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A surprising loss + A week of workouts

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.

Weight: +0-2lbs
Inches: -1.5 (overall)

I’m feeling a lot more motivated seeing that progress, but the biggest challenge is going to be NOT OBSESSING.

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Legs and Booty | Monday Workout

February is going to come with a lot of different challenges (no added sugar, 5 workouts a week, two being core-centric, on top of everything I’m already trying to achieve). I measured myself today – something I completely forgot to do on Friday – and I weighed myself, unfortunately after I had already drank half of my day’s worth of water so it may have been skewed.

I’m not too pleased with the results, but I know I gave myself a break on our vacation, so I’m trying to see that as “happy” weight. HOWEVER, it’s crunch time… literally! No, not literally because it’s lower body day, but I mean it’s time to kick this FABuary off. The first of this week’s five workouts is my bootylicious workout with more moves, as follows (with pictures below):

Clamshells 3×10 (each side)
Donkey kicks 3×10 (each side)
Inner Thigh Lifts 3×15 (each side)
Bridge Thrusts 3×20
Grasshoppers 3×12

Clamshells:

Donkey Kicks:

Inner Thigh Lift:

Bridge Thrust:

Grasshopper:

My lower body is sore as hell, but it’ll all pay off eventually. Three months from now, I’ll be glad I kept going.

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!

 

Bridal Boot Camp: Check In #1 (oops)

We’re on a roll – much later than expected, but hey, we’re working on it. I’ve finally managed to measure myself this month (it’s been a lot busier than I could’ve predicted, but the boys have been having a blast).

In this post I mentioned to you what my plans were with diet and exercise. Back pain is still pretty bad, but it’s at least steadying and not getting worse. My diet has been pretty good, I’ve lost a teensy bit around my belly, a bit of a stubborn fat area.

My thinking was that I would just eat whatever I wanted on Sundays, and the rest of the week would be straddling the line between strict and intuitive. Well, it turns out aside from the mimosas I had with one of my lovely friends (still not too shabby), I ate intuitively! My stomach led me to say no to a bagel and cream cheese, but to have a strawberry kale smoothie instead. Dinner was hearty, but still pretty good all things considered!

I feel pretty confident with what this month can bring me, or what I can take from it, rather. I’m actually going to be taking a little vacation with the boys while the house is worked on, and I’m really excited for the change of scenery. We’re staying in the same city, but even still, it’s at least closer to civilization!

I’ll check in with you guys when I can and let’s hope for a groovy mini-vacay, and a spectacular, successful June!

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!

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!