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EDIT: I found out this is only open to UK bloggers so I think I’ll sadly be disqualified. I missed that somehow in the Terms/Conditions so I feel a bit incompetent at the moment – sorry to disappoint you guys, but thanks for the support from those of you who responded to me with supportive messages!

Hi Loves 🙂 

I noticed sooo many blogs out there posting on this and asking others to nominate them or vote for them and I honestly thought, “No, I think I’ll pass on that,” because I just didn’t want to fuss over it and I don’t much enjoy shameless self-promotion, to be honest. I hope that my blog will speak for itself in that I post interesting content that you guys (hopefully!) really enjoy and find helpful, but alas, I have caved. I shamelessly nominated my blog for “Best Lifestyle Blog” in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards and I hope that, since I rarely if ever annoy you with favors and requests, you could all please click on over and vote for me!

I would appreciate it more than you know and if I win, I promise you all that I’ll do a massive celebratory giveaway!

Thanks so much for reading my blog, commenting and generally always showing your love and support.

♥ Tianna

Read more: http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/blogs/cosmo-blog-awards-2013/enter-the-2013-cosmopolitan-blog-awards-nominate-now#ixzz2U8eRkQMY

Happy Tuesday! 

I hope you’re all having a fantastic day so far and enjoying the week. I’ve been kind of scatter brained lately and fell off a bit on my early morning workouts, but I’ll jump right back on tomorrow morning with that so, it happens. I’ve been pretty on with my eating, except for this past weekend which was pretty off all weekend. Thank goodness I was able to just maintain my weight instead of gain so I’m grateful for that. I’m kicking it into high gear this week and really buckling down with my diet and fitness plans so I can keep on the right track. So with all that on my mind, I thought I’d better update with my goals for this month while it’s still semi-early in the month, though I’m a bit late in posting. 

Here’s Last Month’s Goals & How I Did: 

  1. Make More Money AND Save More Money. I actually got a raise in the new year (yay!!) and I am still working on saving a bit. I am on the right track, though, so I just need to stay on it. 
  2. Organize My Closet, Room & Bathroom Areas! I haven’t done this AT ALL. It so needs to get done, but I’d really like to purchase some organizers for this project and I haven’t been able to do that yet so when I do, it’s more likely to happen. 
  3. Stay Consistent With the Gym & Working Out 5-6 Times Per Week. I’ve been really consistent on going to the gym and working out if I wasn’t able to go so I’m happy about that!
  4. Stay Consistent With Healthy Eating. With my diet, I’ve been really on or just okay and rarely have I been just completely off. This weekend I did slip up a bit, but I was back on track by Sunday so I’m glad I have been okay with that. I’d like to keep on with this and be more consistent with making my lunch for the week.
  5. Lose 10-15 pounds. I actually did lose 8 pounds in the past month or so since January so yay! I know it’s not the 15 pounds I wanted, but it’s a start. 
  6. Be A More Romantic Girlfriend. I think I’ve been doing okay at this. We’ve been taking time to go watch films together and hang out a bit, but I would like to plan more things to do on the weekend as well.

My Goals for this Month:

  • Make My Lunches for the Week More Consistently. I have been pretty consistent where healthy eating is concerned, but I admit I’ve been eating out way too much this past week and it’s mostly due to my being too tired or too lazy to prepare my lunches for the week so starting clean this week with my lunches all prepared, I’d really like to keep on with making my lunches each week because it does keep my healthy eating on track.
  • Go to the Gym 5-6 Times Per Week ( 4 Times At 5 AM During Week ). I’ve been really good with this, but I just like a nice reminder. The only thing I really fell off with was my morning workouts. With daylight savings “Spring Forward” with the clock going forward an hour, it’s been tough.
  • Do More Fun & New Things With My Boyfriend. As I said, we’ve been going to see films together and hanging out, but I’d like to plan more things for us to do and I’d like us to go on a mini vacation sometime this Summer or something. Anyone have any ideas to recommend?
  • Organize My Bathroom & Closet. This just NEEDS to get done. I will be picking up the organizing boxes, dividers and shelving sometime this month and it WILL happen. 
  • Save Money. It’s still on my list and it will happen soon. 
  • Lose 10-15 Pounds. I know it’s ambitious, but I’m keeping this on my list because I really need to motivate myself with weight loss so I’m keeping it on here so it stays on my mind. 
  • Get Up At 4 AM Tues-Friday for My Morning Workouts. As I said above, my morning workout has fallen off and I’d like to get back to that so I’ll be going back to my 4AM wake up times this week and going on through this month. I really enjoyed the improved energy and focus I got from getting up earlier and getting my workout done first thing.
  • Spring Clean. This is just a general note to clean out my closet, clean out my bathroom and get rid of junk and clutter that’s been sitting around catching dust. 

