This post is going to be all over the place. I am basically just thinking out loud.
It’s crazy to think that it has already been one month since I started eating healthy and really working out. My hard work is paying off though! I can start to see it! I can say that sometimes it has been easy and sometimes really difficult. I never wanted to admit that I was addicted to food, but I now can admit that I was. When you grow up your whole life loving food and eating it even when you’re not hungry it’s going to be hard to break that relationship. I have been trying to train myself to eat only when I am truly hungry and to only eat foods that will contribute something positive to my body. But I also don’t believe in never eating anything that is bad for you. So it has been hard to find a balance, but so far I am doing pretty well!
I am excited to start trying new recipes because meat and veggies for dinner every night is starting to get a little old.
I have lost 16 pounds and 14.5 inches in a month and I couldn’t be more proud of myself. I did go a little crazy over this Thanksgiving weekend though, but today I am back on track and ready to kick butt again!
I was so full from all the food this weekend and I think my body didn’t really understand what was happening to it. Now that the next big holiday coming up is Christmas I am going to once again need to find a way to eat without hurting my stomach.
For the past 15 years or so I have been on so many different diets and I have never been able to stick to them and I think it’s because I never really wanted to do it. But something just clicked a month ago. All of a sudden I wanted it. I wanted to be in shape. I believe that I can do anything, but if my health is going to stop me from reaching my dreams of being a Broadway actress then I needed to do something about it. And I feel wonderful. I can honestly say that I am truly happy! I am more confident in my singing and acting abilities and that has made a huge difference in the songs I am working on.
Losing weight is hard and it is a constant battle, but we should never let anything control our lives. Once we realize that we are worth making the change it will make it easier. Also cook things that you like to eat. I have started to realize that I love vegetables and omelettes. Keep it interesting so you won’t get bored! I have been working out at the gym, dancing, workout videos, and doing workouts outside.
If I can do this so can you! Don’t wait until after the holidays, start now! You can still enjoy yourself but don’t over do it!
Thanks for all the support so far! There is no way I could have made it this far without the support of everyone!
It’s been a rough week and I think it has to do with my body adjusting to my new diet. I haven’t had a diet coke in a while and I have cut down to basically no sweets. My mood has been up and down this entire week and I hate being in a bad mood, so I am going to do something about it. I am going to do 5 things to get my spirits up and I hope this will help you when your mood is in a funk.
The best way to brighten your day is to do things that make you happy, so I am going to share 5 things that have helped me turn my frown upside down.
1. Listen to some fun music.
I am currently listening to my Christmas playlist on Spotify because anything Christmas related is my favorite and those who know me understand how happy Christmas music makes me. Once my Michael Buble Christmas album started playing I instantly felt better. Now, you’re happy music doesn’t have to be Christmas music, but it does need to be upbeat, fun, and positive. No sad or slow songs!
Here are some examples of fun upbeat songs that will help boost your mood:
1. I Wanna Dance With Somebody Whitney Houston
(Most people know this song and it’s so fun and just makes you want to get up, dance, and sing along.)
2. Just Dance- Lady Gaga
(This is another dancing themed song I love. My favorite lyrics are “Just Dance it’ll be okay.” Sometimes we just need to dance and let ourselves be free of whatever is weighing us down.)
3. We Found Love- Rihanna & Calvin Harris
(This song is so so much fun and the beat is so great. I promise it will instantly lift your mood.)
4. Strong (What Doesn’t Kill You)- Kelly Clarkson
(This song is so empowering. I love listening to it, especially when I am working out.)
5. Aw Naw- Chris Young
(I know not everyone likes country music, but this song is so much fun and once you listen to it, you will get hooked!)
2. Get Up & Have a 10 Second Dance Party!
I am being serious! I do this a lot. I love to dance. I just got up and from my desk and danced for 10 seconds and guess what I laughed at myself and I feel great! It doesn’t matter if you are a good dancer or not, just get up and move for 10 seconds to a fun song and you will love how it makes you feel. It’s okay to take out 10 seconds in our busy serious lives to be a little goofy.
