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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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!