Magic Smoothies

Hey guys! So I’ve been trying to eat a bit healthier so I picked up a Magic Bullet blender a few months back. I was so exited to start using this. I love smoothies and I love fresh fruit. But here’s the good part, I can make so much more other things with it as well! It came with a booklet with some recipes and I am going to give them all a try. The smoothies keep me feeling full all while getting my healthy serving of fruits and veggies (I add spinach leaves to it for some greens). You can also add any type of protein or whey to the mix which give you an extra boost. I have yet to do so, but I think I might pick some up soon.

In the picture, I have huge ice cubes but, I have since switched to frozen fruit. To me, the smoothies come out much better and I have more room for fruit without the ice.

Did I mention it’s fun to make! Take about ten minutes tops to have yourself a delicious smoothie. I love it so far and will continue to replace a meal with one of these babies. Now, I’m not gonna lie and say that I have been eating healthy this entire time. I love me some Reese’s okay? lol But I have been making an effort to incorporate healthy foods and exercising.

Eating healthier also changes your whole mood. I wake up with energy and  a bright outlook on the day. I don’t get tired too quickly and I feel soo good! So, try to make a small healthy choice today, or tomorrow. Any effort counts! Oh, and Happy Friday!!

Anybody have any good recipes they use? Let me know!

Peace & Love

Gotta get this together!

Hey guys, so the other day I tried on my favorite pair of jeans. I was reluctant to do so because I knew I had picked up some weight and they might fit a little differently. lol But, I tried them on.

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Looks normal right? lol

Wrong! I couldn’t even zip them! Oh lord. lol I wasn’t too sad though. At first, I wasn’t even sure I could get them on my hips! So when I did, that was a plus! So, as of yesterday, I started my ice skating routine. It kept my body on point! Ran/walked for 30/45 minutes, did the rest of my work out ( I can’t tell y’all my secrets 😉 ) and I felt great. Yesterday was also August 1st, so I told myself that by the end of the month I will be back in these babies with no problem. I put it on here so you guys can call me out if I haven’t!

And just an fyi ladies, it’s not about weight. It’s all about health. Strive to be a healthier person and if you lose weight while doing it, awesome!

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I gotta get it together people!

Peace & Love ♥

Drab to Fab; Updating a Hopeless Wardrobe

Hey loves!

So , not too long ago I told you all that I moved recently and gave away a lot of clothing for various reasons. Either I didn’t wear them anymore or I could no longer fit them due to weight gain (damn my love for baking!). But recently , I noticed that I wear the same type of clothing for the majority of the time! I have my go-tos’ for when I go out with friends, family functions, etc. My clothing choice is usually comfortable and casual, which is fine but, I need to switch it up. Sometimes, the occasion calls for a little more ya know? So as of late, I have been buying staple pieces that are girly, cute, of quality and can be worn in multiple of ways. One of my favorite spots is Target, can’t go wrong in there! Everything is a decent price and the quality of clothing is pretty nice. They have some really great clothes! But I always have to catch myself in there. Before I know it, my basket will be full of clothes due to my shopping impulses lol.

I used to always say, ‘I’m going to wait until I lose a few more pounds before I buy this’ or ‘I’ll go shopping when I lose more weight’, but what I realized was that that was a lack of confidence shining through. I was never a self conscious person, I have always loved my body, extra pounds or not, but I would find myself not wanting to ‘draw attention’ to myself, always be modest and kinda fade into the crowd. But when I finally took a look at myself and realized I’M NOT PERFECT and no one is, I didn’t trip any more! I never really wanted to wear things that showed off my curves because I grew up kind of shy about them. I almost always had the biggest butt in class since as long as I can remember.

It caused a lot of unwarranted attention and I didn’t like it. I was always quiet and mild mannered so the attention my body got was not something that always sat well with me and I guess that feeling of being looked at kinda trickled into my adult hood, therefore resulting in boring, unflattering clothing choices..until now.

One thing I NEVER wore was rompers. I have never owned one until about a few months ago, can you believe it! I always loved the way rompers looked on other people, but again I was worried about my butt so I never bought one. But, becoming a woman has taught me a few things..
1.Love the body you are in.

2. Don’t compare yourself.

3. Dare to be different.

4. Be confident AND…

5. BE CONFIDENT!

I love every inch of my body. From the dimples on my thighs, the stretch marks on my hips, to the extra love on my arms. It’s me and I’ve never been more in love with myself than now. Sex appeal is something that us women need to cherish and love about ourselves. WE ARE SEXY, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and it is nothing to be ashamed of.

I am looking forward to this wardrobe improvement. I found confidence in myself and I will dress as such 😉 . Need motivation? Ya’ll know how much I love me some Beyonce’. Listen to Grown Woman one time, I guarantee you’ll feel like every mirror is your stage. It perfectly describes how a woman should regard herself at all times!

Ladies, you are the shit. You are beautiful. You are quiet. You are loud. You are sassy. You are timid. You are coy. You are curvy. You are confident.You are woman. You’re a GROWWWWN WOMAN.

So wear that confidence like a fur coat in the summertime baby. Who gon stop you? lol

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As always,

Peace & Love ♥

 

 

Going Backwards; Skating Around the Subject

What’s up my beautiful people.

