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Check In – Week Three & Four

Hello Hello Dearies!

It is reflection time on week three and four (I will be doing reflections every two weeks). What went well? What didn’t? Motivation tactics and routines. To say the least, there was a lot of trial and error.

Goal #1. This was accomplished at the end of week four. Still died but I did it haha. I have no intention of increasing the distance goal until I can still breath when I hit the two mile mark. I recieve numerous looks like people are expecting me to pass out which I think is ridiculous because there is noooo way I breathe that hard. Anyways, two miles is still the goal along with not dying.

Goal #2. At first I tried creating my own routine but that failed pretty quick because I honestly have no idea what weight lifting routines help what body parts. So, after that realization, I paid attention to what other people were doing. Again, not the greatest idea. I do not recommend it because they have probably been lifting longer than I have been working out and don’t let the ‘I can modify it’ thought fool you either. Finally, after looking like a fool for about three days, I asked the trainer at the gym for some tips. Highly intimidating but I will not complain on watching him demonstrate the exercise ๐Ÿ˜. But all that aside, I now have a weight lifting routine I actually love. I never thought I’d say those words!!

Goal #3. (Fist pump) CRUSHED IT! Seven pounds! How? No idea. I still stuffed my face full of food because some things will never change but with the addition of a weight routine, that may have something to do with it. Honestly, I wish I could tell you.

Goal #4. Ummmmm, nobody’s perfect ๐Ÿ˜…. Week three, I only went to the gym twice and Week Four was just as bad. So for both weeks, a I was able to get to the gym a mindblown number of six times. So, it’s a work in progress.

Alright, so for the next two weeks. Here’s what I am aiming to accomplish.

  • Not die after running two miles
  • Get to the gym at least ten times
  • Lose five pounds
  • Try a new activity (non-gym related)

XOXO, Kelly

I’m Just Quirky That Way

So I have a problem.

It is a major problem.

I have an obsession with office supplies.

More specifically, planners.

I mean it is not that bad of an obsession. I do need help with organzing things so I can prioritize what needs to be done and when. However….within the last month, I have bought five different planners. Don’t ask why because I do not even know myself ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ. It could be the cover design or the layout inside or maybe the come with stickers. Don’t judge, we all have a weakness for awesome stickers. However, recently, things have taken a turn for the worst.

I discovered a website (by seeing it on my friend’s laptop when she was next to me. Yes, I am snoopy that way :D). It is a website fully dedicated to planners. They do have some things that are not planner related such as mugs and tumblers which I also have a strong urge to buy. The stuff sold on this website is like a gift from above to planner nerds like me. There are a huge variety of sticker packs. Seasonal, school, teacher, mom life, fitness, wellness, fabulousness, finance. I could go on and on. Aside from sticker packs, there are insert pages. These can be meal planning to to-do lists or even a budget tracker.

So, I am just going to drop the link ๐Ÿ‘‡below๐Ÿ‘‡
The Happy Planner
And you can go check it out for yourself and come to the dark side ๐Ÿ˜

Posted in Fitness Journey, October

Check In – Week Two

Good Morning my dearies!!

First off, I can’t believe it is almost November! Where has this year gone?! I started this journey almost a year ago. There have been many ups and downs, setbacks, and plateaus. But looking at pictures of me a year ago, I can see the difference.

Before

After

This past week I have kicked it up into high gear for my fitness journey. Now, to clarify, high gear to me is probably amateur hour for the die hard gym rats but hey, to each his own right. I still have my gym buddy who is also a fellow Wisco Girl. This past month we have both have not been the greatest at getting to the gym or eating right. Life happens okay. Sometimes you just need to sit and binge watch shows on Hulu or Netflix with a ton of tacos and possibly ice cream :).

So, goal time. What are my goals for this coming week?

  • Run 2 miles
  • Develop a weight routine
  • Lose 2 lbs
  • Get to the gym at least 4 times a week

I also have discovered an app called Tasty. Best thing ever! It has so many recipes and a large variety of each kind. All of my saved recipes vary from Japanese, Caribbean, Greek, and American. There are also diet filters, such as healthy, vegan, vegetarian, and best one yet, kid-friendly. It is also paired with Wal-Mart grocery pick up so its super easy to get all the ingredients in your cart without having to wander the store searching.

So hopefully with this app and my new goals, I can see some more progress towards my end goal!

XOXO, Kelly

Posted in Fitness Journey, September

Fitness Restart: Week One

Hello my dearies,

…Okay. Uh so I missed last week ๐Ÿ˜…. No point in saying I just forgot to post about it when the truth is I didn’t even go. There are many excuses I could give such as my last two semesters of college are beginning and I have been distracted by that or that my daughter is starting kindergarten after Labor Day or even that I am trying to transition to a different job. BUT, I am only hurting myself because they are just excuses. There are people who are going through hell but still commit to things if they really want change. So with that in mind, I really put my mind to getting out of bed when my alarm goes off and get to the gym. Change will not happen unless I make it. There is one day of workouts that I missed but it is still a step in the right direction.

