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.

When Life Throws You Lemons

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Can you believe it’s Wednesday already?? Labor Day on Monday has my week all thrown off, but it’s exciting to know that half the week is already over!

Today I wanted to share something with you that’s been in my mind lately.

Most of us have heard the saying, “When life throws you lemons, make lemonade!”.

I like to rephrase this as my own, based on lemons thrown at me here recently:

When Satan throws you lemons…throw them back in his face!

Honestly, when life throws us things in life, whether that’s job stress, relationship trouble, unexpected struggles…that’s a lot of Satan trying to hit us and knock us down.

Little or big, he will do whatever he can to get us down and try to get our focus and trust away from God.

Im not going into any detail of the lemons that have been thrown my way lately, but all I can say is it’s making me trust God even more so, knowing He will provide, heal, protect, and always be by my side.

Remember when Satan throws lemons at you, throw them back at him and show him how you can handle anything with the Lord!

My 2 Go-To Smoothie Recipes

I don’t know what it is about summer that makes smoothies taste so good!

Probably the fact they are cool and refreshing. I make them for breakfast and sometimes lunch when I’m in a smoothie mood. I’m not very fancy with my smoothies very often. I’m a simple girl when it comes to these.

I also reach for whatever is usually around the house, and that means I always have frozen blueberries, bananas, and sometimes strawberries.

So today, I wanted to share with you my 2 favorite go-to smoothie recipes!

smoothie #1

I combine frozen blueberries, a banana, almond milk, and protein powder into my blender. I alternate the kind of protein powder I use.

Sunwarrior Protein– you can find it here. You can also find it at Vitamin Shoppe and some GNCs.

Tone it Up protein– you can find it at Target stores!

**TIP- when blending frozen fruit, I always place it first in blender and pour my almond milk over it and let it sit a minute. Still keeps it frozen but still easy to blend!

From time to time I’ll add a tablespoon of peanut butter in for a little extra. It makes it more like a pb + j smoothie!

Smoothie #2

This one is a little more simple, but just as tasty and a great way to sneak some greens in!

I combine frozen banana, a couple dates, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, and spinach.

I never taste the spinach, since the banana and vanilla protein powder are stronger tasting, so it’s perfect!

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The good thing with smoothies is there are so many options! Play around with different fruits and protein powders (if that’s your thing), and see what you like!

These are my go-to smoothies and they never disappoint me! 🙂

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!

😀

The Rock With A Smile On Its Face

Yesterday, I was at a coffee shop, The Neighborhood Brew, doing some blog work in between clients. I went to the restroom and found a little yellow painted rock smiling at me on one of the decorative shelves they had.

Could it be that I came across one of the painted rocks I had heard so much about in the recent past? I had heard of people finding painted rocks in places, and you can choose to keep them or hide them again for someone else.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.”-Romans 12:2

I flipped it over and sure enough it was one of those rocks! I noticed it had told me to use the hashtag #the.WellHouse, and saw where they had a website. I had never heard of them before so I was curious to know more.

The Well House, located in Odenville, Alabama, provides a safe place to women, offering them a combination of spiritual, mental, emotional, and even physical support services. They welcome all the women/girls who have been sexually exploited through human trafficking.

I know human trafficking is one of those things going on all the time, and right under all our noses. It breaks my heart when I hear about girls who’ve been involved with this.

The Well House mission, taken directly from their website, is:

“We exist to honor God by rescuing and providing opportunities for restoration to female victims of human trafficking who have been sexually exploited.”

I think it’s great the people at The Well House take in these girls, providing a safe place and support in order to get them back out there in life.

If you want to visit their website to learn more, contact, or donate, click here.

I think I’ll hide this little gem again for the next person to find it.

Lower Body Resistance Band Workout

‘Tis the season for shorts, skirts, and swimsuits! Which means showing off more than just your arms…your legs too!

This workout only requires one piece of equipment: loop resistance band.

These resistance bands are easy to find and very affordable! You can find them at Walmart, Target, most sporting goods stores, and amazon.

Most come in a pack of 2-3, at different levels of resistance, so you can always swap out bands at any time.

Now on to the workout!

Lower Body Resistance Band Workout

***Do 12-15 reps of each move (each leg when required)***

***Go through moves 2-3 times.***

1. Banded Squat.

Place band right above knees, lower down into a squat, keeping pressure/tension on the band. Return to starting position.

