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Wellness Wednesday Tips
Wellness Wednesday tips on how I have used my fitness regimen and food to transform my results. If working out at home, the best suggestion I can make is to create a schedule and stay consistent. There is no magic potion to see results but changing old habits are a must. Food is challenging especially when it comes down to what to eat and how much to eat. My goal was to include foods I should eat and why I eat these foods. I do not focus on completing eliminating foods I love but eating them in moderation or as a treat.
TRX Warm Up
Tasty Tuesday Dessert
Are you looking for a yummy summer dessert? Well, look no further because this requires no oven and only five ingredients. It is the Oreo No Bake Cheesecake. It is kid approved in my home and literally vanishes within hours! It’s so easy you may have your kids make it by themselves. If you have a potluck or July 4th bbq it is a perfect dessert. How can you go wrong with a dessert that has cream cheese and Oreos. I real time saver was purchasing the Oreo pie crust vs. making the pie crust. This is the recipe shared with me. Enjoy my pictures. Happy Making!!!!!
If you have a potluck or bbq it is a perfect dessert. How can you go wrong with cream cheese and Oreos? A real time saver was purchasing the Oreo pie crust vs. making the pie crust. Below is the recipe shared by one of my friends. Click link below to see full recipe. Enjoy my pictures. Happy Making!!!!!
Summer Dessert: No Bake Oreo Cheesecake
- 1 Oreo Crust (or store bought)
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
You can find the remaining recipe from link below.
The term self-care is used all over the internet but I struggle with the how and when of it all. It just dawned on me this year how much I neglected really taking care of myself. Last year, I started taking my health seriously by choosing to commit to a fitness regimen and eating better. It is week 37 and I am extremely pleased with the results and the need to schedule my fitness sessions each week and plan my meals accordingly. It was never about losing weight but building a more fit and leaner body. The true key to results is consistency in working out and committing to eating the right foods that help with meeting goals. I am more conscious of why I need to eat certain foods and why I refrain from certain foods.
Another focus for me is to carve out time to treat myself to something simple. When I have a few hours or a least an hour to spare I started scheduling a nail polish change, manicure or pedicure as a treat. For the first time in my 48 years, I scheduled a facial. What in the world is wrong with this picture? It was the best experience to have a treatment that keeps me on top of my skincare. It was the best fifty minutes spent in a long time for me to relax and enjoy the pampering. I found the best aesthetician in the area who is the absolute best for skincare treatments. The best part for me is hours on Saturday and Sunday. I have committed to scheduling one service per month. For me to commit to anything monthly is a first. Next, on my agenda is to schedule a massage quarterly. I think my last message was four years ago and I only scheduled a 1/2 hour. Again, what was I thinking? I have a favorite place for my massages and plan to return shortly.
Also taking time away to decompress is a MUST! I am now looking at this as an investment in myself.
The annual 5th-grade camping trip came up so quickly. I was determined to start packing weeks before the departure date. It was suggested the kids bring a suitcase with wheels and a bag with a sleeping bag and travel pillow packed separately.
Our packing list included:
- fitted sheet, twin bed
- flip-flops for shower
- sleeping bag- Target(laundered before the trip)
- travel pillow, found this at Amazon (washed the cover and ran pillow through hot dryer)
- backpack (packed all sleeping items)
- PJs, bottoms, shorts, and t-shirts
- 5 pairs of socks(waterproof socks are a great idea, fleece socks to keep feet warm)
- hiking boots (strongly suggest rubber boots especially if the grounds are muddy )
- sneakers(depending on the weather conditions, the sneakers were no match for the mud)
- 3 pairs of long pants, 2 pairs of gym shorts(only if weather permits)
- 5 shirts, definitely would pack more long sleeve vs. short sleeves(nights get chilly)
- 2 sweatshirts, sweaters, or jacket(things that can layer well)
- poncho(rain slicker if rain is predicted)
- toiletries(body wash, deodorant, travel toothbrush and toothpaste, sunscreen, insect repellant, shampoo)- found most in Target travel size aisle
- 2 towels and washcloths(extra washcloths) and beach towel
- baseball cap or hat with a brim
- 2 to 3 trash bags (wet clothing)
- laundry bag
Book: A Wrinkle in Time
When I saw the trailer for “A Wrinkle in Time”, I realized this was not on my book list growing up. I was a big fan of Judy Blume books. For this film, just knowing that Ava Duvarney was the director was enough for me to see it. In preparation for the movie, I decided to read the book. Although I was ninety-four pages from the end, the movie was worth the wait.
