Currently: June


Currently: June 

It’s that time of the month again! I can’t believe June is almost over, time goes way to fast. My son will be starting 3rd grade in Aug. Looking forward to going into July, I have so much planned.

Current Beauty Obsession: OLAY

I love Olay, its the only brand that works with my sensitive skin. I currently brought some Olay Body wash and I just love the smell. Fabulous!!! Ultra-Moisture-Body-Wash-614x1024

Current Music:

I’m getting back into my country music. I love all music, but its been along time since I owned a country Cd. I brought the new Rascal Flatts Cd and all the songs are so good. I highly recommend getting the Cd or get it off Itunes.  One of my favorite songs is Rewind

 

Current Favorite Shows:

I had to say shows b/c I’m addicted to a new show and my other two favorite shows are coming back on in July. My new favorite show has my man Taye Diggs in it, its called Murder in the First. Witches of East End is coming back on Lifetime for season 2. I swear not all my shows are dark and scary. My second favorite show that is coming back on is Cedar Cove, I just love this show.

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Current Favorite Drink: 

As many of you know I love my Eboost and I have it at lunch almost everyday. I have a new drink that I’m totally loving besides water. It’s called Advocare I have been taking it before my runs and I love the boost it gives me. The taste is fabulous, loving the strawberry mango and the sour apple flavors. Ashley from Coffee Cake and Cardio is a distributor and she had some samples to try for $20.00.  Go out check out her blog, she fabulous!!

Current Guilty Pleasure: 

I’m on this Ice Cream kick, but not just Ice Cream in a bowl it has to be on a cone. I’m loving the New York Cheesecake from Edy’s, is sweet treat for only 160 calories.

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Current Motivational Quote:

I’m really finding my passion for running! I love the way it makes me feel.

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The 411 On My Journey!

The 411 On My Journey!

I’m going to give you all the 411 on my journey, which means I’m going to share some fun things that have been helping me during my journey.

Apps:

Whoever created the smartphone is a genius and whoever created these awesome apps are AWESOME too.

The apps that have helping me through this journey are

1) Bible (love the devotionals in the morning)

2) RunKeeper

3) SparkRecipes

4) Zen Labs C25K

5) Skinnymom

6) Myfitnesspal

7) Sparkpeople Produce

Music:

I’m all over the place with my music. I mean one minute I can be jamming to Mercy Me then a 3 minutes later its Usher. My little Ipod has so much variety it makes me laugh to even think about. This morning when I was running Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” came on. Yes I said it Cyndi, I just wanted to stop running and start dancing b/c I just love that song.  I’m just going to give you a glimpse into my iPod. I have so many songs and I will be here all day typing each one out.

What’s Playing on my Ipod? 

1) Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys

2) Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi

3) All this Time by Britt Nicole

4) Stand by Britt Nicole

5) Still that Girl and The Sun is Rising by Britt Nicole

6) Blown Away by Carrie Underwood

7) Army of Me by Christina Aguilera

8) Cease Fire by Christina Aguilera

9) I love Colton Dixon so his whole album in on my playlist

10) No Easy Way Out by Dj Fait

11) Poison by Groove Coverage

12) Brokenhearted and Hello by Karmin

13) Part of Me by Katy Perry

14) Mandisa her whole album is part of my playlist

15) Girls Just Want to Have Fun:  Cyndi Lauper

16) FootLoose by Kenny Longgins

17) Catch my Breath by Kelly Clarkson plus two other songs

18) Fighter by Christina Aguilera

19) Heart attack by Demi Lovato

20) Hall of Fame by the Script

A Peek into my Mornings:

Luckily I’m a morning person, but that doesn’t mean I like to wake up early on the weekends. I do cherish my sleep. I set my alarm every morning except for the weekends to 4:50 am. It’s hard and the reason I set my alarm to 4:50 in the morning is  b/c it gives me 10 minutes to fight with myself. Yes I fight with myself about getting up, I just want to stay in my cozy bed. I’m out of my bed at 5 am and I then my day starts.

I go to the bathroom before I do anything. Once that is completed I head into the kitchen.  Every morning I take Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer before I start my workout. The Vega Pre-Workout Energizer gives me a boost to kick my butt during my workout. Sometimes I sleep in my workout clothes and sometimes I don’t, it just truly depends on how I’m feeling before I go to bed. Once my workouts are completed I sometimes take Vega Sport Accelerator.  The Vega Accelerator helps with recovery.  I make myself breakfast and pack my lunch for the day. Hop in the shower, get ready for work, and then I’m out the door for work.

