My Fitness Journey 2016-2019

2016 – 2019

Honestly, I always feel like when people post about their ‘fitness journey’ I get annoyed. I always think to myself, how on earth did they do that? How did they lose all that weight and gain all that muscle? etc… I feel like people never go into enough depth and leave me confused. I’m going to try and give you guys as much information on this as I possibly can. But please note that I still am not where I want to be by any means and I’ve been working on this for YEARS.

What I’ve learned throughout this entire process is that there’s no answer. There is literally no way that someone could tell you how to lose weight. You really have to figure out what works for you and LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. But I’ll get more into what I learned later…

I feel like I’ve jumped through HOOPS to figure out what works for me and what doesn’t as per working out and I still can’t say with 100% confidence that I know whats up.

Here’s my timeline of how this all started and what I’ve done:

In 2016 – I was living by myself in a dorm room on the first floor of a building where I didn’t open the windows often so I didn’t have a ton of natural light (which I thrive off of). The dorm I lived in had a dining hall in it with the best food literally like bacon egg and cheese sammys for breakfast and sweet potato fries for lunch. I was in HEAVEN. I ate whatever the hell I wanted – this was the last time I gave myself food freedom (kinda sad now that I think of it). I went to the gym probably a total of 20 times for that entire year and I didn’t even really care.

Moral of my 2016 was that I was extremely unmotivated but I didn’t even know it. I was kind of milking it, I would do very light yoga and use the elliptical. I didn’t push myself, I didn’t want to and to be quite honest, I wasn’t ready. I got home from school for the summer and I realized after I stepped on the scale that I really wanted and needed to make a change.

Literally the day after this revelation, I woke up and got a gym membership the same day. That’s where it all began. I started by going 5 days a week. I would use the elliptical for 10 minutes as a warm up and 10 minutes as a cool down. This way if I wanted to back out of cardio at least I already did 10 minutes. I can’t remember what exactly my workout split looked like back then but I vividly remember this cardio routine I had going on.

I also remember I was using a ton of machines as well like abductors and abductors, bicep curl machine, assisted pull up because I was comfortable with them. I really stayed in my comfort zone for the first year until I learned more.

I was still eating whatever I wanted but being a bit more mindful.

In 2017 I got a bit more comfortable. I actually purchased a the CCFIT app by Christina Capron. I remember when I finished 6 weeks to bigger cheeks I was SO excited! Her app is such an amazing app for beginners because she has a ton of different guides (gym and at home) and all different types of workouts with video instructions, reps and sets included. I did a couple different programs in that app and stuck to them. I also worked out with my best friend every day which helped keep me motivated and made working out fun.

I had a FitBit at this time and was super addicted to it. I loved tracking my steps and workouts. It made me feel accomplished and like I was on the right track. The fitbit app had a ton of little things to track like water. I think I also began lightly tracking my food at this time but I would still split a huge bag of sweet potato fries for dinner some nights lol no regrets.

By 2018 I started to figure it out. At the beginning of the year I was doing Ashley Barron’s guide just because I decided I wanted to try something new. Not my favorite guide but I did it a couple of times through. I started to track my food and pay a bit more attention to what I was putting in my body (aside from spiked seltzers on the weekend – cause there aint no laws when … anyways sorry I got off track there).

Later in the year I got a job at a gym near my school and got a free membership. This re motivated me. I started working out with one of my friends every day and we really pushed each other. It was a lot of fun. She told me about Brad and Aubrie Bromlow who calculate your macros for you for around $30.00. At this point I didn’t feel really restricted but I just started to really focus on hitting my macros every day. The rest of 2018 is kind of a blur lol.

2017-2019 MUSCLE GROWTH

I took the picture on the right a couple of days ago and I was SHOOK. I remember taking the picture on the left literally squeezing so hard I couldn’t breathe! It’s crazy- this feels like it happened overnight but results come with TIME!

February of 2019 I was probably the leanest I’ve ever been. I was tracking my food with Aubrie’s calculations as tightly as I could because it was winter break and I was bored, I didn’t drink a ton of alcohol because I was home and not at school so I was really grinding it out. Last February I did 1,150 burpees in the entire month because the gym I was working at was having a fund raiser (I don’t recommend this was not fun and my body was in so much pain lol). When I got back to school I slowly gained my weight back because I got back to drinking more and eating with my friends… just enjoying life in general which is OKAY!

