3 beginning steps to Fitness

ImageQUICK UPDATE! I think when I think about it—I would consider myself a FIT chick. I’m not the most fit nor am I claiming to be the best fit but I am, in my own way, a FIT chick. I workout more than I go out, and I eat accordingly to my goals. Has there been times when I simply wanted to give up and just quit? Yup à check out my winter months. [It was SO not bulking season..it was just, gimme that McDonald’s season.] I get it, I totally do. Life just happens to get in the way sometimes, right?

A little over a month ago, I was talking to my friend about fitness and gushing over the fact that we LOVE looking at fitness photos. To the point where I believe it was a slight obsession. Then I decided that I was done being SkinnyFat and ready to get back to my old self. Here’s how I did it with 3 simple steps:

  1. I threw out CRAP food.You don’t realize how much you hoard food until you begin doing a full sweep. My mentality right now is, “out of sight- out of mind”. You won’t find chips, cookies, or instamac in this household! I also never realized this but I kept a lot of old pasta boxes, rice bags, and just half eaten cracker stuff. DISGUSTING! Once I eliminated CRAP from my fridge, I started stocking it with good things that would go bad after a week if I didn’t cook it. Which leads me to my number 2.
  1. Meal PrepI wish people realize how important it is to not only eat healthy but to also prep your meals! No, prepping meals is not just for competitors but it should be part of your [future] healthy lifestyle. By preparing your meals it not only helps you actually make the food all in one day so it doesn’t spoil sitting in your fridge but it helps you just do a grab an go the next day! ALSO the biggest part about getting those abs that people so desperately want is eating healthy! Seriously, meal prep would save you in the long run. Plus, tubawares are much easier to wash than plates and skillets.
  1. Fitness LogYou can do this in many different ways. Keep a notebook, an online spreadsheet, exercise log (they sell them at your local bookstore), OR you can be like me and just start a fitness instagram account. This will give you a visual of how your body can quickly change while also tracking your workouts on there. I keep my account public because there are endless amount of encouragements and motivations to help you continue on your fitness journey.

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I’ll be doing more posts in regards to what workouts I do and I can’t wait to share you guys my amazing running plan that my best friend, Krista (promisesofcardio.com) came up with. Follow me at FitCLe on instagram to see my progress!

Backstreet’s back ALRIGHT!

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Dude, the 90s are back!! Cropped tops, overalls, and music. Okay, music never really disappeared (hello, BSB!)– I still jam to them daily. I will always be a fan of boybands. Judge me, I don’t care. Anyways, I went out and bought a pair of overalls a few months back and do you know how uncomfortable it is to wear overalls? This is a prime example of why girls go out of their way to be uncomfortable…ALL FOR A FASHION STATEMENT! Do you think g-strings are comfortable?? NO! They’re not. And neither are overalls. They bunch in the front and ride up you so bad (heaven forbid you have a long torso) and it’s a pain in the behind to go to the bathroom in. You better pray to the lord above that your straps don’t fall into the toilet. But it is cute, nonetheless.

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What I’m wearing:
Shirt: Pac Sun
Overalls: Target
Shoes: Sperry’s
Sunglasses: Raybans

Always playing dress up.

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When I’m not working out, updating instagram, playing with my son, or making little posts for my blog– I work at this nail salon called “Nail Pro”. I’ve done nails for a solid 8 years now (typical vietnamese girl, I know. Spare me the jokes!) and one of the perks of doing this job is seeing the local fashion statement that goes in and out of the salon. You have the wannabe jersey shore guidettes, you’ve got the hood rat hooped earring mamas, you have the conservative sweater tied over the shoulder, you’ve got the crop top– You name it and I’ve seen it. With the summer here, I noticed that every group share a common love for dresses. In my opinion, for a day time look, I want a dress that can be flowy and had a nice open back. I love an itty bitty waste with a slightly poofy bottom. This dress I borrowed from my sister: it fitted weird so I tied it at the top.

