Let’s Get Physical: October

Happy Hump Day everyone!

Ugh. I’ve been secretly dreading this moment because September was a hard fitness month for me. I’ll quit babbling, here goes:

At the end of the day, even if I didn’t make much progress I’m going to be honest with you all. But I will NOT come back to the fitness link up in November and tell you that I didn’t work out because I will. Honestly, I’ll probably have to do a weekly check-in on this whole fitness thing because I want to hold myself more accountable! Also, here’s my fitness inspiration, Dulce is so fit!

Andddddddd, I haven’t gone self-hosted on WordPress yet (feeling anxious about managing my blog 100%, without WordPress). This means the links will display in a separate window again, sorry! Click BELOW to enter your link! 

Remember the rules to the link up, after you add your link, visit the 2 bloggers located above your link and leave an encouraging comment or fitness tip for them! If you want to be a superstar, feel free to visit all the bloggers who link up!

Grab the button!
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Please ONLY add your link if you are blogging about your fitness journey. This isn’t the standard link up to just merely gain followers,  this is for support and uplifting each other! If your link is not relevant, I will probably delete it. The Link up closes on Friday at 11:00 pm PST (Oct 5th). Feel free to link up until then!

I’m so thankful for each blogger that links up with me! I’ve got some good ideas for month #2 of Let’s Get Physical so join in!

Who is your fitness inspiration? What person do you picture when you think of your ideal shape?

Happy Hump Day!


Let’s Get Physical Link Up!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I’m hosting my first link up! And it’s about fitness (say whatttttttt?!?). Here’s my check in of Let’s Get Physical for August!

I only had a legitimate 11 days since my last Fitness post so it’s a little embarrassing that in that short of time, I already managed to break so many of my rules! Oh hell. Haha but you know what? That’s the reality of my fitness journey and I’m not here to sugar coat it. I promise to be honest with you guys, so I can be honest with myself. So here goes peeps:

So the take away message is that I succeeded at water intake and I went to the gym for the first time in months! Although I fell off the wagon one night (and had late night fries) I feel like I took more steps forward than backwards! I can’t want to see what his month brings because I’m SO committed to this, I’m in it to win friends!

On that note, I went to Yoga II (emphasis on the roman numeral 2) last night and it felt similar to what I imagine detox is like, meaning DEATH. Remember how I said had a no-sweating problem? Not last night I didn’t! This weekend due to a good friend’s peer pressure, I might’ve imbibed in a few drinks. Daily. And my body painfully sweated out that margarita, those glasses of wine and maybe a Blue Moon or 2. Le sigh.

Vacation, you ripped me a new one.

So the fun part of this link up is that I in fact cannot host a link up on my blog. WOMP WOMP. WordPress hosted .coms = Anti-everything fun. So instead, I can post this nifty link that takes you TO the link up. Please don’t let this discourage you, next month will hopefully be different so link up this month regardless! The link up will be active until Thursday at 11 pm PST so feel free to come back and link up tomorrow if you want (details on how it works here).

Click Below to Add your Link!

How to approach the Link Up:

On the note of linking up with Let’s Get Physical, I mentioned I wanted this to be a space to support and cheer each other on, not just to find followers. So my ONLY requirement is that you click on the TWO links directly above yours (after you’ve added your link) and leave them a comment about their fitness journey! It can be words of encouragement, a fitness tip or just to tell them you know how it feels! If you’re feeling generous, stop by everyone’s link and be that fitness support superstar! I hope I’m not asking too much, I just want us to really connect. 🙂

I’ll be posting another entry later today (Whaaaaat, two posts in one day?!). It’s still athletic related so come back later today for more from me!!

Happy Hump Day everyone!

Blog Angel Reveal and Fitness Link-Up Info!

Happy Friday ya’ll!

It’s time for the Blog Angels Reveal (hosted by the lovely Craftbotic)!
I was lucky enough to be paired with the lovely Megan from Shaping up to be a Mom.

As her blog angel, I tried as hard as I could (while trying to be subtle) to comment on her blog often, share her posts on my Facebook and Twitter and I even sent out her giveaway link in some of my emails. I wish I could have done more though!

My favorite posts of Megan’s are the ones with pictures of her adorable kids Carter and Vanessa and her posts about her fitness journey. She definitely inspired me to start my own fitness journey recently by training for and completing her first half marathon! 13.1 miles, I was definitely proud of her (even if she has no clue who I am! haha)

The experience of being a blog angel was definitely an enjoyable one, it’s so important to step back from the craziness of blogging to think about someone else too! I hope Megan feels like I did a decent job this month, I’ve loved getting to know her!

Fitness Journey link up information

So I had a few bloggers encourage me to make my fitness journey posts a monthly link up and I’ve decided I’m going to do it! I want to emphasize that this journey ISN’T just about getting skinny, it’s about getting HEALTHY. Whether that’s more exercise, better diet, more doctor’s check ups, it’s about getting the body to a healthy state. And I want this link up to be different, to be a place to find and give support rather than find followers. Every month the link up will also include health and fitness tips from anyone willing to share their knowledge! So here’s a general outline of how it works:

Confessions – This can be for bad habits, realizations, the horrible truths! After your 1st time linking up, this will be where you assess how well you executed your goals (i.e. Confession: I completely failed at No-Fry August!). But confessions can also be good, like if you achieved weight loss or went for your annual check up.

