JULIA ALYSE & A BLT

Julia, Alyse & a BLT – Week 13 – Finale

Well friends, here is the long overdue finale post. The BLT officially ended last Tuesday and I am immensely proud of my progress and I accomplished all the goals I set out for myself at the beginning of the program. I am down 7 inches all over, I feel confident in my clothes, in a bikini and I sincerely love the reflection I see in the mirror. I am extremely thankful that I have had this opportunity to work with Julia and I honestly think it was one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself. I am thankful this opportunity came to me when it did and that I have acquired this knowledge while I am still in my 20’s so I don’t have to let a negative body image hinder me well in to my 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. I feel more capable to succeed in all the goals I set for myself, and I don’t see myself falling back into my old ways. I honestly think it would be very hard to revert back to old habits, as knowledge is power and now I have the knowledge to maintain and advance my fitness goals. I feel better than I ever have in my body and I can’t imagine wanting to give up this feeling. Not once did I ever feel deprived on the program so I don’t have a feeling of “Finally I can eat again!” now that the program is over. I have been nourished better than I have ever been before. 

 

 

Now that the program is over I have set myself another goal to keep me motivated. Before the program I had a very large booty, and now though my booty is considerably perkier it is much smaller. I have always appreciated women with large booties and I would like to build mine back up, but this time in muscle. I am excited about the opportunities this program has provided me in my personal and spiritual life as well as for my career. My advice for any girls reading this thinking that they would love to join a fitness program but feel scared about making the decision is to just do it and don't make up excuses. You deserve to be happy, so make decisions that will help you feel this way. I was afraid before I started, I told myself I couldn't do this, I was afraid about not losing any weight, I was scared about letting myself and other people down, I was afraid of looking "stupid" but I overcame these fears and I maintained focus and got further than I ever imagined I could. I always use to look at before and after pictures online and was envious of those girls, but now I am one of them and I have never felt happier for myself. You Can Do It!

 

Check Out My Progress Photos!

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Julia, Alyse and a BLT - Week 12 - Going the Extra Mile

Hello Friends!

This is the second last post of the BLT and I can't believe how fast it has gone by. This week I was on vacation at my families cabin in the mountains and had an incredibly amazing time. We are about half an hour from the closest city so that means I didn't get to the gym but I had no trouble finding creative ways of getting a workout in. We have hand weights at my cabin so I used those for the circuit Julia gave me and I found a large rock to lift to do my burpees with. My father and I hiked a mountain one day to get to Great Bear Lake which is 7100 ft. high, it took us about an hour to climb at a pretty steep incline but once we got to the top it was the most amazing view with a perfectly clear lake that I enjoyed cooling off in. I also enjoyed waking up in the morning and going paddle boarding around the lake with my dog where I got to practise paddle board yoga and good balance, as well as I have my Grandma's old bike from her childhood that is incredibly fun to bike around for hours on.

 

While I was on vacation I had no trouble sticking with the diet, as I planned out what I wanted to eat while I was there and packed accordingly. When it comes to vacation I think that a lot of people think 'Well I am on vacation and I can eat whatever I want' but I believe this thought can really hinder us from achieving our goals. The end of the program is coming up for me and I want to see how far I have come and not set myself back with this thought, plus I think healthy food is just as delicious as 'cheat' foods and they don't make you feel like crap after so it is easy to want to maintain healthy eating even while I was on vacation. I did still have a flex meal when my family went out for dinner but I was cognitive of my portion size and made sure that I was still getting all my greens and protein in for the day.

 

I find changing up my workout routine has kept me excited about it, getting to go kayaking and paddle boarding was a fun way to do some cardio and work out my arms, as well as I did some squats on the paddle boarding which was a great way to challenge my balance and still get a good leg workout in. I didn't even fall off, however I did enjoy jumping in for a quick cool down then a swim back to the dock. I am a notoriously bad swimmer so swimming while dragging a paddle board on my ankle left my pretty out of breath by the time I got back.

