Healthy Beauty- Back on the Bandwagon

I’ve gotten quite a few people asking me what happened to my Healthy Beauty posts, were they coming back, how they helped them, etc etc. The reason I stopped posting them is really simple- I just stopped actively trying to loose weight. I still was eating well and limiting my calories, but I wasn’t really putting much effort past that to get in shape. I’m such a procrastinator, it’s always “tomorrow we will go to the gym!” “tomorrow we will work out!” in my head, and then tomorrow comes, and it’s pushed back again. I know that once I actually just DO it, start working out regularly, and start seeing results, I will be on track and won’t want to stop, but I’m really good at making excuses!

I decided that since it’s a new month, and I have events to go to in May and June, it’s now or never. Of course, it’s hard to write all this when I’m sitting here super full from a really good steak and potatoes meal (Today is mine and Tyler’s 7 year anniversary, so we went to a fancy restaurant. It was delicious, but doesn’t help with my “new month, new plan” outlook!) but I digress. Luckily we decided to go out for Lunch instead of dinner, so even though I wasn’t eating the healthiest today, I can still start the work outs tonight!

I have a few things I am going to use this month to help me stay on track-

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Body Media FIT On-Body Wellness Monitor: I got this on Groupon a few weeks ago (retails $200, on sale for $95, woohoo!) It’s basically an armband you wear all the time (except for showers and such) and it tracks all sorts of things, including your calories burned, steps taken, minutes of physical activity, and more. When you sign up with the site, you get to choose your activity level, how much weight you are looking to loose, and how fast you want to lose it.

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This is part of my tracking from when I first got it. You can see what my target was for things like calories burned and steps, and what I actually did while wearing the device. You even sleep with this on! When I first used it, I was really shocked with how HIGH the burned calories were, but when you think about it, your body is burning calories when you are doing nothing at all- it has a resting calorie burn rate. The reason that most nutrition boxes say that 2,000 calories is the average amount people need to consume is because that’s the average amount of calories your body burns in a day.

I’m going to start wearing my band daily and really trying to hit the goals listed here, at the very least! Oh, and the reason it says 0 for calories consumed is because I use My Fitness Pal for that.


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Kick Ass April Calendar: I saw this on Pinterest, and thought, why not? I’m not gonna lie, those end numbers are HIGH. 100 squats?! I feel like I can’t even do 10 right now! I have to keep my mindset as “If you don’t at least try, you will never be able to reach those numbers!



Couch to 5k App: I’m not planning to run an actual 5k, but I would love to be able to up my stamina, and be able to run for longer distances without being winded. This app is a gem for that. The plan is 3x a week interval training for 9 weeks that slowly ups the amount of jogging and lowers the walking so you build stamina. I want to try and do this first thing in the morning, because I find if I don’t get exercise done with first thing, I will find a thousand excuses to not do it the rest of the day!


Those are my main plans as far as working out goes for now. I am also going to incorporate some ab exercises, as that is where almost all my weight seems to accumulate (I call it the inner-tube). I’m feeling really good about starting this plan; I feel really motivated to start feeling better about myself and to just feel good in general. Right now I have about 5-7 pounds to loose until I hit the goal I placed for myself last year, but honestly the number doesn’t matter in the least if I just look how I want to, and that’s what this is about!

Let me know if you want to join me on getting healthy this month! I’ll have new Healthy Beauty Posts every Sunday, talking about food, fitness, struggles and triumphs. I would love to hear your stories as well, let’s motivate each other :)



  1. Deanna Nunes says

    I’ll do this with you Leesha! I have prom in two months and I’d love to tone up. Can’t wait for your weekly posts! What happened to Love It/Leave It every Sunday? You should bring those back too! Keep it up Leesha, you’re beautiful! (:

    1. xsparkage says

      I knowww!! I meant to bring it back last sunday, but with editing my site and stuff i was in no mood to post a video haha. i promise i’ll start doing it soon!!

      1. Deanna Nunes says

        yay! I’m so excited! I sent you a letter in the mail yesterday with a kind of crazy and special request, I really hope you will take it into consideration for a fan of 5 years. (: luv you Leesha!

  2. Thithy31 says

    I’m not a fan of running but rediscovered how much I love swimming! We’re doing a biggest loser competition at work and it was a great push to start working out again. I also bought a fairly easy yoga DVD so I can workout at home at my convienence.

  3. Maryse says

    I’m doing the kick-ass thing ! I happy that I read this article, usually I only read your makeup ones. YAY <3

  4. Jo says

    I’ll do it! =]

  5. Moonyieqt says

    I would LOVE to buy the brazil butt-lift DVDs LOL they look like they really work! I was actually thinking the same thin yesterday (about it being a new month new me). I’m down to lose some lbs. with you! I always do better when I know someone else is doing it as well (; good luck!

