Love Yourself

I cannot stress this enough. You need to love yourself. You need to send out positive energy into the world, and receive it back. If you don’t love yourself, if you don’t do what’s best for you (not someone else) then, the only person your letting down is.. yourself.

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Love yourself. Feel it, believe it. 

I had a horrible day yesterday and I uttered the worlds, “I wish I could change myself, I don’t want to be me.” How horrible does that sound? Extremely. Don’t let that happen to you. Smile when your feeling bad, hold it in for a minute. It’ll change your whole mood. I’m still learning, granted, but what I do know is that I didn’t feel better by downing myself. I do, however, feel better when I’m loving myself. Admit your faults but don’t beat yourself up for it. Grow. Become better. Do better. But most importantly. Love yourself.

Saturday Confessions: Overnighter Life

These are my confessions.

  • After working an michaelovernight shift on Saturday, I don’t always go to the gym. In fact, I like staying in my PJ’s and watching Law and Order: SVU.
  • I also would rather sleep most of my day when I know I have to work an overnight shift the next day, which starts later that night. Why? Because I never feel like I get enough sleep.
  • Sometimes I eat candy at work, like I did last night. Then I promise to make an effort to work out later that day and make sure to put in a few more reps for the candy.

I’m human and I will never claim to be perfect. But feels good airing out the little things that help me relax when I’m working weekends. And since I, unfortunately, have to work tonight I’m going to indulge in my current favorite shows. It’ll help me decompress and the drift off to sleep.

And with that, I leave you with a classic and a favorite. Happy Saturday.

Usher baby:

Put a little Kale on it

Kale smoothies, Kale salads, Kale chips, Kale in your sandwich, or even in your panini; if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, I’m about to change your mind.

To be honest, I thought Kale was straight up nasty rabbit food, just nasty. However, once I saw just how many nutrients it packed, I thought maybe it’s time to implement it into some of my meals.

Let me give you little brief on the benefits of the leafiest of greens, ever. (Seriously, Kale sometimes smells like grass.) kale2

For starters, Kale is known as a super food.  What the heck does that even mean? In a nutshell, it means if you eat enough of this daily you won’t have to see the doctor as often. It’s kind of like the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and the funny thing about that is an apple is a superfood too!

Kale is like a veggie superstar in it’s own way, according to Mind Body Green’s article 10 Great Health Benefits of Eating Kale:

  • It’s filled with powerful antioxidants, like flavonoids, and that my friends helps protect against various cancers.
  • Kale is also rich in Vitamin K, A, C and even in calcium, what! That means from keeping your skin youthful — to aiding your metabolism and preventing bone loss, the vegetable carries a powerful punch.
  • Kale is also filled with much fiber, which is great for detoxing.
  • Not only that, but one cup of raw Kale is only 33 calories and zero fat. Zero.(Uh yeah, sign me up.)

And if your not convinced yet on why you should try it, five health experts in a Time article gave it the all clear as the cruciferous king of superfoods. In fact, “Kale’s so hot because it packs in more nutrition than practically any other whole food,” says Many Oaklander of Time Magazine.

kalesmoothieNow to incorporate Kale into your meals I would simply start off with a smoothie.

Here’s my favorite: Kale and Banana smoothie

I like to use it as a base and sometime I change it up and add a vanilla protein, or use strawberries instead of banana. It’s so delicious it’s almost like an ice cream shake. Personally, I love adding fresh mint leaves because it gives it a super fresh taste too. So good.

If your on the go, Panera Bread also has Roasted Turkey and Carmelized Kale Panini that’s heaven.

Kale salads aren’t my cup of tea and I haven’t tried Kale chips because I honestly prefer the smoothies.

So if you haven’t tried Kale yet, I would highly suggest it — at least once 🙂

And don’t feel rushed to try it immediately, you can try it on National Kale Day (coming up in October), if you want. Yup, it’s a real thing.

Protein in the Morning

Not the most yummiest sounding thing ever — but it’s actually kind of nice.

It’s 9 a.m. in Florida and I have a track workout in an hour or so. Instead of making the typical oatmeal and scrambled egg whites, I decided to go for a blue berry protein shake with Kale. There I have my greens, protein and sweetness. It’s definitely different without the hassle of having to use pots and pans. And even better, it’s easy.

If you have a blender, or my favorite a magic bullet, all you have to do is put all the ingredients in the container and blend. Here’s what I use:

  • cup of milk (Lactaid for me)

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    My shake is in this christmas mug, because I’m desperately waiting for the most wonderful time of the year. #reallife

  • half cup of ice, give or take
  • All the leaves off of a long stalk of Kale (doesn’t matter what kind)
  • Two fresh mint leaves (minty taste, yasss baby yasss)
  • A spoonful of chia seeds
  • Two or three spoons of frozen blueberries
  • and my fav — Jamie Eason’s Vanilla Protein one scoop

Make sure it’s super blended and creamy, and enjoy my friends.

Change!

Momma, just don’t understand.

It’s like a play on the song “Fame.” Get it? Yes, no? Maybe.

Well that’s what I want to write about. Change. It’s a simple word and it’s an action type of word, a verb. When you initiate change something is going to be different. Most likely your actions to a particular thing that you always do, for instance a routine.

