I’M MOVING

Come Saturday, I’ll be all moved into my new condo with this gal! Brunette Girls

[Saturday night… I wish I could share the rest of the hilarious pictures and videos. I love my friends haha]

Get used to her pretty face because I’m sure you’ll be seeing it a lot around the blog (which isn’t a bad thing… she IS a babe.) 😉

I spent the weekend house sitting near my new condo and we painted my room on Saturday!

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I decided to go with “concrete gray” walls, and I’m decorating with mustard yellow and white accents 🙂 I’ll be sure to upload pics once I’m all moved in!

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By the way… I went to a spin class on Saturday and let’s just say that was completely unnecessary. I’ve painted my room in nearly every house I’ve lived in, yet always seem to forget what a WORKOUT it is! Holy cow!

Side note: Target, aka a woman’s holy grail, is my JAM! Once I upload the pics of my finished room, I’ll include details about where I bought everything (Target, Target and Target). I could seriously decorate for a living. Housewife, heeeeey! 😛 I have my eye on this storage bench because it perfectly matches my pillows, but I don’t know if I can pull the trigger yet. We shall see.

After a weekend full of rest and fun workouts, I was back on track today teaching my Body Works class and also completed this back and biceps workout:

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I’ve also decided to leave out the “fat loss” title of this 12-week workout plan. While my goal right now IS to lose some fat, I don’t want to give off the impression that I’ve gone back to my old ways of caring only about appearance.

This decision was sparked by a comment I received from someone asking me why it seemed like I was going back to my old ways. My response in my head: WELL DAMN. It does seem like that, doesn’t it? (Old ways meaning disordered, only caring about body image, etc.)

Here was my response to her:

I’m still accepting and appreciating my body 🙂 I’ve just made a goal to get in a little bit better shape since at first I was stuck bingeing, then I wasn’t eating enough, and then went back to bingeing. Now I’m just trying to balance it all out and figure things out the healthy way 🙂 I’m accepting my body the way it is in the process, and loving it every step of the way (which is a way different mentality than I would’ve had before– focusing solely on looks and not how I felt or fueling my body properly.) Now, I’m fueling my body properly, loving it how it is, but still striving to improve my health and fitness. Thanks for your concern!

Again, I’m still a work in progress and my NO MEANS do I have everything all figured out just yet. Who knows, maybe I never will. But that’s why I have this little space over in my corner of the internet… to share my struggles, share things that make me happy (working out is one of them, which is why I’m sharing my workouts for 12 weeks), and help others live a healthier and happier life overall. I hope that helping YOU also helps ME, as I write to learn and learn from my own writing.

Thanks for reading 🙂 This was way longer than I expected! But my heart it so full of gratitude for you all. And it also happens to be my one year blogiversary! Dawwww 🙂 ❤

The Root of Emotions and a Shoulder Workout

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“No one has direct power over your emotions except for you.”

I’ve been told this many, many times, but it’s not exactly comforting to me. What if someone is rude to me? What if I’m criticized? What if everything seems to be going wrong and there’s absolutely nothing I can do to control it?

These are all outside factors that have the power to affect us internally. But here’s the key: only if we left it. 

We have no power or control over what happens to us; what others say about us; the words that come out of another person’s mouth, with or without malicious intent. All we have control over is how we react to it. Ultimately, we’re responsible for our own emotions. No one has the power to make us feel sad, happy, guilty, worthless, inadequate, etc. Those emotions are rooted within.

Think of your emotions as a tree. The fruits of the tree are the emotions that you outwardly produce. These emotions stem from deep down in the root of the tree — your heart, your soul, your values. That’s why we’re more likely to talk bad about others if we feel bad about ourselves. Alternatively, we’re more likely to give others compliments and fill them with joy if we’re internally happy.

This is why it’s so important to spend time on self care — giving ourselves love and nurturing ourselves. We can’t take care of anyone else if we’re feeling down about ourselves.

Sometimes (actually most of the time) as I’m writing these posts, it’s like I’m speaking directly to myself. There have been a lot of things going on in my life lately that I’ve let steal my joy and happiness and who I am at the root of my being. I’m producing some rotten fruit because I’ve let outside factors affect the deep-seated roots I’ve worked so hard to build over time.

