Best Workout Gear… so far

I swear that I am not getting paid to promote these products… it is just that this girl has a love of target and affordable gear! Being big chested, however, makes finding such gear a bit more impossible. That is until I moved near a Target and found this stuff!

1) C9Champion Racerback Sportsbra-

I am a girl who has been genetically gifted a substantial amount up top. In high school, I hated the locker room for many reasons. One of plethora of reasons was because my big chest and broad ribcage did not fit well in most of the cute sports bras that my fellow flat chested classmates could wear. They were big. thick, uncomfortable, and ugly. The older mean girls would occasionally point these traits out. Coming from a lower income family I could only dream about the cute sports bras that might fit me.

Thank God that the tearful and self conscious prayers I made as a middle schooler were answered! I found these at Target last year when they happened to be on sale. I bought two at first but have slowly worked my way up- replacing all the weak and awkward fitting bras that I had bought. My boobs thanked me greatly. The support in these are amazing and they don’t feel like they are crushing them to death either.  They have a variety of colors and designs. My favorite however are the seamless ones pictured above. I feel supported and cute when working out- well as cute as a sweating mess can be of course :) At target they are about 14 bucks a pop but you can catch them on sale about once a month for 10.. well worth it ladies!!

2) Champion Shorts with Compression    

Champion Shorts- picture taken from Target.com

If you are anything like me, then God has gifted you with a bit heavier thighs. Running can be a literal pain! I always hated running (still do for that matter) and wanted to cry in high school as we were made to run laps in the gym on alternate Fridays. I won’t lie- I played hooky just for that gym period more than once. The embarrassment of running in front of everyone and awful chaffing on my legs made me miserable. Oh if I only knew then what I do now. These shorts are a thigh saver! I wasn’t worried about the burns that always happened on my legs and I wasn’t always picking out a grundy from shorts riding too high.

I was able to snag these on clearance at the end of the season last year. My only regret is that I didn’t purchase more. I am hoping that as the weather warms back up I can get a few more pairs for my walk/jogs. I will be feeling cool as a cucumber too because these puppies really breathe!

 

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Tinkyada Gluten Free Pasta

When I decided to go gluten free I knew I couldn’t successfully start until after the holidays so I spent them enjoying every last morsel of the breads and sweets I would no longer be allowed. I did start switching over some things such as pasta back in December because I did not wish to set myself up to fail. In that process, I discovered an amazing brand of pasta whose flavor and texture was similar to the whole grain version I had become so accustom to.

Image taken from Luckyvitamin.com

Tinkyada Pasta Joy seriously has kept me a float. ( I promise this is not a sponsored post) It is a bit thicker and richer than the white pasta products but those who are desiring a gluten free alternative- I promise this is a good one. It is made out of brown rice and has a hearty texture. We tried several others that were a quarter or two less in price but were always disappointed. I will be sticking with this brand I feel for much of my journey! Their pasta products come in all shapes and sizes. I was lucky enough to find that they carry this pasta many places in my rural surroundings. The local Piggly Wiggly has it in its gluten free aisles but it is a bit pricier there than its counter parts at Walmart. I am hopeful that as we relocate to a town closer to a city I shall be able to find it for cheaper than 3 buck a pop.

New Year, New Possibilities

So to say that I totally slacked on this blog is an understatement. Things this fall got a little crazy as I realized that nothing I did was making a difference. I completed most of the BBM challenge, I walked for an hour a day, I ate clean: none of it changed my condition. Talk about a huge let down. I was angry and frustrated.

I didn’t completely resign to my old eating patterns but I really wasn’t as cautious with my food choices. I worked out on a semi regular basis but switched it up to zumba or some other fitness dvd as the cold Wisconsin winter blew around me. What I find comforting about it though, is that I didn’t feel bad about it at all. I know this doesn’t really give me the credibility for this blog but this is more of an online journal anyway. What is a journal without honesty?

