Be Realistic

During my workout today, I listened to a podcast about how to maintain your healthy lifestyle once you’ve reach your goal weight. I actually was about to tweet something this morning that kind of went along these lines, but decided I’d write about here instead. There are so many things that I have noticed on my journey that I have to keep in mind in order to stay motivated and stay on track. I don’t just jump out of bed and run and it’s not always easy to eat right. We are human. We crave things that are terrible for us, but that’s life. We aren’t perfect. In this post, I will be sharing with you some things that I have noticed that I need to reach my goals and to stay on track.

I love being a planner, but it’s just not for everyone. If you’re not a planner for your everyday life, I honestly encourage you to be when it comes to being healthy and living a healthier lifestyle. It helps in so many ways.

One thing that I realized today is that mapping out your weekly workouts is so helpful. If you know what your plans for the week look like, then plan your workouts accordingly. That way when you get busy, you don’t miss a workout. You’ve already fit it in. Let’s be real. Sometimes, it doesn’t always happen that way. Plans change unexpectedly, therefore, don’t beat yourself up when it does. I have to say I do though. It bothers me if I can’t get a workout in, but we just have to remind ourselves that sometimes that happens and we can’t always help it.

For this coming week, I have already gone through and mapped out what days  I can go outside and workout in the evening and I have also noted what days that I need to get up early and use the bike. This way, I know ahead of time what days that I will be getting up early and which days I don’t have to. It’s nice to know that even on days when I have busy evenings, that I still have a backup workout plan. It keeps me on track. Let’s be honest, if we miss too many days, it’s hard to start back.

When mapping out your workouts, be realistic. Being realistic with yourself keeps you from getting discouraged. If you set goals that aren’t reachable, you’re going to want to give up because you’re not scratching off those goals and you’re not seeing any progress. It doesn’t matter if your workouts gradually increase by a few seconds or by minutes, if that is what works for you, then go for it! Every day, challenge yourself. When you set realistic goals for yourself and you meet them or pass them, it makes your feel amazing. Am I right? So today, I challenge you to map out your workouts for this week, but make them realistic. It doesn’t matter how small or how big, if it challenges you some, then that’s what matters. Chase those goals! Right now, I am working out a plan to a 5k. I will hopefully be posting that on here in the near future, so if you’re interested in running a 5k, this will hopefully help you. Please let me know in the comments if you would like to see that!

This post may seem short, but to be honest, I feel like there are other things that I can talk about in other posts that may help you all stay motivated toward your goals. Please if you need motivation, comment, message me on instagram, or tweet me. We all need motivation from time to time and I know it can be a struggle. I hope that all of you have an amazing week and reach your goals one step at a time! Until next time, stay fit and fab!

Psalm 139:14 KJV  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

 

 

 

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Find What Works For You

I have heard and read several things about different diets and ways to lose weight and I have one thing to say: find what works for you. There have been so many that say I can’t stick to a strict diet because I can’t keep it up. Others say, I can’t stick to being disciplined myself, I need a diet. Everyone is different. What works for one, may not work for someone else. You must find what works for you. Just make sure it’s healthy!

You have to find something that fits your life. Something that you can maintain. Some are more disciplined and can be on a more intuitive way of life. Others need guidelines and rules to follow in order to stay on track. It just depends on who you are. Some can go without cake or ice cream and be just fine with it. While others, if they totally cut themselves off from it, they may eventually get to the point where they cave and eat an over abundance of it. I call it balance. Sometimes we just need a treat. Treat yourself when you’ve done something amazing, but don’t ruin it by celebrating too much. Enjoy it and then get back on track. I know I say things like ‘I can’t have that’, but to be honest, we, me included, need to start saying, ‘I can have that, but I choose not to because it’s not good for me’.

