Work It Out Wednesday: Up for the Challenge

#WorkItOutWednesday, oh, how I've missed you! Once upon a time, Wednesdays were my favorite day of the week, mainly because working out was a regular thing for me and I loved writing about all things fitness. And looking back, it was effortless when I lived in NYC because I had a solid routine, which I loved. Work, gym, home, cook, write, watch Friends, bed. It was practically a daily thing, with the exception of my Tuesday girls' nights. My routine kept me eating clean during the week and working out 4-5 times a week, which had my body looking better than it ever had before. But of course, life eventually changed, causing my day-to-day to change drastically. I no longer had to go into an office to work. My gym wasn't two blocks down from my job. I moved home and enjoyed delicacies like Chick Fil-A and Sugar Shack donuts multiple times a week. My healthy desk snacks turned into dirty chai lattes in the morning and cappuccinos at lunch. Then, I spent a month in Europe where I lived on croissants, beer, and cafe lattes.

It's safe to say my New York City body has left the building.

I've spent my fair share of weeks crash dieting (with way too many cheat meals) and not really challenging myself in the gym. I've also spent my fair share of weeks sulking about how much I miss being my old fit self, the girl who would leave a work happy hour and head to the gym no matter how many French martinis I had. God, I really miss that girl.

But I've made the decision to stop sulking and dedicate myself to making fitness a regular part of my routine, whatever that routine is for the day. It also helps that in just two weeks I'll be heading to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for Thanksgiving with Derrick and his family and I 1. want to feel comfortable in my body, and 2. don't want to sit around the Thanksgiving table thinking about calories. Etoufee, daquiris, catfish, beignets, rice, gumbo, boudin balls...I want it all, and without guilt.

So, I'm challenging myself. From here on out (especially in the weeks leading up to our trip), I'm pushing myself in the gym and exercising discipline in the kitchen. No more easy way out, no more doing the bare minimum just to say I did something active. I know what I'm capable of and I've never been afraid of tough workouts before, so I won't be now. I'm up for the challenge to become the best version of myself again.

Last night, Derrick and I worked together to create this INTENSE workout that I was actually able to do in my bedroom. It was a doozy to get through, but afterwards I felt accomplished and this morning I woke up so sore! Signs of a job well done.

Are you up for the challenge?

Me and my old coworker/workout buddy. We pulled 2-a-days!


  1. These are some great tips! Thanks for sharing

  2. I wish I could workout in the gym but I have never been a fan I love running out side a lot more but sometimes the weather sucks and its not possible and thats when I curse myself for not liking the gym! You look great!!!

    1. Oh, I know the struggle! Trying to get back into running now while I still have a bit of warm weather left.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This is the best and I am going to join you in Work It Out Wednesday!! I need some major motivation!

    Have a great rest of your week sweet girl //

    1. Thank you, Megan! The more the merrier!

      Hope you're enjoying your weekend :)

  4. Great tips. I so need to go back to gym.
    Loved your blog.

    Happy weekend.

    1. Thanks Kelpa! I'm slowly but surely making it a regular things again. :)

      Thanks for reading!

  5. I need some major motivation! Thank u!


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