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Since my last update, I’m happy to report that my summertime slump feelings have shifted slightly. I mean, I took before pictures last week. It was crazy/weird/surreal. I put on a bikini, stood in front of a full-length mirror, and gritted my teeth and snapped away. Saved. No edits, no filter. While I won’t be posting said photos here {see THIS post for an explanation of why I’m wary of posting ‘transformation’ photos anywhere on the Internet,} I know that taking them will be beneficial in the long run. I love a visual record of the changes I’m making in my body; every other time I’ve started a program or attempted to drop a few pounds, I’ve felt incredibly motivated by looking at my images and seeing myself morph into a smaller, fitter, more comfortable me. Looking in the mirror can be deceptive–you get used to looking at yourself and you {at least in my own experience,} tend to hone in on your perceived flaws and overlook your progress. A picture is different, though. It’s more removed. It’s exactly how you looked in that exact moment. I think that’s why before and after pictures are so motivating–you see side-by-side versions of yourself, and suddenly all of the work you’ve put in becomes apparent. You really get to LOOK at yourself. Taking ‘before’ shots is the worst, but I just keep telling myself that I’m doing it for the ‘after’ photo.

There are a million ways to get in shape, to start working out, and to lose weight. Me, I’m torn between wanting to start a new program, opting for coaching, and totally and completely DIY-ing it. I mean, a program has pretty some obvious perks: structure, built-in community, and {generally} a myriad of success stories. The same goes for coaching, which offers personalized plans/attention/feedback and accountability. On the other hand, I find the DIY option perpetually appealing because I Don’t. Want. To. Get. Bored. If I’m doing my own thing, I can adapt as needed. I can take random rest days, change my workout, track my calories in and out, and adhere to a ‘diet’ plan that’s entirely my own and still obtain awesome results. This is how I usually handle myself. I’m in maintenance mode. It’s not a plan, it’s a lifestyle. The issue with ALL of these options, though, is that they won’t work unless you do. You have to be 100% in, committed, and ready to do the work and make changes and be uncomfortable, and that isn’t always a good time. Then again, I wouldn’t call feeling dissatisfied with my body an especially good time either.

This is happening. {Source.}
This is happening. {Source.}

With all of that in mind, here’s how I’m tackling my summertime slump: I joined a new gym! It’s something I’m super {borderline weirdly?} excited about. I was definitely spoiled by the roughly three years I lived in apartments and condos with on-location gyms/fitness studios, and I think that that lack of super-accessible workout space is part of what got me so off track during this move. So, enter gym membership. The gym we joined here is actually the same chain I went to all throughout high school back home…it’s amazing. Our club has all of your standard strength and cardio tools {machines, weights, resistance bands, etc} plus two pools {both with water slides!}, steam rooms/saunas, racquet ball courts, a GIANT climbing wall, a salon, a healthy cafe, and an insane lineup of group fitness classes that is included in the membership rate. I just printed out the class schedules for the two locations closest to me and am planning to spend part of my afternoon highlighting interesting classes and reading all of their descriptions. The thing I’m REALLY excited about {and honestly slightly freaked out about} though? Health profiling. Yeah. It’s something cool that the gym offers as an extra. It’s super comprehensive–blood testing, body composition analysis, and fitness testing. I’m obviously incredibly excited about figuring out my baseline and having access to all of that information at my fingertips, but I’m also anxious about actually taking the tests and getting the results. BUT IT’S HAPPENING, so stay tuned! Hopefully I’ll be able to convince myself to share at least some of the results here in a future post.

FINALLY, that brings me to what I’m calling this entire endeavor–The Autumn Glow Project! I’ll aim to post AG updates at least once a week, covering my stats, goals, progress, and general experience! If you’re planning on recommitting to a fitness or wellness routine this season, feel free to get in touch! Leave me a comment here, find me on Instagram or Twitter, or send me an e-mail at theskinnybreezy AT gmail DOT com 😉 I’d love to connect! Anyway, that’s pretty much it, babes. Check back for updates on my plan, tips and tricks, and the Autumn Glow Project soon!

xx,

Liza

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