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Thursday, April 24, 2014

My Fitness Journey: Part 2

Here's to celebrating ten months since I started my fitness journey. The last time I checked in about my journey was five months ago. Wow, time flies! The past five months have been research intensive as I worked on tweaking my workout routine and diet to help me meet my goals. I've learned a lot and completely understand the phrase, "Abs are made in the kitchen."

Although I saw a lot of progress in my lower and upper body, I didn't notice any changes in my abs. Despite my sit ups, crunches and planks, I needed to change my diet. I decreased my sugar intake and focused on eating complex carbs, protein, fruits and vegetables. Guess what? Progress!  Six pack, here I come!

I also tweaked my workout routine. Starting out, I only lifted heavy weights. Yet, I noticed that many of my fitness inspirations use a mix of light, heavy, and body weight when exercising. I now mix it up, and there are times when I work out at home where it's just me and my moves.

My word to you. There were times when I wasn't as consistent with my regimen. I had a few days where I slacked off. If that's you, it's o.k. Just start right back the next day or the next week. Don't stop altogether. Even if you need a couple of days or weeks to regroup, do so, but stick with your routine. You will reach your goals!

Tweaks I Made with My Diet
Drinking more water: I hardly drink juice or any other drink. I constantly drink water throughout the day and keep a glass/bottle at my desk.
Green Smoothies: My breakfast of choice. I blend spinach/kale, almond milk, fruit(s) of choice, a scoop of plain greek yogurt and water
Complex Carbs: I stay away from simple carbs as much as possible. Instead of white rice, I cook brown rice or quinoa.
Lower My Sugar Intake: I do have my cheat days (that's what cheat days are for right?). I only purchase healthy snacks like unsalted almonds, dark chocolate, or fruits. If it's not in my house, I'm probably not going to eat it.

Progress Photos

Month Six
My fitness journey


Month Seven



Month Eight


Month Nine (Showing progress from beginning to nine months of fitness)


Month Ten 


Cheers,
~Nika

7 comments:

  1. Wow! You look amazing!!

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  2. You look great, girl! Booty gains! #wowlinkup

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  3. You look great! Congrats on your progress! #wowlinkup

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  4. You look great! Congrats on the progress and on all the healthy changes! #wowlinkup

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  5. Congrats! It's great that you are learning as you go. Keep up the great work :) #wowlinkup

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  6. You are looking good and making great progress! Keep it up. #wowlinkup

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Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts :)