WHAT YOGA HAS DONE FOR ME!

What does it mean to be ZEN? According to the Urban Dictionary one way to think of zen is this: a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind. Zen is a way of being. It also is a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts.

Do I claim to be a “YOGI”?…. No.

Do I claim to be “ZEN”?…… Hell No.

But Yoga has done so many great things for me physically and spiritually. I am a person that is on 100 all the time. I am a person that when I have nothing to do I am probably going crazy. Yoga has been amazing for me!

What has Yoga done for me? 

1. I found my inner “ZEN”. Yoga has helped me realize that I can actually be still and at peace in my life. The time I have felt most relaxed was sitting on my mat and thinking I can physically take on anything that will be thrown my way.

2. Bye Bye Anxiety! I have dealt with anxiety my entire life. Yoga has helped me with my breathing and knowing I can go to a place where everything will be fine.

3. Flexibility. The last time I was flexible was when I was a cheerleader in high school. Who knew I could go back to doing the splits, I mean HELLO!

If you have not done yoga you may want to look into it. Search your local gyms, yoga studios are typically more expensive than gyms but those are always an option! 

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Things have gotten a little complicated for me lately. I have gained 5lbs and some inches back in my waist. Well the last time I stepped on the scale thats what it said.

A few weeks ago I took the step to become a BeachBody. Many people may ask why? But my answer is so simple. It’s because I need accountability. I started working at the gym teaching Zumba since September. Now that people are coming to me for their weight loss goal my question is who will hold me accountable. I joined because I need accountability that I wasn’t getting anywhere else. This is something new that I am trying and I want you to keep me accountable while I go through this journey!

Some days you just have to make healthy choices and life is all about choices! Want to make healthy decision.... well ask me how! #fitness #shakeology #shakeologyaddict
Some days you just have to make healthy choices and life is all about choices! Want to make healthy decision…. well ask me how! #fitness #shakeology #shakeologyaddict

I have fallen off the wagon I call it. I no longer eat the way I should have but I am seeing some positives through this entire situation.

No Longer do I beat myself up for the weight I am gaining. I look at each day as a new day and I know I can turn that weight around and lose it—- because I am WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR!

No Longer do I say “I need to go on a diet” because it’s not a diet its a lifestyle.

I am increasing my workouts and decreasing my carbs and junk in take! I will update my journey all the time and I want you to hold me accountable.

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DEAR MOMMIES YOU ARE WORTH IT!

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Dear Mommies-

You are worth it! To feel your best, to look your best. You are the backbone behind that household. You deserve to feel like a supermodel, even though you were probably just up all night with one of your kids. If you aren’t happy, well then your household is not happy. If you are not healthy, well who is going to watch your kids grow up? Often times us moms tend to put ourselves all the way at the bottom of the list.

If you are like me– well then your probably thinking the time that you are working out could be the time that you could catch up on sleep, or even the season of Orange Is The New Black. You may not feel motivated to go to the gym after you worked all day, cooked dinner but going to the gym will make you feel so much better. I promise after you’re in the gym for an hour, you will walk to your car feeling like you can take on the world.

You will feel even better when your pants start getting big and you have to shop for a smaller size. Dear mommies you are so worth it. Yes, our job is to take care of our families, to make sure the kids are healthy and happy and to be the best role models.

Find something in the gym that makes you happy. Make a playlist, a playlist that is only to be played while in the gym. Get some cute workout clothes. Working out is suppose to make you feel good. Get a blinged out water bottle, get some cute ear buds and go for it. Take over your life and get healthy for you!

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What Is Your Excuse To Not Becoming A Healthier You?

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What is your excuse? Why don’t you take time out of your schedule to work on a healthier you? Why are you second? Why are you last?

“An excuse becomes an obstacle in your journey to success when it is made in place of your best effort or when it is used as the object of the blame.”- Bo Bennett

We can come up with every excuse in the book, on reasons why we can’t work out. I remember my excuse use to be time. I didn’t have time to work out, because I was a mom who worked a full time job. I remember I use to spend time at the nail shop getting pampered or I had time to fit Starbucks in my schedule while taking the kids to school. In my eyes I really didn’t have time and knew there would be no way I could take the time to work out.  I didn’t see the point of paying for a gym membership because I didn’t know when I would ever use, and it just would be a waste of money.

I realized after I made working out a part of my life that it had nothing to do with not having time but it had to do with changing my mindset. I had to ask myself is working out important to me? I then realized that I never made it important and something pressing and so then I realized I could make a way to make my gym schedule work with my work and home life.





Here are 3 tips that helped me beat the gym excuses and put more time into getting healthy.

  1. Time. Make time like you would for anything else. 30 minutes at the gym or doing at home workout is better than not doing anything at all. I like to put it in my planner with cute little stickers because stickers make everything so much more cute and fun! I am a planner mom and I literally have to write everything down the night before or nothing the next day will get accomplished!
  2. Money. If you don’t have the money to join or gym or even invest in home work out equipment visit your local library for work out DVDs. I love them and if I know that week I wont have time for the gym I always visit my library because the best part is it’s FREE.
  3. Morning or Night? You have to figure out if the morning or night is better for you to work out. I tried to do 5AM work outs and I learned quickly I am not that type of person. I have to pack my gym clothes the night before and go after work or I will not be motivated to go. I could easily change at home because I live so close to the gym but I have tried that, and if I sit down I will not go!

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Just like everything else in life you have to figure out what works and doesn’t work in your life and the schedule you are on.

