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My Super-Simple All-Natural Skincare & Beauty Routine

 

A lot of readers ask me for all the deets on all the things I put on my face. If you’ve been around these parts before, you’ll know this is because I suffered from some serious melasma my early 30s. During this time, I spent a small fortune on dermo appointments and skincare products, wasted countless hours orchestrating.

I’ve dubbed this mask the “blackhead busting blackout” mask since 1) its ingredients clarify the skin by pulling dirt from pores and thereby helping to eliminate blackheads, and 2) it’s as black as the night sky.

Or should I just say that it’s as black as charcoal (activated charcoal, to be specific), one of its main ingredients? I suppose that would make more sense.

 

 

Activated charcoal is similar to common charcoal, but is made specifically for medicinal use and to be very porous (so no, you can’t use regular ol’ BBQing charcoal for this recipe!). These pores allow activated charcoal to trap impurities. For this reason, activated charcoal is used to treat poisonings, intestinal gas, nausea, and bile flow issues (cholestasis) during pregnancy. But activated charcoal also works wonders for the skin when applied topically: it keeps skin clear by acting as a magnet to draw dirt out of pores.

Bentonite clay also acts as a magnet to draw dirt from the pores. High-quality bentonite clay can be ingested to pull toxins from the body. When applied topically, it absorbs toxins, draws out blackheads, and kills acne-causing bacteria.

So let’s get to it!

DIY all-natural blackhead busting blackout mask:

Ingredients

  • 2 capsules of activated charcoal (approximately 0.2 grams) opened and emptied. To open gelatin capsules, simply twist the two halves and gently pull them apart as in the picture below.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of bentonite clay
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of water

 

 

 

 

Directions:

Mix* all of the ingredients together into a smooth paste, and spot test the mask on your cheek or underside of your wrist to make sure that you do not have any adverse reactions. Wash face with a mild cleanser and pat partially dry (so that it is not dripping wet, yet moist). Apply the mask evenly avoiding the delicate skin around your eyes and lips, and let sit until dry, about 7-10 minutes. As the mask dries, it feels tight on the skin, which can sometimes feel a little itchy (if you start to feel uncomfortable, wash the mask off).  After the mask dries, wash it off, pat face gently with a clean towel, and let the skin breath or apply a mild all-natural moisturizer (I usually just apply jojoba oil to any areas that are prone to dryness).

That’s it! Easy-peasy as always.

*Be sure to stir this mixture with a plastic or wooden spoon, as both charcoal and clay pull toxins from metals. Also be sure to store your clay in a non-metal container.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

xo-Ivy Johnson

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY | HIMALAYAN SALT ROCK LAMPS

Have you seen these pretty little votives and lamps around? You might see one in an interior pinned on Pinterest or even on the shelf at your local health foods store. That’s where I had seen them. And they looked so warm and glowy and crystalline that I was intrigued. I bought my first Himalayan Salt Rock at a HomeGoods store. It’s small enough to hold a single vote candle. And it looks beautiful when the lights are dim and it’s glowing a flickering orange. I was smitten.

So I went online to see if I could find more in other sizes and I was surprised to find a plethora of salt rock pieces from candle holders to huge lamps in all different shapes! Little did I know that Himalayan Salt Rock lamps are totally a thing. Did you know that? You probably did. I’m always the last to know. Apparently they have some supposed health benefits above just being relaxing and pretty to look at…

Salt has long been a mineral recognized for it’s various benefits. Salt mines and salt springs are often used for rejuvenation and relaxation. Why? Because it is believed that salt mines and salt springs have a negative ion environment.

Say what?

So have you ever breathed in deep by a waterfall? Or felt like singing in the shower? Or sat and marveled in calm bliss by the seashore? You probably have. But what you might not realize is why these areas have such an effect on you. These forces of nature (and shower) create negative ions in the air. Why does that matter? It’s natures way of cleansing! So negative and positive ions exist all in the air around you all the time. Negative ions are generally a molecule of oxygen that has gained an electron (stay with me!) These ions attract particles in the air and give them a negative charge forcing them to seek an electrical “ground” which usually means falling out of the air and to the ground. So, in essence, negative ions clean the air. That is why when you walk outside after a rainstorm the air feels so fresh!

How are negative ions produced?
➳ Ions cannot be produced without an energy source like…
➳ Heat/flames
➳ Electricity
➳ Evaporation
➳ Friction
➳ Radioactivity

Okay, so how do these salt rocks actually help clean the air in your house?

