Apr 29, 2015

Drum Roll Please...

First of all I want to apologize for my lack of posting lately. This past week I was not feeling myself. I had a headache and blurred vision for seven days straight. The last thing I wanted to do was stare at a computer screen. I went to see an optometrist and my primary care doctor and neither one had an answer for me. The optometrist told me my eyes are perfectly fine and my primary care doctor told me he had no idea what was wrong with me. They ran some tests but everything came back normal. I was so happy to wake up this morning and feel normal again. 

Quick story. When I was at the doctor's office on Monday, the medical assistant was going through my list of previous medications to find out if I was still on them. When she came to all of my inhalers, I happily told her that I had given up dairy and I was no longer in need of inhalers. She was shocked. She said, "I could never give up cheese!" I have heard this from so many people. Believe me, I love cheese! But if giving up cheese prevents me from having to use multiple inhalers daily then I will gladly give up cheese. I really hope anyone reading this who is suffering from asthma will try giving up dairy to see if it helps at all.  

Moving on. The reason for my post today is so that I can announce that I am officially a personal trainer! I was hired on at the gym where I work out after being referred by my trainer. I am so grateful to him. I will be training two days a week so it will only be part time. I plan on keeping my full time job as well. It will be a lot on my plate but I am really excited to start this new journey! 

Health, fitness and nutrition are my passions. I believe we should live out our passions. I am looking forward to helping others begin or continue their journeys and achieve their goals. And at the same time I plan on working toward my goals. I don't even know if I will ever consider being a personal trainer a job



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Apr 19, 2015

Lifting Heavy

On Monday I promised myself that I would make it to the gym five times through out the week. I only made it four times but those four workouts were intense so I am completely satisfied. My entire body is sore today. Tuesday night I did cardio for an hour. On Thursday I did legs with my trainer. I broke a couple personal records this week. I was able to leg press 476 pounds. I remember last year I was so excited that I could leg press 200 pounds. I've come a long way. My legs are definitely the strongest part of my body. Also, the leg press is one of my favorite workouts. I call it my "rest time" because it allows me to catch my breath. 


I usually meet with my trainer once a week but this week I scheduled two sessions. I felt like I was falling behind and I needed a little push. I am so glad I doubled up because two workouts with him turned into three. On Friday evening we did shoulders, biceps and abs. The photo below was exactly how I felt. There were so many times when I felt like I could not go on, but he knew I had it in me and he pushed me. THAT is why I workout with him. 


During our workout my trainer asked me if I wanted to join him and another trainer in dead lifting the next day. I was so honored that two personal trainers wanted me to dead lift with them. I woke up Saturday morning and made a very nutritious breakfast to fuel up. Egg whites, hash browns with zucchini mixed in, turkey bacon and coffee, of course. By the way, the Silk Almond Creamer is so good! I found it at Target. 


Dead lifting went really well. We ended up doing back as well. This was only the third time I had dead lifted. Last time my heaviest was 175. This time I was able to do 205. The trainers mentioned that I should do a power lifting competition. Hmmm. Something to think about. 



I came home and ate a lunch filled with protein to help my muscles recover. Grilled chicken with pineapple and a paleo protein shake. 


This is how we're spending our Sunday. Being the laziest of lazy. We are really into Hannibal right now. Such a good show! 


I just have to say that I love Kelly Clarkson so much. She's been in the media a lot lately, not because of her talent, but because of her weight. I think it's absolutely ridiculous. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl ten months ago and I think she looks amazing! I really admire how she has responded to the criticism.


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Apr 13, 2015

IIFYM Update

Oh. My. Goodness. I can not even begin to tell ya'll how busy I've been. We moved again! We're now staying with my parents because my fiancé was offered a store in San Diego. In order to cut down on his commute, we had to relocate. This works out great for me because now I live in the same city that I work in! This should make it really easy for me to get my workouts in, right? Yeah, I'm still trying to figure out why I haven't been making it to the gym as often as I should be. But I'm not going to get down on myself! I've been trying to stay on top of my diet. Tracking everything I eat is hard some days but I know it will pay off. Here's one of my breakfasts...that I ate at my desk. And I really need to put a picture in that frame. 
 