- A” Calvin” is a breath of fresh air and will always find the beauty in you
- Being different is what makes us all unique
- Brown girls truly are magical
- Fear should not guide our lives
- Do not let “IT” rule your life
- Rise above “IT”
- We are perfect in our own right
- Make sure searching for more is not at the expense of losing what is in front of you
- Believe in yourself even under trying circumstances
- We can pull strength from unlikely places
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Financial Health: How Much Should You Save?
Financial health is an important topic for women specifically single moms. What happens when life throws you a curveball? Some major life changes can drastically impact your financial health such as illness, marriage, new baby, unemployment or divorce. How do you prepare for the unexpected? As I have learned as a single mom with one income, the best way to prepare is to start early building your financial health. The key is to save, invest, eliminate debt and set a budget so you are living within your means.
After separating and filing for divorce over 40, I was forced to start rebuilding my finances. Two years of unemployment with no additional streams of income made it an excruciating challenge. In spite of these circumstances, my debt continued to accrue without a safety net.
Earnest, a lender that offers personal loan and student loan refinancing. Below is a very informative infographic from Earnest on how to prepare financially for every decade. It is never too late to get yourself on the right track. The advantage is the earlier you start the better. If you are interested in learning more on refinancing student loans, click refinance student loans.
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From Coffee to Tea
Why I Switched?
Coffee was my beverage of choice during the week and on the weekend. In October, I decided to be more proactive in changing my eating habits and committing to a fitness regimen. A strong brew on the weekends as I unwind in the morning. A french vanilla coffee or a Columbian blend with a fat-free french vanilla creamer to add extra flavor. Although I enjoy a robust cup of coffee, I like the mild taste of green tea as long as I have honey and fresh lemon or lime for flavor.
I tried the Good Earth lemon-skinned and cucumber green tea. The only additional item I had to purchase was an infuser, which I found on Amazon. The tea was mild and the added flavor made it very refreshing. I did add honey and fresh lime juice.
Green Tea Benefits
- less caffeine
- increases fat burning and physical performance
- may stop bacteria and improve dental health
- lower total and LDL cholesterol
- assist with weight loss, specifically abdominal fat
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Each week I mentally plan out my workouts and try to diversify my exercises each week. For those who need a visual reminder, save workout schedule phone calendar or buy a calendar dedicated to your workout schedule. My goal is to workout at least 3-4 times per week. This is week 27 since I started in October. The least expensive piece of equipment is the resistance bands which I found on Amazon. I use dumbbells and kettlebells for strength training. My TRX(total resistance exercise) is also great for strength training. The system is effective for upper and lower body exercises using body weight as resistance. In order to build muscle, I plan to increase the weight of my kettlebell and dumbbells. Also, I want to add a cycling bike to incorporate more cardio, bosu, and punching bag. There are multiple ways to create a home gym if working out at a gym is not feasible.
All of my home workouts are free using YouTube. My favorite trainers on YouTube are BodyfitbyAmy and The Live Fit Girl.
Here is an example of some workouts for the week:
This week I wanted to find targeted exercises for my abs. I try to engage my abs with every exercise throughout my workouts.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday TRX System I purchased my TRX over two years ago, the only thing you need is a door with a sturdy hinge. It is lightweight enough to travel with the system and with the additional strap it is easy to use outdoors.
If I am short on time for the week, I will use my resistance bands for 3 sets of 5 exercises