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The 30 Day Affirmation Challenge – Out with the Negative, In with the Positive!

I recently wrote a blog that touched on the idea that our thoughts are so powerful, they have the ability to influence our lives in a major way. Often times if you change your thoughts, you can change your life.

Positive affirmations are a way for us to turn thoughts into actions, and into reality. Affirmations are generally defined as something declared to be true; a positive statement or judgment. The more you repeat a given affirmation (whether you initially believe it or not), the more likely you are to come to believe it. These can either be positive (ie. I am a loveable person) or negative (ie. I am bad at my job).

Over time these become deeply rooted in your subconscious, become a part of your personality, and have the ability to have a profound effect on your life. Lucky for us, negative affirmations can be replaced with positive ones with time and conscious effort. Enter the 30 Day Affirmation Challenge (infographic below).

During the 30 days you decide to carry out this challenge, you will need to repeat these affirmation listed for each day repeatedly. The idea and goal is that with enough practice these affirmations will become habit and will edge out any negative thoughts and emotions that normally were a natural go-to for your mind. As a result you can improve your confidence, self-esteem, and overall happiness.

Brian Tracy, the founder of the 30 Day Affirmation Challenge, writes:

The hallmark of the fully mature, fully-functioning, self-actualizing personality is the ability to be objective and unemotional when caught up in the inevitable storms of daily life and to stay positive. The superior person has the ability to continue talking to himself or herself in a positive and optimistic way, keeping his or her mind calm, clear and completely under control. The advanced personality is more relaxed and aware and capable of interpreting events more realistically maintaining positive thoughts contrary to the immature personality.  As a result, the mature person exerts a far greater sense of control and influence over his or her environment, and is far less likely to be angry, or upset or distracted.

For those of you that feel you may need a bit of a mental reboot, give it a try. I know that I will be partaking in it. You can never have too many positive thoughts :p It may seem a little bit gooey and cheesy,, but in a day and age where each time I look at the news there is something horribly awful happening and staring back at me, a little bit of positivity is a welcome change.


– Veronica

For more information on affirmations and the 30 Day Affirmation Challenge, visit these links:



30 Day Challenge- The Final Day

It’s almost over!! What a month is has been! I’m impressed with all I’ve learned, and all I’ve experienced.

I woke up this morning feeling guilty after an indulgent dream. A phrase that often crossed my mind before this month, “I wish I hadn’t eaten that” came up, until I realized it wasn’t real. I didn’t indulge in something that was not challenge complaint; I haven’t all month.

Then I realized, I haven’t regretted a single thing I put into my body this month. Aside from the two occasions I went out for dinner and unintentionally ate something that wasn’t complaint (and upset my stomach), I have done fantastically. Sure I’ve had my moments of feeling completely done with this whole “stupid no sugar bullshit”, but it didn’t go further than daydreaming about eating a chocolate chip cookie.


What a feeling. I had been regretting food choices a lot in the months leading up to July; working two jobs, being a mom, girlfriend and friend led to a lot of indulgences in the evenings. The mornings after those indulgences hosted a lot of guilty feelings accompanied by a sore stomach and bloat. Not the best combination to wake up to.

This month has been the complete opposite. I wake up feeling great. Not a guilty thought or bloated tummy. I don’t over analyze the food choices I made the day before, I just wake up and get on my day. Almost everything I have eaten this month has been beneficial to my health. I research foods now; finding out what benefits there are to eating more beets, or adding apples and cinnamon to water. It’s exciting and enlightening. I love how colourful our plates have become. I love all the salads and vegetables I’m eating, and the natural sugar that comes directly from a piece of fruit.


I love not feeling guilty. I love it all.

I don’t want to feel guilty about food again. I want to enjoy what I eat; I want to eat for my health and have those delicious treats on occasion. I think living life in balance is key, so I’m hoping if I follow the ratio of 80/20 (80% healthy 20% indulgences), I will find that balance.

I have a lot of great natural sugar substitutes to pull from now, and I’m still learning. I don’t need artificial sweeteners OR white sugars in my life all the time. I’ve also managed to raise my son eating natural whole foods, so I don’t have to worry about his transition from unhealthy to healthy; thankfully my boyfriend is open to my experiments and enjoys eating healthy alongside me.

I’m in a good place with food now. I’m ready to use all I’ve learned this month and continue my food journey, happy and healthy.


Happy eating!!


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The Supplementation Debate: Do You Need Them to Be Healthy and Fit?

I was on one of the community boards that I am a part of on Facebook and noticed a thread had started debating the issue of supplementation; is it something that is necessary in order to lose weight and be healthy and fit?

It just so happened that earlier today I was watching a video from the duo at Fitness Blender that touched on this very subject, and gave one of the most honest opinions I’ve seen thus far. I will post the 10 minute video clip below, but here is a summary of what was said if you don’t want to watch the clip.


They assert (and they are right on the money with this one) that the media is largely responsible for our perception that we NEED some sort of supplements and special products in order to lose weight, build muscles, reach our goals, and be healthy. Supplements can include vitamins, minerals, protein boosters, meal replacements, weight loss pills, etc.

Celebrities, personal trainers, and others are often asked to endorse these products, whether they work or not, to get a large sum of money from the profits. Unfortunately even though this is the health and fitness domain, often consumer’s best interests are shoved aside in the interest of profitability.

In truth though, eating clean whole foods is generally enough for our bodies to glean all that we need. If we are eating properly and have no underlying medical condition that prevents us from doing so, then we generally can get all the vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients that we need. They point out that in some cases its necessary to supplement when a person has certain deficiencies or other health issues that can’t be solved by diet. In this case, a doctor should be the one that is recommending and prescribing these supplements.

When it comes to certain pills, meal replacements, etc. if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. These products are often ridiculously poor quality, and many are not covered or tested by the FDA, which means that although a product might say it has 100 mg of something, it could have much more or it could have a lot less. Furthermore, these products often do more harm then good and only offer short-term results; there is no effort made to teach consumers how to exercise and eat properly as they are depending solely on this magic supplement. This means when they stop using the product, they generally bounce back to where they started.

So what is the magic answer to long-term effects and success? Hard work,  healthy diet, and exercise. As they said, sorry but there’s no easy out here! Slowly change your lifestyle and your habits, and results are sure to follow.

What do you readers think; do you agree or disagree with the assertion that supplements are largely unnecessary?

– Veronica

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The dangers of exercise – A cautionary tale.

Love this post, had me laughing the whole way through. I had to share with the rest of our blog followers 🙂
– Veronica

Keeping Up With The Holsbys

I joined the gym this week because I’m determined to bring sexy back to suburbia. I’m strong and sturdy stock but I wouldn’t say I’m a natural athlete. The thought of running endless kilometres or cycling until my arse is numb doesn’t appeal, so to keep my interest piqued I’m more of a group fitness chick.

I’ve sampled a variety of classes this week and I just suffered my first injury.

I was rocking it like a white chick in Zumba. I was salsaing, sashaying, and gyrating my way to hotness when I realised my glow had progressed into a full blown sweat which needed a wipe, in case the drip fell off my nose and landed in front of me. When your pelvic floor is as shithouse as mine, any drops on the floor can cause a minor heart attack. My towel was off to the side so I…

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Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank!

I know from experience that sometimes healthy eating gets trumped by financial constraints: why order that salad for $5 when you can get a slice of pizza for $2?! This doesn’t have to be the case though, and here is a great link to a site with 22 tips on how to eat healthy without breaking the bank:

22 Cheap and Easy Ways to Eat Healthy



– Veronica