If you are a new reader, I decided to write a monthly post about my fitness goals, trials and triumphs with some cute clothes thrown in every now and then. You can read my other Fashionista Fitness Posts here. I am really excited to share my journey with you all.
I am deep into my fitness regime. I have completed ten weeks (well I will on Saturday) of 5x/week workouts. I am a maniac. Seriously. My entire life revolves around food and working out. Surprisingly I am ok with it. I am actually kind of enjoying the routine. In February I incorporated running into my cardio. It is hard as hell. I was able to run for 14 minutes (not straight, mind you) and I am so proud of myself. I get crazy shin splints and have tough mental blocks. I continue to push through them but no work out is the same and I waver in my times and distance. But I am doing it. I know I will conquer any hurdle that comes my way. I also was good at eating 5 small meals a day instead of 3 meals a day. It is hard making sure I keep my metabolism going. To help with the meals I started taking meal supplement shakes. I like the taste, it is fast and simple. They keep me full too. It is a great trick and I don't feel like I am constantly stuffing my face.
These are the little tricks and tips that help me:
1. Taking pics of what I eat
Pic 1: Egg Scramble (see pic 2), 2 small red potatoes, half an avocado
Pic 2: Egg Scramble ingredients- 2 eggs, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Mushrooms
Pic 3: Travel cup with Lean1 meal supplement in Vanilla
Pic 1: Chicken tenderloins, 1/4 Baked Potato with Sriaracha, Baked Asparagus
Pic 2: Tuna with spicy brown mustard and 1 sweet pickle on whole grain wheat bread, 1 cup tomatoes, 1/2 and avocado, 1 cup Grapes
Pic 3: Quinoa Chili: Quinoa, Black and Kidney beans, Zucchini, Mushrooms and some spices
#2. Taking Pics and Making Notes DURING (and after) my individual work outs
Pic 1: My Life Planner: I hand write and keep track of all my workouts and food idiosyncrasies
Pic 2: My Treadmill work out summary
Pic 3: My iPhone notes. I document my intervals, weights and areas worked
#3 Using Social Media for Accountability
I have had incredible responses and support from blogging, tweeting and Facebooking. Knowing that so many are watching me and rooting for me to hit my goal is inspiring and SCARY. I know I can turn to so many people when I am struggling, questioning and needing an ear. I update my progress every Monday on Facebook and use my Personal Blog and Twitter in between.
#4 Trying New Things
I have found that doing little things like parking in the furthest spot and taking stairs help me feel like I am doing a little extra through out the day. I am also pushing myself to try different exercises like hiking, stand up paddle boarding, boxing and using different equipment to shock my body.
#5 Believing in myself and making the CHOICE to be HAPPY
HOLY Bananas...this is the most freeing thing ever. I have been working on my insides as much as my outside appearance it has made all the difference in my life. Learning to love and accept who I really am, choosing to follow my heart, believing that my attitude determines everything and just LIVING has made me happier than I have ever been. :)
THIS SPOKE TO ME and has become my daily Reminder
I am down about 17 pounds. I have 13 more pounds to lose in two months which honestly freaks me out just a bit. I ran and ran and ran. I think it is what made me FINALLY see a difference in my body for the first time. I am between sizes, WOOHOO!!! My pants are all big but not too big that I need to run out and buy new ones, yet! I am doing my work outs faster and with more ease. Jonathon is really pushing me and keeping me on quick, fast paced HARD ass work outs. I love that he is challenging me.
GOALS for March:
- Lose a pound and a half a week (EEK!)
- Be able to RUN for Five minutes straight, three times a cardio workout. Or Fifteen minutes total.
- Not buy an article of clothing UNLESS it is to work out in OR is size-less (meaning I can wear it at any weight. Like a beach cover up or basics)
LAST BUT NOT LEAST....
I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for you to leave your favorite work out song (or 2-3 songs) in the comment section. I need to build a KILLER play list for my running and am at a loss. I listen to a lot of Country and it is not always the best to work out to :) I love so many genres so don't be afraid to suggest. What pumps you up? What gets you MOVING?? I need suggestions. It will help inspire and motivate me! I will post our Play list in next months post!
Thanks again for all of your sweet comments noticing the changes in my body! You will all see it more than I will. I am SO grateful for all of your kind words, motivating comments and overall support. YOU are amazing!!
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