3. Buy yourself something under $10!
I don’t care if you are a man or a woman, we all like to buy new things. I say keep it under $10 because we don’t want your bank account to be hurt by your bad mood. Do you need a new hat, scarf, gloves, or maybe you want a new album on Itunes? Treat yourself to something that you want and if you only spend $10 you won’t feel bad about the purchase later. I am going to buy myself some new sparkly Christmas colored nail polishes and I can’t wait. I am feeling better just thinking about it.
4. Set a goal for today and complete it!
When we finish something we start it’s a great feeling. Set a goal that you can complete today and get going. Maybe you want to write a novel, but can’t seem to get started. Make a goal that today you will just write 5 pages of it and after you have written 5 pages you will probably have the inspiration to keep going. But you will feel great that you set out to do something and you completed it.
Today my goal is to do 1 hour of cardio tonight at the gym and I haven’t done an hour of cardio in a long time, but I am going to do it! I can’t wait to go to the gym tonight and burn a ton of calories!
5. Do something you love
I don’t care what it is, just do it. Sometimes I even get caught up in my busy schedule that I forget to take a moment and enjoy life. What’s the point in working so hard if you can’t take a moment and do something that you are passionate about. Do you love to take photos? Go on a ten minute walk and snap some photos of the pretty fall colors around you. Do you love to sing? Find a moment where you can just belt a song out at the top of your lungs and enjoy it! Or maybe you just want to call and talk to someone you love.
Today, when I get home I plan on singing a new song I am working on a few times before my roommate gets home! I can’t wait!
We will all be in a bad mood or in a funk every now and then but as soon as we find ourselves starting to feel that way we should try to boost ourselves up!
If you have any fun ways of getting yourself in a better mood, please share!!
One of my first meals that I cooked when I started eating healthier last week was Meat and Veggies. I wanted something easy to make, filling, and cheap.
Last week I used Lean Ground Turkey. It lasted me five days and was less than $5 for the meat. I used less than a hand full for my portion of meat. Threw it in the pan and cooked it. Then I got my veggies ready. You can use whatever veggies you like, but I used: mushrooms, frozen broccoli, and asparagus. I cut them all up and once the meat was pretty much cooked I threw the veggies in. Once everything I was cooked I put a little garlic salt in with it just to give it a little added flavor. I was able to have this all cooked and ready to eat in less than 20 minutes, you can’t beat that.
Lean Ground Turkey (You can also use turkey sausage if you want to try something different)
“You have such a pretty face.”
That’s a nice compliment right? Who wouldn’t want to be told that their face is pretty? I would say throughout my life that has probably been the one compliment I have received the most. You might say where is she going with this? Is this blog post going to be about how all these people think she is pretty? No, I will save my narcissism for my selfie photos.
I want to address this sentence the nicest way I possibly can. When you’re over weight and someone looks at you and says “You have such a pretty face” it makes you think “what about the rest of me?” Why can’t people just say “I think you’re pretty”?
I know that when most people said it to me they weren’t saying it to be mean or to purposely hurt my feelings but it always stung a little bit. I remember when I was growing up I would dream about how one day I would be in the best shape and people would say how awesome and toned my arms looked or how hot I looked, etc.
I know that whenever I think someone is pretty or handsome I say “wow, they are so handsome” or “dang, she is really pretty”. But having been on the receiving end of the “you have a pretty face” compliment, I probably think about it more when I am complimenting someone.
Now I will turn this whole thing around on myself because I am not going to play a victim. My goal for myself is not to have just a “pretty face”. I want to have a kick ass body that I am proud of. I want to be fit and in great shape and when people see my transformation they will say “Holy Crap you look amazing!”
So I have decided to try and document my week. Some days will have more detail than others. But here you go!
I would have to say that for my first week of eating healthy and exercising I did very well and I am very proud of myself! I mean losing 7 pounds in one week is amazing! I know that won’t happen every week but it sure is a great start on this new journey. Not only am I losing weight but I am saving money by cooking my meals and just buying all of my food at the grocery store.
