One of my big goals this year is to focus on healthy. I love this word because it can be a positive influence on every part of life: healthy bank account, healthy body image, healthy relationships, healthy heart, etc. As we move into mid-February, I find my momentum fading around eating super healthy. I find it so helpful to turn my focus on my word: healthy.

A big part of this health kick is working out. I joined a gym in my neighborhood before my wedding last spring. I’ve been paying for it, so I wanted to make those dollars count, and have been going 5 days a week for about a month. I got into a pretty good rhythm and I thought I’d share it here with you.

My Workout Routine - Variety + Intensity + Consistency

 

(image via Fabletics and my GET FIT Pinboard)

This routine depends on my schedule for the week, but usually it looks something like this:

Day 1: 30 min Cardio + 30-40 min Floor machines focusing on Arms, Back and Chest and Abs

Day 2: 30 min Cardio + 30 min Floor machines focusing on Legs and Abs

Day 3: Group Fitness Class and/or Yoga

Day 4: 30 min Cardio + 30-40 min Floor machines focusing on Arms, Back and Chest and Abs

Day 5: 30 min Cardio + 30 min Floor machines focusing on Legs and Abs

Recover over the weekend, maybe take a yoga class, and then repeat on Monday.

This week I started out on Monday with an intense group fitness class, and today took it easier with just 30 minutes of cardio since I was feeling a bit stiff and sore. I think it’s definitely important to work your way up. But whatever you do, the most important thing is to get to the gym. Even if you can only do 15 minutes of cardio. It’s a mental thing. Taking a day off is probably ok, but taking more than 2, it is so hard to get back on track. Set your weekly goal—gym 3 days this week, for example—and then hit it as best you can.

Sometimes tracking progress can be difficult. We only see the number on the scale and can feel discouraged when it doesn’t move down. I fall into this trap too. When that happens I try to notice other little things while I workout. Like maybe I’m not quite as sore today than last time. Or those 2 miles I ran seemed easier today. Or maybe I was able to up my weight. Another thing I think I’m going to try—measuring my waist instead of only checking my weight.

How do you track your progress? Do you have any healthy workout tips? Need some encouragement?

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Well hello! Please forgive my month long sabbatical. This seems to happen to me every year. I have a hard time coming back to the blog after disconnecting for the Holidays. This time I just went with it and let myself have a break. Overall, I think this year is going to be a bit lighter on the posts, but hopefully a bit deeper in the content… Quality over quantity you might say.

Even though this blog has been quiet, life has been moving full speed ahead. I got introspective in January and read The Desire Map by Danielle Leporte. Holy wow. This book blew my mind. I took a couple weeks to really dive deep and set my goals for this year. It was an awesome journey, and I feel so refreshed and energized moving into February. This is where in the past, my goals for the year have gotten sabotaged, or I forgot, or I gave in. I’m still feeling that pull, but I’m way more on track this time.

Not sure what I’m talking about? Quick, watch this awesome video interview with Danielle Leporte. She breaks it down quite nicely.

So what else have I been doing this past month? Glad you asked. I lost 16 pounds. I started a UX design class, and I’m turning into a gym rat. Seriously. Work has been lacking, and I’m taking this slow start to the new year to focus on health. That’s one of my core desired feelings, and one of only 3 goals this year… to be healthy, fit, and free from addiction (sugar, carbs, caffeine). Addiction to the gym is OK. Quite an exciting January if you ask me!

That’s enough for now. I’ll keep coming back to fill you in just how I lost those 16 pounds, and my class, and my gym routine, and the other goals for the year. As always, thanks for reading, for following, for your support. Love you all. Happy February!

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Tis the season for lots and lots of holiday parties. This weekend we had two back to back white elephant gift parties, and the weekend before that was tamale making and cookie exchanging. Throw in the obligatory ugly christmas sweater and it’s been quite a merry time. I love all the cooking and baking and rushing around though. It’s hectic, and we can’t always do everything, but it’s worth it to see old friends and eat tasty treats.

I’ve always been fascinated by Nelson Mandela and South Africa. Any book, or movie on the subject I’m instantly drawn too. That’s why a few years ago I picked up Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. It wasn’t until his passing that I finally got it off the shelf and started reading. It’s fascinating, and very long. I’m only half way though Book 1 (of 2) but I definitely recommend it to anyone else who’s interested in the history of South Africa and this amazing person.

