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So, I recently joined the “Bikini Series” challenge which is a series done by the lovely ladies of Tone It Up, a fitness blog for women. The ladies behind TIU, Karena & Katrina, have both gone through their own weight loss journeys in the past and are now both fitness trainers and nutritionist experts. As best friends, they seek to help other women get the bodies they want through exercise and healthy eating. Their “Bikini Series” is in it’s 3rd year and as I had been following them for awhile now, I thought it was time to join in on the fitness fun, as it were.

Once you sign up, you get tons of emails with loads of workout routines, recipes and other tips to help get you started as well as daily emails with fun workouts they create on their YouTube channel for you to do. I’m not sure how they plan on choosing winners for this “Bikini Series,” but according to this post they did last week, there will be 4 Grand Prize winners that will win Contiki Vacations to go on their ultimate beach adventure as well as 20 prizes for other participants during the duration of the challenge which lasts 8 weeks.

So, I’m really freaking nervous about this whole challenge thing. It’s exciting and cool to have a great support system of women around, but then it’s scary to think about posting progress photos on the internet. It just freaks me out, but I’m doing it anyway because that’s how I roll these days. Also, I really like the TIU program and hopefully it can help me in my own journey to achieving body bliss 😉  so wish me luck on that and hope you all can join up as well!

You can sign up for the Bikini Series – here.

Perfect Fit Rice Protein Powder

Coincidentally, they also sell their own Perfect Fit Rice Protein Powder which I was sent awhile back for review and have been trying it out. Basically, this protein powder is made with organic brown rice protein that is raw, gluten free, Vegan, Non-GMO, Kosher, Non-Fat, Low in Sodium, and Free of Sugar, Dairy, Lactose, Cholesterol, Soy, Corn, Wheat and Allergens. { That was a mouthful }

What I really like about this protein powder is that it doesn’t have any crap in it that a lot of other protein powders include that’s basically just filler and makes it cheaper for them to make. Instead, the Perfect Fit Protein is all quality ingredients and nothing more, nothing less. It tastes really good in smoothies and includes a nice portion of protein (15g per serving) so you definitely get the right amount for post workout recovery, despite it being a healthier option. You can use the powder to bake with as well or make protein pancakes, though I haven’t done that yet. The price point for this protein powder is really good and very comparable to others on the market, but more worth the value for your money, in my opinion, because it’s really good quality. One downside to this powder is that it doesn’t last well once it’s in a smoothie. For example, I made a smoothie with it and then had some leftover which I put in the fridge for the next day. I had it the next day and it kind of made my stomach hurt which I think is due to the rice in the formula itself ( rice expands in liquid over time ) so I don’t recommend letting anything you make with this protein powder sit. It works best when you simply use it right away. I enjoy mine in fruit smoothies.

You can learn more about the Perfect Fit Protein Powder by Tone It Up – here.

On a last side note, they also sent me a really nice Summery lip balm which has a lovely fruit tropical scent to it that was nice to keep in my gym bag so definitely recommend that if you like cute, simple lip balms!

Have You Joined Any Fitness or Health Challenges this year?

What Are Your Thoughts on Protein Powder & What’s Your Favorite Brand to Use, If Any?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences!

 ♥ Tianna

10 Ways to Motivate Yourself for Weight Loss & Life - StorybookApothecary.com

My biggest problem when it comes to weight loss, fitness or anything in regards to my personal life goals is motivation. It’s not that I’m an unmotivated person; I am. It’s simply that I run out of steam eventually and have to figure out ways to pick my momentum up again. You know how it is – you start out and at first, it’s awesome. Then you find yourself losing speed quickly and you feel like there’s nothing to be done to get yourself out of the slump. When this happens, I have found a number of strategies which have worked very well for me in order to stay inspired, motivated and positive about any and all of my goals.

Here Are My Top 10 Tips for Staying Motivated When Losing Weight Or Striving For Anything in Life: 

