I havent officially announced this on my blog, so lets talk about my new website being in the works!! BigGirlFitGirl.com
Ahh! so exciting! i dont want to give away all the details, but there is going to be tons of advice for ladies starting out or trying to maintain a fitness journey. i mean, gentlemen are welcome too, its not "no boys allowed" or anything, but i find a lot more women than men tend to relate to me, so i want to cater to my audience! I will still have my normal blog, itll just be found on that website. There will be videos and tons of clean, easy, vegan recipes. I will be featuring other people's before and afters and their stories. I hope to have guest bloggers at some point. Its going to be awesome! I am so excited. Its anticipated to go live in the end of May/ early June. I will announce an official date when we are almost done! I am working with an amazzzzzzing designer & photographer. ahhhhhh IM SO EXCITED!!
so, yes, if youve been wondering why i am not blogging quite as often its because i have lots going on and not a whole lot of time. I have been visualizing having enough time in the day to get everything i need to do, done, lately. So either, i will figure out a way to be super efficient and accomplish everything i want everyday, ooooor i will realize i dont NEED to do quite so much each day. im cool with either lol
so besides the new website and getting a shitload of content together, i have also been actively writing my book! i am SO excited about that as well! although, the writing is super draining. Holy cow. but I have gotten a lot written. It is going to need a ton of editing, and i am still contemplating whether i am going to self publish or actually try to get a publisher involved. I really didnt know much about either, so ive been doing a lot of reading and i am not freaking out over making a decision because i have plenty of time to weigh my options, the books not even finished!
On the fitness front, i finally finished p90x3!!! wooohoo! all 90 days! i can proudly say that anytime i missed a workout, i did make it up on another day. so i feel good and wear my tshirt proud! the crappy thing is that a few weeks into the 90 days i switched up my birthcontrol and i felt pretty helpless to a lot of my cravings. i was pretty depressed for a good 6-8 weeks. I gained about 16lbs between the hormonal change and the eating. I was still doing p90x3 and training for my next half marathon. I cant imagine what i wouldve gained had i not been exercising so much. Even though I weighed more when i finished than when i started, i see a lot more definition in my arms and legs after completing the program. I am a little more flexible and can finally do a shoulder stand with my legs straight up in the air. The only place my gain really showed up is in my belly, and that expected because thats the first place it goes. It only measures 1" bigger, so i know theres a thin layer of fat spread over me thats just not quite measurable. im sure there was also some water weight from eating too many french fries and processed foods. Everyone wants to say "its muscle" but if i gained 16lbs of muscle in 90 days i would win the $100,000 beach body challenge lol that is like unheard of so i am not going with that excuse although i know i did gain some muscle, im just being realistic here. i imagine at some point i will redo the program and follow the nutrition guide! however, in the last leg of half marathon training i didnt think it was a good idea to re-start the program while i am running almost 20-27 miles a week. but it is on my TO DO list.
the good news is, ive been feeling normal and am back on board now for about 2 weeks. well, the first few days i was miserable and craving chocolate like crazy, but i held out. now that i made it over that hump and i am satisfied with healthy foods again. i was feeling really depressed, partly because of the hormonal change, but also partly because when i am giving in to cravings and temptation regularly, and not sticking with my plan, it makes me feel like crap about myself and that adds to any depression i am feeling! right now i am in a place where if i am tempted for just a second i think about how not fun it is to have to push through and get back into the swing of things and thats good enough to make me say NO. i like when i am in this place and it is good timing because ill be traveling 3 out of 4 weeks in may. if i am eating bad and traveling that much, that sounds like a recipe for disaster! but honestly, i do not even feel worried.
my advice for getting over a hump like that is to just wake up EVERYDAY and start fresh. no matter how bad the day before was. stick to your plan and get your workout in for as long as you can. if you screw up, try not to let the day go to shit. make the next meal a better one. but if you do let the day go to shit, you gotta wake up and try again the next day. if you do the same thing the next day, still wake up with the intention and plan to have a successful day anyways. do it enough days and eventually one day you WILL get through a whole day without straying from your plan. and then youll wake up feeling so good, youll probably do it again the next day. whatever you do, dont just say "ugh i messed up, ill start monday" because monday is pushed up wayyyy too often. you have to try again tomorrow, no matter what!
i will be running my second half marathon this saturday. it will be the biggest loser run walk in Beaumont, Texas! My friend Breanne had asked me to run with her a few months ago, so i got to training. I am hoping to take 10 minutes off my time. On my jawbone UP band, it said i finished in 2 hours and 30 minutes. however, their clock said 2 hours and 37 minutes. I am going to probably go with my jawbone because i hit stop and go exactly when i left the start and crossed the finish and im going to do the same thing at this one. so i will be aiming for 2 hours and 20 minutes. i feel like i am a much stronger runner now that i was then so i think its going to go well. i am a little nervous because ill be traveling. traveling just throws everything off. i am also not a very good sleeper, i have a hard time falling asleep especially when i am not home, so im a little worried i will not be well rested before the race, but im trying to overpower my mind with positive thoughts about it. Breanne and I are going grocery shopping when she gets me from the airport, so I am not worried about food at all. I dont plan to eat at a bunch of restaurants. Maybe one time to celebrate our race or something, but even then, i dont plan to eat anything i wouldnt eat on a normal "good" eating day. I will have an entire post dedicated to this experience, i am sure!
yesterday i had an awesome day. I went to see my friend Jenni who is also a beachbody coach and i am her family's hairstylist. They live about an hour away, so I was going down to their house for the bulk of the day. I did their hair and then we spent some time just relaxing and talking in the pool. i havent been in a pool in so long! and havent " just relaxed" in even longer! lol it was really nice. then she grilled some portobellos and cut up all kinds of veggies for a salad. the two of us, and all 5 kids piled up onto the giant couch and watched netflix and talked while we ate. it was chilly in the house and i was still damn from the pool and i was having SUCH deja vu. it reminded me of childhood! the cool AC after getting out of the pool reminded me of being on vacation becuase we only had AC in our bedrooms as kids so we wouldnt have been chilly on the couch. but the sun shining in the big window and eating on the couch after getting out of the pool totally reminded me of summer. it was awesome and the food was real good! lol afterwards we did p90x3 yoga. the biggest clear workout space is in their families homeschool classroom, so i thought that was pretty cool. ive officially done yoga in a home school classroom! lol
ill be sure to give you an update when i get back from texas!