Sunday, April 6, 2014

Focus T25 and Shakeology: Week One (bittersweet) Results!

So after my first week of working hard with my Focus T25 Alpha workouts, and drinking Shakeology everyday, I am very happy to announce that I have already lost 8 pounds so far! GO ME!!

I thought for a second that this was a lot to lose in just the first week, but I know how honest I've been, and I've been "double-checking" my numbers, making sure I'm actually seeing the truth, and not just imagining it, and it's all true folks!

Not only have I done my workouts everyday, but I've replaced one meal a day with Shakeology (lunch during the work week, and late breakfast during the weekend), and on top of that, I've been counting my calories. And let me tell you, that has made a world of difference in this process, even so early!

Shaun T and his workouts have actually been pretty tough, but there are modifications available to help you get through it, especially in the beginning. Of course, the more you do it, the stronger you will get, and you will eventually need no modifications at all, how great would that be?! So if you're just beginning, my advice? STICK WITH IT! It's only 25 minutes and it goes by really fast!

Now, as long as we're being honest here, the "bitter" part of my news is this: I have found my demons, and there are a lot, and I am having one hell of a time dealing with them.

Food... food has become my "Demon"... Eek!

But I should be happy that I've lost so many pounds already, right? Honestly, I'm not sure how to feel. This past week has been really hard. With replacing my lunch with ShakeO, I'm cutting out at least 600 unnecessary calories and grams of fat, plus I'm saving a good $10 a day, but I'm having a hard time resisting the urge to snack all day, and eating even more unnecessary calories. Hence, my reason for counting in the first place.

I want to make a huge change, and I understand that I'm doing the right thing by starting to do it NOW, but that doesn't mean that it's any easier on me.

I'm hoping by the end of the month, I will have better control over my urges, but I realize that I have a long road ahead of me. I've done a lot to get myself here, and now I have to work even harder to get myself back to healthier state of being. But I've been able to do it with my mind and spirit, so why not do it with my body too?

Until next week, wish me luck!

xoxo
     Aurelia

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Learning to Enjoy Fitness: Team Beachbody & Shakeology

Have you ever signed up for the gym, and continued to pay for the membership, regardless of the fact that you weren't using it?!

Well, welcome to the club! Hi, I'm Aurelia, and I've been sedentary for too many months now!

So here I am, embarking on yet another journey that I'm so unfamiliar with... FITNESS & LOSING WEIGHT. I recently decided I was going to "quit the gym," because I just simply did not know what I was doing there.

BUT, lucky for me, a long-time friend became a Team Beachbody Coach shortly after. Since my recent act of cancelling-the-gym-membership did nothing to suppress my desire to be more active, I told my friend I wanted to join her team. She actually set up a facebook page for all the group members so that we could motivate each other, post our progress, and even learn about new challenges. I've been keeping up with their posts for a few weeks, and then I finally decided to pull the trigger.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Mommy Made it Happen: My Little Pony 5th Birthday Party!

I did! I absolutely did! I made my daughter's 5th birthday party happen! And it was a great success!

But let's get real...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Workspace flow: Desk calendar!

I am allllll about finding new ways to save the dollars I work so hard for, so here's one more to add to the list. PLUS: it's also an addition to the Feng Shui of my workspace!

I actually got this little calendar set as a Christmas gift from a work party (White Elephant hehe) but I am sooo in love with it! It gives me such a great idea for all other calendars, while keeping me away from the mall at the same time *side eye*... because who wants to spend $20 on a new calendar every year anyway right?! Well, I never spent $20 because I always waited until the year started and got mine for about $5, but still! No more of that around here! 


Friday, November 15, 2013

I am Karma, and Karma is me.

Desire and Destiny Meditation Experience

DAY TWO: Empowered Me.

Centering thought: I am a powerful creator.

Sanskrit mantra: Om Kriyam Namah. My actions are aligned with cosmic law.

Karma... the realest intangible thing I've embraced since the day I changed my life. I've seen it, felt it, created it, absorbed it. What I thought was inevitable "bad karma," I've been able to transform into a constant flow of healthy and positive energy.

First, I ask myself: How am I feeling today, or specifically, right now? Happy? Sad? Angry? Optimistic? Pessimistic? Whichever way that I decide to feel, guess what... the Universe not only feels it too, but reacts to me the same way. Think about it: when waking up, if you are frustrated or angry with the first thing that happens

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Desire and Destiny: Day 1 Meditation Experience

DAY 1: WHO AM I?

Centering thought: I am my deepest desire.

Sanskrit mantra: So Hum. I am.

Mindful moment:
"Today is a new beginning, the first step on a very special journey. Along the way there will be new sights to see and concepts to learn. As you travel through this day, take time to acknowledge yourself and celebrate your choice to live mindfully and wholeheartedly! With your mind and heart open, you are creating the space to manifest the life of your dreams."
It took me years... YEARS!... to comprehend what it means "to manifest." After I first read The Secret, I kind of understood what manifesting looked like, and knew that it had something to do with this vast universe of ours yielding the results we want, but I did not know how dependent it was on the energy exerted from within me.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New Meditation Experience for a super beginner

I have found a new way, a new path.

I am, once again, embarking into the unknown, arms wide open, and thinking I'm ready for it...

MEDITATION...

That's right. This is going to be my new "unknown", even if just for a few weeks to start (I am such a beginner). Of course, right now I owe thanks to Oprah and Deepak, for putting on their amazing (and free!) 21-Day Meditation Experience! As soon as I heard about it, I couldn't even wait until I got home to register, so the iPhone came right out and saved me at that moment.