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Tone It Up 7 Day Slim Down Recap!

11 Mar

I am a few days late writing this recap of the 7 Day Slim Down from Tone it up, but I wanted to give you my full feelings on this program. Overall, my experience was amazing. It was definitely hard work, and I wouldn’t recommend it if you are not really committed to making a change, but in my opinion it was absolutely worth it.

Here is a list of the positive results of the 7 day slim down!

  • I began to sleep much deeper. Leading up to the slim down I was tossing and turning all over. After starting to “reset” my body, I found myself sleeping a lot deeper and feeling better in the morning.
  • More energy! After day 2, I no longer had and headaches and I felt very energized. I didn’t feel hungry between meals once my body adjusted to the amount of food I was eating at each meal.
  • I felt like the waistband on my pants got a bit looser.
  • I broke through my weight loss plateau! This was a big thing for me! I was stuck in the mid 140s for what felt like FOREVER, but by Day 7 of the slim down I was 139! Once I stopped the slim down, I did go back up to about 140 but for the last 2 weeks I have not weighed more than 141, which is great news for me.

Now it’s just up to me to keep going and stay active and eating lean clean and green. I have a little less than 7 weeks until the big day so I can’t wait to look great in my wedding dress!

Tone It Up 7 Day Slim Down Day 3 & 4

1 Mar

Welcome back friends!

I am just going to say that I caved a little on day 3 and had 15 chocolate chips. 😦 But the good news is my eating was PERFECT on Day 4!

Day 3 Recap:

Okay, now that I have that weight off my shoulders, ever all everything went really well on day 3! I did miss my morning Booty Call workout, but I took a hour long Intermediate Pilates class, and walked my dog for 30 mins at night. This diet overhaul is making me begin to feel really good and light! I didn’t have any headaches at all, and didn’t feel too hungry throughout the day. I am definitely looking forward to making some Tone It Up approved banana bread and chocolate cake next week. I will probably be baking up a storm, and enjoying it moderately of course!

Day 4 Recap:

Today was almost perfect as far as my eating and exercise goes. If you are familiar with the Tone It Up Plan you will know that during the 7 Day Slim Down they ask us to do two 30min cardio sessions each day. This was tough work for me because I am not a morning person and really don’t like to work out in the mornings. I have found though that either walking or doing yoga in the morning is perfect for me! I am sure that once I get used to AM workouts I will be able to increase the intensity. My future hubby wants to get me a bike so we can ride around the lake together in the morning. Now that I am getting used to waking up earlier, and the weather is getting nicer, I can’t wait to get out there and ride with him. This morning I did 20 mins of yoga in the morning, and then did 30 mins on the treadmill at night, plus some ab work. I feel really great about my accomplishments.

Overall, I am feeling more motivated, more energized and more vital. I have been keeping up with housework more, and somehow find extra time to get things done. I have also lost 3 lbs so far (In 4 days!) and am down to 140lbs. My goal in the beginning was to break into the 130s by the end of this, and if I can stay strong and committed this weekend, I know I will meet my goal! How awesome is that?!

Recipe I am Loving: Banana Pancakes!

8 Jan
pancakes

Photo courtesy of http://www.Blogilates.com

Hi All!

I don’t know about you, but now that I am eating cleaner, I find myself gravitating towards banana’s because they are a natural way of adding sweetness to relatively anything. You can make a protein smoothie with banana, add it to oatmeal, and just eat it by itself. My current favorite way of using it, is making the Banana Pancakes that Blogilates describes on her blog. If you don’t know who Blogilates is, I will get more into the details of that further into the post. But first…

Banana Pancakes!!!

Are you ready for the recipe??

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs

No really…that’s it! Mash the banana in a bowl, whip the eggs in there (including the yolk) and pour it in a pan. I find it easiest to make 6-8 smaller pancakes with this batter rather than one big one, but I shared this recipe with my mom, and she makes one big one. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I have a recipe that is so easy to make in the morning! And it’s sweet. I tried it with maple once, and it was a little strange but its sweet enough on it’s own.

Blogilates also did a food of the year round up for 2012, and these little babies won!

So, I wanted to share a little about Blogilates. The creator is Cassey Ho, and she is a fitness instructor that recently moved to LA. She started posting Pilates videos on YouTube because her students requested it, then it grew so much in popularity! Now she creates her own monthly workout calendar, shares recipes and posts new YouTube videos weekly. She has really inspired me on days that I don’t feel like going to the gym, I love working out to her videos which are fun and infections (much more entertaining than P90X!). I recommend you check her out and sign up to download her jaNEWary workout calendar!

Comment below if you have a favorite YouTube fitness guru!

Goals for 2013!

