To train or not to train

So as part of kicking my butt back into shape I decided to get a trainer. I was lucky enough to find an affordable one that a friend of mine had been working with and gotten great results. Since it will be the first time in about a year of doing any physical activity I wanted to start off with 2 sessions a week to avoid injury.

I had to have someone start me off with scratch, even before I started my weightlifting journey I had some strength/endurance so when experimenting with routines I was able to do it solo. But with these injuries I want to make sure I have someone watching my form and avoiding exercises that will aggravate it. Don’t want to be injured further.

So far its been great! I am definitely out of shape lol and I hive up every time I work out. But I’ve noticed my energy levels rising. Also I’m sticking to it since another person’s schedule is involved and of course my money.

Meal Prepping has been my new best friend. found a local company that makes delicious organic and according to my macros meal that keep me in check. I haven’t lost much weight but I feel a few inches off and its only been 2 weeks! I know I have a lot of muscle swelling and tears since I am super sore every time. the Foam roller has me loving/hating stretching.

Excited to see what next two weeks bring.

Tips and Tidbits for vacation

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Julia H. Founder & Owner of: Wellness Worthwhile Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Health & Fitness Writer Airports. Crowded tourist destinations. Rest stops. Crappy hotel food. Travel. There is a lot that can stop you from eating well while you vacation. Don’t let your travels turn into a diet disaster. Here are some […]

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A lemon a day keeps all these away…

In the past few years I have always tried to drink a cup of lemon water in the morning. I find that it refreshed me for a long day ahead. All the added benefits were awesome too!

According to an article from a few years back from Huffington Post, lemon water gives you so much healthy benefits. Some of which I already knew like:

  • Helps with Constipation
  • Hydration (adding some flavor to otherwise tasteless water)
  • Weight Loss

But there are more perks!

  • Strengthens the Brain
  • Cleanses your liver
  • Stop UTIs

If your like me, I am always running late in the morning….so not a morning person. So there are times where I just can’t cut,squeeze, and drain the lemon water. So I found essential lemon oil that packs the punch of so many squeeze lemons in a few drops. I usually carry the tiny bottle with me and add two drops to my juice and its as if I squeezed a big lemon in there.

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What I love about the Bare Oils is that its as ‘clean’ as it can come. I’m very weary with oils….they can’t be pressed too many times, and must be able to be used both orally and topically. Multi-uses for one bottle in my head means I purchase less things to tackle a multitude of issues.

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I’m so happy I found this! I’m a big supporter of convenience and this just saves me plenty of time, lemons, and space in my fridge!

It’s Waddling Time!

Week 1 is over!

I managed to stay about 80% clean on my diet. I normally am the one to be my worst critic and very hard on myself but trying to break old habits. Dieting has always been my weakness in this lifestyle. Be that I’m Hispanic and raised on good old home cooking and Adobo being the #1 used spice in every meal (helloooo Sodium.) So I’m happy that I stuck with it even said no to the open bars and empty calorie free drinks. I went on vacation a lot past month so the all-inclusive eating habit has been hard to break. Don’t think I lost much weight, I’m trying to still find balance in eating all my meals and balancing my macros. UGHHH frustrating…I feel like a newbie all over again.

I finally took a step into my old gym yesterday. First day back and I was shaking from anxiety and nervousness. Took a few minutes to unfreeze my account and as I waited my hands shook and my back starting to hurt. I powered through made it to the locker room and felt the need to puke. (tmi i know) I got to the weights area and started warming up. my body felt so rickety lol and I felt like I was dusting cobwebs off and firing up an old machine.

I managed to do 1/4 of my usual workout with NO weights added just my body weight. It was tough accepting that and luckily I had someone to keep me from continuing and hurting myself. I was really frustrated and sad…I felt like my body was betraying me. I had muscle soreness kicking in and my back was flaring up. I also got a really bad case of hives….a new trick that started happening post accident. Every time I sweat full on hive mode. I look very scary and splotchy and read lol. I startled myself when I looked in the mirror…hives traveled all over.

The next morning I am barely able to move my legs….last time I felt it this intensely it was when I was increasing my normal weights. I missed the feeling, sad it was caused by a measly workout but happy I am back. Time to foam roll my legs out…..please excuse me while I cry my eyes out.

“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.”
― Margaret Mitchell

Break my bones but I’m taking ME back

Well, it’s been awhile since blogging. I had picked up the habit for a short while and then life took over. The past 10 months or so I’ve really been struggling. I suffered injuries from a car accident. It turned my life upside down and I’m still not 100% recovered and not where I used to be in my life.

A year ago, I was a fitness junkie; training and preparing myself for competitions. When my accident happened, I was told the gym was off limits 110%. Not even cardio (& i hate cardio!) I had no idea what to do with myself; my body was not going at the speed I wanted it to. I am a very fast paced person, juggling a million and one things at a time. I took my body for granted even though I had health issues it still managed to keep up with me. But this accident had rendered me to 1/2 day (at most) activities before pain will take over and I needed to lay down and pop some medication.

My workout time was replaced with therapy 5x a week…..yes basically like a part time job. I am fortunate enough that my job allowed me to work from home due to my accident. But even then I still suffered pain while working. My mental state was all over the place. Anxiety all time high, PTSD returned full force from a previous horrific crash I had years ago. I was terrified of driving, jumpy, mood swings, etc.

I needed my therapist….the gym. I had an abundance of love and support from family and friends but I still struggled internally. I questioned everything about my life and whether I was going to ever be OK or reach my goals. I would sometimes burst into tears for no apparent reason just my anxiety causing outbursts.

It’s been a long road, slow progress, and learning to adapt to my new limitations. I finally have clearance to do light lower body workouts. Back when I first was in the accident I was itching to hear that news. I wanted to jump back to the weights but now I’ve been avoiding the gym for a few weeks.

I am terrified of going back, I know that my body is no where near where it was before. The strength my head thinks my body has is not the actual strength my body can handle. I know that frustration and lots of pain and discomfort awaits me. I have felt my body rust up you can say. I feel stiffer and more rickety. I am afraid of failing to make my full comeback.

No one really thinks beyond the physical aspect about injuries. Sometimes the mental takes a bigger toll than the actual injury does. I’m afraid but I miss ME. The me who was so disciplined and determined to make her appearance on stage. Me who had the energy to enjoy the outdoors and activities without scheduling ‘recovery time’ to make up for it.

I’ve decided to slowly make a comeback to the gym. I have started with cleaning up my diet to help my energy level and start shedding off the weight I gained from inactivity. Preparing to go through the process of loving my body again and shaping it to what I want it to be. It’s going to be a hellish road but I am determined to do this. Small changes will create the bigger picture eventually, I just need to remind myself of that.

I’ll start blogging again to give me a bit of an outlet, I had initially wanted to start after my accident but again frustration and chaos kind of took over my life. Better late than never!

“It may be stormy but it never rains forever”

Review: Witches Protection Program

Review time! I had already read this a few weeks ago but been so busy planning and executing my engagement party that I forgot to post this. Anyhow….

Witches Protection Program….the title itself caught my interest immediately. I love stories about magic, witches, mythical creatures, you name it. I was a bit excited to read this!

The story is about good vs bad…the good witches are called Davinas and the bad witches are called Willas. The book starts out with Wes Rockville,a rookie cop, who apparently failed at his first assignment….transporting a little old lady who he claims “disappeared.” His father if Chief at the station and is letting him have it, after all he is the only one out of his brother and sister who seems to not excel and live up to the family name. His dad reassigned him to a secret department- Witches Protection Program.

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