Saturday, December 5, 2015

America, we have a problem

I try really hard to stay out of all the drama, arguments, and other shenanigans online but I felt like I finally need to say a few words...

I don't know if we have gotten worse over the years or if now that I'm getting older I recognize it more or possibly social media is making it more present but...

What is the first thing you do to take down a strong group of people? You try and get them to turn on each other, crumble from within right? Well, congrats America, we are doing it to ourselves!!! I have never seen so many people viciously turn on their own friends, neighbors, cities, etc. We have people crying foul over our law enforcement, threatening the people that are here to protect us! We have people fighting over hypothetical war solutions. We have people even questioning our teachers for the way they educate and give constructive criticism calling it abusive toward those that are sensitive! What the hell is going on?! 

Do you not see it?? Do you not see how we are letting these terrorists win?? When 9/11 happened we came together as a nation, we prayed as a nation, the music industry collaborated to bring unity, the news was not only sharing the most up to date coverage of the terror but there were a multitude of coverage over stories of heroic acts and people helping each other. 

What happened? What changed? 

Now, we have these shootings happening constantly and the first thing we do is point fingers in all directions, start a social media frenzy, the news stations all tell a different version of the story and all you see is the constant negativity and dividing of this great nation and the WORST is all you see is story after story of who the shooter is.

I don't give a flying shit about who the scumbags are, how they grew up, how nice they appeared. Why are we making them celebrities?! Why are we not respecting and honoring the victims and sharing their names and stories? Why are we not sharing tips and education on what to do in the event of an attack so we can minimize casualties? When and why did we allow this to get this level? 

It's not just a political problem, it's not just a religion problem, it's not a gun problem, it's a fucking people problem! 

Why are the people of today so messed up, so disassociated with the value of life, so sensitive to opinions that we can't have discussions? Everything is a heated argument. Everything is a my way or highway stance. With this type of mentality it is no surprise we are crumbling!l

At the end of the day, the underlying theme to every side of every argument is that we love our country, we want to stop seeing these constant (almost daily) attacks in our own backyard, and we want to feel safe again - HELLO AMERICA - we are all fighting for the same thing! 

Stop tearing each other apart! Stop letting these terrorists get the best of us! Stop trying to be so politically correct that the media has 3 days worth of material on why an entire city is in an uproar over the tone of the way something was said! Stop getting so offended! Stop venting every little complaint to the entire world!  Stop sharing the videos of the idiots of the world that have nothing better to do than cause problems and allowing them to become famous! Stop taking everything personally!

Start standing together. Start supporting our nation as a whole. Start making positive impacts in our communities. Make the positive stories, the heroes, the the helpers famous! Turn around our view of this nation. We can do this. Start supporting our local businesses and schools. Start educating our next generation that those who work hard, do right and show respect are the ones who get ahead. 

It is time to change our perspective, it is time to take come together to prevail!


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Hiatus is over!

Hey everyone!

Thanks for hanging with me while I took a little break and had to focus on some other things going on in my life! But I feel like I'm ready to get back to focusing on my health and food and fitness (to a point)! 

I don't know about you but I had a weight in my head as my own personal max. You know, that number that even when you are yo-yo you know you don't want to go over that number... Well for me that number was 150lbs. That was such a big deal for me when I finally got out of the 150s that I kept telling myself that I won't allow myself to go back to that weight. Well unfortunately with my constant gains over the last few weeks/months as of Thursday's weigh in I was 150.5lbs! Noooooo!!!! But it is totally clear as to why. And I'm ok. But it was a swift kick in the butt and reminder to me to stay the track!

So I'm back!! 

Saturday mornings we normally go out to breakfast and to be honest it's normally all treat food on weekends (diner food, fast food, donuts, etc). Well this morning I was getting ready for my class and was just about to tell the hubby "think of where you want to go for breakfast when I'm done with class" and I stopped myself and instead went downstairs and made my herbalife shake! It's one small change but that small decision is a huge deal for me! It's one step in the right direction! One less greasy/fatty meal to add to the problem. 

My plan for the week is to constantly ask myself "is this food going to nourish me and assist me in getting through my day to be my best" 

After class, I am planning on creating a meal plan for the week and getting back to meal prepping! I haven't prepped in months and I know that is why I've had a tough time lately. 

Thanks for being apart of my journey and excited to start seeing positive results again!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Time to push pause...

So for anyone who knows me, you know I always pile on responsibility after responsibility and am always saying yes to any need that comes along. Well... To put it short and sweet my plate has become so full I feel as if it's cracking in my hands! Some amazing people in my life have been talking to me lately because they have observed this slow motion wreck in process and have been constantly advising me to slow down, rearrange my priorities and maybe cut back on some things. Now the perfectionist in me always laughed and said I'm Wonder Woman I got this. Stress is just apart of life - no biggie. Ok well it's finally catching up to me. 