Lemon Shrimp & Asparagus

Lemon Shrimp

Cooking has been very therapeutic all the days that I am not busy, probably because of the co-op I have joined. I am satisfied knowing that everything I am cooking for my family is fresh and healthy for them. Along with my lifestyle change my cooking has changed drastically. Fresh veggies like Asparagus and any kind of seafood like shrimp (families favorite) has been very important for dinner.



Stir-Fry in my house is a big hit. Not only for mommy because its always a less than 30 minutes meal but so does my kids and the husband. My 3 year old loves how there is always sauce on it because it probably reminds him chicken nuggets and BBQ sauce.

 

Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed and each stalk cut into 3″ pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound large raw shrimp (peeled)
  • ⅔ cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  1. In a small bowl mix together chicken stock, soy sauce, sugar, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of ginger. After it is put together set it aside.
  2. In a large pan heat tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high. Add shrimp to pan and cook until its slightly pink. Season with whatever salt product you want. Also add 1 tablespoon of ginger. I like to use seasoning salt or sea salt both are great. Shrimp needs to be a little undercooked.IMG_4070
  3. In the same frying pan add 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add asparagus to pan and cook for 2 minutes and turn over. The asparagus should turn bright green. Once it turns bright green add the shrimp you put aside and also add the lemon sauce you set aside. IMG_4058
  4. Cover with lid and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

 

I made this meal all the time for my family when I started my lifestyle change. I would serve them rice or noodles with it and I would have an extra serving of veggies. Now that my goal is to maintain it all, I still will rarely have carbs at dinner. Carbs just sit there and will turn into sugar and that sugar will make you gain weight. I am hoping that now that I only cook good food for my family that my kids will grow up to make healthy choices.

 




Intelli Glass Pro Review


GLASS PRO REVIEW

With every great gym workout you will need 3 things to kill your workout great headphones (prefer wireless), iPhone/ Phone and some type of protective gear like a screen protector for my phone. I have dropped my phone about a million times and my lifeline has came out with some bruises worse then I get while doing body pump.

Have you ever been in the gym when and you drop your phone while working out? I have and it hurts, not me but my pretty little phone aka my lifeline. I refuse to wear an arm band where I put my phone in it because I feel like it restricts my movement and it is very annoying. Yes, I have tried the belt and again I feel its annoying and it limits me from being great in the gym! Not only does my phone get war wounds often at the gym but also at home with my 3 year old. He loves watching spiderman on my phone, and my house is mostly ceramic so I have had close encounters with my phone getting dropped on the floor. Did I mention not even a week after the iPhone 6s came out my 3 year old dropped it and it cracked.

I think if anyone makes a manual for moms in 2016 it should include a checklist and a screen protector should be included. I know I am not the only mom that puts her grocery list in her phone, or entertains her 3 year old with the phone when we wait in a line or doctors office and he starts to get antsy.

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Being a mom of 2 little kids Intelli Armor understood my pain and sent me Intelli Glass for my iPhone 6s. Not only was it super easy to put on and if you have a screen protector for your phone well then you know what I am talking about. I have used so many screen protectors and those stupid bubbles would drive me crazy! With this screen protector you don’t have to worry about it all all.

It not only comes with a alcohol wipe to clean your screen before installing but it also comes with a microfiber wipe to clean off any alcohol left on your phone and any dust. Let me just tell you that microfiber wipe has come in handy when the little one gets nastiness on my phone LOL. The instructions not only take you step by step but it’ so easy! The best part is the white part covered up the crack the little caused! Like everyone that likes the bang for their buck they also offer lifetime warranty, that was icing on the cake.

I can honestly say right after I installed the glass protector I dropped it on a weight and it had no scratch or damage done!

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Crumb Blueberry Muffins

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Breakfast for my family is probably one of the easiest meals to come up with because who doesn’t love breakfast foods? Blueberry muffins not only put a smile on my face but it makes my house smell yummy!

Have you ever remembered something about your childhood that you wish you knew the recipe for like from your grandma or mom. I remember going to my grandmas house for the summer and I would wake up to fresh tortillas and the sound of potatoes hitting the grease. I remember that smell so vividly that everytime I smell fresh tortilla I instantly have a flashback!

That is how I want my house to be. I want my kids to remember their childhood of waking up on the weekends to fresh muffins. I am in the making memories business and I want my kids (especially my daughter) to smell blueberries and think of me when she is older!



Crumb Blueberry Muffins 

You will need:

6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup buttermilk or whatever milk you want
2 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2cups fresh or frozen blueberries if thawed (Can use frozen if thawed and drained first.)

 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Melt the 6 Tablespoons butter in a small pan on medium heat. Melt it until it turn a little brown. Remove from the heat right away and transfer to a bowl to cool.

1. In a bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and yolk, until thoroughly incorporated. Stir in the brown butter.

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2. In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the milk mixture all at once and stir gently.

3. For the streusel topping:
Combine all three ingredients in a bowl. Mix like this until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the muffin batter in the cups.

IMG_32564. Bake the muffins for 20 to 22 minutes, or until golden. Cool in the muffin pan for 15 minutes before removing.

 

 

Crumb Blueberry Muffins

Crumb Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk or whatever milk you want
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries if thawed (Can use frozen if thawed and drained first.)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt the 6 Tablespoons butter in a small pan on medium heat. Melt it until it turn a little brown. Remove from the heat right away and transfer to a bowl to cool and put aside.
  3. 1. In a bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and yolk, until thoroughly incorporated. Stir in the brown butter.
  4. 2. In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the milk mixture all at once and stir gently.
  5. 3. For the streusel topping:
  6. Combine all three ingredients in a bowl. Mix like this until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the muffin batter in the cups.
  7. 4. Bake the muffins for 20 to 22 minutes, or until golden. Cool in the muffin pan for 15 minutes before removing.
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