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April 14, 2015

i'm already sick of thinking about it.

here's the thing. i've been on a quest for a flat stomach since i was old enough to worry about it...which in my case was probably far too young.

remember when babydoll t's were suuuuuper popular? not only would my parents have never let me wear one, but they didn't have to worry about me wearing one because i was far too self conscious of my belly.

bikinis? again...you wouldn't find me in anything smaller than a tablecloth. no seriously...i was always very covered.

i wouldn't say i was a teen with self-confidence issues...i wasn't. but i would say i was very aware of what i looked like in clothes. and for an adolescent with huge boobs and a bit of a gut...let's just say i always wished i looked differently.

fast forward to college - i stopped playing sports and started drinking. not a good combo. i packed on at least twenty pounds. it wasn't a good look.

after college i realized i needed to get my shit together. i was unhealthy and thought huffing and puffing my way through a three mile run once a week was going to change things for me.

spoiler - it didn't.

i wizened up, started eating healthier and moving more. i was able to drop my college weight gain pretty quickly. that felt nice. but i still had the gut.

my stomach and boobs are definitely the spot on the bod where i gain first and lose last.

since my post-college shape up i've found a love for running. i've been running consistently for nearly 10 years, completing three half marathons and three triathlons. but guess what? i still have have a gut.

clearly finding the motivation to workout is not my problem. the conclusion i've come to is i have got to get my act together in the kitchen. i'm so lazy when it comes to making food i would almost rather not eat. obviously this is a non-option.

not too long ago i found some workouts from the tone it up gals and i kind of fell in love...in the non-creepiest way possible. as it turns out they have an entire nutrition plan with ooooodles of recipes, but most importantly their motto is simple - lean, green, clean. they do have a protein supplement...but it's nothing i feel obligated to try, or feel like if i don't include the protein supplement into my diet i'll never look lean and toned. i just need to pay attention to the foods i put in my mouth and when. simple as that.

the other major change i'm making is incorporating lifting, HIIT, fine toning, kettlebells, and yoga into my workouts. i haven't lifted since high school.

with these two changes (nutrition and incorporating new types of workouts) i have suuuuper high hopes for the next eight weeks. oh yeah...the eight week bikini challenge with the tone it up gals started on sunday.

i've taken my before pictures and my measurements which i'm supposed to chart every two weeks. i truly feel that i've never been more committed to making a lifestyle change. if the gut doesn't go away after this...well then...i'm just meant to have a jiggly belly.

fair warning - i have a feeling i'm going to be blogging about this little fit-ass journey a lot over the next eight weeks. especially if i'm seeing results. i'll be posting after pictures all over this here blog.

here's to seven weeks and five days to go!

i'm two days in and i miss ice cream and beer. what's wrong with me?
29 comments on "i'm already sick of thinking about it."
  1. You can do this! Rock it! I am in the same boat as you. Yesterday I totally screwed myself by having a glass of wine AND a beer. After a day of good work. Geesh. I can't wait to see your progress. Inspiring me! xo Amanda @ ABW

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  2. Get it, girl! I have always been a boob/tummy gainer myself. So frustrating.

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  3. You go girl!! Can't wait to follow this journey!
    Rebecca :)

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  4. My tummy is always the first thing to tone up but I have some pesky love handles that just won't go away and saddle bags to make my grandma cringe. I definitely see the greatest results with eating lean and green and I'm working on that this month too....and beer is definitely one of the top things I miss. When I need a drink I've been having Deep Eddies Grapefruit vodka with some grapefruit flavored sparkling water....it takes the edge off at least. Hiit workouts are definitely so beneficial when shedding the extra layers and my trainer swears by springs for great abs. And taking pix is such a good idea....some weeks you won't feel like there is much change but once you see the pix you will realize there has been and it will help you stay motivated. Good luck!

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  5. I really wanted to do the Bikini Series, but I didn't start yesterday or today. :( Two days late isn't too bad, right?

    Please PLEASE blog about this. I need motivation.

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  6. good luck! My tummy is definitely needing some lovin'!

