Getting Fit with Rose Fitness: Part 2

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I have officially hit one month of working with Rose Fitness and I’m loving it! Last week I talked more about the beginning of my fitness journey and why I decided to work with Rose Fitness – read more here. I have been consistently working out since January, which I feel like was a good starting point, but I have really noticed a difference in my overall fitness level and attitude towards this journey since working with my trainer Jesse.

My first week was an adjustment – I felt good after each workout but I also realized that I wasn’t in super great condition. I got the hang of it by my second week and I really enjoyed the workouts. By my third week, I increased weights, reps and starting noticing a difference in my body and fitness level. I also didn’t feel like an outsider in the gym, and I stopped caring what other people were doing or if they were watching me. This past week, my fourth week, was fairly hard for me though because I had an insanely busy work schedule. I had long days scheduled, which meant working out really early in the mornings, going into an office for my project, 2-3 events after work and then trying to juggle blog tasks at the end of the day around midnight. Even though I was fitting my gym time into my schedule, I just felt uninspired and dreaded my 5 a.m. alarm clock. This was exactly how I used to feel when I worked full-time in an office setting and it made me nervous that I was getting off track. But, on my second cardio day – my last workout of the week, I walked into the gym with a new mindset and instead of feeling stressed from my so-so week before, I was so proud of myself that I finished four weeks – 20 days – of this training program.

Although this might not seem like quite the milestone to most active gym-goers or fitness buffs, but this is a huge milestone for me to getting back to my “old” self. On my second cardio day, I surprised myself with the energy I had – I ran farther and faster than I have before, did more reps than I expected and walked out of the gym feeling 110%. This journey is a slow process. I have realized that it’s so much more important to build a healthy foundation versus looking for those quick fix tricks; and I’m perfectly okay with that because I feel better, look better, and I’m incredibly excited with each little milestone I accomplish!

I decided to bring in some expert advice for today’s blog post and ask Jesse some questions that I wondered at the beginning of the program, and hopefully they possibly answer some of yours too! Take a look below and make sure to follow Rose Fitness on Instagram for workout tips and routines.

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What’s your #1 tip to getting in shape?

Follow a structured routine that is built for YOU. Don’t follow generic workouts or classes and expect optimum results.

What’s your #1 tip to eating healthy?

Track what you eat to some extent. Don’t have to be religious with it, but if you have a general idea of how many grams of protein, carbs, and fat you consume you can make proper adjustments to reach your goals.

What’s the best way to stay consistent with a work-out routine when you have a busy schedule?

Have a planned program to follow so when you have time to fit in a workout, you don’t have to figure out what to do. Physically schedule workouts in your calendar.

Why is working with a trainer a good investment?

A good trainer should have you following a routine that best suits you rather than a generic one. They should give nutrition support, help set goals, track nutrition, and keep you accountable. They should take all the “guess work” out of fitness and nutrition.

What if you don’t have the money to spend on a trainer – what are good alternatives?

See if there’s a service you can offer a trainer in exchange for their services. (Blog posts, photography, social media marketing, referrals, all good ideas). If not, write out a balanced training routine for yourself that includes each muscle group. Research online a few exercises to include for each muscle group if you don’t know. Make sure you are not following this same routine for longer than a month without adjusting it. Download MyFitnessPal to help track what you eat. At the bare minimum, try to consume 1g of protein per pound that you weigh each day.

What are a few easy first steps or changes you can make when first starting a fitness journey?

1) Set specific goals with a timeline.

2) Track your progress with pictures and calculate body fat percentage every month.

3) Do 2-4 days a week of strength training in addition to any cardio you may do.

4) Do activities you like do you don’t hate the journey.

5) Get multiple opinions from trainers or qualified contacts you have on what type of routine and nutrition plan you should follow for your goals.

What are big food no-no’s you should stay away from if trying to lose weight/get fit?

SUGAR. This is the big killer…literally. Check labels and stay away from anything with more than 5g of sugar. Some sneaky ones that have a lot are yogurt, bars, juices, ketchup.

Any other advice?

Use your resources. Ask people for help that are qualified. Most trainers are willing to offer guidance or recommendations for free. Find friends who also take care of their bodies and health – we’ll typically adopt some qualities / habits of our closest relationships.

