Thursday, February 28, 2013

Summer is on the horizon... time to get in shape!

I am sooo excited that tomorrow is March! That means we're one month closer to warmer weather and 'gulp... SUMMER! We all know what that means... bikinis, shorts, and tank tops! That also means its time to kick my butt into high gear and get rid of my "winter padding."
What am I going to do you ask?
I am going to get off my tush and start working at it. It won't be easy... but it MUST be done!
My plan....
Lots and lots of cardio... classes, spinning, running, insanity etc...
eating better... smaller portions, healthier meals and no eating after 8pm!
do it
So ~Bye Bye~ bagels, grilled cheeses, and ice cream.... maybe even Mary-Lous Coffee... its time to get serious and start lookin' good for the Summer months!
I'm exited to see my results...
What do you do to get in shape?
get in shape
Ciao! -Tam

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Brain Power... Lumosity!

Do you ever get jealous of those people who can just recall anything (a movie, a song, an artist etc.) on the drop of a dime? Well, I do! I have always stunk at those kinds of games and recalls.
My memory has always been (I wouldn't say horrible), but just not up to par (esp. for my age!) I must do O.K. though because I did get through nursing school... and that required A LOT of memory!
Anyways, I started to use something that caught my eye on a commercial many times. It's called Lumosity. In a nutshell its just a website that has you play a variety of mind games that subconsciously helps you develop your "brain power," or "neuroplasticity" is what Lumosity calls it.
I have to say... I've been using it for about a week and I'm really liking it! They assign you to play 5 games every day that cover areas such as speed, memory, attention, flexibility, problem solving and many more. It is little fun games and honestly the training is about 10 mins. If you want to play more games you can pick as many as you'd like to play.
Here are the names of a few of the games and what you have to do:
Eagle Eye: This is a visual field 'attention' game. The background of your screen becomes some sort of landscape and there is a box in the middle that flashes a letter or number. You must be able to recall that number/letter and also place your mouse where the bird appears. As you get better, they add in more birds for you to find and black blank spots to try to trip you up.
Familiar Faces: Don't you hate when you meet someone and they tell you their name and a minute later you have no idea what it is... (happens to me all the time!) Well, this little fun game helps you with face-name recall. The characters in it, come up to your cafe and introduce themselves and order things and more and more people continue to come up in between. You have to remember what they ordered and their name in order to receive a tip. The more tips you get, the more points your earn... the better your memory becomes!
Follow that Frog: Simple as it sounds, you follow the path of the orange frog... it gets complicated when the frog starts jumping 3-4 steps in front you, and you can only jump one at a time... its tricky and really tests your memory!
Have you tried Lumosity yet? If so, let me know your thoughts
Ciao for now,

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Fitness struggles... I get it now!

suck it up

I am one of those people who have ALWAYS fit fitness into my life... no matter if it meant having to wake up early to get it done, squeeze in 30 mins here or there, or doing it at night. I used to (& probably still do) get very annouyed with people saying they couldn't do it. I went through college (the first time) working out practically every day, including hungover Saturday mornings. I went through accelerated nursing school and made myself go at the very least 4 days a week! Had my nice little break while searching for work and worked out a lot... now that I am working... OMG! I get why people struggle to workout on a daily basis!!
I have been training daily 7am-3:30pm on the new job, meaning I'm getting up at 5:30am and not getting home until 4:15ish... I'm completely exhausted at the end of my day. Last night I dragged myself to a 1 hr spin class and I was struggling to get through that! My eating habits have been atroshious these past 2 weeks and the pattern (I tell you already!) needs to stop now! Grant it, I know I am struggling to get used to my schedule and just when I do it will change to evenings or overnights... what I want to know is:
How do YOU keep up with your fitness regimen and eating correctly when you have a long work day?
I seem to do fine throughout the day, its when I leave work and before I have dinner that I feel like I could eat my own hand! So insteading of eating my own hand and not getting to the gym because of exhustion what should I do? Help! Anyone?
Ciao for now! ~*Tam*~

Monday, February 4, 2013

Birchbox vs Ipsy Bag

So I may be a little behind the curb, (whats new?!), but I've heard a lot about these boxes you can send away for once a month and you get a handful of sample size (or bigger) beauty products... how awesome!!!
I always want to try new beauty products, but do not always want to spend for a full size product before I have tried it... Receiving Ipsy beauty bags or Birch Boxes are a great way to sample products before buying them full size. It gives you a chance to try products that you may not know about or have wondered about, but did not want to buy without trying. You can get lots of products for only $10 a month. I am on the waiting list for both, I cannot wait to compare!
 Ipsy Bag
Have you tried one or both? Which one do you prefer?
Cheerio! ~*Tam*~