Monthly Archives: January 2015

40 Days of Beast/Decrease Fast Food

This week for the 40 Days of Beast challenge, really kicked my ass! But I will say that I feel like I am starting to see results. It’s an all around workout: arms, core, legs, and cardio. There are times that I feel I can push myself a little harder but I also think how I incorporate Zumba in there so I am still getting an full body workout. I am also working with a personal trainer, who also gives me a full body workout. This week I did not see her but I still did my 40 Days challenge and some Zumba sprinkled in there.

This week, I would like to eat more food at home. Depending on my week, I don’t like to cook much and I also don’t like spending the better part of a day cooking either so I will make a full faith effort to cook more meals at home, which means that I will cook maybe dinner and have enough for lunch the next morning. I’ll be honest, I am already looking like -_- hahaha but I won’t count myself out before I get into the week.

I am taking suggestions (besides meal prep for the week…) on how to better handle how I get through the week :). Also, I am still attempting to drink way more water than juice (although I have had the 100% cranberry juice with no added sugar), limit the sweets, and continue to do my 40 Days of Beast/Zumba/Personal training throughout the week.

Have a good one all,

Amber

Sweets and I/40 Days of Beast

The goal that I set for myself last week was to decrease the amount of sweets that I was consuming on a daily basis and I accomplished that throughout a majority of the week and then there were days that I wasn’t as successful. I am ok with having more good days than bad so I will check that off in the PLUS column lol. One thing I did notice was that instead of drinking a lot of my calories, I drank more water, which is really difficult for me. Cranberry and orange juices are ma FAVES and if I had the choice between that and the water, it’s a DONE DADA…going for the juice but I attempted to only drink a cup of juice, sporadically, then water for the rest. That, I felt successful in doing.

This week, I would like to continue to drink more water, consume less sweets, and do more with this 40 Days of Beast. This is something that I spoke about before but I did not allow myself to get into it like I wanted to so I am doing it now instead. There are set workouts for the day and you are allowed to do additionally work if you choose to but most of the days are intense as it is. I will continue pushing and fighting the good fight…I hope that since you’re reading this, you are doing the same.

Have a great week,

Amber

Water/Detox–Limit sweets

Instead of making bigger goals that feel overwhelming, I will do smaller goals to achieve throughout the week.

So I decided to implement something different this week: I decided to do a detox first thing in the mornings (hot water, apple cider vinegar, and lemon) as well as a 3L bottle of water. Usually when given the option, I will choose something with the most sugar in it but I am making a conscious effort to only have maybe a cup of something different but drink water the rest of the day *the struggle is real*. I succeeded in getting more water in throughout the week. I did not accomplish the 3L bottle everyday but I got in a significant amount of water per day. With the detox, I did a couple in the morning and one at night. I think that I may try doing them both in the morning and at night to help with digestion.

The one thing that I really wanted to consciously work on is working out a bit more, without pressure. Thus far, I have pushed myself to go on days that I don’t normally go. And then there were days that I just decided not to go at all. I felt like I needed to but didn’t to give my body a bit of rest.

This week’s small goal is: cut back on the amount of sweets that I consume. Sweets are certainly my kryptonite and I tend to gravitate toward them knowing I don’t need to consume as much. There’s nothing wrong with something here and there but I have a tendency to indulge and not feel so hot afterward (stomach issues or sweet overload, ect.). Let’s see how this goes.

Have a good week all,
Amber

One Year…

It was almost a year to the day that I decided to share some of the most difficult yet vulnerably beautiful things about myself. As I shared then, weight has been one of the things that has really lingered in my life as such a negative thing and I was always trying to concoct a plan to change that part of myself but I have become utterly exhausted in how much energy I was exerting to make it through one day. More than half of my day was spent discussing what I was eating, what I was trying to avoid, making plans for my plans (and I know that if you don’t have a plan then you’re flying blindfolded) but because I stayed so black and white in my thinking, I got burnt out by the details of it all. I have a tendency to overwhelm myself with the overall goal rather than looking at the smaller things and I would like to take a different approach this year. I still have  a goal weight in mind but I want to be gentler with myself and not be so strict so that I don’t resent why I started the journey in the first place. I don’t want to keep planning my life out and not actually live it. I am now 26 years old and while I want to decrease the waist size, I have to admit that I can be stunning either way (someone reminded me of this recently, shout out to you!) but it was something that I had to admit to myself.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful new year and I sincerely wish for more clarity and wisdom moving forward and I wish the same for you.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I will do better about updating my blog because I certainly enjoy it.

❤ Amber