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Goal 1 – Check!

Hi all, so it has been quite a bit since I last posted (ummm…. almost a month??) but I’ve been busy, as all people. But, I also thought it was a good time to update y’all on what I’m doing and how my fun little 4 Hour Body journey is going. 

I hit a BIG milestone this week – 10 pounds down, woot woot!! I’m now in the low 150s, which I haven’t seen since umm, college Senior year when I lost a ton of weight, then put it all back on plus some while I studied abroad in Paris. Baguettes with Nutella or Brie is completely acceptable for all meals/snacks, correct? 

Well, that was over 2 years ago, and I’m back! I’m super motivated, and I’ve found a neat little community on my journey’s instagram (@4hb_christine – you should follow!) So, what have I been doing, and how, over the past month and a half, have I met this first goal?

First 6 weeks – very little exercise. I ate 4 meals a day, 3 of those included lentils. This worked for a bit, until I stopped noticing weight loss around week 3. But, I stuck to it. I felt SO good on Friday, I wasn’t too frustrated that the scale wasn’t moving. But, since I wasn’t losing weight, I knew that I wasn’t building muscle. SIGNAL: Change it up!

The past 2 weeks – The first week, I tried to add in a little more cardio. Simple things like the elliptical, and I went regularly to pilates once a week. No budge. Well this week, I cut out lentils from my third meal. So, here is the basic outline of what I am not eating, with those things I eliminated from the previous weeks in parentheses. 

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Meal 1 – 3 egg whites, 1 egg, spinach or pepper/onion mix, garlic, 2 sausage patties, 1/2 cup beans or lentils (avocado eliminated)

Meal 2 – Chili – my instagram has a recipe for this, or follow the link. It is super easy! I found it googling around the web, and I add a little more spice to it because I like it to have a nice, hot BITE

Meal 3 – Broccoli/green beans and chicken, 3-5oz (Lentils eliminated)

Meal 4 – This varies a lot! This week I had turkey burger lettuce wraps with tomato and mustard, about 6oz each. Again, follow this link for recipe. Broccoli and green beans with garlic on the side, 1/2 an avocado with sriracha. (I’ve never had lentils for this meal)

Note on alcohol: I haven’t really had much wine during the week, I think a total of one glass last week and that’s it. HOWEVER, on Fridays I usually go out (balance, right?) but I only have clear liquors and calorie-free/sugar-free mixers. This includes the occassional energy drink, but my go-to drink for YEARS has been Vodka water with lime. It makes all of y’all that get hangovers feel a lot better the next morning too, trust me!

Working out, what did I change?

Well, P90X has proved to be a nice butt in the head. I used to lift, a lot, and I missed it! So, here is what this week’s workouts looked like:

Monday – P90X Chest and Biceps; Ab Ripper X (god this hurt!!)

Tuesday – 15 min Stairmaster/15 min Elliptical

Wednesday P90X Shoulders and Tris; Ab Ripper X (multiply my feelings for this on Monday, ouch!!)

Thursday – Yoga at LA Fitness

Friday/Saturday/Sunday – doubtful much will happen

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Since this past weekend, I have had a TERRIBLE pain in my left knee, the front of it, and it has definitely limited me. Yoga yesterday was the worst – Warrior One felt like I had been stabbed in the knee with a sword. Dang it hurt! So, I’m working through that. I’ve always had problems and they seem to be getting worse. 

Anywho… today marks the start of my birthday celebrations, so I’m starting the night off with some sugar free Jell-o shots. Here’s to 25 years!

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Monday Reset

It’s another week, with a big weekend ahead, and I’m ready to start some goal setting!

My 4 Hour Body Food is prepped, I know what classes I want to go to at my gym, and I already know what weekend plans I have ahead. The only thing to set? Actually DOING it.

1. Attend 3 workout sessions. These are going to involve yoga and pilates after last week’s events. No more feeling sick, but just feeling like I’m doing some good for my body. I want to get back into more cardio and weight lifting to. But I digress. I’m going to probably end up doing the elliptical one day, pilates another, and then get in a yoga class too. Reminder – new mat needed. Any suggestions? I need cushioning thanks to boney knees and injuries. None of the lululemon mats seem to meet my need for cushion and also be light weight. These are what I found so far:

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2. Bake something for the lake. Yup, after eating only 2 of my oatmeal raisinet cookies from this past weekend, I need to make more of something! Probably these and a brownie or fudge recipe. So many to choose from thanks to my endless pinterest baords.

