My own fitness rules.

So am I right or am I right that there are a million different diet tricks and fitness tips and goal-setting techniques and exercises out there? I honestly can’t keep track. A huge part of my job is to remain current on trends in the health industry, but it is honestly so hard. Instead of telling my clients what other people believe and what is going on in the big corporations, I decided to make a set of my fitness “rules.” Don’t judge me. I swear I’m certified to preach this stuff Smile with tongue out

  1. Drink 100 oz. of water a day. It might seem like a lot, but it is more than possible. Get a 24 oz. water bottle and refill it up 4 times.
  2. Stretch for at least 10 minutes every single day. It will help you from being sore and keep your muscles long and lean. It also just helps you feel fabulous. Too bad guys are typically “too cool” for this.
  3. Set a goal for yourself, no matter how big or how small. Typically I try to say on Sunday how many miles I want to run that week or even just set up my schedule for the week to keep myself on track. Goals help you to have something to work towards and help to keep you motivated when you feel like stopping.
  4. Take a big breath and think before you eat something. Stopping for even 5 seconds and letting a couple thoughts run through your mind about whether or not you are truly hungry will immensely help in stopping you from over-eating.
  5. Make a really good playlist. I swear, good music makes a huge difference in your workout. When I was up north, I of course looked forward to the beautiful scenery I got to run in, but also the new playlist I had made a few days prior.
  6. Invest in a trainer or find one online for at least a few sessions. It is really important to know how to execute movements the correct way in order to avoid injury. It is also nice to have someone to show you the ropes the first time so you don’t have to mess around with machines and weights and look silly.
  7. Find out what time of day works best for you and roll with that. There is no “perfect” time of day to exercise. Different things work for different people, and there is no right or wrong. Typically I stretch and do some toning for 20 minutes in the morning and do my cardio later in the evening. And some random strength training interspersed throughout the day whenever I can. I used to think that if I sweat a drop I had to take a shower, but now I am so over that.
  8. Don’t be embarrassed. I spent too long caring what my family and friends thought about my healthy lifestyle, but that is just silly. There’s no reason you need to be ashamed about getting up early to go for a run or for asking for your salad dressing on the side.
  9. Stay busy. I have found that when you are bored is when you turn back on what you really want. Let’s be real. If you have nothing to do but sit in a house full of food, what are you likely to do? Make your schedule accordingly to serve you the best. You know what works best for your own body.
  10. Love what you do. If you’re not happy with what you’re doing, you will give up. You should never feel like you have to exercise. Make it part of your lifestyle and it will become second-nature.

This stuff is so simple, but when I went to see Jillian Michaels the other night I realized how un-educated so many people are on how to take care of themselves. I think the more that health and fitness professionals emphasize the simplicity of fitness and nutrition, the more people will jump on board with it. Why complicate things?

I also try to emphasize to my clients to not take themselves too seriously. I really hate when people think they need to do things exactly one way all the time; that is no way to live your life. You need to keep your options open and be ready for whatever comes your way. I have learned in the past to not be so quick to make a decision, in fitness and in life. I want my clients to try a bunch of different things in order to find what works for their particular body and what they actually enjoy. I always try to have personal conversation during our sessions, because who wants to talk about weight-lifting and cardio for an hour? Not me. And doesn’t everyone want to kick back and have a drink once in a while (or every day)? I do.

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Taking care of yourself should be fun. Not a chore. My goal is to help people love their bodies and themselves so they can in turn spread that love into the world <3

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Tone It Up 2013 Bikini Series

I just have to share how excited I am for this!

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Since I discovered these girls back in July 2012, I have only grown to love them more and more with everything they continue to produce. They are so dedicated to what they do and are getting to live their passion; everyone’s dream, right? They are extremely good at what they do and work really hard at making women feel comfortable with their bodies and have a fun journey along the way. Yesterday they launched their 3rd annual Bikini Series, and you better believe I signed up immediately!