I really don’t believe in dieting or drinking any shakes or anything to lose weight because it’s not real life. Eventually you will want real food and that’s why I am loving this new way for me to get healthy. I want to get in shape and stay in shape and not worry about going back to the real world. I also want to save money and not spend money on extra diet stuff.
It also helps to have someone to keep you accountable and I have that! So here is my first week of my new life!
Monday, November 4th- So this is what I like to call the day where Brittanie finally decided it was time for a change. I wasn’t sitting around crying or anything. I literally just told a friend that I wanted to go to the gym and then she just started bossing me around and telling me what I should be eating and stuff. So Thanks Aviry! I also made the decision to buy a scale that day and it has been awhile since I had weighed myself. The good news was that I hadn’t gained any weight since January. Bad news, I still am the heaviest I have ever been in my life. But I didn’t cry, because I was now making the right choices to do something about this. I went to the grocery store and bought healthy food for the week. I decided that this was it, no going back. This time I want to really change and I want to be healthy. I won’t write what I ate or my workout because I ate badly that day and I didn’t workout. I did have veggies and ground turkey for dinner though.
Tuesday, November 5th- I decided to start going to the gym in the mornings and it was so hard getting up that day to go to the gym. My brain was telling me to just stay in bed, but I didn’t I got up, got dressed, and headed to the gym. I live about half a mile from the gym so it’s a nice little walk. Overall I didn’t want to die after my first real day of clean eating. I ate things that kept me full.
Breakfast- Oatmeal and a Banana
Lunch- Greek Yogurt, String Cheese, and cucumbers with Vinegar
Dinner- Veggies with ground turkey (Delicious by the way)
3o minutes of cardio
5 leg workouts
5 minutes of stretching
Wednesday, November 6th- Once again I made myself get up and go to the gym in the morning and I was so sore. That’s what happens when you aren’t in shape though. It’s a good kind of pain, it makes me feel like I am actually doing something. Now the hardest thing about this new healthy life style is eating correctly at work. Right now is our slowest time of the year so I just sit at my desk bored. It makes me want to mindlessly snack. But my cucumbers have been helping with that. But this was once again a successful day and I ate healthy and worked out! Yeah!
Breakfast: Oatmeal and a Banana
Lunch: Greek Yogurt, Cucumbers, and string cheese
Dinner: Veggies and ground turkey
3o minutes of cardio
6 arm workouts
5 minutes of stretching
Thursday, November 7th- My body was still so sore, but I was getting used to waking up early and going to the gym. Even though I still woke up early I decide I would try going to the gym in the evening. I went, but I prefer going in the morning because then it’s done and if some last minute plans come up then I don’t have to worry about not making it to the gym. Another challenge happened that day. I forgot my lunch but I went to the store and bought a Greek yogurt, orange, and a pack of string cheese to keep at the office. If I had forgotten my lunch a week ago and just went next door to Subway and order an unhealthy sandwich, but I didn’t. So once again another successful day!
Breakfast- Peanut Butter & Banana smoothie
Lunch- Greek Yogurt, Orange, String Cheese
Dinner- Veggies and Ground Turkey
45 minutes of cardio
5 minutes of stretching
Friday, November 8th- Well today was the day that I would get tested with how I would order food when going out to eat. I ate breakfast and lunch like I normally do, but that night I would be eating at IHOP. My friend Josh was leaving for two months and this is where he wanted to do his going away dinner. When we originally made these plans I was super excited because I was going to order something really unhealthy to eat and IHOP has plenty of unhealthy items, but I was good and I order water and something from there small part of the menu that is under 300 calories. Was it the best thing I have ever ate in my life? Heck no! But it allowed me to go out with my friends and still be able to eat. I would say that is a successful night out!
