Get off your butt & back into the gym

Get off your butt and back into the gym! Understand I’m telling this to myself just as much, if not more, than I’m telling it to you. As I sit here creating my meal plan for next week, I’m also eating mint chocolate chip ice cream out of the tub and drinking a glass of white wine. So to say that I view life as a balance is an understatement.

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Getting back on track for me is the hardest part. It’s not the staying on track that’s challenging, while it provides plenty of temptation, it’s getting started that causes me to immediately fail before I even begin. I have set a 5-6am alarm every morning for the last 7 work mornings and have only gotten up for one of them. Something has to change.

I have been an Advocare product user for 2+ years now and absolutely love the products. They have given me more energy, allowed me to cut out caffeine, helped me stay on track and made me love filling my body with healthy foods again. I’m starting a 24 day challenge on Monday and thought about the steps I’m taking to prepare for success. Maybe you can use one or two of them as well to help you on your journey to a healthier future!

1. Meal Planning – Make a list of the meals and snacks that you’re going to eat for the next 7 days. Also make the grocery list to match. This will help you to stay on track and ignore all of the items you’re craving while shopping.

2. Weekly Meal Prep – I always meal prep on Sunday’s after church. It makes the week easy for those on the go. With your meals already made, you know exactly what you’ll be eating without having to think about it and with the money already spent you’ll be less likely to stop for something different.

3. Refillable Water Bottles – I love my 32oz water bottle, as well as my Swell water bottle (which keeps fluid cold for 12+ hours). This lets me keep water with me at all times! I also recently heard about a 10 gulp rule. Every time you go to take a sip of water, take 10 gulps instead. This will keep you incredibly hydrated throughout the day!

4. Have a workout buddy – Find a friend who can keep you motivated and accountable. I take BodyPump and Spin classes with a girl friend and it helps get us both out of the house at 5am. Knowing that someone is counting on me helps get my feet on the floor and me out the door. It also makes it more enjoyable. Anywhere where you can laugh and be yourself is a great place to be.

5. Get outside – Rather than always working out in a gym, get outdoors. Run around the neighborhood, take a community yoga class, go paddle boarding. Switch up your routine!

6. Throw out the junk – Get rid of all the foods in your home that will cause you to get off track. For me its sweets, and chips. I have made sure to throw out all of the junk in my house so that I can be the most successful. Also, it requires me to go out of my way if I really want to get those items.

7. A good night sleep – I have found I’m the most productive if I get 8-9 hours of sleep, so going to bed early is essential.

8. Daily Journaling – Writing every evening about my day helps me clear my head before bed but also lets me list out my workouts. It also allows me to track my progress.

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

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2016 New Years Resolution

I’ve given a lot of thought to my New Years resolution this year. I want to do something that’s possible, but will also make a big impact on my life. 

In past years, I’ve said that I want to practice yoga everyday, eat healthier, attend church more often, practice abstinence, quit cursing, ect. All things that would be great to actually do but are hard to follow through with and easy to make excuses to quit early. 

2015 provided me with so many incredible challenges. Challenges that have taught me a lot and some that I have overcome with grace. I want to set a goal that I can accomplish without feeing like I will be giving up everything, or completely changing my life. 

I’ve decided to give up liquor this year. I considered alcohol all together, but I’m 25 years old, I live in Austin, Texas and I love a glass of red wine in the evenings. Usually this would be an impossible task, which is why I specifically decided to give up liquor. 

I went downtown with a friend Saturday evening and proceeded to drink more liquior than I’m proud of. I woke up with a busted knee, a terrible hangover and no idea how it happened. I don’t like not knowing what happened. And knowing that I had no control of myself or my life previous night. I have more self respect and love for myself to know better than to treat my body that way. I also happen to know this doesn’t happen when I drink wine or beer. 

Because of this, liquor is out of the question. Giving up liquor still allows me to get a glass of wine with my friends, or grab a beer at the game, but it gives me the freedom to have more control of my life and my decisions. It will allow me to be more present when consuming alcohol because I better understand how beer and wine effect my body. 

What resolutions have you set for yourself in the new year? Are they possible goals or are you setting yourself up for failure? Be intentional with the resolutions that you’ve set. Whatever it is, if your heart is in it then I believe you can do it! 

With all my love,

Kristi ❤ 

The next BIG adventure

I honestly can’t believe that this week is here.

