Weight loss Journey!!!

The past couple of months I’ve been struggling with my fitness and weight loss journey but I’m finally getting it together!!! I’m more than excited and now that I’m starting to see results I’m becoming addicted! Please follow my fitness journey on Instagram @michellesssssfit

Take a look at my 2wk progress on Herbalife!!

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Can’t wait to see what the new year holds for me!!!

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I’m Back (For Real this time lol)

Hi Lovelies!! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!! I know I’ve been doing very horribly with posting on my blog lately, but am determined to get back into it.

For the rest of the month of January, I’m going to be posting at least once daily! Regardless of the randomness of the post, I’m determined to make an effort to keep my blog up to date.

So, as for a little update on what’s going on with me…

◆I’ve been sick (as usual with this time of year) but am getting better
◆I have been working out and eating clean A LOT!!! I’m very proud of that, and have also considered in competing in Fitness Competitions. (More on that later)
◆My Etsy shop is FINALLY up and running!! Please go check it out!!  (http://www.etsy.com/shop/naturalbelledesigns) Currently I only have my jewelry listed and my crochet scarfs will be up once my mom comes home in February since she volunteered to be my model.
◆I start school on Tuesday!! Eeeek I’ll actually be back in a classroom for the first time in almost 2 years. I’m extremely nervous but trying not to think about it. I’m an art major and will be taking a photography class, so I hope to use my blog as a place to display some of my work.
◆My locs will be 1 year old on Tuesday the 22nd!
◆My boyfriend and I will also be celebrating our 6 year anniversary on that day as well. So Tuesday will be a very exciting day for me! lol

That’s about it for now. You should follow me on Instagram, I’m always on it! lol @MichelleSssss

Also, anything you wanna know or conversate about it??? Let me know, it’ll help me with posting daily lol.

♡Michelle

I’ve been inspired… to start back running!!

Early last year, I called myself a runner. I was getting ready to leave for Air Force BMT and I ran just about every single day. It wasn’t much maybe anywhere from 1-3 miles a day, but I was doing it, and I loved it. It was something that after 2 or 3 months was ingrained in me, and on the days where I didn’t run, I just didn’t feel “right”. I miss that feeling. Whenever I was stressed out, frustrated, sad, happy, bored, whatever I could run. Release that emotion whether it be good or bad, and be taken away, even if it was just for 20 minutes at a time. I would run before work or after work, but I always preferred my early morning runs. I would go by myself or take Latte with me. He’s a great running companion to be such a little dog, he wasn’t even a year old back then.

Getting this job has me pumped and motivated. For awhile I think I had lost some confidence in myself, but now I feel like I can do anything. Crazy how things change. But I want to run again. Even if it is just a walk/run. I want to get back to the point where I can run non stop and feel like I’m escaping the world. I’ve been reading a very inspiring blog over at TriKatyKid about her run streak. She’s been running every single day, rain or shine, for what will be a year on her birthday in October. That’s so amazing to me. Even on day’s when she doesn’t feel like it, or its raining, or whatever she gets up and runs. I want to be like that. A run streak is extremely intimidating for me. But I no longer feel like it’s impossible. Even if I am only running 5 minutes out of an hour walk, I want to run something EVERY day. I am trying to build up the strength in my knee and my ankle so I know I must start slow, but I feel like if I just put my mind to it, I can do it.

I also strongly believe in the concept of writing things down and making them happen. So I will start small…

I want to  will run every single day in the month of April.

Hold me to it guys, and Katy, please don’t stop running or writing, even though we don’t physically “know” each other, seeing your blog everyday has really pushed me to want to run, to get back and go beyond where I use to be.

I’m also getting my mom back into running as well. She use to run track in HS and college and held state records (who would’ve thought? lol) So together we will start running again, and I will be blogging about it as well. One of my mom’s goals is to do a 5k every month. Even if we are not running the whole thing. Last month we power walked the majority of the race but started and finished running. It felt great and I think it was a great start for us.

So, I’m starting today. No more “I’ll do it tomorrow” In about an hour and a half, my mom and I are meeting up to take the dogs for a run/walk. So I will talk to y’all soon. Hopefully by this time next month I will be blogging about my 30 days of running I just finished 🙂

Yesterday’s Workout!!

Man yesterday I hit the gym with my mom to go to a Zumba class for the first time in almost a year! And while the moves were familiar and I got back into the swing of things quite easily, I am certainly feeling it this morning!! I woke up and my whole body was sore!! Goodness gracious! I had a lot of fun though and it’s all worth it! On a happy note, I’ve lost .5 an inch around my waist since my starting measurements a week or so ago. I actually measured after I ate and stuff this morning, but I’m not sure if it would have made that big of a difference. But it makes turning down that yummy piece of cake Honey had last night and eating a handful of grapes instead sooooo worth it!!!!

Being sick and working out

Man let me tell you, being sick and trying to work out is rough. I’m currently taking a mini break. To be honest with myself, I havent done much, just about 25 mins on my Kinect (turned on my Wii to find my balance board and sensor have been rid of their batteries smh). But geez I feel exhausted and hungry smh. Feel like I’m slacking big time. I want to go walk my dog but the weather outside is windy and drizzly, not ideal for my situation right now, I’m trying to get better, not worse :/ I’m also supposed to be either going walking with my mom this evening if the weather clears up, or going to Zumba if it doesn’t, but I’m not sure if that will be pushing me past my limits or not. I really wanna get back in shape, but I don’t want to make myself feel worse since I’ve been fighting different illnesses lately. And on top of that I am CRAVING a crispy chicken sandwich from Wendy’s. But it’s so not good for you, but it’s just soooo yummy. I was hoping that there was something in the house that would suffice, but I know I’m really dying for the fried crispiness goodness of it. Maybe I should do an oven fried chicken breast with bread crumbs instead… not exactly what I want, but an option none the less. Oh well, my break is over, going to play another game and maybe think of something healthier to eat lol

SN-i just saw a picture of a tuna sandwich and I just decided what I’m going to have for lunch. A tuna sandwich on wheat bread and some grapes… yummmm. Little things will make a difference 🙂

 INSTEAD OF 

Wendy's chicken sandwich

Wendy's chicken sandwich

(I’m a visual person, so I intentionally tried to find pictures that made the tuna sandwich look so much yummier lol)

Fitness Stuff & today’s green smoothie!!

So here is today’s green smoothie:

It’s probably the least “green” (as far as color) smoothie that I’ve had yet. It was also considerably thicker than normal which is a negative to me because it takes me longer to drink.

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana
approx. 1 cup of strawberries
2 handfuls of spinach
1/2 scoop of Vanilla flavored Whey Protein (yuck!!!)
about 3 tbs of Rice Drink

I really hate whey protein, regardless of how little I put in my smoothie and how long I blend it, I can ALWAYS tatse that stuff smh. But the times I don’t use it, I always feel hungry when I’m done. So that’s why I like my smoothies thinner so I can drink them faster without thinking about it.

Here’s some fitness motivation for y’all. I know I need it lol

So true, after these people deliver my table I’m hoping on my wii!!

Random SN- My waist measurement is currently 31″ and 34″ at my navel. My goal is to when I get to atleast 28-29″ at my natural waist line and can actually MAINTAIN it for 2wks I’m going to get my belly button re-pierced. So yep, I have work to do, gotta make sure that piercing is fully healed in time for me to hit the beach this summer lol 🙂

But that’s all for now. I want to try and add one or two of these a day. I figure if some of these can push me a little harder, they may help someone else out too. I’ll be back later with an update on my workout for the day.