26/80 Done…Phase 1 is Done!

Hello friends and Happy FriYAY! I hope that the week has treated you well and that today treats you even better! The weekend is upon us and that means it’s time to relax and recharge!

Anyways, I wanted to come to you today with my Phase 1 results from the 80 Day obsession program that I have been doing! I wasn’t going to share pictures until the end…but pictures speak louder than words sometimes so I’m going to share with you my before (Day 0) pictures and my end of phase 1 (day 26) pictures. I will also share my numbers with you; weight and measurements.

Before I do share my photos I just want to say that it makes me very nervous to share pictures like this. It takes me 100% out of my comfort zone but you can’t succeed if you don’t step out of your comfort zone. So please, be kind. No negativity or negative comments will be tolerated (not that I’ve ever had that but I felt the need to say that for my own piece of mind).

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I’m Starting Another BB Program!

Well by the time you’re reading this I am on day 5 of this new program. You’re probably sitting there thinking well what program is it???

80 day obsession

80 days of workouts.

80 days of eating healthy.

80 days of awesome results!

 

If you’re looking for an amazing total body transformation program this is it! However the focus is primarily on glute and core training…I mean who doesn’t want better abs and a nicer butt???

80 day obsession is an effective, step-by-step program that focuses on building and shaping a curvy butt while simultaneously shrinking your waist. 80 days of obsessive focus on your health and fitness and nutrition.

Is it going to be intense? Oh yes! The workouts range anywhere from 45-60 minutes and sometimes focus on one particular area. This week our schedule looked like this:

Monday: Total Body Core (60 minutes)
Tuesday: Booty (60 minutes)
Wednesday: Cardio Core (40 minutes)
Thursday: AAA (Arms, Abs and A**) (49 minutes)
Friday: Legs (46 minutes)
Saturday: Cardio Flow (31 minutes)
Sunday: Roll and Release (19 minutes)

I’m sitting here writing this on Tuesday after completing the Booty workout and let me tell you I can feel the burn! The first phase follows this same schedule except the times change a little bit.

I am very excited to continue with this program and to see the results. Let me just say that even after ONE week I can already FEEL a difference!

I know this is short BUT stay tuned for updates coming up throughout the next 80 (75 now!) days!!

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My Goals for 2018!

I thought that it would be fitting for me to share with you the goals that I set for myself for 2018 and maybe a little bit about how I set them and why.

Each year I like to set a certain number of goals for myself. This year since I have my blog I have added a few things to my goals. For 2018 I have 10 main goals that I want to accomplish (or work toward accomplishing) this year!

I have a mixture of health/fitness goals and then I have some goals that are geared towards my blog and the social media platforms that I have connected to that (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest).

Health Goals

  1. I will run 8 miles a week
  2. I will become a morning person
  3. I will drink enough water every day

Now, for me these are my health goals for this year. You will notice that I started each of them with “I will” why? Well because my awesome friend and coach Danielle taught us that if you want to achieve your goals you have to will them into action. It’s not enough to just say that you want to do something or to just state what it is you want to do. These are your goals, make them happen!

 

Blog and Social Media Goals

 

1. I will have 100 followers
2. I will not miss a post
3. I will have 2,500 followers on Instagram
4. I will have 400 followers on my Facebook page
5. I will have 1,500 followers on Pinterest
6. I will have 1,000 followers on Twitter
7. I will start a Teachers Pay Teachers Store

You will notice that these make up most of my goals. For me this is the area that I wanted to focus on most this year. Why? Because I know that my health and my fitness are in good shape for the most part. Yes there is always room for improvement and I understand that but if I want this to grow I need to invest time into it.

 

Now this next thing is something that is new to me. My friend and Coach Danielle once again talked about this and it honestly just made sense.

Push Goal

You’re probably wondering “What is a Push Goal”? Well let me explain that to you! A push goal is a goal that is going to help me to reach all of my other goals (or the majority of my goals). Earlier I said that I wanted to focus mostly on my blog and social media presence so my Push Goal for 2018 is geared towards that.

