What is being faithful?

Faith. Church. God. Jesus. Prayer.


When you hear those words to you feel a little out-of-place, confused or maybe feel nothing at all?

If so, perfect, this post might just be for you.

By NO means am I some sort of SAINT or Jesus-know-it-all that is writing this post so you will convert yourself.

NO.

I just want to share my own personal testimony & show how faithfulness and knowing God does not have to be so weird & unknown after all and how it makes me feel.

If you feel like something is missing or lacking in your life there is a huge chance it’s LOVE.

I have felt a lack for a LONG time. I always felt like I needed something or someONE to fill it, and usually I would run to a boyfriend.

The boyfriend helped a lot. Till things would go wrong, then I would feel so LOST & ALONE and like I had NOTHING else.

Everyone just wants to be loved. We really do. I feel like all the hate we see in the world just stems from people who have such a LACK of love in their life. Maybe their parents died at a young age or their bf or gf treated them terribly- that lack of love leaves a GAPING hole that is almost never filled the same.

My parents have not been in my life since I was 12 years old and that has left me with a GAPING hole. Till I found LOVE to fill that void in myself.

Here’s the crazy thing though- we are all LOVED. We are loved so much by Jesus!

NOW HOLD UP.

I know this is the part where some people might click out of here and think “ok yea Jesus loves me- i’m sure” or maybe this just hearing this makes you downright UNCOMFORTABLE, I get it! NOTHING is ever 100% comfortable at first so give this a chance , ok?

2017 years ago a man named JESUS came to earth through a VIRGIN named Mary (and if you haven’t read up on my LOVE for Mary please do // click here), he performed insane miracles that are simply unexplainable & he died in the most gruesome and sad way at only 30 years old for our SINS.

Why in the HECK did he do this?

To wake our asses up!

Jesus came to show us why we are HERE on earth and what awaits us.

I know that YOU have been through some stuff in your life and some of it has HURT, me too.

I know that life doesn’t always make sense and can sometimes feel so lonely and dark, TRUST ME I’M GOING THROUGH IT.

I KNOW you are dying to feel a real love.

The love from God cannot come from a boyfriend, it cannot come from your family or friends.

The love of God comes from within you, you have to search for it or ask for it, if you will.

Once you ask for this love you may become FLOODED with love & happiness.

It might happen instantly or it might happen in a series of events that come into your life.

Once you feel God’s love your PURPOSE in life becomes clear , the junk clouding your thoughts and environment will not be attractive to you anymore. Your life becomes INVIGORATED with LOVE, LIGHT & TRUE PURPOSE when you ask for more of it.

Once you feel this love, life just isn’t confusing anymore, things that used to stress me out don’t mean a thing.

Boredom becomes a time to sit in prayer and meditation rather than becoming antsy and uncomfortable.

I’m now THANKFUL for hardships in my life because they have PURPOSE and meaning which will make me stronger and move me along my path in life.

With God I feel like a STRONG woman with a MAD purpose in life.

Without God, I’m constantly relying on other things to fill my love and purpose which always let me down.

Figure out YOU are in charge of everything that happens to you, YOU create your happiness, YOU determine your future, YOU make the calls & YOU have everything you need RIGHT inside of you.

How I started? I just sat down and said a prayer.

How to do that?

Close your eyes,

Relax,

Ask God, with all your heart,

WHAT HE WANTS FROM YOU.

& say whatever else is on your mind.

You wont be sorry. ❤

I LOVE YOU!

X,

Amanda

 

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Just a few of my favorite things… WHAT’S NEW | FITNESS FAVORITES | TIPS

Hey, Hiii, Heller.

Hooooooly moly!!

It has been too long since I have just SAT down to write something.

Actually, that’s a lie. I have been writing- just in a good ol’ fashioned note-book, not the computer. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and soul searching. 

There have been SOO many recent changes in my life so it has taken me on a complete whirlwind & I have been settling into my new routines, however, I AM BACK IN ACTION BABY.

Sometimes you have to just ride the waves of life… the ups and the downs will get you stuck for a minute but it’s all about how ya keep swimming towards your goals that separates you from the rest. Right? 😉

Ok ok, enough of the quoting & more of the TIPS- the reason why YOUR pretty face is here on this screen!!!

I’m just going to fill you in on a little bit of everything.

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My recent fitness routine, nutrition plan & extra fit tips, letting you know what is REALLY working for me and what is REALLY not working for me in these last months.

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Let’s start with FITNESS REGIME. Yum.

