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I rarely post pictures of celebrities, but this one made me happy. She’s showing off her hip dip. And that woman is in such amazing shape. She’s an inspiration to me. Our bodies will never look the same - her boobs are possibly two or three times bigger than mine (and that’s just not going to change), but we’re the same height, and it gives me hope. She’s beautiful.
Happy 4-20! Hahah. My celebration will consist of working all day, and then hanging out with my personal trainer tonight. And by hanging out I mean he’s going to kick my ass. Hard.
I really need it today. I’m glad I postponed my session from Wednesday to today. Plus, the screening I attended was 200% worth it, lol. But…I’ve been feeling a little low in motivation recently. I’ve been doing exactly what I shouldn’t - compare myself to others. Not just in fitness, but in all aspects of my life. And I know it’s hindering me.
So, from here on out - I’m going to be like a racehorse with blinders on. TUNNEL VISION. I am the only one who can get me where I want to go, and who cares if I don’t come in first as long as I cross the finish line eventually, right?
TGIF, folks, and happy impending weekend! xoxo.
Pin down at least 30 minutes of your day for exercise :)
Just came back from my 30 minute run. I wanted to go for 45 but I started feeling nauseous, so I stopped short. It’s okay though. I ate 100% clean today and worked it out. It’s happening.
Okay, I think my cold has finally faded enough to get back to the gym tonight and hit it hard! I postponed my personal training session from yesterday and moved it to tomorrow night - since what better activity is there on 4-20 than to spend it sweating with my trainer? - and I’ve decided that I’m going to try the Couch to 5k program on my cardio days.
I’ve never really wanted to be a runner. I loathe it. I was one of those girls who stopped taking gym as soon as I could (aka, 8th grade) and switched to dance. I’m not saying that dance is not athletic, so call off the troops. In fact, I danced well into college and taught it up until last year. However, it doesn’t involve any sort of running. Which was the original appeal. Last night I went and saw a screening of The Lucky One with Zac Efron. Judge me ALL you want. I thought it was delightful. But anyway, the whole movie he talks about how therapeutic walking is for him, and the female lead talks about how therapeutic running is for her. And while exercising is its own form of therapy, I think there’s something really calming about the repetitiveness of running that is missing in the other cardio I do. So, I’m giving it a whirl. Thank you, Zac, for inspiring my fitness regimen.
Also, I’m upping my intake from 1380 (MFP’s suggestion for me) to 1680. I think since I started my training I haven’t upped my calories, and it might be hurting me more than it’s helping me, which is why I haven’t seen any measurable changes. I’m going to try it out for the next two weeks, and we’ll see what happens. Lots of positivity here in the back end of April. MAKING THIS HAPPEN.
I weighed in this morning, and nothing had changed. And then I decided that I really need to train my brain not to care about a number. So, I’m not weighing myself for the rest of April. My scale can SUCK IT.
I also didn’t go to the gym last night, though. My cold is still pretty bad, and an hour of cardio seemed like the last thing I should be doing when I can’t breathe without coughing up a storm. Plus, I bet my fellow gym patrons were grateful that I wasn’t there spreading my illness around a confined space.
Tonight I’m also not going to the gym, but socializing with a friend. We’re going to see a movie, so nothing crazy strenuous. And that said, I’m going to work my ass off for the rest of the week. If I go Thurs-Sun (which is the plan), I’ll still get in four workouts this week. And I’m okay with that.
There’s so much going on in my work life right now that I really need to make it a priority over fitness (GASP, THE HORROR), and I think that’s the most important thing I can do. Obviously I’m not going to be stopping my fitness or health regimen, but if I want a beer or two while I’m on networking drinks, I’m going to do it. No guilt April.
I always see people post how many calories they lose when they work out. How are they calculating this? Do they just let the instructors tell them or machines do it for them (and the number is just inaccurate) or is there a formula you can use to calculate it? Honest question. I just feel like when I sign on and people saying - I just lost 600 cals at Zumba! …how the hell do you know that?
It’s halfway through April. Time to reevaluate those goals I set out for myself merely two weeks ago. We all give ourselves goals, whether they’re long term or short term. Sometimes, I tend to get really impatient waiting for the results of those goals, and I forget how far I’ve come. I began this journey just over two months ago, and already I’ve obliterated some incredibly bad habits and picked up some new ones.
1. Portioning Out Food For The Week
I don’t do this nearly well enough yet, but I’ve come a long way from buying my lunch at the cafeteria at work every day. Now, I go grocery shopping every other Sunday and stock up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, non-fat dairy, and lean protein. I cook a massive dinner for myself Sunday night and portion it out into tupperware to last through (at least) Wednesday. I’m one of those people who will make the worst food decision when presented with that option, so taking away the option has helped me thoroughly.
2. Eating Breakfast Daily
I’ve never been a breakfast person, but since I’ve started incorporating oatmeal or greek yogurt with fruit into my daily intake as soon as I get to work in the morning, I’ve found I have more energy, I don’t feel the need to snack mindlessly, and I’ve lost more weight.
3. Getting More Sleep
I have always been a bad sleeper, and being tired affects me more than anything else. I made a rule that my light has to be out by 11:30PM on work nights to ensure at least 8 hours of sleep a night. I’ve been moderately successful (unfortunately I have dogs who didn’t get the memo that I needed to sleep more), but ultimately I’ve been able to do it and be way more productive during my waking hours.
