This Mascara is a Miracle Worker. Honestly.

This Mascara is a Miracle Worker. Honestly.

Hey guys!

I hope everyone has had a great week! Today, I am going to fill you girls in on how to get long, thick, and defined lashes without having to spend all of your hard earned money on expensive lash extensions!  This post is a MUST READ.

Recently, I one of my Facebook friends reached out to me and urged me to try a new mascara that is part of the Younique brand called Moodstruck Epic Mascara. She swore by it and said that she was selling it in huge volumes just because of how good it is and how high the demand for it was.

I don’t know about you, but I never turn down a great makeup sample. Especially one that has reviews as good as this mascara did. I happily obliged to try out the mascara and patiently waited for my package in the mail. Okay, maybe not patiently waited but excitedly waited. Girls gotta have her mascara. When it finally came in I was ecstatic.

First, can we talk about how cute this packaging is?? Just the little eyelash stickers that are taped on the back make the packaging look so cute and make you feel like you’ve really invested your money in something that’s high quality.

As cute as the outer packaging is, I’ll be honest and say I might have aggressively ripped through it to get to the goods. A worthy cause in my book. The mascara tube is shown above. No weird shaped tube, a simple design, and a really good volume size. Phase 2 of liking this mascara complete. Now on to testing, drumroll pleaseeeee…

Seriously, WOW.  I tried my best to get a really good before and after picture but, if you have ever tried to take a picture of your eyeball with an iphone, it can prove to be quite difficult. However, even if this isn’t the best pic, look how dramatic the difference in my eyelash length and volume is! I was honestly amazed because I did not think that it would be this drastic of a difference.

After wearing this mascara all day, and basically every day since I received it, I have made a list of all of the positive qualities that it has:

  • Super lightweight: a lot of mascara can make your eyelashes feel weighed down and heavy after multiple coats, not this mascara! My eyelashes felt light and feathery even after numerous coat applications.
  • Long Lasting: After a long day of running around town and going to all of my classes my eyelashes looked just as good as they did when I started the day!
  • Sweat and Gym Proof: I took this mascara through multiple high intensity workouts and not once did I deal with mascara running down my face or into my eyes. What a blessing.
  • Easy Removal: Most mascaras that promise to make your lashes thicker and longer are a huge pain when it comes to removing it. Not this mascara, I was able to get my eyelashes completely clean with only one makeup wipe. I love that this saved me a makeup wipe or two and that I didn’t feel like I was damaging my natural eyelashes trying to get it off.
  • Great Price: I will not hesitate to spend money on mascara if it has good reviews. Before I tried this product, I believe I was spending about $45 on a mascara that was pretty good, but definitely not as good as Moonstruck. That’s why when I found out the price of this mascara I was so surprised with how affordable it is! You really can’t afford not to buy it!

Ever since I started wearing this mascara I have received multiple compliments on my eyelashes. Someone even asked me if I had gotten extensions! I rate this product a 10/10 and would definitely recommend that you consider making an investment in yourself by purchasing this product. Everyone wants to be fabulash 🙂

If you would like to get amazing, natural, and beautiful looking lashes visit fabulashsuzanne.com or simply click this link!Have a great week!

-Cay

 

I was scared of not being happy in happy times

I was scared of not being happy in happy times

Before I began my fitness journey, I always thought about upcoming events or special times with my friends in a much different way than I do now. Before,  I remember always carrying a feeling of personal shame around with me because I knew that I didn’t love myself and the way I that I looked. On the outside I tried to play it cool, but on the inside I knew my struggles. My self negativity would poison itself into any fun situation I was in and my own thoughts of myself.

I can remember countless nights out, pool days, and even weddings where my joy was ruined because I didn’t feel comfortable enough in my own skin to let loose and have fun. I would worry about my fat rolls while sitting down, the love handles hanging over my jeans, or the arm pit fat showing in my tank. My self hate held me back and told me I wasn’t allowed to enjoy myself. Talk about a party crasher.

While it is sad that this mindset affected many fun moments of my young college life, in some instances I am thankful for it. Had I not had such a strong desire to fix the way I felt about myself, I probably wouldn’t of had nearly as much motivation driven behind my fitness goals. I also do not think that I would have stayed as consistent as I did starting out. What was meant to bring me down, served as the driving force to bring me back up.

