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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Punching People is Frowned Upon


I love trying new workouts!  Working out has been a huge part of my mental health journey in the past 2 years as I've done everything possible to prioritize myself. And when a workout feels like a sweaty therapy session - even better!!


Boxing gyms are all the rage- boxing is one of the best TOTAL-body workouts you can do.
But for some, stepping into a boxing gym can be pretty intimidating (not to mention pricey).
But now you can have a boxing gym  in your house!

What is 10 Rounds?
View a video here
Basics:
  • 6 weeks
  • 5 workouts a week
  • 3 boxing workouts and 2 lifting workouts a week
  • Boxing workouts are broken up into 10 rounds- 3 minutes each, focusing on punching combinations and footwork that progresses throughout the 6 weeks


Joel will teach you how every move actually begins at your feet, moves up through your hips,
uses your core, and explodes all the way through your fists.
With every punch you use your entire body- scorching calories and toning.
This program is built around the simple and precise movements of boxing- without the impact!
You won’t be using a sparring partner or hitting a heavy bag- instead you will train the way real
boxers do- with shadowboxing! 

The 3 boxing days are combined with conditioning drills that help build:
-Power
-Speed/agility
-Endurance
The two days of weightlifting workouts include
-Upper Body to build strength and power
-Lower Body/Legs- since every punch starts at your feet
And of course, there is amazing music in every workout to help keep you moving and give you the
energy to keep going!

I tried the sample workout yesterday and it was so much fun!
Felt like punching someone in the face without hurting your hand or getting in trouble for it.
We all have at least one person we'd like to punch.
If you want info click here and I'll be in touch!


Monday, March 9, 2020

My 21 Day Commitment


I'm not going to beat around the bush here.  I'm nervous.

And I'm going to preface this post by saying, I'm not trying to sell y'all this.  My goal here is to give you a true account of what this cleanse is, how I feel about it, and whether or not I would recommend it.  I don't believe in promoting things I wouldn't use myself.  I'm at a point in life where I need a serious detox, but that's another post in itself...

I literally talked about doing this 21 day cleanse for months before I actually put it in my shopping cart.  Then once it was in my cart it sat there for a while.  One night as I lay awake around 2 AM I went to purchase and realized I needed to update my credit card info so it sat there a bit longer.  Finally, my boyfriend and I decided we would do it together and it arrived on my doorstep Wednesday - a whole 24 hours earlier than it was supposed to.

I started Sunday.  My boyfriend is doing it with me.
I've literally read the handbook that came with it cover to cover.
I spent all day yesterday prepping our meals for the week.

The cleanse claims to help you completely detox your body of the environmental toxins we consume by breathing in air or consuming the foods we eat on a consistent basis.  For 21 days we go caffeine and alcohol free.  We start off eating lean animal protein and end completely vegan.

I don't plan to go vegan forever, but there are a few reasons why I decided to give this a go.

For starters, the time that I am away from my kids is extremely hard on me.  Some of the ways I've started coping haven't been the healthiest choices for me.  I'm really good about practicing self care and self love, but I was going out a lot, staying up late, drinking more than normal, snacking a ton, and consuming crazy amounts of fried foods.  Just saying that out loud has made me realize I need to find other ways to cope with missing them. It's natural to miss them, but not healthy to suppress those feelings with food and drink.

The fact that I can acknowledge that shows I'm able to control it.  So I'm not concerned about it, but I am going to change it.  And I've learned that in order to get different results I need to do something different.

Also, over the course of this year I've added a little more weight to the mom bod than I care to see when I step on the scale.  I'm the first to tell you the scale is the devil, BUT I also know when my body is "happy" and right now it's a little too snug in my jeans.  So, one of the great benefits of this program is weight loss.  I'm hoping to lose 10+ pounds.  I'll keep you posted!

One concern, they recommend no intense exercise.  Y'all know if you follow me on instagram that I am adamant about my workouts.  They are my therapy!  So I hate that, but I also get it.  So today is beautiful and I plan to go for a walk.  Tomorrow I'll do yoga.  We shall see how I feel!