3. Try not to stress. Hopefully I’ll be able to talk more to this soon.

What are your goals for the week? How do you keep yourself calm?

What is your favorite thing to bake for a group?


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Madly for One Year

I just needed to write a short post to get how I’m feeling – don’t worry, it’s all good!

A year ago today, I went on my first date with Dave. A year, where did it go? Lots of love, discovery, some downs, many many ups, and a deep relationship formed over this year. It feels much longer to me, probably because I feel like I know him so well already.

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I want to gush on and on about him and us. I no longer refer to “I” in my sentences but rather “We.” I don’t do well when he is away, which lucky for me is very rare. I can’t imagine him not with me or around me during a night out. We’ve even managed to get through the full Lost show together. We’ve met families, friends, made friends together, taken a few trips and made each other a huge part of each other’s lives. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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So here is to one year, and I know many many more that will bring new experiences and let us keep growing together. I am over-the-moon excited!

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Shame on Me

Y’all, yesterday’s attempt at returning to group classes was miserable.

I walk into a NEW for me LA Fitness and felt out of place, wandering. I didn’t even know how to get into the place at first. I walked past a large glass wall that no one should every really walk by unless, like me, they are lost.

Finally, I found the entrance and I had my big sling purse with me. I didn’t bring a lock with me, so I just trugged it along with me around the gym. I made a lap in front of everyone (and there were a lot of people) just to end up on an elliptical since I had sorely overestimated the time it would take me to get to the gym. After about 10 minutes and getting to people watch for a bit, I felt more comfortable and ready for the Bodyworks class.

There were some very large people in there, and compared to my old gym where I took this class, a lot more out of shape. Really, none of the women in this class looked like some of the others I had grown accustomed to. I felt good about myself.

I’m used to lifting heavier weights, so that is what I did, and the beginning of the class I was totally fine, feeling a burn and strong. Then it hit me.

15 to 20 minutes in I began to feel like I was either going to pass out or vom everywhere. I tried to shake it off and drink some water for a second, but it did not go away. So, I grabbed my bag, towel and water bottle and ran out of class, sweating profusely and feeling really woosey. It was miserable, but not the first time. The worst part though was that I ran out of a class, without cleaning up my stuff. I felt bad, but I could not have possibly put away stuff with how crowded the room was.

So, now is the challenge of going back. I’m going to try again on Wednesday, but I am hoping no one remembers me. I never leave classes because of “wimping out”, but this was one of those cases that I was physically messed up.

Has this ever happened to anyone else, and what makes you feel better? It has happened to me before, but I can never pin-point the reason.

What are your favorite things to eat/drink or take before a workout?


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What a Binge Day Looks Like + Update

Have you ever TRIED to make yourself sickly full while on a diet? I do every Saturday, without the intention of actually getting sick. It’s part of the 4 Hour Body Diet, and is the one day of the week you go hay-wire and eat anything and everything you want. It gives your body a nice shock from the strict 6 days of diet, and honestly, it makes those 6 days a lot easier to accomplish. When you binge, the thought of one more cookie, soda or slice of pizza makes you cringe. That’s what you’re going for.

So, Saturdays are my binge day, and this weekend I took photos of EVERYTHING I ate during it. Notice that I started with creamy/sugary/chocolate in the morning, and by night time all I wanted was a nectarine and some clementines.

Update to my weight as well! After 3 weeks, I was almost 10 pounds down pre-binge day (down 9.4!) That is a crazy amount of weight for me within 3 weeks, and I’ve never been hungry, feeling deprived, etc..

What do you think of the 4 Hour Body (Slow Carb) diet? Do you think you would be interested in trying it? If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below and I’ll be sure to answer them!

Now, on to the binge day food:

THE checklist for the day. Not much was checked...

THE checklist for the day. Not much was checked…

Normal breakfast to start off - eggs, sausage, peppers and chickpeas
Normal breakfast to start off – eggs, sausage, peppers and chickpeas

Grapefruit Juice pops. Grapefruit inhibits fat from storing itself to your cells, so Tim Ferriss recommends 6oz before your first binge meal.

Grapefruit Juice pops. Grapefruit inhibits fat from storing itself to your cells, so Tim Ferriss recommends 6oz before your first binge meal.

Almonds

Almonds

Caramel Swirl Crunch Frappuccino from Starbucks. Not much coffee in this one.

