Fabulously Fit Friday 61

It’s Fabulously Fit Friday!! Let’s talk fitness, healthy stuffs and the weather finally getting nice enough to expose my ghostly legs to the world.

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Well I did it! I finished the 12 week Bikini Body Guide! I’m so excited that I did it too!

 

The last week, my motivation suddenly dropped to the floor. I had so much trouble even finishing my workouts. Chanting “last week, last week!” didn’t even help. But, I did it, finished semi-strongly, and I fell like I really accomplished something amazing.

 

My sister-in-law and I decided we’ll just start right over, call it week 13 and do the guide all over again (which I’ve seen some ladies do on IG). I figure I’ll do this either:

  1. all the way to week 24 OR
  2. until the Tone It Up: Bikini Series begins and then I’ll just dive into that

 

I’ve been looking forward to the Bikini Series ever since I did it last summer. I felt SO amazing and motivated while doing it, so I’m ready for that feeling again.

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Week 13 for me has been a bit of a struggle. I powered through the first workout on Monday, did some HIIT running intervals outside on Tuesday, but then I became quite sick to my stomach on Tuesday night… Wednesday I did just the “arms” portion of the “arms and abs” workout to prevent my stomach from acting up again, then Thursday I walked the dogs for some exercise, and ended up with another gut-wrenching stomach ache on Thursday night (that could have been because I chose to have ice cream for dinner though).

I’m hoping it’s just stress and acid because I’ve been VERY stressed out lately. I figure this weekend I’ll wind down, evaluate my lifestyle and try to solve this and get rid of it.

 

So what have you been doing with the beautiful weather?! Is it beautiful where you are? I was shocked to be able to wear shorts last week and even get “hot” while exercising outside! I’m sure my legs won’t be so scary white for long once my pigment kicks in.

What are your fitness goals at the moment?? 

Fabulously Fit Friday 60

It’s been awhile, but it’s time for Fabulously Fit Friday! I can’t wait to share with you what I’ve been up to for the last three weeks, fitness-wise! 

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[my green protein pancake and coffee breakfast]

So! I’m officially on Week 12 of the Bikini Body Guide starting Monday! I can’t believe it! YES! That is the last week of the program!

Am I ripped and totally sexy now?

Um, no. 

My husband and I had to sit down and have a serious talk. You have to understand, I’m not the type of person to eat crappy delicious food and cookies all night, so it’s really hard when I’m already eating healthy and working out to get results from a program. I also have a lot of hormonal shit at play here. So, yes, it isn’t fair and I’ll never get those results that I dream about. 

But that doesn’t stop me from trying! I’m replanning some of my meal and snack choices, along with some help from my husband with analyzing my habits and choices. And I think I’ll eventually feel like I’ve done all I can do and be happy with that. 

One of the things we talked about was stripping things back to basics. As in, instead of an apple with peanut butter, just eat an apple. Instead of celery with hummus, eat the celery. I get caught up in a lot of extras (toppings, swirls, add ins, dips, etc). I’m a foodie for Pete’s sake! But I like the idea of stripping things back and starting over for awhile. I need to really get back to tasting the basics. 

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Anyways! My days have been filled with lots of varied workouts, Monopoly Junior with my husband in the evenings (while he rolls his eyes and humors me), lots of crafty moments, and begging for sunshine. 

I’ve been trying to incorporate a Tone It Up workout into my day, either right when I get up, or right when I get home from work, because it’s a very short burst of exercise to mix up my day. Also, I’m trying to get in a little yoga (even if it’s just stretching) as often as possible…and I’m trying to decide what to do after next week when the 12 weeks of BBG is officially over. 

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Fabulously Fit Friday 59 – At Home Workouts

Today on this Fabulously Fit Friday I’m sharing with you my favorite AT HOME workout options!

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It is absolutely freezing cold outside here and there is zero chance that I will be doing a workout outside or trekking to the gym. I have a feeling you may be in the same boat.

Luckily, I’ve been primarily doing at-home workouts, so I really have zero need to emerge from my house. I even do some of these at work (granted I have a lot more space, privacy and freedom at my job than many people have). So, here are my favorites or things that I know many fit peeps like doing in their homes too. Minimal equipment (because the point isn’t to build a gym in your house, right?).

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BBG – I’ve been doing Bikini Body Guide workouts for 8 weeks now! It takes 30 minutes, can be modified based on what you have, and is really effective. My husband is doing it too and has really trimmed up. I love that I can just tell myself “you’re almost done!” through the whole workout. Basically, you pay for a 12-week guide and you follow it. Three days a week, you’re doing fast-paced body-weight exercises in circuits. I love this because if I can’t finish the reps for a particular exercise, I just move on to the next one on the list; just keep moving.

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TIUTone It Up is my other favorite for at-home workouts. The weekly workout list is posted every Sunday (for free) and you can follow it or pick-and-choose. I love that each of the videos targets a body group and they’re SHORT! Like, 10 minutes. And you can repeat them if you want to, do another one with it, or just call it a day! The trainers, Karena and Katrina, are super bubbly. When I first started doing their workouts a few years ago, I thought “this is going to drive me crazy because they’re not “mean” enough”, but instantly I was hooked. They’re nothing but positive, they giggle and smile through the whole thing (or tell you they’re dying from the workout too), they’re real women (Katrina’s weightloss story is featured on their website if you want to read it), and I just love them. Every so often they host challenges that you can partake in, and the community of women doing them are so encouraging.

