My Favorite Fitness Influencers That Keep Me Motivated On Instagram

This month I restarted my ongoing health & fitness journey. One way I keep myself motivated is by following fitness influencers on social media. While I’m well aware that sometimes this can detrimental to people’s well-being, for me following Instagram fitness pages help me feel inspired to keep going. In today’s post I’m going to list my favorite fitness influencers and talk briefly about why I love their page.

@getfitwithmassi

Massi is one of the first fitness influencers I ever followed on Instagram. What I love about her is that she is straight no-chaser when it comes to debunking fitness fads. Massi was also my trainer for a few months last year and if I had a steady income she would still be my coach now! She truly helped me get fit af back then. Check out her page here!

@makingmila

Mila is my sorority sister and was my friend longer before she became a fitness guru. I love how I’ve been able to follow her fitness journey as well as witness her turn fitness into a career. I’m currently in one of her fitness pods and her workouts are killer! She also regularly uploads workouts on her Instagram page. Go follow her right now, you won’t regret it.

@getfitwith_kiana

I originally met Kiana at my home gym back in 2017 when she was a MixxedFit instructor (and I wasn’t one…yet). Her energy and friendly demeanor made her one of favorite dance fitness instructors ever. She then became a cycling instructor and eventually head of the department at one of my favorite gyms in Vegas (think luxury y’all) and her cycling classes were even more amazing! She recently launched her own business website where she hosts virtual challenges and posts recipes. You can find her instagram here!

@t2_tasha

Tasha is the only woman on this list who I don’t know personally but that doesn’t matter haha. I discovered her on this influencer training facebook group I’m in and I love her content so much! Her instagram feed is bright and she also posts killer workouts. Some of them can even be done in 10 minutes or less which is perfect for when I just need to get off of my butt. Go ahead and check her out here!

I believe it is so important to follow accounts that motivate you and make you feel good, especially when it comes to health and wellness. I absolutely love following these women and I’m sure you will too! I also posted my favorite law school accounts to follow on the blog last week. Check out the post here!

Do you follow fitness pages on Instagram? Who are your favorite Instagram fitness pages to follow? Let’s chat in the comments!

Tips For Getting Yourself To Workout Every Day

Ever since Covid-19 struck and gyms closed, my relationship with working out has…not been the best. I post workout trackers every beginning of the month on my Instagram (follow me) and there were some months where I just stopped tracking because I wasn’t working out much like once or twice a week. I tried not to be too hard on myself but after I sprained my ankle in June and barely worked out I knew that something had to change in July. I told myself I would workout EVERY DAY in July. I decided my goal would be to close my exercise ring on my apple watch for the entire month of July.

We are almost done with the second-to-last week of July and I’m happy to report that I’ve stuck to my goal! In sticking with this goal, I’ve learned some things that can maybe help you workout every day if that’s a goal you have!

 

Tip #1: Start Small

Just because you want to workout every day, doesn’t mean that you have to do a super long workout every day. Honestly this month I’ve focused on closing my exercise ring and my goal for that is only 30 minutes a day! Start small and then add longer workouts to your routine if you want!

Tip #2: Create a Workout Schedule and Stick To It

It’s sooooo much easier for me to stick to my workouts on the days that I plan them for a certain time or after I complete a certain task. On the days that I try to wing it…I catch myself having to workout at 11:10pm and that’s just annoying haha. Schedule a time each day and do your best to stick to it. This will make working out every day easier to do.

Tip #3: Tell Someone About Your Goal

I’m going to write more about the importance of having someone to hold you accountable during your fitness journey later but trust me on this one. Not only did I want to keep the promise to myself but I also wanted to make sure I didn’t get called out by the person I shared my goal with. It helps if you actually care about what this person thinks!

I still have 8 days left before the end of the month but I’m confident I will achieve my goal. I might even write about how working out every day this month affected me after this month is over. If that’s something you’d like let me know in the comments!

