time for a health update...



I can't believe I have waited so long to post about this! I did this back in March and it is already May! Back in January Trevor and I both made the goal to be healthier. Over the last few years of Law School and working we let the stress get the best of us and we both put on weight and developed really bad eating habits.
 
At the start I did great, dropping six pounds right off the bat! Then over the next month I lost momentum and had a hard time maintaining the strict regime and eating plan I set for myself. Before I knew it, I had gained back some of that weight I had originally lost and got that defeated feeling again.
 
I think I can finally say that I have finally, FINALLY, been able to figure out a way for me to stay consistent with eating healthy and working out. To be honest the working out has never really been the problem, it is the diet that would get me.
 
I realized that if I didn't look forward to eating the food I wasn't going to stay consistent with it. I had to start getting creative and looking for foods I LOVED to eat that were also healthy for me. I think I will do a whole post another time about what I have been eating! 
 
So with eating healthy about 95% of the time, and stepping up my working out, in the span of four weeks I lost 8 pounds. You should really only be losing two pounds a week if you are doing it healthy, so I was happy to see I was right on target.

For the first time I recorded my body measurements so I could see how much I really lost, and not be so focused on just the pounds. Let me tell you, I think everyone should do this. It makes such a difference and really gives you a better idea of how your body is changing. It isn't all about how much you weigh!!
 
For working out I would go to the gym and do some cardio or a class, and I also followed the four week plan for the pear shaped body on the Brazilian Butt Lift DVDs. I really loved the variety that you got with the DVDS! I would highly recommended them! Dues to Trevor's finals and him leaving this week, I have taken a little break from them to spend more time with him. But I do plan to start them again and continue on for another four weeks :)
 
March 18-April 8
 
Weight: 8 pound loss
Chest: 3 inch loss
Arms: No loss (Half way through I measured myself and I had lost 1 inch off my arms, by the end it was back up, so I am assuming that it was muscle!!)
Waist: 3.5 inch loss
Hips: 2 inch loss
Thighs: 5 inch loss on EACH leg (you read that right, 5 inches, woot woot!)
Love handles and Gut: 2 inch loss
 
Seeing the hard numbers and not just the weight is what really gets exciting! If you have a fitness goal I encourage you to look more at your body overall vs. how much weight you have lost.
 
I would attribute all of this to be about 80% diet and 20% fitness. I am finally fitting better in my clothes again! I feel so much healthier and less tired and sluggish. I still want to get in even better shape so I am not done yet :) But I am happy to be feeling "me" again. Thanks for all your motivation the last few months, it really helps knowing we are all trying to live healthier lifestyles! 
 
 



 

54 comments

  1. Good job its so hard to keep up with a workout/eating plan

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  2. Awesome! I've lost over 20 pounds after finally finding a good workout regiment and eating plan! I can't wait to see your next update!

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  3. Wow that is AWESOME!!! Keep up the good work. :)

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  4. 5 inches PER LEG is crazy! That's my biggest problem area--yikes! Maybe I should try out the Brazilian Butt Lift! Congrats on the progress, that must feel awesome!

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    1. I attribute the loss on my thighs 100% to the Brazilian Butt Lift DVDs. I know it has "butt" in the title, but it is an ALL OVER body work out for sure. My thighs benefited the most from it!

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  5. Congrats! That is amazing and I know how hard it is so you deserve a big kudos.

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  6. That is just awesome! Congrats!

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  7. Good job! I need to focus more. I have 20 lbs of baby weight over here! I always want to measure instead of just weigh, but it takes so much TIME. Okay, but I should do it.

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    1. The measuring is so much better I think then weighing yourself. It really shows you the changes in your body!!

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  8. Congrats on making great strides!! I agree, don't focus on the numbers on a scale. They can be deceiving! Keep up the awesome work!

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  9. Congrats on making so much progress Hanna

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  10. What are you doing to lose that much in your thighs!!!

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    1. Like I said above, I attribute the loss on my thighs 100% to the Brazilian Butt Lift DVDs. Such a great workout for your legs I tell you!!!

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  11. damn girl! i can't imagine you have very much to lose!

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  12. All the best and I hope you achieve your dream weight (and body) soon! You can do it! ;)

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  13. 5 inches from your legs?! That is amazing! That is motivation enough for me to get those Brazilian Butt lift DVDs. Good for you!

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  14. congrats x 1 million!! i really need to start taking measurements...the pounds just don't speak like the inches do!

