Before & After | Bender Fitness Lean Muscle Building Challenge

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lean body back3This past weekend I completed the Bender Fitness 4 Week Lean Muscle Building Challenge. I really wasn’t expecting much in just 28 days. I mean, I am a realistic person. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the progress concerning my physique in just 4 weeks!lean body front3

The upper back portion of my body looks tighter, my lower back looks the same. My arms have slight definition and look broader. My legs are definitely leaner and stronger. Best of all, my stomach is shows just a little bit more definition and my “love handles” are a little less pronounced. Overall, I am quite happy with my four weeks of progress.lean body side3

This concludes the second phase of my 90 Day Lean Body Building Plan. The last portion concludes with the 21 Day Challenge. Alas I did not make my DietBet goal, but I’m ok with that. I lost two pounds and probably some inches (I did not track the inches “doh”) My overall goal this year is to obtain a leaner body, not lose lots of weight. I will do more comparison photos at the end of the challenge. On a totally separate note, I’m definitely tan! Gotta love Florida!

Keeping Track | My Fitness Journal

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I have decided to work harder to reach my 2015 goal of a leaner me. This means that I need to keep track of my weight lifting, and what is working and what isn’t working concerning all fitness. I researched several options including running journals, print outs, etc., and I decided to just go with the simplest route.

The Moleskine journal is just the right size for the gym. I can stick it in my desk drawer at home, in the glove compartment of my car, in my FitBelt, etc. Plus, the size discourages me from writing more than is really necessary. It has truly been great for the New Rules of Lifting for Women program, because I cannot always remember which workout I am on, or how much weight I lifted the previous week. Plus, its easier to keep track of my splits for speed workouts when they are written down. With this journal, its all written down for easy reference.

Tell me, how do you keep track of your fitness? Do you?

2015 | Health and Fitness Goals

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It is 2015 and I decided to set specific health & fitness goals for the first time ever. I do not do New Years resolutions, I prefer goals, which I consistently evaluate throughout the year. This years biggest goal is to lean out, however the journey there is what the goals detailed in this video are all about:

As promised, I will blog and/or vlog weekly. I will try new recipes and share on my social media pages, youtube or the blog. All in all, I plan to really kick 2015’s ass and I hope you will join me in the journey.

What are your plans for 2015?

2015 | The Plan

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The new year is days away and I am looking forward to all it has to offer. I had a good 2014, but I will do a separate post concerning that. 2015 will be about leaning out, reaching new running goals and conquering snacking.

FITNESS

I am currently on the Hanson Half Marathon plan in preparation for a Half Marathon I am doing in March, however I have a 5k planned in January and a half in February as well.

I am doing a 12 week beginner weight lifting series I found on Pinterest as a simple and easy lifting option while training. Post training, in the off season, I plan to go hard on the weights and really build some total body strength. I will spend the last part of the year training for another Marathon, of which I have yet to decide upon.

Altogether, I plan to have a dynamite year of fitness in 2015.

FOOD

My annual soup season has already begun with a delicious chicken and vegetable soup (my recipe). Next up will be a Samosa soup, with what I hope will be a delicious take on one of my favorite dishes. I am now storing my soups differently and nixing the constant variety. Instead I make one pot of soup, eat it until it runs out and make another. I will do a video on how I store and re-heat my soup. I will continue with soup through the winter, and then move back to Mason Jar salads over the summer, not sure about Spring right now.

I have been slacking on my green smoothies, but I plan to start ingesting a green smoothie with whey as my post exercise meal on workout days. They make such great recovery meals, and will not cut into daily calories that way.

I need to get a better handle on dinner, so for the next year I plan to meal plan around this bit of advice:

I want to take the serious thought process out and just eat based on my current goal. My immediate post holiday goal will be fat loss, so dinner will consist of mostly Protein and veggies. I am still snacking during work and eating soup immediately post. I have been bored with breakfast, but I need to eat what is in my house, so the immediate mission will be to “shop my house” until I run out of breakfast options.

I received a wonderful new camera as a Christmas gift, so I will also post a lot more in the new year.

*Cheers* to a New Year and an even better you!

My First Marathon | The Experience

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I am so excited to say that I am officially a Marathoner! I completed the Space Coast Marathon in Cocoa Beach, Fl. this past weekend. It was difficult, but I finished and I actually want to do another Marathon next year! The video below goes into greater detail about the entire experience:

I am now in recovery mode, which means light running and lots of yoga.