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Hi and Happy New Year to All!!

My oh, my where did 2015 go?!? It feels like it was literally a "here today, gone tomorrow" type of year. But, I guess it's true that time flies when you are having fun, because2015 was one of the best years of my life! I'm grateful and excited to see what 2016 has in store!!

I'm back with my first post of the year! And it is a review! Well, sort of. Over the holiday season while shopping for our children, the Beau's (hereinafter referred to as "Duke") daughter asked for an Alex and Ani Bracelet. He nor I had ever heard of such a bracelet and initially Duke tried to get out of searching for it by telling her that he'd give her money to buy her own. To which, she vehemently denied his offer. She insisted that we find the bracelet and that her dad choose the perfect Bracelet/charm symbol for her.

Well, thanks to a mall run and a friendly passerby in our first stop, Claire's Boutique (...because Claire's carries all young girls jewelry right?) we discovered that we could find these bracelets in Von Maur. The friendly customer said that she, her daughter and daughter-in-law all had the bracelets. She'd gotten the first one from the companies storefront in New York and because they liked them so much, she purchased more here in the city from Von Maur.

We trekked on, located the bracelets and Duke began to make his decision on the perfect charm for the kid.

I was impressed. These bracelets are all handmade, 100% unique with an expandable design to fit most wrists comfortably. They also represent the positive energy of the symbol that you choose. For the kid, we chose the lotus flower, which stands for the progression of the soul! How cool and it's so fitting for her! Alex and Ani has nice selection of symbolic charms to choose from.

The kid loves her new accessory! And I'm sure she'll want more, as they seem to look really cute stacked on the wrist. These little bracelets are the perfect style expression!



First of all, Happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful Daddy's out there!

Whew, today is day 6 of my 7 day challenge. And I must say that I am proud of myself! I've worked out for at least 30 minutes each day. A couple of days I've even worked out twice. Surprisingly, my sugar cravings have really been at bay.

 On day 4, I did buy a tall caramel frapp, out of habit. I needed to eat and I wanted something as healthy as possible on my way to work, so I went for a Protein Bistro box and just couldn't resist "buying" the drink. Something about being inside of Starbucks would have made me feel like I was incomplete If i'd left without buying a drink. So I did. My brain is hardwired to think that way after all these years, I guess. So, nonetheless, I bought the drink, minus the whip and caramel drizzle, and only drank about half. It actually tasted too sweet and not very satisfying to me. A bit of a flop on day four, but not too bad.

Day 5 was really good. I did end up google searching: "can eating too much watermelon be bad for you?". LOL! I've been tearing some watermelon up! I found that it is not necessarily bad for you but, I did hear from a trainer that eating fruits like that after noonish to 3pm, is not very good calorie wise. Fruit still has sugar in it, albeit not as bad as processed sugar, but your body still needs to burn it off. So, I plan to continue to incorporate watermelon into my diet more, but not after 1pm in the afternoon.

Here we are to day 6. I'm feeling really good! I actually feel less bloated. My stomach feels a little bit more "pulled in". I also don't feel like i've got sludge running through my body.  Now, I did have a piece of a pancake and syrup this morning because my daughters and I made a big breakfast. But, thank God, my mind and body were telling me no! A couple of bites in and I just didn't want to finish. Something on the inside just felt wrong. Isn't it wonderful what a good sweat and diet will do?

I am really excited about continuing to delve deeper into keeping up these healthy habits and making them the norm for my life! I also want to make sure that Day 7 goes perfect.


Happy Hump Day Blogosphere!

So, a little while ago, and maybe it is more like a "Way back Wednesday" tune as fast as songs come and go these days, but i'm intrigued by the Rihanna featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney song...yep, Four-Five Seconds.

This song has grown to be my jam!!

Now, I admit, when I first heard the song, I was like "wtf, has Kanye gone off the deep end while holding on to Rihanna and Sir Paul, taking them down with him?' But, then one day, I was riding in my car and the song came on. Concentrating on the traffic that I was making my way through, I noticed about a quarter of the way through the song playing, that it actually had some substance. So, when I got home I decided to pull it up and take a listen.

