Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Supermarket Food Haul

Hey ladies! I went shopping last night to jump start my week productively. I had a lot of foods sitting around that weren't exactly healthy or clean. So I decided to toss the bad choices and replace them with more friendly options. I thought it would be a fantastic idea to share my finds with you all just to give you an inside eye at how I get down. 

  • Eggs
  • Green Giant Just For One (Individual servings) Broccoli & Cheese
  • Smart Ones Frozen Entree (6 or 7 points)
  • Bacon
  • Michelena's Lean Gourmet Entree
  • Perdue Short Cuts Carved Chicken Breast Slices
  • Del Monte Sugar Free Peach Cups
  • Carrots
  • Grapes
  • Laughing Cow Light French Onion Cheese Wedge 
  • Lenders Onion Bagels
  • Activia Light Blueberry Yogurt (70 Calories)
  • Fat Free Log Pretzels
  • 60 Calorie Chocolate Pudding
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Oat Revolution Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal w/ Flaxseed
  • Idahoan Four Cheese Mashed Potatoes
  • Ritz Crackers
Next step, dividing fruits/snacks into single serving bags for easy access, preparedness, and portability!

What's in your pantry/shopping list?
Leave a comment below!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Why Lose? | Daisy's Edition

Hey ladies! I am so glad to have you here. I think the best way to introduce you to this blog is to introduce you all to me and my weight loss journey thus far. So, I'm Daisy of I'm Just Daisy and I began this journey January 2011 at 260 lbs. Why you may ask? Well, I just became fed up and super motivated to put an end to those awkwardly intense doctor appointments regarding my weight where I would stare at the wall avoiding eye contact because I couldn't bare to hear the truth about how out of control my weight was. Growing up heavy was never a problem for me because I was never alone. I come from a thick family and almost never felt out of place about my chubbiness as a child.  I became very comfortable in my obesity and also very confident in my skin. However, once death became too familiar and illnesses became way too close for comfort, I decided enough was enough. 

My Plans:
400 Calorie Fix Diet 
  • Time: approximately 3 months (January-March, 2011)
  • Results: -20lbs
  • Pros: Great ice breaker for healthy eating and adjusting from terrible foods
  • Cons: Went off track for 2 weeks and gained back almost half of the weight lost
  • Ultimate Results: Walked away with a -13lb weight loss
Weight Watchers
  • Time: April 2011-Present
  • Results: -37lbs so far
  • Pros: A program structured around teaching you how to eat all the foods/nutrients you need while also learning how to balance the foods you love. There is no such thing as deprivation! Not a DIET but a lifestyle
  • Cons: None thus far
  • More: You can keep posted with my weekly updates here
Before Any Diets or Plans:
At 260lbs.
Progress Photos:

One dress + one change = a completely different fit

My 21st Birthday to the left and my 20th Birthday to the right

Cheetah print redefined--all it took was a little bit of hard work and a lot of dedicated time

I've been working at correcting my health for exactly a year now and one thing is for: I AM NOT GIVING UP. In fact, I am taking my time--moving at my pace, making sure that my body learns how to properly nourish itself. Bets believe that I am getting there. The proof is below!

Here are my stats/goals/rewards:
HT: 5'4" 

CW: 223 

SW: 260 (January, 2011)

GW1: 200 - new shoes

GW2: 180 - MAC makeover

GW3: 160 - new domain
UGW: 150 - wardrobe + photo shoot

Friday, January 20, 2012

Not the gym type? Too busy for a routine? Still want results?

Since the beginning of my own weight loss journey I have constantly been struggling with penciling in time to hit the gym. I don't know if its apart of me that is completely afraid of exercising in public or the practical part of me who just can't seem to make room in a busy schedule for a full out routine. Whatever it is, it's prompted me to make the decision to make one of my biggest goals for this year to move more and apply activity to my lifestlye because we all know weight loss is 70% nutrition and 30% fitness. Yes, you heard me right 30%! Are you balancing out this equation correctly?