Facts – Some people might call these excuses (and maybe they are) but this is your chance to air them out! Talk about why fitness is hard for you, why you ate especially bad for that month, why you didn’t feel like working out for that week; basically this is where you air your grievances! At the end of the day, nobody’s perfect and there will always be obstacles. This is a place to lay the obstacles out so we see them clearly (and so we can hurdle over them in our own time).

Goals – The easy/hard part! I’ll leave this completely up to you, to set your own goals! They can be food related, exercise related to even just health/wellness related. Just list the goals you plan to work on for the month!

All of this is really up to your interpretation and my format is just a suggestion! 🙂

**But again I want to emphasize, please don’t treat this like your standard link-up. I know sometimes we put our links on a linky list and never do anything with it (never visiting other sites and commenting or following). I want us to truly take the time to support each other and read about each other’s accomplishments. I don’t want this to be used to find followers, I want it to be more than that!

So anyways, if you’re still reading this obnoxiously long entry (THANK YOU!), I just wanted to give you a heads up that the 1st Let’s Get Physical Support Group (link up) will be happening on September 5th (the first Wednesday of the month). So if you wanted to get your blog post ready to link up, you know it’s coming! I have no flippin idea how to create those nifty “grab my button html” things on WordPress so I’ll work on getting something out on Sept. 4th (if you know how to do it on WordPress.com let me know please)!

Come join me on Sept 5th for the 1st ever Let’s Get Physical Support Group Link up!

Okay I’m done boring you to death with my words, I just hope you link up! 🙂

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

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Let’s Get Physical!

Happy Wednesday Lovelies!

So I’m knee deep in planning a birthday party and a baby shower so I promise some new DIYs are coming your way soon. 🙂 I’ll try to make them good, just for you!

But today, I’m not here to talk about sunshine and rainbows. I’m here to acknowledge my utter lack of fitness. I think I’m finally reaching the end of my denial so I’ll start with a few confessions (because being honest is the first step!):

Now here are some facts, things I honestly will have to work to change/work around:

At the end of the day I’m in my early 20s and I’m supposed to be in the best shape of my life. I can’t even IMAGINE how pregnancy will look if I don’t slim down! So fitness is happening, whether I like it or not. It’s time for some (attainable) goals!

So it might seem like a cop out that I don’t include more exercise goals but I want to find ways to enjoy exercise, not feeling forced into it. I don’t want to set myself up for failure and then be too embarrassed to continue. So unofficially, I’m going to attempt to exercise at least 3 times a week! And I’ll swap out fries for veggies more often too, I promise (and not because my taste buds say so, but because my body deserves it!) . Baby steps are steps nonetheless!

In case you’re taking off on a fitness journey too, feel free to grab the button and follow a similar format on your blog (Confessions, Facts and Goals). I’m considering making it a link up for month #2 so we can all rally and support each other, so let me know if you’d even be interested in linking up! I honestly wouldn’t be doing it for a numbers, I’m looking for fellow bloggers to support, get inspired and keep each other motivated. 🙂

Have you set new fitness goals lately? What’s your biggest physical or health challenge?

Happy Hump Day!

The Sacramento Color Run

Happy Monday everyone!

So against my better judgement, I decided to run a 5K this weekend on a diet consisting of french fries with absolutely no preliminary running/training. To say I’m a runner is like saying that lead weights can fly. But lemme tell ya, I love a good 5K and a run that entails colored powder thrown at you while you run? I’m in.

Despite my vehement protests light suggestions that we should walk this 5K instead of run, we got overeager and ran the first (eh let’s be generous), 1/5 of the race. After receiving our first burst of color, we all mutually looked at each other and decided a brisk power walk would suffice. It was a beautifully scenic 5K and overall tons of fun.

But every 15 minutes at the finish line, there was a Color Festival where everyone opens up the color packets they were given and throws it up in the air. The Color Festival was the most INCREDIBLE part. I can’t even explain how beautiful it was, colors flying everywhere and everyone dancing and celebrating. We hung out for 2 rounds of Color Festival and by the end, I resembled a semi-purple incredible hulk, hence the lack of pictures of myself at the end (you’re lucky I even gave you the picture of me as the purple-people-eater above!). Lol much to my dismay, I didn’t get the “cute” color photos I hoped for but it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. If the Color Run is headed your way, don’t hesitate to sign up quick, it’s worth it!

We went to an amazing brunch spot that I’ll be featuring for Good Eats sometime soon too!

Unfortunately that mere 1/5 of 3 miles I ran + lack of stretching, training, general fitness means I was pretty sore following the run. I contemplated lying to you so you could imagine me as a 5K goddess, barely panting and victorious at the end. But I’m as far from that as you can get right now and I’m pretty a little embarrassed that running so little got my body crying out that way. I’m putting this out there because I’m ready to make a change and No-French-Fry August is part of that. I’m ready to hold myself accountable for the way I eat and treat my body. I’m looking to make a plan for that so stay tuned!

Happy Birthday Eva!!

Lastly, I want to wish one of my best friends a HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Long before Simply Evani was born, Eva was one of 3 friends/readers who subscribed to my lowly blog. Not only was she one of the greatest roommates I’ve ever had but she is genuinely one of the most caring individuals I know. I love her with all my heart! Can’t wait to hit up Seattle and visit Chid!

How was your weekend? Do you have a favorite 5K?

Have a great week everyone!