To give a snapshot into what my life looks like right now:
I try to start my day at 4:40am to get up and ready for bootcamp. After bootcamp I rush home and get ready to be at work by 8:45 and work until 6. After work depending on the day I either have class after as I'm currently in my Masters Program which nights I have class or home work I typically don't go to bed until midnight or later. On nights I don't have class or homework it's spent catching up on life duties like attempting to spend quality time with my hubby and girls, laundry, cleaning, paying bills, etc so just about every night the earliest I'll go to bed is midnight. Then add in that I also try to get in some running and training for my 5 half marathons that I'm already signed up for. Then add in meal prep and attempting to figure out my food planning because I really struggle with food and emotional eating so it's not something I can't not plan. (I know double negative.) Then add in one of my best friends is getting married next May and asked me to be a bridesmaid and I want to help in anyway to make sure it's perfect for her. Then add in that I love to volunteer with HOBY and I've been offered various opportunities to elevate that level of volunteering to help in a multitude of different events and areas. Then add in life needs and stresses with family and other friends. Then add in my attempt at helping my local bootcamp with their social media. And then add in my own social media campaigns to encourage and inspire others. And then add on the feeling of HAVING to continue this craziness because if I don't too many people will be let down. Welcome to my life. Anyone have a Xanax? Lol just kidding! 

If you have actually kept reading and made it this far thanks! Anywho, I guess what I'm saying is that I think I'm finally going to take a pause, a step back, a breather and attempt to re-evaluate a better plan for all of these things that I truly love doing but not necessarily all at the same time. Do I truly need to give all of those things my attention every day starting now? No. maybe it's ok to take some time off bootcamp and running for a month or so to catch up on sleep. My next half marathon isn't until October. I have time. And taking time to put each of those above mentioned things into the same thought process.
I guess what I'm getting to is that no matter what my shift in priorities are I just ask and hope that those who truly know me and understand what I'm going through take no offense and respect my decision and allow me to say "sorry not right now."

Thanks in advance for your help and understanding!! 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Week 9-11 July 13 - July 31

Hey everyone! Sorry for leaving you all hanging! My life has been pretty hectic lately! Quick snapshot - School, Work, Volunteer Work, hubby time, dogs time, housework, fitness, attempting to eat healthy, and more! So confession time - with all of the above going on I have not really tracked my eating at all and have really only worked a few days here and there. Trying hard to find the balance in everything. So instead of posting a ton of blank pages of my trackers here are some of my favorite photos for the last couple weeks. :) I am hoping to have August be a success!

Some fun at bootcamp 

Some more hubby BBQ deliciousness 

Grilled BBQ peaches and ice cream

More bootcamp fun

A fun catch up night with my bestie 

Weekly weigh in results with my herba life coach Chris

More BBQ deliciousness 

Date night grilling with the hubby

Turned out amazing

Some awesome 80s run fun! Beware for overload of photos on this

This girl has been my best friend for 10 years now! 

It started to downpour on us!

Love me some chocolate milk! 

Awesome run with my favorite people! 

After we totally shared this amazingness after haha 

My girls are my everything 

I got to FaceTime with my niece, Aiyana, and meet her for the first time!

And with my niece, Lynette and nephew, Maddox! They are adorable!

Went over to my besties house and got some lovin from this adorableness - Lukas 

Later that night I said yes to being one of her bridesmaids 

Isn't this the most adorable way to ask!

Love of my life

Hanging out with Jacie in Disneyland 

Kinda love my new ears and the snapchat filters :)

Bootcamp fun!

Night run at hillside track with my pink sis Liz!

And the hubby and girls! So much fun!
My adorable co-driver lol

6 month check up and no cavities! Woo hoo! 

Loved my outfit (ignore the extreme mess) 

Favorite flex it pink pants

My new favorite hairstyle 

Hehe I have a purse dog haha

This is my world! And I wouldn't change a thing! 

Thanks all for reading!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Week 8 Recap

So happy this week is over! It was a pretty personally stressful week for me and my lack of exercise and over indulgence of food confirmed that. But hey life happens and whatever. The week is over thank goodness! Here is the recap!

Monday started strong! Went to bootcamp with some awesome people!

Monday night got exciting haha urgent care visit with Matt since that chest pain hadn't gone away and he got extreme migraine 

All tests came back normal thankfully. After two days and three doctors we finally found out that he started drinking coffee about 3 weeks ago and in fact about 4 cups a day! Well apparently that can cause severe weight loss, appetite suppressant, anxiety, rapid heart beat, migraines and pretty much everything that was wrong. Thankfully nothing serious but coffee!!?? Really? Haha 

Hehehe because embarrassing hospital photos are always good haha

Started to try to calm down from the stress and went back to work thursday 

Pebs is always my snuggle bug when something is wrong or bugging me :)

Hey at least one day I had my breakfast on point! Lol

Friday night we totally endulged at Cousins Maine Lobster food truck! My favorite!

How can you not smile when you see this adorableness! She buries herself like that!

Sunday I finally got outside and earned some activity points on a super hot hike with Liz and her family and the hubby!
Omg a normal smiling pic!

This girl is a beast mode beauty for sure! 

Had to throw a kissing photo in eventually haha 

Pretty neat hike! Especially when we heard strange noises and thought we were going to be cougar food haha

Did a little retail therapy Sunday afternoon and couldn't help but crack up at this!

We have a bbq finally!! Summer grilling!! 

Oh yeah that turned out delicious! Flavor God seasoning for the win ( - you are welcome haha)

Oh yeah! So happy to have a bbq! Much less dishes!

Final picture perfect plate of deliciousness! 

Monday activity log
Monday food log
Tuesday food log

Wednesday food log

Thursday food log

Friday food log 

Saturday food log

Sunday activity log

Sunday food log

Week recap. 

Thanks for reading. Looking forward to a much better week next week!