By the Sea!

Happy Monday!! I hope you all have had a great weekend and are ready for the week. In this post, I want to share part of my trip with you. I had an amazing time on this trip and I can’t wait to show you this cute little town that we visited again.

I love this little town. They have a post office, some shops, places to eat, and the best part, it’s by the sea! I love being here. It makes me feel artsy and so happy! So come on! I’ll show you around!

I can’t remember exactly the first thing we did, but it was probably shopping, well, after I swooned over the cuteness of this town. ūüôā There are so many cute shops here from clothes to art to even their very own grocery store. I love this quote down below. The more you learn to be happy in yourself, the more of your life you get to enjoy!

We ate dinner at a seafood restaurant just down the street, but we had to stop at this amazing little place as well. Last time we came here, I didn’t get a shirt so this year I did. Why? Because I love pickles and if there’s a restaurant with that name in it, I probably should represent, right? Also, it has a cute little pickle guy on it!

There was also this market open on the day we went. This just added to the artsy vibe of this town. I was on cloud 9. Just let me tell you! Haha.

We also walked around the neighborhoods because I was being super artsy and getting those photos!

And like I said before, it was by the sea! How great is that? Oh and I love bikes and going bike riding!

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 KJV Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

 

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Do It For Life

You’ve probably heard me talk about making a lifestyle change and living a healthy life. Well, this post is all about why I want to promote a lifestyle change rather than just getting on a diet. Honestly, if you are on a diet because you want to lose weight, that’s great to a certain extent. Diets may work for some, but the main thing that I have a problem with is that they don’t last. The word itself has the word ‘die’ in it.¬†Once you stop the diet and following those guidelines, you will go back to the way it was before unless you take some of those things from the diet into your day to day life. It has to be a life change.

Diets not only will die, but they will also tell you what you can and cannot have. There is some truth to that because in order to be healthy, you can’t eat what you always ate and you can’t do what you always did and expect a change. But on the other hand, when you decide that you want to eat better and workout so that you can live healthier, you cannot cut out everything that you enjoy all at once. Key words-ALL AT ONCE. Yes, maybe one day you will be able to, but not right out of the gate. Living healthy and having a healthy lifestyle is a gradual change. If you want to make it last, you have to take it day by day.

Making a lifestyle change means implementing healthy alternatives into your daily life. Making small changes as you go will help make the transition easier and you will have more success with it. Doing this will help you maintain it and you will be more apt to stick to it. Being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to punish yourself and keep yourself from the things in life that you truly enjoy, like pizza!

Making being healthy a lifestyle change means instead of sleeping an extra hour or sitting in front of the tv for another 30 minutes that evening, you do what is best for your health and go workout. Making being healthy a lifestyle change means instead of always going to the kitchen when you’re bored and need something to do, you drink water to keep yourself hydrated. Being in a healthy state of mind is remembering that food is fuel and being conscious of what is good for you.

Let’s be honest. How many of you who have decided to make a healthy lifestyle change are miserable and regret it? I don’t think anyone would. I know I don’t. Being healthy is fun! Seriously. I worked out in the rain the other day and I stepped in a puddle and laughed. It was seriously so much fun being out there in the rain, laughing and having a good time. I am sure there was someone thinking ‘wow! she’s dedicated’. It’s true. I have found a new wave of motivation, but I’m glad I have.

I highly recommend being healthy for several reasons. It’s rewarding and I would love for everyone to join me! If you are struggling and looking for motivation, please let me know. I would love to help! Check out my fitness instagram¬†for more motivation, as well as, on twitter @FitandFabYou1. I hope I can help motivate and inspire others.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV¬†What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?¬†For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Let Negativity Keep Knockin’

Don’t let negativity in. Don’t open the door. Just let it keep knockin’.

I recently have gotten a lot of motivation to workout and eat better, but just the other day I had some negative thoughts that were trying to come in. Thoughts that were trying to get me off my healthy track. When I felt them coming, I stopped them right there. I did not let them continue. I knew what they could do and I don’t want them around.

These negative thoughts can easily knock you down and cause your goals to become further and further away. If you are having these moments, let it keep knockin’, but don’t go to the door. Going to the door and letting them in will send you into regret later on.

I have said this before, maybe not on here, but in life. Continuing your journey is a lot easier than quitting and having to start over. Think about it. Even if you take slower steps forward. Even if you don’t workout as often, but still manage to get out there a few days a week. That is better than completely quitting all together and having to start over.¬†Making the decision to just keep pressing on and moving forward step by step to your goals and healthy lifestyle will be rewarding.

