Summertime all the time fine: Workout Motivation

In addition to my 2 days a week training with The Assassin I am responsible for going to the gym 2 days a week and doing kick ass cardio. This makes me more nervous than going with The Assassin because that means I am solely responsible for making sure that I’m:
1) pushing myself to work as hard as I can
2) making sure my form is proper
3) not cutting corners
This all seems easy enough in essence but when you’re running on that treadmill or pushing on that eliptical and you feel like you can’t breath or your arms and thighs are in so much pain that you figure any minute now you can and will collapse is when it gets hard.

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Last night was my “alone” day at the gym and 35 minutes into my 45 minute stint on the eliptical I just about threw in the towel.

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I made all kinds of excuses for why it would be okay to quit. You’re still sore from your training session with The Assassin, it’s ok. This is your first week back, it’s ok. It’s only 10 minutes, it’s ok.

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And just as I started to slow down to cheat myself out of 10 minutes these 2 songs came on my iphone (see below). And just like that I was back at it pushing through all the pain and soreness. I was in the zone. It was like a sign from the workout guardians watching over me saying you can do it. And so I did! I felt so accomplished and sore when I stepped out of that gym last night because I knew it was that easy for me to quit but I didn’t. That’s what it’s all about! So when you’re feeling like quitting or throwing in the towel just think about how great you’ll feel pushing through the pain.

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No worries…I got this!

My 2 newfound motivational songs:

Operation Summertime All the Time Fine Workout: Day 1

And so it begins!!!

So you know how in the fitting room you try on pants and they make your ass look fantabulous or a dress that accentuates every curve and as you look into the “trick mirror” you say to yourself “damn I didn’t know my body was so hot”? Yeah well I had the same experience looking at myself in the gym mirror yesterday but the opposite. “Damn I didn’t know I was that fat!” The only difference is fitting room mirrors lie, gym mirrors don’t. And at that moment I realized I was at the right place at the right time.

Yesterday was Day 1 of operation get my body back, or as my sissy and I call it operation summertimeallthetime fine, with my trainer who’s been affectionately dubbed “The Assassin”. He’s the one responsible for turning me from this:

size 14

size 14

to this:

size 10

size 10

In a matter of 4 months.

I approached my workout knowing that I had alot of work to do, besides a handful of times since I’ve had the baby and some sporadic working out before she was conceived I really haven’t spent much time in, near or around a gym. I left my workout realizing that “alot of work to do” was a mere understatement. I jumped jacks, I sweat, I squatted, I sweat, I planked, I sweat, I sat up, I sweat, I sweat, I sweat, I passed out (in my head), I sweat, I crunched, I sweat, I lifted, I sweat, I threw up (in my mouth), I sweat, I threw up some more (in my mouth), I sweat! I worked muscles and felt pain in places I didn’t know existed. But at the end of it all I put in work and putting in the work and maybe some tough love and encouragement from The Assasin is all I need to get the results I want to feel, look and be healthy and be able to fit into cute clothes again (I have some trips and bikinis to see this summer). I’m getting a little sorer as the day progresses but I take proud and satisfaction in knowing that it’s all in a day’s workout.

And so begins my journey to fitness and summertimeallthetime fine. Wish me luck!

No worries…I got this!

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet

I confess I didn’t watch the actual Oscars, I let my iphone CNN app alerts do the work but of course I was glued to the Red Carpet shows. I almost caught a cramp in my thumb from hitting last on my remote switching from channel to channel. I’m now realizing that I was very much drawn to the nudes and 50 shades of grey dresses but there were also some pops of color that wowed me. And my top 10 favorite ladies of Oscar night are:

Octavia Spencer in Todashi Shoji

Octavia Spencer in Todashi Shoji

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton

Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton

Jennifer Garner in Gucci

Jennifer Garner in Gucci

Jane Fonda in Versace

Jane Fonda in Versace

Adele in Jenny Packham

Adele in Jenny Packham

Samantha Barks in Valentino

Samantha Barks in Valentino

Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab

Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab

Zoe Saldana in Alex Mabille

Zoe Saldana in Alex Mabille

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

Charlize Theron in Dior Couture

Charlize Theron in Dior Couture

Now, unfortunately with the good or in the above ladies’ cases the great comes the bad and the wtf. Below are my absolute least favorite looks of the evening:

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli

Melissa McCathy in David Meister

Melissa McCathy in David Meister

Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra

Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra

Anne Hathaway in Prada

Anne Hathaway in Prada

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen

What were some of your favorite or not so favorite looks?

Pearl by Marchesa for JC Penney

Joining the likes of Maison Martin Margiela for H&M as well as Neiman Marcus & Prabal Gurung for Target is Pearl by Marchesa for JC Penney. Starting at about $70 this line features dresses of the cute & flirty variety, gowns fit for the belle of the ball, lacey embellished shorts and cute pants. Here are a few of my faves:

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What are your thoughts?

The Digits: Opi: CAN’T FIND MY CZECH BOOK

Picking nail polish is so much fun these days and a name can make or break my selection.

Today I picked OPI “Can’t Find My Czechbook”. Which is funny because for the past couple days I’ve been thinking where the hell is mine.

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I likee!

 

s/o to Stacey the Photographer