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  7. I'm totally doing the bikini series too! but I did not take before pictures. oops. also, I love that Kaye is in them. she looks like she's posing too! haha

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  8. oh man! Tummy issues is every girls issue I think? At least it's mine especially after the second babe. I almost signed up for the bikini challenge, but couldn't take the $200 plunge! Good luck lady, you can do it!!

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  9. good luck! i've tried to follow them before and really enjoyed their videos but never participated in their nutritional plan. can't wait to see how it goes!

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  10. Way to go on starting a new challenge! I know tummy issues are a problem for a lot of people, me included! It's definitely the first place I gain too!

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  11. "lean, green, clean" = success for a flat belly. you can exercise all day long, eat like crap and never get anywhere. good luck. i know you can do it!

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  12. I am in the same boat..."abs are made in the kitchen" I keep hearing...I never wanted to listen until nothing else has really worked! I started the bikini series too and have been trying to follow the nutrition plan and all I want is ice cream...but I haven't given in yet, only two days in...GOOD LUCK and I look forward to reading about your journey!!

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  13. Aaaah me too!! #bikiniseries If you want someone cheering in your corner, you've got a tone it up blogging buddy for sure ;) xx All the luck!

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  14. I've always been self conscious of my belly too. Oh and my thighs. I rarely wore shorts or skirts (only for cheer) there was a year in college where I was "comfortable" but that was years ago. I need to get my act together. If I can't get pregnant there's no use looking like I am!!

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  15. The first few days are for sure the hardest!! Definitely blog through your journey, if you love the program I just might have to try it this summer after baby #2 :)

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  16. It's sooo hard especially when you're faced with pizza, beer, and cupcakes! I always like to remind myself..nothing tastes as good as skinny feels..although I question that often :)

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  17. You can do it! It won't be easy, but you will be SO happy you did! And you'll be setting a GREAT example for your girls! I'm on a similar journey:-)

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  18. Ah thank you for posting this! I too am trying to kick it up a notch. I've managed to lose 35 lbs and now just need to get the last few off. I recently finished Les Mills Pump (LOVE!) and need to take my after pictures...which i am wishing were going to be better, but due to my lack of discipline in the kitchen....are not going to be what I want. Here's to the next few weeks of kicking ass in the kitchen!

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  19. You can do This! I am doing the 21DayFix and I am loving it so far, but it feels really good to know that I am working towards a goal! I love that you posted this!

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  20. Karli I just signed it up for the Tone It Up nutrition plan too!! I have been following them or a year but never took the jump for the nutrition plan! I'm pregnant right now and you were one of my inspirations bc you looked so great during your pregnancy! I'm hoping this helps me with my cravings and keeping some pregnancy pounds off and bouncing back post pregnancy!! Working out isn't the problem for me either so I figured I really have to make an effort with the nutrition! Thanks for posting can't wait to hear how it's going!!

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  21. Way to go! Can't wait to follow along.

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  22. I know the feeling all too well my friend - and I seem to always find an excuse... Going on holiday, weddings and birthdays, getting sick etc! Good luck, I look forward to following your progress! x

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  23. Oh the gut! I have it too and hate it! I just did an Advocare Challenge and took pictures before and after as well to keep myself accountable and posted my results to my blog too. It's tough in the middle of it all, but you'll be so happy you did it at the end! Good luck!

    Ashley
    The Mrs. & Co.

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  24. Good luck lady. Im going to Hawaii in September, and I started a new high impact core workout program this week too. My legs are so sore, but Im hoping it pays off for this summer. The joys of a post pregnancy body

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  25. I did the TIU Bikini Series last spring (I'm in my third trimester right now and have to miss out :( ) but it serious CHANGED my body. I was the fittest and most toned i've ever been… i had six actual abs (instead of the big round ball I have now haha). You are going to love it!

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  26. Good luck on your journey! I am always trying to loose the gut!

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  27. Girl, can I have your before body? :)

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  28. Good for you! I'll have high hopes with you :) Thanks for the honesty and the pictures, I know it probably wasn't easy.

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