motivation

I THINK I’M STARTING TO SEE RESULTS!!!

I’ve been watching House of Cards this week so I haven’t updated as much as last – sorry I’m not sorry, that show is awesome and you should check it out if you haven’t already.

ANYWAYS….

So I looked in the mirror yesterday morn and was like, “oh hey girl, you’re looking pretty good!” I don’t think it’s enough for others to notice yet (they say it takes 4 weeks for you to notice, 8 weeks for your close friends and family to notice and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice or something like that – rude but I guess it makes sense!) but I’m feeling good! I think it has to do with my overall attitude too. I’ve had more energy and been happy that I’m making these awesome changes and I think that is reflected when I look in the mirror now. Making these changes has helped me gain confidence and a better attitude!

So the lesson from that is…keep on keeping on! Every single decision I’ve made the past month hasn’t been perfect, I’ve eaten pizza, I’ve missed a day of exercise here and there but overall I have been making better decisions, healthier choices, progress in my workouts, etc. Don’t give up if you don’t see results right away. Pay attention to how you’re feeling too. If you’re feeling good, the results will come!

Here’s a pic of the awesome breakfast protein smoothies I’ve been drankin’ for some motivation!

From bottom to top: ¼ cup oatmeal, ⅛ cup chia seeds, ⅛ cup flax seeds, ¼ cup hemp seeds, a handful of spinach, 2 scoops of Greens, 1 scoop protein powder, frozen fruit and water or almond milk

From bottom to top: ¼ cup oatmeal, ⅛ cup chia seeds, ⅛ cup flax seeds, ¼ cup hemp seeds, a handful of spinach, 2 scoops of Greens, 1 scoop protein powder, frozen fruit and water or almond milk

OMG HEALTH. So filling & delicious! I drink one of these babies on the way to work in the morning (done by 8:30am) and I’m good until lunch at 1pm.

I’ll be posting about It Works stuff next, I love the greens, fat fighters, wraps, defining gel and I’m trying a facial tomorrow woooo! This stuff is not meant to take place of a healthy diet and exercise, but I am not above a little help along the way! I’ll post about my personal experience with the stuff as well as lots of pictures and a blog post from a personal trainer about why he offers his clients It Works! They really do have something for everyone for every part of your healthy journey!

I think I am going to take Stella for a walk tomorrow so also check back for some awesome photos from that shindig…

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud

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Keep Trying New Things – Keep it Interesting!

Quick tip before I forget – continue to change things up and keep your body guessing! It’s good to have some kind of routine but don’t get bored and unmotivated eating oatmeal for breakfast, salad for lunch and chicken for dinner. All good things, but maybe add some different fruits/nuts to your oatmeal, try different salads/lettuces/toppings, different chicken and other lean meat recipes. 

The reason I bring this up is because I just received my nuts.com order and boy was I excited. The funny notes all over the box also encouraged lots of excitement. 

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ANYWHO the point is to change it up every once in a while! Getting excited about getting muh nutz is encouraging me to look up new, healthy recipes and use what I got! I’m sure this is offered in other stores as well but some of the newer Kroger stores and of course, Whole Foods, have bins of this stuff where you can get as much or as little as you want! I would suggest getting a little bit here and there, using something for a few days or a week to determine if you want to go back and get more. If you are going to order in bulk, I think nuts.com has better prices and their turnaround time is pretty good too (exactly 7 days for my order!). 

In short, go NUTS! Ha! Man I could go all day with nut puns. 

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud

Week 1 Recap/Week 2 Goals

Honestly I could have done a little better but I am still really proud of myself!

The Good:

  • Worked out five days last week – a day more than my goal yayyy!
  • Stuck to “good” snacks when I got hungry like hummus, protein shakes with unsweetened almond milk, light popcorn
  • Really limited my sweet tooth!

The Not So Good:

  • Drank too much Saturday night – booooo – but it was a needed night out with my gal pals and I only go out like that once in a great while so I think I can give myself a break! As long as it doesn’t become a habit, it’s good to let off some steam every so often!
  • I think I could have pushed myself a little harder at the gym but I still had good workouts and am inspired to continue going and push myself more this week.
  • Ate out 3 times instead of my goal of 2. A sub (lots of veggies!) on Weds. night, salad for lunch on Friday and pizza Friday night. But it was Friday….and it was pizza….and the sub and salad were’t too bad so one pizza night isn’t going to kill me.