My last week in the office with all of my coworkers. My last 3 days with my best friends. The people who have been by my side through everything that’s happened the majority of my life. The people who have supported every insane decision I’ve thought to pursue and every relationship that’s left me broken hearted. These are the people that have made me who I am. Who have believed in me when I didn’t and have allowed me to develop and evolve into my truest version of myself. I’m forever grateful for those who have loved and supported me through all of it. And I don’t know if I ever would have found the woman that I am now if it wasn’t for the past 10 months that I’ve had.

2015 has been the most influential year for me and my personal development. Learning more about what I want, and what I see for myself and my future. Acknowledging and accepting that I deserve better than a comfortable life. No one deserves a comfortable life. And that’s not a life I want for myself. I don’t want to be comfortable. I want to live a big and insane life because I know that I deserve that, and want that for myself. The magic only happens when you leave your comfort zone. Why limit myself to what I’m capable of? Why limit God to what He’s capable of?

I have a 3 day, 22 hour and 1,464 mile drive ahead of me, just me and Bentley. Driving through Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas, and were doing it alone. After the summer I’ve had, truly the last 7 months, I can’t wait to have some time to deflate. This summer has been the most incredible to date. I have never felt more empowered, strong, independent and loved. And I’m incredibly blessed that I’ve had enough energy to keep up with everything I’ve wanted to do and all of the memories that I’ve been able to create.

I have 3 days left in DC. And they are packed with time with friends, celebration, booze, laughter, tears, love and happiness. I start saying my goodbyes today, and I’ve never been more ready. Because it’s not truly goodbye, but see you soon.

Dreaming the biggest I can

With my parents living in Texas, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it would be like moving there too. I miss you family. I miss weekly dinners and being so close to them. I hate stalking travel websites for the cheapest discounted tickets and worrying about taking days off from work to see my family. MY FAMILY. Family is the most constant thing I have ever had. And I never realized how much I loved having them so close. In the house I grew up in. Literally 5 minutes down the road from my apartment.

All this got me thinking and dreaming. What do I want out of this life?

I want to travel. I want to see the world. And open a yoga studio. I want to write. And donate my time. I want to get married and have a family. I want to go to the beach at least once a year and make time to have the sand in between my toes and tan lines that look ridiculous with tank tops. I want to practice yoga daily and meditate. I would love the opportunity to create and teach a course online about nutrition and yoga, and how they pair well together. Maybe as an elective for undergrad or masters. I want to live fearlessly and be content. I want to be completely authentic.

I would love to be able to teach yoga every day. To never wear work clothes again and wear yoga clothes 7 days a week, except for when I don’t want to wear stretchy clothes. And take my dog to work. Have time to write in a Starbucks in the middle of the day and enjoy more of the sunshine that were blessed with. To create my own schedule and do more of what I love.

If you could do what you love, and be your most authentic self, I wonder what you would do.

The New Years Resolution

Every year I have created a New Years resolution about something health related, like practicing yoga every day, or eating more fruits and vegetables, spending more time with family, doing better in school or focusing on me. I’ve never been one to follow through on New Years resolutions. Not because I can’t do it but I forget about what was set for myself in the first place. The year gets crazy with work, school, vacation days, sick leave, and anything that gets you off track.

While with my family over the holidays, I had lots of quiet time to reflect on everything. I realized that in the mist of being so focused on the ring, wedding and marriage, I lost time learning about Andrew, myself and us together. This was such a big disservice that I did to our relationship, and honestly every relationship before him. So this year I’m focusing on learning about us this year, learning about him and learning about us together.

So this year, my New Years resolution is to propose to myself. Because it’s not about the ring. I’m proposing to make more time to learning about myself and putting me first. Focusing on what I want out of my career, and running with the dream of being a yoga studio owner. Focusing on my yoga practice, both on and off the mat. And loving on my fur-baby Bentley every second that I can. I’m proposing to learning more about Andrew and truly taking life one day at a time. There is so much about Andrew that I’ve probably heard him say without understanding, but rather listening to respond. So I’m proposing to actually learning about him, and growing with him as a pair. Life is too short to forget about the days that were given and each moment we can experience. I’m proposing to love fearlessly. And find patience in the challenges.

2015 – I truly can’t wait to see what you reveal.