I know that I have probably said this before, but I am not a fan of the diet lifestyle. I follow more of a lifestyle change way of living. The reason I am not fond of diets is because the word itself simply has die in it. Most diets only last for so long and then that’s it. Some diets have really strict guidelines that sometimes can seem unmanageable for a lifetime. If you are someone who has maintained a diet for years, that’s great. If that is what works for you and it’s a healthy way of life, congrats! If you are someone that can stick to intuitive eating and be healthy, that’s amazing. I would love to hear from you!

Me, personally, I have tried several workouts before I found out that running worked for me. I had tried workout videos online and Zumba, but one day I worried about my health and I found a running buddy. That’s where it all began. I counted calories and I ran. Guess what? I lost weight and was in shape. I loved it! I am not saying those workouts won’t work for you because they worked for my best friend. You just have to find what works for you. I am talking to myself when I say this. When you find what works for you, stick to it! Honestly!

I, also, know that once you find what works for you and you get into the routine of being healthy and you start seeing a difference, it gives you the drive and motivation to continue on that journey. You start working out and then you start trying to watch what you eat because you know how hard you worked out and you don’t want to ruin it. If I am honest, there are times when I want pizza or cake, but I know that if I say no, I will not regret it. On the other hand, there are times where I legit want a piece of cake. Seriously. If you haven’t had it in a while and you genuinely want some, then get one piece (a small piece) and that’s it and enjoy it.

Things to take from this post:

  1. Find what works for you!
  2. Only eat it, if you genuinely want it!
  3. Treat yourself for a job well done and remember that it’s just a treat. (It’ll taste better and you’ll enjoy it more, if you don’t eat it all the time!)

I hope that this post has motivated and inspired someone. I hope that it was informative and that it will help you on your journey. Just remember, if it has helped you and you’re living a happy and healthy lifestyle, stick to it. You won’t regret it.

Have a great week!

Philippians 4:13 KJV I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

You are WORTH it!

You are worth it. You deserve to be happy. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Don’t let others steal your joy. I have been inspired to write this post by a song that came out probably last year. It’s called ‘The Breakup Song’ by Francesca Battistelli. This song talks about breaking up with fear and not letting it define who you are. I have felt so motivated to write this post and I just hope that it helps someone out there. I really do!

Let me just start by saying, YOU are worth it. I don’t know what you are going through or have gone through. I don’t know your story, but what I can tell you is that GOD loves you and HE wants what’s best for you. HE loves you when you fail. HE loves you when you succeed. HE cares about you so much. YOU are worth it and do not, I repeat, do not let anyone tell you differently!

This songs talks about how fear can think it knows all about you, but you know what, it doesn’t. You are strong. You are brave. You are beautiful just the way GOD created you.  GOD has equipped you with just what you need to succeed. I know there are days when you just don’t feel 100%, but let me tell you this. No matter how you feel that day, GOD loves you and cares about you. Remember that. When you hate how every outfit looks on you, remember GOD loves you. When you just can’t get your hair to go the way you want it to, remember GOD loves you. Not everything is going to be perfect, but GOD is and HE won’t ever let you down.

Hold your head up high. Don’t let fear tell you that you can’t do something. Don’t let it intimidate you. You are strong and confident. If you have goals, stay focused. Build on it everyday and with GOD, all things are possible. My identity is in CHRIST. It’s not in how others make me feel. If GOD is pleased with me, then that is all that matters.

I recently read an article about someone who was bullied at the gym. Are you serious? No one should pick on anyone, anywhere. We are all there for one goal-to better ourselves. Sometimes, it is hard to go to the gym. The thoughts of ‘I don’t know how to work the weight machines’ or ‘I am probably the slowest person there’ may flood your mind, but you know what? That is fear trying to ease its way into your life and into your happiness. Don’t let it. Stop worrying and stressing whether you’re faster than someone else and just compete with the person you were yesterday. When I see people at them gym working hard, it just makes me happy! It’s amazing to see others striving to better themselves. I just want to give them a high five! In that article, it talked about someone who spotted them being picked on and reported it. If I am not mistaken, I believe they actually helped the person being bullied by working out with them. They made them feel welcome. How great is that? It’s so nice to know that there are people out there who will make you feel welcome even when they don’t even know you.

