33 Things in 2016

Wow! Can you believe it? We are already almost a week into 2016.  I have decided that this year, I want to accomplish 33 things. Why did I pick that number? Simple! Because I will be 33 in 2016!

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So here is my list: I will come back in 365 days and see where I am at! So here’s to 2016!!!

  1. Read 12 books
  2. Loose 52 lbs
  3. Walk 10,000 steps everyday (approx 1780 miles!)
  4. Ride my bike more
  5. Unplug at night
  6. Become a 3 star rated daycare program
  7. Transition Baby P into her big girl bed
  8. Find our forever home
  9. Take time for myself
  10. Start night yoga
  11. Become healthier (80/20 works for me!)
  12. Complete 5 craft projects
  13. Take Baby P camping at least 3 times
  14. Meal plan weekly..EVERY WEEK!
  15. Blog at least twice a week…EVERY WEEK!
  16. Stress Less
  17. Visit somewhere new
  18. Step out of my comfort zone and try something new
  19. Successfully finish at least one round of Whole 30.
  20. Get outside more
  21. Learn to love myself for who I am
  22. Turn off the TV
  23. Really listen and be present
  24. Get the whole house organized
  25. Feel comfortable in my own skin
  26. Love harder
  27. Get all of our friends together at least one time this summer
  28. Move more during the day
  29. Organize pictures
  30. Decorate the house
  31. Learn to say “no” and not feel bad about it
  32. Join a club or something to get more me time
  33. ENJOY, LOVE, and LIVE everyday!

 

What do you want to accomplish in 2016?

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It’s Me…Not You

As you know, if you have been following along, I started the Whole 30 challenge last week. I had such high expectations for this round of it. I wanted to succeed and finish strong. I didn’t want to fail. Sadly, the headaches and cravings won (AGAIN!).

I don’t look at this as a failure. I look at it as a learning experience. I have learned that being that strict with restrictions is not something that my body is okay with. I have learned that moderation is something that I will be able to do. I am still eating clean and I have noticed that I haven’t had many cravings since then. I think when I tell myself that I can’t have it at all, my body goes into panic mode. When I tell myself that moderation is okay, the cravings go away. I know! It’s a mental game that my mind is playing but if that makes me be able to subside the cravings and give myself the best chance at succeeding..why wouldn’t I do that?

whole30breakupIf you are reading this and try to finish the Whole 30 challenge, and you have not been able to do it. I want you to walk away from this post knowing that it is not a failure. Take it as a learning experience. Understand that not every thing will work the same for everyone. Everyone is different and you may need to play the mind game (as I am!) with my body. I hope that if you are struggling, you have to do what’s best for you’re body and yourself.

I give those who are able to succeed on the Whole 30 a standing ovation! (no seriously! I am so proud of you!!) I would love to have a magic solution that would have helped me but that’s not the case. This is my body and I know what it needs and what it can handle.

So… I know breakups shouldn’t happen in a letter but there is no better way then this right now.

Dear Whole 30,
It’s me! Not YOU! We just aren’t compatible. I know you will find others that you will be more compatible with. Good Luck in each relationship you have from here on out!
Sincerely,
Ashley

So tell me, what have you struggled with and it ended up being a learning experience? 

Holiday Sweat Challenge

I recently joined FitApproach and the #SweatPink Community and signed up for the Holiday Sweat Challenge. 

Details about the challenge –


 Dates: November 8, 2015 – January 2, 2016
During these 8 weeks, you will be emailed weekly prompts (fitness, clean eating related, etc..)
During the 8 weeks, you will log your active minutes daily. Active minutes are any amount that YOU feel are active for you. Don’t run? NO problem..Walk for 10 mins at a steady/brisk pace and log those! #allminutescount

During this time, FitApproach will keep an active running tally of the active minutes.
There are some awesome swag (aka prizes) to be had during this challenge also.
So if you are wanting a challenge to ring in the new year, new you with.. SIGN UP TODAY!


