My Healthy Lifestyle Journey: Part Deux

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My goal is to look like this give or take 5 pounds!

Good Morning! I told myself that 2016 would be the year where I would give 100% to everything that I set out to do. Like the saying goes: Go big or go home and that’s what I intend on doing. I told myself that instead of waiting around for jobs to call me back for positions that I really don’t have the passion for, I’d do freelance work and control my schedule by working from home. I decided to do social media consulting from the luxury of mi casa and I work as director at the daycare center for a few hours in the morning and afternoon. I told myself that I would abstain from any sexual activity until I was in a committed relationship and I’ve been celibate for a few months now so I’m proud of myself. After I started getting my mind right and my finances in order, I knew I had to start working on my physical health and I could afford to do so since I have more time and a bit more $$$ in my pocket!

Yesterday marked the first day that I started working out and eating healthier. I started the PiYo Workout DVD from Beachbody. It is a workout that combines Pilates and Yoga techniques and I love both forms of exercise so I figured I’d try it out. The first workout I did yesterday was a bit intense but rewarding so I’m looking forward to the workout challenges that will come. As far as eating goes, I wasn’t really hungry so I didn’t eat much but the little that I did eat was healthy for the most part. I told myself that today would be better and I vow to keep that promise. My goal is to have a leaner and toned figure by my 30th birthday on May 31st. I’m going on a cruise to the Bahamas so my goal is to look right in my bikini!

I’ve realized that I have to think about the result instead of my current situation for me to stay determined and motivated. This goes for my fitness regimen but also applies to all of my personal and professional goals. When all is said and done. I want to live the best life possible and that will only happen if I push myself and stop creating limitations. Anything is possible and I intend for my life to be a shining example of that.

 

I will update you all on my healthy lifestyle journey and plan on showing you guys a before and after picture on my birthday so make sure you keep checking back to see my progress!

 

Always remember to love and live luxuriously!

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My Healthy Lifestyle Journey

 

some of the. meals/snacks I’ve prepared!

Good Morning! I’m writing this post right before I have to head to the dentist (ugh!) to get my wisdom tooth pulled. I still have to go back for fillings and crowns and I am so disappointed with myself because things shouldn’t have gotten this far in regards to my dental health and my health in general. I know exactly why I am at this point though. I grew up in a household where I could eat anything I wanted at anytime. I didn’t have to ask permission for snacks and goodies and my mom bought and cooked whatever I liked. If she couldn’t cook it, we ordered it and I just accepted that as a way of life. I’ve worked out here and there but I knew to see real results, I’d have to change what I eat as well and that part would be tough for me. I want to be the best version of myself and I knew that in order for that to happen, I’d have to change up my eating habits. I’m not too big on beef or pork ( I do like bacon though!) but chicken as always been my weakness. I love Chick Fil A and when I go there, I get the same thing: 12 piece nuggets, waffle fries and a Coke or sweet tea. On this particular lifestyle plan, I can’t eat red meat, can’t drink soda and no processed foods…bye bye Chick Fil A 😢 Fortunately, pasta is still on the menu in whole wheat form which doesn’t taste half bad. I have to prepare all my meals myself and that’s a first because I NEVER cooked on a regular basis. It’s been a challenge especially since many of the foods I love are no longer on the menu so I’ve had to be creative and try other type of dishes like my almond apple muffins above ( I know they look like cookies but it’s only because of the angle) steamed asparagus (eh!)  and boneless, skinless chicken breasts ( at least I can still eat chicken!)

I’ve been working out at least once a day as well doing things like squats, crunches, lunges and other types of exercises that will tone my tummy, legs and booty. I want to look and feel healthy and I feel that with this new healthy lifestyle, I am on the right track. I may have a “cheat day” in the future but as long as they don’t turn into cheat weeks and months, I think I’ll be alright. I will continue to keep you up to date on my progress and in a future post, I’ll show you before and after pics(yikes!) Keep giving your all into whatever it is you desire and make sure to share your journey with me. We’ll talk soon!
Always remember to love and live luxuriously!

Getting My Body (and mind) Right!

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Happy Labor Day everyone! While most of us are off from work/school and enjoying the day out at barbeques, parades and festivals, I’ll be at home focused on eating right and exercising. Why you ask? I chose today to start off my new fitness routine which includes eating things like egg whites, almond butter and oatmeal (not the kind with all the sugar in the instant packets but the plain oats lol) and doing an at home workout plan that consists of crunches, sit ups and squats. I am not really big on cookout food so I don’t miss not eating burgers and hot dogs but pasta and white bread are my weaknesses so I am going to miss my baked ziti and buttered rolls for dinner once a week lol. I decided that even though most of the foods I like taste really good, they aren’t good for you. Last summer, I was having really bad stomach issues. I was bloated, constipated and in pain for most of July 2014 and taking laxatives didn’t help much. Things eventually went back to normal but I didn’t understand why I felt so terrible. I ended up telling the doctor about my past issues at my last checkup and she told me that it was because of my diet. The bread and cheese weren’t digesting properly and I wasn’t drinking enough water to cleanse my system out so I became backed up. She suggested that I incorporate more fruits and veggies in my diet and eat pasta and bread in moderation. I knew she was right but I wasn’t sure where to start. Then I saw a pic of my friend on Instagram that changed everything for me.

My childhood friend Nedeline and I  lost touch after she moved away in 3rd grade. Fast forward to about 20 years later through the magic of Facebook, we were able to reconnect. The little girl I remembered had changed drastically. While my friend was always thin, she wasn’t the fit and fabulous woman who I see today. I couldn’t believe that she was in such amazing shape. She looked like one of those women that I see on commercials for workout dvds. I was blown away and I wanted to know exactly how she did it. It turns out that she is a “fitness entrepreneur” who has her own company called “Hardgirlz”.  She’s entered fitness competitions and through “Hardgirlz”,  helps people with their own fitness journeys. I started making a lot of changes in my life that were good for the mind and soul but along the way, I stopped focusing so much on my body. Seeing a pic of her on my Instagram feed was a sign that I needed to make a major change that would not only help me to become a healthier and more active person but would allow me to take back the control that I let food have over me. My family has a history of heart disease and for me to have a better chance at a longer life, I need to improve my eating and exercise habits now while I am still young so my body will thank me later. With Nedeline’s help, I feel that I will be very successful in maintaining this new lifestyle. I will be updating you all on my journey so you will see pics and all of that as the weeks progress so stay tuned!

Follow Hardgirlz on Instagram (@_hardgirlz) for inspiring pics and how to start your own fitness journey!

 

Always remember to love and live luxuriously!