Friday, April 13, 2018

Thoughts on Treat Yo Self versus True Self Care

I love Parks and Rec. The "Treat Yo Self" episode is iconic and its a mantra I use a lot. Lately I've been rethinking it. 



Sometimes it's good to treat your self. Did you just meet one of your goals? Did you get a promotion at work? Ace that paper? You totally deserve to treat yourself a bit, whether that's a new outfit or eating out at your favorite restaurant. It's good to reward yourself for your achievements and recognizing the hard work you put into it.

But how often do you use "treat yo self" as an excuse to justify going overboard and indulging way to much? I know I do ALL THE TIME. Ordering a pizza? Treat yo self! Eating one more slice than you know you should? Treat yo self! Going over budget while shopping? Treat yo self! 5 cookies? Treat yo self!

There's not necessarily anything wrong with any of those things, but if you know you shouldn't be doing it because really taking care of yourself would be eating a wrap with lots of veggies to nourish your body or keeping money in your bank account for bills, you can't (and shouldn't) be using "treat yo self" as an excuse for making poor choices. 

Self-care isn't just bath bombs and indulgence as it's often portrayed. Self-care is doing what you need to do to take care of yourself. Sometimes it's not glamorous. Sometimes it's planning out your week so you're not stressed later. Sometimes it's meal prepping. Sometimes it's getting the laundry done. Sometimes it's showering for the first time in a couple days (hey, it happens).

Of course, sometimes self-care does involve treating your self, and there is no shame in that! We all need a little indulgence from time to time. My point is really just to make sure it's a balance. You need both the practical self-care and the extra self-care. Make sure the scale isn't tipping too far in one direction and you're not using "treat yo self" as a way to actually go against what's best for you.


This post is for me as much as anyone else, so I hope it doesn't come across as preachy or anything. It's also not a hate on treating yourself, but a reminder to make sure there's balance in your self-care.


How do you take care of yourself? Do you go overboard with the "treat yo self" days, or is that just me?



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

My Favorite Blogging CSS/HTML Resources

I've been working on improving my blog and updating it lately. With that has come lots of  researching, CSS and HTML coding. Since I've been doing all this, I thought I'd share some of the top resources I've found.



I Can Build A Blog

Dana does an amazing job of making HTML and CSS coding simple and easy to understand so you can customize your blog and make it exactly what you want it to be. She has posts on literally everything you could want to do with your blog, so be sure to check it out

  • Introduction to CSS - First you have to know what the heck it is, right? This post breaks it down so you get the gist of it without being bogged down by too much tech stuff at once.
  • How to Create Hidden Images - This is a lifesaver if you want to have different images to post on Pinterest, but don't necessarily want all of those to be seen on your post. I have this one pinned on my bookmarks since I reference it all the time.
  • How to Center Your Pages Navigation Bar - Super easy and makes a big difference.
  • How to Remove Borders from Menu - Another super easy CSS change that makes a big difference for your blog and how it looks.
  • How to Center Your Header - This is a shocker, but this is a simple CSS code that makes your blog look 10 times better. HTML and CSS sounds difficult, but its so easy when you know what your doing!



Helplogger

For my blog, I use Blogger. I love it because it's so simple, and it is pretty customizable if you know a little coding, or where to look for help. One of my favorite resources is Helplogger. This site is great because it shows you exactly how and where to add the coding and how to customize it so it looks just the way you want it to even if you don't know much about CSS or HTML. Here are some of the resources I've used (and loved) from this site:
  • Customizable Related Posts Widget - I have this on the end of all of my posts. I like having this because this is what keeps me reading when I'm visiting a blog for the first time.
  • Automatic Featured Posts Slider - I installed this widget this month and I like it a lot. It just adds another way for people to see more of your posts and hopefully stay around for a bit longer.
  • Add Masonry, Grid Layouts - This is something that's easy to install and totally changes your blog's look. I tried it, but just didn't quite like it for my blog and didn't want to resize all of my title images to fit the new layout.


Where do you go to for help with CSS and HTML with your blog? 

Friday, March 30, 2018

March In Review

March has been good. We had teacher appreciation week and I greatly enjoyed all the free food and even won an Amazon gift card! I also went to the high school's musical, Annie, which was so good! I love musicals and Annie has always been one of my favorites.


Goals

I wrote about my goals earlier this month here, and while the month has been good, but goals...not so much. Oops!

Follow Blogilates Workout Calendar | Once I got into week 2 I realized I just don't like watching workout videos. I'd rather be listening to a podcast or music or watching a show while I work out. I stopped following the Blogilates workout calendar, but I did continue to workout most days.

Read 2 Books | I had a plan, but didn't follow it. Because I didn't follow it I failed to read any books. Woops!

