Tips for Working Out on a Busy Schedule

My dad has always said that 80% of working out is just showing up. I cannot express how accurate this is! The biggest hurdle standing between me and working out is convincing myself to get to the gym. Once I make it to the gym, I am able to concentrate and start on my workout. This is obviously easier said than done, so I have a few tips that have helped me get off my butt and to the gym.

Tip #1: DON’T SIT DOWN!! As soon as you sit down from getting home from work or errands or dropping the kids off at school, do not sit down. The second you sit down your desire to get back up and head to the gym is almost gone! I have found that if I get home, say hello to my husband and kitties, change and head straight to the gym, I feel better about myself and my workouts are almost always harder and better.

Tip #2: Plan to workout. Personally, I head to the gym after I get home from work. This means that I have to have dinner already planned and set out before I leave for work so I don’t have to stress or take time out of my workout. This also means that I have already set aside the time to head to the gym, eliminating some of the excuses that come to mind at the end of the day!

Tip #3: Accountability Tell your spouse, parent or friend when you plan to workout. Yes, I agree, it gets annoying having someone keep you accountable to work out. But there is nothing better. Their love and care for your health is worth a little aggravation!

Tip #4: Find Your Why Why are you doing this? What is the deep, real honest truth behind why you want to work out? Do you want to get healthier, improve your stamina at work and home, run a marathon or get involved in local sports team? Whatever your reason, it needs to be a real constant reason that will motivate you. If it isn’t motivating you, its not your why. Your why should drive you to get off the couch and get to the gym. Once you’ve found your why, there’s nothing you can’t do!

Tip #5 Have Fun! If you are bored, you will quit right away. This is why I have quit so many times. I get bored and think that spending time at the gym is worthless. My little gym at my apartment used to bore me until I realized what a luxury it is to have a gym all to yourself. I blast music, movies and TV shows to keep myself excited and entertained as I work out. Making my workouts something I look forward to has made them productive and fun!

If you have any tips I should try please let me know!

The North Pole Experience

Welcome Christmas Season! So excited to share our first Christmas event of the year!

My sweet husband went with me to the North Pole Experience(NPX) in Flagstaff, Arizona. The NPX takes you to the North Pole where you are able to experience the magic of Santa’s Workshop. You start your experience at The Little America Hotel, where you check in, get souvenirs and can get a cup of hot coco. Once your trolley bus is ready, you board and set off for the North Pole!

Once you arrive at the North Pole, you start out in Santa’s Toy room! You are able to see a bunch of fun antique toys that Santa used to make and kids get to take part in the Toy Solider Dance! So cute and so much fun! After that you head into the workshop where you help the elves dress teddy bears. Something to note before you head in is that you are not able to keep the teddy bear you dress up at the workshop, your child gets a teddy bear when they meet Santa at the end of the NPX. After Santa’s toy making room, you head to the gift wrapping room. Here children get to help the elves put toy parts on the conveyor belt that goes to the workshop and they get to see all the fun different wrapping papers that the elves use!

Once you’ve dressed the teddy bears and gone to the wrapping room, you get to see Mrs. Claus’s Bakery! Here you get some hot coco, a sugar cookie and get to dance with the elves. Personally, this was my favorite room, it was very well decorated, everyone was served hot coco and cookies quickly and the elves in this room were the most animated of the bunch! After you finish your hot coco and cookies you head to Elf University. At Elf University you learn what it takes to be an elf in the North Pole. Kids and adults learn the elf song and sing it together. Once you have learned how to be Santa’s elf, you go to the mail room where you write a letter to Santa! I even got my husband to write a letter to Santa 🙂

Finally, once you’ve written your letter you get to see Santa’s sleigh and meet Santa. Each family gets their own time with Santa and you get a personal photo as well! At the end of your time you receive a link and a code that leads you to your pictures! These pictures are available as soon as you walk out of Santa’s room! And that’s the conclusion of the North Pole Experience. This is a must do event if you have children, and for those that don’t, if you love Santa this is still a fun and magical experience!

