Thursday, October 25, 2012

ABSolutely worth it

The only working out I did this week was my regular run on Monday. It's Thursday. I did not feel good at all Tuesday...not sure if it was just really bad allergies, or a cold, or even from the ridiculous bug bite that I got on my eyelid on Monday. Whatever it wan't good. so obviously no workout for me on Tuesday. I felt better yesterday, but still felt a bit congested in my face. Ya...I don't know how to describe it but just like that LOL. I think yesterday was mostly allergies but, no workout yesterday. Today I feel about 90%. A bit congested in my face, but again, I believe its just allergies. I decided not to run this morning and just do some blogilates. BOY OH BOY! Taking 2 days off was good for my body to recover, but NOT good for my work out LOL. 15 minutes and I died...sweated like a pig (do pigs really even sweat?!). And to add fuel to my already on fire abs, I did a squat challenge right after.

If you guys still have not checked her out...GO NOW! Casey's workouts are amaze balls. I subscribe to her blog and youtube channel too.

Here are both of the workouts I did this morning...try them out too! (All you do is just follow along with her)

P.S. While I was on her blog, I decided to sign up for her Pilates Burpee Challenge on Its starts next Monday the 29th...same day as the Mamavation 2 Week Challenge.  (Yes I am doing it again...they teamed up with Bob Harper this go around!)
What is a pilates burpee? Well do the first video and you'll find out ;-)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

W8, D2 - 8 week challenge update

WEEK 8!!! Can you believe it? I sure can't LOL. That went by so quickly I think.

I've heard that it takes 8 weeks to create a habit. I totally believe that. No longer to I have the "want" for cookies and sweet things all the time. I don't "have to have" that salted caramel mocha from Starbucks every day. I did have one the other morning and it was totally yummy but I felt that it was just a bit too sweet for me. Amazing...I can't believe I even just typed that LOL. I've noticed that since I stopped working, I have eaten soooooo much better. No more mindless snacking. The snacks I do eat now are thought out and planned throughout my day.
Since I stopped working I have ran every morning and clocked about 10-15 miles a week. I want to up that to 20-25 miles a week. My one goal before the end of the year is to run a 5k (which just so happens to be the Color Me Rad 5k).

I "weighed in" yesterday and am happy to report that I lost 2 pounds from last week. I am now only about 5 pounds away from "goal weight."

Week 8...I still can't believe it. I've made some super healthy habits that I am definitely proud of.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

D.I.M. - Coffee face scrub

*(D.I.M. = Do It Myself)*

I've been drinking a lot more coffee these days. Big Daddy always takes coffee to work so he doesn't have to stop and spend the money and of course we all know that work coffee sucks.
Anyway...So yes we drink a lot of coffee now. Throwing out the used coffee grounds seemed like such a waste so I googled what to do with used coffee grounds. Found some great ideas! Then I came across making a face mask and face scrub using the coffee grounds! Boom! Score!!! (The other uses I will post on my other blog.)

So here's the lowdown on coffee when used on your skin:

Coffee grounds still have caffeine in them, and what wakes you up in the morning will also wake up your face. Coffee grounds will give your skin a blast of caffeine to improve circulation of the skin and help promote healthier new skin at the same time. 

For starters, coffee that are grind into fine particles actually remove dead tissues and cells that our bodies need to shed. You cannot keep all that dirt hanging on to your face forever. Coffee may be a good source of anti-oxidants, which will help keep cancer at bay, but it is also antibacterial. This antibacterial property should be useful to stop unwanted growth of other harmful microorganisms. Pores should feel tight and the face, clean by the time you finish.

This the "recipe" that I used for the scrub..the simplest of all the ones that I found:

2 tablespoons of coffee grounds
1 tablespoon of olive oil
bowl or container

1. Mix together grounds and oil in container. It will kinda look like mud. 
2. Apply to face and gently scrub using a circular motion. 
3. Completely rinse with water and pat dry.

This is the dry grounds (Yes, I need fills too LOL)

And of course, on the face.

I actually wanted more of a thicker scrub so I measured out my used, still wet coffee grinds and set them in a bowl to dry out a bit. When I figured it was pretty dry throughout, I then aded the olive oil. Do it however you want. 
I have combo skin that is acne prone and this scrub didn't make my skin feel oily at all. I did have a breakout on my chin, so we'll see exactly how the scrub affected it. Right now it looks good and no longer red. My skin feels tighter too. I waited about 10 minutes before I followed up with my moisturizer. 