Use My Time Wisely | I feel like I've used my time wisely this month. I've gotten lots of little projects done this month, gotten a workout in most days, and had time to relax as well. Using my time wisely on the weekends is always a bit more of a struggle, but I feel like I've done a good job of using one day to get stuff done and one day to relax.

Update My Living Room | I rearranged my living room and just doing that gives the room a new feel. I also bought a painting from Hobby Lobby, a fluffy gray blanket from Home Goods, and 2 shelf-mirrors from Target to hang above my couch. I love the progress I've made this month on this room.

On The Blog

I published 4 new posts this month. I shared my goals for the month, tips for a productive weekend, 6 lessons I've learned on my fitness journey, and my morning routine. Lots of good tips if you are looking to make some changes for a fresh start this spring!

Favorites

RemLife I've really been enjoying Remi's videos this month. This is her vlog channel where you follow her along on her random adventures. She also has videos focused on different topics from routines to room tours to hauls on her main channel, MissRemiAshten. I like both channels, but vlogs are just more personal and I love how funny she is!
Demi Lovato Simply Complicated Documentary I love Demi and this documentary is a really interesting look at her life and a look at recovery. Demi has been very vocal about her struggles and celebrated 6 years of sobriety this month (go her) and in this documentary you get a glimpse of what recovery is like, even years later. It's easy to look at her sometimes and think her recovery has been going perfectly, but this documentary is honest and shows that she still struggles sometimes which I think is important because just like any journey, it's not linear and it's good for people to see that example because I think it's really helpful for people who are recovering to know that they're not alone in that struggle and it's okay to still have weak moments years later. As you might expect, this documentary only makes me love Demi more.
Truth and Justice Podcast I have been binge-listening to this podcast all month. It's so interesting to listen to this true-crime podcast as Bob and the many supporters of the show attempt to prove the innocence of people who have been wrongly convicted and solve who really committed the crimes. The second season is crazy with how corrupt this county is and the third season started with me feeling like the case would be impossible to prove, but they did it. If you like true crime shows, I would definitely recommend giving this a listen as it's very inspiring to see all these people working to help those who have been wrongly convicted.


How has your March been? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

My Morning Routine

I always love reading these types of posts and dreaming of the day when I have my life together enough to have a morning routine. Well, guess what? Now I do! To implement this morning routine I had to start waking up about an hour earlier, so there is some sacrifice if you want to create a morning routine, but the benefits are AMAZING. It's time straight away in the morning to do stuff for YOU and you feel like your day is off to a great start before you get to work. So, here is what I do for my morning routine!





Get up around 5:45

My alarm to wake up goes off at 5:30. I either get up right then (sometimes this happens), or enjoy a slower morning (this happens more often) and fit in some last minute cuddles with my cat and maybe a scroll through Instagram. However, 5:45 my second alarm goes off and that's when I get out of my bed to start my day!


Water

As you might know, your body needs to be re-hydrated when you wake up each morning, so the first thing I do is drink some water. I usually try to drink about 30 ounces of water before I leave for work. I never would have believed this before, but actually drinking water helps me wake up and ready for the day way better than caffeine ever did!


Listen to Something Uplifting

I try to listen to something that will motivate and inspire me in the morning whether that be a podcast, audiobook, or sometimes a good playlist. This just helps to get my mindset in the right place for the day so I'm starting my day off with positivity and getting good ideas. I like to listen to Super Soul Conversations (I swear it's not an affiliate link, I'm just obsessed), Pre-Workout Chats, and I just started listening to Rising Strong by Brene Brown on Audible.


Workout

While I'm listening to my podcast or audiobook, I get my morning workout in. Like you've probably heard a thousand times, working out in the morning helps to get your energy levels up and keep your metabolism going strong. It's so good to get it done in the morning because then I don't have to worry as much about doing it when I get home from work. My favorite is to do strength training in the morning, but some days I force myself to do a HIIT workout.


Wardrobe & Makeup

Of course I have to get ready for work, so at 6:30 I hop in the shower, get dressed for the day, then do my hair and makeup. For hair I usually just wear it down or half up. For makeup I have primer from Smashbox to try and calm down the redness in my cheeks and then Maybelline for the rest of my face, BB cream from Maybelline, powder foundation and bronzer from Physician's Formula, and Lorac highlighter. For eyeshaddow I usually put on one of my Tarte palets (Tease or Chocolate), liquid eyeliner from Loreal, and mascara from CoverGirl. The last step is a spritz or two of setting spray from Urban Decay. It's a definite mix between low and high end products, but it works for me. 


