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Liquid Calories and Money

Friday, August 16, 2013

My streak of not buying anything from Starbucks almost everyday because my co workers live off of it has been going so well that I treated myself to a Passion tea from Starbucks today...go figure! While standing in line today, I debated between a hot passion tea ( which is my FAVORITE) or a coffee calorie bomb that tastes amazing. Guess what? I chose the tea, not just because it was my favorite, but because it has teeny tiny calories, tastes delicious, and does not overtake my calorie range for the day.

Buying out costs a lot of money as well. I had to be honest with myself financially and say I can not afford to buy things everyday like my co workers can. I am really cracking the whip on my financial fitness. I already used my clothes budget ( got a lot for a little thanks to a sale and Buffalo Exchange- a second hand store chain in California...I have no clue if they have it else where.)

P.S- I bought these leggings..I do not care what anyone else thinks...these are beautiful and awesome. You do not need to be a tall, thin model to wear leggings, so go out and rock em'!! emoticon

(Here is the link for Forever 21 and these amazing leggings! http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.a

I am tired of stretching pennies until my next paycheck. Time to build my income, make smart choices, and stop with the eating out. Not only does it save me money, it also saves my di-...healthy lifestyle emoticon


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WALKR4LIFE 9/9/2014 2:08PM

    Cool leggings and good on you for being conscious in your fitness and financial goals.

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SKATER787 8/18/2013 11:48AM

    OK, I'll advise you to spend more money, LOL. For 1 penny plus 3.99 shipping, get Suze Orman's book, the Laws of Money. I used to see her on TV years ago but never bought any of her books. I've lost a lot of money and came to theorize that it's a psychological thing. I had flashbacks of her shows that maybe the psychology thing was what she was talking about. The book is marvelous. I don't know, it may give you some ideas. Check it out if you are interested. Good luck.
P.S. Don't get turn off with details in the book that don't apply to you. Read between the lines. The psychology applies regardless of different circumstances.

Comment edited on: 8/18/2013 11:54:31 AM

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NAPPIGURL 8/17/2013 4:04PM

    Ooh, I like those leggings!

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FLAMENM 8/16/2013 11:02PM

    Awesome leggings. Breaking the Starbucks habit will allow you to buy more awesome leggings.

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ALIHIKES 8/16/2013 10:30PM

    I'm cutting back on Starbucks and Dutch Brothers too! I like dressing well, but like you I am cutting back and keeping myself on a budget. I'm having some of my nicer clothes altered -- much cheaper than buying new smaller sizes. emoticon

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LITTLEBRUNO 8/16/2013 1:15PM

    Put your daily $5 starbucks cash in a jar, at the end of the month buy yourself something that makes you feel good. This way you get a REAL gauge on ow much you spend on junk.

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Strawberry Shortcake...Coffee? Yes, Ma'am!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

I do not know how many of you are from the East coast and get to enjoy the pleasure of Dunkin' Donuts, but here on the West coast it has never happened. I shop at Target often because I love it so very much. The other day I was grabbing my usual box of Tazo Passion Tea and seen that Dunkin'Donuts had bagged coffee of Strawberry Shortcake flavored coffee. What?! How is this possible?
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What a stupid question to ask Ashley..of course its possible and you are staring right at it! I always seen there regular coffee in bags, but never got around to trying it. Well, a light bulb clicked in my head. It will be a great way to negate a binge on actual strawberry shortcake or anything cake like for that matter. So I grabbed a bag..it was on sale anyway so it was a great way to justify such a purchase.

Guess what? It was FANTASTIC!! It tastes amazing and I only put a few sweetener packets in it. I thought that it would not taste close to a real shortcake...mmmmm... but it was pretty darn close! Do not get me wrong people..it will never take the place of the actual goodness of the real thing. But this will help curb the cravings. I am going back to Target to stock up on this, because it is a limited time item.

So I have to ask, do any of you fellow Sparkers have an amazing alternative? If so please let me know!



The Painful Hammie and Motivational Boost

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I hurt so bad...and it does not feel good. My hamstring is killing me and it hurt to even walk on the treadmill. I planned on tacking five miles onto my running this week today, but did not feel like increasing my pain. I walked for two miles and then rowed for fifteen minuets. I felt defeated, but that feeling only caused me to reassess myself, my fitness, and my nutrition. I do not stretch regularly, I have not been fueling my body properly, and I have not been in the zone lately with my runs.

Yes, I am not surprised my hamstring pain is currently invading my leg and runs. But it is safe to say that I have been motivated to rededicate myself to better nutrition, mindset, and proper training (stretch once in awhile girl...it is not that difficult!).

