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Fitness Fridays: My Progress

I am so excited. I weighed myself this morning and I am currently 182.4. This is the smallest I’ve been since summer 2010. I know I’ve lost weight because none of my 16 and most of my 14 sized pants don’t fit anymore. I was walking around Kroger yesterday, and my pants almost fell down lol!

It feels good to reach my goals. The change happened slower than I was expecting but it still feels great nonetheless. I just wanted to give you guys an update and some motivation. YOU CAN DO IT! Especially if I did it.

Have a great weekend!

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August Progress/September Goals

I lost 3 pounds and I reached my goal of working out at least 20 times for the month. I am losing inches so I am satisfied about not reaching my goal of losing 10 lbs. My sister lost 10 pounds this month though, so I’m happy for her.

Goals for August 2012

  1. Workout 20 times for the month (DONE!)
  2. Lose 10 pounds (as of September 1 my weight is 186)
  3. Have ONE cheat day a week (this did not happen lol)
  4. Help my sister lose 10 pounds (Done!)

Stats:September 1
Weight 186
Waist 31.5
Hips 44
Bust 38
Thigh 26
Calf 15.5
Bicep 13.5

This month I would like to lose at least 5 lbs. I would also like to be able to run a mile in at least 12 minutes. How did you do for the month of August?

August Progress/September Goals

I lost 3 pounds and I reached my goal of working out at least 20 times for the month. I am losing inches so I am satisfied about not reaching my goal of losing 10 lbs. My sister lost 10 pounds this month though, so I’m happy for her.

Goals for August 2012

  1. Workout 20 times for the month (DONE!)
  2. Lose 10 pounds (as of September 1 my weight is 186)
  3. Have ONE cheat day a week (this did not happen lol)
  4. Help my sister lose 10 pounds (Done!)

Stats:September 1
Weight 186
Waist 31.5
Hips 44
Bust 38
Thigh 26
Calf 15.5
Bicep 13.5

This month I would like to lose at least 5 lbs. I would also like to be able to run a mile in at least 12 minutes. How did you do for the month of August?

Fitorbit Trial: Online Personal Training

Today is the first day of my Fitorbit Personal Training. It’s an online based training. You get matched to a Fitorbit training expert based on your personality and goals. Your trainer will work with you to create an interactive fitness plan filled with personalized workouts and meals that easily fit into your busy schedule. Your trainer will monitor your progress, answer any questions that come up during the day, and give you motivation and feedback to help you stay on track to slim down and tighten up.

I chose to go with a woman who seems likes she’s on it when it comes to fitness and body building, which is what I want to achieve. Her name is Terri West (in the picture). She shot me over a plan yesterday, and I am currently following it somewhat (I haven’t gone shopping for the week yet, I will tonight). I will also try out her workouts, and today’s it back and chest, which I am excited about. I don’t like the fact that it doesn’t seem very personalized at all, it seems computer generated. However, I will try it and see how things go. My trial ends September 4th, so if I lose the last 7 pounds in my goal, I’ll be happy. If she can motivate me after that time period, I may try it for a few more months. We will see 🙂

I am also doing a 30 day plank challenge. It started yesterday and everyday I hold my plank for a little longer. On day 30 I would like to be at 2 minutes. I am currently at 1:02.1 Wish me luck!

 

Are any of you guys currently doing a fitness challenge? How is it going?

Motivational Mondays-I am not an expert.

I find it hilarous that because my friends know that I workout regularly now, they come to me for advice. I mean sure, I read and research a lot, but by no means am I am expert. I do however find this to be somewhat motivational. It’s like listening in class even if you don’t want to because you know your teacher may call on you. Nowadays, I study and research fitness online because I not only thrive on learning, but because I know I may get asked something by a friend. It’s slightly rewarding to help out as well. It keeps me on my toes, and the more I learn, the more I realize that working out is important, point blank. I started my journey just wanting to lose weight to look good, now I do it to be healthy as well. I really haven’t been focused on the scale like I used to be, I mainly like going to the gym and seeing how much more weight I can lift than I did last week, and how many more miles I can get in running. I’m strong, I’m happy, oh and I’m pretty of course.

Have a great Monday!

Guest Post-The Wrong Carb Mindset

Hello! My name is Alek, I am a 15-year-old MALE (in a world of ALL female) healthy living/fitness/food/running blogger. My blog is called Run Serve Cook because I run XC, play tennis and like to cook and experiment with food all the time;)

So now onto my first guest post! I was really excited when Coco at  emailed me and asked if I wanted to guest post, I was happy to give it a try!

Carbs. What are carbs? Carbs or carbohydrates are what gives your body the fuel and energy to do anything. Sit, eat, run, workout, anything you name it carbs can fuel it. Carbs along with protein and fats are where all of our energy comes from. Carbs are the best fuel for exercise though because they are easily converted to energy and stored in our muscles for later use. Protein can fuel exercise too but is mainly used for repairing cells and growing muscles. Protein calories and carb calories are not equal because only some amino acids in proteins are usable for fuel. Fats are more calorie dense and also can fuel but the body first uses stored carbs to power through the day.

That being said carbs are ESSENTIAL! Carbs are the most important for endurance athletes and growing teens because if the body has no fuel it starts “eating” itself for fuel (that’s what happened to me). In growing teens without carbs(and more calories than needed) it is almost impossible to grow any more muscle because all energy is put into living. Carbs should account for anywhere from 40%(losing weight)-75%(gaining mass or heavy exercise). I found this online to back this up.

