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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Update: July 2014


Hey guys!
OMG! I can NOT believe how quickly time has been flying by.  Can you believe that there's only 12 more days of July left?  Yeesh!  Anyhoo, I'm sure you've all noticed that, once again, I've been m.i.a.  I'm all about school life right now and I have not had the time or even the energy to post anything.  For that I apologize and trust me, I do miss posting.  Since you're probably not going to hear from me until August (I'm studying for finals now), I thought I'd give you all an update.

SCHOOL:
As most of you know, I'm currently in Massage Therapy school and  oooh child, this is a tough curriculum. 
Me right before my Clinic session

I still have two more semesters to go but one of the things I'm enjoying the most this semester is getting the opportunity to massage complete strangers for the first time.  The positive feedback I've been getting is incredibly motivating and gratifying.  I no longer doubt my decision to choose this career path. Yay!

FITNESS:
For starters, I am no longer doing the Insanity workouts.  With all the jumping that goes on I landed wrong during one of the circuits and pretty much said F$CK IT! to Insanity.  I can NOT afford to end up in the hospital with a busted up knee.  I stopped about 2 weeks ago and have been doing lots of Yoga With Adriene videos on Youtube instead to stretch my body out.  On a positive note, I do have some other great news to drop about some future goals but I'm SO excited about them that they're going to get their own post.  Stay tuned :-)

LIFE:
On the subject of exciting news, I'm also happy to announce that Phil and I are back together :-)  After about 6 months apart from each other, which was needed in my opinion, we've decided to work things out.  I'm coming back with a completely different attitude and perspective so we'll see what happens. 

HAIR:
Well, last you all heard I had braids in my hair.  Um, that's no longer the case.  I took them out and have been sporting my trusted NOVA Wig for the past 2 weeks.  I'm indecisive as to what to do next but feel pretty strongly about the idea of just FINALLY learning to style my own hair.Yeah, yeah, yeah.  You've all heard me say this before but I never really TRIED that hard.  One major incentive is that I just don't feel like spending money to get my hair done. In the meantime, just finding the time to wash my hair is an immediate concern so I'm just focusing on treating it consistently.

Whats been happening with all of you lately?  Share in the comments section!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Words of Wisdom: June 2014, Pt. 2

Hey guys!
Since it's Father's Day this weekend I thought it appropriate for some Words of Wisdom from, in my opinion, one of THE most popular father figures in TV History, Bill Cosby.

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"Through humor yo can soften some of the worst blows life delivers.  And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it." 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

ABC's of Thankfulness

Hey guys!
I recently read a post from Marquis of Simply Clarke that listed everything she was thankful for in alphabetical order.  I thought this was a wonderful idea because everyday I try to take a moment to stop, look around and be grateful for everything I have.  Doing this on a daily basis definitely keeps me the happy person that I am and as a result, I'm pretty much able to deal with whatever is thrown my way.  Adopting the attitude of gratitude keeps you from taking things for granted and allows you the opportunity to enjoy the little things in life.  


"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. " 
~ Melody Beattie

Here's a look at my list of things I'm thankful or . . . 

A is for Allan, my brother.  I've got THE best brother in the whole wide world!  Yeah, I said it.  And it's true.

B is for Bodybuilding.com.  This is my absolute favorite site for ordering my supplements. 

C is for my Car. I am incredibly greatly for my vehicle. I would never be able to get as much done without it.

D is for Daddy. my Dad is awesome! He's a man of few words, but the amount of love he has for me is felt in everything he does.

E is for Eggs.  I LOVE having eggs.  I'm pretty sure I can't go a day without having some.

F is for Family.  I can get through anything knowing that my family's got my back.

G is for GOD.  I'm not the most religious person in the world, but I do believe in a higher power.

H is for Hugs.  If I'm feeling down, a hug always makes me feel better.

I is Ice Cream, particularly Cold Stone Creamery.  I don't have it often but when I do . . . .oh man! It's gonna be a good day :-)

J is for Jeans.  This is by far my most favorite article of clothing!

K is for Kashi Go Lean.  I think I'm addicted to this cereal.

