Friday, 7 November 2014

My One Year Fitness Anniversary

Last November was the month I decided to get serious about losing weight- November 1st to be exact.  I did my research, started carb cycling, and ordered NLA for her supplements.  That month I chose to start Chalean Extreme which is a weight lifting beachbody program.  At the end of November, the time I had my birthday party, I was down 10lbs within that month. 

I was down 10lbs and feeling amazing!

This was when I tried it on again in May- it now completely falls off.  I am down about 15 more pounds since this picture.

After my birthday party, full of sweets and drinks, I stepped on the scale the next morning and was up 9lbs.  My heart just sunk.  Then I realized there is no way that a person can gain 9lbs overnight.  Without this realization I would've quit.  I almost did.  Then I realized it would be stupid to quit. Just try again.  Within 2 days I lost this bloat, and was well on my way again. 

I started IIFYM- if it fits your macros in February of 2014.  I was a little apprehensive at the beginning because I didn't really know what I was doing, but I got the hang of it and it was a whole new outlook on weight loss. My nails weren't brittle anymore (from carb cycling) and I got this new surge of energy because I was eating a lot more food.  This was the beginning of starting to realize that weight loss can be a part of my lifestyle.  I started losing weight faster than my mind could keep up.  I remember feeling that I wasn't sure if I was ready for my weight to fall off that fast.  This seems crazy to you, but it's a strange feeling when the body you are used to is changing so fast.  I needed time to realize this is actually happening.  I eventually got over that.  

High school vs I think March of 2014

I am down 57lbs this year, and down 67lbs since my high school grad.  I do feel like I am at a weight that I am not embarassed of anymore, but I'm still not ready to share.

In April I ran my fastest mile of 11:55 minutes.  That was so emotional.  

But then last month I killed that time, and did it in 10:09 minutes.

This past March I ran, walked, limped, crawled 10 miles.  I wanted to die, but I did it.  I cried.  I did those 10 miles in something like 3 hours and 15 minutes I think. I ran another 10 miles this September/October.

Cleaning out my closet full of fat clothes was another emotional step in this journey.  It was so strange putting on old clothes, and having them fall to the ground. Clothes that I never really did feel good in felt like I was throwing away this really sad part of me.  It really felt good.  Then there were clothes that I DID feel really good in in the past.  Most of those made me giggle because I look sooo much better now.

This was the first picture I showed any skin on Instagram.  I saw other women doing it, and I just couldn't imagine myself ever doing it.  I held my breath and hit the okay button.  People have been nothing but supportive, and it's just incredible that I can share my deepest scariest thoughts and feelings, and have people say "wow you are inspiring", "that's awesome", "congratulations!" etc etc.  In my head that's not what I was expecting.  I felt comfortable sharing the before at this point because I'm nowhere near that anymore.

This was the first time I had shown a front view of my skin.

The first time I decided to try my old size on...

The first time I put on something at Le Chateau that fit me. This wasn't even the XL...

The first time I fit into a size 8...

The first time I had pictures taken of me and liked what I saw in every angle...

The first time I fit into an American Eagle size 12.  I couldn't even shop there before let alone fit a size smaller than the biggest size...

I took this picture about two weeks ago.  This was the first time I realized how much of my old body is actually gone.

Where am I going from here? I am going to keep pushing forward.  Some people already know this, but my ultimate goal is a bikini competition.  I would've laughed at that thought before, but after this year I know this very much could be my reality in a couple years.  

I hope this post of my journey within this year inspires someone.  It has been an emotional roller coaster of happy, sad, and scary moments filled with many firsts and lasts.

My old blazer doesn't fit anymore, neither does my newest one.  I need to go get another one now.  My little black blazer still makes me feel like it did before- confident.  Now it is actually quite little.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Motivational Tips For Getting Fit That I'm Learning On the Way | LBB Fit

Hey readers!

Tonight I am talking with my mom about IIFYM eating, and I was thinking of some tips about keeping herself motivated that I could mention while I am teaching this to her.  I thought I would share them with you as well!

