8.28.2017

Faster Way to Fat Loss, Week 1



The first step to fixing an issue is admitting you have a problem, right?

I'll admit, over the past few years I haven't really taken care of my body. Let me preface by saying that I'm referring to my overall health and physical well-being. Living in a fast-paced city where most evenings consist of happy hours, receptions or eating out, hasn't helped. Combined with the fact that I rarely workout. Unless you count the walks to the metro, ha. I'd eat and drink whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted and as much as I wanted. In my early twenties I could do this with little to no affect on my weight or how I felt. Now that my "late twenties" are slowly creeping in, things are a lot different. A few glasses of wine results in a two day hangover, I've noticed some new-to-me health issues, yes I've gained weight, and I feel tired and bloated daily. I just can't keep up the cycle of eating and drinking whatever I want and not take into account what I'm consuming or how many calories I'm taking in.

Now, let me also say that I don't eat horribly or over-drink. I maybe have a few drinks a week, and during the week I eat pretty well for the most part. I just haven't been consuming the right foods, as well as consuming too much of certain foods. For example, I may have a small sandwich with bread and cheese for lunch and then have pasta for dinner. TOO many carbs, gluten and dairy. Not enough protein, healthy fats and veggies.

To combat this I attempted to do Whole30 this past March. I lasted 5 days. Why? Because it focused too much on what you couldn't have, rather than what you could. It also had little to no emphasis on working out. It's a mutual relationship... maintaining a healthy diet and workout regimen. There were so many things that you couldn't eat, that that's all I focused on. It also wasn't a long-term lifestyle that I could adopt once the 30 days were over. Thus, I stopped it.

Since then I reverted back to my old ways. Till enough was enough. I physically wasn't feeling my best, was constantly feeling tired and bloated, and just wasn't happy with the path I was heading down. So I decided to do something about it. After seeing how much success Katie, Brooke and Shelby had with the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program, I was extremely inspired and signed up!

Today I start the 6 week journey!!

Last week was a "prep" week, so you may have seen a few snippets about what I was doing over on Insta Stories. I'm proud to say that I followed the food regimen 100%!!! I love that you get a week to really get a good understanding of the program, try out the food regimen, attempt some of the workouts, and ask your coach a lot of questions. That way when you start on day 1 you're not wasting your first week trying to figure it all out. When you sign-up for the program you're given a coach or you can sign-up through the coaches themselves. Each week your coach devises a series of workouts that follow different levels of food intake. Some days are low-carb days, others are regular or low calorie days, training day calories or active rest days (no workouts). For six weeks your coach keeps track of your daily food intake and exercise. You have someone there to hold you accountable, and tell you exactly what to do. As a former competitive swimmer this was something I desperately needed. A "coach."

I'll go more into depth about FASTer Way to Fat Loss as the weeks go on. I mainly wanted to share this post for two reasons. First, I'm going to need lots of encouragement and for y'all to hold me accountable. From what I hear this is a hard program, but the results are well worth it. Second, to share my experience over the next 6 weeks. This isn't sponsored. I'm not getting paid to do this. This is simply me trying to get my life in check, get back into a healthier eating and workout routine, and shed some of the "happy hour weight" from the past few years.

So, here I go!! Let me know if you have any initial questions about the program. I hope to check-in each week with an update on how I'm doing. As well as post frequent updates on Instagram. Again, to help with accountability. Wish me luck!

8.11.2017

The Weekender, Vol. 9



Above are some of my new Kendra Scott goodies. Shop each piece below.

Monday was girls night, and also the Bachelorette finale. My best friend Ashton and I watch every season together, and have since moving to DC. We live for our Monday nights! I will say though, things were different this season. We mostly talked through each episode, as this was probably our least favorite season. Why? Well, if the finale is any indication, you know why. I was so excited when they chose Rachel, but I felt like the producers focused more on the male drama than on her journey to find love. I was really rooting for Eric and Peter, but in the end it seemed like Rachel went more for the sure thing because she wanted a ring. That's how it appeared, but we don't really know. As long as she's happy, in love and excited about her journey, that's all that matters. Now that this season is over, we can all get ready for the real star of the summer... Bachelor in Paradise. Yessssss!!!

Tuesday I hit up a launch party with my friends Bekah and Molly at Union Market. One of our Church friends just opened up a new startup work space over there, so we stopped by to congratulate him and chow down on some delicious Mexican cuisine.

Wednesday Corey and I grilled out on my apartment rooftop and continued our binge watching of Game of Thrones. Yes, we finally caved. Last weekend we made it through the entire first season, plus 3 episodes into the second. So far, I love it! Yes it can be a bit gory and yes, the nudity is a bit too much, but the overall plot has us hooked. I can't wait to dive more into the seasons!!

Thursday I began my vacation prep by getting a gel mani and pedi. I also began packing for my trips to Seaside, Florida and the Hamptons.

I'll be in Seaside Saturday through next Wednesday, and will also be celebrating my 27th birthday there with my family and Corey!!! Wednesday we fly back, I repack and train up to NYC on Thursday with Jenn to meet Dana and Allie for a weekend in the Hamptons. I am beyond excited to see those ladies. We haven't all been together since February's Fashion Week.

If you have any must see's for my trips to Seaside and/or the Hamptons, let me know in the comments below!

And before you go, here are some links + things I'm loving. Enjoy, and happy weekend!!

  • I've been on a real sneaker kick for fall lately, and have been eyeing these and these to add to my closet. Both are under $75!
  • If you're in the DC area, Restaurant Week is next week. I'm sad to miss this year's, so y'all dine out for me. 
  • Just added this Barbour jacket to my coat closet and know I'll be wearing it all fall and winter.
  • Netflix released the trailer for The Crown Season 2 yesterday. Anyone else a fan?!
  • A dupe on the pearl slides for summer. They're only $25!
  • I'm on the hunt for a good makeup primer. I've tried MAC and ITCosmetics. But haven't been in love with either. Any suggestions you've tried and work well?
  • After a lot of consideration, educating myself and reading this post from Shelby and this post from Katie, I decided to bite the bullet and sign up for the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program. I'm not doing it to lose weight per say, but to refocus my eating habits and get back into a workout routine that works for me. After a failed Whole30 experience, I'm hoping this program fits my lifestyle and body, well. 
  • In a few weeks I'm heading down to Richmond with Laura and Jenn. We're doing a media visit with the Jefferson Hotel. So excited! Any hot spots we must try out when we're there? Hoping to snag tickets to the YSL fashion exhibit. 
  • Your feel good story for the week.
  • And just for fun, some of my favorite blogs to follow are Pink Champagne Problems, Lonestar Southern, Glitter and Gingham and Gal Meets Glam. These are the four I follow daily and y'all should too :)