Wellness is for EVERYONE

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“Wellness” is a trendy term right now.

When people hear the word “wellness”, sometimes they think of Gwyneth Paltrow, weird diets, silence retreats, and things that just quite vibe right with them.

I’m here to tell you – wellness is for everyone.

And the kicker is, wellness doesn’t look the SAME for everyone.

The definition of wellness is: the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.

So, I want you to exhale out the all the preconceived notions of what you THINK wellness is. And I want you to think about the things that make you feel good and healthy. Is it curling up with a good book? Is it going for a run? Is it making a good cup of coffee in the morning and planning out your day?

Now, I want you to think about a goal that you have.

Make it personal.

Make it something that you are going to relentlessly pursue.

Now, we put the pieces together – how are you going to take care of yourself so you can go and achieve that goal? You can’t be the best version of yourself on 0 hours of sleep – so find something that will help you sleep better. Make sure you carve out enough time to replenish yourself – you’ll be pouring so much out, that you don’t want to risk running on empty.

What do I do? I have started a daily meditation practice, where I listen to a positive mantra and focus on my breath. Throughout the day, I’ll make myself a cup of coffee (in the mornings) or a cup of team to re-center myself when things start to get crazy. And of course, I love to sweat. Whether it’s a Cross Fit workout, Rowing workout, at home workout, or yoga practice – I try to sweat for at least 20 minutes every day. It’s time when I can silence my mind, and nothing else matters.

It’s time for me myself and I.

And I’m SO excited that next week I’m going to be heading to WELL Summit – a 2 day long wellness summit. I cannot wait to learn from people from ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, and meet people who value time with themselves as much as they value time with others.

Are you going to WELL Summit? I’d LOVE to meet ya?

Are you nearby and want to join me at WELL Summit – now is your chance! WSAMANDAG gets you $75 off your ticket.

There are 99 days left in 2018, let’s make them our healthiest and happiest yet. And don’t forget, wellness is for everyone – including YOU. I can’t wait to soak it all up – everything from clean beauty, mental wellness, and physical health. I just plan to be a big sponge and I cannot cannot WAIT for this.

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Conscious Style with Capsule Collection

So, one of the things that I’ve been trying to be better with is clothes.

You’ve seen on here before that I’ve purged my closet many times, and have been trying to utilize basic pieces to build a functional wardrobe that will make me look put together, while also, streamlining my “get ready process”.

I should preface this with the fact that my “get ready process” usually is:

Pick top, pick bottoms, cross fingers and hope that it doesn’t look too silly.

This year, I’ve been trying to focus on quality of items, instead of buying for “one time wear”. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, maybe it’s because I’m actually comfortable in my skin for the first time in my life, but the feeling of a well made item really just makes me smile. It also means I can rely on that pair of jeans, t shirt, sweater for almost anything.

So – starting tomorrow I’m challenging myself to stick to a Capsule Collection for two weeks.

What’s a capsule collection? It’s about 8-12 pieces of clothing that you mix and match to create your outfits. They can be dressed up and down, and paired with each other for maximum  creativity and options.

Kate from Sloane & Ivy came over to help me build a solid transitional collection based on pieces that I already had, and a few new pieces from the store.

The best way to describe how I’m feeling right now, is both excited AND nervous. Starting tomorrow, I won’t be pulling anything from my closet for the next two weeks – which in theory shouldn’t make me nervous, because most of what is in this pile, I typically wear anyways. But, maybe it’s the idea that I CAN’T that has me feeling butterflies.

So… to see the pieces that I’m going to be wearing, watch this short video!

You’ll be able to tune into everything I’m wearing EVERY DAY on my Instagram Stories – I’ll be highlighting them and talking about how I decided to pair them.

And before we kick this off, I have to say this.

