My Fitness & Weight Loss Story – 40 lbs lost!

Good morning! Since I’m off building lofts for students and making sure the football players bring the pieces to the correct rooms (you’d be surprised …), I figured I’d leave you with a video I made on my weight loss story. Disclaimer: It’s LONG. You know how I like to ramble. 🙂 But if you’ve ever been interested in the whole story of how I lost (and gained) 40 lbs, here you go!

P.S. I’m going to try REALLY hard to get the new link-up up tomorrow that Kelly sparked in my brain – a screenshot linkup! So if you’re interested in linking up, I’ll at least have that part up tomorrow. My goal is to make a button you can use as well, but I just don’t know that I’ll have that ready by tomorrow. It’ll be a work in progress right?

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Starting a New Program + IIFYM Haul!

Happy Wednesday! Today is my first day off from the gym and it’s feeling GLORIOUS. I was so worn out on Monday/Tuesday. Today I just have work at my FT job, then my coaching call with Amy and then a “just for fun” catch-up call with Megan. Pretty good Wednesday in my opinion.

So, I started my new flexible dieting program on Monday! It’s been a little hard to get used to, only because I’m getting up earlier and have officially cut my macros (compared to just eating whatever I wanted) so I’m moving a little slower than normal. With that said, I’m really excited to see how my body reacts to this program. It’s VERY different than my last coach’s workouts, but I’ve had a few injuries and this is made specifically for me. I will say – going from 1 rest day / week to 3 / week is going to be difficult for me. We’ll see how it goes!

With that, my program looks like this:

Monday: Upper body + cardio
Tuesday: Lower body + cardio
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Upper body + cardio
Friday: Lower body + cardio
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Rest

Obviously the workouts are different on each day and I’m working different muscles, but that’s the jist of it. I honestly have no idea what I’m going to do with myself. 😉

Along with workouts, I have to get back into tracking every.single.thing I put into my mouth. It’s a good time to start, too, because I have a couple of events this month and then next month is NUTS with events/travel. I struggle the most with macros when I’m traveling. I currently don’t have any treat meals worked into my diet, but after a couple weeks I’m going to ask for some. They keep me sane!

I’m going to try to make some videos while I’m going through this diet to 1) keep myself accountable and 2) hopefully help some people out! Check out my first video in the series below (p.s. if you have any good names for this series, I’d love to hear them!)

Any ideas for a series name?
Do you follow a set program or just go with the flow?

NASM Certification + Online Coaching

Hi friends! I had a few of you ask about my NASM training that I mentioned in my last blog post, so I wanted to tell you about it. 🙂

So, background a bit. I’ve been working out for 5+ years (different intensities), but the last two years I’ve been focusing on weight lifting. I’ve lost a total of 40 lbs. with hypothyroidism and I’m still continuing to better myself every day. But I’m also real – I fall off the wagon, I eat too much Qdoba, I go nuts when I see frozen yogurt.

40 lb weight loss

So coaching: I ended up getting my first coach last September that did not work out for me at all. I actually ended up gaining weight with her and we just didn’t click. She’s a great coach, just wasn’t the one for me. In January, I signed up with my current coach who re-ignited my passion in fitness. With her, I lost about 10+ lbs total (which is a lot for my height). I will say, the 60-Day Challenge I did with her was the best for me, and I’ve actually not had the best experience during my 90-Day Training package. With my trip to Hawaii + my coach’s two-weeks off for her honeymoon, I think it was just bad timing for this program. And actually she emailed me telling me my training was over on Monday, but I thought I had two weeks left. I haven’t heard back.

I think my biggest challenge with her is that I rarely get much of a response from her. I sometimes feel like maybe she has too many clients, because I’ll write her a book and I’ll get the same message back – always very short, very unengaged. Now, I’m not bashing my coach. She’s AMAZING – one of my favorite people – but I honestly think I could’ve done even better with a little more of a personal touch than what I received. Because I personally need a bit more contact and that’s just not the way she coaches. It’s definitely not a bad thing, it’s just not what I need and I’m sure there are other people like me that need more hands-on coaching. Well, as hands on as you can get from an online coach.

