Dear Boys and Girls, For a bit there (about a month or so), I was feeling myself slip into a state of softness that I frankly don’t like being. I’m “off season” I told myself, so I’m going to allow myself some occasional cheat meals per week. If I wan’t something, I’m not going to deprive myself. Well, one dip into the nacho bowl turned into two; one extra cheat meal turned into two and then three. Life is unfair, within two or three weeks, I noticed that my pants were a little tighter. I told myself that I can live with a little extra padding, and I can. But only just a little bit. I refuse to buy bigger jeans. I don’t want to start off the New Year with a ton of “work” to do as far as my fitness and weight. I want to start 2011 feeling…Details
Dear Boys and Girls, I just finished eating another one of my super duper clean meals: one small sweet potato, asparagus (about 12 spears) and about six ounces of chicken cooked with some natural spices I bought at the Farmer’s Market the other day. How’d I cook it? Like I cook most everything else: on the Foreman grill and/or on the pan. I’ve said it a million times, I don’t mind eating plain foods. Do I like nice dishes? Yes! Absolutely! I’m just lazy! I really don’t enjoy following recipes and since I don’t mind eating the same things over and over again, I’m not motivated to change it up in the kitchen. But, for those of you who enjoy cooking, who are searching for recipe ideas, who need a little variety, and/or lots of flavor, I’ve got something for you. I stumbled upon Tiffany’s The Gracious Pantry‘s Fan Page…Details
Dear Boys and Girls, I don’t know about you, but I think the holidays have a way of getting me down. I do love the Christmas lights and the cute decorations and the songs, but somehow, I’m finding myself in a funk. I know the holiday blues are common, so I thought I’d share, not so we can wallow in self-pity together, but rather, lift ourselves up collectively. There are numerous reasons why people often feel down during the holidays: they are away from loved ones (hi, mom and friends in NY!), the holidays are supposed to be spent with people you care about (with all this traveling, I still haven’t made a real effort to make more friends here in Dallas. Shame on me!), holiday stress (I’m stressed out about having to travel again and I hate leaving my dogs), and last but not least, there is so…Details
Dear Boys and Girls,
My friend and recent team member Fernando Rivera was hit by a car last month while crossing the street last month. He will remain in the hospital for a few months while he recovers from his leg and arm injuries. Doctors say it will be at least four months before he can begin to walk and at least a year before he’s back to normal.
Unfortunately, Fernando has a physical job, which means he will be out of work for quite a while.
I would love to pull together to help Fernando out. If my readers, team members, and friends were to donate even just $1 to $5 dollars, we would be able to raise enough money for him to ease the financial burden of his accident. Please consider giving!
Yours in health!
Barbie Decker, PhD
Dear Boys and Girls, When it comes to cooking and eating, I’m a simple girl. I can eat the same foods for lunch and dinner–say asparagus and chicken-for two or three days before switching to another dish. Yes, I’m lazy, but it works for me! Still, I do switch it up a bit. I’ve received many requests to share some meal ideas, so here you go! Eater be warned: I’m boring! But my meals are so simple to prepare that you can no longer use time or the fact that you may not be a good cook as an excuse. If I can do this, you can, too! Eating clean guidelines that I follow: In general, I stay away from whole wheat, dairy, sodium, alcohol, and sauces. Why? Wheat and dairy bloat me. I’m not a nutritionist and to be honest, I’m not exactly sure why it makes a…Details
Dear Boys and Girls, Back by popular demand: Another 24-Day Clean Eating Challenge. DATES: Wednesday, December 1st until and including, Thursday, December 23rd. If you adhere to these guidelines, you will see big changes. DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF little slips here and there. But if you fall, pick yourself up again. It’s consistency and not perfection that gets you to your ideal body! PART I of III: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT 1. You PRESS PLAY Five or Six Times a week, depending on your program. If you are not doing a beachbody workout, you should aim to do 3 resistance days and 2-3 cardio days. (Note: my experience is with Beachbody products. For that reason I can’t design a gym workout program for you.) 2. You EAT CLEAN six times a week. YOU GET ONE CHEAT MEAL PER WEEK, NOTTTT a CHEAT DAY. 3. No additional cheat snacks. ONE CHEAT MEAL…Details
Tis the season and I am craving pies, pumpkin, chocolate, and everything that’s probably not that good for me. So what’s a girl or guy to do? Before sharing a relatively guilt-free recipe with you, let me update you on where I am in terms of my fitness and progress. Last year around this time, I was going hard-core with my training and eating in preparation for the Million Dollar Body Contest. With the exception of my weekly splurge meal, I did not go off course. Absolutely no wine, no cheese, no wheat. Mentally, I was prepared to do that. I had a goal in mind. Reaching 12% body fat was more important than a piece of cake. I reached my goal and attained a level of fitness I never thought possible. This year, at least for a limited time (2 months to be exact), I’ve decided to relax…Details
Dear Boys and Girls, Happy Sunday! Yesterday on Facebook I posted transformation pictures of my customer Nana Monney (with her permission of course). I first posted her before picture at 216 lbs and asked: How much weight can this woman lose in a year? No one, with the exception of one person, touched that comment. But the support and hurrays came pouring in when I soon after posted her NOW picture. Her progress has been remarkable. 40 lbs lighter, her now pictures exude confidence and awesomeness, and yes, the best is yet to come! This morning we recorded an interview where Nana speaks about her journey. Listen as she speaks about what kept tripping her up before things finally clicked for her. Once they did, the weight started coming off and just as importantly, staying off! She also offers some tips on staying the course and keeping strong. Thanks for…Details
Dear Boys and Girls, It’s Sunday morning. It’s one of those days where it all makes sense, where I have the clarity of mind and peace to fully appreciate where I’ve been, where I am, and yea, maybe where I’m headed. I have a doctorate in French literature. To be quite frank, I decided to go to graduate school because one professor, Adriana Bontea, believed in me, because I didn’t want to be average, and well, because at 21, I thought getting a PhD in French Literature would be cool. That’s the truth. Did I know what I was getting into? No. I devoted almost ten years of graduate study to pursue a field that interested me enough, but that I was not truly passionate about. I was, however, passionate about teaching. As a child, I would line up my dolls to lecture them. Sharing with others, teaching, makes me…Details