Peep the lyrics:

I think I've had enough

I might get a little drunk

I say what's on my mind
I might do a little time
'Cause all of my kindness
Is taken for weakness

[Hook - Rihanna:]
Now I'm Four Five Seconds from wildin'
And we got three more days 'til Friday
I'm just tryna make it back home by Monday mornin'
I swear I wish somebody would tell me
Ooh, that's all I want

[Verse 2 - Kanye West:]
Woke up an optimist
Sun was shinin', I'm positive
Then I heard you was talkin' trash
Hold me back, I'm 'bout to spaz

[Hook - Rihanna and Kanye West:]
Yeah I'm 'bout Four Five Seconds from wildin'
And we got three more days 'til Friday
I'm tryna make it back home by Monday mornin'
I swear I wish somebody would drive me
Ooh, that's all I want

[Bridge - Rihanna:]
And I know that you're up tonight
Thinkin', "How could I be so selfish?"
But you called 'bout a thousand times
Wondering where I've been
Now I know that you're up tonight
Thinkin', "How could I be so reckless?"
But I just can't apologize
I hope you can understand

[Verse 3 - Kanye West:]
If I go to jail tonight
Promise you'll pay my bail
See they want to buy my pride
But that just ain't up for sale
[Rihanna and Kanye West:]
See all of my kindness
Is taken for weakness

[Hook - Rihanna and Kanye West:]
Now I'm Four Five Seconds from wildin'
And we got three more days 'til Friday
I'm tryna make it back home by Monday mornin'
I swear I wish somebody would tell me
Ooh, that's all I want

Four Five Seconds from wildin'
And we got three more days 'til Friday
Just tryna make it back home by Monday mornin'
I swear I wish somebody would tell me
'Cause that's all I want 

Once I'd finished listening to the song lyrics the first time, I found myself playing the song on repeat. No, not because i'm "4-5 seconds from wildin'", but from feeling the melody and how clever the song was. It was almost like I was standing in an art gallery, looking at an abstract piece of art seeing something so ecclectic that it was intriguing. 

To me the mood of this song says, "I'm just trying to live and have a good day, and here (Insert random bs'er or other issue) comes trying to mess up my day...and I'm not here for that!" I think Kanye was awesome for this!

Hello...Happy Hump day!!

Day 1: (recap)

Well, today was a great start!!

I actually woke up and decided to start the challenge on the spur of the moment. It just felt right. I was able to workout at the trail, getting in 1.80 miles in 40 minutes. From there, I went to the grocery store and bought fruit, veggies and water. I had a home made grilled ground chicken patty for breakfast / plain tuna and watermelon for lunch / brown rice, veggie, turkey smoked sausage stir fry for dinner. And that is where it gets tricky, I'd planned to do plain Worcestershire sauce but my daughter made her special sweet and spicy sauce, so I had a bit. But, not too much, so I am still proud of myself!

Day 2:

Now, i'm on to completing day 2 successfully! I woke up bright and early and got my day started! I didn't meal prep last night, but I did pack for the day since I was up. So far, the day is off to a great start and i'm feeling good about it! My daughter and I got in a couple of weight circuits at the gym, then a short quick .6 mile walk on the trail.  I'd like to get in some better cardio this evening so i'll e going to the trail again. Also, this evening I'll prep food for the next few days.


Hold on and Ride them! Duh!

Isn't it funny how we have our lives all planned out, then, all of the sudden, you come upon that curve in the road and you have to either slow down so that you can take it or speed up to hurry and get around it. Either way, you still have to keep on moving, right? Right!

I've been riding my share of curves since i've last been around here, and I have to say i've been enjoying all of them!!! Change is good and exciting!

One change that I have made is NOT eating well and working out as I am used to. Now, as exciting as it is to try new things (foods) and explore new activities, not making time to focus on my health has awarded me some extra padding and a few degrees less in confidence.

Even though i've sporadically tried to walk a little here, eat plenty of veggies there, my efforts have been less than favorable. So, today I woke up and decided (and prayed) that i'd really get aligned this time!

I'm challenging myself to a seven day challenge of: No soda, bread, red meat, alcohol, pasta and sweets. I'll consume fruits, veggies, fish, chicken, and plenty of water. Oh and i'll work out for at least 30mins/day 5 out of the 7 days.

I found this challenge on Instagram (follow me @justme_kellie), and it was posted by Deelishis. And I figured, what better way to hold myself accountable than with social media and blogging.

Here I go! I love all of my curves, but nothing really tastes as good as healthy feels. Wish me good energy!