Category Archives: Progress Updates

Bridal Boot Camp: Check In #2


What a long week it’s been! We spent the better part of the week at the hotel and it was an amazing change of scenery. Sometimes it’s good to get away from the monotony of every day life for a little reset.

We went swimming every single day (and a couple of nights as well), and we made some friends – I’ll have a vlog up for you guys later, I recorded a lot of videos. Despite my husband having to work still, even he felt like this was a nice getaway – he invited his coworkers over to grill and swim with us. This little staycation gave us a taste of what it’ll be like at our new house!

Now to the progress/setbacks:

Despite being out of the house, I still wanted to get my workouts in and eat as close to my “diet” as possible. I took measurements on Monday and noticed how my body has stayed within an inch or two of what those measurements were, for a few months with very minor fluctuations. My most successful month this year has been January because of how restricted my diet was – I don’t mean I wasn’t allowed good food, but I definitely limited myself to no outside food (no chips, no fast food, no added sugar, etc.).

I got my juices in each day – though I completely forgot my Greek yogurt at home, so it wasn’t as thick and smoothie-like. The groovy thing about the hotel was that it was fully furnished – no, I mean, FULLY furnished! Microwave, blender, washing machine and dryer… everything! We managed to stock up the fridge with tons of goodies for everyone, including some salads that my husband picked up on the way back from work!

As for my workouts. I did a little bit of everything, but I wanted to focus on my midsection a little more than everything else – so while I still did some simple arm and leg work, I worked on strengthening my core, and some back stretches as well.

My overall loss in the past week has been 3 inches! I’m quite proud of myself, I must say! Most of the loss came from my legs, but 1/2 an inch was around my hips so I’m pleased with that.

My back pain hasn’t entirely improved – it was good and then Thursday it was just awful, and after coming back to the house, the first morning felt better and it’s been downhill, so I’m going to try really hard to do at least 10 minutes of yoga + stretching twice a day. Fingers crossed and if you have any suggestions, please comment below!

All in all, a successful week and I hope to see more of that this summer. Let’s get to it!

 

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March On

Another month, another challenge!

It’s National Nutrition Month, so I’m going to be making posts on the topic of nutrition throughout the month! A beginner’s guide to eating healthy, different types of lifestyles and their benefits, and more.

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February Progress!

I wrote an extensive blog post on tumblr about how I was feeling during this month. It’s a little convoluted but check it out if you’d like. To summarize: February has felt very disorganized and unfocused. I don’t feel like I accomplished as much as I thought I would and I think I was unprepared, but on the plus side I gained muscle and lost fat at a steady pace which is exactly what I wanted!

I had a few really good outdoor runs this month and I’ve decided that March’s fitness goals are going to be centered around running. March will also be centered around mental health!

I definitely did NOT follow my nutrition or fitness rules. I danced quite a bit and learned some fun booty moves, but I didn’t manage outdoor runs twice a week. I drank alcohol twice this month as well and went 6 out of the 7 first days without caffeine. Despite all that I still managed to have an overall loss.

  1. Running outside twice a week
  2. Dancing more
  3. Abs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
  1. No alcohol or beverages with calories
  2. No red meat
  3. Caffeine free the first seven days
  4. Eat fish twice a week

I’m proud to say that other than a mishap with a restaurant order, I stayed completely away from red meat! This transition is difficult, but definitely doable. Next month I’ll have a bit more in terms of what I can and can’t eat, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out what!

My morning back pain isn’t as bad these days either. I had to sleep with a pillow between my knees a couple times this month but other than that and just feeling stiff in the morning, it’s been improving! I also feel a bit stronger in my arms, which is fantastic! I badly want to have visibly muscular arms!

The first pic is from February 15th, the second was from a few days ago! All aboard the gain train, am I right?

Thus far, February hasn’t been 100%, but it’s nearly over and tomorrow is a new day, a new start! Get ready, guys. Tomorrow’s post should be a blast!

 

Measure In #4 | No Junk January

Gain this week: 1 3/4 inches

I ended up taking an impromptu but much needed rest week, due to a pull in one of my chest muscles and another in my hamstring. I had a liquid heavy diet, with saltines as well because it felt as though I had a sinus infection – and considering I’ve had a cold for over a month, I’m not too surprised. This happened when I was pregnant with my second son, and it was AWFUL!

Next week’s goal: Lose what I gained, plus 1/4 of an inch!

The week was all right, though not as physically productive due to my body needing a rest. I progressed a lot with my writing and have been writing down little ideas for recipes. Sunday I made a taco pie, which is a brand new one for me! I could barely eat any, but I’m happy to say the guys enjoyed it enough to finish the whole pan! I’m way backlogged on my recipes, but I’ll have extra time this week to take care of that.

That’s all the update I have for you guys, I’ll catch you later!

Better Late Than Never | No Junk January

I know, I know, I completely dropped the ball on my Monday check-ins, but I’m happy to say I managed to maintain my two videos/week goal!

Whew! Where to begin!! I guess I should start with saying I’ve lost a grand total of 11.25 inches in the first two weeks of January! 6.75 in week one, and 4.5 in week two.

