Your Future Fit Bride AND Personal Trainer?

I did it. I finally just took the plunge and purchased study materials to become a NASM Certified Personal Trainer.  I can’t even explain how fricken pumped I am right now!   This has been my dream for SO LONG!  But my previous career in public accounting did not allow for time to do…anything.  I was working wayyyy too much and hardly made time to workout and was super stressed and stress ate and drank all the time.. it was a vicious cycle and helped contribute to those evil 25lbs that I put on after college… My current job has much more flexibility and actually allows me to “shut off” after I leave the office! Its an amazing concept and I suggest all people currently in public accounting to experience this lovely thing called “having a life” sometime in the near future 😉

So I have this insane need to learn all the time.  Its crazy. I just want to know more.  And my need to know more has been around so many topics, but my favorite topic is health and fitness.  I am not going to quit my job after I become NASM certified, that’s not the goal right now.  I want to become obsessed with learning about health and fitness and spew my knowledge on willing individuals and help them get their lives back!  I want to leave work and help people.  I want to be a resource. I want to KNOW THINGS.

I have this strong belief that health and fitness are the biggest drivers to success and happiness and I challenge someone who eats crap and doesn’t workout to tell me that they are 100% happy, have energy and are living their lives to the fullest.  Do it. I dare you. Let’s argue about how health and fitness can help you.  The issue is that the person who eats crap and doesn’t workout won’t be reading this post…

What better way to work on myself and get wedding dress ready than to study and LEARN in the process!?  I just read through the exam blueprint and got super nerdy excited about the content.  I am going to KNOW THINGS!  AH!  I am excited to study!! I love it.

 

 

Calorie Math

Lets talk about a little something that I like to call “calorie math.”  This is the fun topic where people pretend or believe that they are doing great with their “diet,” (FYI I HATE the word diet, because diets don’t work, you should call it a lifestyle change rather than a diet… but then again, diet is a noun and my current diet is vegetarian and that is also part of my lifestyle.. big circle *sigh* – moral – don’t say “you are on a diet,” make diet and lifestyle interchangeable – example, my current lifestyle/diet does not include meat..) but they are actually consuming WAY more than they thought because they aren’t tracking it!  I just called myself out. BAM.  I’ve done it for years now.  “Waaaa, why am I stuck at this

img_2672

Where is my definition?! 3/1/16

current size? How come I can’t get rid of my belly? Why do my arms just keep getting BIGGER, rather than trimming with all this weight training and push-ups?!”  OH, BECAUSE I WAS EATING ENOUGH FOR 2 GROWN MEN.

 

Last year at this time, I was doing daily workouts and I was getting BUILT, but then it stopped.  I just couldn’t beat my dreaded “plateau.”  I was so frustrated about the fact that I was working out SO hard (I was half assing my 30 minute workouts and conveniently “missing” my cardio days) and I was eating well (I was eating well at work, while at home, we would have 2-3 glasses of wine each night and would split a burger, boneless wings and sweet potato fries 2-3 times each week, but we SPLIT it, so its ok?…), so WHY was I stuck?  I even went with the whole “I must be stuck at this plateau because I am older” and “I must have way more muscle than I did in college, because that’s the ONLY way I could be 25lbs heavier, right?”  WRONG!

So then came the Fall of 2016: I had fallen off the wagon so hard (for a big fat sad reason that most people would justify, as did I for a few months) that I landed in a big pile of horse shit that just wouldn’t come off because it was baked on by the sun.. So fast forward to my decision in November 2016 (the same month I ran my 5th half marathon…), to go on one of those dreaded things called a “diet.”

I had become SO GOOD at convincing myself that my caloric intake was fine that I needed a big slap in the face to remember that whole thing called calorie math.  Calories in vs. calories out.  How much food do you really need to consume to maintain energy levels?  Remember that food is fuel?

So 2.5 weeks of a solid Ultimate Reset (I fell off the wagon with some wine those last few days), and I learned CRAP LOADS about myself.  I learned that I don’t care about meat and 1200 calories each day is actually enough food if you do it right. I also learned that less than 1000 calories makes me want to kill someone… but in a lazy way because I wouldn’t have energy to exert because of my limited food.   So thus after a few weeks of the Ultimate Reset “diet,” my diet changed (see what I did there?… I went on a “diet,” and learned that I didn’t want meat in my diet and that I didn’t need all that other crap in my diet/lifestyle.. boom.)

