Progress equals happiness

Hello out there! I haven’t made a post in quite some time, and since I’m feeling so good today I thought now would be the perfect time.
As some of you may know I have been on my own journey to health and happiness. I have to admit I’ve not been as consistent with the fitness part of my journey but for the time I have it’s definitely made a difference in my life. I have witnessed my confidence level shoot through the roof! I feel so much happier with my body and that makes me an even happier person.
So to catch you up on some things that have happened.. I have decided to go to school this September to become an education assistant. I just got my letter in the mail the other day saying I’ve been accepted to the college! It’s so exciting for me because I never really wanted to continue my education. I’m sure lots of you are the same way as me and don’t fancy going to school all the time. I have always thought about being a teacher but I’ve felt that teaching a whole classroom of students may be too much responsibility for me. I really enjoying being a nanny and teaching children individually so that’s why a teachers assistant seems like a good fit for me.
I have recently decided to go veggie! it’s only been a week so far and I think I’m doing alright. I was reading this book about the things animals go through just so we can enjoy our chicken breasts, steak, and fish tacos. I have already been made fun of for my decision and that had made this week a bit hard. But no matter what others may say I am sticking to my guns and trying out this new way of life. Fruit and vegetables are better for you anyways… hehe.
Even if people in my life don’t see it as well as I do, I know how much I have changed as a person. I feel much happier with my body, way happier with how I live my life, and everything around me seems to be coming together quite nicely. I feel like I have the world in my hands and I know I can go on to do whatever I want with my life right now.
I want to encourage others to read my previous posts and I hope that they will help you on your journeys in life. I am always around to give advice, answer questions, and just to chat if anyone needs a person to listen. Thank you so much for reading my little blog! Writing all of this is one of the small things that’s helped me to become so happy!

Oh! and one more thing! I used to think that the only way I’d be happy with my body is if I had a perfectly flat tummy, perfectly sculpted legs, and a nice butt. Now that I have lost a bit of weight, and feel a bit less flabby I realize that I DON’T have to have the perfect body! I am perfectly shaped in the exactly way I am supposed to look! I don’t want to spend every day at the gym or running every day! If you are eating healthy, and can keep at a consistent routine of weekly walking/exercising then you don’t have to sweat your butt off at the gym to be happy! Being fit is 80% diet and 20% exercise.The nice thing about being me is I’ve already got a nice butt so I’m happy I didn’t have to work too hard! hehe
Again thank you so much for reading my blog and I hope you all have a wonderful day! Keep smiling!

Cheersā¤

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When life gives you lemons

Hello all! It’s been two weeks since I have started my healthy living journey and I can already notice small changes in my body and how good I feel. I wanted to share one of my favorite things I’ve been doing and that is drinking lemon water! So putting a couple slices of lemon in a water bottle and refilling it throughout the day as I drink it.
I personally hate drinking water every day because its just so boring. For women, we should be drinking about 2L of water each day, and about 3L for men. Why would you want to drink so much water when there’s so many other delicious tasting juices and sodas out there? I have found that lemon water is a nice change from juices because its just as easy to guzzle down and it’s way better for you!
The other water concoction I really enjoy is this:
2L water
1 medium cucumber sliced
1 lemon sliced
10-12 mint leaves
1 tsp ginger
I like to put about 1.5-2 lemons in this because I just love lemons!
Want to read more about the benefits of lemon water? CLICK HERE

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The importance of small goals

Today I went for a run. It wasn’t completely a run, mostly a jog but I feel pretty darn proud of myself. All it really took for me to go and do it was to make a small goal for myself. I said that I was going to jog to a certain point on the path, then once I got there I walked to another certain point.
I wanted to say how important it is to make small goals for yourself. It felt really good to accomplish such a small thing and it really shocked me. I tell myself all the time to enjoy the little things but this felt like a much greater accomplishment.
If you read my previous post My Goals , then you’d know that I am making some changes in my life and starting to be healthier. These small things I’ve been doing have made a big influence in how happy I’ve been feeling. It makes me feel good to post these feelings online so that others can learn to feel better in their lives.
So as I said, I believe it’s very important to make small goals for yourself everyday, because after a while those tiny accomplishments will turn in to big changes for your life.

