This is the first time I've taken before and after pics. I still have a long ways to go, but I'm happy with the results so far. I would have NEVER realized there was such a difference without them. It definitely motivates me to keep going. I'm anxious to see what they look like two months from now.
It's pretty simple.
Eat less, move more.
After a few years of ongoing back pain, losing my mom suddenly and other personal stuff...I found myself up 17 pounds. Having back pain is the worst, but luckily around April I found relief. I started seeing a chiropractor, but I honestly think it was a large ovarian cyst I had that was putting pressure on my tailbone. As soon as it ruptured, I started feeling better. I was SO SO happy when I finally felt well enough to exercise!!
Here's how I did it:
1. I started with the month long squat challenge back in the spring. This really helped me gain muscle quick, and in the quads and glutes which are the largest muscles (helping boost my metabolism).
2. Then I moved on to 30 days of Les Mills Pump which was awesome for building muscle and again helping rev up my metabolism. I also walked on the treadmill. I think at this point, I was working out five or six days a week.
3. I stopped Les Mills Pump for awhile because I was gaining so much muscle (which is good), but I wanted my pants to fit better, so I focused on cardio for a month or two. I needed to see the scale drop to keep motivated. It worked. I used T25 and run/walk intervals on my treadmill.
4. I stayed SUPER busy all summer and ate less. Eat less, move more. I never deprived myself of anything, but just used portion control and skipped meals when I was busy (not on purpose), but when you aren't thinking about food all the time it makes it easier to lose. Of course, I also tried to drink more water (which is easy when you're working out each day).
*Start out slow. I really think starting out with just one change (the 30 day squat challenge), helped me ease back into fitness. After having a hurt back for so long I was totally out of shape, and starting out with just that one change helped me stay at it.
* Be consistent. I cannot say enough about being consistent. There were a few weeks here and there that I just didn't have the energy to fit in workouts along with everything I had going on, but for the most part I've averaged at least four workouts per week.
* Be accountable. Another thing that worked for me was posting on social media. Whether it be my blog or usually Instagram, it helped me stay accountable. If you surround yourself with likeminded people who also enjoy fitness and being motivated, your frequent posts won't annoy them. :)
* Do what you love. Of course I am a HUGE fan of Beachbody DVD's, namely T25, TurboFire and Les Mills Pump. But I really do love them all and think they are worth every penny! If you're a gym rat, a dance, love to hike or are a runner...stick to that. Whatever works for you!!
Hopefully my sharing these embarrassing before pics will help inspire someone out there to get up off that couch and move.