 

 

3 Must-Have Apps For Your Health & Fitness Journey

I recently talked about how I restarted my health and fitness journey after two months of slacking off. Anyone who has ever fallen off of the fitness wagon knows that getting back on the fitness wagon is even harder the second or third or however many times around. Sometimes It’s even more frustrating because you know you’ve done it before…and you don’t know why this time is so much harder. However, throughout my many times falling on and off the fitness wagon, I’ve stumbled across some apps that are extremely helpful with health and fitness.

I don’t know about you but I’m on my phone most of the time (especially since COVID-19 came around). That being said, it’s always super important for me to make the most of my phone by having apps that help me accomplish my goals. I’ve tried many different fitness apps and I won’t talk about them ALL on this pos, but I will talk about my favorites!

Water Reminder – Daily Tracker

Staying hydrated is a key component of any health and fitness journey! I’m entirely too lazy to link you to any sources so just trust me on this one, okay? I know for me personally, drinking a lot of water throughout the day keeps me from snacking on junky-ish foods that may get in the way of my nutrition goals. I love this app because not only can you set reminders to drink water, but you can also set your own daily intake goals and track your water intake. It’s perfect because I have mine set to remind me every 30 mins and it allows me to at least get 90oz or more a day! We love to see it.

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MyFitnessPal

Nutrition is more important than working out when it comes to weight loss. As I mentioned last week, you can’t outwork a shitty diet. I personally like MFP because its database is huge due to the fact that many people use it to track their food. I also can usually scan a food that’s not on there and it will pop-up (not always, but most of the time). I especially like it because when I keep super serious on my weight loss journey I count macros and it tells you your macros, something other calorie trackers I’ve used don’t do. I do think you should avoid this one if you have a tendency to become obsessive with food.
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Strong Workout Tracker Gym Log

This is my favorite workout tracking app. It allows me to create my own routines and monitor my progress. When I’m not in a trainer specific program, this is what I use to create my own routines. I especially like it because it also has demonstrations for the workout moves in its database for those who are new to working out with weights or body weight movements. It also tracks how many workouts you do and your progress with weights/rep/etc. It’s a great app!

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Embarking on a health and fitness journey can be scary! This is why I think having apps that can help you out is super important. I’m glad I’ve found some that I like that help me so much. Hopefully they help you too!

Do you have any favorite health and fitness apps? Let me know in the comments!

My Favorite Healthy-ish Snacks

One of my biggest struggles when losing weight has always been the fact that I love to snack. Snacking isn’t always the problem but snacking on junk food too often definitely doesn’t make for a successful health & fitness journey. One thing I noticed once I started law school back in 2018 was that I am definitely a stress eater. In the last few months I’ve been super stressed and thus my snack attacks have gotten worse. I recently started a new fitness program (which I will blog about more later) and I knew if I wanted to make sure that I didn’t waste my money and was successful, I needed to start eating as healthy as I have in the past. This fact combined with one of my sorority sisters who follows me on Instagram (shoutout to Vanessa!) asking me to blog about my favorite healthy snacks led to me writing this post.

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Anyone who knows anything about health & fitness and losing weight will tell you that nutrition is the most important factors in making sure you lose weight. To quote my newest trainer (@makingmila on Instagram) you can’t out work a bad diet. At the same time, there is something about overly healthy foods that I have to train my taste buds to get used to again every time I fall off the health wagon. However, these foods have always been some of my favorites and have the perfect combination of healthy-ish* and tasty. Full Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist/dietitian/anything of the sort. I’m just a fat girl tryna get fit that loves to snack. Okay, keep reading for the list!

Protein Shakes

Gone are the days when protein shakes tastes like chalk. Nowadays it is pretty easy to find a yummy protein shakes or put one together yourself.  My personal favorites are Premier Protein Shakes. They are great for when I’m on the go. My favorite one is the caramel flavored one. Getting enough protein is an important part of staying full and not snacking too much. I also like making my own and customizing them.