I've been wanting to try C4 pre-workout for a really really long time now. I finally ordered it. I chose the pineapple flavor because well, it's pineapple! I love it. It reminds me of Smarties. Remember those candies? They were always one of my favorites. I also think sugar free Red Bull kind of tastes like Smarties. Hmmmm. 


I went to work out with my trainer on Friday. I usually see him on Thursdays but I had to go up north for my job so it had to be pushed back. Anyways, he killed me. It was leg day and I'm pretty sure I complained the entire time. I asked him, "I deserve a vanilla cupcake, right?" I didn't even want a cupcake but leg day had me talking all crazy. He just laughed. He told me I could have a glass of wine but I ended up getting an iced coffee instead. 


I did a little grocery shopping after the gym on Friday evening and I found some goodies. Boom Chicka Pop lightly sweet popcorn was on sale for $1 bag so naturally I stocked up.


I also bought a Complete Cookie. I forgot these are vegan so they will come in handy when I'm craving chocolate. They have 16 grams of protein but because the carbs are so high I'll probably cut the cookie in half. 


My fiancé requested a lot of veggies for dinner on Friday. I don't normally like zucchini but I'm trying so hard to get into it. I sautéed these in a pan with garlic and salt. They were actually really good. I still don't like the texture but I'm hoping I'll get used to it soon. 


I've been watching The Daily Marissa Lace and she follows iifym as well. She mixes zucchini in with her hash browns for breakfast. I thought that was brilliant! And it turns out, it's delicious! 
 

The macros for this meal are pretty good too. 


It's a new week and I am so excited to get back to the gym. I'm vowing right now that I will go five times this week.
Hold me to it? 
 
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Apr 1, 2015

Be Kind to Yourself, Girl

Most days I forget that I've lost fifty pounds. The part that I remember is that I actually lost seventy-two pounds. I don't give myself credit for keeping fifty of those pounds off for nearly four years now. I only remind myself of the twenty-two that have found their way back onto my body. Why am I so hard on myself? Why don't I focus on how far I've come instead of constantly reminding myself of how far I have to go? 

I tend to forget about the fact that I completed a half marathon in spite of gaining back twenty-two pounds. I also tend to forget the fact that I can lift heavy weights. I'm stronger than I've ever been in my life. Why does this not cross my mind when I'm putting myself down? 
 
And my eating habits? They have changed drastically! Don't get me wrong, I'd still love to sit down with a tub of frosting and eat every last lick. But I do not allow myself to do that anymore. First of all, I'd probably get sick because my body isn't used to all those chemicals and all that sugar. Second of all, I know so much better now. I know what food makes me thrive and what food makes me sluggish. 

All of these things are huge accomplishments for someone on a weight loss journey, and yet I continue to put myself down every single day. Will this ever end? Will I ever get to the point where I say, "This is my perfect body and I am completely satisfied." Or will I always criticize myself? 


After my fiancé took this photo of me in LA last weekend, I looked at my phone and I immediately thought, "Why do I think I'm fat???!!!" My arms look amazing and defined! My waist is tiny. And most importantly, my skin is clear! {Thanks to the Whole 30} If only I could continuously see myself as I did in the moment. Life would be so much easier. 

In the photo below, I wasn't even at my heaviest on the left. I remember those jeans were very tight around my waist. I'm pretty sure they were a 16. I wear a 12 now. At my heaviest I was an 18. Buying a size 18 was my reality check. 


Again, I wasn't at my heaviest yet in the photo on the left but you can definitely see I carried extra weight in my belly. 
 

And then there was my chin and neck area. Thankful to see changes there. My collar bone has definitely popped out more while I was on my last Whole 30. 
 

The crazy thing is that I still wasn't at my heaviest in the photo on the left. I do not even remember being that big. Isn't it ironic that I don't remember being that big but I still see myself as being that big? The photo on the right was taken yesterday morning. Day thirty of my latest round of the Whole 30. 

 
I know I have a ways to go on my weight loss journey. According to the BMI chart, I am still considered obese. Unfortunately they do not take muscle mass into account. And I know I'm not solid muscle. I guess I've just been critiquing myself for so long and now that's all I know how to do. I need to re-train myself. I need to treat myself physically the same way I treat myself emotionally. 


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