How To Stay Motivated

How To Stay Motivated

Welcome back! So….with July upon is, we are officially approaching the halfway point throughout the year. At this point, it may seem like it’s too late to make any progress on your summer goals, and now you just want to focus on your end of the year goals. This post is to give you the motivation to STAY on track with ALL of your current goals! Even if you feel like you’re monumentally behind on everything you wanted to accomplish, I want this post to serve as a gentle reminder that it is perfectly okay to be behind on your goals, but that does not mean you should give up on them.

One of my biggest goals for the past year has been to incorporate fitness into my every day routine. Although I have achieved this goal, since I’ve gotten more into running, I’ve really been trying to increase my mileage for a single run. So far my longest run was just under 4 miles, and it was one of my biggest fitness accomplishments thus far. However, since the summer weather has crept up on us, and running outside is virtually impossible now without wanting to pass out, I am forced to run on the treadmill. The treadmill is great and all, but my attention span really does not suit me for 4 miles of running. I’ve told myself that if I can do at least a 5k once a week, plus other smaller distances, I would be satisfied.

I’ve been very good about sticking to this routine, however the past week I’ve been so overwhelmed with moving that my workouts were not as intense. So this past Sunday morning, I told myself I would get up in the morning and go right to the gym, and bang out my 3 mile run. Long story short, I could only manage 2.6 miles, and I felt terrible about myself.

I eventually came to the realization that sometimes, you need to cut yourself a break and appreciate all the progress you’ve already made. It can easy to get wrapped up in the idea of achieving a goal, and sometimes we forget to acknowledge the beauty of the journey-sometimes the journey is better than the end result. Although in this one particular workout I could not complete my 3 mile goal, that does not erase all the progress I’ve already made and I need to learn to cut myself some slack.

So…whatever it is that you may trying to accomplish or make progress on, don’t beat yourself up about it if you’re not as on track as you’d like to be. Everyone is different, and comparing yourself to other people and their goals will only make you feel worse. Focus on your own priorities, and celebrate the small victories. Remember why you started, and what your end goal is. Don’t lose sight of what you want-never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about.

keep it klassy, xo.

Monthly Mental Health Monday: Detoxing Social Media

Monthly Mental Health Monday: Detoxing Social Media

Welcome back to another MHM, this month about detoxing from social media. Social media is something that is probably pretty prevalent in everyone’s life, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good thing. Social media comes with a lot of pros and cons and sometimes I think it’s healthy to take a break if you feel like it’s taking too much of a toll on your mental well being.

Like I said, social media can be a great thing. It’s a fantastic way to stay connected with people you may not see that often, and to be able to share parts of your life with your friends. However, it’s not always used for this, and sometimes social media can become toxic. Spending too much time on social media can come at a detriment, not only for physical health reasons but also for your mental health. A lot of times when we’re on social media we compare ourselves to whoever is on our feed-in good and bad ways. We may feel bad about ourselves because our bodies are not as small as theirs, on our lives may not seem as exciting as theirs, etc. OR we may judge them, and think wow, I’m glad that’s not me, they’re so dumb, etc….

Both are so bad! Comparing yourself to people on social media is only going to lower your self esteem. Some pages are catered more towards motivation and encouragement, which I think is awesome. But when some people use their pages to solely promote products or try to show off a particular kind of lifestyle with very little genuineness or substance behind their posts, it can be harmful to the way you see yourself.

On the other side of that, judging people you see on social media and maybe thinking some not-so-nice things about them (we’ve all done it), is also not great either because why do we want to spend our time pointing out all the things we hate about this person we may not even really know that well? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend my time focusing on myself and what I need to work on, rather than judging other people based on my own insecurities.

Although it can be hard to take a break from social media, even just setting your phone down for a few hours could honestly do wonders. Everything will still be there when you check back in, and when it comes down to it, there’s really no need to be constantly refreshing twitter, instagram, snapchat, etc. Not only does this impede our overall ability to focus on certain tasks, but it takes away from the human experience. So put your phone down, and enjoy your life! You only get one life to live, and who wants to spend it constantly checking social media? Not me, that’s for sure.

I hope you guys liked this month’s mental health Monday post, and let me know if you guys have anything you’d like to see in the future!

As always, keep it klassy, xo.

Summer Recipe: Pizza Squash and Roasted Vegetables

Summer Recipe: Pizza Squash and Roasted Vegetables

Welcome back! If you’re looking for something new to try for summer, check out my recipe below on pizza squash and vegetables!

Ingredients:

  • Squash
  • Tomato sauce of choice
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Vegetables
  • Olive oil

☆ Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

☆ Cut squash in half and take out seeds

☆ Place squash on baking sheet

☆ Add 1/4 cup of your preferred tomato/pizza sauce onto each side of the squash

☆ Add 3 oz of mozzarella cheese to the squash

☆ Drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper on top

☆ Cut and dice choice of vegetable (I used brussel sprouts, carrots, and green peppers), season with cuban seasoning and olive oil.

☆ Cook for 25 minutes

Enjoy!

