Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I'm Moving!!

Hi friend!  As you can probably tell, I haven't blogged in a long, long time BUT that will be changing very shortly as I am currently moving my blog to a new location -!  I am hoping to (re)launch my blog in the next few days so please follow me on Instagram (@nickyashleighblog) or Twitter (@nickyashleigh) for updates!  After I'm all settled in, I'll be writing about some awesome/interesting life changes which paved the way for my blog revamp and possibly hosting a giveaway as a part of this new beginning.  Stay tuned and thank you so much for stopping by!!

<3 n

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Yay for Juicing!

Tomorrow I am beginning a 14 day juice fast with the same buddy with whom I did the Lemonade Diet about this same time last year.  I am really excited and wildly optimistic as I already love juicing, it’s really easy, it’s very nutritious and - unlike the Lemonade Diet - we can use a vast variety of ingredients so we won’t get bored (to this day I still do not want to taste pure maple syrup ever again!!).

Juicing tonight was a lot of fun because of all the anticipation.  I made two juices - one apple, carrot, lemon, orange and ginger for breakfast and one kale, apple, lemon and ginger for lunch (I feel like there is another ingredient in that last one but I can’t think of what it is).  Before breakfast, I’ll be having hot lemon water which sounds pretty good.  I also bought coconut water and got my half-gallon water bottle ready.

I am employing my newly-purchased Organifi Green Juice Mix from FitLifeTV as well.  I received it in the mail yesterday (three business days after ordering - not bad at all!) and had to try it immediately.  While it doesn’t taste like some of the yummy combinations that come out of my juicer at home (thanks to sweet, sweet carrots, apples and other fruits), the taste is better than bearable.  It seems like it’s lacking flavor rather than exuding any unpalatable flavor which is a very good thing.  And, since it’s loaded with amazing things like spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass and turmeric, it’s providing a powerful boost of goodness.

I’m not going to post my starting weight here because it’s just plain embarrassing.  Perhaps when I reach my goal weight I’ll be more inclined to share my current number, but right now I’m keeping that to myself.  Sorry guys!  I will however disclose how much I lose along the way so everyone can have an idea of my progress and I’ll also post a before photo and an after photo.  More importantly, I’ll be documenting how I feel because that’s more than half the battle really.  Feeling tired and unfocused is far worse than feeling flabby and frumpy in my opinion.  Those feelings are the main contributors to my physical flaws and eliminating them can only be for the better.

Writing this, I feel like I may just be starting another thing that I’ll only stick to for a while before giving up on it.  Maybe I’ll last the fourteen days but then stuff my face with horrible foods on day 15?  Fortunately, life is about trying new things and trying everything until something works.  So that’s my plan.  I’ll try, try again until I find the trial that makes my previous errors worthwhile.

Juicing?  Fasting?  Already done it?  Or just thinking about it?  Let me know!  I’d love to hear from you all and I’m sure your stories would be a huge motivation for me to write mine.  :)

<3 n

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Workout Day One

Today my body had a total WTF moment.  I had my first workout in I don't know how long and it was I was horrible.  The elliptical killed my knees.  The push-ups hurt my arms.  The squats burned my thighs.  And the sit-ups, well, I don't know what they did but it weren't right (Lol! Yes, I'm laughing at myself and yes I know that wasn't grammatically correct).  J was my trainer for the night (he goes to crossfit and brings home his WODs) and despite his merciful methods (he went so easy on me), I felt like a baby deer walking for the first time when I finished.  I am so completely out of shape and I feel like a failure.  When I shaved my legs tonight, I could barely lift my calves to an accessible height.

Despite all of that, today was probably the perfect Day One.  I'm beyond bloated, super crampy and extra fatigued as it's that time of the month so I don't think I could possibly feel any worse during a workout than I did today. 
Tomorrow I'm starting a food journal (within my planner) to keep careful track of what goes in my mouth.  We're also getting a small workout in at work.  A few of my staff members and I are alternating between one minute planks and one minute of squats every hour.  It's not much but it's more than I do now and it's a great mini break from sitting at our desks for most of the day.  I'm also going to attempt the gallon-a-day water challenge again since I failed last time.

