Bikini Series 2018 | Week 8 Results, Final Thoughts, Lessons Learned | #TIU

Hello friends!

Happy Monday!

The 2018 Bikini Series officially wrapped up on Saturday. I can’t believe it’s over already. This summer is flying by!

I have to say, I’m proud of myself for sticking with it for the entire eight weeks. I encountered a few bumps in the path, but that’s life. I persevered and kept going, even when I wanted to give up. (Which was a few times. haha!)

This was my third Bikini Series, but this year was a little different. Most of you know I suffered an injury earlier this year and I was having a hard time getting back into my daily habit of working out. No matter what I did, I just couldn’t get my mindset in the right place. The structure of this fitness challenge, combined with the accountability I felt I had really helped me succeed. It’s easy to skip workouts when you haven’t told the entire internet what you’re up to, why you’re doing it, and your goals. Not so easy to write out excuses every week for a check-in post. That’s a good part of why I always plan on making the re-cap posts for each challenge I do. Knowing I have to create the post is sometimes the very reason I get up and get a workout in when all I really want to do is lay on the couch and binge on Netflix.

So.. results.

I took my measurements this morning. I will admit, I wasn’t expecting any real change. Yes, I have been sticking with my workouts. In the past few weeks, I have also altered my diet a little bit. I’m backing off the sugary treats and simple carbs that my body just doesn’t need. I’m haven’t eliminated them, just cut back a little. I was very surprised at what happened. My clothes still don’t fit as loosely as I would like them to, but I did actually lose inches all over, minus my arms, which stayed the same as a few weeks ago when I took measurements. This is the result from week 1 to now:

Stomach – same measurement as week 1, but down .25 inches from week 6
Waist – down 1.75 inches from week 1
Hips – down .5 inches from week 1
Thighs – My right was one inch bigger around than my left on week 1, now they are the same size – so essentially I lost one inch around my right thigh overall, while my left one is the same as on week 1. But they are both smaller than on week 6.
Arms – My right arm is currently bigger than my left by .25 inches. On week 1, the left was one inch bigger. One inch total lost on my left arm, .25 inches total lost on my right arm.

Total inches lost overall: 4.5 inches lost from week 1 to week 8

When I look in the mirror, I definitely see some changes, but again, my clothes are still a little too tight for my liking. I no longer own a scale and I haven’t had to step on one for the doctor since December, so I’m not actually sure how much I weigh.

Those are the numbers. While, it doesn’t seem like a lot, I’m happy that I at least lost inches, or stayed the same, instead of gaining.

But that doesn’t necessarily concern me because I gained something far more valuable.

The reason this round of the Bikini Series was a success for me was that I reclaimed my mindset. I was able to breakthrough those mental roadblocks and rediscovered my passion and love for fitness. I realigned my priorities and found my way back.

These past eight weeks were a journey and I learned (and re-learned) some important fitness and life lessons.

  • Being 30 really is a lot different than being 29.
  • As you get older, your body will change.
  • It is a lot easier to gain weight and a lot harder to lose it.
  • Your body will respond differently to exercise as you get older.
  • Things that were once easy to do, may become challenging. That’s okay.
  • Modifications are wonderful.
  • Take breaks. As many breaks as you need.
  • Slow is still progress.
  • Work on strengthening your core everyday.
  • A heating pad is the greatest gift anyone could ever give you.
  • Always have Icy Hot or Bio Freeze on hand.
  • Epsom Salt soaks are luxurious.
  • It’s not that serious. It’s not that complicated.
  • Laugh.
  • It’s okay to take a day off.
  • Flexibility is a constant struggle. You have to work on it everyday.
  • Warming up is important.
  • Cooling down is important.
  • Fitness is 98% mental.
  • Don’t allow yourself to sabotage your hard work.
  • Remember to have fun, especially when you find yourself getting too serious.

 

Thank you all for your encouragement and support. I appreciate that you’ve come along with me on this journey. It’s not over. I’m just getting started.

❀
-A

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Bikini Series 2018 | Week 7 Re-Cap | #TIU

Hello friends!

Happy Monday!

What a week! It started out really hot, but also pretty great. I like when the weather is warm and sunny. I planned on adding in Lauren Gleisberg’s week of weight training onto my normal stuff.

