Blogger Fitness Collab — September 2018: Update #3

Happy October 1st!

I know I said “I’ll see you Tuesday” but I completely forgot that this post needed to go up TODAY! Thank you Courtney for reminding us! ❤

I cannot believe another month has passed us by! We are onto our third update of our fitness collab with Sarah from Vintage Tea Rose, Courtney from Courtney’s Corner, Natalie from Natalie’s Alchemy and Emily (friend of Courtney’s, no blog).

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I think I can speak for everyone when I say it was a tough month. Not only was it back to school month for some of us, it seemed that as a group we started the month really strong and now we’re all feeling a bit uninspired and unmotivated. So we’re all definitely trying to find it in us to want to start up again.


September Goals:

  • 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)

Summary for September

Exercise

The first half of the month I was exercising nearly everyday for 45 mins to an hour, so I easily met my goal of 4x a week and then some. The second half of the month, it dropped to only 3x a week at the most. I still technically work out for 45 mins or 1 full hour if I do yoga. Since I won’t be able to work out everyday anymore, I’d like to revise this goal once more and make it reasonable for myself instead of pushing for more.

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Even though I’m not working out as much as the beginning of the month, I do want to mention some things that I have noticed:

  • Overall endurance has increased — longer reps without breaks
  • Able to keep up the pace
  • Graduated to a 60 sec plank
  • Core strength has increased
  • Lost a few inches from my waist

I still use the apps I mentioned in my second update, plus various sequences of yoga, usually 45 to 60 mins total. I’m proud of myself because my endurance is increasing and I have noticed that my waist is slimming because my jeans fit me a bit big. If I keep this up I should be able to reach my goal before the year ends.

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Diet

First half of the month went well, I was eating right, no sugary no drinks. Then my neighbors birthday came around and we drank SO MUCH and I feel like that was the moment when it all went downhill for me again, ugh!

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I went back to eating sugary treats, snacking a lot and drinking alcohol. Even though I’m eating what I shouldn’t, I still am fasting for 14 to 16 hours and making my healthy smoothies in the morning/noon. I never eat past 4:30pm anymore so I’m limiting my food intake between 9am to 5pm, roughly.

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Despite that, I’m still sticking to fruits and veggies and drinking water regularly. I have been feeling so much better. I’m not super worried about my diet because I don’t feel like I’ve gained the weight back, and if I did, it’s not as noticeable because I’m still active throughout the week whether it’s walking or doing full body workouts.


Goals for October:

I’m adding one goal and slightly modifying my workouts.

  • Sober OctoberEven though it’s my birthday month, I want to force myself to refrain from drinking alcohol, even for my birthday, which will suck, but I think it’s important for me to take that step.
  • At-home workout for 45 mins per day, minimum of 3 workouts a week
  • 84oz water intake everyday
  • Healthy dietcontinue to fast and make smoothies, fruits and/or veggies in at least 2 meals each day, little to no sugar and no junk food

It seems that with changes in my routine,  or if I eat something I shouldn’t one day, I’m having to start all over again the next. I think I want to force myself to keep a healthy diet for October and do the best I can to exercise. Wish me luck!

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 — Vintage Tea Rose < —
— > Courtney — Courtney’s Corner < —
— > Natalie — Natalie’s Alchemy < —

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39 thoughts on “Blogger Fitness Collab — September 2018: Update #3

  1. Her vs. World says:

    I think it’s so cool that ya’ll are getting fit together. And girlll, I feel you on the sweets and alcohol.. those 2 things are my biggest struggle when it comes to losing weight. I have such a hard time giving them up! Good luck with this month!

