I’m Starting Another BB Program!

Well by the time you’re reading this I am on day 5 of this new program. You’re probably sitting there thinking well what program is it???

80 day obsession

80 days of workouts.

80 days of eating healthy.

80 days of awesome results!

 

If you’re looking for an amazing total body transformation program this is it! However the focus is primarily on glute and core training…I mean who doesn’t want better abs and a nicer butt???

80 day obsession is an effective, step-by-step program that focuses on building and shaping a curvy butt while simultaneously shrinking your waist. 80 days of obsessive focus on your health and fitness and nutrition.

Is it going to be intense? Oh yes! The workouts range anywhere from 45-60 minutes and sometimes focus on one particular area. This week our schedule looked like this:

Monday: Total Body Core (60 minutes)
Tuesday: Booty (60 minutes)
Wednesday: Cardio Core (40 minutes)
Thursday: AAA (Arms, Abs and A**) (49 minutes)
Friday: Legs (46 minutes)
Saturday: Cardio Flow (31 minutes)
Sunday: Roll and Release (19 minutes)

I’m sitting here writing this on Tuesday after completing the Booty workout and let me tell you I can feel the burn! The first phase follows this same schedule except the times change a little bit.

I am very excited to continue with this program and to see the results. Let me just say that even after ONE week I can already FEEL a difference!

I know this is short BUT stay tuned for updates coming up throughout the next 80 (75 now!) days!!

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My All Time Favorite Planner

 

For the past 3 years I have owned a KitLife Planner…and once you see the inside of it I’m sure you will know why!

 

First let’s just start off with the cover…the normal cover itself is honestly just amazing and I love it! But KitLife stepped up their game (not like they needed to or anything!) and added in Clip Covers!! Let me tell you I had one heck of a time choosing a clip cover!! They are all literally amazing!

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This is what the cover looks like without the clip cover on it. I mean isn’t it just stunning? The color is not showing up very well on camera (bad lighting I know I’m sorry!) But it is like a pale blue (almost a sky blue color) with white writing and beautiful detailing. I love it so much! I got it with the silver coil!

Now lets go on to what it looks like with the clip cover!!!!

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Lets just talk about this clip cover for a second! One…it’s purple, your girls favorite color! And I just love the Bible verse on the front! I feel like this year is a year that I have so many big plans for myself and I felt that this fit perfectly! They had so many different options I honestly almost ordered two…but I couldn’t decide on a second one! Maybe later in the year I will order myself another one and switch it out! We shall see!

Now let’s take a look at the inside because this is what I love most about this planner!

By the way I don’t think I mentioned it, I got the weekly planner with the teacher extension and I love it!

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This is probably one of my favorite features of this planner! Not only does it have little motivational quotes and sayings but it also has what they call the Quarterly Check-In! So every quarter you can answer the questions and kind of check in with yourself. Are you taking the time out to do the things you wanted to do? Are you taking care of yourself? I love this!!

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Before the start of each month you get a page that looks like this. I love taking a minute or two to really read through all of this because it gives you some amazing tips and tricks on things to do for yourself throughout the month! It has some really great tips and tricks on it and I really enjoy this amazing page!

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Of course you get a monthly calendar page! Yes my planner is color coordinated. If I didn’t do this I wouldn’t be able to keep my life straight!

 

Of course you get daily pages as well. Each day has a special motivational quote on it as well. I really love that added touch! You have a HUGE open space to add whatever you want at the very top. For me this is were I put special events (birthdays or parties or special things for work, even lesson plans). In the bottom left hand corner you have a Schedule from 6am – 8pm to write specific things – again another thing I love! This is where I write my daily class schedule, when I teach at the gym and my daily personal workouts. Yes I schedule my workouts! If you don’t….give it a try. I promise it makes a difference. Then next to that you have “The Big 3” –> what are the 3 things you must accomplish today? Write them here and check them off when they are done! You have a “wellness” section – this is where I like to write if had a good day with my health and fitness, if I drank all of my water things like that. And the last box is a Gratitude box which I love! What were you grateful for that day? Write it down. I like to treat my planner like its a journal. I can look back and see how the year has changed and how I have changed over the year. On the Saturday and Sunday page there is no time schedule or the other additions, it just has Saturday and Sunday and then a “Peek at the Week” which is fine by me! I tend to not do too much on the weekends so it’s not necessary to have all that extra space or stuff to worry about! And I love the Peek at the Week! I can write super important things that are coming up in the next week because ya girl is forgetful!

