Saturday, December 21, 2013

Another Reason Why Rx is Awesome

Umm yeah…if your gym had a mascot this adorable, you'd be addicted too! Haha he's the Grinch for the Christmas potluck they're having tonight! I wish I could be at the Christmas party right now, but I'm working….boooo :( Little Foot is clearly my favorite workout buddy!!

Red Hot Apple Pie In a Mug

This is one of my FAVORITE dessert recipes! It's SO delicious, and only 135 calories! YUM!

1 medium Fuji apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
12 - 15 pieces Red Hots Cinnamon Flavored Candy
1/2 sheet (2 crackers) low-fat cinnamon graham crackers
2 tbsp Fat Free Reddi-Whip
Dash of cinnamon

Put apple cubes in a microwavable cup or mug. Top with Red Hots (the more you use, the hotter your pie in a mug will be)! Cover and microwave for 1 minute. Stir well. Re-cover and microwave for an additional 1 - 2 minutes, until apple cubes are soft.

Meanwhile, place graham crackers in a plastic bag and thoroughly crush through the bag; set aside.

Once cup or mug is cool enough to handle, mix contents well. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes (if you can resist eating it!).

Top with most of the crushed graham crackers followed by the whipped topping.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and remaining crushed grahams! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Getting Back in the Game

I have been SO eager to get back to the gym! Both my doctors and my trainer recommended that I take a little time to rest up and give my body a little time to get adjusted to the pain meds, which I agree was probably a smart suggestion... I was overjoyed to get the approval from my coach to get to hit the gym on Wednesday (16th) and he customized an awesome upper body and ab workout for me! I was definitely sore the next day, but it felt awesome to get back into a semi-normal routine!

Beginning the Healing Process

I definitely haven't been following the doctor's orders of 2 weeks total bed rest. When I went in yesterday for my follow-up appointment, the doctors seemed very pleased with how everything was healing! Woohoo! I had to get X-rays taken and finally got my hard cast! I go in for another check-up in 2 weeks.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Slight Set-Back

Okay….so it's more than a "slight" set-back. I shattered my foot at the gym last Friday and am completely non-weight bearing for 8 weeks. I was lifting a 250 pound tire (yes, I've done this successfully multiple times) and stepped back to get more leverage, and completely slipped…resulting in the massive tire smashing my whole left foot…loudest. snap. of. my. life.
Unfortunately, this is going to push back my estimated competition time a few months, but I'm not going to let it discourage me too much! I have taken this week off from the gym (only because my doctor and trainer basically threatened me if I attempted to work out during this first week), but I fully intend to get back to work next week with intense upper body workouts to stay somewhat on track!

Oh yeah, did I mention that it was my BIRTHDAY weekend, and that I ended up having surgery on my actual birthday?! Talk about a memorable 20th b-day….

Monday, December 2, 2013

Birthday Workouts Rock

After this experience, I'm definitely anxious to see what Jeff has in store for my birthday coming up on the 7th! It usually involves some clever play on words mixed with some of the birthdayee's favorite exercises!

Workout #1

Getting adjusted to this kind of high-intensity workout took a few classes and some very descriptive instructions from my trainer Jeff, but I can finally get through the hour and feel like I succeeded!!

RX Strength Training

So interval strength training is new to me. It's similar to cross-fit, but more tailored for each individual person. It's very intense, but produces amazing results for what seems like way less grueling work than going to a normal gym every day for 2 hours! Currently, I do strength training classes 3 times a week for an hour each time. The workouts are always different and constantly push my limits, so I don't get bored! I've been taking classes for 3 weeks now, and am absolutely ADDICTED! I wish I had some "before" pictures in these same poses before I started working out at all, but at least these give a good indication of how I looked at the very start of strength training. 