By definition, change specifically means to make or become different (google it). Working out is a former of change. Whether it be your mind, or your body its actually transforming it into something that was not there at the present time. Essentially change is progress because whatever it is that your aiming to change is in turn causing you to do something.

Just two months ago, I spoke about progress and how taking little steps towards your goal

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Change.

can help you achieve some amazing feats. Now, I want to push myself and all of you to embrace change.

So why don’t you change up your daily routine, or even your gym workouts. It’ll help alleviate the same monotonous actions and bring some variety into your life. And lets be honest, variety is the spice of life.

Here are three things to help you spruce up your routine for a healthy happy life:

  1. Wake up and say thanks. You can achieve this by meditating even if it’s just for five minutes. Or you can pray. Or just wake up and say “thank you.” Sounds a little nuts, but it’s showing appreciation for all you’ve have at that very moment you wake up like: your home, your bed, beautiful early morning sky, food in your fridge or clothes in your closet. It’s a way to refresh your day the very moment you wake up and set yourself up for a successful day — and it even gives you a piece of mind. Try it.
  2. Sip some tea. The benefits of tea are crazy good. Not even playing. I know some of you have seen the flat tummy tea posts on social media sites. But aside from what some tea companies claim to offer, there are different kinds of tea to help you clear your mind, make your body feel good and even clear your colon. To name a few benefits
    • Tea is full of antioxidants.
    • Tea has less caffeine than coffee. (And for some us, coffee is like crack in the a.m.)
    • Herbal Tea can help smooth the digestive system. Yeah buddy.
  3. Lastly, put on your favorite song on and turn up the volume. Let loose a little bit. Create your own routine to your favorite song and dance like no one’s watch, because technically you’re all alone at home with at least 30 minutes to yourself and no one is watching 🙂 . It also helps get the blood flowing, heart pumping and you get to let loose a bit.

Change is scary, starting a new gym program is scary or even a new routine. But change is definitely what you make it. So why not let change work for you.

Progress is Progress

Yes, it’s true.

slow-progressIf you went to a store and parked a little bit further to get some extra steps in, that’s progress. You took the stairs at work instead of the elevator, that’s progress. Ordered the burger at your favorite restaurant without the cheese? Oh yeah, that’s progress.

In my case, for three days straight, I’ve been to the gym baby! I’ve also taken my vitamins and I even meal prepped on Sunday. Oh yeah — that’s progress.

I’m not saying I’m back to my old self or anything, but it’s a start on the right track. And I’m very proud of myself. Some people think you have to go cold turkey and go to the gym and start on a diet super hard. Now don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with that; but even if you start off little by little, incorporating healthier steps into your life then you’re making major progress.

Pat yourself on the back.
I’m proud of ya. Shoot, I’m definitely proud of myself. 😉

What healthier steps have you done today to better your life?

Losing Mojo

How long does it take to lose your mojo? And by mojo I mean the drive to work out and just do everything you need to do? I think I lost it.

I haven’t been to the gym in two weeks. It seems like that’s the only thing I blog about whenever I write on this blog. And even that is seldom. Blah. I’m going to try to go to the gym, if not, maybe get some squats and crunches in. Lord knows I need it.

Oh yeah, I had another birthday. I’m 26 now. Whatever.

Carol

Starting Over

Hstarting-over-sucks-so-keep-going-205339ow many times can you start over?

How many times can you say, “Okay this time I’m doing this right for sure” ?

I’ll tell you how many times. As many times as you want. It’s your journey and only yours. So dust yourself off and try as many times as you need to, to get YOURSELF where you need to be.

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Once I find the formula that works for me, I’ll let you know.

Stay Inspired

Hello. Yes, it’s been a minute. I haven’t been on this blog in a while, and frankly, I haven’t been showing it much love. Truth is I haven’t been as active (physically that is) as I’d like to be. I’ve gained weight, I’ve been working and I’ve been trying to find myself. Regardless of the fact, I still believe that I can achieve the physique and mental happiness that I truly desire.

So everyday I take out some time to get caught up on some fitness individuals that I

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I’m always inspired by Massy!             Mankofit via TrimmedandToned

admire including – Jamie Eason Middleton, Mankofit and KatyHearnFit (check them out they’re super motivating.)

I also try to meditate everyday, and of course, pray.

Don’t lose sight of your goals. Stay  inspired. I know it’s a struggle for me, but I feel uncomfortable not practicing what I preach. So until then, I may be ghost for a while on this blog, at least until I get some stability in my life. Nevertheless, Stay Inspired.

 

 

But I don’t Want to Mess Up My Hair!

I love being a curly girl. Image via c-est-quoi.com

I love being a curly girl. Image via c-est-quoi.com

So, I am wide awake right now, and I know I should go to the gym. And I am. But you see, I just got my hair done (it’s pressed and curled) and I know as soon as I work out, I’m going to have to put some heat to it again. Why? Because my hair is natural, therefore, the curls will arise as soon as I start to get a good sweat (and I mean whats the point of working out if your not getting a good sweat?).

However, when I think about it, I’d rather workout and fix my hair before I go to sleep, so it can be ready for work in the morning. Rather than go to sleep and workout when I wake up and then do my hair. Seems like I would save time by just working out and doing all that good stuff before going to sleep. Ugh. #TheStrugglesofaNaturalGirl