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      Thank you! It’s better to do it with other people. They’re constantly being supportive and I also feel like when you see them doing good, you want to do good too so it gives you that little push lol.
      Ugh girl I’m already hating it and hubby told me he wanted to buy me bottles for my birthday hahahaha thank you though, I really need the luck this month! 😂😂

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  2. Mackenzie says:

    Dang, girl! You are inspiring! HOW do you not eat past 4:30? I so wish I had that kind of will power haha. These are such great goals, and it sounds like last month you did create great habits, even if there were some hiccups- but that’s life & you were celebratin’! And you had some AMAZING sweets, that look totally worth it hahah. Still drooling over that ice cream. Cannot wait to hear how this month goes 🙂

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      I gotta admit it’s not always easy but I have been trying to force myself and it gets easier and easier to reject little offerings from Ciel or Alex lol. Then again, I think my meals end up being so filling to begin with and I just end up drinking lots of water until I’m ready to go to bed.
      Thank you so much I think that’s what I need. I need to settle into some kind of routine and maintain those habits and I’ll be able to get through the month without a problem. Lol. I hope it goes well, wish me luck 😭😅😅

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  3. Hunida says:

    Wow! No eating after 4 PM?! That takes some serious self-control! Go you, babe!! ❤ You'll reach your goals in no time– it's no biggie that you had a few treats here & there in September. It'll be just as easy to get back on track! ❤

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  4. alwayscleia says:

    Congrats on sticking to a routine all month! Even if you dropped down to 3 workouts per week that’s still much better than nothing, especially if you are doing 45 min to an hour each day.

    I’ve been really struggling with keeping up with with my fitness programs lately. My work has become so much more demanding that I don’t mentally or physically have the energy to workout as much as I used to 😦 I’m trying to stay on track this month though!

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      Thank you, it’s definitely been hard and I’m still struggling this week trying to get back into it and I’ve been sleeping SO late! 😦
      I do remember reading about that, was it IG or here? Anyway, I hope work eases up on you a bit. Even if it’s just for a much needed rest. Being overworked is soo bad for one’s health too.

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      • alwayscleia says:

        I posted a while back about the stress on IG, so I think that might be it. Our new scheduling person doesn’t have any care for our personal lives and I’ve been trying to find a way to put my foot down 😅 I miss having less busy weeks!
        I love sleeping in! Even when I don’t work til 10am it feels so early waking up at 9am lol

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  5. nataliesalchemy says:

    I think you did really well Rossy! And, I’m glad to hear that your stamina has increased and you have a strong core. That’s definitely going to prevent injury and keep you healthy on a day to day basis. 😉 Also, I’m an October baby too! I’m going to try no alcohol this month as well, so we can help each other with that this month 😉 I wish you luck!

    Natalie | http://nataliesalchemy.wordpress.com

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  6. Courtney says:

    Honestly Rossy it sounds like you still did very well for September!! I know you felt less inspired and motivated, but you were still working out at least a couple of times during the week and you still lost inches from your waist, which is awesome! I love the idea of measuring inches instead of relying on the scale. I feel like that is going to be far more reliable!
    You aptly described how we’ve all been feeling when you said we started out strong and now we are generally feeling rather uninspired and struggling to keep up the motivation and routines. That’s exactly how I feel and it really does seem like the vibe in our chat. Which is fine–that’s partly why we are a collab, to help us through these hard spells when we would normally just quit on our own.
    Also, isn’t it such a struggle when you eat one sweet treat or one sitting of junk food and next thing you know, that’s what you keep reaching for?! It’s a real problem for me, lol. It’s better for me to say no overall. I think I really just don’t have self-control hahaha.
    You’ve inspired me to start planking again! I used to do those all the time and got out of the habit.
    We got this, Rossy! Let’s make October one for the books. 😀

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      awh thanks! 😀 i wanted to start up this week again but i haven’t been feeling well so i’ think i’m coming down with something, hopefully not the flu, please no!! lol
      and yeah, my clothes is how i measure if i’ve lost any weight or fat because the scale hasn’t changed at all for me in the last couple months since we started this collab, so that’s unreliable lol.
      I think if we were on our own we would have given up by now lol. so i’m glad that i’m doing this with you girls 🙂
      ugh yeah, lol it’s better to say no than to struggle to stop eating it lol, it’s been hard for me so far but the first days are the hardest lol
      planking is the worst and yet the best workout ever invented LOL, i love and hate it at the same time haha let me know how you do with that 😉 i want to push the limits this month and hopefully i can do 90 seconds before the end of the month, but again, that might be pshing it lol

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      • Courtney says:

        That’s how I feel whenever I start feeling something coming on this time of year…oh sweet Jesus please not the flu hahaha. Especially after how horrible it was last season! O.O I think Joshua got a tinge of it over the weekend because he was up in the night vomiting. 😦 I started feeling a little sick to my stomach, but I took some acidophilus and felt better. The flu is literally the worst!

