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Learned A Lot

Nobody told me that living was easy
I ain’t living in fear anymore
Amos Lee, Learned A Lot

My life has changed. A lot. Over the past six months, I…

  • Left Houston, which had been home for more than seven years
  • Began working out in small group training sessions four times per week
  • Severely cut back my consumption of alcohol
  • Limited the number of times per week I eat at restaurants
  • Started drinking LOTS OF WATER (like, four 32-oz. Nalgene bottles each day) — My trainer told me to become “water girl,” and that I did!
  • Started bringing my lunch to the office
  • Failed. A lot. And succeeded. And didn’t give up.
  • Shed a lot of sweat and some tears. And also 35 pounds.

Over the past six months, I’ve realized that…

  • I AM WORTH IT.  
  • I must have patience with myself, be kind to myself, and love myself.
  • This is a journey. That means there will be detours. Pit stops. Sometimes short-lived, and sometimes longer-lasting. It is crucial to take time to embrace, examine and understand these tough times. They are inevitable.
  • This journey requires A LOT of physical work, but it requires even more mental and emotional work.
  • This journey is long. It is sometimes good and often sometimes bad. It is a forever journey. In the ever-so-eloquent words of Robert Earl Keen, “The road goes on forever…”
  • My journey is anything but perfect. But it is MY journey. And I am learning to accept its beauty.
  • My dreams can come true. My dreams ARE coming true. Right here. Right now.

Here is a small glimpse into what’s been going on in the last few months. A few weeks ago, my gym, BCS Fitness, put together this “Client Spotlight,” documenting my weight loss journey and my experience working out at the gym. Because working out BCS Fitness has been inexplicably instrumental in my weight loss and fitness success thus far, I was honored and humbled to be a featured client.

Check out the video here:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200115208356384&set=vb.121349967880087&type=2&theater

Nobody told me that living was easy
I ain’t living in fear anymore

Have a beautiful day, friends.

With a heart full of gratitude,

xoxo
Linz

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Aside

It’s FRIDAY!!! Since you haven’t heard from me since Monday (I will point out, however, that Monday was a DOUBLE POST DAY. 😉 ), I thought I’d do a quick end-of-week check-in. This week has quite crazy. I work for … Continue reading

The Wave

Today’s workout was no joke. I EARNED every drop of sweat that I left behind on the gym floor. The cardio portion of the workout was excitingly described to us as “The Wave.” Sounds SUPER FUN, right??? … Yeah, I thought so too … BEFORE we began. 

Basically, “The Wave” consists of:

  • 40 seconds of 70% effort on a machine (treadmill; rower; spin bike; ski machine)
  • 20 seconds of 100% effort
  • Repeat for a total of 6 minutes on each machine.

There was a ridiculous amount of sweat and and quite a bit of huffing and puffing and maybe some yelling. But it was awesome. I feel stronger. Every time I push past my comfort zone, CHANGE happens. Right now, it’s these life-changing (no exaggeration) workouts that are keeping me on the path toward fitness. Working out keeps me sane, and even when my eating is *not the best*, I’m in the gym, pushing through my fears and limitations and moving in the direction of my dreams. 

The strength portion of today’s workout consisted of burnouts (both upper and lower body), each followed by an auxiliary set. A few weeks ago, I dislocated my shoulder (That’s right. I sustained an injury, which means I’m legit now, doesn’t it?), so my upper body workouts are somewhat limited while I’m healing. This results in DOUBLE LEG WORK for Lindsey. I squat. And I lunge. And then I squat some more. And lunge a little more after that. I EXPECT TO HAVE SOME SERIOUSLY AMAZING LEGS AND A KILLER GLUTEUS MAXIMUS TO SHOW FOR THIS. 

After tonight’s workout, a green smoothie sounded like the perfect dinner. 

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1 scoop whey protein (I usually buy chocolate flavor.)
1 tablespoon PB2
1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Breeze coconut/almond milk blend (LOVE THIS STUFF!)
1/2 frozen banana
A couple large handfuls of spinach
TOTAL CALORIES ~ 235

This smoothie is one of the meals in my breakfast rotation. But tonight, it was a fantastic, veggie-packed, low-cal option for a post-workout dinner. 

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Delish.

Now it’s time for one of my favorite holiday movies of all time: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I’m a sucker for a good holiday movie, especially on an 80-degree Texas December night. (Dear Winter, You have only 17 days to make your appearance. PLEASE. Do not disappoint.) 

Happy Monday!

xoxo
Linz

I’m back.

