The Final 14

I’ve decided it is time for some serious change. I need to get more serious about my fitness goals, and I think that the best way to do that is to set a deadline. So, I have set a deadline.

According to Google, there are 102 days until June 1st.

14 weeks to lose 14 pounds.

The final 14 are to be shed by June 1st.

One pound per week.

I know I’m going to have to work really hard, but I’m looking forward to what’s to come. Of course I need a plan. I’m recalculating my daily caloric intake and going back to burning no less than 600 calories. I’m also going to plan out my meals at least 1 week ahead. I realize that it’s crazy for me to keep trying something that isn’t really working for me.

Feel free to join me! If any of you want to follow me on MyFitnessPal for meal ideas, my username is aliciaxobaby. My food diary is public so definitely check it out whenever you can. I’m also going to post some links and pictures of some workouts and exercises that I do.

Of course you all know that I run. I’ll still run a couple miles and varying treadmill workouts. Here is a really fun, challenging treadmill workout:

  • run on 7.0, 1% incline for .25 mile
  • run on 7.5, 1% incline for .25 mile
  • walk on 4.0, 4% incline for .10 mile
  • run on 8.5, 1% incline for .25 mile
  • walk on 4.0, 4% incline for .15 mile

I also like the stair machine. I’ll do intervals of normal steps and standing on my tip toes to work my calves.

*TIP* Whenever possible, while using a machine that has level or resistance options, try to hit 7 or higher!

Burpees. The more you do it, the easier it gets. They were awkward for me at first, but I don’t feel so silly anymore lol. I thought I wasn’t doing them right, but it’s something you just have to get used to. Anyway, 20 or more burpees and you’ll be feelin alive. burpee

Planks and Side Planks. Put on your favorite song and try to plank for the length of that song or do intervals of 30 seconds and 10 seconds rest or whatever combination works best for you. You can also alternate into left and right side planks.planks

Squats! For the butt. For the toned thighs. I’m gonna look into other body weight thigh trimming exercises. If you guys know any good ones, please share! Alright, for the squats try them Tabata style. 20-30 seconds of squatting as much as you can with 10-20 seconds of rest.squatsSo Burpees, Planks, and Squats all require proper form! Please refer to these images whenever you are unsure about your form. Practice in front of a mirror.

I’m ready to do this. I’ll be looking to you guys every now and then to motivate me and help me through this.

I have a few things on my fitness wish list. Do you guys have any ultimate goals? Most of them are physical items, those are always the hardest to achieve I feel like. Anyway, here are a few.

nike

abs

jlove

curves

fit

toned

Just a few of my wishlist items. Well, goals, not really wishes. 14 pounds to lose and so much more to gain.

Here is my before. All I need is my after.

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Hey Girl Hey

Seeee, I told you we’d meet again soon. Right? Haha ok, not as soon as I would have wanted, but homegirl is busy. I knew this semester was going to be demanding. I just need to find a routine that is all. Thankfully, I was smart and enrolled myself in Cardiovascular Conditioning and Weight Training class to make sure I’m getting a decent workout in.

Sooo, did I mention how much I am loving this class right now? The class is a fusion of cardio and weight training. My teacher is amazing. The workouts she has us do are inspired by CrossFit; She teaches CrossFit outside of school I guess? Well, anyway, the workouts are all fast-paced, but I know this is what I need. Although, I went really hard last week because I didn’t have the best recovery. I am so glad my English class was dismissed because about 30 minutes later when I got home I crashed. I felt all woozy and disoriented, basically I let my blood sugar fall too low by not having a snack before working out. Which, by the way, is really shitty because I always make sure to have something to eat beforehand. It was a fluke and unfortunately my body paid the price. Laaaame. Ladies, always make sure you have a snack or something before you exercise vigorously. Fruit comes in so handy for this reason. Simple, fast-digesting/absorbing carbs before and after a hard workout, which should be all of your workouts, duh! Lol ok, maybe not all the time, but most of the time!

Here are some samples of the workouts we do in the class

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That brings me to my next point that I wanted to discuss. Your workouts should challenge you. Don’t go in the gym and do the same thing every time. Try new things. Keep your body guessing. Whether it’s doing a completely different exercise or running for 5 more minutes or on an incline. Try to hit a new Personal Best every time you work out. Get a little better each time. For me, running a farther distance or lifting more weight is just as gratifying as seeing the numbers on the scale go down. I have some days when I’m just not happy with where I am on the scale, but my skinny size 5/6 jeans still fit me, they aren’t getting tighter. I just get a little bummed because it feels like the less you weigh, the harder it is to lose fat. My first 30 pounds were easy for my body to lose, the last 11 I really struggled with, but one by one they came off. I still want to lose 14 more and I know that number should seem like nothing compared to 41, but what can I say? I’m human and I need motivation as well.

