Summer training

I used to pride myself on my body and work ethic on maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Since I’ve grown older and the more responsibilities I’ve had to tackle on, I’ve realized that I’ve majorly neglected my body. This school year was a little rough for me because I found myself with a lot on my plate. It’s nice to keep active work wise, but once May hit me I realized that I had entered a mild state of depression.

Self-doubt and even self-worth slowly started to climb into my head. I tried my hardest to ignore this vague feeling by mounting another task or by simply taking a nap. I would look at myself in the mirror after a long day and I would just feel self-conscience about who was looking back at me. Needless to say I was depressed. Great! I didn’t have time to be depressed. What I didn’t realize was that me not giving myself a chance to fully acknowledge the fact of what I was feeling, was just making things worse.

As the school year came to a close I was determined to go back to my daily routine of at least running a couple of miles of running and so came today as the first day of “Aley getting her life on track because she cares about herself.” It felt nice to run a total of .5 miles. It felt nice to squat a total of 5 times. It felt good do a total of 20 Russian Twists. Yay!

And… with sweat coming down my face, I smiled to myself, and that ladies and gents felt good!

I know sometimes we get caught up with work and our daily lives consume us, that we forget what truly makes us who we are. I encourage you to take the time to breath, to enjoy yourself, to get back in the gym, get back to tending that garden, to reading that book, to those bubble bathes, to laughing, to pausing, gosh darn it you deserve it. Don’t ignore signs of fatigue, loneliness, guilt, worthlessness.

Listen to yourself. Please yourself. That’s the only person that truly matters.

I’m here for you, as always,

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  • Sports bra= Adidas
  • Leggings= Bally Brand found at Kohl’s
  • Running shoes= Nike
  • Jacket =Adidas
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Health Week Day 4: Spititual Intake

Being health means a lot of different things and believe me there’s a million different aspects when it comes to being in complete health. Sure, we need to take care of our skin, hair, and body, the stuff that’s on the out and inside. Because yes, that stuff is really important. One thing I’ve also learned is that we also need to be healthy spiritually.

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It’s so true, we often look as health as being some strength that comes from our physical appearance, but what about God’s portion? Now I’ve talked about Holy Habits on here before, so I again I’ve challenged myself to look at my spiritual health and consider how I’m going to win this race.

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

1 Timothy 4:8

I think it’s very important to run, to jump, to leap, and dance, but everything that we do let God give us our ultimate health and strength. There were so many occasions in my soccer days where I would give every game to the Lord and He blessed me game in and game out. If I would get hurt; I would surrender it as God’s will. In the end, he never let me down because I continued to play up until college on a paid scholarship. I suppose it was my reward for being faithful to him.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31

And that’s exactly why I give my life to our Lord and Savior. In whatever I do, whether it’s a tough situation or one with a positive outcome, I pray God gives me the strength. Not the physical strength of course, but the strength that keeps my spirit uplifted.

In addition, I pray often, Micah and I do bible studies together, I attend church, I form part of a young adult group at church, and I talk to God above and beyond prayer. Now, where I fail is with consistency. It’s hard to continue the routine because after all we are human, we get caught up, we get tired, but God knows our intentions. If it’s for Him, He’ll never leaves us.

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

3 John 1:2

It’s my hope for you, that you find God in everything that you do. It’s healthy and it’s a good thing. Again, I challenge you to create those Holy Habits. And do me a great favor, keep me accountable in my fight to cover myself with the Lord.

See you tomorrow as I wrap up Health Week. As always.

Health Week Day 3: Love Your Skin

It’s a little late, but I hope you will still can enjoy this post.

I’ve been blessed with pretty okay skin. It’s okay in the sense that I’ve never been ashamed of it, but it certainty isn’t 100% flawless. When I was younger, I would abuse it to the max soaking it hour after hour in the sun and I kid you not, not washing my face free of makeup EVER! Gasp.

Today, and drawing closer to 30, I’ve realized it’s time to really take notice of my skin. It’s important for our overall health to wear sunscreen, to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. I do that now, everyday, and the results are amazing. For the sake of being healthy, follow suit.

For the most part I use makeup remover every night and I wash my face clean with cool water. Then I moisturize using e.l.f. Hydrating Serum. Because my skin is slightly aging (not a lot, but some) this serum helps lock in moisture to reduce the look of fine lines for glowing and healthy looking skin. Since I’m slowly aging, I’ve noticed that my fine lines are more visible. They appear more on my forehead and my frown lines. But, this moisturizer has minimized that drama in my life.

The second wrinkle therapy I use is from Neutrogena. I use this eye cream mainly around the corner of my eyes to minimize those so called crows-feet.