So, instead of looking for yet another coach, I’ve decided that this is something I love and it’s something I could do. Why not? I want to start online coaching for IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros / Flexible Dieting), motivation and soon for personal training … enter NASM. 🙂 

So NASM is a personal training certification. I did a lot of research on which certification to go with and I feel like this one is the most respected. I’ll be honest, I’m very nervous. I haven’t done any type of  classes in YEARS and I’ve never been awesome at tests, but I’m so passionate about fitness and health so I’m hoping that I can get past my nervousness. Plus, the end goal is so exciting.

It’s something I can do and grow on the side, and hopefully it’ll become something that’ll take over after lots of hard work. I’ve mentioned this to a few of my friends and they’ve all been so supportive, saying that I would be an amazing coach which just makes my heart smile. I love helping people, listening and problem solving – something a good coach needs to do. I know what doesn’t work when it comes to coaching and what does, plus I’ll learn along the way. So, yeah. I just put that out into the universe, so I guess I can’t chicken out now! 🙂

Linking up with Amanda! 

What do you think? Have you ever had a dream that seems crazy, but you just KNOW you have to try it anyway?

Fitness Friday: Volume 4

Fitness Friday

Saturday, May 21: Shoulders, Abs & Calves
I thought this workout was funny because there was literally one calf exercise, but I still did it! I went in the afternoon and had the place to myself.

Sunday, May 22: Quads, Glutes & Hamstrings
This time the workout STARTED with 200 walking lunges. How is that fair?! I worked from 6:45-2 p.m. this day and then went home for awhile before going BACK to the gym. But it was worth it – though it was kinda busy!

Monday, May 23: Rest
I wasn’t supposed to take a rest day, but I just was NOT feeling that 5:25 a.m. wake up call, so I decided last minute to switch it around.

Tuesday, May 24: Arms, Abs & HIIT
Lots of tricep work today, which I love. Back at it with the early morning workout and ended with 20-minutes of HIIT on the stair master next to a friend of mine.

Wednesday, May 25: Full Body Circuit
This workout took FOREVER and I ended up being late for work. Whoops. Thankfully they don’t mind. I did cut out a few things, but still took forever. Good workout, though!

Thursday, May 26: Hamstrings & Glutes
Oh my gosh the gym was SO humid! I was dying, plus this is probably the workout that makes me sweat the most. I ended up cutting out the barbell hip thrusts and replacing it with kettlebell hip thrusts. It definitely doesn’t work the glutes as much and you can’t do as much wieght, but it’s better than nothing! The weight room was full, and that movement is awkward enough to do!

Friday, May 27: Back & Arms
This workout actually didn’t take much time at all. I ended up running home before work and I still got to work 10 minutes early. Makes up for Wednesday. 😉 I did cut out the cardio portion, though. I think I’ll try to go for a walk after work since I’m done at noon today, but it’s looking like it might rain so … maybe not?

What’s your favorite way to workout?
Any fun plans for the weekend? 

Fitness Friday: Volume 2

Good morning, friends! I hope you enjoyed my fitness post last week, so I’m going to keep it going. I obviously scheduled this post before I went to Hawaii, so I’m hopefully sitting on a beach somewhere with my best friend, lovin’ life. NOT EXERCISING. 😉

Fitness Friday

Saturday, April 16 – 10 a.m.: Back, Shoulders + HIIT
Killer workout, but another one of my favorites. I just love working out shoulders. Probably because of the pump/shoulder vein that pops out. What can I say?! 🙂 Also, have you guys heard of the 28 method for lateral raises? Do it. With light weights. OUCH.
* Macros on point – I was working, so I didn’t really have any temptations around me besides diet soda and gatorade.

Sunday, April 17 – 2 p.m.: Chest, Shoulders and Abs
I really hate working out my chest, for some reason. I was so tired after work that I got in the workout, but then I went a bit crazy with a second treat day. I know, I know.
* Did not follow my macros.

Monday, April 18 – 5:30 a.m.: Glutes & Hamstrings
Leg days are always killer. I was sweating like a BEAST by the end of this baby. Gross! I did not feel well all day, either. I spent most of the day just trying to get my stomach to cooperate so I didn’t’ eat well, because I basically was just eating whatever I could.
* Did not follow macros.