And today is officially Day 2...

I won't lie, the fact that there are 19 more days is still pretty daunting to me, BUT I am pleasantly pleased with a few things:

  1. I got the best sleep I've had in weeks last night
  2. The amount of food is so crazy I'm having a hard time finishing each meal
  3. So far the recipes we've tried have tasted awesome
  4. I haven't had any serious cravings...yet
  5. I can still have my evening caffeine free herbal tea
I guess I can say I'm excited and glad to be doing this alongside my partner in crime.  I'm still a little nervous, but doing this with somebody definitely makes it more fun and "doable" if that makes sense.  

Let me know if you have any questions for me!  I'm happy to answer them and give you my honest opinion.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Bathroom Remodel


A few weeks ago I shared my tub transformation, but I wanted to share the entire bathroom because I can't get over what $200 (I actually stayed under budget) and a little time can do to a room.  I mean, I went from builder's grade beige bathroom to a styling bathroom I'm excited to walk into each morning.

I have a rather large bathroom off my master so this was a bigger project for my first DIY, but after stalking Pinterest and Instagram and falling in love with some new (to me) bloggers, I decided why not?!  Also, I knew if I messed up I'd be the only one to see the mistakes since I'm the only one who really uses this bathroom anyway.  Ha!

Here's what I did:
  • Paint cabinets
  • Remove builder mirror
  • Replace mirror with 2 mirrors
  • Paint walls
  • Paint tile around tub
  • Wallpaper toilet closet
  • Update light fixture
  • Update bathroom fixtures 
  • Hang shelf
  • Decorate
Wow!  That's a lot when you start to list it out.  It took me about a month to complete the project, but I didn't do it while the kids were home with me and I did it all myself minus some help removing the mirror and starting the tile project.  

Here are a few pictures of the bathroom from Zillow before I purchased the house and a few I took just before starting the project.

You can see there really was nothing wrong with the bathroom.  It was nice and it functioned well, but it was just like every other bathroom in every other house in my neighborhood I would assume.  

I took the light fixture down and spray painted it matte black.  I opted to leave the glass globes off and purchased some fun lightbulbs to give it a more industrial feel.
I actually purchased a new light fixture for $12 at Habitat for Humanity and opted not to use it because whoever installed the original light fixture had screwed into the studs in the drywall AND used wall anchors.  It would have been a lot of patching and sanding.  So I opted to take the builder grade light fixture down, give it a coat of paint, and roll with it.  Spray paint is magic!

I swore up and down I wasn't going to paint because I have a huge love/hate relationship with painting, but as I was walking through the aisles of Walmart I saw a $21 gallon of pre-mixed paint and I just knew it would give me the biggest bang for my buck in terms of transformation so I went for it.  I don't regret it.  
The view from before (this is from Zillow before I purchased the house).

And the view now:
Such a difference!




I haven't tackled the walk-in closet yet and the idea of painting it overwhelms me due to all the shelving and such that is inside.  However, it's a wreck.  The house overall was very unclean when I moved in and the closet looks like it took a beating with black marks on the walls from shoes and such.  So, I'm trying to decide between peel and stick wall paper or paint...

Speaking of peel and stick wallpaper, I decided not to paint the toilet closet and instead created an accent wall behind the toilet using this $6 roll of peel and stick wallpaper.  It made a huge impact and took about 10 minutes to do.  If you've never used this before I would compare it to contact paper, but much easier to work with.  I highly recommend trying it!



Before and after: you see the huge impact it made.  The sign is one I found for $5 at Hobby Lobby.

The first thing I did, but the last thing to show you is the update I made to the cabinets.  This was time consuming, but so simple and has really inspired me to go ahead with my kitchen cabinets!






Monday, March 2, 2020

Week 4 Weekly Menu and Budget

I have a confession...  this week's budget got a little crazy.  I went a little rogue when I had the opportunity to go to Trader Joe's and stock up on some of my favorites.  Anyone else love that place?

