#TransformationTuesday – Meet Emily!

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Emily is a fun-having gal who wanted to get in better shape… and that’s exactly what she’s doing. You can see the results in the picture, and those results came from hard work and dedication. You know what those results DIDN’T come with? Cutting out dairy.

She’s real, she’s fun, she’s spunky. She’s Emily. I hope you enjoy reading about her journey as much as I did!

  1. Introduce yourself!

HEY! My name is Emily Goodman! I am 23 years old and I am currently a walker for See Spot Walk in Baltimore! Trust me… I know what you’re thinking… a 23 year old dog walker?! There is NO money in that… but you would be very wrong. Not to mention I don’t even really care about the money right now. It’s totally worth it. Dogs are my passion… OBSESSION you could say.  I like dogs more than I like people! I graduated from Stevenson University in 2014 with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice… which all of my friends say suits me VERY well with my hard ass personality and “take no shit” attitude! But don’t worry I’m not always that way! I love to go out and have the most fun possible with all my friends! I love new experiences and if I could I would live at a tiki bar and lay on the beach every day! I would be happier than anything to be free on a beach!

  1. So you wanted to lose weight… why?

I didn’t necessarily want to lose weight so much as I wanted to tone up and lose that little extra layer of fat. I was never unhappy with my body but I did start to notice all the little imperfections that I needed to change. I used to eat whatever I wanted and just rely on my metabolism to take care of the waste but once that started to go I had to change.

  1. Tell us about your workout, diet, etc.

I have no real plans when it comes to my workout or diet. I know how to work out and tie in cardio to keep myself super active! I like to work on my problem areas the most and once I feel good I move on to the next area! I try to tie in cardio every time I work out, whether it’s getting on the elliptical or the stair climber or just running along the water in Canton! I lift weights the most because it makes me feel amazing! The moment I get to put on more weight and successfully lift it just makes it all worth it! Recently I have changed my diet slightly to cut out the really bad foods. I am slowly transitioning into a better diet without shocking my system. I drink at least one glass of milk every day for calcium. An ice cold glass of milk can be the best especially when you wake up and get ready for the day! I eat fruits and vegetables all the time and try to eat or take in as much protein as possible. Now don’t get me wrong… I eat fast food more than I should. But I also balance it out with extra workouts and lots of cardio! I am slowly but surely getting better and better with balance!

  1. Did you include dairy in your diet? If so, why?

I never once took dairy products out of my diet. I love it! I like to drink milk whenever I am not drinking water. It delicious! I love cheese like it is no one’s business. Dairy products will never be taken out of my diet because they enhance just about every meal!  They feed me the nutrients I need and let’s be honest… THEY ARE DELICIOUS!

  1. Do you have any advice out there for anyone else trying to complete their own #TransformationTuesday?

My only advice for anyone trying to get better would be to keep going even when it seems impossible. It doesn’t happen overnight and nothing worth having comes easy. We are all human and we all have our setbacks. As long as you get back on track and kick ASS in the gym or wherever you want to work out then there is no reason to give up! Keep going… The results are TOTALLY worth it!

emily goodman transformation

Left – Before ; Right – After

Milk is still a no-brainer.

One of the things I love most about my Facebook page for The Cow Chronicler is that people come to me asking for help replying back to something that has upset them. Most recently, I had someone send me a link to an article that broke down why we SHOULDN’T be drinking milk. Well, I’m here to build back up the reasons why we SHOULD be drinking milk. I’m going to pull my favorite quotes (the one’s that make me laugh) and then tell you the real stuff. The good stuff. The #MilkTruth.

**Please note I did not comment on the “milk causing cancer statement.” I don’t know enough about the subject, nor was I able to find enough information to feel comfortable forming an educated opinion. Honesty is key, right? Sorry!**

The article starts off with a big bold line “It used to be a no-brainer. Almost everyone drank milk. Now, not so much. The reasons why are creating a healthy debate.”

  • Off to a great start. They missed a word inbetween “why” and “are” …. This should be a good, intellectual read for sure. *Feels IQ dropping*

“We’re not genetically evolved to process the proteins, fats, and sugars in cow’s milk.” 

“There are large studies that show that there is no decrease in the amount of hip and other bone fractures in populations drinking larger amounts of milk.”

  • I wish I could just say “Shut up and drink milk because I said so.” But that’s not very nice, even if it is true.
  • 1 glass of milk gives you around 30% of the calcium your body needs. That’s 7 cups of broccoli. Or 10 cups of spinach. AKA a lot of green shit you have to throw in a smoothie and pretend you like.
  • Things that are in milk that are good for you: calcium, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin b-12, vitamin a, vitamin d and all other kinds of goodies. Not genetically evolved… what are we , cavemen?
  • And bro… THE PROTEIN! Do you even lift? (Food from the plate to your mouth does indeed count).

“Because the animals are confined, they’re eating a bad diet, they’re sick and they live, literally, on high doses of antibiotics.”

  • Think of a loved one in your life. If they were sick you would give them the medicine they needed to get better, right? Right. That’s what farmers do for their animals. Because they care for them… weird. Antibiotics are taken seriously to ensure the health and safety of animals and to make sure that it NEVER reaches a point of human consumption. Ask the USDA and FDA.
  • Wanna know what else farmers do for their animals because they care? They focus on their health. A LOT. Feed is one of the most (if not the most) expensive costs on the dairy, and the money is spent because it’s a big frickin’ deal. A lot of farms actually have a nutritionist that comes in and evaluates what your cows need and EXACTLY what you need to feed them to meet their nutrient requirements.
  • Cow comfort is also a big deal. Whether they’re inside or outside, making sure cows are happy is a number one priority. Check it out.

Ya dig? I dig. Drink milk. It’s as simple as that.