Fitness Friday ~ April 29, 2022

Hi Guys!

I thought it would be fun, if every Friday i share something fitness/health related. It could just be an update on my own health journey, or a workout i’m really enjoying, or some healthy recipe i love.

For today’s Fitness Friday, i’m going to share an update on my health journey.

I posted last week about how i’m trying to lose weight and get my health under control. You can read that post HERE, in case you missed it.

I set a personal goal for myself to lose 5 pounds in April, and i’m happy to report that i accomplished that goal!

I started out at 160 pounds, and i slowly made it down to 155 pounds. Sadly i didn’t get a picture of the scale at 160, but here is my progress so far…

My goal for May is also to lose another 5 pounds, and hopefully the last Friday in May i will be able to report that i was successful.

What are your health and fitness goals? I’d love to hear about them.

Current Weight Loss Journey 2022

Hi Guys!

A few years ago i shared my struggle with losing weight, and i summed it all up in this blog post HERE. Since that blog post i have; had a baby, breastfed that baby, got the virus, holidays, got pregnant again, and miscarried that baby.

Let’s just say losing weight has not been a priority for almost 2 years now. I still have some baby weight to lose from baby #6 and I’ve recently been gaining weight due to the depression of the miscarriage.

It’s time to get serious again about my health and weight loss.

So today i thought i would share how i’m planning on accomplishing my weight loss goals, just in case someone else out there needs some ideas.

Some of these things might be a repeat of things i have done in the past that have worked and some are new.

Here is what i’m doing this time around to lose weight.

Bikini Body Mommy Challenge 10 – I’m currently on day 18 of this 90 day challenge. If you have never heard of this before, it is a free exercise program that is on YouTube. The creator of it, Brianna, is a regular mom and that is one of the things i love about it. It’s not some super skinny fitness guru who makes you feel bad that you can’t keep up with them and that you don’t look like them. She offers extra stuff (like a meal plan and extra exercises) that you have to pay for, but i just use the free YouTube videos.

Fasting – I’m doing the 16:8 intermittent fast. It has worked well for me before. I am normally not hungry in the morning until 10ish and i normally don’t eat after dinner anyways, so this one is kind of easy for me.

Drinking a gallon of water every day – This one is harder for me, i do drink a lot of water every day, but it’s hard to reach that gallon goal. How i’m trying my best to reach that goal, is to add in some flavor (lemon, mint, etc.). It helps me drink more when it has flavor.

15,000+ steps every day – If you know me at all, then you know i like to get my steps. Moving and getting my steps comes pretty easy to me.

Meal prep – I just purchased this book and I also have these meal prep containers. I feel like this will help me a lot, because this is an area where i struggle. If i have to come up with a meal when i am really hungry, i will just settle for whatever is fastest and that usually is not the healthiest food.

Weigh-in weekly – Monday’s are going to be my weigh-in days. I used to weigh myself daily, but i think mentally that does more harm than good to me, so i’m switching it up this time around.

Small goals & rewards – I’ve shared before how i would pay myself to workout. That’s right. Every time i got on the treadmill i would put $5 into an envelope and once i reached my weight loss goal i took that money and bought some new clothes. This time around i am doing something different. For every 5 pounds i lose, i am going to reward myself with something. I’m not sure what the something is, probably a new book or a special coffee, something small like that.

If you are also trying to lose weight, i would love to hear what you are doing.

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Weight Loss Must Haves

Hey Guys!

Today i’m going to share some weight loss must have items. If you have goals to lose weight next year, some of these items would be great to put on your Christmas wish list.

Workout clothes – To be able to be successful at losing weight, you have to find some workout clothes that you feel comfortable in. I just bought these pants recently and i’m in love with them.

Motivating Playlist – My workouts are way better when i have some good upbeat music to listen to. Pinterest has tons of workout playlists to get ideas from.