2. Inner Thigh Crossovers

Lower resistance band around ankles, and cross over one leg in front of the other, slightly at an angle, so you feel your inner thigh muscles being activated. Do a set on one side + swap to other side.

3. Glute Kickbacks

With band around ankles, Lift leg back behind you to work your gluteus and hamstrings. Do a set on one leg, then swap to other leg.

4. Banded Side Steps

Side step side to side, keeping constant tension on the band. Great move for working quads and thighs!

5. Banded Bridge w/ Upright Clamshell

Lying on your back with resistance band above knees, lift hips up in the air (pushing up with your heels) to make a straight line. In the “up” position of the bridge, take both legs out to the side for a “clamshell”. Return legs to center and lower back down to ground.

This workout is good because you can adjust the resistance on your band for whatever level you are at. Plus, it can be done anywhere, even while traveling!

Let me know if you try this workout! 😀

Paleo/Keto Friendly Tortillas

When you want tacos, burritos, or some kind of wrap, what do you need?

Tortillas!

There are numerous kinds of tortillas out there: size, white/wheat, spinach, corn/flour, etc., and while most taste pretty good, some are higher in carbohydrates.

This isn’t saying it’s bad ( i enjoy carbs like this in moderation), but I know some people either want to watch their carbs, or need to watch their carbs.

Today I am sharing with you a very basic tortilla recipe, only involving 3-4 ingredients.

Almond Flour Tortillas

Before I get to the recipe, keep in mind a couple things:

1. This is not my original recipe.

2. Because it is made with almond flour, and has few ingredients, it will not fold or roll like a regular flour tortilla.

On to the recipe!

Ingredients

– 2 cups almond flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

– 2 eggs

– 1 teaspoon olive oil

– 1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste)

Directions

1. Preheat Oven between 325 and 350 (depending on how quick your oven cooks)

2. Mix all ingredient together in a bowl.

3. Start kneading/rolling out the “dough”. I placed my dough between 2 pieces of wax paper to roll it out.

4. Use something round with the desired size you want your tortillas (I used a smaller glad container for mine). Once you cut your tortillas out, bake between 8-10 minutes. I started with 8 minutes, then put it on for 2 more, but turned the oven off.

5. Let cool and enjoy!

I decided to have one with some ground turkey I cooked for lunch. I placed ground turkey, spinach, and a little mustard on mine, and enjoyed a salad on the side!

If you try these out, let me know! I may try this combo for a pizza crust in the future! 😀

5 Minute Ab Workout

Hey everybody!

With summer just about here, and everyone planning vacations, a common thing I hear is people wanting a flat stomach and/or abs.

 Sure, while a lot of us wants that flat stomach, or nice toned abs, we need to focus more on having a strong and healthy core. Just because you do not have a six pack does not mean anything else about your core!

 It is important in our every day lives to work on having a strong core for functionality. The good thing about this, is you do not have to spend a lot of time with certain movements. Of course, it is more nutrition than it is exercising. Have you heard “abs are made in the kitchen?”

It’s true! The food you eat outweighs the exercise, especially when it comes to your core. Naturally, it never hurts to work on strengthening it. So, today I have you an ab workout that you can do in just five minutes.

5 Minute Ab Workout

-set a timer/stopwatch.

**beginner: 30 seconds work, 30 seconds rest

**intermediate: 45 seconds work, 15 seconds rest

**advanced: 50 seconds work, 10 seconds rest

1. Spider-Mans 

Start in a push-up position. Take one knee and bring it up toward the elbow on the same side. Return leg to starting position, and do other side.

2. Plank up + downs

 Starting again and a push-up position, lower yourself down to a forearm plank. One arm at a time, push yourself back up, arms right below shoulders, back into a push-up position.

3. Leg Lowers

 Lying on your back, with hands slightly under  glutes, start with both legs straight up in the air, lower down to where it is hovering above the ground, and raise back up to starting position.

4. Scissors

 Start in the same position as leg lowers, but this time lower one leg at a time, with a scissor effect. Alternate legs.

5. Toe Reaches

 Lying on your back legs straight up in the air, take your hands and crunch up, reaching for your toes. Return back to starting position.

 

 Repeat this if you want a little more.  This is a great workout with no equipment, and one you can do just about anywhere!