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Friday, September 19, 2014

BuzzFeed Clean Eating Challenge Week 1 - What I Ate

Hey friends! Happy Friday! As promised, I'm back to share more about what I ate on the BuzzFeed Clean Eating Challenge. The detail provided as a part of the challenge is extremely helpful. You are provided with not only a meal plan for two weeks, but you are also provided with a weekly grocery list, as well as the steps you need to prepare your meals for each week. As I mentioned in my post last week, I followed Week 1 fairly closely. I purchased most of the items on the grocery list provided by the BuzzFeed team. I really enjoyed each of the meals for week 1. I tried meals that I definitely would not have thought to prepare on my own. I also used ingredients that I don't typically use, which was such an interesting and enjoyable change. 
Based on what I learned from Week 1's meal plan, grocery list, and meal prep, I modified Week 2 quite a bit. I plan to talk about my reasons for doing so in an upcoming blog post. ; )  

So here's the nitty gritty! The do's and don'ts! What you really need to know! 
I know I have said it 100 times already...but I REALLY think this challenge was worth it! My daily diet still reflects many of the basics of the clean eating challenge. I have really been able to transform the way I eat, and I am very happy with the overall results. Next week sometime I plan to share the pros and cons of the 2 week challenge! 

Thank you to everyone who reached out to me last week! I really appreciate your kind comments, and I'm happy to hear that at least a few of you plan to try the challenge for yourself. I would LOVE to hear your thoughts after. Let's do this thing together!!!

Until Next Time,
<3 Keia








Tuesday, September 16, 2014

10 Things That Make Me Happy

Not in any particular order! ; ) 
1| Coffee.
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2| My relationship with Big R. He's got my back, and I have his. 100%
3|  Spending time with my family.
4| Little R's antics. He makes our house a home.
5| Shopping at the Goodwill. It is therapeutic for me.
6| Blogging. Reading other blogs.
Some of my favorites!
Sarah @ Hello Hive
Erika @ ErikaWyatt.com
Amberly @ A Slice of Glam

7| YouTube.
Some of my favorite channels!

8| Pumpkin season aka FALL!
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9| Good food.
10| A fresh smelling home.
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BONUS| My frannnns!!! {Thanks for calling me out Donna! Love ya!}


What makes you happy?! Let me know in the comments!

xoxoxo,
<3 Keia

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Mani| Fall Ready

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Although it's not quite fall yet, I picked up some fall scented candles yesterday, AND I plan to get my first pumpkin spiced latte at sometime this week! Fall has become my favorite season over the years. I love that it's not too hot and not too cool. I love being able to comfortably wear layers that I can add or take away depending on the temperature. I think Essie polish in Velvet Voyeur is the PERFECT fall color! I love this color so much, I just may splurge a little and buy this particular Essie polish for my own collection!

So tell me! Have you started wearing darker, fall colors yet?

xoxoxo,
<3 Keia

Friday, September 12, 2014

Take Control| Featuring BuzzFeed's 14 Day Clean Eating Challenge

Hey, hey friends! Happy Friday! Today I want to share something a bit on the personal side. I've mentioned in a couple of my recent blog posts that I wanted to share with you how I have decided to Take CONTROL of my health and fitness! Well, my friends, today is that day!

Just to give you a brief background story (ok, well at least I am going to try to keep it brief)...I had always considered myself to be a fairly healthy person. I had even fooled myself into believing that I lived an 80/20 lifestyle. If you would have asked me a few months ago, I would have told you I tried to eat 80% healthy and the other 20% of the time I ate what I wanted. Well, that was not entirely true...and I did not realize that until I REALLY adopted an 80/20 lifestyle over the past few weeks. Every late spring, early summer I gear up to whip my butt back into shape for the summer time. This past summer was no different; however, even though I increased my workouts by double of what I had been doing in the months prior, I still did not see the results I was looking for. By mid-July I was extremely unhappy with how my body looked. The pound or two I had lost going into the summer had not made a difference in my appearance or the way I felt at all. Furthermore, I knew I was at a point where I wanted to make a full-on lifestyle change! I had complained enough about my metabolism slowing down at the ripe old age of 26. I was tired of just losing weight to just look summertime fine! One day in late July, while doing my daily Pinterest perusing I came across the Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge. I liked the pin, and I made a mental note that I would come back to that post the beginning of August. Now, I specifically chose the beginning of August for a couple of reasons. 1) I knew Little R would be going back to school, which also means that we no longer have him for extended periods of time. 2) Big R would be knee-deep into football with camp and preparing for the football season. I have found that it can be very difficult to adopt a new meal plan/healthy eating change when you are preparing other meals for your family that aren't as healthy. So since I knew my time with my guys would be limited that allowed me the time I needed to jumpstart my new health journey with little to no distraction. 

Ok...so that backstory was longer than I anticipated!! BUT, that brings me to the BuzzFeed Clean Eating Challenge"BuzzFeed's Clean Eating Challenge is a two-week detox plan that’s all about eating real food in order to feel great and have more energy. All of the food is low carb and gluten free with an emphasis on lean protein (no red meat) and fresh produce. There’s no processed food allowed; every meal is homemade."