1. I will spend one hour a day on my blog and social media posts.

In order for me to follow my schedule that I have set up for me for the 2018 year (my blog posts as well as the social media posts that go hand-in-hand with those) I know that I need to spend a little bit of time each day on my blog and social media. I have a busy schedule, being a teacher it’s not easy to take time during my work day to work on my blog (I’m not going to lie sometimes I do use spare time to do it but usually I don’t or I can’t). I also schedule my time to be at the gym (as well as my teaching schedule), I like spending time with family and the weekends are usually spent with my boyfriend. That leaves very little time for me to work on my blog, but I am willing to make it work, even if that means staying up a little later or working through my lunch.

 

How do you come up with your goals? Do you have a push goal? If not do you think that you will write one for yourself now? Share with me your thoughts in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!!

I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for me and for all of you! I know that you will all accomplish your goals that you have set for yourself and I can’t wait to watch you do it!

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I Do This For Me…No One Else!

I’ve been exercising (outside of being involved in a sport) or 6 years now. Over those six years I’ve received my fair share of advice from people whether it was my mom or other instructors.

Change your eating habits. Drink plenty of water. Exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes.

I could literally go on and on with this list. Now I’m not saying that any of that advice that I mentioned above was wrong or bad advice. In all honesty it’s great advice and it’s advice that I would give anyone just starting their health and fitness journey. However, there was one piece of advice that I received that I would have to say was the best advice I have received thus far.

 

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Now you’re probably thinking, wait a minute if I’m voluntarily workout out doesn’t that mean that I’m already doing it for me? Not necessarily. When most people start a health and fitness journey if you ask them why they started their answer is most likely “to lose weight”. Which is of course fine don’t get me wrong. When I started my journey that was my goal as well. However, that shouldn’t have been my main goal and it was.

Now, that being my main goal isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. It’s a good thing to want to be healthier if that is what is ultimately going to make you happy. But what is really important is your motivation to be healthy. Is it because you want to be healthy, is your doctor telling you that you need to change something in order to be healthy or do you feel pressured by society to look a certain way? If your motivation was option number three….stop right there.

Now I could ramble on and on about how society pressures us into thinking that we need to look a certain way in order to be “acceptable” or “pretty” or “handsome” (look for a blog post about that coming up soon!). But that should never be your soul motivation for working out and wanting to become healthy.

Listen to me on this one. Do it for you and no one else. Until your mindset is there you won’t see the results that you really want to.

What was the best healthy and fitness related advice that you have ever been given?? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!

XoXo Shelby

42 days, 6 weeks, 1 program

I can officially say that I have successfully completed The Shift Shop…..2 rounds of it! Let me just tell you that round 2 as nothing shy of brutal, but I loved every minute of it. Why?!? Because my mind and my body made The Shift and I couldn’t be more excited to share my final results with you!

Just like I said in the previous post about my round 1 results, it’s not about the numbers on the scale or how many inches I lost. For me the pictures show it all…well maybe not all of it. Pictures don’t show the mental shift that was made during these 6 weeks. They can definitely show you the physical shift that was made.

Let me just start off by saying that there was a point in time where I didn’t think that I was seeing any results. I felt better in my clothes, but the number on the scale wasn’t changing and in my eyes my pictures didn’t look like there was a huge difference in them. But now that I’ve completed both rounds and I’ve seen all of my pictures side by side…..I can tell you that I did see results, and they were the bomb-dot-com!!!

Without further-a-do….let’s get on to those pictures!!!

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1 Program…3 weeks…the results are in…

Well friends…the results from Round 1 of the Shift Shop are in and to say that I’m excited about them is definitely an understatement.

If I’m being completely honest, I wish that I could physically show you how much my MENTALITY has changed…because yes there are physical changes…but the shift that my mind has made…is beyond amazing.

I’m not gonna lie the 3 weeks in round one were brutal. The workouts were hard, especially week 2 and week 3. But I pushed through and I made the shift and I loved the program so much that I committed to Round 2! Yes I just said I committed to 3 more weeks of this…and these next 3 weeks get even tougher! I am currently at the end of the second week of this second round and I am feeling amazing!

I could sit here and talk more about more about round 2 BUT that will be in a later post once round 2 is complete and I have officially GRADUATED The Shift Shop Program! (Holy crap that is crazy to think about!!!) To be honest, the only other program I have “graduated” from with Beachbody is the 21 day fix. I am so excited to add this to my list of programs I have successfully completed!

Okay, okay I know you’re thinking “I just want to see your results” I’m getting there I promise!!

