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Happy Inspiration & Fitspo Wednesday!

I hope you’re all having a great week so far with lots of progress in whatever goals you may have, whether fitness oriented or simply life-oriented. Stick to it and you’ll get there!

& Now Onto the Fitspo & Inspiration…

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Tone It Up – Bikini Series – 8 Weeks to Get Bikini Ready!

Lastly, I wanted to mention that I’ve joined the Tone It Up “Bikini Series” challenge. It lasts 8 weeks and includes fun Summer themed workouts and recipes from the incredible TIU girls, Karena and Katrina. I hope you guys can join me in this fun fitness challenge! You can learn more about the challenge in the post I did yesterday on it – here.

For More Fitspo & Healthy Fitness Tips, check out my Pinterest Board here!

What’s Inspiring you this week?

Have you ever participated in any online challenges, fitness or otherwise?

If yes, I’d love to hear about your experiences!

Have a Great Week!

♥ Tianna

Get Even More Inspired and Check Out Past Fitspo & Inspiration Posts!

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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

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

This week just flew by. I can’t believe I’m nearly through my 4th week of weight training. Everything is sore from my back to my calves, literally, but it’s a really accomplished feeling for me as I have gained a bit of strength since we started and I certainly feel stronger and even a bit leaner. It’s been difficult to not to cardio, but that will happen soon enough and I’ve been doing a 4 mile walk on weekends to try and get a bit in.

Anyhow, onto the links!

Clarins BB Cream Giveaway – Fluff & Fripperies

I’ve only found Fluff & Fripperies this week and I really love it! An Irish beauty blog, this is a great one for those who enjoy beauty news and reviews as much as me and she’s doing a giveaway at the moment so definitely sign up for that!

Amazon Beauty Bargains – Victoria’s Vintage

Victoria’s Vintage is a lovely blog if you’re a fan of Alice in Wonderland and tea parties because everything is always pretty and cute, often pink, and quite pristine which I find really lovely. She has great beauty and fashion posts, frequent giveaways and this week’s post features some awesome beauty bargains from Amazon so definitely worth a look!

Illamasqua Paranormal lipsticks swatch

NEW Illamasqua Paranormal lipsticks – British Beauty Blogger

If you aren’t already, you definitely have to follow the amazing British Beauty Blogger! Not only is she a veteran in the beauty industry, but she’s always the first to know when it comes to new beauty trends and products that are not even out yet. This week’s post features new lip colors from Illamasqua which I’ve been obsessing over! She’s a great adviser in blogging tips and etiquette for new bloggers and she’s just a fun read overall.

Embracing Pain: Life’s Gifts Often Come Wrapped in Sandpaper – Tiny Buddha

 I’ve been trying to feature the odd post in these links which isn’t about beauty and this week, it’s a post from Tiny Buddha about spirituality or whichever. I don’t know why, but I really enjoyed this article which discusses how suffering and hard times in life can often bring about great things. It has kind of stuck with me all week so definitely check it out!

Battle of the Hair Oils – Friday is Forever

This awesome post by Friday is Forever features some nice hair oils! I love a good hair oil, especially in Summer when I’m much more likely to need extra nourishment due to the sun, heat and time spent in pools or at the beach. There are some lovely hair oils featured that I’ll definitely be looking into! Friday is Forever is a fantastic beauty and fashion blog for those interested in that sort of thing- which I am!

Beauty Haulin’ – Diary Delights

Diary Delights is a lovely beauty and lifestyle blog which features all sorts of posts like this one where Phoebe, the lovely blogger behind it all, shows us her latest beauty purchases. I don’t know why, but I love haul posts! She’s done tons of other types of posts, but hauls are fun to read and see what everyone’s gotten. It’s my way of being nosy on the internet, if you will. Definitely check out this blog if you’re into beauty and the like!

