oh no.. not another "my fitness journey" blogger. I know these can get quite repetitive but I also know how motivating it can be to see someone you know or follow do something like this. 

I started my fitness kick at the beginning of the month... July 2nd to be exact. Why?

Well... for some odd reason I got on my husband's old school scale... and it read 180 lbs. I nearly freaked, as I couldn't believe it. I was convinced the scale was broken, so I ordered a bluetooth/digital scale to make sure. Seeing the number 180 made me realize that all the pasta, bagels, pizza and ice cream have caught up to me. 

The new scale arrived and guess what? My husband's scale was wrong... I was actually weighing 189 lbs. In 2016 I was weighing about 162 lbs, and I haven't weighed myself since then, really. 

I underwent surgery (not cosmetic) in October 2016 and gave myself some time to heal... more than a year it seems. It wasn't only physical healing that I needed, I also had to heal mentally. I feel like I'm at a good place to start this journey. My finances are in check and I had already joined the gym 5 months ago, paying for it and only going once a month. So the thought of me getting back into fitness has always been there, subconsciously. Of course, my clothes are fitting tighter and I have to buy bigger sizes. I still love my body and I'm thankful for it, but I have neglected it. 

How I started: 

1. I bought a Fitbit off of amazon. It definitely motivates you to MOVE more. I tend to be a lazy hermit on weekends and as soon as I get off work, but this robot on my wrist keeps me going. It'll remind you to move if you haven't in an hour, it'll celebrate when you reach your goal, and you can also motivate your friends/family that have one. It motivates me to WALK the 1.2 miles from the train station to home after work. I also love that the scale I bought is synced to it and tracks my weight automatically. 

2. I got rid of processed food and have only been buying whole/real foods. I also cut off my sugar intake.. especially in my morning coffee (cafe con leche). I replaced whole milk with coconut/almond milk and only use like two teaspoons of brown raw sugar (Goal is to 0). I learned how to make healthy meals thru youtube and I made a list in my bullet journal of the meals I can eat so that if I don't know what to make, I can look at the list and make something off the list. 

Breakfast: avocado + ezekiel bread, eggs, coffee with coconut/almond milk, acai berry bowls

Lunch/Dinner: chicken, salmon, ground turkey, broccoli, asparagus, sweet potatoes, quinoa, brussell sprouts, cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, plantains, salad (romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes)

Snacks: skinny popcorn, fresh fruit (pineapples, watermelon, oranges), raw almonds, tea

3. I watched plenty of motivating youtube videos from girls that have lost weight, but not in unrealistic amounts of time.. girls who have given their bodies time to adjust. Here are some I recommend: 

4. I followed motivating women on social media. Since i spend so much time on it, I'd like to be inspired to MOVE and get a workout in. Here are some: @jillianmichaels @shannonnadj @daisyducklings.journey @toningtoni

5. I set a goal weight. I know this can be controversial, but it makes sense to me and my body type. My goal weight is 150 lbs. I'm not giving myself a set time to reach it. I just want to reach that goal. 

6. I set up a "gym" routine. Back in Florida, I really enjoyed the Jillian Michaels 30 Days Shred dvd and it helped me get back into the routine (shout out to diana___marie for introducing me). I didn't want to go HARD immediately, so I gave my body time to adjust. I began Day 1 on July 3rd. The plan is to do this for 30 days, then I will do the 30 Days Ripped dvd, then the 6 weeks to 6 pack dvd. I have also incorporated 40 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill which gets me to 3 miles and then 20 minutes on level 3 of the stairmaster (I used to do level 7 and thats my goal with that). Me going to the gym has been EXTRA and I'm making it a habit to go Saturday & Sunday. Trying to figure out how to squeeze it during the weekday (I have a 1.5 hour commute to and from work and work 8 hours). The goal is to sweat EVERYDAY. 

7. I don't look in the mirror when I workout, I look at the video instead. This helps with my mental state. If I see myself in the mirror, I get down and sad. It's just a reminder of how much work I have to put in, so I just avoid that feeling by not looking at myself in the mirror - sometimes. Other times I like to check my form and whatnot. It just depends on the day and if I feel fragile or not. 


8. I created a WORKOUT chart in my bullet journal and bought stickers to give myself a star every time I completed a workout and make note of what workout I did on the day. 

9. I made my family and friends aware of what I'm trying to do. I needed accountability and motivation. (thank you to my Mom and Debbie)

10. I bought a big and transparent water bottle from Outdoor Voices and fill it up. It's easy to see when I need more water and it's big enough that 2-3 of them a day gets me thru. (thank you @esteelalonde for this recommendation)

11. I realized that weight loss is simple math. You have to lose more calories than what you put into your body. Set your mind to it. Even if the hunger pains strike and your body "thinks its hungry" you have to work with it. Sometimes that hunger pain can be dehydration. Your body is also used to you stuffing your face, so it will take some time for it to adapt to your new eating habits. DON'T STARVE YOURSELF -please, tho. 

How's it going so far: 

As you can see from the above photo, I'm only on week 3 of this. It's early for me to give advice/tips but I just wanted to share this with you all in case you needed that extra push. I believe we can do anything we set our minds to. MIND OVER MATTER

Anyway, I will update you as I go. I have lost 5 lbs since July 3rd and I'm hoping to be down another 5 by the end of the month. Part of me blogging is me being super transparent and sharing my life at the moment with you. 

Thanks for reading. <3 Lauren