Saturday, February 1, 2014

When it comes to weight loss, let's go back to basics.

A good Saturday to you, dear reader. A while back I asked people to let me know what they wanted to see on this blog, and one of the answers was fitness stuff. I am not a guru on that, so I went straight to the source, my friend Kathy at Vodka and Soda. Kathy fucking rocks and she's really knowledgeable about fitness, clean eating, and weight loss. She totally kicks ass. And uses the term fitness boner to describe when work out things go awesome so hello you know you'll love her, sickos. So sit back, relax, and enjoy. And follow her on her blog, she's been doing Fitness Fridays. Get your fitness fix from the source. 
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Hello amazing readers of Life According to Steph! I’m Kathy and I blog over at Vodka and Soda.  I’m a 38 year old mother to an adorable and brilliant 5 year old, a total geek at heart (I work in the IT industry) and an avid lover of all things health and fitness.  Today, Steph was crazy enough to let me take over this space so we’re going to talk about something that gives me a major boner – fitness.  Listen up fast because I’m about to impart some mad wisdom in your faces.

It’s the end of January and a lot of people have started weight loss challenges or making positive changes in their lives.  All of this – whether you’re a newbie or a guru – is awesome because any change, no matter how small it is, can make a difference.  And here’s where I get on my soapbox to say what needs to be said:    All that shit you read or hear on the TV/internet about this diet or that diet or juicing or detoxing or whatever – IGNORE IT.  It’s nothing but dumb marketing schemes put out by marketing companies who want nothing but to take your money.  Do not buy into their shit!
In my personal opinion (and experience), when it comes to weight loss, we need to go back to the basics - no fancy blenders or juicers.  No powders or meal replacements or pills.  No diets that cut out major food groups or restrict food consumption.  No food that comes out of a box, bag or can - just the basic stuff:  fresh, wholesome food and exercise.  That’s it. 

There is no magic behind weight loss. Nothing that any marketing company can put out on the shelf will make you accelerate or burn fat any faster than your body will allow which is why I say to avoid all those fad diets and crazy machines – your body will burn fat if you return to the basics, make the right choices and exercise.  All you need to do start and then give it time to work.

And carbs – what is with all the demonizing of carbohydrates?  Time and time again, I read about women cutting out carbs because “that’s the reason i can’t lose weight.”  This is one of the biggest misconceptions of all! Carbs are NOT the reason why you can’t lose weight – bad choices are the reasons why one can’t lose weight.   Yes, carbs are caloric dense but are also is a great source of energy.  Cutting out carbs will do nothing but make you feel tired, miserable and crazy.  Our bodies need carbohydrates to function so instead of eating the white, starchy kinds, just select healthy alternatives like sweet potatoes, quinoa or whole grains. Eat them in controlled portions, eat within your caloric range for weight loss and you will lose inches and weight.

The biggest challenge for anyone wanting to lose weight is making the change; the starting point.  You’re now changing the way you eat and changing your daily routine which is instead of sitting on the couch, you get up and exercise. Who said change is easy?  It’s not!  Humans are naturally resistant to change because it’s different from what we do on a daily basis.  We also put too much pressure on ourselves to become fitness gurus or healthy in a couple of weeks when really, it takes at least a month to feel and see the changes.  Did you know that it takes humans on average 4 weeks to form new habits?  This means that we need to repeat an activity at approximately the same time every day for at least 4 weeks in order for it to become a habit.  So give yourself a break; if you’ve just started a healthy change or a new workout program, give yourself time to adjust and adapt.  Be patient.  Go back to the basics of clean eating and exercise.  Most of all, remember that it’s not the outside that only counts but what’s happening on the inside that counts most.

Are you currently working to make a healthy change in your life? 

Kathy - Vodka and Soda


  1. OMG I just wrote a whole comment and it disappeared. Anyway. I will build on the progress I had- increased water intake and slight increase in exercise. I am grateful for my healthy self and that I am able to exercise. Just need to amp up my discipline. Missed reading your blog yesterday. Love your blogs. Love you.
    Love your MOMMA

    1. And I meant, I would love daily blogs from you! #lovethem

  2. Love this. It is SOOOOO simple to loose weight. Simple, not to be confused with easy. It is simple because all you have to do is eat healthy, wholesome foods and exercise. That's it. Is it easy to convince yourself to do? Hells no. Which is why I am sitting here wondering why I am sitting here reading blogs and not working out. Crap.

    Love Steph. Love Kathy. Let's get in beast mode bitches!

  3. I would love to see blog post on positive things

  4. The basics so easy but people make it so hard because they want immediate BIG loss with little effort. Steady, consistent exercise and mindful eating. Great blog.

  5. I flippin' love Kathy!! Plus, she's 1000% right. There is nothing better than old school exercise and eating right! I'm so team carbs.

  6. I ove her. And you. I need her to be my personal Jillian Michaels to get this ass in gear!

  7. Love you both. Kathy is so right, the basics are where it is at. Eat right, move more.

  8. I need Kathy to come live with me for a month and force me to create good habits!

  9. kathy is awesome and so many great tips! so true that it takes awhile to make it a habit and we just have to keep working on the basics of healthy living.
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  10. Yay! I love Kathy. Slowly but surely I'll get my act together!

  11. I have no patience, LADIES. That is my biggest problem...I keep whining, "WHY AM I NOT SKINNY YET?"...I should know these things, really I should.

    Thanks, as always, for the advice and inspiration! xoxo


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