Guest Post: Carrots Over Cake

Hey guys how’ve ya been?

Things have been rather entertaining around here but I’ll get to that tomorrow. Right now I want to introduce you all to Beth Waters cialis online ordering from Carrots Over Cake. She put together an awesome guest post to share with you all so without further ado, here’s Beth!

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I’m Beth Waters; the mother of two overly energetic and wonderful children. I am both a freelance writer for medical companies such as Liberty Medical and a blogger at Carrots Over Cake. I have decided to live a life of health and happiness with my family and love writing about my journey though it!

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Beginning a Workout Routine & Staying Motivated

With so many of us wanting to get in shape to maintain our best weight possible, beginning a workout routine and staying motivated is a common challenge many of us fail to execute.  The combination of our lack of commitment, willpower, and hectic lifestyles make it easy to stray away from our fitness goals.  By following these tips, you’ll help fulfill your fitness goals and stay on track to find a happier, healthier you!

Setting Realistic Goals

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One of the main reasons that result in people failing in their health and fitness plans is because of unrealistic goals and expectations.  Setting goals that are impossible or difficult causes de-motivation to infiltrate your mind and encourages you to fail.  Instead, do yourself a favor and be realistic.  Should you feel the need to lose 30 pounds, instead of weekly weigh-ins, focus on five-pound increments.  Do not put a time limit or deadline on yourself, especially if you are new to working out.  By forming these realistic and intimate victories, you will boost your self-esteem as you build muscle and determination.  With no limitations, you can keep yourself on track to a healthier workout routine.

Starting Small

Before you start setting fitness goals, keep in mind that many people vow to turn their lives upside down in order to acquire a healthier lifestyle.  While changing your entire lifestyle or altering your routine is seen as a courageous and noble idea, the success of this devotion almost never works.  On the other hand, implementing small changes gives you and your body enough time to adjust to this new, healthy way of living.  Small changes will not bombard or overwhelm you because you will begin to see your fitness goals being accomplished.  For example, instead of removing carbohydrates from your diet completely, make an effort to switch to whole grains.

Starting small as you begin a workout routine is crucial if you are determined to stay motivated and positive.  Going too big, or too hard, too fast will leave you feeling demoralized, unhappy, and de-motivated to continue.  As you begin to figure out a workout routine, make sure you stick with workouts that are suitable to your fitness level.  It’s important to note that any exercise or active movement counts so don’t get discouraged if you can’t run five miles on your first attempt.  Starting small will give you the endurance that you need to build up your muscles as you break down your insecurities.  Staying motivated will help set you on the path to successfully run five or more miles.

Staying Positive

On the path to beginning a workout routine and staying motivated, it’s easy to get discouraged.  Avoid thinking negative thoughts and engaging in negative behaviors that encourage you to give up on your fitness plans.  Staying positive lends significant benefits when it involves ongoing motivation and self-esteem.  A few great ways to stay positive and motivated is to acknowledge and celebrate small accomplishments, surround yourself with positive people, and refusing to beat yourself up should you make a mistake. 

Switching Up Your Routine

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Just because your goal incorporates a “healthy lifestyle,” doesn’t mean that it needs to be boring.  Your diet and workout routine does not have to monotonous.  Stick to your general regime, but try incorporating new, exotic recipes into your dietary plan every so often.  Don’t be afraid to try different workouts either, who knows, you might even smile because you’re having fun!

Inspiring Others

There’s no better way to stay motivated than to serve as a source of inspiration for others.  Write, or blog, about your experience as you start your new workout routine.  Following other health bloggers on their journey is a great way to connect, share, and motivate each other.  Sharing your personal struggles and accomplishments is a great source of inspiration for others.  If you aren’t ready and proud to flaunt and expose your hard work, then no one else will be inspired or motivated to listen.  Being encouraged and promoting positive energy are two of the best feelings to gain and have as you begin a workout routine.