Our wedding was featured on Green Wedding Shoes last week! It’s pretty cool since that was a blog I started following years and years ago… probably before I even met Matt. In the post there are some pieces I wrote about our design inspiration and some tips for other brides. And of course the brilliant photos by Jasmine of Let’s Frolic Together and the fun video by Stephanie Collins.

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Dec 13, 2013

Yep, another week has come and gone with nary a blog post from me… oh well. I’m determined to not feel guilty.

(taken by my parent’s lovely fire last weekend…)

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Here are some things I found and loved this week:

– Our wedding was featured on Green Wedding Shoes yesterday! Check it out!

– The most talented dog band sings for a cure.

– Need a laugh this Friday? Watch this. All your problems will melt away…

8 Things A Playwright Can Teach You About Freelancing.

– The next time a sexist makes a derogatory comment, remember these awesome comebacks.

– I LOVE this West Jet Christmas Miracle video. OMG.

– My friend Emilee has a 12 Days of Christmas Crafts series! It’s AMAZING!! Go check it out and get crafty this weekend!

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Happy Monday! And Happy Veteran’s Day! I’m so thankful for the brave men and women who have served our country. I am also thankful for no traffic today on my commute to the office which only took me 30 minutes (instead an hour). God Bless America.

I spent the entire weekend obsessively consuming posts from Buzznet blogger Mark Oshiro who reads all 7 Harry Potter books and posts reactions and summaries after each chapter. It is so amazing. I started reading Harry Potter years ago, and have re-read all the books multiple times. I keep going back to these stories because I love the characters, the ongoing struggles, and find them a great escape even though I know what’s going to happen. Mark reads them as an adult for the first time with no background or previous knowledge. Everything is new, suspenseful, dumbfounding and exciting. His reactions are hilarious, and his insights are spot on. He approaches the books with childlike wonder (Diagon Ally! Hermione saves the day AGAIN! Dragons!!!), and also a heavy dose of intellectual analysis of larger themes (racism, classism, bigotry, etc.). If you’re a fan of the books, I highly suggest checking out the archive. I’m starting the 6th book tonight—reading the Half-Blood Prince, and following up each chapter with Mark’s reviews.

Ok, did you guys know about Land Girls? I came across it because Netflix (rightly) suggested I would like it. It was a show on the BBC that spanned 3 seasons from 2009-2011. Made in the same artistic and story-telling vein as Call the Midwife and Downton Abbey, Land Girls tells the story of the Women’s Land Army during World War II stationed in the rural English countryside. I looked into it and the WLA was actually a real thing! Women signed up and were sent all around the country doing the work of famers and farm hands who were off fighting the war. Which totally makes sense because the country had to produce even more food than usual to feed it’s citizens and troops. Kind of like Rosie the Riveter, but these ladies worked the fields instead. It’s absoluetly amazing to me that I didn’t know this. The show is admittedly not as good as either Downton or Midwife, but I just really love the idea of women pitching in for the war effort by digging ditches and planting potatoes. It’s a short series—only 5 episodes for each 3 seasons—so it isn’t a huge commitment.

Our internet and cable has been out all weekend. Because of the holiday today, it won’t be fixed until tomorrow morning. So I’m working from one of my client’s offices today. I take my high-speed connectivity for granted. So much of my life in online and not having complete access to it 100% of the time totally throws me for a loop. At first I thought it would be the perfect excuse to make sizable dent in my wedding thank you cards, but no! I use Google docs to organize our wedding gifts and address book. So then I thought I’d work on some of my personal projects—wrong again! I have been using Google Docs and email and Evernote and Wunderlist to do all of that. Are we too reliant on the web? Maybe, but it really does improve our lives when we have it. Or maybe I should just make sure to sync my Google Drive and Evernote desktop folders.

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TGIF & Happy Weekend

posted by Amanda // Inspiration

Nov 08, 2013

Well where did this week go? Holy cow, I can’t believe it’s already Friday. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. Matt’s been working all week, 12+ hour shifts, starting in the late morning and afternoon, so he doesn’t get home until the wee hours. And I’ve been chained to my desk all week working on various projects. Hopefully next week will afford me more time to spend on this here blog. Until then, happy weekend!