33 weeks + 3 days

That’s the amount of time it’s been since my last blog post. That’s a long time. More than half a year. So much has happened between then and now.

*I moved twice.

*I auditioned for and sang Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Houston Symphony Chorus.

*I spent a week in Africa (more on this to come).

*I spent three glorious days (+ drank some a whole lot of amazing wine) in Sonoma for the wedding celebration of some wonderful friends.

*I made a video and went to a live casting call for season 14 of The Biggest Loser. (did not get on the show, by the way…although, that would be an AWESOME reason for my lack of blogging.)

*I sold a handful of houses.

*I went on a (first annual!) girls’ trip with my mom and sister

*My nephew turned one, and my niece turned three.

*I started a new job.

*I started working out at a new gym, with a new trainer.

All in all, it’s been a good 33 weeks and 3 days, chock full of great friends (old + new!), fun, family, exciting travels, and quite a bit of change.

Now that the update is out of the way, let’s talk about the blog and weight loss.

I’ve spent the last several weeks debating whether or not to start blogging again. Blogging about my weight loss journey is somewhat of a conundrum. I mean, let’s be honest here… Anyone would want to publicly share victories — the healthy food choices, the time sacrificed to prepare meals, the sweaty calorie-burning sessions, the losses reflected on the scale, and the list goes on. But with those victories come the times of falling down and feeling defeated. I will be honest and tell you that, quite often on this weight loss journey, it seems as though I fall down more than I am victorious. So therein lies my dilemma: Do I display my failures (along with my victories, of course) publicly in the blogosphere for all to see, and to possibly (*gasp*) judge me? That is a hard pill for me to swallow, which tells me it’s a step I need to take.
Facing my fears. Living authentically. Acknowledging that no one is perfect, and that includes me.
So, where am I right now on this journey to fitness?
As I may have previously mentioned on the blog, I struggle with an “all or nothing” mentality, especially when it comes to weight loss. The problem with that (well, one among many problems) is that the “ALL” doesn’t last very long, so the “NOTHING” takes over fairly quickly. So I’m in the process of learning about balance — how to get back on track, if you will, after indulging/”falling off the wagon.” (I HATE that phrase, by the way.)
The Workouts
Just over two months ago, I began doing small group (3-5 people) workouts with a trainer. I do these workouts 4 days per week (Monday-Thursday). Our fitness levels vary, but the trainers do an incredible job of modifying exercises when necessary and pushing each of us to our limits. Each time I finish a workout, I feel encouraged, refreshed, challenged, and changed (…oh, and sore…pretty much always sore). The workouts are 60 minutes long and consist of a 30-minute cardio session and 30 minutes of strength training. I would describe them as boot camp-style, with no workout ever being the same. These workouts, they are TOUGH. On a regular basis, in an attempt to not die, I close my eyes and say to myself, “Find your strong,” as that feels like the ONLY.POSSIBLE.WAY. to get through a particular section of the workout. And miraculously, I always get through it. I am much stronger than I know. Along with feeling significantly stronger and more fit, I am becoming much more mentally tough. I have experienced numerous times that my mind will give up LONG before my body. I am absolutely loving my regular workouts, and they have become a concrete part of my routine. I will blog much more specifically about the workouts in future posts. The next step is to supplement with a walking/running regimen. My goal is to run a 5k (without stopping) at the end of March. Completely achievable. And I’d like to be working out 6 days per week, instead of the current 4 days.
Now, onto the dreaded subject… THE FOOD. This is where things get messy. This is where I don’t get to say, “Look at me! I’m awesome because I’ve been doing everything right and am losing the weight of a teacup poodle every week.” This is where I struggle. A LOT. This is where I feel the most vulnerable here, on my blog. Food is and has been my coping mechanism for many years, and through many less-than-stellar seasons of my life. So I wrestle with these food issues. Every day. Every meal. It’s all a battle. And I wish it weren’t. I wish it would just go away. I wish I didn’t believe that a quick run to the drive-through would solve my problems. I wish it were easy. But it isn’t. So as you can see, this isn’t pretty. There are a lot of mental/emotional/spiritual factors at play, and I’m working through it. This is undoubtedly the most important and most difficult part of my journey, and right now, I am facing it head-on. And I HATE it. But I’m not going to run. Not this time. Over the course of the last several weeks, I have purposefully set up a strong support system (i.e., trainer, living situation) for my continued weight loss journey. And if I am being honest, I am equal parts grateful and resentful about it. It’s fair to say I’m in one of the painful growth stages of this journey.
So there it is folks. The less-than-presentable part of my story. The messiest part of my life. The part I think about before bed every night and when I wake up every morning.
Not perfect.
Not easy.
Not pretty.
But absolutely doable.
And so the journey continues… More musings on exercise, food, life, nieces, nephews, family, friends, and fun to come. It feels good to be back. 🙂
xoxo Linz

Oh, hello…

I AM ALIVE, in case you’ve been worried.