So stop living life full of regrets. Stop wishing you were fit like someone else. Wishing you were skinny like that girl. Wishing you were this or that. Stop!! Stop wishing and start living and being happy. Be happy in who you are while building the person you want to be. Wishing isn’t going to get you there.

I hope this post has motivated someone out there today! I just want you to know that you deserve to be happy, so be happy. Don’t let fear take control. You are loved by a GOD who sent His Son to die for you. How amazing is that? If this post has motivated you in anyway, please comment down below. I would love to hear it! Let’s motivate each other in this new year to reach our goals and to grow!

Thank you for reading and have a great week!

Deuteronomy 31:6 KJV Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

 

 

Plan 2019

Wow. Another year in the books and a new year ahead. Who’s excited about it? Who has big goals for this year? Well, I have been doing some planning to get myself ready for the new year and in this post, I am going to be sharing some with you in hopes that it will inspire anyone reading this, as well as, keep motivating and inspiring myself.

  1. Meal Prepping

For me, having a nice lunch makes the day seem so much better. Is it just me or does anyone else feel that way? In order for me to create better lunches, I meal plan the week before and go to the grocery store and meal prep usually over the weekend. I’ve started this off by cooking two different meals so that I don’t get bored with the same meal every single day and each week, I am going to try to add a new option to the mix.

2.  Workout Everyday

I know this sounds tough and to be honest, it probably will be, but I am going to try to get  at least a 30 minute workout session in every day. When I sit down to do my meal planning, I also do my workout and other planning as well. Some days and some weeks are busier than others and so I may not get to the gym or I may not be able to workout at certain times. In order to work around this, I am trying to incorporate strength training and cycling to the sessions. This also keeps me from getting bored and helps work other areas. There are also other activities, such as hiking and snow tubing, that will be considered in this as well.

3. Race Every Month

I am going to try to find a race to run every month. Every three months, I want to do a harder run. The harder race could be a longer distance or it could just be a harder course. Right now, I am still trying to find a race for the month, so this goal isn’t going so well at the moment, but its okay. I’ll do what I can.

4. Post Meals and Workouts Everyday

If you follow me on instagram, you probably already know that I am posting my daily eats and workouts. This is something I decided to do because one, I like ‘what I eat in a day ‘posts and I thought others might enjoy these, but also to keep me accountable. If I eat it, I have to take a picture and post it. Seriously, it has been working so far so I am going to try to keep it up! If you are needing some accountability, I would recommend trying this and see what happens.

Here is a week one update on the above and also just kind of letting you know how I feel after the first week. As far as workouts, it has been manageable. I have been able to fit in some kind of activity everyday over the past week. I walked, ran, cycled, and snow tubed.  It has been good! I actually think I am seeing a change. That may sound crazy after only a week, but I think I do, which is great. It’s amazing motivation.

Also, as far as meal planning, the first week went well. I fixed two different meals and one was really spicy, but still good and the other one I could not stop raving about while i was eating it. I post about these meals and other daily eats on my instagram if you’re interested in following me there. The first week of meal prepping was kind of expensive because there’s a lot that I had to buy, but this week was better. Once you have a base, you can start using similar ingredients so that you don’t waste as much and also, save money.

That is it for now! I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you’re planning on using any of these ideas, please let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear about it! Hope everyone has a fabulous week!

Galatians 6:9 KJV And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Planning 101

Happy December! I hope that everyone is enjoying the CHRISTmas season so far. One thing that I mentioned recently in an instagram post was that I would share why planning helps me with my fitness and healthy lifestyle. In this series, I will be sharing several tips and reasons how planning helps over the next few weeks before we come into the new year. I thought that getting this out before the new year would help anyone who is wanting to change some things up for 2019. Great way to start right!

