BE WELL WEDNESDAY: THE 80/20 RULE:

The 80/20 rule, eat less workout more, and what is this middle age thing they speak of !?!

I've come to the realization that no matter how many do overs I give myself, and I give myself a lot, I will never (as in EVER) be a perfectionist. I strive to do a certain amount of self care things in a day, no matter how busy I am.  The reality of that is that there are not enough hours in the day for all the things I want to do so something always falls off the list, hence the 80/20 rule. 80% is good, let yourself off the hook for the other 20. And then every once in a while the stars will align and we might just have that 100% day.

Eat less workout more is my husbands favorite expression. When I bitch about loosing weight he's a broken record, eat less workout more, eat less workout more, eat less workout more. ERRRR I just want to eat more!

And this middle age thing. I get it, we're in the middle, or are they referring to the middle you now have, that foreign thing, in the middle of your body commonly referred to as muffin top, fat roll, middle age spread? One of my friends said her Dr. actually told her there was nothing she could do about it, a man no doubt. Well I say HELL NO!

A few Saturdays back as I was gasping for air, climbing up a trail to the back of the Hollywood sign, trying and failing, to keep up with two 20 somethings and moving aside on a very narrow, very steep and very rocky path, as other 20 somethings passed me by, I had an epiphany.  Not an earth shaking spiritual one just an "oh shit I'm not going to make it up this f'n mountain" one.  We hike a lot, we live in the hills where technically walking the dogs is a hike, but this, I had not been challenged like this since I had a trainer post child birth. It was the only time in my life that I'd be on the verge of throwing up after a workout, until now. If you've ever watched The Biggest Looser you know what I mean, red face nauseous, the whole enchiladas. Oh yum now I want Mexican food...

OK, I had to stop twice because I really thought I would vomit, so I rested on a rock trying to figure out what happened to my lungs. The thing is I didn't want to quit, really! I just wanted to rest, and then I got my second wind and kept going. It made me realize how wimpy my workouts are. Turns out (don't tell him) but my husband is right, eat less, workout more, but more than that, work out harder! Ding, ding, ding. I realized the workouts of my 30's and 40's will not cut it in my 50's. I didn't feel old climbing that mountain I felt proud and I want to do it over and over until I don't have to stop or get nauseous. Well, maybe not that mountain. It was so steep we all fell on our butts going down. And by all I mean everyone, not just me, the 20 somethings too :)
Behind the Hollywood Sign
 
So back to the reason I do the 80/20, here it is ~ I cannot stay on a diet for more than a day, I eat really clean and healthy, there's not much to give up so I've taken a few tips from the experts. You may want to join me. First up is Jillian Micheal's 7 day fat flush drink, it's not a cleanse, you eat, but you drink 64 ounces of this a day for 7 days. So far I've only gotten up to day three and then I forget and then I start over. Starting over is good, always start over. (80/20!)
  • 64 ounces of water
  • I Dandelion Tea bag
  • 1 Tbs of lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs unsweetened cranberry concentrate
That's it! I make a big pitcher of it at night leave it in the fridge and in the morning I divide it into  two large mason jars. (Trying not to use plastic*)

This is my eating plan. I'm not a nutritionist or any kind of expert, I'm just sharing what I'm doing to get rid of an extra few pounds.

Here are my every day food musts, everything else is gravy. Haha, OK, NOT GRAVY, but healthy combinations incorporating these foods. Also cardio, weights and yoga.
  • Greens & veggies
  • Berries
  • Vitamins
  • Greek yogurt (no sugar added, check the label) 1 cup has 22 grams of protein
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Avocado
  • Apple Cider vinegar
  • Protein - chicken, fish or beans
  • 64 ounces of water (the above way, plain, lemon, cucumber, etc.) 
  • Yams
  • Quinoa or Quinoa pasta
  • Apples
  • Green Tea
  • Gluten free bagel or bread
  • Eggs
  • Almond Milk
  • Green Juice (kale, carrots, apple, cucumber, ginger and lemon)
  • Lemon
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
Here are a few of my easy combinations;
  • Hot water with lemon first thing in the morning. FYI - Christie Brinkley swears by this and have you seen her lately at 63!?!
  • Breakfast is an O'Doughs Gluten Free seeded Bagel (100 cal) toasted and topped with 1/2 an avocado and some pumpkin seeds, so good! Or eggs. Some weeks I make Gluten Free Flat bread recipe here.
  • Lunch is when I do salad usually with chicken, veggies, nuts and seeds.
  • For my mid afternoon slump it's 1 cup of Greek Yogurt with berries, nuts, half a chopped apple and I put a tiny bit of agave in for sweetness. Once you kick the real sugar habit, this becomes an amazing sweet treat.
  • Dinner incorporates more veggies and protein, sometimes Quinoa is the protein, no meat.
  • I either take the apple cider vinegar by itself, 2 Tbs, it's to harsh for some people but I like it, or I make what I call a mock tail, mixing it with water, lemon slices, 1/2 teas baking soda and a little Stevia.  See the wonders of Apple Cider Vinegar here.
  • Turmeric goes into green juice or sometimes a Golden Milk before bed.
Prep for green juice
Berries at the farmers market

Acia bowl

Cobb salad at Food Lab, West Hollywood
That's it, eat less, (eat healthy), workout more (and harder). I'll check back at -10lbs :) If you're going through this, I'd love to hear from you!

