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My name is Brittany. I'm a 25 year old singer,dreamer and creator. I'm a photographer and the lead designer for a tshirt company in Philadelphia. Trying to balance weightloss and my goals.

HW1: 400+ (March 2011)
GW: 160

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  1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

    2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

    3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

    4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

    5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

    6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

    7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

    8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

    9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

    10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

    11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

    12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

    14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.

    15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

    16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.

New spring time look. It’s cold out but I felt like Spring today. :D

These are Mexican Haystacks.

2 cups uncooked brown rice
1 bunch fresh cilantro

1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste
4 cups salsa (I used Kirkland organic salsa from Costco)

1-2 avocados, chopped
1-2 red peppers, chopped
1-2 ripe mangoes, chopped
fresh cilantro for garnish

Start your brown rice in a pot on the stove, or in a rice maker. Next, add ground turkey and chopped onion to a large saute pan. Add garlic powder and salt and pepper. When the turkey is browned, add 4 cups of salsa. Bring the salsa to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, chop the cilantro, pepper, avocado, and mango. When the rice is done, simply stir in almost all of the fresh cilantro, leaving just enough to garnish each dish.

Serve with a nice big salad! From Whole&Free

You don’t need a measuring cup to figure out how much you should eat. Use your hands as a guide.

So I’m going to post this one a little early cause I’m going grocery shopping tonight.

So we found all the hidden sugars in our life and we rid ourselves of them. We know what to avoid and look for! Some stuff is easy like Starbucks or frozen waffles. Sugars lurk in diet foods added with other names by manufacturers that know that food with zero fat tastes crappy.

Now we replace the products we tossed away.

Like cereal? Replace it with a whole grain with little to no added sugars. Add a sliced banana to sweeten it or berries.
Instead of candy or cookies buy nuts or raw veggies and hummus.
Replace sweet yogurt with greek or plain.
Look for plain versions of the foods you like and sweeten them with as much natural stuff as you can.
No sugar oatmeal.
Instead of a protein bar put peanut butter on whole-grain crackers.

Stick to ice cold water or un-sweetened iced tea with mint or raspberries.

Shop the perimeter of the grocery store as much as possible. Think about the general layout of a grocery store: The outside is home to fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, dairy products, and whole grain breads and the inside aisles are stocked with cookies, chips, soda, fruit juice, cake mixes, and other processed foods. Spend most of your time on the outside and only go down the inner aisles for specific products, like whole-grain pasta.

Don’t shop on an empty stomach and always make a list and stick to it. Hungry shopping leads to impulse buys. Meal planning is tricky. 

For me I am sticking to a few select menu options.
Eggs with veggies for breakfast
Whole wheat crackers and peanut butter as a snack
Lunch wrap using either tuna or tilapia
Chicken and veggies for dinner or a pasta and veggies for dinner depending on how I feel.
No juice or sodas.

Goodluck shopping!



Once you control your mind , you can conquer your body


Once you control your mind , you can conquer your body


In the 1990s, American obesity rates soared and became public health enemy numero uno. The answer, it seemed, was to produce a whole lot of low-fat and fat-free foods. What did food producers do to satisfy the newly health-conscious consumer? They were able to slash the fat content of food and replace it with a lot of sugar. Here we are, nearly 20 years later and obesity rates continues to soar, as do rates of diabetes and heart disease.

One of the major problems with sugar is how our body metabolizes it. If we eat too much of certain types of sugar (think high-fructose corn syrup), our liver has to work really hard to process it and will convert most of the sugar into fat. This process can lead to insulin resistance, which is a major contributor to obesity, type II diabetes, and heart disease.

Here are 3 simple tips for cutting sugar intake:

  • Don’t make desserts a regular part of every meal - Save them for special occasions or weekend treats.
  • Skip breakfast cereal -  Most cereals are loaded with sugar, which sets you up for hunger and fatigue for the whole day.  Try having fruit, yogurt, and nuts or light cheese instead.
  • Say farewell to soda and fruit juice - These sugary drinks are also high in calories, so choose water flavored with fresh lemon or lime, seltzer, tea, milk, or plain water instead.


(via pumpingironman)


This demonstrates why eating from a smaller plate tricks your brain into thinking you’re eating more food.