Happy Monday friends! I may not be operating at full speed today, having spent the last 4 days in Dallas with my blogging girlfriends (see what I packed to wear here), staying up too late, and indulging in all things girly and fun. I felt like I was a kid again having an all-girls sleepover for 3 nights, complete with getting ready together and pillow talk. But, you know how it is when you go away for even a few days, it seems like when you get back there’s so much to do from unpacking to laundry to grocery shopping, etc.
My boys survived and enjoyed their guy weekend, and I’m sure it was good for them both. Sometimes my son just needs alone-time with Dad. I can’t say the same thing about our poor plants. Do men really just not notice that the previously healthy and perky plants are wilting away and near death?!?! Or is it just mine?? I tended to them when I got home, so hopefully, they’ll come back to life.
And speaking of coming back to life, if you follow Honey We’re Healthy, you know that I trained for and competed in my first fitness bikini contest last July. It was a long-time bucket list item for me and I finally built up the courage to go for it last year. Exercise has always been a way for me to blow off steam, release stress and feel good about myself. While I was going through my Dad’s illness, I would work off all the anger, frustration and stress at the gym and it also helped me feel better about myself. Of course, I want to be healthy and look good too. I don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed about that, even when people don’t understand my motives.
FITNESS CONTEST 2014
For my first contest, I started working out seriously and eating healthy in January 2014. Then, to help get me ready for the contest, I hired a trainer in March, and after 14 weeks of training together, I competed on July 3, 2014. I was in the best shape of my life and felt really good, even weeks before the contest date.
It was a lot of work to get to that point, but in retrospect, it was just a matter of doing what I knew needed to be done day in and day out. I actually didn’t have too much trouble sticking to the diet because I liked my food (and there was plenty of it) but the training!! Oh, the training was always physically demanding, even as I got in better shape and we pushed harder. Plus, I was doing 45 minutes of cardio about 4 days a week on top of the 3-4 days of weight training. So, the time commitment was significant too.
At the show, I placed 4th in my age group (over 35) and was humbly proud of my accomplishment. When I look at the picture below, it’s actually hard to imagine that’s me. I’m definitely not looking like that now.
In the months following the contest, I indulged in way too many sweets (ice cream is my dessert of choice- hello Haagen Dazs Caramel Cone #drool!!!!) and started eating whatever I wanted with little exercise. Of course, the pounds and body fat creeped back on. The picture below is from January 2015- 6 months after my contest. Yeah, I’ve got a little pouch, but I’m still a happy person. 🙂
By November 2014, I knew I needed help getting in shape again so I started back with my trainer. He has helped me so much in the last few months, but it’s been an up and down situation with all the struggle my family has been through. As you can see from the In-Body Analyzer body fat test I did in January, I was 111.6 pounds and 23.4% body fat. I worked for the next 40 days to lose fat and gain muscle and did pretty well, going down to 110.3 pounds and 19.8% body fat. You can see from the chart that I added muscle and lost fat, which is the goal. But between March and mid-April, I lost my Dad and so I wasn’t eating much and when I did, it’s wasn’t very healthy. I lost about three pounds in 6 weeks and also lost musc
le and gained fat, going back up to 22.5%. It doesn’t take long to get out of shape.
le and gained fat, going back up to 22.5%. It doesn’t take long to get out of shape.
I’m not consumed by these numbers, but they are good to know because they reveal the composition of your body so you don’t get controlled by the scale. Muscle weighs more than fat (but takes up less space), so I don’t get freaked out if I’m not losing pounds. Watching the numbers on the body fat test is also a good measure to find out what’s working and what’s not in terms of how you’re eating and training.
CONTEST PREP 2015
Now that we are accepting our life’s situation and learning to live our new normal, I’m ready to focus on another fitness goal. My trainer helped me decide to compete in a second contest this July since it’s far enough out to get in shape and it’s also in my hometown so I won’t have to travel. I’m the type of person who always wants to achieve more in life and do better than I did before, so this contest will be me against myself, hoping to present a better version of me at the time of the contest than I did last time. As of now, I’m 11 weeks out from the contest, so there’s lots of work to do.
By the way, I’ve had both the visor and these capri pants for so long and they last! Because they are so old, the capris aren’t available online, but they are similar to these new legendary dri-fit tight fit capri. If you’re like me and get too hot in leggings for working out in Spring/Summer, but like the fit and feel of the thicker material, try these capris.
The visor goes with me everywhere from running the park, to weekend errands, and the pool. Mine is a little faded, but I’m not surprised because it’s been used a lot for so many years and I’ve washed it a bunch!
As for my white watch, I got mine on big-time sale and haven’t been able to find it on sale since, but Michael Kors has a similar white and gold watch (I love!) and I just saw that Nordstrom is price matching, so it’s 40% off- only $164.98! How perfect for summer!!
Now, I’m back training with my trainer 3 days a week and this time, I’m doing 40 minutes of cardio 6 days a week. Last time, I only did 45 minutes of cardio 4 days a week and that was only for about the last 6 weeks of the contest. I’m curious to see what effect changing this up will accomplish over the next 11 weeks.
