Just completed #cardio for the last day of the @blogilates #28DaySummerSculpt! Some days I subbed a class targeting the same muscle groups, but the main accomplishment for me was warming up, moving, and stretching every day for the entire month of June 🥳 .
Overall, I really liked this program. I think I stuck to it so well knowing that I could warm up, work out, and cool down in 30 minutes without any guesswork. Also, I respond really well to this HIIT style format - 2 rounds of 10 x 1 min, 10 sec rest in between moves, and 1 min rest in between rounds. Anything I don’t have to count myself works for me! 😅
Wearing my @popflex_active wear for Day ☝️ of #SummerSculpt!
If I haven’t made it abundantly clear in my previous (albeit inconsistent posts) I don’t subscribe to the notion that one’s body must look a certain way for summer. But I do want to get back into a routine, and I’m psyched that @blogilates is doing a full-length routine series for the season! My goal is to follow the next 28 days, and if these guns pop a little more as a result, I won’t be mad 😎
While I love my neighborhood fitness classes, I don’t have a gym membership and haven’t in the past year and a half since I last moved. Free fitness videos got me into working out 7 years ago, when I was too shy and uncomfortable to let another human see me sweat, and they still keep me going! I have so many favorites, and I think there is always room for more. So bring it on!!!!
Us on our wedding day - me being thrilled, giddy, somehow both hungry and having no appetite, and a few pounds heavier than usual.
I’ve been thinking about sharing a few thoughts on #weddingculture for a while now, especially as it relates to getting in “shape” (what shape? cake shape? I looked like a damn blackberry buttercream dream). Everyone deserves to feel their best on their wedding day, and if that means #sweatingforthewedding, cutting carbs, hitting those fitness goals - amazing! Do you!
But the wedding planning process was incredibly stressful for me, I have to be honest. YES, Pinteresting everything in front of my eyeballs is fun. YES, I loved tasting cakes. YES, I loved menu planning. However our personal lives and careers didn’t stop for the 9 months we were engaged, and having to plan with so many restrictions and unknowns was overwhelming. I decided several months in that whatever my body looked like on April 25th was not going to make or break how I felt on that day. I was not going to make following another regimen a priority.
We really had to cut expenses to make our - ok, ok, mostly my - vision (even as DIY as it was) happen. Feeling healthy and happily full is always my priority, but I wasn’t buying all my hyper-vegan-fitness-queen favorites. I was making a lot of rice bowls and pasta dinners the last few months prior because those products are very cheap and take very little time. I didn’t do a ton of weight lifting or cardio because I was perpetually exhausted.
And even after all that - I loved how I looked on my wedding day. I still fit my dress (bought custom from Etsy, no fittings, with fingers crossed and a prayer) so what did I have to complain about?! All this is to say: fuck #BigBridal. I read so many books and articles about weddings, and they all stressed me the hell out. Even the ones meant to poke fun at the whole process. You do not HAVE to do what everyone tells you. You do not HAVE to be the fittest you’ve ever been. No one cares about this day more than the two of you, and the only expectations you should worry about meeting are your own. And make sure that they are your own.