Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week #10

Workout Wednesday time!

Workout Wednesday

We did bump my macros down (about 100 calories a day) and I’ve been on track for part of the week … and then Thursday-Sunday, I fail. ๐Ÿ™ I’m working on it! So far this week has been okay.

My workouts have been a little all over the place. I’ve had to work-from-home a few times (so I don’t have access to a gym) and I was sick to my stomach last Friday so I walked to the gym and then Ben and I decided it was best I didn’t workout anyway. But the workouts I have gotten in have been amazing! I can’t wait to get my OWN gym in the city (meaning a gym that’s not associated with my job OR Benjamin’s job) – soon!

How it’s going:
It’s going pretty well, actually! I feel like my body image issues are getting a little better. It helps having a boyfriend who is extremely fit, yet still finds me incredibly beautiful. It’s hard to be so down on myself when he’s constantly telling me how beautiful I am. So… props to the boy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As far as workouts/food, I’m still working on it. But I’m getting there! It’s been stressful since moving to Chicago and finding out the job I’m working in just isn’t the right fit. That negativity just leaks into other parts my life.

I actually was up about a half pound again last week – grrrr. I’ve been really struggling with digestion, which obviously doesn’t help. Even if I’m eating well, if nothing is … coming out … (I’M SORRY, TMI) then I’m not exactly going to lose any weight. I’m still hoping that I’m under 130 lbs by June 1. That seems to be a big plateau for me. I know weight isn’t everything so I’m not focusing on that entirely, but the weight I’m in is a little to uncomfortable for me!

How’s your workouts/eating going this week?

Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week #9

Back at it with another Workout Wednesday – can’t believe I’m on week 9.

Workout Wednesday

I was pretty on point until Saige came to visit, which I assumed would happen!

With that said, Ben did cut my macros by 100 calories. Doesn’t seem like a lot, but it sucks at 9 p.m. when I’m looking for a snack and realize I can’t have one. Have to just rethink some of my meals, since I pretty much eat the same thing every day with little variety – only because that’s what I like. So basically a lot of rice and like, zero vegetables and fruit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Same as the macros! I did a strong workout Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but missed Thursday-Saturday. That’s okay, though. Life happens!

How’s it going:
Pretty well! I’m still working on my body image issues, but I’ve been feeling better the last couple of days. I will say, I was trying on clothes in the Zara changing room and started crying because I hated the way I looked. DUMB but true. So I’m trying to change my mindset.

I’m up another .2 lbs as of last Friday (which is when I weigh myself) but … I wasn’t surprised I wasn’t on track as much as I should’ve been and my body just isn’t catching on to dieting on 1600 calories unfortunately. So we dropped calories and I’m trying to stick to it as much as possible. We’ll see what this Friday brings us!

How’s your week going?

Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week #8

I skipped over this weekly post last week when I had the stomach flu, so it’s time for a workout update!

Workout Wednesday

These were obviously off all last week. I was on track on Monday, then it all went out the window when I got sick on Tuesday morning. I didn’t start tracking again until this Monday.

I actually didn’t workout for a WEEK which is crazy for me. I worked out LAST last Saturday with Ben, which you can see in that weekend recap, but Monday I was feeling so exhausted (the preview to my sickness) so I skipped. Then Tuesday-Friday I obviously wasn’t getting in any workouts. Saturday Ben and I finally got in a workout (did I mention he had the same stomach flu?!) though I just lifted “light” deadlifts and did some sumo squats. Still felt good to get back into it, though!

So far this week I’ve been on track. I’ve started more of a hypertrophy section to my coaching with Benย which I’m enjoying so far. Monday was an upper body (strength) workout, yesterday was lower body hypertrophy and today is an upper body (pull) day. Hoping I can get that in over my lunch break today!