 

In any situation we are put in it is all about out mental attitude. I went on vacation still believing and wanting to follow with the program so I was able to take the steps that I needed to achieve this. I planned out my meals, I got creative with how I was going to workout and I still had a great time and relaxed. If I had gone into it thinking "Well I am on vacation I deserve a cheat" it would have been really easy to get off track which probably would have left me guilt ridden an regretful that I had gotten lazy at the end of my program. Knowing that I can maintain my health plans while on vacation proves that I will be able to maintain the program even once the program is over. Which is the ultimate goal.

Check Out Some Photo's From This Week.

Great Bear Lake. The reward at the top of the mountain

Great Bear Lake. The reward at the top of the mountain

Top of the Mountain. 7100ft. 

Top of the Mountain. 7100ft. 

Breakfast while at my cabin. The pretty pink things are watermelon radish. Radish is great for cleansing the liver.

Breakfast while at my cabin. The pretty pink things are watermelon radish. Radish is great for cleansing the liver.

 

 

 

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Julia, Alyse & a BLT - Week 11 - Priorities

Hello Friends,


Thanks for checking in again. In the past two weeks a lot has changed for me. Classes are over, I cut down my hours at my full time job and I picked up another part time job farming. I only made it to the gym once this week, but I did complete 3 high intensity workouts that Julia provided for me. I am really proud of myself for still working out 4 times even though I had a really busy schedule and easily could have used it as an excuse not to, but I chose to prioritize going to the gym. In this world everyone is busy and I don't feel as though being "busy" is a valid excuse anymore. When someone says "oh sorry I couldn't or didn't do that I was too busy", I find it to have the underlying message of "you/that task doesn't matter to me". In this day in age when everyone is busy people prioritize doing the things they care about.


I am really proud of myself that I have made the gym a priority and I am not ashamed to say that I will turn down plans with friends because I don't just have to go to the gym but want to. When I do want to make plans with friends I prioritize it and then figure out a way to still get a workout in, even if it means getting up at 6am. I am never too busy to do something, if I can't do I haven't prioritized it and if life does happen to really get in the way, I can still always find 30min to do my circuit that kicks my butt each time. I think this is one of the things that I love most about the program, it has taught me how to prioritize going to the gym and make it apart of my schedule. I no longer have any wishy washy excuses about why I shouldn't have to go to the gym, it is a set part of my day and I can always fit it into my schedule with ease and excitement. I have even been finding if I don't get a workout in I feel gross and antsy.

 

Check Out Some Photo's From This Week.

Watermelon Radish, Green Beans, Julia Childs whole chicken recipe with a kale salad and beet hummus.

Watermelon Radish, Green Beans, Julia Childs whole chicken recipe with a kale salad and beet hummus.

Trying to do yoga and get my stretch on with little success as my dog is so fricken cute.

Trying to do yoga and get my stretch on with little success as my dog is so fricken cute.

 

 

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Julia, Alyse & a BLT - Week 10 - Diet

Hello Friends,


Thanks for checking in again! In the last year I have made some personal changes that have really surprised me as well as the people closest to me. For 3 years I was vegetarian with one year being a 'Vegan Nazi' as my mother likes to call it. In the past year I struggled with the feeling that being a vegetarian wasn't working for me, and I started to crave meat, specifically a big bison burger. It took a lot of internal debate, feelings of guilt and somewhat of an identity crisis before I finally made the decision to eat meat again. I realized during this internal struggle that being vegetarian was a part of my identity and I was afraid of what people would think when they found out I wasn't veggie anymore. It was a dilemma but in the end I acknowledged the message my body gave me. I became more accepting of the circle of life and I have not looked back since. After I started eating organic, humanely raised meats I felt better almost immediately and many people have commented that my energy and the way I carry myself is more balanced. 


