Mad to Live

The thing about losing someone, whether a friend, relative, or acquaintance, is that it gets you thinking. Besides the obvious thoughts of sadness and remembering some of your best memories with that person, they get you thinking about your OWN life.


Jimmy had a tattoo that read “mad to live” – a quote from author Jack Kerouac. This was Jimmy’s mantra, what led him through each day of his life.


After his passing and as I read stories from friends, family and people he met briefly during his travels, you could clearly see he was driven each day by this simple quote – “mad to live.”


So we get thinking…

-Am I living my life to it’s greatest potential?

-Am I positively impacting those that I meet along my journey?

-Am I enjoying what I’m doing with my life?

-Is there more to this life that I still need to tap into?

-Have I seen enough of the world? (This is a big fat NO!)

-What can I do/change/add/take away to ensure I’m living my best life?


It’s unfortunate that it takes something so tragic, something so heart wrenching, something so drastic to make us take that step back, reflect and then move forward from this point to live out our best lives.


So Jimmy, there’s no snooze button today, just living to my greatest potential. While this still doesn’t seem real and you’re so missed, thank you for the reminder that there’s more to this life.


Today and everyday forward, I’m going to strive for my best possible life, to enjoy every moment – both the big and small, to let go of fear that holds me back – from loving, living and dreaming, and to make sure I’m sharing MYSELF with the world.


How are you ‘mad to live’?

ABs in April – Planks Week 1

abs in april

Has everyone been doing their plank-a-day for Abs in April?


10155540_10100150890131969_3601320180185973288_nPlease notice the face. It’s not my best, but it sure is amusing. ;)


Anyway, I have stayed consistent with my planks everyday and despite feeling like I could skip them on Sunday after we did a LOT of ab work and planks in hot yoga, I decided I was going to get them in anyway. And I did.


All planks this week have been with my arms straight (vs. on my elbows) as I do find it interesting to compare how I do between the two…maybe I’ll do elbow planks this week and switch back and forth week to week?…options, we’ll see!

Screen Shot 2014-04-06 at 3.35.52 PMHonestly, I’m already feeling better about my core! It’s been feeling sore (in a good way), strong and I find myself more aware of keeping a tight core when carrying myself around, but especially while running. All good things! :)


How were your planks this week?

Are you already noticing a difference?

Music Monday: Wiretree

I first heard these guys a few weeks ago while listening to Pandora. I found myself really enjoying the song that was playing but I didn’t recognize who it was. When I saw the band was called Wiretree, I made sure to write it down and look them up more later.


To my surprise, this band from Austin, TX has released a few records…and quite honestly, from what I’ve heard so far, none disappoint.

In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed my Sunday afternoon listening to Wiretree while catching up on my to-do list a bit. And taking a few moments to stop and go “WHAT IS THIS?!” …in the best way possible, of course!

Now before I leave you to go find you new music obsession…We need to take a quick minute to wish one of my favorite blends a VERY Happy Birthday!

bday amanda

What are you listening to this week?

BRTR Training Week 5

Who’s happy it’s FRIDAY?!


I must be honest, it’s been one heck of a week. From losing a friend, to a lot going on at work, and some crazy insomnia, I’m ready for the weekend. Monday got things off on the wrong foot and I’ve had a hard time getting myself back on track, for good reason though.

1977329_10100148194284469_1983381621_nThe good news is, I’ve had a great week of workouts. It really proves that fitness is a great form of stress relief, and for me, next writing, it’s my therapy. So let’s take a look at it, shall we?

Blinded by the light, anyone? ;)

Blinded by the light, anyone? ;)

Friday 3/28

3.5 mile run

Squats & Abs


Saturday 3/29

Active rest – 2 mile walk 


Sunday 3/30

5 mile run

1.25 mile walk


Monday 3/31

Strength – GPP STAB press

1.25 mile walk


Tuesday 4/1

4 mile run

26 KB swings 


Wednesday 4/2

GPP – row/KB – run/KB


Thursday 4/3

4 mile run

GPP – 4 rounds each & abs

1185500_10100106885722159_1297857261_nIt was a butt-kicking, ab-burning, run-filled week…checking another one off on my quest for half marathon #3!


