Blogging Year In Review

I have to admit, I didn't blog as much as I would like this year. Once my YouTube channel started to take off, blogging kind of took the back burner. When I first started blogging (gothextramile if any of you are MVP readers from back in the day), I was posting more lifestyle type posts - similar to what I did in the day, what I was eating, etc. Lately, my blog has kind of transitioned more into an informative type of blog focusing on specific topics. I really love writing, and I have a ton of ideas constantly floating in my mind. I'd love to hear some feedback from any of my readers about what you guys like to see. I want to focus more on blogging this year, in addition to YouTube, so having your input would mean the world! As for … [Read more...]

Review of the Polar A360

For a long time, I stopped wearing heart rate monitors of all kind. Why? Well, back in the day (I totally sound like I'm elderly), I would exercise and ONLY focus on how many calories I'm burning. I wouldn't leave the gym until I burned X amount of calories, and each time I worked out, that number would increase. It wasn't really a fun time, and it was completely liberating to just let go of any time of heart rate monitor. These days, I know better, and I know it's certainly not about burning a certain number of calories. I workout to feel strong, with a goal in mind, to just feel good, and to increase my strength. It's more about enjoying the workout and having fun with it! Once I found weight training, this is exactly what … [Read more...]

The First Time I Realized I Want to Be More Than Just Average

The "first time" is a tough time to actually pin-point, because there were actually multiple instances I've had this realization. I think as humans, it's natural for us to second guess everything, make certain decisions, take different paths than what we should, change our minds constantly, so on and so forth. That's life, and that's how we learn and how we really discover ourselves as well as the path we are supposed to take in life. "I want to be more than just average." Deep down I've always known this. Ever since I was little, I would talk about how I wanted to make it big, be known, and make a difference in this world - one way or another. I was never really sure how I would go about doing that, or what exactly it would be that would … [Read more...]

Top Five Gifts to Get for A Female Fitness Fanatic

I usually never do gift posts because I rarely even do gifts in my family. To me, the holiday's are about spending time with loved ones and Jesus. However, I do LOVE giving gifts, and these are some of my favorite things that I personally have myself and know that other fitness fanatics would love them as well!! I am not getting paid to share these products, but some of these include affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog as always :) Slingshot Hip Circle - I recently just bought this, and it is definitely one of the best purchase I've made in a while. I've been using it mostly for mobility & warming up before leg days, and I feel like it has helped a lot already! It can also be used while doing certain leg exercises … [Read more...]

Would You Give Up Sex for IBS Symptom Relief?

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by IBS in America. As always, all thoughts are my own.  Oh, IBS. I've been dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome for quite some time now, and I'm sure you all are aware. I've talked about it plenty of times on my social media channels that I often get emails from people who are also suffering and asking for advice. The crazy thing about IBS, is it seems to be like this mystery illness. No one knows why they have it, how to treat it, how to cope with it, and it's so very individualized. A lot of people also just feel defeated, myself included, and end up just learning to deal with it and try and forget about it. However, this shouldn't be the case. We should try to understand this condition more, … [Read more...]

Can You Reach Your Fitness Goals Without Tracking Macros?

Some of you reading this may be macro enthusiasts, and some of you may be asking "what the heck is a macro?" The other people may know what macros are and are just intrigued by the thought of tracking macros since the concept has truly blown up in the fitness industry lately. First of all, what is a macro? Macro is short for macronutrients, which in simpler terms, is what makes up the food you eat - proteins, carbs, and fats. IIFYM, or flexible dieting, is about weighing your food and accurately tracking those macro nutrients to hit a specific number each day. For some, this has allowed freedom (like myself) in terms of being able to eat what they want while still reaching their fitness goals. Flexible dieting has truly saved me from … [Read more...]

Vlogmas 2015 + Life Update

Hi Friends! I haven't had time to devote to writing up blog posts lately, mostly because I've been traveling across the country to my new home in Colorado! After over 2,000 miles of driving, 5 days, and 7 states later, I made it all the way from South Florida. It has been quite the adventure, with tons of crazy stuff that has happened along the way. Despite all of that, I'm so stoked for this next chapter in my life! I can't wait to see what Colorado has in store for me. But seriously, these mountains though..... I actually have a blog post coming up that will be all about how I traveled across the country on a BUDGET. This is important, because moving is VERY expensive. Top that with paying for it yourself (with no help … [Read more...]

Why it’s important to focus on not conforming to body standards

Raise your hand if you feel like you've ever tried to conform to societies "body standards". *Raises hand* You may be wondering what I even mean. Okay, lets chat real quick and have a little history lesson. Don't exit the page yet, hear me out. This post/video actually has a wonderful representation on the ideal body standards throughout the years which you should watch. But, here's a quick little overview: 1837-1901: full-figured, cinched waist 1920: flat chest, downplayed waist, boyish figure 1930-1950: hourglass figure, large breasts, slim waist 1960: thin, long legs, adolescent physique 1980: athletic and curvy, tall 1990: extremely thing, androgynous Today: flat stomach, "healthy" skinny, large breasts and … [Read more...]

My ONE Tip to Help You Stop Worrying So Much

Worry. We ALL do it, usually without even realizing we are. It is a natural instinct for us to do whenever we are stressed or feel overwhelmed. I sure as heck am very guilty of worrying, especially since I have, and do, struggle with anxiety sometimes. I have to admit though, I have gotten so much better at learning NOT to worry so much. There are some things in life that we can change, and there are some things in life that we cannot change. There are also some things in life that we are not expecting at all, causing extra stress and overwhelming feelings. That's life, and it happens to all of us. The one thing that has truly helped me stop worrying so much is asking myself "will worrying HELP me and/or this situation?" Almost 100% of … [Read more...]

VOTE FOR ME!!!!! Bodybuildingcom Spokesmodel Semi-Finalist

Hi friends!!!! So, I made it into the top 20 for the bodybuilding.com spokesmodel search!!! I am so honored and I still cannot believe it. Voting has opened today, and will go through November 22. You must vote for at least one girl (ME ;) and one guy, but can vote for up to 5 of each! Help me get into the TOP 5!! Vote here: bodybuilding.com/spokesmodel   LOVE YOU ALL. … [Read more...]