W.I.A.W ; 4/7/15

Good morning/afternoon/evening! ❤

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I’m excited that I am getting into more of a routine with blogging again! The most frequent posts that I usually always kept going was What I Ate Wednesdays. What can I say? Food is my passion. 😉 I’ve taken the route of filming my food instead of taking pictures. I do want to work on my photography skills, but I am saving that for inanimate objects, scenery, and people. I really want to work on filming and editing videos, so watch out for more videos coming your way! I have quite a few ideas in mind already that I am excited about! Any whoooo, this post is suppose to be about food, so press play and enjoy the eats. 🙂

Breakfast: Whole wheat toast topped with strawberry cream cheese, an egg, ham, green beans, and coffee. (Surprise surprise. ;))

Smoothie: Frozen blueberries, spinach, ice, and almond milk. (I ran out of banana! Sad day..)

Lunch: Greek yogurt + apple slices + peanut butter, ham, grapes, and my smoothie.

Dinner: Green chile pork enchiladas!

No dessert. 😮

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Let’s Talk: Coconut Oil

Good morning/afternoon/evening! ❤

The newest trend I’ve been seeing all over Instagram lately has been coconut oil. Okay, let’s be real here.. coconut oil has been a thing for a while now, and I’m just now discussing the topic. I saw it and thought, “Oh, it’s another tool used for cooking and for beauty regimens.” Little did I realize how fantastic it is for you! After doing some research and learning the science behind all of its wonderful benefits, I was grateful that I bought a jar of coconut oil a few weeks earlier. My initial intention for buying it was for my hair, but after learning why it is such a super food, I was pretty blown away.

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Let’s first go into why coconut oil is considered a super food. First off, 90% of coconut oil is saturated fatty acids. It is made up of medium chain triglycerides that enable the fat to go straight to the liver from the digestive tract. In effect, it is a quick source of energy, a.k.a. made with ketone bodies. (Fun Fact: Ketone bodies reduces the risk of seizures by helping blood concentration.) The medium chain triglycerides have more energy than longer chains of fats. That means their is 5% more energy given in 24 hours. That energy helps aid in long term weight loss.

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Of the 90% saturated fatty acids, 50% of those fatty acids are 12-carbon Lauric Acids. When they are enzymatically digested, it turns into a monoglyceride called monolaurin. Monolaurin kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

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Coconut oil has lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid. That means that coconut oil is antimicrobial, an antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and has soothing qualities. These acids help with kidney problems, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer. Coconut oil is also filled with polyunsaturated fatty acids, monosaturated fatty acids, poly-phenols, vitamin E, vitamin K, and iron. Pretty awesome internal benefits, right?! Well, it only gets better with these other benefits…

  • Reduces hunger (like most fats do.)
  • The saturated fats raise HDL cholesterol (the good kind.)
  • Improves dry skin.
  • Helps damaged/dry hair.
  • Blocks out 20% of the sun’s ultraviolent rays.
  • Used for oil pulling (which is now becoming more popular.)
  • The ketone bodies supply energy to the brain.
  • Relieves stress.
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Aids digestion
  • Regulates the metabolism

Can you say “Heck yeah!” to coconut oil after reading all of that?! I sure can! I was hesitant at first when using it with cooking and eating, but I have to say it’s delicious. I’m excited to see what good it does for my body both internally and externally! I have also been using it on my lips, because the heat has been drying them out. I hope you learned something new and give coconut oil a chance! 🙂

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Happy Easter!

Good morning/afternoon/evening & Happy Easter! 🙂

I hope everyone today has an amazing day with the people they love and makes them happy! Today is a day to celebrate, so enjoy the festivities and the good vibes that come along with it! I will be going to my aunt’s house for a big dinner with most of my family! I got to have a Pre-Easter celebration with my boyfriend and his mom. 🙂 We colored eggs (mainly) and she gave me this sweet Easter basket with a duck!

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Enjoy the day, and I hope to hear all about it in either the comments or on other blogs! ❤

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Goal Talk for April 2015

Good morning/afternoon/evening! 

