Emilee Speaks

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Always believe in yourself

Hello friends!  I've had a pretty life changing couple of weeks and I can't wait to tell you about it.  

Friday the 24th of February 2017: The beginning of the end for me.  The end of what?  The end of bad habits, sedentary days, and negative thoughts.  I woke up that Friday determined to change my outlook on many things in life, including myself.  I realize we're now into March, but that moment I declared '2017' to be the year of 'ME'.  I'm always giving giving giving my time and energy to everyone else and putting myself on the back burner.  This has been detrimental to my health and spirit.  Please, don't get me wrong, I'm not making a choice to be a selfish asshole, I'm choosing to focus on myself.  I don't think there's anything selfish about that!  I think more moms and wives need to.

Now why was this life changing?  Well I'm overweight.  Very overweight.  Last year I did well on weight watchers and lost 20lbs in 3 months.  Then we went on summer vacation and I didn't get back in the groove once we returned home.  Then it was excuse after excuse until the holidays came and went.  I've been paying for weight watchers that entire time and every month I'd feel the pang of guilt when it was deducted from my bank account.  This $19.95 reminder of what I failed to commit to.  Speaking of failing to commit and monthly reminders... I have paid $32 each month to the local YMCA for 4 years.  I've only been a handful of times in that 4 years.  Friday the 24th of February 2017, that all changed.  I decided no more.  This is insane.  I either need to commit and be proud of myself, or cancel these memberships and just continue to be fat.  I could no longer sit in the limbo of "some day".  I woke up Friday the 24th of February 2017 and had a healthy breakfast (I never eat breakfast) and counted my points.  I worked all morning then at noon, I put on my gym shoes, grabbed my headphones, and took off to the gym.  

Going into the gym, I had a plan.  I'd do cardio today for 45mins, then lift for 15mins.  I got on the treadmill and I walked.  Slowly.  I walked at a speed of 2.0-2.7 for my 45mins and I walked a little over a mile.  I work at a desk all day and haven't had a very active lifestyle in ages.  So THIS was a big accomplishment for me.  Then I worked out on the weight machines, and went home to shower.  I made a smoothie and light lunch, counting my ww points.  And you know what?  I wasn't tired!  I was energized!  That evening we went shopping and I walked all over the mall, Target, Michael's, etc etc.  I purchased a few new outfits to wear to the gym, and a new pair of Adidas.

Saturday the 25th of February 2017: I wasn't able to go to the gym due to my work schedule.  I felt sad about this.  After one day of feeling the rush of endorphins and pushing myself, I was sad that I couldn't work out.

Sunday the 26th of February 2017: I worked from 7am-4pm at my corporate job.  I wasn't in the mood to work out after work.  It was a crappy day and I just wanted to go home.  I did go home.  I went home and changed into my gym clothes, grabbed my headphones, and went to the gym.  The minute I walked through the door, I felt proud.  I felt energized.  I got on the treadmill and I walked 2.2-2.7 for a mile and a half in my 45mins (notice the little increase here?). 

Monday the 27th of February-Sunday the 5th of March: I went to the gym every day except for Tuesday & Saturday.  I got up to 2.7-3.2 for my 45mins and I'm going a little over 2 miles!  I love it.  I love how good it makes me feel, and I love how proud of myself I am.  I love seeing my body endure and adapt.  I love seeing myself be able to do better every single day.  It's addicting.

As of Monday the 6th, I am down 10lbs.  From February 24th to March 6th... 10lbs.  I'm doing it!

I will be committing to weekly blogs about my progress.  I fully INTEND to do daily "What I Ate On Weight Watchers" videos, but I keep forgetting to film my meals.  I'm working on it... I promise!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

DIY Pedestal Dog Food Bowl

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How adorable is my baby?! Ahh I can't take it!  Calliope is now a big girl, she turned 1 this month.  Since she turned one it was time to transition her off of puppy food to big girl food.  I also wanted to make her a new super adorable food bowl for her new food.  So I'm going to share that DIY with you today!

I took off to Walmart to get the supplies I needed, along with the daunting task of picking a new food.  It's so overwhelming some times to purchase new food for pets.  You want to get food that is good for them and readily available at the same time.  I know I can spend forever standing in the pet food isle reading labels and trying to make a decision.

Right away I was drawn to the new CESAR® dry with meat-first recipes.  That is one requirement I have, the ingredients must have meat listed first.  After all, mealtime is just as important to my dog as it is to me.  CESAR® lets you feed your dog like family, but keep them healthy at the same time.  I was very happy with CESAR® Dry Filet Mignon with Spring Vegetables after reading over the packaging and ingredients list.