How’s it going:
It’s going. The sickness definitely set me back. I ate what I could and then by the weekend when I was feeling better, I ate ALL the things. I definitely need to nip things in the butt. Ben and I were chatting about cutting my calories last night and being more strict with treat meals, at least until I get to a more comfortable weight for my height. My best friend from Milwaukee is coming into the city tomorrow night – Saturday, so I won’t be tracking or working out strictly then, but there’s no excuse after that! I want to be feeling my best for summer!

I’m actually down about a pound as of Friday, but that could’ve been from the lack of good food besides rice and crackers. I’ve been feeling extremely bloated the last week and we’re still trying to get my thyroid medication figured out. I’m also trying to cut back caffeine to once per day, then hopefully to only once or twice a week as a treat. I’m about 3.2 lbs since we started this 8 weeks ago and while I know weight isn’t the only progress-checker, I don’t feel any better. I don’t see muscles peeking through. I still feel like I’m at an uncomfortable weight. So, tiime to kick it into high gear! I don’t have an exact goal, but we do have a wedding in early June in Nashville and I’d like to AT LEAST be feeling a bit more comfortable with my weight and beat the bloat by then.

What have you done to move your body this week?ย 

Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week #6

Happy Hump Day!ย Time for our weekly fitness update. How are you liking these, by the way?

Workout Wednesday

I was actually very consistent with my macros last week, until I hit the weekend. For the most part, I still stayed within my calories (apart from Friday since I had a couple of drinks) but I was pretty good! We’re thinking about messing with my macros a bit so I have more room to “play” on the weekends since I have so many friends coming to visit in the next few weeks. Ben is also finding it difficult being a coach AND a boyfriend. He made me pancakes for breakfast on Sunday and they’re not exactly macro-friendly, but he wanted to do something sweet for me. I’ll take pancakes from the BF over abs any day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I did alllll of my five workouts last week – yay! I was extremely sore after my workout last Tuesday, but still managed to push through. My lower back is still slightly irritating, but so far no injuries (fingers crossed).

How it’s going:
So much better! I feel much stronger this past week plus motivated to keep at it. I’ve been trying to separate work and my workouts (since I workout at work) and that’s been helping. Remembering I LOVE working out, and it gets me away from the painful day for a little bit.

I weighed in on Friday and I was feeling lean. I lost about a pound, which is pretty good. Hopefully I am able to shed some lbs this week, too, especially after a crazy weekend! Still trying to figure that part out.

What’s your favorite healthy food? Unhealthy food?

Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week 5

Good morning! Sorry my workout Wednesday post is a bit late – I’ve been at the DMV all more (gag). It actually wasn’t a horrible experience and I officially have an Illinois license and plates.

Workout Wednesday

Struggled again last week with macros and the weekend was pretty much a guessing game because I went out to eat twice. But so far this Monday/Tuesday I’ve been perfect on my macros so that’s great! Still no change in them … we’ll see how this week of consistency goes.

My workouts were a bit off again last week. I ended up working from home on Tuesday (so no gym) due to the snowstorm, then again on Wednesday because I fell on the ice on my way to work (no gym). Thursday is normally my off day + I work in the city (no gym). So FRIDAY I finally worked out upper body with Ben and Saturday I had an awesome lower body workout with him as well (and then we got burgers YIKES!) Yesterday I actually did a lower body workout that but I loved it. Have to get in cardio/abs today over lunch!

How’s it going:
Better. I’ve still be struggling with self image issues, though. Working through those!

My weight stayed the same this week, but since I had a few times of overeating and not tracking, I understand why. I’m just happy I didn’t gain weight. My thyroid seems to be regulating itself, so that’s a step in the right direction!

What did you do to keep your body healthy this week?

Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week 4

Happy Wednesday! This post is up a *little* late today, but it’s up!

Workout Wednesday

Ooooh boy, I was on until about Sunday. The last three days have been filled with small binges and overeating, which is never good. Lots of stress + bad self-confidence this week = some eating issues. But I’m getting back on track!

