Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Morning Rambles: Sometimes You Need a Do-Over…

Hello my loves! I hope you guys are having an awesome day. Seriously though, how is it Monday already? The days have been flying by. I wish we could press pause when we get to Autumn (my favorite season)…I am in no rush for Winter to get here.

As you know, I try to be as honest as possible on my site and that includes sharing my struggles. So many people only show the highlights of their lives on social media and I believe that it is just as important to share our out-takes and challenges as well. No one is perfect and we need to drop the fa├žade.

Last week was not that great. I fell into a funk (depression snuck on up me) and of course that led to feeling like crap and mindless snacking. Depression and BED sometimes go hand in hand for me. I wonder what happened to that bag of brown rice cakes…oh yea, I inhaled it! 

I managed to keep up with my workouts but my food choices were 70/30 and I try to follow the 80/20 rule. Instead of beating myself up and jumping on the scale, I picked a different route. I took the batteries out the scale, put it in the closet until my official weigh in this Friday, and decided to repeat my Oxychallenge training week.

We are so lucky because sometimes we are able to have a do-over in life and sometimes we may need 100 do-overs and that is okay as long as you don’t give up on yourself. Giving up is not an option for me Never.

Check out my vlog below and sorry in advance for the loud fan sound…I didn’t know it would be that bad haha.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday Morning Rambles: Sisterhood of the Traveling Journal

Good Morning my loves! I hope you guys had an amazing weekend…I felt pretty run down so I tried to rest up as much as possible. Sometimes you need to listen to your body and just press “Pause”.

Today, I want to share something with you guys that I absolutely love…

Fierce Forward’s “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Journal”

I participated in SHOTJ last time around and it was a wonderful experience, It made me dig deep into my emotions and it also released my creative juices. Here is some more information from Fierce Forward:

“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Journal is an 8 week journey you take with 100’s of women, Worldwide, to Living Your Fierce Truth Out Loud! If we all take an honest look within our selves, I assure you that we all want to let go from our tight grip of fear and defense and live our Truth. This means less hiding and more being; less fear and more daring fiercely; less burrowing and so much more living! That’s why I created Fierce Forward, to empower others to live their fierce truth, to be everything they are and want to be and to do it FIERCELY. In the 8 weeks to come, you will not only dig to uncover your Truths that you have been hiding & pushing to the back of your heart for no one to see, you will be creating some Truths and doing it side by side your Fierce sisters. Get ready for this journey of Truth, where you will learn you do not have to defend who you are and what you want, but rather, find a fierce confidence that you can let it loose and it will defend itself.”

Doesn’t that sound awesome?

You have the option to travel or keep your journal; regardless of your choice, you will still be partnered with three other ladies. I chose to keep mine last time just because my schedule is so crazy and it’s hard to make it over to the post office. Even though I kept it, I still felt part of a community and even my niece joined in and did some of the topics with me.

I am all about taking care of your body and that includes making the mind/body connection. I truly believe that journaling assists in bringing these two together.

Check out my vlog below where I talk more about SHOTJ and share some of my entries from the last time that I participated! I highly recommend this and who knows, we might be in the same group!

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday Morning Rambles: Strive for Progress and NOT Perfection

Goooooood Morning my loves!!!!

Today I officially began Month two of the Oxygen Challenge and today’s workout, kicked my booooooty. What else do I expect from Amanda “the booty queen” ha.

I made sure to wear my Challenge Accepted #TeamAmanda shirt today!

This past weekend I took my Month 1 progress photos and at first I was disappointed but quickly my perception shifted. I am not perfect by any means but every single day I keep pushing myself and keep progressing. I compared the photos to my before ones and when I took off my “negativity goggles” I could see that I am evolving to my best me. Muscles that have been hidden are finally resurfacing and I feel ahhhmazing.

Not only is my body changing but so is my frame of mind. I have been more conscious of the food I am putting into my body and can you believe that I have not ordered takeout this whole month?! That is huge for a New Yorker haha.

We can make 1 Million excuses why we can’t do something…but we just need 1 Reason why you WANT to do it!

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