Good evening everyone!
Something I have been meaning to put on the website, is my before and after pictures.
Funny, how it keeps slipping my mind isn’t it?
Mainly, because I will admit, I hate looking at my heavier pictures. It just isn’t fun to me. It is scary actually. Some people say that the heavier pictures motivate them, but for me it just makes me feel sad for that person. Because I know I wasn’t happy with how I looked and felt. I was binge-eating, then starving myself, and absolutely miserable every day.
Of course, once I finally started to look for my heaviest picture, I could not find it. I only have a few pictures from that time, and damned if I know where they are….! lol. So here is a ‘sort of before’- I think I was about 140ish pounds (my heaviest is 147 pounds). I am 5’4″ tall to put it in perspective for you. I don’t weigh myself anymore, but I know I am maintaining my weight based on how my clothes fit. See my before and after page for my journey.
Well, now that’s over with I feel much better! I have surely come a long way from those university days of junk food, late night binges, and unhappiness!
Do you ever wonder what secrets Celebrity Trainers are hiding up their sleeves? Well, look no further!
I found this Q & A session from Allure (love that mag!) Magazine, with ‘Seven‘ from Bally Total Fitness in Miami- she gives you the dish: (My comments are in italics after each answer for fun :D)
Q. What’s a typical session for your female clients?
A. We start with 30 minutes of intense cardio as a warm up, and then move to weight lifting. For women, doing cardio first is a must–it gives you lean, defined muscles. I finish each workout with ten minutes of yoga. [That's one long ass 'warm-up'...lol]
Q. Do you change it up before a client’s red carpet event?
A. I add ten minutes to her cardio and more workout days to the week leading up to an event. We also focus on muscle groups depending on the style of her dress. If she’s wearing strapless, we work on defining her shoulders, and if she’s wearing backless, we do extra back exercises. [Makes sense to me!]
Q. What activities do you recommend on the “off” days?
A. Do what you love: Yoga, kickboxing, jogging, or even just a walk in the park with your dog. Anything that keeps your muscles moving. [I wonder: aren't off days supposed to be off days....?]
Q. What’s your best move for abs?
A. Lie on your back, raise your arms and your legs up to the ceiling (so you look like a ‘U’ shape from the side. Keep your chin up to the ceiling at all times. Exhale and reach your fingers up to your toes, counting from 25 to 1, inhale on your way down. In the same position, reach toward your left toe and then alternate to your right, counting from 25 to one in each direction. Do three to four sets of each every day. [This hurts and it works]
Q. Best butt move?
A. An old school squat gives the fastest results. Stand at the bottom of your staircase with your feet hip-width apart. “Fake sit”?just a booty tap?on the second-to-last step, then stand up. Do 20 reps and at least four sets. [Yesss, finally someone who agrees with me!]
Q. Your best tip ever?
A. Get a calendar and mark huge red X’s on workout days. This makes reality set in faster than you think, because you have the bad days staring you in the face. Reality can be the best motivator. [Good tip, but I would put a huge smiley face instead of an 'X'....an 'X' seems like you did something wrong!]
Q. How do you motivate your lazy clients?
A. I tell them to suck it up! I remind them of their goals and why they’re here to see me. They’re always grateful at the end of a workout. [I would appreciate someone telling me to suck it up…I really would! Instead, I have to tell myself to suck it up. Oh well, it’s free I guess. :D
Cleaning up some of the domestic O.S.G. ‘blog chores’ of the day:
1) Ok guys…..this is quite sad and embarassing, but I have received ZERO……zilch…..nada…. entries for the Lululemon ‘It’s In The Bag’ Contest! hahaha…..! So….if you submit a photo of your horrible, ugly, and worn-out workout bag/lunch bag and/or work/school bag….tell me why you need new ones….you could win! And as it stands right now, your chances of winning are pretty damn good! If I get one entry, the bags will go to that person, easy as that!
2) Also, don’t forget to email me your personal success story (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell me how you have improved your health, fitness, mental well-being, etc etc…!
I will feature each story on the blog (yes, you will be famous! hah). You are welcome to submit pictures too. :D
It only has to be a few sentences if you’d like so don’t feel like you have to write a huge life story. Let’s keep this blog personal, inspiring, and most of all…F-U-N!!!!
“No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you absolutely, positively do have the power to change.”
“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being,
while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”
Here is a picture of my husband, Eric, and I from highschool, 8 years ago (Yes, we are high school sweethearts!):
I am off to bake Eric’s coworker Reese Pieces Cookies since he is buying tons of my fundraising items for work!