Saturday, November 16, 2013

Bat kid

Today is all about a little boy names Miles who fought and won a battle with Leukemia. His wish was to become batkid and boy did Make A Wish and San Francisco ever make that happen for him. I linked the BuzzFeed article for you to peruse. Be prepared for tears and laughter. Miles makes one amazing superhero!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Aren't updates fun? I love hearing about what people are doing and how they are doing. Good or bad. I like being involved in people's lives. I guess that is why I was attracted to starting a blog and a facebook page in the first place. It's a great way for me to involve people in my life and vice versa. A way to find like minded individuals who give a crap about what i'm eating or how i'm exercising.

As of today I am down 5.8lbs. Not too shabby me thinks. My stamina is coming back as well. The first Turbo Fire dvd I did when starting back last Monday was rough. And by rough I mean I thought I was going to puke and then pass out and then puke some more. Not a good combo really. I pushed through though and today I got through my dvd without any feelings of pukage or spontaneous falling down. Progress at it's finest!

I've spoken over and over again about what a mental challenge this is. I'm going to say it again. It wasn't the physical change that had me scared. It was the mental. We all want our bodies to look better. A little sweat and muscle soreness is going to be par for the course. It's our mental blocks that are hard to overcome. I'm used to being overweight. The fat is a security blanket of sorts. So, while i'm shedding the pounds again the biggest thing i'll be shedding is the mental blocks. The habits that i've put into place that have kept me heavy. The attitudes that have hidden my potential. I'll be so happy to update you guys on all the negativity and bad behavior i'm shedding.

For now, the biggest hurdle i've overcome this week is negative mindset about being back at this weight. Being mad at my body for getting pregnant and gaining the weight. I decided to change that negative attitude to a positive one. My body gave me my beautiful baby boy. My body went through a tough pregnancy and delivery and came out the other side. My body is able to do tough workouts and keep up with crazy 100lb Chalene Johnson. My body did something amazing in creating life and I will not punish it for that. I will celebrate it. So what if I have to lose a few pounds? I got something so much better in return.

Those are my updates! I hope you guys are staying strong. Never forget that a positive mindset will help you go further than a negative one. Appreciate your body at every stage. ~Bex

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Hi? Howdy? Waaaaaazzzzzuuuuuuup? Yo? Hey? How's it going?

I'm not really sure how to start this post. Hi? Howdy? Waaaaaazzzzzuuuuuuup? Yo? Hey? How's it going? I've been MIA for so long I feel awkward and disconnected for sure. How about we just skip to the meat and potatoes of it all. Good? Good.

If you'll remember I had a baby 7 months ago. It was a csection delivery plus a tubal. This lady don't want no mo babays! Well, it was a bit rougher on the 'ol bod than I thought. I tried to get back into the game when released for exercise but my body just wasn't having it. It didn't want to lose weight, didn't want to get stronger, and just felt like big ol crappola. I got a little down on myself thinking it was my fault. Hey, I was in a haze of sleep deprivation and new baby love. It was hard for me to remember that I just grew a baby in my body, had him cut out, had my insides rearranged, and my tubes closed for business.

I stopped all forms of exercise and resumed pregnancy eating. I'm not going to say it wasn't fun because it was. Oreos, ice cream, burgers, pizza, etc. All of that isn't horrible in moderation but I was not practicing moderation whatsoever. My friend Nicole put out another Healthy Image Challenge at the beginning of the month. I decided to take this opportunity to refocus on my goals and desires for myself and my family.

I decided that I most definitely want to lose some weight again. However, I want to love and appreciate my body at every stage it's in. It's that body that has the drive, energy, and capabilities that is required to change into a smaller weight/size. That body is just as amazing as a smaller one. I also decided that I want to do this to set a good example for my family. Not just my kids but also my husband. We feed off of each other. The good and the bad. But we also support, encourage, motivate, teach, help, love, and grow with each other. So, I signed up for the challenge and got back to business.

I started an Instagram account to document my process further and make it even more fun. I'm not the best at blogging, I would like to get better, so I think this is a great way to follow along with what i'm doing each day. It's pretty fun seeing my food, exercise, family, and progress in picture form. If you don't do this already I highly suggest it. It's a ton of fun. I also started tracking my progress on MyFitnessPal again. I can't tell you just how wonderful of a tool this is. It keeps me focused and accountable. I never realize just how much I am eating until I start tracking again. I also started back up with TurboFire six days a week. I will admit. The first time I did it again I thought I was going to simultaneously throw up and pass out. I was a hot mess. But it kept getting easier and now I just feel a good kind of worn out. It's amazing just how fast the body adapts.

So, that's what has been going on in my neck of the woods. I'm still a strong chickadee. That is so much more than physical strength. I'm enjoying my new family and putting old habits into practice with my new family. I hope all of you guys are well and staying healthy. Mentally and physically.


Friday, July 12, 2013

Iced coffee

I love iced coffee. In my opinion it's the best form of coffee. However, when I try to make it at home it results in a bitter or watery beverage. Not cool. So, I usually head to Starbucks and over pay for a delicious iced beverage. So, what's a girl to do? TO THE GOOGLE! I swear, some people are GENIUSES! I found a very promising recipe for a cold brewed coffee. I tried it, tweaked it, and here it is before you in all it's glorious perfection. If you want the original recipe here it is. Her site is fantastic! So many amazing recipes.

Fill a pitcher with 4.5 cups of water. The better the water, the better the outcome.

Fill two coffee filters with 1/2 cup of coffee each. I used organic coffee to keep the flavor pure and the chemicals out!

Tie your new coffee satchels up. I got super fancy and used (clean) hair bands. Channel your inner MacGyver and tie them up!

Plop those bad boys into your pitcher and place it in the fridge for 12-16 hours. That's when the magic happens.

Check you out. You just made cold brewed coffee. Heaven in a pitcher. Liquid gold. Ok, i'll stop. Take your satchels out and your coffee is ready to be made into your favorite iced beverage.

If you want to make it like me I used equal parts coffee and organic almond milk. (1 cup each, 1/2 cup each, or if you're feeling crazy 2/3 cup each. Doesn't matter just make it equal) A splash of organic vanilla extract. Don't go crazy with this or it will be over powering and gross. And lastly around a tbsp of organic blue agave syrup. 

Slap a straw in that bad boy and enjoy. Make some for your friends and charge them $5. Just kidding they are your friends. Charge them $4.50.

Happy drinking!

PS I think if you add this all to a blender it would make a kick ass frappuccino.