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Guys, I have to just say thank you. Thank you for the love on yesterday’s Instagram post because honestly, I went back and forth between posting it and not for hours. It’s just scary to really put yourself out there, especially a part that is a vulnerable one. But you guys were all so nice and I’m just grateful for you and your love and support. It makes the hard days worth it 😉 Well I got a lot of questions about what I’ve been doing, where I get workout clothes, all the things. So I thought I would show four fun little “work out” looks from Sweaty Betty (love them and not sponsored) because honestly for whatever reason good work out clothes make working out a lot more fun. I’m also going to talk a little bit about what I’ve been doing and what I plan to implement for the new year! So let’s do this thing.
WHAT I’VE BEEN DOING:
I’ve been doing a mix of things honestly, but one thing that has been consistent is BBG, which I mentioned on Instagram yesterday. If you’re not familiar, BBG is “Bikini Body Guide” it was created by Kayla Itsine and it’s basically HIIT training, so really high intervals, but quick and to the point. Meaning it’s 35 minutes long, but super effective. Which has been perfect for me because honestly I don’t have more than 35 minutes to work out each day. My life is just insane currently, so I need quick but good and that’s what this has been. However, there are other days that I have a little more time or I just need a different work out (because BBG is friggin’ hard), so I throw in Barre or High Fitness or random work outs from Kelsey Wells. So lemme break em’ down for you:
- BBG – “Bikini Body Guide” – it’s on an app on your phone called “Sweat” and it’s actually really great because there are several workouts besides JUST BBG including a postpartum one from Kelsey Wells and I think that’s just incredible that we are lifting and supporting Mamas but also giving them something that is realistic. It’s a monthly fee and it might seem a little much, BUT if you think about it – you’re going to pay that at a gym or on this app. You will need weights though and a medicine ball (15 pounds). A lot of the work outs require a bench as well, but if I am doing them at home I just modify them to make them work! Weights (7 pounds) and medicine ball wise though, here is what I have at home:
- Barre3 – So a studio actually just opened up in my town called Barre3, about a month ago. I took a couple of their trial classes during their opening week and kind of fell in love. It’s a mix of yoga, ballet and pilates but you end with meditation and walk away just feeling good and peace about yourself but also like you just got your A kicked. It’s kind of an addiction and honestly, I’ve even done a couple of “two-a-days” where I’ll do BBG with the girls in the morning and then Barre at night because I just love it so much. However, I will tell you that at least here, it’s a little spendy, wish it wasn’t – but you just have to figure out if it’s worth it for you or not. I do better with classes personally and just see more results so to me, a class is totally worth it. Not to mention Barre3 has got places in shape (like my lower back and love handles) that I have never been able to get before, so it’s a friggin’ win in my book.
- High Fitness – Alright, lemme start this off nicely (HA!) – it’s a killer work out. I’ll be totally honest though, it’s not my favorite work out. It’s HIGH PACE and HARD. You basically don’t stop moving for an hour and I would say it’s a mix of zumba and hard cardio. I definitely feel like I got a really good work out afterwards, but sometimes I feel totally sick after doing it just because it’s at 6AM and well, it’s a lot of up and down and so much moving pretty quickly and for a long period of time. SO I’ve found that I like it better later in the day just because then I don’t feel as sick afterwards, but I always leave feeling a lot less stressed and well, REALLY sweaty – so I know I definitely got some good cardio in 😉 HA! My gym offers the class though, so I try to do 2-3 a month just so I can get a good cardio work out in.
FOUR FAVORITE WORK OUT LOOKS
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FUTURE GOALS FOR THIS YEAR:
I have slowly been working on my eating. I tried meal prepping and honestly — just didn’t work for me. The problem is I like to choose what I want to eat that day, rather than having it already ready for me. I’m just weird. It’s fine. ONE THING though that I have found that works great for me is to not keep sweets in the house. Don’t get me wrong, I love myself a good chocolate bar – but I was finding that the more I had in the house, the more that was all I was eating. SO instead I’ve been buying lots of fruits, veggies, light snacks, protein bars (love the One brand ones) and then making sure I take my AdvantraSlim from WM Nutrition because honestly that’s a game changer for me in curbing my appetite. Also I have a code (not sure if it still works but try it) use the code “OAKES50” for 50% off. So this year I want to focus more on making sure I am eating with intention rather than well, just eating because it makes me feel better. So that means, finding things that are going to fill me rather than empty calories and making sure that I am actually eating breakfast, lunch and dinner because honestly, I am a snacker and that gets me in trouble. SO these are things I’ll slowly work on and report back with y’all on to let you know what has worked for me!
Current favorite work out shoes and other items:
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