Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Younger Me: "I'm Bossy"

I have told this story on the blog before but I was thinking about my younger self and thought I would bring it back around for all of my new readers. Enjoy :)

My cousin Celeste is one of my best friends and has been since the day she was born. We actually were born on the same day but one year apart. Being the older cousin and an only child, I could be extremely kind of bossy. Lucky for me, Celeste listened to everything I said. It was the perfect partnership. If I wanted to play jobs (a game where we pretended to go to work..weird I know) that is what we did. If I wanted to play with the prettier doll, I did. If I wanted her snack and mine, she would give it to me. It was a beautiful relationship since day one...Celeste did everything I wanted. I was one happy camper.

Yum. Sprite!

Celeste and I both loved to do things that made us money. I have already talked about our Can Club, but we also had lemonade stands and bake sales that went door to door. We were excellent entrepreneurs. We brought the sweets to you!

One day, when Celeste was spending the weekend with me and Mommasita, we decided to bake chocolate chip cookies to sell to my neighbors. I had just received a new bike for my birthday (a bright pink-huffy with a radio), and Celeste was helping me learn to ride without my training wheels. (Celeste has always been the most athletic...hence her learning to ride without training wheels first.) Since I felt pretty confident that I could ride my bike door to door to sell the cookies, that is what we decided to do. I was going to ride my bike while Celeste walked. (haha what can I say...I was a bit bratty.) The second I climbed onto my huffy with all of the cookies in hand I fell over. All of the cookies broke into tiny pieces. Celeste was still standing on the grass at least 6 feet away. "LOOK AT WHAT YOU MADE ME DO CELESTE!!!" I screamed at her. She looked at me with her big, blue eyes and said "I'm So Sorry Olivia." For the rest of the day I made sure to let her know that it was her fault that all of the cookies were broken and that I had fallen.

How Celeste continued to play with me when we were little I still do not know. However, I do know that she is still one of my favorite people, and I like to think I treat her much better now. She was and still is my Best Friend! I love you Celestie! Thank you for always forgiving my bossy-self.

Still Best Friends!!!

What were you like when you were younger?
This was me...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How To Get Back On Track With Your New Year's Resolutions

Roughly half of all Americans make "New Year's Resolutions" on January 1st. But, fast forward 6 months later, and over half of those well-intentioned individuals have fallen off the wagon. While it is human nature to just give up on and wait for the next year's clock to strike twelve, that does not have to be you! We maybe halfway through 2015 but there is still time to reach your goals and be a better, more improved you come 2016. Here's how to get back on track: 

1. Reevaluate Your Resolution And Set A More Realistic/Specific Goal

Some of the most popular NYRs are: lose weight, workout more, get organized, save money. While these are great goals, they are too broad. Take your original resolution and make it more specific and realistic. If you want to lose weight, make your goal something like "I will lose 10 pounds by Labor Day." That is specific (set weight and a deadline) as well as realistic (one pound a week...very doable and healthy). If you want to workout more, think about how much you have already been working out. Don't go from zero days to everyday. That is not realistic or sustainable. Schedule your workouts and make sure to add rest days. 

2. Start Small

Once you have set your new goal, gradually make changes to your daily life. Trying to start an extreme lifestyle change right away just sets you up for failure. You can't run a marathon without training. Same principal goes into effect here. Back to working out, start with 15 minutes a day, 5 times a week for the first week. If that feels good and sustainable, tack on additional minutes, more intensity, or maybe even a spin class. The key is to not overwhelm yourself right out of the gate.  

3. Don't Get Discouraged

Look. Life happens. There are going to be days, maybe even weeks where your diet goes off track, you skip workouts, or the house gets in disarray. Don't get discouraged and don't throw in the towel. One bad day or one bad week is not going to ruin your goal. So, go to bed and start over the next day. You can do this! 

4. Celebrate Your Success

You are working hard so don't forget to give yourself a pat on the back. Celebrate your successes, even the small ones. My favorite way to celebrate is with a good old bicep pic on Instagram (see above). Yes, I am kinda bragging, but it reminds me that I reaping the rewards from all of those sweaty (and ungodly) early mornings at the gym. And you know what, the encouragement and positive feedback I receive motivates me even more. If not-so-humble social media posts aren't your style, treat yourself to a massage, a special spin class, or a night out with friends. You earned it!

So what spurred this post you might ask? Well I too set a NYR this year that I didn't stick with: to finally achieve a ring muscle up. I am hoping this little post will help me (and you) get back into the swing of things and attain our goals. 

Did you stick to your New Year's Resolution?

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Friday, June 26, 2015

5 Things Friday

Already obsessed with these fun new earrings I purchased with my very first blog paycheck :) It might have taken 7 years but payday has finally arrived haha! Maybe it will take only 3 years to see my second one ;)

Thank you for the feedback from yesterday's post. I plan to make "Let's Discuss" a bi-monthly series and look forward to diving into more thought provoking topics with all of you. As much as I love to write about fitness and fashion, I do like digging deeper and learning along the way. Let me know if you have a topic you would like to see here.

As for the weekend, camping was originally on the agenda. However, more rain (will it ever end?) has postponed my s'mores making. I have now filled my schedule with crossfit, rose drinking, a much needed hair appointment, and lots of home time. I can't wait!

Drinking rose while watching the rain. This will again be appearing on the docket for the weekend.
Snuck in some pool time and magazine reading during a few hours of rare sunshine.
This is the scene every morning: Walter sits right by me while I fix my hair and makeup. I love my getting ready buddy. 
Oh! Did I mention I met Frankie Muniz? He was so nice!