Twenty Sixteen-ing Like a Boss

It’s been almost 2 months since I declared that I will MOBILIZE this year! And mobilize I have! With the exception of this week (which is super hectic due to work), I have worked out a minimum of 4 days a week and I’m starting to feel awesome!

My eating has not been as on point however but I’m realizing more and more that despite what the general public might believe, I am not a super hero nor do I have 36 hours in a day to conquer everything on my ass-kicking list so 30-40 minutes of exercise a day is a huge accomplishment for me.

By far, the best thing about getting back into the gym has been the way I feel when I’m done. I love getting all sweaty and feeling my muscles pulse after each work out and it feels down right indulgent when I get it in. It is one of the few moments I get to be alone these days and really do something for myself that is for my health and mental well-being. It’s not a secret that exercise releases endorphins and I have to say, the days I come home after a good work out are the days I’m a little less on edge. Sure, my kids will always drive me crazy but if I start my day with a good workout, I don’t feel AS crazy and that’s a vast improvement in the grand scheme of things.

Overall, I’m feeling pretty good and I’m ready for warmer weather so I can start jogging a bit outside.

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Because Anchorman

I have a lot of lofty goals this year, many of which will take a lot of time and energy to accomplish. The fact that I get to do this: reinstating a regular workout routine to my 2016 list feels so good.

One of the other areas I’m hoping to kick some serious bootay with is upping my blogging game. My fellow Milwaukee Moms Blog team member Alyson M designed my ADORABLE new button!

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Adorbs.

 

I’ve been dreaming of a cloud theme for this blog for years but I lack the design skillz of the pros and Alyson made it happen out of the kindness of her heart so show her blog some love! She has a pretty cool weight loss story too that I know you’ll enjoy.  If you’re a button grabber, you’ll find the code in my side bar. Share away just warn your readers that I’m lousy with the frequency of my posts!

Now on to a few more of my goals including getting started with this Data-Driven Marketing & Social Media Course I purchased recently. I am about to get schooled in the art of social media in hopes that I can do more work in this virtual world that I love so much! Plus, it will be fun to get back to learning something new.

So what’s new with you now that we’re 2 months into 2016???

❤ M.

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The Idea of Self-Compassion

Have I told you how much I love the blog A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss? Erika Nicole Kendall kills it talking about everything under the sun from body image to race and culture, sex to weight loss, politics to media, class to fitness and clean eating. I came across this hugely profound post about Self-Compassion and Weight Loss. Wow. It really hit home. Check out a few of my favorite parts:

“The research suggests that giving ourselves a break and accepting our imperfections may be the first step toward better health. People who score high on tests of self-compassion have less depression and anxiety, and tend to be happier and more optimistic. Preliminary data suggest that self-compassion can even influence how much we eat and may help some people lose weight.”

Excerpted from Self-Compassion: A Key Factor In Weight Loss | A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss

And this too:

“I will admit, though, that I think there’s something missing from this entire conversation: people feel an inability to exercise restraint with food because, more often than not, they’re dealing with processed foods that alter their ability to “eat just one.” The fact that I couldn’t control myself when it came to certain foods was something that’d cause me to beat myself up a little bit, too. I can admit that.

See? That’s an example of self-compassion. My admitting that I wouldn’t have been able to control myself or lose my weight if I were still around processed foods? That’s me being compassionate to myself, being sympathetic to my shortcomings… instead of acting like my shortcomings don’t have to be acknowledged because some mystical mental power should exist to save me (and then calling myself an idiot, a loser and a failure for not being able to tap into it.)”

Excerpted from Self-Compassion: A Key Factor In Weight Loss | A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss

Whoa. Look at that! You see how profound this language is? Imagine instead of beating yourself up for something you ate or did/didn’t do, you have a real conversation with yourself about what went wrong, why it happened, forgiving yourself and moving on. Forgiving yourself and moving on. Much like you would with someone you love and truly care about. Imagine that, treating yourself the same way you treat and care for others. That is powerful and that can go a really long way.

I’ve been there, sometimes I go back to that place where I feel guilty and beat myself up. But then I think about where I am today compared to where I was before I started this journey and I realize that I’ve made it this far because I chose to practice self-compassion instead. I started making healthier choices because I finally started engaging in self-care. When I fall off the wagon, I’m realizing it’s because I switched over to practicing willpower and failing instead of self-compassion and feeling cared for.

Does make sense? I sure hope so!

Cuz this post needed a picture.
Cuz this post needed a picture.

