Back at it!

So this is embarrassing, I have abandoned my blog since October 2012? WOW where has the time gone? Let me tell you…

August

  • My husband and I started the house hunting process

September 

  • We purchased our first home! As exciting as it was, boy did I underestimate what a process it was going to be.
  • This same month we went to San Diego for a wedding for 5 days
  • Once we returned the moving process went quick!

October-December

  • The holidays just zoomed right by me, with family in and out of town
  • We hosted our first Christmas, which was an incredible feeling and the time when owning a house felt more real.

January

  • The best and most amazing thing happened to my husband and I. We found out I was PREGNANT!
  • We were starting out the New Year with a little bundle of joy growing strong!
  • Finally the most important aspect/goal on my bucket list is happening.
  • The reason why I trained so insane, wasn’t to achieve a specific look, but to make sure my heart was strong enough to have a baby, to share in the joys and inevitable hardships parents face, I feel beyond blessed that God has trusted us with a life to care for, and that he has made me stronger to be able to deliver a happy, healthy child.

February

  • We had our first ultrasound; our doctor said we have a happy baby on the way, with a strong heart beat!
  • It was the best feeling ever!

It’s been a whirlwind of excitement and emotions these last few months for my family. My husband and I are feeling incredibly blessed, I can’t wait to share this journey with you all.

This picture pretty much sums it all up...I've never felt so complete!

This picture pretty much sums it all up…I’ve never felt so complete!

THE IMPORTANCE OF VACATION!

I’ll be going on vacation in a matter of days! I’m super excited for this trip. I’ll be celebrating my 25th birthday in Hawaii with my best friend. We’ve planned-shopping, eating, hiking, spa time, manicures and pedicures, but most importantly relaxation! The ultimate girls trip!

This is my first trip solo, without my husband. I felt guilty at first knowing I’ll be in paradise without him, but he encouraged me, and he told me it was imperative that I go. We discussed the importance of this vacation; and he emphasized a few key points-

  • My dedication to my weight loss journey has taken an incredible amount of time, dedication, and relentless hard work. I need a break.
  • My day is tightly scheduled, and I’m constantly focusing on other people. I need time for myself to be able to unwind and relax.
  • Today he sent me an article from PSN, on the importance of spending time with girlfriends. It said, “Failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!” . This really hit home for me. I’ve spent a lot of time isolated from friends because I couldn’t eat out. I was so focused on reaching my weight loss goal; I felt one meal was going to derail my process.  I now realize one meal won’t derail me. I must keep a balance between-work, family, friends, working out, and eating healthy, but most importantly my happiness.

I also heard a study on the radio that discussed how, as women it’s hard for us to take solo trips (without our significant other or family), but it’s essential to our overall well-being. This trip is definitely more important than I realized. I can’t wait to see my best friend. I can’t wait to come back home feeling refreshed, relaxed, and to spend time with my family. What I’ve learned also is I need to reconnect with friends back at home also.

Ladies, do you go on solo trips? How often and where do you go?

One Year Ago

Exactly one year has passed since I had my life changing heart procedure. Looking back at my very first workout with my trainer on June 28, I couldn’t even finish a set of body-weight lunges; to the progress I’ve made Today has been immense.

The strength I’ve built over time has only been because of what God has done for me. Without HIM I would’ve found every excuse not to workout or get healthier. I felt this was God telling me to change my life, this was my second chance and there was a reason he saved me.

Sometimes we find every excuse to not do something; when you know in your heart you should be focused on making every effort to change some aspect of your life.  Set new goals, create a bucket list, use it as a guide for the way you live your life. Don’t set your dreams on a backburner and wake up one day realizing how much time has passed. Sometimes it takes a drastic event to change your perspective on life. Don’t let struggles or hardship be a reason to stop your journey, but fuel you in the direction you need to go.

I’ve been so blessed by two amazing trainers that help guide me to where I am today with a healthy diet & tough workout regimen. I’m officially a personal training success story with 24 Hour Fitness!

This is my official before & after. I hope to scan in a better quality asap :)!

What are your goals this year? Don’t wait until new years to set a new resolution!

Finding Balance

Finding balance, it’s much easier said than done. When I first started my journey it was easy to say no to temptation. It was easy to avoid people and places that I knew would be detrimental to my diet and sidetrack me from my goal. However as time passes it’s getting a lot harder to avoid people, places, and situations because a part of me misses them.

This weekend I was completely burnt out. I was sore, achy, and tired. When I thought of walking into the gym and lifting another weight, I just couldn’t get out of bed. I missed lazy Saturday’s with my family. I missed not having a schedule. I wanted to also take my sister out for her birthday without the stress of counting calories. I wanted freedom from my daily grind. So I let myself. I took Saturday and Sunday off,completely. I didn’t go to the gym or log calories on myfitnesspal app. I felt guilty…but then I realized I really, really need this.

I need to let go sometimes. This burnt out feeling I have wasn’t from the weather. It was internal. My mind needed to relax, in order for my body to completely recover. Since July, I’ve been really adamant about getting in my workouts, logging calories, and being very strict on myself. I was at a point where I needed to step back and re-focus on your goal on why I started.

It’s easy to find motivational quotes that push you through a mental barrier, but sometimes just relaxing and letting your mind go is what will fuel you for the rest of your journey. I enjoyed my weekend with my family, sans Iphone app and gym!

I realized this weekend it’s all about balance. Enjoy time with family and friends, but still find healthy alternatives, like meeting for coffee and sitting outside, instead of eating at a restaurant. Schedule a hike with a friend, instead of a movie. It’s all about balance. It’s a long, and life changing journey, but it’s worth it when you discover new strength.

I’m ready to refocus and reach for my goal-

My goal is to be 8-10 pounds lighter in 7 weeks, before I go to Disneyworld for my nieces 2nd birthday!

Basics

When I first started my weightloss journey I was ridiculously WEAK! My first training session I did one set of walking lunges, and my legs gave out on me. I mean completely done! It was then I realized I had a long way to go. I knew I needed to start, but I had to start slow. Here are a few tips that helped me build some momentum.

  • I kept track of my calories by using MyFitnessPal. It’s most important to discover what calorie range you need to maintain energy while creating a caloric deficit to lose weight. Remember, it’s better to eat a little bit more, than under eat and put your body in starvation mode. Everything you do in the gym will be a waste if you aren’t eating right!
  • Weight train! Don’t be scared to lift heavier than you thought you can imagine just know your limit, and make sure you are with a spotter! Building muscle helps you burn calories even after you workout!
  • Drink lots of water! I drink about 1.5-2.0 gallons a day.
  • I started doing 20 minutes of intense cardio in the morning, and 40 minutes at night. I’m currently doing 45 minutes of cardio in the AM, and 40 minutes on the stair climber at night 4 days a week, 25 minutes of interval training, with a 15 minute cool down 2 days.

FELT LIKE THIS

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But I probably looked more like Phoebe from FRIENDS HAHA!
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Most importantly, take your time. Everyone has to start somewhere. You didn’t put 30 lbs of weight on overnight, it will not come off overnight either!