Bikinis and Blogging

Only 20 days later and she makes it back….

It’s March 26th and guess what? It’s snowing in Ohio. I really find this to be annoying. I’ve been wearing a winter coat for five months now. Please put me out of my misery!

I just want to throw on a sundress and flip flops and head out the door. Ugh!

A friend wants me to move to Florida. It’s sounding better and better that’s for sure.

The good news about the fact that it’s still snowing is that I’m not ready to unveil this “beachbody”!

My last plan failed because I didn’t stick with CrossFit. I LOVED the cardio part of it – wall balls, box jumps, kettlebell swings, etc.. Yes, sign me up for all of that. But, the bar work…oh the bar. Cleans, Power Jerks, Snatches….ummm what? I just struggled with the form and technique and ended up not signing up after the trial period. I didn’t like having the anxiety of not being able to do some of the stuff. I’ve been into fitness for a long time now, so it’s hard to accept not being able to do something. And yes, I could’ve stuck with it and I probably would’ve gotten better, but I’m good with taking classes and working out at my regular gym for now.

I think that’s why I haven’t posted much. I don’t like admitting when I don’t follow through on something and quit. It’s not an attractive trait. However, sometimes in life it happens and as you all know, F2BF is about being real and upfront about things; good and bad.

Speaking of being real… Here’s life recently:

blog17I’ve thoroughly been enjoying life. Spending time with my girlfriends, going out, eating what I want, and meeting crazy boys… what’s not to love?! But when you’re focused to be fat… you can’t be focused to be fit, right!?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still workout and I still do eat good – just not as diligently as I used to.

blog18I’ve also been drinking tons of Shakeology, going to Turbo, and lifting in the mornings. I’m not a total trainwreck here, people!

Now that it’s Spring, but not really because it’s snowing I know I need to get bikini ready. I bought 21 Day Fix Extreme and it’s in the trunk of my car. Good place, right?! I think I’m going to start it in April. I did 21 Day Fix and had such success that I know I’d have the same if not better with Extreme. Would anyone want to join me? Check out the program here.

I’ll also be blogging more. For a while I thought the posts I was writing started to be boring for readers, such as ‘How The Week Went Down’ where I talked about my food and fitness for the week, but I enjoyed doing it and it kept me on track, so I’m going to bring that back once in a while.

I also am in contact again with organicgirl to create recipes and reviews for them and also was just asked to write and review for Blue Diamond Almonds, so you’ll be seeing them on here, too.

I really enjoy writing lifestyle posts, like my most recent one, so I plan to have more of those once in a while, too.

I need to shift my focus from boys and booze to bikinis and blogging!


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The (Inner) Struggle is Real

This was certainly a week of all the struggles. 

An emotional roller coaster. 

Lot’s of ups and downs. 

It was like, everything that could go wrong, or upset me, did.

I took some time to figure out what was bothering me and then flipped the situation to make it better once I realized how it was affecting me. I don’t like when outside situations have control over my mood for the day, how I feel, and my attitude. Putting things into perspective helps me to figure out why I’m feeling a certain way, so that rather than let it continue to bother me, I can fix and move on from it.

I feel like inner struggles go hand in hand with vulnerability. No one likes feeling vulnerable, so instead we back off, shy away and end up very closed off. Vulnerability is like that miserable feeling you get in the pit of your stomach that won’t go away until something changes – for the better. We have two choices; face it and deal with it or run away from it and shut down.

Well, no chance I’m going with the latter, because I prefer to deal with my emotions rather than to hide behind them – it’s just how I function. Typically, I deal with them by drinking all the wine, getting advice from my girlfriends and talking it out to see how I can make things better.

Yesterday, I read this quote in an elitedaily article and found it so right on to what I was going through earlier in the week, before I decided to face my struggles and make them better.

Our fear of vulnerability seems to stem from our fear of rejection and authenticity. Because of this fear, we spend more time hiding the truth than speaking it.

But my question is, why hide it? If you consider most inner struggles, you feel better once they’re out in the open and you can express them, right?

Why not just be upfront? Let it out. If there are negative effects of being open, honest and expressing yourself, then there’s a good chance you shouldn’t be involved with who or whatever isn’t accepting to your openness.

So….

If you have something to say, say it.

If you want something, go after it.

If you can’t make a decision, figure out where your heart is leading you and always listen to your gut!

If someone doesn’t make an effort for you, don’t make an effort for them – sometimes it’s just not worth it.

If something upsets you, fix it.

If you have regrets, forget about them – you can’t go back there anyway.

If you’re holding on to the past, let it go. If nothings has come of it yet, nothing probably will.

You’ll be amazed at the changes you’ll see by choosing to be open and upfront in situations. There’s really no use in fearing the chances we can take in life.

So, fuck it. Go live a little!


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How The Week Went Down

weekwentHello Darlings!

This week flew by and was filled with a lot of workouts and clean, delicious eats! I started my day with a Triple Grande Soy Latte, which was fabulous!

blog1Let’s get right into it so that I can share some Friday Fashion with you all. :)

Today will mark my fourth CrossFit workout of the week and Sunday will make it five – woohoo! I’m so proud of myself and Ashley for getting in there all week. It’s felt so good to workout hard and sweat. I’m still trying to get comfortable with the bar exercises such as, clean, jerks, snatch, etc., but I know in time it’ll get better!

Last night they had a ‘Throwdown’ and two guys participated in the 2015 CrossFit game workout; 15.1

9-minute AMRAP:
15 toes-to-bars
10 deadlifts
5 snatches
(M 115 lb. / F 75 lb.)

Workout 15.1a

1-rep-max clean and jerk
6-minute time cap

It was awesome to watch and I enjoyed hanging at the gym, having a beer and eating some pizza! It was a fun night with the Glass City CrossFit crew.

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Eats this week were good, thanks to my meal plan! I had the majority of what I had intended and found a new favorite meal, too!

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After my workout the other night, it was 7:45 and I wanted something quick and healthy for dinner. I had some leftovers from Sunday meal prep, so I threw together this odd, but awesome combination:

1/2 sweet potato, tiny bit of quinoa, pinto beans, a dollop of greek yogurt and liquid aminos.

blog3Such a great post-work vegetarian meal! I even packed leftovers for lunch the next day. I know it sounds like an odd combo, but you should definitely try it out!

Ok, now onto some fashion!

Here is a collection of some outfits that I’ve worn and loved recently! Some old pieces, some new, but all fun work outfits!

Looks #1

blog5Black Skinnies 1 – Express
Black Skinnies 2 – The Limited
Chambray Button Up- Gap
Blazer – Forever 21 (such a bargain)
Polka Dot Top – Forever 21

Looks #2 

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I die for these plaid pants!!

Pants – Old Navy
Dress – Gap
Blazer – LC Collecetion; Kohls
Cobalt Skirt – Express
Top – Express

Ok peeps, that’s a wrap. I hope you have a fantastic weekend. I have some fun stuff planned, as well as, a lot of studying – boo!

Until next time…


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