New Year New Me, Back Leg Extensions

So, I'm still trying to get a handle on leg exercises that I like and aren't insanely awkward while using a resistance band. These back leg extensions are easy to do, but are definitely awkward.


That said, they are pretty effective. I can feel my bum and my legs tightening with every one that I do, and they take little to no effort. I really love resistance training since I can just pick up my bands, no matter where I am in the house and go to it. It's so easy!

They'll definitely be coming with my to Chicago for BlogHer'13...you know...for all of that down time that I'll have (har har)
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New Year New Me, BONUS Tricep Exercises!

It's BONUS resistance training video tutorial day!

My triceps are an area that have been an area of contention my entire life. I was always the overweight kid in the class, always the one getting teased over those issues. I felt self conscious in short sleeved shirts, and often wore baggy sweatshirts, sweaters, and long sleeved tops. I'm sure that alot of my readers can relate to having one body issue or another, be it real or self-imagined.

Another thing that I have learned is that the power lies within me and me alone to change the way that I feel about myself, how I see myself in the mirror and to change my body on the outside.


Now, for that comparison that you {and I} have all been waiting for. May 26th marks the 6month mark in this body transformation journey that I am on.

6months of hard work. Over 25" lost overall, and over 15lbs. lost.


The biggest changes that I see are in my upper body; my shoulders, arms, collarbone, chest and yes my waist and hips too! Pretty awesome, and in just 6months! I feel more confident in my body than I ever have in my life and am definitely the smallest that I have ever been in my adult life.

Now for the BIG reality check...the 2009 and 2013 comparison


I'm a little speechless right now. I am so thankful for all of your love and support. For pushing me to do better and be better. For letting me be real and embracing me, fault and all.

I cried tears of joy seeing this side-by-side. I cannot believe it...but it's me! It's ME!

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New Year New Me, Neutral Row with Torso Twist transition

The final set in our upper body series using resistance bands for building strength and toning our muscles!! I am so very excited! The past few weeks have been amazing, and I am really impressed with how much strength I have gained, both inner strength and physical strength.


What have I learned about myself in the past few weeks?

I am determined to fit in resistance training every day
I recognize the rush of hormones and endorphin's
Resistance training makes me happy
I feel stronger than ever
I have no issues picking up and carrying my 3year old {well, almost 3 years old! 18 more days!}
I have a flat stomach
I have slim legs
I have cheekbones

It's so important in this whole body transformation process to look at yourself and be proud of all of the thing that you have accomplished. I most definitely still have areas that I want to work on, but I have come SO far in the past six months.

I will be posting a bonus video next week, along with a Month1 to Month6 comparison photo. I am PUMPED about seeing that difference. After that, straight into tips for beginning jogging, running, and lower body resistance training!

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New Year New Me, Lateral Pull Downs and Alternating Jabs

Almost the last segment in the upper boy resistance training series! I'm getting really excited about how my upper body is looking, and that next week will be our last tutorial {a segment on a neutral row with a transition into a torso twist}.


Doing these upper body exercises has really improved my balance, strength and stability. I look in the mirror and see a confident woman who is strong and sure of herself.

However....

I have really been focusing on bicep, back and chest strength without really even trying. I didn't realize that I had been neglecting my triceps, so that is something that I'll be focusing on over the next few weeks, along with leg strength and toning.

Another element that I'll be adding...jogging. Heck...maybe even running! We have a fantastic jogging stroller, complete with pedometer and iPod dock, but it seems to have seized when you try to unfold it. I'm not overly sure what happened what happened, but it's an issue I am determined to figure out. Stay tuned for pics of me on the go, Bear in tow!

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New Year New Me, Resistance Training Tricep Extensions

I can't believe just how much my upper body is changing from doing a quick 20 mins resistance training circut in the morning before we get going into another busy day. I am thrilled with the results, and what is even more amazing is that others are noticing.


My full routine consists of 20reps of each of the following

Bicep curls
Tricep extensions
Standing row
Torso twist {great for the obliques!}
Lateral pulldowns

Sometimes I throw in an alternating jab, sometimes a bent over row.

I also had a big AHA moment this past week. I was having my headshots for my new BlogHer13 bio cards. It was this moment right here


Sitting in our chic guest room, wearing trendy and beautiful clothes by Kristine Cook, accessories by Amber Bryce, and big blue wedge heels...reading a book to my Bear, who was in his pj's. I had a moment of Wow...I am that trendy home decor expert and artist, and a mom. Both worlds collided and fit together so perfectly.

I honestly could not be happier right now. I look in the mirror and I saw thin, toned legs. I saw my cheekbones and my tiny little waist. I saw...me.

and for once, I liked what I saw.

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New Year New Me...Resistance Training

Happy Thursday, everyone!

I have a renewed sense of self and have made some really positive choices for myself over the past couple of weeks. I have been doing daily meditations to ensure that my head and heart are in a good space, and that I am open to the possibility of being awesome.

I have also been doing resistance training for my upper body, every morning, over the past two weeks. The sense of strength and the visual transformation that I have been noticing is incredible.

I was always that girl who was self conscious of her arms. I had the chicken wing/Oprah underhang and would wear the baggiest of baggy clothe to cover it up. Now, I have strong shoulders, a defined collar bone area, and I'm starting to get a bicep bump!


Training with resistance bands is something that takes a whopping 15minutes of my day, in the morning, and something that my little guy cheers me on while I'm doing. I absolutely love it and over the next couple of weeks I will show you the moves that I do so that you can recreate it at home!

And remember - you've worked really hard this week and have gotten yourself into a positive space. Don't throw away all of that work by slacking over the weekend. It's all about balance; if you want to go for a dinner out, get in an extra workout or make sure that your snacks are super healthy and clean!

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