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October 1: The day i decided to make a change. 21 days in a row going Paelo, 21 days of exercise everyday.

They say it takes 21 days to develop a new habit.

Yesterday was October 1stand I vowed that for at least 21 days, I would go Paleo. It’s been almost 48 hours since this goal and I actually feel better than I have in weeks. Sometimes it’s difficult, because I love chocolate and ice cream so much…but my body feels better. I feel a difference, and I want change for once, I’m not getting any younger and our bodies constantly change. If you make small vows to change every day, you wont have to look back and wonder when you “lost it”.  Where you gave up and settled for what you’ve become. Always make changes, for staying the same is no fun at all.

My Paleo breakfast on day 2

Back to my point. 21 days. For 21 days I will go Paleo and I will work out every single day. On days that I need rest, I will go for a long walk. For any of you that feel this is too much, remember you don’t have to have an intense work out every single day. Or you can, but make sure that one or two of the days is a relaxing workout like yoga or an easy hike. The point is to get off your butt and DO something. Don’t spend your life revolving around your favorite television shows; don’t fit your schedule around drinking and parties, stop making EXCUSES. Make October the beginning of changing your life. At least start with committing to 21 days of doing more than you have before. Once those days are up you can go back to whatever you were doing…but I’m telling you that after 21 days of eating clean or going Paleo, and adding exercise everyday, you will see results and you will not want to stop.

I recently gained weight practically with a blink of my eyes from falling into bad eating habits thinking it wouldn’t affect me and boy was I wrong. I’m now having to challenge myself to BE BETTER and I feel that this is a great opportunity for all of you to also. Follow my Facebook Page because I will be posting results and meals daily to keep whoever wants to

My Paleo lunch on day 2

follow, motivated. I can’t write an entire blog update for every day but I will keep it updated on there. Feel free to also email me or message me on there if you want more motivation or have any questions.

Being stuck is a position few of us like. We want something new but cannot let go of the old – old ideas, beliefs, habits, even thoughts. We are out of contact with our own genius. Sometimes we know we are stuck; sometimes we don’t. In both cases we have to DO something”-Rush Limbaugh

I love that quote. It pretty much sums it up…In order to want something new, we must bring it to our lives. If we want to get rid of our bad habits and thoughts-we must give it up for 21 days and be more positive. Just work hard, eat healthy and try not to weigh yourself or stare at yourself in the mirror too much looking for results. You don’t want to discourage yourself because it wont happen overnight….but within a week or so it will show.

Little Tips before We Start:

-Commit to 21 days. you don’t have to do this your whole life, just commit to this….like Lent but for fitness;)

-Write down your goals for fitness. Where you want to be 21 days from now, by 2013, or a year from now. These next 21 days are just the beginning

-Write what you eat down. Keep track. I like myfitnesspal.com when i am log gin my food intake.

-Read up on eating clean from one of my other entries or go Paleo which helped my dad go from 207 pounds last Christmas to now being 160 pounds or so. He is still eating Paleo and feels more energy from changing his lifestyle.

-De-clutter the “old you” in the next couple days. Get rid of clothes you never wear, get rid of really bad food lingering in your kitchen. give it to the homeless or donate it somewhere, but its not for you. don’t temp yourself. Get ready for the new you.

-Follow me on Facebook or Twitter for daily motivation.

-Remember that i am in this as much as you are. I have trouble with committing to eating well. this is a challenge for all of us.

-Find a friend that will do it with you. and work out together…this will help you stay focused.

-Turn off your television

-HIKE!!!!!!!!!! For any of you that know me, this is my “happy place”. I like to make a list of hikes I want to do and see every week as an opportunity to cross one off.

-Get on Groupon or LivingSocial and find things you’ve never done before. I am addicted to these “deals” because it allows me to try new things I would otherwise never think of doing.

-Other workouts to try other than the basic gym:

  • hiking
  • biking
  • running
  • walking
  • yoga
  • hot yoga
  • pilates
  • pure barre
  • paddleboarding
  • snowboarding/skiing
  • surfing
  • ziplining(for fun:)
  • group sports
  • anything else you can think of! good luck!!!

