crazy october

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

 I clearly haven't posted in a few weeks (seriously my bad). I recently had my grandpa pass away and such events with that so that took some time away. October is definitely a full month for me. I'm back to blogging more often! In the mean time..I have some great things I have been wanting to post about so I'm excited to share them :) I also want to state a random list of things I am currently thankful for. I know, it's random but having a thankful heart will never be a bad thing. Plus I love reading about it on other blogs!

Fashion: Fall/Winter fashion is awesome this year. I have purposely been waiting to post about it because i'm been buying some more staple items for my wardrobe. I'm going to take pics of different outfit combinations, while using many of the same pieces. Once I get enough pics i'll share where I bought of everything.

Beauty: I recently have purchased some great beauty products and came across some tips that are totally worth sharing if you're a girl who loves all things cosmetics. 

Favorite List: I haven't posted about my birthday weekend so this will include some of my gifts, because they really are some of my fav things. 

                                                      10 Things I'm Thankful for:

                                                                  - online classes
                                                             - Michigan in the fall
                                                                 - pandora radio
                                                              - old navy coupons
                                                         - weekend football games
                                                            - my nephews laugh
                                           - everything about starbucks,except the prices
                                                          - that I still have iOS6
                                                   -the support of family & friends
                                       - God's perfect peace that passes all understanding

                                               What are 10 things you are thankful for?

My Fitness Journey: Part 1

Sunday, October 6, 2013

First of many post about fitness,yay! First off, I love pretty much all things fitness. I love healthy food, I love the gym, I love how our bodies were made to work, and I love my supplements. As a teenager I was interested in fitness. I had a gym membership but didn't really go often. In January of 2012 I went to a new gym & have been there ever since! When I made the transfer thats when I really started getting into all of it. I danced as a little girl, stopped for a long time (regretfully) and started up again my junior & senior year of high school.  Aside from college, I have always been at a private Christian school and they never had dance. In elementary I played basketball and tried soccer in junior high but nothing stood out to me. Dance was the sport I did best! Since I wasn't involved in athletics just at my school, the gym was another place I could better myself by being active. (dance was only thursday nights for me).

I got a trainer in April of 2012, and because of the cost per hour I only had two sessions with her. She moved to another state but thankfully, I still remember the workouts she taught me. My goal was to go down to 135lbs for graduation day (May 24th) I think I was around 155lbs. I ate kind of healthy but I knew some things in my diet still had to change. I taught myself a lot more about nutrition, super foods and what foods really not to eat. That part wasn't crazy drastic for me but I know SO much more than what I knew then. A few months later I realized change needed to happen. I remember weighing myself at 156 and telling myself I never want to be over 160lbs. Some days I felt fine with my body, I wasn't secretly unhappy with my appearance. Then there was those days I felt just kinda fat. I didn't really put myself under a negative category though, I knew my weight didn't define who I was as a girl.  I really just wanted to be healthier! I wanted to lose weight and I knew I had the power to change that. I started making it more of a priority than before.

                                                      -LONG STORY SHORT-
A few days ago I reached my goal weight. August of 2012 I was 156lbs, I am now 126.7lbs! I am SO happy and proud of myself. I was at the gym October 3rd (the day before my birthday) and found out. Man, talk about one of the best birthday presents EVER!

The big question: How did you do that?!? I have a lot of people asking me that and I'm so glad I have this platform to get it all down! The two most important things: clean eating and exercise. I am not certified in any way about this..I talked to others,trainers and really taught myself a lot about. This is all my story and opinion I'm not saying this is exactly right for every situation. Right off the bat, I'm going to say that I haven't been eating clean and working out constantly since last year. It really shouldn't have taken me a full year but like I said, I took days off...lots of them. I started loosing weight more and more just by changing a lot of my eating habits. This can be extremely hard because I am a full blown chocolate eating-cupcake making-sweet tooth kinda girl. I usually would go a week of clean eating as exercising at least a few times a week. I would eat bad for a few weeks, then go back to super healthy eating again. That sounds kind of bad haha, it sounds like yo-yo dieting but clean eating isn't a diet (which I'll explain below & in another post). Even though I ate bad foods for days in a row at times, my eating as whole changed. ( I got mono in the spring and ate bad for like a month straight and somehow lost weight instead of gaining?? lol ) Since little changes add up as time goes on I just kept loosing weight. I kept a log on my phone of the date and the weight. There were a few times i gained back a pound or two but thats really easy and normal for me to do. Something that is REALLY important that I did was adding weights. I never just did cardio. I hear a lot of girls day they don't want that guy bodybuilder look but in reality, we don't have the same testosterone as guys and that takes extreme training. Nothing like that happens overnight or even in weeks. I added weights because I wanted to gain muscle also. Fixing problems area's are really hard. You can't just do ab-workouts and have your gut be gone. When you gain muscle, you will burn more calories and also lose fat, especially in those problem area's. I mixed up my workouts so I wasn't doing the same thing everyday. I also have done 2 one hour workouts with a group at my gym with a trainer, which are awesome! I'm going to post more about my meals and workouts too! (which is where i'll expand) but healthy foods and the gym was my best friend. Those are the top two best things in my opinion! Clean eating & exercise!

Below are a before and after, I don't have really any ones that show the difference correctly, I didn't take a right "before"shot. I suggest taking a before pic in a sports bra & soffee's instead!

                                                                    Before & After!
                                             summer 2012                            summer 2013

I worked REALLY hard. It didn't happen overnight, and it won't for anyone. It was really tough at times. I often compared myself to other fit girls and thats just down right discouraging. You HAVE to look at how far you have come and focus on what you CAN do. Don't give up. Challenge yourself, push past what you think you can do. Make goals and remind yourself of them everyday. That's the gist! I can get more into details with future post! You can always email me or comment and ask questions :) 

birthday week

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It's officially my birthday week! I'm pretty excited for this weekend and so far every day is booked with some of my favorite things. My mom was the one who helped decorate my parties growing up and they were great. Some of my themes were barney, goofy ( who I was obsessed with!) the little mermaid aka under the sea party, tinker bell, rainbow-since my favorite color was actually all of them at one point, one at the apple orchard and a few others I can't remember off the top of my head. Notice there was at least 3 parties that were all disney...who wouldn't want to be at disney themed party as a kid?! My mom made sure that there were special details involved with the decorations, matching wrapping paper and whatever dessert/cake I wanted. I remember being excited to go to the store and pick out all the decorations for my theme! I actually adore themes, and feel like they are always necessary. Even if you are an adult, yep you can and should still have a theme ;) Target is a heaven sent store and i'm pretty sure I never walk out of there empty handed. Today we went to pick up a few products for this weekend and here's a little sneak peak. I'm not having a party but it's always fun to have some festive stuff for a get together. 

        Decided to go with navy blue, white, pink & gray! Kind of reminds me of a Lilly Pulitzer print :)

I also love chevron paper straws and use them in so many drinks! I have red ones that I use year round but these ones were perfect with my colors! You can find them in larger quantity here. 

Still can't believe that i'll be turning 20 in a few days, so so crazy.

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