Taking Care of ME!

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I was asked by a friend recently to help write up a workout for her and a few friends have asked what I do for my workouts.  I think that some of my co-workers are under the impression that I workout all day every day, when in reality, that is so not true.  Yes I talk about working out and different kinds of workouts, but I don’t do them nearly as much as I talk about them.  I have tried so many different types of workouts, but it’s hard for me to stick to just one type because I get bored easily with my workouts.  I am constantly trying something new or mixing a few different things together to keep myself motivated.  Anything that is meant to be done for over a month, I don’t finish.  I get started and do well the first two to three weeks, but after that I feel like it’s just the same moves over and over and I get bored.  I have done P90X, Insanity, 10 Minute Trainer and T25 but those only lasted a couple of weeks.  I have done a Title Boxing class, which I absolutely LOVED, but it was just way too expensive for a single girl with a budget.  I would love to have my own hanging bag some day because I got to keep the boxing wraps and gloves that I bought when I took that class.  Punching a bag is the best way to release any stress or tension, in my opinion.  You should try it!

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When I started my first blog I posted about training for my first half marathon and how I became a runner.  If you haven’t read that, check that out here. I used to absolutely DESPISE running and thought anyone that ran for fun, was crazy!! So I took to the sidewalks and quickly became a fan of running. It’s completely free (except for the perfect pair of running shoes, but those are worth the investment).  I don’t do it nearly as much as I’d like to during the summer because, let’s face it, it’s just too darn hot!!  I run about 2-3 miles and that’s it, if I do that.  I am a fan of lifting weights and that has become my recent favorite.  On bodybuilding.com, I just started a 12 week workout by trainer, Jamie Eason.  As I type this, I am having a hard time keeping my arms lifted because they are so sore from Chest and Triceps today!  On my off days, I run, but there’s just something about lifting weights that gets my adrenaline going and makes me actually enjoy working out. That second day soreness is what I actually like; yeah I know I’m weird.

Having a cleaner diet was something that I became more serious about doing roughly 3 or 4 years ago.  I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth so I cave all the time and can’t resist cookies, candy or brownies. There’s just no denying that or trying to pretend I have willpower when it comes to sweets.  But for the most part, I eat a fairly lean and clean diet.  As we speak, I have fish in the oven, brown rice cooking and a spring mix of veggies cooking to enjoy with a glass of white wine (and of course, a cookie to go with it!)  I joined the Tone It Up community’s Nutrition Plan about two years ago.  They send out emails of new recipes and you’re a member for life so any updates automatically get sent to you. There are so many editions to the plan, something for every season and special occasion.  If you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend it.  Their website is here.  They have tons of workout videos for whatever area you are looking to work on and have weekly workout schedules to follow.  The two trainers, Karena and Katrina are some of the coolest girls.  Again, I only do these occasionally, but this is a program that I can go back to at any time and enjoy!  Right now I’m trying to stay motivated to complete Jamie Eason’s 12 week program so keep your fingers crossed.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

While I love to run and lift weights, there are days that I just need a break or quiet time to clear my head and when that happens I turn to DoYouYoga.com.  They have meditation exercises and a ton of yoga workouts.  I had a good habit going with this, but really miss the meditations.  If you haven’t checked that site out either and are interested, check that out.  There’s a 30 day meditation challenge and they send you a new exercise each day.  That’s how I got hooked on meditating.  It’s so great to calm me down and just clear my head from everything that has been going on.  Even if it’s just for 5 minutes, I try to sit and quiet my mind for that little bit and it really helps.

What’s your favorite way to stay fit and healthy??

Favorite Bible Verses

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JEREMIAH 29:11

I can guarantee that all of you have heard this verse before at some point or another in your life.  This one has been a longtime favorite of mine for as long as I can remember.  When life gets you down, this is one of the perfect verses to come back to (in my opinion).  Before I go any further into this post, I feel that I need to say that I am breaking down this verse and this verse only.  I am not including the verse(s) before or after this one nor am I breaking down the entire context of the chapter Jeremiah in the Bible.  I am all about quotes and verses that inspire me and give me hope and help me through whatever it is I am having trouble with.  After living many years alone, marrying and moving away from my family, starting all over and finding new friends and a job, a divorce and trying to find myself all over again and finding what it is that makes me happy, I have turned to many quotes and verses to get me through those difficult times.  Everyone is different as far as the grief process goes and we all take a certain amount of time to get through our struggles, but this one helped me a lot throughout the entire process.  On my worst days I would look at this one and remember that God has a plan for me, even though it was hard for me to see it at the time, but there are better things ahead for me.  I have learned a lot more than I thought I ever would or could after going through what I did and as odd as it is to say, I am grateful that I went through those things.  It may not have turned out the way I had hoped (at that time), but in my heart, now, I believe that it really did all happen for a reason (boy, the cliches are really rolling now).  I always had an idea for how I saw my life going (as I’m sure many of you may have) but it has not turned out anywhere near where I thought it would back then; and that’s okay with me.  Where I am in my life now, I believe, is exactly where I am supposed to be.  I had to learn a few (tough) lessons and experience things that I never imagined I would to get to this point. I truly believe that I was not ready for any of the things that I thought I would be experiencing at that stage in my life.  And that’s perfectly fine with me.  This verse really speaks to me because I know that no matter how hard I think I might have it, there are bluer skies ahead and an even greater happiness than I could have ever imagined!  The verses that are my favorites tend to apply to this same principle so I will include those below as well.