I’m not gonna lie I was a little embarrassed taking these “before” pictures. Let me tell you why….there was a time a few years ago when I weighed 174 lbs…and I can 100% promise you that starting this challenge I was NO WHERE near that…and I’m still not anywhere near that number. I’m not saying that the number on the scale matters, because it doesn’t. The scale does not define me and it does not define you either! Before I go off on a tangent, let me get back to my point….I was embarrassed because I didn’t realize how much I had let myself go. I knew that I wasn’t in the right place, but I honestly didn’t think that it was as bad as it was. Looking back at those before pictures I know that I will not let myself get to that point again.

I can confidently share my results with all of you because like I said earlier, I have made an amazing Mental Shift…and guess what that shift has helped me to realize that I don’t care about who I was 3+ weeks ago. I care about who I am NOW and where I am NOW.

Now I could sit here and tell you my weight at the beginning and the end, and I could tell you all of my measurements, and my body fat percentage and all of those other boring numbers, but I think I will just let the pictures speak for themselves! So the moment you’ve all be waiting for…

 

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Am I where I want to be? No, not by any means. But I am still working on getting there and this program is helping me so much! As you can see in these pictures 3 weeks made for some great results! Like I said before…pictures speak for themselves! I cannot wait to share my overall results with you in the next few weeks!

XoXo Shelby

5 Reasons I Chose to Start the Shift Shop Program

Okay real talk here….

Who willingly signs up for a fitness program that you know is going to be hard and is going to push your limits?? Well I did, and I know 26 or more amazing women who took the plunge with me!

Back in July I made a huge decision to take part in this crazy and amazing new fitness program called Shift Shop from Beachbody thanks to my amazing friend and coach Danielle! I followed her through her journey in the test group and I immediately fell in love with the program. I knew it was exactly what I needed in my life.

If you know anything about me at all you’re probably thinking to yourself “Ummm Shelby what do you mean you needed a fitness program?? You workout at the gym 5 days a week and teach 1 day a week so what more could you need??” WELL let me tell you the 5 reasons I decided to start this program…

 

 

1. I was in a major funk: I had a lot going on in my life this past year. I had several very important people to me pass away in a very short period of time. I hit a major slump in my life and I wasn’t willing to admit it to myself, even though people (and by people I mean my mom…sorry mom!) were trying to tell me that I was in a funk. I was still going to the gym but I was just there…I wasn’t really putting in the effort I usually did. I was just going through the motions and getting some type of workout in…and blowing that work in the kitchen…which leads me to my next reason for joining this challenge….

2. My eating was not on point: Let me just start off by saying I’m not perfect by any means when it comes to my eating habits. I am 100% down with a treat meal (yes I said TREAT not CHEAT…that’s another blog post though!) I was snacking at work, which I normally never did. A cookie here, some pretzels there, a piece of candy, or whatever it may be, and I had an excuse for doing it. My excuses were mostly “I’m working out later so I can totally have that” and I was OKAY with that! NO!! You can’t out run a bad diet! I knew that…but I didn’t care. To me that was not a good thing….

3. I needed a major change in my life: Once I was willing to recognize that I was in a major funk….(again sorry mom for not listening sooner….friends your parents are always right, listen to what they say!) I knew that I needed to do something majorly different in my life or I was going to continue on this downward spiral. I knew that was not an option for me because I promised myself a long time ago that I wouldn’t let myself get back to where I was 6 years ago. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about check out my blog titled “6 years and 43 lbs later”)

4. I needed to change my mindset: Did you know that how you think is connected to everything else that happens in your life? I mean yeah I’ve heard that your mind can either hinder you or help you to reach your full potential but I never connected that to my health and fitness. The more I followed Danielle through her journey in the Shift Shop test group, I kept hearing her say that she was making this “mental shift” and I kept thinking to myself what in the world is she talking about? Then when we began this challenge group and I started reading the book I Am That Girl (book review will be coming once we finish the book so keep your eye out for that because I am loving this book and I already highly recommend it!), and I began to realize what she meant. I kept looking in the mirror and instead of focusing on the things I loved about myself, I would immediately jump to the things that I hated and that was so unhealthy! If your mind is not in the right place, you are just holding yourself back from reaching your goals. Positive thoughts render positive actions, negative thoughts render negative actions.

