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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!

 

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Bridal Bootcamp: June Edition

Y’all ready for this

Get it? See what I did there?

No but seriously, I’ve got 5 months until I walk down the metaphorical aisle and I want to look as badass as humanly possible, which means it might be time for a little diet switch. I’ve hit a plateau and it is not settling with me very well. Why would it? It’s a flippin plateau! The further along in this journey we go, the more plateaus we hit, that’s just the reality we face.

Before I talk about my health and fitness plans for this month, I need to talk to you guys about something and maybe one of you can offer some advice: My back pain (which may be a workout injury, or a bad mattress, or a number of things that I can’t diagnose) has gotten worse. I no longer sit much during the day and if I do, I’m extremely self-conscious of my posture for fear of back spasms. I thought getting a new mattress might help things but I don’t think that’s going to help. So I’m definitely going to take it easy on my workouts this month, on the off chance that it’s workout-injury related.

TO THE PLANS!

My meal plans are going to stay the same with regards to calories, but instead of just blindly looking around for the least carbs/most protein noms that we have I’m going to be drinking a juice (of my creation, recipes to follow if I can manage that), a protein shake, a salad, and an intuitive meal for dinner.

My workouts will be light and include more yoga (well, yoga in general because my yoga has been so bloody limited). Fingers crossed, I’d love to tone up but right now I need to heal my rebellious back!

I’ll check in with you guys on Monday!

 

Monday Check-In

Another Monday is upon us, which is the day of checking in, measuring and setting up another challenge!

This past week was pretty good! I had an issue that I’m still working on; being snack happy! However, I made some strides in not snacking too much and my measurement chart shows it!

I lost almost two inches over all, though I definitely gained muscle as well which is fantastic! I had loss in my hips (which is where my fat is most stubborn) and my calves – my legs and butt are showing some muscle growth, but my arms have stayed the same (another stubborn fat area).

A non scale victory that I achieved this week was getting closer to being confident in a bikini! One of my resolutions this year is to confidently wear a bikini by summer. Technically it’s Spring, so I’ve got time but I didn’t wear a shirt at the pool this weekend and even though I was very aware of my body, I managed to do it!

My challenge for this week is to meet my hydration goal – which is to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day. It’s getting hot here in the desert which means I need to be ON TOP of my water intake!!

I challenge you guys to meet your minimum water intake goal this week! Let’s make it a good week, folks!

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.

No Junk January

Every month I’m doing a special challenge. Something that will push me to my limits. I’m someone who has a violent relationship with food, so naturally I need to start the new year with a bang.

January is a month where despite restrictions, I want to harness my inner mental health heroine. This month is a HUGE mental challenge for me. My eating disorder is not allowed to resurface this month, this year, and hopefully not ever again.

My own PERSONAL rules:

  • No fried food, salty or sweet stuff (cookies, pretzels, chips, candy), nothing with added sugar or salt (i.e. if it doesn’t need it for baking or cooking purposes, it’s a no), fast food is a big no (unless salads are optional), no alcohol
  • Photograph meals and snacks, to be posted at the end of each week
  • Measure every Monday
  • Cardio 4-5x/week
  • Legs-centric month

My body goals are to build my running legs for later 2018 challenges. I want to lose an inch of fat overall (so half an inch per thigh), but measurements are hard to determine especially with muscle growth vs fat loss. I’ll be taking body progress photos every week, but I probably won’t post until the end of the month. ANYWAY, enough rambling that I know you probably aren’t interested in hearing…

I hope everyone has an AWESOME month!

My New Years Resolutions | JOIN ME!

It’s the day before 2018, and that means my butt is resolving to make some changes! I have a LOT of changes that I want to make and this post in particular includes all of my health-related goals! Naturally I’ve made a list that I can hang up and touch! Something that makes it real.

I also wanted to make this post as an accountability thread! These are all realistic goals, and I can take photos/videos to keep me accountable for each of these goals! Remember, this is just health-related and it’s not even my full list!If that’s too hard to read (which it probably is, my bad) here it is below:

  • Wear a bikini (with confidence) by swimming season
  • Improve form and posture
  • Two Macrobabe videos per week
  • Experiment with new recipes
  • SPREAD POSITIVITY

Now I’m going to break it down for y’all!

Wear a bikini with confidence for swim season! I’ve literally never worn a bikini before, but my body is at the point where I cannot afford to care about the extra skin and chunk around my arms, back, belly, thigh. I’m doing something called a “Supermodel Mom” year, but that doesn’t mean my body is going to look like a supermodel, but it definitely has something to do with having the confidence, self-reliance, patience, and discipline of a supermodel – but in a mom kind of a way.

Anyway, back to the point, it’s not necessarily my body that I want to change (though I do want a stronger, leaner body) but I want the CONFIDENCE to wear a bikini! I grew up in a household where bikinis weren’t an option, but now I have the option and I really want to wear one! A Wonder Woman one would be awesome, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Confidence first!

Improve form and posture! My posture is awful and I really can’t tell my kids to sit up straight if I’m hunched over my laptop like a troll. So I’m determined to straighten my back this year. As for my form, I really want to have better form in my workouts – I don’t exactly look graceful when I’m doing my workouts so it would be nice to actually look halfway normal whilst recording my workouts! Which brings me to my next resolution:

Two Macrobabe videos per week! I want to keep my progress updates – which is Macrobabe Monday, of course. But I also want to do an extra video each week. That might be something like debunking a food myth or another lie that Freelee the Banana Girl has said, or a recipe, or something inspirational. Who knows! But I want to maintain a two video/week schedule for the entire year!

Experiment with new recipes! We all know I’m no stranger to trying new things – we almost always have something new every Sunday for family day. But I want to go wild this year. Different flavors, different dishes, nothing is off limits (except of course cannibalism).

SPREAD POSITIVITY! My final resolution is to not only be more positive, but also to spread positivity and joy! I want to learn how to manifest the feeling within myself and gift it to others. I want to stop letting other people’s negative attitudes and fakeness, if we’re being honest, affect my ability to be the best me! I’m all for staying guarded around the people who just want to be nosy and secretly hope for my downfall, but I don’t want to let that stop me from having an awesome time around the other people I actually care about!

What about you? Do you have any resolutions? Do you want to be a part of a Supermodel Mom Year? If so email me at raineaugust@gmail.com, or join my SUPER HUMANS group on facebook!

I Resolve | The Importance of New Years Goals

I see way too many skeptical, pessimistic posts about people making goals for the New Year. What’s worse is that those posts can actually put a damper on other people who are making resolutions.

The guiltiest to be making those posts are unfortunately part of a community I love, which is that of fitness! My nearest and dearest friends in this community are luckily the types to encourage people to start a healthier lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean we don’t see all of the negative posts and comments.

Here’s the thing. The first step to knowing what you want is often times the simple act of sitting down and writing out your resolutions. Taking time out of your day to say, “What should I get done this next year?” can open you up quite a bit. That’s exactly what I did and I’m going to be doing it every year, even if I fail! Why? Because it gets me closer to what I want! Less fat, more muscle, organize more, upload more videos, etc.

2018 is going to be a big year for my writing and my body. I have zero plans for any more children (sorry to disappoint some of y’all), which means I can push my body to its limits. If I have to stop after the first month or two, the point is I’ve made an effort to get closer to what I want! Who cares if I don’t self-publish 12 books and I’m not “bikini body” ready?

Making resolutions isn’t about the success rate. It’s about the effort you put forth. It’s about figuring out what you want and doing what you can to get there, or as close to there as you can get!

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!

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.

Continue reading Oh, My Gourd! | Monday Check-In

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!