June Goals

This year seems like the months and days are going by so fast.

I found myself telling my co- worker that I couldn’t believe the year is almost half way done. So I thought I would do a June goal list to keep me on track.

There are many things that are motivating me this month. I find myself receiving all theses signs from the universe leading me to my dreams. The only problem is that I’m at a stand still. I don’t know what path to take, do I take the realistic road or my dream…?

So this month I want to do a lot of self work. I want to push myself like I never have. Mostly because I am still young and I have so much I need to learn. I am ready to be dedicated to myself and my career; there is no more room for excuses.

1 . Giving up unneeded sugar in my diet.

2 . Practice meditating everyday when I wake up and before I go to sleep.

3 . Reading more books and articles.

4 . Listening to podcasts when I’m on my way to work and home.

5 . Improve my typing skills to the point where I don’t need to look at the keys.

6 . Start making meal preps the night before.

7 . Focus on gaining muscle.

8 . Drinking more water.

9 . Sharpen my mind with brain training games.

10 . Re-brand myself through my portfolio and resume.

 

If you have any June goals that you are determine to complete comment below what they are. I’m pretty excited that so I have started working on my goals.

Have a great National Best Friend day!

Erika

 

p.s. I just found out that this is my 100 blog post.

My kind of Shake

Hello Everyone!

So as you know I have been trying out some shakes to help me gain muscle. Let me tell you that some of these protein shakes were so difficult to drink. I found myself measuring out  my drinking points. I knew that in order for this to work for me I had to chug it. So I would get a white board marker and mark where I had to chug to.

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Day one I had the Pure Green Protein and that was the worst one out of the three. I found it to be so hard to drink that I just had to power through and finish it. So I knew that this one wasn’t for me.

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Day two I tried the Vega One shake. This one was a little better than the Pure Green. But I was disappointed but instead of tasting like coconut almond it tasted more like Flintstones grounded down vitamins. Which isn’t delicious at all, I think it probably was the most grainest out of the three.

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Day three was the best by far. It was the light at the end of the tunnel. This shake didn’t upset my stomach, blended easy, and didn’t separate too much from the ice. It tasted more like chocolate milk than crushed up vitamins. I think what amazed me is that it wasn’t a pain to drink. After forcing shake after shake it was nice to feel like I didn’t need to. I will probably buy this one depending if I still want to continue searching for more flavors.

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What I did was add 1/3 cup of 2% lactose milk with a cup full of ice. I would put all of that into a blender and take it to my desk. My boss was nice enough to bring in his bullet to work for me. So every morning I would blend up my drink and just chug it at my desk. I did this to all three shakes just to keep it consistent.

I decided to ease into working out because I knew my poor body would go into shock if I got too crazy. So what I’m doing is the 30 day squat challenge and swimming twice a week for an hour and a half.

Well I hope you enjoyed my review and hopefully helped you on your shake quest too.

Erika

 

P.s. Tomorrow morning I’ll upload my June Modern Meow logo. So be sure to stop by around noon to see what my inspired this months logo.

 

Monday Motivation

Can you believe it is Monday already..?

I woke up wanting to stay in bed another hour. So just like you guys I’m going to need some motivation to keep me going this week.

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Something I haven’t mentioned is that I have been cheating on my diet. Since graduating from FIDM I started losing weight. Yes, I know what you are thinking and I’m not happy at all that I’m losing this weight. It has turned into a  health problem now because I can’t keep a stable weight. During the course of six months I have lost about 20 pounds without trying at all.  My doctor became extremely concerned because according to my blood work I am completely healthy. But I somehow am still losing weight. So she urged that I eat whatever I wanted and really make an effort to gain weight.

At first I was happy that I was given the green light to eat carbs and sugar. But little did I know that my doctor’s recommendation would soon affect my BF health. We recently noticed that his sugar levels have risen and sure enough it was because of me. Since I would be eating Cheerios and milk, he was always tempted to try a spoonful. So we decided I can only cheat at work, just to keep that out of the apartment.