UPDATE:  Last weekend I took a Body Blast class with a girlfriend, I was so proud of us, we burned almost 300 calories, we kept up and we sweat! It definitely made me more conscious of every thing that went into my mouth the rest of the day and according to My Fitness Pal, if I had days like this for the next 5 weeks I would reach my goal!

BTW My Fitness Pal, is a great free App, it will calculate how many calories you should eat to reach your goal, has every food and restaurant imaginable and calculates your steps all day. So if you rather wear a bracelet than a fit bit give it a try. 10,000 steps is the goal!

*check out my families blog on why we're avoiding plastic and how we're attempting to live a greener life at OFF THE GRID IN THE CITY.

See you in sleeveless this summer with my tank top arms  :O

MOTIVATION MONDAY:

Happy Motivation Monday!  It's the first Monday in March and with spring starting to strut her stuff you may already be pretty motivated. Last week I Instagramed this huge sunflower that I had on my desk and yesterday I noticed that our grape vine, which I always think is completely dead because it goes from this full gorgeous vine to a bunch of straggly dead looking sticks in the winter, sprouted it's first new leaves! And there's white blossoms on all the trees. Mother nature always reminds us that spring is for renewal, just remember that goes for the landscape as well as for us. So don't forget to bloom!
  

THE OSCARS:

As Oscar shows go, I thought last nights was really great, very funny. If you missed it, they actually brought a Hollywood Tour bus in and the tourists had no idea until the last minute, they were stunned and it was pretty hilarious.  Also, the mean tweets, celebs reading insulting tweets about themselves from idiot haters was a riot.  Mahershala Ali won best supporting actor for his role in Moonlight, making him the first Muslim to ever win an Oscar, how timely! Emma Stone wore a small Planed Parenthood pin, many wore blue ribbons that stood for the ACLU. And host Jimmy Kimmel even live tweeted Trump a "Hi from Meryl", priceless! And even if you didn't see it I'm sure you've heard by now about the giant OOPS at the end, where LA LA Land was announced as the Best Picture winner because Warren Beatty was given the wrong envelope! The winner was actually Moonlight. A true Hollywood dramatic ending.

I also liked last nights dresses and accessories more than usual, here are some of the stunners.

photos via Getty Images


THE CAPSULE WARDROBE:

Hey lovelies! It's time again for my annual Drab to Fab Challenge test! If you have done this before, do it again for an update! And if you're new here, this will help you hone in on your style:

Look in the mirror right now, yes, right now! (unless you are in your pj's) And ask yourself this very telling question  ~ "If  I saw a women on the street today wearing what I am wearing right now would I think she looked fabulous or would I send her back to the closet?" If the answer is send her back, take off that outfit and throw it in the charity pile.

Think you don't know your own style?  Think again. Do you have a style board on Pinterest?  Look at what you're pinning, do you dog ear or tear sheets from magazines of looks you like? Do you envy that co-worker who always looks so put together in simple pieces but you're wearing pink and purple polka dots? Look at what your eyes are drawn to all around you. This is your style.

I think this is a good time to talk about all the hubbub of the 'new' capsule wardrobe. At first I thought capsule smapsule, could I really survive with a ten piece wardrobe? I decided to investigate and what I discovered is that there really is something to this capsule wardrobe thing. 

First, the obvious, we all have to many clothes. But if we took our really favorite pieces, the ones we wear all the time, which I'm guessing all match (and fit), mine do,  I can see that I could take my pieces, and mix them differently every day and have a different outfit for every day of the week, maybe even a month, based on ten-twelve pieces. So do we throw out everything else? No, not realistic, especially when you consider seasons, events, weight, etc. I've never been good at purging, although I am trying to get good at it, because it really is just easier with less. Notice when you're on a trip, you bring as little as possible and mix and match. 

Less is more! For example, I have way to many pairs of black leggings I use for working out, some of which I admit should be in the rag pile, but instead are in my drawer. Last week I grabbed a pair for yoga.  When I got to class and sat cross legged on my mat I realized I had grabbed a bad pair with a big hole, guess where!?! Try getting through a yoga class with your legs closed. UG! I came home and purged, and honestly, I love it now that I have 4 pairs of good black leggings, not 20 pairs of the good, the bad and the ugly.  And that's that. Now for the rest of my wardrobe. It's a process.

I pulled together these great examples of capsule wardrobes from Pinterest so you can see how this works and what I discovered is that it's really just the old fashioned MIX N' MATCH! 

I gravitate to black, stripes and neutrals but don't be discouraged by my examples if you're a bright colored print kinda girl, the basic principle is the same. You would take that favorite floral blouse of yours and match it to a skirt, pant, jeans, blazer and cardigan and have several different looks! Yup, it's that simple.

When you look at the pieces themselves in the top half of the picture, they don't look like much, then see how many different looks so little can create, it's pretty genius! And think of all the extra space you'll have in the closet.  Oh and the accessories are not counted, because come on, a girl can never have to many accessories, just sayn'.
These nine pieces here, create nine different looks


Ten pieces here for nine different looks 
Here are the same pieces from above but with even less (minus the light color skirt and tweed jacket), and they make fourteen outfits!

Sets via Pinterest you can click through on my from drab to fab pin board for the original sources
Happy Mixing!