For the past couple weeks I’ve been very wishy-washy about going to the gym and not eating pizza twelve times a day, and it’s always such a depressing feeling. Normally when classes start back up for me (I’m a senior in college), I get my life together and start scheduling out my days so that I’m less stressed, but it seems like this semester has been worse than others. #senioritis anyone?
Anyway, I feel like when I’m feeling really down about my fitness goals I turn to social media. My fitness Pinterest board has over 1000 saved pins and at least 50% of the people I follow on my Instagram (@squatlikeagirlblog *wink*) are related to fitness or clean eating in some way. If you log on to social media and see nothing but people partying, eating out, and watching Netflix then you’ll party, eat out, and watch Netflix. If you log on and see people making healthy choices and working out and flexing their muscles then you’ll want to work out and eat healthy and flex your muscles – FACT.
This brings me to my major point for the day: if you’re doing it and committing to making healthy choices, it might be a good idea to make yourself a social media account through Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter. It’s the best way to keep yourself accountable, especially if you don’t have the luxury of having a personal trainer. People on the internet want to see you succeed, because that shows them that they might be able to do it, too.
The whole reason I got my schedule together this week is because I knew it had been a while since I made my last post, and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to play off the fact that I haven’t gone to the gym in literally ten days. Nobody wants to brag about how much they suck, amirite? Nobody’s perfect and we all need rest days (maybe not ten in a row, but hey). The important part is that I own up to it to all of my followers and get back in control of my life.
People like you, my wonderful reader, are why I’ve stuck out this long. Obviously, I’m doing this more for myself than anything else. I want to make a positive change in my life. Having an influence on others, though, is something I don’t take lightly. I know that some of you may be reading this because you need some fitspiration. I know that some of you may be reading this because you want someone to push you to better yourself. I know that some of you may be reading this laughing about how I’ll never actually reach my goals because I love pizza too much. All of those reasons are fine with me, but I do this because I want y’all to know that I am doing it, and you can do it, too. I can tell you from experience, there is nothing like hitting a huge milestone in your fitness journey. Some of my proudest moments have been made in the gym.
So, if you’re doing this like I am, be an inspiration to someone else who needs you. We’re slowly making the world a healthier, happier place and we’re changing lives, even though we may not realize it. The next time you hit a fitness goal, post about it. You getting excited will make others get excited about their own goals and we should all be trying to lift each other up. It’s a good reminder for your followers that they need to value their health.
I hope y’all have a fabulous, active day.
So I’ve been at this weight-loss journey for almost a year now and I’ve only lost 35lbs. It’s hard to think about it that way, because it forces me to come to the harsh reality that I’m not where I could be. Had I really forced myself to stick to my plan I could have probably already hit my 55lb goal, plus some.
Motivation is the absolute hardest part about losing weight or getting fit and it’s also the most important part. Some people say your eating habits or your workouts outweigh everything else, but that’s very wrong. Without motivation, you’re going to fail on both sides of the spectrum.
At the beginning of my journey I worked with Janelle (my personal trainer), and therefore the motivation was always there. I would have check-ins every week and she was going to be able to tell if I was slacking off. After those three months working with Janelle, though, my motivation went from “YES GIRL. GET IT. YOU IS STRONG. YOU IS POWERFUL. YOU IS GONNA KILL IT.” to “Screw the gym, I need a burrito.” It was always fluctuating.
As much as I wish I had the power to say no to everything and stick to my goal 100%, I just don’t.
And that is okay.
Yes, I would be so much farther along had I said no to all the greasy pizza and the whiskey cokes, but I don’t want to give it all up. I personally would rather be losing weight slow and steady than be missing out on things that I enjoy. As long as I’m still going to the gym (for the most part) and eating healthy (for the most part) then I’m going to keep progressing. There is nothing wrong with focusing on enjoying yourself occasionally, as long as you don’t let it derail your entire journey. However, you have to remember that you’re doing this for a reason, whatever that reason may be, and at some point you thought that reason outweighed everything else. You have to remind yourself why you started and get back on track.
There is no trick to having motivation 100% of the time. Even professional athletes take time off. It’s what you do when you get back that really matters. So next time you want a sprinkle donut, go ahead. Don’t deny yourself a sprinkle donut; but make sure it’s just one and then get your ass to the gym for a killer workout.
As a college student trying to ball on a budget, I often nanny for this great family near where I live. I’ve been doing it for over a year now, and the two little girls (A and M) are great. Normally, as most people who know me know, I’m not typically a huge “kids” girl, but these girls are really sweet and they listen really well.
The last couple times I’ve nannied for this family, it’s been in the middle of my journey to get fit. Because of the way my schedule worked out today, I have to nanny until 3:30 and then I work at 4, leaving no time in-between for the gym.
So instead of going to the gym, I brought the gym to me and to the girls I nanny. At first they were like, “No, RanDee, this is stupid.” But trust me, they’ll have fun and it’s a great way to include them.
