Small Victories

I’ve said it before, even small victories should be celebrated! It’s not a huge visible change but it’s one I’m proud of and worked hard for! There is exactly one month between these two pictures. The difference is 5lbs, more muscle and me loving wearing shorts again!

The picture on the left was taken Aug 10. I weighed in at 130lbs at the time. The picture on the right was taken today, Sept 15, and I weighed in at 125lbs. My goal wasn’t to lose a bunch of weight. It was to lean out a little. Build more muscle and lose a little fat. I think I successfully achieved that! My legs are a little more defined than they were a month ago. I am incredibly happy with my progress.

How did I do it? Consistent workouts, fueling and hydrating my body and a HUGE load of support from my husband. Days that I had no energy and was so exhausted my husband would send me a text telling me to get after it, telling me I can do it and remind me how great I always feel after I push through. Sometimes I just need a little kick in the butt and he knows that. It always worked! And he’s right, I always did feel amazing after, even on my most tired days.😉

My goal now is maintenance! I’ll continue to eat healthy while occasionally treating myself! Like tonight! I’ll be enjoying a pizza, or burger or whatever my little heart desires as my celebration!

Everyone has different goals. But make sure you are rewarding yourself and celebrating even the smallest milestones!

Celebrate your small victories! 🎉

Steam for soreness

I woke up SO sore this morning! Since I changed up my workouts I swear I’m sore after every muscle group workout now! It’s one of those good sore feelings, like you know you pushed yourself just the right amount. It is however making me a little slow today. Bending over to pick up Ryder has been a struggle. I spent most of the morning on the floor with him so I wouldn’t have to do much lifting. 😂

Today will be a leg day so I can give my upper body a little rest to recover. Then I’ll hit up the Four Seasons steam room.

Did you know a steam room not only cleanses your skin but helps relax stiff muscles and joints, which aids in the recovery process! During a steam there is an increase in blood flow and circulation. This is due in part by heat causing the blood vessels in the skin to expand. Steam also helps boost your immune system and remove toxins from your body. What I wouldn’t give to have a steam room in my house! 😍

Leg day exercises

Leg day! These are 3 of my favorite exercises to do on leg day. Really easy and sure to get your butt and inner thigh sore the next day!

•Side step squats with plate

•Front lunges

•Barbell deadlift

The side squats take a little coordination since you’re squatting then lifting the plate. Sometimes I look funny because I zone out, get off on my squat/lift and get myself all confused. 😂

I typically do 4 sets of 12 for each. But you can adjust to what’s best for you! Happy lifting!

Leg day exercises

Yesterday was leg day. My favorite day! When I tell people that most of them look at me like I’m crazy. 😂 I don’t know why but I’ve always loved leg day.

I typically change up my workout routine every 6 weeks. If I was able to get to the gym more I would probably change it up every 4 weeks. But 6 is good for someone like me who can only get there a couple times a week. When I change my routine, I rotate in and out different exercises and change the sets of weights I do with them. You never want to do the same workout for too long because your body adjusts and gets used to it. When your body adapts to an exercise it will burn fewer calories because it’s not working as hard. Changing up your workout routine “shocks” your body. It has to work harder therefore you will burn more calories and avoid a fitness rut.

These are 3 of my favorite leg day exercises that I have in my leg day workout routine for the next 6 weeks. None of them is to difficult but they will definitely get your butt and thighs burning!

Reduce Cellulite Naturally

Everyone battles cellulite. Some more than others. There are a few natural ways you can minimize its appearance:

1. Apple cider vinegar: Elements found in ASV such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and minerals, play a key role in flushing out toxins from your body. It helps reduce bloating as well.

2. Clean eating: Reduce or eliminate processed foods and sugary foods from your diet

3. Hydrate: Drinks lots of water. Water helps to naturally flush out impurities from your body.

4. Build muscle: Muscle toning helps to act as a “filler.” Your skin will look less dimply with muscle.

5. Massage: Increasing blood circulation to areas with cellulite will help minimize its appearance.