Saturday, March 29, 2014

Glasses Are MY Fashion Statement

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Confessional Friday - Confusion

Has it really been two full weeks since I have done a blog post? I honestly have been so busy and sick these past two weeks that this little blog has been put on the back burner. Work consumed my entire life for a little while, I had 6 straight days of 18 hour shifts and then turned right back around and did it again the next week but 5 days that time. It finally wore down on my poor little body and I caught the wonderful cold that is going around. It seriously kicked my butt for a couple of days; I didn’t want to do anything. I missed the gym 4 days straight; this is a first since I have started going and I feel guilty about it now. Anyways, I thought I would take a quick second and do a little Confession Friday and let you in a little bit on my personal emotions at the moment. 

I confess that I am confused.

I confess that I am tired and emotional.

I confess that I feel hopeless and lost.

I confess that I honestly don’t know what to do.

I confess that I am a little jealous of my surroundings.

I confess that I am scared deep down.

I confess that I am hopeful.

I confess that I have sort of lost inspiration.

I confess that I need a break.

I confess that I need something to remind me to smile.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Link-Ups - Fitness Addition

Are you as happy as I am that it is Friday? Even though I still have to work a yucky shift tomorrow at Buffalo Wild Wings, closing really is the worst. I am still happy that it is the weekend and that I can get a couple extra hours of shut eye in the morning. This Friday, I am going to once again combine my two favorite Friday Link-Ups; Five on Friday and Confessional Friday.

Fitness Addition

#GetFit2014 #SorryNotSorry

I confess that the more I lift weights at the gym, the more I fall in love with it. I don’t know why I haven’t ever lifted before during workouts, but I think I may be addicted now. Every time I go to the gym though, I will probably be thinking about this post that Taylor wrote about yesterday.

I confess that I really love the protein mix I bought last week. Is it bad that I may possibly look forward to my protein shake after my workout more than a shower or anything else.. Oh well, it just means that it is THAT good; click here to find out what it is.

I confess that I am possibly addicted to working out and trying to get healthy. I love the way it makes me feel. I love the amount of energy that I have each and every day. I can’t wait to start making new recipes that are clean and delicious. 

I confess that I feel like a pregnant woman (no offense) with the amount of times I go pee in a single day. I don’t drink water, I guzzle water. In the end, it means that I am continually making bathroom runs as if a small child was dancing on my bladder all day.

I confess that I may or may not have possibly cheated on completely eating healthy this week and had the following items so far; Honey BBQ & Jammin Jalapeno Boneless Wings Dirty Style, ½ a Slice of a Chocolate Cake, a Chicken Tender Slammer with Jalapenos, Onion Rings (just a few), and a Sweet Tooth Fairy Cupcake. No, I didn’t have them all in the same day. Yes, I should have kicked myself for doing it, but it was all far too delicious. Plus, what is the point of working hard, if you can’t reward yourself some days right…

Thursday, March 13, 2014

#GetFit2014 - Breakfast + Lunch

I have always thought of myself as a “Healthy Person” but in all true honest, I wasn’t. I really didn’t exercise like I should have and I didn’t eat the very best. I could see how it started to affect my life when I started working two jobs. I was really weighed down and tired all the time. I felt like I was lugging from no energy and honestly, that was at like 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Not a good sign in my book. I got this bug in March that just hit me, I jumped at it and reinstated my gym membership, bought a new pair of running shoes (I seriously needed a pair), and decided to make a plan to eat better. I knew that I was going to be eating out of the house a lot and with hardly any time to prep food. I needed easy simple things that I could follow. So, I started with breakfast and lunch. That was easy to start with.

Since most morning I am out the door at 6am, I need something that I can eat either on the way or a little later while I am at work.

My favorite breakfasts are: 

  • Yogurt, Berries, Granola
  • Oatmeal, Apples/Cranberries, and Nuts
  • Breakfast Burrito; Eggs, Veggies, Fresh Salsa


I also don’t have much time to prepare a full pretty meal for lunch and I also, don’t get to leave work for my lunch break. I like to eat a good portion of protein at lunch, since my workouts fall right between my two jobs. It gives me the nourishment that my body and muscles need to push through a really good workout in a short amount of time. (See, time crunch here with two jobs most days.) I like to follow this guideline for lunches, it makes it simple and easy to get everything I need for the middle of the day.

 My favorite lunches are:
  • Turkey Pita Sandwich with lots of Veggies
  • Chicken, Rice, and Beans
  • Peppered Chicken and Rice
  • Chicken Strawberry Salad

After my workout I drink a protein shake and usually have a small snack; nuts, fruit, veggies, or a peanut butter and banana roll-up.

That is where I have started so far. I really have enjoyed eating healthier and being more active. I actually have real energy, not stuff supplied from a bottle. I have been searching Pinterest, Google, and Instagram non-stop for healthy dinner options that I can make an abundance of different meals with a lot of the same items. Well, Ladies and Gentleman, low and behold, I found a bunch. I can’t wait to start sharing them with you. Of course, I am going to make sure that they actually live up to the ratings and my personal likes before I share them with you. I am sure they will be wonderful though, cause they are look and sound absolutely delicious. Who can go wrong with Tai Chicken Tacos, Sesame Chicken, Chili Lime Tuna Cakes, and Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese. I don't think anyone can!