Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Loving myself...

So I was driving home from the gym a little bit ago and I was thinking about how amazing I feel lately. Honestly this is the healthiest I have ever been in my life. I feel great! I have (usually) tons of energy, I feel sexy which I normally never do, and my overall being is happy. I just can't stress enough how important it is to treat your body right. I used to never exercise I would maybe go on a walk with the girls once in a while but that was it. I used to eat like shit I mean Mcdonald's and pop tarts all the time not to mention the soda and energy drinks I tortured myself with. 

Looking back I'm wishing I would not have ate all that junk. When I met my husband he set me straight. Made me join the gym, which turns out I'm in love with, had me put down the pop tarts and trade all that crap out with good healthy food that still satisfied my cravings. I have him to thank for letting me love myself again. The results of doing something as simple as working out a couple times a week and eating the right foods are incredible. I can literally feel my body thanking me every day and especially now that the hubby and I joined a gym again. FYI Anytime Fitness in Redmond and I'm assuming anywhere else is amazeballs! It's the best gym I have been to and the people there are awesome so I just have to give a little shout out to them.

After the heart failure scare I realized even more how important this life is to me and I will do anything that I can to stay here as long as possible. I have a lot of things I want to do and a lot of love to give to my family, my husband, and my friends. I am dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle and encourage you all to do the same, you will be amazed at how better you feel.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Getting ready for summer!

I was daydreaming about warm summer days and all the fun adventures it brings and then I realized I don't have any shorts to wear! How can you enjoy summer if you don't have any shorts (imagine me saying that in the voice from the Pink Floyd song Another Brick in the Wall) So I went through my things and found that I do indeed have a pair of super cute pink shorts with little sailboats on them, however, they show my bumcheecks a my husband pointed out last year on our beach trip. I also had a pair of skinny jeans that fit funky and did nothing for my booty so I thought hey why not chop those up into some shorts.

For the pink shorts I had to figure out how to make them longer. I just happened to have a pink cami with lace trim hanging around not being used so a little light bulb went off in my noggin and I decided that it would be pretty cute to just sew the lace trim onto the bottom of the shorts. I was right they are awesome and now my cheeks don't show!
With the skinny jeans I just hacked off the legs to the length of shorts I wanted and hemmed them. I also took in the sides because they were huge on me. I am pretty happy with how they turned out although they still do no justice to my booty so they might be laundry day shorts.
So anywho those were my little projects I have been working on the past few weeks on and off between schoolwork and other things. Let me know what you think! Have a great day!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Smith Rock hike

So for Valentine's Day the the hubby, the dog, and I went for a hike at Smith Rock. It was so beautiful out and very warm for a February day in Central Oregon. We didn't go up any of the crazy trails just the simple easy hike mostly because I am a wimp and won't go up the hard ones. Any who I got some really cool pictures and thought some of you might enjoy them. I am looking forward to going again sometime soon! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Allergy dog? The do's and don'ts

Hey there everyone I wanted to talk to you about problems that I have encountered with out little Miah Bear and what we have done about them. She is a white skinned dog that is part Pitbull, that being said they have some of the worst allergies of any dog. With Miah she gets yeast infections in her intestines and it causes her skin to be inflamed and itchy (also very very stinky). So we have tried a ton of different things to try and get rid of the problem and have only been able to dampen it so far. Here are some of the things we have tried so far.

  • Oatmeal shampoo or any anti-itch shampoo. This helps sooth the sore itchy skin and makes her smell better. We have been using a brand we found at Big R but tonight I am going to try a new Burt's Bee's one we got last weekend.
  • Hot spot anti-itch spray. This is like magic! There are a bunch of different ones out there, we like to use a tea tree oil one because it seems to really work. I just got a Burt's Bee's one and all she did was lick it off as soon as I sprayed it on so I took that back today and got the tea tree one we have always used. She hates the taste and so does not lick it off.
  • Switching dog foods a million times! We have literally tried almost everything there is to try for allergy dogs. Recently we have just had her on a rice, meat, and veggie/fruit diet, no dog food at all. We thought it would help but so far we haven't seen much of a result and she has been on this diet for over a month. So we decided to get a new dog food and start mixing it in with her raw diet to see if that helps. I got a brand called CORE today it's almost all fish with some fruit and veggies. I am really hoping that this helps. Also want to note that on the raw diet she has lost quite a bit of weight and the rice goes right through her. 
  • Another thing we tried is DinOvite. This is a special blend of vitamins and minerals and stuff that is supposed to help dogs with allergy problems. We used it before and she started getting picky and wouldn't eat it so we stopped using it. Recently we tried it again and it's been two weeks and she is still eating but doesn't seem to be improving at all. 
We are at a loss as to what we should do anymore. She has had allergy shots which last about a week, she has had all kinds of allergy medication but I think her body is immune to them now because they don't seem to work at all anymore. She was on Prednisone for a while but I don't like putting her on that due to the side effects it has and the harmful effects on the body. That does work for a couple weeks then we are back to square one again. If you know of anything we can do that we haven't tried yet I would really appreciate the input. Like I said we don't know where to go from here. Hopefully adding this new food will help but I kind of doubt it. Well folks thanks for stopping by and I will be talking to you soon!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Delicious detox drink and yoga class!

Hey there peeps I hope you are having a good Thursday. I know I have been slacking on posting things on here, although I feel like nobody really reads any of my stuff anyway, but today I have something good to share with you. I was looking through Pinterest (yes I am just as addicted as you) and I found this wonderful detox drink that is also great for weight loss. 

The drink is super easy and you probably already have everything in your house! It is just hot water, lemon juice (preferably fresh lemon), honey, and cinnamon. How stinkin' easy is that!? I have been drinking this every single day and i'm addicted! This is so delicious and what's even better is that you can drink it cold too so it works as a summer drink as well. This drink is really healthy and fantastic for your body and for me it satisfies the sweet that I crave almost constantly. So that's my wonderful little find as of late, I really hope you try this out and that you enjoy it!

Also I want to mention that last week I took my first yoga class and I LOVE IT!!!! The instructor was amazing. She was fun, but also very helpful and attentive to each of us in the class. I had a wonderful experience with it and will be going back again this Sunday. She teaches class at Fitness 1440 behind Blackbear Diner in Bend. I want to give a big shout out to my friend Mandy who is the one that brought me there. Without her I probably would not have gone to a class anytime soon. So yeah that was a fun new thing that I tried and loved! If you have any fun workout ideas or fun things you do to stay in shape please share I would love to hear from you. Thanks for reading everyone I will talk to you soon!