However, I think it's okay to do those things as long as you are intentional about it.  I didn't randomly put things in my cart just because they sounded good and I didn't get 4 jars of mixed nut butter; I scaled back and got 1.  Haha - I know that sounds crazy, but I use to be the one with a pantry full of extras because I had fear of running out of anything and everything.  Not exactly healthy when trying to stick to a budget.  

At TJ's I picked up some frozen cauliflower stir fry mix and a bottle of General Tso's stir fry sauce.  I sauteed some chicken and added the stir fry to the pan after it was cooked through.  Then once it was all cooked I poured about half the bottle of sauce on top.  It was so quick and so delish!

I also grabbed asparagus, corned beef, salad dressing, mixed nut butter, some fresh flowers, and a couple of my favorite dark chocolate bars.  What are you favorites?

I did head to my favorite place, Aldi, to do the rest of my grocery shopping because let's be real...why pay $2.99 for strawberries when you can pay $1.89?!  Stuff is just soooo much cheaper here and I can't bring myself to pay other prices.  I'm spoiled.

Here is this week's menu:
Sunday: Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry thanks to new Trader Joe's finds
Monday: Mexican Date Night
Tuesday: Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks (I use ACV instead of balsamic)
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday:Movie/Pizza Night with friends
Saturday: Hawaiian Ham Sliders

What's on your menu this week?

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Week 3: Weekly Menu and Grocery Budget

Sorry for the delay on posting this; I went to a friends' house over the weekend and they sent me home with some leftovers so I ended up moving my menu around a bit and wanted to edit before I shared.

Y'all, in case I haven't made it clear - this has been life changing!
You can find Week 1 and Week 2 here and here.

Let me say it louder for the people in the back, making a weekly menu and following a plan is life changing!  And not nearly as hard as I thought it would be...especially for you since you could just do what I'm sharing here if you wanted to!  Maybe I'm the last person to have this epiphany or make time to do this, but it's been so good for me and my family.

Last week I purchased chicken drumsticks because they were on sale for 69 cents a pound.  I had intentions of using them over the weekend and our plans changed a little so I'm using them this week and the only ingredient I needed to purchase for that recipe was dijon mustard!  Saved me big bucks in my grocery budget this week.

I wait until Monday to do my grocery shopping because that is the day my kids stay with their dad and I can go to Aldi to get the good deals on groceries.  Chicken breast and almond butter were on awesome sale this week if you need to stock up!

I also wanted to share we keep our lunches fairly simple in my house. My son alternates between PB or ham sandwiches.  That's what he likes!  Sometimes he'll request leftovers in his thermos.  If I'm not eating leftovers I generally eat Greek yogurt, fresh berries, fresh veggies, a cheese stick, and some hard boiled eggs.  What do your packed lunches look like?

Here is my weekly menu:

Monday: Leftovers - thanks friends!
Tuesday: Crockpot Orange Chicken over jasmine rice
Wednesday: Crockpot Drumsticks
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Crab Legs (steamed by our local grocer)
Saturday: Date Night with friends
Sunday: Leftovers

I threw the orange chicken in the crockpot this morning and I'm excited to see how it turns out!  My girlfriend said the drumsticks are amazing.

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Bathroom Tub Project

I can't wait to showcase the entire bathroom remodel, but I feel like this tub needs a post all its own.  The transformation is WOWZA, y'all!  Like, I can't even.

Here is a little before action for ya.
I forgot to take a picture before I started taping off to paint the walls of the bathroom, but you get the point here.  The tub was great; I love a good tub.  However, it is very much a basic builder grade bathroom and I learn toward cool tones/modern farmhouse style so I was ready to give it my touch.

The problem was I was working on a budget of $200 to do the entire bathroom.  This meant doing new tile was completely out of the question.  (Pretty proud to announce that I came out below budget)

Brace yourself for the after...
How amazing is this transformation!?  I mean, it looks completely custom now.  The color on the walls was a $21 gallon of pre-mixed paint from the shelves of Walmart and the tile project was done using Rustoleum Tub & Tile.