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Raise your hand if you love to color and doodle….if you didn’t raise your hand I think you’re lying to yourself! This is probably one of my favorite things about this planner (how many times have I said that?!?). Doodle break! Every once in a while throughout this planner you find a page like this that you can color on, write a special quote, or just doodle or do whatever you want. We’re adults sure but guess what, we need to take care of us and sometimes taking a minute (or 20) to color and just relax is exactly what we need and we don’t always think to take the time for stuff like that. I love that this planner reminds me to do that for myself!

 

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Have you ever said to yourself…I’m going to make a list and start my shopping for the Holidays early….yeah me too! Do I do that? Not usually…but this planner does help to remind me! Do I use this page…yes I do! I make my list and I try to remember to start early but…life happens. But it’s the thought that counts right?!?!? I try!

 

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The teacher part!!! This is at the back of the book and is the cutest thing ever!!! I just love it! Here are some pictures of what the rest of it looks like!

 

I really can’t say enough how much I just love this planner! I am obsessed with it! If you want one for yourself go to the  KitLife website and then you can use this link to earn 50 points towards your purchase! (No this post is not sponsored, they just offer an awesome rewards program that allows you to earn money off of your purchases when you sign up for the rewards program…who doesn’t want to save some $$$ ???)

Do you have a favorite planner?? What is it?? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!

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Me Time Tag 2018

1. What do you watch or read during your me time? reading clipart

If I am reading something it’s whatever book I am currently reading. If I decide to watch something I usually start with my YouTube videos that I need to catch up on and then I will switch it over to Netflix and watch whatever show I am currently binging. Unless it’s football season…then the answer is always, I repeat always football!

2. What do you wear during your me time?

Whatever makes me comfy! Sometimes some warm pj’s, but usually a pair of shorts and a t-shirt so that I can snuggle up under a nice blanket!

3. What are your favorite me time beauty products?

Occasionally a face mask. Usually the one by Mary Kay, sometimes a sheet mask. It depends on my mood!

 4. Current favorite nail polish…

Hmmm….good question because I change my nail polish every week and I usually don’t wear the same color back to back!

5. What do you eat or drink during Me Time?

starbucks

A hot cup of tea or coffee, sometimes wine 🙂

6. Current favorite candle.

Purple Sands.

7. Do you ever have outdoor me time?

summertime

In the summer all the time! I love laying in the sun with a good book. I could literally spend all day out there!

8. Would you ever go see a movie alone?

Probably not. If I’m going to see a movie I want to experience it with someone.

9. Favorite online shop?

Currently Zulily.

 10. Favorite Me Time music?

Country or whatever my favorite song is at the moment. So right now it would be Out Loud and Satellite by Gabbie Hanna (she’s a youtuber if you don’t know who she is check her out and listen to her music because she is FIRE!)

11. How would you spend a kid free day?

Well I don’t have any kids of my own BUT I am a teacher so my “kid free” days are spend usually thinking about how I can better assist my kiddos.

12. What else do you do during Me Time?

Naps take all the naps!

Me time is so important for your mental and physical health! Here are some things that “me time” can help with…

-Reboots your brain
-Helps you unwind
-Improves your concentration
-Makes us more productive
-Gives your room for self-discovery
-Allows time for deep thinking and reflection
-Aids in problem solving
-Enhances our relationships

Day in and day out we deal with stress between work and home life that occasionally we need some time to unwind and just do what makes us happy.

