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.
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
Inner Thigh Lift:
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.
Good magical morning everyone! I have been trying my best to stay on my feet since I finished my first cup of coffee this morning (it’s 10:41am now), and this is a habit I’ve been working on building for quite some time! It helps my back, but of course after standing and walking and bending all day, my knees start to twinge a little).
I had the rest of Shadow & Bone to finish before I recorded my book review, which meant this morning called for a little bookish workout to start the day! (And yes, I’m pretty stoked to hear that Netflix is making a GrishaVerse show!!!)
I have the misfortune of having kind of a square butt. Kinda annoying, right? So I want to shape these cheeks and build some nice round glutes! (Unlike my last workout post, I’m definitely not subjecting you guys to a photo of my butt lol)
Today’s workout consisted of:
3×8 Squats (feet placed parallel to hips)
3×12 Standing Leg Lifts (forward, side, and back, per leg)
3×8 Plie Squats
3×10 Walking Lunges
After that, my lower body was BEAT! Breakfast was an avocado and 2 hard boiled eggs with some salt and pepper. A nice little vegetarian breakfast to end a workout and start the rest of the day!
Let’s go be awesome, folks!
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 has 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!