These tips are what I use to remind myself how far I've come, and to motivate me to keep going!

1.  When a technique has failed to work, don't think of it as "I have failed" think of it as "I have found what doesn't work for me" move on, try something new.  I struggled with giving up for so long that I had to change my perspective on weight loss.  

2.  YOU have to put the effort in.  If YOU don't want it then it won't happen.  No one can do this for you.  Decide what's important to you and stick to it.

3.  Be selfish.  If you want to lose weight you have to put yourself first.  It's awesome if you have supportive people around you, but what if you don't? There's always going to be someone who wants you to eat bad treats.  It's up to you to say NO.  Take control and don't feel bad about saying no.  They will understand.  You won't lose weight if you are constantly having treats and cheats.

If you are living with a partner and they don't like what you are cooking then either 1. tell them to make their own or 2. do what you have to do to hit your goals- which might mean making separate meals.  Mark and I don't usually eat together during the day, but when I do make supper I might make white potato fries for him and yam fries for myself.  This is such a simple substitution and you aren't sacrificing your goals.  Eating healthy doesn't have to be difficult- most times it's actually easier.

4.  Something you commonly hear- "I hit a plateau, I guess it's over." NO! Keep going!! Think of how far you have come.  Sometimes the scale doesn't reflect progress.  It WILL change in time.  Don't undo your progress.

5. Don't be so stinkin' hard on yourself! You will fail, you will slip up, you will binge, there will be a week where you slow down, you will want to quit 10 times a month.  It's OKAY.  This is a journey, not a race.  If you truly want to make a lifestyle change then you have to realize you can't live in perfect conditions all the time.  Eat the birthday cake, go out with your friends, enjoy that restaurant meal with your partner in middle of the week- the next day or next meal just get back at it.  You just have to remind yourself of your goals and realize what's important, but is okay to take a time out.

6. Always be positive and kind to yourself. Be proud.  When you look in the mirror, realize how far you've come.  Your tummy might still have flab, but you are further than you were yesterday. 

7.  Slow progress is still progress.  There may be a month where you only lose 2lbs.  You are still 2lbs smaller than you were last month.  Nothing good comes easy.

8. A BAD WEEKEND WON'T DESTROY YOU. OMG! When I stepped on the scale after my birthday weekend (2 days).... I was up 7lbs.  THAT'S NOT REAL WEIGHT- IT'S WATER WEIGHT.  I was back to normal in 2 days of proper diet and exercise.  Once you get over this, and don't let it discourage you, it becomes much easier.

9.  This follows the last tip- realize that your weight fluctuates day to day, hour to hour.  I weigh myself every morning.  Some might say that's not good, but it works for me because I see how food affects me.  Some people do weekly or monthly weigh ins. If that works for you- great.  I don't like it because my weight fluctuates and that ONE particular day could be a day after retaining too much water for example.

10.  Stop thinking there are quick fixes.  There are ZERO quick fixes that LAST.  If you want your results to last you have to eat right (don't starve yourself) and exercise.  It's slow, but it works.  So next time you see a magazine with a diet that will help you lose 10lbs in 2 weeks... seriously, just look the other way.  You got to start realizing there's no special tricks, and nothing happens overnight.  It took you 5 months to put on 30lbs- well sorry to say, but it's probably going to take that long to get it off properly.

11.  You don't need a Monday to start your journey.... Start the next morning or even the next MEAL.  Get up, get going!
12. Make it fun.  It doesn't have to feel like work.  Find what works for you and switch it up!!

If I think of anymore I will update my post! :)  Hope these tips help someone!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

A Story About Jeans | LBB Fit

This is a post from Instagram, but I wanted to share this story with you too! (Sorry IG followers)

"I put on my new jeans this morning (also my new favorite ones), and I couldn't help but remember a childhood memory about a favorite pair of jeans. 

I've struggled with my weight ALL my life. One year my grandparents bought me this beautiful pair of jeans with flowers down the sides for Christmas, annnnd wouldn't ya know- those damn things didn't zip. I knew I was a chubby kid. I never really got teased (I love my friends for that), but I always wanted to get the weight off. I didn't feel good in my skin. 