Tuesday, April 19 – 5:30 a.m.: Arms, Abs + HIIT
This was a pretty good workout! I took my time with the workout this morning and then did 20-minutes of sprints/walking on the treadmill. I was SO tired, though.
* Did not follow macros. You’ll notice this is a pattern …

Wednesday, April 20 – 5:30 a.m.: Back & HIIT
I mentioned this in my blog earlier this week, but my back seized up for some reason at the beginning of this workout so I ended up not doing all of it. BUT I still did as much as I could, stretched/foam rolled and did 20-minutes of HIIT.
* Did not follow macros.

Thursday, April 21: REST 
Leavin’ on a jet planeeeeeee, to Honolulu at 7:20 a.m. so my programming is officially on hold! I’m sure Michelle and I will take some hikes, OR we might just be too busy hugging each other and talking that we won’t have time to do any workouts. 🙂

Progress this week: I did not weigh myself. I planned on it, but I didn’t want to make myself feel bad right before I go on vacation. I deserve a break, I think!

Fun fact: I’m actually HOPEFULLY meeting my beautiful, wonderful coach Brittany while in Honolulu. How crazy that she’ll be there at the SAME time on the SAME island for her honeymoon?! Obviously if she’s too busy, we won’t, but I’m hoping we’ll get to meet her! Michelle is a newly converted Brittany Dawn girl, so I think it’d be so much fun! I’ll keep you updated once I get back.

Fitness Friday: Volume 1

Hey friends! Happy Friday! I’ve done the whole “weekly workout roundups” before, though they’ve never stuck around. And I’ve seen lots of people doing them as well (like Megan!) so it’s inspired me to start them up again. Plus, it keeps me motivated. Granted, this might fall by the wayside in Hawaii, but … 🙂

Fitness Friday

The selfie collage might change at some point, but it’s all I’ve got for now. 😉

Friday, April 8 – 5:30 a.m.: Quads, Glutes & Hamstrings
I wrote about this last week, but I was NOT feelin’ it during this workout. My leg curls were so weak, but I got through it! Lots of hip thrusts, squats, etc. BUT I did get up to 105# for 6 reps on my squat, which is exciting for me.
* Hit my macros.

Saturday, April 9 – 10 a.m.: Back, Shoulders and HIIT
This is usually my favorite workout. I love working out shoulders – probably because I get the best pump from it. 🙂 And I’m seeing results, so that makes it exciting. I had to work at 2, so I did this workout in the morning before going back into the gym to work. It was SO busy, which is weird. The 30 barbell clean and jerks at the end and then 20 minutes of HIIT on the stairmaster was NO JOKE.
* Hit my macros.

Sunday, April 10 – 3 p.m.: Chest, Shoulders and Abs
This technically was a rest day in my program, but I wanted to move it to a different day which was a mistake because I worked shoulders two days in a row. Ouchhhh. I love face pulls, for some reason, so I was excited those were in for the day. But I hateeeeee abs – I barely did everything I was supposed to. I’m awful. I also worked this day from 8:45-2:30 at the tennis courts so I worked out around 3 in the afternoon.
* Hit my macros.

Monday, April 11 5:30 a.m.: Glutes & Hamstrings
Dude, front squats ouchhhhhhh. More ouch because the bar bruises my shoulders. Hovering hip adducters were in my program, but I didn’t “hover”. I was just too small for the machine and couldn’t figure it out, so I stuck to the right ones. So instead of targeting my glutes, they targeted my inner thighs (which still hurt, by the way) but I’m not mad about it. Oh, and let’s just talk about the 200 walking WEIGHTED lunges at the end. Oh. My. Gosh.
* Hit my macros.

Tuesday, April 12: Rest
I took this day off work and had a lot going on, so instead of trying to get in a workout, I took this day as a rest day.
* Hit my macros – rest day, so less carbs.

Wednesday, April 13 – 5:30 a.m.: Arms, Abs & HIIT
Why is the day after a rest day so difficult? I could NOT get up in the morning, so I ended up cutting out the ab part (imagine that). Lots of tricep and bicep work today, and then ended with 16-minutes of HIIT on the treadmill. I did 2 minutes walk (at an incline) and then 1 minute sprint (still on the incline).
* Hit my macros.

