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Measure-In Monday | Week #5

Good magical morning, everyone! What a morning it’s been already. I’ve been getting into the habit of waking up between 4:30 and 5, doing my stretches and starting the day! I gotta tell you, it feels fantastic.

I’m also pretty pleased to report that I’ve lost an overall 3lbs and 4 inches!! I noticed yesterday one of my tank tops was super loose on me – it belonged to someone who was much bigger when it was given to me, but it was still wearable with a sports bra, but now? I literally can’t wear it without it drooping everywhere.

I’m so proud of myself!

My goals for this next week are to keep hitting my daily water intake and track 4 workouts here. Slow and steady loses the weight!

Have an awesome, productive week, everyone!

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3 Steps to Decrease Cellulite

Let’s start with a quick disclaimer, first and foremost:

Cellulite can affect anyone for a number of reasons from genetics to blood flow to hormonal imbalances. 80-90% of women will experience cellulite in their lifetime. It’s not something to be ashamed of and, in my opinion, should be normalized.

The fact that my cellulite has decreased was purely by chance. It wasn’t something I was working towards – my goal has been overall fat loss and no longer living in pain.

Still, I can’t help that old part of me that was obsessed with appearance, a feeling of satisfaction when I saw my legs recently. I’ve dealt with extreme cellulite pretty much since adolescence. Even at my lowest weight, I had cellulite.

The times my skin has been smooth have been in my pregnancies – which of course makes me wonder if it’s hormonal in my case (although it’s probably also attributed to how my fat is stored and genetics).

I’m obviously not pregnant now (thank goodness, I could not deal with the morning sickness AND my chronic pain), so what exactly has caused the minimizing of cellulite on my thighs?

I’ve looked at all of the changes I’ve made, and there’s only a few that can be attributed to the change.

As you guys know, we recently moved. We went from a small two bedroom/1 bathroom casida to a three bedroom/3 bathroom, two story house.

That’s right. Two stories. I am constantly going up and down the stairs. All day! Every day is leg day. The perks about climbing these stairs all day are not only building the muscle tone, but it burns more calories than jogging. If you don’t live in a building or two story house, you can easily incorporate stair climbing at your gym or purchase a step platform from Amazon! #notsponsored

The second tip on this list will seem a little odd because of the woo that’s been spread about it, but I’m here to tell you that I kinda love coconut oil. Let me clarify that I would never put coconut oil in my food. I’m kind of a major olive oil and butter purist when it comes to food.

However, coconut oil has a lot of benefits for your skin, namely hydrating and smoothing out your skin. It also boosts collagen production when massaged into your skin. Collagen is known for its skin-tightening qualities (and if you want to take a supplement, I find it helpful with my joints and tendon issues). Take a shot every time you see the word skin in this post (kidding, don’t do that).

Here’s how I incorporate it into my night time ritual: after the boys go to bed, I finally have time to shower! So I clean my body, wash my hair, and rinse off. Then I pat my body down and massage the coconut oil everywhere EXCEPT my face. That’s a no-no zone for coconut oil. Even my husband has noticed a difference in my skin.

The final tip I have is to clean up your diet. That doesn’t just mean eating more vegetables. A major culprit of fat storage is excess carbohydrates. Most of us Americans eat waaay too many carbs and I’ve definitely been in that category. Not only that, but a lot of us don’t drink as much water as we’re supposed to. The idea is to drink half of your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking 75 fl. oz. of water each day. If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you know I’ve been trying to stay on top of my daily water intake for a few weeks now.

I’d like to make it very clear that I still have cellulite, and I may always have it, but if I can decrease the appearance with a few easy lifestyle changes, why not?

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Is there anything differently you do to decrease the appearance of cellulite?

Measure-In Monday | Week #3

Wooo!!!! Another week down in the books! As most of you know it’s been a busy time in our neck of the woods!

Between moving out of The Place We Do Not Speak of, and moving into this cute and quaint house, getting furniture, filling out paperwork, and doing the whole Super Mom thing, I haven’t had time for much social media or even my own hobbies!

The one thing I’m happy about is that I’ve been physically moving my body a lot more throughout the day! We have stairs too, so you can bet I’ve been going up and down multiple times a day – imagine being very forgetful and blanking on why you went upstairs, only to go downstairs again and remembering! Yeah, that’s a thing!

I still haven’t managed to find my tape measure so I don’t really have an accurate set of numbers to share, but I have a feeling it’s within an inch overall loss (and hopefully a bit of muscle gain with all the lifting and moving I’ve been doing lol).

Until next week, catch y’all later!

Measure-In Monday | Week #2

Well, folks, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is I lost 2 and a half inches all over… the bad news is I didn’t reach my daily water intake last week, so this week, I’m sticking with that as my goal until I can manage an entire week without missing a day!

Last week was a trial, given the stuff going on with the house we’re currently in, and moving within the next week. It’s been stressful!

But my husband and I had our anniversary yesterday, so we went to this restaurant in the town we’re moving to. It was so good! I got this veggie filled cajun alfredo with blackened chicken, and my husband got a classic chicken fried steak. Our eldest ended up with this huge mac n cheese burger!

A few bites in and I was filled to the brim! Obviously I took the rest home for leftovers lol

This week is going to be heavy on the packing so I probably won’t upload my workouts, but I assure you, they are getting done! Until next time!

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!