Since I exercise so much, I need good quality workout clothes that fit well, perform well (wick sweat away, keep you cool, etc.), and that look good too. I’m crazy over the cute, colorful Nike athletic shoes for working out. In the past, I’ve always just had blue, black or white athletic shoes, but these hot pink running shoes make me so happy! Some days, you need every bit of encouragement to drag your butt to the gym. Am I right?!
I ordered this Nike Free 5.0 14 running shoe after reading the reviews (129, 4 1/2 stars) and would also rate them high. They are lightweight, comfy and breathe well. They come in aqua/black, grey/pink, and black/white too.
I needed some new sports bras too and just got this Pro Classic Padded Dri-Fit Sports bra. I don’t need the padding with these girls, but the padding is removable, so you don’t have to wear it. I didn’t realize you could remove it at first, so the picture below is with the padding in. I’m a 32-34D and the medium fits great. The design is fun too.
I also got the Nike Free 1.0 Cross Bionic Training shoe, but those aren’t for running because the sole is thinner and not as supportive as a running shoe. I like them for weight training because they are so light and not at all bulky. You could wear these for walking around, especially running errands or just going for coffee with your friends.
Isn’t the purple and pink color combo cute?!
Sometimes, especially after working out, I like to get out of my athletic shoes and put on a comfy slip-on so I tried out the Roshe Run Slip On sneaker. I love the breathability and comfort of this shoe, but I was so surprised how big they were! I typically wear 6 1/2 or 7 in athletic shoes, but both those sizes were huge on me in this shoe. I put on the 6 1/2 here, but I need to exchange them for a 6. I usually only wear a 6 in a sandal. Bottom line: I’d recommend ordering 1/2 or 1 full size down.
And talk about comfort with these Nike Gym Vintage Capri Sweatpants. This is a more fitted, thin sweatpant that is great for lounging in. I don’t workout in them though because I get too hot.
I went through the selection of Nike training and running shoes and rounded up the top options below. A good shoe can make or break a workout, right?
1 | Lunar Cross Element Training Shoe : A stabilizing, supportive training shoe with mesh upper and foam cushioning at the midsole for springy response and comfort when launching and landing. Note: neon colors are brighter in person.
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2 | Air Pegasus 31 Running Shoe : Nike zoom and cushion foam provide responsive cushioning in a plush running shoe designed with a no-sew upper for a sleep and easy fit. 23 reviews, 5 stars.
3 | Free 5.0 TR Fit 5 Print Training Shoe : Comfort, stability and flexibility combined in a breathable mesh training shoe. 11 reviews, 5 stars. 9 patterns/colors.
4 | Zoom Fit Mesh Training Shoe : A sleek, ultra-lightweight shoe designed specifically for cardio, strength and core workouts with Zoom Air technology for ultra-responsible cushioning and breathable mesh to keep you feeling cool. 4 colors.
5 | Free 1.0 Cross Training Bionic Training Shoe : An ultra low-profile, zero drop training shoe brings a barefoot feel to your workout with an anatomically designed heel and forefoot. Laces are wraparound Flawier cables for a supportive, stabilizing fit. 24 reviews, 4 1/2 stars. 3 colors.
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7 | Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 Print Training Shoe : For cardio, core, circuit training or other gym workouts, this Nike trainer is designed for multidirectional movement with a lightweight, breathable mesh upper that offers superior support. Provides flexibility and traction with a barefoot feel, while Flywire technology and an inner sleeve lend dynamic support and snug, secure lockdown. 550 reviews, 4 1/2 stars.
8 | Free 5.0 Running Shoe : Super lightweight running shoe with a low-profile midsole for a fluid, rocklike fit. Provides the food-strengthening benefits of barefoot running with the comfort and protection of a traditional shoe. 204 reviews, 4 1/2 stars.
9 | Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 Training Shoe. This one is the same as #7, but in solid colors. 550 reviews, 4 1/2 stars.
10 | Free 5.0 Flash Running Shoe : Super light running shoe with a highly flexible silhouette to mimic barefoot running with an adaptive, supportive fit and reflective weather-resistant fabric. 204 reviews, 4 1/2 stars.
Y’all know I’m crazy for my Zella socks (and workout wear), but obviously Nike has their own line of socks too. Do you wear them? I like the no-show or low socks, but hate when they shrink to a size my son could wear or slip down during a workout. If you have the Nike socks, let me know how you like them.
You can also check out some of my favorite running workout clothes here and here and workout clothes that you can wear beyond the gym.
So, what I wanted to ask you is: Would you want bikini contest prep updates here on Honey We’re Home?
I was thinking of merging the two blogs into one (Honey We’re Healthy content all in a ‘Fitness’ tab on Honey We’re Home) just because it’s so hard to have the time to keep up both blogs in a meaningful way. Let me know if you are interested in that, or if you like that I keep the health/fitness/recipe content separate from this blog. I’m still weighing that option.
P.S. I just made the switch to make my blog mobile friendly, so if you read my blog on your phone or iPad, it should be easier to read now. Thank you so much for stopping by and making Honey We’re Home part of your day! 🙂
*UPDATE: Thanks so much for your feedback! I have now added a FITNESS tab to the top of my blog and I’ll be updating it regularly, so check it out for all things health & fitness related!
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