Staying Motivated

Happy Tuesday! So today I am going to be talking about fitness and how to keep yourself motivated, one of my goals this year was to be more consistent with fitness and to keep it involved in my routine. So far, so good… I have been working with a great trainer called Ashton from a gym […]

via 5 Ways To Keep Yourself Motivated With Fitness — HANNAH BULLEN

Fat Loss vs Weight Loss


I’ve read many testimonials where people are very excited about their shrinking waist size and the various methods used to achieve these victories. Then I later read where the person is disappointed because although they lost weight, they still are not satisfied with the way they look. One cause of this is due to them not preserving the muscle tone they had when they started their weight loss journey. We all know weight loss can be achieved by diet alone since our diet is the most important component to losing weight, however simply losing 100 pounds by diet alone will leave you with a deflated version of your larger self. The following is an article from to address the disparities between the two:

Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss. What’s the difference? Let’s start by defining weight loss & fat loss so you know what I mean here.

  • Weight Loss. You want to lower your body-weight, the sum weight of your bones, muscles, organs, body fat, …
  • Fat Loss. You want to lower your body fat, the amount of fat your body carries. Healthy goals are 10% body fat for men and 15% for women.

Problems with Weight Loss. If you want to lose weight, it’s most likely because you carry too much fat. There are people who must lose weight, like athletes before a competition, but most want fat loss. So stop weighing yourself.

  • Unreliable. Your body-weight can fluctuate daily since it’s influenced by your stomach/bowel/bladder content, water loss/retention, muscle loss/gain, fat loss/gain, … You’ll have no idea what’s going on.
  • Irrelevant. 2 people with similar height can weigh the same, but look completely different because one has lower body fat than the other.

Here’s How The Weight Scale Can Mislead You.Clothes, mirrors & pictures don’t lie. Neither do fat calipers. But the weight scale can become your worst enemy by misleading you and killing your motivation. Examples:

  • Carbs & Water. Carbs bind to water. So eating less carbs will make you lose weight: water loss. This is why you lose so much weight on a diet like Atkins the first 2 weeks: it’s mostly water. Of course, increasing your carb intake will make you gain weight again: water retention.
  • Muscle Gains & Fat Loss. You’ll gain muscle while losing fat when you get into strength training. But on the weight scale it will look like you’re not making progress: your body-weight doesn’t change.

How to Make Sure You Lose Fat, Not Muscle?
Check the picture above: 5lbs muscle takes less space than 5lbs fat. That means you’ll look slimmer at the same body-weight by building muscle. Keys to losing fat, not muscle:

  • Get Stronger. Strength training builds muscle & prevents muscle loss. It also helps sticking to your diet. Check the StrongLifts 5×5 routine.
  • Eat Healthy. Eat whole unprocessed foods 90% of the time and eat less starchy carbs. Check the 8 nutrition rules.

You can do cardio to speed up fat loss. But without strength training, cardio will cause muscle loss and you’ll end up skinny-fat. Avoid.

How to Track Progress Efficiently.
You don’t need to track progress weekly, changes wouldn’t be drastic enough. Track progress every 2 weeks.

  • Stop Weighing Yourself Daily. The daily fluctuations will mess with your motivation. Weigh yourself once every 2 weeks, not more.
  • Stop Looking in The Mirror. Self-image issues can skew perception. Shoot full body pictures and compare them with old ones.
  • Track Body Fat. Get a fat caliper and track your body fat every 2 weeks. Use this how-to guide and watch this video.
  • Take Measurements. Girth measurements of your neck, chest, arms, waist & thighs. Waist should go down, rest should go up.
  • Shoot Pictures. Full body pictures from ankle to neck, front/back/side, every 2 weeks. Compare with your previous pics.
  • Strength Stats. Log your workouts. Strength going up means muscle gains and strength training prevents muscle breakdown.

Listen also to what people say. They’ll notice your body change more than you will. Clothes will start to feel differently too.



A Quick Update

Yesterday I decided to try on swimsuits after I left the gym. I hadn’t noticed my progress until my friend pointed it out to me.

  January 2017

February 19, 2017

I started doing High-Intensity Interval Training 3x a week and continued weight lifting 4x a week maxing out on weight. Over the last 6 weeks I’ve become much stronger. I can now squat a 49lb dumbbell with ease and press 6 plates on the leg press; that’s 270lbs! I’m noticing more changes in my body composition and improvements in my mood.

