Non-Scale Victories

It’s Fitness Friday and I’m in the mood to celebrate!  With the holiday season in full swing, I’m doing what most of us are and working hard to try to maintain balance with my fitness and nutrition, and all the fun going on around me.  I don’t ever want to get to a point where I’m not living life and enjoying it because I’m worried about gaining a pound.  And as someone who has now successfully lost over 40 pounds, I’m really working to understand not only how to keep these healthy changes I’ve added into my life, but how to maintain the weight loss as well.

Enter non-scale victories.  Sure, I still weigh myself and take measurements to ensure that everything is moving in the right direction, but the proof is in the pudding as they say, and lately my pudding has been delicious!

First up we have this killer Beast Mode pic from last week at the gym.  Have you ever posed for a flexing pic before and had people say, “ok but now make a muscle?”  Yeah, that was me for the longest.  Not anymore:

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The highlight of my week, however, happened just yesterday.  While getting ready for a bike ride on a beautiful day I ran across my most favorite pair of tri-shorts in my dresser.  I haven’t worn these since 2011 when I did the Florida 70.3.  I remember this because pretty much immediately after doing that race I stopped doing anything and started my slow and steady gain of close to 50 lbs that I’m still struggling to lose the last of.

Needless to say, the shorts haven’t fit in a long long time.  I tried them on back in October and still looked like a tasty triathlete sausage stuffed into a spandex casing and had some serious gut dun-lop going on.  (As in, my gut dun lopped over my pants).

Yesterday I decided to give them another go.  The results are below:

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TA-DA!  Those are some shorts that fit people.  And fit well.

It really is the little things that make this whole journey worth while.

So how about you guys?  What are you up to on Fitness Friday?

Black Friday Deals for Fitness Folks!

Is anyone else’s email inbox absolutely exploding with Black Friday deals right now?

I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a shopper.  I do 90% of mine online, and I really really really hate crowds.  You probably won’t see me out there in the thick of it on Friday, unless the bike shop decides to give away a Specialized Venge or something.

But thank goodness retailers are totally up with the times, and most are offering awesome Black Friday deals online, and through the weekend.  Some sites even have free shipping and returns, making this gift giving diva very happy!

Since I know I’m not the only one looking for awesome fitness finds at a great price at the moment, I wanted to share some of the best deals I’ve seen come through my email with you, my friends.  If you splurge for yourself this is good stuff, and lots of these would make great gifts for the fitness folks in your life!

Enjoy, and happy holidays!

City Fit Girls- 25% off Gear, Accessories, Wellness Products
** Check out info on the SHIFT program- a new weight loss and fitness program starting next week that has everyone talking!

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Moxie Cycling- 40% off Site-Wide
*These are seriously some of the cutest cycling tops I’ve ever seen.  They’re amazing quality, fit true to size, and come in fun prints and patterns.  At 40% off they’re a steal!  “The Dottie” below is on my list!

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Shoedazzle- 30% off Sale
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f you haven’t shopped Shoedazzle yet, you’re kinda missing out.  They have a better selection than most department stores, several high end brands, free shipping, and awesome discounts for VIP members.  When they put stuff on sale they mean it, and offering an extra 30% off is just ridiculous.  I’ve snagged designer styles from this site for as little as $10 before, so be sure to check it out!

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SwimOutlet.com- 65% Off Doorbusters Online!
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ontrary to the name, swim outlet doesn’t just have swimming stuff.  I’ve bought cycling gear, gadgets, and apparel from them at a deep deep discount, and that was WITHOUT an extra 65% off.  Check them out on Friday, I bet you can snag some really awesome deals on Tri gear.

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I’ll keep you posted if I come across any more amazing scores, and please comment below if you have some great tips as well!

In case you need extra Halloween candy motivation

I’m not a huge candy person, but that doesn’t mean around Halloween I’m not tempted.  Not having any kids helps, so does not buying the stuff until the last minute and sending any extras to work with hubs the next day.

But today when I brought home the Snickers and Twix and put the chocolately bastards in my Halloween bowl I was hit with temptation.

I sent my sister a text:

I just went to the grocery store to buy candy for the trick-or-treaters and now I feel the need to not be at home all day so that I don’t eat it all before tonight.

 

I can always count on my sister to put things in perspective.  Her response:

Don’t be a b*itch and eat all the children’s joy.

 

So followers, don’t devour the joy.  Save it for the kiddos who are going to lose those teeth anyway.

Happy Halloween!

I’m a City Fit Girls Ambassador!

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Can I just roar GIRL POWER and get a few “amen’s” out of the audience this morning?

I’ve got to say, in the women’s fitness community there are so many super cool and inspiring people out there to get involved with.  Recently, I got turned onto City Fit Girls, a Philly based company founded in 2013 by Takia McClendon & Kiera Smalls.  These girls rock.  Kiera has lost over 100 pounds to date, and her blog, website, and the City Fit Girls movement is inspiring thousands of women nationwide to get active and healthy.

And they want MEEEEEE helping them spread the word.  How freaking cool is that?

You can check out their awesome site, shop, and blog here, and if you’re local to Philadelphia be sure to stop in and check out their boot camp.

This is a quote from their site that pretty much sums up City Fit Girls perfectly, and I’m so honored to be a part of this great movement:

City Fit Girls is a network of women who inspire, uplift, encourage and motivate others to live healthy lifestyles at home, school, workplace or social settings. We are runners, moms, entrepreneurs, triathletes and more!

 

Stay tuned for upcoming events, news, and great content from City Fit Girls right here on the blog!