HONEY LAROCHELLE

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Bye Bye #4hourbody - See Ya Later?

Well I tried to blog each day my first week but alas. I am not that disciplined.  After my first week with the 4HourBody I had gained 3 pounds. I was horrified and derailed. I am learning a lot about health and fitness on this journey but also about me.  I like rules. I like goals. i like deadlines. I have yet to find something I can do for life...but my relationship to food is not so bad if I just want to maintain. So once I get there I will be able to just make healthy choices. I give myself a year of this hard core stuff. Afterwhich I will take all my favorite parts, and make each day an experiment. I am my own experiment. I am my own science project. I wanna see what happens to this body after I train it to not need large meals and salt and sugar and meat etc. But I'm going slowly and I'm being loving with myself.

 

NO MATTER WHAT. LOVE YOURSELF. DO NOT BASH OR SELF PUNISH IF YOU SLIP. DO NOT ALLOW LITTLE MISTAKES TO CAUSE COMPLETE FAILURE. WE KEEP GOING! Slow and steady wins the race! 

Day 2-My first week with #4hourbody

Day 2:

Ok today is the day I take all my measurements. First thing in the am, I go to the kitchen and realize there is no coffee or water. So after a quick run to Trader Joes, I began taking my measurements, weighing myself and making my breakfast. So again i failed at the eating right away part. That part is surprisingly hard. But alas, breakfast was gorgeous. A La Slow Carb!

Organic spinach, red onion and baby Bella sautéed in ghee Organic canned garbanzo beans Fresh sliced tomato Topped with an organic free range egg with turmeric and cumin Two tablespoons of heavy cream in my coffee with a little ghee and cinnamon. Oh yes #theyesfeeling #healthyhoney#bodybeautiful

Organic spinach, red onion and baby Bella sautéed in ghee
Organic canned garbanzo beans
Fresh sliced tomato
Topped with an organic free range egg with turmeric and cumin
Two tablespoons of heavy cream in my coffee with a little ghee and cinnamon. Oh yes #theyesfeeling #healthyhoney#bodybeautiful

I noticed that I weighed two pounds less than I did the night before....even though the night before was an unofficial weigh in. Plus I have not been working out for almost two weeks, so I could just be losing muscle. So instead of getting all excited, like I just found the magic meal plan, I just wrote everything down and agreed that the first day I go back to the gym I will also record my body fat percentage (BFP.)  I also began my mission to figure out my Basal Metabolic Rate so I can be aware of how many calories I burn while I'm not working out and begin to understand that a bit more.

I spent this day (which I'm looking at as the first FULL day on the program) cooking large batches of food so I could get through the rest of the week without having to cook much at all.

I made black beans, and lentils, in the pressure cooker so each one only took 20 mins. With the different ingredients of each bean I could simulate "variety."

Black beans - garlic, onions, salt, bay leaf, cumin and green pepper.

Sautée garlic onions and peppers in ghee and add some salt and cumin, when they are soft and shiny you add your beans and then cover them in water. (I soaked the beans overnight which was not necessary and made them actually a little too soft-next time I won't) There should be about an inch of water covering the beans. Close the lid, wait for the thing to start whistling. Turn the heat down to keep the pressure consistent for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and wait for the thing to stop whistling before you try to open it. VOILA! Black beans.

For the lentils I do the same but I added added curry powder, cardamom and ginger to give it more of a sweetness and bite.

By the time I felt my usual desire for a snack, I looked at the clock and realized it had been 4 hours since my breakfast, so I went straight into lunch. No snacks necessary!

#4hourbody meal number two day number two
Organic chicken thigh cooked on a george foreman
Black beans in my pressure cooker
And salad! #organic #healthyhoney#bodybeautiful

This meal kept me full all evening until my friend arrived with a whole organic chicken and a bottle of red. Naturally the bottle equated to two glasses each. We attacked the chicken and added my pre made beans and salad to the smorgasbord. No dressing. Just allowing the yummy veggies and herbs to dilute the situation.

