Toned Up-date Tuesday

toned update

It’s toned up-date Tuesday! How about that?! Last week I told you about the Bikini Series challenge, but I don’t want to leave it there. I want to give you an update every Tuesday (next week might be an exception since I will be out of town, but we’ll see). I think updates are important, especially since most people who start a fitness or nutrition plan end it within a month of starting it.

I have told you before that I LOVE working out and eating healthy. I will make it through the 8 weeks with golden stars. But what I have not told you is the reason behind this. I enjoy these things because I make it work with my lifestyle. I have found a way to make living healthy work for me. That’s key because EVERYONE is different.

Another secret of mine: Make progress without seeking perfection.

That wake up call was HUGE for me. I used to be this type of girl: “I started out eating so healthy this week. Mon, Tues, and Wed were such great days for me. I worked out and I ate lots of salads. But then today I had such a bad day. My friend yelled at me so I felt bad. I went to the nearest grocery store and ate a box of cookies. Well now I am just going to blow it and start again tomorrow. Off to McDonalds I go for a happy meal. Maybe that will make me happy.”

Woe is me, right? But see, I wasn’t the problem. I am emotional. I will ALWAYS be emotional.  The problem was my outlook. I was thinking of living healthy as a diet and exercise program. I was also thinking of it as black and white. I was seeking perfection.

Living healthy is now my lifestyle and progress is what I seek. Just like life, it has its ups and downs and I ride it like the wind. With that in mind, here are a few toned up-dates from this past week of the Bikini Series challenge with Tone It Up:

  1. I love the toning workouts. Each day the girls have a toning workout for us to do whenever we can fit it in. I usually fit it in during my lunch break or right after work. They are quick and mostly body weight moves, plus a few with free weights. Sometimes I even do them while watching TV at night. Again, just “fitting it in” is what counts… even if you look silly to your significant other.
  2. I have been better with my snacking at night. I mentioned that one nutrition goal I have during this challenge is to change up my snacking at night. We watch a lot of nightly TV in our home so I was getting into the habit of grabbing the not-so-healthy snacks or even just an overload on any type of snack (healthy or not). Eating in front of the TV is so mindless and can often lead to overeating so my goal was to snack on a serving of frozen fruit. I have been successful for at least 3 or 4 days this past week. Botta-bing-botta-bang! Better than before.
  3. Insanity is still my go-to cardio and I have been successful at doing it right when I wake up, except for a couple of days. I am thinking about changing this up a bit though… just not sure what yet.
  4. I go on vacation next week. Vacations always add a bit of change, but I welcome the change. I think it is SO good for our bodies (and minds for that matter) to get change every so often. I will not have any strict rules for my vacation, but I know that I will naturally be active. I am going to see my cousin and her son in Hawaii. I mean, there will be so much beauty outside that I am sure I will be walking quite a bit. Not much toning, but if I get an itch to do some toning before bed I will just bust out some Pure Barre moves.

And there ya have it… a little toned up-date from me. Have a wonderful Tuesday, dear friends!