It’s Okay To Ask For Help

Good Morning! I’m coming at you at a different time than normal but it’s because life has been terribly crazy for the past few weeks. Illnesses and unexpected family emergencies have had me running around like a crazy person. My husband was in the hospital this weekend as well so it’s been tough. Luckily he’s doing much better and he’s home!

It's Okay To Ask For Help

I’m incredibly blessed with great friends who sent me messages and reached out to help me while Jordan was in the hospital. Many offered to bring me food and clothes and others offered to take care of Snowflake for us. While thankful, I really didn’t take any offers. I felt like I had to be the “perfect wife” and do it all. While Jordan was sleeping due to the morphine, I ran to the grocery store, started a load of laundry, and walked the dog. Guys, I was ridiculous. I was so determined to do it all by myself that I was borderline neurotic.

I think I was numb in the sense that I didn’t want to process what was going on. When I was at Aldi, I went up and down the same aisle because I kept forgetting what I needed to get. Even with the list in front of me, I couldn’t concentrate. The house was too quiet with Jordan gone so I would turn on Law and Order and have it playing in the background so I wouldn’t burst into tears while I cooked. I let Snowflake roam the yard while watered my plant and tried to remember whether or not I had showered that morning (I had.).

Mid way through the second day of his hospital stay, I couldn’t take it anymore and I was a sobbing mess at his bedside. I knew he would be fine but I couldn’t do everything myself. That’s when Jordan decided to unload this huge nugget of wisdom on me, it’s okay to ask for help. Husbands, amiright? By Sunday night, I had so much help from others. From feeding Snowflake to mowing our yard, people stepped up to help!

No one likes to admit that they’re stubborn. Frankly, I don’t like to admit when I’m struggling. I want to do it myself even if I run myself to the ground. However, this experience taught me that people are willing to help. People who truly care about you want to help you any way you can. Asking for help in a time of need doesn’t make me a bad wife.

Most people are at a loss at a time like this so you may have to ask for help in specific areas. You can usually tell who’s sincere and willing to do anything for you. I was incredibly touched by those who texted and messaged me. Even though it seemed pretty insignificant, it meant the world to me. So many people asked about Jordan and some hadn’t even met him in real life!

This may not be something you’re struggling with but it was definitely an eye opening experience for me. I am so very thankful for all the amazing people that I have surrounded myself with who go above and beyond to help me.

Asking for help doesn’t make you a terrible person and chances are you have a group of people willing to help out in any way they can. 

Emergency Snack Kit!

Do you work a 9-5 where you’re stuck at your desk for the majority of your day? Are you always on the go? Whichever situation applies to you, I’m sure you’ve faced that dreaded afternoon craving! I eat many small meals throughout the day. However, sometimes I forget to bring a snack to work. That’s precisely the reason I decided to create an emergency snack kit!

Emergency Snack Kit

I work in Construction but I’m at my desk 90% of the time. My diet consists of many fresh fruit and veggies so I’ll usually have plenty of those with me for the day. However, I know not many people have that option so my snack kit is made of many goodies you can stock up on!

Aldi Elevation Bars

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that Aldi is my jam! I truly wish there was an Aldi near by when our budget was tight because everything here is affordable. Aldi has branched out with their Elevation products which offer protein powders, fruit and nut bars, as well as protein bars.

This bar is packs the same benefits as more popular brand name bars. The chocolate and peanut butter bar almost tastes like a dessert. With 20 grams of protein, this is a great snack to keep your hunger at bay.

Emergency Snack Kit

Gomacro Bars

I’ve seen these all over health stores and on social media. These bars are vegan so that’s a big plus! I’m a big peanut butter lover and this bar is so delicious without being overly sweet. Made with all organic ingredients, you know you’re getting a high quality product!

There’s many different flavors so I would grab one of each. You can order a sample pack online so you can give them all a shot! This is a great way to stock up so you can always be ready when the hunger strikes!

Em+Pact Energy Bars

This bar caught my eye! It’s color packaging made me pick it up and check it out. These bars are smaller than most of the ones in the health aisle but they sure pack a punch! You get 10 grams of protein in each bar and all the bars are made from real ingredients. No weird colors or additives in these bars! A neat thing about these bars is that they are marketed towards women and helping them live a healthier lifestyle!