There was one year where my mom tried helping me lose weight. It was working well, to the point I tried on these favorite jeans and they FIT!! I was so excited I ran outside to the cow pasture where my parents were to show them. That night I was going to my friend's for a sleepover. I was feeling confident and my mom washed and packed these jeans so I could wear them the next day. The next morning I put them on at my friend's (after eating junk the night before I was apprehensive and well 8yrs old) and it couldn't get them on. I was devastated. I thought it was because I ate junk food. I quit trying to try right then. Ya know why they didn't fit? Mom washed and dried them lol. I quit my journey at 8 because my jeans shrunk in the dryer... 

If there are any moms reading this, please tell your daughters these secrets! No matter the age, it does knock a girl down. I wish I could tell my teenage self that you can love your body at any size, rolls and all. And that, well, jeans shrink in they dryer..."

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

My Story & Why I'm Trying to Get Fit | LBB Fit

I have struggled with my weight my entire life; probably since I was 6 years old.

I was the fat kid. Luckily, I was fortunate to have friends that never really teased me about my weight, so I was pretty naive until the ugly teenage years. 

My daily outfit consisted of A. pants that were not jeans B. a shirt that was too tight  and C. A big ol' hoodie to cover it all up.  I always zipped it down far enough that you couldn't see my chunky tummy bits :D.

I was always so uncomfortable and self conscious.  Probably mostly uncomfortable because of the hoodie that I never took off.  I'm not exaggerating. NEVER took off. Ever. I can remember one summer at the town fair people were having heat stroke and I was wearing my hoodie..... STUPID.

Well at the end of grade 8 I had had ENOUGH.

I wanted to lose weight, but I really didn't know how.  Weight loss in my world of people meant going on a diet or finding a quick way to lose weight.  I don't judge them now, most people are like that.

This was around the time I started using the internet because we didn't have dial up anymore.... I started researching things like "Quick ways to lose weight", "How do I lose 20lbs in a month", "fast weight loss", "How to lose belly fat"- you get the picture.

Then I came across a MIRACLE GREEN TEA :D. My problems were solved. Thank the heavens!! WHOOO! I just have to drink this tea and I will lose like a million pounds in a few days.  You think this is funny? This is how I thought. I didn't know any better.

I showed my mom because it had to be ordered online and I couldn't do that myself.  She was OBVIOUSLY skeptical, but for my sake she called a health foods store and asked if the claims were true.

The health food store said no.

I cried.

I cried hard.

I had already been looking for new clothes in the Sears Catalogue in a size 2 because the tea claimed I would lose all this weight!! Come on.........

I cried some more.

I was devastated. I thought I found a way out of the trap that was my body.

Mom obviously could see that I was a hopeless mess, so she sat me down and said if you want this, we will get a gym membership and work HARD.

So we did.

We signed up at a gym in the next couple of days.  It was an all ladies gym because the both of us were self conscious.

We learned the ropes and kept going. I was walking on the treadmill, using the elliptical, the step... whatever the heck those are called, and weights. We went 2 hours a day 5 days a week religiously.

When grade 9 started I felt freaking AWESOME.  I don't know how much weight I lost because I never weighed myself, but I went from a size 18 to a size 14 in 2 months.  People were even noticing! (Maybe because I didn't wear a giant sweater anymore... )  I got new clothes, wore jeans, and showed off my body with more form fitting clothing.

Then we stopped going to the gym. There was always an excuse not to drive there.

I was always fairly active IN school.  I did basketball and volleyball and actually enjoyed gym class (well except when we had to run "the mile")

But sadly, when I came home I was a HUGE couch potato.  I was also a big emotional eater and always have been.

I still didn't know enough about weight loss. I didn't know the big picture.  It took a long time to figure that out.

Grade 12 rolled around and I felt gross. I felt like I was eating healthy (like actually healthy) and I was going to the gym again.

Grade 11

One day I decided I had to start being honest with myself, and stop hiding from the scale.  I always ignored it because I didn't want to see the truth.  Stepping on that scale was a huge step for me.  I won't tell you my weight, but I was FLOORED.  Like I had NO idea I weighed that much.