 

 

Wednesday, I was able to sleep in, but woke up feeling horrible.

Allergies.

It was all I could do to get my yoga in… it was a true struggle and Wednesday was just not a good day.

Thursday, I woke up feeling a little better, but still wasn’t able to get my workout in.

Friday I came back with a vengeance.

My flex was on fire, friends!

I continued that energy through Saturday, but Sunday decided to take the time to just have fun. My son and I spent the day playing outside, reading, and just enjoying the day.

I’m happy that June is almost over. I have so much going on in July. I’m hoping to take the first week off, only doing workouts and themed yoga days.. no challenges.

I am hosting two yoga challenges in July — one in honor of summer, and the other one is Video Vixen Yogis.. it’s going to be an epic adventure!

But first, we have this final week of the Bikini Series. I’m feeling pretty sassy today, but I finished my workout this morning and my yoga for the day. I’m ready to wrap this challenge up!

I’ll be back next Monday with my overall results. πŸ™‚

Have a great week, friends!

❀
-A

Life is a Journey: Check-in and Re-Evaluate — June Edition

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday! It’s officially summer!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend! It’s been a rainy few days here in Ohio… I feel like I’m in Forks, Washington… minus the sparkly vampires and werewolves. haha!


It’s the final Sunday of the month. As most of you know, I dedicate this post to focusing on goals. I think this is the perfect time to check-in with yourself, taking time to reflect:


-What you’ve been doing.


-If you’ve been working on your goals.


-If you’ve slipped up. If you have, why?Β 


-How are you feeling?


And then evaluating your current goals, adjusting as necessary. There’s nothing wrong with abandoning a goal if it no longer serves you. Set a new goal if necessary, maybe something more realistic, maybe something more risky. Whatever speaks to you. Create an action plan.. figure out how you’re going to achieve that goal. And then get started!Β 

There’s no time like the present!
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July is going to be amazing!
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-A
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Bikini Series 2018 | Week 6 Re-Cap | #TIU

Hello friends!

Happy Monday!

I cannot believe it’s week 7 of the Bikini Series already!

It has been a busy week of fitness for me. I added in the Summer Body Challenge with Tracy Campoli and it was so much fun! I love working out with her and this challenge, she hosted live workouts. So amazing! If you’ve never heard of her, you have to check her out! She has a YouTube channel filled with a variety of workouts and inspiration. She also has a monthly subscription for ladies who want to take their workouts to the next level. (It’s closed right now, but you can sign up for email notifications to find out when she opens it up again.) She’s the real deal and I adore her!

I’m proud to say that I worked out every single day this week. Woot Woot! Most of those were morning workouts and I logged three cardio sessions.

Who is she? hahahahahahhaha!

So.. moment of truth.

Measurement time.

 

 

Sigh. It’s really hot, so that means I can subtract 5 inches right? Kinda like when you are fully clothed, wearing jeans, a sweater, and boots, and you have to step on a scale – you subtract at least 5 pounds because of clothing. haha!

Maybe I should have stood in front of the freezer for a few minutes before doing this. haha!

Okay.. good news and bad news.

Bad news – I gained .25 inches in my right thigh.. um what?

Good news – I lost:
-.25 inches around my stomach
-.25 inches around my hips
-.25 inches around my right arm

I stayed the same everywhere else. So a total of half an inch lost.

Sigh.

Being 30 is great.. minus how slow it takes to see results. But you know what? At least I’m moving in the right direction, albeit slowly. I’ll keep working hard and we’ll revisit this again in two weeks.

Fitness is a lifestyle and a journey.

Time to get moving.

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-A

 

A Fitness Guide for Summer

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

Summer is upon us…

Time for cute dresses, shorts, tank tops… and swimsuits! Today I am sharing my favorite exercises to help you get everything tight and toned so you feel confident in whatever you are wearing!

Ready?

This is my ultimate guide to getting fit for summer. I give you my favorite exercises to lose fat, tone up, and look amazing!

The Best Exercises to Get Fit for Summer

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If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend that you do!

If you are looking to tone up a certain trouble spot, try one of these options below:

For tank tops and dresses:

The Best Arm Workouts for Women

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In this article, I break down my favorite exercises for tight, toned arms.