I write this today to let you know that you are not alone in the feelings of self doubt, self negativity, or self hate that you have. I have been there and know how hard it can be to love yourself at times. I mean, no one knows us better than we know ourselves and I believe we are our own toughest critic. But, I hope that this post can serve as an inspiration for you to take that hate and turn it into something great. (by no means did I mean for that to rhyme but I like that it did) Sometimes, it is only through trials and tough times that our greatest accomplishments or best versions of ourselves can come to fruition.

One verse that I find especially encouraging when I am finding it hard to love myself is 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 which states,

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. “

I hope that you find this post encouraging and that you are feeling empowered to tackle and destroy whatever type of self negativity is filling your head. Have a great week!

 

-Cay

Let’s Overcome Our Fears This Month!

Let’s Overcome Our Fears This Month!

Hey guys! Happy Monday!

It is officially October, the ~spookiest~ of months. While it may not feel like fall in Alabama, I am trying my best to get in the mood. Last week I bought two mums, and yesterday I almost bought a pumpkin at Aldi until an old man looked at me and said “It’s too hot for that honey”. Apparently everyone is struggling to accept it’s fall.

To combat this feeling, I’ve decided to make all of my posts for the month of October centered around fears and things that scare you. *boo!* But these fears aren’t things like haunted houses, ghosts, or a guy running after you with a chainsaw. These fears relate to the things that scare you when it comes to healthy living. Whether it’s fears in the gym, on your plate, or dealing with your body image I’ll cover it all this month!

Today, I want to briefly cover a fear that I believe everyone has. This is the fear that you are already too far behind on your goals to get where you want to be. To explain how you can never be to far gone to get ahead, I would like you to think back on any horror movie where the character escaped just by the skin of their teeth.

The scene usually goes like this: A crazy axe murderer is running after it’s prey (usually a naive blonde, like myself). The blonde trips and falls and the murderer gets closer. Not accepting her fate, the victim gets up and continues running. The murderer continues to get closer until it looks like the victims death is imminent. However usually in this final scene, when all hope is lost, the victim makes her great escape and saves her life. Woo! (After this she presumably will go hide in a completely obvious spot, or chose to go BACK into the haunted house…but I digress.)

While I hope the above scenario never applies to you or myself, it can serve as a symbol that you are literally never too far behind in the chase to save yourself. As far gone as you may think you are, one good decision could lead to a spiral effect of a lot of other good decisions that can lift you out of a really bad spot. All you need is the courage to continue pressing on even when it seems like all hope and energy is lost!

That’s all for today! I am starting to link my Week of Workouts on another page so click this link for some sweaty goodness!

-Cay

 

 

 

Raise the Bar.

Raise the Bar.

Hey guys! Happy Monday!

Raising the bar means setting a standard above what you think you can do or what you expect to be given. It means setting tougher goals, challenging your comfort zones, and getting away from what looks easy. Raising the bar means saying goodbye to complacency and hello to a challenge. So today, I want to boldly challenge you guys to raise the bar on every aspect of your life.

“How can I do this? Why should I do this?” is what I can guarantee you are thinking right now. I completely understand, why should you deal with the pressure and discomfort that stems from setting higher goals and standards for yourself when living a mediocre life can be so easy, and at times moderately fulfilling? Let me prove it in 3 bullets.

  • You are constantly being reminded of your ambitions. Setting goals and having dreams are great, but if you do not create a plan to tackle them step by step each day, your goals and ambitions will always be set in the future. Thoughts are just thoughts without action. Making your ambitions a reality takes consistency, a future state of mind, and a lot a lot a lot of determination. As the great Nick Saban, head coach of Alabama football, once said, “There are two pains in life. The pain of discipline and the pain of disappointment. If you can handle the pain of discipline, you’ll never have to deal with the pain of disappointment. ” I could end my post here tbh.
  • You will gain a new sense of self respect. Think about how your grandma thinks of you, now think about having that same mindset for yourself. She thinks you’re the smartest in the crowd and the most intelligent in the room. I mean, my grandmother once told me I had a chance to be on Tyra’s Top Model. LOL. But to piggyback off this mindset, once you set the standards for what you deserve and develop the mentality to achieve it, nothing can stop you. Now I’m not saying to be cocky because Kendrick Lamar says to #sitdown & #stayhumble but I am saying that knowing your standards will lead to a new type of mindset you develop for yourself.
  • A ripple effect will happen. Picture stacking dominos in a row and then knocking one over, the rest will follow right? The same thing happens when you set and achieve a new goal or standard for yourself. The adrenaline you get from getting closer to the peak of success will motivate you to climb even higher.