Rice Cake, Almond Butter, & Honey

This is one of my favorite snacks ever. It usually is especially helpful when I’m hungry before a workout and need a quick bite but don’t want to get too full so that I have to wait a super long time to workout. This also goes really well with coffee, which I sometimes drink a little of if I’m not in the mood for a pre-workout drink but need a tiny pick me up.

Non-fat Greek Yogurt with Granola & Seeds

Whenever I crave something crunchy this is my go-to snack. Make sure you read the labels on both your granola and seeds so that you follow the proper portion sizes and don’t overdo it. Granola can often be a sugar bomb so try to stick to the ones that don’t have too many grams of sugar or at least have natural sugars. If you want some sweetness, add some honey!

Peppers & Hummus

This was my go-to snack in undergrad when I was doing 21 Day Fix. I used to eat them almost every day and never got sick of them. There are so many different flavors of hummus at many grocery stores now so you can switch it up if you get bored of it. I remember when I first started my health and fitness journey I even followed a hummus meme page! That’s how much I loved the stuff!

Instead of trying to give myself a super strict and limiting rule like “no snacking”, I switch out my junk food snacks with healthier snacks that sometimes satisfy the same craving. This helps me rework snacking into a way that fits in with my health & fitness journey that is sustainable.

Leave a comment with your favorite healthy or healthy-ish snack(s)? I can always use more recommendations.

My Current Favorite Workout Routines

Hey y’all! I hope you are doing well given the circumstances. This past week I attempted to conduct a Q&A Session on my Instagram stories in order to write a blog full of questions from you all and answers from me. I think next time I want to use my CuriousCat instead because I know some people are shy. If you would like to ask questions anonymously, please see my CuriousCat here. For this round, I only got one question, but it was such a great one! Someone asked me for my “fave workout routines.” I’ve been trying to find my flow for working out at home for the last few weeks and I think I finally found some routines and a schedule I don’t hate. Full disclosure, my dad has always been a super-duper homebody and has some workout equipment that many people might not have at their homes and some of my routines do incorporate that. I also already own resistance loops for booty work and was able to snag some 10lb dumbbells and a yoga mat before things got super crazy, so I use those as well. Find a perfect substitution for you. I also want to say while I do enjoy working out, I am by no means a certified fitness trainer. The only format I am certified is MixxedFit which incorporates dance moves with body weight toning. These are just workouts that work for me, please make sure to look up how to do the moves properly before you attempt any of these routines.

Full Body Workout

I think if you want to get a good workout in, it always a good idea to have one longer workout routine that incorporates various parts of the body. When I was able to go to the gym, full body workouts were my absolute favorite and they still are now that I workout from home. This routine has become my go-to on the days I have more time to dedicate to working out and relaxing afterwards.

First things first, it’s important to warm up before you workout. For my full body workouts I usually workout this way:

  • Resistance Band Walk 30 Secs 2x
  • Resistance Band Hip Adduction 12 reps 2x
  • Resistance Band Kickbacks 12 reps 2x

After warming up I get into the workout:

  • Lateral Raise & Front Raise – Dumbbells (Superset) 10-12 reps 3x (click here for an example) (these are great for when you want to get more of a workout in but use less time)
  • Squats – w/ Dumbbells or Bodyweight 10-12 reps 3x (click here for an example)
  • Seated Overhead Press – Dumbbells 10-12 reps 3x (click here for an example)
  • Bent Over One Arm Row – Dumbbells 10-12 reps 3x each arm (click here for an example)
  • Plank 35 secs 3x

Abs/Core Workout Routine

I have a love/hate relationship with core/ab workouts because mine used to be really strong and I kinda took it for granted and let it fall to the wayside. I used to always skip my core days and just recently started embracing them. Core strength is important because it helps you with your balance in every other type of workout and your overall balance in general. I don’t have examples for these ones but they are all pretty well known in the fitness world.

