Want a six-pack? I do too.

Getting into a routine is tough, really really tough. They say starting a routine is probably the most challenging part of it all and it's true. But hey, if that's the only challenging part to starting a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle, then do what you can to get over that hump. Isn't it worth it? 

I think this has been my first week where I have done some form of exercise every single day. I started with small goals because I wanted to be successful each time. Even small goals that get accomplished contribute to feeling better about yourself and encourages that cycle, the cycle of improving yourself, and becoming a person who you want to meet. 

One of my main goals during this lifestyle change is to get nicely defined abs to the point where I can actually see them. A four-pack would be nice. I don't think I've ever seen my abs before but just because I never have...doesn't mean I ever will. 

Below are my breakdowns of what I'm currently doing for Exercise, Food, and the Mind. I hope you enjoy the resources and if you have any tips of getting those washboard abs, please don't be shy and leave a comment. 


Exercise


Workout videos found on Fitsugar.com and Bodyrock.tv

Food:




Wise Words for a Wise Diet:

"1. Eat whole foods (see the superfoods list), and avoid processed  food as much as possible.
2. Eat as many fresh veggies as possible.
3. Carbs and fruit in moderation.
4. Try to include protein in every meal. This does not mean that you have to eat meat with every meal. You can use a protein supplement (like the one I use) or you can get your protein from other whole food sources.
5. Drink water as your go-to beverage. Avoiding processed foods also means avoiding artificial sweeteners and soft drinks.
6. Dairy in moderation.
7. 1-2 glasses of dry red wine a night if you so choose.
If the word “moderation” throws you into a fit of panic and uncertainty – relax. This is about balance so eat for energy not for storage. Most portion sizes are huge. Freddy & I often easily split a single restaurant portion meant for just 1 person. Use your hands to measure your portions and you won’t go wrong.
As a general rule:
1. Meat portions should be the size of the palm of your hand (2 palms for guys).
2. Veggies – 2 hands cupped together (but basically you can eat as many veggies as you like).
3. Bread – 1 slice of whole wheat bread per meal.
4. Potatoes,Pasta, Rice, Oats etc – 1 cupped hand (cooked).
5. Fruits – I enjoy fruit 1-2x per day – a piece in the morning and a piece for a snack later in the day."
(Taken from Bodyrock.tv)
Heart & Mind (Quotes):
1. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
2.  It's never too late to become what you might have been. -George Elliot
3. Clear your mind of can’t. -Samuel Johnson
4. To me it's not about building a better body. It's about building a better life. - Jillian Michaels
5. Be comfortable with being uncomfortable. - Jillian Michaels
6. Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go. - T.S. Eliot
7. If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. – Bruce Lee
8. Take care of your body, then the rest will automatically become stronger. – Chuang Tzu
9. You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it. – Charles Buxton
10. Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right! - Henry Ford
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18 comments:

  1. Great post! I love finding other blogs with a bit of a health and fitness theme. I haven't done a health blog for a wee while...

    Great quotes, only, if you want to get abs I would definitely skip the 1-2 glasses of wine a night. Those calories add up, and alcohol doesn't do you any favours with getting the last few pounds off.

    I definitely recommend Jillian Michaels Making the Cut for the 'vanity' pounds.

    x Olivia
    The Black Peony

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    1. Thank you, Olivia! I agree with you about the wine. Alcohol will make you feel and look bloated. I tend to stay away from that and have a glass 1-2 times/week. I love Jillian Michaels - she is super motivational. I'll check it out!

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  2. you got this!!

    I just started taking a boxing fitness class for the last month I'm in Malta and having that group atmosphere is definitely a boost when it comes to motivation. If you have any boxing gyms around that do fitness classes I would definitely say that is the place to go for some serious ab ripping workouts!

    xox
    Les

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    1. I do got this! ;) Thanks Leslie! Classes definitely motivate me too because I never want to be the person that leaves early while feeling shame. I'll check out my gym sched, thanks for the tip!

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  3. I LOVE that you featured quotes for the heart and mind - such incredible motivation! :)

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    1. Thanks Ms. Fashionista - I believe it's important to discipline your mind while training physically. It's all related. :)

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  4. Great post! Im starting a low carb dier today and this really helps!
    -Taryn

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  5. I kind of don't hehe! I do know Tracy Anderson's Ab workout is amazing for creating fine lines. I like that :)

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    1. Haha, and that's perfectly okay Ana! I've never heard of Tracy Anderson but will take a peak for my ab workout tonight, thanks!!

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  6. At 45, I find that keeping slim is the first step to nice abs. I find that it is harder to do in my forties, but still possible with a mix of yoga, cardio, strength training, and ab exercises. Also, you have to keep your body from getting "used to" your routine. I try to find new routines every 6 weeks.

    I've been able to keep exercise in my life by not becoming fanatical ... a little here and there but long-term is better than a lot every few months. Great post!

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    1. I agree with you that slimming down is the first step. No matter how hard you work those abs, it won't show if you're not shedding the fat. Another great point is the plateau - confusing your muscles helps to build even more strength and makes the workout more effective.

      Long-term is the the key - it's not about dieting, it's about a healthy lifestyle change. Thanks for stopping by as always :)

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  7. I would love to have a 4 or 6 pack!!!! Routines are hard! For me my motivation is to train for 'something' for example foot races. I've ran approximately 500 miles in the past 7 months. New follower! xoxo A-

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    1. Routines are definitely challenging but once you start, it becomes second nature. If training for something works for you, keep it going! Specific goals are key to getting closer to success. Right now, I am wanting a 4 pack so badly so it's helping me stay motivated. Thank you for following! :)

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    1. No problem, Diana. Glad you found it helpful for you! :)

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  9. It's really good that you're motivating yourself to get moving and eat healthy. I've been trying to do that all summer - it's so tough with all this ice cream around though!

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