Don’t Let the Holidays Weigh You Down!

The holidays are HANDS DOWN the time that most people fall victim to indulgences and susceptible to weight gain or falling off their fitness train… So how do we battle that? The key is to go into the holiday season with extra focus. Find a way to ensure that you are staying on track and are 100% up on your game so that when Thanksgiving and Christmas hit you can enjoy those days guilt free, knowing that you aren’t shame eating or hiding the extra 5-10lbs the last month has added to your midsection.

Currently I have two great things going on in my life! Both of which involve the KEY component to success in a weightloss or fitness journey… Accountability… And one of which I want to invite ALL OF YOU to join in on with me 🙂 But more on that in a bit.

The first thing I am doing to keep myself in check is participating in my box’s “Holly Jolly Challenge”. This is a team challenge with my fellow crossfitters where I have to track my workouts, mobility, and food … every day. The challenge is 6 weeks and don’t worry, you will be getting a check in from me for all 6 of them ;D Oh did I mention that we have to eat strict paleo. As well as I make sure my boyfriend and I eat, we certainly have not been STRICT paleo so this will be a fun adventure.

For the first week, I planned out some fun meal prep. I made a paleo beef stew and strict paleo version of my homemade chicken soup. The boyfriend and I have a pretty good grasps on our meals and we have our one cheat meal scheduled, booked, set, and in the back of our excited minds! I do believe that the food will be our biggest challenge but preparation is the key to success and I am quickly realizing the beauty of meal prep!
Now for the second thing…

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The second thing that I am excited about is the #HolidaySweat challenge with @fitapproach and @runtothefinish 😀 It runs from Nov 9th to Jan 2nd! Oh man! There will be weekly and daily prompts to get involved on social media, you log your daily activity minutes, and get the chance fun prizes each week! Because who doesn’t love prizes?! AND of course, staying fit and active throughout the winter, holiday months! 😉

To start this challenge, we want everyone to take a second and think about their GOAL ACTIVE MINTUES for this week. Since part of the challenge is logging your active minutes each day, setting a goal to start the week will help us push yourself to be more active. When you set concrete goals you are more likely to work hard to reach them. Also, when you announce those goals to others you are even moooore likely to reach them because we have this instinct desire not to fail.

For instance, do you ever find yourself working harder during a team sport or a partner workout? Do you find yourself pushing past what you normally would if you feel like someone else is counting on you to? I know I sure do! Similarly, if you tell 3 people your goal for this week and ask them each to check in on if you’re meeting that, you will find that you will push yourself to do a little more if you’re falling behind. Simply because we don’t like to fail; especially when that’s due to making silly excuses. So I am going to tell all of you reading this that my goal minutes for this week is 500; at minimum. I have also stated this to my boyfriend. You can all follow along on my IG: @fitnessforrealpeople and Twitter: @fitness4realppl to see if I stick to it 😉

I challenge each of you to set your goal minutes today and tell at least 3 people what they are!
You can check out more information about the #Holidaysweat challenge here and you can get ahead a up for the rest of this week with the following social media prompts 🙂 …

November 9, 2015:

Today’s #HolidaySweat Prompt is…. 

What’s your minutes goal this week? How will you get there?! #pranastyle @prana #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

November 10, 2015:

Today’s #HolidaySweat Prompt is…. 

Show us your sweaty style! What’s your favorite workout outfit or gear? #pranastyle @prana #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

November 11, 2015:

Today’s #HolidaySweat Prompt is…. 

For a large majority of Americans (and especially Canadians) this is the time of year that we take our workouts indoors. Bundle up and take your workout outside! Go for a run, try snoga (yoga in the snow), rent a fat tire bike. Put on some gloves and head to the nearest park for lunges, pull ups, push ups, and box jumps. Be sure to dress appropriately and always be safe (watch for ice!) #pranastyle @prana #holidaysweat #sweatpink @albertamountaingal @runtothefinish @fitapproach

November 12, 2015:

Today’s #HolidaySweat Prompt is…. 

Squats? Pushups? Planks? What’s your favorite strengthening move? #pranastyle @prana #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

November 13, 2015:

Today’s #HolidaySweat Prompt is…. 