If your answer was no then lucky for you because I have a solution! If you can't find the time or the energy to add in a full routine you can always grab one of these amazing exercise cheat sheets to kick start your body into moving again. Perhaps from there you will recieve an immense amount of confidence, motivation, or energy to really get serious about increasing your fitness routine or making it a permanent slot in your weekly activites which is strongly recommended.

I just want to mention that 2 B Fit Fab Fierce is a no judgement zone. It is okay if you are one of those people who cringes at the idea of working out or maybe your one of those people who cries tears of joy at the mere thought of fitness. However, if that's not you and you prefer these quick crash work out routines then so be it. As long as your moving your body then your making more of a difference then many people who are still lazying about on their sofas. So take a peak below at some awesome routines that I swaped from amazing blogs who I give full credit to. These routines were NOT formulated by me in any way.

And last but not least always remember:

Be sure to leave a comment letting us know if any of these cheat sheats were affective, whether you prefer full work out routines, or if you simply aren't ready to start moving yet! We want to hear more from you ladies :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Time for a change/Whats your Reasoning???

My reasons for losing weight
1.    Prevention of Diabetes, Hypertension blood pressure and other diseases caused by being overweight
2.    To shop in non-plus size sections
3.    To wear a Bikini once In my lifetime
4.     Extend My Lifespan
5.    Gain Energy
6.    To become aware of different food choices
7.    Tired of the Muffin Top Bizzness

So what are your reasons for wanting to lose weight or living a healthier lifestyle?

“Keep it fitnfab”-Glo

Eating Healthy While Supporting the Community

Farmer Markets-Locally Grown
As we all know the benefits of eating healthy and the expensive price of produce and other healthy options, I recently decided to do a little research. I looked into my local farmers market and not only found out that all the items are locally grown, but there is also fresh poultry and other meats being sold there as well. I thought that only produce would be sold there (little did I know, lol). I also found out that there was a small cafĂ©’ inside and everything being made there was fresh from the locally grown farms! Talk about a healthy place for shopping and eating. Now to the most important, business! I know that buying a bag of apples or fresh spinach is pricier than little Debbie cakes and Hostess. So I see this as a wallet friendly way to shop for healthier food options! (WoooHoo) I say that because these foods come directly from a local location, so its not(transportation) prices, the food is fresher because of the short distance and because the farmers want local support their willing to negotiate their prices!

So I encourage you all to do a little research and locate a farmers market in your area! And if you cant locate one, then there is always Trader Joes and Whole Foods near!
"keep it fitnfab"-Glo

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Plan-Friendly Shopping List Courtesy of Weight Watchers

Hey ladies! I recently opened up my email and found this glorious gift that I've been dying to share. As a member of Weight Watchers, I am always receiving awesome tips and guidelines for healthy weight loss. This week's email featured a plan friendly shopping list which I thought was perfect! Often we end up proclaiming an interest in healthy eating and end up going to the grocery store lost and unsure of where to start! 
Before we get started, I just want to stress that this shopping list/article was not prepared by me but by Weight Watchers the direct link to this list can be found towards the end of this post.

So here are few items you should look out for while shopping:

Fridge staples
  • reduced-fat or fat-free hard cheese, such as parmesan
  • grated cheese
  • cream cheese
  • cottage cheese
  • mustard
  • ketchup
  • light or nonfat butter
  • light or nonfat margarine
  • low-fat salad dressing
  • low-fat sour cream
  • light mayonnaise
Cooking essentials:
  • bottled minced garlic
  • fresh lemons and limes to squeeze for juice
Diet beverages:
  • flavored waters and seltzers
  • soda
  • light juice cocktails
  • sugar-free lemonade mixes
  • hummus
  • black bean dip
  • fat-free or low-fat sour cream-based dips
Eggs/liquid egg substitute

