• Health & Fitness

    My Journey through LIIFT4: Week 3

    Monday I am feeling super motivated today!  It’s crazy I actually look forward to getting up EARLY and working out! + + Workout + + chest/triceps – liift 50/50: I can tell I’m getting stronger.  I was able to go up in weights on my tricep kickbacks and chest flys.  But by the end of the set 2, on all the moves, I was really feeling it.   Nutrition breakfast: scrambled eggs with spinach and hot sauce, sprouted toast & butter snack: peaches and recover lunch:  greek yogurt with mixed berries, honey, and granola snack: warm spinach salad with brown rice, shredded chicken & evoo dinner: chicken salad salad, chicken salad sandwich, romaine supplements: energize, recover,…

  • Health & Fitness

    My Journey Through LIIFT4: Week 2

    Monday AM THOUGHTS- 5:30 rolled around quick….*ugh*….snooze it is.  I was really tempted to just sleep till Doodlebug woke me up.  But I knew I’d be upset with myself if I didn’t get up and get my workout in like I had wanted to.  After a few snoozes, I finally rolled out of the bed and got going. + Workout Thoughts +  chest/triceps – circuit:  Considering I had a rough time getting out of the bed this morning, I was happy to find out that today’s workout was a circuit, giving me a little extra time to wake up.  I also pushed harder with heavier weights today using 10 to 12-pounds on…

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    My Journey Through LIIFT4: week 1

    I have embarked on a new journey in my fitness; weight lifting.  This past week I began a new program called LIIFT4 which is focused on heavy lifting with hiit and core work mixed in.  I have decided to chronical my journey for myself but, also, for you all!  See what I thought about my first week of the new program…   Monday AM THOUGHTS – As excited as I am to begin LIIFT4, I am extremely nervous about it, as well.  I’m not nervous about the lifting, I’m actually pretty ready for that part.  I want to start building muscles that I can see.  I’m really more nervous about…

  • Health & Fitness,  Lifestyle

    Exercise: More Than Skinny

    Exercise is many things to many people.  Your reason for exercising may be completely different from the reason I workout.  And reasons and goals for embarking on a fitness journey changes, because a journey is never meant to be stagnant.  It’s a journey because it’s a lesson.  And while I originally wanted to lose weight when I started making my workouts a priority, it’s not the main reason I have continued on my path.     Recently Little Bear asked me, “Mom do you do your workout stuff to lose weight and be skinny?” *UGH!* Talk about a gut check! My automatic, quick response was, “No. I do it to…

  • Health & Fitness,  Lifestyle,  This & That

    Why local, raw honey?

    “Sugar pie, honey bunch You know that I love you I can’t help myself I love you and nobody else” -The Fourtops Okay, so I wouldn’t say that I only love honey.  But it’s dang tasty, y’all!  And if you’ve been on The Bourbon Cactus blog for any amount of time, you know that I am a BIG proponent of local, raw honey. But why local, raw honey you ask? Well….here’s the skinny on Why you should only be consuming local, raw honey.     Don’t hassle me, I’m local First off, let’s define what local honey actually means. Honey is considered local when it is harvested within 50 miles of where…