Instead of focusing on what’s wrong with our lives, we need to focus on what’s right with our lives. Negate any negative emotion by replacing it with a positive:

“Joe said I don’t produce good work.” –> “I’m well able to create great work. I am talented in what I do.

“I look fat today.” –> “My self worth is not defined by my appearance. I’m going to focus on the way I love others, my passion and ways I can contribute to make others’ lives better.

“I’m spinning my wheels because I’m taking on too much.” –> “I’m blessed by all the opportunities in my life. Is there anything I can get rid of or spend less time doing so I can have more time to care for myself?

These are easy to say, but you actually have to believe these positive reinforcements in order for change to happen within. And the more you repeat these, the more you will start to believe them. It may take time, but eventually the truth will seep down into the roots of your soul and you’ll begin to produce healthy, beautiful fruit on your branches. 🙂

PHEW!!! That was a deep one.

Do you feel like a weight is lifted off your shoulders? Not for long ;-)… Physically, at least. Day 5 will leave your shoulders burning and looking sculpted in no time!

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I hope you take some time for yourself today. In the end, you must love and take care of yourself in order to do the same for others.

Love you guys. MEAN IT!

Day 4: Arms and Abs

Hey, lovelies!

I’m not feeling too hot and it’s a busy day here at the agency, but here’s day 4 of the program, as promised!

On the sets you’re performing 10 reps, challenge yourself with heavier weights. Also, the cardio can be done on ANY machine, just do 30 sec. at high intensity (about a 9 or 10 on a scale of 1-10) and 30 seconds medium intensity (4 or 5 on a scale of 1-10). For example, I did this on the Arc Trainer this morning and put my resistance at 45 for 30 sec. and 15 for 30 sec. (the resistance went up to 100). I was a super sweaty mess by the end!

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One-Word Survey + Leg Workout

Happy hump daaaaay!

Can you believe it’s already Wednesday? This week is flying by. Before I know it, I’ll be all moved out of my house and into my condo with my friend Bailey!

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My plans to stay in Orlando have officially been extended. I always pictured myself living elsewhere and even planned to look for work out-of-state when I graduated in December, but God has me here at this time in my life. Don’t know exactly why yet, but I’m going to trust His plan. Can’t argue with the Big Man Upstairs, can I?

Speaking of Florida, shorts season is upon us! (It’s coming soon enough for you too, northerners.) Either way, it’s time to shape and sculpt the booty and the legs with day 3 of the 12-week fat loss challenge! What better time to work our lovely lady (or male) humps than hump day ;-)?

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Annnnd for some Wednesday trivia… Here’s a little survey I found! I used to love surveys back in the day and I still do. The rules for this one? Answer everything in one word. Ready…. GO!

1. Where is your cell phone? Desk

2. Your hair? Natural

3. Your mother? Amazing

4. Your father? Wise

5. Your favorite food? Mexican

6. Your dream last night? Weird

7. Your favorite drink? Water

8. Your dream/goal? Happiness/Joy

9. What room are you in? Office

10. Your hobby? Fitness

11. Your fear? Moving

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Happy

13. Where were you last night? Gym

14. Something you aren’t? Energized

15. Muffins? Nope

16. Wish list item? Heart rate monitor (oops… three words, one item)

17. Where did you grow up? Orlando

18. Last thing you did? Meeting

19. What are you wearing? Jeans

20. Your TV? Untouched

21. Your pets? Adorable

22. Your friends? Awesome

23. Your life? Changing

24. Your mood? Sleepy

25. Missing someone? Family

26. Vehicle? Toyota

27. Something you’re not wearing? Necklace

28. Your favorite store? Grocery!

29. Your favorite color? Mint

30. When was the last time you laughed? Today

31. Last time you cried? Lastweek (lol sorry for cheating!)

32. Your best friend? Far

33. One place that I go over and over? Gym

34. One person who emails me regularly? Grandma

35. Favorite place to eat? Season’s 52

Now it’s your turn! Answer 1-2 of the questions below, or if you’re a blogger, take the whole survey! Do we have any similar answers? Any completely different?

Love you guys!!!

Making Decisions + Chest and Abs Workout

Hi friends!

I have a great chest and abs work out on the books today, but before I get into that, I wanted to share a little conversation my dad and I had last night.