And that’s my take on why you should raise the bar for yourself! Talk is easy, actions are hard. I get it. But, hopefully this post motivates you to begin thinking about the actions you need to take in order to live a successful and fulfilling life. Below is my WOW! Have a great week! (ALABAMA SHOULD HAVE WON MISS AMERICA)

-Cay

 

Monday: Arm Burner

*1 mile run on tread*

4 circuits, only stop between circuits

  • 15 out in jumps with pushup in between
  • 20 pushups
  • 12 weighted burpees
  • 15 tricep dips
  • 20 commandos

At weights, 3 sets

  • 21s with short bar and your weight choice
  •  12 wide curls
  • 12 tricep kickbacks
  • 15 seated tricep extension

Tuesday: Leggies 

*10 minute bike*

At weights

  • 5 sets of 8 smith machine squats (alternate wide and narrow stance)
  • 3 sets of 10 leg press, wide stance
  • 3 sets of 10 leg press, narrow stance
  • 12 weighted sumo squats

On mat, 3 sets

  • 20 leg lunges, each leg
  • 20 step ups, each leg
  • 15 out and in jumps

Wednesday: Cardinoooo

Long run, and finish with this ab burner!

On mat, 4 rounds

  • 20 situps on bosu ball
  • 20 leg raises
  • 40 butterfly kicks
  • 30 side taps
  • 20 ab ins on bosu

Thursday: Back & Shoulders

15 minute row

At weights, 3 sets

  • 12 wide grip lat pulldowns
  • 12 front cable pulldowns
  • 15 cable face pulls
  • 12 reverse flys
  • 15 single arm row

Friday: Cardio & Chest 

1 mile run, 20 minutes on stairmaster

At weights, 3 sets

  • 8 barbell bench press
  • 12 incline cable fly
  • 20 pushups

 

 

 

 

How to find balance this semester.

How to find balance this semester.

Hey guys, Happy Monday!

Goodbye summer hello school, it’s back to the swing of things for me this week! As much as I’ll miss the slow days of summer, it’s always fun to think about what a new school year has in store. Since it’s my last year in school, I feel like I’ve mastered several tricks on how to make a schedule that maximizes your day in the most efficient way-hey that rhymes lol. So, I’ve decided to share with you guys some easy ways to get everything you want out of your day in today’s post.

  1. Be realistic with your time: Overcommitting to a ton of different obligations is one of the worst things you can do to your schedule when you are trying to get organized. When you overcommit you are unable to fully devote yourself to each task because you have a thousand other things running through your mind at the same time. That’s why I suggest choosing only 3 commitments for the school year. Of course, since this is a fitness blog, I would suggest making one of your big commitments the gym..but other great commitments could be church, a job, or some type of volunteer work!
  2. Plan your day: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail & that’s the honest truth. Now I know you’re probably like “it’s so tedious to plan my day & often my plans change so what’s even the point” & that’s understandable, but I can guarantee you that a lot more of the things you want to get done will get done if you schedule them. Writing a commitment in stone holds you accountable to follow through on them and also makes the chances of you changing plans last minute less likely. & you dont have to plan your day down to the amount of bites you will take at lunch, but you should plan the general gist of how it should go.
  3. Plan your workouts: If you’ve ever been in a college rec center when the school year begins, you’ll agree with me in the fact that it is basically like a line for an amusement park ride with weights thrown in. Everyones crammed together, it smells a little, and you will probably wait more than you get work out. However, there is a way to finesse the system & actually enjoy your time at the gym. & The secret lies within the time you choose to go. Most people normally go from the hours of 3pm-6pm once the day is over. However, if you have the will power to wake up early or to stay up late to workout-the gym is yours. After you have planned the ideal time, you also need to plan the ideal workouts BUT easily enough I’ve already done that below with my WOW so we can just skip to the next tip 😉
  4. Be flexible when things don’t go as planned: You can simplify your schedule until you’re blue in the face & there will still be things that don’t go as planned. When that time comes, just remember that you don’t have to throw your entire schedule  out the window. Reassess, reschedule, and remember that the perfect schedule is made through trial and error. Also, don’t be so strict to your schedule that you miss out on fun spontaneous opportunities thrown your way. Those moments (in moderation) serve as a breather from the habits of daily life.

