There are cars, trucks, trains, action figures, footballs, rugby balls, basketballs, baseballs, soccer balls EVERYWHERE with an occasional partnerless sock on the floors. There's a lot of (play) fighting, and it smells like sweat. Testosterone runs rampant in these parts and even though the sometimes pee covered toilet seats gross me out and its LOUD AS ISH all the time, I wouldn't trade it for anything!
Sunday night, while listening to the sunday night slow jam on the car radio, on the way to pick up Big Daddy from the airport, Masterpiece came on. (wasn't that the longest sentence ever? LOL) Man did that take me back! All day yesterday I kept singing it in my head...all day.
I just finished an awesome, crunk as all get out workout and before getting in the shower, I shuffled my Pandora station and BAM. More old school! They sure don't make music like this anymore. I am totally a child of R&B. Enjoy!!! And you're welcome.
April already?!! It's like I closed my eyes on March 1st and when I opened them up the next morning, its March 31st! I blame spring break :-)
To kick off my birthday month (27th is the day...you know...if you wanna send me some love lol) I'm participating in a fitness challenge with none other than my FAVE, Savannah aka Muffin Topless (MTL). I wanna have a pool or lake party for my birthday so I need a little kick in the okole (that's hawaiian for your booty) to get me into "prime" shape :-) And by prime, I don't mean lose weight. More like tighten up a bit...mostly my arms and obliques.
I love Savannah's monthly challenges, and while I do some of the workouts week to week, I don't actually follow the whole month long challenge (checking in, nutrition, etc)...that is until now. I am committing fully to April.
Here's the calendar that I will be following:
All the deets on the challenge can be found HERE. From there you can get the workout plan and nutrition guide as well.
So how bout some of you join me? We can motivate each other! It can be your birthday present to me :-) You getting fit along with me, pushing me along, motivating me, and in return I'll definitely do the same for you, would be the BEST birthday gift ever! You know you want to.
Ah spring! It's right around the corner for most of you. Here in Texas, she keeps poking her head out and then running and hiding. But we always find her. :-) For me, spring means SUMMER IS CLOSE! Y'all know how much I love the sun so it's not shocking that summer is my favorite season (yes I even love the 100 degree summer days we get). I get to play outside and become the gorgeous golden goddess I am meant to be ;-)
Spring/summer inevitably means tank tops, short shorts, bathing suits and bikinis. Ah the bikini...my favorite summer wardrobe.
This time of year, people are crash dieting or not eating and even spending HOURS in the gym to ensure that they are bikini ready, nearly killing themselves to have the perfect summer body. NOOOOOO!!!! I wish I could scream it to everyone! MODERATION is key! Stop depriving yourself and instead moderate yourself. Make healthier decisions. Summer is the time for fruits...have a sweet peach (or fruit of your choice) instead of that double chocolate chip cookie. Make a cooling fruit smoothie instead of buying a calorie induced frappe when the temps start to rise. Oh and let's not forget WATER, WATER, WATER. Because of cooler temps, we've been stuck indoors. Now that it's warming up, get outside. Go for a walk or run outside, or just go to the park.
Instead of stressing upon the impending seasons, let's fill this spring and summer season with fun, confidence and moderation.
Still kinda stumped on what workouts to do? Want to try something new or different from your "regular" routine? Look no further than good ol' YouTube! There are TONS of FREE workouts on YouTube...a shit ton!
When I start to slip into a slump or get to a point where everything is just too repetitive, I seek out my fave fitness YouTubers.
Here's a workout from blogilates that I absolutely LOVE!!! A great, to the point type of workout that will make you feel shaky, in a good way :-) Try it out and let me know how you like it
*Hello ladies and germs! Today I bring to you, the future MIL of my 2 dudes, Lee Muse, the other co-founder of our amazing club*
I am always gonna be a fat girl at heart! I love food and I will not be surprised if I did quit working out and gain back some weight again! That's life and its just gonna happen. But for now, I'm gonna try to control the urges and temptation that is all around me. If you look at the picture below...
This is my Dinnerware made by Corelle. The Comcast remote is there to shows you the size comparison. I used to be a fatty that used the actual dinner plate. And girl, you must believe that I used the FULL advantage of the size of this plate! Not only used the whole perimeter but to see how much food I could pile onto it. Now that I'm watching my diet, I use the "salad" plate. Wah. But it does make a HUGE difference.
I also use the FIST Measurement.
