16 January 2015

5 Tips for Workout Motivation

As I said in my last Life Lately I have been in a anti-workout funk. Honestly, I don't know why.... usually I love working out. I always feel so great afterwards and the benefits by far out number the pain. You can do anything for 1 hour a day, so why can't I get my butt to the gym? I decided to come up with a list of 5 tips to help you, and myself to get our butts in motion! Our bodies are incredible machines and we owe it to them to get some serious heart health in.


1| Find something that doesn't seem like exercise!
For example, my thing is scheduled classes. If I do a class, I will go hard. I find it more fun than just going to the gym on my own. Plus, you can mix it up. You can do Bootcamp, Spin, Yoga, etc. and classes usually have a time limit.... so you stay the full hour instead of just leaving when you feel like it. Or maybe your thing is walking, running, biking. Just find your niche and make it fun!

2| Just get there!
The hardest part for me is getting to the gym. I will make up every excuse in the book to not go. I will clean my entire house and be like "Gee look at the time... guess I can't go to the gym now." My new motto... JUST GET THERE. If I just drive myself there and walk through the door, I will do it. And I usually promise myself a coffee reward of some sort after. By the time I workout, 1- I feel great and 2- I no longer want to waste the calories on Starbucks.

3| Partner Up!
This will help with the getting there. This week I did not want to go, hence the reason for this post. Anyways, I partnered up with my friend Brenna and when I didn't want to go on Tuesday she texted me and told be to get my a** there anyways. It adds accountability. Someone else's fitness success is counting on your attendance. If you go, they go and vice versa. It's a win-win for everyone.

4| Stay off the freaking scale!
I ALWAYS say this in my fitness posts. The scale is just a number and in no way does it represent your success. There is nothing that will de-motivate you more than working your butt off, eating healthy and then only seeing the scale budge by half a pound. If you have to weigh yourself only do so once a week or even better every 2 weeks. This will be a more accurate representation. Measure your success by literal measurements or by how your clothes fit. My 6 week challenge was such an eye opener, yes I lost 23lbs but the benefits beyond the scale were so much more rewarding and are what kept me going! Clear skin, 4 sizes smaller, energy......

5| Gym Pact App!
Before I started taking exercise classes I used this app like crazy! If money is a motivator for you, download this app! Basically you create an account and link it to your bank account. You set up your account based upon your goals and schedule. You need to pick how many days a week you want to exercise (the more you go the more money you can make). Every time you go to the gym you check-in via GPS on the app(you must be at a verified facility) and you must stay for a minimum of 30 mins. So if you meet your goal of 4 times per week, the app pays you. If you miss a day, the app charges you. You set the amount to fit your life. If your goal is 4 times per week and you only go 3, it can charge you say $5 for that missed workout (you can make this a higher amount as well). That $5 goes to pay everyone else who met their goal that week. You can get paid to work out. I know there are other websites out there with this concept. Some you can even do in groups where everyone contributes to a pot and then whoever loses the most weight gets the money. Money is a great motivator!


bless.
        -kv

14 January 2015

Life Lately


Not a ton of exciting events have been happening but I have nothing else to write about.....so here is your Life Lately goodness for the week!

| This week I had my orientation for my CNA class. I was really excited at first and then after the orientation I almost died. You have to wear these hideous uniform to Lecture, Lab and Clinical!!! You must wear your hair up, cannot have your nails done (not even clear) and you can only wear sold white shoes. Now I know I sound like I am complaining, but I think that is a bit strict for an 8 week CNA course. Med school isn't even that bad. So I switched from the 15 week to the 8 week to get this puppy out of the way!

| After a 3 week exercise hiatus I am back to exercising at Raw Fitness again. I have to admit it is a struggle. I am in this stupid funk and try to talk my way out of EVERY workout. Thankfully I have an awesome support system that has made me go everyday this week! As far as Bikram, I plan to re-tackle that starting next week with a goal of 3 times per week.

| We have officially started a "Move Home" countdown. I kept telling the hubs that we have plenty of time but it is starting to creep up on us. So we are starting to make lists of what we want to sell/keep and just making an overall plan. We are hoping to sell most of our furniture since we won't need it at our parents house and by the time we move again, I think we will want new stuff anyways.  PS I cannot wait to have my amazing childhood closet back!

Hope everyone is having a great start to the New Year! I have some fun posts coming over the next few weeks.

bless.
      -kv

08 January 2015

Las Vegas' Hidden Gem: The Neon Museum


I discovered the Neon Museum a couple of weeks ago thanks to a friend who is a tour volunteer there. She invited Steven and I on her first tour as practice. Steven's parents happened to be in town so they came along too! First off, my friend did an AMAZING job! Second, this place is a hidden gem. If you are ever in Vegas you have to check it out. Not only was it visually pleasing, we learned some pretty cool facts about Las Vegas history. They offer Day and Night tours. I recommend doing both. We did the night tour and it was so fun to see some of the signs lit up! 

