New Years Resolutions

New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year
I don’t much believe in New Years resolutions to be 100% honest, but if a new year is what it takes for you to make a positive change in your life then that is totally cool with me. The real thing here though is, what’s it going to take for you to stick to that resolution? All of us gym goers have seen it, you go into the gym in the first weeks of January and you have to practically earn your right to the cardio equipment, am I right? As the weeks trickle by though, soon you start find that you’re once again sometimes the lone wolf trekking along on the treadmill. Are you going to be that lone wolf this year, or are you going to be back on your couch eating bon bons? I want you to take a minute and ask yourself “What’s it going to take for me to stick to my resolutions?” this doesn’t just have to apply to a diet or fitness regiment. What is it going to take for you to stick to the thing that the new year got you striving for?

I have some ongoing goals for myself that I’m already working on but that I’m hoping to actually accomplish this year. I’m going to just go ahead and lay them out for you.

  1. Run my first 5k.
  2. Reach 100 blog followers.
  3. Decrease my body fat percentage by 5% (I currently sit at about 23%).
  4. Become an ambassador for a clothing or supplement company.
  5. Reevaluate my career.

What are your guys goals or resolutions this New Year’s? How do you plan on sticking to those goals? I’ll keep you posted on my progress and I want to hear about yours as well! 

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Transformation Tuesday

Transformation Tuesday

Well, my original plan for today was to post some of the cliche Transformation Tuesday progress photos. I got up, went to the gym, came home and took my selfies and then I just stared at them. I could see no difference between the photos I took today and the ones I took on this same day last month. I feel like I’ve been doing so good. I drag myself out of bed for the gym even when I don’t want to go, I pass on the cookies sitting in front of my face at work, I’ve choked down protein shakes and pre-workout supplements, and I’ve dealt with some kind of pain in my body nearly every day for the past month. So why is it that I’m seeing no change in my body? My heart completely sank, and honestly I think this is why I’ve given up so many times in the past. 

I’m not going to jump ship this time, but it’s hard as hell to feel like you’ve been working so hard to get somewhere and to have it appear that you’re achieving nothing. I think maybe we all have that moment of doubt where we say to ourselves “can I really do this?” And the difference between those of us who do, and those who give up is just pushing through that doubt. If you constantly make excuses for yourself, or just stop trying every time you break and have McDonalds for lunch, you’ll never get to whatever goal it is you’re working towards. Whether you’re trying to lose 50 pounds, or gain 20, the decision to keep trying lies within you. 

Have the strength to stick with option A, don’t revert back to B! 

Anyway, until I have some resemblance of a Transformation Tuesday story of my own, I want to hear yours. If you have one go ahead and drop it in the comments. I’m thinking about taking submissions and doing features every week once I can get some more traffic going through here, but I can’t do that without a little bit of help from you guys, so help me out here folks! 

1st Phorm Megawatt

1st Phorm Megawatt

Welp, here’s my first product review. I hadn’t taken anything up until today that I had anything note worthy to write about.

For the love of god, DO NOT take 1st Phorm’s Megawatt if you are sensitive to stimulants. This stuff is no freakin’ joke. I’m sure if you’re a caffeine junkie it would work out quite well for you though. I, on the other hand couldn’t even get through my workout today because I felt so terrible that I rushed home and I’m now spending my afternoon in my bathroom, sorry for the TMI but I’m committed to giving you guys completely honest reviews. This stuff has a whopping 342mg of caffeine per serving, for you coffee drinkers that’s approximately 4 1/2 espresso shots. In addition it has 2500mg of creatine. I don’t have a ton of experience with creatine to know how it affects me but I’ve heard others say it doesn’t make them feel so hot. All I know is that this is one pre-workout I will not be dabbling with again.

If you have experience with this product, please feel free to share it here, because as most of us know different products affect everyone differently.

Healthy Banana Bread

Healthy Banana Bread

Oookay, I wont lie I was a tad bit nervous about this recipe because in my experience anything that I’ve made with whole wheat flour usually tastes like poo-poo. Just being honest. This turned out excellent though! And on the plus side, I had all the stuff for it in my pantry already. I feel like sometimes healthy renditions of recipes call for stuff that I have to make a special trip to the grocery store to acquire. Anyway, here it is:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil.*
  • 1/2 cup honey.*
  • 2 eggs.
  • 3 mashed bananas.
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice (I used whole milk).
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more to sprinkle on top.
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour.
  • Optional mix ins (raisins, chocolate chips, walnuts etc).
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, and grease a 9×5 loaf pan.
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Pour batter into prepare loaf pan and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  4. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack and cool for an additional 20 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

*In place of olive oil you can also use 1/3 cup melted coconut oil, or vegetable oil but vegetable oil is highly processed. In place of honey you can use maple syrup.

Modified from original recipe by Cookie and Kate.
Why I decided it was time for a change

Why I decided it was time for a change

I’m 25 years old, and I’ve spent a majority of that 25 years playing video games on the couch, eating Taco Bell whenever I felt like it, and I’m pretty sure the word cardio wasn’t even in my vocabulary. So anyone who’s known me for a while is proboably asking “why is she doing this all of the sudden?” 

The reason? I’m sick and tired of giving a shit what people think. My self confidence is so low that I’m in a constant fear of being judged. I’m tired of looking in the mirror and being unhappy with what I see. I want to do fun runs and be able to go hiking with my husband and dog without feeling like I’m going to die. I want to be able to help my husband move the furniture whenever we actually get our own home, and not just sit and whine that it’s all too heavy. 

Don’t get me wrong, a huge lifestyle change has not been easy. I struggle with not eating every pastry that gets put in front of my face at work. I don’t know what I’m doing at the gym 95% of the time and a lot of days I want to give up. It’s all a learning process, and it’s pretty nerve wracking to start out. Will it be worth it? I’d like to think so.

If a change like this is something you’ve been thinking about, I urge you to take the leap. Stop just thinking about it and get up and do something. If you sign up for a gym, most of them offer a free personal training consultation, if you don’t know what you’re doing, TAKE THE CONSULTATION. Find a friend who will work out with you, who may or may not be just as lost as you are, it’ll help to have them there either way. Do whatever it takes to get where you want to be. I know it can be difficult, but go to the gym and pretend like no one else is there, and if you really just can’t get past that get some DVDs and workout in your living room, I can even suggest some good ones for you if you need me to! Whatever it is that’s putting you off from going after what you want, push it aside and just TRY.