Top 16 Inspirational Quotes from Oprah Winfrey

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

When you think of successful women, Oprah Winfrey is bound to be in your top five. She is truly an inspiration for many.

Today I am sharing 16 of the most motivational quotes from Oprah to help you live your best life.

Let’s get started.

You are responsible for your life. If you are sitting around, waiting on somebody to save you, fix you, to even help you, you are wasting your time. Only you have the power to move your

You have to find what sparks a light in youso that you in your own way can illuminate the world.

If it doesn't feel right,don't do it.That is the lessonand that lesson alonewill save you a lot of grief.

Do what you have to dountil you can do what you want to do.

If you can't handle being talked aboutthen you are not ready for success.

There is no such thing as failure.Failure is just lifetrying to move us in another direction.

I would like to thank the peoplewho've brought me those dark moments,when I felt most wounded, betrayed.You have been my greatest teachers.

If you look at what you have in lifeyou'll always have more.If you look at what you don't have in life,you'll never have enough.

I don't want anyonewho doesn't want me.

Let excellence be your brand.When you are excellent,you become unforgettable.Doing the right thing,even when nobody knows you're doing the right thingwill always bring the right thing to

True forgivenessis when you can say,_thank you for that experience._

Self-esteem comes from being able to define the world in your own terms and refusing to abide by the judgments of others.

Do not waste your timewith peoplewho have shown youthey really mean no good for you.

Go ahead,fall down.The world looks different from the ground.

Think like a queen.A queen is not afraid to fail.Failure is another stepping stoneto greatness.

Nobody but youis responsible for your life.It doesn't matter what your mama did;It doesn't matter what your daddy didn't do.You are responsible for your life.You are responsible for the

 

Have an amazing week, friends!

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The Ten Commandments of Critical Thinking – Bertrand Russell | Food For Thought

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

Last week, I shared my favorite bits of wisdom from Confucius. While browsing the internet, I came across something interesting that proves relevant today… Bertrand Russell’s Ten Commandments of Critical Thinking. Putting aside politics, I think this is perfect for anyone and everyone, no matter what side of the aisle you prefer. We live in a world where information is constantly being thrown at us. It’s more important than ever to be able to discern what is truth, what is embellished, and what truly needs to be shared.

For this week, some food for thought:

These were first published by Lord Bertrand Russell as part of a New York Times Magazine article in 1951.

  1. Do not feel absolutely certain about anything.
  2. Do not think it worthwhile to produce belief by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
  3. Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.
  4. When you meet with opposition, even if it is from your family, endeavor to overcome it with argument and not with authority, for a victory dependent on authority is unreal and illusory.
  5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
  6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do, the opinions will suppress you.
  7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
  8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
  9. Be scrupulously truthful even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
  10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that is happiness.

 

 

Have a wonderful week, friends!

Bikini Series 2018 | Week 8 Results, Final Thoughts, Lessons Learned | #TIU

Hello friends!

Happy Monday!

The 2018 Bikini Series officially wrapped up on Saturday. I can’t believe it’s over already. This summer is flying by!

I have to say, I’m proud of myself for sticking with it for the entire eight weeks. I encountered a few bumps in the path, but that’s life. I persevered and kept going, even when I wanted to give up. (Which was a few times. haha!)

This was my third Bikini Series, but this year was a little different. Most of you know I suffered an injury earlier this year and I was having a hard time getting back into my daily habit of working out. No matter what I did, I just couldn’t get my mindset in the right place. The structure of this fitness challenge, combined with the accountability I felt I had really helped me succeed. It’s easy to skip workouts when you haven’t told the entire internet what you’re up to, why you’re doing it, and your goals. Not so easy to write out excuses every week for a check-in post. That’s a good part of why I always plan on making the re-cap posts for each challenge I do. Knowing I have to create the post is sometimes the very reason I get up and get a workout in when all I really want to do is lay on the couch and binge on Netflix.

So.. results.

I took my measurements this morning. I will admit, I wasn’t expecting any real change. Yes, I have been sticking with my workouts. In the past few weeks, I have also altered my diet a little bit. I’m backing off the sugary treats and simple carbs that my body just doesn’t need. I’m haven’t eliminated them, just cut back a little. I was very surprised at what happened. My clothes still don’t fit as loosely as I would like them to, but I did actually lose inches all over, minus my arms, which stayed the same as a few weeks ago when I took measurements. This is the result from week 1 to now:

Stomach – same measurement as week 1, but down .25 inches from week 6
Waist – down 1.75 inches from week 1
Hips – down .5 inches from week 1
Thighs – My right was one inch bigger around than my left on week 1, now they are the same size – so essentially I lost one inch around my right thigh overall, while my left one is the same as on week 1. But they are both smaller than on week 6.
Arms – My right arm is currently bigger than my left by .25 inches. On week 1, the left was one inch bigger. One inch total lost on my left arm, .25 inches total lost on my right arm.