Other than Vegetables, I can not eat meat or anything else that is more than the size of my fist. (I would like to brag a little bit here. I am happy to let you know that this is the only time I'm very happy with my "Man Hand's". I probably have bigger hands than an average girl with my height and built. HAHA.) Anyways...check out my IG ACCOUNT to see what kind of food I eat.
Or you can use this portion Control method...
I definitely utilized my portion control all last week because I didn't work out as much as I should of. Just remember that losing weight is 80% Diet and 20% Exercise. I firmly believe in that. I hope you guys learned a thing or two, or if you have heard these Ideas before. I totally recommend you apply these methods to your life. Especially on the days you dont want to work out.
Have a great weekend guys, and its okay to indulge in moderation. If you feel like a candy bar. Eat it. Instead of the whole thing, cut in half and save the rest for the next day.
*Ladies and germs, I present to you, in all her marvelous glory, Duckie! One of our fabulous fit club team co-founders.*
So last week, my homegirl Nicole wrote a post
about the Nike+ Training Club
app and the program she was starting. I had previously
downloaded the app in hopes of getting myself into shape but hadn't
done anything more than just browse through the workouts.
Yeah, I'm totally the person who will watch fitness videos just to
see how much I don't want to do them.
Anyway, after finally signing up for the "Get Lean"
program - beginner's level (obviously) - I got off my ass and started
Day 1 of the program. The "Get Lean" program consists of "high
intensity body-weight workouts" and I also added running to my program
to push myself more and get the most out of the program. I
obviously had no idea what I was getting myself into.
After not working out for AGES, that 30-minute workout
killed. Jogging, burpees, squat jumps, pushups,
kick downs, hip lifts, lateral hops... And though I didn't
actually die, I did puke my brains out twice during the workout.
I guess it didn't help that I was
eating while I was putting the program together. And it probably
did more harm than good that I took a few sips of vodka right before
since I was planning on just sitting my ass down with a drink and
reading all night. That's just
one of the down sides to acting on my spontaneous
up side is that I finally did it! My body hates me right now,
but I felt more energized this morning and I'm excited to continue
this program. Okay, wait - that's not entirely true. Since
I added running to my program (like a dumbass), Day 2 of my program is
to run. Three. Frikken. Miles. Are they
frikken crazy or something? I swear I thought this shit was the
beginner's level!? I can't even run one mile and they want me to
run three? Ho. Lee. Crap!
Since I KNOW I won't last three miles tonight, I'm just going
to try my best and run as long as I can. And since I don't have
a treadmill, I'll be running around the neighborhood with a stick just
in case any stray dogs want to step up. And Guam has a LOT of stray dogs - big
now that I think of it, a treadmill is a great gift for someone to
give me for Valentine's Day. Right, honey? Just
kidding. But not really.
So now that I've finally gotten off my ass (which is now
hella sore from all the squats and hip lifts), tell me: What
gets you motivated to work out? Do you just act on your
spontaneous urges and just do it? Or does it take a
little more hyping up and a set schedule to get you moving and keep
Comment below with any motivational tips - it would really
help me to overcome this 3-mile hurdle that I have to jump
tonight. And again, Ho. Lee.
*To see Duckie's "before" photo, head on over to her blog...right nizzow...and then take your own before/update photo and link up!*
I know you must be wondering what in the world I am talking about. Well...I've been feeling, and looking 'puffy' these last few weeks. I really don't know how else to describe it. I blame it on the stress of me starting school again (oooh more on that in another post). Well my island sister from another mister Kalei (you can find her on YouTube: alohaimlei) posted a selfie on IG talking about day 1 and she feels great and she can already feel differences. So of course I asked her to spill the dang beans. And being the bestest ever, she told me she started a 30 day program and pointed me in the direction of the Nike Training Center app. Say WHAT?!?! I have that app!
*note: if you've ever followed my separate fitness blog, I've totally posted about the app and workouts on there*
But wait...30 day program? I don't remember there being a 30 day program that you can actually follow. I thought it was just 15-30 min different workouts. Well of course I opened the app and guess what...she was right. Best thing is that YOU create your program. Do you wanna lean out, tone, get stronger...it's all up to you. So I created my plan (to tone and be lean) and well, there you have it...
*You'll be able to find all my updates and progress photos on IG, so come follow me on my newest journey*
When I made the decision to kick my own fitness arse ;-) I looked online (bodybuilding.com, IG, pinterest, blog/vlogs) for some fitness inspiration. Who did I see and/or read about that made me want to get out from behind my desk and get to the gym. Who, that when I looked at their picture and read their story, would I feel some sort of connection to and make me BELIEVE I could conquer and rule my fitness.
