Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Change of Life..

My life has drastically changed over the last four months. I have become more active, happier, more motivated, etc. I was cautious about doing this post, but decided this is MY blog and I want to document as much as I possibly can...If you don't approve, oh well... It was around Christmas time that I wanted to change my lifestyle. Eating out, drinking wine every night, and no physical activity was starting to get the best of me. I was extremely active in high school and early in college, but I seemed to start on a spiral downslope when S and I started dating. Don't get me wrong, I have always been a pretty healthy eater, but my physcial activity was the pits. I'm not blaming him ONE BIT, but I just got comfortable. I wasn't in the dating field anymore, so I had a tendency to not go to gym as often. Now, it's SO different. I rarely take a day off from doing SOMETHING active. I only go to the gym every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I do my strength training on those days. It's helping a lot because I have lost several inches off my waist already. I am also seeing definiton in my arms and muscles in my calves and thighs! It's crazy! S makes fun of me because I will often say," OH MY GOSH! Look at this muscle! Where did this come from?" I was also against weights because I did not want to get BIG, but now I am learning that I won't.  I am loving the way my body has changed in a short amount of time. I am also doing cardio on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. I don't usually work out on Sunday, but a lot of times S and I will go for a walk, ride bikes, etc. My cardio days consists of runs, the elliptical, Spin class, and work out videos at home. My favorite workout videos are: Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred & Jillian Michaels' Fat Burner. Once school is out, I am anxious to try more classes in the morning. I'm sure I will love the body sculpting classes. I am also LOVING my runs now! I am MUCH more in shape, so it's amazing to see how far I can run. I ran three miles on Saturday morning..It's not a lot to some of you, but was a HUGE step for me! ha! As far as my eating.....80% of what you put in your mouth is the key to a successful diet. Only about 20% is your exercise routine. I witnessed this when S and I went to Florida for Spring Break. I gained 0 pounds back because I was adement about following my diet closely. I have a long way to go, but I am learning to love what I am. I am 5'11...I am not supposed to be a size 6 nor have I EVER been a size 6, and I'm okay with that... If you have ANY questions about what I have been doing as far as my eating habits or exercising, feel free to email me! :) 
I attached some motivational photos below to show you how far
I have come! :) 
Dec 2011 on the left
March 2013 on the right

November 2012 on the left
April 2013 on the right



Faith said...

That's awesome! You look incredible! Keep it up :)

Sunkissed and Southern said...

Girl, you are looking so good!! Thanks for the dose of motivation. It always helps when you read and hear about others that are trying to keep up a healthy lifestyle too.

I need to do a weight loss update soon on my blog, but I want to wait till I get a little futher a long! :)

Morgan Neal said...

So proud of you! Now give me some tips. I'm super motivated just don't know what to do to get my weight down. I eat really good just need to figure out what kind of workout is right for my body.. David has been so much help. But any additional insight I would love!

You look amazing. Your hair grows so fast! Love it super short!


There's No Place Like Memphis Mama said...

You look great! Share some of your healthy food ideas. I am always looking for new ideas:)

Caroline said...

You are rocking it! I wish I could be as motivated as you to cook!

Tess said...

YOU GO GIRL. You are looking amazing - especially in your OOTD on instagram!

Keep up the steallr work, I know it's not easy but clearly it's worth it!


CHAS said...

You look great, keep it up!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.


Lauren said...

You look great! Congrats on your weight loss!

Chicago Mom (Heather) said...

I've been following you on Instagram so I know how fantastic you look!! You are right, 80% is what you eat/drink.

You are a workout queen! That is very motivational. I love this post!

Whitney said...

This is so encouraging to read!! GREAT JOB, GIRL!!