Apr 18, 2014

Easter Challenge

So I was thinking: Easter is coming up on Sunday, and while I know that you can’t possibly out-exercise a bad diet, I thought I’d challenge you to keep your Easter Candy indulgences in check by making you WORK for every piece of candy you have! I’m not saying you can’t indulge, but you might pay for it in burpees!  So…here’s the challenge:

For every (1) piece of candy you eat, there is an associated exercise “penalty”.  I’ll be running this challenge on Instagram, so use hashtag #easterchallenge and tag @babebeforebaby so I can see how much candy you ate and how many exercises you had to do!

(1)    Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg (or PB cup) = 15 burpees
(1)    Peep= 5 push-ups
(1)    Chocolate egg (regardless of the filling)= 5 jumping jacks
(1)    Mini Bag of M & Ms (or a small handful)= 5 squats
(1)    Mini Bag of Jelly Beans (or a small handful)= 10 crunches
(1)    Hollow Milk Chocolate bunny = 10 front lunges, each leg
(1)    Misc: Any candy that’s not listed above: 30 seconds of wall sits for each piece

At the end of the day, holidays and special events that are focused on food will always be there, so you can’t always avoid those situations.  Find a  way to incorporate them into a healthy lifestyle and you’ll always come out stronger on the other side! Who’s ready to take on this challenge???

Apr 14, 2014

Sodium is the DEVIL

Good morning and Happy Monday!
So it's time for a little confessional….I was not exactly “on point” with my eating last week.
I traveled 2 separate days for work, making my pre-prepared meals useless since I was on the road.
I also was a bit more social this past weekend, which is something I certainly “suffer” from when the weather gets nicer like it did these past few days.
Let’s start with Friday: one of my closest friends and co-workers announced she was leaving the company.  We decided to go out for drinks after work to celebrate her new chapter (an mourn our losing her). 
I had wine. 
I had popcorn.
I had nachos.
And I don’t regret it, not even a little bit.
Because I wasn’t going to sit there and sip on water for 3 hours after work and starve myself (no, there were no other options by the way, it’s a bar, there’s no such thing as a finger food salad unfortunately).  I tried to be conscious of my portion sizes, but I was enjoying my friend’s company, and we won’t be able to do this together in just a few short weeks so I’m not going to tell her I can’t go have a drink right now because I’m trying to do the 21 day fix perfectly.

Then we move to Saturday.  And a special sleepover with my niece, who doesn’t get to do this very often.
I was totally 100% on point all day, and we went to Panera for dinner, so I ate a salad that was well within the guidelines of the eating plan (I did have some dressing though, I’m a rebel!), and then we stopped for some frozen yogurt to have while we watched “Frozen” together before bed.  Could I have skipped the frozen yogurt? Sure.  But I decided instead to just be conscious of my portion sizes and enjoy the time I was spending with my niece instead of fretting about what I was putting into my mouth.

Now comes Sunday, and we took my niece out to breakfast; I stuck to the plan and got a spinach and feta egg white omelet, cooked in pam, with one slice of dry wheat toast that I added a little Peanut Butter to, and skipped the homefries.

 Sunday’s weather was downright gorgeous, and we went downtown for the HUGE parade the state was throwing for the Huskies after both the Men and the Women’s team won the championships. 

What else do you do in warm, sunny weather but be outside with a nice cold beer?
So yes, I had a Coors light (just 1!) and after being on our feet ALL day and walking through the whole city, we stopped for dinner.
That meal was probably my biggest “cheat” because frankly I was starving and a salad just wasn’t going to cut it.  I chose a turkey wrap with avocado and mozzarella (no mayo), which wasn’t bad, but for my side I chose the sweet potato fries which in hindsight I probably shouldn’t have gotten (possibly my only real “regret” this past weekend).

I tracked everything I ate, stayed WELL within my calorie ranges each day, and was active with my workouts and other activity each day.
And you know what? The scale is up a ridiculous amount today.  The moral of the story? SODIUM IS THE DEVIL.

There’s a reason that eating at home is more beneficial to weight loss, and it’s not just the calorie and portion control, it’s that you can control the amount of sodium intake too.

I’m obviously bloated this morning, it’s my TOM this week, and I’m a little cranky at the scale number, but I’m not going to let it stop me from making this week awesome.  I will NOT let a little sodium ruin my day, and I WILL see a lower number on the scale in just a few days after the sodium levels in my body even out, so I’m not going to stress.  I’m going to keep on forging ahead, because life happens, and imperfection is ok, so long as you don’t let it derail you from your journey.

Apr 7, 2014

21 Day Fix: Week 1, Round 2 DONE

Just like the title says, I'm officially done with the first week of my second round of the 21 day fix.
I'm happy to report I'm down 4 pounds and 4 inches in that 1 week! 
Admittedly, I gained a bit back right before starting my second round, but I'm hoping to make some serious scale progress these next 2 weeks and get to an all time low on the scale, but we'll see!
I'm also super stoked because my group of challengers this round is doing AMAZING! After one week, I've got one who's dropped 7 pounds! Two others have dropped 4 pounds, and yet another two have tightened their belts by a whole notch.

