Workout With Me! -Workout Journey

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I am doing it! I know this may sound very cliche to some but what better time to do it. I have recently started a workout journey. Now I know it’s the start of the new year and this is a time many like to start resolutions and working out is a top resolution for many. I am not particularly making this a New Year’s resolution. I am really embarking on this journey because of how perfect timing this opportunity is.

Why I Want To Do This

There are many reasons why one would like to embark on a workout journey. For me personally, I am working out to gain weight.  My ideal weight will be 15-20 pounds more than what I weigh now. I am content with my current weight, however, I would like to get fit and toned while gaining a few extra pounds.

How Am I Gaining Weight

Depending on the person, gaining weight could be seen as easier than losing weight. There are really 2 main components to follow to gain weight whereas losing weight has many factors. These 2 components are Eating more & Working out. It is important for anyone who wants to gain weight or lose weight to do proper research for their body type. In addition to my research, I also find it helpful to watch youtube videos with people who are similar to my body type. This helped me to get ideas on foods I should be eating while also looking at exercises that were good for my body type.

Eating

I would say that I am average when it comes to how much I eat. There are times where I can eat a lot and other times where I can miss a few meals. Since I want to gain weight it is essential that I do not miss any meals but also increase the amount I eat. From doing my research I have found that the schedule below is what I should be doing to increase my calorie intake:

Breakfast > Snack > Lunch > Snack > Dinner > Snack

However, being in college I have found that this schedule is really difficult to keep up with. I have adjusted my schedule into the new schedule below:

Breakfast > Snack > Lunch > Dinner > Snack

I have found this schedule to a better fit for me. I am getting my 3 meals a day in plus 2 additional sources of snacks. Good foods that help increase calorie intake and are high in protein are avocados, diary (eggs, cheese, milk), nuts & seeds,  bananas, fried foods, mangos, and broccoli.

Protein Shakes

As I mentioned before, it can be very hard to get my calorie intake in everyday while being in college. I knew that if I wanted to gain at a steadily increasing weight, it was essential that I increase my calories. To help me do this, I will also drink protein shakes. Essentially protein shakes have high amounts of protein and calories in them (protein being the main ingredient to gain weight). I get more protein and calories from one protein shake then I get in any meal. Protein shakes are not for everyone. If you are taking in the amount of calories needed, then there’s no point in drinking protein shakes. Although protein shakes are a good, healthy source of protein, it is not recommend to drink a lot. If you are getting these high amounts of protein at a fast amount, then it is crucial to incorporate exercise in there. If you are not exercising in addition to these shakes, then you have a large increase of protein and calorie just siting there. Another component of increasing weight includes exercising.

Gym

How everyone gets in there exercise is different. The gym works for some, while doing workouts at home is beneficial for others. At the college I attend, we have a Recreational Center a.k.a a gym. I was a little hesitant at first to go to the gym because I was really unfamiliar with the equipment. I had thoughts that people would look at me crazy because I would have a hard time figuring out the equipment. However, I set aside my fears and knew if I really wanted to go through this journey, I would have to face my fears of the gym. I will say this was one of the best decisions I made.

I have become obsessed with going to the gym. I get excited to go and I do not have any fears of going. I found that no one is looking at you, everyone is doing their own thing and we are all there for a reason. I am so lucky that my boyfriend is an athlete and he works out everyday. He has become my own little personal trainer and he assists me when I go to the gym.  Luckily he has been able to go with me everyday, so I haven’t been to the gym by myself yet. While at the gym, I do not spend an exact amount of time there. I am there usually between 30-45 mins sometimes an hour. I alternate between doing a legs day and an arms day. I have found leg exercises to be more easier for me while doing arm exercises is a bit of a challenge. So I have leg strength but not some much arm strength.

What’s To Come With My Workout Journey 

I am so excited about sharing my journey! I am excited in the gym and I want to share my passion with others to help encourage or for others to help me and give me tips. This was just a short post to give some background on the start of my journey. I am no where near where I want to be, so I will be sharing every step of the way.

I have some ideas of post I want to do including: my workout gear, what I eat, how I exercise, exercises to do at home, and many other post. Stay tuned for some exciting posts!

 

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My Coffee Order

Yay for coffee! If there is one thing about me, it is my love for coffee! Coffee has become an everyday essential for me, I drink between 1-2 cups daily. I am a true coffee lover and I love tasting the richness of  coffee. Today I wanted to share my coffee orders for Starbucks & Dunkin. I love exploring new coffee shops, however coffee shops vary by location. I thought I would share my coffee orders for probably the two most common coffee shops that are almost everywhere. I would love to know your go to coffee order from Starbucks & Dunkin so I can expand and try new drinks!!