I graduated college in May and the last 2 weeks of school I worked out but I also ate out every single meal and I felt like garbage. I was so bloated but I knew I was going to get back on the grind soon. I don’t regret this for a second because I had SO much fun with my friends and that’s time I won’t ever get to re-live.

When I got home I started eating cleaner, but I started getting really confused. How was I going to get back to where I was before? (I’m still not)

So then I found Kenzie Burke and started food combining. I was feeling amazing. I was still eating meat though so some of my meals were just boring meat and veggies I wasn’t really satisfied? So I stopped and started eating like a normal person which I hadn’t done in years and I was getting good at eating intuitively and feeling satisfied.

My biggest problem is I trend hop because I get bored…

With that being said, I found another program and I had a very very bad experience. It was so bad that I don’t even wanna say who it was from… This program was very strict. You would take progress pictures every WEEK (that’s ridiculous you won’t ever see progress every week – it was bringing my self esteem so far down because I was working so hard and not seeing huge changes). The program had me counting macros very strictly – weighing my food out and staying tight between those numbers. I was hungry and extremely unsatisfied. It also gave you a workout split (which I’m almost positive everyone got the same one but not sure) and I hated the split. Working out when you hate the exercise makes it SO undesirable. I would dread going to the gym when the gym was my happy place. One night my sister brought home leftover pizza from my favorite restaurant. I was craving it SO bad (but I only got one cheat meal a week) so I ate a couple of bites and spit out each bite so I would still stay within my macros… I started crying after this. How on earth did I get to this place? I had a revelation and I was freaking out. I decided it would be best if I cut it off completely (the program was 3 months long and I stopped after 1 – it was way too much money I was stupid to buy it in the first place and even though she wasn’t going to be helping me at all anymore she refused to give me a refund). I’ll never forget crying on the phone and her telling me ‘just know you you’re gonna gain weight once you stop tracking’. I was beyond stressed.

But in the end this program was the best mistake I ever made because it brought me back to life and made me realize I actually had to figure something out.

I was living in limbo for a little very confused about what to eat and how much to eat. I felt very uncomfortable when eating anything because I knew it wasn’t perfect and I had this girls voice in my ear telling me I was going to gain weight. I finally started to get over my fear of food in October. During this time I was learning how to enjoy my workouts and doing things that I actually liked doing, I was having way more fun at the gym than before.

Fast forward to November 1, I watched the game changers movie which I talked about a few posts back and I’ve been a vegetarian and eating intuitively ever since. I’ve been feeling amazing and I think my body reflects that. Click here to read about one week into being a vegetarian.

My workouts have been really intense since then. I’m posting my updated workout routine in about a week so I’ll link it here once I have it up. I’ve been lifting really heavy and pushing myself beyond what I thought I could ever do. It’s really amazing what your body can accomplish when you fuel it with the food that it’s craving rather than being so intensely restrictive.

What I’ve Learned:

I feel like everyone who works out starts all wrong, including me and then we get addicted to pushing ourselves through pain and being a bit too consistent.

  • Listening to your body is KEY
  • Figure out what works for YOU. what works for someone else will not work for you you really have to do trial and error
  • Restricting turns to a binge
  • There’s no such thing as a good food vs a bad food (still working on this)
  • Do workouts that make YOU happy
  • Workout because it makes you feel good not because you want to eat more (working on this lol)
  • Results TAKE TIME!!!!!

I really hope that someone took something out of this. This was really uncomfortable for me to share but I hope that it inspires someone to push themselves and figure out what works for them.

Share with me your experiences in the comments! If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me on Instagram!

Thanks for reading!

Carly @eatsbycarly

My Work Day Morning Routine

Most people have a morning routine, here’s mine. Lets jump right into it…

5:15 AM

My alarm goes off (ugh) I sit in bed until the latest 5:20. When I get up I immediately get up put my spin clothes on which is a pair of Athleta leggings, my worst sports bra and a pair of unmatching or bright colored socks (lol not that you care about my sock choice).

