87 days to go!

It’s been about a week since I last posted. It has been a crazy week to say the least! So I think we should recap before moving forward. I visited a friend last week in New York and it was great to see her. This is the second birthday her and I have spent together. Last year I bought us a hotel room and Luke Bryan tickets at Saratoga Performing Arts Center- oh how Luke shakes his booty 😉

This year we were in Syracuse and since it was rainy we went to lunch and walked around the mall, which is HUGE so you can literally walk around for hours and not get bored. She picked the restaurant because she’s the birthday girl, and I won’t lie this made me nervous. While I’ve been macro counting, I have been eating a mostly clean diet. So I made the executive decision to not track my food for her birthday. It was definitely a hard one to make, but I knew I would be much happier. And I hadn’t had a cheat meal or day at all in my training. One wasn’t going to hurt me.

She picked Johnny Rockets and it was fucking delicious.


To hold myself accountable, I posted this picture to Instagram because like I said I don’t eat like this often and you know sometimes enjoying someone company is more important than being paranoid about what you’re eating.

Here’s my disclaimer… One bad meal won’t hurt you, just like one good meal won’t help you. You don’t gain weight over night so you can’t lose it the same way.

I also had chicken wing dip that night with another friend. If you don’t know what chicken wing dip is you are missing out!

Anyway… I had purchased the 3-Day Refresh prior to going on my day trip, so when I got home I figured this was the perfect time to try it out. The refresh is a 3 day cleanse that helps you de-bloat and get rid of cravings from excess salts and sugars. Since I’m a new coach I figured let’s do it up!

Holy struggle bus! The second day I was a bit irritable and had to put myself down for a nap. This doesn’t happen to everyone, but I was still doing hard core workouts while using the refresh as my sleep wasn’t the best at night. My friend, Brittany and I did a joint post about this product because we had very different experiences. You can check it out here!

The weekend was pretty packed with work and lifting, but most importantly DANCE! Growing up I danced competitively and in college I was on the dance team and the cheerleading squad for football season… Prior to my weight gain. I never thought I’d be able to dance like that again even though I maintained most of my flexibility. Well, I realized that the classroom at my gym is empty Sunday nights. So I got my dance on after work. It was fantastic.





Then came Monday and I was having some gut issues. I mean I was looking down and looking in the mirror and going “WHY WON’T YOU SHRINK FASTER?” I started going through pictures on my phone… because there’s a million selfies on there. I paired two photos together. The photo from the day before I started lifting and a photo from about 50ish days after I started prepping and lifting.


Remember that hater post I wrote? Yeah, here’s your fuck you :] 15.5 pounds different, clearly inches lost, down a pant size and I’m still going! 13 weeks until the competition and I’m beasting through my macro counting and lifting. I’m lifting heavier and eating smarter. I’m getting my cardio in and taking my vitamins. My sleep could be better, but whatever.

This photo has basically shut me up, well at least for this week. I can’t wait for these next 13 weeks to go by. I can’t wait for more progress. This has been a crazy roller coaster, and I couldn’t be happier with the challenges I’ve faced and have overcome.

I can’t wait to show you more of my journey, but until then here are some photos to keep you entertained!

TBT July 31


❤ Cristina


#100happydays: reset and timewarp

Day 41: At my heaviest I wore an XL or a 2XL for comfort. This a medium too I wore 7 years ago when I was a freshmen in college. I never thought it would fit again. #littlethings #oldclothes #100happydays #happinessdoesntcomeinajar


Day 42: calories burned since December 20, 2013. Resetting my tracker for #bikiniprep #happinessdoesntcomeinajar #100happydays


New classes, new food, new goals

It has been a great week of workouts, conversations and new food; and hell am I sore! I officially announced on my Facebook page that I’m going to be prepping for the bikini competition in Boston this October. I know I have some fat to lose before I can really lean out, but I’m going to try my hardest. Looking at a calendar today, I have 16 weeks to get my body in shape and ready. I think I can do this, but at first I didn’t. Let’s back up to the beginning of my week.

First here’s my Transformation Tuesday picture. Halloween of my Senior Year of college in 2010 and June 10, 2014. Definitely visible changes, especially in my face.


Day 36: fruit on sale. I love watermelon! #sweetsummertime


I talked with my good friend Caryn on Tuesday and I mentioned that I was interested in taking two different classes at my gym that night, but wasn’t sure which one. They’re back to back so Caryn suggested I go to both. So I did. Zumba and then yoga. I forgot my heart rate monitor, but with my age, height and weight, I should’ve burned 754 between the two classes. I was definitely happy that I went. Below is a picture post classes. This was also my Day 37 of 100 Happy Days. I’m happy to be making more changes, and hopefully, my body will start reflecting them.


I definitely think this quote is going to play a huge role over the next few months.

