Today on my YouTube Channel I share a little video reveal on what was received in my GNC Pro Box. Make sure to watch the video below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.
I actually filmed this video quite some time ago, but the footage was lost, so I apologize that it is up so late.
As a GNC Pro Member, I received the GNC Pro Box. It is a cool thing to receive as a Pro Member because you get the opportunity to try new things.
GNC Pro Membership is $39.99 and is definitely worth it if you are a shopper of GNC. You get to Pick-Your-Day Sales, Free Expedited Shipping from the website, Pro Access Giveaways, an Extra Month to Redeem Rewards, and also Pro Boxes. Pro Boxes offers you 8+ Samples, coupons and so much more delivered to your door twice a year. You can choose between men’s or women’s sports performance, wellness essentials or weight management PROs Box to get tons of good stuff for your goals. It’s awesome because these boxes give you the opportunity to try new products prior to buying them.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were purchased by me with my own money.
Hi friends. I hope you are all doing well. Today, I’m gonna get a little personal with all of you and share a little update on my weight loss journey. It’s been years in the making, but I’m super excited to have all of you on this journey with me. It’s like I’ve had a bunch of awesome cheerleaders all for me. If you are interested in learning a little about it, definitely keep on reading about my weight loss. This is just the beginning of this series and I plan to update all of you on this journey as I experience it. Also, I just released a video on my YouTube Channel so if you want the breakdown in video form, click this link and check out the video. So, let’s chit chat a little… shall we?
At the beginning of this year, I posted on Honeygirl’s World about how I needed to get going on a healthier me. Since October 2017, I felt the need to really get my health issues together and start working on being a better version of my self, physically and mentally. I’ll be honest, it hasn’t been an easy road. I had worked my butt off the last few months trying to get in shape and lose weight, but it’s been difficult and I haven’t been the easiest person to live with because of it.
Let me break a few things down for you… So, in November 2017, I decided I would cut out all the things that really were dragging me down (food wise). I stopped drinking my Cherry Pepsi (I’m glad the world didn’t come to an end because of it) and I ultimately stopped eating white rice (most rice for that matter) and pasta. Yup, I said it… pasta. Let’s just say that it was not an easy choice for me, but I was amazed at how easy it was to give them up when I look at myself in the mirror and I’m excited about my progress. There are days when I see white rice smothered in gravy or a giant slice of pizza topped with ooey gooey cheese and I just want to lose my marbles, but then I realize that I’ve come too far.
Here’s the deal… there is no such thing as a fad diet or a 30-minute exercise once a week that will help. It took me a long time, lots of money and many years of realizing that because I really struggled with my weight after having my sons. I wasn’t always big (though I did always have thunder thighs… lol) and so I really wanted to get myself back on track. I realized that after years of the struggle, I needed to really do this for my health, not just my looks. This epiphany was probably the one good thought I had in my mind and it has been a constant reminder of how I’ve been able to keep going on this journey (or lifestyle change).
“I am down over 50 lbs in about 8-10 months and I’m so excited to be able to shop in stores that carry regular sized clothing, instead of only plus sized clothes.”
So what am I doing? Well, I’m at the gym 3 to 5 times a week concentrating on not only cardio but also strength training. You don’t need to spend excessive amounts of time at the gym if you don’t have it and if you don’t have a gym, use what you do have. I signed up for the gym in March, but prior to that I was walking/running and jogging several times a week – averaging about a mile to three miles each time I went for a walk and tried to do that 3 times a week. I also work with my kettle balls and my own walls to help with building my muscle and keeping the muscles I have. There are a number of different exercises you can do while utilizing your own body weight as your option to strengthen your muscles. I like doing push-ups against the wall if I can’t make it to the gym and if I do make it to the gym, then I love doing pull-ups and using the different muscle toning machines available. Remember, that it’s all about using what you have, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a gym membership. I like it because it’s my time to myself, but if you don’t have that – use what you go. Run or walk the dog or your baby or even go on a hike with a friend or two (or three) if it helps get you mobile and outdoors.
Now, when it comes to food… that’s a little more difficult. I try to concentrate on the Keto diet since I did a liquid fast prior to getting my metabolism jump started. The Keto Diet and 21 Day Fix have been two diets or lifestyle changes when it comes to food that I know I can actually keep working at. They aren’t easy diets, but basically a way of changing your lifestyle to accommodate what works better for you. I concentrate on healthy proteins and fats at each meal so that I can keep my muscle lean. I also have cut out most sugars from my diet (of course many fruits and veggies have sugar so I try to be mindful of how much I eat) and carbs. Making this change did not happen overnight, but it has definitely gotten easier as time progresses. Sugar-free popsicles have been my best friend lately (because it’s been so hot here on Maui) and I am really loving protein ice creams like Halo Top. However, everything is best in moderation, so if I am gonna eat a few sweets, I will definitely be putting in more work at the gym or I make sure I only have a little in moderation. Remember my words – “Moderation is more than just the key, it will be your new way of life.”