What is your favorite “me time” activity? Or if you have a blog and want to do this tag please feel free! I would love to read your responses!

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My Goals for 2018!

I thought that it would be fitting for me to share with you the goals that I set for myself for 2018 and maybe a little bit about how I set them and why.

Each year I like to set a certain number of goals for myself. This year since I have my blog I have added a few things to my goals. For 2018 I have 10 main goals that I want to accomplish (or work toward accomplishing) this year!

I have a mixture of health/fitness goals and then I have some goals that are geared towards my blog and the social media platforms that I have connected to that (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest).

Health Goals

  1. I will run 8 miles a week
  2. I will become a morning person
  3. I will drink enough water every day

Now, for me these are my health goals for this year. You will notice that I started each of them with “I will” why? Well because my awesome friend and coach Danielle taught us that if you want to achieve your goals you have to will them into action. It’s not enough to just say that you want to do something or to just state what it is you want to do. These are your goals, make them happen!

 

Blog and Social Media Goals

 

1. I will have 100 followers
2. I will not miss a post
3. I will have 2,500 followers on Instagram
4. I will have 400 followers on my Facebook page
5. I will have 1,500 followers on Pinterest
6. I will have 1,000 followers on Twitter
7. I will start a Teachers Pay Teachers Store

You will notice that these make up most of my goals. For me this is the area that I wanted to focus on most this year. Why? Because I know that my health and my fitness are in good shape for the most part. Yes there is always room for improvement and I understand that but if I want this to grow I need to invest time into it.

 

Now this next thing is something that is new to me. My friend and Coach Danielle once again talked about this and it honestly just made sense.

Push Goal

You’re probably wondering “What is a Push Goal”? Well let me explain that to you! A push goal is a goal that is going to help me to reach all of my other goals (or the majority of my goals). Earlier I said that I wanted to focus mostly on my blog and social media presence so my Push Goal for 2018 is geared towards that.

1. I will spend one hour a day on my blog and social media posts.

In order for me to follow my schedule that I have set up for me for the 2018 year (my blog posts as well as the social media posts that go hand-in-hand with those) I know that I need to spend a little bit of time each day on my blog and social media. I have a busy schedule, being a teacher it’s not easy to take time during my work day to work on my blog (I’m not going to lie sometimes I do use spare time to do it but usually I don’t or I can’t). I also schedule my time to be at the gym (as well as my teaching schedule), I like spending time with family and the weekends are usually spent with my boyfriend. That leaves very little time for me to work on my blog, but I am willing to make it work, even if that means staying up a little later or working through my lunch.

 

How do you come up with your goals? Do you have a push goal? If not do you think that you will write one for yourself now? Share with me your thoughts in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!!

I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for me and for all of you! I know that you will all accomplish your goals that you have set for yourself and I can’t wait to watch you do it!

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!

 

I was debating taking the day off from posting, but to be 100% honest with you I tend to write a lot of my blog posts ahead of time! So I figured since I’m writing this a month ahead of time (literally it’s November 25th), that I would do a tag!! I was searching for a more “teacher” themed one, but then I found a few lists of tags that are technically for YouTube but I took some of the questions from two of the tags and made one 25 question Holiday Tag! I hope you enjoy!

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What’s in my teacher bag?!?

All of my fellow teacher friends out there, if you’re anything like me (and I know most of you are!!) You probably have way too many things in your teacher bag that you probably could leave at home….or school…but why take that chance, right?!?

So I thought it would be fun if I shared with all of you a list of things that I carry back and forth with me between school and home! (Some necessary and some not!)

 

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Mind…..Blown…..

Have you ever read a book and felt like you knew exactly what was going on the entire time?? Thought you had it all figured out….until the final few chapters and then all of a sudden the truth hits you out of nowhere? Yeah, that was this book!

