Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Years!!!



Happy New Years y'all!!  Thank you all for following me and ALL of your sweet comments.  Stay tuned for 2012...I plan to grow my blog substantially. I have new fitness and LIFE goals that I can't wait to share with you guys.

Tonight I have dinner planned and then I'm going to hang with my girlfriends....we are keeping it low key tonight, just a small house party with lots of lots of drinks, cupcakes, dancing, and laughter--Eek, I can't wait.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

denim and leopard


{shirt: Goodwill/jeans:American eagle/scarf: Marshalls/Purse:Christmas gift/Watch: Michael Kors}



Big Thanks to my little bro for taking the pictures.  It feels so good to have him back from Afghanistan.  The holiday was so good and I'm sad that it's over.  My cup runneth with joy.

What is everyone doing for NYE?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Day!

It was really nice to spend time with my family on Christmas....Here are a few family pictures
{family pup Gizmo}
{the fam}


{big sis and me}
{mom and the girls}
I hope that everyone had a beautiful Christmas!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!



Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa!!!!  I hope that you guys are having a wonderful holiday.  Santa was way too good to me this year...I am so blessed!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Getting into the Holiday Spirit



Purchased this ugly Christmas sweater from Goodwill last year and figured that I would wear it to work today.  Only 2 more sleeps until Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Reindeer Love

{Christmas Partying with my friends }

3 more sleeps until Christmas and I still have tons of shopping and wrapping to do.  I'm having such a hard time finding the  perfect gifts for my family.  I'm trying not to go the gift card route BUT its looking like it is my only choice.  Why is Christmas shopping so stressful?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Benefits of Exercise AND Cancer....Educate Yourself!!!

 {head over to Karmaloop if you are interested in purchasing a shirt or a cool pin}


Liz is a recent college graduate and a huge health nut.  I was so pumped when she contacted me about guest blogging for me.  Liz is super passionate about cancer and I think that she can teach us ALL a little something about the disease.  I am sure that we all know someone who has or had cancer.

Physical Activity Offers Cancer Patients Enhanced Recovery


Cancer treatment and recovery can alter activity levels dramatically. Physical exercise may be reduced or abandoned because of symptoms. Apathy can take hold. There may also be a reluctance to participate in previous activities because of the belief that one is sick and therefore should rest. In many cases this is understandable, especially if the patient is undergoing treatments that cause severe side effects like nausea, dizziness or weakness. Surprisingly, increased activity may actually reduce many of these common obstacles.

Evidence from recent studies has suggested that the health effects of exercise during and after cancer treatment dramatically improve both mental and physical health. Not only does exercise combat depression and keep the body stronger, it may even increase survival rates and lower the risk of progression and re-occurrence of certain cancers. This goes for patients with all types of cancers whether it is breast cancer , lung cancer or papillary mesothelioma.

Measurable benefits of exercise during and after treatment include: increased muscle mass, improved immune function, better mobility and balance, increased stamina, decreased nausea and vomiting, improved range of motion, better sleep and improved mood and self esteem.

Stretching exercises and balance training can diminish weakness or instability caused by surgeries and side effects of drugs. Targeted strength and stabilization exercises can restore the range of motion and reduce pain in affected areas. Professionally guided rehabilitation programs allow the patient to increase their activity and ability levels incrementally.

In some cases, exercise can begin during chemotherapy or radiation. This must be evaluated on a case by case basis by the patient’s medical team. Not all patients can jump into a vigorous exercise program right away, but this does not mean they have to wait to begin moderate exercise. Even modest activities like brief walks and gentle swimming can be effective. Gardening, housework, and active hobbies are encouraged when the patient is strong enough to participate. When people are doing something that they enjoy, it shifts their focus to positivity. Reduction of stress and promotion of positive emotions has been shown to enhance physical health in patients with all types of diseases, and cancer patients are no different.

Staying motivated to continue an exercise routine while undergoing cancer treatment or transitioning into post-cancer life can be challenging, especially if symptoms are interfering with endurance and comfort. Listening to the body carefully and taking a day off when necessary is not only perfectly acceptable but is also an important safety measure. Recovery can be a long process with stops and starts, but as long as the patient is taking steps forward, the efforts will pay off.

A healthier body and lifestyle through exercise is something every cancer patient and survivor should invest in. Attaining the highest possible level of fitness during and after treatment can both improve life and extend it.



{Liz Davies is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer especially interested in health and wellness. She wants to make a difference in people’s lives because she sees how cancer has devastated so many people in this world. Liz also likes running, playing lacrosse, reading and playing with her dog, April.}

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tis the Season to be Jolly......



Bri dog loves Christmas!
5 days until Christmas and I still have tons of shopping and crafting to finish.....
Have  you finished all of your shopping?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Fitness Progress Report









so I managed to drop my Canon 18mm lens and now all of my pictures are blurry :-( I have a fixed lens that I really like but sometimes it's hard to use when you don't want to take close up pictures. It's looks like I'm gonna have to buy a new Canon lens....any suggestions on which one i should buy?

 I'll try to take better fitness pictures soon......

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lounge Wear

This is my typical weekend outfit.  It's perfect for running errands and lounging on the couch all day.
{Ruby woo lipstick from MAC}
{entire outfit from Forever 21, Boots: super old}
{my version of the "top knot" on curly natural hair}

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kelly's Sunrise Fruit Salad

Let's just say that I was thrilled when Kelly from Eat Yourself Skinny agreed to guest post on Jin Fitness. She is the sweetest person ever.  I have been reading (stalking) her blog for months and I'm obsessed with ALL of her healthy recipes.  Kelly can make just about any recipe "skinny".   She even includes the nutritional content AND Weight Watchers points in EVERY  post!

