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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

 



Puppy updates (“Pupdates”) & Life, In Progress

It’s been awhile since I wrote a blog entry, and since the last one was such a doozy (My Journey with “The Puppy Blues”) I really owe it to my readers to give an update.

 

First thing’s first: My Update on the Puppy Blues

Since I wrote my blog entry on my “Puppy Blues” (which was shared a ton of times with lots of visitors to my page- yay!) I had many people approach me and tell me how worried they were about me. Maybe it’s because I share so much on social media that tries to be positive and uplifting, but stopping and admitting that I wasn’t okay seemed to really upset people.

I also got several people who messaged me and sympathized with me, which was so nice! It made me feel like I wasn’t alone, and it helped me get through that tough initial time. Whether you extended a hand because you were worried about me or if you had a similar experience, thank you. The reaction over my last blog entry was more than I expected, and it helped me to feel that sense of connection as we adjusted to a new “normal”.

 

My Update on Cooper

Oh, Cooper. Our little black ball of fluff. Since I wrote the last blog entry, things with Cooper have been ten times better. He’s had some health issues (puppy UTI, tapeworm) from incidents along the way, but I’m happy to say that he’s healthy and a really happy, good dog. My phone has two sets of main pictures now: pictures of my garden and pictures of Cooper.

 

 

Everyone loves him….especially us.

We’ve been taking him to doggy day care 1x/week, puppy socializing classes 1-2x/week and family member drop-ins 2x/week. He’s such a good dog, and while we’re still working on his puppy behaviors (play biting- especially biting my husband), he’s so smart and friendly and a great companion. I know we are still adjusting, but things have definitely gotten better with Cooper since I last blogged.

 

 

I will say, though, that the past 6-8 weeks have brought out a new side of me. I can’t determine if it’s permanent or not. I have a balance of extroversion to introversion in my personality, and I’ve been much more introverted over the past few months. I don’t see the need for checking Facebook (unless it’s with my team of coaches or jaw surgery clients), and I don’t necessarily see the need for sharing my life’s journey at this time. Maybe I’m growing up, or maybe I’m going through a phase. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I’m now creating social media content for a large-scale organization, too (which is such an honor), thus taking my “creative energy” and re-directing it to another source.

 

I don’t know, honestly. But what I can say is that I’m going through a phase in my life where I don’t necessarily plan on sharing every little thing on social media. I love blogging, though, and plan to share my journey throughout the summer on my blog (subscribe if you want these updates!). I also plan to work on some creative projects for jaw surgery clients. But in terms of my health & fitness journey….I’m just so sick of seeing the quick fixes that it drains the creative energy right out of me. (Just being honest!) I’m going to keep following my nutrition plan of simple, easy eating; I’m going to keep exercising from home and being in great shape as a result; and I’m going to work with the people who actually want to see change in their life. If this sounds like you, then please message me, and we’ll link arms together this summer. Otherwise, you may see less of me than you used to.

 

Stay tuned on my blog for more Puppy Updates/”Pupdates” and my journey, and until then, have a wonderful first official week of summer!

 

In peace & good health-

Amanda



Friday Announcement: My OWN Black Friday Sale!

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Yes, it’s true! I’m having a Black Friday Sale unlike anything I’ve ever done. I can’t tell you what it is yet, but believe me, it’ll be great! If you’ve ever considered committing to a healthier lifestyle for yourself, this is the opportunity you don’t want to pass up!

 

Subscribe by typing in my bit.ly link (it’s case-sensitive, all lowercase) and you’ll be the first to know!

 

Quantities are limited, and once something’s gone, it’s gone for good!

 

I seriously can’t wait- see you there!

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My Diamond Leadership Retreat (re-cap) & my new house

So lately I’ve had a lot of people ask me about my Diamond Leadership Retreat in Florida. (if you want to read more, click here and it’ll give you some info.)

 

I want to spread the good vibes as much as I can, so I made a Facebook Live video to share as many takeaways as I can!

Check out my video here (and check out a sneak peak of my messy- but new- home here, too!):

 

 

 

What did you think? Have you ever thought about coaching yourself? I’d be honored if we walked this journey together and continued to make an impact in the lives of others.

Contact me and we can talk!

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“Is This Real Life?”: My Diamond Leadership Retreat

Last week I went to Orlando, Florida and attended something called “the Diamond Leadership Retreat”. Essentially, I qualified for an outrageous, fantastic retreat after my efforts as a coach. Be prepared- it was amazing, and the photos barely do it justice!

 

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Can you see me?! :) The Wall of Fame!

Can you see me?! 🙂 The Wall of Fame!

 

From the moment we walked into this million-dollar mansion, we were showered with gifts, mentoring, training, a private yoga instructor, professional hair and makeup artists, and a professional photographer taking headshots and photos along the way.
Seriously. Is this real life?

Say cheese! That's me! :)

Say cheese! That’s me! 🙂

 

 

You might be thinking, “What in the world does she do that she gets to go to something ridiculous like this?!” and sometimes I think the same thing. 🙂
My next post will be all about a day in the life of my Beachbody Coaching lifestyle, but for now, let me say this:

I am just a normal person who decided to go for it. I became a coach in January 2013 and had NO idea what I was doing. I told no one that I was a coach for at least 6 months because I was terrified of what people would think of me. I’m a musician by day. I imagined people saying, “what does she know about health and fitness?”

 

But the truth is, everyone needs a tribe of people to support them through this life. We aren’t made to shrivel up and “survive” the day-to-day life. We are made to thrive. We are made to grow and expand and help others so that we leave this life better than when we arrived here.

 

I earned this trip because I put my excuses aside and decided to help others. End of story. I run a business where I share my journey, good and bad, on the goal to a well-lived life. We have a fantastic team of other coaches, and I’m grateful to have each and every one of them.

Just a portion of fabulous ladies on our team!

Just a portion of fabulous ladies on our team!

 

 

My team If you are interested in hearing more about what I do, contact me directly and I’d be happy to help you!

 

OR if you want to apply directly to become a coach on my team, click here and apply!

 

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