Got A Little Yonce In You?

Beyonce is one of those people I will always love. I've seen her multiple times in concert, including a time when Destiny's Child was a whole four members. It was at the State Fair of Texas (which is coming up in 30 days, but who's counting) and they threw out Destiny Child "bills" during the song "Bills Bills Bills". It was magical and I still own a bill. It is my firm belief that we should all emulate her qualities of being strong, kick ass females (and males too).
Beyonce 2014 VMA Performance

Her new remixed song "Flawless" has been on my mind a lot lately. Sometimes it's good to just listen loudly to music and belt out that as women we should feel good about ourselves.

Which is exactly how I feel in this sweatshirt from Sheinside.

I Woke Up Like This Sweatshirt
Sometimes I have a hard time being okay with myself. I think all women are so quick to look at their flaws, rather than their strengths. So instead of putting on makeup, which I usually do every time I take a photo for this blog, I went sans make up. I did what the sweatshirt said.
I woke up, put it on, and dragged Michael to take pictures of me (side note, I really need a tripod and remote). Right after I took them I asked Michael to let me see.
Immediately I started lashing out at myself. My eyebrows are too thick, I need to tweeze them. You can see the pimples on my chin! My forehead is shiny. My face looks fat.
Beyonce I Woke Up Like This Sweatshirt
Then I realized that I needed to stop. I'm being hard on myself just because I literally feel like if I'm not hard on myself, if I don't pick at my flaws, then it somehow means I'm okay with them, and that I'm conceited in some way. Does that make sense?
You know the scene in Mean Girls when the girls are all over at Regina's house standing in front of the mirror stressing about their flaws? They each name what's wrong with them. Cady stands there unaware of what to do. They finally look at her expectantly, as if to say: well, what do you hate about yourself? We think it's necessary to think badly of ourselves. At least I do.
Sure, there are things I don't like about myself. That's only natural. But why do I have to think about it almost obsessively? Why can't I take one picture without scrutinizing every detail. I need to get over it. So I'm listening to some Beyonce and channeling her inner wisdom of being not just okay, but proud of who I am.
Chanelling Beyonce
Millie agrees.
I need to just go ahead embrace who I am, and what I look like. And when I'm feeling down, I just think of Beyonce. We all have a little confidence in us, sometimes, we just need to be reminded of it.

So I ask: Do you have a little Yonce in you?


A Day in The Life of Healthy Choices

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      I'm either good or I'm bad. That's what I tell myself in the morning. "You're going to be good today." Meaning, I'm going to eat healthy and move more. It's a daily struggle for me. Weight was not an issue in high school or college, even though at times, I thought it was. But when you dance 4 days a week, eating a Marie Calendar's (my personal fav) Chicken pot pie for dinner doesn't really matter. But now it does.
      I can blame my desk job. I can blame my lack of time. That I'm just too busy. But I know that if I make healthy choices the weight starts coming off.
      I have slowly started to shed some pounds. I have a long way to go, so I have to keep myself accountable. I'd thought I would show you what a day in my life of living healthy. A "good day" as I like to call it.

      I wake up and start drinking water immediately. I have a hard time getting in my full eight glasses so I try to always keep some nearby. I open up my laptop, grab breakfast (usually eggs if I have more time, oatmeal if I have less time, or a breakfast bar if I have no time at all).

      I have to hold myself accountable. That's the biggest factor for me in losing weight. I use the Walgreens Balance Rewards Healthy Choices app to help reach my health goals. I set goals for myself such as 10,000 steps a day, to run 10 miles a week (I'm currently doing the Couch to 5K program), and to check in once a week with how much weight I've lost. After I eat breakfast I check in with the app. The more I interact with the app, the more points I get, which I can use at Walgreens to go towards my purchases! You can even connect other apps like fitbit and myfitnesspal to calculate steps and more to the Walgreens Balance Rewards app.

      After my morning meal I try to hit up the gym (otherwise, I want to skip!). I really shouldn't have any excuses when the women's locker room looks like this:
       We get free membership through Michael's work. There are TVs in there and sometimes I get distracted and watch Dr. Oz instead of hitting the treadmill. Whoops.

      Next, I might run some errands. I went to Walgreens to purchase some healthy snacks and vitamins to help aid in my fitness goals. One thing I'm huge on taking is calcium. Ever since I broke my ankle I have to up my calcium intake. (Right now it's buy on get one free at Walgreens, FYI!)

      I try to cook a healthy meal for dinner- lately it's been salmon, a whole grain, spinach and some fruit for dessert. At the end of the day I'll mark a check on my planner if I exercised and ate healthy, so I have an idea of days a week I do my best.

      I know that if I'm healthy or not doesn't necessarily mean I'm good or bad, but what I've learned is to give myself positive reinforcement. Each of my weight loss goals have rewards along the way. I have to keep myself accountable, even if sometimes I don't want to!

      How do you hold yourself accountable?


      I'm The Worst

      I can memorize lyrics to a song like I wrote it myself. Even rap lyrics. I have absolutely no qualms about dancing or speaking in front of a room full of a bunch of people I don't know. I'm fairly good at cooking, in that I make whatever is on the recipe in front of me. I'm also a pro at using dry shampoo when my hair's greasy.

      But one thing you'd know, if you came over to my house, is just how terrible I am at decorating.The other day the UPS man rang the door bell to drop off a package and asked if we'd just moved in. No, it's been almost 3 years. The reason, I'm sure, is because our walls are still blank and we don't have a lot of furniture. I'm the worst at decorating. I'm trying to be better. So I'm starting with my favorite part: the backyard. 
      Even though there isn't much to it, I know that the lighting will do the trick. A few strands of twinkle lights from ChristmasLightsEtc.com will make it look just right. 
      Here's my backyard right now. I spend a lot of time out here. Especially when it's not overly hot... like it is right now in Texas. We grill out, eat dinner, host parties, laze around and just enjoy watching the pups play. I've taken to Pinterest to try and sort out just how I will begin. 
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       I'd love to hang a hammock, we might need more trees in the back for that to happen. 

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      Or maybe just a complete redo? 

      How do you decorate? I'm seriously lost at this so any ideas you have, I'd love to hear them!

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