The other issue I would run into, is after working an 8 hour day, I'd come home and once my sweats were on and I was on the couch, the last thing I wanted to do was get in my gym clothes and go out into the cold. That's when I overcame my 2nd hurdle. I was no longer allowed to go home between the gym and work. I had to go straight there after or I knew I wouldn't want to leave the house.
The last hurdle for me was having a plan, and knowing how to work out properly for the body type I wanted. At my old gym, I generally would go to their Insanity class twice a week. Which was a great workout, but I needed more than just cardio, and I needed to go more often to get the results I wanted. Weight lifting was never something I did, except for back in high school when I was on the volleyball team. This is mostly because the machines at the gym always seem so overwhelming to me and I hate wandering around and looking at the pictures and instruction to figure out which machine does what, and then embarrassingly trying to adjust them for my small stature.
Now Aubrey and I have a set schedule where we do a lower body workout on Tuesday, upper body on Wednesday, a spin class on Mondays and Thursdays (our new favorite thing), and then Saturdays we do our own thing (I'll probably do cardio and more ab work). That's right people! Add it up! 5 days a week this lady is going to be/has been working out. Never in my life do I remember working out that much, and let me tell you it has changed my life. Maybe it's just the combination of all the things above, but man have I fallen in love with working out. I have finally found the one thing that was missing; passion and drive. Before working out was such a chore. Now of course if I could just have an insanely hot body without lifting a finger, you would find me on the couch with Netflix all-day-ur-day, but now when I go I'm excited. I'm excited about the body I'm going to have, about the habits I'm going to form, and about the self-esteem and confidence I'm going to get back. I think a lot of you can agree that at the end of the day all we dream of is looking in the mirror naked at ourselves and being able to say,"Dayuuum girl! You lookin goooooood!"
One thing I've said many times is that I work out so that I can eat what I want. This still holds true but I'm also trying to develop better eating habits. As most of you know Spencer and I did Whole30 last year and even though it was hard, it was really rewarding and I felt so much better. Now, Whole30 isn't a realistic lifestyle for most people, and it's definitely not meant to be a lifestyle either. More of a jumping off point and a way to evaluate your eating habits and make you more aware of what you're putting in your body. Last week Spencer and I started a pseudo Whole30. We are trying to be about 80% Whole30 throughout the week. Even though sometimes I want to pull a Regina George and say "Screw it, I'm getting cheese fries," it really has helped me expand my recipe base to find new healthy alternatives.
Another thing that has helped me is following amazing fitness and clean eating accounts on Instagram. There is no better way to be reminded why I need to go to the gym, since Instagram is something I look at multiple times a day. Here are a few of my favorite ladies that help me stay motivated to get the body I want:
There is nothing more inspiring then seeing these ladies faces everyday when I open my Instagram account! For the first time ever I'm so excited for the results I'm going to achieve through hard work, and not just the results that I'm wishing for from the couch. Another thing this eating right/exercising thing is doing for me, is helping me curve my Diet DP addiction... I mean love not addiction. Addiction implies I have a problem! ;) But now I'm only drinking one about 2-3 times a week. Which is a huge improvement from 1-2 times a day!
Anyway I can't tell you how excited I am about this journey I'm on and getting excited about it is half the battle! Lastly I'll share the link to the recipe that so many of you were asking me about from my Instagram. I don't like red meat so this was my first time incorporating it in a meal so that Spencer could have some. My friend Laci pinned this forever ago but the link didn't go to any recipe so I scoured the internet until I finally found it here. I took this picture from the website because it's much prettier than my version! Enjoy!