Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Where's Your M

Where's your mind? No... Where is your motivation? Where does it come from? Is it a dream.. is it other people? Tell me... I would love to know where you all find your motivation.
Some people find motivation in setting a goal and accomplishing that goal. Setting a goal weight, a goal date, or even a goal of eating better.
Some people find motivation in quotes... funny sayings... or books to read. I do love to read motivating articles in my Oxygen Magazine. There are tons of motivation books out there.

My main motivation comes from others... strangers in fact. I love a great, motivating blogger or a motivating person on Twitter or Instagram. I am also motivated by my followers. If I set a goal with you all I feel obligated to accomplish it.

There are tons of people on Twitter that I find motivating, but what I have been loving lately is Instagram (@annar31). I think it is the continuous stream of photos that keep me motivated (thinking out loud). I follow people that post progress pictures, clean eats, fun fitness products, and even those that are preparing for competitions. I love it!

I usually check my phone in the morning in order to get myself out of bed. It really is motivating when someone on the East Coast has been up for two hours and has posted a picture of their workout they completed! =)

I have been thinking about competing for a very, very long time. I have never had the courage to start... mainly because I am afraid of what it entails. I am sure there is a fear of failure or no support, also.

While I am still thinking about that... What motivates you? Not even your fitness goals, but maybe what motivates you at work... school... or home. Where does your drive come from and your confidence to do things you wouldn't normally do come from?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Good Morning, Monday!

Another Marvelous In My Monday with the Healthy Diva, Katie at your service. I have missed a few of these lately with how busy things have been at home and work. There is so much to post about since I have been M.I.A. these past few weeks. Let's begin...

My first Marvelous is that I have decided to keep a new work out split. Tosca Reno wrote an article recently (to be honest I'm not sure where I read it) and posted that Robert Kennedy had a training rule...
Two days on... one day off...
I have decided to try my hand at the two days work... one day rest training tactic. I have also been incorporating more drop sets in to my workouts. Surprisingly, despite what others think... I don't look like incredible Hulk. =) There is your proof that lifting weights (ladies) does not make you bulk up... I promise!!
Camping neat Santa Barbara was MARVELOUS last week. Our camp sight was just a short walk to the beach and I of course loved 'lots of S'MORES!! It was good to get away and spend some time away from work and time with Nick. I ADORE him!!!

While we were on vacation 10 of my tanks came from High Wired Clothing! =) I am loving the racer back tanks too. I wore my first one to the gym yesterday and it was SUPER comfortable. I would suggest buying one size up, but that;s just me... I don't like my things too snug.
There you have it... a little bit of MARVELOUS from my Monday! I usually take Monday off from the gym, but I went given my new training split. I have to say... I feel MARVELOUS in the morning when I get up and go to the gym before work. It really does get my day started on the right foot!

Have a great Monday FIT FRIENDS!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Well Hello

Well hello there my fit friends!
It has been a very short, but very busy week.
I hit VACATION LANE on Saturday and returned back to REALITY ROAD on Thursday. I am still catching up!
I owe you all an grand announcement though... the winner to the Chobani giveaway!
Have ya'll met Danielle at It's a Harleyyy Life? Miss Danielle is the winner of a case of Chobani Greek Yogurt! Danielle email me your information! =)
Did you enter, but did not win?! Have no fear... another giveaway is near. Stay tuned because I already have another giveaway up my sleeve.
I have some homework to catch up on and then I will be back to recap my vacation weekend and my new workout plan! =)
Practice makes perfect.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Word on the Street...

I am so pleased with the entries for the Chobani Giveaway and I cannot wait for more.
I originally posted that I would be choosing a winner Sunday and announcing on Monday.
Well, I will be on vacation (which I completely forgot about) and will be unable to choose a winner and announce until Thursday of next week (8/23).
Good thing on this is, it leaves more time for more entries... bad news is, we will have to wait a little bit longer for a winner.
Sorry, guys!
I will be headed out for camping a little later today and will be away from my blog.
I will be updating my Twitter and Instagram (@annar31) daily.
If you have entered for the Chobani Giveaway you are already following these.
If you haven't entered yet and wish to enter... you will be following me also! =)

Thank you for all of your support!
I look forward to 'lots of winners to choose from!!

