How Often Do You Reach Your Goals?

Do you ever find yourself setting goals, but then a few weeks or months down the line you have not reached them or simply lost sight of them?  Do you ever wonder why that is?

I was reading on that people who actually write down their goals are more likely to achieve them than those who just have them in their mind.  I personally believe that has to do with you seeing this benchmark that you have set in front of you and if you look at it daily you are more likely to hold yourself accountable to it.  No one wants to feel as though they have failed something they have set out to do.  But if we don’t keep it in front of us at all times, how can we (or anyone else) hold ourselves accountable to reaching it?


Being that today marks National Women’s Health & Fitness Day (the last Wednesday in September, each year), I have written down some short term goals for myself.  I want to set them at different periods of time so that I can hone in on them and feel accomplished as I knock them out one by one.

When you are thinking about setting your goals, make sure that you are setting complete goals.  What do I mean by that… 1) Is the goal measurable?  2) If it is a long term goal, set benchmarks to encourage you on the progress you are making along the way to your ultimate goal. 3) What is your reward?

Now the last one is a big one in my mind.  You want to make it so that you relate your achievements with not only the visions of hard work, but also the reward that came from it.  So have a reward in mind that is more than just achieving your goal.



So what are my rewards you might ask? For completing goal my goals, (this may be TMI) I am going to go out and buy myself 3 new bras.  Silly you might think but for me, it is one of those things that I put on the VERY bottom of the list.  We have to reward ourselves with something that will remind us how far we have come.  This for me will be a happy daily reminder.

What are your goals?

Do need help setting them and reaching them?

What will your reward be?

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Are You Getting Enough – Water Struggles

One of the things that people tend not to focus on when changing their eating habits, is also changing what you are drinking.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to ONLY drink water.  What I am saying is to increase that consumption as you start working on eating healthier and working out.

I have to be truly honest here, I am the worst at drinking water.  I dislike it’s lack of flavor and the flavor drops taste so artificial to me that it just makes it worse.  I have struggled for about 3-4 years with finding a way to get more water in my system.  Once upon a time I would load up on juice (mainly cranberry juices).  As I have gotten older, I realize the amount of sugar in my drinks (including juice) and see how bad that can be for someone like me who gets very little water.

So I tried a few different things.  First I tried getting a BIG water jug to keep on my desk.  Though, soon I realized that I didn’t keep up with it, because it was too big to take with me in the car and to and from work.


Then I tried getting on those electrolyte waters.  I tried some of the flavored ones to help me along the way.  I like them because they were not sweetened AT ALL.  Actually more infused type flavor.  But that can get expensive if you are buying and drinking several a day.


Then I decided to get a PUR pitcher and fill it with water and leave on the filing cabinet by my desk at work.  I prefer water room temperature and find it easier to drink.  I also found a water bottle that fit in my cup holder/workout bag/purse, you name it!  Funny enough it was a FREE water bottle from one of the races I ran in April.  This has kept me drinking more water than I probably have ever drank in my life!


I have now been drinking water on a consistent basis for about 4 months.  I feel better, my skin feels hydrated and I crave very little else to drink at all.  I still have my tall cup of coffee every morning and the occasional glass of wine on the weekends.  But I have finally conquered my goal of drinking more water!


How are you about getting enough water in your system?

Have you found a way to make it work for you?

Share in the comments below…

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Changing Your Mindset on Being Too Busy or Tired

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Working on getting things prepped for the start of the PiYo Challenge next Monday.  Some of the things on my to do list are:

  • Set-up Instagram account – Amanda’s Better Body
  • Get body measurements done – I will post a picture of these once they are done
  • Go for a run – Come on 1:30 pm!
I really need to stop procrastinating on this one!

I really need to stop procrastinating on this one!