Planners

I LOVE planning! Picking out a planner every year just makes me happy. Haha. Is there anyone else like this? I would really like to know. I took a friend to the store the other day and I spent a little too long in the planner/journal section, found one that I considered, but still didn’t buy it. There’s just a lot of things that I need a planner to have before I decide on one. It has to have the whole month on one spread, as well as, each day laid out individually. Sounds simple, but it’s not for me. I actually ended up going back to that same store a few days later and buying two different planners. Two? Yes, two. One for my purse and one for the house. Does that sound weird? It’s just nice to always have one with you for those times when you remember something you have to do or you make plans with friends while you are out and about. Then I have one for home because before I go to bed, sometimes I feel like writing so I will jot a few things down before I hit the hay. I know you probably want to know those reasons now instead of hearing me ramble on about my love for planners so here goes.

There are several reasons why I like to plan and why I make lists. One reason is that it gets all the information in my head onto paper. This way I don’t have to try to remember every detail and every good idea that comes into my head. haha. One thing that I have talked about I don’t know how many times is meal planning. Sit down and think about what you are going to be doing this week and how much time you will have to prep your meals. If you don’t have much time during the week, either plan out easier meals that week or just prep it on a day early in the week that you do have more time. This way you have everything squared away and you don’t have to stress about what you are going to eat or when you are going to fix it. Doing this, keeps you from running out at lunch and buying fast food.

Making a list of everything that you need to buy before hitting the grocery store, will keep you from making poor decisions and buying more than you need (healthy, but it may go bad too soon) and also, more of what you don’t need (unhealthy items). If you are interested in reading more on this, check out my Meal Planning post!

For me, writing down what I am having for breakfast, lunch, and maybe dinner (just depends), helps me keep track of what I am eating. It’s also nice to plan out a good breakfast. It helps me look forward to the morning and get up early when I need to. Also, some mornings I try to hit the gym early before work so planning out which days I am going to sit down and eat breakfast versus the days I need a smoothie on the go, definitely helps! I don’t have to keep track of those things in my head.

One thing I recommend that I love to do is setting aside some time to plan out your week or month beforehand so you know what you’ve got to do, what you’ve got to go pick up at the store, and also, to know what you have to spend. Keeps you from worrying! If you have a hard time finding a planner that works best for you, make a bullet journal. This way you can ensure that you have all the pages in your planner that you need.

I know that everyone isn’t a planner, so you may be wondering what you can do. Well, why don’t you like planning? Is it because you’re more a spur-of-the-moment kind of person? There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you want to keep track of what you are eating and trying to figure out when you can workout, then a small bit of planning may help. You don’t have to be as extensive as me, but a little planning can go a long way. Try it and see what happens. Maybe there’s another reason why you don’t like planning, whatever it may be, figure out what that reason is and adjust accordingly. If you need help with this, please let me know. I can try to help. Hey, that’s why I started this blog.

Well, I hope that everyone has a fabulous week! And remember, stay fit and feel fab!

Luke 14:28-30 KJV For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

Veggie Roast

Welcome to December! I hope that everyone is enjoying the Christmas season so far! I know that this time of year brings a lot of tasty food filled with calories, but in this post, I will be sharing a healthy yet incredibly tasty veggie roast that is a crowd pleaser.

What you will need:

1 Bag of brussel sprouts

1 Butternut squash

1/3 Cup of light syrup

1/3 Cup low sodium soy sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 Pack of turkey bacon (of course, you can use as much as you’d like)

Here’s what you’ll do:

Cut the butternut squash up into bite size pieces and cut the brussel sprouts into halves.

Cover the baking sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray. Lay out the brussel sprouts and butternut squash, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Mix them up with your hands to ensure that all pieces are coated well. Cut the bacon into small pieces and lay onto the veggies until you have the desired amount.

Bake in the oven at 450 degrees for 30 minutes until the veggies are nice and brown.