Thursday, April 14 – 6 a.m.: Back & HIIT
I started later than normal, so I cut my warm-up to only 5-minutes instead of ten on the treadmill. I added in 3 sets of 10 on the low row machine as well, mostly because I love the way that workout makes my back feel. And the renegade rows, burpees and KB swings HIIT session at the end was killer! Thank God for the push at the end.  
* Hit my macros until I got some super stressful news, which … well, then I got a blizzard from Dairy Queen. Whoops.

Workout

Friday, April 15 – 5:15 a.m.: Quads, Glutes & Hamstrings
WHAT KIND OF WARM-UP IS 100 JUMP SQUATS AND 100 WALKING LUNGES?! Granted, I did 100 regular squats (I hate jump squats), but still. Then leg extensions. Leg press (3×30). Weighted walking lunges. Sumo deadlifts. Hamstring curls. Glute machine thingy (I’m good at technical terms). Bulgarian pulse split squats.
I THINK BRITTANY IS TRYING TO KILL ME. I was a sweaty, exhausted mess at the end.
* This is going to be my treat meal – and girlllll, I am going HAM (you’ll see it on my Monday blog, I’m sure). Even though I don’t really deserve to go crazy since I had that blizzard yesterday but …. doin’ it.

Friday Workout

My weigh-in this week: Down .4 lbs (not the best, especially since I gained like 3 lbs back over the last month, but it’s better than a gain!)

Whew, that’s it! Crazy week. Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to know about my fitness routine!

What’s your favorite way to keep healthy? 

Leg Day = Donut Day

The title says it all …

Donut

My wonderful asshole alarm went off at 5 a.m. this morning, so I pulled myself out of bed and weighed myself – WORST WAY TO START A FRIDAY. I didn’t gain or lose this week (which I guess is okay) but after gaining the last few weeks, I know Brittany is going to cut my calories. Boooooo. But that’s okay. It’ll alllll be okay.

So in light of that, I got a donut. 😉

After the weighing of myself, taking measurements and pictures for Brittany, I got dressed and headed into the gym. It was REALLY busy this morning for 5:45 a.m., which is crazy to me. Why are there so many nutsos out there that workout so early (ha)?! I got in and did a pretty nasty leg day – mostly because I was still pretty sore, even after an additional rest day yesterday. I did add 5# to my squats though, so …

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Tonight is my treat meal (we’ll just forget I had a donut – just kidding, I fit it in my macros). My sister and I are going to our favorite Mexican restaurant and then to see a movie. I’m ready for it to be the end of the day already! Buttttt then I work all weekend, but we’ll just pretend that’s not happening.

What are you up to this weekend?
Are you celebrating that it’s FINALLY Friday?

Self-Sabotage – Diet Edition

Okay, I’ve hit a little bit of a breaking point/plateau in my weight loss and it’s driving me nuts. In fact, I’ve gained weight BACK in the last 5-weeks instead of losing more weight. So frustrating!

I’d love to blame my body, but really if I had stuck to my macros, I definitely wouldn’t be gaining weight. It’s amazing how quickly my body will gain weight back – is anyone else like that? I feel like that’s a problem a lot of women have.

So many excuses. My sister bakes crap all the time, so there were brownies. Then girl scout cookies. Now there’s chocolate chip cookies sitting on the counter – I ate 7 of them last night because I have no self-control … especially when I’m stressed out or worried about something (which was all day yesterday). And that damn Qdoba … Lots of travel for work. Plus Easter. All of that and add in coworker drama, people writing passive-aggressive posts about me on Facebook (grow up, kthanks) and possible life changes … let’s just say it’s been a rough month. And I’m REALLY good at excuses when it comes to losing weight.

I’m feeling it – and I’m tired of it. I just bought all those new clothes and now the damn jeans are tight haha! I bought that damn 90-day program and here I am 5-weeks in, 3 lbs heavier than I was when I started and it’s entirely my fault.

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Only like, one of you is going to get that gif reference but whenever I say “entirely your fault!” I think of Mrs. Weasly’s howler. What can I say – #HPgeekforlife

I apologize for this post being all over the place, but after my binge-eating couple of weeks and waking up today being too bloated to even wear my rings, I’m feeling super pissed about it so I thought I’d blab about it on here. 🙂 Thank God for self-tanning – at least it makes me a look a tiny bit better!

How do you save yourself from self-sabotage – whether it’s weight loss or something else?

Linking up with the wonderful Amanda.