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Monday Motivation!

Happy Monday all you beautiful people! It’s going to be a gorgeous week, so soak up that sun (with sunscreen on), sweat it out outside, and enjoy the summer! Have a fantastic week 🙂


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❤ N&V


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Monday Inspiration!

Another Monday is here, and that means it’s time to get up and achieve your goals! You’ve got 7 days to make yourself proud, so don’t hold back!besomeone chasedreams getwhatyou ifeel nourish obsticales thankful workhard biggeststep dreams

❤ N&V

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Monday Motivation!

We’re a week into April- where does the time go?! Make sure you get your 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week of exercise; a physically inactive lifestyle causes more cardiovascular diseases than smoking and high blood pressure combined (’96 Surgeon Generals Report)!!

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❤ N&V

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Monday Motivation

Time changes always leave me feeling exhausted and unmotivated. So the only logical thing for me to do is get myself dressed and head to the gym for a pick me up!! Do something active today for a quick energy reboost and you’ll feel like yourself in no time! Here’s some motivation to get you off the computer and out doing an activity that you love!

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Self Pity Parties SUCK.

So, for the last week or so I’ve been throwing myself a little pity-party. Actually, I think it’s been going on longer than that, I’ve just finally clued in to what I’ve been doing to myself.

Starting off 2014 I was stoked. I had seriously slacked during November and December, using the typical excuses; Christmas is just around the corner, busy with work, busy with family and shopping and cleaning and planning, blah blah blah. Excuses stopping me from reaching ANY of my goals.

Maybe I’ve set myself up with too many goals, maybe I’m just being lazy and waiting for life to happen. Whatever it is, I’m sick of it. I’m done feeling sorry for myself because I know it’s counter productive. I know this mindset will get me nowhere in life, so it’s time to reassess and get back on the motivation train!


I’ve been ready to take on my goals since January 1st,  yet I don’t feel like I’ve come very far since then. Sure, I know, we’re only a month into the New Year, but this time last year I was determined to be the best I could be; getting up early to run a couple times a week, keeping up with my 3-4 hits a week, eating right, and having a healthy relationship with my life. This year has been trending along the lines of sitting on my ass and waiting for my determined self to come back. I’ve been making excuses for everything. It’s either I don’t have time, I just want to sit down for a couple minutes, or whatever else comes to mind.

I’m DONE with excuses.

Which is why I’m writing this post. I had a little chat with myself yesterday. I’m frustrated with my (lack of) actions lately. This isn’t who I am; I don’t sit around and wait for things to happen and I’m definitely not comfortable with mediocre. I am better than this person.

By the way; I’ve written about 3 or 4 of these posts but never published any of them because I couldn’t find the courage to admit my lack of motivation to you guys. I’ve been telling myself I’m ready to change for about 3 months now (basically since I fell off the wagon way back in November); well damnit, I’m READY!

So here’s my slap in the face. Get off your ass Nicole and do something great. Be the BEST you can be and do it NOW.

I came up with a little mantra to help me push past these excuses:

“I do not make excuses, I make progress
I am not weak, I am human and it is okay to feel less than 100%, accept it and move on
I don’t need to do everything myself, it’s OK to ask for help
I can and will do everything I set my mind to.”

So here goes nothing. I’m taking my life back, one step at a time. The first step is going to be cleaning and organizing my house (which has fallen to shambles because of my pity-party). I know it’s okay to let myself feel bad sometimes, but those feelings need to be accepted and moved away from, they are counter productive and will in turn eat your soul.


Happy thoughts, good music and sunshine.

❤ Nicole

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12 Days of Fit-Mas: DAY 11!

On the 11th day of Fit-Mas my body asked of me:

11 nice low LUNGES
10 springing TUCK JUMPS
9 awesome CHAIR DIPS
8 burning SQUATS
6 bad @ss PUSH UPS
5 flailing STAR JUMPS
4 lovely BURPEES
3 minute BRIDGE
2 minute WALL SIT
And a 1 minute PLANK (yippee!)