My Goals

I thought it would be a good idea to post what I’ve been up to lately so that I have something to look back on once I reach my goals.
I have started a very small work out routine that I have been doing two or three times a day. My routine goes, 50 jumping jacks,
20 squats,
20 crunches,
20 push ups,
20 lunges,
30 second wall sit,
and I’ve been doing some inner and outer thigh work outs as well.
I do this routine in the morning and in the evening, and any time during the day that I just feel bored or feel like moving. This is a great start for me because I know how much of a lazy ass I can be so doing these small workouts a couple times each day is no problem.
My goal from doing these workouts, eating healthier, and going for walks more often, is to strengthen my body, get toned, and feel better about myself. I think that I’ve chosen the best possible way for me to get moving and not be so lazy. It is quite frustrating knowing that what I’m doing isn’t going to make any difference for a good couple of weeks and I have a good feeling that other people agree with me.
I once went on something called the HCG diet, and if you don’t know what it is here’s a link.
HCG Diet
Basically this hormone makes you lose weight very fast and you eat very very little calories each day. I loved this diet at the time because I lost weight very quickly and it seemed like the easiest solution to looking skinny. Unfortunately, with this diet, as fast as you lose the weight you gain it all back as soon as you stop taking the drops. I think a lot of diet plans have this same affect and it sucks big time when it happens to you.
I keep telling myself every day “it sucks now but it will be worth it later”. I hate waking up early and moving around when I’d rather be sleeping. But if I want my body to look how I’ve always wanted then I better get my butt out of bed and do it. Eating healthy, drinking lots of water, exercising daily, and keeping active whenever possible is the most simple and best way to get that body you’ve always wanted.
I don’t know that much about fitness or healthy eating so if anyone has any recipes, exercises, or fun active things they do to stay in shape I would love to hear about them. I will post pictures of my progress in a couple months when I get to where I want to be. I wish all the best to those that are already working on their bodies and I can’t wait to see mine!

p.s My plan is to fit in to my grad dress once again!

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And life will go on

I am strong.
I am confident.
I am honest.
I am not, and will never be stupid.
I am not, and will never be dumb.
I do not have as much experience in life as people older than me do, but I do not consider myself naive.
Everything I do and say in my life has a reason. I won’t make excuses for other people and I will not be talked down to if they do not agree with my choices in life.
From this day forward I am choosing to live my life in the most positive and progressive way possible. This is a new year and even though it’s already started, it’s never too late to begin a new life for yourself.
I will no longer keep things to myself if I don’t like them. There isn’t any reason for me to keep quiet if something makes me uncomfortable. I have grown tired of asking questions about life, I want to go out and find answers. I want to do great things and I want the people I love most to be there beside me along the journey. I want to live healthy, be healthy, and be completely confident in myself. Also, I want the same thing for my family. I would love to see everyone I love, happy, healthy, and prosperous and I will do what I can to make that happen.
I had a fantastic morning today which turned in to a not so lovely afternoon. But from this small bit of trouble I am going to continue to learn from it. When crappy things happen in your life why stress? of course sometimes we can’t help but stress a little at the start but once you realize what is really going on there’s no need to hold on to that negativity. Take those times of trouble and let them make you a stronger person.
I have said it before and I will say it again, the best way to get yourself out of a stressful mindset is to breathe. Take three big deep breaths in your nose and blow out your mouth, and take three more if you need it. Put your mind back at ease and plan out step by step what you are going to do about whatever is troubling you.
I’ve decided that blogging consistently may not be what I’m meant for, but the day that I really just need to vent I’ll be right back here. I hope that my long rant will make a positive influence on someone else’s life in some way or another. I am going to continue with my life taking each day as it comes, even if some days are a little tougher than the last.

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Be Soft

Do not let the world make you hard. Don’t allow society to decide how your supposed to feel or look. When you are choosing to let others decide what’s best for you, you’ll never truly be happy or confident in your life. You are in control of your body and mind.
Do not let the pain make you hate. Dwelling on the negative experiences, and allowing yourself to overthink the bad things in life is going to fill your heart with hate. You will forget about all the wonderful little moments each day because you have been too busy thinking about how sad you were, or how angry that one thing made you feel. It’s ok to be angry or sad about things but don’t allow yourself to dwell on them.
Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. People will comment, cuss, and speak to you in the worst ways just to get your attention or make themselves feel better. Do not let those horrible comments affect how you treat other people. Being rude back to the ones that make you feel bad, is only giving them exactly what they’ve given to you.
Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place. There is so much beauty in every day that nobody notices. Have you ever just taken a good look at the sky on a nice clear day? Have you ever seen a really pretty flower and wondered how something so simple could be so beautiful? Take time every day to just breathe and enjoy the simple things.