Basically what it involves is signing up via their website, following what they say to do each day for exercise, eating “lean, clean, and green,” and checking in on social networks to keep yourself accountable and win prizes. This is a huge form of motivation for me. Since I am a personal trainer and work with quite a few different people, the last thing I want to do is make up a fitness plan for myself, too. I would much rather have someone tell me what to do! Check out their website for more information if you are interested, or submit your question in the comments below Smile

Last year the grand prize winners of the challenge got a trip to California to hang out with Karena and Katrina! I swear you guys, if that is the prize again, I will win. They are basically leading my dream life. If I was doing this whole fitness thing for The Ellen Show, it would be my exact dream life. I am not a big competitor at all; I can usually care less if I win a prize, find some money on the ground, or am given a present. I’m just not a huge stuff fan! But this would be something that I know would be great for me, so fingers crossed it’s an option! I know I could learn a ton from Karena and Katrina and want to thank them for everything they have given me in the past few months. I am determined to really get on board with the program this time. No more giving up!

A big part of the first day is also to journal intentions for the next 8 weeks that the series will run. By June 21 I will:

  • Buy a bikini that I am completely comfortable in
  • Tone up my arms that have lost some muscle in the past few months
  • Get rid of the extra weight in my stomach that has also come on in the last few months
  • Be happy in my body and not make excuses to constantly stay home because of it
  • Work out 6 days a week/1 hr. a day
  • Focus on eating whole foods and less of the packaged crap
  • Have made progress towards living in California/working for Ellen!

For any of my other health and fitness professionals out there, you know how easy it is to get so involved in your clients that you forget about taking care of yourself. I have definitely fallen into that rut lately, and I want someone to kick me out of it! So if any of you are interested in joining this challenge/lifestyle as well, I would absolutely love that Smile 

And also, if anyone is interested in learning more about the nutrition plan these girls developed, let me know and I would be more than happy to do a post about it.

What is one goal you have for yourself to reach before summer?

Guest Blogger: Thien!

It’s Friiiiday, Friiiiday, gotta get down on Friday. I had to. I just had to. I’m in LA and I’m sure I’m having a blast even though I’m writing this in Michigan on Monday. Hopefully today we’re going to the beach, but if it’s not nice enough we’re going to Disneyland because we’re cool and never want to grow up. Or maybe shopping again if I’m not broke yet. Or maybe trying to climb up the Hollywood sign like Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake do it Friends With Benefits. So many options.

My next guest blogger is my new internet friend, Thien! She is super sweet and super smart and has taught me so much in just the short while I’ve know her! Enjoy her better writing and grammar than mine Smile 

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Hi! I’m glad to be able to reach out to all of you guys on Allison’s blog so I thank her for the opportunity! Here’s the rundown for this post: an introduction to me and what I really hope you read – tips for what to eat/drink after a workout.

My name is Thien. It’s pronounced pretty much like the number “10” if you’re wondering. Here’s an introduction to who I am and all that fun stuff…

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  • Lived in OKC since I was a wee one and I’m a ride or die Midwestern girl – even though I just moved away recently.
  • Moved to MA for graduate school last fall.
  • I live with my better half and we’re trying to get used to life in the Northeast. The absence of fried chicken, sweet tea, and cheap meat is starting to get to us. We might riot soon.
  • Now that I’m out on my own and actually have to cook for the both of us, I’m a lot more conscious about what we’re putting into our bodies. I really enjoy learning more about nutrition and what a balanced diet really is about. Learning to cook and to prepare wholesome meals has been very challenging but extremely rewarding.
  • Also on the notion of having moved away for school, I left all my friends and my old life behind. I left behind all of my old hobbies. Can’t ballroom dance now because Mr. Man has to work all the time. Can’t sail now because I don’t know the community. Can’t just go hang out with a friend because I still don’t know my classmates. Stuff like that. So my life outside of schoolwork became more about keeping myself busy indoors and being pretty sedentary. This was when I decided that I needed to engage myself in a lifestyle that didn’t require other people. I needed to work on being active because it depressed me to read about sedentary lifestyle studies for school and know that I was one of the statistics. This woke me up and I knew I had to make a change. Enter: P90X. I’ve picked up C25K recently and I love having something to work towards.
  • With all of this stuff going on – exploring my new life away from home, nutrition commitments, and fitness goals – I had to have a way to document it for my own purposes and to share it all with everyone back home. This is where my blog comes in. Smile
  • Thien’s New Adventures. Yes. Check that stuff out. I heard the chick that runs it is pretty cool. (Sidenote from Allison: she is.)