I should probably preface this and say I've never really done a big DIY before.  I've always been inspired to try things, but I never had the courage to just do it.  2020 is my year, y'all!  I read a bunch of blog posts and obsessed over Pinterest and pretty much stalked a few ladies on Instagram, but at the end of the day I decided to go for it.  I mean, what's the worst that could happen?!


This little kit was gold; I mean the impact it had was amazing.  I have to reiterate the chemicals in this stuff are intense so definitely use all the precautions recommended.  We wore masks, goggles, and gloves to be safe.
As much as he wanted to help me this was really a one man job so I ended up doing the tub myself after Ricky went around the edges of the tile/grout for me with a brush.  

To start I taped off everything really well.  I even covered the faucet and fixtures with plastic wrap to ensure that nothing would drip or splash.  I took my time washing the tile and sanding then wiping away any dust before mixing the 2 part epoxy and rolling it on.  

The box said to do 2 coats, but I ended up doing 4 with an hour long dry time between each coat.  

The grout was really gross from my old tile and nothing was getting it clean so after I painted the tile and let it dry for 24+ hours I googled how to caulk a bathtub and went back around the tub and tile with white caulk for a clean line.  

It's not perfect.  Despite my best efforts a little epoxy did get on the tub and the painter's tape left a sticky residue on the fixtures for some reason, but overall I am soooo pleased with this project and my newfound love for all things DIY!

Here is a side by side of the difference.

 

Are you a DIYer?  What's your latest project?!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Muffins


I have shared this recipe here before; I can't remember.  But, I've recently been making these on the regular and my son loves them for breakfast on his way to school in the morning.

 They are delicious, just sweet enough, nutritious, and quick.

When I make these I usually make a double batch because they freeze well and they are super yummy.  One can of pumpkin is enough for 2 recipes so it works out great.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond butter (I buy mine at Aldi because it is so much cheaper)
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine pumpkin and almond butter until smooth.
  3. Stir in eggs and honey.  Add dry spices.  Mix well.
  4. Add chocolate chips.
  5. Distribute batter evenly into 12 muffin cups
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes
  7. Allow to cool on rack before serving.
These make great gifts for coworkers, snacks for daycare, or treats for a birthday party.  Kids think they taste great while adults quietly sit back and chuckle at the gluten free, grain free goodness being consumed by sugar crazed littles.  

Enjoy!



Monday, February 10, 2020

Week 2: Weekly Menu & Grocery Budget

If you want to see my menu from week 1 you can see it here.

Everything was DELICIOUS and my kids especially loved the Lazy Crockpot Lasagna.  If you need something quick and easy for a week night or a potluck, I highly recommend!

I've already spent $75 of my $200 monthly budget which makes me a little nervous about the rest of the month!  So, I walked into the grocery store with a tight grasp on my list and blinders on my eyes.

This week I went back to Aldi for my groceries and picked up some staples.  We eat fresh fruit/veggies, bread, and milk/cheese on a weekly basis since I'm cooking at home and packing lunches for my kindergartener this year.  Lunches are fun, aren't they moms?!

$46 later I had stocked up on our weekly essentials including strawberries for less than $2 a qt and chicken drumsticks for 69 cents a pound!  Man, I love this store.


Here is my menu for this week:

Monday: Leftovers (we had beef stroganoff yesterday - it was AMAZING)
Tuesday: Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Baked Chicken Drumsticks
Friday: Make Your Own Pizzas using Naan bread
Saturday: Hawaiian Ham Sliders
Sunday: Leftovers

I've also got some extra kale from my soup recipe last week so I plan to make kale chips for a snack.  That's a fun way to get some veggies in!

The past 2 weeks have been FUN as far as food goes.  It's so helpful to have a plan in place and not feel like a chicken with my head cut off in the evenings.  I've also got so much less waste as far as throwing away food and my wallet is a little fatter than normal at this time of the month. 

I do think my budget is too small especially since I'm big on eating whole foods, but I'm going to try to stay as close to $200 for the month as possible. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Week 1: Weekly Menu & Grocery Budget

Part of my #nospendfebruary is working on a very small grocery budget.  I'm mostly doing this because I want to show myself how well I can feed my family on a small budget, but also because I have a horrible tendency to go to the grocery store with no plan, no list, and no concern for what gets put in my cart. 

