I know I know, a lot of people make these posts on their birthday. But it is such a great idea. I couldn’t help myself and I hope you guys enjoy it!
24 Things I have learnt in my 24 years:
1. Be present, or at least try to be.
2. No one has it all figured out.
3. Ask, don’t assume.
4. Be kind.
5. Confidence is attractive.
6. So is a smile (see #5.)
7. Listen more, speak less.
8. Give everyone a chance, but don’t befriend everyone.
9. You can’t trust all. Watch yo-self.
10. Sing more often. Even if you have a horrible singing voice.
11. Shower with a beer in hand more often.
12. Fear- less (often.)
13. If he doesn’t give you goose bumps, he just isn’t the one. Be patient.
14. Use a pen and paper more often.
15. Say Thank You & I Love You on a daily basis.
16. Just. Say. No.
17. Agree to disagree.
18. Listen to music often. It is good for your soul.
19. Treat yo self every damn day.
20. Do not look at your bank account while you are eating lunch. It just ruins the moment.
21. People lie. Don’t be one of those people.
22. Be happy for people. Even if you have a perfectly good reason not to be.
23. Learn to be alone.
24: You can never, ever win. Mom makes cupcakes: why do you do this to me? They are so bad for me! Mom doesn’t make cupcakes: Mom… there is nothing for dessert.
Life is short. Spend it happy.
Happy/Go Lucky Song= Dan+Shay 19 You+Me- Enjoy.
I am back for another WIAW: Birthday Edition! Guess who is 24 tomorrow?! Yikes. :)
Lets get started shall we…
We all know I started my day with..
Coffee (un pictured.) You know what my coffee looks like! I have been drinking it with milk only. Hey.. it is better than accidentally using salt instead of sugar. This has happened 1 to many times. So, why not just eliminate it all together.
Muffin… (un pictured..) I ate it to fast. Sorry!
I just love muffins…
Afternoon snack before my workout: Grapes, more hummus, cheddar chips, and two more oreos with peanut butter!
My dinner was delicious too!
Salad, pasta with feta, shock top beer (x2.)
Dessert. Mini Sundae. I made brownies! Ooops.
Some extras from my birthday week!
Amazing crepes from Chiggy’s!!
Head on over to Peas & Crayons to see what other Healthy Living Bloggers are enjoying!
I recently created a post on the More Than Wheels Care2 Blog. I thought I would share it with all of you! Enjoy.
Planning a budget isn’t always fun or easy. However, we are all in this together! We ALL need budgeting tips considering most of us spend and earn money on a daily basis.
1. Look For sales.
It takes time to look outside the box for sales and specials. However, it can benefit your wallet. Some stores announce weekly and monthly sales on their website. If there is a staple on sale, buy it, you will use it eventually! Even meat! Freeze it for future use. Check out your local stores and take advantage of the sale.
2. Learn To Cook
You don’t need to go out for lunch and dinner every single day. You would be surprised at how many people do! Making snacks, and homemade lunches can help you save money! Be creative. PB&J have been my favorite snack and lunch lately! It is a lot healthier too.
3. Make a Plan And Stick To It
A little budgeting and planning goes a long day. The hard part is sticking to said plan! Ask anyone. You may go into the store, look at something, and put it into your basket. However, with a list, you go in for a certain number of items and come out with said items. Instead of impulse buying!
4. Keep A Coin Jar
Money adds up, and so does spending! If you keep a coin jar and slowly add to it you can save up a good junk of change! This could lead to your next family vacation, a new wardrobe, or maybe just a nice dinner out on the town.
5. Organize, organize, organize.
I can’t preach enough how important it is to organize! Whether it is a spreadsheet, binder, or on your phone. Whatever works for you is better than nothing at all. It will help you to visualize what is coming in and what is going out. You will be surprised as to how much better your money situation can be with a little tender, love and care! As our Senior Client Consultant, Kristi White, has mentioned, spend an hour with your money once a week.
It is that time again. Your new February Music Playlist! My playlist is always changing and I try to keep it upbeat, since most of the time I listen to it is at work or at the gym.
Everyone likes new music recommendations right?!
Like in January, some songs may be old and some will be new! I am always “shazaming” songs. If I like the song, I find it and add it to my phone!