5. I needed motivation and accountability: For someone who genuinely likes working out, I never would’ve thought that I would need motivation. But after months of just going through the motions and not eating the right foods to fuel my body, I was finding it difficult to find my motivation on my own. A friend of mine recently told me “Sometimes a trainer need a trainer” (Thanks Tamiko!!) –> I couldn’t agree more with that statement. I realized that I needed some guidance. In the past I could bounce myself out of whatever funk I was in, but this one was different and I knew that I would need more than my normal motivation to get me going. For me, I can say “I’m gonna follow this meal plan and eat healthier foods” then I see French fries and that all goes out the door (hey I’m human and I like fries!). But when I have someone (or in this case a wonderful group of ladies keeping me accountable for following the meal plan and doing my exercises, well then things are different. I hate letting people down, so knowing that if I messed up or didn’t follow the plan that I would be letting other people down…that’s not okay with me. Now I’m not saying that I’m perfect, I still crave things that I shouldn’t but I am getting better at resisting those temptations and that is what counts! If you need motivation I highly recommend getting an accountability partner!

And guess what…I have a BONUS reason as to why I wanted to join this challenge…and I can say it all in one picture because we all know that pictures say 1,000 words! I mean just look at Danielle’s results…who wouldn’t want to see what their body could do after that! Shift Shop

 

Here’s to making the shift, both mentally and physically!

Xo’s Shelby

6 Years and 43 Pounds Later

Have you ever been so comfortable with yourself and where you are in your life that you just didn’t really notice certain things that you probably should have?

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That was me back in 2011, I weighed about 220 pounds. I was in a relationship at the time, I was comfortable with who I was, I was happy (or so I thought) and I didn’t see the need to change anything about myself. At this point in my life I worked out occasionally, and when I did go to the gym, I hated it. It was honestly just not something I enjoyed doing. Until one day, something snapped inside of me, and I couldn’t stand the way I was feeling. I felt uncomfortable, I felt sluggish and I didn’t feel like myself. So with the help of my wonderful mom, and a gym membership, I began exercising regularly. The first 10 lbs or so came off relatively easy and I was super excited and encouraged. Then I started to realize that the pounds weren’t coming off as fast anymore and I didn’t feel like my body was changing. At this point I can honestly say I felt like giving up. But I started to slowly change my eating habits and slowly things started to change again.

Then one day at the gym there as a new fitness class going on, called Zumba. Little did I know how much this class would change my life. It easily became my favorite class. Why was it my favorite?? Because for exactly 1 hour I didn’t feel like I was working out! I was burning calories and I was sweating but I was having fun! At the gym!!! Who knew?!?! I was so glad that I had found an amazing class that I could take that would help me to motivate myself to become a healthier version of me, without actually feeling like I was working out!

I slowly started to incorporate other classes as well; like bootcamp, turbo kick, piyo, and yoga. Slowly over the course of time the pounds just started to melt away. I felt more energetic, I was a much happier person in general and I didn’t dread to look at myself in pictures. It took me about 3 years to lose 43 lbs pounds. During those 3 years I had ups and downs, I wanted to give up, but I didn’t.

I’m not going to lie, there have been times over these past six years that I have still wanted to give up. In fact this past year I was in a major funk. I had a lot of things happen in my life that made me just feel….blah. I didn’t feel like myself but I wasn’t willing to admit that either. I may not have stopped going to the gym, but my eating habits were not on point and to be completely honest when I was at the gym I was just there. I wasn’t putting my heart and soul into my workouts.

What did I do to fix that?? I joined a challenge group. I joined this group for a few reasons…

Accountability…I needed someone to help me be accountable for doing my workouts and for making good decisions in the kitchen.

Motivation…this group that I joined is not only helping me get back into the swing of things but we’re working on making a mental shift. If your mind isn’t in the right place you are holding your body back from getting optimal results. I never knew that until recently.

Change…I needed a major change in my life. I needed to get out of my comfort zone.

 

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This is me now. I honestly can’t tell you how much I weigh because I try to stay away from the scale…but we’ll talk about that more another time.

I’m not where I want to be, but I am also not where I was either. When I look at myself now, I still see things that I would love to change. But I also see a happier, healthier version of the girl that was in the first photograph.

My fitness journey has been going on for six yeas…but I can promise you that it’s not over yet! Health and fitness doesn’t have an end date. I will always strive to be better than the person that I was yesterday.

Follow me along this journey! I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Xo’s Shelby