Emergency Snack Kit

Purely Elizabeth Granola

If you’re lucky to have a mini fridge or you trust the company fridge with your almond milk, pick up a few of these! Purely Elizabeth has made easy on-the-go packages of their granola. I really love this because you know how much you’re getting in each little pack. Plus, you can pour the milk right into these and enjoy. I usually have these when I’m feeling particularly ravenous in the afternoon.

Emergency Snack Kit

Do you have an emergency snack kit? What are some of your favorite goodies to keep on hand?

 

Looking Forward To A New Season Of Running

My light bill is through the roof, my glass is dying, and the “feels like” temperature is consistently in the triple digits, it’s August y’all! I’m going to be a Debbie Downer and just say I’m over it being this hot. Every day, I try to get as much done as possible before the sun comes up. The heat is stifling and it’s just downright nasty out there.

New Season of Running

However, August also marks the beginning of a new training regimen. I’m very Type A and I crave structure. After my last race in the Spring, I was very adamant about taking a break.  I did go on a few runs but most were short and slower. Now, I’m getting excited because next week I’ll beginning to add the miles and being to push myself. I really believe that I’ve built a good running and strength training base to be able to run a half marathon under two hours at the end of October.

Since I’m really focusing on running a strong race, I’m going to devote more time towards running. I have some strength training planned each week but if my legs are too tired, I’ll take the evening to relax. Foam rolling and stretching will also be a high priority during these next few weeks!

Here’s the Google calendar that shows my training plan along with some other fitness events I’m planning on attending. It looks like a lot but there’s only five runs a week and two crosstraining days. Rest days will be complete rest days with absolutely no workouts. If you workout during a rest day, it’s not a real rest day people!

Here’s a few things I want to remember during training:

  1. Be smart and take rest days when everything hurts
  2. Now’s not the time to go hard when it comes to lifting
  3. Mind over matter. Your legs can do it, just shut up and run
  4. You can’t do everything so pick and choose what you want to do

That’s just a glimpse into my crazy running habit! There’s some stuff scattered in there and I just know that I won’t get to run that day but I’m not going to worry about it. Ultimately, I run because I think it’s fun and I want to continue to have fun during my training.

Have you ever done a half-marathon before?

 

The Weekend To Recover

Well, it’s been a while since I stopped by! Unfortunately, Jordan’s grandmother passed away last weekend so we were swept up in everything. We spent most of the week in Kansas to pay our respects. His grandmother was a great woman and was well loved by everyone. She welcomed me in as soon as she met me and always took care of Jordan like she was his own child. Mrs. Bonnie Jones will be missed.

Jordan and I arrived back to Houston Thursday night. As soon as we landed, I high tailed it to the gym to get some fresh air. Traveling makes me anxious and this was a rough time so I needed a bit of familiarity to ease my nerves.

Saturday

Summer is in full swing in Houston and it’s absolutely scorching hot! I made the mistake of sleeping in on Saturday before a run. The sun was already out before we went started our run. I ran while Jordan rode his bike. My legs were still a bit sore from traveling and the workouts I did on Thursday and Friday. If my legs weren’t exhausted, I really believe the run would have been enjoyable. I ran at a pace that felt comfortable and I was surprised to see the pace my watch showed!

After the run, Jordan and I went to get protein shakes. There’s a place in town that makes a banana and strawberry shake Jordan really loves. Now, whenever he suggests getting shakes, I’m all for it!

The rest of the day was spent staying indoors and trying to replenish our fluids since we were soaked in sweat after our run.

I received some fun stuff in the mail in the afternoon. This is my second Influenster box and I have more amazing makeup to review. I was also excited for a new tshirt from Unico Nutrition. I just love the simple but colorful design!

Sunday

It was nice to have a normal Sunday for once! Jordan and I enjoyed a nice breakfast and slow morning before church. It was nice to be home and back in our routine. We stopped by Überrito for lunch on our way home. It was delicious!

