Fitness Update #2……I joined what?!

Hi everyone! It’s time for another update. This week has been a interesting week when it comes to my fitness. But I will go ahead and just start from the beginning with my assessment I received on Tuesday April 10th at Youfit.

Talk about EYE OPENER!!! 

I went in being SO nervous. Honestly I felt even embarrassed. I have noticed changes of course when it comes to me wearing my clothes but it really ALL becomes reality when you see the numbers. I’m sure some of you would say don’t focus on the numbers, But this is honestly the most I have EVER weighed.  So after checking my weight and also my Body fat %, I became very stressed out. I felt my depression trying to creep in. I felt completely defeated. I felt as if it was WAY too late to make a change. I felt that I had to accept that my body will always be like this now. I promise you I’m not trying to be “over dramatic” but I’ve always been someone who struggles with my confidence and body image. So it was just a bad combination that night. When I left the gym I had to run to the store. I picked up some produce and also some chocolate. That is my go to thing. I was just feeling so depressed and defeated.

142fb9d91b0a914f0a7b1499d7ffa1e8Through following other people on Instagram, I’ve known for awhile now about a fitness program. Its through a app called “SWEAT” and it’s by Kayla Itsines. I’ve heard and seen from others how much its helped them. So I went ahead and reached out to some of those people and I decided that this could possibly work for ME. Going with the app would of actually been cheaper for me in the long run than paying for a Personal Trainer. Also this app would work for me especially when my stomach problems flair up. If I went with a Personal Trainer I could actually lose those sessions that I paid for if I can’t show up. With my stomach issues the way they are, I have NO idea when exactly it will flair. So I have learned in my life to think way ahead for the “Just in case”.


So the VERY next day, I took the next step and signed up for the Program. This program plans out all of your workouts, Gives you meal ideas along with a grocery list as well. There is also a forum where you can post messages if you have any questions and also be able to reach out to others who are doing this too. There were a few different programs to choose from. Since I need to lose some weight, I choose the program that would help me do that. And once I achieve that, I have other programs to choose from on this app that I would be able to do. Its all included.  Now I am the type of person that if I’m going to start something NEW it has to be on a Monday. To me Mondays are FRESH starts. ACS-0044.JPG Ironically, It showed me that my Program would start MONDAY (April 16th)! I was so excited. I went out and purchased this book of hers, to help me with more meal plans since I do have to watch what I eat with my stomach. Now if anyone knows me, they know I DONT cook!! HAHA. Its true. So if I EVER get a cookbook, It needs to be fun like with bright colors, big pictures, EASY and I mean EASY recipes. I get very overwhelmed when it comes to cookbooks and recipes.  (Just ask my Mom haha)

I start the program tomorrow, but just from exploring the app, purchasing this book I really feel like this program was made for ME and works for MY needs. Even if there is a day I can’t make it to the gym, I can do some of the exercises at home. I literally have no reason NOT to work out.


17cdc5af915c91e441d235c712d4e094So like I mentioned, the app has all your workouts planned for you each day each week. Her book is also the same way. It has a week by week day by day meal plan for you. It’s SIMPLE and that’s exactly what I need. So I sat down and planned out my meals for the week and made a grocery list of what I needed. Then my Mom and I sat down and went through it and eliminated things we already had. After doing that I went to my local health food store “Sprouts” and went to shopping. I had things on my list that I never had before and some things I’ve never even heard of before. It became like a scavenger hunt and I had SO MUCH FUN! I felt a level of excitement and happiness I’ve never really felt before. I was actually already feeling proud of myself for the progress I was making there. I was able to find everything I needed and I got everything pretty much completely organic.  Now the next biggest task I’d have to face was “Meal Prepping” for the week.

SHOUT OUT to my Mom for literally helping me do this. We spent most of the day today in the kitchen Meal Prepping. A few times I was feeling overwhelmed but she was patient with me and we made it happen.

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This is just some of the things that I bought. My shopping cart was SO colorful I loved it. So much of what I bought was Clean, Organic and just wholesome food. I even had to buy “Fish Sauce”! I didn’t even know that existed till finding this book. I’m super excited to try it though!