What is your go to dress?
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ImageWhat I’m wearing:
Dress: Francesca’s
Jewelry: Alex and Ani
Shoes: Pink n Pepper

 

Martha’s Vineyard, you were divine!

ImageAnyone ever been to Martha’s Vineyard? I’ve lived in Massachusetts my whole life and only been there twice!…TWICE. How sad. It’s only a 20 min ferry ride away. I have no excuses besides my parents never taking me. I took a short day trip out there with some of the people in my Unit to have breakfast (we fancy, huh?) at Linda Jean’s. It was nice little place with delicious food. For Martha’s Vineyard, it was pretty decent priced. They also serve mimosas, FYI. The best part of all, I got to spend the day with my best friend/lifting partner. So Martha’s Vineyard, CHECK!ImageImage

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Summertime Happiness

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 I have been slacking off a lot this summer but that’s because I have been so so SO busy with life. I’ll spare you the boring details but I think it’s time we get back into this, don’t you? This summer is strictly dedicated to just enjoying life. I want to try to live stress free and enjoy my two days off a week. Follow me each week as I adventure through various parts of Massachusetts and surrounding states (most likely with my son!)  I will also be talking a lot about fitness because I have been working hard at the gym and I would love to share it with you all. The key to success is to have constant motivation, and I get that from blogging. Send ideas on what you would like me to write about at promisesofcoffee@gmail.com or follow me on instagram at promisesofcoffee or my fitness instagram at FitCLe Image Today’s trip was to Horseneck Beach in Westport, MA. The sand was warm and quite nice between the toes. The temperature today was 79 with a breeze. It was not warm enough to stay in the water long but it was a lovely day to soak up some vitamin D! If you’re really bored, you can just sit back and totally people watch. I do that 99% of the time because I get bored very easily and always looking around for entertainment. Today, there was spanish music playing and a kite flown by no one. I saw someone shove their friend and I watch people litter. Got to spend some time with my friend and relax. The picture on the bottom was taken by him and it was inspired by the lovely Lauren Conrad. #trendsetter! ImageImage

Dream Window

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#JointhePAK 

My friend and I recently started this club/movement called PAK, which stands for “Positivity and Kindness”. Our purpose is to show that with very little efforts you can make a positive imPAKt (punny, much?) on the lives of others through simple acts of kindness. It’s very simple. To be a member, all you have to do is perform an act of kindness and BOOM—welcome to the WolfPAK (seriously, I am here all night)! The point of our club is to bring people together to do positive activities to help push kindness forward. Grey’s Anatomy was right on the money with their season finale when Kempner said, “we live in a world where something goes wrong and we automatically think it’s a terrorist act.” It’s a scary and cruel world out there: filled with crazy, deceitful, and misguided douchebags. It’s hard to pay attention to all the wonderful little things in life. Our first PAK thing was joining in the Free Hugs movement, which was AWESOME! A few weeks ago, fellow PAK members decided to start a “dream window painting” which is an event that involved students taking window marker and writing their hopes and dreams. We learned somewhere that people are 50% more likely to achieve their goal if they wrote it down (thanks, Sahil) – so we passed it on. That’s the great thing about PAK is that we promote positive acts. Here are some photos from our event. Video will be coming soon!!

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Spread Positivity and Kindness

6 reasons why I workout

Before you guys read this and get completely bent out of shape about it…this is just my reasoning. My opinions. People can have different views on things such as why they work out but these are MINE. Don’t take offense to it if you don’t agree, that’s fine. I respect everyone’s opinion.

1. Muffin tops ain’t cute

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You guys ever heard of that phrase, “real girls have curves”? First off, no. I hate when people say that because 1. It is stating that those women who do not possess such physical attribute are not real. It’s as if they’re some sort of mythical creatures that only exist as for the sake of a meme. 2. I don’t care what anyone says but muffin tops (the thing that many people/women consider as a “curve”) is NOT CUTE. Extra flub over your pants is not something to be proud of. I’m not saying that everyone should be a size 2, but please consider looking in the mirror before going out in public. Or buy bigger jeans if you don’t want to work out. For me, I like fitting into my jeans and I know that if I have a muffin top, it’s time for me to get my happy ho-ho eating butt to the gym and make that flub cry because I refuse to waste my hard earned money on a bigger size. My body was made to fit into this specific size and I’m not going to let my unhealthy habits diminish that.

