Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Roses are red, violets are blue, I need a Valentines gift but I don’t have a clue…

Oh yes, love is in the air (for some). In just a few days we will be surrounded with hugs, kisses, & Valentines wishes. Christmas and birthdays are already hard enough to choose a gift for! So what do you get the people that you love on this special day? 

I went ahead and put together a few things that I thought would make a fun gift based on peoples hobbies, likes, and needs. It ranges from baking to fitness and of course since my favorite color is pink I only added pink items in the “for her” section, BUT these items are also available in other colors. I also kept in mind after Christmas budgets so all items were kept under $50. After all, you don’t need to break the bank to show the one you love that you love them. Enjoy! ❤

FOR HER

  1. Everlast Pro Style Elite Gloves, Pink
  2. File Folders, 12ct, Pink/Gold – Threshhold 
  3. Kimberly Schlapman “Love and Daisies” 4-piece Patterned Silicone Kitchen Tool Set
  4. Metal Rose – 11 Piece Brush Set With Cosmetic Bag
  5. The Birthday Collection | Makeup Bag
  6. RDX Women Weight Lifting Gloves, Pink
  7. AmazonBasics 1/2-Inch Extra Thick Exercise Mat with Carrying Strap

FOR HIM

  1. Plano® Tactical Ammo Box
  2. Armor All 6 Piece Holiday Gift Box
  3. Nike Brasilia Small Duffel
  4. UA F5 Men’s Football Glove
  5. Xbox Digital Gift Card (Email Delivery)
  6. Breast Cancer Research Foundation® logo tee

FOR ANYONE

  1. Homemade Love Coupon Book
  2. Mani/Pedi
  3. Couples Massage
  4. A-Fit Bakeshop Desserts
  5. Picnic at the Beach (or other outdoor/indoor location)

Remember that no matter what you get or make for your loved one, what is important is that you do it with LOVE!

Battling My Worst Enemy: My Weight

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I think almost everyone has at one point in their life made a comment about how they want to loose or gain weight, or how they’d be happier if they were in better shape. I am amongst that group of people!

The first time I ever felt like I needed to be thinner was when I was 12! Yes you read that right, 12 years old. The thought had never crossed my mind until someone in my family made a comment about how I should be thinner and ever since then the comments kept coming. I was never an obese or overweight teen or kid so the comments were definitely out of place but I took them to heart.29B35BFD-C584-4CBB-9A4D-11D7C71F3834Quote by: Nayyirah Waheed

I battled with my weight for many years (I’d loose weight then gain it) and had roller coaster emotions about my body…one day I’d love it and one day I’d hate it. Finally, in 2015, i remember I had gotten food poisoning and lost 10 pounds from that terrible ordeal. I took it as a blessing though and made sure that I wouldn’t gain the weight back.

The day after I got better I told my mom I was ready to start my journey to a healthier body. Alongside my mother, I started meal prepping and counting my calories. We started off going for a fast-paced, hour long walk on a daily basis. After that we began going to the gym and focusing on cardio. The weight started coming off quickly but so did my curves! My best friend then mentioned that she had been going to a boot camp and the instructor was a personal trainer. That is where my journey with my personal trainer began!

Signing up for personal training classes with Alyssa (owner of A-fit Training) was the best decision I ever made. She pushed me harder and harder everyday and taught me what my body was capable of doing. Alyssa is also the owner of A-fit Bakeshop which offers healthy goodies. These healthy desserts were a life saver for me because lord knows I have a sweet tooth! Long story short, with the help of my mother and Alyssa, I lost 30 pounds and got my body where I wanted it to be.

Photo Credit: Alyssa Lemus, A-fit Bakeshop

Sadly though, I have now gained all of the weight I lost. It didn’t happen all at once, but it happened. Now I can’t blame anyone but myself for this, yet there were circumstances which didn’t help. I was living in Guam confined to my home almost 24/7 which made me highly depressed and unfortunately I used baking and cooking as a coping mechanism which meant someone had to eat that food…now that I am in Washington I work at a place where I am sitting all day and I also have a long commute which means more sitting.

At the start of this new year I told myself that I was going to better my health by bettering my weight. & that is exactly what I am going to do! I already started eating healthy and drinking a lot of water. I use the My Fitness Pal application to track the calories I eat and Plant Nanny to keep track of my water intake (with a cute twist). At work I have started walking around as much as I can and do not sit or stop moving when I am home. I will be signing up to the gym this week as well and will make sure I get myself there at least 4-5 times a week. Now all this sounds like a great plan and all, but the most important factor for myself to succeed is well ME! I don’t have my mom or Alyssa to help keep me accountable anymore so I have to rely on myself. Like they say, “in order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

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I’d love to hear of apps, products, or just tips that anyone has to make their health goals happen!