shine or set

a lifestyle blog

thoughts on weightloss

It's easy to get consumed by the obsessive thoughts and opinions of our own bodies, and those of others. We compare our tummies, our arms, our tushes, our legs to those of super models and women we see at the gym. We think, "If only I could look like her."

But what would it really ch…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Strawberries I've been eating so many of these yummy berries. Look how huge these are! 2. The Used Boyfriend and I went to see them play, and it was so much fun. They never disappoint! 3. Liquid eyeliner I feel naked without a cat eye, so when I find a good liquid line, it becomes my best frie…

arm workout

My favorite day at the gym is when it's "arms day." There is something about getting in the weight room and lifting. I started out at 8 lbs and now I'm lifting 25 lbs. It's crazy knowing what our bodies can do with practice and dedication. I feel stronger than ever! 
Here is …

free people wish list

Spring is just about here. If only Arizona weather could make up its mind so I can start wearing shorts again. It's too cold, it's too hot. Here is my wish list for when the weather is steadily warm...
Richmond Flat Oversize Button Down Rocker Denim Shorts Tie Dye Denim Cutoff Lace Asymmetrical…

sunday spark

"A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if your rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make…

pumpkin protein muffins

I baked a batch of these delicious pumpkin protein muffins, and I just had to share it with you guys. They are seriously addicting. They're baked with clean ingredients, packed with protein, and so moist. I'm kind of in love. Here is the recipe...

1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/…

friday funnies

I forgot about this lady. I'm in tears.

hiit workout

I talked about the benefits of HIIT here. So, let me give you my own HIIT workout on the treadmill. Get your running shoes on, grab a bottle of water, and turn on some good tunes. You're about to sweat and kill calories for thirty minutes!



what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Surprises Boyfriend really went all out for me on Valentine's Day. I woke up to a decorated kitchen, and left the gym to find a decorated car. I'm a lucky gal. 2. The Melting Pot I had never been to this yummy restaurant, so I was very happy when Boyfriend's surprise date for us ended…

why hiit?

I incorporated HIIT into my workout not to long ago. What's HIIT? It's high-intensity interval training. Riiiiiiiight. Let me break it down for you. It's an exercise strategy made up of short intense exercise, followed by less intense recovery periods. Alternate this pattern, and you&#…

breakfast quinoa

I'm a huge fan of quinoa. It tastes delicious, and is very versatile. It's yummy served cold or hot, as dinner or breakfast. Breakfast has quickly become one of my favorite meals, and Oxygen Magazine provided a simple way to whip up some delicious quinoa. Mmm Mmm!

Ingredients:
¾ cup cooked …

sunday spark

swimsuit wish list

The weather is heating up. Thank goodness. I'm a baby about the cold, especially when I live in Arizona, but I don't care. My toesies prefer being warm, and I prefer being in a bikini by the pool. So, speaking of bikinis...here is my wish list for the upcoming spring.

Victoria's Secret F…

friday funnies

Yes.



happy valentine's day

Happy Valentine's Day to the lovebirds, the singles, the "it's complicated." 
Whatever your status is, enjoy today. It's all about love, and there shouldn't be anything wrong with that. If you are on your own, then tell your family, friends, and pets that you love them. Ea…

happy 2nd birthday

Time has seriously flown by! I can't believe today marks the second birthday of Shine or Set.
HAPPY BLOGDAY!
Thank you, readers. You've been such a huge support and it means so much to me. This is the one place I love coming to and sharing my thoughts. Knowing I can do what I love each…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Overnight oats I've been obsessing over this breakfast for the past week. It's the easiest thing to put together, and a grab-and-go breakfast for the mornings. 2. CLIF bars I'm only mildly obsessed with these protein and energy bars. Crunchy peanut butter is my favorite! 3. Pups I just …

enchilada casserole

Cooking Light is my go-to for healthy recipes. They always give me inspiration for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert. A girls gotta eat, right? This recipe looks delicious. I love casseroles and enchiladas, and this makes a yummy collaboration out of both of them. Mmm
Ingredients Cooking spray4 b…

nasty gal wish list

I had to post another wish list for Nasty Gal. What can I say? I'm obsessed. Can't stop, won't stop posting their amazing items. I just want it all. I am finally adding a little color to my wish lists!
Black Diamond Knit Pop Peplum Romper Twisted Dream Top Metallic Skinny Jeans Addicted to …

sunday spark

anthropologie wish list

There is one place I wish I could live and that's inside Anthropologie. However, living in a store is not possible. Sigh. Instead, I drool over their catalog and website because I want all of their decor for my own home. With high prices, and a boyfriend who doesn't appreciate knick-knacks,…

friday funnies

One of the best Super Bowl commercials.

be alone

I think there is a scary connation that comes with being alone. With thoughts of being alone come thoughts of emptiness and unhappiness. It's terrifying to some. Hell, it used to be terrifying to me. I'd constantly call up friends just to come over and watch reruns or join me out at the bar…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Hockey Boyfriend and I went to the Coyote's game this past weekend and had so much fun. It's definitely something we have to do more often. 2. Breakfast I used to never be a breakfast person, but now I'm obsessed. I never skip (as you shouldn't!) it and always find new things to c…