        I really like that idea of measuring by clothes and inches. The scale doesn’t help at all and it’s more often discouraging. I will try measuring for sure as I get back into it. I think Sarah measures her inches too.

        Haha yep I know I would have given up on my own. I’m reminding myself that even though I want the sweets going into the holidays, if I don’t work out then I’m just going to feel gross. So there’s my motivation. XD

        Planking is hard!! But it really is so great for toning those core muscles and arms. 90 seconds is ambitious girl! It might be pushing it, but if you aim for it, you’ll still make more progress regardless. 🙂

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        • ayrgalaxy says:

          Oh no I hope he feels well by now. Throwing up is the worst it sucks the life out of me lol.
          Yeah you know what, I didn’t think to measure my waist before we started this collab, that would have been a good idea lol. Clothes still work though lol. Good enough.
          Omg same. I’m like, if I want to eat that I have to work out lol. Burn off those calories haha
          I won’t put it in my official goals but i will try to work my way onto that lol.

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          • Courtney says:

            He’s doing so much better now! It was just that one time, which was so odd. But we’d eaten the same things so I didn’t think it was food poisoning. Throwing up really is the worst, I’ll literally take anything over it and I live in fear of catching the flu. Since I work at home, I don’t have much exposure to build up antibodies, so if I catch it, I usually get it pretty bad, ugh. -_-
            Hahaha yes, like, at least work off those calories to stay the same size. I might not be losing weight but at least I’m not gaining! lol

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          • ayrgalaxy says:

            It seems like everyone is catching some sort of bug lol. No one is safe!
            That really sucks. On the bright side, you won’t get sick as often? I’m dreading this back to school thing with ciel because as you know, kids get sick all the time and it’s a room full of them lol.
            I literally fasted all day and worked out for 30 mins so I could eat a giant bowl of ramen with a little bit of a mint and oreo cookies shake, I didn’t even have that much and ended up giving it to Alex. I’m trying to force myself but I also want to indulge a little. Lol. It’s hard to completely cut it out haha

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          • Courtney says:

            Back to school time is totally breeding grounds for germs. Since Joshua works at a school, he’s kind of on the front line of everything that’s going around lol so he just got his flu shot today. 😉
            Hahaha my goodness that totally sounds like something I would do! Certain foods & treats and just completely worth an extra workout lol. A mint & Oreos shake sounds amazing!! It is so hard to cut things out completely, and I feel like completely cutting them out can lead to binging later on. So you know, it’s all about moderation. 😉

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          • ayrgalaxy says:

            very true, i skipped going to school today, i needed a mental break and didn’t want to be with people lol.. i bet he gets sick often huh?
            you’re right about that, especially at the beginning, but TRUST ME, if you can try to cut it out little by little, eventually you’ll go on for longer without those junk foods, that you will eventually not care for them. I literally went YEARS without drinking soda and now I’m having to let go of it again lol. Same with junk food, i was able to say “no thank you” for at least a year and only splurge on “healthier” alternatives, but that was a proud moment for me lol. i’m starting from scratch again 😦

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          • Courtney says:

            He does catch 3-4 colds a year, so we are trying to keep up on vitamins and probiotics haha.

            I agree–the beginning is always the hardest!! I love that point when you just don’t even crave it or want it anymore and can just say no thanks without difficulty! I felt like that the beginning of last year but I’m definitely not there now. :/ It is a proud moment!!

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  7. Sarah says:

    It’s really encouraging when you notice little changes like how long you can hold an exercise! 🙂 I think you did well this month! Also, when is your birthday this month? And very well done regarding the fasting, that is totally beyond me so I find it impressive how well you’re conquering that 🙂

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    • ayrgalaxy says:

      Yes it is! I’m so happy with the progress I’ve made since we began. Thank you!! And it’s on the 26th so not till practically the end of the month lol.
      Fasting hasn’t been the easiest but i love how it has helped with my metabolism and it also has helped with eating less food than I usually do. I’m a vacuum on the evenings, I literally eat the biggest meals lol.

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