Friday, July 20, 2018

Happy Friday y'all! 

This week felt like it was NEVER going to end! I think I'm going to need at least a month to recover from that 19 hour trip! My husband and I have been so tired since Sunday! Does that make us a little old? Lol  We haven't been up too much since we got back, just been cleaning the house and the yard. I hope y'all had a more productive week than us! And thank you again for the support on my blog! If you haven't read my first post you can check it out HERE 

For today's post I'm going to be sharing my six month fitness update! So let's start back to October 2017, I felt super unattractive & just not okay lol There was not an ounce of confidence in me or my body. I want to say this was the "heaviest" I have ever been. I kept telling myself it was baby weight but it's been two years, I don't think it's baby weight lol for the past two years I was always eating junk food and working out. Not a good combination at all! We all know abs are made in the kitchen. So that went on up until January 2018 

January 2018

New Year New Me? I was determined to make that commitment! I owed it to myself. I was tired of feeling "fat & ugly" because that's how I felt. I wasn't mentally or emotionally okay, let alone physically. So I started, slowly, to make a change. I didn't "diet" because I really didn't want to live the rest of my life on a diet. So instead I took it slowly and started to minimize my fast food intake as well as any other "junk" food. I began to use a workout guide created by Alexa Jean Fitness, which I believe she has discontinued. I did that for two months. As for my eating, I once again slowly started to eat healthier. I would substitute where I could. For example, y'all know I love romaine lettuce lol so for taco night instead of a tortilla I would use romaine lettuce. If I was craving hot cheetos I try to eat Veggie Straws w/ Valentina Hot Sauce (super yummy by the way). Y'all get the idea. Learning to portion my meals was also something I did. You have to listen to your body and know when enough is enough. 

March 2018

After doing Alexa Jean for two months, I decided to makeup my own workout guide in March. It was pretty basic, a few minutes of cardio followed by a full body workout. It takes a good 45 minutes to complete. I have been doing that ever since. My healthy eating was steady, I had a treat day once a week. I do remember in March I had a few too many treat days though lol but anyway, overall I was doing and feeling good. Now that I have all the before and after pictures I can definitely tell you that April was when I finally felt like all my hard work was paying off. 

May 2018-Present 

At the end of April, we ended up going to North Carolina. I was there for two months. Now I knew my eating was going to be all over the place! Why? You may ask. Well because my mom loves to make my favorite foods! And I mean she makes a whole lot of it and you can't say no to her lol so during those two months, I ate kinda bad but not as bad as I was expecting. I did continue to workout 5-6 days out of the week and I think that's what kept me from putting on some weight. 

Since I started this journey, I am amazed at how much my body can do. It's been six months, it has taken SIX months for me to FINALLY get use to this healthier lifestyle! It is not easy y'all! Trust me. It takes a lot of determination and tons of trial and error. But, for me, it's totally worth it. I can't even explain to you how these past six months have changed me. How much I've pushed myself, how many times I kept myself from giving up, how many times I talked myself into completing my workout! These are the same leggings I wore to take these pictures. They're pretty loose on me now, which feels pretty amazing. 

Again I started this whole process SLOWLY! I didn't want to just jump into it and run 2 miles and eat salads lol and expect to look and feel healthier, number one it's not healthy at all lol Your body needs lots of food. Number two, pushing yourself to run two miles is a bit much, well at least when you start off. The number one thing I can tell you is to NOT GIVE UP! If you really want this, you have to work hard for it. Expect to have bad days, because not everyday is going to be a good day. Another thing is, DO NOT WEIGH yourself! BUT DO take progress pictures. I personally feel like the scale is just not a good idea lol There's nothing wrong with weighing yourself once a month, but doing it every week, I feel like puts a lot of pressure on you. 

I love to share these whole journey with you all because I hope I can help at least one person out there. Everything I've said in this post is from personal experience, and again tons of trial and error. Please don't ever compare yourself to others because we are all different. Especially as a mom, it can get hard to find the time to workout, but again that's where determination comes in. I was working out during Julian's naptime but I think he is getting to the no-nap stage, so I've adjusted my routine and do my workouts in the morning. Again as a mom I don't have the time to drive to the gym, spend two hours, and then drive back home. That's why I decided to create my own guide that works for me. All the exercises can be done at home and you can add weights as you go. And it only takes 45 minutes out of my day. 

I feel like some of us are afraid to even begin because we feel like we need a gym membership, and you DON'T. There are a lot of workout videos on Youtube and Pinterest. And you can always email me ( & i'll be glad to share my guide with you. It's nothing fancy though lol I hope y'all enjoyed this lengthy post! And remember to do this FOR YOURSELF! Thank you so much for stopping by! 

-I do not claim to be a health nutritionist nor a personal trainer
-All that is in this post is from PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
-I am not stating that I have a "six pack" nor that I am America's Next Top Model 
-If something that was said in this post offends you please reach out to me, that is not the purpose of my blog

That is all! :) 

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