1 Months Progress

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The top measurements were taken on 1/1/17 and the bottom on 2/1/17. The scale hasn’t moved at all however my clothes continue to fall off of me. I do a lot of weight-lifting, more than cardio and it is clearly paying off. This month I am still going to dedicate more time to cardio but the definition I’m starting to see in my body is worth every “extra” pound that muscle weighs.


Feeling Good Today


When I woke up this morning I felt really good. I thanked God for giving me another day of life and a chance to get it right. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed because I have a ton of things to do so of course, I’m writing and procrastinating (I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t wait until the last minute to do things lol) instead of doing what I need to do. This week I decided to increase the amount of cardio that I’m doing each week to see a difference on the scale. I have been consistently losing fat and gaining muscle which is the best thing in the world, however, I want to see the scale decrease a little further. Yesterday I made a new personal best in the gym. I started off with a 4 minute warm up on the elliptical (then I just had to sneak in some weights on my cardio day) I went on to the leg press and completed 5 sets of 10 reps on the leg press with 270lbs which was no walk in the park but just to see if I could I added another 90 lbs for a total of 360 lbs and did another 12 reps! #PersonalBest I finished up with 35 minutes doing HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) on the Arc Trainer with the level at 18 which not only burns major calories but also helps to tone the hamstrings and glutes. So this morning I’m not just feeling sore but also accomplished and ready to tackle some HIIT when I get off work this evening. FullSizeRender.jpg

The main ingredient in obesity

Added sugar is probably the most unhealthy ingredient in the world. Half glucose and half fructose, sugar will be your worst enemy, especially if you are obese. Fructose is metabolized by the liver, regardless of the amount you ingest. The problem is, overloading the liver with sugar will force it to transform it into fat. […]

via Sugar: The main ingredient for obesity —

A Few things I’ve Learned During this Journey

Some of these I have written myself and others I have gathered from a few others in a weight loss support group forum.

1.) No matter what you’ve heard, your body needs carbs for energy. Cutting out carbs completely is one of the worst things you can do.

2.) Do NOT drink fruit juices. For example 12 ounces of grape juice have 55 grams of sugar compared to a 12oz coke that has 39 grams. Sugar is sugar no matter where it comes from. Try adjusting to unsweetened iced tea or fruit infused water.

3.) Falling off the wagon one day will not ruin your diet and hard work you’ve done. I see too many people crushed after indulging in something really unhealthy and everyone usually has the same reaction and wants to give up. It’s not the end of the world. Do an extra hour of cardio that week and that cake you ate is non-existent.

4.) Always have one reward meal every week. You’ve worked hard all week, you deserve a tasty meal. Just don’t go crazy and stay away from fast food.

5.) You should never feel hungry. Always eat if you’re hungry. Waiting until you’re really hungry to eat is really bad. Your metabolism will slow down and you’ll most likely eat more food.

6.) If you’re eating only once or twice a day you’re never going to lose weight. Your body needs food all day to stay burning fat. If you don’t have food for energy your body will start taking energy from your muscles which reduces your muscle mass and when that happens your fat loss will go down significantly. Muscle burns fat.

7.) AB EXERCISES DO NOT GET RID OF BELLY FAT!!!! I can’t stress this enough. Cardio is the only thing that really burns fat. Although building a strong core will increase your fat burning capabilities.

8.) Eat a lot of protein. Protein is essential for refueling your muscles and helps get you lean. The amount of protein you eat should be half your body weight in grams. If you weigh 200 pounds you should be eating 100 grams of protein. You always here bodybuilders saying to eat your entire weight in protein but that’s pointless if your not trying to be Mr. Universe.

9.) Don’t eat heavy past 6pm. Your last big meal of the day should be eaten before 6. But if you get hungry later on before bed, eating fruit, nuts or vegetables is the best thing you can do. If you go to bed hungry you might wake up and decide you want a midnight snack, and when we’re really hungry we tend to eat something we probably shouldn’t.

10.) Canned soup may be low in calories and have veggies in it, but it’s packed with tons of sodium which is one of the worst things you can consume.

11.) Drink a big glass of ice cold water as soon as you wake up, even before your coffee. This can boost your metabolism up to 15% more for the day and also wake you up faster than coffee.

12.) Artificial sweeteners are horrible for you and although they aren’t real sugar they also slow down weight loss and cause other issues over a lifetime.