We Get Credit For Trying, Even If We Don’t Succeed

Happy Monday friends!

Has there ever been something you wanted to be able to do? A dream or goal you wanted to achieve?

Have you ever tried and failed at any of these?

If you answered yes, then you are just like the thousands of other people who have tried their hand at something and did not succeed overnight. We are human and not perfect.

The good news is, we still get credit for trying, even if we don’t succeed right away, or at all.

You know how many things I have tried since starting Crossfit in January that I still can’t get? Do you know how many things I can accomplish now, after my many attempts + efforts?

When I first started Crossfit, I was trying, learning, and attempting all the moves. It was a new side of fitness for me. Over the months, I’ve been able to achieve things I never thought I’d be able to do, and I even competed in my first Crossfit competition in August. (My team got 2nd place!)

Have my failed attempts at a PR or mastering a move got me down? OH YES. There are many days I get discouraged because I can’t seem to be fast enough, nail a move, or hit a PR. But I have to start reminding myself that I still get credit for trying! I’ve come a long way since January.

I can finally hit 130 pounds on a squat clean!

If you asked me 6 months, even one month ago, that i’d be able to clean 130 pounds, I would not have believed you.

My attempts and efforts pay off in due time! I just need to know I still get credit for trying, even when I don’t get something down or accomplished.

This goes for more than fitness, of course, but it’s my good go to examples.

For me, I have major goals for this blog and it’s future. Will I have failed attempts on my way there? Of course I will! It’s part of it, and I know I won’t succeed overnight. A lot of people don’t realize just how much work a blog is. I love it though, and I have goals!

Whatever your goals and dreams are, remember you get credit for trying…even when you don’t succeed! Things won’t happen immediately or overnight, but if you keep your goal in sight, and put forth effort, time, and the passion you have for it…you will succeed! 😊

Walmart Pickup Grocery Haul

Hiya, friends!

Ive been patiently awaiting the internet at my new apartment, so I’m a little late getting a post up for you guys.

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and were able to spend it with friends and family. Friday was spent up at the hospital for Austin’s Dad’s bypass surgery. Everything went SO good and the recovery process has begun. Day by day!

Saturday was…MOVE IN day!

I haven’t finished putting everything up and/or decorating, and I don’t have all my furniture yet, so those pictures will be coming soon.

The apartment has much more space than I first anticipated. Moving in was my first time to be able to see it. And one of the things I love is that my patio doesn’t face the parking lot…so I can sit out, drink coffee, and see some nature! 😀

The first official fall decor is up! <3

So before I get into this official grocery haul, I want to highlight how much I love the grocery pick up option at Walmart.

At my old apartment, I took advantage of this free grocery pickup quite often. It’s so convenient with my schedule sometimes, even though I’m one who loves to physically grocery shop! Like, for real, you could pay me to buy your groceries and I’d be happy about it! 😊

After moving in, I scheduled a grocery pickup for Sunday around noon. I knew I was going to already have some food that I took with me Saturday, but knew I wouldn’t feel up to going up and down aisles for groceries. Moving is a whole other workout level sometimes!

All you do is go on the Walmart Grocery App, pick your Walmart location, set a pickup time, and you can get to ordering your groceries.

You have to have a $30 minimum, but if you’re getting things you need, it should be no problem getting there! 😊

They make it easy to shop by category, so if you know exactly what you need, or are looking for a specific product, you can go to that catoegory to make it quicker. This goes for non grocery pick up orders as well.

I also love the option where they show you what you’ve ordered in the past and make it easy to order past items. If you ordered a lot of similar items, this comes in handy!

I spent a little over $60 and got all of this!

Questions for you:

Have you ever used the Walmart Grocery pickup option before?

What’s one of your go-to grocery items you purchase almost every time?

Let’s Breakdown Our Health

Happy Humpday everyone!

What a week it has been already…

As many may know, my boyfriend’s (Austin) dad has been in the hospital. What started out as double pneaumonia turned into needing triple bypass surgery.

So I’ve been helping out, running back and forth to hospital, work stuff in between, and trying to fit in more packing for the move Saturday.

Needles to say, a lot of us are physcially, emotionally, and mentally tired.

This got me thinking about the breakdown of our health.

We have 3 main categories of health:

– Physical

-Mental/Emotional

-Spiritual

1. Physical Health 

Our physical health is basically the function of our bodies. It’s our everyday activities, our fitness, and how well our body runs both inside and out.