Now let me go ahead and keep in funky with y'all! I followed what would be considered a modified version of the challenge. I followed Week 1 of the challenge with just a few modifications to the grocery list and meal plans. Week 2 I did not really follow the grocery list or the meal plans from the challenge, BUT based on Week 1's meals, I made sure to stick with the same overall theme of grocery items, meals, and snacks. My goal with trying the BuzzFeed Clean Eating Challenge was not to just lose a magical number of pounds with in that two week timeframe and quit. I wanted to use the challenge as a way to transition into a new healthy eating routine forever...hopefully. So far I am happy to report I have been able to do just that!! Woot woot...AND holla at ya girl!! Haha! I have so much more control over what I put into my body, and as a result I feel soooo much better! And added bonus is that I look better too. ; ) 

When I first started the challenge I was hitting the gym pretty heavy as well. I will talk more about my workout routine in another post, BUT I do want to mention that I contribute the way I feel and look in most part to the change in my diet!!! I still want to lose a little more weight, but my focus at this point is to TONE! I am in need of some serious toning, so my goal at this point is to spend more time working on strength training in the gym.

In future posts I plan to talk more about what I ate during the Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge, what I am eating now, my plans to try weekly meal prep, what I have done in the gym up until now, and more about what I plan to do in the gym going forward!

Now this post would not be right without some before and after pictures right?! I really debated whether or not I wanted to share these pictures or not...but I hope that by sharing them I will be an inspiration to someone else! Here we go:

Now I realize the change is not drastic! So far I've lost 6 pounds since early August, and I'm pretty happy with that. I don't necessarily have a weight goal...I just want to be healthy and feel comfortable in my own skin! So tell me...do you feel like YOU need to Take CONTROL of your health and fitness? If so, join me!!! Use the hashtag #takecontrolwithkeia on Instagram and Twitter. I would love to follow you along on your journey. I need you to encourage me to keep it up, and I would be happy to do the same for you!!

Remember! You are the only one who decides how you feel about your body!

xoxoxo,
<3 Keia

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What's In My Coffee Mug?

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If you've been around for a while, you know I love me some coffee! I couldn't agree more that a good day starts with a cup of coffee! Even if I'm not having a good start to my morning, I instantly feel better once I have my first sip of Joe! I personally really enjoy the coffee that I make at home. Actually, I prefer it over the coffee I can get from Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and the like. Is that strange?! I get very good use out of my Keurig K60! I thought I would share exactly what's been in my cup as of late.
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This combination is EVERYTHING!!!! I simply add a splash of the Great Value Vanilla Caramel Creamer to the bottom of my mug. I pop the Gloria Jean's Hazelnut K-Cup into my Keurig, and OF COURSE I select the largest cup size...and brew! Just divine! I no longer use sugar with my coffee, and trust me you don't even need it with this combination. So tell me, what's in your cup?

xoxoxo, 
<3 Keia

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Mani| Rise and Shine

Happy Monday, loves!!! I hope you were able to rise this Monday morning and SHINE!! I'm excited to start this week on a high note! I posted an update last night, check it out if you are interested in what's been going on with me lately. 

I had a chance to give myself a manicure last Friday, and I chose a color that I would consider to be out of the box for me! I'm actually not sure how the color ended up in my collection! Maybe I picked it up on a whim, or maybe it was a gift that I managed to forget about?! 
This lovely emerald green color is beautiful!! The formula of this Sinful Colors polish called, "Rise and Shine," is amazing! I was able to apply it to my nails without issue. Now, I did have to apply three coats for the color to be opaque, but I had no issue with that since it was so easy to apply. 

*Quick tip: If you have a polish that applies on the transparent side, apply a white polish first and then apply the color on top. Then you should only have to apply two coats. 

Take my advice on this one ladies, the next time you are out pick this polish up! It will be a great color to transition into fall/winter!

Tell me what you think!

Until Next Time, 
<3 Keia

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Update

Heyyyy lovely people! Oh, how I've missed my blog! The past couple of weeks have been a little bit on the hectic side for me. I don't know if I have mentioned it here on the blog before, but I'm from a small, country town. My mom always has old school, country sayings that she has shared with me since I was a small child. With everything that has been going on lately, in the back of my mind I know she would say "Every day won't be a cloudy day." That couldn't be more true. On those difficult days, when you are dealing with difficult situations, always remember that not every day will be a bad one.
I thought I would just drop in and share some photos I've snapped over the past couple of weeks!
I miss this little guy. A LOT!
I was involved in a car accident last weekend...on my way to visit my bestie.  Ruined my trip. I spent the last week working with the other lady's insurance (she ran a red light so the accident wasn't my fault at all) and it still hasn't been resolved. At the end of the day though, I'm not hurt and my car can and will be fixed!
I've been spending my days working,  sipping on coffee in my Asian-inspired mug, and missing my honey in the evenings. I love football season, but selfishly I miss him when he's working. I picked up the cute 'Notes' notebook from one of the Target dollar bins. I can't wait to write my daily to-do list for work in it this upcoming week!

I also wanted to discuss the future direction of my little ol' blog with you all briefly. You may have noticed I had a few blog series going on: Monday Mani, My Style Thursday, and The Friday Five. Well, I'm going to take a different approach and see how it goes! I will still pop in with mani posts and style posts here and there, just not on a strict schedule. My goal is to post more frequently, and I also want to start blogging about more lifestyle related topics. So, I just wanted to give those who are interested a heads up! 

Lastly, I just want to say THANK YOU to you all! Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, thanks for stopping by my small space of the blogosphere! I appreciate it!


Until Next Time, 
<3 Keia