Reality check.

Buuuuut I didn't do anything about it. Probably went and ate some cake...

My first year of university started, and I wasn't focused on losing weight AT ALL. I had enough crap to deal with.

One day I tried on one of my nice shirts (I was wearing sweats always) and the sleeves were huge!  Next time I was home I weighed myself- I dropped 20 some pounds without trying!!

When I went home my parents noticed I was eating a lot less than I normally did, and so did I! I was eating half of what I used to because I was so full.

Heck yes.

I was motivated to get moving again.

Second year- I dropped to my lowest weight (since the all time high in grade 12). But I lost weight the wrong way.  I ate clean which means whole foods and no processed crap (obviously for the most part), but where I went wrong is how much I ate.  I drank coffee in the morning......... snack........... Big supper of about 600- 800 calories....... couple snacks. I noticed the less I ate the more weight I lost.  So I tried to wait til supper to eat.  Sadly, I was also excited after a night of drinking because I would be dehydrated and the scale would go down.... I hate that I thought any of this (thankfully I don't now).

Obviously I couldn't keep that up for very long.

Third year- I was a mess, and I stuffed my face with pizza and other junk.

Then I met Mark :).... now I was happy and well I eat when I'm happy too! hahaha New relationship=weight gain.

21st birthday (2013) I was down about 10 lbs

The scale started creeping up further and further and further until I was 10lbs away from my highest weight. Scary.

Enough was enough. I felt disgusting in my own body. AGAIN.

I have no idea how I even started searching fitness on Instagram but I did.  This opened up a whole new world for me. People that were going through what I was going through, people who understood how important it was to me, and people that made me sooo motivated.  That's how my blog Instagram turned into almost completely fitness related. 

This time around something was different.  Something clicked and it felt like it was my time.  I had everything else I wanted, but this- to be fit.

I researched and researched and researched, and hot damn I finally figured out weight loss without starving myself.

Down 15lbs since the beginning of November 2013

Why am I trying to lose weight?

Is it for vanity? Yes and no, but mostly no.

Yes, because I am tired of covering my body.  I'm tired of having to find a shirt or a dress to cover parts I don't like. I don't want to wear spanx or any shaping things.  I want to be comfortable in my skin, and I want to be comfortable in clothes.  Ya get to a point where it's like F*CK what am I DOING? I want to throw on whatever I find in the morning and like the outfit because of the body underneath.

No, because I know how important it is to be healthy not skinny, and I know this is the time where it's going to count.  Anyone who really knows me knows babies are so important to me.  I've taken enough nutrition and development classes that I know being overweight could jeopardize a pregnancy. I don't want to start trying to get pregnant 5-10 years from now, and realize "Geez I really should lose this weight first".  It's time to start now so I'm healthy for later.  Being overweight can affect your fertility and it can cause complications in a pregnancy. Not gunna be me.  I won't let it.

I also want to be ready to set good examples for my family.  I want my future kids to be excited about fitness and not realize it's fitness...  I want it to be a lifestyle. I want to go for a run and I want them to want to be with me because it's fun.

I will fail.  I will fall backwards.  I want to quit about 4 times a month, but I know what's important to me.  I know now that I won't stop trying.  

This is my story.  The long and the short of it (but mostly long haha).

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Talking About Weight loss on myLBB! | LBB Fit


I took a break from blogging because it's SOOO difficult to write about decadent treats and pretty hair while keeping up with my fitness/healthy eating regimen. I'm sure that's understandable :D. I have also been busy with school!

BUT now I'm ready to talk weight loss on the blog! I think this will be a good addition since this is what I've been up to for the past 5 months or so.

Basically I will be talking about what I eat, what I do for workouts, daily struggles, and how I fit my new habit into my lifestyle.  For the time being I will not be sharing my weight or measurements, but I will share progress pictures!

Since November of 2013 I have lost 25.6lbs doing Beachbody programs, running, LIFTING THOSE WEIGHTS, carb cycling, IIFYM eating, and clean eating!  Soon I will explain all of these and how I've used them.