Remember when I started this portion of my blog to talk about how geared up I was about losing weight and getting healthy?? Well, I just came to give you an update. I HAVEN’T DONE A DAMN THING, ok? lol I mean, Yeah I take the steps, when I’m not super tired, and I don’t drink soda anymore, but I havent really done much to aid myself in becoming any healthier. To be honest, I think I went walking maybe…once (don’t laugh). But, I know I need to get on the ball and kick-start my health. I have used every excuse in the book but, its time that I go through with it.

I drink mostly tea, but you know that isn’t all that great for the kidneys, so that’s not really a good alternative. I usually buy bottles of water so I can just grab one when I feel like it, and when I do, i go through it in about two weeks (which reminds me, i need more). It’s something about drinking out of a bottle that makes it better than tap water. lol

As I said yesterday, I am moving so I went through a lot of my clothes. Most of which I could not fit anymore. You know how many bags of unfittable (made that up) clothes that was, THREE FULL BAGS. Can you believe it! I donated them all to the Salvation army because they were in great condition but, it still hurt to see them go. So, if that’s not motivation in some kind of way, I don’t know what is.

So, what am I gonna do about it you ask? Well, I used to ice skate from middle school into mid-highschool, and let me tell you, I was in the best shape of my life! I had muscles in all the right places, a strong core, strong ankles (only an ice skater would know why that’s important lol), and my health was on point. My instructor Jackie (yeah I remember ya) gave me a regimen of exercises to do that engaged ALL of my body. My mother had to sign off on what I did every night to make sure I wasn’t cheating. I hated doing it on the days I was tired, but by the end of it, it gave me a boost of energy. Well, I found my regimen the other day and started it on saturday, twice a day. I can’t guarantee that I will do this everyday, but I feel it already lol. I have always loved the challenge of pushing myself when it came to ice skating and exercise, I just put it to the side these past years. But, I’m finding it again slowly. I’m sure I’ll see some changes. Now, all I have to do is get my eating right and get back on the ice! I felt so powerful and in control on the ice and I always pushed myself, doing extra practices when I could, covered in sweat by the time I finished (yes you can sweat on ice). It was great. Ice skating was always something I was passionate about, but I stopped. I enjoyed doing it and it was great exercise, so if you haven’t already, try it! As of next week, I will be back on the ice ASAP and as often as I can. 😉

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Wax Attack

Hey there!

So, let me tell you about my Friday. It was a normal, lazy work day. I was sitting at my desk doing a little online shopping  when a friend of mine hits me up about going to get a wax (you know, my lady flower). And she wanted to go RIGHT AFTER WORK! I took a deep breath and said I needed time to think about it. Lol I had looked into it before but, I never actually went through with it. So, when she brought it up, I was on the fence.

I began looking up other women’s experiences to try to make myself feel better. They all said that it didn’t hurt as bad as they thought it would so that made me feel a little better.Now, I never let it grow into a full bush (t.m.i), but some times I get lazy and let it grow a little. I’ve always kept it neat and trimmed for the most part. So, I figured, if I was going to go for it and get a wax, I was gonna go for the whole thing and get….a Brazilian!

By noon, we made the appointment so there was no backing out now. We both agreed to stop and take a shot before we went to calm out nerves. Bacardi was my pacifier of choice. Then, we pulled up and we couldn’t stop laughing nervously as we waited in the lobby. It was almost time.

I’ll fast forward all of the details, but I will say. It wasn’t as bad as I thought! Haha cliché right? There was definitely parts that I let out a little scream and clenched my toes, but it wasn’t a lingering pain. Once the ripping was over, so was the pain.

I wasn’t very uncomfortable like I thought I’d be with a total stranger all up in my business. But I think the alcohol helped with that. When I was done, I felt so free down there. Lol I felt like a brand new woman!

Needless to say, I booked for my next appointment before I left. 🙂

Peace & Love ♥

 

This not That..

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So, I haven’t completely given up on the tasty, greasy indulges of ‘bad food’, but I have been trying to make better choices. My snacking is the first thing I have been working on changing. Instead of grabbing a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup (my favorite), I’ll get almonds instead, or a granola bar with chocolate in it.

Now, I know that it isn’t the healthiest option, but I’m trying! lol

When it comes to eating out, I do the same thing. If I don’t feel like cooking and I eat out, I’ll go to Bread Co. and get a salad or a sandwich. (It’s all about those baby steps I was telling you about.) Before you know it, you won’t even think about grabbing that cupcake or candy bar.

Peace & Love ♥

Baby Steps

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Hey guys!

So in my healthy ‘journey’, I have decided to take baby steps (literally!) to get me started. Usually at work, I take the elevator but I have started taking the steps instead. Although it isn’t much, it is a start. After all it’s only 2 floors up. So as much as that quick elevator ride is tempting, it’s a tiny positive change that is over before I know it.

So remember, no matter how big or small your change is, if it helps you get towards your goal, it’s a positive one! Baby steps are just as important as the giant leaps you take, cause if it weren’t for those tiny changes, you’d never be able to make those big ones.

Stay Happy & Healthy !