Five Things Friday: articles, instagram posts, and weekly update

November 21, 2014

Happy. Freaking. Friday.

Since I didn’t get to do a Five Things Friday post last week, some of these things are really from the last 2 weeks rather than just this week, but close enough, right? It’s Friday. Cut me some slack. Don’t forget to link up or check out other great Friday posts over at Jill’s Fitness Health & Happiness and over at Clare’s Fitting It All In! These are by far my 2 favorite blog link ups. They’re always full of honest posts, new workouts, good eats, inspiration, and some laughs.

Thank you all for the support via comments, emails, and Instalove on my last 2 Track Me Tuesday posts (here and here) – it really helps to know people are behind you. This is just the beginning of a long journey. One day at a time.

5 highlights from my week:

1. Vegan Maple Gingerbread Oreos and Peppermint Oreos

I was stoked to see that these offerings from Whole Foods are vegan! I won’t be having any since I’m on the gluten free train now, but can someone PLEASE try these and tell me if they’re good?!

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2. This friggin HUGE bowl of halved avocados at Qdoba…my heaven.

Someone please remind me that I’m eating a low fat diet and loving it! NOM NOM NOM NOM….

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3. Hitting the town and enjoying a few delicious beverages with Caitlin on my cheat day last weekend :)

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4. New Trader Joe’s find:

Again, unable to try these on my plan at the moment, but someone let me know if you’ve had them!

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5. Deciding to adopt this tiny baby fox as a pet…

I wish. Doessss ears doeeeee.

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5 articles from this week:

This post on body image from Gabby’s Gluten Free

Low Carb Diets Increase Risk of Death for Heart Patients

GNC Goes More Plant-Based

Vegan Smoothies with Sun Warrior Protein Powder at Smoothie King

Hempeh: soy free, organic tempeh made from hemp seeds

5 favorite Instagram posts this week:

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST, MY ALL TIME FAVORITE (that I shared once before, but just HAD to do it again):

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That’s all for today, kids. Enjoy your Friday. Stay strong. If something in your head is holding you back, I hope you conquer that today.

Cheers,

Avocado Athlete

Track Me Tuesday: Week 2

November 19, 2014

Time for a progress update!

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If you didn’t see my last Track Me Tuesday post, check it out here. I just wanna share the ups and downs of this training journey with you guys and be honest about where I’m at. Here’s this weeks update (a day late – sorry!):

Weight: no change this week

Measurements:

– .5″ hips
– .25″ waist
– -.5″ both arms! (Keep in mind this is not flexed – clearly we want the flexed bicep to be getting bigger, but at rest, it the arm should be getting smaller as I lose fat)
– -.25″ both calves
+/- 0″ bust

Progress pictures: coming in a few weeks!

Tools for progress: this week was tough because I’m feeling a bit discouraged. Not only is my weight sticking for some reason unbeknownst to me, but I’m also dealing with an injury right now that is preventing me from squatting, lunging, leg pressing, etc. I think I just severely strained a muscle that connects my lower back around the side of my body to my hip. I’ve been stretching, yogaing, and foam rolling like a champ, but no real relief so far.

My tip for this week is to get a mantra. Inspired by a close friend and an email from one of my inspirations, Renae Thomas, this is what I’ve been repeating to myself and working on remembering every day:

Every day I’m doing all the right things to get me closer to my goal tomorrow. 
I’ll stay true to myself.
I’ll do what I believe.
I’ll listen to my body.
I won’t be afraid to EAT.
I wont’ be a slave to someone else’s rules that don’t resonate with me.

When I look at what I’m doing now, I’m doing all of those things! So the scale won’t budge. So what?! I’m doing all the right things and focusing on the long term game. I’m not worried about tomorrow or the next day. I’m focused on making choices that are going to take me where I want to go in a year. Two years. Five years. Sustainable health and vitality. 

Strength gains: not a lot to note this week due to the injury, but there were a few upper body successes!

Bench: got through 4 sets of 15 with the bar again, failed on the 14th rep of the last set, but progress is coming!
Dips: successfully complete 3 sets of bench dips this week for the first time in months
Bicep barbell curl: did a full set of 15 with the 40 followed by 2 sets of 15 with the 30 – up from all 30s last week

How I’m doinghow I’m really doing. Like, actually.

I’m struggling. I’m feeling discouraged and frustrated. I find myself questioning everything I do all day. What I do at the gym. What I eat. How much sleep I got. How much water I drink.

BUT.

I’m feeling it. I’m feeling the frustration and working through it. I’m not just burying it or using it as a reason to overexercise or undereat. I’m just feeling the frustration and continuing to FOLLOW THE PLAN. Just stick to the plan.

This is one of the huge benefits of having a coach. You have to find someone you trust, put your future in their hands, and do as they say, because they can see the big picture and have an outside perspective. I’m over here getting all caught up in the numbers thinking things will never change. Meanwhile, my coach, Jenni, is seeing my measurements go down every week, my progress pictures, and my meals, and sees that, despite some bumps in the road, we are right on track and moving forward. Gotta TRUST THE PROCESS, people. Easier said than done.

That’s all for today, kids. Hang in there!

The left is where I’m coming from, and I’m gonna go far beyond the right. Right now I’m somewhere in the middle, and that’s ok too.

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