What are your goals for March?

Let me know in the comments below!

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I often feel that mindset has a huge impact on your overall success or failure, in anything, and many studies have shown evidence that how you feel about things does , in fact, make a big difference.

Just yesterday, I saw someone I hadn’t seen in a long while and who I don’t particularly like and, not surprisingly, brought up a bad mood in me shortly after our interaction. I know that sounds really vague, but I prefer not to put my personal life acquaintances on blast so there it is, in all its vagueness.

Anyway, this person and I had a short conversation and then he gave me this look for some reason and I just instantly felt judged and what’s more, I felt pissed off about it.

Of course, I immediately assumed this person was judging me by my weight or outfit or whatever. I hadn’t put on much makeup either, so maybe it was that and then, I just stopped and did what any normal woman my age would do – I posted this on Twitter :

“I feel like as #women, we’re constantly judging ourselves and allowing others to judge us like we deserve it. We don’t. Be kind to yourself.”

If you want to see my original tweet, check here.

Old Nancy was at it again.

I don’t literally mean a person when I say Nancy.

Negative Nancy, as some may call her/him/it, is that little voice in your head that shouts out ugly, negative and often untrue things and will usually get louder and more believable if you let it.

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I thank God for all of the amazing bloggers and consequent friends I’ve made since I began blogging last March because I don’t think I would’ve been able to shut that b*tch up if it wasn’t for the support I’ve felt from the online community because I instantly thought, others must be dealing with this too – I have to tweet about it and hopefully encourage others as they’ve encouraged me.

Yeah, I’m lame. I think I might save the world with my words, but hey, I just might! 😉 Words are powerful things.

But this weird little epiphany got me thinking that we all deal with this negative self talk (as the self help authors have deemed it) at one point or another and it’s absolutely important to make sure you don’t let that voice of self doubt take over your life.

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I’ve learned that it can be hard to ignore at first, but if you make a conscious effort to stay positive and optimistic and know that you are supported, that voice will stay quiet and small.

What’s more than that is I’ve also found that the best weapons against this are gratitude, acceptance, optimism and sweat.

When I work out, I just feel better. I feel more accepting of myself and life and more positive for the future. In turn, I feel more grateful about everything and it just sort of snowballs.

So, amid my rambling, I guess what I’m trying to say is do whatever it is that makes you happy, content, determined, optimistic for the future, and grateful to be living. It doesn’t have to be fitness , though that’s what I enjoy. It can be crafts, art, travel, spending time with your children and/or friends, or meditation. Just find that thing that makes you feel good about life and don’t let the small doubts and fears about life turn into huge roadblocks on your journey to success, happiness and a fulfilling life.

As people, women especially but also men, we tend to be our biggest obstacle: we’re standing in our own way. So, remember to let yourself have what you deserve and also that, when God or fate of the powers of the universe (whatever you believe) close a door, they might just be opening several windows so don’t be afraid to jump when the moment arrives.

How Do You Deal with Negative Self Talk?

I’d Love to Hear Your Methods In the Comments!

For January, I didn’t really do a monthly goals post, but a post on my goals for the entirety of 2013 and I will be using that list to check in each month and see where I’m at. It may change or stay the same as some of them are goals that will be ongoing for a bit and take a bit of time to achieve. I think I did pretty well this past month so far, but let’s see!

My Goals for 2013 Recapped & How I Did: 

You can also see my original goals for 2013 post – here.