In my blog creeping researching, I found Allison’s blog and was like, “Yes! She does Beachbody stuff too!” All of the other Beachbody blogs I had found were macho dudes writing about their weights and stuff for P90X and I did not give a crap. You can imagine my excitement when I saw that she had become a Beachbody coach. Anyways, I say all of this because you’ve probably seen Beachbody related stuff on her blog and I have to admit that I preach Beachody too! There’s something for everyone. I don’t do TurboFire like she does, but I’m a fan of the community and the products.

So to finally get to what I really wanted to talk to you guys about here it is:

Tips on What to Eat/Drink After Exercising

  • Get some protein in your system! WebMD says that our muscles need protein for recovery and growth and the best time to deliver protein is right after working out. It really doesn’t matter where we get our protein from. Our bodies really don’t know if it’s from an egg, a piece of cheese, a protein drink, or a glass of chocolate milk as long as we’re getting it. The thing to note is that there is a limit! Duh! Not too much of a good thing, remember? Stick to 10 to 20 grams.
  • Carbs?! Yes, carbs. Strength-training workouts and aerobic workouts are taxing on the body and the best way to help it recover is to deliver some fast-acting carbs. Good carbs (complex carbs) help to re-energize the body and examples include whole grain bread, pita bread, oatmeal, and brown rice. I’m sure you could Google it and find more examples.
  • You’ve probably heard of the carb to protein ratio. Confusing, much? Christopher Mohr, a licensed and registered dietitian, suggests there’s no gold standard recommendation when it comes to protein and carbohydrate consumption following a workout. He says effective ratios vary from a 2:1 carb-to-protein ratio up to a 4:1 carb-to-protein ratio. Your doctor or dietitian can help pinpoint the optimal ratio for you. I’ve heard that chocolate milk is a good way to get this ratio and it’s what I’m currently drinking after workouts. There is criticism on whether that’s actually good for you or not. I guess I should do more research. Beachbody has a recovery drink too that’s wildly popular and has a cult following. It meets the suggested carb to protein ratio too with a ton of other goodies. You can check it out from Allison’s own Beachbody Coach page here.
  • In regards to the tips above. Do eat after a workout. Please! Your body needs the replenishment. I’ve heard all sorts of numbers about when the opportune window is after a workout for taking in food for recovery. I’ve heard 45 minutes and I’ve heard 2 hours. How about we just give our bodies what we need right after the workout? Sounds good I hope.
  • Water should be common sense, right? With all of the sports drink hype nowadays, there’s still nothing better than water. The verdict isn’t clear on whether or not we even need sports drinks considering all of the sugar and excess stuff added to them so I say we stick to water. The Mayo Clinic says to drink 2 to 3 cups of water after a workout for each pound lost. Fluid intake should happen right after working out. You should be parched when you’re done. Chug that water!

There’s a lot more out there about this topic so please do your own digging if you’d like! I wanted to talk about something that I haven’t talked about on my blog before and Allison mentioned that she hadn’t talked about it on her blog either. Hopefully it was interesting and you guys got something out of it! Since I’m not a registered dietitian, a personal trainer, or a physician, I’m always trying to learn new things every day and I wanted to share it with all of you for your own research. Consult a professional if you decide to change or introduce anything to your diet and exercise routine.