2. Be as bouncy as the energizer bunny
Endorphins are the best drug that you can take that are cheap and won’t kill you. The high that I get after a great workout is unexplainable. Just kidding, let me see if I can explain this: example, after a good leg workout—my legs might be jello-y and I may walk as if I have a stick shoved inbetween my buttocks but the sweat that is secreting from my body is giving me this glow that no lotion could make happen. I may stink but pot stinks too. My head feels a bit light but not the kind that makes you pass out. I smile, for no reason. It’s like my cheeks just naturally expand in an upward U’ because I think subconsciously I know I accomplished something. My eyes might look glistened but that’s just natural tears that comes from feeling like a badass. On top of that, I don’t get hungover from this—matter of fact, I get energized. I don’t need a coffee, or an energy drink because the endorphins are enough.

3. Me against Natural Skinnies
All throughout highschool, I have been that girl that can eat whatever I want, whenever I want, and not worry about my weight. Well, that freaking changed. Suddenly, I eat a french fry and I gain 2lbs in the tummy. WHAT! It goes to show that not all of us are blessed with a ridiculous godgifted metabolism that has the natural superpower to shit fat out like a bad bean burrito from taco night. Most of us have to actually work to maintain the body of a 17 yr old and I am part of that majority. My sister can eat three big macs in one sitting and she won’t gain an ounce. (LIFE ISN’T FAIR!) Which goes to my next reasoning..

4. Skinny Fat is real!

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Nothing drives me crazier than when I tell people about how much I need to workout and they say stuff like, “well it’s easier for you because you’re already skinny!” HELLO!! I JUST DRESS THE PART! I may be small but back to my first point, muffin tops ain’t cute. Also, just because someone is skinny than that makes working out easier for them? The audacity of the skinnies to be working out! My natural body frame might be small but it doesn’t mean that everything is as tight as it should be. There is such a thing called “skinny fat” and that’s when you’re small but completely and utterly unhealthy. Again, it really all depends on the body type. It’s not about being skinny or fat but mostly about being healthy. REMEMBER THAT.

5. Don’t be a hypocrite
I’m a jerk. Completely asshole. I’ll be the first to admit it. I might look at you weird if you’re huffing and puffing walking around the mall. I will shake my head if I see that you’re overweight and having a McDonalds bag in your hand. I might even make a fat joke or two about my friends who needs that extra motivation to go lift something more than a remote or a cheeseburger. One thing I won’t do though is laugh or make fun of anyone who is at the gym. It shows that they are taking the initiative to change their life for the better and everyone has to start somewhere. The only reason why I feel (and you all can completely disagree with me but I know you assholes all do it too) that I can poke fun of people is because I’ve been there! I have been the girl that eats two helpings of fatty cakes and been out of breath walking up the stairs but I did something to change it. I can’t make fun of someone for eating McDonalds if I’m going to go do the same thing in 2 hours. It’s just not cool to be a hypocrite. It’s almost like a right of passage once you’ve worked out—you earn the right to make fun of the unhealthy fat bodies. But pick and choose how to make fun of someone, I would recommend doing it behind their back and not to their actual face for the chance that they may sit on you. Seriously, you can be a jerk but don’t be a douche.

6. I want to be some trending motivational tumblr picture thingy

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Guys, this is serious. I would love to be one of those girls whose picture is what people put those gym quotes. Like, PICTURE -> Because squats. Or something like that. I want to be someone’s inspiration and motivation to be better. So many people have influenced me in a positive way that I want to be that for someone else. The most rewarding part from being physically fit is knowing that other people know. I don’t care what folks might think and say about “it’s all about what makes you happy”…because this would make me happy. When someone, someday, tells me that I’ve inspired them.

Until next time – Follow my fitness ig @TobePerFit!