Thursday, April 23, 2015

Workout Playlist

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! Can we just take a minute and appreciate how I have a beauty blog and am consistently posting "health" related topics? I guess beauty starts within! I promise I've got beauty coming up... eventually!
Anyways today I wanted to share my workout playlist with you guess, which consist of a lot of pop, a little country, some Christian, a dash of dance, and a splash of hip hop. It's just what i'm looking for when I work out!
  1. Worth It- Fifth Harmony
  2. Closer, Faster- Against The Current
  3. Ready or Not- Britt Nichole
  4. Crank It Up-Ashley Tisdale
  5. Shake- Victoria Justice
  6. Rock 'n' Roll- Avril Lavigne
  7. Shut up & Dance- Walk the Moon
  8. Burn- Ellie Goulding
  9. Sledge Hammer- Fifth Harmony
  10. Gold- Victoria Justice
  11. Shine- Krystal Meyers
  12. Here's to Never Growing Up- Avril Lavigne
  13. Don't Let Me Get Me- Pink
  14. More Than Alive- The Ready Set
  15. Somebody- Natalie La Rose
  16. Gold- Britt Nichole
  17. Collide- Krystal Meyers
  18. Most Girl- Pink
  19. Centuries- Fall Out Boy
  20. Butterflies- Zendaya
  21. I don't Wanna Be in Love- Good Charolette
  22. Shake it- Metro Station
  23. Your Biggest Mistake- Ellie Goulding
  24. Make Some Noise- Krystal Meyers
  25. Love Drunk- Boys Like Girls
  26. Good Girl Go Bad- Cobra Starship
  27. Thank You- MKTO
  28. Seventeen Forever- Metro Station
  29. The City is at War- Cobra Starship
  30. Classic- MKTO
  31. I Do Not Hook Up- Kelly Clarkson
  32. GDFR- Flo Rida
  33. American Dream- MKTO
  34. Bottoms Up- Brantley Gilbert

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Weight Loss Journey!