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  15. Congratulations, that is such a great accomplishment!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  16. oh gosh i need this today. i have been going up and down on my weight since January. I would LOVE to know your favorite healthy foods! Post it up girl! Congrats darling!

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  17. AWESOME!! I too have been trying hard to trim up and hit the pavement in my running shoes. Tis the season, right?! I think it's great that you've been keeping track. I should be doing that too so I can actually SEE the progress! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. your ratio of 80% to 20% reminds me of what a woman I know said (she has been an aerobics instructor for 10 ish years). She said you can't exercise away a bad diet. It's true that eating healthy matters!

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    1. IT IS SO TRUE! I heard someone say that a 6 pack is made in the kitchen! haha

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  19. i totally know what that feels like. we started the same goal in january and it got hard about halfway through our semester. i'm hoping that the stresslessness of summer will help us! keep it up!

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    1. YOU CAN DO IT! I feel like I have had to refocus as well. Summer here we come!

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  20. Oh, this has me inspired! I really need to kick it into a high gear.. diet is the hardest part for me too. Would love to see a post on the foods.
    you should be proud.. 5 inches in the thighs?! SWOON!

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    1. Yes, those 5 actually shocked me. I knew my thighs had gotten MUCH bigger then usual, but 5 inches... I about died. I had to re-measure it about 3 times before I believed it haha

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  21. Go Alycia!!! Those measurements really are so encouraging...even more so than the loss in pounds. Love seeing updates like this. Happy for you!

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    1. I am just trying to look like you ;) haha you in your golf outfit just showed how good you have been treating your body!! haha

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    2. Haha you are too kind! Blushing over here :) ! I think you look FAB! Here's to both of us keeping up our healthy lifestyles ;)

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  22. Get 'em girl! That is so awesome. Great job. Diet and exercise really do make a huge difference on your energy levels I've noticed!

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  23. Congratulations! Those are amazing accomplishments! I struggle most with diet, too. Especially because the more I exercise, the hungrier I get! I'm trying to get back on track here too following a knee injury, and I think this time I will take my measurements, too. I think that definitely helps show progress better than just the scale. Thanks for sharing! ~Sarah from Life As Always

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    1. Oh man when I was training for the full marathon I ate like a horse!! It was hard to stop AFTER I finished the marathon and that's why I put on a good amount of weight. I feel yah. I also injured my knee during the marathon, so I did a lot of videos and the elliptical because it was easy on me knees vs. running.

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  24. DANG!!!! I'm so inspired to eat healthier! I workout like crazy, but I haven't really seen any weight loss or inches lost. Okay. Putting down the oreos now, haha!

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  25. Ok I'm pear shaped too and thought of doing those dvds but strength training the lower half of my body usually makes me put on muscle in my thighs... The brazilian butt lift really helped you lose 5 inches in each thigh?! I am SO jealous!
    Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  26. That's awesome and interesting! In going to have to take my measurements for sure.

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  27. I so needed to read this today. Just seeing someone's progress and numbers is really encouraging.


    grace
    http://herumbrella.com
    ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!

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  28. woohoo great work! focusing on measurements instead of just weight is so much better for sure.
    -- jackiejade.blogspot.com

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  29. Love this post! That is so awesome! I think we all need to remember that it's not all about the scale!
    Shannon
    http://GBOfashion.com

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  30. I still can't believe you had 5" to lose on your legs. Wow! Good job!

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    1. trust me, I didn't think I had that much to loose either, but apparently my body thought otherwise!!! haha

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  31. Good job!! My friend Angela went from a size 14 to a size 4 in 18 months. And it was all about completely changing her diet, and working out 4-5 days a week. Now she is taking it to the next level and is in training for the next year so she can compete in figure competitions!

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

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  32. Congratulations, Alycia! I've really been feeling convicted by how I've been eating lately--in college I was super healthy but the past few years I've let that habit slip. An almost 25-year-old body doesn't recover as fast from cruddy food as a 20 year old body (oh my gosh I can't believe I just said that; makes me sound like an old person haha). I'm looking forward to your food post!

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    1. Oh isn't it true?! I can feel my body slow down compared to what I used to get away with just even three years ago... BAH!!

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  33. congrats, lady! i am all about not focusing on the scale and instead focusing on your body changes! keep it up :)

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  34. That's AWESOME Alycia!! You go girl!

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  35. Wow! That 5 inch per leg is astonishing! Congrats on your hard work girl! You're inspiring people, me included ;)

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  36. i needed to read this!!! as i get older i notice my metabolism slowing down! especially since i sit at a desk for most of the day.

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