I always end up making great meals throughout the week, but the lack of plan leaves me scraping things together most nights and figuring it out as I go. 

The biggest thing is really all the extra that ends up in my cart like gummies, a shirt off the clearance rack for my son, mustard even though we have a bottle in the pantry...  For these reasons, I find I throw away too much produce that goes bad before I use it which is also throwing money down the drain.

Anyone else struggle with this?

I've been a Pinterest fiend lately since I'm working on remodeling my home myself.  It's been fun to get back on that platform and really use it.  I decided to look up some family friendly, crockpot, freezer, easy meals to have throughout the week to change things up and game plan.

I hit up our local Aldi because although I'm on a budget I'm going to try to eat as fresh and clean and according to my color coded meal plan as possible because it works for us.  I'm not against frozen or prepared foods; I'm not judging anyone, but I prefer whole foods.  I knew I'd get the most bang for my buck here.


I did have to get training pants for my daughter to wear to bed, almond flour for my muffins, and dog food which made my bill a little higher than it would normally be.  I may have to take those out of my $200 budget, but we shall see!

I ended up spending about $75 for groceries this week.

Here is my menu for the week:

Monday: Mexican Quinoa
Tuesday: Lazy Crockpot Lasagna
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Crockpot Zupa Tuscana
Friday: Date Night/Leftovers
Saturday: Date Night (using a giftcard from Christmas)
Sunday: Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

As part of my #nospendfebruary I did calculate in that we have Valentine's Day plans with some of our best friends and we are taking the kids to Dave & Buster's to celebrate the holiday with them.  I also feel date nights are extremely important and since they are built into our schedule and we don't need babysitters, they are not being deleted from our monthly plans. 
Again, the purpose is to stop spending without a plan. 

What is on your menu this week? 
Do you find this helpful?

Saturday, February 1, 2020

No Spend February


I know this is a much more popular concept in November or whatever, but I've decided to go the month of February spending nothing extra. 

I'm usually reallllyyyyy good about watching my budget and I even worked with a life coach in creating and tracking my budget after moving out on my own last year.  I won't lie, Amazon Prime got the best of me through the holiday season.  Anyone else?

The plan is to remind myself I don't need to reward all good behavior with things for my kids.  That I have more than enough in my closet, my home, my pantry.  And to get a handle on spending in general.  Again, I'm not in debt or living paycheck to paycheck, but in the past I've had a tendency to spend and buy.  Looking back, I was filling a void, but I definitely don't want to fall into old habits.

So here is how I'm doing it:

I've already purchased my kids' Valentine's gifts.  I did this to 1. truly go into the month without a need to buy a gift and 2. so that I can avoid stepping foot in Walmart this month. 

I have credits in my Dave & Buster's account from the first time we went 2 months ago that I plan to use to celebrate Valentine's Day with the kids which will keep me from spending new money on another experience.

I am not purchasing anything from Amazon Prime.  Not one thing.

I am giving myself $200 in cash to use for groceries throughout the month.  I really want to see how much ends up in my cart that doesn't belong there and try to use up what is currently in my pantry.  I have a tendency to stock my pantry when I find things on sale which is a great tactic, but I do it a little too extreme.  I grew up in an area where we literally had no grocery stores and had to travel 30-40 minutes and do grocery shopping once a month.  Now I live in an area where I have about 10 different grocery stores within a 5 miles radius.  No need to stock up all the time.  Again, trying to break old habits.  Also, I want to focus on meal planning and this budget will require a plan.  Let me know if you'd like to hear the plan each week!

I did give myself a $200 budget for my bathroom renovation and $300 for my bedroom.  The bathroom is just about done and is below budget.  My bedroom only needs a few more things and is still significantly below budget.  Some of those project materials have already been purchased so I will focus on those for the month and then if I find a chandelier I'll go for it.  I've found myself getting a little excited with the home remodel bug so I need to slow my roll and stop adding things to my Amazon cart before I finish the projects I've started.  No Spend February will force me to do that.