(taken this week while running errands)

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Here are some things I found and loved this week:

I am ordering everyone I know these adorable cat and dog calendars this year. What a great idea.

And speaking of gifts, have you seen the new ebook from Chelsea from Lovely Indeed and Chelsey from The Paper Mama: Make Your Day, DIY All Day Long? WANT.

This invisible bike helmet blew my mind.

Most adorable conversation about kids cutting hair… I have a similar story to this actually.

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Sheesh, this felt like the week that would never end. And then Boom! it’s Friday and I haven’t posted anything yet! *facepalm*

Things I found and loved this week:

We’re going pumpkin carving tomorrow at my parent’s house. I’m going to attempt some Dia De Los Muertos themed pumpkins based on these rad templates.

I tried Kabocha squash for the first time this week and it was delicious! Maybe my new favorite winter veg… Roast it like this.

This video cracks me up. The music choice is awesome, and the photography is actually quite beautiful. Amazing how their fur moves like that, although it makes me kinda glad Bubby is a cat and doesn’t drool.

Love these classic sculptures that have been given a modern wardrobe. Some of these guys are dead sexy.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Oct 11, 2013

No grand insights today. I’m digging myself out of a pile of work before the weekend.

(took this as we were leaving LA, flying to St Louis last weekend)

But I did want to share some great links I found this week:

Instead of Princesses this Halloween, why don’t you dress your little girl up as a real hero.

I’ve had this song stuck in my head all week… I like this version better.

My birthday’s coming up in a couple months! Just sayin….

Interested in this new YouTube channel from Bobbi Brown.

20 marriage tips from a divorced man. Reading this on my 2 month anniversary!

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Sep 27, 2013

(image taken at Blogshop LA last week)

This isn’t going to be a long post. I just wanted to share something I have been thinking about since Blogshop last week. I knew most of the design tips that Bri and Angela shared with the class. I wasn’t there to really learn about photoshop, I was just helping out. But as Bri was showing the students how to create layouts and touch up their pictures, I was really blown away with her attention to detail and pursue of perfection.

No one is perfect. No blog is perfect. So I think I sometimes cut corners and slack off because I know perfection isn’t possible. But striving for perfection is a different story. How much more successful would I be if I put in the extra minute to touch up my photos? Maybe I wouldn’t be at all. Maybe no one would notice. But I look at Bri’s blog and I admire her tenacity and the amazing career she’s built herself, and I think maybe I should give perfectionism a shot. I mean, what could I loose?

What do you think? Are there areas in your career or hobbies that could use a little bit more effort? Or is perfectionism a loosing battle?

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Here are some things I found and loved this week:

This fast little doggy is incredible. She’s having the time. of. her. life.

Recycled Bride is now called Tradesy. I’ll be selling my wedding stuff on there soon!

6 overused creepy sentences that I wish always had these surprise endings.

My friend Sarah’s bathroom is beautiful.

I don’t really understand these paintings, but I’m pretty sure they’re amazing.

I think I need to have a lip-sync-off party.

Pottering… It’s like planking, but better.

Sep 24, 2013

Oh man oh man, I am loving this bold, simple, graphic color combination. It’s just so perfect, and from the looks of my Pinterest a lot of you are loving it too. So what do you think? Ditch the old brown and jewel tones for fall this year and freshen things up with graphic black and white?

 Nina Holst’s Office on Stylizimo   //   Black Long Sleeves Leaf Print Dipped Hem Blouse from ShePinner   //   Contact Graphic for Mark Weaver

Atelier Martino and Jana Poster sourced on Grain Edit   //    Finley & Alice by Keith Davis Young   //   Ms Starlet Umbrella from Two Penny Blue

Good Canape Plate by Diane Keaton on Fab   //   Simplicity Quote souce unknown   //   Dot Bedding original source unknown

Star Patterned Blanket from Fantastic Frank Blog   //   Letterpress Birth Announcements on Paper Crave

Kate Spade Larabee Road Polka Dot Tidbit Plates   //   Luxe No. 7 Essential Stripes Stretch Tunic   //   152 Insights Into My Soul Print by Matthew Taylor Wilson on Society6   //   Kate Spade Framed Dot Scarf

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