  1. Make More Money. I think this one is on nearly everyone’s list, but yes, I’d like to make more money and live more comfortably. I haven’t made any extreme amount of money so far, but I will be debt free by my birthday (April 20th) so I’m excited about that !!
  2. Move to My Own Apartment. I live with a bunch of people at the moment in a big house and while I don’t necessarily hate it, I’d prefer to live in my own place with my boyfriend and my dog, Yoshi mainly because I’d like to have my own fridge. That might sound weird, but I a a huge food snob and I want to stock my pantry with healthy food and my fridge with lots of fruits and veggies without 1. the fear of everyone eating my food and 2. the annoyance when my food is constantly pushed to the back. Also, I’d like to decorate! This may be a little delayed, unfortunately, but I’m excited that when we finally do move, we will be in a much better financial standing and can live comfortably and with less stress in our lives.
  3. Run 3 Miles a Day 4 Times a Week Consistently. I really enjoy running, but what sucks is that I live in a really bad neighborhood to run in. It’s not really safe for a girl to run by herself and my boyfriend gets all crazy whenever I want to go running by myself. Also, with the hours I work, it’s nearly impossible to go running before it gets dark so I’d like to run on the treadmill at my local gym and possibly run outside on weekends, but whatever, I’d like to be running 3 miles a day 4 times a week consistently in order to lose weight, improve cardio health and bring my body fat percentage down. I don’t know about how many miles I’ve ran daily, but I’ve certainly been getting close to that number at least 2 of the 5 to 6 days I’ve been working out a week. I haven’t been on this plan long enough to say I’ve been consistent as I started a week and a half ago, but I’m on week 2 already of the consistent running bit at the gym so that’s good! 
  4. Eat Clean & Get My 7-9 Servings of Fruits & Veggies Everyday. I am working as we speak on re-designing my eating plan by planning out breakfast, lunch, and snacks that are all “clean.” If you’re unfamiliar, eating clean is basically eating only whole foods – no processed, packaged, or artificial foods – only whole foods like veggies, fruits, meat, beans, legumes, and some grains. I’ve been pretty good about this one. I’ve made my lunch a few times a week and when I’ve gone out for lunch, it’s been for a salad or some other kind of balanced chicken meal. If I’ve had to eat unhealthily, I’ve limited my intake and I’ve been using My Fitness Pal to track workouts, calories and my weight. If you don’t have this awesome application on your phone, it is awesome for keeping track of calories in calories out and giving you a better idea of what nutrients are in the food you’re eating. 
  5. Take More Fashion Risks & Incorporate More Color Into My Wardrobe. I am not necessarily someone who wears all black all the time, but I have a number of safety color choices from black to blue, purple and sometimes a little green or pink, but I haven’t branched out to some more eclectic colors and I’d like to do so this year! I haven’t been TOO consistent on this one as my boyfriend and I promised to not buy any clothing until August when we plan to hit our goal weights and go on mini shopping sprees LOL. So because of that, I’ve been only been a bit more colorful with what I already own and while it’s not much, it’s a start! 
  6. Organize My Beauty Collection. It is a MESS. Seriously. It’s out of control under my sink. Some of it is kind of stored, but it just looks horribly disorganized and I’d like to be as awesome as all the people on Pinterest and YouTube and really get that madness under control. I have not done this at all and it’s gotten even MORE out of hand! Really need to tackle this one ASAP! 
  7. Start a YouTube Channel. This is one of those things I’ve wanted to do, but just haven’t gotten around to doing and I’d really like to do it because it looks like a lot of fun! I would love to share my fitness tips, recipes, makeup and beauty tips, DIY, skincare and things so this one is big on my list. I’ve really wanted to do this one, but I just haven’t had the time. I’m still adjusting to my workout schedule and things and so once I’m more regularly consistent on that schedule, I think I’ll be good to do this one.
  8. Organize My Closet. My closet doesn’t necessarily look as horrible as my beauty collection, but it’s just cluttered and disorganized and since my room is so small, it’s quite obvious that it is! I really want one of those wooden hanging closet systems so that’s high on my list to get my closet in shape! Plus, I’d like to get rid of my dresser and just have my closet. I’m avant garde like that :-P . I haven’t been able to afford the closet organizer that I want ( it’s this one, if you’re interested!) and so haven’t done much work on this really, but I have it planned in the near future!
  9. Pay Off Debt. I don’t have like massive amounts of debt or anything, but I have balances I’d like to pay off that I’ve put off and sort of not really made a plan on how to pay them off when I really should so this is a big one on my financial to-do list because I’d like to be debt free this time next year. As I said above, I will be debt FREE by my birthday this year! WOOT! So excited about it!! 
  10. Go Back to Acting Classes. This is very near and dear to my heart and it’s not something I really talk about on here because this is a beauty blog and I don’t know that it’s of interest to anyone really, but I did take acting classes and go to studios all through my teens. I took a break when I was 20 and just couldn’t afford to go back. Then I gained weight, lost my confidence in my ability and yeah. So this year I’d like to go back to class and really do something. Acting is my passion and something I’d like to do as a career and so this is a huge priority for me. I would ideally like to lose a bit more weight before I go back and start class again and I really can’t afford it at the moment, but it’s on my list and on my mind. 
  11. Get An Agent & Audition for Parts in Film & TV. Lastly, I’d like to get an agent and start working in film and TV. I love TV and film and ever since I was a young girl, that’s been something I’ve wanted to do. I’ve put it off out of fear of rejection and lack of confidence in my abilities, but it’s high time I just went and did it so that’s my goal for 2013. This can’t really happen until I’ve done some more recent shorts and student films and indies and things so it’s on the list and on my mind! 