Have you ever gone a month without spending?  How did it go?!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

2,3,4

Have you taken the enneagram test everyone is talking about?

I took it a few years ago after hearing Rachel Hollis rave about it in so many of her podcasts and at her live event for my company.  And I must say I prefer it to the other personality type tests I've taken in the past.

Essentially this test assigns you numbers that go along with your personality and I know that my core values haven't changed in the past 2 years, but as a person, I've come a long way so I wanted to see if my results had changed.

Again, I was a 2 with a wing 3 which is what I've always been and it as accurate as can be if you know me...
















I am totally the helper and as much as I hate to admit it feeling unwanted or disliked is my absolute worst nightmare which is why the events of the past 2 years have been sooooo hard on me.  I am super sensitve and nurturing.  As far as my "wing" - this just means it's my next highest number and it's so high that it could easily be used to describe me as well - yup, that's me, too!

I a an achiever.  I want to win and goal crush and do all the things.  And I'm always in my friends' corner cheering for them as well.

A cool thing happened this time though.  I ended up with a second "wing."  This was equally weighted with 3 and THIS is what has changed about me in teh last 2 years.  This is something I am most proud of.  I have always felt confident about my character; being a good person.  But, with all that I've experienced I've made a point to stop living life by society's terms and expectations and to stop doing the "right thing" just because it's the right thing.  I've started to have my own opinion, my own voice, my own beliefs and if they don't align with everyone else's so be it.  I've realized it doesn't make me a bad person to be my own person.  So I'm proud of this wing...


It's true.  I'm sensitive, authentic, creative, and empathetic almost to a fault.  I have also become extremely self aware of my personal needs and desires.  I am inspired to be creative.  I hate it when people ignore me now - I use to sit back and let it happen.  I've been called dramatic a handful of times and maybe I am, but mostly I think people just aren't use to hearing my new voice.  

Get use to it, y'all.  Here I am.

Here's some more info on the test if you decide to take it.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

SOAR


It took me a while - a long while - to figure out what I wanted my word for 2020 to be.  2019 truly was a year of healing for me.  Spiritual, mental, emotional.  I wanted it to be my comeback year, but it was more or less a year of survival.  I'd like to think I did a little more than survive, but as I look back with that 20/20 hindsight we all know and love I realize it was more about just getting through.  And I'm not discounting it.  It wasn't easy, but I did it.

I'm proud of 2019 because it forced me to put my own oxygen mask on.  For so long I had been handling everything for everyone, but me.  And I literally had no choice to do me first or I was going to lose it.  Allllll of it.  And it wasn't going to be pretty.  So I did what I had to do.

I started therapy.  I took weekly baths.  I exercised daily.  I started working with a life coach.  I got a business mentor.  I read a lot of books.  I started a daily gratitude journal.  I prayed a lot and cried just as much.  I listened to podcasts.  I screamed.  I ran.  I wept.  I did what felt right.  What felt necessary.

And here I am today still standing.  Not an entirely new person, but a lot changed. 

I'm not nearly as naive as I once was.  Honestly, I don't love this about myself.  I sort of miss my natural ability to trust, but I know it is not wise.  I notice things and see red flags and I've stopped accepting things I don't want in my life into my life.  I wrote down non-negotiables for my future man and they are just that, non-negotiable.  I don't allow people to speak down to me without speaking up for myself.  I've stopped being the yes girl and started saying no more. 

I'm definitely stronger, more independent, and courageous. 

2020 is going to be my year to not just get back on track with my goals, but to break through them.  I'm not just going to fly or rise in my case.  I am going to SOAR.

More on my goals later, for now, my word is soar.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

10 Reasons NOT to have a Gym Membership


I use to love the gym.  Like, self-proclaimed gym rat.  It felt like the communal watering hole for awesome people and I wanted to drink the kool-aid.  I mean, I guess I really liked to be able to answer, "I'm heading to the gym," when people asked me what I was doing after work.  Also, the group fitness aerobics class on Saturday mornings was my straight up JAM.