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Motivation: 

There are mornings where I don’t want to get up each morning, but I get up. I was almost 260 pounds and now I’m at 221. Is exercising hard, yes I would be lying if I say no. My faith and seeing myself grow these past few months shows me that I can do anything I put my heart into.  Start out small and end your journey in a big way. I’m finding myself with morning energy and pushing myself to do new things. I have a race called Mudderella and Old Rag Mountain to do this fall.  Don’t Limit What YOU Can Do!!! Life is to precious to sit back do nothing. I want to LIVE and I’m Kicking Butt. I’m creating a NEW ME!!!

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Carrot Cake Overnight Protein Oatmeal

Carrot Cake Overnight Protein Oatmeal

Dashing Dish

 

Another fabulous overnight oatmeal recipe from Dashing Dish. I truly love her passion for cooking and Jesus. She is very inspirational!  Her blog and Facebook page are amazing. I love reading scriptures from her page and enjoy a new recipe.  Check her page out!!!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 cup Plain low fat Greek yogurt (or mashed banana, applesauce or pumpkin)
1/2 cup Grated carrots (I used one large carrot)
1/4 tsp Salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Apple pie spice
2 tbs Baking stevia (or 1/4 cup sweetener) 1
1 cup Old fashioned oats
1/4 cup Protein powder (or additional oats)
Optional: Toppings of choice

 

Directions:

1) In a small bowl mix everything together and then divide the oatmeal into 2 small bowls

2) Cover and refrigerate overnight

3) You can top the oatmeal with chopped nuts, cinnamon, low sugar syrup, or even vanilla greek yogurt.

 Nutritional Information: Serves 2carrot cake oatmeal

Calories: 265

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

No Thanks to Cake

Instead of using the regular PB2, they do have a chocolate PB2 and  its delicious. It’s a simple swap.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup old fashioned oats or 1/2 cup of raw steel oats

2 Tbsp. Chocolate  PB2 (powder only)You can find the PB2 at Walmart

1/3 cup milk of your choice (I used Almond/Coconut Milk)

2 tsp. brown sugar

1 teaspoon chia seeds (Do not omit or the oats will not thicken)

Optional toppings: Honey roasted peanuts, fresh berries, shredded coconut, chocolate chips.

Instructions:

1.  Stir all ingredients together in a bowl

2.  Allow the bowl to sit overnight in the refrigerator

3.  In the morning, add a splash of milk and stir everything together again 

Nutritional Information:

Per entire recipe serving (no toppings):

CAL 247; CARB 42g; FAT 5g; PROT14g; FIB 8g; 

New Challenge! New Goals!

I started T25 Alpha this morning and I will be doing T25 for the next 90 days.

1) Alpha for 60 Days

2) Beta for 60 Days

3) Gamma for 60 Days

I will be taking a  Before and After photos, taking measurements doesn’t work for me b/c at the end of the challenge the numbers are off.

Not only am I going to be doing the T25 for the next 90 Days, I will be running three to four days a week.

I truly love the T25 program and I’m excited to start all over!

My running is getting better each day, I ran for 3 minutes straight which is really big for me. I feel myself getting stronger and I’m pushing myself to do more b/c I know I can.

 

Starting Weight 223

Goal Weight after completing 90 Days of T25: 193

 

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Christmas Every Month!!

Christmas Every Month!!

I subscribed to Birchbox and  Bulu Box and its like Christmas every month. I know for me I want to try things before I buy them, but that’s impossible sometimes. I found these two awesome companies that mail out samples of products to you. It’s so AWESOME!

First one is Birchbox, go to their site and they have a box for men and women. You register for an account and the monthly subscription is $10, once you register you will set up a profile. On this profile you will address products that your interested in and they will send you samples of those products. When the box arrives, there will be card listing the samples and the cost for the full product. 

The second box is from Bulu Box and its somewhat similar to Birchbox, but the only difference is that you have different monthly subscriptions you can choose from. I got my first Bulu Box in the mail today. Bulu Box is similar when registering an account, but the only difference is that your choosing between a regular Bulu Box or a weight loss Bulu Box. I really love the Smarty Pants Vitamins and they also threw a pack in there for kids.

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