Monday, February 18, 2019

fitness update


Since spring break is approaching us; it may feel as if everyone and their mother is trying out the newest "weight-loss" gimmick. I hope to be the beacon of light in that hazy grey darkness of workout fads! I am by no means an expert in exercise, I just want to share with you all what works for me and hopefully for all of you!

In high school I over tired my body into only doing extreme amounts of cardio. I was oblivious to it at the time but looking back now, I looked almost unhealthy, even though I was not!  For once in my life I was this lanky, string-bean looking thing and did everything in my power to keep up that physique. I devoted every day after school to running at least 3 miles, when I wouldn't find the time for my run, I would feel guilty and unhappy with myself.

When I started college I had a completely new schedule that wasn't as predictably ridged as my high school one. Finding the time slot for my evening run was challenging between balancing school and working a ton. This past year I have learned how to workout in a healthy way that is best for my body. Now, I aim to go to the gym 4 days a week, allowing me time to recover during the days off. I made the conscious effort to not go so hard on cardio, and pay more attention to my body as a whole. From time to time I do still enjoy long runs (If I can find the stamina to do so lol.) I don't beat myself up like I used to when I missed a workout. Now I workout to when I want to, not because I feel obligated to. With all of this being said, listen to your body!! If your not feeling well or so sore you cant move a muscle, it's alright to take a break!

If any of you are curious of my workout routine as of right now, look no further!

Workout #1

CARDIO:
WARM UP: 10 min walk (no incline)
10 minute run
5 min cool down

Strength: (repeat 3x)
20 Squats
20 Crunches
1 min plank

End with a 5 minute stretch!

Workout #2
CARDIO:
WARM UP: 10 min walk (no incline)
10 minute run
5 min cool down

Strength: (repeat 3x)
20 Step ups
20 Fire hydrants
1 Min wall sit

End with a 5 minute stretch!

Workout #3

CARDIO:
WARM UP: 10 min walk (no incline)
10 minute run
5 min cool down

Strength: (repeat 3x)
20 Crunches
20 Bicycle crunches
10 Leg raises on your back
10 Planks to pike
10 Plank twists each side

End with a 5 minute stretch!


Monday, February 11, 2019

2019 resolutions update!



With almost two weeks into February, I personally feel as if now is a good time to update you all with a “checkpoint” of where I stand with my quote on quote resolutions. Some still standing to this day, and some that I didn’t even start to attempt yet, maybe I’ll get to them a little down the road? 

If you are new here and would like to read up about my goals for 2019, check it out here!

1. Eat more holistically: I have somewhat lived up to this one thus far, minus the exception of recently getting my wisdom teeth out and having to eat ice cream on top of ice cream consecutively lol. I also eluded on my instagram stories to the “health trend” phenomenon that is celery juicing. After viewing so many positive results of what the power of the overlooked veggie has done for others, it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to try it out for  myself.

2. Wake up earlier to be more productive: Hmmmmmm. Okay, so going into this new year I was so obsessed of wanting to wake up & have he strict regimen a la Mark Wahlberg, but instead wake up at 3 maybe push it back to one more hour? I haven’t even tried to attempt this, I’m convinced my body wouldn’t even allow me to get up at such an ungodly hour. But, I have noticed a change with getting up at 9 on the days I don’t have class to get stuff done, I’m keeping my word! 
3. Start reading more: Have not started this yet. Any good book recommendations?

4. If you like a song, give the whole album a try: two words, Kacey Musgraves. I don’t know what I love more, her style or her music!

5. Go to more concerts: 2019 is my year. It will be. It doesn’t even feel real but this year I am going to see my all time favorite bands; Fleetwood Mac and Vampire Weekend. Someone pinch me, I must be dreaming.

6. Listen to 5 new podcast: Well make that 4 now, thanks to The Morning Toast, I am proud to say I am self proclaimed “toaster.” Needless to say I’m obsessed and with a new episode every weeks day makes the school week better!

7. Learn yoga: I googled “bedtime yoga poses” last night and tried my best at mimicking the minuscule imagines on my phone. I need to take a real class one of these days! 

8. Take more photos: Personally, for someone who hardly takes any photos, I feel as if I’m improving. Baby steps.

9. Learn to cook: NOPE. Maybe soon….. maybe.

10. Journaling: I have actually found the enjoyment of taking a break, not even ever day but whenever I can, and recap my days, feelings, whatever to my journal. I am also planning on doing a blogpost about how much I have been enjoying it!

11. Become more minimalistic, get rid of anything I don’t use or need: check out the before and after of my #konmari closet makeover!! 



Wednesday, February 6, 2019

bachelor 4&5 recap


A little update with my self experiment of recapping The Bachelor. It's kinda tough to do, since they only give me the same predictable content that is extremely overexcited with each commercial and leaves me with not a whole lot to elaborate upon! Nevertheless, I will persist because I am by no means a quitter. Not sure if this will pan out next season, we will see.