Mind you I am still a mom and working woman, so these items are on top of the already growing list of

  • Groceries for the week
  • Pressing my son’s uniforms for the week (that I slacked on last night)
  • Dinner planning (which thankfully for me translates to lunch planning as I almost always take leftovers)
  • Get calendar updated with October meetings & events
  • Meet with Irving Eats & the Irving Schools Foundation on a possible Culinary Scholarship for IISD students
  • Meet with IISD Culinary and Hospitality Teachers and City Officials with Irving Eats
  • Buy birthday gifts (3 parties and counting as of now)
  • Month end/First of month conference calls at work
  • Expense reports


I could go on and on… and easily I could make excuses as to why I am “too busy” to focus on my health and fitness.  But here is where the lifestyle change comes in.  With my ever growing list you can easily see why I feel exhausted.


This though is even more of a reason to get up and focus on getting myself active and eating better.  I know you know that what you eat can affect the way you feel.  Think about it, when you eat something heavy and greasy, you are usually ready for a nap.  But when you eat something like some smoked salmon with asparagus and a little risotto, you feel ready to move on to the next thing on your to do list.

Well, did you know that the same thing goes when you workout!  Seriously!  Now granted for someone not active at all the first few days can be the hardest, as your body is getting used to being active.  Though, once you are over that hump, you will start feeling MORE energized after a 30-40 minute workout.


I’ve said it before, gyms are just not for me.  I have a strict schedule of getting my son up at 6:30 am so we are out the door by 7:15 for school.  After work I pick him up from daycare, and then it is home to do homework, cook dinner, do dishes, make sure he bathes, do our nightly reading, and get ready for the next day.  Therefore my window for going to the gym is slim to none!  But carving out 30 minutes before I start getting ready in the morning, in my own living room is doable.  It is likely doable for 99% of you out there.  I also try to carve out time during my lunch 2-3 days a week to go for a run on the streets around my job.  My health is in my hands only.  If I don’t take care of myself, I will not be able to enjoy time doing fun activities with my son!

How are you changing your mindset?

Are you too tired or don’t have enough time to workout?

What are your goals?

How can I help you reach your goals?

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Welcome to the Next Step

Taking this step just makes more and more sense everyday.  Today my fabulous Coach Melissa sent me a “Welcome to the Team” package.  It such a surprise to get REAL mail at home and her and her husband’s belief in me just makes me feel amazing!!


I am so ready to start along this life style change to make me healthier and more comfortable in my own skin.  This weekend I have one of the hardest parts of this journey.  For me it is the actual picture out there for the world to see.

Front shot

Front shot

I took two shots and hope that at the completion of my PiYo Challenge I will be able to show you a much different person.  Not only does this help to transform your body, but your mind as well.

Side shot

Side shot

Think about it… when your body changes, it changes the way you feel and act.  When you feel good about yourself you act more confidently.  When you act more confidently, you begin to take charge of your life.  When you take charge of your life, you become unstoppable at whatever you put your mind to.

When do you feel the most confident?

Tell me what things I can share with you to help you answer any questions you might have.

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Are you going to follow my journey?

If you read my last post, you would see that I have committed myself to the 28 day PiYo challenge with Beachbody.  I want to share this experience with you so that you can see my personal results every step of the way.

Are you curious about how this works or even IF it works?  Follow my journey, help me keep myself accountable.  Do you want to do it along side me?  Let me know and we can talk about how and keep each other on track.  It’s okay if you don’t want to share pictures of your progress.  But I will.  I will not only to prove to you all that I am doing it, but so that I can see the transformation for myself!

I am starting my journey with PiYo on October 5th.  I am getting to be held accountable by Certified Master Trainer – Melissa McAllister!  She is even IN the PiYo videos!  Are you ready to make a change in your life?  I am!

SUPER EXCITED for the email that I got today!  I’ve never really been this pumped about working out.  I am not a fan of the gym.  It just doesn’t work for me.  It may for you, but that is just not where it is at for me.  Today I got my shipping confirmation with tracking for my PiYo and Shakeology.  This is going to be a game changer for me!

