Sat. May 25th, 2019
workout

The Glow Up: A (fitness) Journey Begins…

I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) about 10 years ago. PCOS is a chronic condition that causes the development of multiple cyst on the ovaries, which can be quite painful. However, I will say, from my experience, symptoms are manageable when I am physically fit. The older I get, the more concerned I become with trying to ward off the more serious conditions that come from PCOS and I think now is a good time as any. Before, I pretty much would only be interested in fitness 8 weeks before the opportunity to show skin arrived. I’d make a quick attempt to snatch the waist here or tighten up there, 30-day challenges this, detox that. All of which worked, to an extent.

As soon as the vacay and obsessive sucking in was over, it was back to the same ole: Chick fil a everyday (I’m not so secretly addicted), KitKats, more excuses and fewer visits to the gym. Point is, this ain’t my first rodeo with the bull called fitness. In an effort to shift my thinking toward self-care, instead of viewing fitness as “I need to be skinny by (insert flight date)” my mentality is “I want to be healthy for longevity and a good quality of life”.

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After a long bout with depression and coping through emotional eating and being self-diagnosed with what I call SFSB (seriously fat side boob), I reached a whopping 250lbs. That’s the highest I’ve ever been and it was pretty much my breaking point. So, I decided to get my life together. I managed to lose 10lbs before I decided to track my journey.

I realized for this to work I’m going to have to be hyper organized and not give myself room to slack. The name of the game is CONSISTENCY. Ok…here’s my work out regime:

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Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
Rest
Cardio

Cardio
Upper
Lower

Cardio

Rest

There’s obviously some flexibility there based on my schedule for the week, but the expectation is I do 3 days of cardio and 2 days strength training a week, but generally I need a set plan to go through with things. This regime is combined with a pescatarian diet and intermittent fasting 16/8 or 14/10 ratio.

And…here are my measurements (Pics coming soon):

  • Butt: 48.5”
  • Thighs: 31”
  • Tummy: 45.5”
  • Waist: 42”
  • Bust: 46”
  • Arms: 17.5”

So yea…I’m pretty much a rectangle with a fat ass. Because my body type is more solid and athletic (the least I’ve ever weighed was 165lbs, but looked 130lbs), I like to focus less on the scale (#bodypositivity) and more on milestones, physical capabilities, and how I feel. I came up with a list of milestones to celebrate on this road of continuous improvement:

  • Upper body strength: I would like to be able to do 15 consecutive pull ups. The most I’ve done is 8. I’d like to know that if I were hanging from a cliff I could stand a chance. I also hate my genetically predisposed fat arms. My boobs are on the smaller side so having fat arms just makes them look smaller makes me look huskier regardless to how proportional I might look while folding/raising my arms.
  • 8 minute mile: I enjoy running when I have the stamina to do so. Cardio capacity is definitely one of those things that, if I don’t use it, I lose it. Fast AF.
  • Squat 1.5x my goal weight…so 250lbs. That won’t be difficult as long as I weight train consistently. Squatting also helps me run faster so this will help with my 8 minute mile
  • Flexibility: Being flexible always makes me feel amazing. I stress pretty easily and it causes my muscles to be very tense. I just want to feel stretchy and calm and free.

Nothing too extreme. Just focusing, not just on my appearance, but also on my overall well-being and fitness.

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