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Quick Update!

This week is the last week I’ll be doing “measure-in Mondays”. No, I’m not going to stop tracking my progress, but I AM switching from measuring on Monday to measuring on Friday!

My husband brought up a really good point on tracking progress, and how the weekend may come with some bloat (I’m terrible at tracking my water which tends to result in bloating).

Since today is Friday – and officially the last day of Summer, woohoo, bring on pumpkin flavored everything – it’s time to measure! The past three weeks I’ve seen an overall loss of 2.5 inches. Since Monday, I’ve seen a loss of 1/2 an inch.

My Fall quarterly goal (September/October/November) was to lose 2 inches around my hips, and I’m half of an inch from meeting that goal. It’s not even October yet!

Keep in mind, I haven’t really restricted anything except for not eating Taco Bell at the frequency I had been, which was twice or thrice a month. I also don’t generally eat red meat, but I had steak last week and I had regular bacon yesterday morning.

I’m also getting at least 6 hours of sleep at night, I’ve been doing stretches in the morning and evening, I’m tracking my water and meeting that goal almost every single day, and I’ve removed a lot of stressors that prevented me from losing fat this past summer.

It’s a slow process, but it is still going! Thank you for all of you who have stuck by me on this journey, and have an amazing weekend!

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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!

 

Measure In Monday!!

Another week done, and it happens to be that time of the month – too much information, right? I know, but I’m a no-holds barred kind of person… seriously, I feel bad for my kids because they’re going to be get sooooooo embarrassed when they’re old enough to understand that emotion.

But I did a lot of strength training this week and my muscles are definitely growing! I’ve switched up my routine, so Mondays are now my “off days”. Thursdays and Sundays are cardio/ab days, Tuesdays and Saturdays are leg days, and Wednesdays and Fridays are arm days!

Sundays are my “5k” days, but I think I mentioned it before, and it turns out that it’s longer than 5k… it’s probably closer to 4 miles. My fiance and I had one of our “we really need a tv show for these kinds of moments” conversations and I’ve convinced him to go out running with me, which will make it easier to determine exactly how far, thereby making my 5k time a little more accurate lol

I’m working on making more vegan friendly snacks and meals – I’ll have a recipe up later this week with a really good one (especially if you like a little kick, like myself). I give vegans so much credit, because I definitely did not last and it’s only been 9 days! I thought No Junk January was so much easier than this!

One last thing, I don’t think I’ll be posting regular videos on any of my channels, because this wedding and my writing is taking up most of my time – summer is going to be a huge challenge as well with all of the kids, but it takes a village.

That’s all I’ve got for you guys so I’ll see you next time! Have an awesome week!

 

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.

DECEMBER GOALS!

Woohoo! New month, new goals! My novel is done – well, not done, but at least I’ve written 50k in 30 days! I’m sure I’ll have an update for you guys on my booktube (RaineReads) for the curious ones.

This month I’ll be working on short stories for my friends (don’t ask), editing my first novel for re-self-publication, and LOSING AN INCH AROUND EACH ARM! So two inches in total! I’m meal planning but not prepping for this month and next week I’ll have a little bit of that for you guys, and of course Christmas dinner is a day in which I’m letting myself eat literally anything without consequence or excessive workouts afterwards. There’s a week of school break where I’m not sure what’s going to be going on so I don’t have anything planned that week, but I’ll be winging it each day.

Anyway, I have my workout calendar down below. That actual moves I’ll be doing on those days will rely heavily on whether or not I’m having tendonitis flare-ups. I can only run outside on days where my significant other has off, so while I have cardio listed, the type of cardio is dependent on his work schedule.

It hasĀ  since been filled out at the bottom. My left bicep is 11.5 inches non-flexed, my right bicep is 11.75 non-flexed.

I hope to have some meal prep recipes for you guys this month, but for sure I’ll have two family dessert recipes coming atcha! I’ll see you guys for my first December check in on Monday!

Indulge & Lose

One of the things I absolutely love to tell all of my friends and folks who watch my youtube is this: weight loss is strictly dependent on calories in versus calories out. If you consume X amount of calories, you need to burn off more than that in order to lose weight – whether that’s fat loss or otherwise.

