Monday, December 12, 2011

So sad,,,

It is so very sad that I have NO TIME to blog. I want to!
I do have the time to quick post on Facebook...

if you want to follow my pre wedding adventures and my weightloss tips, tricks and goals you can like my page!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wedding-Pounds-Kitty-Cats/260284160693414

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Weight and a YUMMY green smoothie

So my fiance finally bought me a scale.
I want/need to get re-focused and a scale helps me a ton.
I don't like the one at the gym because it is out in the open.

My weigh in was................ 177lbs.
Now I started at 202 in March. I fell off the wagon around June and haven't worked out up until last week, so I'd say I am pretty happy that I kept the weight off!

My goal is around 135 by October 2012.

NOW on to this yummy healthy green smoothie I found,
I totally have no idea what blog I was reading when I wrote this down,
so I can't give credit, BUT I can say it wasn't mine :)

Ingredients:
1 banana
1 cup frozen mixed fruit
1-2 cups of spinach
1 cup water
Ice

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wedding date is OFFICIAL!

So I am sooooo excited to announce that our wedding will be on OCTOBER 20, 2012 :)
Makes me one happy girl.

Will be discussing the details on Thanksgiving with my parents!

Means one thing, continuing this weightloss battle of mine!
I'm being a hot bride, or I am not getting married.
haha...
I do NOT want to look back at the photos and see a cow!

Trying to get back to blogging, as you can see.
Baby steps...

Take care!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

101 Goals in 1001 Days: #92 *Progress Update*

Ahh yes! My movie list! One thing I am working to complete on my 101 Goals list!

A-
B - Black Swan
C - Columbiana
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L- Lies In Plain Sight
M- Mr. Popper's Penguins
N
O
P
Q
R
S - Soroity Wars
T - Transformers
U - Unknown
V
W -Win Win
X
Y
Z

Monday, July 11, 2011

I am so horrible!

So, I have been totally slacking on the blogging end of my life...
My mind has just drawn a blank on what to write about.

Let's see..

I haven't worked out in like 3 weeks.
I only gained back 2 pounds.

I got hired by Crossmark and started last Tuesday.
I went from sitting around all day, to running around like a headless chicken 40+hours.
Let me tell you, MY FEET HURT!

This job will help out with the weightloss department.
There is no way that I won't lose at least 5lbs from this job alone.
I am lifting all day, carrying things, literally on my feet for 7 hours walking/standing.

My fiance and I are thinking about moving to Texas.
We have both wanted to live there, and he could transfer with his job to Coppell.
My job is state-wide, so I wouldn't have any issues.

Anyone live in Texas?
Any advice?

I don't know about all of you, but I have been picnicing like crazy,
weekend after weekend or BBQ's and parties!

Well that's all for now :)

If you want, I do have a beauty blog sale:
Just click on the BLOG SALE tab at the top!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

BLOG SALE

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to let you know I started a blog sale!
Just click on the blog sale tab or this link:

I will be adding make-up shortly.
Right now it's just nail polish!

Thanks!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wal-Mart Haul

So some of you might already know, I became an Avon representative about a month ago!
I am really liking it so far, but I needed some supplies to stay organized with everything that you get! A planner is a MUST! No LiE!


If you are interested I set up an online shop:

If you spend $30.00 or more you can get free shipping.

I am hoping that I start getting my blogging back, if you read my last post, you know what I am referring to.
Well have a great rest of your day everyone!!!



Blogging Issues

Ugh, for some reason I have been having blogging issues.
Nothing is coming to my mind to write about or even share.

I have no idea why?

I still post on my beauty blog about every other day.

I've been struggling the past 1 and a half with my healthy eating/workout routines.
I haven't been to the gym in 7 days and I have no motivation to go.
Even after losing 22lbs. I think the reason is because I lost 22lbs and you can't tell.
You can only see it in my face.
And let me tell you, I was working my ass off for 3 months just for those 22 nonsense pounds.

I don't know, I need help, motivatio, please anything!!!!
Send it my way!

I know and I am the one usually posting those motivational reminders,
I need to take my own advice but right now I am having a tough ass time.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

101 Goals in 1001 Days!

As I complete each goal, I will cross it out in the
tab ^ABOVE^ and do a blog post about it!
So I have decided to accept this challenge of completing 101 things in 1001 days.

June 1, 2011 to February 27, 2014.