I’m so inspired by my friend Sandy Vargas right now. I can see that she really turned it up a notch on her fitness and eating clean, and she is seeing some serious results! I really hope we get to work out together one day, maybe soon! She’s really pushing herself. She’s getting up before the sun is up to get her sweat on and then she posts all these pictures of her lunches and stuff and some wine or something with raspberries in it so I can also see she enjoys her life. Sandy, keep it up girl!

I’m sure you all know how much I love talking about food so I want to spend a little time going over some basic nutrition concepts in a segment I like to call:

back2basics

Raise your hand if you love food that is as great for you as it tastes. You all should have raised your hands. Sometimes we complicate ideas that are meant to be simple, like cooking. Nod your head if you’re guilty of believing that healthy food can’t taste great. If this is true for you then I invite you to add some spice to your life! Kick it up a notch and get creative. What exactly am I talking about? Spice, of course! There is no hiding the fact that butter makes everything taste special, but you also can’t hide the fact that it isn’t exactly a food that we should be eating regularly. Then there is oil, ahh yes, the magic of oil where “everything tastes good fried.” But like it’s solid counterpart, it too is something we should eat in moderation. “Now how can I make this broccoli or this chicken taste good?” Spice. And a little extra care.

Ok so how many of you think of some sad, plain, unsatisfying pile of little green trees sitting on a plate when you picture eating broccoli? 

Have you ever thought to add something to the broccoli, kick it up a notch? Think of any dish or side that might not be the most pleasing to you and find a way to take it to the next level. Try adding balsamic vinegar, pepper, or a small serving of real Parmesan cheese (slightly melted of course)

As far as chicken goes, it’s all about how you use the spices. After extensive personal experience handling chicken I have discovered that the best way to make chicken taste incredible is to literally rub the spice on. I take an ordinary boneless skinless chicken breast and rub on smoked paprika, salt, pepper or salt, pepper, and another beloved spice and just rub it in. Sprinkling it on the chicken just isn’t enough. Yes, I really do take the extra 2 minutes to rub my spices on the chicken breast and you know what? I always have amazing chicken.

You can also use fresh ingredients like cilantro, lemon, or jalapenos! Below is an example of how I turned basic garlic butter shrimp and turned it into something magical. By the way, this serving was only 165 calories!

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How To Build Your Plate:

  1. give me one push-up! 😉
  2. planning ahead strongly recommended, by the way.
  3. choose a protein: chicken, fish, turkey, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, beef
  4. choose a carb: bread, fruit, vegetables, pasta, rice, beans, tortillas/wraps, potatoes (sweet, russett, red, etc.)
  5. if your carb source wasn’t a fruit or a vegetable, please add either choice (or both!)
  6. fats: AVOCADO, cheese, olive oil,  maybe even butter. some others are whole eggs,  peanut butter, mayo

Here is an example of what you can do.

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2 oz. whole grain angel hair pasta
1/4 cup light alfredo sauce
3.5 oz. boneless skinless chicken breast
1 bag steamed garden veggies
464 calories!!!

Alright Fit Girls, I hope you enjoyed this post. Remember to stay loyal, patient, and focused!

littlesteps

Beautiful Blogger Award ;)

Hello again everyone! So, a friend of mine and fellow blogger Sondra Jo at SeeSondraSlim nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award. That is just so nice that they have something like this for everyone who works hard to making a difference. I know I not only blog for myself, but for others as well in the hopes that I may impact someone’s life in a great way. And I think that’s what a lot of others do as well. They should just throw one big party for all of us with lots of wine or protein shakes or something lol. Just a bunch of bloggers hangin around, that would be fun.

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The Beauty Blogger Award has the following rules:

1. Link back the person who nominated you.

2. Post the award on your page.

3. Tell seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate seven bloggers and let them know they have been nominated.

As I have done number one and number two, it’s on to number three.

Seven facts about me:

one) I’m sure you all saw this one coming, but I am very addicted to a fabulous green fruit. Apparently that’s something a lot of you already know, but in case you missed the memo, now you are aware. In fact, I have even received avocados as a surprise gift, and I was so excited I screamed. And now you are also probably aware that I am a bit strange, but I like it that way.

two) I love being me. I do. I know I am blessed, and I am thankful for everything I have experienced. I haven’t been this happy in my life in a long time. I know that my happiness couldn’t have happened if I hadn’t experienced every exact detail of my life.

three) Fitness changed my life for the better.

four) While I mat not blog as often as I’d like to I think of you all always. Just know that I am out there making it happen at school and the gym. I totally do not mind if you guys have a question and wanna text me or message me. I actually really appreciate those of you who do.

five) I am so very proud of every girl (or guy!) who is still dedicated to changing your lifestyle. Even if you may regress, or stall, or have doubts, these things are at least proof that you try. I know we will all be where we want to be when we are meant to get there so long as we make an effort. Okay, I’m getting sentimental, but seriously guys, iLY.

six) I go to school full-time and I WILL be a nurse one day.

seven) My birthday is March 1 and I have no idea what I’m going to do. Any suggestions?