Sunday Morning Gratitude

Today is a beautiful day!

It’s a day given to me be by God.

This morning I woke.

I slowly opened my eyes.

I moved my feet, my legs,

my arms, my body.

And I was grateful.

I appreciated God.

I appreciated myself.

I took time to do things for me.

I meditated.

I cleaned.

I cooked.

I have goals for myself.  Many goals.

But I am still so happy for me.

To be me.

For who I am.

Right this moment.

For what I’ve accomplished.

Through God.

For who he molded me to become.

I am grateful.

I am mindful.

I am at peace.

I am beautiful.

Because God is beautiful.

Have a blessed day!!!!

Happy Sunday!

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My Journey to a Healthier Me

I don’t normally eat very well, and I definitely haven’t had a regular exercise routine in a very long time.  A few months back, my cousin Rhonda who was in the middle of a weight loss journey herself, started a blog about it.  Now, I should tell you that I used to be a dancer, so I was once very fit and healthy as well.  But of course, I slowly grew out of all my healthy habits as I finished high school and began college.  I slowly stopped working out.  I slowly started eating worse and worse. It never really got too out of control, but I definitely was not feeling well at all.  

So, she started this blog (inspired by my blog) and I started reading it.  Something started to spark in me that hadn’t been there for quite awhile.  I was very busy at the time, going to school, finishing up the semester, and working a lot of hours as a manager at my job.  Completely revamping my entire lifestyle that moment was not exactly ideal.  And that was ok!  Honestly, jumping in too fast only sets you up for failure anyways.  So I took it slow.  I started walking to class.  I slowly started making healthier choices.  I eventually started finding time to go for hour-hour and a half long walks.  It felt really great to start doing something good for my mind and body.  After about a month of making those small changes, I could already notice my stomach was much flatter and my arms and thighs were slightly slimmer.  Mind you, these were very small changes added to my daily life.  

After a month of doing that, I moved to the cities (where I live now).  I now have a fitness room, a pool, and a sauna.  I started the same, I went for short walks and was making small changes in what I put into my body.  Almost immediately, I was in that fitness room, using the elliptical, lifting small hand weights to tone my arms, and all of the other fun machines they have available!  I recently have started getting into intervals of swimming laps in the pool and warming up in the sauna.   It’s a pretty great feeling afterwards!  

Most recently, I have discovered yogaX.  I have not tried any other P90X workouts yet, and I may.  But for now, I am doing yogaX.  I have done it twice now.  Tonight I did it and two nights ago I did it as well.  The first night started out pretty manageable and grew more difficult as it went on.  Some poses, I could barely hold but I pushed hard!  If I fell, I got right back into the pose.  If I shook, I would try hard to clear my mind and calm my breathing to steady myself.  It felt great!  This morning I was extremely sore!  I went at it again tonight and my muscles were so sore I felt the need to sit in the sauna and warm up my muscles before beginning.  When doing deep stretches like these, you definitely don’t want to feel cold or tense.  After my second round of yogaX, I am feeling really great!   Immediately after my workout, to fuel my body and benefit from my hard work I made a light snack.  Apples and peanut butter.  It was so delicious!

Protein is key when trying to gain muscle and lose weight!

I still don’t always eat healthy, and that is something I’m working on.  Working with the budget of a college kid, it’s hard to always make the best decisions about food.  Sometimes at the time, a $2 meal at Taco Bell is all I feel I manage.  For both price and convenience.  But I am making a conscious effort to eat better.  Today I drank a banana and almond milk smoothie for breakfast and I also made deviled eggs with a healthy twist.  I can definitely share the recipe for that in a separate blog.  They tasted very good!

I plan to continue on this new healthy lifestyle journey. I am feeling good and could not be more excited about it! 🙂

 

Happy Fitness!!!

Twelve Days!!

 

I have been so busy lately, I have been neglecting my blog pretty badly!  I move into my new apartment in about 12 days! AHH!! I could not be more excited about this!  Life is going to be a lot different in many ways, but in some very good ways!  I am going to get to live comfortably and peacefully with my amazingly supportive other half and all our nice things!  Some people say it’s not rational to be living in such a nice place while in college, but honestly with the mindset my boyfriend and I have, we wouldn’t settle for anything less at this point.  We both have a go getter attitude and when we want something we get it.  I read in the book, Rich Dad Poor Dad, that one aspect to the difference between a “rich mindset” and a “poor mindset” is your reaction to seeing something you really want.  Thinking with a “poor mindset”, you see something you really want but shrug and walk away thinking you simply cannot afford it.  Having a “rich mindset”, you see something you really want and you think long and hard and say, “HOW can I afford this?”  You don’t have to buy everything you want that you see, most definitely not your life would become way too cluttered, however this mindset difference, sets you apart from others.  It can make you very successful.  This is why we are going to live in a very nice apartment with the given amenities we like!   Given, we may sometimes have to eat an inexpensive meal or occasionally skip out on our daily caribou coffee to save money for rent at the end of the month, but that’s sacrifice.  You weigh your opinions.  You can pick up extra hours, get a second job.  There are many ways to get what you want, you just have to have the right attitude!  

I also start school up again soon!  I’m going to be taking one online class this summer while I settle into our new place and work a bunch of hours to save money for fall and then I’m going to throw myself into school and get my marketing degree.  I recently in my life chose to switch majors for college, so instead of being three years in, I’m really only a year in with the credits that count towards my new major.  This is definitely fine though, because I would rather spend a couple extra years in college to do what I really want to do than to get a degree I found out I’m really not interested in!

I start my job at the new store June 1st!!! I’m kind of nervous… I’ve been told my new team is a VERY head strong team.  For anyone who knows me, I have a pretty soft and sensitive personality.  So I’m sort of wondering how this is going to all go down.  Honestly, if it isn’t the store for me, there are other ones in the mall.  I also have the qualifications to work at a nursing home or hospital for quite a better pay than I would make in retail, so I have many options.  Even though that’s not my pursuit anymore it can sure pay the bills! 🙂

 

Hope you all had an amazing week and ENJOY THE WEEKEND and make sure to spoil your momma on Sunday!!! 🙂

Happy Mother;s Day Weekend!