So I had done well, but then I went out and had two more glasses of wine. The rule is 2! I had 4! So clearly my transition is going a bit more slowly. I haven't had a perfect day yet. But I get closer everyday.

When we got home, we attacked the chicken and lentils and had tea. I had my favorite weightloss tea called Badia. It has a very re-LAX-ing quality to it ;)

If you know what I mean.

Needless to say, I knew the next day I would be releasing all of todays faults. Which weren't that many :) 

Day 2- small failures, larger successes! I call it a success!

 

Day 1-My first week with #4hourbody

Day 1:

I got off to a weird start. You know that feeling like, "tomorrow I start this new big thing!" Well I hesitated the morning of day one. I had scheduled a lunch. I didn't eat first thing in the am, which is one of the big rules, which if you're like me, is enough to make you say "Oops, I messed up, lets start tomorrow." I didn't though. I chose to just go for it.

We went to Cafe Gratitude, a place well known for being healthy and fully transparent with its all organic and vegetarian ingredients. This was a "healthy" choice but for the 4 Hour Body, you're meant to have meat and tons of protein with every meal. I was still a little unsure aobut all the rules and I still refer often to the book. So I was feeling really unsure! So many new decisions to make! Do I just eat a ton of beans? Should I go for tempeh, even though I've sworn off soy?

I did not eat a slow carb meal. It's a vegetarian joint.  I had a yummy lettuce wrap, and some dhal. I knew I was cheating when we shared some cashew ice cream. But I didn't feel bad. It knew my choice to have dessert may slow me down a bit but the journey was begun and that was all that mattered. Sometimes it just takes your mindstate to mean you're fully on track, even if your actions are a little off. Transitions take longer than we wish. All the time. 

Later on when I got hungry for 2nd lunch I finished the wrap.

Then for dinner I had my first #slowcarb meal.

I stayed full for the rest of the the night. I was so excited that I was allowed to have red wine so when I went out it was easy for me to order safely at the bar, and go slowly. I played pool, watched my friend perform and had a great night! When I got home I ate a little leftover meat and beans about 30 minutes before bed. Just a few bites. I felt satisfied, and I wasn't doing my usual dig through the cupboards. I'm shocked at how well this is "working." So far, it's WAY easier than the sugar detox. But I'm so glad I did that first.

Independence Day dependencies

 

So? How'd you do? How was your 4th? Did you do what you're supposed to? Did you BBQ? Did you drink beer? Did you take shots? Did you eat everything?  

I enjoyed one of the best 4th of july's of my life. I'm so in love with it. 

I woke up. I started my blog. I ate this: 

 

Sautéed kale and sweet potato with one fried egg with turmeric, cumin and cayenne

Sautéed kale and sweet potato with one fried egg with turmeric, cumin and cayenne

I had my coffee with unsweetened almond milk and I left for the pool party. Of course I was armed with the fact I don't drink right now and I'm cleansing on the biggest bbq day of the year...but I thought "hell I just cleansed throughout an entire 5 day party camping festival, so what's a one day party? I can handle this" 

WRONG

I wanted to smoke and drink so badly that I was running around singing very bad made up freestyle songs about how bad I wanted to smoke everything and drink everything. 

People I was just meeting kept offering me what I wanted out of the goodness of their hearts. It was a true test of strength. I did well considering who I usually am at a party. I usually drink the fastest, laugh the loudest, meet the most new friends and bounce around til I'm the last one standing...

I didn't have not one drink. And even when the snack table was adorned with the healthiest American flag snack tray I had ever seen, with stars of blueberries and stripes made of watermelon and pineapple, I stuck to my guns and ONLY ate the blueberries. I skipped the tropical fruit which is "not on my list" and very high in sugar. 

Patriotism I will very likely repeat. Patriotism I encourage.  

Patriotism I will very likely repeat. Patriotism I encourage.  

 

I've learned that I really like having rules to follow cause it takes the pressure off me to make my own decisions. I don't have to think things through and calculate stuff. I just eat what is "on the list" and the weight comes off.  

