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Beating the Holiday Food Fear

Thursday, June 30, 2011

It can be done. I have no fear about this long weekend. I have two barbecues to go to and of course the fair with fireworks. A lot of temptation, a lot of "off my plan" foods. That feeling of "how am I going to say no" to certain food is gone. I know I can have that funnel cake if I want, I'm just choosing not to this weekend. I know I'll be on line buying my sweetie some zeppoles and he'll enjoy them. I need to feel good about myself and that means not eating sugary snacks right now. The barbecues might not have grilled chicken, but I'll make due with what is being offered. It's just a way of eating that I choose for myself. I am going to hang with family and friends and that is what I'm looking forward to. Just think, you can have just about anything at the parties at a later date if you choose, so smile at those chips and dip and think bikini and most of all great health! I just wanted people to know it gets easier. I've been a fitness/nutrition person my whole adult life and trust me there were times I dreaded going out with my friends wondering how I would not have a beer and nachos! You can do it too. No more excuses!

Everyone have a safe and healthy 4th of July weekend.

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CCSDESTINY 7/28/2011 10:49PM

    It's been a while! I hope you've had an awesome summer :)

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RUNSWITHDEER 7/13/2011 1:34PM

    You are so right. Must have a plan to avoid those temptations. Seems like whenever my DW and I have a potluck at the house, no matter how many times we tell people that we don't need a dessert, someone invariably brings a cake, brownies. They need to be REPROGRAMMED! Sorry, but it gets me bothered. hehe

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NEENSTER1 7/4/2011 11:36AM

    emoticon make healthy choices. emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 7/1/2011 3:55PM

    "No fear". You are the woman!

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TRAINER_T 7/1/2011 10:05AM

    Funnel cakes have you seen the new I-Hop commerical for them? Ok now I want one :-)


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1500LUNGES 7/1/2011 9:45AM

    I love how cool you are about the BBQ situation. Like "yeah, the food will be there but I'm not going to let myself be tempted."

I'm still learning to say no, and how to set boundaries. Well, saying no is not the hard part for me, its the questions that follow and feeling like I have to explain myself. I'm a people pleaser - always have been - but I'm making a conscious effort to please myself first!

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TRUETOMOLLY 7/1/2011 8:37AM

    Great blog. I love your encouagement to everyone! There really should be nothing we dread due to nutritional choice. We always have a choice to say yes or no!

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ALESHABEE 6/30/2011 7:03PM

    Girl I sooo love this! It's one of the most important lessons I've learned while training for my competition...and that is how to say no and politely decline food! It's such an empowering feeling to finally get to this point after years of always giving in. You are so right, we will be healthy this weekened and the funnel cake will still be there after the holidays, haha.

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PAULAMARIEF 6/30/2011 12:08PM

    Oh trust me there will be a funnel cake in my future!!!!!!

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BOOKWORM27S 6/30/2011 11:57AM

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MUMMYUK2 6/30/2011 9:31AM

    Remember this isn't a DIET it's a LIFESTYLE and you have to be able to live life to the fullest, which includes the occasional Funnel Cake emoticon

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LUVYA04 6/30/2011 9:24AM

    Thats right, We will be eating out of a cooler so my week can go to plan pretty well. though I did just check at the meat my Hubby bought from the Butcher Hmm well not as lean as I was hoping emoticon. But generally I am running around so much w/ the little ones I tend to lose weight and yes that will include eating a smore that one of my children will offer me so proudly emoticon.

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From Anorexia to Personal Trainer

Monday, June 27, 2011

This is posted on Facebook page Buster Fitness.

How do you transform from anorexic to certified personal trainer/fitness nutrition specialist?

After multiple hospitalizations, doctors, took decades to get here.

Nutrition and fitness were always passions of mine. I unfortunately abused them, but not to the point of no return. After spending years restricting my calorie intake of sometimes nothing more than a diet soda and salad; I now find myself in the kitchen creating recipes. After spending endless hours on cardio equipment at several gyms each week, I now watch my muscles grow with planned strength training routines that get me out of the gym in under an hour. I am so much happier now that I am treating my body to the degree it should be treated. I won't get into what triggered my eating disorder or at least some theories of what did, but the end result was me wanting to be thinner and to most people "way too thin". Besides not eating much at all, I also tried every diet that was out on the market. The scary thing was weight loss specialists, all ones that we see on TV (I won't name names) would take me as a client even when I was at a lower than recommended weight. Still today I read every new plan on losing weight. I felt like I had to test them all out. As I followed each new diet the weight would come off and of course I would be losing lean body mass along with fat. Until four years ago I still didn't "get it". It wasn't just having a calorie deficit at the end of each day that was going to reap results, it was the ratio of macronutrients and increasing muscle that was going to lead me to the shape I wanted. Everyone now knows the term "skinny fat". That was me. All my hard work with weights at the gym were being destroyed by my muscles breaking down from not eating enough protein and from over exercising. The result, going back to my basic plan, nothing fancy. I needed higher amounts of lean protein, more healthy fats and less starchy carbs and most of all I had to say goodbye to sugar. Am I still intrigued by eating clean, paleo and other new plans? Yes and I know they work great for others. I'm just not going on one of those paths right now. I'm choosing to be BORING! I incorporate a little of many different nutrition philosophies into my daily diet. I found out what works for me. When I guide someone else to their goals I will find out what works best for them. It's never too late to turn your life around!

