For anyone new to my page: Hi! I’m Britt. I received several messages/comments asking how I lost over 80 lbs in 5 months. I promise It’s not a secret - from my username, bio, hashtags, and multiple other posts, I share how I was able to get where I am. But I understand a lot of people are unfamiliar so I wanted to share it in this post so no one feels misled.
In September 2018 I underwent a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG/sleeve surgery). A surgeon removed 80% of my stomach. Some of you may stop reading here, please don’t. Some people believe this is the easy way out, for the lazy, people who can’t control themselves around food, have no discipline & haven’t really tried. I promise you, that’s not the case.
Here are the basics. At 16 I was diagnosed with severe PCOS after my first cyst ruptured. To stop the cysts from forming I was treated with depo-provera, the birth control shot. It worked. I was on depo continuously for about 7 years. There are a lot of women that use depo, some have many side effects, some have few, some have none. However, a recent study found that 50% of women who took the shot became obese within 3 years. This tells me I’m not alone in my struggle.
When my weight got out of control I did not sit back and just let it happen. Personal trainers, dietitians, nutritionists, numerous meal plans, commercial programs, hospital programs, medications, injections. I tried it all and it was all documented. My doctor referred me to a weight loss surgery program. I didn’t want to do it. I spent an additional year working hard. It wasn’t enough. I needed this tool & I am so thankful for it.
If you decide to keep following you will see that surgery did not magically take away 80 lbs. I put in hard work every single day. At this point, I can eat whatever I want. I choose not to. I follow a strict diet and exercise plan bc if I don’t, I will be right back where I started.
I’ll be sharing a lot of content that’s not exclusive to surgery like low carb/low calorie meals, my progress with OrangeTheory, and plastics down the road. I have about 60 lbs to lose before I’m in maintenance and would love to have you along for the ride 💪🏼🍎🏃♀️🧘🏼
Food and exercise are not a monetary type relationship. You don’t need to pay for one with the other.
A few years ago, this was me. If I ate too much, I’d add extra running to my routine. It was a cycle of constantly trying to outweigh the good I was eating.
You don’t need to “work off” your food. You don’t need to starve because you’re not working out.
These mindsets get us into trouble-it creates a focus on the fact that food is bad and exercise is good. ❌🚫 #
Food is fuel, food tastes good. Exercise is good for your body. The two can co-exist simultaneously without being forced together.
If you’re trying to lose weight and counting calories or macros, your output and input is calculated and accounted for. Whether or not you’re counting, a night out, a cookie or a drink will not cause you to gain 10lbs overnight. You don’t need to get rid of it by burning more and you certainly don’t need to feel bad about enjoying the thing called your life.
It’s easy to think that we’re defined by our successes - those six-pack selfie moments or the latest personal best.
But we’re not.
We’re defined by our struggles. By the days where we don’t want to do what’s right but we do it anyway. By the days where we feel like totally blowing it and eating whatever the heck we want while binging on our latest Netflix obsession, but we don’t.
It’s in the struggles, the mediocre snack ideas, and the emotions of denying ourselves what we’ve come to use as comfort.
We have to take it day by day. Today, I’m good so I wanted to encourage you because tomorrow I might be the one needing encouragement.
Sure! Because leg day was WAAAAY to easy without these!
These little pieces of plastic were a game changer today! All of the moves went straight from weighted versions of the moves to doing it with these things! They look harmless, but they hurt!
This week I picked up an extra day of work, so I’m interested to see how my legs cope during work today!
Massage requires a lot of squatting to avoid putting extra strain on your back, so in order to make sure I had enough energy for work, I toned it down a bit during my workout, so we’ll see if that was the right decision or not!
Look at these cute little spaghetti squash cakes I made in the microwave this morning. ☀️ My daughter said, “Those are aesthetically pleasing.” 🤓 Did she try them? No. Teenagers don’t do vegetables...hello! They’re delish though for real. Super simple after cooking the squash and bagging it up last night too. Soaked all the moisture out with paper towels then mixed with one beaten egg, 1/2 serving of Italian bread crumbs, sprinkle of baking powder, twist of sea salt, then split between two ramekins sprayed with cooking oil. 2.5 min and done. Served with chicken apple sausage and almond milk-stevia coffee. C270 P24 F10 C21
I found these bright fucking red leggings at Old Navy for $12 🙌🏻 GOTTA LOVE THAT CLEARANCE RACK, BRUH. Another day of #cardiohardio. Since I couldn’t do cardio AND weights, I upped my game and did 5% incline at 3.5 speed on the #dreadmill 💦
There’s a problem in fitness.
Coaches, experts, authors and trainers are all focused on the nuances of diet and exercise or the “result” at most.
Which creates a lot of techniques, tricks, and short term solutions to much deeper & long term problems.
This creates willingness to do extreme tactics that don’t fit into one’s lifestyle long term & usually not even the short term. Or it creates a willingness to “try” or “test” an idea based on some temporary expected result.
But, there’s usually an inherent self image problem that allowed the person to get to a place where their expectation of themselves is minimal or to fear failing so much they’ve trained themselves not to take action.
Or never learn there might be something at the root of their problems deeper than just being overweight.
There’s usually a series of beliefs that they’re not good enough. Or that they’d have to be fitness nuts or highly disciplined people to keep in shape.
There’s a plethora of fitness experts preying on the desire of these people who are seeking out a solution for their lives that doesn’t cause them to take much emotional inventory or doesn’t ask or demand any real length of time to commit themselves to a way of life or goal system rather than some short goal and promise to jump over their surface or external problems rather than their internal and philosophical problem that might require some deeper change.