Do I want to be at the top of my game? Yes, but I am no where near an athelete status or fitness extraordinaire. I shall take my time and do it right! It will most likely save on strains and pains, am I right?:)


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RUNNINGAL425 7/17/2013 1:16PM

    Do you have a foam roller? If so, I would roll that hammie several times today--and if it is worse tomorrow, treat yourself to a massage, preferably deep tissue.

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FATHINSN 7/11/2013 9:50PM

    Ouch, sorry to hear about your pain. Try taking rest or less pressure for your hamstrings, don't hasten the speed of recovery :) Stretches sounds like a good idea, maybe your hamstrings are too "tight" (not sure what's the correct English words, hehe), how about try get it massaged?

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STUDLEEJOE 7/10/2013 3:22PM

    Keep working on your hammie. I am also having problems with my hamstrings. emoticon

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Pounding The Trails

Friday, July 05, 2013

" This is so tough! I run decent on the treadmill, why can't I run the same way on my own on the trail?" This was exactly what I was thinking on my first run out of the gym tonight. I felt as though I could not even make it a single mile and my legs just wanted to ooze to the ground. As I watched other runners on the trail, I noticed one common thread between them all: They were pacing themselves and making their run just that..their run. For some reason I think that I need to be running a certain pace, but the truth is, I am a beginner and I have no one to impress but myself and I must say I am very impressed with myself! I pushed the negative, unrealistic thoughts aside and paced myself.

I do not mean to sound stalkerish, but I paced and checked myself with another runner in front of me. Instead of feeling slow and that I had to keep up with her, I fell back into an easy, comfortable pace for me. Towards the end she started to go all out since she was running her pace, but that was okay. It only gave me the self determination to sprint up the hill on my way home. It was a success. Am I hurting? Yes! Do I want a nice hot shower to ease my muscles? Uh...you do not need to ask me twice!! But I hurt so good!

I honestly thought that if this is tough, what makes me think that I can conquer my half marathon in December? Really Ashley?! It is July!! You have plenty of time. All I need to do is run for me and nobody else. It is my body and my run. I would like to pass those works of advice on to you fellow Spark People. Pace yourself and you will win your race successfully no matter what it may be:)

- Ashley


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RUNNINGAL425 7/7/2013 8:53AM

    You are right-run your own pace! This is hard for many of us to realize and follow through with.

And remember, running on the treadmill is easier than outside.

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TRAXINA 7/7/2013 7:31AM

    Plenty of time. You'll be amazed at what your body can do!

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SUSANBEAMON 7/6/2013 1:06AM

  find your own speed and keep it up. you can do it.

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Half Marathon Training

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

So, I am in week three of my marathon training. It has been going so well that I decided to sign up for the half marathon option instead of the 5k. Talk about a big leap of faith!! The race is not until December, so I figure I have plenty of time to train properly. I know I am not going to sweep the competition or anything, but I do know that I will feel fantastic just because I am able to accomplish something that I never thought I will never be able to do. I always viewed runners as insane..but a good insane. They are so confident, driven, determined, happy, faithful...the list of descriptions can go on and on. I was never a runner because I thought I could not just run forever and not be tired. I read the running magazines and check out all the cool motivational gear. Then I decided to give myself a break and said " Why not give it a try?" So I did...in the wrong shoes and totally tried to run like an Olympian. I was in dreaded pain. I should have known better since I do keep up with the ins and outs of running. Though I was in pain, I felt successful! I felt joy and confidence that I never knew existed within me.
I get it now. I understand the joy of running and the joy that runners have. I feel so accomplished. Even though I am still in a walk run phase, it makes me feel good within to know that I have what it takes. If you ever felt like you could never do something whether it be swimming, running, managing a company, or whatever you secretly desire to do, just go out there and give it your all to the best of YOUR ability and no one else's. You are your own person. Just be an amazing you. That is the first rule and realization I learned since running. I will post updates about my journey more often, so if you are reading this please feel free to connect with me and others about your accomplishments or views/comments/tips on running. Have an incredible day!

P.S- I invested in some great shoes when I started the training program. Asics Kayano 19's!! They are amazing! I plan on buying some Nike's and Saucony's. I am now hooked on workout gear:)

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BILL60 6/13/2013 9:28AM

    Way to go!!

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FISHER011 6/13/2013 1:42AM

    emoticon emoticon I can feel the wind on your face as you are running-good for you! emoticon

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BONIDALE 6/12/2013 5:34PM

    Way to go on the half marathon training! I started training for halfs seven years ago. You do get hooked and it is such a rush when you cross that finish line. I too am an exercise clothing/shoe junkie. emoticon

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