 

For those cute crop tops and your bikini:

The Best Ab Workouts for Women

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In this article, I break down my secret to obtaining a sleek and sexy midsection.

 

For those cut-off shorts and bikini bottoms:

The Best Booty Workouts for Women

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In this article, I break down my favorite exercises for a lifted and toned rear view.

If you are looking to switch up your normal routine or are curious about the workouts I like to do, check out these options below:

5 Amazing YouTube Fitness Channels for WomenΒ 

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In this article, I share my five favorite YouTube channels, guaranteed to have you sweating and feeling amazing!

If you are interested in yoga:

3 Best Yoga YouTube Channels for Beginners

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These channels are my go-to’s for a guided yoga practice.

 

I hope these are helpful to you! Share your favorite summer tone up tips in the comments!

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-A

 

Bikini Series 2018 | Week 5 Re-Cap | #TIU

Hello friends!

Happy Monday!

I can’t believe we’re entering week 6 of the Bikini Series already. This past week flew by.. I have so many amazing things coming up this summer and I am so excited! I now also have a little more motivation to kick it in gear and achieve my goals.

This past week I took it easy to try not to get any worse. Last Monday was a beautiful, sunny day. I went outside with my son for about an hour. The sunshine was warm and felt amazing on my skin. I did all of my yoga in the backyard and we made a little bee friend.

 

 

From Wednesday on, I was pretty consistent. I did cardio three times this week and made my morning workout each day. Goals met! Crushed it.

 

This week, I’m upping the intensity and amount of workouts to try to accelerate my goals. Tracy Campoli has a new Summer Body Challenge, a week of live workouts. I’m going to be joining in on that. I’m planning on adding in more Tonique and Tracy Anderson workouts, as well. All of that is in addition to my daily yoga practice and the Bikini Series. It’s going to be a busy week! haha!

Next week, I will take measurements..

So it’s time to get to work!

❀
-A

Bikini Series 2018 | Week 4 Re-Cap | #TIU

Hello friends!

Happy Monday!

We are officially on summer break!!

And it seems I’m coming down with a slight cold. I took it easy yesterday and I have plans to do the same today. I have some exciting plans this week, so I want to make sure I don’t get any worse.

But it is time to recap week 4 of the Bikini Series. There isn’t too much to report this week…Β  although, I must say, I did the Flex Friday pose and my bicep is looking better and better.

Good morning friends! β˜•β˜•β˜• I missed #TIUFlexFriday, so here’s my #TIUFlexSaturday πŸ˜˜πŸ˜‚ . . . And hey there little bicep. It’s nice to see you again πŸ˜πŸ€— . . #TIUBIKINISERIES πŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘™ #TIUBootyCall πŸ‘ – Carmen Electra workouts 1 and 2 βœ… 3 miles toward #100bysummer – #TIUMermaid workout βœ… – Tracy Campoli standing abs βœ… – Tracy Campoli 10 min amazing arms βœ… . . . Amazing workout this morning! I think I deserve some more #coffee πŸ˜‹β˜• . . . @toneitup #tiucheckin #butfirstcoffee #tiuohio #TIUTeam #tiugirl #fitness #intention #fitspo #inspiration #redhairbeauty #messyhair #thisis30 #goals #tiuliftmeup #trainlikeanangel #sweatyselfie #gratitude #caffeinatedaf

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This past week, I decided to switch it up. For cardio, I traveled back in time to 2009ish. I did Carmen Electra’s Aerobic workout and her hip hop dance routine. It was so much fun and a welcome break from traditional cardio. I did manage to fit in two cardio sessions this week, which means I met my goal. I’m down to 74 miles left for the summer. I do need to get cracking on that, though. We’re on week 5 and only have 3 weeks left.

I missed two days of workouts this week. One day, simply because I ran out of time in my day. The other because it was son’s last day of school and our day was filled with activities.

The biggest struggle was acclimating to the heat. Last year, I loved it. This year, it’s a little more difficult to get myself in that mindset. I really have to dig deep to get through the workout. But, I manage to get it done, which is all that matters.

Now that summer break is officially here, my plans are to get my workout in early. Minus this cold, it’s a great plan. haha! I’m still going to be moving, whether it’s a simple yoga session or mindful movement within a more gentle workout.

It’s almost noon now as I type this and enjoy my coffee. A late start to the week, but a start nonetheless.