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Mix the soy sauce and syrup together in a bowl and set aside until the veggies are out of the oven. After the veggies are out of the oven, put them in the sauce bowl and mix together until the veggies are evenly coated. That’s it! Super easy and tasty! Serve this dish hot for a crowd pleasing side.

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If you try this recipe, please feel free to comment down below and let me know what you think! Thank you so much for checking out this post! I hope that you have an amazing week and as always, stay fit and feel fab!

3 John 1:2 KJV Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

November Series: Week 4

If you are trying to find a reason(s) to get up early in the morning and workout because you can’t seem to fit it into your schedule anywhere else, then you have come to the right post. It can be hard sometimes to motivate yourself (even myself) to get up early (before the sun is up early) and work out. You had motivation the night before, but somehow it disappeared overnight. Where did it go? Well, keep reading to find out how to start being motivated to wake up in the morning!

Reason #4: I don’t want to workout today!

Fix it #1: Plan a healthy yet tasty breakfast to wake up to.

Seriously, if you have something amazing planned for that morning or even that day, you are more likely to get up and get going. If you are going on vacation, isn’t it easier to get up and go? Plan yourself a nice, healthy breakfast that you will look forward to so that you’ll be ready to get up and get going.

Fix it #2: Go for a walk, at least.

If you don’t want to run, go for a walk. Honestly, if you’re like me, once you get out there, you’ll be running in no time. It’s as simple as that.

Fix #3: Rewards are sweeter if you work for it!

This is no joke. I rewarded myself with something a few weeks and it tasted amazing because I hadn’t had it lately and I worked for it. It was so nice! On the flip side of this, something that I have recently noticed is that if you treat yourself to something that you like, make sure that a treat stays a treat. Make sure that it doesn’t become a week full of treats. Discipline will be your best friend here. Always remember, don’t indulge too much because the next time you treat yourself, it will be so much better if you wait.

As November comes to a close, I hope that this series has helped and motivated someone to stay fit and feel fab! It’s so worth it! I know we are still in that Holiday season, but you can treat yourself with the sweetness of the Holidays, but you don’t have to take that mindset with you the next day or the next year. Remember a treat is a treat and it will be so much sweeter if it stays that way! Trust me.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and that this week is full of positivity, fitness, and happiness. Stay fit. Stay fab. Stay happy!

Isaiah 40:31 KJV But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.

November Series: Plan It!

This week I am going to be talking about reason #3 of why we lose motivation to be healthy and workout.

Reason #3: I don’t have the time to workout nor the money to eat healthy!

Fix it: Plan it!

Like I have stated before, I’m a planner. I love having a planner and filling it with what I am doing that week or making a list of what I need to do either that day or one in the future. It’s just fun to me. Now I know that not everybody is a planner, but if you are finding a hard time fitting in a workout or eating healthy, then try planning your workout and your meals and see how it goes.

I recommend that you set aside some time to plan. Yes, plan your planning. Haha. You may say ‘Who does that?’ Well, I do! It’s nice as well. Something that I like to do is go at least once a week to a nice breakfast spot with a relaxed vibe and work on my Bible study, do some planning, and eat something tasty. I haven’t been keeping up with that lately because I have been drinking smoothies and going to the gym some mornings, but I need to get back into it. I talked more about planning in my ‘Plan It’ post if you’re interested in checking it out.

Planning my lunches are a great way for me to stay away from running out at lunch and grabbing something unhealthy. It also helps save money. At the end of the week or at the beginning of the next, go to the grocery store and get the ingredients for the meals you have planned. Also, having a plan in hand before going into the store, helps prevent wasting. You don’t buy too much and therefore, you use everything or most of what you buy. At least, it works for me. You can also use smaller containers and lunchboxes if you are trying to do portion control. I have been doing this lately. Cutting back can be hard, but honestly, we don’t need that much food. If we stop when we are full, imagine how great we would feel afterwards. A way to minimize how much we eat is by keeping the containers small. If we can’t fit it in, we can’t take it and if we don’t have it on the plate, we aren’t tempted to eat it. Am I right?

