Thanks for all the feedback on instastories yesterday about what you guys want to see more of on my blog. Fitness and diet definitely ranked up in the top response, so I will try and include more of that on my blog. I have to admit I am kind of either all or nothing with fitness. The past month I have really slacked off and done nothing. Yesterday was my first day back to the gym in weeks, and man I am sore today. I go through phases were I workout 4-5 times a week and then I do absolutely nothing. This year I really want to be more consistent and make time to workout. I notice that I just feel so much better when I exercise. I listened to a great podcast over Christmas, The Skinny Confidential, which I highly recommended. Lauryn Evarts Bosstick is a blogger and the creator of the Skinny Confidential. One podcast I listened too was purely about Lauryn and her fitness routine. Something that really resonated with me was Lauryn said she planned out 7 workouts a week on her calendar. She said she usually only made 5 but by scheduling them she was more likely to do them. She also made a big deal about not making excuses. If fitness is important to you, you make time. Something I really want to strive to be better about.
So many of you have messaged me about BBG, so here are my thoughts. If you are not familiar with BBG it is an online program that consists of 30 minute workouts. You have 3 days of cardio and 3 days of training. I do the workouts at home usually in my den or kitchen and stream through my computer. I use the App not the workbooks. The only equipment you need is a yoga mat, weight bench (I ordered this one pictured below), a jump rope, and a set of weights ( I love these) . I did not follow the diet although I did order her cookbook just for recipe ideas.
I did BBG for probably 8-9 weeks. Then I got sick twice and just never got back in the routine. I think BBG is awesome and if you really follow it you will see results. If you follow Kayla the creator on instagram (@kayla_itsines) the results pictures she posts of everyone are amazing!! I liked that the workouts were short only 30 minutes so they didn’t take up a crazy amount of time. But you have to work hard in those 3o minutes, I was usually drenched in sweat post workout and sore the next day. What I started not to like about the workouts was all the jumping. Lots of burpees, jump squats, things that made me knees hurt (yeah I realize I sound like an old lady). They were almost too much for me and I found myself dreading my workouts more than normal, so I took a break. I an still undecided if I will pick it back up again.
On January 15h I am starting a 6 week program called The Faster Way to Weight Loss. My friend and fellow blogger Beth over at Seer Suckles and Saddles has done it a few times with amazing results. She just had a baby 11 weeks ago and looks damn amazing. It is an online program that trains you to track nutrition and it includes exercise plans as well. You teach your body how to burn fat instead of carbs, you track macros, and do some intermittent fasting. You can read more about it HERE If you guys are interested I will share my progress and what I am eating along the way. I like that the meals seem filling and don’t seem too restrictive. I am excited and hoping I can hold myself accountable and rock this program.
My goals are to:.
1- curb my appetite it has gotten way out of control
2- lose 10 pounds
3- tighten and firm up
4- feel better mentally and physically
5- have more energy, I think exercising more and a clean diet will help this
I also wanted to share some favorite cold weather workout gear:
These are my favorite workout leggings. Lululemon has a similar pair I also like but these are almost half the price. The fit is great and I love the higher waist. I wear a small in these.
I have been eyeing this awhile now. Love the style and comes in a few other colors.
Another favorite I own and love. Great to toss on over workout clothes.
I just got these for Christmas and love them. They are comfy and offer the perfect amount of support.
I also really like these Adias running shoes.
I love that this jacket is more of a sweater material than fleece.
I got the jacket version of this for Christmas and love it! I love to toss a vest on over workout gear.
I am all about some velour.
I own this in black and it is the softest coziest sweatshirt. It has a nice loose fit to it as well.
Wearing it here in black.
The cutest stripe beanie.
Now I wear I would top under this one – haha. But seriously looks so cozy.
I am obsessed with this marble pattern.
also in this version
I just ordered these, they had great reviews and I liked that they were not crazy expensive.
I always like to have a good yoga mat, I use mine at the gym and for at home workouts as well.