time to get back to healthy! my fall routine

Guys, I’m super proud of myself. I’ve gone a week and a half without dairy or treats (don’t worry, no depriving here). I’ve been focused on putting the good stuff into this bod and making healthier alternatives (hello, pumpkin muffins).

I’ve just finally put my foot down. I need to get back into shape.

You know it’s not all about how I want to look physically, but how I feel on a day-to-day basis that has me fueled up and ready to go.

I was sick of feeling sluggish and bloated and just blah.

Like, I absolutely love being the centre of attention (the star of the show if you will) and here I am not wanting to take pictures. Ugh, not me. Let’s get that confidence back girl.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you know last year was a shit show. Girl stress ate (say hello to a few too many pounds). BUT, enough with the excuses, it’s time to get serious.

I wanted to share what I’m doing this fall in the hopes that I inspire you guys to get up and moving. AND if exercise isn’t your thing, totally cool. Just at least make sure you’re putting the good foods into your body.

MY WORKOUTS

I like to aim for 5 to 6 workouts a week. If I don’t make all 5 or 6, I don’t beat myself up. I listen to my body and if the bod needs a break, then girl is going to take a break.

Morning workouts work best for me (I’m an early riser). I feel like I lose serious motivation by the time dinner time rolls around and I can’t see myself getting to the gym after that. If working out after work/dinner works for you, then get it! I use to workout after midnight in college because my schedule was so crazy. Whatever works for you right?

I’m working towards getting to the gym for 6 AM (work in progress). We’ve been getting there just before 7 AM and crushing it. Rick has been doing the workouts alongside me and it seriously helps to have a workout buddy.

I’ve decided to follow alongside this program for the next 3.5 weeks. I’m on week 2 and it’s GOOD. It’s a full body program with a focus on the booty. I did her summer program in the summer and I felt amazing.

The way she has it set up varies each week, but Sunday is always a rest day. I appreciate this because it allows me to meal prep and prepare for my work week ahead.

BUT, you can always switch it up to work best with your schedule.

Other workouts I highly suggest if you’re looking for a little somethin’ somethin’ is TIU and Cassey from Blogilates (do her drive by inner thigh on YouTube – seriously killer and a go to).

MY FOOD ROUTINE

I don’t like saying diet, because for me, eating clean and lean should be a part of your everyday lifestyle.

Do not get me wrong, I absolutely love all the bad foods (hello mac and cheese), but eating clean shouldn’t be seen as a “quick fix”. I like viewing it as balance. A lot of goodness and then indulging in that piece of cake now and then.

I will say right now, that I don’t count calories or macros. I frankly do not have time for that, but if you do and it works for you, then congrats (you are amazing).

I eat intuitively. As simple as that.

I’m going to show you an example of what I eat below:

  • Breakfast includes quinoa, eggs (hardboiled most of the time) and some fruit or I switch it up with cucumber. I also love a good smoothie that’s jam-packed with spinach and other deliciousness
  • Mid-morning snack includes a yogurt (I like these dairy-free ones) with almonds or a piece of fruit
  • Lunch is either a soup or salad with a piece of fruit or cut up veggies. I try to keep this simple and straightforward. Lunch is my least favourite meal to make ha
  • To break up my mid-afternoon work schedule, I have a smoothie or veggies with hummus!
  • Dinner consists of lean, clean and green! I like making veggie stirfries with a source of protein. Chicken and sausages are my favourite. I also really love shrimp burgers (try these guys) and kale chips (duh).

OH, drink your water. It is amazing for you, energizes you and also helps with weight loss (yay!). Make sure you have water with you at all times. I’m serious. Drinking more water was a game changer for me when I hit a plateau.

MY GOALS & MOTIVATION

While I don’t necessarily have a goal weight in mind, I know what I looked like before at certain weight stages and I’d like to get back to that, but stronger.

My goals are mostly how I feel about myself, which I’m already crushing! In the short 1.5 weeks since working out hard and putting good food into my body, I’ve noticed my confidence skyrocket.

I also really want to wear certain outfits that I haven’t in a long time and finally put on that yellow one-piece bikini for next summer.

What keeps me motivated? While I’m already a pretty good motivator for myself, having someone else cheering me on definitely helps. If you can get a buddy to workout with you or at least keep you accountable, that’s some great motivation right there.

I also love pieces of clothing for motivation (hanging that bathing suit on the back of your door) or events that are coming up. I’m in a friend’s wedding next summer, but we’re dress shopping soon. SO, you best believe I have that dress shopping date in mind to get prepared for.

I love setting those little milestones and feeling super accomplished when I get there.

What do you guys do to stay motivated? What are your goals when it comes to health and fitness? I’d love to know!!