So I recently got down to the nitty-gritty on WHY I workout. I feel like everything you do needs a really good WHY in order to keep you going. Like, WHYYY it is you do what you do. Agree?

I workout because my mood completely changes. I can be in the WORST most tired, grimy, sad, annoyed & mad mood and then workout and be a brand NEW happy and energized person. I’m just being REAL, my mood can SUCK a lot of the times. I’m not sure why my mood can suck so bad but it gets really bad sometimes. The ONLY thing I have found that really helps is chocolate (HAHA CAN’T HAVE THAT ALL THE TIME) & then getting exercise in. Any sort of exercise or movement does the trick. I can do an at home workout, yoga, Pilates, walk with the dog or a hardcore gym workout and have the same FEEL GOOD effect. It’s INCREDIBLE. Ok, so that is my WHY.

Now what is it I’m LOVING lately?

QUICK (25-45 MINS)

H.I.I.T

FUNCTIONAL

TRAINING

YES, YES & YES!

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I like quick 30 minute workouts because YOU DON’T NEED ANYMORE. I take little to NO rest and go as hard as I can. I don’t know, I guess I find MAJOR peace when I push myself so hard that everything going on in my life & around me FREEZES and mutes, then absolutely nothing else matters except what i’m doing in that moment. BLISSSSSSSS. I strive for that ecstasy in every single workout!

30 minutes works for me. Don’t get me wrong, I can totally be in the gym longer but I just DON’T have time these days.

The truth is, you can get an insanely great workout in an hour or less anyways, just be mindful of how you spend your time (good form, mind-muscle connection & telling yourself YOU CAN instead letting the negative voice win).

I train full-time at Fitness Evolution and all we practice is High Intensity Interval Training with FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENTS.

HIIT is working station-to-station /or workout-to-workout back-to-back for a period of time. Functional training works all the functional movement patters (vertical & horizontal pressing, dead lifting/hip-hinge, core & more) that helps with balance, agility, power, stamina, endurance, strength, flexibility, accuracy & coordination. Basically before this style training I could barely catch ANYTHING that was thrown at me and now I even surprise myself when I can easily catch something someone tosses at me. Also I can RUN better!! That’s right, I never step foot on a treadmill while training & I can now do 3 miles with ease as a WARM UP. Functional training SAVED me- it saves my form (my form has never looked better), it saves me time (only 25-45 minutes and gets the job DONE every time) & it saves my functionality as a HUMAN- I just feel GOOD.

*I will be making a video of my favorite workouts soon so stay tuned!!*

 

Now for NUTRITION.

This is where I get a little mooore passionate. Good nutrition is everything.

You can not out work a bad diet.

Does that make sense?!

What you eat is what you AREEEEE.

Suffer from acne? Bloated all the time? Tired all day? Negative 24-7? Feeling YUCKY? Well take note of what you eat. What’s it made of? Is it fake? Is it full of nutrients? What is your FOOD doing for you? Is it full of complex carbs & the right amount? Is it high in protein so your body can rebuild itself? Do you have enough healthy fat & fiber? Do you have enough vitamins? Do you drink enough water? Like the list goes onnnnnnnnnnn & it’s all SO SO dang important!!

This is why I think having a COACH is so important. Someone who does all this work for you & also keeps tabs on you till you get it down, so efficient right? Like please & thank you! Shout out to my coach which you can read all about here (how I found her, what I’m doing & how you can do it too). 

I’m all about SIMPLE, so my routine includes meal replacement shakes (plant-based & super tasty), 3-second snacks, lot’s of tea instead of coffee (yes that’s right I have found something BETTER than coffee), gallon of H20 & PERFECT MEALS (complex carbs, veggies & lean protein). Not going to lie, lately I have been really into microwaveable veggies and rice because ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

 

LATEST FIT BABE TIPS:

 

As if there is not enough new changes I added a little puppy to the mix. Yeah, a flippin’ PUPPY. That is another blog post in itself so i’ll keep it short & sweet. I have an Italian Greyhound and he is more energetic than I am. Yiiikes.

His name is Rocco & he is a sweetie pie. He loves to chew on sweaty socks & to snuggle in a sea of blankets.

FYI- this breed is insanely hyper, which means in order for him to behave I have to take him to get soooo much exercise.

I actually really want to get him involved in agility races, thoughts??

Rocco has OPENED my eyes to how important it is to get my STEPS in. I used to never think about getting steps in & after doing so my life is so much better!!