I am officially obsessed with Cali Yoga and Banya 5. 

This has been a week filled with new experiences and a new hike! A friend of mine has been talking about Cali Yoga forever and how much she loves it! I finally did the introductory $25 dollars for 10 sessions and I fell in love. It’s a power yoga class that is set to only around 80 degrees and I can’t wait to go back this week.

Another thing that happened this week was hiking to Melakwa Lake. Melakwa Lake is connected to the Denny Creek trail but its 9 miles. It was well worth the 9 miles, the entire trail has a lot of different scenery from waterfalls, to wildflowers, deep valleys, rocks and boulders, to finally, the beautiful lake, which is crystal clear and ice cold. It was beautiful, I’m glad that I did a new hike before it got cloudy around here.

Our muscles needed tending after that hike so the following day we went to a place called Banya 5. I found my new addiction, which is hydrotherapy and must go here at least once a week. It’s a wonderful spa that helps your muscles and circulation.

 

We started off in a 200-degree sauna. The heat came from a concrete/brick oven that was made to heat muscles deeply which relaxes then and provides relief to stored tension. After that, we go into the cold plunge pool, which is supposed to “constrict skin pores and blood vessels that have been dilated from the heat to create an invigorating pumping action of the venous system to flush metabolic wastes and toxins”. After that, we went into the Turkish Steam room, which is 113 degrees and pumps heat through a fresh eucalyptus plant. This one was my favorite and I loved all the steam, after this we proceed to the cold plunge, and then into the salt-water pool which is 87 degrees and filled with mineral salt. After this we would rotate through all of them and there was also a hot tub, tea and water room as well as a nap room. It was really relaxing and is so important when you are working out a lot. Right after Banya, we went to Cali Yoga.

I swear, this whole week has been focused on detoxing. I love it because I have had such a bad month of eating horribly and not making the right decisions. I don’t know why it’s been this way but today I really feel the motivation to try harder. I spent 45 minutes on the cycle and had a rough leg workout. My legs feel like jelly. I decided to take “before” pictures today. I am in the worst shape I’ve been in, in a very long time. Tomorrow is the beginning of some new goals. I will take pictures every week to show progress but I am too embarrassed to post today’s pictures. I will wait till I lose some weight.

New Goal: I’m going PALEO starting tomorrow!!!!!

Wish me luck!

I apologize for the negative post previous to this one! Sometimes I feel like I am doing so well, and then I just let myself spiral out of control where I feel like all my hard work is put to waste and I get really hard on myself. I feel like all the training I have been doing has been making me bulk up…I know that is an exaggeration but I know what I like to look like, and how to be that way, so I decided I’m going to tone it down, work at my own pace with more cardio, and cut down my meal portion sizes. My trainer wanted me eating 5-6 meals a day and I feel like since I’ve been doing that, I am constantly anticipating meals when I’m not even hungry. I decided I will not time my food intake, and I will go back to “what I know” to be in the shape that I want. To get back to normal, and the size I’m comfortable with, the diet I went by was to eat a large breakfast with egg whites and a small green smoothie first thing in the morning…and then eat when I’m HUNGRY. When I am hungry I will still eat a clean diet, but I will not time myself like a little dog anymore. It’s exhausting thinking about food so much.  I think it’s what has been triggering my cravings and overeating.

I am home from vacation and I already miss Florida. I miss being with my best friend, laying in my bikini all day and going out on the town. I am so fortunate to be able to have gone, it was a lovely break from everything. Now that I am home I decided I am going to de-clutter my life and my emotions. I made a new vision board also. It needed some updating from the last one :)

I tried to put an emphasis on purity, the importance of love, my fitness passion, my need for thriving adventures like skydiving and zip lining, it emphasizes my need for hiking and travel, as well as art which I’m strongly passionate about. I have it saved on my phone and on my Mac’s wallpaper image. I want to see it everyday and remind myself of my goals. Also, for the first time in ages-I have a magazine clip-out of one of my fitness Idol’s above my mirror in my room. I’m hoping it’ll trigger morning motivation to stick to my goals. It’s an AD for Lean Body but has fitness model Kelsey Byers on it, which as I’ve said before, is a HUGE inspiration. It’s so important to have healthy fitness inspirations. Too many young girls think that it’s so important to be the skinniest girl in the room when you should be really focusing on the inside, and part of that is a healthy body that will prevent sickness and future medical problems.

