Fat Loss Tip #11 – How To Stay Focused / Motivated

How To Stay Focused / Motivated on the Weight Loss Road to Success

Somebody asked me to give them tips on things I do to stay focused & motivated. Read on, this was my biggest tip I gave her that might help you too….

I remember a time in my life where my closet was like a department store. I shopped ALL THE TIME, had a ton of clothes and a wide variety of sizes in my closet. Some to big, some to little but at some point of the year they all fit depending on the season. LOL

Before Paleo my weight fluctuated so much from Summer sizes 16/18 to Winter sizes 20/22 and no that’s not because I would wear layers or sweaters…… 🙂

Funny but it never dawned on me that in order to continue to move forward, I needed to stop expecting to be able to reach back or buy new clothes that where my old familiar winter sizes…….

It never dawned on me that reaching back for my familiar winter clothes and expecting them to fit meant that I would have to GAIN my winter weight back. Talk about being in a comma……..

Once I went Paleo and became committed to it the weight started falling off but I still kept the (fat) clothes in the closet just in case I needed them. (Sometimes its hard to come out of a comma)

I recall one day standing in the closet telling a friend “I have absolutely NOTHING TO WEAR” everything was to big. Even my to little stuff was to big……

I was forced to bag it all up and shop for my current size. (One eye open…. Still not completely out of the comma)

I ended up with 10 bags of clothes in my living room that where too big and a huge EMPTY closet with a couple a pair of leggings and tops to mix/match to hold me over to the next shopping trip.

I decide to challenge myself and be a blessing to someone else. I gave all 10 bags of clothes away (my crutch) and kept an empty bag in my closet for storing potential clothes that would soon be to big.

I turned my expectations from moving/thinking backwards to moving forward. (Finally delivered from the comatose state I was in)

So my point today is you can’t expect to get to the top of the mountain if you keep allowing yourself to have a set back.

Position yourself where you have no choice but to move forward. Right now at this very moment I challenge you to open your closet and take out ALL of your clothes that are too big. Yes ALL of them……yep the cute stuff too and put them in a bag.

Now what you do with that bag is up to you just REMOVE it from your house. If you cleaned out your pantry to eat Paleo then you merely set yourself up for potential weight loss……

Take the next step by setting your expectations on HIGH and clean out your closet and stop shopping for the old familiar or your current sizes. As a matter of fact don’t buy another piece of clothing until you loose 15-20lbs…

When you continue to repeat old patterns you only set yourself up for failure…….

Eating right & exercising to loose weight is just a small piece of the puzzle.
You must realize that this is a BEHAVIORAL challenge and you are trying to correct a lifetime of dysfunctional patterns and bad food choices……….

So Stay Focused, Position Yourself for a Blessing & Believe That You Can Do It. SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

How To Eat Paleo For: Weight Loss, Hypertension, Diabetes, Autoimmune Diseases….

What Is The Paleo Diet?

The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research indicates that it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility. Try Paleo for 30 days and see how it works!

Paleo Food List For Health & Wellness

Low Carb/Paleo Food List For Weight Loss

Paleo Food Guide For Autoimmunity Diseases

Paleo Food Guide For High Blood Pressure & Type 2 Diabetes

(Coming Soon)

Paleo Food Guide For Troubleshooting Fat Loss

Basic Paleo Food List For Health & Wellness

What to eat

Follow this list if weight loss is NOT your goal. Starting with meats, eat as much as you want for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Cook the meats simply without too much added fat – broiling, baking, roasting, sautéing or browning, then pouring off excess liquid fat, or stir frying over high heat with a little oil (No deep fat frying)

Meat

Beef, pork, lamb, veal, rabbit, goat, sheep, horse, bison, wild boar, …

Game meat

Deer, pheasant, bear, moose, woodcock, elk, duck, rabbit, reindeer, wild turkey

Poultry

Chicken, turkey, duck, quail, goose, …

Fish

Salmon, tuna, trout, bass, halibut, sole, haddock, turbot, walleye, tilapia, cod, flatfish, grouper, mackerel, anchovy, herring, …

Shellfish

Crab, lobster, shrimps, scallops, clams, oysters, mussels, …

Fats

Avocados, avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, butter, clarified butter (ghee), lard, tallow, duck fat, veal fat, lamb fat, fatty fishes (sardines, mackerel, salmon), nut butters, nut oils (walnut, macadamia), coconut flesh, coconut milk, …

Eggs

Chicken eggs, duck eggs, goose eggs, quail eggs, …

Vegetables

Celery, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, leeks, kohlrabi, green onions, eggplants, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, cucumber, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, artichokes, okra, avocados, …

Green leafy vegetables

Lettuce, spinach, collard greens, kale, beet top, mustard greens, dandelion, swiss chard, watercress, turnip greens, seaweeds, endive, arugula (rocket), bok choy, rapini, chicory, radicchio…

