Summer Shape Up “Before”

So on Monday I started following The Fitnessista’s Summer Shape Up program. Since I’m not on the depression diet of last summer any longer, I’ve put on about 5 lbs and am not loving how my clothes are fitting or how I’m feeling. I figured a good workout kick in the ass and a little cleaning up of my diet would do me some good. I took some measurements and “before” photos to help keep myself motivated and in line and uh I’m gonna post em here. If I’m being honest these photos make me hate myself a little and I think I look awful, but I guess that’s why I’m trying to tighten things up a bit.

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Measurements:
Waist: 30
Stomach: 34
Hips: 39
Left Thigh: 23
Right Thigh: 23.5

Last summer, my waist was around 28.5 so ideally I’d like to get back to that, and my stomach well I just need to cool it on the wine haha. So Monday was the first day, and I did the workout for week 1 followed by 20 minutes of HIIT on the elliptical. Food wise I’ve been pretty good as well. Breakfast is usually some egg whites, frozen fajita veggies, and a sprinkle of cheese. Lunch is a turkey sandwich on a flat-out wrap with spinach and carrots and hummus, afternoon snack of a smoothie with fruit and spinach and a little skim milk. Dinner has been a piece of chicken, sweet potato, and asparagus this week.

Tuesday’s workout was just 3o minutes of cardio, which I spent on the elliptical, and yesterday was Workout 1 again followed by the Hill Challenge (just realized I did this for 25 minutes instead of 20, oops).  So yeah, two workouts left as part of week 1 and I’m excited to see what the Week 2 workout will be. I’ll be sure to check in on post updates on how it’s going, uh and please be kind about the photos.

My Favorite Workout

I have a new favorite upper body/core workout, and if you follow me on Instagram you may already have an idea as to what that is. First there was this photo from last weekend on The Mall downtown.

it’s more fun to be upside down

Then there was this one that I posted on Friday afternoon.

This one is much prettier

This one is much prettier

Holding a handstand really does require an epic amount of upper body and core strength, specifically in your shoulders, but every muscle in your arm will get some work during this. Without fail, whenever I mention that I can still pretty easily kick up into a handstand at the ripe old age of 27.5, the number one question I get is, “How?” I find it pretty difficult to explain, mostly because it’s something I’ve been doing since age five, but I decided to make a video for y’all with some things that will make mastering the handstand easier for you.

  1. warm-up, just with any workout regime you don’t want to go in cold. I usually run a few miles before tackling mine and then stretch out and warm up my wrists. Wrist flexibility and strength is also really important, so roll them around, flex them back and forward, better yet just watch this
  2. You want to work up to a minute for the hollow body hold, in my gymnastics days we called it six inches because hint your body is only supposed to be six inches off the ground.
  3. Honestly? I find the handstand facing the wall more difficult that kicking up into one facing away from the wall… something about having to walk your feet up.
  4. I look like a giant nerd in the video, but the majority of it was filmed on Sunday in my living room so I had to make do with the space I had.
  5. My ass jiggles, a lot, I’m not really happy about it.

Again, like with anything, practice makes perfect. I think the most difficult thing about doing a handstand is getting a feel for that magical center of balance. The strength and conditioning will only take you so far, it’s really about mastering the feel of balancing upside down. Also, by no means are my handstands perfect or nearly as pretty as they used to be. The walking happens because I lose my balance when trying to stay still.

If you have any questions, lay em on me, and don’t be afraid of falling. You most likely won’t, and if you do it doesn’t hurt that much :). Plus it only takes one or two falls out of a handstand before you master the art of the forward roll fall out. Outatkes of me falling out of my handstands.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

Heyo, and happy rainy Monday to you.  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Mine was so wonderful that I spent the whole day yesterday horizontal.  Whether it was outside in the backyard in the sunshine, or in my bed.  Mostly in my bed.

I had a summer hours day on Friday, which meant I hightailed it out of the office at noon and ran some errands.  One of those errands was to Victoria’s Secret to take advantage of their semi-annual sale.  While shopping, I noticed that not only was I one of the tallest people in there, but I was most definitely one of the oldest.  What is with the 12 and 13 year-olds shopping there? I don’t think I could even fill out a VS bra until I was at least 20.  Anyway, I bought all of the things (3 pairs of pj’s, 3 bras, 5 pairs of underwear) and then left the mall without even entering another store.  The damage was that bad.  Except then I went to the pet store and the grocery store, so I wasn’t really done spending money.  Summer hours are really bad for my credit card.

Saturday morning I was up bright and early, and headed up for a 2ish mile run before my roommate, Dani, and I headed over to Nats park to watch the Yankees play.  I’m really depressed that my first baseball game of the year wasn’t until the middle of June, but it sure was a good one to go to!

watching the crowds stream off the metro and into the stadium from our perch at The Bullpen

There’s my future husband, DJ, making a nice play at short stop

Andy’s 40th birthday wish was clearly for a win (he turned 40 on Friday)

Here’s Dani and I, sweating our asses off in the sun, and getting really sweet tan lines

Yes. that’s right, the 14th Inning Stretch

The game started at 1:05, so when we were still sitting there nearly 5 hours later watching this game we were thankfully the sun had finally moved behind the stadium putting us in some shade.  Thankfully, that 14th inning was the last inning and the Yankees pulled off the win!  Dani and I quenched the thirst we’d been battling since the middle of the 7th with some much needed post-game brews.

And then we ate Chipotle and were both in bed by 10 pm.  It was a fantastic weekend, and now I just have 3 days of work to get through before I head out to Wisconsin on Thursday for a nice long weekend.  So excited!

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