In addition to my efforts with healthy eating and exercise I have also incorporated a line of supplements and products that I would be happy to share with you!

Feel free to ask as many questions as you want and share your successes and struggles with weight loss!

Also FYI- I spend A LOT of time on Instagram and have been sharing my journey with my followers for the past 5 months on there :)

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Fit Sugar's Banana Apple Chunk Bread Modified | Food & Drink

Hello there! I've been a tad busy lately as you may have figured- hence my absence.  Today I want to show you this freaking incredible dessert.  This is a recipe I found on Fit Sugar, and the recipe is called Low Fat Vegan Banana Apple Chunk Bread. If you click on this link it will take you to the original recipe, and the site provides you will nutritional content.  My version has very few changes so the nutritional content should be about the same. I modified a couple small things, and turned this bread into muffins!  These are the most moistestest (it's a word now) muffins in town.  It's like they are dense AND fluffy at the same time.  They are best when you warm them up in the microwave for about 50 seconds and put a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream on top- YUM.  Might as well forget about the nutritional content on Fit Sugar, because now you are eating ice cream, and probably eating like 3 servings of this- just saying.  You will thank me.  I've never seen Mark so excited about a dessert before. 

You will need:
3 ripe bananas
1 apple, peeled and diced
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup applesauce (I used unsweetened cinnamon apple applesauce, and put in 2 of those small cups that you would buy in packets at the store)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Crushed pecans to sprinkle on top of the muffins before baking

So the modifications I made were: 
-brown sugar
-3 ripe bananas
-cinnamon applesauce
-crushed pecans 
-made into muffins

 Pour the batter in the muffin cups or in a loaf pan, and put in the oven at 350 degrees.  For the muffins, it took about 15 minutes or so until they were ready.  Just watch that the tops are turning brown, and when you stick in a fork or toothpick that it doesn't come out super gooey. 

This is the batter

Was a good breakfast treat (or any meal)

Do this- it is amazing

Let me know how you like it! I would give this like 6 out of 5 stars... hehe. Enjoy!

Monday, 26 August 2013

Knee-High Boots & Fat Calves | Fashion & Beauty

I LOVE knee high boots, but there was always one thing getting in the way of buying some- my huge calves.  Every time I would walk into a shoe store, even though I know they wouldn't fit, I tried them ALL on hoping and praying one pair would fit my stupid calves.  After years with this struggle I accepted my fate- knee high boots would never embrace my big calves. Sad right?  I know so many other girls have this problem.  Which is kind of silly! Why can't they just make them a little bit bigger?! Like seriously, an inch or two people! Well... my dream came true the other day.  I found a boot that fits my calves! If I could have, I would have sang and dance in the store. Thinking back, I just should have because this is something to celebrate. 

Drum roll... I found them at Pennington's.  Girls, don't be afraid of this store.  I always thought (without venturing in), "Oh boy, another plus size store with super ugly clothing."  I'm right though, no? A lot of chain stores that cater strictly to plus size people have some pretty ugly clothing.  I seriously believe they think, "Well you're big so, umm, maybe we will just throw a blanket on you, and hope that hides you."  Pennington's is actually different! They have some very nice clothes in there, that are still stylish, but cater to a plus size figure.  Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the sizes were 1X to 5X.  The clothes do fit much larger than other commercial size 1X clothing, however.  I saw some awesome deals on dresses there so of course I wanted to try them on. I tried the 1X on, and it was still about 2 sizes or so too big.  Okay, so this post went a little off track, but I had to tell you about this store!

The best part about this store, whether you are plus size or just a girl with some bigger calves, is their boots fit awesome! I went into Pennington's once before to try on boots, but they never had my size.  If you have small feet, and you just read this- LEAVE NOW! They sell fast.  I am still on cloud nine, and so happy with my boots.  They rang up at $96- a little pricey, but OMG worth it.

I guess it would also be good to note that they are a little warm.  Of course I buy boots, and now it's been like 30 degrees outside for days... 

My babies :).