I started writing this at the end of the 8 week challenge I set for myself. I got distracted and never finished it. I did not document as well as I said I was going to but this post will make up for all of that. I posted pictures at my half way point, at the beginning of week 4. After week 4 it was a struggle. I traveled for majority of week 5 and while I was able to work out some, I did not manage to stick to my high protein diet. New Orleans got the best of me with burritos and bengeits. I traveled again during week 7 and my motivation was not as strong as when I started. I was also sick during week 6. My motivation lately has been non existent. I’m not sure why I am in such a funk. I did notice when I was eating better and working out I felt GREAT. My body has changed so much and while someone who doesn’t look at it everyday, you might not notice it, but I can. I am not where I want to be but I am so much closer. Let’s talk about workouts for a minute. GUYS I didn’t really take pure barre seriously before BUT holy cow! It is a GREAT workout for your whole body. I also did a lot of ab and leg workouts at home. Easier things that don’t require resistance bands or weights. Squats, crunches, burpees etc.. Here we are! The left side and the bottom right are the most recent. And my collage from the start and halfway point are included. I need to force myself and find motivation again to get back on track. To feel better. I have started by trying to get food that is prepared and still healthy. After working, working out, and running errands the last thing I’ve wanted to do was cook. I also don’t sleep much, so when I do sleep I take advantage of it. Mornings are tough for me and making breakfast is even harder. I kept seeing ads for The Daily Harvest and another blogger I follow posted about how she decided to give it a try. So I decided let’s do this. Its all organic and it’s superfoods. GUYS I LOVE IT!!!! The smoothies are easy and great. You add whatever liquid you want and blend. The grain bowls, the breakfast bowls and soups ♥️😍! So far the blueberry cocoa smoothie is my favorite. They have desserts you can order too. I definitely will be continuing my orders of it. If you are wanting to eat healthier and have it be easy to prepare, then I recommend this! At least for the breakfast and smoothies. Start your day off right. I have a code, below, you can get a discount with when you make your first order!
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Here we are at week 4 of 8. The half way point. Sticking to eating high protein and healthy has been hard for me. I love food! I live to eat. I’m always hungry. My appetite has intensified with working out. I’ve wanted to eat everything in sight for the last 4 weeks.
This week I’m trying to meal prep again. My diet will consist of chicken burrito bowls, chicken teriyaki bowls, boiled eggs and protein pancakes! I’m trying to narrow down my recipes before making them tomorrow. I’ll share them after I decide! I will also confess that I have let myself enjoy ice cream more than I should’ve this weekend.
I’m sticking to my pure barre work outs. I have to say it is kicking my ass! Tonight I took the empower class with my girl Jordyn, Jojo, teaching and holy cow!!! I am sore already. I am taking more classes this week than the previous two weeks. Tonight, tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday! I’m going to let Friday be my rest day for the week. Saturday I am going to do a workout myself consisting of :
50 jumping jacks
20 push ups (these are still difficult for me with the pacemaker getting in the way)
25 sumo squats
30 bicycle crunches
15 Russian twists
And a 40 second plank
It’s not the most intense but it’s effective! I’m starting to notice small differences with my body and my muscles. I’m accepting the fact that I’m building muscle, but I will probably always have chicken legs. I promised some progress photos. While I can see the changes, because I look at everyday and know my body, you may not be able to see it. That’s okay because we’re just now in week 4 of 8. I can’t wait to see what becoming a little stricter with my diet and adding more routine workouts will do! While I’ve always been thin and I’m still thin with working out but, I am building muscle. I am becoming healthier and I am feeling better. I’ve lost inches and gained muscle. My scale is reading 136 and my pants are tighter in the thighs but loose in the waist. It’s all incredibly rewarding and worth the effort!
Keep an eye out for my chosen recipes tomorrow and a new song of the week on the blog!
I slacked on posting about week 2 for my fitness challenge and I’m sorry guys! Week one I stuck to my diet, minus the delicious wedding cake 🍰, and did more than enough exercising. I was really proud of myself for sticking to my plan whilst traveling. Week 2 was not as great as week 1.
I came home from my trip and ended up sick. I spent an evening in the ER and it took me almost all week to recoup. I didn’t stick to my high protein low sugar diet. Unfortunately I had a bland food diet. By Thursday however I was back exercising. I did a lot of cardio last week and signed up for pure barre. I’ve decided that on top of the workouts I set for myself weekly, I needed a little more guidance and a little more oomph.
