A Couple Steps To Happiness

Happiness is one of the best feelings on earth! We watch movies that make us laugh, and we surround ourselves with people who make us feel alive because we crave happiness. That deep belly laugh, the tears from laughing so hard, the pain in your cheeks from smiling so big, the hop in your step, the sparkle in your eyes… all of the things that overcome you because of pure joy.  How do we keep that feeling though? How do we keep it from escaping when the movie ends, or the company leaves?

Be Yourself
– Think about it- you are with yourself from the moment your heart starts beating to the second it stops so be who you want to be and not who other people say you are. Growing up I would flip my middle finger to almost anyone who passed judgment, but then there were some people that I let define me. I let their two cents get to me without even realizing it most of the time. They said I was a certain way because that’s how they saw me in their eyes and I assumed they were right and assuming that was ignorant on my part. No one knows you better than you know yourself so stop letting people tell you who you are or how you should be and start listening to yourself and do what makes YOU happy!

Honestly, whether you like yoga or weights, who cares. Whether you’re vegan or eat meat at every meal, who cares. If it’s healthy and it makes you happy then let people judge away.

Get your mind right
– Your mind is a powerful tool. I know, so cheesy. Seriously though, feed it with the positive thoughts for awhile, and you’ll see. Be thankful for what you have. Find the positive in what surrounds you. Show kindness to people, even when they don’t deserve it and love without fear (yup, these are hard, but you can do it). Wake up and be happy you’re alive! Tell yourself you are special because you are. Tell yourself that you are loved because I ensure you that you are. Remind yourself that you are strong, beautiful, fun, smart, creative, a good parent, significant other… whatever positive qualities you can think of, feed your mind with them. 💜

It doesn’t come easy. It takes time and work to become someone that you enjoy, but I promise it’s worth the effort. You are worth the effort.

Amanda

 

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Protein Powder – Drink It

Do you know how many different protein powders there are out there on the market? Me either but I know it’s a shit ton! Protein from plant based to whey and flavors from cookies and cream to plain, you name it and they got it. It’s overwhelming! Lucky for you and not so lucky for my wallet, I’m a girl of curiosity and I’ve tried 10 different brands that I can remember. Here are my top 5 and why.

First, we should talk about why protein shakes are important. Whether you are lifting weights or going for long jogs you are getting microscopic tears in the tissue of your muscles. No, it’s okay! This is good. This is what makes you get that toned bod – keep reading. Your body automatically starts signaling to your muscles to start healing themselves and during this rebuilding time, your body is trying to alter itself to make sure that it doesn’t happen again which brings on new muscles that help get you that toned bod that I mentioned before. Drinking a protein shake at least 30 mins after a workout helps recover these tears and build more muscle since there is an efficient amount of protein and carbs.

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Knowledge is Power

It is no secret of mine that I enjoy a good book, and luckily that is a trait that my daughter seems to have too – proud Momma! Knowledge is power, and if you’re trying to get healthy and want to be successful then baby pick up a book! Below I am listing out 3 of my favorite books that involve health.

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Do Yourself A Favor and Take A Breather…

Health is so much more than physical activity. It’s being in a healthy state of mind as well. Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that when someone told you that you were acting crazy, you stopped and thought, “maybe I am.”? That’s not healthy, that’s not a good feeling, it’s a feeling I’m all too familiar with, and I think you’re familiar with it too.

Most women have a tendency of feeling like they have to do it all and they have to do it perfectly. We take on too much; we do so much for our loved ones (friends, family, spouse, and children) that we forget to take time for ourselves. When the fact that we’re getting a little overwhelmed shows we get, I love you, you’re the best and thank you’s in return.

Hahaha!! Yeah right.

No, we get, “you’re acting crazy.”

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3 Ways To Staying Motivated

 

I used to wonder how they did it. You know, the girls that worked out every day, worked a full-time job, had a social life and some even taking care of a family. Yeah, I wondered, do they sleep? Well now I get it and I want to share with you the 3 ways to staying motivated.

1. Your Mind

2. Inspiration

3. Accountability

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