These have been a little scattered. Basically the last two weeks I’ve only been out in the suburbs 1-2 days per week and since I don’t have a gym in the city (I workout with Ben at his, but it’s not an “open gym”) it’s been a little bit of a struggle. I’ve still been getting in at least three workouts a week, though, and I tested my upper body maxes with Ben last Friday (woo!) and then lower body (well, deadlifts) on Saturday which I talked about in my weekend recap.

While this isn’t a workout, I’ve also been walking to work when I work downtown. It’s about a 4-mile walk today (2 there, 2 home) so it’s some nice activity since I usually sit all effing day + in the car!

How it’s going:
Super well, minus the lack in workouts. I’m so proud of how strong I’ve become. I honestly thought it’d take me all year to be able to pull over 200# on deadlifts and here I did 3 strong pulls at 205# and 1 pull at 215# this past Saturday. It’s so crazy! I will say I wish I had a gym membership in the city because I hate working out at my work, but it’s a cheap membership and it’s convenient for now. When I’m based mostly in the city, I’ll have to figure out a gym then. For now, I’ll just have to take what I can get!

I actually haven’t weighed myself yet this week, but I know I’m up. My thyroid still isn’t quite regulated yet (though I am starting to feel slightly better) and I had a few small “binges” (I hate using that word…). I’ll probably weigh myself on Friday just to get a reading on where I am, but I’m pretty frustrated with myself. STRENGTH-wise, though … I’m feeling so strong! SO grateful to my boyfriend/coach for pushing me otherwise I probably would’ve never thought I can lift as much as I have been … even if I do pout every time he ups my weight (I’m the worst client ever).

What did you do to stay active this week?

Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week 3

So I’m officially through with IIFYM Week 3 and it.was.a.struggle.

Workout Wednesday

I actually stayed pretty on track with my macros this week, minus a “treat meal” on Friday night. I did have a few slip-ups, but mostly stayed within my calories. Unfortunately, I think we’re going to have to knock down my calories. I’m not a “lucky one” who can diet on 1600+ calories a day. BOO.

I was pretty on track all week and only missed one HIIT workout. My Saturday workout was a bit short (as you read about in my Weekend Recap) but I got it in. Everything felt good, minus the back pain on Saturday so I did have to go a little lighter. HOWEVER, Friday’s upper body workout with Ben … he upped all of my weight and I’m stronger than I thought. Imagine that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

How it’s going:
It’s all going well! Unfortunately we really thought we’d be able to get my metabolism under control so I didn’t have to cut calories much to diet, but I kinda knew that wouldn’t work in the back of my mind. Don’t worry – dieting won’t be forever. I just want to get back down to a more comfortable weight before summer. Remember, I’m 5’1″, so even 2 pounds on me feels like 7 on a normal human.

I actually gained another .4 lbs this week. Not too worried about it. I do actually feel a tiny bit leaner in my upper body, though. My stomach is holding on the bloat like a fiend, but I’m hoping things will even out soon. I’m feeling super strong!

What is your favorite workout?
Do you diet? What do you do to lose a few pounds (or gain)?

Workout Wednesday: Week 2

So, I gained weight this week. BOO. Which is understandable if you read my post from this weekend where I went completely off my macros for the entire weekend basically …

Workout Wednesday

Like I said above, my macros weren’t spot on this week, though I did well during the week. Ben did up my calories this week, but I doubt that’s why I gained weight. I’m going to guess the alcohol, restaurant trips and cake might have done that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I did all but one. Last Friday I was approved to work-from-home but since Ben has to be with me when I workout at his gym, he wasn’t available on Friday. WE BLAME HIM! ๐Ÿ™‚ My workout with him Saturday was frustrating because my lower back is killing me. Hopefully that goes away – I just sit WAY too much between my job and my commute.

How it’s going:
It’s going well, minus the little bumps I told you about above. We’ll get there!

