January 16, 2015

That's it, I'm moving!

UPDATE: earlleighdesigns.com is now live.

The time has come. After months of going back and forth about a decision...I'm hopping onto the Wordpress train. My laptop trying to die in the middle of this move is not helping the stress factor! Ha!

After Sunday, the easiest way to find me will be to search for earlleighdesigns.com as my blog will be hosted elsewhere and officially a dotcom.

Sorry for any inconvenience but like Beyonce said:

I hope that you will all come visit my new home! New blog posts at earlleighdesigns.com will be starting on Monday.


January 15, 2015

Fitness Progress {January 2014 to Present}

Fitness Progress {January 2014 to Present} via Earl-Leigh Designs

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may be familiar with this picture. In 2013, I decided that I wanted needed to lose some weight in order to have more energy and keep up with my growing kiddo. Hell, I wanted to go to the beach and rock a bikini! I was always fatigued and felt heavy. I started doing the cardio bunny thing and dropped weight rather quickly. After months of work, my body was not responding as I had hoped as I was still flat/flabby. It didn't dawn on me at the time that I really wanted muscle mass. After Thanksgiving, Harper's 1st birthday and Christmas of that year...let's just say the weight came back.

I  joined the bodybuilding.com 100K Transformation Challenge and that hot mess above was my entry picture. Good gracious! My body language was screaming discomfort. Once I started lifting, thanks to Jamie Eason's Live Fit Trainer, my body started to take on the shape I had imagined. I always thought that I wanted to be "skinny" but I was loving my muscles, y'all!

After watching my body transform, I decided that I wanted to compete in the sport of bodybuilding. At least once! I tried training myself for a while but I wasn't seeing the results that I wanted. Then came Susie...
Fitness Progress {January 2014 to Present} via Earl-Leigh Designs

Please excuse my sleepy face in the January picture but I legit woke up, dressed and started taking shameless selfies that morning. Haha!

My biceps still measure in at 12.5" but there is more muscle than fat now. I'm down 2" in my natural waist and around my navel region. Each thigh is 1" trimmer. We're working on building muscle now so I'm excited and hopeful!

If you are thinking about making positive changes in your life, start now. If you "mess up", move on but don't you dare quit.

This post was fueled by strawberries and Arcade Fire because I'm feeling sassy. Haha!


January 13, 2015

Water & Green Smoothie Love {Use the Coconut}

 After reading Maryea's post on creating a perfect "Superfoods Smoothie", I have been on a smoothie kick again. Every few months, they rule my mornings until I've out-smoothied myself. Harper is going through a growth spurt and is not turning down anything edible these days, including the smoothies. Praise Him! Picky toddler antics have been paused for now. I'm really hoping forever. We have been able to sneak more greenery into in her diet so everyone's benefiting.

You can pop on over to Maryea's blog post to read about the different superfoods she included in her smoothies and what makes them so good for ya body. I sent Mike to the market to pick up kale, pineapple, bananas, blueberries, grapes and coconut water to use in ours for the week. I like to add a tablespoon of coconut oil too. Healthy fats, people. Our bodies crave them...give into the desire.

Even though our guys had a horrible season, just terrible, I still sport my Gamecocks gear. Haha! I love my reusable bottles because I have to track my water intake. Why? I'm pretty sure that I bleed coffee. There have been days where I am just having my first glass of water at lunch time. Don't judge me. To remain properly hydrated, I like to drink a few of these guys a day and preferably hours before bedtime. People always say that your skin and hair will love you for drinking more water. They're right. The difference in my hydrated skin and my caffeinated skin is noticeable. I have a Beyonce type glow and suffer from less skin inflammations. Yes! Coffee leaves me dull and I just look like I need to go home and exfoliate. Stat!

Since I have incorporated my morning smoothies, I feel energized and don't NEED caffeine. Do I still enjoy a piping hot cup of joe? Uh...yeah, but I'm not chugging coffee like someone's life depends on it anymore.

What have you learned from a fellow blogger recently?

This post was fueled by a smoothie, more Interpol (they're so good) and my fig scented lotion.