Fresh Fruit:
  • whole items such as apples and plums
  • cut up melons and mixed fresh fruit salad
Fresh vegetables:
  • whole items for slicing and dicing
  • bagged salad mixes
  • Cut-up vegetables for dips
Hot dogs and bacon:
  • Canadian-style bacon
  • light turkey or pastrami bacon
  • reduced-fat or fat-free hot dogs
Luncheon meats:
  • deli-sliced turkey breast
  • lean ham
  • roast beef
Meat, fish and poultry:
  • lean beef
  • skinless fish
  • lean ground chicken
  • turkey breast
Meat alternatives:
  • soy dogs
  • tofu
  • tempeh
  • seitan
  • skim
  • 1%
  • buttermilk
  • tortillas
  • wonton wrappers
  • fresh pastas
Yogurts/smoothies (low-fat or fat-free varieties)

Freezer staples
Breakfast items:
  • whole-grain waffles
  • pre-made pancakes
Frozen desserts:
  • light and fat-free ice creams, muffins and cakes
Frozen Entrees (light breakfasts, lunches, dinners and side dishes)

Frozen Fruit (for baking and making smoothies)

Frozen Starches (low-fat/low-calorie potatoes and squashes)

Frozen Vegetables (whole, cut-up and sliced for soups, stir-fries and other entrees)

Meal kits (Asian stir-fries that include already cut veggies and light sauces)
Meat substitutes:
  • veggie burgers
  • soy products
Meat, fish and poultry:
  • lean beef
  • skinless fish
  • lean ground chicken
  • lean ground turkey breast
Soup (bean-based, broths for cooking)

Pantry staples
Baking mixes/needs:
  • angel food cake
  • spice cake
  • reduced-calorie pancake and brownie mix
  • light or fat-free, sugar-free pudding and gelatin mixes
  • sugar and/or sugar substitutes
Beans and lentils (canned and dried; kidney, pinto, black, chickpeas, etc.)

  • light whole-wheat or whole-grain breads
  • reduced-calorie hamburger and hot dog buns
  • pre-made thin pizza crust
  • reduced-fat crackers
Canned fish (tuna and salmon packed in water)

Canned vegetables and soups:
  • pureed pumpkin for baking
  • chopped chilies
  • canned artichoke hearts
  • fat-free broth
  • reduced-fat tomato-based soups
Canned fruit (packed in water or their own juice)
  • high-fiber varieties
  • dry oats and farina
  • instant flavored oatmeal
Dried fruit/vegetables:
  • cranberries
  • raisins
  • apricots
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • dehydrated vegetable snack mixes

Oil, vinegar, cooking spray and other bottled sauces/dressings
  • teriyaki
  • reduced-sodium soy
  • reduced-calorie syrup
  • olive-oil flavored cooking spray, etc.
Pasta, rice and other dry grains:
  • whole-wheat pasta
  • brown and wild rice
  • bulgur
  • couscous
Peanut butter or other nut butters/nuts

Savory snacks:
  • light popcorn
  • baked chips
  • portion-controlled cracker packs
  • dried herbs and spices
  • prepackaged seasoning packets
Shelf-stable vegetables:
  • whole onions
  • heads of garlic
  • potatoes
Sweet snacks (reduced-fat and fat-free candy, cookies and chocolates)