“Moderation is more than just the key, it will be your new way of life.”
I couldn’t possibly sum up how to do all of this in just one blog post, so I am gonna wrap this up in a bit. But, before I do, I wanted to share with all of you that this lifestyle change is not easy, but it’s doable and it can work. It took me a long time of saying excuses and my shoulda-coulda-wouldasbefore I realized that I need to take action and keep at it before I’ll see results. Don’t worry, I’ll be here to answer all of your questions and I’ll also be posting more frequently about this journey so that I can offer you some tips, ideas and even food choices. My goal is to actually share this journey with all of you because the support from each of you means the world to me and it helps more than you realize.
Stay tuned for more updates as I discuss products I’m enjoying to help with my weight-loss and get healthy jourey and everything else.
I know, I know… new year means, “new me” right? Wrong! I’ve realized that I’ve been looking at getting healthy incorrectly all of these years. I didn’t start putting on my weight till after I had kids, so I guess, you could say that my mentality was a tad bit construed, or maybe I was just lazy. But, this year (I actually started in December 2017), I’m making a change in not only my thoughts and how I view things, but what I’m doing to get to my healthy me. Today I share with you my 2018 Personal Fitness Goals. I whole-heartily agree that a person’s fitness and health goals should be tapered and adjusted, customized and unique to that particular person. We aren’t cookies, so, therefore, we shouldn’t have cookie-cutter goals and routines. Don’t you agree?
Try New Things: I really want to be able to embrace new workouts by trying new things and including a variety of different stuff. By doing so you will encourage your body to continue burning fat for energy and increasing your metabolism. While I know it, I often get stuck in the same rut. My schedule is never my own, so I workout and exercise around everyone else’s time. Because of this, I find myself doing what I know works and that fits within that given time frame. The problem is that my body eventually gets to a standstill and as I plateau, I get discouraged. I have somewhat figured out a way around this. By creating a schedule block of different exercises throughout the week, changing between interval training, cardio and stretching as well as a good walk/jog each week, my body will still be active while still burning fat and building leaner muscle. Adding in additional dance and hip-hop fitness into the mix is a great way to jumpstart the routines as I’m changing them around throughout the month. I’ll test my theory and I’ll get back with all of you on how it has worked for me.
Get Running: I also look at my current fitness and exercise regimen and compare it to what I used to do before. I bet most people didn’t know that I was a runner. I ran cross country and track in middle school and high school. I used to be pretty fast too. After a few ankle injuries in the last 20-25 years and a bad knee, I stopped running or even jogging and it’s been a struggle for me to get back on track. By the end of this year, I want to be able to at least jog without being in so much pain. I have been slowly increasing my walks to a light jog lately and I noticed that it’s a challenge for my aches and pains. But with proper support and effort, I think I can include low impact running into my workout routine before the end of the year.
Planks, Pull ups and Push ups – oh my: Before planks were a popular thing, my Daddy had me doing them along with pull ups and push ups each day. It’s how I kept my core strong and strengthened my arms so that I could paddle my surfboard out to the wave breaks and stand up on the board, balance and catch a wave. It’s been years since I’ve been able to really do any of those things. However, I’ve been slowly incorporating all three into my exercise regimen the last month. I’d love to be able to do planks, push ups and pull ups easily, without having to stop to take a break between each set. I’d also like to be able to do it the challenging way instead of easy. I think by incorporating a little of it in each workout, by the end of the year, I’ll be to able to do it without struggling.
Positive affirmation and goals: You see the photo above? Well, that photo was taken in 1998, back when I was smaller than a size 8 and 125 lbs wet. It seems like a lifetime ago. Obviously, I have had three children (2 pregnancies) and I weigh more than 150 lbs above that weight that I am in that photo. I’m realistic that I can do well and I can lose my weight, tone my muscles and build lean muscle, but, honestly, I will never look the same again. I will have saggy skin once I lose my weight and that’s something I have to deal with, but I will be healthy and happy because I accomplished it all. My biggest fitness goal this year is to use my past body as inspiration, determination and drive to be a healthier person, not using it as a way to bring me down. Our lives are filled with enough negativity and lack of drive, that I want to make sure that I’m not soaking all the bad energy in. I’m doing all of this for a healthier me so that I can be there for my husband and sons. It doesn’t matter what anyone says or the looks they give because it doesn’t feed my drive to be a better me. My goal this year is to keep positivity around me as much as possible so that I can be much more successful in this healthier lifestyle.
My 2018 Fitness goals are minimal but I believe they will make a huge impact on me. Besides, when we try out new things or focus on things to drive us, sometimes starting off small is the key. What about you? Do you have any fitness goals for this year? Is there anything in particular that you would like to try or incorporate into the year to get you on track?
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