Random Shenanigans 

I was struggling about what to talk about this morning…

So I guess this is going to be a random mess of everything I’m thinking off. 

I have two days (today and tomorrow) before my rest day, and to say the least I’m excited. Literally all people are saying to me is either a damand on me taking a break on working out or to take a rest day, so there you go, Monday I will do it! I find it a tiny bit irratating when you have done your research, you know what you’re doing, and people still want to tell me what to do with my time.  I feel like some people should be proud of me. I have managed to do the following:

1. Start my healthy lifestyle at Christmas

2. Start when my period started 

3. Stick to such a healthy diet and routine that I’ve lost almost 18lbs

4. Say no to alot of temptations, including going out with friends to bars and eating bad food

5. Power through leg pain and still go to the gym

6. Go to the gym for atleast 12 hours a week

It may seem like a lot, but if I want to achieve the things I want to, then doing what I am doing is going to get me there! Someone also mentioned yesterday when I was venting about this stuff that some people may feel threatened or jealous that I am working out. By this she meant that when a regular human being turns round to me and tells me they started working out and I say I am too, and that I’m going 12 times a week, that it makes them feel like they aren’t doing enough themselves.  I just want to emphasize that if you are going to the gym at any point during the week and working out then you are amazing. It is more than ALOT of people do and you should be proud of yourself! Don’t let my crazy workouts scare you! I want to be this active and its my choice. You do what you want to your body and be proud of what you achieve, no matter how small!

I’m excited to announce that I will be taking two vacations this year! I refuse to not have sufficient funds to have fun there too. We are trying to go to Florida and the Yosemite. A few of my good friends from England will be joining us for either one and I am sooooo happy. It’s already turning out to be a good year.

Maybe I’ll talk more about vacation plans next time when I have confirmed more information! 

Anyway, back to my morning workout.

Peace out, yo.

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Financial Happiness.

The picture has nothing to do with my blog… it’s just that I’m writing this in my bath haha. 

I am getting straight into this one, because I find it highly important to embrace your financial situation. 

No matter what your job is, do it with pride and do it well. 

Growing up was different for me than it was for everyone else. This is because I am me, and you are you. Everyone has had a completely different upbringing and most of you should be accepting and thankful. 

I grew up not having a lot, but having a lot. Huh? What? I’m serious though, I didn’t really have the finacial status with my mum to be buying fancy clothes etc, but I had a great financial situation with my dad overseas which helped me get the necessary stuff I needed to grow up.  Mainly school stuff like laptops, books etc. We had enough funds to afford a roof, a car, food and gas. At that time, it was plenty enough.  

Then I began working, immediately appreciating the money I recieved.  Honestly, probably wasting the majority the first couple pay checks, but after I definitely looked after it.  When I discovered a regular income I set myself up for success, organizing my money as it came it.  I managed to move out, pay my own bills and have a great social life at 18. 

I love that I am good with money and although I put myself down ALOT about my savings and get stressed when things pop up that I can’t really afford, I am proud of myself.  

Today was a good day money wise.  I got paid, which is always good, and had enough to start my savings up again.  My bank is great and lets me open mini accounts within my main one. I can then distribute my money into these accounts. As of right now, I have a ‘bills’, ’emergency’, ‘vacation’, ‘house’ and ‘retire’. All my money goes into my checking and that’s when I move it into these accounts.  My car payment and credit card are also done through this bank so it’s super easy to do my transfers too!

As a server it is difficult to depend on tips for your financial figures.  One thing I like to do is imagine the lowest I could possibly get that day and when I get more I save it! For example, as of right now I have split up my bills so that 165 of my check (which happens twice a month) goes in and 200 a week from tips goes in.  This means I need 50 bucks a day in tips to be able to afford my monthly bills. Anything extra I make goes towards savings accounts. As of now I am using the rest of my pay checks towards the house, retire and emergency accounts and using the remaining tips to pay off my credit card and eventually save for my vacations. 

Its probably super confusing to read that, its very hard to explain writing it down. The reason I am telling you this, is that maybe you can , if you are strugglingwith finances, use it to help yourself! All you need to do is designate all your money to one place. It would be even easier if I knew how much I was definitely getting every month.

Prioritize aswell people! I said no to a lot of things this week that I knew would cost me a tonne. I want fun vacations and I wont let people convince me to spend money I don’t need to!

