10 Week Challenge Check-In, the Most Flattering Leggings Under $40 + a $750 Nordstrom Giveaway

Hi friends and happy Monday!  I can’t believe we’re just about half way through March and with Spring being a week away, it feels like a great time to check-in on where I’m at with the goals I set for myself in 2018!  This year more than ever I was in desperate need for a change.  Not like a cut my hair kind-of-change, but a lifestyle change.  I shared in my 2017 Year in Review and in my Achieving my Fitness Goals post that in 2017 I literally worked out 4x.  FOUR TIMES people.  That is so.so.so. sad!  And I have zero excuses for it.  My lack of fitness and dedication to my workouts stemmed primarily from not having a consistent morning routine.  Heck, it directly resulted from not waking up before noon!  It’s awful to admit, but since I’m my own boss and set my own schedule, I was terrible at waking up in the morning.  I would have great intentions the night before to wake up early, workout, and then tackle my work & life to-do lists!  But because I was in such a rut and was in the bad habit of sleeping in, I would sleep late and then half the day was gone, so I had to bust my butt to get my work done.  Not only was my fitness and toned body taking a hit, but I was half-assing my business, my marriage, my friendships, and all around duty to be a good productive human!  I didn’t have balance and after a full year of “trying” to get my shit together, I knew 2018 needed to be different!

So I said YES to the Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping 10 Week Challenge and it has truly transformed my life!  Going from barely waking up before noon most days to waking up at 7am every day (except Sundays) and consistently going to 8:30 class has been nothing short of a life change and I couldn’t be happier – and a little proud, too!  It’s amazing how much more productive I am – if you’re a morning person, you’re thinking #duh – but this was a revelation!  I’ve always wanted to be an early riser but just figured I would be forced to become one when I became a mother haha.  This new found productivity has directly turned into a new level of happiness!  I have clarity and focus and it has helped me see what is healthy & good for my life, heart, and soul and come to terms with the things & people that aren’t.  This 10 week challenge has been so much more than a physical, loose some fat, challenge.  It was a challenge to be better, to do better, and to become the best version of myself!

I was scared to begin, as I’ve never taken a kickboxing class and haven’t lifted weights in ages.  I’ve also never been a gym person, so the idea of working out in a class-setting with experienced Farrell’s members was also intimidating.  But those preconceived notions couldn’t be further from the truth.  I was welcomed with open arms, never once felt judged, was encouraged every step of the way, was held accountable (which is huge for me), and was inspired each and every day but men and women of all ages and body types who were bringing it hard each class!  I’m excited – and nervous – to share my before and after pictures with you guys in the coming weeks, but I try not to focus too much on the pictures or what my measurements are.  Nobody ever stayed out of shape & unhealthy by working out 6 days a week and eating smart most of the time!  If I continue to put in the work, the results will come.  No matter if my stomach gets flat (or flatter) and my back fat goes away, I am stronger and healthier than I was 9 weeks ago in more ways than one!

At my 5 week check-in, I was down about 5% body fat and a few inches over all (some in my chest, arms, waist).  I was up three pounds in weight but I pay no mind to that silly scale because muscle weighs more than fat and my jeans are loose, so booyah!

I know that kickboxing or group fitness classes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are on the fence about trying or have any interest in Farrell’s, I highly recommend saying YES to the 10 week challenge!

Because after all, if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!


Now about these leggings… y’all, these are LEGIT so flattering!  I’ve been wearing them nonstop (clearly) and went back for a second pair.  The high waist keeps everything locked and loaded, which is super important for me when working out, and the white stripe down the sides give a more slimming allusion!  I also love that they aren’t super long.  I’m 5″3 and I don’t have to cuff or roll them!

For size reference, I’m wearing an XS but usually wear a Small in most leggings.

Leggings // Sneakers // Similar Mickey Sweaters Here and Here // Red Quilted Bag Here and Here // Name Necklace // Phone Case // Jewelry Armoire

Leggings // Similar Sneakers // Black Long Sleeve Tee // White Tank // Similar Jean Jacket // Phone Case // Jewelry Armoire

Leggings // Sneakers // Cross Front Cami Tank // Sweater // Cap // Phone Case

Leggings // Sneakers // Palm Print Sweatshirt // Cap // Phone Case

Leggings // Sneakers // Similar Pineapple Sweatshirt // Similar Denim Jacket // Cap // Phone Case


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25 Responses to 10 Week Challenge Check-In, the Most Flattering Leggings Under $40 + a $750 Nordstrom Giveaway

  1. McKenna BASS TRAHAN says:

    You can never have enough good leggings!! Love these!

  2. Anna English says:

    I can’t wait to hear more about this fitness challenge and see your results!

  3. Lisa says:

    So many cute finds! I almost got that palm top at hm the other day! Now I need to go back and snatch it up!

    XO-Lisa
    http://www.thatssodarling.com

  4. JoJo says:

    Wow congratulations girl! That’s so great that you feel more motivated and can wake up to work out each day! I never thought I could do that either, but now I wake up at 5:30 every other day just to exercise and I feel so much better! Keep it up.

  5. Way to go girlfriend!! I’m totally not a morning person, but I’m working on it! I’ve been working out consistently too and it’s amazing how much better it makes me feel

  6. sarah lindner says:

    Really loving those leggings girl! I am totally a morning person!

    xoxo
    Sarah Lindner
    http://www.thehouseofsequins.com

  7. Oh I love different fitness challenges, can’t wait to hear more! Those leggings sound great, I need to grab a few pairs!

  8. Liz says:

    It’s amazing what working out can do! Kudos to you for sticking with it!!

    Liz

  9. Danielle says:

    I always feel my best when sticking to a routine!

    xx, Danielle | http://www.pineappleandprosecco.com

  10. Belle says:

    Those leggings are hot! But seriously, your Mickey Mouse sweater is really cute!

    Belle | http://www.OneAwesomeMomma.com

  11. Stephanie says:

    I’m seriously impressed by your determination to kick this fitness challenge! You’re doing great – and looking so cute! Thanks for inspiring me to keep going and reaching for my fitness goals!

  12. I’m such a sucker for quality leggings! I will have to give these a try.

  13. Steph says:

    I love your Mickey sweatshirt! You look amazing.

    xo,
    Steph
    @trendyinindy || trendyinindy.com

  14. Greta says:

    These leggings are so great! They go with everything!

  15. Megan says:

    Killing it in this fitness challenge! You go girl!

    Megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

  16. Laura Leigh says:

    Way to go girl!! Working out consistently is the best! Really changes the way you feel and how your day goes. Love it!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

  17. Azanique says:

    What an amazing start to your fitness goals this year! I would love to try kickboxing 🙂

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

  18. Laura says:

    I’d love to hear more about this fitness challenge!! PS love all the ways you styled your leggings!

    xo, Laura

  19. You go girl! Keep reaching and going past your goals. Hugs, Kait
    http://www.baskinginburgundy.com

  20. Morgan says:

    I am SO SO bad about working out and always use the excuse that I’m “too busy”! I need to get in the habit of going early morning like you!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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