So without further ado, here is my February go-to playlist for the gym! As always, feel free to share your favorite songs/playlists. I need to keep my music updated/fresh or I go crazy!
February 2014 Playlist:
1. Avicii- Hey Brother
2. Jason Derulo- Talk Dirty
3. The Proclaimers- I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
4. Lube Fiasco- Old School Love
5. Pharrell Williams- Happy
6. John Newman- Love Me Again
7. Aloe Blacc- The Man
8. The 1975- Chocolate
9. Safetysuit- Stay
10. Lorde- Royals (The Weekend Remix)
11. Avril Lavigne- Let Me Go
12. Usher- Yeah
13. Cash Cash- Take Me Home
14. Eagle Eye Cherry- Save Tonight
15. Busta Rhymes- Thank You
16. Bastille- Pompeii
17. Closer- Tegan & Sara
18. Demi Lovato- Neon Lights
19. Passenger- Let Her Go
20. Cher Lloyd- I Wish
21. Kari Kimmel- Where You Belong
Hello everyone! I am back with a WIAW post! All thanks to Peas & Crayons!
So long Februaryyyy!
How is everyone doing? Sick of the snow yet? I am jealous of all you southerners! However, I really don’t mind the snow!! It has been through the roof though! The snow just won’t stop!!
How pretty is it though?!
Coffee to start, of course! I need that caffeine!
Then I enjoyed some chex cereal, vanilla almond milk, and apple sauce! That filled me up for a little while.
I started off my afternoon with some brand new hommus and veggies. I love this flavor! mmmm.
A great way to get your veggies in! Pair it with some delicious hommus! I also dipped some pretzels into the hommus! Scrumptious!
For a little treat afterwards I paired some peanut butter with a few whole grain fig newtons! It hit the spot.
Last but no least, apple sauce! Yum. I like this flavor!
Eats 3: (not pictured)
I had a few more whole grain fig newtons and peanut butter before hitting the gym!
After the gym I made a quick, healthy and delicious meal! I grilled two eggs and placed them on a whole grain wrap! The wrap also included a wedge of the laughing cow bleu cheese. I paired the wrap with some re fried beans, corn, spanish olives and apple sauce! Yes, it was a very random meal! But it hit the spot!
Meal 5: (unpictured)
I needed a little something before hitting the pillow. I wish I didn’t, however, I had a long leg-day workout and probably just needed a little more fuel! I enjoyed some more whole grain fig newtons and peanut butter. A little something sweet and filling! I also made sure to drink a whole nalgene after my dinner. I probably fill this thing 6 times a day. No joke! Be sure to drink your water people! It is essential!
I also wanted to include some of my favorite eats/drinks for the month of February since I don’t do a WIAW post every week.
Richardson’s Ice Cream from the Puritan Back Room! Mocha chip and moose tracks ice cream. Whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Sprinkles or Jimmies people? What do you call them?!
Breakfast at my parents! So. So. So. good. Yes, it deserved 3 so’s. Crepes, eggs, potatoes, and bacon. This was better than any restaurant!
A few weeks ago I split a scorpion bowl with my aunt! It was a great time sharing a delicious drink! The bowls are so cute/creative. I wish I had one to enjoy cereal in! LOL.
Well there you have it! My eats for (yesterday) and a few extra details about my eats for the month! Make sure you head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out more WIAW posts!
It is the last week in January! Can you believe it? Time Flies When You Are Having Fun!
It is has been a brutal month of cold, hopefully that is behind us! I am ready for spring.
What are your tips for staying warm in the single digits? The only thing I can suggest is investing in a nice winter jacket. Although the one I have cost me an arm and a leg, it keeps me so warm. Makes the cold so much more bearable! I promise you, you won’t regret it! We live in New England people, get a warm jacket already!
Or just find other ways to stay warm…
Well.. Without further ado.. here is what I ate.
Unfortunately, breakfast hasn’t been the healthiest.. My mom’s homemade muffins are just too good!
After work, my workout consisted of cardio, chest/triceps, and stretching!
Dessert was a little ice cream with chocolate chips. No picture.
Thanks for reading! Head on over to Peas & Crayons to read more WIAW posts!