So there I was. Three quarters of the way through the day and feeling good about my choices...but really fighting the little fucker inside who was like "You've done so well! You surpassed your 30 day goal! What's one night of drinking?!  You know u wanna try that awesome craft beer that guy is offering...you see all the unopened wine bottles just waiting for you there"   and on and on it went. 

On top of that I had just begun reading "The 4 hour body" which was recommended by a friend who claimed he lost 70 pounds on that diet.  Naturally upon hearing this I immediately purchased the kindle version.  I am diligently doing research to figure what my next move is cause tomorrow my Wild Rose Cleanse ends, and I don't wanna be left floundering trying to find my footing in the big bad world with out a road map. I've been SO EXCITED about the 4 hour body mostly because you get a CHEAT DAY!!! 

A mutha fukkin cheat day.  👀👅💦🙉😈😻😸😹😭😂👏🙏😹👅💦👀

And I mean this author Timothy Ferriss  encourages you to "go ham" on cheat day. He starts the book talking about how he just polished off some chicken and waffles covered in butter and syrup and is still losing weight. 

What?! Are you kidding me? Where do I sign?? 

And then to top it all off, this super sexy dude shows up and says he is so happy to be having beer and burgers cause he just did 3 months clean with a cheat day, and had a lot of success!

 

A mutha fukkin cheat day.   #theYESfeeling 🙏😸👏

My mouth is watering for so many reasons...

Sexy man had a body like Matthew mconnoghwey or however you spell it. Very encouraging.  

Sexy man had a body like Matthew mconnoghwey or however you spell it. Very encouraging.  

So when the desserts came out...I broke down. I justified it left and right by first scooping mostly only berries off the top. They were "on the list" they were allowed. They were safe. But there was a little custard just mingling around the berries and I hadn't tasted anything so sweet in so long.  Something went off. I felt the trigger get pulled. I felt the chain reaction begin. I had to have more. Fuck the dumb shit. When I went back for seconds, I was JUUUST a little more liberal with the spoon. I let a little more custard "slip" onto the spoon. I watched some fireworks and enjoyed a few laughs but then I just said fuck it. I'm having some crust and some dag nam CUSTARD!!! I had a sliver of the whole pie. Not even really that much. But I had broken my rules. I had crossed the line. I was officially in crisis. 

 

Now I'm feeling like "Oh no, was this my cheat day? Did I cheat enough to validate it? Am I gonna have to wait a whole week before I cheat again? Should I cheat some more? YES! YESSS that little fukker cried. Yes you should most definitely cheat some more. Just do it! Make it count!

So when I got home I was so disappointed to find that I had been really thorough in cleaning out my cupboards and there wasn't anything naughty at all, anywhere.  

You know when you open the fridge again and again? 

Like you might find something different this time? 

yeah

 

I did that

 

Magically, there was something there after a while. I hadn't even noticed it at first. But my roommate had for some reason left a bag of mini kit kats in the fridge. "I'm SO going there" I thought.  

I opened the bag, hopped into bed, and forced the whole bag down. Honestly after one or two I had had enough sugar and I knew it. It even made my tongue burn. You know the feeling? 

So yeah I ate all of them. Like 15 little bite sized pieces of kit kat. Not even quality chocolate. Just shit actually. But I was cheating. And I was committed.  

When I woke the next morning I was swollen, my throat hurt, my eyes were puffy and I felt hungover. LESS THAN SEXY.  

And isn't the whole point to increase my sexy?? 

Yo, kit kat bars, you're FIRED! 

Never again.  

Lesson learned.  

I hope you learn from what I do and don't bother doing it yourself.  

Do as I say, not as I do.  

We all have our journey to take, but trust me. Kit kat is SO NOT the way. 

Anyway, I'm back on track. and I still lost a half pound or something. Not that the pounds matter. The clothes are fitting just a bit easier. THAT makes it all worth while. 

