My Current Fitness Routine That Changed My Life

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Hey guys, happy Monday!  I have wanted to share this post with you for a while now, and finally feel like since it’s a new year, now is the perfect time.  I have worked out for most of my adult life, but have gone through phases of doing different things over time.  One thing that I never changed…

…was my diet.  I pretty much ate anything that I wanted for most of my life until August of last year.  My problem area was always my upper body and tummy area, which is all food related.  I LOVE eating sweets and anything fattening in general that tastes yummy, and being raised in the south on “Paula Deen” style eating has not worked to my advantage!  I tried going gluten free, and cutting carbs over the years, but nothing ever worked.  I hurt my knee in the fall of 2015 and was unable to work out for a long time!  Even after it healed, I was so out of my workout routine and not motivated at all.  I also developed severe gastritis during this time due to not managing my stress and not eating a healthy diet.  My doctor put me on the strongest gastritis medicine possible and I was still having episodes that were excruciatingly painful.  My body had enough and I knew I had to make a change!  I was referred by 2 close friends to a personal trainer and started with him in August of last year.  Once I built some muscle and strengthened my knee, I began doing Orange Theory Fitness the following month in September.

Since then, I have lost 4 pounds, which I know isn’t a lot, but here’s what’s really mind blowing!    My body fat percentage was almost 30% and is now 19.4%.  My skeletal muscle mass has increased by almost 20 lbs and I have lost 4 inches from my waist.  My total cholesterol has gone down by 54 mg (it was 209 at its highest) and triglycerides down by 27 mg (84 at the highest).  The best part is that I was able to get off all of my meds and only use them sparingly for maintenance.  I feel incredible!!

My Workouts:

I included a short video at the bottom to show some of my current lower body workouts.  I always thought that I would get big by lifting heavy weights, and that is not the case.  I lift moderately heavy weights for 30 minutes and do 30 minutes on the stair master 3 times a week with a personal trainer.  I also incorporate other strength training and take Orange Theory Fitness classes for 2-3 other days a week.  A normal week for me includes working out 5-6 days a week.  I have found that I like to mix it up with my workouts because I am the type of person that gets bored easily doing the same thing over and over.

My Diet:

Just FYI, I go to the store only once a week to get everything I need and meal prep.  I do not spend a lot of time doing this, usually only about 1-2 hours max per week.  I use the slow cooker for most of my meats and purchase frozen veggies to cook in the over or to steam.  It’s pretty plain and simple, and I’ve cut my food bill in half!

Breakfast:

4 egg whites

1/3 cup oatmeal with 2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/3 cup berries

Lunch:

1-4 oz. grilled chicken breast (I also cook them in water in the slow cooker in water and season with minimal salt and pepper).  I love Skinny Latina marinade to pour on it.  You can find that at Whole Foods.

1/2 cup cauliflower

1/3 cup white quinoa

Snack:

4 oz 99% fat free ground turkey

1/2 cup broccoli

Dinner:

4 oz grilled chicken or pork tenderloin

1/2 cup green beans

1/2 sweet potato

Post Workout:

1 scoop of Hydro Whey protein powder

1/2 banana

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (sometimes I use a whole banana and omit the pumpkin seeds)

I mix with 4 ice cubes and water

Here is my before and after pic:

before and after

Of course, buying new workout clothes helps keep me motivated and excited about working out.  I know it sounds stupid, but it works for me.  Ha!  Here is my most favorite new outfit.  The leggings are super flattering and my top is really soft!  I am wearing an XS in both and a size 5 in my shoes.  I am obsessed with the sparkle in my shoes!!  They run big, so size down a whole size.  I am normally a size 6

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11 Comments

  • Haybel Portal

    This is so inspiring! Congratulations!

  • Tennile

    You look amazing. I recently lost a lot of weight and you’re right, diet plays a major part. I would exercise a lot and wouldn’t lose weight. I would only maintain my weight. But as soon as I went to a nutritionist & changed my portion sizes….I lost 30 lbs. Congrats Christian & thanks for sharing your story. It’s inspiring.

    • ChristianBlair

      Thank you so much girl, I’m so glad you’re inspired! Congratulations on your weight loss! That’s incredible! You’re exactly right that the food plays a major role. It’s hard but definitely worth it!

  • Lindsey Lutz

    I am SO proud of what you have accomplished. Those stats are seriously amazing!!! I know you must feel soooo much better, and of course you look super hot ;). My tummy and upper body has always been the problem for me as well. And like you said, it’s 90% diet! Keep it up! And Carbon38 is THE BEST. Love you!

    • ChristianBlair

      Thank you so much Lindsey! You’re compliments mean the world as you’ve always been an inspiration to me with your fitness and diet routine. And life routine for that matter, ha! Love you girl! xoxo

  • Sharon Then

    Wow!! You made amazing progress in just 5 months! You’re so inspiring and your journey is 100% relatable. It gives me hope that I’ll get to where you are in terms of body fat % and overall health this year!

    • ChristianBlair

      Thank you so much Sharon! You’ve got this and can totally do it! Good luck girl!

  • Tracy W

    Wow, your stats are inspiring. I am struggling at the moment with belly fat and could really use the help of a trainer. Would you mind sharing yours, I understand if not. Congrats on your transformation.

    • ChristianBlair

      Thank you so much! It is a serious struggle! Do you live in Tampa?

      • Tracy W.

        Yes, south tampa

        • ChristianBlair

          Awesome! I train at Optimum Gym on Kennedy!

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