After a week and a half of a life break so to speak, I am trying to get this Monday off to a fresh new start. I have so many things I need to do but first, coffee. It is what get’s me through the morning and mid day without fail. This week is going to be hard getting back into working out, eating right and getting back to reality but I know my morning routine of coffee and breakfast will fuel my days and allow me to make it through. What helps you get through your days?
My senior year of high school I developed a huge interest in the history of WWII. That interest still remains today and I cannot resist any book, movie or podcast that helps me learn more or just think about what happened those terrible years.
The Nightingale is a fictional story but in my heart of hearts I am positive it could have happened and probably did happen. This beautifully heartbreaking story of two sisters that learn more about their inner strength, love for each other and love for family is one you absolutely must pick up. Kristin Hannah puts you in the shoes of both sisters and those around them as they struggle to come to terms with what to do now that their country has been taken over. Do they fight? Do they give in? How will they handle this new way of life?
If you love books that you can visually see as your read each page, you will love this. You can feel the movement of the trains or feel the pedals of the bike as they go down the street. I could not help but think of what would I do in that position? To do the right thing and fight and risk being killed or keep my head down and live. The touching tail of what path these two women walked down will leave you with a brighter view of the sun. You can find this book at any store or on Amazon.
– XO – BM
Please comment below on any suggestions on what to read next!
Last week at the gym there was a new challenge and I immediately was thinking, there is no way. Once it was explained to me I was thinking, okay I can contribute a few but probably no more than 30. The challenge states that the months gym goal is to do 10,000 push up’s as a group. So each individual that comes in should contribute and hopefully by the end of May the group total will be 10,000 or more! Doesn’t that sound cool! Well once I was challenged by the trainer and he told me each person should contribute 100 push ups and that will make it easy and even across the board, I almost fell out. For as long as I can remember I have not been a push up girl. Sit ups, I can do them all day, but my weak little arms and back could do about 10 correct push ups. Well, Friday I contributed to the group of a total 100 push ups! There is nothing more satisfying than competing with yourself and winning. Before my 30 minutes was up I had already completed 50 so after my last round I had 50 more to go. With 10 at a time I pushed through the pain and burn and walked away smiling and sore. There is so much we are capable of that our minds first tell us no but what we should really listen to is our heart and souls. They are the ones that push through the mental block and tell us we can and we will. Challenge yourself to 50 push ups with the above Pinterest daily challenge. You will feel stronger for it.
Yet another Monday is upon us and as I welcome a new week that, fingers crossed, will not be filled with rain, I also find myself needing a little something extra. I am supposed to head out to a lake house for Memorial Day weekend, yet I am finding myself insecure and not really sure I should go. I, like most women, find other women intimidating and this particular group is full of wonderful, successful and witty women that I am not sure I am in their league. As I write this I think about the above statement and how much it is true. I am limiting my knowledge, charm and fun spirit instead of knowing it is limitless. Sometimes changing mindsets is a hard thing to do but hopefully by the end of this week I will not feel so limited to how insecure I feel but rather feel limitless in the face of my fears. I hope you think about being limitless instead of limited this week.
I am going to be honest, this week was tough. Not for personal reasons but because the weather has been so crapy! Everyday was hard to wake up because I knew it was just going to rain and rain. So, because of that I do not have a lot of pictures to go on BUT there were a few things that kept my spirits up.
First game of the year and brought home Bryce Harper with me :)! Go Nats!
The new Calvin Harris song has me really moving and grooving! I have listened to it before 9Round this week to get me pumped up!
I have had a Gmail account for a long time, almost 6+ years now and it has so many perks but for a long time I just could not get into the calendar. I love having a paper agenda that is pretty and I can fill it with all my events or lack there of, but let’s be real, who wants to carry around an agenda book, a notebook and whatever else into work every day? Not me, so I discovered that Google has updated it’s calendar and I am going to give it a go. I think it will really help me in terms of keeping an account of my workouts, appointments, birthdays and anything else I might want to document all on an app! I always have my phone so there is no excuse to not try it out. Let me know if you have any additional tips to make the Google calendar work for me so that my life is all in one place.
– XO – BM
In other news, we are on day 16 of rain in DC and it is really putting a damper on my mood so if you have any mood buster suggestions, send them to me!
My favorite color at the moment and has been for a while is black. It is so effortless and slimming that why would you not want to wear this color. I know it kinda looks sad and drab but with the right accessories, for day time, you can make it look amazing!
The same goes for working out for me. My go to color is black. I love how slim I look when I wear the color and it makes me work harder because I see how good I look. Nike is my beloved label I love to wear for many reasons but mostly because the product never disappoints. I love everything about the label and how the clothes and shoes feel. I also love the sweat resistance to the some of the pants, since I sweat a lot.. a lot. Another reason why I like wearing darker colors because you cannot see how bad I look, unlike gray or any light color that makes me look like I am dying. I encourage you to find that one label or color that makes you work harder at the gym or just makes you like to get dressed. If you feel good about the way you look you will work harder, hold your head higher and be happier in general.
Today there are so many different tracking tools for everyone to see how they are doing on a daily basis. I think that is great but I will admit I am now pretty fanatic about checking my progress a lot and getting a little upset with myself when I miss my goals. I know that is crazy but it is true. I use the Apple Watch and I love how it tracks my steps, calorie burn and how much I stand too. Working at a desk, like most folks, you forget to move and stand throughout the day but my watch vibrates to tell me, hey get up! I love being able to access my progress either by my watch or phone at any time. I can also check how I am doing weekly as well as daily. To me, this is the best option because I no longer have to have a watch and another something on my wrist I can have it all right in one spot.
There are so many other options out there for folks to research and see what works for them. The new Fitbit Blaze is highly rated and has a sleep tracker setting that the Apple watch does not.
Here is a list of the best trackers for whatever it is you are looking to get out of each devise. I highly recommend investing in one or checking your phone to see if it tracks your steps and activities. This really will open your eyes to how much you are moving each day. Especially for those that drive a lot, because I know when I do not walk to work, my goals are not met. Let me know what your favorite is!
Each week a different obstacle is faced. Sometimes it is small and other times it is rather large but how we decide to take on that obstacle is up to us and either it will make or break us. This week I am not feeling 100%. I have a lot on my mind and I am frustrated with my bodies progress. I have hit the gym hard and really watched my eating yet I am still pretty heavy and I am not seeing a lot of change in what I see in the mirror. I know, I know I am being overly critical but this is one of my challenges this week. So, rather than giving up and being sad I am going to try to work harder and eat better than last week to make myself feel better about the work I am putting in. I am going to take my problems and negativity by the horns and face it instead of being defeated by it. I hope you chose to do the same!
This week was fun! I was able to work from home for 4 days and I took full advantage by going to the gym twice on Monday and I plan on doing the same today. I celebrated Cinco de Mayo by eating a lot of chips and salsa and a few margs in this cute new Mexican restaurant (follow me on snapchat to see my adventures, ginny bitch). I hope you had a great week!
New month means new goals and looking at last month really has me looking forward to breaking even more records and goals. What is your month goal?
Since I had a lot of time on my hands this week and I could not go outside I looked at Pinterest and found this great recipe for Samoa Bars that are fairly good for you. I used honey instead of maple syrup and they are very good. I plan on freezing them and pulling them out when I want something sweet.
Lastly my little bundle of joy in her new summer dress! Doesn’t she look so stinking cute!!!