Can you believe it’s April already! I know it doesn’t feel like it, but it is spring. We had 6 inches of snow last week in Toronto. Yes, I know other parts of North America are dealing with the same thing. That groundhog was so wrong. I’m not listening to him anymore. Can I blame him for my lack of fitness motivation?!
This weather is killing my fitness motivation! It’s hard for me to get motivated when the weather is like this, but before you know it, it will be hot and I’ll be regretting my procrastination.
Last week I started to get back on track with some Yoga. It felt good to do a little something. If I want to get more toned, I have to start weight training and cardio. My favorite form of cardio is walking. I did a lot of that on my vacation and I wrote about it last week. The post is here.
I want to get outside more now. My body is craving it. I did look at the weather forecast for the next couple of weeks and it looks promising.
I’m drinking my protein shakes again. I made a really delicious one with pears, peaches, strawberries and banana. The protein powder I used is one of my favorites. You can read a review of it here. I also love using cashew milk in my smoothies. It adds a creaminess to it without a lot of calories. I reviewed one brand of cashew milk here.
I’m just taking it one day at a time. I have a couple of events I want to look good for. The first one is the Duran Duran concert in July. The second one is my high school reunion in August.
Time’s a wastin’! Let’s get moving!
Is the “spring” weather getting you down?! How are you staying motivated with your fitness routine?! Please share in the comments section below!
I haven’t worked out at all or watch my diet during our vacation. I had fun and gave myself a break. I didn’t worry about weight gain at all. I just ate what I wanted and walked a lot. It felt so good!
Spent our spring break New York, Boston and Easter weekend in my hometown, Chicago. Walking is my favorite form of cardio, so I loved keeping fit this way.
I haven’t been thinking much on about my body in the past month. I’ve been focusing on my mind and concentrating on my career. Changing my mindset.
It’s difficult changing careers in midlife. I have decided that maybe I need to change my way of thinking and have a more positive outlook.
Changing my mindset has been tough. I have a difficult time focusing on one thing. I have been keeping my meditation appointments every day for the past month. I’ve been doing some meditation every morning and at night before bed. When I meditate on a daily basis, things seem to go better in my life.
I think I’m getting more confident because recently I posted a review of a skin care product, Xtend-Life and I included a full picture of my face. Last year I wouldn’t have done that. You can read the review here.
The products from Xtend-Life have been some of the best I’ve ever used. I have been struggling with my skin due to perimenopause and cannot believe the changes. I have also noticed a change in my hair. It’s fuller and there was a spot along the hairline where hair hasn’t grown in a very long time. Hair is growing there now. That was a bonus!
Things are changing for me, slowly. My career in social media marketing hasn’t taken off like I hoped it would, but I have become more creative. I love posting my photos on Instagram. My travel photos got the attention of Travel, Set, Go. They have asked me to be an Ambassador. Check out my Instagram photos here. And be sure to follow me, I follow back.
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I am also a DoYouYoga.com Ambassador and they have a great free mini Yoga course. This course will help you to get fitter, feel stronger and deepen your yoga practice, in just 7 days! To sign up please go here.
Do you meditate?! Do you think it helps in changing your mindset?! Do you believe that changing your mindset works in getting the life that you want?! Let me know in the comments below!
I’m sure like me you’ve tried many skin care products to revive dull skin. Some have worked and some have not. I have a ton of skin care products on my dresser and in my bathroom cabinet. So when I was asked to try Xtend-Lifeproducts I was excited, but wondered will these products end up cluttering up my bathroom cabinet with the rest of them.
I am going to be honest with you, I had never heard of Xtend-Life until recently.
While trying to write this blog post, I was overwhelmed by the amount of raw and natural ingredients in the products. If I highlighted them all, this blog post would be pages long. I am extremely impressed with the quality of these skin care products. Let me tell you a little about them.
First, I want to tell you why Xtend-Life skin care products are different than others I have tried.
Xtend-Life spares no expense finding natural and raw ingredients for their products. Their products are free of contaminants and they have an extensive supplement ingredients list on their website. Xtend-life truly believes that you can obtain beautiful skin from inside and out.
I used the Foaming Facial Cleanser every morning and night for two weeks. The cleanser wasn’t irritating at all. The foam was smoothing and I looked forward to cleansing my skin every day. It rinsed easily from my skin and didn’t leave a film.
Key Ingredients (from the website)
1. Manuka honey– This New Zealand honey is a natural moisturizer and antioxidant. Dense in nutrients, it nourishes your skin with vitamins, minerals and protein, helping to support collagen and elastin while helping to relieve skin irritations.
2.OxiFend® Kiwifruit Extract – This extract is packed with antioxidants, especially vitamin C, which helps support collagen, one of the most important proteins for youthful-looking skin. It also works to maintain the skin’s natural pH.
I love that it’s one cream you can use for day and night. The cream is light, doesn’t feel heavy or sticky. It helps to relieve inflammation, boost collagen and elastin and also protect the skin from free radicals. One of the key ingredients is Kanapa™ which was developed by the scientists at Xtend-Life to support healthy skin and reduce the signs of skin aging.
