Commit to be Fit!

What a fit and fabulous Friday! Don’t you agree?

I have been very much enjoying my summer break. My two main focuses are planning my vow renewal wedding and staying on my fitness game. Planning this huge event has proven to be very stressful, so I’m happy that I have some kind of release.

With that in mind, my wedding is also serving as motivation. I want to look my absolute best. I want my dress to fit amazingly, and most importantly, the pictures! The pictures will last a lifetime and I want to be able to look back and be proud. I am always finding ways to get motivated. First, it was my health. Second, was to be bikini ready. Right now though, all I can think of is “fit for the dress, fit for the dress.” Lol

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Speaking of motivation, the most common topic that is brought to my attention is getting and staying motivated. Probably one of the hardest things to do because it requires consistency. The easiest way to discover what motivates you the most is to have a serious heart to heart with yourself. Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself out loud, “why do I want this?” Answer honestly out loud so you can hear yourself say it. That’s right, hear yourself say it. You don’t have to shout it out loud, unless you feel compelled to, but say it loud enough to really sink in. Your answer must be honest and truthful and for the right reasons. For example, “I want this because I want to feel at home in my own skin. I know I am beautiful. I just want genuine confidence.” Your reason for wanting it has to be for you. If you’re trying to do this to please someone else, it will never work. Choose your words carefully. Whatever you choose to be your motivator has to be strong enough to talk yourself into completing your goal. “I want to be fit for summer” isn’t a bad motivator, but it may not be the strongest for you if that is not all you want out of this. Customize your weight loss journey to you and nobody else. Make it about you. Make it a big deal. This is your life! If you think about it every day, then obviously it’s what you really want. It is so unhealthy to deny what your heart desperately desires. What is your ultimate goal?

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My ultimate goal is having great health. Yes, I am healthy now, but just because I’m okay now doesn’t mean it’s okay for me to slowly slip into old patterns. It doesn’t mean that it’s okay to exercise less and relax my diet. I don’t even feel like I’m on a diet because this is just how I eat now. I don’t miss eating the way I used to. I know better now. If I stopped or eased up, all of this would have been a waste. The reason my health improved was because I did what I had to do to get it that way. The reason my health stays in good standing is because I stay working at it. This is the big picture. I know what awaits me if I don’t continue. My genetics are beyond my control, but I stand a better chance if I do every thing in my power to lower my risks. I can accept if I unfortunately meet my inherited health issues even though I tried my best to prevent them; however, I cannot and will not let my genes have the best of me because I decided to give up or not do anything about it. My work may never be done, but I am still happy. It’s not like I’m not satisfied and that is the reason I keep going. I continue because I love this life. I love what I get out of it each and every day.

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In those two pictures, I can see a difference beyond the obvious physical signs. My smile is genuine. I’m overflowing with joy and confidence.

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Regarding motivation, I encourage you all to take plenty of photos along your journey so you can really the differences you’re making. The farther apart in time the photos are taken, the more dramatic they will be. You won’t be able to contain yourself, I promise. You’ll be like me wanting to actually take pictures of yourself wearing only a sport’s bra and shorts! In the beginning, I was a “workout in yoga pants or capris” kind of girl. These days, I’m all about the shorts. I love my legs! I love seeing my muscles flex up and engage. I love wearing tank tops to the gym because I really admire my arms. I really appreciate my body because it is capable of so many incredible amazing things. And so is yours.

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And let’s just be clear, those pictures of me up there are not my after photos! Those are just my during photos 😉 As I said just moments ago, my work is not done yet.  I have big aspirations.

Alright, now I think I’m gonna post one of my favorite statuses that I posted about a week ago. It’s been all I can think about it and I think it will help a lot of you put things into perspective.