How do Himilayan salt rock lamps work?
➳ The salt crystals cannot create negative ions, you need energy for that. BUT….
➳ Salt attracts water molecules in the air…
➳ When the water comes to the salt, the heat of the candle inside or the bulb warms it up…
➳ The water molecules heat up and begin to evaporate
➳ Evaporation produces negative ions in the air! Ba-zing!

So what do you think? Try it and let me know… Dig or Ditch? 

PS. The big one you see in the photos above I got off Amazon
I don’t get any kickbacks for this, I just love it and wanted to share with you! 

xo-Ivy

DIY all-natural blackhead busting blackout mask

 

Can you see me?

There I am! Just letting this miracle mask sink in and work its magic while I sip on my superfoods.

I’ve dubbed this mask the “blackhead busting blackout” mask since:

1) its ingredients clarify the skin by pulling dirt from pores and thereby helping to eliminate blackheads, and

2) it’s as black as the night sky.

Or should I just say that it’s as black as charcoal (activated charcoal, to be specific), one of its main ingredients? I suppose that would make more sense.

Activated charcoal is similar to common charcoal, but is made specifically for medicinal use and to be very porous. These pores allow activated charcoal to trap impurities. For this reason, activated charcoal is used to treat poisonings, intestinal gas, nausea, and bile flow issues (cholestasis) during pregnancy. But activated charcoal also works wonders for the skin when applied topically: it keeps skin clear by acting as a magnet to draw dirt out of pores.

Bentonite clay also acts as a magnet to draw dirt from the pores. High-quality bentonite clay can be ingested to pull toxins from the body. When applied topically, it absorbs toxins, draws out blackheads, and kills acne-causing bacteria.

So let’s get to it!

Ingredients

  • 2 capsules of activated charcoal (approximately 0.2 grams) opened and emptied. To open gelatin capsules, simply twist the two halves and gently pull them apart as in the picture below.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of bentonite clay
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of water

Directions:

Mix* all of the ingredients together into a smooth paste, and spot test the mask on your cheek or underside of your wrist to make sure that you do not have any adverse reactions. Wash face with a mild cleanser and pat partially dry (so that it is not dripping wet, yet moist). Apply the mask evenly avoiding the delicate skin around your eyes and lips, and let sit until dry, about 7-10 minutes. As the mask dries, it feels tight on the skin, which can sometimes feel a little itchy (if you start to feel uncomfortable, wash the mask off).  After the mask dries, wash it off, pat face gently with a clean towel, and let the skin breath or apply a mild all-natural moisturizer (I usually just apply jojoba oil to any areas that are prone to dryness).

That’s it! Easy-peasy as always.

*Be sure to stir this mixture with a plastic or wooden spoon, as both charcoal and clay pull toxins from metals. Also be sure to store your clay in a non-metal container.

xo-Ivy

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How To Stay On Track During A Holiday Weekend

 

We are just 4 days away from Christmas and I think my kids are about to burst at the seams.    We have baked cookies for Santa, we have made hot chocolate, and have been playing Christmas music on Spotify and the smells of Yankee Candle Balsam Fir is burning in the house.  It truly feels like Christmas this year.  My kids are absolutely 100% into the season.

I vowed this year that I wouldn’t get overwhelmed, that I would enjoy the season and that I would stay consistent and balanced in my nutrition.  As a family we are just more patient and calm people when we don’t go completely crazy with sugary foods and drinks and we stick somewhat to a routine.I’m going to share with you some of my tips on how we as a family stay on track and don’t go overboard this holiday season.

It’s not just about the food. Don’t make food the center of your attention, focus, or obsession. Instead focus on what the season truly is about, spending time with your loved ones, caring for others, showing and expressing gratitude, and being mindful of your actions. Continue living your “normal” life and routine (i.e. you wouldn’t normal over indulge in pies, cookies, or cakes on a daily or weekly basis, why start now just because it’s the “season”).

Drink up! Water that is. With running errands, cooking, traveling, and having one too many cocktails- it’s easy for our bodies to get dehydrated. Drink water throughout the day and even better drink 1 cup of water in between each cocktail. My favorite ways to stay hydrated include: water, 1-2 tbs. chia seeds soaked in water, sparkling water, herbal tea, fresh juice and my Stripped Green Smoothie.