Hello Everyone and Welcome to my Blog! Yesterday I weighed in at 205 pounds, while that may seem like an "oh my gosh YOU ARE SO FAT" number and nothing to be proud of... I am hugely proud of myself! Why? Because I have now lost 25 pounds on this diet and that is incredible. I don't think I have talked too much on this diet but it is Atkins, low carb diet.
Atkins website is brilliant at explaining this whole process but to give you a run down... you watch net carbs. Net carbs is what you get when you subtract your carbs from the fiber and from sugar alcohols. On Atkins you get 20-25 net carbs a day, However I do 20 net carbs a day. It's an easier number for me to have count of and a lower amount of carbs you get in a day... which I need. I have seen a bigger result of weight loss when watching carbs subtracted from fiber... but I have preferences in what I eat that I just can't do that.
Listed below is a meal plan for 7-days a week, and yes this is what I do. Also I wanted to talk about the exercises I do and where I get the ideas from as well as apps I use to help. I will list those below the meal plan.
Day One: 18 Net Carbs
-Breakfast: Atkins Chocolate Chip Granola Bar (3 Net Carbs)
-Lunch: Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast (2 Net Carbs), Snow Peas steamed in 1 tsp. of butter and 1 tsp. water (4 Net Carbs), Sharp Cheddar Cheese Slice (1 Net Carb)
-Dinner: Atkins Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo (5 Net Carbs)
-Snack: Atkins Chocolate Coconut Treat Bar (3 Net Carbs)
Day Two: 18 Net Carbs
-Breakfast: Good & Delish Bacon Jerky (Bought at Walgreens, 3 Net Carbs)
-Lunch: Jeanie-O Extra Lean Turkey Slice (0 Net Carbs), Snow Peas (4 Net Carbs), Almonds (3 Net Carbs)
-Dinner: Turkey and Ham roll ups [Turkey (0 net carbs), Ham (0 net carbs), 5 slices of cheddar cheese (5 net carbs)] (5 net carbs), 1/2 cup cucumber slices (2 net carbs), Ranch (1 net carb)
Day Three: 16 Net Carbs
-Breakfast: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar (3 Net Carbs)
-Lunch: Tyson Grilled & Ready Southwestern Chicken Strips (2 Net Carbs), Snow Peas (4 Net Carbs), String Cheese (1 Net Carb)
-Dinner: Atkins Beef Merlot (6 Net Carbs)
Day Four: 17 Net Carbs
-Breakfast: 2 Hard Boiled Eggs (1 Net Carbs for both)
-Lunch: 2 servings of Romaine Lettuce (4 Net Carbs), Reduced Sodium Bacon Bits (0 Net Carbs), 2 servings of Ranch (2 Net Carb)
-Dinner: Broccoli (7 Net Carbs), Warmed Jeanie-O Turkey Slice (0 Net Carbs)
-Snack: Atkins Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Crunch Bar (3 Net Carbs)
Day Five: 18 Net Carbs
-Breakfast: Atkins Chocolate 18 Chip Granola Bar (3 Net Carbs)
-Lunch: Jeanie-O Turkey Slice (0 Net Carbs), Sharp Cheddar Cheese slice (1 Carb), Almonds (3 Net Carbs)
-Dinner: Atkins Peperoni Pizza (11 Net Carbs) 
Day Six: This is my cheat day! Even though I do have a cheat day, I do still watch what I eat, it's become a part of me to do so. So indulge but do not over indulge! I really like veggies and fruit but because they are so high in carbs I don't get them too often so I really go all out on veggies. I still watch how many calories i'm eating.
-Breakfast: Coffee (with no calorie sweetener and milk) and fresh fruit or oatmeal
-Lunch: Chicken Caesar Salad (typically from Walmart) and Yoplait Greek 100 Yogurt
-Dinner: A ton of veggies and a piece of meat.
Day Seven: 19 Net Carbs
-Breakfast: Atkins Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar (3 Net Carbs)
-Lunch: Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast (2 Net Carbs), Snow Peas (4 Net Carbs), Pistachios (5 Net Carbs)
-Dinner: Grilled Steak (0 Net Carbs), 1/2 cup Cucumber Slices (2 Net Carbs), Ranch (1 Net Carb)
-Snack: Atkins Nutty Fudge Brownie (2 Net Carbs)
So I typically never hit the 20 Net Carb mark... you don't have to, and truthfully I'm glad you don't because I am full after every meal! As you can see... I do not give up the things I like- such as chocolate and pizza. It can get pricey shopping but certain things can go over into the next week, like the meal bars, treats, Tyson products, Jeanie-O Turkey, coffee, oatmeal, ranch, cheese, almonds, pistachios and stuff like that. Most things I do not have to purchase but once a month and meats I buy in packages and freeze. I also repeat some meals within the week because I might have really liked what I had. I'm also known to have a snack or treat for breakfast as opposed to buying another package of meal bars. One day, I'll add it all up and tell you the cost but until then you are left to wonder on your own.
Now on top of the diet, I take vitamins and workout. So let me talk vitamins for a second. Biotin, One a Day Multi, and B12. That is what I take for myself... now some of that might change in a month or so but until then this is what I am doing.
At the Gym?
60 minutes on treadmill: Incline and Speed both 3.5
10 minutes on bike: Resistance at 8.0
5 minutes on elliptical
10 sets of curl bars: I use 5 pound weights, 5 curls per set.
20 sit ups
2 laps around the walking trail: Basically 1 mile
30 minutes in the pool: Lap swimming
All in all I spend about 3 1/2 hours at the gym every visit. I workout about 4 times a week.
My goal is to burn EVERY calorie I have put in my body and then a few extra. How do I keep up with the calories I taken in? I use myfitnesspal. I do really like the app because it lays it out flat what I have ate, even on my cheat days it makes sure I stay within my calorie count. I loose about 3 pounds a week doing all I do and I am happy with that result.
Hope you enjoyed!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Let's be girls!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! As I sit here painting my nails I got to thinking about being a girl. Sometimes its fun, sometimes its a pain in the bum, and sometimes there is an in between. I had to pick up a few products the other night and me and a few of the other girls had a discussion about how we handle "being girls". Now before we begin, I must say... I am very girly so I do the best of the best and research everything.
Anyways, I debated on this particular post because... well it get deep, down, and personal. But I remember how much I needed something like this when I was first beginning. So today I am gonna discuss products I use to groom "lovely-lady-parts" and then some. Because the truth is, I was never taught, so it would have been nice to have a little guidance.
First thing is first. Groom how you want to! Personally, I like brazilin styles. But do what you want.
Finishing Touch Diamond Personal Hair Remover: With this, I start off with the bikini shaving attachment and as the hair becomes shorter, I use it without the attachment. I love that this has a light so you can see where you are going. It really makes a huge difference!
Bikinizone Anti-Bumps Shave Gel: Once the hair is short enough apply this. It's clear so you can see where you are going and it also helps prevent the red irritated bumps that can occur.
Gillette Venus & Olay 5-blade Razor: A razor with a high number of blades is going to be the best for this area. I do buy a thicker blade because I feel like it gives me a closer shave. I'm a huge fan of this one! The trick is to go over the area only once or twice if you must! This is going to keep you from getting razor burns.
Sea Breeze Fresh Clean Astringent for Sensitive Skin: I use this on a cotton pad to apply after my shaving. I feel like it causes less irritation.
...Other items?
Summers Eve Cleansing Wash: a body wash for you area! I really like this because it doesn't irritated and doesn't dry the skin out!
Always Lightly Scented Wipes: I use these in placement of toilette paper, I feel like it keeps me much cleaner. 
Summer's Eve Deodorant Spray: If you haven't figure it out, I don't do odors, so this is an extra precaution to make sure im confident no matter what! I spray it on the area and on my panties.
So that's my girl talk!
I hope you enjoyed!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Let's Talk... Health!

