Thursday, July 27, 2017

How I Changed My Legs: 3 Ways to Get Rid of Cellulite Naturally

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^^I want to barf when I look at my legs in this post March 2016. 

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^^I first recognized a little change in my legs when I shot the photos for this post in March of 2017. 
Believe it or not these photos were shot same month, a year apart. 

I had started BBG (bikini body guide) a couple weeks before the holidays (in 2016) so I know I was definitely 3 months in for the above photo. This was the first time my interest was peaked due to visual changes but I still craved more. 

Actually, I am not going to lie. I wanted faster results and my legs to look better than here. But as pissed as I was at riding the slow train. I kept on plugging along. 

A little history...

I use to compete in figure. My body has trophies including 1st place for how it looked on stage. But honestly, it was unrealistic to maintain that stage ready physique and super un-healthy to live like that as well. I have always loved working out, lifting weights like a guy and I used to live in the gym. 

Right after our wedding in 2012, I decided I wanted to become a runner and give up weight training. Never in my life did my body look worse than those 2 years of running. Ugg. I am sure some people look amazing from running, but this body looked like a strung out, giant praying mantis. Not a good look when you are almost six feet tall. Plus, who wants to run for hours and hours. So not for me and my body type. Plus, running for SO long literally made my body physically ill every time I ran a half marathon. If it's your thing great, its just not mine. 

Then, my best friend came out from Colorado to do a half with us. Ill never forget what she said one day as she looked at me in shorts "were getting older and have to accept our fat knees" it wasn't to hurt me in any way but we thought we were just going to have to deal with it. I don't think I wore shorts until recently after that!! Lol and let me tell you, we do NOT have to accept fat knees!!

Running JACKED up my body. It tightened my fascia, decreased my muscle tone and made me look horrible. Too skinny, skinny fat, unhealthy and just plain yuck!

Feeling bored with running, I read that strength training helps with your running. I slowly started adding it back in and realized how much I missed it. Then we got pregs and I hung up my running shoes (PTL) and never looked back. 

To this day, I would rather lift heavy heavy weight and eat super clean before I ever have to run distance again.

The 3 steps that helped me change my body:

1. Workout 

I currently do BBG (Bikini Body Guide) which is an amazing program. With BBG you can workout from home which is great for us mamas and yet it can also be done in the gym. The best part is, it is only 30 minutes a day. I have the app on my phone and it literally walks you through what to do and how to do it.

With BBG there is a little cardio along with the strength training. There are different options you can choose to do so you don't get bored.

I prefer to do HIIT cardio. It's 15 mins, I run on the treadmill 1 minute on and 1 minute off. It's quick and my body seems to respond best to that. Again, all info in the app.

You can read about my BBG experience in this post, here and here.

My personal advice is MOVE. Walk, run, lift some weights. Take progress pictures to track your differences and changes in the body. Believe me, its incredible to visually see the changes and you do not really notice unless you put two pictures side-by-side. And know, change takes time!


2. Healthy Lifestyle

This refers to diet, water and whatever else you choose to put into your body.

Diet:

I have been a huge macro counter throughout this last year. I have another app called my macros+ that is perfect for the job. I hear it is similar to my fitness pal (I personally have never used but have seen it through friends) and it really helps to keep you accountable each day. Macros simply means, protein, carbs and fats = macro nutrients!

I recently did a reverse diet through one of my faves Julie Ledbetter. I had been at a plateau, not loosing any weight/fat and was getting rather low on my calories. So for the past 8 weeks, I have been slowly increasing my calories and my oh my what a difference in my mood and body and I haven't gained any weight. Say whaaaaat! Crazy how the metabolism responds.

Water:

Drinking a 1/2 to 1 gallon of water a day is another great thing for your body. It helps to keep you feeling full, keeps everything moving inside, increases energy, reduces fatigue, flushes out the toxins, your skin will look amazing and it helps to eliminate fat-yes please!

Supplements: 

I recently added 3 new things into my pantry: Collagen, Bee Pollen and Calm.

Collagen is something my grandmother use to take. I added it into my day after doing some research and found out that it is super beneficial. It helps to improve your skin and hair, reduces cellulite and stretch marks (yasss), helps to repair your joints, increases metabolism, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, helps to re-balance your gut and decreases anxiety.

Bee Pollen is amazing at helping to boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, helps to relieve stress and can also help eliminate cravings.

Natural Calm... We all crave a little more calmness and peace in our lives, right?! This magnesium powder has helped me so much recently. I am naturally anxious and therefore have trouble getting to sleep. This has helped relax me before bed and reduced my anxiety. Increasing your magnesium can also help if you have a lot of fatigue, feel weak or just plain have low energy.


3. Fascia Blaster

GAME. CHANGER. My sweet friend introduced the Fascia Blaster to me about a year ago and I have been obsessed ever since. You can read all about it on the website. I probably use it twice a week. There are people that do it every day, I just do not have the time. But I have still gotten great results from minimal usage.

I even use it on my traps/neck area that gets tight from work and lifting my arms all day.

**I am not endorsed, sponsored or paid to say/write a single thing here today. Just my honest to goodness body, mind and soul sharing all of these amazing things that have worked for me!!

Please let me know if you have any questions and please, move, drink water and eat a healthy lifestyle ♡

Thanks for reading... xxB

1 comment:

  1. When I first saw this post, I missed the title of it, but I immediately thought, damn, her legs look great! Your hard work is paying off & it's a little inspiration for me!

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