  1. Become a successful Avon/Mark Representative
  2. Read 50 Biographies ( 0/50 )
  3. Get to review a free product on my beauty blog (http://www.purrceptivevixxen.blogspot.com)
  4. Eat Mcdonald's for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  5. Get a part time job working with beauty products
  6. Get married
  7. Claim bankruptcy on my credit cards
  8. Meet my goal weight of 135
  9. Go to Ocean City, MD
  10. Fly on a plane
  11. Touch a dolphin
  12. Possibly have a baby (more toward the end of this, lol)
  13. Live in a house instead of an apartment
  14. Enlist in the Army National Guard
  15. Take my sister to the beach
  16. Get a college degree and/or training
  17. Sleep in a tent
  18. Have at least $500 in a savings account
  19. Take Toby to the Philadelphia Zoo
  20. Visit my Aunt Jackie's house
  21. Wear a bikini
  22. Be able to do 75 "non-girl" push-ups in a row
  23. Log in to My Fitness Pal 100 days straight
  24. Enter a 5k Race
  25. Buy a bike
  26. Go wine tasting
  27. Volunteer somewhere for at least an hour
  28. Attend a "Murder Mystery" Dinner
  29. Read a book on the history of Hungary
  30. Get my first aid certificate
  31. Create a blog post about 50 things I am greatful for
  32. Shop at a Farmer's Market
  33. Buy a new bed set
  34. Learn how to speak Spanish
  35. Use nothing but cash for a month
  36. Borrow a book from a public library
  37. Go an entire month without fast food
  38. Take a cake decorating class
  39. Play tennis with Kenny
  40. Go vegetarian for 2 weeks
  41. Get professional photos done of myself
  42. Have a photoshoot for someone else
  43. See an eye doctor
  44. Blog using only photos for a week on things I did that day
  45. Read 50 Non-fiction books ( 0/50 )
  46. Write a letter about myself, put it in a bottle, and throw into the ocean
  47. Try 10 foods I've never had before ( 0/10 )
  48. Make an emergency kit for my car
  49. Get a tattoo
  50. Take a pole dancing class
  51. Gather phone #'s, addresses and emails from all members of the family and make copies to give out
  52. Go without alcohol for 2 months ( 0/60 days)
  53. Make lasagna from scratch
  54. Develop a list of all birthdays for friends and family
  55. Photograph myself in 30 different outfits ( 0/30 )
  56. Get my hair professionally dyed
  57. Make a list of 101 things I love about Toby :)
  58. Try 3 new restaurantes ( 1/3 ) 1. Hobo's Bar & Grill
  59. Get a massage
  60. Create emergency kits for my cats
  61. Vacuum out my car 6 times ( 1/6 )
  62. Spend a night in a random hotel with Toby
  63. Go horseback riding again
  64. Buy a REAL lottery ticket
  65. Create a binder for Avon
  66. Organize all of my paperwork
  67. Make an excel spreadsheet for all my make-up
  68. Pay for someone else's dinner
  69. Have 500 followers between my two blogs
  70. Babysit
71. Get another cat
72. Go to Six Flags
73. Attend an Opera
74. Travel to Pittsburgh for a restaurant that puts fries in their sandwhiches :)
75. Take Toby to see a baseball game
76. Own a MAC nail polish
77. Go to Paradise Stream again
78. See a movie at the drive-ins
79. Attend a spin class at Gold's Gym
80. Get to 400 Twitter Followers (177/400)
81. Get professional portraits of Toby and I
82. Bake 25 new desserts & take a photo ( 0/25 )
83. Guest post on someone else's blog
84. Go hiking
85. Buy a Juicy Couture bag
86. Shop for a day in New York City
87. Get my teeth whitened
88. Go on a cruise
89. Do 5 un-assisted pull-ups
90. Wear a "sexy" Halloween costume
91. Learn at least 25 German words
92. Watch 26 Movies I haven't seen starting with each letter of the alphabet ( 0/26 )
93. Buy a pair of heels over $100.00
94. Fit in my Ed Hardy "Tiger" Shirt
95. Sort through all my magazines
96. Go to a club in another city and/or state
97. Get my belly button pierced
98. Swing on a park swing
99. Spend an entire day alone with my Dad
100. Vote in the 2012 Presidential Election
101. Create a new 101 goals list ;)


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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Weigh-In Results

Well, I didn't reach "my" goal of 180lbs.
I weighed in at 182lbs.
So in total I have lost 20lbs since March 15, 2011.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Quotes To Start Your Week 3

A Dose of....

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.
- Jacques Prévert

Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad. 
- Norm Papernick

Happiness is a form of courage. 
- Holbrook Jackson

So long as we can lose any happiness, we possess some. 
- Booth Tarkington

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. 
- Iris Murdoch

......HAPPINESS

Workouts For The Week: June 6-June 12 2011

Last weeks workouts did NOT go 100% as planned, but I got it under control. haha.
My weigh in is on TUESDAY...omgosh so nervous!

Monday:
10 min warm up
Shoulders: press, machine press, raises
24 min jog

Tuesday:
10 min warm up
push-ups
Bikini Strap Workout by Toneitup
20 min stair climber
20 min elliptical

Wednesday:
10 min warm up
Chest: press, machine press, incline
(4) Sprints
(10) Stairs
1 mile run

Thursday:
10 min warm up
push-ups
Sandcastle Workout by Toneitup (2x)
500 Calorie Torching Treadmill Workout


Friday:
10 Min warm up
Triceps: push downs, overhead, dips, extensions
40 min elliptical

Saturday:
Just push-ups
*OFF*

Sunday:
10 min warm up
Legs: Squats, press, extensions
20 min jog

*This will be my last week of workouts looking "the same." I am re-vamping them for the following week. I am starting to get bored, and don't want to plateau.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Weightloss Update!