So Day 1, back in my groove I started the day off with a green smoothie, worked, and after work I had a long Epsom bath with Michael Buble Pandora, my favorite sage candle, and gave myself a face mask. It was great, then I went to Zumba with my friend Ashley, did about 20 more minutes of cardio, then prepared chicken and salad for the week. I was still craving ice cream so I made a Chobani yogurt with a little nutella and a banana and now my ice cream craving is gone. I have a week of exciting workouts ahead of me. Tomorrow I think I’m going paddleboarding and if not, at least running Greenlake with another friend, then I am doing a lot of hot yoga, a few Zumba classes, a could body sculpt classes as well as hiking to Melakwa Lake. I will lose 10 pounds by mid-December. That is my goal and I’m sticking to it!

*above is my exact gym bag. it is perfect. it has so many compartments and it holds so much.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” – Benjamin Franklin

Thankfully I live literally right behind the gym I go to so it makes it easy to just walk over or stop on the way to/from work or school. A great tip for me is packing my gym bag the night before. I leave it in my trunk at all times and I also put extra gym clothes and extra Nike’s in there also in case I am around a great class in the area. Other things I leave in my trunk are extra socks, a camelbak, and water bottles in case I hit a hike or want to go kayaking somewhere far from home.

The key is to always be prepared. Always set yourself up for success without room for excuses.

Today I got off work early and my favorite Zumba instructor was teaching a class 30 minutes after work so I stopped there on my way home. My routine is to do a one-hour cardio class and weights after…then I take a shower and sit in the sauna for 10-15 minutes. It feels amazing after all that working out and after a shower.

Whats in my Gym Bag?

Neon Sports Bras. They are the best.

Lululemon cropped pants, they are the softest and most comfortable

water bottles! and i mix it with zip fizz or workout pre-mix drinks

Nike’s of course!

Other Items I don’t want to find pictures for but I always bring:

  • Flip flops for the shower
  • A towel
  • A small hand towel for the machines
  • A bag of airplane-sized shampoos, conditioner, loofa and facewash/bodywash
  • Extra clothes
  • Phone for Tunes
  • Magazines like Self, Fitness of Shape!
 Remember that you have the ability to be who you want to be and if you want to change, you have to plan and prepare for what you want. Motivate yourself. Be yourself. Love yourself. Don’t worry about anyone around you and know that your health should be a priority and everything you do to help it, will further your future and make you happy.

 

I woke up bright and early this morning and felt super motivated to work out. I spent 30 minutes in a Zumba class that had a teacher I’ve never taken a class from before and the class was too easy so I left and did cardio for 45 more minutes on the machines. After that I did an hour of weight training. It has been a while since I’ve done weight training so I did an all-over workout with lower body, arms and shoulders as well as abs. I do abs every single day even if I don’t go to the gym. It’s been a long week of hiking, color runs, moving my furniture to my new place, and lots of Zumba classes this week. I can definitely see the difference within the week. I’ve been trying to eat better also but that has been a challenge because I practically am living out of my car for how busy I have been. I had lunch with one of my best friends today and got a salad with grilled chicken and no dressing. This is unlike myself, I love burgers and the place we went to has amazing burgers. But I need to stay motivated.

I need to start doing weights more often because I see faster results and I tighten up fast compared to just cardio. I love Zumba though and I will still do it because it makes me happy and sweat like crazy.

