My Fitness Journey: Part III

Disclaimer: I normally post my fitness journey updates each month on Saturdays, but tonight I wore an outfit similar to one I wore in January + a friend pointed out that I should put them side by side. When I did, I was finally able to see what a difference this past 10 weeks of working out + eating better has made in my life. After much excitement, tears + text messages, I’m interrupting regularly scheduled posts to post an update this month.

Sorry, not sorry! #yesididjustsaythat

I’m not going to lie, the past 4 weeks, since I was last measured, have been the hardest for me. Not because of being sore, but because I traveled to two conferences and was gone for 5 days both times, and on top of that I had only worked out an average of 3x per week for those 4 weeks. While I watched what I was eating, traveling doesn’t make that easy and I probably ate fast food more times than I care to admit (like 5x). I had pretty much resigned to the fact that there was no way there would be any inches lost this month.

Physically looking at my body, I felt like I couldn’t see any changes. Yes, I could somewhat “feel” them, but I needed to see them. After all, isn’t the rule of thumb that it gets easier after 6 weeks, your friends see it after 8 weeks, but you don’t until 10-12 weeks. Well Sunday marked 10 weeks + I didn’t feel like I could see it. I even skipped my 6am workout because I wasn’t feeling like it would make a difference for the measuring.

Many of you have been asking me about the type of exercise program I’m doing, so I thought I would share some of that journey with you. In February, Cristina, one of my best friends (and an amazing photographer) dragged me to a workout group meeting at the community center at the end of my street. I say dragged loosely because I’m pretty sure I went kicking and screaming. Her exact words the morning of were, “don’t eat anything, don’t drink coffee, take an advil because you won’t be able to walk tomorrow + if you eat, you’ll throw it up.”

Awesome.

But I went. Begrudgingly.

It was brutal. Our trainer, Ambia, on the other had is amazing! The girls I worked out with, also amazing!

For the first time I looked around and saw, not what I wasn’t, but what I could be. I listened to their stories of how long they had been working out, when they joined the class and I began to see what I would look and feel like if I stuck with it for 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 2 months, 6 months. So I kept going. Our class is a legit, hardcore bootcamp where 2 of the 5 days we focus on whole body strength training, balance, core strength and muscle building, then on Tuesday, Wednesday + Thursday, Ambia switches up between arms, legs and core focuses.

I’m not going to lie, I purposely skipped leg day Wednesday for the last 8 weeks, until Ambia switched it up on me, so now I have no idea what I’m doing when I get there. It’s helped. It’s probably the reason I lost 1.5 inches of my hips in the last 4 weeks!! See this picture below? I did 40 of these knee up crunches today and 60 of them last Friday. It’s no joke friends. But easy is for the birds.

Over the last 10 weeks I’ve made some incredible friendships. We’ve laughed together, cried together, thrown up together, or maybe I should say, been on the verge of throwing up together, but the point is that we’re in it together. That’s what’s made the difference for me. Now Margaret, Cristina + I have a group text going daily to encourage, uplift and hold each other accountable for going to work out. Today, it was just the 3 of us and it was Awesome!! The power house trio baby!

The past 10 weeks have been an eye opening journey, when I started I could barely run, let alone sprint, I could barely do one push up, let along 40 chin ups (like I did last Friday).

Tonight as I looked at these two pictures side by side, I was able to, for the first time SEE how far I’ve come. I can physically see the body changes + I’m not going to lie, I tear up every time I look at it. I’ve never stuck to anything this long! If you’re wondering if you can do it, stop questioning it + just get up off your ass and do it. Don’t wait till tomorrow, find some friends if you need to. Tweet me daily if you need to. Follow me on Instagram + we can share this journey together.

This is the same Stitch Fix top. Pic on Left in at the end of January, pic on right is tonight.

If you’re in the Orange County area, come join us. You can find Fitspired on Facebook. We meet Monday thru Friday and your workout options are 6am, 9am or 6pm. If you want to join us, email me and I’ll get you all the info you need. Come join me! alissa {at} ragstostitchesblog {dot} com.

And before I forget, here’s an update on my measurements! This month, my biggest changes were the 1.5 inches I lost off my hips and 1/2 inch off my thighs. I’m most proud of this because this is my problem area for reals, y’all.

Thanks for letting me share my updates with you guys, please feel free to email me with any questions you have about my journey. Next up, I’m trying juicing so I hope to share some fun recipes with you soon.

PS. I’m not being paid to endorse Ambia + her Fitspired program, I’m telling you to work out + change your life period. But you should come work out with us because Ambia’s pretty incredible + she’ll whip you into shape in no time.

You can read more about my fitness journey here.