Total inches lost overall: 4.5 inches lost from week 1 to week 8

When I look in the mirror, I definitely see some changes, but again, my clothes are still a little too tight for my liking. I no longer own a scale and I haven’t had to step on one for the doctor since December, so I’m not actually sure how much I weigh.

Those are the numbers. While, it doesn’t seem like a lot, I’m happy that I at least lost inches, or stayed the same, instead of gaining.

But that doesn’t necessarily concern me because I gained something far more valuable.

The reason this round of the Bikini Series was a success for me was that I reclaimed my mindset. I was able to breakthrough those mental roadblocks and rediscovered my passion and love for fitness. I realigned my priorities and found my way back.

These past eight weeks were a journey and I learned (and re-learned) some important fitness and life lessons.

  • Being 30 really is a lot different than being 29.
  • As you get older, your body will change.
  • It is a lot easier to gain weight and a lot harder to lose it.
  • Your body will respond differently to exercise as you get older.
  • Things that were once easy to do, may become challenging. That’s okay.
  • Modifications are wonderful.
  • Take breaks. As many breaks as you need.
  • Slow is still progress.
  • Work on strengthening your core everyday.
  • A heating pad is the greatest gift anyone could ever give you.
  • Always have Icy Hot or Bio Freeze on hand.
  • Epsom Salt soaks are luxurious.
  • It’s not that serious. It’s not that complicated.
  • Laugh.
  • It’s okay to take a day off.
  • Flexibility is a constant struggle. You have to work on it everyday.
  • Warming up is important.
  • Cooling down is important.
  • Fitness is 98% mental.
  • Don’t allow yourself to sabotage your hard work.
  • Remember to have fun, especially when you find yourself getting too serious.

 

Thank you all for your encouragement and support. I appreciate that you’ve come along with me on this journey. It’s not over. I’m just getting started.

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-A

Top 24 Confucius Wisdom Quotes

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

And happy July! I hope you all are staying cool and enjoying your summer.

It’s a brand new month, filled with new possibilities and opportunities. With that in mind, I thought it was the perfect time to share some of the best wisdom from Confucius.

Shall we get started?

A lion chased me up a tree,andI greatly enjoyed the view from the top.Act with kindnessbut do not expect gratitude.Attack the evilthat is within yourself,rather thanattacking the evil that is in others.He who knows all the answershas not been asked all the questions.If what one has to sayis not better than silence,then one should keep silent.It does not matterhow slowly you go,so long as you do not stop.Look at small advantagespreventssmall affairs from being accomplished.No matter how busy you think you are,you must find time for reading,or surrender yourselfto self-chosen ignorance.Our greatest gloryis not in never falling,but in rising every time we fall.Real knowledgeis to know the extent of one's ignorance.Roads were made for journeysnot destinations.Silenceis a true friendwho never betrays.Sincerityandtruthare the basis of every virtue.The man who moves a mountainbegins by carrying away small stones.The more man meditates upon good thoughts,the better will be his worldand the world at large.The person who asks a questionis a fool for a minute,but the person who does not askis a fool for life.The person who chases two rabbitscatches neither.The superior manis modest in his speech,butexceeds in his actions.Those who cannot forgive others,break the bridgeover which they, themselves, must pass.We have two livesand the second beginswhen we realizewe only have one.When anger rises,think of the consequences.When it is obviousthat your goals cannot be reached,don't abandon your goals.Change your action steps.Wisdomcompassionandcourageare the three universally recognizedmoral qualities of men.Life is really simple,but we insist on making it complicated.

Bikini Series 2018 | Week 7 Re-Cap | #TIU

Hello friends!

Happy Monday!

What a week! It started out really hot, but also pretty great. I like when the weather is warm and sunny. I planned on adding in Lauren Gleisberg’s week of weight training onto my normal stuff.

 

 

Wednesday, I was able to sleep in, but woke up feeling horrible.

Allergies.

It was all I could do to get my yoga in… it was a true struggle and Wednesday was just not a good day.

Thursday, I woke up feeling a little better, but still wasn’t able to get my workout in.

Friday I came back with a vengeance.

My flex was on fire, friends!