  • 3 Jumping Jacks or any cardio just to get your heart rate up
  • Side Bend – Dumbbell 10-12 reps 3x
  • Ab Wheel 6 reps 3x:
  • Side Plank 30 secs 3x
  • Russian Twists 10-12 reps 3x
  • Planks 35 secs 3x

Listen, I barely incorporated the ab wheel because I found one in my dad’s workout area and figured what the hell, I’ll try it. I could only do 6 at a time and couldn’t even go all the way out.. The next day I was sore as all hell! I have never been THAT sore in my abdominal area from a workout. This has given something to work towards during this time and by the end of 2020 I want to be able to use it effortlessly. I’m also currently working on my lower body/glutes routine for the days I have to recover from my ab wheel like I did yesterday! I tell my friends all the time I have until mid-2021 to build a booty or I’m gonna buy one and I haven’t decided if I’m kidding yet.

If you are interested in my glutes and lower body routine once I figure it out, leave a comment below and let me know. I will put it on the blog if it’s something people actually want to see.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! If you want to participate in my next Q&A blog (or first one rather) write a question on my CuriousCat  or you can leave a comment with a question or any other feedback you’d like. Have a great day!

My Failed Attempt At A 30 Day Yoga Challenge (and What I Learned From It)

Hey readers! Long time no…post? I’m sure it’s of no surprise that life has been extremely hectic over here (and everywhere else, I imagine). Prior to my spring break from school I suffered somewhat of a writer’s block. Just as I was brainstorming new topics to write about and was struck by inspiration, the COVID 19 chaos escalated extremely quickly. I’ve been coping with that and trying to figure out how I was wanting to move forward with both the blog and podcast. Yes, I started a podcast! Click here for Apple podcasts, here for Spotify, and here for Soundcloud. Anyways, I want to acknowledge that the deaths and tragedies from COVID 19 are deeply upsetting to me. I’m praying for everyone affected by it. On my blog, I will be blogging as if it’s business as usual but that’s only because it is helping me not lose my mind. I don’t want people to think I don’t care about this tragedy, but I honestly want to use my blog as a distraction for others and myself.

Now that I’ve made that disclaimer I’m going to talk about something I TRIED to do at the beginning of March that quickly fizzled out prior to any of the current madness going on. In February I had the wonderful idea of starting a 30 Day Yoga Challenge for many reasons. One reason was that I had always wanted to get into Yoga and I figured a 30 Day Yoga Challenge was the perfect way to do some. Another reason was that I’m nowhere near flexible and I figured Yoga was the perfect way to gain flexibility, agility, and strength all at once. It was also perfect for relaxing. Finally, I wanted to do the 30 Day Yoga Challenge so I could document my journey with it for this blog of mine. Everything was going to be great.

Spoiler alert: everything was not great and I definitely dropped the ball pretty earlier on in my Yoga Challenge. Now that I look back on my preparation and attempt, I know exactly where I messed up and where I can improve the next time I attempt a Yoga Challenge (hint: coming soon!)

In preparing for my 30 Day Yoga Challenge I thought I had taken the necessary steps to ensure my success. I downloaded some free Yoga apps, I picked the Yoga Classes I wanted to go to at my local gyms, and I “scheduled” them on my calendar. However, in retrospect many mistakes were made by ya girl. I’ll name them.

Mistake #1: Picking a long time span for my challenge

If I can say one thing about myself it’s that sometimes I can be an all or nothing type of person. If I can’t do something exactly as it should be or perfectly then I can (not always, but often) become discouraged and just say EFF IT, I’m not doing this. Since I knew this about myself, I should not have “committed” to such a long time span for a Yoga Challenge, especially since I had never really done yoga before this. I think I missed a day pretty early on (like day 7 or so) and it made me not even want to do the challenge anymore because I wasn’t perfect and technically already failed the challenge.

What I learned: Make the challenge span shorter, especially if you’re new to an activity. I think next time I will go with 5 or 7 Day challenge. I can do anything for 5 to 7 days!