Starbucks:

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My basic go to order that you will usually see me order is a white chocolate mocha w/ whip cream! This is my all time favorite drink. All my friends know if they are ordering for me, then this is what I’m getting. I do not add anything extra to this drink. This drink is on Starbuck’s menu year round so you can always get it! I know a lot of people who can’t drink hot coffee when its summer or cold coffee when its winter. However, I drink this year round. I do not care if it is 85 degree outside, you will see me ordering a white chocolate mocha. I meant to mention, I get this drink hot. It comes cold, but I never get it cold.

 

img_5838There are a few times, very few times when I will order something different. If I am not drinking a white mocha from Starbucks then I’ll order a caramel frappuccino with extra caramel. This is my go to when I want something sweet.

I know Starbucks has a selection of food options. I know people who do not go to Starbucks for any of their drinks, they just go for the food menu. In my opinion Starbuck’s food menu is over priced and the menu includes basic food choices that you can get anywhere. However, there is one food item that I love from Starbucks and that is the Iced Lemon Loaf. It is my favorite little sweet treat that is only a couple of dollars. I do not get this every time, but I will treat myself to it here and there.

Dunkin:

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If I am not at Starbucks, you can catch me at Dunkin. There at times where I prefer Starbucks over Dunkin and times where I prefer Dunkin over Starbucks. Lucky the college I attend, there is both on campus. Dunkin is a little bit of a walk while Starbucks is right by my classes.

img_8444My everyday order from Dunkin is a medium iced caramel coffee with extra caramel and cream & sugar. This is a very sugary drink as you can tell, but I love it! This is a fan favorite from Dunkin. Many people get this order but instead of caramel they may get french vanilla, vanilla, mocha, or espresso.

Another favorite drink I like to get is a medium caramel latte. As you can tell caramel is my favorite flavor. I love love anything caramel. This is a hot drink compared to the iced coffee. Just like the white mocha from Starbucks, I can drink this drink from Dunkin year round as well.

Dunkin is known for their donuts so you its only right that I get one whenever I get coffee. My favorite donut is the strawberry frosted donut with sprinkles. I am not picky when it comes to donuts so I will more than likely eat any flavor.

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How I’m Making Money this New Year

Good Afternoon! I hope your new year is off to a great start. Whenever the new year starts I like to find some ways to make a little extra cash. Being a college student, I am spending and budgeting any money I make. I have responsibilities to take care of with the money I earn from my job. It is nice to have some extra cash that I can use to buy makeup and clothes. I have made a good amount of money using some of these methods and wanted to share them. Let me know if you have tried any of these before!

 1. Ebates– This site is the real deal. This site has been featured on news shows, online, and even commercials. I love love love this site. Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 12.38.27 PMBasically you get paid whenever you shop online. The sites has thousands of brands to choose from: Macys, Victoria’s Secret, Nordstrom, Gap, and much more. All you have to do is search on the website for the store you are shopping at and click the link (which takes you straight to the website) and shop! Literally the easiest way to make money! You can either be paid through a check or gift cards. I have received 7 checks so far and am currently about to get another (check).
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    2. Swag bucks– I think this is #1 on everyone’s list. This site is literally amazing. You can do so many things to earn points which later can be redeemed for sweepstakes or gift cards. You however do not receive actual dollar bills or checks. Swagbucks runs off a point system.  I have received around 16 gift cards from Swagbucks. When I got my first gift card I thought it would come in the mail and take forever. However, within a day I received an egift card for the store I seleswagcted . This has been done with all my gift cards. The way I get my points is by doing the daily poll and completing surveys. I also search and watch videos for easy Swagbucks. Rarely I will buy or sign up for something where I can earn more Swagbucks for those offers. One thing that I like about this site is that it is not a must that you complete the surveys. This site allows me the opportunity to earn rewards without always having to complete a survey.
    • It takes me around 1 month to earn a giftcard. 
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    Money from the grocery store/Walking into a store/Scanning your receipt:

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    Ibotta-This app is the rebate queen without having to mail in the rebate. The app is super easy to use and is worth it! All you do is find products that you purchased in store, snap a picture of your receipt, and earn. You can find rebates from stores like: Walmart, Target, Macy’s, Old Navy, and even Sephora (for my makeup lovers). YOU EVEN EARN $5 FOR JUST SIGNING UP!!!! Use my code UMHXBHV 

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    Checkout51-Another rebate app! Unlike Ibotta, you don’t have to choose a store. Just find the products and take a picture of your receipt. I love this app, because you get a check instead of a gift card. Real Money!!