So just a little update :)

My "weigh-in" is on Tuesday. I chose that to be my weigh in
because I go to the doctors that day and can use their scale. haha!

Last time I was at the doctors, about two months ago, I weighed 197lbs.
I sneaked in an unofficial weight check on May 5th and weighed 187lbs.

I have lost 9.74 inches total since May 5th, 2011.
(1.74in since May 25th, 2011)

My weekly workouts will be posted tomorrow.
I have a BUSY week ahead of me, so planning is taking a little longer!

I found this photo that I admire so much!
This is how I feel after I finish my workout everyday!




Enjoy what's left of your weekend :)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Please Help Out...Please

If you don't already know I am a HUGE cat lover. I own 5 beautiful furrbabies and a 6th who passed away September 2010.

If you have any love in your heart, please help save the lives of these three kitties. Even $1.00 is something.

It absoluely breaks my heart because the gray one looks JUST like my cat Mittens.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Face Behind The Blogging

I always wonder what people look like who blog!
I know there is that small google photo, but it doesn't cut it.
That's how curious I am. hahaha
So here I am....

DRUMROLL.....



Have a great day :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What NOT to do at the gym

Since I've been going to the gym just about every day for a month and half, there are so many things I witness, that I truly don't want to. I am just going to list them. Some are just to make you laugh, but they are TRUE!

1. Men: Why do you find it OKAY to fart around everyone and act like its nothing. It's disgusting and foul.
2. Please wear deodarent. There are times I have to get off my machine and switch because you smell THAT BAD.
3.  After your huge sweat session, WIPE OFF YOUR MACHINE! It's just gross!
4. There is no need to walk around the gym with your chest held so high it looks like your have a stick up your ass. We KNOW you have muscles.
5. STOP staring over at my machine. WHY? Because you think you are doing better than me? That's fine. I didn't know there was a competition.
6. WOMAN: Why do you leave the bathroom sink completely flooded with water? It takes 2 seconds to wipe it up.
7. WOMAN: Flush the damn toilet. That takes less than 1 second. Seriously?
8. MEN AND WOMAN: STOP wearing shorts that are TOO short. I mean girls, if you have nice legs , I am all for showing them off, but not when they are riding up your ass. Men, I just don't want to see your legs.
9. Jeans? at the gym? With timbs? WTH?
10. Take your gold chains off, it makes no sense to have them on.

Alright I am done ranting. I just HAD to get that off my chest. haha

Monday, May 30, 2011

Quotes To Start Your Week 2

"When you judge someone else, it doesn't define who they are, it defines who you are."
- Unknown

"Spend your time with who makes you happy, not who you have to impress."
- Unknown

"Whatever you do, good or bad, people will always have something negative to say."
- Unknown

"And I'll never hesitate to keep on walking, because after every storm will always come the sun."
- Unknown

"The hardest part about moving forward is not looking back."
- Felicity

Workouts For The Week: May 29-June 5 2011

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend!
Unfortunatly I did not get any exercise in Saturday or Sunday, but I watched my calories well on Sunday.

Here are my workouts for the week:

Monday:
push-ups
sit-ups
Sandcastle Workout by www.Toneitup.com
20 min treadmill
20 min elliptical

Tuesday:
22 min run
2 mile walk
Shoulders: press, machine, raises

Wednesday:
push-ups
sit-ups
Bikini Blast Workout by www.toneitup.com
3 mile walk

Thursday:
(4) 1/4mile Sprints
10 min run
5 stairs
2 mile walk/jog
Chest: press, flys, machine, incline

Friday:
push-ups
sit-ups
Bikini Strap Workout by www.toneitup.com
30 min treadmill
30 min elliptical

Saturday:
24 min run
Triceps: pushdown, overhead, dips


Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend



I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
BUT do not forget the meaning of Memorial Day.

It is NOT another "holiday" to go out and get wasted.
It is a time to celebrate our FREEDOM and how we got it.
We have our freedom because of brave individuals, US SOLDIERS, who fought for us.

There is nothing wrong with picnics and celebrating, but some take it too far.
It may be more of a "young" person thing, but it's stupid. You don't use a holiday like this to get wasted. It is childish and stupid.

Other than that, eat food, enjoy time with your family and friends and fly your AMERICAN flag proudly!



Thursday, May 26, 2011

Quotes For Your Day

"Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much."
- Oscar Wilde

"Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others."
- Plato

"A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unnacceptable."
- Robert Fripp

"Everywhere is walking distance, as long as you have the time."
- Steven Wright

"Every problem is a gift - without problems we would not grow."
- Tony Robbins





Don't forget to enter my BEAUTY GIVEAWAY!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Looking for More Fiber?

