warning: this first paragraph is going to sound so conceited.
i just finished my workout for the day and i think i am in love with myself. no joke. it was CVX today. i didnt have to modify ANYTHING, so i was proud. but on top of that i gave myself a lady boner. i usually work out in black. today i happened to be wearing a white shirt and just threw on a sports bra so i worked out in white. when i wear black, i cant see definition well (but u also cant see FLAB well lol). so working out today i could actually SEE ab definition thru my shirt in the mirror. i mean, nothing major here. but i can see lines, through my shirt, and that was AWESOME. i clearly dont have a 6 pack, youve all seen pics, but i can FEEL a 6 pack. so to see any thing was so awesome. CVX is a cardio workout with weights. i prefer cardio, but doing it with weights made it so i could see my arm and back muscles the whole time and i LOVE seeing muscles. unfortunately my dumbbells dont come in until tomorrow so i had to improvise today. for some of the exercises i used a WATERMELON lol for the ones that the watermelon was too damn heavy i used my shake weight. only 30 minutes a day, i am 4 days in, 86 more to go!!
today was a busy day but it ended real well. i met with two coaches from my upline, Kerri and Irina. they live in MA but were on vacation here in florida for the week. we went to Bongos Cuban Cafe for dinner and i got the vegetarian platter and avocado salad. it was good! i saved half of my dinner for post workout. it came with like potato sticks under the skewers (its usually like a sweet potato spiral) so that was a little disappointing. i typically would ask the waitress not to pack anything i do not want to eat in my "to go" bag but i kind of liked the temptation. i am proud to say i did NOT eat the fried potato sticks as tempting as it was :). food aside, dinner was great. Keri is my age but making WAY more money than i am. she is on her third year as a beach body coach. a rule i have learned in personal development is to find someone who has what you want and do what they did. so i watch her closely (close your blinds, Kerri! :-P). i want to learn her habits and what it is that SHE does that makes her so successful. having the opportunity to just talk to her about my struggles, ideas, and successes as a coach was really really nice. i am on a MISSION with my business right now and meeting with Keri and Irina tonight really helped to ignite the fire i needed under my ass! it was also nice to eat with people who werent trying to force a margarita or or plantain nachos down my throat! To top it off, Kerri paid for my dinner. i know to many this is no big deal, but the only reason i considered NOT going to dinner was because i am trying to save for skin removal and dinner at a restaurant is not part of my budget. i knew the vibes alone would be worth the price of the meal though, so I went anyways, and got pleasantly surprised by a dinner treat. Little things warm my heart. Thanks , Keri!
so whats new with me?! ive been BUSY! i am currently running two challenge groups. one is the "get sexy in 30 minutes or less" challenge. my challengers had the option of p90x3 or t25 as their workout. i am running it with one of my coaches and we have a pretty good group! i am also running the "accountability challenge group" where there is no workout required. it is just a bunch of women sharing advice, recipes, workout tips, and mostly helping each other thru the emotional battle that is weight loss. this group is my baby, as the groups of its kind in the past have been. ive never been in a place with more vulnerable women, all gaining enough confidence to let it all out. we post before pics and admit when we eat chocolate and bake cookies. it is a very powerful group. at our first weigh in (i always do weigh ins on mondays to make cheating on the weekend less tempting) 28lbs had already been lost between 11 of them!!! i am SO proud. most of these women didnt think they could do it. we have one girl who hasnt had fast food in a week for probably the first time in her adult life. to watch her struggle, push harder, and succeed is SO INSPIRING TO ME! i havent forgotten how hard it was in the beggining, but i also dont get reminded often. these ladies remind me of how far ive come! and they give me something to look forward to- watching them GROW as women while they SHRINK their bodies. this is the part of coaching i would not trade for the WORLD.
i never posted about my christmas or new year! i had great holidays! i spent some time with some beautiful friends down here and i made some amazing food, so it didnt completely suck that i wasnt with my family. i intended to go cut hair at the shelter on christmas but ended up having an opportunity to work. i want skin removal, and i knew theyd be flooded with volunteers for the holiday, so i worked at the salon(jewish salon in a jewish neighborhood, i was NOT the only person working!)i did go to the shelter to make it up a few days ago, though. on christmas eve i got to watch my co-coach and friend, Jenni's kids open some of their gifts. it was so sweet. those are the only kids i got to see have christmas this year. plus i spent hannukkah with their family so it only felt right that i would see them on christmas eve, too!
my skin removal fundraiser is going great. i got the idea from Francelina, from season 14 biggest loser. she is using the same site to raise money for her skin removal. i had never thought of that, so it was pretty genius of her. i borrowed her idea and did the same. i know i wasnt on the damn biggest loser so not as many people are following me, but it was worth a shot. i figured i would maybe raise $500 by my intended surgery day in July. it would cover the cost of my garments pretty much but it would be $500 less than i would have to save or pay off. you will never believe this, but between cash and internet donations i am only $50 shy of having raised $1,000!!! between what i have saved and whats been donated, i only need $18,000 more! considering this started at almost $23,000 that is huge! i cant believe people are willing to donate to me!! some have been friends and family, others are complete strangers and even some anonymous! it BLOWS MY MIND that people are willing to give me some of their hard earned money for my cause. its not an emergency. its not a tragedy. and people are still willing to help. it just reminds me that i should continue to give back because if i do, karma, god, whoever it is you believe is in control- is going to make sure it keeps coming back to me. So anyways, as i was saying, i borrowed that idea from Francelina. a few days ago, francelina posted her FIRST picture exposing her skin! i am so thrilled she finally took that step because i KNOW it mustve made her feel FREE. the cool thing, though, is that she "borrowed" my plank pose to show her belly hang. im not the first girl to take a picture of a plank, but i havent seen ANYONE but me take that picture with the purpose of showing their skin- so would pretty much bet about $1million dollars she saw it on my fundraiser page. i am a little flattered that i could unintentionally contribute an idea to her fund raiser as well. she posted a really good caption with it, so i borrowed part of that as well LOL. if everyone who supports me on social media were to donate $2 i would have about $16,000. the problem is, people dont think $2 is enough to donate. IT IS! a little bit goes a long way! she suggested if you could skip a coffee and donate the couple bucks, it would be appreciated. so i kind of hacked that statement. i hope she doesnt mind, i am happy to share my pose with her! LOL