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Reality is this: you can’t not work hard and not see progress, yet it is possible to be 50% committed (which isn’t really commitment) and expect to see zero progress. It makes me laugh because fitness is funny like that. It knows when you’re trying to cheat it lol. Trust me, I have been there done that and tested it. I was workin my butt off in the gym, but for whatever reason thought it was okay to slack on my diet. After being all kinds of frustrated I had to be real with myself. Best thing I’ve ever done.

Me and my wonderful husband, James, were in the kitchen getting ready to make dinner after we came home from our gym date and he was just looking at me. I had my shirt off cause I was feelin good and happy with all those endorphins giving me a buzz and he says, “You aren’t even the same person anymore. You don’t look like the girl I fell in love with.” A bizarre thing to say lol, but he explained further what he meant. He was very sweet and reassured me that I am still the love of his life. But you know what, he’s right.  I don’t look like that person anymore because I’m not the same person.

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I hope I’ve inspired you to get the discussion with yourself going. Remember to be honest. Really find out what it is that this lifestyle can do for you. It’s really important to be consistent. 1 week or 1 month is a great start, but that’s just it, a start. You have to keep going. You won’t get all you want to receive in just a short amount of time. Think of how long you’ve been living the way you have. That might just be how long it is going to take you to reach your goals. I’ve been on this journey for almost 3 years and I’m still not done! Don’t let that discourage you though. The sooner you start, the sooner you reach your goals and are living your dream.

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A Day In My Nikes

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Just as the title of this post suggests, I’m going to share with you a typical school-workout day for me. I’m going to tell you all the details from when I wake up, to when I finally lay my head down to sleep. Enjoy!

7:00 a.m. : I’m already awake, yet my alarm doesn’t even go off for 15 more minutes. No, I haven’t changed my alarm for fear that I may wake up earlier than that. By now, my puppies are begging to go outside and potty, so I have no choice but to get up. My first class also doesn’t even start until 10:30, but I love mornings. If there ever was a morning person, she is me.

7:30 a.m. : Coffee in hand, just relaxing for a few moments.

8:00 a.m. : It’s time to start getting ready for my long day. Thank goodness for routines! I shower,and then decide what I am going to wear that day. I always have to choose two outfits because my middle class is my weight lifting/ cardio conditioning class. I wear my workout gear to school 99% of the time since I only have 15 minutes to get across campus. I don’t really like to rush or be rushed.

8:45 a.m. : I begin to prepare my lunch for the day. I love planning ahead. In fact, my goals demand it. I finish preparing my food and store them accordingly in tupperware or plastic baggies and then place said items into my awesome lunch pail. Then, I place my lunch pail in the fridge.

9:15 a.m. : Breakfast time! This is my favorite time because it is my biggest meal of the day. Mmmm, I love me some breakfast. Okay so yeah, I hear that you’re supposed to eat as soon as you get up or within that first hour, but I guess I’m a rule breaker. Though, to be honest, I may start eating earlier in the morning, but my coffee just seems to hold me over for another hour. I mean, don’t those calories count?

9:45 a.m. : I pack my extra clothes into my reusable Target bag along with my lunch pail that I have removed from the fridge and filled with ice. I pack my 11:45 .am. snack in my backpack. Next, my folder, books, etc. in my backpack.

10:00 a.m. : Time to head to school.

10:15 a.m. : Park. Walk 3/4 of a mile to my first class. Yes, it really is that long of a walk. I checked. Twice. So, every morning when I walk to and from my car I walk about 1.5 miles. Sneaking in a mini workout 😉

10:30-11:45 a.m. : I’m in class for this duration. Gettin my learn on.

11:45 a.m. : I begin my trek back toward my car. I always park by this class since I am guaranteed a parking space. I don’t like having to battle someone for a “prime” spot. To me, this is a prime location because I get to enjoy some fresh air for a few minutes, clear my head, avoid unnecessary stress, and burn some extra calories. Looooove it. Anyway, I am now eating my mid morning snack. Usually, this snack is a piece of fruit or granola. I like to have some extra energy right before my workout. My workouts are never as great if I skip this important step.