How were your workouts this week?

What plans do you have for the weekend?

Abs in April – Core Workouts Week 1

How’s Abs in April going for everyone?

abs in aprilFunny thing happened…FitFluential started a plank a day challenge for April as well. I swear I didn’t know anything about it…but ironic, isn’t it?


Anyway, as promised, today is about sharing two core workouts you can do to supplement some of the PlankADay. The first is a new one I created just the other week. I did it after a run and it helped round out my workout.

quick core

Complete each group as a superset for 3 rounds with little to no rest after. Once finishing the first superset 3 times, move onto the second. Your abs should feel the burn!


For the second, I want to bring back one of my favorite ab workouts – Medicine Ball Abs.

Screen-Shot-2012-11-24-at-4.06.49-PMThis is still a go-to workout that I love to pull out of the archives, I hope you enjoy it too!


Now, get those cores-a-burnin!

What are some of your favorite core workouts?

A Heavy Heart…

“Today why don’t you love a little deeper, laugh a little louder, hold the ones you love a little tighter. Because tomorrow is never promised.”

10151128_10100148659991189_846024489_nIt’s always a tough reality. We’re suddenly reminded just how precious life is. And just how quickly it can be taken away from us.

My heart has been heavy these past two days since finding out a friend and old coworker of mine passed away. We worked together at Apple while both living in LA. I moved back home to IL and he moved back home to NJ shortly after. I was saving up to (hopefully) move back to Boston and he was saving up to travel the world.

He lived and died doing just that.

He was traveling in Cambodia and from the sounds of it, got a virus that took his life rather quickly. It went from a Facebook post about a happy bird Saturday evening, to my timeline being filled with “RIP” posts Monday morning. My heart aches for his family, but my heart also aches for the world, for losing such a great, passionate and young person.

“I promise I shall never give up, & that I’ll die yelling & laughing.”

- James Hart

You’re already so very missed, my friend.

Hug those you love a little closer today. Share your dreams with those around you. Laugh a little louder and smile a little wider when you see your friends. Stop taking shit so seriously and have fun. Leave your impact on the world.

“Snoozing is delaying life. And I’m guilty. We’re all guilty. The challenge is to not press snooze. But to wake and live as much as you can before sun down.”

-James Hart

I got it James, no snooze button today.

“We must enjoy the little things that fall into place because one thing is for sure and that is: the longer you hang around the more you realize how short this life is. Your life is yours for making. So put on your best smile and get out there.”

-James Hart

Abs in April

Work is getting busier. I consider this a good thing but it may also mean that it gets harder to post somedays. This isn’t an apology, it’s just a heads up. I love blogging but it’s a hobby and as such, I will never apologize for not posting. #sorrynotsorry (right, Amanda?)


Anyway, summer is around the corner which means bikini season is around the corner. GASP! Let’s get real, whether you’re in great shape or not, this is usually everyone’s least favorite part about summer. I’m SURE I’m not alone.


To help get me ready for this, I’m committing to bring back Plank a Day, focusing on my core more in my workouts and eating clean in the kitchen (because let’s get real, abs are made in the kitchen). I’m calling in Abs in April.

abs in aprilBelow you’ll find a chart you can print out to track your plank a day. Every Tuesday, I’ll check in with my planks for the week and see how I’m progressing. This isn’t just about feeling better about how my abs LOOK, but to make my core STRONGER. Our core carries us through our days, so it’s important to keep them strong.

April Plank Tracker

Every Thursday, I’ll share two other core workouts – maybe created by me, maybe some of my other favorites from around the web that you can incorporate into your routine.


Sound like a plan? Good.

Now get a plankin’.

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Do you plank a day? 

Or better yet…WILL you plank a day?

Saving the Best for Last

I’ll be totally honest, I’m not really feeling posting today but it’s the final day of Motivation In March and I really want to finish on a high note and with one of my favorite quotes. But due to my lack of motivation today (ironic, huh?), there’s going to be no Music Monday. I’m sorry, friends!



How was your weekend? Tell me about it!