Thanks for checking out Allison’s page and for reading or even skimming through my post! Smile

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I’ll be real: I need to follow those tips myself. Goodness, I’m a health professional and I can’t follow advice! Someone come over and force me to please. See ya later gators!

Learning About Life

I think that as you go through life, you don’t so much as learn what you want to do, as what you don’t want to do. I find that I am continuously eliminating things that do not interested me or that I am not passionate about. Sure, I know that I have a huge love for health and fitness and children, but do I know exactly where I want to take those skills? Nope. However, I do know that I don’t want to be a nanny for the rest of my life and I don’t want to train in a gym for the rest of my life. I’m starting to think that I just want to be a mom and have nice enough equipment to train out of my home eventually, or travel to other people’s homes. I also want to work from home during the day, writing freelance work, doing blog stuff, and potentially writing a book. I’ve always wanted to do that, so why not now?

This whole post is about to be a ton of rambling, so bear with me. What is bringing all this random-ness on today you may ask? Well, it’s because I’ve been losing my mind lately. I have way too much going on, and a lot of it I’m just not interested in. I want to look forward to my days rather than dreading them. I want to be excited to get out of bed in the morning rather than feeling like crawling under my comforter all day. I want to want to see my friends rather than wanting nothing more than to come home at the end of the day, crack open some wine, and watch reality TV alone all night. I want to have my passion for exercise and healthy eating back for myself, rather than just preaching it to my clients (*Side note* I’ve heard about personal trainers who completely let themselves go once they get into the field because they’re focusing so much on their clients that they forget about themselves. I never understood this until I actually experienced it. It is SO easy to do.”) I want to love my life and live each day rather than just going through the motions. I need a change. Let’s rewind a little bit to see how I got here.

2009:

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I was graduating high school.

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Had just started dating Luke (well, in September 2008; close enough).

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Having a graduation party.

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Started having a blast at college.

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And met my best friend, Audrey<3

2010:

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Saw The Ellen DeGeneres Show in Los Angeles with my mom.

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Had a great first summer back at home after living on my own for 8 months on my own for the first time.

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Moved into my own apartment!

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Went out. A lot.

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Joined a sorority.

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Had a great Christmas home with my family.

2011:

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Went to a Lady Gaga concert.

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Studied abroad in Italy and had the time of my life.

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Family vacation to the Jersey Shore…and a pit stop at Hershey Park. A wonderful, wonderful place.

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Had okay seats to a Taylor Swift concert.

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Christmas with the fam.

2012:

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Hung out with Luke. A lot.

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Went up north to help my grandma with a huge garage sale.

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Turned 21!

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Saw Kip Moore, Justin Moore, & Eric Church with my best friend Mike.

And here we are today.

Now looking back at that, you can obviously see that I’ve had a great life. I’ve experienced different parts of the world, held many different jobs, lived in many different places, and gotten to know many different people over the years. I am so thankful for all those experiences and lessons, but it’s time for me to be done with that. My life has been so go-go-go up until this point, that it’s time for me to have some consistency and settle down to start my own life.

I’m going to be totally honest: I have been very unhappy lately. I’m getting back into the rut of not wanting to do anything, and it’s been this way for a while. I don’t want to go out with or see friends, I don’t want to do anything that I don’t have to do, I love spending time alone in my room, my exercise and eating schedules are whack, and I constantly feel tired and/or sick. I have a lot going on, and am not loving all of it. Looking back on my life, I find that the times I were happiest was when I was in one place doing something consistent:

  • high school, living at home with my parents dating Luke
  • last year of college, living with my grandparents
  • summers, home from college

I notice that I like things calm. I like to be on top of things and have time to do what I love and see whom I please. Right now, I can’t do that. I have a schedule that requires me to do many things a week that I do not enjoy, leaving me with minimal time to exercise, eat right, see Luke, see my friends, and do anything else for just me. I need to change something before I lose my mind, my health, and all the people in my life. I’m fully admitting that I have pulled away from a lot of people recently. I’ve lost great friends in the process and regret some of the bad decisions I’ve made.

