1 Month Down, 2 To Go!

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So as of yesterday, I am 4 weeks into my goal and two months away from summer.

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Enter the Bikini Series! The Bikini Series is an annual challenge put on by the ladies who run Tone It Up.  It is being promoted for you to have the chance to get into the best shape of your life. HA! I am already ahead of the curve as I started my challenge 4 weeks ago. This seems like a great motivating tool and I am sure I can benefit from tips and tricks, new recipes, workouts, and encouragement from others to keep going. Click here to see what I am talking about!

A quick recap of what’s going on in my three P’s (personal, physical, professional) since the last post:

Personal –

I am looking for a place of worship that’s non-judgmental and non-denominational. I put in my GPS, searched for it on Google map, and even mapquested (is mapquested even a word?) and I coming up empty. No worries I will find one. I have faith. I have all of the faiths.

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Physical –

Duh! You know this one. Here is another tidbit – I am in my third week on Insanity. YAY! And I am getting that itch to run a half or a full marathon. I think there is still time to sign up for the Goofy Challenge 2015 – 39.3 miles in one weekend.  I have done it in the past and would like to beat my previous record.  No matter what I am definitely signing up for the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon Weekend 2015.  Registration opens in July and I am ready!

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Professional –

Great things are happening at The Naked Bar! My little soap company is strongly and steadily on its way to becoming a Fortune 500 company. I will have more details on this very, very soon! In the meantime click here to read our blog but definitely click here to order our wonderful natural, handmade, paraben-free, sulfate-free, chemical-free bath and body products. You will love it! Was that a shameless plug? YEAH!

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Eucalyptus Mint Salt Bar – made with sea salt, coconut oil, Shea & cocoa butters, and coconut milk. You know you want it!

That’s all for know! I feel great and I am getting there.

Leaning Out

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3 weeks into my health challenge and I am feeling great! I have been run/walking 6 miles 3-4 times a week. Last week I recently started the Insanity program again. Again? Yes, again! I have done Insanity in the past and did not complete it the first time. I was only 8 workouts away from finishing it. The reason I stopped was because I was cheating myself into believing I can do Insanity and eat whatever I want. Although I did not gain weight, I maintained and this was not my goal when I did Insanity the first time around. My goal was to lean out, build more muscle tone, and be fitter.  This time around I am incorporating better eating habits and making the time and commitment to focus on what I want the outcome of my challenge to be.  There are a couple of things I am following to help me out. This advice was given to me by a great friend who happens to be a fitness fanatic, a yoga enthusiast, an avid runner, and an OB/GYN.

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  1. Finish my last meal by 7:30 p.m. (or 2-3 hours before going to sleep). If hungry, drink unsweetened hot green tea (great for the antioxidants) or water.
  2. Go at least 12 hours from your last meal to your first meal in the morning even if exercising.
  3. Limit my carb intake to low glycemic carbs (sweet potatoes) and eat those right after cardio (your body burns fuel for the first two hours) or early in the day.
  4. Replace one meal (breakfast or lunch) with a protein shake. She recommends Dymatize Elite – Chocolate mint  and mix it with almond milk.  (I am not fan of protein shakes and I hate chocolate mint but I will be purchasing it this week (a different flavor)  and give you my opinion)
  5. Dinner should consist ONLY of protein and veggies. No carbs, especially starch. She advised me to take in zero carbs after 4 p.m.
  6. Do weekly weight-bearing activity. The Nike app is great for this!
  7. Hydrate to flush your fat loss and support your metabolism.

Yoga. Ugh, I am almost there. I just need to take the first step or in this case the first stretch. I have tried yoga in the past but have never given it a full effort. I read the benefits of what it does and this is why it intrigues me to give it a full-on chance but I find yoga to be more exhausting than running. Holding a position for so many seconds is not for the faint of heart. If anyone tells you yoga is easy there is 99% chance they are not doing it right.

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Gym (YMCA). Have not visited this fairy tale place that automatically withdraws my money on the 15th of every month. They have kept up their promise in debiting my account so I should keep my promise to make it worth their while.

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Remember I not a physician so consult yours before you begin any physical challenges.

If you are taking a health challenge to better yourself, I hope this helps. They say fitness consists of 80% diet, 10% exercise, and 10% genetics. I have one of out the three but I am getting there.

P.S. Are you a fan of protein bars? I am not but I have finally found a company that makes great protein bars. Naturally 4 You Protein Bars and Spreads are THE BEST!!!!! Check out their Facebook page here to see all the great stuff they provide with no preservatives or artificial flavorings! I DIE every time I have one.

Everything Sounds Better With A British Accent

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One of my physical goals (part of my 3P plan) is to get in the best shape for 2015 half-marathons and marathons. In order to accomplish the goal, I have a few pounds to lose.

We say pounds, the Brits say stones. One stone is equivalent to 14 pounds. It sounds so depressing when I need to lose 7 pounds but it has a nice ring to it when I only need to lose half a stone.

Insanity week 5 day 2 – DONE!

I’m getting there.

Lemon Hearted

A Bitter Sweet Lifestyle

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