Monthly Archives: December 2013

Fitness Profile

Week Four V.S. Initial 3.0

Three weeks is plenty of time to enjoy the end of 2013. I ate a lot and forgot to wear my Fitbit for quite a while now. Despite that, our numbers are not as bad as I thought they would be. The new year is going to be awesome. Time to kick it into gear. I got a couple of family members a Fitbit for Christmas this year. I am looking forward to the added competition.

When I was in the military, a friend of mine helped me prepare for a PT test. She said that having someone to motivate actually helped motivated her. I heard her words, but I didn’t fully understand what she meant. Now with the Fitbits, I get it. I hit my target for the day easier when I know I have challenged someone else to reach the same goal. I don’t know why, but it is.

I wish I could say that along with the 5:2 diet I will be starting the core program again. This week is going to be a funny a week. My husband has new years day and the second off. It is strange but he still gets two days this week. If he doesn’t have time next week, I will just have to suck it up without him. Anyway, thank you for sticking around. Now for the part you have been waiting for….

Week Four                                                            Initial 3.0

Weight: 150.1 pounds                                        Weight:  151.8 pounds

BMI:  28.4                                                               BMI:  28.7

Body Fat:  38.2%                                                   Body Fat:  39.1%

Waste:  36 1/2                                                      Waste:  38

Chest:  37                                                              Chest:  40

Steps:  6,545                                                         Steps:  N/A

Floors:  10.14                                                         Floors:  N/A

Week Four-ish                                                               Initial 3.0

Weight:  230.6 pounds                                          Weight:  234.2 pounds

BMI:  32.1                                                                  BMI:  32.7

Body Fat:  27.3%                                                     Body Fat:  27.9%

Waste:  39 3/4                                                         Waste:  42

Neck:  17                                                                  Neck:  17

Steps:  9,986                                                           Steps:  N/A

Floors:  4                                                                  Floors:  N/A


Just Drop It

It sounds so easy right? Just to drop it, let it go, get on with your life. Some days it is easier than others. For certain subjects that are close to you, it can be even harder. What if you are struggling with something that happened years ago? It may seem silly on the outside, but very real emotions on the inside.

I listened to some audio from Jim Britt the other day. It was all about the power of letting go. He said a couple of things about the things we carry with us. The first was that it isn’t on our shoulders dragging us down. In fact, we hold on to these things. It is a cool thing to realize because if we choose to hold on to it, we can choose to let it go.

I hope to master that one day in the future. I imagine seeing a world full of solutions instead of trying to maintain the illusion of control. I can think of a couple of situations that all worked out once I stopped trying to figure it all out. Stopped getting in my own way. Even talking about letting go makes me feel more free. Free from worry and doubt. Free to really do the things I want to do. I am excited about Jim Britt and Jim Lutes new project. I can’t wait for the launch. I look forward to gaining some new ideas.

You can check the project out here:

A quote a friend shared on Facebook: “My set backs may have amused you, but my comebacks are going to confuse you.”

Cheers to you, life, random projects and the closing of 2013.


In the digital age, ereaders and reading apps on phones have become the go to for when you are on the go. I have thought about downsizing my physical book collection with a cloud version for some time now. With Christmas around the corner, I started thinking about how I would spend my gift cards. I was browsing Amazon and found something disgustingly awesome.

People are stupid. People buy ebooks anywhere from $1 to $15 on the high-end. The more expensive ones tend to be from authors who have been cranking out a book a year. I eventually stumbled across the DIYers. I couldn’t find an ‘ebook’ that was more than 40 pages. Then add insult to injury, some of those people want me to pay pretty much a dollar per page! Seriously, even our own OM from Harsh Reality. I’m not even mad. He is taking advantage of an opportunity. I would also like to take advantage of this same opportunity.

It is healthy to be grateful for the wonderful things in your life. Today I am thankful for stupid people because they make the world go round. Maybe one day, I will be confronted by someone who purchased one of my ebooks and found this post calling them out. I will be straight forward right now: No, I am not giving you a refund. You want your money back? Then I suggest you write an ebook that is at least 10 or so pages because any idiot can do that. Just keep writing until one day, stupid people will buy your ebooks too.

Update: December 26th…  I made OM mad.  I like how, I’m not even worth it. (Just ignore the post dedicated to me) I just checked Amazon and the review was deleted. I don’t know if that was Amazon deleting it because I didn’t purchase the ebook or if enough people found it… NOT helpful.

The saga continues friends:    Riddle me this… when did I ever say I hated anything? I merely pointed out how stupid people are willing to pay a lot of money for nothing. Somehow, OM seems to think this was all just an attack on him. Buck up OM, you can protect yourself from imaginary haters. Maybe that’s the real reason why he hasn’t published a ‘real’ book. You have to have thick skin to hear no over and over before you get a yes.

P.S.  Thank you for making me look good.

Another Update:  After consulting with my brain trust, I realize that the initial review was very troll like. I am sorry for any harm that I caused. This has been an interesting experience and I hope to put what I learned into practice.

