Thursday, March 31, 2016

BBG Update!

First off I want to apologize for not being more consistent with my updates on the BBG plan. If you haven't yet, read my blog post here that explains the workout routine I am doing. This workout routine is tough. 3 high intensity workouts every week and 2-3 low intensity cardio workouts of your choice. The high intensity workouts kick your butt and you want to just lay on your yoga mat in the fetal position afterwards... maybe that's just me... But regardless you usually have 1 day of legs and cardio, a day of abs and arms and a day of overall body workouts. 

What I have found so far:

1) The ab workouts are killer and you see results quickly. 
2) The leg workouts are hard for me because of my bad knees and I have even had to down scale the leg workouts for myself so as not to further irritate my arthritis. (wow, I sound cool and not old at all..)
3) If you do not watch what you eat, you will not see the results you want. 

I was and still am really excited about this workout plan with Kayla Itsines. She has set the whole thing up very well and makes it easy for people who normally feel confident in a gym and for those that do not. It's fun to see your body change with all of your hard work, but to be honest with you my legs are the thing I am the least confident about. It's where I store my extra weight, and I often feel it is next to impossible to get any type of leg muscle definition. I don't store weight in my upper body so it's easier for me to gain ab, arm, shoulder and back muscles. It's the Carrie Underwood's of the world with these fabulous toned legs that I covet constantly!! Darn you Carrie and your ridiculous body, hair and singing abilities. Oh and cute hockey player husband and baby. End rant. 

What I have found to be the most true in all of this, is that you have to remain consistent. And I'm not talking about killing yourself to no end at the gym or never EVER eating tator tots or nachos again, but I do mean consistent in your choices. I have gotten into a bad routine of over eating healthy food. I eat fairly well most days, but I find by the time I get home at night and I plop into bed to watch an episode of Grey's Anatomy, all I want to do is snack. So I end up over eating or I reach for chocolate. Chocolate every now and then is fine! Nachos from the Matador or Tator Tots from McMenamins is ok. Don't get upset with yourself when you treat yourself every  now and then. For me I have been "treating" myself too often. So I am here to say that if I truly want to achieve the results I am working for, I need to watch what I'm putting in my system. 

Also while on this workout plan, I had a pretty nasty cold. So I stayed away from the gym to let my body rest. You need to listen to your body so you can heal and stay healthy. If you are having a hard time fitting in the time to work out, I am going to lay out what my week looks like and when I fit my workouts in!

Monday: 6:15 Rise and Shine
Gym by 7:00 AM- High Intensity Workout

Tuesday: 6:30 Rise and Shine
Gym by 7:15 AM - Low Intensity Workout

Wednesday: Gym after work usually- High Intensity Workout- Bible study with my girls on Wednesday mornings

Thursday: OFF- I usually go dancing in the evening, so I get some cardio then

Friday: 6:45 Rise and Shine
Gym by 7:30 AM- High Intensity Workout 

Saturday: Whenever I get around to getting there I do a low intensity Workout, or I go for a hike or something else that gets me active! 

Sunday: OFF

**All gym times are dependent upon if I need to wash my hair that morning or not... HA!**

Please send me a message if you have any questions about this workout routine! I like covering it on my blog because these are things that women are curious about! I was curious about this workout plan for a year before I finally purchased it, and I know for a fact that it works if you stick with it. I have some very early mornings, but I love it, and feel great the rest of the day. NOW, I just need to really get my diet in check. Summer is right around the corner, and so is swimsuit season. 

Love and Do I Really Have to be at Work when the Weather is Like this in Portland?!?!


Monday, March 21, 2016

Living in the Present

Photo taken this weekend on the waterfront with my friend Lindsey with my newly fixed healthy as a horse camera! 

" If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present." - Lao Tzu

I found this quote, and I absolutely love it! I do not often quote things outside of the Bible because if I'm being honest with you, that's really the only book I read. Not because I'm trying to be "Hyper Christian," but because I don't make much time for reading. **Something I want to work on. Especially for times when I am on the bike at the gym or sitting outside on a sunny day**

But I really like this quote, and I find it to be very true of myself. I get upset when I reflect on what could have been, or dwelling on something sad that happened. Wishing I could change moments or experiences that happened to me.

When I think too far ahead trying to will my life into existence just by over thinking and planning and preparing what I might say to someone... etc etc. I go crazy! The anxiety becomes a tangible knot in my stomach and it makes me feel like I need to do more ab crunches.

