Tuesday, April 2, 2019

My Non-Routine Fitness Routine

If you follow me on Instagram, I am sure you have seen my stories over the past few months to a year in regard to my fitness. I am going to toot my own horn here and just put it in the records that I have been working out very consistently for at least a year now, and I am pretty friggin' proud of how committed I have been. Historically, for me, fitness and physical activity has come in ebbs and flows, depending on the chapter of life that I have been in. I started a bootcamp right before our wedding (a chapter of life) and that was probably the best shape I had been in since playing Rugby in college (another chapter of life). Motivating myself is always the struggle but for some reason, this chapter of life has really made movement a real priority for me.


I have noticed changes in my body; better flexibility and strength... both things I am proud of. The number on the scale hasn't gone down, so it's been a struggle to keep motivating myself without that "difference in weight", an indicator that has historically had the most impact on me and my urge to continue. Retraining my brain to accept other things, like the flexibility and strength, as measures of success is the real challenge, but I'm working on it! How am I keeping things interesting and keeping myself motivated?

Fitness Apps and Challenges

I started the year with Asics Studio 21 Day Challenge and posted about it on social as a way to keep myself motivated/held accountable and to be honest, this did wonders for me and getting into a groove. I find that I am able to motivate myself when I have one or all of the following: an accountability partner/structure, a good challenge, possible friendly competition and above all else, something enjoyable (read: not grueling or boring) to do. The apps and challenges are also great when you are kind of like meh about your current workout schedule because they can introduce new exercises into your routine without having to be face to face with an instructor... but on the flip side, sometimes I benefit from being in front on an instructor lol.

Different Classes

This one is key for me because if I don't keep things interesting, I will get bored and will be more likely to slack off. I try to make everything fun and of course, drop into classes that I have never tried before. Yes there are classes I don't go back to (I'm sorry, I just don't really like barre!) but I love spinning (I got new TIEM spin shoes just for classes!), Fight class (think martial arts inspired cardio), weight lifting, bootcamp, HIIT and then I do try to run at least once a week even though, guys, I really just will never love running. I don't think I'm built for it or have it in my genes. But what I am trying to say here is that when I keep things interesting, I am more likely to make it to my workouts and also, I'm less likely to hurt myself by focusing on only one type of class or exercise. Keep things interesting and you might just have more fun!



At Home Workouts

Even when I am short on time or really not in the mood, I try to at the very least, make a go of something fitness related at home. Whether this is doing some weights or core work in the basement or a little bit of yoga just to get my body moving, there are always options for me to "move", even when I'm really, and I mean really, not feeling like making the time. Every day is different and we have to be kind to ourselves.

Making Friends

This has been a big one for me in the past year. I was once the woman who shuffled into the gym with her kids and her bags in tow, ignoring everyone then doing the same on the way out. Now I have made such lovely friends at the gym, people that I can scowl at jokingly during a hard workout, people who have advice on different things to do, people who have kids and understand the daily struggles. There are a number of boxes being ticked with these new friends I have made at the gym. Human (adult) interaction is extremely important and these ladies have my back! When I am excited to see people, you guessed it, I am more motivated to get my butt to the gym, especially when I've already told someone I would be there lol. Be warned though, if you make friends at the gym, they will probably be able to talk you into a Spartan Race. doh!



This isn't so much a "how to be fit" blog post but rather a "this is how I am managing it in this season of life" blog post. Every day is different for me and I have to talk myself into driving to the gym at least twice a week but once I am done my workouts, I'm usually very tired but I also feel very proud of myself for working on my physical health and well being. I'd love to hear what you do to keep interesting in your life, because I'm sure I'll be looking to switch things up in 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1!

Monday, April 1, 2019

The Truth about Bang Energy Drink

I normally don't write posts about stuff like this but when I was contacted for a sponsored post about the dangers of Bang Energy Drink I was like meh, let me check this out before saying no to it. Once I watch the video on the home page of the Truth about Bang Energy Drink's webpage, I was so skeeved out by the guy who supposedly created this drink, that I looked into it's claims and the truth/lies a little further.

What bothers me the most about this man, his claims and his energy drink, is that he wants the public to believe that the ingredients it contains will reverse mental disabilities as well as prevent diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Huntington disease and other forms of dementia. As someone who has seen the effects of dementia, and the pain it causes loved ones, it really does just piss me off that someone would be selling people false hope in a can of energy drink. Like seriously.