Order On It's Way

Order On It’s Way

To my running friends out there, don’t fret!  I am not going to stop running!  I am in high hopes that this only strengthens me and helps me to reach some PRs!  My regular readers know that my goal is to PR in the 5K on November 21st in the Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk.  Let’s see if I can do it and make my daddy proud in the process!

I am going to make my daddy proud!

I am going to make my daddy proud!

What have you done that has changed your life?

What is your current short term goal?

Can I help you get there?

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Where were you?

So things have been a little quiet lately…

Where was I?

What was I doing?

Did I keep up with my running goals?

Those are all great questions.  So where do I start?  I was here, trying to figure out my next step in life.  I am happy working and being a mom, but I want to do a little more in life.  So over the last month I have been working on a few things to help me down this next road in my life.

Irving Eats

Irving Eats

First, I became a board member for a site called Irving Eats.  This group is dedicated to discovering new and good places to eat in Irving. We support locally owned and operated restaurants in the city while supporting local charities such as Irving Cares.  While becoming involved with this group I saw an opportunity to have them reach out and promote a culinary education to our local high school seniors.  I brought to our founder’s attention the possibility of a Culinary Scholarship for Irving ISD High School Senior interested in pursuing a culinary education.  I am so happy to report that we have a meeting with the Irving Schools Foundation to further speak about this scholarship possibility!

That leads me to today.  Today I took a leap that has been about 2 years in the making.  In May of 2014 I got serious about running again and getting my life back on a healthy track.  Here we are at the end of September 2015 and I notice there are times when my focus on running is lacking.  Weather conditions, work and family commitments and many other EXCUSES get in the way.  I wanted to see if there was something that could supplement my running.  Something to not only help me cross train and strengthen my core, but also help me get a workout in with the weather is less than desirable for a run.  Of course you are all inundated with solicitations for different products, but there was one that I never got “sold”.  It was also the same one that showed the most results and aligned with my vision of getting healthy.



So as of today, I have signed up to be a Beachbody coach.  What does that mean for my friends and family?  I am going to blog and show my results from day 1 to day 28 using one of the Beachbody programs and Shakeology as one meal replacement.  Before I promote something to you or anyone else I want you to see how committed I am to this.  I do not have a perfect body, far from it!  I’m not a skinny elite runner, that most people visualize when they think runner.  I am an average mom who has a routine that is crazy busy all of the time!

When my 28 days are complete, I will share my deep honest feelings about how I feel and what helped and what didn’t work along the way.  Then I want to start helping others along a path to their health and fitness goals.  So if you are at all interested, follow my blog here or through the links I will post on my Facebook page.  Ask me any questions, I promise if I don’t know the answer, I will not lie to you, but I will do the research and get the answer for you.  I want to lead by example.

What have you done for yourself lately?

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What is a Mediterranean Style Diet Anyway?

So during my recent routine physical my doctor advised me that although I eat pretty healthy, engage in physical activity as suggested (…and then some), I still have borderline high cholesterol.  His suggestion?  He wanted me to start trying to eat a Mediterranean style diet.  So I did my research online.  Perused Pinterest for recipe ideas.  I’ve come to two conclusions.

  1. Most of these recipes call for olives (I HATE olives).  It is probably one of the only normal food items that I will NOT eat.  I can cook with them to a point and use olive oil no problem, but the taste is awful to me.

olives-image2. This style of diet is so light to the point that it is not at all filling.  That is a problem when I am feeding not only myself, but N and his dad too!  Plus WE always make enough to eat the left overs for lunch the next day.

So in an effort to mix in some of these Mediterranean Style entrees, I will share with your our thought on them AND other regular recipes that I have adapted to fit our tastes.