2 Jan

2013-GoalsHappy 2013 Everyone! Last week I posted about the 20 things I am most thankful for in 2012, so I thought I would follow up today with my goals for 2013. I am not making any “resolutions” because I feel like resolutions set you up for failure. The definition for the “resolution” I am referring to is:

New Years Resolution : a resolve or determination, to make a firm resolution to do something.

The problem I see with this is that we are not perfect. When people make new years resolutions, and after a few weeks they “fail” at reaching their resolve, they usually give up with the excuse of starting again next year. There is no reason you have to wait until NEXT YEAR to accomplish something you wanted to THIS YEAR! Does that make any sense? Now lets look at the definition of a goal.

Goal : the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
This sounds much better to me, and less stressful. You have to allow yourself some wiggle room to achieve your goals, otherwise anytime you slip up, you will allow yourself to continue to slip up because you already failed at your resolution. I like goals because even if I slip up one day, I can dust myself off and get back to it, without stressing too much about getting off track. So, without further ado here are my goals for 2013!
  1. Run a 5k. This is a big deal for me because I am not a runner. I have never enjoyed it, and I still don’t but I want to challenge myself to do something this year that I normally wouldn’t.
  2. Participate in a mud run. This is also a 5K, and I am not so much concerned about running the whole thing as I am excited about the experience and trying this with some of my girlfriends. It’s coming up soon in San Diego, it’s the Dirty Girl Mud Run. Check it out in a city near you!
  3. Save $$ towards becoming a certified Pilates instructor. The instructor course I want to take costs $4,000. The reason it’s so much is its a Pilates Apparatus training course, so it encompasses all of the Pilates equipment. By having this particular certification, I will be more desirable to different studios and would be able to find teaching work more easily. I would love to do the certification this year, but with the wedding, I don’t think I will be able to come up with this money right away.
  4. Get my real estate license. I took the test a year ago and never paid for the license. I have to pay for the license this year otherwise all the work I did to pass the test and all the classes I took will be useless. I don’t plan on selling real estate, at least not at this point, but it would be silly not to get my license now which will cost me about $250.
  5. Lose the last 15 pounds. I am putting this down because it’s more of a finite goal, but really I would be happy just getting more toned. I feel like I will lose pounds of fat, but replace it with muscle, so if I do not reach this pound goal, I will not be too crushed. I want to look fantastic in my wedding dress, and most important I want to feel fantastic!
  6. Improve my weightlifting skills. I would like to be able to curl 20lbs on each arm by the end of the year, do at least 2 pull ups and squat 200lbs. I want to be able to see muscle tone.
  7. Drink more H2O. My goal this year is to drink 100 ounces of water every day!
  8. Read more! I want to read one new book every month. 12 books by the end of the year. Currently I am ready 50 shades of Grey. Next on my list is Safe Haven (My fiance bought me this book for Christmas).

I am sure there are more goals that I have, and I may revise this post later on down the road, but for now these will be keeping me very busy!! Have you set any goals for yourself for 2013? Comment below and share!

Reevaluating my goals and getting back on track. Part 2.

17 Sep

Wow!

I realized I never posted the second half of my goals post from over a month ago! It’s really crazy how quickly time can pass, and how things can spiral out of control!

As of September 4th, I had 8 months to go until my wedding day. Because my wedding is a huge motivator for me to get in shape, I have decided to create an 8 month game-plan for myself. All of the workouts I am using are home workout DVD’s from Beachbody. (Note: I am not a beach body coach, I am not here to force anything on you or sell you products or anything). I have used the different Beachbody programs because I find that they work pretty well, and I can do them from home. Because I work full time and am in a Dance Company and am trying to get a Freelance Writing career going, I barely have time to make it to the gym, and I can’t afford it, which is why I choose to work out from home.

My current weight is 140lbs (I gained a few pounds since ending Insanity and starting P90X…I am hoping it’s muscle tone). Ultimately I would like to weigh 125lbs in the next 8 months. That is just 15lbs in 8 months. I am not trying to crash diet or lose weight quickly because I want to change my lifestyle, along with the lifestyle of my future husband. I have been cooking clean recently in an effort to make our bodies healthier on the inside, and help us shed some pounds on the outside. My favorite thing about eating Clean for the most part, is it’s easy. I made some Turkey Tacos the other night which took only about 15 mins! There is one blog in particular that I return to again and again to get recipes.

  • www.TheGraciousPantry.com This site is amazing! I want to give a shout out to it’s writer and creator Tiffany! She is really inspirational and is helping me change my outlook on cooking and eating better.

Since I started P90X month 2 on Monday Sept 10th, I should be finishing up on November 4th. Once I finish P90X I am going to do 1 month of Brazil Butt Lift to tone up my lower body and sculpt it into what I envision it looking like. 😉 Once I finish that up, I plan to do a P90X/BBL/Insanity hybrid leading up to a few weeks before my wedding! My hopes is that in these next few months I build up muscle mass where I need it, and start to burn more calories and fat! Yay! Hopefully this helps motivate you to make your own weight loss or fitness goals!