After only 2 classes of pure barre I’ve had to take 3 Epsom salt baths. I’m loving it! I might be sore but I know it’s worth it for me to finally feel comfortable with my body. This week, week 3, I am doing 3 pure barre classes and yoga. Last week was a high cardio week so I’ve decided this week should be stretching and working on core strength. That whole do yoga with your dog thing…not as fun as you might think. Since I’m paying for pure barre I did not want to pay for yoga as well. Instead I downloaded the Yoga Studio app and I am doing yoga at home. It has videos for beginners, intermediate and all kinds of classes for target areas. It’s worth the download if you don’t want to or can’t afford to pay for classes.
I’ll also be meal prepping tonight! My mornings are consisting of cottage cheese and fruit or Greek yogurt with fruit. My lunches will have turkey, cheese, and veggies. My dinners for the next few days will be turkey zucchini meatloaf bites, with sweet potato and broccoli. It’s all honestly not as bad as it may sound to some. I’ll post my turkey zucchini meat loaf recipe tonight if anyone is interested in trying it!
Week 4 will have updated progress photos. I am already starting to see a difference in my body. And I promise to keep posting each week. Last week I was too exhausted to even think!
Today starts week one of the 8 week fitness challenge I have set for myself. In my previous blog, “Bikini body not ready”, I talked about body image issues and how people of every size, make and build have them. My body issues stem from being, in my opinion, too thin. I am doing this challenge and setting these goals for myself. Letting you in on my journey is a big step for me. It makes me feel vulnerable and I hate to be vulnerable.
Week one is always the hardest. You are starting new habits and creating a different schedule for yourself. Week one is going to be even harder for me because I won’t be in my normal routine. I am traveling this week to a wedding. I wanted to make sure that the workout I started out this challenge with was one I could do anywhere, so I don’t have any excuses. I also need to ease myself into getting back into shape.
My main goal is not to lose weight but rather gain muscle and tone. In order to gain muscle I need to change my diet. I soaked that in this past week and might have over indulged with Easter candy and girl scout cookies. I plan on meal prepping for the rest of this challenge but this week that isn’t going to happen. I know that I have to increase my protein intake to help with my muscle gain. Also I have to eat less of those sweet sweet thin mints. So I am going to challenge myself, while traveling, to eat the healthiest possible. I did start out today with a healthy breakfast. I also made a healthy dinner.
So here is my work out for week one:
10 Jumping Lunges
10 Jump squats
20 Mountain climbers
20 Calf raises
30 Russian twists
30 Jumping jacks
30 High Kness
and a 1 minute wall sit
Repeat x3 ( that one I will ease myself into)
Every fitness challenge needs before, during and after photos. I am going to post these photos but please excuse my messy hair, no make up and complete vulnerability.
The summer season is upon us and I am yet again struggling to be comfortable half naked in front of others. I know, we all suffer from body image issues. Damn that media for all those unwanted thoughts of not being “perfect” enough. Shame on all of us who tear down others because we are not secure with our bodies. For those of you who know me and are thinking, “What is she talking about? She’s so skinny!” STOP CALLING ME SKINNY! It is almost as insulting as calling someone fat. My body image issues stem from years of being told I have chicken legs, being called skinny, and being told I need to eat a cheeseburger. Up until 3 years ago I ate all the damn cheeseburgers I wanted and it didn’t help.
Do you know what I want to be called? Healthy! I want to be complimented on how healthy I look. Not on how thin I am. I want muscle definition, I want to have stamina, and I want to know that I am in the best shape I can be in. How does one achieve this goal? First of all get off my ass and eat a healthy diet. But I don’t want to be one of those people who eats to live. I live to eat and would like to keep it that way. My sweet tooth is almost as out of control as my constant hankering for cheese. I know I need to better understand a healthy balance for my diet, as I write this I am eating a box of thin mints. What? I’m not perfect.
I want to feel good about myself physically. Over the next few weeks I am going to write about my health journey. I try to be healthy and lord knows I need to be. Having heart failure is a constant reminder of needing to be in the best health possible. Starting Monday I am going to do an 8 week fitness challenge. I’ve got to give myself the weekend to finish off my girl scout cookies and Easter candy. Don’t judge. I will do different work outs, have a healthier diet, and get myself into a healthier state. If you have any suggestions as to what worked for you please feel free to send me them. If you want someone to be healthier and feel more confident, but you need someone to lay it out for you then I am your gal. Time to feel better about getting half naked in front of my peers!