Half-way point

Somehow we are half way through 2015!!! SO crazy. This is a good time to check in and see if you are on track to accomplishing what you wanted to this year. If you wrote down your New Years Resolutions, have a look at them, otherwise just evaluate where you are at [personally, professionally, physically….]

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If you aren’t making progress or heading in the direction you want, only YOU have the power to drive your life in a different direction. Now ask yourself, where do you want to be on January 1, 2016???? What do you want to be the same? Different?

For me it’s been a crazy but fun year! I am half way done with grad school, we got our puppy who is now a (n obnoxious but cute) member of the family, almost done with my Masters Project, took a couple trips to CA, and finally- started a new job that I am so happy with! Going forward, I want to be sure I’m focussed on a couple financial goals I had set at the beginning of the year, and make sure I am continuing to make exercise a priority.

I know I said it before, but I really love this time of year…the temps are crazy this week, but I am so excited for the 4th of July. I want to make sure I’m soaking up as much of the summer as possible before heading into an insane fall semester.

Have a great month!

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Summer Bucket List

I feel like I’ve been in summer mode since the beginning of June when the rain finally stopped here in Utah, but technically it’s only been summer for a few days…which means we still have months of warm summer nights. Summer is my spirit season. I LIVE for that warm sun on my body. I think it’s the California girl in me. I’ve already had some summer fun with my recent trip to CA, but I want to make the most out of the next couple of months! (esp since I’m back to school come August…)

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So here’s my summer bucket list:

  • farmers market saturdays + fresh summer produce
  • cool morning//evening summer run (when the temp is 100% perfection)
  • outdoor concert. I’m thinking I’ll need to make it to this beautiful venue, but if all else fails–there are concerts down the street from me on some weekends!
  • POOL TIME [w/SPF obviously]
  • bonfire+s’mores (bonus points if it’s at the beach)
  • Make this skinny lemonade!

What’s on your summer bucket list??

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workout-wear faves: updated

I have tried a lot of different brands and styles of workout clothes in the past few years. Everything from $12 sports bras at Nordstrom Rack to $$ crops from Lulu. I’ve found that crops are always worth splurging on, but tanks can be inexpensive and still last a while. Here are my current faves!

Favorite tanks: the GapFit Motion Tank. The material feels expensive and washes up nicely. I wash on cold and hang dry and they have held up so well! Even better: the orange is currently on sale!

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Favorite Crops: These are a splurge! I got them with a bday giftcard (thanks mom!) and they are so worth the $$$. Some cheaper crops are okay for some workouts, but I like the good quality ones for cardio and leg workouts.  The in the flow crop is my current fave.

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Other favorites: The define jacket have it in gray stripe (no longer available), but I want the black. Fits great, and perfect for cool mornings, and gray layering piece in the winter. 

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Favorite Sports bras:

This inexpensive target find is so comfy!  I also am in love with this cute gap bra. It’s $40, but Gap has frequent sales. I never splurge on sports bras, but for larger chested ladies, this is an area worth splurging in!
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What are your workout must-haves? Where do you shop for workout clothes at?? Have a great weekend!

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Motivation Monday: a brand new month

Happy Monday! I LOVE when the 1st of the month is on a Monday. It feels like such a fresh start to the month. This month I’m looking forward to visiting Santa Barbara with my family and naturally I’ll be laying on the beach. Can’t wait.

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With the crazy summer months upon us, I thought I’d share a little reminder that your workouts don’t have to take place in the gym! Go for a hike or a walk on the beach, do yoga in your backyard, swim laps at your hotel, go paddle boarding in the ocean. Fitness should add to your life, not be the focus of your life. It’s also important to remember that you feel better when you are working out (versus skipping your workouts entirely).  Sometimes I need this reminder.

Have a great month!

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Change the plan, not the goal…#bestself

Lately I’ve had change on my mind, including evaluating plans & goals. I listened to a podcast by Chalene (#obsessed with her), and it really got me thinking….life is filled with SO many changes. We have family changes, and work and school and health changes. Change is inevitable. So instead of tossing your fitness goals to the wayside when life gets crazy, what do you do?? Change the PLAN….

Take a look at your end game. If you just had a baby or started working crazy hours (umm same thing right?), you won’t have as much time to dedicate to health/fitness/whatever your goal is. BUT, you can work with what you have. EASY meals (I’m talking toast and boiled eggs), going for a quick walk….think about what CAN be done, and start from there.

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I always encourage being your best self, but the truth is, sometimes that version of yourself changes!! My best self now at 25 will look so much different than in the future when im 35 or 55…that’s just reality! There are so many different phases of life. Sometimes we have more time than others, but no matter what, there’s a way to work toward your goals. Your health is SO important, and you owe it to yourself to do what you can, and not beat yourself up over the rest.

Likewise, if you’ve been doing the SAME thing foreverrr and aren’t seeing results, it’s time to make a change and reevaluate.

