It's FALL in the ATX, Y'ALL!
You know what that means.
Highs in low 90's and lows in the high 70's!
Hell yeah! And pumpkins. Pumpkins freakin' everywhere.
At the beginning of fall and spring I always find a renewed interest in running. I search hourly for playlists and plan out new routes in my neighborhood and spend hours looking online for new running shoes that I never buy because I just always buy whatever's on sale at DSW or Marshall's anyway...
BUT! It's here. And if just feels so fresh and nice out in the mornings. I tell you, a morning run is a million times better than a cup of coffee (that I'm proud to say I'm only drinking once a week now) for waking you up in the morning.
KATY GETS FIXED!
AND to keep myself super accountable I am going to go HAM (hard as a mothatrucker) on this program and post my before pics and measurements. On here. So expect more regular updates in the next 21 days.
Y'all, this is going to be a big scary step for me because I am NOT in best form right now. I've got this jiggle on my hip I haven't seen in a while, but I think with being real with myself- and you guys- I can get myself back into a place where I'm confident.
And also because if you send in before and after results you can get a t-shirt. And I freakin love swag.
TIME TO TALK TO THE PEOPLE
And one person in particular is my girl, Abby.
Abby and I went to high school together in Port Neches, TX (go, Indians..? or whatever) (seriously... how has that racist ass name not been changed yet?) (I mean, it says "scalp 'em" in the pep rally song) (I have a feeling I'm about to be flooded with a lot of purple hate mail) and both had the same idea and made our way to this great state's capitol.
Abby started with me and Piyo a few months ago. In fact, she was my first Piyo sale! Abby has really been sticking with it and moved onto another Chalene Johnson program, Turbo Jam.
Abby was kind enough to do an interview with me about her experience and I'm excited to share that with you guys!
A: Well I love Yoga, but sometimes it moves a little too slow for me, I have no patience sometimes! So when I saw that the Piyo is a little more aggressive, I wanted to try it.
You then moved onto Turbo Jam. How was that transition?
A:It was really easy. Since Piyo had Chalene Johnson in that one also, I am used to how she conducts the workouts.
Charlene Johnson (creator of Piyo and Turbo Jam) is a nut. Sometimes when I workout with her int he mornings I'm just like-- dude. What are you on and where do I find it?
A: Lol I feel the same way! When I started the Turbo, I was like, OMG too much energy and this woman doesn't take a break for like 40 minutes!
Sometimes after doing Piyo Sculpt or Piyo Buns, I can't walk right for days. How's dat ass lookin' these days, grrrrl?
A: Its looking pretty good!!!
What do you really like about the Beachbody programs? What has been a challenge for you?
A: I like that the workouts don’t get boring. you don’t do the same one everyday.
In general, what do you find more of a challenge; eating right or getting your workouts in?
A: I honestly find getting the workouts in more challenging for me, its easy to make an excuse to not do it.
Besides your Beachbody programs- what other active activities do you like?
A: I love taking my dog down to Lady Bird Lake and running 4 miles. I also go to some of the bootcamps around Austin. (editor's note: hey- Abby! I want to go to Bootcamps with you! Hit me up!)
You've been doing Shakeology for awhile now. Do you find it easy to work into your daily meal plans?
A: Yes it is very easy to fit in. Sometimes if I am having a rushed or busy day, it makes it easier,
What is your "danger" food/drink (something you just can't even keep in the house or it's just like "OMG ALL OF IT GOES IN MY BELLY NOW")
A: Gummy Bears, or anything in the gummy candy category lol. I will eat the whole bag if it is near.
Dude, we're about to be 30. (not a question... but just really.. dude!)
A: Omg, I know, did you have to remind me? lol
You had mentioned to me that you wanted to lose a few more pounds before your birthday in a couple of weeks. Are you on track to hit that goal?
A: Yes I am super close, only 5 more by my birthday, I still have 2 weeks!
How many pounds/inches have you lost?
A: To date I have lost 18lbs
What advice would you give someone starting their own fitness journey?
A: To stick with it! Get a buddy! it defiantly makes a huge difference when you have someone cheering you on!
Hey! I know you have a blog too. Wanna plug it here?
A: Sure! Its www.introvertinaustin.com
woo hoo! Thanks, Abby!
Beaumont, Here I Come
My friend who is getting married, Larena, is going to be the prettiest effing bride I've ever seen. I can't wait. So, in honor of the bride to be I wanted to present my favorite picture of us together, circa 2007:
This was at the Beauty Bar on 7th & Red River (RIP). We would go there every damn time we came to Austin and basically dance until the lights came on and they told us we had to leave.
I'm just realizing that you can't actually see my beautiful friends face in either of these pictures. Oh, here's another good one I found--