Caramel Swirl Crunch Frappuccino from Starbucks. Not much coffee in this one.

Reese's Puffs with Pretty Little Liars. The perfect combo for Saturday mornings!

Reese’s Puffs with Pretty Little Liars. The perfect combo for Saturday mornings!

Dave's first experience with Nutella. He couldn't get it down quick enough and I barely got a taste. Buying a jar next week... haha
Dave’s first experience with Nutella. He couldn’t get it down quick enough and I barely got a taste. Buying a jar next week… haha

This was a Lindt Crunchy Nougat Chocolate stick. It was delicious!

This was a Lindt Crunchy Nougat Chocolate stick. It was delicious!

Swedish Fish and Reese's cups to go with lunch. Normal

Swedish Fish and Reese’s cups to go with lunch. Normal

Salami and banana pepper pizza for lunch, but Archer Farms. This was too spicy. Won't be buying again.

Salami and banana pepper pizza for lunch, but Archer Farms. This was too spicy. Won’t be buying again.

Homemade chocolate chip cookies by me! This was the first time I had baked in forever, and they were delicious!

Homemade chocolate chip cookies by me! This was the first time I had baked in forever, and they were delicious!

Pasta with delicious sauce from Dave's roommate for dinner

Pasta with delicious sauce from Dave’s roommate for dinner

Self-explanatory. I love these things so much!

Self-explanatory. I love these things so much!

Had about one as I was too full. These were a late-night snack.

Had about one as I was too full. These were a late-night snack.

Nectarine to polish off the day

Nectarine to polish off the day

 

 

 


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Long Hair, Don’t Care

So I am always trying to grow my hair out, and to be honest, I didn’t really change up my hair routine in order to do so. Maybe that’s why I’ve failed so many times, leaving my hair stringy, damaged, and really needing a cut so I don’t look like Nicky Nichols from “Orange is the New Black”. Except she has volume, so maybe I could deal with that… natasha_lyonne_orangeSo, I’ve read up a little, taking some advice, and taking some new vitamins to see how this hair growth project goes. Two posts that I found really helpful were from Maskara and Barefoot Blonde. So right now, here is what my hair looks like from the back, totally natural, air dried. Note, I also haven’t cut it in about 10 weeks. I don’t plan on doing so for a while longer.

IMG_7695I have some serious natural waves that were pretty unexpected, but started showing thanks to these few tricks:

1. Biotin: This is basically hair, skin and nails. I’m taking one 2500mcg in the morning

2. Vitamin E: This promotes capillary growth, which in turn translates to your scalp getting more circulation. This should make your scalp healthy, growing thicker and quicker hair! Added bonus, your immune system and heart gain benefits from this Vitamin. I take 400 Iu in the morning with my Biotin. I’ve only been taking these for a few days, so we’ll see how effective they actually are in a month or so.

IMG_29983. Deep Conditioner: Do this once a week. I use Ojon’s, but once that runs out I may turn to coconut oil. Cheap/broke girl style right there.

4. Washing every other day: I wash one day, then just condition the next. I also use conditioner as a “shampoo” on non-shamp days, rubbing my scalp and then leaving it in for a bit.

5. No-touchy: When I’m in the shower, I’ll use a wide tooth comb on my hair while the conditioner is in. Then I won’t touch it once I get out of the shower except to put a little moroccan oil in if needed, especially to tame frizzies. Then, I won’t do a THING to it until it is completely dry, no twisting, touching, fluffing, scrunching… etc. This has made the biggest difference, and I’m actually confident in wearing my hair totally natural now!

6. No heat: I don’t use heat during the week unless I have to really prep for a client meeting or other important things. I leave that to the weekend, and if I do use heat, it is with a protectant. I can’t wait to see the results of not using heat, as I’m a slave to my straightener!

7. Don’t become a frequent client: I was going to the salon every 6 weeks in college, and now am at about every 10, but I plan on keeping my hair as healthy as possible and avoiding going even longer! Hair grows about 1/2 an inch in a month, so trimming it an inch or so every few weeks is pointless! You have to keep the ends healthy though so they don’t break. That’s my biggest problem.

8. Check your diet: Hair is made of proteins, so up that intake! Wheat prohibits hair growth, so decrease your wheat intake. The healthfulness of your diet will determine the health of your hair. I know this for a fact.

Any other tips you have on growing your hair out? I have fine hair, so it’s tough!