Mental Test Log| Set Yourself Up for Success

This week I wanted to test myself mentally and I encourage you to do the same if you have been in a slump as well. There is no right or wrong way to do this either, so tweak it as much as you need to. My test was to set two goals and see how I would respond to them knowing that I was making myself accountable by thus throwing the data on the internet. If this is too drastic tell a friend daily or have a weekly log in instead. This is to motivate you as well as myself. I also have provided some resources to check out if your goals are similar to mine.


Goal # 1: Learning A Language

logo-with-duo.pngI committed to spend 15 minutes at the minimum practicing my Spanish. For this I made it really easy by allowing myself to lay in bed in the morning and practice with the duolingo app (it is free). They do sectional learning so one day it may be focused on traveling or family vocabulary. They also have a function that tells you a mini story in Spanish aloud and then it has questions throughout it to focus on learning comprehension.

To further progress I started writing down the main words of each lesson everyday as well as words that I struggled with that day. Another good thing about this app besides it being free is the fact that it listens to you while you practice speaking certain phrases.

I actually kept this goal by doing it every day! It was more attainable because I set a time to do it every morning as well as I knew it was only 15minutes. Little goals like this make a difference.  It was daunting for me to set the bar by carving out an entire hour which is why I made it only 15 minutes. Most days I even went over the time frame.

The app has several different languages to choose from so check it out if you want to learn another language.


Goal #2: Physical

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Towards the beginning of the week I took the time to write down five full workouts to complete within the week. In the log, I included an area to write down the number of rounds as well as if I completed the outlined warmup each day. Instead of feeling tiown to this schedule I knew there would most likely be something or another that would alter it so I went in with the mindset of Dana. She is an Instagram influencer that preaches a one round philosophy. You always have time to do one round and often times that one round turns into more. She has several workout videos to follow along and to top it off they are minimal impact so no jumping or running required.

So… how’d I do, well not the best but not the worst. Instead of highlighting all the excuses my head came up with this week to talk myself out of working out here are the actual facts and sets I completed. I have included a link to each workout I completed; simply click on the set name to be directed to that specific workout by Dana. A plus means I added or changed a move.

Sunday: Nope.

Monday:

I combined Sunday’s with Monday’s, it was killer. For all the exercises, I used my ankle weights as dumbbells.

Warm Up: 20 Modified Slow Mt. Climbers. 20 Side Dips. 20 Modified Commandos. 20 Alternating Reverse Lunches to High Knee. 10 Squat Taps.

Chest Set: 30 Squat Hold Alternating Punches…15 Laying Around the World…15 Chest Press…15 Push Ups…15 Chest Press with an Overhead Extension. (2 Rounds)

Muffin Top: 15 ea. side Standing Cross Crunches… 20 ea. side Squat Cross Overs… 15 ea. side Single Leg Dead Lifts… 20 Alternating Bridge Hold Leg Lifts… 15 Opposite Arm Ext. (2 rounds)

Tuesday:

15 Minute Stretch + House Work Workout (Yes, it counts)

Wednesday:

Stretch Warmup. Lean Legs: 15 ea. Side Reverse Kicks… 15 ea. Side Leg Lifts… 30 Calf raises… + 15 ea. Side Ballet Leg Pivots. (hold one leg over the floor, point your foot, pivot your leg back and forth by moving your leg at the hip only) … *15 ea. Side Ballet Fondu … 15 ea. Side Kneeling Leg Openers. (2 rounds)

Thursday: Nope.

Friday: 

Back Sculpt: 10 ea. Side Thread the Needle… 10 ea. Side Single Leg Deadlift… 12 ea. Side Bent over Rows (with weight) … 10 ea. Side Arm Leg ext… 10 ea. Side Bent Over Fly. (with weight) *10 Egyptians (Place arms straight out to your sides, bend the elbows and rotate the hands behand your back, reaching for the middle and repeat. (2 rounds)

Saturday: 

Glutes: 15 ea. Side Donkey Kicks… 15 ea. Side Laying Leg ext… 15 ea. Side Fire Hydrants… 15 ea Side Rainbows… 15 ea. Side Squat Side Kicks. (rounds 2)


What goals are you working on this week?

XOXO Faith


Costco Clothing |Review & Haul

Recently, I have been obsessed with shopping the clothing section at Costco. The deals are unbelievable but what about the quality overall? Whenever you shop no matter what the price tag says, there are a few things to check to make sure the tag matches the item’s quality worth. The type of material, origin it was made in, stitching and dying process all contribute to the actual garment’s quality rather than just paying for the brand itself.

Gym Shark First Impressions | Spring Haul

For a while now I have been keeping an eye out on a couple of brands that I have yet to experience myself. After watching a couple of review videos online for the brand Gym Shark, it seemed to be a bad idea to try as most of them harped on the fact that most of their items were not squat proof and were prone to camel toe. Two qualities no one wants from their apparel, especially their active wear. Now that the company has been around for a couple years I was hoping that things would improve which is why I decided to give them a shot.

Included at the bottom is of course an in depth review of each item in “real time”, kind of.

The reason this was not a try on haul was mainly due to the fact that pieces did not fit or were too see through to show.

The Details…

ITEM PROS CONS Size KEEP – RETURN
Fitted Cropped Leggings Gel StickyCompression Aesthetic Tight at Ankle(could wear, not squat proof) XS Returned

Gym Shark $30.00

Color Block Sports Bra DurableComfortableRemovable PaddingAesthetic No StretchTight(could wear) XS Returned

Gym Shark $35.00

Color Block Leggings Thicker Material Aesthetic No StretchTight(not fit past calf…) S Returned

Gym Shark $45.00

Knot Front Skater Dress BreathableDouble Lined Bust & WaistAesthetic See Through Skirt Hard to Button S Kept

Roxy $60.00

Menswear Set ComfortableDurableAesthetic Top- Not AdjustableSkirt- Real Buttons         -No Stretch S Kept

Abercrombie $65.00

As what is one item you recently added to your collection or are hoping to purchase for this new season?

XOXO Faith

Four Party Games | Family Friendly

The holidays and celebratory moments are all about family. One of our traditions includes playing games since I was little for the holidays. Our favorite game has to be phase 10 but never has the whole family participated in it. Often while playing cards the rest of the group will watch a movie, some will play video games and others play on their phone.

Facing Anxiety | Winter Vacation

First and foremost I would like to apologize for missing last Saturday’s post day. I scheduled to post a youtube video on my top packing tips but it seemed too blah. Anyway  let’s talk about anxiety.

A few months ago I received an opportunity which I would normally say no to. Tired of saying no, I said yes. It was a trip to Nevada with my best friend for his work. Prior to the trip I had planned to vlog the experience but it didn’t work out, sorry loves. The camera was fogging up due to the snow fall, it was a whole thing. Life is full of trial and error my friends.

Stationery Haul: Back to School

While I am not a summer person, the best part of this time of year is back to school season. I love stationery, organizing and planing. This is the one time a year where supplies are at their lowest price with all the crazy back to school sales. Not to mention it is when supplies get a facelift from the usual dull office supplies section. Why is that?

DetraPel Review

Summer is one of those seasons when I want to break out those squeaky clean white on white shoes. Then the little voice in the back of my mind goes through a checklist of the day’s activities to protect the innocence of those beautiful white sexy chucks. The wet grass, dust, dirt, the possibility of someone spilling something on them.