Wednesday, July 23, 2014

{Something New}

I've totally been MIA lately, I know. Sometimes a little R&R and a break from cyberspace is just what I need. Plus I've started something new and anytime something like that happens, my focus shifts. It's temporary, don't worry. I'll still be posting, I just need to get the hang of my new routine.

So what's new? I finally decided it was time to take action over my post-baby body. Complaining, whining and self-loathing just weren't getting me anywhere. Shocking, I know! ;) I signed up for a 5 am HIIT Fit class(thanks to my friend Emily). Which is high intensity interval training. We do everything from martial arts to lunges and bicep curls. Now, I'm only through day three, but I'm already loving it. It is exactly what I needed. I don't want to strictly lift, because that's just not my style and I don't want to just run and use the stair master, because well, that's just not my style either. I need to do different things and change it up, it keeps it from being boring.

I haven't done any major workouts since high school. I've done some lolly-gagging here and there to stay thin-ish, but nothing this hardcore in a very long time. After day one, there wasn't one part of me that wasn't sore. I was feeling it from my shoulders all the way down to my shins. Which is incredible. A total, full-body workout. I love it.

We also have to keep food journals, which is a must for me. I can work out all the live long day, but unless I have it set in my mind to eat well, then I'll just blow it. Which is what has been on repeat for the last few months. I do really well for a couple weeks and then I fall off. I have started using the My FItness Pal App religiously, so that I can keep track of my calorie and h20 intake. I'm so bad about drinking water. I'm mschartz24 if you want to keep up with my diary or need a buddy to help keep you in line. :)

If you're interested, I'll post some stats here and keep you guys updated so you guys can follow along. I'll do this post and another and if you guys are just hating feel free to tell me, or I'll at least be able to by your lack of visits. :)

I'm also thinking I'll try and post some of my meals on Instagram. They won't be fancy pictures or fancy food. They'll be REAL, what I'm really eating daily. It might be eggs, or a salad or grilled veggies, but these pics will hopefully be inspiring or motivating? A little push to get people to eat healthier and it will definitely keep me accountable. So, I'm @Kourtney_Shotz if you want to follow along there too!

I was going to post a before photo, but I think I'm still a little timid to do that, so maybe in a couple of weeks? 

Here are my stats though. (Gah!)

Height: 5'4
Weight: 146.9 (I wish I was exaggerating, I thought about skewing the #, but then that wouldn't be fair.)
Body Fat: 39.5% (We did this on Sunday and I'm not 100% positive I have this correct, I think I do though)

The program is 6 weeks and my goal is to lose at least 15lbs, tone up and gain muscle mass and drink TONS of water! Losing 20 lbs would be a miracle and some sort of awesome, but I'm being realistic. I'm doing the 50 min high intensity classes and sticking to a 1,200 calorie diet. Which is where the myfitnesspal app really plays a key role!

Ok, last thing. Here's a video of some of what we're doing in my 5 am class. Feel free to watch it. I'm the one doing Thai Pads in the beginning of the video. Post by Kri Chay.

That's it! I hope you guys find these posts helpful and motivating. I'm really hoping to adjust my lifestyle, here, not just lose the weight. I want to be healthier for myself, and my family.

Melissa Loren


  1. I love HIIT! I have never been to a class, but I have done a few workouts I found online. Good luck!

  2. I'm so glad you found me on myfitnesspal! Looking forward to following along with you on this, get it girl!!

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