Share your goals with me in the comments!

Monday Motivation : Just get back up and work a little harder.

11 Jun

It’s Monday, and this weekend has been tough! I had dance rehearsal on Friday night right after work, so I was not able to do my MAX Recovery. My schedule has been a little bit off this week, and I really need to get back on track. I did so well the first 5 weeks, of only missing 2 workouts the whole time, but I was really trying to challenge myself not to miss anything this month. I know that life can get in the way sometimes, and I know people say to just get back on the horse and you will be fine, but I feel a little like I let myself down. I am not going to let myself off the hook by just making this week a wash, so I did the MAX Recovery yesterday (2 days late) and I plan to pick up tonight with MAX Interval Circuit. I am a few days off schedule, so now my “rest” day is going to be Tuesdays, but I can live with that. I just don’t want to use this as an excuse to slack off. I know that things happen, and life happens. Of course I am a little bummed because I have done so well and been so motivated. I guess in the back of my mind I am just worried that I will revert back to my couch potato ways and give up on working out all together.

Has anyone else ever experienced that? When I started Insanity, I was getting into the habit of working out every single day. This last week I missed a few workouts, but I cannot let me defeat myself. I have seen so many positive changes in my body it’s really incredible. In the past I have been the type of person to see results, and then say “oh I can take a break for a while now” and then the break lasts months/years. I do not want to be that person anymore! I am pledging to myself today, that even if I get a little off course, I will get right back on course and continue my journey to health and wellness! I am glad to have this blog too, because it helps to keep me accountable. I am also part of a few workout groups on Facebook that help keep me motivated too!

To keep me on track, I have set some “SMART” goals for myself. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely). Since I have not been losing very many pounds while doing Insanity so far,  I am setting goals based on measurements. Below I will list my current measurements, and then the measurements I hope to have at the end of this second month of Insanity :

Measurements : Current / Goal

Chest : 33 / 32

L Bicep : 12 / 11.5

R Bicep : 12 / 11.5

Waist : 32 / 30

Hips : 40 / 38

L Thigh : 23 / 22

R Thigh : 23 / 22

This is a total of 8 inches lost. I believe this is very attainable because I lost 8.75 inches in my first month, and now that I have been eating better, and these workouts are longer and harder, I think I can lost another 8 inches overall, for a total of 16.75 inches lost! I do not want to give myself a weight goal because my goals are to be tighter and leaner, not necessarily just lighter. I don’t want to be “skinny fat” I would much rather weigh more, and be leaner (if that makes any sense).

Hopefully you can find some motivation to continue your fitness journey from my mistakes. You may feel a little down on yourself if you fall off the “wagon” but just get back up, brush yourself off, and get your ass in gear. I hope you all have a successful week!

 

What I am Loving : Almond Cookie Protein Pancake

6 Jun

I really wish I could take credit for this recipe because I love it so much, but I can’t. I am honestly a really bad cook, but as long as I have a recipe, I do pretty well. (Side note, it has taken me a while to perfect this pancake so please don’t get frustrated if it turns to mush the first few times!)

I have a Protein Pancake every morning now. I actually look forward to it, and wake up early to make it! How about that. This pancake has turned a night owl into a morning person! Yay! The ToneItUp girls have about 10 different pancake recipe’s in their cookbook, but I am only going to share one with you today. It’s one of my favorites and I think it is appropriately named…Almond Cookie Pancake! Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the one I ate this morning, so I really apologize for that, but I will try to update this post with a photo later on. Okay, onto the recipe!

Almond Cookie Protein Pancake

1/4 Cup Egg Whites
3 tbs Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
1 tbs Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (I get mine from Trader Joes!)
1 scoop Organic Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Sun Warrior Raw Brown Rice Protein…you could use Whey)
1 tbs Ground Flaxseed
1 tbs Slivered Almonds
1 tsp Powdered Stevia (i just use a packet of Truvia which isn’t powdered)
1 tsp Cinnamon
Organic Pure Maple Syrup

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, spray a nonstick skillet with Olive Oil Pam and use a spoon to scoop the mix into the middle of the skillet. This mixture will be much thicker than Bisquick and is much more dense. Make sure to let it cook thoroughly on one side until the edges start to look cooked, and you see bubbles coming through the pancake. Then carefully flip the pancake to the other side and cook for another few minutes until you can flip it back over. Transfer to a plate and top with a little drizzle of maple syrup. YUM!

I kept making the mistake of being too impatient and not letting it cook all the way, so then when I would try to flip it, it would just fall apart, Patients is key for these pancakes! 🙂 Keep in mind this is not going to be as fluffy as the pancakes you are used to, so just be prepared but once you are used to the texture, you will learn to love them and you will love how filling they are!