Mistake #2: Not buying the necessary materials for the challenge

Although I did download the free yoga apps and had my gym membership, I never bought a yoga mat and looking back that was so foolish! How could I expect myself to fully commit to an entire 30 Day challenge if I didn’t even have the most basic yoga necessity: a mat! Improvised by doing bed yoga and standing yoga on the days when I did yoga at home. However, the days I didn’t make it to the gym and grew bored of bed yoga, I really wished I had a mat and just didn’t do the yoga.

What I learned: This one is simple, make a full list of EVERYTHING you need for a challenge and make sure to actually buy it and not put it off. This is especially true if you are a busy person and don’t know how or when you’ll have to time to buy a mat.

Mistake #3: Not fully committing to the yoga session I scheduled

I would always tell myself when I was going to go to Yoga but it was really rare I actually wrote it down in my planner, set my google calendar reminder, and stuck to it. If I even did it at all (I don’t think I do more than write it in my planner a few days). I wasn’t fully committed and that was definitely reflected by the lack of yoga scheduled into my life. I would always say “I’ll just do it before bed” if I skipped a session I had written down. God forbid if I got too tired, I would just skip the yoga all together and tell myself “I’ll double up tomorrow.” Like no, schedule it like you do all your other workouts and just get it done!

What I learned: Setting reminders to complete your daily challenge is key. It is not enough to just write it down or put it somewhere you only see once a day. As a busy person, alarms and reminders are lifesavers for me and this challenge was no different. Next time I will make sure to have daily reminders to stick to my schedule and not neglect it.

These are the main lessons I learned from my short-lived stint at trying a 30 Day Yoga Challenge. Now that I have failed, I’m excited to try another Yoga Challenge with this new information I have. I’m going to have a lot of free time in the foreseeable future, so this is the perfect time for me to learn a new activity/pick up a new hobby. I can’t wait to see how my next attempt will go (coming soon!) Be on the lookout for my next yoga shenanigans.

Have you ever done a 30 Day Yoga Challenge or any other month long challenge? How did you do? Let me know in the comments below!

9 Things I Want To Do Before 2019 Ends

I have a confession to make. I’m a list making addict. If you’ve been following my blog for a while this comes as no surprise but I thought I’d give a heads up to the new readers or whoever has stumbled across this post. One of my favorite types of lists to make is my annual bucketlists. Each year I pick a certain amount of things I want to do/try/experience before the year is over. This year is no different. Some of these things are leftover from last year’s bucketlist and others are from sheer curiosity or wanting to challenge myself to something new.

Here’s my 2019 Bucketlist:

  1. Run an entire 5K without stopping to walk
  2. Have a photo-shoot at 7 Magic Mountains
  3. Try 5 new Vegan restaurants
  4. Travel to a city I’ve never been to before
  5. Go to a Soul Cycle class
  6. Hike a new trail (or 3)
  7. Find a cute coffee shop to study/write in
  8. Become 50% fluent in Spanish on Duolingo
  9. Stay in a cabin with a fire place somewhere snowy

I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to last year due to not knowing how to balance all I had going on in life and having no real strategy to achieve everything. This year, I know where I messed up last year and I will plan around that silly mistake. I’m excited to experience all of these things. Hopefully I’ll even be able to blog about some of them too! I’ll definitely keep you all updated.

What’s one thing you have on your bucketlist for this year? Let me know in the comments below!

How I Chose My Word of the Year for 2019

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We are almost a week into the NEW Year and it has been interesting already! While the practice of making New Year’s Resolutions is common, that doesn’t mean that it is the most effective method of achieving your New Year’s goals. I personally haven’t really been in the practice of making New Year’s Resolutions for the last two years. When I have made New Year’s resolutions in the past, it often discourages me from trying at all if I don’t move towards them quickly enough. In the last few years I have chose a word of the year that guides all of actions towards reaching the goals I hope to accomplish in the New Year.

