Friday, September 20, 2013

Thursday, February 7, 2013

DIY Spa day

Hey everyone! Michelle sent me this awesome article about making diy scrubs to get a relaxing spa day at home read more for her awesome tips!!
Awesome At-home Spa Treatment Ideas
Being a mom is a full-time job, because in addition to being a mother, women are often expected to fulfill the simultaneous role of “nurse”, “cook”, “chauffeur”, “counselor” and various other roles. Since motherhood can be such a time-consuming and stressful job, moms need to ensure that they take time out for themselves, especially during the fall and winter holiday seasons. If you are a busy mom who needs ideas for ways to relieve stress and take time out to dedicate to yourself, you should consider visiting a spa. At Skana, an Upstate New York Spa, where I work, not only can the various spa treatments provide you with some much-needed stress relief, but there are many other benefits that you can take advantage of as well. Some of the many benefits of spa treatments are:             -Younger looking skin             -Relief from pain             -Renewed, more restful sleep             -Strengthened immune system             -Increased mental acuity However, many mothers, especially those with younger children that are not in school yet, may have trouble finding time to visit a spa. Others may lack the necessary funds in order to pay for the various treatments offered at spas. In cases like these, it is possible to perform your own spa treatments at home. Of course you can’t give yourself a professional full-body massage or a concentrated reflexology session, but there are many treatments that you can enjoy at home without spending much money for supplies and equipment.
Essential oils can be used for aromatherapy to boost your mood, induce relaxation and certain winter specific oils can even help ward off colds and flu, which are common this time of year. Various supplies can be used to create invigorating facial masks, foot soaks and even relaxing baths, depending on the type of spa treatment you desire. Here is an inexpensive and non-time consuming DIY body scrub recipe:
-        2 cups Sea Salt
-        ½ cup Olive oil (for best results, use organic extra virgin olive oil)
-        1 TBS lemon zest
-        1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
            Mix ingredients together in a bowl adding oil gradually, as you do not want the mixture to be too dry or too soupy. You can also add more or less lemon zest depending on how fragrant you prefer the scrub to be. Once the perfect texture is established, transfer to a Mason jar or other storage container.
***Note: This recipe can easily be doubled, or tripled if you want to make more than one jar! It stores well and is a great gift for family or friends!
The scrub is commonly used while in the shower, but can be applied to clean skin at any time. Using small amounts at a time, apply the scrub using circular motions on your skin. Rinse with warm water. This will exfoliate the dead skin leaving you feeling fresh and clean.
Whether you want to treat yourself on your favorite holiday or you simply need to unwind after an especially busy week, you can perform any of the above spa treatments in your own home. Your at-home spa treatments are certain to make you feel pampered, contented and more relaxed, all without the assistance of a professional. There is no need to spend lots of money in order to enjoy spa treatment, but whenever you’re able to, you might want to treat yourself to the real thing, because you undoubtedly deserve it.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Glasses review! Love them!

.I was recently contacted by firmoo to do a blog review on a pair of glasses! They sent me a link and I got to choose a free pair which was awesome! This is the pair I chose! is the world's most popular online eyeglasses store. Years of expertise in optical industry enable to offer varieties of prescription eyewear to the consuming public in high quality yet at extremely affordable prices. (source is thier site) I was sent these glasses to try regardless of merits or faults of firmoo and I was not disappointed at all! The glasses are so sturdy, made well and I could tell that they are going to really last me!
love them!!

love the yellow

Most importantly, they have a first pair free program  You can even try on with your own photos. 98% of their customers have found their perfect match glasses by this way. Which is awesome that you can "try" them on before you buy them!

Friday, June 8, 2012

things are going good!

How is everyone doing! Its been a while! I have been so busy but who isn't right lol. I have been doing great with my plan! I did have a couple of days where I ate carelessly for one meal but whipped myself into shape and remembered what I posted in my eye opener post.  If you didn't get to read that post click here! I have been eating really well lately at least for the past week and a half, we haven't gone out at all, and we have been trying a lot of new recipes. Hubby definitely doesn't mind lol. I have been using my crock pot a lot and can't believe that I always forget I have it. I have made buffalo chicken lettuce wraps twice with it and also crockpot tacos. Pinterest has really helped me with ideas lately. I got those ideas from there and also we made avocado hummus and kale chips which were both amazing! I love trying new recipes and it has kept me from wanting to go out to eat. Normally I want to go out to eat at least once or twice a week because I am feeling lazy and also because I want to get in some quality time with my hubby but this week we have been working on the recipes together and eating every meal together its been really nice! It makes a big dif when you have a meal in mind to eat rather then just sitting there trying to figure something out at the last min.