In a lot of cases, we think we are doing fine, but sometimes there’s a curveball thrown that makes you realize how important our physical health is. You can eat right and exercise, but you still run the risk of getting something or something happening to you. In some instances, it’s genetics and you can’t do anything about it.

Austin’s dad just went in for pneumonia, not realizing what condition his heart was in. But, if it wasn’t for the pneumonia, his heart would have just gotten worse.

It’s still vital for us to eat well and exercise…all while finding a balance. It’s so important for us to take care of ourselves the best we can! Some people may poke fun at me for how I eat sometimes, but there’s a reason I eat the way I do (And yes…I still enjoy pizza and burgers) 😀

2. Mental Health

Our mental health is our psychological + emotional well being. When we have a lot of things going on, when we have stress at work or at home, and you go-go-go a hundred miles and hour, it takes a toll on us mentally…especially with our emotions.

Clear, mental health can be viewed as happy, content, and at peace with where you are. It’s a good place to be in and a place we should all strive to be in.

When you have other things going on, whether it’s work related, family/relationships, health problems, or all of the above, we eventually get to the point of pure exhaustion and have a breakdown.

Some people hold it together really well, but I know for me after a period of time, after bottling it up for so long, I just have to have a good cry session and let things out. That’s good for us too, you know!

3. Spiritual Health 

Our spiritual health, to me, is just as important as the others.

WHY?

Because with God, all things our possible. He is our source of strength and guidance. He knows what’s best for us. He is our healer. He is always by our side.

I can go on and on with this one. I have to put my faith and trust in Him when things start to pile up in life…or when those lemons are thrown at me. 

Evaluate these areas in your life.

-Are you feeling run down?

-Do you feel like you can never catch a break?

-Do you have days you feel like you have no hope or don’t know who to turn to?

More than just physical, being healthy overall includes our mental/emotional, and spiritual health as well.

Each Day is a New Beginning

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you were able to get some rest this weekend and enjoy the sun we had, even though it was quite hot!

Today I want to talk about something I struggle with and I know that others do too:

Letting things from your past affect your present.

Whether it something that happened 2 years ago, 2 months, or yesterday, we often times continue to carry something from our past with us and let it affect our present. Big or small, minor or major, we just tend to hold to things more than we should.

I can drop things and move on quickly depending on the situation.

For example, my divorce was with me for a little while and I let it get me down…mainly because, even though I wanted it to be done with anyway, I was embarrassed that I let it get to 2 months before it got so bad that I told myself i should have stopped it before it happened.

I quickly realized how much weight was off my shoulder, how much better I already felt, and I had grown hope for the future. It made me stronger to be honest. Everything happens for a reason, and God doesn’t take you through something you can’t handle.

I have never been so happy in my life right now. It’s been so so long since I’ve been genuinely happy in all areas. I have true love, amazing friendships, and I’m doing what I love for a job.

For me, that was my big thing, but I also let smaller things drag me down and I will carry it into the next day sometimes. A recent example: I’ve been working on movements and workouts for a Crossfit competition me and a few friends are doing as a team. I am SO excited to be a part of it, but I’ve been getting super down and frustrated because I’m not hitting certain numbers like I am hoping I’d already be hitting.

When I get frustrated or down in the gym, I just want to give up and not try anymore. I always want to push myself in the gym to be better and stronger, but sometimes I have those days I want to not try anymore. I know that mentality isn’t going to get me anywhere, and I’ve been told that before.

I have to constantly remind myself how far I’ve come since starting Crossfit. I have only been doing this since January, and just since then I have come so far. All my other teammates on my team have been doing this longer so they have more under their belt. Yea, it makes me feel as if I am out of place from time to time, but they are all so encouraging and motivating!

Its the encouragement and motivation I receive from Austin and my friends that help me to keep moving on the next day. I have to push what I did yesterday out of the way and not dwell on what I couldn’t do.

Austin is full of great quotes and encouragement! Lol But what he told me last night really helped.

I think this quote/advice from Austin can go along with any area in life.

You can apply this to getting a job, job promotion, nailing a recipe, a song, or an exercise in the gym. Just move along the next day, for every day is a fresh start. Don’t let your past, your yesterday, affect your today.

Weekly Eats + Back to Videos?

Happy Friday guys!

I am so glad the weekend is about here. I thought I would start making Fridays a weekly recap post of what I ate and/or things that took place during the week. This one is mostly foods I ate.

Let me know if you like these posts!

