This week was one of the hardest in terms of the whole “sugar free” challenge. You’d be surprised where added sugar is hiding. I was pretty disappointed over the fact that I didn’t get to drink my Bolthouse Farms Mocha Cappuccino protein drink (40g added sugar PER SERVING… there’s two servings per bottle, whaaaaat).
I haven’t missed a workout yet, which I’m pretty pleased about – though I think yesterday’s ab session was a little meh, due to my anxiety being absolutely insane. Before I get into my measurements and weight, I wanted to share the workouts I did this week (and will do today).
Monday and Tuesday are already logged, of course.
Wednesday I did my Upper Body Slay (and I have that planned for today as well)
Thursday I did the same as Tuesday’s workout, except with less oomph.
Now it’s time to get into what we’ve all be waiting for. My weight: it flickered between 154 and 156. Af first I was worried because…. um… hello, I’ve been working out, moving more, sorta sleeping regularly. But I gained? Then it sunk in… dude, you’ve been working out. Weighted workouts, resistance, cardio. Of course you gained. Your muscles are probably growing, silly! Admittedly I haven’t eaten much this week, which is a problem that I need to sort out as well.
So while I lost fat in my arms (thank goodness), I gained muscle in my legs! I’ve been doing a lot more kitchen cardio and I walk outdoors when I can.
Inches: -1.5 (overall)
I’m feeling a lot more motivated seeing that progress, but the biggest challenge is going to be NOT OBSESSING.
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!
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.
- Running outside twice a week
- Abs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
- No alcohol or beverages with calories
No red meat
- Caffeine free the first seven days
- 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!
In addition to doing my youtube videos, I’ll be posting with a little more depth into my journey. So hold onto your pants guys, this should be very interesting and entertaining.
This past week has been a rough one. I lost a friend who apparently never had any interest in us even being friends in the first place and befriended me to try and screw up my relationship (not realizing how honest my significant other is with me… about everything, literally). I can delve into that a little bit deeper, but until I have a moment to organize my thoughts on that, I’m letting it sit and stew in the corner.
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