1/25/2013

Fitness Friday Link-Up!



Linking up with Desirae @ Going With The Flow today! This is a fitness, health & weight loss link up that I heard about through the hot mama Kristine @ Heart Shaped Sweat (go check her out.. she's seriously a babe). I thought I'd take the opportunity to link up because this week I've been working on re-vamping my diet, since it's been a little bit off since the holidays (though I haven't gained any weight!). I've had several people ask about my diet/workout routines, so here's a little snippet of what the past week looked like!

Here's my weekly workout log since last Saturday:

Saturday: 30 min. cardio on the arc trainer, weight training for arms & legs/glutes
Sunday: Off
Monday: 30 min. cardio on the arc trainer, weight training for arms & legs/glutes
Tuesday: 45 min. cardio on the arc trainer
Wednesday: Off
Thursday: 45 min. run
Friday: Today's plan includes the P90x ab ripper x video, 30-45 minutes of cardio and weight training for arms & legs/glutes.

For anyone who does not know, this is what an arc trainer looks like:
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It's kinda like an elliptical but kinda not. And definitely gets me working harder than an elliptical.

My "weight training" generally includes a few machines at the gym for arms (I have no idea what the machine's are.. I'll try to figure it out when I go there today!), a few for legs (specifically my thighs and hamstrings, cuz this girl's thunder thighs are no joke),  squats (with the barbell & 40lbs of weight) and lunges (with two 9-lb weights in hand).

It's very easy for me to just spent all my time doing cardio. In my head, burning calories = turning into a thin, toned Victoria's Secret model. But, it turns out it doesn't work like that. Right before my wedding, I dropped down to about 6 pounds lighter than what I am right now, and to look at photos of myself from the night before the wedding, I realized that my arms look a little bony at some angles and my knees looked knobby, etc. Not cute!

Having lost a total of 50 pounds at this point, I am very proud of myself and know that I am healthy and at a healthy weight. But I would like to trim a few more pounds off, and definitely want to tone up! I want to be strong and fit! And though I'm no stranger to running and elliptical-ing, I'm definitely a beginner when it comes to lifting weights, and I'm still learning and adjusting to my body's needs. And pro advice is more than welcome for sure. Ahem, Kristine.

Lastly, I leave you with my favorite workout partner:


Like I need any help deterring me from a workout. Move it or lose it, Kitty.

INFO ON THE LINK UP:
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45 comments:

  1. 50 pounds? Atta girl! I have recently started going to the gym...lets see how much it helps:)


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    1. When it comes to losing weight, diet does more than exercise in my experience, but the gym is such a motivator!

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  2. A fitness link up!! How fun :-) Your kitten is soo cute. I can't wait to get another in the future- trying to convince my boyfriend!! I'll definitely check out the other bloggers and hopefully jump in next time :-) Thanks for sharing Lynette!!

    XOXO Jenna @ Demure in Diamonds

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    1. He's actually my parent's cat, but I faithfully visit him every other Thursday, and this past Thursday, he was very upset that my visit included a run on my parent's treadmill, haha. <3

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  3. Whoop, whoop! Way to go!
    Ginny
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  4. 50lbs! Awesome job! Cute workout partner:)

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  5. 50lbs ?? Great! ! Bring on the tips:)

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  6. Even though I don't know you personally I'm so proud to hear of your 50 lb weight loss! You go girl and looking hot!

    The Purse Snatcher 

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  7. So, I went to Old Navy and tried on that skirt, sooooo not cute on me. Total bummer, thanks for thinking of me, that was so sweet of you. I guess I just have to live vicariously through you in the striped skirt department.
    Ginny

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    1. No problem! And I think striped skirts, if you don't already own one, can be overwhelming at first. When I first got mine, I stood in front of the mirror for like 10 minutes trying to decide if mine made my thighs look like Christmas hams. Even my husband wasn't sure if it was flattering on me. It's just tough seeing horizontal stripes in that area, especially in a tight skirt! Hope you find one you like though!!

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  8. Oh girl, I definitely need to get more into it with the workouts. Walking the dog does not cut it, hehe!

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  9. i love your blog:) you are beautiful :)

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  10. hey love! Jenna from Demure in Diamonds told me about your Link Up and I would love to be part of it! I put your banner on my blog and am going to put a little excerpt in my next post telling my viewers to check it out!

    I just followed you and would love if you would follow back :)
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    xoxo
    lex

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    1. Aw, thank you so much Lexi! I'm following you as well now!

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  11. That arc trainer looks intense! My workout routine is pretty boring... I just run 3-5 miles 4x/week.

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    1. It definitely burns a ton of calories relatively quickly. I can get up to 700-800 calories by working out on it for 45-50 minutes if I work hard!

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  12. You are pretty !! loving your style :)


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    A chic kiss ;)

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  13. You said that diet works much better with the gym thrown in... Can you give us an example of what a typical food week is?? I'm at a loss for breakfasts that don't include cereals or bread products!

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    1. Breakfast can include bread products! I eat a whole wheat English muffin with fat free cream cheese almost every day. Sometimes I'll eat scrambled eggs or turkey bacon as well.

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    2. Is it better to eat before or after exercising??

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    3. You never want to eat an a completely empty stomach, but I usually don't eat for 2+ hours before I work out. And I always eat after a workout! You have to replenish your body of nutrients.

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  14. The arc trainer looks lethal! Ha-ha! But kidding aside, I am thinking of going to the gym. I think I need to shed some pounds before the summer starts. But I have a hard time maintaining my weight. I think I have to hire a personal trainer and help me out with this.

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