My Goals for This Month!

  1. Make More Money AND Save More Money. Now that I’ll be debt free very soon, I’d really like to focus on saving money and making more money overall. I want to finally go on some vacation trips, including a Disney Cruise next year, so we really need to hop to saving! Also, if we want to move, we’ll need to save the deposit as well.
  2. Organize My Closet, Room & Bathroom Areas! This just NEEDS to happen! It’s gotten really out of hand (not like hoarder bad or anything, just to my standards haha) and I’d like to be more organized so everything can look spiffier. Because I like de-cluttering.
  3. Stay Consistent With the Gym & Working Out 5-6 Times Per Week. I’ve been really surprisingly good on this one the past month and I’d like to keep it going to the point where it becomes a habit. I really LOVE going to the gym. Getting up early ( 4:30 AM early ) kind of sucks at first, but once I’m up, I’m super happy to be so and get moving. Also, I find that moving in the AM gives me A LOT of energy throughout the day and helps me stay positive and motivated so I really love it. It’s also helped my eating stay on track as well so yes, let’s keep it going!!
  4. Stay Consistent With Healthy Eating. I’ve been good on this one as well and I’ve been pretty consistently making healthy lunches, if not, healthier food choices and really keeping track of calories in / calories out so I’m really happy about it. I’d like to make this one a habit as well so keep it going all through February and on into March!
  5. Lose 10-15 pounds. I know some people say you shouldn’t set goals or whatever in pounds, but I’m doing it anyway. I need to lose more than this overall, but this month, I’d really like to drop 10-15 pounds. It’s not impossible and I’ve already dropped 4 pounds, so far, and I think I can manage it! This will help me stay on track with my weight loss.
  6. Be A More Romantic Girlfriend. I’m a very romantic person, but I admit that lately, I’ve been so focused on my own goals that I completely neglect my boyfriend sometimes  LOL. So I would really like to spend some special time with him and do more special things like go out and do new things or just take more walks together would be nice!

What are your goals for 2013 or for the month of February?

Let me know in the comments below!

Pain is Fear Leaving the Body.

You’ve probably seen this original quote all over Pinterest, fitness websites, health websites and other fitness blogs, but I decided yesterday that the quote is wrong. Pain is not weakness leaving the body — it’s fear.

The reason I say this is because I had a weird revelation while running yesterday and that is – I don’t feel as afraid. 

I feel like fitness is such a liberating thing. We fight it as much as we might because it’s much easier to hide ourselves away rather than face the world and say “This is who I am…and proud of it” because doing that might mean judgment, rejection and yes, failure.

But I also realized another really epic thing and that is what we’re capable of when we stop being afraid, anxious and just go for what we want – it’s SO liberating!

I realize now that no matter what, I’d rather face my failures and get back up, face myself head on so I can improve and succeed in the future than stay forever on the ground because trying and failing is better than doing nothing at all and feeling constant anxiety, fear and despair.

So with each stride toward your goals, whether fitness related or not, move towards your better future with the confidence that you’re leaving fear behind you without a backwards glance.

Here’s My Current Workout Playlist – Hope it Helps to Motivate You! 

{ The Links with take you to the corresponding YouTube Videos to have a listen! }

  1. Imagine Dragons – RadioActive 
  2. Florence + the Machine – Shake It Out
  3. Mumford & Sons – The Cave
  4. Linkin Park – The Catalyst
  5. Ellie Goulding – The Writer 
  6. Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
  7. Florence + the Machine – The Dog Days Are Over
  8. Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
  9. OneRepublic – Feel Again
  10. Imagine Dragons – Demons 
  11. My Chemical Romance – SING
  12. Switchfoot – Dare You To Move 
  13. Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed 

Hope this post was helpful and motivating for you in whatever area of your life – whatever it is, you CAN make it happen!

What are your goals for 2013?

I totally skipped out on the whole monthly goals post series I had been doing for like 2-3 months and it makes sense that my goals since then have been jumbled, static, and nonexistent so I thought it would be good to do a post on my goals for 2013. I don’t want to calls these “New Years’ Resolutions” because I feel like, if I did, I would be setting myself up for failure. Just the idea of that seems so frivolous and fickle and I prefer these goals to go the entire year or you know, until I accomplish them so here are a few of my goals for 2013!

