Love Your Naked Face Challenge

Before college my idea of makeup was flavored chapstick.

Once I was exposed to the world of going out, Cosmopolitan and adulthood I discovered the beautiful world of Sephora. Now, I do not leave the house without a stitch of makeup on my face. Somehow, I even end up to my 5AM shift with eyeliner, concealer and mascara.

Why do I feel the need to wear makeup at every moment of the day? A lot of the time I play with makeup for myself, but is the onyx eyeliner I wear to the gym really for myself?

That being said, my new goal is to feel more comfortable in my own skin and really “face” myself. Get it? I love puns.

Although I don’t even brush or blow dry my hair, I definitely confess to a dimension of superficiality when I slather on my Jergen’s Natural Glow self-tanning sprays and lotions. Also, when I get ready for a night out I play with shadows, lipsticks, maybe cake a few shades of foundations on my face and top it off with fake eyelashes.

I think makeup is a fun way to change up your look, but I don’t like that I’ve become reliant on it. I’ve stopped using my self tanner, and hope to use makeup less frequently. And here’s my naked face:

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Wishful Thinkers of 2014

Resolutions are just wishes unless you have a plan. Create a resolution, or a goal, and don’t just focus on the final product but ask yourself HOW are you going to get there? What are you going to do differently this year? How are you going to measure your progress? Don’t just make a wish (Trevi fountain reference) and wait for it to happen, be proactive!

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Look at your resolutions for 2014 and genuinely ask if you accomplished them. One way to transition from wishful thinking to realization is to create SMART goals:

Specific. Think of what you want to achieve and ask yourself the five W’s: who will be involved, what will I do, when will I accomplish this, where will my progress and final product be and why this goal?

Measurable. Quantifying your progress and goals helps with troubleshooting and motivating you to keep going!

Attainable. Although you can accomplish anything, seeing your objective in an approachable light will be vital. Plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them.

Realistic. Your goal should be something you are willing to work for and able to attain. Setting unrealistic, extreme goals are discouraging and unattainable.

Time. A goal completion time frame creates urgency. For instance, saying “I want to lose 2 inches in my waist someday,” diminishes your intrinsic motivation and increases the likelihood of procrastination. Instead, once you’ve outlined a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic plan then switch that goal to “I want to lose 2 inches in my waist by March 1st.”

Happy New Year!

Stay Fit xx

Breathe Through the Holidays

The holiday season is hectic. Baking, shopping, finding time for friends and family, the to-do list is seemingly endless. Take one moment during this chaos and breathe. Simply inhale, exhale and be present.

Approaching your week feeling overwhelmed, stressed, agitated and defeated will not help you accomplish your goals. Feeling your body breathe reminds you of the present moment instead of dwelling in the past or worrying about the future.

Relax, you’ve got this.

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Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! Although I’ve been very regimented with my workouts and diet, I definitely let loose yesterday. I ate candy, drank some moonshine with friends and stayed up way past my bedtime. That release was definitely necessary! I forgot how much I loved Reese’s.

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I was planning on being a circus performer, but spontaneously decided to dress as a girl from the roaring twenties. It’s so fun to play with makeup and transform yourself. My usual routine is to go to work, go to the gym, babysit, and sleep. Since I work six or seven days a week I have limited time and energy to let loose and dress in anything other than yoga pants.

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I am so grateful that I celebrated my best friend’s birthday in NYC, but tomorrow I’ll go back to working toward my goals! Kickboxing at 9AM, and yoga tomorrow to detox.

Hope you had a great Halloween!