Always a Dossey at heart 





bless.
   -kv 

07 January 2015

New Year's Resolution Remix 1.5

Recently I saw this article going around Facebook and I loved it! So I decided to take her list and write about how I will be applying these 15 things to my life in 2015. Happy New Year Everyone!

1| Stop showing/telling everything to everyone
--- This is a BIG one for me. I feel like I am a social media whore and I need to be stopped. I am always on Facebook sharing my life and stalking others. That "your year" slideshow on Facebook, FULL OF SELFIES! I am going to try to veer away from this. Maybe even inactivating my account? The people who I want to stay in touch with I can call, skype, email or have them follow my blog! It's a work in process.

2| Stop comparing yourself to others
-- After being rejected from PA school I started to compare myself to current friends in PA school and PA's I work with. I am so envious of their accomplishments and life. I want to be them, but I'm not and I need to realize this. This year I want to accept my journey as my own and learn from it as I go.

3| Stop worrying about what others think of you
-- I may say I don't, but I really do care about what others think of me. Why? I don't know. I need to start worrying about what I think about myself and how I can improve that person this year.

4| Stop waiting
-- I keep waiting for my life to just take off and well, waiting is getting me no where! 2015 is a year of action. New chances, new adventures!

5| Stop doubting
-- Everyone doubts themselves right? I think we do this a lot! I think this relates to number 4.....we doubt ourselves and therefore we wait and then waiting gets us no where. 2015 is the year of no doubts and just jumping in and taking chances. They say you only regret the chances you don't take. Point.... erase doubt.

6| Stop being a stranger
-- We will be leaving Vegas in 5 months. Leaving the place we have lived for 6 years has made me realize we are running out of time. I have gotten lazy the past couple years on keeping up on friendships. So with the remaining time we have here, I want to spend it keeping up on important friendships. When we move I want to be sure to spend time with family but also make new friends. Steven and I are obviously comfortable with each other and sometimes we forget other people exist.

7| Stop feeling sorry for yourself
--Noted :)

8| Stop standing in your own way
-- Well, thanks to #7 I no longer feel sorry for myself and therefore will not stand in my own way.

9| Stop feeling guilty
-- The only thing I feel guilty about is not being adventurous enough. I am young have have plenty of time to right my wrongs. Guilt only wastes time and I don't have time to waste.

10| Stop thinking money creates value
--Never have never will. Ask my husband, I am cheap! Money is just paper and metal. Memories last forever and I feel sorry for people who think otherwise.

11| Stop feeling obligated
-- I've had several conversations over the past month about life as an adult (more to come on this). I think as adults whether you have kids or not, you feel obligated to be serious and responsible 100% of the time. At least I do.... this year I want to tamp down this resolution and let loose every once and awhile. Take time to forget about responsibilities and make time for things that I wouldn't consider obligations!

12| Stop saying "yes" all the time
-- This was actually my resolution last year and I think I followed through fairly well. You have to be able to stand up for yourself and only take on what you can truly handle. It was very freeing! And if you fear people will stop liking you.... don't! In fact, they respect you even more.

13| Stop thinking everything is a competition
-- I'm not too sure about this one....I am a very competitive person! So I think my spin on this is to be in a competition with yourself. I will try beating my own goals this year and being a better me than I was yesterday.

14| Stop trying to be like everyone else
--We are born unique for a reason. Embrace it. I fall into this a lot.... wanting the newest phone or the hottest brands/clothes. I need to find my own style and embrace it. Hopefully I figure out who I am before I'm 30.

15| Stop thinking you have to get it right on the first try
-- Third times a charm! No matter how many tries it takes never, ever give up on your dreams. With that being said I have decided I will be re-applying for PA school.

bless.
       -kv

06 January 2015

A Look Back: 2014 Recap

If you've missed any of my posts over the past year, now is your chance to catch up! Enjoy some pictures and click on the links to see posts from 2014!

--January--
I took a trip to go see my Grandparents who suffer from Alzheimer's and Dementia. It was a really rough visit for me but I am so glad I went because they were such a big part of my childhood. I cheered myself up with some quality family time with my Aunt & Cousins and then headed to Palm Dessert to visit my BFF Tracy. It was a great way to start off the year. 

--February--
Got an AMAZING job as a Scribe! I absolutely love it and I have learned so much about the medical field. I work with an amazing team and can't wait to see what else they have to teach me in 2015!

--March--
March was a big month for my Mama who turned 50! My dad, sister and I through her a huge surprise party. I have to say I am quite the party planner :)

--April--
As for another birthday, my handsome hubs celebrated his 22nd! 

--May--
Graduated from college!

--June--
In June I received a copy of the Architecture book that some of my work is published in! It was a very exciting moment for me. My passion may be medicine but architecture and art are major hobbies. I plan on writing a post this year to showcase some of my work!
Want a peek at the book? Click here, here here!!!

--July--
Annual family reunion trip in Lake Tahoe! This is something we have been doing since I was a baby! See my post on it here!!