The culprit for my inability to lose weight wasn’t myself either. I know that sounds silly but in December I had the chance to meet with a doctor. It turns out that my Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome has essentially made it impossible for me to lose weight. Many people jump at this and talk about how metformin in the miracle drug. That may be true for some, but it is not for me. I was put on it after my initial diagnosis and nearly died from an allergic reaction! I couldn’t keep anything down, struggled to breathe, and my heart would race and then skip beats. It was a scary few days until I realized it was the medication.

The conclusion that the doctor came to was that my progesterone may be off which can mimic symptoms of hypothyroid. I do not wish to take the synthetic hormones due to the fact that they are processed and not natural (If you do take them, I don’t mean offense- it is just that I know this is not the route for me). I am taking a few supplements for now and praying about my next steps. I know that God will direct them in the right direction if I am asking for guidance.

In addition to supplements and prayer, I have gone gluten free. I am about two weeks into it- boy is it hard! I have only eaten it once since starting and could tell that I felt a bit foggy afterwards. This diet was something that has been in the back of my mind since last summer- an option that I would try only if I had to. After doing some reading before the holidays, I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to try.

While I am not someone who suffers from celiacs, I have noticed a difference in the way I feel. I have felt a few negative things but they can probably all fall under the ‘withdrawal’ symptoms. I have not felt as bloated though which is a plus. I will certainly be documenting my successes and struggles with it on this blog.

Fitness is only a portion of a healthy life: diet, personal outlook, and overall lifestyle make up other parts. One cannot be truly healthy without them all working in conjunction. It is my personal goal to grow in all these aspects over the next year. Perhaps I can encourage you as well.

First Challenge

Hello to perhaps no one. I am writing today to tell you that I am on day one of my first challenge ever. Thanks to the lovely ladies in Momma Laughlin’s Fit Group I was able to connect with about 40 women to participate in a 90 day challenge called Bikini Body Mommy. The whole thing is based off of a woman who lost 100 pounds last year due to diet an exercise. She has since come out with a book and become a personal trainer.

This small group who accepted the challenge have vowed to follow the 90 day exercise plan and eat clean. Today, I did the first fit test. It was only 8 minutes and 8 exercises but holy crumb did it kick my butt!! I got super winded by the fourth and had to take a pause so my asthma didn’t kill me. The idea today was to measure where I am at the beginning and I will do it several more times throughout the program. Hopefully, I see improvement. Here are the crazy 8 exercises- done for 50 seconds a piece with a rest period in between of 10 seconds: speed squats (28), high knees (40ish), push ups(19), squat jumps(25), tricep dips(11), burpees(a measly 5), alternating lunges(20), elbow plank(20).

Another part of today’s assignment was to take my measurements and before pictures. At the end of July I would have been fine taking more before photos. I feel that anything I had gained this summer though I lost. I felt defeat the other day as I weighed myself (granted it was post big dinner) and found I had hit 197.8… once again the scale was headed in the wrong direction! I only felt disgust today when I took my new pics… and a bit of rage which I funneled into my workout. Here were the results:

WEIGHT:194 with BMI of 33 and body fat percent of 44- gross

Bust:44

Waist:38

Hips:44.5

Thighs: 26-27

Arms:13

Wish me luck on this challenge. I think I am going to need it.

On a side note- I am joining a local gym tomorrow and hope to get to visit a bit with a trainer. They also are trained in nutrition so it should be interesting to find out what they suggest to help with my PCOS. I was told this past weekend that cutting carbs drastically could help me. As a lover of all things carbs I hope this is isn’t too extreme.

Hope your journey is going well!

There and Back Again

Whew!! What a long month it has been! I have spent that past month up in Northern Wisconsin working on a number of projects! First, there was a family reunion, then time with my little cousin, working at my old job to help them end their summer session, and finally planning a dear one’s wedding (in 4 days I might add). I must say it felt amazing to finally come home from this extended trip!