Fast forward to 2017 – HELLO MYFITNESSPAL APP! I love you little buddy. You hold me accountable and tell me that I’m doing awesome.  You make me realize how much (or little) I need to give me enough energy to run and lift after work.

Today, for example:

  • Breakfast – 1/2 cup of oatmeal with maple syrup and flax seeds and cinnamon, a few pieces of cantaloupe around 10am

    img_8984

    Spaghetti Squash & Spinach

  • Lunch – Walnut and pear salad at a restaurant with co-workers (where I had to explain that, no I don’t want any protein on my salad.. it was an entertaining conversation, my co-workers are cool and picked on me)
  • Snack 1.5 hours before my workout – spaghetti squash and spinach with garlic
  • WORKOUT: 3 Miles!! And then a killer chest, back and bi’s workout
  • Post workout drive home: 1 scoop shakeology, 1/2 scoop whey protein
  • Dinner: Bunless blackbean burger with (GASP) katsup and a bag of frozen broccoli
  • SNACK! 21 stoned wheat thins and home made guacamole
img_9044

130 calories for 21 crackers!

 

LESS THAN 1400 CALORIES!  And I wasn’t hungry.  I have a hunger for abs. And this is how I will get them. 😉

SO the moral of my story will be more evident when I release my 2 week results of following my calorie math… I’m digging my new DIET (Lifestyle), and its here to stay.

DO NOT CONFUSE: If you are following calorie math and you are setting a calorie goal each day, MAKE SURE THAT YOU FOLLOW SOME SORT OF MACRO CALC! (Also tracked at a high level in myfitnesspal app).. Calorie math is not an excuse to eat low-calorie crap.  Go the whole food route and you’ll sustain your energy.

Every woman should know how to clean ;)

fullsizerender

Found this meme today and it fits my first week of 2017 to a T!  I am almost 6 weeks into my “future fit bride guide life,” and I can definitely tell you with 100% conviction that cleanses are NOT FOR ME!  I certainly learned a lot when I completed the Ultimate Reset, but I just love working out.  It is weirdly comforting being so sore that I waddle when I get off the couch – working out is my therapy.  And most cleanses are too calorie restricted to allow working out… no thank you!

So what am I doing now?! – WELL, I built my own 28 day workout program (aptly named the Fit Bride Guide)! Check her out:

Monday: A) 1.5-2 Mile Run (increase speed from previous run), and 3-5 1 minute intervals and B) Back, Bicep and Shoulder Lifting Workout

Tuesday: A) 1.5-2 Mile Run (increase speed from previous run), and 3-5 1 minute intervals  and B) Chest and Tricep Lifting Workout

Wednesday: A) 10 minutes of cardio for warm-up and B) LEG DAY!

Repeat Monday-Wednesday on Thursday-Saturday and then Sunday is a 30 minute of running, walking or cross-training (elliptical, rowing, etc).

I built the workout on bodybuilding.com and downloaded the free bodyspace app and can track all of my workouts in there!  Cool tidbid about the app – after my first week it showed me all the muscles that I worked hard, and the muscles that I didn’t work as hard (apparently I went hard on everything except my chest!) fullsizerender-1

So – I’ve used the bodyspace app before and it is like GOLD (you can make your own workout or use one of the many workouts on the site) – But, before I was missing the nutrition piece and I just ate and ate and ate… and then ate more.  So I am ALSO using the MyFitnessPal App to track all of my meals and my cardio – my goal is to stay under 1400 calories on workout days and 1200 on non-workout days (except mine are all workout days 😉 )

I took my measurements and weight at the beginning of my 28 days and I am planning on taking measurements again after my first two weeks!

I feel super BA after week 1 and even dropped 1:30 on my 1.5 mile time!  Today I completed 2 miles in 17:40, which is faster than I’ve been in 2 years!! WOOOOT! Maybe I was just too soft during my half marathon training in 2016… :p

OH! Another piece of my journey – I signed up for the #250Kchallenge on bodybuilding.com!  It is a 12 week challenge where you take before pics, take part in challenges throughout and then are judged on your progress after the 12 weeks are up – with a chance to win 250K…. I figured, I am already going to work out like a champion, why not try to win 250K?!

I love muscles, and I love how I feel when I run fast – so needless to say, I am digging my results so far, mentally and physically.  Keep pushing!img_9019