6.15.2012

Fashionista Fitness

If you are a new reader, I decided to write about my fitness goals, trials and triumphs. I also throw some cute work out clothes in, every now and then. You can read my older Fashionista Fitness Posts here. I am so excited to share my journey with you.

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I have officially reached the 6 month mark. 
It is absolutely crazy to me that I not only hit my thirty pound weight loss goal (a week AFTER my Birthday) BUT I am actually enjoying my new lifestyle. While working out has become habit and part of my routine, I still have a love/hate relationship with it. I am continually talking myself through things, cheering myself on and often times YELLING at myself to push through. Now that I have hit the half way mark...I am determined to lose Thirty MORE pounds by the end of 2012. 

I mentioned last month that I was having a REALLY hard time seeing the results. I have not felt as happy as I should about the achievements I have made thus far. As I write this I am still trying to tell myself that I have done what a lot of people have not or are scared to do. I think when I look at the big picture I still see all that needs to be done to accomplish the next thirty that I have forgotten to celebrate along the way. SO I decided to pull some pics from last year. All of these pictures are from September 2011. I was smack dab in the middle of the break up, in a job that was not the right fit and starting a remodel on my home. I was unhappy and miserable. The pictures I chose were of outfits that I remember feeling really good in at the time. Now that I look back I want to cry that I was so misguided! I then put on each outfit and took pics of where I am at today. So this is the first set of Before and Afters that I have done.


THIRTY pounds weight loss
 I think that this picture shows the differences the most. The shorts are loose and longer. The top drapes so much more. You cannot see fat rolls in the tank. You can see that I actually have a neck. And my face is a lot slimmer, especially in the chin area.


Original Outfit post HERE


 This picture shows the changes the least. This top has always been too big and just hangs. I couldn't remember how I posed so its hard to see that these shorts are super loose in the legs now. You can tell the my midsection is quite a bit smaller if you look really closely!


Original Outfit post HERE


I see SO many differences in this picture. I think my face looks completely different. My face is angled the same in both pics and you can really see where I carry my weight. The top is a lot 'tighter' and actually skimmed my body originally. Now it actually drapes. You cannot even see my stomach protruding in the new pics. I see a large difference in my arms as well. Although they are a work in progress.


Original Outfit post HERE



I am excited to share these with you all. I am also really anxious too! It is NEVER easy showcasing yourself at your worst. The biggest thing that I am still learning is how to deal with the changes internally. I can change the outside but if I don't work on the issues, insecurities and self esteem process then I will never fully be whole. Let me tell you, dealing with the mental is 100 million times harder than dealing with the physical!

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I also mentioned last month that I was on the hunt for some running shorts and tops that I can wear as the weather heats up. I found a pair of shorts at Old Navy that I am very pleased with. And on Sunday I found the most perfect, somewhat sheer layering 'sweatshirt' that I can wear all Summer long. I have found that I do NOT like to wear sleeveless clothing when I work out. I sweat too much and like have sleeves to hide that. Since these tops are loose and over sized I can wear them with just a sports bra and bottoms. It doesn't cling to my mid section. YAY!!! I am still really self conscious of tight tops around my belly. The top is made of a Dri Fit fabric so it wicks the sweat away. It is also mesh at the neckline which lets the air flow. I originally bought it in the lime color and then headed to the Nike store and bought the white and ordered the black. I will warn you that it isn't cheap! BUT since I work out so frequently I justified the expense. I am thinking about cost per wear!

 Top: Nike 'Critical Epic' Sweatshirt
(I am linking to Nordstrom but the Nike Store and Nike.com carry it as well in more colors)
Leggings:  Under Armour (old but HERE is a fun option)
Shoes: Nike Free 3.0 (LOVE this color


I don't know how much I have shared with you about my running BUT I started the Ease to 5K running program four weeks ago. It is an 8 week program but I decided to join some girlfriends and sign up for a 5K that goes through Knott's Berry Farm and ends at Knott's Soak City. It's tomorrow! EEEKKKK! I think I am going to be fine since I have been running since March and have built up my stamina. BUT I am not going to lie...I am SCARED! My only goal is to finish. I am not worried about my time. I just don't want to be last :p

So this is what I will be telling myself through the run...
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AND I know that someone/thing will be cheering me on...
                                            Source: someecards.com via Mandy on Pinterest


Results:
I am down about 32 pounds! Woohoo!
28 more to go!!

Goals:
- Complete the 5K
- MAKE SURE that I am going to AT LEAST one Yoga/Pilates class a week
- Finish the Ease into 5K program so I can run 30 minutes straight without walking!
- Tighten up the diet as I have been a little lax the last couple of weeks

HAPPY FRIDAY, friends!
Have a FABULOUS weekend!



***THANKS for reading this EXTREMELY long post***




34 comments:

  1. Good for you girl! Good luck with the 5k! I just started my training for a 5k this week! I can wait to read about how it goes!
    -kristen

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    1. Thank you so much! The race was awesome and way different than I expected. I prob won't write a detailed post on this blog but I will on my personal blog and link to it! GOOD luck on your training. I have been to the Ease to 5K on my phone and it has been wonderful!

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  2. WOW! You have always been gorgeous, but you are really looking fabulous, my dear! I see such a difference already. And you're right... Your face looks like it's changed so much. It's crazy!! One thing I noticed about the first set of photos is that your legs are looking slimmer too. You really are looking fantastic. Keep up the hard work and good luck reaching the rest of your goals! :)

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    1. Rach!! You are always SO kind to me. I have been so worried that no one else would see the differences either. Haha. I am glad I did these pics even though it is embarrassing to see what I really looked like. And my face is the first thing to blow up and lose weight from. Its crazy. Thank you!