 

One of the things we made were these “Spinach & Feta Egg Muffins” for breakfast. I need something light in the mornings because if I eat too soon after I wake up, It will mess with my stomach. Also I needed something that was easy and quick to grab if I was short on time. Most of my breakfasts wilACS-0045.JPGl be either smoothies or something like this that is quick and easy to grab. It was extremely easy to make, however it took us 2 times to get it right. First time we made it, I only put the spinach and Feta on the bottom and didn’t mix it in. Also the recipe asked for large eggs and I had small eggs, so I didn’t use enough egg and it was dry. I kept telling my Mom I was going to remake it. I don’t think she believed me until I grabbed everything out again and was like I HAVE to get this right! Just trying again made me happy because beforehand I would of just given up and said forget it. But second time around we mixed in the spinach and feta and one extra egg. And let me tell you, its SO delicious!! This is one of my favorites so far.

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Also in her book, She covers desserts. Now I have a HUGE sweet tooth so I gotta have my desserts! Haha. So today My Mom and I made two different ones. Lemon Pie Bliss Balls and Choc-Mint Bliss Balls. Each had only about four ingredients and are SO healthy. Honestly the Chocolate ones taste like Thin Mints. I don’t like really like lemon flavored things or coconut but I have to say, they were AMAZING. So good! I could eat the whole plate if I wanted to. And the nice thing about these desserts, Is that I didn’t feel so guilty eating them. They are so healthy that it doesn’t give you that guilty feeling. Also one of the really nice things about this book, is that it doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare or to actually make the recipes. Its so quick, easy, and so simple! Its really like its made for ME!

ACS-0048.JPGI’m really excited to keep going with the meal prepping and also trying out all sorts of new food. Also its a whole other journey I’m on trying to learn to cook and to figure out what exactly works for me in the kitchen. All I know so far is that I need to have patience with myself, and to realize that it won’t all change over night. Not my weight, not my cooking, nothing. It will take time, and that is perfectly ok.


Also I gotta be honest with you guys with TWO things. On Friday night, I went out with one of my Good Friends to a movie. I decided I was going to get a Coke. I just wanted to try it again and see if I would even like it. I barely had ANY of it. It didn’t taste good what so ever and the little amount I DID drink, made my heart feel like it was going to explode. I did not like how it made me feel. Its safe to say that I’m 99.9% sure my coke drinking days are OVER!!

Also, I hate admitting this but I told you all that I was going to be completely real with you guys. I’ve slacked off with my 21 day Planking Challenge. Ahhhh! It drives me crazy that I slacked off with doing that. BUT I decided that I’m going to try again starting tomorrow. Just remember to keep trying no matter what. I had a friend of mine ask me if I was still doing it. I told him “No but that I was going to just start over and that at first if you don’t succeed to just try again. And that I wasn’t going to just quit”. That’s something that I hope everyone remembers…. Just keep trying!!

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Top 13 Favorite Movies!!!

So I created a post on Facebook letting YOU decide what my next post would be. “Favorite Movie”s won, So listed below are my TOP 13 FAVORITE MOVIES!!! I’m very much a movie person, so there are a TON that I love. But these take the cake!

 #13 “The Other Boleyn Girl

There is just something about this movie that I really love. I’m just sure if its the history behind it or what but I love this movie. If you haven’t seen this movie ever, Id watch it and see what you think. (I’ve actually watched this back to back before hehe)

 

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#12 “Indiana Jones”

I’m not sure if this is cheating, But I love ALL these movies. This one however I find funny with Sean Connery. I love these movies because of the adventure behind them but also the history. I could watch these movies over and over. These movies really suck you in and make you feel like you are on an adventure with them. And of course give you a few good laughs when you get in tough situations haha. But Indiana Jones ALWAYS gets out of those!!! movie8.jpg


# 11 “Night At The Museum”

I guess I’m going to cheat again because I love ALL of these movies also. I think it’s safe to say I do like movies that cover some history. I love the idea of this movie. Its very unique. Creative. That’s the word I’m thinking of. I just love it and I feel like the world could learn from this movie. In this movie there is all walks of life but they have to come TOGETHER to fight off the evil. The unity. Its something the world needs right now.Other than that, it’s funny. And who doesn’t love Robin Williams?

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#10 “The Grinch”

The The The Grinchhhhh!! Sorry I had to. If you’ve seen this movie then you would understand. This is actually a Family favorite of ours. My family will quote this movie year round. Not only does it give a special message, but its so funny! Jim Carrey does such a GREAT job at being the Grinch. They could NEVER remake this movie to be just as good as this one!! And honestly I could probably watch this at any point in the year. Its just that good!

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#9 “Hocus Pocus”

This movie has a special place in my heart. It’s another Family favorite. My Grandma and Aunt had this movies recorded on VHS. And every Halloween us girls would “sneak” the movie home to our house. Eventually we realized that our Grandma and Aunt knew we would take it off the shelve. But we would continue to “sneak” it. When we were younger we always talked about making sure OUR children would watch it to keep the tradition going every fall season. Years later and that tradition keeps going. I just can’t wait to share that with my kids when that time comes.