Now I want to be clear because some of that sounds like excuses. I have been pretty hard on myself in the past and I found that it was only discouraging and made me feel worse. I told myself that as I embraced a healthier lifestyle, I wouldn’t beat myself up if I slipped up. We’re only human people! Plus pizza will never stop being delicious so you kinda have to have a slice every once in a while.

  • I didn’t apply to ANY jobs -______- This one I have no excuse for. My only remedy is to make good on my goal this week. If I went two weeks without meeting the goal that would be embarrassing so here’s to my rockin’ resume!

Week 2 Goals!

  1. Work out 4 times this week. Now ideally, I would move it up to 5 since I did well with 5 last week but I am going to FLORIDAAAA this weekend so I’m going to stick with 4 🙂
  2. Don’t go too crazy on vacation! There will obviously be drinking but I really want to try and make healthier choices food-wise. It’s always harder on vacation because you have less control over what you’re eating and way more choices than a regular day. So my goal is to encourage myself and my family to make the healthier choices while we’re out painting Orlando red!
  3. Apply to 5 jobs as noted above.
  4. Not eat out at all until I go on vacay. This means I’m making breakfast, lunch and dinner until Friday!
  5. Take my greens every day – and don’t forget when I’m on vacay! These are Greens and they’re awesome. EIGHT servings of fruits and veggies in one serving! Aw yea.

I think that’ll be it for now. As some of these goals start becoming part of my regular routine, I want to think of fun new goals…ideas anyone? I’ll give it a little more thought and keep y’all updated 🙂

Some new tips coming tomorrow! Here’s a list from Buzzfeed to keep you occupied until then: “Healthy” Foods w/ More Sugar Than a Snickers Bar!

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud

YOU CAN DO IT!

almost let my lady cramps get the best of me yesterday but I pushed through and had a great workout! Felt pretty darn good man.

I’m feeling the heat again today though. It’s just so dreary out! Which makes me feel dreary, which makes me not in the best of moods (not a bad mood, just kinda blah ya know?), which obviously doesn’t generate the best response to working out. So I needed some inspiration and even though I usually hate those corny fitness quotes, a friend told me about @FITMOTIV8WOMEN on Instagram so I decided to check it out! I scrolled through several and the ones you see below are the ones that stood out the most to me today. I should also note that the fonts/images they use are terrible so please focus on the message, not the image. I was going to throw together a few of my own but decided my time would be better spent at the gym.

Side note/side rant – I google searched “fitness,” “gym” and “workout” on the google and the majority of the pictures that came up were just bodybuilders covered in oil. So not relatable! Anyways, here ya go:

I CAN'T STAND THE CURLZ FONT! But I hope I'm inspiring some people.

I CAN’T STAND THE CURLZ FONT! But I hope I’m inspiring some people.

IMG_6389 IMG_6391 IMG_6388Be inspired! You can do it! Yayyyyyyy!

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud

 

DAY 3 – LOSING MOMENTUM!

Hey gang. 

Day 3 is here and so are my lady cramps. Ladies, you know how it is. Guys, this is like getting kicked in the balls but you didn’t do anything to deserve it. And the pain doesn’t go away -__- 

Lady cramps really make me not want to work out and I didn’t sleep well last night so I’m tired. But even as I’m writing this I feel kinda guilty after running my mouth about starting this fabulous new healthy lifestyle so I’M GONNA SUCK IT UP AND GO. 

Added bonus – I hear working out makes lady cramps go away/feel better. So there’s that. 

End rant. Begrudgingly heading to the gym. 

Here’s to livin’ the dream! Lady cramps and all! 

Aud

Tips from Aud

At first this was lumped into my last post but then I realized it was super long. So now that that’s all outta the way, here’s a few tips then I’m off to the gym!