I think that a large source of my problems comes from living at home. I love my family and am beyond grateful for them taking care of me, but I just don’t feel like I can live my own life here in my parents’ home. I need my space. Hopefully this will change in the future and fix a lot of the issues, but Luke and I will not be financially stable enough until at least the summer, so I need to make some immediate changes in the meantime. Here’s what I’m going to try to do to make things a little better:

  • Cut back my hours at the gym. I hate to do it, but I am not going to be able to work behind the desk at the gym AND train my clients. Some people can work one job from 8am-5pm and then go to another one from 530-930pm, but I am not one of those people.
  • Learn to say no to babysitting jobs when they come up. I am a “yes” person. I say yes to everything. I need to learn to schedule time for myself to work on client training plans, study new materials, write blog posts, and just have a little bit of a life of my own.
  • Exercise at the same time every morning. For me, this is going to have to be 6 a.m. This week is going to suck, but I’ll get over it.
  • Start food prepping and meal planning on Sundays. I have such busy days that I end up eating crap, simply because it’s there and I have no other food. This is an easily changeable problem; I’m usually just too lazy to do anything about it.
  • Start applying for freelance writing jobs online and start writing the book I’ve wanted to write for years. Also start my personal training website. The one thing I have determined is that I want to work from home whenever possible. I need to start taking steps in that direction, rather than just crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

Wow. That was a lot of stuff. I really think I’m going to print out this post as a constant reminder that I don’t need to live this way. I can be happy again like I used to, even now as a grown adult. I’m old enough to make my own decisions and point my life in whichever direction I want it to go. I need to stop being lazy and complaining about things, when I’m taking no steps to fix them. Today is a new day and one I am going to use to be productive and prepare for the upcoming week.

Keep your fingers crossed for me that I’m able to get my head on straight this week and start this new chapter of my life. Anddddd, if you’re still reading this, you rock<3

What has been the happiest time in your life so far?

The 5 Day “Warm-up”

Hello friends! Ready for my (yours too if you want it!) schedule for the next 5 days? If you have no clue what I’m talking about, go ahead and check out this post and get yourself all up to speed.

No beating around the bush, here we go!

Day 1 (Tuesday-cardio):

- 10 minute full-body stretch

- 30 minutes cardio

  • Incline walking on the treadmill
  • Run a 5k!
  • Intervals on the elliptical
  • Your favorite cardio workout DVD (I like Biggest Loser Cardio Max!)

- 10 minute HIIT routine (Do each exercise for 40 seconds, then rest 20 seconds before starting the next one.)

  • Elbow plank
  • Wall sit
  • Side plank w/ leg raise
  • Alternating lunges
  • Swimmers (lay on your stomach, raise head/shoulders and legs, and flutter legs like you’re kicking through water while “swimming your arms”)
  • Push ups
  • Squats w/ front kick
  • Flutter kicks (same as swimmers, but legs only; really squeeze your butt!)
  • Squat thrusts
  • Lateral hops

- 10 minute cool-down

  • 5 minutes easy jump roping + 5 minute stretch
  • 10 minutes meditation
  • 10 minute walk on treadmill or outside

Day 2 (Wednesday-abs):

  • V-sit crunch
  • Mountain climbers
  • Leg lower throw downs
  • Side plank reach under
  • Plank
  • Burpee shuffles
  • Side to side leans
  • Reverse crunch
  • V-sit twists
  • Stability ball crunch

*Repeat each exercise for 40 seconds, resting 20 seconds.

*Repeat entire circuit 3x, resting 2 minutes in between circuits.

This should take you about 35 minutes. Follow it up with 15 minutes cardio (any type you wish!) and a 10 minute cool-down stretch or yoga series.