Relax. Most of us get to have a couple days off from work to relax… so relax! Enjoy the time away from the busy workdays and enjoy yourself. Also, there’s no need to feel guilty about indulging in foods for one evening/meal- as long as your back on track first thing in the morning, it’s A-Okay!

Don’t forget about the veggies. Oh yesss, the powers of vegetables during any time of year, but especially around the holiday season when you’re eating more dense foods (both digestibility and calorically). Veggies are a great way to create a lot more volume in a dish to make you feel like you’re eating a lot more than you actually are.They’re full of water, fiber, nutrients galore, and taste amazing when prepared in a way you love.

Workout.  This morning I sat down and created my workout plan and my meal plan for the week.  There is no reason for me to miss a workout because #1 I get up early to get my workout in and #2 I have Beachbody On Demand so even if we are traveling I can use my iPad, iPhone, or Laptop to stream my workouts.  There are plenty of options that require zero equipment so I can literally workout anywhere.I am going to workout on Christmas Eve, take Christmas day as my rest day and then do a workout the day after Christmas.  It works out perfect because the calendar has Sunday as an active recovery day!  My one tip is this:  No matter how crazy your life gets don’t skip your workout!  My workouts truly set me up for the right mindset the rest of the day.  When  I get in my workout I have more patience to handle all the craziness that life throws at me with just a little more calm and peace.  There is something about a workout that just keeps me level headed.  Also if you mess up…. it’s ok!!!  Do NOT BEAT YOURSELF UP over spilled milk!!!  You didn’t blow it, you just allowed yourself to enjoy a little more than usual.  Dust yourself off and lets keep on going!

Enjoy the little moments. I constantly tell myself daily reminders and mantras of being present, living in the moment, connecting with my true self, and not allowing thoughts of “what if’s”, “to-do’s”, “I need to’s” interfere with daily living. The more you concentrate on being present, the more you’re able to enjoy spending time with family and friends, enjoy the spirit of the holiday season, engage in fun activities, shop,

I hope that you enjoy your holidays with the ones that you love and you don’t stress about things that need done or didn’t get done!  Enjoy and Relax!  There are so many blessings to celebrate.

Only love!
-Ivy Johnson

What’s Your Diet Doing This Weekend?

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To lose weight and keep it off, you’ve gotta stick with it—Monday through Sunday. These tips make it a cinch.

There’s something about weekends that sends caution—and calories—to the wind. Even if your workweek is all about smart snacks and sensible dinners, for many of us, all weight loss bets are off come 5 PM Friday, It’s almost like a dam bursting, right?!

Of course you want to live a little on the weekend, but if you’re trying for weight loss, or even just keep the scale steady, you have to maintain a certain level of vigilance. Here, how to rethink your weekend habits so you’ll lose weight all week.

WEEKEND THINK This week was tough; I deserve to splurge
HEALTHIER SPURGE Splurge with extra savvy. The need for a reward is human nature, and many, that “something special” is food. You can’t change what makes you happy, but you can minimize the diet damage. Choose one portion-controlled item that requires you to leave the house, such as a cup of lobster bisque from your favorite eatery or a small, fresh pastry from the bakery. It’s more rewarding to have a nice treat than to waste calories on regular things you can have anytime, like potato chips or cookies.  Doing something special works, too: Catch a movie, get a massage at the spa, or buy a flattering pair of yoga pants.at the movies

WEEKEND THINK I run around all week; now I just want to kick back
HEALTHIER SPURGE Try a little active relaxation. Some decompressing is essential, but planting yourself on the couch for hours can lead to trouble. A long stretch of inactivity can inspire compulsive nibbling, especially if boredom is one of your overeating triggers. And the immobility quickly adds up: Skip your regular 30  minute workout, add those extra 222 calories you tend to eat on weekends—and that alone can equal a gain of about 7 pounds a year! Sure, you can indulge in afternoon channel surfing, but not all day long. Impose a time limit; 2 hours is fine. And use that extra time to do something good for yourself, like chopping veggies for dinner that night and snacks to take to work the next week. Also, don’t forget to work downtime into your week so you don’t feel as exhausted come the weekend.

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WEEKEND THINK A pre dinner cocktail is par for the course
HEALTHIER SPURGE Drink it during the meal. With fewer responsibilities and no early morning wake-up calls, even weekday teetotalers don’t think twice about a cocktail before dinner—and then another while they eat. The problem: “Alcohol breaks down inhibitions, so it’s harder to make healthy food choices when you do sit down. A glass of Cabernet and a few handfuls of mixed nuts while making dinner or waiting to be seated can add up to more than 600 calories—and that’s even before the appetizer. Instead, have the wine with your meal, and save added calories by swapping fries for veggies or sharing the lower-cal sorbet, not the chocolate cake. Choose high-quality drinks you’ll want to savor, such as vintage wine or single malt scotch, over high-cal fruity concoctions, and sub in one or two club sodas with lime.