After I have my clothes on (which I always lay out the night before because any second I spend looking for a pair of leggings at 5 am is a second wasted) I go to the bathroom, put my hair in a ponytail and walk to the room next door to me with the Peloton in it and get buckled into my spin shoes and clip into the bike.

5:30 AM

It’s time to choose my ride, I normally pick a 20 minute class with Ally Love and spin my lil heart out.

My weekly Peloton class schedule usually goes as follows:

MONDAY: 20 min HIIT

TUESDAY: 20 min hip hop

WEDSNDAY: 20 min HIIT

THURSDAY: 20 min new tracks

FRIDAY: OFF (I like to sleep in on Fridays- I really value the extra 30 minutes of sleep I give myself at the end of a long week)

Basically, I do 2 HIIT Rides and 2 climb rides per week. Over the weekend I do at least 1 45 minute Tabata ride and then I’ll either take the other day off from cardio or I’ll do 15 minutes on the StairMaster.

During these 20 minutes I drink my entire 32 oz HydroFlask of water. Drinking this entire bottle first thing in the morning makes me feel SO good.

Although I dread opening my eyes in the 5:00 hour – after I finish my ride I feel amazing. I am so much more energized throughout the day. I would’ve never imagined this would happen. I always have been a morning workout person but I never thought I would be able to make time for a workout before work until I just got up and DID THE DAMN THING!!!

One day – just make the decision to wake up early and get s*** done, I swear you will not regret it. I’m planning on doing a post on why you need to wake up earlier so stay tuned for that because I’m going to go more in depth about this.

5:50 AM

I take a couple of minutes to cool down after I’m done on the bike and then I hop in the shower. The days I do not have to wash my hair run a bit smoother than the days I do.

Once I’m done in the shower I throw on a bathrobe and use my Thayers Wich Hazel facial toner to make sure all of the makeup is off of my face from the day before and then I’m ready to apply my makeup.

6:00 AM

I don’t take long showers unless I have time to – you can get it done in 10 minutes or less. Most times I’m out by 6:00 – I sit down at my desk put my contacts in and get going on my makeup. (Look out for a makeup routine coming soon!)

6:20 AM

I grab my cup of coffee (see this is where the water thing comes in because it’s 6 am and I can drink coffee because I’ve already had a ton of water as a base) and start making breakfast. Breakfast takes me around 10-15 minutes to make depending on what it is.

Here are my normal breakfast options:

SAVORY BREAKFAST

2 eggs over easy

2 pieces of Trade Joes Sourdough Toast

1/4 avocado spread on the toast

1 Morning Star Farms Sausage Patty

Red Pepper Flakes

Siracha / Hot Sauce

OVERNIGHT OR REGULAR OATS

1/2 cup of oats

Unsweetened Coconut Milk

1 Scoop of Ghost Milk Chocolate Whey Protein Powder

1 tbs PB2

1 date

cacao nibs

pumpkin seeds

chia seeds

frozen blueberries thawed

more / less depending on my mood… see my Instagram for more – I have an entire oats highlight!

6:30 AM

I sit down at the kitchen table and enjoy my breakfast. Sometimes I watch youtube videos sometimes I watch TV with my mom whatever I’m feelin I do. I sit here until the last possible second to soak up every minute of home life before work.

6:50 AM

I go to my room, change into the clothes I laid out the night before. Go to the bathroom, brush my teeth, spray perfume etc… grab my lunch box in the kitchen and the bags I packed for work and the gym the night before.

7:00 AM

I get in my car and I’m off to work for 7:30!

The key to my morning routine:

The one thing I PREACH when I tell people about my routine is to get everything ready the night before. I would honestly be late every single morning if I didn’t lay out my clothes, and cook and pack my lunch the night before! This is crucial for any good morning in my house.

Whats the most important part of your morning routine? Let me in on your secret in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed taking a glimpse into my morning!

Thanks for reading!

Carly @eatsbycarly

My Favorite Makeup Products

Everyone has staple products – below are mine that I cannot go a day without using! Lets skip the small talk and get right into it.

