B: Graphic Designer, Photographer, Fashion Enthusiast, Color Connoisseur & Gummi Bear Expert.

Changes

It has been four weeks since I have started my bootcamp classes. For the most part, I think it’s pretty awesome. I am constantly sore; back, arms, butt, abs, chest, everything! It’s nice being sore, it means that I have been working hard.

I have been able to stay pretty consistent with my days. I have been going Mondays through Wednesdays and have even picked up drop-in volleyball on Thursdays. Fridays have been sort of my “day off” and I try to go running on the weekends, which unfortunately has only been once on average for the weekends. But basically I’m working out five times a week and I feel pretty good about it.

I really am enjoying volleyball. I have only been once, but it was seriously the most fun working out I have had in a long time. I thought I was really going to suck at it since it’s been quite a few years since I have even touched a volleyball, but you know what? I’ve still got it! I can still pass, I can still set, and I can even hit! Serving, that’s a little bit of a different story, but for the most part, I can still play. 

My bootcamp instructor, Jeff, asked me last week to come in for a diagnostics test. He took my weight, measurements, and BMI. The numbers were a little higher than I was hoping, but it just means I will have some pretty awesome results within a year…right? Along with that, he then asked me about my goals and my diet. Oh gosh. My diet. Okay, if you know me, you know I love to eat. I eat all the freakin’ time (no wonder I’m not in the best shape), but for the most part, I actually do know what’s good for me and what’s bad for me. I just choose to eat the bad things…too often. Oops. So Jeff asked me to keep a food log and…yeah…so I came back this week and gave it to him to look at and I didn’t do as bad as I thought, but not great either. He now wants me to be on the Paleo’s diet. It’s not too bad. Mostly fruits, veggies, proteins with a few good fats thrown in. I remember a doctor once told me, “If God didn’t make it, don’t eat it.” 

I’m making changes in my life. And I’m not going to go into great detail, but I’m also working on some personal things other than fitness and health. I want to be better, so that takes change.

rlb

So it begins…

Hey fellow tumblrs! So guess what? I finally started my bootcamp class! I started yesterday with an orientation. Mostly they talked about what we can expect from the class, how often we should try and come, and then we did a few moves that are typically used during the class. But today…today was intense! It only ended up being about a 40-45 minute class, but I am already feeling it! We started with the warm-up which consists of 20 jumping jacks, 20 switchback jacks, 20 clapping jacks, 12 swinging legs (both sides), 12 swinging side legs (both sides), 10 knee ups, and six spiders. I am probably messing up their “proper” name, but for the most part, I think I’m pretty close. Then we began our workout. We partnered up and while one partner was running down the block and back with a sandbag, the other partner was working on seven rowers, seven ab sit-ups, and seven swimmers. I definitely know I got this names mixed up. But if the partner with the sandbag got back before the other partner finished the seven workouts, then they would pick up where they left off while that person went off running. I hope that makes a little bit of sense. Then for the finisher, we did two minutes of hollow rack. We were allowed to get the two minutes in five minutes, so it was cumulative. Well, that’s it! That was my first bootcamp. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before, but I used to do bootcamp all the time when I lived at home. I loved that bootcamp and I had all my friends there. So starting all over with new people, a new workout coach, and a little heavier price tag is a little intimidating. But I hope to fall in love with it and I hope to get a body that I can be super proud of. Until then, I’ll be back at it tomorrow. 

rlb

Working on Working Out

So on my last post I talked about how I was going to start my bootcamp class, but unfortunately I can’t start that until next week. Boo. But I had talked with some friends about P90X and I wanted to be all super hardcore about it, but to be honest, I was sort of bored with it. I probably didn’t give it the best chance, but the way the video is built isn’t the way I really want to workout. Maybe I’ve been doing Jillian Michaels’ videos for so long that I’m used to her routines and her energy. But that’s the thing, I felt like P90X has no energy. It has a lot of great moves and the guy who does it is very knowledgeable in getting your body in shape, but I just felt like a sense of energy was lacking. Just me?

Also, I’m going to begin my bootcamp classes next Tuesday. I’m pretty excited because I got a great deal on Groupon and my plan is to go at least three times a week. Plus, I found out that an elementary school near my work is going to have open gym volleyball on Thursday nights, so I’m definitely going to go to that. I figure if I can workout three or four times a week then I should be able to start losing some weight (hopefully). I’ve never really been one to go on diets, to track calories, or stress over my body, but I’ve also never had a desk job before. A year later since my start date at work, I feel like I’ve gained 15 pounds. Screw Freshman 15, what about the Desk Job 15? Nobody warned us about that! So I’m working on finding ways to be active after work. I get up around 6-6:30, so I definitely don’t want to get up any earlier than that. Plus, I think after sitting all day at work, moving around and being active helps to give me some more energy for the evening. 