I like to make sure I have both wet & dry foods for Calliope.  So I also picked up a 24ct variety pack of CESAR® Pate.  She likes the variety and for bigger dogs you could use the CESAR® pate as a treat!  

||DIY Dog Bowl Pedestal|| 

Supplies: Candle Stick Holders, Bowls, and strong glue

While I was at Walmart I picked up a couple candle stick holders and some new bowls.  Calliope is a little girl and she doesn't eat a whole lot at a time, so I purchased small bowls.  You can get whatever size fits your needs.  I had in my head that I would purchase spray paint and spray the candle stick holders a fun color.  However, I was in love with the look of the wood on the holders I purchased so I left them as is.

All you need to do is affix the bowls to the candle stick holder with the glue of your choice.  Let it dry for 24hrs, wash it, and present it to your pup.  It's better for dog's digestion to not look down while eating.  Pedestal or raised bowls are much easier on their tummies.

You can check out Callie enjoying her dinner in her new bowl at the end of this short video!

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What's your favorite way to spoil your furbaby?

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Monday, February 13, 2017

30 Easy Ways to Get More Daily Steps

As we're moving further into February a lot of people will have already abandoned their resolutions and goals.  Fitness related goals are the number one resolutions made each year, and usually the first to go.  Today I'm going to offer up some awesome advice and tips to help you keep your goals!
One of the easiest ways to get more active is simply moving!  Make sure that you're getting your steps in for the day.  As a blogger, some times it's really difficult for me to do this since so much of my day is spent in front of a computer.  So I compiled a list of ways to get more steps in and get myself moving!

30 Easy Ways to Get More Daily Steps
||1} Dance it out! I recommend turning on some hip-hop and do your thing.  Don't worry, no one's watching.
||2} Pace when you're making dinner.
||3} Vacuum more.
||4} Park further away from entrances.
||5} Stop using your remote.  Get up and walk to the tv.
||6} Stuck on a long call?  Walk around!
||7} Walk around the grocery store a few times before you start your shopping.
||8} Stopping for the Starbucks you crave?  Park and go inside, don't go through the drive-thru.
||9} Take your pup on a walk.  Great bonding time for you and Fido.  
||10} Do NOT go to bed until you've met your goal.  Walk around and pick up the day's clutter before bed to help get more steps in.
||11} Don't skip through commercials, get up and walk in place or around your home.
||12} If you need to go somewhere that is less than a mile away... WALK.
||13} Pace around while brushing your teeth or blow drying your hair.
||14} Go to the mall and window shop while doing laps.
||15} If you have stairs, go up and down them a few times before you have a snack.
||16} While out running errands, walk around your car a few times before getting back in.
||17} Play fetch with your dog and run around with them.
||18} Pace around while your morning coffee is brewing.  
||19} Set an alarm to get up and move every 30mins.
||20} Take your dog on a walk around the block every potty break instead of just opening the door and letting them go in the backyard (I live in an apartment and I don't have a yard.  When I adopted my pup, my steps doubled daily because of potty walks).
||21} ALWAYS take the stairs.
||22} Bring your groceries in one bag at a time.
||23} Challenge your friends on FitBit, make it a game!
||24} Choose the bathroom furthest away.  You can do this in an office building that you work at or at home.  We have 3 bathrooms and I always go to the bathroom furthest from where I am.
||25} Wash your car by hand.
||26} Go on a walk on your lunch break.
||27} Do the laundry more often.
||28} Pick a word or "thing" that happens in your favorite show often and get up and walk around your couch 3 times every time it happens.
||29} Get a FitBit or some other step tracker.  You'd be really surprised how motivating that can be. I love my FitBit and the new bands I recently got for them. 
||30} Decide right here right now that you're worth and make a plan to utilize these tips.  Put them in your planner and do it!

I have found that these 30 things have really helped me get more steps and more activity in my day.  You don't have to go on hour long walks every day (though that'd be great!), just find ways to MOVE while you're doing your ordinary tasks throughout the day.
Hope this helps!  Happy walking!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

love bunnies || PLAN WITH ME

Since last week's voice over video wasn't a complete disaster, and I've made peace with learning that I sound like a vapid valley girl... (no really, I had no idea!) I've decided to do another voice over for this week's plan with me.

Moving along in February with more cutesy lovey dovey decor!

♥Limelife Planner: http://rwrd.io/zmu219r (Receive $10 off your order when you use my link)
♥Washi: Michael's & Target
♥Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop
♥Ink: Versamagic Chalk Ink Sea Breeze http://amzn.to/2kmj4Y8
♥Paper Clip: My Etsy Shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/emileespeaks
♥Marker: Fine Point Sharpie http://amzn.to/2k2Mlet
♥My every day pen: InkJoy Gel Pens http://amzn.to/2kSKA2S
♥Page Flag Punch: http://amzn.to/2lnO5v6

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