It is when I focus on what is in front of me in the here and now. Living in the moment, experiencing God's presence and Spirit in me that I am at PEACE.  We live in a culture that escapes reality ALL THE TIME!!! And I am so guilty of it too. We escape when we don't want to feel hurt or pain. We escape when we don't want to deal with confrontation. We escape when we are bored. All we do is ESCAPE. Netflix, Alcohol, Shopping, Social Media and so on down the list. What is your escape?

I want to encourage you friends to live presently. And in doing so I am reminding myself to do the same because it's one of the hardest things for me to do. I am a future thinker for sure. Where it's not bad to plan and be prepared it becomes an idol when it's all you think about and worry about. So I am going to practice giving it all to the Lord and choosing to live in the moment. I am 27 years old living with friends and working in a career I love and thrive in. I have a full and healthy life filled with family, friends, fitness, traveling the world and that is where I will place my thankfulness and my peace.

Love and Living in the Present


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Outfit from Saturday Night and a Story About Me Crying in Public...

Jeans: Express; Shirt: Nordstrom BP; Sweater: H&M; Boots: Fergie
Outfit for Going out on Saturday night. Went to Jack Knife with  my friend Lindsey, such a fun place!

Also Chopped a few inches off my hair thanks to Katherine Bennett at Anastasia Salon! Thursday I am adding color! Not 100% sure what I'm doing yet, but I know it will be lighter for sure. 

This past weekend was productive and restful! I finally got my room finalized. All the boxes emptied, and final touches hung up on the walls. Feels clutter free and like my little oasis is complete. I woke up Sunday morning, rolled out of bed, instantly put coffee on and climbed back into bed to watch Netflix before church. All I kept thinking was, "I could stay here forever. I love my new job, but they will be fine without me." I just want to lay in bed, listen to the rain and rest in my extremely feminine bedroom :) 

On Saturday I ran some errands and on my list was to take my camera (my brand new Canon Rebel T-5) to a shop to get fixed :( I had gotten water in it when I went hiking a few weeks back. After the hike my camera wouldn't turn on and then had some connectivity issues with the lens (blah blah blah). So I took it in and the sales guy told me it was possible I would have to sell my camera for parts... FOR PARTS?!?! I just bought the little guy on Black Friday!! He was brand new, just making his start in the world. I ruined him. As soon as the sales guy told me that I instantly had tears rolling down my cheeks. I couldn't help it. I wasn't doing it for sympathy, they just wouldn't stop falling. I could tell the guy felt bad and wasn't sure how to handle the situation, but he assured me he would do all he could and I left the Cannon Shop. I got a call on Tuesday saying that they fixed my camera and that he was doing it at a discounted rate for me!!! Obviously the moral of this story is that if you cry you get your way... JK!!! I never do that kind of thing normally. And NO I do not cry in front of cops to get out of tickets. But I will give a shout out to the camera shop! ADVANCE CAMERA- Off of Beaverton Hillsdale HWY. Great customer service and fixed my camera in two days! 

**My outfit from Saturday night btw, I have been wanting to wear for awhile and just never found the right occasion. So finally I felt like Saturday night was the right night. The crop top look is one of my favorites but sometimes I get a little too scurred to wear it in public. Anyone else feel that way? Modesty has become something I care alot about as I have gotten older, but this look is so popular right now, and I think it can be done tastefully. That's why I threw a chunky long sweater over it. An outfit I won't repeat very often, but definitely an edgier look when that's what your're going for! **

Love and Crying in Public...


Monday, March 7, 2016

Bedroom After Photos!

My Vanity

My closet, I swear it's organized...

Well I never thought I would show you guys my toilet, but Marilyn is just so pretty :)
Just the girliest room ever. That's why I had to throw the little Antelope man over my bed, to add a little masculinity. Most of my room decor and furniture has been acquired over time, but my vanity is from IKEA, which I am in love with. The mirror over the Vanity is from Homegoods, the Wooded board over my bed is from Target, along with  my bedspread. The Necklace Holder over my dresser (dresser is OG from my Baby room... Thanks Mom! Just updated the handles from Home Depot myself) is made by my talented brother and sister-in-law. **Shameless Plug** If you are looking for hand crafted furniture, my brother and his wife Summer have a small business called Moon Wood Works and they are very good at what they do. So send me an email if you want their information :) 

I also would like to note that I painted the accent wall behind my bed and it was meant to be a little more grey, but I actually love how the greeny-grey turned out!! Accent walls make such a difference! 

I promise to get the pictures up of our kitchen, and living area but we need to get our TV mounted first. 

Happy Monday to you all! 

Love and Pretty Girly Bedrooms