Until I had kids...

So, no gym membership for this chick going on 7 years now.  Let me give you 10 good reasons why:

1.  Too damn expensive.
I feel like this is everyone's excuse these days for not prioritizing their health/fitness when it comes to exercise and nutrition, but let's be real, y'all.  For the purpose of this blog post I did a little local research for the gyms in my area and this is what I found. 

One CrossFit gym offered memberships ranging from $55-$120/month depending on what you were looking for.  $120 got you 24 hours access.  The newest gym to come into our town starts at something like $65/month for a membership and when I looked at their class schedule the majority of them are virtual.  So you literally travel to the gym to take a virtual class.  The new Planet Fitness advertises for $10.99/month, BUT to upgrade and have access to any Planet Fitness Worldwide (you must commit to 12 months for this package) it is $22.99/month.  Not awful, but still almost $300/year.  And lastly, the local YMCA is $60 to start up and then $42.05/month for one adult.

This doesn't even include the local yoga studio which is a whopping $534/6 months of yoga!

I just can't with that, y'all.  I mean, I like to splurge on myself a few times a month and if I was spending $40+ on a gym membership I would feel really guilty doing something extra.

2.  Travel time.
I get it, gyms are literally popping up everywhere.  I mean I'm pretty sure I have 5 options within less than 5 miles of my house right now, BUT those 5 miles of travel will more than likely keep me from actually using the membership.  Convenience is life for me.  I'm on a super limited time budget and those 5 miles will add at least 10-20 minutes to my workout time (both ways).

3.  My kids.
Some of the gyms above provide childcare which is amazing.  Some are open 24/7 when I could have someone else watch my kids so I could go.  Some even offer kids' fitness classes for an additional charge.  All of that is amazing!  However, I'm a big sufferer of mom guilt and I do not like having my children in school, daycare, and after school care all day just to put them in the gym play area for an hour each evening so I can work out.  I actually want to spend time with my kids.

4.  It's gross.
When I was in my 20s I didn't care, but now every time I use a community gym I think of all the other sweat, hair, and body parts that have touched the equipment.  Not to mention, my roommate in college got ring worm from using the mats even after sanitizing the equipment each time.  Ew.

5.  Crowds
Something you may not know about me; I hate crowds.  I avoid the mall like the plague.  If it's not an outdoor strip or outlet mall, you won't see me there.  I am not a clubber because I don't like bumping into all the people.  In fact the only time you'll find me (willingly) in a crowd and smiling is at Disney World.  I'll happily sit my butt in a crowd at that place.

6.  Wait Time.
I hate waiting for people to get off equipment so that I can get my workout in.  Maybe this goes along with my time problem with travel.  I'm on a limited time budget, people!  Instagram your bicep after you're done using the weight bench!  And stop trying to read your text book and listen to your headphones while walking on a treadmill for 60 minutes. 

7.  Accountability.
Or lack thereof.  No one knows if I go to the gym or not.  So, if I don't feel like paying for it, traveling to it, putting my kids in childcare, or dealing with people, no one knows if I skip it.  Which means no one calls me out for it. 

8.  Equipment.
This one might confuse you, but the equipment in a gym can be so overwhelming.  I mean, what do I do with some of those machines?!  Not to mention, what do I do with the machines consistently over time so that I get the results I'm looking for?  In other words, I want someone telling me what to do.  And based on the previous cost rundown, I can't afford that.

9.  Food.
Ummmm....someone told me Planet Fitness offers pizza on Fridays and bagels throughout the month?  Sort of defeats the purpose of paying and going if you ask me.  I mean, I like free food and all, but maybe a shake or something?

10. Schedules.
I don't like doing things on someone else's time.  I realize that sounds so spoiled rotten, but it's true.  I don't want to show up to the gym at 7:00 AM on Saturday morning for my HIIT Bootcamp class.  I want to do it when I feel like doing it on Saturday.  I don't want to race from a parent/teacher conference to the gym to join the back of the pilates class 5 minutes late.  Honestly, I hate appointments.  Knowing I have to be somewhere at a specific time outside my normal work schedule gives me anxiety.  So, yeah, I like to do it when I want.