I’ve managed to maintain an average of 6 glasses of water a day, but I’m trying hard to keep it at a daily 8. I can’t expect perfection but I can certainly try to get as close as possible.

The downside to my progress updates is that my progress will be slowing down a LOT in these next weeks of January, because I managed to pull both a pec muscle, and a muscle in my lower back.

I’ve been feeling ill this past week as well and I’m not 100% sure why. It could be low blood pressure, overworking myself, stress, I’ll even throw vertigo out there.

My goal this next week is to lose a quarter of an inch per thigh, and to just take it easy on the rest of my body.

Oh, My Gourd! | Monday Check-In

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone! The food was great, although I wasn’t able to eat as much as I would have liked due to poisoning myself with milk earlier in the day. Ever since the season started, I keep forgetting to ask for my peppermint mocha to come with soy instead of regular cow’s milk.

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Progress? | Late Update

This is going to be short and sweet, or bittersweet. My body has not been feeling quite right and I have a large stack of paperwork to fill out, so I didn’t have the extra few hours to spend on my measure in this week.

It’s so complicated that I didn’t even have the chance to do any writing – luckily I’m ages ahead in my writing anyway, but I had to take the day off.

I seem to have had an allergic reaction to mosquitoes or spiders biting the absolute crap out of my legs. My legs are red and splotchy still, but at least today there aren’t any more welts. The unfortunate part is the red buzzer type of feeling every time I walk, and the bruise-like feeling any time the red parts are touched.

I ended up hitting my head and kept forgetting I hit my head, so when I would rest my head in my hand, I got a wonderful little reminder. By the end of the day I had a headache and the start of a fever, which just went up and down all night. I’m almost certain I was hogging the covers as well, so thank goodness my significant other is his own space heater!

This next week I’m just working on taking care of these responsibilities, maintaining my word count, and taking care of my health. I know I’m a bit clumsy, but yesterday was just a rough one! Until next time, have a good week, folks!

It’s Been A Minute | Two Weeks Later

It’s been two entire weeks since my post regarding the relapse of my eating disorder and I want you all to know that while my mental state isn’t perfect, I’m doing so much better than I was.

In that two week period, I’m pleased to say that I went from munching far and few in between, to eating meals again. There are moments where an irrational part of my brain tells me I’m hurting my body, but the logical part is telling me that I am fueling my body!

Right now is the time I need it the most. The weather is changing, so I know that my weight will fluctuate and I’ll need a little more insulation – and guys, it gets ice cold at night here!

This month I’m finishing a novel that has been on my mind for almost the entire year of 2017, and I hit a slump but with National Novel Writing Month, I’ve decided to really kick it into high gear.

I haven’t exercised once all week (unless you count the walk I went on with my friend who visited). Luckily, I have no health goals for this entire month besides eat regularly and exercise as often as I can. I’ll be taking a photo and posting it on my private Instagram just in case, but I’m certain this month will be very writing-centric.

I’ve already decided that Thanksgiving will be the only day I put any effort into being social and my significant other seems impressed with my determination. Now let’s put that determination to the test and see if I can finish this novel!

All in all, I’m feeling good, albeit a little disorganized. Until next time!

 

Relapsing | Part of the Process

It’s Friday, or French Fries-Yay!

If you haven’t kept up with my youtube channel, you may not know of the struggle I’ve been going through as of late, and I really don’t go that in depth on my most recent video. So here’s my chance to explain how things are going, in real time. If you’d like to check out the video before continuing, it’s right here:

 

I’ve found that I’m still having these very destructive, disordered thoughts running through my brain. Whenever I have to decide what to eat, it feels like there’s this violent onslaught of extreme self-deprecation. Last night, I wanted to make something easy after my workout, so I made a protein shake and had a small bowl of pasta. I really wish I had taken a picture so you could understand what I mean when I say I’m very conscious of how little I’m consuming, but I’m struggling to actually go through the act of consuming.

I know better than to expect my mind to fix itself over night. I know better than to assume it’s going to just fix itself altogether. I’ve been preoccupying myself with my three separate youtube channels, my novel, my reading goals, and my family. I’m constantly working at building my empire, so much so that when I finally managed to stop, this very morning – staring at the poptart that my son didn’t finish, debating whether or not I really wanted to put something like that in my body – I realized that the very foundation of my empire is based around health, physical and mental.

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After being pregnant and giving birth twice – the latter being the healthiest mental state I had ever been in – I never thought I would relapse. Understand that I don’t mean to trivialize those with substance abuse problems; that’s a huge battle in itself for so many people. I’m not really sure what the proper term to use would be when it’s been more mental than physical.

I know that this still wasn’t as eloquent as I’m trying to convey, but it’s the best I can do at the moment. I expect a lot of frustration, anxiety, and self-deprecation in my future, but know that it’s not a battle I’m going to just roll over for, just because the opponent seems so daunting.

I’m in this battle to win. And I will.

Monday Check-In: Weight Loss Logistics

If you’ve ever had negative thoughts about your body, this is the post for you.

Recently we went through all of the boxes we packed from my apartment when I moved here, and there really wasn’t as much as I thought. But what there was a lot of was clothes! I mean, I had 2 suitcases and a duffle bag of clothes that I thought wouldn’t fit for a looooong time. I was happily wrong!

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