I will confess that my exercise routines went right out of the door the minute I got up North. I did a ton of activities that were active.. I just never took the time for a planned work out routine. My eating patterns were changed slightly though I did my best to keep up with my strict diet. There were compromises of course (ie- coffee with cream about every day, alcohol about 5 times, and some of the ‘healthy’ options from fast food restaurants. Overall, I only put on 3.5 pounds. In light of how long I was there I am quite happy with this number.

Now that I am home, I am jumping back on my wagon of strict diet and exercise.  I knew that my body needed to be cleansed of some of the crap that I put in it. Normally, we eat about 90% clean. I wanted to ensure that I would eat clean food 100% this week. Instead of simply meal planning for dinners I planned out every day. I put special emphasis on the fruits and veggies too. Yesterday alone I consumed 1 and a half bunches of kale. This, in addition to a ton of water, has made me feel amazing and not the sluggish hangover that people tend to get from a ton of travelling.

For my breakfasts this week I decided to go with smoothies and if needed some fresh rye toast. I am pleased to give you this recipe I made yesterday.  It was soo good and thick that I intend on using it as a refreshing dessert sometimes too! I realized about 2 gulps in that I just had to share this!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 banana chobani or other greek yogurt (I know I should use plain… I am working my way down to it)
  • 1/4 cup of plain oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (optional)
  • 1.5 tsp of carob chips or baby semi sweet chips
  • 1 tsp of dark cocoa powder
  • almond milk- I put in a little and then added as it blended until it hit a consistency that I liked
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Blend this all together and Enjoy! This made one full 8 oz cup.

No joke the best smoothie I have ever had. I even got full after eating only half of it so I popped it in the fridge and finished it off 4 hours later!! That is a seriously filling beverage!

Before I go here are some pics from my trip:

Imageseriously beautiful sunsets on the lake

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Imagefamily gatherings on pirate ships… you know normal things 🙂

Hope your staying cool (humid/heat wave here)! Looks like I will be doing some zumba and Pilates indoors the next few days!

Fat Pants

Have you ever had that pair of pants that makes you think “Well as long as I don’t fill these out I will be ok?” For the past 6 summers I have had these shorts that I always think this with. I got them back in the summer of 2007 right before I was headed out to VA for college.  They were size a size 17 JR. I was on a budget, they were on sale, and though they never fit well (always too big) I thought it would be worth the 5 bucks. I mean I had belts to wear.

For the past 6 summers I have worn these shorts that were far too big and thought nothing of it. Then this spring I tried them on and was appalled. They barely zipped! I felt like a stuffed sausage. I remember bawling my eyes out in my walk in closet. What had I allowed to happen to myself? That was 4 weeks ago. I am now proud to show you my months work

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I may not have lost all the weight I plan to but this is a big baby step! I am now fitting into the clothes that had become so tight. My fat pants are no longer my ‘too small’ pants. They have once again returned to their proper place in my closet. As I wore them yesterday, I am fairly certain that several people got to see my plumber’s crack but I didn’t care as much because for the first time this season… I had fat pants that were too big!

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One more I swear! I just can’t help but show off that glorious inch gap!

Hope you have a fantastic day and that your fat pants stay fat pants!!

Ode to Map My Run

Seriously. Where was I in my workouts without you?

Depending solely on my cars odometer to tell me how long my walks were.. and winging it when they went through undrivable conditions. Guessing at how many calories I burned and so taking chances with the foods I was putting in. Time and Time again I said to myself “Well, I did Zumba for the whole workout.. I can have that *insert sweets here*.”

You log more than running: my walks, bike rides, swimming, and all my other routines. Where else also counts my calories burned by cleaning or a good ol’ romp with DH? Thank you for rocking my socks!

Food journaling is way easier too! I enter it in and you do the breakdowns for me- how many calories I have eaten, how many I have left in my budget, my proteins, carbs, and fiber all accounted for. How can it get any better?

Thanks for being awesome and user friendly. Keep up the good work!