The Rest of My Week:

  • Thursday: Pilates@11:00am then Zumba@12:00pm
  • Friday: Lower Body Weights and Zumba@5:45pm
  • Saturday: Upper Body Weights and 5 mile run
  • Sunday: Rest
  • Monday: Zumba@5:45pm then Lower Body Weights

EVERYDAY I WILL DO ABS. EVERYDAY I WILL TRY HARDER THAN THE DAY BEFORE. It’s easy to give up but its much more rewarding to keep active and keep a routine. I have Survivor MudRun and Warrior Dash coming up as well as lots of boats and being in a bikini so I need to stay active!

This week has been insane. 3 Zumba classes this week, a kickboxing bootcamp class, lots of extra cardio hours with my magazines….I know I need to get more weight training in but I am definitely on a Zumba high. Our instructor is just so amazing and with an amazing instructor, everything is more fun. Group Fitness is my favorite because it doesn’t feel like a workout. You can be dripping sweat by the end of the session and you just feel amazing and feel like you were just having fun! Anyway its 1 month till June and 50 days till Arizona with the girls! I need to buckle down on my fitness goals!

How to Set Fitness Goals:

  1. Sit down with a pen and paper, maybe some magazines and write down the person you want to become. Maybe make a vision board. Write down your body fat% goal, your BMI goal, a schedule for your workout plans, slimmer waistline, a faster mile; anything to work towards.
  2. Be realistic about your goals but remember anything can be attainable as long as you stick with it.
  3. Possibly hire a nutritionist, personal trainer, or life coach to help you achieve what you want for yourself.
  4.  Start Today. Don’t wait till tomorrow, what you could start today.

Remember that the KEY COMPONENTS to Fitness goals are Physical, Nutritional, and Behavioral. You cant have one without the other to truly be successful.

  • Physical Fitness speeds up everything you do. Get outside, take a group fitness class, walk more and drive less, plan fitness plans with friends. Set your goals to be more active with your days.
  • Nutrition is vital. We eat so many preservatives and “diet” products that actually make it a more complex way to lose weight. All you need is clean eating…a diet with rich lean meats, fruits and vegetables and healthy fats. Make sure to give your body the fuel it needs to get through the day. DRINK LOTS OF WATER. Keep busy and don’t eat for fun or when you’re in a bad mood.
  • Behavioral is also important. We sometimes forget that we do things everyday that hold us back like over-consuming alcohol, eating dessert everyday, not getting enough sleep at night, smoking cigarettes, drinking energy drinks, and laying around watching TV and being lazy. Sometimes we surround ourselves with unhealthy, unhappy people that bring us down. Fitness Goals should be LIFE GOALS. You should want to become a better person as a whole and sometimes we really need to truly look at who we are in order to change. Change takes time but its not impossible.

“Don’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it”

~ Cale Yarborough

This quote explains how I feel today. It’s funny the people we have to interact with in everyday life. Some people are level-headed and motivated to be better people as individuals, and others spend their time drinking away their life, living vicariously through other people, choosing to see life as a game that they never actually win. I could have a good day, i could have a bad day, but I have a good heart and I care about succeeding in life. Some people live their life from person to person, bottle to bottle hoping they will find meaning to their life but forget whats right for themselves and spend their days sabotaging other peoples days because they are unhappy with who they have become.

When you take care of yourself, challenge yourself in learning your passions, experience new things, discover who you are, eat the right foods, surround yourself with real friends and don’t drown yourself at a bottle of tequila or do drugs, you will find these things as an advantage to see clearly. No matter what I go through and have to face in life beats being ignorant and taking advantage of what I have around me.

You can succeed at anything you do as long as you appreciate what you have, when you have it and try as hard as possible. I’m grateful for my amazing friends, my education, my drive for life, and the fact that I do not waste my time with unworthy people.

Things to look forward to:

  • Florida&Cruise to the Bahamas in September
  • Skydiving&Bungee jumping the next few weeks
  • More hikes this spring! I’ve done most the hikes all over this area so hopefully I will start doing more challenging ones this summer.
  • COLOR RUN!!!