And that’s all for today! I hope that today’s post inspires you to tackle the school year with enough energy and enthusiasm to get it done. Have a great week! WOW Below

-Cay

Monday: Long Run 

Switching it up this week and making the long run today! Inspired by all of the bad food I ate this weekend..haha

Tuesday: Upper Body HIIT

1 mile run on tread

4 circuits, only pause at end of circuit

  • 30 plank jacks
  • 15 pushups
  • 10 weighted burpees
  • 10 sets of 2 pushups followed by 6 mountain climbers

Weights *optional*

  • 3 sets of 20,15,10 rep drop sets -your weight choices
  • 3 sets 10 tricep kickback
  • 3 sets 15 overhead tricep extension

Wednesday: Booty Focus 

*20 min on powermill*

Grab a pair of moderate weight dumbbells and a heavy weight dumbbell and move to mats. 3 sets.

  • 15 in and out jumps
  • 12 weighted sumo squats with the heavier weight
  • 12 reverse lunges with dumbbells (each leg)
  • 30 bodyweight squat

Thursday: Anotha cardio day 

Choose to do either a long run today, or a mixed up 60 minute session of elliptical, bike, or stairmaster

Friday: Back 

15 minutes on rowing machine

*At weights* 3 sets

  • 12 reverse flyes
  • 15 one arm dumbbell row
  • 12 weighted shoulder press
  • 15 lat pulldown (low weight)
  • 12 weighted cable cross each arm
  • 15 cable pushdown

 

Giving into temptation might be good for your health.. but don’t quote me.

Giving into temptation might be good for your health.. but don’t quote me.

Hey Guys! Happy Monday!

Today I want to talk about being your own voice of reason when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. Holding myself accountable is the hardest part of dieting and exercising in my opinion. It’s easy to push yourself when you are surrounded by a support group of friends encouraging you to meet your goals, but when you are alone the little voice inside your head starts to act up. “You really don’t have to workout today” “Theres nutella in the pantry” “Having Chickfila wont hurt” & in no time I’ve given in to whatever unhealthy habit that’s been put inside my head.

Once I decide to do something that goes against my health goals I am often left feeling defeated and upset that I was able to break a commitment I made to myself so easily. I am my toughest critic and when I mess up I don’t like to cut myself a break. I think about it on and on and let it basically ruin my day, or week even. & I’m sure I’m not alone in this way of thinking. However, sometimes the things your body is telling you that you need could actually be legit remedies for improving your metal or physical wellness. Maybe I do need an ice cream cone, or maybe I should actually take an off day from the gym. Kind of a tricky situation isn’t it?

One way I’ve found that makes deciding whether a certain temptation (in relation to your health goals) might actually be good for you is to determine what created the need. Do I just want to take a day off from the gym because I’m lazy, or does my body feel legitimately drained & in need of rest?  Do I really need this chocolate cake because today sucked and its the only thing that will make it better, or am I milking my problems in order to justify eating it? The discernment is easily there once you actually think it through. You just have to be honest with yourself and your intentions.

Catering to your physical and mental wellness is a staple of living a healthy lifestyle, so if eating cake or taking a break is the remedy, so be it.  We all mess up and fall short of our health goals every now and then, it’s just important to remember that small indulgences will not hinder your overall growth. Don’t be discouraged, don’t be mad at yourself, and dont be a quitter. Just come back from your trip down temptation lane not with regret, but with further determination to crush your goals.

My WOW is below! Have a great week! I will be posting some new meal prep recipes later on so stay tuned.

-Cay

Monday: Arms ya glad it’s Monday

1 mile run on tread

Grab a dumbbell set of your choice & an exercise ball and move to an open space! This is done as a non stop circuit. 4 times through 🙂

  • 15 pushups
  • 15 exercise ball dumbbell curls (each arm)
  • 20 floor tricep dips
  • 15 squat to overhead press holding dumbbells
  • 20 commandos followed immediately by 20 shoulder taps

*at cables* (optional)

  • cable curls (3X10)
  • cable pushdown (3X10)
  • single arm bent over tricep extension (3X10)

Tuesday: In it for the Long Run 

Yep, we all hate it but it’s necessary for the slim down.

