Motivation Monday: Challenging Yourself

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Today I wanted to dedicate the post to the idea of challenging yourself. I think that challenging yourself and seeing how far you can go is one of the most important things in life. Even if you fail or you don't get too far in the challenge, what matters is that you try and when you look back and see what you did accomplish, you know that the next time, you can get a little further. 

It's not failure to fail and fail again. I recently heard that from a guest speaker at school and it's so true. Failure is not trying or challenging yourself at all; it's not taking a risk.

 So I ask you to challenge yourself, even if what the challenge seems small or silly, do it. It will help you grow as a person and will give you confidence and strength. I myself love to do small challenges just to prove to myself I can do something. 
 
A lot of the time I end up doing a fitness challenge, such as the 30 day ab challenge  or the BeachBody challenges like the 21 day fix or P90X. I also like more personal challenges like the one I'm restarting today, May Cause Miracles which I talked about in this post.

 This also is one of the many reasons I love Pinterest, because you can find so many of these challenges. In fact there are many things on Pinterest that you can try out, but it can get a bit crazy and often times people pin but don't go back and actually make the recipe they pinned or the craft they pinned. Since I love challenges so much then, I decided to challenge myself to a Pinterest challenge!

Since I have so many  pins, I will be doing this one board at a time. I'm doing this because like I said, I like challenging myself. It's not about seeing how many pins I can make a reality, but rather challenging myself to try new things, that I just happened to find on Pinterest. 

While I already have a lot going on and you may think I'm crazy to tack on one more thing, I repeat, I love to challenge myself. It makes me feel good and in the end I surprised myself with skills I didn't know I had or at least I come out knowing I pushed myself and tried, and that gives me confidence. And it keeps life interesting, which is never a bad thing :)

So what are you challenging yourself to? Do you want to join me in my Pinterest Challenge?
Let me know in the comments below. Can't wait to see what you are putting your mind to.

Love, 
Astrid

Friday Favorites: Babies & Grad Stuff

So I know I missed two post this week. Some weeks are just gonna be like that depending on what's going on with school stuff or anything personal that may come up. Anyway, will still always try my best to post everyday and make sure no more than 2 days go by without a post.

 On to my Friday Favorites :)


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1. So this week was GradFest at school which is basically a 2 day event my college hosts for those who are graduating to take care of graduation business. That means I got my cap and gown taken care of, got my graduation pics taken, and got myself my College Ring!!! The ring above is the actual style I chose, but the stone will be different(Tourmaline for my birthstone). Also it will have my major engraved on the sides. I'm so happy that I got it since I never got a class ring in high school.

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2. I really loved this post on the  So-Called Homemaker Blog. I always get excited when bloggers post a blog post written by or in the words of their kids. I just find kids to be highly intelligent and it's also something that just cheers me up instantly. Also the lovely Christine who writes the blog later responded and we have been tweeting since. This gets me excited as I'm just starting as a blogger and it makes my day when other bloggers reach out to me.

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3. I'm obsessed with metallic oxfords. I not only really like how oxfords (aka brogues) are so versatile, I love them even more in metallics. I actually said something about this in the comments for  last week's Trendy Tuesday. I think it is such a fun trend for spring and also helps to dress up an otherwise casual outfit. Let me know in the comments if you want me to make a post on how I'd style an outfit around them.


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4. I also got my Team BeachBody coach starter kit this week. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I discussed it in an earlier post this week. Here is the link if you want to know more. I'm so excited to become a bigger part of the team as a coach and also hope to inspire others to embark on their own journey to health.

 
5. Last, but not least, I'm now obsessed with this video. If you have yet to see the movie Frozen, get to it! The songs are super catchy and how can you pass up Adele Dazeem's performance?! But seriously, if you check my Spotify, you will notice I've been listening to a lot of Disney(you can thank the little girl I nanny and my inner kid). Frozen songs are just a regular part of my Thursdays and Fridays now, and really everyday because they get stuck in your head FOREVER! Anyway this video is just so cute since you see the parents geeking out while their kid could care less.

6. This week has also been great because I'm gonna be ending the week by sending some Motivational Mail to one of the girls I've connected with on Tone It Up's community. Her name is Rachel and she is awesome! Each month another member, Jessie, partners who ever signs up for the mailing list with another girl and we get to send each other goodies. So happy I got Rachel since we seem to be a like in many ways and feel it's the beginning of a wonderful friendship. Wish she lived in the same state LOL.

Hope you enjoyed this week's Friday Favorites. What were yours this week? Did we have any of the same ones? Also wanted to share that I have some exciting news(well exciting to me anyway LOL), but more on that tomorrow.

Love,
Astrid

I Became a BeachBody Coach!!


So if you follow me on Instagram or even on Tumblr or Twitter you might have figured out that I like to stay pretty healthy and fit. You may also have figured out that I've been doing the 21 day fix challenge that is sold through BeachBody. If you don't know what BeachBody is, it is the company that sells P90x, Insanity, and the Brazilian Butt Lift among other popular fitness programs. Today (Sunday) counts as my last day on the fix. Now while the fix may be over, I will most likely keep following it, just not so strictly since I'm at my goal weight. I love that the focus has been on portion control and hasn't been overly restrictive. Also love that due to it, my abs are coming in :)

Anyway, during the fix I not only got re-motivated to focus on my nutrition and fitness after my return from New York, but also seriously started thinking about becoming a BeachBody coach. I had been approached about a year ago while doing Tone It Up's Love Your Body Challenge by another fellow TIU member about becoming a coach, but at the time I wasn't ready and was also kind of skeptical about the whole thing since not too long before that, someone tried to get me to sign up for what I later learned was a Ponzi Scheme. Anyway, even though I decided not to sign up to be a coach, I still continued to be friends with her and also made friends with other BeachBody coaches. This allowed me to be part of challenge groups that kept me accountable as well as motivated.

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Then finally, over the course of the fix I started really thinking of becoming a coach myself. I had gotten to a point in my life where I felt good about myself, I was regaining my confidence with my fitness goals and I saw that I was also motivating others around me. Well I took the plunge this weekend after much thought and also because I had been offered a discount on Shakeology which could only be obtained if I signed up as a coach. So that was it! And now I am so excited that I am a part of Team Beachbody. My goal with this is to continue my fitness journey and also to help motivate others on their own fitness journeys.

Now if you have any questions, I am happy to answer. If you want to start on your fitness journey or simply want to get motivated to continue on yours, then feel free to reach out to me and I'm willing to help anyway I can. Also feel free to ask questions about the fix or any other program from BeachBody! Like I said my main motivation to be a part of this amazing team is because so far my experience as just a customer has been wonderful and motivating and I want to spread the love and motivate others myself. I will still continue with Tone It Up and my other fitness communities, but I am so glad to be a much bigger part of something that's related to fitness. 

So if you do have questions or even would like me to be your coach,  click here to find out more and connect with me. I would be more than happy to help you reach your goals. 

Love,
Astrid