Workouts have going well as well. So when I got down to my lowest weight right before our anniversary trip to Vegas, I was doing TurboFire and eating well and writing down my weight every morning on the calendar they give u as well as marking off the days that I completed a workout. I am on my third week as of now and so I checked the calendar to see what I weighed previously at this point, so on my friday of the third week previously I weighed 168.4 and thats exactly what I weighed this morning! So I'm on the right track kinda crazy how it was exactly the same but at least I know I am going in the right direction sucks I gained it all back but I know what I did wrong and what to do differently this time. I was telling my hubby I have more time this time before our trip to California. When we went to vegas I had about 4weeks this time I have 8weeks so double which is very exciting, I could possibly lose a total of 16lbs if everything goes right and I follow what my bodybugg says I have been in a defecit everday and that would put me right at around 156 before we leave!! (I'll be happy just to see 150 anything on the scale) Also this time my work schedule is a lot better, I have three days off with no obligations besides house work and doing beachbody stuff and when I work I have day shifts vs the night shift like before so I will always have dinner at home. Which ties back into the whole going out thing. When I was working before I got off at 830 and if I didn't bring dinner to work I always wanted to go out when now I am home no later then 630 so I do my workout and then make dinner for us. I seriously have no excuses and its been working great for me so far!! I'm so happy I stayed motivated and have been keeping my head in the game it is really paying off! Trust me there are days when I just want to be lazy and not do anything but I figure the workouts are less then an hour and our trip and life is gunna pass by whether or not I work out and if I skip and don't hit my goal I'm only going to regret it so whats the point. Pinterest also helps with pictures of fit people all over it so I'll browse thru that sometimes to help too.  btw are you following me on pinterest? I always follow boards back! My link is right on the left!

I'm gunna do a post soon with some recipe reviews and show you guys what foods I have been eating besides recipes and also what other fitness tools besides turbo that I have been using. I hope everyone else is having success, its not hard once you get your mind in the right place I know its hard but you have to really want it. I thought to myself today that my 25th bday is coming up quick a quarter of my life is gone, I am not getting any younger and I have spent the first 5years of my 20's trying to lose weight I don't want to waste time trying anymore! My life is going too fast and I want to be proud of myself and enjoy my body wear the clothes that ppl in thier 20's wear, be fit and sexy and just happy with the way I look before its too late so there isn't any better time but now!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Everything is going great and a day of eats!

Everything has been going good since I restarted on Tuesday haven't missed a workout and have been feeling great. After I wrote my post yesterday I was feeling awesome I ate all my meals at home but then was faced with a huge temptation in the evening. I went to a conference type thing for work at 7 and they were serving buffalo wings, mini pizzas, spinach dip, cheese and crackers, chicken kabobs and sliders. Complete opposite of what I wanted to eat and was exactly what I was talking about in my post earlier in the day. My hubby was there too since we both work for the same company and he was eating away at that stuff. I told myself I didn't need any of it and I ate a granola bar that I had packed in my lunch from earlier that day. It was hard for me to not say oh just give me that I'll restart tomorrow but I have changed the way I thought and told myself "you don't need this food, you just ate lunch not too long ago, it will just turn into waste and add on unneeded extra weight" and I didn't eat any of it. I was pretty proud of myself : ) Now if I can just keep on doing that hitting goal will be a lot easier then I think : )

Also Normally on days where hubby and I have the evening off together the first thing I think of where is it that we should go eat? But today it was different it didn't even cross my mind and I am super proud of myself for that. I ended up making a super yummy dinner with food we had in the fridge : )

Today I had a total of 1433 cals here is what I ate for the day. Here was my breakfast
pineapple, and cantalope, 1/4cup egg white, mushrooms, spinach, and 1 egg with black beans, english muffin and green tea

lunch was chocolate shakeology, with keurig mocha and 1/2cup milk

Dinner was chicken with panko, 1/2cup of baked beans, 1/4 cup of brown rice, pan fried egg plant and some grape tomato

This dinner was so amazingly good I also had a string cheese for morning snack and chobani for afternoon snack. Its crazy how much you can actually eat if you choose the right foods!

I updated my pounds lost and pounds to go jars since I changed my goal and my weight has been fluctuating so much I decided to update it. Can't wait to see the pounds lost higher then then pounds to go. I really like having things like this to help keep me accountable its nice to have different kind of measurements of my weight loss. Do you use anything like this?

found this idea on pinterest
 I also decided I'm going to take a picture of myself everyday before my workout to help keep me accountable and also I want to make some kind of flip book kinda thing with my progress. I'm not happy with how my bod looks now but I know in the end I will be and I love to see before and afters so I need to make sure I have pics for my before!

how often do you take progress pics of yourself?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A wakeup call and a whole new approach...