His claims don’t end there though. All of his claims are based on an ingredient called “Super Creatine”. Independent testing shows that this “Super Creatine” isn’t actually creatine at all. The CEO of Bang Energy, who used to be a high school science teacher, invented this “Super Creatine” and is advertising it as creatine, which is a muscle building supplement that affects the heart, liver and brain. But even the CEO of Bang Energy admits that no testing has been done on how “Super Creatine” affects the human brain, liver, heart or muscles. It’s almost like we are walking science experiments.

You can see all the lawsuits being filed against the company and founder of Bang Energy Drink on the webpage I referenced earlier. Our goal in spreading this message is that the FDA begins to investigate the product that is out on the market, taking all the lawsuits into consideration and perhaps we may be able to make the public aware that this is not a drink that is put on the shelves with your best interest in mind. It's just not. False Advertising is not something that should be rewarded.


*This is a sponsored post; I was compensated for my time writing about Bang Energy. However all my thoughts are my own and came directly from my own research online and from www.TheTruthAboutBang.com



Friday, March 15, 2019

Season Change and So Has my Craft Area Sponsored by Wayfair


Something tragic happened a couple of weeks back. Well, tragic is a bit dramatic but in my world, this was quite devastating. My husband came upstairs to tell me that my craft desk had broken and my sewing machines and some supplies had been a part of whatever storm occurred down there. I would be lying to you if I said that I didn't cry... oh I cried.  I went to the gym and cried a little there too. My husband cleaned it all up for me, we made sure that the machines were still in working order (phew! they were!) but then where was I going to put them? You may remember that I did a craft area refresh a few years back with Wayfair... I didn't think they'd come to my rescue once again... but they did! The craft room season is a changing and I am actually so psyched because I needed, you guessed it, more space to put craft supplies (and plants!).


When looking for a craft table or desk, I knew that I had to make sure it ticked specific boxes. I chose this desk with built in storage, but also I needed sturdy because I didn't want to experience the pain that was my previous desk busting. My machines are expensive and I definitely want them protected. This desk has a great weight capacity and room to tuck craft supplies, books and of course, a plant or two. I might have picked out a sweet new little plant pot as well. (shhh don't tell my husband lol). The chair survived the previous craft room (similar here) but was from Wayfair as well!


I couldn't be more thrilled with how my workspace has changed. I was very upset when my whole work area went through a state of upheaval but in the end, this craft nook is so much better than it was before... so sometimes with the change of season, there may be a bit of a bumpy shift but if you go with it, you might just end up much happier on the other side. I know that's a funny way at looking at a craft room refresh but this space is very special to me and my creative outlet. I have a feeling that once I start really working in this space, it will take on the "Amanda Mess of Love"... but I wouldn't have it any other way!


In addition to all of the great organizational things that I have gotten from Wayfair recently, they're offering some really coll promotions surrounding the Wayfair Credit Card. To learn more about Wayfair's Credit Card and all the great Big Time Deals, visit their site for all the details!



Visit Wayfair today for excellent desks and storage as well as their exciting credit card opportunities!


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Paw Patrol Live: We'll Be there on the Double

*This post has been in collaboration with The Boch Center and Paw Patrol LIVE. All opinions are my own.


We love Paw Patrol in our house... well maybe not so much me, but my two boys are absolutely gaga for all the pups, and yes, I know all their names, but I won't bore you with those details (Marshall, Sky, Zuma, Rocky, Rubble, Chase and sometimes there's an extra pup, Everest). When we found out that Paw Patrol LIVE was coming to Boston, my first instinct was to keep the information to myself because they can't read yet and would never find out... but Magic 106.7 went blowing up my spot, telling us we could call in to win tickets... so we sat outside of the gym and we attempted but alas it was not in the cards for us, or was it?! Hearing Wes' excitement about Paw Patrol LIVE, I was actually bummed I didn't win the tickets for him.


