You know you want to go on a run, but you can’t find anything to store your “stuff” in. That’s your phone, your keys, your money, your identification.

I went on a 3.8 mile run this weekend and took my FlipBelt around for the ride. Here’s what I’ve found.

Pros on the FlipBelt: 

1. Compartments to store your stuff: The concept of the FlipBelt is that there are compartments where you can put your things in. You then flip the belt so that the compartment’s holes are facing your body. Everything stays in secure!

2. It doesn’t bounce: I had my phone and keys in my FlipBelt. There was no bouncing. I didn’t even realize I had the thing on my body!

3. It’s machine washable and dryable: Forget about your FlipBelt stinkin’ up the place! You can toss that sucker right in the washing machine and it’s good as new!

4. It expands: The FlipBelt can stretch to fit all of your things. There are different dimensions for different sizes of the FlipBelt, but I had zero problem putting my Samsung Galaxy S5 inside the belt.

5. It doesn’t ride up: I never felt the belt ride up on my body or slide down my body. It sincerely just stayed in place during my entire run! The only problem that I was having were from my pants. They are too gosh darn big!

Cons on the FlipBelt:

Nothing because it’s too damn awesome.

If you want me to review your product, drop me a line at erin[at]exactlyerin.com!

 

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