I continued that energy through Saturday, but Sunday decided to take the time to just have fun. My son and I spent the day playing outside, reading, and just enjoying the day.

I’m happy that June is almost over. I have so much going on in July. I’m hoping to take the first week off, only doing workouts and themed yoga days.. no challenges.

I am hosting two yoga challenges in July — one in honor of summer, and the other one is Video Vixen Yogis.. it’s going to be an epic adventure!

But first, we have this final week of the Bikini Series. I’m feeling pretty sassy today, but I finished my workout this morning and my yoga for the day. I’m ready to wrap this challenge up!

I’ll be back next Monday with my overall results. πŸ™‚

Have a great week, friends!

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-A

Life is a Journey: Check-in and Re-Evaluate — June Edition

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday! It’s officially summer!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend! It’s been a rainy few days here in Ohio… I feel like I’m in Forks, Washington… minus the sparkly vampires and werewolves. haha!


It’s the final Sunday of the month. As most of you know, I dedicate this post to focusing on goals. I think this is the perfect time to check-in with yourself, taking time to reflect:


-What you’ve been doing.


-If you’ve been working on your goals.


-If you’ve slipped up. If you have, why?Β 


-How are you feeling?


And then evaluating your current goals, adjusting as necessary. There’s nothing wrong with abandoning a goal if it no longer serves you. Set a new goal if necessary, maybe something more realistic, maybe something more risky. Whatever speaks to you. Create an action plan.. figure out how you’re going to achieve that goal. And then get started!Β 

There’s no time like the present!
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July is going to be amazing!
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A Fitness Guide for Summer

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

Summer is upon us…

Time for cute dresses, shorts, tank tops… and swimsuits! Today I am sharing my favorite exercises to help you get everything tight and toned so you feel confident in whatever you are wearing!

Ready?

This is my ultimate guide to getting fit for summer. I give you my favorite exercises to lose fat, tone up, and look amazing!

The Best Exercises to Get Fit for Summer

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If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend that you do!

If you are looking to tone up a certain trouble spot, try one of these options below:

For tank tops and dresses:

The Best Arm Workouts for Women

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In this article, I break down my favorite exercises for tight, toned arms.

 

For those cute crop tops and your bikini:

The Best Ab Workouts for Women

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In this article, I break down my secret to obtaining a sleek and sexy midsection.

 

For those cut-off shorts and bikini bottoms:

The Best Booty Workouts for Women

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In this article, I break down my favorite exercises for a lifted and toned rear view.

If you are looking to switch up your normal routine or are curious about the workouts I like to do, check out these options below:

5 Amazing YouTube Fitness Channels for WomenΒ 

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In this article, I share my five favorite YouTube channels, guaranteed to have you sweating and feeling amazing!

If you are interested in yoga:

3 Best Yoga YouTube Channels for Beginners

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These channels are my go-to’s for a guided yoga practice.

 

I hope these are helpful to you! Share your favorite summer tone up tips in the comments!

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-A

 

Bikini Series 2018 | Week 5 Re-Cap | #TIU

Hello friends!

Happy Monday!

I can’t believe we’re entering week 6 of the Bikini Series already. This past week flew by.. I have so many amazing things coming up this summer and I am so excited! I now also have a little more motivation to kick it in gear and achieve my goals.

This past week I took it easy to try not to get any worse. Last Monday was a beautiful, sunny day. I went outside with my son for about an hour. The sunshine was warm and felt amazing on my skin. I did all of my yoga in the backyard and we made a little bee friend.

 

 

From Wednesday on, I was pretty consistent. I did cardio three times this week and made my morning workout each day. Goals met! Crushed it.

 

This week, I’m upping the intensity and amount of workouts to try to accelerate my goals. Tracy Campoli has a new Summer Body Challenge, a week of live workouts. I’m going to be joining in on that. I’m planning on adding in more Tonique and Tracy Anderson workouts, as well. All of that is in addition to my daily yoga practice and the Bikini Series. It’s going to be a busy week! haha!

Next week, I will take measurements..

So it’s time to get to work!

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-A

5 Simple Tips to De-Stress

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

Today I am sharing my top tips to de-stress, get rid of frustration, and eliminate the negative energy left behind from bad memories.

Let’s jump in!

  1. HIIT

There’s nothing like an intense cardio session to combat stress, frustration, and negative energy. High Intensity Interval Training is the best remedy and will help you torch calories! You can customize your own HIIT workout, alternating bouts of heart-pumping cardio with powerful strength moves. I love squats, kicks, and punches! Destroy what destroys you in a healthy way. I love Tracy Campoli’s HIIT workouts. She has an entire playlist on her YouTube channel filled with options, ranging from 5 minutes up to 30 minutes. This one Β is my favorite.

