90 Day Biggest Loser Challenge

Hey, guys! It has been a long time since I posted on here, but I had a family emergency that I have been dealing with for some time now. Plus I have been swamped with school work, and working full time. So, having said all of that. I want to share my weight loss journey with you guys. 

I have been participating in the 90 day Biggest Loser Challenge at work and I am happy to announce that I have won the overall challenge. *does a happy dance* I started off at 163 and now I am at 143. I have lost a total of 20 pounds! To be honest, it could have been way more, but I had one too many cheat meals! One cheat meal turned into two, then three, then well..you know;) Lol! The kicker is I would cook my healthy food but would still find myself ordering pizza or at someone's drive thru.  I also was inconsistent with some of my workouts. I would go running 6-8 miles at Town Lake for two weeks straight, then fall off the next week few weeks and not work out at all. Now I know I need to be more consistent to maintain the 20 pounds I lost as well as the additional 20 I plan on losing by October. Beast mode activated *fist pump* 

Peep the pics below of some of the foods I ate during the challenge and some before and after pictures of my weight loss transformation. 

The pic on the left is of me at 163 and the pic on the right was taken last week at my current weight of 143. 

 

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Weekend Meal Prep Motivation

Hey, guys! I know it’s the weekend and we usually want to lounge around on the couch, binge watching our favorite shows and snacking but don’t do it! I know it’s so hard to stay on track with our workouts and meal prep. But you don’t want all of the hard work you’re putting in during the week to go to waste by eating junk food all weekend. I used to be extremely guilty of doing this myself then wondered why I was having a hard time losing those stubborn pounds.  What you eat matters! Even on the weekends.  Have you ever heard of the term “abs are made in the kitchen?” well it’s so true.  If you’re thinking about grabbing that slice of pizza, eating that ice cream, or slice of cake…do not do it! I’m telling you now you will pay for it on Monday in the gym. It’s not worth it. You will feel sluggish and more than likely have a serious cramp after your workout. I know it is extremely hard to stay on course especially if you’re going to be hanging out shopping all day, taking kids to sporting activities, birthday parties, etc. but you have to prepare, prepare, prepare. You need to be prepared before you leave the house for the day. I know it may be hard but think long term instead of short term. You want to reach your fitness goals, right? Well, you have to do whatever it takes to reach them even if it means meal prepping on Friday evening while everyone else is out enjoying happy hour (you can join them afterward). I personally prefer to meal prep on Sunday afternoons, but pick a day that is convenient for you. 

As for me, here’s what I do. I am currently on a fourteen-day strict diet, then one cheat meal (because a cheat day will turn into cheat days for me) so my trainer has me on a pretty strict program right now. Then I’ll graduate to having a cheat meal every two to three months ONLY.

Below, is how I stay on track with my program while I am on the go Friday- Sunday.

1.)    I meal prep every single Sunday. I purchased these BPA Portion Control Containers to help keep everything I prepare on Sunday easy to access during the week.

2.)    I purchased a  Meal Prep Bag from Amazon. I know, I know. It’s not very fashionable, but hey, you gotta do what ya gotta do, girl. They also sale meal prep bags here and here.

3.)    On the weekends I make sure I surround myself with friends that understand the commitment that I made to live a healthy lifestyle. In the past, some people were negative and not as understanding about why I had to carry my food everywhere I went and if I did decide to eat out at a restaurant and chose something healthy instead of junk food I was teased about it. Some called it “excessive” “dumb” or a “boring lifestyle” but you have to stick to the course and develop thick skin or hang around people that have a similar lifestyle. I’m not saying to completely give up hanging out with your friends, but be mindful of the energy that is around you. (positive vibes only)

4.)    I personally prefer to work out Saturday mornings, it’s hard to get out of bed at times, but once I do, I love looking at all of the other dedicated people on their fitness journeys while I’m doing my 3-mile run. Town Lake here in Austin is my favorite place to be on a Saturday and Sunday morning.  So find what exercise you enjoy doing on a Saturday morning instead of sleeping in. If you lay around all day then you will be more than likely to snack all day too, so make sure you get up and get moving. 

5.)    Stop the mindless munching in front of the television. *sigh* this was really hard for me but I had to stop it. I used to love eating a big bowl of butter popcorn and drinking a Big Red soda while watching The Walking Dead Sunday nights, but I had to give that up and opt for a protein shake instead, and if I just have to have something to eat I make kale chips or one small red apple and a hand full of almonds.

I hope these 5 tips are helpful to you guys.  You will have weekends where it will be almost impossible to meal prep, and that’s ok. Just try to do the best you can and more importantly do not ever give up! 

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10 Ways To Stay Motivated To Workout

The majority of us made NYE resolutions at the beginning of the year and most of our resolutions were to get into shape by buying gym memberships and personal trainers. Well, It’s been a few weeks since the 1st of January, how are you guys doing with your fitness goals? I’m sure a lot of us probably meal prepped only to end up at the drive-thru ordering fast food instead of eating healthy. *sigh* I know the struggle is real right now but keep going; do not lose your momentum. Do not let one cheat meal turn into several. And if you skip the gym one day, make sure you put forth the effort and go the rest of the week. All too often we give up and completely and throw in the towel when we have a few bad days and that is how we end up making the same NYE resolution year after year because we give up and wait until a whole new year to start fresh again.

 I am going to share my tips with you on how I stay motivated with my fitness goals. I believe that if you set obtainable goals and not lose sight of your initial goals when roadblocks occur, that you can reach your weight loss goals.  Below are some of the ways I stay motivated and focused.

1.)    I went to my local dollar tree and purchased a composition notebook.  Next, I went online, googled all of the fit women that I admired and printed out pictures of them and glued them into my notebook. I also went to Half Priced Books and bought some old magazines cut out some motivational text and pics of toned women. I look at this book every morning before I start my day and at night before bed to remind myself of my goals. 

2.)  I posted an old picture of myself on my bathroom mirror to remind myself daily of how I was once in shape and if I did it before then I can do it again.

 3.) I follow fitness gurus on my social media accounts to help me stay motivated. I watch Kevin Hart's Snapchat every morning to see what workouts he and his trainer are doing as well as for his pep talks. 

 4.) I hang around like minded individuals that will encourage me by helping me stay motivated. Energy is contagious. Make sure you are surrounding yourself with positive people.

 5.) I downloaded music from iTunes to keep me energized during my workouts. Good music always gets me through those tough workouts.

 6.) With me being a huge Game of Thrones fan, the episode “The Battle of The Bastards” gets me hyped before the gym. Why? Because of Jon Snow that’s why. Lol! I love to see an underdog win. I also love watching G.I. Jane too, especially when she was struggling to do push-ups and pull-ups but then started beasting them, she even did her push-ups with one arm behind her back. 

7.) I put one of my favorite old dresses or a pair of jeans that I can no longer fit in plain view to where I can view them daily to gain inspiration to be able to get to the size I was once before.

 8.)  I can’t stand the elliptical, bike machine, treadmill, stair stepper, etc. I refuse to get on those machines; I personally love to be outdoors doing cardio surrounded by a beautiful lake breathing fresh air. Find cardio exercises that you actually enjoy that way you will stick with it.

 9.) I buy myself cute gym clothes. Since the gym or the trail are the only places I can wear my biker shorts, moisture wicking shirts, and spandex tights to...I have no choice but to go workout. 

 10.) I have a workout buddy. We hold each other accountable for our fitness goals and motivate each other while we are in the gym and on those days where McDonald’s and Mr. Gatti’s Pizza are calling our names. 

These are just a few tips that help me stay focused on my goals. What are some of yours?