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough is one of the most amazing, addicting, intriguing and consuming books that I have ever read. I can honestly say that I was consumed by this book. I stayed up way too late on one too many occasions reading this book. After the first night of reading the book, 92 pages in (30% of the book read at this point) I thought I had it all figured out. I wrote this comment on Goodreads “I’m addicted and starting to think I have a theory….don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but I feel like Adele has cancer or some other terminal illness at this point. She knows her husband is cheating but instead of getting angry she’s befriending his mistress and making a plan?”

 

Well….let me just say that I was so far out in left field with that guess that it wasn’t even funny! Okay maybe it was a little funny?? As I continued to read the book my mind did change a little bit and I think I came up with at least 10 other different scenarios that could’ve been possible. I’m not gonna lie for the longest time I honestly just thought that Adele was certifiably crazy! Then just like Louise I feel for her act and almost felt sympathy for her and began to think that David (her husband) was the crazy, manipulative and overbearing one in the relationship. But when I thought about that theory I thought to myself, that can’t be possible because he doesn’t treat Louise that way so why would he treat his wife that way?? Granted it could have been because he wasn’t happy in the marriage but why not just divorce her? David and Adele had some secret that was holding them together but what could be so terrible that he can’t divorce her??

I could talk about this book for hours….in fact I talked about it to a friend for a good hour! But I don’t want to give any spoilers! So here is the summary that Goodreads has on their website.

“Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong – and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.”

After reading that I’m sure you know why I picked this book for my selection from Book of the Month! (I mean honestly this was the best idea ever….thanks Book of the Month for existing!!). This book clearly did not disappoint me one bit and I can promise you that if you read it, it wont disappoint you either!!

Have you ever read any other books by Sarah Pinborough?? If so what book was it and what did you think of it?? Have you read this book?? What did you think of it??? Leave it in the comments below!!! Happy reading!

Xo’s Shelby

1 Short Story With a Big Twist!

I opened this book and I will say the first line had me in….shock? I won’t tell you what the line is because if you read the book I want you to have the same first reaction that I did! But what I can tell you is that I absolutely loved this short story!

This was the first book by Gillian Flynn that I have ever read and The GrownUp did not disappoint one bit! I never knew that a 64 page book could give someone chills! (Yes I just said this book was only 64 pages!)

Flynn’s writing played with my mind the entire time I was reading this story. I kept thinking to myself that I knew exactly what was happening and what was going to happen. But the more I read the more I kept questioning myself. Originally when I completed this book I thought to myself, “I need more!!” But now that I’ve had some time to process…I’m glad that it was left open-ended.

There are some instances where explanations and closure are needed, and when it comes to books I am usually all about getting closure. This book was different, this book plays with your mind and gives you, the reader the opportunity to create your own truth and your own ending and I really enjoyed that.

In this novel a canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. One rainy April morning, she is reading auras at the Spiritual Palms (where she works) when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our narrator immediately notices that Susan, though rich, is an unhappy woman who is eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, why this “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home, the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes that she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s stepson, does not help matters with his disturbing and sometimes terrifying manner and imagination. As you read this short story you will follow these three characters through a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and hat, if anything, can be done to escape it.

In case you couldn’t tell this is kind of a ghost story! Which was another reason I loved it!! I read it all in one sitting. Now…since this was a short story…I will leave you with a short review. I mean I could definitely talk about this book a little bit more, but I wouldn’t want to ruin it for anyone who wants to read it!

Have you read this book or any other book by Flynn? If so leave it in the comments below! Happy Reading!

Xo’s Shelby

 

5 Reasons I Chose to Start the Shift Shop Program

Okay real talk here….

Who willingly signs up for a fitness program that you know is going to be hard and is going to push your limits?? Well I did, and I know 26 or more amazing women who took the plunge with me!

Back in July I made a huge decision to take part in this crazy and amazing new fitness program called Shift Shop from Beachbody thanks to my amazing friend and coach Danielle! I followed her through her journey in the test group and I immediately fell in love with the program. I knew it was exactly what I needed in my life.

