Category: Superhero Body


For those of you who don’t know, this time last year I was a size 12 with 34% body fat–not healthy by any means. I was addicted to sugar and other white carbs, including salty chips, and had to force myself to eat what little veggies I did. Then I watched my father go through chemo. I sat there in the hospital, reading the literature lying around, only to discover how many diseases including cancer can either be attributed to or aggravated by poor lifestyle. As a single parent, I knew I needed to get healthy, if not for myself, for my child.

It was difficult to make the change, but I did it in small, manageable increments. Luckily, someone referred me to the Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno. Easy to follow, full of common sense and tasty recipes I was hooked from the get-go. The diet prescribes real, unprocessed food in moderate amounts. Variety and flavor are key to creating tasty, healthy meals that the whole family will enjoy.

Side note: Diet, in its original meaning, refers to the foods commonly eaten. Today we refer to the term “diet” to mean to deny oneself of something, to starve, or some other negative association. Diet does not mean to cut out something or only eat one thing, it’s just quiet simply what you eat.

The basics of the diet prescribe:

  • Small meals 5-6 times a day (an adjustment, but it really does pay off)
  • Eating balanced meals that include fiber, protein, good carbs, and veggies/fruit
  • No processed foods
  • Healthy fats and lean proteins
  • Eat in season, organic when possible
  • Pair healthy eating with exercise

I get the magazine, which features seasonal faves including a healthy Thanksgiving dinner makeover and several desserts (carrot cake, hot cocoa, muffins-yum!).  Most of the meals cost less than $10 per serving (sometimes as little as $2) and not only do I like them, but my husband and 8-year-old daughter love them too! Bonus–most meals take less than 30 minutes to make and require just basic cooking skills. Mommy says sweet!

Of course, the best thing is I don’t diet, I just eat healthy. Now I am a size 2 with 26% (and shrinking) body fat. Along with exercise, I have lowered my metabolic age from 34 (which is older than my real age of 31) down to 24 (yes, I am physically younger than my actual age now!) and that is in just under a year. Health wise, I have eliminated most of my chronic pains, illnesses, and aggravations.What more could you ask for!

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Ever feel like you hit a wall. You’ve been training, getting in a groove, seeing results and all of a sudden WHAM! You keep pushing and pushing but nothing is happening. I’ve been there. It happens when you stick to the same routine for too long.

Often referred to as “plateauing” its the point where your body has acclimated to your routine and is no longer responding. Just like anything in life, to continue to grow and improve, you need to challenge yourself by changing your routine and trying new things. The maximum length of time you want to stick to a familiar routine is three weeks, but a truly effective workout regimen changes almost every time, constantly forcing your body to keep guessing and pushing beyond what you thought you could do.

Here are some ideas to help you change it up:

  • If you are a dedicated runner, try changing your route–run it in the opposite direction you normally do, move to a path with more hills, do sprints, etc.
  • When doing strength change it up between weights, resistance, and machines. Mix up what muscle groups you pair together, change up the weight and reps, try new moves that attack your muscles from a different angle.
  • Take advantage of free or drop in classes and try a new activity such as yoga, spin, or even crossfit (which I just tried and love!).
  • Change up your music. The new beats will motivate you to push harder.
  • Train with someone more athletic with you. It will also motivate you to try harder.
  • Sign up for an event. A group of us from work will be competing in the Warrior Dash in November. Nothing like an obstacle course with fire and barbwire to present a nice challenge.

Variety is the spice of life–but it’s also the key to achieving the fitness level  of a Superhero. Don’t let your progress flatline. It’s the little improvements, no matter how slight, that keep you motivated and get you that much closer to achieving your Superhero goals.  For a little more motivation, check out these sites: