It’s been a MINUTE, hasn’t it? I’m always in the mood to blog and then I start doing something that takes my attention away from it. So, my bad. I’m really going to try to do better. (Where have we heard that before, hmmm?) 🙂
Lately, I’ve been working on my store and trying to come up with new designs, etc. My challenges right now are, coming up designs that men will wear. I don’t want to be overly girly/feminine, but I can’t help it because that’s who I am. Well, I’m not super girly, but my mind just tends to go to that place when I think of designs. Anyway, as I’m working on designs/brainstorming, I’m starting to come up with more inspirational designs. And that’s making me want to switch up my whole store. But I’m going to try and incorporate the inspirational designs with the original thought of my store.
To recap: I created my store,”Unidos” as a way to help people feel empowered in this crazy political climate. I mentioned before that while I’m not against protesting or anything of that nature, I’m not really the type to do that. Nor am I one to really get involved in an organization. BUT, I wanted to DO something. I don’t know… I guess in some cases, I want to just be a leader and start something myself. It’s weird, I know, but that’s just how I feel about this particular situation. So I thought about it and came up with the store. PLUS…bringing in some cash is always a good thing over in these parts, feel me? 😉
Anyway, if you haven’t checked out the store in a while, please do:
I’ve got some cute stuff up there. And fellas…I’m working diligently on coming up with more items for you!! If you fellas have suggestions, I’m always open. Leave a comment below. That goes for you, too, ladies! Suggestions are always welcomed! You can comment here on the blog.
What else has been going on…
- Hair – Random hair update. I’m going to try and grow my hair out for a while. It’s so looooong and I can’t stand it. But I think I’ll try to grow it and see what happens. I need to color it BADLY! I have so much gray. Ugh. I’m up here looking like Barack after the first few years. It’s not cute. Too young to have this much gray hair! Plus, it just makes my hair look dry. 😦 I don’t know what color I’ll dye it. Probably black. I don’t know. I just need some color on it FAST!
- Moving – We’re going to be moving this year to a bigger apartment…or maybe a townhouse. We don’t know. We started hunting this past weekend (we’ve already been searching online though). We’ve literally seen so many apts. I feel like we’ve seen every apt in the NoVa area. I mean, that’s clearly an exaggeration, but we’ve seen a LOT. Most likely, we’re going to move further west of where we are now, so we can get the bigger space. Apartments are so expensive, even the further away we are from DC, which makes no damn sense. I sound bougie saying this, but we’re accustomed to a certain life now and it’s HARD to downgrade. But fingers crossed/prayers up, that we find something. The lease is up in July, so we are ahead of schedule.
- Passport – I FINALLY applied for a passport!!! YAY!
I can’t wait to get it.I just received it yesterday! I know, I’m nearly a 40 year old woman and I’m just now getting one. Well, it’s partly because I haven’t been in a position to travel abroad. The other part is due to sheer procrastination/laziness. So, yeah. It’s on it’s way andI’m excited to finally travel abroad. We are planning a trip for THIS YEAR! Details later, maybe? 🙂 I hate to end here, but I’m going to work on the store. I thought I had more to say, but I’ve seriously forgotten everything! Hate it when that happens. Oh…just kidding. I just remembered what I was going to say…
4. Fitness – Just wanted to update and say I’m still hitting the gym pretty regularly. I’m going about 4 days/week. Sometimes 3/days, but usually 4 days. I’ve switched up some things recently.
a. I’m doing more fasted cardio (fasted cardio = no food before cardio). I’m riding the bike and jump roping. I try to do that at least twice/week.
b. My next step is to incorporate some tabata a couple times a week. (Tabata is like a HIIT style workout, for those not in the know). I don’t enjoy HIIT, mainly because there’s always a lot of jumping. My knees aren’t the greatest and recently, I have been having heel pain. Ugh, there’s always something. I have to find a podiatrist and get it worked out. Anyway, I did a dance tabata workout last week and it was fun, so maybe I’ll do more of those. I just want to do fun workouts.
c. And I’ve only been weightlifting about once per week. I have to create a new lifting workout that will be more of a total body routine. I’d like to lift twice per week.
