Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A New Lifestyle | Weeks 7-9

To help me stay accountable, I decided to share my newly vowed healthy lifestyle by documenting it here on a weekly basis. I hope you decide to follow along so we can cheer each other on and be an inspiration for one another! You can also follow along on Instagram with #howstormiegothergrooveback or on Snapchat (stormieariel).

I know I have been MIA with my workouts or running/walking schedule but that doesn't mean I am not keeping up with them. Anthony started school two weeks ago and we had a mini vacation before school started for him so things have been a little busy. I don't remember the exact dates for everything but we typically go walking every other day or so and run at least twice a week. I know what days our runs are on because I track everything with my Nike+ Run Club app (Feel free to add me as I am also looking for new running friends). I have been lacking in doing strength training as all my focus has been on building my stamina for long distance running. I need to start strength training again though as I know it will help me even more especially with leaning out.

Week 7
Sunday - Interval Run
Monday -
Tuesday - Interval Run
Wednesday -
Thursday -
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday - Walk

Week 8
Sunday -
Monday - Interval Run
Tuesday -
Wednesday -
Thursday - Interval Run
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday - Walk

Week 9
Sunday -
Monday - Interval Run
Tuesday -
Wednesday - Walk
Thursday - Interval Run
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday - Skipped

The days I left blank are the days I am unsure of, it was either a walk day or a rest day but I am so happy I have been keeping up with my interval running. When I first started my interval running it looked something like this:

Walk .25 miles
Run .25 miles
Walk .25 miles
Run .25 miles
Walk .5 miles

For Week 9, I pushed my self a bit further and ran a little more than .25 miles during the running interval and decreased my walking to below .25 miles. I am not sure the exact mileage point as I use structural markers at the trail to help me push myself. Right now I am at the point of pushing myself past the mile marker and running to the "D" in the Dream Structure. My next goal is to run to the flag poles and hoping to be able to do that soon. My ultimate goal is to run a 5k nonstop and I am not concerned with speed at this point, only distance. However making these mini goals is helping me stay motivated as I can check each small goal off my list and feeling accomplished instead of focusing on the bigger goal as that can be discouraging if you only focus on the big goal and don't realize the small progress is still progress. So this week I challenge you to break up your ultimate goal into smaller, more achievable goals.

Have ya'll been keeping up with your new healthy lifestyle? What is your ultimate goal? What is your trick in helping you stay motivated?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tesla and Evelynn Mommy and Me Mini Session

Hey guys! I feel like now that I have gone down part time on my blogging I have so much more to share whereas before I was having a hard creating enough content, haha. Anyways, I have mentioned my love for photography a few times here on the blog and even shared one of my family sessions I did, well today I am back sharing a Mommy and Me mini session. I gotta say black and white photos are getting all the heart eyes in this session, I just love how it focuses the attention on the love shared between mother and daughter. 

Enough chit chat and on to the photos..





Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Back to School Looks with Gymboree | Tips & Tricks

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As some of ya'll may remember Anthony started school yesterday. Although he is taking distance education courses compared to the traditional face-to-face courses, it made us take a trip down memory lane and remember what it was like starting a new school year.

I remember being so antsy and staying up all night (or only getting a few hours of sleep and waking up super early) wondering what the first day back would be like. I also always created the perfect outfits for the first day because you have to make a great first impression back at school. At the schools I attended, we were limited to uniforms but that doesn't mean I was limited in creating outfits. I used accessories and shoes to help make my outfit look different from everyone else. There was even a night I got dressed and fell asleep in my clothes, I was that excited, haha.

So when Gymboree asked me to create  a Back to School look, I got all kinds of giddy and felt like a school girl all over again. I personally decided to create a look around their Uniform Shop because I know it's tough feeling like an individual and showing your creative side when you have to wear what everyone else is wearing.


I went with the traditional white polo shirt and a navy skort  as our foundation or basic pieces. Just with foundation pieces alone, you can change the look up by having your daughter wear the polo shirt with a different color skort or a jumper dress or even shorts or pants. By mixing and matching the foundation pieces, you can easily create multiple outfits for her to wear.

To stand apart from everyone else is where her shoes and accessories come in. I chose these sparkle flats because I love how the sparkles are different colors allowing you to create multiple looks with just one pair of shoes. You can easily pair these flats with a red polo and a navy jumper.

You could even exchange the bow for this one:

Bow Clip
Or maybe have her wear these shoes the following week with the same foundation pieces:

Ballet Flats
Just because your daughter is stuck in a uniform doesn't mean it has to be boring, just think of it as a capsule wardrobe and become creative with accessorizing and her shoe pairings. Her hair style could even completely change the look of each outfit as well. 

These tips and tricks also apply to those of you that may have to wear a uniform at work.

How do you show your creative individual side when you have to wear a uniform? Does anyone else get pre-school jitters? 
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