If you have oily skin or are hesitant to use olive oil, replace the oil with honey. Same ratio 2:1, or even 3:1. (2 tbsp of grounds was just perfect for me). The honey will definitely make this scrub a lot thicker. Also, I would only do this scrub like 1-2 times a week. I separated my 1 batch into 2 separate batches. I just made mine in a glass container that had a lid so I could cover and store until maybe Saturday. I don't think this will keep for a long time so I don't recommend making a bunch and just letting it sit for a couple weeks. I'm going to keep my container in the fridge until I use it.

I'll be posting a killer coffee face mask recipe in a couple days too so stay tuned :-)

If you make this scrub, let me know what you think!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

W6, D4 - 8 week challenge update

I can't believe I've been in this challenge for a month and a half! My clothes fit better and I have a lot more energy than what I had back in Week 1. The scale is not moving. THAT is why I never weigh myself. But I'm not worried. I feel great.
I've been making GREAT progress on food. My portions are definitely more controlled and I don't get very many "cravings" anymore. Also, I decided to cut dairy out of my diet last week. I was feeling a bit  off and extra gassy the past couple of weeks. I just attributed the gassy to all the extra veggies I was eating and the off-ness to being that time of the month. Big Daddy and I took a look at my food journal, and he pointed out that I consume a lot of dairy. He is paleo. He says that pasteurized milk products are not good for you and not natural...duh...its pasteurized. So he "challenged" me to take it out of my diet for a week and see if it helps any. He said I've always drank and eaten tons of veggies and have never been this gassy. So I did. And now it's been a week and a day and there have been great changes. The extra gassiness I was feeling is gone and I don't ever feel so bloated after eating. TRUST when I say it was hard for me to do: yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, milkshakes (on cheat days), cheesy broccoli, potato and cheese soup...even cheese on pasta or in salads. Now that I know the effects of dairy on my system, I can control it. I don't have to eliminate it completely if I don't want to, but just be careful when I do eat it.
My workouts have been great as well. Now that I am not working I can actually workout all day if I wanted LOL. A typical day for me is walking Juju to school, then going on a 1-3 mile jog on my way home. I get some coffee and then either do a BodyRock, or Tone It Up, or BexLife workout. Then breakfast. When BamBam comes home from school, I feed him lunch, then we go on a walk around our complex. Around 3:45pm-4:00pm we walk to pick up Juju from school...well he rides his scooter and I ride Juju's scooter and then of course they ride their scooters back home, with me jogging behind them. I wish I took before pics...

2 more weeks!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Because I am PMSing

So ya, I'm going there LOL. I'm bloated and cramping and as I drink my coffee, I'm imagining that it's totally coffee ice cream. But we don't let mother nature win! Let's kick her ass today!
(ok so I already ran this morning and did the workout I'm about to post...sorry for the extra umph that is my energy level right now hahaha)

Now...Let's do this ladies and germs! It's Workin It Wedenesday!

Monday, October 1, 2012

W5, D1 - 8 week challenge update

Week 5 already. I weighed in this morning when I woke up and sadly, I gained back 2 pounds. I don't feel bad though. I feel like I have more energy and my clothes are fitting differently. Good differently. I continue to average about 70 oz of water a day which has had some awesome affects on my skin in general. My face is normally combo/oily but I've noticed that it's not so oily anymore. And if I do get some kind of breakout, its not the cystic kind I normally get and it usually goes away after a day or two with out much treating except for of course washing my face everyday. I think the weight I "gained" could just be extra water retention...I am due for a visit from Flo this week ;-)

If you read my personal life/family blog, you know that I recently left my job and as of today I am a full time stay at home mom. Kinda cool so far...I mean it is only 8am LOL. But I have already found something I am absolutely loving: working out in the morning. Not 5-6am but "regular" morning. Like right now. I will be walking my 6 year old to school everyday and starting tomorrow, I will be running around the neighborhood after dropping him off and then coming home. I'll do that like 3 times a week. The other days (like today) I'll come home and do some type of workout here or walk to my apartment's gym and do weights. Today I'm working out with BexLife: Sweat Like a Pig, Look Like a Fox. You should join me :-)

Bex is freaking awesome!!! I'm going back to bodyrockin and her workouts are perfect to cycle along with it.

And I'm off! Have a great day everyone!