Wednesday: Legs have a good workout

10 minute bike

On mat, 3 rounds

  • 30 leg lunges
  • 20 bodyweight squats
  • 20 elevated knee to chest (10 each leg)
  • 15 in and out jumps

At weights, 3 sets

  • 15 smith machine squats
  • 12 leg press (6 wide stance 6 narrow stance)
  • 20 weighted leg lunges

Thursday: Back off, Chest leave me alone 

10 min row

  • chest press (3 sets 12)
  • dumbell pullover (20, superset with chest press)
  • bent over row (3 sets 15)
  • chest fly (3 sets 8)
  • shoulder press (10, superset with chest fly)
  • wide grip lat pulldown (3 sets 12)
  • Seated low cable row (3 sets 12)
  • back extension burnout on exercise ball (3 sets go until failure)

Friday: Sweat Sesh 

2 mile run then 10 min on stairmaster

3 rounds

  • 12 burpees
  • 40 mountain climbers
  • 1 min plank
  • 30 second side planks
  • 30 second wall sit

 

Financially Fit

Financially Fit

Hey Guys! Happy Monday!

Every week I feel like the topics of my blog posts are laid in my lap & this week was no different. If you know me, then you know that I am a spender and definitely not a saver. Money in my pocket is like Babes Doughnuts on a Sunday-gone quick. Now I will say, I am smart with my money when it comes to bills & such, but if I ever have some free play money I have no trouble finding a place to spend it & in most cases I already know where I’m spending it before I have it.

So, in anticipation of play money I would have in the future, this past week I decided to book a hotel room for an upcoming away football game weekend with me and my friends. I had been searching for a room all day, with the requirement that it was a pay when you arrive hotel. Switching between booking.com, expedia, and travelocity, I was a girl determined to get a deal. And then suddenly, I found it–the perfect room,  in just the right part of town,  with just the right price, & in a super nice hotel. Score! Before I blinked I already had it booked. I proudly entered in my debit card info, confirmed check in, and pondered if my true calling was being a travel agent after scoring such a good deal.

Then, the next day, reality hit. I can’t remember what store I was checking out at, but all I remember was “card declined.” What? How could this be so? I knew I had money in my account & was utterly confused on why it was declined, so I checked my account. “$XXX withdrawn from Expedia.com” Curse you Expedia. Turns out the fabulous room I booked was NOT a pay when you arrive & the hotel took the amount out immediately. So much for my travel agent career.

Thankfully enough, I did have money in savings so it wasn’t a full disaster. But, it did emphasize the reality of how I needed to be more conscious of my spending habits and more consistent with my saving habits. So today, I want to challenge you to join me in working on not only personal fitness this year but financial fitness as well. Finances are tied to every aspect of life, so if your finances are not in order nothing else in your life can be either.

To make things fun, I am challenging myself to put back $10 a week for the next year as part of my saving strategy & I challenge you to do the same. I’m buying a legit piggy bank for this, and getting actual cash out each week instead of just transferring it to my savings. $10 might not seem like a lot, but $520 after 52 weeks does. So join in if you want & lets get stackssss. Haha okay I know I’m not cool enough to say that…

Last but not least here’s my WOW!

-Cay

Monday: Arms & Abs HIIT 

1 mile walk/run on tread

3 Rounds, stop at end of Round

  • 20 pushups
  • 15 burpees
  • 20 commandos
  • 15 ab ins with exercise ball

Move to cables, 3 sets your weight choice

  • standing cable curl (10)
  • single arm high cable curl (10 each arm)
  • cable push down (12)
  • overhead tricep extensions (15)

Tuesday: Long Run Day

Yup, still pushing our mental boundaries. Choose a distance you know is challenging yet attainable.

Wednesday: Legz 

10 min bike

Weights, 3 sets, Can do circuits or individualize

  • smith machine weighted squats (your weight choice)
  • leg lunges (12 each leg, weighted)
  • barbell good mornings (12, just the bar)
  • dumbbell one leg deadlift (10 each leg)
  • Leg press (10)
  • Bulgarian split squats (10 each leg)

Thursday: Back & Shoulders

10 minute row

Move to weights, 4 sets

  • bent over dumbbell row
  • standing overhead dumbbell press
  • reverse flyes
  • upright dumbbell row
  • shoulder press
  • cable face pulls

Friday: Cute Glute

20 min on Stairmaster (4 min front walk, 3 min side walk intervals)

On Mat, 3 sets

  • 20 bodyweight squats
  • 20 hip thrusts
  • 20 donkeykicks

Weights, 3 sets

  • weighted sumo squats (12)
  • bulgarian split squats (10 each leg)
  • cable kickbacks (12 each leg)
  • cable pull throughs (15, squeeze booty)

 

That’s it! Have a great week & save your money!