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"Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top."

Whenever you need a little body confidence, blast this song and dance around naked in your room. I promise, it works every time. <3

Hey all you lovely people! I’m going to be a bit MIA for the next week or so, because I have to move yet again (horrible, I know), so I’ll be quite busy. I promise though, I’m sticking to my plan and working out still!!

A little Transformation Tuesday photo for all of you before I pass out tonight. I would say this pic is from around 190 to this past weekend (around 135), so about 55 lbs difference. (Again, I’m only 5’2”!) I’ve never been happier with how I look, and I know it’s only uphill from here! <3

My BMI journey: From obese to healthy

On my journey, I’ve spanned the BMI scale:

  • I started in the category of Obese Class II, where I was considered severely obese with a beginning BMI of 35.5
  • I quickly moved into Obese Class I after losing my first 3 lbs, staying in this category for 8 months as I lost another 28 lbs
  • I moved into the Overweight category on 2/26/13, staying in this category for 14 months as I lost another 27 lbs
  • I reached my landmark achievement of entering into the Healthy category on 8/25/14, where I plan to remain permanently

While I know the measure of BMI is not an exact science, since it doesn’t account for differences between bodies, I studied health in grad school, so I know that it is a pretty good measure despite all that. It’s still crazy to think that I ever let myself get into not only the obese category, but the second tier of it without even realizing. However, now that I have my blinders off, I’m ready to spend the rest of my life maintaining and promoting my health. Beyond my focus on weight, I am working on decreasing my body fat percentage and becoming my most fit self ever. Since I am so far into my journey, I know some people will look at me and think that I never faced struggles with my body, but I have and I’m thankful for everything those struggles taught me about myself and life. I will never forget the value of my journey, and I will continue to work every day to be my best self.

Height: 5’2 / SW: 194 / CW: 135.6 / GW: 132

Ummmm… What?!?! Can we please pause for a moment to discuss how today, after probably the hardest weekend I’ve had in as long as I can remember, I finally hit my lowest weight ever?! I am so happy and proud and ready to keep dominating my journey and finding myself along the way.

Make sure you remember this - it’s crucial!!

(via working-out-like-a-baws)

Tried to eat a much healthier dinner than normal by incorporating lots of veggies (I’m fully aware I don’t eat enough), and I went with a healthier dessert option, as opposed to eating a Skinny Cow ice cream bar.

Dinner: 6 oz of slow cooker sweet barbacoa pork (406 cal) with one bag of steamed mixed veggies (105 cal): 511 calories

Dessert: 1 medium banana (105 cal) with 1 tbsp organic peanut butter (90 cal) and 1 tbsp of mini chocolate chips (70 cal): 265 calories

Total: 776 calories (This may seem high, but I had a killer hour long workout today in personal training, burning about 600 calories.)

90 Day Transformation Challenge: Week 3

Week 1: (8/3/14)

  • Starting weight: 143.7 lbs
  • Starting body fat percentage: 35.1%

Week 2: (8/12/14)

  • Current weight: 139.6 lbs
  • Current body fat percentage: 32.0%
  • Weight lost: 4.1 lbs
  • Body fat percentage lost: 3.1%

Week 3: (8/19/14)

  • Current weight: 139.3 lbs
  • Current body fat percentage: 30.8%
  • Weight lost: 0.3 lbs
  • Body fat percentage lost: 1.2%
  • Total weight lost: 4.4 lbs
  • Total body fat percentage lost: 4.3%

This week was tough for me, not feeling like I’ve lost enough, but that really just shows me that my body is really, truly changing by gaining muscle and toning, even though I’m not dropping weight on the scale.

Daily Exercise Tracker

10 minutes - treadmill warmup

20 minutes - treadmill exercise (3.6 speed @ 7.0 incline)

20 minutes - weight lifting circuit training

Today was one of the 90 Day Transformation Challenge exercise classes. This one was a Weight Loss course, based on a class they hold at our gym. We worked on alternating our heart rate zones in order to maximize weight loss, and then we followed up with weight lifting.

I followed up the workout with an awesome healthy dinner! I was having a sugar craving post-dinner, so instead of eating a Skinny Cow ice cream bar, I opted to go a little healthier with Yonanas (1 bananas with 1 tbsp of mini chocolate chips). Now I’m enjoying while watching The Killing!

Mmmmm healthy eating!!! 3 oz of slow cooker barbacoa pork and 1/2 cup of roasted chickpeas. I also have a side of apricot halves and a string cheese.

Daily Exercise Tracker

1 hour - Strike class (kickboxing)

Meant to post this last night before bed but we met with our wedding photographer and didn’t get home until late, so I just passed out after dinner! This class is my favorite workout all week. It’s so much fun, because the instructor has such a great personality and the music really pumps you up. Finding a class you love like this is great motivation to go back week after week and get an awesome workout in!

Hahaha, health humor - gotta love it!!

(via healthytohappiness)

Finally used my yonanas machine!! I did just banana with a tbsp of mini chocolate chips. It&#8217;s AMAZING! I would definitely recommend buying one to anyone who gets that dessert craving but wants a healthier option!

Finally used my yonanas machine!! I did just banana with a tbsp of mini chocolate chips. It’s AMAZING! I would definitely recommend buying one to anyone who gets that dessert craving but wants a healthier option!

Curled up in bed, ready for a lazy “me” day! My puppy is asleep next to me (my fiancée is in her game room with our other dog for her own “me” time). I’m watching The Killing and also reading a new book (Wife 22), so I’m alternating between watching and reading. I cooked up a delicious, healthy lunch too: shredded chicken, chickpeas, and mushrooms for about 300 calories. Mmmm! This is exactly what I’ve needed after a week of go-go-going non-stop and working out almost every day!

Daily Exercise Tracker

1 hour - Combat class (kickboxing)

I was exhausted this morning, but I got my butt out of bed (okay, okay, my fiancée may have had to push me out) and to Combat class on time. The workout was killer, as always, but totally worth it. I’m seriously feeling sore in my arms and abs all the time lately. I can absolutely see a physical difference in my body already though, so I’m sticking to it!