Five Friday Faves

Five Friday Faves

So this week’s FIVE FRIDAY FAVES seems to revolve around fitness and weight loss one way or another. If that doesn’t thrill ya I’m sorry, my life seems to be revolving around this subject lately. I’ve been spending some time in the gym and counting calories. Not too glamorous but necessary.

So here are some of my faves I’m loving right now…..

Five Friday Faves

My Fitness Pal is an awesome way to track your calorie intake and exercise. Up till now I was just focusing on my workouts but I wasn’t seeing the results that I was hoping for. So I knew that I needed to become more mindful about my calorie intake. First off, I use the app for this on my phone which makes it super easy to log everything in anytime. Secondly, I needed to learn what my calorie limit should be and MFP was able to tell me that. Thirdly, they have a TON of food items in their database so it’s super easy to pull up what you ate and the calories attached to it. Even food from restaurants and grocery brands. Lastly, they have TONS of workouts and activities to choose from when logging your workouts. Even housecleaning!!! Yes!!!

Five Friday Faves

So this will probably be old news for most of you. For me, the green smoothie is a new thing. I was so intimidated to make one. I would pin recipes but I would either think that the ingredients were too complicated or sounded awful! I finally broke down and just forced myself to dive in. I mean what did I have to loose? To make it easy on myself I picked up some Yoplait frozen smoothie packages (strawberry banana to be exact), added one cup of milk (per the yoplait instructions), a couple handfuls of spinach leaves, and a scoop of flax seed. Y’all is was tasty! I will slowly venture out and try new combinations and flavors….but for now I’m excited!!!

Five Friday Faves

3 Days a week I’m in the gym with my trainer. However I am needed to get some cardio in between those days. I don’t know about where your are but the weather here has been a bit nutty. Getting outside and getting my cardio in hasn’t been the best option. Oh and by the way….I LOVE Zumba! I did classes in California but haven’t been able to find anything here. So I broke down and got the Wii Zumba. I realize that I have a lot of moves to learn but man it was fun! You forget that you’re working out. 796 calories burned. I’ll take it!

Five Friday Faves

Now this next one may seem a little out of place. You see….I love coffee. No strike that. I can’t really just drink “coffee”, it has to be fu fu coffee. It just does or it’s not workin for this girl. My drink is a White Chocolate Mocha. Have you ever looked at the calories in those. Ugh. So I’m trying to cut back and only allow it as a treat. So I still need something  in the morning right? Well I am now making some Starbucks Via Caramel packets at home. I make them with milk and they are pretty delicious. Granted they have more calories than a cup of black coffee….but hey what can I say?

Five Friday Faves

This one may also seem a little out of place….but I promise you it’ll fit. You see in my efforts to loose weight and improve my health I am also looking to take overall better care of myself. My kids have become a bit more independent and they both attend school now. I realized that throughout the last several years I have been consumed with being pregnant, breastfeeding, changing diapers, and overall caring for my littles. All the while loving it and also maybe not focusing on myself like I could of been. It was what it was at the time. But now I’m trying to refocus things a bit and take care of myself. Obviously weightloss is at the top of that list but so is skin care, a makeup makeover, and new beauty routines. I will admit that this stuff doesn’t come naturally to me and I usually need a little push. I stumbled up on Hairspray & Highheals the other day and it has been a fun place to look around and gain some great recommendations! I have already tried one of these masks that she recommended and it was pretty great!

Do you have any beauty blogs that are a must read? Something for a busy mom and crafter with no beauty tips of her own???

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Welp that’s it for this week! I am really enjoying my Five Friday Faves posts and I hope y’all are too! I’d love to hear any thoughts or inputs from you all about anything I include. So sound off!

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I have not been compensated for this post in anyway. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Comments

  1. I have no idea about any of this, but I want to encourage you that this is all super awesome and keep at it!!! Oh, and thanks for the heads-up about the beauty blog to follow!

  2. I used My Fitness Pal to lose weight a few years ago. I learned so much about how many calories are in things and now I am an obsessive calorie checker. Checkout Mosleys Movements class in Shreveport. It is like a kickboxing/zumba class and he is amazing! I love The Small Things blog for hair and makeup. Love your Friday posts so much that we started it on our blog too!

    • Ya I am now becoming uber aware of calories! I’m gonna go check out those classes right now….know how much it costs? Thanks for the recommendations : ) I’ll have to check out your Friday faves too!!! ; )

      • I honestly don’t remember! It’s kind of in a shady part of town but TONS of people go to his class. I also worked out at WK Pierremont for a while and they offer a lot of classes. I think they have Zumba too.

  3. Courtney! Love your blog! Thanks for the courage to try the green smoothie. I even bought a Vitamix but have not gotten into the smoothie habit like I want to. As far as skin care goes, I found Rodan + Fields last year and LOVE what it has done for my skin! Let me know if you want a free skin care consultation. :)

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