Thursday, May 1, 2014

Workouts, Motivation, and Thoughts

Last year when I was feeling so lost and sad about losing weight, I sadly attempted the Tone it Up Bikini Series.  I love their positive vibe, pretty surroundings, and their kick-butt workouts.  Because of AdvoCare, I can say I am LOVING it this time around.  Cardio? OK! Weights? Yes please!

This ish is no joke. I try to keep up with it on the elliptical, but sometimes I just do what I can.

My elliptical. I have a love/hate relationship with this thing. I BEGGED my husband for it last year; as if I thought once having it I'd lose weight and feel amazing.  Boy, was I wrong! I cannot tell you how HARD it was to get on this thing for 20 minutes (or more) last year.  I was 30 pounds heavier and had no energy.   Now?  I honestly love it.  I don't love that it's in the garage (our weather is still questionable) and it's too big to bring inside.  However, my motto? No excuses.  So I try my hardest to jump on it for at least 20-30 minutes now.  I have been trying new shows, but nothing is capturing me like Scandal did.  [womp womp]

Lovin this new app I got! {rhonna}

So fun!

Sometimes I wish I had a gym membership, but honestly? I am loving my workout area.  I can get down to biz after my Arginine and Catalyst…no worries!

I bought this journal last year and began writing about my weight loss…I love how the tiu girls encourage writing goals and dreams.  It's important to manifest our wishes, so that they come true!

Some of these seem so simple, but those of you who have been enjoying weather above 50 degrees have NO idea how much sitting outside reading a book or laying on warm grass would mean to us freezing New Yorkers!

I either pull up the you-tube  video or the photo on my phone…#noexcuses

Day 3 I didn't get my cardio in, but I did do this one!


I know life is all that we make of it, so I just keep finding motivating quotes to keep me going!

Earlier today-- I was on a mission and it wasn't *too cold. I watched you tube videos...

After my 30 minute cardio sesh, I did the 'cowabunga' and fueled up with my Chocolate muscle gain protein shake.  My view isn't exactly pristine, but it's my life and I freaking love it.

Oh, and of course I am pumping my body full of vitamins & lots of healthy foods! Organic apple & pb are my afternoon sweet/salty treat.

I should probably finish up the laundry, mop the floors and get dinner started, but I wanted to share what I've been up to!!

If you're having a hard time getting started, I am here to help!  It took a few 24 day challenges and a lot of motivation to get where I am at.  I am debating on how to share my progress; I am not perfect but I am ok with that.  My tummy has some soft spots and stretch marks, and I've not been 100% on point with my clean eating; why? Because I love food.  I feel amazing and am happier than I have ever been with myself, so for that I am proud.  

I will say I so badly wanted a jr bacon cheeseburger and cheese fries from Wendy's yesterday, but I did NOT give in!! I am happy about that.  I know on vacation we will live and let live, splurge and enjoy all that the island food has to offer. And that will be much tastier than garbage from a fast food joint.

Happy Thursday my loves!


  1. I loved their show and have really wanted to try one of their plans! Glad it was so successful for you!!

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  2. You rock lady!! You are doing so great!! You should try T25 - you would love it! 25 minutes and such a great workout!! Let me know if you want details!!

  3. Great work friends! Super proud of you and how far you have come! Keep up the amazing work and stay motivating! You are an inspiration!

  4. I think it's awesome that you're keeping up with the bikini series!!!

  5. This awesome!!! You should totally link up with me and buddy Erin for our #4weeksfit challenge!!! Here's the deets:

  6. You go girl!!! Thanks for linking up with us this month-- the more goals/motivational posts the better!!!


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