 

2. Take A Deep Breath

There are many things in this life that are completely out of our control. But the one thing you can control is your reaction. When you are stressed to the max, filled with frustration, pause for a moment. Close your eyes if you’d like. Take a deep breath. Exhale. slowly. Then take another deep breath. Hold it for a count of 4. Exhale slowly. Repeat a few times or until you feel a little more calm.

 

3. Yoga

Haha! You knew it was coming! Mindful movement really does help. You don’t need any fancy equipment, expensive clothes, or a gym membership to do yoga. You can do it right at home. I love Yoga With Adriene. She is kind, compassionate, understanding, and makes yoga accessible to everyone. She has a variety of videos specifically for stress, anxiety, anger, moodiness.. there’s something for everyone. This is the one I’ve been loving lately.

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Yoga and coffee — my two favorites.

 

4. Lose Yourself In Another World

Sometimes the best thing to do is take a break, refresh, and refocus so you can return to your project or situation with fresh eyes and a fresh mind. Transport yourself to another world for a while. Curl up and read a good book. I love Ken Follett, Steve Berry, Natasha Mostert, Ted Dekker, and currently, I’m reading Game Of Thrones. If reading isn’t your thing, curl up on the couch with a good movie or TV show. I love the documentaries and old movies available on Netflix.

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One of my all time favorite novels.

 

5. Laugh It Off

Laughter is the best medicine. A sense of humor can get you through most anything in life. If you have a smart phone, ask Google, Siri, Cortana, whomever to tell you a joke. Browse the humor category on Pinterest. Look up some funny videos on YouTube. A few minutes of lightheartedness will help ease stress and leave you feeling a little more relaxed.

 

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This always makes me laugh.

What are some of your favorite ways to de-stress? Let me know in the comments!

 

Have a great week!

 

 

Bikini Series 2018 | Week 4 Re-Cap | #TIU

Hello friends!

Happy Monday!

We are officially on summer break!!

And it seems I’m coming down with a slight cold. I took it easy yesterday and I have plans to do the same today. I have some exciting plans this week, so I want to make sure I don’t get any worse.

But it is time to recap week 4 of the Bikini Series. There isn’t too much to report this week…Β  although, I must say, I did the Flex Friday pose and my bicep is looking better and better.

Good morning friends! β˜•β˜•β˜• I missed #TIUFlexFriday, so here’s my #TIUFlexSaturday πŸ˜˜πŸ˜‚ . . . And hey there little bicep. It’s nice to see you again πŸ˜πŸ€— . . #TIUBIKINISERIES πŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘™ #TIUBootyCall πŸ‘ – Carmen Electra workouts 1 and 2 βœ… 3 miles toward #100bysummer – #TIUMermaid workout βœ… – Tracy Campoli standing abs βœ… – Tracy Campoli 10 min amazing arms βœ… . . . Amazing workout this morning! I think I deserve some more #coffee πŸ˜‹β˜• . . . @toneitup #tiucheckin #butfirstcoffee #tiuohio #TIUTeam #tiugirl #fitness #intention #fitspo #inspiration #redhairbeauty #messyhair #thisis30 #goals #tiuliftmeup #trainlikeanangel #sweatyselfie #gratitude #caffeinatedaf

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This past week, I decided to switch it up. For cardio, I traveled back in time to 2009ish. I did Carmen Electra’s Aerobic workout and her hip hop dance routine. It was so much fun and a welcome break from traditional cardio. I did manage to fit in two cardio sessions this week, which means I met my goal. I’m down to 74 miles left for the summer. I do need to get cracking on that, though. We’re on week 5 and only have 3 weeks left.

I missed two days of workouts this week. One day, simply because I ran out of time in my day. The other because it was son’s last day of school and our day was filled with activities.

The biggest struggle was acclimating to the heat. Last year, I loved it. This year, it’s a little more difficult to get myself in that mindset. I really have to dig deep to get through the workout. But, I manage to get it done, which is all that matters.

Now that summer break is officially here, my plans are to get my workout in early. Minus this cold, it’s a great plan. haha! I’m still going to be moving, whether it’s a simple yoga session or mindful movement within a more gentle workout.

It’s almost noon now as I type this and enjoy my coffee. A late start to the week, but a start nonetheless.

Let’s go week 5!

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-A