Today we started with a little bit of yoga for stretching, then we moved on to wall sits, squats, and lunges. The girls had a blast climbing around and they made my workout extra difficult.
This goes as a reminder that, no matter what you’re doing, there are definitely ways to work in workouts (<– see what I did there?). Below are a few photos I took during the workout, just in case you’d like some ideas for you and your own kiddos, or maybe the kiddos you nanny for.
Anyways, I am still nannying currently and have a dance party to attend. As always, have a fabulous and fit day.
One of the biggest things I’ve struggled with on my journey through fitness is finding the right workouts that target the right areas. When I work my ass off at the gym, I want to feel it the next morning. Being sore is like my affirmation that I didn’t waste two hours of my life on a workout that wasn’t effective.
For me, my trouble area is my stomach, so I like to incorporate abs into every workout I do. It seems, though, that I can never find an ab workout that really makes me work. I will do ab workout after ab workout and still not feel it the next day. A few days ago, I was scrolling through pinterest and, in a moment of complete frustration, threw together a “homemade” workout of my own.
I FEEL IT SO GOOD RIGHT NOW.
As a fitness writer, I feel like it is my obligation to share this workout with you, because it’s pretty bad ass and you will feel it when you’re finished. I promise.
For each set of three exercises you will repeat THREE times. The images below each workout demonstrate what each workout should look like.
Weighted Sit-Ups 20×3 (I typically use a 12lb medicine ball, but use whatever weight you’re comfortable with)
High Crunches 20×3
Leg Raises 20×3
Star Plank 45sec x3
Bicycle Crunches 30×3
Dumbbell Side-Bends 20×3 (each side)
Crunchy Frogs 15×3
You’re frickin welcome.
Okay, as someone who has been struggling with her fitness and weight for pretty much the entirety of her life, I have looked at weight loss from every angle possible. Motivation essentially comes from having a reason to workout and eat healthy that outweighs your reasons not to and trust me . . . there are plenty of excuses.
One of the major things I’ve noticed is that everyone encourages you to lose weight and get healthy for the right reasons. I’m here to tell you that I don’t agree with that whatsoever. I am a huge proponent of doing things because you want to do them and for whatever reason. Something you see a lot of nowadays is that to be successful in fitness you have to “do it for you and only you.” And congratulations to the women out there who are strictly losing weight for health reasons. Literally, good for you, you must have confidence of steel. BUT. I am sick and tired of seeing people being belittled because of their motivations for getting fit and prioritizing a healthy lifestyle.
Honestly, we as a society have prided ourselves on body positivity, but I’ve been seeing so much of people saying, “Oh you’re losing weight to look good in your wedding photos? That’s not healthy.” “Oh, you’re eating healthy because you want to feel better in your clothes? That’s not healthy.” Why isn’t that healthy?
The last time I went to the doctors they obviously told me that in the long-run I might want to consider hitting the gym more often, but that it isn’t impacting my health at all. I am completely healthy as of right now. Obviously that doesn’t mean that I can’t improve, and it doesn’t necessarily mean I have to make these huge life changes.
I am making these changes because of my self-confidence. It’s actually kind of crazy. I was much thinner in high school, but because of some of my peers I was very shy and never really stood up for myself. I gained a lot of weight when I got to college, and I was still so shy that it was hard to make new friends.
And then I lost 30lbs.
And now I’m way more confident.
I’m not nearly as thin as I was in high school, but having that success and seeing myself progress has been really great for me. I still have days where I look and the mirror and think I look awful, but everyone has those days. And the good days outweigh the bad. So I’m here to tell you to latch onto whatever you have right now that motivates you. Hot guy at work? Fuel the fire, girl. Hot bikini you want to wear to the beach? FUEL THE FIRE, GIRL. Do it for the cutie, do it for the beach, do it for your health, do it for your confidence, do it for your family, do it for literally anything, but make sure that you go out and do it.
Because once you commit, it becomes an addiction and you become an inspiration to others who might need it — and that’s just as important as doing it for yourself.
So for the past month or so I’ve been considering deleting my blog. Surprisingly enough, when you put a ton of work into something and it doesn’t turn out how you expect it’s a little disheartening.
I love to travel. Just last week I went camping out-of-state at Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio. My roommate and I went horseback riding through the hills, tanned on the beach and Rose Lake, and explored the waterfalls in Old Man’s Cave.
But I didn’t have the excitement I had at the beginning about sharing my adventure, and that’s because the popularity doesn’t seem to be growing.
As I was scrolling through content yesterday, I noticed something. My blog posts about travel were barely getting any hits, but my blog posts about my recent weight loss were off the charts. It was what people wanted to read about (see one of my very first progress picture below), and it’s something that I enjoy writing about.
This made me really think about why I recently got so interested in travel. Before this past year I had no inclination to go anywhere. I realized that the reason for this was a result of my fitness. Suddenly I wanted to go hiking and exploring all over the world, not only because I now thought my body could physically handle it but because this fitness journey has given me the confidence to pursue what I want.
