December 31, 2015

Health Journey | Starting Line

I guess it's New Year's Eve! Is there a better way to start the year than to cross off a couple 2016 goals? I don't think so. As I'd  mentioned in my last post I will be starting a new journey. Fitness! I hope you guys will join me on this new adventure.

These posts are going to be REAL. I'm just going to say it how it is. 

Here we go: Over the last year my body has changed for the worse. Damn that was blunt. The truth is that I've never, ever, been a healthy person. I've only made half ass attempts to get fit.

For example, back in October 2013 I hired a personal trainer. I was hoping to get my butt in gear for a Puerto Rico trip I had scheduled for February 2014. I had already bought a Brazilian Bikini, if you don't know what that is ... google it, which was going to accentuate my gorgeous fit new butt. Did I get fit? Toned? Leaner? No! My butt was still pretty flabby when I went on the trip.... I was trying to find a photo of my body at the time but it appears I deleted the photos!! If we delete the photo that means it really didn't happen... right?

Anyway, I had 5 months to get fit, healthier toned.... I didn't meet my goal... I take the blame for wasting my time, my money and my trainers time... I was always cancelling my sessions. I'm actually surprised my trainer didn't give up on me...

And here is why: I had signed up for one (1) session per week for a year... One Year!
Because I cancelled so damn much I was able to stretch my final session to July 2015. Ya. That's almost 2 years. Crazy, I know. I can shake head now for my lackadaisical attitude.

Since December 1, 2015 I have gained a whopping 7lbs. Now... there is nothing wrong with being curvaceous or "soft" looking but for me the upward trend is scary.

I'm soooo sorry these photo's are blurry... I'm lying. I'm actually kind of happy they are blurry because it makes me look a little fitter than I am. hehe

Ok. As I'm writing this I can literally feel people judging and saying "it's not that bad". Listen, health is personal... and if I took those parachute undies off, that butt you see there would not be smooth. I'm not going to sit here and list everything that I want to change. I will however share one or two areas of my body that I like. The first one is my upper back... it has always been semi-toned and the other thing I like is that I naturally have that faux-ab indent on my tummy. Which makes me happy when I see it! :)

So, what exactly is it that I'm going to try to achieve? I don't want to be a lady version of hulk but I do want my muscles to be defined. Examples of "bodies" I'm admiring.... I feel like such a perv writing that... are heidisomersbrittanylesserfitnesjesshilgenberg. Those are just a couple examples.
 I'm aiming to get "ripped"... not crazy manly muscle but healthy lady toned muscles. :)

I joined a gym on December 22. Since then I've gone 5 times.... That was between all of the family events. My game plan right now is to hit the gym as much as possible. Experts say that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit so for the month of January I'm a gym-girl.  After January my goal is to go at minimum 3 times a week.

For the food portion of my lifestyle change I've calculated my macros using IIFYM. I used a different website since the actual IIFYM website was way too glichey and the calories it spit out were dumb. The website I used was

After inputting my numbers, and assuming I want to lose weight, my total calories would be 1411(which I'm probably not going to track), my protein intake would be 113.0g, fat 36.2g, carbs 158.4g and my fibre should be about 25-31g. Since calculating my macros I've really struggled with reducing my fat and increasing my protein... I guess there's going to be a lot of trial and error.

Anyway, I'm heading out! Bye for now.
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December 24, 2015

Thoughts | 2016 goals... Part 2

Hey pretty bees….
Tonight is another one of those "I drank coffee too late" nights. Instead of binge watching something useless on Nexflix I thought I might chat with you.
As promised in my last post I will be sharing my 2016 goals with you.
I'm not going to lie I stole the categories from the internet but each goal was actually thought out. Anyway, here is what I would like to accomplish in 2016.

Attitude Goals
I find this category really hard to fill out because this isn't something that you can really measure, nor can you specify a deadline...
1. Try to be a Glass half full person; being a glass half empty person has served me well over the years. If you set expectations low you might get surprised…. But being like this is a downer for people around you.
2. Start really believing that I deserve to be where I am
3. Continue being thankful after each success and failure
4. Let things go; I often obsess over the things that could have been... What might have gone wrong? Who might have said something to trigger a decision that impacts me?
5. Smile more

Health Goals
Every year I've had a health goal section which really is more like a wish list. It’s true what everyone says, once you get older your body changes, and it gets harder to stay in shape. About a week ago I started eating differently. I started to cut down on the amount of dairy I consume and increased my protein. The meal plan I'm doing right now is similar to The Warrior Diet or Dukan Diet (with a couple cheat meals). I’m currently recording my food diary in MyFitnessPal. Also, on December 22 I joined a gym…. Again. This time I am going to get ripped. :) Here are my health goals for 2016:
1. Weigh the same on January 2nd, 2016 as I do now (which is 125.6lbs) ... Or hopefully less.
2. Stop buying so much damn coffee on the way to work or at work… especially since I have a pretty awesome Breville ‘You Brew Glass’ Carafe. I have actually been thinking I should buy myself a little thermos and fill it with coffee.
3. Snack less – Snacking has always been a major contributor to my fluctuations in weight
4. Make my lunches – I definitely could reduce my eating out spending. I’ve gotten better over the years but I there is always room for improvement
5. Weigh 10lbs less January 1, 2017 or at  least feel more fit
6. Sleep 8hrs
7. Start blogging about my new health journey

Career Goals
In my last post I talked about things that I’ve achieved in the last five years but I didn’t really write down what my actual career goals are. I’ve always been very secretive of what my goals are and my reason for being that way are that I have different versions of what my career will become. I have about 5 different career options that I would be happy to pursue.  The end result of each of these career paths is very different. I really believe that life is so hard to predict or control and I find it best to allow things to progress in a natural way. I will share some general expectations or “goals” that I want to achieve in the next year:
1. At the end of 2016 I want to look back and genuinely say that the decisions I made were worth it
2. I want to make a valuable contribution to my team
3. I want to become an expert in something new related to my career
4. Continue being malleable to change
5. Blog at least twice a month

Family Goals
Ahh… the family. What is there to say about family? My goals are pretty basic in this category. 
1. I want to be present when I’m with my family and be available when they need me. Since getting married I haven’t really gone out with my with my parents or sister. Which is a little sad :(
2. I want to create a basic plan for parenthood. Right now I don’t know if I want to be a mom but I want to set-up a health, financial and educational plan for parenthood. I don’t want to wake-up one morning, realize I’m ready, and wish I had done things differently.

Fun Goals
1. My husband and I have had two vacation plans for a while…. Recently, we received some news that changes our plans slightly... Since we had already made a financial plan for vacations I think we should book the vacations anyway! :P
2. Hit the spa at least 4 times

Financial/Volunteer Goals
1. Continue donating
2. Giving my tithe
3. Next Christmas I want to help out in Operation Christmas Child  - it’s been a while

Any-hoo...Since it's Christmas Eve I wanted to wish each of you a very merry Christmas and happy new year!
 I look forward to chatting with you next year... Bye for now.

Here's a photo of me and my baby! Love her.