Goals for 2013

  1. Make More Money. I think this one is on nearly everyone’s list, but yes, I’d like to make more money and live more comfortably. 
  2. Move to My Own Apartment. I live with a bunch of people at the moment in a big house and while I don’t necessarily hate it, I’d prefer to live in my own place with my boyfriend and my dog, Yoshi mainly because I’d like to have my own fridge. That might sound weird, but I a a huge food snob and I want to stock my pantry with healthy food and my fridge with lots of fruits and veggies without 1. the fear of everyone eating my food and 2. the annoyance when my food is constantly pushed to the back. Also, I’d like to decorate! 
  3. Run 3 Miles a Day 4 Times a Week Consistently. I really enjoy running, but what sucks is that I live in a really bad neighborhood to run in. It’s not really safe for a girl to run by herself and my boyfriend gets all crazy whenever I want to go running by myself. Also, with the hours I work, it’s nearly impossible to go running before it gets dark so I’d like to run on the treadmill at my local gym and possibly run outside on weekends, but whatever, I’d like to be running 3 miles a day 4 times a week consistently in order to lose weight, improve cardio health and bring my body fat percentage down. 
  4. Eat Clean & Get My 7-9 Servings of Fruits & Veggies Everyday. I am working as we speak on re-designing my eating plan by planning out breakfast, lunch, and snacks that are all “clean.” If you’re unfamiliar, eating clean is basically eating only whole foods – no processed, packaged, or artificial foods – only whole foods like veggies, fruits, meat, beans, legumes, and some grains. 
  5. Take More Fashion Risks & Incorporate More Color Into My Wardrobe. I am not necessarily someone who wears all black all the time, but I have a number of safety color choices from black to blue, purple and sometimes a little green or pink, but I haven’t branched out to some more eclectic colors and I’d like to do so this year!
  6. Organize My Beauty Collection. It is a MESS. Seriously. It’s out of control under my sink. Some of it is kind of stored, but it just looks horribly disorganized and I’d like to be as awesome as all the people on Pinterest and YouTube and really get that madness under control.
  7. Start a YouTube Channel. This is one of those things I’ve wanted to do, but just haven’t gotten around to doing and I’d really like to do it because it looks like a lot of fun! I would love to share my fitness tips, recipes, makeup and beauty tips, DIY, skincare and things so this one is big on my list.
  8. Organize My Closet. My closet doesn’t necessarily look as horrible as my beauty collection, but it’s just cluttered and disorganized and since my room is so small, it’s quite obvious that it is! I really want one of those wooden hanging closet systems so that’s high on my list to get my closet in shape! Plus, I’d like to get rid of my dresser and just have my closet. I’m avant garde like that :-P. 
  9. Pay Off Debt. I don’t have like massive amounts of debt or anything, but I have balances I’d like to pay off that I’ve put off and sort of not really made a plan on how to pay them off when I really should so this is a big one on my financial to-do list because I’d like to be debt free this time next year. 
  10. Go Back to Acting Classes. This is very near and dear to my heart and it’s not something I really talk about on here because this is a beauty blog and I don’t know that it’s of interest to anyone really, but I did take acting classes and go to studios all through my teens. I took a break when I was 20 and just couldn’t afford to go back. Then I gained weight, lost my confidence in my ability and yeah. So this year I’d like to go back to class and really do something. Acting is my passion and something I’d like to do as a career and so this is a huge priority for me. 
  11. Get An Agent & Audition for Parts in Film & TV. Lastly, I’d like to get an agent and start working in film and TV. I love TV and film and ever since I was a young girl, that’s been something I’ve wanted to do. I’ve put it off out of fear of rejection and lack of confidence in my abilities, but it’s high time I just went and did it so that’s my goal for 2013. 

What are your goals and wishes for 2013?

Where do you imagine yourself this time next year?

I’d love to know in the comments!

Instagram Me @StorybookBeauty!

So I began posting on my monthly goals each month a few months ago and I’ve found it to be pretty helpful with staying on track. I’m not saying it’s been entirely a fail safe, but it certainly does keep my head in the game and focused. That being said, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I painted the picture above (or words, rather) on the wall opposite my bed to help motivate me more. This was due to the fact that 1. I felt really unmotivated and pissed off about it and 2. I have issues getting up early in the mornings, but I’d really like to so that I can start doing workouts in the AM rather than doing them so late in the evenings when I’m tired, lose motivation, etc.