Yes, this is primarily a fitness/wellness page – but part of wellness is really learning to love yourself. I NEVER was into fashion, mainly because I was so self conscious that I didn’t look like people in the magazines. My legs were big, my butt was big, my hair wasn’t straight. Somewhere along the line, I decided that since I didn’t look like people in magazines, that I didn’t really need to care about how I dressed, because I didn’t “look good”. That thought process CHANGES when we start to FEEL good. My legs and butt are STRONG, and I love how my hair looks when it’s flying wild at the beach. I reclaimed MY power over how I feel, and now, I’m wading through this new world – how to style and dress my body in the way that works best for me.

I’m lucky enough to have stumbled upon Kate’s instagram and have found someone who is a) willing to take a style novice under her wing b) supportive in trying to help explore someone’s personal style. She doesn’t force a look on anyone, and she doesn’t try to fit a square peg in a round hole. And that’s not something I’m just saying because I’m a Sloane & Ivy ambassador. The moment I first walked into her store, she wanted to know about ME. What I do, where I go, what my go to pieces are – and from there, she created outfits that have the ability to make me look good and make me FEEL like I can take over the world.

So, I hope you enjoy watching these next two weeks go by! Plus, if you see any pieces you like use AMANDA15 to get 15% off your next Sloane & Ivy purchase!

My Thoughts On The Juice Cleanse

So, a few weeks ago I did a juice cleanse.

A bunch of my clients & fellow instructors had talked about having done them before, so I figured, I would give anything a shot once. I ordered the cleanse, and it came fully frozen. As I started unpacking this giant cooler box, a big wave of doubt hit me.

Will I actually be able to do this?

Blake was gone on a work trip to Europe, so I knew I wouldn’t have much temptation to eat at home. Admittedly, since it was just me, and I was going to be drinking my juice, I didn’t even go grocery shopping – just to make sure I wouldn’t give into temptation.

The idea? Drink six juices a day, for three days, and be cleansed.

I did it. I posted on my story all day every day. I didn’t cheat. I basically lived in the bathroom. I wasn’t hungry. I wasn’t awake. I just… was.

SO – here’s the thing.

I don’t drink a lot of juice in general. They are really sweet for me, and I just would rather drink either water or a smoothie. So, maybe I was set up to hate it from the get go, because I hate the feeling of having to brush my teeth EVERY other hour. Seriously, the inside of my mouth felt like I had ate a bag of sour patch kids without ANY of the satisfaction of eating them.

Why?

There was SO MUCH SUGAR in each of these juices. Virtually every juice had some sort of natural sugar/sweetener  added to it – agave, inulin – pushing the sugar content of some of these juices to almost 50 grams (you are supposed to drink the WHOLE bottle, even though it’s labeled as 2 servings). To give you an idea of how much sugar that is, a can of Coke has 39 grams. And we all know that Coke is the standard for “this is not a healthy thing”.

But it’s not just about the sugar.

It’s about the IDEA that we should not eat to “cleanse” ourselves. That we should chug juice and poop out 10 lbs to feel better about ourselves.

Sure, I dropped 8 lbs in 3 days.

THAT’S NOT SUSTAINABLE. THAT’S NOT HEALTHY.

Food is a need. Not a want. When you think about food as fuel, you eat according to what your body needs. Craving something salty? Maybe your sodium level is low. Can’t get the hankering for a huge salad out of your mind? Might need to up your fiber and iron levels. Your body is always talking to you – but a lot of the time, we choose to ignore it in favor of quick fixes.

We already have warped ideas about food and bodies – so why do we keep feeding into this?! I’m glad I did it. I’m glad I got to feel how tired my body felt without food. I’m glad I got to see how my skin broke out because of sugar. I’m HAPPY that I learned to appreciate what food can DO for me. I don’t need a juice cleanse to feel comfortable in my body.

Why?

Because, I think I actually like my body.

All I need to feel like a badass in my body is good workout, my friends and family, and maybe a glass of wine.

So, I guess in a weird way, I want to thank the juice cleanse for showing me that I don’t need to drink weird concoctions and deprive myself to feel my best.

I just need a little sweat and love.