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WEEKEND THINK I’ll just have one last hurrah before I start my diet on Monday
HEALTHIER SPURGE Drop the “last supper” mindset. Healthy eating and weight loss doesn’t have an on/off switch; it’s a way of life.  Treat themselves during the week, maybe with a light beer one night or a child’s size ice cream cone another, so they’re not feeling deprived and desperate enough to polish off a half-pint of ice cream on Friday night for 500 calories.) If you blow it, don’t wait until Monday to get back on track; start your weight loss plan at your next meal or snack. Besides, giving yourself free rein on the weekend can reactivate negative eating patterns that are bound to carry over into the following week. Keep it up, and extra pounds are almost guaranteed.

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WEEKEND THINK Obligations throw off my usual routine
HEALTHIER SPURGE Take control—wherever and whenever you can. Between errands, quality time with the kids, grocery shopping, and household chores, your weekends are often too packed to accommodate your regular diet-and-exercise schedule. But part of developing healthy weight loss habits for life is about adapting. It just takes a few adjustments: Toss a low-cal energy bar or apple into your purse before hitting the mall so you’re not tempted by the food court; if you know you’re going to be on the road all afternoon, have a later breakfast; or if restaurant reservations aren’t until late, snack on string cheese and whole grain crackers to hold you over, and then order lean fish or meat and vegetables for dinner.It’s okay to shuffle around meals and snacks, just don’t skip them or your hunger will overpower you.  Plan an active family outings that aren’t doable during the week, such as a tennis match with your spouse or a hike with the kids. You burn slightly more calories than you would at your 9-to-5 desk job, which helps even out a sensible weekend splurge.

I hope these tips will help you survive this weekend!

Health & Love,
-Ivy Johnson

 

Tips to help you sleep better

When it comes to sleep, it’s not just quantity that matters—it’s quality. How you feel during your waking hours hinges greatly on how well you sleep. Similarly, the cure for daytime fatigue and sleep difficulties can often be found in your daily routine. Your sleep schedule, bedtime habits, and day-to-day lifestyle choices can make an enormous difference to the quality of your nightly rest. The following tips will help you optimize your sleep so you can be productive, mentally sharp, emotionally balanced, and full of energy all day long.
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Dim the Lights: About an hour and a half before I’m ready to sleep, I “put the house to bed”. I turn off all the bright overhead lights and leave only a few dim lights on. I turn off all the TVs. By dimming the lights and making it darker in your home before bedtime, it signals to your body that it’s time to sleep. It’s also time to get off the computer, as the screen emits too much light and that can mess with your circadian rhythms (your “biological clock”). I also put away and charge my cell phone…I try to not bring that into the bedroom with it ‘on’ (at least the volume part!).Do quiet, boring activities before bed: Instead of watching your favorite action packed movie or close scoring sporting event, try to give yourself some downtime before going into your bedroom. Give yourself 20 minutes to start the relaxing process before heading directly to bed!Drink Water: One of the reasons we have trouble falling asleep is because we get dehydrated. Try drinking a glass of water an hour before bed, and of course be sure to drink at least 5-6 glasses of water during the day.

Turn Down the Thermostat: University of Pittsburgh researchers found that people sleep better in cool temperatures than they do when it’s warm. Try turning your thermostat somewhere between 60-65 degrees to see if that helps you fall asleep better. If you get cold, you can always use extra blankets.

Listen to Soothing Music: Often times I read and write before bed (preparing my to do list for the next day), and while I read and write I also listen to my favorite relaxing playlist. I choose very soothing songs that are peaceful and relaxing.

Make Your Bed as Comfortable as Possible: Not only your bed but your bedroom! We just finished redoing our bedroom and it is such a relaxing sanctuary! I look forward to crawling into bed and relaxing in my favorite room of the house!

Add Background Noise: I’m a fan of noise machines, but I also love having a fan on while we sleep. Not only does it help with keeping the room temperature nice and cool, but it gives you some white noise that helps drown out sounds like crickets chirping or the refrigerator humming that might keep you awake.