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    Shopkick– If scanning grocery’s and taking pictures of receipts isn’t for you, then just walking into a store and clicking this app is for you! Super Easy! You earn points called “kicks” for walking through the door of select stores. Once you earn enough kicks you cash your credits out for gift cards to places like: Target, Amazon, Apple, Walmart, and Nike. This one can earn you gift cards pretty fast. Click here to sign up

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    Receipt Hog- This app is by far my favorite app to make quick easy money. All you have to do is take a picture of any receipt. ANY RECEIPT!!! I can’t say enough good things about this app. You can only earn Amazon or Paypal gift cards. I have cashed out many times on this app.

    Selling Clothes/ Shoes/ Electronics/ ANYTHING  
    Poshmark & Merci– Are apps that I use to make money by selling my clothes, shoes, and accessories. I like beingFullSizeRender (6) able to control and interact with people with my personal items. I can better explain to them or ask them questions personally. Thevibe on these apps are amazing and everyoIMG_7519ne is so friendly. Each app has an advantage over the other. The only bad thing is that poshmarktakes 20% of what you make which can be lot for listing priced low. However Mercari does not take any percentage from your earnings. But when it comes to shipping, Poshmark has a flat rate of $4.99 on every order where as Mercari has different prices for different sized items. But both sites are amazing and I have earned money from both.
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    Posmark & get $5: BYHER 
                                                   Mercari & get $2:Kev986 

Simple & Easy New Year Resolutions

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Happy 2019!! I can’t believe its already a new year. Time is going by so fast. I remember exactly what I was just doing this time last year. I’m sure next year I will be saying the same thing. Of course with the new year comes new resolutions. We makes these for ourselves hoping by the end of the year that we will have accomplished what we set forth. Some times we are able to check off our accomplishments, other times we fall short. Today I wanted to share some easy accomplishable things that can be New Year’s resolutions or simply things to try and achieve.

Be productive:

Time is flying by. One thing last year I noticed was that there was a lot of things I wanted to do, but either never had time to do it or never allowed myself to make time. These things could be as simple as making time to clean, looking at something for school, or even looking at vacation spots. Set aside days where you can be productive for the entire day and this will help make it easier to complete these task. Even if you do not set a full day aside, then take time during the day to get things done.

Make yourself more open to trying new things:

When we are stuck in a mindset where we never want to engage in new activities, we are stopping ourselves from new interest that we may actually enjoy. If a friend ask you to try out a new restaurant with them or if you are in the grocery store and see a new food item you want to try then instead of saying no, actually give it a try. Once you have mastered giving simple activities a try then move on to bigger goals. These bigger goals could be sticking to a workout plan, saving your money instead of spending it, or even buying a big purchase.

Go to bed earlier:

We’re all adults, why do we need a bedtime… I know, I know. Research has discovered that going to bed earlier has many benefits. And I believe it! Personally for myself, I find if I get a good night’s sleep, with 8-10 hours of sleep, I am able to function more the next day. Being in college I have found that I tend to go to sleep later than the average person might. This is not bad if I am doing it here and there, but not good every night. This is a great resolution to make because it is easy to accomplish and there is instant results.

Go for a walk /bike ride:

Clearly your head is always important to do. Sometimes we just go through many days being busy and disregarding the time we need to clear our head. I have found going for a walk or a bike ride is the perfect opportunity to do this. When people use the phrase “I need to go outside for fresh air,” they say this because fresh air really does allow you to clear your head. A walk around the neighborhood or on your lunch break is really accomplishable. Going for a bike ride might be hard for some, but I have found it to be an amazing experience when I need a break.

Stay Organized: 

When you have things going on or you are not staying on top of thing then most likely life is a mess. I have always considered myself a very well organized person. Within the past year my life has been super busy and I have noticed that whenever I am in a busy mindset, I tend to forget my organizational responsibilities. This in turn makes life more difficult because I am constantly looking for stuff I misplaced or I have a messy desk which gets more messier by the day. Organizing and even decluttering are very essential to improve your life. It makes a big difference and it saves you time that could be used for something else. The 20 minutes I spent looking for a piece of paper I could’ve had an extra 20 minutes dedicated to my morning jog or even some extra time watching netflix. If you make an effort to do this on a regular basis and you won’t need to do this as often. Maybe once every two weeks find time to organize your life.

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