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) suggest we should consume 20-35 grams / day!

Fiber helps with weightloss!

Here are a few food choices you could incorporate into your healthy eating for some more fiber!

1 cup Rasberries = 6.4 grams
1 Apple = 5 grams
1 cup Cooked black beans = 13.9 grams
1 Avocado = 11.8 grams
1 cup Cooked Kale (yum) = 7.2 grams

Enjoy!

If you would like some more ideas on foods with fiber, check out this website:

Quotes For Your Day

"99% of failures come from people who make excuses."
- George Washington

"Don't find a fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain."
- Henry Ford

"Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first understood."
- Leonardo da Vinci

"The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power."
- Mery Pickford

"Courage is not the absence of fear, it is inspiring others to move beyond it."
- Nelson Mandela

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I Lost 8 INCHES!

Soooo I am proud to say that I have lost a total of 8 inches since May 5th, 2011. I am so happy!!! I don't know my weight though. Last time I checked on May 5th I was 187.

May 5th 2011 / May 23rd, 2011

Neck: 14.5in / 14.25in
R. Arm: 13in / 13in
L. Arm: 13in / 13.15in
Chest: 39in / 38in
Bra: 38in / 36in
Waist: 38in / 36in
Hips: 43in / 43in
R. Thigh: 26.5in / 24.75in
L. Thigh: 26.5in / 24.85in
R. Calf: 16in / 15.25in
L. Calf: 16in / 15.25in

Gosh anything is possible!
My weigh-in is in 13 days :)

Song Lovin'

Omgoodness. Lady Gaga's new cd "Born This Way" came out yesterday!
Now, it's not the normal "pop" music that I LOVED, but its just so unique,
I can't NOT like it...I am intrigued...

BUT MY FAVORITE SONG ON THE ALBUM IS
Judas (DJ White Shadow Remix) OHMYGAWD.
It sounds amazing in my car!

Take a listen!
Favorite part is around 2 min <3

First Beauty Giveaway!

Hey guys! I am having my first blog giveaway!
Feel free to check it out and enter!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sprint Results: 1

Today was a sprint day, so I am just recording my results from today!

Sprint 1: (1/4 mile) 1 min 57 secs
Sprint 2: (1/4 mile) 1 min 45 secs
Sprint 3: (1/4 mile) 1 min 43 secs
Sprint 4: (1/4 mile) 1 min 53 secs


Workouts For The Week

Monday:
10 min warm-up
Sprints
1 mile jog
2 mile walk
Shoulders: dumbbell press, machine press, raise

Tuesday:
10 min warm up
push-ups
sit-ups
30 min stair master
30 min elliptical

Wednesday:
10 min warm-up
Slimming Pyramid
20 min run
Chest: press, flies, machine, incline

Thursday:
10 min warm-up
push-ups
sit-ups
30 min elliptical
30 min stair master

Friday:
10 min warm-up
Sprints
1 mile jog
2 mile walk
Triceps: push down, overhead, dips

Saturday:
10 min warm-up
push-ups
sit-ups
Hot Legs workout by Fitness Magazine
30 min treadmill intervals

Sunday: OFF :)

Quotes To Start Your Week

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
-Albert Einstein

"Doubt everything, find your own light."
-Buddha

"He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own."
-Confucius

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
-Dorothy Parker

"There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Positives of Unemployment: Final Chapter

If you are new to this blog, I have done a few prior posts on unemployment and its effects.
Here are the older posts....


This "Final Chapter" is just going over my goals and new outlooks on life.

My main goal is to work hard enough to get into the National Guard. It would be an honor to serve in this country. It is always something in the back of my mind that I would have wanted to do, but didn't think it was possible. I have my mind set. I need to lose 45lbs, and I would be set to enlist. My biggest fear was getting deployed when I was younger, but I see everything in a different light now.

Other goal, well of course to get a job. I would LOVE to keep my car,
because it is the second love of my life <3

2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6

I mean, I don't think I would lose my car, but we seriously won't have enough money for our bills next month, so I need a job ASAP. Atleast making $400.00 a month and we'd be fine. I am already claiming bankruptcy on just myself because of credit card debt, but oh well. Money has always been an evil and addicting thing to me. I'd be better off without credit cards. Now that I have learned there is more to life then STUFF, I am happier.

I have always spend time with my family on holidays, birthdays etc, but I would like to be around more often. I have an amazing relationship with my Mom. We talk ALL THE TIME. haha. We'll just randomly call eachother to vent like every other day! We've been able to talk more now that I don't work. And I am not miserable to talk with anymore.

I don't know what my future holds, obviously, but I am not scared. Bring it on. It's life. Everyone goes through some type of bullshit, you just have to SHUT THE HELL UP and deal with it :)

Someone ALWAYS has it worse. I am not lying in my death bed, so my life is amazing!

The ABC'S Of Me!

