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You're Purpose and Reason WHY

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What is your reason WHY you want to lose weight, get fit or improve your health. What's your true motivation?

You can't get caught up with the number on the scale, pant sizes or the notches on a tape measure. Yes, you really want those numbers to go down, but that's not what really motivates or inspires you. Find a purpose. A reason WHY that is so powerful it moves you to want it and show up to work for it everyday.

My reason WHY I started my journey, was because I knew the shell of a person didn't match the personality inside. In fact, it was holding that personality back physically, mentally and emotionally. As my shell shrank the personality grew into someone I never knew was possible for me to be. I never knew I hoped to inspire other people. I never knew I could be so positive and be happy with myself and life. I never knew it was possible to not feel like I'm aging. I never knew what it felt like to be truly proud of myself.

If you want something you've never had you're going to have to do things you don't normally do. You'll have to put in effort to reach your goals, but it's easier when you have motivation and a reason WHY.

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MPETERSON2311 4/16/2014 9:11PM

    Thank you

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KAT321123 4/16/2014 2:13PM

    LOVE this! You look happy in both pictures but truly radiate happiness in the second one -- thanks for sharing!

What particularly stuck out to me is, "If you want something you've never had you're going to have to do things you don't normally do."

Thanks for the reminder about the work you have to put in to get positive change. You're aamazing!

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POSITIVE41 4/16/2014 5:58AM

    You know I think you are awesome! Keep up the great work. :)

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MOMMY2MADILYN 4/15/2014 8:45PM

    You simply look AMAZING! Your smile just glows and you have the shining attitude to go with it! You go girl!! I'm proud of you and you should be proud of you as well!

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BEACHCALSIX 4/15/2014 7:00PM

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Thanks for the inspiration today, you're progress photo is amazing!!!

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Soooo ... I'm Training for a Half Marathon

Thursday, March 27, 2014

So yeah, I'm training for a half marathon.

I have been meaning to keep a consistent blog throughout my training, but here it is almost April and I started my training in February. At least one post before the race is good enough right?

I'm training for the Indianapolis Mini Marathon. It takes place on May 3rd. It will be the 2nd time I run it. Last year was the first. For me training for a long distance race is a whole different beast from my other workouts. I say positive things to myself in order to push further, but I don't really have that much time to get lost in my thoughts during these workouts. There are so many things I have to think about like make sure you're using good form, land softly, use your arms for momentum, keep your core tight, breath, are you going hard enough, one more rep, oh yeah and you're not tired. When you're running...for hours...it's just you, your breathe and your brain. It takes a whole different focus for me to do. When I'm training I know that I'm building my body up physically to be able to run 13.1 miles, but it has helped to strengthen my mentality as well.

Last year was challenging, because I had never run in a long distance race before. So i didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what I was capable of doing. That was the whole reason why I wanted to challenge myself. I needed to step out of my comfort zone and prove to myself that I am capable of doing more. I have no idea of what this is going to be like, but I'm pretty sure I'm strong enough to do it.

This year's training has been a whole new challenge with the winter most of us have experienced, and still experiencing. I've learned a lot about my willingness and determination. What I've learned is that it's come a long way since the beginning of my fitness journey. I've also learned that it's kind of fun to run in the snow, if the road looks wet in this kind of weather it's probably really ice, it hurts to fall on ice, my hair does freeze when it gets sweaty and I never thought I would be happy about 30 degree weather.

I think the best lesson I've learned so far from this training is don't let other people's excuses, reasons why they won't or can't become your own. I can run in the dark. I can run in the snow and cold. It's not ideal conditions, but I made a goal and a promise to myself. I'm going to show up everyday in order to reach it. Plus now that I've been through all of that a warm sunny day makes my run all that easier.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 3/28/2014 8:26PM


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ISLENAA 3/28/2014 6:44AM

    you inspire!!! keep up the hard work and all the best in the marathon! emoticon emoticon

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POSITIVE41 3/28/2014 6:28AM

    You have been very dedicated to your training and that with your attitude will get you through. I agree - it is a challenge to fit all of the training in - especially with this weather. You are doing great!


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HOT4FITNESS 3/28/2014 4:21AM

    I wil lbe running my 4th half marathon May 4th. Good luck! I will thinking of you.

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MOTHEPRO 3/27/2014 9:45PM

I love the part about not letting other people's excuses become your own! So true!

I'm still too chicken to get outside and run in bad weather. I'm going to have to start running outside soon though.

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MAPFARMS 3/27/2014 7:05PM

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I am training for my first 5k and we are having the same kind of winter here. Spring has to come eventually.

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BLUENOSE63 3/27/2014 6:58PM

  We still have 4 feet of snow here and the half I am running is in May......looks better in your part of the world by the pics.

Good luck and don't forget to do some hill training!

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Buck Up Buttercup

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Well this morning my oatmeal exploded in the microwave, my stress meter went up at work, because tight deadlines just got tighter, and for some reason today I let some negative thoughts creep into my mind about where I am in my fitness journey, and how slow the rate of my progress as been lately. Then I saw this on my Instagram and I bucked up real quick.

I filled my brain with positive thoughts and reminded myself how far I've come. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and chalking today up as, "one of those days." Today is a day of your life that you're never going to get back, so even though it may not be the greatest day in your history make the most of it.

The other day I was teasing my boyfriend for being grumpy, and he told me he didn't know how someone can be so happy all the time. My response to him was that I choose to be happy. I choose to not waste time and energy dwelling on the negative. I choose to make matters better. I choose to live a happy life. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to follow through with that choice, because not everything is going to be daisies and rainbows, but I make the most of what I get and the effort always pays off.