Begin a workout routine today and stay motivated as you strive to keep your fitness goals.  Here’s to a steady pace as you begin your journey toward a happier, healthier, prolonged life.  Good luck!

Guest Post: Rebecca Gordon of Buttermilk Lipstick + Charred Vidalia Onion Dip

Uh hem. Please welcome the lovely Rebecca Gordon, fellow Alpha Gamma Delta Psi Chapter sister and mastermind behind Buttermilk Lipstick. You’ll find everything from recipes that’ll have you cleaning the drool off your keyboard to the latest in fashion, football, and home decor on her blog. But before you head over to Rebecca’s side of the world wide web, read a little about her here on HNC. Bonus! She’s even sharing a mouthwatering recipe with you lucky people. 😉

Rebecca Gordon

Rebecca Gordon
Editor & Creator of the Digital Lifestyle Title Buttermilk Lipstick

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama

Southern Football Obsession: All things SEC, particularly the Alabama Crimson Tide…
like big time

Loves: Marrow {my hub} & our four legged furries, Oscar {the lab}, Cledus {the little bit country bloodhound} & Gilbert {the moody tabby cat}

Bad Habit: Cheetah print… & I don’t really know why. I don’t care for much print any-hoos so I try & use it sparingly but it’s sort of all over my everything

Biggest Crush: Buttermilk, particularly in chocolate cake

Personal Nuisance: Punctuation, capitalization & traditional recipe structure… you’ll see me break things down several different ways {& I change my mind sometimes… always for what I think will be best for you at the time}

Background: After a 13 year career with the magazine I grew up learning to cook from with my mom, I recently stepped away from running the Southern Living Test Kitchens. I’ve always wanted to launch a brand of my own that speaks to all of my passions from fashion, style, and beauty as well as being able to learn from others by sharing their unique stories through interviews—everyone has a story to tell.

Having worked in a professional home kitchen setting, I also wanted to share all of the brands and products on the market I love as well as that priceless cooking knowledge that used to get left on the cutting room floor due to lack of space. Most everything on Buttermilk Lipstick ties back to my obsession for Southern food and cooking. I also wanted a way to connect with other college football fanatics like myself so you’ll find a hefty dose of tailgating and such.

Each post is accompanied with a song to further enhance the visitor’s experience. I made that decision pretty late in the planning but I can’t imagine the recipes and posts without them. It’s sort of the most fun of all and takes me back to my childhood. I used to sit in my room for hours by myself listening to and getting lost in the sound, recording songs from the radio… with a tape recorder {Claire, do you even know what that is… :)}

BL Guest Post Recipe pic

{made w/ nonfat Greek yogurt… it’s like the dip almost doesn’t even count}

Charred Vidalia Onion Dip
makes about 1 1/2 cups

1 med Vidalia onion, cut into 4 slices
olive oil, kosher salt, pepper
1 {6-oz} container plain nonfat Greek yogurt
3 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
1 Tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
Tyrrell’s English Crisp’s

1.) Rub both sides of onion slices w/ oil & sprinkle w/ salt & pepper
grill over med-high heat {about 400 degrees} 10 to 15 minutes or until charred & tender
coarsely chop

2.) Combine yogurt, herbs & lemon juice in a med bowl
stir in chopped onion
{taste & adjust seasonings}

Tyrrell’s English Crisps
{the *best* potato chips… like ever}

Immediately upon their arrival, I began fishing around in my fridge for dip makers
because I was so inspired by the taste…
like they had just come out of the oil with a clean…
well, potato taste
lightly salted & nothing artificial

I’m in love with these chips… cheeky packaging & all
& viagra online shop I secretly wish I had a real British accent gov’na
{don’t worry, I’ll spare you}

download it
“Layla” Eric Clapton {Derek & The Dominos}

{watch the video on YouTube… uploaded by russelltonrccenter}

{Eric Clapton was the topic of my high school term paper}

Be sweet.

xo,
Rebecca

P.S. Don’t forget to check out Rebecca’s interview with me + my recipe!