Monday, April 23, 2012

Progress photo 1 and Weekend Workouts

Too often I spend the entire week eating well and working out just about each day, only to have the weekend come about and put me back a few steps.  I tend to eat worse and, although I have much more time on my hands, workouts get pushed to the side to make room for more naps.

This weekend, however, I made strides in staying on track, especially in the workout-realm. I skipped the gym on Friday and opted to go for a run around the neighborhood instead. Taylor joined me, which made me run the entire way without stopping. I can do a mile fine on the treadmill, but when you add in changes in elevation and the fact that I'm now having to propel myself rather than having the treadmill do it for me, it makes it much more difficult. (I had a picture for this, but I accidentally deleted it from my phone)

Saturday morning my friend, Mackenzie, and I did a take 2 on our early spin class. This time we arrived when the class really was, rather than an hour and a half early. :) 
For the record, I'm really not that's the lighting.
If any of you have ever taken a spin class before, you know it's not exactly the most comfortable thing in the world and tends to make your lady bits very sore. However, I would 100% encourage anyone to go to a class. The music is fun and it burns so many calories! You can make it as hard or as easy as you want to, but I feel like if you're going to go to a class (especially at 8:30 a.m. like we did), you might as well put everything into it and turn your resistance up to get a good burn going! 

I continued my workout streak on Sunday by going on another 1 mile run around the neighborhood. I had planned on doing putting in some more mileage, but the sun was really beating down on me, making it pretty miserable. But hey, doing 1 mile is 130 calories more than I would have burned sitting on the couch!

I also experimented with some new foods this weekend! Check out the healthy lunch I had yesterday!

I finally used the quinoa my mom sent me for Easter and tried it out with this cheesy quinoa bites recipe. It wasn't bad, but I think next time I'll go a little easier on the carrots and maybe throw some reduced fat cheddar cheese on top. 

Y'all really need to try this Zucchini and Spinach Fritter recipe from Kat at Living Like the Kings. She had said she was obsessed with them, and after making them, I can see why! I found myself making one, then eating it while another was in the pan, and then eating that one when it was done! I did manage to save a couple for the next day. 

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the moment you've all be waiting for, and the moment I've been first set of progress pictures. 

I really would rather not post photos of me in my underwear on the internet, but I feel like it's really important for you all to see that these things I preach about have positively affected my body. Please keep in mind that I have only been seriously exercising for 1 1/2 months and only since about January have I make huge changes in my diet. I still have a very long way to go, and I know that, but it is fulfilling to be able to physically see the change.

The first photo was taken in late November while I was in Ohio for Thanksgiving break.  The second was taken Sunday morning (after I had eaten a peanut butter sandwich, mind you!).  Please look past the lighting changes and the difference in the panties I am wearing, as those things make the progress look much more than it truly is.  As you can see, I've got some serious hips on me, which will never be small, but definitely still need to be slimmed down a bit.. I keep getting reminded by own personal trainer/boyfriend that 
a) the skin on the back of my legs is much smoother than it was before
b) my midsection and hips will be the last place I lose weight (awesome) 
c) I CANNOT SPOT REDUCE FAT! I have to keep doing lots and lots of cardio to remove the fat, and then strength training to tone and lean-up the muscle UNDERNEATH that fat. that you've all seen entirely too much of me, I will leave you until another post! 
Enjoy and STAY MOTIVATED!!!!!!!!
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  1. I am super proud!! I will try the fritters too. They look great! You are still MY motivation!

  2. Thanks for the shoutout! So glad you liked them. And way to go on all the progress!!!!!

  3. So proud of you! Loved our weekend work outs and glad you came to spin with me!! GET IT GIRL!

  4. I found your blog through Pinterest, and girl, you could have been writing my life story! I am trying to lose all of that college (and post-college, oops!) weight that I assumed would just disappear after graduation. Congrats on your progression pics -- you look awesome! I will definitely keep up with your progress, thanks for keeping me motivated!

  5. That's awesome Michelle! I can see such a huge difference between the two pictures. Your hard work is paying off! I'm looking forward to seeing your continued progress :).

  6. good for you!! You have a great attitude...stick with it and you will see the benefits!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  7. Michelle- you look awesome! Way to go! I didn't take any progress photos, but I wish I woulda. it's really great that you can see the change and use it to keep motivating you!! Thanks for sharing all your tips and tricks with us!