I had Wednesday night off, so I scheduled myself to take a small group training class at my gym. I signed up with a trainer named Matt. I’ve taken his classes before and I was skeptical I would be able to keep up, but I did. I recognized some of the women from the class I took with Tiana Ta and they all said if I could take her class, then I could handle this one. Holy circuits! We did all the workouts on the floor, which usually would make me feel awkward, but there were 8 of us doing them together. So I didn’t feel so bad about it. Below is a picture of my HRM post class. I couldn’t believe I survived this class, but I would definitely do again!


Small group training with Matt

I had yesterday and today off from my full-time job (yay for vacation day hoarding!) so I tried to be as productive as possible! I did Bikram yoga in the morning and a class called “Kick and Flex” similar to cardio kick boxing with my friend Sarah. She’s seriously such a great person and she’s willing to try crazy classes with me! We’re taking “Body by Matt” this coming Wednesday. Matt is the same Matt that taught the group training class I said I took this past Wednesday. Oh yeah, we’re going to be dead! Since I’m taking this class with Sarah, I won’t be doing the small group training. The photo of Sarah and I was also used for my Day 38 of 100 Happy Days.



Heading to Bikram Thursday morning




Me and Sarah post Kick and Flex class Thursday night

After speaking with a childhood friend Glorianna, who has also been on her own weightloss journey and runs her own social media for it, about old clothing I decided to dig through a box of old tees I kept with the hopes they would fit again. Glorianna had shared a picture from when we were 12 and in the 6th grade for Throwback Thursday. She kept the shirt and now she swims in it! It’s crazy. Check out the photo she shared herees

This was my Throwback Thursday photo. The tee is from September 2007, my freshmen year of college. So while it wasn’t 13 years old like hers was, a 7-year-old shirt still feels pretty damn good.


I took today off from the gym, but I’ll be back in the morning. I did have a productive day anyway though. I met with a woman my age, who has competed in two bikini competitions. Her name is Immy and she only lives 25 minutes from me. I couldn’t believe it because I found her on Instagram and then I found her Facebook page. Talking with her was awesome. It validated that my decision to try competing in a bikini competition is the right thing for me. It will give me a goal to help push me with my weight/fat loss, it will help me build confidence and it’s something I know I will be proud of in the end, no matter if I place or not. She told me about how she got started and how her past relationships effected her workouts. We talked about the mental aspect of working out and eating well. I’m so glad I found her and I’m glad I was daring enough to message her. I definitely think it’s going to be a great friendship and I’, so glad to have her support.


Along with new classes and new goals, I have new foods that I’m going to be incorporating in my diet as well as a new carrying case to do so. The beauty below is a 3 meal bag from 6 pack bags. It holds 3 meals, supplements and 4 full sized water bottles. It came with the food containers, supplement container and ice packs to keep it cold. It’s completely insulated like a cooler and I can’t wait to use it this week at work. Talk about a life saver.



Before I started eating paleo, my friends Kristy had me try this granola and I thought it was fantastic, but I could never find it when I went to the store. When I started eating paleo, I cut all grains and gluten or most, out of my diet. Since my goals have changed for prepping for this competition I am adding some grains back into my diet, but trying to stay as gluten free as possible. I don’t have a gluten intolerance, but I feel less bloated when I don’t consume gluten or processed carbohydrates likes pastas and breads. I don’t eat dairy either, partly from the paleo diet and partly I’m lactose intolerant, but I do eat plain Greek yogurt. This is the only dairy that doesn’t bother my stomach and the enzymes help with gut health. So what does Greek yogurt have to do with the new grains I’m adding to my diet? I bought the granola just for my yogurt since I get plain.

This specific kind of Bare Naked has 130 calories, 5g of fat, 13g of carbohydrates (3g dietary fiber, 6g sugar)  and 10g of protein. This will help make my yogurt snack more rounded.



I’ve tried quinoa one time and I was NOT a fan at all. After some conversations, I’m going to give it a try again. I found this blend at the store and I figure it might help with the texture issue I have with quinoa. I’m excited to pair this with some of my chicken meals.


Brussels sprouts. One vegetable I’ve never tried before. They’re low in calories and fat, very high in Vitamin C, there’s also a little bit of carbs Band protein in there. I bought a bag from the frozen food aisle and I checked before buying it. It’s only ingredient are the Brussels sprouts; you’d be surprised at how many frozen veggies have salt or sugar added when it’s not necessary.


All these food items were made into a collage for Day 39 of 100 Happy Days. I love trying new things, hopefully I figure out the best ways to cook these new items.

I’m super excited to get the ball rolling. I started using My Fitness Pal to help calculate how much food I’m consuming, mostly so I can keep my ratios of protein, carbs and fat. I’m trying to keep it at 40%, 40% and 20%. When I can get the hang of that and my weight routine down, I will change it to 50%, 30%, 20%.

I hope everyone else had a great week. Fingers crossed for a great weekend too!

❤ Cristina