Lastly and not very often, I use OXY Acne Medication “Rapid Spot Treatment.” I use this around incoming acne, my face never breaks out heavily, but during menstruation I get one or two, or even a million spots. This thing works wonders. Within two night of leaving it set, I’m cleared instantly.

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Stay tun tomorrow as health week continues! As always.

 

Health Week Day 2: Hair Happy

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Yes being healthy sometimes means getting a workout, but for it me it also means taking care of other areas, like my hair.

I used to have pretty, long, jet black hair then I hit the salon and well you know that goes.

So now it’s my mission to give my hair some therapy. It needs it.

As of late, I only wash my hair every other day, unless I workout consistently then it’s every day. After the shower, I make sure to oil it up with a leave conditioner and serum.

Currently my favorite hair products are Not Your Mother’s. They work amazing. They smell amazing. I discovered the “Way to Grow” line last year and let me tell you, it’s been amazing, not to mention the leave conditioner works wonders on my split ends.

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My hair isn’t all the way perfect… yet, but from the help of this line, it’s sure to be better than before. I’ll have to share with you all a hair evolution post sometime, because the results are worthy of it.

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The hair needs vitamins too, so the ones I take are by Spring Valley and the Women’s Vitafusion. So fair I have noticed so much change in my skin, hair, and nails that I hardly even wear makeup and I have to trim my nails every week. Crazy stuff. The two products in the back are the Tresemme Keratin Smoothing Serum I use in combination of the leave conditioner. The other is the Agadir Hair Shield which is a must if  you’re heavily putting your hair through heat. This product is my favorite because it not only products, but it also creates shine and a smooth fine. #winning

The word health is so extensive. It’s also a mindset–weird. Who wants to think about their health? Ha! It’s important to look at a small fraction of what we put in our bodies, but also on our bodies. Can’t wait share day 3 with you all tomorrow. As always.

Health Week Day 1: Get Gym

In the spirit of getting my butt in gear, I’ve decided to share with you all what I’ve up too in the health department.

So I consider myself to be pretty healthy and for the most part active. I love to run. I love fruit smoothies. However, I also love to sleep, to eat popcorn, and to simply do nothing.

It’s my pleasure to do nothing. I’m quiet good at it.

However, from time to time, I do get my butt in the gym. As of late, I’ve been failing in this department. Last year during this time I was running a total of three miles a day. This year, ha! I’m lucky I can run 0.5. Despite my lack of effort, I’m getting back at it. I’m proud to say I’ve been consistently hitting the ole treadmill for three weeks straight! Yippee. Here are the results. A high-five would be greatly appreciated.

Aside from running and squatting like crazy, I love to do ab workouts. I’m quick to progress and I can almost instantly see my abs forming. However, I know that this takes a lot of time and effort, again  on most days I struggle to find motivation. However after three weeks; it’s  nice to see your hard work pay off.

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After every workout, I drink myself a “green machine” drink. It’s yummy! It’s your typical drink that contains spinach, pineapple, cucumber, celery, and lime. Now I know that the blueberries aren’t green, but since they are an excellent source of fiber, it’s always a good idea to add it in for fun.

Stay tune for my health progress during this week. As always.

Purple to love

My favorite color is purple despite the fact that I wear black (mainly).

So and because of this, my go-to shades of lipsticks are purple.

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This picture sure doesn’t show the shades of purple justice, but like I mentioned in my tint review, it’s hard for me to find anything the lips will like. But, the Revlon lipsticks have been amazing. These four are my absolute favorite. You can tell which I use often and consecutively. The shades above are Plum Velour, Berry Brazen, Mauvy Night, and Iced Amethyst.

As of late, I have expanded my collected and added the Studded Kiss Lipstick in Coven by Kat Von D. It is stellar. It also smells yummy. It’s also nice and fresh and it doesn’t dry my lips, which is a plus. I’ve only worn it once and I got a lot of compliments. What are your thoughts?

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Lip Tint

It is extremely hard for me to find “lip” anything that won’t dry, damage, or peel off parts of my lips. While it’s partly my fault that my bottom lip received stitches once a time ago, now I must face the consequences of that accident, and make due with what I can find. Of course what I pick up must be pleasing to these lips of mine. For the longest time the only products that would fit fairly were Carmex and Revlon lipsticks. And by the way lip glosses are a huge NO!

So, when this little item, Peripera’s Tint Juice came in my Birchbox I was beyond jumping for joy. Here’s the thing, this item is literally a juice, but it dries perfectly into a tint (color) naturally and pleasing. This water based tint is nourished with fruit complex and includes papaya extract.

I enjoyed this product so much because while my lips aren’t lavishing; they don’t crack, peel, and damage either. And a huge and major plus is that this tint also covers my very visible scar.

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Problems resolved

I have played soccer since I was 9 years-old.