The heat was bad as it had been all week and my poor plant was wilting. I watered it while Snowflake did her business. We have been keeping an eye on her too because of the heat and only let her out for small amount of time.

Also, does anyone know what kind of plant this is? My mom gave this to me but I have no clue what it is. I guess I’ll keep watering it until something blooms or grows, haha!

The rest of the day was spent doing our normal chores. Laundry and meal prep were a breeze and I actually look forward to eating well this week. Traveling definitely messed up my insides.

How was your weekend?

Being Comfortable In Your Own Skin

In today’s world, it’s so easy to be bombarded by the media telling us what we should look like. Whether our hair is styled perfectly or if we’re wearing the hottest clothes (I’m still trying to find a romper that doesn’t make me look weird #truth). It’s harder than ever now that Facebook and Instagram have taken over our lives and we’re reminded of these images every day. We are constantly bombarded with the world’s idea of beauty. Here’s my opinion on finding joy and being comfortable in your own skin.

Being Comfortable In Your Own Skin

As I became more involved in social media in the past year, I noticed that there’s always a group of people who will tell you how to lose weight or how to gain weight.  Thin is in, thick thighs save lives, and quad goals are some of the phrases and hashtags I stumble upon DAILY. (Maybe I just need to follow a bunch of puppy pages?) How the heck am I supposed to be happy with myself?!

It took a lot of trial and error but for me, it came when I simply didn’t care. I used to workout as a way to “earn” my food. This way of thinking quickly spiraled out of control. Then I used to workout to “relieve stress” but that quickly turned obsessive as well. It wasn’t until I began to pray HARD and listen to my body that I honestly became comfortable with myself.

I get it, it’s hard for women to be happy with their appearance. However, you have to look inside for a moment. Is what you’re doing honestly making you happy? Are you dressing a certain way because you believe you are supposed to? I say this to my friends a lot, just do you boo-boo!

I run because it brings me so much joy. It sounds silly but honestly nothing makes me happier than ten miles on a Saturday morning with my husband riding his bike alongside me. Are there some mornings where I don’t want to run? Of course! And guess what, I don’t go run. I don’t feel bad about it AT ALL. I don’t restrict my food later in the day either. If I’m hungry, I’m going to eat! Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not eating cake and cookies all day long because honestly that makes me sick but I can put away a good portion of a cheesecake by myself.

What I’m trying to say is that, do what make your heart happy and soon you’ll be comfortable in your own skin. Look inward and if you’re of the praying type, I would recommend spending a moment to pray about your feelings. Acknowledge that what you are feeling is real whether it’s feeling like you’re inadequate or you’re not enough. Realize that those are lies. Then find what truly makes you happy. Whether that’s baking cookies, going on a stroll with your spouse, or chatting with your girlfriends. Fill your cup with what makes your heart burst as many times as possible. Soon, you’ll be so preoccupied with these feelings of joy that you will truly be comfortable in your own skin.

If you are a bare face Jane or a contouring queen, you are absolutely beautiful! Whether you prefer sky high stilettos or sneakers on the daily, you are absolutely beautiful. If you’re like me and wear leggings every day or you feel more comfortable in dresses, you are BEAUTIFUL! Do what makes your heart happy.

Now go show the world your beauty!

 

Healthy and Quick Desserts!

If you’re anything like me as soon as the stress levels start to rise, I crave ALL THE SWEETS! Normally, I would say go for it and eat that cookie but sometimes, it’s just not ideal. Here’s a few of my favorite recipes from fellow bloggers that will satisfy your sweet tooth without going completely off the rails.

Healthy and Quick Desserts

Grain Free No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
Healthy and Quick Desserts
Picture from Dashing Dish website.

These are super simple to make and they’re protein packed! You can make a big batch and have them ready for a sweet fix throughout the week.

Dirty Chai Energy Balls

 

Healthy and Quick Desserts
Picture from Fit Mitten Kitchen website.

These make and take energy balls are perfect for busy days when you’re running around town and still want to eat healthy. Make a batch of these energy balls on a Sunday and you’ll be set for the week. Well, that is if you can keep yourself from eating them in one sitting!

Edible Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough
Healthy and Quick Desserts
Picture from In It 4 The Long Run website.