Like I said, I looooooved the gym for years.  I mean I could spend hours there and feel pretty damn good about myself, but that all changed when my time budget started adulting on me. 

Are you a gym rat?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

First DIY of 2020: My Bathroom

I've got a few projects on my list for 2020 and I decided to start in my bathroom; the one in my master bedroom.  When I first moved into my new home last February the bathrooms were the only rooms I did absolutely nothing to in an effort to make them my own.  My bedroom and personal bathroom are the only two rooms that really took the back burner for the past year because my intent was to make the kids happy and comfortable with our new living arrangements. 

I decided to give myself a budget of $200 and really focus on updating the builder's grade bathroom by doing it myself and spending as little as possible.  I've only just started the project, but I'm already blown away with the results I'm seeing! 

Once I decided to go all in with the project I got a little excited and went ahead and took the cabinet doors out before taking an actual "before" photo, but you get the idea...

 

I was determined not to paint, but in the end I opted to buy a cheap pre-mixed gallon at Walmart and suck it up because let's be real here; the most cost-effective way to update a space is with paint!  And the walls were the same builder's beige they had been since the house was built. 

I'll have to share my half-bath DIY that cost me about $10 to complete last year so you can see what I did with a light fixture like the one I have here. I intended to do something similar to this one, but realized when pricing new globes for it that it would cost me about $50 to do.  Instead, I hit up my local Habitat for Humanity and found an adorable piece that was in need of some spray paint (which I had left over from that half-bath project) and good bulbs.  I snagged it for $12 and got to work. 


























Last time I did this I took the time to sand before spraying and it didn't seem to make much difference so this time I opted not to sand first - mostly because I was too anxious to get started.  It came out just as well as when I did.

I love the industrial look and a good coat of matte black paint does just the trick.  Now, let's just hope the fixture works when I wire it into the wall!

I did take the time to sand my cabinets and drawers because I felt like the finish on them needed to come off so that the paint could really soak in.  That was time well spent.  I also made sure to purchase specific cabinet paint for this job which runs a little higher than regular interior paint.  I got a quart of a dark grey color and have more than enough left to do another set of cabinets in the future.  I cannot believe the difference this has made in the room already!  I can't wait to finish the project and show you the true before/after.



Do you have any DIY projects on your vision board for 2020?  I'd love to hear about them!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Hello again...

Forgive me.  Last year I announced that I would reinstate the blog and then I realized that the year needed to be reserved for more important matters like grieving, healing, and laying new foundation.

Honestly, the last thing I could think about was "one more thing."

Isn't that how most of us feel?  Like "one more thing" might break us?  We can't wake up earlier in the morning than we already do because it's already too early.  We can't exercise for 30 minutes a day because we are already short on time.  And so many other things we cannot do because it is simply on. more. thing.

Today I sat down and put the finishing touches on my vision board for 2020.  Yes, I know, 2020 started 10 days ago, but for me, it really felt like it started on Tuesday.  Tuesday was my 35th birthday.  My 35th birthday in a new decade after a year of rediscovering myself and healing (although I'd say there's more healing to come) - it felt pretty significant so my new year has officially started now. 

It took me a while to come up with a word of the year because I really wanted to set the tone; make it count, ya know?  I don't just want to rise, I don't want to just survive, I want to SOAR.


I've got lots of things on here that scare the poop out of me to be honest with you, but I decided to go ahead and put them on there anyway because it's not necessarily about what happens at the end of the year from me...it's who I become along the way.  The process means more than the product.

So this year I want to do more
  • home DIY projects (starting with my bedroom/bathroom)
  • cooking
  • reading
  • soaking in baths
  • running
  • listening to podcasts
  • creating systems for my life and my business
  • growing
  • healing
And a little (or lot) less
  • pushing snooze
  • listening to other people's stories about my life
  • worrying 
  • saying yes to things I don't want to do
What's your word for 2020?   Any big goals?