Good morning friends!
It’s Monday already! Yesterday marks one month until my birthday… one more month of the 20’s decade.
Today is also the start of week 5 of the Summer Tone Up Fitness challenge. That means it’s time for a check – in… and measurements.
I will admit, I was nervous taking these measurements. There’s something frightening about having to face the reality of the tape measure. Last night I felt thin and confident… but after a few hours of sleep and 2 cups of coffee, I wasn’t feeling like I was going to enjoy what the tape measure had to say.
Before I reveal the results, let’s discuss how the week went.
Listen to silence. It has so much to say. -Rumi 💖🙏 . . Some days you need to find stillness and nourish the soul. Today was it for me. After the craziness of last week, and with a busy week looming ahead, I decided to honor my body and hop on the mat. I moved to the sounds of Damien Rice, Radiohead, Guns N’ Roses, Ryan Adams, and Hozier. An hour well spent. 😊 . . #SummerToneUp #Yoga #Fitness #honoryourbody #listen #findstillness #peaceful #quiet #music #TIUTeam #yogaandmusic #yogaeverydamnday #TIUCheckin #TIUGirl #Sunday #summeryoga #listentoyourbody #openyourheart #wisdom #kindness #love #yogalove #yogalife #mindfulness #nourishyoursoul #quietthemind #meditation #namaste
I started this week by honoring my body. I rolled out the mat, put on my Spotify playlist, and just moved. It was absolutely perfect and exactly what I needed.
Because I found myself getting tired of doing the same workouts every week for this challenge, I found myself gravitating toward Tracy Campoli videos. I love her workouts and it was nice to switch it up. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need to refresh your mind and body.
In addition to that, I’ve been doing a separate booty challenge that my friend, Kaddie is hosting. That is killer, but is definitely helping accelerate my results.
I attended both Live workouts this week and they were so good! I love working out with Karena and Katrina in real time. It’s so fun!
I worked out every single day, and I’m getting stronger and more flexible… which is apparent in my yoga challenges.
I have to say, if you are struggling with accountability and motivation, sign up for Instagram and join a yoga challenge. Even on the days when you don’t want to do anything, you’ll find that you push yourself to get it done because you have to post your picture to participate in the challenge. And, it helps you ease out of your comfort zone. Just look at that featured image of me in a handstand. I have this irrational fear of being upside down… I don’t know why, I don’t know where it comes from.. but it’s ridiculous. Anyway, in doing these yoga challenges, I’ve been, in a way, forced out of my comfort zone. I say “in a way” because I am choosing to participate in the yoga challenges. Had I not faced this fear and kept only doing the “safe” poses, I never would have experienced the joy of this posture. Now, I am far from being able to flip myself up and I am not quite at balancing on my own.. I need the assistance of the tree or a wall.. but I’m getting stronger and more confident. If you follow me on Insta, you saw that I was able to get myself into the EPK posture.. what? Amazing! While Yoga isn’t about “doing” the pose, it still feels pretty awesome when find that you are able to do more than before, as with anything in life. 🙂
Anyway, below shows you how I felt on Friday night…
Am I holding up the wall, or is the wall holding me up? 🤔🤣 My #TIUBootyCall was 2 hours of #gardening that left me absolutely exhausted … if there was a contest for an invasive/unwanted plant garden, I’m 99% confident I’d have taken first place 🤣 This evening, I somehow made it through the #DaisyDukeWorkout and Love Your Legs and Booty… I only dropped my weight twice. Ha! But at least I got it done! 😊 @toneitup #SummerToneUp #TIUTeam #TIUGirl #fitness #dedication #Almost30 #goals #selfie #sweat #messyhair #exhausted #fatigue #sosotired #ifeelold #readyforsleep
And now for the results…
I was surprised and it is definitely a testament to “trust the process.”
I lost .75 inches around my stomach; .50 inches around my waist; .75 inches off my hips; .50 inches off each arm; I gained .50 inches on one leg, but lost .50 inches on the other – which is fine because now they are the same. Basically about 3 inches overall. Not too shabby. Since I tossed my scale a few years ago, and I’m not planning on going to the doctor anytime soon, I don’t know if I’ve lost actual pounds, but I’m not too concerned about that.
So I’m pretty happy with this and motivated to kick it up a few notches the next few weeks. I’m planning on making time for my Tracy Anderson workouts again and keeping up with the rest of the challenge. 🙂