Who doesn’t love cookie dough? I don’t eat cookie dough by itself but it’s very tempting. However, this recipe makes it very easy to eat the whole bowl in one sitting. The great thing about this recipe is that you can eat it with whatever you’d like!

What are some of your favorite desserts that are healthy and easy to whip up?

Weekend with all the Soreness

My week had a whole bunch of ups and down but I did know one thing. I was so SORE this weekend. I was very thankful for some couch time and some foam rolling.

Saturday

I started the morning with a short run. Jordan’s bike had a flat so I ran at the park instead of the trails. I felt like the heat and humidity made me slower. My quads were still on fire since I had tough workouts this week. So you can imagine my surprise when I finished my two miles and saw that I averaged an 8:44 pace. That’s pretty speedy for me so I was glad I pushed through and kept going!

I learned about a free yoga event held by a local spin and yoga studio. It was a free Power Flow classes outdoors. I figured I would stop by so after my run, I ate a quick breakfast and was on my way!

It was so nice doing yoga outdoors since the sun wasn’t right above us. Of course the sweat was pouring but because it was warm, I was able to stretch and get deeper into some poses. The practice was so good and the teacher even encouraged binds and gave us time to practice. I was so proud of myself because I was able to bind while working keeping my balance! There’s some days where I have my yoga act together, haha!

The event also had a live DJ providing the music and I thought that was pretty neat! I love events like these because it’s a chance to explore the community and meet others in the Houston fitness community.

Much needed snack after yoga!

After yoga, I cleaned up and we were off to do our errands for the day! Like I mentioned before, Jordan’s bike had a flat so we took it back to Bike Barn to get it looked at. While Jordan was with the mechanics, I was looking at all the energy gels. I didn’t take a picture but there were so many flavors! We may have to come back just so I can stock up for my long runs.

I LOVED my salad from Überrito!

We stopped by the mall for a quick lunch and then we were on our way to get a mattress! Our bed was basically a hand me down and we’ve had it for years so it was time for a new one. It was definitely interesting trying to find a bed that firm enough for me and soft enough for him. Luckily we found one and they were able to get us delivery for Sunday! It was actually a pleasant experience. Jordan and I were joking around the whole time and there was a time where the salesman thought Jordan was actually asleep since he was splayed out on a mattress at one point!

Once we were all scheduled for the delivery, Jordan and I drove back home. We attempted to get Snowflake’s nails trimmed but it looks like she is due for her shots so we’d have to get her a vet appointment.

Yes, I know technically that’s not how you make a pizza.

I made a homemade pizza and we watched Fury to end the day. Honestly, I wasn’t a fan of it. The acting is okay but the story was underwhelming. Plus it’s rated R and we just don’t watch too many movies like that.

Sunday
This guy plopped by our car and refused to move.

I woke up so SORE. Yoga was lovely but it opened up another can of soreness. My husband was wide awake and ready for a walk in the park. I, however, was moving at the speed of molasses. We got there however and I walked!

Goose update! We believe she’s still nesting but her little head was hidden and we didn’t want to disturb her. The other goose won’t leave the area and peck at anyone who gets too close. I hope people leave her alone and she’s able to keep her baby warm.

Chocolate iced is my favorite kind of donut!

We had donuts for breakfast and headed home since we had to wait for our bed to be delivered. Unfortunately, the only time they had available meant we had to miss church but we stayed positive.

I got started on meal prep and laundry early since we were stuck waiting and we had everything done by 3pm! Once our bed arrived, we had Panera delivered and relaxed for a bit. We finally got off our butts and cleaned up a bit before we took our first nap on our bed. We both fell asleep within seconds and I could hardly wake Jordan up. It’s safe to say we got the right bed!

Overall, it was a lovely weekend and we did everything we needed to do! I’m excited for the week ahead since I’ll be seeing friends I haven’t seen in a while.

How was your weekend? Have you seen Fury? If so, what did you think of it?

Friday Favorites: Skin Care Edition!