Want to follow along?
Check out #holidaysweat, #sweatpink
FitApproach on Instagram  and also Twitter

Whole 30 – Week 1


Today I start the Whole 30 challenge (with @gettinghealthy09 on IG). Today I take steps into my new healthy lifestyle. Today I meal prep for the week and if you are following me on IG you will see all the pictures of the delicious food I will make for my first week. I also made a menu template so that I have no excuses.

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I am hopeful this time but I am also nervous. I know that when I start to deprive myself of foods that I normally would eat, then I crave them. I am also nervous because sugar is my weakness. I mean you name it…cakes, doughnuts, candy, chocolate, ice cream. I have THE BIGGEST sweet tooth ever! AHH!

So make sure you are following along on my journey through the next 30 days. I will apologize now for things that are said during the sugar withdraw! LOL — I will not sugar coat (pun intended) any post through this journey. I will be honest with every thought, every struggle, every accomplishment. So wish me luck and here goes nothing!

100 Days Left

Did you know that there are 100 days from September 23, 2015 until January 1, 2016!! YEP…You read that right…only 100 days! And now that you’re reading this, there are less than 100 days left! {Mind Blown…Am I right?!}

What do you want to accomplish in the last 100 days of 2015? Have you already achieved a goal and want to build on it? Is it time to restart the goal you made at the beginning of 2015?100daydedication

Whatever you situation is let’s make the last 100 days of 2015 the best yet! If you have Instagram make sure you are following @lindseylosingit and the hashtag #100daydedication. During the next 100 days, let’s support each other’s stumbles, celebrate each other’s accomplishments, and encourage each other to make the short amount of time we have left in 2015 the best we can!

If you want to keep up with me in my journey make sure you’re following me at the following social media outlets:

IG – @beinspired_betrue
Twitter – @smltwngrl920
Pinterest – @smltwngrl920

In like a lion…

Well another month has started..where is this year going? 

The start of a new month means a new set of goals. Personally I think that short term goals help the most and keep me motivated throughout this journey. I have joined in an Instagram March photo challenge with The Journey of Jesi (go check her out! Tell her Ashley sent you!!) and our first day was about our goals for this month.

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What are your goals for March? Let me know in the comments and let’s keep each other accountable! 

#MNB Challenge Week 2

MNB Challenge Week 2

Well, as you read this we are officially into the third week. I meant to sit down and write this post out on Friday and life happens; and totally being off schedule, forgetting today is Monday…I am just now getting down to it.

Mondays challenge was to go meatless. I was rather nervous about this challenge when I first read all the challenges. What can I say, I love me some meat! But I thought what is one day going to hurt? Will it be tough…Maybe! Can I do it? YES!! And I did. (Not pictured were the eggs and fruit I had for breakfast)
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Do you participate in #meatlessmondays?

Tuesdays challenge was “Take Your Lunch To Work”. This was an easy peasy challenge for me. I work at home. My lunch for the day was one of my favorite salads now. Spinach, veggies, chicken and raspberries.

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Do you take your lunch to work or eat out? If you eat out, try taking your lunch to work for one week and notice the difference!

Wednesdays challenge was to journal your food for the day. This is some days a struggle for me. I get busy and forget to write down what I have ate. Is it a habit I would like to get into to? Yes. More then ever. Should I make more time for it? Yes. Life is just crazy around here and sometimes, there are times I forget to even eat.

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Do you keep a food journal? Do you write it down or use an app?

Thursdays challenge was to make and share your favorite smoothie. I used frozen fruit (mixed berries) and greek yogurt. It was delish and really helped me curb the sweet craving I had that night.

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What are your favorite things to add into a smoothie?

Fridays challenge was to go raw. I posted a picture of my favorite raw snack. Fruit!!

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What does going Raw mean to you?

And now to the final week of the #mnbchallenge!

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