The Perfect Base

Having a good base is crucial. This tinted moisturizer from Laura Mercier is the perfect base for a natural look. I use this every day – it gives me a natural glow and dewy look that I LOVE. Thank you to my friend Rachel (CLICK THE LINK TO GO TO HER BLOG!) for introducing me to this game changing product! If you prefer more natural looks I highly suggest you check this out!

$47.00 on Sephora.com

Set Your Base

After my base I always apply powder. This Laura Mercier translucent powder is one of the most popular powders around for a good reason!! It locks in your makeup and subsides the shine that builds up during the day while still keeping your natural glow!

$39.00 on Sephora.com

Pretend it’s Summer all year long

This is my all time favorite bronzer. I have gone through more of the Hoola Bronzer by Benefit then I can count. This is the PERFECT shade for my skintone to keep me bronzed all year around. They also have multiple other shades for different skin tones!

$30.00 on Ulta.com

Apply Your Bronzer

Brushes are SO important. This is my go to bronzer brush from Real Techniques. I always frame my face with bronzer in a 3 motion. (please excuse my unwashed brush lol)

I have a couple of brushes that I can’t live without! Let me know if I should do a post on must have brushes!

$10.99 on Ulta.com

A Natural but Poppin’ Highlight

This highlight from Essence won’t cost you an arm and a leg and is seriously amazing! I apply this to my cheekbones, the inner corner of my eyes and the tops of my brow bone.

$4.94 on Ulta.com

BROWS

Brows are the most important part of my makeup routine because they frame the face. This eyebrow pencil has changed my LIFE! It’s not high end and works WONDERS! It is super easy to use because it’s a twist up. I apply using a light hand and in order to make my eyebrows look natural. I swear by this pencil and will never purchase a different pencil again!

$10.00 on Ulta.com

Set Your Brows (SO IMPORTANT!)

I’ve been using this product for YEARS! (please excuse the picture quality but click here for a better picture). This is the Anastasia clear brow gel – it sets your brows all day – I swear someone could legit splash water in my face and my brows won’t budge. The clear version works the best so don’t be fooled.

$22.00 on Ulta.com

The best mascaras in the game

These mascaras are at the very top of my list. Tarte being #1 and Laura a close second. I like my lashes voluminous and long (who doesn’t? lol) and these do just that. Ulta always has 1/2 off sales of the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes so it’s the perfect time to stock up!

Laura Mercier (Caviar Volume Panoramic Mascara): $25.00 on Sephora.com

Tarte (Lights Camera Lashes Mascara): $23.00 on Ulta.com

WE ARE ALL CREATURES OF HABIT

Once I find a product that I absolutely love, it’s difficult for me to sway away from it. I know it’s the same for most people. If you ever feel like trying something new I swear you will not be disappointed by any of these! If you want a more in depth description of my makeup routine let me know and I would love to make some type of video or post about it!

What makeup products do you swear by?

Thanks for reading!

xx Carly @eatsbycarly

Lets Talk Meditation

I’ve been meditating for about a month now and I have to say it has helped me immensely. Worrying takes up a lot of my thoughts and anxiety is a big part of my life (although I wish it wasn’t).

I decided to meditate when I noticed that every night I would get super anxious and have irrational thoughts. I noticed myself waking up multiple times through out the night in a panic. I knew I had to make a change.

Meditating has helped me ‘throw away’ those thoughts and focus on what matters in that moment.

A couple of benefits:

  • reduces stress and anxiety levels
  • increases blood flow to the brain
  • reduces cortisol
  • enhances self awareness
  • lengthens attention span
  • improves sleep

And SO much more! These are just a few benefits that I have personally noticed and wanted to emphasize. I have truly never slept better in my entire life. It’s the type of sleep where you can’t even remember when you fell asleep.

Stress and anxiety are very powerful. It took me awhile to realize that I could either let these things take control of me or find a way to help ease them.

Tips:

  • flip your phone to face down
  • get comfortable in bed (if you’re going to sleep)
  • try and lay flat on your back
  • unstick your tongue from the top of your mouth (this makes me yawn every time)
  • RELAX

I want to encourage everyone to meditate, even if it’s just for 5 minutes during the day. You could stare off into space and just take a couple very deep breaths (in for 5 hold for 5 out for 5) or you could do a guided meditation. There are a ton of apps that you can use. I prefer a guided meditation so I use my Peloton app and do about 10-30 minutes every night and I fall asleep to it.

