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Today marks the beginning of the CHAARG BOOTY CAMP! It’s a six-week long fitplan designed with workouts from Monday through Friday to inspire and motivate you to live a HAPPIER + HEALTHIER life.
As I embark on this six-week long fitness journey, I want to blog about it for several reasons. One, I want to keep myself accountable, and two, I want to encourage you to lead a healthier lifestyle!
While I still lived in my apartment near my campus, I worked out nearly every day because there was a workout room in my building. It was so convenient and I had no excuses to skip a workout for the day. I felt great because I was moving my body and eating healthy.
Then, a series of events happened that distracted me from working out. This eventually lead me to move out of my apartment and back home with my parents. This completely changed my routine. Between packing up my room, work, and moving back into my home and reorganizing all my stuff (I should consider a lot of it crap) I failed to make time for myself to continue my healthy lifestyle choices.
As of late, I have been feeling pretty down about different areas of my life. One of which included how I view myself along with my emotions. Due to having to deal with depression for some time now, there are days that I wake up and just do not feel motivated to do anything. This is another reason I signed up for the CHAARG BOOTY CAMP! Although I am on medication for depression (we can talk more about that in another post), I know that exercising releases endorphins and will help ease the effects of my depression.
You know, I’ve never been super confident with my body. And am certainly one to look in the mirror and pick out every flaw I have. If it’s not one thing. it’s another–I have a huge zit on my chin or I have a blanket of fat covering my abs. I know that this behavior is so negative and actually hurts me more than it could ever possibly help. Through the next six weeks, I hope to learn to love myself for who I am and regain some of my confidence.
With my hectic schedule this summer (I’m taking summer classes on top of working), I have not been making enough time for myself. And I know that this is a direct reason for my unhappiness because I wrote about it here in my “happiness” post. So, during this fitplan I will devote time to workout, regardless of how many directions I am being pulled. Nothing is more important than your own happiness–don’t you forget that!
Obviously this is a FITPLAN, so I need to actually have some fit goals.
I plan on documenting my progress each week. If you are constantly wishing you lived healthier now is the time to act! You need to push yourself before you can see any results.
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Smoothies are my all-time favorite drinks, so whenever I can make them healthy and add a little more nutrition to my day, I’m all for it! I have always been an avid Strawberry Banana fan and I love to add new ingredients and experiment!
Adding protein to my smoothies are always a given, because the protein helps keep me fuller, longer. Then, I don’t have much of an excuse to go snooping around the kitchen an hour after my meal! Whenever I make fruit smoothies, I love adding just a vanilla flavored protein powder so it doesn’t overpower the fruit.
I am currently a huge fan of the SlimQuick Protein for just this reason! It’s tasty and keeps my hunger away. I also am in love with the vanilla flavor. So if you’re in the market for finding a new protein, this one is one to try!
What you need:
What to do:
Pour all ingredients into a blender and mix to your desired consistency! I like my smoothies a little on the thicker side, so you might need to add more milk if you wish.
Now, pour you drinks into adorable summer glasses (I purchased these mugs for three dollars each in the Target Dollar Section!!) and garnish with your fruit!
I was sent the SlimQuick Protein powder for review, however the recipe and all opinions are mine. Thank you SlimQuick Protein for sponsoring this post.
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This article was not sponsored by Wal-Mart in any way. Everything purchased was our own money and all opinions are ours.
“Let’s go shopping at Wal-Mart!” “Okay, I’ll bring the grocery list!” “No, for clothes!” Wait. What??
Years back, if I were to have heard this, I too would have laughed. However, today I do not think Wal-Mart is given enough credit for their clothing selection. Their prices are awesome and have pieces comparable to stores you would find at your local mall.
A couple weeks ago, while I on a Girls Night with my best friend, Alicia, we decided to stop in Wal-Mart to kill some time. She was telling me about how she bought some push-up swim suits that were only $10 a piece! Naturally, I was skeptical and had to see the quality for myself. To my surprise, they were comparable to the ones you would find at Target (and less expensive too).
As I continued to stroll through the clothing section, I began to find tank tops, shorts, and rompers that were so cute! That’s when I developed the idea that we would not leave until we put together at least one outfit. Challenge accepted.
The first outfit we found was this adorable dress for $15! Yes, our jaws dropped too!
