Operation: Wedding Slimdown — The Beginning!

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I am beyond excited to share this post with you today.

Two of my good friends have made the jump to  GET HEALTHY!!!!! To maintain their privacy I will call them Tracy and Julie.

Tracy is getting married in a little over a year from now and Julie is her Maid of Honor! We have been talking for a little while about this but having the wedding getting closer lit a fire under their butts to get moving! I am totally thrilled for them.

Today was our first weigh-in and measurements! We calculated BMI, set short term and long term weight loss goals, discussed their workout schedule, and went over my Food Guideline Packet. (More about that and some other services in about a week or so 🙂 )

Tracy is at 207lbs and Julie is at 204 lbs. 

Long term goal: – 56lbs by early January

Short term goal: 8-10lbs per month (about 2-3 lbs per week)

They also made a great decision and starting Monday are going to be drinking Shakeology to replace one meal a day! With their particular Challenge Pack they also got 2 workouts : Hip Hop Abs and Rockin’ Body. Both are high cardio, fat-burning, ab sculpting workouts..and best of all THEY GET TO DANCE!!! They both love Zumba classes, so I figured this would be perfect for them.

Meal Plan: stick to the guidelines in the Food Guideline Packet + one cheat day per week + Shakeology one meal per day

Workout: Hip Hop Abs & Rockin’ Body

I am so pumped to monitor their progress, kick their butts, and watch them transform their lives and their health!

I am also excited to share their experience with you! Starting today, I will start giving you updates on their progress, struggles, and comments every Saturday after our weekly meeting.

Operation: Wedding Slimdown has begun! Stay tuned 😉

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Running until you cry

Today has a weird day for me. I apparently have more built up inside than I thought.

I woke up late, for the second day in a row, and got a slow start to the day. I decided around noon to go for a run because I was pacing back and forth from my kitchen to my bedroom for some unknown reason.

I started with walking a bit to warm up and decided that as far as I walked I would run the same distance home. (Remember Im starting out slow here). As I was walking it started to drizzle..and then a bit harder. SO I just started running…

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Whatever it was I was holding inside came out..

I just stopped and bawled my eyes out. Thank god it was raining. I was soaked from head to toe when I got home. But it felt damn good.

Its sunny out now…

Nothing like running to release tension and stress.

Anyone else have a similar experience?

Run day one & my food journal

It is pretty humid today in Providence but nice for me, the sun isn’t out! I say nice because this lazy bum slept until 9 and missed peak running hours! I say this like Im some sort of an avid runner.. haha. I am , however, starting my interval runs today!!!! More about that later.

Breakfast this morning was two hard boiled eggs, w salad dressing(instead of mayo), and scallions with a bit of garlic and onion powder 🙂

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Over the last few weeks I’ve spoken to a couple of friends who have expressed their desire to lose weight. Other than providing them with a meal plan, I offered a piece of advice: start a food journal. Write down everything you eat every day; even when you sneak an M&M! When you write it down you see the reality of how you really eat, not just how you THINK you eat. SO I decided to take my own advice and start my own! For me, especially as a vegetarian, I want to monitor my protein and iron intakes everyday, and plan my protein intake especially around my workouts!

I, myself, am not aiming at losing a lot of weight necessarily.

My Goal: decrease my body fat and TONE, TONE, TONE!

One of the ways you can “lean out”, sort to speak, is to RUN! I used to love to run. However, when I played college basketball (quite some years ago now) I tore my ACL and had reconstructive surgery. It took me a year of therapy afterward to be semi-normal again, however, running has always caused me issues.

One of the reasons I think this happened is because I would always start out thinking I was in better shape than I was and would inevitably do too much too soon.

This time, I decided to start slowly with interval training. What that means, for those of you who are new to exercising or running, is basically that you run in intervals. You can choose the timing of it – for example, this morning I did a 3 min walking warmup and then jogged for 3 minutes at a time with a 1 min fast-paced walk in between. I did this for a half an hour. It may not seem like much but I was tired when I was done!

My Goal: Increase my jogging 1 min per week – Run 3-4 times per week 

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Afterward, I lifted arms – I will share my arm workout another day.

I wanted to share another workout I did after my run today – well attempted to do. It is called the New York City Ballet Workout. If you know me at all I wouldn’t be surprised if you are laughing your tail off 😉

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Well, I live up to my reputation. I lasted 5 minutes. I am the least graceful person on the face of the planet. I prefer getting down and dirty with my dumbbells and the pavement. I like to sweat and feel sore after. That’s just me! However, if you are a dancer or former dancer, this might be a perfect workout for you! Or if you hate using any kinds of weights etc. You can buy this workout on amazon here.

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Yes, I am icing with frozen brussel sprouts 😉

Another runner recently told me to ice after every workout no matter if your injury hurts or not. It’s called preventative icing 🙂 So I did!

I will leave those of you runners with knee issues with this: if you are running and you feel any kind of pain, not soreness, stop immediately. Having trouble walking the next day due to soreness is one thing, having it be because of pain is another and it lasts far longer!!

Off to make some sort of veggie concoction for lunch!!

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