Gotta Start Somewhere

The quest of… when I first decided to start this blog I dreamed of all these delicious recipes sprawled all over my page. Desserts, dinners, snacks, you name it. I also imagined beautiful pictures of different remodeled rooms in my newly purchased home. As you can see, none of that happened. I got too busy with work and decided to start school. I was also going out a lot and when I wasn’t, I was just being plain lazy when I had the time to do so. Needless to say, between 3 classes and a full time job, the last thing on my mind was cooking and remodeling, let alone maintaining a blog to showcase it all.

Now, I think this blog and what I want to do with it may be taking a complete different turn. A turn to health, and the balance of it… and maybe the balance of a healthy lifestyle. I’ve always toyed around with working out and eating healthy. I’m majoring in nutrition, so the knowledge of eating properly is second nature to me. However, the execution is not. I love food, I’ve always said food is my love language. Like many, food is there when I’m happy or sad, in social situations or for comfort. It’s my life.

Working out is a different story. Almost two months ago, a friend of mine opened up a gym. Around the middle of December I signed up for a free two week trial and went about 5-6 times in those two weeks. I fell in love. I’ve been to plenty of gyms and tried out numerous different classes, but nothing kept me going back. Anyway, after my trial I ended up becoming a member. I went numerous times all throughout January. Towards the end of January, my friend mentioned a challenge that was coming up, an 8 week diet and work out challenge. The gym provided all of the nutrition information as well as recipes and shopping lists. All I had to do was cook it all and show up to the gym. Oh and get a full body scan.

The full body scan was meant to get your correct weight, along with your BMI (body mass index) and body fat percentage along with other measurements I’ve yet to look into. All I was really concerned about was my weight and body fat. I’ve known for awhile now I’m overweight, well it turns out that just since the middle of December I had gained another 5 pounds, pushing me towards a number I NEVER thought I’d see. The sad part is I was already at a number I never thought I’d see. I had also always had a ballpark figure of what my body fat percentage was, so when I saw that number I was in… SHOCK. Absolute shock. It was way more than I had imagined. I almost broke down in tears, I was way more unhealthy than I thought. I fought back the tears and decided to try and fuel it into motivation at the gym.

So today marks the first day of the challenge, and I want to document today and every day until the end. Today I hit my diet mark right on the head, I also went to a class at the gym and burned almost 500 calories. Today is a win… and I want to remember that. In my next post I’ll explain more in depth about the challenge and the diet that goes along with it. Ill also talk about my reservations about the challenge as a whole, as well as post pictures of what I eat throughout the day. Until next time…

XoXo,
Amanda

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New Year…

New Year – New Me Improving Me

Happy New Year!! In the minds of many the new year is like a super recharge, the ultimate restart. It’s a time to make resolutions and vows to a new you. In my opinion, it could be the most encouraging time of the year.

Usually that person is me. I start making a resolution list early December, I check it all through out the month making sure I have it ingrained into my mind on what good intentions I plan to attempt once January 1st hits. I rack my brain making sure I haven’t missed any idea of opportunity that’s ultimately going to make me a better person. Until this year. This year, that all came to a screeching halt. I completely disregarded the new year that was swiftly approaching, not out of fear of it, but out of fear of missing out on the present.

Instead I spent my December enjoying the Christmas season, spending time with family, baking and shopping for gifts. I wasn’t hung up on planning the perfect NYE, in fact I completely forgot about it and the few friends we did invite over I forgot to plan food or activities for. Once January 1st came, I found myself telling strong arms how it didn’t even feel like a new year to me. Which I am completely ok with.

Because this year, I don’t want a new me. I want a better me. I want to be exactly who I am, but better and with more substance. So I’m replacing my “I wants” with “I wills”. I will be positive when other around me choose to be anything else but. I will work on this little blog of mine more, I will cook & bake more, I will learn Spanish and fast track my degree in Nutrition. I will exercise more & spend more quality time with family & friends. I will explore the great outdoors & breath in the serenity beautiful landscape has to offer.

So this year I vow not to put the stress of a new me on my shoulders and work only on a better me. I will not wallow and be hard on myself when any part of this better me doesn’t pan out. At the end of the day it’s not the world or universe against me, it’s me against me. I can do or be anything I want.

I’m excited to see what I can accomplish in 2017! I have lots of ideas I plan on rolling out here, this blog, throughout the year! I hope it is as exciting and promising for you all as well!

XoXo
Amanda

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Settling In

Hello world 🙂

I am finally all moved into my new house!

DIY, home improvement

Well, I should say that all of my furniture and belongings are in.. I wouldn’t say I’m in yet. I closed just a little over 2 weeks ago and have been taking my time moving everything over while simultaneously repairing, painting, building etc. However, there’s still a ways to go until I’m settled.

When I decided to start this blog I was in the process of escrow and that’s about all that was going on for me besides work. A big part of that was because I was saving every dime to make sure I could get everything done that I wanted to once I closed on my house. Needless to say I had a ton of time on my hands, so much that I would catch myself sitting in my living room staring at the walls because I was so bored.

Fast forward to now and the last couple weeks. I’ve been so busy I can barely remember to eat! Which, if you knew me, you’d know I schedule my day, actually my life, around eating. You’ll be able to experience that part of me soon enough 😉 Life just deciding to start happening all at once, of course I’m not complaining, but it’s left me little to no time to even think about working on this blog.

So, with that being said, I’ve decided to start to make it a priority to post more, to get my blog looking exactly how I imagined it when I had all that spare time. To remember to take pictures and document any and everything that I would want to share and encourage others to experience. Tonight I just finished my entertainment nook in the living room, and I am so excited to share it with you all! Look for that post in about the next week or so!

As for life outside of the house, I’m working on balance. Balance between friends, family, relationships, getting healthy, travel & experiences. Why does it have to be so hard to find balance? Health is about to be a huge impact on this blog, just a warning 🙂

Until next time…

Xo,

Amanda

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