Thursday, August 23, 2012

Confused

Okay I am trying to set up my new blog and I am confused about lots of stuff. It is the upgraded version so I am still trying to figure out how to set it up. I am going to just leave it how it is right now and start blogging. I will fine tune it as I move along.

I am not sure if it is connected to this personal blog so I am still a little skeptical about making it public on my facebook page until I figure it out. When I log onto this blog it would bring up the new blog profile so that is why I am thinking it's linked. Anywho!

I am going to still blog about my personal journey on there but because a lot has changed in my life since I started this blog I wanted to start a fresh new blog to reflect my new thoughts. :)

This blog was kind of my starting off and trying to figure things out blog. I went through a lot of ups and downs. I am STILL trying to figure things out and still have my ups and downs but I have a different way of thinking and want to share that on a different blog.

Anyone who has been reading this blog long enough knows I don't sugar coat anything and I try to live true to myself. So the new blog will still reflect that. It's still about my personal journey but more of a fine tuned path. :)

Here is the link to my new blog:

http://templefitness08.blogspot.com/2012/08/welcome.html Come check it out!

Friday, August 17, 2012

I AM MOVING!

I have decided to move to another blog so that I can share it with my Facebook followers. This blog was more about my personal journey which contains some intimate things I don't really want to share with the whole world right now.

I am not sure if I will be adding to this blog anymore but I will come back and leave a link to my new blog for those of you that want to follow once I have it up and running.

I hope you continue to follow me and support my journey. My dream has always been to help inspire and encourage others to live their best life. The time is now and I am taking this opportunity to see my vision come to pass.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Small Update

I have decided not to blog as much for a little while to catch up on some things that need my full attention. I still regularly update my facebook page since that gets more attention than my blog. I haven't decided if I want to make my blog that public and attach it to my facebook page. You can access my page from my blog but those on my page don't know about my blog.

I might create a new blog or I might just keep it private. I am not sure yet. So anyways that is how it is for right now.

So lately I have been sticking to my nutrition plan pretty well except for Saturday because I attended a birthday party and had a few sweet treats. I didn't over do it but I had more than I wanted to. I also wasn't prepared at home and had some processed meat alternatives. Still not horrible but not what I wanted.

My workouts have been amazing though. I have been working out 4-5 days per week. Although it's been super hot (111 degrees yesterday) I have been going to the park to run after work.

I make sure to take a big gallon of water and stay hydrated during my workout. I also listen to my body and try my best to take small breaks if I feel overheated. I love working out outdoors because it doesn't make my workout feel like a chore. There is something about breathing fresh air, seeing the green grass and trees, and seeing other active people also enjoying nature.

I have been going to a park that has large steep hills. It is a soccer park so it has a large bowl were most of the games take place. I go in the bowl and find the largest steepest hill to sprint. Most of the time I sprint but sometimes I just jog up to the top and walk back down. I also walk backwards and sideways.

I also like doing pushups, squats, jumping jacks and jump squats in between each hill run. That mixes it up for me and really gives me a great workout. Sometimes I go to the playground area and use a bench to do step ups and dips.

I have been enjoying these workout and look forward to them. Some days I dread them but once I get out there and breathe the fresh air I feel awesome and motivated to kick my own butt. I usually workout until I feel exhausted and ready to pass out. :) That is when I know I have done enough.

When I don't go to the park I like to lift weights at home and do an intense circuit training routine. BUT I enjoy the outdoor a looooooot more. I have also decided to walk during work. My job is pretty boring. We are not busy at all so I have a chance to go outside and walk around the property for some exercise.

Yep it is hot as heck but a little sweat never hurt anybody. :)

So that's the update on my fitness journey. See you later. Thanks for checking on me.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Love Letter


Dear Me,

I know that I don't tell you often enough but I love you. I am so proud of everything that you have accomplished in your life. You are a strong and powerful woman and deserve to have the best in life. You have always opened your heart to others and lived your life transparent. You have allowed others to see your weaknesses in the hopes that they may be strengthened by them.

I am proud of your commitment to be healthy and take care of your body. You not only do it for yourself but to help motivate others to be their best. You love unconditionally and freely. You are forgiving and genuine. You have been the best friend that anyone can have. I am happy to call you my friend.

You stand for truth and do your best to live true to yourself without judging others beliefs. You have done an amazing job of raising your daughter on your own and have always managed to stand back up when you fall. You take every opportunity and gain knowledge and strength from it. There is nothing that you can't do.

