Wednesday, August 6, 2014

3 week no sugar challenge

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In three weeks I have two back to back weddings. I am so excited and I need to do so serious dress shopping. I know that in that week span between weddings there will be fun events and great times with family and friends. I also know I will want to eat some cake and enjoy myself without the stress or the guilt of eating poorly. So to give myself a great head start on eating healthy and enjoying myself at the end of the month… I am doing a 3 week no sugar challenge.

I think you can do this challenge two ways. The first is no sweats. Pretty easy to follow. No cookies, ice cream cake. The second is hard core. If you really take a look at all of ingredients of the food you are eating sugar is there. From chips to spaghetti sauce they have snuck in sugar. So I am taking the more extreme route, because it is really not that far off from my current eating habits.

To me this just means I will be more focused when I choose my food. I will prepare all my meals in advanced and nothing will come out of a box. I will still have Traders Joe’s peanut butter and protein powder. This may sound pretty intense but I love a challenge and once you get off of sugar for a few days you really stop craving it. It just takes some discipline in the beginning.

I encourage you to join in on the no sugar fun. I am doing this challenge with my Mom and Sister. This will give us some support when we want a cupcake.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

gym friends are the best friends

I love working out. I especially love working out with my friends. Gym friends are the best friends. They have seen you at your worst. Literally, all gross and sweaty. And guess what, they still love you. They might even hang out with you in public afterwards to grab some healthy food.

When you work out with someone you are basically doing a team building activity. You are motivating and encouraging them and they are supporting you in return. You have just enough time to get a life update before the workout starts, however, you are not required to fix all their life problems because you are about to get your work out on.

I strongly suggest if you are having some problems with someone, ask them to work out with you. You can really get deep into the problem when you are getting deep into your squat.

Someone who I love dearly and love working out with is my main girl Tyler. She runs an amazing fashion blog, Laissez Flair Check out her amazing blog to get inspiration for fashion, life and lot of sass. Also she has perfect Taylor Swift circa 2011 hair. I just can’t get enough.

We decided to take out work out to the National Mall, because well we live in DC and can’t get enough of tourists.

There is nothing better than a great workout with a great friend. Also, there is nothing better than a great fashion blog. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

steps for a lifestyle change

I hate the word diet so I am not going to use it. Instead, I am going to use the term lifestyle change. Below I have some great tips for a lifestyle change. These things worked for me and I think will really help if you are dedicated. Most importantly, they will help you stay confident in yourself and your goals.

Step 1.
Come up with a goal. This could be losing some weight, exercising more or something as simple as incorporating more vegetables in your life. When I started my lifestyle change I wanted to lose weight. That was my major goal.

Step 2.
Plan plan plan. I love to plan. So this goal was lot of fun for me. I made a plan of working out 4 -5 days a week and eating extremely healthy. I went hard core on this plan. I was extremely dedicated to the gym and eating healthy became a huge part of my life. The first thing I did to jump start my weight loss was cut out sugar and beer. This is hard but you feel so healthy.

Step 3.
Live you plan. So you have a goal and you made plan, now the tough part is to live the plan. I made gym buddies who I would meet every day at the gym. This helped me stay on track with my work outs. In order to stay focused on my health meals I started to meal prep. I would spend a few hours on Sunday planning out my meals and preparing as far in advance as I could.

Step 4
Work for next month. It is hard to not get discourage. Like I didn’t eat sugar for an entire week where is my six pack? I get it. To help with this feeling I started to work for next month. I would tell myself I am working out now and eating healthy now for my body next month. This helps you gain realistic goals for yourself. It is important to not put too much pressure on yourself.

Step 5
Step away from the scale. This one is pretty tailored for me. At a certain point in my lifestyle change journey I would get a little too obsessed with the scale. I cut back and would only weight myself once a week, and then finally I just jumped off the scale and never came back on. The scale is too much for me now. I feel healthy and that is all that matters.

Step 6
Get ready for some haters. That’s right. People are going to get weird. It’s strange but people are going to question your healthy eating habits. They might try to push cake or alchohol on you. Just smile and say no thanks. If you get discouraged by the haters just start following some great fitness Instagram’s. This will help keep you motivated and connect with people who have the same goals as you.

Step 7.
Enjoy your healthy lifestyle. Make sure to enjoy your accomplishments and be proud of yourself. No matter how many pounds or how many servings of vegetables, you should always be proud of your lifestyle change.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

that one time I got in a fight at the gym

So I love the gym. I love the classes and I love the instructors. One of my all-time favorite classes is Hip Hop. This class has turned my hump day into one of the sassiest days of the week. Our instructor is one serious Diva. She is a former Redskins dancer with an amazing resume. We are now BBFs, plain and simple.

Let’s get down to the fight. She was out sick yesterday and could not teach the class. I was sad but rallied as another great instructor took her place. Then the drama started. Another gym goer started talking smack on my girl. She was just saying rude things about her that was not necessary or relevant. So I told her to stop. I told her that was enough that we need to respect all instructors and all women for that matter. She then replied with some response such as “everything I am saying right now I have said to her face.” Very unlikely. Why would you walk up to anyone and start saying meant things to them? As Taylor put it, “Why do you have to be so mean?”

Now in my head I got a little scared for standing up to this mean girl in front of the entire class. I don’t normally do that. I like to draw attention in this class for my gangster dance moves, not my gangster words. But I knew it needed to be done. The gym to me is a sacred place. The gym is where I go when I am stressed, and upset. The gym is where you go to sweat it all out. Save the drama for anyone else but the gym.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dogs love yoga

Happy Monday. If this doesn't put a smile on your face... nothing will.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Let's not push it

I love to talk about working out and the gym and all things fitness. If you ask me about my work out schedule I will print it off for you or set Google appointments in your calendar. I might be an over-share considering I have a fitness blog and preach fitness and health. However I have a very strict rule when it comes to pushing other people to the gym. Don't do it. 

If you ask I will tell, if you read I will inspire. But I won't judge you or push you into a gym membership. I suggest you don't do the same. I think pushing the gym/healthy lifestyle on someone is like pushing religion. You don't do it. Give people the option to choose for themselves and they will jump in head first to the front of the class. 

If someone started pushing me to the gym over a year ago I would not have done it. I needed to choose this life. I needed to decide that I wanted to go to the gym 5 to 6 times a week.

If you think someone is not living a health life style and you are concerned, tread carefully because I don't think there is a subject that is as delicate and sensitive then personal appearance and health. It's tricky. 

My advice, push it in the gym. Don't push the gym on someone. The best part about the gym is that it will be there when you are ready.