  • If you don’t have time to make lunch, keep a few frozen meals or healthy cans of soup on hand to grab quickly. I used to do a lot of lean cuisines but again, trying to move to cleaner eating so I’ve recently picked up a few things from Amy’s Kitchen line! The soups aren’t the BEST but they’re still good and all organic. So far, their frozen meals have been bomb ass (delicious).
YUM

YUM

  • Snack smart! I take protein powder to work with me to drink in between meals. I usually don’t get hungry between breakfast and lunch so I’ll drink two scoops with unsweetened almond milk or water. Eventually I want to add some oatmeal and spinach to make it a real protein shake but let’s take some baby steps first, I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel man.
  • If you have a hard time getting to the gym in the morning (I’m almost convinced those people are crazy, yet I wish I was crazy with them) or you go home first and then it’s hard to leave again to go to the gym – check out a gym near your work! I joined a Planet Fitness right down the road from my work so I don’t have an excuse anymore and so far it’s working pretty well! It would work better if I went more, but hey, I’m trying!
  • Planet Fitness is a great place to go if you’re just getting into the gym thing. It’s inexpensive and it seems like there is always one around the corner or nearby. It doesn’t have a track (go to your local high school on the weekends) or pool (community pool anyone? I admit I’ve turned a blind eye to the amount of bacteria that has to be in those pools before just for a romp in the water) but as far as I can see, it has pretty much everything else! Eventually, I’d like to try some Crossfit but again, BABY STEPS!
  • Change it up! Sometimes I don’t feel like going to the gym for the sole reason that I don’t feel like doing the elliptical again. But hello! There are tons of other workouts to do so don’t be afraid to switch out your routine. Plus you’ll be working some different muscles which is always good.
  • Take advantage of personal trainers. When you first sign up at a new gym, a lot of times they will offer you one or more free personal training sessions to get you started. Take advantage of this! Planet Fitness offers unlimited sessions but there are only certain times the trainer is available. The trainer can introduce you to some new moves, show you around the place, teach you how to use some of the equipment, etc. If you want to change up your routine but don’t know where to start, a personal training session could be the perfect way to do that.
  • Take advantage of your support group! Share your successes with your friends and family! They are your biggest fans and number one supporters. I don’t share my successes or goals with my friends and family like I should but I never regret when I do. They are always a great source of motivation! If this isn’t the case with you and you don’t have a lot of support, try opening up to some new friends at the gym. Find someone doing a cool workout and ask them to show you how. We’re all in this together people!

Okay now I’ve been on this motivational sharing high for the past 45 minutes and it’s been great, hope ya liked it, but now I have to go to the gym because I should probably practice what I preach.

Here’s to livin’ the dream!

Aud

Day 1 – Week 1

To help keep myself on track for my yearly goals, I am going to start making weekly goals!

  1. Go to the gym at least 4 times this week! I’ve been going to the gym on and off for about a month but I need to stay consistent. 
  2. Only eat out a max 2X this week. It kinda sucks cooking for one, just throwing it out there! I do love to cook once I get going but it’s a pain in the ass to figure out how much food will be too much and by the time I get home it’s already 7pm or later and I don’t want to cook for an hour and eat at eight. But those are also just excuses…. awkward…. So through this whole thing, I will be trying out new recipes and ways to cook ahead of time and try to get on track with cooking at home (and therefore saving $$$ too!).
  3. Get my business page thing up and running. Remember when I said I had just taken on a new money making opportunity? Well an ole’ friend from summer camp reached out to me about this health and wellness company, It Works! I know I use a lot of exclamation points but that one is actually part of the logo so get used to it. Moving on…I was skeptical at first but she talked me into it and now I’m in it so I need to embrace the opportunity and make the most of it! The more I hear and learn about their products, the more I’m hooked so bear with me friends! I will report my progress and such with the different products on this here blog too, so if you ever see or hear anything you’d like more information about, let me know!
  4. Drink smarter, not more. Usually I only go out about one weekend night a week and I try to stick to vodka/soda but sometimes there are shots (especially Fireball, a personal fav) and one night out can end up costing a LOT of calorie so if I do go out this weekend, I will do my best to stick to the basics!
  5. Apply for five jobs. It’s no secret that I’ve been (slowly but surely!) trying to find a job back in MI. I really do enjoy my current job and I’ve grown to like it even more but I would like to eventually get back to muh roots! Despite the ups and downs, I will never look at my time in Memphis as a bad thing and I’ve come to love the city. But as they say, “there’s no place like home!” As I’m sure most of you know, trying to find a job is a long and grueling process. Updating your resume, linkedin, writing a cover letter for every position you want to apply for, googling your name to make sure nothing bad pops up, you get it. Another painful but necessary task of life!

It’s actually been an eye opening and confidence boosting process for me. Having to think back at all that I’ve accomplished in the past few years has allowed me to step outside of the box and look at it from an outside perspective so that’s cool!

Stay tuned for some tips!

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud