Hello and Happy Monday!! This month of August has already been go, go, go!
Thank you ALL for immense amount of support on my snapchat, Instagram stories, Facebook and of course my blog! You are all so wonderful to me and I just want to again thank you for it!
If you follow me on this “new” platform that Instagram released, “Instagram stories” *ahem Snapchat knockoff* you were able to see in real time this amazing infamous hike, the delicate arch hike in Moab Utah! I mean there is a reason why this is on our state’s license plates!
Me directly under the delicate arch wearing my ModSwim black and white wrap workout dress!
The delicate arch just around this bend! The most rewarding sight we did see!
We woke up really early in the morning (4:30am to be exact) to be able to watch as the sun was rising over the entire canyon!
Ta Da! There she is! It was a relatively short hike, however it is uphill all the way and is categorized as “strenuous” hike on the map.
Definitely worth the early morning rise, since there was a small amount of people on the trail which gave us the opportunity to enjoy the scenery all on our own!
Silly faces with my brother 😉
Now what did I wear to this hiking trip you may ask?
I sported my favorite modest activewear dress, that’s right I said DRESS from ModSwim!
You guys I’ll be completely honest with you when I first heard of “modest fitness wear” I was very skeptical as to the overall aesthetic of it. Like, would it look like a potato sack dress from Little House on the Prairie? (Nothing against Little House love that show, but I certainly wouldn’t want to wear their 1800’s fashion ! lol)
I adore this modest workout dress from Mod Swim because it has a gorgeous, flattering wrap style cut, it is made out of breathable fabric, and love that I can go running, biking, jumping, and even swimming in this fab dress!
So say goodbye to your basketball shorts and oversized tee shirt ladies and get ready for a more feminine solution to modest workout clothing!
So now I’m about to get real with y’all and since we are all women and have our struggles with our image, I’m sure most of you ladies can relate to what I am about to say!
During my freshman college year I gained the most amount of weight I had ever gained in my life before! They really weren’t kidding about the whole “Freshman 15” thing that’s for sure!
The over processed food, the all nighters that were pulled for a test the next day, stress, and just flat out not exercising were all causing my rapid weight gain!
I jumped from a size 2 to a size 6! Thankfully I can now again wear my beloved size small midi skirts and fit in my size 2 dresses! Hooray!
I knew it had to be stopped before it got out of my control! So I am not in any way, shape or form a fitness expert nor am I anywhere near of where I would like to be, but I will more than gladly share what helped me lose 12 pounds in 2 months!
Since I hear about it all the time at West Coast how the guys have to alliterate their sermons, I thought I’d give it a go for this blog post! So without further ado, here are the three W’s to my weightloss!
Tip #1: Water!
Now I know what you’re thinking, and yes it is an obvious tip, but hear me out, studies show that more than 70% of Americans do not drink the sufficient amount of water each day! So what I have found helpful is setting reminder throughout the day to drink water! It is mind blowing how a simple pop up reminder on my phone can engrave in my brain that it is time to drink water!
Here is another of my favorite apps to track how much water I have drank! It is called “Waterlogged” it tracks all of your daily water intake and then rewards you with either a free audiobook, game, or download for free !
Tip #2: Walking!
Walking after dinner, walking after I know I splurged on a sweet I shouldn’t have, or just walking at the mall has helped me a ton to lose the 12 pounds!
Pacer is an app that I adore because it is a community of regular people who are trying to live a healthier lifestyle who support you by creating and joining groups to walk at least 10,00 steps a day!
You should aim for 10,000 steps a day for weightloss and an overall healthier, active lifestyle!
Tip #3: Weighted Jumprope!
Hear me out, go to Walmart and buy a weighted jumprope (also known as a boxing jumprope) and jumprope for 15 minutes a day to burn 150 calories!! Amazing and quick cardio!
That’s right you just need to do it 15 minutes a day to burn that many calories! It’s awesome, and you will break a sweat!
P.S. Do not get discouraged if you cannot jump rope the entire 15 minutes in one go, trust me it’s harder than it sounds! Start out by dividing the 15 minutes into 3 five minute segments and work your way up!
I absolutely loved shooting at East High School, a school you may recognize as part of the set of High School Musical!
I hope you guys didn’t mind this uber long post and if you find these tips helpful let me know!
As always God bless and I will see you in the next post!