Things have changed a lot around here and I just haven't had the time to get everything into a post life is so crazy and I'm just lazy lol but for a brief overview. Insanity was too much for me right now I still have it and will complete it by the end of the year. I wasn't seeing any results with it and was not happy with that. I mean seriously I lost like 2lbs in the first month. I am back to my soul mate workout of turbo fire and pairing that up with Brazil Butt Lift! I restarted both yesterday and can't wait to see what the results are. I have changed my whole approach and my way of thinking and I feel like I have a plan for success. I also have a goal I'm working towards with a deadline. I did turbo back in feb to march before a big vacation and lost 8pounds and actually saw the lowest weight on the scale that I had ever seen and also lost two pant sizes now I am back up to what I was before I started and the clothes I wore on that trip no longer fit me. I feel like a failure and I feel like I let everyone down who reads this blog.

I'm also a fitness coach with beachbody and have a fairly large amount of people who are signed up under me. How can I expect them to stick with it and reach their goals if I can't even commit and do the same thing.!? So that seriously stops now. I want to be able to say I completed a beachbody program. I want to be able to say I am out of the 160's  and even say I hit my goal, I want to be able to look sexy for my husband even though he says I look just fine the way I am...  I want to be able to wear cute lingerie and feel sexy, I want to hang out with my sister and my cousin who have amazing bodies and sit poolside and not feel like a fatty and be so embarrassed of myself. I want to take a picture in a bikini in July and look confident when we go to California and not even think twice about if people are looking at me and thinking I'm to fat to be in that and being proud to post them online. I want to be healthy, and most of all I just want to be happy with my self and proud of myself. I have never completed anything in my life... I always give up, get lazy, and just I never finish a fitness program, I can't even consistently blog for more then a week, and I quit even with college classes its so ridiculous. I can't be this way anymore and something needs to change. How can I expect to get somewhere if I don't even apply myself, right now I'm repeating the same actions hoping for a dif result hello I'm doing the def of insanity! I seriously have 0 excuses but being pure lazy. I know that the food I choose to eat is terrible for me, it gives me 0 energy and it wastes money. I need to be a wife to my husband and cook for him, clean for him, and not expect him to do it all. I know I shouldn't be drinking alcohol almost everyday (not in a alcoholic way we just both like to have a drink while hanging out or with friends and fam) I know I shouldn't skip workouts. I know EXACTLY what I have to do to reach my goal and  yet I still blow it off. Its not rocket science move more and burn more then what I eat... hello I even have a bodybugg that gives me an exact number so I know what to do EVERY SINGLE DAY! I had awesome results with turbo the first month that I applied myself and completed it the first month. I didn't skip 1 workout I ate out twice and had alcohol once. So obviously it is possible. My life couldn't be any easier right now, I work part time so basically 27hours a week I don't even go into work until 130 at the earliest and I lay around or sleep all morning. How embarrassing! If I was coaching someone and they acted like me I would be so frustrated with them because I know they are only hurting themselves. Well its time to be my own coach since I don't really have anyone pushing me or keeping me accountable and change my life around! Beachbody programs work if you put in a little bit of effort. These workouts are not even a full hour what the hell is my excuse! So for now things will be different, and no I will not be one of those ppl who say that and go back to old ways I am seriously done with that and more fired up then I ever have been in my life. I will not be overweight anymore and it all changed yesterday. I had got up around 1030 was laying on my couch after having breakfast and looking at pinterest and was about to take a nap an hour after I had just got up and told myself no get up and workout and I did and I felt awesome for doing it. I need to have that attitude everyday and remember I am doing this for me, my husband, and to show people that if you REALLY REALLY set your mind on something you can do it. I will not be one of those bloggers who keep saying they are going to change and then screw it all up. I will never get anywhere if I keep going that way.

These will fit when I go to california!

So as of yesterday my weight started at 172.4 (I think this was the exact amount I weighed when I last started turbo) Wednesdays are my official weigh in days and I am at 171.6. I have two tickers on the right side of my blog. One for my ultimate goal, and one for 5% goal. If I only focus on my end goal I'll forget my little milestones along the way. So I'm off to do my workout you will be seeing more of me around here and I'll blog pure honesty not just stay away when I don't do what I should but hopefully there won't be too many bad things that happen workout/food wise. I know its not going to be a walk in the park but I have a goal in mind and I WILL HIT IT!

Because This...
All my weakness's

Will never get me...

Friday, May 4, 2012

a catch up post

I seem to always let life get the best of me for some reason and put off the things that are important. Insanity is going well we are on recovery week today and I really needed it. I hurt my back last week doing something and could barley move... well I think I pulled a muscle or had some sort of back spasm so I had to skip 3of my insanity workouts since I couldn't even get off of the toilet without wincing... but haven't skipped with recovery week and even started up Brazil Butt Lift this week too! I did a shakeology 3day cleanse where basically you have 3shakes a day along with a piece of fruit and a salad with 4-6oz of white meat for dinner and I lost 4lbs and have yet to gain any of it back!!! I had some bad eating during the weekend because it was my father in laws wedding and he paid to have us stay in a hotel for the weekend which was amazingly nice since it was in the same city but no healthy food around. So the cleanse helped me get rid of any extra weight I would of put on and got rid of all my bloat issues so that was nice!