4. Being Adventurous At The Gym
It may not have been the wisest person who said “stick to what you know.” When it comes to fitness, at least, I’ve found that trying something new and different in the gym every week has made it more exciting. When I began this journey, I was too nervous to go into the weight room and free weights scared the hell out me. Sunday, I walked into the weight room like I owned the place and did my first sets of deadlifts. Trying something that previously intimated me has given me a unique sense of pride and accomplishment I didn’t know I’d feel.
5. Not Feeling Guilty About A Splurge
It’s never healthy to feel guilt about eating something. I’m the worst culprit of this. I don’t give myself a “cheat day” or anything like that, but I keep reminding myself that everything is okay to eat in moderation. If I want a drink at a bar, I should get it, as long as that one drink doesn’t turn into five drinks, there’s nothing to feel guilty about. Same goes for dessert or a meal out. Just like I don’t feel guilty when I splurge on a purchase for myself, I shouldn’t feel guilty when I splurge on something food oriented either.
I haven’t accomplished all of my goals, but it’s only half way through the month, and I’m confident that I can make the rest of them happen. Look what I’ve done already, right?
Came into work today, even though I feel just as bad as yesterday because I hate feeling like a slacker. Except I just looked at the clock thinking that I’d been here for at least 45 minutes, and it had only been 15. Dear lord. It’s going to be a long day.
I also look ridiculous since I’m wearing a cashmere sweater and boots in the office, but it’s 80 degrees outside today. I feel like stomping my foot and whining, I don’t feel well, okay? at everyone who raises an eyebrow at my clothing today.
It’s a cardio day, so I think I’m going to do some low impact biking or walking tonight, just to get me up and moving. The yoga last night was great. I think it would have been a lot better could I have breathed through my nose at all, but it still felt really good to stretch out and move from my spot in bed.
I hope everyone else is feeling better than I am today and working out hard. xoxo.
Lunges: awesome workout for Quadriceps, Gluteus, and Hamstrings.
Prevent Injury: focus on your form. Don’t let your knees go past your toes, you will more likely injure your knees, or your lower back.
Worst part of my training session today? For sure the lunges across the basketball court. But god damn, my legs are going to rock soon!
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What baby carrots and I have in common, hahah.
I did my first deadlifts today! And I hated them, haha. I wasn’t even lifting that heavy - just 5 lb weights added to the bar - but jeeez were they painful. My trainer was definitely trying to kill me today. Because after 4 sets of 15 deadlifts he made me do 5 sets of 15 squats with a 50 lb. weight and wall sits for a minute each in between each set. Oh and we ended with four sets of lunges across the basketball court and back. My legs are jello at the moment. So I’m treating myself to a manicure.
My trainer told me he thought I looked smaller today around my waist and thighs. I don’t know if he was lying to me, but I’m choosing to believe he’s right haha. I have been working my ass off for him, that’s for sure.
All in all, a pretty damn good weekend. Oh, and I was brave enough to wear a bikini into the hot tub at my friend’s house yesterday in front of her boyfriend. Small non-scale victory. I didn’t panic or anything. Has anyone else had a non-scale victory this weekend?
I am in so much pain this morning, haha. My trainer absolutely killed me. It was a legs night last night, and we “warmed up” with four sets of lunges across the basketball court and back. I’m fairly certain my quads will never be the same. I mean that in a good way, of course… But, still. It is painful to walk today. And I know it’ll be worse tomorrow. I’m going to be popping Aleve like a drug addict today.
As for cardio tonight, I know the bike is going to hurt, but I’ll plow through. Either that or walk on the treadmill (without an incline). Jeeez. Walking around work today should be…fun.
I can also feel a cold sneaking up on me, which I’m not thrilled about. I’ve been making sure to take my vitamins every day and stay super hydrated, but I think some things are unavoidable. Oh well…at least I have the weekend to rest up. Who else is as sore as I am today?
Weighed in this morning. Went up a pound since last week… How is that even possible? I only ate poorly one day this past week (and certainly didn’t exceed 3500 cals), and I started up with a personal trainer, who worked me harder than usual. The only things I can think of are that 1-the scale is totally fucked (which it might be), 2-I’ve gained a pound of muscle from the super weight training I started this week, 3-the BC pill I started on Sunday has already made me put on a pound, 4-I was retaining water this morning for one reason or another.
I weigh myself the same time every week, and I really thought I was going to crack 150 this week. It was disappointing seeing 152 on the scale, I’m not even going to lie. Oh, well. I have a training session tonight. I’ll tell him to go harder than usual, haha. Yes, I just snickered to myself at that one. I know my progress can’t be measured fully by my weight, but it’s still slightly discouraging to feel like I’m working so hard without tangible results. But I refuse to let this affect my motivation. Keeping strong, people :)
Omg the gym was so crowded tonight. It was horrible. I did 50 minutes on the bike using the cardio settings for just over 10 miles and some light stretching. Now I’m home enjoying a delicious dinner of whole wheat fusilli, green beans, and Italian chicken sausage seasoned with olive oil and black pepper. Yum yum yum.
Weigh day tomorrow. Hopefully I’m keeping on track. We’ll see in the morning. Now, a hot shower and more stretching. My thighs are already killing me and I have a feeling my trainer isn’t going to go light on the lunges and squats tomorrow. Night, all.