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Be an AHB Rockstar: Adri’s Journey Week 5


Yep. I have the most awesome workout t-shirt in the UNIVERSE (thank you, men's section of Target)!

Checking in with Adri in week 5 of her weight loss journey…

I’m officially feeling good. Got some poundage down, have increased the intensity of my workouts, and am feeling less hungry in general. The best part: got some pants on that hadn’t fit me in months. It’s only a matter of time ’till I can squeeze on those black skinny jeans from last Spring!

Workouts. Alicia has thrown in some new, more challenging moves during our sessions – and I can do them! This week was one of my best; in addition to the personal training twice a week, I ended up at the gym six days for cardio and strength training. Since my knee hasn’t been acting up too badly, I tried the rotating Stairmaster (you know, the big scary one! Alicia says: It’s called a StepMill :) ) to mix it up a bit, and have found that I can handle about 15 minutes on that giant dinosaur of a machine before I’m ready to throw myself off of it and lie convulsing in a puddle of sweat.

When I’m doing my day of “on my own” strength training at the gym, I now hear Alicia’s voice in my head, or picture her standing next to me telling me to quit bitchin’ and finish my reps. Alicia, don’t be weirded out by this – although, I do always envision you wearing the “$5 Charge for Whining” t-shirt. Maybe I should get one of those rubber bracelets that says WWAS (What Would Alicia Say)?

Food. Nothing too exciting this week in terms of cooking and recipes. I’ve gotten in a groove with my snacking/small meals throughout the day, but I’m at the point where I need to switch it up a bit before I get sick of the same thing every day. In my nutrition meeting with Nikki this week, she suggested I shouldn’t be afraid of trying different types of the staples I’ve integrated; like, instead of just having a handful of almonds, try walnuts; baked sweet potato in exchange for my usual butternut squash; cottage cheese more often instead of the daily Greek yogurt for breakfast. It’s common sense stuff that I should have thought of on my own, but I tend to get pretty rigid when it comes to eating clean – so having this prompt from Nikki was great.

Wellness. Thank gawd for Meg. What Alicia and Nikki do for me physically, Meg does for me mentally – and lord knows I need it. During our meeting last week, we discussed my previous food issues and my tendency to obsess…and how that obsession is not sustainable. I’m no longer allowed to look at the numbers on the scale, because I start gauging my success that way. I also need to adjust my view of success if I’m going to keep this healthy lifestyle long term. Since my life has been one big roller coaster of weight loss and weight gain, I need to be more forgiving, feel less urgency, and set my scale of success on feeling good about myself regardless of my weight.

And, man that’s hard. I found myself sneaking weigh-ins while I was at my friend’s house this weekend. Damn that bathroom scale! My goal for this week is to not peek at my numbers…but as someone who works with quotas (both in my career and in my life), it’s going to be tough.

Until next week!

Total weight loss: 9 lbs

 

Leave a comment:  How do you gauge success, besides the number on the scale?

 

-Be Healthy. Be Balanced.
14B Alleyne St
Quincy, MA
www.AHealthyBalanceInc.com 

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Be an AHB Rockstar: Adri’s Journey Week 1


Adri joined our bootcamps early last spring and participated a few days a week for several months. Over the course of those few months Adri increased her strength and endurance, lost weight and inches and decreased her body fat. Unfortunately, she sustained a knee injury and was sidelined in early summer. But now she’s back and she has agreed to share her journey back to health with you. Please check back weekly to track her progress and read updates from Adri. – AHB

Well here we are – my first week in and already I’m feeling healthier (really!). The past several days have been all about figuring out a “healthy balance” (har har!) between work and life, and bringing fitness back into my extremely hectic schedule. My job requires me to be out several nights a week, hosting events, running around to meetings, and spending a lot of time around amazing, gourmet food and well-crafted drinks, so making healthy choices can get tough.

Workouts. This week, I managed to get to the gym for cardio 4 times for 30-45 minutes in addition to two super-early-in-the-morning 60-minute personal training sessions with Alicia. The best part is that we keep making up new names for the exercises we’re doing – and changing them all to geeky ones that I can relate to. Example: Ninja Turtle Nunchuk Scissor Kicks.

Although I feel like I’m making progress, it’s frustrating not to be able to do the things I could before – like holding a plank for a full 60 seconds without dropping a knee; doing mountain climbers for longer periods of time; and lifting heavier weights without my arms failing out.

