My Progress!

Hey all! Sorry I’ve been away for a while. I have a few updates to make, especially about my fitness/weight progress!

1. I’M IN THE FREAKING 160s!!!! My highest weight was 184pointsomething last year. As of yesterday morning I am now 167.8! Holy freaking weight loss batman! That’s almost 20lbs! I can’t believe it! This is a huge deal for me. The past couple years I’ve been wanting to lose weight and I would work out hard and just wouldn’t see any progress. I am now consistently losing weight every week ranging from 0.2 – 2 lbs! *fist pump*

What has worked for me:

  • Lifting weights like a BOSS. I upped my weight and decreased my reps. I have muscles again! Ladies you CAN lift heavy weights. It helps with weight loss. It really does.
  • Cardio. Every time I go to the gym I do some form of cardio. It usually switches between the elliptical or treadmill (aka DREADmill, I hate that f*cking machine). I also learned to run outside! I still hate running with a fiery passion, but I still do it. I’m signing up for another 5k in November.
  • Abs & arms. I do ab workouts maybe 1-2 times a week and some arms. A lot of my ab workouts include planking. Gotta love planking! *insert sarcasm here*

2. Medical issues. I’ve been going through medical issues lately that has/will hinder my work outs. I’m trying to get a few workouts here and there, but I may have to have surgery within the next 2 months. I am doing much better now, but I will post details about that later!

3. My clothes are fitting better and I don’t hate looking at myself as much in the mirror as I used to. I’m now able to wear clothes in my closet that used to be too tight! How awesome is that?!

4. I can bench press 120lbs and leg press 400lbs (NOT including the machine. Four 45lb plates and two 10lb plates on each side baby!). My goal is to bench 135lbs. Only 15 lbs to go!

5. I learned that weight loss takes TIME and EFFORT. I literally didn’t see any weight drop for 3 months. THREE MONTHS. And this was 3 months of working out and lifting hardcore. And when I say hardcore, I’m talking 1-1.5 hours of cardio + abs + weights 4x a week! I stopped thinking about weight loss and started thinking about the 5k I ran and the weight I was lifting. My weight loss eventually came as a surprise! A great freaking surprise!

6. I also learned that weight loss doesn’t happen without a good DIET. I’m not even going to call it a diet. It’s more of a lifestyle change. I’m definitely more conscious about what I eat, but I don’t deprive myself of food either. Taco bell? Sure. Candy? Okay. Ice cream? Why not! But I do it all in moderation. I”ll eat fast food maybe 1-2 timesĀ  a month, candy every few weeks, ice cream maybe 1-2 times a month. It’s all about portion and knowing how to eat. My daily diet usually consists of:

  • Breakfast: oatmeal or cereal w/ toast, water
  • Lunch: Salad w/ a side of fruit, water
  • Dinner: Chicken/fish, pasta/rice, veggies, water (sometimes juice)
  • Snacks: Cranberries & almonds, peaches, fruit snacks
  • Dessert: ice pops, chocolate milk

So for all those non-believers that you can’t lose weight all I have to say is that YOU CAN DO IT. I honestly thought I was going to stay 184 forever. That no matter how hard I worked out that scale wasn’t going to budge. You have to figure out what works for you and stay motivated! One of my main motivators is my boyfriend. He comes with me to the gym and pushes me hard and I am blessed to have him in my life.

I am so happy right now and I cannot wait to reach my 2nd goal of hitting the 150s! My goal is to reach that by October 31st. Wish me luck!

My first 5k! The Color Run!

To get myself motivated to workout and run, I’ve signed up for THE COLOR RUN 5K! OMG What did I just do??! lol! This is my first EVER 5K in my whole life. It’s about time don’t you think?! It’s on August 4th, so that gives me 11 weeks to train to run for at LEAST 2 miles! I am going to use this as a motivation to run 3-4 days a week and lift in between.

Here are a few mini goals for myself:

  1. Run a 5k in under 30 minutes
  2. Run at least four 5ks a year!
  3. Run a 10k once in my life!

I’m not a long distance runner. But I really would like to be! I at least want to have the stamina for it. The Color Run should be tons of fun! Pray for me guys! lol

Tumblrgym!

One of the best places to go online for motivation to workout is Tumblrgym. This site has all kinds of motivation posters, quotes, recipes, before and after pictures, videos, tips… basically a one stop shop for everything you may want or need to get up and get moving! I think this site is one of the reasons why I wanted to get more active and get serious about losing weight. If you go to the site, you will see a lot of pictures of women who look something like this:

I mean, what woman doesn’t want to look like this?? I sure do! I mean, I used to look something like this in high school, which is why I am working out now. I would love to be fit, healthy, STRONG, and satisfied with my health and my body. Not only do I want to lose weight, but I want to gain muscle. I miss having muscles. I know it will take me a while to get here, but I know I can do it!

Welcome!

Welcome to Tone and Fit, my fitness blog. My name is Dawn and I am ready to lose weight! 30 lbs to be exact. I’ll be posting my experiences (good and bad), weight loss, workouts, eating habits (good and bad), and anything motivational or interesting that can help anyone else in a similar situation! I hope you enjoy my posts!

Here are some fitness truths about me:

  • I used to weight 130 in high school.
  • My goal is to weigh 145.
  • I used to be able to bench press 135 lbs. CRAZY!
  • I can rep 75-80lbs now. I’m working on it!
  • I hate running. HATE IT. But I know I need to do some kind of running to lose weight *grumble grumble*
  • My favorite part of my body to work out are my legs. I can rep 180lbs on the leg press right now (that’s good right?).
  • I would really love to not have a chubby face anymore so I can be satisfied with taking pictures again.
  • My guilty food pleasure? I have a few: desserts, cheese, and juice. Once in a while is okay. Just got to eat in moderation.

My lunch today: Subway …though the girl messed up my sandwich. How do you mess up a sandwich?? *sigh*