Also, I have some pretty good reasons to lose some weight and get in shape. One, we have a really big event going on in February that is going to take place in Las Vegas and all of our “beautiful” sales people are going to be there. We just had an event a few weeks ago with them and I felt pretty sloppy and “round” compared to some of them, so I really want to look and feel good when it’s time to go to Vegas. Two, my best friend is getting married! So of course, I really want to look good while I’m standing up there as one of her Bridesmaids! 

Well, that’s what’s happening in my world of attempting to be healthy. I say “attempting” because I just finished a plate of my mom’s lasagna and am eating a bowl of her homemade peach pie, but let’s be honest, you do not waste your mother’s home cooking. 

rlb

A New Journey

Hello fellow bloggers,

It’s been a very long time since I have posted on here. Let me catch you up real quick…

I graduated college last May with my BFA in Graphic Design and I now work for a company called Burkhart Dental Supply. I work with a small but definitely awesome team and could not believe that I landed such an amazing opportunity right out of school. I do all sort of marketing materials for Burkhart, which include but are not limited to publications, flyers, environmental graphics, and swaaagggg. I have been there over a year and I can’t imagine going anywhere else.

I’ve decided to start up my blog again for one main reason: accountability. I need accountability in two areas of my life, one is fitness and the other is design. 

Tomorrow evening I begin a bootcamp class. It is about an hour long and to be honest, I’m pretty stoked. I haven’t done bootcamp classes in about a year and I’m really looking forward to starting again. I used to go all the time, but since I’ve moved and work longer hours, I haven’t really been able to workout like I used to or even want to. Every once in awhile I do a Jillian Michael’s video, and I totally love her videos, but after awhile, they get old and I really like working out with other people. It sort of gives me the “I’m not alone” feeling. 

I need accountability in design because although my job is awesome, I need an outlet sometimes. I don’t get to be as creative as I really want to be sometimes and I miss that. I get a lot of inspiration from all sorts of places (let’s be real, it’s mostly from Pinterest), but I don’t have a place to really put those ideas sometimes. So, tumblr followers, you are all going to be the lucky audience as I continue to grow and (to hopefully) be healthier. 

How do you all stay inspired? And how do you all stay fit?

rlb

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I’ve been there! The best part is the roof!

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Dreams>Orders
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So true.

5 years and 1 day…

Today will be my last day as a Starbucks barista. I suppose the best way to describe the feeling would be bittersweet. Bitter in the sense I am leaving so many friends, so many great and loyal customers, and I’m not going to lie, I’m going to miss my discount and markouts. Sweet because I am fulfilling a dream of mine. I will be going to work for a company called Burkhart as one of the designers at the corporate office. 

There are so many feelings, emotions, and thoughts going through my head as I have officially graduated as of this last friday, just turned 24 five days ago, and am leaving the only job I have ever known. Of course I am absolutely thrilled about getting a real career started in the field that I got my degree in, but as I was caramelizing macchiatos and stirring iced white mocha americanos today, I realized that I only get one more day of this. At 12:30pm, I will be putting on my green apron for the last time and will be working my last closing shift. 

The memories that I have gained will never parish and the friendships that I have built will never be forgotten. As excited as I am for my new job, there is a tug in my heart in knowing that I am going to miss being a barista. Coming home with whip in my hair, mocha on my arm, and my bras reeking of coffee is something that I may end up longing for. It was a sign of working hard. 

Exactly 5 years and 1 day ago, I was officially hired to be a part of the Starbucks family. And through my 5 years, I have seen so many people come and go and now, I am one of them. Eventually I am going to have a facebook status that reads “I went into Starbucks today and didn’t recognize any of the partners!” I dread that day because then it will feel like I am truly no longer a part of Starbucks. That place has been like a second family. All of the partners there gave me as much encouragement and support as my family at home did through school. And as much as I know some of them are sad to see me go, they have no idea how sad I am to be leaving them. 

To those of you who are reading this from my store, please know you have touched my heart in ways you will never know. You’ve all given me such a great place to work and I cannot thank you enough for everything you’ve all done for me these past 5 years. I have had so many great times with you all. And I know there were moments where we truly hated our job, but because you were there, it made it that much better. There are even some of you who I know we have sort of “clash,” but that has made me into a better person. Starbucks has taught me so much and I am so glad I got to experience it with all of you.

As my Starbucks door is closing, my Burkhart door is opening, and I am looking forward to seeing and enjoying the things God has planned for me.

rlb