I’ve been using the health app on my iPhone (which everyone has who has an iPhone) to count my steps. I shoot for 10,000 steps a day now which is about 4 miles. WOW. Life changing. Not only is Rocco super tired & happy after our walks but I also feel CRAZY GOOD. At first I was even SORE, so I know how beneficial it is to just move around (why did I not think about this before?😭).

I love an excuse to get outside and taking my pup is the PERFECT one. Who else is into long walks with the pup?!

 

Anyways,

I’m glad I got to catch up with you. I will definitely be going more in-depth with all of these tips & my routine, 

for now I just wanted to just recap everything because It’s been a minute. ❤️❤️

Ta-ta for now.

Off now snuggle the pooch and drink some CALM tea. I’m up at about 4:45am to teach the morning classes.

Follow me on instagram stories to see it all.

@greenjuiceandyogapants 💚

Xo,

Amanda

 

 

 

 

Finding MEANING in the STORMS OF LIFE ❤️

Today was a rather different day for me in the best way. I woke up at around 7am and immediately cracked open a book and sat outside. It’s almost midnight now and I just finished the book (!!!) .

I feel so refreshed and happy. I spent an entire day reading and journaling just trying to make sense of things in my life and to detach from social media as well.

To be very honest with you, I have been extra MIA lately just to kind of BREATHE & accept things that are happening in my life (not quite ready to open up about too much right now). 

I wasn’t prepared for certain events to take place recently but sometimes things happen- we change or events in our life don’t make sense or we just kind of feel lost and it tends to happen abruptly.

So I’ve been dealing with ME & giving myself some extra TLC because I am NEEDING it.
I knew I needed to just burry my mind in a book today, so the book I have been obsessively reading ALL DAY is called, “Everything Happens For A Reason” by Mira Kirshenbaum.

It’s actually pretty ironic that I even gave this book a shot because usually I cannot STAND the saying, everything happens for a reason. 

I’ve hated that saying for years because of tradedy in my family & I thought that “no way can terrible things happen & have a good meaning to them” it just didn’t seem FAIR.

However, this book was gifted to me by my sweet grandma and I had just plopped it on the shelve, for months now the book has just been collecting dust.

For whatever reason, with the way my life is going lately I just kind of thought “what the hell” and gave it a shot, to my surprise I was CAPTIVATED right away by Kirshenbaum’s writing & thus 8 hours later here I am writing a blog post about it…

My thoughts? Well YES everything tragic, awful, life changing that may happen does happen for some reason and it ALWAYS brings us closer to our most true & AUTHENTIC self.

I love this book because Kirshenbaum is a total boss babe, daughter of HOLLOCAUST SURVIVORS, an amazing therapist & has the most beautiful stories to back up every point she makes. Kirshenbaum keeps it REAL & I love it!

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Kirshenbaum BROKE IT DOWN & says,

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Everything happens to you for one or more of these ten reasons:

To help you feel at home in the world

To help you totally accept yourself

To show you that you can let go of fear

To bring you to a place where you can feel forgiveness

To help you uncover your true hidden talent

To give you what you need to find true love

To help you become stronger

To help you discover the play in life

To show you how to live with a sense of mission

To help you become a truly good person

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I really like how she broke it down into 10 reasons because I can relate & reflect. I really took a look at how my life has gone down and was able to SEE what I have gotten or haven’t gotten (yet) out of things that have happened to me.
Reading this was just a huuuuuge breath of fresh air when I was feeling like I was drowning.

Once I started looking at what happens to me as a way to become more ME instead of lost or confused , I felt immediately at ease. 

All I want is to be REAL & truly myself, I think that is when I’ll be the most happy. So any book or person that is going to help me get to that point is welcome and this book was certainly one I needed to hear.

As a person who used to not believe that good can come of bad things, I’m telling you that it’s the WORST way to look at something. We all deserve to be true to ourselves & to let nothing stand in our way of those 10 reasons.

Life will throw huge tidal waves to bring you where you need to be- it’s actually freaking beautiful if you think about it.

SUFFERING is the essence of LIFE.

Without some sort of suffering, how could we ever learn and appreciate ourselves and others?

I’m grateful I picked up this book & took some much needed TLC today. 

I hope you are enjoying your beautiful weekend.

Till next time!

X,

Amanda 

We Are Actually Living In The Most Holy Time & Here’s Why:

ANOTHER FAITH SERIES HERE ON THE BLOG! YAY!

This is still all so crazy to me, the fact that I feel the need to be SO open about my faith here, because a year ago you wouldn’t even know that I went to church on the regular and felt this way, I guess you could say I was still figuring everything out…

Today the goodness and love I feel is too strong not to share with you & moving mountains in my own life. So if I can share any part of my faith journey with you & you feel inspired by it I will be entirely fulfilled.