My dad actually asked me last week if he should remove my blog from his Google Reader. The answer is NO!

Since my last blog post…

1. I turned thirty (and it was AMAZING!).

2. I had one of the best weekends OF MY LIFE in New York City.

3. I began a program with an NYC-based holistic health counselor.

4. I traveled to Bryan, TX to watch (and volunteer at) a Guinness World Record-breaking baseball game (49 consecutive hours of baseball) to raise money for children in slavery.

5. My sister turned 28, and we celebrated.

6. I (finally) saw (and LOVED) The Hunger Games.

7. I went back to my Zumba class. The class is now a “Zumba/nightclub cardio” class, which I LOVED. I mean, whenever the instructor yells at you to “get low” multiple times during the class (and is not referring to squats), you know it’s gonna be a good time.

8. I have become obsessed with Fun.’s “We Are Young,” Katy Perry’s “Part of Me,” and Taylor Swift’s “Eyes Open.” I listen to these three songs over and over (quite loudly) in my car on a very regular basis.

 

More blogs posts are coming soon!

I have an “I Turned Thirty!” post in the draft stage, and I will publish it as soon as possible, maybe on my 30-years-and-1-month birthday (April 22nd). 😉

I will also be expounding upon other items in the above list in future posts, so stay tuned.

xoxo
linz

I Went Shoppin’…

…grocery shoppin’, that is, earlier this week. The goods: Some of my staples:

  • Eggs (hard-boiled as a snack; scrambled in the morning; sometimes in omelettes, but not this week)
  • Larabars (SAVEMYLIFE snacks and sometimes meals…There are always one or two in my purse.)
  • Chobani non-fat in my fave flaves pomegranate, peach and apple cinnamon
  • Organic baby spring mix
  • Tuna pouches (to go atop baby spring mix!)
  • Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin English muffins (first time to try these)
  • Berries 🙂
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Bananas
  • Steamfresh green beans (so so so easy and perfect for a weeknight dinner!)
  • Vitamin Water Zero
  • Truvia (I keep a few packets in my purse at all times.)
  • True Lemon (found out about this product from Biggest Loser sisters Olivia + Hannah)

The next couple of weeks are going to be crazy (and VERY FUN and VERY EXCITING) for me. Yesterday afternoon, I headed out of town to celebrate my 30th birthday with my family (mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, niece, nephew, aunt and uncle) and one of my college roommates and her new baby. I’ll come back to Houston on Sunday afternoon and fly out bright and early next Thursday morning (my actual birthday) for my birthday weekend (#TWENTYTENinNYC, if you’re into hashtags 😉 ). I’ll be spending 4 amazing days and nights in New York. After I return from New York, I’ve got some out-of-town trips and a move planned (more on all of that in another post…or two…or three), so needless to say, things are going to be busy around here for much of the foreseeable future.

All of that to say… I have a difficult time knowing how to plan for grocery store trips (how much to buy, what to buy, etc.) before going out of town. It always seems like work really picks up right before going out of town, so I’m generally in a whirlwind of working, packing, last-minute-outfit-shopping (I know, I know.) right until the moment I check my luggage and make it through the (hopefully very short) security line at the airport. I don’t like to spend much time on preparing meals when I know I’m headed on an out-of-town trip. This, of course, leads to copious amounts of fast food (—> not-so-good choices —> feeling guilty —> making not-so-good choices while out of town —> having a very difficult time getting back on the wagon/in a routine upon returning home). I’ve blogged previously about routine being an incredibly integral part of my weight loss process. So while I am beyond ecstatic about my family celebration this weekend and my NYC celebration the next, I am also very aware of (and a bit anxious about) the fact that I need to make a few changes to my typical fly-by-the-seat-0f-my-pants approach to preparing for and going on a trip.

Sorry my blog posts have been quite sparse. But for now, I’m headed out to spend some quality time (on an absolutely beautiful central Texas day) with several people that I love! Happy St. Patty’s Day!!! Have a green beer (or two) for me. CHEERS! 🙂

xoxo
linz


Pinterest-To-Blog

For today, some of my favorite “inspirational” finds on Pinterest. Enjoy! 🙂

xoxo
linz