Friday’s are amazing for all the reasons. Friday’s are rest days for me so I get to sleep in. I usually treat myself to some awesome coffee in the mornings and most of my day is in meetings which makes the day go by quickly. Also, every Friday evening is date night! Keeping in the fun spirit of Friday, I decided to share a bit of my favorite skincare products today!

Friday Favorites: Skin Care Edition

*All of these pictures are clickable links and take you to the appropriate Amazon page. I do get a small percentage if you do decide to purchase these items*

Skin Care Favorite #1

If you haven’t tried BB Cream, you are missing out! I wear a full face of make up to work every day. However, some days I’m running late or I’m just not in the mood for the full routine. That’s when I bring this baby out. Not only does it give me a full coverage throughout the day but it hides all my acne scars! It’s super lightweight so you can simply apply this in the morning and go on with your day.

Skin Care Favorite #2

As I mentioned before, I get the occasional break out and I have a few acne scars from when I was a teenager and I used to pick at my face. However, this scrub from Lush is AMAZING! Not only does it feel great to get everything off your face at the end of the day but it helps avoid blackheads and lightens up any scars. I really love how all Lush products are vegan and don’t contain any harsh chemicals.

Skin Care Favorite #3

I love Lush products so much that I’m sharing another one of my favorites! For some reason, I really love a good exfoliation session. This is a face mask which contains caffeine so it perks up your skin and leaves you feeling fresh. But what I love about it is that it contains little coffee grounds. When you wash it off, those grounds exfoliate your skin and gets rid off any leftover gunk from your day. I use it in the shower and use the grounds to exfoliate my neck and collarbone too. I’m low-key obsessed, haha!

Skin-Care Favorite #4

This is one is something I use every day. I really like it because not only does this provide a good level of moisture but it also contains sunscreen. Obviously, if you’re out in the sun a lot, you’ll need more protection but this serves as a good base. Aveeno also offers a tinted moisturizer which you can use on days you wish to skip the makeup. This moisturizer is also great for sensitive and acne prone skin!

Skin-Care Favorite #5

Since I workout a lot and that means a lot of sweat, I want something that’s going to remove all my makeup easily so I don’t have to deal with clogged pores. I also have sensitive skin so I don’y like using products with a lot of weird chemicals. Not only is Simple good at make up removal, it’s gentle for use on all skin types and doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily. This is definitely a must for all skin types!

What are some of your skin care favorites?

Must Have Fitness Favorites!

It’s been a while since I shared a few of my favorites products so I figured I would highlight a few of my fitness favorites! I know not everyone is up for having a big gym membership and it can be pretty intimidating attending classes in boutique studios. That being said, there’s no excuse for not working up a sweat at home!

Must Have Fitness Favorites!

With many free videos on YouTube and all kinds of workouts on Pinterest, it’s easy to find something to do to get your heart pumping and the sweat pouring. Here’s a few things I believe can help you get on your way to a good exercise routine.

*All of these pictures are clickable links and take you to the appropriate Amazon page. I do get a small percentage if you do decide to purchase these items*

Fitness Favorite #1: Ab Roller

This guy is cheap and will have your abs burning in seconds! You can work every inch of your abdominal by rolling this straight ahead or at an angle. Remembering to keep your hips low and your back straight will help you power through this exercise. The great thing about this is that it’s small and portable so you can take this anywhere!

Fitness Favorite #2: Exercise Ball

Having an exercise ball really helps take your workouts to another level! Doing normal sit ups and crunches on the ground is fine but to really work your stabilizer muscles, I would recommend giving them a try on the exercise ball. Once you’re feeling confident with sit ups, you can try doing push ups with your feet on the ball!

Fitness Favorite #3: Small Weights

Having a small set of weights at home is all around a good idea. You can get in a quick arm circuit if you have ten minutes. I even do a small workout while sitting on the couch with my small dumbbells. Don’t discount these weights just because they are small. You can get a good burn even with small weights at high repetitions. If you’re up for a challenge, you can use your weights along with your exercise ball.

Fitness Favorite #4: Resistance Bands
Picture from Sweat With Bec website.
Picture from Sweat With Bec website.