As some of you may know, I am a youth minister at my local church & it makes my life COMPLETE. I love to hangout with younger kids who are still in their “figuring-it-out-stage” & I also LOVE sharing my own life experiences and love for God to show these yougin’s that life is really not all that hard especially with FAITH & kindness in your heart.

Over the weekend I gave a talk about something I am VERY passionate about: my pilgrimage to Medjugorje. I went to Medjugorje in July of 2016 & my life was drastically changed- since then I have felt a huge urge to share my story and live my life for JESUS! I have also become healthier and happier in this time than I have ever been in my life.

Before I go on, take a look at my PROCLAIM here in the video below (if you haven’t read my post about my experience in Medjugorje maybe read THIS post first, then come back) :

Crazy, right?

I get not everyone may understand this 100% so if you have questions PLEASE ASK ME!

I just know that I have experienced some CRAZYYYY SHIZ and I feel the urge to share in such an intense time in the world.

I just feel like there is so much EVIL in our world and it is talked about on the DAILY!! Why are we not talking about the HOLINESS?

I’m just over it, I am over society shoving the evil down our throats & I’m speaking up about the HOLINESS that is going on.

The fact that we are having HUGE miracles going on every single day is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!

If you feel a gaping hole in your life, all I’m saying is you may just be missing one this: LOVE. Love from the almighty. I promise you: NOTHING is more fulfilling that the love of God & what he can do for you & your life if you stay open.

If you have been looking for a SIGN in order to believe, consider it this, because I know God’s timing is perfect and he has placed your beautiful eyeballs here on this post at this perfect time because he LOVES you so much and needs you on his side.

I’m a huge believer that life is all about CHOICES. Choices are among us all day everyday and they are typically GOOD OR BAD. It really just all boils down to choices, positive and negative, good and bad, EVIL & HOLINESS.

REFUSE to get sucked into the BS and remember there is love & light inside of you DYING to come out and live your TRUE / authentic self.

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The following is Our Lady of Medjugorje’s October 2, 2017 monthly message on the day for nonbelievers through Mirjana :

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*Mirjana having an apparition with the blessed Mother*

“Dear children, I am speaking to you as a mother – with simple words, but words filled with much love and concern for my children who, through my Son, are entrusted to me. And my Son, who is of the eternal now, He is speaking to you with words of life and is sowing love in open hearts. Therefore, I am imploring you, apostles of my love, have open hearts always ready for mercy and forgiveness. According to my Son, always forgive your neighbors, because in that way peace will be in you. My children, care for your soul, because it alone is what truly belongs to you. You are forgetting the importance of family. A family does not need to be a place of suffering and pain, but a place of understanding and tenderness. Families who strive to live according to my Son live in mutual love. While He was still little, my Son would say to me that all people are His brothers. Therefore, remember, apostles of my love, that all people whom you meet are family to you – brothers according to my Son. My children, do not waste time thinking about the future, worrying. May your only concern be how to live well every moment according to my Son. And there it is – peace for you! My children, do not ever forget to pray for your shepherds. Pray that they can accept all people as their children; that, according to my Son, they may be spiritual fathers to them. Thank you!”

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“We are in a time of not so much needing to reflect on the past, but rather to reflect on the future that is heading our way like a freight train”.

 

You Are Loved.

 

For more info on Medjugorje (like what in the world is this place!!!!??) & the pilgrimage group I went with + all of the recent messages click here

 

Thank you soooo much for reading!!!!!

Xoxo,

Amanda

 

 

Feed The Soul ~ Feel Good Remedies

Hello, hello.

CRAZY to me that we are finally into FALL.

I’m soo looking forward to cooler weather and the holidays.

I’ve basically started each morning this week with my pumpkin flavored shake just to celebrate OCTOBER (I know, I know #BASICWITCH)!

So far this year has been AMAZING. I became so passionate about health & fitness everyday (inspired by this very blog) that I started working at a gym & a nutrition club- which in return I have been able to provide more & more value to YOU!!

Once you start to focus on what you are really passionate about & what matters most all the B.S vanishes and you become LAZER FOCUSED. If you’d like me to go more in detail on this let me know because I have QUITE the stories to share!!

OK, ok , ok now getting into the post – the real reason why you are here ;).

 

Today I wanted to share something a little different.

We take care of the body by the foods we eat & the exercise we choose , let us not forget about our SOUL.

We have to take care of the SOUL too!