He diagnosed me with “paralysis by analysis.” In other words, I think about things WAY. TOO. MUCH. And he’s right. I sit there and weigh the pros of cons of literally EVERYTHING and it almost paralyzes me from making decisions. I always knew I was indecisive, but didn’t really know why. I think it was sort of an “AHA” moment for me — sometimes I need to just stop thinking and start doing. If not now, when?

Speaking of doing, here’s the work out that I have on the agenda for today! It’s day 2 of my 12-week fat loss plan and I’m super excited for today’s workout. I must admit, ladies, there are lots of “perks” that come along with training the chest, if you know what I’m saying 😉

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One thing I love about this plan is that I have my workouts planned out before I head into the gym, so all I have to do is show up and do it. NO THINKING REQUIRED. Yay!

I’d also like to share some things that are making me super happy lately: my girlfriends :-)! We had an absolute blast at the Winter Park Art Festival this past weekend. I tell ya, I appreciate art SO much more now that I’m older. Drag me to any art show between the ages of 5-18 and you can guarantee I was either napping, “too cool,” or pretending to be disinterested. Not anymore! Here are some highlights:

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New Workout Plan

I’ve had many ups and downs throughout my fitness journey.

From the first day I started working out, nearly four years ago:

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Going from dancing in high school to doing nothing at all my freshman year of college but still eating ALL. THE. FOOD.

To becoming way too skinny from being disordered and having a binge/deprive mentality:

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I remember I wore a loose dress on purpose to this wedding because I felt “fat.” And yes, I’m doing the robot.

The hardest part for me has been finding a balance. I’m either eating all the food, or no food at all. There was a point where I was literally starving myself and had no idea.

As I mentioned before, I’ve toyed with the idea of competing. I’m still unsure as to whether or not I’m actually going to participate in a competition, but I decided I wanted to challenge myself nonetheless and finally find a balance in my life… FOR GOOD.

*As of 4/1– I’ve been praying about it and have decided not to compete at this time. I’ll be posting about the thoughts behind my decision soon! 

Recently, I’ve been in the “eat all the things” mode I mentioned before, so I’m definitely not where I want to be in terms of the way my body looks and especially how my body feels.

Starting today, for 12 weeks, I’m going to be eating WAY cleaner than I have been (I’m talking to you, peanut butter and Cheez-its). This means finding a balance between eating too much, and not eating enough — fueling my body enough to handle tough workouts, but still being cognizant of what I’m putting in my mouth.

For me… the biggest issue comes with eating. I can work out alllll day, but I know darn well that I won’t see the results I want unless I’m eating to fuel my workouts.

If you’d like to join along….

I’m going to schedule my workouts ahead of time and write them out for all of you to see on this blog!

These workouts are going to focus on strength training with supplemental cardio (mostly HIIT), working different body parts each day. I’ll post the workouts early in the a.m. so you can perform each workout at whatever time works best for you.

If you’re a newbie to the weight room, hopefully this will give you the start you need. As always, consult a physician before performing any new-to-you exercise routine! I’m not a personal trainer yet, but I will be soon :-)!

Ask yourself, just as I’m asking myself:
Where would I be in twelve weeks if I started TODAY? 

To get started, let’s complete a boot camp circuit workout to kick off the fat loss in the best possible way!

THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE

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YES, that is me feeding that giraffe. Do you see that connection? Finally at home with my family. LOL

Yesterday my friend Gabe and I arrived at the zoo with 30 MINUTES until the feeding exhibit closed. You can bet your bottom dollar I ran my happy giraffe-loving self all the way to that exhibit. I was super bummed when the volunteer told me that the best time to feed the giraffes is in the morning since we got there around 2 p.m. (Side note: Did you know giraffes can eat up to 75 lbs. of lettuce PER DAY?! And their feet are the size of dinner plates. And males weigh about 4,000 lbs. And they’re tall enough to reach their head into a two-story building without standing on their tip toes. Shall I keep going? ;-)) 

Naturally, I telepathically signaled my long lost family members (yes, I’m referring to the giraffes) and one fortunately came RIGHT over to us with a little persuasion from some romaine lettuce. (Side note #2: Can someone please hand feed me romaine lettuce daily?)

Other highlights from the day:

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IMG_0390Mr. Rico Suave Pepsi model… he’s single, ladies 😉

I can officially check this off my bucket list and die happy now.