Last month’s goals for September seem to have gone okay, but I think I fell off the deep end toward the end of the month. I certainly could have done better. I’m happy to say I’ve jumped right back on it this morning! 

Last Month’s Goals & How I Did:

  • Finish Insanity Workouts All the Way Through. I’ve done this a total of 2 times. Man, Insanity is SO hard! That being said, this is still a goal I want to achieve so I think I’ll be keeping this one on my list.
  • Stay consistent with Insanity All the Way Through the 60 Day Plan and Beyond. Definitely have not done this. Still on my list.
  • Eat well – lots of greens, fruits, grains, and portioned meals like the 5 meals per day plan outlined in Insanity. This totally did not happen. I have been eating okay, but I did a hell of a lot better last month with this. Definitely dropped the ball on this one!
  • Save Money. I have somewhat done this one so I’m excited about that! It really isn’t much yet, but I’m proud for taking steps toward this goal. 
  • Stay Positive & Motivated In All Areas of Life. This has been a struggle. I’ve tried to stay positive, but once I fell off the workout wagon toward the end of the month, so did my attitude. Thankfully, my odd painting session seems to have stopped that pity party, negative nancy dead in her tracks. I guess I needed something a little extreme (like wall painting) to snap the hell out of it. 
  • Rise Earlier In the Mornings. Although I was horribly unsuccessful at this one the entire month, I’m proud that I started off October bright and early ! 
  • Make Extra Money. I think I’ve been most successful with this one the past month. I’ve made a surprising amount of extra cash and have even been contacted about several writing jobs so that’s very cool! 
  • Stay The Course & Don’t Give Up! As always, I have done my best to stay the course (not so well last month – better this month!) , but of course, I am not giving up. Giving up can suck it. 

Goals For October:

  • Finish Insanity Workouts All the Way Through.
  • Finish the 60 Day Insanity Workout Plan Without Breaks. 
  • Eat Lots of Greens, Fruits and Other Veggies As Well As Lean Proteins and Whole Grains.
  • Save At Least $100 / Month. 
  • Stay Positive. 
  • Rise Early (5 AM) In the Mornings & Do Workouts In the AM.
  • Wear Pink, Blog Pink, & Donate to the BC Research. 
  • Stay the Course & Don’t Give Up. 

What are your goals for October?

How do you keep yourself motivated?

Have you ever done anything extreme (like crazy me) in order to keep your mind focused?

100 Reasons To Exercise Right Now!

  1. Because it makes you feel confident
  2. Because it helps you get stronger
  3. Because exercise helps combat depression
  4. Because you’ll feel proud of yourself
  5. Because you have goals you want to reach
  6. Because you’ll feel bad if you don’t
  7. Because you want to move forward, not backward
  8. Because it burns more calories than not working out
  9. Because it improves your heart health
  10. Because you want a great butt
  11. Because it prevents diabetes
  12. Because you want to be a good example to your kids
  13. Because you want to feel good in your clothes
  14. Because it reduces your risk of cancer
  15. Because your body was made to move
  16. Because you want to be an athlete
  17. Because you want to look better
  18. Because it lifts your mood
  19. Because you want to stand taller
  20. Because it reduces back pain
  21. Because it feels good
  22. Because it makes you feel accomplished
  23. Because you spend most of your day on your butt
  24. Because swimsuit season is always coming
  25. Because strong is the new skinny
  26. Because dieting only works so much
  27. Because it strengthens your bones, too
  28. Because it helps you lose weight
  29. Because it allows you to eat more food
  30. Because it’s the best way to spend “me” time
  31. Because it helps you de-stress
  32. Because it’s cheaper than therapy
  33. Because you want a strong core
  34. Because you want to take care for yourself
  35. Because you take pride in your body
  36. Because it strengthens your legs
  37. Because it helps your clothes fit better
  38. Because you want to push yourself
  39. Because you are capable of more than you ever imagined
  40. Because moving your body feels good
  41. Because it keeps your mind sharp
  42. Because it helps you beat belly bloat
  43. Because it helps you sleep better at night
  44. Because it gives you energy
  45. Because you want to stay healthy as you age
  46. Because you want to look younger
  47. Because you want toned arms
  48. Because it improves your balance
  49. Because it burns off last night’s dessert
  50. Because it boosts your immune system
  51. Because sweat is sexy
  52. Because you want to live longer
  53. Because you want to get better at your game
  54. Because you want to catch someone’s eye
  55. Because exercisers earn more money
  56. Because you’re more likely to eat better when you exercise
  57. Because you want to shave time off your running pace
  58. Because you want to breathe easier
  59. Because you want to see the scale drop
  60. Because exercise improves your sex life
  61. Because you are worth it
  62. Because being fit makes everything in life better
  63. Because you promised yourself that you would
  64. Because you deserve a better life
  65. Because it’ll help you drink more water
  66. Because you want to do real push-ups
  67. Because it reduces your health care costs
  68. Because you’ll miss fewer days of work
  69. Because you want to create a new future for yourself
  70. Because it’ll help you like what you see in the mirror
  71. Because it makes clothing shopping more fun
  72. Because you want to look and feel incredible
  73. Because exercising can be fun
  74. Because it’ll give your skin a glow
  75. Because it’s a good way to spend time with your friends
  76. Because it’ll help you prevent the middle-age spread
  77. Because it reduces your blood pressure
  78. Because you don’t want to let yourself go
  79. Because you don’t want to squeeze into an airplane or rollercoaster seat
  80. Because it strengthens your spirit
  81. Because it’s a cheap way to entertain yourself
  82. Because you’ll be able to reward yourself
  83. Because you need a reason to wear those new workout clothes
  84. Because you’re tired of being tired
  85. Because not working out is not going to get you very far
  86. Because it’s a great way to spend time outside
  87. Because you made a commitment to yourself
  88. Because you’re tired of starting over
  89. Because there will always be another wedding, vacation or reunion
  90. Because you’re not a quitter
  91. Because it improves your cholesterol
  92. Because it boosts your metabolism
  93. Because it prevents age-related muscle loss
  94. Because if you can do this, you can do anything
  95. Because a fit body is a healthy body
  96. Because it beats sitting on the couch
  97. Because everyone has at least 10 minutes to spare
  98. Because you want to be stronger than your excuses
  99. Because not working out isn’t working out for you
  100. Because the only workout you ever regret is the one you skip