Soul, in & out of context, is already kind of confusing so let me clarify as best I can.

SOUL
definition: the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal.

To me, the SOUL, is how you feel at your CORE/being.
Things that feed my soul is church, prayer, family time, the feeling after a hardcore workout, helping someone in need, being kind & getting out of my comfort zone.
I heard a quote earlier, in a Gary Vee post, that said something like, “you are 100% going to die, that should cut out bullshit and determine how you are going to act & treat other people with the time you have”.
DING DING DING ~ that is advice for people who don’t know how to feed their soul.
If you feel STRESSED, UNHAPPY, ANGRY OR MEAN you are most likely treating the people in your life like this, just because you are feeling this way which is only making you feel WORSE at your core/soul.
Take a STEP back if you start to feel these things & ask are you worrying about small things that don’t matter too much and forgetting what feeds your soul?
I check myself like this CONSTANTLY. 
 

Here are just a few things that may feed your soul..

SOUL FOOD:

  • F A M I L Y T I M E

When is the last time you sat with your family and gave them your UNDIVIDED attention (no phone, no tv)? When’s the last time you gave your mom, dad, bro sis a HUGE hug and just let them know you care for them? When is the last time you had a good BELLY laugh with them? Family time FEEDS THE SOUL.

If you don’t live near them, maybe send them a heartfelt text or face time. Letting your family know you care goes a long way.

 

  • TECHNOLOGY DETOX

 

If you are a millennial (born after 1982) there is a HIGH chance you are ADDICTED to your phone. Like, FOR REAL, addicted. So TRUST ME when I tell you I understand your pain!! However, it is soooo important we cut ourselves off from lurking and scrolling for an hour at a time – WHAT A WASTE (and even you Grandma, I know you are reading this, take a break from the facebook WALL)!!

Unless you are working/making money online or creating a business for yourself take a break from that life sucking screen and spend time doing something that feeds your soul!

  • GIRLS NIGHT / GUYS NIGHT

Ahh, nothing feels better to me than spending time with my closest feel good friends (Feel good friends are people who are nice, drama free & good energies)! It doesn’t matter what you guys do or if you are outside or inside.

I prefer to laugh really hard and eat good food with my favorite people and it feeds my soul for WEEKS! My last feel good GIRLS NIGHT, my two good friends and I got together and made Frozé, pizza & had dark chocolate covered nuts! YUM. Frozé recipe was completely inspired by Lauryn Evarts – see here – ! YUM.

Dairy free pizza, veggie fries & FROZÉ (hayyyy)

All I am saying is to FEED YOUR SOUL.

Remember to enjoy the moments as they come & work on being the best YOU possible right then and there because that is PEACE.

 

 

So what is the last thing you did to feed your soul?

Let me know in the comments below. ❤

 

X,

Amanda

 

How To Have The Most Successful Home Workout

When you are about to workout at home you have to remember that you are probably in a time crunch. So the workout has to be QUICK but effective. Basically you have to be SURE you got the most out of the time, or else what’s the point?!

So how do you insure your workout is those things?

SIMPLE.

Organization.

When I workout at home I do mostly bodyweight exercises (great for toning) so I don’t have to worry about a bunch of fancy equipment.

The truth is, we can do just fine without equipment!!

When i’m working out at home, lately, I just need my resistance bands and a kettle bell (I purchased both mine at TJ Maxx for super cheap).

The less equipment, the more FOCUS you have just on the workout.

When you have a few pieces of equipment you can jump from one exercise to the next quicker.

If you only have about 20-30 minutes it’s important to take little to NO breaks. Taking little breaks keeps your heart rate up and turning your at-home sesh into a cardio/fat burning workout.

When I workout at home I set a timer for 30 mins, pick a series of about 8 exercises and keep completing them until the 30 mins has elapsed.

When I finish, I am a sweaty mess & really sore the next day- WIN WIN.

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WARM UP:

  • 1 min Jump Rope
  • 15 push ups
  • 15 Alt. Side Lunges

Full Body Workout:

  • 15 Band Walks
  • 15 Banded Jump Squats
  • 15 Alt. Banded Bicep Curls
  • 15 Burpees
  • 15 Alt. Kettlebell Bottoms Up Press (my new favorite shoulder exercise)
  • 15 Alt. Kettlebell Clean & Press
  • 15 Alt. Band Donkey Kicks
  • 15 Alt. Band Shoulder raises

Cool Down:

*Stretch routine*

 

 

If you try this workout let me know how it goes below!!