New Goals

I like to set goals for myself as a way to stay motivated and track my progress. One of my first goals was just to stop over eating, and now I'm able to balance eating healthy while also indulging in a craving every once in awhile! Life isn't fun unless you get to have cake right?! Anyway, my next goal is to have defined abs that I'm proud of by January 1st! I still fully intend to have my coffee flavored ice cream cake for my birthday and eat it too! YUM! :) All of my hard work is propelling me toward my ultimate goal of competing (and doing well) in natural fitness competitions! I'm shooting to be ready to enter my first competition in March!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Gym Addict

It gets exhausting and monotonous when every day consists of the exact same thing. Wake up. Gym. Work. School. Sleep. This is what the last 6 months of my life has been. I hardly ever missed a day and I stuck to a ridiculous 1,000 calorie-a-day plan, which is what got me down to my current 96 pounds. Even with the dramatic and rapid weight loss, I still wasn't happy with the definition I had. So apparently doing an hour of cardio and 30 minute ab workout a day isn't enough. Wrong. Now that I've started interval strength training, I have a 4 pack! The full six pack is still a work in progress as I gain a little weight for it to build upon. Don't kill yourself at the gym doing hours of cardio when you can get way better results from weight training! Just do it right!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

An Unhealthy Relationship

I've come to the realization that I don't necessarily have a specific eating disorder, but I do admit that I have a fairly unhealthy relationship with food. I'm trying to overcome it, but I have the misconception that if I increase my caloric intake (or skip a day at the gym) that I'll immediately begin to gain weight, and spiral out of control and back to the 127 I was a year ago. It's honestly my biggest fear. I try to be healthy and eat and exercise regularly, but find myself in "punishment" mode the day after I exceed my allotted calories....I'm still a work in progress, but I've certainly come a long way! The picture on the left was March 2013 and the right is August 2013. My goal now is to become more toned and defined while overcoming my unhealthy misconceptions, and I could use all the motivation I can get! I want this blog to be relatable...not just touching on my success and making it look like it's been an easy road...

Monday, November 18, 2013

My Partners in Crime

Soooo there's a reason we all fall victim to the notorious "Freshman Fifteen…." You always feel better about stuffing half a pepperoni pizza in your face after already chugging countless calories from a beer keg if your best girl friend is right there with you right? Right. Well, that was my problem. It was easy to make excuses for myself, because "everyone else was doing it." I definitely didn't have the self control to refrain from this behavior when I saw how much fun all my friends were having participating in the crazy tailgating weekends at Mizzou and MSU. It took me nearly a full year to get into a truly healthy lifestyle, and I admit that I still have misconceptions and feel guilty when I splurge or skip a workout…I'm still making progress, so don't allow yourself to feel discouraged by minor setbacks! Especially with the holiday season quickly approaching! Make the pumpkin pie with grammy, AND EAT IT….in moderation of course!
 What was I trying to do? End world hunger? Sheesh...

 Oh the keg stands...

 A plate loaded with deep fried flavorless food doesn't even sound appetizing to me now…give me some baked sweet potato fries and chicken breast instead!!! Yummy!

Spring Break '13

I was miserable the entire week of Spring Break, because I couldn't stop comparing myself to all the other beautiful and carefree girls basking on the beaches of PCB. It had been about 3 months since I'd decided to change my lifestyle, but bad habits die hard! I was doing all kinds of unhealthy diet fads in an attempt to lose weight fast…NOTHING WAS WORKING.
I tried ridiculous things in an attempt to get out of sticking to a healthy diet and exercising! By the way, the "miraculous" body wraps that claim to shrink your waste by like 3 inches DO NOT WORK. Don't bother wasting your money! 

 I know that I wasn't fat, but I was uncomfortable with my body….and being in a bikini every day wasn't helping me build a healthy body image when I was constantly comparing myself to all the other skinny minis stumbling all over the beaches!

 I was extremely blessed to have this great group of girls with me on this life-changing adventure! :)

Getting Started

So I've already come a LONG way from a year ago. I just decided one day last winter that I couldn't stand looking in the mirror and feeling absolutely disgusting…what teenage girl wants to feel that way about herself? All the carbs and fatty foods I was hoarding and binging on from my school cafeteria also made my face break out horribly AND made me constantly feel fatigued and groggy. Gross right? I also knew Spring break was soon approaching! This is what ultimately motivated my to get my butt to work!

One of the things that bothered me the most was how much the weight showed in my face. Of course, my precious grandma helps to distract from that :)

Wow. I had no self-control when it came to grocery shopping apparently!
My main motivation. She had just dropped 50 pounds. GO MOM!!!
 I still love burritos. Duh. I just don't eat ones the size of my head…anymore.
I couldn't have done it without her! My mom understood what I was going through and stood by me the whole time!