Sweeter than Serenity: January 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Let's Workout At Home

Today I want to address one of the biggest hurdles in the fitness journey for most people, and that is time. Most of us have the hardest time finding the time to workout in our busy schedules, and I am included in that. I have tried so many different things when it comes to working out, but time has always been an issue. I've tried following my own lifting plan at the gym, but the time that I had for the gym was either super early in the morning or later in the evening when the gym is super packed. Neither of those times were ideal for me. I have also tried Crossfit, and honestly, I absolutely love Crossfit. The only downside to it is that currently the only classes that fit with my schedule are the 5:15 am and 6 am classes, and neither of those times are super ideal for me either. 

Enter The Master's Hammer & Chisel program. This new program from Beachbody is my new best friend. This is the first time that I have been able to successfully work out 6 days per week and fit it in my schedule! The workouts range from 30-45 minutes, and it's so easy to fit it in during breaks. The best part is that even if I am busy all day and don't get home until after 7 pm, I still have plenty of time to press play and get my workout in during the evening! 

I hear so many people say that once they get home from work, it's so hard to motivate themselves to cook dinner, and once dinner is over, it's nearly impossible to get themselves up and moving to go to the gym. That is why Beachbody workouts are so incredible, because the workouts come to you instead of you having to come to them. On top of that, there's no picking, choosing, or guessing on what you need to do with your workouts. You simply have to press play everyday while following the workout guide that comes with the DVDs. It doesn't get any easier. Plus, there are workout programs that fit everyone's style of exercise, so you simply cannot go wrong with a Beachbody program.

Does this sound like something that you would be interested in for yourself? Shoot me an email or drop your email in a comment below and let's chat about it! Sure, you could head over to the Beachbody website and purchase this on your own - OR, you could pay nothing extra and chat with me about it and have me as your personal coach while you do these workouts to help motivate you and answer all your questions, plus provide you with great extra resources!

Thank you so much for reading and following along! I would love to help you with your fitness journey, so don't be afraid to get in touch! You have absolutely NO obligations from just shooting me an email!

God Bless!

Friday, January 15, 2016

New Beginnings

Hello friends, I apologize for the absence this past month. If you have been following me on Instagram, then you know that I have began to make some social media changes. I took a month off to really think about 4 things:

1) Why am I blogging?
2) Am I still blogging for the same reasons that I was when I began my blog?
3) Is this blog bringing glory to God?
4) Is this blog portraying my real, everyday life?

To answer those questions, I will begin with #1. I am blogging for the purpose of sharing my life, experiences, and knowledge with others in order to better their lives. Did I feel like a daily outfit post was really bettering other people's lives? Sometimes maybe, but not daily. Therefore, I have a new focus.

Many of you know that I hold a bachelor's degree in exercise science, that I am a current Insanity Live and Boot Camp Instructor, and that I am pursuing my doctorate degree in physical therapy. All of these point toward one thing --> I am a very big health and fitness advocate, and I feel as if I am not using this gift as I should in my online presence. Because of this, I have made a new goal this year to begin coaching others in their fitness journeys and helping them reach their goals. Will I still have outfit posts? Of course! Duh, I love fashion :) (Fashion Fridays anyone?). But I really want to share a little bit more of my knowledge in the health and fitness realm and how I fit it into my daily, crazy life.

Question #2 gets a definite answer of no. I started this blog to share about my life, and while fashion and beauty truly is something that I love, my life does not revolve around it. This is a huge reason as to why I am working on refocusing my blog on what I originally wanted it to be.

Question #3 is something that I have struggled with. Again, if you have followed my Instagram posts, then you know that I have been sharing about my faith journey some and about the topic of being real on social media. I believe that my shift in the focus of this blog will bring more glory to God, and if I am bringing glory to God, then I am very happy with the change.

Question #4 really ties into question #3. My goal this year is to be as real as I can be with my blog and share not just the high points of my life, but also the low. So many times we don't want to share about our low points because it's not fun or it doesn't bring a smile. However, I think it's important to not get a false view of people that you follow on social media. They are real people with real, daily problems, and it's important to share that part of life, too.

I want to leave you with a verse that has been on my mind lately. "But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourself" - James 1:22. I have been praying about the topic of this post for the last month, and it's time to do what God has called me to. Thank you for sharing in this journey with me!

God Bless!