Have you ever had these moments of negativity? If so, please share your stories down below. I would love to hear your experiences. I would also love to help if you’re struggling with them.

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Philippians 4:8 KJV Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

A View from the Other Side

Remember your last workout? Remember how you felt before? It may have been a struggle to get up early and get moving or to even get out the front door. I understand that feeling! Maybe you felt great and ready to take on that workout. Whatever you may have been feeling before, you’re glad you worked out in the end, right? Well, the main reason for this blog post is to put those post-workout thoughts into motivation for next time.

Do you remember how you felt after your last workout? Did you feel amazing and accomplished? I bet you did. I know I do! In this post, I will list five things that I noticed ¬†after a workout that will hopefully be motivation to get you up and moving and keep me moving as well. Let’s get started.

  1. Ready for your next workout! Recently, I have noticed that when I am finished, I feel great and am ready for the next one. I remember a few weeks ago, I had a really great run and was ready to do that again and keep building on that.
  2. Down the water! Today, I noticed that once I finished my workout, I drank not only my coffee, but several things of water. I was downing the fluids! Getting that workout in, motivates you in other ways too!
  3. Enjoying your food more! What I’ve realized is that I thoroughly enjoy my breakfast/lunch (Brunch? Haha) more when I know I’ve already worked out. Maybe it’s because I know I’ve worked hard already and earned that grub. Refuel!
  4. Helps make better choices! Something that I feel working out does for you is help you make the right choices food wise. Honestly, if you worked out really hard that morning and you are trying to lose weight, what is the likelihood that will eat something unhealthy later in the day? On one hand you may say I worked out really hard this morning and I deserve this and that’s okay sometimes, but on the other, you may say I worked out too hard earlier to throw it away for this piece of cake. I feel that working out makes me enjoy my food, but also keeps me on track. Puts me in a healthy state of mind.
  5. Makes for a better, more productive day! When you get up early to workout or just workout in general that day, how much do you normally get done throughout the course of that day? I would say more! How do you feel throughout the day? Better? More accomplished? Happier? I know I do!

Let’s be honest here, the truth is working out makes life better in many ways. If we only would channel how we feel after our last workout before we start our next one, we would probably be more likely to complete the next workout! I am speaking to myself here as well. It’s not always easy getting going for every workout. It’s just not. Life hits us hard sometimes and somedays don’t go as planned, but if we remember why we started, how we felt last time we finished a workout, maybe we can stay on track longer and make being healthy a life choice instead of a temporary one. Who’s with me?

If any of these points helps you, please let me know down in the comments below or on twitter. If you aren’t already, feel free to follow me on Twitter @FitandFabYou1, as well as, on Instagram at instagram.com/fitandfabyou1 for updates on my blog posts and other motivational tweets.

Have a great Monday!

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

A Day in the Life

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready for another week! Today I decided I do a vlog style blog post. Hope you enjoy!

On a not-so-packed Saturday, I decided to make myself an acia bowl for breakfast. This is the kind of breakfast you have on hot summer days. It was tasty and filling. Perfect for me!

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I basically just chilled a little bit and watched some gilmore girls before getting ready for the day. Once I got ready, we decided to go to an asian restaurant that I love. To me, they have the best sushi around. I ordered some green tea, a double sushi roll with wonton soup and it did not disappoint. I also want to share my mom’s fortune cookie saying. For some reason, I think it’s pretty funny, but maybe that’s just me. It said something along the lines of ‘Everyone has a photographic memory, but not everyone has the film.’ Does anyone else find that funny or at least slightly humorous? I hope it’s not just me.

 

Afterwards, we stopped by a little boutique in town just to see what they had in stock. Shocker here. I actually did not come out with a bag full of goodies this time. I know. It’s surprising to me too!

Later in the day, some of our friends had a cookout/garage party where we had some amazing food, dune buggy rides, and a whole lot of laughs! It was so much fun! I love spending time with friends and family!

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Proverbs 17:22 KJV A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

 

Throw Mundane to the Wind!

In this post, I am going to be talking about how working out does not have to be the same thing every week or every day. Be creative and have fun! Let’s throw mundane to the wind! Who’s with me?

Workouts do not have to be in the same place everyday. If you go to the gym, that’s great! It’s always nice and convenient on rainy days. Plus there are loads of different ways you can workout there so working out at the gym is definitely an option, but doesn’t have to be your only option. If you are a runner, do you find you workout in the same location everyday and get bored after a while? I understand! Change it up! Try a new route, go when the sun is coming up or go during a sunset. You don’t have to everyday, but changing up your location will keep you from getting bored.

