Wake up, be energized, be happy 

When my alarm goes off this is what pops up on my screen… Wake up, be energized, be happy. 

The mind is a powerful tool… in growing up playing soccer and through yoga I have learned your mind gives up way faster then your body will ever. We all are exhausted from the everyday hustle but if you remind yourself be happy it’s amazing the results that manifest. 

Some say choose happiness… working at lululemon I have learned you have to fuel it, but it’s your hurdle. I choose to be happy even during the downs because I don’t want to live a life of regret, life is short (26 years has already flown), and the older I get the quicker time goes. 

So each and everyday I wake up, and fake energy when I don’t have it and I am happy. 

Smoothies fuel my energy

I am a huge fan of having smoothies for breakfast, snacks, lunch or whenever. It’s an easy way to get a ton of veggies and fruits into your diet. The key is to have a good blender, I use a blendtec. 

It’s almost like you can throw in the kitchen sink… 

Ingredients: Frozen organic blueberries and strawberries. Banana. Kale. Carrots. Plain Greek yogurt. Cashew milk. Chia seeds. Honey. Cinnamon. 

This is one of my favorites… And I don’t measure.  

 

You’re magic 

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Sometimes we forgot how magical we are.   Life is hard, it isn’t easy. But, it’s magic. Go outside and sit in the sun for 15 minutes and feel your energy levels raise. Take a night stroll and look at our vast sky. Smell the ocean. Watch a sunset. Our world is magic. We obtain it, don’t forget it…. Share the magic and don’t apologize for your spark that makes you you. Embrace the fire.

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Grand Canyon – Arizona 

Sickness Remedies

I might possibly be the worst person when I am sick. I can’t help myself, I whine, complain, everything hurts. I think I am such a baby because I am never sick. I am an extremely healthy person; I take my vitamins (which I contribute to never being sick) plus I eat fairly healthy and workout. So, when I get sick here is my remedies.

I sleep. As much as physically possible.

I take a break from the gym. Let my body rest.

I add booster c to my vitamin routine.

Double up on water, and hot tea (with lemon and honey).

The result is I usually feel better fairly quickly. I was out of the gym for 2 weeks this time, probably the start of the New Year… however, I didn’t really lose my shape cause I am consistent with working out and eating.

Now, I’m back, flexin’ and cheesin’ as big as possible. This is going to be a big year..I can feel it.

Happy New Year! We made it to 2016.

 

Happy New Year! We made it to 2016.

The older I get the faster the time goes, but one thing doesn’t change and that’s the typical new years resolutions of I want to be healthier, go to the gym, lose 50LBS. Fun fact: 1lb of muscle and 1lb of fat WEIGH THE SAME, but the muscle only takes up ¼ of the space.

When I personal trained in the gym I always and clients and woman telling me they wanted to weigh 120lbs. I haven’t been 120lbs since I was 17. I am 5’7” and currently 145lbs.

IMG_0612IMG_0613This is a much healthier me. I look and feel stronger. That is the feeling that is important. I have higher energy levels, my body is not exhausted and I like this look.

So ditch the scales friends, they truly don’t matter. Make goals not based off a number. Make it a healthier, happier 2016.

 

Merry Merry.

Cookies. Parties. Egg Nog, the holidays are here and so goes the diet, but it doesn’t have to be a complete waste. This time of year is definitely the hardest to stay on track. Studies show that on average we gain 6-7lbs during the holidays and lose 3-4 for our new years resolutions. Conclusion, you gain around 3 pounds every year. That sucks, but how do we stop it? Here are some of my tips and tricks to stay on track but still enjoy the office parties, and have some of grandma’s cookies.

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Number one solution is plan out your workouts and stick to them. Even if you had a little too much to drink at the party get out of bed…you’ll feel better (hangover trick: drink a full glass of water before bed and take Usana’s hepasil).

Plan lifting your big body parts after the party. Yes I said it, you’ll feel like crap but all the extra carbs and food can give you a killa’ leg day or back workout.

Switch from beer to hard liquor and amp up the H20.

Don’t sit by all the food, fill a smaller plate and only eat that. I tend to be a grazer and before I know it, I ate 10 cookies. 1 plate and done.

Relax; don’t obsess what you are eating. It’s time to really be with the ones we love. Enjoy your time with them and one extra cookie is okay.

Happy Holidays friends. Merry Merry.

 

scared shitless & excited about that

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I’ve heard that life begins when you get out of your comfort zone. Well not writing is a huge comfort zone, I am not a good writer, I don’t find myself witty or funny, how can I be entertaining? Why would anyone even care what I write? Thoughts, after negative thoughts are continuing to replay in my head of what is going on as I start this live journal, but why the negativity? Why are we always the hardest on ourselves? Changing the way we think to a more positive outlook might be the most challenging obstacle I have overcome. Is it worth not really living though, staying in my comfort zone. I don’t think so, and I hope you don’t either. Lets go after our big hairy goals; do they terrify me? Hell yes they do. They should. Otherwise are they really worth it? So, I’m not just jumping in with two feet, I’m diving in headfirst. So here it is friends, family, fitness enthusiasts, fans, whatever you are. I am scared shitless to start writing. Although, my hope is you get something out of it, I am a real person, who is going after my dreams to inspire others to live a healthier life and trying to help you along the way.