I don’t know about you, but for me, music is one of the biggest motivators at the gym. A good-upbeat song comes on and I am total rock star. You won’t be able to hold me down! I will be off the wall. But it isn’t like this 100% of the time. Sometimes I shut my music off and I finish the second half of my workout in silence. It really all depends on my mood that day. But 90% of the time I need a good-upbeat song to finish cardio or a hard exercise. Like squats or lunges. Music does wonders, doesn’t it? On Monday, I was so into my playlist that I ended up doing more than what was expected! I was actually very unmotivated to even go that day, go figure! Thank you music gods.
Anyway, I figured I would share my current go-to playlist for the gym. Feel free to share your favorite songs/playlists. I need to keep my music updated/fresh or I go crazy!
So here is my January 2014 Playlist in no particular order. Some songs may be old and some will be new!
January 2014 Playlist:
1. Eminem- Till I Collapse
2. Lorde- Team
3. Showtek & Justin Prime- Cannoball
4. B.o.B ft. Priscilla- John Doe
5. Dashboard Confessional- Stolen
6. Katy Perry ft. Juicy J- Dark Horse
7. Eminem ft. Rihanna- The Monster
8. Britney Spears- Perfume
9. Havana Brown- Flashing Lights
10. Calvin Harris- Thinking About You
11. Ja Rule ft. Ashanti- Mesmerized
12. B.o.B ft. 2 Chainz- Headband
13. Lady Gaga & R. Kelly & Rick Ross- Do What You Want
14. Zadd ft. Foxes- Clarity
15. Ellie Goulding- Burn
16. Pittbull ft. Kesha- Timber
17. Easton Corbin- A Little More Country Than That
18. Joe Nichols- Sunny & 75
19. Glenn Morrison- Goodbye
20. Mae- Suspension
Best Chocolate Chip Muffins:
2 Cups of Flour
3/4 Cup Of Milk
1/2 Cup Of Vegetable Oil
1/3 Cup Of Sugar
3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Of Salt
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease bottoms of 12 medium muffin cups. Beat egg; stir in milk and oil. Stir in remaining ingredients all at once just until flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy). Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Immediately remove from pan.
Today, Giselle from Diary of an ExSloth will be doing a guest post as part of the Elf4Health blog swap! She’s a self-proclaimed health and fitness nut in training, and has some great stuff in store for you all today.
Also, be sure to check out my post over at Diary of an ExSloth too!
Life Lessons from an ExSloth
Hey There! How’s it goin’? I’m Giselle and I blog about health & fitness over at Diary of an ExSloth. I ‘met’ Lauren through the Elf for Health challenge we’re both doing this season, and I’m stoked that she’s been kind enough to let me take over her blog for the day! Thanks Lauren
Before I dive into more about me and my blog, check out Lauren’s post on my blog today!
Okay, let’s begin!
More about me
You can read more about my story on my blog, but I’ll still share some of the basics with you here.
I’m a health and fitness nut in training. I’ve actually been trying to be healthy for most of my life but I only recently started to understand what works for me. It took a lot of self-searching and countless hours of researching and I still learn something new about healthy and/or fitness every day.
Why do I call myself an ExSloth?
Well it’s what I am. I am formerly inactive. I am formerly unhealthy. I am formerly unfit. I’m working on becoming more content with my life and eventually, a little less ‘sloth-y’.
My overall goal is to live an active, healthy and fit life, but one thing I’ve learned is that achieving even one of those goals will take a lifetime. ‘Cuz if you think about it, how will you know the type of life you’ve lived until you’ve, well, lived it? So, I guess you could say I’m a life in progress
Active, Healthy & Fit Life Lessons from the ExSloth.
Today, I want to share some of the more important lessons I’ve learned on this journey. Some you’d have seen before, some might be totally unique to me and some you might come across in the future. Regardless, I hope every one of you is able to learn something new or at least relate to something in this list.
So here goes:
1. Love yourself BEFORE you start changing your body!
This one’s important! I’ve written a post about it, I’ve tweeted about it…I even talk about it in my sleep! Okay, maybe not that last one, but I probably should. It’s super important that we work out and eat healthy because we love our bodies instead of the other way around. Trust me…that way lies madness! Take a minute, read my post on body love, then come back and finish the list. It’s okay… I’ll wait
2. Start slowly.
Rushing into things only makes it that much easier to fail. Don’t try to cut out all your vices in one go, or run a mile up-hill the first time you ever lace up your kicks (really, DON’T). Chances are, it won’t work and you’ll just be extremely discouraged when you fail. Instead, try starting by replacing a few bad habits at a time. Pretty soon you’ll be amazing even yourself!