I totally borrowed this from http://rainbowsandsparklesblog.blogspot.com
You should go visit and follow! It's a great blog!!!

A. AGE:
22

B. Bed Size
Queen

C. Chore I hate:
All, I don't do chores. Fiance does <3

D. Day
Sunday - Love has off from work!

E. Essential start of your day:
Honestly, birth control pill, then a pee. lmao

F. Favorite Color:
purple all the way!

G. Gold or Silver?:
Silver, not a fan of gold, unless its eye shadow

H. Height:
5'3

I. Instruments:
None, what so ever!

J. Job Title:
None - unemployed

K. Kids
Oh My, not for another 6 years!

L. Live
Pennsylvania

M. Mom's name:
June!

N. Nicknames
Pookie and Snugglebunny

O. Overnight stay at hospital:
Nope, never

P. Pet Peeves:
Horrible drivers and spanish music

Q. Quote from a movie:
Honestly don't watch many movies...

R. Right or left handed:
Right handed

S. Siblings
I am the middle. One older sister and one younger sister.

T. Time you wake up:
Whenever I want to

U. Underwear:
All kinds! Got to change per outfit/ occasion (hint hint ;)!

V. Vegetable you hate:
Onions, I try so hard to eat them, but I don't enjoy them!

W. What makes you late?:
I'm never late. If i was, blame traffic/bad drivers.

X. Xrays you've had:
arm and teeth

Y. Yummy foods you can make:
Meatloaf

Z. Zoo:
Philadelphia zoo!

What Kind of "Dieter" Are You?

These will be my interpretations of different dieters I have met over my lifetime...lol
These are just meant for fun, no personal feelings towards anyone :)
ENJOY!

The "Fad" dieter: This is the one that jumps on every "juice" drinking diet. If it says it will make you lose weight, they are trying it ASAP. (i.e. fruit only, juice drinking, crazy weightloss bars, cottage cheese diet etc.)

The Announcer: This dieter is CONSTANTLY letting you and everyone around them they are dieting. I feel they are just looking for someone to say " WOW, you look amazing." I mean I could see them tapping on someones shoulder in church and telling them. Seriously?

The Silent Dieter: This one is the complete opposite, they don't want anyone to know! They'll take food from people when its given to them and hide it or throw it away. They'll be approached and told they looked like they lost weight and when you ask how, their response "What are you talking about? I am not doing anything."

The "Program" dieter: These dieters have to try all PROGRAMS out there. P90X, Weight Watchers, Curves, etc Now there is nothing wrong with the programs, but in reality, you are paying money for something you can do yourself, and FOR FREE :)

The "Snobby" already super skinny dieter: This is the person who's already in PERFECT condition, but will eat a piece of toast for breakfast, a carrot for lunch, and one glass of wine for dinner. BUT they rub it in your face that they "diet" even though they don't need to. Just eat healthy!

The "Organic" dieter: Now there's nothing wrong with eating organic. I purchase a few things organic. But I am talking about the one who just says the word every 5 minutes. "Um, Is this water organic?" Come on now....

Well have a great rest of your weekend....
By the way, what kind of dieter are you?

I choose to count my calories, log my fitness minutes, only tell my close friends and just eat healthy.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sister's Prom 2011

Yesterday was my little sister's first prom. (She's a junior)
I offered to do her hair and make-up so I am just sharing some photos I took!

Happy Armed Forces Day!

Marissa

Close-Up

Our dad, Marissa & our mom.

Marissa and her friends.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

But He Says He Loves Me....

This will just be my little rant and rave of today.
It's not meant to offend anyone, just some personal feelings....

It's more like an awareness message I suppose.

Now by no means am I an "expert" in the subject of abuse. I've never been abused physically or mentally. I have been very blessed in that aspect.

BUT, I cannot stand when I hear stories about other woman just taking the abuse and making excuses for it. HE HIT YOU, that's not love. If he tells you it is, he's nuts. A REAL man would not lay a finger on a woman.

I have a relationship with someone who has been hit, with a noticeable bruise, and tried to hide it from me. I got her dead smack in her lies. It saddens me because this girl is bright, beautiful and has a lot of potential.

She chooses to stay with a BOY, who she's know since she was like 13, who treats her like shit and lives off of her money. He's broken the law in a lot of instances, can't hold a full time job, doesn't go to school, does drugs...I mean, what a real winner here.

Nothing she will ever say to me will make me respect him or want anything to ever do with him. It does put a damper on our relationship a little bit because I don't even want to hear about him.


"He won't do it again." "He loves me." " He was just in a bad mood." "It's only happened once."

Ladies, PLEASE, don't use these excuses. Find a friend to help you or a family member to talk to.
(I'm not even going to touch on the subject if a kid is involved.)