12:00 p.m. : Just getting to class. I stretch a little, put on my HRM and start to warm-up for the workout which is almost always posted on the board before I walk in. I thoroughly enjoy enrolling in workout classes at school. It guarantees me a workout and keeps me motivated because a grade is involved.

12:00-1:15 p.m. : In class for this duration, gettin my sweat on. Lifting weights, spinning, running, the whole 9. Unless we’re spinning, most of the workouts are crossfit inspired. I never did anything crossfit related until this class. I had a lot of fun and learned a ton. I made great friends and of course, i got to exercise, duh! Score!

1:15-2:00 p.m. : LUNCH…and changing into clean clothes. I don’t shower, get over it lol. I shower later. As far as lunch goes, I usually pack things that can be kept cold with ice in my lunch pail. Some of my favorite on-the-go meals are egg salad (which always only contains one yolk and the rest are hard boiled egg whites), tuna (which I like to jazz up with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and lemon), salad (apricots, balsamic vinegar, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, shrimp, sometimes tuna), and wraps, oh and sandwiches too. for my sides I like fruit and lately I’ve been having some delicious protein bars.

2:00-3:50 p.m. : In class. Nothing too exciting.

3:50-6:00 : My take care of business time. Errands, homework, chores, etc. I will sometimes have a small snack during this time, just depends on how many calories I burned that day. However, I try not to have a snack too close to my dinner, for obvious reasons.

6:00-7:30 : My window for prepping my food, cooking it, and EATING it 🙂

7:30-9:30 p.m. : Sometimes I’ll have a light dessert, but not always. I don’t want having dessert to become a habit because that’s just trouble waiting to happen. When I do choose to have dessert, I usually have a Skinny Cow ice cream, mini parfait, fruit, peanut butter, or a hooked up protein shake. If I don’t have dessert and I somehow feel hungry, I just drink water instead. Okay…I chug it to fill full faster lol, but it works.

9:30 p.m.: Time to start getting ready for bed. When I lay down, I like to take this time to prepare my menu for the next day. I love planning ahead! I can’t imagine not doing this.  Wash my face, do my oil treatment and goodnight 🙂

So there you have it. A typical day for me at school and working out. Although, school is now pretty much over, so I will have to find a new routine. If you found this helpful, then I may do another in a few weeks.  Just let me know!

Take care my lovelies<3

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Love Yourself First

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Yes you are, but what I think of you isn’t as nearly important as what you think of you.

I am guilty of not always 100% loving myself. It’s something I am still learning to do, but I’m getting better at it. My biggest problem is that I only seem to love myself when I do well. What a terrible thing to do, I know. I’m not perfect though, and I never claim to be. I struggle with things, just like anybody else. Self-love is not a love that happens overnight. It takes time. My goal is to finally love and have faith in my abilities, even when I fall short of my expectations. I never wish I was someone else, but sometimes I wish I was better. Normally, aspiring to be a better version of yourself is a good thing, but choosing to only love myself when I do well is not okay. I’m taking steps like meditating, mirror mantras, and forgiveness. So far, it’s been working 🙂

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While on my journey to self-love, I have been experiencing an overwhelming amount of confidence. My body is finally making great progress again. Coincidence? I think not! I’m putting myself first before others. It’s not being selfish at all. In fact, I am most helpful to others when I am in a good place with myself, so it’s actually pretty necessary.

Listening to your body and its needs is also a huge part of loving yourself. Specifically, rest days and how hard you’re pushing yourself. It’s great to push your limits and test boundaries, but there is a MAJOR difference between listening to your body versus your head. For example, if your head is telling you to stop, chances are you still have the energy to continue. If your body is tired, it will let you know. You may feel light headed, dizzy, numb, etc. and you should definitely stop! The tricky part is distinguishing between the two. Never fear though, once you become more in tuned to your body you will discover which is which.When you better understand your body, then you can take better care of it, which in turn will create a deeper sense of appreciation and love.

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