Day 3 (Thursday-legs/butt):

  • Pendulum lunge with dumbbell curl
  • Plie squat on toes
  • Sumo squat jumping jacks
  • Lunge and lift
  • Kneeling pike kicks
  • Jumping lunges
  • Leg curls with dumbbells
  • Side static lunges with bicep curl
  • High knees
  • Ball squat squeeze

*Repeat each exercise for 40 seconds, resting 20 seconds.

*Repeat entire circuit 3x, resting 2 minutes in between circuits.

  • Booty back kicks
  • One-leg deadlift
  • Booty bridges on toes
  • Core kicks with butt up
  • Yoga squat up’s
  • Kneeling side leg raises

*Repeat each exercise for 40 seconds, resting 20 seconds.

*Repeat entire circuit 3x, resting 1 minute in between circuits.

If you bust your butt, this will take you about exactly 1 hour. You can do it!

Day 4 (Friday-cardio):

A couple of options here:

  • For you runners, why not run for an hour? Cardio, check!
  • For you non-runners, how about running anyway? Just kidding. Kinda.
  • Here’s an option for those of you who don’t want to run. This will take you an hour. Check out this post for a run-down of how to do the exercises if you’re confused.

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Day 5 (Saturday-arms/back):

  • Bent over one-arm row
  • 3 way row and rear fly
  • Tricep kick back
  • Front and back arm circles
  • Push-up to side plank

*Repeat each exercise for 40 seconds, resting 20 seconds.

*Repeat entire circuit 3x, resting 1 minute in between circuits.

  • Squats
  • Walking lunges
  • Side lunges
  • Squats with alternating leg lifts
  • Pushups
  • Bent over rows
  • Shoulder presses
  • Tricep dips
  • Bicep curls
  • Stability ball crunches

*Perform 1 minute of each exercise with no rest!

Stretching Circuit

  • Arm cross-overs
  • Wide legged reach down
  • Standing side stretch
  • Warrior 2
  • Child’s pose
  • Downward dog
  • Sitting side stretch
  • Sitting middle stretch
  • Back-bend
  • Cat/cow

Everything today should take you a total of 45 minutes!

Now if you’re a bit confused on how to do some of the exercises, don’t you worry about that! I will be making videos to show you how to do some of the more complicated exercises. Nothing fancy, but just enough to show you how to correctly complete them with good form.

Nutrition Tips for the “5 day warm-up:”

  • No eating after 7 pm. This helps you to sleep better and allows your body the chance to really relax at night without having to work to digest your food.
  • Eat a breakfast rich in protein. This helps you to remain fuller longer and to start your day off on the right foot. Good choices are a veggie omelet, Greek yogurt with fruit and granola, or a protein shake with some fruit on the side.
  • Write it down! If you’re really trying to watch what you eat, writing things down helps to keep you accountable and really see exactly what is going in your mouth.
  • Cut out the non-essentials. I’m not saying by any means to deprive yourself, but I’m just saying to ask yourself if you really want it before you put it in your mouth. I know that I sometimes find myself having a bowl of ice cream at night simply because I am used to doing that, not because I really want it.
  • Be prepared. Meal planning helps, big time. Even if it’s just something you think about in bed before you fall asleep at night, thinking about what you’ll eat the next day helps you to start out with a guideline. Bringing healthy snacks to munch on throughout the day will help you to avoid bad choices, simply because you’re “starving.”

These tips and guidelines are just meant to ease you into this plan I’m developing for myself if you so choose to follow along. Once again, don’t do anything you feel uncomfortable with. Just take this as a guideline! I want to use the blog to motivate myself and keep me accountable, and I’m really hoping that some of you join me in my journey along the way Smile

The Tuesday workout should be pretty self-explanatory, but hopefully I’ll have videos for ya’ll starting tomorrow for the other exercises.

