Wellness Wednesday | Fitness Journal

Happy first day of Summer 2017. Here in the tri-state we’ve had quite a few heat waves as of late, but Summer is officially here! I’ve been on a roll with my meal prepping and I’m on Day 9 of my daily workout. Yeah, I know, a little over a week. To me, that’s a huge deal as I have embarked on working out consistently before and I would flop within a week. This time I am holding myself accountable by counting each day, doing an intense workout for 30 minutes, and tracking it all in my fitness journal.

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Wellness Wednesday | Meal Prep

Meal prepping is something that I began doing for one of two reasons. For one, it was getting entirely too expensive to eat out every day plus I am trying to monitor what I am eating. I watch YouTube videos every now and then of ‘What I Eat in a Day’ and bloggers that meal prep. I draw inspiration from those types of videos, but ultimately it’s a trial and error.

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Wellness Wednesday | Trader Joe’s Haul

Welcome to another Wellness Wednesday here on the blog. I wanted to share my journey of adapting to a healthier lifestyle from exercise to completely changing what I eat. I noticed that previously when I’ve taken on a journey such as this, I would be fine for a couple months and fall off, hard. This time I’m taking baby steps. I’m not striving for perfection. I don’t have a particular goal in mind at this moment. I have long term goals, but I’m trying to find what works and really get into a rhythm. In this edition I’ll be  sharing my first ever Trader Joe’s Haul. Nothing major, but worth sharing my experience.

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Wellness Wednesday | Starting Over

Cheers to another post here on the blog. I’m definitely getting back into the groove of having a post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, plus getting back to into my series. One series that has been neglected for nearly a year now is Wellness Wednesday. The last edition I had was ‘What I’m Eating’ and before that ‘What’s In My Workout Bag.’ A lot has changed since July of 2016. I’ve been eating a lot more (my anxiety plays a key factor in that) and I’ve changed jobs in which I’m sitting a lot more. With May 2017 in full swing (it’ll be over before we know it), I wanted to start over. Well, not just start over, but change my lifestyle.

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Wellness Wednesday (V.12 ): Fitness Update + Haul

I’ve been slacking with my blog post, but I wanted to update and share with you all how my fitness journey is going and the new workout gear that I purchased. First off, I talked about doing Whole 30 and you can read the posts below for updates on that:

In addition, I’ve been working out a lot more, but as fall rolls in and the Summer ends, I’ve been slacking really bad. I haven’t had the energy that I had during Whole 30 and I definitely have been having more migraines. I really believe that what you eat plays into a lot of what your body feels. When I wasn’t eating grains, cheese, and drinking more water, I really hadn’t experienced any migraines. My migraines are too the point where I feel extremely nauseous, I can’t keep my eyes open, and I’m to the point of tears.

During the entire Whole 30 experience I had no migraines nor did I have any headaches during my menstrual cycle. As I have finished Whole 30 I’ve realized that the migraines are back and they are just as intense. I really need to cut back on all the food that I’ve consumed. It’s like I was making up for lost time of not having pizza, pasta, and bread. I’m not going completely back to Whole 30, but I am going to eat along those lines. Anything to keep the migraines away.

As for my water intake, I have barely been getting to three bottles a day. When I was on Whole 30 I managed to drink anywhere between 6-8 bottles, but now I’ve really slacked off. I need to get back to drinking more water and stay away from the juice and the soda. The only soda I have drank is ginger-ale.

With Whole 30, it’s more of a body cleanse than it is a diet. It helps to curb your eating habits and even though I am done, I am not craving like I used to nor can I eat in the abundance I once did. In  no way am I obese, but I would snack all day even if it was past midnight. I’d have a urge to get up and go find a snack. Now, I’ve been using water to supplement that late night craving that I still have.

So below are the workout clothes that I picked up. I was thinking of doing an entire separeate post, but workout clothes, NEW workout clothes, have really motivated me to work out. I purchased everything from Kohls from brands including: Tek Gear, Nike, and Fila. All items pictured were on sale and it was the deal of spend $50 get $10. I ended up getting everything for a little over $100, but with savings it was over $180.

I was planning on buying a new pair of sneakers, but I already have two that will last me for the rest of the year. I am currently using my Nike Lunar Glide 2’s which I’ve had for quite some time and my black and white Nike Free 5.0‘s. The Nike Lunar Glide’s that I purchased are super old because Nike is up to the Lunar Glide 7. I paid under $100 for each sneaker. I love how lightweight the Nike Free’s are and I love the support of my Lunar Glide’s. I’m debating on whether I’d like to buy the Nike Roshe‘s. I’m mostly leaning towards another pair of Nike Free’s because I absolutely LOVE the feel of them. 