X,

Amanda

 

GET READY FOR THE DAY IN 2 MINS WITH THIS FIT BABE BEAUTY TIP

Hello , hello ~

I felt it was time for another BEAUTY post.

I’ve talked about spray tanning & my makeup routine so far- you must check those out if you havent already. You must knowww I only talk about beauty topics that I’m very much into. For the most part I keep it all very simple.

A girl can pretty much rule the world with a good spray tan, honestly. But wait that’s not all…


I always thought a spray tan was all I needed- I was wrong.

Can we PLEASE talk about eyelash extensions??

& WHY have I never done them before?

I’m happy to say I finally did so & they have changed my life!!

Let me tell you all the details.

It’s not often that I SPOIL myself, really, unless it’s something that is TRULY going to change my life in a positive way (basically has to make me feel like a million bucks) or else it’s just really not worth my time (& MONEY).

I really have to justify even getting my nails done monthly, THANKFULLY the place I go to has AMAZING people who work there , which in return makes it worth it, I believe spending time with genuine people make anything worth it.

OK BACK TO EYELASHES.

However, genuine people is kind of on topic because I went to BEUATY BY AVINA in Folsom & Avina is INCREDIBLE. Avina is absolutely the most genuine beauty guru I have ever met. WHO KNOWS (actually knows, face-to-face) A BEAUTY GURU WHO IS JUST SALES HUNGRY? Yea, exactly, Avina is special.

Let me just give you a quick visual before we go forward:

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I found Avina through a close friend of mine who gets her lashes done on a regular basis & that’s how I originally judged her work. Since my friend’s lashes always look GREAT I kind of trusted this girl right off the bat. Avina had just moved back from LA about a month ago and I’M SO THANKFUL.

WE NOW HAVE AN INCREDBILE LOCAL LASH LEGEND!!!

FIRST TIP: KNOW WHO YOU ARE GOING TO.

Please DO NOTTTTTT go find the first cheap place on Groupon. This is not something to be very cheap about. SAVE YOURSELF or save money but don’t get your lashes done in that situation & ruin your real lashes & walk away with a bad lash extension job (I’ve seen some gnarly ones).

If you go to an experienced and talented Esthetician you will have PERFECT lashes after your extentions.

MYTH : lash extentions ruin your real eyelashes.

Only if you go to a sketchy place with someone who doesn’t know what they are doing you will see an issue with your real lashes.

Eyelash extentions are perfect for the FIT GIRL who just doesn’t have the time aka running to the gym, running to work, running to school, running to grab her kids, etc etc etc.

I seriously never have time to get ready when I’m waking up at 4:30AM in the morning to make it to class on time. Eyelash extentions make it easy because they make your eyes pop and give an elusion that you have just a perfect amount of makeup on. WIN WIN.

I’m really into this eyelash trend & I think you should give it a try!!

If you are INTERESTED- Avina is offering $50 off to whoever mentions that they found her through my blog!!


Remember to treat yourself if it’s something that makes you feel CONFIDENT and ready to get things DONE.

X,

Amanda
p.s.

Thanks for all the birthday love!!!!!!!

^^ @beautybyavina  

 

God Talks To Me & Wants Me To Tell You… [A New Series?]

I haven’t opened up about my faith life too much here on my blog & I’m starting to feel more & more called to do so.

I believe your mental strength is a HUGE part of fitness so I feel this fits VERY well.

I have mentioned that last year in October, I traveled to Medjugorje (if you haven’t read that post, click here, & then come back), there I learned SO MUCH about my religion, history of Jesus & the importance of being aware of Heaven & Hell. I truly started to fall in love with Jesus & my faith.

Since then I have SLOWLY made huge changes in my life- maybe that’s really why I haven’t brought up my faith life too much- because I’M STILL FIGURING IT OUT.

 I don’t ever want to be a hypocrite or make anyone reading my posts feel like I’m better than them because that is NOT what I’m trying to do.

So just know I’m slowly figuring it out. My whole life I have been Catholic, but just recently I’ve REALLY been a Catholic- if that makes sense.

When I got back from my pilgrimage (August 2016) I walked across the street (yep at the time I lived ACROSS THE STREET FROM CHURCH AND NEVER EVER WENT) & went right into the office to get some information on how I can volunteer or become involved/work with the church.

The exact time I walked into the office was the exact time the Youth Ministry was having a meeting about the upcoming year & long story short , they invited me on the team immediately (Gods timing is incredible). I knew in that moment that God has HUGE plans for me, I just have to take a little bit of action & invite him in.

