I be up in the gym working on my fitness.

My workout struggles, other than the obvious ones like getting there, have always been typically what us girls always deal with... what do I wear and how am I going to do my hair? So in effort to help guide you through my daily struggles here are my favorite bsp's (black stretchy pants...obviously), my favorite way to wear my mane while getting sweaty, my favorite shoes, and my yummy post workout shakes!  I'm guessing / hoping that you too are struggling with such tough topics and just wondering what I'm wearing / eating to get through each workout. No? Maybe? 

I live for bps's, like the rest of the female population. I mean, we all like to wear them even if we haven't worked out. They at least it makes us look like we worked out / also function as socially acceptable sweat pants. Honestly though, when it comes to quality bsp's....the pickins are slim. Yes, I love Lululemon as much as the next girl, but can't a girl get a pair of great pants for under $85?? I have found the truth to be, YES! 

I love my Athleta Chaturanga tights, in a size small (I usually wear a medium or small and these are perfect in a small.) They are so comfy! Great for cross training or yoga / barre. I haven't ran a lot in them and honestly probably won't since they aren't made for that. I have found that to be key for quality running pants, they have to be a different fabric....

Which leads me to my favorite running pants, my Victoria Secret VSX tights. I ran my half marathon in them last year and they are gems. Super good quality. The fabric is a little thicker, perfect for running in the winter. Plus I always get told how cute my butt looks in em from Josh, so I'll take it. 

My Lulu's that I love are the Wunder Unders. Wonderful for my daily cross training workouts and I do run in them as well. I don't run as far as I used to though so I can't give you my word for a lot mileage! I did have the problem that a lot of women had with their pants getting holes in them along the seam. I had the inspire crops in a size 6, which is what I wear in all of their other pants.  Recently, I took them in and they gave me a brand new pair a size up. Apparently they recommend doing that for their running pants since the fabric is compression material. I'll keep you posted if those hold up better. I can fully appreciate that they honored their gurantee and replaced them...as they should for their cost. 

On to the hair. My hair is super long and working out is honestly the only time that my hair fully annoys me. Not enough to cut it yet, but pretty damn close somedays. When I run, a ponytail with like 3 rubber bands and a NorthFace headband is actually my favorite. Keepin it classy. But when I am working out at the gym doing burpees and pushups and all those fun things, I have to have it off my back. So my go to is the obvious high messy bun with 2 -3 rubberbands for maximum stability. As a hair stylist though, it makes me cringe. Wearing your hair that high up on your head on a regular basis is asking for breakage. So lately I have started wearing my hair in really tight french braids, Katniss style. Or, what in a style I like to call the Jasmine. Fancy right? It's a half up, then another pony and another, maybe add in a braid from there. It's hard to make it anything too cute when you are just going to sweat and its 5 am, but I have to switch it up to avoid mass amounts of baby hairs around my nape. 

On to the kicks. Shoes are so important!!! I love Nike as much as the next girl. Trust me. I have tons of Nikes. But Asics have kicked Nikes butt in my book as far as comfort in a running shoe and cross trainer. I have the Asics Gel Nimbus 15 for running and they're like running on clouds. Oh, which by the way, they now have the 16's out so the 15's are all super on sale! And recently I just got the Asics Gel Training shoe for cross training because my Nikes I was using weren't enough cushion. I hurt my knee running last year and have had sensitive knees ever since. I really need good support and cushion when we are jumping around and doing sprints. I still  LOVE my Nikes for wearing on my day off, around town, and out on walks, but I just can't depend on them for my workouts any more. 

Post work out, I literally can't wait for my shake. Lately I have been hooked on my version of healthy chocolate milk! I use unsweetened almond milk, french vanilla ON whey protein & like 1/2 tsp of Hershey's dark cocoa. SO GOOD. That or I will do almond milk, vanilla protein & a tbsp of PB2 & sprinkle of cinnamon. Nothing you have probably never heard of but...so yummy!!

I am just your average girl, trying to get fit and these are my thoughts. I am always wondering / looking at what other girls are wearing & what is working for them. Please tell me any of your thoughts or favorites! I know that these are things I am googling when I am looking for a shake or looking for new workout gear. One of the bonus's of working out is looking cute while you do it right? Right? 

With love, 

your wanna be fit girl, Lexi 

quit being a quitter.

6 weeks ago one of my new friends, Kerri, asked me to join a gym with her and do a weight loss challenge. I had being trying to find something that would get me excited to work out again. I was entirely uncomfortable in my own skin. I was in.

I hopped on the scale and was stunned to see the numbers I saw, I truly was the heaviest I had ever been. I didn't even really realize it. I knew I was getting softer, fluffier even, but honestly didn't know I had gained that much. My clothes still fit, I mean kind of. Nothing looked the same.

I think the worst part was, it was lazy, happy weight. I just wasn't watching what I ate and wasn't working out. With moving and settling in, I really had "let myself go." 

This was rock bottom. I decided then and there. Josh of course had heard all of this before. He had heard me start too many diets and do too many different work outs. He was supportive but skeptical, because to be quite honest, I am a self proclaimed poor sport. If I don't feel like it or I am not good at it, I quit.

Kerri and our friend Canda, who had gone through the program, were such a great support system and it really grew our friendship that much closer. Sweating together and venting about cravings will do that to you. 

6 weeks ago began my journey of quitting being a quitter. I will no longer quit on myself. I will no longer quit if I don't make my goals. In fact, I didn't make my 6 week goal, and I am more motivated than ever. 

You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!
— Rocky Balboa

My goal was to loose 20 inches or 20 lbs in 6 weeks. Following a pretty paleo diet and working out 4 times a week, I thought I had a pretty good chance at making the 20 inches, 20 lbs would be awesome, but some reason, that seemed so far fetched. Can I be honest? I worked my butt off, I felt great, I followed my diet with the occasional drink here and there on vacation. It was a 6 week period of real life, vacations, friends in town, dinners out, the whole sha-bang. I felt strong, I felt everything tighten back up, and clothes started fitting the way they should again! If not one other person noticed, I didn't even care because I felt great.

Photo by NorthWest Fitness

Photo by NorthWest Fitness

Weigh in and measuring day came, and I was really proud of my results, but they weren't the full 20 lbs or 20 inches. The poor sport in me was disappointed. And embarrassed that I had told people I was doing this and failed. Did I really fail though? NO, I sure as hell didn't! I lost 7 lbs off my actual weight, but a total of 14 lbs of fat. I gained 8 lbs of muscle, lost 9 inches total, and lost 8% body fat! And most importantly, I wasn't done. I was not quitting. 

Though this is just the beginning of a journey I won't quit, I can't help but want to share that journey. I have done so many diets, I have started running, stopped, started personal training, then stopped. I have done it all. And then I quit it. I hate that I have been a quitter a lot of my life, but that habit stops now. 

Photo from simply divine creation tumblr

Photo from simply divine creation tumblr

I love being active, I love feeling strong, and it took me hitting a bottom of gaining too much weight to realize I need to pursue a healthy lifestyle. The same way our relationships take work and dedication, so does your relationship with your body. I am finally in a place the last couple years that I truly love who Jesus has made me, shouldn't my body reflect that? I am quitting the self loathing I was putting my body through. 

I only post this to humbly say, you can quit being a quitter right now, not for anyone else but for yourself. The journey is long and hard, but the alternative isn't acceptable to me any more. I want to be a healthy woman, wife, daughter, and someday mother. Not just for me, but those who I love and want to be here with as long as God gives me. 

What are some of your hardships you have had to quit? What are your favorite work outs that have changed the game for you? I would love to hear about it!