Thursday, April 20, 2017

prAna: Spring Weather Calls For A New Wardrobe


























Spring is here and it has me all kinds of excited!! With spring, usually comes a new wardrobe. If you know me, then you know I love to wear things that are functional in more than one area of my life. I love wearing my active wear casually when I'm not working out. I need my apparel to work in multiple areas of my life. I want an outfit that I can hike or workout in as well as go to the grocery store in comfortably.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Competition Prep - 4 Weeks Out to Show Day



















In 4 weeks I will be rocking the stage at Fitness Atlantic in the transformation division. Wow! I can't believe I am at the 4 weeks out mark already. The time really has flown by. I am full of butterflies trying to go with the flow. Starting now is where my anxiety disorder is really going to start testing me and I won't let it win. I can't let it win. Throughout this weight loss and fitness journey I have learned that I need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable because nothing great ever comes from playing it safe in your comfort zone. I am 29 days out from doing something that I never thought I would ever be able to do or would even dream about doing just 5 years ago. Standing on a stage in a tiny bikini in front of hundreds of people strutting my stuff and showcasing what I have worked so hard to achieve for the past 4 years. It all seems surreal. I am slowly becoming that person I never thought I could be with anxiety... anxiety so severe that it is officially diagnosed a disorder and have almost claimed my life multiple times. I can't believe this is me and that I am going to do this. My mind is absolutely blown right now.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hang on tight, it's going to be a crazy ride...





I have had a lot of extra time than I normally do to spend some time on the blog today. It feels really great to be able to just sit down and spend some quality time on the blog without being rushed. There is nothing more relaxing than being able to sit down in a comfy spot and write/share your thoughts. It's so comforting. When I don't get a lot of time to be able to sit down in deep thought with concentration and comfortably write without feeling rushed and throwing together a post in a hurry, then it stops becoming something that I enjoy because I don't get to do it the way I want to. I still continue to fight through the times when it's not enjoyable because I know that it will not always be that way. I let things get the best of me and my time and it is my responsibility to make time for the things that I enjoy.

Monday, March 6, 2017

20K Milestone on Instagram, Say What?!





Recently, Huff 'n Puff to Buff 'n Tough has reached a milestone on Instagram last week and I couldn't be more blessed than I already am right now to have such amazing people with me on this journey.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

5 Essentials To Help You Look And Feel Your Best This Spring

 




Spring is right around corner and it will be here before we know it. Many parts of the country, including my part, had a taste of Spring this past week, and it has been amazing. When you start feeling those Spring temps and you start getting into the month of March, you start thinking about Spring and better yet, Summer. I am already thinking of Summer and the Fourth of July which, along with Halloween, happens to be one of my favorite holidays.

Luckily, I have put together an AMAZING list of essentials for Spring to help you feel and look your best.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Week 1 & 2 of Competition Prep




As many of you may already know, I am taking the plunge and competing in my first bodybuilding/fitness competition! I have been talking about it and sharing the news on social media these past couple of months. I haven't really got too much into the organization I chose, the show and the division, but I'll get into that more when I'm ready because I got a cute athlete announcement banner made for me that I would like to post announcing it. I kinda wanna keep it a surprise for just awhile longer! :) I know... sneaky me! I met with my coach a little over two weeks ago for an assessment and from there I made my final decision to hire her as my coach for this process. I am extremely happy and grateful she decided to have me and would coach me.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Anxiety Stories





Anxiety: A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one's daily activities.


Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Severe, ongoing anxiety that interferes with daily activities.


Social Anxiety Disorder: A chronic mental health condition in which social interactions cause irrational anxiety.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Must Have NOW Real Teas





Teas can have amazing health benefits and can be a great part of a weight loss or health routine. I wanted to highlight some of my most favorite teas from NOW that I have tried so far. Teas that have played such a crucial role in my weight loss, health and everyday routine. These are the teas that have earned my heart.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Spread Your Wings and Fly

For those of you that know my story or a portion of it and how my journey began, then you know that MAJOR health issues played a role in my decision to finally become serious in learning the right tools and applying them to transform my mind, body and life. It was a little over 4 year's ago that doctors told me after several severe episodes of neurological symptoms that hit me out of nowhere that I could possibly have Multiple Sclerosis (MS). 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

My First Half Marathon: Go Girl Run Half Marathon And Family Vacation 2016 Recap





I DID IT! I still can't believe it and it's been a little over two weeks since my first half marathon experience. I am definitely dealing with some post half marathon and vacation blues.

We decided to make a weekend family vacation out of it and it was THE BEST! We had so much fun. We only wished that we could have stayed longer. We debated staying another day, so that we didn't have to drive back the same day as the half marathon, but we decided to suck it up and get back home that night. Next time we will stay longer. I had such a good time that I am wanting to do the Go Girl Run Half again next year if the medals are just as awesome and make another weekend trip out of it with my family and some friends.