I am also thinking about seriously bringing back the YouTube video. I made one and published it, and attempted a few other times to make another one, and it just faded out. But I enjoyed making them, and I had a lot of great feedback.

Let me know what you think of continuing them on! Here is a link to the first video I made:

https://youtu.be/ioDG2LOpmEM

Now, on to the recap!

Monday

Breakfast Monday morning was 2 scrambled eggs topped with Daiya (dairy free) cheese, alongside a piece of toast topped with the Wild Maine Blueberry Jam my sweet friend got me in Maine!

I worked on my fat bomb post, and for a snack grabbed a Fiber One bar. No picture of that! Lol I stayed busy getting the post done, went with dad on a grocery trip, and when I got back,whipped up lunch.

I mixed jasmine rice with corn, black beans, broccoli, and mixed it all together with salsa. I topped it l over a bed of greens. It was so good!

I ran over to pick up the MealFit food for my gym, and on the way back had a couple rice cakes with peanut butter on them.

This workout I did with Austin and his brother was most challenging for me! So many overhead squats and thrusters!! I got me a Fitaid drink afterwards for extra recovery.

Dinner was a bowl of oatmeal with banana slices and peanut butter. Completely forgot to snap a picture. It wasn’t very pretty anyway lol. I was sleepy and hungry so I threw it together!

Tuesday

Tuesday morning for breakfast I mixed dairy free blueberry yogurt with my chocolate plant based protein powder, and topped it with Bear Naked granola, banana slices, and drizzled with JIF powdered peanut butter. Such a tasty bowl!

After a couple clients, I came back home for lunch. I had more of my salsa rice mixture over a bed of greens and topped with delicious avocado!

I think this is the most perfect avocado I’ve ever cut open! What joy!

For a little something sweet, I had a few bites of this dairy free version of Halo Top ice cream. This is my absolute favorite dairy free ice cream (next to Ben and Jerry’s!)

I taught kids Crossfit class at 4, did the class at 5 for my workout, ran across town for my evening client, and when I came back heated up a bowl of my spaghetti squash, topped with my Daiya dairy free cheese.

It did not take long for me to fall asleep after that!

Wednesday

Breakfast was a bowl of oatmeal with a little peanut butter and a fat bomb I made earlier this week. Get the recipe here!

For lunch me, Austin, and Dad went to Mugshots for a late bday lunch for Austin. We started off with their fried pickles. SO good! They gave us so many pickles that we had to take most home.

I ordered the turkey burger with a side of sweet potato fries!

Afterwards Austin and I headed to the mall to get a shirt he needed, and we got Starbucks while we were there. Go figure! That held me over until the gym. Hit some PRs that night!

Dinner was  2 pieces of chicken from Dominos and a low carb wrap with peanut butter. Needless to say, Wednesday got off track a little. It was a treat day for sure!

Thursday

Thursday morning started off with 2 fried eggs and a piece of toast with half peanut butter and half blueberry jam!

I picked up Austin and dropped him off where him and his buddies were meeting and they were headed off to the beach. So jealous of them!

For lunch I threw together a salad topped with smoked turkey, cucumbers, and topped with fat free ranch. I also had a small bowl of jasmine rice.

On my way to my afternoon client, I enjoyed this Mountain Zevia drink (tastes like Mountain Dew!)

After my client, i went and picked up my cousin Devin (he’s in visiting with his family from Texas) and he took the kids Crossfit class I taught at 4. He rocked it!

I was going to do some light ab work or the Assault bike during the 5pm class, since my Mayhem team was planning on practicing at 6, then I found out a couple of my team members may not make it, so I decided to do the workout at 5. We did a 400 meter run, walking lunges with #35, 50 double unders, 25 toes to bars (I had to do hanging knee raises), back down to 50 double unders and another set of lunges.

By the end of the workout both the other ladies ended up coming, even though one girl on the team has an injured hand, so she is taking it easy. I decided to join them in the workout for Mayehm, so I ate some dates for a quick energy source and drank this FitAid.

I was pooped after back to back workouts, and I was ready for dinner! I had a bowl of my spaghetti squash again, mixed in with spaghetti sauce and smoked turkey.

I had this chocolate plant based protein shake alongside of it, for some extra protein.

Before bed (9 something maybe), I was still a little hungry, so I grabbed a bowl of cheerios and then I headed straight to bed!

So glad today is Friday! What are your weekend plans? I will be spending it some more with my family that’s in town, and Austin gets back on Sunday so I hope to see him then too!