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Dream Home

Recently, I have been brainstorming and surfing Pinterest and pinning to my Home Sweet Home board and just going crazy on designing/decorating my dream home.  I keep a small notebook for blog ideas, but I also have another notebook for lists and things that I want to purchase someday and that notebook is filling up fast.  I had already started the process of going back to graduate school to get my MBA, but lately I have been thinking if maybe I would be happier with a job in some kind of interior designing or decorating. I am fascinated by all of the different design styles there are and just seeing the history of design.   As I mentioned in my previous Design Style post, check it out here, my tastes have changed from modern/contemporary style to a combination of french country / rustic farmhouse.  I have come up with a list of what I want in my dream house…

  1. Shiplap walls –  These are so cool and the look of the exposed wood just adds so much character to a neutral color scheme; which brings me to item 2 on my list…(Source) shiplap1
  2. Neutrals – I love the simplicity of whites, creams and exposed wood accents in a space and what better wood accent than a shiplap wall. (Source of left photo  & of right photo)neutralsfrenchcountry
  3. Farmhouse sink – A must for my kitchen is a farmhouse sink.  (Source of photo.)        farmhousesink
  4. Annie Sloan Paint – No DIY project for a rustic, french country look can be complete without Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Luckily, for me, they sell it where I live!!  My favorite colors are Paris Grey, Old White and French Linen.  My current project is to find an old dresser that I can repurpose and repaint to use as a t.v. stand. (I smell a D.I.Y. project coming soon.) (Source )               anniesloan
  5. Outdoor Space – I love spending my evenings outside reading a book or spending my mornings on the weekends drinking my coffee outside.  An outdoor space for entertaining and relaxing is high on my list. (Source of photo.)outdoor

Besides Pinterest, I have a few blogs that I love to browse along with Country Living magazine.  If you haven’t checked out these blogs, head on over to them and check out their design style.

Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper (my favorite designer) – http://magnoliahomes.net/blog/

A House And A Dog – http://www.ahouseandadog.com/

Whimsy Girl – http://whimsygirldesign.blogspot.com/

Shanty 2 Chic – http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/

The Other Side of Neutral – http://www.theothersideofneutral.com/

What I’m Watching

For #tuneintuesday, I thought it was appropriate to let you all know what I tune into when I have time.  I work two jobs so I don’t have a lot of time to watch television; as such, I do not have cable.  (Pause for reaction)  With the absolutely outrageous prices of cable and the very little free time that I do have to watch television, I decided to get rid of that extra cost and right now I can actually say that I don’t miss it… Yet.  Once college football season starts I know I might have to bite the bullet and get cable because I might go crazy not being able to watch football all day on a Saturday.  Stay tuned for that decision.  So for now I use my Netflix and movie collection to watch shows and movies.  I have some feel-good movies, some movies I watch when I’m “in a mood” and series that I love to watch and a couple that I am just getting into.  And thanks to one of my great friends, I am able to watch a series that I have been wanting to watch for a long time.  So I won’t bore you with anymore details, I’ll just show you what I’m loving…(captions are included so click on the picture if you want to read what I love about each).

OK, now I want to hear what your favorite shows/ series/ and movies are.  I would love to find some new ones out there; and no, they do not all have to be love stories or “girlie.”  I love all kinds…if you hadn’t noticed.

Favorite Bible Verse

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This past weekend I was with family all weekend and took a break from social media and blog planning, but while I was driving back home I decided that I would start a short series of posts on Sundays.  The above image is a portion of one of my favorite Bible verses.  For the next few weeks I will be sharing some of my favorite verses from the Bible as part of my #spiritualsunday posts.  This one is special to me because it stood for the hope that I needed, after my divorce, to realize that it was something I needed to go through, even as painful as it was, to keep me moving on the path that He has for me.  Hope does for the soul what an anchor does for a ship; it keeps it steady and secure while waves are crashing all around it and storms pass through.  During my “storm”,  I had hope to keep me grounded and to know that better things are ahead.  Now that the storm has passed, I can move on to greater accomplishments and the happy life that I am hoping for.  I got this tattooed on my rib cage as a reminder to realize that I will go through many storms, but as long as I stay hopeful, I know that I will be just fine.

“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary”. – Hebrews 6:19

Do you have a favorite Bible verse?  Please share it below.