2019 Goals: A Check In

2019 Goals: A Check In

So….we’re almost halfway through 2019 (I know, it’s crazy). I think it’s common for most people to set goals at the beginning the year, with the intent of following through with them. But, then life gets in the way, and suddenly you have a bunch of unfinished goals, motivation is left behind in January and you’re right back where you started. WELL, let this serve as an almost-halfway-point check in! Where are you guys with your goals? Have you made progress on them, or did you find yourself losing motivation soon after you started them?

Usually for me, I have this great ideas of what I want to accomplish or become, and I always fall short. It’s easy to stop when things get hard, or uncomfortable, or just not convenient anymore. The trick is to stay motivated, to find what gets you going and to remind yourself of that every day.

One of my main goals for 2019 was to run more, and specifically, be able to run the 5k my high school hosts every April for Alumni weekend. I knew the date ahead of time and I knew I wanted to be able to finish alongside my two best friends who would also be running it with me. It was great motivation, and I was able to accomplish my goal! I never thought I’d be someone who could run more than a mile, but pushing myself past my comfort point has really allowed me to see my own potential.

I recently completed a run and was able to get in 3.5 miles! I was proud to have been able to run the farthest I ever have, and it’s motivating me to create a new goal of running 5 miles. Challenging myself to work out when I don’t feel like it, and push myself far out of my comfort zone has been one of the most personally rewarding experiences of my life.

I challenge all of you to push yourself, find a new motivation, a new inspiration, something that excites you and makes you want to tackle your goals head on! There’s still plenty of time left in 2019, don’t let it go to waste.

As always, keep it klassy, xo.

Patience

Patience

Happy Wednesday recently I’ve been struggling with being patient and trying not to let the weight of my anxiety get me down. This quote was a helpful reminder to try to take a step back and relax. Although this is easier said than done, I’m definitely trying to be better about not letting even the little things overwhelm me.

Right now in my life I have a lot of decisions I have to make, but not all the information I need to make them fully informed. This has been driving me crazy, and causing an insane amount of stress and anxiety over the past several months. Waiting for answers, waiting for things that are out of your control is really hard to do. It’s hard to relinquish control and tell yourself that you need to let the universe work it out for you- there’s only so much you can do. I’m not used this mindset, I can be a bit of a control freak sometimes.

In the next few months, I really want to work on accepting the things I cannot change and being patient. I don’t want to feel like everything is going to come crashing down at any minute, and I need to really re-evaluate the way to handle stressful situations, while focusing on what makes me happy. Sometimes we lose sight of all the progress we’ve made and forget how far we’ve come- we only want to focus on what’s ahead.

What do you guys do to calm your anxiety?

Talk to you guys soon, keep it klassy, xo.

My Lasik Experience

My Lasik Experience

Have you ever wondered about lasik? Coming from someone who spent 10 years wearing contacts, and 12 years wearing glasses, I always had questions about lasik. It seems like a magic cure for those of us who struggle to see without glasses or contacts, however there are definitely a lot of things to consider before deciding to get the procedure.

I decided to get lasik back in February, after many years of dealing with contacts and glasses. For me, I knew it was something that would be well worth the investment and that would greatly improve my day-to-day life. Let me start from the beginning of my lasik journey, and let you guys know all my tips and recommendations if you are considering getting lasik.

Consultation: At most places you can get a consultation for free, which is great. It’s not a quick process, (mine took about 1.5 hours) but it’s a fantastic way to get all your questions answered, and even see if you qualify for lasik without having to commit to anything. This is also a good time to discuss payment plans or financing, depending on what the practice you go to offers.

Pre-Op: So, you go to the consult and decide that you’re ready to take the plunge and get lasik- so what’s next? The doctor should run through all the requirements you have to do before the procedure. Mine told me not to wear my contacts, only my glasses, for two weeks leading up to the procedure. Some doctors may require you to come in a few days before the procedure to re-measure your eyes and make sure everything looks good before the big day. I met with my doctor two days before my procedure, and it was a great time to ask last minute questions.

The Procedure: I’m not going to lie, the actual experience of lasik was definitely weird and mildly uncomfortable. This should be no surprise considering what is being done to your eyes, but some people may not know what to expect. The good part is that the whole process should be done within 20 minutes or less. I think mine took a total of 15 minutes. It’s very quick, it’s usually automated for the most part with a machine so there’s little room for human error, and besides the discomfort, it’s generally not too bad.

Post Op: Immediately following my procedure, I was extremely sensitive to light and my eyes had a slight burning. My doctor told me this was very normal and to go home and nap and when I woke up I would feel much better. I did just that, and he was right. I woke up with much clearer vision and less pain. The next morning I was able to drive to my appointment and my doctor advised me that everything looked perfect. I had to come back in a week for another post op appointment, and I had to use artificial tears every hour for the first two weeks following the surgery. Nothing too crazy.

Now that it’s been almost 3 months since I got lasik, I would definitely recommend it if you find yourself relying heavily on glasses or contacts. I couldn’t comfortably see without some of kind of lens correction, and it was a hassle at times. Lasik can be pricey, depending on where you do it and the financing options, but I looked at it as a life long investment. I would never have to spend money on glasses, contacts, eye exams, nothing for the rest of my life, and at 22, that sounded pretty good to me. Like any big purchase or investment, definitely think it over because it is a big decision, but to me it was well worth it.

Have any of you guys ever had lasik? What are your thoughts on the whole process?

Hope everyone had a good weekend! xo.