  1. Make A To-Do List. For me, I’ve found I have had the best success when I’ve written things down and this goes for something as simple as cleaning out my closet to my personal life ambitions. It always helps to get things on paper and make them feel more real and tangible. Also, make sure you’re very specific. If you want to own your own house, put down what kind of house you want, how many rooms, the layout, and what you want it to look like. All those details will make your goal more real and achievable. 
  2. Track Your Progress. I have hated this one in the past, but it’s absolutely necessarily for keeping a positive and motivated mindset because if you don’t know where you’ve been, you literally won’t know how far you’ve come. I’ve lost nearly 20 pounds in the past 3 ish months and if it wasn’t for the fact that my boyfriend and I do weekly weigh ins, I would have no idea I’d come that far and I would constantly feel like ” Oh damn, I only lost a pound this week”  which feels like a whole lot less than it really is in the grand scheme of things. Writing everything down and tracking your progress from weight to measurements will truly open your eyes to the progress you’re making. In turn, that will make you want to continue because you will absolutely see the results on paper.
  3. Celebrate the Little Things. It’s really difficult to do this one, but it is super important. You know they say little things add up to big results and it’s true. I lost only a few pounds a week and sometimes only stayed the same, but in a few months, that’s 20 pounds gone and that’s a lot. Celebrate that 1 pound lost a week or that inch lost from your waist or hips. Celebrate those baby steps you’re taking because they add up to huge strides in progress. I know it sounds trivial and it’s spammed all over weight loss blogs, but it’s the truth so don’t knock it!
  4. Relax & Enjoy Yourself. Weight loss or any goal can be hard work, especially if you’re new to something or you’re doing something very challenging so be sure to reward yourself with some down time to have fun, sleep, and veg on the couch. I know, watching TV is bad for you, blah blah, but seriously, sometimes you just have to watch a movie or your favorite show to rejuvenate your spirit. I’m just saying. Otherwise, you will freaking go insane. At least, I would. I need my entertainment! So whatever yours is, definitely find a way to enjoy yourself a bit. Achieving goals and doing well for yourself doesn’t have to be all fire, blood and brimstone. You can have fun and relax once in awhile and you should.
  5. Work Hard & Be Proud. Make sure you’re pushing yourself and be proud of yourself when you push through something that’s difficult. It can be so difficult to keep going and you need to take note when you’ve done it in spite of feeling crappy. There have been so many times I don’t want to work out and I’ve done it anyway and I feel amazing after. I just have to go do it anyway and remind myself how amazing I will feel after. I have never been wrong about that one. Remember to give yourself some credit for your hard work.
  6. Spring Clean. Sometimes things can get stale if you do them for too long so be sure to clean up a bit and keep yourself inspired with new ideas and strategies for your goals. It doesn’t matter how small a change you make or how big as long as it helps you stay inspired and ready to roll.
  7. Re-Work Your Plan. Occasionally or maybe a lot, you’ll need to scrap your plan entirely. I’ve gone through so many different workout plans, it’s ridiculous. Sometimes, the same old shit gets old fast. Otherwise, you might find that the plan you thought would be amazing isn’t so. Maybe it’s too easy, too unrealistic for your schedule or too boring for your taste so it’s important to remember, you have the power to change it to something you really like and enjoy! Don’t feel tied down to one plan. It’s better you change it to something you enjoy and actually want to do than something you hate and will eventually quit altogether because you find it unbearable.
  8. Re-Word Your Plan Again. Again, I’ve re-worked my plans for things a million times and not just for fitness. I’ve re-worked my diet plan, my workout plan, my budget plan, and my other personal goals SO MANY TIMES. It doesn’t make you a failure to change your mind and try something new that works better for you because it’s all a learning process. As long as you never quit, you will never truly fail. You just get better as you go.
  9. Get A Second Opinion. There are times when I get stuck in a shitty cloud of negativity that I can’t seem to get out of and during those times, I go to friends for advice to talk through it all because I know they will give me an unbiased opinion of things. For instance, I was refusing to give myself credit for the work and progress that I’d made with myself and my boyfriend sat me down to point out all of the things I’d actually done. Once he did that, I could see the facts – I’d come a long way and made huge progress – I just couldn’t see it on my own. So talk to your friends and family, you’re not alone. There is someone who can help you see that you are working hard and that you are enough!
  10. Practice Patience & Optimism. This is my biggest challenge. I am not a patient person by nature. I can be really optimistic, but super impatient about everything and that can kill my motivation at times. For that reason, I like to follow other fitness and health blogs to stay motivated and positive about my goals, my life, my journey. It might sound really stupid, but I even browse the fitspo on Pinterest and it seriously helps keep me in a great mindset.

What Are Your Tips to Stay Motivated for Weight Loss & Life?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

♥ Tianna

Mid Week Inspiration + Fitspo!

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Happy Inspiration + Fitspo Wednesday!

I hope you’re all having a great week so far – I’ve been feeling a bit sluggish where my weight loss goals are concerned so this post comes right on time for me. I swear it was like Negative Nancy all over the place for  me yesterday, but after working out and relaxing, I feel a bit better. Now I just want to get my eating back on track after my super indulgent birthday weekend so I’m getting back in the groove a bit this week.

For some reason, I have just been a bit down about the whole weight loss thing.

You know, you feel great and then all of a sudden you feel like all the doubts and negativity come around and punch you in the face. It’s seriously awful, but I am working through it and if you’re working through some crap like that, then feel free to email me or comment or whichever and we can all work through it together. Anyway, whatever your mindset or condition is this week, I hope this week’s Mid Week Fitspo + Inspiration help to keep you positive, happy, motivated, and mindful.

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What’s Inspiring You this week?

I’d love to know in the comments!

 I hope you all have a great rest of the week!

♥ Tianna

 

My amazing boyfriend bought me a bunch of beauty goodies online as early birthday presents and this amazing Balearic Love Palette from Becca Cosmetics is one of them! I received it last week technically, but I’ve been loving it this week for doing my brows. It’s super natural looking and subtle, but buildable so you can make the look more bold as well, if you like. The best part about this palette? Normal retail price is $49.99, but I got it for $25 via AllCosmeticsWholesale.com – a discount beauty site. They have some AMAZING stuff there for low prices. A lot of the stuff is usually last season or whatever, but the pricing you can’t beat as it’s mostly always half regular price.  They have loads of brands available as well so definitely check it out – it’s one of my favorite places to bargain beauty shop, especially for higher end brands like Lancome, Dior, Armani, etc.

