Where Have I Been? Life Update.

Hello, my friends! It has been a minute… or two… or five… or uhh, two months actually since i have blogged. That is awful lol. I can’t believe it has been that long but the time is flying by. I swear it was just my 26th birthday like uhhh… last week. But nope, that was over 4 months ago now. Crazy. *Mind blown*

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So, i don’t really have a game plan for today’s post. It is probably going to turn into a whole bunch of rambles so i hope ya’ll are okay with that. I’m just going to take some time and update ya’ll on what’s been going on in my life.

The most exciting thing that has happened in the last month or two, is that Morgan and I finally moved into a new apartment. As some of you know, or maybe you don’t, my move to NOLA was just a wee bit unexpected. Because of that, that meant me, moving into Morgan’s small, studio apartment. Not exactly ideal for two 26 year old females with a lot of clothes and only one closet. Finally, the stars aligned and we moved into a two bedroom apartment in the same complex. Packing, moving, unpacking, is never a fun time but our place is slowly coming together. We still have some furniture to buy, decorations to hang but slowly but surely. (Pause. Where do ya’ll buy your furniture and home decor? Keep in mind, we’re ballin’ on a budget. We love cute decorations that don’t break the bank, so leave your decorating tips in the comments!) Perhaps i’ll show y’all some pics on here once everything is hung and put where it needs to be. So yeah, that’s very exciting for us… i finally have my own bedroom with a door, people! #Blessed haha.

I’m still working as a server at the Cheesecake Factory. We have gotten some new cheesecakes in the last few months… the Celebration Cheesecake (think funfetti cake and cheesecake had a baby), the Pumpkin, and the Pumpkin Pecan cheesecake ( a pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake hybrid). ALL so delicious. I’d be lying if i said i haven’t had several pieces of each of these the past few months lol, don’t judge me. I just love cheesecake okay?? I have been saying that i was going to start searching for a new job, in my field of study (Nutrition), for about 2.5/3 months now and i haven’t…. until today. I took the time today to update my resume and apply to some Nutrition related jobs here in NOLA. Yay, adulting! I just got complacent and comfortable working at Cheesecake, but it’s time to start looking at what’s next. I’m going to make it a priority to keep looking for a new job and if things go the way i hope, i’ll have something new by the end of the year. My fingers are crossed.

What else has been going on? ….hmmm. One thing about me, you may or may not know, is that i can be a bit of a homebody. I always say that if people ask me to go out, or do something, i will say yes. Usually, i say no or come up with some reason, or excuse not to go. Well, for the last month or two, i have been working on actually saying “yes” to going out and socializing. I’ve gone on a couple dates, gone out for dinner and drinks with friends, spur of the moment things, and i have actually had fun. *Gasp*. Who knew, right? Haha. I feel like in the past, i have used sticking to my diet or sticking to my gym routine, as a crutch, or as an excuse, to be antisocial. I can’t complain that i don’t have any friends or that i never do anything if any time some one asks me to go out, i say no… Anyone want to go out and do something?? Haha.

In regards to my diet and training, i am still (mostly) tracking my macros and going to the gym 5-6 days a week. Ish. Some weeks, ill make it to the gym a little less because of working doubles at Cheesecake and that’s okay. I have been adding more food into my diet since my “mini cut” for Vegas which has been great. Some days I don’t hit my macros and that’s okay. I’m a lot less stressed about not hitting my numbers and the number on the scale than i have been in previous “off seasons” . Yes, I feel like it is important to be consistent with my nutrition and food choices, but if i go over my fat macros for the day because i had pizza watching football, than that is fine by me. The world will not end. I feel happy with how my body looks right now, I am confident, and I am eating good food.. what’s not to love about that?

What else is going on? I think that’s pretty much it… It is now officially “Fall” however, it is still hot AF down here in NOLA. It was only a mere 90 degrees today. I don’t mind though lol, i despise the snow and cold weather. The basic bitch in me loves ALL THINGS pumpkin spice so my taste buds are happy. It’s football season again, which has me so excited. (Go cowboys!) I scheduled a hair appointment for October which is very badly needed so that’s also great news for me.