😀

5 Stretches You Can Do for Knee Pain


If you’ve ever had knee pain, you know how it can affect not only your fitness routine, but your everyday life.

Before continuing into this post anymore, I want to first say that if you have knee pain where you experience popping, swelling, or immense pain that keeps you down, check with your doctor. 

Most knee pain is often caused by weakness, or tightness, in muscles/tendons: glutes, hamstrings, quads, or hips. All are connected and essentially work together, which means if one get compromised, the others are affected as well.

These stretches, when followed correctly and consistently, can help with current knee pain, and help prevent knee pain.

Hold each Stretch 30 seconds, and repeat as necessary depending on tightness.

1. Quad Stretch

Standing upright (and using a wall, chair, or table if needed) pull one foot up to the glutes and hold. Be sure to stay tall, and not lean over. Switch sides.

2. Standing Hamstring Stretch

With one leg out in front of the other, toe pointed up, keep leg in front straight, look forward, and lean down until you feel a stretch in your hamstring. Switch sides.

3. Wall/Poll Calf Stretch 

Up against a wall, step, or pole, put one foot (to up) against hard surface and lean body forward. You should feel a stretch in your calf muscle. Switch feet.

4. Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch 

In a kneeling lunge position, with leg that’s out in front, take your knee and push it out in front/over your foot. Be sure to keep back upright. Good for hips and ankles. Switch sides.

5. Figure 4 Stretch

Lying on your back, take one ankle and place over opposite knee. Take hand and thread through other leg, and pull in to your chest. Swap legs.

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Do these stretches regularly and it will help with any tightness that could be causing your knee pain. Even if you don’t have knee pain, these are stretches are great for you to do to keep loose and help prevent any injury.

Stretching is often overlooked, so be sure to get it in! 🙂

Reset + Recharge

Happy Monday + Happy July to you all!

I cannot believe this year is already half over, can you? So much has happened since January, but every month that comes in 2018 has been nothing but happiness and positive outlook to the future.

Today’s post will be pretty short + sweet, but something I wanted to share with you guys.

Leading up to my beach trip last month, I was looking forward to a rest + reset period. That is just what I got and needed. Those next few weeks I think I averaged 1 post per week on my blog. Even though my body rested, I really needed a little longer of a rest + recharge period for my posts.

We all get discouraged about things in life, and I ALWAYS have my moments when I get down and discouraged about my blogging.

A lot of people don’t understand just how much time and work goes into putting together + typing up blog posts. I love love love blogging, but sometimes my hard work seems like it isn’t getting me anywhere, or maybe a lot of people don’t read some of my posts. It’s in those moments I may think about quitting, but I love what I do and I know it reaches out to people…that’s what keeps me going…YOU.

Every time I take a break, or slow down drastically with blogging, is going to be because I need a little reset. I put a of of thought into what I want to post about, even if it’s a workout (one will be posted tomorrow!!).

When I have those times, I always come back ready to go with a positive attitude to get back into it.

This “reset + recharge” concept is good for anyone and everyone. It’s important for our health to take some time off, whether that is from work, school, and even social media.

So, now that I back + ready to go again, get ready for some great posts coming your way.

Remember to give yourself a “reset + recharge” time. If you feel yourself being overworked, anxious, stressed, trouble sleeping, and just go go go ALL the time, be sure you give yourself that. It will benefit you physically + mentally. you’ll be glad you did! 😀

Mother’s Day Recap, Eats, + a Mug Cake Recipe

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to spend it with loved ones, especially your mom!!

I had a good day spent around my mom and my Granny.

These two ladies have my heart! They are so special, strong, and encouraging. This picture was actually taken last weekend at my church’s ladies luncheon.

I may not be a mom, but I am a DOG mom. I love my Jack, but he doesn’t like pictures…

I started the morning with my coffee and a couple of these peanut butter protein bites.

Later I made a smoothie and drank it while getting ready for church. It had banana, strawberries, spinach, almond milk, and vanilla protein powder.

For lunch, we got ribs from Full Moon BBQ and I paired mine with a small spinach salad.

After lunch we all sat around and talked, and I enjoyed some coffee while Granny found a Hallmark mystery movie. 😊

Even though it was hot, I wanted to get out for a little bit, and I grabbed this lemon luna bar out the door.

