FFCI: Breaking All The Rules


Breaking all the rules. I have spent the last 2 years trying to lose weight. 2 YEARS.  That is a long time.  It is even longer when you try different methods to make it happen.

I tried weight watchers and it worked for 2 weeks. I was terrible at figuring out points and I wasn’t sure if I was under eating or over eating,  but after I lost those first 4 pounds nothing else happened.

Next I tried HIIT which was fantastic–except running sprints did horrible damage to my knee. I had to stop 3 weeks after I started.

Jamie Eason was fun until I realized that I needed 90 minutes to workout everyday. That is impossible with my schedule,  and although I wasn’t looking to lose weight,  I didn’t see the radical changes I was looking for.

After seeing myself in pictures for blogalicious, I realized that I needed to do something,  between my aha moment, and a epic throw my hands in the air moment–I knew I had to go back to the basics.

Counting Calories. It’s how I lost 42lbs after my first born.

I’m even breaking all kinds of rules.  I have eaten after 8pm (gasp) I have eaten white bread (gasp) I even had soda on my Tampa trip. But wait there is more: I’ve eaten white rice,  white sugar, and juice. Yet I am actually at my lowest postpartum weight. Obviously I’m not having or doing all of these things daily.  I just list these things to show that I am not depriving myself. I just have a couple rules that have been working.

What have I been doing?

1200 cals on non workout days (I still struggle with this so I make sure I workout somehow for more leniency)

1400-1600 calories on workout days  (I like these days) I’ve logged into My Fitness Pal every single day for 30+ days! I log in even when I don’t want to face what I have eaten!


I make sure I burn a minimum of 400 cals at every workout session–Measured by Polar HRM *not machine data* I am not counting fat,  carbs, sugars, sodium etc. I will, eventually, just call me a rebel.

This is what works for me and it’s working really well,  in the past week I’ve lost 1.7 pounds and counting.

Everyday I drop in small increments–.3  here, .2 there but it adds up! Besides I am so used to seeing my weight drop then rise,  seeing a consistent drop is such a good feeling.

Just to be clear on Saturday I blew my calories out the water (it was pretty ugly) in Tampa, but yet I had a loss Monday morning. I’m breaking all the rules and it’s working!

I will continue to do this until my body requires something else but until then I will count every calorie!

Have you broken any healthy eating “rules” during your fitness journey?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. You know…when you figure out something isn’t working, you’ve got to change it up! You’re super smart to just keep plugging along until you find what works for you. Attagirl!! It sounds like you’ve hit on it! 1.7 pounds in a week is fantastic!! (and feeling like you are making consistent progress is a wonderful feeling) SO glad you increase your calories on workout days. That’s smart. Hope this path is exactly what you needed and you continue to see awesome results!! I know you will!! 😉 –Lisa
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  2. I’m so glad you figured out something that works for YOU! Deprivation never works so you have to find a way to work those things into your diet and obviously, exercise is key! Well done my friend. Keep rocking that weight loss!!!
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  3. Woooohooo! Sometimes the basics is all that’s needed. So happy for you girlie!
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  4. I will totally admit, when I was counting calories, it worked here, too. Crazy as it sounds it truly does work. So, I say keep doing what you are doing and seriously you are doing great, Nellie!! :)
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  5. It’s only important to find out what works for YOU and what keeps you healthy and happy, and you seem to excel at all of that and more.
    I’ve never had to lose weight, but I’m often on a goal to be healthier because my father passed away so young of heart disease. So I’m really very imperfect. Last night I ate ice cream at 10:00 pm! (the horrors) It’s not daily, though. I eat a TON of veggies and get a lot of kid-centric exercise.
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  6. So many things out these days claiming to lose weight but I think everyone has to find what works for them. I wanted to do weight watchers and joined for free for a month I was lost and never went back I don’t even think I did the entire free month.
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    • Weight watchers is a good program once you get the hang of it! I agree though it really is what ever works for YOU!

  7. I’m pretty sure I break the “rules” every day!! I don’t get to bothered as long as the majority of what I do is healthy.
    Great job on the weight loss – I like your new plan – it seems to work with your life!!!
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  8. I am so with you on this!!! I have tried everything and anything to loose weight, but what I always come back to, is counting calories. Sometimes I go over, sometimes I’m under. I’m trying to learn to eat everything in moderation, and that’s really been working for me! Now when I start working out on the regular again, I will change up the amount of calories I allow myself like you do. Right now, I let myself hae 1300 a day.It works and gives me wiggle room. My weight loss is sllllow and steady! And I like it!
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  9. when i was really into the weight loss i use to always allow myself to splurge on the weekends and i still saw a weekly loss.

    now, well, i’m not being as tough as i should be but i’m working on it 😉

    • I noticed that too, I had a splurge day last week and was like welp that is the end of that and I still lost. I think its good to confuse the body once in a while.

  10. ” minimum of 400 cals at every workout session” This is so important to me! While I do yoga and rarely burn anything, I know I’m making my body flexible and stretching out after all of my intense workouts during the week. It’s so great to be able to find what works for your body and I’m glad counting calories has worked for you!
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  11. Everyone is different and you have to do what works for you. I’m glad you’ve found something that works for you and as much as I’m a junkie for the latest fitness and health tends, the tried and true for weight loss is counting calories!
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  12. Congrats again! Glad it’s working! You’ve mentioned some excellent programs! I have confidence in numerous programs when followed correctly. Whatever floats a person’s boat is what is going to keep them dedicated. Very inspirational information shared today for those who’ve felt that they’ve been spinning their wheels with different programs. I here that often.
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  13. I am so loving this! Calories in vs. calories out. While there are other benefits to eating wheat bread over white, I can’t deny I love some good white bread. But if you are burning it off then shrug! It also goes to show you that there is not a one size fits all when it comes to fitness/weight loss.
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    • Yeah I had a white roll at my cousins wedding, that is pretty much as far as it went :) I usually have wheat–but then I heard wheat is bad for you so sometimes you can’t win

  14. Nellie, sometimes the rules just have to hit the road and you take the steps that work for you and you only. Congrats on the steady dip in weight! I know what that feels like: it spurs you on to even more success!
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  15. Congrats on your dedication! I feel like I’ve hit a roadblock. I still have 20 pounds to lose post pregnancy and it’s starting to get to me! I’m trying weight watchers now and stopped takin bcp hopefully I will see a change soon!
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  16. I have a confession to make… I haven’t worked out since I ran that 5k in September! *hangs head* I have forced myself to get on the scale since then and my weight is pretty much the same, but the inches, the inches.
    However, when I was working towards my goal counting calories is the ONLY thing that worked for me. I never considered fat, sugar, etc. Counting calories and getting in regular exercise did it. So, I know what I have to do, now I just have to do it…. After Thanksgiving!
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