What is Wrong with Me!?

Ok, I did measurements this morning and have become super frustrated.  Since summer has started I have been working out AT LEAST three days a week (usually 6) and have started doing more strength training with heavier weights still pretty high reps (10-12).  I even have been paying a personal trainer(virtual) and she has been having me do circuit style training with cardio three days a week and HIIT sprints and incline workouts.  I measured today and since the beginning of the summer I have successfully put on five pounds.  I know that weight isn’t what you are supposed to focus on so I have been doing measurements.  I have gained an inch and 1/2 in my thighs and an inch in my waist.  What gives? I eat clean except for on the weekends sometimes and eat 5-6 small meals a day.  I am so frustrated!!! If anyone has any advice that’d be great.  


Another good day!

Today was an awesome day overall. I got to awesome workouts in: full body cardio circuits and hot yoga! My body is definitely feeling it, but I’m going to push through because guess what’s tomorrow at 9am? Hot yoga again. For today’s nutritional side these were my meals:

Meal 1: two egg spinach, mushroom, feta omelet with a little organic salsa, little yogurt with blueberries

Meal 2: roasted red pepper hummus with sliced green peppers, ants on a log:)) with celery, PB2 and raisins

Meal 3: post workout shake- About time mocha mint (highly recommend this protein it is the best, 100cals per 25g of protein and only has four ingredients:) ) combined with a cup of unsweetened almond milk
-1/2 a sweet potato with cinnamon

Meal four: cottage cheese with a handful of blueberries

Meal five: another PWO shake bc of hot yoga. About time cinnamon swirl with 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
* This was part of my dinner
-1/2 cup cottage cheese
-zucchini soaked in balsamic vinegar
– handful of walnuts
– arugula and kale salad with cucumber and balsamic vinegar

Successful Day!


Tonight’s dinner:
Taco salad:
Ingredients: ground turkey meat, tomatoes, green pepper, banana peppers, 1/2 avocado, arugula and kale, organic salsa, dalop of light sour cream, and five organic purple corn chips

Bowl of fresh zucchini soaked in balsamic vinegar

– this was so delicious!!

Workout: upper body and cardio at the gym and then an hour and half hot yoga right after… This was killer!

Feeling good!

How to make healthy decisions when no one else is……..

Eating healthy is not usually what I struggle with.  I actually enjoy finding and making healthy new dishes and prefer healthier options.  What I struggle with is keeping that healthy mentality when you are in an environment where there is pressure by other people to engage in bad eating habits.  It may not be something that is said verbally or directly to you, but when everyone is engaging in eating something unhealthy it is very easy to stray from your ways when you want to fit in with the crowd and socialize.  I have been trying for years to fix this problem and it has definitely been a challenge.  I have managed to get a hold on it for the most part but I still slip from time to time.  My new strategy is going to be to start bringing my own healthy dishes in an attempt to A) give me a healthy option and B) hope that some of my family end up liking my dish and wanting to eat it instead!  For the 4th of July I am planning on making some banana chocolate chip muffins for breakfast, a couple dessert options, and some appetizer dips like hummus and veggies, guacamole, and fresh salsa.  Does anyone have any suggestions on what they do in these types of situations?  

Inner Beauty- My new mission

Sorry for not blogging for a while… work has been catching up to me and I have been attempting to study for my personal trainers certification exam that I take in July.  Two days ago I was given this inspirational book that opened my eyes to what I really need to be focusing on… inner beauty not outer beauty. This book is called “I’m No Angel” by Kylie Bisutti a former Victoria’s Secret Angel contest winner.  In a nutshell, which does not do the book justice, Kylie had been modeling since she was 14 and auditioned for the Victoria’s Secret Angel contest and she ended up winning and walking in the show.  She ended up quitting because she felt that her modeling went against her Christian beliefs and she felt she was not being a good role model for children.  This book opened my eyes and made me realize that probably the reason I could not accomplish my outward goals whether they be nutrition or fitness related was probably do to the fact that I’m not sound with myself on the inside.  So instead of just focusing on losing inches and pounds and eating this instead of that, My new plan is to focus on inner transformation.  My theory is that if I change whats on the inside it will bring about the change I want on the outside.  I feel silly with this being the first time I’ve figured it out.  I believe reaching nutrition and fitness goals are completely dependent on having a healthy mentality.   I also believe that this transformation is only going to be accomplished with God’s help.  Sorry for the long post but those have been my thoughts for the past couple of days.:) I’m looking forward to the change to come!

Hot Yoga!!

So today me and my roommate decided to tryout this hot yoga class in Columbia and let me tell you it was the hardest thing I think I’ve ever done! Don’t take this the wrong way, I absolutely loved it other than times when I felt really overheated. It was an 1.5hrs long, in a small room with a temp of 120 plus and thirty people, but despite the challenge I was competitive and it felt good to have an intense sweat. I recommend giving it a try! And I think I will be attempting to do it once a week. It required a lot of strength and endurance and definitely was not JUST stretching. I do believe I will be super sore tomorrow.

We Are NOT Perfect


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Yummy DessertI love being a personal trainer and health and wellness enthusiast. That being said, as a collective group, we personal trainers, group exercise instructors, PE teachers, and other health and wellness enthusiast are not perfect. Welcome to my thoughts and rants about living a healthy lifestyle. The things I eat, my activity level, and my random thoughts may be surprising to you. The point is that we are not perfect. I guess I can only speak for myself and my friends, but just because we live and love health and wellness does not mean that we don’t have a drink once in a while and eat sweet and salty foods. We don’t get exactly 8 hours of sleep, workout every day, and live on fruits, vegetables, and water. We are regular people, and we are as different in our health and wellness behaviors as everyone else. I hope the posts…

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