 

I have been SO obsessed with this yogurt from Chobani – it’s yummy coconut greek yogurt with dark chocolate chips and almond slices and it is AMAZING! It is sooo good, especially if, like me, you love coconut, chocolate and almonds. It’s a nice healthy snack for between meals as well.

I’ve re-purposed my vitamin E capsules to use topically on my face and it’s been working wonders for my skin, especially the skin around my eyes. Find out more about how I’ve been using these in a post I did here.

My quote of the week or maybe even month – I have it written on my bathroom mirror in dry erase ( a great way to take notes by the way! ).

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.”

I picked this up last weekend from TJ Maxx home goods section for nearly half price of regular organic coconut oil and I have been using half as a face/body moisturizer and the other half to cook with. Man, TJ Maxx is a DANGEROUS place for me! They have such amazing deals. I can’t believe we spent nearly 2 hours browsing and we only looked through the home goods side. Imagine how long I’d have spent there if I went through the clothing, shoes and purses. Anyone else feel as tempted by the TJ Maxx deals as me?

This was Wednesday’s dinner – build your own chicken salad and SO delicious!

I had mine with mixed greens, tomatoes, artichokes, cucumbers, chicken, avocado, and some homemade dijon vinaigrette which you can make in literally 5 seconds. I just mix about 1 tbs. dijon mustard with 1/2 part water and 1/2 part balsamic vinegar with a pinch of sea salt and Italian seasoning. I blend it all together with a fork and voilà! So delicious and healthy!

Sephora’s Chic Week has begun! I’m going to be doing more shopping than I should thanks to this!!

I finally received the last of my early birthday beauty gifts that my boyfriend ordered for me – so thrilled! I received the RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up, Tangle Teezer in Tangerine, a refill of my beloved Alpha-H Balancing Moisturizer + Gentle Exfoliant, and some awesome Beauty Habit samples! So excited to try all of these out! So far I love the Tangle Teezer, though it works much better on dry hair than wet.

How Was Your Week/end?

I’d love to chat with you in the comments!

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Happy Mid Week Inspiratin & Fitspo!

I’ve decided to keep on with the weekly inspirational quotes and fitspo – I hope it improves your day, motivates you to have a positive and productive week, helps you feel determined and makes you smile, just a little bit 🙂

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What’s Your Favorite Quote or Fitspo of the Week?

Please share links and quotes in the comments!

Happy Sunday!

I hope you’re all enjoying a nice day off, relaxing and catching up on some beauty treatments or pampering or whichever. 🙂

I haven’t done one of these posts in awhile so I thought it’d be fun – I post throughout the week on Instagram so if you would like to see what I get up to, definitely follow me on Instagram here and chat with me a bit! 😀

New nails for a new week!

I have the BEST boyfriend in the world!

He bought me some early birthday presents online via some beauty items I had wish listed forever – these were the first items to arrive from Beauty Habit. I’ve wanted these 2 items for AGES. The first is the ILIA Beauty Mascara in Macao ( a lovely copper color ) and the second is the Parfums de Nicolai L’Eau a La Folie. I actually received a sample of the latter and really loved it, but never got around to purchasing. This scent smells a bit like something sweet mixed with coconut and citrus-y and it smells so delicious – perfect for Spring & Summer!

I picked up a Self Magazine  on Wednesday which had a really great interview and feature on Gwyneth Paltrow and her new cookbook. This recipe isn’t from her feature I don’t think – just another green smoothie recipe for me to try – but her interview featured a few really awesome recipes from her new cookbook, particularly one for a “healthier” type of candy bar which I’m excited to try. I’ll report back on Instagram once I do so be sure to follow me there if you care to know how that goes haha.

Hope you all had a fantastic week and weekend!

What Did You Do this weekend?

Please let me know in the comments!

Happy Thursday!

I hope you’re all having a great week 🙂

I’m back again with some mid week inspiration and fitspo to get you through to the weekend – I hope it inspires you as much as it does me!

♥ Tianna

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Inspiration & Fitspo from Pinterest and today’s question is –

What Would YOU Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?

I think I’d do a little bit of everything. 

I’d love to know what you would do in the comments!

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Happy Thursday!

I hope you’re all having a great week so far!

I always have trouble getting through my Wednesdays and Thursdays so I’m thinking of making these Mid Week Inspiration posts a permanent series, but let me know how you like them and if you want them to be a continued series in the comments below!

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Last, but not least, I realize that a lot of you are busy with your lives and don’t always have time to work out so I thought I’d share these so you can burn a quick 100 calories here and there in between your insane schedules. They take 5 minutes or less!

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Have A Great Rest Of the Week!

I hope you’re all having a great week so far and I thought, as a way to keep us all inspired and motivated through Friday, I’d share some quotes I’m loving lately! I hope they inspire and motivate you to achieve your dreams and stay positive.

Have a Great Week!

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What Are Your Favorite Quotes this Week?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!