I used it two times a week. The granules are very small, almost like sand. After using it my skin looked and felt smoother. My skin is also more even and has a glow. The scrub contains apple exfoliating peel, grapeseed extract, kiwi fruit extract and Rhyolite Lava a mineral-rich volcano pumice that buffs to revive dull skin without scarring.
Zupafood for SKIN helps to increase hydration, reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It also protects against harsh weather (which is something we are experiencing now in Toronto) and lift sagging skin. The powder tastes ok. It kind of reminds me of strawberries. You have to make sure to put it in a blender or shaker. Just stirring it doesn’t mix it very well. I drank it once a day.
I am very happy to have tried these products from Xtend-Life. I am very impressed with the quality and the effort they take to acquire the best ingredients. My skin has been revived with Xtend-Life!
My skin hasn’t looked this good in a long time! I’m very camera-shy usually, but I had to show you the results! I just took a quick picture with natural lighting and no makeup, only lipstick.
Have you tried any of Xtend-Life’s products?! Let me know in the comments section below!
Disclaimer: I received free skin care products from Xtend-Life in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for my review. The opinions are my own and results may vary.
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Hello, I wanted to just give you a quick update. I’ve been so busy with my online classes, blogs and being a stay-at-home mom, I’ve been neglecting to update. Sorry.
I am so happy the groundhog didn’t see his shadow. Although this hasn’t been a bad winter (knocks on wood), I’m ready for spring and spending more time outdoors.
I have started working out again. I’ve been doing the Fitnessblender.com FB Booty workout plan. I do that workout before lunch and I do the BodyRock Intermediate Bootcamp Workoutafter dinner. I’m so sedentary lately, that working out twice a day makes me feel better. It usually adds up to about 45 minutes of working out a day.
Also, I received some skin care products from xtendlife. I will be reviewing the products in a few weeks, but until then check out their website. One of the products I’m most excited to try is the Zupafood for SKIN! It’s a powder that you mix in water. It contains collagen, grape seed extract, vitamin C and other great ingredients. The Zupafood for SKIN helps to improve firmness and elasticity to the skin. They have lots of great products for skin care, weight management, fitness and health. Most of their products contain natural and raw ingredients.
I cannot believe it’s already February! I would like to hear from you. How was your January?! Did you stick to your goals? What are you looking forward to this year?! Let’s start a conversation in the comments area below!
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I wrote this post ‘Failure is an Option’ last year on a blog and it was published in Midlife Boulevard. I remembered it because of something that happened to me recently. As you know this is my Year of Yes. I am saying yes to things that challenge me, make me fearful, but I know I should do.
I did that recently. I said yes to something I didn’t want to do, but I knew it would be good for my resume and I failed. So I hope this article can help us all struggling with our goals right now. Motivate us to continue on our path. It’s there! We have to keep trying. Delay doesn’t mean no.
“Failure is a stepping-stone to greatness.”-Oprah Winfrey
I don’t know when I subscribed to her email list, but I’ve been getting emails from Oprah every day for the past couple of weeks. These emails contain some thoughts of the day and self improvement tips. I have heard Oprah say many times to listen to the tiny whispers and that failure are God’s little whispers.
Failure Is A Prerequisite To Success
Life Coach Erica Diamond Editor-In-Chief of Women on the Fence was interviewed in an OWNShow video called Tiny Invisible Signs You Are On the Wrong Path. Here are some of her tips. Listen to your instincts. They are the tiny whispers Oprah talks about. Use your gut along with the intellect. So many times people ignore that gut reaction when they shouldn’t. And my favorite, failure is a prerequisite to success. So many of the most successful people in the world have failed many times and that just makes them stronger and more determined.
“Failure is an option, fear is not.” -James Cameron
A second video that comes on immediately after the Tiny Invisible Signs Your On The Wrong Path is called Reasons People Keep Failing At Resolutions. Interviewed during this video are TV Host Leeza Gibbons, Olympian Carmelita Jeter and Comedian Erin Darling. Each of them had some great tips for approaches to setting goals.
Writing them down month by month.
Visualize your success. Another way to say this is “Claim it!” Whenever I told my mother I wanted something, she would always say “Claim it!” Make it yours and it will happen.
Have fun and just let it go. Don’t beat yourself up when something doesn’t go the way you wanted it to. I have trouble with this one.
Some tips on how to reach your goals are:
Take them week by week or day by day. Slow and steady wins the race.
Have small and realistic goals. Don’t try to do too much at one time. You will be overwhelmed and will then give up.
Be patient because sometimes it will take longer than you want to get to your goal. Another one I have a problem with.
Failing isn’t permission to give up.
I’m so glad I watched these videos. Accomplishing your goals is definitely a process. I have to learn how not to beat myself up, be more patient and just let go and have fun. You can watch the videos here.
Do you believe that you have to fail to succeed? Do you believe failure is an option? What steps do you take in achieving your goals? Are any of them listed here? Please leave me a comment below. I would love to here your story.