I honestly did this for ME, I wanted to make sure when I got back from my pilgramage I didn’t go right back to exactly how I was living, I started to live my life differently and seek God’s plan for me just a little bit each and every day.

Since then, his plan for me is becoming stronger and stronger, sometimes I can barely take it (in a good way)! I FEEL myself being pulled in directions I never imagined, it’s weird because I CAN’T EVEN HELP IT. I’ve tried to resist it at times and I immediately get down on myself and feel guilt and depression almost.

It has been the hardest yet most rewarding journey since August 2016- I’ve managed to meet incredible people who lead me closer to Jesus almost everyday (hi Angels), I have been able to help many friends & family come to know God’s love as well & I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone to get closer to my faith.

If I told you it was easy, I would be a LIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAR.

If I told you that I NEVER do anything wrong or sinful I would be an even BIGGER liar.

I just know one thing,

I feel God’s love everyday & see miracles which keeps going,

it keeps me strong

& it’s calling me to do something much bigger than my earthly life. The beautiful part about it is, I don’t even KNOW what it is yet & that’s OKAY.

Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure everything out.

Turn to God. He has a plan.

Thank you to Divine Savior Youth Ministry, for inviting me into your community and letting me share my own take on sharing God’s love & mercy!

The Divine Savior Youth Group & ministry recently traveled to the bay area and spent the weekend at a Steubenville conference, please take a look at the video I made if you’d like to feel inspired by the graces that surround us on a day-to-day basis!

Let me know if you like this new series, going to be talking about my faith life MUCH more here & hope to have your support.

Please reach out to me if you have been struggling with your own life & faith, God is in all of our lives whether you know it or not. xx

Love to you,

Amanda

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Are You Recovering Properly After You Work Out? Well, Ya need to. Here’s Why:


Recovery is KEY.

Really though, if you are going to put in all this work at the gym & not RECOVER properly you might as well just not go at all. Extreme? Probably, but it’s what I believe.

So what is recovery & why does it matter so much?

Recovery is how you are taking care of yourself after you work out.

Many people think that when the hard work is done they have nothing else to worry about…La ti Daaaa

UM, NO !

It’s so important to take care of your body properly, especially after working out, running, lifting or any sort of activity you do to get your body moving.

Why?

Think about it, our body needs FUEL all the time, so when we lift weights, run, or move around a ton our body starts to break down itself (muscles) so that they can rebuild stronger. In order to rebuild we must give our body the extra fuel it needs to build properly.

Notice I said extra? That means you need extra calories (PROTEIN) after a workout. Preferably in a DRINKABLE form. Having your post workout shake is VITAL!

Food takes nearly hours to completely process that by the time you eat, digest, metabolize and send the food where it needs to go your muscles have already been rebuilding for hours at that point.

Drinking your post workout meal is superior because it’s quicker than eating- it’s immediately sent into the blood stream/muscles where it needs to be.

Personally, I wouldn’t want to workout without my post workout shake.

Recovery doesn’t end there- WE NEED GOOD SLEEP AS WELL.

Shoot for 8 hours of good Zzz’s a night.

If you don’t get enough sleep your stress levels will be off the charts. Stress is the WORST thing for you health, stress can actually even cause WEIGHT GAIN. Ewwww.

Here are some tips to help you sleep:

  1.  Work out at night – it actually DOESN’T disrupt sleep as much as what once was thought according to Kelly G Baron, PhD (a sleep expert). Research shows that those who workout regularly get better sleep than those who don’t — so don’t skip the gym just because it’s “too late”, it can actually HELP you sleep!!
  2. Consume your MAGNESIUM. Not getting enough magnesium from your diet can lead to anxiety and insomnia (according to the USDA research) !!! Magnesium rich foods: almonds, spinach, soy milk & black beans. I also love this tea because it’s full of magnesium and puts you right to sleep or else I use supplements like Relax now & Sleep now , these products have magnesium and melatonin setting me up for the greatest sleep of my life!!
  3. Stop tracking your sleep. Talk about stressful!! Putting pressure on yourself to go to bed at a certain time is already bad & then waking up to see on your tracker you only had 5 hours of solid sleep is setting you up for failure. Forcing yourself to sleep isn’t always a good idea, that can actually just lead to insomnia! Do what works for you and gets you relaxed. Whether that be on your phone (light dimmed of course to prevent exposure to blue light which can ruin your sleep), reading a book, or watching Netflix on the couch– do what works for you.

Getting 6-8 hours of sleep a night can lower tension levels and help you drop pounds while poor sleep can raise your stress levels and make you crave bad food.

 

The last good tip for RECOVERING is to stretch & foam roll!