Hiking is a form of exercise and a product of healthy living, so I’ve revamped my entire blog to refocus. If a blog about weight loss, fitness, and regaining confidence is what the people want, it’s what they’re going to get. If I do happen to go on a trip that I want to share with my readers, I still can because it’s simply proof to them that fitness can help in multiple outlets of your life. It can increase your happiness, your confidence, and your ability to do things you never thought you could do.
I’m currently in the process of updating my Instagram (@squatlikeagirlblog) and my Snapchat (@randee_hartman) to convey these changes to my followers, so be patient with me. In the meantime, take some time to think about your personal health and fitness goals (and share this on social media to help ya girl out).
Let’s see where this road takes me.
Every year around this time, the gym gets a little busier. June is three months away and people are now going into panic mode. They had one too many pizzas and where did these stomach rolls come from?!
Oh, right. The twelve pieces of pizza I just ate. EL. OH. EL.
I feel ya, homies, and I’m here for you.
I started my fitness journey about four months ago-ish, and trust me, sticking to it may have been the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. There are days when you just cannot. Actually, erase that thought from your head because on those days when you just cannot, you actually can you lazy bum.
Now obviously, I’m kidding. You’re not a lazy bum. If you were, you wouldn’t be reading this. #proudofyou
So, I’m here today to tell you what helped me stick to my fitness goals. There are a lot of contributors, but these ones were the most important and really kept me focused.
And there you have it, y’all. My tips and hacks for getting fit and dieting. Obviously everyone is different. But hopefully this will get you started on your journey. And of course, as always, leave your comments below to let me know how they work for you or if you have any genius health hacks to share.
Have a fabulous day,
This year is my senior year of college and, as of October, 2016, I had gained 39lbs since arriving freshman year. Lack of all the sports I did in high school plus terrifying eating habits resulted in nearly forty pounds of weight gain.
Last summer I made excuses every time someone asked me to hit the beach because I hated the way I looked. All the cute tops I had made their way into a laundry bag hidden deep in my closet, replaced by baggy sweatshirts.
Summer 2016 a few girlfriends of mine got together and put together this list of things we wanted to accomplish throughout the summer. Running a 5k, losing weight, gaining muscle definition, being more confident, going after what we wanted, etc. etc. Typical new year resolutions in the middle of June. Although we did stick to going to the gym, we weren’t 100% dedicated to our cause. Casual drinking and occasional baking put a huge wrench in a lot of progress.
When school started back up again I can’t say I kept up with everything. My main excuses were that I was too busy with classes and I needed to focus on getting good grades. Plus, eating healthy was way too expensive (by the way, that’s a dirty lie).
In November 2016 I met my personal trainer. One of my friends introduced us and I realized that it was now or never. I needed to focus on my body and treating myself with respect.
Everyone who knows me knows I’m a ridiculous romantic. I believe in grand gestures and soulmates. I believe in finding someone who completes who you are as a person. It wasn’t until November that I realized something really important; you have to respect yourself and find who you are as an individual before you can expect someone else to come into the picture.
Surprisingly enough, with a few good friends and a fabulous personal trainer on my side, I hit the gym and started meal prepping. It became this sort of outlet for me. Stressed? Hit the gym. Sad? Meal prep. Angry? Weight train. Worried? Look on Pinterest for motivational gym quotes. Every time I needed an escape, I looked towards this goal. Even currently, I want more than anything to be able to love myself.
It has been three months since I started this fitness journey, and I’ve lost 30 lbs (photo below). I’ve lost thirty pounds and everyone around me tells me I look incredible. I have people contact me to tell me that I’m an inspiration. The dirty truth, though, is that although I clearly see the changes I’ve made, when I look in the mirror I don’t see any change in the way I look at myself. Although I know I’ve made a ton of progress (I have the ugly ass stretch marks to prove it), I don’t see 30lbs of weight loss. I still see the same person I was before I lost the weight, and it’s heartbreaking. But what gets me though all of this negativity and self-doubt are the women who stand by me and constantly lift me up. My best friends who come to work and say, “Can I just give you a hug? I’m so proud of you.” and the best friends who text me and say, “I know you don’t need me to tell you I’m proud but I really am and you deserve some recognition.” I do need you to tell me these things, because you all make me feel like what I’m doing is worth it. I’m getting my confidence back and I’d like to say it’s all because of me, but a lot of it has to do with the support of my friends.
In the past couple months I’ve been compromising what I want in a relationship because I haven’t had the balls to fight for myself. I haven’t had the respect for myself. Yesterday, a good friend of mine made me realize that I deserve grand gestures and attention. I haven’t given up on that, but I’ve given up on trying to change myself to fit what others want me to be. Although I still believe in soulmates and true love, I no longer believe in finding my other half. As it turns out, I’m a whole all by myself.