Am I the only one who thinks its strange that the expression for getting off course is ‘falling off the wagon’ while getting back on track is ‘get back on the horse’? Anyway, whatever you want to call it, I need to do it. I skipped one week of my diet and I let that bleed into this week. That is two weeks worth of being completely unproductive in the area of my health. I love my body so you will see another initial fitness profile this Sunday.

In other news, I am so excited I can’t sleep! I will be talking to three of my team members today. I am so happy. I can’t wait for January to roll out. I really want to help my team and get them where they want to go. I know that the personal development products will really help me accomplish my goals. You will see more, look at all the stuff I did posts. Also more, what I plan to do next posts. I am changing my philosophy. I am pushing forward. 2014 will truly be unlike any other year before it!

What about you guys and gals out there? I know that Christmas is quickly approaching but have you put any thought into what your goals are for the year? Not necessarily a New Years resolution because thoes tend to fizzle out. I’m talking about a real plan with deadlines. (I haven’t yet. I just want to see where I am compared to the good people of Word Press.)

Or is it?

Doesn’t make you wonder sometimes? We tell our selves that fairy dust and positive thoughts are things used to distract us from the truth. The truth is that the truth is whatever we want it to be. If you read things that are sad, you become kind of sad. If you read things that are happy, you become kind of happy.

What if you actually could ‘fake it til you make it’? Listening to compelling arguments from both sides of the spectrum, it is hard to figure out who is right. I think they are both right. When you are down in the dumps, it is nice to have company. Or at least someone to give you some sympathy. Maybe even agree with your side of the story. All of that is a waste of your time

I have been doing some reading and listening. The last motivational type thing I listened to was See You At The Top by Zig Ziglar. One of the points he made was that you decide what kind of day you are going to have from the very beginning. It doesn’t have to be a ‘cat kickin world’. We can do better.

I just found a blog on celebrities and positive thinking. (This is what I was trying to go for with this post. Since this is already sooo awesome, I decided to share!) If they can do it, why can’t I? If they can do it, why can’t you?

There is something new on the control your thoughts and feelings block. It is in Pre-Enrolment. This means it has not launched yet. The goal is to share it with as many people before it launches. Now, I am sharing it with you.

I hope that everyone will create their own path to wealth and happiness. If this helps you, (and me) than awesome! As I get more information, I will spill the beans. 🙂

Cheers to you, life full of wealth and happiness, and random projects   ~ Amanda

Fitness Profile

Another awesome week for me!!! Both days went smoothly. It can be pretty tempting to eat at the end of the night. An extra cup of water and thinking about how it would be a waste to end it when I am at the finish line helps. Plus, losing a pound every week helps as well. 🙂 I did the core program once this week because my extra set of hands has been very busy. I am hoping that I will be able to start it up again tomorrow.

Thing One and Thing Two is what I have as far as nicknames go. I haven’t put much thought into it but I am ok with it for now. Thing Two did not follow the diet this week. It has been hard because he had pt days mixed in with two different test days. It was just easier to let him focus on those instead of bothering him about which days he was going to cut his calories and eat healthy. This week is his graduation from that class. Next week is probably when he will get back to it. 

Week Three                                                  Week Four

Weight: 152.9 pounds                                        Weight:  150.1 pounds

BMI:  28.9                                                                BMI:  28.4

Body Fat:  38.6%                                                   Body Fat:  38.2%

Waste:  37                                                             Waste:  36 1/2

Chest:  38 1/4                                                        Chest:  37

Steps:  6,334                                                         Steps:  6,546

Floors:  15.57                                                         Floors:  10.14

Week Three                                                               Week Four-ish

Weight:  231.2 pounds                                          Weight:  230.6 pounds

BMI:  32.23                                                                BMI:  32.1

Body Fat:  26.2%                                                     Body Fat:  27.3%

Waste:  41                                                                Waste:  39 3/4

Neck:  17 1/4                                                            Neck:  17

Steps:  6,271                                                           Steps:  9.986

Floors:  6.57                                                             Floors:  4

Where I am at:  the 5:2 diet has been successful.  I intend to keep pushing forward. The Posture Project will officially start today.  Instead of 90 days, it will be a weekday thing. One of the benefits of the core program is that you will lose inches because it is helping you get toned. I guess we will see how much of a difference it makes. Project House has also been given a push in the right direction. I will break it down.

I counted all the rooms and added the garage and backyard to a list. My list has 18 focus areas. I will take on one everyday for the next two weeks. If I can do two smaller areas in a day, I will be able to finish in 14 days instead of 18. I have given myself a December 17th deadline.

I have already picked out the first two focus areas to be done tomorrow. With each room, I will start with the stuff that is obviously trash. Once that is done, I will start the deep cleaning. When everything smells like cleaning products, I will probably take a break. I will pick back up with organizing.

Organizing will start with three designated boxes. One for donating, one for more trash, and one for keeping. Then the real fun begins. I will keep everything in the keep box. If I need to use something, I will take it out. At the end of 90 days, whatever is left in the keep box will find a new home in the donation box.