Let me know how it goes!

Thanks for reading!

Carly @eatsbycarly

My Favorite Meatless Protein Alternatives

The biggest misconception about being a vegetarian is that you can’t get in enough protein. This was my biggest worry when I decided to try it out. But I’m here to say that it’s possible! I decided to make a list of my favorite options because I wish I had this at the beginning. Enjoy!

1.Italian Sausage-less Sausage

I love the flavor of these, I’ve also tried the tofurkey brand and these win for sure.
They have been a staple in my lunch and dinner menu every week! The macros per one sausage are: 7g fat, 7g carbs, 14g protein.

2. Fage 0% Nonfat Greek Yogurt

I use this greek yogurt not only as yogurt but also as sour-cream for tacos! It’s really good as sour-cream but can be dressed up as yogurt as well to get a protein packed breakfast. The macros per one cup are 0g fat, 5g carbs, 18g protein.

3. Morning Star Farms ANYTHING (Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers are one of my all time faves)

These are actually AMAZING. I’m so obsessed with this brand I could make a post on only their products. The macros on one burger are 4.5g fat, 13g carbs, 11g protein.

4. Joseph’s Lavish Wrap

Anything from the Joseph’s brand is amazing! All of the options have protein in them and I loooove that. I use these larger wraps to create ‘fake pizza’, burritos, and veggie wraps. They’re truly a game changer. The macros are for half of the lavish (I always eat the entire thing) 1.5g fat, 9g fat, 5g protein.

5. Orgain Grass Fed Whey Protein Shakes

The macros on this shake are truly amazing (2g fat, 10g carbs, 20g protein) and I swear it tastes exactly like chocolate milk. I was SO surprised. You can use my coupon code AMBASSADOR4430 for 30% off your order. I know it’s not good to base your diet around protein powders but I’ve always had at least one a day. This drink is the perfect 10:00 snack to keep me full until 1:00 when it’s lunch time! I highly recommend.

These five products have been staples in my diet the past couple of weeks so I wanted to share! The list goes on and on for vegetarian protein alternatives.

I’m going to try and share 5 new alternatives every week to test my creativity and force myself to try new things!

It is possible to get enough protein during the day when you eat the right things! I found that I’ve been able to average 100-120 grams of protein per day if I stick with these items.

Starting a new diet like this has been scary because I haven’t been able to eat within my comfort zone. But, it’s fun to push my limits. Here’s to trying new things!

Thanks for reading!

Carly @eatsbycarly

I became Vegetarian so you don’t have to

I’m going to start this off by saying that if you haven’t seen The Game Changers movie on Netflix, you need to watch it ASAP. My friend recommended this movie to me and I had a feeling it was going to be one of those movies that turns people vegan so I was scared to watch it. Don’t get me wrong, I love the environment and everything that vegans stand for but I have never been interested and I was NOT willing to be swayed. One night I was super bored and scrolling through Netflix and I stumbled upon the highly recommended movie and decided to watch it. The movie was only about an hour and a half long, it kept my attention the entire time and inspired me to make a change.

The movie included a ton of interesting information about how athletes perform their best when they cut out meat. It showed multiple studies and examples of this with various athletes in the Olympics, players on the Dolphins, even Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie showed the impact of meat on our blood and so much more. In my opinion this is a MUST see. It made me so curious that I had to try out being a vegetarian for myself. I’m calling my newfound vegetarian diet the ‘veggie test’ because I’m not sure how long this is going to last, so I’m going to document my first week so far since I’ve completed it.

The vegetarian diet that I chose is called a Lacto Ovo Vegetarian. This means that I can still have dairy and eggs. This is the perfect option for me at this time because I’m not ready to cut everything out yet and be vegan (and I don’t know if I’ll ever be).

You have to start somewhere right??

Day 1 (November 1, 2019)

This was the perfect day for me to start because I had no food in my house so I knew I was going to have to get take out for lunch anyway. I was training legs later on that night so I was super eager to see how I felt during my lift. Not going to lie, I felt absolutely no change at all. It was only the first day so I decided to keep it up.

