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After the “Kwest” – Getting Back on Track

Health Kwest has come and gone, and my wallet is NOT $10,000 heavier. I ended up dropping a total of 43 pounds the healthy way over 60 days. I was doing really well following my plan of eating a healthy breakfast within 45 minutes of waking up to get my metabolism going and making sure I was eating something like an apple, protein bar or shake 3-4 hours after that, then lunch which was usually my daily bowl, then another high protein snack, and dinner; I was averaging 1700 calories a day. I also joined Planet Fitness during my “Kwest” and rediscovered the joy of lifting and working out. It is something I did on a regular basis years ago and plan to again make it part of my routine.

The guy who won, claims a total weight loss of 86 pounds, making up 29% of his body weight. He says this was accomplished by sticking to a very strict 700 calorie, low to no carb diet, and running 8-10 miles a day…That alone has more red flags than a Florida beach ahead of a strong hurricane.

Since the contest ended, I fell into a slump. I haven’t been eating as healthy as I was and my visits to the gym have significantly dropped off. Today, I am starting everything back again, tracking food, eating healthy, watching my daily steps, and hitting the gym. Not winning the 10K sucks, but I have seen what a little hard work and accountability with what I eat and what I weigh can do. Time to saddle up and keep my personal “Kwest” going.

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Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Uncategorized


It’s National Nutrition Month – Bite into a healthy lifestyle

March is National Nutrition Month, and for the first time in my life, it is something I am paying attention to as a participant in the Genghis Grill Health Kwest. The theme this year is “Bite into a healthy lifestyle” and as I continue on my Kwest to a healthy lifestyle, every bite I take is closely monitored.

There are SO many diets out there and plans saying “DON’T DO THIS” while other plans say “JUST DO THAT” it’s enough to make your head spin! Early in my Kwest, I was given the advice eat lean meats (Chicken, Turkey, white fish, shrimp) and avoid the processed meats (Sausage, pepperoni, Khan’s Krab) for making my bowls even though it is SOOO good. Also load up on fresh veggies!

I use an app called My Fitness Pal (under the name BigMooseRadio) and it allows me to track my daily food intake with breakdowns of calories, carbs, fats, proteins, and other nutritional info! I have learned basically EVERYTHING I eat has SOME fats, even fresh broccoli has 0.1 grams of fat. We just can’t avoid it, and that’s ok! I was able to adjust each of my categories for a specific amount I allow myself to eat each day.

The secret is moderation! Sure, you have some people who are HARDCORE who are in your face with the NO FAT!!!! NO CARBS!!!! FEED ME PROTEIN!!!!! But then, is that very nutritious?

There are trainers EVERYWHERE who studied this stuff and are so ready to help you out along the way! I got help breaking mine down from the training staff at Planet Fitness. As part of my membership, and all PF memberships, members have Unlimited Fitness Training for specific classes and even a create your own program where you will work with a trainer to build exercises to help you out and even review your diet and make the right adjustments so you can see results.

All in all, pay attention to your nutritional intake all the time, not just during a month dedicated to to it.

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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Uncategorized