But we are a lucky bunch! The Boch Center has invited the Propah Family to attend Paw Patrol LIVE, playing from March 29-31st with multiple shows a day, tickets starting at only $25... so if you are a parent to young pup loving kids, then there's still hope for you being the best Mom or Dad ever. Tickets are still on sale for shows throughout the weekend and because you're a Prim and Propah reader, there's an excellent opportunity for you to win a 4 pack of tickets to attend either the Friday March 29th 630pm show or the Saturday March 30th 600pm show, your choice! Enter in the rafflecopter below. All I want to know is WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PAW PATROL CHARACTER and no, it cannot be Mayor Humdinger because he is the worst! Giveaway will run through next Wednesday 3/21-Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Thank you to the Boch Center for treating my family and one of yours to a super fun event for the kids!

PS. If you're a save the date type of person, you can mark your calendars for PJ Masks LIVE, coming in late April!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Local Lovin: GH Inspired Designs



I met Gillian through a mutual acquaintance but was immediately drawn to her creations, her energy and the way that she and I communicated so well right off the bat. Gillian Hurrie Inspired Designs, is a Cape Cod based company, offering lovingly hand-crafted jewelry meant to make you feel unique, empowered and inspired. Each piece can offer therapeutic benefits infused by the gemstones’ healing energies. Their designs therefore, are highly influenced by nature and the modern yoga lifestyle. Doesn't this seem like it's all right up my alley? I had the opportunity to chat with her about her business and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to light up the local lovin' series again!
 

Give us a little background as to how Gillian Hurrie Inspired Designs came about. What initially drove you to start your brand? 

I started creating jewelry because I didn’t see what I wanted out there. Choices were expensive and simple, basic beaded pieces at craft fairs or interesting designs that were imported, plastic and cheaply made. The jewelry out there at the time seemed rudimentary- not unique and modern and creative. I wanted to create hand crafted jewelry that used semi-precious gemstones, but was also on trend, versatile and at a great price point. Two compliments I hear all the time are, “Your jewelry is so unique,” and “Your prices are so reasonable!”

My new Stress Less Mala c/o GH Inspired Designs

When creating your jewelry, where do you take inspiration from?

I am a yoga teacher and naturally am attracted to all things holistic, for mind, body and soul. I listen to what people want and often get ideas from my clients. I am inspired by nature, like sunsets and the beach. I stay on top of the trends and believe it or not, I often dream designs!

I love that you have shaped your business around the ideas in yoga, mindfulness etc. Why is this important to you?

Let’s face it-the jewelry industry is crowded and competitive. To stay on top of my game, I realized I needed to discover a niche for myself which felt organic and heart-felt. I create what I know to feels right intuitively. Anything that can bring better health and support me to be the best person I can be, I am all for. I believe you can receive health benefits (mind and body) from certain gemstones. Some people use gemstones as part of their spiritual practice to restore energy fields, gain peace, and promote love, confidence, and vitality. Why not gain these benefits by simply wearing a beautiful piece of jewelry made with a specific gem?

What do you love to do in New England, when you aren't busy running your business? 

I teach at least 4 yoga classes a week. I love walking the beach with my dog, visiting new restaurants and supporting small businesses. My two teenagers are amazing but a lot of work! I also do charity work and am on the team for Love Yoga Fest 2019 here on Cape Cod.

 Upside Down Triangle EarringsPyrite and Obsidian Mala Necklace,  Chakra Sandlewood BraceletsMoon and Stars Necklace


You have certainly found some fantastic early success and absolutely gorgeous designs! Where do you see your business headed in the future? 

My future vision determines my behaviors, which determine my outcomes. It is something people seldom think about. It is something I live and think about every day. I monitors the future to better understand how consumer trends and sentiments, industry momentum, and global forces might affect my business, The company’s growth is based on many factors: a well-made, beautiful product, marketing, competition, capitalizing on opportunities, and improving weaknesses. I am always evaluating processes and procedures, wherever possible, to reduce inefficiencies and costs. Second, we are in an age where people will be looking more and more for personal connection to what they consume. For example, millennials shop differently. They look for not just a piece but a connection, a company backstory they can relate to. They’re shrewd shoppers who want real meaning, a reason that benefits them, not just slogans or gimmicks. Third, I believe a company cannot sustain itself with just one line. I try to provide my clients with choices, but with lines that compliment each other. And of course, customer service is the key to maintaining a good company reputation, as well as keeping clients coming back for more. This is paramount for my company.

You can find GH Inspired Designs online, Facebook and Instagram!