At the beginning of this year, I made a promise to myself that I would set goals each month and do my very best to complete them all. I set multiple little goals to do, and those add up to the major goals that I have. It may seem like a lot, but they are little tweaks I can make to my life every day. I am thinking of doing goal posts at the beginning of each month and track my progress along the way! I already know that April is going to be an exciting month for me, so I set goals that I know I will more than likely achieve! I have a few things in the works, so some of these things will make sense later on. 🙂

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Goals for April 2015:

1. Practice working on handstands! (I can do headstands, but I have been really hesitant on moving up to handstands.)

2. Be more consistent with my blogging. (My spark has come back, and I have quite a few projects in the works. :))

3. Get my license.

4. Save up my money and hopefully buy a car! (Super excited for this!)

5. Incorporate more HIITs into my workouts.

6. Drink more smoothies. (I started having a smoothie a day for the past week, and I’ve been loving it! Yummm.)

7. Reduce my coffee drinking down to one cup a day. (It’s been reaching up to four cups a day. :o)

8. Start drinking green tea again.

9. Don’t be so nervous to try out new exercises.

10. Stretch after every workout. (VERY important for your health.)

-What are some of your goals for April? 

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W.I.A.W ; Double Edition!

Good morning/afternoon/evening! ❤

Since I fell off of the blogging spectrum, I decided that I should combine last weeks and this weeks W.I.A.W posts together! I decided to stop the macro counting (again) and learn how to listen to my body’s hunger signals. I have to say, it is going quite well so far, and I am loving the progress! I’ll let the videos do all of the talking now. 🙂

*Side note: Something spectacular happened last week, and I wanted to share it with you! I squatted 225 lbs! I would have never thought I would ever come close to that! 😮

LAST WEEK

BREAKFAST: High fiber english muffin with peanut butter and strawberry cream cheese, ham, and coffee.

LUNCH: Vanilla egg white oats topped with blueberries and peanut butter.

DINNER: Tacos with shredded chicken and broccoli.

DESSERT: Probiotic yogurt + peanut butter + cheerios, honey nut cheerios with almond milk, and two of my moms homemade white chocolate + milk chocolate chip cookies.

THIS WEEK:

Breakfast: Whole wheat toast topped with peanut butter, banana, and cinnamon with a side of coffee.

Smoothie: Frozen blueberries, banana, spinach, ice, and cashew milk.

Lunch: Egg topped with salsa, ham, and the smoothie!

Snack: Cottage cheese + apple slices + peanut butter

Dinner: A Jersey Mike’s sub

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Happy 2015!

Here’s to the new year! Let it bring happiness, good fortune, prosperity, greatness, and a year full of new adventures. I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for me. A lot of good things have been happening lately, so I know good things are in store for me. I hope everyone is entering the new year with an open heart and mind for what the future holds. I hope everyone is having an amazing holiday season. ❤

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Exciting Life Updates

Hey, everyone! Wow.. I’ve been a really bad blogger lately. I’m sorry! I have a reason though. I have been very busy with balancing everything in my life right now. I wanted to come back on, and give you guys an update on what’s been going on in my life. There has been a few great things that have happened, so I’m excited to share. 🙂

1. I got a job at YouFit recently. I haven’t started yet, but I am going to get my training schedule and regular schedule today. I have had a few conversations with the current workers, and I know that we are going to be good friends! I am excited to start working again, because it will help tremendously with school, buying a car, and other expenses. The work environment is very comfortable.

2. I decided that I will be doing an NPC competition in April. I have already decided that I am going to, and I have already started the process of transforming. I’ve spoken with a trainer, and she is very excited for me. She is a former competitor that will be going for pro. We have been working together for the past few days. I hesitated before, but now that I have a job and a trainer, I am ready! It will be a journey, but i am excited for it. 🙂

3. Speaking of trainers, I’ve formed a good friendship with the head manager at YouFit. She’s the one that has been training with me. We got along right off the bat, and she told me I even inspired her to go back to school. 😮 She’s very helpful, and I’m excited that we will be working together!

4. I am finally pretty comfortable with driving now. I have always been nervous about turning, but I’ve been getting a lot more practice. I yet have to drive on the freeway…

5. The new patch in Tera came out and I am making my way to level 65. My mystic skills are improving vastly, and I am thinking of creating some new characters to master as well. Gah, Tera is so addicting. 😮

6. I have a trip planned to go to Disneyland on January 4th-7th. I really hope I can go, but I don’t know if I can with starting this new job. It’s a gift for my birthday from my friend. I haven’t been in over two years, so fingers crossed!

7. I’m starting to get into reading again. I’ve taken some time off, because I have to do a lot of mandatory readings for school. That’s taken the joy out of reading for me. I have a three week break, so my inner book worm is excited. 🙂

That’s all I can think of right now. I want to know what you have all been up too! Let me know! 🙂

-What have you been up too?

-What’s exciting in your life?

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