The Breakdown

Hello again! It’s been a while since I posted last, life got crazy. I can definitely feel the shift of energy with the summer solstice approaching. From what I’ve read, it’s a time to shed old patterns that are no longer serving us and if we’re not willing to do that on our own the universe likes to give us a little push 😉 I’ve been a bit of a Debbie downer at times, thinking these random unfortunate things are happening TO me. I felt like I was getting it from every angle some days and it was hard not to get in a “woe is me” state of mind. It takes reminding that these random things are happening FOR you. They are not coincidences, they’re situations we must grow through and experiences that are shaping our future being.

I put up an insta story asking if y’all had any questions about what I’ve been doing recently and I loved all the responses! Thank you for connecting with me and giving me another reason to share my journey. I thought giving a brief recap would help and then I’ll tell you about something new I did this week!

I started personal training January 21st of this year and since then I’ve lost 25 lbs to date. I probably worked out 3x per week back then and since it has gradually grown to 6x a week. I feel obnoxious typing that and honestly it’s hard to believe as I read it back. I always wondered how people who worked out before/after work DID it?! How did they have time?! Weren’t they exhausted?! The truth is simply… they MADE time. And yes at times now I feel exhausted but as a whole I feel SO. MUCH. BETTER. I believe my success can be attributed to engaging in different styles of classes and “tricking my body” so to speak, by switching it up daily. I’ve been to numerous places and try to share that as much as possible on my instagram.

A couple people were curious about what my food intake looks like and if I tried the keto diet (LOL @ my crazy rant after listening to the dietician on the podcast!) I do NOT follow a certain diet, macros still confuse me. I listen to my body when it’s hungry and yes I eat carbs. I carry around protein bars (ONE & EPIC are two of my favs), love substituting a smoothie or shake if I feel like I need it, and if I’m in a pinch I grab the grilled nuggets at Chick-fil-A. I try to be a little more strict during the week so I can relax and not care if I go all out for brunch/mimosas on the weekend.

Now for the new thing I tried…

If you’ve seen people posting pics of their smoothies with motivational quotes on them — PROJECT LEAN NATION! They just started that FYI and it’s freaking genius. They’re kind of tucked away on Hawkins but it’s right near Sycamore Brewery and I know y’all know where that is! PLN carries prepackaged meals with the nutritional information and ingredients clearly listed.

So I’ve been popping in there once or twice a week for smoothies and they are ALL delish. I got these meals from a SweatNet event, ate them both yesterday and felt fueled for my PM Madabolic workout. I’ve seen others in the CLT fitness community take advantage of the Body Composition Analysis they offer and I’ve been interested in trying it myself. If you have a membership at Madabolic they will scan you for free! Otherwise it is $25, which is reasonable for the information because it was SO NEAT to see the numbers. It tells you your weight, skeletal muscle mass, percent body fat, BMI, segmental lean analysis (left/right arm and leg and trunk) and your basal metabolic rate.

It’s seriously fascinating to look at the breakdown of your body comp! The number that was most interesting for me to see is the basal metabolic rate which is the number of calories your body burns daily when it’s not doing anything (literally in bed watching Netflix YES PLZ). SO COOL RIGHT?! That’s a good number to know! I’m all about breaking down things into layman’s terms because 1. Math is not my strong suit 2. Some of this shit is confusing AF. You always hear people say “to lose weight you have to burn more than you’re taking in.” I’m like ok but I def ate way more calories than the 400 I just burned in that class? I never understood until now!

So if that interests you also I highly suggest going by and trying it out. They use your phone number as your ID so each time you plug it in, you can see the changes in your body. If you go by, let me know what you think!

Until next time my friends… 💋 have a good weekend!!!

xxoo Nicola

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