You are beautiful, sexy and strong. You should be so proud of what you have become. Not only have your lost 60 lbs but you continue to strive to be your best. You take your time to educate yourself and share your knowledge with others. You have a heart to serve and that is admirable.

I promise to always be here when you need me.

Love always,
Me

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Extreme Couponing For Good

I have always wanted to figure out how these people do extreme couponing. I never thought I could do it because I don't eat the processed foods they buy. So anytime I get coupons I just throw them away. BUT I have to admit I cringe when I go to the store and think about how these couponers get most of the stuff I buy for free or 90% off.

How they heck do they do it? I finally attempted my first coupon shopping trip yesterday. I had been planning it for a week and couldn't wait to get paid so I could try it out.

This is how I prepared for my first coupon shopping trip. Although it was a small scale shopping trip it took lots of planning. Not because it was complicated but because I had never done it before. I wanted to make sure I was getting the best deal I knew how to get.

So I looked through an ad from CVS (a local drugstore) and matched up coupons I found with their sale items. For instance they had Herbal Essence shampoo and conditioner 2 for $6 dollars. Then I had a manufacturers coupon for $2 off of two bottles. So that means I got 2 bottles for $4. Wooohooo! I did the same with Patene.

Then I bought some Dove bodywash for $4 normally $8.99. I had two coupons so I got to purchase 2 bottles. I also purchased ALL laundry detergent for $2.99 since it was on sale for $3.99 and I had a $1 off coupon. I also bought two of those. I think I would normally pay $6 to $7 for that bottle at Target.

After picking out all my items. I headed to the register a little nervous but excited to see what I had accomplished. Previous to picking out my items I filled out an application to get a rewards card. Some of the items I had purchased paid you back $1 to $2 in rewards bucks which can be applied to your next purchase.

Since I had to split my purchase into two transactions I got to use my rewards bucks on the second transaction saving me an additional $5 and 10% on beauty items. I felt so awesome when I checked out and compared my two receipts. I had actually saved a combined $60. What the?

I may not be an extreme couponer saving hundreds of dollars but I felt pretty proud of my attempt to save. I realized that those coupons are like cash. Why throw away cash if you can use it to buy things you normally pay full price for. I estimate that if I would have bought that stuff at Target I would have spent about $100 but I only spent around $40. I LOVE IT!

I now officially have a mini stash of hygiene products. My daughter was so happy because she has been wanting to coupon for so long since watching the Extreme Couponing show. I can't wait to learn more and make bigger purchases.

We are hoping to use our new found knowledge to start up our non profit organization. My daughter and I love helping the homeless and have personally prepared and delivered food to them on the streets. We are looking to start making bag lunches again and name our company...GOD IS LOVE!

:)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Mommy and Me Time

Yesterday was a beautiful day despite the clouds and humidity. It was not so hot so I decided to take my workout outside. I took my daughter to the park to run. We went to a park that has lot's of hills. I love hill runs for the glutes. YAY! HIGH and TIGHT glutes..LOL!

So we warmed up with a little 5 minute jog and then we did hill sprints. I let my daughter walk them since she isn't as conditioned as I am. I didn't want to push her so hard her first time. BUT I did push her beyond her comfort zone. She was hating me and said "I am never doing this again". Too funny that is when I made her do 5 more....including walking backwards. After she was done I kept going and ran about 40 hill sprints. She said "Stop showing off". Too funny. I encouraged her and let her know that one day she will be able to do the same.

After the hills she wanted to go to the playground so I did some step ups on a bench. I did 3 sets of 10 on each leg. Man were my legs on fire after those sprints. I had to muscle through the step ups. I also did push ups, sit ups, planks and dips.

It was really nice being able to workout outside and involve my daughter. I find it extremely important to involve your kids in your healthy lifestyle. I not only helps them maintain a healthy weight but also helps their immune system, boosts their confidence, regulates their mood (Pre teen drama:), lowers their risk of disease and helps improve their school performance.

It's important to involve them as much as possible in eating healthy too. I like allowing my daughter to plan her weekly meals. She likes picking out new recipes from our cookbooks and preparing the shopping list. I also let her pick out the ingredients at the store. This not only makes her feel responsible but also gives her knowledge that she will need when she is an adult.

I love how she picks out an item and reads the labels. She knows what to look out for. She also likes to compare prices. Mommy taught her well. :)

So that concludes yesterdays adventures in healthy land..LOL! Thanks for reading.