Hope everyone has a great, healthy week!See More

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 8/11/2011 1:22PM

    ooopss sorry to have posted on the belly fat blog from over a year ago---hello! i need to read the dates on the blog

so relating to this one : )

yes i know skinny fat....

and again congrats on becoming a personal trainer!

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TRAINER_T 7/5/2011 12:39PM

    Great post!!!

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TRUETOMOLLY 7/1/2011 8:36AM

    Girl, thansk for sharing. You are amazing and have come so far. I think of you as one of my biggest examples here in such a positive, balance way! I couldn't be more thankful that there was that turn around for YOU! You are beautiful inside and out!
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BOOKWORM27S 7/1/2011 7:46AM

    Great blog! What an amazing story! I too have turned my eating disorder (binge eating) around, and have been able to make a healthy, more balanced life. Thanks for sharing your story.

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ALESHABEE 6/30/2011 7:00PM

    Love this girl!! You do know I'm your #1,2 and 3 fan right!! I love your stuff. And you are so right, it's about finding a plan that works for you...and I too will be on that path when comp prep is over. I will be incorporating a bit of yours, Ruben's and a bit of my own. Beautiful!!

And that die for! I hope you are working on a cookbook of desserts. It would do really well...I just know it!

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MSILVER94 6/28/2011 10:40AM

    Thanks for posting that blog!! Congratations to you for accomplishing a healthy life style!

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    Great job on your transformation! You look fabulous, have a great attitude and are an inspiration!!

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_FITMAMA 6/27/2011 2:47PM

    Great blog Paula! Thanks for sharing!

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_FITMAMA 6/27/2011 2:47PM

    Great blog Paula! Thanks for sharing!

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JLITT62 6/27/2011 1:45PM

    Thanks for inspiring so many! Thankfully I've never had a full blown ED, but I'm like you in that I try a lot of things & take a little bit away from most everything I try. Exercise & nutrition fascinate me, too!

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MAYBELLE06 6/27/2011 12:46PM

    I am so happy for you, you sound like you have found balance and really understand your nutrition:) Good on ya!
I feel like I'm getting closer to this too. Like I started as a Tosca follower, with all the contradicting rules and such. Then soon realized we should just be eating food that is whole and natural, no low fat or 0 calorie, just real food! Said goodbye to grains which wasn't new for me as I had a wheat allergy before. I pay attention to my macro's and now I seem to be having success. And it feels natural not forced, no deprivation here just living.
Nope it's never too late!

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APMAC_D 6/27/2011 12:15PM

    I totally agree with that, it's never too late to turn your life around. Amazing. You have one great story here.

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PWILLIAMS7 6/27/2011 12:03PM

    It is so good to hear the accomplishment you have made thus far. The battle with ourselves are so deep sometimes many can't find their way out. I am commended you for being able to look within yourself and put forth the effort to make a positive change for yourself! Even though we don't know each other, I am truly proud and happy for you! It's good to see people make a change as you have because it shows us that we're not perfect but we can make a change in ourselves to better our future some how. Way to Go! xoxo

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LUVYA04 6/27/2011 10:48AM

Thanks for writing this, I too would exercise constantly and just drink soda and eat salads. Yes I was thin but after my last child that plan was not working anymore. I am learning how to eat again.

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MEGSMILEY 6/27/2011 10:27AM

    Good for you! I know how hard it is to change that kind of thinking and I am so happy you finally started to treat your body properly. I'm sure having your little boy was a big motivation to get healthy... I know it was for me.
P.S.- just a few words to your vanity- I think you look way better now than in your ultra-lean photo... You look smokin' hot with the lean muscle and curves!! You look beautiful. Truly.
Rock on!

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WINACHST 6/27/2011 9:38AM

    I am finding that knowledge is power when it comes to making choices when eating. Congratulations on coming to terms with what you need to do in order to acheive a healthy lifestyle.