Love & Health,

Ivy

Meal Prep in 90 Minutes or Less

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Here’s how to make all of this in 90 minutes or less:

1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray two baking sheets with nonstick spray.

2. Cut 1 cup of cauliflower into florets. Toss in a bowl with 2 tsp. olive oil to coat. Cut the spaghetti squash in half, rub the flesh of each half with 1 tsp. olive oil. Cut 1 red pepper in half and remove the seeds; set the other half aside.

3. Place cauliflower florets and 1 red pepper half on a baking sheet. Place the spaghetti squash (cut-side up) and 1 cup cherry tomatoes on another baking sheet. Spray red pepper and tomatoes lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Season vegetables on both baking sheets with salt and pepper. Place both sheets in the oven and let them roast.

4. After 15 minutes, remove the baking sheets. Remove the tomatoes from one and the bell pepper from the other. Set the tomatoes and bell pepper aside to cool. Stir the cauliflower and return cauliflower and spaghetti squash to oven. Cook until tender when pierced with a fork, about 15-25 minutes. Remove baking sheets from oven and place on a rack to cool. Leave oven on.

5. While the vegetables are roasting, cook 1 cup dry quinoa with 2 cups water on the stovetop or in a rice cooker. When cooked, set aside. (Need tips on how to make perfect quinoa? Watch this video.)

6. Finely chop 3 garlic cloves. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add 2 tsp. olive oil and the chopped garlic; cook, stirring constantly for one minute. Add 20 oz. ground turkey, using a wooden spoon or spatula to break into smaller pieces. Cook the turkey until it is no longer pink, approximately 6 minutes. Season with 2 tsp. oregano, and add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

7. Drain the three cans of tuna and place the tuna into a medium bowl. Drain and rinse the white beans. Add the beans to the medium bowl. Add 2 Tbsp. olive oil, 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar, as much cilantro as you want, and crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper to taste. Fill three food containers with 1 cup arugula. Top arugula with tuna mixture, dividing evenly between the containers. Seal containers and place in refrigerator.

8. Fill two food containers with 1 cup spinach. Top each portion of spinach with 3 oz. sliced turkey breast, ¼ chopped raw bell pepper, and 2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds. (Drizzle with good balsamic vinegar just before serving.) Seal containers and place in fridge.

9. Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with nonstick spray; set aside. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add four cups spinach and cook until just wilted, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes. In a large bowl, combine spinach, 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes, 2½ cups cooked quinoa, 8 eggs, ¾ cup cottage cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour quinoa mixture into baking dish, bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool, then cover with foil and place in fridge. See the full recipe for this dish here.

10. Using a spoon, scrape out the flesh of the spaghetti squash. Divide squash between three food containers, adding about ¾ cup to each. Top each portion of squash with ¾ cup ground turkey mixture, basil, and ⅓ of the roasted tomatoes. Seal containers and place in fridge.

11. Chop the roasted bell pepper. Season remaining ground turkey mixture with 1 tsp. cumin and 1 tsp. chili powder. Add the bell pepper and as much cilantro as you want. Divide mixture evenly between two food containers. Add 1 cup roasted cauliflower to each container. Seal containers and place in fridge.meal prep sunday

12. Prepare three small containers with ¼ cup hummus and 2 large lettuce leaves. Count out 2 servings each of 20 pistachios.

13. Sit back and celebrate the fact that you’ve prepped all your food for the week in just 90 minutes or less!

 

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Grocery List

Vegetables:
2 cups cherry tomatoes
6 cups spinach
1 medium red bell pepper
1 head romaine or butter lettuce
3 cups arugula
1 bunch cilantro
1 bunch fresh basil
1 head garlic
1 spaghetti squash (about 2–3 lbs.)
1 small head cauliflower or 1 bag cauliflower florets

Fruits:
3 small apples
2 medium oranges
1 bag frozen strawberries
1 bag frozen peaches

Bulk:
1 cup quinoa
40 pistachios
4 Tbsp. sunflower seeds

Dry and Canned Goods:
1 jar all-natural nut butter
1 can white beans
1 can cooked lentils

Proteins:
6 oz. lowfat cottage cheese (or ricotta)
8 eggs
6 oz. nitrate-free, low sodium deli sliced turkey
3 cans light tuna, packed in water, no salt added
4 oz. lowfat Greek yogurt
20 oz. ground turkey

Deli:
Prepared hummus

Pantry:
Dried oregano
Crushed red pepper
Red wine vinegar (or sherry vinegar)
Balsamic vinegar
Cumin
Chili powder

 

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xo-Ivy

The Scale Does Not Define YOUR WORTH!