I wanted to know who my 2 co-partners in crime called their inspiration. So I asked. And I received...
DAMN! Yup...I instantly re-thought eating the king size snickers someone had just offered me LOL.
Duckie replied: "I think my fitness inspiration would have to be anyone who looks great after having kids! I'm sure you both (Keena and I) know how hard it is to get rid of that baby pouch after giving birth. Queen Bey, Gwen Stefani, Kendra Wilkinson...all boss women who can juggle marriage, work, kids, AND still manage to keep themselves HEALTHY not skinny"
Heck ya! Bey is amazeballs! Gwen, amazeballs! Kendra...my fave girl next door...GO KENDRA...amazeballs! I mean who doesn't want to achieve everything these women have: healthy balance.
So who do I consider my fitness inspiration? Here...I'll show you my fave...
Jamie Eason...WOW! I've known of her for such a long time (mostly from my fave fitness magazines). She is recently married and just had a baby last year. And she is going through what all new moms go through...getting that pre-baby body back. I totally want her arms! Oh and if you're looking for a new workout program, DEFINITELY check out her Live Fit Trainer on bodybuilding.com...you're welcome.
Oh and then there are these 2...what makes me love these two is that they're wee littles like me...well not as wee as me ;-)
Katie Chung Hua! Her overall physique is bananas! And can you believe she is a hockey player?! Yup.
Sometimes people who are closest to us don't share the same (fitness) passion with us. So do we give up? HECK NO! We go out and find our people. Inspiration is everywhere. Dude, get on IG. You're sure to find someone there. Or better yet, get on pinterest. LOTS of fitness inspiration there. I'm not the quote motivated type...i'm the I wanna see motivation type.
So, who inspires you?
Don't just strive to be a great leader, strive to be someone's inspiration -NJ
Looks delicious right?! It was! It was a pineapple cake. I didn't make it LOL. We rang in the new year with some really good friends of ours (who made the cake). We went and watched the fireworks at Auditorium shores with them at 10pm and spent the rest of the night with them. It was awesome and oh so much fun! Oh and then there was dancing...zumba actually...LOL I still giggle just thinking about it.
New year = a new set of "goals."
Remember Fitness Friday? Well this time around, Duckie and I and our other BBFF Keena, have decided to give it a little something extra to get more people involved and to help keep everyone motivated throughout the year. Enter in:
Oh ya that's right! It's going down...surryous business going on here ;-) A year long fitness "challenge" for anyone and everyone. Our very own club to help motivate and inspire each other on the road to a fit and healthier lifestyle.
It'll follow the same format as Fitness Fridays with tips and tricks and updates on our own workouts. I will also be including some great interviews with other fitness enthusiasts as well as bloggers/vloggers, nutritionists and personal trainers.
You want in? Of course you do!
Here's how it works...
~ YOU set your goals. What are your fitness goals this year? I know you made your resolutions...keep yourself accountable and WRITE THEM DOWN. Now look at those goals...break them down into doable increments-->month by month.
~ You're all planned out and those goals are staring back at you...what now? Well starting this Friday, and every friday from now on, post a current picture of yourself. (Starting next month, only on the 1st friday, along with the current picture you will also post your previous month's picture, dated, side by side). Include with your picture your goal for that month and a mini goal for the upcoming week.
Goal for the week: 3 days of 20 pushups and 50 squats + commit 1 hour to yoga
Remember to post a new pic every friday with your month goal and week goal. Hold yourself accountable! We want to keep you motivated, and we can't do that if you are not motivated yourself. This does NOT have to be a long blog post whatsoever. You don't even need to blog! You can link up your Instagram pic, tweet, or Facebook status. Use the hashtag #4FRIDAYFITCLUB so we can find you! Come across an awesome quote that you want to share, use the hashtag so everyone in our club can see it too. I for one LOVE progress pics! Tag me on IG or twitter and I'll make sure to send you some love!
~ We give credit where credit is due. Your dedication will not go unnoticed so make sure you are linking up every week. At the end of every month, the 3 of us will get together and select one Fit Fox for the month. This person will receive a sweet little prize and be entered to win our end of the year Friday Fit Club prize pack! WHAT?! PRIZES?! Oh ya! I told you this was serious business. In order to qualify for Fit Fox of the month, you must have posted each week of that month.
And that ladies and gents, is it. Simple, free, and fun! And don't forget the goodies!
So what are you waiting for? Take that awesome selfie and let's get this party started!! Don't forget to grab out butts too! Heehee you know what I mean...