When it comes to being a girlie-girl, you’ve got it. I’ll wear the dress, do the make up, accessorize, pack the purse with all the goods. But when you are looking for a high-passion-competitive athlete, I don’t fall short.

From grass stains, to blocking, to kicking the ball around, to slide tackling, to running. I absolutely love running after a soccer ball.

But, and there is a HUGE but, my toes/feet/legs pay the price for my love of this sport. Example below. DSC_3576

These are toes and their nails after a fun round at summer league soccer. Pretty nice huh? So summer league soccer ended in August and it’s now December, so you’re probably wondering why it’s taken me so long to get a pedi?

The answer is pretty simple: since a completely different side of me comes to life once I step foot on the pitch, by toes were victims of some brutality.

Today, they were spoiled rotten. Hey they deserved it, don’t you think?

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Now I know my nails look absolutely horrendous. They were severely bruised and as you can see they will fall off eventually. This was the main reason I waited so long to get them done. I needed them to heal.

Since the nails are severely bruised up I almost always have to go with a darker shade. Today I opted for a deep purple O.P.I Suzi Mio.

Latina Outreach Conference

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On top of all of my other blessings: having a healthy and loving family, being healthy myself, educational opportunities, a rewarding and satisfying job and career, I am also blessed to be a Latina.

Now the reason why I believe being Latina is such a blessing is simply because it’s made me the person I am today. I know being of a certain race or ethnicity shouldn’t change core values and morals, but is it okay for me to say that being Latina has influenced me.

For starters, I’m that immigrant’s daughter that had to translate everything and I mean everything for my parents, that for some reason never learned English. Yes I remember vividly having to translate at the water company that my parents weren’t going to pay this week’s bill because of some hidden charge.

It was embarrassing then, but now I see that that simple task made me a leader, a negotiator, a communicator, it made me aware, it gave me confidence. I wouldn’t have received those traits have I not been Latino.

I celebrate being Latina everyday I get to spend time with my family.

This weekend, my community held a Latina Outreach Conference. Because while I’m blessed to be Latina, I’m also blessed to be a woman. It’s literally the best combination.

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During this conference I got to spend time with my mom and together we celebrated being who we are. We also celebrated education, beauty, and Latina warriors who have lost their lives due to cancer.

While I sat there and listened to topics about health and immigration it dawned on me that being Latina only made a difference because it was an identity, everyone in that room was holding onto; it’s what makes being in the United States so important. Although sometimes difficult (trust me to fit into both sectors equally is a MAJOR challenge) holding onto who we are despite where we are living is accepting where we come from.

All those women in the room had a past lives they had to leave behind for one reason or another. They were probably wives, nurses, teachers, business leaders and now they maybe cooks, cleaning ladies, and factory workers. But, one thing is for certain. They will always be Latina.

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It’s a love thing; how to cope with long distance relationships

loveCP and I have been dating for almost 5 years. That’s huge for me. He’s the first man I have every truly-loved. That’s huge for me. We have literally lived through some major moments. And it’s safe to say, I can’t see myself without him. Nor, do I, even want to think about life without him around. But, a relationship, is not always rainbows, butterflies, hearts, and roses. In fact, I think most “perfect” relationships have their flaws. And this is perfectly normal. Things can go wrong and goodness forbid you don’t see eye-to-eye. But, for me and CP a certain factor was tinting our relationship… distance.

For the past two years he and I were in a looonnnggg distance relationship. It was a hard-two-years. Much blood was shed. Nothing seemed to make either of us happy. We always had something to argue about. Once we realized, we fought mainly because we missed each other, things simmered down, but then again we would fight. We couldn’t fix it, because we weren’t in the same town. It was an endless battle. And while I wouldn’t want to wish this on anyone, if you are, you aren’t alone. I want to help. So I have came up with some survival tips. To help you along the way. It made living through this small stage; an easy journey. *Note every relationship is different. But, ultimately, it’s okay to hang on because there is light at the end of the tunnel. Most importantly, however you must make yourself happy.

  1. It’s okay to give him the benefit of the doubt, but never be afraid to speak your mind.
  2. Talk about it. Communication is important. Be open about your expectations while in this relationship.
  3. Make the most of every moment together; do activities that make both of you happy (a shared like).
  4. Give him space; don’t overbear him with texts, calls, emails, ect.
  5. Show him you care and he is the only one; so that he in return values you.
  6. Support him, but be honest about things that are important to you.
  7. Visit him at least twice a month; make it about him when you do.
  8. Don’t be jealous, if he’s with you, he’s with you. Trust him. Be cool.

I hope these help.

CP is moving back home. So it will be so much more relieving to have him close… and fun. I will keep you posted on our relationship from time-to-time. As he is an important factor to my life.

As for you, don’t sweat it. Enjoy life. And if you ever need me… I’m here.

xo aleyrojas