Warning signs that you may be in an abusive relationship:

- They are controlling
- Extremeley jealous
- Doesn't allow you to hang out with your friends or see your family
- Makes "jokes" that be little you in any way
- Threaten to hurt you if you leave
- You can't tell them when you go somewhere in fear that they'll get mad
- Controls where you work, go to school, who you see
- Blames you when things go wrong on their part
- Demands sexual acts you are not comfortable with

Think about it. You have ONE life to live, living being abused is not how you should do it.
It is probably the HARDEST thing to do, I understand, "love" is powerful.

You may feel that no one else will ever love you. That's not true. Relationships will happen in time. You need to love yourself first anyways. If you don't. No one will ever be able to completely love you.

Just remember you have places to seek for help. You are not alone.

Need Motivation To Keep Going?


REMEMBER...If you truly want it, you'll get it.
Make these stickies yourself and put them on the fridge, the cabinet, the mirrors etc.

Have a good night/day :)
What ever time it is..haha

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Positives of Unemployment Part 2

If you're new to my blog, and would like to know where this started,
check out my previous blog post first :)

Ah yes, now where was I? Hating on my job..(understatement..)

Anyhooo, I did find PLENTY of positives being unemployed.
(Let me get this out of the way, money sucks, I've always had a lot of credit card debt, and now I can't afford to pay any of my cards....)

With that being said...(DRUMROLL)..

I found NEW hobbies. I now enjoy blogging. Before when I used to blog, I kind of did it to gain attention and possibly get some free products out of it. I never read any one else's blog or left comments. Whole different story now. I love reading what is on someone else's mind! I've learned so many different things, whether its fitness or beauty related. I love showing people appreciation for their efforts and success :)

Cooking. I hated cooking because it requires so much time and effort for a homemade meal. I now take pride in making dinner for us, instead of my fiance getting in the door and throwing in chicken nuggets and french fries. I appreciate my ability to cook and have dinner prepared.

Fitness and Health. Well, I've always been the girl subscribed to EVERY fitness magazine and online website, but never used the advice. I was always too mentally tired to do anything. I would try to work out in the mornings before work, and I would be too drained mid way, that I stopped. I now work out every single day. I've lost 15lbs and feel so much better. I take the time to watch what I am actually feeding my body and have learned ALOT. (More on what pushed me to pursue fitness so hard later)

There will be a part 3 - sharing my new goals :)

Boots and Mittens <3

My Motivation, In Photos!

The bathing suit I own in a size medium


This is the bathing suit I want!


What started my Fitness "Adventure"
I will always LOVE Britney Spear's body!


What are your motivation photos?
Do a blog post and send it my way :)

Revamp Of My Blog

LONG overdo....
Sorry but the whole "pretty, flowery, bees, spring thing"- so totally NOT me :)
It may not be PERFECT, or the exact way I want it, but I suck at designing them...
Atleast I made the header all on my own...(silent applause....)

Ahh yes, well if you know of any good website to find buttons and stuff...
LEAVE A COMMENT PLEASE!!!

Love <3

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Feel Free to Laugh...

Yes, feel free to LAUGH your assss off at me :)
I am doing this to hold myself accountable.....

Remember those push-ups and sit-ups I am supposed to be doing?
Well I started today....
And for anyone who doesn't know, these are important because I want to enlist....

Now I need to be able to do 43 sit-ups in 2 minutes and 11 push-ups in 2 minutes...

I am following a program out of a book for basic training.

Here are todays results:

Set 1
1 minute sit-ups: 15
Crunches (till failure): 30
Set 2
1 minute sit-ups Set:10 (barely!)
Crunches: 41

Set 1
1 minute push-ups: 1 (ohh yeahh!)
Diamond push-ups on knees: 1 (Making strides..)
Set 2
1 minute push-ups: 0 (I couldn't make it down without collapsing)
Diamond push-ups on knees: hahaha ;)

Well I am laughing..
Can anyone do more than 11 push-ups? What's yout advice, I need it!

Morning Food Comparison

So I just wanted to show an example of how much you can truly eat when trying to eat healthy!
Here is my breakfast from this morning...


I step back and am like "Woah fat ass is eating, BUT then I look at the calories, only 350 and ONLY 4 grams of fat." It's like a perfect size breakfast!

OR you can eat one Bacon, egg and cheese sandwhich from Dunkin Donuts...
And set yourself back 530 calories and 19 grams of fat! For one small sandwhich!
 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Workouts for the Week

So I figured every week I would share with you guys what my workouts will look like for the week!
Feel free to leave any positive comments or suggestions :)

Monday (Today!)
  • 10 min Warm up on Treadmill
  • Chest - Press, flies, machine, incline
  • 10 Stairs
  • 1 mile assessment run
(I burned a total of 600 calories and ran my one mile in 7 mins 14 secs!)