I want to not only get fit as it is just better for my health to do so, but I want to be able to run a 5K come Spring 2016. I want to run a 5K in support of lung cancer. That is my ultimate goal! I really just need to stop the boredom eating and continue to stay hydrated and active.

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Video Review: Trey Songz, ‘Na Na’

Trey-Songz-NanaTrey Songz has not been on the top of my ‘IT’ list as of late being that I’m not enjoying anything he’s been putting out, but this video definitely has me interested in his new album, Trigga, which is set to be released this summer. His new video for his track, ‘Na Na,’ has been released and I must say that I’m VERY impressed.

So the video is all black & white, for the most part. So quick walkthrough for those who missed the concept. Trey goes on a date and at the end of the date he assumes she wants ‘more’ and she didn’t deny it. His date replied, “I Want to get ENGAGED!” Now he went in this store unsure of what she was talking about and changes into workout clothes and goes through a series of tests from strength training/cardio to boxing (with WWEs Bella Twins) to Yoga. In the end he thought he had finally won, but he had more working out to do before his ‘grand prize.’ It just goes to show that his love interest was interested in seeing just how far he would go and wanted to see if he would pass her tests. Nice take on the video other than it being in the strip club which is what I was expecting. Also fun fact, ‘na na’ means French for girl.

Wellness Wednesday (V.6): Dr. Oz, The Good Life [Premiere Issue]

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I have been obsessed with Dr. Oz via radio interviews as of late promoting his new magazine, The Good Life. I wasn’t able to get my hands on the hard copy, but I bought the digital version on my iPad ($3.99) and I am in love. I decided I’d highlight some of my favorite excerpts from the premiere issue.

The magazine, like any other magazine, is broken down into categories: ‘Well Informed,’ ‘Health & Happiness,’ ‘The Good Life Report,’ ‘Mind & Mood,’ ‘Food & Recipes,’ Love/Family/Friends,’ ‘Home/Work/Money.’ ‘Your Best Body,’ and ‘Dr. Oz’s RX For…’

I personally have been on the hunt for recipes for my overflowing yet never used recipe book along with basic tips that I know I can apply now without thinking will they really work. For me it’s all about being consistent and that’s the hardest thing for me aside from actually starting some type of plan/routine.

My skin has been a little crazy and I’m currently using a generic blackhead facial scrub with a generic moisturizer which work fine I just feel that I know nothing about my skin. In the magazine it gave points on what to look for in a moisturizer as well as top picks for day and night depending on what type of skin you have.

A good one will include ingredients from three categories: humectants, emollients, and occlusives.

Karyn Grossman, M.D. (dermatologist)

I am one to walk in the store and if it says moisturizer I check the price, see if there’s a cheaper alternative, typically buy the cheaper alternative as a ‘trial and error,’ yet I never read the back to see exactly what I’m applying to food. This goes for a lot of things I (and others) purchase. It’s easy to get blindsided by the price instead of looking at the contents of the product.

To understand what to look for I first have to figure out what the hell humectants, emollients, and occlusives are. Thank goodness the article broke it down. In a nutshell humectants absorb (hyaluronic acid, glycerin, urea, panthenol, & honey), emollients fill in the dry spots (lauric acid, linoleic acid, glyceryl stereate, jojoba oil, coconut oil, collagen, & cetearyl & stearyl alcohol, and occlusives form a protective barrier for the skin (lanolin, paraffin, beeswax, shea butter, nut oils, squalene & silicones).

I personally stay away from shea butter products because they don’t react well with my skin as well as nut oils. The moisturizer I’m currently using is Target Up & Up, Moisturizing Cream (Sensitive Skin) which is to be compared to Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. It contains the 3 categories and I can kick myself for picking something that has nut oils’ but in the time that I’ve used it my face hasn’t reacted to it so I guess it’s ok.

I have a mixture of dry, oily (especially during summer), and sensitive year round putting me in a combination category.

Go with formulas designed for combination or all skin types like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and Elizabeth Arden Visible inference Skin Balancing Night Cream.

Both of those products are over $20 and of course I will be on the hunt for a cheaper alternative the next time I buy a moisturizer.

Aside from the skincare article I really can’t wait to try out recipes, Orecchiette with Spicy Sausage & Broccolini and Turkey & Vegetable Bolognese.

Dr. Oz, The Good Life, is available on newsstands & digitally and for $15 you can sign up for a year subscription here. Stay tuned for upcoming Wellness Wednesdays where I’ll share more of Dr. Oz’s tips.