Tomato sauce and paste:
  • bottled and canned
  • plain and seasoned
Popular getting-started must-haves
  • Canned, fat-free refried beans (for burritos, quesadillas and vegetable dips)
  • Flavored mustards (such as tarragon, dill and honey mustards for sandwiches, potato and poultry toppings)
  • Flavored salsas/canned seasoned tomato products (for potato toppings, vegetable dips, poultry and fish, Mexican-based dishes)
  • Frozen veggie burgers (black bean, Southwestern- and Indian-flavored and soy burgers)
  • Grapes (wash and freeze for a frozen treat)
  • Gum
  • High-fiber crunchy cereal (to snack on or mix into yogurt) 
  • High-quality dark chocolate 
  • Highly flavored vinegars (high-quality balsamic vinegar and herb-infused vinegars)
  • Highly flavored cheeses (Parmigiano Reggiano, crumbled feta, blue cheese)
  • Highly flavored oils (toasted sesame, walnut, extra-virgin olive oil)
  • Light crackers/cookies (look for pre-portioned snack packs)
  • Light or fat-free whipped topping (for dessert toppings or as a dip/topping for fresh fruit)
  • Light or nonfat sour cream and plain yogurt (for making dips and sauces; plain, fat-free Greek yogurt is nice and thick — perfect as a chili/stew topping and thicker creamy sauces)
  • Low-fat microwave popcorn
  • Mini packs of low-fat cottage cheese 
  • Pistachios in shells/tamari roasted almonds 
  • Whole-wheat pitas/tortillas/wraps (use for sandwiches or slice, season and toast for homemade chips)
  • Soy chips/baked chips/flavored rice cakes
  • Spaghetti squash (bake and remove flesh with a fork as a pasta alternative)
  • String cheese
  • Sugar-free, fat-free pudding and gelatin
  • Sugar-free, fat-free fudge pops, ices and ice cream bars
  • Sweet potatoes (for homemade oven-baked fries)
  • Whole-wheat pasta and whole-wheat couscous
(Source Weight Watchers)


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Ladies, it's time to get S.M.A.R.T

Before, we get started I just want to thank a moment to Welcome you all! Glo and myself (Daisy) are so excited to finally put our own goals into action by sharing this blog with you all.  All we want is to foster a catechism of positive energy, motivation, and understanding in regards to those striving or considering a weight loss journey. I hope you find the tips, support, and advice you need to get Fit, Fab, & Fierce!
Now, let's get down to business. Ever thought, "wow I know I want to begin a weight loss journey" but you were just  never too sure how? Well, this is where I come in to save the day!

Here are a few quick tips--to keep in mind before beginning your journey. To keep it as simple as possible you must be S.M.A.R.T! How or what am I talking about you may ask? Well, listen up and follow these easy guidelines:
  • S-Specific--Try to narrow in as much as you can by asking: what, why, and how. What exactly are you getting out of the weight loss journey? Why do you even want to commit to such a journey? How will you do it? (Will you calorie count, try a weight loss program like Weight Watchers, or will you simply track?)
  • M-Measurable--Rule of thumb: "If you can't measure it then you can't manage it!" Get the proper cooking tools to help make keeping track of portions as smooth as possible. It will save you so much trouble and eliminate the bad habit of guesstimating the value of the foods your eating! Accuracy is very important here.
  • A-Attainable--Don't reach for the stars just yet. Take baby steps and settle for a smaller goal. If you set your goals too far out of reach, you will be bound to lose hope, motivation, and determination. There is nothing wrong with taking it slow. It's actually recommended.
  • R--Realistic--Be honest with yourself. You know your limitations and your expectations. Honesty will help move you along in your journey. However, lack of honesty will only hold you back from future achievements. We all know that it is very easy to be dishonest with others but not with yourself. So, don't be upset if you don't reach the results you were aiming for overnight! Be honest with yourself because you already know it all takes time. Speaking of time...
  • T--Timely--Time is key. Put an end point on your weight loss goal for finality. It will give you a clear and definite target to work towards for your weight loss goals. Leaving it open ended is like leaving your AC on all year around, eventually it will just stop working.
I want you all to grab your nearest notepad or weight loss journal (which I highly recommend you use) and map out your S.M.A.R.T guidelines. Once, your done you won't just have an idea of what you need to do to begin--you'll actually have a plan!

You can even share some of your answers below in a comment or in the daily message board on the sidebar. I hope this was helpful in seeing that being: Fit, Fab, & Fierce is completely doable!