Root vegetables

Carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, radish, jerusalem artichokes, yams, cassava, …

Winter squash

Butternut squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, pumpkin, buttercup squash, …

Summer squash

Zucchini, yellow summer squash, yellow crookneck squash, …

Fruits

Bananas, apples, oranges, berries (strawberry, cranberry, cranberry, blueberry, blackberry), grapefruit, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, pomegranates, pineapple, papaya, grapes, cantaloupe, cherries, apricot, water mellon, honeydew mellon, kiwi, lemon, lime, lychee, mango, tangerine, coconut, figs, dates, passion fruit, persimmon, …

Nuts and seeds

Pistachios, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), pecans, walnuts, pine nuts, macadamia nuts, chestnuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts

Mushrooms

Button mushroom, portabello, oyster mushroom, shiitake, chanterelle, crimini, porcini, morel…

Fresh and dried herbs

Parsley, thyme, lavender, mint, basil, rosemary, chives, tarragon, oregano, sage, dill, bay leaves, coriander, …

Spices and other natural flavor enhancers

Ginger, garlic, onions, black pepper, hot peppers, star anise, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, cayenne pepper, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, paprika, vanilla, cloves, chilies, …

Foods You Can Eat in Moderation

Oils

4 tablespoons or less a day when weight loss is of primary importance

Olive , Avocado, Walnut, Flax seed Oils

 Beverages

Coffee, Tea, Wine (2-4-oz glasses) Beer Spirits (4oz)

 Paleo Sweets

Dark Chocolate, Dried Fruits (2oz), Nuts mixed with dried fruit & fresh fruits

(no more than 4oz of nuts & 2oz of dried fruit/day)

What to avoid

Refined sugar, grains (wheat, corn, oats, rice….), legumes (soy, peanuts, lentils,….) and vegetable seed oils (corn oil, peanut oil, soybean oil……)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paleo Recipe Swap

We are sharing some of  favorite Paleo recipes. Click on the links below to view

Tisha’s Spinach Frittata

Tomato Garlic Butter

Jameena’s Roasted Veggies

Paleo Smoke Sausage & Cabbage Stir Fry

Dairy-Free Green Goddess Dressing

Berries and Balsamic Vinegar

Kayla’s Paleo Meatballs over Marinara

Enchilada Chicken Stew

Anice’s Chicken Spinach and Carrot Soup

Pork Curry

Sage Roasted Chicken

Sweet Potato Hash

Easy Ceviche

Sausage Stir Fry Breakfast

Tuna and Cabbage Salad

Slow Cooker Pork Loin

Chicken Fajitas Salad

Pork Curry

Ingredients:

• 1 lb ground pork
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 1–2 tbsp curry powder
• 1 bag baby spinach (~14 oz)
• ½ can coconut milk (7 oz)
• 2–3 cloves garlic

In a pot large enough to hold the spinach, brown the pork in the olive oil. Add the curry powder as the pork browns, mix well. Break up any large lumps of pork. Once the pork has browned, add all of the spinach and the coconut milk. Heat until the spinach has cooked down and wilted. Add the garlic at the end, either mincing it or using a garlic press to crush it. Mix well, remove from heat, and serve.

This recipe works well with stew beef, chicken, or lamb as well.

Chicken, Spinach and Carrot Soup

You can add just about any protein you want to this soup: I usually make the base & keep it for days when I don’t want to cook. Then add a little roasted chicken:

Ingredients
2 Tbs. extra vigin olive oil
2 Large white onions, thinly sliced
1.5 pounds bonless, skinless chicken breast
1 large carrot, shredded
1 jalapeno pepper with seeds, minced
2 tsp minced fresh thyme or oregano – 1 tsp if dried
8 cups fat free chicken stock or vegetable stock.
6 cups of baby spinach leaves, packed
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes

Directions
Heat oil in large stockpot over medium heat. Add onions, cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken, cook 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Add carrot, garlic, jalapeno and thyme, cook 2 minutes more. Stir in broth, increase heat, and bring to boil. Add , tomato and spinach, return to a boil. Cover, remove from heat. Makes 7 2-cup servings.

Enchilada Chicken Stew …..Crockpot Meal

Enchilada Chicken Stew



Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 8 hours Total time: 8 hours 10 mins Serves: 4-6


Ingredients
2lbs chicken breasts
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 (4oz) can of chopped jalapenos
1 (4oz) can of chopped green chiles
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 (14oz) can of diced tomatoes
1 (7 oz) can tomato sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
salt and pepper, to taste
bundle of cilantro, to garnish
avocado, to garnish


Instructions
Pull out your handy dandy crockpot.
Add your chicken breasts.
Then add the rest of the ingredients on top, in any order.
Put on low for 8-10 hours or high for 6-8.
After it’s done cooking, use tongs to pick at the chicken to shred it in with all the ingredients.
Top with cilantro and some avocado.
Eat up!!