Get App-y: We Try Inglot’s Virtual Makeover App - Beautylish.com

Get App-y: We Try Inglot’s Virtual Makeover App – Beautylish.com

This last one is from Beautylish, an awesome beauty site! They’ve done a feature on a new smartphone app from Inglot where you can digitally apply Inglot cosmetics to a photo of yourself. I guess it’s meant to help you decide if you would like to purchase that specific product, but I personally find “makeover” type digital tools for makeup, hair, etc. to be a lot of fun and thought you all might want a look!

What Links Are You Loving this Week?

Let me know in the comments!

Have A Great Weekend! 

♥ 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

 

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week and look forward to an even better weekend! I’ve begun a new weight training routine which involves lifting heavy ass weights and doing no cardio. It feels very unnatural and my body hurts all the time now, but it’s a good burn. Also, it’s my birthday tomorrow! I’ll be turning 24 – weird how time flies ha?

Anyhow, onto the link love! ♥

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Sephora Birthday Haul – AdoraBeauty.Net

I’m loving all the awesome beauty stuff AdoraBeauty picked up on her birthday visit to Sephora! I got a birthday gift coupon in the mail as well so I’ll be visiting them sometime this weekend, I hope!

Waxing Tips for Summer – BellaSugar.com

If you don’t follow BellaSugar, definitely check them out! They always have super helpful beauty related articles. This one on Waxing was interesting and may be helpful for those prepping for Summer!

Orange Carrot Ginger Juice | gimmesomeoven.com

Orange Carrot Ginger Juice | gimmesomeoven.com

I’m not sure this post would be complete without a juice or smoothie recipe and this one from GimmeSomeOven is actually really delicious! I tried it yesterday – it’s very orange and there is a bit of carrot, but it’s just sweet enough and very refreshing. You will need a juicer to make it, though, but it is delicious as well as being great for eye and digestive health!

Etude House Hand Bouquet Rich Vitamin Hand Cream review

Etude House Hand Bouquet Rich Vitamin Hand Cream review – http://jessicaliani.blogspot.com/

I really love this beauty blog for Asian beauty reviews and she recently featured this amazing looking hand cream that I would really love to try out. Her blog is adorable and her pictures are always really good so she’s definitely worth a look!

Clean Eating 101 – The Iron You

If you’re looking to eat healthier and cleaner or want the scoop on clean eating, this is a great article from The Iron You! Aside from healthy eating articles, they also discuss weight training and other fitness topics as well.

How to Apply Foundation – TheBeautyDepartment.com

Who doesn’t follow TheBeautyDepartment? Commandeered by the incredible Lauren Conrad, they always have helpful tips for beginners in any beauty related category from hair,  to skincare, makeup, and nails.

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7 Steps to Hear Your Own Inner Wisdom – TinyBuddha.com

TinyBuddha is fantastic for those seeking spiritual guidance in life. I’m not always into what they write, but sometimes they do feature really interesting articles like this one that encourage us to reach within ourselves to find the right path as opposed to searching without. I actually think there’s a lot to be learned from that!

Tara’s Treats & Reviews – MAC & Other Goodies Giveaway!

I really love Tara’s Treats & Reviews blog! She does a lot of helpful posts in all areas of beauty and she seems like she’d be a lot of fun IRL! She’s currently doing a giveaway, if you’re interested, where she’s giving away 3 amazing prize packs, including MAC goodies, the above beauty goodies & a hair Pro Styler Curling Iron tool! It’s open internationally so definitely enter for your chance to win!

6 Popsicles to Celebrate Spring

6 Popsicles to Celebrate Spring – CookingStoned.TV

I discovered CookingStoned this past week and the founder,  Jerry Jame Stone, posts amazing recipes nearly every day! I’ve been dreaming of making these popsicles all week pretty much!

Wish your waist well with this abdomen-focused routine!

Waist Well Wisher Routine – BackOnPointe.Tumblr.com

If you are into fitness and healthy living, BackonPointe is an awesome Tumblr to follow. She always posts great simple fitness routines that can be done anywhere as well as helpful articles on health and fitness.