Well, that’s all for tonight!  Stay tuned for more Nic Gets Fit posts soon and let’s hope I have better news in those future posts than I had today.  ;)

P.S.  I'm back after another long hiatus.  I'm throwing out the daily blogging idea because I just don't feel it was conducive to quality writing.  The pressure to churn out a specific type of post everyday was like a cold press juicer attempting to juice the same piece of fruit for a week straight.  After a while, I was all pulp.  From now on, I will be blogging less often but hopefully in a more substantial way that allows my creative juices to start and keep flowing.

<3 n

Monday, February 9, 2015

Now Seeking New Experiences

To wrap this post up in one sentence before I've even gotten past the intro, experience usually doesn't find you, you find it.  Week after week, I go from home to work and back again.  I rarely take alternate routes, make unnecessary stops or spontaneously change my destination.

This past weekend, I was reading a blog post by LaTonya Yvette which featured photos of her and her son in front of an amazing mural of a woman breast feeding a child.  Instantly, I thought how lucky she is to live in New York where there must be countless wonderful murals and street art to enjoy and photograph.  On second thought, I realized that I live in Los Angeles where there are countless murals and lots of street art and many amazing things to enjoy and photograph.  I just don't make the effort to seek those things out.

I often shy away from new experiences because new things give me A LOT of anxiety.  I often google new places I'm going to visit just so I can get a feel for what the location looks like and the general atmosphere in which I'll be spending some time.  It's super odd, I know, but it helps me feel less anxious.  And, if it's between cyber-stalking a new place and not going at all, I choose to be the creeper checking everything out in advance.  Most times, I have to force myself to do new things, but in the end it's usually very worth it.  The events I'm most freaked out about end up being unforgettable experiences that I'm happy to have had.

Here's the deal.  You're not going to find amazing if you're not looking for it.  You'll never explore the world if you're constantly hiding in your own little corner of it.  You have to go and find and try.  You have to seek new, exciting experiences and discover your own murals.

This week, I challenge you (and myself too!) to experience one new thing.  If you'd be so kind, come back afterward and share your experience in the comment section!  Thank you for reading and happy Monday!

<3 n

Friday, February 6, 2015

Greek-ish Salad-in-a-Jar

This salad isn’t truly Greek, but when in America, do as the Americans do and make it your own I say.  Yes, I know many a sacred tradition has been destroyed by the injection of American “culture” but bear with me - the recipe’s pretty tasty!  Here it is…

2 tbsp Greek Dressing
6 to 8 Kalamata Olives
1 medium Tomato
1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper
1/2 Cucumber
1/2 Red Bell Pepper
1.3 oz Feta Cheese (I used an 8oz chunk and sliced it in sixths for 6 salads)
3/4 cup Chick Peas
1/2 Red Onion
1 Grilled Portobello Mushroom (I marinated mine lightly in Worcestershire sauce)

Ensure each ingredient is chopped (if necessary) into bit-sized pieces, layer into your mason jar in the order listed and there you have it!  Since I’m a vegetarian, my meaty element was the portobello mushroom but for J’s salads I replaced the mushroom with bacon.  As I made three salads for him in advance and stored them in the fridge, I made sure to drain, squeeze and pretty much wring out the bacon to remove as much of its grease as possible.

In other news, I’ve been a big mason jar fan lately as have many others as a quick Pinterest search would attest.  Their classic classiness combined with their multitude of uses makes them both a form and a function.  I’m thinking of doing a future post featuring mason jars and the ways we use them around our house.  What do you think?

I hope you enjoyed this post!  Happy Friday and happy weekend!

<3 n

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Very Thankful Thursday: It Could Always be Worse

This Thankful Thursday post will be short and sweet as I’m very tired today.  This week has been slightly rocky, but I’m trying desperately to look on the bright side as there are so many things which I know my family and I are lucky to have - most of all, each other.  Things can always be worse (knock on wood).  So when it seems like all is lost and you don’t see a way out, focus all your energy on what you do have, the resources you can find and the people who love and support you.  Don’t give up ever for that is the surest my to secure the fate of which you are most fearful.

<3 n

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine's Day Outfits 2015!!

As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I put together three outfits inspired by our little ones and all the love I have for them.  Make sure to click the numbered links below each photo to shop your favorite items!

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<3 n