L is for Love. Nuff' said.

M is for Mommy.  My mother is everything to me.  She is my best friend, my biggest cheer leader, my confidant, my rock.  I feel blessed everyday for having my mother in my life.

N is for my Natural Hair.  Although I mostly keep it under wraps, I love the fact that it's healthy, growing, versatile and ALL mine.

O is for Oatmeal.  One of my favorite things to eat and it's healthy for you :-)

P is for Phil.  Regardless of what we've gone through in our relationship I've learned so much and have grown incredibly as a person and woman as a result of having him in my life.

Q is for Questions.  Questions are the best!  The can start a conversation, clear up a misunderstanding and spark change.

R is for Rachel, my sister-in-law.  I've always wanted a sister and now, I do :-)

S is for the Swedish Institute, my school.  Now I can change careers.

T is for a Trader Joe. This place is part of the reason why I am able to keep my nutrition in check. 

U is for Umbrella.  I mean, come on.  Who wants to get wet?

V is for "VEEP".  This is my NEW favorite show.

W is for Working Out.  It keeps me sane!

X is for X-Mas.  Yeah, I know. Christmas starts with a "C" but I got desperate, okay? Anyhoo, X-Mas is my favorite holiday because I'm able to spend it surrounded by my family. 

Y is for YOU, my readers.  Thanks so much for taking the time to explore my blog.

Z is for the Zoo.  I love going there but don't go as often as I would like.

What are you guys Thankful for?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer Wish List 2014


Hey guys!
Now that summer is right around the corner, I got me to thinking about last summer and the fact that I wasn't able to enjoy myself s much as I would have liked to.  It's amazing how quickly time goes by.  There were SO many things I kept putting off because I just kept telling myself that I'd get to it next week.  Well, not this year.  This year I'm making a list and I'm vowing to do as many of these things as possible.

Here's my Summer 2014 Wish List.  You'll notice that some of these things are activities and some are just overall goals I hope to achieve by the end of the summer:

1. Go to a Street Fair

2. Go to the beach

2b. Go to the beach in a bikini

3. Go to a BBQ

4. Go to a Baseball Game

5. Go on a Day Trip

6. Go on Vacation

7. Spend a day taking photographs

8. Take a HOT Yoga class

9. Buy myself a one piece bathing suit that I actually LOVE

10. Go to a carnival / amusement park

11.  Finish Insanity Workout Challenge

12. Lose 10 pounds

That's it for now.  As I think of more things to do, I'll just add it.  As I get things done, I'll keep you all posted.  Do any of you have any goals for this summer?  Let me know in the comment section. I love to hear from you.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Insanity Workout: Week #1 Re-Cap


Hey guys!
So yeah, I survived week #1 of Insanity. Woot! Woot!  If you're following me on Instagram, then you've been seeing my daily posts.  The main thing I noticed right away is that I'm NOT in as good as shape as I thought I was, lol.  You know things are bad when the Fit Test seems hard.  I mean I understand that Insanity is high intensity and totally different from P90x3, but good lord! This is a whole new ball of wax that's a bit scary but definitely cool at the same time.  I'm looking forward to the day when I can get through these workouts without feeling like I'm going to pass out. 

Anyway, here's a break down of my first week:
Day#1: Fit Test - I had to perform as many reps as possible of the following exercises for one minute each:
  • Switch Kicks (I did 56)
  • Power Jacks (I did 39)
  • Power Knees (I did 74
  • Power Jumps (I did 23)
  • Globe Jumps (I did 9)
  • Suicide Jumps (I did 15 and took the jump out)
  • Push-Up Jacks (I did 20)
  • Low Plank Obliques (I did 23)

The Fit Test is to be done on Days 15, 36, 50 and 63 so that you can keep track of your progress.

Day #2: Plyometric Cardio Circuit - This was a brutal . . . but in a good way.  This workout has an extended warm up, that's followed by stretches and 2 plyometric circuits (repeated 3 times each).  The workout ends with a much needed cool down.  I was doing great until I got to the 2nd plyometric circuit (the Basketball Drills) at that point I was modifying the hell out of most of the moves in order to keep up.  Miraculously I made it to the end without passing out. Go me!

