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!