"I'd like to think the best of me is still hiding up my sleeve."

I'm Michelle. I've lost 120lbs (purely through clean eating/intense exercise), and I'm always looking to grow and improve. This is a blog about my life, thoughts, pictures, exercise, fitness, running, nutrition, weight loss, quotes, love, nostalgia, and everything else in between.

 

shrinkingjennywren:

I got my four stone (56lbs) sticker today! 14 months progress, Jillian Michaels, water, clean eating, yoga and a food diary! You can do it too, my ask box is always open :) SW:204 CW:147 UGW:140 and toned Height:5’7”motiveweightshrinkingjennywren
Thanks mission-not-so-impossible and hidingupmysleeve and funeralformyfat for all the INSPIRATION. YOU GUYS ARE ROCKSTARS!

Wow, can I just say how awesome this transformation is? I had NO clue I inspired this lady. Thank you so much for tagging me in this and showing me your progress. You look SO good and have done an amazing job. Keep it up, lady! You are fabulous.

shrinkingjennywren:

I got my four stone (56lbs) sticker today! 14 months progress, Jillian Michaels, water, clean eating, yoga and a food diary! You can do it too, my ask box is always open :)
SW:204
CW:147
UGW:140 and toned
Height:5’7”
motiveweight
shrinkingjennywren

Thanks mission-not-so-impossible and hidingupmysleeve and funeralformyfat for all the INSPIRATION. YOU GUYS ARE ROCKSTARS!

Wow, can I just say how awesome this transformation is? I had NO clue I inspired this lady. Thank you so much for tagging me in this and showing me your progress. You look SO good and have done an amazing job. Keep it up, lady! You are fabulous.

Hey Tumblr world!! Here’s me trying to catch everybody up with what’s been going on the past couple weeks!

-I went and visited my best friend in Virginia for July 4th weekend and had such a good time. I’m visiting her again this upcoming weekend too!

-I went to the beach with my boyfriend last weekend and worked majorly on my tan.

-Our aviator sunglasses game seems to be on point.

-I’m officially on week 4 of Insanity! I’m really enjoying it and I can see myself improving drastically. My endurance has gone up, I’m feeling good, and I’m proud of myself for sticking with it. I’m determined to finish it all.

-Eggs, turkey, and hummus have been my go to lately. I can never get tired of the threesome.

-I’ve recently become obsessed with the television show Shark Tank. Over the past couple days I’ve binged-watched too many episodes to count. I’m not one to really get “into” television shows, but this one has seriously got me hooked. So. Good.

-My summer internship is over in a couple weeks!

-I just came back from my nephew’s 2nd birthday party and a few people commented on my tan. Priorities have been met.

Growth is painful. Change is painful.But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.

Mandy Hale (via exiie)

(Source: onlinecounsellingcollege)

Insanity Week 2, Day 3!

-I was supposed to wake up at 5:30am to do it, but it was just not happening for me. My alarm went off and without a second thought I went back to bed. Sometimes I’m great at early morning work outs, but today was not one of them.

-I had work today and my internship so Wednesdays are the days I try to work out early because it’s a lot to travel to work, do my job, leave work, travel to my internship, do that, then drive home.

-I promised myself I’d do it when I got home since I didn’t this morning. When I got home, it took a bit to find the motivation but I’m SO glad I did!

-Today was Plyometric Cardio Circuit. Do you see that sweat?! This is exactly how I look like after every video. It’s amazing what that man Shaun-T can do to you in just 40 minutes!

-I see so much progression. Not only physically with the work outs, but mentally too! I can directly remember doing the insanity videos a while back… and I was not sweating much. I would get mad that I didn’t feel exhausted after it. I was obviously not putting my all into it even though I thought I was.

-Flash-forward to now, and it’s the complete opposite! I’m really feeling it now with each and every video! I even ended up talking to myself today right before I hit the second workout circuit in the video saying, “Oh man I’m not ready for this.

-In case you’re wondering, that circuit consists of push ups, running in place in a plank, ski abs, and in and out abs. But I got through it like a champ and felt so good once it was done!

I’m really excited for what is to come with this program. I’m putting my all into it and I’m having a blast! In my opinion, that’s the best combo for success.

Insanity Update, Life Update:

Happy July 1st!

I have successfully completed Week One of Insanity!

I am now on Week 2, Day 2. 

Notes:

This time around, Insanity is much different. 

-When exercises like push ups come on, I don’t skip them. Shaun T goes from regular push ups, to push up jacks, to moving push ups, etc. I go down as far as I can go and complete the move. Before, I would skip those segments and wait until the next move comes. Not anymore. I’m so happy about this.

-I find myself feeling completely depleted after each workout video. I’m drenched in sweat. I feel accomplished. 

-Cardio Recovery is a stretch video. It’s not intended to burn a ton of calories or be intense. It’s always in the middle of the week and to stretch out your muscles. This past week, I found myself super exhausted and craving that Cardio Recovery video, where as in the past I would dread it or want to skip it because I thought it was a ~waste~ of time if it didn’t burn a lot of calories.

-The next day after doing Cardio Recovery, I was super sore! Shaun T has you do lunges and pulses. I didn’t think anything of it, but the next two days I was really feeling it! I was NOT expecting to feel muscle soreness after a “light” stretch video.. so it was definitely a nice surprise and shows that I am following the program correctly.