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My word for last year was DISCIPLINE. I chose the word Discipline because that is what was lacking from my reaching some of my goals in 2017, especially in regards to weight loss. I hired a trainer, I meal prepped more, I went to the gym more often, even when I didn’t feel like going. I also was more disciplined in putting out content for my blog (before my Nana passed away, and I started law school). After a few a set-backs, I stopped really embracing the word discipline because I was really just trying to…get over the sadness from different things that happened earlier in the year. I realized that at times I was disciplined but at other times I wasn’t. That led to me choosing my word for 2019.

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My word for 2019 is CONSISTENCY. This is what was lacking from my life last year in many areas from health + fitness to blogging to even studying for school. Similar to the reason I chose the word discipline last year, I need to consistently do things (even when I’d rather not) in order to reach the goals I’ve set out for this year. The times I did manage to remained disciplined, I lost a decent amount of weight, I got into law school, and I posted some quality content. (Read my favorite posts from last year HERE). By being consistent this year, I know I will be better off when the countdown for 2020 happens.

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This doesn’t have to be the way you choose your word. What’s important is that YOUR WORD is chosen by YOU after reflecting on your principles, values, and goals for this year. Once you do this you can take out the sense of overwhelm with long lists and just ask yourself “does this action align with my guiding word for this year or bring me closer to my goals?” If it doesn’t, you know you might need to make a better decision. It won’t be easy at first, but it might be easier for you than keeping a laundry list of resolutions.

So get out there, reflect, and choose your guiding word for 2018!

Did you have a word or two in mind when you read this? Leave your word(s) in the comments and tell me why you chose it!

Goal Check: End of the 2nd Quarter of the Year (Apr-June)

The month of June end a little bit ago which means that we are now 1/2 way through the year. Just as I checked in with myself and my goals at the end of quarter one, I will be seeing where I’m at now that quarter 2 is over. Now is the perfect time to reflect on what has worked this first half of the year and what needs to change. Y’all know I’m always trying to 100 dif things so I’m just going to focus on the main goals I have.

  • Travel out of the country:

I am officially going out of the country for the first time since after my EuroTrip when I graduated high school (not including Tijuana). I’m going to the Dominican Republic for about a week later this month! I will definitely be writing about this experience once I get back and having time to settle so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for that!

  • Save $2,000 in a savings account

Okay so I’m not ashamed to say I suuuuuck at saving money but that’s mostly because I spend all my money on doing hoodrat shit with friends, and having a trainer! Lmao. Once I start school I want to be more conscious on being financially literate and establishing savings account. I think for the rest of the Summer I’m going to save a little bit of each check. If you have any tips for saving money let me know!

  • Lose fat & gain muscle:

I’ve made some decent progress on this goal since my quarter 1 check-in. Honestly, all things considered with my grandmother passing away back in April, I’m proud of myself for not turning to food for comfort, which I would have done in the past. I have been killing it at the gym and follow my meal plan 80% of the time or so. I’ve only lost about 5ish lbs since April but I feel myself getting stronger and I lost some body fat %. I think I’m on track to hit my first major goal weight for the end of 2018

  • Take my blog to the next level:

My blog has NOT been a priority for me since April and I’m okay with it. I don’t have regrets about putting my blog on the back burner once my life got crazy. The gym became my outlet so all I have been doing is going to work and working out. I’m just getting back in the hang of writing and managing my instagram so we’ll see where I’m at once quarter 2 is over.

  • Read one book every month:

I have read 2 other books since quarter 1 ended, both which I enjoyed a lot. In April I read The Mastery of Love by don Miguel Ruiz and Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. I recommend both to everybody. I want to write a review on both of them but we shall see how that goes.

  • Get my driver’s license and a car:

This hasn’t been a priority this quarter so no progress has been made on it. I’m going to have my license by the end of this summer. However, I’m not really sure about the car. We’ll see.

All things considered for how HARD life came at me in April, I’m proud of myself for at least staying on track with my health + fitness and doing everything I needed to do to go out of the country. I also read 2 out of the 3 books I wanted to read so that’s I’m happy about that to. I do want to get back on track with my blog but I still have 6 months to make it happen. Quarter 3 check-in I will have made some progress on that goal for sure. Overall, I’m happy and that’s what matters.