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Getting Fit with Rose Fitness: Part 1

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I don’t think I can honestly tell you a time in my life that I felt really confident or liked the way my body looked. Maybe it’s the reason I started using clothing and fashion as a crutch, but it’s been an internal issue I’ve struggled with since elementary school. I’m five years younger than my sister, and by the time I was in second grade, I was already fitting into her clothes. At first I was excited to match up to my sister, but once I hit middle school, I passed her petite size and didn’t understand why I didn’t look like her or my former model mother.

I would get frustrated that I was curvier and bigger than them and my friends; my thighs would never be super skinny and no matter how many times I went to gym, my stomach would not flatten. In eighth grade I struggled with an eating disorder for a few of months until I thankfully realized it wasn’t going to solve anything and only create bigger issues. In high school I began accepting my body. I knew I was a curvy, athletic build and that wasn’t going to change. I worked out about five times a week, played sports and ate healthy and overall felt pretty happy with my body and gained my confidence back. Then my senior year, I was dating a boy who would make comments about my body and ask me if I worked out – and if I did, he would say that I should keep doing that because it would “help”. Those comments completely shattered my confidence even though I was probably the best shape of my life.

Once I hit college, everything went out of the window. I stopped going to the gym and my life was consumed with 20 credit semesters, jobs, internships, social activities and late-night snacking. I never saw an issue with it though because it didn’t affect my body until my senior year of college. My stress was at an all time high; I barely slept 3-4 hours a night and I distracted myself with food and coffee. I was unhealthy, I knew I was unhealthy, and one day I woke up around the time of graduation and finally accepted that I had gained over 25 pounds in college – most of which was senior year. I felt disgusting but also so far down the rabbit hole that I thought there wasn’t much hope.

Within my first sixth months of moving to New York, I lost about ten pounds from walking everywhere, a six-floor walk up apartment and finally getting a few more hours of sleep per week. I also got a gym membership, but, I would work out for about two weeks, get busy and then lose all momentum. To top it off, I was living off of ramen, bagels, pasta and the frequent random desserts in the office. It is safe to say that my introduction back into a healthy lifestyle was a very slow start.

As I approached the holidays this past year I was fed up. I am not a lazy person – I pride myself of being a hard worker and I have no problem working late, juggling insane schedules or doing the grunt work needed for a project, so why couldn’t I have that mentality for my own health and body? It just didn’t make sense.  I like to portray a confident, self-loving person on the blog, and I feel amazing when I’m sharing a great outfit, but I started feeling like an imposter because I would look past the great outfit and only focus on what I didn’t like about my body. It started to become a huge hindrance in my daily life and I wanted a change.

After the holidays, I started small. I started going to the gym a couple times a week, stopped buying so much bread and made salads for lunch. By February, I started taking more interest in my meals and eating healthy, and I even did a free personal training session at my gym. After that session, I knew I needed some accountability if I wanted this to last. I had tried different work out videos or plans, but after a week or two, I made an excuse not to do it. I didn’t have a gym buddy to work out with so I figured the next, even better option would be a trainer. Now I know what you’re thinking – a trainer is insanely expensive, I don’t have the time to fit into their schedule, or I’m embarrassed how out of shape I am. Trust me, I made the same arguments to myself the past five years.

Enter, Rose Fitness. I met Jesse, the founder of Rose Fitness through email over the holidays when he reached out about doing a training session. After thinking about it and emailing back and forth, I decided I really wanted to work with him for a full training program instead. I was finally serious about making this lifestyle change and knew it was a perfect fit and push I needed. I think what really drew me to the program was that I had the option to work out on my own time since I was doing the virtual training, but I also would be held accountable by Jesse through the app. It was kind of the best of both worlds because since my schedule changes so much, I can pick a time that fits best with my schedule – whether it’s 6am or 3pm, and all of my workouts are already planned, and I just track them as I go. (see more below)

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The Rose Fitness app is through Trainerize and it has made this entire program so easy to maintain. When you first log into the app, you log your weight, progress photos and your body fat percentage. Then you can check out your plan and your weekly calendar. Before I started the program, Jesse and I talked about my current workout routine, my goals and what I can expect out of the program. I was actually pretty nervous to start the program at first, but we had a really authentic conversation and I was honest about how I was feeling about my body, and I trusted him.

