Let’s Get Updated!

Hello again!

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?) ūüôā

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? ūüėČ

Anyway, if you haven’t checked out the store in a while, please do:

www.zazzle.com/unidos

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…

  1. 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. ūüė¶ I don’t know what color I’ll dye it. Probably black. I don’t know. I just need some color on it FAST!
  2. 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.
  3. 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 and I’m excited to finally travel abroad. We are planning a trip for THIS YEAR! Details later, maybe? ūüôā

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. ūüôā

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. ūüôā ¬†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. ūüôā

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. ūüôā

-t

Soy Elitista

If you’re like me, you’re beyond exhausted with all the Tr*mp news. I think I mentioned this already, but I had to break away from it because I had a serious stress headache for like 3 days straight! If you haven’t been as stressed, then you’re lucky. I’m the type that, if I see/hear of something that I want to fix, I stress about fixing it. I’m a solutions-oriented person. If I don’t like something enough, my goal is to solve the problem. You have NO idea how much I want to solve the problem that is Tr*mp. NO idea!!!!

Anyway, my headaches have subsided (thankfully), but I’m still upset about EVERYTHING this man is doing. Everything he thinks is good, I think is terrible. Never in a million years did I think he’d literally screw up every single good thing Obama set in place. But that’s exactly what he’s doing. From immigration to the environment, he’s taking the biggest sh*t on all the good that the Obama administration has done. Of course, there were things that Obama did that didn’t please people. I get it. But you’re a complete moron if you think Obama didn’t do great things for this country.

That’s harsh to call someone a moron, but I haven’t found ONE single Tr*mp supporter that has said anything¬†smart. Not ONE. Everyone that defends him sounds like an idiot. And the biggest thing that gets me is, if Hillary or Obama had said/done ANY of the ridiculous things Tr*mp has said/done, every one of his supporters would’ve exploded! The hypocrisy amongst his supporters is unreal and infuriating.

So…do¬†I¬†sound elitist? Well…

if elitist means:

-wanting rights for all human beings
-allowing women the right to choose what they do with their own reproductive organs
-having stricter background checks for those that want to own guns
-fixing our immigration system so people can immigrate to our country
-allowing refugees/asylum seekers the chance to escape war and live at peace
-protecting our environment so it can be here for our future generations
-acknowledging climate change/global warming exists
not restricting people from certain countries from entering our country
-understanding that it is wrong to generalize an entire group of people
-wanting to maintain good relationships with our allies
-that the Press is NOT THE ENEMY, and finally

-that we should NOT¬†trust anything that comes out of our so-called President’s mouth because our so-called President constantly¬†lies and has been caught in a number of lies…

then, yes, I’m an elitist!! I’d rather be an elitist than a racist, xenophobe any day of the year!

I cannot for the life of me imagine living the life that Tr*mp’s supporters live. Hating people. Being fearful of everyone. Wanting to live only amongst people that look like them and think like them. That’s what they want. I don’t get that. That’s super weird. Can you imagine living only with people that look like you and agree with you on everything? It’s no wonder people like that are so fearful of change and of people that are different. I don’t want that life. I don’t want to live in a country where everyone is the same. Tr*mp’s America is one where they don’t think it’s worth it to know what we’re doing to the environment. They think the environment is fine. They agree that fetus lives matters, but yet, they all want to own guns because other lives don’t matter. (<–This blows my mind. That makes NO sense.) Many of them are Christian, but don’t act like it at all when they don’t want to accept people that are different from them. His supporters are so strange to me and now he is quickly changing our country to reflect this odd and hateful group of people.

[**Stop for a moment and think about what your life would be like if your parents taught you to hate an ENTIRE group of people. Stop and think what you would have to do in your life to hate an ENTIRE group of people. Just think about all of the places you’d have to avoid…all of the activities you wouldn’t be able to do…where you’d have to live…all because you were taught to hate an ENTIRE group of people. Just think about the energy it takes to hate an ENTIRE group of people ALL OF THE TIME.¬†Many of Tr*mp’s supporters are these people.¬†Marinate on that.**]

Seriously, what can be done about this man, I don’t know. But something needs to be done. I’m not even joking when I say I keep thinking about moving out of the country. No country is without its faults, but if Tr*mp is allowed to continue this madness, then I can say for sure that there will be many other countries that will be better and safer than ours.

Ok, I’m off my soapbox for the day. I didn’t want to write angrily today, but I’ve just been in this mood for so long. Every time I sit down to write, I just can’t seem to write about anything good. And I know that everyone is already bombarded with news of this guy as it is. So, I will end with something GOOD…

As you know, I’ve been designing¬†some shirts and each week, I’m adding new products! So please check out my store, Unidos, at: www.zazzle.com/unidos*

Here are a just few things I’ve added (there are LOTS more on the site):

 

Unite For The Good Fight!

Friends,

I mentioned in the last blog that I had started making t-shirts. I hope you’ve had a chance to check those out (go here). They are specifically for those that want to represent tha D! Now, I know not all of you are from the D, so I’m going to start working on other cities in a little while. But first, I wanted to share some MORE shirts I’m making as I type!

Like many of you out there, I’ve been racking my brain on how I could do my part to help fight the Evil Empire that has taken over our country. So I started thinking of ideas and one of them was geared towards women’s empowerment. After seeing the Women’s March, I began making shirts and other items that instilled a sense of pride. I haven’t created that store yet, but I have created those items. They will be coming soon! But I wanted to share something else¬†more…universal?

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not one to jump up and go protest/march. I’m not against anyone that does, that’s just not my thing. I’m surprised at the volume of¬†people that have been doing it though lately and I think it’s awesome!! For me however, I’ve been wanting to chip in somehow, some way. I think a lot of us want to speak out but don’t know how. And some of us want to speak out, but still protect ourselves from the more¬†aggressive opponents. So I racked my brain and came up with the shirts below (and a few more things here).

I kept thinking, we need to unite and fight for the good in this country. A lot of people think DJT is doing good. But I have to say, these people are highly misinformed. Doing good in the world should mean that others don’t get hurt or continue to suffer in the process. I understand wanting to protecting our country, but there’s GOT to be a better way than what he’s doing. I’ve been reading about all of the stories of people trying to immigrate here and it’s been beyond sad. There are people trying to get to our country for medical treatments…people trying to escape persecution. The stories are endless. All I can think about is the fact that we wouldn’t HAVE a country if people didn’t immigrate here! I don’t know why people don’t understand this fact. DJT and his people need to understand that not everyone coming here is out to harm our country. It’s insane to think this way. It’s negative thinking on¬†the most extreme level. Frankly, it’s counterproductive¬†to think this way and no good will ever come of it.

Long story short: I wanted to unite for the GOOD fight!

Below are a couple items I have posted. I have a few more if you go here. I may add a few other items, but I’m not sure. I want to keep the items low in cost and¬†some items on Zazzle can get up there in price. So we’ll see. But for now, check it out and support the fight! Oh, and totally share it with your friends!!

Here is the link: www.zazzle.com/unidos*

Thanks everyone!!!

-t

P.S. There are women’s shirts!! I just didn’t link them in this blog.

 

Fight for the Good Fight for the Good
by Unidos