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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Friday Faves: Spring workout wear

Happy Friday! Longer days//more sun light has made me SO happy this week . I have spring on my mind, so I thought I’d share a few cute fitness picks…but first- a couple articles I LOVED this week.

A-Ha Moments: 12 Fit Pros Share Their Nutrition Strategies For Long Term Success via girls gone strong
14 reasons women should never lift weights (lol)– a funny buzzfeed article
What’s your best body fat– an honest look at the hazards of being too lean or too heavy

And now for some cute and springy clothing…. [I would like one of each pleeease]

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p.s. Gap is having Friends and Family right now…aka insane deals on basic sports bras, crops, and tanks.

Have a great weekend!

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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)

[new hair//messy home//lulu]

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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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Workout Playlist

My blogging schedule (and life in general) has been cray recently, but hopefully that will be a little more back to normal now!! I wanted to share my workout playlist because there is nothing that pumps me up more than some good music when I’m working out. I used Pandora foreverrr (David guetta radio mixed with Justin Timberlake is amaze), but recently switched to Spotify, which has been a game-changer.

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Everyone has different workout music taste (my husband likes rock, I like hip hop/pop), but here are some songs that get me pumped when I’m lifting! I’ve also found it’s best to have a longer playlist, so if a song I’m not feeling comes on, I can skip it (vs having a playlist that’s exactly an hour).

And my cardio playlist is much more pop-y.

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Perfect Breakfast Sandwich

My newest breakfast obsession is this beautiful little sandwich. I go through phases (see the last one here)….and I’m OBSESSED. It takes like 5 minutes to make, and is perfect for any meal. It keeps me full for a super-long time too thanks to the glorious fats from the egg and avocado.

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Ingredients:
english muffin
cheese
1 egg or 1/3 c egg whites
morning star veggie patty (could also sub turkey sausage, or whatever you want!!)
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It’s pretty self explanatory, just make sure that english muffin gets toasted to perfection ❤
Macros depend on how much of eat you use. I usually do 1/3 c egg whites, 1/2 slice cheese, and 1/4 of an avocado with a 120 calorie english muffin it comes out to 335 calories- 35 carbs/12 fat/25 protein. Boom!

Have a great Thursday!

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An Awesome App…

I’ve been looking for a reminder/goal app for a while (not the typical check list or calendar reminder) to keep me on track during the day. I finally came across Balanced in the app store, and I love it! The design is clean looking, you can have multiple goals with different time frames (i.e. once per day, 3 times per wk, etc.) And bonus..it’s free!  It’s so satisfying for me to cross things off a list, and I love having the reminder to focus on the important things!

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Time Management

[FYI this is coming from a place of “note to self” rather than “do as I say”…] A few years ago (aka college) I never would have imagined myself writing a post like this. I stayed up late and procrastinated like my life depended on it. Now I prefer to get to bed early, wake up early, and I try to get shit done. The last couple days though I’ve found myself getting up super early to take my dog out, then I end up snuggling him on the couch for way too long…and then I am unnecessarily rushing in the a.m. Not fun.

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Suffice it to say…budgeting my time has been a big lesson this past year or 2. It’s funny to me that when I have the most time available (and think, wow I have 3 hours to get x and y done) and then 2 hours pass I’m freaking out…But there are some days I surprise myself so I’d thought I’d share a few time management tips I’ve learned that help me have more good days 😉

  • Plan Ahead. Duh. Prioritize anything time sensitive and fill in the rest. (aka bills, deadlines, due dates, post office, Rx, etc. take top priority). By looking at the week ahead, you won’t be caught off guard (aka rushed) when one of these pops up in your calendar. I also like to look at my school assignments for the month ahead as well…
  • It’s all about the list. Having a specific list of things I need to get done during the week helps me fill time gaps. (aka an extra 30 minutes to scrub the bathroom, but doesn’t necessarily need to be done on a certain day). That way you aren’t twiddling your thumbs or checking facebook or instagram when that extra little chunk of time does arrive.
  • Timing. Don’t just think about the to-do item. Lists are great, but estimate how long each task will take. There’s a big difference between a 45 minute workout and a 45 minute workout + 20 minutes of travel time + 1 hour of showering/getting ready.
  • The day before…Get your clothes ready or lunch ready if you need to leave early. Take a few minutes to actually think/visualize how the day will go. This is beneficial for 2 reasons. 1) science says we are more likely to get things done (aka workout) if we imagine ourselves doing it before hand. 2. it will help you remember if you are forgetting anything important.
  • Those extra minutes add up. You might be saying “What extra minutes?”, but think about the amount of time in the last week you spent on social media, waiting for your kids in the car, riding the train, watching TV/netflix, reading blogs (guilty)….it adds up!! I have a pretty lengthy commute on the train to school, and sometimes after class I do need to let my brain veg [and listen to serial. again.], but a lot of the time, I could/should be doing reading for class (or even pleasure), writing, homework, planning, whatever.

The point is, we only have so many hours in a day. I don’t think we should be going crazy keeping every minute busy, but by prioritizing and using the time we have efficiently, we can make time for work and play without feeling like a hot mess 24/7.

Do you have any time management tips?? DO TELL!

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Thinking Pink for Vday

I’m all about the pink and sparkly goodies this time of year…and always haha.  My husband isn’t really a fan of vday, but I don’t think anything tastes better than chocolate wrapped in shiny pink foil 🙂 There’s also nothing better than pink workout gear. Here are a few finds I wouldn’t mind….

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 [um how cute is that water bottle?!]
Happy Monday! I hope your week is filled with lots of pink and great workouts of course 😉

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