Workouts do not have to be the same everyday. Throw in weight lifting some days if you don’t normally or if that’s regular for you, go for a run or a walk. Lifting weights is something I need to stay consistent with so I am talking to myself on this one too. Haha.

While staying true to the standard working out is great and that’s what we are mostly likely going to do in our day to day lives, we should also note that there are so many other ways we can be active that are fun not only for you, but for friends and family. For example, you can go for a hike, a swim, bike ride, playing football with family, etc. When the weather is nice, get out, have fun, and spend some quality time with friends and family and make memories!

One weekend we went on a little hike. We saw some pretty sights and got outside in the beautiful weather! Found a new town, treated myself with some tasty almond gelato (kiddie size) and experienced those country miles! Oh, and we got some strawberries!

 


Later, we stopped to eat and found some cute photo moments! Some old signs and a great quote! ‘Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.’ I love that saying. It makes ya think!

 

All in all, it was a good day of exploring. It was such a fun way to get out, burn some calories, and have fun! Love doing this kind of thing!

Hope you all have a lovely week and I’ll see you again soon!

Psalm 19:1 KJV The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

 

Make Each Day Count

Running.

Walking.

Weight Lifting.

Whatever it is that you do, it will take a few weeks to see the changes. It won’t just happen over night. We have to work at it!

Since I am a runner, I didn’t start out running miles and miles on my first outing. It was a process. From my experience, I can tell you it’s a journey. It takes a lot of dedication and determination. It’s not easy, but it is worth it! So worth it! If the person reading this has started a weight loss journey and isn’t seeing the results fast enough, let me tell you this. If you are looking to lose a certain amount of weight and maintain that weight, you’re going to have to keep up with it. It will take some time to reach that weight loss goal, but once you get there, keep going. Maintain it. Right now, you may be thinking that this journey is going to a whole lot harder than you bargained for, but let me tell you, it’s so worth it! Once you start seeing the changes, you will want to keep going. It will become a part of you.

Here are a few small decisions that you can make everyday that will help you on your journey. Honestly, the smallest decisions, may seem huge at the moment, but will be so rewarding later on.

  1. Don’t cut out everything that you enjoy! On your fitness journey, whatever it may be, you will find healthy alternatives that you really enjoy and that’s great, but at the same time, there will be other things that aren’t so healthy that you still enjoy. That is okay too. You just have to have self-control when it comes to certain foods.
  2. Drink water! I’ve stated this before. It’s cheaper and better for you! Get that water in! Stay hydrated.
  3. Don’t eat too late at night! This is huge. It is so hard to eat late at night while you’re chilling and watching tv. I know! But if you stop eating around 8, you won’t regret it!
  4. Make mindful decisions at every meal! I know there are times when you want to order way more than you should because you are so hungry, but when the food comes, what you got is all you need. Seriously. ¬†Next time you go to eat, try not to go overboard and see how it goes. If you are still hungry, order something else or eat a snack later. If you’re feeling full, but you still have half your food left, take it for later.
  5. This goes hand in hand with #4. We get bored while waiting for food and we eat too many rolls that they bring us beforehand. Raise your hand if you know what I am talking about? Drink more water, talk to people at the table, or eat your first roll slower if you find you really want one. It’s a hard one I know, but it will be worth it!

Remember: Small adjustments daily make a huge difference in the long run!

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Have a great week everyone!! Stay happy! Stay positive! Stay healthy!

1 Corinthians 9:24 KJV  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

 

Challenge & Reward

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I have talked about the reward system before, but I recently have another story about it that I wanted to share. Some may say you shouldn’t just workout so that you can reward yourself with whatever you want. I understand that, but at the same time, sometimes you just need a little bit of incentive to workout. You need a little bit more motivation to get going. Like in the story I am about to share, it may make you work out harder.

A few days ago, I told myself if you run a certain number of miles, you can have this tomorrow and if you run an additional distance, you can get this too. To be honest, that drove me to make it. It drove me to push myself harder and farther. It gave me the push I needed to go. Sometimes that’s what we need. Challenge yourself and then reward yourself!

Our bodies can go. They can go farther. They can go longer. They can go more than we think. If you are like me, there are those times where you just need some kind of reward system to prove to yourself you are cable of more than you think. GOD has created us to do so much more than we can imagine. We just have to trust HIM and go!