As far as planning on your workouts, we all have different schedules, so this is up to you mostly. For me, I workout in the morning if I can and then sometimes even in the evening too. If I can’t in the morning, then I try to go in the evening. The weekends vary depending on what is going on. Also, in the evening, I pack my gym bag, fix my lunch, and all those good things so that they are ready in the morning. I talked about this more in the first post of this series. If you haven’t checked it out, go ahead click here.

I hope that this post has helped whoever is reading this. If it has, please let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you! I hope all of you have a great Monday and a Happy Thanksgiving and I will see you next time! Stay fit and feel fab!

Luke 14:28 KJV For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

 

November Series: Second Thoughts

Reason #2: I really should workout today, but on second thought…

Fix it: Don’t let a second thought win!

How many workouts have we skipped because we let those second thoughts linger and change our minds? When you’ve made up your mind, go! Just go. Don’t let those thoughts get any further.

These second thoughts will take up a lot of time. They will remind you of so many other things you could be doing or talk you out of a workout. In the time that you have thought about all those things and tried to talk yourself out of it, you could already be out the door and working out.

At the first sign of a second thought, just say ‘Nope, I’m going’ and continue getting ready and go. Don’t waste time trying to change your mind because you will regret it if you don’t go. Trust me.

If you are trying to get yourself up early in the morning to workout, don’t even think of reasons how to get out of a workout. Don’t think about another chance you could workout. Don’t think of why you should sleep later. Just don’t. Keep focused and moving forward.

If you are trying to workout after work, don’t think about how tired you are. You will feel better after you workout. Trust me again here too! You will. Don’t think about that show that you want to watch because you can watch that when you get back or you can watch it on the treadmill (I love watching Heartland while working out on the treadmill).

Stop giving second thoughts a chance. You know you’ll feel better after you workout. You know that it is good for you. Why let any second thoughts step in, change your mind, and make you regret it the rest of the day or evening? Seriously. Just say no to second thoughts and yes to a happier and healthier you!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. If you did please let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you. Also, let me know if you have tried this and how it has worked for you or feel free to share any other tips that you have found that work for you. Thanks again for reading!

Have a great week!

Proverbs 4:25 KJV Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

November Series: Go Anyway!

Reason #1: I’m too tired to go workout!

How to fix it: Don’t sit until you’ve worked out.

Honestly, when I get home after dinner, once I sit down, it’s hard to get motivated to get back up and do what I need to do. Am I right?

Well, before we settle in for the night, go ahead and workout, fix your lunch for the next day and whatever else that you have to do. Go ahead and get it done and over with before you even sit down. Doing this, you won’t have it hanging over you the whole evening. You  also will be able to enjoy your down time more. You will feel more accomplished! You won’t regret just chilling on the couch. You will know that you have completed what you needed to get done and that you deserve this chill time.

By doing this, you will probably get to bed at a decent time because one you will already have your tasks completed before you sat down and also, you’ll be tired from a busy day and will be ready for bed. Feeling accomplished and being able to smile and say I did a good job today, makes you feel good about yourself. One thing I have realized when I work out is that I seem to get more done. Anyone else feel this way?

Now, if you would rather work out in the morning, but you struggle to get up and get moving, well, just remember if you get it done early, you have the whole rest of the day to do whatever else you have to do. You will free up your evenings as well. I honestly think that if you want to get up early in the morning to workout, you must make up your mind that that is what you want to do. I feel that if you get that in your routine, it’ll just become a lifestyle. There will probably be days where you don’t want to go, but that’s where discipline comes into play.

If you’re wanting to start eating healthy, working out, and feeling better, there’s one thing that I want you to know. Don’t wait. Start now. A year from now you will be glad you did!

I hope that this post will help you on your journey to getting fit and being fab! Let me know in the comments if you have made any changes and how they have affected you! As always, I hope you have a great week!

Galatians 6:9 KJV And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.