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This chapter of my life is called Happiness. This is my Soul Space…

I smile. I sweat. I motivate. I live. Realistically and Beautifully.

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Enjoy the good of the holidays. Let the good win…

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So it happened… Summer passed, Fall came blowing in like a freight train and before we know it, the Holiday season is here. Fully equipped with Christmas commercials and the bustle of Thanksgiving Day dinner plans.

It’s a beautiful season. THAT… we mustn’t forget. The idea of family and friends gathering together to enjoy food and laughter and love. I think the beauty of the season gets lost in the societal opinion of what is healthy and what isn’t. Who says eating a full meal on Thanksgiving Day isn’t healthy? Who says enjoying Egg Nog on Christmas Eve isn’t healthy? Not me. I believe in living a well enjoyed life of balance. A balance of sweat and sore muscles, food and libations and silence and presence. Combining them all to make this holiday season your best one yet. So here is a list. Just some things to remember while trying to find your balance….

•Eat! Enjoy! Live! First and foremost, live your life beautifully. If you are offered a homemade piece of pumpkin pie, for Gods sake… Don’t say no!!! If you have to run a few extra stairs tomorrow or decrease your calories tonight, DO IT. That piece of pie will make you happy and if you are aware of it, I promise it will not turn up on your hips.

•Remember to find your peace in the silence. Yoga or meditation to keep your body and mind in balance. A snow shoe trip up the trail to remove yourself from the hustle and bustle. A walk through the trees to breathe in the fresh air. YOU time is the only time you get to recharge. Don’t forget that in the midst of this crazy life.

•Exercise!!! The more the better during this time. Use your lunch hours to burn some calories knowing your evenings will be full of parties and temptations. If you go into a party knowing you rocked it in Spin Class that day, I can guarantee a guilt free glass of wine. Or two.

•Enjoy!!!! Be with your friends and family. Take it all in. Be the life of the party! Dress up in the pretty little sparkly number. Wear a smile. Appreciate your health. Don’t complain about the little things. The traffic jams will pass. The tangled lights will untangle. The never ending to-do list WILL end.

Don’t miss the smiles when the kids wake up Christmas morning.

Don’t miss the time with family you don’t get to see regularly.

Don’t miss the smell of cinnamon and baking apple pies.

Don’t miss the JOY of the season.

Find your balance. Know what you need to do for your body to keep on track and DO IT. Knowing you will get to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the season. It will all be worth it.

~Amy

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There is power in your intent.

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Do you sometimes push through your day without even stopping to check in with yourself? Wake up, eat, work, sleep, repeat. It’s amazing how many days we can let pass by us without living with true intent or awareness.

If you are feeling like your efforts toward personal and emotional improvement are lacking or simply not working…. It’s time to evaluate your level of intent. When you workout, do you think about the area of your body you are working? When doing intense cardio, visualize your lungs expanding to assist in accepting more oxygen. When thinking of your future plans and dreams, visualize what you want it to look like. Be specific. Be detailed. And visualize, visualize, visualize. Universally your picture will create an energetic path to what you want most. I do also believe that the more you visualize and focus on this path, the more you believe you deserve that path… and when you believe, anything can happen! So get your thoughts in order about what you want to happen in your life. Create your own intention for it all happening. Envision yourself waking up in the morning feeling the pure joy of your dreams coming true. Think about what it will really take to bring those dreams to reality and get out there and make them happen. I believe the universe always gives us what we need at that time. Not always what we want, so remember that. This too shall always pass and your true destiny always awaits… But, you need to know what it looks like.

So, visualize. Create intention. Stay on your path. It may be long and winding but the universe always knows the way. Trust.

Motivational reading.

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I’m not sure what the exact scientific reasoning is, but I find this reading very motivational. If I’m in a fitness funk, I will almost always feel more inspired and motivated after flipping through fitness magazines. Full of silly tips and facts, it gets your brain working in the health minded direction. So, next time you’re standing in line at Raley’s, grab a mag, sit down and read it cover to cover. Not only will it give you some fitness tips, it will force you to SIT DOWN for some YOU time. A win, win.

Things to remember when starting an exercise program.

• First… Give yourself some props! You’re here and your taking the time to better your health and your life.

•Results will not happen over night. They won’t even happen in a week, so lower your expectations from the start. Realize your body is moving and muscles are growing and blood is pumping and toxins are flushing. There’s a lot going on in there. Give the magnificent process some time.

•That brings me to my third bullet. The process of a body transforming is never the same between two bodies. When your friend tells you she’s lost 5 pounds and you started working out the same day she did and you’ve gained 5, don’t worry!! If you are being honest with yourself about your nutrition and giving your workout your 100% effort…. I PROMISE you will start seeing results. They may not come on the scale but they will come in how much better your clothes fit and how easy it is to bob up those stairs.

•Staying on the “No two bodies are the same” topic, I’d also like to touch on that fact. Everyone will respond differently to different programs. Try everything presented to you! See what feels the best for your body and where you are seeing the most results.

•Regarding nutrition, my best advice would be this… Don’t change everything at once and don’t deprive yourself of healthy fats. Give yourself a cheat meal and be realistic with your plan. Changing a little bit at a time will prove to be the most successful in the long run. Another thing to remember… I would say to fill yourself up with healthy fats but if you do this you can’t also indulge on the simple processed carbs and sugar. Healthy fats and protein until you are full will do the trick! Listen to your body… When you’re satisfied, stop eating.

•Always give yourself props for the process… It’s difficult to change habits and you need to remember to be patient with yourself and your body. Day by day… Step by step… You are closer than you were yesterday. You got this!!!

-Amy

Consistency is key… Just a few tips to keep you motivated. Every. Day.

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Set your workout clothes out the night before.

Make a new playlist to get you pepped! Music is a huge motivator.

Ask a friend to join you if you’re trying something new. Comfort is key!

Find a healthy, realistic goal photo and place it somewhere you will see it regularly.

Revisit your goals on Sunday. Check and recheck.

Make sure you try on those jeans weekly! Even if you don’t wear them, use them to evaluate your progress.

Eat an apple before your biggest meal of the day. It will fill you up faster!

Take a SELFIE and appreciate your beauty!! Send it, post it or keep it for yourself.

It’s really all about getting on a program that makes YOU feel GOOD about what you are doing. You should never feel uncomfortable or pressured. I assure you, you will quit if your fitness program is not manageable. So establish your goals. Find exercise that makes you feel good and stick with it! If you fall off that wagon, dust off and get right back on! You are surrounded by support. I’m always here if you need a nudge in the right direction. Happy Summer friends!!! Let’s do this!

Come check out the glow!

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Soul Space is almost ready!!! Come
Check out the glow…

Ground level of the Museum Tower is about to have a whole new glow!! #soulspacereno

If you want to be a Action Hero… Apply here…

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We are done with the skinny look. It’s time to build a Action Hero body! Let’s do this ladies and gents! Load up those weights. Load up that protein. Drink your water. Enjoy your day. Smile more often. Believe that you are making a change in the world. Wear a cape. Every. Day.

Right now. Or later.

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Sweat a little every day. Don’t think about the calories you’re burning, think about how good it is for your body to detox and sweat! Enjoy the process and the process feels a lot less like work.

The ultimate anti aging product. Sweat!

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The woman in the back is 96 and the woman in front is her 60 year old daughter. Blood flow and cardiovascular health will keep you looking young and vibrant. Stop wasting your money on a quick fix (oh… there isn’t one, by the way) and start doing something for your body that will have real and LASTING effects. Your body will thank you for it.

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