Please Note : This is NOT my original content. This was taken from SparkPeople.Com. I am just sharing some awesome content that I wanted to pass on to readers trying to lose weight, shape up or just stick with their workout plans! 🙂
[Source: SparkPeople –  http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056978 ]

I posted this photo yesterday on Instagram (I’m @StorybookBeauty :-)) and I thought I would post on it as well because it dawned on me that, although this is something I’ve been doing for years, it may be entirely foreign to a lot of you.

This is how I catalog, keep track of and visualize all of my goals and dreams!

I first got the idea from my mom – she’s a damn wonder woman and the source of nearly every good idea I’ve ever had, even if indirectly, but then I think we all have the same feeling about our women we look up into in our lives, no?

Anyway, so Basically Here is How it Works: 

  1. Purchase a Cork Board & Push Pins Or Some Construction Paper and a Glue Stick. You will need scissors for both of these.
  2. Magazine Cut Outs Or Print Photos From The Net. Simply pick images that will represent your goals. For instance, my goals for this month are eat healthy, whole foods, workout consistently, Find Peace of Mind, Be More Fashionable & Spend Time with Friends & Family more. For eating healthy, I’ve chosen photos of dishes that look healthy, wholesome but also delicious to me! For working out, I’ve posted Nike type ads with motivational statements as well as pictures of people being active. For being more fashionable, I’ve pinned images of styles I like, people I think are fashionable, etc. Just get creative with it and have fun! I have a blast doing this every time; it’s like doing a grade school art project!
  3. Pin or Use a Glue Stick to Collage Your Photos Together. 
  4. Post In a Notebook that you consult daily or Post Up Your Cork Board in a place you Look Every Day to stay focused on them. The Bathroom or Facing Your Bed are both great because you will see it often. This is to keep you mindful of your goals all month. If you put it away and never look at it, it defeats the purpose. Make sure you browse your notebook often or if that’s not something you can remember, the cork board is the easiest way to do things because you can mount it on a wall wherever you spend a lot of time so you can see it frequently.
  5. Refresh Your Photos Each Month or At Least Once Every 3 Months. I like to do this because my goals often change or stay the same, but evolve to a more specific idea and I like my collage to reflect that. Plus, it keeps things fresh. It can get boring or you might start ignoring your board if you see it gathering dust or looking dated. Plus, this is a great way to remember your goals and always keep them in mind if you frequently update the board to reflect your heart’s desire.

I hope you like this idea and try it for yourself! It really does make a difference in my overall focus on my goals, my positivite attitude in life and towards my goals, etc. so I hope it can help you too!

So, what are your goals?

Have you done anything like this for your goals before?

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and a nice Labor Day!