-Even though I completed Week 1, I found myself struggling a lot this past weekend. I ate well the entire week, but I ended up indulging in sweets way too much during the weekend. Because of this, t made me feel as though this whole week of Insanity went to waste. I decided to put those negative (and ultimately triggering) thoughts behind me, and continue on to week two. The more you dwell, the easier it is to feel sorry for yourself and just keep on that path.

-I’m visiting my best friend in Virginia/Washington D.C. for 4 days for July 4th weekend. This will put me off schedule for Insanity, but we will be doing all sorts of fun ways of working out (hot yoga, gym, running, etc) so as soon as I get home, I will continue where I left off.

For a little over a month now, I’ve been doing random Insanity/T-25 videos as part of my work out routine. Today, I made the decision to do the entire 60 day Insanity program in order.

I feel like the structure and challenge is what I need right now. I’ve been in a little bit of a funk, and I think switching things up and doing this will really help. It’s out of my comfort zone, it’s different, and it’s constantly varied. I’m ready.

Today I did the Fit Test and also ran about 25 minutes outside. The fit test consists of doing 8 different moves for 1 minute each. You count how many you can do in the given minute. Every two weeks you do the Fit Test again and check your progress. I’m excited to see what it will be two weeks from now.

I first did the Insanity program back in Fall 2012, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot since then and my results will be better this time around. Like with anything in life, with the more you do it, the better you become.

This program is going to be tough. No denying that. What I love about it is that I always feel so good when I’m done a video. It never gets easier, you just get better.

On a slightly but not really related note, I scored those candy suckers today! 3 suckers are only 50 calories! Can you say perfect go to when cravings hit?! It’s definitely a good alternative to gum and to keep your mouth busy when you think you’re hungry but you’re not.

Livejournal, anybody?

Did anybody else have a livejournal (or another similar blogging website) before navigating to Tumblr?

I just got done reading my old livejournal that I started in 2005, and it’s absolutely insane how much I’ve changed since then.

It also makes me wonder what I am going to think about this Tumblr 10 years from now.

I honestly hope I can look back and say the same thing… that I’ve made so much progress in my life since typing this post. I want to keep evolving, changing, growing, and moving forward.

I also saw how dedicated I was to losing weight. I was reading posts from 2009-2010 (when I started my journey), and the determination I had then was unreal. I also had no idea what I was doing (in terms of health and exercise) and I’ve learned so much since then. There really is no excuse. Back then I didn’t even know what an excuse was. I literally just got. it. done. I lost 100lbs in a year because I was so focused.

This October will be 5 years since I’ve started my journey, and I really want to feel good going into that landmark. I need to channel that girl who was so determined to get what she wanted. I know I can bring her out again.

I now have the knowledge, experience, and variety to be able to get to where I want to be. I didn’t have any of that when I started… but I had willpower, determination, and consistency.

It’s time I add those nouns back into my vocabulary.

T-25 work out video, an extremely hot run outside, and some fabulous watermelon. I believe this is just the best combination of things.

Such a Sunday Funday!!!

-Woke up early and went to the gym. Got in a really good treadmill work out and stretch in the sauna.

-Got coffee with my dad and gave him his Father’s Day gift.

-Got my nails done with a fancy little jewel. I dig it.

-Went tanning at my best friend’s pool for a couple hours. I love showers after laying out in the sun.

-Got my favorite iced coffee. You guys, toasted almond is the best flavor! And there’s no calories in the flavor, too!

-Bought myself a $10.00 denim jean jacket at Ross! I’ve been really wanting one, and I stumbled across it at Ross today and usually they’re anywhere from $30-$50 so what a steal!

-Going out to dinner now with my boyfriend’s family for Father’s Day. There will be a salad bar. My kind of holiday.

humansofnewyork:

“When my husband was dying, I said: ‘Moe, how am I supposed to live without you?’ He told me: ‘Take the love you have for me and spread it around.’”

humansofnewyork:

“When my husband was dying, I said: ‘Moe, how am I supposed to live without you?’ He told me: ‘Take the love you have for me and spread it around.’”

colrmebeautiful asked
I love you so much!! The way your so happy and positive about life. Happy about yourself. I just cant help to be happy too. You put a smile on my face.I look forward to your posts. :) well I hope you have a wonderful day.

Hey lady!! This message made my entire day! I hope you don’t mind, but I’m making this public so I can remember it when I’m having an off day. I’m so glad that I can be those wonderful things for you. Your kinds words put a smile on MY face. Thank you so much :’)

Same pose, different agenda.

-Work out clothes by day, $6 summer dresses by night.

-Today I did an insanity video which had Power Jumps in the circuit. I surprised myself so much today and was jumping really high and had tons of energy. I’ve gotten so much better at them!!

-I’m so happy it’s plum and peach season. I’ve already jumped at this and have been buying them like crazy.

-I started my summer internship and so far, so good!

-I think I’m way too excited about how nice outside it has been here lately. I’ve been finding any excuse to be in the sun and get tan

-I forgot June is the month where it stays light out passed 8:00pm. UGH I LOVE EVERYTHING SUMMER.

-Ever since I’ve taken the focus off of long distance running and doing other forms of exercise, I’ve noticed a big difference in not only my body composition, but the way I look forward to working out now. Keeping it constantly varied has really done wonders for me.

-It’s going to be Sunny and 85 degrees all weekend. Operation: tan is in full swing.