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Here’s How I’m Bringing Fitness Back

Hi guys, it’s me, Christia. The one that used to run half marathons, attend zumba class 5 days a week, fit into her jeans. Remember me?? I mean I kinda sorta do. I’m bringing that fitness back. And here’s how I’m going to do it.

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My beautiful new friend- peloton

I recently welcomed a Peloton into the Palizzi household. Like ordered on a Sunday and had that shiny beautiful bike delivered that following Wednesday. I proceeded to ride three times before I left for a week-long yoga retreat and, omg, I think I’m hooked. I love that I can get a hard cardio work out when it fits into my schedule. It’s really no excuses since it’s right in the middle of my living room. Quite the conversation piece, haha.

My goal is ride that sexy bike 5 times for at LEAST 30 minutes. I also want to aim for my 10K step goal with my garmin. I want to eat vegetables, like a lot of vegetables. Concrete goal, at least one serving with every meal. Water, I need to drink it and not coke zero. Make good choices when I have to. Like I can’t say for sure I will 100 avoid fast food but there are better choices. Make the better choice. I want to also bring my lunch on work days. I don’t need to #TreatYoSelf every day I work, that’s just silly. Make my lunch, control the calories, you get the gist. I also will input my food choices, good or bad, into my fitness pal (ChristiaP)

Coming off that yoga retreat high, I want to take advantage of the different classes offered by Peloton and do yoga the other 2 days I’m not riding my bike. The cool thing about yoga is that it’s my practice, no one else’s. I’m excited to bring that mentality to the peloton. Yes I’m excited for the leader board and for seeing my output increase but I also know that I’m racing against my own damned self.

If you are a fellow peloton user, add me! #30somethingmum

I’m so excited to start this journey of bringing my fitness back. 30 lbs to go and I’m starting now.

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Progress

Today I started listing some clothes on Poshmark. I have so many things that I’m not wearing, or that don’t fit, or just aren’t ME anymore. Also, who is ME March 11, 2019? That’s a hella good question! I can tell you physical descriptors-platinum bob, green eyes, size 9 shoe, size 29 pant. I could tell you how much I weigh but none of those things define me.

In listing these clothes I came across a photo from almost exactly 3 years ago and I truly and honestly barely recognized myself.

The craziest part is while I’m about 30 lbs lighter in this picture, I remember the same uncomfortableness that I have now. That there were parts that still needed to shrink to fit into this mold. I’m glad there are so many body positivity movements right now, that this topic is being talked about instead of ignored and swept under the rug. (Or carpet as Kyle from RHoBH would say.)

I’m learning to love and appreciate the new body I’ve been given…I gotta admit my new belly button is CUTE. I’m also trying to get into the strong mindset. To get back to the girl that worked out because she *liked* it not just because she wanted a calorie deficit. The one that could just run 6-8 miles and be cool. I don’t think I have the desire to run a half marathon ever again but a 10K would be cool.

Believe That i know that my body has been through some SHiT the past 365 days. My mental state as well. And I’m not mad at myself for gaining weight nor will I be punishing myself. I’m going to continue the #LowCarbLife That I’ve been doing for the past week, and slowly start exercising again. I guess I should put to use that treadmill and elliptical in the garage, eh??

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Almost six months ago I had my mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction. Directly after surgery I felt invincible, strong. Like a badass warrior with a flat tummy. Our family celebrated being done with surgery with a cruise to the Bahamas. It was our kids’ main Christmas present. This meant the first time donning a swimsuit since before my surgeries.

Initially, I wasn’t worried a bit. I mean I had just had my surgeries and my tummy was so flat. I should feel rocking in my bikini. My boobs are pretty perfect, especially after having four kids, and being in my *gasp* late 30s. Shopping for them was fun! I found a killer deal at Walmart of all places on a super on trend bikini and felt pretty good in it. Until it was actually time to wear it.

The familiar self doubt and self loathing creeped in. Ugh the bottoms cut into my hip. My thighs are so wiggly. I internally celebrated every other woman in her swimsuit for enjoying her vacay, or seeming to give no Fs about anything but that pineapple drank.

It’s funny how it’s never enough. My brain is wired to think I’m not good enough. I worried that people were thinking that I had just had a tummy tuck and were judging me that way. Who cares if they were, right? I enjoyed the trip with my little (big) family immensely. Seeing the joy on their faces as we fed pigs on Treasure Island, and discovering Moana shells while snorkeling are precious memories that I’ve stored away.

How can I rewire my brain to love my body? To not look at the flaws as bright flashing neon lights saying I’m not enough? How can I teach emilia to give no Fs and enjoy herself?

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Budget Friendly Swim Suits

I don’t know about you but I have been STRUGGLING to find swimsuits that are both flattering and won’t break the bank! I’ve had a very successful swim suit shopping spree. I’m having a surgery that’ll pretty much change the landscape and topography of my body and I’ve gained about 15 pounds since my BRCA1 results. One part emotional eating, one part beignets and waffles and friend chicken, one part because I haven’t had the energy or mojo to continue my workout. Finding a swimsuit that I feel comfortable in, in a body I don’t feel comfortable in, has been incredibly difficult. I also can’t spend a ton of money on ONE swim suit because we are at the pool pretty much every day during summer vacation and the beach at least once a week! They get worn a lot without a lot of time in between!
My first bargain swim suit find is a 1 piece. It’s extremely trendy floral print with ruffles and a piece that I definitely wouldn’t spend a ton on. Basics are ok to splurge on, in my opinion. A suit that’ll only be on trend for a season is not.

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Y’all! It is so incredibly flattering. So comfy, didn’t creep or crawl or inch.I am so incredibly pleased with this suit ESPECIALLY for UNDER $10! WHAT! I’m going to let you in on a little secret, or maybe you already know? Allie Express! Shipping takes FOREVER and customer service is non existent but the clothe are cheap and often the same suits you’ll find on cupshe or amazon but cheaper.
Here’s the link for the floral one piece I got a Large, I almost always always always size up in the clothes from Allie even if the size chart says TTS.

You can also save $$ with Ebates on AllieExpress, Walmart, Target, Amazon and SO many other online shops! If you’re not using it already, you should be!
Ebates Referral Link

Here it is on Amazon

Next up is a mix and match bikini set that I found at….
WALMART
For real. Each piece was only $7.96 so I got 4 pieces for around $32. And I feel GOOD in them. Even heavier than I’d like. It was so cute. I did size up in the bottoms and got my true size in the top (mostly because my boobs are going to be smaller in like 3 months).

You can find bottoms & top in the solids! I seriously love that I can mix and match these pieces for maximum wearability!

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The stripes are so eye catching and vertical stripes are so flattering. I really like the stripes the most of the two but I wanted to mix and match. The yellow/orange color is a perfect match in the stripes to the solid suit.
You can find the stripe bottoms here & stripe bikini top here. Despite the lack of structure to this top I felt like it definitely had enough support for my boobs. (and just for therecord I’m a 34DD right now…)

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Have you found any swimsuits that you just love?? Share them with me!