3. Don’t compare yourself to others.
We’re all different. Some people can do 10 pull ups their first time in the gym (slight exaggeration) while I’ve just done my first one – yes, just one – after trying for half a year (not an exaggerationL). Set your goals based on what YOU can do and forget about everyone else. You’ll be much happier that way!
4. You don’t see progress, if you don’t change something.
Before I really started getting serious about health and fitness, every time I passed by a mirror, I would wish I could lose weight. When I tried – and failed – to run up some stairs, I would wish I could do it without being out of breath. Whenever I gorged on chocolates and cake, I would wish I ate better. What I didn’t realize was that I wouldn’t be able to do any of those things, if I didn’t change what I was doing. It’s great to wish, but nothing will happen unless you DO.
5. Drink water.
I probably don’t need to expand on this one, but I will anyway. We all know how bad pop and sugary juices are for us, but we don’t really KNOW.If this is the only lesson you take away from this post, I’d be ecstatic: Ditch the sugary juices and pop and have water instead. You don’t need the empty calories, not to mention, all the other crap that’s in those drinks. TRUST me, you will not regret it! I remember having to wean myself off of Coca-Cola because I got ridiculous headaches when I tried to stop cold turkey. Take it from someone who has been there and cut it out today!
6. Don’t give up when you slip up.
I was tempted to do this soooo many times in the last year. I would skip a week of working out, or have a pan of brownies all by myself (or sometimes even both!) and then decide that was it. I was never going to be able to get healthy, so why bother. But really the question should be: ’Why NOT bother’? You have nothing to lose by trying to lead a healthier life. So what if you slip up every so often? We all did it when we were learning to walk, talk, read, write or ride a bike but we didn’t give up. So don’t let a little failure stop you!
7. Everything’s easier with friends and community.
I have to admit that I didn’t get though my struggles with health and fitness on my own. I had amazingly supportive friends and family backing me from the beginning and then later on, I found some virtual friends who really gave me the push I needed. I started my blog and the facebook fan page so that I could do the same for others. It’s also why I joined twitter, instagram and pinterest. There are so many people out there who are going through or have been through some variation of what we’re facing today, and connecting and interacting with them just makes it a little bit easier! So please, feel free to connect with me on any or all of the above
What about you?
What have you learned on your health and fitness journey?
Share in the comments section below!
Hello everyone! I hope everyone is doing well.
The second round of Elf 4 Health is under way! My new Elf is Holly, say hello! She is a new mom and you can read all about her family, things she is loving, and other business here! I particularly loved her “Things i’m Loving- October Edition” post!
Check out our challenges for this round! It is a lot of fun, I am very glad I participated! Yesterday for the “Pay It Forward” challenge, I filled up my mom’s car with gas! I hope she was pleased!
Curious to chat me about how Elf 4 Health is going or about anything else health/fitness related? Tweet me! I would love to hear from you.
Did anyone watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last night? I know it is just trashy television. But some of the outfits were really adorable! Fall Out Boy’s performance was great as well! Don’t worry, my roommate and I enjoyed some ice cream while we watched it!
There is only two more weeks until Christmas! Is everyone ready?!
I don’t know about you, but stocking stuffers are my favorite! I love the small, useful, and beneficial gifts that come in there! Usually “Santa” just fills my stocking with bathroom essentials, giftcards or candy! So much fun. If you want some new ideas for the stocking look here.
I was sick last week from Wednesday-Sunday. I hate being sick and taking time off! But the rest was needed. Has anyone else gotten sick lately? I heard a lot of people were having symptoms of either a cold or a virus! Stay healthy guys! It is more important to rest when you are sick than going into work and getting everyone else sick!
I think that is all I have for you guys on this hump day!
What is new with you? What are you looking forward to? Are you attending any fun Christmas parties? What are you making for FOOD this holiday season?! You guys know what my Holiday Food obsession is!! Pork Pie! YUM All the Pork Pie! Hehe