Motivation Monday: Honesty is the best policy (especially with yourself)

I was listening to a fitness podcast this weekend and heard someone say that YOU are the easiest person you can fool. How often do we say to ourselves, “oh I’ll do xyz this weekend”, or “oh I totally eat 6 servings of fruits/veggies everyday!!!” We fool ourselves all the damn time!! Straight up LIES. This obviously applies to other areas of life too… (“He will totally change this time!!!” is pretty common…) Honesty is of course the best policy with others, but what about yourself? I think we owe it to ourselves to be honest!
Being honest with yourself comes down to accountability and taking a look at what’s really going on. Instead of saying “Why am I not seeing progress?!!!?!!”, maybe we can take a look at a the reality [aka…oh maybe because I ate 2 boxes of girl scout cookies and hamburger this weekend].

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This week make an effort to be honest with yourself. With health, fitness, or even your personal life…relationship..finances(!).whatever. Just be honest with yourself. You deserve it, and your life can only improve. Have a great week!

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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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A little reminder….

I’m reposting this infographic from Greatist because it’s a great reminder that we are who we are….and we can’t all be the she shape that society deems “perfect” for the decade…if you have super long legs and are super thin, you won’t be next years big-booty babe. It just can’t happen. Moral of the story: shake what your mama gave ya! We are all unique and, and I personally will never have long thin legs. I’m short and have curvy thighs and booty, but that’s okay…i’m coming to terms with it atleast 😉 !  Happy hump day ❤

 

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Winter Break Recap

It’s back to real life this week (well, almost- school starts next week), but winter vacation has been glorious! It was so nice being in California with my family and soaking up the warm weather (aside from the weird cold snap). We stayed in Newport and went to Disneyland, California Adventure, and Knotts Berry Farm. It was amazing and I am so thankful for my amazing family!

It felt good to have a couple weeks off, but being back in a somewhat normal routine feels good too. I ate my weight in junk food (Disneyland Churros are apparently a huge weakness of mine), and only got a couple workouts in at the hotel, so my body was ready for some normalcy. January isn’t my favorite month by a long shot, but it felt good to come home and snuggle up in my own bed. I’m finishing packing up the Christmas Decorations, and I still can’t believe how fast the holidays went! The year seemed to kind of stretch on and on, but ever since I started school in the Fall time flew by.

I’m excited for a fresh start to the new year, and crossing my fingers it was better than 2014, which was definitely a lesson-learning and “growing” year. And in no particular order [and not the best photo quality] some highlights of the trip….

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amazing sunset in Newport Beach ^^/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fcf/67995535/files/2015/01/img_5285.jpg

Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls ^^

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 Christmas Eve with my babe ^^

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 Downtown Disney^^

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 California Adventure^^

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NYE at Disneyland^^

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 Space Mountain 🙂 ^^

Happy New Year!

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Motivation Monday: Gratitude isn’t just for Thanksgiving…

A little note to myself to remind me that I am more than the shape or appearance of by body.

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Dear Cassie,
Remember to thank your body! It allows you to LIVE…experience the beautiful smells of the fall candles you love. Your body gets you up in the morning to go to work, school, & take care of your family. Your legs let you walk through Costco, the mall, hiking trails, up stairs, chase toddlers. They let you RUN! And run some more on the treadmill.  And squat a lot of weight. They are strong. Your arms squeeze your husband tightly. They hold babies and carry groceries. Lots of groceries. And lift a lot of weights. Those hands put so much work into typing papers and cooking dinner. The heart that feels so much love, and the mind that got you into grad school. Remember to thank your body. All of it. REALLY appreciate all it does for you, and for others too. It’s beautiful and it’s strong.

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Motivation Monday: You vs You

Between Social Media and TV, Movies, Ads, etc…there are millions of messages thrown at us everyday. Telling us what we “should” or “should not” be. What you should have, how much money you should make or spend…blah blah blah. It’s great to become motivated and inspired by other women, but it can become an unhealthy obsession. Everyone is at a different place. A different step in life. A different chapter. Different circumstances. It’s not fair to compare yourself to anyone other than YOU. YOUvsYOU

I am definitely guilty of the comparing game, but when I re-focus and think about where I was 1 year ago or even a few months ago, I realize that I’ve made progress. I’m heading in the right direction. So this week work on comparing yourself to YOU and only you!! You can look back at past photos, journals, facebook- whatever. If you aren’t headed in the direction  you want to be going, only YOU can decide to change gears and go where you want to go. This applies to all aspects of life- fitness and physical health, emotional and spiritual well-being, career and school life, etc. No one can force you, just like you can’t force anyone else to change. We all decide for ourselves.

Happy Monday! Have a great week. Here’s to a step in the right direction…..

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