This program takes the guess-work out of weight loss, and for that I really love it.  No counting calories or carbs or elimination of entire food groups.  Just simple eating, 30 minute workouts, and serious scale results, what more can you ask for?
I have another challenge group starting on 4/21 (the day after Easter) and if you're interested in joining me, you have to place your order by midnight TONIGHT! Comment below or shoot me an email at babebeforebaby@gmail.com if you're interested, I can't wait to see what the next 2 weeks bring!!

Apr 1, 2014

Cutting the fat: April Goals and an IG Challenge

It’s a new month and it’s time for some new goals!
We all know the old saying:
April Showers bring May Flowers
Well here’s my version:
April (Sweat) Showers bring Summer Bodies!
It’s time to buckle down people, summer is just around the corner and if you don’t put the effort in now, you’ll find yourself suffering through another summer of hiding behind long pants and baggy clothes when you’d really love to be wearing short shorts or a bikini!

I mentioned on Friday that I purchased a body fat analyzer in an effort of focus on something other than the number on the scale.
I took my measurements and start weight on Monday since I’m starting another round of the 21 day fix, and after a little (OK a LOT of indulging) this past weekend, the scale was up as expected, but I was pretty surprised at how high my body fat actually was….I’ve never measured it before, but I thought I had a good amount of muscle, and it turns out I was pretty wrong.
An “average” body fat range for women is 25-31%:
Essential fat

My number was 29.2% (YIKES!) Now don’t get me wrong, that’s still within the “average” range…but I would love to be on the low end of that average, or even better, in the “Fitness” category.  I know these hand held analyzers can be pretty far off, but I figure if I measure under the same conditions each time it should at least show my progress.
I’m pretty new to this, so I have no concept of how long it will take me to drop body fat percentage, but my goal number is 24%, a 5% reduction from where I am now.
I’m on day 2 of the 21 day fix, so that will help in the nutrition category for sure, and I’m supposed to get PUMP in the mail today, so I’ll start adding a few of those workouts each week to work on building more lean muscle.

So my ultimate goal this April? SWEAT. 

I challenge you to do the same.  30 minutes of sweat inducing exercise, for the next 30 days. 
Anyone can put in 30 minutes of work each day, no excuses, right? I don’t care what the exercise is, just do it, and earn your shower each day.
Use #30for30 on IG, and tag me in your posts so I can keep up with your progress!
Let’s do this!

Mar 29, 2014


Winner winner Chicken Dinner!!!
The winner of my #worththefight giveaway with Strong Confident YOU is:
Jonessa McKenney! 
Congrats Jonessa, I'll be in touch shortly about how to claim your prize!!

Don't forget, if you still want to purchase your own tank, use coupon code BABEBEFOREBABY for 10% off your order!
And if you want the exact tank I was wearing in the giveaway, here's the link :)
Babe Before Baby Tank

Mar 28, 2014

Getting Serious

Ok so I’m being honest here…I haven’t exactly been on point these past 2 weeks since finishing my first round of the 21 day fix.  I’ve been inconsistent with my workouts, and even though I’ve been tracking my food (mostly), I’ve had a LOT of social events, including a work event last night where my dinner consisted of wine and cheese (what? That’s not healthy??).  I’ve been making MOSTLY good choices, but it just goes to show you that without serious effort, especially when you’re close to goal, that scale is so hard to move.
I really haven’t made any progress on the scale in 2 weeks, and this week with all the drinking and eating out I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m up a few pounds too.

So, the plan: a new round of the 21 day fix starts Monday.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping to drop another 10 pounds this round, but in an effort to try and take some emphasis off the scale, I just purchased this:

It’s a body fat anyalyzer!
I’m hoping it will help me focus more on building muscle and less on the number on the scale; I’ve heard these things can be pretty inaccurate at times, but if you measure yourself under the same conditions each time, it’s at least a way to measure your progress.

I also ordered this program:

Les Mills PUMP.

This is my effort to start adding more weights into my routine.  I’m really looking forward to using this program, and it should arrive sometime next week, so I may even start doing it while I’m still on the 21 day fix too!

I’ve said it before, but I thrive on routine.  I need a plan.  I need to be able to make it mindless, so that I know what my next workout is, and I know what my next meal is without thinking too much about it.
I’m hoping this next round gets me some killer results, because that summer weather is right around the corner, and we’re running out of time!

**The 21 Day Fix will officially be OFF pre-order status as of 3/31! If you’re interested in joining my next accountability group, starting 4/21 (the day after Easter), shoot me an email at babebeforebaby@gmail.com and I’ll get you the info you need!

Lastly, don’t forget to enter my giveaway, contest ends at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!! (EST)

Mar 27, 2014

Thank you

I just wanted to take a minute and say thank you, your comments after my video upload from yesterday were amazing and I'm so grateful to have this community for support! I'll definitely be doing more in the future, hopefully shorter, and hopefully with better camera quality :)

Don't forget to enter the Giveaway for a free workout tank from Strong Confident YOU, it ends tomorrow!! Want the exact tank I was wearing in that post and can't wait until you find out if you win tomorrow? Here's the link to purchase your own!

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