If you know anything about me at all you’re probably thinking to yourself “Ummm Shelby what do you mean you needed a fitness program?? You workout at the gym 5 days a week and teach 1 day a week so what more could you need??” WELL let me tell you the 5 reasons I decided to start this program…

 

 

1. I was in a major funk: I had a lot going on in my life this past year. I had several very important people to me pass away in a very short period of time. I hit a major slump in my life and I wasn’t willing to admit it to myself, even though people (and by people I mean my mom…sorry mom!) were trying to tell me that I was in a funk. I was still going to the gym but I was just there…I wasn’t really putting in the effort I usually did. I was just going through the motions and getting some type of workout in…and blowing that work in the kitchen…which leads me to my next reason for joining this challenge….

2. My eating was not on point: Let me just start off by saying I’m not perfect by any means when it comes to my eating habits. I am 100% down with a treat meal (yes I said TREAT not CHEAT…that’s another blog post though!) I was snacking at work, which I normally never did. A cookie here, some pretzels there, a piece of candy, or whatever it may be, and I had an excuse for doing it. My excuses were mostly “I’m working out later so I can totally have that” and I was OKAY with that! NO!! You can’t out run a bad diet! I knew that…but I didn’t care. To me that was not a good thing….

3. I needed a major change in my life: Once I was willing to recognize that I was in a major funk….(again sorry mom for not listening sooner….friends your parents are always right, listen to what they say!) I knew that I needed to do something majorly different in my life or I was going to continue on this downward spiral. I knew that was not an option for me because I promised myself a long time ago that I wouldn’t let myself get back to where I was 6 years ago. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about check out my blog titled “6 years and 43 lbs later”)

4. I needed to change my mindset: Did you know that how you think is connected to everything else that happens in your life? I mean yeah I’ve heard that your mind can either hinder you or help you to reach your full potential but I never connected that to my health and fitness. The more I followed Danielle through her journey in the Shift Shop test group, I kept hearing her say that she was making this “mental shift” and I kept thinking to myself what in the world is she talking about? Then when we began this challenge group and I started reading the book I Am That Girl (book review will be coming once we finish the book so keep your eye out for that because I am loving this book and I already highly recommend it!), and I began to realize what she meant. I kept looking in the mirror and instead of focusing on the things I loved about myself, I would immediately jump to the things that I hated and that was so unhealthy! If your mind is not in the right place, you are just holding yourself back from reaching your goals. Positive thoughts render positive actions, negative thoughts render negative actions.

5. I needed motivation and accountability: For someone who genuinely likes working out, I never would’ve thought that I would need motivation. But after months of just going through the motions and not eating the right foods to fuel my body, I was finding it difficult to find my motivation on my own. A friend of mine recently told me “Sometimes a trainer need a trainer” (Thanks Tamiko!!) –> I couldn’t agree more with that statement. I realized that I needed some guidance. In the past I could bounce myself out of whatever funk I was in, but this one was different and I knew that I would need more than my normal motivation to get me going. For me, I can say “I’m gonna follow this meal plan and eat healthier foods” then I see French fries and that all goes out the door (hey I’m human and I like fries!). But when I have someone (or in this case a wonderful group of ladies keeping me accountable for following the meal plan and doing my exercises, well then things are different. I hate letting people down, so knowing that if I messed up or didn’t follow the plan that I would be letting other people down…that’s not okay with me. Now I’m not saying that I’m perfect, I still crave things that I shouldn’t but I am getting better at resisting those temptations and that is what counts! If you need motivation I highly recommend getting an accountability partner!

And guess what…I have a BONUS reason as to why I wanted to join this challenge…and I can say it all in one picture because we all know that pictures say 1,000 words! I mean just look at Danielle’s results…who wouldn’t want to see what their body could do after that! Shift Shop

 

Here’s to making the shift, both mentally and physically!

Xo’s Shelby