Monday, August 13, 2012


Some of you have been waiting for this announcement!
My giveaway announcement is here and I am super stoked to offer this prize to my winners!
How does a case of Chobani sound?!?!?
One of my favorite foods is Chobani Greek Yogurt. I recently had the privilege of having Chobani sending me a case of their yummy Greek Yogurt.

Now, it is your turn.
Curious how to enter for a case of CHOBANI? Well it is simple...

1.) Follow Chobani on Instagram @chobani (comment below)
2.) Follow me on Instagram @annar31 (comment below)
3.) Copy and paste the following on your Twitter account:

"I just entered to win a case of @chobani at @fit_insideout! Are you #fitfromtheinsideout?! #chobanitime "

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter and follow Chobani on Twitter!

I love you all and look forward to lots of entries to place in the hat for a winner! =)
I will be choosing a winner on Sunday, August 19th. I will announce the winner on Monday for you all! Get your name in!!! Don't forget, you must complete all steps to enter. If you don't have Instagram you may follow both me and Chobani on Twitter (links above)!

Ready... Set... CHOBANI TIME!!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Marvelous in My Monday

Hello there! Happy Monday!!
It is time for Marvelous in My Monday as hosted by Katie at The Healthy Diva! I announced the other day that I would be having a giveaway announcement shortly and well... you will have to stay tuned just a tad bit longer ;-) I promise it is well worth it and super easy to enter. Stay tuned.

Marvelous... always my Starbucks iced green tea! Also, I gave the Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail polish strips a shot. I love them. I got some leopard strips for my camping trip next week. I used the pink glitter with skulls and cross bones this weekend. I love them. They are super easy to apply also.
A not so Marvelous. I posted this picture on Instagram (@annar31) for the Fitmixer Photo a Day August challenge... This is my workout location. I have to say, I used to LOVE La Fitness, but I can't say the same anymore. I have been on the hunt for a gym with better customer service and a friendly staff.

A relaxing Sunday. Nick had the evening off and we enjoyed the closing ceremonies of the Olympics with a drink... or two! =) I love this Angry Orchard Apple Cider. They have it at Target too... which is convenient. I know some of you will love that it is gluten free also.
This picture is of my MARVELOUS carbs! Yes, carbs!! I will be starting my carb cycle today and I am so excited. I am mainly looking forward to the results just before our camping trip. I will carb cycle with one day high carb, two days low, one high, and two low. I will take a before and after picture for you all to show the effectiveness.
Have you ever done a carb cycle? Were you happy with the results?

I hope you all have a Marvelous Monday! I will see you shortly for my GIVEAWAY post!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I Can See It...

I can see it... a giveaway in the near future! =)
Are you excited? I am!! I will be announcing my next giveaway within the next couple days. For a bonus entry comment below and let me know you will be standing by for the announcement! I love giveaways! I love giving away products I love!
We have a busy week ahead of us wit ha vacation beginning Saturday! I have been counting down for weeks. We are going camping!!!
We went to a Toby Keith concert last night! It was such a great concert!
I have to share with you all some of my favorite chicken. I take chicken tenders and use a Ziploc steamer bag to cook them. I put paprika and garlic powder in the steamer bag with the chicken before cooking. I use Frank's Red Hot Wing sauce (I measure one serving) and put it on the cooked chicken tenders. I use microwaveable brown rice (I use Costco brand, but I have seen it at Target in pouches near the rice) and there you have it... my favorite quick meal.
I really could eat wing sauce on everything, but the sodium in it is a little high.

I will be back shortly to share with you the details on my next giveaway. Until then, visit me on Twitter or Instagram (@annar31).

Don't forget... there is a bonus entry for commenting below! I love all of my regular readers! =)