 

Being a beachbody coach is an awesome job and I truly love helping other people!  It’s funny because the same questions creep in all the time. So today I want to talk about weighing yourself!  People ask me all the time, how often should I weigh myself, when and where!  So I am going to give you my honest opinion and my own personal experience with my journey!  Hopefully this will help to shed some light on how I got through the struggle with my scale!

Have you ever been told by a weight loss expert to throw away your scale?  If you did weight watchers you were defined by the scale each week!  Every week you weighed in and it honestly didn’t matter what you ate the week before as long as you lost weight.  So you could eat processed TV dinners and Diet Coke as long as you stayed within your points range and lost weight.  That’s great for some but it’s not creating a healthy lifestyle.  You are once again going to hit a plateau and not be able to lose weight because you are still put crap in your mouth.  You are just eating less food and are hungry because the TV dinner doesn’t fill you up and you want more!  I know myself that when I am hungry I get crabby and that’s no fun!  It’s no fun not to be able to eat!  So anyways the SCALE should never define who you are and your progress.  There are so many factors that go into your weight loss.  The scale is a great tool to constantly monitor where you are but it is not the driving force of your efforts.



Weigh yourself once a week.  Did you hear ME>!>!>!  Once a week!  That’s it!  The other times hide it!  Go by how you feel, how your clothes fit and your food journal to tell you if you are on track!
Pay attention to your weight trend over time.  If your weight spikes overnight, don’t worry about it too much.  If your weight steadily climbs from week to week now that is a different story.  Your weight fluctuates not only on a daily basis, but even on a within day basis, sometimes by SEVERAL pounds!  I mean that, by 2-3 lbs!!!!  You weight fluctuates based on changes in body water, the contents of your digestive system, the levels of glycogen in your muscles (stored carbohydrates) and for females, that time of the month.
Like looking at the stock exchange market charts, the short-term peaks and valleys shouldn’t alarm you.  People who invest wisely and hold almost always win the longer term compared to the people who panic during brief market fluctuations or jump on random tips.  It’s the same with your body.  It’s a positive trend over time that should interest you the most.

During the fat loss phase, body fat and body weight should be heading downward in a steady trend and lean body mass should be holding relatively stable or increasing slightly.

Regardless of your weighing frequency, consistency is vital!  So that means that every week when you weigh in do it at the same time of the day, on the same day of the week and with the same clothes or none at all.
So for me, I weigh myself every Friday morning, right after my morning workout and before I take a shower.  Then that’s it, it’s my official weigh in and I’m done!  I don’t sweat the number on the scale I just keep a mental note and keep going. Let me just tell you that I wasn’t always like that!  I used to get up every morning and weigh myself and then freak out if it wasn’t the same in the evening or the next morning.  But it was starting to control me!  I have taught myself that the number doesn’t define me and I am able to stay positive.

Instead of weighing yourself every day there are lots of ways to track your progress.
1.  Take your measurements- this is the first place you are going to see results.  Take your measurements on Day 1 and every 30 days for accurate progress.  So take your measurements around your chest, hips, thighs, each leg and each arm.  Record and store in your beachbody profile page.

2.  Figure out your body fat percentage either with an online calculator or  calipers.

3.  Photos- In my challenge groups I have everyone take a day 1, 30, 60 and 90 day photos.  This is so important because everyone has a certain degree of distorted self-image in the way they see themselves in the mirror and in their own minds.  But there is something different about photographs.  The photos don’t lie!
Sometimes seeing a picture of yourself is a pivotal event that triggers a turn around in your lifestyle.  I know that YOU don’t want to take those pictures but they are so important.  You can do what I did and lock them away in a file on your computer and hide them until you one day have the results that you would like and can pull them out and compare.  Also, since we look at ourselves each day it’s hard to see progress sometimes!  The pics put it all in perspective and help you to see the differences in your body.
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So in closing remember that you are more than the number on the scale.  Your worth is not defined by the size of your pants and the 110lbs on the scale.  Your worth is defined by the food you put in your mouth, the hard work that you are doing in your workouts and the people around you that you inspire each and every day to lead healthy fulfilling lives!  Never make a scale be the reason you give up on yourself, that’s just a lame excuse to go back to your old ways.  And those old ways didn’t get you where you want to be anyways!!!

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