I spent the entire weekend near the beach with weather not going above 80F so that was fantastic to wake up and not be sweating for once! (TMI maybe?) I also tried macarons for the first time ever – they are delicious, by the way – and we enjoyed the rest of the weekend by grilling and watching a marathon of Once Upon A Time. All in all, a really awesome and rejuvenating weekend for me! Anyway, so on with my goals for this month and first, we can see how I’ve followed through on last month’s aims.

Here Are My Goals from August & How I’ve Measured Up:

  • Keep Running 10 miles or more per week. I made good on this for the first 2 weeks of the month, but since I picked up Insanity, I’ve been doing that pretty exclusively with the exception of some yoga and the random workout I did this weekend with my boyfriend’s brother in-law.
  • Save Money. I did manage to save a few hundred dollars this month! Although it’s not as much as I would like, it’s certainly a start!
  • More Greens and Fruits and all That Jazz. We’ve been consistently eating salads for lunch and bringing fruits and veggies for snacks as well. Although this weekend was possibly the worst I’ve eaten all month, I will forgive myself because I’ve been eating pretty well for most of the time. 
  • Meditate Nightly and Relax. This is one that I’ve just completely skipped out on. Not intentionally, but I’ve been so exhausted from Insanity workouts that I’ve just passed out after showering. I will say that a few nights a week I’ve been taking baths and relaxing so at least that’s a small start!
  • Stay Positive, Take Time for Myself and Smile More Often. I am really proud of myself. I’ve been catching myself mid negative self-talk and giving myself more positive thought replacements. I think it’s a really great thing because although I’m not completely void of negative thoughts (will anyone ever be anyway?), I have been doing really well with not letting it take over my life and my mind and instead, turning it into positive motivation. 
  • Stay the Course and Don’t Give Up! I’ve been doing really well on this one! I’ve stayed pretty consistent! Although we’ve had our cheat days and obviously this past weekend was seriously more of a cheat weekend than one single day, all the rest of the time has been healthy choices and today we’re back on track so I think that’s pretty great. 

My Goals for September:

  • Finish Insanity Workouts All the Way Through. Each time we work out, we’ve worked really hard and only been able to get through 25 minutes of the 38 minute workouts so far. That being said, the workouts are extremely difficult if you’ve never done them before and we’ve certainly improved as we started the plan only being able to complete 15 minutes of it. Being up to 25 minutes feels like an accomplishment, but I do hope to eventually work up to powering through this entire workout. 
  • Stay consistent with Insanity All the Way Through the 60 Day Plan and Beyond. I have a tendency to drop off of workout plans and workouts in general after a few weeks or so, but this is one that I really want to complete. It’s like one of those things you just feel the need to prove to yourself. So I don’t want to drop off this time; I want to tune in, stay on and push through to the end so I can say I’ve done it. I want my free Insanity shirt damnit!
  • Eat well – lots of greens, fruits, grains, and portioned meals like the 5 meals per day plan outlined in Insanity. We’ve been pretty good on this thus far, but I just like to keep it on here as a reminder to myself and to keep in mind. Healthy eating is so important and especially after the weekend we had, it’s really important to get back on track and stay consistent with healthy foods. 
  • Save Money. We would like to move into our own place by January/February of the new year so we’re saving up a lot. We’ve had trouble saving so far, though, so I want to keep this in mind to save more and be more conscious and budget our cash more consistently. Not only for moving out, but also for trips, emergencies, etc. 
  • Stay Positive & Motivated In All Areas of Life. I’m just like everyone else. Sometimes I get discouraged, feel negative and let down, or otherwise just unmotivated in life. This is to remind me that I need to stay positive and push through obstacles. I really have so many goals in life that I want to achieve so this helps me stay conscious of what I’m working towards – the bigger picture, if you will. 
  • Rise Earlier In the Mornings. I am soo not a morning person. I need hell to freeze over to get up properly in the morning and I’m just not that pleasant about it. I want to work on getting up earlier in the mornings and either doing yoga or getting Insanity out of the way first thing or something just to get me moving and start my day off right. I feel like if I do this enough times, maybe I’ll transform into one of those people for whom getting up is now second nature. No word on how realistic this is, but I’m out to try anyway!
  • Make Extra Money. I would ideally like to make some extra money so I can save more, pay off balances on credit cards, and generally be more comfortable. Whether that means a second job or something, I don’t really know, but I’ll be figuring this one out as I go.
  • Stay The Course & Don’t Give Up! Same as last month, I want to power through, stay consistent and accountable, and reach my goals. 

What are your goals for September?