Tuesday
  • Push-up sets
  • Sit up sets
  • 40 Elliptical
  • Hot Legs workout by Fitness Magazine
  • Stretching
Wednesday
  • 10 min Warm Up
  • Triceps - push down, overhead, dips
  • Slimming Pyramid by Tone It Up
  • 20 min jog
  • Stretching
Thursday
  • Push-up sets
  • Sit-up sets
  • 40 min Elliptical
  • Hot Legs workout by Fitness Magazine
  • Stretching
Friday
  • 10 min Warm Up
  • Shoulders- dumbbell press, machine press, raises
  • Sprints
  • 3 mile walk
  • Stretching
Saturday
  • Push-up sets
  • Sit-up sets
  • 60 min elliptical
  • Stretching
Sunday
  • Stretching
  • 20 min jog
Well hope you enjoyed :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Positives of Unemployment Part 1

If you read my last post on the "negatives" of unemployment, I noted that some people view not having a job as a "party." I will for sure say that there is nothing "fun" about it. The name of my post refers to the positives of being jobless. You always have to see both sides of a situation, and do your best.

Story Behind It All
First of all, I chose to quit my job at The Hartford. I worked as a customer service representative for AARP Health clients. This would be the 50+ crowd. The reason I left was because of the clients. I had it made there, business wise. My bosses loved me and always had me doing little projects. My review I received was incredible, not to mention the raise was nice. But, despite all that, I couldn't get passed the miserableness of these people who had to call just to bitch at someone they didn't know.

I started growing hatred for old people. Hate is a very strong word, and I try my best to stay away from it, but this was a true feeling. What was strange is that I loved older people. I used to volunteer at a rehabilitation center, and they always loved when I visited. 80% of the callers just felt like they could call you names; (stupid, idiot, good for nothing, a waste, etc) Who the hell gave them the right to do this? Worse yet, we couldn't do anything about it, except ask them to stop, only for them to laugh at us in return...

Now my personality did not help the situation. I am always kind and loving, and try to stay away from conflicts as much as possible, so that did not help. I knew I had to quit when I started hating my life. I never wanted to do anything but sleep,eat and spend money.(that i didn't actually have). Hence why my weight went to 202lbs, and in severe debt. Not to mention, doctor visits to get put on depression medication. Seriously?

I don't have anything against medication, please don't think that. I am actually prescribed to anxiety medication. Anyways, I also started crying in my car on the way to work, in the parking lot, on lunch breaks, and at home at night. No one wants to live like this. I knew my breaking point was reached when I actually broke down on a call to a bitter old man who was only upset because I was the second person he was connected to. Really? Well that was it, I gave a three weeks notice, and just did the bare minimum at work for those three weeks....

To Be Continued....

Friday, May 13, 2011

Negatives of Unemployment

For many people unemployment is either a very frightening thing
or something someone dreams about.
I can understand being scared when you have bills to pay,
medical needed and quite possibly other mouths to feed.
Situations in life are handed to you to deal with. It depends on HOW you handle them.
Now I first must say that my unemployment was by choice. I quit because I needed to. No one will ever understand, and I don't expect anyone to. We all do what we "think" is good for ourselves right?
("Think" is in quotes because I believe our lives are already mapped out)
Anyways, I will state why unemployment shouldn't be something someone dreams about...
(and you don't have a government check given to you, keep this in mind)


First, you are more than likely to not have any savings to fall back on. If you do, awesome, you were one of the "smart" ones when watching your money. If you are like me, it sucks.
Second, the first week will be AMAZING. No responsibility to be anywhere, not controlled by anyone and you plan your day as you want. Now after that first week, you have already done EVERYTHING you possibly had to do in your mind, and now you are left with everday chores, and seriously, not the funnest thing in the world.
Third, Personally, I feel like a bum. I sleep in a little, make myself breakfast, go to the gym, eat lunch, shower, watch Netflix, make dinner, and um go to bed. I don't feel very productive to society.
Lastly, depending on your situation, you may end up homeless =)



Now, there is a point to this posting, I will be later posting why I feel unemployment was quite possibly the best thing I ever chose to do.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

It's A Beautiful Day!

Today was a very good day despite waking up to another horrible sore throat, but it went away by around noon or so. I was delighted!

I wanted to share with you guys what stairs I run.

Photo came out pretty good on my camera phone :)

When I refer to running stairs, these are them!
I run up , then walk down the other side, and jog accross the grass, then repeat until I hit 10x total for now. I hope to increase that when my stamina is better!

Todays Workout:
Warm-up: 10 min jog on treadmill
I weight lifted my chest, shoulders and back today.
Pyramid Workout by www.Toneitup.com
10 Stairs
4 mile walk at an average speed of 5mph

Burn Total: 875 calories


Suggestions and pointers always welcome :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ugh. No Fair

Just when everything is going so well, I get a TERRIBLE sore throat.
This is a reflection of my current mood.

If anyone knows me personally, you know that I am a big baby when it comes to being sick.
I know that no one likes being sick, but some people can just go through the motions and be done
with it. I am not one of them, unfortunately.

On a very good note, I timed my 2-mile run yesterday and finished in 16 min 7 secs!
That meets one of the fitness requirements for the National Guard.
You need to be able to do the 2 mile run under 20 mins.