Anyway, stay strong people. If you want to do something, then do it.  The only person holding you back is yourself. 

Peace out, yo.

Good Morning From JBJ

Hello there! Its 7am on a rainy Friday morning, and guess where I am? You got it, the gym. Its nice to be able to write a quick blog while I am limping along on the treadmill. 

Thats right, I am STILL in pain from my leg workout 3 days ago! Its okay though, They feel significantly better, and I’m able to up my speed on my ‘walking machine of wonders’. You’re probably wondering how I messed up my legs so bad, but before I get there, lets talk about my fitness structure when I began working out. 

I mentioned beforehand that I do a 3 mile walk in the morning, which to be fair to myself, is more like a hike. This takes me around an hour. Thats workout number 1. In case of rain, I go to the gym and do a good 3 miles on that ‘wonders’ machine I talked about. Then I go to work, pretty much doubling my step intake, so technically, thats workout number 2. To top it of to a close 20,000 steps (which I don’t hit everyday), I go to the gym and use my guest pass at Chuze to bring a friend. Number 3. 

What do I do at the gym? Before my strength training, all I did was hop on the treadmill. Which, if you have the targets I have, of backpacking and running 5ks, is a great way to start. On the other hand, if you are looking to loose weight fast (recommend NOT doing), then this machine is not for you. It has helped me spread out my gradual weight loss, pushing at a 20,000 step goal using my fitbit. I occasionally pump up the speed, which with my legs how they are now – not very fast, to a light jog/run. Let me emphazie that running on a treadmill is definitely NOT the same as running on regular ground haha. It is a lot more strenuous. After finding out that little detail, I am for sure waiting until I can run on my ‘walking wonder’ before I venture outside again. 

After getting my schedule on a steady routine, which took a couple months, I finally started my strength training. Was super excited, until the next day that is. I decided it was a great idea to make myself do a circuit of 30 jumping jacks, 10 weight squats and 20 weightless lunges and then repeat them 3 times. Also adding abs to the mix with russian twists, a lying down bicycle and a few short planks, I was to say the least, in much pain and exhausted. 

The next day was so painful, that i literally couldnt walk. So yeah, my advice to you, is dont jump into countless squats and lunges until youve trained your legs a little more. Especially if you’re a server! I found also that doing a soft walk twice a day loosened up the pain a little, along with multiple piping hot baths. I heard a lot said about Creatine? Excuse me if I spelt that wrong. Maybe I’ll tty this stuff next time! Being low on funds means I can’t go all out with products. But my finacial stuff is for another blog.

Good luck with your Friday guys!

Peace out, yo.

My Motivation 

I guess WordPress is easier than the other website I tried to use. This one is so convenient that I can write a quick blog before I go to bed!

Just wanted to quickly talk about my motivation with starting my new lifestyle before I jump into my slumber.

By the way!!! I am in no means a health expert, fitness trainer or doctor. I literally get my information online, from other health nuts or from experience.

I honestly have been binge dieting and trying out multiple diets that suit me best. I guess this was a good way of sorting through the best situation for me. If you ask me about a diet, I bet you I’ve tried it, or thought about it.

The one that has always stuck by me is, eat what you want but eat it in moderation. I know its frustrating to get a plate of food in front of you and not eat it all…so don’t put it in front of you. Put half of it in a box if you have to, but most importantly, don’t order large meals in the first place! At the moment I’m addicted to protein bars and salads. I only eat small 200 calorie snacks and small salads from work.  If i want more dressing, ill have more dressing, i just make sure it’s in my calorie range. If I’m not working I’ll make an omelette. Yummers!   Oh and of course water.  If you don’t drink a lot of water like me, I’m pretty sure, after getting a good healthy lifestyle going, you’ll feel very dehydrated and in need of some.  

Getting onto my motivation to keep it up, i use a thing called Fitbit. I don’t think I could express my love for this thing enough. It not only logs my calories, it counts my steps, helps me challenge my friends, keep track of my workouts, uses a GPS to track hikes, motivates me to drink water, syncs up to my scales to log my weight loss/gain and there are so many other features to use! I love this thing, but I do recommend you think about which one you get before you purchase! I went through quite a few before i found the one. I use a Charge 2 and it’s great.  

Another great saying I heard the other day was ‘Don’t go to the gym and go home to ruin all your hard work with bad food, it’s counter productive’. 

Well, until tomorrow! Goodnight. 

Peace out, yo.