  6. Brooke S. says

    It’s April Fools Day, so it wasn’t REALLY the first day of anything, and the anniversary dinner didn’t count. APRIL FOOLS! You’re not starting TODAY, you’re really starting tomorrow!

    And I do 200 squats a day and still have the world’s largest thighs, so I don’t know what’s going on there.

    1. AsianInvasion says

      In some ppl depending on how they are built, squats actually increase the thigh size. Squats work the larger thigh muscles. Try something like Pilates to work the smaller muscles instead. You end up with stronger legs that have slimmed down. I went through the same thing in high school as a cheerleader and this is what worked for me

  7. Wings says

    Yay! I started my healthy living again last week. I’m back on my wii fit and going jogging most days! Good for you!

  8. Kathrina says

    YAY!! Im so glad you are bringing these back!! i love these and all the little tips that are in them.
     at the begining of the semester I was feeling fat. I thought it would pass but it didnt. I had enough and downloaded my fitness pal and the nike workout trainer on my phone, and I am on my school tennis team. I have been sticking with MFP and have seen some great results!! I am slimming down and toning up and I can workout when i travel thanks to Nike! I dont know the amount of weight i lost because I refuse to know my weight, I gauge it by how I feel and look rather than a number. I feel great and am looking fantastic! 

  9. jcwittig says

    I had decided to have April as my learning a new habit (exercise) month. It is sad that it takes 30 days to create a new habit. So my hopefully new habit is getting to the gym three times a week working up to five days a week. Then yoga once a week, ending at three days a week. I have been using myfitnesspal, and that is eye opening as to how much you eat and the amount calories, but the scan feature is the scan mode. Well I think that you and I will try and will fall of the wagon but it’s not failure but a speed bump. Just because you trip up it does not cancel all the progress you have made to that point. Looking forward to April Fitness Month.

  10. Christy says


    I have been a reader for almost a year now. Love your work. Very talented.

    C25K is amazing. I actually did that program to start running. When I first started I could barely run 1 minute without feeling like I was going to die. That was 10 weeks ago. I’m now up to 3.50 miles. I start training for a half marathon tomorrow. I must be crazy. Lol. Anyways you can do this. Just remember to breath. A slow run is still a run.

  11. Miranda says

    Couch to 5K is a fantastic plan! It’s what I used to start running, and now I’m running 10K distances. :)

  12. Sarahdams1 says

    I’m joining you this month! I really wanna do the Couch to 5k! I’ve been watching what I eat (for the most part) and I quit drinking soda, no more candy and sugary snacks, and started drinking a lot more water.  I’ve lost 5 pounds in a few weeks!  It’s not a big feat because I have more to go but I do feel a lot better and more motivated than ever. :) 

  13. Pat Taveras says

    I was trying to do the couch to 5k and then stop. I really should join you and get back to it, there is no better day than today

  14. Cynthia Cyndaquil Ramirez says

    I just started the Couch to 5k program myself! When I first heard about it, I thought to myself “Omg, there is no way I’m ever going to jog that much, this isn’t going to work” and I was completely unmotivated to even start. Finally I got sick of coming up with excuses and made myself get out there and start.I’m on week three and I can tell you, I can see a huuuuuge difference in my stamina from when I started till now. I really look forward to my jogs now because I can’t wait to see the improvements I’m making! A little really does come a long way! Getting healthy and in shape is not something you can do overnight, and you have to start small! I am definitely joining you on getting healthy this month, and I can’t wait for your Healthy beauty posts!

  15. Katie says

    I’m 100% with you!!  I started the year off with all sorts of good intentions, and while I’ve been steadily losing weight (13 pounds since January!) I haven’t been having the motivation to work out.  I only have about 12 pounds to go before I’m at my goal weight and I have a vacation in August that I’d REALLY like to be able to wear a bikini for the first time in my life so I need to kick it up.  I use the MyFitnessPal app which has been a godsend and I’ve started using this Zombies, Run! app, which is fun if you’re into zombie stuff. 

  16. carly says

    leesha i love knowing i’m in this lose weight/tone up endeavor with you, it really has been helping me stay motivated. and thanks to katie for the tip about the zombies, run! app. i just downoaded it and i love it it’s awesome!

    1. xsparkage says

      I heard about the Zombies, Run! App! My cousin actually just posted about it on Facebook coincidentally haha. I’ll have to get it :)

  17. Angie says

    I’m definitely getting back on the wagon. I’m sad to say I’ve let myself get lazy over the last few months. Hoping to really push it this month too. Will be great to have someone posting about it and reminding me to keep moving. :) xox

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