I may just be taking this day to rest. I really DO NOT want to.
Working out has become a big habit, and when I don't do it, I feel horrible and irritable.
I guess exercise is a good/bad thing. haha.
It's like some people who don't have their morning cup of coffee so they make everyone else's life miserable for the day....well that's me skipping exercise.

I really hope this sore throat clears away, and I can get back on track.
Well atleast I won't eat much, I can never eat with a sore throat :)

Have a great day!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Amazing News!

So I have some AMAZING news!
Which I will get to at the END of my post :)

Well, Happy Mother's Day! (Like I said on Facebook, to the good Mother's who raised their children with respect, responsibility and manners)
I mean come on, not EVERY mother is a good one.

My mom decided that this year she spend it with her daughters shopping!
It was a good time! We went to Sear's, Kohl's and the Dollar Tree!
She only found one shirt, my sister got her prom shoes AND we got Subway!!


That's Marissa and my Mom <3

So, my food logging has been going great! My Fitness Pal is so easy! I've actually been WAY under my calorie intake since Thursday, so I need to work on that!
Today, I went a tad over, so I am fine with that. It's a learn as you go process :)

Anyhow..MY GOOD NEWS!

03/12/2011 - 202LBS
04/11/2011 - 197LBS
05/08/2011 - 187LBS

I am hoping to be at least 180 by my Dr.'s appointment on June 7th!
WISH ME LUCK!

I have lost 15lbs since I quit my job on March 12!
I am seriously so excited to continue on my journey.
I know it will eventually get harder to drop the weight, BUT I am determined and will be enlisting in the National Guard in NO TIME!!!!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

New Fitness Website!

Now I am sure this isn't "new," but I just found it!
You can track your calories and your workouts for free!

There are also forumns with other members discussing workout and nutrition advice!
This is my direct profile:

Hope to see you there!

Healthy Foods Haul

Most of these food options were inspired by Bridget Nicole! If you don't know who that is, here is her Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Bridget-Nicole/178718605514077

*Morning Star Meal Starter Meatless Crumbles
*Dannon Fat Free Plain Yogurt
*Great Value Oats
*Larabar - Chocolate Chip Brownie
*Great Value Egg Whites
*Silk Pure Almond Milk Unsweetened
*Deli Fresh Chicken
*Great Value Energy Mix (nuts)




*Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds
*Marketside Spring Mix Salad
*Avacado
*Great Value Boneless Skinless Chicken
*Dole Frozen Fruit Mix (Strawberries, Peaches & Bananas)
*Turkey Burgers
*Great Value Whole Wheat Pasta

As a result, I made myself some breakfast this morning!
Egg whites with Morning Star meatless scramble, strawberries, and a smoothie.
My smoothie has: 1 cup Almond Milk, 1/2 cup non fat yogurt, half scoop of strawberry Whey Protein, 1/2 large banana

All YUMMMY!!!!


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Not My Best

Today was certainly not the best...
First off, I didn't wake up until 1:45pm, which totally threw me off my entire day.
I don't even know why I woke up so late, I went to sleep at midnight. I can't stand myself sometimes!

I got new running shoes yesterday!
They are super comfortable! I bought them at Lady's Foot Locker. The woman that helped me pick them out was very helpful. She knew her shoes! ha ha. She even sold me on these insoles that go in the shoe. Makes them ten times more comfy than they already are. The shoes were on sale for $89.99. Way more than what I normally spend on sneakers. I usually hunt around at Kohls, Sears and sometimes Famous Footwear. I figured that since I would be spending half my days in them, they should last a while.


Sadly, I did not get to the gym today. I am a tad upset with myself, but yesterday's workout wore me the hell out. I did shoulders and back at Gold's Gym and then met my friend Kenny at Lehigh Parkway and we walked for 2 hours straight, hills and all.

So I just made sure that I still drank my 8 cups of water and kept eating at a minimum. I walked around for two hours today, so hopefully it isn't too bad...

I went to Express today and got SUPER cute workout clothing! I'll have to post photos of them then! I am so excited to wear them. Then I made my way to Wal-Mart for a few odds and ends. I also picked up some HEALTHY foods which I am going to share in a post soon.

Then I had the intentions of going to the gym, but it was PACKED, and I hate going to the gym when it's crazy. I also planned to get a pedicure so I went and did that! (Atleast my legs got a massage to run harder tomorrow, right?)

While I was waiting in line at Wal-Mart I was behind an older man wearing a National Guard jacket. Let me tell you, ever since I have had this "idea," I see signs everywhere. He told me not to worry about bootcamp. ha ha, yeah about that....

More posts soon....
xoxo

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bridget's Got Eating On A Budget Down!

Need motivation to work out? Check out Bridget Nicole!
She is one of my new inspirations to get fit and healthy!
Her new YOUTUBE video is about foods purchased when needing to be on a budget!

Just click on the youtube link below!



Until next post....
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