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Week Three #ActiveLivingChallenge Final Recap


Well everyone, the photo challenge is over! Have to admit I’m kind of bummed, got so used to it now I’m twiddling my thumbs haha! Here’s a recap of the final week.

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Don’t Give Up, Don’t Quit!


I get it, some days workout are not going to be perfect or great, I won’t call it bad though because if it happens then it is still good workout. That is of course unless the reason it did not happen was because you’re either on rest day (yes you need those) or you are recovering from injury. But some days workouts can just be down right sucky no matter how hard you try or how optimistic you try to view it. I get that.  I still have workouts where 5 minutes in I’m wondering “ohh my god, why am I doing it this, this sucks!”

 

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The Sweatpink Shoelaces Are Here!


They are here! I’ve been waiting so long for shoelaces. Yes shoelaces, but they’re not just any shoe laces they are the Sweatpink shoelaces through Fit Approach.

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Fit Approach is this awesome community where like-minded fitness individuals can put up articles and discuss how they maintain a positive lifestyle.

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Geared more at women, even though there are men ambassadors, it supports people who get out there and tough through the workouts even though they don’t want to. It commends the people that get up early in the morning and go for their run or their walk even though they much rather sleep in. It also gives praise to people that are making lifestyle changes and taking those first steps, those first crucial steps to changing their life for the better.

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It’s a great way to meet people that are also passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and working out. Fit Approach doesnt support any sort of crazy diets or 100 calorie snacks that just leave you feeling sad and deprived. It’s about you reaching your goals through a healthy diet and a good exercise routine, it does NOT promote extremes on either end. It’s all about being as healthy as you can be and meeting new people along the way. I’m still new to it so there is still a lot about it that I have to learn but I’m very excited to be part of this community! And look forward to being with them for years on end.

As soon as I got them I ended up tearing all the old shoe laces out of my old shoes in a rather maniacal manner before replacing them with the pink ones. I I had put the order in a while ago and put it in for 10 shoelaces. Well those didn’t come in so I thought there was an error with the order so I put in another order for additional 5 shoelaces. Both of the orders were perfectly fine they were just backed up for the time being and I ended up with 15 pairs of shoe laces instead of just 10! No worries though I’ve already gotten rid of 6 pairs!

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I’m definitely going to be ordering more of them. Especially since I just started work at Planet Fitness I think I may have an opportunity to pass some out there too.

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Each time I lace up now I’ll be at for a walk or run I smile the bright pink just makes me feel all giddy and happy inside. That can’t possibly be bad!
Below is a link to my ambassador page it’s still a work in progress so bear with me as I figure it out. I hope you have a lovely day!

Niquole Abram SPA

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Week Two #ActiveLivingChallenge Recap


Week two of the #ActiveLivingChallenge is over and it is time to recap the weeks challenges.

8/11: Favorite superfood: Chia seeds! The things are awesome, loaded with nutrients and it is hard to say them without saying ch-ch-ch-chia! They pack 11g of fiber, 4g of protein, and 9g of fat including omega-3’s. A serving size is one tbsp, I love to add these to smoothies, they thicken it up and make them more filling.

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08/12 do something new! For this challenge I had to really think about something new that I want to do that I haven’t mentioned before. Then I remembered how fascinated I was by people being it with you the human flag and other forms of calisthenics. Especially on playgrounds. So that’s what my “do something new challenge” was today I’m also trying out headstand prep by using the walls for support to build up my shoulders. I’m going to have to keep at least for some time to build up the strength I need me upper body but I know I can do it.

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8/ 13 how are you active living? It’s my birthday! I was inspired by a post by Cynthia Steele at You Signed Up for What?! What she did on her 41st birthday was she ran 4.1 miles so I thought that was really awesome and waiting for my birthday comes around. I wasn’t able to run due to an ankle injury and my knee but I was able to walk that distance 2.6 miles for my 26th. After that, I came home and then tried out the 20 minute barre video I found through fit approach, it was really good! After that I went on to my nightly yoga and yeah, that was how I stayed active today.

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8/ 14 what image motivates you? Like the rest of my images, it’s hard to choose just one so I do collages. Images that motivate me to keep going include a woman at the top of the mountain in a victory stance, a 10k with a checkmark by it, and women in advanced yoga poses. I would love to be able to do all these things and these images help me to remember what I’m doing it for when my motivation is lacking.

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8/ 15 what is your favorite quote about staying positive? I won’t lie I love quotes, there’s just something about their simplicity and inspiring sayings that just makes me smile. It’s amazing how just a few words can have such an impact on a person. These are some of my favorite ones.

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08/16 maximizing your time during the day. Every bad habit of putting off my workouts to the last minute if I don’t get them done first thing in the morning. I’ll put it off for another 5 minutes 10 minutes to hours 6 hours and then next thing you know that over. What I do to maximize my time, and make sure I get everything done is I set alarms to go off early in the morning. The app I’m using is called walk me up and it uses the pedometer in my phone. You actually have to take several steps to make it stop. It has this ‘evil mode’ where if you enable it is disables the snooze so you have to get up and walk around in order for it to stop. So far it’s been very helpful for getting me out of bed and getting started with my day.

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08/17 what is your ultimate dream goal? I have several but I think the main one is to be as active and healthy as I possibly can for the rest of my life. Some of my other goals include I’m getting my money back into shape so I can get back to hiking and running the way it was before, possibly hiking Kilimanjaro, and hiking several trails across the United States. I would also love to be more positive than I already am and build up my defenses better so negative people don’t affect me as much.

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So that’s my weekly recap of the challenges I’m still loving this and I’m actually surprised that I’m still doing it because I usually forget within a few days. Looking forward to finishing it out!