 

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17 Things I’m Thankful for In 2017

17 Things I’m Thankful for This Thanksgiving

  1. For my family’s health-No matter what else happens during the year, I am always so thankful that my family is healthy!
  2. My husband is doing so well in medical school. 2nd year for us seems to be the hardest so far! He is getting a great GPA and I’m so thankful for his hard work this year
  3. We can pay our bills. If there is one thing I have learned during our time in medical school, it’s that if you are able to pay your bills, you are very blessed. Med students and their wives are forced to keep their budgets tight during school, being able to pay your bills is such a blessing.
  4. Thankful for the amazing weather this fall in Arizona! November and December are beautiful in Arizona! It’s no secret why there is a wave of baby boomers who come out here this time of year.
  5. My adorable two cats—I know that cats aren’t for everyone, so hear me out! My cats, Batty and Fred are the cuddliest, friendly cats you will ever meet. They love to talk to us and always want to be held or lay on our laps!
  6. Social media! When I moved away from family two years ago, I really struggled being away from family. The biggest blessing is that social media allows me to see what’s going on and still be involved in their lives.
  7. I am thankful for my husband, for many many reasons! He isn’t perfect, but he is always there, always forgives me and always pushes me to move forward.
  8. This past year, my cooking skills have drastically improved. I am learning to experiment in my meals, adjust the ratios, and memorize what spices work best with what foods
  9. Thankful for the possibilities in life. Knowing that things will not always be as they are now. That we have a bright future ahead of us!
  10. Contentment. Thankful that while I have dreams and goals for the future, I am content where I am. I love our small apartment, I love binge watching tv shows in our downtime, I love working through life together.
  11. Air conditioning! Seriously, this summer was one of the hottest on record in Arizona! Couldn’t thank the Lord enough this summer for air conditioning!
  12. Christmastime. Christmas is always a time where I can push away the bad, and focus on the good. Every year, I am so thankful for Christmas. Everyone becomes more generous, loving and compassionate!
  13. Thankful for the small things in life. The big things don’t come fast or easily. But the little things; small kindnesses, generous giving, little encouragement, these things make each day so much better.
  14. Honestly, I’m thankful for Netflix. My husband has to study a lot, which means I spend a good amount of time binge watching Netflix!
  15. I’m thankful that I get to live in this country, yes there is a lot of anger and frustration separating us, we still live in a wonderful place with so many opportunities!
  16. One more time…my husband, for the sacrifices he makes, for dealing with my craziness, and for loving me through it all!
  17. For a God that forgives us for our mistakes. It has been a rough year! Bad mistakes, doubt, disappointment, worry, but through it all, God loves us and forgives us! What a blessing that is!

And I am thankful for all of you! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Travel on a Budget

Traveling on a budget is a unique experience. Because my husband and I are still in school (well he is), we are stretched pretty thin on how much we can spend on trips. Let me tell you what my plan is when we look for our vacations!

First and foremost, we look up the travel cost. As that is the most expensive portion of the trip, how much we have to pay to get there is half the battle. I scour for deals on all sites looking for times, dates, coupons; anything that will help us get there without spending so much. The big thing will travel costs when you are on a budget is be patient. It can get overwhelming when you want to go somewhere and you just can’t make the costs work. Stay the course, stay calm, and keep searching!

Next, we try and find a cheap place to stay. Don’t get me wrong, I love beautiful, stately hotels and it’s hard to not stay there. But if you can make it through a mediocre, slightly crappy hotel, you can save your money and use it to explore the sites! Let me paint you a picture of the most extreme example of this that I have done so far. My husband and I went to San Diego and he let me choose the hotel. I chose a hotel about 5 miles from the Mexican border at a Motel 6. Yes, I am fully aware these aren’t the best places to stay, but it was a holiday weekend and it was my cheapest option! The hotel was surprisingly very clean, with a giant flat screen and Direct TV. There weren’t any fancy accessories or anything special about the room, but it served the purpose of giving us a roof over our heads. By taking this room we were able to save our money to try new restaurants, activities and view the sites!

It may seem like you are missing out by not having the best hotels and amenities every time you travel, but its okay! Making small sacrifices gives you the ability to spend money on the things you really want to do, like taking a surfing lesson, going to a famous zoo, or exploring new parks.

Another good example of saving money when going on trips, is exploring the possibility of camping. I will be the first to say that camping has it’s downsides. But if you look in the right places, you can find a campsite with clean showers, sinks and general stores to help with your unexpected needs! We found a perfect campsite in Malibu, called Malibu RV Park. The campsite has a gorgeous view, clean shower rooms, and everything was well maintained. Camping ended up being so much better than staying in a hotel, and we were able to save a couple hundred dollars!!

Lastly, we only eat out one meal a day. Don’t get me wrong, when we do go out each day, we try a fun local place! But, when deciding between exciting activities or eating out, I will choose the activities every time! My suggestion is bring pop tarts and granola bars for breakfast and materials for sandwiches and chips for lunch. That and a 24 pack of water will get you through your trip on a skin tight budget. You may need to spend a little bit of money on a cooler, but the cooler will pay for itself after a few trips of following this regimen!

At the end of the day, you need to be patient and not worry about how you look. Don’t worry about what people think if you aren’t in the fanciest place or eating the fanciest food. As long  as you are enjoying your time and making memories you will have the best vacation!

And as always, remember travel is good for the soul!