Where do I even begin?! These last 5 months have flown by. I blinked, and suddenly it is July. It almost doesn’t even seem fair how quickly time passes. That being said I would like to first say “Thank You!” to each of you who have provided words of support, encouragement and constant motivation this year as I pursued my personal, professional and physical fitness goals. What a journey it has been so far!
For those of you arriving a little late to the party, you can catch up on where my journey began here.
I took some time off from my trainer for the month of May and focused on finding a balance in my lifestyle and healing my overstressed IT Band. I’ve become very fond of biking, hiking and well, eating here in Korea. I was busy traveling for work, pleasure and then off to the U-S-of-A for a quick visit with my family. Nothing was conducive to being focused on the gym or meal planning.
Well folks, I would say I have gotten a lot better at this whole balance thing! I invested in an ISO bag in order to pack my prepped meals. Sunday afternoons I meal prep for the week and Monday morning I am able to pack up my bag and take it to work with me. Breakfasts, lunches and snacks for the week. No excuses! It has been a life savior and is wonderful for traveling too. Prepping all my foods on Sunday saves me time during the week. I tend to get out of work after 6 p.m. so by the time I hit the gym and bike home it’s already after 8, sometimes 9. The last thing I want to think about is cooking, but this way the only reason not to eat what is prepped is excuses.
I’ve also stopped guilting myself if I don’t make it to the gym. Your mental fitness is just as equally important as your physical fitness. Most days a good workout does the trick to destress after work, but some times the best thing for me is to go home, sit on the couch with Netflix on and have a glass of wine. In the last 2 months I have added a yoga mat and resistance bands to my apartment. Having the ability to workout from home, even if something quick, has been great! Resistance bands don’t take up a lot of space, you can buy different levels based on your abilities and you can literally use them for practically any muscle group. Quick search of some exercises and I was on my way!
Most importantly though, be sure you are fueling your body correctly. I LOVE FOOD. Any of you who follow me on social media understand that. My love of carbs and chocolate is constantly having to be set aside for the greater good…my desire to have abs that is. One thing I suggest is, you won’t eat it if you don’t buy it. I never go grocery shopping hungry, I always stick to the list I planned beforehand and I’m on a budget like most of you, so I don’t want the healthy/meal planned food to go to waste, that’s my hard earned money! Don’t pick up the pack of Oreos, the Cheetos you’re craving or the Pepsi in the cooler. Find a tastey alternative. I’ve found I love Gouda Triscuits, Buff Bake Peanut Butter on Rice Cakes and a cold sparkling mineral water with lemon. Once you change your lifestyle you will crave those terrible things less. Promise.
I also utilize NLA for Her supplements. Their products are my favorite, and I am slightly bias because they sponsor my trainer and she’s the bomb-dot-com. They work for me, they may not work for you, but I suggest if you’re busy getting serious, you get seriously busy about adding some form of supplement to your workout regime. My 4 main go-to products are their Whey Protein (chocolate eclair of course), Uplift for Pre-Workout, Amino Blend for during my lift and Shred Her twice daily (I also have a few other items I have recently started incorporating but that’s for another time). I can easily see a difference in my recovery time if I don’t include my Amino Blend with my workout and the Whey Protein helps with getting enough protein in my diet during the week with the added bonus of being delicious!
With all that being said, I present to you a peak into my progress. There is nothing to credit but hard work and guidance from my trainer. I am so incredibly excited to share with you all. If I can do it, you can do it. There are no excuses to large to get in your way. Make your goals, share them with those around you and hold yourself accountable.
(Left is February 2016- 135lbs 29″ waist; Right is July 4, 2016- 121lbs 26″ waist)