Also, we celebrated 1 year of marriage on the coast in Santa Monica.

--August--
This was my favorite month by far! I went to Florida to check out The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and raised awareness and $2000 for ALS research. 

--September--
This is the month I started babysitting little Liam and he has changed my life forever! I am so attached to this little guy. 

--October--
Attended a costume party w/ a couples costume! It was our first halloween that we dressed up together and went to a party! It was a blast and I hope we get invited again next year. 

--November--
I ran my 2nd half marathon on the strip. It was Steven's first and we had such a blast!
Click here to read the post on our 13.1 mile adventure.

--December--
Celebrated Christmas in Disneyland with the whole family!

bless.
   -kv

31 December 2014

Down with the Dossey's: Christmas Vacation

In the last Life Lately I said Steven and I had an announcement.... well... we're not pregnant if that's what you were thinking! It's really no big secret and some of you already know but now we are now making it 100% official... We are moving back to Carson! We will be moving back in May when our apartment lease is up and will be living with my parents until we figure out what the heck we are doing :) I'm a little scared. We have built such a life here in Las Vegas and we have so many close friends and favorite local spots. I feel like we know close to no one back home and most of the people we do "know" still hold a grudge for not being invited to the wedding. So there's that. Now on to the real reason for this post.......

When I first started this blog I had a segment called Down with the Dossey's and well it's back and will be making several appearances for 2015 now that we are moving home! Who knows, TLC may contact us for our own show one day!

Anyways.... this year instead of having a traditional Christmas, we went on vacation! In-laws and all, we headed to Disneyland! Disneyland was the destination of choice because Steven's parents have NEVER been there! In fact, it was their first vacation ever! We had such a blast that we hope to do a vacation like this every year! It was so nice to just enjoy each other's company and not have the stress of Christmas gifts.

We stayed at The Grand Californian and had early access to the parks EVERYDAY! My mom was awesome and made dinner reservations for every night we were there! It was so nice and we had some pretty awesome meals.

We had way to much fun with the pictures in general but also with the pictures that are taken on rides

ENJOY!





Hope you all had a Holiday as jolly as ours!

bless.
    kv

30 December 2014

My 6 Week Fitness Challenge!


You all are probably fed up with the Facebook Check-ins that I have been required to do for this 6 week challenge. You will be happy to know that the challenge is finally over and I am 23 lbs lighter!

For those of you who haven't been filled in I did a 6 week fitness challenge at Raw Fitness in Las Vegas. You pay $299 for unlimited bootcamp classes, customized meal plan and amazing support. If you lose 20lbs in that 6 weeks you get your money back or you can use it as a credit for more classes or a second challenge. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

When I first started to get back on track I weighed 194 lbs. I can't believe I let myself almost reach 200 lbs. Never again will I even get close to that number. Then when starting the challenge I weighted 187.6, so I lost 6.4 lbs on my own.

The first 2 weeks of the challenge I was SO motivated. I lost 13lbs in my first weigh in. Then 4 weeks later, another 5lbs!!! At the end of the 6 weeks I weighed 164.6 lbs for a total weight loss of 23 lbs. I was shocked. Here are my before and after pics:

Now I don't notice a huge difference in my pics but the side pics helped me feel more accomplished (I wish I had before for those). More importantly I feel the difference!  I was wearing size 12/14 at the start of the challenge and this past week I bought 2 pairs of size 8 jeans!!!! I was even hesitant to buy the 8's because I think 6's are in my near future.

I have had several people ask me... "so what's the secret?". The answer? Hard-ass work outs, squeaky clean eating and NO excuses. People, losing weight is hard and it takes time. The number on the scale is just a number. Health is the overall goal to strive for. With that being said, don't fall for the gimmicks of diet pills, shakes, wraps, etc. Those are only temporary! Strive for a lifestyle of health and happiness!!!! Ok, rant over :)

Now here is what my schedule looked like:

Here are the brief guidelines around the food:
- Protein powder should be high in protein and low in carbs
- Protein choices included: White fish, Chicken and Turkey (4 ounces)
- Veggie choices included: Everything is fair game and in unlimited amounts
- Carb choices: Quinoa, Brown rice and sweet potato (Grains 1/2 cup cooked, SP- 4ounces)

I also took the fish oil as listed above and liquid vitamins. I have learned that liquid is best due to how it dissolves/absorbs in the body! So for these 2 items I recommend liquid. Plus they are delish.

Here is an example of a Bootcamp workout. I recommend finding classes in your area so that you are more likely to go and more likely to work harder. However, most of these workouts can be found on Pinterest and done in your own home!!!


If you live in the Las Vegas area and are interested in this challenge, the next one starts Jan. 5th!! Just in time for the New Year. Orientation dates are as follows:

Green Valley Location: 12/29 at 7:30pm
Southwest Location: 12/30 at 7:30pm

I am not going to be doing a second challenge but I used the money I got back to get 2 free months of BC classes. I'm not sure what my next fitness adventure is but I can't wait to find out!

bless. 
- kv