I was going to dive right into the lackluster of last nights episode, but I just remembered I didn't recap the intensity from the previous week. Also, we all know that in order to live in the present we must revisit our past!

LAST WEEK:

All I can say, and well remember from last weeks episode is Caitlin's horrific story about her sexual assault. I felt so terrible for some girl I don't even know, but I just wanted to bust through the screen and give her the biggest hug. Since that isn't reality, the closest thing to that was to silently cry to myself because I was reminded that these things unfortunately do happened to girls and there needs to be an end with it.

I really think she is a genuine human being, not only genuine - but strong. She was able to turn something so terrible in her life and use it as a way to bring awareness for others who have experienced a similar situation.

The one on one date was really sincere and I felt the connection between her and Colton..... Waaaait, I am now remembering that during her "daytime" date was when she went on a major shopping spree to those obscure boutiques and prom dress depot!

Also, this date in Thailand was giving me all the "Crazy Rich Asian" vibes lol. Not only that, but with this season visiting Thailand and Vietnam, ABC must have been saving up from the lame destinations during Becca's season for their around the world excursions!

THIS WEEK: 

To be completely transparent, I wasn't totally invested into this episode. It was one of those "scroll as you watch" type of situations. The highlight of this episode was the absurdity that is and was Elise's self inflicted dilemma. Not only was the exit rude, but the whole segment was hard to wrap my mind around. Okay, I get it that people get extremely in their head when they ultimately have to fight for the love of the same guy, but she kept confusing herself evermore. The motives for wanting his love, but then not getting enough of it, to her not being ready for the engagement? Like do you know what this show is about? 

If they don't already, the producers should make all the contestants familiar or just watch a season or two so they get the gist of how the process works. I have also heard speculation about her being the next Bachelorette, so maybe this was a segway for her to wiggle her way out without being to deep into the process? 

Time will tell.

Monday, February 4, 2019

valentines day 2019


From skincare to shoes, my gift guide is sure to please at least one of your gal pals (or even yourself) this upcoming valentines day. I created this guide baed upon the colors and trends that I am loving for this upcoming valentines day! On top of that, I always look out for the price point because I always want to share with you all great finds, at a price that would't make you or your wallet cry. With that being said, each item on the gift guide is below $100! If any item sparks your intrest, click the links below to shop!

Monday, January 28, 2019

my nightly skin care routine


Since I unfortunately don't have the "swipe up" option on my Instagram stories (well for now at least;), here is the list of all the products I use on a nightly basis!

Cleanser: For when you don't trust you and your makeup wipe to remove all the makeup completely, lather up your skin with this thickly luxurious facial cleanser. I haven't met a Kiehl's product that I don't love. This cleanser gives me the piece of mind that my face is clear from everything it experienced that day, with a bonus glowy radiance. If you are looking for an alternative to this product for more than half the price, I recommend trying this one out that I go back and forth with using

Toner: No need to get all fancy over here and spend an arm and a leg on your skincare routine. This drug store find has been my favorite toner for a few years now. $5 dollars for a huge bottle you can find nearly anywhere is more than a great deal if you ask me! Not only do I love the price of it, but I notice a huge difference after using it for more than 3 days. My pores are non existent! For the best results, make sure to swipe all over your face morning and night with a cotton round!

Treatments: Here's the fun part, well for me at least. Now is the time to apply serums! My two favorite holy grail night serums are Kiehl's night serum and this one I borrow from my mom haha. Some nights I use both, or one of the other, I like to play around depending on how my skin is feeling that day. Both are worth every penny. I have used the Kiehl's night serum for a little over a year now and still have so much left in my bottle. A little does go a long way!

Eye creme: This is one area I need to start focusing in on. I haven't tried a ton of different products when it comes to eye cremes because I just simply forget about this step. Applying eye creme is just a preventative step in my skincare down the road. With the few that I have been loving Benefits "It's Potent" eye creme, which could be found right here.

Ice Roller: Hands down my favorite gift I received for Christmas! I am here to tell you all that this simply genius invention really does live up to all it's glorification it receives from the blogger community! I have always struggled with finding the right products that will help re-energize my dark puffy under-eyes, until I found out this is the solution to my problems! Their is so much I love about the ice roller. It helps set in all of my serums and whatnot at night and gives me the morning wakeup alertness that I need!

Night Masks: I was actually inspired to write this post because I have been on the hunt to find a decent overnight mask. I picked up this one from target that I have only used once last night & instantly fell in love! It has everything you could ever want: a sweet, refreshing watermelon scent, free from animal testing and makes your skin look so alive and bouncy! I'll keep you all posted if I end up not liking it later down the road, I hope not but we will see.




 

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