Jesse and I decided to do a 5-day workout: Two cardio days, lower body, pull day and a push day. Once you log into your calendar for the week, you just click on the day of the week you’re on, “check in” and then the entire workout will be laid out. Each day varies in the amount of exercises, but I average about four different circuits within a workout. You repeat the circuit three times each and have quick rest periods before moving onto the next circuit. I really like this set up because I can fit the entire workout into an hour, and I never feel like I can’t fit it into my schedule, because I can always fit an hour into my day to work out.

You can also track the workouts as you go – so count how many reps you did within the time period or how much weight you did for a certain exercise. I just finished week three and I already increased weights, increased reps in certain exercises and feel much more comfortable doing the work outs. Also, Jesse – or whoever your trainer is – can see when you check into workouts, gives you reminders to go work out and also stays in contact to make sure you’re setting and accomplishing your goals every week. So far in the program I have ate pretty healthy (a few cheat meals here or there… oops) and have tracked my meals using MyFitnessPal. It has been really helpful to write down everything I have eaten and learn more about portion sizing and calories.

Since the initial start of my fitness journey in January, I have noticed a huge difference in my overall health. I have more energy, I drink less coffee, I’m happier and overall more confident. And on top of that, the push of Jesse and Rose Fitness has kept me accountable, excited for the lifestyle change and more knowledgable about fitness. I have noticed a difference in my body, my muscle tone and that’s only in the past three weeks! And yes, I have lost weight, but I know I’m also gaining muscle so the true test will be with body fat percentage at the end of the program. I’m really excited to see how the rest of the program goes and I’ll be giving you guys more updates! You can learn more about Rose Fitness and their programs here, and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for workouts and training tips! xo

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Spring Dress Guide: The Wedding Guest Dress

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Happy Saturday! It’s officially the weekend and I could not be happier to take a break for a couple of days. It’s the last day of my Spring Dress Guide and I’m sharing my look for spring weddings! There are a couple rules to dressing for a wedding that you should always follow, and then a couple rules that you can definitely break. First off, never wear white. It’s the bride’s day and out of respect to her, avoid wearing white, cream or anything too light and matchy. If you really want to wear a lighter color, go for a darker blush hue or something pastel! Next, the rule that I say can be broken: Wearing black to a wedding. Last spring I attended a black-tie wedding and I think I was one of two women who didn’t wear black. It’s a rule that is dated and I think if the wedding you’re attending is a little more on the upscale end, then you’re in the clear to wear something a little fancier, like this White House Black Market floral midi.

As you have probably already picked up this week, I have a thing for midi dresses. I think they can be a flattering style on every body type, and I personally always feel more chic and dressed up in one. This WHBM dress is the perfect choice for a spring wedding! There is boning in the bodice for that extra defining of the waist, there are adjustable, removable straps and it’s fully lined. I fell in love with how soft the dress was and how easily it moved when I walked (or danced 😉 ).

I also styled the look with platform oxfords from my “Casual Dress” look earlier this week as an after party look. When you want to break it down on the dance floor and don’t feel like wearing heels, have a fun pair of shoes in your bag or hotel room for a quick change. Also, let your hair down and have some fun! This look can also be replicated for a more laid-back wedding or rehearsal dinner. Have a great weekend and shop the pieces below! xo

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Dress it down for the after party:

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Spring Dress Guide: The Date Night Dress

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Thank goodness it’s Friday! We’re nearing the end of our Spring Dress Guide and today’s look is a weekend special – date night! Whether this date night is with your significant other, or just a couple of close girl friends, there’s always a reason to dress up! I have never really been a “yellow” person – for some reason I never thought I could wear it or liked it in clothing, but things have changed this season! I cannot get enough of yellow for spring and I’m beyond in love with this dress from Lulu’s!

It’s actually two pieces: The inner layer that is a stretchy jersey fabric and then the knitted layer on top. I think this dress will be fun for vacation because you can wear it out on the town one night, and then throw the knitted layer over your swimsuit at the pool the next day – efficient packing am I right? I paired the dress with my new embroidered heels and gold accessories; I can’t wait to wear this dress again on a night out! You can shop this look directly below, plus some of my other favorite yellow dresses for spring! Have a great Friday and see you tomorrow for one last dress! xo

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