Blogger Fitness Collab — August 2018: Update #2

Happy Monday and Labor Day to those of you in the states!

We are onto our second update of our fitness collab with Sarah from Vintage Tea Rose, Courtney from Courtney’s Corner (aka Tialla Rising), and our newer members Natalie from Natalie’s Alchemy and Emily (friend of Courtney’s, no blog).

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I’m excited to see more people joining our group because the more the merrier! Everyone has their own goals but we still come together in a group chat on Instagram and show support for one another and give each other extra ideas every once in a while.

Let’s get started!


August Goals:

  • workout 3x a week or about 3 hours (walking/hiking is fine)
  • keep drinking water (roughly 84oz a day)
  • keep a healthy diet (no sugar, no junk food, no alcohol, lots of veggies)

Summary for August:

Workouts:

I’m happy to say that I’ve been doing really well!

I’ve been working out using two phone apps that are developed by Leap Fitness Group.
The first app is called Female Fitness – Women’s Workout:

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Currently doing the 7 x 4 Challenge (28 Days)

This app lets me workout at home, they have several training plans for abs, butt and thighs from beginner to advanced, as well as an arm workout. The app also includes health tips, and you are able to track your progress. I am doing beginner abs workouts right now and they usually take 10 mins, and an additional 10 mins if I decide to target a specific area (butt, thighs, arms).

The second app is called Lose Belly Fat in 30 Days – Flat Stomach:

LoseBellyFat_30Days

This one is pretty straight forward, you chose a plan (beginner, intermediate, or advanced) and you work out for 10 minutes a day, for 30 days, no equipment. I have* skipped a few days due to my schedule changing out of nowhere, but I’ve been pretty good at working out this month. I usually do a full 30 mins each day, so I’d said in total I’m working out four to five days a week.

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Diet

I have also been drinking plenty of water and my dietary choices are getting better. I started the month practically still eating junk food, but after my last update I decided to really make changes. It was SO HARD at first, but after three to four weeks it has been easier and easier to refuse junk food. I will still have ice cream and the occasional sugary drink, but I’ve been getting drinks that are not as sugary as Starbucks.

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My meals also look very different. I’ve been incorporating fruits and veggies any way I can to my breakfast and dinner. My breakfast looks like this:

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Sometimes it was poached egg on top of avocado toast (thanks for MacKenzie for the idea) or these breakfast lettuce wraps with eggs, spinach and tomatoes with grapes on the side and a healthy blueberry and spinach smoothie.

For dinner I’ve been having grilled or baked chicken with steamed or baked veggies on the side with a side of rice as well.

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We do change it up every once in a while with pasta and salads or lettuce wraps, but overall I’ve loved adding veggies to my meals and now I can’t imagine NOT having veggies in my meals.


Goals for September:

Since I did pretty good in August, I think I want to change my fitness plan a bit and keep the rest the same.

  • At-home workout for 45 mins per day, minimum of 4 to 5 workouts a week (roughly 3 to 4 hours a week)
  • keep up the water intake (84oz)
  • keep up the healthy diet (fruits and/or veggies in at least 2 meals each day, little to no sugar and no junk food)

Overall I’m feeling pretty good. I have noticed a change in health, I feel a lot better and not as sluggish. In terms of fitness, though there’s no change in the scale, some areas of my body are more toned. I’m a bit slimmer in the waist as my jeans do fit me a bit big now, but I don’t want to stop there and I will not purchase new clothes. I’m glad to have found a rhythm and I just have to keep it up during the colder months.

As always, please don’t forget to check out how my girls are doing!
And if you would like to join our collab, don’t hesitate to ask one of us!

— > Sarah — Blogger Fitness Collaboration | August Review < —
— > Courtney — Blogger Fitness Collab: August Recap < —
— > Natalie — 2018 Fitness Collaboration | August Review + September Goals < —

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38 thoughts on “Blogger Fitness Collab — August 2018: Update #2

  1. Nicculent says:

    I love Natalie’s fitness blogposts and when I realized that this collab includes her AND you, I was like, omg.Best.combo.ever.Love this!I’ve been following the 3 things you mentioned for around 5 years now, and I promise, in a few months they will become habits and you wont even have to worry about doing them!Im so happy that you’re talking about fitness!

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      Yeah she joined our collab last month so that’s been really exciting for us to be expanding a bit as a group 🙂 especially in something like this because the input of each person has been a great motivator for many of us.
      And yeah, I know I can do it, I’ve done it before, there just comes a time when life throws curve balls at me and I have to stop all my “healthy” habits and put all my focus onto something else, but I do feel better and that’s what counts 🙂

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  2. Courtney says:

    Great job, Rossy! I know it was so hard for you some days to find time to workout, but overall, it sounds like you still did a really great job! I feel the same way with the scale. Though there really isn’t any sustainable change in number, my jeans/shorts feel a bit looser and certain parts feel more toned. That’s what matters the most anyway and we all have to start somewhere. Also, your food pictures look amazing!! Great job with all your veggies for sure!

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  3. Sarah says:

    You’ve done great this month 🙂 And your meals look amazing, especially the breakfast! 🙂 It’s always exciting when you start noticing little changes like your pants fitting better, it gives you such a boast 🙂

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      Thanks so much! I’m trying to start up again after my visit from my Mother Nature lol. The breakfast is probably one of my favorite meals but I’ve also cut it down to just the smoothie and some fruit on the side because the smoothie itself is so filling.
      But yes, I’m excited for what’s to come. I gained a bit of weight over the weekend because of my time of the month and all the cravings so I’ll be working extra hard this month lol

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      It is! And I’m not sure if you meant the fitness group or the apps, but yes to both lol. The girls have been such huge motivators so our initial idea of what we wanted to accomplish has come to fruition. The app is definitely engaging as well and I love how they mix a little bit of cardio whilst also giving you breaks in between exercises and also switching up the exercises and reps. So fun.

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  4. 50shad3s0fjay says:

    Well done Rossy!
    I’m happy you are feeling a little more healthier. Cutting out junk food is hard, but once you do it suddenly you can’t imagine it any other way! I find sometimes when I’ve eaten healthy for a while, I don’t even want a treat because they don’t make me feel good.
    I love incorportating veggies to a meal in anyway possible. I feel like a meal isn’t a meal without veggies of some sort (except brekkie because I always have cereal) but dinner time there needs to be veg!
    Good luck with your September goals hun. You’re doing amazing, I am confident that you will smash this month!

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      Thank you! I can’t believe how hard it is to quit but once you do, it feels oh so good! And yeah same with me. I can’t remember what I ate as a cheat, and I did not like the way it made me feel after I ate it ugh lol
      Yes, dinner time is my favorite because I can include a larger variety of veggies into my meals lol.
      And thanks so much!! I hope I’m able to keep it up.

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      • 50shad3s0fjay says:

        Agreed! Omg I know, I had some sweets yesterday but I just felt horrible after! I’m not completely ruling treats out but I’m just trying to eat what makes me feel good!
        Yeah dinner is the best for veggies 😀 I’m sure you will smash it! X

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