Only addressing their fitness or lack thereof overlooks a handful of people with a deep and unfulfilled desire to amount to more; to achieve more than they ever have; to contribute more than they know they’re capable of and creating more fulfillment for not only them but a culture of those who will be inspired in the wake of their decisions and actions once they acknowledge the whole of the problem and find solutions at the root.
If we want true change that lasts, we must address the deeper issues and focus on daily habits that are repeatable for years based on continual improvement & progress.
• Plain Tofu
• 1 ripe Mango
• Sugar Snap Peas
• a handful of Raisins
• 1 tbsp of Lime Juice
• 1 tbsp Sweetener of choice
• 1/2 tsp of Szechuan Pepper
• a few leaves of Thai Basil
• 1/2 tbsp Yellow Curry Paste
• mixed in 200ml of hot Water
The whole "just count calories" vs. "just eat healthy" debate seems totally bizarre to me...
Why? Because BOTH are fundamental to losing weight and living a healthy life!
Sure, you can just eat healthy... but for people wanting to LOSE weight, just eating nutritious foods doesn't guarantee weight loss (at least not at a noticeable/motivating pace).
Could you just count calories and lose weight? Absolutely. In fact, there are documented causes of people eating Twinkles and McDonald's only diets who lose weight because they're in a calorie deficit...
However, neglecting food quality can quickly lead to nutrition deficiencies, excessive hunger, out-of-whack hormones, low energy, and decreased willpower/motivation... to name a few. 👎
So to answer the question, "Should you eat healthy or just count calories?"... I say, DO BOTH!
Counting will guarantee you're eating few enough calories to lose weight (if you're being accurate!), and focusing the majority of your diet on healthy, whole foods will ensure you're getting plenty of vitamins, minerals, and fiber—all of which keep your hunger levels within reason and give your the energy & vitality to keep going!
HERE'S YOUR TAKEAWAY: don't think it has to be one or the other - counting calories or eating healthy...
If your goal is to lose weight in a sustainable way, then you should be paying attention to calories AND eating mostly healthy foods. 😁👍
I am sure you have heard that you should eat more “healthy” foods and less “bad” foods. You hear that eating low carbs is the only option to lose weight. Leaving all sugar away. Eating just natural products. Just to name few. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That is where most meal plans fail. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Let me explain. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
THERE IS NO SINGLE FOOD WHAT IS “GOOD” FOOD OR NO SINGLE FOOD WHAT IS “BAD” FOR WEIGHT LOSS
“OMG, Turo you are crazy!?! I have read and heard that this food is not good!”
Weight loss, or fat loss how I like to call it, is a end result how much energy you take in vs. how much energy you use. To lose fat, you need to burn more energy than you eat or drink. It is called calorie deficit. It works also other way, if you eat more than you burn you will gain weight. (a calorie surplus).
Everything you put to your mouth have a calorie count. Even the “healthiest” foods. If somebody is telling you that calories don´t count, you just need to eat “healthy”, they are unfortunately wrong. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“I eat healthy but I can´t lose weight. “
“Do you know how many calories you are eating?”
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “No idea..”
Typical conversation with client.
Even you are eating healthy, calories always count whether they come from fruits or burgers, calorie is calorie. And if you eat too many you will gain weight.
Latest researches show that it is possible to lose weight even eating only fast food until you stay in calorie deficit. It will be harder because you will have more hunger but it is possible. It just shows that there is no such a thing like “good” food or “bad” food. You should never avoid single food. Until your calories are under control, you can eat what you want.
No single food will make you fat. #weightlosshelp#weightlosstip#weightlosssupport#diethelp#fatlossgoals#dietstartstomorrow#weightlossprogress#weightlossinspiration#caloriecountingdiet
Be your own hype person 🙌🏼
A lot will change in 6 months if you work. A year and 6 months ago I was a completely different person. It’s not about my physical results. The soul work I’ve put into my body speaks VOLUME compared to the physical. My weight loss has been a plus. My mindset was not the best. I was very negative. Had zero belief in me.. all that changed when I realized that if one person could become better, I could too.
I’m so grateful for this place 🙏🏼 it pushes me to levels I never imagined. Sometimes I hate it 😅 but when I look the mirror.... Damn it is WELL WORTH IT 🔥
➡️Here is another inspring body transformation journey of @danisweightlossjrny
She says," Honestly just posting this bc my ass looks great for once. Nah just messing. I’m half my size but twice as happy as I was in left. Which is funny bc I remember taking that pic and going damn I look so much happier than I feel. Now I’m just like genuinely happy. And I know what you’re thinking “bitches who talk about how happy they are are just trying to convince themselves that they are” and I get that 100% but fuck off bc I spent years being miserable and bitter and to be able to enjoy life now is something I’m going to boast about!!! The mental part of my journey has been the hardest to tackle. I can’t stress enough how important it is to not just focus on food or your workouts but your MENTAL HEALTH ladies and gents. I know how difficult it is to deal with but stop blaming everything on your weight and thinking loosing it will solve all your problems. Learn to like, no fuck that, learn to LOVE yourself throughout the process. It’s ok if you fuck up, it’s ok if you have a bad day, just know you’re human and the next choice you make will be a better one. BE A COCKY BITCH, BUT A HUMBLE ONE TOO! Ok I’m getting off my fucking soap box and shutting up. Thanks for tuning in, have a blessed Sunday". ❤❤
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Big SHOUT OUT to member Judy Z.! She started her weight loss journey in December 2018, by changing what she ate. She started to see progress and realized that she needed to add fitness into her routine. She joined our studio 12/31/18 and she lost even MORE weight.
Judy decided to take her journey to next level and join the Transformation Challenge.
Since her initial weigh-in, JUDY HAS LOST 11LBS!!! CONGRATS on your progress! Keep it up 💪🍊 #inspiration#weightlossinspiration#motivation#transformationchallenge#morelife#keepburning#otf#orangetheoryfitness