Monday, March 25, 2019

Blessing - Motivational Quote Monday

Oohhh Monday. Today was another rainy Monday in Charlotte. Anyone that lives here can vouch that this rain is straight up depressing. I know it puts me in a funk for sure. I've been struggling a lot lately. Feeling not enough.... in my job, in my relationship, in my faith, in my life...  and lemme tell you, this weather for sure isn't helping. I feel like i'm Avril Lavigne in that video of her's circa 2002 - "I'm with you" - you the one that she walks around on a cold, rainy night walking in and out of parties so lost. ahhhh my middle school emo girl is in full swing. 

I became consumed with falling deeper and deeper in how much my life sucked and thinking of all the things I wanted that I don't have.... I decided it was time to pull myself out of this. For Lent, i decided to take something on instead of "giving something up" which is the typical practice during this season. The whole purpose is to give something up that may distance your relationship from God. Some people choose sweets, cursing, etc. I wanted to take on something to bring me back to the Man with the answers. To take a step back and realize that i have one almighty power that i can give all this to. To give all my fears, doubts, stresses to. I know that i'm not where i feel like i should be, and i don't know exactly where to go - but i know where i've been and i know that i've always figured it out and have been okay. I've been able to wake up every morning with air in my lungs and in a warm bed, next to man that absolutely adores me. The more i start listing, the more grateful i feel. My family is healthy, my friends are happy, I have a working car, i have food in my fridge and heat in my house. Blessings on blessings on blessings. 

Every night I dedicate five minutes before I go to bed and I write down five things i'm thankful for. They could be the smallest of things - from a badass song that got my hype on the way to work, to a yummy salad for lunch, to a good conversation i had. It gives you a second to reflect... to go to bed with a grateful heart. <3 p="">

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Ab Tabata Workout

Every week, i teach a kickboxing class at CKO. I've been doing it for about 3 years, just because i truly enjoy making up workouts, motivating others and empowering them to have the best/most fun work out ever. Kickboxing is a badass workout on it's own, but i like to make sure i incorporate some Tabata style rounds to ensure we are targeting certain areas and getting a full body work out.

For those who are like - uhmmm claire, what the hell is this Tabata you speak of? Well, friends lemme teach out some easy work out 101. 

One of the most common HIIT workout styles is Tabata, which consists of eight rounds of 20 seconds of work, followed by 10 seconds or rest, for a total of four minutes. 

I personally like to double that bad boy up, and take it to eight minutes. My style is typically 4 different moves, for 3 rounds. You can do sooooo many things in eight minutes. Boil water, take a quick shower, eat a bowl of cereal, drive to the grocery store. My point is - it's not a long time to sneak in a quick beneficial workout. 

I love doing the Tabata style workout, especially for my abs. My style is typically 4 different moves, for 3 rounds. 

Here are a couple Ab Tabata workouts that you can try at home: 

1) Legs Up Toe Touch - Lay flat on your back and place your butt up against the wall, legs running parallel upwards. Keep your arms straight and reach up toward your toes and back

** 10 Second Rest **

2) In and Out - Sit up, and lower your back down to about a 90 degree angle keeping your knees bent. You can either keep yours arms out behind you for support, or to take it up a notch keep them in tight to your body. You will lift your legs and push them straight out, then bring them back in. Keep repeating. 

** 10 Second Rest **

3) Micro pulse crunches - Lay flat on your back, knees bent, feet on the ground. Your hands will cradle the back of your head, and your elbows out to the side. Make sure you keep those elbows out of your line of sight. While look straight up at the cieling, you will do micro pulses, keeping your core engaged,

** 10 Second Rest **

4) Oblique Side Crunches - Turn over into a push up position. From here you will bend your right knee off to the side, twisting your body slightly, and slowly bring it up to your right elbow. Bring it back down, and your back in push up positions. Repeat with the left knee to elbow. 