Day 2 (November 2, 2019)

For breakfast I had protein oats and then I went to the gym and did shoulders, . My workout was better this day but I still didn’t feel like superwoman. For lunch I went to my favorite salad bar and got it without Salmon which was very sad but still tasty. My digestion was on point so I was pretty happy but nothing big yet.

Day 3 (November 3, 2019)

I woke up on day 3 a bit hungover. I got an egg and cheese sandwich with no bacon! This has NEVER happened. After the egg and cheese cured me I did a 45 minute Tabata ride with Ally Love. I hit a PR, but this was not out of the ordinary for me because Sundays and Mondays are when I normally hit my PR’s on the Peloton because my legs are rested. I went to my friends house and she offered me a brownie. Normally I would say no and I’d be freaking out about it inside, but this time I said no with no craving. Was my pallet changing or was I just full?

Day 4 (November 4, 2019)

I did my morning routine of waking up at 5:15 to do the Peloton hit another PR, which like I said is normal for me on Sundays and Mondays. I had avocado toast on sourdough bread that I got from Trader Joes along with 2 eggs and 1/4 of an avocado for breakfast. For lunch I had Trader Joes Italian soy sausage, Banza Pasta, Raos and some veggies. Then I took on another leg day. I honestly felt weak this day it was kind of strange, but probably because I squatted 185 which I’m not used to at all. I went home had dinner and no dessert.

I started seeing this no dessert trend happening. I am probably the biggest dessert girl there is but for some weird reason I wasn’t craving it at all. I was way less bloated and I was loving life.

Day 5 (November 5, 2019)

On day 5 I took progress pictures. I compared them to the previous weeks and realized I looked worse… I was confused. I then decided to pull out my macro counter and make sure I was getting enough protein. (I want to do a post about counting macros because I was super crazy about them for awhile so I have been very reluctant to make sure I was getting enough but I had to know) Turns out, for this day I was going to be just fine on my macro scale so I went on with my day. This is when I realized my digestion has been terrible and I wasn’t sure why – my water intake was 1 Gallon by the end of the day so something just felt weird about this.

Side note: I decided that I think I’m going to lightly track for this process because I want to make sure that I’m getting enough protein without eating meat. Turns out it’s possible!

On this day I did chest and biceps at the gym. I hit 3 PR’s and I didn’t even realize until I started writing this post.

Day 6 (November 6, 2019)

On day 6 I hit 124 g of protein! I was SO happy and also satisfied all day long. Here’s a what I ate:

Breakfast: 2 eggs with 2 pieces of sourdough bread and 1/4 of an avocado.

Lunch: overnight oats with Plain Greek Yogurt (a variation of this recipe- you can find the exact one under my oats highlight)

Dinner: beefless ground beef burrito (from Trader Joes) made with a Joseph’s flax, oat bran wholewheat lavish which I highly recommend to get some extra protein in (12 g of protein for 2 servings which is the whole wrap!) .

I went to the gym and trained back, I felt super energized and was able to lift heavier than normal. On this day my digestion finally went back to normal and I felt really good!

Day 7 (November 7, 2019)

On day 7 I woke up and I did my normal 20 minute bike ride. I was tired but I felt good (usually this is how I feel at the end of the week). I noticed how I wasn’t bloated at all anymore and I was feeling so good about myself and what I was eating. I went to work feeling extremely energized. We received a shipment in of products that day which required very heavy lifting and an active day. I went in full speed and I ended up feeling very tired by about 10:00. This is how I normally feel on Thursdays because I just went through a long week. I was extra hungry and had a few extra snacks throughout the day. I pushed myself to go to a workout at 6:00 even though I didn’t want to. I made it short but I stil

My thoughts after 1 week:

At first, I didn’t think I was going to make it even a week. I love a good challenge so I was up for it but when I saw chicken I wanted it. As time went on my cravings shifted from chocolate to nothing. I was satisfied at all times. I wasn’t thinking about food and what I was going to eat next 24/7. With that being said, I’m going to continue on with my ‘veggie test’. It seems as though right now my body is thanking me but I’m interested to see how long I can last before my body decides it’s had enough – although I’m not sure that this will happen. I really want to take you through this experience.

Are you a vegetarian?

Was it like when you made the transition?