I don’t get any commission from this one but these are absolutely amazing. Resistance or “booty bands” are great because they come in all levels of resistances and the workouts are endless! I was given these for Christmas and I love incorporating these into my daily routine. You’ll receive three workout cards with this set and there’s plenty of videos online. If you buy only one thing on this list, I would buy these!

Fitness Favorite #5: Foam Roller

It looks painful but trust me, everyone needs a foam roller! I prefer the foam rollers with the trigger point bits so you really get into those sore muscles. Once you first starting getting active, you may be sore for a few days. Foam rolling will help get rid of that soreness quicker. Even after a long day of sitting at my desk, the foam roller feels amazing. Once you find that “hurts so good” sensation, you’ll know what I mean!

What are some of your favorite fitness must haves?

The Weekend With Friends!

Oh what a weekend it was! The week went by sort of quickly since I had Tuesday off for the holiday. I was definitely confused every day though!

Saturday

My pre-gym coffee was definitely needed Saturday morning!
I hit up the gym for an extra workout this week since they were having an event called Muscles and Mimosas! My friend Alyssa was coming to try out my F3 Crosstraining for the first time and I was very excited. We met through Tone It Up so our love language is basically working out together!

This past week has been Active Recovery Week at the gym so I was glad Alyssa was visiting when the workout wasn’t too intense. I wanted her to come back! 

The Muscles and Mimosas Crew!
All smiles with Alyssa!

It was definitely nice to relax and chat after our workout. Alyssa also got to learn one of the fundamental lifts so it was really neat seeing her learn.

I’m definitely the mom of the group and I will be there to cheer you on during everything. If you ever need some cheering up, I’m your girl, haha!

Once I got home, I whipped up a thin crust pizza and Jordan and I devoured it while watching Night at the Museum. We recently cleaned our entertainment system and reorganized our movies so Jordan wants to re-watch a bunch of movies. 

After movies, we played board games. We kept hearing thunder and didn’t know if we would get caught in the rain so we just stayed inside. It was kind of nice to just relax and have one on one time with no technology.

Even though it can be a lot of work, I like to cook when I’m home. I felt pretty guilty last weekend when every meal was delivery or take out of some sort. I kind of cheated and bought the meat precooked but Jordan was obsessed with the pulled pork sliders I put together. It was easy and delicious!

Sunday

We woke up early enough for a nice walk at the park! So there’s a big pond at the park with so many ducks. However, there’s only four geese in the entire park. This week, we noticed that one goose is hidden behind a tree and hasn’t moved. On Sunday, it was still there! The other geese are always near by and get defensive when people walk too close. I think the geese is sitting on some eggs! We visit the park multiple times a week so we will keep an eye on her!

Picture this, I’m fully dressed and ready for church and I call the dog inside to be put up. She stays locked in the bedroom when we are not home. I called her from the back door and she would not come in. She looked at me and bolted. I wasn’t in the mood but I took off outside after her to try to corral her inside. However, instead of her usual run around once and then run inside, I see her running toward the corner of our yard over and over again.

I notice there’s birds dive bombing us too. Finally, I stopped chasing Snowflake and I walked toward the birds. A baby bird had fallen out of its nest! It had feathers and looked okay so Jordan and I opted to leave it alone. We finally caught Snowflake and ushered her inside. By the time we got back home from church, the family was gone so the little fly grew away!

I had to include this because I thought it was funny. My mom used to carry a big purse and she would have stash everything in it. She would sneak water bottles in places by shoving them in her purse. On Sunday I realised that I’m slowly becoming my mother because I did just that by shoving my drink in my purse to take it to church. Jordan gave me the side eye but I pretended not to see, haha!

After church, Jordan and I decided to go to the Heights for lunch. We ate at Tacos A Go Go and then took a short walk to Juiceland. I’ve been taking Jordan to a few of my favorite juice and smoothie places around town and this has become one of his favorites! I tried a Wheatgrass shot and followed it up with a juice called the Ninja Bachelor Party. It was a bunch of green so I felt that it made up for my indulgence. That’s how it works, right? 

The rest of the day was spent doing the usual Sunday chores of laundry, dishes, and meal prep. I’m ready for a full week ahead!

How was your weekend?

Health and fitness according to His grace