Breakfast- Peanut butter and banana smoothie
Lunch- Greek Yogurt, orange, string cheese
Dinner- 2 egg whites, 2 pieces of turkey bacon, fruit cup, and 2 pieces of wheat toast
30 minutes of cardio
3 leg workouts, 3 arm workouts
5 minutes of stretching
Saturday, November 9th- I was supposed to go to a dance class on Saturday but when my alarm went off by body just did not want to move and I didn’t think I could last through a 2 1/2 hour dance class, so I slept some more. I had a day planned in the city with one of my friends. We did so much walking that day. I didn’t go to the gym, but I still did a lot of cardio. Besides isn’t shopping the best form of cardio? I didn’t eat that great on Saturday. I still ate healthy but I didn’t eat enough, so I need to come up with a better plan when I go out.
Breakfast- Peanut butter & banana smoothie
Lunch- nothing wah wah
Dinner: Ground turkey and veggies, 1 piece of dark chocolate
Sunday, November 10th- I got up early on Sunday and went to the gym. I knew that the next day would be my weigh in day so I needed to burn as many calories as I could. Today would also be another test day because I was going to a birthday party later in the afternoon. I am so proud of myself because I didn’t eat any cupcakes or any bad food. The worst thing was probably the two cups of punch I drank, but I burned it off by playing in the gym with the little kids.
Breakfast- 2 egg omelet with 2 pieces of turkey bacon and 1 oz of shredded cheese. (Delicious)
Lunch- Meat sticks, fruit, and punch
Dinner- 2 Meat Sticks
45 minutes of Cardio
5 minutes of stretching
Week 1 complete! Woo-hoo!
Here are some pics from my week!
So here I am, finally being vocal about my fitness and health goals. This last Monday I text my friend Aviry and I said “I think I’m going to try and go to the gym tonight” and that’s how all of this began. All of a sudden she was giving me all this advice on how to eat right and workouts and here I am 3 days later eating clean and working out!
A little about me. For those of you that have known me for awhile know that I have struggled with losing weight pretty much my entire life. I have always been overweight and I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t. I don’t blame anyone for it. Blaming someone doesn’t make me lose weight. If I want to look and feel my best then I have to do something about it.
I have tried so many different diets and I have always felt deprived which is why I always backslide and end up gaining the weight back. Well I am tired of that. I am tired of eating foods that are bad for my body all the time and I AM TIRED OF BEING TIRED.
Performing is something that I love. There is no better feeling than when I am on stage. I can’t describe it, but it’s just magical. Almost six months ago I was in a production of RENT and it was the first time I was ever in a musical. After performing in RENT I realized that I didn’t want to be a recording artist, I wanted to be on Broadway.
I started feeling like all the odds are stacked against me, because at the time I decided this I had never had a vocal lesson, acting lesson, or dancing lesson. But I didn’t care, I just knew that this was what I wanted and now I had to go after it. Now five months later I have taken voice, acting, and dance lessons. I am slowly becoming a better performer.
Also I should say that when I say I want to be on Broadway, I don’t mean I just want to be in the ensemble, no I want to have lead roles one day. I know that one day I will get there, but it won’t happen over night.
The past few months I have been looking up auditions to attend and most of them I can’t because I don’t fit the “type”. Which means that my image doesn’t fit the role. It’s really discouraging and I found myself only wanting to audition for ensemble roles because they usually say that they want all “types” of actors.
There I was feeling sorry for myself because I would never get the chance to be a lead in something when really it’s my fault this is not happening.
And now this is where I came up with Fit4Broadway. I have told a few of my friends and family that I have started eating better, but I really want to be held accountable. How do you do that? Well the only obvious choice is to create a blog and an Instagram account to share your goals with anyone who will listen.
I am very excited to share this journey with anyone who wants to follow me on it. I hope it will be entertaining. I am a real person and I will have no problem sharing when I really just want to eat a cookie or skip a workout.
I have some fun activities planned after I reach certain weight loss goals. So stay tuned!!
I will also try my best and keep a diary of my week and share what I eat and what kind of workouts I do.
Here’s to change and making all my dreams come true!
P.S. I just wanted to end this first post by saying that I do not hate myself or have any bad thoughts about who I am. Do I want to change some things? Yes, but I am a very happy and confident person. I enjoy life to the fullest and I have wonderful family and friends who support and believe in me.