Everyone knows the holidays are a time of indulgence, and often times weight gain. There are a plethora of reasons that people gain weight during the holidays – stress, work overload, difficulty managing time, the weather, etc.

One of the biggest worries I hear about is the holiday feasts causing issues in a person’s diet. The very first thing I want to tell you is this: If you’re eating well 80% of the time and exercising as much as you feel you can, then those dinners are not something you need to worry about. However, if you’re still having trouble, here are some helpful tips to maneuver around that:

  1. Fill your plate with a little bit of everything. Starches, greens, turkey or ham (both, if you like), cranberry sauce.
  2. Take your time to eat what you can off of your plate
  3. Still hungry? Go for seconds.
  4. Listen to your body when it says “Whooooaaa!”
  5. When it’s time for dessert, pick one or a little bit of all.

That sounds simple, right? It’s what you would tell a kid, so why are we any different? Besides having the full capacity to choose what we want, we aren’t different. The conversation you can engage in between dinner and dessert will give your body time to make room.

If all else fails and you still feel like a blimp by the end of the night, you can always wake up for some cardio the next morning!

The most important thing I want everyone reading this to know is that you are allowed to indulge during the holidays – and all year round! It’s hard to get into the habit of healthy eating, and it’s even harder to get into the habit of telling yourself it’s ok to indulge every once in awhile, but you will be exponentially happier when you can form that habit!

If it helps, ask yourself if what you are doing is hurting you, or fueling you. (Here’s the secret: any food can fuel you in a reasonable amount, but it’s up to you to decide where the point is from helpful to harmful.)

Monday Check-In: MAJOR FAT LOSS!

I’ve been crackin’ down and it is PAYING OFF! The only day that I let loose entirely was the day of the McGregor/Mayweather fight. Can we stop to talk about that, by the way? I’m pretty disappointed. The whole time Mayweather was on defense and McGregor was just throwin’ punches. I can’t help but wonder if that was a fixed fight. I KNOW, I KNOW, DON’T BE A CONSPIRACY NUT, RAINE. Ok, I get it. I was just musing, gosh!

Back to the topic at hand, my fat loss goal was to lose 3 inches overall and I exceeded my own expectations! That deserves a round of applause and a pat on the back! 5.25 inches, poof gone!

I’ve been utilizing an old notebook to track my progress and write down all of my daily goals, workout routines, even a little homework section! I think having that is what really helped me kick things into high gear and look at that progress!

I am one happy chick and all it took was a little effort, planning, and lots of determination! I’ve even heard from one of my friends that she’s been seeing progress from doing one of my workout videos. I cannot express how pleased that makes me to hear!

I’ll see you guys next time with an update or recipe, who knows! Have an awesome week, folks!

Monday Check-In: FAT LOSS

Another week down and my progress is finally evident! I might have mentioned, or maybe I didn’t, that this month my focus would be on my arms and back. DISCLAIMER: That does not mean I’m only doing arm and back related workouts; I’m just more focused on those area considering that’s where my weaknesses are.

I’ve been doing 3 arm/back days a week and it’s starting to pay off. I don’t have nearly as many progress pictures as I would like but this one is something special.

Yesterday, I measured around my right bicep. You can imagine my shock and awe when I saw that I had dropped from 13 inches to 11.5! I started focusing more on these areas on July 25th, which makes that a good 2 week progress. My goal was to be down to 11 inches by October, so I think I’ll make it in good time! Let’s see if I can zap that half an inch over the next 2 weeks!

In other areas, I’ve lost about half an inch around my hips. I haven’t focused nearly as much on my midsection as I probably should. I definitely put my booty over my abs, but next month my challenge will be to shrink down 2 inches around my hips.

Second DISCLAIMER: Those of you who follow my youtube videos will notice that I don’t have a “progress” video… I do, but due to how I feel about clutter and multiple uploads per day/week, my progress video won’t be going up until the following Monday. This Monday I have my recipe video of my delicious breakfast sandwich. The perks of working in food service is learning how to do that stuff at home!

Until next update, guys! Keep up the hard work and don’t forget to hydrate!