This week was more focused on cardio. There were two days that had ab and booty workouts but it was not my main focus. The big reason: my running form is not the greatest. In high school, I was on the track team and before we even started tracking times or practicing relays, the coaches made sure we all had the proper running form. And on Monday, as soon as I got off the treadmill, I knew my form needed work. Basically, back to the building blocks.

Alright, so, this coming week, what are my plans? Well, as I sit here typing, I keep looking at my legs and think ‘I need to start toning’. I shall take that as a sign and map out a routine for toning up my lower body as well as continue with cardio. Time to git er’ done! ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘

XOXO, Kelly

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Fitness: Day One

Hello dearies,

It’s been a while since I have been to the gym. A lot of things have been going on and my focus has mostly been on getting through each day as it happened. Unfortunately, that put working out at the back of my mind and completely bumped off my priority list. Some people would say ‘You’re just making excuses’. If they want to view it like that, fine, but remember, everyone is dealing with something that you may not even have to worry about.

Anyways, today was my first day back and it felt great walking through those doors…. even if is was at 4:45 in the morning and I just rolled out of bed twenty minutes ago. But still, the important fact is that I made it there. I did not reach the intensity level that I used to be at because throwing myself back into that routine would be a set back and possibly ending up injured. Baby steps, gotta remember that. Each week, I will give an update on progress, including photos. It’s always fun to see your transformation and look back to where you started and feel extremely proud of how far you’ve come.

My three goals to reach within the next four weeks are:

  • Be able to run for 25 minutes
  • Lose 5 lbs
  • Get to the gym at least 4 times a week

It will be hard but focus and dedication are key. Which is what everyone says. I know there will be mornings that I will put my alarm on snooze the max number of times before it shuts itself off or nights where I will not be able to get to bed until close to eleven o’clock but if you really want something, you have to work for it. And that is a heck of a lot easier said than done. Are there motivation tips or tricks you guys use?

XOXO, Kelly

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Sweet Home Alabama

Hello dearies,

Earlier this month, I took a vacation with my family down to Gulf Shores, Alabama. Greatest trip I have taken in a while! Not only was the condo we rented right on the beach but the weather was absolutely gorgeous. Yes, we went over the 4thof July and most people would be like โ€˜why did you do that? It is so hot at that time.โ€™ First off, were you present for any of Wisconsinโ€™s spring weather? It was Mother Natureโ€™s version of whiplash. One day, beautiful and sunny and warm, the next, BAMโ€ฆ.. snow. So no, I did not find it hot. It was glorious!

The place we rented was actually owned by a fellow Wisconsinite which I thought was pretty cool. Island Royale, room 406. If we had a problem, the owner contacted the managing staff or maintenance staff right away and always kept in contact until the issue was resolved. The condo was a great size and the view was also AMAZING! Not to mention, they had an indoor/outdoor pool which my daughter took full advantage of.

As far as activities, we mostly just relaxed right on the beach or poolside. There were banana boat rides, parasailing, and plenty of other activities. But my favorite one is people watching. Nothing can beat that. When we were not relaxing, we went out to eat a few times. First place was The Shrimp Basket. My dad and I both tried the banana colada that they had for a special that night. So yummy!!!! Both times, the food we ordered was great! So any shrimp or burgers are yummy! The second place we dined was called the Sunliner Diner. Literally right across the street from Shrimp Basket (we donโ€™t venture that far haha). It was good, the service was friendly but my favorite part of the whole meal was the dessert! 

Aside from the day life there, at night it is so peaceful, even more relaxing than the day. There were a lot of people out walking on the beach with flashlights or fishing but just hearing the waves crash against the shore and being able to look up at the sky and see the starsโ€ฆ it is a moment of total peace. Nothing can bother you and all the tension just leaves your body. I would spend every night out on the beach, sitting on the lounge chairs that were placed there for the people of the building to use during the day, and just stay there for hours. And if I was not on the beach, I was on the porch, staring out over the beach. I did fall asleep a few times on the porch but my daughter would come and wake me up before she went to bed. 

I would go back in a heartbeat and I am already thinking about making that trip last for two weeks instead of one. But then I would have less time available to take trips with my awesome friends so I will have to settle for just one week of beach paradise.

XOXO, Kelly

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Hello my dears!

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my blog. This is one of three that I have but the difference between those two and this one is that I am the only author here. The other two I collaborate on with two lovely ladies. Feel free to follow the highlighted text below to either blog and check out some of the amazing content we have posted there.

Wisco Girl Curves – The Mother Blog

Wisco Girl Trails – Outdoor Fun and Food Blog

As for this blog, it is following my fitness journey as well as navigating through life. If you have read my bio, you already know that I have a daughter and I started motherhood in my senior year of high school. It has not been easy and I am still working hard to get my degree while providing the best life I can for my mini me (yes, she looks like me and unfortunately, inherited the sass as well ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€).

As far as fitness updates, it will include outdoor adventures as well because posts that only feature what was done in the gym start to become repetitive really quick. So I will write about any and all activities that I do for exercise, gym and outdoors.

As I post about life happenings and events, I would love to hear for you all for any input because let’s face it, we all sometimes have no idea what to do next or how to move forward. The same goes for fitness posts. The more you share, the more fun things can be ๐Ÿ˜! I can’t wait to start this journey with you all!

XOXO, Kelly