**10 Second Rest**

Complete this round 4 times and whaalaaa! Easy peazy ab workout that you can do while on commercial break from your favorite tv show, when you first get up in the morning, or when you are trying to kill some time before heading out to meet friends. Either way, a healthy lifestyle begins with small changes. Incorporating quick habits in your life daily, could drastically change your mood, mindset and life. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

You Are Worthy - Motivation Quote Monday

I wanted to try and keep myself accountable more with posting more. I am going to start off every Monday with a motivational quote to kick start your week!

Who else to start off your week with a badass mentality than with a quote from wonder woman, Rachel Hollis. Lemme tell you something, if you have not read this BeyoncĂ© loving, quirky, fun-loving woman has written two books – Girl, Wash your Face & Girl, Stop Apologizing, GIRL you better take your butt over to target quick and pick you up a copy. She will become your best friend, mentor and cheerleader in your head. I picked up a copy of GWYF back in August 2018 and I think I read it in about two days. Which is huge for me, because I have successfully only finished 3 books in my entire lifetime. She is also a mom of four, which even though i'm not - she is still MY PEOPLE.

I love this quote because it reminds me that i'm allowed to be a big dreamer, i'm allowed to want more for myself and not feel like i'm ungrateful for what i do have. Your dreams are YOURS, and the beauty of life is that this one if yours. Just yours. and you can do whatever you want with it. i am worthy of having a dream, to not want an average life, and to fight for it. So, go for what you want! Why spend every day just thinking about "someday..." when it could be day one.


Monday, March 4, 2019

The 5am struggle

Sitting here re-watching season 1 of Very Cavarelli - AKA my only of the most addicting shows in the game. For those that haven't seen it yet, everyone's favorite mean girl from Laguna Beach and The Hills, Kristin Cavalleri has a show out on E! following her build up of her new jewelry line, Uncommon James. Not gonna lie, watching Laguna Beach was part of my weekly routine when i was in high school. My best friend, Christina and I would make special dates to watch it, snack on junk food, quote the hell out of everyone on the show, and basically talk about them in our daily lives like they were our bffs. Very Cavalleri is my 27 year old dream coming to life and gives me all the drama/pretty people/Jay Cutler that i could want and more.

ANYWAY, i digress. This post is not about Very Cavarelli. Even though i could definitely write a million pages about how amazing/perfect Kristin is.

Before the clock hit 5pm everyday at work, 99% of the time i'm writing down my list of all the things i want to do when i got home - Work out, sit down and write, do some laundry, vacuum, but i accomplished nothing. This has definitely become a daily thing and i beat myself up every damn day. I've come to realize that i need to just get my ass up in the mornings to do the things i want to get done so i can have my evenings to just unwind.

I decided to put my new plan to motion last week. I find it 100000% harder to get up when Cory is there.  Sharing a bed with another person and being the one to get up before the sun does while they cozy up and continue to sleep just makes me come up with 57 more excuses to hit snooze and pull the covers up. So, while he was out of town for work i went to bed at 9:30pm and set that alarm for 5:00am on the dot. The first day was hard. REAL hard. I woke up, scrolled insta on my phone for 45 mins, then got up to drink coffee. Accomplished nothing other than adding to my weekly screen time. I took to the app that feels like my second home to ask advice of the experts (aka my instagram friends)

I posted a story asking for help, tips, tricks, etc for those that habitually get up early to get shit done and to share the magic secret with me. I was nervous to post that simple story about my struggle to get up, i felt stupid. But, i knew i needed help from people who i wouldn't talk to during my usual day. I would've been happy if one person responded - but i got over 25 messages!! From old friends, new friends, high school friends, cousins of friends, friends of friends that gave me SUCH a plethora of ideas to get my ass up. and you know what? I felt accountable the next day to actually pull through for those people. 

I set my clothes out, i drank water as soon as i woke up, i LAUNCHED myself out of bed, i turned to coffee on ASAP. The simplest things, but it came from people who knew it worked.

Moral of the story - don't be afraid to ask for help. It's not stupid, and it might just give you that one push you need to start doing something to change your life.
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