All of this takes my workout schedule up to 6 days/week. But…I’m only going to do 3-4 days for now. Reason for that? (Fellas, cover your eyes!!), but my monthly gets REALLY irregular when I start exercising a lot. And….I don’t want that to happen for a few reasons, so I’m just going to stick to 3-4 days. 🙂
My main goals – 1. More cardio 2. Less carbs. 3. BE ACTIVE.
Why less carbs? Well, I just started tracking my food again (which I HATE), but I need to figure out how much carb/protein/fat I’m getting. In my head (and on my plate), I’m eating too many carbs. I decided to track for a while to get a better idea. I’ve already started trying to eat fewer carbs though, so we’ll see if this makes any difference in my body. Remember when I did the 12wk program last summer? I posted pics on the ‘Gram if you want to see what happened (mrsbates78). Anyway, I DID see a difference in my body, but I think because I didn’t follow the program’s diet, I didn’t shed as much fat. The program’s diet was HIGH protein and very, very little carb. But I didn’t follow it because I’m a really good eater (for the most part). During that program, I tried to limit any treats to once a week (and I cut out added sugar too). But at the end of the program, I should’ve been a lot leaner. I know everyone’s body is different, but I’ve been seeing waaaay too many people do 12 week programs that start with a lot more body fat than me and they end up much, much leaner. So I think I should’ve followed the program’s diet, as it really cut down on carbs (starchy carbs, bread, etc…not veggies). Also (and I’m sorry if I’m boring the crap out of you guys), I’ve been reading up on fat loss and other related things and it really has convinced me to cut down on carbs. I’m not cutting them out, but just down. On a typical day, I can consume 200+ carbs a DAY! No bueno! A lot of the fat loss meal plans I’ve come across have about half that amount of carbs (or less). I’m going to shoot for 100g of carbs a day. I can do it. I don’t really eat the bulk of my carbs until after dinner. All of my snacks are carb-heavy. So I’m replacing my carby (lol) snacks with protein/healthy fat snacks. As long as I pay attention to those after dinner snacks, I’ll be able to achieve this!
I’ll keep you posted on how this goes.
Finally, I’m cutting waaaaaay back on caffeine. It sucks. You all know I’m a coffee addict, so this hurts my soul. Well, it’s not that bad yet, as I’m drinking decaf coffee (it’s NOT THE SAME!!!) But when I finish this last bag of coffee, I’m not buying any coffee (to make at home) for at least a month! WOOO! We’re HARDCORE over here! (Honestly, I’ve been reducing my caffeine intake for months now. I’ve been drinking regular in the morning and decaf in the afternoon. Some days, I have only decaf.) I DO have a great replacement though. Chicory tea! Yesss…. have you head of Teeccino? O.M.G. It smells just like coffee. It’s so good. I love, love, love it. I got it from MOMs (Mom’s Organic Market). I’m sure the Wholest of Foods has it also. 🙂 I heard about this tea many years ago when I was reading an article on how to cut out caffeine. I’m so happy to have found this because this will surely get me through the withdrawals. But I think I’ll have a real coffee once a week (after I go a full month caffeine free). I’ll just have to go out to get it. After a month, I’ll buy decaf, but I’ll just make it occasionally. I’m doing this for a variety of reasons, but mainly because I don’t like relying on caffeine to keep me awake. I have to go back to the doc this month, but I’m hoping that my thyroid levels are ok. If not, then that could be the reason I’m always fatigued. It’s really, really annoying to be so tired all the time. I DO need to get more sleep, but on days when I’ve had a good 7-8 hours, I’m still tired. No bueno. I don’t know what the issue is…could be my body…or maybe it’s our mattress? lol! I don’t know, but I’m working on making things better. 🙂
Ok friends, I’m outta here. As always, check out my store and I’ll try not to be a loser and post more. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you say. 🙂