Yoga Mat – These come in very handy if you are working out on a hard surface. If you have a carpeted area you are working out in, then skip this item. This is the yoga mat i have.

Weights – I have a set of 5 pound weights and a set of 10 pounds weights. You can do so many exercises with weights from the comfort of your home. No fancy gym equipment needed.

Water Bottle – I have this one gallon water bottle and i love that it has the times marked on it, to keep you motivated to keep drinking.

That’s it! Those are my 5 must have items for weight loss.

xoxo,

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Paying Yourself To Workout

Hi Guys!

If you are anything like me than you can’t go to a gym to workout. Whether it’s because of kids, your schedule, or money, you just can’t make it to the gym.

Before i really started my health journey, last month, i had a thought… “Since i’m not paying for a gym membership, why don’t i pay myself a little something every time i workout”.

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This is how it looks like for me…

Every time single time i workout, i pay myself $5. I put that money into an envelope and save it away.

Once I’ve reached my goal weight, i will then give myself all that money that I’ve been saving away. Which i will then use to probably buy myself some new clothes. Because at that point i will definitely need new clothes.

It’s just nice to have a little extra motivator to workout.

If you want to do this too, but $5 seems a lot or not enough, you can totally customize your amount. $1, $2, $10, $15. etc.. It will all add up in the end. And you will have a very nice little gift for yourself for all your hard work. Which you can then spend on anything you want.

I hope you have enjoyed this little “tip”, and if you end up doing it let me know, i’d love to hear about your experience!

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Current Health Journey *Update*

Last month i shared my health journey, and today i figured it was time to give an update on how everything is going…

Current Health Journey update

As of today (2/25/19) i am down 19 pounds from the beginning of the year!!

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In my previous post i shared how i’ve been doing it (i.e. my workouts, diet, etc.), so i thought i would share those things again because some of it has changed since then.

First for my workout schedule.

I’m currently working out 5-6 times a week. I tried to do Bikini Body Mommy again, because i really liked it the last time i did it, but i only made it like 9 days before giving up. Here is why it just doesn’t work for me… I don’t sweat enough/burn enough calories for it to make an impact on my weight loss. I do love how it works out your entire body, seriously i can’t walk right for days after starting that program, but in the end it just doesn’t fit me.

So i’m still running on the treadmill, which i absolutely love! I’ve been working on getting stronger and faster at running 1 mile, and i’m super happy to report that my newest fastest time is 9 minutes and 38 seconds. That is a HUGE improvement from 14+ minutes when i first started running back in January!

I would really love to be able to run more than 1 mile, but i’m pretty wiped out after 1 mile, so that’s all i’m doing right now.

Besides working out 5-6 times a week, i’m also getting over 15,000 steps every single day (workout day or not!). Most days i average 18,000 steps, and on a really good day i can get 25,000 steps.

Now for my diet.

I’m still trying to stay away from: chocolate, candy, soda, bread, pasta, rice, and ice cream.

I shared a beachbody meal plan in my last post that i was using, and it was pretty good. I also discovered another beachbody meal plan that i ended up liking even more.

Here is the meal plan:

Breakfast M/W/F: Sautéed Kale and Red Bell Pepper Egg Cups (based on the Sautéed Kale with Poached Eggs recipe on page 32 of the Eating Plan)

Breakfast T/Th: Greek Yogurt Bowl

Lunch M/W/F: Seasoned Turkey and Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Lunch T/Th: Spinach and Roast Beef Salad

Snack M/W/F: Herbed Yogurt Dip with Raw Veggies

Snack T/Th: Hard-Boiled Egg and Baby Carrots

Dinner M/W/F: Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce and Parmesan Cheese

Dinner T/Th: Jalapeño and Cheese Turkey Burgers

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Seriously i loved all the foods on this meal plan!! So good!!

That’s it, that’s how i’m losing the weight and getting healthier. Are you on your own health journey? I’d love to hear what you are doing, and how it is going?

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