Let’s go week 5!

❀
-A

Bikini Series 2018 | Week 3 Re-Cap | #TIU

Hello friends!

Happy Monday!

It week 4 already for the Bikini Series! Time is flying by. I took my measurements this morning….

Overall, I lost a total of 1.75 inches..

I gained half an inch around my stomach (Although to be fair, I wasn’t feeling well last night and still not feeling great this morning.)

I lost 1.5 inches around my waist. (Yes!)

I gained half an inch around my left thigh, but lost a quarter of an inch around my right thigh. (um..?)

I lost an inch around my left arm, but stayed the same around my right.

Not great, but not too bad. I’ve already done 40 minutes of cardio this morning and it’s going to be hot this week.. so I think I’m on the right track.

This past week wasn’t too bad. I only missed one day of working out. πŸ™‚

As for my goals:

I fit in 2 morning workout sessions. My goal is three, but I’m not going to be myself up about it.

I did get 3 cardio sessions in this week. My goal is two, so I exceeded this one! πŸ™‚

My son is finally feeling better, too. This is his last week of school and we are both looking forward to summer break!

And more good news.. I think my shadowban is over! Finally! πŸ™‚

I’m looking forward to this next week! It’s been so hot… which means it’s easier to sweat and burn calories!

❀
-A

 

Life is a Journey: Check-in and Re-Evaluate — May Edition

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Here we are at the end of the month. As most of you know, I dedicate this post to focusing on goals. I think this is the perfect time to check-in with yourself, taking time to reflect:

-What you’ve been doing.

-If you’ve been working on your goals.

-If you’ve slipped up. If you have, why?

-How are you feeling?

And then evaluating your current goals, adjusting as necessary. There’s nothing wrong with abandoning a goal if it no longer serves you. Set a new goal if necessary, maybe something more realistic, maybe something more risky. Whatever speaks to you. Create an action plan.. figure out how you’re going to achieve that goal. And then get started!

There’s no better time than the present. I was rewatching Carpool Karaoke the other day, and chose the one with Sir Elton John. It’s one of my favorites and something he said stuck with me.

You’re not. It’s so simple, but I think we forget.

Elton has two young sons at the age of 71; Betty White is in her 90’s, still acting and being amazing; Phil Collins announced that he was going on tour: Not Dead Yet – hahahahahahha! But seriously.. you’re never too old.

Watch James and Elton:

 

Let’s make June amazing!

Have a great week friends!

Bikini Series 2018 | Week 2 Re-Cap | #TIU

Hello friends!

Happy Monday!

What a week.

What a week.

I felt a little off all last week… and the pinnacle point was Thursday morning. I woke up to a fire in my shoulder and sharp aches in my lumbar spine.

Why?

I don’t actually know. I’ve been very mindful of warming up my back before attempting any back bend moves… and since doing yoga regularly, I don’t typically have any real back issues. The shoulder is par for the course.. That’s been bothering me for awhile. So, no workout on Thursday.. I spent the morning attached to my heating pad, had ibuprofen, and reminisced Will Ferrell’s scene in Talladega Nights…

We celebrated our anniversary and had a nice, quiet day, but our son is now not feeling well. So, no one is doing that well at the moment.

But, there is always something for which to be grateful… We did manage a yummy yoga flow with Adriene yesterday. It was nice to get on the mat and stretch.

 

I didn’t meet each of my goals this week:

I worked out 2x’s in the morning (goal is 3)

However, I did meet my cardio goal:

I did HIIT on Tuesday and pulled out my Air Climber on Wednesday.
A total of 4 miles toward #100bysummer
Only 90 miles left to go!

So, technically, I missed three days of working out this past week.

I’m a little disappointed, but it happens. That’s life. So this week, I’m going to make a point to get on my Air Climber for cardio as often as I can. I will definitely get it in twice, but ultimately, as long as my body is feeling okay, I will get on it everyday. Other than that, I’m just planning on getting in more Tracy Anderson and Tonique as long as my body allows it.

As far as that shadowban issue goes… I’m reporting it everyday to Instagram. I hope it gets resolved soon.

I’m looking forward to week 3. Next week is measurement time. We’ll see if I’ve made any progress.

Let’s get to work!

❀
-A