Last week we tried these new recipes:

Chicken Asparagus Stir-fry with Tomatoes

Baked Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa Fresca and Couscous

Blueberry Cornmeal Waffles

On this week’s menu are the following new recipes:

Butternut Squash, Beef and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet

Tilapia Stuffed with Spinach and Feta

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Chicken Stuffed Poblano & Red Peppers

You should be able to click on each recipe to see our take on it on my BigOven account.  I also link you to the original recipe from which I made fit my family’s taste preferences.  Please feel free to comment either here or there on what you liked and didn’t like.

What are some of your favorite weekday recipes?

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Yoga, the Bag Challenge & New Beginnings

Sometimes the way life works itself out, my runs don’t happen as often as I would like for them to.  Friday’s run got nixed so we could take N to meet the teacher at his new school (he has now started Pre-K).  A weekend long run go pushed aside as we finished back to school shopping, cleared the garage, gathered garage sale donations from family members and took a private yoga class.  Then Monday rolled around and we got to experience the first day of school.  Not all of you know that I try to run during my lunch hour Monday, Wednesday and Friday with a potential long run on the weekend.  Therefore, Friday and Monday did not happen for me since I did not take a lunch break and instead took a few hours from work each day to enjoy a new frontier with N.

In no way am I complaining, simply setting the stage and holding myself accountable to not only you, but myself as well.

I am trying to create my own images for this site. Give me time, I'll get better!

I am trying to create my own images for this site. Give me time, I’ll get better!

N’s dad has been having some issues with tightness in his hips, glutes and hamstrings.  Recently one of my girlfriends earned her yoga teaching certification.  Put one and one together and I thought maybe doing some yoga targeted at his trouble areas could really help him.  As a runner with occasional pain and tightness in my hips I figured anything she did to help him would help me too.

Guess what?  I was right!  My friend did an amazing private class for us in her home.  we both came out feeling relaxed, stretched and with new found knowledge of ways to help our weary bodies.  If you live in the DFW metroplex, please go try one of her classes!  Tina Ward typically instructs yoga classes at Summit Gyms.  Please tell her that Amanda sent you, I really think that you will lover her and her style of teaching.

As the weekend went on, we started gearing up for the garage sale that we will be having August 29-30th.  My mom with her brilliant ideas suggested that we issue a Bag Challenge to our family and friends.  Basically we challenged everyone to grab a bag and fill it with 10 items, advise me when it was ready for pick up and she or I would come for it.  You see, N’s dad is participating in the Bike MS in October and I am running in the Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in November.  Proceeds from our garage sale will go to these two charities as part of our fundraising efforts.  We have already had a great amount of response from family and friends willing to help us with garage sale donations.  I am so appreciative, as I know that some people may want to help but cannot financially.  This provides them a way to help while de-cluttering before the holidays!

Pre-K 2015

Pre-K 2015

Monday has now rolled around, and we have experienced our first, first day of school drop off.  We were proud that N, mom and dad all did well.  No crying for any of us.  He was excited until it was time for us to leave, but we were told within 5 minutes he was back to his normal happy self!  He told us how the well the day went and was excited to go back today.  Until…. that moment when I pulled around to the drop off and he realized I wasn’t going in with him.  The look on his face made my heart hurt and feel like I was doing something wrong.  But I know I must let him grow and not helicopter over his every move.  Nonetheless it was still very emotional and hard for N and me both.

What ways do you help stretch out your running pains?

What other methods do you use to help fund-raise for an even that is important to you?

Did your little one start school yet?  How did their first day go?

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For the Love of Family & Friends

I am still trying to get out of my running funk.  Went for a run Monday and today.  Felt good to get out there and get more than the 3 miles that have been come my norm as of lately.  I don’t think I will be signing up for a race for the month of August.  Not that I haven’t been running in the heat of the day, but I am exhausted and have a few other things on my late that are taking priority.

N’s dad is doing the Valero Bike Bike MS, being held in October will be in San Antonio this year. He will be participating along with the Holt CAT Team. This is important to him, as his uncle has battled this for about 20 years. If you are interested on seeing how you can help, please follow this link: Bike MS.