Let's give a round applause to Kelly and be sure to head over to her blog pronto :)
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Hello there lovely readers of Jin Fitness! I’m Kelly from Eat Yourself Skinny and my blog is pretty much all things yummy that you can indulge in without worrying about the calories…um most days. Sometimes I’d rather just eat chocolate cake and run it off later, but hey that’s what Jin’s blog is for right?!

Jin is pretty much my inspiration. I mean not only is she freakin’ gorgeous, but she stays so incredibly fit and has fabulous style! A serious trifecta y’all. Any time I need some motivation to get my butt off the couch and into the gym, I just head over here for a little boost {but then I start reading all her posts and forget that I was supposed to go to the gym which is why my abs will never look like hers…EVER} But because I DO like eating healthy, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite breakfast recipes!
Folks this would be my Sunrise Fruit Salad and no it doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy this dish! This breakfast is low in calories, low in fat and is diabetic friendly! Feel free to substitute fresh cranberries for blueberries since they’re in season, but any fruit combination would taste delicious. I just love how easy this recipe is to whip up and is perfect to grab on the go when you have to work. Oh yes and the addition of honey will rock your world!
I would recommend cutting your fruit up the night before and pre-mixing the yogurt combo so that it’s all ready to eat the next day. Super simple and oh so tasty! This recipe calls for plain Greek yogurt, but you could substitute all sorts of flavors, such as lemon, to spice this up a bit. Feel free to throw in some granola too for crunchy texture, the possibilities are endless!

Sunrise Fruit Salad
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Servings: 6
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Calories: 131
Fat: 3 g
Carbs: 23 g
Fiber: 3 g
Protein: 5 g
Sodium: 102 mg
Old Points: 2.3 pts
Points+: 3 pts
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Here are your ingredients:
Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

4 oz. light cream cheese
6 oz. plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp. finely shredded lemon zest
1 tsp. finely shredded orange zest
1 medium orange, peeled and sectioned
3 medium kiwifruits, peeled and sliced
1 medium cantaloupe, seeded, peeled and cubed
1 cup fresh blueberries

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in yogurt and honey until smooth. Stir in lemon zest and orange zest. Divide cream cheese mixture among six serving dishes and top with fruit. Enjoy!
See??
Easy peasy.

You’re welcome.

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Thanks again Jin for inviting me to guest post on your fabulous blog! If you’d like more skinny recipes or just want to make a new friend, feel free to stop by my little blog any time and say hi!

XOXO






Monday, December 12, 2011

I am Feeling This......

Man if only I could have been creative enough to come up with Pinterest. I am addicted to pinning....... Here are a couple things that inspired me today
do you agree?  which is your favorite? 

Mantra Monday

{teresaclaraphotography}

Friday, December 9, 2011

Embrace Messy Hair








{both images from Pinterest}


{Red lipstick Friday :)}


I'm starting a natural hair movement!  More people should go natural
because it's cool, unique and not to mention super healthy!  I've gained so much
confidence just from being natural.

I am so freakin' happy that the weekend is finally here!!  This weekend I'm spending quality time with my family. My little sister is turning 20 today AND this is my brothers last weekend on the east coast.  I'll be sure to post loads of pics Monday!
What do you have planned this weekend?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Yummy Pinterest Finds

Pinterest can be torture when you are hungry.  I've been pinning yummy dishes all morning.  I'm ready for my lunch hour to start because I'm starving......  I truly believe that my inner self is 300lbs because I am ALWAYS hungry!!


{pinterest: www.pickyin.blogspot.com}

{Pinterest: www.thekitchn.com}

{pinterest: www.acouplecooks.com}

{pinterest: www.foodgawker.com}
these meatloaf balls look delicious!


Sweet Dreams

{image via pinterest}


I want to make this headboard but I don't know how :( I'm sure that my handy dad could figure it out lol.  This is on my Christmas list (hint, hint....wink,wink).

Do you like?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Shopping

I have a love hate relationship with Christmas.  I love the meaning,  holiday parties, decorations, etc BUT I really dislike Christmas shopping.  I never really know what to buy people and when I ask them they never give me a legit answer.  See I'm very vocal about my holiday wish list.  I make sure that I give tons of options so that my buyers will have a variety to choose from lol.....but I know that others my not feel comfortable making a list.  I also want to give gifts that have  sentimental value.  I work really hard for my money and I don't want to buy something just for the heck of it, meaning that I want the person to like it, need it, and use it daily :).   I'm thinking about giving each person on my list a crafted gift and a store bought gift.  Any ideas on what I should craft???  Below are a few crafted gift ideas.....

{ALL pics from Pinterest}

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Hot Deep Stretch Yoga

{deep stretch yoga...Yoga Oasis}




My hips feel open, my shoulders are no longer holding tension, and I feel extremely relaxed.  If you haven't  tried deep stretch yoga you MUST try it immediately. Yoga has worked wonders for my posture and has tremendously decreased the amount of stress that I carry. 
Please excuse the huge Afro....it didn't look like that before class started (I swear;)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Look Who's Back......

{CLT International Airport}
My bro is finally back from Afghanistan and so I'm thrilled to have him back on U.S soil.  I'm so appreciative for all that he has done for our country.  Oorah!!!