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Facebook...Buster Fitness...Needs YOU

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I really would love all of you to join me on my Facebook page Buster Fitness. Just click the "like" button and you can be part of my journey to a "leaner" me! I love my Spark friends and value their opinions and suggestions. I NEED your encouragement. Thanks guys!



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_FITMAMA 6/25/2011 9:44AM

    I'm already a fan! Great page!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 6/24/2011 5:43PM

    Just liked you! OMG, all your food looks delish!!

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CCSDESTINY 6/24/2011 4:23PM

    Done! You know you're one of my FAVS! I love all the stuff you post out there!

Thanks :)

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Sugar and Forgiveness

Monday, May 16, 2011

(I posted this on my Facebook page Buster Fitness, but thought I would share my night here too. I posted an interesting link to NES an eating disorder that is being recognized.)

More specifically, chocolate! I had my first rough night in weeks. I came downstairs after everyone was in bed and wanted sugar. I talked myself out of it, but didn't go back upstairs. I started to clean up some dishes in the sink and then wham, I saw the Hershey kisses in a bowl from my son's Easter basket. I've learned to enjoy sweets in moderation, but not at 12 a.m., but it happens, I'm human I wanted chocolate. I am doing photos for my web page in about 5 weeks so I am trying to be spot on with my nutrition which for the time being doesn't include 12 a.m. candy.

So yes, I had a handful of kisses. I don't feel too terrible about it, but I do wish I had been able to get past the sugar cravings. Sugar has continued to be the most difficult thing for me to give up or at least eat in moderation. There are many theories about sugar cravings. I'll post a good link.

I'm past the chocolate issue. I forgive myself. I've come to realize that hating myself after going off plan doesn't solve anything and usually makes things worse. Staying on your food plan is key for your health and weight loss. How we feel emotionally during the day ultimately plays a part in our food choices. If you get sidetracked, take a deep breath and get back on the right track. This happens to ALL of us. Don't let unplanned eating get you down. Today is a new day and you're in charge!

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AMZY68 6/23/2011 4:13PM

    Getting over all or nothing thinking is a great step!
I still find it hard to control myself when it comes to sugar too so I tend to avoid it at all costs but I'd love to get to a point where a can have the occasional chocolate or sweet and not go crazy and I AM getting there, slowly. Keep up the hard work!

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    Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes I get consumed with the all or nothing mentality. I need to remember it's ok to slip sometimes.

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FROSTIERACES 6/6/2011 12:25PM

    You're doing wonderfully! Thanks for always being so inspiring too!

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ALESHABEE 5/22/2011 9:28PM

    Amen sister!! I'm with you 100% on this one emoticon

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TRAINER_T 5/19/2011 4:50PM

    Girl you are so strong and amazing you can do anything you set your mind to!

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PIXIEPIE 5/16/2011 3:52PM

    Great attitude! :)

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GRSMITH80 5/16/2011 1:15PM

    emoticon on the great attitude about the kisses. You're right, mistakes will happen just pick yourself up and move on from there. You're doing great!

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CCSDESTINY 5/16/2011 1:08PM

    I keep putting off those pics as my scale (as well as my pants size) is going the WRONG WAY. I buckle under pressure. :(

Good luck with your goals over the next few weeks, one handful of chocolates is not going to break you. You already look so good, keep your eye on the prize!!

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MOMSLIM 5/16/2011 9:49AM

    So proud of you for not letting that slip of sugar bring you down.
You look amazing now, anyone who becomes your client will be very lucky. You not only will rock those pics, but your experiences will make you a great trainer.

My weekend wasn't too bad considering I went out for dinner to celebrate our anniversary... had no bread, no potatoes/fries had veggies instead. Had some wine though. Yesterday was nieces bday... made all the right choices, except for the wine of course. So this week I plan on being right on with my nutrition.

You will look even more amazing!!! I know you will.

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TRUETOMOLLY 5/16/2011 9:08AM

    Glad you are able to move on today! Yeah I talked myself out of so much this weekend and then seriously caved big time yesterday afternoon! Yes moving on is key and now I want to push even harder and am more determined to see results. YOUr pics will be great for sure!

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Shrimp Kabob Creole Style

Friday, May 13, 2011

I had a wonderful barbeque last night. One of the selections was this shrimp kabob recipe below. I used whole grain rice instead of couscous and added zucchini to the list of veggies. Tip if using wooden skewers, before using them, soak them in water for 15 minutes to avoid burning on the grill. Enjoy!

Recipe on page...

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GRSMITH80 5/13/2011 9:42AM

    Looks delicious!

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