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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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More reasons to love Beyonce – via Pinterest

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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

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

 

I was reading an article the other day on Heart IFB about the importance of vulnerability in blogging and the value of being your true, authentic self for your readers. It definitely makes sense and it got me thinking about how important it is for me, as a blogger and a person, to be authentic and real when it comes to blogging. 

For me, it’s not about fame or whatever in blogging, it’s just about being known, being heard over the massive chatter that is the internet.

I read so many blogs and while many of them are awesome, thought-provoking, and interesting to read about, a lot of them have what I would call a typical “blogger voice” which the blogger will use to either sound professional, interesting, etc. It’s not that this is bad, but more than that, it’s just tired and boring at this point with so many others doing the same thing all the time.

The mass of blog posts begin to feel like a wave of commercials in my head all at once which can be exhausting instead of enjoyable to read.

I realize I’m not always following the herd with what I blog, but at the end of the day, it’s my blog and while I’d like the information to be interesting and fun for my readers, I also want it to be fun for me.

After all, I don’t get paid to do this; I simply enjoy it.

Also, it is super important for me to be authentic in my writing, whether it’s here on my blog or anywhere else because that is, in my opinion, the best way to get someone’s attention and really make them think and consider what you write. Not that I’m writing revolutionary stuff here on beauty, fashion and lifestyle, but they are my honest and true thoughts.

I hope that says something, even if the only message is who I am and nothing more – I’ll be content with that. 

Anyhow, if you would like to read the article on HeartIFB, you can see their post on this topic here. Apologies for my bit of a ramble on this, but it brings me to an idea that all of this nonsense spawned which is the tag below! I created it, but I hope you guys will do the tag, pass it on, have fun and all that jazz.

I hope it helps you channel your own authentic self and sense of blogging vulnerability… or whatever. 

*Side Note: Special thanks to the amazing HeartIFB writers for bringing the topic to mind & inspiring this tag!*

StorybookApothecary.com - ConfessionsTag

The Rules: 

  1. Link the original creator of this tag, Storybook Apothecary, in your post. 
  2. Link back to & Thank the person who tagged you.
  3. Answer the questions, Confess 5 Random Things About Yourself & Add your own confessions, if you like!
  4. Tag others to do the tag, let them know you’ve tagged them & pass it on!
  5. Keep being awesome 😉

Questions:

  1. What is your main goal in blogging? My main goal is to meet people, do beauty swaps, try tons of beauty products, share my favorite things with others, express myself and hopefully I can help people a bit along the way. It would also be awesome if my posts made someone smile each day. 
  2. Why did you start your blog? I started my blog as a way to express myself and connect with others who are passionate about the same things as me. 
  3. How do you feel about paid bloggers v. unpaid bloggers? I don’t really think one is better or worse than the other. In my opinion, bloggers are bloggers. Some are good, some are not, some are just okay, and some are exceptional. If you are fortunate enough to get paid to do what you love, that’s fantastic, but if you do it as a hobby and not for compensation, that’s great too. 
  4. To ombre or not to ombre in beauty? Yes in beauty! Just not in clothing. To me, ombre in fashion just looks like a new age tie dye. Ew.
  5. Love it or hate it – BB, CC, Etc. Creams? I really love the OG Korean BB Creams, but it’s getting super tired now that it’s so mainstream. I still love them, but I just think the term BB cream is now being tossed around like hot cakes without any real integrity so now it’s a bit unfortunate and confusing for consumers. 
  6. What do you think the meaning of fashion is? To express yourself, to inspire change, to provoke thought, to empower, to seduce, to make others smile, to instill a rebellious spirit, and to brighten a cloudy day.

5 Random Confessions About Me:

  1. My favorite dessert is movie theater popcorn with peanut M&Ms. 
  2. I would like Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party” to play at my funeral and I want everyone to dance and celebrate like it’s a party so I can hover all ghost-like and be like ” DANCE MORTALS!” Just kidding. About the ghost bit, that is.
  3. When I was 15, I told several people I had premonitions and then proceeded to act faint all the time when I was having said “premonitions”. That is probably the stupidest lie I’ve ever told, but I was really obsessed with this book series. Don’t judge!
  4. After my boyfriend broke up with me in high school for hanging out with my friends more than with him, I didn’t much care, but I felt so bad for him (he seemed more upset about it than me) that I staged an elaborate scheme where I wrote how much I loved him in a notebook and “accidentally” let him find it. He proceeded to act really creeped out by my “love” haha. I just didn’t want him to be sad over me.
  5. When I was in elementary school, I would annually sing and/or dance for my entire family on holidays. No joke. I would choreograph the dances myself and/or sing into a microphone my dad bought me. The dances were pretty awful and in true parenting fashion, my parents have recorded many of these. I’m pretty sure it’s for future blackmail purposes, but that’s just me.

So, after all those confessions, Are we, like, BFFs now? 😀

I hope you enjoyed this post and sorry for the massive length, but hopefully you don’t mind too much!

I tag anyone and everyone who wants to do this tag. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to post your answers in the comments – I would love to read your answers! If you have a blog, please link me to your post if you do the tag.

♥ Tianna 

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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 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!

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ASOS Tailored Dungarees

I’m not a huge fan of what ASOS calls Dungarees, but what I’d call overalls, though I really love  them tailored as they are above. I would totally wear that outfit because I love all things tailored. Perhaps it’s because I love the style of clothing from the early to mid 1900’s (think 1920s-1950s) and tailored clothing just reminds me of a time when ladies were proper and well mannered… or something. Not to say I don’t love modern times because I love having the right to vote and curse, but I guess tailored clothing all seems magical to this 90’s child. Even menswear has a certain mystique about it. Don’t believe me? Have your boyfriend put on a suit – doesn’t he seem even better looking than usual? You know I’m right 😉

Anyway, Here Are Some of My Favorite Tailored Styles. Some Are More Modern While Others Not so Much – I hope you enjoy!

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New Look 3 Pack Super Skinny Belts – ASOS

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ASOS Peplum Frill Jumpsuit

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Valentino Nude Lace Dress

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ASOS Unitard with Heart Panels

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Mango Pleat Waist Tailored Dress – ASOS

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ASOS Tailored Bengaline Tab Front Pencil Skirt

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ASOS Tailored Shorts

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Club L Tailored Midi Peplum Dress

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French Connection Tailored Dress With Belt

What Do You Think of Tailored Clothing?

Do You Prefer Modern or More Classic Designs?

I’d Love to Know Your Thoughts in the Comments!