And yeah… that’s about it. That’s my life right now. With only 3 months left in 2017, I am hoping to finish off the year making some positive changes. That also includes FINALLY getting back into a consistent blogging routine. I know, i know, i say this literally every time i blog and then you don’t hear from me for months at a time. *face palm*

So with that being said, What types of blog posts would y’all like to see? Nutrition, fitness, food ideas, recipes, favorites, more blog posts from @mbkellyy? Please leave a comment and let me know, because i would love y’alls insight. 

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my rambles and my little “life update”. You’ll be hearing from me again soon, i promise.

Talk soon,

PBANDLAURENKELLY

 

 

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July Favorites

Hello, my friends! Happy Friday! It blows my mind how fast this summer has flown by and i know i can’t be the only one. It’s already August, like wtf… So crazy. It has been a hot minute since i have done a “Monthly Favorites” blog post- since April i believe, so that is what we are going to do today… a July Favorites blog post. Here we go…

  1. Birds Eye Mashed Cauliflower. 

    As someone who was dieting for a minute, your girl has time to find a few great low carb food options… and this is one of them. This mashed cauliflower works as a good substitute for the higher carb mashed potatoes we all know and love. It has a slightly different texture than mashed potatoes but it’s still similar. Don’t be scared if you do not like cauliflower. Cauliflower is a vegetable that takes the flavor of the seasonings and foods you add to it, so even if you aren’t a huge fan of cauliflower, i still recommend giving this a try. This mash is not seasoned so I typically add some seasonings such as salt, pepper, garlic, and spray butter. Yum. Macros for this cauliflower mash is on point: 50 calories- 3F/6C/2P per serving. A serving is a 1/2c or 120 grams…which is a respectable serving. I found these at Target.

  2. Riced Cauliflower. 

    Can you tell I have been on a cauliflower kick lately? I have eaten this every single day since i got back from California… over two weeks ago. I like to make a “low carb” chipotle bowl… that i mentioned in my last blog post. This bowl consists of shredded lettuce, cauliflower “rice”, onion, refried beans, tomato, and a protein of some sorts- either chicken or ground turkey typically. SO SO good.

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    Low Carb “Chipotle” Bowl

    It has a similar texture as rice and makes for a delicious low carb chipotle bowl… saves you some money as well. This particular brand i found at Target. This would be delicious added to a stir fry or even as a low carb version of “fried rice”. Macros for this particular version are: 25 Calories- 0F/5C/2P.  I do find another version of this that is not the medley version at Walmart… however, the past two times I have gone, they have been sold out. I believe that one has 3 carbs per serving but irregardless. Awesome food find if you are looking for low carb options.

  3. Birds Eye Zucchini Lentil Pasta. 

    Is this blog post turning into me raving about Birds Eye Veggie Made products? lol. Oh well. So, i have never been a huge fan of pasta. Yes, i like it… but I never am like, “Wow, i really want pasta”. I would just rather get my carb sources else where. Well, in an effort this past month to “switch up” my food choices, i found this. Listen to these macros… For the marinara sauce pasta, 150 Calories: 3.5F/21C/8P…. 21 CARBS GUYS! This is absolutely unheard of for a serving of pasta. They also have a version with a cheese sauce that is also delicious. If you are looking for a lower carb pasta, 10/10 would recommend this brand. I have only been able to find these at Target, however, the past two times i went, they were sold out. (get your wish together, target!) So, if you find these, better stock up.

  4. Avocado. My favorite source of fat right now, in addition to peanut butter of course, is avocado. I put it on everything. On my eggs, on my toast, on rice cakes, with chicken and veggies, everything and it’s so so good. Avocado has so many health benefits such as helping to lower bad cholesterol and improving brain function. It is high in fiber and potassium and contains over 20 vitamins and minerals. Plus, it tastes DELICIOUS. How could you not love something that tastes so delicious? Haven’t had it in a while? Go get yourself some avocados and i guarantee you will be hooked.
  5. Blueberries.