My game plan is to do this the healthy way. I don’t want to be eating crap that will eventually cause me problems down the road. So I will be forcing myself to eat more protein and working out. I need to start developing my muscles by engaging them more. I also need to speed up the way I eat. I’m praying that by adding these two things into my life that I will be able to gain my 20 pounds back. If you guys have any recommendations I am all ears.

Love,

Erika

 

A HUGE Lifestyle Change

Last week I got some sad news, someone I love was diagnosed with diabetes. After a tearful conversation I realized how important it is to treat your body right. Sure we think a soda or a bag of chips won’t do any damage but in the long run it just might.

I have always had horrible eating habits and after that night I am more than willing to change them. I have made a pact with myself to be not only a support system to them but to join them.

Changing what you eat can be extremely difficult. So I have been doing non-stop research on what kind of food they need to start eating and exercise tips.

Tonight I’m going to try and make this.

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And since fruit juice is a no-no, I decided to make this for the rest of the week. Hopefully it last that long.

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If there is anything to take away from my article its to see your doctor and get checked out. Because there are 29.1 million people in the United States that have diabetes. But the scary part is that 8.1 million of them may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition.

  • In adults 20 and older, more than one in every 10 people suffers from diabetes, and in seniors (65 and older), that figure rises to more than one in four.

So do your loved ones a favor and get a physical. To see more of my recipes and pins you can follow me on pinterest (@modernmeow).

Love,

Erika

Motivational Mondays

This morning I was so proud of myself. I woke up early got ready and left the house by 8:15.

I forced myself to do this because I always feel like I never have enough time in the morning. But I was so shocked that I left earlier than usual and somehow I also feel extremely energized.

I see this being a new routine for myself and I hope I continue to stay strong with this healthy habit.

May your Monday be anything but mundane.

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Photo Credit: A beautiful thing is never perfect.

    • Erika

 

Falling into a healthy habit.

When I moved out of High Desert I thought living on my own would be easy. I knew all the basics to get me by. But as I moved from place to place I started to picking up bad habits. I began to eat out more, even though I knew I had food at home. My addiction to fast food became so much of a problem that I would think of excuses to go and buy it. What also didn’t help was that I wasn’t making anything from scratch. All the food I would buy from the grocery store would be frozen or pre-made.

When I finally got my current job at American Apparel I started to feel the toll my body was taking. I began getting sick all the time from not only what I was putting in my body but stress too.

Once I began dating and meeting new people, I picked up great ways to get rid of my bad habits. I feel that having a support group is extremely important no matter what unhealthy habit you have. My support was my boyfriend, he was always strict with me. I had to completely lower my in-take on fast food and junk food. That alone was so hard but the way that I got through it was by researching healthy snacks and foods to try. I fell in love with Whole Foods so much that I just wanted to buy everything.

After falling in love with different types of foods I began cooking from scratch. I began throwing in veggies and fruits into my diet. Before you know it I looked forward to cooking and feeling satisfied that other people liked it as well.

Another habit I began to incorporate into my life was taking care of my skin. I started taking hair, nail and skin vitamins and even a probiotic. The difference I saw was pretty amazing! My breakouts were almost gone and with the probiotic I took I saw a difference in my scarring. Now I’m not saying that this works for everyone but it is definitely a good idea to start cleansing your body from the inside out.

Nature Made Hair, Skin, Nails with Biotin Softgel 2500 mcg, 60 Count (Target) and Nutrition Now PB 8, Probiotic Acidophilus 120 capsules (Spourt or Amazon).

So my new challenge for the month of September is to start meditating and doing yoga. I’m doing this not only to help manage my stress but to have a fun way of working out. I hope this inspires you to make small changes in your life so you can live a healthier lifestyle. Feel free to share what you kind of small changes you make.

Love,

Erika