Sunday, July 15, 2018

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. 

Have an amazing week, friends!


Sunday, July 8, 2018

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!

Monday, July 2, 2018

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 
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. 


Sunday, July 1, 2018

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?

Friday, June 29, 2018

June Favorites - 2018 Edition

Hello Friends!

Can you believe we're at the end of June already? This summer is flying by! 
It's time for another edition of monthly favorites! Here are the things I've enjoyed slightly more than other things this month. 

Let's jump in!

Majesty Palm - Tiberius

Meet the newest member of our family, Tiberius! My husband surprised me with this handsome Majesty Palm a few weeks ago. Isn't he gorgeous? If you didn't know already, I love having plants in my house and I name all of them! I especially love tropical and desert type plants, so this was the perfect gift! 

Oral-B Glide Scope Outlast Floss Picks

We all know we need to floss, but let's be honest. How many of us actually floss as often as we're supposed to? Flossing is annoying and time consuming - "ain't nobody got time for that." haha! I'm pretty sure my dentist would be like, "ain't nobody got time for gum disease." haha! Well, maybe not. She's a very nice lady and one of the best dentists in Ohio, but she is also a little more serious and composed. I don't see her ever saying that. Anyway, I'm not good at flossing my teeth. Regular floss is cumbersome and tends to get caught in between my teeth. --True story. My wisdom teeth really shifted the rest of my teeth. Plus, regular floss just doesn't work on my permanent retainer. However, these floss picks are amazing! First, they have a wider strip, which doesn't cut into your gums like other thinner floss picks. Second, these make flossing so easy and simple! I love them! The sharper end works perfect to get in between my teeth where my permanent retainer resides. If you aren't a fan of flossing, definitely give these a try! And for all you tooth pick lovers, these work perfect for that! And they are great for kids! 

Yoplait Greek 100 Whips - Strawberry Cheesecake

I'm a huge Greek yogurt fan. In fact, I prefer it over regular yogurt. I love these Yoplait Whips in the Greek yogurt because it gives me a different texture, think like a dessert mousse. They are delicious and filling! Sometimes I have them as my breakfast or as a snack in between meals. The strawberry cheesecake is the best! 

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Salted Caramel Cascade

It's not a favorites post without at least one treat. This one is it this month. My husband brought this home for me and I loved it! Normally, for a salted caramel chocolate, I like milk chocolate, so I wasn't sure if I would really love this or not... but never doubt Ghirardelli. This was so delicious and a little healthier because it was dark chocolate. haha! 

A Song of Ice and Fire - A Game Of Thrones


I love Game of Thrones. It's one of my favorite TV shows. I haven't seen season 7 yet, so while I wait to get my hands on the Blu-Ray set, I decided to read the series. I didn't realize this novel was published in 1996. I'm surprised I hadn't ever picked it up on my many trips to the library. Oh well.. better late than never. I devoured this. It was soooo good. I mean, of course. 99% of the time, the book is better. If you haven't read the books, I highly recommend doing so. Be aware, it's a large book. And there's four more to go with it. I'm currently on the second one, Clash of Kings. 

And that's it. A short list this month. 

What were your favorite things? Share them in the comments! Also, feel free to leave a link to your post or video if you made a June Favorites. I'd love to check it out!