The second Alicia came out of the dressing room, we knew we had to buy this. There was no debate.
The best part about this dress is the neckline. First, how cute?! Second, you don’t need a necklace because it has this fun little addition.
A photo shoot is never complete without being silly and laughing.
Pineapples have been all the craze this season and I have been on the hunt to find the perfect one. This one was only $7!! We also found these shorts there as well for about $11!
And there are sequins on it!! How fun!!
Before finishing the photo shoot, Finn wanted his photo op as well.
Lastly, I found a couple more pieces that are currently in stores:
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This was such a fun blog post to create! I love finding bargains and I want you to know about them too. I hope you like the pieces I picked out and will venture to Wal-Mart sometime soon to see their selection for yourself!
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“I was falling!” “I was being chased!” “I was naked!” No matter what the topic of your dream, there is always a meaning behind it, whether you are aware of it or not. Understanding what your dreams mean can help you have a better insight into your own life.
A typical 4 stage sleep cycle lasts around 90-120 minutes. You can have dreams during any stage of your sleep cycle, but your most vivid occur in stage 4, or REM sleep. Your first dream of the night usually lasts about 5 minutes. However, your last dream before you wake up can take up to 45 minutes. Along with your body almost waking up, this long dream is another reason you remember your last dreams better than the first.
With so many different types of dreams and new meanings coming out all too frequently, I thought I would be fun to share some meanings of common dreams!
Whether you are feeling insecure, vulnerable, or fear exposure, naked dreams may be a common occurrence for you. Lacking clothes means you have nothing to hide behind, which leaves you helpless for everyone to see. Maybe you are hiding a secret and are afraid others will find out or are able to see right through you to the core. Naked dreams can also occur during a time of change in your life when you are worried about people judging or criticizing you.
I have heard many times that if you dream about yourself dying, then that means you will die soon. Who comes up with stuff like that? That statement could not be more false, and has not been proven to be true. If you died in your dream, it means you are embarking on a new beginning. Metaphorically, death means an end to something and possibly starting over. Maybe you are going through a transition in your life, such as a breakup, new job, or school. Maybe you have quit a long-time bad habit and are working to better yourself. So if you do have a dream in which you die, do not freak out! Simply think about the changes currently going on in your life and analyze why you had that dream.
Whenever I have falling dreams, it always occurs the second I fall asleep, which is usually caused by a body twitch when I transition into a sleep stage. It seems as if I am falling and I suddenly jerk back awake. This is very common for people to experience.
However, the falling dreams that have meaning occur in your normal sleep cycle, not when you’re falling asleep. Feeling as if you are of control of a situation can lead to a falling dream, and when you fall, you are completely out of control and do not feel like you can save yourself. Falling dreams can also indicate insecurity in your life.
Words cannot describe how much I loathe these dreams. No matter how hard I try to get away from the person chasing me, I can never run fast enough! And it’s these dreams that seem the most real and wake me with a fright. One cause of this type of dream is because you are avoiding something in your life. Big or small, running from that bad guy or monster signifies you would rather hide than face the issue at hand. Chase dreams can also symbolize fear. Whatever you are afraid of might be what you are running from.
This might be why I had to many dreams about being kidnapped and running away from bad guys…I was terrified of being taken!
I think it is so interesting that our body is trying to subconsciously tell us something important about our lives. Whether we listen to it is another question.
What do you dream about? Do any of these dreams fit a description of your life?
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Featuring: Andovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub
I love the spa just as much as any other girl. However, the one thing I do not like is the big hole it puts into my pocket. So what is usually more relaxing is making a DIY spa night in your own home! Plus you can have a glass (or bottle, no one is judging) of wine and sit in the tub. So what might a DIY Spa night consists of, you might ask?
I love starting with my face, then pampering my feet. I’m just weird about touching my feet and then my face after, but that might only be me.
I love to exfoliate my skin, but sometimes I feel as if the beads are too harsh. I now am an extreme advocate for exfoliating gels. You simply rub it into your dry skin and the dead skin comes right off!
Unfortunately, they stopped selling this at Sally’s, but you can find an equivalent at ULTA (here)
Face masks just add another level to pampering yourself! This is for combination/oily skin, but I think it would work on anyone who needs to draw the impurities out of their pores. I don’t, however, recommend using it more than once a week if you have dry skin though.
