2018: New Year, (Pretty Much the) Same Old Me

It’s been a long time since I gave an update on my life and an explanation of the things you may have seen on my social media. And so after a beautiful New Year’s Day celebration with my loved ones, I thought it might be time to share some of the things going on in my life at the end of 2017!

I’ve had a lot of changes with my health and wellness this fall. As many of you know, I am a Beachbody coach (and have been for 5 years!). As someone who runs around like a chicken with her head cut off most of the time, they are the solution to keeping me sane: I stream professional yoga sessions, get tips on weight lifting from the pros, and get my ass kicked by Shaun T anytime I want. I avoid junk food by whipping up a meal I can have on-the-go, since most of my meals this fall were done standing up and on-the-go.

 

But this Fall a local Cyclebar franchise opened in my neighborhood. (If you don’t know what Cyclebar is, it’s a spinning studio that focuses on riding your bicycle to the beat of the music playing in your workout session. Not to mention the immense amount of amenities you get with your membership.) This local Cyclebar studio offered 3 weeks of free classes to get people in the neighborhood a chance to see what all the fuss is about. Now, I gotta be really honest….as someone who works out from home and teaches fitness classes at a gym (and, therefore, gets a gym membership for free)……I had very little expectations when I decided to give Cyclebar a try.

 

Once the first class began, I knew I was in trouble. The energy was infectious. The music programming was superior and passed my annoyingly-high standards. The workout was really tough but very rewarding.  Needless to say….I was hooked.

 

 

I decided to connect with the owners of our local Cyclebar studio and, after much dialogue, I’m proud to say that I am one of Cyclebar’s Brand Ambassadors.

What does that mean?

I help with special events like charity rides (the proceeds completely go to a nonprofit/charity), race expos, fundraisers, etc.

I’ll be hosting a free workout class for all of my friends and family in the near future. (How cool is that?)

I’m also able to give a free first class to my friends and family who want to try it too!

 

 

But you won’t see me spamming your Facebook with anything other than post-workout selfies. I have nothing to sell, nothing hidden. I just love to work out there and want to help others try the studio too. The end.

 

“Does this mean you aren’t a Beachbody coach anymore?”

Actually, no! I’m still a Beachbody coach. You may not see me post that much about it anymore, but I’m still here. My social media presence is changing though….someone can only be ignored and feel insignificant by so many people when you realize your voice is best used in a more valued platform. It can be exhausting to be discounted by so many people for so long. It’s taken a toll on my self-worth in the health & wellness world.

If you are one of the women who keep your light shining among the sea of MLMs right now, then I so applaud you. For now, I will take care of my tribe of ladies and always welcome others, but not bug you constantly about it.

(Sidenote: I talked with Beachbody’s Compliance Department and I am to expressly share that helping the community at Cyclebar has NOTHING to do with being a Beachbody coach. I did my legal duty there.)

 

I’m just a person, like so many of you, who tries new things in life along the way and collects them into my daily habits, like seashells into my pockets after a beach vacation.

  • I started my wellness journey with Beachbody, and I continue to help others find that health/wellness solution if it’s right for them.
  • I consult with jaw surgery patients and plead with them to take their nutrition seriously (advice that I wish more people would take!).
  • I also like to help out the local community and ride at Cyclebar AND teach fitness classes (to fantastic people) at a local university.

 

 

I’m Amanda, and I am shaped by my past and current experiences. I’ve learned recently that it’s okay to piece together so many unique interests and traits that most people may not understand why you do everything you do. And that’s okay.

I always thought that it was strange to be a professional musician who loves healthy eating and fitness, but that was a self-created personal limitation. If my life expands into new avenues as I grow, I’m now okay with that.

 

 

2018’s New Year’s Resolutions

This year my New Year’s Resolutions aren’t to transform myself into this crazy-unrecognizable person. As you can see above, that has already happened over the course of 5-7 years. But my goals this year are to do the following:

  • Finish my Master’s Degree (I’m almost there!)
  • Become debt-free except our mortgage (bye bye, student loans)
  • Work towards fluency of another language (either French or Polish)
  • Complain less. Express gratitude more.

 

 

Let’s see how 2018 goes, shall we?

 

In peace & good health,

Amanda

 



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