Get lunch ready

I take my lunch to work most every day. I try to prep some meals on Sunday and then I make enough food for dinner to have leftovers later. This makes it really easy in the morning as I just grab a pre-made container of vegetables and a pre-made container of my main dish and put it in my lunch bag. The hardest part is remembering to put in silverware!


Breakfast

Now for the best part - breakfast! My go to is Oats & More cereal with strawberries. I pour myself a bowl and then sit down with it and have a scroll through Instagram. On days when I'm running short on time, I grab a banana and trail mix to eat when I get to work.


That's my routine! I've been sticking to this for the past 4 weeks and I really like it. It puts me in a positive mood and gets me energized and ready for my day.



How do you start your day on a positive note? Do you have a routine or just try to make it to work on time?






Tuesday, March 13, 2018

6 Lessons I've Learned While on My Fitness Journey

I started my fitness journey on January 15 and since then I have cut out soda, been working out twice daily, eating healthier, and trying new recipes. I've lost weight, but what I've been loving most is how I feel so much more energetic and confident. I love how much more fit I feel and the progress I've seen in my abilities. It's been nearly 2 months since I started my fitness journey and thought I'd share some of the lessons I've learned to help and maybe even inspire you get started or continue your own fitness journey!





1. It's about a healthy lifestyle, not dieting or weight loss.

If you're focused just on losing 5 pounds or sticking strictly to a diet, you'll quit as soon as you reached that goal and go right back to where you were OR give up as soon as there's a bump in the road and you go up on the scale or give in to a craving. 

If you're focused on living a healthy lifestyle you're less likely to give up after reaching your goal or having a set back. If you're focused on a healthy lifestyle, you're going to give yourself more grace for eating a chocolate or gaining a pound or two. 

Living a healthy lifestyle is so much more freeing than eating whatever tastes good at the moment and not exercising regularly. A healthy lifestyle gives you so much more happiness, confidence, and energy. Diets and shedding a few pounds quickly don't.


2. It takes a lot of discipline.

The first week you might have lots of motivation and inspiration, but eventually it gives out and you have to rely on discipline and dedication to creating the healthy lifestyle you want to have. I still try to surround myself with as much inspiration as possible and remind myself why I'm doing this for motivation. Still, there are days when I just don't feel like doing a workout and I have to rely on  discipline to get that workout in or resist ordering a pizza.






3. You HAVE TO have a plan.

Part of having discipline is creating a plan. Just telling myself I'm going to workout 3 times and eat healthier has never worked for me. I'd workout on Monday and then keep telling myself I'd do the other 2 later (which never happened) and then I'd get home from work, unsure of what to make and not really feeling up to cooking so just pop a frozen dinner in the oven.

Now I always have a plan. I plan out my workouts, meals, and even snacks for the week ahead every weekend. I write out in my planner the workouts I'll be doing, what snack I'll have each day before my workout,  and the meals I'll be eating for dinner (lunch is usually leftovers from the night before). Then I make my grocery list for Sunday so I'm not tempted to buy junk food at the store. 

This planning helps me SO much. If I didn't have these things planned out, I would definitely be failing at my health and fitness goals. To plan my workouts I've been following a challenge or workout calendar (like this one) so I just copy that to my planner. To plan the meals I have been keeping a running list of healthy meals I like and each week I try at least one new healthy recipe from Pinterest or a cook book.

4. Eating healthy and working out is self-love.

Before I hadn't really seen eating healthy as self-love and working out definitely wasn't on the top of my list for self-care. In all honesty, the scale was more like a punishment and in the past I had seen eating healthy and working out as numbers that needed to balance out on whatever app I was using to try and lose weight. 

Now I completely see eating healthy and working out as self-love and consider it to be part of my daily self-care routine. Fueling my body with the right things and giving my body enough exercise is a way of taking care of my body and loving myself. These are completely new concepts for me, but very positive ones (both physically and mentally) to be adding into my life!




5. Find a way to stay accountable.

Finding a way to stay accountable is important whether it's creating an Instagram account to document your fitness journey, joining an accountability group, working out with a friend, or keeping a fitness journal. 

For me, it's a combination of using my fitness journal daily and occasionally posting to my Instagram stories. If you're interested in learning more about how I use my fitness journal to stay accountable, I have a whole post about it here.

6. Do it for YOU.

I think the key to really sticking to your fitness journey is to do it for YOU. Not to lose X pounds. Not because you hate how you look. Do it for YOU. Do it for YOUR happiness, YOUR confidence, YOUR health, whatever it may be, but make sure it is for you and not to please society or to "fix" your body. You're perfect as you are and don't need fixing. Making a commitment to take care of your body by eating healthy and exercising should be a form of self-love (like I mentioned earlier), so make sure you're on your fitness journey for the right reasons.



Are you on or starting your own fitness journey? Was this post helpful? Let me know in the comments!