Bike MS

Bike MS

Along with that N will be starting Pre-K next week.  I am excited and scared for him.  Trying to get him excited, since he is not one that takes a change in his routine easily.  Plus that means earlier mornings for both of us.  Have I told you that I am NOT a morning person!!  But I am positive that we will adjust.  It may just take a few weeks.



During one of my latest run I have been thinking about my family and friends.  How long has it been since you received a hand-written letter or card?  How did it make you feel?  I cam across this site the other the say that was about The World Needs More Love Letters #MLL.  I love this concept but starting thinking about my family and friends who would love to receive a card or letter in the mail as well.  As much as I would like to write to a complete stranger, I feel like I would get more satisfaction from writing to someone that I love.  I made a list of friends and family.  I am hoping to send a letter a week.  I will pick the name at random and send a card or letter.  My other thought is that I wonder if some of my younger cousins under the age of 14 have ever received a card or letter in the mail that wasn’t for their birthday.  That feeling that you get when you get something like that is completely different than when you get an email.  I have added all of them to my list of names as well.  I will let you know how it goes.  I may even write a few #MLL to strangers and leave them to be found.  But mine will be called Love Letters from the Heart #LLftH.  Try it and let me know how it goes for you.  I have a feeling that you will be pleasantly surprised!

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Running Funk

With summer comes heat.  If you are lucky enough to live in Texas, then you know that August heat is no joke!  The past month I have been trying to beat this funk that I am in.  Now, I try to run 2-3 times during the regular work week on my lunch break and then maybe once on the weekend.  I’ll admit I need to work in more runs, but here we are.

Ispeed 70 oz Sport Hydration Pack

Ispeed 70 oz Sport Hydration Pack

For the last month I have really only gotten in 1 or 2 runs each week.  I bought a hydration pack thinking it would help me ward off the heat a little bit enough to get back into the swing of things.  But two things happened there.  One, it did not make me want to run any more, or any less.  Secondly, the one time that I did use it, I realized that I did not buy the right one for me.  I should have invested the extra $15 for one that had the two chest straps.  Let me tell you ladies, if you have a chest you need the straps!  Otherwise, you will have this bag of water bouncing around on your back like a two-year old who doesn’t know how to hang on during a piggy back ride.  All the while try to escape down your shoulders like a bra after an 18 hour day at the park.  Did I mention that all of the movement reminds you that no, you have not experienced chafing everywhere you thought possible!  Needless to say I need to find another hydration pack and use this one for plain walking or hiking when there is less bounce to my step.

It's heating up in Texas!

It’s heating up in Texas!

So here we are in August.  I’ve tried to commit to a race per month all year-long.  I have indeed accomplished that so far (except for June, but to my defense I did 2 in February).  As of today I have only one more race already paid for, and it is in November.  I am hoping that by then with the cooler temps I can PR at that race.  But until then I need to keep training.  So today will begin my lengthy way of searching for a race for August.  I like to stay relatively close to home.  It helps when you have a 4-year-old in tow, so my mom can come with and watch him watch mommy do great things for herself and teach him healthy habits and commitment in the process.

So how do I get out of this funk?  I’m hoping with the new month I can figure that out.  I have my clothes with me today in the car.  Already had a protein bar in the last hour so it will be good and digested for me when I head out the door around 1 pm.  I am having to remind myself that running at 1 pm in the afternoon is different from running at dawn or dusk.  Also, that with this heat getting 3 miles in is okay.  Part of my funk has come from not being able to get my normal 6 miles logged.  The other part is all mental!  As a runner, you will read quote after quote about getting past your mental blocks, that your body is capable of more than your brain will allow you to believe.  To some extent I concur, but How pray tell do you get out of your own way!?!  I guess like I have done every other time.  Register for a race, to put some pressure on.  Then get out there and sweat!

run with question

How do you get out of your own way?  How do you change-up your routes enough to satisfy your need for new scenery?

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