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MARGARITTM 11/21/2013 4:15PM

    Sometimes it is hard to remain positive thanks for sharing..........now go clean up that microwave!

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MRSTABER 11/21/2013 9:33AM

    Very good! This is a powerful message! Thanks for sharing!

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ADF1981 11/21/2013 7:24AM

    Oh the oatmeal, been there! This is so true about staying positive. Sometimes it is easy to let the negative creep up on us, but got to keep smiling and keep going! We definitely can chose to be happy, sad, and angry. Sometimes the later two are unavoidable, but for the most part I've noticed with myself that small things that irk me may start to point my day in that direction and then I just have to refocus and push forward.

About the slow progress, I get it. Sometimes it seems there are results and other times it feels like things are barely moving or not moving at all. But, all of a sudden there will be a big change. Now, I know it didn't happen overnight so I think we just don't see the gradual changes in ourselves. Hang in there and remember its a slow ride! Take it easy. Yeah, that song is now in my head. LOL

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KAT321123 11/20/2013 10:48PM

    Wow. The amount that I love this blog entry is huge, Amber! =) I think I especially love it because this is my usual frame of thought and I've lost track of it over the last few days so the reminder is pretty timely.

It's funny how once someone labels their day as a "bad day" or "one of those days" it becomes that. But you're right that we all have a choice. In the last year or so I've also chosen happiness. It doesn't mean that things are going to be perfect all the time, but in getting better with smiling through adversity, I've really become a happy person. I'm not sure I could have said that a few years ago before I knew what I know now.

Thanks for the reminder about how the choices we make about our attitude can really color how we see and experience things. And as someone whose oatmeal regularly explodes in the work microwave, I know smiling through it isn't always easy =)

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What does your Inner Voice sound like?

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Lasting success is powerfully tied to your beliefs. Your beliefs are also shaped by the conversations you have with others and the conversations you have in your own head - your inner voice. - Chalene Johnson

What does your inner voice sound like? What kind of things do you say to yourself? Is it confident and strong, or is it winy and doubtful? Do your sentences start with, "I can" or "I will," or do they sound more like "I hope" or "I don't know" or "I can't."

Your mentality going in will dictate your outcome. Whatever you say to yourself, is what you will eventually believe, and it's what will eventually happen.

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NALAYB 11/9/2013 10:13AM

    I liked what you wrote, Amber!

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ADF1981 11/7/2013 7:41AM

    I have been trying to work on the talking nice to myself. I really think there is something to your body doing more for you if you are nice to it. Sometimes I am pretty hard on myself, not like talking down to myself but strict. Like Martha LOL.

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SWEETRACHEL313 11/6/2013 5:49PM

    That's such a great point. I often hear my inner voice, but forget that I can engage in a dialogue with it. Most of the time I ignore it, or I listen to it when I probably should confront it. Your blog cleared that up for me! Thanks!

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Focus T25 Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Weeks Review

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Yes, I basically cramming all of the Beta Phase into one review. For one "life" happened and I didn't get around to writing a blog, and two my opinion over the weeks hasn't changed much.

Going into the Beta Phase I expected the workouts to be a lot more advanced than the workouts from the Alpha Phase, and I don't think that's necessarily true. Core Cardio and Speed 2.0 are challenging to get through without taking a breather, and there are exercises sprinkled throughout all the workouts that are a step up and more challenging, but I know for a fact that there isn't a workout that compares to Total Body Circuit. As a whole the Beta Phase isn't harder than the Alpha Phase. At first I was a little disappointed and weirded out by this. As I kept going through the workouts it started to make more sense why this may be. Like I said before the point of the Alpha Phase is to condition your body for the Beta Phase, but not because it's harder, but so you can push yourself and make the most of every exercise. Instead of flopping around and struggling to keep up, my range of motion is greater, my intensity is higher, I have more control, and I'm getting the most out of the area that's supposed to feel the burn. As Shaun T. says, "You only have 25 minutes you can't wait for the burn. You have to make it burn."

I've heard time and time again real results happen at the moment you push yourself further than what you thought your could do. You get to a point of instead of saying to yourself, "OMG I don't know if I'm going to make it through this," you ask yourself, "Could I be going just a little bit harder? Can I stand to be a little more uncomfortable?" When I say real results, I don't just mean physical. I'm talking about mental results and personal growth. You start to speak to yourself in a positive manner. You start to believe in yourself. You're okay with facing challenges. This positivity will leak outside of your workouts and effect the rest of your life. Things don't seem so stressful as they were before. Your will power is so much stronger than it was before. The best way I can describe it is you rise above all the negativity that had been holding you down.

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MOTHEPRO 10/29/2013 2:50PM

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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COCACOLA2 10/29/2013 6:56AM

    Beachbody has an interview with T25 owner that states why he made BETA a little bit easier and the in and outs of the program for maximum benefits. It is about an hour log, he answer questions from people about the program it was quite informative and enlightening . keep up the good work. Nice to find someone on sparks doing T25 and their opinions about the program. Im still in Alpha phase and Total Body Circuit is my workout for today, boy do I feel it. Looking forward to more of your reviews. Are you planning on doing Gamma?

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ADF1981 10/25/2013 7:32AM

    Well written blog Amber! Was wondering if you were still doing the same program. Great update and review. What you say about this phase not being harder makes sense. Lately I have been trying to apply a similar principle to my workouts. I am at a point where I want to change things, but haven't found what I want to do exactly so I've been putting extra focus into my form and intensity with my same workout with a few small changes in order and repetitions. It's always been a focus, but there is always room for some extra-ness LOL!

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