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Happy Wednesday everyone! Over the past month, I’ve gotten quite serious about my fitness. In an effort to stay fit and healthy, I’ve joined a gym (and have been attending regularly) and have become mindful of what I eat.  Of course, not having a background in fitness has meant seeking knowledgeable resources elsewhere.  Fortunately for me, the gym I joined offers complimentary personal training sessions but surprisingly, I’ve found YouTube to be one of the best resources out there for getting healthy and staying fit.  So, I thought I’d share with you the videos that I’ve found most helpful in toning and strengthening my body.

Lose Belly Fat: First up is this informative video that changed my perspective on ab workouts. Instead of doing a 30 minute ab workout 2-3 times per week, I now focus on building muscle and working out my entire body.

Abs: This is a great workout for strengthening and toning abdominal muscles.  Since my focus has now shifted to building muscle, I find this to be a great routine to do twice a week.

Arms: This is a short and effective workout for those seeking to tone and strengthen their arms.  This routine is great when done 3-4 times per week.

Butt and Thighs: I’ve never been too concerned about my thigh and bum area because well, I’m Ghanaian so I can’t escape the extra I’ve got back there.  I added this workout to my routine because it feels great to get through it. I’m not going to lie, this routine kills me each and every single time.  It’s a tough one but will certainly yield results! If you’re interested in toning your butt and thighs then this is the perfect workout video for you.

Keep in mind that in addition to the strength training above, I also add at least 30 minutes of cardio to my routine.  While I do hope to lose a few of the extra pounds I’ve gained over the years (I’m already down 5 lbs since starting 5 weeks ago!), my main goal is to strengthen and tone my body while leading a healthier lifestyle.

Thank you so much for reading!

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First Sip of pumpkin spice latte ever!Happy Monday everyone! Remember the height of the hype surrounding all things pumpkin spice last year? From lattes and cupcakes to mints and even beer, the pumpkin spice obsession was at an all time high last year.  Despite being surrounded by all things pumpkin during my favorite season, I hadn’t tried anything pumpkin spice flavored until now.  This weekend, I decided it was high time I try the most loved of all things pumpkin spice, the pumpkin spice latte. In all honesty, while I enjoyed the latte, it didn’t quite meet my admittedly high expectations.  Thought I’m tempted to blame my underwhelming first experience with the pumpkin spice latte on a lack of history with anything pumpkin flavored, I understand that my preference for a more unique flavor profile is also a big factor.  Needless to say, I’ll stick with my favorite, the chai tea latte.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a great start to your week!

 

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My First Year As A Blogger

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A TUESDAY IN APRIL

Happy Wednesday everyone! Monday’s blog post was a throw back to my first week as a blogger.  It was great to review those first few blog posts, remembering the emotions associated with creating the blog and subsequent posts.  As with the undertaking of any new venture, my first year of blogging has been filled with both highs and lows.  I’ve experienced incredible exhilaration with each attained goal and great frustration with each setback.   

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This little blog of mine is fueled solely by passion.  Passion is what enables me to continue producing content, to continue dreaming of what I want my blog to be and to continue working towards my goals, striving to achieve.  I long for the opportunity to bring A TUESDAY IN APRIL to its full potential, to bring every idea I have for this blog to fruition.  

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Blogging has been so much more time-consuming and difficult than I imagined.  I’ve experienced a lack of inspiration, sleepless nights and frustration in creating this blog.  Yet in those moments I find that staying focused on why I started the blog, the passion behind my work, keeps me motivated and excited for what’s to come.

I would like to say thank you to each and every one of you who’ve support this venture of mine.  Working on this blog brings me such joy and knowing that others are enjoying it as well makes it that much more meaningful.  Thank you so much for reading.  I look forward to what the future brings as a blogger.

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