Have any questions for me? About anything? I’m going to be doing a Q&A session tonight, so post them here or e-mail me at [email protected] if you wish Smile

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

Heads up. This entire post is going to focus on numbers: height, weight, workout times, calories eaten/burned, etc. If you’re not cool with that, skip right over this post and come back tomorrow! This is just something that I really, really want to talk about as a way of keeping myself accountable. Also, I really enjoy reading other people’s stats to see how different all of our bodies are and how the needs vary. Not as a means of comparison, but as a way to tell myself that no one has the same daily needs/wants as another. Many people may disagree with me, but I truly think that for those of us with body issues if we’re honest with ourselves and with others, it’s much easier to stay on track with a healthy lifestyle and make good choices. With that said, read on if you’re intrigued and close the tab if not! I won’t be mad :)

Now before I start this post I want to talk about what prompted me to write it in the first place. A few months ago I became a personal trainer through American Fitess Professionals and Associates or AFPA. You can learn more about them at http://www.afpafitness.com/. I also just became a certified nutritionist/wellness coach through them yesterday!

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On top of that, I got a job yesterday training at the gym I’ve been going to since I was 16! So, um, FREAKING YAY. All this good news gave me a bunch of motivation last night, so I made up a full-blown training and nutrition plan for Luke to try out, since he’s been wanting to get into shape lately. Now we’ll see if he actually follows it…. :p

In turn, I made a nutrition plan for myself. I already have a pretty set, awesome training plan in place that I’ve developed over the years, so I didn’t bother with a new one.

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So this plan has me eating 1,800 calories a day. I know it’s really simple and obvious, but I’ve always been the type of person that thrives when I am told exactly what to do and when. I’m hoping this will keep me from mindless snacking during the day, and especially from indulging in treats after dinner! Now that I’m in the health and wellness career field, I gotta live up to what I’m teaching. I don’t want to have to go with the saying, “Do what I say, not what I do” anymore.

So here’s where it gets a bit tricky. I’m 5’7″ and the last time I weighed myself I was 132. However, that was a few weeks ago and I have indulged a LOT since then. I really don’t even want to know what it is right now. All I know is that my jeans are a bit tighter, but not uncomfortable. A good sign. The lowest I weighed was 116, which was actually about this time last year. This was too low for me, and I know that now. I was crabby, exhausted, irritable, and not getting my period. I understand this was bad, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t love how my body looked. I did. I was happy with how I looked.

After my doctor told me I needed to gain some weight, I got up to about 125 over last summer and was decently satisfied with how I looked and noticed definite changes in my attitude. But bad news. Once I got more lax about not counting calories (I had previously been eating 1,000 a day plus at least an hour of intense running or hot yoga) and weighing myself every day, I got a bit out of control. I started eating stuff I never normally even ate in the first place. Ever since then I have just felt gross. As another blogger mentioned today, when did our sense of eating become so whack!? What the hell. So freaking frustrating.

My point is that I want to use my nutrition plan to get myself back to that 122-125 range, not only so I can get ridge of the little pudge around my stomach, but so that my body can function at its’ best capabilities. I need all the energy I can get now that I’m nannying AND personal training!

So here’s my weigh-in dates and goals, just so I can keep myself accountable through here! I’m not starting to step on the scale until 2 weeks so I can get rid of all the crap I’ve put in over the past few months.

Thursday, 2/7: 130
Thursday, 2/14: 128
Thursday, 2/21: 126
Thursday, 2/28: 124

So this means that if I can stick to my goals until just the end of February (which I KNOW I CAN I KNOW I CAN I KNOW I CAN), then I’m all good and happy and healthy again as long as I can maintain, which for me is actually the easy part! I know that’s opposite from many people.

Whew! Sorry for the serious rant right there, and thank you if you’re still reading. Once again, I hope this post isn’t upsetting to anyone…I just want motivation and accountability! Maybe tomorrow I’ll do a post about the fitness aspect of my plan if anyone is interested :)

Have an awesome, awesome night! Any feedback is extremely welcome :)

Do you do better with a set plan or just going with the flow, in any aspect of life?