FREE FRIDAY! Show us what you’re up to today… sweating, eating, cooking, you name it! #pranastyle @prana #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Happy sweating! Remember that accountability is the most important thing to help keep us on track, always and especially during the holiday months. Find someone with similar goals and bring them along for the journey! Having the support of a family member, friend, loved one, fellow gym member, or even someone in a fun online fitness community 😉

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Au Naturale

To be in a natural state.

That is how I usually am. If you know me, you know that you can probably count on one hand the number of times you’ve seen me really decked out in makeup. Like REAL done up.

Yeah. That usually happens only on holidays or special occasions. My poor boyfriend rarely even gets deemed special enough to get the gorge-ed up me to bask at on the reg haha … Sorry love.

A usual day at the office or outing into public only consists of just my BB cream and some mascara… Because like who doesn’t love mascara ladies… Aaaaand because most men have better eyelashes than me and that’s just like come on now haha… Which makes getting ready in the morning soooo much faster and easier and more relaxing. However, it makes times I do try to wear makeup so much more tedious and trying. (And embarrassing lol)

So why such the aversion to makeup?

Well on the positive side, every since my “No Makeup” challenge – as in no coverup, BB cream, or mascara – I have gained confidence in myself and my no qualms natural appearance.

However, on the not so positive and reason it even started side, it’s because of my less than great skin. Ever since high school I have not had the best skin. My acne and blemishes mostly destroy my shoulders and back 😦 However, my face is not prone to it and I have found over the years that basically all makeup simply just makes it worse. So why would I want to cover up my breakouts with heavy cosmetics that are in turn just going to make me break out more?

Exacatically. As the caterpillar would say…. Enough. You’ve seen Alice in Wonderland so stop judging me. Thanks.

On to the more important information…

Why am I even writing about my awful skin and makeup habits? Well, it’s because I am here to tell you that I have found a solution! I was lucky enough to come across an AMAZING company with some of the purest products I am ever had grace my face. Like seriously.

Au Naturale Cosmetics is a company of organic, vegan, paraben free, gluten free, cruelty free, crap free cosmetics that will rock your world. Being of such pure ingredients make them super sensitive skin friendly. 

When I first got the products, I won’t lie, I was a bit skeptical. I don’t have a good history with cosmetics and my skin. I also was a little weary on the fact that the bronzer and the blush came in a stick form. I have never in my life used something like that before. I thought there was no way this would work with my skin. It had to be too heavy right? Rolling a stick on your face?

Boy was I wrong!

I have never used a makeup that felt lighter and more airy on my face. I was impressed with the feeling it left on my skin, the way it did not affect my skin in any way shape or form after wearing it every day for an entire long weekend, and the way it looked FLAWLESS.

As you can imagine, for someone who does not wear a lot of makeup, wearing makeup for an entire long weekend was nerve-racking. But thanks to Au Naturale Cosmetics, it was much easier than I anticipated. I was fear free within a day and actually excited to test everything out! 😀

The products I received (and am now obsessed with) were:

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Bronzer stick, blush stick, powder foundation, and two shades of a cream eye shadow

Each of which went on easily, looked amazing, and stayed impressively well.

Now, from a health point of view, we talk all day about what we should eat, drink, and do for our bodies. How the things we put into our bodies affect us and why organic, chemical free products are so much better for us. But what about what we put ON our bodies?

Everything we put on our skin goes into our body. Our skin has pores which absorb. Hence why certain makeups and scrubs and soaps make people with sensitive skin breakout. Your body takes in a certain amount of any chemical you treat it with. So just as I make natural scrubs and soaps for myself, it is more ideal to have equally as organic and natural makeup.

Part of what I also loved about Au Naturale is that they made you aware of what is in their product on a label on the packaging of their product. And all of their ingredients are those which you could actually read and pronounce.

In parting, if you want to buy truly natural, organic, good for you products from a genuine cosmetic company, look no further than Au Naturale ladies.

They are such a good, down to earth, consumer friendly company that they even hand wrapped and sent a written note in my package…

Check out my instagram (@fitnessforrealpeople) for pictures of my makeup transformation 😉