 

Happy 4th. Just a day when we as Americans find an excuse to grossly abuse our bodies and our environment. Cheers to loving ourselves and proving it everyday in our choices.  

 

Legs gettin tighter. I can see it. And my friends can see it. They keep telling me. Love this colorful motley crew.  

Legs gettin tighter. I can see it. And my friends can see it. They keep telling me. Love this colorful motley crew.  

My most gracious host and beautiful friend...who's body is a total inspiration... 

My most gracious host and beautiful friend...who's body is a total inspiration... 

Our view from atop the hill

Our view from atop the hill

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We had a blast making slow-mo videos. We all jumped together while screaming "amerrrrka-FUCK YEAH" you can enjoy it on my instagram  @honeylarochelle

We had a blast making slow-mo videos. We all jumped together while screaming "amerrrrka-FUCK YEAH" you can enjoy it on my instagram  @honeylarochelle

Our view from atop the hill as the sun went down and the anticip...pation for fireworks began.  

Our view from atop the hill as the sun went down and the anticip...pation for fireworks began.  

Sexy people being patriotic. Even just eating licorice was something I used to do absentmindedly. A lot. Once I have one I can easily just keep going til they're gone. 🐖🐷🐽🐗

Sexy people being patriotic. Even just eating licorice was something I used to do absentmindedly. A lot. Once I have one I can easily just keep going til they're gone. 🐖🐷🐽🐗

Worst hangover ever. Yep. Sugar adds 30 years. Liquor has tons of sugar in it but it's so interesting to see just how powerful sugar is. Also it took a lot of courage and internal debate to post this picture but you know what? I KEEPS IT REAL. maybe this will end up being a case of "when keepin it real goes wrong..." At least there is proof that I don't always look this bad. But I am most def capable. Sugar=👿👺😾😿  

Worst hangover ever. Yep. Sugar adds 30 years. Liquor has tons of sugar in it but it's so interesting to see just how powerful sugar is. Also it took a lot of courage and internal debate to post this picture but you know what? I KEEPS IT REAL. maybe this will end up being a case of "when keepin it real goes wrong..." At least there is proof that I don't always look this bad. But I am most def capable. Sugar=👿👺😾😿  

Bye bye now. Thanks for tuning in. If you're inspired to share, please tag me @honeylarochelle  #healthyhoney #bodybeautiful

Why am I crying so much?

Ok lets try this again. I just wrote this posting and it disappeared.  Funny this posting is called why am i crying, and the process of writing it, losing it and having to write it again has caused me to cry. I'm learning that I'm actually SUPER sensitive. I thought i was hard, but in the absence of sugar, alcohol and cigarettes I'm just naked and vulnerable. I cry in the am. I cry before bed. I cry over good food. I cry over sappy movies. I just got this heart rate monitor in the mail at the recommendation of my friend, trainer extraordinaire, Tah Phrum Da Bush. This is an old homie who was super fine 10 years ago, and NOW....well lets just say he trains for beachbody fitness (T25, insanity etc) and has his own customized programs...which I'm very much looking forward to participating in...Just gotta find a window when I'm home for 3 weeks straight...Needless to say, he is even FINER!! Which I find inspiring...sexy trainers make me wanna train. What can I say? I'm a sucker I just told you that!


Anyway, I downloaded the app, and accidentally input my email addy incorrectly. So now I'm clicking everywhere trying to go back, nothing works. No matter which way I go in this app I'm inevitably returned to the frustrating brick wall that says "login failed" or "There is no account under that address" AAAGHHHH

Yes I did. I just cried again. WTF? I'm not sure I like this feeling. But I'm present to it. I hope I can learn to actually be hard! Or at least protected at some point. 

Is this was RAW foodies go through? I find all my RAW eating friends are on some other plane...have you noticed that? Their energy is at a trillion! Maybe I'll get there...

In the mean and in between time, I'm gonna go try this heart rate monitor out and learn how to keep my heart rate at the optimal weightloss rate! I'm tryna shrink y'all! STAY TUNED