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Thursday Giveaway Links – ShibleySmiles.com

Shibley Smiles is an awesome lifestyle blog which features tons of articles on various topics. She’s always really helpful and she does this weekly post where she links up TONS of giveaways going on RIGHT NOW where you can win stuff. I took a glance at this weeks and up for grabs are anything from an Ipad Mini to a Coach bag or Clinique beauty stuff so definitely check it out!

That’s All for Now – Have A Lovely Weekend!

What Links Are You Loving this Week?

I’d love to know in the comments!!

♥ Tianna

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Happy Thursday Lovelies!

I hope you’re all having a great week – Today’s post is a different kind of post than I’ve normally done, but it sort of continues on with this post I did on the idea of vulnerability in bloggers for authenticity. Also, in an effort to try and be more open with readers and see what it is that you all really want to know, learn or hear about, I’ve designed to ask you all. 

So, with that, I’d really appreciate if you all commented with what you would like to see more of on the blog whether that means more beauty, more fashion, etc.

Otherwise, you can be ultra specific about it and let me know something you want to learn ie. “I want to learn how to diminish acne scars with DIY” or “I want more bright color fashion inspiration.” 

You can also request more posts on health and fitness or even if you’d simply like to know more about me and my own hobbies or whichever. 

Just let me know in the comments & I’ll do my best to make it happen!

♥ Tianna 

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely and productive week and onto an even better weekend with  ( hopefully ) lots of sleep. I am exhausted. Last weekend, I spent most of my time helping my boyfriend film a short for a festival and I got to be both the camera operator and a female lead which was all done through V.O. I had tons of fun and we got some amazing shots, but it was tiring and I was left feeling like my weekend never happened at all, despite how much fun I had , so I’m looking forward to getting some solid sleep time in this weekend and possibly filming my own short as well, if time permits, and then I can show you all! Do let me know if you’d like to see any of that and I’ll happily showcase it here once it’s done.

… Onto the posts I’ve loved this week!

Are Bloggers Being Exploited? - These Stylish Streets

Are Bloggers Being Exploited? – These Stylish Streets

I really enjoyed this article from These Stylish Streets discussing the topic of blogger exploitation for free products. It’s a fascinating topic to me and she brought up some really fantastic points about the whole issue that is very relevant for any blogger, not just fashion and style bloggers. If you’re a blogger, definitely check it out and, if not, you may enjoy a look into blogging issues as well!

Lush Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb Review – Seek My Scribbles

I really loved this review on the Lush Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb from Seek My Scribbles! I love all Lush products so when I see a review or post on them, I just flock there. Everything is so beautiful and smells amazing and -sigh- it’s been WAY TOO LONG since I’ve graced their shops! Anyway, her review is lovely and thorough and I especially love the photos of her pink bath water – definitely picking up this bath bomb soon!

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How I Style My Sweater – My Lady Boudoir

I absolutely love this post from My Lady Boudoir on how she styles her new sweater! She’s so adorable and the styling is brilliantly simple, yet chic. I’m always super inspired by fashion and style bloggers and this is an awesome blog if you’re in need of inspiration!

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5 Easy Steps to Blog Spring Cleaning – Sweet Jelly Bean

I absolutely love Sweet Jelly Bean! Not only is she one of my closest friends in the blogosphere – she’s also a brilliant blogger. She features lovely beauty and lifestyle posts, but also does super helpful posts on blogging itself. Take this recent one she did on Blog Spring Cleaning – very helpful and fantastic for those of us who want to get more traffic to old blog posts. I highly recommend her!

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Beauty Lush List – Discoveries of Self

I love wish lists in all their forms and this one is no different! This lovely Lush List from Discoveries of Self  is a fun read and features some promising beauty goodies, especially the OCC lip tar and Lime Crime lippie! She has tons of helpful posts and beauty reviews as well so definitely check her out!

Lastly, check out this awesome post on How to Walk 10,000 Steps A Day from Skinny Ms. – this awesome health & fitness site for women that I pretty much stalk! They have super valuable info on getting fit and being healthy – highly recommend if you’re into that sort of thing!

That’s it for Blogger Link Love Friday – What posts are you loving this week?

Share them in the comments below!

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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!