Find this at The Body Shop (here)
When your feet are still dry, rub this all over. This works very similarly to the face exfoliating gel I previously mentioned. Just when you rubbed it all in and think it is not working, your skin will begin to shed! Depending on how many calluses or how dry your feet are, you may need to apply a second round.
Find it at Sally’s Beauty (here)
Although I said I do not like face scrubs, I am a fanatic for body scrubs! Once you rinse all the residue off your feet, you can apply this body scrub. Instead of micro beads, there is salt that is used to exfoliate. I love the oily feel it has to it and it makes my feet and hands feel so soft after! And they’re not oily once they dry either!
A couple weeks ago my mom was telling me about how the FDA was looking into banning scrubs with the little micro beads in them because they do not actually dissolve in water and are harming the animals in lakes, rivers, and oceans. This was a major reason I chose to work with goPure Naturals and try out this body scrub. EVERYTHING is natural and they stand behind that 100%. I’m not a huge activist or anything, but if I know something is bad for the environment, I don’t want to keep adding to the damage.
So there you have it! Now go light some candles by the bathtub and have yourself a night relaxing night!!
NOTE: All the opinions in this post are mine. The only sponsored item is the Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub, which I was sent in exchange for writing a review. I share my honest thoughts on products because I want you to know what good (and bad) products are out there!
I’m not sure about you, but nighttime is probably the time I have most of my crazy thoughts. Whether it be crazy or just downright scary, you can bet I think about it when I’m trying to fall asleep. So needless to say, I do not fall asleep quickly. So if you are a normal nighttime over thinker like I am, I think you will understand and agree with many of my thoughts!
Oh no, what if I left the garage door open? But I can’t go down and check it now because if it is open then that means a mass murderer is already in my house and will kill me. Looks like I’ll just have to worry all night.
Ummm… haven’t you heard of monsters under the bed? They’re real.
Yes, because obviously I’m invisible if I am completely hidden under my covers. My philosophy has always been, “If I can’t see them, they can’t see me.” And I’m still alive, so I think it has worked so far! (;
Seriously. Why is it that the second you get comfortable you realize you have to use the restroom?!? Not cool bladder.
If you are unfamiliar with scary movies, this is a common time for the bad guys to kill EVERYONE.
Did I complete everything I had to do? Well crap. I forgot to study for that test. Time to get back up and start cramming.
And in the midst of all these thoughts, I somehow, at some point, miraculously fall asleep.
What issues or things do you think about at night? Does it keep you up like me?!
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Going through the same motions every day can make a person lose sight of what is truly important in life. We are so caught up in our own lives that we sometimes forget to step back and look at what is so great in our lives. So, I am challenging you take a time out and think about the five things you are thankful for!
From simply taking me out to dinner when I still lived on campus to their support when I told them I wanted to start a blog, my parents have always had my back. Yeah, there are many times when we butt heads and disagree, but I know for a fact I would not be where I am today without their love.
First, let’s just take a second and realize how adorable my gramps is! (: I have so many great memories when he would watch my sister, Sarah (that’s her in the picture as well!), and me on snow days or any day we had off of school. I thank God every day that He has blessed me with such a wonderful grandpa for so many years.
During the past couple weeks, while I have been taking summer classes, I have been enjoying cuddling with my puppy on Tuesday and Friday mornings. It seriously makes getting out of bed so much harder when she is laying next to me… she’s SO CUTE!!
There aren’t words to describe how happy I get when I receive a text or Facebook message from a friend saying they love my blog. The fact that they are taking the time to 1) read it and 2) even tell me that they enjoy it is so heartwarming!
Yes, I am guilty of being a chronic complainer about school. Who isn’t? But when it comes down to it, I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to further my education. I really do love learning, and would be so bored if I did not learn something new every day.
“Do you want coffee or tea?” We all have a different preference, and for many different reasons. With it being a Monday, a blog post surrounding caffeine might perk up my readers (:
I, on the other hand, am a little different. I tend to go through phases as to which drink I would prefer. I’ll go on a long coffee kick and wake up one day and only want to drink tea. Is there anyone else like that? Except lattes. I love lattes. (I used to work at Panera so I personally think I’m a pro at espresso).
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