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Blueberries are currently my favorite fruit. Since California i have been obsessed. They are delicious by themselves, in pancakes, in oatmeal, or topped with reddi whip. I like to add them on top of my daily protein ice cream at the end of the night. Blueberries have a lot of health benefits as well. They contain a lot of antioxidants, are high in fiber, and contain so many vitamins and minerals such as potassium, vitamin b6, vitamin c and vitamin a… to name a few. If you have been sleeping on blueberries lately, i definitely recommend picking some up next time you are at the store. Your body and tastebuds will thank you.

6. Honey Maid S’mores Cereal. 

Be still, my cereal lovin’ heart. Think honey grahams, cocoa puffs, and lucky charms marshmallows got together and had a baby… This is by far the best cereal I’ve had in a while because you get three different cereals in one. The most nutritionally dense cereal ever? No, but that doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. All foods can fit into a healthy diet in moderation, folks. I found this at Walmart. If you are a cereal connoisseur like myself, you need this cereal like… yesterday.

7. Hot Miami Styles.

This is probably going to be the only non-food item on this list of monthly favorites so you know it’s gotta be good. This is where i ordered my most recent bikini. The suit i ordered was called the “Neon Pink High Waste Bikini” in a size small top/bottom. (www.hotmiamistyles.com or search @hotmiamistyles on instagram). Super cute suits, reasonably priced, and true to size suits. Myself, Morgan and a few others of my friends have ordered from here and we all have had great success. I always question whether or not it is a good idea to order swimsuits online because that can always be a disaster, but based off their sizing guide and the styles of their suits, i had no problems. Plus, this suit shipped out fast and I had it within about a week from ordering. If you are in currently trying to decide where to buy your  next swimsuit, go checkout Hot Miami Styles.


There we have it– my favorites (mostly food) for the month of July. I am curious what some of your favorites have been for the past month or so… Please leave a comment and share below. 

As i have mentioned a few times, i am trying really hard to step up my blogging game. With that being said, i would love to know what topics y’all would like to hear/learn/read more about. Never hesitate to leave a comment, message me, email me, whatever it may be, with any topic ideas or questions you may have. 

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your Friday to read my blog and keep checking back for more. Talk soon,

PBANDLAURENKELLY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defunk A Funk

Hello, friends! Hope y’all have been having a great week so far. Today’s post is going to be some ramblings on my end followed by some tips that i think you may find helpful.

If you follow me on Instagram, or any of my other social medias (if you don’t, what you doinnnn? Go follow me here), you may have seen that i said i was in a little bit of a “funk”. And I wasn’t really sure why- just this overwhelming feeling of “meh”. tenorI wasn’t particularly motivated when it came to fitness. Yes, i was still (mostly) hitting my macros, going to the gym, doing cardio, but I wasn’t particularly excited about it. I wasn’t particularly excited about life either. It just felt routine… going to work, gym, home, just unexciting… like i should be doing more… that i can be doing MORE with my life. I was also dealing with some outside stress from friends, someone who was more than friend… but let’s not get into that lol, whomp.

Being in a funk is a shitty feeling so in an effort to not feel so “meh” i started thinking about what i could do to help “defunk my funk” and feel a little more like myself… Here’s what I have been doing.

  • Starting my day with journaling. I mention this A LOT just because i am so passionate about it lol. It had been a hot minute since i had journaled so i started getting back into the habit of journaling while sipping on my morning cup of joe. I journal about my thoughts and feelings and set my goals and intentions for the day. It gives me a sense of purpose and it helps me feel like i have a purpose for the day ahead. 
  • Having a positive attitude. I am a huge believer that attitude is everything. Yes, i was feeling “meh” but focusing on that negative feeling and complaining about it, 088b1d9282c4fb801be56b762bb7b6bdcertainly was not doing me any good. I’m not saying to completely disregard how you are feeling but if it’s not helping you in some way, then something needs to change.