Here’s a little step-by-step action for when you decide your plan needs to change:

  1. Think about what caused the change…is it a change in your current life? you just aren’t pumped up about your goals anymore? You aren’t seeing results?
  2. Now decide what IS important…focus on that.
  3. Think about what you realistically have time for in your CURRENT life. (not your dream life, where everything goes perfectly and your bounce out of bed at 5am…we are talking REAL life.) Now is when you get real about the expectations you have for yourself. If it’s a tough time in life, go easy. If you are ready to go hard…hold yourself accountable. The most important thing is that your actions align with your goals.

ex: (this is fake) I just started working cray cray hours and I can’t devote 6 hours/wk to the gym anymore. My health is still important, but I need something quicker for now. I CAN make time for  30 minute workouts at home 4x per week + maybe a walk or jog on the weekend. Now…decide on your at home workout routine. There are DVDs, circuits, etc. Pick one, schedule it and DO IT.

****again the most important thing is that your GOALS align with your ACTIONS…you will never see a massive amount of weight loss or strength gain if you are casually going about your plan…

Don’t let change cause you to fall off the wagon for weeks/months/years. It happens, but it makes it SO much more difficult on yourself.

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I’m baaaack…. (and a mini recap)

OMG…what a month. April was the craziest month ever and I accidentally took a nice long break from blogging. Oh well. The semester is practically over, I’ve started a new job, and I’m ready to get back to a (somewhat) normal schedule this summer! I am ready to get back into a normal fitness routine too!! I’ll be sharing my new routine too…

Anyway. Here’s a tiny instagram (@afitgirlsguide) re-cap over the past couple of weeks

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new favorite pre-workout ^^^pizza + hydrangeas = the way to my heart ^^evening dog walking in perfect weather new obsession ^^ (SO ADDICTING)another beautiful sunset ^^mid-day workout break….

Have a great Monday!

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Motivation Monday: My happy place

Happy Monday! I took an extend break from the blog (not really on purpose) over spring break/last week. Spring break was SO nice, but for some reason when I got back I felt super tired/lazy. WHAT?! Aren’t trips supposed to leave you feeling refreshed and awesome?! Anyway…I blame school, allergies, and….laziness I suppose. Now for a little spring break re-cap….

I went to so-cal to meet up with some old friends and see my family. It was delightful….and this was my view flying in. Heaven.

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froyooh and the most delightful acai bowl by the beach. heaven…and a little more heaven…

Since I sadly can’t be on vacay//in california 24/7, I started thinking about the little things that make a big difference for me…aka things that bring me to my happy place.

  • fresh flowers
  • pink pedicure
  • clean sheets
  • snuggles with my hubby and pup
  • candles burning
  • good workout tunes
  • fresh air//sunshine
  • clean&organized home/desk/purse
  • an intense workout
  • fresh gel mani
  • retail therapy
  • walking my dog on a sunny day

I realized that often we focus on the big trips/events/vacations to bring us to our happy place, but in reality, our quality of life could be better if we focused on a few small things more often. Here’s to finding your happy this week!

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It’s the little things….

Mental health is an important part of overall health…I think we all know that health encompasses SO many aspects of your life, but a lot of time the focus can be on physical health (BMI, blood pressure, what we see in the mirror….) and I am totally guilty of focusing more on the physical part too. But we need to remember to focus on whole health! That includes your mental, social, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Research has shown that gratitude can do wonders on mental health, and has even shown it may affect physical health. Taking note of a few things you a re grateful for daily is an easy way to help you re-focus and give you a mental little boost at the same time.

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A few things I’m grateful for lately…..

  • my sweet/supporting/hilarious hubby
  • a new haircut (it’s the little things, right?)
  • my pup
  • SPRING BREAK is NEXT WEEK
  • this warmer weather//longer days
  • school…I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn more about what I LOVE
  • the increase strength I have seen in myself the last couple of months (#gainz)

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So tell me…what are YOU grateful for? Is writing down your thankful list something you do often? I would love to know…

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Motivation Monday: Consistency

Happy Monday! We had a nice laid back weekend with the pup….worked out, ate Chipotle, and froyo… aka all my favorite things 😉

I saw this quote on good old Pinterest and wanted to share….Consistency is KEY with health/fitness/diet/exercise. Give yourself a chance to be successful. It’s rough at first (I KNOW…trust me), but set short term goals…1 or 2 weeks at a time even. Yo-yo-ing for the rest of your life will NOT bring results. I didn’t start seeing consistent progress, until I regularly worked out, and was making sure I was eating enough [slash not too much;)]….and of course this applies to all areas of life.

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Trust yourself. Give yourself a chance to succeed. Have a great week!

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On my radar…

Happy Friday! It’s daylight savings this weekend and that lost hour of sleep is SO worth that extra hour of daylight! Here are a few things on my radar form this week…

This article from Precision Nutrition…interesting read on willpower

Nicole from Pumps & Iron posted this delish acai bowl recipe this morning, and it’s been on my mind ever since! I LOVE acai bowls, and I need to learn to make them at home!
related: Good Mood Food via Into the Gloss

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I finally picked up these Lulu crops thanks to a bday giftcard from my mom…here’s a little fitting room selfie 😉 And my booty is growing even bigger thanks to squats #sorrynotsorry

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Not fitness related:
Rach is killing it with her pregnancy fashion- island style
Spring cleaning/redecorationg/freshening up is on my mind…so I’ve been spending a lot of time over here

and of course walks with my boy….can’t wait for springtime hikes!

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Have a great weekend!

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