What are some goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year? What goals have you made progress on? What goals could use improvement? Leave me a comment and let’s talk about it!

Goal Check: End of the First Quarter of the Year (Jan-Mar)

The month of March just ended which means that we are 1/4 through 2018. Wow. Time is a flying by! Due to us being 3 months into the year, I decided to check-in on where I’m at with my goals. Now is the perfect time to reflect on what has worked this year and what hasn’t. There are 9 months left in the year which is more than enough time to learn from my errors and still accomplish my goals before the year is over. I have many, many different goals that have sprouted from 8 main ones so I’m going to just tap into some of those 8.

  1. Get my driver’s license and a car: i have not made any substantial progress on this goal besides looking at cars. This is first on this list but the list is in no particular order. This first 3 months I’ve been focusing on getting my health and fitness in order, applying to law school, and paying off my credit card. That brings me to my next goal.
  2. Pay off my credit card debit: So far I have paid a little over $600 into my credit card debt, which is about where I wanted to be by this time of the year. However, my goals regarding this have changed. I’m now more focused on saving money to go out of the country this summer. I will still be making payments on my credit card but not as aggressively as I was.
  3. Save $2,000 in a savings account: It has been hard to establish a savings account so far this year. I’ve noticed I’m really bad at it haha. I have a small amount. I also need to open another savings account because anything I have in this one is going towards my trip this Summer!
  4. Start Law School: This goal is happening! I was admitted into UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law at the beginning of last month. I will officially be going back to school in August which is why I’m taking a trip out of the country this summer.
  5. Lose fat & gain muscle: I’m making great progress on this goal. I hired a trainer in January. Even though he quit and I got a new trainer I had to get used to after taking a 2 week hiatus from the gym, I’ve still managed to lose about 15ish lbs. I can also feel myself getting stronger in every part of my body. I’m excited to see where I will be in the next 3 months from now!
  6. Take my blog to the next level: I like to believe I’m taking steps towards taking my blog to the next level. I created a bi-weekly newsletter (still working on sending out my first e-mail), I hosted my first GIVEAWAY (of many to come), and I’ve started posting more regularly, and I’ve upped my social media engagement. Hopefully in 3 months I will have really made some solid progress.
  7. Read one book every month: I’ve been slacking in regards to reading one book a month. I tried to read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in January but I underestimated how dense and long that book was and I decided to read a little bit of it each month throughout the year. It also took me all of February and a little over half of March to finish The Autobiography of Malcolm X. I highly recommend this book. I wanted to at least finish 2 books by the end of March so I picked an easy ready for the last week of the month. I chose The Defining Decade. I have really enjoyed this book and will be reviewing in a post later this month. 
  8. Move out: so as I have officially gotten into school and given a full tuition scholarship, this has become the least important of my goals. I have to keep a 2.3 (which sounds easy but I’ve never been to law school so I wouldn’t know) GPA to keep my scholarship. My cousin has moved out of my room and this has made living at home much more bearable. I’m in the process of redecorating my room and giving it the personality I wanted it to have when I first moved back home. The only thing that makes me really want to still consider moving out is having company over when they come to town and visit. If I have any updates on this goal they will definitely be towards the end of the year.

All in all, I’ve very pleased with the progress I’ve made on achieving my goals this first few months of the year. I do have some areas that could use improvement (getting my license/car and staying on top of reading for fun). However, I have also had some major wins (YAY for getting into law school and getting a full tuition scholarship). I can’t wait to write this post at the end of the second quarter of the year and see how far I’ve come and what else I’ve done. I might have some different goals listed to reflect the changes in priorities I’ve had since getting into law school but the post will be similar in format. Here’s to working towards our goals all year long!

What are some goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year? What goals have you made progress on? What goals could use improvement? Leave me a comment and let’s talk about it!