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  3. Congratulations!!!!! Your changes are amazing and you look amazing!! I am so proud and happy for you. And don't be scared about your 5K. You will do fabulous. Running with so many other people is so different than running alone and they really help to keep you motivated (at least it did for me!) Good luck, and remember to HAVE FUN!!!

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    1. Great advice Amber. It is different running with other people, my competitiveness really stepped in! And THANK you for your sweet compliments.

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  4. You look fantastic!!! You did before and you do now!! Good look on the 5k- I signed up for a Couch to 5K class that starts in a couple weeks and I am totally freaking out. I need new running shoes and I'm curious how you like the Frees? They have totally awesome colors which I think is a huge plus but I guess it's also important if they are comfortable. Anyway- congrats on reaching 6 months and cheers to your continued journey! You are looking fabulous!!!

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    1. Thank you Nellie...so much hard work. You can do the couch to 5K...I am LOVING it! It really eases you in. the Frees are awesome! I did a lot of research and asked around. They are so lightweight but still support. I just bought my second pair. Let me know if you need support or motivation. I am in this with you :)

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  5. you are so inspiring, and you were beautiful before but you're just glowing!

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    1. LOL...that is awesome! If I glow now just think how much I will grow when I am fortunate enough to be preggo! Haha. Seriously...thank you! It means a lot to hear that :)

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  6. WOW!! Mandy, You seriously look incredible!! You are such a stunning woman. You have made such amazing accomplishments. You can definitely tell how hard you work!!! You are such an inspiration! You go girl! You get it!!! BE PROUD OF YOURSELF!!! <3 ;)

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  7. Girl! You can totally see the difference. I noticed it but seeing it with the photos really shows off all of your hard work. Good luck on your first 5K tomorrow! You can do it. I was so worried about my first one but now I have done another 5K, two 10Ks, signed up for another 10K, signed up for a 15K, and half marathon in November (I am walking mine but still excited). I am really proud of you and you should be proud of yourself. Good luck on the 5K tomorrow! You will do fabulous.

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    1. Thanks Alicia. It has been awesome being able to chat with you through this whole process. You have inspired me along the way. Walking or running you have been such an example and I am excited you have been doing so much! Thank you for supporting me!

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  8. I Will be Cheering u on and sending great thoughts your way from here in Fort Worth... U can do it U make a fellow gal proud and U yes YOU are INSPIRING!!!
    I am gonna make changes
    RaNae

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    1. RaNae you are the sweetest! Thanks for your cheers and support! If I can do it, anyone can. I hope that is the message that I am sending to my readers!

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  9. omg! you look ever more amazing than before. i agree with one of the other bloggers, you're glowing!! you are a big inspiration. starting next month, I plan to lose about 30 pounds myself. your progress lets me know that I can do it too :)

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    1. YAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! I am so glad that you are inspired to make changes. We can all do this together. YOU CAN do it! Especially if I can! Thank you for your sweet compliments. Let me know if you need motivation or support!

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  10. Girl, you look AMAZING!!! Keep up the good work! {And your leopard shirt is way too big now, so go ahead and send it my way!}

    xo!

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    1. Thanks love! Appreciate your support. {go ahead and send me your address}

      XO

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  11. this is a fantastic post! there are such HUGE changes from your before/after pics. You look so fabulous, you always have btw, but there's so much more "you" now. You can tell you have more confidence and you're really glowing. you have been such an inspiration with your hard work, keep it up girl. i'm rooting for you all the way!!

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    1. THANK you friend! I so appreciate your kind words and support through this whole process. XXOO

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  12. So proud of you and inspired! Maybe we can work out together after the baby comes? Good luck in your 5k tomorrow!

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    1. Awww thank you! You know how hard this has been. and DUH...we can totally work out together!

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  13. You are beautiful! This is such an inspiration and not just in terms of working out because you show amazing determination. That ecard thing made me laugh so hard too. But congrats on where you are today and to more wonderful successes in the future

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    1. Wow...thank you for reading and your sweet comment! The ecards are the best and definitely help keep things fun! Appreciate you!

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  14. THIS IS AMAZING! you've done so well. Congratulations. Keep it up!
    xx
    The Fashionable ESQ

    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am pushing through! Appreciate the comment. XO

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  15. i am SPEECHLESS. you look UNREAL!!!! that first before and after is the one where i totally can tell... keep up the FABULOUS WORK!!!

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    1. Speechless?? YAY! Just the kind of reaction I hoped for ;) The first look is definitely defining! I am keeping it up. 30 MORE pounds by 2013. :)

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  16. Girl, I came over from the Pleated Poppy and I loved the outfit posts you linked up with, but I just had to comment on this particular post! Congrats on losing the weight!! The before and after pictures blew me away!! Keep it up!! A true inspiration to others!! New friend here!!
    xo,
    shanna

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    1. THANK you so much. I appreciate you reading and commenting. I still have another 30 to go. so hopefully in 6 months I can post new pics.

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  17. I read your blog here and there and I have to say - these before/after pictures are incredible! You have a LOT to be proud of - keep up the good work. I love coming on your blog and not only seeing the outfits you put together but also reading about your weight loss journey. You're always so positive!! Happy (almost) weekend & congrats on your 5K time!

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    1. First off, thanks for reading and checking back in from time to time. I am learning to be proud as it is hard to see when you are immersed in it. I appreciate you noticing my positivity...that has been something that has changed in me going through this process. I realized I have NOTHING to complain about :) Happy almost weekend to you! And THANK you, I was proud of that time!

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