I had the opportunity to spend some time with a dear friend this weekend and she looks amazing.  She has recently lost 30 lbs! So of course I had to ask her how she did it and if I could share it with you guys.  

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Eva lives with her husband and 4 year old son.  Managing work and home life keeps her extremely busy but she has managed to lose 30 pounds.   If you are a Mom you know how hard it is to find time to take care of yourself as you try to meet the needs of your family and career. She did it just by tracking her food intake and maintaining a regular exercise routine. 

 

Before
After

                                                                       

 


Tracking Food

Eva uses her fit bit to track her food and exercise.  In the fit bit app it allows you to set up a calorie budget.  It then tracks the calories that you burn throughout the day and then you input the calories that you eat.  The app will tell you if you can eat more or if your over budget throughout the day based on your calorie intake. You can set up a weight loss goal in the app to help you lose the weight.  It gives you different levels of weight loss and tells you what day you should lose the weight by based on the level you chose.  Eva has chosen the hardest level which means that she wants to burn 1,000 more calories than what she eats.  

Exercise

“The fit bit is the best thing that could ever happen for me.” Eva says as she works on her latest jewelry masterpiece.  (In her spare time she creates beautiful jewelry that she has recently created an Etsy shop for.  You can check out her work here: Bohemia Jewelry by Eva) Eva goes on to say that she really enjoys the competitions and being able to see how she compares to her friends that have fit bits.  These things really inspired her to move more and take action to meet her weight loss goals.

In this picture i am wearing one of the beautiful pieces made by Eva. It is a necklace and earring set.

 In addition to killing it on the fit bit challenges Eva makes sure she hits the gym 2 times a week.  She does have a personal trainer that she has sessions with three times a month.  This has been good for her she says because he does push her to work harder and he will give her assignments on the days that she doesn’t see him.  She also gets up every morning and runs 3.67 miles.  When I asked her how does she make herself get up she said she just does it.  She knows that if she doesn’t get up and do it first thing in the morning there will be no time for her to do it again later.  The step competitions have driven her to expect a certain number of steps by the end of the day.  Missing that run would ruin her stats so she refuses to miss it.  I have a fit bit too and I can tell you it is the only reason I move some days, either I am in a competition or just cannot stand the thought of not meeting my goal. 

How do you feel now that you have lost the weight?

Eva feels great now that she has lost the weight.  She would like to lose 10 more pounds but she already doesn’t have back pain, can run up the stairs without getting winded, has more energy and is more confident. Not only can she fit in her pre-pregnancy clothes again she can wear a larger variety of styles. She admits it is always easier to be more disciplined at work.  She drinks more water and her food intake is easier to manage.  On the weekends at home it is much harder to stay disciplined because of the lack of schedule. She often catches herself helping her 4 year old with a snack.  She says there are good days and bad days but sticking to the exercise routine is what keeps her motivated and disciplined. 

Something she recently has been able to do that she couldn’t do before is sink to the bottom of the pool.  She has finally gained more muscle mass than fat so that she no longer floats.  She especially enjoys this because she will sit on the bottom of the pool and watch her son swimming.  He just learned how and it is fascinating for her to see his accomplishment from this perspective.

Eva’s Go-to Snacks

  1. Chopped Red Cabbage – she chops this up and eats about a cup of these for snack.
  2. Cranberries and Pecans mixed together.  1/4 cup of Cranberries and 1/4 cup Pecans
  3. 1/3 of a zone bar.  It is 190 calories for the whole thing.  To prevent herself from eating it all she cuts off the portion she will use as a snack and then wraps the other portion and puts it away.  Out of sight out of mind.  


 

Eva’s Oatmeal Recipe

I asked Eva to share one of her favorite recipes with us.  This oatmeal recipe is balanced with carbs and protein and she absolutely love it. It is well balanced breakfast with the right amount of carbs, fiber and protein.  

 

Eva has done an amazing job with her weight loss and she looks fantastic.  Don’t forget to check out her Etsy Jewelry Shop which you can get to by clicking the link below:

 Bohemia Jewelry by Eva

                                               

What fitness tool has helped you lose weight?  Do you have some tips or go-to healthy snacks that you could share?  Please share them with me in the contents.

Also I have just started a new Facebook group: Pound Shredders Facebook Group.  This is a place to share recipes, workouts, tips and tricks for Weight-Loss.  A place for us to encourage and congratulate each other.  I would love for you to join us.

Love,

Christy Z.

https://www.marykay.com/christyzelaya
Health and Fitness Blogger Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay

 

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