New Year. Fresh Start. Here we go…

I have such a hard time with the whole concept of New Year New Me and the temporary resolutions that are not often seen all the way through. I am trying to be better at setting goals and achieving them but it is really hard. 
 While abroad I returned home to find out I lost 10 pounds which was a huge feat for me as a T1D and also someone who has always had a hard time losing weight. The results of my hard work and healthy diet had indeed paid off and I felt really good about this accomplishment. Now as I am starting my year off back in the states life is getting crazy busy and I am trying hard to stay focused.

 School has begun again and I feel like I am always scrambling to get homework assignments completed, hit the gym, eat health, work, study, see my friends, and enjoy my senior year. I am struggling with the conflicting lifestyle of a college student and the fitness/healthy lifestyle I crave and my mind and body needs. Drinking and staying out late are not exactly part of reaching my goals, but then again it is my last time in college and I want to enjoy it with all the wonderful people around me. It is a bit of a constant battle waging in my mind of whether to be fun and impulsive or controlled and intentional. I have always been the girl who is down for anything, I am impulsive and spontaneous and I kind of like it. But as you can guess, this doesn’t really work for someone with health and fitness goals. I also feel like I cannot put off this passion any longer and need to commit wholeheartedly.
2016 Goals:

•Run a 1/2 Marathon (April- SF Rock ‘n’ Roll)

•Practice Self Control

•Stay Focused

•Live Intentionally

•Establish a stronger relationship with God

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My Supplement Stack

There are always a lot of questions about supplements and what stack is best for you. I have tried a few and did not feel like I was getting the results or what my body needed to see successful results. So instead of paying hundreds of dollars I spent around $100 total on all of my supplements that I am currently using. I created my own DIY Supplement Stack based on brands I like and what supplements have been useful to me individually. So here is what I am currently supplementing with:

•Dymatize Iso-100 Hydrolyzed Protein PowderCookies and Cream

•RainbowLight Women’s One Multivitamin

•NLA Her Carnitine (L-Carnitine)

•bpi BCAA’s Cherry Lime

•bio Lean (CLA)
I ordered the protein powder, multi, BCAAs, and L-Carnitine from BodyBuilding.com. This was a hugely positive, easy transaction and I recommend anyone looking for great prices and amazing products to try this online business. My personal opinion on the L -Carnitine is that the liquid is much more effective and once I finish the NLA product I will most likely return to the liquid L-Carnitine. I also sometimes struggle to take the L-Carnitine 30 minutes prior to my workout and feel I can get away with being late when using the liquid form of L-Carnitine. Obviously because it is a liquid it is absorbed faster which I think I prefer right now. I also picked up the CLA and some new bars at my local health/nutrition/fitness shop called Active Nutrition. I also love this place and the people working there, they have great prices and all the products I love. I will say that the employee recommended this brand and I have never tried it before, but so far I prefer Dymatize CLA.

 Okay so I have to be honest and I think I overdid it with introducing so many supplements too quickly. I was able to follow a regime pretty strictly for only 3 or 4 days before feeling absolutely horrible. First off, I do not digest whey very well and therefore just recently added a lactase enzyme into my mix. My intention with the Hydrolyzed whey would be a better fit, but still my sensitivity makes it hard to digest. My stomach was super upset for about 7 days and I struggled with digestion, bloating, and going to the bathroom on a regular basis. I was having serious abdominal pain and it got to the point where I could not work out and was on the verge of going to the hospital. So for 5 days I stopped taking everything except whole foods and fiber-rich over the counter medicine. I am slowly starting to add these back in, starting with only adding one supplement a week. I am still trying to work through these digestive issues but it has always been something I struggle with. I want to also clarify that I am not an expert or have any certifications to recommend using any of these products, I am simply showing you my personal photos and sharing my personal opinion for what has been helping me and working for me. Everyone is different and everyone’s bodies and goals differentiate on an individual basis, therefore what works for me may not work for you.  

Side note: Body Building also sent me free samples of some bpi protein powder and pre-workout. I liked the products a lot and have loved the BCAA’s!
     

  

Bunny Love

I want to give a little shout out to two awesome people that have inspired and motivated me in the fitness industry. Heidi Somers and Jen Heward are kind of rockstar humans who keep it 100 all the time. Their fitness accounts go by the names of Buff Bunny (Heidi) and Hunny Buns Fit (Jen). Not only do they kick ass in the gym, but they have great tips/advice that they include in their vlogs. I think the pair in particular stands out to me because they are two powerful women made in their own unique way, and they pointed this out in one of the vlogs they did together. Heidi is this little petite firecracker and Jen is a little taller and built with wider hips and shoulders. Both of them are insane gym junkies and when they get together it is an absolute party vlog of fitness, fun, and knowledge. Both of these fitness athletes have so much wisdom, knowledge, and experience to offer and all you have to do is watch their awesome videos. It’s like free coaching but better. I think it is so very important to give credit where it’s due, so this is just a little love I wanted to send out simply because I appreciate the work these to put in for their subscribers and their contagious love of fitness.

Oh and did I forget to mention they are both beautiful girls, inside and out!


(^*Not my photo, just a screen shot of one of the many amazing vlogs!)

Check them out, seriously you will not regret it. They are on YouTube, Instagram, and many other popular social media platforms.

Heidi’s Vlog
Jen’s Vlog