Our pool is very close to being done and I will post pics with the yard when all of it is set can't wait to get in it... hubby already has but we haven't had it cleaned since they finished and I feel weird about any kind of dirt in water lol It took us 3days to fill it!

Hubby and I went shopping last night and restocked our fridge with a bunch of fresh yummyness got a bunch of chicken some ground beef and lots of fruit and vegetables. I'm gunna start my new series of making one new pinterest food recipe and reviewing it along with pics starting Tuesday and first on the menu will be avocado hummus!!! Let me know if you have any healthy pins you would like me to make and review also you can follow my pins here! I'll always follow back! I love to see peoples ideas and always looking for new recipes!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Friend makin Monday "cooking habits"

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FMM: Cooking Habits

1. What is your favorite meal to prepare at home? I would for sure say breakfast! I always look forward to some sort of omelet when I have the time to make it

2. Do you like to experiment in the kitchen, or do you prefer to stick to the basics? I like to stick to the basics don't get me wrong I love to try new stuff but I always seem to be short on time so I have a routine that I stick to

3. What is your favorite cookbook? I have a couple of hungry girl ones that I like to use!

4. Do you have any tricks to share that help you reach your fruits and veggies goal for the day? I drink shakeology for one meal a day and it has your daily amount of veggies in it and I normally mix fruit in the shake and have some with lunch or dinner and that gets me to my amount.

5. What’s the most interesting thing you made last week?  um... I don't even remember what I ate last week lol probably a spincah tomato egg white omelet with toast and coffee

6. How often do you watch cooking shows on TV? I record hungry girl and thats it

7. When you’re hungry, where are you most likely to look first?normally I pre plan what I am going to eat so I just grab what I had planned for that day

8. List a few healthy staples that can always be found in your kitchen. strawberries, fruit bars by nature valley, pineapple, black beans and lean meats

9. Are you motivated to cook at home even when you’re eating alone? I'm more motivated to cook for myself when alone its hard for me to want to cook when I am with friends or hubby because I like to go out its something I have to get over and learn not to do

10. How often do you try new recipes? Not very often even though I wish I would there are so many healthy amazing foods out there and I never take the time to try it

Monday, April 23, 2012

Weigh in Monday!

Last weeks weight: 169.4
This weeks weigh in: 168.8

Difference of -0.6lbs

A loss is a loss but I wish it was more I didn't burn as many calories as I needed to last week
(obviously) I should start doing something in the morning as well in addition to insanity this week until I start Brazil Butt lift next week. We started week 4 today and I'm excited to see my 30day pics along with my measurements!

How was your weigh in!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Friend Makin Monday!!! Q & A

FMM: Q & A

1. Share one thing that has changed about you since you began blogging. Well I lost about 25lbs thats one thing and I have learned how to cook a lot of different kinds of foods and learned that its ok to spice up your workouts

2. If you were forced to give up chocolate or potato chips for an entire year which one would you choose to live without? I don't really eat either but I would choose potato chips

3. What’s more attractive? A man in a suit, or a man in uniform? A suit by far

4. If you could be a guest star on a reality show which one would it be? Keeping up with the kardashians lol I love that show and would love to meet the girls

5. What is the last meal that you prepared for yourself? I made myself an omelet with egg white, spinach, tomato and mushroom with a side of strawberries!

6. Is your hair colored, or is it natural? It’s colored super dark brown

7. If you could leave town today and go anywhere, where would you go? If I didn't have to pay hawaii if I did have to pay a cabin up in sedona

8. Do you prefer to exercise at the gym, at home or outside? At home for sure its too hot outside and I like my privacy

9. Have you ever asked someone out on a date?  I think so... I honestly can't remember lol

10. How many cups of coffee do you drink on an average day? I normally have one a day not for the engery just for the flavor lol

11. Do you pack lightly, or do you over pack? I always overpack I'd rather have too much then not enough

12. What color are your nails now? plain

13. If you could have lunch with one notable (living) person who inspires you who would it be?I honestly have no idea very though provoking ? though

14. Who is your favorite professional athlete? Peyton Manning

15. Gum or mints? I like the mini altoids

16. Have you ever eaten crawfish? No

17. List one or more human characteristics that are a complete turn-off. liars, people who are demeaning and cheaters

18. What is your favorite season? Well in Az we seem to only have summer and sort of winter but I like the wintery time

19. Do you prefer to shake hands or hug? Honestly depends on the person I am meeting or talking to

20. Can you quote lines from Saved by the Bell from memory? I actually have never seen a full episode

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