Hello Everyone and Welcome to My Blog! I have been reading through my emails lately and came across a lot of great request and I want you to know that I will be doing them soon! Tonight I thought about pulling in a few of those request like going into my perfume collection or even talking about my lipstick collection but I thought maybe, just maybe, I could try to pull off something a little different for you guys. What is this witchcraft you ask? Well simple! I thought I'd share my diet and fitness with you!
First let me start off by saying I have dieted for years and years and ive stuck to a few things and I've ditched a lot of things. I like the idea of a diet but I never actually stick to one. So As of March 1st I have officially been on Atkins, a low carb diet. Now atkins takes your carb count and subtracts any fiber and sugar alcohol and gives you a net carb total. You get 20-25 a day. Which I've heard can be a struggle for some but it's not that bad to me. The only downside, in my opinion, is the "healthy" things like greek yogurt, blue berries, strawberries, bananas, etc. you can't have because they have so many carbs in them. I love that kinda stuff. However, you can have beef jerky, olives, cheese, and hard boiled eggs no problem.
It's not bad, but it does have a downfall. I started off in March weighing 230 pounds my weigh in today was 210 pounds. That is a total of 20 pounds lost in a little over a month, and I had several cheat days. I can only imagine the results if I would have stuck to the diet day in and day out! So I do recommend this if nothing is working and you do want something to work!
What else am I doing to benefit my weight-loss? I am taking vitamins! Currently I am taking One-A-Day for Women Multivitamin, Biotin 5,000 mg, B12 2500 mg, and Enchanicia 1000mg. I will probably take away the one-a-day and replace it with a different multivitamin because I really cant tell the difference when I take that multivitamin or not and I should be able to. I may also add FitMiss Burn to my daily dosing just because I think it could really help me in the long run.
Speaking of running... are you running Kayla? Not exactly but I do go to the gym pretty frequently. I spend about an hour on the treadmill at 3.5 incline and 3.0 speed, 25 minutes on the bike with 1.0 resistance, I try the elliptical but I typically only stay on it for about 5 minutes, and I really don't do weight lifting for in place of that I generally swim for about 30 minutes doing laps. That is my workout and the goal is to burn the calories im putting in my body. Afterwards I treat myself to a powerade-zero and go home.   

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Current Favorites!

Hello Everyone and Welcome to my blog! I am high-wired and ready to go with wet nails and a Starbucks Double-Shot coffee! I thought i would sit down and work on a new post for you all because it might be another week before i can do it again based on the fact that i have quite a few turn-arounds to do. Yeah, i know, more excuses... 

 Anyways, today i am going to be sharing my favorites of the moment... things i love and have been loving... for a while or for a week. It's madness i tell you- we are all mad here ;) So in no particular order, shall we begin?

Crest HD Toothpaste: I know how ridiculous it is to pay $13.00 for some toothpaste but i got my hands on a sample before it was even released and fell in love! Now let's have "dirty" talk for a second here... I have dry mouth which causes awful breath, gingivitis which is a gum disease, and sensitive teeth which is probably from all the years i spent whitening my teeth so with all this being said... my dentist is pretty strict with my toothpaste and my mouth has to be happy and both were pretty pleased with this suggestion. It is a little more time consuming but the results as far as whitening goes is AMAZING! I do plan on continuing to use this until October to see if it helps at all with my gingivitis (which i've had for almost 2 years now) and to see if my teeth can hold up to the sensitivity. I'll let you know. Give it a try if you can though! The only complaint i have is that there are two steps as opposed to one but if you brush twice a day, on rush days you can use a normal toothpaste.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish: I had an eye on this for months and im so glad i finally got it! So far i have tried three shades and im impressed with all but one! The one is B Girl... it chipped awfully. The others are great, no chipping they last about a week on my nails (through work, workouts, cleaning, and driving around the world)! Which is great because usually the day of my nails are a goner! I strongly recommend this! But if you do give it a go you will need to use one of the four-sided nail buffers every three uses. 

Suave 24 Protection Deodorant in Everlasting Sunshine: I usually stick to Secret and i have for years but i saw this at the Dollar Tree and i was like "well ill get one and if i dont like it ill give it to my mom or grandma" turns out, i loved it! i have search for another everywhere and i cant find it but the smell is amazing and you can smell it all throughout the day! (<--- which i personally like) I basically use this as my "work deodorant" because i know it will last and still have that strong scent.

Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response Deodorant: Two? Yeah, no judging.  I use this when i workout and when i feel like its gonna be "one of those days". I really like it, it works. I think im gonna get the sport one to go in my gym bag.

Faded Glory Easter Dress: Okay so this may seem obsessive and absurd but i bought three of these dresses one in Pink, Blue, and White and i love them all. it is a cute style, textures, and the colors are pretty. And i wear dresses alot in the spring and summer so it makes perfect sense.