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#8 “Robin Hood Men In Tights”

Well, another Family favorite. This movie will NEVER get old. I could watch this over and over if I had to. It’s just so hilarious. I LOVE Mel Brook’s version. I also love that he makes appearances in all of his movies. Watching this movie, I can quote it word for word. If you ever need a GOOD laugh this is one to watch!!  movie4


 

#7 “Twister”

Anyone who REALLY knows ME, knows this is one of my ALL time favs!!! I could also quote this movie word for word. Interesting fact: When the tornados in the movie was doing its thang, they actually used CAMELS to make the noise. How cool is that?! I always thought that it was really cool. I think its super cool to be a storm chaser. Would I do it? ABSOULELTY!!!  IF I was promised I would be ok!! HAHA. Also, Robin Hood makes a appearance in this movie! 😉  twister


 

#6  “The Mummy”

Now again, if anyone TRULY knows me, they know I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!! I love all of them really, but this one is my fav! I love learning about Ancient Egypt ( I know I know again with the history) But this makes me feel like I’m there. I have read and I own easily 30+ books on Ancient Egypt and I love seeing the Mythology come to play in this movie.

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#5 “Inside Out”

So normally it takes ALOT for movies to make me emotional. This one got me. Especially with Bing Bong. With being someone who battles with depression, this movie for ME helped explain what it can be like in my head sometimes. All these emotions running at ONCE and feeling all sorts of things. And I love the message it shares about how you can’t have Joy without Sadness and vise versa.  If you have never seen this, I suggest you go and watch it! Oh and grab a box of tissues!movie5


#4  “Meet The Robinsons”

“Keep moving forward” Is the BEST line out of the whole movie. I saw this movie at a tough time in my life. And yes this one made me cry to. I was at a time in my life where I didn’t feel like I belonged and I was afraid of what the future would hold. I could relate to the main character so well. He didn’t feel like he belong and he felt like his dreams would never come true. He was taught to “Keep moving forward” because you never know what the future will bring and that you never know WHO is placed in your life to help you get through it. movieee


#3 “Down Periscope”

If you haven’t seen this movie, you are MISSING OUT! This movie is HILAROUS. It’s another movie I can quote literally word for word. It’s my Dad’s and I’s favorite movie we always enjoy to watch together. This movie makes me laugh so hard. I remember almost 10 years ago now, I had my appendix removed. I decided to watch this movie to cheer me up. WRONG IDEA! I had to get my mom to turn it off so I wouldn’t pop any stiches or staples. Its just super funny. Go watch it!

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#2 “Coco”

Where do I start? I’m very much a family person. Family will always come first. This movie really expressed the importance of family. I honestly didn’t want to see this movie. But I figured I’d give it a try. And I’m FOREVER glad I did. It made me think about my family members who have passed and gone on before me. Made me think of family members who I grew up loving and was close to who have passed away. Honestly just thinking about this movie right NOW is making me get choked up. I CAN’T wait for the day I get to be reunited with my ancestors. movie10.jpg


#1 “The Greatest Showman” 

So as 2017 was coming to a end, I was SO excited for what 2018 was going to bring. I was finally able to put some things in my life in the PAST and I was actually going into a NEW year really truly happy. On New Year’s day I ended up going to see this movie (Because Jumanji was sold out) with my Dad. Now I’m going to get really raw here. Before the movie started, I said a prayer in my mind that this movie would help me with going into 2018. That I would be inspired by this movie, and that if there was something I NEEDED to learn from this movie that I would feel it in my heart. I felt like this WHOLE movie was a answered prayer. However when the song “This Is Me” played, I knew my Heavenly Father REALLY answered my prayer. I KNEW this movie was going to play a huge role in my life. And sure enough it has. Its not ironic that I saw this movie on NEW  YEAR’S DAY. I truly feel like it was all meant to be. In fact the moment I walked out of the theater, I downloaded the soundtrack on my Spotify. I ended up seeing this movie 3 times in theater. I’ve NEVER done that before but I’m so glad I did. I promise I’m not just on the bandwagon with this movie. Just like how “Meet The Robinsons” changed my life, this movie has now done the same. It has also showed me how far I’ve come. To the point of where I didn’t feel like I belonged and having such a hard time moving forward. To where I am NOW. To where I’m happy and FINALLY chasing my dreams.movie9

 

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