Listening to your body is one of the best things you can do for your health. I had to learn through experience that being too regimented with one type of diet and strictly prohibiting foods that are not 'clean' can in fact be harmful to your health. While a vegetarian, I rarely ate dairy, gluten, or refined sugar. Additionally I was struggling with my weight, some minor health issues and preparing meals could at times be stressful. Planning dinner with friends or family always caused grief as I would worry whether or not the restaurant could cater to my diet restrictions. Now I really enjoy having the occasional eat ice cream with friends and I am more flexible when ordering items off a standard dinner menu. 


I am more cognizant of the importance of striving to maintain a healthy balance in my eating habits and in other areas of my life. I want to have fitness and health goals but they need to be maintainable. Goals and diet restrictions that impinge on your social life will not endure in the long run. A close friend who follows my progress and blog each week recently asked me if I will be able to maintain this BLT program once my coaching sessions with Julia were finished. My answer is a 100% definitive yes! Julia's BLT program sets realistic goals. This sets her apart from many other fad diets or quick weight loss programs that do not teach healthy living and a balanced life style. 

Check Out Some Photos From This Week.

I treated myself with bacon, eggs, beet greens, and garlic scapes

I treated myself with bacon, eggs, beet greens, and garlic scapes

Feeling pretty strong, and really happy with how far I have progressed.

Feeling pretty strong, and really happy with how far I have progressed.

 

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Julia, Alyse & a BLT - Week 9 - Staying Inspired

Hey Friends,

Welcome to week 9 of the BLT. In the month's before I started this program I had a girlfriend who also signed up for a fitness challenge, I was following her posts, progress and all the fun she was having and I was envious that she had the courage to sign up and take on a fitness challenge. This girlfriend of mine is someone that I have always looked up to and I find myself aspiring to have her level of fearlessness, compassion and motivation, throughout this challenge I have though a few times "What Would Elsey Do?" She was one of my biggest inspirations to do a challenge myself as well has inspired me to keep pushing.

This week Julia has assigned me with the task to make a vision board, which includes women who's qualities I aspire to have. Having a mentor/icon is an easy way to pull motivation from in low moments. In one of my favourite books "An Astronaut Guide to Life on Earth"  written by Chris Hadfield (first Canadian to walk into space), he talks about the moment he realized he wanted to be an astronaut at the age of 9, but also the realization that the chances of this happening were slim to none. He said from that moment forward he lived his life and made all his decisions with the thought "What would an astronaut do?" I think this is a powerful way in which to make decisions and put you on a clear path to accomplishing your goals.  In my low moments I use this quote to guide me to the right answer, and it has served me well in attaining my desired outcome.

In our coaching meeting Julia talked about how one of her biggest fears was when she went travelling by herself, so when she got back she made a vision board highlighting her travels. Now when she looks at it she knows she can accomplish and do whatever she wants because she did something that really frightened her. I found huge inspiration in this, if we can overcome our biggest fears there is nothing that we can't do. I think in life I have a huge fear of 'failure' which I find is sometimes crippling but I also see the blessing in it. Because I am so afraid of failing, when starting something new I always do my research, make sure I am well versed in whatever it is I want to accomplish and that usually is a recipe for success. I want to turn the overwhelming feeling of fear into a more positive motivating emotion and I find doing my morning affirmations Julia, and I laid out has help me accept, and love myself for all my flaws and imperfections.  At points during this program I have been hard on myself and feel like I haven't accomplished enough, but when I look at my progress thus far I am inspired to keep on pushing knowing that I am so close to reaching my goals. I know once I reach them it is going to be hugely rewarding, further motivating me to keep on pushing myself. I think it will help me realize my potential for succeeding at whatever I put my mind to and I am so excited to see where it takes me.

Check out some photos from this weeks meal prep!

Halibut with caramelized onion & arugula

Halibut with caramelized onion & arugula

Taco Bowl - Snapper, sweet potatoes, & cabbage cilantro, avocado lime dressing

Taco Bowl - Snapper, sweet potatoes, & cabbage cilantro, avocado lime dressing

 

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