Day #3:  Cardio Power & Resistance: I like this workout because its a nice change of pace.  Its cardio with a wee bit of resistance thrown into the mix with the likes of push ups, dips and power jumps.  It starts off with the warm up, which is repeated three times.  Next we go into the stretch routine, which is followed by 2 circuits that are repeated three times each and then finally the cool down.  

Day #4: Cardio Recovery: What a relief this workout was.  This is basically a stretch routine and an opportunity to give your body much needed rest after getting your booty kicked the last 2 days.

Day #5: REST DAY

Day #6: Pure Cardio:  This workout nearly killed me. I'm serious.  Just like all the other workouts, this starts off with the warm up that's repeated three times, which is followed by the stretch routine.  But then right after the stretch, BOOM! It's just non-stop movement, at least, that's what it felt like to me.  This workout pretty much incorporates every move done on the Fit Test, plus a few extras to REALLY get you work for it. Although I almost passed out twice, this is probably my favorite workout of them all.  I can't wait for the day that I can make through this entire DVD.  

Day #7: Plyometric Cardio Circuit: This is a repeat of Day #2.  The only difference is I could already tell a difference in my endurance.  This time around I didn't modify any of the moves and it took me well into the second circuit before I felt like I just couldn't go any further so I had to pause the DVD for about a minute.

Goals For Week#2:
1. Cut down on the modifications 
2. Avoid pausing the DVD
3. Stick to the Elite Nutrition Guide 

Wish me luck guys!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekly Wishes #24 (2014)

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Hey guys!
I hope all of you are having a great start of the week.  I know that I am :-) With that said, let's jump right into this week's installment of Weekly Wishes.  

Here's a look at last week's goals:
1. Stick to Blogher's NaBloPoMo June Challenge:  I was good up until Friday.  When the weekend hit, I was pretty much playing catch up with school and work. If I had to give myself a score between 1-10 (with 10 being awesome), I'd give myself about a 7.
2. Start new workout routine:  I scored a HUGE 10 with this goal.  I made sure I got all of my workouts in this week because I was NOT playing.  I plan on sticking with this workout routine til the end.
3. Food prep for the week: I was pretty good until Sunday, that's when things kind of fell apart because I was out pretty much all day and forgot to carry snacks with me.  On top of that, it was that "time of the month" for me so when I got hungry I made horrible food choices. Sigh.  I'd give myself a 6 on this one since I slipped on only Sunday.
4. Don't buy ANY more clothes...for now: I was totally able to stick to this one although I am in desperate need of some more shorts.  I'll see if there's room in my budget for a couple of pairs next time I get paid.

And here are this week's goals:
1. Stick to BlogHer's NaBloPoMo June Challenge:  This is all about me managing my time a bit better.  Sunday through Tuesday are my least busiest days so I have to focus on writing most of my posts during this time.
2. Continue on to Week #2 of Insanity:  This goes without saying.  I'm getting THIS DONE!
3. Get my Food Prep together:  Like Goal #1, this is ALL about time management.  I have to do ALL of my cooking for the week when I'm less busy.  And if I have to, I'll start writing out what I should pack and eat every day so I don't have a chance to make a horrible food choice.
4. No Eating Out: Okay, let me explain.  If and when I do eat out, I hardly ever buy things like cheeseburgers and fries anymore.  My biggest problem is pizza.  And not just plain pizza, I love me my slices with extra cheese.  And it doesn't help that there's a pizza shop right next door to my job. UUUUGH!  I have to remind myself constantly that pizza is the reason I ended up gaining these 30 extras pounds I'm trying to lose.  Pizza is the enemy. No more pizza . . . But anyway, I digress.  Eh, hem.  No eating out this week.
5. Go back to using my To Do List Journal:  Since time management seems to be a recent problem for me again, it's time to bust out with my To Do List Journal to keep me on track.  I've said this numerous times before, I'm a visual person so having a list where I can jot things down and check things off always helps keep me on track.

Okay, so these are the goals for the week.  What do you guys hope to accomplish this week?