Food. For breakfast, I switched from giant bowls of less-than-healthy cereal, bagels with cream cheese and egg and cheese english muffins to greek yogurt with fruit and honey; steel cut oatmeal with a bit of brown sugar and blueberries; or thick smoothies full of fruit and veggies.

Instead of pretending that my “healthy snack” of apples and peanut butter was still healthy with half a container of PB, I limited it to two tablespoons and suffered. Nah, not really – but did you KNOW how many calories are in PB? What a cruel, cruel world this is.

This week’s WIN: I ordered a grilled salmon with black rice and beet salad instead of grilled cheese or mac n’ cheese at Cafeteria in Boston.

This week’s #FAIL: Cheeeeeeese! At a cocktail party I was hosting, I couldn’t resist trying (again and again) the four artisan cheeses I had picked up from Whole Foods earlier that day. I may or may not have dipped whole chunks of cheese into hummus. DON’T JUDGE ME!

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Adri after doing one too many “Ninja Turtle  Nunchuck Scissor Kicks” (please note the Donatello head band). She has been pushing herself to the limit during workouts and I can’t wait to see her numbers at the end of this week!

-Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

www.AHealthyBalanceInc.com

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Be an AHB Rockstar. Meet Adri.


Meet Adri….

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I promise she’s not dead…just really tired after her first training session.

Adri joined our bootcamps early last spring and participated a few days a week for several months. Over the course of those few months Adri increased her strength and endurance, lost weight and inches and decreased her body fat. Unfortunately, she sustained a knee injury and was sidelined in early summer. But now she’s back and she has agreed to share her journey back to health with you. Please check back weekly to track her progress and read updates from Adri. Later this week, we’ll be posting Adri’s before pictures and initial measurements.

Here’s her thoughts before starting back on her journey:

Last year, I was the most fit I’ve ever been (besides that one sweet year in elementary school when I aced the Presidential Fitness test for the first – and last – time). I ate an almost perfectly clean, vegetarian diet; joined the bootcamps with A Healthy Balance normally twice a week; cardio 3-4 times a week plus kickboxing and yoga, and started to enjoy some serious weight training.Then: my knee gave out, no reason given. It started to hurt when I drove, going up stairs, even standing for long periods of time. And being the stubborn idiot I am, I thought it would just go away if I stopped working out on it for a little while – especially so as not to exacerbate something potentially serious. That “little while” turned into an epic ten-month black hole of self-pity, eating terribly, and erasing all the hard work I’d done the year prior. When I finally realized last month that not one piece of my clothing fit  and that I was spending more than one night a week weeping into a pizza or pint of B&J’s about, ironically, how unhappy I was with my body, I finally went to the doctor to get my knee checked out. Then, I went to TJ Maxx and bought some ponchos.


At the doc’s, X-rays showed I have a cyst on my bone that needs to be monitored monthly (which I won’t go into detail about), but I finally, FINALLY got the go-ahead from the doc to work out again, with the help of some before-and-after doses of Aleve.

Then what did I do? I immediately made a phone call to my ladies at A Healthy Balance.

I asked them to help me get back to where I was about ten months ago…and then surpass it. So Alicia, Nikki, and Meg are making me a three-month plan to whip me back in shape, complete with a nutrition plan, workout plan, twice-a-week personal training, and wellness consulting. My goal? To lose fifteen to twenty pounds in three months, get back my muscle mass, and build up my stamina for those burpees, planks and squats. And I’m here to blog about it.

This is a HUGE deal for me. I’ve always struggled with my weight – anyone who knows me is familiar with the ever-changing number that is my pants size. It’s been my biggest insecurity ever since I can remember, so sharing my weight and measurements with the world is one of THE scariest things I can possibly imagine doing…and that’s exactly why I’m doing it.

This year’s all about breaking away from that fear, making good decisions, being healthy, and stopping the obsession.

So here’s to that, to joining me along the way, and to Alicia. Nikki, and Meg – who I can’t thank enough for helping me reach my goals.

- Adri

Follow me on Twitter at @adrileya!

Leave a comment: Feel free to leave words of encouragement for Adri!
Be Healthy. Be Balanced.
A Healthy Balance
14B Alleyne St.
Quincy, MA 

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