5 more days!

Hey Everyone!

Only five days until Rawoctober! Are you ready???!!!! To get ready I’m detoxing this week and my body is already thanking me. I must admit…once I went on vacation the first week in September, my bad eating habits have continued and I feel lazy, weighed down, and bloated. I HATE feeling like this. Rawoctober will be good for me and it will be good for you too!

For those that have never adapted a raw lifestyle…or even a vegan lifestyle, PLEASE start working towards that this week. If not, you’ll go crazy and the only thing you’ll think about is what you’re missing.

This week: all water unless I pull out my juicer or blender. All fruits and veggies all day with the exception of one meal.

See, that’s not that bad and you can do it too!

Rawoctober

So my best friend in the whole wide world started a blog! Check her out at endiathepoet.com. She is challenging her followers to go raw for October. So yea, I’m going to do it and YOU SHOULD TOO!

Who’s in? Let me know and we can motivate each other. πŸ™‚

Rawoctober

DIY Queen: Part 1

So, I’ve been in the midwest for three months and I haven’t decorated my apartment! I know, what’s wrong with me? When I moved here I had one week to unpack essentials before beginning bar prep. As soon as bar prep was over (two months later) I slept for a week. Literally. Then my Mom came into town and decorating wasn’t on my mind. Then vacation…and now I’m bored. πŸ˜‰

Last week I planned to blog more but I was tired of looking at my white walls and empty floor so I went decor shopping and DIY blog trolling. My first goal: the living room.

I went to Homegoods and stumbled across a lovely rug. From there I began hunting for a coffee table but guess what, they are expensive! I just didn’t feel like paying 200.00 for something to hold my sweet tea and a couple of magazines. My DIYQueen told me I should make my own and you know what, she was right! I went exploring at Goodwill and Habitat Restore for ideas and I saw a random medal square that screamed “I HAVE POTENTIAL!” Guess what, it was only $7.99!!! I scooped it up and went to Lowe’s for some advice. One hour later I acquired sanding pads, primer, brushes, and paint for my lovely project.

I utilized the space in Chief’s garage while he was at work and I began priming and painting. Two days later I had a fully dried lovely green base. I then went glass shopping until I found a nice small-time hardware store that carried a piece large enough. Voila! I have a coffee table that I made myself and it’s lovely!!

This was the base when I saw it in Goodwill…don’t you see the potential?

Base of the table with primer on it after I sanded it

Base of table after two coats of paint

Table finished with the glass on top of my new rug!

Back in the States

Hey Everyone,

I’m back from vacation and guess what?! I need a vacation from my vacation! Everything was wonderful. We snorkeled in Grand Turk, swam in Curacao, and jet skied in Aruba. I HAD A BLAST!!

Our vacation was an eight day cruise with Carnival. We had the opportunity visit four different islands…three of which, I had never visited. For those of you that don’t know…Chief and I met on a cruise 3 years ago. Even though I was a cruise fanatic, cruising has a special place in my heart now. πŸ™‚

So…for those of you that have never been on a cruise, let me tell you. There’s food EVERYWHERE. Dining rooms, buffets, 24 hour pizzeria and room service…and it’s FREE! Yes. I overate. Do I regret it? Kinda, but not really. It was my birthday. It was vacation. And it was a week. (I’m not gonna tell you what the scale said yesterday)

I’m back to being strict. Yesterday I ate a tuna sandwich from subway. For dinner, rotisserie chicken with steamed pasta and veggies. I’m gonna eliminate meat again slowly, and then work my way back to raw so that I don’t shock my body.

Goals:

1. I gotta lose this vacation weight. As it stands, I’m 10 pounds away from my ultimate goal.

2. Endurance. I only ran once last week and when I went running yesterday I thought I was going to pass out. I gotta get back on my program.

3. Relax. Life is stressful and thankfully I don’t start working until November so the only stress in my life is the stress I create. Time to woosah and namaste.

4. Blog. I’ll be sure to post updates.

πŸ™‚ Nubian

Quiet This Week

Hey Everyone!

I hope you all are having a fantastic week. This week for me has been so hectic. Why? Because my birthday is next week!!! I’m looking forward to the festivities; however, I’ve been busy getting ready to leave the country. Here’s some updates in no particular order.

1) I ate meat and didn’t gain weight. πŸ˜‰ I was craving some chicken and I had some. I know, I know….I was doing so good but this is my journey not yours. Stop judging me already!

2) I’m packing. Chief and I leave for the Caribbean tomorrow and I’ll be gone for awhile so this is the last update until September 10 aside from posting the winner of the slow cooker.

3) Slow Cooker Contest: You have two more days to enter! Post a comment to the previous entry and good luck!

4) I’m still running. Couch to 10K program is kicking my butt; however, I am surprised and overly excited at my endurance. The program REALLY REALLY works. I’m now running 25 minutes nonstop. Next week I begin 28 minutes nonstop. By the end of next week I’ll officially be able to run a 5K nonstop. YEA BUDDY!

Ok, that’s really all for now. I have to finish getting ready, cleaning up, etc. I’ll post the contest winner as soon as I find out. If they email me after Saturday the winner won’t get posted until September 10. I’m leaving all electronics behind. I need relaxation.

Peace, Love, and Happiness.

Weekly Giveaway!

Hey Readers!

I’ve partnered with SlimKickerΒ to help all of us lose weight!!

SlimKicker is a website that helps you lose weight by turning your diet and fitness goals into a level-up game with points and rewards! You rack up points by tracking healthy calories and completing challenges such as quitting soda for a week. You upload a picture of a reward such as a cheat food, or iPod, and they’ll remind you to reward yourself with that reward as you reach a certain number of points. They also have a large calorie databaseΒ with over 100,000 foods.
This week SlimKicker is giving a reader a Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Slow Cooker! I will post entrees this week that can be cooked in your new slow cooker. πŸ™‚
How do you win?!?!
Just leave a comment with your suggestion of a fun, creative fitness or diet challenge. Your comment should just be 1-2 sentences. SlimKicker will pick their favorite and I will announce the winner next week! I have nothing to do with the winner so don’t get mad at me. Just enter the contest each week for different giveaways!
GOOD LUCK! πŸ™‚

Win this!