I gained 1 lb back this week, but I did go up to 175 in deadlifts (which I just realized now looking at the above photo … I added two more 10#plates instead of 5# – whoops) I’m not really seeing any changes in my body yet, but it’s been two weeks where I’ve been back on track so I’m not surprised.

What have you done to move your body this week?

Enough is Enough

Y’all know I love to workout. It’s no secret.

Deadlifts with Ben Fritz Fitness

Fitness has become my passion, has led me to a healthier lifestyle AND even helped me find my wonderful boyfriend.

Yes, I love love love fitness, but I do NOT love dieting. Unfortunately I’m not one of those people that can eat whatever they want with no repercussions. I’m not someone who can just “stop eating” if I’m hungry. I’ve had issues with binge-eating, overeating, under-eating … alllll the eating issues. Tracking macros has been a God-send for me, but it’s still a struggle. I fell off the bandwagon around September last year, jumping back on and off multiple times since then. For the most part I was hovering around a weight I was comfortable with, so I didn’t care as much.

Unfortunately I’ve hit a point where I’m no longer comfortable. My clothes don’t fit as well, I don’t feel as confident and I feel lethargic in my workouts (well, all the time really). I am intending to get my thyroid re-tested soon (I have hypothyroidism which also messes with my weight loss) but a lot of this is just pure laziness and wanting to eat ALL THE THINGS.

Thankfully, I have this wonderful person in my life who I spend a lot of time with who just happens to be a fitness professional.

Pavilion Bar

And someone I’ve convinced him to train me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Of course I already think Ben’s the best, but after helping him brainstorm for future projects for his business, I started thinking that he’d be a perfect coach for me. Now, we’ll see because he IS my boyfriend first and foremost, but I think this’ll be a great way for me to jump back on the bandwagon.

I started his program on Monday, but I’ll definitely be updating you with how everything’s going, how I’m feeling and what my results are looking like. My goal is to lose close to 10 lbs by June 1. I like having goals, and that’s my current goal. Of course, I want to get stronger too, so it is more about how my body is FEELING, but I definitely want to be feeling my best by summer time. My first summer in ย Chicago!

If you’re ever interested in fitness, macros, personal training, online training, finding out secrets about me (what?!), make sure you check out Ben.

Weekend Recap: Work and Coffee

Good morning! Happy (hopefully) Election Day! I’m excited for this day to be over, but also terrified by what could happen. So … let’s move past that.

Last Friday I came into work and got everything under control after a crazy event weekend. By the time I went home, I was wiped, but I still went to the gym.

Forever 21 Gym Outfit

The rest of the night I spent on the couch and going to bed early. PERFECT Friday night for me.

Saturday I woke up and got ready for work at the tennis courts. Once I got there, there weren’t any courts scheduled so I went and did some cardio and then went home. A little Chipotle for lunch and then headed down to Appleton for an afternoon with my friend, Kelly!

Fashion Nova Jeans

Wore my jeans for the first time EVER, too!

Kelly and I got coffee and “worked” (AKA chatted about life) for a few hours and then headed to get sushi. After sushi, we wandered around the mall a bit before I headed back up to GB.

Because I didn’t get much work done all week/weekend, Sunday was all about my freelance position work.

Hashtag Mug

After a few hours on my couch (with a few breaks for food in between), I headed out to Starbucks to meet my friend Gina for some work time. I chatted with her and got through the rest of my work for the afternoon.

Starbucks Date

I had all intentions of going home and watching the Packer game, but as soon as I got in the car, the first play was the other team getting a touchdown. So I drove to the gym instead. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lifted Crop Top

The rest of the evening I spent doing a bit more work and relaxing on the couch before an early bedtime. Made waking up early to workout pretty easy on Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Monday Workout

Then again, I tend to make all of my spelling errors when I snap at 5:30 a.m. *eyeroll*

The rest of the day was spent at work and then bumming around Green Bay with my sister. Now we’re on to Tuesday!

How was your weekend?