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Yoga With Adrienne – I’ve only recently starting doing Adrienne’s YouTube videos. She’s really cool. Like, laid back, not hippie-dippy, isn’t super strict. She puts out yoga videos of all different lengths and styles (Need back work? Want a slimming one? Just want to stretch? Legs?). Highly recommend her! I did one of her 40 minute ones (I think it was called “Yoga for Weight Loss” maybe?) and the whole next two days I was sore! That never happens to me with yoga! And then I did one of her calming ones and was just so relaxed. Awesomeness.

 

Tara Stiles – Tara founded Strala yoga, which is this really organic, movement-filled yoga. She encourages you to wiggle around, mellow into each move and not get stuck there. I love it. At first I wasn’t so sure about her voice (I’m strange about whose voice I can tolerate during yoga…sorry), but I have been doing her “Wake Up Flow” for over a year now and I love it. Here’s the deal: she has a newsletter; sign up for it. I signed up for it and that is how I have some of her workouts for free. Every so often she emails out a free download of a yoga flow and I download it, save it to my desktop, and then I have a new flow to do on a day at home. They’re super short (15-20 min) but really effective because you feel relaxed and calm afterwards. I love it. She also has a YouTube channel, but I’ve heard that some of her workouts can get to be too fast (which isn’t the case for her download ones), so just do what you can.

 

My workouts! In the past, I’ve posted workouts under Fabulously Fit Friday. They’re every-so-often, so you have to just skim back, but here’s a good circuit workout you can do at home!
I’m really looking forward to some warmth and sunshine so I can walk my restless pups outside too! 

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What are your favorite at-home workouts? Which are you dying to try?

Fabulously Fit Friday 58

It’s time for another Fabulously Fit Friday! Let’s talk about twitching muslces (ew), getting a cold and that looming Valentine’s Day. 

Hey! Hope you had a fabulous Superbowl Weekend last weekend! I did!

I wasn’t a big fan of either team, but I won the bet I placed with my dad so that’s all that matters! Hooray!

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So I can’t believe I’m in Week 6 of the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide (BBG). In case you missed it, I’ll fill you in quickly. BBG is a 12 week guide, set up: Mon, Wed, Fri is a fast-paced resistance exercise that takes 30 minutes, then Tue, Thurs, and Sat are “LISS” which is basically walking for 30-45 minutes. Plus lots of stretching. I add in yoga and the occasional Spin class because I’m dedicated to them. There are some incredibly inspiring women all over Instagram doing her workouts, so you should check it out! I tend to post pictures of BBG on my other Instagram account, tiu_treatswithatwist.

Ok, now that’s out of the way, I’m in Week 6! Any big changes? Well, no. Actually I’ve been trying really hard not to get down on myself because I’m working very hard and I’m noticing some strength changes, but no physical changes. Except…I have this super creepy twitch in my abs. Like, twitchy muscle that’s driving me crazy. I usually get this in my legs, but in my abs? So bizarre.

And now I think I’m getting a cold! Eek!! 

 

Next weekend is Valentine’s Day! Can you believe it? I know that the Tone It Up: Love Your Body Challenge was geared towards building your self confidence so you’ll be glowing by V Day. Did anybody participate? Or perhaps just read all of the blog posts and watch the YouTube videos (like I did)? Tell me tell me!!

 

Have a Fabulously Fit Friday

Fabulously Fit Friday 57

Fabulously Fit Friday is getting snacky! I’m going to share my favorite fit snacks with you, and I want to hear yours! 

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So I last time we talked shop, I blabbed all about my new favorite workout tunes and little finds. Fun! Ok, since then, I’ve endured two more weeks of grueling Bikini Body Guide workouts. I love it though! I feel so so motivated to keep going.

I think my primary motivation to keep participating is my husband. I’ve never seen him so dedicated to a challenge, especially fitness-related. And he has lost 10 pounds as of last week! That’s so crazy. His heart is so big and he’s so driven right now. And he loves the way he feels.

I don’t know how much of a physical change I’ve gone through over the last 4 weeks, if any, but we have “progress pictures” to take Sunday morning. I’m so nervous about that! But I know that I’m more motivated to see my progress after week 12, and I’m more excited about the mental progress I’ve made.

Ok, so today’s fitness theme just has to be snacks!

A few of my favorite snacks while staying healthy are:

Greek yogurt with toppings (I reach for a healthy granola with low sugar, nuts, nut butter or/and fruit). For a dairy-free option (which I reach for just as often), I like cultured coconut yogurt or almond yogurt. 
Protein shake: I love Vega protein powders for a vegan shake (they just released two new flavors!), or Quest protein powder for a whey shake. * 
Protein bar: I’m VERY picky and rarely reach for a bar. Sometimes a Luna bar, Kind bar or Quest bar is thrown into the rotation, but other than that I steer clear.
No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites: This is an old recipe I’m going to remake soon, but it is still SO good. They make healthy cookie bites which are actually perfect snacks
Veggies with hummus: I’m currently hooked on Sabra’s Tuscan Herb hummus!
Fruit: I have really been on an apple with peanut butter kick lately! Yes!

What are your favorite healthy snacks lately?

 

We are now entering Week 5 of BBG! I can’t believe it! 

Note: this is not a sponsored post! 
Another note: I’m going to rearrange some of my Fabulously Fit Friday posts, renaming them with numbers (like this one is) so they’re easier for you to keep track of! Love ya! 

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