Dad and I sat outside talking + just enjoying each other’s company. He’s loving being retired, and I’m loving it too! Lol

For dinner I was feeling an easy dinner, so I whipped up ground turkey + egg whites. Plain I know, but sometimes that’s what I’m craving!

I did want something sweet after, so I made a mug cake with Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips. Heres what I did:

-2 1/2 T almond flour (or whatever you want to use)

-1 T stevia/truvia

-1/2 tsp baking powder

-pinch of salt

-1 large egg white

-1/2 tsp vanilla

-1/4 cup almond milk

-sprinkle of chocolate chips

I mixed all ingredients in a mug I sprayed, and cooked it in the microwave for about 2:30 minutes, checking it after each minute.

Do you have a favorite quick dessert you enjoy whipping up when your sweet tooth hits??

Let me know! 

Let’s Be Honest With Ourselves

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today I want to share something that’s on my heart this morning:

Self Love.

The last few days for me have been rough: both physically and mentally. I have had hardly any energy, I’ve been tired what feels like 90% of the day, I felt weak, “fluffy” (as I like to call it), not liked what I was looking at in the mirror, and in my mind I was picking out all my flaws and things I wish would change.

I’ve come a long way since my eating disorder (If you missed my story, you can read part 1 here, and part 2 here), and while I overcame it, it’s something you never truly heal from. I still have my moments and struggle with things.

I was complaining about it last night to Austin and this morning I woke up to him telling me “It’s a new day, just look forward and put in the work.” He also told me to stop beating myself up about it (referring to last night’s workout). This is exactly what I needed to hear! It made me realize how badly I was  beating myself up over the last few days. I need reminders like this sometimes.

We all have these moments, and this is where self love is more important than we realize. Self Love has always been a struggle for me. It dates back all the way to my early teen years when I had my eating disorder. We see more self-hate today than ever before. We are always seeing products advertised to make us lose weight fast or to look beautiful. Seeing girls on social media looking a certain way makes us think we look terrible.

Well let me tell you something…and I am not only telling you this, but telling myself…

YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL. THE. WAY. YOU. ARE.

Flaws and all, you were made in the image of God and He has you just the way He wants you. Yes, some days we all will struggle with wanting to look different, smaller, nicer, etc., but when these thoughts start consuming you, it’s time to rethink who made you to begin with: the master artist!

I was scrollingg theough Instagram the other day and came across an artist I have loved since her Disney Channel days: Jordan Pruitt.

She has such an incredible voice, wonderful music, and an outlook on life that I admire. She posted a picture the other day and what she put underneath it was what I needed to hear. We need to be honest with ourselves…accepting all that is and all that we are. I will leave this here as I end my post. Please remember you are beautiful, strong, and capable of amazing things…just the way you are.

<3

Quick + Easy Turkey Burgers

Hello everyone and I hope you all had a wonderful Easter spent with family, friends, and loved ones!

Today I want to share with you a quick, easy, and delicious recipe that you can make any night, or even make ahead for the week.

I have always loved turkey burgers, and every restaurant makes them differently. I’ve tried my hand at a recipe or two, and wasn’t as satisfied, but I wanted to be able to make some that were not only delicious, but simple to make.

I pulled out the ole trusty George foreman I had in college to make these, and with a few simple ingredients, some yummy turkey burgers were made!

Ingredients

-1 to 1.5 ground turkey

-1/4 cup diced red (or sweet) onion

-1 egg

-garlic salt to taste + season

-everything but the bagel seasoning (optional—found at Trader Joe’s)

-dash of pepper if not using above seasoning

-flour of choice (I used a gluten free flour)

Directions

1.Be letting your George Foreman, grill skillet, or actual grill heat up while preparing the patties. (Medium heat)

2.Mix together ground turkey, egg, and any seasonings.

3.Once mixed (it will be a bit mushier than ground beef), start sprinkling in your flour to thicken up the mixture. Add until desired consistency.

3. Patty out burgers and start to grill! On my George Forman, I let the burgers cook about 5 minutes until I checked them and flipped them over for a few extra minutes. Around 10 minutes (depending on size of burgers) they should be about done. I came out with 6 patties.

I am so happy with the way these turned out! I can eat them without anything on it. Feel free to change up the meat or seasonings. This is what I threw together and it turned out perfectly to my liking! 🙂

After I cooked these up, I made some sweet potato fries to go with it. Something about this combo is so good!

If you guys try this, let me know! Are there other combinations of ingredients that you like with any homemade burgers? If so, let me know!