One Week Down


Well, I am in WEEK 2 of the challenge and feeling so much better already. I am down 4 pounds, clothes are fitting better and my motivation keeps growing.

The meal plan has been great and I don’t feel deprived at all. Post-workout carbs are for sure the best and an opportunity that I do not waste!

Recent meals:

Lettuce wraps with sauteed veggies and turkey with balsamic 

blog3Chicken burger with avocado, tomatoes and 1/2 nectarine 

blog5Pork chop with homemade pico and spinach salad 

blog2I’ve been doing really good when it comes to outside eating. Meaning, at a work lunch, I packed my homemade balsamic in a water bottle and ate a plain salad…

blog4People judged but I didn’t care!

I also packed a salad and almonds when I went to a football party on Saturday. I really wanted the pizza and dips, but I refrained!

Workouts have been a mix of spinning, Renegade (strength and metabolic), and lifting or cardio in the fitness center at work.

blog1Getting up at 5:00am isn’t my favorite thing, but it’s actually not the worst, either. The more I do it, the more I am getting used to it. And the post-workout endorphins make for a great morning and day!

I have a lot of fun reviews coming up and also a giveaway, so check back soon!!


Mental Things

So, as I mentioned, I’m doing a 6-week challenge with my gym, Renegade Fitness, to lose the weight I’ve accumulated over the last year.

What I didn’t mention is that while yes, I had a blast over the last four months – having a carefree attitude when it came to food, drinks and whether or not I chose to workout – the weight gain truly started about a year ago.

After my break-up, I had a sense of freedom due to the fact that throughout that relationship, I felt a lot of pressure to be thin. This was a good and bad thing because during the time we were together, I was actually in really good shape, but I also became a bit obsessive about it. I still had a poor body image when I looked like this…


and I continued to think I was fat.

Looking back on photos, I’d love to have that body again and I will…it’s just going to take some time and dedication to get back there. Ten pounds isn’t going to be that hard to lose assuming I’m getting workouts in and eating better. The steps are easy, it’s just putting them into play day after day.

What’s great about losing the weight and getting in killer shape this time around…it’s all for ME! I’m not doing it to satisfy someone else’s needs or to make someone else happy, I’m doing all for myself and to feel good and confident again. I want to look in the mirror and be proud of my body and the muscle I’m adding. To pull up the pants that got a bit tight and have extra room in them!

The 6-week challenge is just a start. Obviously, I’m going to continue on after that to keep doing better and not falling back into that carefree trap. It’s going to be a bit of a lifestyle change, but I’m ready. I want it! And nothing is going to stop me from getting it!

Today is day 4 and I can already feel changes happening and I know I want it BAD because I’ve yet to snooze though an early morning workout. Waking up at 4:50 sucks BUT I keep doing it because I want this! The hardest part is being patient for the results, but I know that once I’m seeing the signs, it’ll drive me to work even harder.

I’m going to weigh myself tomorrow morning to see if there has been any movement on the scale. I don’t want to obsess over the scale, but just use it as a motivator.

I’ll be back with an update soon!


What Can Happen in 6 Weeks?!

Good Morning!

While I am obviously a huge fan of the Summer, I must say that I am pretty happy to see it go. I certainly lived it up over the last four months and it’s time to get back to reality. With tight pants comes a wake up call, which is why I decided to sign up to participate in a 6-week challenge that my gym is hosting. It’s a ladies only ‘Little Black Dress Challenge‘ and I’m more than ready to get started.

I don’t regret any of the decisions I’ve made over the last few months. I mean… I had a freaking blast!! I just am uncomfortable with the weight that came with it and I’m ready to get back to where I feel good and confident again!

Today, I went to stock up on everything that’s needed for the meal plan. Everything you’d assume – plenty of produce, eggs, lean meat, and fish.


blog2I did some meal prep and also made my workout schedule for the week. I will be going to Renegade three times a week and the using the fitness area at work or the regular gym, as well. I tried out some morning workouts last week and think they’ll be happening more frequently. With school occupying so much of my time in the evenings, this is a good resolution.


Week 1 Workouts: 

Monday – Body Works
Tuesday – Renegade; Metabolic
Wednesday – Renegade; Strength
Thursday – Lower Body Lift + Cardio
Friday – Renegade; Strength
Saturday – Spin
Sunday – Walk

I’m looking forward to getting my body back!! We weighed in today and it was certainly an eye opener (I’ve gained 12 pounds over the last year). I’m excited to use the blog as my accountability through this and updating it as I go through this journey.

Day 1 and 2 are detox days and the food is minimal. I have a work lunch with pre-selected food, so I plan to just go and not eat until I get back to the office, where I’ll enjoy my veggie filled salad. This morning was a green smoothie that I threw together as I was running out the door.

I’m going to a weight lifting class tonight that isn’t until 7:00pm. I’m hoping to keep my energy high enough to get to that point. I imagine I’ll go to bed shortly after I get home, especially since Tuesday morning brings 5:45am workout.

I hope you’ll come back and check in and enjoy this ride with me. Perhaps you had a pretty carefree Summer, too and need to get back in the groove. JOIN ME!! I’ll check back in mid-week to let you know how it’s going.

6 weeks is nothing…. right?!