The only way to see results, is to truly love yourself.

love where you are in life

love your decisions

love the people in your life

love the accessibility to different and amazing food options (some people do not have choices)

love your body for what it is right now

love the fact that you have the ability to change who you are.

love the fact that every single person’s view of beauty, is different then another persons….

and you do not have to look like something different than you are right now.

if you do not feel this way, do something about it.

do it today. do not go on a diet. DO NOT DIET.that is not loving yourself. that is hating yourself and forcing your body to go into shock and be deprived.

As I’ve said before, do the Paleo Diet, or eat better.

Eat better in the means of adding variety and amazing flavors to your diet.

Eat vegetables, eat fruits, eat lean meats, eat whole grains.

Embrace cooking.

When you decide you don’t like what you look like, take a closer look at how you live your life. Sometimes we stuff our faces with bad food like McDonalds, Soda, Alcohol, Candy, Cigarettes, MORE FAST FOOD, packaged meal bars that are supposed to suffice an entire meal, lemon water diets, starvation diets, overworking our body with exercise that exhausts us and makes us hate exercise.

All you need to be healthy, is to eat food that adds benefit to your body and improves nutrition: go for a walk, go for a run, if you are social….go to a class at the gym where you will be surrounded by other motivating people. If it is nice outside go for a hike, play some golf, or walk the dogs.

I have always been avid about working out. There have been times in my life where i have found myself looking unhealthy. I have never been overweight but I have had times where I have not cared enough to work out. I would drink every weekend, sometimes even throughout the week and it shows. I have had times where I’ve worked out 3 hours everyday and ate well and got fit and skinny but nothing is better than who I am today.

Today I can wake up, work out if i have time, start every morning with a nutritious smoothie and eggwhite omelets. I can plan events like the Color Run, or hikes, or classes at the gym with friends, and make meals that I enjoy…and I am still completely content with myself in comparison to when I worked out 3 hours a day because I wanted to be skinny.Today I look at 3 hours a day and see that as a bit excessive. I am not making this blog to become a fitness model, or to compete in those fitness competitions (because i would lose all my lady parts if i got that in-shape), I am here to show you that fitness starts in the mind. You need to do things because your body needs it, and you want to be healthy in the long run. All those diets and diet pills and quick ways thin, as well as your bad eating habits, will only give you more health problems in the future. Don’t workout to be skinny, but work out to be healthy.

Working out is the best antidepressant. Be grateful for your body and treat it well.

The last few days I have been juicing for breakfast and it has been amazing. On Thursday I made a smoothie with mulled flaxseed, a whole apple, half a banana, and water. This morning I was starving so I had a huge smoothie with oatmeal(it was good), an apple, a banana, a carton of blueberries, a few blackberries and blackberry honey with water and ice. It was delicious. I realize now that you don’t need milk-products or added sugar to have a delicious smoothie that is also filling.

I can’t wait for spring and summer to come to the Northwest. I feel that I can’t accomplish as much when our forecast is a week of solid downpours of rain everyday. I have been eating well to make up for it and I have TRX tonight which is much needed for my lazy self lately. Monday I start spring quarter. I decided that starting this summer/winter quarter I am going to also get my personal training/wilderness skill certificates at my school. I think it will be a good add-on for my blog and fitness ideas.

Another thing that happens on Monday is the opening of registration for the Seattle Color Run!!!!!

Last year my friends and I did the Warrior Dash and had so much fun, so i know we will have even more fun doing this Color Run! Here are some pictures from Warrior Dash this past summer:


I don’t know all the runs that I’m doing this year but there are a lot coming up and it will be a blast. Until then I am just staying busy with working, TRX, gym classes, and eating well. I realize I need to keep focusing on myself and strengthening myself to be the best I can be. Sometimes I forget what I am worth and the ability I have to change things that aren’t going my way. Sometimes the reason you do not take those first steps to being who you are supposed to be, is because you are living in fear. I have been LIVING IN FEAR. I fear to fail, I fear I don’t know the correct answers or solutions so I often find myself doing nothing. But doing nothing will get you no where quick.

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

~Anthony Robbins

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