Anywho, how about another blog shout out? Thanks to Brooke from Brooke Not On A Diet for hosting the Back To Basics Challenge in September. I practiced a few of Brooke’s basic rules to healthy living and weight loss and I felt great! To be honest, I only lost a pound this month after practicing Scale-Less September and weighing in for the first time this morning. It’s not much but I’m ok with it and this was certainly one of those “do what you can” months in which I spent at least 2 weeks fighting off feelings of yuckiness and fatigue due to some harsh allergies and an uptick in some of my vitamin deficiencies (super low Vitamin D and low in Iron). I started up my Vitamin D and Iron supplements a little over a week ago and those have helped bring my energy back up so it’s back to the gym I go! Yesterday I got in a 2 mile run on the treadmill and today I got in 30 minutes of walking at lunch. I’m hoping to get back the cardio group classes at lunch starting tomorrow. I’m glad to be getting back to it!

What are your goals for October?

I Won A Liebster Award So Check Out These Blogs!

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The lovely Amber from The Fit Life With Amber nominated me for a Liebster Award last week! Thanks lady! Not one to break rules, I shall now go over what it means to win a Liebster Award.

I’m stealing this little tidbit from Amber, why do all the work twice? After doing a little research she learned that “the word Liebster is a German word for sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.  The award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  The idea of the reward is to help new bloggers build a community and to connect with other bloggers!”

Once a blogger is nominated, the blogger must complete the following:

1) Acknowledge the nominating blogger

2) Share 11 random facts about yourself

3) Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you

4)  List 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers from what you can tell!  They should be bloggers you believe deserve a little recognition and some blogging love!

5) Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominated.

6) Tell the 11 bloggers you nominated (no nominating the blogger who nominated you)!

11 things about me:

  • Nachos are my favorite food group. Obviously I aim to stay away from them more often now but they are my number one cheat food.
  • When I was pregnant, I craved Pizza Hut pepperoni pan pizza all.the.time.
  • My sister and I have the same middle name, Cristina. She was 11 when I was born and she wanted us to share something special
  • When I was in the 3rd grade, I acquired a hamster I named Cilantro. I lost him in our house for about a week only to find him scratching around inside our couch, hungry but unharmed.
  • I got through half the Babysitters Club books in one summer when I was 11.
  • My favorite movie growing up was Hocus Pocus, now it’s Anchorman
  • One of my best friends in high school and I learned the entire lunch room dance sequence in Superstar
  • The longest running crush I have ever had was and is still on Paul Rudd. I’m a sucker for black hair and light eyes on a dude
  • I have a tattoo on my lower back, to the right (technically NOT a tramp stamp). I drew it up myself!
  • I wrote a Telenovela-like play for our Latino Culture show in college. I was also the lead which required that I wear a nun costume.
  • I’m obsessed with watching What Not to Wear, Bridezillas and Girl Code. Which is probably why it’s better that we don’t have cable.

Questions from Amber:

1. If you could do any job in the world, what would you do?

I want to have Sammantha Brown’s job from the travel channel. She gets to scope out hotels and resorts all over the world.

2. What is your favorite place to vacation?

Where I’m from: Puerto Rico!

3. What is your favorite TV show?

Girl Code

4. If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

An otter! Seriously, why are they so cute?

5. What is your go to work out?

Running 2 miles. Although if my gym had a stairmaster, it would be that.

6. If you had to choose, college football or NFL? Why?

College football because FOREVER GO BLUE!

7. Early bird or Night owl?

Shockingly, early bird now.

8. What is your favorite food?

Two words: Na. Chos.

9. List one thing one your bucket list.

Visit Spain

10. What is your favorite restaurant to eat out at?

Cafe Iberico here in Chicago (tapas)

11. Do you have any pets? If so, what kind of pets do you have?

Does a toddler count? No? Ok, well then no, no pets.

 

11 bloggers that I nominate!

1. Biggest Girl in the Ballroom 

Questions for bloggers nominated:

1. If you were a vending machine, what would you sell and why? (Could be anything)

2. What is your fondest childhood memory?

3. What is your favorite book from your childhood?

4. What is your favorite book now as an adult?

5. What is your favorite unhealthy to healthy recipe (example: skinny mac and cheese)?

6. Do you have a favorite method for losing weight/working out? What is it?

7. Star Trek or Star Wars?

8. If you were a vegetable, which one would you be and why?

9. What is the best vacation you ever went on?

10. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would your first purchase be?

11. Why do you blog?

If you are nominated, just know that you’ve made a pretty awesome impact on me and you’ve inspired me to keep writing and learning amazing things. Happy sharing!