I just wrote a full post on my stretching routine and why it’s soooo important so go look here & I wont bore you again with the same details.

Another thing I LOVE to do when recovering my sore muscles is to hit a YOGA class.

Yoga poses are strategically created to better posture, stretch out your body while activating all muscles, improve digestion and even mood!

I always walk out of a yoga class feeling so refreshed and ALIVE (hellloooo endorphins).

Yoga does wonders for my mood, I can go in feeling ughhhh and know I will always leave a class feeling much more myself and grateful for everything in my life. You just HAVE to try.

I go to CorePower yoga in Fair Oaks- if you are in the area you must go try Niki M’s class, I interviewed her here, she’s so darling and will make you feel completely refreshed every time.

 -Yoga essentials: Mat, comfortable clothes (no shoes necessary) & a HUGE jug of water –

I found some awesome mats through this site because they are all about helping you find ECO friendly mats that are comfortable, durable & a good price- there is nothing worse than having a yoga mat fall apart on you in the first month (trust me- from experience) !!



It’s SO important that you RECOVER properly. It’s easy to not see any results if you aren’t recovering like you should.

Your work isn’t done after you hit the gym. There is so much more that goes into living a healthy lifestyle- please take care of yourself.

 

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Talk to you guys soon,

I’m off to take a yoga class with Niki!

X,

Amanda

1 Simple Mistake You Might Be Making That Can Be Keeping You From Your Goals

We live in an INSTANT culture. We want things now & perhaps even delivered.

Living in an instant culture makes it hard to practice patience. Progress takes TIME which is exactly why I think people give up on themselves too quickly.

I don’t think you give yourself enough credit. Yeah that’s right, i’m talking to you– I think you are too hard on yourself.

Honestly I think we are all a little too hard on ourselves, myself included- I am so hard on myself that I sometimes drive myself insane!!

We can be our own BIGGEST enemy. I mean, think about it, we are in our own head all day long- from the moment we roll out of bed, just talking to ourselves, THEN to make matters worse we hop on our social media feed and look at the highlight realm of others lives *uuuugggghhhhhhh*.

We are making things much harder for ourselves & it’s important to keep things SIMPLE.


#1- SELF POSITIVITY IS SO IMPORTANT FOR ANY GOAL.

Especially, self improvement.

If you are talking badly to yourself all day, you’re losing at everything.

If you have a goal for yourself to look a certain way, lose a certain amount of weight or feel better you HAVE to believe in yourself.

Stop telling yourself you “CAN’T” do something- because then you never will & that will suck.

When you tell yourself you can (even if you “can’t” do it at the moment) your likelihood of doing whatever it is is HIGHHHH.

With that being said, PLZ note that self positivity is the #1 thing you should be focusing on when trying to achieve a goal.

You want to get fit?

Well you better BELIEVE you can with every ounce of your being.

I HATTTTTEEEEEEEE when I hear people say “this is too hard” or “I can’t do that because..” BULL CRAP. You can do whatever you want! If you “can’t” do something at this very moment then that doesn’t mean you wont EVER- you have to TRY your best now so you can become stronger. If you don’t try then you just really don’t CARE to, it’s not that you “can’t”.

1st mistake you are making when it comes to achieving your goals is thinking you CAN’T.

Start thinking in terms of YOU CAN

& you will be on your way to the top.

 

Here are some POSITIVE feeling boosters you can do everyday to keep your self love on HIGH.

 

GET OUTSIDE

The more time you spend outside, the happier you will be. We weren’t created to be cooped up inside all day, it truly takes away from our natural feelings and can be very depressing so get outside !! Get a outside workout in, have dinner outside, sit poolside, whatever gets you out!

STAY ACTIVE

The more “happy hormones” you create, the better you will feel. Studies show that just 10 minutes on the stairs promotes brain release of neurotransmitters (DOPAMINE) promoting feelings of energy!! So you don’t actually need that 2nd Venti latte from Starbucks to give you energy, you really just need to GET MOVING. Work smarter, not harder.

Get Enough Sleep

The last thing you need is extra stress, and that’s exactly what being sleep deprived does to you- releases cortisol. Shoot for 8 hours of shut eye A NIGHT to feel your BEST.

Tips to getting good sleep? Try working out later in the day, reading a book 30 mins before bed versus lurking on social media & CALM TEA (magnesium tea).

 

 

Keep it simple guys.

Stay active, positive & happy.

 

Talk to you soon- i’m off to drink some magnesium tea and get my 8 hrs of sleep!!

X,

Amanda