I’m not saying you must reward yourself every time you workout. I’m saying that if you’ve been working really hard lately, treat yourself. You deserve it! If you honestly don’t feel like working out that day, go anyways and reward yourself with something small. After you start working out, you probably will start to enjoy it and be glad you got out there. (You may not even worry about the reward that you had planned!)

If you try the challenge and reward system, leave your story down below or DM me. I would love to hear it! The reason I post is so that my experience will inspire others to be healthy and happy. Your health matters and I want to help if I can!

I hope everyone has a great week!! Stay positive. Stay strong. 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.

 

 

Portion Control!

Ever have those moments where you go out to eat, order a delicious meal, and end up eating the whole thing or more than you needed to? Well, in this post, I have listed a few ways that will hopefully help you eat smaller portions even when you can’t eat at your best.

  1. Box up half of it right away! When eating out, before you even begin to dig in, ask for a to-go box and box up half of your meal. This way you will only eat what is on the plate and won’t be tempted to overeat. I actually did this for dinner one night. I went ahead and packed half of my dinner for my lunch the next day. That way I have two meals out of one! I knew that if I got hungry later, I could grab a sweet treat! (It was my homemade popsicles that I’ll be sharing in a future post!)
  2. Use a smaller lunch box or one with compartments! By doing this, you will limit how much you bring with you. I do like to bring snacks along just in case I get hungry in between meals.
  3. Eat the healthier food items first! Seriously, filling up on healthier items keeps you from eating so many of the unhealthier items. If your meal comes with a salad before the main meal, eat the whole salad and then finish filling up with the main meal. This way you will eat less calories and if you need lunch for the next day, you’ve got it! I love having two meals in one! Saves me money.
  4. Drink water! I have been trying to drink about half or so of my cup of water before my food arrives. This way I won’t eat as much when my meal comes.
  5. Engage in the conversation! If the restaurant serves bread before the meal, you may be tempted to eat some. One roll is okay, but if the food takes some time to arrive, it’s really hard not to go in for more. To avoid this, try to engage in the conversation! Keeping your mind off of it and staying distracted will help! You can also drink some water whenever those temptations roll around.

I hope that this post has helped you moving forward with portion control. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment down below or DM on my Instagram.

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I hope everyone has a fabulous day!

Matthew 5:6 KJV Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:          for they shall be filled.

One at a Time

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One day at a time.

One workout at a time.

One meal at a time.

Work at your health goals one day at a time. I’m sure we’ve all heard that saying ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and honestly, being healthy and fit isn’t going to happen overnight. It’s going to take having countless workouts, making healthy food choices, and having self-discipline day in and day out. Now, let’s be real, let’s think about that for a moment. Countless workouts? We may think wow! That’s going to take too much work. Eating healthy? That’s going to be hard to maintain. I like pizza! Honestly, looking at the big picture can sometimes overwhelm us, so let’s focus just on today. Let’s make decisions today that can impact our lives.

One workout at a time. Somedays, you may feel like going for an hour long workout. That’s great! Somedays, you’re not going to want to do anything. On one hand, these days come and I understand. It’s life. On the other hand, try going for a shorter workout or something less intense than your usual workout. This way you are at least getting some form of workout in and after you get started, you may feel better and want to go farther or longer. Start small!

One meal at a time. To tell yourself, ‘let’s start eating healthy and make this year great!’ is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it’s hard to maintain depending on the person. If you find yourself having a difficult time sticking to healthier eating, try making healthier choices one meal at a time. If you are going out for dinner with some friends, channel how you will feel afterwards if you ordered a hamburger and fries. You may feel great at first, but afterwards, maybe not so much. Making that decision to order a salad will be better for you in the long run. Try it! Find a salad or a healthier food option on the menu (even if you start with something small), order it, and remember how you feel afterwards. I bet you will be so proud of yourself for making that choice. One decision at a time. Even if you choose not to eat a roll at that meal or you drink water for dinner.

These little decisions can impact your future. Start small and built on that. Begin your day by making the decision to drink one glass of water before you drink your coffee. That’s getting your day off on the right foot. Remember, it’s easier to say no now than to regret it later.

I hope this post has helped someone today! As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. If you aren’t following me on Twitter, go on over to @FitandFabYou1 and follow for more motivation and blog updates. Also, I have an Instagram if you are interested in seeing some day to day posts and what I eat. My Instagram name is @FitandFabYou1. I hope everyone has a fabulous week and I will see you next time!

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