The problem I find is the misconception about carbs people have. I know from experience because I had this misconception also. People think some carbs are BAD and some are just fine. I thought this when I first started my journey to recovery so I asked someone very knowledgeable in the subject and they told me for me carb=carb no good no bad just carb. For someone exercising a lot or trying to bulk up a carb should be a carb don’t overanalyze it.

If you search carbs the first few links all go to websites showing “good” and “bad” carbs. This stuff is good but you don’t need to live always by this! The first link says “What should I eat?” The answer is simple unless you are trying to lose weight, ANYTHING if you trying to grow and gain don’t cower away from “simple” carbs don’t discriminate them and make them feel bad about themselves! They can’t help being tasty but not keeping you satisfied, it is just in there nature!

Now I am not saying some carbs are not better scientifically than others. Some burn slower giving you sustained energy, no crash and satisfy you longer. Some had fiber which helps your digestive system. Some have gluten which some people are allergic to. Complex carbs like whole grains, sweet potatoes, legumes and brown rice are definitely better choices than simple carbs like sugar, pop, cookies and other yummy treats but don’t obsess. Treat yourself sometimes! You deserve it after that tough workout! Instead of 50g of carbs from whole grain bread have a couple Oreos or some ice cream. Live life and don’t let food control you. Don’t avoid certain foods because they are all carbs and no protein.

I know this is all true because over the past month I have done this and gained about 8 pounds! I still look great (click the progress link at the top to see me!). Odds are increasing your carbs you will feel more alive more energetic and more free. Let go of your carbophobia and enjoy!

I hope you learned something from this! I tried my best even though I am not a writer but if you could come check out my blog Run Serve Cook that would be really awesome! While you there enter my giveaway here ! ;)The story of my blog is me trying to live a healthier happier life and get better with people and also get fitter. I am also an aspiring model and soon have a big break were I could get scholarships and signed if I bulk up and look good enough! (see here) Recently I have been growing some and getting some samples to review which I love! I also am hosting my first giveaway right now on amazing Justin’s Nut Butter, go here to see and enter! I also have twitter and instagram @runservecook and a facebook page. If you want to learn more or have questions feel free to ask! My email is alekprus@aol.com.

Guest Post: Fitness Fridays-How to Change Your Life with Exercise

This article was written by Jim over at www.gymsource.net and I was in no way compensated by the company. Enjoy!

It is not uncommon for a person to live a relatively sedentary life.  You, yourself, may work a desk job or you may even be unemployed and spend the majority of your time on a couch at home.  Exercise can literally be one of the best things a person introduces into their daily regiment.  There are so many benefits to incorporating physical activity into your life that it may even make you wonder why you have never established a workout plan beforehand.  The first step is knowing what exercise can do for you and then creating a workout plan to match.

Exercise has a limitless amount of benefits for both the mind and body.  One thing that daily exercise can do is to strengthen muscles and encourage weight loss.  It has been estimated that people who exercise while dieting will lose more weight and more quickly than people whom simply cut down on calories alone.  This is due to the fact that just about any exercise will burn the calories that you consume in a day.  When coupled with a healthy diet, you will be amazed at how much weight you can lose within a matter of just a few weeks or months.

The mental benefits of exercise are also fantastic and are practically limitless.  When you workout, your body naturally releases endorphins that give you that feel-good feeling that you might get after a restful night of sleep or participating in your favorite activity.  Many people do not exercise because they feel that it will make them even more tired than they already are, but this is actually the exact opposite of what a good workout will do.  You might find that you actually have more energy throughout the day if you exercise and do something that gets your body sweating and your heart pumping.

When it comes to exercise, there are literally dozens of different workouts that you can do.  The important thing is to take a good, solid look at your lifestyle and your current physical state.  For instance, you should not start running miles every day if you haven’t exercised in ten years.  Your body needs to adjust to the workout that you will be doing.  For those who are new to exercise, a simple 10-minute walk a day can help get your body moving to where you can increase that amount to 20 or even 30 minutes each day.  Another thing to do is to fit exercise into your schedule.  If you find that you’re not exercising because you are too busy after work, consider working out before going to the office in the morning.

You should also consider changing your exercises every few weeks.  Exercise helps to boost the metabolism, but when you do the same thing for weeks or even months, the exercise itself is simply not as effective.  You can spend the entire winter using home gym equipment and then spend the summer going for hikes every weekend with a relative or friend.  A change of scenery will also keep you motivated when it comes to making exercise a regular part of your life.  Whenever you find that you are bored when exercising, it means it is time to step things up a bit or change the workout entirely.

 Many people who use treadmills find that walking is a great way to shed some weight.  When walking gets too boring for you or you find your weight at a standstill despite not changing anything, you may want to consider jogging a little bit every day or every other day.  This small change can be a powerful one and will literally boost the metabolism that is helping you burn fat.  Even ellipticals can be a wonderful way to jump-start a workout routine, no matter if you use the machine at home or in a local gym.

 Exercise can be the perfect addition to anyone’s life.  Whether you enjoy doing an hour walk on a treadmill every day or you spend your evenings at a dance class, you will immediately reap the benefits of a thorough workout.  Exercise can relieve depression and can help to prevent major medical conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.  This is why it can benefit you and your family as well.