Choose to have a positive attitude when maybe you aren’t feeling the most positive. Choose to look on the bright side of not the greatest situations. Choose to not let those negative thoughts creep in and ruin your day. That choice to be positive is up to you.

  • Ignore the negativity. This kind of goes along with the previous point, but i think it’s worth mentioning. When you are around people that are constantly complaining or negative, that shit is contagious. It’s hard not to let their negative energy bring you down. My advice? Walk away from the negativity. Don’t engage in a conversation with those people- coworkers, friends of friends, even your friends or family- who try to dull your positivity and bring you down. Just because they choose to be negative doesn’t mean that you need to be negative as well. Focus on the positive instead, be happy, irregardless of those around you trying to tell you otherwise. 
  • Finding the best gym routine. During this funk, i had been inconsistent when it comes to my training. I was going to the gym a lot later than usual, didn’t really have much of a routine, and was just sort of doing whatever instead of following a training program. Sometimes that is okay, but sometimes you just need a little more structure. For me, this means going to the gym in the morning as opposed to going late at night. I know that i ALWAYS have a better workout in the morning compared to the evening. I also started a new training program that focuses more on hypertrophy than strength which gave me a new focus in the gym. What works for me may not work for you- so find what you enjoy.
  • Switching up my foods. I mentioned that i was feeling less than motivated when it came to my diet so in an effort to change that, i decided to switch up some of my meals. I saw that i was eating pretty much the same things, day in and day out, so i decided to switch things up. I tried some new foods that i haven’t had before or haven’t had in a while. Find foods that you are excited about eating and that you enjoy. There’s no point eating chicken and green beans for every meal if you don’t like green beans and you’re tired of chicken. My go to’s have been Avocado Toast and a lower carb “taco” bowl made with ground turkey, shredded lettuce, cauliflower rice, refried beans, onion and salsa. YUM. 
  • Do things you enjoy. Making yourself a priority and doing things that make you feel good is so important when you find yourself in a rut. What do you enjoy? For me, this could be blogging, laying by the pool with a good book, grabbing a coffee with friends, and/or getting some quality sleep. I know that i always feel so much better when i am getting quality sleep and doing things that benefit me and make me feel good. Ask yourself what that means for you and do that. Go for a walk, paint, color, get outside, sing, go to the movies, bake, whatever it may be…

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Those are some of the things that i have been doing in an effort to defunk my funk. When i posted about this on social media, some of ya’ll actually commented some tips and suggestions that you had and i wanted to share them with y’all as well. (I’ll post the persons @instagramhandle next to their tips as to give them credit for their great ideas-thanks y’all).

 

  • “…sometime’s it helps setting goals (PRs) or in my case, getting back into something I enjoy…” –@kimorawingard
  • “Switch up your music, find a workout partner, buy some cute workout clothes, this one seems silly but do your makeup before going to the gym so you feel bomb while you’re there” -@christilynnfit
  • “…Try to find a way to easy back into it! Rollerblade, running through a park, tennis, soccer, fun ways to get active” –@monicaevafit
  • “Don’t sweat it. Just keep moving forward. And plan ahead, especially if you know you are going out– find out where and plan your meals accordingly so you can enjoy it” -Max Laing

So there you have it! Some of my tips, as well as some helpful advice i received from others, on how to Defunk A Funk. I am by no means saying that I am back to feeling 100% myself, but i am definitely in a better place than i was a week ago. Once you identify that you aren’t feeling like your usual, motivated self, take a moment and think about why that may be. From there, you can make a conscious effort to implement positive daily changes into your life and finally get out of that rut.

What are some of the ways YOU go about Defunking A Funk? Leave a comment and share your ideas below because i know we could all benefit from these tips. No one feels 100% all the time and we all experience these feelings at one time or another- so let’s help each other out! Also, feel free to leave any ideas you may have for future posts here on the blog.

As always, thanks so much for reading and keep checking back for more,

PBANDLAURENKELLY