Do you think you’ll ever go back to eating meat?

Thanks for reading!

Carly @eatsbycarly

My Experience With Peloton

“You can do anything in 15 seconds” – Ally Love

For some reason, I feel like cycling kind of just emerged one year. Everyone was minding their own business doing their workouts and then suddenly everyone was taking cycling luxury cycling classes. About a year ago I would have never even considered cycling when I thought of cardio- oh how times have changed!!

My mom jumped on the cycling bandwagon in 2018 and purchased a Peloton for our house. I was super against using it but I slowly watched her fall in love with her cardio workouts. I tried one class with Robin Arzon on November 11, 2018 and I remember loving it! I couldn’t figure out how to fit the bike into my schedule and I had to go back to school so I basically did it that one time and didn’t do it again until June 24, 2019. This time I chose an instructor based on the music, thinking this would hype me up but I found myself bored and not challenged. I wish I was the type of person to try again but since I had such a bad experience my second time, I decided I wasn’t interested and continued to do my cardio at the gym.

After every workout I would do my cardio at the end, I always had to ‘get through’ the cardio session before I could go home – it was a chore. But, I’ve always been a gym goer and I just didn’t see myself changing that for a bike. So for the next couple of months I carried on with the stairmaster, treadmill and elliptical ‘getting through’ my cardio workouts but never really enjoying them.

On September 24, 2019 I couldn’t make it to the gym for my usual workout so I decided to do a 45 min Tabata Ride with Ally Love. I had the BEST time and I couldn’t wait to do it again. I wanted to do the bike every day and I had to figure out how to fit it into my schedule. I decided that my only option was to start waking up at 5:15 and doing the bike for 20 minutes every morning before work. This way, I could still go to the gym and lift after work AND I didn’t have to dread doing cardio after my lift. Since that day, 4 days a week I wake up, do the bike and get ready for work. I still crave the feeling after a 45 minute class is completed, so every weekend on either Saturday or Sunday I take a 45 minute Tabata class.

Instructors are SO important!!!

I’ve only taken a couple of different instructors but my absolute favorite is Ally Love (I actually take her every single day). She is so encouraging and keeps me entertained throughout the entire ride. The difficulty level on her classes is about a 8.8/10, for me and my fitness level this is the perfect medium for me to be able to hit the target metrics while still being challenged. It took me a couple of different tries to find the perfect instructor match for me and once I finally found one I was addicted.

Peloton has truly changed the cardio game for me. I wake up every morning and I’m excited for my cardio session whereas I used to dread it everyday. I plan on doing a post on if the peloton is worth it (I bet you can guess my answer) that will have what the machine comes with and more!

If cardio bores you – I would highly recommend a spin class of any type (even if it’s at your gym – which I have had a great experience with as well) to test it out before you go ahead and purchase the machine. There are also various Peloton stores around where you can actually go and test out the Peloton out before you purchase it!

Cardio doesn’t have to be boring!

Thanks for reading!

Carly

@eatsbycarly

Welcome to my blog!

Hi Everyone! Thanks for tuning into my blog, I’m so happy to have you here! My name is Carly and I have a passion for health, food and fitness. My Instagram name is @eatsbycarly. I intend for this space to be somewhere you can get to know me better and where I can share more about what I love!

Some facts about me:

I’m currently 21 years old, my birthday is on December 10

I just graduated from college in May of 2019. – (major: management, minor: marketing, core concentration: professional writing)

I played sports throughout high school but began going to the gym consistently when I was a Junior in College

I LOVE food – my favorite food is pizza (duh)

I’m currently trying out being a vegetarian (post coming soon)

You know when it’s your first day of class and your teacher makes everyone go around and say a fun fact about themselves. I can never think of one and this little ‘facts about me’ section is reminding me of that HAHA. I’ll add more facts about me as I think of them! 🙂

This blog is going to include things that I’ve tried out related to health that have / have not worked and my honest review on those things. I want to use this platform to express myself in a different way! I started my Instagram to show food that I eat because I love seeing what others eat. I want to further my Instagram topic of food and go into depth about some of my posts and the things I’ve been up to on this site!

Thanks for reading & welcome to my blog 🙂

Carly

@eatsbycarly