Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fitness Talk

Hey friends!!!

Have a seat. Go refill your coffee.

Or leave. No hard feelings if you do.

I have a bunch of jumbled up thoughts, all fitness related, as I am on my last week of Jamie Eason's LiveFit 12 week training program. I might share the before and after pictures on here, but I am not sure if I am ready to be that vulnerable.

The results I have gotten are amazing. I am not where I want to be but I am far from where I use to be. I have also become a lil bit obsessed with weight training. I even find myself lusting over athletic shoes... what the what?! 

Don't workout to lose weight, workout to get fit!!!!!!
{you will lose weight in the process!}

MUSTS {in my own opinion}:

1. EAT CLEAN, EAT CLEAN, EAT CLEAN!!! Jamie Eason can help you with it! Yes, it's a lot of work (meal prep, grocery shopping, dining out, etc). Yes, it requires a lifestyle change. But hey, you wanna get to your goal? You want that hot bod? OK then. This is the first and most important step. Even if you aren't training, this is so so so good for you!!! I can not express it enough. Yes, I still have 'cheat meals' and yes I still drink a Dr. Pepper (my one true love) every now and then but honestly, I don't think people realize what they are putting into their bodies. It's going to take you 10x more work to work off that can of soda. Make smart choices. It'll pay off. Trust me.
2. WEIGHT TRAIN. Once upon a time I thought I could lose weight and tone up by just doing cardio alone. Wrong. I saw very little results. You have got to weight train! It's important for your core and the weight will shed a whole lot easier as you lean up. No, you will not bulk up. It is almost impossible for women to bulk up. So stop using that as an excuse. Not sure how to use weights? Bodybuilding.com! They have instructional videos of how to use weights and machines and for free! That's where I learned everything. Don't be afraid of getting in there with the men. Claim your bench and get to work. When weight training it is suggested to drink protein shakes within 30 minutes after your workout.
3. CARDIO. This is my nemesis. I have grown to loathe cardio. I'm struggling with it this week actually, but cardio is where your excess weight will come off and your muscle definition will start to show/you'll lean out.

Where do I get my inspiration/motivation? A lot has come from my results. Seeing my body change for the better keeps me going. But I also get it from Pinterest, following female athletes/bodybuilders (like Jamie Eason) on Facebook, and having someone to root you on, like Soldier Boy.

No gym membership? Another popular excuse, one I have used all too much. With the internet at your finger tips, there are plenty of at home workouts you can find. Get yourself a nice set of weights and get er done!

Have questions? Feel free to ask, I will do my best to answer, I am still learning!
Want to add to this list? Feel free to leave it in a comment.


Miss Chelsea said...

dang guns

Mateya said...

You are so right. Weight training is absolutely key...it can change your whole body!

I am so proud of you...you look fantastic! Soldier Boy is one lucky dude ;)

Kristin said...

Woohoo! Look at those biceps girl! So proud of you for doing this. - Keep up the good work, and thanks for the inspiration!

Ashley said...

Great post! The internet/pinterest has great at home workouts for people to do anywhere and most of the time with only 1 or 2 pieces of equipment. Keep up the great work!

Erica said...

Look at those guns!! You wear them well! You inspired me a few posts back to do this. I start on April 15th (I'm moving across the country between now and then, so I didn't think that was a good time to start :)) and am super excited! How hard were the first few weeks?

Jamie said...

First, i want that tank!!! LOL
I just started P90X yesterday and LOVE it!!! I've lost 30 pounds so far and completely gave up my beloved Dr. Pepper!!! I do Shakeology too and became a Beachbody coach because I love it so much!
You look amazing, girl! You will totally rock it!!!! :)

Ashley Marie said...

get it girl! Great post! my nemesis is weight training =/ i LOVE cardio! Just think if our powers were combined - we would be INCREDIBLE =)

Lauryn said...

Man, I reaaaaally need to get my booty in gear! We have multiple gyms, yoga studios, and zumba classes right by our house but I keep dragging my feet. No more excuses, I need to get in shape!

Your shirt in that last photo is really cute!

Jenn @ West Sac Honey said...

Get it girl! I started her workout routine awhile back but fell off the wagon.. I think I'm going to mix it with my current new thing C25K.. Love weight training just hate doing it at 5:30pm with all the juice heads :)

Jamie said...

dang girl! your arm is awesome!

BlessedMama said...

Ugh, my BIG downfall is eating clean/healthy! :(
What size weights do you use at home?
My hubby and I get our supplements from BodyBuilding.com; I did not know they had instructional videos though, I am definately going to check those out.
Thanks for sharing!!!!

Megan said...

You are so inspirational!! So proud of you!!

Kasey Lynne said...

It's so true...what you put IN your mouth is more than half the battle for losing weight. I learned that when I did weight watchers in high school. I wasn't even exercising everyday, maybe 3 times a week, and I lost SO much weight just by changing my eating habits.

Thanks for posting all of this! It's great inspiration!

Chrissi said...

you go girl! i am clean eating too...so fun :) if by fun you mean tough but worth it! XO

Brooke said...

Love this post :) Thanks for sharing! You are really encouraging! And you look fantastic! Im planning on starting weight training next week...hoping to look like you eventually!

Jane said...

Look at those guns! Love! I so agree with eating clean. It's amazing what we can put in our bodies without even thinking twice about it. I did SO bad while Daniel was deployed. And, I am so excited that he is back and I will actual come up with healthy meal plans and cook.

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

I have been trying to be better at working out and my favorite quote I have heard which this post reminded me of...are you ready? Skinny people look good in clothes, Fit people look good naked :) LOVE IT, and SO TRUE! I want to be FIT!

undomestic chica said...

I so needed to see this! I've been doing 30 Day Shred but sabotaging myself with my sweet tooth. I love weights but hate cardio. I can feel myself getting more toned but can't see it yet under my post-baby flab. I'm assuming I need to do more cardio but don't want to. Thanks for sharing your insight!

Venessa said...

Thank you for sharing this! I will have to look into her program. I hate cardio too so I am going to have to find something fun to do!